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NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's Ruling Party Accused of Breaking Alliance Promises with PMDC Allies
It has emerged strongly from a senior official of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) that the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party is surreptitiously using money and promises of job opportunities to win over its members with the ultimate aim of destroying the party ahead of the 2012 elections. This was disclosed to this medium yesterday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PMDC, Munir A.Y. Koroma, who has stepped in the shoes of the substantive PRO, Michael Fortune who is said to currently be on another important assignment assigned to him by the National Advisory Council of the party.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:29

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLeNSCSA Validates ‘Perception Survey’ Report on Small Arms
The Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms on Saturday 25th September 2010 conducted a two-day validation workshop on national perception survey report on small arms at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown. Making a keynote address State House Chief of Staff, Keifala Marah noted that the occasion marked another milestone in the fight against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country’s untiring efforts to sustain peace, security and democratic governance, adding that the government was very mindful of the fact that without peace there would be no sustainable development.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:25

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor 'Rescues' President Koroma in Sierra Leone
The latest contribution of Sierra Leone’s opposition SLPP Councilor, Ibrahim Kabba, aka Small Borbor to the infrastructural development of the Goderich community has served as a rescue mission for the ruling party Leader, President Koroma, who will no longer have to struggle upon bad roads when he visits the Councilor’s area as he recently did. It will be an added recourse for what SLPP supporters call “APC balderdash” with regards their achievements, as the youthful Councilor has completed a self-sponsored road construction on the main road linking Funkia to Goderich which he commissioned last Saturday September 25th 2010.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:24

PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Presenting Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba M’Bayo
Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba M’Bayo, Ph.D. left Sierra Leone for the United States at the age of 24 after graduation from Jaiama Secondary School in Jaiama Nimikor, Kono District and fours years of employment with the Sierra Leone Civil Service. He left Sierra Leone as a self-sponsored student (without scholarship). Today Professor M’Bayo is an accomplished and internationally recognized scholar, a renowned political activist, a civil society advocate, and a community organizer. In the last twenty years, while studying and working in the United States and Nigeria he remained connected with his homeland, visiting the country as many as four times a year and engaging in civic activities in Sierra Leone.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:23

NEWS : Politics
DECLARATION : Professor Ritchard Tamba M’Bayo, Ph.D. Aspirant for the SLPP Leadership - (M’Bayo for President 2012)
Two things are going to happen in Sierra Leone in 2012: (1) The SLPP will be back in power, and (2) we will have a new president with a new face, a fresh voice and international experience and a politically untarnished character. There is an urgent need to expand the political space in our country in search for a new kind of leadership that will make a difference in the lives of our people; for new faces and fresh voices that will bring genuine change to our country. I’m entering the race for the leadership of the SLPP and ultimately for the presidency of Sierra Leone as a unifying force for change.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Motor Drivers’ Union Formed at Ports
Container section drivers at the Queen Elizabeth II quay over the weekend launched a branch of the Sierra Leone Drivers and General Transport Workers’ Union. The ceremony was held at the Safer Welfare Complex, Lower Savage Square in Freetown. This move is in compliance with the mandate to be incorporated into the main stream of union activities as provided for in the Trade Union Act of 1939. Speaking at the ceremony, the national president of the union, Alhaji Abu Bakarr Fofanah noted that the formation of the union’s branch at the Ports was a laudable development in the life of the union. He thanked the drivers for taking such a bold initiative to come into the mainstream of the union.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone,“Comium Nor Dae Lie” Says Subscribers
Thousands of subscribers to Comium-Sierra Leone Limited across Sierra Leone have described the mobile company as “a reliable and trustworthy” company being that it always stands by what it promises. These confirmations were expressed on Sunday, 26th September 2010 by almost all the subscribers who attended the Comium ‘Cash for Life’ raffle draw at the Njala Avenue on Beach Road, Aberdeen in Freetown. A subscriber, Adama Kamara who during the ceremony encapsulated the perception of the hundreds of Comium subscribers present, showered praises on the company for what she described as the company’s ‘Kombra Heart’ character towards its subscribers, especially those residing in the provinces
Sep 28, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) Compensates Affected Persons To Kick Start The Reconstruction Of The Kenema-Pendembu Road
The Sierra Leone Roads Authority has compensated affected property owners in Kailahun to pave the way for the commencement of reconstruction on the first phase of the Kenema-Kailahun Road which has long been awaited by the people of that district. The ISU Engineering Company that won the contract, which is being spearheaded by a Korean national, has assembled equipment in preparation for construction of the road that is expected to last for thirty-six (36) months. Meanwhile, ISU Engineering workers are waiting the rainy season to subside before they start full scale work on the Kenema-Pendembu phase of the road project.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
UN Scribe Frowns at 29 December Inquest
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has in his latest report on the peacebuilding process in Sierra Leone submitted to the Security Council on 17th September instant has frowned at the proposed inquest into the 29 December 1992 execution of Bambay Kamara, former Inspector General of Police and 27 others referring to it as “a move that could have negative impact on the peace consolidation process and that could undermine the balance established in the 1999 Lome Peace Agreement.”
Sep 28, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Deputy Aviation Minister Blasts SLPA & Maritime Administration
The Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Osmond Hanciles on Saturday, 25th September 2010 charged both the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) and the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) for what he termed “negligence”. He blasted both institutions during an address marking World Maritime Day at the British Council Auditorium at Tower Hill in Freetown which the two institutions were supposed to have jointly organized.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Cluff Gold Pays Surface Rent to Locals at Baomahun
A gold mining company with exploration license in Sierra Leone Cluff Gold Mining Company has once again fulfilled their mandate as provided for in the revised Mines and Minerals Act 2010 by paying the sum of Le146, 524, 200 (One hundred and forty-six million five hundred and twenty-four thousand two hundred leones) to local authorities at Baomahun village in the Valunia Chiefdom, Bo District, Southern Sierra Leone. This is the second surface rent paid to local authorities in that chiefdom for a period of three years to cover 2011 that will mark the expiration of the rent.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*19-year old sent to Prison * Biriwa Chief Addresses Special Court * COMDO-Salone Helps the Needy *Two DOT Centres Commissioned in Tonkolili * 50 Million Arms Floating in West Africa * Sky Handling Partner Commissions Bus Service at Airport * YDM Targets Slum Dwellers.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Politics
PMDC Party ‘Don Scatta’ - ‘Charles Margai is greedy and selfish’-says Mohamed Bangura
The embattled erstwhile Chairman for the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) has exclusively told the Awareness Times Newspaper on Saturday September 25th 2010 in Freetown that he was leaving the party because the "so-called leader" of the party, Mr. Charles Francis Margai is greedy and selfish and that he will formally resign from the party this week with a number of other prominent party members including Ministers, Chairmen, Chairladies, and Youth Leaders to form another party for 2012 elections. Responding to what his action will mean to the PMDC/APC alliance, Bangura said that alliance was a spontaneous arrangement with the grand plan to remove the then ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party from power.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:21

