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As a sign of togetherness and in recognition of Islamic values, the United States (US) Embassy yesterday joined Muslims at the Brama Town Masjid Tahkwa Mosque, Koya Chiefdom, North of the country for the annual Iftar event. At the Masjid the Charge d’affaire at the Embassy, Kathleen FitzGibbonn and other staff took the opportunity to[...]

The people of Magbamgba are presently regretting that they did not properly understand the dynamics when they went in to an agreement with London Mining some 4 years ago. N’fa Bundu town headmen of Magbamgba village has accused the British owned Iron Ore Miner – London Mining Company (LMC) of having flouted section 23 (1)[...]

In an electoral democracy, it is expected that the actions of a governing body are manifestations of the interests of those who elected them into power. But how can anyone truly know if their leaders are working for the general interest of the public if those actions are hidden behind closed doors? That is why[...]

In their bid to fight and ease corruption in the country, Transparency International Sierra Leone (TIS) is one civil society group that has been working relentlessly to promote transparency and accountability in Government institutions through advocacy programs as a means to promote development in Sierra Leone. Recently Transparency International engaged stakeholders in the educational sector[...]

Christopher James; a student instructor at the prestigious Ballanta Academy of Music, will soon be jetting off to London to pursue his musical studies courtesy of British Airways. During presentation of his air-ticket, it was disclosed that James is leaving Sierra Leone for the first time, and will be staying in the United Kingdom for[...]

The Executive Director of Fambul Tok International, John Caulker has stated that since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Kailahun one of their operational areas, work has only slowed down but has not stopped. He made this statement yesterday in an interview with Awoko Newspaper. John Caulker started by highlighting their operational areas in the country to include; Kailahun, Kono, Pujehun, Moyamba, Koinadugu and Bombali. He added that the outbreak initially affected Kissi Teng, one of their operational areas in the very first week that the disease broke out. He furthered that as an organization they decided not to shut down their office but stay with the people and continue with work. He said they called a big town hall meeting that included Paramount Chiefs, Council [...]
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has expressed its concern about the escalating trend of the Ebola virus in the country, according to a Press Release issued yesterday. The release authored by Scribe Moses Kargbo reads: “SLAJ is particularly concerned that the health workers who are on the frontline are now dying of the very disease they are trying to contain on our behalf. “Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased health workers and moreso to those frontline health workers who have recently been infected as a result of their selfless service to the people of Sierra Leone. “SLAJ is also aware of the constraints facing health workers in Ebola infested areas and notes with concern that essential safety gears are reportedly in short supply. This [...]
The Parliamentary Committee on Appointment and the Public Service during yesterday's sitting of the House of Parliament approved the nomination of the Deputy Bank Governor and the Deputy Minister of Energy. Having gone through Parliamentary scrutiny past Monday in Committee Room I, the new Deputy Governor; Dr. Ibrahim Stevens and the Deputy Minister of Energy I-Distribution and Supply; Ishmael S. Koroma, membership of the committee apparently became convinced that they are capable enough to serve the positions for which they were being nominated. Citations read by the Majority Leader of the House of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, who doubles as the Chairman of the Appointment Committee spoke volumes of what the nominees have done in the respective positions they had served [...]
As part of the Human Rights Commission's (HRCSL) concern in the fight against Ebola in the country, on Wednesday 23rd July, 2014 HRCSL held collaborative discussions with Charles Mambu, Director of Health for All Coalition at his Fort Street office. The Ag. Chair of HRCSL, Jamesina King recognized the efforts of Health for All Coalition, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and expressed solidarity in the fight against Ebola. She told Charles Mambu that HRCSL wanted to continue to add value in the Ebola fight, share information and brainstorm on the issues of the disease. The Ag. Chair was concerned in the areas of stigmatization and gender related issues. Commissioner Brima Sheriff shared his experience from a monitoring activity he led to the Ebola center in Kenema some [...]
The Coordinator of Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) at Susan's Bay, Abdul Bangura, alias Otogu, was yesterday committed to the High Court for trial on four count charges by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2. According to the Magistrate, the accused faced three count charges ranging from trafficking in person, obtaining the service of a child as prostitute, facilitating the engagement of a child into prostitution and benefiting from child prostitution contrary to the sexual offences Act 2013. The Magistrate states that the prosecution in trying to establish their case against the accused, called three witnesses labelled PW1, PW2 And PW3 of which PW1 and PW3 are factual as they were among the victims. He added that PW1 during her testimony stated that sometime between March to [...]