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Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

The world is getting too difficult to understand. It is not only in the political and social fields but also in the business trend.
In recent days there is the news of a brewery that uses 50,000 litres of human urine to produce its beer.
A Danish brewery is getting more than crafty with its latest brew.
The “pisner” from Norrebro Bryghus brewery near Copenhagen used 50,000 litres of human urine to make their newest drink. The urine was sourced from Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, a huge summer music festival and isn’t actually used directly in the beer.
Instead it fertilized the barley to make the pisner .
Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Council named the technique “beercycling” and said “pisner” could become a trendy, sustainable brew.
“It tastes really good” said a taster (not me). It’s fresh and full at the same time and it’s a good beer.”
“In the beginning, a lot of people thought we had a filtration where the pre went directly into the beer but that of course not right,” said Managing Director of the Brewery, Henrik Yang.
The first batch of urine collected from the initial festival is enough to produce 60,000 bottles of beer.
The World@Briggs Chaney, an entertainment depot, featured three consecutive days of what it called hard hitting jam of the Diamond of Africa – Sierra Leone.
The Bing featured how Sierra Leone musical innovations from 1953 to 1970 transformed African and Caribbean-Central American music.
It also showcased Sierra Leone’s hospitality and leisure history. Conversations also centred on the contributions of Paramount Chief Tamba Songo Mbriwah and I.T.A. Wallace Johnson to the political development and independence struggle in Sierra Leone.
You may likely agree that internet access is like the best thing to being there – in spirit that is.
No better to drum it home was the half day seminar on “online free speech and internet access.”
The baseline was that both are under threat and governments of whatever stripes are engaging gears individually and collectively to throttle its continued existence.
The public however is harping for an open internet where citizens can express themselves, share and debate ideas and conduct commerce online and considered as an essential part of a modern, vibrant democracy and market economy.
Panel speakers explored how journalists and civil society organisations are manoeuvring challenging circumstances to continue to ensure their rights to freedom of expression online.
Getting ready for a haircut? Well not a bad idea but avoid cities like Zurich in Switzerland, Oslo in Noway or Copenhagen in Denmark where according to the latest figures a standard haircut can cost you $62, $48 or $42.
Least expensive are New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai in India where a round cut would cost you $3.
For American cities, San Francisco has the highest rate, $30.
So how much does it costs to get a haircut around the world, take in these figures.
Tokyo in Japan, $35,  Johannesburg in South Africa, $10, Istanbul in Turkey, $8, Dublin, Ireland, $16.
And here’s one piece of news that would leave even women in Sierra Leone feeling good.
A study of more than 92,000 women found that women who get out to attend religious services at least once a week, have a 20 percent reduced risk of death regardless of whether they smoke, drink or exercise.
Researchers credit the emotional support and respite from stress that going to regular services can provide.
Say Amen to that.
By Rod Mac-Johnson
Tuesday May 16, 2017.

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