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Dr Christiana Thorpe, We Wish You Well
Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:05

Poet Robert Browning has grieved over the praises that come too slow - and for some people they will never get it until they are dead, in spite of all they have done. Pitiful. Late Dr. Kapkpindi Soyei advised us as a nation to appreciate people when they are alive and not while they are dead. Yes, that's sound advice. In that light, we aren't too proud or too ashamed to look up and say we appreciate and value Dr. Christiana Thorpe, the Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, who resigned from the position this week. She has brought that moribund institution from grass to grace - an enviable grace, at that! We feel like hugging you forever, and share in your resplendent smile and demeanour! Wow, thou art our Heroine! This is not a piece to retell all you've done since you accepted the position 10 years back - but it's a piece about your dedication to the nation called Sierra Leone, where many think women cannot do it. First as a nun, then as education minister, and as electoral commissioner where you put your foot down and did what you think was right amidst chaos and threats. You brought and maintained respect and sanity into our electoral process, wow! You have indeed etched your name in stone, where no thunderclap or fury can erase it. For such a little time, fellow Sierra Leoneans, a woman has done it where with so much time and resources, we men couldn't do it, other than wreck havoc and division and uphold the gospel of cronyism. Make way, please, for Madam Dr. Christiana Thorpe, as she moves on to take on other challenges. Other challenges like the girl-child, teenage pregnancy, street kids, and the disabled! She has said it already - we have no reason but to believe her and give her our support, for these towering menaces to be eradicated from here. She is just like Mother Theresa, isn't it, with a mind for the poor and the disadvantaged. Heaven preserve you, Ma'am.

 
Ebola outbreak update 21st August 2014
Written by press release   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:52

Ebola outbreak update:As of today, 21 August 2014, we have a total of 227patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 4: Kailahun 1, Kenema 2and Port Loko 1

5 Pending lab resultsalso came in Positive: Kenema 3, Port Loko 1 and Pujehun 1

The total number of cumulativeconfirmed deaths is 322 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 813 with Kailahun 410, Kenema 290; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 10; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 33; Pujehun 4; Bo 26; Moyamba 8; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 22; Western Area Rural 5. Koinadugu district still remains the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 52 and suspected deaths is 5

 
Tink Salone, think again
Written by Joseph Dumbuya   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:50

I had told you to close the borders with Guinea. I had told you to ‘put boots on the ground to man all official and unofficial crossing points’. I had told you following the outbreak of Ebola in that country in February, but you ignored my advice. Now look at the crisis we have in our hands. Had you listened to my advice we would not be grappling with this crisis.

Now, I am offering new pieces of advice, please take them seriously.  This is the emotion-evoking message Tink Salone is strenuously trying to send out to the government in its most recent press statement.

 
CDP LEADER JOSHUA CAREW: YOUR LEGACY LIVES ON
Written by By M C Bah, former NDA Presidential aspirant, Atlanta, GA-USA   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:47

A famous American President Abraham Lincoln once said: “A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” Indeed, Sierra Leone lost a political legend - the leader and party Chairman of the Citizen Democratic Party (CDP), Joshua Albert Carew who passed away on July 8, 2014 after a brief illness at the Choitram Hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. The CDP which he founded almost three years ago will miss his charismatic leadership and his strong determination to make history.

Noticeably, when leaders and heroes are not honored; the fundamental principles of service to country are seriously undermined. The ethical propositions of doing justice to the reputations of patriotic citizens are tragically compromised. Every citizen who has contributed to national service one way or the other deserved respect, honor, and dignity especially at their final hours on this earth. People will view reluctant politicians today who are in the position to performing such sacred obligations to the nation as morally bankrupt and politically devoid of compassion.

 
The Muslim’s Stance against the Ebola Epidemic
Written by Dr. Ramadan Jalloh   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:41

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful

Indeed all praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek His assistance, we seek forgiveness from Him, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our own selves and the evils of our actions. Whoever Allah guides, none can lead astray and whoever He leads astray, none can guide. And I bear witness that none is worth of worship except Allah who has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

The most truthful word is the book of Allah, and the best guidance is that of Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The worst things are the innovated ones (those that are not in accordance with the practice of Mohammad and his companions) and all innovations lead to astray and all astray lead to the hell fire.

