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.
The armed attack on colleague Journalists of the satirical news magazine, Charlie Hebdo in France has been received with shock and dismay by freedom lovers the world over. The brazen and dastardly terrorist attack resulted in the cold-blooded murder of twelve people, including ten staff members and many more injured.
The nature and form of the terrorist operation, under the guise of religious extremism, indicates that the objective is to deal a fatal blow to the fundamental human right, of the free expression of views and ideas, which are essential components of democratic governance.
So at last a new chief justice has been named to succeed Haja Umu Tejan-Jalloh. It’s a good thing to some, and these will point out that constitutionality has been followed because the outgoing madam had passed her retirement age long ago.
To others, it will make no difference, except to grunt that the government yielded because pressure was laid upon it to do so, as the attorney general had already stated that they were in the right to retain her ladyship Haja Tejan-Jalloh in the chief justice position whatever her age.
ATTITUDINAL AND BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE PROGRAMME IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM!!
The launching of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) programme in the country was really in place and timely, especially the role it played during the 2012 general elections fever. Despite some Sierra Leoneans may see it as a political programme. However, whether it is or not, I think any honest patriotic and true nationalist Sierra Leonean will testify that President Ernest Bai Koroma’s initiative brainchild, ABC programme in the country was very useful and powerful, particularly in terms of bringing Sierra Leoneans more closer to each other because of their change of negative perception against one another and the country as a whole.
? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,172
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 5 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 1
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 1
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 7,982 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 498, Kono = 236
Bombali = 985, Kambia = 150, Koinadugu = 103, Port Loko = 1,298, Tonkolili = 448
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 202, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,019, Western Area Rural = 1,114, Missing = 14
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,834
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President Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Transtech International, Momoh Kemoh Konte, as the new Chairman of the country’s telecommunications industry, the National Telecommunications Communications.
Along with him, Mr. Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh has also been appointed as Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, subject to parliamentary approval.
Another nominee is Justice Valesius Thomas to act as Chief Justice starting 6 February 2015 when the current Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh proceeds to leave to retirement in accordance with the provisions of section 136 (1) (b) of the constitution of Sierra Leone.
Twenty eight million Leones (Le28m) has been given to the Small–Bo Chiefdom Ebola Task Force in Blama, Kenema District, by the Paramount Chief, Mohamed Dafie Benya, in complementing the effort of H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma in the fight against Ebola in the country.
Addressing the executive members of the Task Force at their office in Blama recently, the Coordinator of the Small–Bo Chiefdom Ebola Task Force, Ibrahim Wurie,said the purpose of the meeting was to give updates of their operations in the Chiefdom in December, 2014.
As new confirmed cases of Ebola continue to take a downward trend, the Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mr Mohamed Abdiker and its regional Director Carmela Godeau during a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, commended him for his effective leadership in the fight against the deadly virus.
The IOM has been involved in training frontline care workers and also in training personnel to secure the country’s borders.