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4 Years Jail for 2 Farmers PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mohamed Mansaray in Kenema   
Sunday, 24 August 2014 16:52

Two accused farmers – Allieu Kamara, 27, and Lamin Sama, 25 – of Komende Village in the Kenema District have been sent to jail by the presiding Acting Principal Magistrate Alhaji Sulaiman Koroma of the Magistrate Court in Kenema for larceny, contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act 1916.

  Particulars of offence states that the two accused persons on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at Komende Village in the Nongowa Chiefdom, Kenema Judicial District in the Eastern province of the Republic of Sierra Leone, stole two hundred cocoa pods, valued at one million Leones, being the property of one Ansu Brima.

  The two accused pleaded not guilty but were found guilty by the court and were sent to jail for two years or pay an alternative fine of one million Leones each.

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COMMENTARY: President Koroma and the free healthcare initiative PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Bai-Bai Sesay   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 16:56

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s free health care initiative in a donor driven country like Sierra Leone is no doubt experiencing some setbacks and challenges along the way, but on the whole it is a laudable venture as the country is gaining tremendously. It is clear that many Sierra Leoneans have no doubt in his leadership and sincerity as he works to meet and overcome these apparently stiff challenges.

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YACAN engages youth and sport committee PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by SB/HOP/SLENA   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 20:51

Freetown, July (SLENA) – The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN), a locally based advocacy organization last Thursday presented a position paper to the Youth and Sports Committee in parliament.

Speaking on their position, the Director of YACAN, Hassan Faud Kanu said their engagement with the parliamentary committee on youth and sport was one of series of engagements with different bodies to look into the laws that are causing youth unemployment in the country.

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The Dawn of Culture of Rights PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Kofi Akosah-Sarpong   
Monday, 26 April 2010 18:34

 

EXPO TIMES Kofi Akosah-Sarpong, in Accra , explores the growing “culture of rights” in Ghana's development process

Human rights values are progressively being sown in Ghana in the face of some aspects of her culture entangling rights growth. To further grow “culture of rights” and sanitize some aspects of the traditional values that entangle rights growth, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), established under the Act of Parliament of the 1992 Constitution that ushered in multiparty democracy, is researching into cultural values that violate the rights of Ghanaians. The expanding applications of human rights values nation-wide is not only enriching the Ghanaian culture and deepening democracy but increasingly putting daylight on the dark recesses of Ghana 's development process.

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SENEGAL: Village Pupils Demonstrate Against Teenage Marriage PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Tamba Jean-Matthew III, Dakar, Senegal   
Friday, 30 July 2004 22:39

Hundreds of primary school pupils in Matam (Northern Senegal) stormed the streets of the village in protest against arrangements made by the parents of their 10 year-old female colleague to get married to her cousin.

The parents of the teenage girl, Adja Ly, and those of her future husband (who lives abroad) had arranged the marriage without the consent of the girl.

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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

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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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.

 

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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Society -Local News

ACC COMMISSIONER LAUNCHES PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN KONO DISTRICT

The Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley Esq., on Monday 2nd October, 2017 officially launched the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign in Kono District. The PNB in the first phase had targeted, Western Area Urban and Rural, Bombali, Bo and Kenema Districts.

In his keynote address at the District Council Hall, Koidu City, Mr. Macauley  called on all Sierra Leoneans to fight bribery and petty corruption very seriously, stating that their consequences are debilitating. 

He thanked the Department for International Development (DFID) for the support provided to the ACC in the implementation of the PNB and assured that the ACC will play its part to ensuring a successful implementation of the campaign. Commissioner further commended the MDAs implementing the PNB and highlighted the astute and formidable leadership demonstrated by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Francis Munu as the SLP has dismissed and terminated police officers for various acts of corruption and malfeasance and instructed the dismantling of 23 illegal checkpoints nationwide.

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Development

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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