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NEWS : Local News
United Bank for Africa celebrates Sierra Leone’s 49th Independence Anniversary
April 27th marked Sierra Leone’s 49th Independence Anniversary. To celebrate, the Government through the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change office organized a march past comprising of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Sierra Leone Police Force, Navy, Prisons, Fire force government ministries, parastatals, schools, tertiary institutions, traditional and political groups, providers of goods and services from both the private and public sectors.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:14

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*LABIOFAM to Reduce Malaria in S/Leone *Abandoned School Discovered at Pepel *ONS & School Teachers in 2-Days Dialogue *Fight against Gender Based Violence Increases.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Leads Victoriously
It is with no doubt that the Sierra Leone leading telecommunication company, Zain is now the pace setter of development amongst the business community in Sierra Leone. Zain’s Corporate Social Responsibility encompasses quality education for all, capacitating the under privileged, finding solutions to difficulties and complementing government efforts in all directions.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
NATIONAL JUDICIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE (NJTI) PRESS RELEASE
The Judiciary continues to forge ahead with its reform, restructuring process and access to justice programme. Recognising the importance of its human resource and the need to build the capacity of the justice sector, in line with the sectoral approach, the Judiciary has embarked on the establishment of the National Judicial and Legal Training Institute in Freetown. The Institute will provide continuous judicial education for judicial, justice sector staff and paralegals with the aim of enhancing service delivery, improve access to justice, and promote good governance.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:08

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SIERRA LEONE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS (SLAJ)
Freetown, April 26: The third edition of the SLAJ Monthly Symposium will be held on Friday, 30th April 2010 at 9:00 AM at the association’s conference hall at 56 Campbell Street, Freetown. The association wishes to invite all journalists to this symposium which comes up immediately after Sierra Leone’s 49th Independence Anniversary celebration.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Invitation for Bids Bank of Sierra Leone International Competitive Bidding
The Bank of Sierra Leone has allocated funds for the Procurement, Installation and Commissioning of Lifts at the Sam Bangura and Main Bank Buildings and now invites sealed bids from credible suppliers. Interested Bidders may obtain further information and inspect the bidding document at the address given below between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:05

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority Wishes to extend heart felt congratulations to HIS Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, Vice-President Chief Alhaji Sam Sumana
The management, staff and Board of Directors of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority Wishes to extend heart felt congratulations to HIS Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, Vice-President Chief Alhaji Sam Sumana
Apr 29, 2010, 18:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
BANK OF SIERRA LEONE
The Interest Rate that cleared the market for the Treasury Bonds issue of April 23, 2010 maturing April 22, 2011 was 10% per annum. Customers who bided at Interest Rate 10% and below succeeded in the auction at a flat rate of 10%.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK SIERRA LEONE LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the THIRTY-NINTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the members of the above-mentioned company will be held at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium, off Syke Street Freetown, on Thursday 27th May, 2010 at 3.00 pm for the transaction of the following business:
Apr 29, 2010, 18:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Women Hopeful Over Free Health Initiative
Many Sierra Leonean women have expressed hope that a vision of President Koroma for pregnant and lactating mothers and Under-Five children to no longer have to pay cost at Government medical facilities, will be sustainable. The President stated at yesterday’s launching of the initiative, "Today, I want to reassure the Nation that I am determined to make this policy work".
Apr 28, 2010, 17:34

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE TO THE NATION, 27TH APRIL 2010
On this very day, forty nine years ago, we asserted our rights to shape our own destiny. We asserted those rights because we believed we would build upon the great traditions of scholarship, freedom and entrepreneurship for which our forbearers were renowned all over West Africa. We have sometimes fallen short of those great traditions. But this nation has over and over again risen up to face the challenge with resolute action.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:32

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 4 Soldiers to Appear Court Martial for Robbery Today
As the ongoing military court martial takes its momentum, four soldiers serving the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) who were arrested in Freetown and charged to court for alleged robbery with aggravation will today 28th April 2010, make another appearance before the military court martial held in Cockrell military base on Wilkinson road in Freetown.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Presidential Affairs Ministry, Media to Dialogue on APRM
The Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs and a team of selected journalists drawn from various media houses in Sierra Leone will be meeting in Freetown today Wednesday 28th April 2010 to dialogue on the popularization of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process in Sierra Leone. The meeting is basically aimed at bringing journalists to work on a media outreach strategy for the effective popularization of the APRM process.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Children Calls For Reforms In Education. . .as Global Action Week Ends
The Global Action Week on the 1-Goal Campaign champion by Education For All-Sierra Leone (EFA-S/L) Coalition ended with a Policy Forum over the weekend at the British Council in Freetown. The campaign attracted relevant stakeholders in the education sector including school children, NGOs and INGOs.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Magistrates Plan strike Action *Handicap International Trains 40 Security Personnel *Massive Sacking at a Leading Bank *Civil Society Expresses Frustration over Delay of Justice *Traditional Healers Braces for April 27 *Government to Bring 200 more Tractors.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:22

