Blé Goudé Faces International Criminal Court Trial

Opening of hearing to confirm charges against him started on September 29, 2014. The confirmation of charges hearing in the case of Charles Bleacute Goudeacute, the right-hand person of the former President of Cote d’ Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo to last till October 2, 2014, started at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Monday, September 29. The hearing before the Pre-trial Chamber 1 of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is handled by a jury composed of the presiding Judge Silvia Fernaacutendez de Gurmendi and also Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova and Judge…

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Heights, Low Points of Shisong Cardiac Centre

Some 445 open heart surgeries have been conducted, with 26,000 consultations in five years. The records are straight with heart diseases as the number one killer in the world. It is also evident that St Elizabeth’s Catholic Cardiac Centre Shisong, Bui Division in the North West Region is the lone health facility in the Central African sub-region to face the threatening reality of cardio-vascular diseases. Celebrated as a divine gift, Cameroon and Africa have been counting the blessings of the Shisong Cardiac Centre with 445 open heart surgeries to show…

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60th CPA Conference – Land Mark Event Opens This Weekend

Cameroon will host over 800 delegates from all over the world from October 2-10, 2014. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, CPC, brings together 175 parliaments and legislatures from all continents. Boasting a whopping population of 2.328 billion, which is nearly a third of the world total, the Commonwealth in 2014 produced a nominal Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of 10.450 trillion US Dollars, representing 17 per cent of the world GDP. The organisation’s 53 member States cover 29,958,050 square kilometres – almost a quarter of the world land area. Participation, Core Values…

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Congo Local Elections Results Awaited

The polling exercise on September 28, 2014, was calm though boycotted by radical opposition parties. Congolese are awaiting the results of Sunday, September 28 local council and Department elections. The Elections Organising Commission said some 2 million Congolese had to vote in over 5,400 polling stations, BBC reported. The Commission reportedly signaled some organizational but surmountable hitches. The polling process said to be in calm but without great affluence of voters, concerned 12 administrative Department councils and local councils in the six biggest towns of Congo. There is the high…

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Le Messager’s 35th Anniversary – Commemorative Activities Launched

Management of the daily newspaper held a press conference in Douala on September 26th. Le Messager, one of Cameroon’s oldest private newspapers, will clock 35 on November 17. The paper founded by ace journalist of blessed memory, Pius N. Njaweacute on November 17, 1979, will celebrate 35 years of fidelity and credibility from November 10 to November 14 in Bafoussam, Douala and Yaounde. According to Le Messager’s Director of Publication, Freacutederic Boungou, the 35th anniversary is worth celebrating because the organ has stood the test of time. “Some press organs…

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SOS for Older Cameroonians

Cameroonians join the international community tomorrow for yet, another international day this time devoted to the old. For many Cameroonians, this is one opportunity to laugh, not just at the announcement of another such day as they experience virtually on a daily basis without any real effect, but also because age is a veritable cause for concern, especially as this category of citizens is all too often ridiculed either through the quality and intentions of public policies or simply by the public perception of older Cameroonians. Normally, the situation was…

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Truck Shatters Shops in Yaounde

A lorry carrying second hand goods damaged a diary shop and a bar on September 27, 2014 in the Nkolndongo neighbourhood. The inhabitants of Nkoldongo in Yaounde are in a state of shock. A truck damaged a diary shop and a bar in the neighbourhood on Saturday September 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Reports say the truck carrying a container full of second hand goods was packed by the roadside along the road leading to the Mvog-Mbi neighbourhood to supply goods to a second hand shop in the neighbourhood when…

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New Nkwen Fon Joins CPDM

The party’s Secretary General, Jean Kuete, urged him to stand solidly by the party for the progress of Bamenda III Subdivision and the nation. The traditional ruler or Fon of Nkwen, Bamenda in Mezam Division of the North West Region has joined the ranks of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM party. His Majesty S.F Azefor III publicly acknowledged his decision in Nkwen on Friday, September 19, 2014 in the presence of militants and party officials. Also around to cheer S.F Azefor III’s position were the Fons of Chomba,…

