In our Monday, February 15 edition, we published a front page story captioned: Gov't. Indicted: 75 percent of Liberians Lack Safe Drinking Water-PRS Implementation Slow.
Early this week, hundreds of former Guthrie Rubber Plantation tappers staged a protest action, disrupting normal work at the plantation. The Guthrie Rubber Plantation, which is situated in Bomi County, is currently under the management of Sime Darby, a Malaysian Company Reports had it that the aggrieved workers' action was in demand of severance benefit s the government owes them.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, this paper ran a front page story under the caption-To Make Ends Meet: Liberian Children “Hustle”. The story, which was the outcome of a visit by this paper to Wein Town at Bernard Farm on Monday, February 8, 2010, was buttressed by the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL when it released its report on the Human Rights situation in the country.
For sometimes now, fire has been causing havoc in Monrovia and other parts of the country, leaving several persons dead, hundreds of people homeless, and thousands worth of properties destroyed. Most, if not all of these fire incidents, had been attributed to abandoned lit candle.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2010, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) formally released its 2009 Annual Situation Report on the country. In its report, the JPC, among other things, alerted the Government, the Liberian People and other state actors on those issues that affected the lives of all and sundry during the period under review. One of the cardinal issues raised by the JPC has to do with audit.
In her Annual Message to the National Legislature on January 25, 2010, the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, spoke on a number of issues regarding her administration's achievements and challenges during the year 2009, as well as the way forward.
Of late, the government of Liberia via the Ministry of Public Works and the international partners have been involved in the construction and subsequent dedication of several Billy Bridges across the country.
On Monday, January 25, 2010, we published a front page story under the caption- Lugatuo: A Hell For Cross Border Trade. In that story, we quoted our staff writer, who has just returned from an assessment visit to Logatuo, Nimba County as saying that the only bridge, which is the official crossing point between Ivory Coast and Liberia at Logatou, Nimba County, is yet to be rehabilitated since it collapsed in 2003.
On Friday, January 22, 2010, The New Dawn Newspaper, a newly established bilingual (English and French) in Liberia, made its debut on the news stand.
The New Dawn Newspaper, a newly established bilingual (English and French) in Liberia, is today, Friday, January 22, 2010 making its debut on the newsstand. The New Dawn’s first appearance on the newsstand is occasioned by its official launching ceremony to be held at the PA Rip House in Sinkor, Airfield from 6: 00 PM to 7:30 PM, an occasion that is expected to be attended by several dignitaries, including diplomats, government officials, investors, bankers, heads of corporate bodies, media executives among others.
The New Dawn, an independent daily published by the Searchlight Communication Incorporated, is truly independent and non-partisan. The New Dawn’s main objective is to promote the practice of professional journalism, sustainable democracy, respect for human rights and good governance.
The paper shall provide wider coverage on development trends in the country, highlight the country’s changing investment climate, and promote the activities of both local and international non-governmental organizations working in various sectors and regions of the country as well as report on the social, governmental and economic situations of the country.
The paper commits itself to upholding and demonstrating professional ethical standards in carrying out all its activities. No doubt, The New Dawn has come at the time Liberia; a nation on the path to recovery after years of brutal civil conflict is preparing for its second post war elections, which the UN envoy here has described as the test for Liberia’s lasting peace.
Thus, it needs a vibrant and objective media, and The New Dawn is here to immensely contribute in that direction. The paper, in keeping with its Motto-“Taking Journalism To Another Level”, is here to genuinely contribute its quota to the Liberian nation and people, the sub-regionand the world, with high degree of responsibility, professionalism, patriotism and nationalism, as gatekeepers.
The New Dawn assures that it would do nothing whatsoever to place self interest and other negatives vices above the interest of mother Liberia-our common denominator.