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ODM-K.org has no connection with African Press in Norway

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

We have decided to clarify one important issue, not that it bothers us in APN, but because many readers have questioned us as to why our site is ODM-K.org.

Someone malicious has created the ODM site and made automatic connection to our site. This is possible in this day and age with modern technology.

We in APN have nothing to do with ODM site and we assure our readers that our aim in APN is to carry out clean and clear message. We do not intend to mislead our readers.

Those who have created the ODM site and connected to ours may have thought that they were spoiling for us. Instead they have made APN more known world wide .

We thank all our readers and assure them that our site will continue to do a serious job and we appreciate your contributions.

Korir, Chief Editor, African Press in Norway, Apn, africanpress@chello.no, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525

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Raila Odinga’s association with the wanted Bishop Gilbert Deya

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

Fellow readers,

I believe it is not right for any fair person to insinuate that Hon Raila Odinga should forfeit votes because of his relationship with the famous Pastor Deya.

As Raila said on Tv the other day, Pastor Deya comes from his village. Now I want to ask those who are making these unfortunate comments one question.

If your cousin has been accused of an offence for which he has not been charged and convicted, do you avoid him like a plague just because you want to be the president of Kenya???

By Peter Ayukoh

He is reacting to our story on Bishop Deya:

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Stop bottled milk and take time to breast-feed our baby, women in gets encouragement

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

*”Norwegian mothers are actively encouraged to breast-feed their babies, instead of giving them bottled milk or formula. Many are finding out that it’s not always popular, though, when they breast feed in public.

Silje Fuglseth Scheen and little Selma clearly aren’t welcome in many spots around Oslo.

PHOTO: CARL MARTIN NORDBY


Breast-feeding in public has suddenly become a debatable issue in Oslo, where many women aren’t particularly shy.

PHOTO: SCANPIX/TERJE BENDIKSBY

Norwegian women are entitled to 44 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, or 54 weeks with 80 percent pay. Six of the weeks are to be taken by the baby’s father.

That still leaves new mothers with quite a lot of time away from work, and many are keen to meet friends in local cafés and stay socially active. But now some cafés in Oslo are almost turning them away at the door, or at least asking them to do their breast-feeding elsewhere.

Silje Fuglseth Scheen said she was asked to go to the cellar, near the lavatories, to breast feed her baby at one trendy Oslo café. She’s been charting which cafés in the capital are baby-friendly, and which aren’t.

“At one place, we were denied entry one day, but allowed in the next,” she told newspaper Aften.

She claims she tries to be discreet when the need arises to breast-feed nine-month-old Selma. Not all women are. And that’s what’s led even many liberal Norwegians to react. They frankly aren’t comfortable when a women suddenly pulls out a bare breast and starts feeding her baby.

“When women start nursing (called amming in Norwegian) we get a lot of reaction from our other guests,” said Christian Eriksen, assistant manager at popular restaurant and bar Süd-Øst. “People are offended, some lose their appetite.”

The cafés and restaurants also face a practical problem: Mothers with babies tend to take up a lot of space. Most use large baby carriages, they generally take at least two chairs and occupy tables for a long time, often ordering only a cup of tea. They’re clearly not profitable guests.

Demanding customers
Jørgen Lind, manager and co-owner of the Internasjonalen bar at Youngstorget, won’t allow baby carriages inside. “We want a profile as a spot with Belgian beer and unique spirits, and that doesn’t mix with milk, diapers and screaming babies,” Lind said. Others can argue that bars aren’t good places for babies, either.

He claims mothers with babies are the most demanding customers around, and don’t often show much consideration for others. One woman even changed her baby’s diaper inside a café where he once worked, and then simply left the dirty diaper under the table.

“I have two children myself, and love children, but women who are breast-feeding have a tendency not to be conscious of anyone other than themselves and the baby,” he said.

Aftenposten’s online debate forum (available only in Norwegina) has been deluged by readers both for and against breast-feeding in public. Never before have so many readers sent in so many comments on a single issue.”*

By Nina Berglund

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Norway: Robber threatens a ten year old child

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

*”Police in Oslo launched a major manhunt Friday for a robber who threatened a 10-year-old boy with a handgun during a kiosk hold-up.

The kiosk’s female employee, age 25, was also threatened during the robbery at Etterstad in Oslo at around 2:30pm. The robber fled on foot. It wasn’t clear what he managed to steal during the heist, but police referred to an undetermined amount of cash.The young woman and the boy, who was in the kiosk as a customer, were taken care of by a crisis team, and the boy was then released to the care of his grandfather. Ellen Ulvin of the Oslo Police District told VG Nett that all available units were engaged in the search for the robbery suspect.

