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NEWS : Local News
Scholarships for Science Female Students in Sierra Leone
Education, Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Minkailu Bah says all female students admitted into the Science Faculty of the various tertiary institutions in the country will automatically benefit from the government scholarship scheme throughout the period of their course.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:35

NEWS : Local News
Civil Servant Verification Ends in Koinadugu Sierra Leone
A five day nationwide civil servant verification which commenced September 1st, 2008 has ended in Koinadugu District last weekend. The Verification Team’s leader, Mr. Muctarr Sowa said the purpose of the verification exercise in the district is for the government to know the total number of civil servants workforce in the district.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:31

NEWS : Local News
World Bank to launch ‘Doing Business Survey 2009’
The World Bank’s Group in Sierra Leone says it will join other countries across the world to launch the World Bank’s Annual Publication, “Doing Business Survey 2009,” on Wednesday September 10 this year at the World Bank-Sierra Leone Country Office on 13 Howe Street in Freetown. This was disclosed at a press conference held last Friday at the Bank’s Conference Hall.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:28

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Operation Brush Diamba Farm’ Commenced *No School Till September 22 *Maternal Center For Pujehun Soon *Salone To Get Two Ultra Modern Schools *Dwarzack Community Relieved *White Paper Report Soon *Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation To Be Formed.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:23

NEWS : Local News
New Board to Lift SALWACO Higher
Chairman of the newly constituted Board of Directors of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) has pledged to lift the Company to higher levels, a press release from SALWACO states.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:20

NEWS : Local News
Lumley Police Intensifies License Check in Sierra Leone
Lumley Police Station’s Head of Traffic, Inspector Steven Tucker disclosed on Monday 8th September 2008 that his division has intensified checks for drivers’ license and other traffic documents and rules infringement.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:18

NEWS : Local News
SDI on Entrepreneurship Training in SIerra Leone
Fifteen youthful Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs are currently receiving training from the Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI)-Sierra Leone as part of its Salone Education and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) Programme at the Sierra Leone Indigenous Business Association office on Circular Road in Freetown.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:14

NEWS : Local News
HRCSL Engages Stake Holders on Child Rights and Gender Acts
The Human Rights Commission Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Monday 8th September 2008 engaged stakeholders on a two-day workshop on monitoring and implementation of the contents of Child Rights and Gender Acts of 2007.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:07

COMMENTS & OPINIONS : Moiie's Column
Ain’t Good Enough Change, McCaine
The U S Presidential race is becoming more and more interesting, both the Democrats and Republicans are talking about change to the American voters.
Sep 9, 2008, 18:04

NEWS : Local News
APC Commission of Enquiry will Expose Minister in Sierra Leone
A saying in the local Creole parlance, warns against having ulterior motives whilst trying to bring certain matters that were in the dark to light as such can lead to untold consequences for the architects of such. The saying goes thus: You Draw Rope; Rope draw Bush; Leppet cam na tong.
Sep 8, 2008, 13:00

NEWS : Local News
Wanza to fund Attorney-General’s Presidential Ambition in Sierra Leone
Members of Sierra Leone’s Civil Society like Valnora Edwin of the Campaign for Good Governance, Festus Minah of the Civil Society Movement and Charles Mambu of the Coalition of Civil Society and Human Rights Activists have last weekend assured Awareness Times that they are launching an immediate joint investigation into what is fast becoming the biggest corruption scandal to hit Sierra Leone since the country’s Independence from Britain.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:55

NEWS : Local News
Sitta Turay Bids a Fond Farewell in Sierra Leone
Mr. Sitta Turay, who was acting as Consultant Editor of this paper since June this year, has bid a fond goodbye to the newspaper at a function held in his honour last weekend.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:46

EDITORIALS
We Don’t Hate Ernest Koroma; We want him to Successfully Lead
This newspaper does not "hate Ernest Bai Koroma’s guts" as was posited by a local tabloid last weekend. On the contrary, we want him to succeed because it is only under a successful leadership that the plans of this newspaper for Sierra Leone can be achieved.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:43

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Police to Intervene in Tax Collection *Justice Sector Institutions Trained*Board Members Signs Performance Contract *Board Members Signs Performance Contract *WAEC Introduce Batch Registration *"Broke Ose" Commences At Hill Top *Forestry Generates Le 400M In 3 Months *Salone To Meet EFA Goal By 2015.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:40

NEWS : Local News
Sanpha Koroma Boosts Brookfields in Sierra Leone
The Union Trust Bank (UTB) on 6th September 2008 formally opened its new branch at Brookfields in Freetown, in an auspicious occasion that attracted various distinguished personalities including its Chief Executive, James Sanpha Koroma who recently resigned as Secretary to the President.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:37

