Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed by the South African national assembly’s adoption of the new version of the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) yesterday with 190 votes for, 73 against and one abstention.
In 1991 when the Soviet empire suddenly collapsed, many people thought that this country will never rise again from its political debris. But indeed, Russia has gradually risen with overwhelmingly opportunities unfolding for young industrious graduates such as Emmanuel Olatoye and Komo Maigida. The two business partners are simply the newest Nigerian architects in the horizon carrying out their own private business in real estates sector in Moscow, reports Kester Kenn Klomegah.
DISCOURSE: The most important thing I want to report to you is I am very impressed by the transformation which has taken place in Sierra Leone in the last two years. It's remarkable. At the broader level, the return of peace and security; access to all parts of the country; the successful holding of elections and therefore the consolidation of democracy; there is resettlement of population who were displaced within as well as outside, and the heartwarming signs of return to normalcy, people better fed, more relaxed, commerce begin to take place and people going about picking up the pieces of their daily lives.
UNICEF Reiterates - Allow All Pregnant Girls to Take Exams
Freetown 3 May2013 –UNICEF calls on everyone, parents, exam officials and head teachers in Sierra Leone to ensure pregnant girls are allowed and supported to take their exams. “It has come to our attention that last year a number of girls were either not entered for the exams or turned away from the exam hall by invigilators because they were pregnant”, said UNICEF Country Representative Roeland Monasch. “UNICEF would like to point out that this practice is highly discriminative.
President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Kelvin Lewis on 24th May 2013 addressed journalists and other dignitaries at the 7th Independent Media Commission (IMC) Media Awards held in the capital Freetown.
The SLAJ President said, as they are celebrating the achievements of their colleagues in the various awards categories, they must not be oblivious of the fact that the media in Sierra Leone stand faced with huge challenges, challenges that are undermining journalistic standards that should portray best practices.
On 24 May last year, I went to Kailahun with the Peace Project to donate crutches to the disabled and while there the blind also requested we help them with walking canes. We promised to be back with the 500 walking canes once they arrive from the United States.
When I got back to Parliament after the trip, I bumped literally into Hon Alice Foyah and after apologising for my clumsiness I told her of my trip to her constituency. She smiled fully, her eyes like two shining buttons. She placed a hand on my shoulder and said warmly:
Freedom of Expression monitors from the 15 ECOWAS member States are convening in Accra from May 22-24, 2013 for a training workshop on the methodology to be used in rating freedom of expression (FoE) conditions in their respective countries.
Foreign Minister inspects embassy project site in Addis Ababa
Sierra Leone's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara on 24th May 2013 took a conducted tour to assess the progress in the work at the Sierra Leone Embassy project site in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
On 12 May 2013 the Panamax vessel, MV ALAM PESONA, left Freetown Harbour carrying over 83,000 tonnes of London Mining’s iron ore concentrate, the largest quantity ever to have been loaded in the harbour, vindicating the decision by the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) to authorize additional draft at the port. Sailing at a tide of 3.60 metres and a draft of 14 metres, the vessel exceeded the SLPA’s previously recognised draft at the harbour by nearly 10%.