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NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “We Generated Eleven Billion Leones in 6 Months; Fantastic!” - Says Fisheries Minister Joe Koroma
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Mr. Joseph Koroma has told newsmen that in just six months after he assumed office Acting Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, he has raised the sum of around Le.11,000,000,000 (Eleven Billion Leones) for the ministry. Hon. Joseph Koroma made this disclosure on Thursday 19th August 2010 at the weekly Government press briefing held in the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communication 8th Floor, Youyi Building in Freetown. According to Mr. Koroma, he was assigned to be the Minister of Fisheries in order to help bring sanity and progress with its operations.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:16

Keep Honour Within the Fountain
One of my school teachers recently told me that I should learn to ignore the detractors who manufacture up nonsense against me in their news outlets as their nonsense was not having any effect in turning people’s minds against me and what I am doing in Sierra Leone today. In response, I pointed out to him that I usually ignore most of my detractors but when the Government Spokesman, the Presidential Press Secretary and the Foreign Office Spokesman see me as such a formidable force that they have to go to the extent of manufacturing up lies against me right from the seat of power, I will be a fool to keep my mouth shut and not deny the allegations.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:12

Journalists Trained on Human Rights, Elections & Investigative Reporting
With support from Ibis West Africa, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has from 16 to 18 August 2010 trained 15 journalists from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia on Human Rights, Peace building, Elections and Investigative reporting at the Corina Hotel Monrovia in Liberia. In his opening address, the Communication Officer for MFWA, Mr. Sulemana Braimah welcomed participants from the three countries who attended the training ceremony. He said it is a pleasure for him to see all participants eager and ready to undergo such a rigorous training.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:10

Belated Happy Birthday@ 5!!! Awareness Times is a successful Project
In Sierra Leone, when a baby lives up to five years, there is a strong belief that that child will live for long except otherwise by some unforeseen circumstances. This is all because the country has a bad name for high infant mortality which has dragged the country to being bottom of the UNDP Human Development Index for several years now. This scenario is applicable to the press in the country. A press house that survives for five years in perpetuity is sure to live even longer irrespective of the challenges and adversities it faces in the media world of this country. On the whole, the Awareness Times has lived through the thick and thin and for five years has survived the storm. I doff my hat to the Publisher, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, for her resilience, commitment and determination. To the entire staff, it’s simply, keep it up! As a founding editor, I am impressed.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Two Youth Commissioners, Ambassador to Russia Approved
Speculations on the appointment of the National Youth Commissioner was on Thursday 19th August 2010 laid to rest after the House of Parliament approved the nomination of Mr. Umar Faruk Sesay as National Youth Commissioner. Rev. Michael Samura was also approved as member of the commission after being vetted by the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Appointments and the Public Service.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, US$28.5 Million for Agric Ministry’s SCP Project
The sum of US$28,500,000 (Twenty Eight Million Five Hundred United States Dollars) has already been raised for the implementation of the Smallholder Commercialization Programme (SCP) by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security. This was disclosed by the Minister, Dr. Sam Sesay during the government weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Information in Freetown on Thursday 19th August 2010. According to the minister, the Smallholder Commercialization Programme is a nation-wide initiative aimed at increasing the productivity of Sierra Leone’s agricultural sector.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*100 Police Trained on Human Rights Issues *237 Students Graduate from Don Bosco *4 Arraigned for Selling Unregistered Sims *Tombo Appeal for more Police Presence *Rotary Club Monitors Hospital Construction in Bo *Momodu Koroma Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer *Bumbuna light for Bumbuna Town in December *Bank Freezes Account of Illegal Finance Group.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 25 Subscribers Grab Africell Prizes
In a bid to encourage subscribers, one of Sierra Leone’s leading GSM providers, Africell on Tuesday 17th August, 2010 distributed prizes to 25 subscribers who emerged winners of the first bath of ‘FIND THE HIDDEN TREASURE’ promotion at the company’s Wilberforce headquarters in Freetown. The promotion is being shown live on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) television every evening at about 8:15 to 8:55 pm, and it is also simultaneously aired by many community radio stations throughout the country.
Aug 20, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Students Return from China prepared to Heed President's Call
Fourteen Sierra Leonean students who recently completed their higher university education in diverse disciplines in China, in a letter dated 18th August 2010 have heaped praises on the Government of Sierra Leone especially the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the opportunity accorded them. According to the former President for Sierra Leone Student Union in China Dr Alphaeus T. Koroma, they are back home to heed to the clarion call of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. He assured that even before coming back home, they have set up plans to exploit the best of their abilities in contributing towards nation building and development.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:32

Liberia’s Immigration Boss Speaks to Sierra Leone's Most Popular Newspaper
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalisation and Deputy Attorney-General of the Republic of Liberia has granted an exclusive interview to Awareness Times journalist Bampia James Bundu jnr. in Monrovia yesterday August 18th 2010. Honourable Christian Clarence Massaquoi took time off his usually busy schedule to meet with the visiting Sierra Leonean journalist inside his office in Central Monrovia during which he spoke on a range of issues including his satisfaction with the current relationship between Liberian Immigration officials and Sierra Leone Immigration officials at the two countries’ border points.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Another Mudslide, 2 Dead, 1 Hospitalized
Shortly after thirteen (13) people lost their lives in a mudslide at Owen Street in Freetown, another mudslide has taken place at Cold Water , Benz Garage, off Black Hall Road, Freetown. The sad incident which took place in the early hours of Wednesday 18th August 2010, left two people, a- five -year old girl and a- four- month baby death and a pregnant woman badly injured and currently hospitalized .This disaster occurred following the heavy down pour of rain at the early hours of Wednesday .
Aug 19, 2010, 21:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NASSIT Receives 10 Affordable Houses in Waterloo
In line with recent handing over ceremonies of affordable houses held in Makeni and Kenema the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has yesterday 17th August 2010 again received (10) ten affordable houses in Waterloo constructed by the International Construction Company ICC .The (6) six of the ten (10) houses are a –three bedroom unit while the four (4) are a –two (2) bedroom unit . Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Project Manager NASSIT Mr. Seray Timbo informed that the construction of the ten affordable houses in Waterloo was to mark the pilot phase of the project.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Accountant-General Opened Judiciary’s ECOBANK account
The Master & Registrar of the High Court, Elwyn Bailor Esq. has told a cross-section of local journalists that the Judiciary’s Bank Account held at ECOBANK(SL) Ltd. is an old Account which was procedurally opened over three years ago by the Accountant-General’s Office. The Master was speaking during an interactive session held by himself and the Consultant Master Julia Sarkodie-Mensah with local journalists in the Judiciary’s Conference Room in Freetown past Monday August 16th 2010. The Meeting was the first interactive session between the Judiciary and members of the print media. It was called up following Judicial authorities realising that their age-old practise of being conservative with the media had not served the institution well and resulted in serious unfounded adverse publicity one of which was an allegation that Judiciary’s Bank Accounts had been moved from Government Banks to local subsidiaries of Foreign Banks.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Network Ends Consultative Meeting
The Human Rights Education Network in Sierra Leone has ended a consultative meeting for fifteen participants on Africa Human Rights Education (AHRE) at Sahara hotel in Bo southern Sierra Leone. The National Coordinator for Africa Human Rights Education Mr. Morrison Saidu said prior to the formation of the network he has had several engagements with AHRE project participants and few individuals over the past couple of months about the most viable option for a human rights education network at the community level.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:20

