Tuesday 22 August 2017
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all,...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 08/08/17)
A 2.6 million Euro, equivalent to about D120 million Bio-fortification project funded by the European Union and to be implemented by United Purpose, formerly Concern Universal, has been launched on Tuesday 1 August 2017, at the Regional Education Office in Brikama, West Coast Region. According to the organisers, the Bio-fortification project is a four-year European Union funded project to reduce micro nutrition deficiencies of women and children in The Gambia through sustainable and integrated approaches to food fortification. The Organisers stated that the overall objectives of the project are to reduce under-nutrition and poverty, especially among women and children in
( FOROYAA Newspaper 08/08/17)
The police have reacted in a statement to Foroyaa's Editorial of 1 August 2017, emphasising that they are committed to the instituting of a Coroner's Inquest and that in fact the Chief Justice has appointed "Principal Magistrate Lamin George of Bundung Magistrate court as Coroner to probe into the matter so as to ascertain the circumstances leading to Lamin Krubally's death." This is good news and Foroyaa will give a full coverage to the proceedings of the Inquest. The police...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Gambian conservationists are suing a Chinese firm they say polluted a lagoon by dumping waste into the sea, their lawyer told AFP Tuesday, after a government agency settled out of court with the company. The residents of Gunjur, a Gambian village an hour south of the capital Banjul, complain that toxic waste dumped into the sea has killed fish and affected the health of their community since the Golden Lead fish meal factory opened in September 2016. "We have filed a civil suit against Golden Lead and are seeking a perpetual injunction against the factory from polluting the atmosphere," Ebrima Jaiteh, lawyer for two environmental
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
The Gambia is courting Beijing's attention after re-establishing diplomatic relations last year, but villagers and activists say Chinese investment is a double-edged sword as they fight a firm accused of dumping waste. Chinese firms in Africa are frequently accused of polluting the environment to produce materials ready to export back home, in incidents recorded by experts across the mines of Guinea, oil fields of Chad and forests of the Congo basin. The government is nevertheless keen to kickstart direct Chinese...
(APA 07/24/17)
The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) have for the first time ever issued a statement to renounce and denounce the military coup on 22 July 1994 which ousted the democratically-elected government of the country’s first president, Sir Dawda Jawara. On the occasion of the 23rd anniversary on Saturday 22 July of the coup, which in the past two decades was marked in the country with a public parade of the armed and security forces, the GAF issued a statement to the...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Senior politicians in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday called for measures to cut the birth rate in the region in order to bring the population explosion there under control. Deputies of ECOWAS, Mauritania and Chad should be aiming to cut back the birth rate to three children per woman, said Salifou Diallo, Burkina Faso's speaker of parliament. The idea, he said, was to cut the birth rate in half by 2030, in a region that...
(APA 07/19/17)
The Gambia government Tuesday launched the ''Tobacco Control Act 2016'', which contains severe prohibitions and penalties on the use of tobacco. This is part of national efforts to discourage people from all forms of tobacco use for health reasons. Tobacco use is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people yearly worldwide. The Act enacted by parliament under the former government, bans all forms of tobacco advertisement, promotion, sponsorship including cross-border promotion and sponsorship. The prohibitions contained in the various sections of the document are that: No one should initiate any...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/14/17)
In a warehouse on the sprawling country estate of Gambia's exiled former leader, Yahya Jammeh, silver platters pile up beside dusty crates of empty champagne bottles with labels commemorating his 1994 coup. A bailiff picks through the boxes and scribbles down notes — the start of what the new government says is a search for tens of millions of dollars of looted assets, an investigation that Jammeh's supporters have dismissed as a witch hunt. A U.S. official in Banjul said...
(Reuters 07/12/17)
Gambia could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease but more donor funds are needed for the "last mile" of the drive, health experts said on Wednesday. The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under five has plunged to 0.2 percent from 4 percent in 2011, according to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP). The total number of new malaria cases across the West African nation has...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
As West Africa declares war on the market for expired and counterfeit medicines, start-ups are putting quality control in the hands of patients to stop them risking their lives trying to get well. Not only can such drugs fail to treat the diseases they are bought to combat, experts say, but they may encourage resistance to antibiotics and even cause death as diseases continue to course unchecked through the body. At an April meeting in Liberia, the 15-member Economic Community...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(AFP (eng) 07/07/17)
Five Gambian high school students denied US visas to attend an international robotics competition were on Thursday finally granted the right to travel, they told AFP. The US authorities' decision to deny access to schoolchildren from Muslim-majority African and Asian nations from participating in the science competition follows the implementation of stricter visa policies since President Donald Trump took power. "All of us in the robotics team were issued visas today by the consular officer at the US Embassy in...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(AFP (eng) 07/05/17)
A group of high-flying Gambian schoolchildren were denied visas to attend a robotics competition in the United States, they told AFP Tuesday, following a similar rejection of an all-girls team from Afghanistan. The group of five teenagers from the tiny West African nation were invited to attend the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington DC this month to show off their engineering skills in front of peers from 160 countries. "It is going to be sad if we cannot be in the US to exhibit the robots we built ourselves," said Fatoumata Ceesay, 17, describing the team dedicating "six to seven hours a day on building the robots"...
(Voice of America 07/05/17)
More than 7 million children in West and Central Africa are displaced every year, the United Nations children's agency said in a report released Wednesday. Lack of economic opportunities, wars and climate change are forcing more than 12 million people in West and Central Africa to migrate annually, the report said. "Children in West and Central Africa are moving in greater numbers than ever before, many in search of safety or a better life," UNICEF regional director Marie-Pierre Poirier said...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable...

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