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EBOLA EPIDEMIC - How Ebola Came to my Chiefdom
I'll try to be brief here, because I'm about to travel from Bo to my chiefdom to arrange for an at-risk community there to be isolated and monitored. The events leading to this situation is a lesson in why Ebola is out of control in the country and is becoming the national pandemic people have alluded to. (Click on headline to view full article)

EBOLA Epidemic - 58 Deaths Confirmed by WHO
This newspaper has confirmed that as of today, June 24th 2014, fifty-eight (58) people have died of Ebola in the country, that is double the number of people who have died of the disease in Liberia. Total number of deaths as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the MRU sub-region is Guinea - 264; Salone - 58 and Liberia – 24. (Click on headline to view full article)

STATE HOUSE CHIEF-OF-STAFF KONTEH SACKED AND IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR FRAUD.
According to reports reaching this press, the Chief-of Staff (COS) to the President, Dr. Richard Konteh has been relieved of his position effective Monday, June 9 2014 for his failure to be open and transparent “….In the conduct of official negotiations for a mining agreement with a private sector operator, thereby violating established policy, undermining existing institutional arrangements and exposing government to potential loss of revenue”, according to a State house press release. (Click on headline to view full article)

EBOLA - 3 Dead, 10 Suspected New Cases
According the World Health Organization (WHO), Sierra Leone recorded three confirmed and 10 suspected new cases of Ebola between May 29 and June 1 2014, highlighting the threat of the disease taking hold in the region. These are the first Ebola deaths reported in Sierra Leone since the disease was first reported in Guinea and Liberia in March this year. (Click on headline to view full article)

Salone Ups the Ante in the Fight Against Ebola
As the Ebola virus continues to threaten the Manu River Union (MRU) with 135 casualties reported so far (Guinea -122; Liberia- 13), the government of Sierra Leone with the help of her long term partners in the fight against Lassa Fever – Metabiota; WHO and Tulane University, has upped the ante in its fight to stop the spread of Ebola in the sub-region. (click on headline to view full article)

FEAR OF AN EBOLA PANDEMIC LESSENS IN SALONE
The Ebola epidemic in Guinea that has killed 80 people among 122 confirmed cases has spread into neighboring Liberia where tests have confirmed 2 positive cases. Meanwhile all the tests (15 total) conducted in Sierra Leone have so far turned up negative. On another note, the lack of on-the-spot Ebola diagnostic testing kits that may have precipitated panic border closings and entry visa restrictions to travelers from the region have alarmed the international healthcare community.(Click on headline to view full details).

MANDELA - An Embodiment of the African's Forgiving Spirit
In spite of the brutality of slavery and colonialism, Africans have always demonstrated a propensity to forgive those who visited such carnage and dehumanization on them even as some still continue to plunder the continent with guile and the help of fellow Africans. Please click on the above headline to explore the views of the current President of Ghana, the birth place of Pan Africanism on an OpEd he did for the press upon the announcement of the death of Madiba.

Breaking News - Riots at Lumley
Reports reaching this press indicate that there have been riots in and around the Lumley area. According to reliable sources, Okada riders and other taxi drivers took to the streets this morning to avenge the severe beating of a taxi driver by police officers who were trying to arrest him yesterday for a yet to be determined crime. In the ensuing melee, a police officer is reported to have been killed and they called in the army for back up. The police have not issued any statement at this time. Watch this space for any new developments on the situation.

Kenema leads fight against Lassa fever in West Africa
The Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in conjunction with Tulane University under funding provided by the US National Institutes Health (NIH) is accelerating the fight against Lassa fever by expanding the efforts of local staff in the early diagnosis and speedy treatment of the disease, according to an international consortium for the disease in West Africa. (Click on headline to view full article)

APPEALS CHAMBER UPHOLDS CHARLES TAYLOR'S 50-YEAR SENTENCE FOR WAR CRIMES
The Special Court Appeals Chamber today unanimously upheld the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and affirmed the 50-year sentence imposed by the Trial Chamber.(Click on headline to view full article and reactions from stakeholders)

OPEN QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL MEETING
As a service to members of the diaspora that will not be able to attend the presidential Town Hall Meeting slated for Sunday, September 22nd 2013 in New Jersey, we have put together a list of questions that we think the President and or his representatives should address during the open forum discussion. (click on link to view full article)

BREAKING NEWS - Civilians Arrested In Connection With Alleged Mutiny
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BREAKING NEWS - Civilians Arrested In Connection With Alleged Mutiny
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BREAKING NEWS - Civilians Arrested In Connection With Alleged Mutiny
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9 SOLDIERS ARRESTED – WAS IT A COUP ATTEMPT, A MUTINY OR PROTEST?
According to Reuters, Sierra Leone's army said it arrested nine soldiers stationed at Tekor Barracks over the weekend for planning a protest during a visit by President Ernest Bai Koroma to his hometown of Makeni, the headquarters of the Northern Province. (click on headline to view full article)

