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President Koroma’s Speech on Lock Down

2014-09-20 17:52:04

Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
Our country is the midst of a big trial. But by the grace of God, we shall overcome this Ebola outbreak. Many of our people have fallen victims to this disease. It was not a disease that started in Sierra Leone; it came to us from our brothers and sisters in our neighboring countries. But no body, no region, no district wish this disease on themselves. Many people were doing very ordinary things when they contracted the disease. They were attending funerals, (...)

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Musicians of the Week: Led Zeppelin

2014-09-15 10:04:31

I recently discovered Led Zeppelin, the English rock brand of the 60s and 70s purely by chance or accident. I went into this Vancouver (my current home base) record store, one sunny Saturday afternoon, to look for some original record to add to my collection (I love music and suspect I was a musician in another life or incarnation but that is neither here nor there).
Anyway, I ended up chatting with this store clerk that started talking about Bob Marley and rapidly segued to giving a (...)

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Ebola: Establish Mechanisms for Treatment Abroad

2014-09-15 03:07:11

Opinion
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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    President Koroma’s Speech on Lock Down

    20 September

    Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
    Our country is the midst of a big trial. But by the grace of God, we shall overcome this Ebola outbreak. Many of our people have fallen victims to this disease. It was not a disease that started in Sierra Leone; it came to us from our brothers and sisters in our neighboring countries. But no body, no region, no district wish this disease on themselves. Many people were doing very ordinary things when they contracted the disease. They were attending funerals, (...)

    Port Loko: Press Conference on Ebola

    17 September

    By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko.
    "I know you know it is the constitutional responsibility of the Sierra Leone Police to protect lives and properties- a responsibility the management has always ensured it is done with remarkable professionalism. But it has also become a fact for you to know that manning the increasing numbers of Ebola-quarantined homes and at the same time coping with general criminality are crucial challenges that require the cooperation of all well meaning persons."
    Those (...)

    A Historic Year in Sierra Leone: St. Edwards Secondary School (1972/73)

    17 September

    Note: A version of this article first appeared in the pioneering SALONEDiscussion forum on September 9, 2014.
    By Mohamed (Moh’m) Jalloh (USA), Amadu Massally (SL), and Sebleh Smith (USA.
    This year our famous annual St. Edwards Secondary School alumni weekend celebration that historically has brought together Edwardians, their families and friends from states across the U.S.A., as well as the U.K., Africa, Asia and other places, will be held in adjacent locations in New Jersey and (...)

    Musicians of the Week: Led Zeppelin

    by Gibril Koroma - 15 September

    I recently discovered Led Zeppelin, the English rock brand of the 60s and 70s purely by chance or accident. I went into this Vancouver (my current home base) record store, one sunny Saturday afternoon, to look for some original record to add to my collection (I love music and suspect I was a musician in another life or incarnation but that is neither here nor there).
    Anyway, I ended up chatting with this store clerk that started talking about Bob Marley and rapidly segued to giving a (...)

    Port Loko: Ibrahim Bundu concludes sensitisation meetings

    15 September

    By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.
    Honourable Ibrahim Rashid Bundu (centre in photo) is the Member of Parliament for Constituency 052 and doubles as the Port Loko district Chairman of the All Peoples Congress [APC] Party. He is now better known as the Leader of Government Business in Parliament. This is perhaps why he pays far more frequent visits to the district than any other Member of Parliament in this part of the country. He had just returned to resume his Parliamentary duties (...)

    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 (...)

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    Ebola: Establish Mechanisms for Treatment Abroad

    by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 15 September

    Opinion
    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 (...)

    Mr. President, Okada Curfew is Causing Hardship

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 12 September

    President Koroma’s immense and timely efforts in containing the Ebola outbreak has been widely appreciated in the country as many lives have been saved, although the Okada ( commercial motorbikes) curfew has caused untold hardship to commuters especially those residing at Wellington and beyond. The 7.00 AM to 7:00PM curfew was imposed on Okadas in the city was as a result of suspicion that they were transporting persons suspected of being infected with Ebola into the city or (...)

