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NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Five Years In Memoriam for Late Gloria Newman-Smart
FIVE YEARS IN MEMORIAM: Tomorrow October 9th 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of the death of the late Sierra Leone Immigration Chief, Gloria Newman-Smart... Rest in Peace Aunty Gloria. FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT AWARENESS TIMES NEWSPAPER.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:21

FEATURES
What Sierra Leone's Outgoing President in 2007 told Incoming President Koroma
As members of the country’s elected Parliament prepare to debate upon the Speech of President Koroma that will be delivered at the Opening of Parliament this morning in Freetown, we have delved into our Archives to bring forth the Published Statement of the then-outgoing President, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah as he handed over power to the newly elected H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at the Inauguration Ceremony of 2007, three years ago in Sierra Leone. It is very informative and will surely help to place the Debates into their proper perspectives over the upcoming days… CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ IT.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:20

NEWS : Politics
Charles Margai Undresses APC in Makeni: Claims Ernest Koroma gave $300,000 cash to Mohamed Bangura for New Party
Speaking about the three years of APC in office, Mr. Margai said he was reserving his comments for now because he said so many "crazy, crazy things" had been done by the APC in the last three years that he needed to call up a special international press conference to reveal all of the "crazy things". This international press conference he proposed would happen within the next three weeks inside the capital city of Freetown after he would have compiled all the necessary facts together. Addressing the issue of his suspended party Chairman Mohamed Bangura, Mr. Margai said, he had "recorded evidence" in which he alleged it is revealed that President Koroma, "gave Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars" to Mohamed Bangura to form Bangura’s new political party which according to him is aiming at victimising Charles Margai and destroying Margai’s political career.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:18

NEWS
BBC News: First Ladies of Africa take page out of USA
CULLED FROM BBC WEBSITE... If you need tips on coordinating the east and west wings of an African presidential household, scheduling a visit to a maternity ward or developing leadership without authority, there’s a class for you. For a week, 12 men and women - all chiefs of staff or advisors to first ladies or wives of prime ministers from Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and Kenya - sat for hours on end in a conference room in a glass building in Virginia, taking notes and hanging to the every word of their “teachers”.Visit Website ]
Oct 8, 2010, 11:16

FEATURES
Minister Presents $623M Food Security Project In Turkey
Sierra Leone's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, is reported to have made great impact at the just concluded High Level Senior Officials meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Member States on Food Security which was held in Izmir, Turkey on the 28 – 29 September, 2010. The meeting comprised of Ministers of Agriculture and Senior Officials responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development. Also in attendance were representatives from the World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) etc.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:16

NEWS : Local News
FHI Launches Zarin Contraceptive in Sierra Leone
One of the largest and most established non profit making organizations known as Family Health International (FHI) with very active participation in international public health and development towards improving lives, knowledge and understanding of people, in collaboration with Pharm Access Africa Limited (PAAL), distribution partners alongside line ministries and other stakeholders like UNFPA, the Pharmacy Board and Marie Stopes International-Sierra Leone on Thursday 7th October, 2010 launched a new low cost and high effective contraceptive sino-implant II called Zarin at the British Council Hall in Freetown. The theme of the launching ceremony was: "Recognize the Demand and Facilitate Increased Access to Contraceptive Implants."
Oct 8, 2010, 11:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As Parliament Re-opens Today... SLPP MPs Set to Scrutinize President’s Speech
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone will today 8th October, 2010 open the Fourth Session of the Third Parliament of the Second Republic in the Well of Parliament, Tower Hill in Freetown. Since the APC party celebrated their third year in governance in September last month, today brings the first opportunity for the President to address the House of Parliament. For this the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) are in top gear to actively scrutinize the opening speech of His Excellency.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MUWODA concludes one day consultative meeting
The Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA), a local Non-Governmental Organization seeking to promote the welfare of women and youths on Tuesday 5th October 2010 engaged political part youths, the civil society and religious leaders on the country’s political ,ethnic and regional future which the organization has realized posing challenges portending major set back to development at all levels. Addressing participants, chairman of the occasion, Mr. Foday Musa who is also MUWODA member said the meeting was designed to help prepare the minds of Sierra Leonean youths ahead of the 2012 elections, and to also map out a way forward for everlasting peace in the country while continuing to reflect on the causes of the 11 years brutal war. Foday Musa noted that after the 2007 elections there has being several incidents of political unrest in all corners of this country which do not show any sign of political tolerance, adding that many Sierra Leoneans have lost their national identity for party allegiance.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*President Koroma Sacks Security Chief * Momodu Koroma Assures SLPP of Victory *City Council, SLRA Draw Daggers *GGEA Delegates Visit Salone * Traditional Healers Destroy witch Guns * Parliament Opens Today * German Doctor Save Sierra Leonean Patients *Man Beat Wife to Coma.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As she doles out 240 scholarships… First Lady Assures Quality Education For All
In her statement, Madam Koroma said she was very hopeful of a brighter and a prosperous future for Sierra Leone if we continue to invest into young people, especially those pursuing education and skills training. “No nation can afford to neglect the education of her citizens because it is the vehicle conveying quality development of any nation,” she stated. She informed that since her husband took the mantle of leadership of the country, she had been preoccupied with the thought of what we stood to benefit if we continue to invest in young people. She revealed that the goal of her project is the training of the heart to desire what is good and to choose and desire what is right.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
THE PRESIDENT CAN TAKE IT
His Excellency will open another session of Parliament this morning; from past experience much of it will be devoted to a review of the government’s achievements, the constraints that it has experienced and then the programme for the next twelve month, or shall we say for the remaining two years of its tenure. One mistake that political supporters of Presidents make is the belief that heads of state being omnipotent never put their foot wrong. Everything done is praised in superlative terms even where the reality on the ground tells a different story.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Focusing on the President’s key message for change in Sierra Leone
The president of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Koroma has been receiving very good reviews from all quarters both within and outside of the country, with his powerful agenda for change program that is pushing his country men and women to embrace a change in attitude and behaviour to meet and actualise his development aspirations for an impoverish country. I, like most others living and working in the United Kingdom ( UK), see a determined president with a coherent vision, working flat out to convince his people. However, I see fundamental challenges with the management of this change program.
Oct 8, 2010, 11:00

