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Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa gets new Secretary
The newly posted first Secretary to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa was welcomed into the Chancery and introduced in an elating way to home-based and local staff by His Excellency Mr. Andrew Bangali on Friday 3rd September 2010. Mrs. Juliana Sia Hawa Fallah (nee Blake) is replacing Mr. Mohamed Hashim who has served the Mission for close to seven years. Mrs. Fallah was the erstwhile Consular Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Freetown.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
APC MP Commissions New Primary School
The Honorable Member of Parliament for Constituency 103, Alieu Badara Turay on Monday 13th September 2010 commissioned a newly constructed private school within the Moyiba Community in the east end of Freetown. In his statement Hon. Turay said the construction of the Grace Community High School was in fulfillment of the call by government on private entities to bring investment to the door steps of their communities. This is part of governments commitment to help improve the educational system in Sierra Leone, he said, while calling on parents and guardians to make use of the opportunity.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Subscribers Laud Zains Fambul Tariff
Subscribers have commended Zain for crashing rates to Le.324 per minute (9 units) on-net and Le.432 per minute (12 units) off-net on its Fambul Tariff Scheme. The Fambul Tariff emerged as a result of a 60% reduction of tariff for both on-net and off-net. This has made Zain the most affordable Telecommunications Company in Sierra Leone and owing to their wide coverage and network reliability; this reduction in tariff has further consolidated their position of being the No.1 Telecoms network for every possible reason.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zains Across-The-Board Tariff Reduction is a Benefit to Subscribers
Zain-Sierra Leone unleashed its tariff reduction program almost two weeks ago, and this reduction has positively affected subscribers country-wide, owing to the wide nature of their network. The reduction program keeps Zain tariff lower than the average price level of other mobile carriers as the operator remains the best value for consumers. The tariff drop program has saved Zain subscribers airtime for every minute of voice calls, for pre-paying and post-paying subscribers respectively and the package is applicable to all Zains current and new users.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLIBA Takes 2 to German-Ghana Trade Fair
Sierra Leone Indigenous Business Association (SLIBA) has fully sponsored two small scale entrepreneurs in creative arts and textile industry to participate in the German-Ghana Trade Fair (GERRU) program to be held in Ghana on the 29th instant. Presenting travel documents to the representatives yesterday at the Ebenezer Millennium Building, Circular Road in Freetown, the Executive Secretary of the association, Aisie-nana Victoria Williams who will be leading the delegation said having mentored its members for the past six months in their respective fields of operation, the association though it fit to undertake expenses for Mr. Abu Bakarr Kargbo and Madam Frederica Williams to participate and represent Sierra Leone in the trade fair.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Urban Greenery engages in tree planting to restore environment
Urban Greenery a Committee of Concerned Environmentalists in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security is engaged in a tree planting exercise targeting the entire country. The exercise was launched on 5th June 2010 and have so far planted tree seedlings in the Western Area amounting to 288, 000. According to the Chairman of the Committee, Alan Barrie, the exercise is a campaign against the rapid deforestation of the country especially the Western Areas water catchment areas, adding that the exercise is being replicated simultaneously in all the twelve districts of the country.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health unwraps Essential Health Service Package
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has unveiled Basic Package of Essential Health Service delivery for Primary Health Care workers in an auspicious ceremony held at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex in Freetown on Tuesday 4 September 2010. The package is expected to serve as a guide to implement the free Health Care Services launched in April this year by President Koroma for under fives, pregnant and lactating mothers. In his official launching statement, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Daudis Koroma described the occasion as another milestone in the Ministrys calendar of events.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, IIC Launches 7 New Life Assurance Products
International Insurance Company Limited Sierra Leone (ICC-SL) on Wednesday 15th September 2010 launched seven (7) new Life Assurance Products that coincided with the opening of their new Life Office at Bathurst Street in Freetown. Speaking at the ceremony, IIC Managing Director Mr. Nduka O. Anyaso thanked the Government of Sierra Leone and its people for providing them the comfortable atmosphere to operate as an insurance company in spite of all the competitions.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Head of UNREC/RECSA Delegation Thrilled By Study Visit
Ambassador Ochieng Adala, head of the visiting nine-man delegation from the Regional Centre for Small Arms (RECSA) and the United Nations Centre for Disarmament (UNREC) respectively has described the sessions they have had at the head office of the Sierra Leone National Commission for Small Arms (SLeNCSA) as informative. They are here to learn about the countrys DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration) programme its successes and challenges.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* SLEPA Boss to Inspect Mining Companies * MP Reassures Kono People * Ten Months Old Baby Drowns in a Bucket *CDHR Organizes Human Rights Workshop *ENCISS Concludes Workshop in Makeni *Christian Brothers Bailout Under Privileged Children *Rotary Club Donates to Military Hospital.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
FIBank Group Holds Retreat in Sierra Leone
One of Africas indigenous private-sector-driven banking conglomerates, FiBank Group, is holding its Bi-annual Group retreat in Sierra Leone on Thursday 16th of September to Saturday 18th September, 2010, as part of its corporate re-engineering strategy of rotating the hosting of its Group meetings amongst the subsidiary companies within the group. The Group retreat is being hosted by its Sierra Leone subsidiaries, FiBank, headed by Chris Uchendu and International Insurance Company (SL) Limited, whose helmsman is Nduka Anyaso.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:00