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Neya Chiefdom like many other places may lose out of the Free Healthcare Programme
Neya Chiefdom in the Koinadugu district like many other areas of the country will not benefit from Government’s prophesied free healthcare programme that was supposedly launched yesterday 27th April 2010 as the country marked 49 years of independence. This is obvious because of the history of neglect that chiefdom has suffered in the hands of past governments and even the present one.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:20

NEWS
Fresh Corruption Issues Dog Former British P.M. Tony Blair in Sierra Leone
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s penchant to engage in activities that result in him being accused of corruption has dogged him into the West African nation of Sierra Leone where he now finds himself embroiled in a national scandal that he collected the equivalent of ten billion worth of the country’s leones currency from American Computer Billionaire Bill Gates' charitable foundation but never announced it to the locals on whose behalf Blair's Office is claiming to have collected the money to assist them. Ten Billion Leones is equivalent to about Two and Half Million United States Dollars. CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Apr 28, 2010, 17:19

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT
Today, international non-governmental organisations welcomed the official launch of Sierra Leone’s free care policy for pregnant and lactating women, and for children under the age of 5. The government of Sierra Leone, with the support of the international community, must ensure that its free health care policy becomes a reality.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:18

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Apr 28, 2010, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Happy Belated Birthday to you Ibrahim Sorie Bangura
Happy Belated Birthday Ibrahim Sorie Bangura
Apr 28, 2010, 17:14

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
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Apr 28, 2010, 17:12

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Invitation for Bids National Power Authority
The Sierra Leone National Power Authority (NPA) wants to procure five (5) vehicles to be used in transporting personnel and goods for NPA’s operations, and has allocated funds from its procurement budget for 2010 for the procurement of such goods and now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply of five (5) vehicles. The scope of supply shall include the following goods listed in the table below. These vehicles are capital items, hence procurement would be done through International Competitive Bidding. Consideration will be given to local suppliers who can give a manufacturing guarantee and an extended warranty of the vehicles for both lots.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
WEST AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC JOB ADVERTISEMENT
The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) is a sub-regional capacity building Institution established in 1996 by the Central Banks of The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, WAIFEM has a mandate principally to strengthen capacity for macroeconomic and financial management in the countries of member Central Banks. The Institute seeks a suitably qualified candidate to fill the under-mentioned vacancy:
Apr 28, 2010, 17:08

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Environmental Forum for Action (ENFORAC)
The Environmental Forum for Action (ENFORAC) wishes to inform the general public of the decision by the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to construct a mini hydroelectric dam, with an output of 2MW at the Charlotte Waterfall, about 15 Km from Freetown Charlotte Fall is strategically located at the fringes of the western Area Peninsula Forest Reserves, along the mountain route to Grafton Village. It is an area that generally attracts tourists, with the Falls being the main attraction.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:06

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Apr 28, 2010, 17:04

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ActionAid International Sierra Leone (AAISL) was officially established in 1988. It started operations in two chiefdoms in Kambia District and in 1992, expanded its programmes to Sella Limba Chiefdom in Bombali District, both in Northern Sierra Leone. Over the years, there has been programme growth leading to the establishment of seven Development Areas (DAs) in all regions of the country as part of its holistic approach to addressing issues of poverty and injustice in Sierra Leone.
Apr 28, 2010, 17:02

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Apr 28, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
President Koroma's Speech at the Launch of the Free Health Care Programme for Pregnant Women, Lactating Mothers and Children under five in Sierra Leone
Let us secure the future of our nation by securing the lives of children; let us guarantee the happiness of our families by making pregnancy and motherhood moments of joy and hope. Let us commit ourselves to the success of this initiative and make it a testament of our collective aspiration for a better, healthier and happier nation. Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great faith we will succeed in making Sierra Leone a better, healthier and happier nation that I launch the Free Health Care Initiative for pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and children under five.
Apr 27, 2010, 22:30

NEWS : Politics
Headmen Elections show SLPP takes Freetown Peninsular
Last weekend elections of the Freetown Western Rural Peninsular area Headmen has produced results that has left the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) very worried and perplexed as revealed by many of them to this presshouse when the results were announced. The APC has had a firm grip over the politics of the Peninsular since 2004 when they grasped it away from the now-opposition SLPP during that year;s Local Government Elections.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:50

