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27/05/2020

Liberia: Senator Seeks Justice for 15-Year-Old R***d by Stepfather

By Galimah's News
Last updated May 26, 2020

SENATOR: “This is one moment when it took me so long to find my words. I’m deeply disturbed that a Liberian child would be so abused and humiliated right in her own country without it becoming a situation of national concern.

The story of this little girl could be representative of the untold tragedies of several other girls across the country.”

Monrovia – Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence(Liberty Party, Grand Bassa) has urged the Ministry of Justice, the Female Lawyers Association of Liberia, Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Protection and all institutions interested in the rights of children to treat the r**e and impregnation of a 15-year-old girl in Lofa County with the utmost urgency in sending a powerful message to would-be rapists and abusers of children’s rights.

In a statement Tuesday, the Senator said she was heartbroken after watching the video that has gone viral depicting the young girl explaining how she was r**ed by her stepfather.

Mother ‘Told me to lock the door’
Kumba (not her real name) was filmed sitting on a wooden bench and breastfeeding her baby girl, a product of a forceful r**e allegedly committed by her stepfather when she was barely fourteen.

The young girl explained how she once lived with her mother and the husband in Monrovia. But since her mother’s husband family never liked the mother, her grandmother told the mother to go to Lofa and leave her husband, but the mother refused, until the unthinkable happened leading to her pregnancy.

Kumba lamented: “That day, when my ma was going to sell, she told me to lock the door. After I finished locking the door and went to sleep; my ma husband tied cloth on his face and put clothes in my mouth so, I could not shout, and he did bad thing to me. By that time, I was menstruating when he did it to me. When I told my ma, she said husband cannot do that kind of thing.”

The little girl further narrated after some time, her stomach started growing, her mother bought pregnancy test and tested her and found out she was pregnant. But by the she explained she was already three-months pregnant and nothing came out of it. “So, she sent me to my grandma in Lofa to be here.”
When asked if her mother did anything about the situation, the young girl explained that at first, the mother wanted to take action against the husband, but people told her not to do it.

Thanks To FPA

22/05/2020

Liberia: Senator Raises Red Flag Over Alleged Payment of Lawmakers’ Benefits at President’s Will & Pleasure

By Galimah Flomo
Last updated May 22, 2020

Monrovia – Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon has expressed grave concern over the payment of legitimate benefits of members of the 54 National Legislature allocated in the National Budget at the will and pleasure of the Executive branch of the Government of Liberia (GOL).

The Executive branch is headed by President George Manneh Weah.
Senator Dillon observed that most often arrears owed members of the first branch of the Liberian government are only released by the Executive at a time legislators are gearing to take key decision on a resolution or act on legislation at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

The Capitol Building is the official seat of the National Legislature.
He made these assertions on Fabric FM101.1 in Monrovia on Thursday.
The comments made by Senator Dillon, who is also the Vice Chairman for Political Affairs of the opposition Liberty Party comes in the wake of claims and counter claims surrounding the payment of US$17,000 to each lawmaker to endorse the speedy passage of the recast COVID-19 budget.

The recast COVID-19 budget was recently submitted to the National Legislature by President George Manneh Weah, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

It can be recalled that on Monday, members of the House of Representatives hastily passed the recast COVID-19 budget, which was submitted overnight, at a little over US$518M after they were reportedly induced by the Executive with US$17k each.

The recast COVID-19 recast budget is presently before the Liberian Senate for concurrence.

Following the passage of the document, some lawmakers were seen early Tuesday morning lining up in queues at the Central Bank of Liberia after reports emerged that each of them received the money.

But Senator Dillon pointed out that he has not received any money being reported as inducement for lawmakers to pass the recast budget.
“I didn’t receive US$17,000.

I am hearing this thing in the media and on at the Capitol Building. If US$17,000 is available for lawmaker in the budget and it is legal, I will announce it to the public. I’m deciding to return it if it is true at this time. I am still waiting;

I have not received.
The report we are hearing at the Capitol Building and in the media is that, it may have happened

20/05/2020

CORONAVIRUS
Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly applied for and received $80 million in coronavirus stimulus funds, feds say

Galimah's News
Galimah Flomo

EXCLUSIVE: Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" has learned -- and now the federal government wants the money back,

saying the affiliates should have known they weren't eligible for the coronavirus stimulus payouts.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is reaching out to each involved Planned Parenthood affiliate explaining that affiliates of larger organizations with more than 500 employees aren't eligible for PPP distributions, Fox News is told. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PFFA) alone has had more than 600 employees.

