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Weeding Out Ebola in Liberia

2014-12-17 04:10:32

Thousands of smallholder farmers in Liberia are set to benefit from an innovative seed distribution initiative that seeks to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies in Liberia.
The initiative, led by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in partnership with the government and other stakeholders, seeks to strengthen the fragile food system by providing quality seed paired with Ebola prevention messages to farmers, many of whom cannot access critical inputs, (...)

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Canada: Prime Minister Harper’s Statement on Remembrance Day

12 November

Today (Tuesday November 11) we remember the courage and dedication of the Canadian men and women who have fought valiantly over the years to defend our freedom and rights, making it possible for us to live in a peaceful, democratic country where we enjoy one of the best qualities of life in the world.
For the past two centuries, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have earned enormous respect at home and abroad by answering the call to fight against tyranny and evil around the world in (...)

Memunatu Magazine SMS Launch for 10-17 yrs old Girls

9 November

Memunatu Magazine is a new magazine for 10-17 year-old girls throughout West Africa. Join them through WhatsApp to be part of this exciting publication. Memunatu’s goal is to merge fun and educational material for girls to encourage literacy, empowerment, and leadership.
Memunatu Magazine will bring attention to important issues—asking questions and providing information useful to Memunatu readers. Topics such as current events, study habits, health, etc will be covered. (...)

A Tribute to Nurses

7 November

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 (...)

"State of Emergency is Still in Full Force"-Palo Conteh

7 November

By Mabel Whenzle, Freetown.
The Chief Executive Officer of National Ebola Response Centre, Major (Rtd) Palo Conteh has maintained that the State of Emergency invoked by His Excellency the President is still in full force and is expected to run for a one year period.
Addressing members of the fourth estate recently, Palo Conteh decried individuals who continue to detract the smooth operations of the Response Team by way of spreading malicious rumours regarding a lockdown and making fake (...)

Rael Applauds Blaise Compaore’s Departure

5 November

Claude Rael (photo), the French spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) is delighted to see former President Blaise Compaore out of office in Burkina Faso, according to a statement released by the IRM.
It was time for this dictator, so submissive to the Vatican and ex-colonial powers, especially France, to go away, and for a real Kaman [the indigenous term for African] leader to kick Western powers out of Burkina Faso, he said.
"[Compaore’s] allegiance to (...)

Dialogue Between Sole Brother and Soul Sister

29 October

By Professor Emeritus Jonathan Peters, Freetown, Sierra 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 (...)

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 (...)

Musician of the Week: Ballake Sissoko

by Gibril Koroma - 15 October

We are pleased to present this week Paris-based Malian musician Ballake Sissoko. Balloke, who needs no introduction among most francophone West Africans, plays the Kora, an ancient harp, with 21 strings that produces a soothing kind of music.
Ballake, like most traditional West African musicians, comes from a long line of Kora playing griots or traditional singers and oral historians.
The griots are in fact a special group of musicians who hand over their skills from father to son (...)

SLLG Atlanta-MRU African States Declare War Against Ebola

14 October

By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Columbus, Georgia, USA. . News on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the home front is not comforting, despite the best efforts of governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and ordinary citizens and friends of the affected countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The (...)

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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 (...)