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The lessons from Diana Konomanyi

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

This photo of Sierra Leone’s  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Madam Diana Konomanyi , carrying her granddaughter on her back and working in her office ( posted by Mr. Karamoh Kabba, the Deputy Minister of Political Affairs ) has gone viral in the social media.

DIANA LESSON

Many views have been expressed by Sierra Leoneans. Some say that it is a demonstration of the benefits of empowering women and placing them in positions of trust . Gibril Bangura said that “Diana is a clear example of a true African woman. ” Patrick Foryoh remarked that :
“Sierra Leonean women are proud to mix work and family life…”

Women will go out of their way to do their work , whatever the encumbrances . One negativist found problems with the picture , citing safety concerns.

To COCORIOKO,  what the picture demonstrates is that not all  social  problems can stop a person from doing their work in today’s technology-driven society if they want to do it. Of course if Diana had been working in a hospital or in an environment with dangerous ,  toxic and  other materials that would have posed a threat to the young baby, it would not have been advised to take the kid to work. However , if the work environment is safe, and the person is hard put to it, a way can always be found.

Some white-collar employers who are sick but not physically paralyzed , are still able to do their work, at least  in a home environment . The availability   of computers, fax machines and printers in today’s world of technology have now made that  possible.  Some dedicated workers even carry their offices with them and can do their jobs in trains and planes and even on a cruise. It is all a question of devotion to one’s duties.

In the Western and Eastern worlds where carrying babies on the back is not fashionable, it is difficult to see how this could be factored in, but in Africa, it is the mark of motherhood and where expediency demands , we could work around what Diana is doing, at least temporarily.

The other lesson of the picture is that though women caught in Madam Konomanyi’s position could really have had a good excuse to call out from work for the day, creative means of working around the problem could still be found, as she is doing in the picture .

It is a photo studded with many object lessons.

EDITOR’S NOTE : Today is Friday and even in the U.S,  some parents take their children to work , especially when the pressure of work is not very heavy, ahead of the weekend break. Diana may have done that.

 

 

 

 

UK-Sierra Leone Trade & Investment Forum starts in London

Friday, February 26th, 2016

ABOUT THE FORUM

The Forum is Sierra Leone’s most significant investment event since the ending of the recent Ebola outbreak and an important part of the country’s agenda to restore and strengthen private sector growth and to encourage new inward investment.

Hon Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, will open the Forum and present his Government’s investment priorities for key sectors – including extractives, agriculture and infrastructure – to an audience of senior figures from the international business and investment community.

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DRAFT PROGRAMME
0800-0900: Registration & Refreshments

0900-0920: Welcome
• Dr Saran Kaba, Secretary General, Mano River Union
• Dr David Nabarro, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, UN

0920-0930: Opening Remarks
• Hon James Duddridge MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
0930-0940: Keynote Addresses
• Hon Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

0940-1100: Session 1 – Economic Outlook & Financial Sector Development
Chair: Guy Warrington, High Commissioner Designate, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
• Hon Patrick Conteh, Minister of Finance & Economic Development
• Raymond Gbekie, Chief Executive, Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA)
• Gavin Williams, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills.
• Dr Gibril Faal, Board Member, AFFORD
Q&A Session

1100-1130: Refreshments Break

1130-1245: Session 2 – Investing in Agribusiness
Chair: The Rt Hon The Lord Hain, Former British Cabinet Minister and MP
• Hon Marie Jalloh, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food Security & Forestry
• Adrian Simpson, CEO, Tropical Farms
• Rocco Falconer, Director, Carmanor
• Claudio Scotto, President, Africa Felix Juice
• Dr Joseph Bahsoon, Managing Director, Bennimix
Q&A Session
1245-1400: Networking Lunch

1400-1515: Session 3 – Investing in Industry & Extractives
Chair: Hon Sir Henry Bellingham MP, Former UK Minister for Africa
• Hon Usman Boie Kamara, Minister of Trade & Industry
• Representative, National Minerals Agency
• Karl Smithson, Chief Executive, Stellar Diamonds
• Colin Harris, Senior Technical Advisor, AMR Gold
• Clive Dawson, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce Sierra Leone
Q&A Session

1515-1530: Closing Remarks
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• HE Edward Turay, Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the UK
• Hon Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

1530-1700: Gala Drinks Reception – Sponsored by INTL FCStone
REGISTRATION

To register your interest in attending this event, please email jamie.brunsdon@developingmarkets.com(link sends e-mail) or call DMA on +44 (0) 203 117 2500.