 
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Editorial

POLITICIZING A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CRUEL AND UNGODLY

Some of the articles being written by Sierra Leoneans on this Ebola disaster are very unfortunate, especially coming from people you would want to  call "educated" , because of the letters behind their names ( Though we know that paper qualifications and education are two different things ). The writers are not expressing any sensitivity to the suffering of our people. This Ebola issue is becoming a political theatre for callous and godless  people to expatiate their political proclivities. It is a shame, but also, it is tragic.

I continue to share the grief and sorrow of all citizens hailing from   Kailahun. May God intervene once again and deliver the region from evil. They are a hardworking, progressive and productive people. They provide a very significant amount of the food products and cash crops that help to feed our nation and also bring in hard-earned foreign exchange and revenue. They have also provided some of the brightest minds  in the nation, people who have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. They are very good and progressive citizens, as well as being among the most peaceful and law-abiding people  in the country.

However, because they live by Sierra Leone's borders with Liberia and Guinea, the inhabitants of Kailahun are vulnerable to many dangers. If there is war or an outbreak of any pestilence or deadly disease in our neighbouring countries, they will suffer first, given the heavy volume of cross-border  traffic, cross-border human interactions and trade between them and the people of Liberia and Guinea  . In all African countries, people who live by the borders take the brunt of unfortunate spillovers of wars, transnational crime and sicknesses from the other side. We have seen it in Central and Southern Africa. We have seen it in East and North Africa. The rebel war and the ongoing Ebola plague hit Kailahun first because of her location on our borders with Liberia and Guinea . Nobody deliberately planted the Ebola virus in their midst.

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Business News

Sierra Rutile donates one billion Leones to GOSL to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone

On Tuesday 19 August, Sierra Rutile and its major shareholder Pala Investments donated one billion Leones to help Sierra Leone in its fight against Ebola.  The cheque was presented to the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma by Sierra Rutile’s CEO John Bonoh Sisay, Non-Executive Director of Sierra Rutile, Alex Kamara and Mike Brown, the Managing Director of Pala Investments. 

Speaking on behalf of Sierra Rutile, John Sisay said: “We recognise the severity of the ongoing Ebola epidemic and hope that our contribution will strengthen Sierra Leone’s efforts to beat this disease.  The crisis has affected the lives and livelihood of many Sierra Leoneans and Sierra Leonean businesses and we will continue to feel the socio-economic repercussions well after the virus has been contained.  We make this donation as a gesture of good faith and also to show how deeply concerned we are by the impact of this disease on our country.”

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Media News

PRESS GALLERY EXECUTIVE TENURE ENDS

 19 August 2014, Freetown: The Parliamentary Press Gallery Executive which was elected into office on 18 August 2012 to run the affairs of members has formally come to an end.

   President, Elias Bangura, on behalf of the outgoing executive, thanked members for the confidence reposed in them to run the affairs of the Gallery, a task which they carried out to the best of their ability: the successes registered were only possible through the commitment and cooperation of members, including the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, and Members of Parliament.

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Commentary

Tink Salone, think again

I had told you to close the borders with Guinea. I had told you to ‘put boots on the ground to man all official and unofficial crossing points’. I had told you following the outbreak of Ebola in that country in February, but you ignored my advice. Now look at the crisis we have in our hands. Had you listened to my advice we would not be grappling with this crisis.

Now, I am offering new pieces of advice, please take them seriously.  This is the emotion-evoking message Tink Salone is strenuously trying to send out to the government in its most recent press statement.

Read more...

View Point

The Muslim’s Stance against the Ebola Epidemic

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful

Indeed all praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek His assistance, we seek forgiveness from Him, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our own selves and the evils of our actions. Whoever Allah guides, none can lead astray and whoever He leads astray, none can guide. And I bear witness that none is worth of worship except Allah who has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

The most truthful word is the book of Allah, and the best guidance is that of Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The worst things are the innovated ones (those that are not in accordance with the practice of Mohammad and his companions) and all innovations lead to astray and all astray lead to the hell fire.

