Gambia

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[Foroyaa] Hon. Suwaibou Touray, member for Wuli East in his reaction to the Budget speech delivered by the Finance and Economic Affairs on Friday 6thDecember 2020, said research has shown that emerging and developing economy group is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in 2019, rising to 4.7 percent in 2020. But he said our own finance minister also said growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, the economy group The Gambia belongs to, is expected at 3.2 percent and 3.6 percent in 2020.

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[Foroyaa] Members of the National Assembly on Wednesday 11th December considered and passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill with amendments after it has undergone close scrutiny both at the Select Committee of Supply and the General Assembly. The bill that is adopted in its third reading was tabled by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mambury Njie. It took the lawmakers three day of heated debate before it was considered and passed. This year's check and balance functions of the National Assembly aroused pos

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[Foroyaa] The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) would be mentored for five years by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana as part of its transformation to become a university.

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[Foroyaa] The National Assembly took on a new approach to scrutinizing the national budget and they have promised that next year the scrutiny will be more stringent. Following the developments that took place this year, few people would doubt that, that promise at least will be fulfilled. A revolution was promised in terms of scrutiny of the Estimates and a revolution did take place when a motion was made to commence scrutiny by committees of the National Assembly of each head of the budget.

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[Foroyaa] Edward Singhatey, an ex-vice chairman of the redundant Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) has appealed against the findings of the defunct Janneh Commission's adverse findings against him.

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[Foroyaa] State House, Banjul, 12 th December 2019 - Senior officials from Universal Caravan Aviation, a transnational aviation company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have shared with President Barrow plans to commence operating a private airline service in The Gambia. The Vice-Chairman of the company, Saidu Mohammed Ahmed, who disclosed the plans in an audience with the president at the State House on Wednesday, 11th December 2019, said the company is expected to launch its Gambia subsidiary - named Jet Wing

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[Foroyaa] The Truth Commission (TRRC) has wrapped up a two-day experts meeting organized by the Africa and West Asia Programme of International IDEA (AWA IDEA) in partnership with TRRC, the Ministry of Justice, and the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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[Foroyaa] Dembo Bojang, commonly known as Dembo by-force, has resigned as the National President of the United Democratic Party (UDP).

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[African Arguments] When Adama Barrow became The Gambia's new president in January 2017, he quickly reversed many of his predecessor's isolationist policies. After 22 years of authoritarian rule under Yahya Jammeh - who had to be pressured to leave the country by a regional military intervention when he refused to step down after losing the elections - the democratically-elected President Barrow announced The Gambia would rejoin the Commonwealth and the International Criminal Court (ICC). At the same time, international suppo

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[The Point] Sexual harassment is a growing phenomenon in many developing countries and even developed countries. Many offenders sometime commit harassment against women without even knowing that their actions tantamount to sexual harassment. And in the receiving end, victims sometimes see these remarks as compliments.

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[The Point] Banjul American International School (BAIS) is opening a full U.S. High School Diploma program in September 2020. This will be the first school offering the U.S. High School option in The Gambia. An information meeting will be held for all interested parents and students on Tuesday, January 7th 2020 at 7 pm at the school campus in Fajara.

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[The Point] Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) team, Friday held the Senegalese Sports Journalists Association (ANPS) team to a 1-1 away draw in an international friendly match played at the Dakar Sacré-Coeur football field.

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[The Point] The Hague -The International Court of Justice (ICJ) genocide hearings will include the first response by Myanmar to allegations of atrocities against the Rohingya before an independent and impartial court, Human Rights Watch said. A Human Rights Watch "Questions and Answers" document explains the significance of the December 10-12, 2019 hearings, the process for enforcement of court orders, and other aspects of the proceedings in The Hague.

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[The Point] Multi-award winning afromanding artist, Sanna Singhateh aka ST or better still Brikama Boyo on Saturday made history during his Gambiana album launch, which attracted over 45,000 fans to the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

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[The Point] Gambia Teachers Union Young Teachers Platform said it has learnt with great sadness of the devastating news of the loss of more than 50 young Gambians at sea off the coast of Mauritania last week, while trying to travel to Europe via boat.

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[The Point] The office of the Inspector General of Police announced on Monday that officers of the Police Anti Crime Unit have arrested Ismaila Ndong of New Street, Banjul, a taxi driver, for his alleged involvement in kidnapping, violent extortion, and rape of women within the Greater Banjul Area and Kanifing.

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[IPS] United Nations -Myanmar will have "no tolerance" for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's main judicial body, on Wednesday.