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ADP Gets Final Registration Certificate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 12:38

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Friday 3rdJuly2015 presented the final certificate of registration to the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP).

Addressing the Interim Chairman/Leader of the ADP, the Chairman of the Commission Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson reminded him of the provisions stated in section 35(1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone which stipulates that political parties are established to shape the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, and social and economic programmes of a national character, and to sponsor candidates for Presidential, Parliamentary or Local Government elections. The Commission he says is expecting the ADP to conform to the laws governing political parties in Sierra Leone.

Justice Thompson admonishedMr Mansaray not to be the know all of the party as the ADP is a party and not a one man’s show. The Party he says must project the ideology as stated in its party constitution.

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9 Presidential Nominees Approved, 1 Deferred PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 03 July 2015 12:52

Members of Parliament on 2 July 2015 ratified 10 presidential nominees who have been appointed to serve in various public offices.

  The nominees had earlier appeared for scrutiny before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments and the Public Service where their resumes were looked into and answered to vital questions regarding their work if they are ratified. The nominees pledged to make a difference in their would-be offices and above all work in the interest of the people and the nation.

  The newly ratified were Max Thompson, Board Chairman of Guma Valley Water Company; Michael Kargbo, Board Member, Guma Valley Water Conpany; James Momodu Fornah Sesay, Chairman Income Tax Board of Affiliate Commission; Gibril Thullah, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Mohamed Jalloh, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Kabbah Conteh, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Fasineh Samura, Board Member, Sierra Leone Telecommunications; Kelfala Kosia, Board  Member, Sierra Leone Housing Corporation; and Alpha Daramy Board Member, Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation. Eddie Moigua Senesie, another board member, was absent and his approval was deffered until he makes himself available in Parliament.

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Another mysterious death in Lungi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hassan Bruz   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:25

Port Loko, June 30 (SLENA) - Another mysterious death has occurred in Kaffu Bullom, one of the 11 chiefdoms in the Port Loko district, less than a year after the horrifying incident in which a lady was said to have slaughtered her partner in a Guest House.

The lady in question is undergoing trial in the capital of Freetown. Unlike that incident where there are supposed to be clear evidence  to show that the  man was apparently killed by his girl friend or so, the latest incident is said to be a suicide. It took place in a ditch at ‘the Lovers Corner’, off the Lungi - Port Loko Highway

The incident is believed to have occurred on the night of Friday 27th June 2015 and it involved a young man either in his late teens or early twenties. He is said to have hanged himself and his remains were indeed found hooked on a tree in a nearby bush. He was dressed in a’ knee long trousers’ with white piping and white shirt underneath a kaki-like wind breaker. He had a blue pair of slippers, one of which was placed a few inches from his left foot. His mouth and nose were firmly tied with a piece of cloth that appeared to bear the colours of the National Flag. There was nylon like rope tied to his throat and fixed on the branch of a tree to which he slanted. There was also a black plastic bag less than three metre from him.

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Ports Officials appear in Court Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 26 June 2015 08:08

As preliminary hearings continue on Friday 26 June 2015, the prosecutor will take his next witness on the alleged container fidgeting matter, involving two Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) staff, Amadu Kabia, Kemoh Kanneh and others.

The prosecution witness Number Two Frank Brown on Tuesday this week told the court that the seal on the container does not correspond with the one on their documents.

At the Magistrate Court No 1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, the witness said he has been working for the complainant Abdul Otis Sesay for over eight years in the capacity of clearing and forwarding officer.

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“Post ebola reconciliation is vital for sustainable development” -PC Jalloh PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:03

The Paramount Chief of Nieni Chiefdom in the Koinadugu district has emphasized that post ebola activities in communities would be meaningless if community members do not reconcile and work together.

The traditional leader, Alimamy Umaru Jalloh was addressing participants during a one day community preparedness meeting in Kumala, organized by Fambul Tok Sierra Leone to ensure that communities are fully involved in post ebola activities in the country.

Chief Jalloh underscored the efforts of Fambul Tok for the past years in its reconciliatory approach for community healing and reconciliation in the country, adding that reconciliation is not an event but a continuous process.

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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

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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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

250 LAB trains staff on Alternative Dispute Resolution

A hundred and twenty-five staff and volunteers of the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board including lawyers and paralegals have benefited from a four-day training on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the Stadium Hostels in Freetown from the 24 to the 27 July 2017.

Other beneficiaries include the WAN POT Comedians, members of the National Youth Coalition and six senior officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). The latter includes the highest ranking female military officer, Brigadier Kestoria Kabia and the Director of Gender and Equal Opportunities at the Ministry of Defence Col. Tucker.

The training is aimed at equipping staff and partners with the requisite skills and techniques required for effective and efficient ADR. Moreover, the trainees should be able to use ADR as an alternative to litigation and using effective skill of arbitration, mediation, negotiation and active listening. 

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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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