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Deido Township Remembers Late Chief

A memorial service to pay homage to Majesty Essaka Ekwalla Deido held in Douala. The Deido Township in the port city, over the weekend, paid homage to their fallen Paramount Chief, Deido Essaka Ekwalla Claude Emmanuel who ruled the township for 36 years. In Eglise Nazareth Deido, a branch of Union des Eglises Baptistes du Cameroun, three Reverend Pastors, Samuel Muna Ngwassa, Paul Ekoule Maka and Frederic Ngaka Epounde, prayed for the repose of the late chief soul, who travelled to the world beyond in 2013. They enjoined Christians to…

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Mobile Telephone Operators – What Gain for Consumers?

Growth in operators notwithstanding, network congestion limits benefits for consumers and operators. The number of mobile telephone operators in the country has moved from two over ten years ago when MTN and Orange controlled the market to four today with the entry of Viettel (with commercial name “Nexttel”) and CAMTEL that is yet to takeoff. This signals competition in the sector, at least looking at the exponential growth in operators. But the quality of service and other benefits that would have come with competition still leave much to be desired.…

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Licenses of Defaulting Fishing Vessels Withdrawn

Though the three vessels recently seized in Tiko have been freed, their activities within Cameroon territorial waters have been suspended till further notice. The three trawlers belonging to two Cameroonian enterprises were caught within the maritime areas of the Atlantic Ocean in Fako Division by the Control Brigade from the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, (MINEPIA) last September 19, 2014. The operation that led to the seizure was the first of its kind since the 20th December 2013 convention between the MINEPIA and the Ministry of Defence. After…

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Douala Foodstuff Prices Drop

The prices concern mostly products that were hitherto exported to neighbouring Nigeria. The closure of the borders with Nigeria has to certain extent put smiles on the faces of most average city dwellers in Douala. Prices of foodstuff that were crippling to the top as the year edged towards end-of-year festivities have witnessed a sharp drop, offering families which lived averagely a wide range of opportunities to have square meals. At ‘Marcheacute des chegravevres’, a bundle of about 1kg of eru which used to be sold at FCFA 1,000 now…

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National Football Teams – Ground-Breaking Reforms

The president of the Republic, Paul Biya, last September 26th signed a degree modifying the provisions of the presidential decree of October 31st 1972 on the organisation and functioning of the national football selections. The degree contains some ground breaking reforms geared at revamping football in the country. The modifications are in the domain of administration, payment of bonuses and conditions of choosing players into all the categories of national football selections. Administration In the domain of administration, the most fundamental reform is the scraping of the administrative directorate which…

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Telephone Numbering – Operators’ Business Field Widens

As telephone users in the country brace up for a change from the current use of eight digit telephone numbers to nine from November 21, 2014, telephone operators are certainly rejoicing over the move as it would widen their business field for better profitability. Speaking to the press yesterday September 24 while launching the sensitization campaign ahead of the November 21 mutation, Posts and Telecommunications Minister, Jean Pierre Biyiti bi Essam, said the decision to introduce new numbering plan is to meet the needs of the telephone operators who are…

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Yassa Truck Station to Be Relocated

The measure to displace it beyond the Dibamba bridge is to ease traffic on the Yaounde-Douala express way. The administration in the Littoral Region has resolved to rid the economic capital, Douala, of one of its greatest traffic headaches around the Truck Station in Yassa. The decision was arrived at during the sixth meeting of the Regional Follow-up Committee of Truck Stations in Douala September 24. Entering or leaving east of metropolitan Douala at the outskirts neighbourhood of Yassa, any road user would testify of the stressing and tiring wait…

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Cameroon-Saudi Arabia – Greater Economic Cooperation Ahead

Saudi Arabia’s 84th National Day was celebrated in Yaounde on Tuesday September 23. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to new openings in bilateral cooperation with Cameroon, specifically in the economic, trade and investment sectors. The Saudi Ambassador to Cameroon, Mohammed Bin Suliman Almusher made the declaration in Yaounde, Tuesday, September 23, as he chaired the ceremony marking the celebration of the country’s 84th reunification anniversary which is equally the National Day. Present at the anniversary celebration were some Cameroon cabinet ministers, among whom were the Minister of…