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Newspaper Vendors Elect A New Executive
The Sierra Leone Association of Newspaper Vendors on Saturday 24th April 2010 ushered in a new executive to manage the affairs of the association. The election which was described as the first democratic, free and fair was held at the General Post Office, Siaka Steven Street in Freetown. Emerging as president was the former chairman of the association, Mr. Lahai Bangura who got a landslide victory over Mr. Sorie Sesay, the association’s former chief adviser.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:48

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
APC Students & APC Activists to Defy NAC over Afsatu
Strategic members of the ruling All People’s Congress have told this press that they were prepared to defy even President Koroma in order to continue their public show of support for indicted party strongwoman Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba. Speaking to Awareness Times at various times last weekend, they spoke of their support for the fight against corruption but also made known their current deep seated mistrust of the Abdul Tejan-Cole led Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) which indicted Haja Kabba.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:46

FEATURES
Remembering "Father" Hermann Gmeiner
Twenty-four years ago, on April 26th 1986, Hermann Gmeiner passed away leaving behind thousands of destitute with environments that guaranty love, protection, and hope for a better future like any of their contemporaries from advantaged backgrounds. For the world, especially governments, his footprints he left along the sparkling beach of memory gives a direction that encouraging, loving, and empowering children in dire need will continually make this planet a better place.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:44

FEATURES
A Story of Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai
On Saturday, April 24, 2010, sitting on a straight back chair in my verandah on Fort Street in black tight-fitting fashionable jeans with black equally trendy tight-fitting shirt, Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, with his ‘new angel’ (the light complexioned plump daughter of celebrated lawyer/politician Osho-Williams, dressed in maxi shirt brown flowery cotton dress, with Caucasian-type hair that drape her well-fed shoulders) said that when he first came to Freetown (from Kailahun District) and started attending Bathurst Street Infant School he had to "wash people’s clothes; wash their dishes" in order to get food to eat to enable him to go to school.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:43

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Social Welfare Ministry in ‘Love One Another’ Campaign
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs on Friday 23rd April 2010 launched a social awareness campaign dubbed ‘Love One Another’ at the ministry’s Conference Hall, New England Ville in Freetown. In her address, the Deputy Secretary of the ministry, Madam Lorna French said the absence of love for one another is one of the factors for the degeneration of this country.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:42

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Free Health Care gets US$34m boost
Director of Reproductive and Child Health Care in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. S.A.S Kargbo has disclosed on Friday at the weekly press briefing organized by the Information Ministry at Youyi Building that the cost of drugs for the free health care delivery service is 34 million dollars. He also said that in spite of series of concerns raised to extend the service to private hospitals and clinics, the donor funded project is restricted to government hospital and clinics only.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:40

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Prosecution of Makeni Rape Case intensifies
The matter involving rape of a fifteen-year-old girl by her thirty-five-year old uncle, Dura Kamara sometime in March this year in Makeni City gained momentum before the district Magistrate Court. When the incident first occurred, family members wanted to settle it at in house level but with that northern city recording high level of rape incidences, the police this time round decided to stand their grounds and subsequently charged the matter to court.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:38

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Four die in car crash *Le.40Bn GST for first quarter of 2010 *Teachers demand increase in salary *Moyamba Hospital ready for free health care *Military in drug distribution.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:36

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health Ministry observes World Malaria Day
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Saturday 24th April 2010 joined the world over to observe this year’s World Malaria Day at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. In his statement the Deputy Minister, Daudis Koroma said this year’s theme was ‘Counting Malaria Out’ with the slogan ‘Communities Engage to Conquer Malaria.’
Apr 26, 2010, 14:34