A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Metropolitan Washington (PPMW), for example, will receive a letter stating that although self-certified that it was eligible for a $1,328,000 PPP loan in accordance with the SBA's affiliation rules, it will need to return the money.

PPMW's request for money from the Trump administration came just months after the affiliate's president and CEO, Laura Meyers, promised to turn down federal funds.

"Planned Parenthood is never going to allow the Trump-Pence administration to bully us into withholding critical health information from our patients," Meyers said last August,

after the White House banned Planned Parenthood clinics from making abortion referrals if they wanted to continue receiving federal funds. At the time, Planned Parenthood vowed to give up federal funds entirely, rather than comply with the order.

17/05/2020

Former US President Barack Obama has criticised his successor Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

In an online address to graduating college students, he said the pandemic had shown that many officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge".

It is the second time in recent days that Mr Obama has hit out at the Trump administration's coronavirus response.

He said it had been "an absolute chaotic disaster" during a leaked conference call last week.

The former president also gave an address to high school students that was hosted by NBA star LeBron James and was part of a special programme that featured numerous celebrities including the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

In his speech to graduates from several dozen historically black colleges and universities, Mr Obama said the Covid-19 outbreak had exposed failings in the country's leadership.

"More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," he said.

"A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge," he added.
Why are Trump and Obama in a new spat?

Why has the virus hit African Americans so hard?

Trump says US reopening 'vaccine or no vaccine'
More than 1,200 people have died with coronavirus in the US over the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The total death toll now stands at almost 89,000, which is the highest anywhere in the world.
Mr Obama also spoke at length about the impact the pandemic is having on black communities in the US.

"A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country," he said.

African Americans make up a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths and hospitalisations in the US.
The former president also referenced the killing of Ahmaud Arbery - an unarmed black jogger

17/05/2020

Former US President Barack Obama has criticised his successor Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

In an online address to graduating college students, he said the pandemic had shown that many officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge".

It is the second time in recent days that Mr Obama has hit out at the Trump administration's coronavirus response.

He said it had been "an absolute chaotic disaster" during a leaked conference call last week.

The former president also gave an address to high school students that was hosted by NBA star LeBron James and was part of a special programme that featured numerous celebrities including the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

In his speech to graduates from several dozen historically black colleges and universities, Mr Obama said the Covid-19 outbreak had exposed failings in the country's leadership.

"More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," he said.

"A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge," he added.
Why are Trump and Obama in a new spat?

Why has the virus hit African Americans so hard?

Trump says US reopening 'vaccine or no vaccine'
More than 1,200 people have died with coronavirus in the US over the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The total death toll now stands at almost 89,000, which is the highest anywhere in the world.
Mr Obama also spoke at length about the impact the pandemic is having on black communities in the US.

"A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country," he said.

African Americans make up a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths and hospitalisations in the US.
The former president also referenced the killing of Ahmaud Arbery - an unarmed black jogger

Former US President Barack Obama has criticised his successor Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis.In an on...
17/05/2020

Former US President Barack Obama has criticised his successor Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

In an online address to graduating college students, he said the pandemic had shown that many officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge".

It is the second time in recent days that Mr Obama has hit out at the Trump administration's coronavirus response.

He said it had been "an absolute chaotic disaster" during a leaked conference call last week.

The former president also gave an address to high school students that was hosted by NBA star LeBron James and was part of a special programme that featured numerous celebrities including the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

In his speech to graduates from several dozen historically black colleges and universities, Mr Obama said the Covid-19 outbreak had exposed failings in the country's leadership.

"More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," he said.

"A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge," he added.
Why are Trump and Obama in a new spat?

Why has the virus hit African Americans so hard?

Trump says US reopening 'vaccine or no vaccine'
More than 1,200 people have died with coronavirus in the US over the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The total death toll now stands at almost 89,000, which is the highest anywhere in the world.
Mr Obama also spoke at length about the impact the pandemic is having on black communities in the US.

"A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country," he said.

African Americans make up a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths and hospitalisations in the US.
The former president also referenced the killing of Ahmaud Arbery - an unarmed black jogger

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17/05/2020

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Liberia: Logan Town Youths Rally to Feed Their CommunityBy Galimah FlomoLast updated May 16, 2020Monrovia – Youths of Bl...
16/05/2020

Liberia: Logan Town Youths Rally to Feed Their Community

By Galimah Flomo
Last updated May 16, 2020

Monrovia – Youths of Blogwein Community in Logan Town have launched an initiative to feed struggling parents,
physically-challenged people, the underprivileged and the blind.