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals receives Nine-man Liberian delegation
A nine-man delegation from neighbouring Liberia is currently in Sierra Leone to learn from the good example of African Minerals in Sierra Leone. Led by the former Minister of Finance and Bank Governor, John Bestman, the delegation arrived in the country on Wednesday 22nd September 2010. They comprise of Senior Government officials as well as other personalities that are manning the Liberian Mines sector. They include: Peter Norman, Sam T. Jackson, A Kpandel Fayiah, Dr. Fodee Kromah, Albert T. Chie, Gesler E. Murray, Emmanuel O. Sherman and Rexford C. Sartuh.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:19

NEWS : Local News
Six Sierra Leone Ministers Given Assets Ultimatum
Sierra Leone’s anti-graft body on Saturday gave six government ministers an ultimatum of seven days to declare their assets, or face a fine or imprisonment. “The six ministers who have not declared their assets are given seven days to do that or face the consequences,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chief, Joseph Kamara told AFP.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:17

NEWS : Local News
2012 Elections declared a critical test for Sierra Leone
Giving the current tension between the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party and the opposition, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) as noted by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon in his fifth report to the Security Council on the United Nations Integrated Peace building Office (UNIPSIL) has declared the 2012 elections a critical test to Sierra Leone’s peace and stability, as the country stands the risk of slipping into violence during the elections. In his assessment of the build up to the 2012 elections, Mr. Moon noted his observation of “the potential for violence in the elections” as “high” in which regard he proposed the putting in place of “mitigating measures”.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:15

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Kailahun Court Barray Logic – Another Rejoinder
Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop) and I go back along the journalism pathways some 5 odd years. He was first brought to my attention by my Editor, Sayoh Kamara when we were setting up the Awareness Times in July 2005. Sayoh had described him as a very intelligent proof-reader so I had conducted an informal, semi-interview with Sankoh back then after which I told Sayoh that I did not have a good feeling about Mohamed Sankoh working for me. That was the end of that proposal. Fast forward to 2009 and Mohamed Sankoh commences to edit Presidential Press Secretary’s Torchlight Newspaper which newspaper had made it a hobby to write about Sylvia Blyden inside every edition. They thought that was the best way for them to help President Koroma.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:13

NEWS
Caine Prize winner Olufemi Terry gives Sierra Leone the spotlight
The Caine Prize for African writers, regarded as African Booker Prize, was born in 2000, and named in memory of the late Michael Caine, who was chairman of the Booker Prize Committee for about 25 years. Before his death, he was working on the idea of a prize to encourage the growing recognition of the worth of African writing in English, its richness and diversity, by showcasing it to a wider audience. The African fiction prize is the most prestigious of all others, offering a hefty purse of 10,000 Pounds, the equivalent of $15,000, in addition to a month residency at George Washington University, Washington DC. All expenses being paid for.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, YMCA-SL to send 75 youths on Skills Training
YMCA-SL has over the period under its Supporting Youth Livelihood and Governance project co-implemented in Sierra Leone and Liberia interviewed over 150 youths from across different communities in the Western Area, with 75 emerging as successful and they are due to be sent to various skills training institutions for the next academic year. The names o the successful candidates are on display on the notice board at the YMCA-SL headquarters at 32 Fort Street.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:09

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Two young Sierra Leoneans to attend Global Summit *Rural Agricultural Project helps Local Farmers * India Trains Sierra Leone Solar Grandmothers *Importers Blast ASYCUDA *CSWs to Form Association in Salone. *Defence Chief to Down Size the Army *Police Investigate Traffic Warden.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:07

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, New ACC Boss Gives New Life to Corruption Fight
It appears as if Sierra Leone’s beleaguered fight against corruption has been given rejuvenated and renewed life with the retrieval of Two Hundred Million Leones (US$60,000) from corrupt officials being auctioned out by the revamped team of workers at the country’s Anti Corruption Commission. This all happened within just one week of the assumption of office of the newly approved Anti Corruption Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara who on Friday, September 24th 2010 met with the press and civil society groups at the Commission’s No. 3 Gloucester Street Head office where he also announced a seven-days ultimatum for errant Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians who are yet to submit their Assets Declaration Forms as required by Law.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:05

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Between Nigeria and Sierra Leone
There exists a great amount of historical tie between Nigeria and Sierra Leone that would be difficult to be divested every time the relationship between the two countries is mentioned. As Nigeria’s 50th jubilee independence anniversary is around the corner, it is expedient to reflect on some of the areas and factors that bind the people of these two great nations together. Just like the incumbent Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to Nigeria, HE Henry Olufemi Macauley, said last year while celebrating Sierra Leone’s 49th independence anniversary, Sierra Leone and Nigeria share a strong bond of intermarriages, kinship and friendship at various levels of interaction.
Sep 27, 2010, 12:02

NEWS : Video News
Video and Text of Sierra Leone President's Address to 65th General Assembly Debate of the United Nations
Following his address to the U.N's High Level Summit on the Millenium Development Goals on Tuesday September 21st 2010, President Koroma was yesterday once again addressing the United Nations but this time delivering the country's Statement to the 65th General Debate of the Assembly of United Nations. Click above link to download the text (PDF) of the Speech delivered and watch the video of the Speech Delivery.
Sep 24, 2010, 17:17

FEATURES
Sierra Leone Trust for Children Hosting 7th Annual Fundraising Walk
A little publicised but highly successful charitable venture by seven Sierra Leoneans in Great Britain will this weekend once again sees scores of people take part in an annual event designed to help raise funds for the selfless, charitable work that these seven patriots have been engaged in within Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone War Trust for Children (SLWT) was formed in April 1999, by seven Sierra Leoneans, living and working in the UK. This was in response to the atrocities committed against children in Sierra Leone, during the country's ten year civil war. The Trustees were and still are committed to improving the welfare of war-affected children and work for the Trust on a voluntary basis.
Sep 24, 2010, 15:17

NEWS
Sierra Leone's Free Health Care a Far-fetched dream for the Women of Mile 91, Yonibana and environs... Health Center remains Dilapidated with No Drugs
The people of the strategic Northern town of Mile 91 and its environs in Sierra Leone's Central District of Tonkolili are seriously grappling with a dilapidated Community Health Center even with the Sierra Leone Government’s much touted introduction of a free health care programme. The Mile 91 Community Health Center is without beds, lacks drugs and in an environment characteristic of bushes and infested with mosquitoes. The health center unfortunately serves as a referral center for twenty-four Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) located in Yonibana, Malal Mara, and Mabang to name a few communities it is serving. The dilapidated and neglected state of the health center has made the health situation at Mile 91 and its environs more precarious and life threatening.
Sep 24, 2010, 15:16

