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NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Patients blame nurses for untimely deaths *Accountant General warns schools authorities *Fire consumes a house, leaves many homeless at Abacha *Muslims Observe Imam Khomeini’s anniversary*Chief pleads for secondary school in his chiefdom *Soldiers Intimidate Villagers *KOSA to build perimeter fence.
Jun 10, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
‘Sierra Leone Needs Re-Branding In Education’ … Education International
In their poise to promote education in Africa as a whole, and to rebrand Sierra Leone’s system of education in particular, the Education International, an International educational lobby group on Wednesday 9th June 2010 engaged members of the parliamentary oversight committee on education on the need to improve on the country’s ailing educational system. In his address, EI Africa senior coordinator Mr. Emmanuel Fatoma reminded committee members of how education is but important in shaping the destiny of the country, and that they as parliamentarians have a role to play in that regard.
Jun 10, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Court Issues Bench Warrant for Lands Minister
The Freetown Magistrate Court No.11 of Sierra Leone has issued a Bench Warrant for Dr. Denis Sandi, Minister of Lands, Country Planning & Environment for failing to appear at Law Courts to answer to criminal charges ranging from Malicious Damage, Intimidation, Trespass to Defamatory Libel. Sandi’s Arrest Warrant was issued yesterday June 8th 2010 by Magistrate Davies-Cole after Sandi absented himself 3times.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Bernadette Lahai Defends Judiciary as Chief Justice Reconciles with Madam Torto
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai has yesterday stated that the Judiciary should not be blamed for the discrimination against women seeking to contest Paramount Chief elections in certain places in Sierra Leone. Instead, Dr. Lahai blamed the country’s laws which upholds such discrimination under the banner of tradition and culture. Hon. Lahai was speaking at an occasion yesterday that saw the country’s first female Chief Justice, Her Lady the Hon. Umu-Hawa Tejan-Jalloh give a warm public embrace to the famous Madam Sia Elizabeth Torto which embrace was seen as a sign of reconciliation against the backdrop of a protest that had been held in honour of Madam Torto in front of the Chief Justice’s office a few months back.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo Concludes Regional Consultation
One of the aspirants for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for the presidential election slated for 2012, Lawyer Alpha O. Timbo Esq. over the weekend concluded his regional consultations in Bo and Kenema respectively. Addressing mammoth crowds in Bo and Kenema, Lawyer Alpha Timbo revealed that he commenced consultation on 1st May 2010 in the Northern Region and has been very much pleased to meet with the regional executives in both regions. He named disunity as been one of the factors that was greatly responsible for the downfall of the SLPP in the 2007 general elections as a result causing them lose the seat of power to the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC).
Jun 9, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Girl 18 Pours Boiling Water on Landlord
Eighteen (18) years old Mildred Thomas of 28J Wharf Road Portee Wellington in Freetown has made her first appearance before Magistrate Davies Cole in Court No. 11 to answer to three count charges of Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent, Malicious Damage, and Assault to her landlord Mariama Kamara who is also the Complainant. According to the particulars of offense, the accused person on 5th June 2010 splashed some very hot and boiling water on the complainant at their 28J Wharf Road Portee Wellington address.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sa Leone Health pride to Reduce Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate in Sierra Leone
A non government organization,?Sa Leone Health Pride Inc, a United States based organization in collaboration with the College of Medicine and Allied Health Science (COMAHS), Faculty of Nursing, on Thursday 3rd June 2010 held a one day conference with over two hundred nurses in the western area, at the Faulty of Nursing Hall Lightfoot Boston street Freetown. The conference which was held on the theme 'Nurses in Clinical Practice and Management', attracted so many important personalities including representatives and students from colleges in New York and New Jersey, representatives from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, COMAHS?and other important stakeholders.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Pleased with NAS
His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma has expressed deep satisfaction with the Management and Staff of the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) for being selfless and proactive in galvanizing and coordinating the diverse efforts of partners whilst meeting their commitment to fight against HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone. The President made this accolade while addressing his audience on the occasion of the fourth National HIV/AIDS Council Meeting held on 4th June 2010 at State House in Freetown.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SDI Boss Talks on Contract Watch Monitoring System
The Executive Director Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) Barrister Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has spoken on the importance of the recently launched Contract Watch Monitoring Initiative by his institution. In an exclusive interview with the Awareness Times on Tuesday 8th 2010, Barrister Abdulai noted that the Contract Watch Monitoring is an initiative aimed at monitoring and reporting on Government assigned contracts to various institutions across the country. He said in most cases, Government and service providers businesses are conducted in secret and thus prone to excess and abuse of such contracts.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Mysterious Death on the Increase *Government Embarks on Solar Energy *29 Street Children in Custody *Notorious Armed Robbers Jailed 10 Years Each *SLBS Workers Paid Off with Hundreds of Millions *Chie Apologies to Victimized Disable *Amputees Promote Salone’s Soccer Skills *Principal bluffs for academic excellence.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Tree Planting Day Observed In Kenema
The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFF) in collaboration with other government ministries at the Horticulture Station in Kenema has over the weekend observed the National Tree Planting Day in Kenema on the theme; ‘Plant trees to protect your environment and control climate change’. The ceremony attracted people from all works of life including Local Councils, Gola Forest Official, members of the Agricultural Community and Timber Development Association. Delivering his speech, the District Forest Officer Thomas Dixon Kallon said June 5th of every year has been slated as a symbolic and ceremonial occasion to observe in every part of the country as a National Tree Planting day.
Jun 9, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Francess Marke Scores 48%; Minkailu Scores 52%
At precisely 22:22GMT last night of Monday June 7th 2010, the results for the Fourah Bay College Students Elections were announced to the shock of many supporters of the woman who had been largely touted to be the college’s first female President, Miss Francess Marke. The signed copies of the validated results are below of this edition and show Francess as scoring 48% of the votes with her opponent from the ruling APC party faction on campus scoring 52% of the votes. Miss Marke, who lost by a slim margin of just 123 votes, has already conceded defeat last night though not without pointing out some of the abnormal developments that preceded her loss.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:18