The initiatives titled: “Help Blogwein Smile to Fight COVID-19,’ was initiated in order to raise food and non-food items as their (youths) way of giving back to the community they all grew up together.

Though many of the young people have now settled in different parts of the country with some residing in the diaspora; all of them have put hands on desk to help the community of their childhood in these times of health crises.

The team leader, Francis Grant told The World's News that the community deserves their help, as such,

every working youth who has lived in the community during their youthful or childhood days are part of the initiative to feed the people of Blogwein Community in Logan, which is represented in the Legislature by Representative Abu Kamara.

“This is not about politics, it’s about us giving back to the community we all grew up. As you can see, the bags of rice and other items were all provided by us and some friends that support our initiatives who have not lived in Blogwein,” Grant said.

He explained further that their initiative collected a cash contribution of US$2,642 and L$17,500 from within country and abroad.

Items they bought with the money, benefited more than 100 houses. 20 homes were not reached due to limited supply.

But Grant said the remaining houses will be served in the next distribution when additional funds are being collected.

“We all made the sacrifices to help our people. And we want to appreciate everyone whether in Liberia or abroad for the contribution you made. It was a very challenging task, but our sincerity and commitment to this, with the passion to impact our community

15/05/2020

Liberia: Churches Reject Resumption of Worship Services in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

By Galimah's News
Last updated May 14, 2020

Monrovia – Three (3) religious denominations in Liberia have rejected President George Manneh Weah’s pronouncement on the recommencement of divine worship services in churches operating in the country beginning this Sunday, May 17, 2020.

It can be recalled that on May 8, President Weah requested churches and mosques to recommence worship services on Sunday, May 17 or the Friday before for Muslims, but with a caution of ensuring that only 25% of each church or mosque’s membership attend services at a time.

Announcing the extension of the state of emergency which was declared to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in Liberia, President Weah also encouraged the leaderships of various churches and mosques operating in the country to hold multiple services in a bid to observe social distancing and avoid over-crowdedness at their respective places of worship.

Previously, the Liberian Chief Executive mandated the closure of all churches, and mosques, among others following the outbreak of Covid-19 in Liberia.

But in separate statements released in Monrovia on Thursday, May 13, the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, Bethel and Episcopal denominations called on its Priests and Pastors to avoid reopening churches on the date pronounced by the Liberian Chief Executive.

In a statement issued under the signature of Archbishop, Rev. Lewis Zeigler, all Parish Priests, Religious and Laity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia were requested to “delay the opening of churches for regular activities till the end of May 2020”.

“This will enable us monitor the reduction in the cases of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Archdiocese. By early June we shall observe and decide how to go forward with the resumption of our church activities”.

A statement issued under the signature of Bishop Dr. Wolo Belleh from the First Diocese Bethel Liberia

11/05/2020

Rwanda to deploy robots in COVID-19 treatment centres

The World's News

Galimah Flomo

(L to R) Temi and Snow, the two robots that MI Robotic will present to National Council of Social Services (NCSS) during the NCSS Social Service Summit.

Photo: Najeer Yusof/TODAY Job ID: 20190709_NY_MI Robotic robots

Rwanda Health minister Daniel Ngamije has said the health ministry plans to employ robots in coronavirus treatment centers and other public places.

“We are introducing the use of robots in the management of our Treatment Centers to reduce transmission risks.

Robots will screen temperature, monitor status, keep medical records of patients,” he said

The five imported robots that have been given Rwandan names will serve as an interface between the doctor and the patient, thereby reducing human contacts and risks of the virus’s transmission, the minister said in a news program of national Radio Rwanda.

Besides being applied in the treatment centers, the robots will also be used to measure temperatures in other public places such as bus stops and entrances of shopping arcades, he said.

Some of the robots have already been in Rwanda and will be programmed and employed first, he added.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the central African country has deployed drones to raise public awareness about the disease.

As of May 8, Rwanda had registered 273 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 136 recoveries, according to the country’s health ministry.

