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Bharti Airtel announces strategic partnership to drive world class customer service across Africa
Lagos, Nigeria – October 25th, 2010 – The nascent African Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector which promises to deliver economic growth to many countries across the continent is all set for rapid growth following Bharti Airtel’s selection of IBM (NYSE:IBM), Tech Mahindra and Spanco as partners to drive world class customer service across 16 African countries. An agreement is expected to be finalized soon.
Oct 26, 2010, 17:14

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
The Blyden Family Announces Final Funeral Arrangements for Professor Emeritus Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III
The Blyden Family Announces Final Funeral Arrangements for Professor Emeritus Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III
Oct 26, 2010, 17:12

Charles Margai Must Stop Sitting on the Fence
Among other issues, the Opposition PMDC Leader Mr. Charles Francis Margai needs to comment on the re-appointment of Dr. Christiana Thorpe as Electoral Commissioner for the 2012 Elections. Doing it now will serve better than after 2012 elections
Oct 26, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Journalists get Schooled on Economic & Financial Crimes Reporting
A two-day seminar on economic and financial crime reporting for journalists drawn from the print and electronic media will today Tuesday 26th October 2010 end at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown. The Workshop is being organized by the Inter- Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), under the purview of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Oct 26, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Samu Elections Postponed *Water Crisis Hits Moyamba Government Hospital *PMDC Holland Surrenders to SLPP *Sierra Leone Shipping Company Cautions MBAS *EX- Service Men on Blood Training * Senior Police Officer Dies in Jail *Army Wives Call for Empowerment * Police Wife Donates to School.
Oct 26, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, More Girls Benefit from Kula Samba Memorial Scholarship
Parents, Teachers and Pupils of Jawie Chiefdom in Kailahun District were on Tuesday October 19th 2010, full of joy and happiness as the Major Kula Samba Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded dozens of female school-kids with scholarships. The scholarships were presented to each of the recipients by renowned Sierra Leonean philanthropist Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden who travels regularly all the way from Freetown every year to present the scholarships in furtherance of her belief in empowering the girl child through scholarships.
Oct 26, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Politics
PMDC to Emulate SLPP’s Monthly Briefings
The Leader of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) Charles Francis Margai on Friday 22nd October 2010 informed at a Press Conference that he will now emulate the SLPP’s style of Monthly Press Briefings which seek to scrutinize the activities of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Party. The inaugural PMDC press conference was held at the PMDC headquarters at Prince Street, off Circular Road in Freetown. The erudite, charming and charismatic PMDC party leader who is also a trained lawyer of repute and well-renowned both inside and out of the country, spoke on a variety of issues; some of which are highlighted below:
Oct 25, 2010, 12:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Flaws in Child Rights Act may delay Enactment by P’ment
Child Rights Coalition (CRC-SL), a Non Governmental Organization with focus on child advocacy over the weekend drew the attention of stakeholders to the many inconsistencies in the drafted 2007 Child Rights’ Act laid before Parliament for enactment by the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Soccoh Kabbia. In drafting the said bill, the ministry is said to have left out several integral aspects and recommendations made by both the international community and local Civil Society Organizations which in the view of the coalition needed to be part of the Act before approval.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kailahun Subscribers Brace Up for Zain MAMA
Zain’s subscribers in the eastern provincial district of Kailahun are currently bracing up to be part of the MAMA’s show scheduled to take place in Lagos this year. This reporter was in Kailahun over the weekend to sound the views of Zain subscribers on the Zain MAMA to Tanzania or Lagos. In Daru, the chiefdom headquarter town of Jawei, our reporter spoke to a group of youth organizations, the business community and other residents.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:24

Time to Stem Insults; Address Issues...
I wish to call on certain SLPP members to stem their insults of the charismatic and enigmatic political leader known as Charles Francis Margai. Insults serve the SLPP no good purpose and if anything, the personal invectives are simply turning people off the SLPP in the same way people are turned off the APC when APC pen-pushers leave the issues and go for personal attacks. SLPP, like the APC, needs to stem the insults and personal attacks if they indeed are trying to help the image of their party.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Unicef Funds Cord-Sl To Celebrate Global Handwashing Week In Moyamba & Pujehun Districts
Sierra Leone has a high rate of child mortality, a menace that militates against the country’s development. Critical in this light is the improper or poor hygiene practices across the country. The importance of good hygiene and sanitary behavior ensures improved health for children and mothers and with adequate access to water improved health practices will directly control and or reduce morbidity and mortality rates. Hand washing with soap is one of the most effective ways of preventing diarrhoea diseases and pneumonia in children, which together are responsible for the majority of children’s deaths. Every year, more than3.5 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday. Yet despite its life saving potential, hand washing with soap is seldom practiced and not easy to promote.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:20

NEWS : Local News
Aid Sierra Leone CEO Slammed 4-year Jail Term
A notorious 419er, Thomas Kono-Valley who titled himself Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a fake and illegal affordable housing scheme, ‘Aid Salone’ operating in both Freetown and the provinces has been sentenced to four years’ jail term by the District Magistrate Court in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone. The Nigerian fraudster recently fell in the hands of the Bo Police Division and immediately charged to court where his trial, for the abundance of evidences against him took but few sittings.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mount Everest Boss Clears the Air on suicide of the former G.M
The managing director for Mount Everest security agency limited, Michaela M. Abu Noah (Mrs.) has on Friday 22nd October in a press conference at the company’s Lightfoot Boston Street headquarters threw light on what she referred to as a self inflicted death of the former general manager of the company, Mr. Moses M. Mbayo. Mrs. Noah said they have not got any knowledge of the real reason for his alleged suicide, since she stated that they were not aware of a suicide note.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:16

