Friday, December 31, 2010

Launch of cotton crimes campaign, Europe agrees new anti-trafficking law

Dear Anti-Slavery supporter,

NEW: Cotton Crimes campaign against child slavery

Anti-Slavery International is launching the Cotton Crimes campaign to step up action against child slavery in Uzbekistan 's cotton industry.

Fresh evidence has emerged from this year's cotton harvest of children being forced from their classrooms into the fields to pick cotton for little or no pay.

As the third biggest global exporter of cotton, Uzbekistan 's state-run cotton industry is reliant on forcing hundreds of thousands of children to work in order to reap Government profits of over US$1 billion annually. However, the Government continues to deny the use of state-sponsored slavery.

The single biggest destination for Uzbek cotton is the European market. Despite strong condemnation from the European Union over the use of child slavery in Uzbek cotton production, the EU continues to allow the Government of Uzbekistan to benefit from reduced trading tariffs for its cotton imports. The EU should not be financially rewarding Uzbekistan for using child slavery.

Thank you for your support - NJIE

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Dear Njie,
As we look toward the New Year, I am thankful for the friends and supporters of Internews, who make our work with journalists, media professionals and communities around the world possible.
View a slideshow to meet some of the faces behind our mission to empower local media worldwide.
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Internews and its partners work globally, often in difficult locations, to ensure that accurate, quality information reaches those who need it most. This year has been no exception, and I am immensely proud of the work we've done.

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Photos from Haiti, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan2010 has been an eventful year, full of challenges and success. Donate today in honor of what we've accomplished together and make our plans for next year possible.

Holiday Wishes from Prevent Child Abuse America

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We want you to be a part of our national movement to prevent child abuse and neglect. 
We, at Prevent Child Abuse America, know that focusing on innovative prevention programming like that which focuses on home visiting, shaken baby syndrome, and sexual abuse, lays the foundation for children’s later growth and development and reduces the possibility of more serious problems occurring later in life. This kind of programming is happening now, in communities like yours, but it’s not everywhere, yet.

World Press Freedom Day 2011 to focus on 21st century media

16-12-2010 (Paris)- “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers” is the theme of the next edition of World Press Freedom Day, which will be celebrated on 3 May 2011. Events are planned in more than 100 countries to celebrate the Day, which also marks the 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the promotion of free and pluralistic media.

Director-General calls for safer working conditions for press

22-12-2010 (Paris)- The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for improved security for journalists and other media workers in areas of conflict or social unrest, to allow them to carry out their professional duties. The call comes after the death of Iraqi television journalist Omar Rasim al-Qaysi who was killed in a suicide bombing on 12 December.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

ICFJ Holidays Greetings

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Dear Mamadou,
As we look ahead to 2011, we want to extend a special thanks to friends like you. Your generous support has made it possible for the International Center for Journalists to work for 26 years helping journalists all over the world to provide their communities with quality information. As you make your year-end donations, we hope you think of ICFJ.

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Dear Friends,

As 2009 comes to a close I want to thank you for the support that you have given the Population Institute and your continuing interest in our work.  With your backing, we have made real progress in building public awareness about the implications of rapid population growth and in educating policymakers about the benefits of expanding international family planning assistance. 

Presentation By Mamadou Edrisa Njie

Presentation By Mamadou Edrisa Njie Second Vice President Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG), Senior Staff Writer  of  The Gambia News and Report Magazine Weekly and Correspondent for the African Voice newspaper published in Ireland, UK at a day-long Training on Journalism for St Joseph Senior Secondary School in Banjul  18 December 2010.
The importance of information cannot be over emphasized. The capabilities of a well informed people cannot be compared to those who have been kept in ignorance. All of us need information to make important decision whether we are educationists, economists, business persons, or ordinary people. To talk when information is lacking is like talking for the sake of saying nothing. Information is indeed power.
Introduction to Journalism
Journalism is the production of news reports and editorials or putting together publication by different persons through media such as newspapers, magazines, ( Be it weekly, monthly, or quartly), radio, television, and the internet (online newspapers, and blogs).
In fact Journalism remains a noble profession like any other profession you can thing of e.g. Medicine, Law etc- rendering public service, and therefore, to be a journalist , one must be committed, be faithful to the facts, have integrity.
The primary role of journalism is often said to be the informing, educating, and entertaining of a general audience of either a newspapers, magazine, radio, television channel, or online news medium that is the internet.  Journalism as you already know serves the community as the ears and eyes of the public and helps in shaping and influencing opinions positively.  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Moroccan Export Caravan Arrives In Banjul

The Gambian Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment Honorable Yusupha A. Kha, yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa in Banjul, welcome 165 Moroccan delegates to The Gambian soil at the symposium of the third edition of the Moroccan export caravan to Africa.
The third edition of the Moroccan caravan was the first time to be hosted by the government of the Gambia and was co-organised by The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA), Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), and the Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment.
The caravan is part of Morocco export's strategies to built economic and trade relationship between Morocco and other African countries including The Gambia.

Monday, December 6, 2010

UNICEF Reaffirms Commitment in the Fight Against Child Rights

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)- UNICEF Communication Specialist, Sally Sadie Singhateh on friday presided over the Commemoration of this year's World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, where she renewed UNICEF'S commitment in the fight  against the abuse of the child Rights.

Gambia’s Financial Plan Estimates at D5 Million

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA (MB)- Total Revenue and Grants is estimated to increase from an approved level of D5.50 billion to D5.65 in 2011, representing 17.82 percent of the Gambia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), reveals the Minister of Finance  Honorable Abdou Kolley on the 29th November 2010. Kolley, in a presentation of the Estimates of Revenues, Recurrent and Development Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2011 to National Assembly Members at the house of Parliament in Banjul.

Commemoration of A World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)- UNICEF with its partners the Supreme Islamic Council and the Gambia Christian Council commemorates A World Day of Prayer and Action for Children at the Gambia College/University Main Hall; Brikama, West Coast Region last friday, 3 December 2010

Below is the full text of the media release; Why: For many years, UNICEF has worked with faith-based organizations around the world because, like many NGOs, they are often able to reach children in the most deprived communities where most government and secular services do not reach. Many faith-based organizations provide basic services to children and, through their actions, help create awareness and demand for essential services that governments, private sector, and NGOs provide for children.

Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 21

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)- 21 years ago today a remarkable milestone for the protection and realization of the rights of all children - the Convention on the Rights of the Child – was officially opened for signature by United Nations Member States.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first legally binding instrument designed to protect and promote the rights of people under 18 years old. Its adoption by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989 is celebrated annually as Universal Children’s Day. It has now achieved near-universal acceptance, with ratification by 193 parties, UNICEF media release said. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Deficiencies in Gambia’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing Terrorism compliance system

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)- The Mutual Evaluation Report on The Gambia, by Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) in 2009, noticed knowledge and capacity deficiencies among reporting entities, including compliance officers of banks, as part of the major weakness in the country’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance regime.