BREAKING NEWS: SLPP CONVENTION - ELECTION FOR CHAIRMAN IS BEING CONTESTED?
Reports reaching this press indicate that the proclaimed loser in Saturday's election for SLPP Chairmanship, Ambassador Alie Essa Bangura is not ready to concede defeat and is mulling his options. (click on headline to view details)

SLPP CONVENTION: Race for Chariman Too Close to Call
As delegates convene in Bo for this weekend’s SLPP National Delegates’ Conference Allie Essa Bangura a former ambassador and ex-PC Somana have emerged as the leading contenders for the chairmanship of the party to replace John Oponjo Banjamin.(Click on headline to view full article)

THE AFTERMATH – SUPREME COURT DISMISSES SLLP ELECTION PETITION
209 days after the election and 108 days after he was officially sworn-in, President Koroma gets to keep his job for another five years when by the stroke of a pen, the supreme court on Friday, June 14 2013, dismissed the opposition SLPPs petition contesting the results of the November 2012 elections on the grounds of voter fraud and rigging.(Click on headline to view full article)

MALI ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
Following the run-off elections held on Sunday August 11 between the two top vote getters in the presidential elections, Mr. Soumalia Cissé, has conceded making former Prime Minister Keita, the winner. (Click on headline to view full article)

MALI - RUN-OFF ELECTIONS FOR PRESIDENT
A former Malian Prime Minister, whose tenure in the mid-1990s was plagued by massive student protests that shut down schools for weeks is poised to become president following the run-off election that was held yesterday, Sunday August 11 2013. In the Presidential election last week, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita polled 40% while his run-off opponent Cisse’ polled 19%. Baring a major upset, the man popularly known as IBK and who has been endorsed by 22 of the 27 Presidential Candidates is expected to win.  Below is a report by New York Times’ Adam Nossiter.(click on headline to view full article)

NEWS BYTES - July, 2013
Mining company Accused of Supporting Political Party Campaigns
The Chairman of the Association of Journalists on Mining and the Extractives, Mr. Theophilus Sahr Gbenda has accused one of the leading mining companies in the country, OCTEA Mining Group, formerly known as Koidu Holdings Ltd. of making huge campaign donations to certain political parties during the past two election cycles - 2007 and 2012 Presidential & Parliamentary elections. As is the case with all political donations, the company hopes to influence policies that will affect its operations no matter the outcome of the elections, hence its decision to heavily fund the operations of both major political parties.(click on headline to view this and other stories)

US Ambassador Ends Tour
His Excellency, Ambassador Michael Owen, the Cradle of Liberty’s emissary to Sierra Leone has ended a 3-year tour of duty. His tenure spanned a period that included US financial and logistical support during the hotly contested November 17th Presidential Elections that re-elected President Ernest Bai Koroma and culminated in the first White House visit by a sitting president in recent memory.(Click on headline to view full article)

DESCENDANTS OF LUNSAR SEND AN OPEN LETTER TO LONDON MINING CO.
Concerned descendants of Lunsar residing in the USA and collectively known as the Lunsar Group have sent an open letter to London Mining currently involved in the mining of iron ore in their locale. The letter is seen as a bid to open a dialogue with the mining company to assure that the mining operations are of mutual benefit to both the company and the community. (Click on headline to view full detail)

Obama’s African Legacy: What Legacy? Saloneans Quip
Saloneans at home and abroad are not surprised that the US President will not make a stop in Freetown in his second and probably last African visit as president. There was hope though taking into account that he just recently hosted our President (EBK), touted our democratic bona fides since the end of the war and our willingness to send 750 soldiers to Somalia in the US fight against terrorism. However, we are still considered too small or inconsequential in African to be a stop on a trip that has been billed as one designed to cement his legacy on the continent. (Click on headline to view full article)

Was Man City-SL Honcho Railroaded into Jail on Trumped-Up Charges?
You will have to be the judge on this one, but it is one of those stories that you thought can no longer happen in a free and democratic Salone. (click on headline to view full article)

Brits Grant $16M to Fund Energy Access Via World Bank
The government and the World Bank today signed an agreement worth $16M under the recipient-executed component of the Sierra Leone Infrastructure Development funded by the British Department For International Development (DFID).(Click on headline to view full article)

MALI: Tuareg Rebels Sign Peace Deal Paving the way for a July Vote
Nomadic rebels whose revolt in northern Mali last year split the West African nation signed a peace deal Tuesday with the government, resolving a stumbling block to the country’s reconstruction. (click on headline to view full article)

Supreme Court Dismiss SLPP Election Petition
The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition by the opposition SLPP contesting the November 17, 2012 Presidential election on the grounds of fraud and vote rigging. (click on headline to view full details of article)