NEWS : Politics
APC’s Wahala as Kabala Limbas Fight Kurankohs
The APC led Government of Sierra Leone yesterday April 22nd 2010 developed yet another headache when it had to dispatch security personnel to quell an outbreak of violence between irate Limba and Kurankoh youths of the two chiefdoms making up Kabala town in northern Koinadugu District. The two tribal youths went on the rampage attacking each other for what is described as a misunderstanding between the District Council Chairman, Mr. Bayuku Conteh, and the Representative of Koinadugu Paramount Chiefs in Parliament, P.C. Allie Ballah Marrah III.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Waterloo Endorses Leslie Oseh Whenzle as Headman
Descendants of Waterloo community have finally endorsed the candidature of one of the most vibrant and dynamic sons of the soil, Mr. Leslie Oseh Whenzle as village headman in the upcoming headmanship election to be conducted on the 6th May this year. If voted he will be serving a second term. Awareness Times was present at a massive rally held in Waterloo yesterday in demonstration of their support and love for their candidate. According to some of the youths spoken to, since Mr. Whenzle became the village head man few years ago, things had changed dramatically as they now benefit from development funds from well meaning organizations through his good rapport.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Dombolo in Masimera Chiefdom as… : APC Minister Terrorises His People?
The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Internal Affairs, Raymond Kabia is being strongly alleged to have supported terror in the Masimera Chiefdom in the Port Loko District, Northern Sierra Leone. This was disclosed to the Awareness Times by journalists who were present at the scene and confirmed by the Honourable Member of Parliament, Jacob I.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, JSDP Starts National Legal Aid Scheme
The Government of Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Justice Sector Development Programmed officially launched the National Legal Aid Scheme at the British Council Hall at Tower Hill in Freetown, on Thursday the 22nd April 2010. While delivering his opening remarks, the Chairman of the ceremony, Hon. Justice Nicolas Brown-Marke mentioned that the Scheme is timely; more especially when the country is about to celebrate its 49th Independence Anniversary.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lands Minister Dennis Sandy Threatens Awareness Times
The Minister of Lands, Dr. Dennis Sandi has made a telephone call to the Africell phone line of one of the reporters of this newspaper yesterday during which he promised to teach Awareness Times "a bitter lesson" if we "go ahead and publish" the barely literate ramblings he has been penning down on white sheets of paper he has been sending around to some of the country’s legal luminaries. Our reporter is currently investigating the Minister’s alleged illegal activities on property belonging to the Cole Family at Southridge next the American Embassy.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Fear grips SLPP supporters *2 Water Companies certified *Freetown City Council to institute Bye Laws *Post Office Bank to reopen *13 new cases of Polio confirmed *Teachers threaten to strike *Rokel Commercial Bank’s profit balloons.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MACOSA-FBC Hosts Dr. Kaifala Marah
MACOSA, the Mass Communication Students Association of Fourah Bay College (FBC), on Wednesday, 21st April 2010 hosted one of Sierra Leone’s celebrated International Civil Servants, Dr. Kaifala Marah as guest speaker of a public lecture held at the New Mass Communication main lecture hall. Dr. Marah spoke on the theme; ‘Transformation through the power of Ideas’ to students, lecturers, youth group and civil society group representatives. The programme was broadcasted live on Radio Mount Aureol and linked by Radio Democracy 98.1 FM.
Apr 23, 2010, 17:00

NEWS
Tony Blair In Le10 Billion Corruption?
We are currently investigating claims that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Offices within the main capital city, were supposedly recently broken into by mysterious "thieves" during which documents are alleged to have gone missing. Allegations are that the missing documents have information about a so-far "top secret" Le10,000,000,000 (Ten Billion Leones) equivalent in U.S. dollars; quietly collected by Tony Blair from an American billionaire Bill Gates.
Apr 22, 2010, 17:24

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday with British Funded Human Rights Abuse?
I almost made a decision to pack my bags and abandon this land that I love so much when Hon. Justice Browne-Marke gave that “leave on file” ruling! An interesting ruling which I must say Jonathan Leigh of the Independent Observer newspaper has very adequately dealt with. However, I wonder what British taxpayers like Mendelle will say if they ever learn that their hard-earned tax is being used to finance a ceaseless series of Trials By Judge alone in this country? I wonder what British taxpayers will say if they ever were to learn that their hard-earned tax is being used to browbeat and detain civil servants in police cells for four days without access to legal counsel? I wonder what British taxpayers will say if they ever learn that their hard-earned tax is being used to finance police officers conducting armed early morning raids on a citizen’s residence merely to invite her husband and children to a British-funded investigation?
Apr 22, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
As Gbakima sent Wife to Court to say Magistrate should wait until he changed his Tyres... : Court Issued the Third Bench Warrant for Gbakima in Sierra Leone
On November 2nd 2009, Spectators in court were shocked when the wife of one Alfred Tamba Gbakima, currently facing Magistrate Stephen Conteh for threatening to kill the Publisher of this newspaper, stood up when the matter was called, to tell the Court her husband had sent her to explain that he was not in court because he was changing his car tyre which supposedly got punctured on the streets. The Police Prosecutors promptly applied for a Bench Warrant for Gbakima and his co-accused, one Brima Bangura who had also absented himself from court but with no excuse from him.
Apr 22, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Jack Lansana Heads National Malaria Control Programme
The former Registrar of Pharmacy Board, Mr. Michael Jack Lansana, who was Deputy Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme, reliable sources say, is to head the department after the erstwhile Manager Dr. Blake was sent on leave. Mr. Lansana who is a Fellow of the West African Post graduate College of Pharmacist holds two masters degree.
Apr 22, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health for All Coalition in Drug Monitoring
The Director, Health for All Coalition, Francis Mambu on Wednesday 21st April this year disclosed at the Coalition’s Fort Street Headquarters in Freetown that as a constituent member of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, they will be monitoring the distribution of the Free Health Care Delivery Service drugs which he confirmed started on Monday 19th April 21, 2010. He informed that two distributing sites for the drugs have already been established, namely the Central Medical Stores at New England Ville supervised by UNICEF, and UNFPA’s store at Wilkinson Road. He said the drugs and other consumables are transported in trucks and trailers hired from private transport entities.
Apr 22, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Makeni faces water crisis *Free Health drugs supply kicks off *Disabled MP roars over delay in Disability Bill *Kono natives question new Mining Plan *District Chairman out to secure disputed Yenga *4 women crushed to death by delivery van *Liquid Gas project unveiled *Murder at Waterloo.
Apr 22, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Poised to Promote Education
Zain, a household name in the Sierra Leone mobile telecommunication industry, in spite of all its previous commendable contributions towards painting education in flying colors seems unexhausted despite seeing positive results. Now to demonstrate that they are uncontestable in the advancement of education with others, Zain recently launched the Zain’s Youth Club’ for learners, in order to capacitate and ease their academic works.
Apr 22, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Office of the President Press Report
President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday 20th April 2010 held a high-level meeting with consultants and contractors responsible for the rehabilitation and/or construction of health facilities, particularly medical stores, around the country. Welcoming the group to State House, the Head of State said, "April 27th is exactly 7 days to go, and we gave been gearing ourselves up, getting ourselves ready to introduce the free healthcare package that we believe will impact greatly on the welfare of our people," but he said there were still various aspects to look at, one of which was the state of the health infrastructure "the area you are directly involved in."
Apr 22, 2010, 17:04

