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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...

Please come and invest in Gambia Minister tells global ICT leaders

The Gambia's minister for Works was in his element as he moved to woo global leaders in information and communications technology to invest in the country's telecoms industry. Minister Balla Garba Jahumpa, who is overseeing the Ministry Of Information and Communications Infrastructure, has assured that The Gambia is open for business. He introduced the ongoing regional ICT summit to transformative developments in that sector, in terms of laws and policies and infrastructure. ...

IMF opens second West Africa Center to build capacity in region

With the aim of scaling up its support for capacity development in West Africa, the IMF has opened a new regional technical assistance center in Accra, Ghana, the fifth such center in Africa and the ninth worldwide. Offering capacity building services to six countries across western Africa, AFRITAC West II complements the region's existing center in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, established in 2003 to serve francophone West Africa. With the center's opening, the IMF fulfills its commitment to extend the AFRITAC network to serve all sub-Saharan African countries—a commitment made in 2002 with the IMF Capacity Building Initiative for Africa. The initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of African governments and institutions to design and implement sound macroeconomic policies consistent with their poverty-reducing strategies.....

Mali’s former coup leader starts hunger strike over detention

The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago and allowed Islamists to seize its desert north has started a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his detention, legal and military sources said on Thursday. General Amadou Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping last November with regard to the disappearance during the 2012 coup of dozens of paratroopers loyal to toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure......

Summit motivates Gambia’s ambition for subregional ICT hub

The Gambia hopes to introduce leaders in the global information and communications technology industry to investment opportunities available in the country's ICT sector, as it plays host to the 12th edition of a regional ICT summit which kicks off today. ...

Women call for civic education programmes on national media

Women leaders from around Brikama have noted that there should more civic education programmes, particularly on the civic and political rights of women, on the national media. The women leaders said there should be days and times on the national TV and radio for institutions like the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) and other organisations working on the empowerment of women to sensitise people, particularly women, about their civic and political rights in local language....

Banjul Mayor speaks

The mayor of Banjul Abdoulie Bah has spoken of his council's commitment to develop Banjul and improve the welfare of its populace. He was speaking on Tuesday at the National Assembly chambers in Banjul during a meeting with the National Assembly Select Committee on Lands and Regional Administration. Mayor Bah said he is working with development partners to provide the city with 520 street lights. He said the cost involved is huge but the council will only pay D2million for installation. He reiterated BCC's commitment to improve services in the area of waste management. The Banjul mayor stressed the need to utilise council's meager resources judiciously to enhance the socio economic standard of the people. He said the council is not over-staffed but rather lacks experienced personnel to deliver effectively. Mayor Bah spoke of the need for the local government act to be reviewed to redress the problems facing area councils. He said the Service Commission is dormant and urged the ministry of Lands and Regional Administration to look into it. ....

ITALIAN FASCISTS PROTEST AGAINST GAMBIAN IMMIGRANTS

Between Friday night and early Saturday morning, 40 African migrants, 22 of them Gambians, arrived in Cuneo, a province in the southwest of the Piedmont region of Italy after earlier landing in Lampedusa. The 40, all male and mostly young, come from seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa and none of them speak Italian...

New UK Ambassador: I want constructive relations with Gambia

The new British ambassador who takes up his post in The Gambia on April 18, Colin Crorkin, has underlined his government's commitment to developing constructive ties with the government of The Gambia. On Friday, during a visit to the English town of Marlborough which has a thirty-year old link with the community of Gunjur, the incoming ambassador said: “What I am looking forward to, is building on the outstanding people-to-people relationship between our two countries, and developing a constructive relationship with the Gambia government through working with them....

Gambian artist, Etu Ndow, 48, dies

Renowned Gambian artist, Babucarr Etu Ndow, died yesterday of suspected hypertension. He was 48. He is surivived by a wife and two children. Mr Ndow, a native of Bakau, runs the highly-rated Tunbung Art Village and Gallery in Tujereng, Kombo South. He was interred at the Bakau cemetery last evening.....

OPPOSITION PARTIES PREDICT FUTURE WOMAN PRESIDENT FOR GAMBIA

Representatives of two opposition political parties have predicted a woman president for The Gambia in the future. The national secretary of the United Democratic Party's women's wing, Mariama Secka, and the national youth mobiliser of the Gambia Party for Progress and Development, Mr Saja Jarju, have underscored such a possibility in The Gambia. ...

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