He was described as Norwegian, around 175 centimeters tall and wearing blue jeans and a black hooded jacket. Police dogs traced a route to the local headquarters of the motorcycle gang Bandidos, but failed to find the suspect.”*

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Norway: Bymyra day care center employees convinced that there are evil spirits botherig them at work

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

*”Employees of a day care center in northern Norway have long been bothered by what they’re convinced are evil spirits. They’ve called in a local pastor to help get rid of them.

The staff at the Bymyra day care center in Tromsø have been talking about the unusual occurrences at the children’s facility for months. They’ve heard strange voices and had the feeling that someone is in the room with them. They’ve also felt someone touching them, tousling their hair or grabbing at their hands.

“I don’t dare stay in the day care center (called barnehagen in Norwegian) alone in the evening,” one of the employees told local newspaper Nordlys.

“Several of us have been chased up and down the hall. It”s as if someone is following us.”

The day care center is housed in a former nursing home. It plans to move to new quarters in September.

Until then, though, the workers and the children need to stay there, so they’re calling in help. The leader of day care centers in the area, Anne Britt Johansdatter, says she’s taking the staff concerns seriously.

“We’re working on it,” she said. “We’ve contacted a pastor. They have their own liturgy for such things.”

Plans call for the pastor to visit the troubled day care center next week.”*

By Nina Berglund

*”/”*Lifted and Published by African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525. source.aftenpostenENG

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Ceremony to confer the first medical doctors degrees presided by President Yahya Jammeh

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

Banjul (The Gambia) The University of The Gambia Saturday conferred its first medical doctors degrees at its third convocation and prize giving ceremony presided over by its Chancellor, President Yahya Jammeh.

The graduates were among 171 others who were accorded Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in various disciplines. Altogether, 11 graduating students were conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

One of them was a lady, and there was also a handicapped person who graduated as a medical doctor. This brings to a total of 473 graduates since the university started conferring home grown degrees three years ago.

The four hour long ceremony itself took place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, some 11 kilometres from Banjul. It was attended by thousands of Gambians including friends and relatives of the graduating students who were all donned in their colourful academic gowns.

There were also members of the government, including Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy and the new minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Mr. Crispen Grey-Johnson, hitherto Gambia’s ambassador to the United Nations.

The guests also included the Vice Chancellor of the 180 year old University of Sierra Leone and the Marshall of that university, and representatives of St. Mary’s University at Halifax in Canada which, because its historic links with the University of The Gambia, has a special relationship with the institution.

The University of Sierra Leone also has a history of training Gambians, with hundreds attending its degree programmes.

The bulk of the graduating students have come from the department of education, numbering over 80. There were others in agriculture and biological sciences ; economics and management sciences ; nursing and reproductive health ; public and environmental health ; science and technology, and social sciences.

The ceremony included speeches by the President of the University Governing Council, Abdoulie Touray, the Vice Chancellor, the Minister for Higher Education and President Jammeh himself. The valedictory address was given by Martin Mendy who graduated top of this year’s class.

Several cash prizes were given to the best students in the various disciplines and there were performances by a choir and a local musical ensemble.

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Congolese national football team win 1-0 over Panthers of Gabon

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

N’djamena (Chad) The Congolese national football team, the “Diables Rouges” (Red Devils), won the 4th edition of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) football tourney at the expense of the “Panthers” of Gabon by 1-0, at the final of the competition played Friday afternoon at the Idriss Mahamat Ouya stadium in N’djamena.

The Red Devils’ captain, Fabry Makita, scored the lone goal of the match in the 54 th minute. He plays in the first division of the Gabonese national football championship with the Telestars FC club.

This is the second victory of the Red Devils of Congo in this competition after winning it at home in 1990.

The unlucky finalists, Gabon is 2nd in front of the host Chad (3 rd), the Central African Republic (4th), Cameroon (5th) and Equatorial Guinea (6th).

The cup of the Customs and Economic Union of Central Africa (UDEAC), which later became the CEMAC Cup, has been played since 1984.

The competition, which suffered a 13 year break, is competed by the six CEMAC member states, which are Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Congo and Chad.

The “Indomitable Lions” of Cameroon are the most capped one with five trophies, won in 1984, 1986, 1989, 2003 and 2005.

Gabon and Congo are second with two titles each, won respectively in 1985 and 2005, 1990 and 2007.

Equatorial Guinea hosted and won the 3rd edition against Cameroon in 2006.

 

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Somali police seeks cooperation from Ugandan counterparts

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

Kampala (Uganda) The deputy Inspector General of the Somali police force, General Bashir Muhammed, Saturday announced plans by his war ravaged country to form partnership with Uganda to improve efforts to plug gaps in security along their boarders.

Speaking to reporters in Kampala, during a visit to Uganda Saturday, General Bashir said that it has become increasingly important for Somalia to ensure that security at its borders is stepped up to control the inflow of suspected terrorists into the country.

Under the partnership, the police forces from the two countries will work within their geographical boundaries, increase information sharing and be ready to offer support to each other whenever necessary.

