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By Awareness Times News
Jan 28, 2009, 15:30
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

MRC Supports Bo Government Hospital

Reports have revealed that the Medical Research Centre (MRC) has donated a large consignment of assorted drugs and other medical supplies worth millions of leones to the Bo Government Hospital. According to reports, the donation was meant to assist the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to focus on reproductive health. MRC has also promised other hospitals in the country similar gestures. In appreciation of the timely donation, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, showered praises on MRC for the support and promised to utilize them in the best way possible.

AI Hosts Regional Meeting in Kenema

Amnesty International (AI) Sierra Leone, has ended a two-day Annual Regional Meeting at the Government Secondary School campus in Kenema, on the theme "60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Death Penalty in Sierra Leone". Reports say the meeting was held in a bid to prepare personnel for the National General Assembly, and to sensitize people at grassroots level about human rights. AI has always engaged the Government of Sierra Leone to revoke the death penalty.

SLRU Chats Labour Minister

Local tabloids have revealed that the Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU) has held a fruitful meeting with the Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, Dr. Minkailu Mansaray. The purpose of the meeting was to familiarize with the Minister and to explore possible means of moving the agenda of the Union forward. The meeting in a nutshell, was geared towards advocating for better conditions of service for media employees, particularly Reporters. It could be noted that Sierra Leone is one such country wherein Reporters with authentic accreditation, work round the clock under very difficult circumstances without a single cent to take home as monthly emolument. Since the formation of the Union, it has focused its attention on seeking ways through which owners of media houses will see reasons and start paying their staff reporters.

Pujehun is Peaceful After Bye- Election

The Local Unit Commander of Pujehun District, Superintendent Ansumana Gbonnoh, has said in a recent press briefing that the district is very peaceful after the parliamentary bye election that was conducted there early this month. Reports earlier disclosed that there were some cases of political intolerance in the district. The LUC called on the people of Pujehun district to be law abiding and avoid political provocations.

APC Councilor Hails African Minerals

Councilor Saidu Abass Bangura of Ward 191 in Lokomasama Chiefdom, Port Loko District, has commended African Minerals for the developmental strides it has taken thus far in the chiefdom. Reports say residents have protected the mine concession for over forty years and now reap the benefits. Community members have asked the company to increase their developmental goals for the district, whilst assuring of continued cooperation.

Bo City Witnesses Zain Raffle Draw

Zain Sierra Leone has reportedly stormed Bo City with its latest Change My World raffle draw aimed at appreciating or rewarding subscribers for their continued patronage to the network. Various prices were won during the draw which is said to be the seventh in a series. The event was climaxed by drumming and traditional/cultural performances.

Cocaine Plane Was Bound for Salone

First accused person in the ongoing cocaine trial at the High Court and pilot of the July 12 cocaine plane, George Aritsozabel Archilla is said to have revealed in court that the substance was indeed bound for Sierra Leone. He reportedly stated that he was working on instructions dictating that he should deliver the consignment of cocaine at the Lungi International Airport. His statement made to the police has reportedly been tendered and read in court.


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