JOLLIBOY! - Solomon Pratt's Book is now available for Purchase Online

Sep 15, 2010, 21:17

NEWS : Politics
As Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbie Declares Kailahun Calls for an Easterner to Lead SLPP
Residents and indigenes of Kailahun District have unequivocally called for an Easterner to this time lead the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) as flag bearer for the upcoming Presidential election in 2012. This call was made by supporters of the party during a two- day Consultative political tour over the weekend by one of the twenty-three aspirants for the flag bearer position of the party, Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbie during which time he declared his intention for the SLPP flag bearer to the people. Dr. Jabbie was welcomed with pomp and fanfare by SLPP supporters of Constituency 08 which comprises Peje West, Peje Bonga, Yawai and Pengowa chiefdoms all in the Kailahun District, eastern Sierra Leone.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament approves Police Boss & Nine others
Following the interviews conducted by the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Public Services and Appointment on the 27th August and the 3rd September 2010 Parliament yesterday approved the newly appointed Inspector General of Police and nine other Presidential nominees. The approved nominees include: Francis Allieu Munu as Inspector General of Police, Brigadier Robert Yira Koroma as Chief of Defence Staff of the RSLAF, Mr. Elvis J. G. Hallowell as Director General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC),
Sep 15, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, PPSL blames unsafe abortions on unwanted Pregnancies
The BCC/Advocacy Manager for Plan Parenthood Association in Sierra Leone (PPA-SL), Brima Kamara has told newsmen that unwanted pregnancies are a leading cause of unsafe abortions in Sierra Leone. Mr. Brima Kamara made this disclosure on Tuesday, 14th September 2010 in an interview with newsmen at his office in Freetown. According to Mr. Kamara an unwanted pregnancy is a pregnancy that is not needed by the individual or couple.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Marlon Sesay Foundation to Offer Free On-Line Education to Sierra Leone
The Marlon Sesay Foundation, a non political organization based in the United Kingdom and in Sierra Leone will kick-start a Free On-line Education, Sponsorship and Development Programme for students across the country. This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Melon Sesay at a press conference held at the foundations head office on Ecowas Street in Freetown. According to Mr. Sesay, he had been out of the country for about 20 years working with other nationals, helping other countries to develop their economies.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ALLFOUNDERS to Host Global Summit for University Students
A local Non-Governmental Organization, ALLFOUNDERS and Inventors Club operating in Sierra Leone, will host a two-day global business summit for university students, especially new graduates from recognized universities in Sierra Leone from 29th to 30th September 2010 at the British Council Hall on Tower Hill, Freetown. This was disclosed by the Chief of Administrator of the ALLFOUNDERS and Inventors Club, Lawrence Spencer-Coker in an exclusive interview with the Awareness Times on Tuesday 14th September 2010. According to Mr. Spencer-Coker, his organization is a local Ngo that is gearing towards promoting business among university students in Sierra Leone.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Splash-Sierra Leone Boosts Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone
One of the leading money transfer institutions in Sierra Leone, Splash-Sierra Leone on 14th September 2010 donated food items and School furniture worth thousands of United States Dollars to the Milton Margai School for the Blind on Wilkinson Road in Freetown. The gifts include; 16 standard benches that will sit 80 pupils of the school, 5 bags of rice and 25 gallons of cooking oil. Accordingly, more was promised in the coming months.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Sub-Regional Training for Performance Auditors Kicks Off
Audit Service Sierra Leone in collaboration with African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions-English Speaking countries (AFROSAI-E) has commenced a weeks training course for Performance Auditors in the sub region. During the opening ceremony at Hill Valley Hotel on Monday 13th September, 2010, the Deputy Auditor General for Training and Development, Mr. Vidal Paul-Coker welcomed participants to the first of three module courses. He noted that the training will enable Performance Auditors to work independently in line with established audit plans and implement Performance Audit methods as laid down by AFROSAI-E Audit Standards.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* EU Approves Le 266 Billion for Sierra Leone * No Salary for Nursing School Workers * JICA Vice President Concludes Visit to Sierra Leone * Armed Robbers attack Grafton Police Barracks * Sierra Leone gets another Cassava Processing Center *Hajj Scribe Warns President Koroma.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 43-year-old imprisoned for Conspiracy
A 43 year old man, Alhaji Alie Kanteh was docked before Magistrate Henry Sandy at Court No. 1A yesterday 14th September on a charge of conspiracy to commit a felony and larceny in a dwelling house. According to the charge sheet, Alhaji Kamara on Wednesday, 3rd September at 115 Bai Burah Road conspired with other unknown people unknown to commit a felony.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
President Koroma says he is committed to transforming Sierra Leone
President Ernest Bai Koroma has reiterated his commitment and determination to transform Sierra Leone through his Agenda for Change programmes with the assurance that relationship between Ministers and Civil Servants will not slow down his transformation drive. He was speaking yesterday at the official opening of the Forum of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on Strengthening Political Administrative Relations launching of the Management and Functional Review of the Public Service Commission at the Miatta Conference hall.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Deputy Health Minister Shines on Agenda for Change TV Show
As a way of assessing adherence and compliance with President Ernest Bai Koromas Agenda for Change since its inception in 2007, Ministers of Government have for the past week been frequenting the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) in a television programme dubbed Agenda for Change to explain to the public what their achievements and challenges are for the 36 months since the policy document started operation. The Agenda for Change as conceptualized by the APC Government aims at turning Sierra Leone around from its perceived decadent state to one of prosperity.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Reckless Driving Kills Girl, 11 and injures 3
Police of the Lumley Police Division have impounded a private vehicle with an unofficial registration number ENO 3V for hitting four people along the Main Motor Road in Lumley among them an eleven year old girl who died on the spot while the three others sustained injuries of varied proportions. The incident which took place on Thursday, 9th 2010 has been described by eye witnesses as due to over speeding and recklessness of the driver, identified as Mohamed Mattia is in police custody, while the dead and injured were conveyed to the Connaught Hospital.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals Sends 17 People to Ghana on Training
The African Minerals on Thursday 9th September 2010 proudly sponsored the training of 17 Sierra Leoneans in Ghana. This move is in line with the companys poise to capacitate its local staff. Speaking to our reporter at their Ferengbeya Site in Tonkolili before departure of the trainees, the Logistics Manager Mr. Musa Bangura revealed that those opportune to travel to Ghana would see for themselves not only how mining companies operate in that country but how they relate with the communities in which they operate.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hotel Owners to Hold First Consultative Meeting
Hotel, Catering and Entertainment Employers Federation (HCEEF) will on Wednesday 15th September 2010 hold its first consultative meeting to brainstorm on a way forward for the federation at the Family Kingdom Hall, Aberdeen in Freetown. Speaking to this Medium in an exclusive interview at his Kimbima Hotel Office, the Chairman Elect Mr. Tamba Alieu-Kokobay revealed that the decision for consultative meeting was to bring al;l stakeholders on board to add impetus to the running of the federation which he said had remained dormant for years.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:08

