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Information Minister Hands Over Holding Centres to Paramount Chiefs

2014-11-21 09:03:08

By Ibrahim Siraju Bah
The Minister of Information and Communications Hon. Alhaji Alphha B. S Kanu (right, in photo) has formally handed over two holding centres in the Port Loko district to the Paramount Chiefs of Lokomasama and Kafubulum Chiefdoms to enhance their capacity in the fight against the Ebola virus. The event took place at the Lokomasa holding centre on the 19th November, 2014.
Whilst handing over the centers, he said they are ready for use and will start operations the (...)

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Edison Yongai on his latest novel

23 June

By Tony Bee , Sydney, Australia.
On Tuesday June 17 this year, prolific Sierra Leonean writer, Edison Nyambeche Yongai (photo), did a public reading of his latest novel titled No Name For Refugees to eager readers in the Auburn local government area in Australia.
The book was published by Balboa Press of Australia and released to the public at the beginning of March. The reading coincided with celebrations marking Refugee Week, a programme described as “Australia’s peak (...)

UK Supports Fight Against Corruption

23 June

By Alimamy Lahai Kamara, Freetown.
Peter West (photo) the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has said the United Kingdom attaches importance to anti-corruption issues in Sierra Leone.
West made the statement during the launch of the National Anti- Corruption Strategy 2014-2018 (NACS) at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown recently.
“Corruption is a constraint to progress, (...)

Police arrest rail thieves in Port Loko

22 June

Police in the North West Region, Port Loko district, are investigating four people after they were arrested cutting and stealing railway lines and clips in the concession areas of African Minerals (SL) Limited.
In a statement released Tuesday 17 June, 2014, Assistant Inspector General of police, FUK Daboh (photo) said “certain unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals are in the habit of damaging and stealing African Minerals railway lines.”
He said a case in point was the (...)

Freetown: Seaga Shaw lectures public on humanitarian journalism

19 June

Special to the Patriotic Vanguard
A senior lecturer in Media and Politics at Northumbria University in the UK Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw recently delivered the third John Akar Memorial Lecture series on ‘Journalism and the Political Economy of Humanitarianism ‘organised by the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) at the British Council in Freetown.
The Lecture was broadcast live on Radio and TV. Talk show host Samuel Valcarcel reminded the audience that John Akar was the (...)

Resource Wealth and Development

18 June

Resource Wealth and Development
(A Note for a panel discussion on launch of Paradoxes of History and Memory in Contemporary Sierra Leone; edited by Sylvia Ojutuku-Macauley and Ismail Rashid; Lexington Books, 2013)
Yusuf Bangura
Department of Political Science
Fourah Bay College
5 June, 2014
One of the big challenges I often face when trying to understand Sierra Leone’s contemporary history is how little there is of scholarly work that connects past and present efforts in (...)

US Book Launch of “The Freetown Bond: A Life Under Two Flags"

18 June

The House of VANyAH is pleased to announce the US Book Launch of “The Freetown Bond: A Life Under Two Flags,” the memoirs of the Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature Eldred Durosimi Jones with Marjorie Jones on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 2 to 6 pm at the Social Hall of the Holy Family Seminary on 401 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904.
The formalities are scheduled from 3 to 4 pm. Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the US, the Honorable Bockari K. Stevens (...)

An Unsung Hero of Sierra Leone

16 June

Editor’s Note: This article is culled from the popular Salone Discussion Forum.
By Mohamed A. Jalloh, USA.
Good Evening my SALONEDiscussion sisters and brothers, Today, we humbly introduce yet another Sunday feature in our constant quest to make our forum an even better total experience for our valuable members: "Reflections." This is the result of our wildly successful Sunday feature, "A Walk Down Musical Memory Lane," which showcases musical selections. However, (...)

Prof Osman Sankoh speaks at World Health Assembly

12 June

The Executive Director of the INDEPTH Network, Prof Osman Sankoh (photo), has called for a stronger international commitment to investing in research, development and innovation in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). This, he said, was needed in many areas, but urgent in the field of health because it was cost effective and saves lives.
“Research into health threats not only saves lives – it also helps governments and donors to save money, firstly by identifying threats (...)

How Guinea Handles Ebola Misinformation

9 June

Will eating raw onions once a day for three days protect me from Ebola? Is it safe to eat mangoes? Is it true that a daily intake of condensed milk can prevent infection with Ebola? These are just some of the questions posed to the health workers responding round the clock to calls received through the free Ebola hotline. With so many Ebola deaths to date, fear has allowed the spread of rumours and misinformation.
The Ministry of Health of Guinea set up Hotline 115 when it announced the (...)

Makeni: New ACC Official Introduces Himself

9 June

Dear All,
It is a privilege and honour for me succeeding my colleague Patrick Sandi as ACC Regional Manager-North. Its certainly not an easy pair of shoes to fill, considering the landmark succesess of his tenure. He notably succeeded in demystifying the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which was hitherto feared. Even the mere mention of its name was frightening to public officers.
Nonetheless its a challenge worth taking and the position has presented me an opportunity to learn and (...)

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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 (...)


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 (...)