Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Default Text Size
 
OOPS. Your Flash player is missing or outdated.Click here to update your player so you can see this content.
Banner
Banner

Who's Online

We have 80 guests online
Featured Links:
Banner
ExpoNet
EXpoNet Services!
Banner
Subscribe Now
Subscribe Now.
Welcome to the Expotimes News
Sierra Leonean Doctor Volunteers to Help in the Fight against Ebola
Written by M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:53

Volunteering is an altruistic activity in which a person serves the community and helps others without pay. This selfless service can be either in a physical, material or intellectual form. Volunteerism is seen only in societies that are cultured and matured.

Volunteering is one of the finest acts a person can perform and there is no room for discrimination among volunteers, all of whom are equal while doing voluntary work for the benefit of the community free of charge. There are different motivations for voluntary work. Some volunteers are motivated by religion while others are driven by social, moral or humanitarian factors.

The importance of volunteering does not vary with the types of services with which volunteers are involved. Some doctors, for example, spend a part of their time treating the poor and needy free of charge, and this is voluntary work.

 
MINISTER OF ENERGY ASSESSES BLACK HALL ROAD & FALCON BRIDGE FACILITIES
Written by Ahmed Fonike   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:50

The new Minister of Energy (Ambassador Henry O. Macauley) and his Deputy (Alhaji Hassan Barrie) on Wednesday  30th July 2014 visited the  electricity facilities at Black Hall Road and Falcon  Bridge respectively.  The reasons included for the Ministers to meet with workers of the two stations of NPA and to assess the facilities and areas of intervention.

At the Black Hall Road station, Ing. Denis Garvie and Alhaji Timbo led the conducted tour moving with the Ministers right round the station. Minor purifier tank and the need for a fuel tank separator were eminent.  In the Bumbuna substation, the monitoring system was also down and the Minister asked that these minor problems be amended for effective work.

At the Falcon Bridge Station, the Customer center was examined where in the Minister asked for a proper control ledger for records keeping. He also asked the Permanent Secretary to facilitate and provide an interface phone system at the center so that the center can communicate with all units and departments. The new Test Van or Fault detector was also shown to the Ministers and according to Ing. Edward Parkinson, this vehicle helps them detect faults, network and even in the repair process.

 
POLITICIZING A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CRUEL AND UNGODLY
Written by KABS KANU   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:42

Some of the articles being written by Sierra Leoneans on this Ebola disaster are very unfortunate, especially coming from people you would want to  call "educated" , because of the letters behind their names ( Though we know that paper qualifications and education are two different things ). The writers are not expressing any sensitivity to the suffering of our people. This Ebola issue is becoming a political theatre for callous and godless  people to expatiate their political proclivities. It is a shame, but also, it is tragic.

I continue to share the grief and sorrow of all citizens hailing from   Kailahun. May God intervene once again and deliver the region from evil. They are a hardworking, progressive and productive people. They provide a very significant amount of the food products and cash crops that help to feed our nation and also bring in hard-earned foreign exchange and revenue. They have also provided some of the brightest minds  in the nation, people who have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. They are very good and progressive citizens, as well as being among the most peaceful and law-abiding people  in the country.

However, because they live by Sierra Leone's borders with Liberia and Guinea, the inhabitants of Kailahun are vulnerable to many dangers. If there is war or an outbreak of any pestilence or deadly disease in our neighbouring countries, they will suffer first, given the heavy volume of cross-border  traffic, cross-border human interactions and trade between them and the people of Liberia and Guinea  . In all African countries, people who live by the borders take the brunt of unfortunate spillovers of wars, transnational crime and sicknesses from the other side. We have seen it in Central and Southern Africa. We have seen it in East and North Africa. The rebel war and the ongoing Ebola plague hit Kailahun first because of her location on our borders with Liberia and Guinea . Nobody deliberately planted the Ebola virus in their midst.

 
OPINION: THE MAKING OF HEROES!
Written by Unisa Kanu, Saudi Arabia   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:39

POLITICAL events in our post-independence history have clearly shown the birth of an unholy pattern. Whenever there is a systematic disintegration of law and order, and a government comes to change hands, there has always been one benefactor – the main opposition!

As we keenly watch the unfolding events over the Ebola devastation, it’s quite likely that the same pattern of misguided eventualities will be allowed to repeat in the land of Siaka Stevens’ ancestors! For anyone with a critical mind, observing the political atmosphere from a distance, Sierra Leone might as well be witnessing the making of heroes – some truly dedicated to a national cause, while others heartlessly pursuing a partisan plot! 