NEWS : Politics
Health Workers Disappointed At Sierra Leone Government
Even as the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party continues to make lots of ‘vuvuzela’ noises on their achievements, workers in certain Ministries, including those of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Health Services Workers’ Union (SLHSWU) have expressed total disappointment over what the described as the willful attempt by the APC party to exclude some important category of health workers in that ministry such as Nursing Aides, Porters, Securities, Drivers, Clerks, Cleaners, and Laborers from the recommended pay package. This has reportedly enraged Union members who have vowed to stage a strike action for their disadvantaged membership on the 1st of November next month if their demands are not met by government.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone ECOWAS Peace Pageant Nominees meet Deputy Minister
The six selected Sierra Leonean ladies, two of whom will subsequently represent Sierra Leone in this year’s ECOWAS Peace Pageant on Wednesday, 6th October 2010 paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Richard Conteh at his office in Freetown. Dr. Conteh who also doubles as the ECOWAS Country Representative was full with zest and enthusiasm to receive the pretty contestants. Welcoming them, he assured the contestants of Government’s moral and institutional support through his Ministry for a successful outcome of the event scheduled to hold on 13th November 2010.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
After Spurned Love Advance, Sierra Leone Schoolboy resorts to Knife Gangsterism
The girl, Maseray Jalloh, explained to this reporter that the boy had made some advances to her by way of telling that he loves her, but that she had told him, she was not interested. “It was after that that he started insulting me and telling me that I was in fact a prostitute,” Maseray explained adding that among her response to that insult, she too had referred the insult to the boy’s sister and mother. The boy said he never intended to injure the girl... “I would not have injured her at all,” the boy had insisted, but said that he merely wanted to scare the girl, “so that she can respect me,” he said.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:14

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Analysis: Flawed Mining Agreements Are A Threat To Peace In Sierra Leone
The fifth report of the Secretary General on the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone submitted on the 17th September 2010 to the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly among others hinted on the signing and reviewing of a number of mining agreements by government to ensure that the country becomes a major exporter of mineral resources. These mining companies which include the African Minerals Company Limited, the London Mining Company and the Koidu Holdings Limited are now providing employment opportunities for several unemployed youths, building their capacity in addition to the revenue that the government is generating.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Two Villages in Moyamba Declared Amnesty Villages
People of Gomdama and Taninihun Mboka villages which are geographically located five miles apart but are in the same Kongbora Chiefdom in the Moyamba District unanimously agreed on the decision of the Paramount Chief, elders, school pupils, teachers and the community in general to declare these villages ‘Amnesty Villages’ and as such members of the wider net of the Amnesty International (AI) organization. The decision also coincided with the launching of the Africa Human Rights Education Network in the two villages by Amnesty International-Sierra Leone.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Zain Sierra Leone’s Move Is In The Right Direction
Mobile operator Zain Sierra Leone has rolled out a raft of value added services that are expected to re-energise its competitiveness and positioning in the mass market. In the latest push, subscribers on the firm’s network can now have access to free WAP Internet service on their hand held devices, update their facebook profile through SMS only and send SMS to many through the web2sms. Having recruited more subscribers in the last months, mobile operator Zain Sierra Leone is now turning its focus on Value Added Services (VAS).
Oct 7, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT Observes Customer Service Week
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) have on Monday 4th October 2010 started a week-long celebration to mark this year’s Customer Service Week at their various branch offices across the country commencing with a grand opening ceremony at the Freetown NASSIT Western Region Office that was epitomized by the hoisting of NASSIT flag. At the hoisting of flag ceremony, the Acting DPACS for NASSIT Mr. Peter Kenah thanked the people and Government of Sierra Leone for allowing NASSIT to operate as an independent entity without political interference over the years. He also showered praises on their customers for reposing confidence in the Trust since its inception in 2002.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*15 Sent to Pademba Road * Government Donates to Annie Walsh School * HANCI-SL Donates Le 100 million to pupils * Man 60, Rapes Girl 10 * 17 Punches Send Salone Boxer Home * Grafton Camp Harbors Armed Robbers * FCC Intensifies Revenue Collection * ACC Embarks on Regional Tour.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Engages Stakeholders on State of Human Rights Report (SoHR)
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) on Tuesday, 5th October started a three-day Constructive Engagement at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown with relevant stakeholders related with human rights in the country to discuss the State of the Human Rights Report (SOHR) 2009 to be collated and reported on by the Commission. The engagement which ends today, Thursday, 7th October 2010 has attracted representatives of civil society organizations, Government officials and wide range stakeholders.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS PEACEBUILDING IN SIERRA LEONE
Australia will provide support to help peace building initiatives in the agriculture sector in Sierra Leone. Australia’s contribution of $1.5 million, made through the United Nations, will support Sierra Leone’s National Sustainable Agriculture Development Plan, which aims to commercialise the agriculture sector and provide much needed employment in the country.
Oct 7, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Ernest Koroma Fascinates World with Smiling Confidence
Reverend Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, one of the diplomats appointed by President Koroma at our country's Mission in New York has stated that the smiling, confident nature of President Koroma was fascinating the world. In an article entitled as "Sierra Leone leads West African neighbours in total scores of Mo Ibrahim Index Report", Kabs-Kanu hails the smiles of President Koroma.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:32

NEWS
Murtala Mohamed appeals for RSLAF
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Leone’s foremost entertainment website www.salonejamboree.com have appealed to the United States Government for more support for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). Murtala Mohamed Kamara was part of a discussion which focuses on assessing President Barack Obama policy towards Africa at the just concluded Africa Policy Forum: A vision for the 21st Century at the Marquis Ballroom A in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel discussion was focused more on Obama policy towards Africa and his global health care initiative plan.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo to Address SLPP Delegates
One of the leading aspiring candidates for flag bearer position of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Hon. Alpha O. Timbo will on Thursday 7th October 2010 address Western Area delegates and other senior members of the SLPP at a dinner to be hosted at the Eastern Paddy’s Night Club in the Eastern Part of Freetown. Speaking to this reporter in an interview on yesterday at his Sandas Street Office, Hon Timbo disclosed that he would be hosting the delegates to showcase his eligibility and plans ahead of the National Delegates’ Conference next year in Bo City.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:26

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Kailahun Votes Invalidation: not Standing on Firmer Ground but Sinking in Quicksand
Mohamed, my brother, those Signed NEC Minutes, you are only discovering now in October 2010, have been in my e-mail box since September 2007... They have been in the mailboxes of all the country’s diplomatic missions since September 2007! Not only that but on December 11th 2007, Lawyer Bu-Buakei Jabbi filed an AFFIDAVIT at the Law Courts sworn to by J.J. Saffa in support of the case brought against Dr. Christiana Thorpe by the SLPP. In it, Saffa cites the same NEC Minute by saying in Paragraph 9(c) that attached to his affidavit, was the “Minutes of NEC Meeting held at 3.30 p.m. on 11 September 2007, herein marked JJS3, recording NEC’s decisions in respect of different cases of voter turnout at polling stations nationwide". Mohamed, what you have ‘discovered’ and for which you insult both Dr. Banya and Dr. Blyden is public document filed even at the Law Courts! It is like you are discovering America after Christopher Columbus or discovering Sierra Leone after Pedro Da Cintra. How I pity you young man!
Oct 6, 2010, 17:24