Shooting Stars thank Minister Plenipotentiary and Covenant Child for financial support to community

Friday, February 26th, 2016

 

The SHOOTING Stars Football Club , the pride of New Jersey,  on Sunday  became a model of emulation when members traveled all the way  to the Covenant Child World Ministries church  to present a plaque of thanks and appreciation to  Minister Plenipotentiary to the UN , Leeroy Wilfred Kans-Kanu and the church  for the financial and moral support rendered New Jersey when the state staged the Sierra Leone annual  inter-state soccer competition last year.

The Shooting Stars delegation was led by its team manager , Mr. Mohamed Tunis and the coaches Messsrs  Joseph Salito Conteh and James Kargbo and the presentation program took place after the regular worship service of the church.

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MR. CONTEH PRESENTING THE PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION TO REV. KABS-KANU. STANDING ON THE RIGHT ARE THE TEAM MANAGER, MR. TUNIS AND MR. KARGBO, ONE OF THE COACHES.

In making the presentation, Mr . Salito Conteh said that the Covenant Child World Ministries was one of the churches and houses of worship to which the Shooting Stars went to solicit financial support for the inter-state soccer competition, which saw Sierra Leone-based soccer teams traveling from all parts of the Continental U.S.  to partake in the grand football competition.

Mr. Conteh said that the church generously lifted financial contributions from the congregation and presented it to the club. In addition, the Minister Plenipotentiary , Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, invited the club to his home and gave them his own personal contribution as an official of the Sierra Leone Government.  Mr. Conteh declared that the club and the community they represent are highly appreciative of the efforts of the Ministry and the Minister and thus officials of the club had decided to come to the church to express their thanks and appreciation.

In receiving the plaque, Minister Kabs-Kanu stressed that appreciation is one of the virtues of our civilization, which shows the finer qualities of man. Humans, he went on, must always be appreciative of what others do for them. In this vein, he said he was very thankful to the Shooting Stars and the community they represent for their show of appreciation.

The minister plenipotentiary assured the Shooting Stars  of his continued financial and moral support to put Sierra Leone on the map.

He said the church cannot refuse to help community-based organizations which promote unity and human understanding because,  if it did,  it will not be able to evangelize and minister to the community,  and win souls for Jesus Christ. A church that isolates itself completely from the society and   adopts an attitude of “holier-than-thou”  to the community will not be able to evangelize or win souls. He told the Shooting Stars that they were always welcome to worship at the church.

Minister Kanu thanked the Shooting Stars for bringing together the community and Sierra Leoneans in different parts of the U.S. He praised the club that it was doing a great job to unite the community and Sierra Leoneans in general. He thanked them for helping to rebrand Sierra Leone in the U.S. and assured members of his support at all times. He also promised to continue providing top-notch publicity to the club through his COCORIOKO  newspaper and the social media.

President Ernest Bai Koroma launches fisheries project for youth empowerment

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

 

By State House Communication Unit

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, February 25, 2016 — Various projects have been designed by the government to provide job opportunities for young people as well as improve their livelihoods in riverine and coastal fishing communities, said President Ernest Bai Koroma this morning during the official launching of the Youth in Fishing project and the Revised National Youth Policy – 2014 at the Tambercular Wharf in Aberdeen.

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The president recalled that, he established the Ministry of Youth Affairs with the mandate to give leadership and to inject a sense of urgency in addressing the challenges facing the youth. He pointed out that government has taken several actions in this direction – revised the National Youth Policy, enacted the National Youth Commission Act, developed the Youth Development Programme, passed the National Youth Service Act (which will involve the country’s graduates in the development of the country), commenced the National Youth Village Project in Koinadugu district, and expanded Youth in Drainage Clearing Project among others.

