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NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kenema Ebola Burial team begs Forgiveness for Inhuman Acts
The Head of Kenema Ebola Burial Team, Solomon Williams has revealed to the Awareness Times that the protest made by some members of his team was unwarranted and unreasonable. Speaking via telephone interview from Kenema City, Solomon told this medium that all those who mounted the protest are currently in total regret even though the delay of payment of their backlogs has been long overdue.
Nov 26, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Women Adopt a Revolutionary Approach against Ebola
The painful existence and imposing threat of the deadly Ebola virus has compelled women from all works of life ranging from the elites to the grass root women to call a press conference on Tuesday 25th November 2014 at the conference room at Miatta Conference Centre to make a firm commitment to end Ebola speedily by all means necessary. The name of the movement is ‘Women Rise Up Against Ebola’.
Nov 26, 2014, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
25th November EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Lab-confirmed Ebola Cases = 5,524 as follows:
Nov 26, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -26th November, 2014
*Ebola Child Survivors Join a Birthday Celebrate *NHS Volunteers to Deploy in Sierra Leone *Another Foreign Doctor Tested Ebola Positive *Magistrate Commits Matter to High Court *Red Cross Trains 70 Contact Tracers in Kambia *Bo Ebola Death Rates Falls to 6%.
Nov 26, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : RSLAF Soldiers End Their Ebola Training
SOLDIERS from LEOBATT2 AMISOM Battalion have completed their Ebola training sponsored by British Military Medics. A ceremony, attended by the guests of honour Commander Joint Forces, Brigadier Brima Sesay and Brigadier Steve McMahon MBE, Commander UK Forces in Sierra Leone, took place on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at the Peace Mission Training Centre at Hastings to bring the Ebola training to a close.
Nov 26, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kenema Ebola Workers Angrily display Corpses
Alleged health workers in Eastern city of Kenema have on Monday 24th November 2014, displayed dead bodies around Kenema Government Hospital premises.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : JOB Demands Response from Somano Kapen on “SLPP Notorious Student Imposter”
The former Chairman and Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin has on Monday 24th November, in acknowledging receipt of a letter written by the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Secretariat Director of Administration Alhaji Brima Koroma on behalf of the National Chairman and Leader Chief Somano Kapen, requested clarification on whether the so-called student leader Mr. Dwight Z. Sheriff’s claim to be the Western Area Student Leader is tenable.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:20

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
FIVE RSLAF OFFICERS SENT ON COMPULSORY RETIREMENT
The Defence Council in its 32nd Sitting on Tuesday 21st October 2014 duly endorsed the compulsory retirement of five (5) officers from the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) on disciplinary grounds. The officers were said to have committed separate offences on diverse dates and their cases were carefully examined through all the necessary RSLAF disciplinary chain, which eventually recommended their compulsory retirement from service.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Water is a Priority in Fight against Ebola … SALWACO Director General
The Director General of the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), Mr. Samuel Bangura has vehemently disclosed that if Sierra Leone is going to succeed or make a gain in the fight against Ebola water should be a key priority. The No-nonsense Director made this statement at his Tower Hill office, in Freetown on Monday 24th November 2014.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
24th November EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Lab-confirmed Ebola Cases = 5,441 as follows:
Nov 25, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Politics : SLPP Young Generation Commemorates 1st Year in Office
It is now over a year over when the SLPP Executive was elected on the 17th August 2013 in Bo District. In an exclusive interview with the SLPP National Young Generation Leader Mr. Musa Moigua on his achievements and challenges since his election, he said different shades of opinion have so far given their views on the current status of his executive and has assessed the current officials in the executive on what they have done so far.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SLIEPA Boosts Ebola Fight in Port Loko, Bombali & Bo
The Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) have donated Sierra Leonean produced food items to several people affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Port Loko, Bombali and Bo Districts. The donation according to the Chief Executive Officer of SLIEPA Raymond Gbekie is to respond to the call of President Koroma to fight against the Ebola Virus that killed and infected thousands of the people in Sierra Leone.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NRA Boosts Ebola Awareness in Gbomsamba
The Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara has over the weekend visited the Gbomsamba community in the PortLoko district to educate people on Ebola methods of transmission, in particular the use of public latrines, and preventative measures.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : CCACO Donates Hand washing Materials to Schools and Churches
Conforti Community Aid Children Organization (CCACO) in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children's Affairs over the weekend donated 400 veronica buckets, chlorine, detol and soap to 36 of their link schools and 8 churches, worth over thirty Million Leones (Le 30,000,000). Sponsored by Freetown Society in Partnership with Hull society, at a ceremony held at Conforti Community Aid Children Organization's head office at Calaba town in Freetown.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare to Establish Interim Centre for Ebola Child Survivors
The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs, Alhaji Moijue Kaikai on Sunday 23rd November 2014 paid an on-the-spot visit to the Kissy Approved School in Freetown to assess the facility in order for it to be transformed into an interim Child Centre for Ebola Child Survivors.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -25th November, 2014
*Bo Ebola Coordinator Urges for Neighbourhood Watch *BRU Creates Database for Membership *1million Thermometers for Sierra Leoneans *Airtel Boosts Amputees with Crutches *NPA commissioned 2 Transformers *NRA Feeds Gbomsamba Village *MP Cries for More Allocations to Water Resource.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kenema District Task Force Ends One Day Retreat
The Kenema district Ebola Task Force has over the weekend organized a one day retreat at the Chinese Farm Wah Man Abu Road in Kenema.
