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GOV'T: U-20 EXPULSION, A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT

The Government of the Gambia has reacted swiftly and strongly to news of The Gambia's disqualification from the Caf Under-20 Championship. The concern of the government was conveyed in a strongly­­­-worded statement by the National Sports Council, the technical arm of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which expressed total consternation about the news of The Gambia's disqualification, calling it a national embarrassment which could have been avoided. The National Sports Council also announced that it will form a task force to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. Below is the full content of the NSC letter:..
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Freetown urges gov't to revisit airline travel ban

Sierra Leone's newly-appointed high commissioner to The Gambia, Basiru Soulay Daramy, has informed a cross-section of Sierra Leoneans at his Fajara residence that there is no case of Ebola anywhere in Sierra Leone..
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Rlg wants to create a million jobs - Papa Njie

West Africa's biggest ICT and mobile phone manufacturing company, Rlg Communications, said it is planning to replicate its solar-powered kiosks that it recently launched in The Gambia in Ghana.These ultra-modern kiosks will be equipped with state-of-the-art solar-charging stations and used as sales and repair points for all Rlg products...
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1 million mosquito nets to be distributed in Gambia

The Gambia's health authorities Thursday announced plans to distribute more than one million mosquito bed nets across the country. The distribution exercise which will start in May is intended to provide one mosquito net to every two persons...
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Grow food trees - Jammeh

President Yahya Jammeh has said his government is commitment to invest heavily in agriculture to attain the vision of food security in the Gambia by 2016. He said this on the fourth day of his Dialogue With the People's Tour in Kaur on Sunday...
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Jobarteh: I have right to speak in the absence of my lawyer

The arraigned former Justice minister, Lamin Jobarteh, told the magistrates court in Banjul that he has the right as an accused to speak on his own behalf despite the absence of his counsel. He was appearing before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke last week on charges of abuse of office and destroying evidence, charges he denied. .
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UTG, other African universities to share US$150 million World Bank fund

The World Bank on Thursday approved US$150 million (N24 billion) to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. Ten of the beneficiaries of the scheme are Nigerian universities, while nine others are from other West and Central African regions, including Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, Gambia and Cameroun...
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AfDB Board Approves US $8.2-million senior loan for medical clinic in The Gambia

The board of directors of the African Development Bank approved on Wednesday, April 16, in Tunis, a US $8.2 million loan to The Gambia's Horizons Clinic. The Horizons Clinic project to which the board approved a US $8.2-million loan involves the design, building and operation of a 60-bed international standard, state-of-the-art medical facility in The Gambia...
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Anti-corruption judges to rule on Karim Wade today

Judges in Senegal were deliberating yesterday on the fate of former president Abdoulaye Wade's son Karim, detained for a year on corruption charges after accumulating a fortune worth more than US$1 billion. ..
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Gambian woman's Sex video 'embarrasses' community in Sweden

A feeling of embarrassment has gripped the Gambian community in Stockholm, Sweden, as a video purportedly featuring a Sweden-resident Gambian woman performing sex acts attracts wide circulation. ..
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GPA under fire over ferries, canoes

The Gambia Ports Authority has come under fire from the National Assembly over the state of affairs of the Banjul-Barra ferry transport services - an essential river crossing and vital economic lifeline for the country...
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New British envoy arrives this weekend

The new British ambassador to The Gambia will arrive in The Gambia this weekend to take up his appointment in succession to Mr David Morley...
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PIERRE MINTEH REBUTS BRITISH AMBASSADOR

Pierre Minteh, the former APRC national youth leader has rebutted claims made in this paper by the former British ambassador on the eve of his departure that Britain supports The Gambia's development through grassroots projects and relationships...
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Dr Bilal Philips (Chancellor Islamic Online University)

In this edition of Bantaba, editor Sainey Darboe talks to the world-renowned Islamic scholar, preacher and founder of Islamic Online University Dr Bilal Philips about terrorism, education as well as his conversion from Christianity to Communism and then Islam...
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The president's dialogue with the people - a time for self evaluation

The president of the republic begins today the 'Dialogue With the People Tour'. The tour is in fulfillment of the country's constitution. The head of state is obliged to go around the country and dialogue with the people at least once every year. This is a significant democratic and development-oriented exercise. It allows the head of state and government to see firsthand the state of affairs of the country as it is.
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Erosion of institutional memory impeding MOICI's development - Study

Continuous firing of policy-makers such as ministers, managing directors, permanent secretaries and director-generals, was one of the biggest banes to the development of the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI), a study has revealed....
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Minority leader cautions not to compromise quality

The minority leader in the National Assembly has cautioned importers of various edible commodities in The Gambia to put health and wellbeing of consumers at forefront by not compromising the quality...
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Jamaican paper says 'Gambia Roots Homecoming Festival on track'

Plans for the 2014 staging of the Gambia Roots Homecoming Festival intensifies as promoters bill some of Jamaica's top acts to perform at the show's 11th anniversary. The festival, which began in 2003, will run from May 9 through to May 16. The festival has become known for attracting big names, and this year's performers will include Jamaica's Sizzla Kalonji, Mutabaruka and Jah Cure, as well as soulful United States singer Erykah Badu...
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Homegrown films set for launch

The stage is set for the launch on Saturday of two films shot and produced in The Gambia titled, The King and Prince, and Helpless King...
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Guinea-Bissau: Vaz is frontrunner Int'l observers hail poll

Jose Mario Vaz, a former finance minister running for the dominant African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), is expected to be declared president by Friday when the results of the Guinea Bissau elections are announced. ..
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