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2014 SLAJ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Written by press release   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:51

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) wishes to inform its general membership that delegate fee for this year’s Annual General Meeting slated for 6 – 8 June, 2014 in the Northern city of Makeni is Le100,000.

Note that delegate fees of only fully-paid-up SLAJ members will be accepted.Deadline for the payment of dues and delegate fee is May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm. Late payment will NOT be accepted.

The SLAJ Executive on Tuesday March 11, 2014 constituted an AGM Planning Committee with the mandate to raise funds and plan for the successful holding of the meeting. Therefore, corporate bodies, institutions and the general public – especially those that the Association has approached with letters of support – are encouraged to deal with only members of the Committee, who have been provided with special computerized ID cards for easy identification.

Any person(s) claiming to act on behalf of the Committee other than the under-mentioned should be reported to the SLAJ Secretariat or the Police.

 
District Medical Officer dismisses rumours of ebola outbreak in Kambia
Written by SLENA   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:46

Kambia, April 18 (SLENA) - The District Medical Officer in Kambia, Dr. Tom Sesay has said there has been no recorded case of the Ebola disease either at the Referral Government Hospital in the Headquarter Town of Kambia or in any of the Peripheral Health Units as it is widely rumoured.

Dr. Sesay made a particular reference to Gbolon, a village in the Briamaia Chiefdom, where a total of four people are said to have died of the disease. He said even though the rumours were baseless, he personally had to lead a special team to the village, and that the villagers were very much surprised as they could not tell of any death case in their community for the past several weeks. On the current status of the district with reference to the ebola and its level of preparedness in case of an outbreak, Dr. Tom Sesay said Kambia is stable but that he has heightened the alertness and intensified surveillance in the entire district.
Speaking in an interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) he said the whole thing started with a report from CNN which spoke of an outbreak of this mysterious ebola virus in neighbouring Guinea and the possibility that it might spread to Sierra Leone through the Northern District of Kambia.

 
Sierra Leone’s first Comprehensive Smartphone app launched
Written by press release   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:40

Houston Texas USA: April 20, 2014: - Songhai Technologies Inc, a tech startup company based in Texas USA last week released Sierra Leone’s first comprehensive smartphone App to serve Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

The App unlike other types of locality apps that are mostly one dimensional in nature, provides a touch and go service and convenience for a myriad of resources and links to everything Sierra Leone and beyond.

The founder of Songhai Technologies and developer of the App Mr. Leslie Koroma of Texas USA, a US Citizen born in Sierra Leone is an 18 veteran of the tech industry starting out with his tenure at the former tech giant COMPAQ Computer Corporation, which was bought out a few years back by Hewlett Packard Corporation(HP). He is also the founder and CEO of African Sports Media Network, the first African media to deploy a digital online magazine to serve Africans around the world in African Sports Monthly Magazine. He also runs a daily Pan African sports news site called African Sports TV where you can get your daily dose of sports news from the motherland and beyond.

 
As Kao Denro thrills Bo City…. He is set for May 3
Written by Expotimes   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:35

Sierra Leone’s Hip hop King, Kao Denero and his Black Leo artistes thrilled the people of Bo city with a two day rap concert at the Coronation field on April 16 and 17th.

The rappers presence in the city rekindled his large fan base in each of the district. In Bo, fans lined up from the last check point to welcome him. His presence spread like wild fire which immediately turned in to a carnival procession. Viewers have compared the crowd that rallied with him and also those that attended the show to that normally of political heavy weights in the country.

Kao was supposed to have launched his African King album in April with his guest artiste, Jamaican born dance hall mogul, Busy Signal. The date was rescheduled due to the guest cancelling his trip to Sierra Leone due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Guinea and Liberia.

 
SLeCAD Honors Special Adviser to the President
Written by Amadu Femoh Sesay   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:26

The Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD) on Friday 18th April organized a welcome and congratulation dinner in honor of the Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador At Large, Prof. Dr. Monty Jones for his good work and tremendous support especially to the institution, the country and the world as a whole at the Country Lodge, Hill Station.

In his Keynote Address, Prof. Jones disclosed that SLeCAD is an active player in promoting the transformation of the country’s agriculture required to achieve food and nutrition security and sustainable development (Agro-industry) by helping to promote food security; nutrition security and health care (obesity); promoting non food commodities like bioenergy, rubber, fiber etc; environmental sustainability and mitigation of climate change.

 
CALLING THINGS BY THEIR RIGHT OR PROPER NAMES: KILLING TRUTH FOR SELF INTEREST OR POLITICAL MILEAGE
Written by BITING THE BULLET: BY MBATILUI-+232 76 748 827   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:14

“Those who destroy others to achieve their own selfish ends, destruction awaits them on the eve of their perceived success”

“Man to man, is so unjust. Children, you don’t know who to trust.

Your worse enemy could be your best friend, and your best friend, your worse enemy.

Some will eat and drink with you….

Then behind they chew-chew upon you….

Only your friend know your secret eh. So only he, could reveal it.

So who that cap fits, let them wear it…”-Bob Marley

 It is an academic debate that from the point of view of journalese (not journalists or journalism), issues are sometimes inseparable from characters or personalities. This is because there can only be issues because people’s behavioral patterns continue to change by the day. In such situations, there is no way one can discuss such issues without making reference to their authors or initiators.  It is against this premise that individuals or characters would be inevitably discussed in this piece.

 
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Editorial

ACADEMIC CHEATING AND ITS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES: WHAT, HOW, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY?

