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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

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kenema Police Division to get Two New Modern Cells
Barely four months to his appointment as the Local Unit Commander of the Kenema Police Division, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), James Peter John Conteh is constructing two police cells and three flush toilets for suspects at the Kenema Police Station. Giving the background of the project, the LUC said his division is the third largest division in the country and sits at the base of the Kamboi Hills approximately 200 miles off Freetown and forty-two miles east of Bo city.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:20

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
12th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 4,683 with district breakdown thus:
Nov 13, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : The State of the CR process in Sierra Leone
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) struck this nation at a time when the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) was set to traverse the length and breadth of Sierra Leone. The nationwide stakeholders and public consultations could not be held. The CRC could not move, the consultations have been put on hold pending the outcome of the EVD.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : DIP Joins Hunger Welt Hilfe to Feed Quarantined Homes in Port Loko
Development Initiative Programme headed by Mrs. Hawa Saffa on Monday, 27th October 2014 joined their German counterpart, Hunger Welt Hilfe through its National Coordinator for Emergency Ebola Response Project, Mr. Emurana K Sowa in visitation to quarantined homes in the Maforki Chiefdom, Port Loko District to give alms in basic food and non-food items to inmates of quarantined homes in that part of the country.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Tony Blair Reassures Sierra Leone in Ebola War
On Tuesday 11th November, the Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived at the British Council which houses the Western Area Command Centre in Freetown. His arrival indicates an increased move by the British to help Sierra Leone fight Ebola effectively. Mr. Blair inspected the command centre which covers the Western Urban and Rural Ebola Response system.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Minority Leader Represents MPs in South Africa
The Minority Leader of the House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai recently represented colleague lawmakers of the Pan-African Parliament held in Midrand, South Africa from 13th to 24th October, 2014.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : SRL boosts community Ebola defences with house-to-house temperature screening
Working with Paramount Chiefs and community leaders, mining company, Sierra Rutile has initiated a house-to-house temperature screening programme in their local mining communities as an early detection system for Ebola.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament Extols International Community
Members of parliament have extolled the international community and other development partners for supporting Sierra Leone in the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -13th November, 2014
*Japan Donates Rice to Sierra Leone *SLBC Boosts Ebola fight with PPEs *MCSL Distributes Food Items to 50 Quarantined Homes in Kailahun *Koinadugu Hospital’s 3 meals a day is a success-Hospital Nutritionist *Transnational SL Supports WHO Kailahun Office.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Minister Launches Ebola Survivors’ Registration in Makeni
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai on Saturday 8th November, 2014 officially launched the Ebola Survivor Registration in Makeni City, northern Sierra Leone. The registration aims at collating all particulars and data of survivors in order to create Special platform that would benefit them in the near future.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -13th November, 2014
*Japan Donates Rice to Sierra Leone *SLBC Boosts Ebola fight with PPEs *MCSL Distributes Food Items to 50 Quarantined Homes in Kailahun *Koinadugu Hospital’s 3 meals a day is a success-Hospital Nutritionist *Transnational SL Supports WHO Kailahun Office.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
A Tribute to my Cousin
The purpose of this article is to pay a special tribute to my then vibrant and incredible respectful young cousin (Haja) who lost her life on October 31, 2014 to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Her death was followed by the death of her husband who also lost his life to EVD 2 weeks prior to my cousin’s death. For purpose of anonymity, family members involved in the care of the deceased will only be identified by their initials.
Nov 13, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Attacks 6th Doctor But Colleagues Plant to Beat Virus
A young Surgeon Specialist, Dr. Martin Maada Salia of the Connaught Hospital who also lectures at College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone has November 11th 2014, been tested positive for the Ebola virus making him the 6th Sierra Leone doctor thus affected. The previous 5 have all died. According to a media update, Dr. Salia requested for him to be treated by only Sierra Leonean medical doctors. His management is being handled by Dr. James Russell, Dr. Col. Foday Sahr and other doctors determined to help him beat the evil virus.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:18

