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NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone tourists to build their own eco-resort
(CULLED FROM CNN WEBSITE) — For many people, the name Sierra Leone still conjures up images of the country’s decade-long civil war and subsequent war crimes trials. However, eight years after the end of the war, the country is hoping that tourism will be the key to its future prosperity.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Iron Ore Discovered at Tunkia Chiefdom *UNICEF Donates to Eastern Radio * Minister Hands Over Diamond Area Development Fund *Le 10 Million for Kenema Pupils * Baboon Rapes Woman to Death *3 Days Communication Training for Police and Prisons *Finance Minister Opens Budget Policy Hearings *Shortage of Essential Drugs in Moyamba Government Hospital.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 76 Subscribers Grab Africell ‘Find the Missing Treasure’ Prizes
One of the leading GSM providers in Sierra Leone, Africell-Lintel on 1st September 2010 presented over Le.17 Million to about 76 lucky winners of the ongoing ‘Find the Missing Treasure’ Promotion at the company’s Wilberforce headquarters in Freetown. In his presentation, the Head of Section Event and Sponsorship Mr. Arthur B. Kallon noted that they consider each and every subscriber of Africell as part of their family which is one of the reasons why they are always organizing promotions to build up the lives and expectations of their subscribers.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:08

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Association Of Archivists, Librarians And Information Professionals (SLAALIP)
The attention of the Association has been drawn to a ‘letter’ in the July 29 edition of one of the local tabloids insinuating that the Association is engaged in discussion of national politics. This is absolutely unfounded and malicious, intended to distract the Association from its serious objective of working towards the improvement of professional standards within the library and information profession. This is what it has been engaged in doing over the years. SLAALIP is a completely professional body.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PRESS Release Concerning Closure of the LWF Sierra Leone Program
The Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) has been operating a humanitarian and development aid program in Sierra Leone since 1999, at the invitation of and in close cooperation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone (ELCSL) and the Government of Sierra Leone.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SLAJ urges Government to follow Uganda’s example
Freetown – Uganda’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s Seditious Libel Law is inconsistent with Freedom of Expression which is guaranteed by its constitution. The five-member panel said the law did not fall within the acceptable limit of free speech and struck seditious libel off the country’s law books. This is exactly what SLAJ was trying to prove when in February 2008 the association took a similar move to have our Supreme Court do what their Ugandan counterparts have done.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Commonwealth Forum For Government Ministers And Senior Civil Servants
The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) in collaboration with the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat will be organizing a three-day forum of Government Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the priorities and operations of Government with a view to, amongst others, understanding the importance of leadership roles, negotiation skills values that are required for the achievement of our national development objectives.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Relief for APC as Koinadugu Chiefs Forgive Party Strongman
Yesterday ended the month of August but it also saw what could possibly be the end of a longstanding problem that had been giving the ruling APC party some quiet headaches. It is reported that when his Minister of Internal Affairs & Local Government reported that the brou-ha-ha that had threatened to split the APC party’s support within Koinadugu District has now been resolved, President Koroma, who also doubles as APC Leader, heaved a sigh of relief. The resolution of the Koinadugu impasse was done with the intervention of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government & Rural Development, Hon. Dauda Kamara and his ministry officials and resulted in district stakeholders in the largest district in Sierra Leone yesterday publicly burying the hatchet following the APC Strongman and Local Council District Chairman, Councillor Bayuku Conteh going down on his knees to beg for forgiveness from the Koinadugu Paramount Chiefs.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
As they pay Le230,000,000 in cash... SLPP Aspirants thank Awareness Times
A significant number of the 23 successful aspirants for the SLPP Flagbearer position have told Awareness Times yesterday that they were very grateful to this newspaper for our independent coverage of their party’s activities over the past few years. However what also came out very clearly from many of those who had been formerly recalcitrant to pay a non-refundable deposit to the party, was the fact that one of our recent news articles jolted them into realising they had been on the wrong path. Many aspirants now report that our last month’s article on how the failed SLPP Freetown Mayoral candidate for 2008 Elections had published a pamphlet calling for the party to take steps to avoid nominating men and women of straw (i.e: penniless) to contest elections, had made them realise the importance of what the party’s Executive had been trying to do with their laid-down Rule for non-refundable deposits.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Kadi Sesay & Alpha Timbo Resign to Contest Presidency
The erudite and charming erstwhile Deputy Leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, Dr. Kadi Sesay and the smart and eloquent erstwhile SLPP Assistant Secretary-General, Lawyer Alpha Timbo, yesterday August 31st 2010 have both tendered their resignations from the SLPP National Executive in order for them to qualify for the position of Flagbearer/Presidential Candidate for the party in the 2012 Elections. They will be contesting against each other in a contest slated for next March 2011 for which a total of 23 aspirants have now passed the preliminary stage for contesting. Both of them are amongst the leading candidates so far who have a well-structured Campaign team in place advocating for them.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As Agric Min Concludes District Launchings… ‘Farm For Bizness’ Gathers Steam
Sierra Leone’s district headquarter towns were agog with activity last week when the Minister, Deputy Minister-2 and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security entered the districts to simultaneously carry out well coordinated official launchings of the country’s new five year flagship programme on agriculture – the Smallholder Commercialization Programme (SCP), dubbed ‘Farm for Bizness.’ The exercise which among other things sought to raise awareness among Sierra Leonean farmers succeeded in igniting positive reactions and a sense of ownership from rural folks who appeared quite inclined to move from the rather non-profitable subsistence system of farming to commercialized farming where they could raise their income levels and contribute to the general growth of the economy.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 100 Women Receive Training in Forestry Management