General Bashir said there were unconfirmed reports that some members of the Somali Islamic Courts Union (ICU), who were recently ousted from Mogadishu, are hiding within Uganda and Kenya. He said Uganda’s relatively lenient immigration laws, combined with the largely open border, are a source of continued concern for Somali officials who fear that would-be terrorists and other criminals could escape into Uganda.

But General Bashir said they are willing to cooperate with their Ugandan counterparts to identify the wanted terrorists by providing the Uganda police with photographs of those wanted in order to help track them down.

He said one of the most wanted ICU members was Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the president of the ICU.

 

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Chinese residents in Uganda have expressed fear for their lives

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

Kampala (Uganda) The Chinese community in Uganda has asked the Uganda police force to investigate circumstances under which several Chinese nationals have been killed in Uganda over the past few years.

The Chinese raised the matter during the handover of five motorcycles to the Uganda police, at a ceremony which was held at the Chinese embassy in Kampala Saturday.

The head of the Chinese community in Uganda, Jeff Lin, told the Inspector General of Police Major General Kale Kayihura that about five Chinese nationals have been killed in Uganda since 2000, but wondered why their killers have never been brought to book.

Among those killed was one Mr. Chen, a Chinese businessman, who was killed in 2000 near Mandela National Stadium in Kampala, and his assailants have never been traced.

In 2003, another Chinese trader, Cheng Du Din was killed in-front of the railway station in Kampala, while Ching Chong was shot on William Street, also in Kampala.

Last year, another Chinese businessman, Chen Jianjiang was killed while leaving his office in the Kampala industrial area. His assailants robbed 2 million shillings from him and they were however arrested this year, by the violent crime crack unit.

Jeff Lin, however wondered why it has taken the police a long time to investigate the murders. He said failure to follow up such cases is bound to affect Chinese investor confidence in Uganda. Meanwhile, the Chinese community in Uganda has formed an eight man security committee to liaise with the police on matters of security concern to their community.

 

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Arms believed to have been abandoned by Liberian former militiamen discovered

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

Monrovia (Liberia) A large arms cache, believed to have been abandoned by militiamen during the Liberian conflict, has been found in he south-eastern county of Rivercess, APA learnt on  Saturday.

According to the independent Star radio in Monrovia, Saturday, the cache includes AK-47 rifles, rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), as well as grenade launchers and ammunition.

According to the radio, the discovery was made by a young girl in the town of Jequato in Rivercess County since about two years ago, and she informed her father, who was at first afraid to inform the authorities.

However, according to the reports, about a month ago, he mustered the courage to inform the authorities of the county about the existence of the arms cache.

The acting District Superintendent of the county, John Mah, was said to have recently called in soldiers of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to collect the weapons.

It is however not clear whether the arms and ammunition were abandoned by the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), the Liberia Peace Council or the MODEL rebel group, as all those former rebel factions occupied the area at their own time.

 

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Ivorian army boss has assured the public of his commitment peace

Posted by African Press International on March 19, 2007

Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) Army Chief of Staff of the Ivorian Defence and Security Forces (FDS), Philippe Mangou, and his counterpart of the Forces Nouvelles (New Forces), Soumaïla Bakayoko, asserted Saturday their determination to work for the return of peace in Cote d’Ivoire, in accordance with the agreement signed on 4 March between President Laurent Gbagbo and Guillaume Soro, the leader of the New Forces.

“We came to imbue ourselves with the vision of the head of state and to assert the determination of the defence and security forces of the New Forces to join the implementation of the Ouagadougou agreement, together with our comrades of the defence and security forces of the FANCI (national army) led by General Philippe Mangou, for the happiness of Cote d’Ivoire for peace to return definitively in our country,” FN General, Soumaila Bakayoko, said after an audience Saturday with the head of state.

He assured that no obstacle can prevent the implementation of this agreement. “There is no obstacle which can prevent the realisation of the memorable Ouagadougou Agreement,” he added.

According to General Mangou, “from now on it is up to FANCI and FAFN to get down to work,” for the return of lasting peace in Cote d’Ivoire.

The two army chiefs of staff should meet this Saturday in Bouake in the presence of the leader of the New Forces, Guillaume Soro.

Philippe Mangou and Soumaïla Bakayoko will start the installation of the integrated command Centre (CCI), in conformity with the Ouagadougou peace agreement.

Item 3.1.1 of the Accord stipulates that “in a spirit of co-administration of issues on Defence and Security, the two ex-belligerent parties agreed on creating an Integrated Command Centre (CCI) in charge of uniting the fighting forces and to implement the restructuring measures of the Defence and Security Forces of Cote d’Ivoire”.

This integrated unit has amongst other missions, the contribution to the development of the defence and security policy, the implementation of the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme (PNDDR), under the supervision of the neutral forces and the coordination of military and security activities related to the peace process.

 

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