Nov 25, 2014, 17:00

FEATURES
Sierra Leone Journalism: For Preaching Hate & Tribal Incitement, David Tam Baryoh Apologises to the Nation & President
Tribal hate & unwarranted incitement which local journalist David Tam Baryoh has been preaching on widely listened radio programmes got to be so terrible on November 1st 2014, that for peace, unity & stability of nation, President Ernest Bai Koroma was forced to use his rarely-utilised powers under the State of Emergency, to have Tam Baryoh arrested and kept away from perpetuating such mischief.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:18

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone: Apology by David Tam Baryoh as aired worldwide on Star Radio during the weekend of November 22nd 2014:
The Good Governance Programme called MONOLOGUE had two guests during a radio discussion. In the course of undertaking our journalistic job, several unwarranted comments were made during the programme. It is the duty of the producer and presenter to regulate comments on such issues that were raised.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Marie Stopes on Ebola Outreach Activities in Port Loko
In line with the current emergency structure, a Non-Government international charitable medical organization, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL) is currently on an implementation of an Ebola Response Project in the Port Loko District.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Rutile makes a Second Donation of One Billion Leones to GOSL Ebola Response
Mining Company Sierra Rutile and its largest investor Pala have made a second donation of one billion Leones to assist Government of Sierra Leone in combating Ebola outbreak. This brings total amount donated by Sierra Rutile to the Ebola Response; both nationally and locally, in cash and in kind, to well over two billion Leones (over $400,000). Mr. John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile, said Sierra Rutile was making this additional contribution of a billion leones to support Government's work in eradicating the outbreak and to provide additional help for the increasing number of children orphaned by the outbreak in Sierra Leone.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : German TV Apologises to Sierra Leone Embassy
Sierra Leone Embassy in Germany has been issued an apology by a major German television network which had falsely aired last week that a staff at the Embassy had fallen ill with Ebola.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
23rd November EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Lab-confirmed Ebola Cases = 5,402 as follows:
Nov 24, 2014, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Youth Corruption Watch Ready for Expansion
On Friday 14th November 2014, the Youth Corruption Watch held a brief but successful meeting with officials of the Anti Corruption Commission which is a sign of encouragement for other members of the public and youth organizations in the promotion of anti-corruption issues across the country.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NETHIPS Fears Negative Ebola Effects
Project officer, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS has expressed fears that the effects of the Ebola virus disease outbreak will be devastating on the chances of survival of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -24th November, 2014
*Burial Team Coordinator Calls for more Hands *3 More Helicopters to Arrive in Sierra Leone *Health Workers Down tools in Kenema *Lots of People dying not due to Ebola but Other Ailments….CMO *WANEP Boosts Ebola Affected Communities *100 Teachers Quarantined *Demolition Kills an Old Man *Paramount Chief & Others Arrested.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : St. Francis Old Boys Support Gov’t in Ebola Fight
Old Boys of St. Francis Secondary School Makeni commonly known as the Old Makeni Franciscans Association (OMFA) is one of the latest organizations that has made cash contributions in support of Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. The event took place on Thursday, 13th November, 2014 at State House.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:00

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : JOB to Take Legal Action against SLPP Fake Student for Libel
The Former Leader and Chairman of the Main Opposition Leader, Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Mr. John O. Benjamin is putting documents in place to take a legal action against the author of the press Release entitled “John Oponjo Benjamin Hirsh Undermines SLPP.” Mr. Benjamin has also opined that all the local tabloids that carried what he called libelous correspondence for public consumptions will also be prosecuted.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:30

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
20th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-Confirmed Cases = 5,210 as follows:
Nov 21, 2014, 17:28

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Koroma Takes the Ebola Fight to Kono and Koinadugu Districts
In continuation of his Social Mobilization strides in the fight against the dreadful Ebola virus disease by means of encouraging local authorities in all the Districts to take leadership in the fight against the virus and also by giving them the message of hope and assurance that the post Ebola period will be bright, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has on Thursday 20th November 2014, travelled with a high powered delegation which comprises of Donor Partners, Government Ministers and Parliamentarians to Kono and Koinadugu Districts in the East and Northern Regions respectively.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:26

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Collaborative Effort Can End Ebola…. UNMEER Crisis Manager
