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Mainland airlines are prone to currency risks as they have yuan-based revenue and dollar-based debt for their aircraft purchases and leases. China Eastern said it had interest-bearing foreign currency debt equal to The yuan declined as much as 3. Passenger yield, which measures per unit profitability of airlines, declined 1. Both airlines said the second half, traditionally busier, remains filled with challenges and opportunities as travel demand hinges on the outlook for the Chinese economy.

The other Big Three state-owned carrier, Air China, reported a The suspension of share trading comes ahead of the announcement of the airline's plans for restructuring, which could include job cuts and a change in top management. Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 per cent of the carrier, will hold a press conference later on Friday. Major changes at Malaysia Airlines were foreshadowed earlier this month following the twin disasters of flights MH and MH A total of passengers were killed in the two aviation tragedies.

The airline is expected to be de-listed and privatised. Khazanah Nasional has previously said it would purchase all minority shares in the flag carrier and finalise a restructuring plan by the end of August. The carrier blamed weak consumer sentiment, overcapacity in the market and carbon tax costs for the loss. The carrier, which is Australia's second largest behind Qantas, said ongoing uncertainty around the economy had also contributed to its full year loss and that it would not provide a forecast for the following financial year.

Qantas has also decided to separate its domestic and international arms, creating a new corporate entity for Qantas International. Joyce said the Qantas Sale Act, recently passed by the federal parliament, had paved the way for the structural separation. Qantas attributed the result to increased competition from other carriers and record fuel costs.

Critics were quick to lambaste Qantas for the result, including the former prime minister Malcolm Fraser, who took to Twitter to criticise Joyce soon after the results were released. Qantas ruled out any new Jetstar ventures in Asia while it tries to get itself back to profitability, but Joyce was confident of the future of its operations in Singapore and Japan.

The profit was in line with the 55 percent to 65 percent decline forecast by Air China on July The yuan fell more than 2 percent against the dollar in the first half of this year, driving up costs for Air China, which has 70 percent of its debt denominated in the greenback at the end of Foreign exchange losses are expected to also weigh on the earnings of China Eastern Airlines Corp. The stock has dropped 16 percent this year, compared to a 7.

Tarom ended each of the last six years with losses, which totaled some EUR million for the period. In , Tarom posted a EUR These would be the highest revenues for Tarom since The current status of Wasaya was discussed at a recent shareholders meeting in Thunder Bay where Wasaya management painted a bleak picture for the 12 chiefs that represent the communities that own the company.

One of the major problems is the chiefs have been racking up credit. APTN was told Wasaya was having another meeting Thursday where a plan would be discussed to try and save the company. But as an APTN investigation has found out, as we reported earlier this year, the financial instability of Wasaya has been going on for a number of years.

In , Wasaya was losing money. The trial term has been set for September 3rf Tickets for Fly Romania can no longer be purchased on the website. Two months ago, Fly Romania flights were being cancelled left and right. The number of tickets bought did not match the number of flights according to Fly Romania representatives. Initial plans of transporting over , passengers this year for revenues of EUR 15 million collapsed, and Fly Romania only carried 1, of passengers in its couple of months of activities, given that the air company had a capacity of 6, passengers per day.

Expenses paid in U. An uncertain economic outlook for Europe and Asia weakened demand, the company said. The nation euro bloc posted zero growth last quarter as its three biggest economies failed to expand.

Finnair shares fell 2. Quote Wednesday reported a loss for the second quarter compared to profit last year, primarily reflecting lower than expected performance incentive bonuses under the company's flying contracts and the unfavorable flying contract settlements, which in turn hurt revenue. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items. UK holidaymakers who are abroad without a valid return ticket have been advised to book a flight with a different airline and those with booked tickets are advised to contact their credit card users.

The carrier was not ATOL-protected, meaning passengers stranded abroad will not automatically be given flights home and those with tickets will not be given a refund by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protects travellers from losing money or being stranded abroad if the tour operator goes out of business.

AUA now expects a fullyear operating result at the level of last year EUR 25 million rather than the previously targeted improvement. AUA had previously made no provisions for the dispute concerning the cancellation of the collective agreement with pilots and flight attendants two years ago.

German flag-carrier Lufthansa also saw strike action weigh on results. The unannounced audit of the carrier's operations occurred in connection with a series of 'massive' multi-hour delays over the period July 11 to Airline CEO Mikhail Alekseyev blamed the delays on a lack of suitable operational equipment which subsequently impacted negatively on Moskovia's finances. The Izvestia newspaper reports the carrier has already been forced to suspend the sales of tickets for regular flights with effect from July Loss per ADS was 0.

Total operating revenues were 3. During the quarter, the airline reported an operating loss of SGD Total revenue was down Total expenses fell In addition, Tigerair had to shoulder a SGD The group also recorded a SGD Tigerair Singapore reported an operating loss of SGD OS Thursday swung to an operating loss in the second quarter as costs related to a the lease of aircrafts and a labour union strike offset higher passenger volumes.

Norway's budget airline swung to an operating loss of Still, it booked a quarterly net profit of In the year-ago quarter, net profit was Revenue at Norway's budget airline rose to 5. Norwegian, Europe's third-largest budget carrier by revenue, has rapidly expanded its international fleet capacity and opened several new bases in Europe in recent years. Other one-off costs in the second quarter were related to the lease of aircrafts and a strike from the labour union Parat.

He added that 31 days had passed since the initial grounding and recertification was still several weeks away. This has put the airline in breach of its lease contracts, which require its aircraft to continue flying. Air Uganda, which employs staff, launched operations in at the request of the Ugandan government. Monarch has been forced to cut prices on its flights this year after a hoped-for recovery in the industry failed to materialise, and as rivals easyJet and Ryanair added more flights to their existing routes.

The sources said that as part of conversations discussing debt financing options around the fleet deal, it became apparent that further equity was also needed. The expanded fleet will allow Monarch to continue to win new customers, as part of its network strategy focused on scheduled flights, rather than its traditional role as a charter carrier.

However conditions in the travel industry continue to be tough, with overcapacity helping to push yields down, and operating costs continuing to rise. A Monarch Group spokesman declined to comment. Industry analysts point out that Chinese carriers rely on exchange gains to earn profits with yuan appreciation. China Eastern is also expected to report first-half losses.

Europe's second-largest traditional network carrier warned its profits could be as much as 12 percent lower than previously predicted, mainly as a result of overcapacity and resulting weak prices in both the passenger and cargo sectors. Shares in the Franco-Dutch group fell more than five percent to 8. Its warning comes weeks after a similar jolt from Germany's Lufthansa, which warned on profit targets for and due to weaker-than-expected passenger revenue and cargo trends.

Among the factors it blamed were overcapacity on North Atlantic routes and competition from low-cost and Gulf carriers.