Chinese Conundrum in Salone - Investors or Looters?
Against a backdrop of the recent round-up of about 169 illicit Chinese gold miners in Ghana (see NYT story below), the presence of a large contingent of Chinese workers in the mining and other industries in Salone coupled with the labor conditions under which local Saloneans are working has become a lightning rod not only in Salone but in other African countries. (click on headline to view full article)

Salone Joins U.S. as a ‘Proxy’ in its Global War on Terror
The recent visit by EBK to the white house has been received with emotions ranging from giddy to ambivalence with a specter of concern looming somewhere in between. (click on headline to view full article)

MALI: U.S.A. TO 'OFFICIALLY' JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS
The United States will seek ways it can help French and African forces in Mali combat al Qaeda-linked rebels, U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday during a visit to the West African country. (click on headline to view full details)

PRESIDENT ON U.S. STATE VISIT
President Ernest Bai Koroma arrived in the US on Tuesday, March 26 for a three day official state visit on the invitation of President Barack Obama. While here, the president will hold a Joint meeting with Secretary of Defense Hagel at the Pentagon. (click on headline to view full article)

Central African Republic (CAR): President Flees As Rebels Overrun Capital City
Major news organizations have confirmed that the President of CAR, Gen. François Bozizé, has fled to neighboring Cameroon to avoid capture by the Seleka Rebel Group which is now in control of the capital city of Bangui.(click on headline to view full details)

OF FLOWER & TEARS – A Poet’s Delight
It is with alacrity that I accepted the assignment from the Salone Post to do a report on the Book Tour by the author of Of Flower & Tears – A Collection of Poems, Ahmed Stokes Koroma, because I am one of his fictitious concoctions. This is how he described me in one of his online posts:(click on headline to view full details)

GAVI Under Fire Over its handling of Donor Funds
The respected donor partner, The Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunization (GAVI) based in Geneva, is being assailed by a group of concerned citizens over what it claims is sloppy management of donor funds that resulted in the alleged loss of $1.1M. (click on headline to view full details)

Malian Troops Helped By French to Reassert Control in Gao
French and Malian troops appeared on Monday to have reasserted control of this strategic settlement in northern Mali after a protracted firefight with Islamist extremists who infiltrated the city after being chased from it two weeks ago. (click on headline to view full article)

A Former Catholic Priest Dubbed the ‘CKC Sexual Predator’ to go on Trial in Dublin
A court in Ireland is set to hear the case of an African who says an Irish missionary priest sexually abused him when he was a boy attending a Spiritan-run college in Sierra Leone, according to court documents filed late Wednesday in the High Court in Dublin. (Click on headline to view full artcle)

GOVT PROPOSES THE RE-LOCATION OF ANNIE WALSH
The government has proposed the re-location of Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School (AWMSS), the oldest girls’ secondary school in West Africa, so that the current location in the East-end of Freetown will be transformed into a modern market “to be occupied by traders that are being removed from the streets of Freetown”, in a letter sent to the school's operators outlining the government’s plans. (click on headline to view full article)

OIL REFINERY UP FOR LEASE
In a bid to revive its petroleum refinery business, the government has put up the Sierra Leone Petroleum Refinery Corporation (SLPRC) and its oil refinery located at Kissy dockyard for lease in a joint venture. (click on headline to view full article)

Islamists’ Harsh Justice Is on the Rise in North Mali
In the wake of the UN Security Councils's approval for a West African military force to help the Malians re-take the North, the Islamists have stepped up their brutality. (click on headline to view full article)

SLP LAUDED BY RIGHTS ADVOCATES FOR RECRUITING DISABLED PEOPLE INTO THE FORCE
The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) which has been receiving international accolades since FAB Munu took over as Inspector-General (IG) has added another with the recruitment of the first disabled officers into a police force in West Africa. (click on headline to view full article)

INCOMING FOREIGN MIN EMBROILED IN A CORRUPTION SCANDAL - $1.1m UNACCOUNTED FOR
Another day, another corruption scandal, highlighting a gimpy start to President Koroma’s second term. (click on headline to view full article)

UPDATE TO THE WAHALA IN KOIDU
As authorities continue their investigation into the death of 2 people during a strike by miners in Kono, allegations have been flying back-n-forth as to who is responsible. (click on headline to view full article)

DEVELOPING STORY: 2 STRIKING MINERS SHOT DEAD IN KOIDU
Police have confirmed the death of 2 miners in the Kono mines of OCTEA Diamond Group, formerly Koidu Holdings. Conflicting reports state that the strikers were shot to death during a melee that ensued when police tried to disperse a mauraduing crowd of striking miners. Stay tuned to this space for the latest reports on this developing story

NEW CABINET -- 3 SENIOR MINISTERS APPOINTED
The newly re-elected president Ernest Bai Koroma announced the appointment of his three most senior ministers on Monday, December 17 2012. (click on headline to view full article)

OPENING OF NEW PARLIAMENT UNDERWAY TODAY 12-14-2012
We will provide a full report shortly. Watch this space...please.

