Freetown, Feb. 2 (SLENA) - United States of America Ambassador designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency John Hoover today on Monday February 2, 2015 called on Vice President, Alhaji Chief Sam-Sumana at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.
Welcoming the US envoy, Vice President Sam-Sumana said the presence of the ambassador in the country is reaffirmation of the relationship that exists between the two countries and that the bilateral relationship was manifesting itself as the United States is always by the side of Sierra Leone especially in difficult times, such as the eleven year civil war and the current ebola crisis while at the same accommodating Sierra Leoneans in the USA and other opportunities enjoyed by the country and its people from USAID, etc.
“Your presence in our country, I believe, will make a difference in the lives of the people of this nation,” Hon. VP sam-Sumana reiterated, stressing that the people of Sierra Leone are beneficiaries of America’s good governance system, democratic principles, rule of law, among others.
The VP added that he was confident that the two countries can build on such a relationship and that his presence will continue to enhance it.
Speaking on the present Ebola situation in the country, Hon. Vice President said he was happy for the low number of reported ebola cases which he said was a manifestation of the intervention of international partners including the USA CDC, volunteers and soldiers to end the scourge in the West African sub-region.
On his recent visit to Kono Vice President Sam-Sumana recalled the culture of acceptance by the people in those areas that ebola was real and it was killing people.
He maintained that the indigenes of the chiefdoms he visited have suspended all traditional and cultural activities, refrained from touching one another, stop washing of the dead and handshaking, in addition to the massive ebola education campaign.
He said among those border chiefdoms, only Soa Chiefdom recorded Ebola cases and that the others, Mafidor, Gbaneh Kandor, Lei, Fiama and Toli had no case.
Efforts, he said, has been made by His Excellency, President Koroma in achieving the decreasing ebola figures and for a zero new infection of the scourge in the country.
These challenges, the VP went on, were to prevent and control any other deadly future outbreak and revamp the country’s health system, including education, improvement on infrastructure, provide employment and transform the country into a middle level income country.
In his remarks, His Excellency Ambassador Hoover emphasized on the issues outlined by the Vice President which, he said, were potentially credible.
He assured the Vice President that as an ambassador to this country, this embassy has put in place strategies to wipe out the deadly Ebola scourge, bring back the Peace Corp volunteers, re-open schools, get the economy back on its feet, create job opportunities while strengthening and building the capacity of the country’s health system.
He went on to assure the Vice President of his continuous good working relationship with the government and people of Sierra Leone and also to strengthen the bilateral relationship that exists between the two countries.
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.
Brussels/Freetown 15 January 2016 - In close cooperation with the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem and with the Chamber of Commerce CBL-ACP, Brussels Airlines is organising an exploratory trade mission to Sierra Leone next week. Together with the Belgian government and Belgian companies, Brussels Airlines is keen to support the rebuilding of the country that had suffered from the Ebola crisis and to discuss cooperation opportunities.
Over the last two years, Sierra Leone had been severely affected by the Ebola crisis. Not only did it claim thousands of lives, businesses in both countries also suffered. Business travellers and investors stayed away, the output of (agricultural) goods fell and major infrastructure projects were put on hold. Despite the extremely tough operating conditions, Brussels Airlines remained as the sole European airline connecting the country to Europe and the rest of the world. The flights served as a major supply line for the country that was largely isolated.
Now that Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, Brussels Airlines is keen to also play an active role in the much needed economic and social revival of the country. Last summer, flight frequencies to Freetown had already been increased from two to four times weekly. By organising an exploratory trade mission, Brussels Airlines has now also widened the opportunity for an expansion of trade relations and cooperation with Belgium.
The Independent Media Commission (IMC) established by an act of Parliament of 2000 and amended in 2006 and 2007 has, as its core mandate to regulate the establishment and operations of the media in Sierra Leone including the Print and electronic.
Media regulation serves as guidance to mass media. These regulations that are enforced via law, rules or procedures, can have various goals, for example intervention to protect a stated public interest, or encouraging competition and an effective media market, or establishing common ethical standards.
