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UN condemns coup attempt in the Gambia

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned the coup attempt “against the legal and democratic institutions” in Gambia.

Chad’s U.N. Ambassador Mahamat Zene, the current council president, told reporters after a closed-door briefing by U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman that members “welcomed the normalization of the situation in the country.”

Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation while President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, was in France. He has reportedly returned to Gambia.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also reiterated the U.N.’s “principled condemnation of all attempts to seize power through unconstitutional means,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said.

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Referring to reports that indicate the situation in the capital of Banjul is calm, Ban called for all parties “to exercise restraint and to refrain from further violence,” he said.

The U.N. chief encourages “a transparent investigation” into Tuesday’s events that respects human rights, due process and the rule of law, Haq said.

Zene, the council president, said Ban’s special representative for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, will visit Gambia soon and report back to members on the situation.

Gambia is a small former British colony surrounded by Senegal on both its northern and southern borders. Human rights activists have long criticized Jammeh’s regime as repressive, charging it targets political dissidents, journalists, gays and lesbians.

Jammeh is one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders and has previously threatened to behead sexual minorities found in his country. The U.S. government recently removed Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

Jammeh also drew swift condemnation from activists in 2007 after he insisted that HIV-positive patients stop taking their antiretroviral medications, claiming he could cure them with an herbal body rub and bananas.

Invitation to our Watch Night Service tonight

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

COVENANT

INVITATION

THE Covenant Child World Ministries invite you to our Watch Night Service tonight at the Caribbean Palace Hall at Hamilton Street , Somerset, New Jersey.

Come and taste the glory and the goodness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. There will be singing of praise hymns and thanksgiving songs to the Lord and testimonies from members about God’s goodness and mercies to them this year. The Word of God will also be preached with the usual power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Service starts at 8 pm and will last until midnight.

God richly bless and keep you.

CO-PASTOR LEEROY WILFRED KABS-KANU

Taking the Ebola Message to the Arab World

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

By Alhaji Jalloh :

 

As a patriotic Sierra Leonean who cares for his country and compatriots, my heart bleeds whenever I think of the devastating effects of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in my country.

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Though I’m far away from home, I always empathize with my government and people for what they are going through since the epidemic struck in May this year from neigbouring Guinea where the outbreak started since February this year.

 

It is on record that the first Ebola victim in Sierra Leone contracted the virus in Guinea and returned to Kailahun District where the epidemic started ravaging the lives of meaningful Sierra Leoneans; among them were the brave healthcare workers at the frontline who had sacrificed to save their people from the menacing virus but could not live to tell the story.

 

At first, the outbreak of the EVD had many connotations, but the ravaging of lives and the devastation of the country’s economy by the epidemic were enough to convince Sierra Leoneans that indeed Ebola was real; though there are still some recalcitrant compatriots who are still denying that it is not real. The government of His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has been very busy trying to mobilize international response to stop the deadly disease from spreading.

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The British government, the Chinese, Canadians, Americans, Cubans, Ethiopians and other nationals are all in Sierra Leone helping our government to eradicate the virus from our country so that Sierra Leoneans can start their normal lives once again. We should be very thankful for that as a nation because; as our President said from the beginning of the outbreak, Sierra Leone alone cannot succeed in containing the virus without the support of the international community. He pleaded to them to intervene before the situation get worst, and being one of the responsible leaders in Africa and even beyond, the international community intervened and we have started seeing some progress with the construction of more holding and treatment centers across the country to respond to Ebola cases.

 

Though cases of Ebola are still reported on a daily basis, there is ray of hope because some districts have had no new cases for the past few weeks or so. This achievement should be attributed to the President whose efforts has left no stone unturned in bringing Sierra Leoneans and the international community on board to fight the virus – a move that has been very appreciative and courageous. From what we are seeing on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) and reading in the newspapers, the President is very much determined to see that the virus is eradicated from our country as quickly as possible; especially when the outbreak is retrogressing the gains made under his Agenda for Change.

 

Very recently, I attended the 10th Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers (ICIM) in Iran, where 56 member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had gathered to deliberate on issues affecting them. A good number of Ministers and Diplomats attended the conference. I took note of many of the issues that were deliberated on by the attendees but not much was discussed about the outbreak of the EVD in West Africa with three countries hardest hit by the virus.