One Hundred (100) women have successfully graduated in forestry management in Kamakwie, northern Sierra Leone after a two-day intensive workshop organized by a non governmental organization, Young Green Women-Sierra Leone (YGW-SL). The training which targeted women between the ages of 18 and 35 was based on the topic ‘Sustainable Forestry Management for Community Development and Participation.’ The training facilitator, Mr. Santigie Momoh stressed to participants the importance of sustaining the forests, citing the Otamba Kilimi National Park that serves as tourist attraction as an example of the benefits for preserving our forests.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
Lawyer Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi Assures SLPP
What their recent exercise in Declaration of Intent has proven is that the main opposition party in Sierra Leone has men and women of ‘timber & calibre’ as they say in neighbouring Nigeria. Lawyers, Engineers, Medical Doctors, University Lecturers, former Cabinet Ministers, Religious Leaders, a Paramount Chief, Ph.D Chemists, Administrators and other professionals have been lining up to pay the mandatory, non-refundable fee to lead the party as Presidential Candidate for the 2012 Elections. One of these great Sierra Leoneans is a Ph.D holder in Law, Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi, Esq. who in his Letter of Declaration of Intent issued yesterday stated, “In all the present circumstances of the national political situation in Sierra Leone, I assure the Party that my candidature will surely reap overall victory for it in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012”.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, PPA-SL Wants Abortion Laws Repealed
Plan Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) has called on the Government of Sierra Leone to review the existing Abortion Act. In a workshop organized by the organization at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement (GGEM) building on John Street in Freetown on Tuesday 31st August 2010 for media practitioners, the Advocacy Manager PPASL Mr. Brima V. Kamara told newsmen that the present law which governs abortion in Sierra Leone is found in the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘Zain Still Leads in Mobile Technology’- Subscribers
A prominent recharge cards retailer and a long gluer to the Zain network, Mr. Ishmeal Turay on Tuesday 31st August confided in our reporter that Zain is still leading whilst others follow in mobile telecommunication technology. Mr. Turay who was well relaxed in his kiosk at PZ said there are certain qualities in Zain which other mobile companies do not possess. He said simply put, Zain network is the best in the country. “In fact Zain in terms of network coverage is present in most places across Sierra Leone,” he opined, adding that the competition advantage over other networks puts Zain second to none.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*China Offers 23 Scholarships to Salone * Police Prosecutor Thrown Out of Court *Commonwealth to Organise Leadership Forum *New Jersey Hosts SLPP Aspirant *SLAJ Prezo Commends Africell * 50\50 President decry low Participation in Politics *Education Minister Warns Principals.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Amnesty International Co-ordinator meets with members in Kenema
The Campaigns and Growth Coordinator of Amnesty International-Sierra Leone (Al–SL), Solomon Sogbandi has told members in Kenema to voluntarily continue working for the organization on humanitarian grounds. In a meeting held at their No. 16 Sannoh Street in Kenema last weekend, Mr. Sogbandi impressed on the importance of their membership cards and the payment of subscriptions which according to him, qualified an individual to vote or to be voted for in the national general assembly.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
The 50th Independence Anniversary Committee is the sole and official entity responsible to plan and implement Sierra Leone’s 2011 Celebrations
Sierra Leone will be celebrating her 50th Independence Anniversary on 27 April 2011. The general public is hereby informed that the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations Committee appointed by His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, is the only entity officially recognized by the government of Sierra Leone with the mandate to plan and implement public events for Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations. Any organizations, associations, companies, agencies, or individuals interested in having events recognized, acknowledged by or to be a part of the official calendar must request written permission from the 50th Independence Anniversary Committee.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP's John Benjamin Commends Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie
Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin, National Leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, has yesterday commended sitting parliamentarian, Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie for the position she publicly took against the woman slated to conduct the 2012 Elections, Dr. Christiana Thorpe. Benjamin said as National Leader, it was gratifying to him that a party member could so eloquently put the precise position of the party across.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Journalists Apologise to Makeni Magistrate
Mohamed Kabba corresponding for Awareness Times from Makeni, has yesterday issued a personal apology to the Resident Magistrate in Makeni, Komba Kamanda for his article published in our yesterday edition that erroneously cited that Kamanda had discharged an alleged 35 year old rapist much to the chagrin of human rights activists in the township . The reality is that the alleged rapist had indeed been discharged by the Makeni Courts but not by Magistrate Kamanda but by an earlier Magistrate whom Kamanda replaced.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain’s Affordability Is Second To None
There is no doubt that the products and services of Zain affect the life of every Sierra Leonean. It affects the economy of this country and it affects our relationship to the outside world. The world of telecommunications from Zain has greatly evolved in the past few years, and now such facilities are available that make personal and business communication easy and effective. Zain has got tremendous capacity for transmission of digital signals over their network. They have an explosion of products in computers, in telephone equipments, in faxes, in voice mail, in all of the products that just 10 years ago we as consumers in Sierra Leone couldn’t even imagined.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
Dr. Alpha T. Wurie Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer
The former Minister of Education, Science and Technology in the erstwhile SLPP government, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie on Monday 30th August 2010 made public his intention to contest for flag bear position of the party ahead of the National Delegates’ Convention slated for 2011. The auspicious ceremony took place at the Harry Yansaneh Hall of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists [SLAJ] Headquarters, Campbell Street in Freetown. Taking the podium to make his formal declaration, Dr. Wurie revealed that the name Alpha Tejan Wurie rings a bell in both the SLPP and national circles, a household name he said that reverberates in every corner of the country whenever it is mentioned.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:20

FEATURES
Rekindling Islamic Golden Age in Sierra Leone
The Youth Arise!!! programme, “Rekindling Islamic Golden Age in Sierra Leone”, started at 10.45 a.m. (fifteen minutes after the 10.30 a.m. scheduled time; because there was a brief wait for the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque of Freetown, Sheikh Tejan Sillah) at the Bishop Broshanan Hall, Santonno House, Howe Street, in the heart of the business district in Freetown. The Islamic prayer to open the ceremony was said by Sheikh Ibrahim S. Kamara; who was dressed in pinkish-reddish lace robe, with corresponding fez cap.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:18