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News - Press Release

Ebola outbreak update 18th August 2014

Ebola outbreak update:As of today, 18 August 2014, we have a total of 219 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 3, all from Kenema District.

No figures from the laboratory in Kailahun District

The total number of cumulative number of confirmed death is 305 and cumulative number of confirmed cases is 778 with Kailahun 401, Kenema 280; Kono 1; Kambia 1; Bombali 7; Tonkolili 2; Port Loko 28; Pujehun 3; Bo 24; Moyamba 6; Bonthe 1; Western Area Urban 20; Western Area Rural 4. As of today, Koinadugu district is the only district that has not registered confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The cumulative number of probable cases is 37 and probable deaths 34 while the total cumulative number of suspected cases is 35 and suspected deaths is 5

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Society -Local News

Dr Christiana Thorpe, We Wish You Well

Poet Robert Browning has grieved over the praises that come too slow - and for some people they will never get it until they are dead, in spite of all they have done. Pitiful. Late Dr. Kapkpindi Soyei advised us as a nation to appreciate people when they are alive and not while they are dead. Yes, that's sound advice. In that light, we aren't too proud or too ashamed to look up and say we appreciate and value Dr. Christiana Thorpe, the Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, who resigned from the position this week. She has brought that moribund institution from grass to grace - an enviable grace, at that! We feel like hugging you forever, and share in your resplendent smile and demeanour! Wow, thou art our Heroine! This is not a piece to retell all you've done since you accepted the position 10 years back - but it's a piece about your dedication to the nation called Sierra Leone, where many think women cannot do it. First as a nun, then as education minister, and as electoral commissioner where you put your foot down and did what you think was right amidst chaos and threats. You brought and maintained respect and sanity into our electoral process, wow! You have indeed etched your name in stone, where no thunderclap or fury can erase it. For such a little time, fellow Sierra Leoneans, a woman has done it where with so much time and resources, we men couldn't do it, other than wreck havoc and division and uphold the gospel of cronyism. Make way, please, for Madam Dr. Christiana Thorpe, as she moves on to take on other challenges. Other challenges like the girl-child, teenage pregnancy, street kids, and the disabled! She has said it already - we have no reason but to believe her and give her our support, for these towering menaces to be eradicated from here. She is just like Mother Theresa, isn't it, with a mind for the poor and the disadvantaged. Heaven preserve you, Ma'am.

Read more...

Development

UN appeals for more help to Support Sierra Leone’s Ebola response

Freetown, 18 August 2014: The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths. 

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, David McLachlan-Karr said at a press conference in Freetown that this appeal is needed to enhance four main interventions: clinical management through the World Health Organization; social mobilization and awareness raising through UNICEF; surveillance and contact tracing of persons who may have come into contact with Ebola (UNFPA); and providing logistical support through the World Food Programme (WFP. 

“This appeal is to fill some gaps in the initial national response appeal of $ 26 million that was launched by the Sierra Leone Government in July,” the UN Chief in Sierra Leone said.

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Politics

CDP LEADER JOSHUA CAREW: YOUR LEGACY LIVES ON

A famous American President Abraham Lincoln once said: “A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” Indeed, Sierra Leone lost a political legend - the leader and party Chairman of the Citizen Democratic Party (CDP), Joshua Albert Carew who passed away on July 8, 2014 after a brief illness at the Choitram Hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone. The CDP which he founded almost three years ago will miss his charismatic leadership and his strong determination to make history.

Noticeably, when leaders and heroes are not honored; the fundamental principles of service to country are seriously undermined. The ethical propositions of doing justice to the reputations of patriotic citizens are tragically compromised. Every citizen who has contributed to national service one way or the other deserved respect, honor, and dignity especially at their final hours on this earth. People will view reluctant politicians today who are in the position to performing such sacred obligations to the nation as morally bankrupt and politically devoid of compassion.

Read more...
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