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Cigarette Smoke and Children’s Intellect

2014-06-30 10:39:57

Dear Editor,
Children exposed to the smoke of cigarettes have more problems in intellectual development, according to a study of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the United States.
Despite tough anti-smoking measures, research has found nicotine in 85% of children and more than 40% of children inhale nicotine in their own homes.
Because of this, the British government launched an anti-smoking campaign aimed at young people between eleven and fifteen years. Moreover, the Dutch (...)

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On Richard Konteh’s Disgraceful Exit

16 June

By Santhkie Sorie.
People who engage in strange activities (there is a prison in England called Strange Ways) often know how to cover their tracks by various methods. They ensure that their fingerprints are found on nothing; they are stealthy and dangerous and always look innocent. The only way to detect and catch them is by monitoring their activities and work on that ultimate malady which we all occasionally suffer from : human frailty.
According to the article and release from State (...)

On Child Marriage in Sierra Leone

8 June

By Andrew Sankoh, Criminologist and Lecturer, Australia.
Child marriage in Sierra Leone must be made a crime if it is not at the moment. What are our parliamentarians doing? Why would anyone not see this as a problem for any society? Getting married when you are a child obviously indicates you had no power to make a decision on what you want out of your life as a person. A new debate on such issues is warranted but I wonder if many of those who benefit from this exploitation, some of (...)

On the Afta U na U Issue

20 May

By Turay-Conteh.
The only political situation that will ensure an APC victory in 2017 is the exit of President Koroma, but no other way. If it means the formation of a grand coalition of all other parties let it be but this president must leave office. We have so many talents in the APC may be even better.
The fact is this President must leave or face a humiliating defeat as the Indian Congress Party. If supporters of the ’After u na u’ are hoping for a rig of the coming (...)

On Euthanasia

24 January

Dear Editor:
Find enclosed a letter to the editor for publication if appropriate.
Suffering with Dignity
For ethical and practical reasons legitimizing euthanasia is a diabolical idea. What else can we do to reduce the pain of the seriously and terminally sick? Everyone has the right to pain treatment: we must eliminate the suffering, not any human being that suffers from the pain.
Confidence in caregivers is very necessary to reduce anxiety. It is necessary and noble to share (...)

HIV AIDS in the United States

21 November 2013

Dear Editor:
HIV AIDS in the United States
56,300 people annually contract the AIDS virus in the United States. This figure increases by 40% the number of new cases predicted by health authorities, according the report of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American institution emphasizes that the infectious disease predominantly occurs among young people that promote same sex sexual relations as well as among African American people.
The director of UNAIDS, Peter Piot, (...)

The Evil of Euthanasia

9 August 2013

By Clemente Ferrer.
Belgium sanctioned a law on euthanasia that came into force in 2002. A law incited by Holland. In both countries the process was controversial due to the opposition that it had to endure.
A professor at the University of Hull (United Kingdom), Raphael Cohen-Almagor, has done research published in the journal “Issues in Law & Medicine.
This article reviewed the historical causes and legal developments as well as the repeated abuses against life. Thus, the (...)

Condom industry

30 July 2013

By Clemente Ferrer.
In Mexico City, Ministers of Health and Education have been gathered to stop the social scourge of AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the event, Caribbean Delegates decided to introduce the principle of abstinence prior to marriage, as well as fidelity once married as a plan to struggle against the expansion of sexually transmitted diseases. However, these proposals were rejected.
Throughout history, human being has taught children about this. Now, this (...)

Good Parenting

19 July 2013

By Arturo Ramo, Spain.
In a book on child psychology I learned that an emotional issue for many children is the lack of self-confidence and how to get to grow up safe and form a balanced personality. The author identified three fundamental pillars: Affection, Stability and Constancy.
The child needs to feel loved by their parents and educators imbibe their virtues. The environmental and regulatory framework must be stable. The rules of conduct in the family cannot change (...)

Oral Traditions

9 July 2013

By Agustín Pérez, Spain.
That image of the grandchildren sitting around their grandparents seems to be disappearing. When ethnological studies proliferate with a major effort to collect traditions, music and folk stories-many of the traditional stories come from this source-The paradox is that within the family many may now be forgetting the memory of his history.
With the lack of coexistence between generations, and other cases where the children live with only one parent, it (...)

We Should Read

27 June 2013

By Federido Gómez
“The decrease in the reading habits of a people implies a true mental step back for society. It reduces its creative imagination, its intelligence and its sensitivity.”
The quote above is by Ibáñez Langloise, a Chilean poet with whom I totally agree. As an educator, I verify that students who are fond of reading encounter fewer hitches in their studies, get better grades and are usually more mature.
It is just logical —reading improves spelling, (...)

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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 (...)