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The Visit of the Saudi Prince and the Richest Arab Business Tycoon to Sierra Leone: What Should We Make out It?
Written by Ibrahim Sillah   
Monday, 10 June 2013 10:29

Sierra Leoneans and the world at large are eagerly and impatiently waiting to hear and to see what His Royal Highness, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz’s historic and high profile visit to Sierra Leone will be all about. True, the momentum that accompanies this visit is undoubtedly and unusually high. That is so because it comes as a well-deserved response to His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s invitation of His Royal Highness to have a friendly communion and business-minded talks with His Excellency, the President and his Government on the fertile soil of Sierra Leone.

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Willie Jay and Star Zero to be united
Written by press release   
Sunday, 09 June 2013 02:47

The United Sierra Leone Initiative and its partners, would like to announce that it has reached an agreement ‘’in principle’’ between Ms Wilhelmina John otherwise known as Willie Jay and Ms Linda Samai otherwise known as Star Zero for a peaceful settlement of their disputes to avoid the ongoing legal proceedings for alleged libelous and defamatory suit against Star Zero for some lyrics used in a song offensive to Willie Jay.

The settlement included an undisclosed joint United Sierra Leone Mutual Agreement between Willie Jay and Star Zero, unanimously approved by their respective lawyers. Parties shall continue to comply with their respective obligations under the ten (10) point Mutual Agreement, in order to pave the way for the case to be withdrawn from court, on or before the next court hearing date.

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President Koroma’s tolerance; lessons learnt
Written by John Pa Baimba Sesay   
Sunday, 09 June 2013 02:37

Launching the APC  manifesto prior to the last Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone, President Ernest Koroma spoke of his strong willingness and commitment to work towards strengthening the country’s democracy and new politics. Chapter eight of the said manifesto deals exclusively with ways the then presidential flagbearer would want to deepen the country’s democracy, in terms of  deepening the process of decentralization and strengthening local governance across the country; empowering women and youth; enhancing participatory policy making and promoting political tolerance and inclusion, amongst other ways.

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Welcoming Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed to Sierra Leone
Written by Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy, Riyadh   
Sunday, 09 June 2013 02:23

His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia is scheduled to visit the small West African State of Sierra Leone on 10th June, 2013, following his recent invitation by Sierra Leone’s President, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.

Prince Alwaleed – ‘The Richest Arab’

HRH Prince Alwaleed is the Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC). He was ranked number one in the Arabic and English issue of Arabian Business Magazine’s 50 Richest Arabs List, 2012 with a net worth of 25.9 Billion dollars. The Prince’s wealth reached $ 26.9 billion dollars, according to the latest poll conducted by Bloomberg as of 3rd, June 2013.

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BREAKING NEWS !!!
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 07 June 2013 20:32
President Ernest Bai Koroma today make the following appointments pending Parliamentary Approval:Mr. Leonard Balogun Koroma (Logus) - Minister of Transport and Aviation and Mr. Vandi Chidi Minah - Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, withdrawing the previous appointment of Mr. Abu Bakarr Multi-Kamara due to ill-health.
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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

ACC URGES EDSA BO TO TACKLE BRIBERY AND PETTY CORRUPTION

“Electricity is an essential commodity. Operations of Government offices and private enterprises hinge on the availability of electricity. And in the homes, every single Sierra Leonean will like to enjoy electricity service; therefore, we cannot afford to tolerate petty corruption and bribery in the energy sector,” ACC Southern Regional Manager told staff of Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) at a general meeting at EDSA conference room.

Samuel Marah said EDSA staff have to brace up for the job and conduct themselves in line with best practice. He said meters, poles and cables, ladders, pliers, and computers do not involve in malpractices by themselves, but it is the individuals who use them as they interact with the gullible public. The public most times is unable to identify EDSA staff from non EDSA staff.

He said EDSA in Bo must implement measures already designed to tackle petty corruption and bribery happening in the sector. May 2017 PNB complaints report indicated bribes paid for meter replacement, new connection, reconnection, bill reduction and avoiding disconnection. These hotspots continue to feature repeatedly in the report and it is about time actions are taken. Erection of service charter indicating costs for services can be a huge measure to curbing petty corruption.

