Friday 18 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...
(Sierra Express media 06/17/13)
The Elections, to appoint a Permanent Secretary to the Sub-Regional Maritime Fisheries Commission in Dakar, Senegal, has resulted in a stalemate. As a result the seven Fisheries Ministers from Sierra Leone, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Guinea, Cape Verde and The Gambia have been asked to break for in depth consultations back home with their various governments. Speaking to Sierra Leone’s representative to the Commission the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Charles Rogers (in photo) as to why they have been asked to go back home for consultations with their various governments, he replied “We reached a stalemate in electing one of the four candidates (Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea) for the position of Permanent Secretary of the...
(Awareness Times 06/17/13)
As part of the Public Education and Outreach (P.E&O) Department mandates to educate the public on the evils of corruption and its effects, the Department on Friday 7th June organized an outreach campaign at the Allen Town Community Hall in Freetown. The purpose of organizing a meeting in that community were to address issues of corruption, foster possible partnership with the Commission as well as to solicit support in the fight against corruption. Welcoming members of the community and ACC staff, the Youth Chairman, of the Allen Town Community, Benjamin Davies expressed delight for ACC’s sensitization drive in Allen Town. He maintained that such educational drive will go a long way to minimize the incidence of corruption in the country...
(Sierra Express media 06/17/13)
The attention of the Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU) has been drawn to persistent threats emanating from the Office of the President, State House, against Journalists in Sierra Leone. For the past one week, the Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to the President, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, has been posting on the social media and newspapers, especially in her Awareness Times newspaper, threats to invoke provisions of the draconian Part 5 of the 1965 Public Order Act against Journalists. (Photo: Saidu Bah, Secretary General , Sierra Leone Reporters Union ) In a desperate attempt to instill unnecessary fear in Journalists and to cow them into submission, the Presidential Aide has been trumpeting all over the place a plan by the Government to...
(Awareness Times 06/17/13)
With sad faces, lawyers and top members of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) on Friday 14th June 2013, walked out of the Law Courts building on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown. This was as a result of the disgraceful defeat that SLPP suffered in the hands of a team of legal luminaries representing the All People’s Congress (APC) and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in an Elections Petition against the validity of November 17th 2012 elections which swept President Ernest Koroma to re-election. The petition has now been proven as having been erroneously and illegally filed to court by the SLPP. The matter, which was filed late outside the legally stipulated time, was first heard on 17th April 2013...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Russia John Sahr Yambasu, has confirmed that a fisheries agreement will be signed between Sierra Leone and Russia in Moscow in June/July 2013. At the meeting, Ambassador Yambasu said that the fisheries agreement will be made in an effort to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between the two nations. He also pointed out that the agreement is meant to provide vast opportunities for the exchange of information regarding the development of Sierra Leone’s fisheries sector. Ambassador Yambasu said that the agreement will also focus on the development of aquaculture, wherein fishing industry personnel will be trained and educated and experts will share technical experience.
(Awareness Times 06/14/13)
Key Ministers and Deputy Ministers appointed from the South/East of Sierra Leone to serve in the Cabinet of His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma have issued stringent warning against failed politicians and journalists operating from the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to stop playing “cheap politics by orchestrating tribal hate between President Koroma, the APC Government and decent people of the South/East. The ministers were on Wednesday 12th June 2013 responding to recent publications in some pro-SLPP newspapers depicting President Koroma and his government as tribalists who hate the Mendes and South/Easterners and do not want them included in government and positions of trust. The ministers who of their own volition, variously contacted Awareness Times, debunked the allegations...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
The National Women’s Leader of the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) Isata Jabbie Kabbah has appealed to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) to intervene immediately in the act of violence that had besieged the party of late. Speaking during a meeting with Justice Tolla Thompson yesterday attending by the Chairman and Leader of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) John O. Benjamin where issues relating to violence during the on-going party mini convention. She emphasised that “these acts of violence are not part of the SLPP they know,” stressing on that “in the party office, youth are in possession of offensive weapons which endanger their lives”. She further charged the Police to do more and to speedily bring the...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
SCBankStandard Chartered Bank has made the biggest Profits Before Tax (PBT) for 2012 topping the other 12 commercial banks operating in the country. The Lightfoot Boston street headquartered Commercial bank chalked up a massive profit of 19 billion Leones (Le19,296,868,000) topping its nearest rival the Sierra Leone Commercial bank by 635 million Leones (Le635,712,000). The top three commercial banks, ranked according to their PBT (Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) and Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) all recorded double figure PBT in billions, while the 10 other Commercial Banks posted single figure billions of Leones. SCB topped with Le19.2 billion followed by Sierra Leone Commercial Bank with Le18.6 billion and GTBank with Le15.6 billion profit before tax. The...