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Zainab Hawa Bangura, Madam Minister, You are So Despicable!
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Madam Zainab Hawa Bangura is the most despicable of H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s ministers. She enjoys receiving accolades for work done by others, especially by other ministries. And with no shame on her face, she will gloat over the outcome of other people’s hard work as if they were her achievements; not even giving credit to members of her staff. Just listen to her recent BBC documentary she sought out to promote herself in. Almost every other sentence in her documented “achievements” was ‘I have done this’ and ‘I have done that’. She even included ‘I have cleaned the stinking toilets of Sierra Leone!’
Sep 24, 2010, 15:15

NEWS : Local News
“I Have Never Hit A Woman” - Chief Tony Appears in Court for Domestic Violence
Well known Nigerian businessman, Chief Tony in the early hours of yesterday September 23rd 2010, decided to grant an exclusive interview to Awareness Times newspaper following our edition hitting the newsstands about his alleged domestic violence towards his wife, Jacki Monti Tony, a French national. Chief Tony who had declined to speak to our reporter whilst at the Police station, granted an interview to this press house shortly before appearing at the Law Courts charged by the Sierra Leone Police with two counts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated against his wife.
Sep 24, 2010, 14:50

SATIRE
Awareness Times Contracts one of Sierra Leone's Best Cartoonists
Sierra Leone's highest selling and most widely read newspaper has this month contracted the services of one of the country's finest cartoonists, Mr. Momoh Jah Lappia. One of the most brilliant minds in our imagery landscape, Lappia, a retired famous footballer joins the Awareness Times team in order to bring even more entertainment value for our readers. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR ONE OF HIS CARTOONS.
Sep 24, 2010, 14:49

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Radio Democracy 98.1 Resumes Transmission Next Week… : Saboteurs threaten Staff and Management
It has emerged from very reliable indications that Radio Democracy 98.1 will recommence broadcast next week after a long spell of silence on the airwaves. This was confirmed at a joint press conference of civil society stakeholders and Board members of the radio station held yesterday, 23rd September 2010. However, indications have also emerged that saboteurs are at their best to ensure that the radio station does not come on again by their threats of intimations directed at staff members. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Davidson Kuyateh at the joint press conference yesterday.
Sep 24, 2010, 14:47

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Corpse Swept Ashore At Lumley Beach * Six Ministers yet to Declare Assets *City Council Police Call For Cooperation *Usu Boie Returns Home *ACC to Deploy Investigators at Border Posts *Conflict among Rival Clicks *PMDC Chairman Joins New Party.
Sep 24, 2010, 14:34

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, VP Sumana Commissions Small Arms Head Office
Vice President Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam Sumana yesterday, 23rd September 2010 commissioned the head office of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons situated at the Old Ministry of Defense Building, State Avenue in Freetown. In his welcome address the Commissioner of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Brig (Rtd) Leslie M. Lymon noted that the journey that has brought them so far was not undertaken by the staffs of the Commission alone, as it was undertaken with both the material and moral support of certain personalities, institutions and organizations.
Sep 24, 2010, 14:31

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Civil Societies Raise Concern over State Budget
A cross section of civil society organizations in Sierra Leone have raised concerns over the implementation of the national budget and how information about the processes involved in its preparation can be accessed to enhance transparency.
Sep 24, 2010, 14:30

NEWS
Sierra Leone Plagued by Joblessness - President Koroma
NEW YORK (AP) _ The president of Sierra Leone said Wednesday September 22, 2010 that his country remains plagued by joblessness among young people, but expressed hope for a small, experimental business project as a possible way out of the country's dismal poverty.
Sep 24, 2010, 08:54

NEWS : Local News
Armed Robbers on the rampage in Sierra Leone… Stab 6 at Leicester Road
The spate of armed robbery with aggravation in the Western Area seem to be stepping up in recent times, the latest being an armed robbery attack at No. 87C Leicester Road on 18th September 2010 which left six people with serious knife wounds who are currently admitted under critical conditions at the Connaught Hospital. According to the Community Chief at Leicester Road, the armed robbers numbered five, dressed in black masks stormed the community at around 3:00 am with variety of offensive weapons including guns.
Sep 24, 2010, 02:44

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone's Uncouth Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura Gets Reaction from Civil Servants
...as if that justifies her continuous attempts to hide her personal insecurities, uncouth manners and lack of self-confidence via the use of abrasive intimidation of the like she displayed towards her staff over the BBC Broadcast. Well, it seems that just as she thinks little of senior Government civil servants so also do they reciprocate towards her in like manner. She is the brunt of jokes of many Sierra Leoneans (both in and out of the civil service) who have long ago seen through her severe insecurity issues, inferiority complex and self-confidence deficit.
Sep 23, 2010, 22:17

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Embarrassing President Koroma Beyond The Limit (CULLED FROM SENATOR NEWSPAPER OF FREETOWN)
President Koroma cannot but feel ashamed now that almost everyone that matters would have known by now that what was published in the so-called Newstime Africa was simply garbage. At best, it is the figment of Ahmed Kamara’s imagination and at worst a stark outright lie; and bringing the name of Sylvia Blyden into his muddle just made matters worse, because Ahmed might not have known that Sylvia Blyden eats, drinks, sleeps and walks INTEGRITY; unlike a good number in President Koroma’s government. So if someone uses her name to tell lies, then you can be assured she would not rest until she has made it categorically clear that she was/is not party to whatever lies are being bandied about for selfish reasons. Next time, Mr. Ahmed Kamara would know better.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Chief Tony in Police Net for Alleged Wife Beating
The well known Nigerian business tycoon operating in Sierra Leone, Ezubundun Chinyere commonly known as Chief Tony is presently in detention at the Lumley Police Division on allegation of domestic violence perpetrated against his wife. According to information gathered from the police, Chief Tony was invited by the Lumley Police on Tuesday, 21st September 2010 to answer to allegations made against him by his wife Jackie Monti Tony, a French national, that he (Chief Tony) beat her up and sprayed an insecticide (Shelltox) in her face at their 26 Spur Road residence in the west end of Freetown.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:29

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘Poda-Poda’ Somersaults Over Congo Cross Bridge
A 19-seater mini-bus commonly referred to in Sierra Leone as ‘Poda-Poda’ in the early hours of Wednesday, 22nd September 2010 was involved in a gruesome accident that eyewitnesses say was due to over speeding when it somersaulted over the Peace Bridge (Congo Cross Bridge) and landed on the roof tops of dwelling houses below the bridge. According to eyewitnesses reports the vehicle that was loaded to capacity was on its way to the city centre from Congo Town when the driver lost control on approaching the bridge due to high speed. However, eyewitnesses reported that both the driver and his apprentice were lucky to have jumped out of the vehicle before it somersaulted with the passengers.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:21

