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Living with the Dead, Friends of the Dead hopeful of returning to business as Ebola ends in Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:37

When the deadly Ebola virus struck Sierra Leone in 2014, it forced farmers from their fields, drove students from schools, kept sick people from hospitals, halted foreign direct investment and badly hurt small businesses.

For over one year Ebola reversed Sierra Leone’s economic gains and affected the livelihood of most young people like Friends of the Dead who derive their livelihoods from their work at the Ascension Town Cemetery in Freetown.

Victor Rogers, Acting Chairman of Friends of the Dead explained that they have been totally out of job since 2014 when a ban was put on burial at the Ascension Town Cemetery and others across the country due to the Ebola outbreak.

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Parliament adopts Report of Committee on Water Resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by slena   
Saturday, 07 November 2015 21:53

Freetown, November 7 (SLENA) - The Parliament of Sierra Leone last week Thursday debated and adopted the recommendations contained in the Report of the Oversight Committee on Water Resources following its visits to the Guma Valley Water Company’s installations.

They also covered water facilities in the Western Area and SALWACO’s water and sanitation facilities in the North, South and Eastern regions. The visits lasted from 21st to 27thJune 2014.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of Water Resources, Hon. Sualiho M. Koroma commended the Leadership of Parliament for supporting MPs to perform their constitutional mandate to oversee the operations of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the country.

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As first Sierra Leonean sworn in… HRCSL presents report to African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:38
As the first Sierra Leonean woman is being sworn in as Commissioner in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Thursday 5th November 2015 presented its report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) at its 57th Session in Banjul, The Gambia.
 
This is Sierra Leone’s fulfillment of its reporting requirement under the African Charter for the first time since it was adopted by the OAU on 27 June 1981 and it is its Sierra Leone’s initial and combined reports from 1983-2013.
 
HRCSL statement on the human rights situation highlighted areas on the EVD disease, Administration of Justice i.e Poilice Cells, Courts, Correctional Centres, Women and Children. The country report will be considered on the 8th which will be presented by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Frank Kargbo.
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DIASPORA IN FINLAND DONATES MEDICAL ITEMS TO HOSPITALS IN FREETOWN PDF Print E-mail
Written by ODA Communications Unit   
Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:31

A Sierra Leonean musical Ambassador in Finland, Sorie Obai Kamara (aka Obi-Phrase) who is representing AWOL Finland and Ripsta Culture GEDO in Finland ry has donated medical items worth 400 million, Leones to some Hospitals in Freetown.

The donated items include boxes of gloves, hospital beds, walking aid, wheel chairs, PPES, andboxes of assorted medical items. These medical items were donated to hospitals including princess Christian Maternity (PCMH), Macauley Street Government Hospital and Connaught Government Hospital in Freetown.

Speaking at a donation ceremony on the 30th October 2015 at Macauley Street Government Hospital, the Sierra Leone Music Ambassador, who also doubles as the Secretary General and founder of AWOL Finland Chapter/ CEO Ripsta Culture GEDO in Finland ry said the Ebola Virus seriously affected Sierra Leone and other West African Contries, ‘’ so therefore we launched a musical campaign in Finland to mobilize resources towards the fight against the Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone” Said Obi Phrase.

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ACC TAKES THE FIGHT TO MAMANKA IN BOMBALI DISTRICT PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 October 2015 22:18

In rolling out one of the approaches to fighting corruption, the Northern Region office of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday held an outreach community education meeting with the indigenes of the Mamanka community, in the Gbendembu Gowahun Chiefdom, Bombali District.

Speaking on the purpose of the engagement, the ACC Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara maintained, that fighting corruption has three main approaches namely: education, prevention and confrontation which constitutes investigation and prosecution.

He furthered, ACC was in their midst on a public education and awareness raising campaign and to solicit their much needed support in the crusade.

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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

ACC CAPACITATES SIERRA LEONE COMMERCIAL BANK STAFF ON ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION ISSUES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the request of the Management of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) on Thursday 20th July, 2017 commenced anti- bribery and anti-corruption training with staff of the Bank.