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
What More Do the Konos Want????
I have seen unbelievably nasty attacks on President Ernest Koroma being done all over social media by Kono indigenes. I have also seen Press Releases issued in the last 24 hours against the Koroma Government by Kono Unions in USA, UK and Diaspora.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
12th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 4,617 with district breakdown thus:
Nov 12, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Dr. Kaifala Marah gives relief to Neini Ebola victims
One of Koinadugu district’s outstanding sons, Dr. Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development over the weekend presented relief items and drugs to the Paramount Chief of Neini chiefdom, Foday Umaru Jalloh III for distribution to quarantined homes throughout his chiefdom.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Koinadugu District gets an Ebola Holding Center
As Sierra Leone’s largest and heterogeneous district of Koinadugu in the northern region finally falls to the Ebola pandemic that continues to claim lives across the country, the desperate need for holding and treatment facilities has undoubtedly arisen.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Parliament Okays Five Presidential Nominees
The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 11th November, 2014 approved five Presidential nominees. These nominees were interviewed on Tuesday, 4th November, 2014 by the members of the Appointment and Public Service Committee in committee room one.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Windfall for Waterloo & Grafton Disabled
The National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) has presented two cheques of Le 12, 847, 000,00 (Twelve Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand Leones) to the Handicap Activity Training Association (H.A.T.A) at Grafton and Le7, 690, 000,00 (Seven Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Thousand Leones) to the Progressive Handicap Development Association (P.H.D.A) in Waterloo respectively to buy tools for the smooth running of their different workshops to enable them provide basic living amenities for themselves and their families .
Nov 12, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -12th November, 2014
*Call To Business turns Fish Monger to Entrepreneur *No Employee Laid Off at Sierra Leone Bottling Company despite Ebola Outbreak *MSF Dumping Scares Kingtom Community *China to send 12 Public Health Trainers to Sierra Leone *Resident Minister Appeals to UN for more Help.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare Ministry Distributes 19 Motor Bikes
As the Ebola fight intensifies, the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs this week started the distribution of 19 motor bikes in the provinces including the Western Area. According to the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Honorable Alhaji Moijue Kaikai at his office at New England Ville in Freetown on Monday 10th November 2014, he said the motor bikes were donated by UNICEF to the districts for the Ebola fight. He went on to say, that the bikes will be used to go where vehicles do not have access.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SUPPLY OF AN ELECTRONIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT
The Accountant General’s Department has been allocated funds by the Government of Sierra Leone for the “Supply of an Electronic Records Management Equipment, Software,installation and Training of Staff”. This good and services will be procured by the Accountant General’s Department, which now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply.
Nov 12, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kenema is Ahead of the Ebola Virus Disease-DMO Says
The Kenema Medical District Officer, (DMO), Dr. Mohamed Vandy has in a confident mood informed Awareness Times newspaper that Kenema City though being the first metropolitan settlement to be gripped by fear of the deadly Ebola virus, considering toll it took on lives, is gradually recovering from both Ebola and what he named as the “Fear of Ebola”.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Battle Intensifies in Western Rural District
The Western Rural District Coordinator Madam Zulaitu Cooper has galvanized support and intensified efforts to stop the marauding Ebola disease within her district. The district which is the most embattled district in the current Ebola fight has now seen some proactive measures put in place by Madam Zuliatu Cooper.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Resident Minister calls off Bo Closure
The Resident Minister South, Muctaru Conteh has in an interview with the Awareness Times debunked a Press Release from the District Ebola Task Force to close down the city of Bo to outsiders. The Press Release was signed by the Task Force Chairman Joseph Munda Bindi, Mayor Harold Tucker, the Chairman, Council of Paramount Chiefs in the district, PC Alfred Hindowa Bindi and the District Medical Officer, Dr. Alhaji S Turay was issued on November 5.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : WANEP Launches Ebola Governance Alert
With funds from the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), an international Non Governmental Organization on Monday 10th November 2014 officially launched their newsletter entitled; “Ebola Governance Alert.” The ceremony took place in a press conference held at their Soldier Street office in Freetown.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : CODEP & Build on Books Donate to Ebola Orphans
A Community Based organization, CODEP in collaboration with Build on Books has on Wednesday 5th November, 2014 supplied food and non food items to Ebola orphans in the Waterloo and nearby communities in the Western Rural District.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:14