Meanwhile, a few good men have refused to embrace the ills of destiny by doing nothing about the gross politicizing of a national disaster! Instead, they have decided to utilize the computer keyboard to explicate the plot that they perceive to have already been set in motion!  Admittedly, opinions differ in content and context, but in the age of social media, an outlet is readily available to engage the beautiful minds of our compatriots! It will be up to them to analyze and a judge!

 
REMEMBERING DR SHEIK UMAR KHAN - THE CHIEF EBOLA DOCTOR IN SIERRA LEONE
Written by M C Bah, Atlanta, GA-USA, former NDA Presidential Aspirant   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:34

Our nation today mourned the passing of a giant medical crusader - Dr. Sheik Omar Khan who lost the battle he once fearlessly waged against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The Chief Ebola doctor passed away on July 29, 2014 at the Doctors without Border treatment center in Kailahun District. Today, we are heart broken by the sudden loss of a ‘national hero’ who captivated our imagination and inspired our moral instinct that there are still angels and prophets among us. That we can find hope in the illuminating heart of people like Dr. Khan who made our nation less dangerous against the deadliest disease in human history.

Dr. Sheik Omar Khan may not have come from Bethlehem in Palestine or Mecca in Saudi Arabia; but he left an indelible message of human compassion, a unique character of self-sacrifice and what it means to serve humanity even if it means losing your “cherished life” as he once mentioned to reporters. Even a Sierra Leonean who had never travelled to distance shores or not find his names on international headlines before and never shake hands with Kings and Presidents could save more than 100 lives by his simple God- fearing gift of an “agape love” – a redemptive action that requires no return but genuine goodwill to all.

In the midst of this deadly virus, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan taught us what we can do as Sierra Leoneans. That we can chose to only help our families, villages, towns and tribesmen and then build a bleak future for our next generation or we can confront our challenges and fears together and save many lives while transforming our communities and nation into thriving centers of economic development. Dr. Khan’s life on this earth reveals to us: we can be a blessing to others by doing extraordinary things.

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 79

Editorial

POLITICIZING A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR WHATEVER REASON IS CRUEL AND UNGODLY

Some of the articles being written by Sierra Leoneans on this Ebola disaster are very unfortunate, especially coming from people you would want to  call "educated" , because of the letters behind their names ( Though we know that paper qualifications and education are two different things ). The writers are not expressing any sensitivity to the suffering of our people. This Ebola issue is becoming a political theatre for callous and godless  people to expatiate their political proclivities. It is a shame, but also, it is tragic.

I continue to share the grief and sorrow of all citizens hailing from   Kailahun. May God intervene once again and deliver the region from evil. They are a hardworking, progressive and productive people. They provide a very significant amount of the food products and cash crops that help to feed our nation and also bring in hard-earned foreign exchange and revenue. They have also provided some of the brightest minds  in the nation, people who have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. They are very good and progressive citizens, as well as being among the most peaceful and law-abiding people  in the country.

However, because they live by Sierra Leone's borders with Liberia and Guinea, the inhabitants of Kailahun are vulnerable to many dangers. If there is war or an outbreak of any pestilence or deadly disease in our neighbouring countries, they will suffer first, given the heavy volume of cross-border  traffic, cross-border human interactions and trade between them and the people of Liberia and Guinea  . In all African countries, people who live by the borders take the brunt of unfortunate spillovers of wars, transnational crime and sicknesses from the other side. We have seen it in Central and Southern Africa. We have seen it in East and North Africa. The rebel war and the ongoing Ebola plague hit Kailahun first because of her location on our borders with Liberia and Guinea . Nobody deliberately planted the Ebola virus in their midst.

Read more...

Business News

Finance ministry holds seminar for local councils

Bo, July 15 (SLENA) - The Public Financial Management Reform Unit (PFMRU) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) has started a two day seminar on the quality and timeliness of in- year report for devolved sector heads and finance officers of Local Councils at the J&E Resort in Bo.

According to Report in 2012, PFMRU in collaboration with key stakeholders including Audit Service Sierra Leone introduced the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS), a cash basis reporting to all councils for the production of financial statement.

Read more...

Media News

SLAJ sets up Ebola Response Committee

SUNDAYJULY 27, 2014 –The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has set-up anEbola Response Committee to support the national fight against the deadly Ebola virus that has so far claimed the lives of some 165 Sierra Leoneans since the outbreak was confirmed in May this year.

SLAJ members, at a general meeting held at the Association’s secretariat, Campbell Street in Freetown on Saturday July 26, 2014, agreed that radio stations should allocate 30minutes airtime in their daily broadcast to pass on accurate information about the Ebola virus to members of the public, while newspapers also dedicate one-quarter page space for the publication of daily Ebola messages. The members also agreed that the broadcasts and newspaper publications should be done free of charge as the media’s contribution towards efforts tohalt the further spread of the disease.

Read more...

