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Sierra Leonean PhD. Candidate excels in Risk China Congress 2013
Written by John Baimba Sesay-IA, PR China   
Monday, 08 July 2013 08:48

A sierra Leonean PhD candidate in Industrial Economics at the Liaoning University school of International Business & Economics, Shenyang City, People’s Republic of China Allieu Badara Kabia has excelled in the 2013 Risk China Congress. The Risk China Congress held on the theme “Reforming risk management under the new governance” was timed to address key issues and identify trends in China’s risk management space.

Held on the 26th of June, 2013, at the Westin Beijing Financial Street, Beijing, the conference provided excellent opportunities for industry players to exchange ideas and share best practices.

The programme brought together international and local speakers to discuss the lessons learned by global practitioners and how they can be applied to local settings.

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The Saudi Arabian Prince’s Donation Must Be Laid To Rest Now
Written by Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia   
Monday, 08 July 2013 08:40

Following the visit of Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al - Saud to Sierra Leone on Monday 10th June, 2013, I called Hon. Alhaji Alpha Sahid Bakar Kanu, the Minister of Information and Communications, who also doubles as Official Government Spokesman, to know how successful the visit was.

In my interview with him, he explained vividly about Prince Al-Waleed’s visit to Sierra Leone.  Amongst other things, Hon Alpha Kanu explained about his impression with the Prince’s philanthropy because of the donation made towards two of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s programmes in the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ – the Free Health Care Initiative and Youth Empowerment – which I decided to present in a question and answer format. The Official Government Spokesman simply answered my questions without me interpreting or analyzing the responses, to give readers an unambiguous picture of his views on the Prince’s visit to Sierra Leone.

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Open letter to Parliament and Constitutional Review Committee: Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution
Written by M C Bah- Atlanta, GA –USA   
Monday, 08 July 2013 08:21

Dear Parliament/Constitutional Review Committee,                                 

I send you warm greetings from the civil right city of Atlanta, Georgia- USA. The city that issued a proclamation of friendship and solidarity to Sierra Leoneans living in Atlanta during my tenure as community Association President from 2007 to 2009. Even though I may be distance shores away, I am genuinely a patriot who loves Sierra Leone as much as you all do. All of us do have a compelling reason to give back to our country in so many ways that are priceless and unimaginable.

From your legislative chambers, I know you are doing your utmost best to give our citizens the representation that they righteously deserve. And the honorable Speaker, Mr. Abel Nathaniel Bankole Stronge with his newly elected Deputy Speaker, Mr. Chernor Ramadan Bah are leading a great institution that has defined itself from the laws it write to the spirit and tenacity with which the people’s aspiration are honored and dignified. Certainly, I admire what you do and the people of Sierra Leone are grateful for your selfless public service.

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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: Sierra Leonean Editor Attends World Justice Forum
Written by Expotimes   
Sunday, 07 July 2013 17:53

The World Justice Forum, the world’s premier rule of law event, starts tomorrow from 8 to 11 July at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Editor of the Independent Observer Newspaper, Bai-Bai Sesay who works for other international media outlets is currently among the six hundred leaders, dignitaries and innovators from more than one hundred countries to address critical rule of law issues related to economic development, technology, women’s rights and freedom of expression.

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Committed to robbery: the tragedy of our nation
Written by Sulaiman Momodu, (beyondborders.column@gmail.com   
Saturday, 06 July 2013 18:33

With seventeen members of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and their Ecobank accomplices indicted for what is undoubtedly a blatant case of robbery, I would not help but wonder whether the true meaning of NRA is not National ‘Robbery’ Authority. Another question I have been asking myself is: is our Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) the medicine that is curing the corruption disease or is it the medicine that is making the disease even worse? 

When I recently had an encounter with a government official who clearly wanted to defraud me, I firmly informed him that I will not give him a cent and that I will only make any payment to the National Revenue Authority (NRA). Apart from the media that should serve as watchdogs of society, but which has been largely compromised, our Anti-Corruption Commission and the NRA, if functioning to expectations are, in my view, two institutions that could rescue the country from the abyss of systemic corruption. 

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

 

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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Society -Local News

ACC COMMISSIONER LAUNCHES PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN KONO DISTRICT

The Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley Esq., on Monday 2nd October, 2017 officially launched the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign in Kono District. The PNB in the first phase had targeted, Western Area Urban and Rural, Bombali, Bo and Kenema Districts.

In his keynote address at the District Council Hall, Koidu City, Mr. Macauley  called on all Sierra Leoneans to fight bribery and petty corruption very seriously, stating that their consequences are debilitating. 

He thanked the Department for International Development (DFID) for the support provided to the ACC in the implementation of the PNB and assured that the ACC will play its part to ensuring a successful implementation of the campaign. Commissioner further commended the MDAs implementing the PNB and highlighted the astute and formidable leadership demonstrated by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Francis Munu as the SLP has dismissed and terminated police officers for various acts of corruption and malfeasance and instructed the dismantling of 23 illegal checkpoints nationwide.

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Development

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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