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Students Cry Over Fees Increment *Magistrate Throws Out Fraud Case *Armed Robbers on the Rampage at Wellington *8 million Euros to Kroo Bay Residents *NAG Ends Community Dialogue Forum *Salone Children Banned from Going for Hajj *Indian Sentence for Smoking Cannabis * Mines Minister Signs MOU with US-AID.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Anotheazr round of Polio Marklate this month
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation, in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF has announced the fourth round of the National Immunization Day (NIDS) for marklate against polio to take start from the 28th October to the 31st. The main objectives of NIDS are to provide oral polio vaccines to all children under the age of five year (0-59) irrespective of their previous immunization status with the sole aim of eradicating polio in Sierra Leone.
Oct 25, 2010, 12:12

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
The Blyden Family Announces Final Funeral Arrangements forProfessor Emeritus Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III
The Blyden Family Announces Final Funeral Arrangements for Professor Emeritus Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III
Oct 25, 2010, 12:10

NEWS : Politics
Amadu Jalloh is Sierra Leone President come 2012 - Says NDA
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in a recent statement sent to Awareness Times expresses the belief that the NDA Leader, Alhaji Amadu Jalloh was all set to implement strategies that will see his party win the 2012 Elections and replace the current ruling All People’s Congress (APC) at the helm of Governance in country. According to the release, the NDA held a successful planning meeting via a conference call with over a hundred participants, bringing its newest members into the fold. The leader of the party, Alhaji Amadu Jalloh enlightened the newcomers with a brief history on the party’s motto “Respect for all,” and explained the party’s logo of a standing black elephant in a shield against a white background.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:18

Britain Reviews Spending in Sierra Leone
With that in mind, we want to inject a new commercial focus into our relationship here in Sierra Leone. We are aware our two countries already enjoy an excellent bilateral relationship, as shown by the London investment conference in November 2009. We want to continue working with you to open up pathways into new markets and unlock barriers to investment. We want to build a network of strengthened bilateral relationships between Britain and Sierra Leone that can act as the veins and arteries along which trade can flow in both directions so our two countries can grow and prosper together.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:16

When a Leader becomes Power-Drunk
When a Leader has amassed so much ill-gotten wealth for himself that he now believes he can buy silence from just about anyone in his country, believe me when I say that Leader’s final destination is the rocks. When a Leader surrounds himself with persons whom in reality hold him in total contempt but pretend to respect him since they won’t want to lose the benefits of being around the leadership or out of fear of reprisals, then that Leader is on a destructive path of self-delusion. Such a Leader can now be so drunk; so power-drunk with a feeling of invincibility that he goes about trampling on the rights of his people with total disregard for their feelings.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
SLPP MPs Call on APC to Change Crude Tactic
Members of opposition SLPP in parliament yesterday 21st October, 2010 unequivocally called on the All People’s Congress (APC) Party to commend the SLPP for the several developmental initiatives implemented by the previous government, while urging the APC to change their crude tactic of pretence that all is well for the poor people of Sierra Leone under their government. This was expressed in diverse ways by the SLPP MPs in their contribution to Thursday’s debate Taking up a point in the debate, Hon. Frank Kposowa reiterated the willingness of the opposition to work with the APC government for better yields since the SLPP has stronger materials but the introduction of the policy of exclusion, they must not blame their failure on the SLPP.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Human Right Day Celebrated
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on 21st October, 2010 celebrated the African Human Rights Day at the CCSL Hall King Harman Road in Freetown on the theme ‘Human Rights a key to achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa.” In his address, Commissioner Revered Mosis Kanu noted that the 21st of October every year marks the commemoration of the day that was adopted by the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 1986. he however, informed that the adoption of a human rights’ treaty for Africa had begun as early as 1961.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Concern Worldwide Holds Dialogue Forum in Waterloo
In its bid to give community people the opportunity to meet with their local leaders on a general platform to strengthen community participation in decision making process and to get them involved in local institutional structures through the Peri Urban Community Action for Food Security (PUCAFS) project, Concern Worldwide in collaboration with line ministries in the country on Wednesday 20th October 2010 concluded a one-day dialogue forum for community people and their local leaders at the western rural district Council hall in Waterloo. The programme which attracted councilors, civil servants and others stakeholders was described by the people as timely, saying such forum would give them the opportunity to know about governance and how it affects their respective communities.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:08

Christiana Thorpe Preparing For The Battle.
The electoral commissioner is definitely putting things in order for an impending legal suit brought against her by the opposition SLPP. She would not find it easy probably because the website from which she could infer from for evidence has gone missing. Her lack of legal proficiency is depicted with flabby muscles which can not afford her the required strength.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UNFPA engages Stakeholders on domestic violence
Prior to their last distribution of equipments to Traditional Birth Attendants in the fifteen and thirteen chiefdoms in the Bo and Bombali Districts respectively for sensitization and outreach programmes, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has completed a one-day training for 38 Paramount Chiefs and 38 Religious Leaders from those chiefdoms as a way of engaging them into the fight against maternal mortality, teenage pregnancy, Gender Based Violence, HIV/AIDS and other complicated diseases at the Hotel Sahara on Wednesday 20th October 2010.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Japanese Students Donates Books to Library Board *Big Boost for Farmers in Bo District *ERSG Praises Pikin Bizness *FSSG Teachers evicted from Staff Quarters * Health Minister Gives Ultimatum *UMC church at War *NACSA Organizes Skills Training Workshop *Bush Cow Kills Two.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zainab Bangura Dodges the Press
Foreign Affairs Minister, Zainab Hawa Bangura yesterday dodged the weekly government press briefing at the Information Ministry, 8th Floor Youyi Building. She was one of the government ministers invited to as usual give highlights of recent developments in their ministries. She was called upon to explain about the Italian investors currently with her in the country and the general running of her ministry.
Oct 22, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Executive Presents 23 Aspirants to Party Membership
On behalf of the National Executive, the national chairman and leader of the main opposition party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin on Wednesday 20th October, 2010 officially presented the 23 aspirants vying for flag bearer position to the party membership. The auspicious ceremony which brought together party members, supporters, well wishers and other personalities from all works of life across the country was held at the party’s national headquarters, Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown.
Oct 21, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hon. Bernadette Lahai Warns Ernest Koroma to Talk Straight
As debates on the president speech heightens in parliament, the SLPP Member of Parliament Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai yesterday 20th October revealed that in 2006-7 the former SLPP government was faced with serious economic recession, but as a responsible government they tried hard to ensure that they maintained the standard of living in the country. She said President Koroma was in opposition, he challenged the SLPP by saying that “economic recession or not they need results from the government.”
Oct 21, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone,UNFPA Donates to TBA Advocacy Groups in Bombali Districts
The United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Regional Offices of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, has distributed equipment worth over twenty five million leones (Le25,000,000) among traditional birth attendants and other stakeholders in thirteen (13) chiefdoms in the Bombali District. Thirty nine megaphones, thirty nine torchlights, twenty six ‘Panasonic’ tape/CD players, and thirty nine boxes of ‘Vinnic’ batteries were among the equipment distributed, as part of the agenda of UNFPA in complementing government’s efforts in the fight against infant and maternal mortality, teenage pregnancy, gender based violence, and HIV/AIDS.
Oct 21, 2010, 17:08

