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NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Politics : SLPP MPs Rescue Party from Voters’ Scorn & Anger
Parliamentarians from the main opposition SLPP have yesterday August 27th 2015, saved the image of their party from the clutches of scorn and anger of the electorates; when they decided to team up with the ruling All Peoples Congress to ratify a State of Emergency proclaimed by the President 21 days ago.
Aug 28, 2015, 17:06

NEWS
R.H.O. Robbin Coker Passes On
Roland Hubert Omodeyinde Robbin-Coker Esq., a long term Sierra Leone human rights lawyer and activist has, on Wednesday 19th August 2015, passed away at the age of 78 years. He died in London where he lived in later years of his life.
Aug 28, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : DEC-SEC and Partners Plan For Clogpas 5
Sierra Leone’s Decentralisation Programme has no doubt been making steady progress since its inception in 2004; and evidences of this abound. Perhaps the most glaring evidence is the appearance of new Local Council offices which bless the landscape right across the country with their majesty.
Aug 28, 2015, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
NATCOM Chair Momoh Konte Acclaims ITU as Big Data Confab conclude
Freetown, Wednesday26th August, 2015… The Government of Sierra Leone hosted a Regional Ministerial Consultative Meeting on Ebola: Leveraging Information and Communication Technology to Save Lives. The event was organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and supported by the Governments of Guinea and Liberia.
Aug 28, 2015, 17:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone Politics: Emergency, SLPP, Sections 77(1)(k) & 77(1)(L)
The State of Emergency declared by President Koroma on August 7th 2015 to enable the country continue to combat the threat of Ebola, will expire tomorrow August 28th 2015 unless it is first ratified by at least two-thirds of Parliamentarians. Factually, ruling APC of President Koroma does not have up to two thirds of seats in the Parliament and so some opposition SLPP MPs will have to vote in favour of the extension before it can be ratified.
Aug 27, 2015, 17:17

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone: In Defence of 'Monologue'
I am no admirer of David Tam Baryoh who hosts the Monologue radio show. Infact, after the way he recently maliciously butchered Manly-Spaine’s oral submission to Supreme Court, I got alarmed that Monologue could set the country alight with his recklessness.
Aug 27, 2015, 17:11

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : APC Wins Over Hinga Norman Jr.
Sam Hinga Norman Junior, son of the late former Defence Minister and strongman of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Sam Hinga Norman has declared to join the ruling All People’s Congress (APC).
Aug 27, 2015, 17:09

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SALWACO Staff Enjoy 100% Salary Increase
Hon. Robin Faley, the Board Chairman for Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) has expressed excitement and appreciation for the exhibition of strong political will by President Ernest Bai Koroma to ensure access to safe and clean drinking water to rural communities. He was speaking during an announcement to unveil a whopping 100% increase in salaries of all staff of SALWACO.
Aug 27, 2015, 17:07

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Women’s Forum Wants Safe Spaces for Girls
The Women’s Forum of Sierra Leone (WFSL) has called for a national policy which will see the establishment of “Safe Spaces” for Adolescent girls in every part of Sierra Leone. The call was made by Mrs. Gladys Hastings-Spaine, General Secretary of the Women’s Forum during a special event to mark the donation of gifts to fifty Ebola survivors in this month of August 2015.
Aug 27, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SLRSA Meets With Stakeholders over Ban on RHD
The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) on Wednesday 26th August, 2015 held discussions with the Sierra Leone Motor Vehicle Maintenance Association (SLMVMA), Spare Part Dealers and Sierra Leone Standards Bureau among other stakeholders at the Authority’s headquarters hall, Kissy Road, Freetown on the ban of right hand drive (RHD) vehicles.
Aug 27, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Food & Nutrition Stakeholders validate CRC Position
The Right to Food (RTF) Committee made up of different agencies and organizations including the United Nations and civil society organization (CSOs) on Friday 21st August 2015 organized a day’s validation workshop for the position paper to be presented to the Constitutional Review Committee on Tuesday 18th August 2015.
Aug 27, 2015, 17:01

