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By Awareness Times News
Jul 28, 2010, 17:06



Piracy, Bad Market crumble Leading Recording Studio


Super Sound, one of Sierra Leones leading recording studios is on the verge of closing down business in Sierra Leone, reports say. This intimation was said to have been made by the company manager, A. B Kamara who reportedly blamed the decision on piracy, unbearable production cost and huge tax levies. He is reported as saying that over the past eight to ten years Super Sound has recorded massive financial loss due to unabated illicit recording across the country which he said is no longer tenable.


Kono District Council Links Two Chiefdoms


As part of the decentralization process the Kono District Council administrators have reportedly commenced construction work on a road and bridge linking the Gabane and Soa Chiefdoms. The funds for the construction work were provided by the Private and Rural Sector Project through the Kono District Council. The two beneficiary chiefdoms are reported to have welcomed the development as they have been cut off from the rest of others due to the poor roads network, putting them completely out of tune in commercial spheres. The project is expected to be completed by December.


Two Appear in Court for Disarming Police

Two accused persons, Hassan Conteh and Juma Gobba have reportedly appeared before Magistrate Komba Kamanda in the Kenema Magistrate Court on charges of conspiracy and robbing with aggravation. According to reports, the two accused allegedly disarmed an AK47 riffle from an ODS police personnel, Fofanah who was on guard at a diamond dealers premises in that city. It was also revealed that, the accused have been using the gun to terrorize the community. Both of them pleaded not guilty and the matter was adjourned to 27th July.

Kabala Demands Resident Magistrate

Reports from Kabala, the Koinadugu District Headquarter town in the Northern Province say residents are calling on the government and other stakeholders to provide them with a Resident Magistrate.  The reports allege that for the past one month the roving magistrate in charge of the district has not been holding court sessions in most parts of the district for no explainable reasons.

Traditional Healers Resolve to Stop Deaths from Witch Guns

Indigenous Traditional Healers Union of Sierra Leone has unanimously resolved to do everything in their power to put a stop to the loss of innocent lives through the use of Witch Guns by members.  The resolution was reportedly arrived at in an award ceremony held last week in the eastern part of the city. The ceremony was said to have been attended by over 20 traditional healers from across the country.

Handicap International Donates to Local musical group

Handicap International last week Friday reportedly donated a consignment of musical instruments worth over Le 22m to the One Family musical group in Freetown. Handicaps goodwill gesture is said to have been made in adherence to the United Nations Convention calling for the empowerment of people living with disability.  The effective use of the donated instruments to that disabled musical group is a demonstration that with little support, they can do much better.

Germany Donates 1M to Special Court

Reports say the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has donated an additional sum of 1Million to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  The money was expended from a bilateral Germany development cooperation fund set aside for such purposes. Reports say Germany has provided over 7million in total to the court since it was set up in 2002.

New England Police Lacks Water Facility

Reports reaching the Awareness Times indicate that there is shortage of water facility at the New England Police Station, west end of Freetown. This has created an untold effect on the cells that remain in permanent state of nauseous odor.  This situation according to reports has worried the Officer in Charge, A.S.P Dennis Musa Taylor who now craves for the attention of the appropriate authorities, especially Guma Valley Water Company to do something urgent to prevent outbreak of communicable diseases amongst inmates of the cells.  His main request is said to be for the erection of a tap close to the station to help tackle the shortage of water as for now they are forced to go distances to fetch. 

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