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EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone Cabinet Secretariat & SPU require Belief in APC Manifesto
Cabinet Secretariat in Sierra Leone is the main engine driving policies and ensuring they are implemented as discussed by whosoever are sitting President and Cabinet Ministers.
Sep 4, 2015, 17:11

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Gambia Assures Continued Solidarity in Fighting Ebola
A news dispatch from the Office of the President of Sierra Leone informs that The Gambia has assured Sierra Leone of continued solidarity and support in fighting the dreaded Ebola virus. This was stated by the newly appointed Gambian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, H.E. Mrs. Fatou Ndeye Gaye.
Sep 4, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Paul Kamara leads 75 to All-African Games
A seventy five-man delegation led by the Minister of Sports, Honourable Paul Kamara left the shores of Sierra Leone on 3rd September 2015 to participate in the All African Games taking place in Cong Brazzaville, the birth place of the games.
Sep 4, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Samadia Commands Upgraded Aberdeen Police
The Sierra Leone Police, in a meeting of its Executive Management Board chaired by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Richard Moigbe, has on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 confirmed the upgrade of the Aberdeen Police Station to a Local Unit Command that will now be led by the newly appointed Aberdeen Local Unit Commander, Superintendent Edward Aiah Samadia.
Sep 4, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Fleet of Ambulances to boost the restoration of basic health Services Post-Ebola
Freetown, Sept. 3,015 (MOHS) - As President, Dr. Ernest BaiKoroma launches Health Recovery Agenda, big boosts for Government hospitals countrywide.
Sep 4, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : ACC Engages Kono Conference of Principals
In its continuous efforts to curb corruption in Sierra Leone through Public awareness, enforcement and prosecution, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Sub-Regional Office Kono has on Thursday 27th August, 2015 engaged the Conference of Principals at the Commission’s Conference Room in Koidu City, Kono District.
Sep 4, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Gov’t can no longer afford Subsidies on Passports
The Government of Sierra Leone has lamented that it can no longer afford to subsidise the cost of passports for its citizens. This was revealed at the launching the new e-passport (Biometric) for citizens at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Conference Hall at Gloucester Street, Freetown on Monday August 31st 2015.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:16

NEWS
Sierra Leone Government to Create Citizens Database in USA: Osman T. Conteh tasked with assignment
The Government of Sierra Leone through its Washington D.C. Embassy is embarking on an ambitious project to register all Sierra Leoneans in United States of America. According to Sierra Leone Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Bockarie Kortu Stevens, this project will be handled by the newly appointed Diaspora Officer Abroad of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mr. Osman T. Conteh who has also been tasked with the responsibility to bring the hugely growing Sierra Leone community in US much closer to the Embassy in Washington DC which is where Conteh will work.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Chiefs are very important in Governance - President Koroma
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 28th August said the role of chiefs in the overall governance of the state is very important. He made this statement on the occasion of the official crowning ceremony of four paramount chiefs in northern Sierra Leone held at the Makeni City Council Hall, Bombali District.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:12

PROFILES : Role Models
OJU Wilson - Your contribution to the Human Rights Struggle and the Rule of Law will never be forgotten
I write with great sadness over the unimaginable loss of a friend and former comrade in the Human Rights Struggle, Oju Rossi Wilson.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SLIDF Launches Operation Support Your Imam Program
In a bid to recognize the important role played by Imams in nation building particularly the developmental contribution for peace in the country and their great sacrifices in propagating the religion of Islam, the Sierra Leone Islamic Development Fund has launched Operation Support Your Imam Project at the Jamieu Jalil Temne Central Mosque, Oldfield Street on Friday 28th August 2015.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:08