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Why APC Is Desperate To Pay Wanza….:Has I.B. Kargbo Joined the Govt.’s Lying Jamboree?
In August 2008, the Awareness Times newspaper carried series of stories on the agreement between the Government of Sierra Leone and Mohamed Wanza, a Lebanese business tycoon. The August 11 edition particularly published the agreement verbatim with the screaming headline, "An Infamous Le 75 Billion Deal".
Sep 8, 2008, 12:34

NEWS : Local News
Tukia Paramount Chief Exposes Himself To Ridicule in Sierra Leone
The management of Gola Forest Programme was shocked and dismayed by an article published in the September, 2, 2008 edition of the New Vision Newspaper in which the Paramount Chief of the Tunkia Chiefdom claimed that his chiefdom and all his subjects had not benefitted from the Gola Forest Programme. When the management team of the Gola Forest Programme was contacted to verify these claims, the team amidst busy schedule took time to enumerate the various benefits which the Tunkia chiefdom has received from the Programme since its inception in 2004.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:30

NEWS : Local News
ENCISS Ends Partnership Review Meeting in Sierra Leone
A non governmental organisation, Enhancing Interaction and Interface between Civil Society and the State, ENCISS, on Thursday 4th September 2008 held a day’s partnership review meeting at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:29

NEWS : Local News
Cocaine Saga: Lawyers Go to High Court in Sierra Leone
As was widely expected of them, lawyers for the 19 ‘cocaine plane saga’ suspects have last Friday September 5th 2008, filed an application at the High Court in Sierra Leone for bail to be granted to their clients. Additionally, the lawyers are asking for the matter to be transferred away from the Presiding Magistrate, Manga Deen Tarawalie who they accuse of "bias" against their clients. According to the affidavit accompanying the application for bail and transfer, the lawyers are furious that all their applications are being turned down by Deen Tarawalie despite attempts to seek proper medical care for their sick clients.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:26

NEWS : Local News
Climate Change to Affect Sierra Leone
Captain Bob Tarrant, Commanding Officer of a Royal Navy called HMS Endurance, which berth the Queen Elizabeth Quay II on Monday 1st September 2008, has disclosed to pressmen that it is apparent that climate change will affect Sierra Leone harshly within the next 10 to 15 years. During a press briefing on Friday 5th September 2008 onboard the HMS Endurance ship, the Captain intimated that the country will in the not too distant future experience hotter temperature and a reduction in rainfall, due to what he referred to as human activities, especially scientific actions and widespread deforestation.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:23

NEWS : Local News
Campaign on Gender Based Violence Builds Up in Sierra Leone
In collaboration with the UNFPA and the Japanese Fund, a local non governmental organisation, Women in Crisis Movement Sierra Leone, on Friday 5th September 2008 organised a dray’s training programme on gender based violence.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:18

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Kiss-and-tell A Deceitful Government
They say in Krio "Kaka long tay tay e mos cut" and "De true na im dae las." Translated into English, it means "no matter how long it takes, everything must come to an end" and "the truth shall always triumph."
Sep 8, 2008, 12:15

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Pharmacy Board Press Release
The attention of the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone has been drawn to a front page article published on the Friday September 5 edition of the PEEP! MAGAZINE title "Is the Pharmacy Board Deceiving the Public?" and wishes to make certain clarifications to set matters straight in the interest of the public.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:13

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Nations Revenue Authority Public Notice
Businesses are hereby informed that in consonance with the 2008 Government Budget and Statement of Economic and Financial Policies, the National Revenue Authority (NRA) is introducing a unique Taxpayers Identification Number (TIN) Scheme.
Sep 8, 2008, 12:10

ADVERTISEMENTS
National Social Security And Insurance Trust Vacancy Notice
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the above vacant positions in a reputable company
Sep 8, 2008, 12:08

ADVERTISEMENTS
Africell Sierra Leone Limited Vacancies Announcement
Join the Telecommunications Leader that "Brings People Closer" and become part of the Africell team. We seek dedicated and talented individuals to work in our Technical Department for the following positions:-
Sep 8, 2008, 12:03

ADVERTISEMENTS
CAFOD Vacancy Announcement
CAFOD is the official development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CAFOD Freetown is a sub-regional office supporting church and civil society partners in Sierra Leone.Vacancy for an Office Administrator
Sep 8, 2008, 12:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Where is the 75Billion Leones Gun Boat? Civil Society Questions APC Ojukokoro Deal in Sierra Leone
The Coalition of Civil Society and Human Rights Activists – Sierra Leone is concerned with the decision of the APC Government to pay the sum of Le. 75, 000, 000, 000 (seventy five billion Leones) to a Lebanese Businessman, Wanza for a contract entered into with the former NPRC Government; a claim which the former SLPP Government of President Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, refused to honour.
Sep 5, 2008, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Christopher Fyfe Passes On
It is with profound sadness, and a deep and abiding sense of obligation, that the community of indigenous historians of Sierra Leone, and allied enthusiasts, has received news of the passing of the much-revered Dean of the History of Sierra Leone, Christopher Fyfe. Christopher, who passed away in Spangate, London last week Friday, devoted enormous energies, time, and resources to his research and writing on Freetown and its Krio community, and the ties between that group and the other ethnic societies of Sierra Leone.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:50