21 October commemorates the day that the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights entered into force in 1986. The adoption of a human rights treaty for Africa had however begun as early as 1961. At the time, the Organization for African Unity (OAU) was concerned with the eradication of colonialism and the dismantling of apartheid. The OAU viewed human rights instruments as promoting peaceful and positive international cooperation. The African Charter was to reflect the history, values, tradition and economic concerns of the continent. The African Charter was adopted on 26 June 1981, but only entered into force in 1986 after receiving the required number of ratifications and accessions.
Oct 21, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Egyptian Envoy Meets the Press
The Egyptian Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, Ambassador Mona Omar on 20th October 2010 addressed members of the fourth Estate at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown. In her statement, she described Sierra Leone as one of the beautiful countries on Earth as the country is blessed with natural views, the lands are fertile and the people very accommodating, peaceful and loving.
Oct 21, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Wealth Builders Defence Team Dodge Court Sitting * Homosexuality Teacher Granted Bail * No Bail for Free Health Care Drugs Accused * SLPA Hosts Regional Ports Management * Tejan Kabbah Heads AU Mission to Tanzania * PPRC Starts Outreach to Secondary Schools * Disaster Strikes at Lungi Hospital.
Oct 21, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Senior Reporter & Journalist Wins Cash Prize from Zain’s ‘Change is in the Air’ MAMAs Promotion
A Senior Reporter from Kalleone Radio, Daphne Grant and nine other subscribers on Saturday 16th October 2010 emerged winners of ten specific prizes slated to be won by subscribers taking part in the ‘Zain Change is in the Air’ Promotion. These are the first batch of winners of a weekly electronics draw that only started this past weekend and the draw was live on Kalleone Radio. The below winners emerged from an exciting and interactive trivia SMS promotion called ‘Zain Change is in the Air’. This signified the launch of MAMA’s 2010.
Oct 21, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT’s Compliance Award goes to Audit Service
Audit Service Sierra Leone has become a proud recipient of a Certificate of Recognition from NASSIT for compliance with the provisions of the NASSIT Act 2002. This was revealed to this press in an exclusive interview with the Auditor General, Mrs. Anna Caesar at her Tower Hill office on 19th September, 2010 who said that the award was received last week.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Civil Society Endorses African Minerals
African Mineral Limited has concluded its public disclosure stage one of the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) report on the Tonkolili Iron Ore project. This marked the first of several events to come. After successful meetings held in Bumbuna, Makeni, Lunsar, Port Loko, Pepel and Lungi, the event which marks the first undertaken by a mining company in the history of Sierra Leone, was concluded at the Prestigious Taia Resort Hotel on Monday 18th October 2010. Present at the final meeting were various stakeholders in the public and private sector, civil society representatives, the media and a cross section of the public.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kenema Mayor Appeals for Hands on Deck for Development
Chief Brima Kargbo, the Mayor for Kenema City has applauded the efforts of the youth in developmental activities within the township, especially the support to make a facelift of the city. He said without youth support at the fore front, development can not visit any area. He boasted that he and his people are ready for development now and forever with support from the youth. Chief Kargbo was updating Council Staff and people of Kenema City on the developmental activities taking place within the city at their Conference Room, Maxwell Kobe Street last week.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 419ers Hit Again
Sierra Leoneans continue to fall prey of fraudster, commonly known as 419ers, and reports of people being duped are becoming very alarming. As several citizens are yet to recover from the shock of ‘losing’ huge sums of money to a non-registered financial institution called Wealth Builders Network, the 419 ‘trade’ is seemingly thriving unabated.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Alumni Association Boosts Gbinti School
The Gbinti Old Students Association (GOSA) on Friday 15th October 2010 presented 250 assorted text books to the Gbinti Secondary School, Gbinti in the Dibia Chiefdom, Port Loko District. The books were donated to the old students by the Sierra Leone Library Board (SLLB) for which GOSA Vice President, Mohamed Bundu, who chaired the ceremony, applauded the board and management of SLLB for the gesture, while underscoring that education is the key to development.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Labour Congress on Capacity Building for the Informal Sector
The Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC) has commenced a three-day needs and capacity assessment workshop for the informal sector. The workshop which started on Tuesday 19th October, 2010 is made possible with the collaboration of LO-FTF Council Danida of Denmark. It has as theme “Decent employment in West Africa Project”. The essence of the workshop is to enable the leaderships of informal Sectors, unions or organizations affiliated to the Sierra Leone Labour Congress to undertake a critical assessment and formulate strategic plans of action aimed at identifying the needs and challenges of their members as well as the sector.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Alpha Wurie Rocks Kono *8 Years Old Girl Raped in Kenema *Man Stabs Wife and Commits Suicide *Traditional Healer Certifies 550 *Salone Hailed At ICT Contab in Mexico *First Lady Visits Malaysia *MRU Shares Forest Management Experiences *Wealth Builders Defence Team Dodge Court Sitting.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Classdiving Boosts Aberdeen Municipal School
An under-water construction and marine contracting company known as Classdiving has boost the Aberdeen Municipal School by donating three sets of football kits worth hundreds of United States Dollars. Handing over the football kits to the pupils on Tuesday 18th October 2010, Classdiving Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Anders Peter Hansen, revealed that the football kits were donated to Classdiving by a renowned football club based in Wales, Penycae Football Club.
Oct 20, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP is Winning Abacha Traders
The manner in which the political atmosphere is presently developing in Sierra Leone, there is no hidden secret that the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) is gradually taking control over several strongholds of the All Peoples Congress (APC) party. On Friday 15th October 2010, a large number of traders, mainly women along the famous Sani Abacha Street in Freetown stormed the Headquarters of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown to swap their support and loyalty from the APC to the SLPP.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Rural Women Farmers demand Parliamentary action to end hunger
In commemoration of the fifth World Women’s Day of October 15th, and in recognition of their key role in supporting the efforts of Food Security drive in the country through practical endeavour and awareness raising to policy makers for the wider public, Rural Women Farmers in collaboration with Action Aid International-Sierra Leone on Friday called on Members of Parliament, especially the Oversight Committee on Agriculture, Land, Country Planning and Environment to make it a matter of urgency now to look into the draft document before the House since 2008 that clearly state their demands and how the government can solve them. The ceremony which was held at the Ramsy House at Liverpool Street in Freetown had as theme "To end hunger, support rural women."
Oct 19, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining Trains Teachers on Library Management
In collaboration with Construction and Development Partnership (CODEP) the London Mining Company on Monday 18th October, 2010 trained about 63 Teachers from 33 Schools within the company’s mining communities on Library Management at the St. Peters Parish Hall, Lunsar Town in the Port Loko District. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman Rev. Pat Abdulai welcomed the idea by the company to undertake such a novel venture in their chiefdoms, while calling on the participants to take the training seriously in order to improve on their teaching skills.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MPs Commence Debate on Presidential Address
A five-day parliamentary debate on the presidential speech delivered on Friday 8th October 2010 to mark the opening of the fourth session of the House commenced yesterday in the well of Parliament. Majority APC members’ motion on the debate was ‘To thank his Excellency the President Ernest Bai Koroma for the address he so graciously delivered on the occasion of the state opening of the fourth session of the third Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone.’ Members of the opposition parties, the People Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) and the Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) seriously and unequivocally scrutinized some sections of the president’s speech.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, IIC CEO Qualifies For Fellowship Award
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of International Insurance Company (SL) Limited, Nduka O. Anyaso, recently qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London. Consequently, he has been elected by the Board of the Institute into the revered elite group of Chartered Insurance Institute of London, which was conveyed to him in a letter from the Secretary of the Fellowship Board of the Institute, Ms. Rebecca Fletcher, taking effect from the 1st of October, 2010.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:12