NEWS : Local News
Rotary International to Hold Peace Camp in Sierra Leone
A Non-Governmental Organization [NGO] Rotary International is planning to conduct a robust peace camp at the Sierra Leone Liberian Border Jendemah in the Pujehun district from 22nd -25th August 2010. The peace camp will bring together youth leaders ,government representatives and traditional leaders of post conflict and fragile state in the West Africa sub region notably Liberian, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea. This was disclosed to the press by Rotary International. The Rotary’s peace camp aims at strengthening the capacity of youth leaders to engender human right, peace building and non violent conflict resolution in the post conflict and fragile states in West Africa.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:18

NEWS : Local News
Realities About Zain Sierra Leone
Zain Sierra Leone is the leading provider of mobile communications in Sierra Leone. With just over ten years of experience providing services in Sierra Leone, Zain services are delivered through a versatile and reliable network. Zain is synonymous with reliability and their products are found in the maritime, media, mining, construction and high technology industries, as well as governments and aid agencies for mission critical communications. Zain products and services are used to improve voice and data communication, security of assets while increasing operating efficiency.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:16

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*St. Edwards Pupil Rapes Juvenile *Bo City Gets Funeral Home Soon *Statistics SL Conducts Public sensitization *Osman Boie Donates to SLPP *FAO Campaigns Against Hunger *African Minerals pays Le 89M to Lokomasama Farmers *Police Officer Arrested for Aiding Thieves *Police Destroys Drug Cartel.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Red Cross Donates to Mudslide Victims
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on Tuesday 17th August 2010 donated items worth millions of Leones to three family heads that were adversely affected by the mudslide crisis on Owen Street in Freetown early this month. The donation which includes house hold utensils amongst others were shared among the three family heads who suffered the greatest loss during the incident. During the disaster, Mr. Mohamed Basma Bangura lost nine family members, Mr. Sorie Ibrahim Kargbo four members including his wife, and Mr. Osman Conteh who has three of his family members seriously injured and admitted in different hospitals across the city.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:12

Freetown- The fifth edition of the SLAJ Monthly Symposium will be held on Friday, 27th August 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the association’s conference hall at 56 Campbell Street, Freetown. The topic for this month’s symposium is MEDIA ETHICS AND THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM IN SIERRA LEONE.
Aug 19, 2010, 21:10

President Ernest Koroma & Johnson-Sirleaf Visit Conakry
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Laurent Gbagbo of Ivorry Coast and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia all traveled to neighbouring Conakry, Guinea yesterday Tuesday, August 17, 2010 for a one day working visit. According to a Release from Liberia's Executive Mansion read out over Monrovia Radio stations, Johnson-Sirleaf as Chairman of the Mano River Union invited her colleague Heads of State "to consult with the authorities and the key election contestants of Guinea on the satisfactory electoral process that is underway in that country".
Aug 18, 2010, 23:58

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Lady Launches “Imagine No Malaria” Campaign
The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma in collaboration with the United Methodist Church (UMC) under the church’s Global Health Initiative, has officially launched the ‘Imagine No Malaria’ campaign at the Hotel Barmoi, Aberdeen in Freetown on Tuesday 17th August 2010. Addressing her audience, Madam Koroma thanked the church for extending their services to Sierra Leone. She said the church has not only contributed to the development of Sierra Leone religiously, but has also contributed to the improvement of education and health. She defined malaria as a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by a eukaryotic genus known as Plasmodium.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:56

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Unexpected Helicopter lands at Choithram’s Hospital
Tensions rose among residents of Hill Station and its surrounding in Freetown yesterday when a white helicopter with HELOG logo landed at the Choithram Hospital Helipad without authority from the hospital management. According to the German owner and manager Mr. Loohgang Zagel, the helicopter service has been operating in Sierra Leone and other West African countries since 2003, doing clearing and delivering business for various companies and organizations, notably mining and exploration companies.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:54

Unless the Attorney-General Wants to say Something?
This Writer, following many appeals from numerous quarters, has decided to cease my pen on the ongoing series about Dictatorial tendencies of the sitting President. I believe my point has been made and in the strongest possible terms that we are living in a democratic, free State with a multi-party National Constitution and enacted Laws, whose contents, we must all work hard to uphold in whatever sphere we might be in.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:52

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 25 Subscribers Grab Africell Prizes
In a bid to encourage subscribers, one of Sierra Leone’s leading GSM providers, Africell on Tuesday 17th August, 2010 distributed prizes to 25 subscribers who emerged winners of the first draw of ‘FIND THE HIDDEN TREASURE’ promotion at the company’s Wilberforce headquarters in Freetown. The promotion is held live at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) every evening at about 8pm; and it is also aired in many radio stations throughout the country.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:50

