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NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Defence Minister Major (rtd) Alfred Palo Conteh takes over from Health Minister Dr. Abu-Bakarr Fofanah in Briefing the President on the Progress being made in Fighting Ebola Disease
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT AS THE UNPRECEDENTED OUTBREAK OF THE DREADFUL EBOLA DISEASE CONTINUES TO CLAIM THE LIVES OF MANY OF OUR CITIZENS, OUR FRIENDS AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS HAVE SCALED UP THEIR SUPPORT TO SIERRA LEONE WITH A VIEW TO BRINGING THE EPIDEMIC UNDER CONTROL.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Dr. Sylvia Blyden is still on Erroneous Death Numbers
In several articles published for well over a fortnight now in this newspaper, Dr. Sylvia Blyden warned new Health Minister, Dr. Abubakarr Fofanah that he was, in her words: "making the terrible mistake of continuing to retain the structures the old minister left behind in concert with certain of our international partners".
Oct 20, 2014, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Fire engulfs Energy Ministry at Electricity Building
A large inferno on Friday 17th October 2014 ravaged the 4th floor of the National Power Authority (NPA) in Freetown. Fire officers and nearby residents said the conflagration surfaced its ugly head within the premises at about 10pm. Eyewitness accounts revealed that several important documents and office properties worth millions of leones were completely burnt down on the floor of the building housing part of the Ministry of Energy.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:12

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Politics : APC Mouthpiece Wades in...
One of perceived ills for which senseless war was orchestrated is ‘political intolerance’. The APC of late Joseph Saidu Momoh was wrongly accused of being politically intolerant. Since his election to governance in 2007, President Koroma’s APC government has espoused and practiced political tolerance more than any previous government and in an unbelievable manner not akin to African politics.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : EPA Gives 3 Months Ultimatum to Hill Station Stone Miners
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Housing Corporation (SALHOC) has on Thursday 16th October met with stone miners at SALHOC Estates at Hill Station during which a 3 Months ultimatum to quit effective January 16th 2015 was given.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -20th October, 2014
*China Sends Thousands of Doses of Anti-Ebola Drug to Africa *Sierra Leone to Introduce Biometric Passports Next January *President Koroma Calls for Restructuring of EOC *EU Disburses 10 Million Euros to Sierra Leone *Young Professionals Boost Ebola Survivors *Democracy Sierra Leone to Conduct Public Education on Ebola.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Survivor Languishes in Bo
A 35 year old Ebola Survivor, Sheku Lansana has accused health personnel at the Kailahun MSF Treatment Centre as unreasonable and unaccountable.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Getting Away with Erroneous Death Numbers Because of Nature of Citizenry
Yesterday October 19th 2014 marks the 16th anniversary of the death of a dear adopted sister of mine, Kula Samba. I have always believed that she died because she lived in a country of sycophants who kow-towed to the leadership no matter the glaring, dangerous nonsense the leadership might be up to. I use the term leadership from a broad perspective to include all those in leadership positions from professional bodies to artisanal unions to civil society to local governments to MPs to Opposition Leaders up to State House. Kula Samba had to die because nobody was brave enough to say it was wrong. Records showed the only ones to protest the executions were the international community.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Thank you Ban Ki Moon & Thank you Jim Yong Kim!
In photos accompanying this text are scenes of Lungi Airport which has just received a huge Boeing 747 cargo plane with the first set of a multi million dollars vehicular contingent to help Sierra Leone fight Ebola. A total of 74 vehicles have been purchased with World Bank and WFP funds for a total of 4 million dollars. 20 brand new ambulances for carrying patients and 10 hearses for carrying corpses plus 44 Utility vehicles. 15 ambulances and 2 hearses landed today with 8 hearses and a balance of 5 ambulances expected tomorrow.
Oct 20, 2014, 12:00

EDITORIALS
Sierra Leone Politics: Joining APC Mouthpiece to Advise President Koroma : Brian Gilpin & Attacks by News Time Africa
In the latest edition of the ruling APC mouthpiece, WE YONE, a front page editorial was very supportive of the recently resigned Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to the President, Dr. Sylvia Blyden. Indeed, Blyden resigned with dignity and did not create any room for detractors to use to attack the President or the APC. Many APC supporters have pondered deeply over why a highly paid and influential position will be abandoned by Dr. Blyden. Meanwhile, Blyden has strongly maintained her loyalty to the APC which she joined after the 2012 elections.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:25

NEWS : Local News
16th Oct. EBOLA STATISTICS:
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 3,005 with district breakdown thus:
Oct 17, 2014, 17:24