 

Since my people in Sierra Leone are suffering and dying of the outbreak of the deadly epidemic, I deemed it necessary to make my own contribution to ending the virus in my country. I didn’t wait for the conference to end when I started engaging the media to tell the story of how Sierra Leone needs the help of the Arab world in eliminating the EVD from our country. I made it very clear to them that there was need for them to aid the Ebola fight in Sierra Leone.

 

I had interviews with many Newspapers, Radio and Television stations, including Press TV, Iran’s first international news network, the Beirut based Al-Manar TV, Dubai based Al Sharqiya News TV, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Tehran Times, among other credible media houses. I told the Arab world that the government of Sierra Leone has made relentless efforts in fighting the Ebola outbreak, but still needs their support to ending the killer disease once and for all. I also told them about the impact of the outbreak on our economy and how it has taken its toll on human lives. I told them about how over 1,700 souls have perished between May and November this year, including health workers, vulnerable women and children, able bodied men who comprised the workforce and other prominent citizens.

 

I also dilated on the challenges faced by our government in containing the deadly disease. I told them that we need additional ambulances to service the nationwide network of treatment centers and community Ebola care units and more motor bikes for contact tracers and 4WD utility vehicles for supervisors, surveillance officers and burial teams and even helicopters to reach suspected Ebola patients in areas that are not easily accessible.

 

I also stressed that the need for more Labs, especially mobile Labs that could be moved to hotspots of new infections to get quick results and removal of persons to treatment centers. “We need PPEs, IV fluids, anti-bodies for super imposed infections, vitamins and other essential medical equipment,” I said to reporters.

 

Before the interview ended, I also reiterated to the members of the Fourth Estate that money is required to pay the health workers; as government is finically over stretched at this difficult time in our country and money to train new ones that would be deployed; money to buy food for quarantined homes and other basic supplies and logistics.

 

A female journalist wept when I talked about how the Ebola outbreak is devastating children, women and communities. I told them that we need psychosocial support in some of these areas; orphans would need care, widows require support, and survivors need help with meeting the challenges of stigmatization.

I made sure that I was very calm and diplomatic in putting our case across to the Arab world in order to gain sympathy so that more Arab countries will get involved in the Ebola fight.

 

A few days after my engagement with the media in Iran and the relentless efforts of the Ambassadors and Officers of the Sierra Leone Embassies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and the newly established one in the UAE, I realized that the issue of Ebola has become a topical issue. Our nationals in the Gulf States are also offering fervent and heartfelt supplications to save their beloved country from the dangers of the scourge. Many Arabs have started empathizing with our people for the ugly situation they are going through right now.

 

Though Saudi Arabia, Kuwait as members of the OIC have made their own contributions to the fight against the EVD in Sierra Leone, Guineas and Liberia, I’m sure other members will soon come on board as our country has been very friendly to the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia where I’m serving in the Sierra Leone Embassy as Press Attaché.

 

As I write, my heart is blood drenched with the pains my people are going through in Sierra Leone. But in the name Allah, we shall get over the Ebola disease and start our rebuilding process in the shortest possible time. May Allah continue to give the country’s leadership the wisdom and understanding to successfully end the menacing virus in our beloved country. Happy and Prosperous 2015 in advance to all Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

 

Sierra Leoneans : The Price of Negative Attitude: How can we combat it?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Sierra Leoneans the Price of Negative Attitude: How can we combat it?

A Negative Attitude Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

Maintaining a negative attitude can cripple the person you are meant to be. A self-defeating negative attitude will have a negative impact on every aspect of your life and if you allow it to it can alter your physical and mental well-being. I will be the first to agree that things go wrong in life at times but ultimately we each choose how we react to troublesome events.

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Negative Attitude Impacts Health

Maintaining a negative attitude drains the energy right out of you. Negative attitude can shorten your life. When you become angry, upset or frustrated, you let negative emotions overtake you. What happens to the human immune system when people have negative attitudes? You can actually weaken your immune system with negativity. There have been studies that show how people with negative attitudes are more susceptible to getting sick compared to those with a positive outlook on life.

