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Three Cheers for Commissioner Christo Johnson!
There are many living legends in Sierra Leone today and whilst it is usual to pay homage to the dead, sometimes, it is good to laud our living heroes whilst they are still alive. In Sierra Leone today, there is a veteran international journalist working for Reuters International News who is named Christo Johnson. He is also a Commissioner of the Independent Media Commission. This is a man who keeps a low profile and rarely speaks in public gatherings but who commands a huge amount of respect in this country; respect which cuts across all shades of opinion in this country.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:12

NEWS : Politics
Today on behalf of all our membership now and leadership at that time, I publicly apologise for any suffering encountered by the people of Sierra Leone in terms of violations and abuses of their rights during the period of the war when the SLPP was in Governance. More specifically as Leader of the SLPP, I want to acknowledge the harm suffered by Women and Girls during the conflict and on behalf of the SLPP, I want to unequivocally apologise to Women and Girls who suffered any act of violence during the 11 years of conflict. - It now gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the immense positive role that was played during the conflict and which continues to be played by our noble journalists as members of the Fourth Estate. I also once again thank and acknowledge all members of the opposition; the international community, the Government of Sierra Leone and all Sierra Leoneans for their support in the actualization of our dreams as the country’s oldest political party; the most nationalistic political party and the most patriotic political party with an enviable record of achievements that we will continue to build upon come 2012 when we are re-elected back into service.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:17

NEWS : Politics
APC Spills Palmoil on APC’s Rice in Sierra Leone
In the local Krio parlance, when two entities with similar goals and high commonality find themselves hurting each other and creating a messy situation that inadvertently damages their common goal, a phrase is used to describe such a scenario. It goes thus: John Palmine throw-way na John res which translated into English reads as “John’s palmoil has spilled on to John’s Rice”. Normally, rice is white and clean in appearance but if Palm-oil spills on to white rice, it makes it messy and an otherwise clean situation becomes truly messed up.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:12

The Act of Apologising; The Art of Forgiving
The Holy Bible calls on Christians to forgive the sins committed against us by others even as we call on God to forgive our own sins committed everyday. The Holy Koran makes a similar call on Muslims to practise the art of forgiveness. The Act of apologising and begging for forgiveness from someone we offend is one of the surest ways in which we acknowledge our human frailties. To err is human. We all make mistakes. However, acknowledging those mistakes and calling for forgiveness with an Apology is an act that should be done genuinely.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Magistrate Wellington Hailed for Enforcing Judicial Reforms
About 20 accused persons were on Wednesday 4th August, 2010 arrested and detained at the Police cells in the Law Court building on the instructions of Principal Magistrate Johanes O. Wellington. Lawyers were seen running up and down the court building making frantic efforts to plea with the no-nonsense Magistrate to recall their cases and subsequently release their clients who were issued bench warrants and detained in the cells.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Police Media Boss Blames Savage Square Murder on Cultism
The Head of Media and Communications in the Sierra Leone Police Force, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Samura has on Wednesday 4th August, 2010 disclosed that most, if not all of the cliques engaged in cultic, unlawful and harmful practices in the country are being owned and operated by juveniles. ASP Samura was commenting on the brutal murder of a young boy whose body was discovered in the twilight of the previous day which he attributed to cultism and lawlessness. He lamented over the spate of cultism which he said has become a menace in our society, especially within the city of Freetown.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, New Hopes for Diabetic Patients
A Sierra Leonean philanthropist based in the United States of America, (USA) Madam Janet Wurie has brought new hopes for Sierra Leoneans suffering from various acute ailments including Diabetics, Hypertension and common clod by offering free medical services to patients. She is a practicing Mid Level nurse in the U SA but she said in an interview on Thursday 5th August 2010 that she has within her short stay in Sierra Leone provided free medication to over two hundred people within the Calaba Town community. She disclosed that she introduced the programme in Sierra Leone in 2004 whenever she comes home, and that since that period thousands of Sierra Leoneans from various communities have been freely assisted.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Bike Riders Clash with Police *86 Return Home from Iraq *District Officers to Start Work in November *ECOWAS Trains Volunteers *Man Charged for Child Cruelty *Immigration Embarks on Massive Sensitization *Principal Accused of Embezzling Examination Fees *Girl Friend Dies in Lover’s Room.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Tewoh Farmers’ Trading Company launched in Pendembu
In an effort to derive more benefit from cocoa products by farmers in the agricultural rich Kailahun District in eastern Sierra Leone, community stakeholders in the district last month formed and launched an Agricultural Trading Company known as Tewoh Agricultural Farmers’ Trading Company. The ceremony took place at the 1973 built Town Barray in Pendembu, Upper Bambara Chiefdom. In his welcome statement, the chairman of the programme, Mr. Thomas Juana thanked the people of Kailahun District for brining up such a brilliant idea, noting that the people of Kailahun are determined this time around to ensure maximum benefit from their cocoa production.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:00

