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Ernest’s Ebola War Shouldn’t be like ‘Kabbah’s RUF War

2014-07-23 17:53:07

Opinion By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean-oriented FACEBOOK cyber pages are lively social media spaces where people post photos of their social and family life (how beautiful or handsome they are; how rich, academically and professionally successful...or widely travelled they are...); but, sometimes, they can be SLPP-vs-APC partisan ‘war zones’. With the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia recently, and fear that the Ebola virus could filter into (...)Read the full story »

From the Ashes of War, Seeds of Peace

7 March
Op-Ed By Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General What was once the biggest United Nations peace operation in the world winds down this month, and the most extraordinary part of this historic development is that the last UN police officers are not the only ones departing the country – nationals from the once war- ravaged nation are donning blue helmets as they deploy to serve with the UN in other troubled parts of the world. Sierra Leone used to be synonymous with brutality. The savage, (...)

London Mining employees help refurbish Maforki Village School

7 March
Last Sunday, 16th February, a team of approximately 100 London Mining employees volunteered their time and energy towards the refurbishment of the Kulafai Rashiddeen Islamic Primary School, which is a 425 pupil school located in the Maforki Village of the Marampa Chiefdom. The volunteers tackled carpentry, masonry, metal works, painting and polishing; as well as fed 100 children from the village. “London Mining encourages its employees to engage in community initiatives; which is (...)

Freetown: BBN Counselling Centre Celebrates

5 March
The BBN Counselling Centre which was established two years ago as a walk-in counselling centre is a novelty in Sierra Leone. This Centre has alleviated the many psycho-social dilemmas facing Sierra Leonean society, according to a press release from the Centre. "On a personal scale, it is God sent to the 1000 clients who finally found a place to unravel the burning issues disturbing their peace of mind and discover solutions here," the release stated. The release added: “As we mark (...)

The Speaker as Parliamentarian: Repeal Section 77(1) (b)

3 March
Essay By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.* . Introduction In rethinking the judicial power under the current 1991 Constitution, I called for clarity and precision in the demarcation of the original and appellate jurisdiction of the courts, principally the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, so as to aid the public, Bar, and Bench in navigating the labyrinthine world of the law. Even though, as Alexander Hamilton confided in Federalist No.78, “The Judiciary, on the (...)

Tinubu Degree Causes Diplomatic Row

28 February
By Our Correspondent A low level diplomatic row has developed between the governments of Sierra Leone and Nigeria over the recent conferment of an honorary doctorate by Sierra Leone’s Njala University on Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu (photo), leader of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Party (APC). According to media reports in Freetown, officials of the Nigerian High Commission are very upset that a Sierra Leonean university could confer such honour on (...)

Sierra Leone: Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC wins Multimillion USD contract

27 February
According to an African Press Organization (APO) press release So Mulk OGI – Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, a company of the Sharjah-based diversified conglomerate affiliated to Mulk Holdings has recently won a multimillion USD contract to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) expertise for the pioneering USD 18 million project, based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and to become one of West Africa’s largest solar parks. The EPC part of the project will be spear (...)

NCD to Sign MOU with ACC

27 February
By Gibrilla Kargbo, Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a bid to effectively promote democratic good governance through the fight against corruption, the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has paid a courtesy call on the Commissioner of the nation’s anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at their 3 Gloucester Street office in Freetown on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. During a confab held in the Conference Room, the need for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the (...)

The Current Media Situation in Sierra Leone

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 25 February
Analysis The destiny of most African nations now hinges on their media which have great roles to play in lifting their countries out of the doldrums, enhance accelerated development, good governance and the protection of fundamental human rights , but in many situations like in Sierra Leone, the media have become so hawkish and mischievous that they aid bad governance and also by their subjectivity create acrimony within the society which is responsible for the (...)

Africell Sierra Leone Crosses The 2 Million Active Subscribers

15 February
Africell Holding (http://www.africell.com) announces that Africell Sierra Leone crossed the two million mark with over 2,250,000 active subscribers. This is contained in a press release issued by the African Press Organization (APO). "The Group is expecting to end 2014 with over 11 million in total active subscriber base," the release stated. "Africell Sierra Leone is positioned as an uncontestable market leader with 65% market share and is forecasted to cross the 3 million active (...)

UK-based Sierra Leoneans Ready to Assist

13 February
According to an African Press Organization (APO) press release, Sierra Leonean healthcare professionals in the UK are keen to volunteer for short term assignments to fill acute healthcare staffing shortages in their country of origin. The finding emerged from a report: Mapping of Sierra Leonean Health Professionals in the United Kingdom, commissioned by IOM and produced by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). Report co-authors Moses Okech and Denise Awoonor-Renner (photo) (...)

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EDITORIAL

Welcome to the Free Town

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

The mountainous city of Freetown is not only the capital of the coastal West African State of Sierra Leone but is also the seat of government. It is a common saying among the residents that the (...)

OPINION

Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)