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Ernest’s Ebola War Shouldn’t be like ‘Kabbah’s RUF War

2014-07-23 17:53:07

Opinion By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean-oriented FACEBOOK cyber pages are lively social media spaces where people post photos of their social and family life (how beautiful or handsome they are; how rich, academically and professionally successful...or widely travelled they are...); but, sometimes, they can be SLPP-vs-APC partisan ‘war zones’. With the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia recently, and fear that the Ebola virus could filter into (...)Read the full story »

Musician of the Week: Asa

2014-07-21 03:37:21

Aṣa (pronounced "Asha"; born 1 September 1982) is a Nigerian French singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her stage name "Aṣa" means "Hawk" in Yoruba. Early life Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents. She was two years old when her family returned to live in Nigeria. Aṣa grew up in Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria. She states that the city is "buzzing with energy but also home to a deep-rooted spirituality. (...)Read the full story »

Old Kolenten Students Association Reunion & Dance

2014-07-16 05:54:57

Reunion Firday August 22, 2014. Venue: Comfort Inn Landmark 6254 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia, 22312. Dance Saturday, August 23, 2014. Venue: Capitol Heights, Maryland. 8741 G. Ashwood Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Co-Grand Chief Patrons: 1. Dr. Ernest Sahid Surrur (Cabinet Secretary, Sierra Leone). 2. His Excellency Ibrahim Sorie Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Commission. DJ: Alhaji Argba (...)Read the full story »

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    Ernest’s Ebola War Shouldn’t be like ‘Kabbah’s RUF War

    23 July
    Opinion By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean-oriented FACEBOOK cyber pages are lively social media spaces where people post photos of their social and family life (how beautiful or handsome they are; how rich, academically and professionally successful...or widely travelled they are...); but, sometimes, they can be SLPP-vs-APC partisan ‘war zones’. With the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia recently, and fear that the Ebola virus could filter into (...)

    Moijue and the Freetown Street Traders

    by Gibril Koroma - 21 July
    In the current ruling APC government you have what are known as "grassroots politicians." These are politicians that have a close connection with the masses; they know them and have the ability to go into their minds and connect with them because they themselves were part of the masses before they rose to prominence. One such politician is Honourable Alhaji Moijue Kai-Kai (photo) In fact the APC has always been a party of the masses, a reaction to the other major Sierra Leonean political (...)

    Update: Our House of Parliament in a Democracy

    21 July
    Editor’s Note: This is an update of an earlier version of the same article. Opinion By Hassan Baraka, Businessman and Writer, Maryland, USA. Parliament is one of the three pillars of government and it plays a crucial role in nurturing democracy and strengthening good governance. Parliament makes laws, amends exiting laws that have become outdated, and repeals those laws that are no longer useful in building democratic institutions, that are the corner stone for the promotion of (...)

    Musician of the Week: Asa

    21 July
    Aṣa (pronounced "Asha"; born 1 September 1982) is a Nigerian French singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her stage name "Aṣa" means "Hawk" in Yoruba. Early life Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents. She was two years old when her family returned to live in Nigeria. Aṣa grew up in Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria. She states that the city is "buzzing with energy but also home to a deep-rooted spirituality. (...)

    The Ebola Threat in Sierra Leone: Initial Lessons to Be Learnt

    18 July
    Commentary By Dr. Mohamed Kanu, USA.* In a world of globalization when travelling across the world has become so fast and easy, disease transmission has correspondingly become much more rapid. A few decades ago, disease transmission took much longer to occur from one place to another – not anymore, especially with the advent of air travel. Even in less developed countries like Sierra Leone, where travel is predominantly, if not exclusively, by road (vehicular or otherwise), (...)

    EDITORIAL

    Welcome to the Free Town

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

    The mountainous city of Freetown is not only the capital of the coastal West African State of Sierra Leone but is also the seat of government. It is a common saying among the residents that the (...)

    OPINION

    Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

    Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)

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    Musician of the Week: Sorie Kondi

    by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 18 July
    Sorie Kondi, Sierra Leone’s famous blind kondi player, who is in many ways the country’s Stevie Wonder (although not rich or internationally famous). He is a household name in his native land where he taught himself to play the kondi instrument at an early age, and due to his prowess and ingenuity in playing the instrument, earned the name, Sorie Kondi. His music and performance will never stop to amaze his audience, after escaping and emerging from the ruins and wreckage of (...)

