Senior Sierra Leone journalist, Asmaa Kamara James, anchor and producer of one Sierra Leone's premier radio station show- "Good Morning Sierra Leone" on Radio Democracy 98.1 FM, has been named among the country’s 100 most nationals.
In addition to vast experience in the broadcast industry of Sierra Leone, Asma has also participated in and provided coverage of key international events.
A Sierra Leonean Mende tribesman currently residing in the United States of America (USA), Cory Booker, has expressed interest to run for the country’s presidency in its forthcoming presidential election.
Booker’s African root was recently traced to the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone and he is the first American of Sierra Leone descent to run for the President of the United States of America.
The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has in a private criminal summons dragged the Director General of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), Philip K. Lansana to court for failing to comply with the provisions of NASSIT Act .No.5 of 2001 and the regulations of 2004.
Guy Warrington – British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone
The diplomatic community, international agencies and eminent Sierra Leoneans were guests of President Julius Maada Bio and the First Lady Mrs. Fatima Bio, at a state banquet held at State Lodge, Hill Station in Freetown on Tuesday 5th February, 2019, where the president spoke about his government’s priority programmes and achievements.
Welcoming guests to the dinner, Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio said she felt honored by the turnout of members of the diplomatic community, particularly those who do not reside in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to China, Ernest Mbaimba Ndomahina
Officials of the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in China has provided a total sum of ten thousand Chinese Yuan (¥10,000), approximately twelve million, seven hundred and thirty-five thousand, five hundred and thirty-four Sierra Leones (Le12,735,534), as support to the Sierra Leone Students’ Union in China (SLSUC)’s annual convention.
The annual convention, which started on 4th February, 2019, was concluded on 8th February, 2019, with a general cleaning of the entire embassy premises by the new students’ union executive.
The brutal rape of a young girl by her uncle in Sierra Leone became the rallying point for a campaign that on Thursday 7th February, 2019 moved President Julius Maada Bio to declare a national emergency on rape and sexual violence.
The five-year-old girl, whose identity has been kept secret for her own safety, has been paralyzed from the waist down since a 28-year-old male relative raped her almost a year ago, crushing her spine.
“She may never walk again, and I want vengeance for what has happened,” her grandmother told AYV as she sat next to the girl now resigned to a wheelchair in a medical clinic.
Sierra Leone’s Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has on Tuesday 5th February, 2019 launched the country’s new tourism promotion brochure – a highly colorful and glossy publication called the ‘Tourism In-Flight Traveltainment Magazine’.
The launch of the Tourism In-Flight Traveltainment Magazine also marked the opening of the country’s Tourist Information Office, based at the National Museum on Pademba Road, in Freetown.
The Ministry of Transport and Aviation with support from the Ministry of Finance has developed a “National Vehicle Fleet Policy” with the aim of putting a stop to the misuse of government vehicles. The move is also aimed at developing a comprehensive data of all government-owned vehicles in the country.
The policy received its final validation on Tuesday 5th February, 2019 during a workshop at Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building in Freetown.
In his statement, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Kabineh Kallon said this is the first time in history, under a successive government, that Sierra Leone has developed a “National Vehicle Fleet Policy”.
Academic and administrative staff as well as students of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCE&T) on Friday 8th February 2019 unanimously declared that the transformation of the college to a university status is overdue after over 50 years of academic excellence in producing quality teachers and other professionals and after 18 years as a polytechnic.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in collaboration with the West Africa Virus Epidemiology held a four-day workshop in Kenema at the Ministry’sLambayama Facility, to develop and validate the National Strategic Action Plan to combat Cassava Viral diseases for sustainable food security in Sierra Leone.
Reginald Larry-Cole’s car finance firm hit the kerb in 2008 during the height of the financial crash. Last year, his businesses Wheels4Sure and Buy2LetCars turned over a total of $4.3million
By Alice Grahns, Digital Consumer Reporter
JUST over a decade ago Reginald Larry-Cole had a successful business, a loving family and expensive cars on the driveway to his dream home.
But just a few months later in December 2008, he lost it all when his car finance business Creditlab went bust during the height of the financial crisis.
Reginald, now 48, ended up on benefits and feeling suicidal.
"You’re massively affected when you’re used to running a business that is turning over a couple of million pounds, and then you suddenly go down to £64 a week worth of benefits," Reg from Surrey told The Sun.
A victim and survivor of multiple sexual assaults, gender-based violence, Ebola and other misfortunes, Margaret Kamanda drops tears from the eyes of government officials, foreign nationals and locals as she broke down in tears at State House on Thursday 7th February, 2019.
The young lady tried to narrate her ugly ordeal before President Julius Maada Bio, First Lady Fatima Jabbie Bio and a host of other distinguished personalities who were assembled in the conference room at the State House on the official launch of a National Emergency on Rape and Sexual Violence.
His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio, has met at State House with the Chairman of the Africa Middle-East Asia, (AMEA) Power, Hussain J. AINowais, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, (UAE).
