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A Tribute to Nurses

2014-10-22 01:34:26

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 (...)

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Africa and Foreign Intervention

29 September

By Zapman, USA.
As a continent, Africa remains under the constant threat of destabilisation along with numerous internal, intractable crises aimed at fuelling suspicion and exploiting differences amongst the populace. These threats are aimed at creating fractious states that will be ripe for foreign intervention and ultimately the division of countries.
As a general guideline, the development of tensions along with destabilisation and revolution follows a predictable pattern in (...)

Mabantha Ferry Requires Immediate Attention

28 September

By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko.
Perhaps there is hardly any better way through which the lack of a maintenance culture often attributed to Sierra Leone can actually be visualised than to have a thorough look at the Mabatha Ferry (photo). This is a ferry that is situated between Dibia and Sanda Mabgolonton Chiefdoms in the Northern District of Port Loko. I know it is inappropriate to say because this ferry was set up during the colonial era it has now outlived its usefulness and should be (...)

Airstrikes, Beheadings, Ebola, and Our Common (In)Humanity

27 September

Commentary
By Charles Quist-Adade, PhD.*
What have airstrikes, beheadings, and Ebola got in common? Of all the reports that have dominated the international media during the past few months, perhaps the fearsome Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa, the gruesome beheadings of three Western citizens by Islamic States of the Levant (ISIL) and the US-led coalition of the willing devastating airstrikes against ISIL stand out.
These three events are testing our collective humanity and (...)

Ebola: Port Loko, Bombali, Moyamba Quarantined

25 September

Transcript of Broadcast to the Nation on Further Measures to End the Ebola Outbreak.
By His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
September 24, 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
From Friday September 19 to Sunday September 21, 2014, we all answered to the call to stay at home for the Ebola Ose to Ose Campaign. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans volunteered to pass on the messages, to coordinate activities, and provide logistics. Thousands of health workers, from doctors to nurses, lab (...)

Atlanta, USA: Ebola Rally September 26, 2014

25 September

Due to the current state of affairs of the Ebola epidemic killing our people in West Africa, World Health Organization, indicated that at least 2,630 of our people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people. This is uncontrollable spreading through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea also into Nigeria and Senegal.
From the latest report from World Health Organization there could be 20,000 cases by Nov. 2, 2014 with thousands of (...)

Ebola Horror Story

23 September

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was first published by the Daily Observer, Liberia’s leading newspaper. We are publishing it here not because we totally agree with what the author, Dr. Cyril Broderick (photo), a Liberian scientist, asserts. We don’t at the moment.That’s why we call it an opinion. We however believe publishing it will intensify the debate among Sierra Leoneans and others as to the true origins of the Ebola Virus Disease. See below for a summary of (...)

Amazonian Director Praised

23 September

By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko.
The adage that says a friend in need is a friend indeed has once again been actualised for the inhabitants in homes that have been quarantined for Ebola related cases. As you may be aware by now, many homes around the country have been quarantined in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. It implies that such groups of people are compelled to stay within their premises for up to a period of 21 days. It is therefore an open secret that anyone who faces such a (...)

Musicians of the Week: Led Zeppelin

by Gibril Koroma - 15 September

I recently discovered Led Zeppelin, the English rock brand of the 60s and 70s purely by chance or accident. I went into this Vancouver (my current home base) record store, one sunny Saturday afternoon, to look for some original record to add to my collection (I love music and suspect I was a musician in another life or incarnation but that is neither here nor there).
Anyway, I ended up chatting with this store clerk that started talking about Bob Marley and rapidly segued to giving a (...)

Musician of the Week: Tiken Jah Fakoly

by Gibril Koroma - 2 September

Whenever West African reggae musicians are being discussed two names will almost surely come up: Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote d’Ivoire. Of these two talented musicians Alpha Blondy is better known worldwide mainly because some of his songs are in English, the "Super Power" among the world’s languages while Jah Fakoly sings mainly in his native Dioula language or French. Alpha also sings in Dioula and other languages but his songs in English and the fact that he (...)

"Ebola outbreak could exceed 20,000 cases"-WHO

by Gibril Koroma - 29 August

The World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General, Bruce Aylward (photo), told reporters today in Geneva that the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa could eventually exceed 20, 000 cases if the current trend continues.
According to an Associated Press report quoted by The Huffington Post newspaper, 10,000 people are likely to die as a worst case scenario. Ebola, the report went on, has already killed 1552 people in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, (...)

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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, (...)