Chronic stress from negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness upsets the body’s hormone balance and depletes the brain chemicals required for feelings of happiness. New scientific understandings have identified the pathways through which human emotions, such as hope and fear; impact the body’s immune systems and overall vitality.

People with negative attitudes are not as healthy as people who have positive attitudes. People who have positive attitudes also have fewer bad habits. While a positive attitude does not prevent or cure all health conditions or diseases, it does play an instrumental role in disease prevention and treatment. A person who sees everything in a negative light will have a harder time getting over an ailment than a person with a positive attitude.

A positive or negative attitude not only determines what we will do with the choices that we are presented with, it also determines how we feel – from a physical standpoint. A positive person may wake up with some pain, and tell themselves that the sooner they start moving around and getting on with their day, the sooner the pain will go away or subside. A negative person will decide that their pain is too great to even get out of bed. They cannot function, and if they do function, they are going to do it in pain. The negative person will carry their pain and discomfort with them all day. The positive person actually will – at the very least – notice that the pain has diminished a great deal, if it hasn’t subsided altogether.

Negativity’s Negative Affect on Relationships

When you have a negative attitude it does not just affect you, it affects everyone around you and over time this will take its toll on all your personal relationships.

A negative attitude is self-destructive it will only hinder the process of maintaining good relationships. You will find yourself blaming others for your problems. You will make your rut even deeper by complaining all the time. You will actually be stricken with physical and mental stress. There is nothing good at all that comes from staying in that state of mind.

It harms others. Your negative mood affects people around you. You should never make others feel bad because by doing so you are contributing not only to your own misery, but also to the unhappiness of others. Attitude problems can plague even the best of relationships. A negative attitude has the power to ruin conversations, frustrate partners and friends or even end a relationship for good.

 

Keep Your Own Negative Thoughts and Behaviors in Check

If you do nothing else but focus on managing your own negative thoughts and behavior, you will come a long way towards remaining positive. A negative attitude is contagious, but a positive attitude is infectious as well. Hang out with positive people that encourage you to be your best self.

 

Defeating a Negative Attitude for Good

Nobody wants to live with a negative attitude and nobody has to. You do not have to live another day in misery. Positive thinking can work and it is something you can put to use starting this very moment.

When you have a negative attitude just think to yourself that you have the power to change how you feel. Focus hard on some positive aspects of your life and keep your mind focused until it just naturally takes over on its own. Repeat positive affirmations, visualize positive situations, give it a try it is definitely better then feeling totally miserable.

If you take this approach towards life you empower yourself to control your destiny and with this type of personal power you can defeat a negative attitude. Spending time writing in or reading from personal journals can help you from falling prey to those negative thoughts that try to creep into your consciousness.

 

 

Everyday Negative Behavior at Work

A negative attitude drains you of your energy, which causes you to lose focus and motivation. It strips you of your ability to achieve professional success in your life.

Of course, maintaining an upbeat attitude for 30 minutes or an hour during an interview is far easier than fighting off grumpiness every day. Habitual negativity is a problem because it can quickly become your trademark and overshadow any accomplishments. And in a tough job market, when workers are feeling stressed and employers consider trimming back head count, you do not want to be remembered for being the local sourpuss. You could lose your job.

“In this recession, people have to do more with less — that’s just a fact.” Milligan says. “If you’re the employee that complains about clients or the workload or the commute or the manager — and you seek out opportunities to talk about your misery — this will definitely pose a problem with your employer and co-workers.” It is damaging to your position.

Verbally complaining is not the only problematic negative behavior at work. “The non-verbal will always prevail if we are trying to mask negativity. For example, the employee makes a comment that sounds OK but the facial expressions and/or body language makes it clear that she or he isn’t on board,” Cooke explains. Non-verbal cues can give your bad attitude away

In your quest to compensate for a lack of enthusiasm, you do not need to become the resident cheerleader, either. Your boss will probably sense insincerity if she tells you to report at 7 a.m. tomorrow for a meeting and you react with a cheer of approval. Instead, learn to say, “Sure,” without emitting a long sigh as you walk away.

