Monday 23 October 2017
(Cocorioko 05/31/13)
President Ernest Bai Koroma has arrived in Japan where he will be attending the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which begins on June 1 and will end on June 3, 2013. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, ”The co-organizers of TICAD are UN (OSSA (Office of the Special Advisor on Africa) and UNDP). TICAD was launched to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. Since its inception, TICAD has provided fundamental and comprehensive policy and guideline on African development.” The focus areas of TICAD are boosting economic growth, ensuring “Human Security”, including the achievement of the MDGs and Consolidation of Peace and addressing environmental issues and climate change. Participants will, among...
(Sierra Express media 05/31/13)
Is this feasible? YES. Malaysia eradicated it successfully after Independence. How? It cannot be done by Sierra Leoneans alone working exclusively within Sierra Leone because mosquitoes will fly in from Guinea and Liberia – particularly the deadliest Plasmodium Falciparum transmitted by the female Anopheles contributing to cerebral malaria, etc. Sierra Leone Government has a 2009 to 2015 Strategic Plan for Malaria Control & Prevention; I am uncertain about its implementation and monitoring for effectiveness. All African countries between The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn must be involved co-operatively under an AFRICAN UNION umbrella. Successive governments had been trying without much success – from decades ago spraying of our open gutters and stagnant pools with DDT, long-lasting insecticidal(mosquito) nets, quinine then...
(Awareness Times 05/31/13)
Passion for Children Foundation, a nongovernmental organization based in the United States of America (USA) has donated bags of assorted items including powder, soap, paste and baby clothing to children in Ward 1 of the Connaught Hospital. Presenting the items to the beneficiaries on Tuesday 28th May 2013, the President of Passion for Children Foundation, Jarata Blanshard said the foundation has been in operation for the past three years starting in December 2010. The foundation, she said, takes pleasure in putting smiles on the faces of mothers and children. She said they normally receive support from donors to provide basic amenities for children through their mothers. Her organization, she said, believes in investing in the future generation, thus the donation...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Awareness Times 05/31/13)
A murder accused has made his eighth appearance before Magistrate Steven Conteh of Magistrate Court No.1 with no defence counsel to represent him. Ibrahim Kabba, a labourer residing at Pipe Line, Orugu, Upper Allen Town, is standing trial over the alleged murder of one Idrissa Barrie, who died on the 17th March 2013. The particulars of offence states that the deceased has complained to the Kissy Police Division that the accused assaulted him in a manner that he sustained wounds on his head, arms and severe pains all over his body. The police was still investigating the assault when the then complainant died. For the eighth time in a row, no progress was made in the matter. As usual, the...
(Awareness Times 05/30/13)
The Public Accounts Committee in Parliament has exposed huge financial malpractices in the use of government resources and revenue at the Bo School and some other secondary schools in the Bo district. The Committee which comprises of 11 Members of Parliament drawn from both the ruling All People’s Congress Party and the opposition Sierra Leon People’s Party, was ably assisted by technocrats from Audit Service Sierra Leone to look into some of the outstanding issues raised in 2010 Auditor General’s report. Areas such as poor records keeping, non compliance of financial procedures, misuse of funds and the non submission of relevant financial documents for further verification were looked into. During the committee hearings on Monday 27th May this year, the...
(Cocorioko 05/30/13)
Sierra Leone has been on the threshold of a new era since President Ernest Bai Koroma came to power in 2007 via democratic elections. Cognisant of the fact that the country has vast potentials for socio-economic and political development , President Koroma purposed in his mind that he will utilize the country’s resources and foreign participation in national development to create a new Sierra Leone. President Koroma launched the ambitious Agenda For Change program, which has become a huge blessing to the country . According to President Koroma , ”The Agenda For Change reflects our people’s belief that the government they elected in a free and fair election will work in partnership with them to improve their social and economic...
(Awareness Times 05/30/13)
Virginia Seitz, Senior Director Social and Gender Analysis at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA (MCC) today met with a cross section of civil society and international NGO representatives at the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit for Sierra Leone (MCCU) offices in Freetown to discuss the on-going process of Sierra Leone’s compact development including the high priority placed by the MCC on social and gender issues and their potential impact on beneficiary profiles for potential compact driven projects in Sierra Leone. In what was her penultimate meeting in Sierra Leone before departing for the United States, Ms Seitz described the MCC’s formation as a Corporation established by the US Congress to develop “treaty obligations” with Governments to invest on programs that address...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Cocorioko 05/29/13)
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Pilgrimage, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar yesterday received Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Honourable Moijueh Kaikai and team at the Hajj Ministry in down town Jeddah. The minister was accompanied by a team comprising of Alhaji M.S Kargbo, Special Assistant to His Excellency the President on Political Affairs who also doubles as a senior member of the National Hajj Coordinating Committee and Dr. Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, one of the senior Muslim scholars representing the Muslim community in Sierra Leone. elcoming the Sierra Leone delegation, the Saudi Minister praised President Koroma for sending Minister Kaikai to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj arrangements. He says that shows the importance the President attaches...