Sequel to IMC Intervention... Zenith Bank MD Issues Public Apology Letter!
Sequel to IMC Intervention... Zenith Bank MD Issues Public Apology Letter!
Aug 5, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT Takes Another Development Stride by Refurbishing Bintumani
In spite negative press reports against the operations of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) with regards certain investment initiatives like the dysfunctional ferry purchased by the scheme, NASSIT has not relented in demonstrating its poise in the undertaking of development initiatives. As they have proved beyond all reasonable doubt that they are to be trusted in the domain of infrastructural development with the record time completion of modern housing projects across in our major provincial cities, NASSIT has now taken another mile in tasking itself with the refurbishment of the Bintumani Conference Hall at Aberdeen in Freetown.
Aug 5, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, For Operating illegal Pharmacies... Lebanese, Indians & Chinese to be Prosecuted
Police sources have confirmed to Awareness Times that no less than Thirty three (33) pharmacies have been closed down this month through orders from one of the country’s most patriotic politicians, the deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Mohamed Daudis Koroma. According to reports, the move was taken in conformity with the Sierra Leone Pharmacy Board which is a branch of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
Aug 5, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Subscribers Appreciate Zain ‘Fambul Tariff’
Thousands of Zain subscribers have expressed great satisfaction for Zain’s new promotion, ‘Fambul Tariff.’ The ‘Fambul Tariff’ promo is a sequel to the promise made by Sierra Leone’s most reliable telecommunication provider to improve their subscribers’ lives where they speak more than what they pay. Many customers are appreciative of this reduction as they now speak on frequent basis without hesitation.
Aug 5, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Mines Monitors Angry Over Salary delay *More Serving Police Personnel to be Promoted *For Deception, Market Women may Strike *New Political Party Emerges Ahead of 2012 *SLAJ Chooses Karim Sei for SLBC Board *APC Diaspora Office under Fire *SLTU Boosts Teachers in the North *Five-Day Old Baby Stolen from Hospital.
Aug 5, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Kenema Paramount Chief Vangahun Warns; APC Gov’t Should not be Sabotaged
After suffering months of humiliation at hands of State operatives, the physically incapacitated and ailing Paramount Chief A. B. Vangahun of Nongowa Chiefdom in Kenema District has seemingly succumbed to the pressures of being repeatedly hurled from home for questioning by Police, Anti Corruption or any other State agents on allegedly flimsy allegations; which were seen as a bid to intimidate the opposition stronghold Kenema Chief into supporting the ruling APC party. This is now exhibited with his recent call for his subjects to support APC. P.C. Vangahun made the call during the recent visit of President Koroma to his District.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zenith Bank M.D. Issues Profuse Apologies
The Managing Director of Zenith Bank Sierra Leone, Madam Oby Ikeh Unekwe has profusely apologised in a pool of remorseful tears to Female Journalist Kadijatu Savage yesterday August 3rd 2010 at the Independent Media Commission offices along Siaka Stevens Street. Following the adept handling by veteran journalist Commissioner Christo Johnson who chaired the session which was witnessed by the parents of Kadijatu Savage, Madam Oby prostrated herself flat on the ground as she held the feet of Kadijatu and the feet of Kadijatu’s parents.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Presents Annual Report to President
The Human Right Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday 3rd August 2010 presented their third annual report to His Excellency Dr, Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown. In a post presentation press briefing held at their Wellington Street Headquarters, the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr. Edward Sam noted that the human rights situation in Sierra Leone in 2009 was generally satisfactory as government should be commended for its observance of the fundamental rights and freedom set out in the 1991 Constitution and other international agreements that Sierra Leone has signed and ratified.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Man Dragged to Court for Le.4, 000
A middle aged man identified as Mohamed Toli Williams was on Tuesday 3rd August, 2010 dragged before Magistrate Steven Conteh of Conteh of Court No. 3 for Four Thousand Leones. The particulars of offence state that the accused on Sunday 1st instant at Texaco Junction, Kissy in Freetown duped the complainant, Ibrahim Sesay by falsely presenting dirt in a sealed tin as luncheon meat for sale.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining Boosts Tacugama Sanctuary
The Chief Finance Officer of London Mining Plc, Madam Rachel Rhodes together with a cross section of management and staff of company over the weekend visited the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the Freetown peninsular to assess their immediate needs. The visit was part of their strategy to evaluate projects that can benefit directly from their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. At the chimps’ site, London Mining Management and Staff were taken on a conducted tour by the Sanctuary Supervisor, Mr. Willie Tucker who informed them that the sanctuary currently hosts about 100 Chimpanzees.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Boy 14 Drowns at Aberdeen
Fourteen years old Michael Lamin Tholley on Sunday 1st August 2010 met his untimely and painful death by drowning in sea waters at Aberdeen in the west end of Freetown. An eyewitness who identified himself as a member of the Beach Patrol staff told our reporter that on that fateful day while on duty, the poor boy was seen among his companions playing football on the beach.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell Reduces Cross Network Tariff
Management of Africall, one of Sierra Leone’s leading GSM providers on Monday 2nd August 2010 revealed that their cross network tariff has been reduced as low as 15 units per minute. In a press briefing held at the company’s headquarters at Wilberforce in western Freetown, Head of Sponsorship and Events Mr. Arthur B. Kallon explained that africell being one of the biggest telecommunication companies in Sierra Leone with the highest subscriber base has taught it fit to bring more smiles to their subscribers with the new reduction in tariffs.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*UK Lawyers Lecture Legal Personnel on Rules *Thieves Break into a Mosque in Bo *Mabang Bridge Becomes a Death Trap *Korean Contractor Leaves Road Contract in Limbo *NATCOM Arrests 12 for Unregistered SIM Pack sales *SLJA Opens Regional Office in Kenema *Police Mount Pressure on Money Doublers *Relatives Reject Prisoner’s Corpse.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT Solves Sierra Leone’s Housing Crises
In its bid to alleviate the perennial problem of housing faced by Sierra Leoneans over the decades, the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) through its national housing project aimed at finding permanent solution to accommodation constraints has completed the construction of beautiful and affordable houses in the four provincial headquarter cities, and Waterloo in the western rural district respectively. At Waterloo where NASSIT acquired about a hundred and three (103) acres of land, the insurance trust has built ten houses and now ready for mortgage at affordable costs by the public.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:02

Statement by Edward Sam, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, on the presentation of the State of Human Rights in Sierra Leone 2009 Report, to HE President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on 3rd August, 2010
Your Excellency, soon after my colleague Commissioners and I took Oath of Office in December 2006, we made a public commitment that we would produce our first State of Human Rights Report as required by the law establishing the Commission. Almost four years have passed since then and much has occurred in the life of the HRCSL and the nation and I am happy to recall that we did live up to that promise. It is therefore with great pride and pleasure that we, members and staff of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone stand before you, once again to present what is now our third annual State of Human Rights in Sierra Leone Report.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Leader John Ben is not Eyeing Presidency
The Chairman and Leader of Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) John Oponjo Benjamin has dropped into the Awareness Times offices last night immediately on his arrival from the Provinces to ask this media house to clarify to the Public that though he was already the elected Leader of the SLPP, he currently had “no ambitions” to run for President of Sierra Leone. “Yes, there was a time when I had a dream of serving my people as their President but I shelved it in March 2009. Since then, I have never looked back,” Benjamin assured.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:20