Remember that not every aspect of a job will be fun and exciting. And sometimes you will want to roll your eyes when the boss is not looking, but make it an exception, not a habit. After all, you don’t want to be that person.

 

Regardless of What You May Believe…Maintaining A Negative Attitude Is A Matter of Choice!

If you allow pessimism to go on for too long it will negatively affect many areas of your life and it becomes a vicious cycle of negativity.

If you choose to allow certain events or circumstances in life to dictate your mood-you are giving away your personal power to what triggered your negative attitude.

We all have the ability to defeat negative thinking but the only way that you will ever win that battle is if you arm yourself with some specific skills to take back control of your life.

Let’s face it, there are going to be those days when it seems as though nothing is going your way. The worst thing you could do is to allow those things that go wrong define you as a person.

 

Practice it often

This is an easy habit to forge and once you do it will change your life in ways you can only imagine. It does not matter how bad the day before may have been because the fact is that day is gone and that is the beauty of life, every day we get a brand new day and it is up to us to make the best of every new day of our life.

You have to tell yourself that the past is the past and regardless of how good or bad it may have been you cannot change it, all you can do is to focus on the day that is right in front of you and you have control over how that day turns out. Learn to focus on the here and now and do all you can to make the most of what you have.

Nothing good can ever come from having a negative attitude; it will lead you down a long and lonely dark path.

These simple acts can pull you out of that negative attitude and can salvage your day. Make a habit of this and people will begin to notice a change in you… You will begin to notice a change in yourself.

 

How to Build a Positive Attitude

Positive attitude keeps us in positive state of mind. It is easier to dust off past failures and get back to the present with such an attitude.

A person with negative attitude often plays blame game and never accepts responsibilities. This restricts life and success at work will be limited too. Fewer friends, lesser enjoyment and limited relationships become the part of life of a person with such a fatalistic and erratic attitude.

Good news is that one can cultivate a few traits to develop a positive attitude.

Traits to build a positive attitude:

Focus on Positive aspect

We always look for faults and forget to see positive vibes. If we condition our mind to read positive things, we are bound to have positive personality. Remember, in goldmines, people focus on Gold and not on dirt and dust that comes out while digging. If you focus on negative, you spread negative messages and create environment conducive to negative results.

Avoid procrastination

Cultivate the habit of living in the present and doing it now. A completed task is fulfilling and energizing and an incomplete task drains energy. Most of us have the habit of dragging and postponing things, consequently we always find ourselves in planning and analyzing mode and actual action never takes place.

Focus on virtues

Focus on knowledge and wisdom and not on grades. Educating the mind and not developing moral create menace in the society. Wealth without character and conscience is a waste. If you are not trustworthy, you have no credibility. Trust is a capital, once lost very difficult to regain.

Commonsense

Apart from 5 god gifted senses, we have a sixth sense – commonsense, that we develop over the time. It is the sense that enables us to take right decision at the right time. If you lack commonsense, it is useless how strong your other senses are. I have seen many walking encyclopedia and living failure simply for lack commonsense.

High Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem is the way we feel about ourselves. Self-Esteem is the feeling of gratification that has nothing to do with success and winning. When you do something for others, you feel good; you are at you best and your self-esteem gets a big boost. No matter how rich or poor you are, a person with high self-esteem definitely touches high goals in life.

Avoid negative influences

We are born achievers and winners. It is the negative influences and environment that conditions our mind to be a loser. We all are impressionable to varying degree and thus required stay in the company of well-motivated people.

Learn to like the task

Never hate your work, perform with utmost passion, result is guaranteed. When I asked a mother that how she could manage to take care 3 demanding kids. She said that it was a job she loved.

Practice having positive thoughts and behavior daily

Just as you feed your body with food every day, treat you mind with positive thoughts every day. Our mind is most receptive in the morning. Repeating healthy thoughts in the morning conditions your mind to be positive and ultimately becomes your habit. Success and positive thoughts go hand in hand.

Maj. Rtd.  Mathew S. Kamara

Houston, Texas

Urgent message from Ambassador Ismael Koroma

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

AMBASSADOR ISHMAEL KOROMA

Dear Friends,
I have just been informed that some evil persons have hacked my email and are requesting financial assistance from my contacts. Please ignore such request. It is a big internet scam. I am currently in Addis Ababa and all is well on this end.

