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NAS AND PARTNERS END A WEEK LONG COMMEMORATION OF WORLD AIDS DAY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mohamed Mansaray in Kenema   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:19

National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in collaboration with its partners have ended a week-long commemoration of the World Aids Day 2015 on the theme: “Fast track end AIDS get tested for HIV”.  

The day slated for every year to reflect on past commitment, achievement, challenges and to raise awareness and strengthen commitment in the response against HIV/AIDS which is one of the official global public health campaign marked by the World Health Organization.

According to the Demographic and Health survey 2013, Sierra Leone still stands at 1.5% of HIV prevalence rate behind countries like South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia which still holds a higher percentage of the HIV infection.

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Juror stalls state cases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:13

As trial commenced on the matter between the state and Baimba Moiforay, and two others, the sitting judge, Justice Alusine Sesay has said that the absence of jurors totally paralyses state matters. He made these utterances just after the matter was mentioned and learnt that one of the twelve-man jury was absent.

During the committal of the matter to the High Court for proper trial, Director of Public Prosecution Sulaiman Bah made an application for the accused persons to be tried by judge and jury, citing certain sections of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.

Barely five minutes when the matter was mentioned on Tuesday for continuation, Director of Public Prosecution Sulaiman Bah informed the Bench and colleagues on the defence that they will not proceed.

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LAND USE PLANNING COMMITTEE FORMED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mohamed Mansaray in Kenema   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:09

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning in collaboration with stakeholders in Kenema have formed the land use planning committee in Kenema.

In his opening address, Provincial Secretary East, George Penekin said the purpose of the meeting was to set up a committee to man the affairs of land in Kenema.

Mr. Penekin maintained that the formation of the land planning committee is the mandate of government adding that similar committees will be formed in all districts across the country.

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Defence Counsel Blasts Magistrate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:00

“I know court proceedings more than you and you should regard me as your senior.’’

These were the exact words of defence counsel Alhaji M Kamara during a legal argument between him and Magistrate Seray Wurie of Court No 6.

The argument of seniority ensued at the time defence counsel was trying to cross-examine the witness on a conspiracy and was interrupted by the Bench.

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PRESIDENT KOROMA SNUBS SPORTS MINISTRY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:03

Last Friday 11 December during his presidential address at the Well of Parliament, President Koroma duly snubbed the sports ministry, without saying a word about its successes and failures, unlike last year when it was one of the hallmarks of the president’s speech, with the sports minister being one of the heroes at the time.

Many people couldn’t care less because the sports ministry has become a liability now, and far from the success story that people assumed it would be, all because of the egos of a few people.
  Sports, as anyone knows, is a failed adventure as far as the Koroma administration is concerned – all people will remember about it is plots and counter plots, mammy cuss, non-cooperation between sporting disciplines and the ministry, et cetera.

Apart from that, there is talk about President Koroma being afraid of the sports minister himself, someone who should have been shown the exit door long ago, or if he is so important, transferred to another ministry or given an ambassadorial role.

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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

Sierra Leone Embassy & Beijing Chamber Of Commerce for Cultural Industries Launch China-Sierra Leone Hand-In-Hand International Foundation

The Sierra Leone Embassy in China in collaboration with the Beijing Chamber of Commerce for Cultural Industries on Saturday 17th June, 2017 launched the China-Sierra Leone Hand-in-Hand International Foundation with a view of cultivating good citizenship by enhancing social, environmental, cultural and economic wellbeing of communities in Sierra Leone.

It also will among others, serve as a bridge of friendship between the two nations in a bid to promote international culture and art exchanges and contribute to economic development.

Speaking at the event, Madam Kumba Alice Momoh, the embassy’s Chargé d'Affaires   referred to the launch of the China-Sierra Leone Hand-In-Hand International Foundation as “the birth of a new era during a period that Sierra Leone is celebrating 46 years of bilateral relationship with China”

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Media News

44 Journalists in Beijing for China Development Studies and Media Exchange

The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.

The program you will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese

People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.