Edward Wilmot Blyden :- Father of Pan Africanism (August 3, 1832 to February 7, 1912)
Today, August 3rd 2010 marks the 178th anniversary of the birth of EDWARD WILMOT BLYDEN. All over the world from the Caribbean where streets and monuments are named after him; to the USA where whole buildings and libraries have been dedicated to him and where his written work is archived and studiously examined by scholars; to nearer Liberia where the most prestigious lecture forum is named the Edward Wilmot Blyden Forum; to South Africa where President Thabo Mbeki generously sprinkles his speeches with mention of, and quotes from this great man; to Nigeria where this son of a captured Ibo slave returned in glory and left his indelible mark; to Ethiopia where his written work is closely studied by Rastafarians, the name Edward Blyden evokes admiration, awe and immense respect.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NRA Boss Speaks on Progress
The Acting Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) Haja Kallah Kamara on Monday 2nd August 2010 spoke on challenges and achievements of the commission. Addressing members of the fourth estate at a commissioning ceremony of the newly renovated Customs Building at Cline Town in the east end of Freetown, Haja Kamara informed that in spite of the numerous challenges faced by the commission in it’s strive to march with modernized tax policies in their bid to maximize revenue collection, some achievements have however been made.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘We are not in a Tug of war’… Mrs. Eddie Matthews
The Wife of Late Eddie Mathews, Mrs. Josephine Eddie Mathews has stated that she is not at war with anybody now that the Law Courts have passed judgment in her favour for the property of her late husband. Speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter, she made reference to a certain publication that appeared in one of the local tabloids on Monday 2nd August 2010 accusing her of coveting the property and falsely alleging that she abandoned her husband twenty years ago only to return to Freetown upon his death.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:14

Four RSLAF Peacekeeper fall in Darfur
The Deputy Chief of Defence Staff who also doubles as the spokesman for the RSLAF, Brigadier Robert Yirah Koroma on Monday 2nd August 2010 disclosed the unfortunate death of four serving personnel of the RSLAF currently serving in a peace mission in the troubled Dafur region of Sudan under UNAMID. He said based on the information, the officers met their untimely death on the 1st instant when a ten-ton haulage vehicle ran into the lead escort vehicle whilst escorting UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative, Mr. Mohamed Yunsi.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Sahr John Yambasu Cleared for Ambassadorship
President Ernest Bai Koroma’s nominee for Sierra Leone’s Ambassador at large and Plenipotentiary to Russia, Mr. Sahr John Yambasu has been cleared yesterday Monday 2nd August 2010 by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Sierra Leone Police in Freetown of any criminal track record as erroneously insinuated by certain sections of press that he was to be rejected on alleged criminal grounds. Mr. Yambasu until his nomination served as Kono District Council Chairman.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Awareness Times Trainee Stabbed & Robbed
Regardless of the reported scaling up in the operations of Sierra Leone Police to combat crime within cities across the country, the menace of armed robbery still continues unabated. A recent case in point was in the small hours of night to Monday morning when Awareness Times trainee reporter, Mohamed Kanu became a victim of an attack and theft by armed men in east end of Freetown. Our administrative policy demands the detailing of a trainee to the press and printing department on some nights. Mohamed was on duty that fateful night to ensure that our valued and numerous readers get the papers as early as possible the following morning.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Launches “Farm for Business”
The Eastern Region headquarter Town of Kenema was agog with activity past Saturday when President Ernest Bai Koroma was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay and a host of other Cabinet Ministers to formally launch another flagship programme in the agric sector - the Smallholder Farmer Commercialization Programme (SCP). The SCP dubbed, "Farm for Business" is a five-year multi million dollar project aimed at turning agriculture into a profitable and attractive enterprise in Sierra Leone.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*50/50 Group Trains Regent Women on Leadership *APC Threaten to Kill SLPP Supporters *Flooding Leaves Hundred Homeless *350,000 Cashew Seedlings Donated to Salone *ACC Schools Makeni Youths on the Fight Against Corruption *Armed Robbers Fire at Police in Kono *Orphanage Donates to Orphanage *SALWACO Board to Face Parliament.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Photographers’ Union Gets New Executive
Members of the Indigenous Photographers’ Union (IPU) on Saturday 31st July 2010 elected a new executive in Freetown. The electioneering process involved vigorous weeks’ long campaign trails by contenders for the eight positions. Giving his victory address, the newly elected president of the union Mr. Steven E. Momoh congratulated the membership for the peaceful conduct of the election. “We have again come together to take the next step towards greater professionalism, more opportunities, education, training and an increased profile of the profession within Sierra Leone,” he extolled amidst thunderous applause.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:02

WE command you that within 14 days after the service of this writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service, you do cause an appearance to be entered for you in the High Court of Sierra Leone in an Action at the suit of: FODAY IBRAHIM. And take notice that in default of your so doing the Plaintiff may proceed therein, and judgment may be given in your absence.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP former MPs sell birthright for ‘Coco-Ebbeh’
The famous biblical story about Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of porridge is reflected in a local Krio parlance which reference greedy person(s) who sell bonafide rights for financial pittance to satisfy immediate human urges. In Krio, a bowl of porridge is known as "coco-ebbeh". This scenario played out last weekend when former Parliamentarians of the opposition SLPP party offered their services to President Koroma with attendant financial rewards.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:24