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NATCOM all set for ‘Big Data’ & Ebola International Meet
Sierra Leone's National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) is now all set for a two days Regional Ministerial Consultative Conference on Ebola slated to commence today 26 August 2015, at the Bintumani International Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Freetown. The conference is co-organized by the Government of Sierra Leone and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in consultation with the Governments of Liberia and Guinea.
Aug 26, 2015, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Leone Preparatory School troubles Sierra Leone Education Board
The National Board of Education (NBE) would like to draw the attention of the public to the recent developments over the issue between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Leone Preparatory School which has attracted a lot of public attention.
Aug 26, 2015, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
IN LOVING AND AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF OUR DEAR MOTHER, AUNT, GRAND MOTHER, SISTER AND FRIEND HARRIETTE ISATTA TURAY
IN LOVING AND AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF OUR DEAR MOTHER, AUNT, GRAND MOTHER, SISTER AND FRIEND HARRIETTE ISATTA TURAY
Aug 26, 2015, 17:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone Airport Terror Alerts : Did Bio Set Up Yumkella or is Yumkella Just Ignorant?
However, what has raised eyebrows is the fact that one of the arrested men is the same man who was arrested on Elections day of 17th November 2012, carrying cutlasses as an undercover intelligence and security officer of Julius Maada Bio, the defeated SLPP presidential candidate. He was with the cutlasses right inside Bio’s jeep at the time of his arrest. He was charged to court and spent time at Pademba Road prisons. He was subsequently released recently. Now, there is significant tension between Bio and Yumkella as the latter is contesting against the former to be the SLPP presidential candidate for next elections. So the thought of at least one of Bio’s cutlass-wielding bodyguards being amongst those deliberately dressed in such a manner to raise suspicion at the airport is curious to many. Clearly, the way the men were dressed in a weaponised manner is what caused their arrest.
Aug 24, 2015, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Post Mortem Results of Hannah Bockarie Speaks for Itself
This is a scanned copy of Post Mortem report of Hannah Bockarie, published here as requested of us by her family (age is entered as 19 instead of 17 years as that was erroneous age first recorded by Police).
Aug 24, 2015, 12:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Kandeh Yumkella is NON-RESIDENT and just a VISITOR to Sierra Leone : Is here with White Foreign Security Operatives & Pepper Sprays
The Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Movement (KKYM) received the unfortunate news of the interception and arrest of a close team of security personnel detailed to guard Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, one of the SLPP Flagbearer aspirants while he is on a three weeks visit of the country.
Aug 24, 2015, 12:09

NEWS
Ambassador Yambasu Working in Russia for Sierra Leone
John Sahr Yambasu, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Russia, recognized by Russian Foreign Ministry as one of the best Ambassadors ever sent to Russia from the entire African continent and who is current Chair for African Ambassadors Group in Moscow, has been resident in Russia ever since October 2010 when he took up his enviable appointment as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Russia.
Aug 24, 2015, 12:08

NEWS : Photo News
Sierra Leone: Arrested men Kandeh Yumkella claims as BGs included Bio’s Undercover ‘Cutlass Bodyguard’ of 2012 Elections
Arrested men Kandeh Yumkella claims as BGs included Bio’s Undercover ‘Cutlass Bodyguard’ of 2012 Elections
Aug 24, 2015, 12:06

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : APC's Alhaji Taimeh Passes Peacefully
On Friday August 21st 2015, Kenema lost a hero in person of ALHAJI BRIMA MOHAMMAD TAIMEH commonly known as SAMBA; a nickname he got from a powerful ‘toughest’ actor in Indian movies.
Aug 24, 2015, 12:02

