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Friends Of Ernest Koroma Plans Big PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by AMARA SAMURA   
Saturday, 27 February 2016 20:39

As part of their continued determination to complement government’s effort in improving the standard of education, members of the Friends of Ernest Bai Koroma will soon embark on awarding scholarships to deserving pupils and students across the country.

Speaking to a cross section of journalists yesterday, the Leader of Friends of Ernest Bai Koroma, Mr. Sahr Christian Mokuwah said over five hundred pupils and students have benefited from the scholarship scheme they have been providing from 2009 to 2014.

He said they were unable to support the students in 2015 due to the Ebola outbreak, adding that now that the Ebola is gone, they are determined to continue to support the children in their education because they believe in the APC and the leadership of President Koroma.

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AS UK BRACES TO TIGHTNEN EMPLOYMENT LAWS, A PENDING ATMOSPHERE OF DOOM HANGS OVER FOREIGN DOCTORS IN THE UK PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:27

In page 5 of our Tuesday 16th February edition (Vol X No 008), this newspaper carried an article titled: ‘ON WHY WE ARE LOOSING OUR FINE YOUNG DOCTORS TO OTHER COUTRIES, HEALTH MINISTER CLEARS THE AIR’’

In that article, the Health and Sanitation Minister vehemently refuted the age old belief that the search for ‘greener pastures’ is the primary force driving our young and talented doctors out of the country. The Minister maintained the position that the so called ‘greener pastures’ (America and the West in particular) are no longer as green as people are portraying them to be. In fact he even went further to say ‘’as a matter of fact some are no longer even green anymore’’.

He cited among other reasons the global economic meltdown that did not spear even the so called ‘green lands’ and the restrictions in visa and work permits for foreign nationals which makes it harder for foreign medical graduates to enter and settle in these countries.

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WESTERN AREA ON IMPROVED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Ahmed Fonike   
Monday, 22 February 2016 12:54
The Ministry of Energy on Saturday 20th February 2016 inspected three main sites of the IDB Project under the Ministry to monitor and decern ways of fast tracking the implementation of the project.
 
The project is an 18 months project implemented by STEG International and Afilok under the Ministry of Energy to re-enforce and expand the low and medium voltage electricity supply in the Western Area. The three main sites visited by the Ministry, EDSA and EGTC were Hamilton, Grafton and Hastings (Ro-Gbangba ) where transformers and  sub stations will be installed for improved electricity supply.
 
In his statements, the Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry Macauley said the project is in line with the Ministry’s mandate and president koroma’s Agenda for prosperity. He briefed the various communities visited that the contractors do face some challenges with communities that are to benefit from the facility by posing hostility to the contractors for fixing poles on the demarcated areas. The Minister appealed therefore to these communities to cooperate with STEG International and AFILOK for the communities to get the desired services.
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JFK discusses justice development with Paramount Chiefs PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Expotimes   
Sunday, 21 February 2016 16:25

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara on Saturday 6th February 2016 had an interactive meeting with Paramount Chiefs from the north to discuss issues of justice development at Chiefdom level and map out strategies to ensure that quality justice prevail in their localities.

The meeting, which also served as a social interaction between the Paramount Chiefs and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice was held in the conference room of Where Else Guest House in Makeni.

Addressing twenty one Paramount Chiefs, the Attorney General recalled when he was invited by his boss, His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to come from the international scene at the Special Court for Sierra Leone to serve as the country’s head of the Anti-Corruption Commission. “I am happy to receive another call from my boss to help in the justice system,” he said, of which he commended President Koroma for his good leadership in the country and for maintaining a good working relationship with Paramount Chiefs.

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State drops state of emergency charge against SLPP supporters PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:27

The State on Wednesday dropped the charge under the emergency regulation against 12 SLPP supporters in Kenema and the former Regional Senior Human Rights Officer for the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone .

The 13 are standing trial in the Kenema Magistrate Court after they were arrested on Independence Day in 2015 on allegations of illegal gathering, riotous conduct, incitement and other related matters.

In dropping the count charge, Senior State Counsel Monfred Sesay told the court that he was applying to amend the formation of count 5  which was an offence charged under the Public Emergency  Regulation "which we do not want to proceed with so it's left now with 10 counts" .The lead Prosecution lawyer said.

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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

LAB secures discharge of ‘violent’ youth

As the Legal Aid Board prepares to provide legal assistance to indigents and children engaged in election related violence, it has successfully secured the discharge of a twenty-five old from Wilberforce in the West of Freetown charged with violence.

The Legal Aid Defence Counsel Hadiru Daboh secured the discharge after drawing the court’s attention to the failure of the complainant to attend court sittings for seven consecutive adjournments. What’s more, the complainant has not furnished the court with any reasons for his absence. Magistrate I.S. Bangura agreed with the Defence Counsel and discharged the matter. He noted that discharge would not stop the prosecution from reinstating the matter in future.

The accused, Alpha Kanuwho plied his trade as driver and apprentice at the Wilberforce lorry park got involved in a fight with his boss Michael Aruna in February 2017. He was arrested and taken to the Congo Cross Police station following a complaint by his boss. According to Alpha Kanu, his injuries were ignored by the police even though they were more serious. He spent fifteen days at the Congo police station before the matter was charged to court.

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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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