The participation of Deputy Minister Rosaline Oya Sankoh in the whole enterprise.
Counsel for the Accused submits that the case for the Prosecution in relation to Counts 1 - 5 is so riddled with inconsistencies, lies, fabrications that it could not be said that the Prosecution has discharged its standard of proving the guilt of the Accused beyond all reasonable doubt. The evidence adduced by the prosecution is tenuous, weak, vague and largely inconsistent. Counsel for the Accused will seek to bring out these inconsistencies and will show why it would be unsafe for this Court to find the Accused guilty in the circumstances.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:22

Francess Marke to meet President Obama
Ms. Francess Marke, the female University Students’ President aspirant who recently made a positive stir in the society, yesterday evening of August 1st 2010, flew out of Sierra Leone headed for Washington DC where herself and two other Sierra Leonean youths are answering to a special invitation from President Obama to meet him at the White House and participate at a Presidential Forum for Young African Leaders. 
Aug 2, 2010, 13:20

A National Disgrace as Sierra Leone President violates Constitution!
Whilst the country is faced with the unsavoury situation of the “independent” Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) developing a mysterious “technical glitch” that makes it “impossible” for them to locate where the recording of last Saturday’s Inside the Media programme disappeared to, we are reproducing, from our archives, an article that was originally published in the first edition of Awareness Times that followed the Sept. 17, 2007 Elections Victory of President Koroma. It is obvious that we had hoped back then, that Dr. Christiana Thorpe and President Koroma would have read in between the lines and worked towards reconciling this country.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Engages Stakeholders on National Action Plan
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Friday 30th July 2010 engaged relevant stakeholders in a one day dialogue session on the development of a National Human Rights Action Plan for Sierra Leone. The dialogue session which was sponsored by Irish Aid was conducted at the Country Lodge, Hill Station in Freetown on the theme ‘Looking Back, Reaching Forward: From Human Rights Manifesto to National Human Rights Action Plan.’ Delivering her key note address, the Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Mary Robinson, revealed that “this is my latest visit to Sierra Leone and it’s one of the most memorable days in my life since 1999 when I signed the Human Rights Manifesto”.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:16

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Kailahun Takes Lead in Free Health Care *Minister Storms Kissy Mental Home *FBC Students on Youth Sensitization Tour *Parliament Queries Social Welfare Ministry *Chamber of Commerce to Award Young Entrepreneurs *Domestic Tax Department to be Opened at NRA *Professor Gbamanja Commission ropes Teachers *Minister Visits Sierra Leone.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Celebrates World Breast Feeding Week
In a bid to reduce infant and maternal morbidity and mortality rates, Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Sunday 1st August joined other partners the world over to celebrate this year’s week long World Breast Feeding week. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Renewed Friendly Way’ aimed at improving breast feeding rate through renewed action by health care providers and communities. The theme also aims at making breast feeding the easy choice for mothers as well as according them enjoy full access to health care systems.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:12

Citizens who voted at 477 Polling Stations across Sierra Leone were disenfranchised of their right to freely elect the President of their choice because someone allegedly placed extra ballot papers in the ballot boxes at these 477 Stations. 438 of the invalidated stations were located within well recognised SLPP strongholds such as Lumley Grassfield in the Western Urban Area; an indisputable Berewa stronghold which is one of only 5 polling stations disqualified in Western Area.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
A Tribute to Sierra Leone's "Papa Jacques"
In Port au Prince, a few weeks after the earthquake, on a side street next to the collapsed presidential palace, a squat man wearing a fishing vest, a floppy hat, and a scowl, patrolled the crowd. He looked like a grandfatherly trout fisherman, who hadn’t caught anything in a while. This was the Champ de Mars neighborhood where Haitians were known to bum rush humanitarian workers and throw rocks at police. But this man wasn’t afraid of going into the belly of the beast, which was a little strange given that he was a 60-something Frenchman with a curious British accent and a slight hitch in his walk.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:08

NEWS : Politics
Christiana Thorpe Promises Impartial Elections but SLPP Reacts Very Furiously
The Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Dr. Christiana Thorpe on 29th July 2010 assured the nation that the commission was going to conduct impartial elections in 2012 regardless of the differences they were facing with people who had no confidence in her or the Commission. She made this statement during the official launching of NEC Strategic Plan 2010-2014 at the Ministry of Information’s weekly press briefing held at Miata Conference Hall in Freetown.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Government to Review 6-3-3-4 System of Education
The Government of Sierra Leone on Thursday 29th July 2010 made public the White Paper on the report of the Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the poor performance of pupils in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in 2008. The commission upon conclusion of their findings came out with series of recommendations, principal among which was the modification of the 6-3-3-4 system of education introduced by the NPRC in 1993.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:16

We submit that this is a witness who had a dangerous propensity to lie and his entire evidence should be taken with a dose of salt. Even when confronted with his witness statement he continued to lie and to play smart. Why was Rosaline Oya Sankoh not called as a witness to testify on this all important question is the million dollar question that the Prosecution failed to address all throughout the proceedings.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:14

