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World Vision to take up Management of Dead Bodies

2014-11-19 20:29:27

By Mabel Whenzle, Freetown.
The Chief Executive Officer of the National Ebola Response Centre NERC Major (Rtd) Palo Conteh (pictured) has disclosed that World Vision UK has signed up a partnership agreement that will involve it becoming responsible for the management of dead bodies across the country.
Addressing journalists at a weekly press briefing recently organised by the National Ebola Response Centre, he said the five million pounds sterling DFID funded project will be used for the (...)

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Ebola in West Africa: WHO says no travel restrictions

2 June

By PV Staff
The World Health Organization (WHO) with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland has released an update on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in three West African countries which are also part of the Mano River Union(MRU): Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The fourth member, Cote d’Ivoire, is Ebola-free at the moment. WHO seems to realize that EVD can only be seriously contained by concerted efforts in all three countries which should be sharing information, strategies and (...)

London Mining welcomes six new graduate interns

30 May

London Mining is happy to announce that, this month, it took on six new graduates of the University of Sierra Leone’s Fourah Bay College as interns at their iron ore mining operation in the Marampa Chiefdom. This is the third year that the Company has participated in the Graduate Internship Partnership – a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM).
“London Mining believes that companies must take steps to (...)

Ebola Hits Sierra Leone

26 May

By Our Correspondent
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed over the weekend that four people have died in the Kailahun district, eastern Sierra Leone from the dreaded Ebola virus that had been ravaging neighbouring Guinea and Liberia.
When the virus, a new strain different from other ebola viruses appeared in Guinea, the Sierra Leone government and foreign partners mobilized their resources and set up surveillance units in different parts of the country. A significant anti-ebola (...)

London Mining Wins Platts Industry Leadership Award

23 May

London Mining, which operates in Lunsar, northern Sierra Leone, has announced that it has been awarded the Platts Industry Leadership Award in the Raw Materials and Mining category for the development of its Marampa iron ore mine in Sierra Leone.
The judges for the category cited London Mining’s track record for turning risk into reward by executing its project in Sierra Leone with efficiency and innovation. They felt that London Mining operates with awareness of its responsibility (...)

Indigenization of The Economy: The Sanpha Koroma Example

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 22 May

Trade in the West African state of Sierra Leone was in the colonial period mostly carried out by Creoles or Krios ( descendants of the freed slaves from the Americas in the 18th century) and rivaled by Fullahs and Mandingoes in the Hinterland that was later amalgamated ( in 1896) to what was then called the Colony of Sierra Leone. But in later generations more of the Creoles opted to send their children to Britain where they studied courses for white collar jobs and never replaced (...)

State House invites Kamarainba to join the APC

22 May

By PV Staff.
In what can only be described as a Kafkaesque scenario, a State House press release has asked young political maverick Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray (photo) to join the ruling APC party. State House press releases usually reflect the views of the President and the rest of the government of Sierra Leone.
But what makes the invitation very funny and bizarre, reminiscent of the works of the great Czech German-language writer Franz Kafka is that the State House press release sent (...)

Human Rights Watch Exposes AML

22 May

By Our Correspondent
US-based Human Rights Watch, one of the foremost global human rights organizations, came out recently with a damning report on the activities of African Minerals Limited, Sierra Leone’s biggest mining company whose top executives are the highly controversial Frank Timis and his Sierra Leonean sidekick Gibril Moseray Fadika. Both men have been accused of running a bottom-feeder racket in several African countries.
AML operates in the Tonkolili district, one of (...)

Saying Goodbye to a Fallen Comrade – APC Smith

19 May

By Egerton Tamba Kamara, former APC Secretary General.
Every time a colleague of mine passes away I feel sad and I reflect. William Juana Smith, aka APC Smith’s passing has left a void in my heart and in the APC political party that will be difficult to fill. He was much esteemed in our party in which he served and was generally recognized as one whose acts and deeds were worthy of emulation. I always pay tribute to colleagues, and by William Juana Smith’s death, it gives me (...)

On Violence Against Women in Sierra Leone

12 May

By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK.*
I grew up in a society wherein women are allowed to be seen, not heard. It was the case in every corner of Sierra Leone. I grew up asking myself, what’s wrong with our society? Why are women so badly treated? I was worried that I would grow up only to be treated the same way as all the women I knew. The country’s decade-old conflict only deepened my pessimism about the future. Before the war, what was considered the normal was the (...)

Bio Joins "Afta U Na V" Chorus

8 May

H. E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone
State House
6th May, 2014.
Dear Mr. President,
On January 27, 2014, I wrote you an open letter on the amendment of Section 79 (1) of the National Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 in which your Government introduced entirely new qualifications for the position of Speaker of Parliament. I also dealt with (...)

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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 (...)