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE. I PITY ONE DROP SANKOH
I am convinced that the likes of Mohamed One Drop Sankoh write what they do, not out of conviction but because it is the thing to do at this moment in our country’s history. Sadly it is a period when most people would prefer to be counted with the winner than face the facts of their own conviction. Mohamed One Drop will support or defend anyone even remotely perceived to be a blind supporter of this government’s record in many areas. And the young man now finds himself caught in Christiana Thorpe’s web of deception and hoodwinking of a “gullible” population. How did he allow himself to swallow that bait of minutes of a NEC meeting which was allegedly signed by all members of the National Electoral Commission NEC on September 11, 2007? From Daphne Olu-Willoiams’ disclosure, no, from her accusations of the doings of Christiana Thorpe with other peoples’ signatures, it may just be conceivable that Christiana Thorpe signed those minutes herself.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:23

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain 2010 Corporate Football Kicks off
Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunication company, Zain on Saturday 2nd October 2010 commenced its annual corporate football tournament at the Wilberforce Hockey Pitch in the west end of Freetown. The ‘Zain’ annual tournament is organized to bring business houses together to participate in football matches to share funs, jokes and unity among them. At the opening ceremony the head of corporate affairs and communication at Zain, Kelvin Kellie said the tournament was a tradition for the company to bring their valued customers together as a family.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Child Rescue Mission Launches Campaign on Inhospitable Environment
Child Rescue Mission-Sierra Leone (CRM-SL), a community-based organization operating in Koindu Town in the Eastern part of Sierra Leone last Saturday the 2nd of October, 2010 concluded a one-day sensitization campaign on addressing the unfriendly environmental measures within communities in post war Sierra Leone and the control of Waste Management in rural areas in Sierra Leone. The programme was funded by Disney Friends for Change, a youth service programme based in the United States of America. The programme started with a procession from the Community Court Barray through the Guinea/Liberia Road, the central business district of Koindu Town.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:20

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
An Analysis : Christiana Thorpe at NEC Blurs 2012 Elections Credibility
As we approach 2012 and the elections fever continues to grip party supporters, the million dollar question most political pundits are advancing is, ‘will NEC conduct an election that will be generally acceptable?’ By the look of things, it is a wait and see situation. The re-appointment of the Chair of NEC, Dr. Christiana Thorpe by the ruling All People’s Congress government has sparked serious disagreement between them and the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). The opposition is claiming that they were not sufficiently informed about the process and besides, the said Commissioner is considered by them as unfit, given the alleged litigation over her head in her involvement in the nullification of votes during the 2007 elections.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Over 1, 000 Pupils Benefit from Mercury Scholarships
1,041(One Thousand and Forty-one) pupils of both primary and secondary schools, including physically challenged children have benefited from a scholarship scheme by a leading lottery company with focus on football betting operating in the country, Mercury International. The dishing out of funds ceremony took place on Monday 4th October 2010 at the Young Men Sports Club (YSC), Wilkinson Road in western Freetown. Giving the rationale behind such a move, the chief Executive Officer of the lottery, Samir Hassanyeh said the decision to dole out those scholarships was in the company’s bid to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as mandated by the statutory instruments under which Mercury as a company operates.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Indigenous Business Association (SLIBA) Hosts German Trade Mission of Ghana
The Sierra Leone Indigenous Business Association (SLIBA) in collaboration with the German Cooperation Company (GTZ) has jetted in top business tycoons from the German Trade Mission in Ghana to discuss issues on the promotion of international business and trade in Sierra Leone. Addressing a cross section of newsmen at the SLIBA headquarters on Circular Road in Freetown on Tuesday, 5th October 2010, a delegate from the German Industry and Commerce in Ghana, Patrick Martens revealed that the purpose of their visit to Sierra Leone is to let investors see the opportunities to benefit from in international trade.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Procurement officer Damns Detractors
The Procurement Officer attached to the Kenema City Council, Daniel Kpukumu has warned members of the community and workers of the Kenema City Council who are engaged in subversive moves geared towards undermining his status in the council to stop hence forth. Daniel Kpukumu made this call amidst journalists and community members last week after noticing that some ill motivated Sierra Leoneans were poised to tarnish his good character built over the years in the public service.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Holds 3 Days Constructive Engagement on SOHR
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone on 5th October 2010 kick-started a three-day constructive engagement on the State of the Human Right Report (SOHR) 2009 at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. In his welcome address the Regional Human Rights Officer, Western Area Mr. Bankole C.E Morgan noted that the purpose of the engagement was deliberate with civil society organizations, government officials and other relevant stakeholders on the findings and recommendations of the human rights report as compiled by the commission.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, YMCA-SL Capacitates Schools/Community Peace Ambassadors
Participants drawn from various schools and communities in Western Area Conflict which usually boils down to violence especially within and amongst youths has caught the attention of the Young Men’s Christian Association-Sierra Leone (YMCA-SL) that it has decided to capture some among this vulnerable group for mentoring as peer educators.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Action Aid Ends one day Distributions of Awards in Kono.
Pupils in three Chiefdoms in Kono District were proud recipients of awards past Saturday, courtesy of Action Aid a non-governmental organization working in the district to end poverty through support to primary school pupils in Nimikoro, Ngorama Kono and Nimiyama chiefdoms respectively. Kono district prior to the intervention of organizations like Action Aid, has been reputed largely for the mining of diamonds, hence the low output of school pupils’ performance in public exams over the years.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Man Remanded for Murder *Storm Destroys 50 Houses in Kono * Hiccups in the Metropolitan Police Force * Miss Sierra Leone 2010 off to China * Benguema Barracks gets Multi-Purpose Sports Complex * Boat Owners get New President *Advocacy Group Sensitizes Grafton Community * Moyamba TBAs Cry Foul.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “ALLFOUNDERS is a Private Members Club” …..Spencer-Coker
Contrary to several publications in various local newspapers recently which suggests that the ALLFOUNDERS Club is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Chief of Administration for Club, Lawrence Spencer-Coker has corrected this error by revealing to this press Tuesday, 5th October 2010 at his Waterloo Street office that the organization IS NOT AN NGO, rather, it is a Private Members Club that is keen to be known as a CLUB for people who have founded and/or invented something with a mission to generate wealth.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
ALLFOUNDERS ‘FOUNDERS of the FUTURE’ (FotF) WRITES TO AWARENESS TIMES
I write to thank you for taking the time to publish the piece in your daily edition of Wednesday, 15th September 2010 captioned, "ALLFOUNDERS Host Global Summit for University Students" written by Aruna Turay. I am especially grateful that you published the article on page three (3), right next to the Zain Advert for ‘Fambul Tariff’. Being next to such a high profile brand is truly welcome and I take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you.
Oct 6, 2010, 17:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Subpoena for Sierra Leone President's Assets Declaration Forms is Highly Likely
So, whilst the President himself is immune from personally facing any Court proceedings, his Declared Assets at the Anti Corruption Commission are not immune from being subpoenaed and examined by any Court Proceedings... Unless the APC-led Government is 100% sure that President Koroma’s Year 2008 to Year 2009 to Year 2010 records at the Anti Corruption Commission will reflect such a “huge” depletion that went towards funding of PMDC from his personal assets, what APC should do, and do speedily, as a matter of urgency is to issue an unequivocal retraction of the utterances of Government Spokesman Alhaji I.B. Kargbo against Lawyer Charles Margai plus an accompanying undiluted apology in a public show of deep remorse; or they will leave Mr. Margai with no choice other than to defend his honour and the honour of his late father’s surname. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE FULL ANALYSIS.
Oct 5, 2010, 14:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain-Sierra Leone Introduces Per Second Billing for International Calls
In line with the Company’s vision to provide affordable telecommunications to every Sierra Leonean, and in a bid to consolidate the gains the company has made in other mobile telecommunication areas, Zain-Sierra Leone, the sole ‘integrated’ telecom operator in Sierra Leone and sole provider of BlackBerry, Zap and One Network services, yesterday, Monday, 3rd October 2010 announced that all calls to international destinations would henceforth be billed per seconds. At the end of a typical minute call, the following destinations would be billed 35 units namely;
Oct 5, 2010, 13:43