Issues of Media, Freedom and Human Rights in West Africa
Click above link for a compilation of news reports from the West African subregion on issues concerning Human Rights, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Information.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Photo News
Sierra Leone's Judiciary Opens for 2010/2011 Judicial Year
Click the link above to view photographs of the Annual Judicial Service held on Sunday September 12th 2010 at the St. George's Cathedral in Freetown.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Global Fund Funds Health Ministry *Police Probe Wealth Builders * 7 Die in Fire Accident *Armed Robbers Attack Magistrate Fisher * Action for development promotes Youths * 116 Students graduate From NEC School * Female Councilor Donates to School Children *Education Minister Clears the Air.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Police Commended for Maintaining the Peace at Ramadan
Personnel of the Sierra Leone Police Force attached to the Lumley, Aberdeen, Goderich communities in the west end of Freetown received commendations from residents in those crime prone areas for maintaining the peace during the festive Ramadan day on Friday 10th September. Special praises were showered on the Local Unit Commanders of both Lumley and Congo Cross Police Divisions for their professional manner their detailed police personnel around the beach areas conducted themselves. Our reporter was out and about community praying grounds and beaches and was very impressed with the robust police presence throughout the areas on that day.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 2010/2011 Judicial Year Opens as Cleric appreciates Sierra Leone's Chief Justice (*CORRECTED)
With President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in attendance on Sunday, 12th September 2010 at the St. Georges Cathedral Church marking the official opening of the 2010/2011 Judicial Year, Rt. Rev. Arnold C. Temple, President of the Conference of Methodist Churches showered benediction on the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh and thanked her for her efforts at improving the Judiciary rise from its moment of decadence. The Annual ceremony attracted eminent Sierra Leonean personalities including Government Ministers, Doctors, Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, civil servants and members of the public. Delivering his sermon, the Preacher at the ceremony, Rt. Rev. Temple noted justice is an important virtue in the lives of human beings which should be maintained at all times.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, State Funeral for Karefa Smart on Sunday, 19th September
It has been revealed by the Minister of Information and Communications that the late Octogenarian and veteran politician, Dr. John Karefa Smart will be laid to rest on Sunday, 19th September instant at his home-town of Rotifunk. Giving a brief homily of the late Independence Advocate, Minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said the country has lost a seasoned and patient politician who strove and fought for the attainment of independence for Sierra Leone and served as government Minister for several years.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:08

Publisher of Sierra Leone's Highest Selling Newspaper is on Vacation in UK
Publisher of the Awareness Times newspaper is presently on vacation in London. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden left the shores of Freetown on Friday, 10th September 2010 to attend the Book Launching of her 89 year old famous grandfather's Autobiography. She is expected back home after a week. Whilst on vacation, as usual, the Awareness Times Newspaper remains alive and will continue to provide the appropriate information, education and entertainment to its wider readership without fear or favour. During this period of her vacation, Bampia James Bundu has taken over the hot seat of Acting Publisher of the Newspaper.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Cleric Makes Clarion Call for Review of Sierra Leones Archaic Laws (*CORRECTED)
At a Thanksgiving ceremony yesterday at the Saint George's Cathedral Church marking the official opening of the 2010/2011 Judicial Year, a senior member of the Clergy in his capacity as Preacher of the occasion called on government to review the countrys archaic laws as a way of ensuring the fair dispensation of justice in the country. Rt. Reverend Arnold C. Temple in his sermon said the Sierra Leone experienced eleven years of fratricidal war because of the absence of justice due to archaic laws associated with the dispensation of justice in the country. He maintained that even with that bitter experience, the country has not learnt anything as a way of ameliorating the issues of injustice as the causes of that war are yet to be properly analyzed, he said.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:04

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Small Borbor to Represent Youth at Special Advisory Committee
In recognition of his progressive role in promoting the ideals of the party as the youngest and only SLPP Councilor in the Western Rural District Council, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba, aka Small Borbor has been selected to join a team of elders on the Special Advisory Committee set up by the SLPP hierarchy to screen the twenty-three intending aspirants for the flag bearer position of the party. This was revealed by the partys National Secretary General, Jacob Jusu Saffa in an exclusive chat with our reporter at the close of last week. Mr. Saffa said the party hierarchy holds Councilor Kabba in high esteem owing to his good natured approach and progressive strides in flying the partys flag high.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*4 Sent to Jail for Selling unregistered Sim Cards *UNDP and Law Officers Train 93 Court Supervisors in Bo * Two (2) in Court for Fraud *WHO Donates to Ministry of Health *Principal s and Headmasters to Sign Performance Contract *Police Arrest Medical Doctor and 5 Others for Stealing Drugs *Kono Welcome Vice President *Trade Minister Praises Koidu Holdings.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell Presents Le 60 Million to Find the Missing Treasure Winner
One of the leading Telecommunications Companies in Sierra Leone, Africell, on Thursday, 8th September 2010 presented a cheque of Le 60 Million to the Winner of the Find the Missing Treasure Promotions, at the companys headquarters, Wilberforce, Freetown. This is the fourth presentation ceremony conducted by Africell and the total amount of money being won by lucky Africell winners is above Le 128 Million to about 214 lucky subscribers across the country. Presenting the prizes to the winners on behalf of Africell, the Head of Event and Sponsorship, Mr. Arthur B. Kallon reiterated the companys relentlessness in honoring its social corporate responsibility over the years, stressing that there was no going back from that direction.
Sep 13, 2010, 17:58

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
In Loving and Affectionate Memory of Victoria Elizabeth Abiosseh Pratt
In Loving and Affectionate Memory of a Dear Wife and Mother VICTORIA ELIZABETH ABIOSSEH PRATT
Sep 13, 2010, 17:56