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Consoles Mudslide Victims’ Families
As part of their corporate social responsibility, one of Sierra Leone’s leading Telecommunication Companies, Zain on Friday 13th August, 2010 donated to families of victims of last week’s mudslide at Owen Street, off Mountain Cut in Freetown that left over a dozen dead and many more injured, most of them children and women. As a company that has the welfare of Sierra Leoneans at heart, Zain which has become a household name for their unrivalled products, were obliged to meet and share their sad sentiments with the affected community and sympathize with the bereaved families with the presentation of a condolence package.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:48

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Public Sector Reform Unit Sanitizing Teachers’ Records Management at the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports
The Government of Sierra Leone, as part of the public sector reform agenda and its commitment to improving payroll control, has taken an important step towards strengthening the management of teachers’ records, which for many years has been in total disarray. The teachers’ payroll is attracting special concern not only because it is the largest pay group in the Public Sector payroll, but also because of the need to adequately manage and revamp the education sector of the country.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:46

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “We Will Transform Sierra Leone” ….NASSIT Boss
The Deputy Director General (DDG) (Admin), National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) Mr. Joseph Mans Jr. has vowed that with support from Sierra Leoneans, NASSIT was ready to transform Sierra Leone through infrastructural development. The NASSIT Boss made this pronouncement while receiving keys to the completed pilot phase of the affordable houses constructed in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone on Saturday 14th August 2010 in that northern city.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:44

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*11 Charged For Riotous Conduct in Lunsar *Church Group to Empower Students and Youths *HANCI-SL Hosts 120 Teen Mothers in Makeni *USA to Deport 25 Sierra Leoneans *German Deputy Head of Visits SLIEPA *Man’s Eyes Glued in Waterloo *Business Support for Sierra Leoneans from London *Teenager Sentenced for Incest.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:42

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NUSS Commemorates August 18
The National Union of Students (NUSS) will be commemorating the death of their colleagues that lost their lives during the AFRC and RUF junta to see that democracy come to Sierra Leone on the 18th August 1997. In a press briefing held at the Information Ministry’s Conference Room on August 17, 2010, the PRO for NUSS Abdul Karim Kargbo briefed journalists on how they were going to commemorate the day today. He said the theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Students- Partners for Attitudinal Change and National Development.’
Aug 18, 2010, 23:40

Alfred Fawundu was a Sierra Leonean first and foremost, an SLPP Presidential hopeful and Party Financier, an elder Statesman, a genuine and proud Ambassador of Sierra Leone, a son of Pujehun but an academic product from Bo City (well Bo School), a UNDP Representative to several African Countries (Ghana and Nigeria as Permanent Representative, Zimbabwe in some temporal Capacity), Chairman of the ACC Advisory Board and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee to help improve our Foreign Policy, an ardent Sports Fan (football in particular), a socialite, grass root man and a wonderful dancer that enjoyed life to the maximum with dignity and respect.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:38

The Government of Sierra Leone, through SALWACO, is desirous of rehabilitating the Kabala Water Supply Scheme by re-constructing the township water network and a new service reservoir to meet the increased water demand in Kabala. Designs for the works have been completed and the scope of work will include:
Aug 18, 2010, 23:36

Government of Sierra Leone African Caucus Meeting
The African Caucus, comprising of African Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, met in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on August 16-17 to prepare the 2010 Memorandum to the heads of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) - the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The Memorandum will be submitted to the heads of the BWIs during the IMF/WBG Annual Meetings in October 2010.
Aug 18, 2010, 23:34

NEWS : Politics
APC Develops Technical Problems as SLPP Newspaper makes I.B. Kargbo look funny
An allegation that Sylvia Blyden has been earmarked by opposition SLPP as Runningmate in 2012 Elections which was confidently spoken yesterday August 16th 2010 on a popular ‘Tea Break’ Radio Programme by Information Minister, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, ended up making the poor Alhaji look funny in the eyes of many listeners especially as he claimed the allegation emanated from “Government Intelligence”.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Judiciary has been Unfair to Donors & Public
The Judiciary has confessed that its age-old policy of being conservative and shying away from directly engaging the media and members of the public with regards developments within the corridors of Justice, has been detrimental to the image of the institution. This was stated by the Consultant Master & Registrar of the High Court Julia Sarkodie-Mensah during a two-hour long interactive session held with journalists in Freetown yesterday August 16th 2010. According to Sarkodie-Mensah, the Judiciary, by age-old custom, “has been operated in a very conservative environment” which had made it “hesitant to publicise its developmental activities”.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Commends IMF/ World Bank at Caucus Confab
The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has expressed thanks and appreciation to Bretton Woods Institutions [IMF and World Bank] in the ongoing African Caucus meeting at the Miata Conference Hall in Freetown for their continuous support to African countries. He expressed appreciation over the significant progress in ensuring Macroeconomic Stabilization, promoting popular participation and consolidating cohesive nation states in Africa. He underscored the fiscal and monetary stimuli provided by advanced economies that he reiterated continue to play a critical role to recover the global economy.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:14

APC Newspaper’s Reaction to Dr. Sylvia Blyden
In yesterday’s edition of the Awareness Times Newspaper, the publisher gave prominent publicity of an anticipated article in today’s edition of the We Yone which challenges her assertions that President Koroma’s re-appointment of Dr. Christiana Thorpe was not in any form or shape dictatorial. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR APC NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
Aug 17, 2010, 17:13

The Dictator & The Journalist (Part 1)
As promised last week, I would be taking a look at the APC newspaper’s article (SEE PAGE 2) on why they believe that President Koroma is not acting in a dictatorial manner contrary to my published assertions that he is doing just that. As a Journalist working within my obligations as stated under Section 11 of the National Constitution, I am up against the task of telling a President that his actions are ultra-vires the National Constitution and hence are Dictatorial!
Aug 17, 2010, 17:12