FEATURES
Is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a mere Expression of Western Values?
The universality of human rights is often defended by cosmopolitan scholars in light of the need for universal principles of justice to be applied cross-nationally. This ever-expanding concept of universal human right has led to the creation of countless human rights organizations whose aim is to monitor the state of human rights around the world and to prevent human rights abuses. However, not every nation appreciates the work that these organizations do. Some countries do not believe in the universality of human rights or in the primacy of what they see as a western ideology imposed on them.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UNFPA Trains 50 TBAs in Bombali
As part of their community empowerment activities within ‘Programme 18’ of the United Nations Joint Mission in Sierra Leone, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has concluded a two-day stakeholders’ planning and training workshop for 50 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the Bombali District, northern Sierra Leone, as one of the selected areas for the August/ September pilot phase of the programme. The two days’ training session that took place from the 26th to 28th August, 2010 at the Amza Hotel in Makeni catered for community birth attendants, health personnel of Primary Health Units, line Ministries, the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police and the media within the northern province.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Acute Water Shortage Hits Soja Tong
Something very unprecedented and unusual for communities living around Guma Valley reservoir areas has gripped Soja Tong in central Freetown, with the settlement living for several weeks now with acute water shortage. This appalling situation is a threat to the lives of children and women as they are forced to get up at night to go in search of water in faraway communities. A youth leader who identified himself as Sahr Musa Mondeh told our reporter that they were astonished that their community which is very close to the Guma reservoir is going without water at this time of the season.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Four Presidential Nominees Face Parliament
In line with their constitutional mandate to interview and scrutinize all presidential nominees, members of parliament on the Oversight Committee on Appointment on Friday 27th August 2010 started the process of scrutinizing the four recent presidential nominees for various appointments. The four presidential nominees included Francis Munu as the new Inspector General of Police, Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara as commissioner to the Anti-Corruption Commission, Madam Harriet K Sillah and Kabba Franklin Bangura as board member for the National Youth Commission.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Quranic Competition ends at Iranian Cultural Centre *48,000 Living with HIV * Former PMDC Strongman Turns APC Fund Raiser *Minister Warns Sand Miners *100 Police Officers leave for Darfur *Salone-London Flight Catches Fire in Mid-air.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lawyer Debunks Wealth Builders’ Claim
The legal counsel for the disbanded financial institution, Wealth Builders Network, Pious Sesay has rubbished claims made by a representative of the organization that he misled and deceived them. He said he never knew of the existence of the organization until recently when the CEO, Peter Ayilla was arrested and charged to court with the offence of operating a business without license for which he was fined and told not to operate any more in the country. “Wealth Builders called me to serve as their lawyer so my duty was to solicit on their behalf to see that their business became legal,” he told pressmen yesterday at his Lamnina Sankoh Street office.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Invitation To Press Briefing & Interactive Media Session In Freetown
All Full, Associate and Prospective Members of SLAJ and other interested Media Stakeholders are invited to a Press Conference and Interactive Session on the SLAJ National Constitution.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Official Launch of the National ICT Advisory Council
Freetown, 30th August, 2010 – The Ministry of Information and Communication wishes to inform the general public and invitees, that the proposed official launch of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advisory Council by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, 31st August, 2010 at the Taia Resort Conference Hall, has been postponed to Friday, 3rd September, 2010 at the same venue.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
ONS Leadership Still Enjoys Presidential Confidence
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT HAS NOTED WITH CONCERN RECENT MEDIA MATERIALS THAT PURPORT TO UNDERMINE THE LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SECURITY (ONS) AND THE SECURITY SECTOR AS A WHOLE.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone Christiana Thorpe is a Fraud who Forges Signatures on Documents
Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie is one of the leading aspirants for the position of flagbearer and Presidential Candidate for Sierra Leone’s main opposition party during the elections slated for 2012. She paid her mandatory, non-refundable Le10million deposit to the Party last Friday August 27th 2010, following which she gave a full-length exclusive interview to Awareness Times at her Hill Station residence. We will publish the full interview later this week. Meanwhile, here are extracts from her no-holds-barred, hard-hitting interview. When asked if her views on Dr. Christiana Thorpe had changed, she was firm in her reply.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:36

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
MORE EXTRACTS FROM CLOSING ARGUMENTS ON BEHALF OF HAJA AFSATU O. E. KABBA
It is the prosecution’s theory that the sum of Le.230,000,000.00 was handed to the Accused in Parliament. The Defence for the Accused submits that this is a crucial piece of evidence in the Prosecution’s case. The Prosecution at page 22 of the address submitted that:
Aug 30, 2010, 17:34

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLBC New Deputy Director-General Speaks to Awareness Times
The newly appointed Deputy Director General for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Mr. Sana Bernard Samura has on Saturday 28th August 2010 spoken exclusively to Awareness Times newspaper. Awareness Times travelled all the way up the northern-most District of Koinadugu where the new Deputy Director-General is an indigene and resident. Awareness Times newspaper is the only newspaper in Sierra Leone that goes regularly into Koinadugu District and our reporters are always welcomed with good hospitality.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:32