CABINET MATTERS - ANALYSIS & PREDICTIONS
Well I held out hope that the president would have released his cabinet by now so I will not have to speculate and give the kiss of death to prospects or at worst be seen to be canvassing for someone, but we succumb. Pardon me, but it has been a slow news period following the frenzy in the run-up to the November 17 elections and the days thereafter. (click on headline to view full article)

‘NY Subway Pusher’ Naeem Davis: Originally From Salone
The man dubbed the “subway Pusher” for pushing a commuter off the subway platform to be crushed to death by a train has been identified as 30-year old Naeem Davis originally from Salone. (click on headline to view full article)

SLPP BRASS AT STATE HOUSE TO CONCEDE?
The SLPP leadership headed by Bio, who just lost the presidential election by 21 percentage points, is reported to have arrived at State House with his entourage under the auspices of an intra-denominational Christian Group known as “the Body of Christ” for a closed door meeting with President Koroma and senior members of his APC party. (click on headline to view full article)

PPRC GIVES THUMBS-UP TO NEC CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS WHILE DECRYINNG SLPP CALL FOR PARLIAMENT BOYCOTT
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) expressed satisfaction with the National Electoral Commission (NEC) over the conduct of the November 17 General Elections. In the same vein, the PPRC condemns the SLPP for directing it’s parliamentarians to boycott the new parliament. (click on headline to view full article)

Former SLPP VP Berewa Congratulates EBK on Re-election as President
While the current SLPP leadership has yet to concede the November 17 Presidential Elections, former VP Solomon Berewa has broken from the ranks of his party in a courtesy call today at State House. (click on headline to view statement from The State House Communications Unit)

SLPP TO BOYCOTT PARLIAMENT IN PROTEST OVER ELECTIONS IRREGULARITIES
The national Executive Council of the SLPP has directed it's elected officials to boycott parliament and other elected bodies as protest over what they described as irregularities in the just completed general elections. (click on headline to view full article)

UN SEC-GEN CONGRATULATES EBK ON RE-ELECTION AS PRESIDENT
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement today congratulating the president elect. (click on headline to view full statement)

EBK SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT
President Ernest Bai Koroma, was sworn in today as president for another 5 years. Click on headline to view his inaugural speech,

STOP PRESS: EBK RE-ELECTED by 58% OF THE VOTE
The president received 58.7% of the vote thereby requiring no run-off in the 2012Presidential Elections. His main opponent Marda Bio of the SLPP received 37%. The president is being sworn in as I type this report and I will load his speech as soon as it is available.

ELECTION 2012 - NEC PRESS BRIEFING
No final results were announced but the Commission announced that 99% of all polling stations results have been received at the Regional Tally Centers in Kenema, Makeni, Bo and Freetown.(click on headline to view full details)

Curfew in Kailahun as NEC Debunks SLPP Accusations of Bias
As we await a press briefing by the NEC, please click on headline for our latest report on the elections.

2012 ELECTION UPDATE BY NEC CHAIR DR. THORPE
Under the protection of UNIPSIL, the NEC Chair visited all 3 Regional Tally Centers and released this statement shortly thereafter.
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ELECTION EVE 2012 – NEC UNDER FIRE
Is the National Electoral Commission (NEC) capable of conducting free and fair elections? Click on the headline to view the full article and judge for your self.

Op-Ed - In This Opinion, Amadu Massally Makes The Case For The Re-Election of EBK
The author of this Opinion-Editorial (Op-ed) who returned home from the US in 2008 to take part in the development of his homeland uses what he often describes as "Stubborn Statistics" (MCC metrics), a global measure of good governance in which the country has scored high, to make the case for the re-election of President Ernest Bai Koroma to a second term. (click on headline to view opinion)

EU ELECTIONS OBSERVERS DISPERSE TO THEIR RESPECTIVE STATIONS
86 EU Observers embeded so far in all constituencies to monitor Nov. 17 General Elections. (click on headline to view full article)

FORMER VEEP BEREWA ENDORSES BIO: EX-NIGERIAN PRESIDENT ENDORSE EBK
During an interview with one of the local radio stations in Freetown, former VP under the SLPP government of Tejan Kabbah, Mr. Solomon Berewa has come out of what he described as semi-retirement to endorse the SLPP candidacy of Brig (Ret.) Maada Bio for president.(click on headline to view full article)

“COCAINE COUP” HAS TRANSFORMED GUINEA-BISSAU INTO A HAVEN FOR DRUG TRAFICKERS
The military brass here has long been associated with drug trafficking, but the coup last spring means soldiers now control the drug racket and the country itself, turning Guinea-Bissau into a narco state.Cclick on headline to view full article)