Media Seminar For Information Ministers Ends In China
A week long seminar, 20th – 26th July 2010 with the Theme: Actively Guiding Public Opinion and Building up Sound National Image, for Information Ministers from twenty developing countries including Sierra Leone has ended in China. The workshop focuses on the cooperation and development between the Chinese and foreign media and information department encompassing political, economic, cultural and social aspects.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Defence Lay Fallen Peacekeepers to Rest
The remains of the four gallant personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) who lost their precious lives while serving in a peace mission in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur will be laid to rest today at the Lumley Military War Graves after a funeral service at the Wilberforce Hockey Pitch in Freetown. The 4 soldiers, SL 1247 Lieutenant Sahr Lebbie; 18166947 Sergeant Emmanuel Koroma; 18177897 Lance Corporal Adikali Bangura and 18170284 Lance Corporal Ballah Marah met their untimely death in a road accident in Darfur two weeks ago in a convoy that was escorting the Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR) of the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Mr. Mohamed Yunis.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, CORD Sierra Leone/UNICEF Celebrates ODF in Kenema District
A local Non Governmental Organization CORD Sierra Leone and partners with support from the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) has on the 10th August 2010 celebrated Open Defecation Free in three chiefdoms within the Kenema district. The celebration is as a result of the community led total sanitation project implemented in the three chiefdoms in a bid to promote sanitation for a healthy life.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Ten Win Comium Cash for Life Promotion *Police Impound 950 Commercial Motor Bikes *‘Big Mama’ Arrested at Sea *Airport Tax Increases *APC, SLPP Battle for Kono *President Koroma to Conduct On-the-Spot Checks *Berewa is Alive and Responsive *Africell Unveils Ramadan Promo.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Queries Central Bank for Losing Le12.4b
Taking exception to the many lapses contained in the 2008 Annual Report from the office of the Auditor General which categorically states how the administration of the Bank of Sierra Leone was poorly run and managed, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Public Accounts yesterday 16th August, 2010 engaged Central Bank officials at Parliament Building in Freetown. Among the various lapses for which the committee summoned the bank for clarification included the breaching of bank policies, the loss of Le12.476 billion for the year under review, the poor response to some issues by concerned departments and how several outstanding issues remained unresolved.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:02

SLAJ nominates new member to SLBC Board
Freetown – The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists has nominated Ibrahim Karim-Sei to the Board of Trustees of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The nomination which took place at a General Meeting today follows the rejection by Parliament of Dr Julius Spencer to represent the association on the SLBC Board.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Consoles Mudslide Victims’ Families
As part of their corporate social responsibility, one of Sierra Leone’s leading Telecommunication Companies, Zain on Friday 13th August, 2010 donated to families of victims of last week’s mudslide at Owen Street, off Mountain Cut in Freetown that left over a dozen dead and many more injured, most of them children and women. As a company that has the welfare of Sierra Leoneans at heart, Zain which has become a household name for their unrivalled products, were obliged to meet and share their sad sentiments with the affected community and sympathize with the bereaved families with the presentation of a condolence package.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Sponsors Liverpool FC
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Chartered Bank-Sierra Leone, Mr. Albert Salton on Friday 13th August 2010 disclosed to journalists that one of the world’s oldest banking institutions has signed a sponsorship agreement with Liverpool FC in the United Kingdom for the period of four years effective July 2010. According to him the partnership that would end in 2014 was designed to popularize both the bank’s global business as well as creating commercial opportunities for Liverpool FC. “Our sponsorship of Liverpool FC will significantly expand global awareness of the Standard Chartered brand as there is no doubt that the club has global brand recognition and strong fans in Asia, the Middle East and Africa where the bank has core markets,” he informed.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Handicapped Youth Development Association breathes a sign of relief after getting UN-HABITAT backing for disability project in Sierra Leone with $ 20,000 grant.
A DISABLED YOUTH-led centre that almost had to close its doors is celebrating a new lease of life with the help of a UN-HABITAT grant from its Urban Youth Fund which awards grants worth in total close to USD one million annually. The Handicapped Youth Development Centre had looked like closing, as the Freetown City Council has issued many eviction notices and continued pressure for the group to quit the building which is home to over 300 disabled youth, mostly orphans, children affected by the war and vulnerable young mothers and girls.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:15

NEWS : Politics
Constituency 106 Gets SLPP “Saviour”
A young Sierra Leonean based in the United Kingdom who is currently has expressed his determination to alleviate the plight of his community in central Freetown. Edward Ernest Coker has become a household name in his community for his philanthropic gestures, the recent being the construction of 20 stand pipes to ease the perennial water crisis. In an exclusive interview with our reporter at his 15 Ball Street residence, off Circular Road in Central Freetown over the weekend, Mr. Coker said he was currently working with his community people to solve water supply problems which was very acute in that community with dug out water wells, stand pipes and the creation of job and vocational training facilities for the youth.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:13

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ENCISS Donates to Ministry of Education
ENCISS (Enhancing the Interaction and Interface between Civil Society and the State), a Non- Governmental Organization with focus on improving poor people’s lives through intermediary roles on Friday 13th August, 2010 donated six motor bikes to the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports which were valued at around 63 million leones. The event took place at Bishop House, Brookfields in Freetown. In her handing over speech on behalf of the organization, Director of Grants Madam Ann Marie underscored the existing cordial relationship between ENCISS and the Ministry. She said ENCISS is an independent, non partisan organization working to increase the capacity of Civil Society Organizations as stakeholders in the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in line with government’s Agenda for Change through linking communities, civil society organizations and government institutions together to work for greater equity in resource allocation, poverty reduction, addressing the issue of the vulnerable geared towards increasing social stability.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:11

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Woman Kidnaps Under 5 *Okada Riders Threaten to go Back to the Dark Days if *Expired Drugs and Food Items Discovered in Moyamba *Street Cleaner Strikes *Ministry of Lands to Re-establish office in Kono *Kenema City COUNCIL Workers Demand 80% Salary increment *UNFPA Donates to MOH *Poor Medical Condition Hits Newton Communities.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:09