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 3 Killed in Makeni Highway Accident
Three people, Mariama Bangura, Ishmael Bangura and Pastor Sesay met their untimely deaths last Saturday, 2nd October 2010 in a gruesome road accident along the Freetown/Makeni highway when the Peugeot car they were traveling in ran into a stationed mini van loaded with charcoal. According to eyewitness reports, the driver of the Peugeot car with registration number ADS 233 departing from Makeni Northern Sierra Leone for Freetown in the early hours of Saturday, lost control after developing a mechanical failure and ran into the stationed mini van with registration number AWA 890 close to a village located few miles to Masiaka in the Port Loko District.
Oct 5, 2010, 13:41

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, New Amphibious Buses to Ease Sea Transportation
Sierra Leoneans were last Saturday thrilled with excitement when an amphibious bus, the Salma ‘Watabus’ took off on a test ride from the Government Wharf offshore in Freetown and on to the sea with the Minister of Trade and Industry, David Carew and other important personalities on board. Prior to the inaugural ride of the amphibious buses, the proprietor, Modupe Taylor-Pearce Jnr. said the venture to bring this kind of development was part of President Koroma’s Agenda for Change which demands private sector to come onboard to compliment government’s efforts to develop Sierra Leone .
Oct 5, 2010, 13:40

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Fambul Tok to Release Film & Book on Reconciliation in 2011
Fambul Tok International a non governmental organization based in Sierra Leone will release a Film and a Book next year focusing on the reconciliation process they are undertaking in the country. This was revealed yesterday, Monday, 3rd October 2010 at a press conference held at the Fambul Tok Conference Room at Robert Street in Freetown . Giving the background of his organization, the Executive Director Fambul Tok, John Coker noted that Fambul Tok is a Krio word meaning “Family Talk” and it facilitates post-war community-owned reconciliation in Sierra Leone , with a long-term, gender inclusive process led by each community.
Oct 5, 2010, 13:36

NEWS : Local News
Standard Chartered Bank Formally Hands Over Newly Constructed Primary School in Sierra Leone
Freetown, September 28th 2010 - Standard Chartered Bank has formally handed over a newly constructed 3 classroom block complex, to the Government and the Quarry Community, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility in Sierra Leone. Being ‘Here for good’ through our sustainable approach to business and society, we are constantly challenging ourselves as to how we can contribute to our markets in a distinctive way. Hence our move towards a longer-term community strategy, which is sustainable and measurable in terms of benefit to the community.
Oct 5, 2010, 13:35

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone's Kenema – Pendembu Road Project Now Kicks Off
Fleet of earth moving bull dozers and loaders on Friday, October 1 were put into action at Nyanyawama Section in Kenema City for the Kick-off of the physical earth-work of the Kenema – Pendembu road project. Inspite of the inclement weather that day residents of Kenema district and representative groups from Kailahun district including parliamentarians, paramount chiefs, council members, all defied the weather and converged at the site to watch the Minister of Works, Housing and the Infrastructure Hon. Alimamy P. Koroma operate the bulldozer in demonstration of the commencement of the earth work and grubbing exercise.
Oct 5, 2010, 13:33

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT Board Tours Investment Sites
A high-power delegation of the Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) over the weekend invited Awareness Times to embark with them on a three-day conducted tour of all the Trust’s investment project sites in Waterloo, Makeni, Bo, and Freetown respectively. The three-day tour which commenced on Thursday, 30th September and ended on Saturday, 2nd October 2010 was designed to assist the NASSIT Board Members in their assessment of the total value of the NASSIT affordable housing project in those investment sites for them to be able to determine prices to be put on these houses that in their estimation would be affordable by the targeted poor beneficiaries.
Oct 5, 2010, 13:32

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Traditional Healers Storm Hospital * Lassa Fever Claims 2 in the North *Cotton Trees to Cause Disaster *Red Cross holds Annual Meeting *7 Months Old Baby Missing *Deputy Speaker Awards 100 Scholarships.
Oct 5, 2010, 13:31

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Welcome Address In Honour Of H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma President, Republic Of Sierra Leone, West Africa
His Excellency President Ernest Bai-Koroma; Honourable Ministers of the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone; Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Board of Directors and Trustees of the United African Congress, Government Officials of the City of New York; Leaders of the African Diaspora in New York; Members of the North American Branches of the All People’s Congress; the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, and the People’s Movement for Democratic Change; Non-Governmental Organizations; My Fellow Countrymen and Women; All protocols observed:
Oct 5, 2010, 13:29

NEWS : Politics
Charles Margai Gives 2 Weeks Ultimatum to APC Spokesman
Full Text of last Friday’s letter to APC Government Spokesman from PMDC Leader’s Law Firm follows below. Meanwhile, in tomorrow’s edition, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Socio-Political Commentator, will give an Analysis of the LEGAL implications of the subtle messages hidden within the Letter for both H.E. President Koroma and Information Minister, Alhaji the Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo. DON’T MISS TOMORROW’S EDITION!
Oct 4, 2010, 12:42

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba Entices Portee Children to Education
Sierra Leone’s former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba has on Friday, 1st October 2010, lectured school-going children in the Portee Community, East of Freetown on the value of education. She was Guest Speaker at a Scholarship Awards and Prize giving Ceremony at the Belgium Spot organized by Ward 355, Constituency 99 during which 88 children of the Ward were proud recipients of scholarships and prizes. Haja Kabba referred to education as the most precious thing a parent can give to his children that will for ever be with them, noting that with education, the vices of poverty, dependency, arm robbery and other forms of anti social violent conducts will not prevail
Oct 4, 2010, 12:40

