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Tourism and Economic Growth in Liberia: Supporting Musons Group, Inc and the Assistant Minister for Tourism

Introduction In ten consecutive annual messages, former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf made assurances to the Liberian people that she would expand and diversify the Liberian economy by shifting focus from its dependency on the extractive industries[1] to other potential revenue-generating sectors including tourism. From 2014 – 2016, the Government of Liberia embarked on a five-year strategic plan called the Liberian National Export Strategy on Tourism (LNEST). The project was prepared with technical assistance from the International Trade Center and financial support from the EIF. The project was spearheaded by the Information Minister and the Minister for Commerce. While the strategy...

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President George M. Weah Swindles in Mediocrity—Appoints Degenerates

By Leon M. Talery I have been in the vanguard of the struggle for the dignity of most of the people whose prosperity have been blurred and aspiration sapped by the venom of corruption and misrule orchestrated by elements in the ruling clique whose penchant for wealth far surpasses their interest in the people. Such status quo has made a nation founded by liberated Africans under the insignia of freedom to wallow at the lowest rung of global development indices. This miasma has made the Republic of Liberia to straddle in the doldrums of the paradox of plenty. As...

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MONROVIA – A Few years ago, two very valuable Liberian maritime experts, Charles N. Wolo and Christian G. Herbert, both my personal friends and heroes, lost their lives. They died working in professions that were not their calling and first choice. Charles died, having served as a math teacher for more than fifteen years with a Texas School District, while Christian died working as an official at the Ministry of Public Works. These two Liberians were among only 4,654 World Maritime University (WMU) graduates from 167 countries across the globe and thousands of others from its sister institution, International Maritime...

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The Government of Liberia: How to increase civil servant’s productivity 100 times without requiring 100 times more resources

The Government of Liberia’s Center for Innovation As part of the Government of Liberia’s approach to addressing recent macroeconomic shocks including a drop in real GDP growth to -1.6 percent and a decline in net foreign currency inflows, President-elect George Weah’s administration is now responsible for continuing the austerity measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund. These steps include a hiring freeze outside health and education and a reduction in travel allowances. Now, considering the number of challenges facing the incoming administration in health, education, and infrastructure, President-elect Weah’s government needs to immediately adopt a management approach that increases...

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After the Dutch Merchant of Death, the Mother of the NPFL

MY TURN: Next after the Dutch Merchant of Death Guss Kouwenhoven will be the Mother of the rebel army NPFL Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the chief architect and confessed mastermind of the 14-year Liberian genocidal holocaust. In the meantime, my confidential sources in the U.S. intelligence have confirmed that the former Defense Minister of the rebel army NPFL, Mr. Tom Woewiyu, who the U.S. authorities placed under house arrest in Philadelphia, will go on trial February 26, 2018 in Philadelphia for falsifying his U.S. immigration application about his past that he never committed human rights abuses and war crimes. Remember, Tom Woewiyu’s historic...

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Is Liberia’s President Manipulating the Presidential Elections?

Some may argue that Liberia is more democratic today than at any time in its history, but the country’s 2017 presidential election holds stains of electoral manipulation. Electoral manipulation is best described as the set of practices that includes, among other things, stuffing ballot boxes, buying votes, and intimidating voters – and in the case of Liberia, secretly meeting with election officials. These actions violate fundamental political freedoms, undermines the function of elections as mechanisms of accountability, destroys confidence in electoral and democratic institutions, and sometimes lead to instability – especially in fragile states like Liberia. Why Governments Engage...

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Former Foreign Minister of Senegal Arrested in New York, Charged with Bribing High-Level African Officials

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. NEW YORK – Chi Ping Patrick Ho aka Patrick C.P. Ho, 68, of Hong Kong, China, and Cheikh Gadio, 61, of Senegal, are each charged with conspiring to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), violating the FCPA, conspiring to commit international money laundering, and committing international money laundering.  Gadio was arrested in New York on Friday afternoon and presented on Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox.  Ho was arrested on Saturday afternoon and...

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Effects of lack of exercise

Lack of exercise causes many problems with, little or no exercise, you are more at risk for heart disease. Inactive people are twice as likely to have heart disease as active people. Lack of exercise is associated with obesity, increased blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes, high cholesterol.   1. What health problems are partly caused by a lack of exercise? Lack of physical exercise partly causes many health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and certain cancers, according to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Physical activity also significantly reduces risk for disease...

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