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Ebola: President Koroma Issues Stern Warning

2014-10-28 23:16:01

On a working visit to Port Loko, Bombali and Tonkolili districts over the weekend, President Ernest Bai Koroma issued a stern warning to traditional and religious leaders to take responsibility to halt the spread of the virus in their chiefdoms and districts.
According to a State House report the President said the country has a crisis that should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves and added that government in its efforts to improve the efficiency of handling the outbreak (...)

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Dialogue Between Sole Brother and Soul Sister

2014-10-29 01:26:57

By Professor Emeritus Jonathan Peters, Freetown, Siera Leone.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Over nearly four decades after my first practice of meditation began in 1978 and particularly since I began writing creatively in 1986, my writing has evolved from a point of struggle to produce a half page (125 words, i.e., 250 words a page, 10 words per line) or so of critical or creative output to occasions when I have drafted as many as ten thousand words—in one instance 13,000 words on a (...)

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Peaceful Ebola Awareness March in New York

2014-10-29 02:03:43

By Amadu Massally, USA. saloneamadu@gmail.com
It was a kind of chilly afternoon in New York City as we congregated on 8th Avenue to begin a peaceful march last Friday of about 12 blocks - one way - to the Daag Hammarskjold UN Plaza.
We did not have thousands of people present, but we had a few hundred who were committed to the cause. What attracted me more than anything is the way people looked at us as to whether they were suspicious of us as carriers of Ebola, or were empathetic to our (...)

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    Peaceful Ebola Awareness March in New York

    29 October

    By Amadu Massally, USA. saloneamadu@gmail.com
    It was a kind of chilly afternoon in New York City as we congregated on 8th Avenue to begin a peaceful march last Friday of about 12 blocks - one way - to the Daag Hammarskjold UN Plaza.
    We did not have thousands of people present, but we had a few hundred who were committed to the cause. What attracted me more than anything is the way people looked at us as to whether they were suspicious of us as carriers of Ebola, or were empathetic to our (...)

    Dialogue Between Sole Brother and Soul Sister

    29 October

    By Professor Emeritus Jonathan Peters, Freetown, Siera Leone.
    Dear Friends and Colleagues,
    Over nearly four decades after my first practice of meditation began in 1978 and particularly since I began writing creatively in 1986, my writing has evolved from a point of struggle to produce a half page (125 words, i.e., 250 words a page, 10 words per line) or so of critical or creative output to occasions when I have drafted as many as ten thousand words—in one instance 13,000 words on a (...)

    Ebola: President Koroma Issues Stern Warning

    28 October

    On a working visit to Port Loko, Bombali and Tonkolili districts over the weekend, President Ernest Bai Koroma issued a stern warning to traditional and religious leaders to take responsibility to halt the spread of the virus in their chiefdoms and districts.
    According to a State House report the President said the country has a crisis that should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves and added that government in its efforts to improve the efficiency of handling the outbreak (...)

    Port Loko Holding and Treatment Centre Ready for Use

    27 October

    The fight against Ebola is taking a new turn in the Port Loko district where there has been an upsurge in the number of cases of Ebola. A strategic facility has been put up in Port Loko town to respond adequately to Ebola cases that will be reported from that part of the country.
    The creation of a holding and treatment centre that can accommodate as much as 108 patients to alleviate the huge problems and address the increasing number of cases in the district is ready for use.
    The (...)

    Obituary: Arnold R. B. Samuels

    by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 27 October

    The Samuels families in The United States and Freetown, Sierra Leone are mourning the death of their youngest son/brother: Arnold Reginald Balogue Samuels of Congo Town, who died suddenly in Freetown.
    He was snatched at the age of 28 years, by the poisoned arrow of death on October 20, 2014. Samuels was a vibrant member of Saint Peters West African Methodist Church, Congo Town, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and member of the Youth Fellowship. He was also a member of the (...)

    EDITORIAL

    Sex in the Time of Ebola

    By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

    OPINION

    Television and Learning

    By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)

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    Treatment Centre for Port Loko

    27 October

    The Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu, together with the Special Adviser to His Excellency the President, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo recently made a conducted tour of the ongoing construction of a 90 bed facility that will be used as a holding and treatment centre for Ebola cases in the Port Loko District to assess the progress of the work and to provide the necessary support for a speedy conclusion of the project.
    The Minister who has been on the forefront in (...)