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Rajiv Shah; not Shaw
The surname of the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is Shah and not "Shaw" as was erroneously reported in a recent media report sent around the world from Sierra Leone. Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world. Shah was sworn in on Dec. 31, 2009.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Build on Books Provides Food for Quarantined Orphans
As part of their on going contribution in providing sensitization on Ebola and providing food items and protective gears to those affected or prone to the Ebola Virus Disease, the Build on Books (BOB), a charity organization has on Tuesday the 14th of October 2014 donated food items to quarantined orphans in the Waterloo, Lumpa and Kwama communities in constituency 094 and 095 in the Western Rural District.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Infects 9 of 16 Bo District Chiefdoms
The Bo District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr. Alhaji Senie Turay yesterday Thursday 16th October 2014 via telephone line told the Awareness Times that at least nine out of the sixteen chiefdoms have been hit by the deadly Ebola virus since the outbreak entered Bo District, some months ago. He disclosed that Bo was the third district that contracted Ebola after Kailahun and Kenema. He went on to say that the Community stakeholders and other local authorities were very proactive in containing the spread of the heinous disease.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Reverend Randolph Spaine Dismisses Allegation
Following a newspaper allegation that a well respected citizen and renowned reverend, Rev. Randolph Spaine is on the run with regards a land dispute that occurred in Waterloo some weeks ago, resulting to one alleged death, the latter has informed our reporter that he is currently in the UK on study leave. He denied all other allegations relating to the saga that occurred in his absence whilst in the United Kingdom.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Government Supports Pujehun District Descendants
With support from the Government of Sierra Leone, Pujehun District Descendants Association (PDDA) recently donated food items, cash and protective gears to combat the deadly Ebola disease in the Pujehun District. The main objectives of the donation are to mobilize community volunteers to limit movement of people from Liberia into the border district of Sierra Leone, to discourage the accommodation of strangers and to provide support to health workers as well as people in quarantined homes.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone Red Cross Society trains more Burial Teams in Western Rural
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on Wednesday 15th October 2014 commenced on a three day training workshop at the Western Rural District Council Hall for Ebola Burial Teams at Waterloo. The training brought about 24 participants selected from among the Western Rural communities. The aim of the training is to help the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the area of the burial. Since the outbreak of the dreadful Ebola disease the Sierra Leone Red Cross has been very instrumental in the exercise.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News News : Regional Surveyor Bans Activities of Free Land Surveyors
The Deputy Regional Surveyor South, Ministry of Lands Country Planning and the Environment, Joseph John Kpanabom has said recently in Bo that all free land surveyors should with immediate effect cease operations in the Southern Region. These Surveyors, Mr. Kpanabom reiterated have no legitimate authority to carry out surveying exercises, nor are they employees of the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Resident Minister East Launches Ebola Task Force In Small Bo Chiefdom
Oct. 17th 2014: In complementing efforts of Government to fight Ebola, residents of small Bo chiefdom few days back, formally launched an Ebola task force team that will be charged with the responsibility of doing chiefdom community sensitization on Ebola prevention.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Mental Health Coalition to Provide Psychosocial Support to Ebola Survivors
A Civil Society organization, Mental Health Coalition will be providing psychosocial services to Ebola survivors to enable them recover from the post-traumatic stress disorder. This disclosure was made over the weekend in Freetown at a press conference organized by the Mental Health Coalition to commemorate the ‘World Mental Health Day’ with the theme: “Living with Schizophrenia.”
Oct 17, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -17th October, 2014
*35 Ebola Survivors to Meet in Kenema to Help Affected Communities *Military Debunk Allegation of Peacekeeper Contacting Ebola *Warrant of Arrest for Port Authority Boss and Finance Manager *UNFPA Donates Equipment to Statistics Sierra Leone *Rokupa Hospital to Operate as Holding Centre *Councilor Calls for Investigation of Burial Team.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Crime Rate on the Increase in South-East
The Senior State Counsel and Acting Customary Law Officer, south, Aiah Simeon Alieu has said that despite the Ebola threat in the country, the crime rates in the Southern and Eastern regions are on the increase, even though the police are making efforts to crack down on defaulters.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
NASSIT’S FINANCIAL VIABILITY: AN ACTUARIAL OPINION
The belief that Sierra Leone’s only long term Social Security Scheme (NASSIT) may soon collapse due to administrative recklessness has been widely publicised over the years. Attempts have been made to justify this claim and some authors even go to the extent of suggesting that NASSIT may not be able to pay benefits in the next ten years. In a society where Social Security is still a new phenomenon even among the elites, this propaganda has thrived well and I am saddened by its new twist which I believe is not in the best interest of the country.
Oct 17, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone Ebola Crisis is Relentless
The Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone is proving to be unrelenting and with no clear-cut solution visible for now. The latest statistics for October 15th 2014 have brought despair to many as Koinadugu district has recorded confirmed cases and many suspected deaths from Ebola. In addition, whilst capital city Freetown of the Western Area alongside Bombali and Port Loko in North have been considered to be epicenters for many weeks now, latest numbers show Kenema and Kailahun have again started to record Ebola cases. Tonkolili in the center of the country is also now with more cases than the Southern district of Bo which was one of the first to be hit.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:16

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Brian Gilpin & his Mammy Cuss Crew
“...especially the degrading language therein that was laced with the President’s name alongside despicable MAMMY CUSS. It says a lot about innate character of BRIAN GILPIN, Personal Assistant to the President, if Mr. Brian Gilpin’s self-assembled Communications team has to always resort to nasty Ad Hominem attacks rather than handle salient issues affecting the legacy of President Koroma and the welfare of our beloved Sierra Leone...”
Oct 16, 2014, 17:14

