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By Awareness Times News
Jun 15, 2010, 17:02



Poda poda driver beats police officer

A 22-year-old Ďpoda podaí driver identified as Alhaji Kelfala Kamara has reportedly been remanded in custody for beating a police officer, Constable 9296 Kainessie Umaru.¬† Kelfala Kamara who drives a van with Registration number ADW 780 on the 4th¬†June 2010 seriously manhandled the complainant while on duty along the Wilkinson Road area in Freetown leading to serious injuries.¬† The accused was over the weekend refused bail by Magistrate Steven Conteh of Freetown Court No.1 on the grounds that the offence was too serious. The matter was reportedly adjourned to the 16th¬†of June.

DMO says pregnant women still deliver at home

The District Medical Officer of the Kailahun Government Hospital has reportedly disclosed that pregnant women within the district are still risking their lives to untrained traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and quack doctors by allowing delivery at home.  Dr. David Bome is reported as saying that in spite of the free health care service project, many pregnant women are not utilizing the opportunities.  This has reportedly urged the doctor to call on husbands to encourage their wives to regularly visit the hospital or other government health centres for free treatment.

Moyamba police records 16 cases of ritual murder

16 cases of ritual murder have so far been recorded by the Moyamba police, reports say.  This was disclosed by the Regional Police Commander South, AIG David S. Sesay who said most of the reports of allegation with substantial evidences have been investigated and charged to court. 

200 bike riders certified

Over 200 commercial bike riders who were undergoing training have on Wednesday 9th June 2010 been certified by both the Sierra Leone Police and the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) at Hastings Police Training School.  The bike riders recently undertook week long training on basic traffic regulations and safety methods geared towards maintaining discipline and proper road use.  The training was jointly organized by the SLRTA and the SLP.

President determined to close down fraudster pharmacies

President Ernest Bai Koroma has reportedly expressed his determination to close down pharmacies he referred to as fraudsters caught selling government drugs meant for the free health care service.  According to reports, the owners of such pharmacies also risk being sent to jail for such illegal acts.  He is said to have also asked stakeholders to be very watchful for those involved in the criminal acts.

Councilors Unite in the East

Reports filtering in from the Kenema District say councilors from Kailahun, Kono and Kenema Districts on last week Thursday met in Kenema City to form a united body. According to reports, the ďEastern Region Council of councilorsĒ is intended to bring councilors from all over the Eastern Region irrespective of their various political ideologies to achieve a common goal that will bring development.

IPAM to represent Salone in Tanzania

Students of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) who recently emerged as the winners of this yearís national Moot Court competition will be representing Sierra Leone at the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition scheduled to take place in Arusha, Tanzania in November this year.¬† The National Competition was organized by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society with support from the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown. Many other tertiary institutions also participated.

Salone returns to metric system

The Sierra Leone Parliament on Friday passed the Metric System of Measurement Act 2010.  According to reports the new law will modify the Weight and Measures Act of 1961 considered to have become very obsolete.  The new law will now enable us to get the correct measurement of foodstuffs and other commodities in a standardized and accepted form.

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