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Peaceful Ebola Awareness March in New York

2014-10-29 02:03:43

By Amadu Massally, USA.
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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Tom Nyuma and the Making of the NPRC: In Memoriam to “Ranger”(Part One)

5 February

By Patrick S. Bernard, USA.
It is always tough to write an obituary of a young person who dies too soon. I find myself in that position writing this obituary of Tom Nyuma, a young man who died at 42 years old on January 26, 2014. But what I write here is less about Tom the dead, and more about what he did when he lived.
For those who fought with him—in Liberia when he was among the first group of Sierra Leonean soldiers sent under ECOMOG in 1990, and then in Sierra Leone where he (...)

Freetown: ACC Secures Conviction on Bribery Charge

3 February

Police Constable 10688 Samuel Abass Jah of the Traffic Division, attached to the Central Police Station in Freetown, was on Wednesday 29 January 2014, convicted on corruption charges relating to bribery contrary to Anti- Corruption Act 2008.
Police Officer 10688 Jah, who pleaded guilty to all three counts, was arrested on 11th July 2013, during a sting operation after the Commission received complaints from the public that the said traffic police officer was harassing and soliciting bribes (...)

Street Traders and State Power

3 February

By Dr.Yusuf Bangura,
Department of Political Science,
Fourah Bay College, Freetown.
There have been sporadic confrontations between state authorities and street traders over the use of public spaces in Freetown. These confrontations on the streets and pavements of the city now seem to occur every year with no sign of meaningful resolution.
Streets are, by law, meant to facilitate the movement of vehicles, and pavements help pedestrians to move around cities without fear of (...)

London Mining Improves Lunsar Roads

3 February

London Mining Company is pleased to announce that its contractor, Universal Services, has now completed the Company-sponsored Road Improvement Project, which has upgraded a number of roads that are vital to its operating community of Lunsar.
The work, which entailed an investment of USD 43,500 (Le 186,180,000), complements that which is being carried out by SALCOST under the auspices of the Government of Sierra Leone.
“As one of the largest investors in Sierra Leone, London Mining (...)

The need for more productive jobs for Africa’s Youth

27 January

With more than half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population now under the age of 25, and as many as 11 million young Africans expected to join the labor market every year for the next decade, creating millions of productive, well-paying jobs will be vital to boost economic growth, significantly cut poverty, and create shared prosperity in Africa, according to a new World Bank report on youth employment in Africa.
While many African economies have registered impressive economic growth in (...)

Abacha Women, Literocrats and Bambara Stream

27 January

By Mohamed Gibril Sesay, Freetown, Sierra Leone. It has been so easy to blame Abacha traders for the traffic and other ills of the city of Freetown. So easy that it has become almost the vogue, a sort of hallowed wisdom amongst the literocrats, that is: the members of the literocracy, that is: rule of the literate as mandated by the constitution and bureaucratic customs, that is: the literate rule and galvanize opposition to rule, from the judiciary to the legislature, (...)

Job Opportunities at Dawnus

21 January

Experienced Operators ONLY
You must have a minimum of 2yrs experience and hold a valid driving licence – category C & D
Please ensure you attend with a copy of an up-to-date CV &
2 Passport photos
DO NOT APPLY: If you have been previously unsuccessful or dismissed by Dawnus (...)

Interview with Sierra Leonean Writer Francess Cole

by Gibril Koroma - 20 January

Francess Cole, pictured, is a young, intelligent and promising Sierra Leonean writer based in Maryland, USA. Her first book, an autobiography, is titled Distant Sunrise-the Strength in her Pain to Forgive, in which she narrates her extremely painful past and how she has been able to deal with it and get on with her life. She is currently working on another book.
In the following interview by email with Patriotic Vanguard publisher Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, Francess responds to questions on (...)

Lawyer Abdul Serry-Kamal Passes On

18 January

By PV staff.
Another heavyweight APC politician, lawyer Abdul Serry-Kamal, has passed away in Maryland, USA. He became Attorney-General and Minister of Justice after the APC, led by Ernest Koroma, won the 2007 elections but lost that position in December 2010.
The son of a chief in the Makeni area, Serry-Kamal (photo) was quiet and unassuming but was a very highly disciplined man of principles not afraid to voice his opinions. He was one of the APC politicians to stoutly defend the party (...)

Building Smart in Ghana: The Story of Regimanuel Gray Limited

14 January

It’s daybreak in Accra, Ghana, and temperatures are already soaring to a searing 30 degrees Celsius. Jobsites around this southeastern Atlantic seaside city are quickly filling up with workers who for the next 8 hours will toil and broil in unrelenting heat and humidity as they play their rightful role in Ghana’s bubbling construction sector.
By contrast things are somewhat more relaxed at a sprawling jobsite in Klagon, where Regimanuel Gray Limited (RGL) is building 1,680 (...)

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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 (...)


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, (...)