Suspended Chief Administrator Represents Council in UK
It is ironical that the suspended Chief Administrator (CA) of the Freetown City Council, Bowenson Philips who was recently accused of misusing council’s funds in the tune of One Hundred and Fifty-one millions Leones, is in the United Kingdom (UK) to represent the council in an international summit organized by Hastings Council. This was revealed to newsmen by the Mayor for the Freetown City Council Herbert George Williams on Monday 18th October 2010 at the conference hall of the Freetown City Council.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:10

Statement Delevered By Haja Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba, Former Minister Of Fisheries And Marine Resources At A News Conferece On Monday,18th October, 2010
Good afternoon distinguished members of the press. Let me thank you for coming to this press conference. I must first of all thank God that this trial is over. During this trial we were persecuted together with my family. We experienced pressures driven against us. But I thank God I was not deserted. The Almighty Allah, my family and friends stood by me throughout this bitter experience. I must express from the bottom of my heart that I hold no animosity against any of my political colleagues, neither the court nor the Anti-Corruption Commission. At this juncture, let me reiterate my support and loyalty to His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to whom I remain unequivocally loyal.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:08

Christina Thorpe, the incredible Electoral Commissioner
This is the electoral commissioner who conducted the 2007 elections depriving a large number of Sierra Leoneans from exercising their right to vote. She interfered with the results and posted inaccurate elections data on the website.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*NGO Targets Teenage Pregnancy * Kissy Mental Home Lacks Facilities *Sand Mining ‘ Wahala’ at Goderich *NRA to Open Domestic Tax Department * Soldiers Arrested with Stolen Bed Nets *President Koroma Disappoints SLAJ *DOs to Resume Work in December *Judge Frees 2 ACC Accused.
Oct 19, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
In Loving Memory of Late Major Kula Samba
In Loving Memory of Our Dear Mother, Sister, Aunt & Friend Late Major Kula Samba
Oct 19, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
In Memory Of Brigadier Hassan Karim Conteh
Oct 19, 2010, 17:00

Will APC Ever Recover from Ademosu’s Judgment?
Awareness Times newspaper has finally been able to lay hands on the 36-Paged Judgment as delivered and read out in Open Court by one of the country’s most senior and learned Judges, the well-respected Hon. Samuel Ademosu. We are however seeking Legal Advise as to whether we can publish the entire text of the Judgment because of something we noticed on Page 31 of the Judgment which seems to run contrary to the Order given by Justice Browne-Marke in this matter. Soonest our newspaper’s Legal Advisers give the all-clear, we will reproduce the verbatim text of the Judgment.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:32

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining Boosts 50th Anniversary Committee
London Mining Company (LMC) has on Friday, 15th October 2010 given boost to the 50th Independent Anniversary Committee with the donation of two brand new Toyota Four Runner Jeeps during a brief ceremony at the Committee’s 56b Main Motor Road Headquarters in Freetown. The vehicles, each costing US$47,000 were presented to the Committee by the Head of Investments of London Mining Company, Thomas Credland. He noted the company’s several interventions in the social development of the country in line with its corporate social responsibility, in spite of the fact that the company is yet to commence effective mining.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Abdul Tejan Cole Loses Two Corruption Cases
Even as runaway Anti Corruption Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole and his media allies were allegedly boasting that his conduct of cases brought to the Law Courts were above board and the cases were water-tight, the DFID funded, Gambian born Justice Mary Sey, was, for the first time since she arrived in Sierra Leone, busy putting the final touches to her two judgments delivered against the Anti Corruption Commission last Friday October 15, 2010 in which she acquitted and discharged Establishment Secretary A.C. Ngaujah who had been defended by Lawyer Blyden Jenkins-Johnston. She however convicted Permanent Secretary Mr. Samuel Huggins on one count of corruption.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:28