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Commentary

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT:  44TH EDITION

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT
 Your Excellency Sir,
 It’s been six months since I subscribed to my usual publications of this piece. And this is primarily because I have been out of the country for the entire period, and as such would not normally objectively tender a subscription. I do apologize to my readers for this. So having being in Monrovia, Liberia for the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit, I would like to do some analysis on such a historic august body and gathering of this sub-Saharan/West African region.
 
In resume, among other crucial achievements, ECOWAS, through its military apparatus, ECOMOG, played very sacrificial and invaluable roles in bringing peace, security and democratic governance to both Sierra Leone and Liberia during their past civil wars, and most recently ensuring that the Gambian people’s democratic change of government from the notorious dictatorial twenty seven years regime of Yaya Jarmeh, to the current government of President Adama Barrow, through their tactical robust intervention, overseen by President Helen JohnsonSirleaf of Liberia and other ECOWAS Presidents/actors, was enforced. Furthermore, ECOWAS has also spearheaded the enactment of several socio-political, advocacy and economic treaties in the sub region.
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View Point

WHY SIERRA LEONEANS HATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa. But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers. But unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.

Day in day out they are insulting each other.They are using all sorts of vulgar languages against each other. And even their own highly respected president in the world, President Ernest Bai Koroma they are insulting him openly. Therefore, it is an open secret that many Sierra Leoneans are not well cultured.

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News - Press Release

WHO Director-General elect welcomes new funding for polio eradication

 World Health Organization Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has welcomed contributions and pledges of US$1.2 billion for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The pledges were made at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, USA which is being attended by 32 000 Rotarians from around the world. 

“It is humbling to see again the power of this incredible global partnership to generate funding to fight one of the world’s most horrible and debilitating diseases,” said Dr Tedros.

 

 

A proportion of the money pledged will help WHO fund disease surveillance in more than 70 countries and enable it to provide expertise to help countries vaccinate 450 million children per year against polio. The Organization will also provide guidance on vaccination policy and participate in research into vaccine delivery methods, operational tactics and other approaches that can help accelerate eradication.

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Society -Local News

WAI-SL rescues hermaphrodite …more support needed

Women Against inhumanities Sierra Leone (WAI-SL), has over the past months embarked on fundraising for the surgery of Ibrahim Sorie Karama a hermaphrodite. The founder and CEO of Women Against inhumanities Sierra Leone (WAI-SL), Miss Michaella Sallu with her team are pleased to inform the general public both home and abroad that surgery has been successfully done on Ibrahim Sorie Kamara the 16 year old boy that was popularly seen on social media having breast enlargement.

The Bilateral Subcutaneous Mastectomy surgery was done on the 6th of June 2017 at the Holy Spirit hospital Makeni free of charge by a team of 5 surgeons from Ghana headed by Dr. Albert Painsil and assisted by our Sierra Leonean brother Dr. Abdul Jalloh with fund from Resurge Africa UK.

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Development

Sierra Leone Collateral Registry to improve access to finance for MSMEs

Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Governor of the Central Bank Monday (June 12) jointly launched the Sierra Leone Collateral Registry, an electronic public database holding information on security interests in movable property.

 

The Registry is an initiative of the Bank of Sierra Leone with technical and financial support provided by the World Bank Group to improve access to finance, particularly for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Established under Part II of the Borrowers and Lenders Act, the Registry is a web based system that allows lenders to search for any pre-existing security interests over movable assets provided as collateral. It facilitates the use of movable assets as collateral that may remain in possession or control of the borrowers and thereby improves access to secured finance.

 

 

 

Movable assets are the main type of collateral that MSMEs, especially those in developing countries, can encumber to obtain financing. Given opportunities in agribusiness among others, the Collateral Registry regime allows farmers and entrepreneurs to unlock significant sources of capital with assets that would otherwise not be looked at by lenders as potential collateral.

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Politics

APC Secretary General Ambassador Yansaneh announces the resolutions at the June 1st NAC Meeting
EBK endorsed to continue as Chairman and Leader,continue to unite and transition the party.
 
Selection or Endorsement of Presidential Candidate who will appoint a Running Mate to be endorsed by NAC.
 
National Executive Officers must have served at regional,district or constituency level to be qualified for selection or election.
 
Must n paid up and active in the last 10 years and paid up for 7 years . 
 
Will sign an undertaken to support whoever is selected or endorsed . 
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