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Executive Hands Over Flagbearer Applications to Peter Tucker, Sama Banya etc.
As a sign of honor and respect for clauses in the Rules and Regulations for the election of Presidential Candidate for the 2012 election, the Secretariat and Executive of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Wednesday 8th September 2010 handed over the declaration forms of the twenty-three (23) aspirants for the party, a week after close of deadline for declaration of intent to the Special Advisory Committee at the partys National Headquarters in Freetown. Handing over the documents to the Committee, the National Chairman John Oponjo Benjamin said the Sierra Leone Peoples Party recognizes the proximity of the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections for which the Party shall be nominating Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hon. Elizabeth Alpha Lavalie Gives Public Lecture on the reinstatement of District Officers
The chairperson Human Rights Committee in Parliament Hon. Elizabeth Alpha Lavalie yesterday gave a lecture to Colleague Members of Parliament, members of the civil society, journalists and the general public on the intention of the APC government to re-introduce the offices of District Officers. Hon. Elizabeth Alpha Lavalie started by thanking the participants for coming to listen to her lecture.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Ends UPR Workshop for CSOs
In collaboration with the United Nations Peace Building Office in Sierra Leone, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) has on the 7th September 2010 ended one-day Universal Periodic Review workshop for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the theme: Making Rights Real at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown. This was in compliance with the mandate of the United Nation General Assembly for all member states to give their human rights report every four years, the next one being slated for May, 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. In his opening remarks the chairperson of the Workshop, Lawyer Emmanuel S Abdulai noted the importance of such workshop as being very essential for Civil Societies Organisations since according to him CSOs contribution for compiling the report was not only significant but integral to the Periodic Review as a process that will determine the position of Sierra Leone in the area of intervention.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
25 Health Managers to Receive 3-Months Course in Ghana
In a bid to ensure balance development in the health sector and to continue building the capacity of nurses and doctors in the country to ensure efficiency and sustainability in the free health care service delivery, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the Africa Development Bank and UNFPA has yesterday presented scholarship packages to 25 District Health Managers from Bo, Kenema, Bonthe, Port Loko and Tonkolili Districts respectively.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Extends Goodwill to Muslims Nation-wide
Freetown, September 07, 2010 In a bid to realize the value of the Holy month of Ramadan, Zain Sierra Leone on Friday, 3rd September 2010 provided donation program to many Central Mosques in the country. The donation is intended to recognize the role Muslims are playing during the Holy month of Ramadan from the companys perspective and to also help the mosques improve their service to the people.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*HANCI Donates School Materials to School Children * Police Intercept Counterfeit Dollars at Airport * Court Grants Bail to Ex-Ambassador and 3 Others. * Chiefdom Councils Learn Budget Management *3 Cars Crash at Kissy Old Road* Mayor says Liberian Counterparts will Visit Sierra Leone * Gruesome Road Accident Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Badly Injured  *Bench warrant for Army Corporal.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, USL Hosts Professional Seminar for Students
The University of Sierra Leone (USL) on Wednesday 8th September 2010 hosted the second professional Seminar for selected final year students from the constituent colleges of Fourah Bay College, (FBC) the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium in Freetown. This annual event started in 2009 with prospect of continuity as long as students graduate very year from universities in the country. For the first time, this years seminar will be followed in October this year by a job trade fair in Freetown. Addressing the students before the start of the seminar, the Pro-Vice Chancellor University of Sierra Leone Professor T.B.R Yormah told them that the seminar was designed to help develop final year students in various course areas from colleges within the university system.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:04

Young Leaders-Sierra Leone reiterates why Sierra Leone loves Tony Blair
The global President and CEO of Young Leaders-Sierra Leone has reiterated his countrys appreciation to the British former Prime Minister for his intervention for stopping the war in Sierra Leone. Speaking to BBC Radio 2s News, views and live guests programme Tuesday 7 September, presented by Jeremy Vine, who also presents BBCs Panorama programme, Dizo said Tony Blair did what was right in his intervention to prevent the RUF rebels killing more innocent people.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:02

The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) in collaboration with the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat will be organizing a three-day forum of Government Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the priorities and operations of Government with a view to, amongst others, understanding the importance of leadership roles, negotiation skills values that are required for the achievement of our national development objectives. The workshop which will be held from the 13-15 September 2010 at the Miatta Conference Centre will serve as a forum of orientation for Ministers and permanent Secretaries by providing them the necessary instruments to enhance their effectiveness.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:00

Prof. Eldred Jones Launches Land Tenure Book by Former Chief Justice Dr. Ade Renner Thomas
Retired Principal of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Professor Emeritus Eldred Jones has launched a new literature on Sierra Leones Land Tenure system which is a work by the former Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ade Renner-Thomas. The auspicious ceremony to launch the book entitled as: LAND TENURE IN SIERRA LEONE: The Law, Dualism & the Making of a Land Policy took place in an academically charged atmosphere at the British Council on Tuesday 7th September 2010 which also happened to be the 65th Birthday of the author.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie Commences Lecture Series
Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie, one of the leading aspirants for opposition SLPP Flagbearer position informs that she is to commence a series of four lectures at the British Council at 10am today. Todays Lecture, she informs, will argue against the ruling APC Governments proposed re-introduction of District Officers in Sierra Leones hinterland.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:12

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL).
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone is an independent Commission which was established in 2004 by an Act of Parliament. Our mandate is the protection and promotion of human rights in Sierra Leone.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Wealth Builders Customers Angry with Govt
Scores of Sierra Leoneans and foreign nationals who have been doing business with the disbanded Wealth Builders Network may likely go on the rampage if the Government fails to urgently bridge them with Management with a view to addressing their plight. On Tuesday 7th September 2010, a group of frustrated clientele led by one Moses Thoronka, a student of the University of Sierra Leone stormed the Awareness Times office to vent out their grievances for the attention of government who they apparently accuse for making a cover for Wealth Builders that has defrauded them of millions of Leones in savings.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Traders Unhappy with City Police
The way and manner personnel of the Metropolitan Police are executing their duty within the municipality seems to anger a good number of traders who are most affected by their activities. This situation is gradually becoming unbearable as the traders have organized themselves to forward a formal complaint against them to the management of the Freetown City Council. The traders, led by the executive of an umbrella organization, Concerned Traders spoke to our reporter yesterday on their planned protest against the city police for notoriety. Represented by one Mrs. Mariatu Dainkeh as chairlady of the association, the traders told this reporter that they have got disgusted with the crude and barbaric ways the city police used to attack them and their wares that often result in destruction of properties
Sep 8, 2010, 17:06

