Raising funds to send medical supplies to Liberia

Two Liberian diaspora organizations have launched a go fund me campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase and transport medical supplies to help Liberia in its fight against the coronavirus. So far, the West African nation has reported three cases of the virus. US-based Women Innovative Global Services (WINGS) and the Liberia Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund (LEADER Fund) are […]

Africa should harmonize its coronavirus fight

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU), a specialised agency of the African Union in the field of telecommunications, has put together a set of guidelines to assist in combating the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, that every Member State should consider. Africa has so far recorded relatively few coronavirus cases compared to the rest of the world. […]

Liberia: Conflict of interest and independent journalism

By James Kokulo Fasuekoi in Minneapolis, MN Let me express thanks to Cyrus McGee, for his input to my discussion at bay, which especially, centers on the roles of the Liberian journalists union, known as PUL, as well as members of the independent media, in the wake of persistent physical attacks on independent journalists in […]

WHO: Over 600 coronavirus cases in Africa

More than 600 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries in Africa as of 19 March, compared with 147 cases one week ago. Although the region has seen a significant increase in confirmed cases recently, there are still fewer cases than in other parts of the world. “The rapid evolution of COVID-19 in […]

Energy cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea

São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea have agreed on the establishment of a Special Zone for Joint Exploration to explore and develop cross-border oil and gas reserves believed to be in the blocks bordering each country’s maritime zone. The decision was taken during a meeting this week in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital, between Osvaldo […]

African Development Bank moves against coronavirus

The African Development Bank on Wednesday announced health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in countries where it has a presence, including its headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The measures include telecommuting, video conferencing in lieu of physical meetings, the suspension of visits to bank buildings, and the cancellation of […]

Trial of Liberian war crimes suspect postponed

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, and the increasing measures being imposed by the Swiss authorities in response to the pandemic, the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland has postponed the trial of Liberian war crimes’ suspect Alieu Kosiah. The trial was scheduled to take place in Bellinzona, Switzerland, from April 14 to April 30, 2020. The court […]

Liberia: Pres. Weah speaks on first coronavirus case

President George made the following statement on Monday in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, after the West African country recorded its first case of the coronavirus. MY FELLOW CITIZENS AND FOREIGN RESIDENTS: I would like to speak directly to you today concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic, which is rapidly spreading around the world. The spread of this […]

Norway closes border to foreign nationals

The Norwegian Government has announced the closure of Norway’s border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. They will be turned away at the border under provisions of a Norwegian law relating to the control of communicable diseases. Temporary entry and exit controls will also be introduced at the internal Schengen border. […]

Coronavirus: Sweden bans public gatherings, events

On 11 March, the Swedish Government adopted an ordinance on a prohibition against holding public gatherings and events. What does this decision mean? The Government is making use of the possibility in the Public Order Act (Chapter 2, Section 15) to prohibit public gatherings and events if this is necessary to combat an epidemic. The […]