NEWS
Sierra Leone & Gambia collaborate on Social Security
The Managing Director of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (Sierra Leone) Mr. Joseph Mans and that of his Gambian counterpart Edward Graham have met in the Gambian capital Banjul in a bid to further strengthen bilateral ties and expand on their social security Trust to benefit their citizens living in their sister country.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : All Peoples Congress
The All Peoples Congress party will be turning the sod for the construction of its Northern Region party office in Makeni on Saturday 5th September 2015 under the distinguish grand chief patronage of His Excellency President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, National Chairman and Leader of the party.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Urges Bar Association to Maintain Standards
A news dispatch from State House informs that President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday 2nd September 2015, has urged the Sierra Leone Bar Association to maintain standards in fulfilment of their mandate. The statement was during a courtesy call on the President by the association at State House, Freetown.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
CHRISTIAN LIFE OPINION & REFLECTIONS: Rape – Punishable By Death?
Sierra Leone has been rocked by a series of revelations of rape victims in the months of July and August 2015 in Freetown, Kono, Kailahun, Makeni and who knows where else. It raises concerns amongst the children of God about what has gone wrong with God’ most cherished creation, Man.
Sep 3, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Yumkella Mercenaries in Court after Airport Terror Event
British mercenary Paul James Shepard alongside his fellow former British army officer Foday Ahmed Yumkella and seven other Sierra Leonean security suspects whom were arrested during a suspected terror incident at the Lungi International Airport, have on 31st August 2015, been charged to court on various counts including impersonation of State security officers, illegal possession of unregistered communication handsets, possession of prohibited drugs and other conspiratorial breaches of the laws of Sierra Leone. The drugs found on them are alleged to be cannabis sativa (Djamba).
Sep 2, 2015, 17:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Statement by the Hon. Vice President, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh on behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at the Launching Ceremony of the e-Passport at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In line with my Government’s continued actions to sustain and improve on our achievements, I shall this morning launch our transformation from the use of Machine readable passport to ePassport. As you may be aware, ePassports are the latest generation of Passports combining printing and digital technologies.
Sep 2, 2015, 17:08