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The Revised National Youth Policy, according to President Koroma, would serve as the blueprint for the empowerment of young people in key strategic areas including Youth Sensitive Policy Analysis, Education and Skills Development, Agriculture, Health and Healthy Lifestyles, Technology and Innovation, Socio-economic Integration of Youth, Protection of the Environment, Sustainable Livelihoods and Youth Employment.

On the other hand, the Youth in Fishing Project is intended to make more fish available in local markets and at affordable cost. “That is why the project has constructed boats outfitted with 70 Horse power engines. These boats will be distributed across 70 fishing communities nationwide, targeting at least 1,000 youth. And this is just the first phase of a total of 200 Outboard Fishing Boats to be provided by mid 2017,” the president said amid rapturous applause.

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He thanked the Alwaleed Foundation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for providing part of the funds for the project and assured of government’s commitment to continue to work with development partners and to implement development projects that will provide not just skills training but also job opportunities for young people.

President Koroma urged beneficiaries (of the first phase of the project) to make good use of the opportunity, to improve their lives and those of their families and create opportunities for others and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. “But you must also ensure sustainable fishing by using appropriate fishing nets,” he admonished.

The Minister of Youth Affairs Hon. Alimamy Kamara thanked President Koroma for his continued support to youth empowerment, noting that his ministry’s business is to implement youth empowerment projects. He praised development partners for their support to his ministry and observed that not all young people are unserious. Hon. Kamara said the beneficiaries are going to be trained by Maritime Administration, and therefore entreated them to prove to the nation that they are now changed people.

Adviser on Youth Affairs in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Dr Sheku Gibril Kamara called on fishermen to make judicious use of the boats by managing them well and appealed for cooperation to move the project forward.

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Capt. Momodu Alieu Pat-Sowe described the project as an example of inter-ministerial collaboration to provide the required technical support to the Ministry of Youth Affairs. He told beneficiaries of this first phase to work closely with their communities and urged them to refrain from using monofilament as it destroys the fishes.
Chairperson of the occasion, former Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma, Dr Sylvia Olayinka Blyden recalled that President Koroma had pledged to support the youth of Sierra Leone since he was in opposition, and during the campaign trail, he also vowed to commit his government to youth empowerment which he has gone far in actualizing.

It is time Sierra Leone lawmakers prepare anti-terrorist bill

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Tony Bee, Sydney, Australia

As I used to say, not because I am currently living in a relatively safe and peaceful country, therefore, I should forget about the well being of my brothers and sisters’ Sierra Leoneans in the country, particularly their safety. I am always concerned about the safetyof their lives and peaceful living, especially the defenseless poor and needy. Because if we do not have anything good to do or give them to improve their lives, we should give them peace so that they will live in amony with their children, family, reatives and loved ones. “Free poo e-bette pass tite jentry”. Before they live in a war situation that will robb them off their human rights and dignity, let them live in proverty with their respect and human dignity in their lives.

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In view of that if it is true that the security of any country in the world is always paramount, I think it is time members of the Sierra Leone parliament start putting their heads together to produce very good ideas (laws) against any form or forms of terrorist activities in the country in order to keep the nation safe and pecaful. As it is done in many countries in the world, especially Australia. Particularly if such measures have not been put in place. They should not sit and wait until something that will be difficult to control or take care of happens before, they will rush to make laws.

In the case of Australia, some of the terrorist laws states that, any individual or group that is being suspected of carrying any form or forms of terrorist activities in the country if caught he or she will be remanded for a number of weeks or months without trial. There is NO human rights abuse issue in term of terrorist suspect held in custody, because they are great violators of their fellow human beings’ rights to live. It is a similar step that I would like to see taking place in Sierra Leone before it will be too late, especially now that the elections fever start to blow in the country.

Prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, as Sierra Leoneans let us stop the habit of sit and wait until things happened before we pull all our strengths and resources to stop such mishaps. Let us learn to keep water in our houses in case of unexpected fire. “Or keep tick behind dor becose we nor kno when we nabbar go form caze”. Let us lean to keep stick behend door (prepare ourselves) because we do not know when our neighbour will attack us.

The country is currently stands for peace because it had tasted both military coups and ruled, 11year war and civilian rules. Therefore, I do believe that Sierra Leoneans know the differences of being in military rule, in war situation and under civilian governance. In military rule, you cannot easily sit in your home or office and talk or write about democracy or human rights issues, condemning them, including their intimidations, harassment or talk about military brutality, without facing their brutal language.

Likewis in war period, sometimes you cannot sit in your house or office conveniently to promote the principles of democracy or human rights or talking about rule of law criticising them including talking about their cruelty against their fellow Sierra Leonens. You may either decide to keep queit or ready to face the wrath of them, the elements of destruction (the rebels).

While in civil rule one can easily sit in his or her house freely talk or write, radio, TV, ghetto, bar, hotel or office and talk about the norms and values of democracy or human rights criticism government without too much of fear of harassment, intermediation or kidnapping. In view of that I believe no patriotic and nationalistic peace and development loving Sierra Leonean will like to see the country go back into war or military rule. Situations where your own brother or sister will treat you like a beast. You have no one to defend you in such a satanic devilsh situation.

Therefore according to one of the purpolar adages, if you are for peace prepare for war. Since the country is now stands for peace it should always ready and willing to protect it nation, especially for what is currently happening in the region. It is for peace because it is now contributing to the wild peace making body. It has contributed its military man power in trying to bring peace in Somalia, Southern Sudan etc. and because of it immense contribution in trying to bring lasting peace into those countries, its has been facing threats of attacks, especially from the extremist Islamic terrorist group, Al-Shabah of Somalia, a threat that we should not take lightly.

The fact is any country that lack peace and security its nation always stand to perish. For the fact that no level right thinking good investor, business man or woman or international community will like to invest their hard earned money in a country where bombs and AK47 are the rulers of such countries. Therefore, it is time the Sierra Leone law makers wake up from their slumber if they were and prepare laws that will trap any devil-incarnation elements Sierra Leoneans or foreginers both in and out of the country. We should not allow our GOD given golden peace to slip from us.

PRESS RELEASE : 1.4 million Under five children in Sierra Leone to be vaccinated against polio

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A child receives vitamins during a vaccination campaign against polio organized by UNICEF (Ivory Coast) at St. Ambrose church in Angree, Abidjan

 

FREETOWN, 26 February 2016 – The push to ensure Africa has no further cases of polio will continue over the next four days in Sierra Leone as the Ministry of Health and Sanitation initiates another polio vaccination drive for 1.4 million under 5 children from 26-29 February 2016.

The last case of polio in Africa was in Somalia on 11 August 2014 and the continent will be declared polio-free if another case is not reported in the next 18 months. The last case in Sierra Leone was recorded in July 2010 in Port Loko district.

“We will soon mark the official end of the most recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and we hope that before too long we will also be celebrating the end of polio in Africa,” said Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, Minister of Health and Sanitation. “We need to avoid complacency about polio, while also encouraging parents to make sure all life-saving routine vaccinations are up to date for their children.”

As well as the oral polio vaccination, children 0-23 months who have defaulted on routine vaccinations will also have the opportunity to catch up on any missed interventions.

More than 7,000 health workers will be deployed nationwide to visit children in their homes. The Government campaign is backed by UNICEF, WHO, MSF, World Vision, and the SABIN Institute. Funding comes from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

“It is important to visit families where they live so that we can avoid congestion in health centres, and make sure that no child misses out on these life-saving interventions,” said Geoff Wiffin, UNICEF Sierra Leone Representative. “If every child is up to date on their vaccinations it will be an important step in efforts to drastically reduce child deaths in Sierra Leone.”

UNICEF is providing 1.6 million doses of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), as well as financial and technical support to social mobilization and other communication related activities, technical support for trainings, and supervision and monitoring.

