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Coping with Ebola: A Hotel Manager’s Perspective

2014-09-01 20:43:57

Credit: Brand Sierra Leone. Less that five months ago, Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel had its soft opening launch in Aberdeen, Freetown. In the weeks that followed, Sierra Leone’s first 5 star hotel quickly became the place to be for conferences, parties and events of every kind. Now, amidst an unprecedented health crisis in parts of the West African region, the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak is really beginning to take effect. Many companies have temporarily closed down, and (...)Read the full story »

Special Court Outreach Mission to Liberia

24 April 2007
According to a Special Court press alert issued yesterday, a high-level mission from the Special Court will visit the Liberian capital Monrovia on April 25-26. The mission will be led by Acting Registrar Herman von Hebel(photo) and will include Prosecutor Stephen Rapp, Principal Defender Vincent O. Nmehielle, and other Special Court officials. The mission, which is being arranged with the assistance of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) pursuant to Security Council Res. 1750, (...)

Vanguard Features Editor Bags Prestigious Scholarship

23 April 2007
By Abdulai Bayraytay in Toronto, Canada. The Features Editor of the Vancouver-based Sierra Leone News Portal, The Patriotic Vanguard, Zubairu Wai (simply called Zuba by his peers) has been awarded the Canadian province of Ontario’s prestigious scholarship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) for the 2007/2008 academic years. This information was disclosed in a letter dated April 5th, 2007 in which Dr. P. Van Lieshout, the chairman of OGS’ Selection Board congratulated (...)

Choosing a Running Mate: Rights, Expectations and Decisive Leadership(Part I)

22 April 2007
Commentary By Morie Mussaffa,New Jersey,USA. There had been some grumbling by some people both inside and outside the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) party, about the most recent selection of Dr. I. I. Tejan Jalloh by the leader and Presidential candidate, Mr. Charles Francis Margai to be his running mate. This is perfectly understandable and acceptable especially when, in the realm of modern political dynamics, rights, expectations and decision making can (...)

Building Homes, SHELTERing Lives: Transforming a Nation

21 April 2007
Ezeulu: “I want one of my sons to join these people and be my eye there. If there is nothing in it you will come back. But if there is something there you will bring home my share. The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place. My spirit tells me that those who do not befriend the white man today will be saying ’had we known’ tomorrow." (Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God, 45-46). 1. Executive Summary Introduction This project to (...)

IFAD intensifies fight against rural poverty

20 April 2007
The Executive Board of IFAD approved US$63.5 million in loans and US$59.2 million in grants to fight rural poverty in eight developing countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Paraguay, Sierra Leone and Syria according to a press release from the organization issued today. The Board met at IFAD’s headquarters in Rome on 17-18 April. The grants include US$9.5 million to seven international centres that conduct agricultural research, and provide training and technical (...)

Sierra Leone: Hallowell is JHR Country Director

19 April 2007
By Alicia Filipowich. With the aim of creating change without creating dependency, Journalists for Human Rights’ (JHR) expansion in Sierra Leone is now a reality. Late last year, JHR was awarded funding for the frist two years of its five-year program by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The program began April 1. The Sierra Leonean program will be similar to JHR’s inaugural project in Ghana, which will be ending next year in accordance with JHR’s (...)


19 April 2007
By David Keili. My brother, Christian Katta Keili passed away in Freetown yesterday and part of me died with him. He leaves behind many friends and relatives, some of whom participate in this forum. So, acknowledging/announcing his death here is to share our collective grief. He went away much too soon and left behind a fathomless void. I had talked with him over the past few weeks, while he was in a private clinic in Freetown. He seemed to be in high spirits the last time we talked, (...)

On Sierra Leone’s Prospective Stock Market

18 April 2007
Commentary By John Mannah, Maryland,USA. I was filled with great excitement on the one hand and a dim sense of disappointment on the other, when I read in the Friday March 12th edition of the Awareness Times web site an article captioned “ Sierra Leone’s APC prove tough in Parliament”. According to the article, the Hon. Joe Kallon, deputy Minister of finance deputizing for his boss had tabled a bill titled; Financial Services Amendment Act 2007, a portion of which (...)

Thanks for Sympathy

17 April 2007
By Abdulai Bayraytay, Patriotic Vanguard Deputy Editor, Toronto On behalf of the Bayraytay family,( at home and abroad), we extend our profound gratitude and sincere appreciation to you all for your invaluable support and prayers during the period of the loss of our brother Umarr L. Bayraytay who passed away in Freetown on March 4th this year. May his soul rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine upon him! Thank you and May God bless you all. Death Be Not Proud (...)

Sierra Leone: Peter Tucker Commission Ignites Controversy.

by Gibril Koroma - 17 April 2007
The Peter Tucker Constitutional Review Commission has been thrown into the spotlight recently when it made some controversial recommendations that have far-reaching consequences for the future of Sierra Leone. The recommendations which need the approval of the country’s parliament and the people of Sierra Leone (via referendum) allegedly suggested, among other things, that Sierra Leoneans of Lebanese descent should be eligible to be appointed for all public offices except the (...)

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Focus on the Environment

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, London, UK. I was on holiday in Freetown last August when the King Jimmy Bridge collapsed. A few days before that unfortunate accident, I was travelling along (...)


Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note that (...)