Wednesday 13 December 2017
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
Dr CokerAfter serving the Aureol Insurance Company (AIC) board in his capacity as Chairman for over a decade, Dr. Patrick Coker sent a shock wave through the spine of shareholders when he announced his resignation at the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company held at the Stadium Hostel, last Friday. He dropped his parting shot at the end of the meeting when he informed shareholders that he would be retiring at the end of the meeting, and therefore called on the Secretary of the Board, Mrs. Viola Jones to read his resignation letter. Dr. Coker’s letter as read stated that “after due consideration, I have decided that after more than 12 years, it is time for me to...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
River Side Guest House (RSGH) which was formally one of the leading ultra-modern guest houses in the Tonkolili District was on Thursday 27th June 2013 re-opened in Magburaka town, Tonkolili District. RSGH, located at the junction of Makeni Road and Hotel Street in Magburaka town recently underwent massive infrastructural facelift that has caused its operations to be put on hold for some months now. The newly commissioned guest house. The ceremony attracted eminent personalities including the district magistrate, Magistrate Ernest Gooding and the Assistant District Officer, Haroun Kai Turay, among others. In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of the ceremony, Madam Ramatu Sanusie, who doubles as member of the Police Partnership Board (PPB) in Magburaka, registered her thanks and appreciation...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
Aorel Aureol Insurance Company has recorded a profit of Le3.18 billion before tax; shareholders were informed at the 26th Annual General Meeting at the National Stadium Hostel past Friday. The figure compared to that of last year was Le2.565 billion, which shareholders were told was an increase of 24%. In the Chairman’s statement to shareholders, Dr. Coker reaffirmed that “I am indeed pleased to report that your company continued to deliver a very strong financial and operating performance.” He noted further that, “your company continued to significantly improve on its Gross Written Premium which rose from Le11.06b as at 31st December 2011 to Le15.927b for the corresponding period to 31st December 2012, which was an increase of 43.98 percent.” Speaking...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
A three-days Retreat of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority at the J&E Hotel in Bo ended on Saturday 29th June, under the theme, “Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority Board and Management Retreat on Team Working and Performance as Drivers for a Successful Contribution for the Agenda for Prosperity in Sierra Leone.” The speeches of the various speakers on the opening day drove towards better roads despite the many pot-holes and cuts in the roads within the country. The Chairperson of the occasion, Alice Pratt wasted no time in establishing the purpose of the meeting which she sighed was “the theme.” Workers at SLRTA she stressed should “work together” or at least “inculcate attributes of team spirit.” The Management and...
(Awoko 07/01/13)
FrudAlhaji Musa Sheriff and Suleiman Chendeka alias Tamba Chendeka, are presently being investigated while in police custody for allegedly duping two American business men the sum of one hundred and six thousand United States dollars ($106,000) for the sale of a 14.9 carat diamond. According to Mayour Patel, who is one of the victims, his father Subhash Patel came to Sierra Leone two years ago with the aim of establishing a business through a friend name Suma who introduced him to Mrs. Isatu Barry. He said his father stayed with Mrs Barry in Kono who introduced him to the Gold business. He added that Mrs. Barry introduced his father into Diamond trade which he himself became interested in when his...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
Two American nationals, Mayour Patel and his father were allegedly duped eighty thousand United States Dollars by four Sierra Leoneans, Sulaiman Chendeka aka Tamba Chendeka, Alhaji Musa Sheriff and two others persons unknown. Mayour Patel made this disclosure at a press conference held on Friday 28th June 2013 at his Siaka Stevens Street Office in Freetown. According to him, whilst he was in the States, his father travelled to Sierra Leone to invest in diamond and gold. He said whilst in the country he provided employment for dozens of local citizens. He said in 2013, he joined his father and they came in contact with one Isatu Barrie, a Sierra Leonean who told them she was also involved in the...
