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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

UBA Boosts Fight against Ebola

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Thursday 29 January donated an additional cheque transfer of Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($300,000) to support government in winning the fight against Ebola.

It could be recalled that UBA at the height of the Ebola outbreak last year donated One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($100,000) to complement government’s efforts to defeat the virus. It is worthy to note that this latest donation is part of the One Million Dollars donated by the bank to the three worst-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Media News

IRN Co-ordinator urges Radio Bontico to be independent

As the only community radio in the district headquarter town of Bonthe, Radio Bontico, increases its coverage span from 100 to 700 watts the national Co-ordinator of the Independent Radio Network (IRN), Ransford Wright, urges the station to give access to everybody and avoid being partisan.

“IRN is particular about the independence of its member radio stations. They must be non-partisan and should give a level playing field and access to everybody. That’s why we are called Independent Radio Network,” says Wright, adding that they will terminate the membership of any radio station that fails to adhere to this key value.

Wright’s appeal comes in the wake of a donation of complete brand new radio station equipment last week to Radio Bontico, thanks to IRN through support from UNESCO. The equipment includes a 700 watts transmitter, mixer, two desktop computers already installed with editing and production software, digital recorders, five microphones and five microphone table stands, and professional cables.

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Commentary

The falling Oil Prices: What We Should Know

In the year 2014 when the Mano River Union countries were hard hit by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the world witnessed a major decline in oil prices between June and December, bringing an end to a 4 year period of relative price stability. Just as this event, there have been various episodes of price declines of more than 30% occurring in a 6 month period during the past three decades. Between 2010 and 2014, prices remained stable around $110 per barrel but a dramatic fall to $48 has been received with mixed global outcomes.

Against this backdrop, many citizens have raised concerns as to why these declining prices of oil have not been reflected in every sector of the economy to help stimulate and spread economic activity. In fact, the average Sierra Leonean is more concerned about how the global price reduction will make petroleum products cheaper, such that it helps to reduce the price of other basic goods and services via the pass-through effect.

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View Point

EBOLA Has Not Put an End to Female Circumcision in Sierra Leone

The following are 4 reasons why this Huffington Post article on female circumcision, misnomered as Female Genital Mutilation by opponents, making its rounds on Sierra Leone listservs and social media over the last week is flawed, misleading and terribly insensitive to the Ebola Crisis that is facing the country at the moment:

1. General Ban on Public Gatherings: To my knowledge there has been a general ban on all activities that can exacerbate the spread of the Ebola virus in the country: i.e. public gatherings, dances, ceremonial practices and especially traditional circumcisions – female and male – that involve exposure to bodily fluids such as blood, which is a major mode of transmission of this deadly virus.  Traditional female circumcision practices are no exception to this important rule and are not targeted in isolation of other activities and practices that could endanger people’s lives during this time of crisis.

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---January 30, 2015

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,188
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 7 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 1
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 5, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0
Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 8,033 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 502, Kono = 246
Bombali = 990, Kambia = 150, Koinadugu = 104, Port Loko = 1,312, Tonkolili = 448
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 205, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,029, Western Area Rural = 1,118, Missing = 14
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,873
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Society -Local News

Immigration Boss to Apologise to SLRSA

The Board of Directors of Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) has asked the Chief Immigration Office Mr. Kholifa Koroma to publicly apologise to the Authority.

  They came to this conclusion following a court action on an alleged incident that took place between Mr. Kholifa and one of their Traffic Warden  in December last year.

 Narrating what happened, the Board Secretary Mr. Sama Gamanga, said on Wednesday 17 December 2014, Traffic Warden Musa Kamara was deployed at Siaka Steven Street by the central Post Office in Freetown to perform his statutory responsibilities as enshrined in several statutory road traffic instruments including the Road Traffic Act of 1964, Road Transport Authority (Amendment) Act 2003, Road Traffic Act 2007 and the Road Traffic Regulation 2011.

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Development

Germany donates 96 motor bikes to NERC

The Special Representative of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the fight against Ebola, Ambassador Walter Lindner, has officially handed-over in the presence of the German Ambassador in Freetown and Experts of THW (German Federal Agency for Relief), on the 26th January, 2015, ninety-six (96) motor bikes to the Chief Executive Officer of National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Maj. (Rtd.) Palo Conteh. 

The motor bikes are urgently needed in the fight against Ebola to facilitate the timely transportation of blood samples.

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Politics

President Koroma’s Leadership Extolled

As new confirmed cases of Ebola continue to take a downward trend, the Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mr Mohamed Abdiker and its regional Director Carmela Godeau during a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, commended him for his effective leadership in the fight against the deadly virus.

The IOM has been involved in training frontline care workers and also in training personnel to secure the country’s borders.

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