AMEA Power is an energy producing company that develops, owns, and operates thermal and renewable power projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The company offers a wide range of power solutions that meet the needs of the emerging markets they cater to, including conventional (Gas, Coal and Oil) and Renewable (Solar PV and CSP, Wind, Hydro and Hybrid) power plants.
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in collaboration with the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has ended a three day workshop in Bo city to review the National Telecommunications Act of 2006 as amended that will enhance consensus-building for updating the legal and regulatory framework of the Sierra Leone Information and Communications Technology Sector.
Delivering his keynote address, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman (Rado) Swarray maintained that the New Direction places ICT/Telecom at the core of an inclusive governance system that is “people-focused.” He noted that his ministry`s vision is to create a digitally-inclusive Sierra Leone in support of the government`s socio-economic development drive.
President Julius Maada Bio has informed a large audience that he inherited a pitiful broken healthcare service with no cancer diagnostic facility at any of the government hospitals in the country; no radiotherapy services; and no comprehensive cancer treatment hospital.
President Bio was speaking to hundreds of people at an event organized by the Office of the First Lady to commemorate World Cancer Day, at the Bintumani International Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Freetown recently.
In his first meeting with the Fourth Estate in 2019, the Director General of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust, (NASSIT) Mr. Mohamed Fouad Daboh informed the press that NASSIT collected the sum of Le. 431.3 billion as contribution from subscribers in 2018.
Giving an overview of the previous year’s activities at the NASSIT headquarters at Walpole Street in Freetown on 1st February, 2019, Mr. Daboh said the current pensioners as at December 2018, stands at 14,754 registered establishments with a total insured population of 215,049.
Centre of Dialogue on Human Settlement and Poverty Alleviation (CODOHSAPA) funded by SABI, UK Aid and Christian Aid has launched their twenty-five thousand British pound Sterling project for two slum settlements on increasing women’s participation in local development and decision making process in Freetown. The two settlements that are to be targeted are Thompson Bay and Portee Rokupa Wharf.
The Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).
At the signing of the memorandum of understanding, the Director General of SLCAA, Moses Bawoh described the event as the beginning of a beginning, as they are hopeful that more could be benefited by Sierra Leoneans out of this agreement.
Coordinator and senior military officer rap on cleaning
The Co-ordinator of the National Cleaning Programme in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Hindowa Bindi has described the just ended 8th National Cleaning Exercise under the ministry as “very superb and marvelous”. Speaking during an inspection tour of communities in the Western Urban District on 2nd February, 2019,
Magistrate Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 on Siaka Stevens Street has remanded 7 alleged armed robbers at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road for committing very grave criminal offences, which negate certain Sections of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
Osman Yansaneh, Samura Kamara, Palo Conteh head for Supreme Court
At about midday yesterday, 6th February, 2019, reliable sources within the corridors of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) informed this medium that three senior members of the APC, Alhaji Ambassador Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh, Dr. Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara and Major (rtd) Alfred Palo Conteh Esq. filed at the Supreme Court Registry, a case against the three judges of the Commissions of Inquiry (COI).
Five police officers attached to the Bo Central Police Division of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) are alleged to have raped a 17-year old girl who was in their custody.
Reports say the poor girl was arrested by the officers on 30th January, 2019 at around 9:00pm along the Bo/Tiama highway close to the Total Night Club on allegations of ‘Indecent Exposure’ and taken to the Bo Central Police Division where she claimed to be mercilessly raped by the five officers at a place called Benghazi.
The Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire and Africell Sierra Leone, last evening, of Wednesday 6th February 2019 schooled forty intending housemates for the 2019 Housemates Salone TV reality show slated to commence on the 14th day of this month.
In a whole day orientation workshop held in the AYV conference room, was geared toward giving an insight of what the housemates should expect should they be voted into the house.
The surgeries have been very successful, according to Dr. Russell
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)
One year after the first humanitarian Cardiology mission to Sierra Leone, Prof. Thomas Crawford is back in the small West African country to follow up and evaluate patients whose pacemakers were implanted by the Country Team and those patients treated during the First Humanitarian Cardiac Mission.
And history has been made once again as Intra Cardiac Defibrillators(ICD's) have been surgically implanted alongside with the Country Team free of cost for patients who met the requisite indications.
Pikin Bizness Sierra Leone and some of its main international partners, Chain of Hope, Royal College of Pediatric and Child Health and La Chain de L’espoir, have funded 4 Sierra Leonean children, to be accompanied by their mothers to undergo Cardiac Surgery in India.
Symbolic handing over of the drugs to the District Pharmacist
By PRO Unit - MOHS
Continuing promoting transparency and accountability in service delivery, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has handed over five trucks of free health care commodities to the people of Koinadugu and Falaba districts on Tuesday February 5, 2019 at the Dr. Francis Moses hall in Koinadugu district.
The Chairman Koinadugu District Council, Alex Sorie Konteh described the event as another day for the people of Koinadugu and Falaba districts, adding that this is the second distribution to the district and that long life always goes with perfect health.