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HARFORD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS JOINS THE ANTI-BRIBERY CAMPAIGN
Written by ALIMAMY LAHAI KAMARA   
Monday, 09 October 2017 15:41

“Girls of this great school in Moyamba, standards have fallen in the educational sector; bribery for admission is prevalent; bribery for grades and promotion is a normal practice; cheating in examination halls is no longer a bane; but ridiculously, the students and pupils and their parents are an accomplice to these corrupt acts,” ACC Manager South, told students and teachers of Harford School for Girls during a three-day visit to Moyamba District.

Samuel Marah said the bedrock for societal development and rectitude is education, which in the last fifteen years is on the decline at an unimaginable proportion. While we see average turnover of pupils per school and per college increases by the day, yet we see a fine, poor quality stock, whose output does not meet societal expectations.

According to Mr. Marah, the ACC is pushing for a rebrand of the educational sector. This means pupils must play active role in tackling corruption undermining their future, thwarting their ambitions, and hampering their prosperity. Students have a responsibility to report instances of petty corruption. They have a role to stop malpractices in schools by making a phone call each time they see it happening.

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ACC SPEAKS TO MAFFS ON THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN
Written by Expotimes   
Monday, 09 October 2017 15:31

'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.

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The APC Pathway To Victory
Written by Alhaji Kamara and Tony Bee: APC Australia National Publicity 1&2   
Friday, 06 October 2017 20:00

As the ruling All Peoples Congress Party (APC) gear up for the Majestic Delegate Convention, its supporters and members appears to be in an electrifying political momentum. Thethrillingpolitical atmosphere is evident in the prospective presidential candidates street campaign rallies;extensive road trips and canvassing across the nationtopolitically seduce the people of Sierra Leone.

Despite the intensified enthusiasms amongst APC supporters, the presidential candidates have demonstrated an extraordinary regard for each other by refraining from a bombastic style of political campaign. Presently,it’sunclear who will become the high profile rising star that is destinedfor the ultimate challenge to lead the APC Party in the forthcoming general election.

Highlighting a single candidate tobe the most qualified and clearly suitable for a ruling party that wants to win back the State House is a complex challenge.In essence, it is crucial to evaluate the sixleading contenders that have thrown their hats in the ring.  But to the Almighty God, all things are possible. Therefore the APC needs God’s divine intervention in the process of electing or selecting the party flagbearer that will take the party to victory come March 2018. In view of that the APCers should not depend on their knowledge and wisdom in terms of selecting or electing the man or woman that will bring glory to the party.

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LAB donate wheelchairs to disabled persons
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 06 October 2017 19:58

The Legal Aid Board has donated seven wheelchairs to disabled persons who make a living from begging around Law Court Building and the Cotton Tree at a ceremony in front of the Guma Building on Lamina Sankoh Street, Freetown on 6 October 2017.

The beneficiaries are Kadiatu Sillah, Chairlady of Disabled Persons on the street, Alusine Kanu, Saidu Kamara, Fatmata Kargbo, Aminata Kabbah, Gbassay Tarawally and Hassan M. Kamara

The Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles said whenever she passes by the Cotton Tree she realizes that the wheelchairs used by the disabled persons are in a very bad shape. ‘I thought something should be done before the wheelchairs become unworkable and affect your source of livelihood,’ she said.

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USAID Supports Landmark Achievement in Infection Prevention Control
Written by press releaase   
Friday, 06 October 2017 10:27

On October 5th 2017, the University of Sierra Leone College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, and Njala University graduated their first ever class of trainers in infection prevention and control. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s National Infection Prevention Unit, hosted this graduation.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $3 million dollars in support of this initiative.
During the Ebola Outbreak, USAID supported IOM to implement IPC measures by delivering emergency trainings across the country reaching over 11,000 medical practitioners. In this second phase, the focus was the establishment of IPC courses at the university level with the goal of institutionalizing IPC standards and practices in Sierra Leone.

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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

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.