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, International Youth Day celebrated in Port Loko, Bombali and Freetown
Port Loko, Bombali, Freetown, 12th August 2010 – War Child Holland in Sierra Leone joined the "Our Year Our Voice" committee and the United Nations Development Programme in celebrating International Youth Day. On this day, War Child facilitated community activities and a dialogue on Internet between youth in Freetown, Port Loko, Bombali and the Diaspora on the theme: "dialogue and mutual understanding".
Aug 16, 2010, 12:07

NEWS : Breaking News
Solomon Berewa is Alive but Alfred Sallia Fawundu has passed away in Sierra Leone
The Late Alfred Sallia Fawundu (RIP)
Aug 15, 2010, 11:11

Sylvia Blyden Challenges Sierra Leone Government - "Name My Political Party!"
Sylvia Blyden also derided the Government by saying the document released against her by the Government was not a Press Release but "a whole booklet". "That was not a Press Release. It was a Pamphlet. It was a whole booklet they wrote and repeatedly read out over and over again on television and radio against Dr. Sylvia Blyden. To paraphrase William Shakespeare in Hamlet, the Government doth protests too much!" Sylvia Blyden insisted. "It was a very long pamphlet written by a very jittery Government who wish to divert attention away from how equipment supposedly worth well over two million dollars could technically fail... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR FULL REPORT
Aug 14, 2010, 18:18

13th August, 2010, Freetown- The attention of Government has been drawn to a letter written by Dr. Sylvia Blyden, owner of the Awareness Times newspaper where she claims that there was a deliberate attempt by an individual at State House to stop her from expressing her views on the SLBC. She further states, “whilst I had been Live over the Air educating the Public about the DICTOTARIAL manner in which President Koroma was behaving with respect to the hiring of Electoral Commissioners,...
Aug 13, 2010, 23:23

As Sylvia Blyden Educates SLBC’s Ag. D/G on his Limitations ; State House did Phone The SLBC Team
Publisher of Awareness Times, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, has, in a letter dated today August 13th 2010, educated the acting Director-General of SLBC on the limitations of his duties insofar as the fact that he could not speak, without authority, on behalf of the Chairman or Members of SLBC Board of Trustees.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Cord-Sierra Leone And Njala University Launch Bebi Project : A means of producing fertilizer and cooking gas, an alternative to the use of charcoal.
In a bid to enhance climate change and maintain good environment, three international experts from the University of Udine, Italy, have joined the Njala University and CORD-SL to launch the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Science and Technology programme, Bebi, a project that is geared towards agricultural and environmental benefits from biochar use in many countries both in Africa and other continents.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:10