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PRESS RELEASE BY THE WESTERN AREA URBAN DISTRICT YOUTH COUNCIL ON THE IMPASSE BETWEEN THE SIERRA LEONE COMMERCIAL BIKE RIDERS’ UNION (SLBRU) AND THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE (SLP)
Established by the Government of Sierra Leone, the Western Area Urban District Youth Council exist as the highest legal youth leadership structure in the western area charged with the responsibility of representing, designing of programme activities that can be recommended for funding and monitoring all projects relating to youth development in our district among others as promulgated by the National Youth Commission Act No. 11 of 2009.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:12

NEWS
ECOWAS Envoys plead for Ebola Aid to be directed to Central Governments
Guinea’s Ambassador in Brussels and Chairman of the ACP Group of States, Dr. Ousmane Sylla has requested the Luxembourg Government to direct aid for Ebola to the Central Governments of the affected countries Appreciating the contributions of the Luxembourg Government and other international partners in the fight against the Ebola disease, the Guinean envoy emphasized that the three most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have weak medical infrastructures and few qualified medical personnel.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : AWOKLDO Organization on Ebola Sensitization in Jui
A community based organization; All Works of Life Development Organization (AWOLDO) has on Saturday 11th October 2014 officially launched a sensitization programme on Ebola at Jui community in Freetown.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Ebola Patients in Terrible Road Accident
Eight confirmed Ebola patients from the Magburaka Government Hospital were reported to have involved in a gruesome road accident when their Ambulance capsized over a bridge at Ngumahun Village, close to Mongere town along the Bo-Yele road.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : MUSLIM HANDS Donate to the Poor on EIDUL ADHA PRAY DAY
As part of the Eidul-Adha celebration, Muslim hands- Sierra Leone, an Islamic non-profit charitable organization was in action again on the 4th October, 2014, Eidul-Adha-pray day. Muslim Hands distributed meat to various communities in both the Western Urban and Rural communities. The Chairman and focal person for Muslim Hands in Sierra Leone, Mr. Macksood Gibril Sesay in his briefing to this press disclosed that, this was not the first time the organization was undertaking such activities.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -16th October, 2014
*UK Cancels Direct Flights to Sierra Leone *ABC Report Highlights Lack of Medical Support for Quarantined Pregnant women *Salpost to Introduce Post Cash Product *Emergence Hospital to Construct Ebola Treatment Centre*Project Hope to Strengthen Sierra Leone Health Care System.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Over 120 Quarantined Households Receive Food at Yawei Chiefdom
News gathered by this press reveals that over one hundred and twenty households are presently being quarantined in Yawei chiefdom after a traditional leader Chief Lansana Koroma of Levuma village died of the Ebola disease recently at the Kailahun management centre.
Oct 16, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Photo News
Sierra Leone News: Pictures & Analysis of "$141,000" Chernoh Bah Container
For two months, since the container arrived and he was blackmailing Government for $6,500 whilst refusing to hand over original Bill of Lading, Chernoh never said anything to local or foreign media. As soon as the dollars landed in the foreign bank account, Chernoh started making noise in foreign media portraying his country as a toxic place with high political intolerance. Shabby politicking! This is the man having the guts to say he is a patriot. Is that how a patriot behaves? No, that is how criminals behave!
Oct 15, 2014, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Ebola Statistics as of 14th October 2014
Total Laboratory-confirmed Cases = 2,896. Please click above link for breakdown by districts.
Oct 15, 2014, 17:03

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Ignoring to Defend President Koroma so as to be Pulling Sylvia Down.. WHY?
Why are these communicators so desperate to bring me down? The reason is two-fold. One, for strategic reasons that have to do with the presidential succession into 2018 elections, they do not want President to have an effective Communications system in place.
Oct 15, 2014, 17:02

NEWS
USD 300,000 for Ebola from Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabia based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) last week approved US$300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as Technical Assistance for the fight against the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Sierra Leone.
Oct 15, 2014, 16:57

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -15th October, 2014
*Gbomsamba Treatment Centre Project Closed *Anglican Church provides land for Ebola fight *Ebola Survivor Infects Wife to Death *Further UK aid Supplies Arrive in Freetown to Tackle Ebola Outbreak *‘I am impressed with RSLAF’ – Capt. Morris.
Oct 15, 2014, 16:55

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kailahun has lost 28 health workers to Ebola
The Kailahun District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr. Sylvester Squire has said that at least twenty eight health workers have died of Ebola in that district, since the outbreak started in May this Year. In an exclusive interview with the Awareness Times via telephone line from Kailahun, Dr. Sylvester Squire said that they have lost 28 health workers to Ebola. According to him all the deceased lost their lives while applying medical efforts in order to save lives. All the deceased he said were very vigilant and committed to the service prior to their death.
Oct 15, 2014, 16:53

FEATURES
Sierra Leone: What Brian Gilpin and his Mammy Cuss Folks had wanted
As of October 1st 2014, I effectively resigned my position as Special Executive Assistant to the President. On Tuesday 30th September 2014, I had explained to His Excellency the President during a closed door meeting, as to why I had to resign. It was a calm and reasoned conversation. However, His Excellency firmly refused to accept my resignation. He instead asked me to wait until he returned from London that weekend. He had been slated to fly out the next day October 1st 2014 which was actually my birthday. Although my resignation was rejected by the President, there was no unpleasantness in that meeting. It was more like a brother-sister talk. Infact, before I left his office, he handed over my birthday present to me.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:17

