Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Gambia Shotokan Karate –Do International Association recently held a black belt examination at the Bakau Community Center by SKI- Gambia branch and eighteen students, including a female participant. This examination is the second of its kind since 2004.
According to Muhammed Danso the Technical Director, it is six years since another black belt examination was held, this he noted was because his house was not put in order and there were lots of amendments by the International Federation in Japan and also the seriousness he saw in the senior Brown Belts.
When ask if all the 18 Students will pass, he said that in every exam, there will be failures. “Besides, this is just a matter of getting points. If your points are not met, one can work towards completing them in another exam. The exams was purely a technical exams and the awarding ceremony will soon take place where the Whole Gambia will see their fellow brothers and sisters receiving one of their most important life time achievements that they have been pursuing for ages.”
The grading, Danso noted, is a promotional test that assesses students that are pursuing their belt. The regulations also provide the procedures of carrying out all level of tests in accordance with the with the SKIAF (Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation) standards in Japan, which is aimed at spreading the rationalized SKI techniques and standardizing its practice in The Gambia.
The exam was conducted to keep the high spirit of sportsmanship in the young Karate Practitioners that have spent years of training.
The examination was attended by the Senior Master of The Gambia Shotokan Karate-Do International Association and facilitated by Senior Instructors of the Association.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Plans to make president Jammeh a king has been finally made public after months of underground work by the ruling APRC party stalwarts led by local chiefs.
This was unveiled at statehouse on Friday during a meeting claimed to be summoned by president Jammeh to discuss extending the death sentence – from murder and treason - to offences of drugs and human trafficking.
In attendance at the meeting were ministers, ruling party National Assembly members, local government authorities, local chiefs, , religious leaders and his party bigwigs.
But the meeting, which was designed to dilate on death sentence in the wake of the rising crime rate, witnessed an obvious shift to unmasking plans to transform The Republic of The Gambia into a Kingdom.
The agenda was set by Jammeh himself as he expressed outrage at ‘troubles elections created in Africa’.
“We all know the problems elections have created in Africa; the problem in Somalia is caused by elections and in many other countries. “Nearer [to home] in Guinea, people of different tribes are killing one another because of elections,” he said.
As the country prepares to embark on a circle of elections – presidential, parliamentary and local government in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively, Jammeh said people will vote so long as the constitution dictates.
“But it is left to you [Gambians]; whatever you decide is what we will do,” he said of the no election campaign
The campaigns for no elections and to crown president Jammeh as King have been in the rumour mill for some time now.
The local chiefs who are reportedly pushing the agenda forward have recently toured the whole country after president Jammeh donated vehicles to them, sources revealed.
However, the Independent Electoral Commission has condemned the move.
“The campaign for no elections is a non-starter and should be discouraged in all its forms,” IEC said, at the recently concluded outreach for National Assembly members, where it was hinted.
Hon. Fabakary T. Jatta, the majority leader of parliament has been warned of contempt of the constitution for saying that the secret ballot is the highest form of hypocrisy.
Undeterred by this warning, Hon. Jatta said at Saturday’s meeting: “I said it once and I am repeating it here that elections, especially the secret ballot is hypocrisy.”
“Even if it happens that we go to the polls 2011, it might as well be the last election [for The Gambia]” Jatta said.
The governor of North Bank Region Edwar Seckan said chiefs have approached them to make Jammeh a king and they have agreed.
“The constitution is neither the Quran nor the Bible,” says Alhagie Demba Manneh from rural-Lower River region. “We want to make president Jammeh a King and we will amend it to suit our needs.”
President Jammeh came to power through a military coup in 1994 putting an end to the thirty-year-rule of Dawda Kairaba Jawara, who was re-elected in office 5 times after Independence in 1965.
All political parties and political activities were banned during the two year transition period in the run-up to a return to a democratic civilian government.
The presidential elections held in 1996 saw Jammeh winning with 56 percent of the votes and captured the majority of seats in the legislative elections held in 1997.
Although he dropped to 53 percent of votes in the 2001 presidential elections, he was able to secure a virtual monopoly at the National Assembly after the main-opposition UDP boycotted the elections amid cries of foul play.
In 2006, president Jammeh won 67 of the votes and his party maintained a strong majority in the National Assembly.
Although some local and foreign election observers deemed the elections free, fair and transparent, there were reports of unfair play and the opposition maintained that there has never been a level playing ground for free and fair elections.
Meanwhile voter apathy has been phenomenally increasing at a worrying rate as over 50 percent of registered voters failed to cast their votes during the 2006 presidential elections.