Islamists in Mali Amputating Hands a’la RUF in the Occupied North! Military Strike Pending to Retake Territory.
A military strike to recapture Mali’s Islamist-held north is growing more likely, according to Western powers, regional bodies and the United Nations — a pronounced shift after months of hesitation and hopes that negotiations might end what is now seen as a far-reaching jihadist threat. (click on headline to view ful article)

Elections Safety and Security – 17K Officers to Man Elections
The Inspector-General of Police Mr. FAB Munu has commended the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC) for a job well done during the nominations process and expect nothing less from Sierra Leone Police (SLP), which he offered will not only equate that performance but even surpass it. (click on headline to view full article)

ELECTION 2012 – US & UK Donate Millions in Support
The US and the UK have supported both the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC) to the tune of several million ($4,000,000) dollars to help with voter education, according to Ambassador Michael Owen. (click on headline to view full article)

ELECTION 2012
Mammoth crowds rallied in Freetown over the past 2 weeks as both the APC & the SLPP nominated their Presidential Candidates for the November 17 General Elections. Keep an eye on this space for a full report once we have pieced together all the nomination data. This will include a head-to-head summary of the major candidates in each contituency.

War Crimes Tribunal - 4 Former AFRC Leaders Sentenced for Witness Tampering
Four former AFRC leaders convicted last month of contempt for interfering with the administration of justice at the Special Court were sentenced on Thursday October 11 to terms of imprisonment ranging from 18 months to two years. (click on headline to view full article)

Approx 100 EU Observers will be on the Ground to Monitor Elections
Approximately 100 European Union (EU) observers will be on the ground to monitor the elections. Already a core team of six EU election analysts arrived in Freetown on September 27. (click on headline to view full article)

BIO Fires Opening Salvo on Day One of his Presidential Campaign
Sierra Leone's main opposition candidate in a November election has kicked off his bid for the presidency with an attack on the incumbent's record on minerals deals, corruption and rising food prices. (click on headline for details)

War Crimes Tribunal - Former Investigator Accused of Contempt
Prince Taylor, a  local investigator formerly attached to the Charles Taylor defence team, was arrested early this morning on nine counts of contempt of the Special Court. (click onheadline to view full article)

Brouhaha In Lunsar Over APC Symbol
Eyewitness accounts state that there was a rowdy demonstration in the town of Lunsar (70 miles from Freetown) in the Marampa-Masimera Chiefdom against the APC party following the award of the symbol to Ms. Isata Kabia, Deputy Director of Diaspora Affairs. (click on headline to view full article)

WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL – 3 FORMER AFRC LEADERS GUILTY OF WITNESS TAMPERING
Three senior members of the former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) government headed by Johnny Paul Koroma were today found guilty of contempt of Court for tampering with a prosecution witness during the AFRC trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCLC). (click on headline to view full article)

President Koroma Makes the Case for Re-election in 5-Yr. Anniversary Speech
President Ernest Bai Koroma makes the case for his re-election in a major speech marking the fifth anniversary of his accession to the presidency. (click on headline to view full article)

Paul Kamara Explains SLFA Dissolution in Letter to FIFA
Citing support from the President and his cabinet, the Min. of Youth Employment & Sports, Mr. Paul Kamara, oulined the reasons for the postponement of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Executive Committee elections in a letter to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), the world governing body for football (soccer). (click on headline to view full article)

Old Edwardians to Celebrate 90th In Atlanta
St. Edwards Alumni Association-USA will celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary with its 4th Annual National Thanksgiving Ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia from October 12-14, 2012. (click on headline to view full article)

NEWS FLASH - SLFA DISSOLVED & ELECTIONS POSTPONED
Sports Minister Paul Kamara has dissolved the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA). (click on headline to view full article)

Interview with Ishmael Beah, a Salonean UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War.
Beah who just returned from a trip to Central African Republic (CAR) where he witnessed the release of 10 child soldiers in the conflict-ridden, northeastern town of N’dele by the rebel group the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) did a one-on-one interview while in transit in Cape Town, South Africa. (click on headline to view full article)

FORMER MAYOR OF FREETWON SENTENCED
The former Mayor of Freetown, Herbert George Williams was today sentenced by Justice J.B.A. Katutsi to pay Le170 million or spend three years in jail. (click on headline to view full article)

Breaking News - FORMER MAYOR OF FREETOWN CONVICTED ON 2 COUNTS OF CORRUPTION
George-Williams convicted on 2 counts of curruption. (click on headline to view full article)

FBC Brouhaha Calmed As More Threats Surface
A new group of students is threatening to occupy some offices following failure to pay their Grant-in-Aid monies. (click on headline to view full article)

ABASS BUNDU, A TOP SLPP POLITICIAN BARRED FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY.
Dr. Bundu currently facing charges for Larceny had his request for release of his passport on medical grounds rejected. (click on headline to view full article)

Rowdy Demonstration at FBC
About 1,000 students were involved in a rowdy demonstration at Fourah Bay College today. (click on headline to view full article)

