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As the country is looking at celebrating its 56th Independence anniversary, students of the International Business class of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), on Tuesday, organized a public lecture on the theme: “Celebrating Sierra Leone at 56: The role of International Business on the Economy”. During this year’s celebration, the Chief Executive[…]

The Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Hon. Hassan Sheriff, yesterday, disclosed in Parliament during the second reading of the Finance Bill 2017, that the tax increase on foreign beer, alcohol and spirits was a bad experience. Presenting the Bill before Parliament for its second reading, the deputy Minister of Finance, Momoh Vandy, explained that[…]

Ashaun Viassy, an entrepreneur based in the U.S. started a door-to-door campaign in Waterloo to encourage people to register. The registration process will end on April 30, 2017. Ashaun Viassy said, “I decided to come home and register but upon arrival I realized that many people are not registering. I started to provide food and[…]

In other to ensure that the aged are recognised, have access to basic services and are accorded the opportunity to fully participate in the daily life of the community, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security with support from HelpAge International is, for the first time, drafting a National Ageing Policy. Sierra Leone has signed[…]

As Sierra Leone joined the world yesterday to commemorate World Malaria Day, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation launched its 2016 National Malaria Indicator Survey. To mark the day, people from all walks of life including school children converged at the St. Anthony’s Parish along Syke Street in Freetown to witness the event and mark[…]

Some time last September, a 14-year old, class one girl was selling cold water on the street in Calaba Town. She was called by a 22-year old man, who asked her to follow him to his house. At the house, she was allegedly raped. She became pregnant. Abdulai Kargbo, 22, is accused of raping the 14-year old girl. On 21 April, the 14-year old pupil, now 7-months pregnant, testified in Magistrate Binneh Kamara's Chambers. She told the Court that she went to the accused house and he raped her. Magistrate Kamara said he has concluded the preliminary investigation stating that there is sufficient evidence against the accused for the matter to be sent to the High Court. The Magistrate denied the accused bail. By Emmanuella Kallon Wednesday April 26, 2017
On 27th April, 1961, thousands of Sierra Leoneans took to the streets in celebration of the country's Independence from Great Britain. Sierra Leone, a former British colony gained Independence under the leadership of Sir Milton Margai and the journey to Independence was a hope for development and advancing the life of countrymen and women. Sixty-nine-year old, Wallace Smith, described the country's Independence as a remarkable achievement despite political and socio-economic challenges over the years. ''For the fact that we gained Independence without a single loss of life is a great achievement. It was an end to colonialism and an endeavour for self- development and working towards improving the lives of all Sierra Leoneans.'' Smith noted. Regardless of the numerous [...]
Since Sierra Leone gained Independence, so many things have changed and I don't think we will ever go back to those good old days”, said James Kamara. The country gained its Independence from the British on 27 April 1961. James Kamara, now a Preacher attached to the Church of Christ, was 14 when the first Independence was celebrated. Born in 1947 he started attending school in 1959. He said, “The first Independence celebration was very nice. Things were very cheap so people could afford nice dresses to wear for the celebration. It was an enjoyable moment. Retired Civil Servant, Enitor Wilson is now 69. He worked for the National Electoral Commission under the government of Siaka Stevens. He described the 1961 Independence celebration as the best of all the celebrations. [...]
Members of Parliament (MPS), yesterday, 25 April 2017, unanimously approved the additional loan agreement for the improvement of access to adequate, safe and reliable water and sanitation in Makeni, Kenema and Bo. The also approved the loan agreement on the improvement project of the Tokeh-Lumley Road project to link the western part of Western Area with the provincial town through the peninsular axis. The additional loan agreement for the three water projects is between the Government of Sierra Leone and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), while the improvement loan agreement for the Tokeh-Lumley Road is between the Government of Sierra Leone and the Kuwait fund for Arab Economic Development. Presenting the two agreements before MPs for debate and possible [...]
Today marks World Malaria Day, and World Health Organization (WHO) has called for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. Malaria remains one of the most serious public health threats in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Sierra Leone. WHO Sierra Leone, Communications Lead, Laura Keenan noted that in 2015, malaria killed over 400,000 people worldwide, with more than 200 million new cases. Sierra Leone has one of the highest burdens of malaria in the world. Its entire population is at risk of the disease, which remains one of the country's leading causes of death and illness. To mark World Malaria Day today, WHO is urging governments, partners and communities to up the game to end malaria for good. Through its National Malaria Control Programme, the [...]