ADVERTISEMENTS
Zain Promotes ‘1st August 2008’ Babies in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s leading mobile telecommunication network, Zain, on Thursday 4th September 2008, presented gifts to nine (9) babies who were born on the 1st August 2008, and also launches its new dial code, 078, at an unblemished ceremony held at the company’s Western Area Shop on Rawdon Street in Freetown.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:40

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Stakeholders Workshop Ends *Salone Gets 90 Tonnes Rice & Oil From Egypt *Lands Legislative Review Committee Formed *PPRC Empowered *UMC Records 5,339 Births *SLP Holds Retreat *Discussions on Feeder Roads Held.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:26

NEWS : Local News
Hoteliers Urged To Implement Security Laws On Guests in Sierra Leone
A day’s consultative conference on ‘Hotel/Guest House Security Management and National Security’, which was held at the Atlantic Hall of the National Stadium Hostel has urged Hotels/Guest Houses’ Managers to start immediate implementation of Sierra Leone’s security laws on all its guests.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:21

NEWS : Local News
UNICEF/Inter-Religious Council Discuss Child Survival in Sierra Leone
The Inter-Religious Council on Thursday 4th September 2008 collaborated with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on a comprehensive discussion on child survival and development at the Kimbima Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:17

NEWS : Local News
Magbass Sugar Plantation Workers Down Tools in Sierra Leone
Workers of Chinese owned sugar plant, Magbass Sugar Plantation in Magburaka, northern Sierra Leone on Wednesday 3rd September 2008, downed tools in protest of poor working conditions and the absence of protective kits for work, Un Radio Tea Break Programme reported. The aggrieved workers were demanding the payment of their night shift and annual leave allowances, increment of salaries and other benefits. The protesters collected at the premises of the complex with a resolve not to work until all their grievances are addressed
Sep 5, 2008, 16:12

NEWS : Local News
Corporal Benefits From Africell Le 2B Mega Prize in Sierra Leone
A private solider in the service of the RSLAF, Idrissa Koroma on Wednesday 3rd September 2008 received a Cheque in the tune of Le.90m (Ninety Million Leones) from the Chief Commercial Officer Africell, Joe Amara Bangali (Jrn) in a colourful ceremony held at the Wellington Community Centre. Idrissa Koroma has become the No 16th lucky winner of the Africell ‘Le 2Billion Mega Prize Promotion part 2.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:08

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Greetings
In memory of Mrs. Regina Bangura
In Loving and affectionate memory of our Dear Mother Mrs. Regina Bangura
Sep 5, 2008, 16:06

ADVERTISEMENTS
Vacancy Advertisement :Segbwema Community Bank Limited, Segbwema
Applications are invited from suitable qualified Sierra Leoneans to fill the position of MANAGER of the Segbwema Community Bank, Segbwema.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Government of Sierra Leone Rural and Public Sector Development Project Vacancy Announcement
Background InformationThe Government of Sierra Leone has received funding from the World Bank to prepare and implement the Rural and Public Sector Development Project. The main development objective of the project is to improve efficiencies along the value chain of agricultural commodities with higher benefits flowing to stakeholders particularly producers.
Sep 5, 2008, 16:01

NEWS : Local News
As Ojukokoro 75 Billion Wanza Payout Gets Condemned:APC Government Exposed By Solicitor - General in Sierra Leone
Lawyer Tunde Cole Esq., the Solicitor General in the Law Officers’ Department of the Republic of Sierra Leone, has yesterday Wednesday 3rd September 2008 unwittingly exposed the Ernest Bai Koroma Government as having lied to the people of Sierra Leone through the Spokesman and Minister of Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo.
Sep 4, 2008, 18:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lawyers Staged a Dramatic Walk Out in Court
Protesting the refusal of the Magistrate Court No.1A in granting bail to the 19 cocaine plane suspects for proper medical attention, Defence Lawyers representing the accused persons on Wednesday 3rd September 2008, staged a bizarre walked out of court. It could be recalled that the defence team has severally expressed grave concerns over the deplorable health conditions of their clients and the need for an out-of-prison medical attention, since the prison hospital lack the required medical facilities
Sep 4, 2008, 18:25

