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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

New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola.  Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.

FREETOWN / NEW YORK, 18 May, 2016 – Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance

With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable lessons on how to harness the power of technology to help emergency workers reach more people by paying them digitally during crises.The country has been Ebola free since January.

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Media News

Announcement: U.S. Embassy Fellowship Award Opportunity

The U.S. Mission in Sierra Leone is pleased to offer the opportunity for members of the media to submit story ideas/proposals for:

? Impact of Climate Change in Sierra Leone

? Promoting Girls’ Leadership

? A Free Press in a Democratic Society

Eligibility

Practicing journalists currently working and attached to a media house in Sierra Leone are invited to apply. Story ideas should be accompanied with a support letter from the Editor/News Manager stating the intent to publish news features that are selected. Fellowships are awarded to journalists whose story ideas show the greatest potential to advance awareness of one of the following: 1) climate change, 2) girls’ leadership and 3) press freedom in democratic societies.

Twenty winning story proposals will be awarded a Fellowship of $400 each to produce their stories - (70% to do the story and 30% upon completion). After selection, journalists have one month to produce their stories. Please, no double entries from individuals as these will be disqualified.

A panel of judges will select the best three stories and will receive:

? First prize $1000

? Second prize $600

? Third prize $400

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Commentary

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENNCY THE PRESIDENT – 41ST EDITION SALARIES AND WAGES AS THEY BOTHER ON CORRUPTION

Your Excellency Sir,

I am delighted again to do you this piece at this strategic time of a crucial global summit on corruption at Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom, convened by Prime Minister David Cameran of Great Britain. Without controversy, corruption is a global phenomenon that is robbing people and nations of the earth, especially in Africa, of greater opportunities, rapid and sustainable economic development, political stability, equitable society, formidable peace and security.
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View Point

DID SLPP LEARN GOOD LESSONS FROM ADP FLAGBEARERSHIP CONVENTION?

Every day we learn to live and we live to learn, particularly from both present and past events, be they good or bad. But looking at things, it seems as if the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) deliberately refusing to learn from both present and past happenings in the world, especially in the country’s political activities. They seemingly refusing to learn good lessons from the world’s every day events, especially political events, including Europe, America and African politics.

In view of that they also seems not to learn from their present and past mistakes for the success of their party in the country. Therefore, I am constrained to say that they seemingly failed to do that because of their personal prides and political egos of some of their members. They (SLPP) know why they are losing elections to APC, but they always turn blind eyes to that pretending not knowing anything about that at their own expense.

The SLPP know that they normally lose elections to APC because they do not believe in working very hard with honesty for the people in the country like what APC is currently doing. They spent complete 11 years in power but they did very little for the country and for its people, particularly in terms of the improvement of electricity (Kabbah tiger), good hospital facilities, good roads etc.

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News - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: The importance of partnerships in humanitarian response

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 26, 2016/ -- Crises of all sorts, from conflicts to natural disasters to health emergencies, are happening at unprecedented rates around the world – so much so, that the United Nations is convening the first ever World Humanitarian Summit this month. There is increasing recognition that the sheer scale of the humanitarian challenges facing the world today means that governments like ours have to be prepared for future shocks, by laying the groundwork for more inclusive and resilient economies.

In our experience battling the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, one solution saved lives, delivered major cost savings, and continues to help the economy rebuild and recover. For many, this solution is so simple and logical it is almost unexpected: digital payments.

When we digitized Ebola Response Worker payments, we reduced payment times from a month to a week, as a new study by United Nations-housed Better Than Cash Alliance has revealed (http://www.apo.af/Deh1qI). Getting payments to workers on time reduced fraud risks and increased efficiency and transparency.

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Society -Local News

Three-Days Sub-Regional Collaborative Conference on Ebola Virus Disease Kicks off in Freetown

Freetown, May, 26, 016 (MOHS) - Acting Health and Sanitation Minister, Madam Madina Rahman has officially opened a three-day Sub-Regional Collaborative Conference on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Vaccine and Therapeutic Trial on Thursday May 26, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel Conference Centre in Freetown.

It could be recalled that the first Sub-Regional Collaboration Meeting was held in Conakry, Guinea from 11-12 June 2015. The event occurred almost 18 months after the first case of the Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the sub-region. This session established the foundation to share EVD-related technology and collaborate on research, prevention and clinical care.

Making her opening statement, Madam Madina Rahman congratulated the organizers of the conference as it underpins the importance of strengthening and maintaining sub-regional research capacity as an essential preparedness tool for Global Health Security.

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Development

IHP-PLUS MISSION TO ASSESS MOHS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Freetown, May, 23, 016 (MOHS)- The International Partnership-plus (IHP-Plus) is on a joint mission in Sierra Leone to assess the Financial Management and Procurements of the health sector in Sierra Leone.

 Addressing senior officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the ministry’s conference hall in Freetown, the World Bank Group Senior Public Financial Management Specialist on Government Global Practical, Maxwell BrukuDapaah said that Sierra Leone is a member of International Health partnership-plus that made up of development partners.

He said they are in a joint mission that includes Global funds and World Bank as a follow-up mission that took place in 2012 before the Ebola outbreak.

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Politics

Parliament Ratifies Agreements

24th May, 2016: The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 24th May 2016, after a protracted debate, unanimously approved two agreements for the expansion and strengthening of the agricultural sector through commercialization.

The following agreements were ratified by Parliament:

I. Financing agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the International Development Association, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL and

II. Project agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the International Development Association and Apex Bank Limited, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL

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