FEATURES
Interview with Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams: First Published on May 2010 by FrontLines
New Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, a former senior official at USAID, sat down on April 7 in his Washington headquarters office with FrontLines editor Ben Barber to discuss his plans for the future and the USAID-Peace Corps relationship.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Justice Fofana Hands Over Biriwa Commission Report
The report of the Commission of Enquiry, headed by Hon. Justice Abdulai Sheikh Fofana, to look into the conduct of Paramount Chief Alhaji Madeseray Sheriff II of Biriwa Chiefdom, Bombali District, and to determine whether his conduct has been of a kind subversive to the interest of good governance, was on Monday 7th June 2010 presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House. Presenting the report, in the presence of Vice President Sam Sumana, Justice Fofana said the commission was set up in consonance with the laws of Sierra Leone, in tandem with the 1991 Constitution, and that the notice of his appointment as Chairman and Commissioner together with two Assessors was published in the Sierra Leone Gazette. He revealed that 14 witnesses submitted 49 allegations, all of which were carefully looked into and recommendations made. He said the report was divided into three parts: the evidence, the findings, and the recommendations, noting that “it will be of value to public servants engaged in chiefdom work and to judicial and law libraries.” He thanked the President for giving him the opportunity to serve his country in this capacity.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Women of Hope Boosts Disabled Women
Women of Hope an international Christian organization based in Sierra Leone, has registered a total of 300 (three hundred) disabled women in Makeni. The aim of the exercise is to help the women gaining new skills to promote their livelihood. This disclosure was made by the Chairperson Women of Hope International Mrs. Kim Kargbo in an exclusive interview with the Awareness Times on Friday 4th June 2010 at the organization’s national Head Office on Teko Road in Makeni Northern Sierra Leone.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Another Police Officer Killed
The remains of a Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Officer attached to the Special Court of Sierra Leone have been discovered at the Malama Athletic and Football Association (MAFA) field, Babadorie, Lumley in Freetown. According to the Local Unit Commander (LUC) for the Lumley Police Division Chief Superintendent Alhaji Gibril Kabbah Kamara, at about 11:00pm on Friday 4th June 2010, a police officer attached to the Malama Police Post Constable 9781 Bangura M. came to the Division and reported a case of a dead body that has been discovered lying at the MAFA field.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lungi Traders Call For Sea Safety
Traders of Lungi in the Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Port Loko District have called on the Maritime Administration to put in place expedient measures for sea travel safety especially as the rainy season progresses. They fear that the unsafe manner in which sea transports carry them across to Freetown may result in more accidents and eventual lose of lives. This fear was expressed by the Interim Chairlady of an indigenous traders’ association, Concerned Traders Organization Madam Mantenneh Bangura on Thursday 3rd June 2010. She said dozens of traders mostly women cross the Rokel estuary to trade in Freetown on a daily basis, "This also goes for a good number of young boys and girls who are attending schools in the city," she said, adding that with the poor time schedule of ferries they feared this year would be the worst for them.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Subscribers to Watch World Cup Live
The leading mobile communication network provider in Sierra Leone Zain-SL, under its new promotion code named; ‘Watch Football’ promotional drawn held on Sunday 6th June 2010 at Lumley Beach in Freetown saw three lucky subscribers winning themselves free tickets to watch the 2010 football World Cup to be held in South Africa commencing 11th June 2010 live. The draw which was witnessed by several important personalities including the Managing Director for Zain-SL Ted Sauti Phiri, saw the five lucky winner Mr. Albert Kawa, Mr. Abu Bakarr Barrie, Mrs. Clara Thomas and two others with telephone numbers 076800022 and 076866757 emerging winners of the draw to watch the World Cup competition live in South Africa come June 11 this year at the expense of Zain mobile network.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, FDI Director Calls on Gov’t to Act Tough on FGM
The Director Foundation for Democratic Initiative Hindowa Saidu has called on past and present governments of Sierra Leone to put more emphasizes on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The Director made this clarion call on Monday 7th June 2010 while responding to questions posed by this reporter on issues of FGM. According to him, past and present governments have done little or nothing to thoroughly address issues of FGM in Sierra Leone, placing more emphasizes on the provincial areas.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*UN Supports Tree Planting in Lungi *Fresh Blood Splashed at FBC Campus*Chiefdom Police ends Professional Training *86 Sierra Leoneans Deported from Iraq *NaCSA Boosts 38 Amputees *Crown International College opens link *Security Commits Suicide in Bo.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Bondo Women Chase Human Rights Defender...
Human Rights organizations in Sierra Leone have become voluble in condemning female genital mutilation, with Director of Foundation for Democratic Initiatives, Hindowa Emmanuel Saidu, himself recently chased by Bondo women in Bo. He has now isolated FGM issue as his organization’s focus in fighting social justice. FDID has thus established a data base on FGM human rights abuses dating as far back as 1997. Contact address for the recording of forced initiation is fididsl@gmail.com The specific case of Augusta Tenneh Pessima formerly of Juba Hill in Freetown has been cited. As a native of Sumbuya, in the Bo District, Augusta Pessima was coerced by a family member to be initiated in the Bondo society as a price for her mother’s inheritance of the traditional ‘Sowei’ title.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
APC Parliamentarians Worried Over Hardship : Things are Too Tough, Hard & Strong [TIN TRONG]
Owing to the unprecedented hike in prices of basic commodities and other goods and services alongside the high exchange rate in foreign currencies especially the US dollar which has been confounding many citizens, Members of Parliament on Friday summoned both the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Samura Kamara and the Trade and Industry Minister David Carew to answer to questions on the country’s current economic situation. To the expressed surprise of many observers, ruling party MPs from the All People’s Congress (APC) were very hard on the ministerial duo.
Jun 7, 2010, 19:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, New Bauxite Mining Exercise to be Announced
A brand new, economically viable, Port Loko Bauxite Mining exercise will soon open under the aegis of the Sierra Leone Exploration Mining Company (SLEMCO) which has undergone extensive work in Port Loko that now indicates a discovery of well over 300 million tons of proven bauxite reserves. The findings are reported to be so lucrative that an Investment group known as ABG Shipyard of India is all set to launch a massive joint venture with SLEMCO for the mining of Bauxite in Sierra Leone. The Joint Venture is reported to be all set to start large scale mining operations within the next four to seven months as a result of extensive, quiet work by the Chairman of SLEMCO Mr. Alieu Mohamed Sesay, a ruling party strongman, formerly of APC Radio’s ‘On Target’ programme.
Jun 7, 2010, 19:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Things are going from Bad to Worse…: Lands Minister Shamelessly Usurping Private Lands
Section 21(1) of Sierra Leone’s Constitution states that "no property of any description shall be compulsorily taken possession of, and no interest in or right over property of any description shall be compulsorily acquired…" but it appears to be a section that the Minister of Lands and Country Planning, Denis Sandy is unaware of going by his actions. The minister has been reported up at State House for his maverick actions not limited to grabbing private lands of people in the Western Area like the family of the late Dr. John Abayomi Cole but President Koroma has not been seen to be able to contain the excesses of his errant appointee.
Jun 7, 2010, 18:58

FEATURES
SLPP’s MONTHLY PRESS BRIEFING (No.2) Statement
Freetown May 27, 2010: This is the second edition of our monthly Press Briefing. In our inaugural edition, we presented the position of the Party on the following:
Jun 7, 2010, 18:56