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Complains Over Northernisation
The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is continuing to lament what they see as continuation of a Northern Agenda in the operation of the country. SLPP Leader John Benjamin is complaining that the SLBC Board seems to be repeating the ‘Northernisation’ agenda of President Koroma by first recommending as Director-General, a man who grew up in Bombali, up North and then appointing an indigene of Koinadugu, up North as Deputy Director-General. According to John Benjamin, he had “nothing personal” against Sana Samura whom he said “might be fully qualified”. He however asked “why should appointments now in this country come only from the North, the North, the North?”
Aug 30, 2010, 17:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Acha Kamara is Leaving a Proud Police Force Behind
The outgoing Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Brima Acha Kamara has expressed pride in the Police Force he was leaving behind for the people of Sierra Leone in so far as their international standing in peacekeeping missions was concerned. He was speaking whilst addressing contingent of one hundred (100) police personnel of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) who yesterday Sunday August 29th 2010 left the shores of the country on a peacekeeping mission in Darfur, southern Sudan. The contingent comprised of sixty-one men and thirty-nine women, and they are expected to serve initially for the period of six months.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UNICEF Empowers Health for all Coalition Monitors
As part of their efforts to effectively monitor the ongoing Free Health Care initiative, Health for all Coalition has over the weekend distributed 53 Bicycles to all their monitors in 53 chiefdoms in the Northern Province. The distribution ceremony which took place at the coalition’s regional office in the city of Makeni drew various stakeholders including representatives of the civil society, local council and the media. In his statement, the director of the coalition, Mr. Charles Mambu gave a brief background of the composition of the coalition which he said has over 150 membership strength working with government to support the free health care service by ensuring that the process was sustainable.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Muslim Leaders Cry Foul over New Hajj Policy
Following the dramatic decision by the APC government to centralize Hajj arrangements by banning all former organizations from dealing with intending pilgrims to the Muslim holy land of Mecca, members of the Sierra Leone Hajj Committee on Saturday 28th August 2010 expressed their grave dissatisfaction, and vowed to challenge the decision if government does not include them in the process. In a press briefing convened at the committee’s, 70 Fourah Bay Road headquarters in Freetown, Chairman Alhaji Ahmed Swaray Deen informed that the decision by government was not in their interest, and that it aimed at undermining their credibility in a process they had been involved in for several years now with relative success.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Chief Imam Embraces ‘Youths Arise!’
The Chief Imam of the Freetown Central Mosque, Sheik Tejan Sillah on Thursday 26th August 2010 commended the initiative of a locally based Non Governmental Organization, ‘Youths Arise!’ for rekindling the Islamic ‘Golden Age’ in Sierra Leone. He was speaking at the formal launching ceremony of the Islamic Golden Age at Santana House in Freetown. He prayed for the organization to ever remain united in their positive search for knowledge and national development.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Lady Explains ‘WISH’ Project
The First lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma has recently explained to the public the rational behind the formation of what were now her very successful projects undertaken in her strides to combat maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Sierra Leone. Addressing her audience during the official launch of the United Methodist Church (UMC) ‘Imagine No Malaria’ campaign at the Hotel Bamoi in Aberdeen Freetown, the First Lady Mrs. Koroma said she thought it wise that good health is the most fundamental human right.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Investment Pipeline Records Success
Since the end of the Sierra Leone Investment Conference held in London in November 2009, The Sierra Leone Investment and Export Agency (SLIEPA) has recorded tremendous successes with the investment pipeline in the country flying high above 210%. This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Agency Mr. Patrick Caulker during the launch of SLIEPA’s quarterly newsletter at Tower Hill in Freetown on Friday 20th August 2010.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MMCET Students Complain College Lecturers
Students of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology have tendered a protest letter to the Anti Corruption Commission [ACC] against their tutors for allegedly extorting money from them and absenting themselves from classes without any just cause. A score of the students stormed the Awareness Times Office recently to express frustration over the manner their college authorities are treating them during which visit they presented a copy of the said letter. The letter demands the quick intervention of ACC or otherwise the situation will go beyond control and such will be difficult to address.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health ‘Balance’ Cripples
A very dramatic scenario on Friday 20th August 2010 occurred at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the Youyi Building in Freetown, when the entire ministry’s officials including the Deputy Minister ‘Balanced’ a group of irate physically handicapped persons who were being owed monies for services rendered to the Ministry. The Emerson song ‘Na for Balance’ was tactically applied by all Ministry staff as the cripples launched a fierce attack for their four months backlogs wages which the government still owes them for a contract that was awarded to them by the Vice President Sam Sumana to label or stamp the free health care drugs.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Red Cross Engages MPs on Legislative Review
In compliance with international standards which demands that every localized Red Cross Society reviews its Act by 2010, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on Friday 27th August 2010 engaged Members of Parliament on the review of their Act after 48 years of operation in Sierra Leone. In his presentation, the Acting Secretary General of the Society, Mohamed Sanusie Mansaray gave a brief history of the emergence of the organization which he said started when a business man called Henry Dunant came across victims of war while traveling in Europe in a battle between France and Austria.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLEPA Trains 25 Ozone Technicians
The Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency (SLEPA) in collaboration with the Government Technical Training Institute at Kissy Dock Yard in Freetown recently ended a two day training for members of the Refrigeration Engineering Technicians Association on how to replace ozone depleting gases to none depicting gas on a ceremony held at the institution’s campus. Addressing the trainees, the SLEPA Ozone Officer John Solomon Kamara cited that that during the 70s, two prominent scientists from the University of California recorded that certain man-made chemicals were damaging the ozone layer.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Military Impersonator Arrested in Kenema *Government in search of missing Guineans *4 Sent to Prison for Conspiracy *Women’s Group against Alcoholism *Youths Attempt at Arson at Krootown *Concern Worldwide Supports African Traditional Day *43% Increase in Diamond Export *Tension in Sanda Loko Chiefdom.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Milla Group donate to landslide victims
Milla Group Sierra Leone Ltd an industrial company that produces plastic containers has donated food, drinks, buckets and physical cash to victims of the Blackhall Road landslide victims. It could be the recalled that a mudslide occurred at Benz Garage in the east of Freetown causing two deaths and lots of injuries. Handing over the items MILLA GROUP coordinator Alhaji Ibrahim Kamara said it was incumbent on the management to console with the victims and their relative because they live in the same community where their company is located. He maintained that their donation was meant to share the plight of the victims. He informed that, the company has always come to the doors of the community with regards employment and many other concerns.
Aug 30, 2010, 17:06

NEWS
Sierra Leone Has Lost John Karefa-Smart
Honourable Dr. John Karefa-Smart, (shown in photograph), a towering national figure of legendary proportions, who is believed by his supporters as haven won the March 1996 Presidential Run-Off Elections but whom, in the interest of peaceful cohesion, decided not to challenge those 1996 results as announced, has passed away peacefully last night of August 26th 2010 at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown where he had spent the last few weeks of his life being medically cared for.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:24

SPECIAL REPORTS
Liberia’s Immigration Chief Commends Sierra Leone’s Immigration Officials
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalisation and Deputy Attorney-General of the Republic of Liberia has heaped praises on Sierra Leone Immigration officials whilst vowing to ensure he did everything possible to maintain the excellent relationship that should always exist between two countries that were not only neighbours but sister countries with similar Culture and History. Hon. Christian Clarence Massaquoi was speaking during a recent exclusive interview he granted to Awareness Times journalist Bampia James Bundu jnr. at the Immigration Headquarters in Monrovia on August 18th 2010.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:22

