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Farafenni Senior Secondary principal attends US-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Programme

On Friday, March 21st Momodou Jallow departed for the International Visitor Leadership Programme in the United States. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the US Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

Gunjur Yiriwaa Kafoo renamed Gamcel Kafoo

The Gunjur Yiriwaa Kafoo, a women's association that stands for the development of the coastal village was on Tuesday officially renamed 'Gunjur Gamcel Kafoo', at a high profile ceremony held at the village grounds and graced by Jaliba Kuyateh and Kumareh Band.

Shell donates ambulance to Gambia

Malaw Saidiba may be more than 10,000 kilometres from home but the needs of The Gambia remain close to his heart.' Now, with the help of his employers Jacobs and Shell Scotford, his hometown of Soma will receive an ambulance. “Back home, if you're really terribly sick, you don't have any means to get to the hospital. Hope is ended,” Saidiba said. “Africa needs help. Being here (in Canada) having all of these privileges, working and having medical insurance — they don't have that over there. It's day by day. Whatever comes around, if you can't handle it — bye, you're gone.”...

Students make ‘life-changing’ trip to The Gambia

Emotional, rewarding and life-changing. Just some of the words used by students who went to The Gambia to see how money they helped raise is spent. Pupils from the Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy came to The Gambia to visit a school, hand out mosquito nets and meet children who will benefit from cash they collected and donated. Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy (OIEA) is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Ilkeston, Derbyshire in England....

Burry Port couple’s appeal for football shirts and boots to help Gambia’s young players

Donations of football boots and shirts are being called for to help The Gambia's youngsters realise their sporting dreams. Burry Port couple Isabel and Craig Goodman are urging people to donate replica football shirts and old boots to help a football academy in the African nation....

‘GAMBIAN YOUTHS HAVE NO REASON TO GO ‘BACK-WAY’

The director of planning at the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Musa Mbye, has asserted that Gambian youths do not have cause to leave the shores of the country in the quest for 'greener pastures' in the West “because the government has created enough training and job opportunities for them here”....

‘President recognises health as central driver of economic growth’

The minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Omar Sey, has underscored the importance President Jammeh attaches to health saying: “President Yayha Jammeh recognised health as a central long term driver of economic growth. People have to be healthy to be able to participate in the development process. As a result of this firm commitment by the president and the government of The Gambia and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare have, over the years, made significant progress in the fight against TB in The Gambia.” Dr Omar Sey made the comments at an event marking World TB Day on Monday in Banjul.....

Mali coup leader abandons hunger strike after stomach problems

The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago, allowing Islamists to seize its desert north, has abandoned a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his detention, military sources said....

FJC appointed to the board of African Women Foundation

The management committee of the African Women Foundation for Nation Building (WINB) in consultation with the board of patrons on March 18 wrote to Fatoumata Jahumpa-Ceesay informing her of her appointment as a member of the board of directors....

Girl Guides chief notes challenges in achieving ‘MDG 2’

By Sainey Marenah Mrs Yamudundow Jagne-Jobe, the chief commissioner of The Gambia Girl Guides Association has revealed that challenges still exist even though “we are working intensively through advocacy and policy promotion in collaboration with partners to enrol and retain girls and young women in schools.” Mrs Jagne-Jobe said this in celebrating this year's World Thinking Day celebrated in The Gambia last Saturday. The Gambia Girl Guides Association over the weekend joined the rest of the world to observe this day at its headquartersin Kanifing. The World Association of Girl Guides chose 'Achieving Universal Primary Education for Boys and Girls” as the theme for the celebration. The local theme however, is 'Education Opens Doors for Girls and Young Women'. It is a day of reflection and celebration of the birthday of Lord Baden–Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides movement and his wife, Olave, who served as world chief Guide. “This goal is a key issue affecting girls and young women around the world,” said The Gambia's chief guide, in delivering her statement at the event. “The UN MDG 2013 progress report noted that the slow progress in achieving MDG2 are linked to household poverty which is the single most important factor keeping children out of school. Children and adolescents from the poorest households are at least three times likely to be out of school as urban children,” Mrs Jagne-Jobe noted. “This challenges The Gambia Girl Guides Association to redouble our efforts in working with the Ministry of Education to accelerate progress in this area and work towards more meaningful outcomes in the light of the government's development agenda,” she said. She recalled that the Government of The Gambia has put in place several projects and efforts to make sure MDG 2 is achieved in The Gambia, while commending the president for creating a conducive environment for the advancement in education, especially of girls and young women. According to the chief guides commissioner, her association has responded to this call for development not only through their global action theme, but also in pursuit of Vision 2020, and the programme for accelerated growth and empowerment (Page) as a national development strategy for the attainment of MDGs. She announced that her association's programme areas have been developed to include priority areas of the government within their resource capabilities, 'while it purses institutional capacity development. “A Girl Guides Association strategic plan draws its inspiration from the urgency of the development intervention with a story focus on the girls and young women for social inclusion and advancement,” she noted. The association has also established a skills training centre at its Kanifing headquarters and Soma which annually caters for over 200 young girls, most of whom are early school leavers who couldn't continue with their education due to socio-cultural problems such as poverty, early marriage, and teenage pregnancy.

MARABOUT HELD OVER DEATH OF INSANE PATIENT

Alhaji Karamo Njie, a renowned psychiatrist marabout and native of Jappineh village in Jarra Central, is helping police in their investigations for alleged murder of a man in his early thirties believed to be 'insane', The Standard newspaper is privy to. Speaking to The Standard newspaper yesterday, the police spokesman, ASP David Kujabi confirmed the veracity of the report. He explained: “On Saturday March 15, 2014, the body of the deceased was brought to the country's main referral hospital in Banjul for a post-mortem. We are now waiting for the autopsy report to determine the actual cause of death”......

Foroyaa’s Mass Kah opens defence in his sedition trial

Mass Kah an employee of the Foroyaa newspaper, yesterday opened his defence at the Kanifing courts before Magistrate Isatou Janneh after a no-case submission filed by his lawyer Lamin Camara was overruled...

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