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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

Why Parastatals should be Socially Responsible: the Case of NRA

In Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.

However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".

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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

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.

So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.

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View Point

Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness

By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's  transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district.  Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.

With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.

Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).

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News - Press Release

LAB resolves dispute over property in Kissy

The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.

The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray. 

While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty.   The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.

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Society -Local News

Njala demonstration stretches LAB to the limit

The Legal Aid Board office in Freetown was stretched to the limit following the storming of the office by desperate students ofthe Njala University seeking the intervention of the Board to secure the release of their colleagues who had been arrested and held in police cells around the city.

On a normal weekday, you would expect at least forty people crammed in the Freetown office to seek the services of the Board. The situation on Thursday, March 23 was characterized by mild chaos as too many students wanted to visit the office to provide updates on students arrested by the police.

The team of Legal Aid Board staff comprising Bankole Morgan and Anthony Karim Kamara negotiated the release of five of the six students detained at the Central Police Station. One was not released because of an alleged inflammatory statement to bring the city on its knees.

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Development

U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”

During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). 

The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.

The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking.  During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.

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Politics

Ansumana Usman Koroma Urges Sierra Leoneans To Support the Registration Process

The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.

AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.

He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.

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