NEWS : Politics
APC Councilor Commissions Mabayla Community Toilet
The Councilor for Ward 374, Abu Yassim Kanu aka Yankra on Saturday 18th September 2010 commissioned a Public toilet within the Mabayla Community constructed by Concern Worldwide, an international Non-Governmental Organization working with communities to promote health and sanitation. Addressing community people in the jam packed community Court Barray, Councilor Kanu thanked Concern Worldwide for assisting the community in the area of heath and sanitation with the construction of the toilet which he said would go a long way to ease sanitation in that community.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:20

NEWS : Local News
As BUCG celebrates 27th Anniversary: Bintumani Hotel Reopens for Business in Sierra Leone
The Bintumani Hotel, a pearl of Sierra Leone’s tourism has reopened once again for business as a fabulously resplendent place to reside and enjoy the sweets of Freetown. The magnificently well refurbished hotel seats on the hill overlooking the smiling beaches of Aberdeen and the Atlantic Ocean. It was officially re-commissioned yesterday, 22nd September 2010 by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hindolo Trye. The ceremony coincided with the 27th Anniversary of the establishment of the Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG), one of China’s first-class construction companies with the construction of the main Olympic Stadium, ‘the bird’s nest’ to its credit.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:18

SATIRE
The Monkey Man from Maforki Jungles of Sierra Leone
When an ill-bred African male is released from the Jungles near the town of of Maforki to meet others in the civilised world, he can barely hide his uncivilised monkey lifestyle regardless of how long he has lived out in the Western World. Such a monkey man usually thinks he is doing great as he tries to emulate the white man but he will always be a classic example of the fact that you can take a man out of the bush but you can never take the bush out of the Monkey Man.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:17

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Maintains Lowest Tariff Among The Rest
Zain Sierra Leone has taken the initiative in supporting the Government’s affordability drive towards achieving the ICT agenda for the country, by maintaining the lowest on-net tariff of Le.324, and slashed its off-net tariff to Le.432 for its GSM customers. It now appears that Zain has won this fight since they are the only network offering the lowest off-net tariffs and much more. The new tariff also comes with an additional benefit of free calls from 2 am – 5 am, and reduced SMS rates for on-net, off-net and International with 2 units, 3 units and 8 units respectively.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:14

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Deputy Health Minister Conducts On-the-Spot Visit to Connaught Hospital *St. Edwards Student Forges WASSCE Result * Kenema Red Cross Sensitizes TBAs *Price of Soft Drinks Shoots Up *UN Country Chief Hails Salone Youths *Businessman Denied Bail in Court * Hunter Mistakenly kills Friend *Fraudsters Arrested in Bo*
Sep 23, 2010, 10:05

NEWS : Local News
GEKO-Sierra Leone Boosts Education in the North
The German Kooperation-Sierra Leone (GEKO-SL) has over the weekend boosted the educational ambitions of over fifty under privileged children from Sanda Tiandaren and Gbendemhu Ngowahum Chiefdoms in the North of Sierra Leone. The organization donated scholarships and assorted school items to the beneficiaries of the two communities as part of their School Education Project. Speaking at the ceremony held at the Sanda Tiandaren and Gbendemhu Ngowahum Chiefdoms, the Associate Director, Isheka Turay said GEKO-Sierra Leone has been working with these communities for over 10 years in various areas of social development, noting that this year’s Education Project focuses on enhancing the children’s entering into formal education.
Sep 23, 2010, 10:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Chieftaincy Reform Team Engages CSOs Today
The Chieftaincy Reform Campaign Team that comprises of various civic organizations including Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) and Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) today organizes a day’s round table conference for Civil Society Organisations. The forum which is hosted at the Council of Churches (CCSL), King Herman Road in Freetown has as theme ‘Chieftaincy Reform-a prerequisite for public sector reform and peace consolidation.’ It aims at seeking opinions of CSOs as an allied group on the recommendations of the platform by giving them the opportunity to input into, and agree on the contents of the position paper on the review of the Chieftaincy Act 2009 and to convince CSOs in accepting the platform’s recommendations.
Sep 23, 2010, 09:59

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Foundation Donates Books to COMAHS
The Sierra Leone foundation (SLF) a registered charitable organization in the United Kingdom has donated a consignment of medical text books worth about Le.10m (Ten Million Leones) to the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone. Presenting the consignment on the foundation’s behalf, the administrative director Mr. Shebora Kamara disclosed that the good will gesture was in line with the organisation’s objectives of supporting educational programmes in the country. He said since the inception of their operations in the country in July 2005, Sierra Leone Foundation has been engaged in promoting community driven projects aimed at salvaging the needy.
Sep 23, 2010, 09:55

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, COMAHS Workers Make 3rd Appearance for Swindling Le 50M
The matter involving five people who allegedly conspired to defraud the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COHMAS) yesterday made their appearance in Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Wellington. The five accused persons, Dr. Bailah Leigh, the college’s medical officer; Eugene Leon Palmer, college accountant; Madam Martha Agatha Momoh and Mr. Emmanuel Julius Momoh both of them accountants attached to the Education Ministry and Mr. David Gibao Kapata an employee of the ministry are standing trial on two count charges of conspiracy to defraud and forgery.
Sep 23, 2010, 09:54

NEWS
Universal Periodic Review Preparation Seminar ends in St. George’s, Grenada
A preparation seminar on the preparation for the Universal Periodic Review for which Sierra Leone is slated for May 2011 ended in St. Georges, Grenada. Edward Sam Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, Cassandra Labor of the Human Rights Secretariat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and James Charles Gombay of Progressive Initiative for Disabled Youths in Bo formed the Sierra Leone delegation. The seminar was organized by the Commonwealth Office and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Sep 23, 2010, 09:41

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Domestic Violence Forces Woman to Abandon Her Estate
Aminata Kamara, a resident of 10 Gassama Street, Calaba Town in eastern of Freetown who makes ends meet by selling vegetables at Guard Street Market on Tuesday, 21st September 2010 informed Freetown Magistrate Court No. 10 that she has been forced to run away from her estate due to unbearable treatments meted on her by her fiancé, one Mohammed Bangura who is the defendant in this matter. Testifying in tears before the presiding Justices of the Peace, Mr. Koker and Mrs. Ester Graham, the complainant narrated her ordeal which she says started in 2001 when she bought a piece of land at Calaba Town from one Mohamed Lamin Fofana at the cost of Le 850,000.
Sep 23, 2010, 09:28

FEATURES
Video of President Koroma at the High Level MDG Summit at the United Nations
Sierra Leone's leading ICT and Website Consultants bring you once again this year, the 10 minutes video clip of President Koroma addressing the United Nations High Level Summit on the MDGs yesterday September 21st 2010. The video can be viewed on the Specially created website page linked immediately below.
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Sep 22, 2010, 18:17