NEWS
Mrs. Zainab Bangura Hails Quick Reaction of Gov’t in Rape Case : Joins U.N. Colleagues to Condemn Gruesome Act
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura has joined her UN colleagues in Sierra Leone to condemn the “gruesome act” against 17 years old Hannah Bockarie who was murdered and sexually assaulted along Lumley Beach. The unprecedented act saw a swift reaction from the Government and the Police and Mrs. Bangura, a Sierra Leonean citizen herself, has special words of commendation for this. “I commend the quick reaction of the government to investigate this incident,” she wrote from New York as she expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be caught and punished.
Aug 21, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
As Ebola Stalls, Sierra Leone Tourism needs Revival - Yassin Kargbo
Sierra Leone in 2012 was ranked worldwide as “the fastest growing in the tourism sector” according to the General Manager of the country’s National Tourist Board, Mr. Yassin Kargbo. He was speaking in a media interview conducted in second week of August 2015.
Aug 21, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Statistics Sierra Leone Poised to Conduct 2015 Census
As the Ebola virus disease appears to be rapidly receding with the country poised to begin the countdown towards a resilient zero, Statistics Sierra Leone has expressed strong determination to conduct the 2015 population and housing census scheduled to take place between the 5th and 18th December, 2015. It is worthy to note that the 2015 Census is the 5th modern census ever conducted in Sierra Leone.
Aug 21, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Civil Service Head Dr. Surrur Addresses New Civil Servants
The leadership of the Civil Service through the Training and Career Development Department in the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) has on Monday 17th August, 2015 commenced a six day induction training for newly recruited Civil Servants in the Professional and Administrative Cadre at the Civil Service Training College in Freetown.
Aug 21, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Govt Service Delivery needs Capable Civil Servants – says President
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has yesterday Thursday 20 August, 2015 said that government’s service delivery can only be as efficient as the capacity of civil servants.
Aug 21, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Legal Aid Board Briefs President Koroma
The Legal Aid Board on Friday 7 August 2015 briefed President Ernest Bai Koroma on its mandate and activities at a meeting at State House, Freetown. The Legal Aid Board was formed in 2012 to provide accessible, affordable, credible and sustainable legal aid services to indigent persons and other related matters.
Aug 21, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Market Women are a Major Force – Women’s Forum
The President of the Women’s Forum Sierra Leone, Mrs. Maude Regina Peacock, has said that Sierra Leone market women are a force to reckon with since they are the spark of life of local business who know the intimate structures of the community. She said this uniqueness makes them an ideal and useful means of raising awareness in various communities that Ebola has not ended.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : IG Munu Assures Family of Girl Killed on Beach
The Inspector General of Police Francis Munu has on 19th August 2015, invited the mother and other family members of the young lady murdered on Lumley Beach to assured them that the Sierra Leone Police was doing all it can to get to the bottom of what happened to the late Hannah Bockarie.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:15

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Halloway Saga! Can ACC help Bar Association?
Initially, I had assumed the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) could help Sierra Leone Bar Association in the latter’s quest to blatantly whitewash an infamous member of Judiciary, Allan B. Halloway.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Health Ministry Reviews Building a Resilient Health System
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation under the leadership of the Minister Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah is organizing its 2015 Mid-Year Performance Level Review towards building a resilient health care delivery system in the country. The Review meeting is being held at the Shangri La Complex in Freetown from Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 August, 2015.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:12

FEATURES
NERC News Update: Safe & Dignified Burials
1. The Safe and Dignified Burials (SDB) protocols remain the same and will continue to be adhered to.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Stakeholders at Water Quay end 3-Days Strategic Retreat
As the privatization commission continues its mandate offloading or restructuring dormant government enterprises, 114 water quay workers have been laid off. The decision is part of the ongoing privatization of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) from operational service delivery to becoming a landlord as a British firm takes over. The downsizing exercise implicates that of a work force of 412,298 are retained.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Finance Minister wants Prudent Financial Management
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), Dr. Kaifala Marah on Thursday, 13th August 2015 opened the workshop that is verifying the Service Charter of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : DfID boosts MMCET with Classroom Facilities
Freetown, August 18 (SLENA) - The British Department for International Development (DFID) last week officially handed over the Ebola Treatment Center at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), Goderich campus to the college.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
The Governance Stakeholders Coordination Forum Presents Position Paper To The Constitutional Review Committee
The Governance stakeholders Coordination Forum (GSCF) a group of International Non Government Organizations,National Non Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations, comprising OXFAM, Action Aid International Sierra Leone, Christian Aid, Trocaire, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), IBIS and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has presented a position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee on the current 1991 constitution under review.
Aug 20, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Mother of Rape & Murder Victim Breaks Silence
The mother of the young lady brutally murdered and sexually assaulted along Lumley Beach on 13th August 2015, has spoken out to thank the authorities as well as various pressure groups that have been working to ensure justice is done. Mariama Bockarie was speaking exclusively with Awareness Times at her residence in Eastern Freetown last evening of August 18th 2015.
Aug 19, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Charles Margai turns 70 Years
On today’s edition is a Press Statement from Charles Margai informing us all that he is turning 70 years old (three score years & ten) today. To mark the birthday, we are publishing our article we first published as a Breaking News on the night of Margai’s 62nd birthday.
Aug 19, 2015, 17:08

