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.
New World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone, Mr. Pamindar Brer, on Friday 13 November expressed frustration regarding the high cost of mobile tariffs, even when the country has moved from satellite to fibre optic.
Speaking to a cross section of newspaper editors, many issues were discussed on which the Bank is currently engaged in as its support to the Government and people of Sierra Leone, whom he praised for their resilience during the ebola crisis.
He said USD126 million has been provided by the World bank to Sierra Leone to help in its post ebola recovery – an amount that should be mainly used to strengthen the health sector.
A lawyer representing a group of judges implicated in a recent corruption scandal in Ghana has threatened that his clients will sue media organisations which publish the documentary video on the scandal.
The lawyer, Nii Kpakpo Addo, issued the threats on privately-owned Citi FM in Accra on November 18, 2015.
“Monday or Tuesday, you will see that we will be bringing up defamation suits that will touch on every single person that has been associated with the said petition, who has republished the defamatory material,” Addo said. “Republication of defamatory materials itself is defamation, so whether you uttered it or you republished it, you should be prepared to meet us in court.”
THAT DEPLORABLE HOUSING CRISIS OF OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL
In spite of the increment made by the Government of Sierra Leone to allocate about twenty million United States Dollars for the construction of new military barracks across the country, personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) are still complaining over what many describe as “deplorable housing crisis” especially during the raining seasons.
Speaking to The Voiceless Sierra Leoneans on condition of anonymity at the Wilberforce military barrack, one RSLAF Personnel informed that since he enrolled in the military on 4th April 1988, much has not been done to salvage the current housing crisis the military is faced with. He added that, “When I was recruited the morale of the military was exceptional and housing was never a problem as we were all provided an apartment together with our families.”
According to him, those glorious days degenerated with no end in sight, noting “our bosses are not sincere as what they write on papers and say on radio is not what they do.” He said the Ordinary Ranks are hugely suffering the brunt of the housing problem, adding that the salary is not encouraging as it cannot provide them affordable and accessible housing. He went on to say that the available houses in town especially Freetown is expensive and they also need to take care of their children. He said they are worried and frustrated at any time we approaches the raining season. He said most of the houses, apart from the officers’ quarters, leaks and the Estate Department has neglected its duties due to insufficient funds.
He noted that most of the Non Commissioned Officers and their families at the Wilberforce Barracks used “Down the Gutter” to attend to nature because the houses are without toilets. He added that the place called “Down the Gutter” is used for three purposes namely: As toilet, laundry and bathing.
Sierra Leone poor performance in global entrepreneurship development
Standfirst - With the recent Global Entrepreneurship Index showing Sierra Leone to be right near the bottom of the table when it comes to commerce, we need to start paying serious attention to the problem
READING through the recent Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) for 2016 one cannot but observe the fact that Sierra Leone comes a disturbing and worrying 128th out of the 132 countries surveyed.
Apart from the fact that we are close to the bottom of the table, it is also frightening to realise that Sierra Leone slipped five places down from last year’s ranking when we were 123rd. Apart from the fact that Sierra Leone has performed badly globally, we are also at the bottom of ranking among African countries according to the GEI report.
Sierra Leone stands below the likes of Uganda (123), Benin (124), Burkina Faso (126), Madagascar (127), Mauritania (129), Malawi (130), Burundi (131) and Chad (132) according to the ranking prepared by the Washington-based Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute. Our score is 14.6 compared to the best score of 86.2 by the top-ranking country, the United States, which is followed by Canada, Australia, Denmark and Sweden.
One third of funds expected to come from Bank’s fund for the poorest countries
WASHINGTON, November 24, 2015—The World Bank Group today unveiled a new plan that calls for $16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent’s resilience to climate shocks.
Titled Accelerating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Development,the Africa Climate Business Plan will be presented at COP21, the global climate talks in Paris,on November 30. It lays out measures to boost the resilience of the continent’s assets – its people, land, water, and cities - as well as other moves including boosting renewable energy and strengthening early warning systems.
“Sub-Saharan Africa is highly vulnerable to climate shocks, and our research shows that could have far-ranging impact -- on everything from child stunting and malaria to food price increases and droughts,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “This plan identifies concrete steps that African governments can take to ensure that their countries will not lose hard-won gains in economic growth and poverty reduction, and they can offer some protection from climate change.”
Riyadh, November 25 (SLENA - The Sierra Leone Embassy in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Nationals’ Union in Riyadh, on Friday, November, 20th, 2015 held a Thanksgiving ceremony for the eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone.
The ceremony which took place at the Chancery in Riyadh attracted a good number of Sierra Leoneans across the capital. Considering the pivotal role played and salient contributions made by the Sierra Leone nationals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency, Ambassador Alhaji Mohamed SillahKargbo, viewed it as an opportune time to invite his nationals to the Chancery in order to express his sincere appreciation and profound gratitude vis-à-vis their invaluable contributions towards the long-awaited but happy ending of the ravaging scourge called EBOLA.
Reacting to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the Sierra Leone Nationals’ Union, under the proactive leadership of its president, Mr. Uthman Muhammed Kargbo, and under the supervision of the Sierra Leone Embassy, made it a point of national duty to converge at the Chancery on a weekly basis to offer heartfelt prayers for the swift and total eradication of Ebola. Sierra Leoneans residing in this Muslim Monarchy, which is the cradle of Islam, are of the firm belief that their supplications have gone a long way to redeem their country from the siege and ravage of Ebola, which is, by all means, considered as the worst calamity that has ever befallen Sierra Leone in its modern history.
Deputy Health Minister Madam Madina Rahman for High Level Global Health Meet in Geneva
Freetown, Nov. 25, 015 (MOHS) - Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister, MadinaRahmanalongside six other high level panelists are to participate in a debate covering health related issues in this year’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) conference in Geneva, Switzerland on November 26, 2015.
Held in the World Intellectual Property Organization new conference hall in Geneva, Switzerland on the theme: “Migration, human mobility and global health - a matter for diplomacy and inter-sector partnership”. This year’s session brings together the organization’s 157 member states and 10 observer states as well as many UN agencies and civil society representatives.
Chaired by the Director General IOM, Mr. William Lacy Swing, with the official statement by His Excellency MaithripalaSirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the six high level panelist world include Deputy Minister of Health II MadinaRahman, the Director General WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission, Mr. Xavier PratsMonne and His Excellency Ambassador PaiviKairamo, Permanent Representative of the UN Geneva.