| Africatime
Sunday 23 April 2017
(The Point 05/22/13)
Africans and friends of Africa all over the world will on Saturday 25th May commemorate Africa Day also known as Africa Liberation Day. The day was founded in 1958 when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana, and attended by eight independent African states. The day seeks to mark, each year, the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. This day has helped to raise political awareness in African communities across the world.It has also been a source of information about the struggles for liberation and development. Kwame Nkrumah, the founder of the modern state of...
(ASN American street news 05/22/13)
The regime of The Gambia’s iron fist ruler, dictator Yahya Jammeh has rescinded its earlier irrational hostile condemnation of the European Union (EU) describing it as a “true partner” in development. The regime also admitted that the financial support provided by the EU over the years, has enabled the Gambia to implement its development programmes, disputing earlier statements made by the country’s autocratic ruler that the EU provide the West African nation with “chicken change.” The regime through its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Susan Waffa-Ogoo expressed confidence that through constant interaction that recognizes “our social, religious and cultural differences, The Gambia-EU relationship will continue to be productive”. Further acknowledging the EU as a development partner at a reception hosted by...
(Foroyaa 05/22/13)
It has been announced on the 10pm news on GRTS television on Monday,20 May,2013 that Lamin Jobarteh has been relieved of his cabinet post as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice with immediate effect. He is replaced as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice by Amie Joof who, until her recent cabinet appointment, was a Justice of the Gambia Court of Appeal. Mr. Jobarteh was appointed as AG and Justice Minister in the constitution of a new cabinet on 3 February 2012, following the 2011 presidential election. Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Jobarteh served as a High Court Judge in Banjul since 2010. He also practiced as a private lawyer after serving in both the police force...
(Daily Observer 05/21/13)
Janjangbureh — Health authorities and other stakeholders have disclosed plans to vaccinate about 48, 000 children in the Central River Region (CRR) in the upcoming nationwide polio immunisation campaign, slated from 24th-27th May, 2013. This information was disclosed recently in Janjangbureh during a day's sensitisation programme organised for members of the region's Technical Advisory Committee ahead of the nationwide campaign. The initiative organised by the Health Promotion and Communication Unit in Banjul, in collaboration with the Regional Health Directorate was meant to prepare the officials in earnest with a view to ensuring a successful campaign. Speaking at the occasion, the deputy governor of the region, Modou Jagne underscored the importance of the sensitisation, saying it is part of the process...
(Daily Observer 05/21/13)
As the world economy continues to grow, so also is tourism. It is worth noting that tourism was already reaching new heights in 2012 and continued to grow robustly in 2013. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) noted that in 2012, arrivals grew more rapidly in the emerging than in the advanced destinations. Worldwide tourism is considered to be a viable and income-generating sector of government if properly managed. And The Gambia is not an exception as government is the number one promoter of tourism in this country. To continue promoting this industry and to make it one of the most viable sectors, it is important that the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education introduce tourism and culture education...
(Daily Observer 05/21/13)
Members of the Young People Without Borders (YPWB) in collaboration with the Civil Servants' Association in Siffoe recently observed the newly launched Gambia 'No Plastic Day' in the form of a massive waste plastic bags collection exercise in Siffoe village, Kombo South, West Coast Region (WCR). The activity was conducted to support the first ever 'Gambia No Plastic Day', which was declared by the National Waste Management Task Force under the National Environment Agency (NEA) to be commemorated every 15th of May. Preceding the commemoration was a quiz competition at the Siffoe Lower Basic School, in which prizes of educational materials were given to all the participating pupils. The secretary of the YPWB, Lamin Camara, said The Gambia No Plastic...
(Daily Observer 05/18/13)
The permanent secretary at Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Matilda Bouy, Thursday presided over the launching of the Third Edition of the African Vaccination Week at a ceremony held at the Ministry's Conference Hall in Banjul. Speaking at a press briefing organised as part of activities marking the launching, the Health PS explained that the African Vaccination Week is meant to strengthen national immunization programmes by raising awareness on the value and importance of immunization services and also increasing vaccination coverage and uptake of new and existing vaccines. She informed the gathering that The Gambia's National Immunisation Programme has contributed significantly towards the reduction in infant and childhood morbidity and mortality, noting that the Programme has consistently maintained high...
(The Point 05/17/13)
A charge of theft was Wednesday brought against One Malick I.M. Cham, former Director General of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Secka. Ex-director-general Cham, who denied the charge, was granted court bail of D100,000 with two Gambian sureties who must swear to an affidavit of means, and deposit their ID cards. The particulars of offence read in court stated that the accused, Malick I.M. Cham, in October 2009 at the Banjul International Airport in the West Coast Region, stole D41,359 being the property of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, and thereby committed an offence. Hearing was adjourned till 12 June 2013. Author: Halimatou Ceesay
(Daily Observer 05/17/13)
Four Gambians were Thursday deported from Switzerland after authorities in that country found them to be illegal migrants, as they were residing there without proper documentation, the Daily Observer has been reliably informed. The quartet arrived at the Banjul International Airport at 12:35pm and was received by personnel of The Gambia Immigration Department stationed there. The public relations officer of The Gambia Immigration Department, Ensa Jawara, confirmed the veracity of this story to the Daily Observer late Thursday evening. “We welcome our citizens back home and advise them to know that The Gambia is a peaceful country. We will continue to advocate for our citizens to ensure that they have proper documentation before even travelling as well as respect the...
