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EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---January 26, 2015
Written by press release   
Monday, 26 January 2015 19:16

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,172
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 5 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 1
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 1
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 7,982 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 498, Kono = 236
Bombali = 985, Kambia = 150, Koinadugu = 103, Port Loko = 1,298, Tonkolili = 448
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 202, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,019, Western Area Rural = 1,114, Missing = 14
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,834
National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
Media and Communications Office
Block 1 Former Special Court Complex
Jomo Kenyatta Road
FREETOWN

 
Momoh Konte Takes Over NATCOM
Written by UPDATE Newspaper   
Monday, 26 January 2015 18:35

President Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Transtech International, Momoh Kemoh Konte, as the new Chairman of the country’s telecommunications industry, the National Telecommunications Communications.

Along with him, Mr. Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh has also been appointed as Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, subject to parliamentary approval.

Another nominee is Justice Valesius Thomas to act as Chief Justice starting 6 February 2015 when the current Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh proceeds to leave to retirement in accordance with the provisions of section 136 (1) (b) of the constitution of Sierra Leone.

 
Chief Justice Wahala!
Written by UPDATE Newspaper   
Monday, 26 January 2015 18:29

So at last a new chief justice has been named to succeed Haja Umu Tejan-Jalloh. It’s a good thing to some, and these will point out that constitutionality has been followed because the outgoing madam had passed her retirement age long ago.

 To others, it will make no difference, except to grunt that the government yielded because pressure was laid upon it to do so, as the attorney general had already stated that they were in the right to retain her ladyship Haja Tejan-Jalloh in the chief justice position whatever her age.

 
UN stresses the need for Ebola surveillance in border towns
Written by UNMEER   
Monday, 26 January 2015 18:22

Representatives of the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire today began meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone, under the umbrella of the Mano River Union, a sub-regional political grouping comprising the four countries, to agree on methods to control and prevent disease outbreaks in the border areas.

The United Nations supports the initiative, according to Amadukamara, Crisis Manager for the UN Ebola Mission in Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara who was speaking on behalf of UNMEER Special Representative of the Secretary General SIsmail OuldCheikh Ahmedtold the gathering that included Ebola response administrators, medical officers, technical and operational planning experts from all four countries that Ebola could not be defeated without “addressing its regional dimensions.” The virus should be seen as “one epidemic with many fronts,” he beseeched.

 
United Sierra Leone Embarks on Nationwide Ebola Campaign and Donations to Ebola Orphans, Survivors, and Marginalised Groups
Written by press release   
Monday, 26 January 2015 18:18

With support from The Messeh Leone Foundation and Pikin Bizness Charity, United Sierra has embarked on a nationwide ‘NeverAgainEbola’ Campaign and donations to ebola orphans, survivors, and marginalised groups.

In Freetown, United Sierra Leone has donated food and non-food items to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre,Handicapped Youth developmentAssociation, and Milton Margai School for Blind.Donations included bags of rice, hygiene items, solar-crank- torch- fm/am radio, mobile charge (siren all in one) and some money to help them pay for essential services.The donation of hygiene items highlights the importance of best hygiene practice to prevent and stop the transmission of Ebola. An educationprogramme was also organised for the Kroobay Community.

 
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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

Airtel Bribes Parliament?

No, Airtel wouldn’t dare to bribe Parliament, but that is what many people are thinking because since allegations of the company’s overbilling arrived in Parliament, the issue is yet to be addressed.

  A subscriber, Abdul Rahim Kamara, had submitted a letter to the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), about overbilling, with documentary evidence.

  Natcom, instead of addressing the issue on time, dallied and preferred other matters – a situation that worried Parliament and made them request to be arbiters on the matter.

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Media News

IRN Co-ordinator urges Radio Bontico to be independent

As the only community radio in the district headquarter town of Bonthe, Radio Bontico, increases its coverage span from 100 to 700 watts the national Co-ordinator of the Independent Radio Network (IRN), Ransford Wright, urges the station to give access to everybody and avoid being partisan.

“IRN is particular about the independence of its member radio stations. They must be non-partisan and should give a level playing field and access to everybody. That’s why we are called Independent Radio Network,” says Wright, adding that they will terminate the membership of any radio station that fails to adhere to this key value.

Wright’s appeal comes in the wake of a donation of complete brand new radio station equipment last week to Radio Bontico, thanks to IRN through support from UNESCO. The equipment includes a 700 watts transmitter, mixer, two desktop computers already installed with editing and production software, digital recorders, five microphones and five microphone table stands, and professional cables.

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Commentary

Chief Justice Wahala!

So at last a new chief justice has been named to succeed Haja Umu Tejan-Jalloh. It’s a good thing to some, and these will point out that constitutionality has been followed because the outgoing madam had passed her retirement age long ago.

 To others, it will make no difference, except to grunt that the government yielded because pressure was laid upon it to do so, as the attorney general had already stated that they were in the right to retain her ladyship Haja Tejan-Jalloh in the chief justice position whatever her age.

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View Point

ATTITUDINAL AND BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE PROGRAMME IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM!!

The launching of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) programme in the country was really in place and timely, especially the role it played during the 2012 general elections fever. Despite some Sierra Leoneans may see it as a political programme. However, whether it is or not, I think any honest patriotic and true nationalist Sierra Leonean will testify that President Ernest Bai Koroma’s initiative brainchild, ABC programme in the country was very useful and powerful, particularly in terms of bringing Sierra Leoneans more closer to each other because of their change of negative perception against one another and the country as a whole.

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---January 26, 2015

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,172
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 5 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 1
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 1
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 7,982 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 498, Kono = 236
Bombali = 985, Kambia = 150, Koinadugu = 103, Port Loko = 1,298, Tonkolili = 448
Bo = 314, Bonthe = 5, Moyamba = 202, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 2,019, Western Area Rural = 1,114, Missing = 14
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,834
National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
Media and Communications Office
Block 1 Former Special Court Complex
Jomo Kenyatta Road
FREETOWN

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Society -Local News

Momoh Konte Takes Over NATCOM

President Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Transtech International, Momoh Kemoh Konte, as the new Chairman of the country’s telecommunications industry, the National Telecommunications Communications.

Along with him, Mr. Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh has also been appointed as Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, subject to parliamentary approval.

Another nominee is Justice Valesius Thomas to act as Chief Justice starting 6 February 2015 when the current Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh proceeds to leave to retirement in accordance with the provisions of section 136 (1) (b) of the constitution of Sierra Leone.

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Development

Le 28M TO FIGHT EBOLA IN KENEMA DISTRICT

Twenty eight million Leones (Le28m) has been given to the Small–Bo Chiefdom Ebola Task Force in Blama, Kenema District, by the Paramount Chief, Mohamed Dafie Benya, in complementing the effort of H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma in the fight against Ebola in the country.

Addressing the executive members of the Task Force at their office in Blama recently, the Coordinator of the Small–Bo Chiefdom Ebola Task Force, Ibrahim Wurie,said the purpose of the meeting was to give updates of their operations in the Chiefdom in December, 2014.

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Politics

President Koroma’s Leadership Extolled

As new confirmed cases of Ebola continue to take a downward trend, the Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mr Mohamed Abdiker and its regional Director Carmela Godeau during a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, commended him for his effective leadership in the fight against the deadly virus.

The IOM has been involved in training frontline care workers and also in training personnel to secure the country’s borders.

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