"We can bend the curve of transmission, alleviate the suffering of people in Sierra Leone and end the epidemic", were the words of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Crisis Manager, Amadu Kamara speaking at the UNMEER press conference at the former Special Court on Wednesday 19th November 2014.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament Okays Hon. Faley & others
There was a huge turnout of youths and the aged at the Honourable House of Parliament on Thursday 20th November, 2014 to witness the approval of another set of Presidential nominees that have gone through the interview process.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Officer Talks on National Water and Sanitation Policy
The Information Officer, Ministry of Water Resources, Solomon Rogers, said that Sierra Leone possesses huge water resources, but with water becoming increasingly scarce and often of with inferior quality, the Ministry which came into being in 2013 is working on a policy to improve the water sector in the country. On the area of adequate rural water supply which is supposed to increase from 32% to 74% by 2015, he said that part of the policy strategy is to put measures in place to achieve that gain by working with donor partners.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Calaba Town Residents Demand for Safe Drinking Water
Water shortage has always been a perennial problem in the capital, Freetown. Most communities go through difficulties in order to fetch water as many households do not access pipe borne water. It is even serious when communities depend on dug-out wells for drinking and for domestic purposes, especially those that cannot afford to buy purified water in plastics.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Electronic Based Learning for International School Ltd
Board of Directors, Staff and Parents have decided on behalf of the pupils of the school to provide Electronic Based Learning by teaching them on line and recording lectures for them on DVDs for pupils to continue their academic work and for the school schedule not to be seriously altered when schools may finally re-open.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Port Loko Women Champion the fight against Ebola
Port Loko, Nov. 20 (SLENA) – The country is now six months into the fight against Ebola and many would say it is pointless for any further form of sensitization drive. True, people ought to have grown far beyond this level. As was rightly pointed out by President Ernest Bai Koroma himself in his recent tour of the regions, there has been too much of this and there is hardly any new thing to be said on Ebola rather than to say it is a killer disease which can be easily avoided by refraining from direct body contact especially with sick persons and dead bodies.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Flaming Church Celebrates 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Service in Bo
The Young Adult Fellowship of the Flaming Bible Church at Bindi Street Bo City has on Sunday 16th November 2014 celebrated their 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Service. Delivering the Sermon to over five hundred worshippers, the General Overseer of the All Nations Pentecostal Church Rt. Bishop Samuel Nathaniel Emmanuel Ndanema thanked members of the Flaming Bible Church for choosing him to be the guest preacher for their occasion.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Fisheries Ministry Generates 29Bn in 2014
The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Hon. Charles Rogers has on Thursday 20th November, during the usual weekly Government press briefing hosted in the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communications informed newsmen that although the Ebola outbreak in May this year has caused devastating effects on the growing economy of the country the fisheries ministry continues to grow.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : IFC Supports Training for Small & Medium Enterprises
A financial organization, International Financial Corporation (IFC) that also doubles as member of the World Bank Group on Wednesday 19th November, 2014 through the West African Ventures Fund conducted a one day Ebola hygiene training exercise for ten Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at the Barmoi Hotel in Freetown. The aim of the training programme is to encourage participants to continue their businesses amidst all precautionary measures outlined for the deadly Ebola.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -21st November, 2014
*Minister Calls for Change of Attitude *50 women Certify at Correctional Center *Bush Cows Terrorize Makpele Chiefdom *Constituency 91 Gets Solar Electrification *Oxfam Boosts Water Facility in Ebola Fight.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NERC CEO to get rid of Ghost Workers
Amidst concerns from health workers that those rightfully entitled to pay packages are being deprived because of corrupt practices; and with recent discovery that certain unscrupulous people are undermining the operations of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) by collecting monies they are not entitled to, the centre’s Chief Executive Officer, Retired Major Palo Conteh has expressed his determination to hunt down people who are illegally collecting pay from the pay team for doing virtually nothing whilst the rightful beneficiaries go without pay.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Understanding The Concepts of Crisis Management : Ebola as a "Known Unknown"Crisis
For some Classical Philosophers and Political Theorists, crisis management of any and every kind is considered to be one of the primary responsibilities of a responsible government. In congruence of this therefore, iconic former US President Abraham Lincoln once argued that "we live in the midst of alarms" and "anxiety beclouds the future" - and to that end crisis management has become a defining feature of contemporary governance.
