||January 13 , 2012 Newspapers Headlines
Gay Rights Debates Heighten
Public debate here on the call for the legalization of homosexuality continues to attract acrimonious responses, including condemnations with report that the man leading the campaign for the legitimization of gay and lesbianism Archie Ponpon narrowly escaped death Wednesday, on the Fendell campus of the University of Liberia outside Monrovia at the hands of angry students.
The debate for gay rights here has also received international inputs with some contributors seeing nothing wrong with the promotion of same sex union here, at least since this paper publish an article suggesting that gay activists were bend on pushing a 'gay bill' through.
One lawmaker told the New Dawn that the Liberian society is not prepared to introduce or sustain the legality of gay and lesbian practice. “If you were to go in my little village in Grand Kru and talk about same sex marriage, you will face the wrath of the residents, it is punishable traditionally just for saying it in the public.
The New Dawn
All Set for Inauguration on Monday
The Special Steering Committee put in place to organize activities leading to the inaugural program of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and VP Boakai on the occasion of her second term has confirmed that all is now set for the successful holding of the event.
Disclosing how colorful the event would be, Madam Yvette Chesson Wureh addressing newsmen in Monrovia said that the committee has been working tirelessly around the clock making sure that every aspect of the program is properly arranged and organized.
Madam Wureh further confirmed that guests would start arriving in the country over the weekend while they have received confirmation from over thirty Heads of States to grace the occasion. United States of America and the People's Republic of China as well as other European states have also confirmed their participation, while several West African leaders have also confirmed that they would attend the ceremony, including leaders from the Central and Sub- Saharan regions.
Sec. Clinton Inauguration Visit Likely
Speculation Fuels Debate on same Sex Marriage
United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is expected to travel to Monday's inauguration ceremony of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government officials have suggested.
Though the US Embassy in Monrovia has neither denied reports of the impending visit, sources say it will coincide with the official opening ceremony on Tuesday of the newly constructed US$150 million US Embassy in Liberia.
“Well, we don't know yet. We will contact you when we get a confirmation”, Madam Dehab Ghebreab, head of public diplomacy at the US Embassy told the Daily Observer yesterday.
Greenville Port Lifts First Shipment of Logs
As NPA Celebrates
The first shipment of logs in nearly a decade has successfully left the Port of Greenville, Sinoe County, for the shores of Europe. The ship, 'Terry Sirte' sailed from the Port of Greenville on Thursday, January 12, at 7:40 hours with about 360 pieces of Ekki logs amounting to about 2,164 cubic meters.
The shipment of logs by the logging company Eco Timbers, marked the first shipment of logs from Greenville Port since the Ship, Oost Vieland sunk along the Marginal Wharf on May 31, 2008. The shipment was planned after the sunken Oost Vieland was dragged about 100 meters from the key. The current location of the wreck poses no danger to navigation in the basin.
LTA Fines LoneStar $500,000
For Communication Blackout During Nov. 7 Riot
The Liberia Telecommunications Authority this week slapped LoneStar Communications Corporation with a US$500,000 fine to be paid within one week, for “negligence and omission” on the part of the operator who failed to prevent the four-hour communication blackout that occurred on its network on November 7, 2011.
Additionally, the nation's telecommunications regulator has ordered LoneStar to give all its subscribers throughout Liberia a free four-hour call time on a day to be determined by the LTA, as compensation for the inconvenience they experienced during the four-hour LoneStar network blackout on November 7. The imposed free talk time, however will not include international calls.
The LTA is requiring LoneStar to sufficiently publicize the date and timing for the free calls to enable as many of its subscribers as possible to benefit from it.
President Admits 'Mistakes'
Inadequate Evaluation in Judging Ministers, Officials
Evaluation of cabinet ministers and public officials performance during her first term was inadequate and marred with mistakes, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf admitted at an annual dinner hosted for media executives.
But as she embarks on her second term, the President is urging journalists to assist in investigating and probing her officials more vigorously.
Speaking at the dinner hosted at the Monrovia City Hall Wednesday, the President said though officials were evaluated in the media, this was insufficient.
54,065 'Students' paid as MCC Runs into over US78,000 Claims
After paying 54,055 vacation students who were hired for temporary menial jobs, government has officially closed the payment exercise organized a few weeks ago, according to Jeronlinmek Piah, acting Information Minister.
Mr. Piah told reporters that after the completion of payments about three days ago, authorities at the Monrovia City Corporation have continued to receive huge numbers of young people claiming they were hired to work as vacation students but were not yet paid.
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