Since the Lufthansa statement, other smaller players have warned on profit such as Icelandair and Jet2. Air France-KLM said the lower expected result - at 2. The government requires airlines to sell tickets in the local bolivar currency, but has been slow to allow repatriation of funds under strict foreign currency controls. He said the cargo and Venezuela factors represented about half the resulting profit guidance adjustment together, with the fall in passenger yields accounting for the other half.

Privately-owned Livingston operates three Airbus As on scheduled and charter services from its base at Milan Malpensa. This was exacerbated by the decision of the Sardinian regional government to withdraw a licence for a PSO route operated by Livingston between the Sardinian city of Alghero and Rome Fiumicino.

This meant that services would continue as normal past the previous 14 July cut-off point. Livingston spokeswoman Silvia Ruscitto toldATW Tuesday that the granting of bankruptcy protection would give it breathing space to reform its finances. The Alghero-Rome route is heavily seasonal, losing money in the winter but solidly booked in summer as Italians head to the Mediterranean island for holidays.

The flights ceased June 6, just as the summer season was getting underway. Capacity reached 60, seats in May, up 11 percent from a year earlier, though yields are under pressure from price cuts at Air Tanzania and Precision Air Services Ltd. Some 95 percent of planes are operated to schedule, an unusual display of reliability in Africa, where flights can commonly be hours late or be scrapped altogether at the last minute.

Second-quarter revenue fell Operating expenses came to SEK9. President and CEO David Cush pointed out the first quarter marked the sixth consecutive quarter in which Virgin America has improved its financial results year-over-year. First-quarter traffic increased 5. The LCC saw a drop in passenger numbers of Lufthansa had previously predicted an operating profit of between 1.

The company says it lowered its forecast because of weaker passenger and freight demand, the impact of strikes and the fall in the value of Venezuela's currency. Lufthansa shares stood at The Jet Airways board met in Mumbai on Tuesday and agreed to a series of measures they hope will rebuild the business. There can be no short-term solutions. The changes required will take time to implement.

Investors are hoping Etihad will help recapitalize the airline. We are a long-term strategic investor and [are] committed to supporting Jet Airways as it re-engineers its business to achieve sustainable profitability. The opportunities and benefits for both carriers are enormous.

Competition is likely to get tougher as two new airlines expect to launch in the next year. The long-haul, low-cost affiliate of the AirAsia Group said that, despite a As new capacity typically takes 12 months to reach breakeven, we expect to see yield improvement and an earnings turnaround in the second half of this year, after the seasonally weakest second quarter, and taking into account the aviation industry starting to stabilize its capacity roll-out.

First-quarter operating revenue was THB Thai said the losses were mainly driven by the dramatic slowdown in visitors to Thailand. This quarter it reported carrying 4. MRPKs were down Load factor fell 9. Yield was down 1. The firm attributed it to "tough operating conditions" and "negative sentiment". Investors shrugged off the news with shares rising 2. The airline said favorable cost development created a slightly improved operating result in a difficult market environment with high pressure on capacity utilization; yield was slightly better than the previous year.

Revenue per ASKs fell to 6. Airberlin said it was able to reduce costs per ASKs by 8. Airberlin said its cost-cutting Turbine turnaround program demonstrated tangible effects in the first quarter.

The oneworld member will receive support from external consultants to develop a viable and sustainable business model and a detailed plan for its implementation. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which owns a The company said the results were due to non-recurring costs related to fleet restructuring. The company had previously warned that 21, weather-related flight cancellations during the three-month period ended March 31 would negatively affect its financial results.

The company said the results were due to continued progress with its SCORE results-enhancement program. The airline said that, despite strong growth in passenger numbers and a high load factor, the additional costs of wet-leasing replacement aircraft on long-haul routes, as well as a weaker Norwegian currency had adversely impacted results.

Total revenue for the first quarter was NOK3. Market conditions in Singapore have become challenging with excessive capacity levels provoking a reduction in yields and load factor. The situation at its Indonesian affiliate is particularly challenging, prompting the group to look at divesting its investment in Tigerair Mandala.

Aer Lingus does not release net profit figures for its quarterly filings. CEO Christoph Mueller said the threatened strike, over a long-running pension dispute, had caused numerous flight cancellations, forcing the carrier to hire replacement aircraft. The strike was called off shortly before it was due to start. Operating expenses were MXP3. Operating revenue was up 7. However, sales growth in each business segment, operating income, recurring profit and net income were all down compared to FY Operating expenses were up First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue decreased 2.

Put another way, this is the equivalent of not flying for seven of the 90 days this past quarter. Adverse weather conditions during the quarter drove the decreases, United said. We are committed to expanding our profits this year and to improving our profitability each year after that. He did not give an exact figure for the anticipated loss. Passenger numbers in March alone dropped almost 21 percent from the same month a year ago to 1.

The number of seats sold in the first quarter also fell to Thai Airways, the country's national carrier, posted a third successive quarter of losses in the fourth quarter after a falling baht hit revenue and anti-government protests deterred foreign tourists, especially from China, Japan and South Korea.

This category is applied to companies with plunging cash flow and increasing net debt, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Mr Jamieson also said that the airline was facing higher debt because of trying to upgrade its fleet, while higher fuel use reduced cash flow.

Qantas has on average reduced the age of its fleet by 7. Freight operations benefited from the enhanced capacity offered by a block space agreement with DHL between Muscat and Dubai. The carrier, which is growing rapidly in an attempt to achieve critical mass, will take delivery of the first wave of 20 new aircraft later this year. Oman Air plans to spin off several aspects of its activities into separate companies as the carrier continues to expand. Therefore, Oman Air has planned to spin them off into separate legal entities beginning with ground handling and cargo handling businesses.

They would continue to operate within an Oman Air Group. Total passengers in came to Fourth-quarter revenue gained Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the Australian aviation market continued to be impacted by significant capacity growth which occurred last year. The result comes after a turbulent start to which has seen the resignations of both the chairman and president.

The baht also fell against the dollar and yen - which, with the euro, account for 75 percent of revenue - due to concerns for the economy following the anti-government protests. The protests also led to a slowdown in visitors just as the airline had increased capacity with the delivery of new planes.

The result was a fourth-quarter net loss of 5. For the full year, the airline booked a net loss of 12 billion baht, which compared with a profit of 6. Shares in Thai Airways closed down 1. The release was initially scheduled for Feb. Losses over a nine-month period swelled to RMmil compared with a loss of RMmil reported over the same period last year. Russian news portal AEX. Established in , Moskovia Airlines is based at Moscow Domodedovo and provides regular and charter passenger and cargo flights throughout Russia, as well as to other countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, using a fleet consisting of a B, a B and two SSJ s.