Nov 21, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kailahun Medical Officers Say Community Participation Plus Labs & Treatment Centers are Keys to End Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak
Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that has claimed untold lives of mostly poor and vulnerable people in the country, it has been a concern that more should be done to attack the pandemic through collective participation at community levels where the disease is most active and also through the provision of more Holding Centers and Testing Laboratories in the densely populated parts of North-Western Sierra Leone.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : SLPP Western Region Executive Disowns Fake Student Leader
Sequel to a press release published by local tabloids on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th November 2014, captioned “John Oponjo Benjamin Hirsch undermines SLPP”, the Western Region Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Mahaj Tajudeen has contacted the Awareness Times to say the writer of the press release, Dwight Z. K. Sheriff who claims to be the Western Region Student Leader does not exist in their executive. Mr. Mahaj Tajudeen made this proclamation in an exclusive interview yesterday 19th November 2014 in Freetown.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:20

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
19th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 5,152 as follows:
Nov 20, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Robin Faley & Six (6) other Presidential Nominees Face Appointments Committee in Parliament
The Parliamentary Committee on Appointments and Public Service interviewed Seven (7) Presidential nominees in committee room one in Parliament in Freetown on the 17th November, 2014.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
NATCOM Debunks Allegation
The attention of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has been drawn to scathing publications that appeared in the Standard Times Newspaper of Monday November 17 and Tuesday November 18, 2014.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : University of Sierra Leone to Engage Students through Media Lectures
The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sierra Leone (USL) Professor Ekundayo J. D. Thompson has on Wednesday 19th November at a news conference hosted in the Committee Room of Fourah Bay College (FBC) informed that the University of Sierra Leone will start engaging its students on educational radio programmes and other academic round-tables. The University of Sierra Leone comprises of three constituent colleges i.e. Fourah Bay College (FBC), College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).
Nov 20, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NRA Boss Flying High as Finance Minister Hails Tax Collection Efforts
During his 2015 budget speech to Parliament, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr. Kaifala Marah praised the Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) for her leadership in maximizing domestic revenue during what he described as trying times. The Minister stated that while the Ebola outbreak has had negative impact on the economy, the NRA has sustained its revenue mobilization efforts. So how did the NRA moved from an institution collecting Le501.9 billion in 2007 to a reliable source of revenue for government expenditure?Here are some pointers:
Nov 20, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : From Supervisor to General Manager : Desmond Gordon Williams climbs Sierra Rutile’s career ladder
Desmond Gordon Williams started his career at Sierra Rutile 29 years ago fresh out of Fourah Bay College, as a laboratory supervisor, operations supervisor, metallurgist and mine planning engineer.This month he was promoted from Operations Manager to General Manager,effective from 1 November 2014.His new role will see him take responsibility for all operations at the company’s mine site in the south of Sierra Leone.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -20th November, 2014
*7 Family Members Die of Ebola in Two days *UNICEF Constructs 10 Ebola Community Care Centers in Bombali District *Kamakwie Extends Ban *Adamu Eze Threatens Kono Paramount Chief *AIM Donates Medical Consignment to Port Loko DHMT, EOC *Board 0f Imams Join Fight Against Ebola *54 Survivors Discharged at Hasting Treatment Center.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Statistics Sierra Leone Celebrates African Statistics Day
Statistics Sierra Leone that has been providing data for the people of Sierra Leone has taken another positive step by celebrating African Statistics Day on the 18th November, 2014 with the theme: ‘Open Data for Accountability and Inclusiveness’.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
UNIVERSITY OF SIERRA LEONE PRESS RELEASE
The University of Sierra Leone like other institutions has been gravely affected by the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. As a result, it has so far not been able to commence the 2014/15 session which should have started on the first Saturday of October 2014. Nonetheless it continues to hold itself in readiness to run the 2014/15 session when the situation improves. If the session begins early 2015, it will still endeavor to run all its programmes with the full cooperation of Faculty, all of whom have been requested to make requisite preparations for that.