 

Thanks very much and have a wonderful Christmas.
Ambassador Ismael Koroma

 

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Ambassador ISMAEL KOROMAM.A, B.A (Hons.) FBC-USL
Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union and the United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE
P.O. Box 5619
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-11-371-8765
Fax: +251-11-371-6756
Email: ismakosll@yahoo.com

Blowing the trumpet in Zion : President Koroma leads again from the front, and illustrates the place God has in our national life

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

 

By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

By leading his nation to declare 7 DAYS OF NATIONAL FAST AND PRAYER (SOON ) , President Ernest Koroma has demonstrated exemplary humility before God , foresight , understanding and acknowledgement of man’s power source ( The Throne of God ) and God’s hand will continue to be on him as he leads our nation through the most dangerous crisis it has ever faced since Independence.

By soon declaring this week of national fast and prayer, President Koroma has demonstrated that he does not rule Sierra Leone by fiat but by the fundamental principles of governance and dependence on God , which is why he has cut an impressive picture as a progressive, very tolerant , patient and democratic leader –and the only head of state of Sierra Leone who can lift up his hands and proudly declare : “I have no blood on my hands. ”  He is not a perfect man and certainly has his own shortcomings , like every man, but one thing he has always called upon  is his deep religious upbringing , which has aided him in his rule and which will help him to lead our nation out of the present crisis, by the grace of God. .

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The decision to declare a period of fast and prayer is the right step in the right direction as we battle Ebola. Sierra Leone needs the hand of God to deliver her from this present plague. Divine Kings and leaders in Biblical times –principally King David ( 2 Samuel 1:12.,2 Samuel 3:35, 2 Samuel 12:16 ) ; .King Jehoshaphat ( 2 Chronicles 20 ) , King Hezekiah (2 Kings 19:1 ff)  and men of God  like Joel (Joel 1:14, 2 : 15 ), Ezra ( Ezra 8: 21-23 )  emphasized the power of fasting and prayer when times got desperate. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, depended on fasting in his mission to deliver the world from sin and he fasted 40 days and 40 nights before he started his ministry. He defeated the devil when he came to tempt him to divert from his mission ( Matthew 4: 2 ff) .

Fasting and prayer help us to see where we are falling short; give us better spiritual understanding of our problems ; help to break strongholds and bondages; help us defeat monumental problems and enemies and bring healing to our land. ( Not just physical healing–Spiritual healing as well ). In 2 Chronicles 20 , King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a national fast in Judah when dangerous enemies in the shape of the Moabites and the Ammonities came against the children of God. They could not win from a human standpoint but by fasting and prayer, God enabled them to conquer these wicked enemies who attacked them.”   Esther, the Queen, her servants, and all the Jews in the capital city of Susa went into a determined period of fasting  for three full days before she went before the king to beg him and convince him on behalf of the Jews for them to be spared from Haman’s wicked scheme against her people (Esther 4:16). Because of their fasting and prayers, God turned it around for the jews ; they not only gained the favor of the King but God made sure that Haman ended up in the gallows he had prepared for Mordecaia . Our Haman is Ebola and through prayer and fasting, we will be able to defeat him.

A recognition of the spiritual dimension of man’s problems on this earth AND seeking spiritual solutions to these problems  is one step towards redemption. While human foibles and contribution to human problems cannot be discounted because they also play a big part , most of our ailments ,  infirmities and problems in this world are inspired by the devil and wicked spiritual forces in high places.  They at times establish a diabolical stranglehold on nations, especially those steeped in superstition , sorcery and voodoo and to break that stranglehold needs strong fasting and prayer. What is happening to Sierra Leone is demonic . The Ebola outbreak may have started from a child eating an infected bat and the disease may have been helped to spread through our adherence to dangerous customs and traditional practices , but demonic forces are behind the scenes enabling the problem. Only through a strong spiritual exercise in fast and prayer can we defeat these demonic forces and help bring redemption to our nation.