BREAKING NEWS - DEFENSE MINISTER BLOODIED
Ex-Servicemen attack defence chief over unpaid retirement benefits. (click on headline to view article)

Staff of Adoption Agency Charged with Illegal Adoption
A just concluded police investigation has charged staff from an adoption agency for illegal human trafficking. (click on headline to view full article)

Breaking News - War Crimes Court: Charles Taylor Appeals 50-Yr. Sentence
The prosecution in turn will seek to increase his sentence to 80 years. (click on headline to view full article)

2012 ELECTIONS - Citizens in 'Limbo' Plan To Boycott Vote
Citizens Of Mosenesie Village Plan to Boycott 2012 Elections. (click on headline to view full details)

Op Ed: A New Direction for Higher Education in Sierra Leone: Reform and Growth.
In this opinion, Brig. (Ret.) Julius Maada Bio proposes a new direction for higher education in Sierra Leone. (click on headline to view full article)

SLAFA Election – Now A Full Blown Political Football Saga
It takes an election year to turn what would have been an innocuous event into a full blown political saga. Sports are a microcosm of the macrocosm known as the State and nothing exemplifies that more than the election for President of the Sierra Leone Amateur Association (SLAFA).(click on headline to view full article)

UN Chief Names New Rep for Sexual Violence in Conflict
UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon has appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone as his special representative on sexual violence in conflict, according to a statement released at the UN in New York. (click on headline to view full article)

NEWS ROUND-UP - JUNE 21ST 2012
A Daily Round-up of the Latest News as Reported by Radio Stations. (click on headline to view full report)

President Attends Funeral of Victims of Police Shootings
The president, Ernest Bai Koroma on Sunday, June 10, attended the funeral of two young men that were inadvertently shot by police responding to reports of an armed robbery in progress. (Click on headline to view full report)

BREAKING NEWS - APC Welcomes 3 Senior SLPP Defectors into their Fold
Using the power of incumbency, APC welcomes it's biggest catch yet of defectors from the opposition SLPP. (click on headline to view full article)

Demonstration Turned Violent in Da City
Reports reaching this press state that there were a series of sporadic outbreaks of violence in the East End of Freetown, on Thursday June 7, 2012. The epicenter was Upgun, but eyewitnesses reported sporadic instances of ‘run-run’ as far west as PZ junction. (click on headline for full details)

WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL - TAYLOR GETS 50 YEARS
The Judges of Trial Chamber II today sentenced former Liberian President, Charles Taylor to 50 years in a British cell for war crimes he committed during the country’s 12-year civil war. (click on headline to view full article)

LOW PAY BREEDS CORRUPTION - According to ACC Boss Joe Kamara
INADEQUATE remunerations of judges and court staff in Africa breeds corruption in the justice system, according to ACC commish. (click on headline to view full article)

MALI - President Beaten Unconscious by Protesters
First hand reports from Mali state that a pro-military mob made up of mostly members of the army and associates beat the interim President, Mr. Diocounda Traore (70)

WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL - TAYLOR PLEADS FOR SHORTER SENTENCE
Convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor expressed his “sadness and deepest sympathy for the atrocities and crimes that were suffered by individuals and families in Sierra Leone,”, but told the Judges at his sentencing hearing that he was not responsible for the crimes committed by rebel forces. (click on headline for details)

UN Appoints New Rep
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen of Denmark as his Executive Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) on Friday, May 4, 2012. (click on headline to view full article)

BIO in London – “APC GOVT Preparing for WAR Not Elections”
The former junta leader now running for president of Sierra Leone, Brig.(Ret) Maada Bio stated during his current visit to London that the ruling APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma is “preparing for war not elections” in its massive import of arms in excess of $5 million.

TAYLOR - GUILTY ON ALL 11 COUNTS
Former president of Liberia, Charles Ghankay Taylor, was found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague today Thursday, April 26, 2012. (click on headline to view full article)

War Crimes Tribunal - Taylor Verdict Set for Thursday
The Special Court for Sierra Leone is set render judgment on Thursday April 26 in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor on charges of war crimes. (click on headline to view full article)

The Inglorious Emissaries
We have confirmed reports alleging that the Sierra Leone embassy in China was running a criminal enterprise from 2008 to 2010. (click on headline to view full article).