Nov 20, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Alpha Timbo Debunks Allegations of him being Arrested
The Opposition Sierra Leone’s People Party (SLPP) Presidential hopeful, Lawyer Alpha Timbo has on Tuesday 18th November via telephone interview with this medium, vehemently denied reports that he spent one night at the Rogbaneh Police Station to be arraigned before Magistrate Alhaji Jah Stevens at the Makeni Magistrate Court the following day on for contravening Section 15-1 of the Public Health Emergency Regulations 2014. It was alleged that Alpha Timbo organized and conducted an unauthorized public gathering at Mabanta Road in that city.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Ernest Koroma is the Field Marshall against Ebola
Strong criticisms of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s government in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, have been responded to by the National Ebola Response Centre Coordinators for both the Western Rural Area, Ms. Zuliatu Cooper and the Western Urban Area, Ibrahim Sobonikeh Sesay whom have insisted that had it not been for the kind of hands-on leadership shown by the President so far, the Ebola disaster might have unfolded worse scenarios. According to them, Sierra Leone could not have had a better “Field Marshall” against Ebola Virus than President Koroma.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Auradicals Donate 200M Worth of Food Items to Quarantined
The Auradicals Fraternity from the Fouray Bay College in Freetown has distributed up to Le 200m worth of food items to quarantined communities across the country.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
18th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 5,109 with district breakdown thus:
Nov 19, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Minister Maya Kaikai Commissions Welthungerhilfe Rehabilitated at Gendema Ferry
The Resident Minister East Hon. Maya Moiwo Kaikai has on Monday 10th November 2014 commissioned the newly reassembled Gendema ferry funded by Welthungerhilfe.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Steady Bongo Joins MSWGCA to Fight Ebola
The lead vocalist of one of the country’s cultural dance band “Cultural heroes”, Lansana Sheriff aka ‘Steady Bongo’ has declared his partnership and support to the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease plaguing the country.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Seven Illicit Miners Convicted
Seven accused persons namely: Ibrahim Sheriff from Kailahun Town Lamin Sannoh of Hangha Town, Sandi Massaquoi a resident of Pujehun town, Keilfala Sheriff of Bo city, Ibrahim Koroma of Joru Town and Lamin Sannoh of Nomo Town were all over the weekend arraigned before the Presiding Magistrate Alhaji Sulaiman Koroma at the magistrate court in Kenema city with two counts of Illicit Mining and participating in a gathering not pertinent to Ebola.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -19th November, 2014
*4 Him SL puts smile on the faces of the physically challenged *Medical staffs are sacrificial lambs…Dr. Gbetuwa *FIFA and World bank Partner to combat Ebola *US to Provide 20 Ambulances and Pick-up Trucks to Aid Ebola Fight *UNICEF to Open 10 New Ebola Centers *Kenema to End Ebola.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Accused Policeman admits they loaded truck with ‘Dried Leaves’
Prosecution Witness one (PW-1) Police investigator, Augustine Alie Mansaray attached to the Kamakwe Road –Pamalap police division has on Monday 17th November 2014 told Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No 2 that the 1st accused in the Preliminary Investigation (PI), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Aruna Turay had told them at the station that he was among those who loaded the arrested truck with dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa, but that as a colleague police officer they should settle the matter in-house.
