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MAWDO Doles Out 130 Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mohamed Kamara   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:35

The Mount Aureol Women’s Development Organization (MAWDO) received a total of 130 scholarships last week Sunday, 16th October 2016 during the official launching ceremony of the non-formal adult education at the Hillside Primary School at the Mount Aureol community in the east of the capital Freetown.

The scholarships have been awarded by prominent personalities in Constituency 105. The personalities included Bai-Bai Sesay, Osman Kamara (Tunis), Alhaji Alpha Rashid, Desmond Turay (OC), Councilor Abu Bakarr Kamara (Abu APC) and Lihadi Alhadi (Manalad). All of the aforesaid people are indigenes of Mount Aureol, Bombay Terrace and Fullah Town communities. They also provided cash, learning materials, t-shirts, school bags, books, pencils, erasers, sharpeners to name a few.

The chairman of the occasion, Samuel Conteh, said the launching ceremony was very impressive and remarkable; noting that “education is the most paramount development in the whole world”.

He pointed out that an individual might become self-reliance in their respective environment “if only one is educated stressing that the initiative of these women in the community is very unique”.

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HEALTH ALERT, SAVE THE CHILDERN T O TAKE UP CHILD ISSUES PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mariama Turay   
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:55

In a bid to include children in developmental process and tackle issues affecting them, Health Alert in collaboration with Save the Children has launched a campaign titled “Every Last Child” at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Harry Yansaneh Hall, Campbell Street in Freetown.

Speaking at a consultative media workshop on Monday 12 September 2016, the Executive Director of Health Alert Victor Lansana Koroma disclosed that the Millennium Development Goals (MOGs) did not capture the role children supposed to play in developmental processes.

He said early in January this year, world leaders met in New York to review the agenda growth but ignored considering the plight of children “in the MOGs, issues of children are left out,” stressing that, “Children involvement in development starting at community level is very paramount.”

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Ebola Survivor Explains Ordeals In Court PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Mariama Turay   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 21:48

An Ebola survivor has explained in court how she was maltreated by her husband Amara Mansaray, after discharged from MSF Bo treatment center.

The complainant took the accused person to court on two count charges of domestic violence contrary to the domestic violence act of 2007.

Led in evidence before  Magistrate Moody of Court No. 2 by Police Prosecutor, Inspector conteh, the complainant said on the 18th October 2014, she was discharged as an Ebola survivor with a certificate and was advised not to have sexual intercourse with anybody untill after a period of six months.

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Ruby B. Johnson crowned Miss Eco Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, Ph.D   
Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:46

Pageant Queen Ruby B. Johnson Crowned as Miss Eco Sierra Leone: Promoting Eco Tourism and Sustainable Development in Post-Ebola Sierra Leone.

On August 30, 2015 His Excellency Hon. Bockarie Stevens, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the U.S., crowned Miss Earth Maryland 2015 Ruby B. Johnson as Miss Eco Sierra Leone.  Ruby will serve as Sierra Leone’s official delegate at the prestigious 2016 Miss ECO Pageant in Egypt. 

Ruby accepted her new title to the applause of a select group of influential leaders within the Sierra Leonean Diaspora community gathered at the Embassy of Sierra Leone that included: Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, Founder and Owner of the Miss Sierra Leone USA Pageant; Mr. David Vandy of Voice of America; Mr. Daniel Koroma of the Montgomery County Executive Office and Ms. Ramzhain Suma, former Miss Sierra Leone Heritage.

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COMMITTEE ON TRANSPARENCY VISITS AIRPORTS AUTHORITY PDF Print E-mail
Arts & Culture
Written by press statement   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:52

The Parliamentary Committee on Transparency and Accountability (TAC), chaired by Hon. Claude D. M Kamanda, who doubles as the Chief Whip of Parliament, has returned from a day’s visit to Sierra Leone Airports Authority (SLAA) in Lungi on the 24th June, 2015. A bi-partisan Committee of 16-Members includes 9-APC, 6-SLPP and 1 Paramount Chief Representative, as representation in Committees depends on the strengths of political parties in Parliament.

After the host MP, Hon. Nicholas Kamara had welcome the Committee, the Chairman of TAC declared the premises of the meeting at the airport as Parliament for the purpose of the deliberations, and said that the reason for the meeting was to determine the level of compliance relating to established rules and regulations by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, starting with SLAA.

He enumerated the functions of SLAA ranging from coordination, security, promotion of international safety aviations, to meet international and national travelling demands, supervision, licensing and regulations of aircrafts. He furthered that the Committee is seeking evidence-based information to ascertain whether these regulations and human resource issues are being implemented to the letter.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

The APC Convention: A political façade, if not a joke!

Thanks to AYV partnered by AFCOM, I was able to followthe live coverage of the APC and SLPP conventions on my mobile phone from my base in the UK.It was good that both conventions took place simultaneously last week end (October 15-16, 2017) because, at the very least, it provided the opportunity to those keenly following the two historic events to compare and contrast them, not least in terms of democratic processes and procedures. Let me start by talking about how I saw the APC convention held in Makeni, then compare,and contrast it with what I saw at the SLPP convention held in Freetown.

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News - Press Release

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 18th October, 2017). The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.

Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Missionas part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.

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Society -Local News

The State of World Population 2017: Unchecked inequality and failure to protect the rights of poorest women could undermine peace and world’s development goals, new UNFPA report warns

• Only about half of the world’s women hold paid jobs

• Globally, women earn 77 per cent of what men get

• Three in five women worldwide lack maternity leave, many pay “motherhood penalty”

Freetown, SIERRA LEONE, 17 October 2017-Unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and development, according the The State of World Population 2017, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The costs of inequalities, including in sexual and reproductive health and rights, could extend to the entire global community’s goals, adds the new UNFPA report, entitled, “Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality.”

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Development

U.S. Ambassador launches National Early Warning Systems Project, funded by USAID

On Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the official launch of the USAID West Africa-funded “Mitigating Election Violence through National Early Warning Systems” (NEWS) project and the inauguration of the National Elections Response Group in Sierra Leone.

Supported by $500,000 from USAID, NEWS is implemented by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Sierra Leone. The focus is to monitor and identify potential electoral violence triggers and assist government and non-government organizations in Sierra Leone to better mitigate them.
The National Elections Response Group (NERG) is a partnership under the NEWS project, between WANEP, the Inter-Religious Council, the Campaign for Good Governance, government stakeholders, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of National Security (ONS) and a number of civil society organizations.

The primary objective of the National Elections Response Group (NERG) is to monitor the elections environment, develop, and recommend strategies and actions to relevant stakeholders with authority to implement necessary response actions to prevent escalation of tensions or incidence of violence for a peaceful 2018 election. Members of the NERG will work closely with WANEP, the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee under the ONS, Provincial and District Election Security Committees – PROSEC and DISEC with an extensive network of civil society organizations and with 60 community monitors across the country to identify potential risks of electoral violence.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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