(Awoko 06/14/13)
JP Anderson, Ltd., subsidiary to Sloud, Inc. has announced it would be launching a new media and radio portal in Sierra Leone named The Investor Center which is expected to be launched in August 5, 2013 according to Market Watch Reports It is the intent of The Investor Center (TIC), to become the ultimate media destination promoting business, investment and trade opportunities in Sierra Leone. The radio program will interview Financial Experts, Government Ministers and Officials, Presidents of companies and others to assist in promoting the growing and vibrant economy of Sierra Leone. The show will be broadcast locally and globally via the Internet and re-broadcast in markets all over the World via our media relationships. In addition, the web...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/14/13)
Since independence to about 10 or 15 years ago, all that is needed to succeed as a politician or political appointee in most African countries, if not all, is to be loyal to the leader, carefully avoiding stepping on his toes and never, never, criticizing him, both in public and in private. You have to obey all orders without question. In Sierra Leone, we saw such loyalty in the late Sorie Ibrahim Koroma, the political maverick from Port Loko who served what is now known as the Old APC and its leader Dr. Siaka Stevens (commonly known as Pa Sheki) with scintillating diligence unknown and unequalled in the political history of the country. S.I.Koroma (commonly known as Agba Satani) was...
(Awareness Times 06/14/13)
Top All People’s Congress (APC) stalwarts including the Special Adviser to His Excellency the President, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernor Maju Bah and the newly appointed Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma among other senior state functionaries, on Tuesday 11th June 2013 paid last respect to late Police Constable 2613 Alie Fayandi Koroma at the Masjid Muthahireen Mosque on Battery Street, Kingtom in Freetown. The deceased was shot and killed by another police officer, Christopher S. Koroma, at Aberdeen recently.Both officers were attached to the Operations Support Department (OSD) of the Sierra Leone Police. After a memorial prayer at the Mosque on Tuesday, the mortal remains of the late man was conveyed...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
Analysts say numerous factors have made West Africa an attractive target for Hezbollah, a Shi'ite extremist group founded in Lebanon. The presence of the extremist group in the region came into the spotlight this week after the United States announced it was imposing sanctions on four Lebanese citizens accused of aiding Hezbollah in its efforts to expand in West Africa. The U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The U.S. Treasury Department said Tuesday that the four men helped Hezbollah broaden its reach in Sierra Leone, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Gambia. Richard Downie, Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says weak government policies in these countries work to Hezbollah's advantage. "This is...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath. Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year. The chief of ACMAD’s Department of Climate and Environment, Andrea Kamga, said the monsoon rains are likely to begin close to the normal onset period - which is late June to early July in the western...
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma’s government has drawn up a 30-year plan to transform the country from a fragile low income state into a middle income nation. “As a way of doing that, we have developed what we now call our agenda for prosperity, which is a five-year cascading plan that will lead into an eventual 30-year posterity plan,” said Richard Konteh, the president’s chief of staff. “We are setting up a transformational development plan that will ensure that the returns from our natural resources are not overspent, but to reserve some for posterity, and that we will be able to invest to take care of the people going forward.” The prosperity plan, Konteh says, consists of eight main...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 06/13/13)
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has concluded a day-long tour of the Magbass Sugar Company in Tonkolili District and ADDAX Bioenergy a few miles off Makeni, Bombali District over the weekend. The tour started at Magbass, seven miles off Magburaka. During the meeting held shortly after the president toured hundreds of acres of sugar plantation as well as the operations and machinery of the Chinese-owned company, President Koroma noted that Magbass was part and parcel of the agricultural commercialization efforts of government even though the company was a private sector venture. He also said that the project has added value to sugar production in the country. The Chief Executive urged the company to do more in increasing its yield and...
(Sierra Express media 06/13/13)
Massive illicit sand mining is reported to be going on in Tisana and Mobureh in the Kargboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District and a Chinese Company called the West Africa Zircom Mining Company is said to be clandestinely supporting the illegitimate miners and buying the Zircom sand illegally and covertly. Our sources revealed that the illicit miners have undermined and frustrated the operations of a licensed artisanal sand mining company that stated mining in those areas in May last year. Our reports revealed that the Chinese-sponsored illegal miners are engaged in a very dangerous mining on the coast with little or no regard for the environmental hazard their illicit mining is causing. We have gathered that the illicit miners are extracting thousands...
(Sierra Express media 06/13/13)
As activities of the ongoing operation Waste Management, Improved road access and Decongestion (WID) intensifies in the Freetown Municipality, Traders at Goderich Street/Eastern Police axis on Saturday 8th June 2013 battled with traders of the Bombay street market. It all happened when Freetown City Council personnel led by Councilor in charge of Municipal Traders Mrs. Hajaratu Samura tried to negotiate with the Bombay Street traders to allow traders from the Goderich Street/Eastern Police axis who suffered recently from operation WID to join them in trading their wares. Speaking to this reporter, Section Chief and Chairlady of the Goderich Street/Eastern Police traders Madam Ya Alimamy Kosto said that they were taken by surprise as City Council never informed them of the...

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