Nov 19, 2014, 17:00

EDITORIALS
As White House extends Condolences on death of Dr. Martin Salia: From 500 to 5,000
The day Sierra Leone recorded 500 laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola was the day Dr. Shiekh Umarr Khan died from Ebola. It was July 29, 2014 and it marked a turning point in the way the country perceived the Ebola crisis. The death of Dr. Khan and the 500 cases finally convinced all of us; from President Koroma downwards, that a catastrophe was unfolding on the land. By midnight of the next day, it was a different Sierra Leone with a State of Emergency proclaimed.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:18

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
17th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 5,056 as follows:
Nov 18, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ministry Of Local Government Trains Staff On Records Management
Ten staff members of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural development including three ICT Specialists were presented with certificates today after completing a week-long training in Records Management. The training answers to the long felt need to upgrade and standardize the management, control and retrieval of records in one of Sierra Leone’s biggest Ministries.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MP Launches House to House Ebola Check in Constituency 108
The Honorable Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources who also doubles as ruling APC West Region chairman, Hon. Alhaji Pat Sowe on Sunday 16th November, 2014 joined the Member of Parliament representing Constituency 108 in Freetown, Hon. Dr. Michel Sho-Sawyer to launch the House to House Ebola Check in that constituency. The ceremony took place at the Clark Street Field, Tengbeh Town. The event which brought together APC constituency executives and zonal heads saw the distribution of temperature testing thermometers, sanitizers and bars of amongst others.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone Ports Authority at work
Saturday 15th November 2014 saw another milestone in the development strides undertaken by Management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority under the leadership of Alhaji M. A Sesay, Acting General Manager, as the foundation of an ultra-modern two storey terminal building was laid at the Targrin Ferry Terminal.The building, after completion will have a passengerwaiting hall, restaurant,shop for arts and craft, guest rooms’ reservation and many more.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group Says Secure Air Travel Essential for Combatting Economic Effects of Ebola
Freetown –(14 November 2014) -The WHO recently expressed disappointment at the decision by some airlines to stop flying to Ebola affected nations inWest Africa, declaring that is “hard to save lives if we and other health workers cannot get in,”- echoing sentiments expressed by the United Nations, Médecins Sans Frontières and other international aid agencies.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Mining Communities Receive Le 43m from Sierra Rutile Staff to fight Ebola
Employees of various departments working for the giant conglomerate, Sierra Rutile Company Limited have collaborated with staff of their sister organization, the African Lion Agricultural Company to assist operational communities in the fight against the deadly Ebola pandemic.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bad Traditional and Religious Practices Encourage Ebola Spread -Says Democracy-S/L Coordinator
National Coordinator for Democracy-Sierra Leone, Alhaji Mohamed Waritay has told newsmen that some Sierra Leoneans are still practicing cultural and traditional burial rites despite the huge sensitization drive to persuade traditional and religious leaders to discourage unsafe burials and other negative traditional practices that encourage the chain of transmission.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -18th November, 2014
*Revealed:1,800 corpses buried at Kingtom Cemetery *Sierra Leone Loses 15,760 Tourists this Year due to Ebola *Diageo Foundation Doles out Le770 Million to Complement Ebola Fight *UBA Commits $1million to the Ebola Fight.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament Summons SLPA and Road Contractors
Parliament last week Thursday summoned officials of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) and contractors engaged in ongoing road works in the townships of Moyamba, Pujehun and Mattru Jong among others for failing to complete their projects within the stipulated time frame as mandated in the contract packages.