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Too Many Hypocrites in Sierra Leone Journalism
I read the piece by one of our local Sierra Leone journalist in which he claims that the cogent, hard-hitting articles that have been exposing the criminally-minded and dishonest Christiana Thorpe are demeaning to journalism. Hogwash! The exposures and strong language are a wake-up call to all Patriots of this Republic. This is what Journalists do. Patriotic Journalists, with foresight, bring issues with the potential for national backlash and crisis, right to the fore for national consciousness to be raised on them regardless of the controversial nature of the issues. In the process, we proactively save lives and property.
Oct 4, 2010, 12:39

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, US Ambassador assures Support to Media & Civil Society
The newly assigned United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Michael S. Owen has said that his country remains committed to supporting the Sierra Leone’s media through trainings, exchange programmes and other forms of assistance. The Ambassador gave this assurance while addressing the press last Friday, 1st October 2010 at the American Embassy at Leicester, in Freetown, the first of his contact with the press since presenting his credentials to President Koroma the previous day, Thursday, 30th September instant. Ambassador Owen described Sierra Leone as beautiful, and registered his readiness to work with the government, the media and civil society to build a very strong democratic base for the country.
Oct 4, 2010, 12:38

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mercury Int. Gives Le100M. Scholarships to Primary School Kids
As a way of further complementing its corporate social responsibility in the country, Sierra Leone leading private football betting institution, Mercury International on Friday, 1st October 2010 presented scholarships worth over Le 100 Million to some 508 primary school-going pupils across the country at the Young Men’s Sports Club (YSC) hall, Wilkinson Road in Freetown. Addressing parents and beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-Mercury International, Samir Hassanyeh said the company feels delighted to offer such a huge sum of money by way of scholarships to primary school-going pupils in the country.
Oct 4, 2010, 12:36

NEWS : Local News
Editor of Democrat Newspaper Resigns
After over nine years at the helm of affairs (2001-2010), Abubakarr Joe Sesay resigned his post as Editor of The Democrat Newspaper over the weekend. Although he gave no reason for the decision, the move paves the way for him to take full charge of his newly established newspaper, Plain Truth, which has been in existence for about three weeks.
Oct 4, 2010, 12:34

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*NRA Sets to hit Le 236bn Target *5 RSLAF Officers Promoted *Man, 60 impregnates Girl, 10 *SLPP Supporters Caution Party Executives *Murder Suspect Remanded *Rape Suspect Escapes From Police Net * Guma Valley Exposes Government *Martin Luther King, Dr. Julius Garvey DNAs traced to Salone.
Oct 4, 2010, 12:32

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Charles Margai Is An “Enigma” in Sierra Leone
Publisher of Awareness Times and Socio-Political Commentator has stated that PMDC Leader Charles Margai was “an enigma” whilst warning that those who are trying to dismiss Mr. Charles Margai as a spent force might “be making a huge mistake”, the effect of which she described as “possibly incalculable to these misguided analysts and politicians”. Sylvia Blyden, who was speaking on the line from London yesterday said she was bemused to see people already starting to dismiss Mr. Margai as being of no significance in the current national polity.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:34

NEWS
President Koroma and More than 50 Past & Present Presidents and Heads of State and Governments Celebrates Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee
More than Fifty Past and Present Presidents, and Heads of States of Governments including Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma are in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to join their colleague and brother Nigeria’s President Good luck Ebele Jonathan, the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in celebrating the Country’s fifty years independence anniversary. Nigeria attained Independence on October 1st 1960 from Britain, and the Government of the Feral Republic of Nigeria had promised to celebrate the golden jubilee in a grand- style.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:32

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's Elections Chief identifies a Bitter Enemy of Opposition as her Best Friend and Guide
....This image shows the text appearing on Page 2 of Dr. Christiana Thorpe's Ph.D thesis which she dedicated to Sam Maligi whom she described as her "Best Friend and Guide". Christiana Thorpe has never made any secret of the strong hold that Sam Maligi has over her as a person. Sam Maligi is not only Christiana Thorpe's "Best Friend" but he is also her self-proclaimed "GUIDE". Sam Maligi guides Christiana Thorpe in this world. This same Sam Maligi makes no secret of the fact that he despises the SLPP party (I REPEAT: Sam Maligi DESPISES the SLPP) for failing to give him a symbol to contest the 2007 Elections. This same Sam Maligi has now openly vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that the APC Leader, President Koroma gets a second term in office. And people wonder why the SLPP Leadership is so jittery over Christiana Thorpe conducting 2012 Elections!!!! CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ AND SEE...
Oct 1, 2010, 17:31

SPECIAL REPORTS
Personal Reflections: Today is My 39th Birthday!
Today is my 39th Birthday which means I was born on October 1st 1971. I ask my readers to allow me as I indulge in some personal reflections on this day. On this day next year (October 1st 2011), if I am still alive by the Grace of God, I will turn 40 years and become formally eligible to contest for the highest seat in the land, the Presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone. However, before my dear Uncle, I.B. Kargbo starts tearing his hair in despair at me and manufacturing more ‘Government Intelligence’ against me, let me speedily re-assure all concerned that I am not going to be running for the Presidency of Sierra Leone anytime soon and certainly not in the year 2012.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:30

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Reproduced by Popular Demand: The Dishonest Person is not James Jonah but Christiana Thorpe
My response was simple. Christiana and her handlers are trying to re-write History and make it appear as if James Jonah was a villain who horribly handled 1996 Elections as compared to her being painted as a crusading modern day Joan of Arc who gave a free and fair elections results in 2007 for the first time in Sierra Leone. [Hogwash!] So, I directed my buddy to go and read the original Mohamed ‘One Drop’ Sankoh’s article which sparked off my latest round of exposing Christiana Thorpe. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR POPULARLY REPRODUCED ARTICLEVisit Website ]
Oct 1, 2010, 17:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, World Vision Donation Rescues Free Health Care
World Vision-Sierra Leone a leading American based Christian non-governmental organization that works towards the improvement and promotion of health care delivery and education in impoverished communities of developing countries on Wednesday, 29th September 2010 donated 75 cartons of Albendazole a de-worming treatment for children to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the Medical Stores at New England Ville in Freetown. The handing over of the donated items was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Dadis Koroma, Medical Doctors and a host of dignitaries of the health sector.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
Young Men’s Christian Association-Sierra Leone (YMCA-SL) Slum Project gives Kroo Bay Slum Dwellers Life
The Young Men’s Christian Association-Sierra Leone (YMCA-SL) has since 2007 when it started implementation of the Slum Project in the Kroo Bay slum community in central Freetown, it has impacted tremendously on the live of the people singularly and generally through community development schemes or training opportunities for the majority of the youthful population. The intervention of YMCA in the Kroo Bay community started with the construction of ten water stand pipes across the community. These water pipes changed life condition in the Bay, as it ensures regular and assured water supply and availability within the community.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:26