NEWS : Local News
German MPs visit Sierra Leone Parliament
A German Parliamentary delegation led by Honorable Joachim Spatz of the Sub-Committee on Crisis Prevention and Network Security of the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany which arrived in Freetown on the 14th October 2010, has over the weekend paid a visit to the Sierra Leone Parliament as part of their two-days official and working visit in the country. The primary purpose of the visit was to meet and exchange views and experience with members of the Sierra Leone parliament as well as principal stakeholders in government that will feature a round table discussion around the topics “Challenges to Effective Parliamentary Oversight and Representation” and “Exchange of Experiences”.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Edward Blyden III to be buried October 26
The funeral and internment of one of the former National Orators of Sierra Leone, International Diplomat and Academic per excellence, Professor Emeritus Ambassador Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III will be held in Freetown next week Tuesday October 26th 2010 at the Zion Methodist Church, Wilberforce Street, followed by his internment at the Race Course Cemetery where he would be laid next to the grave of his own late Grandfather Professor Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden the First. The late Professor Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden, one of the figureheads of Sierra Leone’s independence from Great Britain, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 92 years on Sunday 10th October 2010 at his Smart Farm residence in Freetown.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:24

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* NAS Ends Sensitizing children on AIDS * Makeni to get electricity supply * CCSL calls on Kailahun to embark on extensive agriculture * AISL Trains Human Right Volunteers * British Council Trains School Children on Climate Change * Fire Destroys a Shop at Kissy *SLAJ to Launch Economic Network.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Traders Debunk Minister’s Fake Claims
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Dr. Sam Sesay’s claim on 15th October 2010 during the Government Weekly Press Conference held at the Youyi Building that locally produced rice is being sold in the open market at the cost of Le 400 (Four Hundred Leones) has been sternly refuted by traders who say on the contrary, “prices of rice across the board are going up every day and that the cost of the type of rice the Minister was referring to presently cascades between Le 800 and Le 900 per cup. Dr. Sesay had stated that his Ministry has tremendously well over the three years under review to provide rice sufficient enough to feed the people of Sierra Leone, to the extent that the cost of rice is very low when compared to what obtained three years ago.
Oct 18, 2010, 12:20