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Thieves Set Former APC Chairman’s House Ablaze
Reports reaching Awareness Times states that a gang of thieves, on Friday 10th October 2014, at about 1:30am set ablaze the entire compound of the Former Regional Chairman South of the All Peoples Congress Party Harold Hanciles at his No. 9 Fagoya road, off New Gerihun road in Bo with property estimated at millions of Leones including cash totally destroyed.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bollore to Face Parliament
The House of Parliament on Thursday 9th October 2014 unanimously passed a motion for the French Logistic company that is in control of the Container terminal, Bollore to address Members of Parliament in order to clarify doubts and queries with regard their operations at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernor M. Bah of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) moved the motion in Parliament and was seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader of the Main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Hon. Asumana Jaiah Kaikai.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Waterloo in Panic as CHO Dies of Ebola
Residents of Waterloo in the Western Rural District were gripped by nagging fear on Sunday 12th October 2014 as they laid to rest a committed and dedicated Community Health Officer (CHO), James Jimmy Jujua. CHO Jajua who was buried by the Ebola Burial Team is said to have died of the Ebola disease while serving the residents of Waterloo. The deceased served the Waterloo Community for over six years in that capacity.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare Minister Lauds Child Fund Sierra Leone
As Ebola continues to negatively impact the lives of children, their families and communities, Child Fund Sierra Leone on 10th October 2014 donated food items to the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) to support Children orphaned by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and placed in two Interim Care Centres in Kenema and Kailahun. The items donated include 200 bags of Rice, 8 packets of Maggie cubes, 60 litres of Cooking Oil, 2 Cartoons of Tomato Paste, 2 bags of onions and 2 bags of salt. The items according to Child Fund are worth Le16.5 million. A ten million Leones cash donation was also made as transportation allowance to convey the items to the Centres in the faraway districts of Kailahun and Kenema.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Defense Minister Tours Ebola Treatment Site
Minister of Defense Rtd. Major Alfred Paolo Conteh on Friday 10th October 2014 visited the proposed Ebola Treatment Centre presently under construction at Kerry Town in Waterloo, Western Rural District. His visit was to have first hand information on progress of construction.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -14th October, 2014
*Child Organization Donates Ebola Protective Gears *Airtel Partners With Red Cross to End Ebola *ACC Signs MOU with Advocaid to Tackle Corruption *AIM Donates Le10 M to 50/50 Group *UNDP Pledges Support for Ebola Survivors.
Oct 14, 2014, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS
Sierra Leone News: Chernoh Bah, his Expired Goods & Junks Container!
I can authoritatively state that so far, all the goods found inside the container correlate perfectly with the Packing List of Chernoh Bah. The sad news is that many of the listed items such as Ringers Lactate IV drip and other medical supplies like Hand Sanitisers, are all EXPIRED; some since as far back as April 2010. Many of the listed hospital items are discarded, rusty junk metals. The linens & 'protective' wearings are stained, secondhand ‘junks clothes’. Mattresses are broko-broko, used & stained. Chairs and cabinets are broken, torn scraps. Me fambul dem, na 419 oh!!!
Oct 13, 2014, 16:56

NEWS
Sierra Leone News : British Foreign Office Speaks on Chartered Plane Break-down
On October 2nd 2014, Britain hosted an international conference to help organise the fight against Ebola in its former colony Sierra Leone, but the African nation`s president could not attend because his plane broke down.
Oct 13, 2014, 12:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Britain’s Latest Ebola Aid Flight arrives Lungi on 12th October 2014
Britain’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed that Britain's latest Ebola aid flight - delivering beds, personal protection suits, tents and ten vehicles have landed in Freetown on Sunday 12th October 2014
Oct 13, 2014, 12:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Ebola Numbers for Port Loko & Bombali Might just Gallop Pass Kenema Numbers
Click the link above for the latest update on Ebola infection numbers.
Oct 13, 2014, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -13th October, 2014
*IMF, World Bank Urge Sub-Saharan Africa to Manage Crises *London Mining up for Grabs *Finance Ministry to Deduct 23% from MDA’s Budget *President Koroma Highlights Challenges in Fighting Ebola *SLICO Pays Le 10m to Health Insurance *Carpenter in Jail for Alleged Sex with 17 Year-Old Girl.
Oct 13, 2014, 12:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Africell Donates 3rd Consignment of Food for Quarantined Homes
Sierra Leone’s most preferred GSM Mobile Company, Africell Telecommunication Company, in its continued support to complement the Government of Sierra Leone and the entire populace, has on Friday 10th October 2014 presented the third consignment of food provision to the Government through its Health Ministry for the feeding of all the quarantined homes, Ebola epicenters and hot spots significantly affected by the Ebola epidemic in the country.
Oct 13, 2014, 12:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : President Koroma Honestly Addresses World Bank on Ebola
The honest nature of Sierra Leone's Head of State which has endeared him to many, was glaring to all on October 9th 2014, when in his address to a major international forum, His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, refused to state the death figures announced by his Health Ministry. It can be recalled that the death figures have subjected the country to much ridicule within international scientific circles as they were too low.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Chernor Bah made a Criminal Demand for US$6,500.00 when his Invoices = US$6,183.53
The criminally minded Chernoh Bah who worked with Oswald Hanciles to defame the Government as delaying to clear a 40ft container whilst Makeni residents died; supposedly because Bah was an Opposition leader in Makeni, actually has a lot of questions to answer. One of these is why he asked for Health Ministry to top up $6,183.53 to whopping sum of $6,500.00. This is an excess of over Le1.5Million of Ebola money!
Oct 10, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bombali District DMO Demands For Ebola Treatment Center
The District Medical Officer for Bombali, Dr. Tom Sesay yesterday October 9th 2014, via telephone interview told Awareness Times that Bombali “desperately” needs Ebola Treatment Unit. Dr. Sesay confirmed to this reporter that their Ebola crisis is becoming “a little too serious” and Bombali “is now a major epicenter”.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:14

