Yoni Excellence Awards Board Unveils Date and Place for its Maiden 2019 Yoni Excellence Awards Ceremony

Following both the local and international headlines of the Award Ceremony and Heritage Conversation, the Yoni Excellence Awards Board is excited to unveil the date and place of the 2019 Yoni Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Chinese Embassy hosts Reception in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone has on Friday September 27, 2019 hosted a grand reception in warm celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Bintumani International Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Freetown.

The reception attracted in attendance a host of high-profile personalities. And among them were the Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone – H.E. Dr. Juldeh Jalloh, Chinese Ambassador in Sierra Leone –H.E. Hu Zhangliang, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister – Solomon Jamiru Esq., Government Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, Chinese Community, the Press and other invited guests.

On October 1, 1949, the first five-star red flag was raised in Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. The Chinese people, who had experienced bitter struggle since modern times, finally saw the dawn of the rebirth of the Chinese nation. And with the rebirth of the PRC, the Chinese people became masters of the country, society and their own destiny. They began to embark on a great journey of realizing a strong and prosperous country, national rejuvenation and people’s happiness with full pride.

In his keynote address, Amb. Hu Zhanliang, started-off on recounting how far they have come as a nation stating that the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government and the Chinese people have united as one, forged ahead and made great strides that brought earthshaking changes to China. And that 70 years ago, China was one of the poorest and most backward countries in the world; but today, China has grown into the world’s second largest economy, the largest industrial country, the largest trader in goods, and the biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves. And that in 2018, China’s GDP totaled 13.6 trillion U.S. dollars, and China’s average contribution rate to global economic growth has been close to 30% for17 consecutive years now.

“From the early days of the founding of the People’s Republic of China to the year 2018, China’s urbanization rate has increased from less than 11% to about 60%,the per capita disposal income has grown in real terms by nearly 60 times, and people’s life expectancy has been increased from 35 to 77 years. China has lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty by UN benchmarks. There are 854 million Chinese citizens using 4G network to access information, learn knowledge and skills, and freely express their opinions and demands online”, said Amb. Hu Zhangliang.

He continued that China’s marvelous success would not have been possible without the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, the determined struggle of the Chinese people, and the deep commitment to the mutually beneficial and win-win strategy of opening-up.

Amb. Hu Zhangliang furthered that, “given the spectacular achievements made in the past 70 years, China remains a developing country, China ranks the 71st in the world in per capita GDP and the 91st in human development index. China’sdevelopment is still unbalanced and inadequate, faced with challenges and risks. The government and people of China, under the strong leadership of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, following the guidance of Xi Jinping ‘Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era’, will resolutely uphold China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and development interests, strive to achieve the Two Centenary Goals and fulfill the Chinese dream of national renewal.”

With regards the China–Africa relationship, Amb. Zhangliang said that time has proven that China and Africa are a genuine friends and reliable partners, and of which the FOCAC Beijing Summit last year ushered in a new era for the development of China-Africa relations. He continued that since the establishment of diplomatic ties 48 years ago, China and Sierra Leone have gone a long way in conducting fruitful cooperation in all areas.

And Sierra Leone being one of the countries that supported the restoration of the legitimate seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations and having always adhered to the one-China principle, the ambassador said China will continue to be highly grateful.

In responding to the toast of the Chinese Ambassador, Sierra Leone’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister – Solomon Jamiru Esq., congratulated, on behalf of His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the people of Sierra Leone, President Xi Jinping and the People’s Republic of China for the commendable transformation of that great country and PRC’s desire to achieve the Global Family of Equals.

“Sierra Leone is grateful for interventions such as the ultra-modern specialized medical centre at Jui, construction of roads and the rein of public infrastructure in the country, international scholarship support to students, construction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation building, supporting the implementation of phases 1 and 2 of the fibre-optic back-roll, and several other interventions for which Sierra Leone remains grateful”, Minister Jamiru expressed gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, and reiterated Sierra Leone’s commitment to deepening and strengthening the bond with China whilst looking forward to closer cooperation in the broad range of areas expressed as priorities in Sierra Leone’s development plan. He concluded by wishing prosperity to President Xi Jinping and the People’s Republic of China prosperity.

And the reception ended with performances from staff of the Embassy and pupils of the Fourah Bay College Secondary School, and the cutting of the celebration cake by the Vice President, Chinese Ambassador, and Deputy Foreign Minister.

