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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

Mines minister briefs parliament on the status of mining sector

Freetown, Dec. 15 (SLENA) -The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Mr. Minkailu Mansaray last week briefed members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Mines and Mineral Resources on the general status and the operations of the mining sector in the country especially that of the African Minerals Limited and the London Mining Company.

Speaking to the committee at the new administrative building in parliament, the minister informed the committee that before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, the mining sector was at its peak and most of the companies constructed schools, bridges, offered scholarships to children in the community as part of their corporate social responsibility.

“They also contributed immensely to the country’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP),’ the minister added.

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Media News

False Allegation against Hon. Simon Huges

Members of the Disabled International Foundation (DIF-SIL) would like to register our utter dismay and disappointment over a publication in the NewsWatch newspaper of Sierra Leone, following a front page of Wednesday 10th December 2014 “UK SUSPEND FUNDING TO SALONE.“

Disabled International Foundation views the publication as deliberately out of context and a figment of the writer’s imagination and would therefore condemn such publication entirely.

The publication follows a meeting involving Sierra Leonean Organisations and Stakeholders at the House of Common (BRITISH PARLIAMENT) on the 8th of December 2014 in London coordinated by our CEO Imambay Kadie Kamara, which was hosted by the British Minister of Justice and Civil Liberties, Rt.Hon. Simon Huges (MP for Bermondsey and Southwark), Baroness Northover (Undersecretary of State at the Department for International Development) and Jonathan Tostevin (Representing DFID).

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Commentary

New Director General for NASSIT

Parliament has yesterday 18 December 2014 approved a new director general for the national insurance trust.

  The new Director General, Joseph Sedu Mans was unanimously approved by the whole House, amidst applause and due regard.

  DG Mans was one of the brain-child in the formation of the trust in 2002, and since then he has contributed a lot to the success story that is Nassit today.

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View Point

Like the Rebel war like the Ebola war; the reflections of an eyewitness

“Operation Octopus”, “Operation Barras”, “Operation Final Push”. These were some of the code names for specific military assaults against the Revolutionary United Front during Sierra Leone’s civil war. Not to be undone in ‘operational expressions’, the rebels also declared their own operations- we would not forget that infamous macabre “Operation No living Thing!”

Over a decade after that civil war, we are witnessing the implementation of special operations for a different kind of war: the professed war against the invisible but arguably a more lethal enemy: the Ebola Virus Disease. We have had “Operation Ose to Ose Ebola Talk” and on 17th December, 2014, President Koroma declared “Operation Western Area Surge”.  I have the feeling that like the rebels, this enemy has also declared its own “Operation Upset Everyone”.

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---December 24, 2014

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 1369
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 55 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 3, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 5, Tonkolili = 3
Bo = 2, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 38, Western Area Rural = 4
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 7,130 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 496, Kono = 140
Bombali = 950, Kambia = 107, Koinadugu = 91, Port Loko = 1,141, Tonkolili = 419
Bo = 301, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 178, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 1,723, Western Area Rural = 983
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,273
? Probable cases = 287
? Probable deaths = 208
? Suspected cases = 1,738
? Suspected deaths = 158
National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
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Block 1 Former Special Court Complex
Jomo Kenyatta Road
FREETOWN
Sierra Leone

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Society -Local News

Investigator Tenders Exhibits in Rape Case

As preliminaries take its peak on the matter between the state and Osman Bangura, the investigator detective police constable Susan Mamaka Mosey has tendered the pant of the victim and the cloth which the accused person used to tie the mouth of the viticm.

The investigator who was led in her examination in chief by the prosecutor John Dumbuya yesterday told the sitting magistrate Komba Kamanda of court No.2 that on 26 of August 2014 she was on duty at the Goderich police post when the victim accompanied by her mother made a report of sexual penetration.

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Development

CARL Welcomes Latest Acc Indictments; Urges More Action Against Corruption

Friday 19th December 2014: The Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) commends the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for its efforts at combating corruption in Sierra Leone. In particular, CARL welcomes the recent indictments by the Commission of some public officials for various acts of corruption.

On December 12, the Commission announced the indictment of seven persons, including public officials and employees of non-government organisations (NGOs) for various offences ranging from improperly conferring an advantage, obtaining an advantage to conspiracy to commit a corruption offences, and misappropriation of donor property (meant for Ebola quarantined homes in Kenema).

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Politics

Osho- Williams is safe

The Office of the Clerk of Parliament wishes to announce that Honourable Dr. Bliss Osho-Williams was today discharged from the Kerry Town Holding Centre at Waterloo, after repeated tests over the week- end which proved negative for Ebola.

According to the Community Health Officer (CHO) at the Sierra Leone Parliament, Mr. Maada Rogers, who is also a Disease Surveillance Officer, the MP had developed a skin condition some two (2) months back, leading to fears he may have become infected.

His discharge from the Holding Centre therefore dispels rumours in the social media that he had contracted the virus.  Mr. Speaker, Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya, the Leadership and Members of Parliament have expressed relief at the news of the MP’s negative status.

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