Thursday 18 January 2018
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(ASN American street news 06/05/13)
The email accounts of the ASN (American Street News) editors, Sulayman Makalo and Omar Bah were hacked by unknown criminals. Two sophisticated attempts had also been detected on americanstreetnews.com, which the website’s IT consultants were able to thwart. These separate hacking and attempted hacking of the email accounts and website respectively came three days after the Yahoo account of Editor Omar Bah, which has the ASN (American Street News) ID (logo), was hacked. The hackers assume that Editor Bah’s Yahoo account is the official contact account for the website editors. With the help of ASN’s IT consultants and Yahoo, the editors’ email accounts and Bah’s private Yahoo account are secured. However, prior to the securing of the email accounts, the...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
LILLESTROEM, NORWAY — West African heads of state will meet, maybe as soon as this month, to adopt a code to fight growing piracy in their coastal waters that would include use of arrests, prosecutions and seizures of ships, the U.N. shipping agency said. Piracy is on the increase in the Gulf of Guinea region, which includes Africa's No. 1 oil producer Nigeria and is a significant source of commodities including cocoa for world markets. In that region, commercial ships do not enjoy the protection of naval security that has dramatically reduced Somali piracy on the other side of Africa. “Quite soon, probably before the end of this month, heads of states of West African nations will be meeting in...
(Daily Observer 06/04/13)
A Turkish investment mission is expected in The Gambia soon to take part in a “Business Opportunity Match-making” session on June 8th, in what is described as the commitment by the two countries to explore investment opportunities, the Daily Observer has gathered. The event is being organised by The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in collaboration with The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA). The objective of this match-making session, according to GCCI, is to discuss business opportunities that exist in the areas of construction, fisheries, port and ship yard projects, air port security and general trading. This initiative is coming hard on the heels of the recent establishment of the Turkish-Gambian Business Council in Istanbul, where...
(Daily Observer 06/04/13)
Seventeen Million US dollars out of the over thirty billion (US$32BN) grant approved for Africa has been allocated to The Gambia to fund three projects namely; the Rural Water Supply Phase III Project, the Food Aid Programme and the completion of the Programme for the Implementation of Capabilities to cope with Natural Disasters caused by Climate Change. The Japanese prime minister, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, told the opening session of the TICAD V, Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama that the 3.2 trillion yen [approximately US$32 billion] including ODA of around 1.4 trillion yen would be used to support Africa over the next five years. Assistance package According to Prime Minister Abe, what the African continent needs now...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(The Point 06/04/13)
Forty-six Gambian would-be migrants were this week returned to Banjul from Libya, immigration sources have told The Point. The returnees, according to superintendent Ba Ensa Jawara, public relations officer of the Gambia Immigration Department, arrived in Banjul onboard Royal Air Maroc on Wednesday and Thursday. According to superintendent Jawara, the would-be immigrants were returned home in two batches, with the first batch comprising 22 and the second 24 people aged between 18 and 38 years old. Giving a breakdown of the returnees, the Immigration mouthpiece said four hailed from Banjul, three from the Kanifing Municipality, seven from the West Coast Region, nine from the North Bank Region, two from Lower River Region, seven from Central River Region and fourteen from...
(Daily Observer 06/04/13)
The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh Sunday had a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe in Yokohama, on the sidelines of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held from June 1st – 3rd in Yokohama, Japan. The two leaders both exchanged opinions concerning cooperation in the international arena, including the development of Africa at the beginning of the meeting. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the Gambian leader’s participation in the TICAD summit. He expressed hope of development both in Africa and Japan in the wake of TICAD V, which marked the 20th Anniversary of the TICAD process. He also spoke about The Gambia’s contribution towards peace...
(Daily Observer 06/04/13)
The minister of Health and Social Welfare and National Assembly matters, Balla Garba Jahumpa disclosed that tobacco kills up to one half of all users and remains one of the leading preventable causes of death, killing nearly six million people each year worldwide. According to him, more than 600, 000 deaths are also caused by second hand smoking. Minister Gaye was speaking on Friday while presiding over the commemoration of World No Tobacco Day, organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with Raid-The Gambia at Sibanor Village in the West Coast Region. The theme of this year's commemoration was, 'Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship'. The Health minister said the government has made significant stride in...