Heathens , apostates , blasphemers and atheists in our midst will not understand why we have to use the spiritual route also to fight Ebola. We, who are christians, however  know why, because the Bible tells us  what we are actually fighting on this earth : SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS  According to Ephesians 6:12-13, .”.. we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  That is why God advises us in the same passage : 13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Fasting and prayer help us to use the armour of God powerfully to win this battle. against the wicked spirits .

The Bible also teaches us in  2 Corinthians 10:4-6   that : … ” the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing in captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ “.  We need the outpouring of international support; We  need all the logistics and resources , holding and treatment centers and safety precautions and protocols but it is a fact that : “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except theLord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” ( Psalm 127 : 1).

Only God can deliver us from Ebola . Only God can make all the international and local support and resources succeed . Therefore, President Koroma has taken the right decision . May God sanctify and bless our fast and prayer.

 

 

 

President Koroma to Declare 7-Day National Prayer and Fasting

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

By State House Communications Unit :

As part of his continued engagement to break the chain of transmission of the spreading Ebola virus disease, President Ernest Bai Koroma Tuesday 30th December expressed the need to heighten the national response against Ebola by calling for a 7-day national fasting and prayer during a meeting at State House with representatives of the Inter-Religious Council.

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The president also expressed firm belief that “We must crown all of our efforts with some amount of prayer and fasting especially as the country prepares for the New Year”. He furthered that Sierra Leoneans should start the New Year by committing the nation in prayers and fasting so that “we can have the kind of divine direction and grace that is required”. He further stated that we must use the power of one of the most potent of weapons that we have noting that Jesus declared that some things only can be moved by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21 NKJV).

President Koroma commended the efforts of religious leaders stating that efforts should be put in prayers in various congregations in churches and mosques all across the country, and said the country has made tremendous progress in building its capacity as significant gains have been upped in laboratory and human resource capacity. “We must stay engaged and deploy more resources until we reach zero new cases.” He stated that regulations have been put in place that require every Sierra Leonean to make the supreme sacrifice by complying with them.

On behalf of the council, Sheik Abu Bakarr Conteh appreciated and endorsed the initiative adding that they can’t stop admiring the astute leadership of President Koroma particularly the respect he accords to religious leaders in the country. He pledged their unstinting support to the initiative. Alhaji U.N.S Jah stated that the outbreak is a national problem and that every Sierra Leonean should be part and parcel of the efforts to eradicate the virus.

Air time will be provided by SLBC TV for the 7-day exercise of prayer and fasting across the country.

Gunfire rocks Banjul, but President Yahya Jammeh says Government has crushed attempted coup

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Banjul, the capital of the Gambia, was rocked by heavy machine gun fire this morning and troops were said to have attacked State House. However, President Yahya Jammeh has just made the following statement to his countrymen and women on Facebook, from France where he is presently on a state visit.

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My fellow Gambians:

At 1 o’clock this morning, forces loyal to Lamin Sanneh, the disgraced former Commanding Officer of the State Guards, invaded The Gambia from Senegal in an attempt to overthrow its legitimate government. A group of armed men attacked the presidential palace and the Denton bridge military post before being quickly repelled.

Four of the insurgents were killed and four more captured. Sanneh himself sustained injuries and may have died in the attack.

No Gambian feels the aguish of this heinous plot more deeply than I, against whom Sanneh adds the sin of betraying a friend to the ignominy of high treason.

Rest assured that the Enemies of the People have been defeated, and I will be returning from my state visit to France immediately in order to oversee an investigation and ensure that the perpetrators of this plot face stern justice.

END OF THE BROADCAST

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Various news agencies quote Gambian military officers and diplomats as saying that coup has been foiled . An Army spokesman has called on civilians to remain calm and stay home.

JOLLOF NEWS , a Gambian online news magazine reported ..”some armed men led by former State House Commander, Lt Colonel Lamin Sanneh, invaded the country yesterday evening from neighbouring Senegal and attacked the presidential palace in Banjul and the military post at the Denton Bridge, which links Banjul to the southern part of the country. ..The gun fight started at around 1 am local time and lasted until the early hours of the morning. Lt Colonel Sanneh is reported to have been injured during the gun fight. There are unconfirmed reports that he has died of his injuries.  Four armed men were reported to have been killed while four others have been captured. One of attackers is reported to have sustained serious injuries. “

The paper further reported : “Between four and five people were killed during a gun battle at State House and Denton Bridge,” said a senior government official who requested anonymity. Our source said a shoot-out took place on the outskirts of Banjul, with one soldier sustaining serious injuries and is being treated at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.   