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Apr 22, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Belated Birthday Greetings To you Miss Ramatu Sylvia Nancy Bundu
Belated Birthday Greetings To you Miss Ramatu Sylvia Nancy Bundu
Apr 22, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
President Koroma’s Message to the Nation for a Period of Fasting from Tuesday 20th April to Sunday 18th July 2010
At about the same time last year, I made a similar call to this nation. I am again pleased to virtually repeat this message… In the life of every nation that believes in the divine nature of the Living God, the Holy Spirit moves and stirs up visionaries and prophets or prophetesses to speak to the people as inspired.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:30

NEWS
As Sierra Leone Takes on Zambia : Watch Zain Africa Challenge Tonight on SLBS
The University of Sierra Leone will today meet with Copperbelt University of Zambia in the Round Two Knock-out Contest of the Battle of Brains in the ongoing Zain Africa Challenge. Today’s contest will be termed West Vs. South, by virtue of geographical locations of the two universities and this competition will be aired live on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) today 21st April 2010 at 6.00 p.m. which will be repeated on Saturday 24th April 2010 at 8.00 p.m.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Lady Initiates Another Women’s Project
The dynamic First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma on the 20th April 2010, initiated yet another Women’s Project entitled "Strengthening and Linking Women-lead effort to Promote Women’s Property and Literacy Rights in Sierra Leone" at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown. The ceremony with funding from the European Union (EU) was organized by the Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), in alliance with OXFAM GB, Forum for African Women’s Educationalist (FAWE) , and Sierra Leone Youth Empowerment (SLYEO).
Apr 21, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
“I Don’t Receive Gov’t Cheques” : -Sierra Leone Maritime Administration Boss Breaks the Ice
Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) Philip Lukuley in an exclusive interview with this writer has refuted claims of embezzling projects funds. "I don?ft receive or sign for project funds, all funds in respect of the West Africa project are paid to the government through the Ministry of Finance. It shows that those saying that I have chopped the Ecowas project money don?ft know the process of donor transaction with government, as cheques are not written in the name of individuals, but written in name the government of Sierra Leone," Philip Lukuley disclosed.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:25

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, More Winners Surface for Zain World Cup Promotion
Five other Zain subscribers have gone home with five million Leones each. The subscribers on Saturday 17th April 2010 emerged as winners of the Zain Watch Football in South Africa promotional draw. These lucky winners were: Alim Sheku Kamara with telephone number 078626409, resident of Kenema; Thomas of Amadu Lane in Freetown with cell number 078316111 ; Foday Kabia with telephone number 076587002 of Senior Staff Quarters, Pepel; Lamin John with cell no. 076522038 in Makpele, Pujehun District; and Ibrahim Abdulai of No. 1 Peterson Lane in Freetown with cell no. 078395840.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Police arrest Chief for Cannabis Sativa *Kono swears new Fullah Chief *Sierra Leone woman heads Mano River Union *Woman raped by 2 *National Pride Week launched *US$250,000 to empower Civil Society *Tongo bans political discussions *Bank Governor fires corrupt employee *Chancellor wishes Salone ‘Happy 49I ndependent Anniversary’.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, YACAN on Violence, Sexual Exploitation Training In Schools
The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 20th April this year called on school going pupils to explain and train them about violence and sexual exploitation. The training programmed took place at John Street. The schools that participated included St. Joseph Covent, Methodist Girls High School, St. Edwards Secondary School, United Christian Church and Prince of Wales. During the training , the representative of Plan International, Mrs. Moray Siad that rape is common in our society since serious actions are not effected against the perpetrators and that family members of victims normally prefer out of court settlements.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:20