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View Point

THE LIBYAN/NORTH AFRICAN “MODERN SLAVE TRADE” SAGAS

Your Excellency Sir,

I write this piece with extreme emotive disdain, in reflection on the “Libyan/North African Modern Slave Trade” horrendous saga - enjoining it with the “Mediterranean Genocide.”  Let me commence by lending my voice to that of countless Africans, who have risen in gross condemnation of this barbaric and heinous “subhuman” trade and phenomenon across the deserts and seas. Those inhumane treatments have lately been also condemned by the UN system, the AU, the ECOWAS and the EU, (alongside several international human right actors); after these ruthless human trafficking syndicates and desperate refuge seeking adventures were graphically brought to the glare of the entire world by the international press.

It is extremely appalling and unimaginable that some of our fellow Africans and Arabs could morally degenerate to such an extent in the 20th and 21st centuries, as to treating their fellowmen in such gruesome, despicable and horrific manner, as inflicting terrible physical tortures, only comparable to that of the “Nazi concentration camps” in the 20th century, infamously referred to as “the holocaust.” Sadly though, this trade that has just been recently trumpeted, has been going on for over half a century right at the fringes of the so-called “civilized and free world,” and under the watchful eyes and impassivity of our continental and global organizations and actors. As such, I could rightfully refer to these dastardly trades as the “neo-colonial slave trade.” What absurdity and aberration!!   

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News - Press Release

PPRC and UNDP Re-activate District Code Monitoring Committee

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) in league with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday 7th December 2017 re-activated the District Code Monitoring Committee (DCMC).

At a ceremony held at the Family Kingdom in Freetown, the programme brought together members from the fourteen registered political parties, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), the Office of National Security (ONS), Traditional Leaders, the Media and Civil Society Organizations from the sixteen districts in Sierra Leone.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Programme, Commissioner Babatunde Pratt says Sierra Leone has come a long way in building our democratic process. This he says has however not been an easy task as we are still faced with the horrors of our past. Regional divide, violence, political intolerance among others he says have marred our political space and if not nip on the bud will affect the growth and political stability of the country.

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Society -Local News

Ambassador of The Islamic Republic of Iran takes formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 6thDecember, 2017). His Excellency Lotfollah Bakhtiari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran accredited to Sierra Leone and resident in Freetown, has taken formal leave of the Minister of State 1 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr.  Mohammed Gibril Sesay, at the Ministry’s office, Tower Hill, Freetown.

In his farewell statement to the Minister of State 1 and Senior Management staff of the Ministry, His Excellency Lotfollah Bakhtiari on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran conveyed sincere gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the warm reception given to the Iranian community and organisations/or institutions operating in the country.

The outgoing Ambassador underscoredthat in spite the devastating impact of the Ebola scourge in Sierra Leone, coupled with the international challenges facing his country, he has always remained focused and committed in the cause of maintaining, strengthening and broadeningthe  bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Iran and the Republic of Sierra Leone through the implementation of a variety of programmes and projects.

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Development

UNITED STATES COMMISSIONS 151 SCHOOL STRUCTURES TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE EDUCATION PRIORITIES

On November 21,2017 the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA), through Catholic Relief Services (CRS), commissioned 151 school structures to support the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)in promotingquality learning environments within five vulnerable chiefdoms of Koinadugu District, northern Sierra Leone.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by the Honorable Minister of Education, Dr. Minkailu Bah,other senior MEST officials, and 6 Paramount Chiefs and Regents from the “All Pikin for Learn” intervention area.

The program ‘All Pikin for Learn,’funded by USDA’s McGovern-Dole (MGD) International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program since 2008, is a food assistance and education program that seeks to improve the enrollment, attendance and literacy,along with health and dietary practices, of primary school-aged children.

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Politics

President Koroma outlines his government achievements in closing address to Parliament

President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Supreme Head of State and Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Fountain Head of Unity, Honour, Freedom and Justice at Parliament Building, Tower Hill, Freetown

on Thursday, 7th December, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. On the Occasion of the Dissolution of the Fourth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone in the Chamber of Parliament Building, Tower Hill, Freetown

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