    Cremation: A Suggestion for Burial of Ebola Victims

    23 October

    Cremation: A Suggestion for Burial of Ebola Victims.
    By Imodale Caulker Burnett, Virginia, USA.*
    Dear Sierra Leonean Friends and Family,
    The reports from home, which we get on the internet and Face book as well as from the phone calls we make, are getting worse each day. We are already in serious trouble. If more aggressive action is not taken soon, the situation will be untenable!
    In a discussion with some of my family and friends, it became clear that one of the biggest problems, is (...)

    WFP Distributes Food in Waterloo

    22 October

    Amid concerns over the increasing rate of Ebola infection in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and partners has started distributing food for 265,000 people on the outskirts of the capital.
    The distribution in the suburb of Waterloo will be the biggest one-off food distribution in the country since the start of the Ebola outbreak.
    WFP mobilized 700 aid workers to distribute in just one day over 800 metric tons of food rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt meeting (...)

    DRC Expels UN Official

    22 October

    Scott Campbell (pictured), a UN official, has been expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He has been monitoring and documenting human rights violations in that country.
    Here is a statement from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conveyed by his spokesman on human rights:
    The Secretary-General condemns the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country Mr. Scott Campbell, Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights (...)

    A Tribute to Nurses

    22 October

    By Mohamed A. Jalloh (USA)
    [Note: The following tribute was originally posted in the popular SALONEDiscussion forum on October 20, 2014]
    I have the greatest respect for our dedicated nurses who literally risk their own lives every single day at work in order to save the lives of others. If one accepts the fact that one’s life is the greatest gift that God has given one, then it is a truism that whoever protects another’s life is also giving that person the greatest gift ever (...)

    Musician of the Week: Diego El Cigala

    21 October

    Spanish gypsy flamenco singer Diego El Cigala will perform at Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Saturday October 25.
    According to the centre’s web site, Diego El Cigala’s earthy, exultant and richly emotive voice marks him as one of the great singers of the century. He is well known for the highly celebrated album Lágrimas Negras, recorded with legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, and his gravelly voice has captured the hearts of millions. This Chan Centre (...)

    "What we know about Ebola Transmission"-WHO

    21 October

    The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.
    The Ebola virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.
    Saliva and tears may also carry some risk. However, the studies implicating these additional bodily fluids were extremely (...)

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    Port Loko Holding and Treatment Centre Ready for Use

    27 October

    The fight against Ebola is taking a new turn in the Port Loko district where there has been an upsurge in the number of cases of Ebola. A strategic facility has been put up in Port Loko town to respond adequately to Ebola cases that will be reported from that part of the country. The creation (...)

    African News »

    Obituary: Arnold R. B. Samuels

    by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 27 October

    The Samuels families in The United States and Freetown, Sierra Leone are mourning the death of their youngest son/brother: Arnold Reginald Balogue Samuels of Congo Town, who died suddenly in Freetown. He was snatched at the age of 28 years, by the poisoned arrow of death on October 20, 2014. (...)

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    Cleanest LNG Facilities for BC

    21 October

    Environment Minister Mary Polak has introduced legislation that ensures British Columbia will have the cleanest liquefied natural gas facilities in the world. Having the world’s cleanest LNG facilities means protecting the air and water in B.C., which is why Premier Christy Clark (photo) (...)

    Sports »

    Yaya Toure, Nissan’s New Global Ambassador

    11 October

    Nissan announced, October 8, that Yaya Touré, the Ivorian soccer wizard and three-time African Footballer of the Year and UEFA Champions League winner, as its newest global ambassador. The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder has agreed to a deal which will see him work alongside (...)

    World News »

    A Tribute to Nurses

    22 October

    By Mohamed A. Jalloh (USA) [Note: The following tribute was originally posted in the popular SALONEDiscussion forum on October 20, 2014] I have the greatest respect for our dedicated nurses who literally risk their own lives every single day at work in order to save the lives of others. If (...)