Is the APC Changing for the Better?
One thing that has persistently turned many right-thinking people off the ruling All People’s Congress party is their violent intolerance of the views of others. In contrast, I find the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party to be tolerant of criticisms, even whilst in governance. SLPP Scribe, J.J. Saffa, will politely chat to find a common ground if I expose SLPP’s ignorance of constitutional provisions BUT APC will let loose educated but ill-bred thugs to write the vilest possible made-up stories against me if I expose their own ignorance of issues.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Police & Judiciary Collaborate in Drugs Fight
The Sierra Leone Police (SLP), in collaboration with the Judiciary, yesterday Thursday 12th August 2010 destroyed quantities of marijuana, cocaine and other addictive, illegal drugs confiscated over a period of time at the Kingtom Dumping Grounds in Freetown. This was disclosed by the Head of Police Media, ASP Ibrahim Samura at the Police Headquarters in Freetown. He said the exercise serves as a demonstration of Police commitment to the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in Sierra Leone. He said the drugs destroyed were exhibits collected from concluded drugs-related matters in various Law Courts in the country.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mercury Donates to Owen Street Landslide Victims
A private lottery company, Mercury International on Thursday 12th August 2010 donated the sum of Le.15, 000, 000 (Fifteen Million Leones) to two families that suffered the greatest loss in Sunday’s landslide that killed dozens of people mostly children at Owen Street off Mountain Cut in Freetown. The beneficiaries were Mr. Mohamed Basma Bangura who lost nine children to the disaster and Mr. Sorie Kargbo who lost four including his wife. The cheque was tendered by Mercury Chairman, Samir Hassaniyeh to be shared between them. Addressing the bereaved families, Mr. Hassaniyeh told them to take heart as money would not bring back their loved ones.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Mother Sets son’s hands on Fire *FWMC Employees Storm Labor Office for Salaries *Journalist Wins Maba’ath Competition *JSCO To Capacitate Chiefdom Police *NRA Closes 5 Businesses for GST *Female U20 Hand Ball Team Departs for Mali *Fake Vehicle Licenses Become Worrisome.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLIEPA Ends Two-Day Validation Workshop
In keeping with their statutory mandate to promote investment and encourage domestic market growth in Sierra Leone’s agricultural commercialization to meet both regional and international standards, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) in collaboration with line ministries and other stakeholders on Wednesday 11th August 2010 commenced a two-day sensitization and validation workshop at Mamba Point, Wilberforce in Freetown.
Aug 13, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
APC’s Editorial Team to “Debunk” Awareness Times
The Constitutional & Legal Section of the Editorial Team of the ruling APC party’s We Yone newspaper has yesterday stated their intention to “thoroughly debunk” the published assertion of Awareness Times’ Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden that APC Leader President Koroma was behaving like a Dictator insofar as his handling of the hiring and firing of the country’s Electoral Commissioners.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Acha Kamara is not on Warpath with Justice Ademosu
Sierra Leone’s Inspector General of Police Brima Acha Kamara, has expressed “complete bewilderment” over a certain tabloid’s yesterday front page headline entitled in Creole as ‘ACHA VEX PAN JUDICIARY’ with an accompanying inside page lengthy article that spanned well over two full pages with title of, ‘ANGRY ACHA KAMARA ON THE WARPATH AS JUSTICE SAMUEL ADEMOSU EXPOSED!’
Aug 12, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Citizens Await Response from SLBC Team
Scores of Readers of Awareness Times have yesterday contacted this newspaper to express their anticipation of an expected response from the Board of Trustees and Management of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) which entity is supposed to be an independent Public Broadcaster free from State interference but which is being alleged to be subjected to nefarious interference from State officials especially from the Office of the President.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘2010 NPSC Percentage Passes Same as 2009’-WAEC Boss
The Head of Office for the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) in Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheriff M. Sapateh has announced that out of the 97,394 pupils that took the National Primary School Examinations in May this year 72,729 passed to enter secondary schools of their choices, with a percentage of 74% that made no improvement from last year’s of similar percentage. In a television broadcast on Tuesday evening the 10th August 2010, he congratulated those candidates that successfully made their way through the examination.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLIEPA on a Two-Days Validation Workshop
In keeping with their statutory mandate to promote investment and encourage domestic market growth in Sierra Leone’s agricultural commercialization to meet both regional and international standards, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) in collaboration with line ministries and other stakeholders on Wednesday 11th August 2010 commenced a two-day sensitization and validation workshop at Mamba Point, Wilberforce in Freetown.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo ‘Campaign Team’ Bails out SLPP Executive
A campaign team already formed ahead of formal declaration of intent for the flag bearer position of opposition SLPP for Hon. Alpha O Timbo on Tuesday 10th August 2010 donated to SLPP Executive members of Constituency 93 in Godrich as part of a goodwill gesture for the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. Presenting the gifts on the group’s behalf, the Secretary to the team, Mr. Tony Moiforay noted that they were making such handsome donation to assist party Muslim members within the constituency for this blessed month.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Feeds the Aged at Goderich
The only SLPP councilor in the western rural district representing Ward 331 in Constituency 93, Goderich Village, Ibrahim Kabba aka ‘Small Borbor’ on Tuesday 10th August 2010 donated Ten 25 kg bags of imported rice and bails of used clothing to over two hundred aged people in that community. Receiving the donated items on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Village Headman, Mr. Mustapha Papa Kamara showered praises on Councilor Small Borbor for his continuous assistance and generosity towards his subjects. He called on them to rally round the councilor who he said had indicated adequately that he would represent them at all levels.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Slra Completes Regional Sensitization Tour
The third in the series of regional sensitization tours on National Anti Corruption Strategy (NACS) implementation ended past week in Bo and Kenema, where stakeholders were informed about the Complaint Unit now established at the SLRA. The Complaint Unit which operates under the Public Relation Unit shall among other things receive and mediate on all complains and concerns raised by the public about SLRA activities contrary to usual procedure of going to the media that may not adequately solve the problems.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain has Helped in Expanding the Business Horizon of other Organizations
These days, telecommunications is much more than just a telephone handset or even a headset connected to the PC in a busy office. The giants in the telecommunications sector here in Sierra Leone and beyond have progressed further into an advanced multi-international business, supplying endless amounts of products and services, connecting millions of people across their operational regions. This story is a reality in Sierra Leone today and only on the Zain Sierra Leone Network.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Internal Affairs Ministry Calls for Fire Safety Legislation *National Stadium Batted by FCC * 5 Chiefdoms Rebel Against Local Tax Payment * Recalled Zenith Bank MD Replaced * New Harvest Ministries Rescues Bo Youths * Friends of the Dead Embark on Cleaning Cemeteries * Sierra Leonean Turns Texas’ Deputy Mayor * Athletes Depart for Olympic Games * Births/Deaths Cries for Modern Uplift.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Step Mother Stabs Son to Death
Ten (10) years’ old Moses Jemoh became a victim of domestic violence and cruelty to child in the hands of his step mother over the weekend at Aruna Street in Kenema, Eastern Sierra Leone. The Step mother whose name was given on Wednesday 11th August 2010 by police media boss, ASP Ibrahim Samura as Hannah Tucker reportedly used a kitchen knife to stab Moses to death on the chest in a farm. According to ASP Samura, police report from Kenema claim that Hannah Tucker invited the innocent boy to accompany her to the farm with the wicked intention to kill him by way of vendetta against his mother who is said to be a mate to Hannah.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:04

I am one of the relatively small percentage of Sierra Leoneans who happen to own a private car, so I do not have to rely on public transport, namely, taxis, poda-podas, and more recently, “OKADAS” but I do have a lot of friends, relatives, staff, neighbours and clients, who rely on such public transport on a daily basis, and over the past week or so, many of them have complained to me that the Police have virtually stopped OKADAS from operating within the City of Freetown, thereby causing transport problems and inconvenience for those who prefer to travel by Okada, and also causing serious loss of income to the Okada Owners and Riders who operate them.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:02

Open Letter to the Minister of Education
Kindly permit me space in your widely read newspaper to write this letter to the Minister of Education and all concerned about improving on the standard of education in the Secondary Schools of this our beloved country. Teachers have been crying for high salaries every year; but have they been doing their work? Some years ago they had an increase in salary on the pretext that education would improve but has it improved? The reasons are simply thus:
Aug 12, 2010, 17:00

