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Date: 14th June 2012 - Mercury International Gives SWASAL Le 7,533,000 For Leone Stars Versus Sao- Tome 2013 Africa Nations Cup Qualifying Match
The Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) is pleased to inform the general public that MERCURY INTERNATIONAL (SL) LTD. on Thursday 14th June 2012 at their 19 Siaka Stevens Street Headquarters in Freetown, presented the sum of Seven Million, Five Hundred and Thirty Three Thousand Leones to enable the association cover fully the 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifying match between Leone Stars and Sao Tome & Principe on Saturday 16th June 2012, at the National Stadium in Freetown at 4:30pm.
By: John Pa Baimba Sesay - IA, Beijing, China on June 15, 2012.
In paragraph 43 of President Koroma’s statement during the State Opening of Parliament in 2010, he spoke of the desire to reclaim Sierra Leone’s heritage of learning and excellence and “transform this country through the quality of our education. This, he said was what was contained in the Agenda for Change “we set out to improve access to education, raise the completion rate and improve the quality of education (Ernest Korma 2010). The Agenda for Change has done pretty well, in terms of meeting the educational requirement of our country, in an effort to improve on the nation’s human resource output.
In last week’s column I wrote about how the NAACP has lost its mind with its resolution supporting gay marriage. I have very little faith or confidence in most of the traditional Black institutions—NABJ, churches, fraternities, sororities, HBCUs, etc.
But after attending a lunch this past Wednesday, my faith and confidence is a tad bit stronger. It was though I was taken back in time to a better time and place within the Black community; and after the luncheon, I really feel like we can get back to the “golden years” of Black engagement in our society.
The Afro-American Newspapers (http://www.afro.com/) celebrated its 120th anniversary with a luncheon. A couple of months ago, their General Manager Edgar Brookins, called to ask me if I could talk with some people about buying a few tables to support the event. I immediately told him that I would personally buy a table. Brookins and the Afro have been supporters of many of my endeavors here in the DC market. Brookins is always responsive to my calls and the paper has been carrying my column for years. So, when they need my support, I will always be there.
Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) was nowhere to be found in Pennsylvania, where most of his supporters in America were expecting him to address them last weekend.
Bio was due to have arrived in Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, last Wednesday 6th June 2012, where his supporters were expecting him to give them convince them with update on his chances to run for President in this year’s Presidential and General elections.
No official reason was given for his conspicuous absence both from his North America Branch or the party’s Headquarters in Freetown, but diplomatic sources have confirmed that the United States Embassy in Freetown is still investigating his appeal for entry visa into the United States after his previous attempt was rejected on allegations of human rights abuses during his
reign as Leader of the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC).
At the commissioning of the Freetown-Conakry highway and a Joint Border Post at Gbalamuya (Sierra Leone) and Pamalap (Guinea) on Saturday, June 2, 2012, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and President Alpha Conde of Guinea, while invoking the names of presidents Sekou Toure (Guinea) and Modibo Keita (Mali) recalled a dramatic scenario of African unity in the past, made rousing speeches of African unity in the present, and stressed the practicality of African unity in the road/border post, while floating a vision in the near future of not only a road link between the two countries, but, also a railway link.
President Koroma bemoaned the ignoble history of European-colonized Africa that resulted in “compartmentalised” nations by people far away who have no idea of Africa’s “culture” – so that we have nations in Africa today “with alien names such as Guineans and Sierra Leoneans, Ivorians, Gambians, Liberians, Senegalese....” With profundity and dynamism exuding from his speech, President Koroma said that “the commissioning today is an effort to negate the physical boundaries that have been imposed on us”; and a tangible step “to reunify our countries and peoples”.
AfDB 2012 Annual Meetings End on Cautious Optimistic Note : Governors Commend Bank’s Role in Africa’s Development
"A new era is opening up to Africa, on the condition that we can make the right decisions," said the president of the AfDB, Donald Kaberuka
ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 2, 2012/ -- The Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) closed on Friday in Arusha, Tanzania, on an optimistic note that Africa would be a winner in the uncertain emerging landscape if the continent continues to implement reforms and maintain fiscal prudence that have seen countries in the region posting impressive growth in spite of the global financial crisis.
"A new era is opening up to Africa, on the condition that we can make the right decisions," said the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, at the official opening of the event attended by more than 2000 participants.