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Ebola: President Koroma Issues Stern Warning

2014-10-28 23:16:01

On a working visit to Port Loko, Bombali and Tonkolili districts over the weekend, President Ernest Bai Koroma issued a stern warning to traditional and religious leaders to take responsibility to halt the spread of the virus in their chiefdoms and districts.
According to a State House report the President said the country has a crisis that should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves and added that government in its efforts to improve the efficiency of handling the outbreak (...)

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Sexual Harassment and Radicalism at USL

5 May 2007

Commentary.
By Abdulai Bayraytay in Toronto,Canada.
The problem of sexual harassment and criminalizing student radicalism in African universities is so widespread that if this trend goes unchecked it will undermine the very essence of why these institutions were established in the first place. This trend is particularly worrying in colleges and other higher institutions of learning in Sierra Leone.
Student radicalism is nothing new. Since the founding of Fourah Bay College in 1827 until (...)

Sierra Leone to delay elections

5 May 2007

Sierra Leone has said that it is pushing back the date of presidential and legislative elections by two weeks.
The polls, the first since UN peacekeepers left in 2005, had been scheduled to take place on 28 July. But electoral officials said that the original date does not allow sufficient time from the dissolving of parliament to organise an election. The opposition criticised the president’s original choice of date, saying it had been "arbitrary". Test poll
The original (...)

AJA Returns to Sierra Leone

5 May 2007

The UNDP Spokesperson on War and Poverty for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, AJA(photo) arrives in Freetown on Monday, 7 May for a one week visit to Sierra Leone.
AJA, a Barbadian poet, musician and humanitarian activist returns to Sierra Leone to work with youth, artist and musician groups in the country. During his visit, he will host creative workshops with the National Association of Sierra Leone Artists (NASLA) and the National Union of Sierra Leone Students of Fourah Bay College. (...)

Sierra Leone: JHR Begins Full Scale Operations

4 May 2007

Journalists for Human Rights.
PRESS RELEASE.
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is pleased to announce the commencement of full scale operations in Sierra Leone as of April 2007. As well as establishing an office at 47 John Street, Central Freetown, JHR has appointed Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell, a respected writer and activist, to serve as Country Director.
Among his accomplishments, Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell(photo) is a recipient of the 2006 Young Global Leadership Award (YGL) from the (...)

Sierra Leone: Government Shocked by Political Violence

3 May 2007

We have received the following press release from the office of the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Mr. Solomon Berewa(photo):
Press Release from the Office of the Vice President On the Disturbances in Freetown On Saturday 28 April.
Government has now received an official report from the police on the events of Saturday 28 April.
It will be recalled that two weeks earlier, Saturday April 14, the APC had requested and had received a permit to organize a peace rally. This event took place (...)

GOSL and Diplomatic Community Meet in Bonthe

2 May 2007

As part of the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General (ERSG) and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Victor Angelo(photo), is facilitating today, Wednesday, 2 May, a retreat of the UN Country Team, diplomats and senior officials of the Sierra Leone Government. According to a UNIOSIL press statement, the event aims at leveraging the impact of international assistance and improving aid coordination between (...)

PEACE Clubs Launch Report

2 May 2007

By Amadu Massallay.
The launching of the PEACE Clubs initiative on April 14 was a modest event but will very likely be seen in history as a great milestone. A Sierra Leonean-owned company was making an appeal to Sierra Leoneans here in North America and worldwide for ordinary Sierra Leoneans to join forces with it. It chose to go the long route instead of asking a few well-heeled investors to put up some money and then ask the National Social Security Insurance Trust (NASSIT) to put in (...)

Bush to Nominate New US Envoy to Sierra Leone

2 May 2007

According to a White House press release issued yesterday,President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate six individuals, appoint eight individuals, and designate one individual to serve in his Administration.
The President intends to nominate Maurice S. Parker, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Mr. Parker, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as (...)

Special Court Advisory

1 May 2007

FREETOWN
The Prosecutor vs. Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon and Augustine Gbao (the RUF accused).
2 May: A Status Conference will take place on Wednesday, 2 May at 10:00 in Courtroom 1.
3 May: The Defence will open their case on Thursday, 3 May at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1. Following opening arguments, First Accused Issa Sesay will testify on his own behalf.
THE HAGUE
The Prosecutor vs. Charles Ghankay Taylor.
7 May: A Pre-Trial Conference will take place on Monday, 7 May in (...)

Press Release-New Website

29 April 2007

It is with a spirit of pride, nationalism, seasoned in a fusion of Divinity and humanity that I’m launching my new website: www.Rolandmarke.com. It is the home where everyone can experience a melancholy of peace and bliss and feel the release of that entrapped soul by the mundane and often unpredictable occurrences that humanity has to weather on a daily basis. Regain your spirit, and live life again to its fullest when you visit my site. Take time to sign my guest book before you say (...)

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EDITORIAL

Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

OPINION

Television and Learning

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)