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.
As the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament starts to probe ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) Le 1,656,649,251 is in limbo at the Ministry of Education.
According to the 2013 Auditor General’s Report, “Non-submission of expenditure returns for grant transfers to various institutions were not made available for audit inspection.” The Report said the grant transferred to various institutions amounted to Le1, 656,649,168.
Following complaints by individuals, Sierra Leone’s media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC) has sanctioned eight newspapers—Torchlight, Democrat, Africa Youth Voices (AYV), Arigbo, Owl, News Watch, Champion and Nation Business and Finance—and Radio New Song, for unprofessionalism.
The MFWA’s correspondent in Sierra Leone reported that the Torchlight, Democrat, Arigbo and AYV newspapers were each fined three million Leones (about US$675) for breaching the defamation principle and one million Leones (about US$225) for the breach of the accuracy principle of the IMC Code of Practice.
The commission also fined the New Watch newspaper two million Leones (about US$450) for breaching the defamation principle while the Owl and Champion newspapers, were each fined one million Leones for breaching the accuracy principle.
AS SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES REOPEN, SECURITY AGENCIES SHOULD BE ALERT
In as much we are advocating and at the same time creating awareness in connection with good health condition in the country.Especially in terms of good hygiene, including the provision of clean environment, enough clean drinking water and electricity supply to the diverse communities, schools, colleges and universities, we should not also forget to pay special attention in the security of the country.Because enemies of peace, progress and development are not sleeping to see that they succeed in executing their unpatriotic satanic diabolic plans at the expense of the poor Sierra Leoneans precious lives in the country.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security will this morning face the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee regarding issues raised in the 2013 Auditor General’s Report.
The ministry, according to the Report, does nothing to remedy the issues raised, year in year out – even with Parliament’s intervention, the same recurring malfeasance continues with reckless abandon.
“Cash and bank controls are weak with many bank statements not presented for verification as well as missing documentary support for expenditure,” states the Report.
More than that, the Report also states that Audit Service Sierra Leone has noted “Serious record-keeping problem with reforestation assessment fee, export clearance and collections.” Think of that, if you can, and see unaccountability at its best!
? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,344
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 2 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =0, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0
Western Area Urban
- Kamara Town, Calaba Town (1)
Western Area Rural
- Kissy Town, Waterloo (1)
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 8,547 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 503, Kono = 253
Bombali = 1,049, Kambia = 206, Koinadugu = 108, Port Loko = 1,442, Tonkolili = 454
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 209, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,231, Western Area Rural = 1,162, Missing = 14
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As the plaintiff counsel closes his case on the matter between Mathew Foday and 14 others and the defendant National Power Authority (now EDSA), the witness brought in by the defence has told the sitting judge of the Industrial Court, Justice Patrick Hamilton that he did not understand the grievance of the plaintiffs.
At the opening of the defence case shortly after the matter was mentioned by the court Clark, the witness Idriss Musa Sumaila confirmed making statement in respect of the matter which he identified and was marked as exhibit F.
Upon reaching this stage counsel for the defendant Tamba Kelly applied under order 30 rule (1) sub-rule(1) for the statement of his witness to form part of the defendant’s case.
A local non-Governmental organization, Brighter Future Sierra Leone with funds from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has distributed livelihood support to Ebola survivors at their Sombo Street Office in Kenema.
The livelihood support includes 50kg bags of rice, vegetable oil, tomatoes, a bag of cooking salt, and school materials for the orphan children.
The Executive Director for Brighter Future, Philip Masago, told the beneficiaries that the livelihood support targeted 75 Ebola Survivors from Heigbama Section in Kenema City.
On behalf of His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma who is Minister of Defence and Commander in Chief of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces(RSLAF),Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh informed the Republic of Sierra Leone Amed Forces that Government would do all it could to build on their capacity “to the highest level of professionalism in the dischareg of their responsibilities".
Vice President Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh spoke on Friday 24th April at the official handing over ceremony of 6(Six) newly constructed Billets, a Guard Room and a Borehole at the Peace Mission Training Centre, at Hastings, Freetown.