“The battle is neither for the swift, nor the strong but those who endure” Those with the swiftness of a Dove and the pervading endurance of an Eagle let them fly; phoenix-like, slowly, but surely, we’d trot our way through” “Those who deny freedom to others deserves it not themselves”-Abraham Lincoln

Sometime last March, I listened to the regular BBC “Africa Have Your Say” programme and the subject of the discussion in question was academic cheating especially at tertiary level across the Globe but with emphasis on Africa. The discussants, mainly youth who had either gone or are going through the rigours of University education debated the topic bringing to bear their various experiences and or responses to challenges during their days in the University.

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Business News

Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko opens its doors to guests

On Tuesday the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel opened its doors today after a complete refurbishment which has focused on stylish and spacious interiors and a welcoming atmosphere. 

The Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko is Sierra Leone’s first five star hotel and achieving those sorts of standards has taken time and the entire refurbishment of the building to Radisson Blu’s exacting standards.  The hotel features 172 rooms and suites, many with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Media News

2014 SLAJ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) wishes to inform its general membership that delegate fee for this year’s Annual General Meeting slated for 6 – 8 June, 2014 in the Northern city of Makeni is Le100,000.

Note that delegate fees of only fully-paid-up SLAJ members will be accepted.Deadline for the payment of dues and delegate fee is May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm. Late payment will NOT be accepted.

The SLAJ Executive on Tuesday March 11, 2014 constituted an AGM Planning Committee with the mandate to raise funds and plan for the successful holding of the meeting. Therefore, corporate bodies, institutions and the general public – especially those that the Association has approached with letters of support – are encouraged to deal with only members of the Committee, who have been provided with special computerized ID cards for easy identification.

Any person(s) claiming to act on behalf of the Committee other than the under-mentioned should be reported to the SLAJ Secretariat or the Police.

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Commentary

REMEMBERING FORMER PRESIDENT AHMAD TEJAN KABBAH

I want to pay a glowing tribute to a statesman of the 21st century modern Sierra Leone. Born in Pendembu, Kailahun District on February 16, 1932, former President, Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah rose to the rank as Permanent Secretary in the Civil Service hierarchy only to flee Sierra Leone after President Siaka Stevens won the 1967 hotly contested election. While at the UN, he acquired the cherished wisdom and the magnetic gift of negotiation – something he sacredly used during  the peace talk with the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel leader, Corporal Foday Sabana Sankoh both in Abidjan, Cote d ‘ivoire and Lome, Togo in West Africa.

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Society -Local News

CONVICTION FOR UNEXPLAINED WEALTH: ACC CHARTS A NEW PATH

In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone.

Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties in the investigative process and proof of the elements constituting the offence. More importantly however, the greatest obstacle has been political interference in the successful prosecutions of such cases. Despite the challenges, the ACC braved the odds and presented evidenced acceptable by the Court to meet the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt.

Unexplained wealth is defined as where ‘any person who, being or having been a public officer maintains a standard of living above that which is commensurate with his present or past official emoluments; or; ‘is in control of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to his present or past official emoluments, unless he gives a satisfactory explanation to the court as to how he was able to maintain such a standard of living or how such pecuniary resources or property came under his control, commits an offence.

Recent high-profile cases have focused attention on the transfer of assets abroad by heads of state and other senior officials from developing countries in amounts that far exceed their legitimate sources of income. Article 20 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, (UNCAC) criminalizing illicit enrichment, was drafted to address this issue. However, very few of the states parties to the UNCAC have introduced this offence in their legal systems, largely because of due process concerns. The challenge is to find ways to implement Article 20 that balance the rights of the accused with the right of society to recover illicitly acquired national wealth.

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News - Press Release

SCANDALOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NEWLY CALLED MEMBERS OF THE BAR.

URGENT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE JUDICIARY

2013 Barristers and Solicitors
                                                                            C/o Sierra Leone Bar Association
                                                                            11Lamina Sankoh Street
                                                                            Freetown.


The Honorable Chief Justice                                  3rd April, 2014
Republic of Sierra Leone
Chairperson of the Council of Legal Education
Law Courts Building
Freetown.

Our Honorable Chief Justice,
RE: SCANDALOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NEWLY CALLED MEMBERS OF THE BAR.
We are concerned with the allegations made against newly called members of the Bar. Such allegations have the tendency not only to militate against us but greatly jeopardize our standing in the eyes of the public. For the past three months, there have been scandalous publications in both the electronic and print media impinging on the credibility of the 2013 Bar Final Examination. Subsequently, a committee was set-up to investigate the results. We have been reliably informed that the said committee has concluded its investigations and submitted its findings to the Council of Legal Education for final decision.

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Politics

President Koroma Assures WARSO

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday 9th April assured the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) delegation of government’s continuous support in the development and implementation of road safety measures in Sierra Leone and the sub-region as a whole.

“I want to assure you that we are committed to the convention,” he said.

President Koroma gave this assurance while receiving WARSO delegation led by the Director General of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority, Dr Sarah Bendu, during a courtesy call on him at State House, Freetown.

He described the visit as timely as government was in the process of improving on the road network in the country; between districts, regional and headquarter towns, which according to the President will necessitate full regulation of recklessness on the part of drivers amongst other road users.

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Development

Sierra Leone launches a five year Child Justice Strategy

Freetown, 3 April 2014 – The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) in collaboration with the Justice Sector Coordinating Office (JSCO) and UNICEF today launched the Child Justice Strategy for 2014 – 2018 in Freetown.

The number of children accused of breaking the law in Sierra Leone has increased in recent years. Many children are held with adults, and children whose cases go to court often wait months before their cases are finally dealt with.

Children who have been victims of violence, abuse and exploitation are highly vulnerable and in need of special protection and support. However, the justice system is intended for adults, and the process can traumatise children. Two thirds of all child victims who come to the Police are there as a result of sexual violence and 96 per cent of them are girls.

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