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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
Written by Expotimes   
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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Japan Disburses 720,000 JPY worth of PPEs to Govt. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Monday, 25 May 2015 21:47

Freetown, May 20, 015 (MOHS) -  The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Japan) Wednesday 20 May 2015 donated Personal Protective Equipment worth 720,000 JPY to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

The donation is in support to the government of Sierra Leone to end the Ebola Virus disease that has ravaged all sectors of governance.

Speaking at the Handing over ceremony held at the World Health Organization Head office at River Side drive, off Kingharman Road in Freetown, Yukari Hara, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Sierra Leone, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Ambassador of Japan to Sierra Leone for witnessing the ceremony. She told her audience that the PPEs were originally donated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government of Japan to assist in the fight against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

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Witness Tenders Bill of Laden on Timber Matter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 22:16

As trial continue on the matter between the state and Alie Suma, Richard  Conteh and Leslie Crosby, prosecution witness Number 7 Leslie Davidson has tendered documents relating to booking and bill of laden as evidence in court.

The seventh witness who gave his occupation as the Export Executive Officer of NICO Trans Shipping Company and was led  by senior  state counsel Monfred Sesay said in the cause of duty last year he was opportune to prepare document for Timber Harvesters Processers  and Exporters Company.

He further explained that in the deal, they processed documents for 30 by 20 feet containers  which booking form and release order was produced and tendered  in respect of the matter as Exhibit  Q1 to Q2.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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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

Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.

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View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.

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News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.

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Society -Local News

ANNIE WALSH WINS HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE
Fatmata Binta Jalloh Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School has won this years’ Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Inter-Secondary School debate on the topic ‘respect for human rights as a pre-requisite for a politically tolerant and peaceful 2018 elections’.  
The debate which was held at the Sierra Leone Library Board with five Secondary Schools participating is part of series of activities undertaken by HRCSL in commemorating the International Human Rights Day Celebration on December 10th, 2017. Fatmata Binta Jalloh of the Annie Walsh Memorial School came first by defeating Amos Claudius Gordon from the Prince of Wales who came second, Abubakar Marrah from Saint Edwards Secondary School came third and Kelfala Kamara of the Government Model Secondary School came fourth and Evelyn T. Ahorney from the Saint Joseph’s Secondary School coming fifth.
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Development

World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.

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Politics

It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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