NEWS : Photo News
Food Security Ambassador Address Journalist On Food Security News
The American born food security ambassador for West Africa under the One Blood International NGO Dr.Kenneth Jackson has been in the country since 1999 investing in the Agricultural sector in a bid to compliment government effort to attain food security. One Blood international has established hundreds of acres of rice farm in Bo, Pujehun, Moyamba and Tonkolili district.
Jun 7, 2010, 18:54

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Dodo Paramount Chief cries for help *Health for All Coalition ends chiefdom tours *Man Docked for Guma Pipe theft *Sister stabs sister to death *Zain Reduces International Calls to 10 Units *Hillside Road work to start *Importers demand transparency from NRA.
Jun 7, 2010, 18:52

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone’s President & the Overt Denigration of his Womenfolk
The Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura sees nothing wrong with the foreign relations debacle of such a dastardly move she openly gives her blessings to. Manufacturing nonsense against a very senior Liberian Government official simply to get back at a Sierra Leonean female critic is probably seen as a responsible act by this Government of Sierra Leone we are now living under! This Government of President Koroma sees nothing wrong with this dastardly move because the Government includes persons like Zainab Hawa Bangura. Poignantly though, the woman that President Koroma has given us as Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister simply does not respect herself so how can she be expected to respect other women? This is President Koroma’s Government for you! This is what we are living with in Sierra Leone today. Filthy panties on a stick and nastiness spread on to the Internet right from within the corridors of power... CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ MORE.
Jun 7, 2010, 00:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Difference between APC & SLPP in Sierra Leone
The SLPP, during the last 2002-2007 Parliament, had a huge majority of some 70% however the SLPP’s President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, being the true democrat that he was, always consulted with the minority APC party despite such a huge majority. Not only did he involve deeply alloyed APC stalwarts like current President Koroma in his Governance of the country (e.g: NASSIT) but he showed immense sensitivity to their views. For President Kabbah as leader of the then ruling SLPP, it was not a case of ‘Minority will have their say whilst Majority will have their way’ but always one of respectful consultations.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:17

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Haja Afsatu Kabba Collapsed at Residence
The former Minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Kabba is reported to have suffered a collapse from illness at her residence yesterday morning of June 3rd 2010 whilst she was preparing for the day’s events which had included another appearance in court to face charges of alleged abuse of office and misappropriation of Government funds that she is vehemently denying. She was rushed to hospital by her husband and sons where famous Sierra Leone physician Dr. Victor Willoughby is said to have diagnosed she was running a high temperature and other febrile related mal-conditions.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Gilpin Foundation Feeds Children at Benguema
The provision of developmental and educational opportunities for the rural population has always been an issue of primary importance in Sierra Leone. Various governments have declared educational improvements and empowerment of women as a priority area for national development. However, it would be remise for a developing country to rely solely on the government to facilitate national development and enhance the wellbeing of the rural poor. It is against this background that a son of the soil, Walton Ekundayo Gilpin, an international civil servant, fondly known as ‘dayogee’ and son of famous Christians Brother and Sister Gilpin of Freetown, has set aside his time and resources to focus on supporting women and children the rural area, starting with the Benguema community.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SDI, NPPA lecture on Access to Information
In a bid to ensure awareness on the relevance of public access to information, the Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) in collaboration with National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) on Thursday 3rd 2010 initiated a 2-day training workshop for civil society activists and media practitioners at the Council of Churches Hall, Kinghaman Road in Freetown. At the launching ceremony the NPPA Chairperson Mrs. Alice M. Onomake mentioned that over the years human rights issues and freedom to information have been ranked high among other priorities.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:12

FEATURES
In Sierra Leone, Children Must Not Serve As Bread Winners
The universal definition of a child is someone below the age of eighteen years, entitled to such rights as care and protection, including the mandate on their parents and guardians and the government to give them decent education, social amenities moral guidance. It is therefore totally unwarranted and illegal for parents and guardians to remain at home while they allow their children/wards to take to the streets to fend for themselves as well as the family, effectively transforming them to become breadwinners.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:10

PAID SUPPLEMENTS
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Commissions Bo-Masiaka Highway
Sierra Leone's leading development partners, the European Union were the recipients of very lavish praises from H.E President Ernest Bai Koroma at the official commissioning of the 16kms reconstructed Masiaka - Bo highway last Saturday. Emphasizing the vision of the Head of State, the Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Hon. Alimamy Petito Koroma said "the entire Sierra Leone is presently a construction site attacking all the major roads in the country.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*CID gets new police Boss *WAWA Prezo to visits Sierra Leone *Councilor raises alarm over trash cans theft *Ex-President Kabbah to miss part of 2010 World Cup *First Lady inspires Film Industry *Gov’t Losing Le40 Billion on Oil Subsidy *NRA Officials Paying Local Tabloid to undermine themselves *VP’s nephew named in NATCOM Trial.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Moyamba Embraces Polio Vaccination
Under- five children in the entire Moyamba District, Southern Sierra Leone have been effectively vaccinated against poliomyelitis.The round four battle against the disease started at the heart of Moyamba District, Kayamba Chiefdom on the 27th , and extended to the Fakunya, Kori, Kowa, Lower and Upper Banta, Timidale Kargboro, Ribbi, Bumpeh, Kamajei, Bagruwa, Kongbora and Dasse Chiefdoms respectively.The polio campaign ended on the 31st May, 2010 after a vigorous house to house vaccination programme was dispensed and robustly monitored by UNICEF, WHO, Health for All Coalition, journalists and other independent monitors. The entire exercise is intended to restrain the spread of polio outbreak countrywide in consonance with other countries within the sub region. 
Jun 4, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Obituaries
PRESS RELEASE
THE SIERRA LEONE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL FAMILY REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF MR. RICHMOND THOLLEY WHOSE SAD EVENT TOOK PLACE ON JUNE 3RD IN FREETOWN. THE LATE RICHMOND THOLLEY WAS THE NORTHERN REGIONAL CHAIRMAN REPRESENTING THE NORHTERN REGION IN THE SLFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
Jun 4, 2010, 17:00

NEWS
Presidential Guard Sent to Maximum Security Prisons following Violent Kidnapping of Investor
Alimamy Mansaray a Presidential police bodyguard living at Murray town, Alhassan Bangura of 60 Milton Street Murray town and also a Mines Monitoring officer and one Ignatius Thomas unemployed and living at Goderich Village, were all three, on May 31st 2010 ordered to be remanded in custody at Sierra Leone's maximum security Pademba Road Prisons, after their maiden appearance before Magistrate H.H Sandy of Court No 1A to answer to three count charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, false imprisonment and assault relating to the unlawful arrest of an Irish businessman at Hotel Bintumani last month.
Jun 3, 2010, 18:22