Source: Kissi Mansa
Source: Kissi Mansa
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
By Omar Bah
|SJAG Football Team|
Their first encounter was months ago when the Serrekunda East players thrashed sports journalist association FC 8-0 and the second was three-nil in favor of Serrekunda East (SESDO) meaning the sports journalists Football could not even registered a goal against the old hands of the Serrekunda East.
The second friendly which took place at the Serrekunda East on Monday was a friendly as well as a commemoration of the late Fatou Mbye a onetime active colleague in the media.
The match was purposely to maintain peace among ourselves as the SJAG president Sainabou Kujabi said: “We should work together as brothers and sisters for the good of our association because without peace development cannot be achieved.”
The game started well for the sports writers during the first half as they were playing well both in attack and defense, but appeared tired and fatigue as the Old Hands of Serrekunda used their experience to overshadow them on the pitch.
Ousman Chorr was the man of the game as he came into the second half as substitute and manage to hit a brace that shot stopper Allasan Mballo could do nothing about before experienced Lamin Sillah netted the final goal of the day to give Serrekunda east a three-nil victory and the second consecutive victory over the pen pushers.
By Omar Bah
The Gambia under 17’s hot shot Buba Jallow alias Melles is hopeful of the Gambia making it to the African 2011 cadet championship to be played in Rwanda after their tough one-all-draw against the Senegalese U-17 at the independence stadium on Sunday.
Though missed a penalty in the second half during the one all draw against Senegal on Sunday, Melles is optimistic of riding over Tunisia when they rub shoulders on Saturday which will be their final contenders in the qualifying campaign.
Melles the regular goal scorer for The Gambia’s U-17 team appealed for support from the Gambian fans, adding that “Insallah we will make it.” He described the test game against Senegal as good because it prepares them for their Tunisia trip.
“We were yearning for a win but get a draw,” the young star said. “This is football we have to take it with good faith. I know that Gambian fans always want to see us wining but they should also know we need it as well, you always want to make your nation proud as long as you wear the national color.”.
By Mamadou S Jallow
After considering appeals made by Lord Mayor of Banjul, Hon. Samba Faal, Hon. Alhaji Sillah, Councilor Njaga Jammeh and other prominent Banjul elders, Banjul sports executive committee has reduced the ten-year ban on Ajax FC to three instead.
It could be recalled the Ajax has been banned by the sports committee due to indiscipline that the committee could not condone.
Investigations has revealed that the following players were culpable of violently attacking the match officials: Modou Musa Jobarteh (Too), Muhammed Joof (Victor), Samba Bah, Alpha Cham, Maissan Faye, Ousman Secka, Alieu Bah, Karamo Drammeh, Lansana Corr, Pa Omar Jallow, Ousman Corr together with two team officials; Muhammed Jarra and Daddy Njie. All the aforementioned are now banned from all the activities of the committee.
The following players were found to act in the best interest of the game: George Camara, Chuckly Gomez, Lamin Cham, Modou Jobe, Modou Jagne, Amadou Kargbo and Abdoulie Samba. These players are welcome to continue to be part of the
football family. Banjul
By bring the game into disrepute which violated Article 10, (10.1.1) of the Rules and Regulations of the Banjul Nawetaan, the team is fined D3000. Also, for destroying the Committee’s chairs and caused the lost of the Referee’s watch and red and yellow cards which breaches Article 10 (10.1.2) of the Rules and Regulations of the Banjul Nawetaan, the team has been fined D2000. The fines are payable one week from the date of this letter before the matter can be withdrawn from the Police and avoid taking the matter to court.
The secretary general of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) Emil Touray described the day as a moment of reckoning the steps of the association, saying that the GPU will work together with the SJAG for the benefits of sports in the Gambia.
He urged members of SJAG to go through the congress in a professional manner. He noted there was a lot of lobbying been done, appealing to those to be handed over the barton of leadership to make sure that they are competent to handle the posts they are lobbying for.
Secretary General Touray told sport journalists to have a good relationship with the GFA, GNOC, Cricket Association and others for a conducive working environment.
She was later snatched by immigration and promoted from Sergeant to Inspector where she captained the Interior women’s football team for 12 years,
She was part of the first national female team set up in 1999 and started her coaching career in 2003.
Monday, November 1, 2010
By Abdoulie Nget
She decried lack of support from both the Gambian football governing body GFA and the Media to women’s football.
Saying that the media plays a crucial role in the development of football, she called on sports journalists to be covering their marches.