(Daily Observer 05/17/13)
The president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, Thursday presented special gifts to his predecessor, Alhaji Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, on the occasion of the latter’s 89th birthday. The gifts, which included an undisclosed cash amount, personal letter of joy and love bearing the Gambian leader’s signature as well as a birthday card among a host of other gifts, were presented to the former president at his residence in Fajara, through the minister of Tourism and Culture, Fatou Mass Njie-Jobe; and the director of Press, Office of the President, Fatou Camara. The president also honoured Sir Dawda with an award of excellence for his (Sir Dawda’s) personal commitment to women empowerment. A cake and fruits...
(Askani Senegambia 05/17/13)
Gambian from all over the world will converge at Raleigh North Caroline this weekend May 17th through May 19th. The conference is a call to conscience for every Gambian who is able to make it to come together and discuss the political and governing status of our beloved Gambia. By now almost every Gambian have come to their senses that our country is on the wrong path of history. History has thought us that it is the responsibility of citizenry to stand up and demand good governance, rule of law and respect for the dignity and freedom of every citizen. It is clear the only person enjoying freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness in Gambia is President Jammeh. Not members...
(The Dispatch 05/16/13)
A court in Lagos has convicted an Iranian and a Nigerian to five years in jail for illegal importation of weapons that were bound for The Gambia. The Iranian, Azim Aghajani and his Nigerian accomplice Ali Abbas Jega were arrested at Lagos Appa Port by custom officers on October 26, 2010 with 13 containers filled with mortars, grenades, shells, rockets and ammunition. The weapons were to be re-exported from Nigeria to the Gambia, Nigerian authorities said. Judge Okechukwu Okeke found both men guilty on four out of five charges relating to the shipment. Okeke ruled that the five-year sentence will start from February 2011, the beginning of their trial. Defense lawyer Chris Uche said he will appeal against the verdict...
(Daily Observer 05/16/13)
A special envoy of the Senegalese president dispatched to Banjul, on Wednesday said he discussed with the Gambian leader, the existing bilateral relationship between Banjul and Dakar. Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, shortly after his closed-door session with His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, told waiting journalists that his mission in the country was to deliver a special message to the Gambian leader from his Senegalese counterpart, His Excellency President Macky Sall. He revealed that during the meeting, he discussed with President Jammeh an array of issues concerning the two countries. “The meeting availed us the opportunity to discuss and reaffirm the bond of ties between the two nations. We have also talked about so many areas of importance...
(ASN American street news 05/16/13)
A Gambian high court judge, Justice Emmanuel Nkea has admitted that the deputy editor-in-chief of the Daily Observer newspaper Alhagie Jobe has been in detention for so long. Justice Emmanuel Nkea surprisingly gave a short duration adjournment (23, 27, and 28 May, 2013) to that effect when the trial was first mentioned at the High Court in Banjul. Mr. Jobe is standing trial accused of “making an act with seditious intention”, “seditious publication”, “possession of seditious publication”, “giving false information”, and “reckless and neglect acts”. His lawyer Ebrima Jah who is determined to secure his release, said he will submit a formal bail request to the court. ASN correspondent said the alleged offences brought against the ex-Daily Obverser editor by...
(Human Rights Watch 05/15/13)
A Gambian activist detained by the authorities after peacefully expressing his views has been released – but there is still no news about a journalist missing for seven years, Amnesty International says. Imam Baba Leigh, a prominent Muslim cleric and activist, was freed after being held for more than five months at an unknown location after he publicly condemned the execution of nine inmates at Mile II prison in August 2012. He was arrested on 3 December 2012 by two National Intelligence Agency officers and told he was being taken to their headquarters for questioning. Imam Baba Leigh was effectively disappeared. He was never charged with a crime, was not brought before a court and during his time in detention...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Senegambianews 05/13/13)
To many people at home, it looked like another propaganda coup, one similar to many others just over the last year alone; the releases of Dr. Amadou S Janneh, Tamsir Jassey, Lawyer Moses Richard, Lawyer Lamin Mboge, the hiring of Nana Grey-Johnson and now the recycling of Fatou Camara, who was recently hire and unceremoniously fired. In some of these instances, the one constant was the dubious, demeaning and insulting platitudes about Yahya Jammeh’s celestial benevolence that each was coerced into uttering on live Gambia television. More telling still, for some of those who fell within the Gambia’s new and unprecedented incarceration and abduction crisis, the opportunity to reecho Yahya Jammeh’s “benevolence,” was a coerced concession worth the price of...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(The Point 05/08/13)
The Gambian economy was estimated to have grown by 6.3 percent in 2012, following a contraction of 4.6 percent in 2011, according to the Gambia Bureau of Statistics, GBoS. Money supply grew by 8.8 percent in the year to end-March 2013, lower than the 14.9 percent in 2012, Amadou Colley, Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia said Tuesday, during a press conference convened by the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of The Gambia. Governor Colley revealed that provisional data on government fiscal operations in the first quarter of 2013 indicate that revenue and grants amounted to D1.5 billion (4.6 percent of GDP) compared to D1.9 billion (5.9 percent of GDP) in the same period in 2012...
(Pana 05/08/13)
Policy rate Gambia - Gambia has increased its policy rate by 2% to 14% as it forecasts a further depreciation of the currency, the delasi, on account of economic challenges. Central Bank Governor, Mr Amadou Colley, speaking at a Monetary Policy Committee briefing in Banjul on Tuesday, said the currency was under pressure because of internal factors and challenges posed by the recovery of the global economy. “Inflation outcomes evolved largely in line with expectations. Inflation is projected to accelerate but to remain in single digit in the short-term,” he said. “Headline inflation increased from 4.3 per cent in June 2012 to 4.9 per cent in December 2012.'The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has, therefore, decided to increase the policy rate,...

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