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Statement by President Koroma at the High Level MDG Summit at the United Nations
When the MDG agenda was launched, Sierra Leone was engulfed in a decade long civil conflict. The conflict created an immense setback to human development and virtually crippled the economy. The end of the civil war in 2002 left the state very weak and absent in many parts of the country. Economic and financial management was focus largely on emergency and humanitarian activities. Economic and human development programmes were given relatively limited attention. Consequently, social indicators were worse than pre-war levels. Clearly, Sierra Leone was going in the wrong direction during the first decade of the MDG agenda.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:45

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President’s ‘Adviser’ caught in Hooliganism at FSSG
The victimization and abuse of ordinary Sierra Leoneans with impunity by certain elements of society claiming to be staunch APC members has been glaring of late, with the latest being clearly manifested yesterday 21st September, 2010 by a State House operative in the person of a Mr. Jordan Kanu attached to the Grassroots Outreach Office. This time round, the APC hooligan exported his thuggery to the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) where Mr. Jordan-Kanu who parades as one of the Special Advisers to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Grassroots Matters was heard openly abusing and intimidating one of the teachers for punishing his daughter, Mbalu Jordan-Kanu.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:24

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
CROOKED THINKING AGAIN - Dr. Sama Banya weighs into issue of APC Propaganda Stunts
Before I get to the subject matter of crooked thinking let me call the attention of readers to yet another act of desperation of the ruling APC. Everyone one is aware of Sylvia Blyden as a very successful and fearless publisher of a very popular newspaper the Awareness Times. Sylvia is fearfully independent but a fair publisher who at the same time does not suffer fools gladly. In the past she has shamelessly been vilified by the official APC mouthpieces and accused of being a member of the SLPP. No one has ever responded to her challenge for evidence that she is SLPP.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Chief Justice Tejan-Jalloh officially re-opens High Court
The Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Haja Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh on Tuesday, 21st September 2010 officially reopened the 2010 session of the High Courts of Sierra Leone commencing with a symbolic March Past Ceremony. The ceremony which was held at the Siaka Stevens Street in front of the premises of the Law Courts Building attracted many important personalities including lawyers, judges, magistrates, the Sierra Leone Police and hundreds of onlookers as the colourful ceremony unfolded.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
Civil Society Indicts Sierra Leone Government for Neglecting Youths
The Head of Programmes at the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Marcella Macaulay has further indicted the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party for neglecting the issues of youths in the country throughout their three years of governance. She made this indictment during her submission against the government on Friday, 17th September 2010 during the popular radio news and current affairs programme, ‘Tea Break’ aired over the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) radio. She was apparently reacting to massive publicity and propaganda stunts by the government with regards its achievements since it came to power in September 2007.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Deputy Energy Minister Rebukes False Allegations
The Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Hon. Martin Alex Bash Kamara has said his ministry is not responsible for the compensation of any informant of illegal connection. The minister made this confirmation on Tuesday 21st September 2010 while responding to allegations levied on him and his ministry for the payment of compensation of some ten percent of an alleged Le 64,000,000 (sixty-four million Leones) being payment of fine from an illegal connection of electricity in a hotel in Freetown some months ago.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:17

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, DMS Group Donates School Items to Rokel
DMS Group-Sierra Leone (Darcin Investments) with headquarters in the Turkish capital of Istanbul early this week presented assorted school materials to pupils of the Goderich Waldorf School at Limba Corner, Rokel Village on the outskirts of Freetown. At the presentation ceremony held on school campus, the chairman of the occasion, Sallieu Bah noted that the donation was timely given the biting economic situation in the country that do not allow parents and guardians to afford learning materials for their children.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Accountability Alert to Inject Value System in NGOs/CSOs
A newly registered international Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Sierra Leone, Accountability Alert has stated that as an organization, its membership is ready to strongly rebuild value system in the country through organizational policy of accountability and transparency among NGOS and CSOs in a bid to improve service delivery in enhancing the value for money donated by international bodies. This move is in line with the president’s call for attitudinal and behavioral change. Speaking in a press briefing held at the Campbell Street headquarters of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) in Freetown over the weekend, Accountability Alert UK based consultant, madam Jadranka Foster noted that the underlying reason for their initiative was to work in holistic and inclusive ways with donors and implementing partners such as NGOs and CSOs to make the latter especially become accountable to the people of Sierra Leone, adding that they have noticed that the grass roots are not benefiting from most of the projects implemented in the country.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kambia Police in Le 150,000 bribe scandal
Report reaching the Awareness Times newspaper yesterday, 20th September this year that Police Officers attached at Kambia has took a bride from one Mrs. Isata show the sum of Le 150,000 to release her boy that was lock in the Kambia Police Cell. According to the boy by the name Sallieu Jalloh a Pupil at the Albert Academy told the Awareness Times that on the 15th September 2010 coming from Guinea heading to Freetown approaching Kambia check point he said they get closer to the check point 4 Police Officers which name are unidentified without putting there tag but one of them show his number as 6565 stop the vehicle and asked the driver by the name of Chernor a Guinea driver to come down and talk to them he also said the driver call him in French to come an assist him as Le is not familiar with Krio and he went there asking the 4 officers the problem and they asked him who is he and he reply that he is a Sierra Leobean and a pupil of at Albert Academy Senior Secondary School and he is passenger who also onboard the vehicle as he just coming from holiday in Guinea and coming home in Freetown.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 58-Year Old Ex-Service Man Rapes 9 & 13-Year Olds
An ex-service man identified in court as Santigie Kamara alias 'Uncle Jay Jay' aged 53 years has been arraigned before Magistrate Court No. 3 for allegedly raping two underage girls. According to the particulars of offence, Pa Santigi Kamara on diverse dates in the month of January 2010 at No. 20 Savage Square in separate instances allegedly raped the two girls, aged 9 and 13 years respectively. He is standing trial on four count charges of abuse of young girl and indecent assault.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*President Reassures NRA *New IG Talks Tough *Residents Live Beneath Boulders in Koidu *Armed Robbers Attact Brookfields Residents *Bo Calls for Mental Home *Sea Accident Claims 2 lives, 3 injured *Lactating Mother Slammed Jail Sentence *Magbenteh Hospital gets $150,000 worth Solar Power.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Okada riders rob Awareness Times Reporter
A commercial bike rider in connivance with two others on Monday, 20th September 2010 at about 1:00 am robbed one of Awareness Times’ Reporters, Augustine Samba at Rokel Street off Circular Road in Freetown. According to Samba, the rider, whom Samba had hired to take him home at Fort Street after the day’s work, rode with him to Rokel Street after the former had pleaded with the latter that he wanted to drop something to somebody along Rokel Street. Since it was raining and difficult to get a taxi-car to his destination, Augustine agreed with him and they rode off not suspecting that the rider was up to some mischief.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Staff Mission to Sierra Leone
The global recession is adversely affecting Sierra Leone. Economic growth is slowing down and foreign exchange inflows have declined considerably due to a decline in export proceeds and remittances from abroad. This shortage of foreign exchange has led to a marked depreciation of the Leone against the US dollar in 2009. Despite the challenging economic environment, the authorities have pursued appropriate fiscal and monetary policies, and the Bank of Sierra Leone has aptly conducted limited interventions in the foreign exchange market to smoothen out short-term fluctuations.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
The National Bi-Lateral Budget Discussions Concludes But With Numerous Concerns From Non State Actors
The government of Sierra Leone signed a financing and grant agreement in August 2009 for the Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP). The Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) was introduced in Sierra Leone for determining the available financial and allocation of resources in line with government priorities. The IPFMRP has a component for Non State Actors (NSAs) to provide oversight of budget management, accounting, procurement, revenue and tax policy and transparency in the management of public funds. Budget Advocacy Network and other NSAs recently participated in the bi-lateral budget discussions with Ministries/Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2011 to 2013. A consultative meeting was held NSA’s to propose actions highlighting key observations and recommendations.
Sep 22, 2010, 17:00

