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By Awareness Times News
Jun 21, 2010, 14:16



Oya Sankoh Reassures Aged King George Residents

Newspaper reports have it that inmates of the King-George VI Home Lower Parsonage Street Kissy in Freetown have been assured by the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Childrenís Affairs Rosaline Oya Sankoh that there is no plan in governmentís agenda to sell their home.

Salone to Receive $.45 Million IMF Loan

Local tabloid reports say the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development had informed that Sierra Leone will be receiving the first fold of a three year $45 million International Monetary Fund loan in July this year. This loan, reports went on, will help boost the countryís economy. According to reports, IMF will extend credit facilities to countries with long term economic challenges. The loan according reports is expected to support Sierra Leone in achieving 6% growth by 2012, through infrastructural and developing an accessible financial sector.

Salone Female Cricketers Set for Gambia Show Piece

It has been reported that female Cricketers of Sierra Leone have lined up mechanisms that will enhance them give impressive performances in the forthcoming North-West African Female Cricket Tournament to be held in Banjul the Gambia. Reports claimed that according to the teamís coach Abdul Sesay, the team will be competing alongside Cameroon, Ghana, the Gambia, Mali, and Tunisia in the competition, adding that the team is presently on vigorous training at the Kingtom Oval in Freetown.

Salone Female Teenage Boxers in Africa Championship

Reports have it that three teenage female boxers representing Sierra Leone are presently preparing to compete in the first African Boxing Championship to be held in Congo later this year. According to reports Alfreda George, Hawa Kanu, and Joyce Sesay are currently training at the national stadium to compete with other countries in the tournament.

MPs Ratify Convention on Tobacco Control

The Sierra Leone House of Parliament, Newspaper reports have it, on Tuesday 15th June 2010, unanimously ratified a framework convention on tobacco control drafted by the World Health Organization. Reports say prior to the ratification of the convention, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed D. Koroma said tobacco smoking is the most dangerous preventable cause of death world wide, adding that Sierra Leone is no exception. Reports say the Minister informed that in 2009, tobacco killed five million people across the world, which according to him is more than deaths caused by other diseases. Report furthered that MPs however assured that they will work on modalities - apart from ratifying the convention - to ensure that provisions on the control of tobacco meets their desired goals.

UN Sec-Gen Cautioned Political Parties on Violence

Local tabloid reports say the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon cautioned all political parties in Sierra Leone to desist from violence in the forthcoming 2012 general election. According to the Secretary General, all Sierra Leoneans should work towards maintaining the hard won peace, adding that it is high time Sierra Leoneans unite and fight towards addressing the countryís developmental goals.

Alleged Teenage Murderer sent to High Court

Newspaper reports reveal that the ongoing preliminary investigation of an alleged teenage murderer Ibrahim Sesay at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 was on Thursday 17th June 2010 committed to the High Court for further trials. According to reports the accused is charged with a single count charge of Murder. In the particulars of offence, the accused on 28th May this year allegedly murdered one Sheka Suma at Annie Walsh Street in Freetown and took to his heels after committing the said crime. Reports disclosed that the accused person was later arrested by Sierra Leone Police and arraigned before the court for trials.

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