(Sierra Express media 07/01/13)
The Sierra Leone Statistics bureau has launched “A Poverty Profile for Sierra Leone” report at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The report was derived from the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys (SLIHS) of 2003 and 2011 conducted largely by the country’s statistics authority but the analysis were done with technical assistance from the World Bank and the report was jointly presented. The key finding of the report is that “nationally, poverty has decreased from 66.4 to 52.9 percent between 2003 and 2011 – a reduction of more than 10 percent”. Generally, the report spawned up several other paradoxes; it says: “strong growth in rural areas, yet rural poverty is still higher than urban poverty” although there is a...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
After the violent death of Abdul Karim Kamara, an emotion of sadness and grief was widely exhibited on Monday June 24, 2013, at the funeral service at Hope International Church when mourners prayed and paid their last respects for the deceased. Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and other nationalities were able to reach out to the bereaved family from the first day Abdul Karim’s death was announced to his final place at the military national cemetery in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Abdul Karim Kamara was an ex-service man in the United States military force. He served in the Iraq war, but was killed in Freetown on May 22nd by security forces; he was laid to rest at the Dallas Fort...
(Sierra Express media 07/01/13)
Freetown July (SLENA) - Parliament last week ratified the bill to transfer assets from the defunct Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (SLPMB) to the newly established Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLOMC). Speaking during the legislative hearing last Thursday, Chairman of Legislative Committee, Hon. Ajibola Manly Spain said the committee has gone through the bill and found it non-controversial. “The memorandum of objects and reasons are very clear on the rationale for the promulgation of the bill into law,” he said, explaining further that the bill seeks to transfer the interests of the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board to the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company. “This involves the transfer to the company of the assets, liabilities, staff, etc with the...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
According to the Hainan Provincial Foreign Affairs Office as at 29th June, instant, Hainan Province is located at the southernmost part of China, which was established in 1988 as the youngest province of the country. With a population of 9.0 million, Hainan covers a land area of 35,400 square kilometers and exercises jurisdiction over a sea area of 2 million square kilometers. In 2009, the State Council of China formally designated Hainan as the International Tourist Destination, which aims to develop Hainan within 10 years into China’s pilot area for tourism reform, a world-class island resort, China’s model for eco-friendly development, the platform for international economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, the service headquarter for South China Sea development and the...
(Cocorioko 07/01/13)
The Minister of Information and Communications , Hon. Alpha Bakar Sahid Kanu, has told COCORIOKO that the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) will sweep the bye-elections to be held in Western area Ward 329 and Constituency 29 Makeni District Northern region Sierra Leone tomorrow. He also intimated that the APC candidate in Constituency 62, Tonkolili is unopposed. The Minister spoke to COCORIOKO in his capacity as the Publicity Secretary of the APC. The interview was conducted while the Minister was on the way to Freetown from Makeni on Wednesday after a well attended rally that sustained a 1 mile long trail of supporters from the clock Tower in the center of town south on Mabanta road through Azzolini...
(Awareness Times 07/01/13)
The Vice President of the People's Republic of China, Li Yuanchao has extolled Sierra Leone, classing it as "a good example of post-war reconstruction" and further commended His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for delivering a wonderful speech at the 2nd World Peace Forum jointly organized by Tsinghua University and the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. Vice President Li Yuanchao made this statement during a meeting and banquet held in Honor of Sierra Leone's President at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, China on Thursday 27th June 2013. According to him, they were "all deeply impressed by your wonderful speech this morning and your speech includes words of wisdom about world peace, and we are also impressed...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
Countries of the Mano River basin in West Africa are trying to forge a joint strategy to counter the cross-border movement of armed groups and the illegal trafficking of weapons in their region. Representatives of the United Nations and regional organizations joined the talks on Saturday. Decades of armed conflict and political strife, including civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, have caused lasting issues of insecurity in the Mano River region, particularly in border areas where fighters and refugees can flow easily from one country to the next. This past week, ministers from Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone met with the secretary-general of the Mano River Union (MRU), the president of ECOWAS and representatives of the United...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(Awoko 06/27/13)
The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Information and Committee yesterday faced one of the most interesting drama since the commencement of its sittings, when two mobile companies which had registered in the country since 2009 could not produce any document (s) to certify them as legitimate mobile companies operating in Sierra Leone. It was ridiculous to members of the committee to learn that one of such clandestine mobile companies, Rawabi Dubai, had legally registered with the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) since 2009, but has surprisingly not established any defined office, neither has it recruited any one individual. Instead, Manedaa Joshi, a man who introduced himself to the committee as the Administrative Officer, has been basking around the country on allegation that...

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