NEWS
Pictorial : President Koroma arrives in New York for UN General Assembly
Sierra Leone’s President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma arrived in New York late yesterday evening to attend the United Nations General Assembly. The private plane that brought the President and his party landed at Teteboro Airport in New Jersey at exactly 7:45pm . The President ’s delegation included the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma ; the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji I.B. Kargbo ; State Chief of Protocol, Mr. Alusine Sesay; Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Private Sector Adviser to the President; Ms. Razia Bash-Kamara, TV Program producer; Mrs. Yvonne Tagoe, Executive Secretary to the President; Mrs. Musu Dao, Lady-In-Waiting to the First Lady; Mr. Claudius Beckley, TV Cameraman; Mr. Ibrahim Sesay, Security and Ibrahim Grass-Sesay, Head of Operations of the Office of the First Lady.
Sep 21, 2010, 11:43

NEWS
Embarrassment as Sierra Leone President's Propagandist Manufactures Support from Key News Publisher
As if all the discordant ‘Vuvuzela’ noise in Freetown and other Sierra Leone towns was not enough, the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) through Newstime Africa, one of their unlicensed and unregistered propaganda outlets on the Internet seem to be desperate to seek endorsement from the wider Sierra Leone populace in the Diaspora with an inane attempt to use the name of the popular but fiercely independent Publisher of this medium to promote the APC Leader and Head of State, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. Ahmed Kamara, one of the London based propagandists for Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday Monday September 20th 2010 caused quite a stir when he purported to have published material he claimed was authored and granted to him by Publisher Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden with a screaming headline. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS.
Sep 21, 2010, 11:17

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘Jealous’ Sister accused of setting Brother Ablaze
One Mr. Abdul Wahab and his wife, Mbalu Kanneh both resident of a house located in the Kissy Brook community, east end of Freetown, were victims of an inferno which claimed their house on Sunday, 19th September, 2010. Both victims are currently admitted at the Rokupa Satellite Hospital and are responding to treatment. A younger sister of the victim, identified as Salamatu Bolaroh of the same address is being highly suspected by family members for causing the fire. An elder brother of both victim the suspect, Alusine Kamara who spoke to this medium, was emphatic in his accusation of Salamatu, stating that she may have done what she allegedly did out of jealousy. WARNING! THE PHOTOS ACCOMPANYING THIS ARTICLE ARE GRISLY!
Sep 21, 2010, 11:14

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's Leicester Road Community Hails SLPP Philanthropist
Residents of Leicester Road have expressed appreciation over the expressed intention of one of the sons of the soil to reconstruct the road linking Tree Planting to Berry Street. Edward D. Ernest Coker an intending candidate of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in the forthcoming Parliamentary election in 2012 had disclosed to the community people this intention on the note that the community was suffering unnecessarily due to the absence of a good road linking the community with the greater Freetown.
Sep 21, 2010, 11:11

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, W.A.N.E.P ends Annual Meeting in Makeni
The West Africa Network for Peace Building-Sierra Leone (W.A.N.E.P-SL) on Saturday 18th September 2010 concluded a two-day Annual General Meeting (AGM), the 9th in a series at the Abbati Hall, Fatima Institute, University of Makeni on the theme: ‘Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Change-Rebuilding Hope’. In his opening remarks, the W.A .N.E.P Coordinator, Edward Kingston Jombla welcomed the delegates informing them of the changes in the usual business of holding the AGM for only a day. He informed that this year’s meeting will last for two days to be characterized by thorough deliberations on issues hinging on the welfare of members and sustenance of the network.
Sep 21, 2010, 11:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* DE-VAULT (Jay Bees) Night Club on Fire * Dr. John Kerefa-Smart Laid to Rest * Grave Threat to Chimps Population in Sierra Leone *Ghanaian 419er Dupes Farmers *Sierra Leone Experiences Guinean Refugees *Mines Ministry Challenged *Lawyer Jenkins-Johnston Takes Over Ambassador Wife’s Case *Another Sea Collision Claims Two.
Sep 21, 2010, 11:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UNFPA Engages Religious Leaders on Gender and Maternal Health
The UNFPA Sierra Leone Country Office in collaboration with their Africa and Sub-Regional Offices in Dakar and Johannesburg and the Government of Sierra Leone on Monday 20th September 2010 commenced a-five-day workshop for religious leaders from various Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), representatives of Civil Society Organizations and UNFPA staff and partners from all over Africa on strengthening partnership with Faith Based Organizations for the Promotion of Gender Equality and Maternal Health at the Taia Hotel in Freetown. About 100 participants were drawn from over 35 African countries to take part in the forum.
Sep 21, 2010, 10:44

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Civil Society Engages Members on Road Safety
In an effort to complement government’s community sensitization drive on road safety, Coalition of Civil Society for Peace and Development (CSOPAD) has conducted training exercise for fifty (50) members drawn from the different organisation that comprise the coalition in the Bombali District. The session which took place on Friday 17th September, 2010 at their No. 6 Mabanta Road Office in Makeni targeted grass root civil society organizations, focused on road safety and leadership capacity building. The training it self came as a sequel to the many recent road accidents along the highways in the Bombali District, and it was expected to empower community members on the importance of road precautions.
Sep 21, 2010, 10:42

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NaCSA Assembles Contractors in Makeni
With funds jointly provided by the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL), the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has started a six-day training programme for a total of 240 contractors and unskilled workers to capacitate and empower them in delivering quality construction works bided on ADB projects. Giving an overview of the training at the Fatima Hall last week, the Community Infrastructure Project Manager Sorie Mansaray stated that the exercise was part of their public work component because the speedy development and successful completion of every good construction depends on the knowledge and commitment of the contractors.
Sep 21, 2010, 10:35