Dr. Sylvia Blyden Wants Answers from SLBC Team in Sierra Leone
I, Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Social & Political Commentator in Sierra Leone, today wish to express my deep concern over a worrying development that I wish to bring to the attention of the Public in general and more specifically to the attention of the Trustees and Management of the newly launched Independent Public Broadcaster, SLBC, and from whom I am demanding a Public Explanation, and possibly an apology, over the following developments.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Offers Unlimited Calls Every Wednesday Throughout The Ramadan Period
Eid al-Fitr is observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers. Zain in its bid to recognize this holy month with Sierra Leoneans is offering unlimited calls every Wednesday till the end of Ramadan. The Zain to Zain Unlimited Calls every Wednesday start from 8 am and will last till 6 pm for just 100 units.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Public Defenders’ Office Commissioned
The Government of Sierra Leone under His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Justice Sector Development Programme, through the British Council and DFID has officially commissioned Sierra Leone’s first public defenders’ office, a Pilot National Legal Aid with its own office on the 4th Floor of the Ministerial Building, George Street in Freetown. This was disclosed in a press release issued on the 6th August 2010.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, YMCA Ends Non-Violence Training for Youth
Violence in schools, communities, among and between peoples in Sierra Leone is a worrying concern to organizations advocating for peace, giving rise to funding alternative ways to address the issue. One of the organizations committed to addressing this escalating social issue particularly involving youths is the Young Men Christian Association – Sierra Leone (YMCA-SL), an affiliate of the global YMCA movement. In response to this concern, YMCA-SL, in partnership with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) – Sierra Leone, conducted a three-day training workshop for youth on gender-sensitive non-violence from 3–5 August 2010 at the YMCA operational hall in Freetown. The workshop facilitated by Maria Zoe Latumbo, a VSO volunteer from the Philippines, brought together 17 youths from school-based Hi-Y clubs, slum communities, and YMCA branches in the Western Area to be trained as peer educators on various aspects of non-violence.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Gets New Television Station
In just few months after the transformation of the national broadcasting and television station into a cooperation which was officially launched by the United Nations Secretary General His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Sierra Leone has again been blessed with a multi-channel television station known as Capital Cable Network Television (CCNTV). The new multi-channel television station is expected to be officially launched in August this year.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Liberian Experts on Public Finance Management Reforms Tour
Twelve (12) Liberian financial experts arrived in Sierra Leone on 10th August 2010 for a Financial Management Reforms study tour. They are guests of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The delegation will be in Sierra Leone from 10th to 21st August 2010. This was revealed to the press in a short but officious press conference held at the Treasury Building, George Street in Freetown.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leonne, 150 Youths Graduate from Red Cross Training Centre
After a year long intensive capacity building training for youths drawn from various chiefdoms in Kailahun District east of Sierra Leone, about One Hundred and Fifty (150) youths weekend the weekend graduated from the ‘Child Advocacy and Rehabilitation (CAR)’centre in Kailahun established by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRSC) In her remarks, the Councilor for Ward 2 in Constituency 01 in Kailahun District, Madam Fatmata Sannoh who chaired the occasion expressed appreciation to the SLRCS for their relentless assistance and development programmes towards the children of that district, especially in the area of developing their capacities to become self-reliant and independent.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Chief dies in Forest *Youth Nabs Notorious Thief *WIA Soldiers Threaten to Cause Problem *Sports Reporters on Development Drive *Liberia Emulates Sierra Leone on Finance Control *British High Commissioner Promises to Promote SLIEPA *Iranian Consulate Conducts Quranic Competition *APC Government Spends US$ 31,600 on Solomon Berewa.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 5 Months Old Baby Raped in Kenema
A thirty-year-old man whose name was given as Sulaiman Swaray has allegedly raped a five-month-old baby (name withheld) in Kenema City, Eastern Sierra Leone. The Director of Media and Public Relations in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Assistant Superintendent Ibrahim Samura disclosed this to the press during the usual Tuesdays weekly press briefing on 10th August 2010 at the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters in Freetown. ASP Samura told newsmen that the Kenema Police Division is currently investigating an alleged case of rape involving a 30 year-old man residing at Komende Street.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:04

PPRC Warns Against Inciting Tribal Sentiments in Sierra Leone
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) notes with concern that some newspapers have published articles, banner headlines, columns, or opinions with a strong ethnic undertone that has the potential to provoke, incite hatred, or discord among political party leaders, supporters, or ethnic groups in Sierra Leone. The Torchlight News Paper: Vol. 2 No. 236 of Wednesday 4th August 2010 published a banner headline titled: "They are all Mendes". This ascribed the Sierra Leone Peoples Party to one ethnic group and the content was ethnically charged. Furthermore, the article misrepresented the causes of Sierra Leone’s brutal war quite contrary to the findings and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation TRC report.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:02