NEWS : Politics
APC’s Rebranding affected by SALPOST’s Ineptitude
Management Authorities of the Sierra Leone Postal Services (SALPOST) have had to grapple with being plagued for years now with reports of bare-faced thievery by SALPOST workers of valuable items of valued customers but the latest scandal to hit the management has left many citizens furious at the level of complicit recklessness with which the entity has been handling its sacred national duties and in the process affecting the ruling APC’s efforts to rebrand the country as investor-friendly. One Mr. Murana Janneh of 12 Bai Bureh Road in Freetown is the latest victim of the shenanigans that SALPOST has relentlessly been engaged in with impunity and for which the country’s authorities whilst claiming to be rebranding the land as ‘investor-friendly’, seem not to understand the implications of regular reports of missing postal items hence the continuous practise of the shameful act of looting customers valuables posted through the country’s postal services.
Jun 3, 2010, 17:12

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
How Not To Help Schulenburg
This newspaper has seen a misguided attempt by Lans Gberie to help launder the dwindling image of UN’s SRSG Von der Schulenburg who is perceived amongst a section of his UN staff as a dictator with what they perceive to be appropriate nicknames of Hitler!, Stalin! The Russian!, The German! and/or Mike Tyson assigned to him because of his terrorising manner of acting towards them. It is unfortunate that Lans Gberie who shares the exact same birthday (November 29) as John Benjamin, could try to erroneously psycho-analyse Mr. Benjamin as means of doing what he believes is helping Schulenburg. How Sad!
Jun 3, 2010, 17:10

NEWS
GK, Chernor Jalloh & Alieu Sesay finally arrested for Cocaine Smuggling
During the last decade, drug trafficking organizations based in South America have increasingly used countries along or near the West African coast as trans-shipment hubs for importing massive quantities of cocaine to be later distributed in Europe or elsewhere within Africa. Through a combination of privately owned aircraft and maritime vessels, these organizations, predominantly based in Colombia and Venezuela, have transported hundreds of tons of cocaine, worth billions of dollars, to places such as Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Togo, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia. In so doing, representatives of these drug trafficking organizations have often sought to bribe high-level public officials with large cash payments and narcotics in order to ensure the safe passage, storage and distribution of their cocaine shipments.
Jun 3, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Youths rampage in Kono *187 carats diamond discovered in Sewa River *Police son shoots housemate *Hon. Fallay Declares for SLPP Leadership *Lungi gets Traditional Healers’ Union *2000 ‘Okada Riders’ trained on traffic rules *Father impregnates 14 year-old daughter.
Jun 3, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Becomes Lifeline For Ipam Students
Its great news to hear that there was a happy ending for IPAM Students on excursion with London Mining Company (LMC), after being lost in a thick forest, with great credit to Zain’s network reception in every corner of Sierra Leone. A known Mining Company in Sierra Leone, London Mining Company (LMC) schooled students from the Faculty of Business Administration of the Institute of Public Management (IPAM) on International Business at the Company’s Lunsar mining site in the Port Loko District. This was a class of eighty students who were divided into different groups for in depth lectures.
Jun 3, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SIERRA LEONE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
.Responsible for the supervision, administration and operations of the Accounts Department and maintaining an efficient Management Information System.(MIS); · Develops a strategic short term and long term financial plan that will be a part of the Agency’s long range strategic plan; · Participates in all strategy meetings for planned expansion of the Agency and projection of future Agency growth;
Jun 3, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
TENDER NOTICE AMENDMENT 02
Subject: Supply and Installation of Solar street Lighting system in Freetown, Lungi, Bo, Makeni, Moyamba, Kenema, Port Loko, Pujehun, Bonthe, Kambia, Kabala, Magburaka, Sefadu, Kailahun. The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) intends to implement a Solar street lighting system project in Freetown and other towns in Sierra Leone (Lungi, Bo, Makeni, Moyamba, Kenema, Port Loko, Bonthe, Kambia, Kabala, Magburaka, Sefadu, Kailahun). The project seeks to enhance traffic safety and comfort of users, increases traffic circulation, improve night-life, promote urban activities and increase the supply of energy to the population.
Jun 3, 2010, 17:00

FEATURES
Witness Names Oya Sankoh as part of the Corruption
The third protected witness and fourth prosecution witness (PW-4) in the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba commenced his testimony yesterday June 1st 2010 by stating that he was not sure which year the Minister allegedly gave him instructions to withdraw money from the Special Bank Account that is now the subject of the corruption trial. "I am employed by the Government of Sierra Leone for over 25 years now as a civil servant. I worked with Haja Afsatu Kabba at the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources as a senior official.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Legislative committee to deliberate on Weight & Measures Act
After the first and second reading of the bill entitled Weight and Measures Act 2009 by the Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. David Carew, the House of Parliament on Tuesday 1st June 2010 unanimously consented to send the bill to the Legislative Committee for more deliberations and scrutiny. Earlier the minister had convinced the Honorable House that the Bill is intended to repeal and replace the Imperial System of Measurement as well as validate the use of the Metric System for measurement based on the International System of Units to provide for the comparison and verification or weight and measures, and to also provide for other related matters.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Civitan International-SL gets new head
A civil society activist, Bockarie Enssah has been appointed by the International community based organization, Civitan International to serve as its Country Director for Sierra Leone. This information was relayed to Awareness Times by Mr. Enssah in a telephone conversation on Monday 31st May. He said the appointment was made in April this year. Describing Civitan as a non-profit making organization, the new Country Director said he will be working with the organisation’s school and community based clubs to foster club development and growth, while ensuring their continued success.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
APC Hon. Empowers women’s organization
Ruling APC Member of Parliament for Constituency 104 in the Western Area, Hon. Nuru Deen Sankoh Yillah over the weekend presented the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Leones to the Mount Aureol Women’s Development Organization, and a Two Hundred Thousand Leones token to the community football Club in a well attended ceremony. Presenting the money, Hon. Sankoh Yillah noted that the gesture was in fulfillment of a promise made few weeks ago to empower them, adding that with passion for the wellbeing of his constituents, he would continue to strive hard to solicit funds in order to develop the community.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor boosts sports in Constituency 93
SLPP Councilor Ibrahim Kabba aka Small Borbor representing Ward 331 in Constituency 93 is now a house hood name for philanthropy and sports promotion in that west-west constituency. He has over the period successfully organized community boxing contexts and other sporting activities. In similar of his tireless strives to reunite youths of his constituency through sports, Small Borbor on Sunday 30th May donated sets of football vests and standard size footballs worth millions of Leones to youths in the Goderich, Marjay Town, Gbandubu, Borbor Community, No.2, Mile 13 and Success communities respectively.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Military Lorry kills pupil *World Vision donates cattle to Sisters United *Police arrest 10 with 40 Bags of Diamba *3 State House body guards remanded *NaCSA Launches Multi Million Leones construction project *Masiaka –Bo Highway opens *Attempted murder on mate.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Red Cross to hold 6th National Moot Competition
With the usual collaboration and support of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, SLRCS will be hosting the 6th National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for tertiary institutions in Sierra Leone on Friday 4th June 2010. This was revealed in an exclusive chat with the Communications Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Mr. Abu Bakarr Tarawallie who said this year’s competition will see six teams of three students each. He said the focus will be on arguing their interpretation of specific IHL related cases in a thirty-minute presentation during the preliminary rounds.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PUBLIC NOTICE CHILD RESCUE CENTRE - SIERRA LEONE (CRC-S/L)
This is to inform the general public that Mr. Justin Jusufu Kamara whose picture appears above is no longer an employee of the Child Rescue Centre (CRC), Kulanda town, Bo in the Republic of Sierra Leone. Mr. Justin J. Kamara was the former Business Manager/Accountant at the CRC who abruptly abandoned his office since 11th January 2010 while he was being investigated for some financial impropriety and has not been seen since then.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:00