Mustapha M.K. Sesay is Still SLAJ Secretary-General and Not Under Any Form of Suspension
Extracts from Statement by Mustapha M.K. Sesay, National Secretary General, SLAJ delivered at Sierra Leone Labour Congress Freetown, September 4, 2010: Colleague SLAJ and potential SLAJ members, other media practitioners and concerned parties present here, all protocols observed as I welcome you to this important Press Conference and Interactive Media Session on the SLAJ National Constitution, as a means of broadening your horizon on SLAJ and other related matters.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* 22 Rescued at Sea * Government Approves Statistics Budget * E.U Provides $5M for Makolo Center * US$ 850 Medical Equipment for Connaught & Cottage Hospitals * President Koroma to Visit Kailahun * Two Rapists sent to High Court * Man Charged for Domestic Violence.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, YMCA ends Consultative Workshop on Sierra Leone Operation Plan(SLOP)
The Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) on Thursday, 2nd September 2010 ended a two-day consultative workshop on the organizations operating plan referred to as the YMCA-Sierra Leone Operating Plan (SLOP). The consultation brought together representatives from 25 local branches countrywide to review and adopt a draft report of the branch assessment, diagnosis and public perception survey of the local YMCA branches in the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western regions of Sierra Leone.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Flagbearer Application Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI (GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005)
Supporters of Lawyer Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi Esq. say he is the only Hope for the SLPP to Bounce Back to Service in 2012. They insist that only Bu-Buakei is synonymous with SLPP-2012-Sharp12. Please see below for his Political & other Profile.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, IIC Pays Le 159Million Insurance Claim to OSIWA
In an open display of their commitment to customers welfare, the International Insurance Company (IIC), one of Sierra Leones leading Insurance Companies which commenced operations in 2003, on Monday 6th August 2010 presented a cheque of Le159,000,000 as their honouring of a motor insurance claim made by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), at their Bathurst Street head office in Freetown. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IIC, Mr. Henry A. Macauley, noted that such a venture was in consonance with their demonstration of integrity and sustainable operation as a company in insurance business.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Koidu Holdings Signs Reviewed Mining Agreement
In what Mines Minister Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu says is a sign of responsible governance, one of the leading diamond mining companies operating in Sierra Leone, Koidu Holdings Limited on 6th September 2010 signed another mining lease agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, 5th Floor Youyi Building in Freetown. Giving an Overview of the agreement, the Head of Strategic Policy Unit in the office of the President Mr. Francis Bai Koroma revealed that the signing of the agreement was a manifestation of President Ernest Bai Koromas vision to review all mining laws in the country.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Donates Fasting Items to Muslims
One of Sierra Leones leading telecommunication companies, Zain on Friday 3rd September 2010 dished out a large consignment of assorted food and non-food items to Muslims in many parts of the country, notably in mosques in Freetown, Bo, Makeni and Kenema. The donated items included prayer mats, veils and hats, copies of the Holy Quran, bags of imported rice and condiments including vegetable oil. The gesture was aimed at motivating Muslims to hold steadfast in fasting during Holy Month.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:18

Well Done Leone Stars And Thanks To Hon. Vp Sam Sumana!
I am in a celebratory mood like the millions of Sierra Leoneans back home and in the diaspora after our heroes and Darling Leone Stars shocked us all and held The Pharaohs of Egypt to a 1-1 draw. I belong to a Sierra Leone Internet Forum called Leonenet and it is one forum with different interests, mostly over political issues, but today if ever the great quote from Nelson Mandela was affirmed that Sports has the power to unite a people , it happened on this forum.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
APC Councilor awards Scholarships to Eleven(11) Pupils
The All Peoples Congress Party (APC) Councilor for Ward 333 in the Western Rural District, Councilor Ayo Olu-Jones on Sunday 5th September 2010 awarded a years scholarship each to eleven (11) pupils within the Goderich Community that excelled in this years National Primary Schools Examinations (NPSE) in their respective schools. In an auspicious ceremony held at the village Community Centre Councilor Olu-Jones hastened to say that the donation was not politically motivated but a mere humanitarian gesture to under privileged children in his ward.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SALPOST MD Blames Accountant Generals Office for Workers Strike
The Acting Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Postal Services (SALPOST), Mr. Mohamed Issa Kanneh has said that it is the Accountant Generals Office that is delaying the process of paying backlog salaries and retirees benefits to workers since they as an institution have done all the paper work for payment. He acknowledged that since he assumed office in 2008 he met serious crises within the board composition, though he said that had in no way hindered the payment of salaries to workers. He was speaking in an interview with the press in reaction to what he referred to as a spontaneous strike action by the workers yesterday 6th Monday 2010 in agitation for increase in salary and the payment of backlogs and retirement benefits.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MUWODA Ends Consultative Meet
In order to bridge all political and tribal gaps in the country with intention to create a peaceful atmosphere among youths and women ahead of the 2012 general elections, the Muloma Womens Development Association (MUWODA) has conducted a one- day consultative meeting for women and youths from the various political parties. In his opening remarks the chairman of the meeting Mr. Foday Musa noted that the reason behind the meeting was to build the capacity of women and the youth so that they can not be influenced nor intimidated during the 2012 general elections.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Inferno Claims Three Months Old Baby
An inferno that engulfed 28 George Brook, Dwazark Farm in the late hours of Sunday 5th September 2010 left a three-month old baby burnt to death after gutting the entire five-apartment building. According to eyewitness report, the fire took residents by surprise from the apartments where the baby was lying asleep. Reports say a relative of the baby who was at the scene tried all he could to save the babys life but to no avail. Sources say the baby was locked up in a room and left to sleep by its mother.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Attorney General Returns Home in Wheelchair?? *APRM Governing Council Signs MOU * Notorious Armed Robber Arrested in Bo *49 Years Old Man Rapes Girl 9 * Energy Minister Condemns Imported Water * Guineans Invade Kailahun for Free Health Care Drugs *JSDP Ends training on SGBV.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Teenage Mother abandons 2 Months Baby
A fourteen-year-old child mother whose name was given as Ma-Sallay Koroma of Fonima, off Goderich Village in the west end of Freetown on Sunday 5th September 2010 abandoned her two months old baby in the veranda of her dwelling house and left for an unknown destination. Neighbors say Ma-Sallay has been living alone in a single room , adding that challenges in upkeeping the baby girl and herself became unbearable that caused her to abandon the innocent lass in the veranda to flee to an undisclosed destination.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:04