NEWS : Politics
I.B. Kargbo Publicly Apologises to Charles Margai
The All Peoples Congress (APC) led Government Spokesman and Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo has accepted defeat in a recent war of words by surrendering himself to the Leader of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Lawyer Charles Francis Margai by publicly apologizing to the latter for having attacked his personality over several public media. This apology, Awareness Times has been reliably informed, came after President Ernest Bai Koroma had a peacemaking dinner with the two men at State Lodge on Wednesday 13th October 2010 following which dinner the three men held undisclosed talks behind closed doors.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Dr. Soyei Unveils Campaign Billboard at SLPP Office
One of the twenty-three aspirants for the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) flag bearer battle, Dr. Anthony Kakpindi Soyei, the only aspirant that has fully paid the candidature fee of Le.50m on Wednesday 13th October, 2010 unveiled his campaign billboard at the party’s National Headquarters in Freetown. Addressing his supporters and a cross section of the press in that short but impressive ceremony, Dr. Soyei insisted on the need for the party delegates to vote wisely and put the right person in the right place. “For the SLPP to gain the reign of power back come 2012, we must have a perfect representation as flag bearer,” he said.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mines Minister Says Mining Newsletter is Bogus
The Minister of Mineral Resources and Political Affairs, Alhaji Alpha Kanu has referred to the newly launched newsletter on mining as erroneous, misleading and mischievous that is a figment of the authors’ imaginations. The newsletter titled ‘Mining Watch Vol. 2 was launched at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium in Freetown on Wednesday 13th October 2010 by the Association of Journalists on Mining and Extractive (AJMES) in collaboration with Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) on the theme ‘Main streaming the media in advocacy for just mining.’
Oct 15, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Girl 3 Suffers Excessive Tumor
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Rowaca Cancer Group - Sierra Leone, with the support of Childhood Cancer (CHOC) South Africa has joined the parents of Zainab Koroma, a three-year-old girl living with excessive tumor since, to search for good will persons and organizations to help save the poor girl’s life. Rowaca is leading the advocacy for medi­cal treatment for Zainab who has become partially blind as a result of excessive tumor in the right eye.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Magistrate Gives Final Warning to Peep Editor
The ongoing matter between Dr Sylvia Blyden publisher of the Awareness Times and Christopher Koker, Acting Editor of the PEEP! Magazine came up yesterday 14th October, 2010 at Court No. 11 before His Worship Magistrate Davies Cole with the Magistrate giving a final warning to Koker to cease and desist from publishing scurrilous articles that seek to defame the female publisher. The "final warning" came about after Lawyer James Fornah Sesay applied for the accused’s bail to be withdrawn for continuing to publish and print libelous stories against Dr. Sylvia Blyden.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Subscribers Commend Zain for Mama 2010
Tens of Zain subscribers have appreciated the company for being part of activities that are hectic and very lively. This was disclosed to the Awareness Times when our reporter took on the streets of Freetown to sound the views of subscribers on the Mama Promotion 2010. Most of the subscribers spoken to said Zain has always brought unique opportunities for them. A subscriber, Mr. Lamin Turay said they are ready to take either the road to Tanzania or to witness the Mama event in Lagos, Nigeria in December. Mr. Turay disclosed that Zain has always taken its customers to be part of international events held in other countries.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Concern World Wide ends 5th People’s Forum in Tonkolili
On Friday 1st October, 2010, one of the leading Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in Tonkolili, Concern World Wide (CWW) held the 5th People’s Forum at the Valentino Hall in Mile 91. the forum brought together eminent personalities within the district, including community members. In her opening remarks, the chairperson who is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Tonkolili District Council (TDC), Madam Fatmata Daramy Sesay lauded the efforts of Concern Worldwide for their tremendous work in the district which she described as a blessing for the people of Tonkolili as they are in desperate need of development.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Pademba Road inmates benefit from free eye care
As part of activities ahead of the World Sight Day and World White Cane Day on the 14th October, 2010, inmates with eye problems were given free examination and treatment by a group of health care providers. Leading the campaign at the prisons was AdvocAid, a non-governmental organization that has been collaborating with eye care stakeholders such as Sight Savers, Choithrams Hospital and UMC Eye hospital among others to engage in activities to mark the commemoration of World Sight Day. The team made the visitation yesterday, Wednesday 13th. It was a rare opportunity for prisoners and prison officers to benefit from such free treatment.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Hajj Visas Issued in Freetown *FCC Bans Night Trading * Kenema District Council to Construct School *Drivers’ Union Accuses Police of Harassment *Step Father Beats 3 Months’ Old Son to Death * NGO Targets Traditional Harmful Practices * Expired beer out for sale *Rapist Police Sergeant on the Run *Fake Doctor Arrested for Killing 3-Month-Old Baby.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, CGG concludes Dialogue Forum on the come back of District Officers
In Pursuance of its aim of promoting democratic participation, efficient and transparent governance at the local level, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) has on Thursday 14th October 2010 hold a one day forum on the reintroduction of District Officers (DOs) in Local Governance at Santanno House on Howe Street in Freetown . In her atatement CGG National Coordinator, Madam Valnora Edwin .noted that they were currently implementing a Project titled "Monitoring Local Councils" which is aimed at addressing several issues including increase in quality and quantity of public debates on local governance issues, transparency of government operations and the publication of the Decentralization Watch Journal.
Oct 15, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Ernest’s Corruption is Worse than Pa Shaki & Momoh’s Corruption- Says JOB
The Chairman and Leader of the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP), Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin has told newsmen that corruption within the ruling All Peoples’ Congress Party (APC) has become unprecedented to the extent that it was now far worse than during the corruption-ridden days of late APC Presidents Siaka Stevens and Joseph Momoh. Addressing journalists at the usual party monthly briefing on unfolding issues yesterday at their Freetown National Headquarters, Mr. Benjamin said within just three years many APC members have been convicted of corruption in several court matters, citing the erstwhile Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Haja Afsatu Kabba’s case as a striking example of how corruption is thriving under the APC.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Reassures Investors at Newton
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday 12th October 2010 launched the First Step Economic Opportunity Zone at Newtown in the Western Rural District. This is a private sector initiative by World Hope International in line with the president’s Agenda for Change drive to transform Sierra Leone from import to export Zone through private investment. Making his address to the gathering that included Cabinet Ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, investors and traditional rulers, the president said it was an opportunity for Sierra Leone to launch an Economic Opportunity Zone which has the propelling propensity to pave way for many investors into to the country.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Saint Anthony School Teacher Jailed for Homo Sexuality
A Class 6 teacher of the Saint Anthony Boys’ Primary School, Syke Street in western Freetown who was identified in court as Daniel Martin has been refused bail and sent on remand at Pademba Road on allegations of homosexuality. On yesterday’s date, Daniel made anther appearance in Court No. 1A before Magistrate Steven Conteh on one count charge of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy of the School. Offence sheet read out in the court stated that the accused on the 1st September 2010 in the School compound subjected the boy to sexual intercourse contrary to law.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:08

Who Vindicated Abdul Tejan-Cole? – I Pause.
I had promised my readers yesterday that we would be taking a look at the comments (reported by Umaru Fofana over the BBC) allegedly made to Umaru by run-away Anti Corruption Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole opining he had been “vindicated” by the Ademusu Judgment. However, as was pointed out to me yesterday by a very good friend of mine, since it was a third-party allegedly making the statement on behalf of Mr. Abdul Tejan-Cole, I should give Tejan-Cole the benefit of the doubt and allow him to make the self-gratifying statement directly to the public in the form of a proper press interview before I respond to the issue of his perceived ‘vindication’.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:06

“Come and Invest, Sierra Leone is ready”... VP Sam-Sumana tells Italian Investors in Milan
Vice President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam-Sumana has called on potential Italian Investors to come and invest in Sierra Leone as the country is yearning for genuine investors. The VP said the West is already saturated but Africa and Sierra Leone in particular, is the right destination for investors. Vice President Sam-Sumana was delivering a keynote address at the official opening of the Sierra Leone Country Presentation in Milan, Italy on Wednesday, 0ctober 13.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Change Is In The Air Promotion For Mamas 2010
Change is in the air as MTV and Zain Africa (acquired by Bharti Airtel in 2010) lock down Banky W, Fally Ipupa, Teargas and Daddy Owen to deliver a series of spine-tingling live performances at the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA). The four artists are the first performers to be announced for the 2010 edition of the Awards, which take place on Saturday 11 December 2010 at the Eko EXPO Hall, Lagos, Nigeria. There are a lot of music awards ceremonies in Africa, however The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) is as big as the EMA’s or VMA’s for Africa.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Philanthropist Sierra Leonean Helps Amputees * 278 Houses Demolished At Wilkinson Road *Health for all Coalition Identify Corrupt Doctors *70 ‘Okada’ riders arrested *Port Loko Hospital Gets EU Boost *Head Teacher Calls for Support *New Deputy Chairman Elected for Rural Council *British Vessel Visits Freetown.
Oct 14, 2010, 17:00

Ernest Koroma = 1 and Anti Corruption Commission = 0 and Afsatu Kabba = 0
So, Haja Afsatu Kabba has been found innocent and set free on Counts 6 & 7 even though she did not say a single word in her defence but ironically, she has been found guilty on Counts 1 to Count 5 largely because she did not say a single word in her defence. She should pay a fine of Le30,000,000 per count totally Le150,000,000 and a restitution sum of Le300,000,000 giving a grand total of Le450,000,000 she should pay within the next 4 weeks or she will be sent to jail for 3 years and locked up in a prison until October 2013.
Oct 13, 2010, 18:06