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Meet Mr. Sana Bernard Samura, the newly appointed SLBC Deputy Director-General
The General Public is hereby informed that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 14(1) of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) act of 2010, the Board of Trustees of the said Corporation has appointed MR. SANA BERNARD SAMURA TO THE POSITION OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF SLBC effective October 1, 2010.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Aspirants Pay One Hundred Million Leones
The race for the well coveted SLPP Flagbearer position has really heated up with aspirants falling in line to pay the stipulated initial deposit of Ten Million Leones each to a Special Bank Account before the candidate will be recognised as an aspirant. As of the close of Banking Business yesterday, August 26th 2010, Dr. Kadi Sesay, Lawyer Alpha Timbo, Engineer Usman Boie Kamara, Engineer Andrew Keili, Brigadier (rtd) Maada Bio, former Foreign Minister Momodu Koroma, former Energy Minister Emmanuel Grant, Paramount Chief Somanen Kapen II, Retired American Civil Servant Umaru Dumbuya and one other unidentified person had all paid the sum of ten million leones thus automatically swelling the Special Bank Account to the tune of Le100,000,000.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Tayyib Bah, SLPP’s Publicity Secretary Resigns
A long-expected resignation of the National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) occured yesterday when he penned down a letter stating his resignation. The Letter, as shown to Awareness Times by a source within APC Government circles, was addressed to the SLPP Chairman John Benjamin but when this paper contacted Benjamin last evening, he expressed surprise over the issue saying he had not received any such letter even though he was at the SLPP Party offices until late last evening.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Judiciary says Journalist was in Contempt
The Master of the Law Courts, Elwyn Bailor, has yesterday August 26th 2010, told this writer that the August 18th FOR DI PEOPLE newspaper article misrepresenting the age of an 18 years old convict to be a 15 years old juvenile was contemptuous of the court as it made Magistrate Shyllon appear as having jailed a mere juvenile when the person jailed was considered to be an adult at the age of 18 years. He however confessed that, Judiciary “would have preferred for the Contempt matter to have been tried by another member of the Bench rather than by Magistrate Shyllon himself”.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:14

FEATURES
Extracts of Interview with Dr Kadi Sesay in Texas!
Christian Sesay: How proud are you for your daughter, Isha Sesay? Dr. Kadi Sesay: I feel very proud. I think she has stood out to be a very professional journalist. As a mother, I feel very proud for what she has done for herself. I hope she has made Sierra Leoneans proud all over the world.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain’s ‘All Man Kin Win’ Promo Holds its first live draw Today
To continuously engage their customers and build affinity and loyalty and engender a flawless brand equity transfer, Zain will hold the first of its weekly draw in its ‘All Man Kin Win promo’ to he held live at the Kalleone Radio and transmitted through various radio stations country wide. The promotion called All Man Kin Win is a Three-in-one promotion which targets all segments of our valued subscriber base and also potential subscribers.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell Presents Prizes to 67 winners
One of the leading telecommunication companies in Sierra Leone, Africell on Wednesday 25th August 2010 presented over Le 15 Million to about 67 winners of the ‘Find the Missing Treasure’ Ramadan Promotion, at the company’s headquarters, Wilberforce in Freetown. Presenting the prizes to the winners on behalf of Africell, the Head of Event and Sponsorship Mr. Arthur B. Kallon reiterated the company’s relentlessness in honoring its social corporate responsibility over the years, and that there was no going back from that direction.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Councilor ‘Small Borbor’ Mobilizes Support for Health Center
SLPP Councilor Ibrahim Kabbah aka Small Borbor representing Ward 331 in Constituency within the Western Area Rural District has pledged the sum of Le.100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Leones) monthly to the development of the Goderich Community Health Center Councilor Kabba made this pronouncement while addressing community members from various wards within the constituency in a community development meeting held on Sunday 22nd August 2010 at the village Community Center.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone Bio Support Group Makes Le.10m Bail Out
The support group of one of the youth-favoured intending aspirants for the Position of flag bearer for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) ahead of the 2012 presidential race, Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio has made an advance payment of Le.10, 000, 000 (Ten Million Leones) to the party’s secretariat on behalf of their candidate out of the Le.50m declaration fee demanded by party executive. Presenting a paying-in-slip issued by the depositing bank to the Secretariat in a short but impressive ceremony at their 15 Wallace Johnson Street National Headquarters, Freetown on Thursday 26th August 2010, the Head of Campaign for Maada Bio, Ex-Councilor John B.S. Tucker revealed that they thought in compelling to make such a presentation to serve as a commitment to their candidate in seeing him through important required documentation processes and registration.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Mass Demolition at Crab Town- *4.5 Billion Leones for Kenema City Hall *Imminent Cabinet reshuffle Panics Ministries * Seven Day Ultimatum for Photographers *2 Return from Rota-virus Symposium *NEC Ends Consultative Meeting in Kenema * Three Players Depart for Turkey.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone Lands Minister Cautions Grabbers
The Minister of Lands, Environment and Country Planning Dr. Denis Sandy has cautioned land grabbers that government plans to properly streamline the city for future development. He made this disclosure on 26th August 2010 at the government weekly press briefing held in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Information and Communication in Freetown. Dr. Sandy made a clear spell out of his ministry’s stance in ensuring that by December this year nobody would be allowed to construct or live in disaster prone areas in the western area.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Breaking News
Another SLPP Executive Member Resigns... Tayyib Bah Calls it Quits
Mr. Tayyib Bah, the elected National Publicity Secretary of the Sierra Leone People's Party has resigned from office today August 26th 2010 citing a number of reasons. More details in tomorrow's edition.
Aug 26, 2010, 22:47

NEWS : Breaking News
Sierra Leone's John Karefa-Smart Passes Away
Sierra Leone's Dr. John Karefa-Smart has passed away peacefully this evening at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown. He died at 20:25GMT with all the members of his immediate family gathered around him shortly after his dear wife conducted episcopal prayers. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Full details in tomorrow's edition.
Aug 26, 2010, 22:40