Lampooning us for Raising An Alarm?
Over the years past, especially during Siaka Stevens days, Sierra Leone did not go downhill for no reason. We went downhill from a Nation of high moral values, fine academic and intellectual thinkers with good ethics, to become a Nation where citizens turned into brutes who hacked off limbs of fellow Sierra Leoneans because we had Actors endorsing the illicit and shameful actions of the ruler(s) of the day and even proceeded to sell their conscience and lampoon others who raised alarms when things started to go wrong.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “SIERRATEL is Not for Sale…”I.B Kargbo
Contrary to media reports that the only Government owned communication company ‘SIERRATEL has been put for sale by the National Commission for Privatization, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on Wednesday debunked the story, emphatically saying that the parastatal has never been slated for privatization by the Government. In an SLBC television broadcast, the minister referred to such stuffs published in our local tabloids from internet postings as imaginary and out of context.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ENCISS Updates Stakeholders and Partners on its Activities
A Non- Governmental Organisation working with communities to feel part of governance in Sierra Leone, Enhancing the Interaction and Interface between Civil Society and the State (ENCISS) on Thursday 29th July 2010 held a one day Partnership Forum that attracted over forty participants at the Hill Valley Hotel, Signal Hill in Freetown to update stakeholders and existing partners on activities undertaken by the organization since 2008.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Sierra Leoneans celebrate Imam Al-Mahdi Day * Underworld’ besags Freetown *MPs, Civil Society shock over Mining Devastation *APC Government interfering with SLBC *PBSL Closes, Charge more pharmacies to court *Female Journalist to drag Bank MD to Court * MP Urges Mining Companies on Employment *Ministry of Agriculture Doles US$M for Feeder Road Construction *SLPP Headquarters Re- Opens August 6.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC Engages Stakeholders on Activities
Anti Corruption Commission officials on Wednesday engaged the civil society, the media and other stakeholders from various institutions in a sensitization meeting on the activities of the commission form the first quarter of this year at their No. 3 Gloucester Street office in Freetown. In his presentation, Mr. Desmond R Johnson, Acting Director for Public Education and External Outreach Department informed that his department’s duty is educates the public in the fight against corruption, and said it consists of two units;
Jul 30, 2010, 17:04

SLAJ Denounces Rude Zenith Bank Managing Director; Calls for her Recall Press Release
Freetown – The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists hereby denounces in the strongest of terms the despicably rude behaviour of the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Sierra Leone, Oby Ikeh Unekwe to a journalist who simply called her to fact-check her story. Today SLAJ received a complaint from journalist Kadijatu Savage (Mrs) accompanied by an audio CD containing a voice believed to be that of Madam Unekwe in which she insults the journalist calling her “a thief, a cheap slut and a bastard”.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Politics
SLPP may Impeach President Koroma for Unfitness
The Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s party Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin has intimated that president Ernest Bai Koroma is unfit to rule, and hence does not deserve a second term because of numerous issues including his tribal tendencies that might even result in his impeachment before the end of his first term in office. Speaking at the monthly party press briefing on Wednesday at their Wallace Johnson Street Headquarters, Mr. Benjanim opined that the Opposition might commence impeachment proceedings against the president for what he called the APC and government’s usurpation of the functions and authority of the Judiciary.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:26

As National Executive embarrasses itself… : Where are SLPP’s Lawyers?
Before the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) issues Press Statements, it is advisable for them to get proper legal advice. Yesterday’s Press Statement marks the second time this year that the SLPP, an otherwise matured political party, is issuing Press Statements on Legal Issues that have left a few eyebrows raised at the ignorance of the Law being exhibited by the crafters of those Press Statements.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Ex Irish President Visits Sierra Leone
The former President of Ireland, Her Excellency Mary Robinson who now serves as the President of an organization known as ‘Realizing Rights,’ based in Ireland is in Sierra Leone on an assessment visit to our health facilities, and to support Sierra Leone’s leadership and commitment to the ongoing implementation of the Free Health Care considered globally as a human rights issue.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, I.B Kargbo Cautions Play Station Operators
The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on Tuesday 27th July, 2010 called on play station operators in the country to desist from encouraging school boys and girls in their stations during school hours. In a television talk show, Minister Kargbo lamented over the current sad state of affairs where school going children are seen at play stations when they are supposed to be in classes which he said does not augur well for the future of the nation. As future leaders he said government was concerned that our children do not indulge in vices that distract their attention from study.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, LUC Damns Newspaper Report
The new Local Unit Commander for the Eastern Police Division, Mrs. Gloria O. Victoria Tarawally has on Tuesday expressed her disappointment over some newspapers for tantalizing reportage. The LUC was reacting to a recent publication that appeared in a certain local tabloid accusing her of corruption. In an exclusive interview with Awareness Times at her office, LUC Tarawally deplored the unprofessional act of some journalists that write articles against individuals without getting their own sides of the stories.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLRTC Poised For 50th Independence Anniversary
The Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation the Awareness Times has learnt is determined despite financial constraints to provide citizens and over five hundred expected invitee’s conducive transportation services during the coming 50th Independence celebrations. This was revealed by the Corporation’s Public Relations Officer, Abdul Aziz Bangura past Friday 23rd July this year during a restricted interview at their PWD Old Road headquarters in Freetown.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, CSO Boss Calls on Gov’t to Recognise Voluntary Blood Donors
The Chairman of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), Mr. Charles Mambu has called on the Government through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to recognize the Sierra Leone Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association in the implementation of the Free Health C initiative. He made this call on Tuesday 27th July 2010 in an SLBC TV breakfast programme ‘Good Morning Sierra Leone.’ Mr. Mambu said in order for the free health initiative to succeed, blood donors must be encouraged since their service are most needed by the beneficiaries who are the highest consumers of blood in our hospitals.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Security Stakeholders engaged on International Humanitarian Laws
The Sierra Leone Institute of International Law (SLIIL) on 28th July 2010 engaged the various state security outfits and other relevant stakeholders in a three-day workshop on International Humanitarian Laws at the GGEM Conference Room, John Street in Freetown. In his opening address, SLIIL Executive Director Ambassador Allieu I. Kanu commended participant from the various institutions who left their busy schedules to attend the three days’ lectures on International Humanitarian Laws.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Disaster Hits Scavengers at Demolition Site *Falcon Bridge Community in Fear of Another Landslide *Fake Investors Arrested in Kenema *Police Intercept 16 Packets of Mosquito nets *Koinaduga Embarks on Community Farming *Boat Owners Beat Military Officer *11 Rescued and 1 Drowned at Sea *Three Remanded for Fake Bank Notes *Cement Price Hits to Le 40,000 per Bag.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain ‘Fambul Tariff’ – A Timely Boost for the Sierra Leonean Economy
Telecommunications has been described as the infrastructure of infrastructures and the life wire of an emerging economy. It is for this reason that continued efforts are being made by the Zain Management to increase the reach of telecommunications services (both voice & data) to Sierra Leoneans throughout the national territory. In line with the Company’s vision to spread affordable telecommunications to the most remote areas of Sierra Leone and consolidate gains made in other areas, Zain Sierra Leone, the sole ‘integrated’ telecom operator in Sierra Leone and sole provider of BlackBerry, Zap and One Network services, announced further tariff reduction on voice calls and data.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:06

