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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

As World Bank Approves $28 Million Grant To Tackle Ebola, Amr. Stevens Talks Ebola at Freddie Mac

The World Bank has reinforced the President Ernest Bai Koroma led government to continue tackling the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by approving (SDR 18,500,000) Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Right) about Twenty Eight Million United States Dollars ($28 Million) as a grant to contribute in the short term to the control of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) out break and the availability of selected essential health services and mitigate the socio-economic impact of EVD in Sierra Leone.

The grant was occasioned by a recommendation of the committee under section 1(d) of Articles of Agreement on the proposed Financing (Ebola Emergency Response Project) to the Republic of Sierra Leone.

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Media News

SALONE POLICE BRUTALITY AND CORRUPT MAGISTRATE COURT: SONNY COLE TELLS HIS ORDEAL

Mr Edmondson Sonny Cole, commonly known as Sonny Cole, is a veteran photojournalist from Sierra Leone currently residing in Sydney, Australia, where he helps to present the Sierra Leone Community Radio on SkidRow 88.9FM. He is also one of the most outstanding and patriotic Sierra Leoneans in Australia, particularly in terms of hospitality and patriotism. Moreover, Sonny Cole is not only the Vice-Chairman of the Association of Sierra Leone Journalists in Exile (ASALJIE) but is the current Chairman of the Sierra Leone Community Council (SLCC), the umbrella organisation that covers the various Sierra Leonean organisations in Sydney.

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Commentary

Mallam O. reflects from the divided city of Cape Town in South Africa
The marvelously colourful Njala University College's (NUC) prospectus of the early 80s made him so convinced -- THAT was the best place for him to pursue a Masters degree in West Africa. 
 
Why shouldn't he want to study at Njala University College at that time? Drawing from the fact that its sister college, Fourah Bay College, the first University in West Africa, had John-the-Baptisted quality tertiary education in the region. NUC, then a constituent college of the University of Sierra Leone, must equally be an address for international students. No doubt. And it was for me.
 
He landed from Britain to a beautiful rainy-season-just-ending weather at Lungi International Airport. There was a subtle gust of a mixture of breeze from the sea and the rivers that snake into the surroundings of Lungi township, as he disembarked from the plane. He had seen the sky-blue colour below and thought the sky itself must have willingly shared its content with this land below; a land whose beauty he had come to bask in.
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View Point

EBOLA AND THE THREE DAY STAY-AT-HOME: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

“If you leave behind even a single burning ember, it’s like a forest fire”-Dr. Tom Frieden-Director of US Atlanta based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in a US Parliamentary hearing in August after a to the Ebola stricken Mano River Union Basin

“Ebola is here and is real. Though its fatality level can be high, it is definitely preventable and treatable if reported very early. Therefore, DON’T TOUCH; DEAD OR ALIVE as health is wealth and information is power and strength”

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 29, 2014

Ø  DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  434

Ø  NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases  = 90, as follows:

  Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0

  Bombali = 4, Kambia = 2, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =39, Tonkolili = 9

  Bo = 2, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 3

  Western Area Urban = 11, Western Area Rural = 20

Ø  CUMULATIVE CASES

  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 2,095 as follows:

      Kailahun = 529, Kenema = 426, Kono =18

           Bombali =227, Kambia =14, Koinadugu =0, Port Loko =270, Tonkolili = 74

           Bo = 96, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 55, Pujehun = 19

          Western Urban = 218, Western Rural = 148

Ø  CUMULATIVE DEATHS

  • Total cumulative confirmed death is 544

·         Probable cases = 37

·         Probable deaths = 37

·         Suspected cases = 190

·         Suspected deaths = 11

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Society -Local News

NYC Commissioner Speaks against Ebola

The regional coordinator of the National Youth Commission in the eastern region, Mark Sesay, is calling on all and sundry to join forces with the government in the fight against Ebola virus in the country.

  In an exclusive interview recently, Mr. Sesay said Ebola is the greatest enemy of our wellbeing, socio-economic development, and even has the potential to destroy a nation.

He therefore implored Sierra Leoneans to put hands on deck to wipe out the disease in the country.

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Development

Minority Leader presents 500 bags of rice to Kenema and Kailahun Districts Ebola Taskforces

Kenema, Sept. 29 (SLENA) - In what was described as a well- attended ebola taskforce meeting of both Kenemaand KailahunDistricts, the Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon Dr. Bernadette Lahai presented on behalf of Mr. Mohamed Mahdi Sesay of State House 500 (25kg) bags rice to the two districts that remain the epicenters of the Ebola epidemic.

Kenemareceived 333 bags of the rice while Kailahungot 200 bags, respectively.

Dr Lahaidescribed Mr. Sesay as a philanthropist  and was urged to do the donation because the people of Kenema and Kailahun have shown political tolerance and leadership, especially during the visit of HE the President in the two districts.

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Politics

President Koroma Commissions Mobile Lab and Holding Centre

As Government continues to intensify its efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 26th September 2014, commissioned the BSL-3 mobile laboratory at the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital at Jui. The occasion also saw in attendance officials from the Ministries of Health and Sanitation and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Medical team from China.

President Koroma noted that the facility will increase the response time in sample throughput, especially during this trying moment of the Ebola outbreak and also create opportunities for capacity development of health workers in the country. With this, President Koroma urged Sierra Leoneans working at the Hospital to exploit the opportunities and develop their various capacities.

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