NEWS
Sierra Leone News: Ambassador Omrie Golley Bags Major Diplomatic Award
Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, yesterday Tuesday 1st September 2015 received a Diplomatic Achievement Award from one of Seoul's leading News and Public Relations outlets, NDN News, in conjunction with Seoul City Magazine.... Meanwhile on Page 3 of this edition is an Advert from Health Ministry for a Project that was secured for Sierra Leone through lobbying efforts of Ambassador Golley. It is a project that will see a brand new Medical Center plus Accessory buildings for the Tokeh Community along the deprived Freetown peninsula relatively poor settlements.
Sep 2, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Health Ministry Approves 14 for Service Delivery
Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation has signed its first set of Service Level Agreement (SLA) contract with Health Implementing Partners on September 1, 2015 at a ceremony held at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown.
Sep 2, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Iranian Delegation Visits Parliament
The Director General for Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Hassein Abdellahi and the Secretary of the Presidential Committee of African Cooperation Mr. Razaei on Tuesday the 1st of September 2015, paid a courtesy call on the Leadership of Parliament as a means of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
Sep 2, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Police Opens New Station at Tankoro
The Inspector General of Police Francis Alieu Munu on Saturday 29th August 2015 officially accepted the keys to a newly built Police Station at Tankoro Division, Kono District. The station was refurbished by OCTEA Mining and Koidu Holdings, the main diamond mining companies in Kono District.
Sep 2, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Diana Konomani led Konos to President Koroma
The Kono Advisory Committee led by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Honourable Finda Diana Konomani has Friday 28th August 2015 called on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State Lodge, Makeni.
Sep 1, 2015, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Health Ministry today launches First Signing Ceremony of Service Level Agreement (SLA)
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation will conduct its first signing of its Service Level Agreement (SLA) with 14 approved Implementing partners at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown, today Tuesday September 1st, 2015.
Sep 1, 2015, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Villagers Extol Addax’s WASH Programme amidst Ebola
At a ceremony on 25 August, 2015, villagers of Marokie village, Malal Mara Chiefdom in Northern Sierra Leone have praised Addax Bioenergy (SL) Ltd for continuing its corporate social responsibility even at the height of the now-stalled Ebola crisis. They were speaking at a ceremony to hand over the last borehole commissioned under the company’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
Sep 1, 2015, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ports pays 14.1 Billion to redundant workers
Management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) has on Friday August 28th 2015 paid over 14.1 Billion Leones to 124 redundant workers of the Authority.
Sep 1, 2015, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sod turned for construction of Billets for RSLAF
Commander-In-Chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) President Ernest Bai Koroma Friday 28th August turned the sod for the construction of billets for RSLAF personnel at the Peace Mission Training Centre at Hastings, Freetown.Speaking before performing the symbolic ceremony, President Koroma said the construction of facilities is a demonstration of government’s firm commitment to improve the standards of RSLAF personnel as great ambassadors of the nation.
Sep 1, 2015, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ring Vaccination trial for Contacts of new Ebola case
Freetown, Sierra Leone – 31 August 2015:Detection of a new case of Ebola Virus Disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone after the country had marked almost three weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first ‘ring vaccination’ use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.
Sep 1, 2015, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Breaks Out in a Remote Tonko Limba Village
Ebola has again broken out in Sierra Leone; this time in Sella Kaftha, a remote village in Tonko Limba chiefdom of Kambia district. Factually, the only reason why this outbreak was picked up is due to the firm, foresighted leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma and the patriotism of some of the country’s top opposition politicians like Parliamentary Minority Leader Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai.
Aug 31, 2015, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Children back to school with continued Hygiene Safety
Dr Christiana Thorpe, National School Reopening Coordinator in Sierra Leone is proud that no case of Ebola has been reported in any school throughout the country since schools re-opened in April until they closed few weeks back. As school children head back to school for their second term today August 31st 2015, she spoke to UNICEF in a news dispatch.
Aug 31, 2015, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Pink Cross Sierra Leone Sensitizes and Trains 250 Ebola Survivals
The possible end of Ebola is in sight as Sierra Leone has commenced the count down from zero to forty two days. As Sierra Leoneans brace for the triumphant end of Ebola, many are still suffering from the negative psychological scars the deadly disease has created on their minds. It is against this backdrop that an organization known as Pink Cross Sierra Leone conducted two days training on Psycho-social counseling and Hygiene at the Aberdeen Community Center from 28th -29th August 2015.
Aug 31, 2015, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : EPASL Hosts Workshop for Validation of State of Environment Report
The Environment Protection Agency –Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) in collaboration with line ministries has on Thursday 20th August 2015 organized a National validation on it FIRST ever State of the Environment Report for Sierra Leone, at the Hub Hotel Wilberforce, Freetown.
Aug 31, 2015, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Minority leader excels in African Parliament
Freetown, August 27 (SLENA) - Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai who is currently serving as the Vice President in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) has deputized the President of PAP in the just concluded two weeks conference in South African where Clerks and Speakers of various parliaments in Africa were in attendance.
Aug 31, 2015, 12:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
A Nightmare might be unfolding in Mano River Basin
If anyone thinks the Ebola Outbreak in Mano River basin is something that is a trifle, please let me confidently state to them that the ongoing disaster is far from being something to put on back-burner. This is a time for all residents therein to unite and step-up our guard!
Aug 31, 2015, 12:00

NEWS
Sierra Leone Human Rights Lawyer R.H.O. Robbin Coker Passes On
Photo Montage of late R.H.O. Robbin-Coker in his latter years (on left) and as a Judge (on right)
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. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR DETAILS
Aug 28, 2015, 21:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Workshop to Develop Operational Plans for Health Recovery Plan
Over the past few months, the Recovery and Delivery Team in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has worked assiduously to map out resources, develop detailed operational plans at the programme level, and develop M&E tools for the implementation of the Health Sector Post-Ebola Recovery Plan. The Recovery Plan was formally launched by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on July 24th 2015, marking the start of implementation.
Aug 28, 2015, 20:38

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 : 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


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