Nov 18, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Freetown City Exports Ebola to Bonthe District
The Bonthe District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr. Ibrahim Kargbo-Labour on Sunday 16th November 2014 via telephone interview, confirmed to the Awareness Times that a new Ebola case has surfaced in Bonthe after 47 days (seven weeks) of zero cases.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Marie Stopes Working with DHM Team to end Ebola
The Communication Manager for Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, Quintin Salia-Konneh has told newsmen in Freetown that since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease his organization has not stopped giving essential health service delivery to certain communities across Sierra Leone. Speaking to the Awareness Times on Saturday 15th November 2014, the Communications Manager informed that prior to the outbreak, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone solely concentrated on the provision of laboratory services, general medical services and family planning which has been their primary call to duty.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : UNFPA & Partners Validate Draft Country Program Action Plan
UNFPA and partners on 13th November 2014 officially validated the draft agenda for the Country Program Action Plan (CPAP) at the conference room of its headquarters on Signal Hill Road, Congo Cross in Freetown.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:18

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
16th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 4,967 as follows:
Nov 17, 2014, 12:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : 21 Days after President threatened he will Seize Staffs of Northern Province Chiefs
It is now 21 days since October 26th 2014 when the President threatened the Ruling Chiefs of three districts in Northern Province that he might seize their staff of office if rates of increase in Ebola cases, do not go down in their districts in 21 days. Well, rates have not seen a statistically significant drop.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Africell Presents Fourth Consignment of Food to Quarantined Homes
One of Sierra Leone’s most preferred Mobile Companies, Africell Telecommunications Company in its continued support to complement the Government of Sierra Leone and the entire populace, has Friday 14th November 2014 presented the fourth consignment of food provisions to the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) for onward distribution and feeding of all the quarantined homes, Ebola epicentres and other areas significantly affected by the Ebola epidemic in the country.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Now is the time to tackle malnutrition and its massive human costs
The scourge of malnutrition affects the most vulnerable in society, and it hurts most in the earliest stages of life. Today, more than 800 million people arechronically hungry, about 11 percent of the global population.Undernutrition is the underlying cause of almost half of all childdeaths, and a quarter of living children are stunted due to inadequate nutrition.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : World Vision International Pays Hazard Allowances to Burial Team in BO
World Vision International Sierra Leone (WVI-SL) with support from DFID has started the payment of hazard allowances to the burial teams in Bo district. Organized at the Sanitary Office in Bo, the exercise attracted the Bo District Coordinator, National Ebola Response Centre NERC Sahr K.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : World Vision International Pays Hazard Allowances to Burial Team in BO
World Vision International Sierra Leone (WVI-SL) with support from DFID has started the payment of hazard allowances to the burial teams in Bo district. Organized at the Sanitary Office in Bo, the exercise attracted the Bo District Coordinator, National Ebola Response Centre NERC Sahr K.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Soja Tong Community Demands for Adequate Water Supply
Like many other communities, the Soja Tong Community located around one of the Guma Valley Water Company reservoirs at Tower Hill in Freetown predominantly relies on the Guma Water source. Few years ago, residents of the Soja Tong Community experienced some difficulties in fetching water.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : OSD Personnel Shoots Carpenter to Death
An OSD personnel, John Momoh Sesay working under the purview of the Operational Support Division (OSD) attached to the Emergency Hospital Goderich Village made his first appearance before Magistrate Seray Wurie at Court No. 2 Pademba Road on Friday 14th November 2014 for one count of Murder contrary to law.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -17th November, 2014
*Pharmaceutical Association Donates Medical Items to NERC *68 Ebola Survivors Discharged at Hastings Treatment Center *EU sends Another Ship for Ebola Fight *1000 Megawatts in 2017 *Police Ban Beach activities *Husband butchered wife with cutlass.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : 12 -Man Korean Advanced Medical Assessment Team heads for Sierra Leone
A 12- man advance medical assessment team has left Seoul over the weekend bound for Freetown to prepare for a much larger medical team of doctors, nurses and other health care workers that will arrive at the beginning of December.
Nov 17, 2014, 12:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sierra Leone is Going Downhill On Ebola Fight
Rising Cases are caused by lack of health facilities to take in our infected compatriots. When compatriots sadly get infected, ideally, they should be immediately moved away from their communities and taken into holding and/or treatment centers BUT the required number of facilities are just not there. So, infected compatriots are now virtually abandoned out in the various communities. In communities, they continue contacting others.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Alhaji Randolph Foday Bayoh Donates to Bo Muslims
The Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Randolph Foday Bayoh on Wednesday 5th November 2014 donated 300 Veronica Buckets and 30 cartoons of soap to members of the Muslims Jaamat in Bo District. The Deputy Minister has made several donations towards the fight against Ebola since the epidemic reached Bo District.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Micro-Finance Institutions Engages Bank Governor on Financial Partnerships & Development