The National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2008-2013 is Sierra Leone’s national plan to orchestrate anti-corruption efforts. It seeks to bring on board the various pillars of integrity in the fight against corruption with the main objectives of improving the delivery of social services in terms of quality, quantity and process, and a public service that is effective in preventing and confronting corruption without compromising the peace and security of the state.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:04

TAKE NOTICE that an action has been commenced against you in the High Court of Sierra Leone numbered as above by the issue of a specially indorsed Writ of Summons dated the 4th June 2010 in which the Plaintiffs claim against you the following:
Jul 29, 2010, 17:02

In 2011, Sierra Leone will be celebrating its 50th Independence Anniversary. At the national level, His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has appointed a national committee to organize year-long celebrations in 2011 to mark our Golden Jubilee with the theme “Sierra Leone 50 years forward”-“celebrating a new Sierra Leone”. At the Diaspora level, similar committees are being formed all over the world to mark the occasion.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie to replace "Ray-Day-Hun APC Government
Supporters of female Presidential SLPP aspirant, Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie have told Awareness Times yesterday that their preferred aspirant should become the next President of Sierra Leone in order to “replace this current Raydayrahun APC Government”. In the local Creole language, ‘Raydayrahun’ is a description of headless, non-directional behavior; usually engaged upon by persons with little or no focus. In order to justify their use of such a stinger against the President Koroma led Government, the youthful supporters of Lavalie cited a series of instances where one Government functionary will come up with a certain position only for another functionary to debunk it as rubbish.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:26

1968- I was employed by the Standard Chartered Bank ( then the Standard Bank of British West Africa) 1971- I went for further studies to London. I enrolled at the South West London College to pursue a Banking Diploma course. 1975- I returned home to Sierra Leone and was re-employed by the Standard Chartered Bank (SL) having attained the Banking Diploma and became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) I was the first crop of Professional Bankers in Sierra Leone.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ADB Plans to Restore Pipe Borne Water to Provincial Locations
As a sign of the APC-led Government’s vision to restore pipe borne water to Provincial locations all over Sierra Leone, a team of experts from the African Development Bank (ADB) and Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) on Friday 23 July 2010 held talks with the Makeni City Council and Civil Society groups in that part of the country to find ways of reactivating sustainable water supply project for Makeni City.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, York Village to Get Pipe Borne Water
One of the oldest but deprived mountainous settlements outside Freetown, York Village will be beneficiary to stand pipes for the provision of portable water, an essential commodity that had been posed problem for locals for several years now. This venture to save humanity is being undertaken by a research group, Atlantic Whales Foundation that on Saturday 20th July 2010 laid the foundation stone for the project.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:20

In Sierra Leone, Haja Afsatu Kabba’s Lawyers Debunk ACC’s Lie
Lawyers for Haja Afsatu Kabba, the former Fisheries Minister who was charged for corruption and is awaiting judgment, have in their Closing Arguments, debunked and exposed a big lie by the State Prosecutors that their fifth prosecution witness, PW5 was a newcomer to the Fisheries Ministry at the time the monies were misappropriated.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Emmanuel Grant Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer
As the race for opposition SLPP’s flag bearer position intensifies, one time Energy Minister in the former Tejan Kabbah led Government who briefly defected to the PMDC in the 2007 national elections, Emanuel O. Grant aka ‘Toes Man’ over the weekend made his intension for the contest known to supporters at his Syke Street residence in western Freetown. He informed his audience of his strong intention to contest the coveted position ahead of 2012. “At present, the SLPP needs seasoned and courageous politicians to successfully take the party to the seat of power in 2012,” he disclosed.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, History Repeats Itself in Lotto ‘Kick Po’ Draw
‘History has again repeated itself in the History book of the Sierra Leone State Lottery, the first and only state lottery company in Sierra Leone,’ so was this memorable pronouncement made over the weekend by Lotto Managing Director, Mr. Abu Bakarr Kamara in the presentation of a cheque of Le 4,125,000 (Four million one hundred and twenty five thousand Leones) to one Mohamed M. Fadiga at their Conference Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Koronti Home benefit from Le10million Mercury gesture
Almost a month after inmates of the King George V Home for the aged, known also as Koronti, complained that they have been abandoned to their fate and living in very appalling condition, Mercury International went to their rescue yesterday by making a Le10miullion donation towards their welfare. Samir Hassaniyeh, Mercury International Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman who made the presentation, described the donation as part of their cooperate social responsibility, and as on their visit a long time ago they made a donation of Le5m.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, FCC Confronts Anti-Social Behaviour
In a bid to address the alarming spate of vices bemoaning Sierra Leone’s capital city, the Freetown City Council in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Police and Local Policing Partnership Board on Saturday 27th July 2010 launched a pilot project titled ‘Urban Crime Prevention Programme targeting anti social behaviours by youths.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Piracy, Bad Market crumble Leading Recording Studio *Kono District Council Links Two Chiefdoms *Two Appear in Court for Disarming Police *Kabala Demands Resident Magistrate *Traditional Healers Resolve to Stop Deaths from Witch Guns *Handicap International Donates to Local musical group * Germany Donates £1M to Special Court *New England Police Lacks Water Facility.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT Makeni Meets With Regional Journalists
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) have briefed journalists on their activities and development plans in the northern region. The first ever press orientation between NASSIT and the media organised by that institution took place on Friday 23rd July, 2010, attracting media practitioners from Kono, Kambia, Port Loko, Kabala and Mile 91.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:04