NEWS : Politics
APC Has Failed PMDC & Sierra Leone Women
The Women’s Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Madam Rosalyn McCarthy has told the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation’s Women’s Programme hosted by Haja Kadi Johnson yesterday August 25th 2010 that “the APC has disappointed us”. Pressed further as to what she meant, she explained that when the PMDC was signing the alliance with the ruling All People’s Congress three years ago, they outlined certain policies that it was expected the APC-led Government would strictly abide with and one of these, she said concerned Women’s issues.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:16

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone’s Useless Internet Service
I see some excitement with Minister I.B. Kargbo making some sounds of pride over the so-called first position that Sierra Leone scores in some questionable Poll conducted by some obscure entity who have probably never had to suffer the pains of trying to access the Internet from within Sierra Leone. I really do not know what people are being gleeful over. We are living in the Dark Ages in this country as far as Internet Access is concerned and the Communications Minister should actually be hanging his head in shame than showcasing what he believes is a source of pride!
Aug 26, 2010, 17:14

FEATURES
Journalist Cries Out Against ‘Tyranny’ in Judiciary
A young promising Sierra Leone journalist has cried out for help from what seems to be a developing pattern of outright tyranny as practised by certain Magistrates in the Sierra Leone Judiciary. Arthwah Maddie is a journalist writing for the local tabloid FOR DI PEOPLE who was locked up on the orders of Magistrate Bankole Shyllon under highly questionable circumstances. He is not the first journalist to be subjected to such. Less than a year ago, female journalist Manjia Balema Samba was subjected to similar maltreatment at hands of a Kenema Magistrate. She was abandoned by Sierra Leone Association of Journalists despite a SLAJ AGM Resolution to probe the matter. It appears this abandonment of Manjia Balema Samba’s righteous cause by SLAJ has emboldened latest development on Arthwah Maddie.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:12

EDITORIALS
National Judiciary Deserves to be Heard
This writer has been subjected to sustained calumny from that local tabloid which seems to be determined to bring down the image of the Judiciary by any means; fair or foul. My only crime has been to own a newspaper that has publicised the Judiciary’s own side of some serious allegations that were being levied against our Judiciary only to be later proven as unfounded. It appears as if some people do not only wish to destroy the Judiciary but also intend to intimidate colleague journalists who dare to give air to the Judiciary’s own side. Thankfully, some of us are not only independent-minded but we are also thick-skinned enough to take the insults being thrown. No-one will intimidate us from defending the right of the Judiciary to be heard.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Zain Sierra Leone Offers Free Mobile Internet
The digital and data leader, Zain Sierra Leone has taken Cellular Mobile Telephone System (CMTS) technology in Sierra Leone to a more affordable step further with its recent introduction of free internet on mobile phones or WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) service for one month. This free internet service for one month will allow phones with WAP access to browse the internet in terms of searching for information - for students, browsing for football scores, logging onto facebook and much more. There are two forms of configuration (remotely and manually).
Aug 26, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As Africell Ramadan Promo benefits the public 67 People win Prizes from Africell
One of the leading telecommunication companies in Sierra Leone Africell Limited on 25th August 2010 presented over Le 15 Million to 67 winners of the Ramadan Promotion, “Find the Missing Treasure” at the company’s headquarters Wilberforce in Freetown. Presenting the prizes to the winners, the Head of Events and Sponsorship Mr. Arthur B. Kallon noted that Africell has been honouring its social corporate responsibility and that it is going to continue in that direction adding that the company has won the award of being the best mobile company in the country for the past two years.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Gruesome Road Accident Kills One *Defence Minister Calls Security Meeting *Teenage Pregnancy High In Moyamba *PDL to Contest in 2012 Elections *UNICEF Donates 12 Motorbikes to SLTU * CGG Meets Female Councilors *PPASL Engages Stakeholders on Abortion Law *Salone Scores High On Malaria Control.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Radiation Protection Seminar Ends Today
The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will today 26th August 2010 end a three day public sensitization seminar on Radiation Protection Law and Regulations at the Miatta Conference Center, Youyi Building in Freetown. The seminar which was officially opened by His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana on Tuesday 24th August 2010 attracted distinguished personalities such as honourable Members of Parliament, Facility Owners, legal practitioners, Civil Society Organizations, and journalists, who within the three day seminar, discussed the laws and regulations relating to the proper use of radiation in a bid to meet international standards and practices.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Health Minister Complains Soldier
I am constrained to formally report to you an army Officer by the name of Corporal Sheku Bao, attached to the Naval Wing of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, for smearing my character and personality. A couple of weeks ago, I was driving from the provinces to Freetown and met some young men whom I later learnt to be Military and OSD personnel who requested me to give them a ride which I graciously did on humanitarian grounds. We drove on to Kissy Road in heavy traffic.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
As Three Years Anniversary Looms... ‘Matorma’ Resumes
In less than four weeks time, H.E. President Koroma will clock three years in office. It will be three years since 17 September 2007 when he promised, on taking oath as President, that he would turn the country around within three years. Soonest he took over office, he proceeded to embark upon a campaign of sacking and abruptly removing Government functionaries from their appointed positions. So many people were removed and in such an abrupt fashion, that soon a popular refrain was coined that a ‘Matorma Devil’ was striking at perceived opponents of the President’s Agenda to turn Sierra Leone around in three years.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Maada Bio Disowns ‘Mischief’ Letter
Former military ruler in National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio has laid bare truth about the letter published in the Monday, 23rd August 2010 edition of a local tabloid which suggested that as Army Chief of Defense he had written a letter to then Head of State, Captain Strasser complaining Brigadier Kellie Conteh as Chief of Army Staff, of incompetence to lead the army during time of war. In an exclusive interview with this writer, Brigadier Bio first condemned linking of his name to, “such a mischievous act because someone somewhere is hunting Brigadier Conteh’s job.”
Aug 25, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, AIG Lenghor Vows Legal Action against Tabloid
The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in the Sierra Leone Police in-charge of Operations Morrie Lenghor has vowed to take legal action against a certain local tabloid over an article published on the front page of their Tuesday 24th edition captioned "Police Officer Questions President Koroma’s Decision". According to the article, the reporter claimed that AIG Lenghor is questioning the recent appointment of former Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Francis Munu to become the Inspector General (IG) of the Sierra Leone Police.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “Nelson Williams was due for retirement”-Paolo Conteh
The Minister of Defence, Retired Captain Paolo Conteh has told newsmen that the former CDS, Major General Nelson Williams was due for retirement for which reason he was asked by his Excellency President Koroma to proceed on terminal leave. Nelson Williams took over from Brigadier-General Sam Mboma just after the 2007 elections that ushered in the APC government. In a press release issued from the Office of the President on Tuesday 24th August 2010, the former Chief of Defence Staff was relieved of his duty and effectively replaced by Brigadier Yirrah Koroma to be the new CDS pending parliamentary approval.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:12

