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WFP Distributes Food in Waterloo

2014-10-22 08:59:58

Amid concerns over the increasing rate of Ebola infection in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and partners has started distributing food for 265,000 people on the outskirts of the capital.
The distribution in the suburb of Waterloo will be the biggest one-off food distribution in the country since the start of the Ebola outbreak.
WFP mobilized 700 aid workers to distribute in just one day over 800 metric tons of food rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt meeting (...)

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Another APC Giant Falls

14 January

Another APC giant, the Honourable Dr. Idriss Fofanah who held several positions including Minister of Trade and Industry in the 80s, has passed away.
Quiet and unassuming but very loyal, the late Dr. Fofanah hailed from the Tonkolili district, the same district the late Mohamed Suffian Kargbo who also passed away a few days ago, hailed from.
The ruling APC thus has two big funerals to deal with this week. We shall bring you details of Dr. Fofanah’s funeral arrangements when we (...)

State Funeral for the late Honourable Suffian Kargbo

12 January

There will be a State Funeral for the late APC strong man Honourable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo according to his son Claude Meama-Cajue, the administrator of the famous Leonenet-UMBC, a forum for the discussion on Sierra Leonean issues.
Here are the details from Claude:
Open book of condolence APC Secretariat Tuesday - The family will be there.
Lay in state at the APC secretariat on Thursday morning. Family members may speak.
Civic Service at Miatta Conference Hall Thursday afternoon. (...)

What Now, Sierra Leone?

12 January

Opinion
By Granville Jones, Virginia, USA.
What Now, Sierra Leone? What is in Store for 2014 and Beyond?
State Of Hardship
My first visit to Sierra Leone after almost twenty-six years abroad was filled with a lot of surprises, to say the least. I was very fortunate not to have witnessed the Rebel War in person, for which I will be forever thankful. I also sympathize with those who did. When one talks to people, invariably they attribute the current conditions in Sierra Leone to the (...)

Honourable Suffian Kargbo Passes On

9 January

By Joseph Sherman, Editor, Salone Monitor newspaper, USA.
Reports reaching the Salone Monitor from APC Headquarters in Freetown confirmed this morning that former Minister of Agriculture, Food and Security until 2012 and a Member of Parliament representing Tonkilili district, Hon. Alhaji Mohamed Sufian Kargbo has died.
Honorable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo (photo) was Chairperson, Agriculture and Food Security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) and MSC in soil fertility and plant (...)

Musician Emmerson Bockarie and Tribalism

6 January

Culled from the Torchlight newspaper, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
By Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop), Freetown.
My comment on Emmerson Bockarie’s new album and its theme song—“Kokobeh”—will take the form of a mini-skirt: very short but it will cover the essentials.
If Emmerson Bockarie (photo) is inferring that President Ernest Bai Koroma is only employing Temnes and also subtly implying that the President is sacking Mendes (which he undertones in his song (...)

Freetown: Beltship Should Compensate Victims

6 January

Commentary
By PV Staff.
A speedboat belonging to a company in Sierra Leone called Belstship recently collided with a passenger boat causing the death of several people (we do not have the correct number of casualties yet).
There has been a lot discussions on this issue but our take is that Beltship is clearly responsible for this mishap which is not intentional. Beltship could have avoided this accident as their own press release suggests. But this is not the time to analyze the issue (...)

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s New Year Message

1 January

New Year Message to the Nation
By His Excellency
Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,
January 1, 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
This is the season of goodwill; the season for resolutions, and the season for leaving behind old habits that hinder growth. It is the season for continuing with and embracing habits that move us forward with grace, with success, with positive changes in our lives, our communities and our nation.
Let us then, not only wish (...)

SLPP Convention/Election Results: PPRC Calls for Reconciliation

31 December 2013

Report-Sierra Leone Peoples Party Convention/Election of Officers-16th-18th August 2013.
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Introduction
Over the years political Parties in Sierra Leone have had there own fair share of bad and incompetent party officials who had brought untold and unpleasant conflict on members and supporters of Political Parties. Some officials before assuming office will have the best of intentions for their Parties; however, once they assumed office their efforts were frustrated by infighting and (...)

The Sierra Leone Scorecard: MCC Control of Corruption Challenge

29 December 2013

Essay
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Introduction
On December 10, 2013, nearly a year after announcing its eligibility to apply for a compact, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) delivered the bad news to the government: it did not reselect Sierra Leone (along with Benin) to continue developing a compact with the agency because it did not pass the critical control of corruption indicator.
In a press release to that effect, the (...)

Freetown: Beltship Comments on Boat Accident

29 December 2013

According to a press release signed by John McMillan, director of Belship in Sierra Leone, at approximately seven pm on the evening of the 28 December, a Beltship Management (SL) Ltd support craft returning to port with three crew members on board reported a collision with a small passenger boat close to Tagrin point.
The vessel, a 15 passenger slow speed crew boat, was in normal operations returning after deploying local workers. Beltship Management (SL) Ltd immediately mobilised rescue (...)

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

OPINION

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, (...)