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Watch Sorious Samura’s New Documentary

2014-09-01 21:26:20

“When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.” African proverb Emmy-winning Sierra Leonean journalist Sorious Samura travels to Kenya, to witness how the rise of Chinese business in Africa has changed the balance of power between African governments and the West. “African leaders can now look elsewhere for meaningful economic and political support,” says Sorious. In Kenya, Chinese infrastructural projects include schools; thousands of kilometers of new (...)Read the full story »

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 Yet, (...)

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
Credit: cbc.ca 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 (...)

Tributes to Madiba

14 December 2013
The Patriotic Vanguard will be publishing tributes to one of Africa’s greatest sons, former South African President Nelson Mandela who died December 5 and will be buried in his hometown of Qunu after a massive funeral service in the South African capital of Pretoria on Sunday. As our own contribution to this historic process, we shall be publishing tributes to the late Madiba as from today, Tuesday December 10, to Tuesday December 17. So please send your tributes with your personal (...)

Dr. Abdulai Conteh Endorses PV Editorial

12 December 2013
Dr. Abdulai Osman Conteh is a former Attorney General, Foreign Minister and Vice President of Sierra Leone.He was Chief Justice of Belize and currently Justice of Appeal in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Cayman Islands. In the following short piece he endorses a recent editorial by PV Publisher and CEO Gibril Gbanabome Koroma on the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania: I wholeheartedly support Sierra Leone acceding to the Protocol establishing the (...)

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EDITORIAL

Focus on the Environment

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, London, UK. I was on holiday in Freetown last August when the King Jimmy Bridge collapsed. A few days before that unfortunate accident, I was travelling along (...)

OPINION

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 that (...)