NEWS
Sylvia Blyden on State House release of British Envoy’s Letter
Look at these State House clowns gleefully scurrying with a letter from British High Commissioner as evidence of God alone knows what! :-) :-) After a plot to make me appear like the source for that NEW YORK TIMES article has boomeranged, this is the latest stunt.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Siera Leone News : Parliament Ratifies Multinational Loans
The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 9th October, 2014 unanimously ratified the followi ng agreements which were laid on the table of the house on Thursday 9th October,2014. (i) Multinational Loan agreement programme ID No.P-Z1-KZO-021 between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the African Development Fund and Africa Development Bank (on behalf of the Transition support-facility) (Ebola Sector Budget support-fight back programme –EFBP, (II) Multinational Protocol Agreement programme ID No. P-ZI –KO-021 between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Africa Development Bank and the Transition support facility (Ebola Budget support–fight back programme –EFBP , (III) Multinational Protocols agreement between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund (on behalf of the Transition support facility) (crisis response: Technical Assistance to support most affected with the Ebola Epidemic ) which were all dated Wednesday 1st October,2014.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : As 1 died of Ebola at Macauley Street Government Hospital : Assistant Physician Attacked
The Assistant Physician at the Macauley Government hospital Tamba Abu was on Tuesday 7th October 2014 assaulted by some family members of a patient that was admitted on Sunday at the hospital. In an exclusive interview with the Assistant Physician on Tuesday 7th October 2014 at his office at Macauley Street in Freetown, he told this reporter that he received a call by someone claiming to be one of the relatives of the patient on Sunday asking him if there is bed at the hospital.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Australia Group Donates to Ebola Holding Centres
A Social Club of Queensland - Australia formed by Sierra Leoneans, Ndaegbomei has donated fifty bags (50kg) of rice to the two Epicenters in Kenema and Kailahun as part of their contribution to compliment the efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone to eradicate the Ebola virus disease in the country. The donation was presented by three important personalities including the Eastern Regional Head of the Traders Union, Thomas Bayoh, Pastor Shadrack Kamara and Sheku Tanga a journalist.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -10th October, 2014
*17 Family Members die of Ebola in Goderich *Cuban Ambassador urges help from Countries with more resources *Japan provides US$22m to fight Ebola in West Africa *Njala University hospital cries for help *Democratic Consolidation provides food aid to Ebola victims *Norwegian MSF Staff Contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Okada Riders Battle Police in Freetown
Riot broke out in Freetown yesterday 10th October 2014 at lunch time when according to eyewitness reports police allegedly chased a motorbike rider around Kroo town road where he got an accident and instantly died. According to eyewitness Santigie Kamara at the scene of the accident around Guy Street, he said the diseased motorbike rider had just finished his meal (the usual cookery) at Grancess street before taking off when he came in contact with police who apparently stopped him for one reason or the other.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Better Governance is the Only Sustainable Solution for Africa
Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire. When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago, I found myself an isolated voice. That turned out to be good for me - and the few others who saw, invested, and reaped wonderful rewards from that potential - but not so good for the continent.
Oct 10, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Isata Kabia wept Over 2 Ebola Survivor Kids in Lunsar
"Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry", this is the first part of a quote attributed to Rev. Jesse Jackson and yesterday 8th October 2014 this lesson was quite apt when Hon. Isata Kabia also used the same quotation to express her deep emotions on the discharge of Ebola survivors in her constituency.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:26

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Ebola - October 8, 2014 : Western Area Cases Tops All Districts
Ebola - October 8, 2014 : Western Area Cases Tops All Districts
Oct 9, 2014, 17:24