NEWS
London Presents New Sierra Leone Head of Chancery
Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has presented the mission’s incoming Head of Chancery to staff at a meeting at the mission’s conference Hall. Edward Mohamed Turay described Alan Logan as a very young, promising and hardworking gentleman who will be replacing Obai Taylor Kamara as the mission’s new Head of Chancery.
Aug 19, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Minister Urges ISPs & Telecoms to Serve Customers
The Minister of Information and Communications Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu has urged Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies to collaborate with Government in developing a sustainable open access network ECOSYSTEM to enhance knowledge and the digital prosperity in the country.
Aug 19, 2015, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Happy Birthday Go to you Mrs. Yvette. A. Coker
Happy Birthday Go to you Mrs. Yvette. A. Coker
Aug 19, 2015, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
The Samba and Kallon Families of Jawei Chiefdom at home and abroad announce the one year in memoriam Service of Ms. Sao Hawa Samba
The Samba and Kallon Families of Jawei Chiefdom at home and abroad announce the one year in memoriam Service of Ms. Sao Hawa Samba
Aug 19, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Charles Margai is Cleverly ‘Set-Firing’ President & the AG
One of Sierra Leone's most brilliant political and legal strategists, Charles Francis Margai, is once again displaying his awesome talents. This time, Margai has drawn out the Honourable Attorney General Franklyn Bai Kargbo to join him in a public 'letter-writing competition'. Margai then strategically used his public letters to attempt to set-up a wedge (set-fire) between His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Attorney-General.
Aug 18, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Unprecedented Rape & Murder: Gov’t to Improve Beach Safety - Says NTB Yassin Kargbo
The General Manager of the National Tourist Board (NTB), Mr. Yassim Kargbo has informed the Sierra Leone News Agency that in the wake of the unprecedented brutal murder and sexual assault of a young lady along Lumley Beach this month, the government has plans to further improve on security and safety on the beach in addition to the ongoing measures already being implemented to beautify and secure the beach front.
Aug 18, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone down to a single chain of Ebola virus transmission
Freetown, Sierra Leone – 17 August 2015: Use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola virus disease cases and contacts is yielding results in Sierra Leone. An epidemiological week has now passed with no new Ebola cases for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak.
Aug 18, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Koroma Decorates Deputy Chief of Defence Staff
After the historic decoration of the first Lieutenant General of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday 17th August decorated the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Major General John Milton at a ceremony at State House, Freetown.
Aug 18, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Fitzgibbon Pays Farewell Call on President Koroma
The outgoing Deputy Head of the United States Mission in Sierra Leone Madam Kathleen Fitzgibbon on Monday 17 August 2015 paid a farewell call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown.
Aug 18, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : YACAN empowers young people with leadership skills
The Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN), with support from Plan Sierra Leone through Plan Netherlands’ Girl Power Project (GPP), has engaged young people at a two-day training workshop for community young women/girls and boys groups on leadership, confidence and organizational management skills from 11-12 August 2015.
Aug 18, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : Over Midnight Invasion at Lumley Residence : John Benjamin is Under Attack from SLPP PAOPA
A report on an invasion on residence of main opposition SLPP stalwart John Oponjo Benjamin by a gang of men with offensive weapons, has sparked off heated written attacks on Benjamin by members of bitter rival faction of their SLPP known as the ‘PAOPA’ faction. The invasion itself on the residence in the early morning hours of Saturday 15th August 2015, left Benjamin’s people bleeding from machete stab wounds.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:16

EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone Enjoys Real Democracy Under Ernest Bai Koroma
Sierra Leone today enjoys very good democratic credentials but this is not by accident. It is as a result of deliberate actions undertaken by the current President; actions that are unprecedented in our nation.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:14