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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.

These findings are contained in the latest edition of the West Africa Freedom of Expression Monitor, a quarterly report by the MFWA which analyses and highlights freedom of expression developments in the sub-region.

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Commentary

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT:  44TH EDITION

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT
 Your Excellency Sir,
 It’s been six months since I subscribed to my usual publications of this piece. And this is primarily because I have been out of the country for the entire period, and as such would not normally objectively tender a subscription. I do apologize to my readers for this. So having being in Monrovia, Liberia for the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit, I would like to do some analysis on such a historic august body and gathering of this sub-Saharan/West African region.
 
In resume, among other crucial achievements, ECOWAS, through its military apparatus, ECOMOG, played very sacrificial and invaluable roles in bringing peace, security and democratic governance to both Sierra Leone and Liberia during their past civil wars, and most recently ensuring that the Gambian people’s democratic change of government from the notorious dictatorial twenty seven years regime of Yaya Jarmeh, to the current government of President Adama Barrow, through their tactical robust intervention, overseen by President Helen JohnsonSirleaf of Liberia and other ECOWAS Presidents/actors, was enforced. Furthermore, ECOWAS has also spearheaded the enactment of several socio-political, advocacy and economic treaties in the sub region.
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View Point

WHY SIERRA LEONEANS HATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa. But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers. But unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.

Day in day out they are insulting each other.They are using all sorts of vulgar languages against each other. And even their own highly respected president in the world, President Ernest Bai Koroma they are insulting him openly. Therefore, it is an open secret that many Sierra Leoneans are not well cultured.

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News - Press Release

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Maria E. Brewer as U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone

Maria E. Brewer of Indiana has been nominated to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone.   U.S. Ambassador John Hoover departs Sierra Leone in early July 2017.  Ms. Brewer will take up her new position pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Ms. Brewer, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1996.  She is currently the Deputy Director of the Career Development and Assignments Division of the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State. 

Ms. Brewer served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria from 2013 to 2016.  Previously she served as Deputy Executive Director of the Bureau of African Affairs, Management Officer in Islamabad, Pakistan, and Management Officer in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

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Society -Local News

Kambia hosts 41st Africa Child Day celebration

The Ministry of Social Welfare in collaboration with its international and local partners has commemorated the 41st Day of the African Child with residents in Kambia District.

The theme for this year’s celebration is" The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity "

The ceremony attracted distinguished personalities from across the country and thousands of school going pupils from the district.

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Development

ACC PARNERS WITH CSOs IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN BO

Media Foundation for Development Sierra Leone has joined the fight against corruption in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone. It comes following days of heightened Pay No Bribe (PNB) public campaigns organized by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

ACC Manager South, Samuel Marah, said the Commission looks forward to receiving more civil society organizations with shared interest in addressing corruption which affects the lives of bulk of Sierra Leoneans. He said the task is huge and requires support from CSOs who directly work in the interest of the public.

The 2014-18 National Anti-Corruption Strategy stresses the importance of partnership and collaboration in tackling graft. Since CSOs are central to the governance of the state in initiating and designing development programmes that address poverty and under-development, partnership with them places the Commission at a vantage position in tackling mis-procurement, misappropriation of public funds, and bribery.

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Politics

Vice President Foh launches One Health Platform

Vice President, Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh has officially launched the One Health Platform, an innovative, proactive to prevent, detect and respond to future disease outbreak in Sierra Leone past Friday June 23, 2017 at the Miatta Conference Centre, Brookfields in Freetown.

Delivering his keynote address, Vice President Dr. Victor Foh described the ceremony as an history making event of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, recalling the launch of the maternal and child health week in June this year.

He said by the launch of the One Health Platform, Sierra Leone is taking another giant step towards achieving its health care delivery system, pointing out that by this step, they would be able to identify, diagnose and prevent, and cure diseases that are transmitted from animals to human beings.

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