ACC, Gloria Newman-Smart & Afsatu Kabba: What Lessons for Sierra Leone?
To start off with, let me state that whilst I have not missed a single one of the sessions throughout the entire trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba, even though I arrived in Freetown on Monday night from London, I made a decision yesterday Tuesday October 12th 2010, NOT to attend the delivery of Honourable Justice Samuel Ademusu’s Judgment against Haja Afsatu Kabba because based on certain nuances and my own wide information network, I had a fair idea of what it was going to be and knew it would not be pleasant to my ears or the ears of any of the avowed sympathisers of Haja Afsatu Kabba.
Oct 13, 2010, 18:04

NEWS : Local News
Zain to Sponsor MAMA’s 2010 Event in Lagos
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zain and now Airtel will be proudly sponsoring the 3rd year of The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), which is scheduled to take place in Lagos in December 2010. Zain always sponsors MAMA in order to give chance to under ground artists to showcase their talents in the music industry all over Africa. The inaugural MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in 2008 was sponsored by Zain as a key pillar in our evolving music industry to give consumers and everyday access to music, platforms to express their creativity and give Zain opportunity to empower African music talents.
Oct 13, 2010, 18:02

NEWS : Local News
Amnesty Condemns Death Penalty in Sierra Leone
As this year’s World Day against the Death penalty focuses on the use of the death penalty in some parts of the United States of America, Amnesty International–Sierra Leone yesterday 11th October 2010 while commemorating the historic day vehemently and unequivocally condemned the use of death penalty in Sierra Leone. Speaking at the forum held at their head office in Freetown, the focal person for death penalty, who also chained the occasion, Vandi S. Nabi Esq described the death penalty as an unmade, barbaric and inhuman method of punishing and must be removed, adding that though the criminal conduct Act of 1973 has been reviewed, the death penalty still exists by hanging.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:59

Britain’s Corruption Scandal! British Prime Minister & British MPs Forced to Repay Over Half Million Pounds they Misappropriated as Expenses
Last year, elected officials in the United Kingdom including the erstwhile Prime Minister Gordon Brown were forced to repay well over £500,000 back to Britain’s Government Coffers as public fury heightened against the Prime Minister and other politicians in Britain. According to several newspaper reports, within just the first few days of the corruption scandal breaking out, the Prime Minister and others were forced to cough up or promise to refund the sum of £478,615.07 and this increased with even more monies being repaid as the days went by.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:57

NEWS : Politics
SLPP chairman urges supporters stand against intimidation
The Kenema District Chairman of opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Mr. Arthur Koroma on Friday 8th October, 2010 warned party supporter to resist individuals who are in the habit of using intimidating tactics to subdue them into supporting other political parties. The Chairman who was speaking during a general meeting organized by the SLPP Constituency 12 executives at Mano-Junction displayed a booklet of the 1991 constitution for all to see and quoted Chapter Two which guarantees freedom of assembly and association of citizens.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:55

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Holds 2nd National Consultative Confab on TRC Implementation
In collaboration with UNIPSIL, the Human Right Commission of Sierra Leone HRC-SL on 12th October 2010 held a two-day consultative conference on the “Status of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Recommendations” at the British Council Auditorium, Tower Hill in Freetown. In his statement HRC Commissioner Edward Sam said the adoption and implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) would by no small means assist us as a people to rise above the bitter conflict of the past that caused unspeakable violations of human rights and left a legacy of dehumanization, hatred and fear.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:53

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Ultra Modern Hope Center for Jui Community
Jui, a community located in the Western Rural District of Sierra Leone has benefited from an ultra modern multi-purpose building known as the “Hope Center,” constructed by various academic institutions and faith-based groups such as the Global Connection Partnership Network (GCPN), The University of Texas at Arlington (The Africa Program), College of Nursing, School of Social Work, and College of Engineering), Buckner International, First Baptist Church of Arlington, Louis Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University, The Evangelical College of Theology in Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:51

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*HANCI-SL Boosts Education Nationwide *50 years Old Man Commits Suicide *Agric. Ministry to Benefit from US$ 1.5M Windfall *African Women on Two-week Training Workshop *152 New Lassa Fever Cases Recorded *SLEPA on 2 Days Awareness Raising Campaign * “Small Borbor” on Major Development Drive.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:49

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals presents Impact Assessment Report in Lunsar
As part of provisions of the Mines and Mineral Act and in keeping to their Corporate Social Responsibilities the African Minerals over the weekend presented the company’s Environmental Social Health Impact (ESHIA) report on the ongoing Tonkolili Iron Ore project to the people of Lunsar in the Marampa Chiefdom, Port Loko District. The ceremony attracted various personalities including chiefs and civil society members.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:47

Curing Sierra Leone’s Inferiority Complex
The October, 2010, edition of NEW AFRICAN states that “a good 17 African countries celebrate their golden jubilee this year”. Most sub-Saharan African countries who with euphoric razzmatazz cut off their umbilical cords from a ‘Mother Country’ in Europe in the ‘Independence Wave Era’ of the 1960s would join Nigeria, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone, etc. in Jubilee celebrations in the next five years or so. Africa’s independence has been meaningless largely because Africans have appeared oblivious of the most chronic disease Africa has been afflicted with: inferiority complex.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:45

Analysis : Guinea’s democratic election is crucial to regional peace
A peaceful and democratic process in neighboring Republic of Guinea could bring stability within the Mano River Union (MRU) countries as well as several other benefits to Sierra Leone. With a free, fair and democratic transition in that country, trade is bound to flourish and bilateral ties strengthened. This would even create room for both governments to negotiate and resolve the long standing Yenga issue. But if the electoral process is marred by controversy as already feared, and if might end up that way, then Guinea will likely go into conflict with the possibility of a spill over effect that cannot be underestimated.
Oct 13, 2010, 17:43