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
An Apology by Professor Ritchard Tamba M’Bayo
I would like to inform the general public that neither Mr. Kumasi nor Mr. Sesay is leading or representing our campaign in any region of the country. I also want to take personal responsibility for what is clearly not only an error but also a failure on my part to pay more attention to the details of the profile. For this I am terribly sorry for causing Mr. Kumasi and Mr. Sesay any embarrassment and discomfort arising from the publication of this profile.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:24

NEWS
Martin Luther King's son & Marcus Garvey's son trace their DNA to Sierra Leone
Martin Luther King III, son of civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Julius Garvey who is also son of Marcus Garvey are the latest African Americans to trace their DNA root to the Mende people of Sierra Leone. Grey Anatomy star Isaiah Washington became the first African American to trace his root to the Mende and Temne people of Sierra Leone. Washington became the first African American to receive a Sierra Leonean passport through DNA. Inspired by this discovery, Washington set up an elementary school through his Gondobay Manga Foundation.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:22

NEWS
First Lady of Sierra Leone Promotes Women & Children at UN Summit
Accompanying her husband to the 65th UN General Assembly in New York recently, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma during the Summit gave a keynote address at the Clinton Global Initiative “Global Health” meeting where she succinctly put across the issues of her women folk and the children of this country. According to her Global Health transcends the perspectives and concerns of individual national borders as its negative political and economic impact cannot be overemphasized. Mrs. Koroma gave a comprehensive situation analysis of women and children’s health issues in Sierra Leone. “The health trend in Sierra Leone and the world over indicates that the application of a global approach constitutes an effective way to curb and possibly eliminate “Global Health” challenges at country level,” she maintained.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘FOI Law will soon be passed’- Says SDI Director
The Director for Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) Mr. Emmanuel Saffa Abdulia on Thursday 30th September 2010 said the battle for the enactment of the Freedom of Information law (FOI) was almost over. He made this statement in an exclusive interview with this reporter at his Pademba Road office in Freetown. He said as director, he has worked very vigorously to campaign for the FOI law to come into existence in Sierra Leone. “Since 2003 to now I have engaged many stakeholders and ordinary citizens to support the FOI to be part of our law.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Witchcraft materials removed from Queen Elizabeth II Quay * UN lifts Sanction on Sierra Leone * SSL Releases Consumer Price Index * Three Remanded for Store Breaking * Liberian Girl arrested with thousand of US dollars * ECOWAS Hold validation workshop * New Court to try former Junta Leader * PMDC Minister to be sacked.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Maritime Lecturer Demands Focus On Maritime Training
The Head of Department for Maritime Studies at the College of Business Studies, Captain Musa Saccoh has appealed to government to enhance and improve the Maritime Career to attract more students and graduates. He made this plea to mark the World Maritime Day at the British Council Hall in Freetown over the weekend. Captain Saccoh said in as much as the country is now yearning for development, the government should encourage every skilled and talented citizen to come onboard to re-enforce the battle for achievement, especially when we are preparing to exploit the fuel oil and other minerals and marine resources.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:12

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Presidential Release on Contractors And Suppliers in Sierra Leone
It has come to the notice of Government that many contractors and suppliers implementing government and donor-funded projects are doing so in accordance with the terms of their contracts. Government congratulates this category of persons for contributing to the successes achieved under the “Agenda for Change”. In the case of contractors and suppliers who delay implementation and compromise standards of works and supplies, it must be noted that performance delivery is the new focus and it is no more business as usual.
Oct 1, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
African Minerals (SL) Limited hosts more investors
African Minerals (SL) Limited has held a successful meeting with potential investors from different reputable backgrounds abroad. The team was accompanied to Sierra Leone by AML’s top executives who took them to the company’s flagship iron ore project in Tonkolili. The delegation was later received by President Ernest Bai Koroma who expressed confidence in the operations of AML and assured them of his government and people’s support to genuine investors from all over the world.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:22

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Mohamed ‘One Drop’ Sankoh & His Misdirected Insult of James Jonah
One of my buddies called me up in London yesterday from Germany just to say she truly enjoyed my recent articles ‘calling a spade a spade’ in the process of my using the correct adjectives to describe Dr. Christiana Thorpe who has been wrongly labelled as a saint and/or angel for far too long now. The person was however curious as to why I only now decided ‘to remove the gloves’ after three years of subdued disdain at this Christiana Thorpe woman. My response was simple. Christiana and her handlers are trying to re-write History and make it appear as if James Jonah was a villain who horribly handled 1996 Elections as compared to her being painted as a crusading modern day Joan of Arc who gave a free and fair elections results in 2007 for the first time in Sierra Leone. [Hogwash!]
Sep 30, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's Opposition Party Greatly Improved Education of Girls (FLASHBACK)
Kenema, October 16th 2006: Girls of Sierra Leone have since the introduction of Western education in the country trailed behind boys in terms of access to and retention in school. The dropout and the low enrolment rates of girls have been largely blamed on parents' failure to provide for girls' education. Due to the high incidence of poverty in the country, most families in the rural areas preferred to let their boy children stay in school because of meagre resources, while the girl children are often left at home to assist in domestic chores and later to be given out in marriage. This situation had resulted in the very low percentage of educated women as compared to men in the country, and to the overall low literacy statistic in the country.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:18

NEWS
Obama Invites AIG Lengor to America
The President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama has invited the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in charge of operations, Mr. Morie Lengor to attend International Visitors’ Leadership Conference. The month long interactive session is slated to commence on Friday 1st October 2010. This information was relayed to the Awareness Times in an exclusive interview with the AIG on Wednesday 29th September at Police Headquarters in Freetown. Morie Lengo informed that he was chosen by the US Government to join several other important personalities from across the globe to dialog with Americans on how to tackle the increased incidences of crime perpetrated by immigrants in that country, and also share their various experiences on crime related issues in their respective countries.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:16