Poro Declare Search Warrant for Foday Conteh

Members of the secrete Poro Society here in Sierra Leone have issued a search warrant for Foday Conteh, son of late Santos Conteh and kate Fatu Conteh of Magbalafu Village, Northern Region of the country.

Secrete Society Trouble Looms … Fullah Businessman Fears Death

The real initiation and all other traditional ceremonies as demanded by the Poro Society might have faded away but devastation, trauma and destruction of properties including houses are still fresh on the minds of many, especially the victims of last December 2016 Male Society initiation in and around Kenema.

Poro Society Declares Search Warrant for Alimu Jalloh

Members of the secrete Poro Society here in Sierra Leone have issued a search warrant for Alimu Jalloh who stayed in Blama Town, Small Bo Chiefdom, Kenema District , Eastern Province of the country.

Presidential Guards Threaten to Kill 2 Female Sport Journalists

Press Release from the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) dated Sunday 8th September 2019 have indicated that two (2) bodyguards Guards of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio have threatened to kill two (2) female sports journalists of the state owned Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).

Basic Education Minister Reacts to Massive WASSCE failure

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Basic and Secondary School Education, Honourable Alpha Osman Timbo has reaffirmed government’s commitment that quality and properly fit pupils are allowed to be admitted into tertiary institutions in the country. This, he said “Education is not only free, but we need quality.”

USA Supports Access to Clean Energy in Sierra Leone

The United States Embassy in Freetown has on Monday 9 September, announced the launch of a feasibility study that could bring clean power to thousands of people in Sierra Leone.

Government calls on Muslim Leaders to promote Unity and Cohesion

State House, Freetown, Friday, 6 September 2019 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has joined many Sierra Leoneans to worship with this year’s Hajj Pilgrims at State House, where he called on religious leaders to promote national unity and cohesion. Chairman of the Hajj Committee, Alhaji Murtada Sesay, thanked President Bio and his government for organising another successful Hajj, noting that the pilgrims had used the opportunity while in Mecca to pray for the government and the country. He also encouraged the pilgrims to use examples learnt from their pilgrimage to serve as role models in their various communities. On his part, President Bio said that he was thankful to God Almighty for His guidance and travelling mercy over the pilgrims. He said organising such a successful event was a very difficult task for which he commended the Honourable Vice President, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, the Ministry of Social Welfare and members of the Hajj Committee. “Religion is about peace, unity and togetherness. The new pilgrims are leaders with religious obligations in society. So, I encourage you all to preach peace and unity in your different communities. I am happy with our level of religious tolerance and that is something we must always promote. I call on you all to continue praying for unity and the development of our nation,” he urged.

Obituaries

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With gratitude to God for a life well lived

Obituary for the late Evelyn Lauretta Idowu-Davies
Sunrise:11 February 1925
Sunset : 10 March 2019
Aged 94
Funeral & Communion service : Friday 22 March at the Ebenezer Methodist Church Murray Town at 2:30
From the Children and grandchildren at home and abroad.

17th March 2019, marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing away of HONORABLE, DR. SHEIKH BATU DARAMY SR, aka, SB Daramy.  Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy, Sr. B.Sc (Economics from London School of Economics, UK), M.A., Ph.D from Howard University, was born on 20th September, 1920 in Makeni.  Today we remember one of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) oldest members.  In 1948, Hon. Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy was awarded a Sierra Leone Government scholarship to attend the London School of Economics from where he graduated in 1952 with a B.Sc in Economics. ...

The death is announced of Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi age 84 years whose sad event took place today Monday 12th November, 2018. He is survived by his wife Balkisu Din Gabisi of 3 Ingham Street Fourah Bay Community, Freetown. Sisters: Haja Bola Deen (Late) and Ola Din-Gabisi (UK)
Children: Mrs. Christiana Bultman-Sulaiman of the USA
Mr. Sulay Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Zainab Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Dyfu Din Gabisi of USA
Grandchildren
Miss Blanche Bultman of USA
Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi ...

The death is reported of Police Constable Santigie Ado Kamara formerly of the Operational Support Division (OSD), Panlap Division, Makeni and of Binkolo, Safroko Chiefdom. He died by road accident on Saturday 4th August 2018. Aged 39. He is survived by his wife Isatu Kamara, children Teresa, Samuel, Kenneth, Augustine, Emmanuel and Marie. Brothers: Abu, Kelfa, Karim, Gbessay, Sampha and Dura. Sisters: Jane D.M Sesay, Amie, Isatu, Sinnah, Sentho, Sarah, Helen, Fatu and Kadiatu. He will be buried on Sunday 19th August, 2018 at Binkolo. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace!

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