National Reporters Condemn Magistrate Shyllons Threats
The Sierra Leone Reporters Union is unhappy to learn that the Presiding Magistrate of Court No. 3 Magistrate Shyllon has used his authority to issue threatening remarks vowing to send a practicing journalist, Arthwa Maddie of For Di People Newspaper, to prison for eight (8) days, if he sets eyes on him in the vicinity of the court. The threatening remarks came as a result of a story published by For Di People Newspaper on August 18, about a rape case during which Magistrate Shyllon ordered Constable 781 Kamara attached to his Court, to detain Arthwa Maddie unlawfully for four hours, where prisoners are kept.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:02

Sierra Leone is ready to embark on a new and momentous chapter of development and growth. The occasion of its golden jubilee will serve both as a moment of reflection, celebration, and defining a vision for the future. The National Planning Committee is calling for ideas in celebrating the 50th Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone. The Anniversary is a truly national celebration and the committee recognizes that there are many Sierra Leoneans who may have ideas, suggestions, projects, and plans for our Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Commissions African Minerals Locomotive Train
It was a scene of wild jubilation and dancing at Sierra Leones Queen Elizabeth II Water Quay last Friday September 3rd 2010 as supporters of President Koroma exclaimed their belief that the APC has brought back the Railway that SLPP promised to bring but never did. The supporters were referring to a Locomotive Engine that African Minerals has imported into the country to transport Iron Ore from Tonkolili hills to the Sea for onward shipment to Europe and to China.
Sep 6, 2010, 14:00

NEWS : Politics
Over the Spirit & Letter of Section 32(3) SLPP Undresses APCs Claims
The main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has laid bare, claims by the ruling All Peoples Congress functionaries that the President did not have to sit with and consult with political party leaders in order to appoint Electoral Commissioners. The Spirit and Letter of Section 32(3) of the National Constitution has been the subject of much debate culminating in the official position of the Government being that the President could hire and fire as & how he felt.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:58

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 34 Military and Cottage Hospitals benefit from ACCs Input
Against the backdrop to ensure the sustainability of the free health care services for pregnant women and young children in the country, the Princess Christian Maternal Hospital (PCMH) and the 34 Military Hospital have on Thursday 2nd September 2010 benefited from 9 newly launched dynamic systems procedures known as Service Charter Delivery which was commission alongside staff of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) at an auspicious ceremony held at the ACC Building in Freetown. In his Statement, Deputy Commissioner of ACC, Mr. Morlai Buya Kamara disclosed that the motive behind the introduction of Service Charters was to encourage and support public institutions so that they could become more transparent and dynamic in dealing with the public and to also serve as a good initiative for evaluating performance on various service deliveries.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:56

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Six More Presidential Nominees Face Parliament
Members of Parliament on the Oversight Committee on Appointments and the Public Service on Friday 3rd September 2010 interviewed and scrutinized six Presidential nominees for approval to various positions. Addressing the nominees, chairman of the committee, Hon. S.B.B Dumbuya of the APC cautioned that as an oversight committee with responsibility to interview all presidential nominees, it was but fitting to always adhere to their mandate.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:54

NEWS : Local News
30 Sierra Leone, 9 Liberian Army Cadet Recruits Commissioned.
In keeping with the Strenthening of diplomatic ties and sustaining bi-lateral relationships, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 3rd September 2010 commissioned 39 combined recruits of Sierra Leonean and Liberian army cadet officers at the Armed Forces Training Centre, Benguema outside Freetown. The officers comprising of 8 men and 1 female from Liberia joined 28 Men and 2 females of the RSLAF entered for a one-year cadet training at Benguema on the 9th July, 2009.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:52

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Partners with Sight Savers, Volunteers to Save Sights
In pursuance of its strong history of supporting the communities in which it operates with recognition of their corporate social responsibility, Standard Chartered Bank on Saturday 4th September 2010 undertook Employee Volunteering activities at the Western Area Eye Clinic, Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, facilitated by their Blindness Prevention Partner, Sight Savers International to support the banks Seeing is Believing global community initiative established in 2003; which is driven by Standard Chartered staff who fundraise, volunteer and raise awareness of avoidable blindness issues.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:49

News Vendors, Sedition & Defamation Offences
As I highlighted in my last Thursdays edition, there are significant differences within Sierra Leones Penal Code insofar as the offences of Sedition versus Defamation. See below for that reproduced article. One other important difference that should be highlighted in this treatise is the issue of the protection of innocent sellers (Eg: Vendors). Innocent news vendors are protected by Section 31 of the Public Order Act of 1965 from being found culpable in charges of Criminal Defamation unless it is proven that those vendors know that particular newspaper is in the habit of publishing defamatory materials against others but yet they still continue to sell that particular newspaper.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:47

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Funds Le.60m Project in Goderich
In his usual strive to attend to the needs of his Goderich Community coupled by ready support from the village headman and community people, the only opposition SLPP councilor in the Western Rural District Council on Saturday 4th September 2010 launched the construction project of a community bridge he singularly funded that links Funkia to the rest of Freetown. Now a household name in Funkia, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba aka Small Borbor of Ward 331 in Constituency 92 actualized a long awaited dream of the locals when he decided to provide Le.60, 000, 000 (Sixty Million Leones) funding for the project.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:45

