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.
Freetown, Dec. 15 (SLENA) -The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Mr. Minkailu Mansaray last week briefed members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Mines and Mineral Resources on the general status and the operations of the mining sector in the country especially that of the African Minerals Limited and the London Mining Company.
Speaking to the committee at the new administrative building in parliament, the minister informed the committee that before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, the mining sector was at its peak and most of the companies constructed schools, bridges, offered scholarships to children in the community as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“They also contributed immensely to the country’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP),’ the minister added.
Following the death of JPK Lamin, the executive secretary of the independent media commission, of Ebola last weekend, concerned citizens are asking whether it is not appropriate to quarantine workers there for the next 21 days?
JPK Lamin who got the disease from his wife who had earlier died of it has been buried by the Ebola burial team over the weekend.
Colleagues at the IMC say JPK Lamin was a dedicated worker, and the same testimony has been made by his former colleagues who knew him while he was secretary to the Cabinet of former President Kabba.
Past Wednesday, I was standing with my friend by the Commercial Bank along Siaka Stevens Street discussing about the current shocking ebola figures for Western Area when my friend showed me a piece in John Benjamin’s Metro Newspaper titled “London Paopa Brigade in turmoil”. It was one of the usual pieces by John Benjamin’s newspaper to create mischief and spread lies to blackmail Julius Maada Bio. And my friend knows me now that I don’t tolerate mischief makers especially those few henchmen at Metro Newspaper who through lazy journalism sit in their offices and make up fanciful stories for entertainment.
Koinadugu, Dec. 15 (SLENA) – Over the weekend, Member of Parliament representing constituency 044 in the Koinadugu District, Hon. Alusine Marrah together with stakeholders in the constituency engaged constituents living along the villages bordering the Guinea/Sierra Leone border on the challenges in the fight against the ebola virus.
Speaking to constituents at Mansadu, Mongo Chiefdom, the member of parliament advised that border crossing be tightened between the two countries while mounting checkpoints at strategic crossing points.
He presented various items such as thermometers, hand sanitizers, rice and cash to members of the community.
CARL Welcomes Latest Acc Indictments; Urges More Action Against Corruption
Friday 19th December 2014: The Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) commends the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for its efforts at combating corruption in Sierra Leone. In particular, CARL welcomes the recent indictments by the Commission of some public officials for various acts of corruption.
On December 12, the Commission announced the indictment of seven persons, including public officials and employees of non-government organisations (NGOs) for various offences ranging from improperly conferring an advantage, obtaining an advantage to conspiracy to commit a corruption offences, and misappropriation of donor property (meant for Ebola quarantined homes in Kenema).
Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has warned politicians engaging in politics instead of concentrating on Ebola.
In a press release issued from his London office this afternoon, His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay, who is also a senior member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC), said this is not a time for politics and called on all Sierra Leoneans to rally around President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in the fight against Ebola.