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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 »

Court of Appeal Rules Against Haja Afsatu Kabba

5 May
By Alimamy Lahai Kamara, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should not refund the sum of Three Hundred Million Leones (Le300, 000,000) to the former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources (and senior member of the ruling All People’s Congress party), Haja Afsatu Kabba, as restitution. The Appellate Court on Wednesday 30th April 2014 made this ruling when Mrs. Kabba sought an order directing the ACC to refund the said (...)

53 Years of Independence: State House Insignia and Awards Ceremony

29 April
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Introduction Sierra Leone celebrated its fifty-third independence anniversary on Sunday April 27 in exquisite circumstances. The celebrations occurred as one former and one current Pope canonized two of their predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, and South Africa marked “Freedom Day,” that is twenty years since the country’s majority African population first voted in non-racial, multi-party elections in which (...)

Kamaraimba Should Stay Within the APC

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 25 April
Commentary I have never met or spoken to the young APC politician Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray (photo) who has been in the news for some time now. Neither am I one of his numerous supporters. But I would like to offer him some pieces of advice from my experience as a journalist that has reported on and commented on Sierra Leone politics for almost three decades. Mohamed, who I think is a very intelligent and ambitious young man, a "Youth Man", as they say in Sierra Leone, seems to lack one (...)

Sierra Leone:Third Term Rumour Gains Momentum

by Gibril Koroma - 22 April
When current Transport Minister Balogun (Logus) Koroma floated the idea of a third term for President Koroma not too long ago, a lot of people did not take him seriously although it caused some uproar within and outside the government. Indeed the office of the President sent out a press release vehemently denying the rumour. Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution stipulates only two terms for a President. But the rumour has refused to go away; in fact it has become more strident lately (...)

IMF Mission Statement on Sierra Leone

17 April
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Freetown during March 17-April 1, 2014 for the first review of Sierra Leone’s program supported by the IMF through the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah; the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheku Sesay (photo); other senior officials of the government and the central bank, representatives of the business community and civil society, and (...)

Conviction for Unexplained Wealth: ACC Charts New Path

16 April
Commentary By Jospeph Fitzgerald Kamara, ACC Commissioner, Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone. Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties (...)

Freetown: Sofla Declared Best Iranian Diplomat

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 15 April
The outgoing Iranian Cultural Chancellor Mohamed Reza Ghezel Sofla (photo) has been described as the best and most approachable and humble diplomat ever assigned by Iran to Sierra Leone. At a farewell ceremony organized at the International Institute of Islamic Studies on Wilkinson Road west of the capital, Freetown, which attracted people from all walks of life including students from Fourah Bay College, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Institute of Public (...)

Sierra Leone Launches WMC Programme

14 April
According to a report by Liana Tepperman of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and the (...)

KPA Independence Anniversary Annual Dance

10 April
Koya Progressive Association Independence Anniversary Annual Fundraising Dance. With DJ Songo Train Grand Chief Patron His Excellency, Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Conteh, Sierra Leone Embassy, Washington DC, USA. All Proceeds Will Go to Scholarship Funds for School Children in Sierra Leone. April 12, 2014 9.00pm to 4.00am The Mirage Hall, 1401 University Blvd. East Hyattsville, MD 20853 Patrons: Single: $60.00 Double: $100.00 Please Patronize, Help Educate and Keep Our (...)

Tejan Kabbah: The Truth Will Set Salone Free

21 March
The Oswald Hanciles Column. By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. President Tejan Kabbah (photo) is being mourned by all the country. This Column has to do what is traditional in our country – extending my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the late President. But, this Column is bound to do what every self-respecting columnist ought to do: an objective analysis of such a historic event. President Kabbah was more than a ‘person’. Kabbah is (...)

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

OPINION

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 (...)