Years ending in 2 are Horror Years for APC
In 2007, people predicted that superstition means that years ending in 7 are bad for SLPP. Well, years ending in 2 are equally bad years for APC. 1962 - After Shaki tried to make himself a stakeholder with his Elections before Independence Movement (EBIM), he was sidelined and e make bad hart en form APC in 1962.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:43

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UNFPA Ends Training for 300 TBAs in South/North
As part of their agender in complementing governments effort in the area of maternal mortality reduction, teenage pregnancy, Gender Based Violence, HIV/AIDS prevention in the country, the United Nation Population Funds (UNFPA) has completed the training of three hundred (300) Traditional Birth Attendants in Bo and Bombali Districts respectively. The training programe which is a pilot phase took place between the 21st to 25th August in Bo District, and from the 26th to 31st August in Bombali District. The sessions were organised for stakeholders and TBAs on how to take forward the UNFPA Rural Community Empowerment within programe 18 of the UN joint mission, which is expected to be implemented between August and December.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:41

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lebanese President Disclaims Citizenship Agitator
The President of the Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone, Samir Hassanyeh has disclaimed one Ayoub Nasser said to be a Palestinian agitating for the right of Lebanese to grant them citizenship in Sierra Leone. At his Rawdon Street office on Friday last week, the president told newsmen that the man who has been publishing articles in local tabloids purporting the right to citizenship guarantee to Lebanese nationals in Sierra Leone is not speaking on behalf of the Lebanese community in this country.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:39

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* V.P Sam Sumana launches IEC & Resource mobilization *Hajj Visas to be issued Locally *NACSA Conducts Micro Finance Training in Bo *Mercury takes Journalists to Egypt *SLPP to shock APC 2012 * Hunter Guns down Palm Wine Tapper *Police Boss Warns OSD Officers.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:37

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kabala Records 2 Alleged Raped since December 2009
As part of the massive sensitization on Gender Based Violence in that part of the country, Officers of the Family Support Unit in the Kabala police station have since December last year recorded only two cases of allegations of rape in the entire district. Speaking to the Awareness Times Newspaper on Thursday 1st September 2010 in an exclusive interview with the Line Manager of the FSU at his Kabala Police office, Inspector Alex Mohamed Conteh said since last December they have recorded only two cases of rape.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:35

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Salieu M. Turay is an Educated, Wife-Beating, Gbos-Gbos Thug
Mrs. Hawa Turay, the wife of the former Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Russia says her husband is educated but a common thug wearing suits who beat her up so badly one time in Russia that the Russian Police had to be called in to the Embassy with an ambulance taking her covered with blood to hospital. Currently, the former Ambassador, Dr. Salieu M. Turay is presently being investigated by the Lumley Police Division for allegedly hiring the services of five gallant, well-muscled thugs to execute a thorough physical beating on his legally wedded wife in their matrimonial home at 36 Minah Drive, Off Juba Hill, yesterday Thursday 2nd September 2010 following a period of several weeks hot impasse between the couple that had been monitored by this presshouse over the last three weeks.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:20

Invitation To Press Briefing & Interactive Media Session In Freetown
All Full, Associate and Prospective Members of SLAJ and other interested Media Stakeholders are invited to a Press Conference and Interactive Session on the SLAJ National Constitution.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, New Army Boss Promotes 91 Officers
The Public Relations and Information Officer of the RSLAF, Lieutenant Yayah Sidi Brima on Tuesday 31st August, 2010 disclosed to Awareness Times that about Ninety-one (91) personnel of various ranks within the force have been promoted. This new promotion arrangement has come in the wake of a dramatic change of guard in the Armed Forces with the appointment of a new Chief of Defence Staff. According to Lieutenant Brima, the recent promotion was in addition to twenty-nine officers earlier promoted who he said have already been decorated with their new ranks at the Myohaung Officers Mess at the Wilberforce Army Barracks in western Freetown.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, School for the Deprived Boosts Pupils
The Management and Board of Charli-Ann-Nursery and Preparatory School, a non-profit making institution on Thursday 2nd September 2010 donated school materials to vulnerable pupils of the school at their 70 Regent Road Lumley address in Freetown. The ceremony attracted parents and guardians, religious and community leaders, the press and other well wishers. The theme of the ceremony was Help the vulnerable children for a better nation. Addressing the gathering, the chairman of the ceremony Mr. Tamba David Makieu, a human rights activist said the purpose of the gesture was to enhance the education of the vulnerable pupils of the school, adding that educating the citizenry of Sierra Leone was very essential especially at free cost.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mines Ministry Pays 3.5 Billion to Mining Communities
The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Political Affairs has ended a tour of the four provincial cities of Kenema, Bo, Kono and Makeni on the 30th of August, making payments to beneficiary chiefdoms of the Diamond Area Community Development Fund (DACDF) totaling 3.5 billion Leones. The tour was headed by the supervisory ministries of the extractive industries, Hon. Alpha Kanu and local governments, Ambassador Dauda S. Kamara.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Womens Group Launch Attack Against Alcoholism
A move to tackle Fatal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) was recently launched by White Ribbon Vocational Institute at Adesanya St, Brookfields in Freetown in collaboration with Christian Women Temperance Union. According to the organizers, they are set to sensitize women countrywide about the hazards of alcoholism especially during pregnancy. According to the Director of the Institute, Pastor Jeremiah Georgestone, pregnant women that indulge in alcoholism cause the death or deformity of thousands of new-born babies.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hajj Committee Explains Governments Position
The Chairman for the newly constituted government committee on Hajj affairs with office in the Vice Presidents Office, Alhaji Salieu Mansaray has outlined reasons why government decided to take over the affairs of Hajj from the disbanded independent organizations that have been operating in that capacity for decades now. Addressing the press on Thursday at the weekly government briefing at Youyi Building, the chairman informed that government has decided to centralize the process of Hajj business in the country in order to help intending pilgrims go and perform their religious obligation without let or hindrance as it used to be by certain unscrupulous individuals posing as hajj agents.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hotel Owners Federation Ready to Create Impact
The interim chairman of Hotel, Catering and Entertainment Employers Federation (HCEEF), Tamba Allieu-Kokobay on Thursday 2nd September 2010 outlined developmental strategies to be undertaken by the organization in the coming months. In an exclusive interview with the Chairman at his Kimbima Hotel Office in Freetown, he said the federation was now ready to tell people that their 20 years of existence can bring meaning to development of hospitality in the country. He regretted to say that during those years little progress was made by the federation because of lack of commitment by both the membership and the succeeding executives.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Two Arrested for Money Doubling *Consumers Blast GST Registered Shops *UK Firm to Provide Specialist Medical Care in Salone *Health Officers Disuss HIV/AIDS Strategy *Student Collapses in Court *Mano River Union Youths Search for Peace *CSVs Decry Financial Support on Security. *Journalists Schooled on Early Warning Responses.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 50th Year Independence Committee Updates Press
The chairman of the 50-Year-Independence Anniversary Committee recently set up by APC government has briefed the press on their activities. In the usual Thursday Information Ministry press briefing, Chairman William Conteh told newsmen this week that as a special committee for the purpose of strategizing for the independence occasion in 2011, their mandate falls within four areas, namely to revive the season of national pride in diversity, rebrand and showcase the virtues of Sierra Leone both locally and internationally, consolidate peace and foster development as legacies that Sierra Leoneans will leave to remember.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:02