SATIRE
A Spoonful of Propaganda Makes APC's Message Go Out from SLBC
Click above link for our latest cartoon which depicts how Government Operatives are busy manipulating for the SLBC to be spoonfed with what to say and do and a suggestion for new SLBC Director General to produce an Editorial Policy which will act as a guideline and stem the ruling party propaganda flow from the independent broadcaster.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Information Ministry Ends 3 Days Sensitization on FOI Bill
The Ministry of Information and Communication has concluded a three-day nationwide pre-legislative sensitization tour from Monday 20th to 23th September 2010 on the proposed Freedom of Information Bill that will soon be laid before parliament for approval. The bill when passed into law will give the opportunity to Sierra Leoneans to access public information which in turn will enhance accountability, transparency and development in the country’s democratic process. The tour was climaxed in Kenema with a one-day workshop for stakeholders comprising of Journalists, Civil Society Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Teachers and Members of the public.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Deputy Health Minister Cautions Medical Stores’ Staff
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Hon. Mohamed Daudis Koroma on Thursday September 29th 2010 cautioned Medical Stores staff at New England Ville to be very mindful of the medical supplies meant for distribution to hospitals and other health centres across the country. He was addressing members of staff in one of his on the spot visits to inspect storage of drugs and other medical supplies and equipment at the Malaria Control Department. The Deputy Minister underscored the importance of prompt distribution of essential drugs if only to overcome the challenges within the implementation of the free health care initiative which he said are enormous. He lauded the staff for their efforts and encouraged them to forge ahead to improve on the laurels of the MDG6 award to the country on HIV/IADS and malaria curtail drive.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Enhances Education In Junior Secondary Schools
In a bid to give back to the people of Sierra Leone as Part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Zain through its Build Our Nation initiative targeted Junior Secondary School (JSS) sector and donated Educational items to pupils of FAWE school in Makeni and UMC Girls JSS Kono in the North & Eastern Regions, this goodwill is yet to continue in the South and East soon. Since 2007, Zain Sierra Leone has regularly donated educational supplies to local schools all around Sierra Leone. Each year, Zain supports the progress of the education sector in Sierra Leone by providing supplies to close to in schools in different rural areas and this year is no exception.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africa’s green revolution will founder without extra global funding
The word “hunger” connotes two d if ferent experiences: deprivation and desire. In our two African countries, and in the developing world in general, nearly 1 billion people experience a severe lack of food and yearn to l if t themselves out of poverty. For our world to be stable, it must become free of the worst forms of deprivation. For our world to be more just, the desires of the poor must be fulfilled. A decade ago, the world agreed to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 as part of the UN millennium development goals.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ONS Cautions Against Reckless Reporting
Following what has been disclaimed as unfounded publications in a certain tabloid against the Office of National Security (ONS) that appeared in three separate editions on the 16th, 22nd and 24th September 2010 respectively, officials on Wednesday 29th instant unequivocally frowned at what they said was aimed at undermining their status throwing their integrity into disrepute. In a press conference convened at State House in Freetown, ONS Chief of Staff Mr. Larry Bassie informed pressmen that their office has maintained a high level of integrity, political neutrality as expected of them through their statutory mandate since its formation by the previous government.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* MP Hands Over VIP Toilets * President Koroma Congratulates Saudi Arabia * Parliament Goes on Recess * Islamic Institute Director Returns to Freetown * Kailahun Chief Preaches Patriotism * Global Summit Hosted for Sierra Leone’s Future Leaders * FCC Awards Councilor.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, National Deaf Association Observes Deaf Week
The National Association of the Deaf in Sierra Leone have again joined their counterparts the world over to observe this year’s week-long International Week of the Deaf celebration that lasted from the 20th to the 26th September 2010 on the theme ‘Right To Use Sign Language in Educational Programmes.’ The celebrating dumb and deaf were caught up with at Garrisan Street, one of their hubs in the city by our reporter on the last day of the week. The group represented by Chief Alhaji Pa Lahai Vangahun through an interpreter said the celebration was very paramount to them as they were very concerned to demonstrate their existence to solicit assistance.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
I Very Much Remember September 2007!
President Koroma is now three years in office and there were loud celebrations last weekend to commemorate his “success” in power. Well I used the word success in quote because his party knows what successes they have achieved because us citizens do not know. I just want to reminisce a little when President Koroma three years ago made wonderful promises coupled with his handsomeness gave him the seat of power that today we don’t know where we are going, but we knew where we came from.
Sep 30, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's Opposition Leader in Commendable Political Tolerance
The Chairman and Leader of Sierra Leone’s main opposition political party continues to show his respect for the dictates of the 2009 APC-SLPP Agreement signed under the auspices of the international community which called for political tolerance and respect for others to be displayed between the country’s main political actors. John Oponjo Benjamin is a shining beacon of light for those who are looking for acts of political tolerance that are worth emulating. Unlike others who append their signatures to one thing and act in a different manner and who travel to the United Nations to speak of respect and political tolerance only to return home and ride roughshod over political views from the opposition, Mr. John Benjamin, was this week seen prominently amongst the mourners at the funeral service of the only son of ruling party strongman Leonard Balogun Koroma.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:22

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Tribute to My Dear Son, Leonard Balogun Koroma Jnr. from Leonard Balogun Koroma Snr. in Sierra Leone
It’s barely five months ago that I gave a befitting tribute to my late mother at St. Philip’s Church in Freetown. Today, one of the worst things that could happen to any parent or family has just happened to me and my family. On Monday September 13th, 2010 at about 9.45am at the Choithram Memorial Hospital, Hill Station, we lost our 26 year old son, Leonard Balogun Koroma Jnr during surgery for appendicitis. Balogun Jnr had returned to his native land from the United States of America, 3 weeks earlier to explore the possibility of returning home finally to join me in my business and take over as my eldest son and heir.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:21