    Cholera Outbreak Rattles Accra

    by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 11 September

    While Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are rattled by an alarming upsurge in Ebola infections and high death rates, a cholera outbreak is ravaging Accra, capital of Ghana reaching pandemic levels, officials say. Authorities blame the current outbreak on poor sanitation and poverty that are common in the shantytowns and ghettos of the city. Overcrowded health centers are also aiding the rapid spread of the infection. The Vice President of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur reports that 10,000 (...)

    Port Loko: Alleged Ebola Byelaw Violators Arraigned

    10 September

    By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. This can be referred to as one of the first test cases in ensuring the implementation of the Ebola bye laws in the country. It is also a demonstration of the resolve of the people of Port Loko to fight against the spread of the Ebola virus. That is in fact the more reason why the District Task force meeting on Monday this week was shifted to the evening hours as the Senior District Officer, Mohamed Sheik Kargbo, who doubles as Chairman of the (...)

    Meet Bintou, the African-German Female Boxer

    10 September

    African ladies are normally known for other things than boxing, except for this one who is changing history and making the story look different.
    Miss Bintou Yawa Schmill, 29 years old, black African with Togolese ancestry born and based in Germany, started her boxing career at a tender age. Now as an adult her career is moving fast. She has been superb in the boxing ring has won 24 fights and two draws in the welterweight category.
    Bintou Schmill, also known as "The Voice" has since 2007 (...)

    Ebola’s Condemned Prisoners

    10 September

    Commentary
    By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
    The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has provided rich research opportunities for scholars. There are many interesting areas to explore ranging from investigating determinants to exposure/contracting the virus to perspectives of survivors of Ebola.
    The author is currently exploring the views of Ebola suspects and survivors with regards to the level of care provided in the isolation and treatment centres. The study is underway but (...)

    Musician of the Week: Tiken Jah Fakoly

    by Gibril Koroma - 2 September

    Whenever West African reggae musicians are being discussed two names will almost surely come up: Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote d’Ivoire. Of these two talented musicians Alpha Blondy is better known worldwide mainly because some of his songs are in English, the "Super Power" among the world’s languages while Jah Fakoly sings mainly in his native Dioula language or French. Alpha also sings in Dioula and other languages but his songs in English and the fact that he (...)

    Salone News

    Port Loko: Press Conference on Ebola

    17 September

    By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko. "I know you know it is the constitutional responsibility of the Sierra Leone Police to protect lives and properties- a responsibility the management has always ensured it is done with remarkable professionalism. But it has also become a fact for you to know that (...)

    African News

    Mr. President, Okada Curfew is Causing Hardship

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 12 September

    President Koroma’s immense and timely efforts in containing the Ebola outbreak has been widely appreciated in the country as many lives have been saved, although the Okada ( commercial motorbikes) curfew has caused untold hardship to commuters especially those residing at Wellington (...)

    Africa-Canada

    Edmonton: Mayor Iveson celebrates soccer with Sierra Leonean kids

    by Abayomi Charles Roberts, PV General Editor, Edmonton, Canada - 1 September

    Children in the Sierra Leonean community in Edmonton, Canada, would remember this summer as they grow up. They had a rare chance to play soccer together twice a week, thanks to a promising program run by Born to Be Soccer Academy. Their moms and dads who watched them play, no doubt welcomed (...)

    Sports

    Diaspora World Cup: Sierra Leone Beats England

    25 May

    Commentary By Anthony Solomon, USA. A selected team of talented Sierra Leonean soccer players from different states in the United State are representing Sierra Leone in the biggest International Soccer League in Maryland called the Diaspora World Cup. There are 20 teams that represent 20 (...)

    World News

    Musician of the Week: Tiken Jah Fakoly

    by Gibril Koroma - 2 September

    Whenever West African reggae musicians are being discussed two names will almost surely come up: Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote d’Ivoire. Of these two talented musicians Alpha Blondy is better known worldwide mainly because some of his songs are in English, the "Super Power" (...)