    Africa and Foreign Intervention

    18 July
    By Zapman, USA. As a continent, Africa remains under the constant threat of destabilisation along with numerous internal, intractable crises aimed at fuelling suspicion and exploiting differences amongst the populace. These threats are aimed at creating fractious states that will be ripe for foreign intervention and ultimately the division of countries. As a general guideline, the development of tensions along with destabilisation and revolution follows a predictable pattern in (...)

    Issa Catco Leads Muslims in Fight against Ebola

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 18 July
    As the Ebola epidemic takes a deadly toll within what is called the Mano River basin, that is, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Muslims led by popular business magnate Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara have joined the government and other organizations in curbing its spread within the country. The initiative came out of a meeting organized on June 28 at the office of Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara (photo) , the National President of the Forum of Islamic Organizations, which is an umbrella organization (...)

    Sierra Leone: Supplementary Budget and the Economy

    16 July
    Essay By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Introduction Section 112 (1) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 authorizes the Minister responsible for finance to prepare and lay “before Parliament in each financial year estimates of the revenues and expenditures of Sierra Leone for the next following financial year.” In addition, sub-section 3 provides for the Minister to lay before Parliament a supplementary estimate when “the amount of moneys (...)

    Old Kolenten Students Association Reunion & Dance

    16 July
    Reunion Firday August 22, 2014. Venue: Comfort Inn Landmark 6254 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia, 22312. Dance Saturday, August 23, 2014. Venue: Capitol Heights, Maryland. 8741 G. Ashwood Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Co-Grand Chief Patrons: 1. Dr. Ernest Sahid Surrur (Cabinet Secretary, Sierra Leone). 2. His Excellency Ibrahim Sorie Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Commission. DJ: Alhaji Argba (...)

    Funeral Arrangements for the late Mrs Remielekun Mannah Tarawally

    16 July
    Mrs. Remielekun Monica Mannah Tarawally Aged: 69 The family and friends of the late Mrs. Remielekun Monica Mannah Tarawally would like you to join them in prayers, songs of praise and celebration of her life. She passed away in Dallas, Texas, USA on Friday June 27th 2014. Aged 69 years. The Late Mrs. Remielekun Tarawally is survived by her daughter; Adama Tarawally, husband; Sorie Tarawally, siblings; John, Paul, James, Hannah Marian, Samuel (all in the U.S.), and Lydia (Sierra (...)

    SLPP’s Andrew Keili on Appointment

    15 July
    Dear All, I must apologise to some of you for not having updated you on my appointment to the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission. This is not an oversight as I really did not feel this would be a problem for various reasons which I will proffer below, However, it seems I was wrong as the Paopas are trying to portray it as “taking a job from Ernest Koroma”. I am not particularly bothered as this will blow over. Let me however explain a few things that will help clarify (...)
    Salone News

    Moijue and the Freetown Street Traders

    by Gibril Koroma - 21 July

    In the current ruling APC government you have what are known as "grassroots politicians." These are politicians that have a close connection with the masses; they know them and have the ability to go into their minds and connect with them because they themselves were part of the masses before (...)

    African News

    Funeral Arrangements for the late Mrs Remielekun Mannah Tarawally

    16 July

    Mrs. Remielekun Monica Mannah Tarawally Aged: 69 The family and friends of the late Mrs. Remielekun Monica Mannah Tarawally would like you to join them in prayers, songs of praise and celebration of her life. She passed away in Dallas, Texas, USA on Friday June 27th 2014. Aged 69 years. The (...)

    Africa-Canada

    Canada: Tour De Delta Awared $50,000

    18 June

    On behalf of The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport),Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson announced at a media conference Tuesday the awarding of a $50,000 Hosting Grant from Sport Canada to the Tour de Delta, which includes the White Spot | Delta UCI 1.2 Road Race. “Delta is fortunate (...)

    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

    The Ebola Threat in Sierra Leone: Initial Lessons to Be Learnt

    18 July

    Commentary By Dr. Mohamed Kanu, USA.* In a world of globalization when travelling across the world has become so fast and easy, disease transmission has correspondingly become much more rapid. A few decades ago, disease transmission took much longer to occur from one place to another – (...)

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