NEWS : Photo News
Sierra Leone Lays Dr. John Karefa Smart to rest in Rotifunk
A pictorial display of the Sunday September 19, 2010 funeral and final internment of one of the giants of past and contemporary Sierra Leone politics, Dr. John Albert Musselman Karefa-Smart (RIP). PLEASE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE FOR THE PHOTOS.
Sep 20, 2010, 17:49

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Youth blast Government: "Na so, so Alaki nor mor!"
As the All People’s Congress (APC) party celebrated over the weekend three years of being at the helm of the governance of Sierra Leone, youths across Freetown have expressed utter dissatisfaction over what they call “meaningless wasteful spending of money on public relations stunts and propaganda to make people believe that they have done sweet something;” while the majority of Sierra Leoneans bask in poverty and hunger. The youth have vowed to teach the APC a good lesson come 2012 “if no move is made by them to improve their lots as human beings.”
Sep 20, 2010, 12:17

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone's President claims "Great Achievements" after three years in office
President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has described his three years in office as “great” in terms of his successes over the period. He said he has over the period learnt more, with more experience in running the office of Presidency. He was speaking in an interview on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on Saturday, 18th September 2010 to mark his three years anniversary.
Sep 20, 2010, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma & Ministers Dodge The Press
Minister I.B. Kargbo distributed to amused journalists what he said were "Report Cards" of the five 'Priority Ministries' over the period under review. No questions were allowed to be asked on the "Report Cards" since the Minister said most of the substantive Ministers were not available to respond. The general assumption among pressmen at the end of the day was that, scores on the report cards for the respective priority ministries may have been made up and the ministers were in no mood to face embarrassing questions over what may have been cooked up, for which they all cleverly decided to stay put in their various locations and leave the Press Conference to be properly labelled as a Mumu Press Conference.
Sep 20, 2010, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* RCSL Calls on Government to Support War Orphans * IG Warns Police Officers *HFAC Distributes 30 motorcycles to Health Monitors *Morgan Heritage Arrives in Sierra Leone *SLEMCO To provide 2,500 jobs for Youth *Vice President donates to Kono Muslim *COMAHS Gets New Provost * LAWCLA Opens Constituency Offices in Kenema District.
Sep 20, 2010, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UBA Bank holds 3rd Jogging-to-Bond Exercise
One of the leading banks in Sierra Leone, United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Saturday, 18th September 2010 engaged in what it dubs as ‘Jogging-to-Bond Exercise which entailed free jogging of members of staff, their family members and a cross section of customers and well wishers. It is the third in a series and the exercise took the joggers from the Bank’s Headquarters at Charlotte Street to the National Stadium in Freetown. Speaking to this medium, the Managing Director-UBA-SL, Soni Anwal noted disclosed that the Jogging-to-Bond Exercise is aimed at enhancing the physical wellbeing of its staff, and to relax their minds and brains to ensure their efficient output. He noted the difficult and complex nature of working in a bank, which he admits occupies the human mind and brain which he says are integral organs of a human being.
Sep 20, 2010, 12:08

NEWS
Professor Eldred Jones & H.E. Eddie Turay Launch 'JOLLIBOY!' Book in Freetown & London
Retired Principal of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Professor-Emeritus Dr. Eldred Durosimi Jones and Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Britain, His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay have respectively launched the Autobiography of 90 years old Sierra Leonean politician Solomon Pratt in two separate events; the second held in Freetown yesterday Sunday 19th September 2010 and the first held a week earlier in Britain on September 12th 2010. The autobiography book called "JOLLIBOY - A Most Un-Ordinary African Boy" was launched at St. Mark's Church Hall in Mitcham, London at a jam-packed occasion that saw attendees from all walks of life, all political and social strata and from all over Great Britain in attendance. H.E. Eddie Turay told the gathering that he cut short a trip to Germany to fly over back to London so he could be present to "honour and hail a living legend from Sierra Leone". CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS.
Sep 20, 2010, 12:00

FEATURES
TRIBUTE to Sierra Leone's Dr. John A. M. KAREFA-SMART. (MD. MPH)
Here born in a poor family in a rather small Country a child that was way ahead of his time or for those of us who knew him VERY WELL; rather late for his time. For Doc.; (as we affectionately refer to him) would have been well-suited & comfortable in the Puritanical reigns of Elizabethan 1 England or participated in the great debate for the Reformation in Europe in the 17th. Century, when he would have rub shoulder with the likes of Martin Luther and others.
Sep 18, 2010, 14:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, City Council Police Bites Man for Tax
The attitude of some personnel of the Freetown City Council Municipal Police have started worrying residents of the Municipality given that force is now not enough as a means to collect local tax revenue, but have resorted to beating and biting their targets in apparent manner of vampires and zombies. This was apparent on Wednesday 15th September 2010 about mid-day when about seven of the FCC police personnel in demanding a tax receipt from one Bangalie Kargbo was pounced on, beaten and was also bitten by the officers.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Cleaners barricade mental home
Work at the country only Psychiatric Hospital commonly known as ‘Kissy Mental Home’ was brought to an abrupt standstill when cleaners barricaded the main entrance of the building as a way of protest for them not being paid for the past three months. The strikers prevented doctors, nurses and other workers from entering the hospital premises and were manifested determination to cause chaos. One of the aggrieved cleaners who identified himself as Joseph Saidu informed Awareness Times late yesterday that they resorted to their action as a last resort being that they had made several representations to their employer whose name he gave as Mr. Edgerton an APC stalwart for their salaries to be paid but to no avail.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:26

NEWS
Cambridge University Honours Justice Fofanah
Honourable Justice Abdulai Sheikh Fofanah, Judge of the High Court of Sierra Leone has received an award from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. The Sierra Leonean Judge was honoured after presenting a paper at the 28th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crimes which took place at the University between 5th to 12th September this year.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Condolence Book for Dr. Karefa Smart opens in State House & Parliament
President Ernest Bai Koroma has on Wednesday opened two Books of Condolence at State House and Parliament respectively in honour and memory of the late Sierra Leone political legend, Dr. John Karefa Smart. The activities marked the beginning of a series of funeral rites ahead of the late man’s State Burial at his home town of Rotifunk over the weekend. A vigil was also held in his memory the same evening at the Miatta Conference hall were tributes were made by a variety of people from the wide spectrum of the Sierra Leone society.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:21

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Bo School Celebrates Foundation Day *Action Aid Meets with Disaster Management Team *NACSA Trains 200 contractors *ACC gets new Commissioner.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone's President Koroma to Receive MDG Award
President Ernest Bai Koroma has been marked to receive an award at the United Nations during the Organization’s General Assembly meeting scheduled for 20th-22nd September 2010 in recognition of his government’s outstanding leadership commitment and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal Six. The Goal Six which is combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases have been found out by the world body as successful in Sierra Leone through political will from the Presidency, and collaborative efforts made by the National HIV/ AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in the Office of the President.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:12

