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MAWDO Doles Out 130 Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mohamed Kamara   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:35

The Mount Aureol Women’s Development Organization (MAWDO) received a total of 130 scholarships last week Sunday, 16th October 2016 during the official launching ceremony of the non-formal adult education at the Hillside Primary School at the Mount Aureol community in the east of the capital Freetown.

The scholarships have been awarded by prominent personalities in Constituency 105. The personalities included Bai-Bai Sesay, Osman Kamara (Tunis), Alhaji Alpha Rashid, Desmond Turay (OC), Councilor Abu Bakarr Kamara (Abu APC) and Lihadi Alhadi (Manalad). All of the aforesaid people are indigenes of Mount Aureol, Bombay Terrace and Fullah Town communities. They also provided cash, learning materials, t-shirts, school bags, books, pencils, erasers, sharpeners to name a few.

The chairman of the occasion, Samuel Conteh, said the launching ceremony was very impressive and remarkable; noting that “education is the most paramount development in the whole world”.

He pointed out that an individual might become self-reliance in their respective environment “if only one is educated stressing that the initiative of these women in the community is very unique”.

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HEALTH ALERT, SAVE THE CHILDERN T O TAKE UP CHILD ISSUES PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mariama Turay   
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:55

In a bid to include children in developmental process and tackle issues affecting them, Health Alert in collaboration with Save the Children has launched a campaign titled “Every Last Child” at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Harry Yansaneh Hall, Campbell Street in Freetown.

Speaking at a consultative media workshop on Monday 12 September 2016, the Executive Director of Health Alert Victor Lansana Koroma disclosed that the Millennium Development Goals (MOGs) did not capture the role children supposed to play in developmental processes.

He said early in January this year, world leaders met in New York to review the agenda growth but ignored considering the plight of children “in the MOGs, issues of children are left out,” stressing that, “Children involvement in development starting at community level is very paramount.”

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Ebola Survivor Explains Ordeals In Court PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mariama Turay   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 21:48

An Ebola survivor has explained in court how she was maltreated by her husband Amara Mansaray, after discharged from MSF Bo treatment center.

The complainant took the accused person to court on two count charges of domestic violence contrary to the domestic violence act of 2007.

Led in evidence before  Magistrate Moody of Court No. 2 by Police Prosecutor, Inspector conteh, the complainant said on the 18th October 2014, she was discharged as an Ebola survivor with a certificate and was advised not to have sexual intercourse with anybody untill after a period of six months.

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Ruby B. Johnson crowned Miss Eco Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, Ph.D   
Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:46

Pageant Queen Ruby B. Johnson Crowned as Miss Eco Sierra Leone: Promoting Eco Tourism and Sustainable Development in Post-Ebola Sierra Leone.

On August 30, 2015 His Excellency Hon. Bockarie Stevens, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the U.S., crowned Miss Earth Maryland 2015 Ruby B. Johnson as Miss Eco Sierra Leone.  Ruby will serve as Sierra Leone’s official delegate at the prestigious 2016 Miss ECO Pageant in Egypt. 

Ruby accepted her new title to the applause of a select group of influential leaders within the Sierra Leonean Diaspora community gathered at the Embassy of Sierra Leone that included: Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, Founder and Owner of the Miss Sierra Leone USA Pageant; Mr. David Vandy of Voice of America; Mr. Daniel Koroma of the Montgomery County Executive Office and Ms. Ramzhain Suma, former Miss Sierra Leone Heritage.

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COMMITTEE ON TRANSPARENCY VISITS AIRPORTS AUTHORITY PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by press statement   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:52

The Parliamentary Committee on Transparency and Accountability (TAC), chaired by Hon. Claude D. M Kamanda, who doubles as the Chief Whip of Parliament, has returned from a day’s visit to Sierra Leone Airports Authority (SLAA) in Lungi on the 24th June, 2015. A bi-partisan Committee of 16-Members includes 9-APC, 6-SLPP and 1 Paramount Chief Representative, as representation in Committees depends on the strengths of political parties in Parliament.

After the host MP, Hon. Nicholas Kamara had welcome the Committee, the Chairman of TAC declared the premises of the meeting at the airport as Parliament for the purpose of the deliberations, and said that the reason for the meeting was to determine the level of compliance relating to established rules and regulations by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, starting with SLAA.

He enumerated the functions of SLAA ranging from coordination, security, promotion of international safety aviations, to meet international and national travelling demands, supervision, licensing and regulations of aircrafts. He furthered that the Committee is seeking evidence-based information to ascertain whether these regulations and human resource issues are being implemented to the letter.

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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

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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