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Lawyers, Theatrics & the Law
My heart really goes out to some of the ‘cocaine saga’ suspects now at the Pademba Road prisons; not least the reportedly pregnant foreign white female schoolteacher Martha Pineros who was visiting with her husband and got caught up in the cocaine saga as well as the middle-aged Sierra Leonean lady Fatmata Bangura who allegedly owns the boat that the fugitive Gibrilla Kamara (GK) escaped with. I feel for these two women who are today living under harsh conditions of confinement.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:51

NEWS : Local News
Las Vegas Management Hires Thugs To Beat Workers in Sierra Leone
Employees of a Jackpot company, Las Vegas, have complained to this medium that early last week, they were violently beaten up until they were forced to make a confession at the company’s Siaka Stevens Street headquarters in Freetown, by a hired gang allegedly from State House. The information was relayed to this medium by the tortured youths who stormed our office few days after the incident. Group leader who identified himself as the Garrison Street Branch Director of the Company, Christopher Kebbie, revealed that they were taken to the office of the Manager, a French National called Yannis, where they were alleged to have been mercilessly beaten to extract truth from them in connection with a theft of Le.500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Leones).
Sep 4, 2008, 17:48

NEWS : Local News
FCC to Take Over Municipality Schools in Sierra Leone
The Acting Education Officer of Freetown City Council (FCC), Idrissa Kargbo on Wednesday 3rd September 2008 disclosed to the Awareness Times Newspaper that the FCC is well determined and prepared to take over the affairs of all municipality schools, tertiary institutions and colleges. As a starting point, Mr. Kargbo explained that council has already approved school charges for both primary and secondary schools.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:44

NEWS : Local News
Chiefdom Authorities Benefited From Revenue Collection Training in Sierra Leone
In an exclusive interview at his Council office in Kabala, the Chiefdom Central Finance Clerk, Koinadugu District, Mr. Sajoh A.M Bah has on Wednesday 3rd September 2008 disclosed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the Institutional Reform and Capacity Building Project (IRCBP), recently organized a two-day training of trainers workshop on the control of revenue collection and basic bookkeeping, at the Hotel 5, 10 in Freetown
Sep 4, 2008, 17:40

NEWS : Local News
Detention Managers Schooled on Detention Management in Sierra Leone
A Non Governmental Organisation, Prison Watch Sierra Leone, will today, Thursday 4th September 2008 end a two-day detention management training workshop for detention managers, including the police, prison officers and the military, at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Building in Freetown. The purpose of the workshop is to train personnel from the detention centers on the human rights approaches to detention management. It is also aimed at keeping these personnel abreast with the special court module on detention management, so as to capacitate them with both national and international instruments governing the operations of all forms of detention in Sierra Leone.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:35

NEWS : Local News
For Indecent Dress, Traders Molested Chinese National in Sierra Leone
On Wednesday 3rd September 2008, a female Chinese national (name withheld) came under gratuitous molestation by street vendors at the Garrison Street, Salad Ground vicinity for wearing short trousers. Eyewitnesses say the female Chinese national in the company of other two colleagues were waiting to board a vehicle to their destination after shopping, when she was attached by a street vendor on the grounds that the lady was not properly dressed. The vendor also accused the lady of violating the Islamic law of fasting. In a twinkle of an eye, almost all the street vendors started raining abusive languages on the female Chinese national.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:30

NEWS : Local News
Standard Chartered Continues to Sponsor MEF in Sierra Leone
In an exclusive interview with this medium on Wednesday 3rd September 2008, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Head of Group Special Asset Management in the Wholesale Banking, Mr. Reginald Manson has disclosed that the Bank will continue to support the Management Express Forum (MEF), which is normally held once a month at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown. The Forum is a discursive platform which provides opportunities for members to network with various professionals in the business world.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Delay in Court Proceedings Constraint Outlined *NPA To Pay US$7M Debt *Logging Company Embarks on Reforestation *Marampa Companies Banned *Church Thief Remanded in Prison.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:21

SATIRE
The Commander Gave an Order for 75 Billion Leones
The Commander Gave an Order for 75 Billion Leones to be paid to Wanza for a Boat, etc. etc. but when the Radio asked him through I.B. Kargbo, Captain Wey This Boat? "Ar Nor Know" Na De Answer
Sep 4, 2008, 17:13

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
The Rhetoric of Youth Employment: Can We Rely on the New Government?
Creating employment opportunities to enable the youth population of this country engage in productive ventures, and in the process prepare them for future development has been trumpeted severally by both past and present governments as being topmost on their developmental agendas. But how best do governments harness these unsapped talents has always remained hard to pin down.
Sep 4, 2008, 17:08


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EDITORIALS
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PROFILES
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