It is currently still operating. The Mumbai-based airline had reported a profit of Rs million in the same period last year. It has been unable to shake off the impact of high fuel costs and pressure on fares brought on by competition. Jet CFO Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan said the losses were lower because of improved passenger yields and sustained market share. Management said it expects the current quarter January to March to be muted in terms of passenger yield and seat factor.

Transportation Ministry director general for air transportation Herry Bakti Gumay said in Jakarta on Saturday that the airline would no longer be allowed to fly from Monday next week. During the restructuring process, the company will be run by the current management team led by Nicolae Petrov, under the supervision of an appointed insolvency administrator.

Operations will continue, although the winter season schedule will be restricted to profitable flights only, according to local reports. SIA said this third-quarter downturn was largely due to exceptional items, including an impairment loss on four surplus freighters that have been put up for sale, settlement of penalty payments in the US and Switzerland, and share of losses resulting from its increased shareholding in Tiger Airways. The South Korean flag carrier is reporting a fourth-quarter net loss of KRW58 billion, a difference of KRW million from fourth-quarter net profits in Fourth-quarter operating revenue slipped 0.

Cargo demand fell 5. Krohn Air is a virtual regional airline. It was founded in in response to the setting of flights into smaller Norwegian cities by SAS. With a leased BAe Jetstream 32 she was still flying at the end of three destinations in their home country. They served the goals Alesund, Molde and Trondheim. But on Tuesday February 4 presented a Krohn Air all their flights. At the same time the company filed for bankruptcy. News reports state that Bahrain Air on the verge of bankruptcy.

Hundreds of Bahrain Air staff who lost their jobs when the airline went into voluntary liquidation are unlikely to receive severance packages with the company allegedly about to file for bankruptcy. Millions of dinars owned to companies will also have to be written off as the carrier changes its legal status, said a report in the Gulf Daily News GDN , our sister publication.

The revelations come almost a year after the airline went into voluntary liquidation, with the loss of jobs. A lawyer arguing on behalf of former Bahrain Air staff told the GDN the courts had already informed people with cases against the airline that it will file for bankruptcy within weeks.

The Irish LCC said losses were in line with its previous guidance and due entirely to lower fares and a weakness in the sterling. SAA announced a pre-tax loss of R1. Fuel costs had the greatest impact on long-haul routes where the existing fleet was fuel inefficient. Management did not receive any salary increase for the year, while pilots received 7. The group also recorded SGD Operationally, revenue declined Overall, the group reported a Q3 operating loss of SGD8.

We recorded exceptional charges on losses from associates. Consequently the disposal of Tigerair Philippines will put us on a better footing going forward. We continue to address these challenges even as the macro environment remains difficult.

A two-notch downgrade is uncommon, and leaves US carrier Southwest and Air New Zealand as the only airlines Moody's rates investment grade. Flights were abruptly suspended Thursday, stranding passengers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and in Miami. Falcon Air, which had been leasing a seat aircraft and six crew members to Haiti Aviation for thrice-weekly flights between Miami and Port-au-Prince told the airline Wednesday night that it would no longer provide the plane and crew.

When Nelson Ramiz Jr. But the financial dispute between Voigt and Ramiz is quite real. Staff did not comment on the decision as they left a meeting at Brindabella Airlines' offices on Monday morning, with some embracing and bursting into tears. Receiver Sebastian Hans said the reaction from staff had been "a mix of high emotion and sadness" but that this suspension would be a matter of days, not weeks.

According to AustrianWings, the Slovak carrier has not operated any actual revenue flights, scheduled or charter, since November 20, with all staff having now been laid off. The airline's fleet of three ATRs will also be put up for sale. Its reported that the start-up failed to raise adequate capital for its operations. The downgrade could increase the airline's borrowing costs and sends a warning to investors.

The airline, which served airports including London's Stansted from its base at Tirana International, said that it would now "start a process of restructuring aiming to return with lower prices and quality service in the Albanian market". It added that it would invite Albanian and foreign investors "to be part of the revival of this success story of an Albanian born business". The news leaves just British Airways offering direct, non-stop flights between London and Tirana, with a three times-weekly service operating from London Gatwick.

Belle Air said that customers holding a valid ticket would be able to purchase "a new ticket at a special adjusted price" from Italian carrier Blue Express. The airline, controlled by media baron Kalanithi Maran's Sun Group, had reported a loss of Rs crore in the year-ago period. The airline's previous biggest loss was Rs crore in the September quarter of FY The airline, which has been headless since late July after CEO Niel Mills quit, in a late night media statement said its income rose marginally to Rs 1, The finance cost rose to Rs The airline attributed the record high loss to higher fuel prices, which accounted for 56 per cent of the total operational expenses, up from 54 per cent in the year-ago quarter.

A weakening rupee against the US dollar, coupled with a massive spike in aircraft maintenance cost that jumped to Rs 78 crore in the reporting period added to the airline's woes.

The company said it did not pay any tax in the reporting quarter against Rs 6. In a statement, the Lufthansa Group said the results were adjusted for restructuring and project costs and positive non-recurring effects. It had logged Rs Jet Airways Group operates more than flights a day with its two brands, the full-service Jet Airways and the low-cost JetLite. The consolidated losses were much higher at Rs On its own admission, the Tanzanian market is too small to sustain the company and international expansion is critical to its longer term survival.

There is little value in acquiring these companies, so the next phase of consolidation will be carriers going out of business. In their submission, the employees argued that the airline declaring bankruptcy was the only way for them to recover any of the monies still owed to them after having gone for more than two months without being paid.

The onset of DAE's financial woes first surfaced in May when USD20million in remittances was reportedly frozen in Venezuela after authorities there moved to block the airline from operating to the country citing alleged safety oversights.

The company cited a range of factors for the loss, including the difficult economic and competitive environment, significant one-off restructuring and transformation costs, and the government's carbon tax. The carrier operates as two separate companies, Jet Airways and Jetlite. Operating results were down Expenses in connection with the SCORE program also depressed earnings of the past six months further on a one-off basis. First-half total revenue fell 0. Fuel costs declined 2. ANA Holdings said the primary reason for the increase in operating expenses was a rise in fuel costs due to the weakening of the yen.

Operating revenues were also affected by the suspension of Boeing services for part of the period. Higher financing costs for its fleet renewal program also contributed to the overall net loss.

The business environment is tough. It didn't describe those items. Chief executive Craig Kreeger said: The airline said the results were due to one-off charges; however, its Turbine restructuring program is beginning to yield results.

Revenue rose by 0. The company cited expenses for severance pay and compensation as part of the SCORE job cuts, as well as impairment losses and valuation effects, for the results. Its full-year earnings outlook for the year remains unchanged. However, the airline said the performance exceeded management projections. Operating expenses grew 2. It does not release net profit figures in its quarterly reports. The airline will release its full first-quarter results May 3.