FEATURES
ACC’s Witness Prepared Fictitious Documents
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)’s second Protected witness and third Prosecuting witness (PW-3) in the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba kept spectators in the jam-packed High Court No. 2 roaring in laughter several times as he responded to the questions put to him during cross-examination by Lead Defence Counsel, Blyden Jenkins-Johnston Esq. The witness had been first examined by the ACC on Friday 28th May 2010 in respect of which testimony he was being cross-examined yesterday May 31st 2010. PW-3 had made it clear to the Court last Friday that he had no written document to link Haja Afsatu Kabba to the withdrawal of the misappropriated funds or the receipt of the said funds.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Francess Marke Calls to Keep the Fire Burning
The aspirant widely believed to have won last weekend’s now-cancelled FBC Students’ Union Presidential Elections has called on fellow students to “stay calm, stay focused and keep the fire burning until the next elections date of June 7th 2010 when we will once again demonstrate the maturity and civility that we demonstrated on May 28th 2010 polling day”. Francess Marke was speaking to this medium yesterday evening of May 31st 2010 shortly after the representative of President Koroma on campus, the Pro-Chancellor announced that the college administration had taken a decision to nullify the results of the fiercely contested students elections of May 28th 2010.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered supports Mami En Pikin Well Bodi Week
To support the government’s launch of the national Mami En Pikin Wellbodi Week, Standard Chartered Bank staff on Saturday 29th May 2009 joined its blindness prevention partner Helen Keller International and government health workers of the SLIM Clinic in the nationwide campaign, to distribute Vitamin A, Polio & Mebendazole at the Old Wharf community in Wellington. Touring the length and breadth of the fishing community, staff of the bank’s Lightfoot Boston Street Branch & Head Office distributed the retina developing drug, worm medicine and polio supplement to children from the ages of 6 months to 5 years old.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
MOH to launch campaign against Elephantiasis in Sierra Leone
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOH&S) will on the 3rd June 2010 launch a campaign against Elephantiasis or Lymphatic Filariasisn (LF) in the Western Area of Freetown. This was revealed in a press briefing held at the Ministry of Information and Communication Conference Room, 8th Floor Youyi Building. In his statement the Programme Manager of National Oncho/NTD Programme Mr. Santigie Sesay noted that elephantiasis/ Lymphatic Filariasisn (LF) is the second leading cause of disability worldwide and about 120 Million of people are infected and 40 Million suffer some degree of disability, adding that the diseases is transmitted from person to person by the bite of an anopheles mosquito.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Four arrested with fake new notes
The Sierra Leone Police have on diverse dates arrested four Sierra Leoneans in the process of transacting business with counterfeit notes. This was disclosed in the weekly Police press briefing at their Freetown headquarters. According to the Assistance Inspector General of Police Francis Munu, investigations led the police to the discovery of machine the perpetrators allegedly use to print fake notes. He said they included Obai Sesay of Crowther Street, Alusine Bangura and Francis Boina of 6 Raider Street and Umaru Munu of Tengbeh Town all of Freetown judicial district
Jun 1, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Trade Ministry opens Syria trade fair
Syria and other Arab countries are collaborating with the Ministry of Trade and Industry in a trade fair and exhibition that opened at the Miatta Conference Center in Freetown on Monday 31st Mat, 2010. At the opening ceremony, deputy minister of trade and industry Hon. Mabinty Daramy expressed delight on her behalf and the government of Sierra Leone to be part of the trade fair. While thanking the organizers extending invitation to the ministry, she said the trade fair will help rekindle the trade relationship we once had with Syria, as well as strengthening our hope and expectation of a stronger Syria-Sierra Leone friendship.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Catholic Churches Reunites Police & Students
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Kingtom Community members over the weekend succeeded in settling a long standing misunderstanding between the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and pupils of the Saint Edwards Secondary School, Kingtom in Freetown at the Kingtom Parish Hall. At the peace overture, programme Manager for the Commission David Fortune said it has always been their ultimate desire to see the two parties living in har­mony since they were neighbors as a mandate for the commission as it was set up to foster peace and unity within the Catholic Mission and the communities in which they operate.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*PMDC Chairman suspended for misconduct *APRM Engages MPs *Two students stabbed at FBC *Traders Accuse Metro Police *COHMAS students plan to demonstrate *President Koroma not happy with Ports Authority *No Residential Magistrate in Kambia.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Lady Donates tractor to APCO-NET
Action for Progressive Commitment Network (APCO-NET), a community based organization on Sunday 30th May 2010 disclosed to press men at their 31 Regent Road office in Freetown that the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone Madam Sia Koroma on Monday 24th May 2010 donated a tractor to their organization. In that meeting the director of Political Affairs Karamoko Kabba, who is the national chief adviser for the organization said the existence of such a community based organization will enhance development. He said as chief adviser led the group to the first lady to make a request for the tractor which they were in dire need of.
Jun 1, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Birthday Greeting to you Haja Kadie Johnson
Birthday Greeting Tuesday 1st June marks the Birthday of our dearest Mother Haja Kadie Johnson
Jun 1, 2010, 17:04

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
As Previous Statement shows no mention of State House... : ACC Brings Liar as Witness against Afsatu
Lead Defence Lawyer for Haja Afsatu Kabba, Blyden Jenkins-Johnston Esq., last Friday May 28th 2010 used superior legal skills to carefully unravel, with painstaking precision, to the Honourable Court of Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu that the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC)’s first protected witness (PW-2) was a liar who had not only lied under oath in front of Justice Ademusu but who had also lied several times during his interrogation by the ACC back in March this year. Jenkins-Johnston’s technique also unravelled to the Court that PW-2 during his entire interrogation by the ACC back in March had never mentioned, even once back then, the words ‘State House’.
May 31, 2010, 12:42

