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Ebola: Establish Mechanisms for Treatment Abroad

2014-09-15 03:07:11

It is indeed sad that we have lost yet another medical doctor, Dr.Olivette Buck, to the dreaded Ebola virus disease. She is the fourth Sierra Leonean doctor to be taken away by the disease, thus severely reducing the number of medics in this fight and scaring away a lot of nurses who used to look up to her for guidance and motivation. May her soul rest in peace.
One thing that has shocked Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone at home and abroad is the allegation that WHO (...)

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Cracks Begin to Appear in APC

12 May

By Our Correspondent
Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray (photo), the North America APC activist and fundraiser that was recently "excommunicated" and denied a party card by the ruling party’s national secretariat in Freetown has set up a political movement called Alliance Democratic Movement (ADM).
We in the Patriotic Vanguard had heard rumours about this movement a long time ago and it is consequently no surprise to us because the young politician is just a symbol of the growing (...)

African Infrastructure: A Review of Issues

6 May

By J Boima Rogers, Oxford, UK.
This paper is a follow up to the one last year in which I made a case for an improvement in the physical, governance, educational and regional infrastructure on the continent. This paper reiterates the importance of the infrastructure and gives a historical perspective, a case study of the two largest economies, concerns and policy implications.
Why is the infrastructure so pivotal?
The underperformance of African economies is directly (...)

A Response to Dr. Kelfala Kallon

5 May

“Two Stolen Presidential Terms Should be Enough:” A Response to Dr. Kelfala Kallon
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In fairness to Dr. Kelfala Kallon, I must disclose that in July-August 2007, I volunteered in the presidential campaign of then candidate Ernest Bai Koroma who is now President (...)

Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Liberia

1 May

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Ms. Corinne Deléchat, visited Monrovia from March 17 to April 1, 2014 to conduct the third review of the government’s economic program supported by the IMF under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The mission met with Minister of Finance Amara Konneh (photo), Central Bank Governor Joseph Mills-Jones, and other high-level government officials. The mission also held constructive discussions with members of the (...)

Anti-Third Term Protesters Storm Diaspora Symposium

29 April

By Mustapha Wai, Washington D.C., USA.
Making a mistake is human; but not learning from it is idiocy. The people of Sierra Leone should learn from the mistakes of the past. We cannot be going off the same cliff again and expect that somehow we will land safely this time without injury. The scars of the eleven (11) year old civil war still remain vivid in the minds of many. The socio-economic inequalities that led to the war still linger. The price of our staple food, rice and (...)

EBK Should Not Listen to Third Term Sycophants

24 April

By Hassan Baraka, Businessman and Writer, USA.
The notion for President Ernest Bai Koroma to seek a third term in office was first started on national TV and radio by a well known political opportunist whom the president later rewarded handsomely for his vociferous support of the idea. However, this politically despicable idea was overwhelmingly rejected in the country and the diaspora; it never saw the light of day.
Recently, this double headed monster is rearing its ugly head (...)

Sierra Leone: The Eco to Replace the Leone Next Year

18 April

By Mekki Elmograbi, Khartoum, Sudan.
Starting from May 2014, citizens from the five countries of East Africa Community – EAC; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will be able to use their national currencies in the area of EAC. Banks and agencies will offer to the public the service of digital cross-border cash transactions in real time for all local currencies of EAC. A citizen from Uganda can buy a car from Tanzania using Rwandese francs, taking his fuel from an oil station (...)

Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

15 April

Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron ore mine in neighbouring Guinea but lost it when the Guinean government recently investigated him and found him guilty of corruption. Steinmetz was allegedly very close to former Guinean President (...)

Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014

14 April

Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014.
VENUE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, (Vancouver) British Columbia, Canada.
THEME: “Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization.”
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, (...)

Freetown: Ecobank, NRA Officials Convicted

10 April

According to a press release signed by Koloneh Sankoh, the Anti-Corruption Commssion’s Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, the High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by the Honourable Mr. Justice M.A. Paul, on 10th April 2014, pronounced sentence in the matter of the STATE VS SOLOMON HINDOLO KATTA and OTHERS; having found them guilty in a judgment delivered on 3rd April 2014. The convicts were officials of National Revenue Authority and Ecobank in Sierra Leone.
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The Ebolarization of Every Death in Sierra Leone

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The magnitude and spread of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone requires enormous commitment of resources and robust sustained (...)


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 (...)