Tourism is vitally important to the Greek economy and Aegean reported that its close focus on inbound leisure passengers resulted in improved performance on its international routes. The company issued a stark warning that its future hangs on the success of its restructuring plan. The Sarajevo-based carrier is solely owned by Bosnia's autonomous Muslim-Croat Federation, after Turkish Airlines pulled out of a joint venture in June last year and handed its percent stake over to the government.

Last month the bank froze the airline's accounts over an unpaid 5. Bijedic said BH Airlines had deposited collateral of roughly the same amount with the bank.

The bank confirmed in a statement that it had frozen the accounts of BH Airlines because of significant outstanding debt and delays in the payment of the leasing loan.

The company sustained considerable financial losses as a result of the unstable political and security situation in Bahrain. Agus Iskandar, presiding judge at the Jakarta Commercial Court, said a bankruptcy petition filed by U.

Flights abruptly stopped just after midnight, stranding hundreds of passengers across the country. Air Malta, which is going through a major restructuring process, said that many of the restructuring costs were one-off charges. V would not agree to support a restructuring program. In December , the carrier announced plans to temporarily suspend 12 routes from German regional airports from early January. It attributed the route changes to high fuel prices and expectations it could not meet its year-end forecast.

A spokesperson said more information would be released in the near future. The carrier was purchased by Dutch financial investor Panta Holdings last summer after Polish-based Amber Gold sold its investment. The carrier operated a fleet of Fokker s, Saab s and a Saab A. Flight VV which left for Copenhagen was the last Aerosvit Airlines flight before they stopped their operation. According to ukranian newspaper delo. Aerosvit Airlines had operated a fleet of 31 aircrafts 28 active, 3 stored with an average age of Wednesday's results were largely weighed down by one-time costs linked to its new restructuring program and compared with a previous annual loss of million kronor.

SAS has changed its financial year to November to October to better correspond with its internal procedures. The Stockholm-headquartered group, which hopes to save 3 billion kronor a year through the cost cuts and raise the same amount through the sale of assets, says it expects to report a pretax profit in its current financial year. It warned however, that the first quarter is looking "extremely weak.

Also, the airline said it could not meet new requirements that took effect last month requiring Russian airlines using aircraft with larger than 55 seats to have at least eight aircraft of the same type. At the beginning of last month, Kuban stopped using its Soviet-built fleet. The carrier had to return three Airbus As to its lessors due to its inability to pay.

In , Kuban Airlines carried nearly , passengers. Both airlines belonged to investment company Basic Element. The airline blamed high oil prices and the strength of the US dollar against the euro, as well as persistent weakness in domestic demand. Australia's second-largest airline has also expanded its code-share alliance with Singapore Airlines to cover more destinations in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Virgin has not issued specific earnings guidance but told shareholders at its annual meeting in Brisbane on Tuesday that it expects the negative consumer sentiment to persist over the short to medium term. This was a sharp drop The airline said the results were due to weak passenger demand, depressed yields, high oil prices and unfavorable exchange rates.

KQ chairman Evanson Mwaniki said the six months to Sept. He said the economic downturn in Europe and high fuel prices had hit passenger traffic, as had travel advisories that negatively impacted the Kenyan market in the wake of tourism security breaches.

Weak demand coupled with increased competition forced passenger yields down 2. The airline, which operated flights within South Africa, said in August it had launched a turnaround plan to right its money-losing business. Trading in its shares - which have lost 87 percent of their value this year - would be halted, the company said.

Local media reported that hundreds of passengers were left stranded after the airline cancelled all its flights at 3: Its total liabilities at the time came to million rand. The group provided pro forma figures for the nine-month period.

The airline pointed out that costs associated with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring were the main driver of the loss.

In releasing its earnings, AA attempted to paint a brighter picture of its current state compared to the serious operational and labor problems it has experienced recently. But Iata highlighted how in July, the number of passengers travelling first or business class over the north Atlantic fell by 2. Russian state corporation Rostechnology had originally transferred five carriers to SU, but after the deal it sold Saratov-based Saravia Airlines. SU representatives added that the integration is not complete.

SU has reported it will create a special structure to monitor and coordinate the financial and operational performance of all group participants. High oil prices and the weakened euro against the US dollar made the situation worse. The warning came from Iata against a backdrop of economic uncertainties which saw demand fall in July across the globe with the exception of Africa, the Middle East and domestic services in China.

The slowdown in travel growth is being driven largely by the recent fall in business confidence in many economies. But Qantas unions attacked the loss, with the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association both calling for top management to stand down and the pilots association accusing Qantas of reducing its full-service international operation to "a husk".

Revenue was marginally up at SEK That is what has been lacking with the Weah campaign. When an opportunity presented itself for Mr. Weah to convince the rest of us why his acquired leadership skills in the sporting arena would be justifiably and successfully transferable to the government leadership arena.

Some Reflections By Bai M. Beware of Wolf in Sheep Clothing: Kollie When we refuse to build a nation of leaders with vision and integrity, we have no choice but to accept a generation of liabilities. When I saw what youth in Ghana and Kenya are doing in terms of pursuing productive ventures while I was there about a week ago, I was overwhelmed with fear and uneasiness for youth in Liberia.

The future of Liberia is uncertain. Our nation is trekking on a journey to nowhere. Unfortunately, nothing genuine is being done to find concrete solution to this predictable and perilous end. We could encounter severe consequences and painfully pay for our silence if we continue to ignore prevailing realities.

I grew up in a family of 15 children. But were not siblings -- but still, they had discipline. I look at Liberians as Liberians. I don't have a family in Liberia , but every Liberian is [part of] my family. During the war, our neighbors were looking for my family to take care of them.

Either you go to school and come back to be a productive citizen, like what I was doing. What you keep seeing and hearing is that Liberian people are reserved to make me their president because they know how I'll interact with them.

The poor will be poorer, dilapidated towns will continue to crumble, and crime will rise; but worst of all, our underprivileged children will be weaker, suffering from a lack of medical care and malnutrition with little or no prospect for better and brighter tomorrows. Kiadii I am beginning to lose hope in the ongoing political process in Liberia, as the visibility of betrayal lends a veneer of hope to the presidency of the tabula rasa, everything is indicating this except there is a dramatic recalibration and U-turn in the Sisyphean activities of your camp in the coming days.

Obscurity and Cacophony of the Transition By: Moses Blonkanjay Jackson MsEd, EdM In my thinking thoughts I reflected the trend of events in the current Presidential and Representative elections, and the obscurity and cacophony wrought in the perspectives and minds of both laymen and pundits in various circles.

Either one or all could be true considering the issues of the recent process and how the November 7 process could unfold leading to an unanticipated inauguration on January 16, He made millions of dollars as a compensation for playing football.

Over the years, since his retirement and without utilizing any of the available vehicles of investment and revenue generating activities, he has become cashless, a broke man. He has suffered from the celebrity curse, which has afflicted many NBA stars in America. They played basketball and made millions of dollars only to mismanage the funds, leaving them to live in poverty.

