Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gambia says never benefitted from AGOA

The U.S. National Security Council has voiced concern over Gambia's move to block access to UN human rights investigators and for enacting new laws against homosexuality.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Gambia's Group of Six

These half-dozen opposition parties refuse to participate in another sham election.

Gambia opposition party leaders: L-R: Omar Jallow, Peoples Progressive Party; Henry Gomez, Gambia Party for Democracy and Development; Hamat Bah, National Reconciliation Party; Halifa Sllah, Peoples Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism, Ousainou Darboe, United Democratic Party; and Mai Ahmed Fatty, Gambia Moral Congress (Photo Credit: The Daily News)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EU ENVOY: West Africa could be next ‘emerging region’

Of recent, there have been reports of booming economies in Africa, but analysts said economic growth is usually not visibly trickled down to the poor citizens of the continent. (Photo Credit: Forum de Banjul).

The Gambia to receive award for 'outstanding progress' in fighting hunger

Country Flag Flies: FAO says Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and the Philippines have now reached the MDG-1 hunger target.

ACHPR Postpone 56th Ordinary Session

Rights groups at an April 2011 NGOs Forum in Banjul, The Gambia, two days before the 49th Ordinary Session (Photo Credit: MSJoof/TNBES)

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Gambia: UN human rights team prevented from completing torture and killing investigations

"I am not going to change that philosophy overnight because of foreign influence tagged to the bait of aid that is conditioned on the acceptance of alien cultures like homosexuality and unbridled freedoms that are not in line with our religious and cultural beliefs,” Jammeh said on Dec 31, 2013 (Photo Credit: SEYLLOU/AFP/2011)
“I am not going to change that philosophy overnight because of foreign influence tagged to the bait of aid that is conditioned on the acceptance of alien cultures like homosexuality and unbridled freedoms that are not in line with our religious and cultural beliefs,” Jammeh said on Dec 31, 2013 (Photo Credit: SEYLLOU/AFP/2011)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BAJ director attends France biodiversity confab

Journalist and blogger Mamadou Edrisa Njie, who arrived at Aeroport Marseille Provence October 28, told TNBES the experience will help him interact and expand contact with scientists and as well leave the conference “empowered and well-connected”. Photo Credit: Facebook/Niani Ebrisanjie Kanda

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deadlier Than Ebola

Survey finds HIV/AIDS, diarrhoe and malaria kill more Africans than the Ebola virus

Latest World Bank (WB) figures show almost 1.2 million Africans died as a result of HIV/AIDS in 2012, according to a new survey. A team from Médecins Sans Frontières arrived in Guinea at the beginning of the Ebola outbreak (Photo: Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GGA: Easier to start a business in Africa

World Bank’s '2014 Ease of Doing Business Index' ranked Mauritius 20, Rwanda 32, South Africa 41, Tunisia 51 and Botswana 56 – as the top five countries in Africa where it is easiest to do business. (Photo Credit:MSJoof/TNBES

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Africa: Very few have bank accounts, fewer borrow from banks

The Platinum Habib Bank, now renamed Keystone Bank, is  one of 12 commercial banks operating in The Gambia (Photo Credit: MSJoof/TNBES/August2011)
In most African countries, fewer than half of adults had a bank account and fewer than 10% borrowed from a formal financial institution in 2011, according to the 2014 Africa Survey to be released October 28th by Good Governance Africa (GGA).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jammeh: Human civilization on brink of catastrophe

Jammeh addresses 68th UNGA in 2013 where he identified “homosexuality” as one of “three biggest threats to human existence.”(Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)

Jammeh calls terrorists ‘human vermin’

Jammeh had also called for a United Nations investigation into the "man-made sinking" of boats carrying African migrants to Europe. Here (photo) he addresses 68th UN General Assembly in 2013 (Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IMF: NAWEC leads spending pressures in Gambia

“Public debt, which stood at more than 80 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of 2013, is projected to exceed 90 percent of GDP by the end of this year. The burden of government borrowing will exert further pressure on inflation, international reserves, and the exchange rate," IMF says.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Belgium-based Gambian singer to tour West African country in charity

