Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 Clients of Social Security Housing Finance Corporation SSHFC deserve protection of the nation’s laws not just for security of property. All correspondence and documentation regarding such properties needed to be executed with strict adherence to data protection laws if that exists within the legal big book of Gambia. If it does not, then here is a test case demanding such laws to be considered for inclusion.

Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
The recently-released report of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda will be launched in Addis Ababa on 5 August 2013 by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.
The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world.
 
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Francisco Grau

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) S H Barkum, yesterday told the High Court, presided over by Justice Abdulahi Mikailu, that the state intend to consolidate all the criminal charges against the former secretary general and head of Civil Service, who is also the former minister responsible for Presidential Affairs, Njogu Bah, the ex- attorney general and minister of Justice Lamin A M S Jobarteh and the former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary Pa Harry Jammeh.

 

The DPP made this pronouncement during yesterday's sitting at the High court during the criminal trial involving the trio. The matter however could not proceed as the court observed that the former Secretary General, Njogu Bah, was not present in court prompting the court to adjourn the said case to the next legal term i.e. the 16th, October 2013 for mention.

Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE), a non-Government Organisation (NGO) based in Madina Salam Village in the West Coast Region, on Saturday donated food items to 45 families in three villages. The donated items included rice, dates, Irish potato, oil, milk and sugar.

 
Registered in The Gambia in 2003, WYCE has been working in partnership with Muslim Aid and the community of Madina Salam since 2008. The NGO has been getting support from Muslim Aid through WYCE and over the years has embarked on meaningful development projects.
 
Ebrima K Sarr, the chairman of WYCE, while giving a brief history of his organisation and Muslim Aid relationship, thanked Muslim Aid for its continued support to the community. He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the food items and make sure the family members benefit from the gesture.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Francisco Grau

 The economic meltdown has dealt a severe blow on their meagre finances and their resolve to carry on. You can literally read the expression on the faces of many: 'I need help.' What should you do under the circumstances when as the Wollof proverb puts it 'their beards got burnt together' meaning we are all suffering from the same ailment.

 
It becomes pretty grim when your survival is from your 'hand to mouth.' Anything you earn goes to the family's cooking pot. There is not enough money to pay the rent, electricity and water bills. The situation is desperate. Your close relatives cannot help. You do not figure among those who receive monthly remittances from their offspring overseas to appease the situation. Matters get worse by the day. Several appeals for help have fallen on deaf ears; little fruit has been the outcome. You are tired of knocking on people's doors. What do you do? Wait for your rendez-vous with death? No!
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Officials of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, headed by the minister, recently visited the Central River Region (CRR) settlement of Kuntaur where they assessed and repaired the community's major health centre, which was damaged by a recent windstorm.

A windstorm that recently struck the community damaged the staff quarters and part of the perimeter fence of its major health centre. It also claimed the life of a health labourer called Daraman.

Speaking to the Daily Observer Monday, the deputy permanent secretary for Administration and Finance, Omar Sey, explained that the team, after assessing the damages, was ordered by Minister Honourable Balla Garba Jahumpa to kick-start the renovation immediately. He added that repairs on the affected parts of the health centre have now been completed.