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New reports highlight long-term risks from Ebola infection, limits of ZMapp

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

 

By Jon Cohen

Feb. 24, 2016 , 10:45 AM

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Bernadette Jebessaoy and her mother, Ioye Massaquoy, survived Ebola. A study has found that 83% of patients had at least one long-lasting symptom from the virus.

Zika may be the virus du jour, but worrisome findings about the last outbreak that shook the world are continuing to emerge. At a meeting in Boston last night, researchers presented new evidence that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has had long-term effects on many survivors, including joint pain, neurological problems, and eye damage. They also found that many men harbor RNA from the virus in their semen after they recover and for far longer than imagined—which suggests that fresh outbreaks caused by sexual transmission are still a threat—and that many people may well have had Ebola without realizing it.

Scientists also presented disappointing results from a clinical trial of what was once considered the most promising Ebola treatment: an antibody cocktail called ZMapp. The study, started late in the epidemic, enrolled far fewer people than researchers had planned, and it failed to provide statistically significant results.

The details were revealed last night during a special session at the largest annual HIV/AIDS meeting held in North America, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The Ebola findings were decidedly off-topic, but meeting organizers decided to make room for them because of overlap in the HIV and Ebola research communities and because of the magnitude of the epidemic.

Eugene Richardson, an infectious diseases specialist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, kicked off the session with data from an unusual study he helped conduct in Sierra Leone. Working with Partners in Health, a nonprofit headquartered in Boston, and Sierra Leonean researchers, Richardson went to a hard-hit village a year after the last transmission occurred. He wanted to determine how many people might have been infected without ever being diagnosed.

During the epidemic, 34 villagers had a confirmed or probable cases of Ebola. Richardson and his colleagues visited their homes and tested blood from 207 people who had lived there but weren’t known to have had Ebola. Fourteen of them had Ebola antibodies, indicating that they had been infected.

Two of these people, it turned out, had had fevers during the quarantine period, and thus would have been suspected cases if Ebola teams had found them. “We asked, ‘Where were you when we were coming around with the surveillance?’” Richardson said. “They said, ‘Hiding in the bush.’” The other 12 people with antibodies reported no symptoms at all. That means that overall, 25% of the 48 people in the village who were confirmed to have Ebola—or were deemed likely cases—had no symptoms.

Although positive antibody tests do not prove that people were infected—different diseases can trigger the production of similar-looking antibodies—other findings supported the suggestion that Ebola infections can occur without any symptoms. In a presentation about two Ebola vaccines tested in Liberia, scientists reported that 6.3% of the people who enrolled had Ebola antibodies before they received the experimental products. As Fatorma Bolay, director of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research, explained, these participants had “no knowledge of prior Ebola virus infections.”

“It’s certainly possible, if not likely, that there’s asymptomatic infection,” said Nancy Sullivan, an Ebola researcher at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, who co-chaired the session. Smaller studies some 15 years ago from an outbreak in Gabon also reported high levels of asymptomatic infection.

The enormous scope of the epidemic of 2013–16—which sickened more than 28,000 people and killed 11,316—has allowed investigators to gather the most precise evidence ever obtained about long-term harm caused by the Ebola virus, including its uncanny ability to linger in the body after the patient recovers. Jean-François Etard of the Institute of Research for Development (INSERM) in Montpellier, France, described an ongoing study of survivors he is conducting with Guinean colleagues. To date, they have examined 475 people whose blood was deemed clear of the virus on average nearly 8 months earlier.

During clinical exams, 83% of the people reported at least one long-lasting symptom, the most common being joint or muscle pain, headaches, and fatigue. Eye exams by specialists showed abnormalities in nearly one in five patients, and two children had gone blind from cataracts. The researchers obtained semen samples from 107 men; 6% tested positive for Ebola RNA. The team found viral RNA in semen as late as 9 months after a man had been discharged from an Ebola center.