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation Public Notice
THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2010 THE SIERRA LEONE BROADCASTING CORPORATION WILL PUT INTO EFFECT ITS REVISED RATES FOR BOTH RADIO AND TELEVISION FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Aug 25, 2010, 17:10

EDITORIALS
We Do Not “Negotiate” for Space with Anyone!
The lead article of yesterday’s edition of a certain local tabloid alleged that one Ghanaian United Nations diplomat caught in a messy love situation was seen at the Awareness Times offices "negotiating for space" in our newspaper so he could air his own side of some unfortunate allegations published in that local tabloid. The implication of the use of the word ‘negotiating’ implies that this newspaper was involved in some sort of monetary dealings with the said Ghanaian to sell space to him.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Soldiers Land Home Peacefully
At least 125 Soldiers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) who were the first batch of the Sierra Leone Sector Reconnaissance Company that served the United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan have returned home since Monday 23rd August 2010 and have already been replaced by the second batch . In an interview with Major Alimamy B. Seisay who was the Second-in-command of the troops in Darfur, said he had a colorful experience together with his Men while serving the UN Mission. He also expressed sadness over the death of the five Soldiers who died in accident and the Female Soldier who died as a result of sickness.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Fire Destroys NRA House at Border Point * Gola Kinship Association Declares Ultimatum to Govt. * Thieves Rob Senior Lecturer * 9 Charged for Unregistered SIM at Lungi * Energy Minister Signs MOU with Ghana * Milla Group Donates to Landslide Victims * SLIEPA Launches Newsletter * Boat Capsizes at Yeliboya.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lumley LUC Refutes ‘Logistics Crisis’ Story
The Local Unit Commander (LUC) for the Lumley Police Division, Chief Superintendent of Police [CSP] Alhaji Gibril Kabba Kamara has said that there is a channel to communicate constraints on personnel of the Police Force, not through newspaper publications. The LUC was reacting to a newspaper report which alleged that his division was faced with crises such as logistics and an increase in crime rates within their operational areas. Addressing newsmen on Tuesday 24th August 2010 at his Lumley Division, Chief Superintendent Kabba Kamara said that he was shocked to see the negative publication on the front page of a certain local tabloid of Monday 23rd August 2010 edition since he said the newspaper did not get such information from his division.
Aug 25, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Changes In The Hierarchy Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) Press Release
The general public is hereby informed that, in accordance with the provisions of Section 168 (1) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (Act 6 of 1991), and upon the advice of the Defence Council, it has pleased His Excellency the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to make the following appointments in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF):
Aug 25, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Solomon Berewa ‘Arises from the Dead’
It was a scene of sorrow at the funeral of the late SLPP strongman Alfred Sallia Fawundu last Sunday August 22nd 2010 in Bo City as thousands of SLPP members thronged up to Bo from various parts of the country to pay their last respects to one of their party’s greatest activists of recent times. However, their sorrow was partially assuaged when suddenly emerging in the crowd was the man who had been strongly rumoured all over the country as having passed away, Solomon Ekuma Berewa.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Elvis Hallowell is New SLBC Director General
Mr. Elvis Gbanabom K. Hallowell has on Monday 23rd August 2010 been appointed by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma as the new Director General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC). According to a Government Press Release issued on Monday 23rd August 2010, the general public is hereby informed that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 13 (1) of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Act of 2010, and in keeping with the recommendations by the Board of Trustees of the said corporation, it has pleased His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to appoint Mr. Elvis G.K. Hallowell to the post of Director General for the SLBC. The Government release further states that the appointment would be endorsed subject to the approval of Parliament.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As SLPP Rejoices over Sacking of Inspector General…“Acha was not Sacked but Retired” …says I.B Kargbo
Even as opposition SLPP members and supporters nationwide were jubilating at the removal of Sierra Leone’s Police Boss Brima Acha Kamara whom many SLPPers abhor for his utterances that followed attacks on their party offices, the APC Government Spokesman and Minister of Information and Communication has on Monday 23rd August 2010 in a television broadcast stated that Acha Kamara was not unduly sacked over any wrongdoing but was merely retired.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mercury Rescues Ballanta with Le 20m
Ballanta Academy of Music, situated at 27 Liverpool Street, Freetown has been presented with a cheque for Le20 million from Mercury International. The amount is an annual donation and it is to support the academy’s activities for the year. The Mercury International CEO, Samir Hassanyeh basking in the aftermath of the donation says they are proud to be part of Ballanta describing it as the only Music Academy in the country.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:14