THE YOUTH VOICE: Commission of Inquiry for Sierra Leone and it implications for Peace, Reconciliation, Justice and Security. What can Sierra Leone learn from Uganda?
Commission of Inquiry: a political expedition or a useful adjunct to Transitional Justice process? What can Sierra Leone learn from Uganda? When events occur I like to wait and see what information comes to light before jumping in with 'it's this' or 'it's that'. What appears to be one thing at the start can become something quite different a few months or years later. I have read many articles and heard stories and explanations about the government’s proposed Commission of Inquiry into the execution of 29 citizens of Sierra Leone in 1992.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Photo News
Awareness Times 5-Years Celebrations (Bampia’s Picks) – Part One
Awareness Times yesterday faced a serious Virus Attack that brought down our entire Computer Systems at the Office and the Printing Press so we could not publish any edition in Freetown today. Our Technical team is working to resolve the problem. Meanwhile, Chairman of Awareness Times Staff Association, James Bampia Bundu Jnr. brings you fifty (50) of his selected photos of the Newspaper’s 5-Years Celebrations. Click above link for the first 25 photos
Jul 27, 2010, 21:30

NEWS : Photo News
Awareness Times 5-Years Celebrations (Bampia’s Picks) – Part Two
Awareness Times yesterday faced a serious Virus Attack that brought down our entire Computer Systems at the Office and the Printing Press so we could not publish any edition in Freetown today. Our Technical team is working to resolve the problem. Meanwhile, Chairman of Awareness Times Staff Association, James Bampia Bundu Jnr. brings you fifty (50) of his selected photos of the Newspaper’s 5-Years Celebrations. Click above link for the second set of 25 photos
Jul 27, 2010, 21:25

Afsatu Kabba Should Be Commended by Government in Sierra Leone
In comprehensive responses to the Anti Corruption Commission’s corruption case against Sierra Leone’s former Fisheries Minister, Haja Mrs. Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba (nee Savage), her Defence Lawyers have sought to rebut all the arguments of the Prosecutors. In one such section filed in front of Justice Ademusu’s Court last week, Lawyer Yada Williams Esq. argued that rather than the State vilifying Haja Afsatu Kabba, she should receive commendation for ensuring a required vacancy at the Ministry was filled by her son who volunteered his services to the Ministry, pro-bono in a show of patriotism for which he did not receive a single penny from the Government for his services rendered free of charge as the Government of Sierra Leone at the time did not have funds to pay remuneration to the required vacancy that needed to be filled.
Jul 26, 2010, 13:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Paul Kamara Breaks Silence over Youths Commission
Managing Editor of For di People Newspaper Mr. Paul ‘Mandela’ Kamara has debunked allegations that he is annoyed with the ruling All People Congress party for denying him the coveted position of Youths Commissioner. Paul Kamara shared his views in an exclusive chat with this writer over the weekend at his 25 Pademba Road offices in Freetown. According to Paul Kamara, he understands that he was summarily disqualified for the position principally because of his relative age as well as untested allegations that he lacks experience on contemporary youths issues.
Jul 26, 2010, 13:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Awareness Times Apologises to John Yambasu
The Editorial Board of Awareness Times has issued an unreserved apology to Kono District Local Government Chairman, John Yambasu for carrying on our news briefs section, a report that had placed Yambasu in bad light. The report, by FBC’s Mass Communications University Graduate Augustine Samba, had inadvertently passed our strict editorial oversight to make its way into our News Briefs pages last Friday. Chairman John Yambasu was quite magnanimous in accepting the apology which was personally rendered to him by the Publisher Sylvia Blyden.
Jul 26, 2010, 13:03

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Youth Ambassador Engages Youths on Careers
Youth Ambassador, Anthony Navo Jr. has once again demon­strated his leadership acumen by engaging the youth on how to choose and improve on their careers in a one day symposium organized by Children Unite for Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Campaign. The symposium where he gave the lecture took place on 21st July 2012 at the Sierra Leone Library Board, Tower Hill in Freetown, attracting youths as well as students from both primary and second­ary schools across the city.
Jul 26, 2010, 13:01

Quotable Quote
"Dr. Kadi Sesay & Lawyer Alpha Timbo are Eminent Personalities who are respected Sierra Leonean Politicians but they should ensure they participate on a Level Playing Field for the SLPP Flagbearer Race. Executive Members contesting with Ordinary members is unfair. They should both resign immediately!"
Jul 26, 2010, 12:59

Lawyer Alpha Timbo to address SLPP Caucus in USA
One of the leading aspirants in the flagbearership race of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Lawyer Alpha Osman Timbo, is expected to leave the shores of Sierra Leone today Monday 26th July 2010 for the United States of America (USA). In America, Alpha Timbo would be hosted by a group of members of the Sierra Leone People’s Party known as the SLPP Caucus in Support of Alpha Timbo. Speaking on the telephone line from the United States of America, Secretary General of the Caucus, Mr. Alex Salieu Bangura, said the caucus was formed following an earlier visit of Lawyer Timbo to the US.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:57

NEWS : Politics
I Have No Preferred SLPP Candidate - Dr Blyden
Publisher of Awareness Times has last weekend made it categorically clear that she has neither preference nor abhorrence for any of the respected aspirants for the Sierra Leone People’s Party Flag-bearer contest. Dr. Sylvia Blyden, who wields significant influence within Sierra Leone, was addressing a group of supporters of female aspirant Dr. Kadi Sesay, who had paid a visit to her to lobby for her support especially in light of recent negative news publication about a suspect Poll placing Dr. Kadi in the lead.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:55

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NIC/HFC Schools Journalists on Insurance
In a bid to educate members of the public through the media, the National Insurance Company (NIC) in collaboration with HFC Mortgage and Savings Limited over the weekend made presentations on insurance claims and policies and how to secure lives and properties to members of the Fourth Estate at HFC head office in Freetown. Speaking at the ceremony, HFC Managing Director, Mr. Kofi Agnemin Boateng gave the background of the formation of his institution as a savings entity created by NASSIT to help resolve the country’s acute housing problems and to also pay claims to property owners following incidents of accidental damages, loss of income due to permanent incapacitation or death through hazards as well as covering policies to individuals whose properties are insured.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:53