The training which was held in the Bank's Conference Room 9th Floor, Christian Smith Building 29/31 Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown attracted over twenty members of the Executive Management.

Addressing colleagues, the Managing Director, SLCB, Idrissa Aloma Kamara disclosed that the Bank has integrated into the Bank's operations anti-corruption measures, such as the development of anti-corruption policy, anti-graft messages inscribed on Bank Statements and sensitization of staff on the dangers of corruption. With all these, the MD stated, it is the view of the Bank that the ACC which is the statutory body responsible for the campaign against corruption be brought in, to provide awareness training on anti-bribery issues for an efficient and effective banking system.

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Media News

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

These findings are contained in the latest edition of the West Africa Freedom of Expression Monitor, a quarterly report by the MFWA which analyses and highlights freedom of expression developments in the sub-region.

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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

Regent village head calls on LAB to tackle domestic violence

The village head for Regent, Ms. Jokomie Browne has called on the Legal Aid Board to help curb the increase in incidence of domestic violence in the Regent Community in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

Ms. Browne wants the Board to hold outreach events in the village to educate the people on issues of law relating to domestic violence, gender, women’s rights, redress mechanisms and support services for victims.

‘We want to benefit from the Legal Aid Board’s Legal Empowerment Programme because there is an urgent need for one in the community,’ Ms. Browne told the Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on the phone. ‘The situation is desperate. I am afraid if you do not come in now the situation could spiral out of control.’

The call follows series of referral of victims of domestic violence to the Legal Aid Board office in Freetown. The latest victim sent to the Board is one Baindu who was battered by her boyfriend Borbor Abu in the presence of their one year old son.

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Society -Local News

China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project hand over Agriculture Materials to the Ministry of Agriculture

On  21st July ,2017 at a handing over ceremony held at Ogoo Farm in Freetown, China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project Team handed agricultural materials to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS). 

The items include seed rice, maize, agro chemicals, fertilizer, pesticides and power tillers for farmers within the western area district. Dignitaries present included The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food security Prof. Monty Jones and his entourage ,  Mr Shen Xiaokai, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, the District agricultural officer, the Chinese technical team, National federation of farmers Sierra Leone representative and lot of farmers in the western Area.

During his statement, Mr Shen said for over 40 years China has been fulfilling its commitment to Sierra Leone with regard the agricultural technical cooperation project.

He said China will continue to assist Sierra Leone in its developmental strides by providing technical support and assistance and by also providing training to help develop the human resource capacity of the workforce.

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Development

30 Staff of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development will go China for Seminar on Economic Planning

Thirty (30) staff of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will depart the shore of Freetown to China on 14th August 2017. The purpose of their trip is to attend a seminar on Medium and Long-Term Economic planning for Sierra Leone. The National Development and Reform Commission of China will organize the seminar from 16th August to 7th September 2017 in the capital city of Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr. Shen Xiaokai met with the 30 participants at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) on 2rd August 2017. In his remarks he told the participants that in December 2016, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo visited China, where they had high level bilateral meetings with Chinese Government Officials. 

He said this seminar is as a result of those meetings. “When China makes a commitment, China will fulfil it” he reiterated. He said The Ministry of Finance is one of the most important ministries in this country, therefore this seminar was designed specifically to meet the needs of the ministry.

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Politics

News from China, June 28th: Youth Affairs Minister addresses 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development in Beijing, China
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth Affairs has said, the 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development hosted by the Chinese government should help enhance the ties of friendship and foster the wheels of bilateral cooperation between the two nations and particularly strengthen cooperation in the field of human resource development.
 
Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura spoke on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, at the start of the week long Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation, which has brought together participants from various countries, including eight (8) from Sierra Leone.
 
According to minister Bangura, in line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation, the event could serve as an opportunity to jointly define new strategic directions in Sierra Leone’s ties with China and in opening up another episode of friendship and cooperation between the two.
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