Commentary

The Fight against Corruption Should be the Business of all Sierra Leoneans

The fight against corruption the world over has never been an easy task; it has always been a challenging one especially in Africa where many governments continue to frown on the concept of transparency and accountability which enable the citizenries to hold their authorities accountable for their actions.

And when governments deliberately refuse to open up their day-to-day activities to their citizenries, there is the likelihood that such governments would involve in corrupt practices and their citizenries could not hold them accountable since their authorities are running closed governments.

Read more...

View Point

OPINION: THE MAKING OF HEROES!

POLITICAL events in our post-independence history have clearly shown the birth of an unholy pattern. Whenever there is a systematic disintegration of law and order, and a government comes to change hands, there has always been one benefactor – the main opposition!

As we keenly watch the unfolding events over the Ebola devastation, it’s quite likely that the same pattern of misguided eventualities will be allowed to repeat in the land of Siaka Stevens’ ancestors! For anyone with a critical mind, observing the political atmosphere from a distance, Sierra Leone might as well be witnessing the making of heroes – some truly dedicated to a national cause, while others heartlessly pursuing a partisan plot! 

Meanwhile, a few good men have refused to embrace the ills of destiny by doing nothing about the gross politicizing of a national disaster! Instead, they have decided to utilize the computer keyboard to explicate the plot that they perceive to have already been set in motion!  Admittedly, opinions differ in content and context, but in the age of social media, an outlet is readily available to engage the beautiful minds of our compatriots! It will be up to them to analyze and a judge!

Read more...

News - Press Release

Pharmacists Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Owners sensitized on Ebola

Freetown, July 24, 014 (MOHS) - The Director of Drugs and Medical Supplies and Chairman, Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, Mr. Bassie Turay has described the Ebola outbreak as another war that calls for the concerted efforts of all patriotic Sierra Leoneans.

Addressing a sensitization meeting of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Proprietors of Pharmacies organized by the Ministry of Health Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies in collaboration with the Pharmacy Board and the Pharmaceutical Society of Sierra Leone at the Y.W.C.A. hall in Freetown, Mr. Bassie Turay called on all Sierra Leoneans including Pharmacists not to under-estimate the reality of the disease.

Read more...

Society -Local News

MINISTER OF ENERGY ASSESSES BLACK HALL ROAD & FALCON BRIDGE FACILITIES

The new Minister of Energy (Ambassador Henry O. Macauley) and his Deputy (Alhaji Hassan Barrie) on Wednesday  30th July 2014 visited the  electricity facilities at Black Hall Road and Falcon  Bridge respectively.  The reasons included for the Ministers to meet with workers of the two stations of NPA and to assess the facilities and areas of intervention.

At the Black Hall Road station, Ing. Denis Garvie and Alhaji Timbo led the conducted tour moving with the Ministers right round the station. Minor purifier tank and the need for a fuel tank separator were eminent.  In the Bumbuna substation, the monitoring system was also down and the Minister asked that these minor problems be amended for effective work.

At the Falcon Bridge Station, the Customer center was examined where in the Minister asked for a proper control ledger for records keeping. He also asked the Permanent Secretary to facilitate and provide an interface phone system at the center so that the center can communicate with all units and departments. The new Test Van or Fault detector was also shown to the Ministers and according to Ing. Edward Parkinson, this vehicle helps them detect faults, network and even in the repair process.

Read more...

Development

Moyamba district council to account for Le191 million

Moyamba, July 16 (SLENA) - In a hearing carried out by the Parliamentary Committee on Transparency and Accountability which took place at the Moyamba District Council on compliance based on the Local Government Act of 2004 by probing the operation of councils in the country, the committee discovered that one hundred and ninety-one leones (Le191 million) was spent on the rehabilitations of 15 water wells in the district which the committee said was not commensurate to the maintenance cost of the said water wells.

The committee found out that the engineering department was unable to defend the amount for the first, second and third quarter of 2013 for the rehabilitation of the fifteen standard water wells for the Moyamba township and some villages in the district.

Read more...

Politics

NEW ENERGY MINISTER APPROVED

Parliament on Thursday 17th July 2014 overwhelmingly   approved the new Minister of Energy – Ambassador Henry Olufemi Macauley, his Deputy 2 – Alhaji Hassan Barrie and others to make tremendous and meaningful contributions to Sierra Leone.

Mr. Macauley was recently a High Commissioner to Nigeria with accreditations to the Republics of Angola, Benin, Cameroun, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and ECOWAS. He has a significant experience in corporate business development and International trade in the West African sub-region.

“I count myself lucky to have been given another opportunity after the ambassadorial position by President Koroma to serve my country in a different capacity” were the careful words of the new Minister.

Read more...
Copyright © 2014 expotimesonline. All rights reserved.