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Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan Passes On

2014-07-29 22:45:05

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan (photo), the doctor who was leading the fight against the Ebola virus disease has himself passed away today after being infected a couple of days ago. Khan’s death is a big shock to Sierra Leoneans and non-Sierra Leoneans around the world because he was reportedly in a stable condition for some time now. President Koroma was to visit him on Monday at a Kailahun hospital where he was admitted but the helicopter in which he was travelling ran out of fuel in Kenema (...)Read the full story »

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 Parliament makes laws, amends exiting laws that have become outdated, and repeals those laws that are no longer useful in building democratic institutions, that are the corner stone for the promotion of (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Consolidating the Values of Change, Continuity, Diversity and Innovation

15 July
Commentary By Dr Michael N Wundah (Senior Lecturer, College- Community Coordinator Lambeth College, London, UK) and Dr Lauretta Will  (Principal, IAMTECH, Sierra Leone). Significant Transition Rests on Faith, Sincerity, Meaningful Innovation, Change and Reform: When it comes to the very important matter of ‘‘innovation’’ in the world of education, in post-modern times, the concept is reduced to nothing other than mere nuances. Why? Sometimes, the concept rests (...)

Book Review: Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Sierra Leone

by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 8 July
Title: Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Sierra Leone ISBN: 978-4917—0609-1: 978-1-4917-0610-7: 978-14917-0611-4 Publisher: iUniverse LLC Date published: November 2013 Author: Dr. Cyrus Macfoy Reviewer: Roland Bankole Marke I’m hopeful, if not delighted, when writing reviews of books written by Sierra Leonean authors that are increasingly making encouraging and steady progress, though the culture of reading and appreciation of books is yet to grow deep roots in (...)

Ebola: President Koroma’s Address to the Nation

3 July
Address to the Nation By His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma On the Ebola Disease July 2014. Fellow Sierra Leoneans, As we commence the Holy Month of Ramadan, let me, on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone, and in my own name, wish our brothers and sisters in Islam Ramadan Kareem, and I pray that Allah will accept our fasting. And let us, in this holy month, remember in our prayers our brothers and sisters that have fallen victim to the Ebola Disease. (...)

Accra: Special Ministerial Meeting on Ebola

2 July
From July 2-3, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will join other partners in Accra, Ghana, for a special ministerial meeting on Ebola virus disease. The meeting was called by the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to interrupt the further spread of the deadly disease. Ministers of health from eleven West African countries will discuss with partners, including the Red Cross, WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, the best ways of collectively (...)

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EDITORIAL

Let’s Consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)

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 (...)