A second study provided more details on how long the Ebola virus can remain present in semen. INSERM researcher Daouda Sissoko studied 26 men in Guinea who provided samples repeatedly; 55 days after disease onset, 73% still had Ebola RNA in their semen, and at day 246—more than 8 months after they got better—27% were still positive. One man was positive at 334 days. More sobering still, a different study among 97 men in Liberia reported that one man’s semen tested positive 18 months after his recovery, and three men had Ebola-positive semen after two earlier samples had tested negative.

Positive RNA tests do not mean a person is infectious; it’s possible that the virus is no longer viable or is present in such minute quantities that it no longer poses a threat. Still, sexual transmissions from survivors deemed clear of the virus have already been documented, and the World Health Organization has urged men who have recovered from Ebola to use condoms for at least 12 months after recovering from the disease or until they have two negative RNA tests for virus in their semen. “A single sexual transmission could restart the chain of transmission,” Etard emphasized.

The session’s final presenter unveiled the much-anticipated results from a multicountry trial of ZMapp, the frontrunning experimental treatment after it rescued monkeys from Ebola a whopping 5 days after their infections occurred. NIAID’s Richard Davey, who co-led the study, explained that the trial, which recruited patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the United States, had hoped to enroll 200 people. They would either receive “optimized standard of care”—the control group—or that intervention plus three intravenous infusions of ZMapp spaced 3 days apart. In the end, the waning epidemic forced the team to end the study late last month after enrolling only 72 people.

ZMapp contains three antibodies (colored) that attach to different parts of the Ebola surface protein (gray).
ZMapp contains three antibodies (colored) that attach to different parts of the Ebola surface protein (gray).

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One participant was “lost to follow up,” Davey explained, and of the remaining 71, 21 died: 37% in the control group versus 22% in those who received ZMapp. “One has to choose one’s adjectives carefully,” Davey said. “This is certainly suggestive of a trend in favor of the ZMapp containing arm.” But the results were not statistically significant.

As Science reported last month in a special report, the gigantic effort to test new drugs and vaccines in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia has produced a thin harvest; a vaccine produced by Merck is the only product that has yielded unequivocally positive results. Many held out some hope that the ZMapp study—which used a randomized controlled design, the gold standard in clinical trials—would deliver another bit of good news.

Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the San Diego, California, company that makes ZMapp, issued a press release yesterday that quoted its CEO, Kevin Whaley, saying the company will now “vigorously pursue the further development and application for licensure of ZMapp as a treatment for Ebola.”

“Boutros Boutros-Ghali Was A Great Man”-Envoy Kumba Momoh

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

 

Sierra Leone’s envoy to the People’s Republic of China has paid gleaming heartfelt tribute to the late Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian statesman and first African Secretary-General of the global body-the United Nations, referring to him as somebody that played a crucial role in the growth of UN and in fostering world peace.

Madam Momoh was on Thursday, 25th February, 2016, reacting to the death of the former UN Secretary-General, prior to arriving at the Egyptian Embassy (oldest African Embassy in China opened 1956) for the signing of a Condolence Book in memory of the late top African Diplomat.

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The late Diplomat, envoy Momoh said, was an epitome of great success at the UN, and a great man whose chapter cannot be easily forgotten by Africans in particular and the world at large, also referencing how his country, Egypt has been a major player in the African continent, specifically touching on the ties between Egypt and Sierra Leone.

Signing the condolences Book, Madam Momoh conveyed, on behalf of the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, Government and people of Sierra Leone “deep sympathy for the passing away of a great man, Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali.”

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Born on November 14, 1922, Boutros-Ghali is reported to have received a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Paris (1949) and “then held a professorship at Cairo University and lectured in international law and international affairs at various universities and institutes in the United States, Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa”, reports state.

During his tenure as UN secretary-general from 1992, Boutros-Ghali, reports indicate, “Vigorously supported UN mediation in post-Cold War strife. His term saw lengthy and difficult peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somalia, and Rwanda.”

He died at a Cairo hospital on February 16, 2016, aged 94.

John Baimba Sesay

Information Attaché

Sierra Leone Embassy

People’s Republic of China

Consortium of helpers for Ebola Orphans visit Mabrown Newton Community

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

BY ODA Communications Unit

A Consortium of helpers for Ebola orphans and less privileged children has on Wednesday 17th February, 2016 visited Mabrown Newton Community, in Koya Chiefdom, Port Loko District.