Kiadii The razzmatazz is in full swing and the politicians are undercutting each other in the last bid to decide the winner of the election, as the presidential election goes for a runoff between the ruling Unity Party and the Coalition for Democratic Change. The two sides obtained the most votes in the first round of the polls, but neither side bagged the fifty percent plus one threshold of absolute majority to attain a win.

Adherents of each side are purveying that their side will win, which has engendered a convoluted whoop-de-doo on social media as well as in the print and electronic media.

Somehow our paths diverged and the younger Byron entered my orbit in the late 60s. A bond was established then and it remained firm through the vicissitudes of Liberian national life since then, broken only with his passing earlier this month.

Weah Sprints Towards an Open Goal - Africa Confidential [Weah's] record as a senior legislator has been indifferent at best, if not downright mediocre. He is inarticulate to the point of incoherence and boycotted the two presidential debates before the October vote for that reason. He has a very short attention span in meetings with diplomats and officials, including his party's executive, and is impatient with written briefs. Weah long ago depleted his fortune but his campaign was well funded: He has refused to declare his assets or explain the sources of funds in his campaign war chest.

Can a House Divided Pull the Strings? By Alfred Kiadii Unity Party is in a free fall due to the factional battles within its ranks. With such fast degeneracy, the lack of coherence in its central command, porosity of strategy due to massive leak, coupled with the no money syndrome, a George Weah presidency engineered by the witch plutocrat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is on the horizon. And like other Taylor loyalists who are posting all kinds of insults, Mr. Howe has come out charging at me like a wild bull in a China shop and probably the only thing that could stop him is CDC's defeat in the runoff Elections.

Portraying himself as an accomplished man he goes on to draw my late wife into his line of fire with bogus claims of my not owning a house in Monrovia or anywhere else and by his yardstick I am "useless". This is so because in the first round, no candidate threw the knockout blow..

As one observer puts it, even votes from the great beyond will not help Cllr. He recalls that the AU, like many other members of the international community, has highly welcomed the signing of the JCPoA, considering it a triumph for multilateral diplomacy and a vindication of the effectiveness of negotiated resolution of international disputes.

Bestman A s the world stopped to screen the distinction in the Liberian individuals from delicacy to security, nail-gnawing to succeed the Matriarch of Africa's Oldest Republic, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf have achieved its ideal. These anxieties have evoked energies that have undermined th e change and manufactured discernment among the reasonably uneducated individuals. These desperations have mothered two offsprings, emotion and reasoning.

Kiadii The gory clamoring of the elements of the rogue ruling Unity Party for a runoff and the disastrous trailing of the Party behind the riffraff Coalition for Democratic Change in the preliminary result announced by the criminal head of the National Elections Commission in Jerome Kokoyah is an indication of the fading and the sabbatical of hygiene in the government, and its gross insensitivity to address structural imbalances and solve social discards in the Republic.

George Mannah Weah is a soccer superstar, who is admired by Liberian youthful Liberians. As Liberians Vote Today - "Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia and timidity Well, imagine our disquiet yesterday when unsubstantiated reports reached us from some sources in Monrovia that a plot for NEC to announce the results in favor of CDC is being set in motion, as we go to press, by some propelling invisible hands Liberia: But the question is: Endorsement of the Presidential Candidacy of Joseph N.

Unlike most news organs, ours had never endorsed a political party or any standard bearer, but we view this watershed moment as a public service in helping voters make informed decisions with the aforementioned collective aspirations in mind. Post — war Liberia was already a fractured nation, so when one adds growing class, ethnic, and partisan schisms, there is no doubt that the people deserve a unifier like Joseph N. And those are the leadership qualities we saw in JNB which make us convinced he should be at the helm to bridge a divided nation.

Nyepon On October 10th, Liberians of all walks of life and political persuasions will set out to elect the next president of Africa's oldest republic. Liberians of all ethnicity, regions, religions, social status and generations will join together to elect the next president of the country. The elections will bring Liberians face-to-face will building and transforming the country into a vast workshop the offers massive employment opportunities to our youth and create wealth and opportunities that will be shared and redistributed equally amongst all Liberians.

Liberia Holds a Free Election. These essential elements of good leadership are very scant in Liberia. Governmental authorities have been characterized by bigotry and arrogance since the founding of Liberia in The birth place of this patriot is the remote village of Worsonga, Lofa County.

He struggled to the top by simply being an honest man. Uncle Joe, as he is popularly called, has held several positions in government and the private sector where he exhibited respect for everyone regardless of social status.

Both his superiors and subordinates look up to him for guidance on critical issues even though he always insists on being in the back. Annulling The Iran Deal: Alon Ben-Meir To hear an audio version of this article, click here.

Instead, the US and its allies along with Russia and China should build on the existing deal so that once it expires, Iran would not simply rush to acquire nuclear weapons but weigh the benefits of not pursuing nuclear weapons against any strategic advantage it could potentially reap by acquiring such an arsenal. By Gbe Sneh What is about to happen, my People? There is a very good chance Senators Weah-Taylor ticket will win.

We must point out any plausible reservations to this ticket in the Presidential Race. We start with the head of the ticket, Senator George Weah:. By now we assume that many of us must have taken a course called Boakaism.

That is, the history of Joseph Nyumah Boakai. This course teaches the history of the man name Joseph Nyumah Boakai, his early childhood, struggle in life, his political life, etc.

Based upon this, I will waste not your time as it relates to his life sketch, how his mother had to go the extra mile by cutting greens and making gardens in order to make this boy become one of the best patriots of our time. We will therefore touch on the qualities of this man Boakai and how he is expected govern this country upon ascending the presidency.

Who is Joseph Nyumah Boakai? In brief, the President revisited what Liberia faced following the civil war, a monumental task, that in all fairness, she embraced totally as her own. There is a very bright side, however. Elwood Dunn In the midst of the current elections season, I have read many flippant remarks about the imminent peaceful transfer of presidential power as a first in Liberian history.

But then I read an interview by the celebrated author Helene Cooper that went like this: How does it feel to see her presidency ending? Sakui Malakpai By Abdoulaye W. Dukulé The title of this review may sound messianic in a way, and it is meant to be so. The book about Joseph Nyuma Boakai is written like a story out of the Book.

The story of Nyuma is like the story of Joseph, a name the subject will pick up some time in his life, as he transited from one village to another, from one town to another, in search of a stable home.

Like Joseph in the Book, his life is a succession of hardship and uncertainty, built on a narrative of sufferance, endurance and hunger. Deepening Democracy or Butchering Democracy: Kiadii These elections are a watershed in the history of our country. The elections either consolidate the fragile peace the country is experiencing, amidst the poverty and unemployment, or retrogress it in the cesspit of backwardness.

