President Koroma Launches Blueprint for Youth Development

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UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 04:26 PM

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has on Tuesday 15th April described the launch of the National Youth Programme (2014-2018) document as a Blue Print for Youth Development in the country.

" It is the guideline for deepening youth integration in our Agenda for Prosperity; it is the blueprint for the development of the most energetic, the most creative and most dedicated section of our society."

The event held at the Miatta Conference Center under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth Affairs attracted youth of all works of life, cabinet ministers as well as senior government officials.

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Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday.

Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

"This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Brussels Airlines, which transits in Freetown from Europe, is only allowed to drop passengers there, but not pick anyone up."

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Suspected Ebola Cases In Sierra Leone Tests Positive For Lassa Fever

In an update concerning the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the numbers have increased both in Guinea and Liberia. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), as of 9 April, a cumulative total of 158 clinically compatible cases, including 101 deaths have been officially reported in Guinea. 66 of the clinical cases have been laboratory confirmed.

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The 11th Maghreb, Mediterranean, MidEast Upstream Conference 2014 will be held in Cyprus






The 11th Maghreb, Mediterranean, MidEast Upstream Conference 2014 will be held in Cyprus

This meeting brings together key Governments, National Oil Companies and leading corporate players

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 1, 2014/ -- Global Pacific & Partners ( announce the 11th Maghreb, Mediterranean, MidEast Upstream Conference 2014 from 20th to 21st May, at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus, with the support of the European Rim Policy and Investment Council.


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This meeting brings together key Governments, National Oil Companies and leading corporate players, and is the longest and most established upstream meeting on this region of its kind.

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Sierra Rutile Profit Plummets As Revenues Fall On Rutile Prices

LONDON (Alliance News) - Sierra Rutile Ltd Friday said its pretax profit fell significantly in its full year 2013 as revenues fell and costs increased despite a jump in production during the year.

The titanium feedstock minerals company, with operations in Sierra Leone, said its pretax profit fell 88% to USD10.5 million in 2013 from USD84.4 million the previous year, as revenues fell 31% to USD123.4 million from USD179.1 million in 2012.

The company said its revenues fell due to weaker pricing obtaining, including a 49% fall in the average price of rutile in 2013 of USD1,044 per tonne from USD2,041 per tonne in 2012.

Sierra Rutile added that its cost of sales increased 19% to USD93.1 million from USD78.3 million the previous year as it ramped up operations and sold a greater volume of rutile, increased production and shipping costs, and increased depreciation charges during the period.

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Deputy Chief of Mission signs former Spanish Presidentís Condolence Book

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Mr. Ismael Koroma, the Deputy Chief of Mission to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 27th March 2014 signed the Condolence Register of Mr. Adolfo Suarez, former President of Spain on behalf of His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at the Spanish Embassy here in Addis Ababa.

The death of Mr. Suarez was made public on March 23rd 2014 after which a Book of Condolence was opened at the Chancery on Wednesday March 26.

He ruled Spain from 1976 to 1981 and was one of the main architects of that country’s transition to democratic governance.


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New Zealand Envoy pays courtesy call on Ambassador Bangali

New Zealand’s Emissary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. James Kember on Tuesday 25th March, 2014 paid a courtesy visit on his peer,   His Excellency Andrew Gbebay Bangali, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Addis Ababa and Permanent Representative to the African Union and the Economic Commission Displaying Ambassador Bangali (L) with his colleague.JPGfor Africa.

The two main objectives of Ambassador Dr. Kember’s visit were to bid farewell to his colleague and to thank him for supporting him during his tenure in Addis Ababa. Ambassador Bangali is going home to take up a new assignment at headquarters as the new Director General and Ambassador-At- Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Addis Ababa Mission gets new Deputy Chief of Mission

Mr. Ismael Koroma, the new Deputy Ambassador of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa was officially presented to the home based and local staff at the Chancery on Monday 17th March 2014 by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa, His Excellency Mr. Andrew Gbebay Bangali.

Mr. Koroma arrived in Addis Ababa via Nairobi on Friday 14th March 2014 to take up his appointment. The incoming Deputy Head of Mission was a Mass Communication lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone cum media practitioner and erstwhile National Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists or SLAJ.

He replaces Mr. Amadu Koroma who was cross posted to the Sierra Leone Permanent Mission in the United Nations in New York as the country’s Deputy Permanent Representative.   


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