SPECIAL REPORTS
DELMAS Sheds Better Light on Efforts of Health Ministry
Please carefully note above scanned document showing date & time on which the controversial Chernoh Bah container was approved for release by the Shippers in America. October 2nd at 9:52PM. Meanwhile, the container has left the Ports last night for Medical Stores. In next edition, we will publish a letter written by Dr. Sylvia Blyden to NEW YORK TIMES; as well as more documents including a criminal claim of US$6,500! When an incompetent Government Media person like Oswald Hanciles meets with a Criminally-Minded person like Chernoh Bah, the result is what is unfolding.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Don Bosco Responds to the Ebola Crisis
A non-Governmental charitable organization, Don Bosco Fambul (DBF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has on Tuesday 30th September, 2014 held press conference geared towards child support in the Ebola outbreak at Fort Street in Freetown. During the joint conference, several activities were outlined against the spread of the Ebola virus as well as their psycho-social support for children who are affected by the epidemic. The organization is currently giving support to young prisoners inside the Pademba Prison and the Girls shelter all located in Freetown.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Bo District EOC Members Threaten to Quit
Some members of the Emergency Operations Centre in Bo District have threatened to take the back seat in the fight against the Ebola Epidemic due to the recent restructuring of the committee by the National Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre Hon. Steven Ngauja. Speaking to this medium on Saturday 4th October 2014 shortly after the appointment of the new EOC members at the office of the Bo District Medical Officer Baiima road in Bo, the Former Chairman of the EOC who is also the Chairman of the Bo District Council Joseph Munda Bindi said since the outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma called on all stake holders to strongly join the fight to help eradicate the Ebola epidemic in their respective regions, districts, chiefdoms and the nation at large. He said Bo District has been actively involved in the fight stating that the District has drastically reduced cases of Ebola at the moment.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Under Sheriff’s PA to be Charged to Court for Arson
For over a week now, the Personal Assistant to the Under Sheriff, Valentine Williams has been arrested and detained in connection with the fire disaster affecting the basement of the Law Court Building which houses the office of the Under Sheriff. The incident took place during the evening of Wednesday 24th September 2014.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Red Cross Burial Team Collect Decomposed Corpse at PZ
Over hundreds of traders and passers-by were yesterday 7th October 2014, at PZ Garrison Street when the Sierra Leone Red Cross (SLRC) team collected the remains of an Ex- ISU Police officer, Mohamed Jalloh who died of suspected Ebola Virus, for burial at the Kingtom Cemetery.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierrra Leone News : Raymond Gbekie Appointed as CEO of SLIEPA
The Board of Directors of the Sierra Leone Investment Export and Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) has appointed Raymond Gbekie to serve as the institution’s substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Gbekie happens to be the third successive CEO since the institution was established. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Gbekie has been serving as acting CEO of the institution for about five months now.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Hon. Patricia Houmou Brown Presents Consignments to fight Ebola
At a constituency meeting held on the 18th September 2014 with the Member of Parliament for Constituency 037 Hon. Patricia Houmou Brown who happens to be the 1st Female Member of Parliament ever to represent constituency 37 in the history of Kambia District, under the ticket of the Ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Party, constituents were sensitized in preparation for and after the 3 days national lockdown and ose to ose campaign.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Pastor Ben Margai Donates to Quarantined Homes
The African Director of the Light of the World Ministry, with support from Pastor Chard Courtney in the United States of America (USA), has on Saturday the 4th of October, 2014 donated food items and hand washing materials to households that are presently being quarantined at Waterloo, Lumpa, 4 mile and Kwama communities in the Western Area Rural District. Pastor Ben Margai said that this is not the first time his Ministry has been donating food items and hand washing materials to occupants of quarantined homes in Sierra Leone.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -9th October, 2014
*Street beggars change strategy Not to Contact Ebola *100 People Contract the Ebola Virus Daily *Tambakha Ferry sinks *Freetown Terminal Gives Facelift to Ports *Bombali DMO Demands for Ebola Lab *British Nurse heads back to Sierra Leone.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kailahun Government Hospital Never Ceased Normal Operations …DMO Says
Since the outbreak of the Ebola scourge in Sierra Leone many health centres have been abandoned especially at Ebola Epicenters. For Kailahun District Government Hospital, it was a different situation as the Hospital kept running normal duties and still continues even though the district recorded one of the highest figures of Ebola cases in the country.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Extracts from the New York Times Article on Ebola Donation Container(Government Official Identified to be Oswald Hanciles by Awareness Times)
“We are still just hoping (!!!) — which sounds like BEGGING - that this container should be cleared,” one government official (Oswald Hanciles) wrote in a frantic email to his superiors, weeks after the container arrived.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
UNICEF receives LE. 304,000,000 from LEOCEM Cement Factory to fight against Ebola
Freetown, 22 September 2014 – Today, the cement manufacturing company, Leocem donated €50,000 ($ 64,500) to UNICEF as part of their contribution in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The Managing Director of Leocem handed over the cheque to UNICEF Deputy Representative, Gopal Sharma at the UNICEF Country Office in Freetown.
Oct 9, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Western Area Number is Higher than Kenema & almost at par of Kailahun
The rate of infection of Ebola virus amongst residents of the Western Area is shooting up at an alarming rate that has caused many observers to tell this newspaper that they were bracing up for an impending catastrophe on the capital city of Freetown if the speed of infection does not slow down. The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the Western Area is now said to have shot past the number recorded in total for Kenema district so far.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:30

