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Cremation: A Suggestion for Burial of Ebola Victims

2014-10-23 01:50:18

Cremation: A Suggestion for Burial of Ebola Victims.
By Imodale Caulker Burnett, Virginia, USA.*
Dear Sierra Leonean Friends and Family,
The reports from home, which we get on the internet and Face book as well as from the phone calls we make, are getting worse each day. We are already in serious trouble. If more aggressive action is not taken soon, the situation will be untenable!
In a discussion with some of my family and friends, it became clear that one of the biggest problems, is (...)

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Freetown: Evil Herbalists Warned

3 June

By Our Correspondent
The proliferation of traditional healers in the country has aroused concern as many of them have indulged in unethical and dangerous practices. Some of them now form fake associations and extort money from other traditional healers claiming to have the authority to issue licences while some indulge in voodoo practices using traditional herbs and charms to destroy lives. The practice of using charms and other voodoo practices became prevalent over the years and (...)

The New Yorker and Benny Steinmetz

29 May

By Our Correspondent
One of the world’s greatest magazines, The New Yorker, has in its current issue published what can only be described as a masterpiece of investigative journalism. Titled Buried Secrets, the article by journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, narrates in great detail the life and activities of Israeli billionaire Benny Steinmetz (photo), former owner of the Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea who is also owner of the Koidu Holdings diamond mine in Sierra Leone.
The piece, (...)

Traditional Leafy Vegetables: Africa’s Hope for Tackling Malnutrition

24 May

By Praise Nutakor, Accra, Ghana.
Food, often regarded as one of the basic needs of mankind seems to be a scarce commodity in many households in Africa. The state of malnutrition, especially in some poor rural communities, usually affects the health of children resulting in illnesses such as stunted growth, goitre, blindness and kwashiorkor.
This, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is directly or indirectly responsible for about 3.5 million child deaths every year in Africa, (...)

The Need for Digital Literacy in Sierra Leone

20 May

By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK.
I started using computers in 2001. I had just finished my senior secondary school education. My mother was keen to see me get computer training. She was impressed by my father’s friend, a Sierra Leonean who had spent decades in Germany and who is also an IT guru and had worked for Bosche in Germany but had returned to Sierra Leone to help set up a sustainable IT system for the government. He had said a lot about the importance of ICT and how (...)

Liver Cancer: The Key is to Control Hepatitis B&C Infections

19 May

By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia, USA.
The liver serves many important functions. These include breaking down and storing many nutrients, secretion of bile juices that are stored in the gallbladder and later transported into the intestines, and filtering and breaking down toxic wastes in the blood. All of these functions can be compromised by liver cancer. The most common type of liver cancer is (...)

Experts Call for Release of Abducted Girls

19 May

A group of United Nations and African human rights experts recently called on the Boko Haram armed group to immediately release the girls abducted in Borno State, Nigeria. The experts also urged the Nigerian Government to take all necessary measures to ensure their safe return and to hold the perpetrators accountable.
On 14 April, many girls – more than 200 according to different sources – were abducted at gunpoint from their secondary school during a violent raid by Boko Haram (...)

Tribute to William Juana Smith, a True Loyalist

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 19 May

I was downcast and very sad when I watched on TV the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) news of the death of my friend William Juana Smith who I had always described as a true loyalist not only to Ernest Bai Koroma but to the All Peoples Congress (APC). In my teens, I had known William Juana in the APC and since then I have never known him for any other party. He was one of the “early youths” in the party and a contemporary of Sorsor Conteh, Alfred Akibo-Betts, (...)

Fake Kimberly Process Certificates in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ghana

14 May

According to a press release from the US Department of State, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection is advising the public on several scams involving Kimberley Process Certificates. Legitimate Kimberley Process Certificates are used to control the international trade in rough diamonds.
Recently, in one elaborate scheme, individuals were invited to Sierra Leone to view rough diamonds that were later evaluated as fake stones and (...)

Freetown: Police Manhandle Michel Sho-Sawyer

13 May

By Our Correspondent
Dr. Michel Sho-Sawyerr (photo), one of the youngest and vibrant APC parliamentarians in the country, was recently beaten up by police officers, according to Awoko, a Freetown newspaper.
The newspaper did not precisely say what caused the beating but the matter has sparked the anger of Sho-Sawyer’s parliamentary colleagues who have demanded explanations from the Sierra Leone Police boss, Inspector-General Francis Munu under whose watch the reputation and (...)

Cracks Begin to Appear in APC

12 May

By Our Correspondent
Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray (photo), the North America APC activist and fundraiser that was recently "excommunicated" and denied a party card by the ruling party’s national secretariat in Freetown has set up a political movement called Alliance Democratic Movement (ADM).
We in the Patriotic Vanguard had heard rumours about this movement a long time ago and it is consequently no surprise to us because the young politician is just a symbol of the growing (...)

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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, (...)