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Friday, April 11, 2014

M.B. Jones: Fearless newspaper as an indispensable tool for progress

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54 years on this May, M.B. Jones’s strong editorial statement is still relevant in today’s Gambia, a developing country where a small independent press is stifled.
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“A fearless, outspoken, unbiased newspaper is not only a desideratum to a backward and underdeveloped nation, but an indispensable tool for progress,” Gambian journalist Melville Benoni Jones wrote in an editorial in the Outlook on May 3, 1960.

Historical chronicles about Mr Jones writing and journalism has shown him to be radical and an activist journalist who wrote with authority.

In a recent account, a Gambian historian described him as having combined “crusading journalism with militant politics and trade unionism to challenge British colonial rule.”

But what did the man popularly known as “M.B. Jones”, whose work pre and post colonialism included the fight for a free and independent press, meant by (a fearless, outspoken, unbiased newspaper… indispensable tool for progress)?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ACP-EU grouping restrict Gambia’s participation in bloc's 27th session

The Gambia River in its lower reaches flowing ...
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The European Union-African Caribbean and Pacific (EU-ACP)’s Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) has restricted The Gambia’s participation in the pro-development bloc for not paying its contributions.

Gambia’s membership rights and privileges are been restricted in the grouping of States due to arrears in its membership contributions, revealed Hon. Netty Baldeh, a National Assembly member for Tumana district who led a delegation to the 27th Session of EU-ACP JPA in Strasbourg, France from 12-19 March.

Speaking at the Assembly on April 9, he said the Gambian ambassador was denied the chance to speak because The Gambia was among countries that are in arrears with their statutory contributions.

Gambia to tighten punishment for breakers of tourism laws

The terminal of Banjul International Airport, ...
The jurisdiction of the 24 hour Tribunal will also include the Banjul International Airport and the tourism development area, known as the TDA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Gambia has presented amendments to the country’s tourism laws endorsed by the parliament to impose severe fines for offenders.

“Tourism Offences (Amendment) Bill 2014” which seeks to amend the “Tourism Offences Act 2003” by increasing the monetary penalties for persons convicted of offences related to tourism, was approved by the parliament on April 8.

The amendments have to be assented to by President Yahya Jammeh for it to become law. If he does, the new law would impose harsher fines to a minimum D50, 000. Terms for imprisonment will remain not more than two years.

The Gambia eligible for additional Commonwealth-funded scholarship places

The Gambia, a least developed West African country which withdrew its membership of the Commonwealth in October 2013, is eligible for additional Commonwealth-funded scholarship places.   

The British Embassy in Banjul today April 9 announced the tripling of Chevening scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. 

It said the decision was reached by the UK Budget on 19 March. The scholarships are the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship global scholarship programme aimed at future leaders, influencers and decision-makers.

The UK Budget stated that additional funding will bring over 1,000 more potential future leaders to study in UK universities, meaning in the 2015-16 academic year, there will be more than 1,500 Chevening Scholars.  

All countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients [The Gambia included] will be eligible for additional scholarship places. 


If You Want Privacy or Anonymity or Security, Stay Off the Internet This Week

Security holes are par for the course on the web today, but a new, massive bug dubbed "Heartbleed” is particularly nasty, and widespread: Experts say that two-thirds of websites and probably everyone that’s used the internet in the last two years could be affected.

The irony is, those who have put the most effort into privacy and security are the most vulnerable. 

The bug exposes the popular cryptographic software, OpenSSL, a mainstay web encryption. Heartbleed makes it possible for anyone to eavesdrop on encrypted sites and access the sensitive data they’re supposed to be protecting, all without leaving any trace on the site’s server. Even worse, attackers can also retrieve cryptographic keys and passwords and use that info to decrypt any past or future web traffic.

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