Keen on which direction the country moves hinge on the collective decision we make as a people of this space named Liberia. These elections are critical as our collective destiny is tied to the outcome of the process. Alon Ben-Meir The Iraqi Kurdish referendum vote for independence, scheduled for September 25, is more than likely to pass by an overwhelming majority of the Kurdish population.

Although the passage of the referendum will not automatically lead to statehood, it represents a crucial step forward that opens the door for negotiations with the Shiite-led government in Baghdad to reach an agreement. As a nation, we moved on and rose above our hurts despite our frustration and anger; we settled on the foundation of reconciliation to put Liberia's interest ahead of ours.

With a crowded field of over twenty Presidential candidates and just about twice as many legislative candidates, no can rule out the possibility of legal challenges arising before the Supreme Court whose credibility was severely eroded by its recent decisions on the Code of Conduct. When I chaired the Africa Subcommittee, we worked diligently, and across party lines, to send a clear, unified message - Charles Taylor must be brought to justice.

And against the odds, he was. Now, years later, we have seen some impressive growth in Liberia. As a nation confronted with immense political, economic, security, and development challenges, Liberia has persevered. It is important to emphasize that the essence of the exhibition exercise is to provide individuals who participated in the Voter Registration exercise the opportunity to vet the provisional Roll aimed at establishing a final Registration Roll that is reliable and credible.

America is already great. The problem is that we are squandering our greatness by pursuing foreign and domestic policies that debase our moral authority and the values that made America great in the first place. We must change course, but for that we need leaders with vision, courage, and determination which is sorely lacking.

The best and the brightest who can in fact chart a new path have become disillusioned with politics, making the prospect of renewal increasingly difficult. It is time for every American patriot to raise their voice and remind one another of what makes America a great nation and what it stands for. In this essay, as a psychologist, I shall be making the case that one of Blyden's major contributions to intellectual history was his quest to decolonize the African mind in order to mediate and resuscitate the African personality.

A Letter to Liberia: I do not believe you are ready for Elections By Jacob Seyon Kwateh I have been deeply moved to write you this letter concerning the upcoming elections in Liberia. And, with love and grave concern, I am persuaded to write you this letter letting you know that I do not believe that you are ready for elections this October, I would argue there are some unresolved and lingering issues and if not addressed adequately, these issues have the potential to derail our movement toward sustainability and hinder our ability to develop our human resources and infrastructure.

Liberian Journalism at a Crossroads By Joe Bartuah How many of our compatriots are aware that a Liberian journalist played a pivotal role in erecting the quintessentially aspirational architecture of our nation state? Just peruse the brilliantly crafted wording of the foremost foundational document of Liberia, otherwise known as the Declaration of Independence.

Who minted that inspiring national vision? Was it Elijah Johnson, one of the venerable politicians at that time? I certainly did, and Mr. Joseph Nyumah Boakai have been blamed by Liberty Party presidential candidate Charles Walker Brumskine of making this ugly divide in our history a campaign issue. I will set the record straight. Brumskine is like the proverbial man who lives in a glass house and throws stones at by-passers, and cries wolf when the by-passers return his favor.

This hypocrisy by Brumskine needs to be exposed after he and the Congua have thrived on this divide at the expense of the native majority since the beginning of our nationhood nearly years now.

Yes, I am no economist, but I think there are some very pertinent questions to be aware — if the next government is to avoid a harder economic landing. So be vigilant till the end. This is what many of us who support Mr. Boakai have been saying the last few years.

But the honorable and respected Mr. Boakai will not come out ranging as Senator Sherman. Others must do the dirty work for him and Sherman is quite suited for the fight.

It is one thing for Ellen to dabble in her lip service and lukewarm support for Mr. Boakai, while at the same time, she is still encouraging the exodus of party hierarchies to leave the party. This disdain and contempt for Mr. Boakai by Ellen is so apparent for all to see. You neither have the moral authority that a president needs to project, nor the courage of one.

You have neither the vision of an enlightened president, nor the diplomatic savvy of one. You have neither the capacity to lead the nation as president, nor the competence of one. You have neither the credibility that the president must enjoy, nor the ability to get things done. You have neither the stability that the president must demonstrate, nor the consistency of one.

Baba Sillah Corruption is a serious threat to the Liberian society. Like a vicious disease it tears away at the systems and institutions that should work to address national development challenges like illiteracy, health-delivery care, unemployment, among several. Society is being robbed of scarce and valuable resources that can be used to undertake substantive development transformation by some individuals in positions of public trust.

Howbeit, the threat of corruption is not delimited to individuals in positions of public trust, it slithers through society with almost every known established institutional structure including the family, being suspicious and needing some form of query. Decapitating Jim Crow Monument: Patrick Flomo The Charlottesville awakening has reignited the Organic nature of the constitution the Liberal view as opposed to the Divinity s cripture text Originalist view of the Constitutional interpretation in this case the First Amendment freedom of expression and assembly the fundamental principle of the American Constitution, i.

Charlottesville v Jason Kessler. Ghetto And Slum Politics? Prototype of an Audacity to Bamboozle a Sovereign Nation By Moses Blonkanjay Jackson I considered recent confusion generated by claims and counter claims regarding Liberians who are holders of American passports. Overtime, it has been alleged that these citizens of the United States of America, instead of fronting for political positions in their country, have surged on Liberia and qualified by the National Elections Commission NEC to vie for presidential and legislative seats.

Thus, this election is all Joseph Boakai to win if Mr. One group was the African-Americans, emancipated, freed people of color from the North, South Americas and other slave-holding states.

They came and settled on this land of their ancestors, a flight from slavery, race, socio-cultural, political discrimination-segregation, servitude and human bondage, in search of human freedom, justice and equality, on a land of their own. The other group was the African-Africans, though on their own land, but also a flight, metaphorically, from autocratic, despotic rule by African tribal chiefs, monarchs and slave merchants, who sold their own people to western slave traders.

Theirs, also, was in search of human freedom, justice and equality. At best, the reported dispatch of an additional 4, American troops as recommended by his security chiefs will prevent the total collapse of Afghanistan and thwart the Taliban from winning.

Given the complex nature of the conflict, however, the status quo will not change in any significant way. The Lone Star Banner: Waving Gracefully over the Vicissitudes of History in Transition By Moses Blonkanjay Jackson In my thinking thoughts, I retrospect the trend in the history of Liberia and how we would soon be gliding into a peaceful smooth transition after a long haul in our history.

I retrospect the divisiveness wrought by the Americo-Liberian supremacy doctrine that birthed confusion, malice, wars, and the resultant gross mistrust and lack of transparency that have become ours. Jonathan Gant, Global Witness campaigner said: If the legislature passes a law that does not protect these rights, the law should be vetoed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Both internal and external players have been nurturing their vested interests by prolonging the deadly conflict, hoping to improve their position to serve their long-term objectives.