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(Photo: Members of the dream team (consortium of helpers) and some of the Ebola orphans and less privileged children at Mabrown Village)

The Consortium of helpers for Ebola orphans include: two Diaspora led organizations including Ripsta Culture GEDO and Hope 4 Ebola orphans together with their partner, Embracing Children Adoption Services USA.
The purpose of their visit was to do a facts finding about children orphaned by the Ebola virus and also less privileged children of Mabrown village and its environs.

 

In his welcome address, the Headman of the village, Mr. Obai Kamara thanked the visitors for paying a courtesy call on them. He further pointed out that they have a good number of children in the Mabrown, Newton Community who were Ebola orphans. These children he said are urgently in need of help. He appealed to Ripsta Culture, Hope 4 Ebola Orphans and their partner to salvage the situation of these needy children.

“When I see children, joy fills my heart… and children are the leaders of tomorrow, so therefore they must be properly taken cared of’’ said Madam Mayila Yansaneh, CEO of Hope 4 Ebola Foundation. She further said that, the consortium they have formed is a united team which is made up of people who are determined to help children orphaned by the Ebola Virus and less privileged children in Sierra Leone. She praised President Koroma for providing her organization acres of land for the construction of a long term Interim care center for Orphans and other needy children. The CEO of Hope 4 Ebola Orphans promised that when she returns to Holland she will talk to her colleague Sierra Leoneans, so that they will come and give back to their home country.

The Sierra Leone Music Ambassador in Finland, who is the CEO of Ripsta Cultur-GEDO International, said that his organization has done a lot for the people of Mabrown village and its environs. According to him, to partner with organizations like Hope 4 Ebola Orphans and Embracing Children Adoption Services USA, means a lot for his organization. With this partnership he said they will be able to transform the lives of Ebola Orphans and less privileged children in Sierra Leone.

’ I am really excited to partner with Obi-Phrase and I will try as much as I can to make the world see and help these Orphans and less privileged kids” vowed Juli Christensen, Program Coordinator of Embracing Children Adoption Services in Sierra Leone.
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The Consortium of Helpers is better known as the Dream Team. This team is made up of Hope 4 Ebola Orphans Foundation, Embracing Children Adoption Services. The newest additions to the dream team are: Home Leone and Ripsta Culture GEDO. The team has done the research, assessed the situation on the ground, and formed a plan of action to effectively salvage the condition of Ebola Orphans and other less privileged Children in the country. The dream team is really committed to improving the lives of children in Sierra Leone. An MoU has been signed by members of this team.

President receives invite from NOC, hosts Bonthe family

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

 

By State House Communication Unit

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) led by Dr Patrick Coker Tuesday 23 February, 2016, presented an invite to President Ernest Bai Koroma for Sierra Leone to participate in the 31st Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled to take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Acknowledging receipt, President Koroma expressed conviction that the invite is for the whole country as that will require the full participation and engagement of the team in their preparations for the games. He urged the NOC to shore up arrangements with the aim of coming back with medals and positioning the country for international recognition.

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The president assured of government’s continued support and urged compatriots through the Ministry of Sports to work very hard so the country will come out with flying colours.

In another development, President Koroma hosted the Bonthe Family at State House. The organization was formed in 2009 to bring together descendants of the district and to help enhance issues bordering on the development and progress of Bonthe.

The president and Bonthe family discussed wide-ranging issues, including education, road construction, fisheries, job opportunities as well as the overall social service delivery system within the district. He urged the Bonthe family to convene a meeting with relevant ministries to find a way to address their concerns. He also pointed out that the huge potentials particularly in the tourism sector can be used to open opportunities for the country.

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The Minister of Water Resources Mr. Momodu Maligie, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Mr. Osmond Hanciles, Special Assistant to the President on Media Outreach Mr. Oswald Hanciles, Lawyer Floyd Davies, and Mr. Solomon Caulker of ONS, among others, were present at the meeting.