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Pan-African Parliament Visits Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Elias Bangura 00232 78326422   
Friday, 27 November 2015 14:29

In order to ratify the Pan African Protocol, Members of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone who doubles as Members of the Pan-African Parliament, on Wednesday 25 November 2015 led a delegation to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Justice in Freetown.

The mission of the delegates is to create a platform for MDAs and other citizens to be sensitized about the importance of the Pan African Reserve Protocol and why its needs an urgent ratification.
The ratification process is being serially conducted in other countries across Africa with wider advocacy and consultation, targeting 28 countries to ratify it by the end of 2016.

The purpose of the ratification is to transform the Pan African Parliament from an Advisory Body to a Legislative body.

Speaking at a courtesy visit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon Dr. Bernadette Lahai, who doubles as Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament said it was timely for the document to be ratified.

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Youth President Call For Change PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Mariama Turay   
Monday, 23 November 2015 20:32

The president of Youth Affairs, Bai Mahmoud Bangura, has called upon youths to refrain from negative activities and make themselves available to participate in active politics.

He made this pronouncement at a press conference in his office at State House to observe 17 November 2015 as the second term of the election of President Ernest Bai Koroma.

In his statement, Mahmoud Bai Bangura said last year the youths made commitment to help in the fight against Ebola.

He said their intention this year is to continue on the issue of post Ebola.

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VP Foh Receives British Red Cross Director PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Alimatu Fofanah   
Saturday, 21 November 2015 19:54

Freetown, November 21 (SLENA) - Hon. Vice President, Ambassador Dr. Victor BockarieFohlast week received the British Red Cross Internal Director, David Peppiatt at his Tower Hill offices in Freetown.

Mr. Peppiatt is in the country on a study tour to access achievement made by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society in terms of relief and disaster management and to better understand the extent of the post Ebola recovery programmes.

Welcoming the delegation, which was led by the President of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Edward T. Ngandi,the Vice President said he was impressed with the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society as they have and are still doing an impressive work in the areas of relief and disaster management.

He described the role played by the Sierra Leone Red Cross and the British Red Cross as very important as they came to the aid of people not only in Sierra Leone but the world at large in terms of relief, war, earthquakes, major floods, landslides, among others.

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EU Parliamentary Team told of Ebola effect in Lunsar PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Hassan Bruz Northern Bureau Chief   
Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:31

Lunsar, November 19 (SLENA) – A team of parliamentarians from the European Union that visited Sierra Leone shortly before the country was declared ebola free visited Lunsar in the Marampa Chiefdom recently and made series of recommendations.

At the St John of God Hospital known as Mabesseneh,   the team had a vivid picture of the effect of ebola on the health facilities in the hospital and how the situation was like and measures put in place to contain the virus. It will be recalled that Lunsar in the Portloko District was among the towns that was badly devastated by the ebola virus.

 Bro. Michael M Koroma is the Chief Executive Officer at the St. John of God Hospital and has been in the thick of it all. He told the visiting delegation that Mabessaneh had been a reliable referral Hospital for several decades as a result of which the first confirmed Ebola case recorded in the district went through it. He described the outbreak as a very sad and scaring experience for the hospital which was in the midst of people dying of the virus including his own staff and workers.

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Leaders Should Accept Criticisms -Alpha Timbo PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by W.W. Legend - +23278369366 atmedia2015@gmail.com   
Monday, 16 November 2015 10:30

Main contender for the position of flagbearer for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Hon Alpha O. Timbo, said recently in Freetown that those who want to lead others should duly accept criticisms.

 He was addressing hundreds of youths of Constituency 107 that had formed a support group on his behalf towards his securing the flagbearer position of the SLPP.

"We who aspire to lead others should accept criticisms," he said. "And we should be found to be servants, who mean well for the people we represent on a continual basis."

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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

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.

In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.

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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

A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN

The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.

A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.  

The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)

Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.

Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest.  Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.

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News - Press Release

PARLIAMENT DEFERS DEBATE ON THE FINANCE ACT 2017
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 20th April 2017 unanimously voted for the deferment of debate on the Bill entitled “The Finance Act 2017”, pending a pre-legislative briefing and that it should be piloted by the substantive Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House who moved the motion explained the importance of the Finance Bill that it provides for the sources of revenue for Government in respect of taxation. She furthered that the pre-legislative hearing will clearly explain the reductions, additions, and significant changes that have been included in the Finance Act of 2017 to Members of Parliament, who will better articulate issues connected thereto during the course of the debate.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, SBB Dumbuya said that “judging from the significance of the Bill, it should be preceded by a pre-legislative briefing” as per the dictates of parliamentary practices and procedures.
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Society -Local News

LAB tours operation and court in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles and other staff of the Freetown Office have paid an on the spot visit to the Legal Aid Board Office in Waterloo where they interacted with clients. There were twenty-two clients with women accounting for the majority. 

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles spoke to some of the clients about their complaints majority of which were maintenance cases. She also touched on the quality of service provided by the staff. She assured that they will received the same quality of service asclients in the Freetown Office and other parts of the country where the scheme has got an office.  ‘You have to be patient with us because we do have enough staff to service you all at the same time but we will continue to do our best with the resources at our disposal,’ she assured them. 

The Defence Counsel, Lawyer Tholley and Paralegals Arnold Dixon and GibrilJallohbriefed the Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and team on the volume of cases received per day. Ms. Carlton-Hanciles assured that steps are being taken to improve the office with furniture, computers, fan and air conditioners. ‘There is need to improve the working environment for you and our clients as the numbers accessing the scheme continue to increase,’ she said. 

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Development

PRESS RELEASE: Rural Renewable Energy Project Conducts Installation Training

FREETOWN, 19 April 2017: UNOPS Sierra Leone is hosting a training for selected installation companies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) programme and United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID – also known as ‘UK Aid’).

The theoretical aspect of the training runs from 18th to 20thApril at the Golden Tulip Hotel, followed by 14 days of on-the-job sessionsin Petifu and Conakry Dee communities, in Port Loko District.ASACO, the supplier of the solar equipment, is providing the training facilitators and installation tools.

Participants are mainly Sierra Leonean engineers from Barefoot Women Solar Engineers Association (BWSEA),Frontier Business Solutions (FBS) and APTECH Africa Limited. Training contents include, photovoltaic (PV) system basics, types of solar systems, arrays and connections, project safety and guidance on using the installation checklists.

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate",  en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
 
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
 
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes  after the aircraft  landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".
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