Heart Wash will arrive in Banjul on Monday September 15 (Photo Credit:  Thomas De Beule/Facebook)
A Gambian musician who is based in Belgium is to hold a musical tour of the country of which proceeds will be put into charity, event organisers Little Zion, announced.
The singer, who goes by the name Heart Wash, will arrive in Banjul on Monday September 15. He will use the tour to promote his third album ‘Tesitoo’ (Ready to Work), says Little Zion event manager Thomas De Beule.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ebola vaccine testing begins in US

…then U.K., Gambia and Mali

The charity Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, announced in April it is facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of [Ebola] cases scattered in several locations in Guinea - where the West African outbreak began.  (Photo: Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF)

Gambia: Normalisation contradictions go to press

Normalisation Own Goal: Such doubts were seen to be forthcoming and had they gone to press as did the contradictions from the normalisation, would have had chilling effect on the committee, or didn’t it? (Photo Credit: Total Football)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Safe drinking water necessary for good health

Members of Agua’s team installed a plant based water purification system in Northern Mali, which lead to community wide improvements in public health and economic development (Photo Credit: Agua Inc)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gambia urged to show greater commitment in fight against money laundering

…asked to address deficiencies to avoid blacklist 

Besides money laundering and terrorism-financing threats, there is still a high perception of public corruption in The Gambia, according to reports.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AFRICA: Two billion babies in 2050

UNICEF says investing in children will be paramount for Africa to realize the rights of its burgeoning child population and reap a potential demographic dividend.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IFAD President to meet President Jammeh

Kanayo F. Nwanze will arrive in Banjul on Wednesday (Poto: Taken from Mansa Banko) Several officials overseeing agricultural projects, including IFAD-funded projects, were sent to jail in June, some, over allegations of theft. It is not clear if Nwanze's talks with Jammeh will touch on such issues.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gambia: Progress slow in implementation of money laundering measures

Recent seizures of cocaine and marijuana demonstrate, the country is also one of the routes for drug trafficking in West Africa, GIABA says. (Photo shows cocaine bust, estimated to worth $1 billion, June 2010, Banjul)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Gambia police harass journalist over human trafficking story

Abuja, Nigeria, July 1, 2014--Gambian police should stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Sanna Camara, a journalist with The Standard, was today summoned to police headquarters in the capital Banjul over a June 27 story titled "Police admit 'problems' with human trafficking," Camara told CPJ. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sub-regional course to enhance financial intelligence operations

A five days training on ‘financial analysis techniques for Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) and their partner agencies from The Gambia and Sierra Leone’ will further enhance the operational capacity of FIUs, the organisers say.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, says the June 30-July 4 course will foster synergies with key partner agencies in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Ghana – which made up the course participants.

“FIUs are a key player when it comes to anti-money laundering and counter-financing terrorism, AML/CFT, as they form the link between both components,” Ludovic D’HOORE of UNODC says on Monday at an international hotel in Banjul, the Gambian capital.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

World Cup 2014: Algeria joins Nigeria into round of 16

Islam Slimani
Islam Slimani opened the score-sheet against South Korea in a 4-2 win and ensured Algeria reach the round of 16 with an equaliser in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Russia (Photo Credit: Reuters) 

World Cup 2014: Ghana out after internal unrest

Asamoah Gyan scores equaliser
Ghana had looked to Asamoah Gyan to deliver them but unrest within the team overshadowed their final group G fixture. The Black Stars follow Cameroon and Ivory Coast into the exit (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

World Cup 2014: What 'magician' Messi can do 'superb' Musa can do

Ahmed Musa (centre) celebrates his second goal
Nigeria are through to the knock-out stage despite losing 3-2 to Argentina. Here, they celebrate an Ahmed 'superb' Musa goal (Photo Credit: EPA)

World Cup 2014: Greece sent Côte d'Ivoire packing

A dejected Wilfried Bony, Die Serey and Max Gradel of the Ivory Coast look on
The Ivorians stunned by World Cup exit. They've never made it pass the group stages since Germany 2006. On the other hand, Greece progressed to the last 16 in a World Cup for the first time. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Monday, June 23, 2014

World Cup 2014: Cameroon wrap up campaign with a 4-1 defeat

Cameroon's Indomitable Lions celebrate only goal (Joel Matip's) in the 2014 World Cup. They were knocked out of finals after two games. The first African side to exit (Photo Credit: Getty Images).