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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 »

Two Security Chiefs Visit the North

28 August
By Hassan Bruz, Sierra Leone. The fight against Ebola is winnable if people are obedient and disciplined enough. This was the message of the Inspector General of Police, Francis Allieu Munu (photo) to the people of Sierra Leone during a recent tour of the various regions in the country. It was a joint tour with the Chief of Defence Staff, S O Williams to have an on the spot assessment of what obtains in the different localities with regards the spread of the Ebola virus disease. In the (...)

Lunsar Descendants Abroad Assist Ebola Victims

26 August
By Hassan Bruz, Lunsar, Sierra Leone. Hundreds of people in about a dozen communities in the Marampa chiefdom have benefited from a consignment of relief items from the from sons and daughters of the chiefdom overseas. Marampa chiefdom is located in the Port Loko district, northern Sierra Leone. The items which included bags of rice and other ingredients were part of a consignment of food items that was provided by the North American Branch of the descendants of Marampa chiefdom in the (...)

Ebola: Port Loko District in a Mess

24 August
Commentary By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. Unlike what obtains in the sister district of Kambia where a lot of praises have been heaped on that district for hard work and forthrightness in the fight against Ebola, the membership of the Port Loko District Health Management Team continues to demonstrate incompetence and unprofessionalism with no semblance of an immediate change of attitude. Many well meaning including the poor and needy inhabitants of the town have continued to (...)

Youth Minister Presents Gigantic Donation

23 August
By Hassan Bruz, Makeni, Sierra Leone. In compliance with the clarion call of His Excellency – President Ernest Bai Koroma for every well meaning Sierra Leonean to put aside petty differences and join hands in the fight against Ebola , the Minister of Youth Affairs Hon. Alimamy Kamara (photo) has donated over 200,000 United States dollars worth of hand washing items to various communities in Sierra Leone. The items which included 200 sets of Veronica buckets and 15 barrels of (...)

Ebola: No Visas for Sierra Leone Hajj Pilgrims

21 August
Press Release from Government of Sierra Leone. Government would like to inform the General Public that in a bid to facilitate 2014 hajj, a three man delegation led by Alhaji Moijue Kaikai, Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Nuru Deen Sankoh Yillah, Special Adviser to the President, and Dr. Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, a member of the Hajj Committee visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in June 2014. During their visit, the following agreements have already been (...)

Freetown: Madinah Students Join Ebola Campaign

20 August
By Alhaji Mohamed Wusha-Conteh, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone Students Union from the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with the Voice of Islam radio station in Freetown, have ended a three-day seminar on the theme “The Islamic approach in combating the spread of EBOLA” at the Islamic center hall, 84 Circular road. The program, which attracted scores of Islamic scholars came up with several strategies to completely eradicate the Ebola (...)

The Ebola Crisis: Implications on Maternal and Child Health in Sierra Leone

19 August
Commentary By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola, one of the emerging infectious diseases in the 20th century is causing misery in the Mano River Basin countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The disease is new in the sub-region and hence posing serious challenges in its management in the affected countries. The Ebola scourge will affect the economy of the state, communities and families; burying Sierra Leone as a country further deeply into poverty. There is the (...)

9th Annual Rajiv Bendre “Women in Public Life Lecture”

17 August
The 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone, a non partisan campaign for more women in Politics, Parliament, Local Government, and Public Life, held its 9th Annual Rajiv Bendre “Women in Public Life Lecture” at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel on July 5, 2014 at 4.00 pm. The Annual Rajiv Bendre “Women in Public Life Lecture” series, launched in 2005 is named in honour of Rajiv Bendre, who as the Director of The British Council in Sierra Leone helped to pioneer the creation of (...)

Yulisa Amadu Maddy (1936-2014): An Appreciation

15 August
By Professor Eustace Palmer, USA. Credit: Weave Journal, edited by Dr. Patrick Bernard, USA. The recent passing on March 16 of Yulisa Amadu Maddy means that Sierra Leone has lost one of its brightest literary stars. Moreover, his death is a great loss to African literature and culture as a whole. Born in 1936, Maddy belonged to that new breed of Sierra Leonean writers, including Lemuel Johnson, Gaston Bart-Williams and Syl Cheney-Coker, that took Sierra Leonean literature, almost kicking (...)

The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit: The Global Health Emergency

13 August
Essay By Dr. Peter Dumbuya, USA. Introduction The August 4-6 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit was the first of its kind and it showcased the scaling up of relations between Washington, D.C., and various African capitals. Although relations date back centuries to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Africa has had to compete hard for the attention of U.S. foreign policy planners. For example, a pre-summit report (July 31, 2014) by Nicolas Cook, Alexis Arieff, Lauren P. Blanchard, and Brock (...)

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EDITORIAL

Dispelling the Ebola Myths and Misinformation: Citizens’ Responsibilities

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola can be best described as an ‘exterminator’, a disease that is wasting away families and decimating communities. Because of its (...)

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 (...)