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Crucifixions In Battle Against Corruption
There can be no denial of the fact that corruption is significantly responsible for the socio-economic malaise that this nation was plunged into several years. Every sober minded Sierra Leonean will readily agree that curbing corruption in both the public and private sector is an essential step forward in our collective determination to right the wrongs of the past. Past regime’s lack of political will to tackle the issue of graft in the conduct of public and private affairs was evident in the now opposition party’s reluctance, while in governance, to amend the Anti Corruption Act 2000 and give the ACC prosecutorial powers without having reason for a recourse to the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:18

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TREASURY BILLS ANNOUNCEMENT
THE BANK OF SIERRA LEONE ANNOUNCES THE RESULT(S) OF TREASURY BILLS AUCTION HELD ON THURSDAY APRIL 15, 2010.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
National Telecommunications Commission Natcom
It has come to the notice of The National Telecommunications Commission(NATCOM) that a good number of FM Radio Stations nationwide are broadcasting outside their licensed technical parameters. In view of this, the Commission will commence technical audit of All FM Radio Broadcasting Stations starting Monday, April 19th 2010.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:10

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Sierra Leone Stock Exchange Company Limited Job Vacancy
The Governing Council of the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange Company Limited is hereby inviting applications from suitably qualified Sierra Leoneans to fill the position of Director General. The Director General shall be appointed by the Council for a predetermined fixed term not exceeding four years and be eligible for reappointment for a further term determined by the Council not exceeding four years and meet the qualifications and experience prescribed as follows:
Apr 21, 2010, 17:08

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Balani & Son and Comium Take 5
Balani & Son and Comium Take 5
Apr 21, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Specific Procurement Notice Sierra Leone Infrastructure Development Project
This Invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared in Development Business, on 27 June 2005 2. The Government of Sierra Leone has applied for a grant from the International Development Association toward the cost of the Infrastructure Development Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to payments under the Contract for procurement of Ancillary land works at the Port of Freetown.
Apr 21, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Environment Protection Agency (SLEPA) Public Notice
It has come to the attention of the Sierra Leone Environment Protection Agency (SLEPA) that a number of development projects are being undertaken by Government Departments, Local Authorities and the Private Sector without due compliance with the Environment Protection Agency Act, 2008. SLEPA therefore wishes to inform Government Ministries, local authorities, NGOs and the General Public that:
Apr 21, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
The Dramatic Case of ACC & Afsatu Kabba
There was drama in court yesterday as the Anti Corruption Commission proceeded to justify the widely featured suspicions that they might be replacing their earlier charges against erstwhile Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba, with fresh charges. A fresh charge sheet of only 7-counts was preferred and served on Haja Afsatu Kabba inside the Court room shortly after 10:00am yesterday April 19th 2010 whilst the original 17-Count charges were asked to be discharged and/or adjourned indefinitely. The fresh 7-Count indictment had been secretly filed since last Friday 16th April 2010 thus giving justification to much of the suspicions raised in a featured article that was widely disseminated last weekend. The fresh case of the new 7 counts should start in earnest on Wednesday May 5th 2010.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:38

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
The Typed Pieces of Papers Filed by the Anti Corruption Commission against Haja Afsatu Kabba
Just as in the March 15th 2010 indictment of Haja Afsatu Kabba by the Anti Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone, not a single Witness Statement or Bundle of Evidence was filed or served in this fresh April 19th 2010 indictment. We have once again prepared for the attention of our dear readers, scanned copies of the ACC's "case" so far against Haja Afsatu Kabba. PLEASE CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO READ ABOUT THE ALLEGED ORAL AND VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY HAJA AFSATU KABBA TO ANONYMOUS PERSONS.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:36

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba ‘Pull Crowd’ on Republic Day!
The expected second appearance of Haja Afsata Kabba to face trial for her alleged corrupt offences, yesterday April 19th 2010, the 39th anniversary of Sierra Leone turning into a Republic, saw the deployment of some 100 armed anti-riot Police Officers who were sent to control the surroundings as Freetown Law Courts was transformed into a jam-packed scene of thousands of Afsatu Kabba’s admirers, sympathizers, and supporters.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:34