NEWS
President Koroma consoles President Xi
His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma on August 13th, said, he was shocked and dismayed to have learnt of the explosion at a warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin, which resulted to the death and injury of dozens of people.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:12

FEATURES
Saluting Memory of Late President Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah = REFLECTION =
It was on Sunday 15th August 2004, exactly 11 years ago today that I wrote what I will call 'so long a letter' to the then President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. At the time, I was the Internet & Website Consultant managing and advising on President Kabbah's official State House website. On my way to visit The Gambia, I had suffered a plane crash and Transport authorities of the Sierra Leone government, in a bid to hide the fact that a plane had crashed, had pretended no such incident happened.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Wants Citizens to help him Monitor Post-Ebola Plan
President Ernest Bai Koroma has called on the people of Tonkolili, Kambia and Port Loko districts to be monitors of the implementation of post Ebola recovery programmes launched by government with support from development partners to drive social and economic recovery over the next 6 - 9 months, putting Sierra Leone back on the Agenda for Prosperity pathway and move the country towards a resilient zero.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : "We must stay the course" EBK urges Kambia & Port Loko
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday 15th August paid a working visit to Kambia and Port Loko districts to assess the impact of the respective district response teams and get firsthand information on efforts to move towards a resilient zero as the country makes a final push in eradicating the disease from every corner of Sierra Leone.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Standards Bureau Commissions Post at Guinea Border
In a verge to decentralize its operations across the country, the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau on Monday 10th August officially opened its inspection office at Gbalamuya , which is located at the Guinea/Sierra Leone border.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MOHS Holds Environmental & Social Management Workshop
Freetown, Aug. 13, 2015 - Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Mr. Foday Sawi has described environmental health problems in Sierra Leone as huge in magnitude and complex in nature. Addressing participants at a one day Consultative Workshop on the Environmental and Social Management Framework and Environmental Management Plan at the Shangri La Hotel in Freetown, Mr. Sawi noted that the workshop aims at enhancing positive environmental outcomes, prevent negative environmental impacts, identify and mitigate with appropriate measures the adverse impact might rise, and to ensure compliance with the World Bank’s environmental safe guards policies.
Aug 17, 2015, 12:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : VP to soon be addressed as Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh
Freetown, August 13 (SLENA) -Vice President of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh has been recognized by the Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate and the student’s body of the Cuttington University for his humanitarian gestures and will confer upon him an Honorary Doctorate Degree during the University’s 54th Convocation Ceremony which will take place on the 26th September 2015 at the University Campus in Monrovia, Liberia.
Aug 14, 2015, 17:10

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
What is Happening with HANCI Adoptions Case?
I have read an emotional letter written by, and on behalf of the affected parents of children whom the parents say were illegally adopted and taken out of the country during the civil war years. The parents allege they were tricked into letting the children go.
Aug 14, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : IMC Commissioner Bags Best Child Friendly Award
One of the Commissioners of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Alhaji Dauda Musa Bangura on Tuesday 11th August, 2015 received an award from the Sierra Leone Children’s Aid Foundation (SLCAF) for being the Best Child Friendly Commissioner.
Aug 14, 2015, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Section 118 of Constitution
118. (1) Parliament may by a resolution passed in that behalf and supported by the votes of a majority of all the Members of Parliament, authorise the Government to enter into an agreement for the granting of a loan out of any public fund or public account.
Aug 14, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Mamusa Declaration marks “End of Ebola” in Port Loko
Port Loko, August 13 (SLENA) -The Mamusa Declaration is perceived to be the beginning of the end of the Ebola fight in the Port Loko District, SLENA reports. It implies that there should be no other quarantine home in any part of the district from now on. These were the precise words of the Coordinator for the Ebola Response Centre (DERC) in Port Loko District, Hon. Raymond Kabia.
Aug 14, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Cabinet Secretariat Trains on New Cabinet Manual
The Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service has ended a one day training workshop for over 35 Cabinet Focal Persons in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the implementation of the new Cabinet Manual on Wednesday, 12th August 2015 at the Civil Service Training College, Freetown.
Aug 14, 2015, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS
Sierra Leone President’s Wife Denies being Infected by Ebola
The Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels is pleased to inform Sierra Leoneans both at home and abroad that, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Her Excellency, Sia Nyama Koroma was this morning, 11th August, 2015 discharged from the Saint LUC hospital in Brussels after experiencing a sudden attack aboard Brussels Airlines from Freetown to Brussels in the early hours of Monday, 10th August, 2015.
Aug 13, 2015, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
International Youth Day (August 12th) U.N. Secretary-General’s Message for 2015
Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations are combining to heighten the challenges facing the world’s young people. No one knows better than them the issues at stake or the best way to respond. That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.
Aug 13, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Health Minister Presents Status of SLA for Implementing Partners Supporting the Public Health Sector
Freetown, Aug. 12, 015 (MOHS) - Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has said that the newly launched Service Level Agreement (SLA) by President Dr. Ernest BaiKoroma would ensure equitable services in all 13 districts in Sierra Leone.
Aug 13, 2015, 17:00