Sierra Leone President is Winner in Afsatu Trial (Ernest = 1) (ACC = 0) (Afsatu = 0)
Today, Tuesday October 12th 2010, Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu read out a lengthy judgment which was immediately hidden away in some cupboard or the other at the Judiciary and all attempts to lay hands on it, has proved futile until the close of business at the Judiciary today. Only in Sierra Leone will this happen! Anyway, we hope to reproduce the Judgment verbatim for our readers soonest we can lay hands on it. For now, suffice it to say that the main person who is a true winner after today’s judgment is His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who scored a true positive goal for himself in his urgently needed global perception as a man who has no sacred cows in the fight against corruption. In the wake of the Mining Agreements scandal, Hotel Purchases, Airplane purchases, Indian Rice, Wanza Gunboat, etc. etc., Ernest Koroma badly needed this conviction against Afsatu Kabba and the Judiciary, true to form, did not let him down. President scored big today! Judiciary did well for you Sir. Bravo!
Oct 12, 2010, 19:19

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma reopens Parliament
As part of his constitutional mandates as stipulated in Sub-section 1(84) of the Sierra Leone constitution, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 8th October 2010 officially opened the fourth session of the third parliament of the second republic of Sierra Leone on the theme ‘36 months of turnaround.’ He catalogued his government’s achievement for the past twelve months. Speaking at the well of parliament, the president disclosed that he felt enthused as a Member of Parliament and also Head of State to present the that honorable house the achievements of his government taking into cognizance his commitment to successfully accomplish proposed projects.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:48

Sierra Leone Arc of Hope begins Charity Abroad with 2nd Annual Fundraiser
The successful Sierra Leone Arc of Hope (SLAHOPE) fund-raising event held at the Mirage Hall in Maryland, USA on Saturday October 2nd 2010, may have slightly altered the meaning of the idiomatic expression, “charity begins at home”. The expression simply means that we should try to help our family and friends before we attempt to help others. Our duties and responsibilities to our families should be placed on top of our charitable or humanitarian preferences. SLAHOPE has focused on building a state of the art hospital in Sierra Leone that would serve Sierra Leoneans who are in dire need of better, and as many medical facilities as possible. We cannot over-emphasize the need for such humanitarian efforts without mentioning the pleasant irony that the founding members of SLAHOPE began their charitable work away from home – in the Diaspora.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:46

OBITUARY : The Blyden Family announces the death of Prof. Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III
The Blyden Family announces the death of Prof. Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III who passed away peacefully in his sleep at 9pm last night at his residence in Freetown.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:44

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health Minister Appeals to Workers for Restraint
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Daudis Koroma on Thursday 7th October 2010 told aggrieved members of the Sierra Leone Health Services Workers’ Union (SLHSWU) to exercise restraint and see reason to cancel their planned strike action against government. He was addressing a cross section of members of the executive of the Union at the conference room of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Youyi Building in Freetown, following a strongly worded letter sent to the ministry warning of an imminent strike action if their concerned were not addressed.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:42

I am very delighted to be amongst the honourable representatives of the people of our beloved motherland. As President, and a Parliamentarian myself, I feel the pulse of this House for action. I come to this great assembly with enthusiasm for action. My address to this House today will lay emphasis on the imperative for focused action, robust implementation and successful completion of the projects we have rolled out in every corner of Sierra Leone. I come here seeking your continued support and participation in our partnership for implementation.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:40

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) Hold Consultation on Draft Arms & Ammunition Bill 2010
A human security and disarmament oriented organization known as Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) has held a two-day consultation on the draft Arms and Ammunition Bill 2010 on 27 & 28 September at the Kono District Council Hall. The consultation brought together local authorities including chiefs, youth & women’s leaders in six chiefdoms –Tankoro, Gbense, Nimiyama, Nimikoro, kamayama and Fiama all in the Kono District. In his statement SLANSA Programme Officer, AbuBakarr Sheriff noted that the consultation was part of activities implemented in respect of a project titled: Strengthening Stakeholders’ Interaction in Local Governance for Peace and Social Security in Kono.’
Oct 11, 2010, 12:38

NEWS : Local News
COOPI Takes 5 Sierra Leone Farmers to South Africa
In its bid to promote agriculture and food security in Sierra Leone, a Non-Governmental Organization COOPI International under its ‘Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Project,’ has selected five Sierra Leonean farmers to attend a five-day learning and training program on vegetable cultivation, sorting, packaging, bookkeeping, and marketing scheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa commencing on Monday 10th October 2010. The five farmers left the shores of Sierra Leone on Sunday evening and are expected back on Friday 15th October 2010 after the session.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:36

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Wealth Builders Boss Granted Bail * Agric Minister’s OIC Presentation Commendable * Kono People Want Action from Government *Police Impose Curfew on Bike Riding in Kenema * Makeni City on Time Bomb *SLBC DG Takes Official Control *3 Armed Robbers Arraigned in Court.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:34

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health for All Coalition Launches Monitoring Report
In a bid to enhance transparency and accountability in the free health care process, Health for All Coalition-Sierra Leone (HFAC-SL) on the 7th October, 2010 launched their independent quarterly monitoring report at State House in Freetown. This is the first report ever launched by the coalition leading the monitoring process of the free health care initiative.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:32

PUAWUI’s Syndicated Column - By Dr. Sama Banya : The President’s Address To Parliament
I neither listened to nor watched His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma as he delivered his speech to Parliament last Friday. From the red T-shirts blocking traffic afterwards, I imagined that it was a festive occasion for supporters of the red sun. I am told that members of the opposition SLPP also made an impressive showing. Based on last year’s unfortunate experience at the hands of some unruly red sun adherents, the leadership of the opposition sought police security for their orderly drive to Parliament Square.
Oct 11, 2010, 12:30

Edward Wilmot Blyden III passes away in Freetown, Sierra Leone
The Blyden Family announces the passing away of Professor Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III this evening at 21:00GMT at his Smart Farm residence in Freetown. The 92 years old patriarch of the family died peacefully in his sleep with his daughter, Isa by his side.

Oct 10, 2010, 22:22

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