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Musicians of the Week: Led Zeppelin

2014-09-15 10:04:31

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 (...)

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Taking Advantage of a Fast-Growing Economy to End Extreme Poverty, Boost Shared Prosperity

7 May

The Government of Sierra Leone is expanding its Growth Pole Program to take advantage of the country’s recent growth to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
Building on information outlined in the Sierra Leone Growth Pole Diagnostic, a recently-released World Bank report, the government plans to leverage the country’s existing opportunities in mining, agriculture and tourism to create jobs in impoverished communities across the country.
“This initiative is (...)

Mines Committee in Kabala

5 May

By Elias Bangura, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Mineral Resources has paid a three-day working visit to Koinadugu District on 30 April - 2 May 2014 to be fully apprised on mining activities in the district, especially of those engaged in exploration. Committee Chairman, Honourable Amadu Kanu told stakeholders of the district that the Mines Committee is not fully apprised of mining activities in Koinadugu, including the Koinadugu District Council, and (...)

Beware of Political Wolves and Adventurers

29 April

By Anthony Kamara Snr, Winnipeg, Canada.
Dear Readers,
Please allow me after all the baseless fear of an extended term of office for President Koroma to inject my candid opinion on the baseless rumor of an extension of President Koroma’s Term.
First a personal introduction: I have never been a friend of President Koroma. On the contrary, he is a younger brother. I first met President Koroma while he was an Upper Sixth Form Student at the Magburaka Boys’ Secondary (...)

Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

by Gibril Koroma - 13 April

This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world.
Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)

Malaria: ECOWAS Calls for Regional Sensitization

7 April

By Dan Parkinson, reporting from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
A-two day regional sensitization meeting by the ECOWAS Commission for the extensive use of biolarvicide for the eradication of malaria in Africa, aiming at applying the vector control approach has ended in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.
Representing the President of the Commission at the conference, the Commissioner for Micro-Economic Policy, Dr. Ibrahim Bocar Ba emphasized the need for the constant appliance of biolarvicide (...)

What You Should Know About Ebola

7 April

Courtesy of Gary Schulze, USA.
• The suspected reservoirs for Ebola are fruit bats.
• Transmission to humans is thought to originate from infected bats or primates that have become infected by bats.
• Undercooked infected bat and primate (bush) meat transmits the virus to humans.
• Human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from the Ebola virus or their body fluids.
• Transmission among (...)

Combatting Ebola in Sierra Leone

4 April

By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
As of today, 4 April 2014, there are NO laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The Ministry of Health & Sanitation is closely collaborating with the World Health Organization and Metabiota to provide rapid diagnostics and case investigations by MOHS personnel.
In order to effectively manage this emergency The MOHS has established National Outbreak Response task force and the following actions have been taken in response (...)

Funding USL: Prospects and Challenges

1 April

By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Founded in 1827 by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) with a curriculum geared toward educating and training missionaries for work in Sierra Leone and West Africa generally, Fourah Bay College (FBC) is one of the oldest universities not only in sub-Saharan Africa but in the world. It is older than most U.S. universities west of the Mississippi River. Its affiliation with Durham University was legendary. It survived many (...)

Advocacy Group Exposes Land Deals in Pujehun District

28 March

By Mustapha Wai, Washington DC, USA.
According to Green Scenery, a local NGO doing work in Environmental Promotion and Protection in Sierra Leone, 62% of the total area and 82% of arable land in Pujehun, one of Sierra Leone’s twelve districts have been leased to companies, many without proper consent by landowners.
Below are excerpts and highlights from a report recently issued by Green Scenery about the Pujehun District land leases:
Lease varies in size from 6,575 hectares to 47, (...)

This is What I Am Talking About

26 March

By Walcut Metzger, JD, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The above picture, obtained from the Human Rights Watch website is an insult, a slap in the face to all Sierra Leoneans, particularly those who hail from the Northern province where the picture was taken whether you are in Sierra Leone or in the diaspora.
The only exception are the local villagers who are displaced by the mining company. Because they don’t know any better. To those that know better you ought to be ashamed of (...)

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The Ebolarization of Every Death in Sierra Leone

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The magnitude and spread of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone requires enormous commitment of resources and robust sustained (...)


Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note (...)