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Bank Hold 39th AGM
The largest and oldest commercial bank in Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered on Thursday 27th May 2010 held its 39th Annual General Meeting at the National Stadium Hostel in Freetown to review the bank’s financial activities for the fiscal year 2009. Delivering his statement the Board Chairman Mr. Alex B. Kamara noted that in 2009 the bank made bonus share issue of 1 (one) share for every 4 (four) shares held as at 30th November 2009 thus increasing minimum paid up capital to Le15.3billion in compliance with Central Bank Directives. He stated that similar capital adjustments were made in 2007 and 2008, though dividend payment will be made in May 2010.
May 31, 2010, 12:40

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PRESS RELEASE FROM L.A.W.Y.E.R.S.
L.A.W.Y.E.R.S notes that the government of Sierra Leone took a significant step on the 27th of April 2010, Independence Day, to reverse the "dismal maternal figures in Sierra Leone" and comply with its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The health of women especially maternal and infant mortality is crucial in any democratic society. Women are custodians of our future. The 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone provides that one of the fundamental principles of state policy is that "the state shall direct its policy towards ensuring that there are adequate medical and health facilities for all persons, having due regard to the resources of the state". L.A.W.Y.E.R.S therefore advocates that the free health care system be properly utilized, maintained and continued inorder to secure the future of Sierra Leone.
May 31, 2010, 12:38

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Dr. Sylvia Blyden Makes Another Call For President Koroma to be asked to Uphold Doctrine of Separation of Powers
Your Press Release on the Free Health Care System was very well written, thoughtful and very timely... An excellent Press Release on an important contemporary issue. BUT!, as lawyers, you probably ‘forgot’(SMILE) to also include therein a call or advise for the Executive arm of Government not to make arbitrary announcements saying it had been ‘decreed’ that any suspect caught selling free health care drugs would not be granted bail by the Judiciary.
May 31, 2010, 12:36

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 140 Metropolitan Police Officers pass out
A fresh batch of one hundred and forty recruits of the Freetown City Council Metropolitan Police has passed out on Saturday 29th May 2010 at the Hastings Police Training School after six weeks of intensive training. During the colorful ceremony, the Assistant Inspector General of Police responsible for of training, Richard Moigbeh commended the Freetown City Council for assisting the Sierra Leone Police in protecting lives and properties. He entreated on the need for a continued collaboration between the two institutions in ensuring maximum security.
May 31, 2010, 12:34

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UBA Donates to Orphanage
One of the leading commercial banks in Sierra Leone, United Bank for Africa (UBA) has on the 27th May, 2010 donated used consumables and the sum of Le 1M (One million Leones) to the ‘Rainy Season Orphanage Home’, off Wilkinson Road in Freetown. Presenting the gifts on the bank’s behalf, the Personal Assistant to CEO Natalie Cole noted that their gesture was in recognition of World Children’s Day celebration, and that they felt highly honored to be with the orphans and to lend support to them. She said they would continue to support the orphans as and when necessary.
May 31, 2010, 12:32

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*SLPP rebukes tribal voting *Animal Welfare Society gets mobile clinic *IMC fines FCC Le 1,000,000 for legal compensation *Former RUF soldier apologizes for killing mother-in-law *1 st June deadline for local tax payment *5 Pro-Credit Bank employees sent to prison *City Council police in receipt book theft * UN Secretary General to visit Sierra Leone soon.
May 31, 2010, 12:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Determined to Register All its Subscribers Before NATCOM’s Deadline of 30th June 2010
The Sierra Leone leading telecommunication company, Zain, is putting modalities in place to register all its subscribers, before the deadline date which was scheduled by the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM). "At the behest of NATCOM, existing and new subscribers of cellular networks in the country are expected to register their SIM Cards before 30th June 2010 for security reasons," said Zain Sierra Leone Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication, Kelvin Kellie. On this note, he went on Zain Sierra Leone has doubled its effort to ensure that it meets NATCOM’s June 30th SIM registration deadline of all its subscribers.
May 31, 2010, 12:28

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
A Liar is always Inconsistent
When I was a kid my late grandmother, during our story telling moments every Saturday night, used to tell me that me that ‘lie man always dae change mot’, translated in English to be ‘a liar is always inconsistent in his words’. Readers might be wondering why memories of my late grandma triggers my mind now when dozens of years have slowly gone by since the demise of my old ma. The reason is that since she told me these words, I have actually be coming across liars but not as those big liars operating a certain ragsheet all in the guise of running a newspaper.
May 31, 2010, 12:26

NEWS : Photo News
Meet Sierra Leone's Francess Marke who is showing that what a Man can do, a Woman can also do in Sierra Leone
Francess Marke: Exit Polls indicate she is the First Female Students' President of Fourah Bay College!!!

May 31, 2010, 00:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Protected Witness Names State House!
After a while he furthered, they drove behind the Minister ministerial jeep and they all entered State House where he said they parked their cars for a while and later he joined his boss car together with the Contractor and they drove away leaving the Minister behind with the money at State House.
May 28, 2010, 17:22

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
The Bush Leopard is Here!
It was seen as a means of burnishing and promoting the credentials of President Koroma in the international arena. Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura, who has now been named as being one of those who inspected the ‘Baa Nya Fakei’ NASSIT ferries before they were corruptly mal-purchased went along with Mike ‘Tyson’ Schulenburg to the UN in New York to happily announce regime’s ‘sacred cow’ was charged for corruption. The sacred cow (aka Haja Afsatu Kabba) vehemently protested her innocence but it was drowned out in the cacophony of burnishing Mr. President’s image. Now, the allegations have taken a strange twist.
May 28, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
I Collected Gov’t Cash on Behalf of Sumner Family in Sierra Leone
The Editor of Peep Magazine, Mr. Christopher Koker has said that the millions of leones he signed and collected from the Fisheries Ministry Bank of Sierra Leone account that was now the subject of a corruption embezzlement case was collected on behalf of the Doyle Sumner Family whom he represented to seek their interests for a building the family owned at Shenge that the Ministry was renting.
May 28, 2010, 17:16