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Arms & Ammo at Aberdeen
Detective Sergeant 3683 Valcarcel attached to Aberdeen Police CID has confirmed to Awareness Times that one Mr. Joe Belle Fayia of No 8 Johnson Lane Aberdeen has reported that whilst digging within his compound to install water pipes, he discovered two rifles and other forms of arms/ammunition. Detective Valcarcel stated that immediately upon receiving the report, a team of police detectives led by D Sgt 4865 Sankoh and including Crime Officer Constable 12160 Koroma and himself, visited the scene where they discovered SLR rifles with Serial Nos UB41A121505 & UB61A121505. He revealed they also found an ammunition magazine containing twenty (20) live rounds of ammunition as well as another gun namely an old AK.47 rifle with its magazine containing ten (10) live rounds of ammunition.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:51

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, For Tariff Reduction, Zain Becomes the Most Affordable & Accessible Network
With the battle for supremacy still on for the leading GSM operator in Sierra Leone, this article is set to provide an independent analysis on the first GSM operator in Sierra Leone since 2010 which is Zain Sierra Leone. Zain is branded as the key brand of Sierra Leone’s Telecom Industry for the simple fact that it brings it all together for their customers, from the revolutionary BlackBerry to One Network services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses and organisations through E-Commerce (Zap).
Jul 26, 2010, 12:49

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Russians did not Reject John Yambasu *Insurance Companies Pay Expenses Benefit *30 Pregnant Women die in 2 months *RSLAF Opens Aviation Library *Army Civil Staff Appeal for Rice Quota *Makeni Wins First Brains of Salone Quiz *Government to Ban Private SIM Cards.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:47

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Police Director Commends Dr. Sylvia Blyden
Director of Communications and Community Relations of the Sierra Leone Police Force, Superintendent Memunatu Bangura on Tuesday last week at the weekly police press briefing commended the Publisher of the Awareness Times Newspaper, Dr. Sylvia Blyden for her exemplary practice in the field of journalism. She said what drew her admiration for the only female Publisher in the country is her manner of unbiased reportage and her ability to cross-check before publishing.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:45

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara to replace Abdul Tejan-Cole
The President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara Esq. has confirmed to this writer yesterday that he had accepted the nomination of him by H.E. the President, as the next Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission; subject to the approval of the House of Parliament. If approved by Parliament, Lawyer Kamara will become the automatic replacement for the erstwhile ACC Boss, Abdul Tejan-Cole Esq. who resigned from the post in the first week of May this year.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:56

In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba’s Matter Adjourns for Judgment
The curtain on the almost half a year long alleged “corruption” matter between the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Ex-Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource Haja Afsatu Kabba is slowly dropping down. The over five month long matter that had been going on in the high court of Sierra Leone will surely be concluded on its next as-yet-unannounced adjourned date. This disclosure was made on Thursday 22nd July 2010 by the presiding Judge of the matter, Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu in court.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:54

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As Blackout hits Govt’s Press Meet; I.B Kargbo threatens Generator Operator
The Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on the 22nd July 2010 threatened to sack his Ministry’s Generator Operator for not working according to expectations and negligence of his responsibilities. He made this statement due to the unexpected blackout that stopped the Government’s Ministry of Information weekly press briefing, which cause the press conference to be halted for over 20 minutes.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:52

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Information Minister Blast SLBC Management for “Bad Journalism”
The Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo yesterday July 22nd 2010 expressed consternation and dismay over a news broadcast from the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) a few days ago. He was speaking during the Ministry of Information and Communication weekly Press briefing held at the Ministerial Building, 8th Floor, Youyi Building in Freetown.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:48

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 11-Years Old Girl impregnated by 80 years old Man
As women continue to fight for their rights, the violence against women and girls still continue unabated. Many stakeholders including the United Nations and Governments have been working on modalities to ensure that the rights of the girl child and that of women are put in place. In recent years, the rights of children and women have been violated sexually, by men who have gone scot free in Sierra Leone. A week ago, an 80 year old man, Pa Abubakarr Kabia of Marampa Village, Lunsar in the Port Loko District allegedly was accused of having impregnated an eleven year old school pupil of the Roman Catholic Primary School Marampa who is now unable to take her end-of-year exams because of the ugly situation she has found herself.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:44

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Subscribers Now Call to other Networks for 19 units
Zain has again brought another innovation to subscribers by affording them the chance to successfully call to other networks for just 19 units per minute. This is a sequel to the newly launched ‘Fambul Tariff which empowers subscribers to talk more and pay less without scratching their heads. After several requests from subscribers for Zain to reduce tariffs when calling to other networks, the managing director, Ted Sauti Phiri on Wednesday 21st July confirmed that the company was ready to redeem its subscribers.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:42

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*World Bank Doles out US$ 20m for Youth Empowerment *Chinese Hospital to be Completed Next year *UNDP Boosts Public Service Commission *Regional Chief Imam Appointed *Gang Leader Cuts rival’s Thumb Off *Councilors Complete Environmental Seminar in China *Police Apprehend Cocaine Peddlers.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:40

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Approves another 3 Presidential Nominees
Following recommendation that were unanimously made by the Committee on Appointments and Public Service, the House of Parliament on Thursday 22 July 2010 approved another 3 presidential nominees who were proposed members to various governmental institutions. The presidential nominees which include: Professor Kabineh Koroma as Chairman, Minerals Advisory Board, Alimamy Rashid Wurie as member of the Minerals Advisory Board and Alie K. Sesay as Board member of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) were on Wednesday 21st July 2010 scrutinized with questions ranging from their educational backgrounds, track records, tax records and on their past relationships with public enterprises.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:38

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