Rwanda to deploy robots in COVID-19 treatment centresThe World's NewsGalimah Flomo(L to R) Temi and Snow, the two robots...
11/05/2020

Rwanda to deploy robots in COVID-19 treatment centres

The World's News

Galimah Flomo

(L to R) Temi and Snow, the two robots that MI Robotic will present to National Council of Social Services (NCSS) during the NCSS Social Service Summit.

Photo: Najeer Yusof/TODAY Job ID: 20190709_NY_MI Robotic robots

Rwanda Health minister Daniel Ngamije has said the health ministry plans to employ robots in coronavirus treatment centers and other public places.

“We are introducing the use of robots in the management of our Treatment Centers to reduce transmission risks.

Robots will screen temperature, monitor status, keep medical records of patients,” he said

The five imported robots that have been given Rwandan names will serve as an interface between the doctor and the patient, thereby reducing human contacts and risks of the virus’s transmission, the minister said in a news program of national Radio Rwanda.

Besides being applied in the treatment centers, the robots will also be used to measure temperatures in other public places such as bus stops and entrances of shopping arcades, he said.

Some of the robots have already been in Rwanda and will be programmed and employed first, he added.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the central African country has deployed drones to raise public awareness about the disease.

As of May 8, Rwanda had registered 273 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 136 recoveries, according to the country’s health ministry.

06/05/2020

Liberia’s State of Emergency: Police Fires Tear-gas to Force Citizens in Door in Central Monrovia

By Galimah Flomo/The World's News

Last updated May 5, 2020

One of the victims who went unconscious during the incident and other victims

MONROVIA – Officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) fired tear gas on Monday, May 4, to enforce a state of emergency intended to curtail the spread of the coronavirus across the country.

About 20 persons have died of the coronavirus in Liberia, while 170 other cases remain active, according to the latest report released by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).

The officers were enforcing the 3PM stay indoor mandate declared by President Weah when the incident occurred.

Three persons were injured and allegedly brutalized as a result of the incident that occurred on Johnson Street in Central Monrovia.

Amie Toure is one of the victims who went unconscious during the incident.
Speaking to FrontPage Africa in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, the victim pointed out that 10 armed PSU officers stormed their home,

demanding that they go indoors on grounds that it was above the 3 PM.
She added that the refusal of one of the occupants to go indoors aggravated the PSU officers, who allegedly fired tear gas into the eyes of one of the victims.

Amie disclosed that an attempt by one of the officers to fire another round of tear gas prompted an explosion which compelled most of the PSU officers and others effectuating the arrest of one of the violators of the state of emergency to vacate the scene, leaving the victims unconscious.

She, however, denied reports that occupants of the house were smoking sh**ha, drinking and merry-making when the incident occurred.

“It was around four going to five and I was on my porch cooking to break my fast. One of my brothers was on the table sleeping; and I saw about ten police men coming with arm's

Liberia’s State of Emergency: Police Fires Tear-gas to Force Citizens in Door in Central MonroviaBy Galimah Flomo/The Wo...
06/05/2020

Liberia’s State of Emergency: Police Fires Tear-gas to Force Citizens in Door in Central Monrovia

By Galimah Flomo/The World's News

Last updated May 5, 2020

One of the victims who went unconscious during the incident and other victims

MONROVIA – Officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) fired tear gas on Monday, May 4, to enforce a state of emergency intended to curtail the spread of the coronavirus across the country.

About 20 persons have died of the coronavirus in Liberia, while 170 other cases remain active, according to the latest report released by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).

The officers were enforcing the 3PM stay indoor mandate declared by President Weah when the incident occurred.

Three persons were injured and allegedly brutalized as a result of the incident that occurred on Johnson Street in Central Monrovia.

Amie Toure is one of the victims who went unconscious during the incident.
Speaking to FrontPage Africa in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, the victim pointed out that 10 armed PSU officers stormed their home,

demanding that they go indoors on grounds that it was above the 3 PM.
She added that the refusal of one of the occupants to go indoors aggravated the PSU officers, who allegedly fired tear gas into the eyes of one of the victims.

Amie disclosed that an attempt by one of the officers to fire another round of tear gas prompted an explosion which compelled most of the PSU officers and others effectuating the arrest of one of the violators of the state of emergency to vacate the scene, leaving the victims unconscious.

She, however, denied reports that occupants of the house were smoking sh**ha, drinking and merry-making when the incident occurred.

“It was around four going to five and I was on my porch cooking to break my fast. One of my brothers was on the table sleeping; and I saw about ten police men coming with arm's

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