NEWS : Politics
APC Women & Youths Warn Zainab Bangura
Students and Female members of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party of Sierra Leone have yesterday April 19th 2010 issued strict warnings to Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura to restrain her Ministry’s so-called Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, from using insulting language against Haja Afsatu Kabba, their party’s strongest and most popular female member.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:32

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, National Legal Aid Scheme to be launched
A National Pilot Legal Aid Scheme (NPLAS) will be launched on the 22nd April 2010 at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown. According to Legal Officer, Nicky Spencer-Coker one of the major impediments to people’s access to justice is the delay in the dispensation of justice, adding that very few people are legally represented in court.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, LAWCLA opens Constituency Offices
The Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance has facilitated the establishment of constituency offices in the South and Eastern provinces. The establishment of the offices is part of a series of activities aimed at strengthening Members of Parliament’s engagement with their constituents.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Youth Ambassador Launches ‘Zain Youth Offer’
One of the leading Network providers in Sierra Leone, Zain on Monday 19th April launched a new product known as ‘Youth Offer’ at the British Council Auditorium, Tower Hill in Freetown. Speaking at the ceremony, the Commercial Director, Keith Tukei spoke of how Zain has changed the awareness of students. He said through Zain’s Youth Club, they have provided scholarship for students to participate in the next Zain African Students Challenge Quiz Competition.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:27

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Awareness on Bird Flu gaining grounds *Armed Robbers Attacked Military Base *Disabled dies for lack of medical fees *Fish scarcity hits hard *University lecturer lifts Africell’s Dream House *ICASL to host ABWA 9th conference *Round Polio vaccination kicks April 23rd.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Guinea Presidential Candidate woos Fullahs
Thousands of Guineans living in Sierra Leone were on Sunday 18th April 2010 officially addressed at the Victoria Park in Freetown by the Union des Force Democratique de Guinee (UFDG) party Presidential Candidate, Cellou Dalien Dialo. Mr. Diallo is one of the Presidential candidates for the Guinean Presidential and Parliamentary elections slated for 27th June 2010.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:24

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ONE SIZE FIT ALL : EVEN THE COMMISSIONER
ONE SIZE FIT ALL:EVEN THE COMMISSIONER
Apr 20, 2010, 15:22

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Mag’s Internet Café and Business Center Press Statement
The Management of Mag’s Internet Cafe wishes to inform the general public at its 3 Goderich Street office in central Freetown is not shared with the youth movement for peace and non-violence as rumored. Mag is solely an internet service provider for students and non students alike and has no link with the aforementioned organization.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:20

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Africell Sierra Leone Limited Press Release
The Africell "WIN YOUR DREAM" promotion ended on Friday April 16th 2010 at the Country Lodge, Hill Station, Freetown. At the event, a cross section of citizens and residents of Sierra Leone gathered to participate in the final and grand finale draw; a truly epoch-making event. The promotion started on Tuesday December 8th 2009. Like all other Africell promotions, the aims were to fulfill our corporate social responsibilities while at the same time reward our numerous subscribers in cash and kind.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:18

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Apr 20, 2010, 15:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PUBLIC INVITATION
The Bo City Council is the municipal Government entity of the city of Bo, in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone. Section 45 (4) of the Local Government Act of 2004 (LGA 2004) mandates local councils to generate revenue from several sources. As part of its revenue generation/investment programmes, the Council develops and implements various forms of social and commercial infrastructure to serve the municipality. Within this framework, the BCC commissioned the Bo Funeral Home (BFH) project in September 2009 as part of the administration?fs infrastructure development programme
Apr 20, 2010, 15:14

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
FREETOWN CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
FREETOWN CITY COUNCIL HAS PUT IN PLACE THE ASSETS AND COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MANAGING, REGULATING AND CONTROLLING COUNCIL’S LANDED ASSETS. THE PUBLIC IS FURTHER INFORMED THAT COUNCIL IS ABOUT TO UPDATE AND REGULARIZE ALL DATA AND LEASES ON ITS ASSETS WHICH INCLUDE COMMUNITY CENTRES, PUBLIC TOILETS, EMPTY LANDS, LANDS WITH STRUCTURES, CEMETERIES ETC.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:12

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Students In Solidarity with Afsatu
Students from various political persuasions have indicated to this newspaper that they were in sympathy with the plight currently faced by the erstwhile Fisheries Minister, Haja Afsatu Kabba who is facing a 17-Count Indictment at the Law Courts. The students alongside grassroots women have informed this newspaper that they will be at the Courts this morning of April 19th 2010 when the case is supposed to commence in earnest; so as to “give courage” to Haja Afsatu Kabba to know that she is appreciated by many.
Apr 19, 2010, 14:08