Sierra Leone’s vision is to become a stable democracy with a vibrant economy, a united people, progressive nation and attractive country (Vision 2025)
Sierra Leone Is Not A Religious State ...Abortionist Avers
A renowned lawyer and rights activist has reminded Lawyers, Parliamentarians, the Inter Religious Council Sierra Leone and theocrats opposing the Safe Abortion Bill, 2015 that we are living in a non religious but secular state.
Secularism is a product of Democracy and a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship, the idea also hold the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element in it
Lawyer Emanuel Saffa Abdulai said Lawyers like Fonah and Clergymen opposing the Safe Abortion proposition that they should not be oblivious of the fact that we are living secularist state in which non religious views are constitutional.
UNITED NATIONS TREATY BODIES AND HOW THEY FUNCTION PART ONE: WHAT ARE THE HUMAN RIGHTS TREATY BODIES?
(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)
The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties. The treaty bodies are mandated to monitor the implementation of United Nations human rights treaties by the states parties. Each treaty establishes the mandate of its monitoring body, except for the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, whose mandate was instituted by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
TREATY BODIES REPORTING PROCEDURES
Treaty bodies reporting procedure is a central feature of the United Nations human rights treaty system. The reporting procedure may serve a number of objectives – it offers “an occasion for each State party to:
On 25th February, President Koroma will lead his Government to London, for the UK-Sierra LeoneTrade & Investment Forum: the country’s most significant investment outreach in recent years. Organised by DMA in partnership with SLIEPA and supported by UN, ECOWAS, Mano-River Union, FCO,UKTI;the visit will outline the opportunities that exist to foreign investors, as well as the government’s broader economic development.
Since 2001, Sierra Leone has enjoyed peaceful government transitions, some of the highest-ranking GDP growth rates in the world and continues to remain committed to attracting quality international investment into the country.
The UK-Sierra Leone Trade & Investment Forum is an important part of Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola economic recovery plan where HE President Koroma will present his Government’s agenda to restore and strengthen private sector growth and to encourage new inward investment.
In its determination to take the fight against corruption to rural communities, the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission has on Friday 29th January 2016 engaged the people of Rosenti village in an outreach meeting at the Rosenti Court Barray, Konta Section Bombali Shebora Chiefdom.
In his statement on the purpose of the meeting and key corruption issues affecting the growth of the community, ACC Senior Public Education Officer Al-Hassan Sesay thanked the people of Rosenti village for accepting the Commission in their midst noting that it was a start of a long and fruitful partnership in the anti-graft campaign.
Sesay stated that the meeting was intended to heighten their awareness on some corrupt practices, sensitize them on their role in the fight against corruption, warned those that might have involved in it to desist, and enlist their support in fighting the menace. The Senior Public Educator emphasized that if the issue of poverty is to be addressed, combating corruption should not be left in the hands of the Commission alone.
At The Industrial Court… Justice Hamilton Dismisses Defence Applications
As trial continue on the matter against the Foday B Kargbo and others(Plaintiffs) and the Managing Director of Universal Vehicle Rental, the sitting Judge of the Industrial Court, Justice O Hamilton, has dismissed the application made by the defendant counsel on the ground of lack of merit.
The plaintiffs, Foday B Kargbo and others took the defendant to court for redress on what they referred to as wrongful termination and denial of their entitlements.
Since the inception of the matter in court the defendant failed to appear in order to answer to charges levied against him by the plaintiffs.
A member of parliament who is also a paramount chief, Hon Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Kasanka III, in his contribution in the ongoing debate of President Koroma’s national address in Parliament, condemned the resurgence of ebola in his native Tonkolili, northern Sierra Leone.
Hon Bai Kurr said the resurgence of ebola is actually an unfortunate situation, something that should be further investigated – to the applause of many in the House.
Hon Bai Kurr also thanked President Koroma for his leadership skills and for being an exemplary president, who has a lot of achievements under his belt.