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Mirroring No Sex for Grades in School Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:02

The problem of Sexual exploits among Teenage Girls has become a serious phenomenon especially among school going children. The question is what we need to do as a nation and as a Government to implement or generate concrete solutions that would redeem our girl child population from becoming social and economic burdens on their families, communities and the nation at large.

The organization, Save the Children and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation National School Health and Adolescent Programme in collaboration with the National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy have stepped up a National Campaign on No Sex for Grades in Schools and higher learning institutions but the role of Teachers, Lectures and Parents remain debatable. Unfortunately as we become more and more civilized, more and more people gain expanded and unscrupulous freedom to live the way they like and this is not helping our fight against teenage sex, and this may explain why hundreds of our school girls get pregnant and drop out of school.

The Ernest Bai Koroma government incognizance of the serious consequences brought together all relevant stakeholders to join the fight against teenage pregnancy-the Health and Sanitation, Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs and Education Science and Technology Ministries and Civil Society groups to help tackle the growing problem.

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Vice Principal Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:13

As investigations continue on an alleged rape matter, the vice principal of Baptist Secondary School, Upper Allen Town, Mohamed Turay, alias ‘SuperT’ has been arrested on warrant and detained at the Allen Town police post Family Support Unit for questioning.

   The suspect was alleged to have sexually penetrated (raped) a 13-year old Junior Secondary School pupil, someone he was in a domestic relationship with sometimes last year but he fled police arrest.

  Narrating her ordeal, the 13-year old told this medium that the suspect was her next door neighbour who she always acknowledged as her teacher.

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Auditor General Should Resign! PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:21

Sierra Leone’s the land where everything is possible, including getting away with the law. Justice, plus freedom and unity too, is in short supply here.

  And that’s not a bother to many people, including our Parliament, who are cold and hot when they chose, and often wave away the destiny of their compatriots without due diligence or being bothered one bit.

  Don’t cry, and don’t lose hope either, but look up because our salvation as a nation draws near, because the darkest hour forebodes dawn, the dawn of our redemption and glory.

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New website delivers soil health information to African farmers on World Food Day PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by For immediate release   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:50

16 October 2014 – The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) is today launching its new website, givingpeople who work with and support smallholder farmersa one-stop library of materials on Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM). Coinciding with World Food Day (16 October), the launch of the new website marks an important milestone in ASHC’s mission to improve the livelihoods of farmers in Africa.

Making practical soil health information accessible to the people who support farmersis central to helping the production of more and better crops and improvingfarmers’health, nutrition and food security. ASHC takes a wealth of existing information on smart framing practices, like ISFM, and shares it with those who need it most. The many resources that ASHC produces (like the website, but also books, cartoons and guides) help bridge the gap between those with science-based agricultural information and the farmers who can benefit from it.

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IMC joins the fight against Ebola PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:27

Freetown, Sept. 1, 014 (MOHS) - The International Medical Corps (IMC) has donated a consignment of protective gears and drugs as part of the organization’s contribution to compliment government’s efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country.

Making the donation, the IMC Team Director, Hussien Ibrahim said the gesture will serve as a token to start the working relationship with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and to strengthen the partnership with the District Health Management Teams in their operational areas.

He said they have been in primary health care activities, and also helped in the rehabilitation of the Kailahun hospital including 14 clinics in the Kambia district.

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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

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.

In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.

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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

Police reject security for Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally

April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.

In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.

The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.

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Society -Local News

AG to launch LAB in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has told the people of Waterloo that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AG), Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will serve as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the Western Area Rural District on 6 May 2017.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles pointed out thatHon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has served as keynote speaker in all the launches the Board has had around the country. He noted that the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is the supervisory ministry for the Legal Aid Board and further underlined the importance of having the holder of the office at such events in terms of availing himself with the challenges ordinary people face in accessing the justice system. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for these issues to be discussed by the cabinet.

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Development

LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.

She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’

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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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