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
African Minerals Agreement: Deal Or No Deal?
There is a popular Television programme in the United Kingdom known as ‘DEAL OR NO DEAL?’ It basically is a Game Show hosted with participants who are given a Gambling Scenario similar to that referenced in the English phrase of A Bird in The Hand is Worth Two in the Bush. The participants are given an option of a lower sum of money they are assured they will definitely go home with or an option of gambling for a higher amount but with no assurance that you go home with anything.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals Saboteur Nabbed
Report reaching this press reveals that police officers have on 22nd August 2010 arrested an Indian national who has been identified as Bilal Ahmed (aka Aklish) for attempting to buy and smuggle stolen rails out of the country; the rails belong to African Minerals Limited AML. Speaking to this reporter the Resident Director of African Mineral based in Pepel Mr. Mohamed Sesay noted that he got the intelligence from one of his colleagues who informed him that people are loading remains of rails in a Maerskline container with registration number MSK U 380422 (4) 22G1 (1/C) 87 at PMB in kissy.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, All MPs Approve African Minerals Agreement
Friday 20th August 2010 saw the biggest ever Mining Agreement in Sierra Leone unanimously ratified by the entire House of Parliament. First to speak in the Well of Parliament was the Honorable Minister of Mineral Resources and Political Affairs Alhaji Alpha Kanu who informed that Sierra Leone can only attract more investors into the Country if our mineral resources are mined judiciously. He furthered that signing the agreement which will commence the first phase of the project is an indication that the African Minerals Company is set for development and that they are ready to partner with the government for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs).
Aug 24, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*A woman Remanded in Prison for stealing phone *130 Sojas Depart for Darfur *Flood Disaster Hits Sierra Leone Liberia Boarder *Heavy Rains Destroy Bradford Moyamba Road *Fishing Vessels At Goderich *Dan Street Residents Cry for Water Supply *China to Award Scholarship to 23 Sierra Leoneans.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NPA Cable Strikes Woman to Death
Following the heavy down pour of rain on Sunday 22nd August,2010, a middle age business woman Abibatu Bah of 46 Sander Street in Freetown met her untimely death after been stroked by a naked cable that cut off from an installed electric pole belonging to the National Power Authority (NPA). The brother of late Abibatu Bah, Mr. Abdulai Bah who claimed to have witnessed the ugly scene, narrated that in the morning hours of Sunday 22nd August, his sister climbed the roof of her resident to undertake some cleaning exercise after the rain has subsided. He said during the process, the highly electrified NPA cable cut off and landed on top of the roof where his sister was standing striking her to death.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
ACC Honours Dr. Alfred Sallia Fawundu
Chairman, ACC Advisory Board (2008 – 2010)"From dust we came and to dust we shall return" Today we are here not only to mourn the loss of an illustrious son of this great nation Dr. Alfred Sallia Fawundu, who was appointed Chairman of the Anti Corruption Commission Advisory Board in 2008, but to thank God for the gift of a well accomplished African, a man whose life transcends the mean horizons of ethnic, religious, racial and gender sentiments.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Happy Birthday Greetings to you Joko Sesay
Happy Birthday Greetings to you Joko Sesay
Aug 24, 2010, 17:00

NEWS
S.A.J. Pratt, First Attorney-General of the Republic to Launch his Autobiography
The anticipated autobiography of 89 years old retired politician, Solomon Athanasius Jolliboy Pratt will be launched in London on September 12th 2010 and later here in Freetown on Christmas Day at Regent Village. Pratt, who was the First Attorney-General of the Republic of Sierra Leone was the lawyer who authored the first National Constitution of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The Book entitled as “JOLLIBOY – A most un-ordinary African Boy – From Street Starch Hawker to United Nations Debate Champion” has a foreword by the former President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.
Aug 23, 2010, 12:10

NEWS
President Koroma Wants ‘Acceptable’ Elections in Guinea
H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma during a recent one-day visit to neighboring Guinea held discussions with Guinean journalists on electoral process in Guinea during which he called for election run-off results that should be acceptable to all sides. President Koroma said he was impressed with the Guinean electoral process so far but urged the Transitional Military regime to ensure that the hiccups which plagued the first round of voting are addressed to lay the foundation upon which transparent, free, fair, credible, and acceptable final results would be built.
Aug 23, 2010, 12:08

SPECIAL REPORTS
Republic of Liberia’s Immigration Boss & Deputy Attorney General Speaks to Awareness Times
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalisation and Deputy Attorney-General of the Republic of Liberia has granted an exclusive interview to Awareness Times reporter, Mr. Bampia James Bundu jnr in Monrovia on Wednesday August 18th 2010. Honourable Christian Clarence Massaquoi took time off his usually busy schedule to meet with the visiting Sierra Leonean journalist inside his office in Central Monrovia during which he spoke on a range of issues including his satisfaction with the current relationship between Liberian Immigration officials and Sierra Leone Immigration officials at the two countries’ border points.
Aug 23, 2010, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Mercury Boosts Ballanta Academy *Berewa Arrived last Week *Kono Police Cry for Medical Facilities *Blackout Hits Freetown *Door to Door Free Health Implemented in Kabala *Congo Town Teenage ‘Witch’ Confesses * SLIEPA Holds Regional Market Survey Validation *COMAHS Student Testifies in Court.
Aug 23, 2010, 12:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
The Price and Implications of Our Democracy: Reminding President Ernest Koroma
Well, let’s face it. Before the Sierra Leone Presidential and General Election in 2007, I recall, Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, now our President Ernest Koroma promised change, a positive attitudinal change that got the whole country singing the tune. The people fell for it, and voted for it or did they? The questionable result of that election still hovers around our village farm yards, schools, colleges, restaurants, streets, markets etc.
Aug 23, 2010, 12:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Keeping ‘Honour’ Within the National Fountain of Honour : Popularly Reproduced
One of my school teachers recently told me that I should learn to ignore the detractors who manufacture up nonsense against me in their news outlets as their nonsense was not having any effect in turning people’s minds against me and what I am doing in Sierra Leone today. In response, I pointed out to him that I usually ignore most of my detractors but when the Government Spokesman, the Presidential Press Secretary and the Foreign Office Spokesman see me as such a formidable force that they have to go to the extent of manufacturing up lies against me right from the seat of power, I will be a fool to keep my mouth shut and not deny the allegations.
Aug 23, 2010, 12:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
SLPP will Take Fawundu Home This Weekend
Funeral Arrangements for Alfred Sallia Fawundu SLPP Strongman and Loyal Party Activist (1949-2010)
Aug 20, 2010, 17:18


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