NEWS
First Semi-Finals Of The Battle Of Brains Zain Africa Challenge
The Zain Africa Challenge, the University battle of brains now at the First Semi-Finals stage, still continues to be shown on TV screens in Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation aired the show yesterday between Makerere University of Uganda and African Nazarene University of Kenya in which African Nazarene University emerged as the winners with 750 points, edging past Makerere University who got 730 Points. As a rule of thumb, African Nazarene have qualified for the finals, awaiting the winner of the second semi-finals which will be between Egerton University of Kenya and Jomo Kenyatta University also of Kenya, which will be aired on Wednesday 5th June 2010
May 28, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
SLPP presents new MP to Parliament
Opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Thursday presented yet another Member of Parliament in an auspicious and colourful ceremony. Hon. Solomon W Feika will be representing Constituency 91, previously held by PMDC’s Sylvester Koroma, whose demise created the vacuum for which a bye-election was held on the 8th of May this year. In conspicuous attendance were the party echelon, comprising the charismatic national chairman and leader of party, John Oponjo Benjamin, his able charming lieutenant Dr. Kadie Sesay and a host of other executive members, party patrons, ordinary members and supporters that saw a dominant green covering the entire Gallery.
May 28, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
SLPP tasks APC for Corruption & Bad Governance
The opposition Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) in their usual monthly press briefing have on 27th May 2010 in Freetown exposed the ineptitude of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s All People Congress (APC) government in several areas not limited to corruption and bad governance. In a no nonsense stance, the SLPP chairman John Oponjo Benjamin reiterated that the APC still remains to respond to issues raised over the National Constitutional Review process, the incongruous London Mining Agreement and existing legislations, the petroleum industry and corruption among others.
May 28, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Amnesty Launches 2010 Annual Reports
International human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International on Thursday 27th May 2010 launched their annual report for 2010 on the theme "Right for all Justice for All" at the Santanno House in Freetown. The ceremony attracted representatives of students, civil society organization, lawyers, and other important stakeholder in the Country. Director, AI Sierra Leone chapter Brima A Sheriff pointed that the report is basically to stop perpetrators getting away with their crimes, whether by governments or their operatives, armed groups or businesses, and to ensure that victims-those tortured or abused-have access to justices.
May 28, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health Ministry engages MPs on Tobacco Advocacy
Concerned with the increase in tobacco consumption by teenagers in the country, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Wednesday 26 May 2010 engaged Parliamentarians on an advocacy forum centered on the prevention and control of tobacco intake. In her opening statement, chairperson of the advocacy programme Honorable Bintu Myers disclosed that his Excellency the President Signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2009 to be enacted by Parliament to reduce the consumption of tobacco in the Country.
May 28, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Fambul Tok settles Dispute between two villages *Deputy Minister visits Kissy Mental Home *Bo treasury department relocated *Free health care drug stranded a quay *Massive Police deployment at FBC *No Magistrate for Moyamba *Sister stabs Brother for Rice.
May 28, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Bombali records highest elephantiasis cases in Sierra Leone
Programme manager Dr. Santigie Sesay has disclosed to journalists at the weekly government press briefing on Thursday 27th May 2010 that the Health Ministry has recorded highest cases of elephantiasis affection in the Bombali District, northern Sierra Leone during round s for to distribute drugs to affected persons. Dr. Santigie Sesay emphasized that elephantiasis is caused by worms, not witchcraft as enormously believed by people, disclosing that it is the second common disease in the world, with about 40 million suffering from it causing most disabilities. He said the disease causes swelling of the foot, and sometimes the scrotum and breast, adding that the symptoms include milky urine colour, general body pain and fever. Treatment for the disease is by the administration of albendazole and mectizanto. "It is endemic throughout Sierra Leone," Dr. Sesay stated.
May 28, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Pro-APC Students’ Union Aspirant walks off FBC Debate
What was described as a blatant show of disrespect for authority and for fellow students was the walk-out from a political debate by one of the presidential aspirants for the FBC Students’ Union presidency who makes no secret of his camp’s alignment to the ruling APC party. Mr. Alfred Minkailu Koroma and his supporters, many of them APC members, walk-out yesterday at the Amphi Theatre was seen to be very ironical because Minkailu vanished in a show of intolerance from the platform just after his delivery calling for students’ unionism, political tolerance and development. The ugly development virtually took everybody aback, especially lecturers who formed part of the high table. No reason was given for their unwarranted departure as the two other candidates remained in their seats. Members of the high table comprised the outgoing SU President, Mohamed A. Timbo, Prof. J. A.D. Allie, Prof. Ishmael Rashid, Mr. Charles Silver, Miss. Lena Thompson, Mrs. Memunatu Pratt and other lecturers.
May 27, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MTA/SLRTA Plan Big for Okada Riders
The Ministry of Transport and Aviation (MTA) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRA) and the Sierra Leone Commercial Motor Bike Riders Union has in a press statement issued on Wednesday 26th May 2010, disclosed plans to streamline operations of commercial motor bike riders (Okada) in Sierra Leone. According to the statement, the three bodes has unanimously resolved to streamline the rider’s operations especially those plying the city and main town within the country.
May 27, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
APC vs. APC Intra-Party Political Violence at Goderich
Women of the Taysapeneh Women’s Development Organization within the Metchem Community in Goderich have accused Hon. Dauda Kondeh Yapo and Hon. Conteh Dumbuya of ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party of sending thugs to intimidate and molest them while conducting an open weekly meeting on Monday 24th May 2010. Ironically, the Taysapaneh Organisation claiming to have been brutalised by APC parliamentarians is a pro-APC unit in support of the ruling APC party with the aim of galvanising support for the APC’s 2012 chances.
May 27, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Urban Farmers Demand Land for cultivation
Farmers within the Western District have demanded for agricultural land for cultivation. This demand was a sequel to a two-day workshop concluded on Wednesday 26th May, 2010 at the Presidential Lounge National Stadium in Freetown. The workshop, organized by Freetown Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (FUPAP) and sponsored by Coopi and Concern Worldwide was aimed at brining the attention of stakeholders, including the Ministries of Lands and Agriculture and the Freetown City Council to facilitate the retrieval of all arable lands belonging to government from encroachers to be reallocated to farmers for cultivation in realization of the food security goal.
May 27, 2010, 17:16

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Haja Afsatu Kabba is Innocent until Proven Guilty
Some people want to give the impression that Haja Afsatu Kabba’s supporters (and this writer is unashamedly one of them) are thugs and violent people who pose life threats to lawful citizens of this Republic. However, is there any empirical evidence to support this allegation? No, there is none! None! My team has already effectively debunked the published LIE that former ACC Boss Tejan-Cole’s residence was attacked or threatened by Afsatu’s supporters. It was one of the most wicked published lies that I have come across – and I have come across quite a lot of published lies! The fact is that even the main Prosecutor of Haja Afsatu Kabba, Mr. Calvin T. Mantsebo Esq. has strongly stated, on record, to journalists that he has never felt intimidated or threatened at any point by Haja Afsatu Kabba or her supporters.
May 27, 2010, 17:14

