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2018-02-21 Ebola's Impact Reached Beyond Death Toll to Basic Health Care
[VOA] More than 100,000 malaria cases went untreated when Liberia's health care system buckled under the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new study.

2018-02-20 Liberia and Sierra Leone Can Achieve Real Women's Empowerment
[ISS] Neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing post-conflict transitions. And in both countries, national elections are ushering in new administrations. In March, elections will be held in Sierra Leone, and in January, George Weah took over as Liberia's president from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

2018-02-16 UK Mining Firm Accused of Rights Abuses
[VOA] Hearings have wrapped in Sierra Leone from claimants accusing mining company Tonkolili Iron Ore of human rights abuses. The allegations against the company, formerly a subsidiary of African Minerals Limited (AML), cover incidents in 2010 and 2012 in the northern region of Tonkolili in Sierra Leone.

2018-02-13 Obasanjo Denies Endorsing Candidate for Sierra Leone Presidency
[Leadership] Elder statesman and former Nigerian leader, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied endorsing former Director General of United Nations Industrial Organisation [UNIDO], Dr Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella for the presidency of Sierra Leone.

2018-02-07 New Leaders Revive Process to Improve Governance, But More Work Needed
[SAIIA] In the Americas, when a young Latina girl turns 15, she celebrates her fiesta de quincea├▒era , a coming of age ceremony. Across the Atlantic Ocean, Africa's most important governance self-evaluation and promotion instrument -- the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) -- will also officially turn 15 on 9 March 2018.

2018-02-07 Writers Push Governments to Repeal the Laws On Criminal Libel
[East African] Global association of writers, PEN International, which has been campaigning against the retention of criminal defamation laws in Africa, is pressuring the governments of Uganda, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Zambia to repeal their laws to expand the democratic space.

2018-02-06 Seeking Fair Elections, Sierra Leone Bans FGM During Campaign Season
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"So many politicians use initiation into secret society during campaigns to gain votes, especially those of women"

2018-02-05 Cyber Expert Testifies in U.S. Envoy's Phone Theft Matter
[Concord] A cyber expert attached at the Cyber Syndicate Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department, Detective Sargent Hassan Tholley, has testified before Magistrate Santigie Bangura in a matter involving Adekalie Kargbo and Santigie Sankoh. The duo is alleged to have stolen the phone of the United States Envoy to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Maria Brewer.

2018-02-05 Rampant Illegal Sand Mining At Ebola/Mudslide Cemetery
[Concord] Volunteers at the Ebola/Mudslide victims' cemetery at Pa Loko village in the outskirts of Waterloo, Western Area Rural District, have expressed fear that rampant illegal sand mining currently taking place nearby could have far-reaching negative impact on the sacred ground.

2018-02-05 Transco Commences Compensation to Affected Persons
[Concord] To ensure the smooth construction of a 1,300km transmission line from Cote d'Ivoire into Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, TRANSCO CLSG has, in collaboration with the government of Sierra Leone, commenced the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to settle families who are within the power corridor and will be affected by the project.

2018-02-05 Lebanon's Minister of Foreign Affairs to Visit Sierra Leone
[Concord] The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the Republic of Lebanon, His Excellency Gebran Bassil, is expected to arrive in Sierra Leone on Sunday, 4 February for a two day visit.

2018-02-05 CSOs Rebuke Officials Who Abandon Their Post for Political Campaigns
[Concord] Coalition of Civil Society and Human Rights Activists-Sierra Leone (CCSHRA-SL), a group of civil society organisations, has expressed dismay over what they referred to as the attitude of officials of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) who have abandoned their posts in order to engage in political campaigns.

2018-02-05 NEC Rejects APC Petition Appeal
[Concord] The National Electoral Commission (NEC) headquarters in Freetown has upheld the previous ruling handed down by the Kambia District Returning Officer in a petition against the candidature of Dr.Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, presidential candidate of the National Grand Coalition (NGC).

2018-02-05 John Keister Quits FC Johansen
[Concord] Head Coach of Sierra Leone national team, John Keister, on Friday, February, 3 with immediate effect resigned his position as the head coach of Sierra Leone premier league side, FC Johansen.

2018-02-05 NCD to Ban Tobacco Advert in Salone
[Concord] Cigarette smoking is rated as the number one risk factor for lung cancer that kills millions of people annually across the world, according to Director of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) and Mental Health, Dr. Alie H. Wurie. He has also call for a ban on advertisement of tobacco products and increased tax levy on the product.

2018-02-05 Diaspora Boosts Glorious Heritage Academy
[Concord] A Sierra Leonean living in Australia, Lovet Lahai, last Thursday donated school materials - ten dozen slates, thirty dozen pens and pencils and thirty-eight dozen exercise books - to Glorious Heritage Academy Primary School at Moeba, east of Freetown.

2018-02-05 New Bank Notes to Carry Late President Kabba's & Prisident Koroma's Portrait
[Concord] Governor of Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) has disclosed that President Ernest Bai Koroma's portrait would be used on the new Le10,000 note while the Le5,000 note would carry that of the late former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.

2018-02-01 Transcorp to Launch Resettlement Action Plan Ahead of Transmission Line Construction
[FrontPageAfrica] Makeni, Sl -To give way for the construction of a 1300km transmission line from La C├┤te d'Ivoire into Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, TRANSCO CLSG, in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone, will formally launch the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to settle families, who are within the corridor and affected by the project.

2018-01-31 Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Visits Sierra Leone
[Focac] From January 23 to 25, 2018, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong visited Sierra Leone, during which he paid a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Kaifala Marah, exchanging in-depth views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

2018-01-31 Leprosy Management Challenged By High Stigma
[Concord] "Stigma has been the greatest challenge associated with leprosy management. We need a change in attitude towards leprosy. It must be perceived like any other disease in order to completely wipe out the stigma associated with it," says Manjo A. Lamin, Multi-Drug TB Focal Point at the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme.

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