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Happy Holidays, Sierra Leone!

2014-12-25 03:23:20

On behalf of the staff and numerous contributors of the Patriotic Vanguard, I would like to extend to the Government and People of Sierra Leone a Merry Christmas and an Ebola-free New Year.
Indeed we have suffered enormously this year, a year that will die out soon. We have suffered before during the civil war, but Ebola, being invisible, has taken us beyond suffering this time, into the realm of the apocalyptic unknown. Yet, we continue to fight and will soon conquer the invisible enemy. (...)

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National Micro-Finance Forum---Recommendations

28 May 2007

BACKGROUND TO THE MICROFINANCE PROJECT
In 2004, development partners (UNDP, UNCDF, KFW and Cord Aid) in collaboration with GoSL developed a Microfinance project named, ‘Development of Sustainable Pro-Poor Financial Sector in Sierra Leone 2004-2009’
The goal of the project is to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by reducing poverty by half by 2015 through the provision of increased access to competitive and sustainable financial services to (...)

Vanguard Man to Cover Taylor Trial

28 May 2007

Teddy Foday Musa, a Patriotic Vanguard special correspondent in Holland, will cover the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor at the Hague, Holland. The trial will kick off on Monday, June 4.
Teddy(photo) holds a BA in Politcal Science from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and recently graduated, with honours, from the prestigious London School of Journalism.
He will be among scores of journalists from all over the world to listen to Special Court Prosecutor (...)

Political Violence in Sierra Leone

27 May 2007

Commentary
By Abdulai Bayraytay in Toronto, Canada
Large scale rebel wars in the history of post-colonial Africa have usually started on a low scale until they blossom into some uncontrollable proportions. Such scenarios are particularly akin to the rebel onslaughts of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone in 1989 and 1991 respectively.
It is against this backdrop that the current violence of arson, looting, rapes and (...)

Emmerson Hits Winnipeg, Canada, June 16

27 May 2007

By David Koroma, Winnipeg.
He has brought the heat to the airwaves and dance halls in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, England, USA, Holland, Australia and Canada with his ground breaking singles Tutu Party, Borbor Belleh and Gi Am Bench.
And now Sierra Leone’s multi-platinum artist Emmerson plans to heat up the road and rock his fans with guest artist Ghanaian music sensation Steve Kodjo Kelly for a headlining North American tour in support of his second smash album " "Tu Fut Arata" (...)

Bo: SLPP Doles out Party Symbols

26 May 2007

By Edie Vandy.
It seems all is now set for the August 11, 2007 Parliamentary battle, following the ruling party’s move to dole out party symbols across the length and breadth of the country. The fan fare that followed in Bo district in particular was euphoric, in the wake of the young and dynamic Foday Rado Yokie’s victory over that of challengers Matina Foray, and Edwin Boima, for the high profiled parliamentary seat of Bo Town 2.
The PMDC has played it smart by (...)

Political Parties to Attend Media Training Workshop

26 May 2007

According to a UNIOSIL press release, representatives of the eight registered Political Parties will benefit from a media training workshop jointly organized by the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The event, which will take place on Tuesday 29 May at the UNIOSIL headquarters Mammy Yoko Hotel Freetown, aims at enabling participants to effectively communicate their messages through the news media, and to (...)

UNDP Launches Poverty Eradication Projects in Bo and Kenema

24 May 2007

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a series of mini-projects in Freetown, Port Loko, Kenema and Bo in October 2006 to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP). The first of these projects, the Rehabilitation of Kissy Library, was completed and handed-over in March 2007. Saturday, 19 May 2007 saw the handing-over ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Kotugbuma Spring Water Project in Bo(photo) and the Gbongbontor Market Water Well Project (...)

PMDC Offers Assistance to Indictees’ Families

23 May 2007

The North American branch of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC -USA) is pleased to offer financial assistance to the families of the indicted leaders of the CDF in accordance with the Indianapolis accord of November 2006. The national PMDC as well as its various international branches will continue to stand by the families of the CDF with financial and moral support despite the untimely death of Chief Sam Hinga Norman. We appeal to all our members at home and abroad (...)

Voting in the Rain: A Ruse or an Incompetent Execution of Election Laws?

22 May 2007

Commentary
By John Lansana Musa,USA.
The decision by the ruling party - the SLPP administration, to conduct elections in the middle of the rainy season has drawn complaints and speculations over the prudence of that decision. Prof. Jonathan Peters in particular has stirred us to think of the constitutional implications. The present essay examines the factor of voting in the rain as detrimental to voter turnout. The Kabbah administration may assume criticism or doubts about its neutrality (...)

UNDP to host National Forum on Microfinance

21 May 2007

The National Microfinance Forum takes place from Tuesday, 22nd to Wednesday 23rd May 2007 at Kimbima Hotel, Freetown. Hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the workshop is being organized in collaboration with KFW, UNCDF, Cord Aid and the Government of Sierra Leone.
The forum meets to evaluate the Microfinance Project ‘Development of Sustainable Pro-Poor Financial Sector in Sierra Leone 2004-2009,’ which was developed by the Government of Sierra Leone and (...)

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EDITORIAL

Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds of (...)

OPINION

The Truth About Reporting Corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)