OPINION - SLPP May Have Elected the Wrong Candidate for President?
Since the election of Mr. Maada Bio, as the presidential candidate for the SLPP in July, 2011, numerous questions have been raised as to whether the party elected the right person as flag bearer with all the allegations surrounding his candidacy.(click on headline to view full article)

MALI COUP - ECOWAS Impose Tough Sanctions
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) implemented tough sanctions Monday, April 2 against Mali. (click on headline to view full article)

INDEPENDENCE BALL FOR CHARITY
Una Kusheh! Sierra Leoneans in the Washington D.C. Area are cordially invited to come celebrate INDEPENDENCE DAY and help raise funds for a charity aimed at providing social services back home. (click headline to view full article)

APC GOVT IMPOPRT MASSIVE ARMS
The Foreign Minister has confirmed allegations that the government imported massive arms worth millions of dollars. (click on headline to view full artcle)

Political Violence: Govt White Paper on Shears-Moses Commission Report
The Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Franklyn Bai Kargbo, Esq. has finally issued a response to the recommendations contained in the Shears-Moses Commission of Inquiry report almost 3 years after it was submitted to the government.(click on headline to view full article)

Elections 2012 – Party Switching Saga; NEC Tallies:
Some call it defections, to give it the veneer of a traitor, but switching from one political party to another happens regularly in all democracies, nascent or mature.(click headline to view full article)

UNEXPLODED BOMB AT FBC
An unexploded bomb was found yesterday, March 26 2012 at the Botanical Gardens on the campus of Fourah Bay College.(click on headline to view details)

FULL WEBCAST OF THE BIANNUAL UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SIERRA LEONE
HERE IS THE FULL WEBCAST OF THE UN REPS BIANNUAL REPORT IN WHICH SCHULENBERG ALLEGES THE GOVT MAY HAVE IMPORTED ARMS. IT'S THE FIRST VIDEO TO THE RIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE. Hear the report yourself.

SENEGAL ELECTIONS- President WADE concedes Defeat in run-off
85-Year old president, Abdoulaye Wade concedes defeat to Macky Sall.(click on headline to view full article)

SLBC-TV On The Air - Click On Video on top of Left Panel Links
Click On Video on top of Left Panel Links to Play after the 10-second Advert disappears. Click on the PLAY(>) button to display and the Full Screen script to display as needed. The sound is very good depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

SHOULD MASSIVE CORRUPTION BE CLASSIFIESD AS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY?
In a speech at a conference in South Africa, the cognoscenti of public corruption, the former Anti-corruption czar for Sierra Leone explores the options for the creation of an International Law that will deter the wanton corruption currently plaguing developing nations in Africa and the world over.(click headline to view full article)

SIERRA LEONE WILL ADD AN EXTRA YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL TO IMPROVE POOR WASSCE (formerly known as GCE) SCORES
Sierra Leone is instituting major reforms to its education system after the country reported some of the poorest academic results in West Africa.

BREAKING NEWS Former NPRC Junta Leader Endorses EBK for Pres
According to radio reports monitored here, former NPRC junta leader Capt. (ret) Valentine Strasser has just endorsed President Koroma for a second term in office and openly denounced the candidacy of Julius Maada Bio, his former comrade-in-arms at a press conference held in Allen Town.(click headline to view full article).

ATTACK AT TENSE SA. LEONE/LIBERIA BORDER
Alleged revenge attack by Sierra Leoneans over the death of one of their own.(click on headline to view full article)

Vulture Capitalists - Profile of Koidu Holdings
While the portrayal of BSG is not so favorable in this report, it should be noted that it’s involvement in the diamond mining industry is a considerable improvement to what was happening before they arrived in 2003. We all know what happened during the war (1990 – 2002). However, what obtained during the dictatorship of Siaka Stevens & JS Momoh was just as palpable.

TOM NYUMA’S DEFECTION – The Legal & Political Ramifications
Can Tom Nyuma be removed as Chairman of the Kailahun District Council for switching political parties? (click on headline to view full article)

Vulture Capitalists: Review of 5 Major Mining Companies
In our opening article of this investigative report, we promised that we will give you the profile of each of the 5 major mining companies courtesy of DanWatch, so you can independently determine the negative or positive impact of their operations in the country.

Vulture Capitalists – Foreign Companies Continue to Plunder our Minerals
We all thought that with the end of the blood diamond war, our worst fears that the exploitation of our mineral wealth against the interests of the people would be behind us or at least minimized. (click headline to view full article)

From the Publisher - Maiden Edition Viewpoint
Dis nar the pull-nar-doe edition of the online voice of the people of Sierra Leone! We endeavor to report the truth and nothing but The Truth, Period. (click on title to view full opinion)

Quick Hits - Vol II
This week we have a commendable and one that does not quite dip to the deplorable and will get a jeer instead.

Sierra Leone: Progress amid Frustration
In the centre of Sierra Leone, in a majestic green valley, a new hydro-electric dam symbolises both progress and frustration.

OPINION - Aljazeera’s  Piece on Corruption In Sierra Leone
We decided to embed Aljazeera’s piece on this medium to give you an opportunity to view it and judge for yourself independent of our analysis. Based on what I have gleaned from most of the online newspapers, APC supporters think it is a hit piece on the government while those of the opposition SLPP think it exposes the endemic corruption within the government. (Click on headline to view full article)

BIO – “…I don’t trust the Sierra Leone Police”
In what many observers have described as inexplicable, Presidential candidate Maada Bio have doubled down on his hitherto discredited claims that ex-combatants are being used to cause trouble in the South-Eastern areas of the country.(click on headline to view full article)

QUICK HITS: 2 THIS WEEK
1. PRESSURE ON IG? What pressure?