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
10th Nov. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 4,523 with district breakdown thus:
Nov 11, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : NERC Western Rural District Coordinator Makes Ground Breaking Moves
In a proactive move with inspiration drawn from the speech of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma when addressing the people of Waterloo last week Wednesday, the NERC Western Rural District Coordinator has started field operations within her district.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : OYO-VSL Conducts Workshop on the Control of the Social Media
The Our Year Our Voice Sierra Leone [OYO-VSL] is a committee formed by a group of young activists to motivate young people in the country. The committee was founded in 2010 by Amman Hanson. This committee organized a workshop on how to positively utilize the social media in a state of public emergency on the 1st November 2014.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sexual Penetration on the Increase in Kenema
Despite medical expert advice to avoid body contact in the current Ebola fight, Humanist Watch Salone has over the past three months recorded thirty-three 33 cases of sexual penetration mostly targeting under age girls as young as thirteen years and below.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Quimanora Foundation donates to Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre
The Quimanora Foundation, an organization formed by the initiative of young people on Saturday 8th November, 2014 donated assorted food items worth over Le 50m (Fifty Million Leones) to authorities at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in an historic ceremony as the Foundation became the first group of entirely young membership composition to answer to the national call of concerted efforts in the fight against the epidemic.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -11th November, 2014
*Koinadugu Disable plead for supports *19 Convicted for Unlawful gathering in Kenema *United Nations’ Adviser Calls on Organizations to Pay Attention to Human Rights Issues *Ebola Infections Rise ‘frighteningly quickly’ in Sierra Leone *YAD and Fambul Tik Donate to Kenema DHMT.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Massive UNICEF shipments of supplies to fight Ebola reach 3,000MT mark
GENEVA/COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 7 November 2014 – UNICEF has sent almost 3,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine in the past three months to fight the spread of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The children’s agency is among the largest source of supplies in the Ebola response.
Nov 11, 2014, 17:00

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Attorney General Informs Citizens On Tam Baryoh : Detained to stop him from Preaching Hate, Tribalism & Divisive rhetoric at this time
ON JULY 31ST THIS YEAR, HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DR. ERNEST BAI KOROMA MADE A BROADCAST TO THE NATION ON THE WAKE OF THE EBOLA OUTBREAK AND PROCLAIMED A PUBLIC STATE OF EMERGENCY PURSUANT TO SECTION 29, SUBSECTION 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SIERRA LEONE 1991 (ACT NO. 6 OF 1991) THAT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY RATIFIED BY PARLIAMENT AND GAZETTED ON AUGUST 18, 2014.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Blyden Criticises Official Ebola Numbers
The former Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to President Koroma has again strongly criticised the Government’s figures it was releasing with respect to Sierra Leone Ebola crisis. Dr. Sylvia Blyden, a trained medical doctor, has, over past five months, been consistently lambasting death numbers and infection rates as unacceptably low.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Survivors can be Better Employees at Treatment Centers- Says Minister of Social Welfare
The Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijue Kaikai on Saturday 8th November 2014 said in Makeni City that Ebola Survivors can be better employees at Ebola treatment and holding centers. The minister was addressing Ebola survivors at the Northern Regional Office of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs when he made this patriotic statement.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Marie Stopes Appeals to Sierra Leoneans to Visit Health Facilities
The Acting Director of Programme Implementation of Marie Stopes Sierra Leone Amara Synnah Lebbie on Friday 7th November 2014 told newsmen that Marie Stopes was still providing quality essential services at some health facilities despite the outbreak of the Ebola scourges. The Acting Director made this pronounced at a press conference held at Marie Stopes Head Office at Pipeline off Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Seven Arrested for Illicit Mining in Gola Rain Forest Reserve
Seven accused persons were on Thursday 6th November 2014 arrested in the heart of the Gola Rain Forest National Park (GRNP) for alleged illicit mining in the protected forest reserve contrary to law.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Political Parties Unveil Preliminary Report on Quarantined Homes
The All Political Party Association (APPA) of Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 5th November, during a news conference hosted at the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Headquarters in Freetown presented key findings of their preliminary report on their one week monitoring exercise of World Food Program's food supplies to quarantined homes in both the Eastern and Western parts of Freetown.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -10th November, 2014
*NETHIPS and Christian Aid Support Quarantine Homes *Polio Threatens Under-Five Children *Residents Demand for Quarantined *Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Center Opens *Disable Plead for Supports *19 Convicted For Unlawful Gathering, in Kenema City.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Focus 1000 Supports Religious Leaders on Ebola Prevention
A local non-governmental organization, Focus 1000, is supporting religious leaders to educate their congregations about Ebola, relating to Biblical and Quranic scriptures, in a way of intensifying the Ebola fight in the country. Two religious groups, Islamic Action Group (ISLAG) and Christian Action Group (CHRISTAG) in partnership with FOCUS 1000 are using the pulpit to reach out to their followers who make up the bulk of the country’s population.
Nov 10, 2014, 12:00


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