The irony is that none of the external main players - Russia, Iran, US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia - and the domestic actors the Assad regime, Sunnis, and Kurds will end up with such lasting gains that outweigh the horrifying losses that have been inflicted on the country and its citizens. By Siahyonkron Nyanseor There is this African proverb that says: This was the case with the former slaves that migrated to present day Liberia in search of freedom and dignity; yet they brought with them the inhumane prejudices they.

Unity Party Campaign "Dream Team": Where Is The Platform? Considered in some quarters as his dream team, it comprises high - profile Boakai supporters, and we are told that more names may be added to the list. In a word, this is a good start although it is apparently a little too late. But, we would have imagined, what Liberians and Boakai well-wishers want is not a mere list of names comprising, perhaps, a combination of credible and corrupt individuals alike lining up for a job fair.

By James Thomas-Queh I had been wondering why an American official made a statement recently that the United States does not support anyone candidate in the Liberian elections.

Instead, she should have been reassuring them that the Liberian voters were mature and wise enough to elect the best leader to succeed her and rule the country effectively. You see, when God created man, by design, God intended each part of His handmade to work together.

One may ask, why? The answer is found in that aforementioned proverb. And, for example, organs such as the mouth, cheek, tongue, teeth and throat need each other like links on an assembling line in a manufacturing plant. Thus in order for them to perform as Our Almighty Father stipulated they have to cooperate. Alon Ben-Meir The below article is a response to a public letter written by Ibrahim Kurtulus, criticizing my previous article about the plight of the Kurds in Turkey.

You can find a link to his letter in full here. But my great disappointment is that Dr. Browne has killed my interest in his oration when he chose to use a contemptuous Liberian national anthem as thesis statement for his topic: Stewart Jr This piece is intended as a wake-up call to all civil society leaders including religious leaders, political leaders and aspirants in the upcoming elections to look ahead to see the immense potential danger that awaits us as a nation if we do not correct the huge mistakes made in the Voters Registration exercise that have now produced a non-credible and highly unreliable Voters roll.

Alon Ben-Meir Iraq, once the cradle of civilization, has and continues to experience one of the most horrific violent conflicts in modern history that defies any semblance of civilized humanity. It is hard to imagine the mammoth death and destruction that has been inflicted on the Iraqi people by foreign powers and domestic terrorism.

Yet, the country can still overcome the horrors of the past 14 years, provided its leaders correctly reassess the changing regional and domestic dynamics and agree to allow all Iraqis, regardless of their sect and cultural orientation, to choose their own political and civil structure. They have now been joined by Mr. Abraham and the Angels: The artist presents himself as an imposing father-figure, like some patriarch of old.

His dress is formal, and utterly distinctive — a gold apron, a red sash — while his prominent and imposing hands proclaim his trade. And yet beneath that intimidating, almost royal, exterior is an unmistakable vulnerability, a strength borne of having suffered life's calamities, and emerged from the awful trials that the world inflicts upon one and all.

Patrick Flomo Eight score and ten years ago, Liberia was conceptualized, conceived, and birthed as the land of freedom, liberty, and dignity of man.

For the freed black American slaves, it symbolized release from the scourge and the bondage of human slavery in the American South. The American Colonization Society ACS established this new nation, the second black Republic in history, on the West Coast of Africa, bringing the autochthonous into the realm of western civilization. Nyepon The most vital and clear-cut pathway to propelling transformative social change and inclusive growth in Liberia is through youth development and sustainable agriculture.

On yesterday, Wednesday, July 26, , we, Liberians, celebrated the th Birth Anniversary of the Liberian Political State, with the usual, historical pomp and pageantry. The back-slapping, family gatherings, gifts-giving and merry-making festivities of self-praise, feel-good and self-glorification now leading to another political hoopla for vote-rigging planned for the forthcoming general and Presidential Elections, scheduled for October, Today, the socio-economic conditions in Gaza are so horrendous that if nothing is done immediately, the whole area is bound to explode in the face of Hamas, Israel, and the international community.

Both sides are equally guilty of an egregious betrayal of their own people. The relationship between Kaduna and Liberia may be seen in the role Kaduna State and its leaders have played in promoting the bilateral relations of Nigeria and Liberia Appropriately, he or she will receive all of the emoluments of the presidency; twenty-one gun salute, speaking and negotiating on behalf of the Nation-State, attending and visiting official nations and conferences, etc.

Weep Not, Mama Liberia! Keita Monday, July 26, , it was - you seized the moment and declared unto yourself independence, making you the first African and second black nation to do so. On that day, freed slaves became founders of a nation — a near-nightmare and impossibility for those once sold into slavery, hopes were born and dreamers thought their dreams of freedom, liberty and equality could now be realized.

Definition Of Politician In Liberian Parlance Sonkarley Tiatun Beaie In a contemporary Liberian society, many people often misconstrue the meaning of politician and define it in any way to appraise their political agenda or at their individual levels of understanding.

But, like all the hundreds of national documents and agreements drafted with millions of dollars evaporated in thin air - while the nation is abandoned to bleed and suffocate in mass poverty, hopelessness and disorder - it too was forgotten since enactment in Kollie Another Independence Day is just 48 hours away, but what is there to celebrate?

Independence Day is not just about celebrating age, but celebrating fulfilled promises. It epitomizes how far we have come as a nation in terms of achieving genuine prosperity, reconciliation, peace, justice and equality. It commemorates socio-economic parity and eulogizes political freedom. Is Liberia different from what it was years ago? Independence is not merely about celebrating age in poverty and misery, but celebrating longevity in prosperity, equality and justice for ALL.

Seequeh Despite the few riotous reactions to the opinions in Part One, there is something crystal clear beneath the dark armpit of the UP architecture: Unity Party as it was before the Nuquay pick, along with all the euphoria for a Boakai presidency from within and without, is never going to be the same again.

Crisis has set in. Disgruntlement never thought off is seething about. Harmony has shrunk and ongoing efforts to downplay the aftereffects of the Nuquay selection and to heal the resultant internal disquiet and instability will hardly return the party to status quo ante. A Morally Corrupting War By Professor Alon Ben-Meir Sixteen years have passed and we are still fighting a war in Afghanistan which is not only the longest in American history at a cost approaching one trillion and the blood of thousands of brave soldiers , but one which is morally corrupting from which there seems to be no exit with any gratification but shame.