NEWS
British Prime Minister Calls Sierra Leone President Koroma
The British government last evening issued the following statement: “As part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Prime Minister will chair this week’s COBR meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). This is part of an ongoing series of COBR meetings to coordinate the UK response that started in late July and has been in the diary for some time.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Paramount Chief asks Methodist Mission to Quit Nixon Hospital
The Paramount Chief of Njaluahun Chiefdom P. C. Sheriff Coker Jajua has on Tuesday 30th September 2014 in an interview with this press asked the Methodist Church Sierra Leone to give up the Nixon Hospital in Segbewma town in the Njaluahun Chiefdom Kailahun District for what he described as inadequate support and the poor operations of the hospital on the side of the Mission.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:19

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News: Kenema Lauds Government over Fight against Ebola
Residents of Kenema have generally been appreciative of the efforts of government in combating Ebola. Popular businessman in Kenema, Mahmoud Jalloh of Fawaz Building Materials lavished praises on Government on their steps taken so far in fighting the Ebola Epidemic in the Country. Mahmoud Jalloh who spoke recently to this press said the three days stay-home exercise employed by the Government in tackling the Ebola virus was a laudable venture in containing the virus.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:18

SPECIAL REPORTS
New York Times was Misled on Sierra Leone Container Report- Former SEA
I share your other criticisms over the manner in which the EOC has been structured to fight Ebola Outbreak. However, on this particular matter of the container of Mr. Chernoh Alpha Bah, I believe the Government, the EOC, the former Health Minister Miatta Kargbo and KPMG got things absolutely right! The delay was due to Mr. Chernoh Alpha Bah's unorthodox method of shipping the donations and his strange reluctance to hand the BILL OF LADING over to the Health Ministry. Without the required documents, KPMG could not have documentary evidence (other than his spoken word and photos of him standing by a container) that indeed a container lies at the Ports waiting to be cleared. To eliminate corruption from the Ebola money disbursement, KPMG has been understandably, very strict.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:17

SPECIAL REPORTS
Chernoh Bah’s Container Saga: Who is the mole at State House who cannot honourably resign to criticise from the outside?
Contrary to certain reports, I can confirm Chernoh Bah's much talked-about US$141,000 worth goods container is spending yet another night at the Ports without being cleared. Believe it or not, with all the noisy criticisms, it is only now that DELMAS shipping agency received instructions from Chernoh Bah's partners in America (SEAMATE SEAROSE) for the container's original documents to be released to Government.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : UN Reassures Sierra Leone in the Fight against Ebola
The Head of the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Mr. Anthony Banbury on Saturday 4th October 2014 told newsmen that United Nations will provide five helicopters and over one hundred vehicles and motorcycles to the Government of Sierra Leone to help fight the deadly Ebola scourge in the country. The UN Ebola Head was speaking at a press conference held at the Radisson Blue Hotel (Mammy Yoko), Aberdeen, in Freetown when he made this statement.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : YDCSL Conducts workshop on Ebola
A non-governmental organization known as Youth Dream Centre Sierra Leone [YDSL] on Tuesday 30th September 2014 organized a one-day anti-Ebola workshop at Lumley in Freetown. Several community volunteers, civil society activists, representatives from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other stakeholders participated at the training.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:06

FROM OUR TEAM
As NEWSTIMEAFRICA issues silly threat... Brian Gilpin & Abdulai Bayraytay named in Saga of Plane Sent by “the British” with technical problems
A threat against Dr. Sylvia Blyden, the former Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to President Koroma posted on October 1st 2014 by one Ahmed Kamara, publisher of an attack-dog, London-based news outlet known as NEWS TIME AFRICA, has been dismissed by the former SEA as "a joke that can only create embarrassment for State House".Visit Website ]
Oct 8, 2014, 17:05

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -8th October, 2014
*Twelve Soldiers, Four Policemen Die of Ebola *165 Cuban Medical Personnel Jet in to Combat Ebola Virus *Liberians Flee to Kenema Due to Ebola *Two Accused Remanded in Prison for Alleged Car Theft *Sierra Leone Develops Energy Strategy to Woo Investors.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Social Welfare & Don Bosco Reunite Ebola Child Survivors with Relatives
A joyous and unprecedented spectacle on Monday 6th October 2014 took place at Don Bosco on Fort Street in Freetown as relatives and extended family members turned up to see or take away their kith and kin who have survived the Ebola scourges from the Hastings Holding center in Freetown. The scene was emotionally charged and revealed the mental torture and psychological blow caused by deadliness of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
Oct 8, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : At Emotional Event at Police Training School : 100% Salone Ebola Center Discharges Four Dozen Patients
“I contracted Ebola because of love, I was caring for my mother and father who have now died of the disease”, Fatmata Kamara, 30, wept uncontrollably as she recounted her traumatic ordeal. Fatmata was giving the vote of thanks at an official ceremony for the discharge of 46 patients from the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center, a facility manned 100 percent by Sierra Leone Health care professionals and built on the grounds of the currently-vacant Police Training School complex graciously offered Health Ministry by the Inspector-General of Police. The Chief of Defence Staff of the Military also graciously assigned military doctors to assist at the Treatment Center.
Oct 7, 2014, 12:12