NEWS
Ernest Bai Koroma & Barack H. Obama are Enviable Democrats - Says American University Lecturer
A lecturer at one of the top Universities in the United States of America has described the President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma and the President of USA, Barack Hussein Obama as having very striking similarities in how they were “enviably managing the democratic process in their two countries”. According to the lecturer who declined to be named but who emailed his thoughts to this newspaper, the two leaders had very enviable democratic credentials especially in terms of their tolerance for “senseless opposition from political rivals”.
Aug 12, 2015, 17:04

SPECIAL REPORTS
Mr. Edward Babatunde Blyden Located: We Give God the Glory!
Twenty Five years ago, my father, Edward W. Babatunde Blyden, was not yet 50 years old but he was by then, easily the most authoritative voice on civic education, development and youths empowerment issues in Sierra Leone. Back then he was a giant that strode the national polity on such specific civic matters and his counsel was sought by high and low.
Aug 12, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NUSS Updates On Students Activities
As the peak representative body for students in the length and breadth of this country, the leadership of NUSS made visitations to tertiary institutions across the north, with a view to foster students’ unionism and determine how the problems confronting it in that part of the country should be arrested.
Aug 12, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Tamba Kaimachiande Debunks Monologue
Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) has reiterated that 100 brand new, customized buses arrived in Sierra Leone last month of July 2015. Mr. Rodney Tamba Kaimachiande who is the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at SLRTC was reacting to allegations aired over the weekend by Mr. David Tamba Baryoh, on the widely listened MONOLOGUE radio programme.
Aug 11, 2015, 17:10

NEWS
Obama Warns Congress: ‘I will Veto’ any attempt to block Iran nuclear accord
Anticipating a tough road ahead in convincing Congress (Parliament) to back his recent Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama has said he would “veto” any legislation that blocks his government’s agreement with Iran.
Aug 11, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Health Ministry wants Review of 1960 Public Health Act
Freetown, Aug. 10, 015 (MOHS) - The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman has described the 1960 Public Health Act as extremely old and requiring an urgent review to making it responsive to the modern trends of public health planning and administration.
Aug 11, 2015, 17:04

NEWS
London Police Increasingly Concerned over Pensioner missing since Friday 7th
News • Aug 10, 2015: Police in Lewisham are continuing to appeal for information after a pensioner went missing from his home. Edward Blyden, 72 years, of Bell Green Lane, Sydenham, has not been seen since 10:00hrs on Friday, 7 August.
Aug 11, 2015, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
NEC RESOLUTION 1/ AUGUST 2015
WE the Members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) herein assembled at the National Headquarters of the Party in Freetown on the 7th and 8th August 2015:
Aug 11, 2015, 17:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone President Safeguards Citizens’ Health with a Brand New State of Emergency in Sierra Leone
History has been made in Sierra Leone on morning of Friday 7th August 2015 with President Koroma declaring a fresh State of Emergency to fight Ebola and hence safeguard the health of his citizens. The previous State of Emergency had expired at midnight prior without Parliament being summoned to debate an extension of it.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:12

FEATURES
Learn about Presidential Veto in America
A presidential veto in the United States of America is the rejection of a bill passed by Congress (Parliament). This article provides a brief overview of procedures involved in vetoing a bill and the ways Congress can respond to a presidential veto.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:11