Congress through public opinion passed a resolution in to empower the American Colonization Society ACS to purchase a land for the establishment of the territory called Liberia today. Government for the establishment of a land that could host the replica of her creed her flag, anthem, allegiance pledge, justice system, bicameral legislature, and constitution etc.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC process and its recommendations did not identify these perpetrators at the time because of limited time and resources. And under these recommendations, any persons, perpetrators, groups or individuals found to be in the same position or standing before the TRC process as those already named or identified by the TRC, are subject to the same findings, determinations and recommendations of the TRC What is happening in Yemen is not merely a violent conflict between combating forces for power, but the willful subjugation of millions of innocent civilians to starvation, disease, and ruin that transcends the human capacity to descend even below the lowest pit of darkness, from which there is no exit.

This is a violation of their basic rights. Liberians must own and control their economy that would allow them to succeed in their country and ensure the safety and prosperity of the nation. I am not against foreign investment, who would be? We want to not only commend the resilience of those leaders who stood against the Madam Ellen's kleptomaniac but we are also urging those senators to remain firmed on their decision to ably protect the interest of this land and it's people and graduate from protecting foreign monopoly capital against ordinary Liberian entrepreneurs that are left struggling.

Joseph Gono, lauded the Ambassador for the reception in their honor, the release adds. The Proliferation of Gambling in Liberia: Kollie Engraving a heroic legacy is historically fundamental to almost every President or Head of State especially when his or her tenure is ending. The interest of every patriotic leader is to leave behind a legacy full of dignity, pride and public honor. This pedestal of American iconic standing or perception has been blighted by the most un-American presidential character in the last 50 years telling lies as President of the United States.

Does this iconic American phrase have any intrinsic value meaning to conservative Republicans and the religious, right? What is perplexing is that under George W. Kollie When voters cast their ballots for political predators and economic vultures, they self-crucify themselves and bear the excruciating pain thereafter.

Such is the case with Liberians, especially eligible voters. Can a Liberian businessman be given the leverage to import even toothbrushes to Lebanon? Erdogan does not understand that he cannot wish the Kurdish problem away—a problem that will continue to haunt him and the country for countless more decades unless a solution is found that respects their cultural and fundamental human rights.

Harrison Karnwea and Cllr. Charles Brumskine are owners of the Nimba Rubber Incorporated; the firm established four months after the March, labor unrest at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation Company.

With just 21 more days for Liberians in country and abroad to memorialize yet another Independence Day, I thought to cautiously evoke your conscience as a prominent statesman whose voice and action could change a lot in Liberia. With confidence and optimism, I hope you embrace this communiqué in good faith.

The Crucifixion of Liberianization: Yanqui Zaza Many thanks to you all for your contribution to this important debate. Well, brother Sylvester Moses, I assume that Mr. Andrew Worth does not share your view that many countries have instituted a mixed economy. For instance, the United States provides welfare programs for the poor and it also assists big businesses through cash contributions during financial meltdowns i.

The status quo erodes every day the prospect of a solution, but the changing geopolitical winds in the Middle East have created a new opportunity to resume peace negotiations. The newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, has a golden opportunity to take up the initiative on the basis left by his predecessor. World Leaders Condemn Capitalism. Africa Or Liberia, Which Way? Yanqui Zaza Is capitalism having a bad coverage?

President Donald Trump, then U. Kollie With immense pleasure and honor, I am glad to be with all of you to celebrate the resilience of the African children worldwide. On this 26th anniversary of the Day of the African Child, we have assembled once more on this ELWA compound to reaffirm our unhindered commitment to protect the rights and welfare of every child in Africa and Liberia.

In memory of this historic occasion, we have come to pay homage to Liberian children and renew our promise once made to them. Abijaoudi when no Liberian-owned hotel has even received a tax holiday for 1 year or even 6 months?

An open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas By Alon Ben-Meir, PhD Last week I sent an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, criticizing him in the strongest terms for pursuing policies that prolong the occupation of the West Bank rather than searching for ways to end it by resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution. Then they ask you, "how many of you were at the protest? As an advocate, I chose not to anchor my thoughts only on what was published in The In Profile Daily, but to go beyond by digging out some fundamental facts.

Dual citizenship is illegal and is criminal in Liberia. As a foreign citizen serving as the Chair of NEC, Korkoya has also violated the much talked about Code of Conduct, which he promises to enforce to the letter.

These, among other violations, make Korkoya a criminal suspect. The Unfinished Six Day War: The sad irony is that for you, the facts on the ground are freely expungable in your morally distorted universe. That petitioner is a citizen of Liberia that is historically known for standing up for justice, peace, human rights and upholding the law for more than Forty Years 40 of his life through the work of the Movement of Justice for Africa MOJA.

Seequeh Let me venture into a seemingly potentially catastrophic political terrain today: No doubt, everyone has his political dislikes and the reasons for them in any elections. Many of these banks have branches on the right of the south entrance of the mall as well. If the charges are high, then find a balance between frequency of withdrawals and amount of cash in hand your access to a safe place to store cash must be considered.

Withdraw cash for free in Ghana. Note for Bank of America card holders: Payment with credit cards. Most shops only accept cash, other than a few supermarkets and a limited number of hotels and restaurants that accept credit cards. Sad to say, credit card fraud abounds in Ghana. For example, airlines won't let you pay online if they dete ct that your IP address is from a computer located in Ghana: For security reasons, do not use your credit card except in a limited number of high-end establishments in Accra.

Employ all precautions using you credit cards, such as not letting your card away from your sight and do not have a third party sent a fax for you which includes your credit card number. Lost or Stolen Credit Cards. Get the number for you home country from the issuing bank, the documents that came with your card or the relevant website. There might be a limit to how much you can cash per day equivalent of Pounds.

As the Central Bank, the Bank of Ghana has the responsibility of implementating monetary policies. Till the end of last century, banking in Ghana was dominated by state-owned institutions and showed few signs of competition.

One of the first things we advise to do on arrival is to put your cash in a bank after changing it. You will anyway probably need an account at some point during your posting.

Easy, safe and convenient. The documents required for opening an account at any bank generally are your passport, another ID an International Driving License is accepted and proof of residence. Some banks will open an account before you have your residence or work permit if you provide a six-month statement from your bank at home. Ask your expat colleagues and your company's finance manager. As far as fees, know what you will mainly use your account for and study fixed and transaction-based costs before choosing a bank and an account type.

For information on corporate accounts, kindly write to services accraexpat. For emergencies, Western Union services are available from the Ghana Post Office for immediate transfer of money to or out of Ghana.

We heard that Western Union cannot be used to send money out of Ghana anymore. Commercial banks open from 8. With this service, you will almost never wait in line at a bank anymore. The monthly fee is GHS See the Editor's Blog post " Inflation and monetary policy contradictions in Ghana with notes on GDP, public debt and exchange rates ".

More information on banks in Ghana on the website of the Ghana Association of Bankers. You may also visit the website of the Bank of Ghana. For transfers, you will find Ghana banks' swift and sort codes here. The government charges a 15 percent Value-Added-Tax plus a 2. For large amounts, ask to see the VAT certificate of the business you are dealing with.