The Sierra Leone Association of Microfinance Institutions (SLAMFI) has met with the Bank Governor of Sierra Leone Mr. Momodu Kargbo to discuss possible ways of improving Micro financial institutions in the country. The aim of the visit was to appraise the Bank of Sierra Leone on their existence but more importantly to seek support and cooperation in developing the microfinance sector.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : 84 Houses Quarantined in Koinadugu
The District Medical Officer (DMO) for Koinadugu District Dr. Francis Moses on Wednesday 11th November, 2014 told to the Awareness Times that 84 houses have been quarantined in Koinadugu District. This was also confirmed by the Koinadugu National Ebola Response Committee Co-coordinator Dr. Fansie Samura that a significant number of homes have been quarantined in Koinadugu District in different sections such as Kumala, Kendoya, Yoria, Bandakoro, Funbuckuru, Lero and Yiffi.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:18

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
13th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 4,744 with district breakdown thus:
Nov 14, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Universal Minerals Holdings to Invest 7 Billion Dollars in Sierra Leone
After successfully operating in 25 countries worldwide, a decision has been made to select Sierra Leone as their 26th operational country. The Universal Minerals Holdings Sierra Leone Limited, is a registered and established Mining Company with the Government of Sierra Leone and working with local authorities in their concessional operational areas has on Thursday 13th November, at a news conference hosted at the company’s headquarters on Wilkinson road informed newsmen that they will be investing a total sum of Seven Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Two Million United States Dollars.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Build on Books & CODEP Train 130 Local Residents on Ebola
At least one hundred and thirty residents including local authorities, women and youths have had a one day training session on Ebola infection and transmission at Fogbo Village in the Western Rural Coastal community, few miles away to Waterloo. The ceremony which was held on Friday 7th November 2014 attracted several important personalities including councillors, traditional rulers, women leaders, youth leaders, the police, military officers, medical practitioners and the Honourable Member of Parliament for Constituency 95, Claude Kamanda who also doubles as the Majority Chief Whip in Parliament.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : WASH-Net Engages Parliamentarians on Increased WASH Sector Financing
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (WASH-Net) with support from its network organization funded by WaterAid has engaged a cross section of Members of Parliament for better WASH facilities in the country at a ceremony held at the Civil Society Training College, Tower Hill in Freetown.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : US-based Sierra Leonean Organization Donates to Scholarship Recipients
Freetown, NOV. 11 (SLENA) - The United Brothers and Sisters of Sierra Leone (UBSSL) based in Southern California in the USA, last Saturday 8th November donated rice to seventeen scholarship recipients in Freetown. The donation came about as a result of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone as a way of helping the UBSSL scholarship recipients in Freetown.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : ACOD Trains Traditional Leaders on Ebola Prevention
Lokomasama, Nov. 11 (SLENA) – The management of Action for Community Development (ACOD) - a non-governmental organization operating in the Lokomasama Chiefdom, Port Loko district has organized a two-day training programme for natural leaders in the chiefdom on the prevention of Ebola.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -14th November, 2014
*86 Police Officer to Go *Japan Donates Ambulances to Sierra Leone *No new Ebola infection cases for Kenema *Kissy Mental Home Remains Ebola Free *Sight-Savers Donates to Ebola Affected Disabled.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Houses Burnt in Neni in Koinadugu district
One of the leading philanthropists and entrepreneurs Mr. Momoh Konteh has ordered the burning down of four Ebola victim houses in Kumala-Neni chiefdom, Koinadugu district. It was done in the presence of the Paramount Chief Foday Jalloh III of Neni chiefdom, District Council Chairman Mr. Samuel Sheku Kamara, the EOC coordinator Dr. Fansie Samura, Mr. Sanjor A. Bah the District Ebola Task Force, the Commanding Officer of the 12 battalion Lieutenant Colonel Rogers and many other personalities.
Nov 14, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : $ 5,000 for Ebola Deceased Health Workers
Chief Executive Officer National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Retired Major Alfred Paolo Conteh on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at the weekly press conference held at Special Court in Freetown revealed to members of the Media that the NERC in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, with support from World Bank can confirm that if a Health Care Worker dies as result of contracting Ebola whilst conducting their duties, a single, one-time death benefit of Five Thousand United States Dollars will be paid to their immediate beneficiaries.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:26

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : Is SLPP’s Presidential Aspirant Alie Kabba Legally Married to the Formidable APC Strongwoman Diana Konomanyi?
Is SLPP’s Presidential Aspirant Alie Kabba Legally Married to the Formidable APC Strongwoman Diana Konomanyi?
Nov 13, 2014, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : As he continues to make Sierra Leone proud...Raymond Gbekie Donates on behalf of SLIEPA
The recently appointed and approved Chief Executive Officer of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), Mr. Raymond Gbekie, as part of his agency’s contribution to the fight against Ebola, has last week donated a huge quantum of rice, palm oil, and an additional Twenty-Million Leones cheque to His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:22


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