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SLRA & Contractors end 2-days Sites Visit
The Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) in collaboration with various construction companies operating in Sierra Leone, on Thursday 6th August 2015 commenced a two day pre-bid site visit on roads in the Eastern, Central and Western part of Freetown which they intend to rehabilitate or construct soonest.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:10

NEWS
Sierra Leone Vice President Foh assures Egypt President Sisi
Cairo, August 8 (SLENA) - Vice President Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh, on behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, has assured the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of a continued good bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : IGP Francis Munu Rallies Senior Police Officers
Inspector General of Police, Francis Alieu Munu on Wednesday 5th August 2015, addressed senior police officers at the Senior Police Officers’ Mess, Kingtom. In a packed hall, the IGP spelt out his vision for the force, and provided a morale-boosting talk to the personnel.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : New UNAIDS Boss Meets HARA Journalists
In a bid to strengthen the partnership between the UNAIDS Country Office and the media through the HIV and AIDS Reporters Association (HARA), the newly assigned UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Michael Gboun, held a ‘Meet and Greet’ meeting with a cross section of HARA members.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Speech delivered by the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone Mr. Momodu L. Conteh at the Governor Business Lunch held on the 5th August 2015
Today we are fortunate to be able to gather here to mark the 51st anniversary of the Bank of Sierra Leone. This time last year, we could not celebrate the Bank’s 50th anniversary, an important milestone in the history of the Bank, due to the Ebola outbreak. The Governor’s annual dinner, which usually provides opportunity to interact with stakeholders was not hosted.
Aug 10, 2015, 12:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
How SLPP Abused State of Emergency
During eleven years of the former government of the now-opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) rule, we had very serious abuse of a State of Emergency that late President Tejan Kabbah had declared to help him prosecute the civil war. Under that SLPP government, we had more human rights abuses through abuse of emergency powers than this country had ever experienced in its modern days since even prior to independence.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : APC Government is improving Justice System - AG Frank Kargbo
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Hon. Franklyn Bai Kargbo has kept the press abreast with developments in his Ministry noting the tremendous effort the Ministry is making, under the current ruling All People’s Congress led government, in standardizing the justice system in the country with a view to improving access to justice.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:14

NEWS
Gambia President Jammeh Pardons hundreds including Sierra Leonean Convict
Gambia President Jammeh Pardons Hundreds including Sierra Leonean Convict "I believe in the fear of Allah and forgiveness” were the words of His Excellency President Yayah Jammeh whilst undertaking an action that the people of The Gambia have referred to as unprecedented, in the history of their country.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Tokeh Village to Benefit from $78,000 Ultra-modernHealth Centre
Freetown, Aug. 6, 015 (MOHS) - The Korea Medical Peace Foundation humanitarian organization is to boost the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with a USD 78,000 ultra- modern Health Centre for the Tokeh Community in the Western Rural area.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament Frowns at Deforestation in Western Area
Members of Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security have expressed serious concern over the massive and uncontrollable manner people are illegally encroaching on protected areas along the Regent-Grafton newly constructed road. The disappointed alarm was made yesterday 6th August 2015 during an oversight visit with official of the National Protected Area Authority (NPAA) and senior agricultural officers.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NCD to collaborate with NMDHR to head promotion of Political Tolerance
At a meeting held on the 9th Floor of Youyi B uilding in Freetown on Tuesday, August 5, 2015, the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) through the fiat of the Network Movement for Democracy and Human Right (NMDHR) has been strategically recommended to lead a “National Platform for State and Non-State Actors Promoting Political Tolerance among Political Parties and Youth and Women’s Participation in Governance”.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:06