There has been a groundswell by certain elements of the Pro-APC media & party stalwarts to pressure the IG, FAB Munu, to arrest the leader of the opposition SLPP for some unfortunate remarks that he may have made in the heat of the battle in an election year bid to appease some of his more enthusiastic supporters. (click on headline to view full article.

EDITORIAL MEMO
You may have already learned from the publisher’s Viewpoint that we are independent journalists interested only in pursuing our vocation in a free, open and democratic Sierra Leone guided only by the betterment of the citizenry with a view to the lofty goal of hopefully lifting all Africans in the process. We know this is a daunting challenge, but we are ready for it.(click on headline to view full article)

THE SELLING OF SIERRA LEONE
Some video links to not only make you feel good about your country, but for your listening and viewing pleasure.

2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS- In their own words.
Below is the unedited profile of the APC candidate for the 2012 Presidential election. Sometimes you get to know a person better by what they say about or think of themselves. We however reserve the right to fact check later and or match their words with their deeds. So your comments are welcome. Stay connected. (click on above headline to read full article)

2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS - In their own words
Below is the unedited profile of the SLPP candidate for the 2012 Presidential election. Sometimes you get to know a person better by what they say about or think of themselves. We however reserve the right to fact check later and or match their words with their deeds. So your comments are welcome. Stay connected. (click on above headline to read full article)

Housing & Investment Opportunity
Opportunity for Sierra Leoneans Living in the United States to Finance housing needs back home.

File photo of Paramount Chief David Mandu Farley Keili-Coomber IV. Commonly addressed as  PC Mandu Farley.
File photo of Paramount Chief David Mandu Farley Keili-Coomber IV. Commonly addressed as  PC Mandu Farley.





West Africa

GHANA - PRESIDENT DEAD
(CLICK ON HEADLINE TO VIEW ARTICLE)

MALI - Islamist Militants Continue to Pillage North
The UN Security Council has indicated that it is ready to work militarily with the sub-region (ECOWAS) to stop the rampage by Ansar Dine and Al Qaeda (Maghreb) in Timbuktu and Gao in Northern Mali, that is threatening some of Africa's most historic sites. (click on headline to view full article)

MALI - Islamist Fighters Deploying to the North in Droves
Hundreds of additional Islamist fighters have deployed in northern Mali, as neighboring countries make plans to send troops to the troubled nation. (click n headline to view full article)

Malians Flee Daily Public Floggins & Domination by Islamic Extremists
Refugees flee from a nightmarish world in Northern Mali where Islamist extremists preaching Shariah flog non-believers publicly in the ancient town of Timbuktu, armed men circulate to enforce the new order, and other factions threaten to take the vast and rapidly emptying territory back. (click on headline to view full article)

Mali's  Ganda Koy & Other Militias Training to Re-take North From Al Qaeda Backed Invaders
Northern Malian militias are uniting and training young men and women how to fight as they prepare for an offensive to the North. Click on headline to view full article)

Late President Atta of Ghana, who died today after a brief illness.
Late President Atta of Ghana, who died today after a brief illness.




Sports

Salone Girl to Star in London Olympics for Team USA
The biggest sports story in the US today is that of 22-year old athlete, Jeneba Tarmoh’s decision to cede the 100m sprint spot on the US Olympic Team to her training partner, Allyson Felix, instead of taking part in a runoff that was scheduled for yesterday on primetime television. (click on headline to view full article)

Jeneba Tarmoh, born in the US to Salone parents will compete in the London Olympics for Team USA.
Jeneba Tarmoh, born in the US to Salone parents will compete in the London Olympics for Team USA.




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Celebrating the Life of Chinua Achebe, The decorated Father of African Literature who died Last Week
Prof. Sheikh Umarr Kamara at Virginia State University has created a list of Proverbs from his most famous book, Things Fall Apart
 
1. He who brings kola brings life.
2. Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.
3. The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.
4. If a child washed his hands he could eat with Kings.
5. When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.
6. A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.
7. A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing.
8. An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.
9. Looking at a King’s mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast
10. When a man says yes, his chi says yes also.
11. A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
12. A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm.
13. If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is play.
14. What is good in one place is bad in another place.
15.  If one finger brought oil it soiled the others.
16. A man could not rise beyond the destiny of his chi.
17. There is nothing to fear from someone who shouts.
18. There is no story that is not true.
19. Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.
20. I cannot live on the bank of a river and wash my hands with spittle.
21. An animal rubs its itching flank against a tree, a man asks his kinsman to scratch him.
22. As a man danced so the drums were beaten for him.
23. Men have learned to shoot without missing their mark and I have learned to fly without perching on a twig.
 

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