“A small group of ill-intentioned individuals attempted to carry out this evil plot against our peaceful country,” the source said. “Thank God our gallant soldiers were able to neutralise them.”  

At the time of writing this report, armed soldiers are reported to be patrolling the streets of Banjul and Kanilai.

Ebola Setback: Dozens of New Cases Reported in Liberia

Monday, December 29th, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — Authorities in Liberia said Monday there have been dozens of new Ebola cases erupting along the border with Sierra Leone. The announcement by Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah on Monday marks a setback for Liberia, which has seen the number of cases stabilize somewhat after having been the hardest hit country in West Africa.

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Nyenswah blamed the flare-up on a number of factors including people going in and out of the country and traditional practices such as the washing of bodies. Nearly 3,400 people have died from Ebola in Liberia over the past year with nearly 8,000 cases, though health officials say the situation has improved especially in the capital, Monrovia. Sierra Leone, by comparison, has now eclipsed Liberia with more than 9,000 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

God will bring better Christmases to Sierra Leone after we would have overcome this test to our nation

Monday, December 29th, 2014

By KABS KANU : 

Sierra Leone is going through trials and testings. God often tests us with trials we do not understand.

At times, things happen to us that we do not understand. In some jobs, you work hard and diligently, but you have a devil-inspired and demonic boss , who is up to no good and who never appreciates your effort and is in fact trying to have you fired . God will make him fail, because when you would have undergone all the trials, God will reward you abundantly, may be even with a promotion , while he may be fired.

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At times, you live a very prudent and careful life. You do not drink ; you do not smoke; You do not engage in excessive and risky sex; You control your life. Then you go to see your doctor and he tells you that you have a disease that is usually common with people who smoke, drink or abuse their bodies sexually. You wonder what is happening. That is trial and testing. They are problems you do not deserve at all. This is what Sierra Leone is undergoing presently : Trials and testings. We do not deserve Ebola and all the problems it has created , including the cheerless Christmas we just had. But let us not despair. After every trial and testing, there is often abundant blessings.

JAMES 1 : 12 tells us that : “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” The crown of life can also be abundant blessings on this earth.. God makes us to start enjoying our heaven right on this earth, if we do not lose hope and continue to trust him. Before God blessed Abraham, he tested him. We know the story of Job, a righteous man, wh was tested with lots of calamities but was blessed far more than the past after he had undergone the excruciating trials. Who knows the good things God has planned for us in Sierra Leone ? Is it possible that after Ebola, we will become an oil-rich nation ? That is possible. With God, all things are possible.

It is also significant to know that some trials come from the devil. Satan realizes that there is a huge blessing coming your way. He will bring unanticipated and undeserved problems to tempt you to do something that will destroy the oncoming blessings. It is not easy when we are undergoing trials and temptings. Words of consolation meant to help us annoy us. BUT DO NOT DESPAIR. Continue trusting God, even when it is impossible to do so. Better times will surely come.

Better times and better Christmases are coming for Sierra Leone. God is about to bless our nation. If you are spiritual, you can smell it in the air, even with all the despair, pain and suffering going on. So, do, my fellow Sierra Leoneans, let us not give up .Let us not despair. Let us continue to trust the Lord, like Abraham and Job did. There are blessings coming for us in Sierra Leone. By God’s grace, we will never suffer for nothing.

One day, we will remember 2014 only as a reference point to appreciate the abundant blessings that God will bring our nation. One day, the very nations we beg from today will come to us to beg for aid. Let our oil exploration start. May God comfort your hearts with these passages from his word.

1 Peter 5:10 ESV

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

James 1:12 ESV /

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:2-8 ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Romans 8:18 ESV /

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

1 Peter 4:12 ESV / 2

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

Psalm 34:19 ESV /

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.