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Coming Up: Albert Academy Foundation Day

2014-10-01 21:58:44

On October 4, 2104, old and current students of one of the oldest and most prestigious secondary schools in Sierra Leone, the Albert Academy (founded by American missionaries October 4, 1904), will celebrate their school’s Foundation Day in and out of Sierra Leone. There are chapters of AA alumni associations in several countries around the world.
For instance the Washington DC AA alumni chapter will be having a thanksgiving service on Sunday, October from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the (...)

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Interview with Sierra Leonean Writer Francess Cole

by Gibril Koroma - 20 January

Francess Cole, pictured, is a young, intelligent and promising Sierra Leonean writer based in Maryland, USA. Her first book, an autobiography, is titled Distant Sunrise-the Strength in her Pain to Forgive, in which she narrates her extremely painful past and how she has been able to deal with it and get on with her life. She is currently working on another book.
In the following interview by email with Patriotic Vanguard publisher Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, Francess responds to questions on (...)

Lawyer Abdul Serry-Kamal Passes On

18 January

By PV staff.
Another heavyweight APC politician, lawyer Abdul Serry-Kamal, has passed away in Maryland, USA. He became Attorney-General and Minister of Justice after the APC, led by Ernest Koroma, won the 2007 elections but lost that position in December 2010.
The son of a chief in the Makeni area, Serry-Kamal (photo) was quiet and unassuming but was a very highly disciplined man of principles not afraid to voice his opinions. He was one of the APC politicians to stoutly defend the party (...)

Building Smart in Ghana: The Story of Regimanuel Gray Limited

14 January

It’s daybreak in Accra, Ghana, and temperatures are already soaring to a searing 30 degrees Celsius. Jobsites around this southeastern Atlantic seaside city are quickly filling up with workers who for the next 8 hours will toil and broil in unrelenting heat and humidity as they play their rightful role in Ghana’s bubbling construction sector.
By contrast things are somewhat more relaxed at a sprawling jobsite in Klagon, where Regimanuel Gray Limited (RGL) is building 1,680 (...)

African Diaspora: New Forms of Protest

12 January

By Our Correspondent in New York.
African governments should be very careful the way they handle governance issues and try to adjust their actions with the demands of their compatriots in and out of the country. With the advent of online journalism including video production, social media (Facebook, twitter etc) and other relatively new forms of expression including staged and professionally executed videotaped protests, African governments have to be alert and be ready to face the new (...)

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 (...)

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

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 (...)