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By Awareness Times News
Sep 23, 2010, 10:05



Deputy Health Minister Conducts on the Spot Visit

to Connaught Hospital

Local tabloids have it that the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation  Mohamed  D. Koroma  has on Tuesday  21st September 2010 conducted  an on  the spot check at the newly refurbished Annex  wards at Cannaught  Hospital in Freetown. According to reports, the deputy minister  took  the  venture in order to  inspect  facilities within the new building. The structure reports say  has two separate rooms  that are  well-equipped with air conditioners , freezer, sitting  rooms for visitors with TV set , first class beds, toilet and other facilities. The minister is reported to have commended  the  medical personnel and other staff  for  properly  maintaining the  facilities  at the hospital.

St. Edwards Student Forges WASSCE Result


Lyndon Kamara Taylor purporting to be former pupil of the St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown, has been trapped with a fake West Africa Senior Secondary  School  Certificate . According to report alleged, Lyndon was trapped while trying to gain admission into Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He has reportedly admitted of   forging  the result in order to gain admission to the Engineering Faculty. College authorities  reports  say  were impressed with the students  result but  when it was checked  on line they came to realize that it was a mere forgery.


Kenema Red Cross Sensitizes  TBAs


The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) Kenema  Branch  recently  held a sensitization meeting with the Traditional  Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the Kenema  District. The purpose of the meeting reports say was to train TBAs on the benefit  of  intermittent  preventive  treatment of malaria during pregnancy.

Price  of  Soft  Drinks  Shoots  Up

Local tabloids have alleged that the price of soft  drinks  which was   Le 1,200 has  shot up to Le 1,500. According to reports,  there  is currently  a strong disagreement between traders and customer in Freetown as the latter  are claiming  that they had  not received  any notification  for the recent price increase. The Marketing Service and Public Relation Officer of the Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC)  Mr. Michael Yambasu  has reportedly  confirmed the increment adding that  they were forced  by the rise in foreign currencies.

UN Country Chief  Hails  Salone Youths

The Acting Head of the United  Nations  Office  in Sierra Leone has reportedly  commended Sierra Leonean youths for their efforts in the countrys  peace building. Mr. Berhanemesket  Nega  applauded the youths for playing a leading role in enhancing peace through out Sierra Leone. According to reports, the  UN  official  made the  statement  on Tuesday  21st September  2010 on the occasion of  the International Day of Peace which was climaxed  by  the unveiling of the peace pole constructed by the National  Youth Coalition (NYC) at the Congo Cross Bridge in Freetown.

Businessman  Denied  Bail in Court

News reports say  Magistrate  J.O Wellington of Freetown Magistrate Court  No 2 on Tuesday 21st September 2010  ceased the bail of a controversial  businessman  Mohamed Bob Jalloh and sent him to   remand  at Pademba  Road Prisons. Report alleged that Mr. Jalloh was arrested on an INTERPOL warrant in Guinea where he  was hiding  after duping the Ministry of Agriculture close to Le 600 million. According to the  particulars of offence, the accused was alleged to have collected money in December 2009 from  Skye Bank  Sierra Leone Ltd , which was  entrusted to him  by the Ministry of Agriculture   to purchase five hundred and twenty metric  tones of fertilizers  knowing  same to be false.


Hunter Mistakenly kills Friend


A  hunter  Abdulai  Conteh of Mapargbo Village in the Mambolo Chiefdom ,Kambia District recently killed his friend Musa Kamara in a bush around the Mankankor  Village , Lokomassama  Chiefdom. According  to reports , Musa was mistakenly shot on the chest  in his cassava farm. Personnel at the Lungi  Police Station are said to be investigating the matter.

Fraudsters  Arrested in  Bo

Police in Bo City have arrested two people on allegations of fraud. The  alleged  suspect s are said to have  collected money from over 600 youths on the pretext of  sending them to Iraq to work  . The victims have told police that about Le 600,000  was collected  from each of them for registration, medical, police clearance, passport and other expenses  

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