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By Mustapha S. Wai, Virginia, United States of America. _“America is going to need much more than an advanced healthcare system and a ready medical force. We are going to need the right “tone at the top” and a well informed and disciplined populace — one that is willing to sacrifice some of our “good ole” freedoms in exchange for our right to live. Otherwise, I'm afraid that the “land of the free”, might soon become the “land of the dead”.”It was a rude awakening today at the Costco Wholesale (...). -
By Dr. Hassan Sisay, Special Contributor, USA In many countries, judicial impartiality is often staunchly advocated by the opposition party, and equally vigorously dismissed or ignored by the government. So, what is judicial impartiality? For the record, I am not a lawyer, but legal experts in general define it as the ability of judges to be fair and neutral to make decisions objectively without political intimidation or outside influence. Given the intense social, political, ethnic and (...). -
Not Merely an Academic: A Man with Vision Like No Other: Reflections on the Life of Dr. Eldred Jones. By Rodney Babatunde Hume-Dawson, USA. Little did I realize that over 20 years ago when I left the alluring shores of Sierra Leone, I would never set my eyes again corporeally on Professor Eldred Durosimi Jones and his incredibly dedicated and habitually dutiful wife, Mrs. Marjorie Jones.
Alexandre Biyidi Awala (30 June 1932 – 8 October 2001), known as Mongo Beti or Eza Boto, was a Cameroonian writer. Beti spent much of his life in France, studying at the Sorbonne and becoming a professor at Lycée Pierre Corneille. Life Though he lived in exile for many decades, Beti's life reveals an unflagging commitment to improvement of his home country.
Risk Management in Public Health Emergencies: How Lessons from Ebola Come in Handy for Sierra Leone. By Mustapha Wai, CPA, Dumfries, Virginia, U.S.A. The first confirmed case of Ebola in West Africa was reported in Guinea on March 24, 2014. The case was mysteriously traced to a 2-year-old boy who had died on December 6, 2013. The boy died just a few days after falling ill in the village of Guekedou. Within a week, the boy's mother, his 3-year-old sister, and his grandmother all died one (...). -
With yesterday's announcement of Ontario schools being closed until May 4, 2020, in favour of a virtual learning model, it is of interest to see how virtual learning has been received so far in Ontario. A recent survey indicates that an overwhelming percentage of parents indicate they prefer "in classroom learning" to that of a virtual learning environment.
The founder of No Dogs Left Behind, Jeffrey Beri, originally visited China for business and first noticed the stray dog crisis and population issue due to lack of spay and neuter control. Then, he learned the truth about China's wet market epidemic. Every year, 15 to 20 million dogs are trafficked for consumption and commercial gain. What began as survival with hunting wild dogs has led to a thriving $1.6 billion industry that is no longer driven by culture, but by greed. It is much (...). -
Sierra Leone's Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, Monday March 30 announced that the government of Sierra Leone has overturned a decade old ban on pregnant girls attending school in Sierra Leone. "We overturned this decision by the last government because President Bio's 'New Direction' Government believes in data and evidence-based policy decision making.
Christians normally sit, stand, or kneel, side-by-side, when they congregate to pray. None of this happened when some of their Sierra Leonean brethren prayed together in Canada recently. They did not hug each other or hold/shake hands either. Instead, they all interacted remotely, via a single (toll free) telephone line. The overwhelming conditions which led to this mode of worship also inspired the meeting. These conditions are the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing and other (...). -. /
His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio on Wednesday addressed the closing of the three Commissions of Enquiry, COI, into governance processes, assets, and forensic audits of the former administration, warning serving officials of his government not to betray pubic trust. "As I have maintained before, this must be the last Commission of Inquiry in our history.
As part of government's commitment to prevent Sierra Leoneans from COVID-19, the Minister of Information and Communications Mohamed Rahman Swaray (photo) has launched the "Was Han Challenge". Watch the video below as the Minister and his Deputy explain the campaign in Krio, the country's lingua franca. Sierra Leone is the only country in West Africa that has not recorded a single Covid-19 case due mainly to intense proactive and preventive measures backed by a robust public outreach network (...). -
By Geneba Koroma, Reporter-at-Large. Sierra Leoneans gathered on the telephone lines at about 5:45 PM ET eager to listen to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Washington DC. Letters were sent out to community leaders to share among their members, notifying them to attend the meeting. This is the first teleconference meeting the Embassy has called under the leadership of Ambassador Sidique Wai. The meeting was called to order by the Head of Chancery, Madam Rakie Macarthy. In his opening remarks, (...). -
Commentary. By Sorie Sengbe Marrah. The President has the LEGAL AUTHORITY AND POWER under our nation's Constitution to declare a State of Emergency for the sake of public health and safety amongst others. The global Coronavirus pandemic does pose a serious threat to our nation despite the fact that no case has yet been recorded. The fact is that the President is also empowered to declare a state of public emergency in the case of an imminent danger to public health and safety. It is not (...). -
Statement by Justice Biobele Georgewill,. March 25, 2020,. Freetown, Sierra Leone. Opening Statement:. Time and space would not permit an inquiry of this nature to cover every single economic, financial and administrative activity of the immediate past Government of H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma from November 2007 - April 2018 when power was democratically handed over to H. E. Dr. Julius Maada Bio, as President of Sierra Leone.
Declaration of a State of Public Emergency by His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Fellow citizens:. By the authority vested in me under Subsection 1 of Section 29 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone, 1991, Act No. 6 of 199, regarding the declaration of a state of public emergency, it is my opinion that a situation exists which, if allowed to continue, will lead to a state of emergency in Sierra Leone. The Corona virus disease is a highly (...). -. /

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