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"We Must be in This Together" - President Koroma

2014-12-19 08:13:26

President Ernest Bai Koroma over the past few days had been preoccupied with mobilizing community involvement especially in the Western Area, engaging traditional and religious leaders, heads of cultural societies and other stakeholders to take personal responsibility in the fight to eradicate Ebola.
At several Town Hall meetings in the Western Area, the president urged Sierra Leoneans to change their attitudes and avoid practices that have the tendency to accelerate the rate of new (...)

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Mohamed Jalloh: A Life of Historic Firsts

23 September

By Our Correspondent
A Life of Historic Firsts
A Biography of Mohamed A. Jalloh.
The life of our 2014 Grand Chief Patron, Mr. Mohamed A. Jalloh (St. Edward’s Secondary School Class of 1973), Managing Director of Bridgedal Capital Management, LLC, a financial services company based in suburban Washington, D.C., USA, can be accurately summarized as a life of historic firsts: When Mohamed A. Jalloh (pictured), universally known to his very many friends by his nickname, Moh’m, (...)

Ebola: Establish Mechanisms for Treatment Abroad

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 15 September

Opinion
It is indeed sad that we have lost yet another medical doctor, Dr.Olivette Buck, to the dreaded Ebola virus disease. She is the fourth Sierra Leonean doctor to be taken away by the disease, thus severely reducing the number of medics in this fight and scaring away a lot of nurses who used to look up to her for guidance and motivation. May her soul rest in peace.
One thing that has shocked Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone at home and abroad is the allegation that WHO (...)

Mr. President, Okada Curfew is Causing Hardship

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 12 September

President Koroma’s immense and timely efforts in containing the Ebola outbreak has been widely appreciated in the country as many lives have been saved, although the Okada ( commercial motorbikes) curfew has caused untold hardship to commuters especially those residing at Wellington and beyond. The 7.00 AM to 7:00PM curfew was imposed on Okadas in the city was as a result of suspicion that they were transporting persons suspected of being infected with Ebola into the city or (...)

Cholera Outbreak Rattles Accra

by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 11 September

While Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are rattled by an alarming upsurge in Ebola infections and high death rates, a cholera outbreak is ravaging Accra, capital of Ghana reaching pandemic levels, officials say. Authorities blame the current outbreak on poor sanitation and poverty that are common in the shantytowns and ghettos of the city. Overcrowded health centers are also aiding the rapid spread of the infection. The Vice President of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur reports that 10,000 (...)

Meet Bintou, the African-German Female Boxer

10 September

African ladies are normally known for other things than boxing, except for this one who is changing history and making the story look different.
Miss Bintou Yawa Schmill, 29 years old, black African with Togolese ancestry born and based in Germany, started her boxing career at a tender age. Now as an adult her career is moving fast. She has been superb in the boxing ring has won 24 fights and two draws in the welterweight category.
Bintou Schmill, also known as "The Voice" has since 2007 (...)

Ebola Hits Senegal

by Gibril Koroma - 29 August

Senegalese Health Minister Awa Coll-Seck (pictured) announced today at a press conference in Dakar the first Ebola case in her country. According to Jeune Afrique magazine, the person infected is an unnamed Guinean student who "disappeared" in Guinea three weeks ago. He was subsequently traced by Guinean health officials who accordingly informed their Senegalese counterparts.
This makes Senegal the fifth African country to be hit by the ebola virus in recent times after Guinea, Liberia, (...)

At the Kailahun Ebola Frontline in August

28 August

Commentary
By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
While President Ernest Bai Koroma was hosting an ‘Ebola Press Conference’ in State House, Freetown, Sierra Leone born and bred film producer, owner/manager of B-Trixx film productions, ‘cyber journalist’, Jaime Yaya Barry, was guarding two international journalists into the epicenter of the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone, Kailahun District. The journalists were Samuel Aranda of the National Geographic (...)

OKSA: Keynote Address by H.E Hon. Ibrahim Sorie

27 August

Public Spiritedness and Its Role in Community Development
Keynote Address By
H.E. Hon. Ibrahim Sorie Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union (EU).
Delivered on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of Old Kolenten Secondary School Students Association (OKSA) in Virginia, USA, on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August, 2014.
Esteemed Master of Ceremonies,
Mr. President of OKSA,
Excellencies,
Colleague Ambassadors (...)

OKSA Reunion: Chairman Hassan Baraka’s Speech

25 August

2014 OKSA Reunion Night Speech at the Comfort Inn Landmark, Alexandria, Virginia, Friday, August 22, 2014.
Good evening fellow alums, friends of Kolenten, ladies and gentlemen.
I feel very much honored to stand in front of you in my capacity as chairman of OKSA, USA.
OKSA-USA was founded March 1992 when the first meeting of old boys and girls was convened at Flagstaff Road, Landover, Maryland, at the residence of Dr. Alusine S. Jah.
After that meeting, another one was convened in 1993 (...)

Old Kolenten Students Association Reunion & Dance

19 August

Reunion
Firday August 22, 2014.
Venue: Comfort Inn Landmark
6254 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22312.
Dance
Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Venue: Capitol Heights, Maryland.
8741 G. Ashwood Drive,
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Co-Grand Chief Patrons:
1. Dr. Ernest Sahid Surrur
(Cabinet Secretary, Sierra Leone).
2. His Excellency Ibrahim Sorie
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Commission.
DJ: Alhaji Argba (...)

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EDITORIAL

Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds of (...)

OPINION

The Truth About Reporting Corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)