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Ebola: Establish Mechanisms for Treatment Abroad

2014-09-15 03:07:11

It is indeed sad that we have lost yet another medical doctor, Dr.Olivette Buck, to the dreaded Ebola virus disease. She is the fourth Sierra Leonean doctor to be taken away by the disease, thus severely reducing the number of medics in this fight and scaring away a lot of nurses who used to look up to her for guidance and motivation. May her soul rest in peace.
One thing that has shocked Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone at home and abroad is the allegation that WHO (...)

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Fourah Bay College and Njala University researchers hold scoping workshop

6 January

An academic research group comprising of five researchers from Fourah Bay College and Njala University met on 17 and 18 December 2013 for a scoping workshop.
The purpose of the workshop was to elaborate whether a formal academic research group around the local content compact should be founded. The workshop was moderated by Prof. Emmanuel Raufflet from HEC Montréal and joined by GIZ and London Mining staff.
The first day the participants discussed the latest state of the international (...)

APC-Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Jersey Officers Inducted

4 January

By Joseph Sherman, Editor-in-Chief, Salone Monitor, USA.
On December 27, 2013 at the INEZ Hall in Philadelphia, Interim Chairman of the APC-USA, Mr. Ibrahim Sanpha Kamara administered the oath of office of officers of the Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey Chapter (photo).
In administering the oath of office to officers, Mr. Ibrahim Sanpha Kamara cited the constituency of APC. He said officers and members of the chapter should uphold and implement the rules and regulations of the (...)

Dawnus Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement

2 January

In a demonstration of their commitment to the welfare of their workforce, Dawnus signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the United Mine workers’ Union of Sierra Leone on Wednesday 18 December 2013.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement is born out of the Mine workers’ Gazette which outlines the rights and responsibilities of mining companies and their employees below supervisory level. It addresses pay scales, working hours, allowances, overtime, benefits, training, (...)

Poetry: Ode to Madiba

27 December 2013

Ode to Madiba
By Charles Quist-Adade, Vancouver, Canada.*
Creator and Godfather of the Rainbow Nation
You were a complex of complexities
In the heart of complexities
You were one and many things
Yet, nothing you were
You were a hybrid of ”hybridities”
Yet, so simple you were
You were the inscrutable heart of complexities
Yet, so transparent you were.
You came, you saw, and conquered
Yet, humbled and conquered you left.
You conquered monstrous apartheid (...)

Sierra Leone Police: A Force for Good, A Force Maligned

21 December 2013

By Titus Boye-Thompson Strategic Media & Development Communications Unit, Freetown.
When some commentators reflect on the performance of the Sierra Leone Police Force, it is rarely accepted that such an institution would be facing constraints or that some allowance should be made for operational setbacks due to a high demand for their services and an overstretched personnel strength. The Sierra Leone Police is tasked with a statutory duty to maintain law and order and to keep the good (...)

Message from APC-USA Public Relations Officer

18 December 2013

May I first thank God and all those who have played a part in setting up the interim Administration of the new APC-USA BRANCH, especially the President of Sierra Leone and leader of our APC party, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in working to jumpstart genuine peace in the fifth district of the APC party.
Make no mistake, he is the man of our time, our moment and our needs. He will surely be remembered some day after he would have left office as the man whose light helped brighten once again the (...)

Book Review: The Strength in her Pain to Forgive

16 December 2013

F.A. Cole
Distant Sunrise - The Strength in her Pain to Forgive
Charleston, SC: Francess Cole, 2012 pb 181pp $13.00
ISBN 9780615420325
Book Review by LaShanta Y. Jones Tinner, PhD.
When I first read Distant Sunrise, I was deeply moved. This story can capture the heart of anyone who believes that freedom should exist in the physical and spiritual realms.
F.A. Cole presented a detailed description of the pain and suffering of women who experience female genital mutilation and (...)

Madagascar Election: Call for Impartial Media Coverage

16 December 2013

Reporters Without Borders calls on Madagascar’s media to provide balanced and impartial coverage of the campaign for the second-round of the presidential election on 20 December and the elections for the national assembly’s 151 members that are being held the same day.
“We urge journalists to draw the lessons from the first round and to respect the terms of the election coverage charter signed on 21 February, in which an undertaking was given to ‘present all the (...)

Joe Opala Receives Sierra Leone Passport

16 December 2013

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States of America H.E. Bockari Kortu Stevens recently presented Americo/ Sierra Leonean historian, Professor Joseph Opala with his Sierra Leonean passport, according to a Sierra Leone Embassy press release. The impressive ceremony took place at the conference room of the Embassy in Washington D.C.
On 20th May 2013, Professor Opala was sworn in as a Sierra Leonean citizen by H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma. This was in recognition of his role (...)

Madiba Laid to Rest in Home Town

16 December 2013

His flag-draped casket resting on a carpet of animal skins, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the green, rolling hills of the eastern hamlet where he began his extraordinary journey — one that led him from prison to the presidency, a global symbol of endurance and reconciliation in the fight against South Africa’s racist rule.
Artillery boomed and military aircraft roared through a cloud-studded sky, as the simple and the celebrated gathered to pay their (...)

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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 (...)