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
What Will It Take to Achieve The Millennium Development Goals?
For those living in poverty, the Millennium Development Goals have never been abstract or aspirational targets. They have offered a pathway to a better life —a life with access to adequate food and income; to basic education and health services; to clean water and sanitation; and to empowerment for women. Put simply, achieving the MDGs is about a better life for billions of people. The Goals can be achieved, and there is a range of tried and tested policies which, adapted to national contexts, can ensure progress on them.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:10

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone: Human Rights are Key to Achieving MDGs
Hawa went into labour on the evening of 18 March 2008 in a rural village in Koinadugu District in northern Sierra Leone. She went to the local health clinic to give birth, but there were serious complications. The local health worker advised her to go to Kabala hospital, a little more than 10 miles away, where more advanced care was available. But there were more problems. The health centre had no vehicle and no phone or radio to call for one, so it was up to Hawa to find her way there. Her family immediately began collecting money to pay for transport and looking for a means to get her to the hospital.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:08

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Three Years of Political Controversy Under President Koroma
Politically, President Ernest Bai Koroma assumed power in 2007 in controversy and he has since been ruling controversially. This is why he has been fighting desperately for recognition beyond his ethnic and party constituencies in the past three years. The extent to which he has succeeded in building his clout as a leader of national character, as his predecessor Ahmad Tejan Kabbah once was, is still much to be desired. The presidential election results which Christiana Thorpe proclaimed on September 17 2010 that Koroma had won were announced in the middle outrage and resignation of two of the country’s four regional election commissioners (50%) which was controversial.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:06

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Ernest Bai Koroma: A President Of “Firsts” in Sierra Leone
It is quite amazing how the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is hyper-desperate to claim ownership of projects which are now being done by the Koroma administration. The question, as I see it, which sensible citizens should now be asking is this: if the SLPP had initiated or completed all these projects then why did the people of Sierra Leone asked for regime change in 2007? Sierra Leone is not a nation of sheep. For a group of people to be now arguing or claiming that they left Bumbuna 90% complete; that they were making the roads nationwide; that they had improved on agriculture; that they had improved on education, and that they had done all the things which the Koroma administration has now done means that they are subtly accusing majority of Sierra Leoneans who voted in President Koroma of ingratitude.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Ernest Bai Koroma 'Turns the Economy Around' in Sierra Leone
SEPTEMBER 17 ON THE DOT: Exactly three years ago today, newly sworn-in President Ernest Bai Koroma promised to turn Sierra Leone’s economy around in 36 months. Right on target, he has succeeded in turning it around. But not for the better! The results are for everyone to feel - escalating price hikes with a rapid decline in earned local currency power to purchase basic needs. There has been an accelerated decline in real incomes which now amounts to heightening costs of living and steep slump in living standards.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Speech by Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma on his Third Anniversary in Office
...We have initiated the Free Health care Initiative for Pregnant Women, Breast feeding mothers and children under five. Now the turn around is well underway in the health sector. There has been an increase of over 70% in institutional delivery since the launch of the free health care initiative; more women and children are accessing health services than ever before. Now, all over Africa, countries are following our footsteps by committing themselves to free health care for mothers and children. This month our country will be receiving the MDGs award for the leadership we are showing in combating HIV/AIDs Malaria and other diseases.
Sep 17, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Government Backs Miss ECOWAS 2010
The government of Sierra Leone is said to have strengthened its commitment to the forthcoming Miss ECOWAS 2010 to be hosted in Sierra Leone in November this year according to the Salonejamboree an online arts and entertainment website. Sources at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture told salonejamboree that a special planning committee has been set up for the event, which the government sees as a unique opportunity to showcase the beauties and potentials of the country. The event usually attracts West African policy makers including Presidents, Ministers of Government and ECOWAS top brass as well as international and local artists.
Sep 17, 2010, 16:28

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
President Koroma’s Three years has been a mere ‘Vuvuzela’ Noise in Sierra Leone
The Vuvuzela is a plastic instrument used and popularized by South Africans to give pomp and fanfare to their sporting activities mostly football, as epitomized during the recently concluded World Cup Tournament held in South Africa-the first on the African Continent. It is deafeningly noisy with form of anachronism and concordance. Noises from vuvuzelas are discordant, inordinate and have no musical rhythm that can be of interest to the heart and soul. This instrument however, is now synonymous to football as it has been sold to almost every part of the globe and indeed it is now part of us in Sierra Leone, thanks to Zain one of Sierra Leone’s mobile companies.
Sep 17, 2010, 16:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered joins the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
One of the leading Banks in Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Bank, on 14th September 2010 - joins the ranks of 47 leading companies on corporate sustainability, having received a place on the coveted Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) 2010. The bank was recognised for its high performance in stakeholder engagement, human capital development, risk and crisis management, financial inclusion and climate change governance. This was revealed in a press release. According to the release its states that the DJSI World is the most highly regarded sustainability index among the investor community.
Sep 17, 2010, 16:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Police Brutalize Senior Lotto Staff
A team of five police officers yesterday unleashed brutality on the Assistant Internal Auditor of the Sierra Leone Lotto Company, Sheka Sannoh for allegedly parking his jeep at a space designated by the police at the time as ‘no parking area’ which is in the frontage of his Bathurst Street office. The police officers from the Central Police Division reportedly molested and beat up Mr. Sannoh after dragging him from his red colour jeep. He was later bundled into a waiting police van and driven to the Central Police Division where he was detained for several hours.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Commonwealth Workshop on Budgetary Monitoring & Reporting starts
The Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Centre for Policy and Development (CPD) yesterday, Wednesday 15th September 2010 started a three-day training workshop for media practitioners and members of civil society groups on sustainable monitoring and reporting on the budgetary process in Sierra Leone at the Bamoi hotel in Freetown. This is phase II of the workshop, the first phase being held sometime in February 2008.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Over 150,000 Client Registered with Splash Mobile Money
One of the leading mobile money transfer companies in Sierra Leone, Splash Mobile Money has registered over 150,000 clients across the country in their first year of operation. This was relayed to the press in a meeting between a select media houses and members of the management team of the company yesterday at the company’s Wilkinson Road Head Office in Freetown.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, British Council to Discuss Youth Violence on International Peace Day
As the world celebrates International Peace Day on 21st September, the British Council in Freetown will be organising a three-day stakeholders’ workshop at their auditorium from the 21st to 23rd September. The workshop is a continuation of similar ones recently held in the provincial cities of Bo, Kenema and Makeni as part of efforts to stem the tide of violence permeating the Sierra Leone society, especially among young people. Speaking on the programme to the press, British Council country Director, Louisa Waddingham said “as a cultural relations organisation, the British Council aims to promote co-existence, co-operation, mutual respect and understanding in the country.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:22


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