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This is Professor Osman Sankoh (Mallam O.) PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Editorial
Written by Bai-Bai Sesay   
Friday, 04 July 2014 15:47

From September 17-20, 2013 the INDEPTH Network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) research sites in currently 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the African University College of Communication (AUCC) organized in Accra, Ghana a four-day workshop on the theme “Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation in the Sahel and West Africa regions." This INDEPTH-AUCC collaboration was funded by the UNESCO Office in Ghana. A Sierra Leonean, Dr Abdul R Lamin was the UNESCO expert behind the collaboration.

About 50 participants including hydrologists, journalists, water resources experts, social scientists, human scientists, demographers, public health specialists, policy-makers, experts from UNESCO, other international agencies and NGOs from eleven countries in Africa took part in the workshop.

As a specialist in environmental reporting, I was fortunate to attend the workshop from Sierra Leone.

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THE GREEN ECONOMY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR AFRICA PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Editorial
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 27 June 2014 12:20

It is now an accepted fact that economic growth is inextricably linked with the environment and use of natural resources. This relationship has in the recent past been inversely proportional, with more economic growth, more wealth creation leading to more deterioration of the environment.  The now developed world used their natural capital at the expense of the environment to fuel their development and maintain their currently huge consumption patterns. However, from one bitter lesson to the other, from one man induced natural disaster to another, with the understanding that climate change is real and is here to stay, we have slowly come to terms with the fact that although  we have to develop but we do not need to do so at the expense of our environment. In this article and subsequent ones the author will attempt to throw light on the environment and the reasons why the global community is now opting for a new paradigm shift in development; why the concept of Green Growth or Growth Economy now seem to many development pundits as the holy grail,  the only hope for mankind to veer away from a path of self destruction.

In this our maiden article we shall attempt to demystify the concept of the  Green Economy or Green Growth and show what potential lies in it for shaping an African Renaissance, an African pathway to development.

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SIERRA LEONE WILL RISE AGAIN PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Editorial
Written by M C Bah, Atlanta, GA-USA   
Monday, 23 June 2014 17:42

About five hundred and fifty two years ago, a voyager from Portugal sailed along the Atlantic Ocean in the West Africa coast of Africa. Sierra Leone was considered to be a mountainous region inhabited by ferocious lions. The sound of thunder and lightning captivated the inquisitive mind of Pedro da Centra who believed that Lions were roaming and roaring on that beautiful land mass. What he may not have known was that the people of Sierra Leone embodied the undeniable character traits of the African Lion – a fearless and brave people blessed with the unique talent of shaping their own destiny.

In 1844 to 1845, at the Berlin conference in Germany, the British scrambled for and partitioned Sierra Leone along with the Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana respectively. The centralization of colonial administration in Freetown was strategically due to the logistical advantage that Sierra Leone provided to the British colonial government at that time. The Abolitionists like Granville Sharp and William Wilberforce selected Freetown as a sanctuary and settlement resort for freed African slaves from Britain and North America because Sierra Leone had the character to be a defining nation that will protect the freedom and liberty of its people.

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The nemesis of sanitation, hygiene & water supply in post war Sierra Leone PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Written by Bai-Bai Sesay reports from Freetown   
Saturday, 14 June 2014 15:12

The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals for poverty eradication aim to halve the number of people without access to safe water and sanitation by 2015.

Sierra Leone’s Health and Sanitation Minister Madam Miatta Kargbo recently explained Sierra Leone’s success in combating open defecation at this year’s Ministerial Participation on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization during the Health Sector Minister’s Meeting, which saw Thirty nine countries represented by their respective Ministers in Washington DC, USA,

During a panel discussion, she shared her Ministry’s experience in changing the behavior of people who were living in communities in Sierra Leone without adequate toilet facilities, and elaborated on the conceptual action implemented to accomplish the task which has seen the West African country making tremendous progress in the increase in toilet facilities in different parts of the country.

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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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