Immunization & Childhood Diseases Vaccine For Typhoid Fever!!!
Immunization is a scientific means of making people particularly children resistant to deadly or killer diseases by activating their own immune system (the bodys defence to diseases). Scientists have succeeded in getting vaccines or chemical substance which can be injected into a person or given orally to act as protection against diseases. Vaccines aim to prime the immune system to the antigens of a particular microbe so that a first infection induces a secondary response. Never in the history of human progress wrote the pathologist Geoffrey Edsall, has a better and cheaper method of preventing illness been developed than immunization at its best.
Sep 3, 2010, 17:00

Guinea, Sierra Leone Presidents arrive in Tripoli
Tripoli, Libya - The interim president of Guinea, general Sekouba Konate, and the president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, on Tuesday arrived in Tripoli to attend the festivities marking the 41st anniversary of the Libyan 1 September revolution of 1969. Sources say that General Konate, who is accompanied by a high-powered delegation, is making his second visit to Libya since he became acting president of Guinea following the Ouagadougou talks signed on 15 January this year under the aegis of presiddent Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, also mediator in the Guinean crisis.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:30

As Ugandan Court Scraps Seditious Libel Laws but maintains Criminal Libel Laws... Seditious Libel versus Criminal Defamation
The Constitutional Court in Uganda has ruled that Ugandas Seditious Libel Laws are in variance with the democratic constitution of that country but it is very important to note that the Courts, made up of five Judges sitting on a Panel, did not rule against the validity of Ugandas Criminal Defamatory Libel Laws. This effectively means that whilst the Constitutional Court in Uganda recognised the rights of citizens to freely criticise the Government and Government functionaries, it also recognised the right of private Ugandan citizens to have a means of having a deterrent that protects them from criminally-minded journalists impinging on their reputations with published falsehoods.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Free Health Care Drugs Arrested in Kailahun
Personnel of the Sierra Leone Police attached to the Kailahun Police Division, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone, have intercepted over twenty (20) cartoons of medicines meant for the Free Health Care service allegedly stolen from the district medical store. In a telephone interview with the Police Support Officer in Kailahun ASP Patrick Songa, he told Awareness Times that the arrest came about after a tip off in the early hours of Wednesday 1st September 2010.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Flagbearer Application Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI (GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005) STATEMENT OF FLAGBEARER FITNESS (As per Clauses 1 & 2 of the Rules and Regulations, 2010)
The Rules and Regulations of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) for the election of its Presidential candidate for the national Presidential elections of 2012 stipulate the submission of prescribed documents and compliance with certain basic criteria by an Aspirant/Applicant. They include a sealed letter of declaration of intent, a profile of the Aspirants life and history of membership of the Party, and a statement of his/her Flagbearer fitness and contribution to the Party.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Politics
Im trustworthy, capable and mature-Dauda Tombo Bangura
Sierra Leonean politician Dauda Tombo Bangura has two new assignments. He has been mandated by the leadership of the ruling All Peoples Congress(APC) to unite all members of the party in North America. The other assignment is to be in charge of fundraising as the party heads towards the 2012 elections. DTB, as he is popularly known, is a founding member of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), who, like many of his colleagues, decided to join the APC a couple of months ago. PMDC was an APC ally in the 2007 elections.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
New People Online to Utilize New Technology
In what has now become a unique fixture in the New People Online style of journalism, the double tag approach the Editor and CEO interviewed SLPP Flag bearer candidates Alhaji Usman Boie-Kamara at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 17th 2010, Lawyer Alpha O. Timbo at 10:00 pm on the same date and Dr. Kadie Sesay on Thursday August 19th at 8:30 pm. We will feature the interviews from these candidates over the next three weeks in our series Meet The Candidates For SLPP Flagbearers.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain To Zain 9 Units; Zain To Other Networks 12 Units, All Day
Zain today announces a further slash of tariff to 9 units per minute for on-net calls (Zain to Zain) and 12 units per minute for off-net calls (Zain to other networks), all day. This has enabled its subscribers to enjoy up to 70% reduction in call charges made within the network (Zain to Zain or on-net) and to other networks (off-net). The company still maintains its free calls within the hours of 2 am to 5 am. All these come in the wake of a 60% drastic reduction of off-net tariff about a month ago. With this tariff, customers can call for 9 units on-net and 12 units off-net throughout the day.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
China Assures Sierra Leone
The Government of China has assured the people of Sierra Leone of their countrys continuing support in various areas of need. This was disclosed by the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone His Excellency Mr. Qiu Shaofang in a news release issued on Wednesday 1st September 2010. According to Ambassador Shaofang, the Chinese Government will continue with its assistance to Sierra Leone to ensure socio economic development .
Sep 2, 2010, 17:14

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