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Another unprecedented FIRST: Acquittal & discharge of 13 Soldiers
The momentous and unprecedented acquittal and discharge of 13 soldiers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) has yet again demonstrated that the government of President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma is a government of FIRSTS. This government has made political history as the very FIRST to ever preside over the acquittal and discharge of over a dozen soldiers who were accused of treason.
Aug 7, 2015, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Obituaries
Obituary: The Proprietor Management and Staff of SLONE TIMES PIBICATIONS wish to announce the sudden death of their Advert Manager Mr. Mohamed Jaiah
Obituary: The Proprietor Management and Staff of SLONE TIMES PIBICATIONS wish to announce the sudden death of their Advert Manager Mr. Mohamed Jaiah
Aug 7, 2015, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
In Memoriam of our dearest Great Grand father & Mother, Grand father & Mother, father & Mother PaPa Mohamed Salifu Mansaray & Mama Emma Kanu Mansaray
In Memoriam of our dearest Great Grand father & Mother, Grand father & Mother, father & Mother PaPa Mohamed Salifu Mansaray & Mama Emma Kanu Mansaray
Aug 7, 2015, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Parliament says: NO NEGOTIATION ON STATE OF EMERGENCY
The Office of the Clerk of Parliament hereby wishes to dispel rumours and to counter statements circulating the social media about a negotiation meeting in Parliament on Tuesday 4th August in advance of a motion for a six months extension of the State of Emergency.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:12

EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone Peace & Democracy just keep on Consolidating! RUF Party is now in Spokesman Seat for all Political Parties
The 1999 Lome Peace Accord was crafted with intention to let belligerent Sierra Leone citizens participate in beauty of constitutional multiparty democracy. Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels were Sierra Leoneans who very viciously rebelled against dictators and military junta; They senselessly in their wrath, slaughtered innocent civilians.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:11

NEWS : Politics
APPA Elects Mrs Augusta James Teima as Interim Chairman
The All Political Parties Association (APPA) on Wednesday 5th August 2015 elected Mrs Augusta James Teima of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as its interim Chairman for a period of six months. The Association also elected Alhaji Ben Kamara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Interim Secretary General and Kelfala Kosia of the Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) as the Public Relations Officer.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President wants Mutual Accountability in implementation of Post Ebola Recovery
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has vowed that government will ensure that the principles of the New Deal and Mutual Accountability framework are adhered to in the implementation of the Post-Ebola Recovery plan.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : VP Foh attends the official inauguration of the Suez Canal
Sierra Leone’s Vice President on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 arrived in the Egyptian Capital, Cairo to deputize His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma who was invited by his Egyptian counterpart, H.E President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for the inauguration of the new Suez Canal.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sinohydro to commence Bekongor and Mange hydro project soonest
A high level delegation from the Sinohydro Company in China has met with officials of the Ministry of Energy and members of the Task Force at the Ministry’s Conference Hall in Freetown to look into the project of Bekongor III and Mange Hydro Power in Sierra Leone.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NaCSA ends nationwide midyear stock take mission
The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has concluded a mid- year stock take of its various project activities and programmes across the country. The main objective of the 10 day mission was to create a platform for members of the Board of Directors, the State House Policy and Strategy Unit (SPU), the Local Councils, other MDAs and Members of Parliament to undertake first hand assessment of ongoing as well as completed projects at the field level.
Aug 6, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : SLPP versus Citizens’ Health Creates Dilemma for President
An adamant stance of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has created a very grave problem for the State in the fight against the Ebola virus. As a result, President Koroma is now in a dilemma over how to protect his Nation’s health as against attitude of his inconsiderate opposition political rivals. The current dilemma is that the State of Emergency declared last year to combat Ebola, is to expire this week and its extension depends on bi-partisan approval from both SLPP and APC elected parliamentarians.
Aug 5, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Governor Raps on Post-Ebola Recovery
The Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 4th August 2015 at the Bank Complex, Kingtom pledged his unflinching support to various commercial banks and financial institutions in the Post Ebola Recovery programme.
Aug 5, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : China Foreign Minister Jets In
Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, will on August 8th 20015, embarked on a three day official visit to the three West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, on the invitations of the Foreign Ministers of the said countries.
Aug 5, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Paran Debunks Lies against Hon. Chericoco
Hon. Paran Tarawally of the main opposition SLPP has told Awareness Times last night that he was not the author of what he termed as “a misleading and mischievous” social media posting shared by SLPP supporters all over social media.
Aug 5, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Gold Tree Opines Economic Boom from Oil Palms
The General Manager of the Goldtree Oil Palm Plantation on Friday 30th July 2015 said well planned oil palm investment will yield huge economic boom for Sierra Leone but lamented his company was as yet unable to secure needful funding.
Aug 5, 2015, 17:02


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