Professional Interior Designer and Artistic Director, Birta Olafsdottir from Iceland, is a Board Member of Aurora Foundation.
Speaking exclusively to AYV at the Aurora Foundation’s office (and future Start-up Center), located at the Lumley/Wilkinson Road intersection in Freetown, on Friday 5th April 2019, she explained the concept behind Aurora’s latest project, a Start-up Center for Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs.
Birta has served on the Board of Aurora since 2014. The foundation’s aim is to support Sierra Leoneans through various projects that emphasize job empowerment. In recent years Aurora’s primary focus has been in the creative sector, working with musicians, artist, designers and crafts people.
The Honourable Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill led Commission of Inquiry yesterday 8th April, 2019 issued a Bench Warrant for three Sierra Leonean Persons of Interest, Reverend Ibrahim Koroma, Dr. Serry Idris Kamara and Mohamed Kamara for failing to attend the hearing when invited.
The Commission directed the issuance and publication of an Order of Subpoena on the persons of interest to appear before the Commission on 8th April to give evidence on the roles played by each of them in the Youth Projects under investigation by the Commission.
“I am proud that during my tenure, Sierra Leone, once devastated by conflict, enjoyed national cohesion, became the most peaceful since independence to the extent that we ‘exported’ peace by deploying our police and military as part of the African Union and United Nations Peace Keeping Missions in Sudan, Somalia and Mali.
With efforts to boost the work of National Minerals Agency (NMA) in Sierra Leone, Dayu Mining Company the country’s only large scale gold mining company operating in Tonkolili district has donated some laboratory equipment to the agency.
Presenting the equipment at the National Minerals Agency Laboratory at New England, the Mines Operation Manager of Dayu Mining Company, Samuel Kamara noted that the donation was due to challenges experienced by the company last year in analyzing its gold concentrate.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas has returned from probing the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the North, South and Eastern Regions of Sierra Leone, in respect of the queries raised in the Auditor General's Report of 2017.
In his opening remarks, Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas advised auditees to "avoid volunteerism and lying under oath which amounts to perjury or contempt of Parliament". He also said that the exercise "is not a witch-hunt", but the tail end of the budgetary process to ascertain value for appropriated funds in line with established financial rules and regulations in the country.
Water pollution is one of the leading causes of death in Sierra Leone. However, pupils of the St. Joseph’s Secondary School in the capital city Freetown can now easily access safe drinking water; thanks to Israeli technology in the form of an atmospheric water generator from Watergen.
The GEN-350 can produce up to 900 liters of water per day from humid air. The atmospheric moisture is purified through an internal water-treatment system. The unit needs no infrastructure except electricity from the power grid or from a generator.
Watergen President Michael Mirilashvili’s efforts to make fresh, pure water available around the globe earned the company a place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Amara Jambai has officially launched the Sierra Leone Nutritional Care and Support Guideline for HIV and TB on Thursday April 4, 2019 at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown.
Launching the Guidelines, Dr. Amara Jambai disclosed that they are aware of the role nutrition plays in the treatment and care of persons with tuberculosis and HIV, adding that the guidelines will provides information needed to optimize nutritional care and support services to patients with tuberculosis and HIV.
(MFAIC Press Office Freetown: Monday 8th April, 2019). The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Nimatulai Bah-Chang on Monday 8th April, 2019 received a high level delegation from the United Arab Emirate (UAE) at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi.
The 25 man delegation is in Freetown to follow up on the visit of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to the UAE early March this year.
Upon arrival in Freetown, the delegation will do a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Nimatulai Bah-Chang at her Tower Hill office in Freetown and then leave for State House to meet with His Excellency the President, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio.
Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu, presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone, on Monday 8th April this year expressed his dismay and frustration over the non-appearance of some jurors and prosecution witnesses to proceed with pending matters on various adjourned dates.
He said the absence of jurors who were emplaned by the court to assist the presiding judge in determining felonious and capital offences committed by offenders of the law, poses a serious problem for the entire court proceedings.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has begged on Sierra Leoneans to be patient and give his New Direction government more time to work and reinstate dignity in the country.
The first gentleman was speaking at the celebration of his first year in office as president, where he was responding to the clarion call for food to be put on the table and make living condition and other social amenities available for country men and women.
Sierra Mineral Holdings 1 Limited (Vimetco), a bauxite mining company in Moyamba, held several meetings with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Mines in Freetown during first week of April 2019 regarding the company’s plan of expansion with the construction of a value-added alumina tri hydrate plant within its concession. Except production of Aluminium, alumina tri-hydrate is also widely used in refractory industry, ceramics industry, for water purification, serves as flame retardant filler and as polishing compound, etc.
Former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma flew out of Freetown past Wednesday evening to Portugal where he served as a guest at the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal, convened from 6th to 9th April.
The annual Horasis Global Meeting is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of business and government leaders, offering an ideal platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing and sustainable growth across the world.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on 4th April, 2019, indicted Stephen Yayah Mansaray, Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, and of No. 11 Belair Park, Freetown; Adele Faya, Account Clerk of the Judiciary of Sierra Leone, and of 118 Bai Bureh Road Grassfield, Freetown; Isatu Ulaikatu Kiamp Kamara, Revenue Officer of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), and of 5 Stone Seat Drive Allen Town, Freetown; and Abubakarr Bangura, Revenue Officer-NRA, and of 67 Freetown Road Lumley, Freetown, on Two (2) Counts each, of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence contrary to Section 128(1), and Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has visited the Network for Children in Need Interim Care Centre, a caregiving home for orphans, neglected and abandoned children at Allen Town, east of Freetown.
During the visit, Proprietor of the Home, Madam Inna Maria Kamara, said she was thankful to the President for visiting the home, saying that that was an indication of the importance he placed on people who look after children, the sick, elderly, or disabled persons.
In spite of the tremendous effort the African region continues to make with technical and financial supports from other partners to improve the situation, the fisheries sector is still facing daunting challenges that deprive the sector from fully harnessing its potentialfor socio-economic development, especially in the areas of food and nutrition, security and poverty reduction .
The Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Sierra Leone resident in Ghana, His Excellency TustonuHimeno on Thursday, 4th April, 2019, paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Alie Kabba at his Tower Hill Office in Freetown to discuss and explore avenues of strengthening the existing ties between Sierra Leone and Japan both at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
In a bid to strengthen partnership and collaboration towards the fight against corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 held inaugural training for two of its partners in Kambia.
Staff of two civil society organizations, Democracy and Development Association Sierra Leone (DADA-SL) and Sierra Leone Life Rescue Mission (SLLRM) in Kambia district that have recently been granted partnership status with the ACC were trained on their roles and responsibilities and mode of partnership.
High Court of Sierra Leone presided over by the Hon. Chief Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards, yesterday Thursday 4th April 2019 rejected an application filed by Counsels representing sixteen parliamentarians of the opposition All People’s Congress APC) party.
The sixteen Members of Parliament representing various constituencies in the country were petitioned for an alleged electoral malpractice, following the March 7th 2018 elections.
Alleged murderer, Ibrahim Kamara has confessed to stabbing his cousin Sulaiman Bah to death with a silver colored kitchen knife. He made the confession to police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department at Congo Cross Police Division.
In his statement to police the alleged murderer said after he had stabbed his cousin with the said silver colored kitchen knife, he fled the scene.