NEWS
‘Africa Needs More Women like Lady Felicia’ ....BBC Recommends
The British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) has recommended that if African continent is to reach its desired goals it needs more women like Sierra Leone’s Felicia Turay, aka Lady Felicia, a leading music star. BBC reporter, Veronica Edwards on Wednesday 26th May 2010 had a five-minute interview with Lady Felicia on Network Africa. Responding to questions posed by the BBC reporter on issues dealing with her most recent album ‘Sweet Salone’, Felicia Turay said that unlike others engaged in music to enrich themselves, she sees the industry as a means for accurate delivery of messages that can otherwise not be easily digested when passed through other official means.
May 27, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 14-year-old boy drowns at Lumley
A 14-year-old school boy of the Amnet Primary School whose name was given as John Sankoh of Tarawally Drive, Malama drowned on Sunday 23rd May 2010 at about 11:00am while swimming. This was disclosed by the police media boss, ASP Samura yesterday at Police Headquarters in Freetown. He said according information the poor boy who was awaiting NPSE results went to refresh himself in the sea waters when he got drifted away by heavy waves. ASP Samura informed that according to what he had gathered the remains of the deceased were later discovered floating the following day. The body has already been handed over to the parents by the police, he said
May 27, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘Free Health Care has not attained purpose’- Director
‘The Free Health Care Delivery Service launched barely a month ago has not attained its intended purpose.’ This was in the words of the director of Reproductive and Child Health Programme in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Samuel A.S Kargbo in a post launch press conference on Wednesday 26th May 2010 in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Information and Communication, Youyi Building in Freetown. According to Dr. Kargbo in spite of appreciable success in reducing maternal and infant mortality country wide, the free health care initiative is facing insurmountable problems in its implementation.
May 27, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*President & Minister Mock Separation of Powers *Usu Boie donates to SLPP *Health Minister Advises Donor partners *Abortion laws to be amended *Maada Bio storms Bonthe District *Mental patients administered expired Drugs *Man Arrested after two months *Two die at Leicester.
May 27, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone. LAWCLA launches gender based violence campaign
In collaboration with the 50/50 Group, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance (LAWCLA) on Wednesday 26th May launched a campaign against sexual and gender based violence at Santano House, Howe Street in Freetown. Director for LAWCLA Francess Issa told participants that Sexual and Gender Based Violence has become rampant in Sierra Leone. "That is why we want to partner with women groups in the country to see that those crimes do not go unpunished again," she opined. She expressed that often, such matters are not taken seriously by the police and that even when charged to court, bribery and family interference take precedence.
May 27, 2010, 17:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
A Liar is always Inconsistent
When I was a kid my late grandmother, during our story telling moments every Saturday night, used to tell me that me that ‘lie man always dae change mot’, translated in English to be ‘a liar is always inconsistent in his words’. Readers might be wondering why memories of my late grandma triggers my mind now when dozens of years have slowly gone by since the demise of my old ma.
May 27, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Attention: Mr. Patrick Samura 13 Sheriff Drive, Malama-Lumley, Freetown
UPON READING the Ex-Parte Notice of Motion dated 26th day of April, 2010 and Affidavit in Support sworn to on the 26th day of April, 2010, together with the Exhibits attached thereto AND UPON HEARING JAMES M. FORNAH-SESAY ESQ, of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant,
May 27, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Afsatu Kabba Trial Reveals how Peep Newspaper Editor collected Cash from Embezzled Account in Sierra Leone
The Editor of Peep Newspaper who deputises Olu Gordon when Gordon travels has been named in documents tendered to the Law Court trial presided over by Hon. Justice Ademusu as having collected monies from the Ministry of Fisheries Special Monitoring, Control & Surveillance Account operated at the Bank of Sierra Leone and which Account is now the subject of a corruption case alleging that monies were embezzled from that account. The Special bank Account was set up pursuant to Section 61(5) of the Fisheries (Management and Development) Act of 1994 which called for a Special Account to be opened into which all fines and penalties imposed shall be paid into and for which, disbursement from it will be under the complete control of the Director of Fisheries subject to standard auditing procedures.
May 26, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining Boosts Football Teams
Addressing the recipients, the Managing Director of the company, David Keili noted that the donation was a way of motivating the youths as part of their cooperate social responsibility. "Our company wants to see Sierra Leone develop like other countries in the empowerment of youths," he told the youths. He lamented on the fact that with the closure of DELCO some 35 years ago, the chiefdom had continued to lag behind. The Managing Director also used the opportunity to advise parents to encourage their children to go to school so as to change the status of their community.
May 26, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Billion Leones needed to kick-start Youth Commission in Sierra Leone
The interim head of the National Youth Commission, Ishmeal Al-Sankoh Conteh has disclosed that to kick-start the Youth Commission, they needed about One Billion One Hundred Million Leones. He was speaking on Tuesday 25th May 2010 in a stakeholders conference at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. He said the forum was necessitated by the passing into law of the National Youth Commission that became an Act of Parliament in 2009, and accorded Presidential assent on the 22nd December, 2009.
May 26, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, FBC students 'camps sign Peace Communique'
Ahead of Students' Union election slated for Friday 28th May 2010, a students' intermediary body, 'Students for Democracy' on Tuesday 25th May 2010 brought together the two opposing political camps on campus, the Black and White families to sign a Peace Communique' at the SLBC Studio, New England Ville, making a live television broadcast of the historic ceremony. The two Presidential Aspirants, Alfred Minkailu Koroma Jr. of White Man Family and Francess Marke of the Black Family iterated their commitment to a violence-free election. The ceremony was witnessed by representatives of concerned citizens, the SLP and media.
May 26, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Police reunites with female journalist in Sierra Leone
It was a cheerful moment in the Conference Hall of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Headquarters in Freetown as cross sections of Journalists and police personnel witnessed the reunification of female Journalist, Abibatu Kamara of Awoko Newspaper with OSD Police Constable Banya. Senior personnel led by police media boss, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Samura used the usual Tuesday police press briefing as the appropriate forum to bridge the two people.?PC Banya was made to tender an open apology to the entire body of journalists for his gross professional misconduct against Abibatu Kamara, promising that such an unfortunate occurrence would not emerge again.
May 26, 2010, 17:12


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‘Nor Look En Face’ Takes Over the Airwaves in Sierra Leone
PROFILES
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. HANNAH BABY NELLIE GADD - A Role Model
Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba: A Muslim Woman of Excellence!
THE ECONOMY
Sierra Leone Government in Serious Embarrassment as Businesses Shut Down over New Tax
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Josephine, Widow of late Brigadier Hassan Conteh passes away in London
Two Respected Journalists complain Former Military Ruler aspiring for Sierra Leone Presidency
Office of the Administrator and Registrar General
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Marampa Can Achieve Late 2012 Start-Up With Maiden 200mt Jorc Resource Representing Only 20% Of The Mineralised Strike
Koidu Holdings Explains Blasting Incident at Koidu Kimberlite Project Mine Site
Presenting Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba M’Bayo
ADVERTISEMENTS
NASSIT and HFC offers 28 Newly Built Houses for immediate Sale in Sierra Leone
African Minerals (SL) Ltd Job Vacancy
JOLLIBOY! - Solomon Pratt's Book is now available for Purchase Online
SATIRE
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Letter To Tech: The Political ‘Dombolo’ in Kono
President Koroma Fires One: Maybe the Cabinet Reshuffle Has Commenced?
FROM OUR TEAM
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Schulenburg Should Behave Himself

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