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
As NEWSTIMEAFRICA issues silly threat... Brian Gilpin & Abdulai Bayraytay named in Saga of Plane Sent by “the British” with technical problems
A threat against Dr. Sylvia Blyden, the former Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to President Koroma posted on October 1st 2014 by one Ahmed Kamara, publisher of an attack-dog, London-based news outlet known as NEWS TIME AFRICA, has been dismissed by the former SEA as "a joke that can only create embarrassment for State House".
Oct 7, 2014, 12:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : FAO Launches its First Rapid Assessment on Food Security
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security and other members of the food security cluster on Friday, October, 3, 2014 released the preliminary findings of the Rapid Assessment Report which explains the food security situation in the context of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone.
Oct 7, 2014, 12:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : John Benjamin Commends President’s Move
One of the most outspoken critics within the Sierra Leone Opposition was yesterday October 6th 2014, not hesitant as he levied commendation for President Ernest Koroma's decision to personally oversee discharging of some four dozen Ebola survivors in capital Freetown. John Oponjo Benjamin, the former Leader and Chairman of main opposition, Sierra Leone Peoples Party was speaking over the news report and photographs filed on social media by World Bank's Mahmud Sheriff Ismail who had witnessed the occasion.
Oct 7, 2014, 12:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -7th October, 2014
*Births and deaths Lost Records For 2014 *President Koroma Absent in London Ebola Summit *Herbalist Pleads Guilty of Sexual Penetration *Irate Youths Attack Moyamba Burial Team *UK to Spend Over £20m on Anti-Ebola Effort in Sierra Leone.
Oct 7, 2014, 12:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : FAO on Ebola & Food
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security and other members of the food security cluster on Friday, October, 3, 2014 released the preliminary findings of the Rapid Assessment Report which explains the food security situation in the context of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone.
Oct 7, 2014, 12:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Major Government Hospitals Revived for Non-Ebola Services
The Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma is undertaking an active revival of its major hospitals around the country so they can resume effective service delivery for non-Ebola patients. This newspaper conducted independent inspections and we can reveal that impressive changes have gone on at various hospitals within the last one month.
Oct 3, 2014, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Cumulative Number of 8,478 Households under Isolation since May
The Director of Communications in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation who also doubles as Information Officer in the Emergency Operations Center Mr. Sidi Yayah Tunis yesterday, told newsmen that since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in May this year, a cumulative total of 8,478 households have been quarantined by his ministry nationwide.
Oct 3, 2014, 17:06

FEATURES
Treating Sierra Leone with Levity: The Case of Fake Ebola Numbers under our International Partners' Eyes
Emergency Operations Center structure created by the President needs an URGENT review because it appears the international partners thereon like the way Sierra Leone is being short-changed with false statistics! They like the way we are reporting figures that make us look like foolish Africans in a Banana Republic! No wonder we are being treated with such levity that, according to Abdulai Bayraytay, “the British” will send us a rotten aircraft to fly our sitting President out of Sierra Leone... One must also thank the Almighty that the aircraft did not develop these technical problems whilst up in the air but when it tried to take off. Can you imagine if the plane's computers had failed whilst in mid-air? This is why one must wonder how safe really is our beloved President? Is our President safe? What kind of system is really being operated around our beloved President Koroma? Is it a functional system or a malfunctioning one? Food for thought!
Oct 3, 2014, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Kandeh Yumkella Movement Donates for Ebola Treatment
Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Movement of Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has on Tuesday 30th September 2014 donated several bags of rice to the two Ebola Treatment Centers in Freetown. The rice donation is said to be a gesture made on behalf of Dr. Kandeh Yumkella of SLPP. The two Ebola Centers were visited and 40 bags of rice got distributed at Hastings whilst Lakka Center received 22 bags. The donations aim to complement the effort of Government in the fight against Ebola in the country.
Oct 3, 2014, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone -3rd October, 2014
*Bonthe Hospital in Deplorable State *Ebola Left Thousands of Orphans *‘Political Parties are Primary Stakeholders in Ebola Fight’…PPRC *Ebola Outbreak Hit Saloons *MPs Call for Waterloo to be Isolated  *Book Sales Drop by 80%.
Oct 3, 2014, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : 690 Quarantined in Pujehun
Paramount Chief, in Pujehun District’s Makpele Chiefdom, P.C. Saffa Monya Tamu, has in exclusive interview with this reporter revealed that 690 people were on 23rd September 2014 placed under quarantine in Dumagbe village, Makpele chiefdom. The P.C. spoke by phone from his Zimmi headquarters.
Oct 2, 2014, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Finance Minister Addresses High Level Meeting in New York
It is a privilege for me as Chair of g7+ to welcome you all to this high-level side event of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. This gathering is important not only because it has brought together high level stakeholders to deliberate on the future of development cooperation, but also that it is the first g7+ high level event of Foreign Ministers from g7+ countries and development partners.
Oct 2, 2014, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone News : Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Partners Dedicate RIFTS-S/L Office
The former Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone, now the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reach In For The Stars (RIFTS) Foundation in Sierra Leone Dr. Christiana Thorpe who also doubles as Chair Board of Trustees together with the with PLAN Sierra Leone and the Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Commission Professor David Koroma as partners, has officially dedicated the Foundation’s Office at FAWE Compound, Fort Street in Freetown.
Oct 2, 2014, 17:12


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