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Dialogue Between Sole Brother and Soul Sister

2014-10-29 01:26:57

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

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New Novel by Syl Cheney-Coker

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 5 July

Sierra Leone’s leading and best-known writer, Syl Cheney-Coker (photo) has written a second novel called Sacred River. His first novel was the award-winning Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar.
Cheney-Coker’s writing is complex and can be enormously difficult and easily misunderstood by the less careful reader. I would say there is a similarity of style between him and Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka in their use of language and constant attention to their countries of (...)

Police Investigate Rangers Manpower Solutions

4 July

By Titus Boye-Thompson, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Senior police officers in Sierra Leone are currently investigating a limited liability company registered in Sierra Leone with foreign nationals as shareholders that has collected moneys to the tune of around Le 1.4billion from students and unemployed young people in this country for the purpose of finding them work placements in Canada, Finland and Australia.
The company was publicly launched with much fanfare with the directors (...)

London Mining supports public education campaign on Ebola

4 July

London Mining has announced a donation of Le 115 million (US$ 26,497) as an emergency support to help stem the spread of the Ebola disease outbreak in Sierra Leone. This is part of London Mining’s ongoing support to communities, local authorities and government to prevent the spread of the disease and a purely precautionary action plan with the locus of the Ebola outbreak in a completely different part of the country.
The Company has donated Le70 million to (...)

Musician of the Week: Sam Fan Thomas

30 June

Sam Fan Thomas is a Cameroonian musician associated with Makossa (also known as Makassi). He began in the late 1960s and had his first hit with Rikiatou.
His African Typic Collection would be an international hit in 1984 and is perhaps his best known album.
Thomas began his career in the early 1970s as a guitarist in the Cameroonian band Tigres Noires. He stayed with that band until 1976, when he decided to launch a solo career.
About Makossa
Makossa is a noted Cameroonian popular (...)

Program Reminder of "Freetown Bond" by Eldred Jones

28 June

Program Reminder of Freetown Bond By Eldred Jones.
This Saturday, June 28 from 2 to 6 pm at the Holy Family Seminary (Social Hall) 401 Randolph Road (Colesville), Silver Spring, MD 20904. The program is 2 to 6 pm, the formalities are from 3 - 4 pm as follows: Welcome/Introduction of MC - Amelia Fitzjohn Broderick (Host) MC’s opening remarks - Professor Nemata Blyden
Deputy Chair, Department of History
The George Washington University. MC introduces Professor Mbye Cham (...)

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): The Key is Prevention

26 June

By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia USA.
News of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the deaths of two Sierra Leoneans from the virus in neighboring Guinea spread like wild fire during the harmattan season. I spoke to relatives in Sierra Leone and they were worried about EVD because they don’t know what causes it or how to prevent its occurrence. EVD is caused by a virus that was first discovered in 1976 (...)

Freetown: Police Complete COS Investigation

24 June

By Titus Boye-Thompson.
The Sierra Leone Police have completed their investigations on the timber case involving former State House Chief of Staff Richard Konteh (photo) and others. This announcement was made by the Head of Crime Management at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Chief Superintendent Ibrahim Koroma Tuesday 24th June 2014 at a press conference at Police Headquarters George Street Freetown.
The files concerning the investigation and the police report accompanying (...)

John Benjamin says Maada Bio should Support Him

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 20 June

John Oponjo Benjamin (photo) commonly called JOB is among the numerous people vying for the flagbearership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), the country’s oldest party founded in 1951. He has been a Chief Secretary of State in the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) , former leader of the National Unity Party (NUP) and one time Minister of Finance in the government of (late) President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and is currently in private business holding the position of (...)

Ebola: Frank Timis Reassures Workers

16 June

By PV Staff.
Frank Timis (photo), chairman of the African Minerals company that is involved in iron ore mining in the Bumbuna area, Tonkolili district, has arrived in Sierra Leone and has been meeting with workers to reassure them that he is in solidarity with them regarding the Ebola menace in the country.
According to a press release from Tanu Jalloh, AML press officer, Timis told his workers in Tonkolili and Pepel that he will do everything to keep them safe and has put in place (...)

Isolating and Managing Ebola

14 June

By Felix Sesay, Virginia, USA.
When the Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Leone Dr. Brima Kargbo, made the clarion call to action against the dreaded Ebola virus on April 9, 2014, he specifically advised the public against the consumption of bush meat (standard precaution , because one may never know which bush meat is infected with the Ebola virus) and coming into contact with infected remains of Ebola victims (the internal hemorrhage caused by the virus can sometimes manifest (...)

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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, (...)