(The Point 06/03/13)
Good governance and the proper management of public affairs are central to the attainment of our national development aspirations. Citizens entrust governments, the public sector and state enterprises, with their tax money and the resources of the country to manage for the public good, and for the benefit of present and future generations. This responsibility includes providing essential services and public infrastructure. Indeed, it is under this element of trust that few are chosen to lead. State corporations are the extension of government. Just as citizens rely on governments, they trust state enterprises to manage public resources well and provide essential services efficiently. People have a right to expect that the essential service providers carry out their duties mindful of...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Daily Observer 05/31/13)
The president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh, Thursday donated 85 laptops to the members of the armed and security services. The presentation ceremony was held at State House in Banjul. The vice president and minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy, presented the laptops on behalf of the Gambian leader to the beneficiaries. The computers were used by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the past voter registration exercise and previous electoral activities. The beneficiaries are: Gambia Armed Forces, 15 laptops; Gambia Police Force, 15; Gambia Immigration Department, 10; National Intelligence Agency, 15; Gambia Prison Services, 5; National Drug Enforcement Agency, 5; Gambia Revenue Authority, 15; and the Gambia Fire and...
(ASN American street news 05/31/13)
On April 29, 2013 word reached us that Saul Ndow and Mahawa Cham, two Gambian citizens were being held hostage by one of the Casamance rebel factions somewhere in Ziguinchor; the zone of contention in the southern region of the Republic of Senegal. During this ordeal, the Gambian community around the world, friends of Gambia and particularly Saul and Mahawa’s family expressed grave concerns about their safety and whereabouts. While rumors abound about their safety and the unthinkable act of surrendering our brothers to Yahya Jammeh, we cannot remain silent any longer. We have given this nightmare ample time to unravel itself to no avail. The most recent information about these brothers is that, whoever held them hostage in Senegalese...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Daily Observer 05/30/13)
The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J Jammeh, accompanied by Her Excellency The First Lady of The Republic, Madam Zeineb Yahya Jammeh and a high powered delegation will leave Banjul today, Thursday, May 30th 2013, to attend the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in Yakohama, Japan, a press release from the Office of the President revealed. The release reads: His Excellency The President of the Republic of The Gambia Sheikh Professor Alhagie Dr. Yahya A.J.J Jammeh accompanied by Her Excellency The First Lady of The Republic, Madam Zeineb Yahya Jammeh and a high powered delegation will leave Banjul International Airport on Thursday May 30th at 8:00am to attend the fifth Tokyo International...
(ASN American street news 05/30/13)
The Gambia continues to face a heavy debt burden, particularly from domestic debt, which largely consists of short-term Treasury bills, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. The IMF said interest costs, especially on T-bills, consume a large share of government revenue, and rollover risks are high. Based on external debt indicators, however, The Gambia’s risk of debt distress has improved to moderate. IMF said fiscal slippages in late 2012 led to higher-than-expected domestic borrowing during the year. “This weakened the government’s credibility that it will achieve its goal of a gradual fiscal adjustment to get domestic debt under control. For 2013, the authorities have taken steps to address such slippages, including the recent submission of a supplementary budget to the...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Jollofnews 05/29/13)
(JollofNews) – Amnesty International has indicted the Gambian regime of President Yahya Jammeh over its human rights record and treatment of Gambians. In its annual human rights report on the Gambia released yesterday, Amnesty International renewed its condemnation of the execution of nine death row inmates last August. It said the prisoners were killed without prior notification or exhausting all of their appeals. It added that some of the executed prisoners were convicted after trials that did not meet the international fair trial standards. Amnesty International stated that over the past year, officers of the Gambian National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and police routinely carried out arbitrary arrests and people were often held without charge and beyond the 72-hour time limit...

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