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Development
Bring back Torma Bum to light …says Agriculture Minister PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Contact Tracer   
Sunday, 03 April 2016 12:27

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has challenged the people of Torma Bum in the Bum Chiefdom, Bonthe District to bring the agricultural rich environment from the darkness to light. Addressing farmers and authorities during his visit on Thursday last week, Professor Monty Jones said there is a multi-million dollars project for Torma Bum.   

It can be recalled that the President of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America, Mr. Willem Ellis shew great interest to invest in rice cultivation in the country. Mr. Ellisvisited to Torma Bum to assess the agricultural potential the community has, of which he is ready to bring in farmers to invest.

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Sierra Leone: 266 Liberian Refugees Risk of Being Stateless PDF Print E-mail
Development
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 04 March 2016 14:00

A total number of 266 people purporting to be Liberian refugees living in Sierra Leone are risking being stateless, according to a statement made by one NaCSA official.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the representative from NaCSA, Mohamed Bangura said before now there have been cries all over the place by people purporting to be Liberian refugees living in Sierra Leone that they wanted to seek asylum overseas

Mr. Bangura said upon listening to their cries, the office had to write the Liberian Government to come and verify some of their nationals, but to the dismay of the Liberian immigration officials a total number of 266 people did not convince them as they could not produce any Liberian document to ascertain their status, neither could they speak any of the country's languages.

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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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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

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

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

PARLIAMENT DEFERS DEBATE ON THE FINANCE ACT 2017
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 20th April 2017 unanimously voted for the deferment of debate on the Bill entitled “The Finance Act 2017”, pending a pre-legislative briefing and that it should be piloted by the substantive Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House who moved the motion explained the importance of the Finance Bill that it provides for the sources of revenue for Government in respect of taxation. She furthered that the pre-legislative hearing will clearly explain the reductions, additions, and significant changes that have been included in the Finance Act of 2017 to Members of Parliament, who will better articulate issues connected thereto during the course of the debate.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, SBB Dumbuya said that “judging from the significance of the Bill, it should be preceded by a pre-legislative briefing” as per the dictates of parliamentary practices and procedures.
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Society -Local News

RTD. CAPTAIN ALIMAMY MAROUF SESAY - a civilian wrongfully tried by a military court-martial and summarily executed

On Sunday 26 March 2017, three very close family members were 'laid to rest' at a Thanksgiving and Memorial service held at the King Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown. That service celebrated memories of the following family members: Mrs Lydia Sesay nee Yormah (my elder sister), her son Rtd. Captain Alimamy Sesay, and Madame Gbonu Yormah nee Gbloh. 

Although these departed loved ones had died and were interred several years ago in my absence that thanksgiving service enabled me to truly emotionally connect with their demise. For one of the deceased the circumstances of his death did not permit us to give him a fitting funeral so to me that service served as his fitting, albeit belated, funeral service. That event has now freed me from the encumbrances that had prevented me for almost 19 years to put my thoughts about his demise on paper. This piece therefore serves as a tribute to his memory.

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Development

PRESS RELEASE: Rural Renewable Energy Project Conducts Installation Training

FREETOWN, 19 April 2017: UNOPS Sierra Leone is hosting a training for selected installation companies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) programme and United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID – also known as ‘UK Aid’).

The theoretical aspect of the training runs from 18th to 20thApril at the Golden Tulip Hotel, followed by 14 days of on-the-job sessionsin Petifu and Conakry Dee communities, in Port Loko District.ASACO, the supplier of the solar equipment, is providing the training facilitators and installation tools.

Participants are mainly Sierra Leonean engineers from Barefoot Women Solar Engineers Association (BWSEA),Frontier Business Solutions (FBS) and APTECH Africa Limited. Training contents include, photovoltaic (PV) system basics, types of solar systems, arrays and connections, project safety and guidance on using the installation checklists.

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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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