NEWS : Politics
Dr. Soyei pays His Additional Le50 Million to lead SLPP into Elections
One of the contenders for the flag bearer of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in its next year National Delegates’ Convention has completed the payment of the Le 50 Million stipulated candidature fee on Monday, 27th September 2010. Dr. Anthony Kakpindi Soyei who had made the initial down deposit of Le10Million alongside 22 others earlier this month, made the balance payment of Le40Million directly to the Leader of the party; Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin at the party’s Headquarters on Wallace Johnson Street as a manifestation of his commitment to his intention to lead the party in the 2012 elections if approved by the National Delegates of the party.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Approves another 5 Presidential Nominees
Parliament on Monday, 27th September 2010 has approved another set of five Presidential nominees for various positions within government’s enterprises and institutions. This follows recommendations made by the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Appointment and Public Accounts. The nominees includes: Mohamed Jabbie as Board Member to represent the Eastern Province in the National Youth Commission (NYC), Lusane Koroma to represent the Southern Province in the NYC Board, Ibrahim S. Jalloh to represent the Northern Province in the NYC Board, AIG Al-Sheik Kamara as police representative in the NASSIT Board and Ms. Estha Panda as Board member in the Roads Maintenance Fund Administration.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, War declared on illegal Loggers in Bo
The manner in which illegal logging is taking place in the country at large and in the Bo District in particular, is very alarming, especially when one takes into consideration the attendant devastating environmental ramifications on lives and property around the country; it is in view of this that the District Forest Officer (DFO) in the Bo District, Joseph Musa, has intensified what he has called “the war against illegal logging” in the district, by institution high fines and or seizing the equipment of defaulters. He has imposed a registration fee for logging equipment such as the Power Saw to One Million Leones whiles raising the cost for loggers to Five Million Leones.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Canada Provides Peace Keeping Training for SLP
A team of eight retired senior police officers from the Canadian Police Force (CPF) are presently in Sierra Leone to conduct an intense training of trainer’s course on peace keeping for personnel of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP). This was disclosed to newsmen by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Sierra Leone Police, Richard Moigbeh at the weekly police press briefing held at their George Street Headquarters in central Freetown on Tuesday 28th September 2010. According to DIG Moigbeh the eight retired senior police officers from Canadian are expected to be joined by two other senior staff from the Kofi Anan Training Center to conduct the training.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Bank Hands Over School at Quarry
One of the leading and oldest commercial banks in Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Bank on 28th September 2010 officially handed over the newly constructed Quarry Primary School to members of the community at a ceremony held on the school’s ground at Quarry in the east end of Freetown. In his handing over statement, the bank’s Board Chairman Mr. Alex Kamara said it was part of their corporate social responsibility as they believed in long-term partnership through long-term commitments that over-ride short-term challenges. According to him, investing in the good times but pulling out in the bad, is quite simple, a complete alien concept.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
PRIME Sierra Leone Project Launched in Freetown
The Sierra Leone Poverty Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME-SL) has been formally launched on Friday 24th September 2010 at offices of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Freetown. PRIME Sierra Leone is a capacity building initiative funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to enhance the Government of Sierra Leone in developing the required capacity to ensure effective and sustainable monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Agenda for Change, (PRSP2). In her statement the chairperson of the ceremony, Madam Fatmata Mustapha said PRIME Sierra Leone was a three-year grant agreement that was signed since 2006 but only became effective in November 2009. According to her the delay in the effectiveness of the project was due as a result of the late fulfillment of certain conditions prior to grant approval.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone celebrates Right to know Day
Civil Societies organizations, the media and general members of society yesterday, Tuesday, 28th September 2010 joined the rest of the world to celebrate Right to Know Day on the theme, "The urgency of promulgating the long awaited Freedom of Information Act-What next?" at the British Council auditorium in Freetown. The ceremony organized by the Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI) in collaboration with Freedom of Information Coalition (FIC) was chaired by Falla Ensa-Ndayma.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Kenya Airways Holds Successful AGM in Nairobi *Illegal Shipping of Toxic Waste to Africa *Armed Robbers Hit Kissy Dockyard * 60 years Old Commits Suicide in Makeni * Deputy Health Minister Supports Blood Donation *Rape Suspect Escapes from Police Custody *Shankerdas & Sons Constructs Link Bridge in Koya.
Sep 29, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SUMMARY STATISTICS OF THE INVALIDATED STATIONS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RUN-OFF ELECTIONS SEPTEMBER 2007
This is the actual document with bungled-up, doctored figures which were handed over to Journalists in Sierra Leone by the dishonest, criminally-minded Dr. Christiana Thorpe on November 29th 2007 as her so-called “invalidated results”. In addition to Dr. Sama Banya’s well laid out observations (published yesterday) about these obviously cooked-up figures where Kailahun lost one polling station which mysteriously appeared up in Koinadugu, please note also that the figures for Kenema and Kono have been (mistakenly) interchanged in this document. This is not our document but the actual one Madam Dishonest Christiana Thorpe distributed!!!
Sep 29, 2010, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
The Bungled and Cooked-Up Results Released by Christiana Thorpe in Sierra Leone in December 2007
Please click the following link to see a photo snapshot of the actual document with bungled-up, doctored figures which were handed over to Journalists in Sierra Leone by Dr. Christiana Thorpe on November 29th 2007 as her invalidated results. In addition to Dr. Sama Banya's well laid out observations (published in this edition) about the cooked up figures shamelessly given to journalists by Thorpe with the connivance of UN staff brought in by Ban Ki Moon's Victor Angelo, please note also that the figures for Kenema and Kono have been (mistakenly) interchanged. The intrigue gets deeper. Download/View File ]
Sep 28, 2010, 18:30

NEWS
New York honours President Ernest Koroma with Proclamations from Congressman and New York City Council
Sierra Leone's President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma ended his New York trip in grand style when he was honored with two Proclamations given by Congressman Charles B. Rangle and the New York City Council through Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie during the Open Government Initiative (OGI ) Banquet at the Riverside Church Convention Centre in Harlem last Saturday. President Koroma was in New York to attend the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly but his outstanding leadership in Sierra Leone and the many achievements his government has scored in just three years of governance have attracted the attention of the International Community and this led to the honours granted him by New York last Saturday.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:51

NEWS : Politics
APC Installs ‘Ba nya faeki’ Solar Lights at Mile 91 Town of Sierra Leone
The much trumpeted solar lights to be installed in all major towns and provincial headquarters across that country has started on bad footing at Mile 91 in the Tonkolili District, with the three solar lights so far installed being described by the people as “mere decorations” as they are not functioning as expected. This development has created doubts in the minds of the people who have now started questioning the sincerity of government in implementing the project. Our reporter who has just returned from that part of the country spoke with some residents to get their views on the dysfunctional nature of the lights.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:50

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Madam, You Have Lost All Credibility in Sierra Leone (We Reproduce Sama Banya’s Article)
For those, (especially members of the Donor & International Community) who were not here in 2007, the article by Dr. Sama Banya should, rightfully so, shock you. These revealed depths of dishonesty and fraudulent actions of Dr. Christiana Thorpe are just a tip of the iceberg. More revelations are coming about this Criminally-Minded and Dishonest Woman throughout this whole week! What is of essence today is that after the following article of Sama Banya’s was published on December 3rd 2007, we were to learn Dr. Christiana Thorpe’s NEC ordered for their NEC Website to be totally wiped out with all its data. The website itself was deleted from the Internet! This is the woman that some unscrupulous and/or misguided Sierra Leoneans are hailing as a heroine...
Sep 28, 2010, 17:48

FEATURES
Miata French Commented on NEC Website as NEC Website Melted Away with all Data!!! (Reproduced Article was first published on Dec 4, 2007)
...With all the evidence published today, if there are people who still say Christiana Thorpe is a Role Model for Elections, those people need to have their heads checked out. Meanwhile, the people of Liberia, FIVE YEARS after 2005, are still freely accessing NEC Liberia website with all Results therein whilst us poor Sierra Leoneans are left in anguished wilderness with no such access after we were royally screwed up by the United Nations ‘Technical Advisers’ and Dr. Christiana Ayoka Mary Thorpe! Shame! Shame!! Shame on you Dr. Christiana Thorpe!!!
Sep 28, 2010, 17:47

NEWS : Local News
Leonard Balogun Koroma (Jnr.) Laid to Rest in Sierra Leone
The mortal remains of Leonard Balogun Koroma Jnr., who met his untimely death on Monday 13th September 2010 at the Choithram Hospital in Freetown after a brief illness, was laid to rest yesterday Monday 27th September 2010 at the Race Course Cemetery in Freetown. Prior to the burial of the charming, extrovert, prayerful, and forward-looking 26 years old Leonard, a funeral service that attracted people from all walks of life at home and abroad, was held at the Centenary Tabernacle Church, along Circular Road in Central Freetown.
Sep 28, 2010, 17:34


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