(Awareness Times 05/29/13)
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Education, Science and Technology Minister, Mamoud Tarawalie has told International Partners on education in Brussels that, “funding Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to carry-out implementation on behalf of government can never be fully successful, because a significant percentage of the funds meant for the beneficiaries will be used up as ‘management and supervision’ fees”. Hon. Tarawalie, speaking as a Panelist at the European Union High Level Conference on Education and Development in Brussels, May 23rd emphasized that the government, having staff with the required competence and capacity makes implementation through an NGO unnecessary and a waste of resources. “Individuals with the necessary capacity can only be obtained if offered salaries and conditions of service that can compete with those...
(Cocorioko 05/29/13)
Thursday May 23rd 2013 was not a pleasant day for the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara (in photo). Reports say he was about to board a flight to Vienna, Austria, when he was informed that traders, especially those along the Goderich Street and Kissy Road axis had gone berserk following their eviction by the Freetown City Council. Of course, it is now clear to everyone in this country that street trade has become a political game plan orchestrated by politicians of every shade and colour to consciously exploit the vulnerability of the traders to their own political advantage. In the process, these politicians never take into account the attendant consequences of traders congesting the streets with...
(Awareness Times 05/29/13)
The Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to the President has admonished the Paramount Chiefs and youths of Bonthe district especially inside Jong Chiefdom, to refrain from any attempt to set up a private security unit outside the ambit of the Sierra Leone Police as this would be against the Sierra Leone Constitution. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden was speaking during a government delegation’s visit to Mattru Jong on Saturday May 25th 2013 which followed recent widespread reports of cannibalism and ritual murder incidents in the Bonthe district. These allegations had led to serious misunderstandings between the Paramount Chief, Traditional Authorities, Bondo Women, Bike Riders, Police officers and various youth groupings. It deteriorated into violence erupting on Friday May 24th 2013 leading to...
(Awareness Times 05/28/13)
London Mining Company (LMC) is currently investing millions of United States Dollars into Sierra Leone to boost the country’s economy through its iron ore mining. The idea is to complement government’s Agenda for Prosperity. On Thursday 23rd May 2013, a large cargo Transporter, Willenstand, brought into the country a floating crane worth millions of United States Dollars, to help the company in its mining operations in the country. Taking journalists on a conducted tour of the company’s operations, on Saturday 25th May 2013, the Head of Media Relations and Communication, London Mining Company, Mr. Osman Lahai said the floating crane will upgrade their marine logistics to load ships at faster rate. He revealed that they already had a crane called...
(Gaystarnews 05/28/13)
George Reginald Freeman, a Sierra Leone LGBT activist narrowly escaped a murder attempt after a local tabloid outed him, which he blames for inciting violence. A Sierra Leonean gay rights activist narrowly escaped death when two unidentified assailants attacked him in his car. George Reginald Freeman, executive director of Pride Equality, had his car destroyed as he was being beaten by two men on a motorbike who intercepted him while driving in an isolated suburb of the capital, Freetown, late last week. The incident happened on the same day a local tabloid, Exclusive Newspaper, ran a feature on Freeman, entitled, ‘I was born a gay’, the first time local media ran a story about an openly gay person. The article...
(Africa Review 05/28/13)
A Sierra Leonean teenage innovator who created batteries out of rubbish cans and a generator to power an FM radio station has signed a lucrative deal which is sure to keep his innovative dreams alive. With $100,000 funding by Canadian internet services provider, Sierra WIFI, Kelvin Doe has been tasked to deploy solar panels in 400 sites of the company across the country. The contract with the 16-year-old school boy inventor was penned on Thursday in the presence of his parents. The money is supposed to cover the cost for hardware and design, as well as the implementation of the installation which is expected to go in five phases. In addition, young Kelvin Doe is getting a brand new laboratory...
(Sierra Express media 05/27/13)
The Head of the Chinese Agricultural Technical Team, Mr. Li Hua An has on behalf of the Chinese Government presented a huge consignment of hybrid planting materials and fertilizer to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Dr. Sam Sesay at the China Farm compound in the city of Bo The agricultural inputs, Mr. An said, included 135 bushels of rice, 1,100 bags of fertilizers and 32 bags of hybrid corn. The Chinese envoy added that the essence of the support was not only to maximize sorghum production in the country but to back up government’s robust measures in achieving the agenda for prosperity through the provision of technical assistance in the cultivation of corn in and around the...
(Awareness Times 05/27/13)
A Team of experts from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in the United States of America arrived in Freetown earlier this week to hold a series of meetings with the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) in Sierra Leone. The team is expected to review the progress of the MCCU in Sierra Leone as it undertakes the constraints Analysis process, a major component of the on-going Compact development process between the Government of Sierra Lone and the MCC of the United States of America. They are here to engage In a range of meetings to outline specific areas of focus by the MCC including identifying key areas of focus such as social considerations and gender mainstreaming in the design of the...
(Awareness Times 05/27/13)
London Mining Company (LMC) is currently investing millions of United States Dollars into Sierra Leone to boost the country’s economy through its iron ore mining. The idea is to complement government’s Agenda for Prosperity. On Thursday 23rd May 2013, a large cargo Transporter, Willenstand, brought into the country a floating crane worth millions of United States Dollars, to help the company in its mining operations in the country. Taking journalists on a conducted tour of the company’s operations, on Saturday 25th May 2013, the Head of Media Relations and Communication, London Mining Company, Mr. Osman Lahai said the floating crane will upgrade their marine logistics to load ships at faster rate. He revealed that they already had a crane called...

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