IMC Threatens Tribalistic Publications with Closure of their Newspapers
The Independent Media Commission called an Emergency Board Meeting today, Friday 6th August 2010 at which Editors of the Torchlight Newspaper and the Unity Newspaper were summoned to discuss (a) the publication of the Torchlight Newspaper Vol. 2 No.236 of Wednesday 4th August 2010 captioned: ‘They are all Mendes’ and the publication in the Unity Newspaper Vol. 3 No.11 of Friday 6th August, 2010 captioned ‘Limba/Loko Government Eliminates Temnes’ respectively.
Aug 11, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Land Slide Kills 14 off Mountain Cut
Disaster struck at about 11pm on Sunday 8th August 2010 when some dwelling structures caved in after a land slide at Owen Street off Mountain Cut following heavy downpour of rain in the capital of Freetown that lasted for 24 hours, killing 14 people all of them children. The whole community remained awake for the rest of the night as it plunged into chaos and wailing as community youths rushed to rescue victims. Our reporter who was one of the very first newsmen to alight at the scene at dawn described it as a great loss to families living in a congested environment. He caught up with a survivor who bore the worst brunt of the disaster.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kenema Lawyer Says Judiciary Not in Shambles
Lawyer Abdul M. Bangurah, Legal Practitioner in Kenema District has yesterday spoken to Awareness Times on the phone to denounce the front page attack on the Honourable Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh as carried by a certain local tabloid with the headline of ‘Judiciary in Shambles’. He most strongly denied ever giving an interview to any journalist from that particular tabloid and firmly stated that whilst he was trying to bring to the notice of the Chief Justice some constraints faced by legal practitioners in the Provinces, he could not denounce the Chief Justice.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals Sign Mining Agreement with Gov’t
African Minerals Plc on Friday 6th August 2010 signed mining lease agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone. This new development was revealed to the press at the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, Youyi Building in Freetown. In his presentation the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources who also doubles as Political Affairs minister, Hon Alhaji Alpha Khanu said it was no easy task to sign such agreement with a mining company as according to him it involved a lot of negotiations and professionalism as people depend on such agreements for the development of their communities and the country as a whole.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
Armed Robbers Attack PMDC Nat. Women’s Leader
The National Women’s Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Madam Roselyn Macarthy was in the early hours of Monday 9tth August 2010 at about 2:00am attacked by unidentified armed robbers on their way to her Sawi Drive residence, Brookfields in western Freetown. Speaking of her ordeal to the Awareness Times at dawn on Monday, the PMDC Women’s leader explained how she was heading home with three other people when about six armed men materialized from nowhere and demanded them to disembark from the vehicle.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining Launches Newsletter
London Mining Company on Monday 9th August 2010 launched their first Newsletter at the company’s Signal Hill Road office in Freetown. In his statement, the Director of Political Affairs in the Mines Ministry Mr. Karamoh Kabba who served as chairman of the ceremony commended LMC for coming up with such a wonderful communication strategy in promoting their activities in the country. He said as information is the oxygen to life that everybody needs, the innovation was timely.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MPs End Three-Day Awareness Campaign on Regional Trade
In collaboration with the National Coordinating Committee in the Ministry of Trade Members of Parliament on the Oversight Committee of Trade over the weekend ended a three-day Public Awareness Campaign on ECOWAS Trade Liberalization schedule and Common External tariff in Makeni and Kenema respectively. The programme which succeeded in attracting civil society representatives, government stakeholders, business organization, trade unions and other members of the Public was aimed to encourage manufacturing outfits to compete favorably with cheap imported products that are being sold in West African market, as well as to remove all tariff barriers to trade between countries in the West Africa Sub-region.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*DfID Raises Concern over Misuse of Donor Funds * Maternal Mortality Still High *Germany Boosts Free Health Care * WIA Soldiers Receive Benefits * Doctors Concerned at the Alarming Rate of Impostors *Human Trafficker Slammed Jail Sentences *NAS to Organize 2nd Children’s conference.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UDO Dishes Scholarships to 40 Students
A Community Based Organization (CBO), United Dantari Organization (UDO) on Sunday 8th August 2010 dished out forty scholarships to 40 students drawn from various secondary, primary and tertiary institutions in Freetown at the Ansarul Islamic College, Kissy Dockyard. In his award statement, a member of the organization Alusine Bahr said since the formation of the organization one of their key targets has been to boost education and give access to the less fortunate Sierra Leoneans to improve on their educational career.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Sequel to Ban Ki Moon’s Call for TRC Recommendations to be implemented : SLPP stuns with Unexpected Apology to Victims of Rights Violations
“We cannot erase all the hurts with one apology but with continuous efforts to look back at where we made mistakes and reach out to those whom the party hurt in the process of not only bringing the war to an end but in other areas, we will be able to bring our party back to being seen as the only vehicle that can move Sierra Leone forward as a united country,” Benjamin insisted. “This apology is just the beginning. The SLPP is on the road to ensure we are once again fully seen as the Party that represents the true values that Sierra Leone stood for when Sir Milton Margai led this Nation to independence, 50 years ago. We have a lot of reconciliation to do but, by the grace of God, we will succeed to reconcile with many citizens in the days, weeks and months ahead,” the popular party leader promised.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:28

NEWS : Politics
APC appoints NPRC Spokesman to Senior Government Position in Sierra Leone
As a sequel to the recent Call by the United Nations’ Secretary General for Sierra Leoneans to reconcile within the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission report, the Office of the President, late last week appointed the NPRC Junta Secretary-General and Spokesman at the time of the December 29, 1992 executions, to be the new Petroleum Resources Finance Director. The NPRC was the Military Government in Sierra Leone at the time of the executions and Captain Karefa Kargbo was the NPRC Secretary-General and Government Spokesman.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:26

On his 72nd Birthday, Solo-B is doing well in India
The former Vice President of Sierra Leone, Solomon Ekuma Berewa, who is currently in India on a medical check-up has spoken to Awareness Times on the phone line from India last Friday August 6th 2010 which happened to be his 72nd Birthday. It will be recalled that false alarms were recently raised in local tabloids that Mr. Berewa had been hospitalised at Choithrams Hospital in Freetown and then rushed to India in grave medical condition.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:24

Obama’s New Ambassador to Sierra Leone Approved by American Senators
The curtain on Sierra Leone’s long spell without an American Ambassador started to be drawn on June 18th this year when U.S. President Obama announced his intent to nominate Michael S. Owen to be Ambassador to Sierra Leone. The White House described Owen as a career diplomat with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Economics and a Masters in Public Affairs. On July 13th, Owen faced the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations seeking their approval.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:22

The State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba in Sierra Leone : Lawyer Yada Williams Exposes that the Anti Corruption Commission’s Sixth Prosecution Witness has Propensity to Lie
In the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba currently awaiting Judgment at the High Court, the Prosecution, in their Closing Arguments, had alleged a theory that their Sixth Prosecution Witness, PW6 “had absolutely nothing to gain by cooperating with the other witnesses in wrongly implicating the Accused” as according to them, PW6 “was not part of the Ministry and was actually owed money by the Ministry”. It will be recalled that PW6 was presented to the Courts by Prosecutors of the Anti Corruption Commission as a Computer Engineer who was owed money from doing legitimate business with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources but however, the Prosecution did not tender a single piece of evidence to substantiate that PW6 was indeed a Computer businessman conducting legitimate business with the Ministry.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals Signs Mining Lease Agreement; ...Donates US$500,000 to 50th Independence Anniversary Celebs
The leading mining company in Sierra Leone, African Minerals Plc. (AML) on 6th August 2010, has signed an Iron Ore Mining Lease Agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone. This was revealed in a press briefing held at the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources Conference Room in Freetown. In his statement the Minister of Mines, Mineral Resources and Political Affairs Hon Alhaji Alpha Kanu stated that unlike Gold and Diamonds which can be smuggled out of the country, Iron Ore was a commodity that can be properly valued in numerical terms at the time of export.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:18

NEWS : Politics
Kadi Sesay & Alpha Timbo Commence Le50M Payments in Sierra Leone
SLPP sources have confirmed over the weekend that two of the leading contestants for the SLPP Flagbearer position, Dr. Kadi Sesay and Lawyer Alpha Timbo, have both made their mandatory advance cash deposits of Le10Million of the required non-refundable Fifty Million Leones that all flagbearer aspirants should pay to the party’s coffers before they would be considered by the hierarchy as possible aspirant.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:16

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
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