Tuesday 24 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
Gambian president Adama Barrow on Thursday held his second meeting with the media after six-months in office. According to the 52-year-old who beat former strongman Yahya Jammeh in December 2016 polls, the meeting was to better engage the media after decades of crackdown by the former regime. Reports from the engagement saw the president addressing a series of issues fielded by journalists, questions ranged from the economy, human rights, education, health, judicial reforms and other topical issues. The press is...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(APA 05/08/17)
The first ever cabinet retreat of the new Gambia Government on Friday and the breaking news of a Gambian citizen joining the Islamic State terrorists group, ISIS dominate the headlines of Gambian newspapers on Monday. The Point Newspaper said the Gambian leader, Mr. Adama Barrow, on Friday presided over his government's first cabinet retreat organised in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in The Gambia, under the theme '' Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue''. Addressing the gathering, President Barrow...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(APA 11/29/16)
The continuation of the trial of an economic crime case involving senior officials of the Gambia National Petroleum Company (GNPC) at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, and the 2016 election campaigns by the different presidential candidates, dominate newspaper headlines in the Gambia on Tuesday. According to The Point newspaper, Lawyer E. Sanneh representing the second accused in the GNPC case, Momodou Badjie, asked for further clarity regarding Sergeant Alhajie K. Manneh being a member of the Major Crime Unit...
(APA 11/28/16)
The intensive campaign rallies by different presidential candidates in various communities and towns were the lead stories in Gambian newspapers on Monday. Speaking in a rally on Sunday, the seven-party coalition standard bearer, Adama Barrow has described his candidature as a “symbol of unity”, noting that if elected he will work with the coalition partners to unite what he called a “divided nation”, thereby meeting the aspirations of the citizenry. According to the lead story on The Voice newspaper, Barrow...
(APA 11/22/16)
The plans laid by the different presidential candidates in the Gambia dominate the Tuesday editions of the newspapers as the campaign for the 2016 elections continued. The Daily Observer zoomed on the Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh's call on the people of Basse Mansajang in eastern Gambia to massively vote for him in the upcoming polls, saying the election is entirely funded by his government. Jammeh once again used the rally to criticize the West, saying they are always against his...
(APA 11/07/16)
The starting of nomination process of presidential aspirants and the launching of an agricultural and environmental project dubbed, ''Gambia is Green'' by the Gambian First Lady dominate the headlines of Gambian newspapers on Monday. The Point and Voice newspapers reported that Mamma Kandeh, leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), will file his nomination papers to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to determine his candidature to contest in the December 1 election. It said that Adama Barrow, leader of the...
(APA 11/03/16)
The Gambian Government has said it will review the national frequency table and make necessary adjustments for a more efficient and standard operation of the electronic media in the country. A press release from the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) on Thursday ordered all radio stations in the country to submit details of their operating frequencies, programme schedules and names to PURA as part of the review process in order to come up with recommendations and update of the national...
(APA 11/03/16)
The Thursday edition of Gambian newspapers focused on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s call for Presidential aspirants to file their nomination papers starting from next week Monday and the signing ceremony of over $61 million road construction deal among other issues. The Point newspaper reported that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released the nomination schedule for aspiring candidates for the December 1 presidential election, starting on Monday. According to the Point newspaper, the electoral commission will receive a single...
(APA 10/24/16)
Once again, the Gambia has come under criticism from the ongoing ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the coming into force of the Banjul Charter. According to Foroyaa newspaper in its second lead story on Monday, the chairperson of the ACHPR Pansy Tlakula lamented that the Gambia’s has failed to respond for many years to letters of concern from the Commission about its human rights violations. Tlakula, according...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(APA 10/05/16)
The reaction of a Member of Parliament to the Gambia's female presidential aspirant, Dr. Isatou Touray’s 'abusive words' directed at the ruling APRC party, the ratification of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) by the National Assembly were the top stories in Gambian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Observer zoomed on the reaction of Seedy Njie, nominated Member of Parliament to a statement made by the first female presidential aspirant during an inter-party dialogue convened by the African Union pre-election...
(APA 10/04/16)
The implementation of visa restrictions to officials of the Gambian Government and their families by the United States Embassy in Banjul, the Minister of Youth Sports, Alieu K Jammeh's call for Gambian youths to pursue national unity dominate the headlines of Gambian newspapers on Tuesday. The Point newspaper reports on its lead page that effective from October 3, 2016, the United States Embassy in Banjul has stopped issuing visas to Gambian government officials, others associated with the government and their...
(APA 09/28/16)
The move by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to replace lost and damaged voters cards for eligible Gambian voters and the one-day visit of Guinea Bissau's leader were the headline stories in Gambian newspapers on Wednesday. The Point newspaper reported that the Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has revived the call for replacement of voters’ cards from people who have problems with their cards. The report quoted a press release issued by IEC on Tuesday noting that in a bid...

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