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Association of Journalists Statement at a seminar on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation
Mr Chairman, Hon Minister of Information, HE the British High Commissioner, Madam Chairperson of the Independent Media Commission, Chairman of the NCD, District and City Council officials, Chairman of the SLBC Board of Trustees, Board members-designate, representatives of civil society organisations, Paramount chiefs, Director of the Ghana National Broadcasting Corporation, staff of SLBC, other ladies and gentlemen, good morning.
Apr 19, 2010, 14:06

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Full Salute for Political Party Foot Soldiers!
Over the Easter Break, I found time to visit with one of my favourite people, former President Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. His wife, Isatu Kabbah (IJK) the current Women’s Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) had just returned from a trip out of Freetown to Kambia District where she had gone with loyal party supporters to spread SLPP’s message. The SLPP loyalists on arrival looked tired, haggard and covered in dusty sweat. One thing came across to me distinctly whilst I was observing them and that was their deep commitment to SLPP.
Apr 19, 2010, 14:04

NEWS
Sierra Leoneans in Finland Plan Big Independence Celebration
Sierra Leoneans based in Finland in an association named the Sierra Leone Finish Friendship Association (SLFFA), have disclosed plans to celebrate Sierra Leone’s 49th independent anniversary in grand style come April 27, 2010.
Apr 19, 2010, 14:02

NEWS : Politics
APC Deputy Minister May Kill Journalist
The Deputy Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Security, Moijue Kaikai reports allege may likely bring the Station Manager of Radio Wanjai, Melvin Rogers to his untimely demise if no action is taken to resolve the impasse between them.
Apr 19, 2010, 14:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma To Launch Trade Fair Exhibition
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma will be launching the International and National Trade Fair Exhibition during the National Pride Week.
Apr 19, 2010, 13:58

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ICASL To Host 9th Congress Conference
The Institute of Chartered Accountant of Sierra Leone (ICASL) will be hosting the ninth Congress of the Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa from April 21st to April 24th, 2010 at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.
Apr 19, 2010, 13:56

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC Worker Wins Africell Dream House
The Africell "Win your Dream Promotion" has been finally won by one of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Legal Officers, Patrick Martin George on Friday 16th April 2010 at the Country Lodge, Hill Station in Freetown. Talking in a pleased mood, Patrick George disclosed that, his dream had always been to be a house owner. This he commended Africell for in making it become a reality .
Apr 19, 2010, 13:54

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*New MP Takes Oath *Bank Awardees Bag Computers *WFP To Feed Malnourished School Children*Bombali Gets New Fullah Chief *6 Police Indicted For Unprofessional Conduct Against Journalist *ACC May Charge Lilian Lisk *Ritchard Mbayo to lead SLPP *3 A rrested With Ammunition.
Apr 19, 2010, 13:52

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, "Zain Leads on GST payments" : ...........Over Le 2 Billion Paid In Two Months
According to reliable sources, it has been disclosed to members of the press that Zain Sierra Leone has been the highest GST contributor in January and February 2010. The company in January this year paid a total of Le 720 Million and a whopping Le 1.475 Billion in February (biggest payment so far)..
Apr 19, 2010, 13:50

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Roads Authority Request for Expression on Interest
The Islamic Development Bank (herby referred to as the Bank) has been assisting its member Countries by way of making loans for financing productive projects and programmes. Within the Framwork of National Transport Strategy Policy (NTSIP), the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone (hereinafter referred to as the "Borrower") has requested the Bank to assist in financing the Kenema- Pendembu Road Project (hereinafter referred too as the "Project"). To this effect the Bank has approved a loan to finance the audit. The Sierra Leone Road Authority intends to use part of this loan to eligible payments for contract of audit of the project.
Apr 19, 2010, 13:46

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL), Communque
We, Church leaders of various member churches of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL), met in a symposium organized by CSSL in collaboration with the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches at the conference hall of CCSL on Thursday 15th April 2010 and deliberated on the theme:
Apr 19, 2010, 13:44

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Apr 19, 2010, 13:40

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Bank of Sierra Leone Results of the Five Hundred & Seventeenth (517th) Foreign Exchange Auction held by the BSL on 14th April, 2010
The Bank of Sierra Leone also wishes to make the following announcements: The next foreign exchange auction will take place on Wednesday 21'’ April, 2010.
Apr 19, 2010, 13:38

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Limeline (Sierra Leone) Limited
Limeline (Sierra Leone) Limited, a leading Internet Service Provider in Sierra Leone, is now hiring a VSAT Sales Manager to join its Sales Team. Reporting to the Commercial Director, the successful applicant will most likely be a qualified VSAT engineer with several years experience in the telecommunications industry.
Apr 19, 2010, 13:36

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone's FIRST mobile payment system
Sierra Leone's FIRST mobile payment system
Apr 19, 2010, 13:32


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