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Boko Haram Pursues Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Into Cameroon

The United Nations refugee agency says Boko Haram insurgents have increased cross-border attacks as they pursue refugees from northern Nigeria who fled into Cameroon, seeking safety. The UNHCR says it is stepping up efforts to move the refugees away from the volatile border to a safer area inland. The U.N. refugee agency reports around 100 Nigerians are crossing into Cameroon every day. But, it says this does not guarantee their safety. Over the past two weeks, it says cross-border fighting has worsened. UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming tells VOA that Boko…

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Women Diplomats Brainstorm On Gender Inclusion

Some 150 female diplomats and personnel of UN Women attended an awareness-raising workshop in Yaounde yesterday. The new trend in gender equality that emphasises on the impact of female welfare in sustainable development has pushed female diplomats in Cameroon, members of the Dynamics of Women in Cameroonian Diplomacy, DYFEDCAM, of the Ministry of External Relations, MINREX, in collaboration with the United Nations Women’s Entity, UN Women, to act in one voice. Over 150 women diplomats, all staff of MINREX gathered at the ministry yesterday September 24, 2014 to brainstorm on…

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Cameroon’s Alain Nteff Wins Us $25,000 Anzisha Prize for 2014

Alain Nteff (Cameroon), founder of Gifted Mom was announced as the grand prize winner of the 4th annual Anzisha Prize Award, receiving a US $25,000 cash prize to support his social business. He leads a rising tide of West African youth entrepreneurs. Schoolbag manufacturer Thato Kgatlhanye (South Africa) was first runner up, with second runner up going to 17-year-old farmer Gabriel Kombassere (Ivory Coast). They received cash prizes of US $15,000 and US $12,500 respectively to catalyze their venture growth. Kenya’s 18-year-old finalist Tom Osborn received a special US $10,000…

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Turkish Products Fair – All Set for Today’s Opener

The over 44 stands received finishing touches on Tuesday to host win-win B2B exchanges. The stage is set for Turkish businessmen to showcase their prowess in Cameroon for four days in the Turkish products Fair that kicks off this Wednesday September 24, 2014 at the Turcam Hall in Mvan, Yaounde. Between September 24-27, the Turkish businessmen drawn from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce which today counts about 362,000 companies will be seeking to clinch business deals with their Cameroonian counterparts for the future. At the exhibition village yesterday September 23,…

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More Cash, Increase Investment

The figures published by the Ministry of Finance on the mid-term revenue collection are to say the least satisfactory. According to the report on the budgetary execution from January through June, revenue collected rose by 20 per cent or FCFA 286.3 billion to FCFA 1, 716.4 billion up from FCFA 1,430.1 billion during the same period a year earlier. This performance in relation to budgetary projection tells of an extra cash of 8.8 per cent or FCFA 139.1 billion injected into the State coffers. This performance worthy of praise is…

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Bonaloka – Notorious Gang Cause Havoc

“Les Irakiens de Bonaloka” vowed to avenge the stabbing to death of one of theirs on September 21. The Bonaloka neighbourhood and its environs (Douala III municipality) have suffered all sorts of vandalism, burglary and harassments from a notorious armed group known as “Les Irakiens de Bonaloka.” A month hardly runs to an end without the said group, with members between 10 and 18 years, carrying out an operation. The locality is said to be one of the most dangerous in Douala. Saturday, September 21 marked the death of one…

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NUDP Restructuring Gathers Steam

After a period of interruption, officials of the National Union for Democracy and Progress, NUDP, party of Bello Bouba Maigari, on September 8, 2014, started organising holding grassroots elections. Officials say the local polls will also be used to carry out a massive membership drive to give more life to the party. In the Briqueterie neighbourhood of Yaounde, a young man in his thirties was busy on September 20, 2014, rallying a group of young people to his party’s cause. His aim is to get 80 new members needed to…

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