Uganda’s Ghetto Kids seek glory in Britain’s Got Talent

They are the kids from Kampala who have made it big in the UK.

Uganda’s Ghetto Kids have shot to stardom on a show called Britain’s Got Talent – making it through to the grand finale which will air on Sunday 4 June.

They told the BBC's Stefania Okereke all about their experience.

Source: BBC

Cannabis debate in Seychelles continues, advocates for legalisation vocally campaign

The term "medical cannabis" is another misconception fed to the public as well as the plant being a gateway drug, said the chairperson of the Seychelles Kanabis Association (SKA), Nelson Esparon.

Recently the association went live on Pure 90.7 local radio station to provide educational information on cannabis, which is considered an illegal drug for recreational use under the law, and also held an exhibition at the Pure Garden at Le Chantier in the capital Victoria.

Esparon told SNA that there is a need to dispel misconceptions that surround the recreational and medical use of cannabis.

"When the term "medical cannabis" is used, there's nothing that the physician or any organisation has done to the cannabis that all of a sudden makes it safe and ok to use if you have an illness but not ok if being used for recreational [purposes]," said Esparon.

He explained that "if it is so dangerous for recreational users, I don't think by just labelling it medical cannabis makes it safer and ok to use if you have an illness. This is one of those absurd misconceptions that I hope we were able to dispel at the event."

Uses and dangers

According to the UK-based Medical News Today website, cannabis is a plant of which several parts are used for recreational and medicinal purposes. It can have a pleasurable effect and may soothe the symptoms of various conditions, such as anxiety and chronic pain. It can also help with nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy treatment, sleeping problems and low appetite.

The plant contains active ingredients known as cannabinoids and the most abundant ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

However, in high doses, THCs can induce temporary schizophrenia-like psychotic symptoms such as paranoia, delusions, anxiety and hallucinations, and worsen other mental health problems.

According to Seychelles' Ministry of Health statement on September 22, 2022, "Cannabis-use was the highest cause of admission (19%) to the Psychiatric Ward in 2021...Cannabis remains a known risk factor for mental health problems."

Meanwhile, in February 2020, amendments made to the Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA) made it lawful for people in Seychelles to access cannabidiol-based (CBD) products for medical purposes.

This came after Seychelles' Constitutional Court ordered the government, in June 2019, to make regulations for the medical use of cannabis, ruling in favour of a patient who uses the drug to help with the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

"The court in Seychelles has acknowledged the benefits of cannabis and ordered the government to enact laws and regulations to give cannabis access to those qualified to use it as a medicine and this has not happened. The law continues to marginalise everyone who wants to use cannabis, even those that need this natural plant for their illnesses and in many cases to save their lives," said Esparon.

Aside from Article 29 of the Seychelles' Constitution, which guarantees the right to health care, Esparon added that MODA is also in violation of other constitutional rights such as Article 18 – Right to Liberty, and Article 39 – Right to Cultural Life and Values.

"SKA has lodged a complaint against MODA and we await an investigation for this to be ascertained," said Esparon

Speaking about cannabis being referred to as a gateway drug, he said that the event was an opportunity to educate the population on the true nature of cannabis and the lies surrounding prohibition.

A referendum on legalisation?

In a latest public meeting, Seychelles' President Wavel Ramkalawan said that the decision to legalise the recreational use of cannabis is one that the people should make themselves through a referendum.

Esparon told SNA that "most people see a referendum as a democratic approach but the danger lies with the lack of credible information on cannabis that is available in the public domain."

"The referendum will allow Seychellois to vote on a topic they have very little knowledge about. Can we say with confidence that our electorates will be well informed about cannabis prior to them going to vote? For SKA, this raises a concern when considering a referendum," expressed Esparon.

He shared that SKA will continue with its educational programme and provide factual information about cannabis so as to eliminate the stigma about cannabis.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Presidents Saïed and Macron speak over phone

President Kaïs Saïed and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on Saturday afternoon, held a phone call, during which they discussed several issues, including irregular migration and the economic and financial difficulties facing Tunisia. The meeting was an opportunity for the Head of State to explain his position on the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), stressing that the recommendations issued by this monetary institution risk destabilising social peace, the Presidency said in a statement. In this context, the Head of State recalled the events of January 3, 1984, when hundreds of people died after the State decided to stop subsidising grain products and their derivatives. "Civil peace is priceless,» the President emphasised. President Saïed raised the possibility of proposing a new alternative, that of imposing taxes on those who do not need subsidies, in order to ensure the sustainable financing of the subsidy fund. President Saïed added that "just as justice must prevail within countries, it must also govern international relations", stressing that "the whole of humanity aspires to a new era in its history where justice, freedom, security and peace will prevail." The phone call provided an opportunity to review the economic and financial difficulties facing Tunisia "as a result of the failing policies adopted in previous decades, in particular the decade following January 14, 2011", according to the same source. The issue of Tunisians' funds stolen and embezzled abroad was also raised during the call. It also provided an opportunity to discuss the phenomenon of irregular migration. In this regard, the Head of State stressed that solutions cannot be based solely on security, adding that experience has shown the ineffectiveness of this limited approach. In addition, Tunisia "is no longer just a transit zone, but has become a destination for many migrants who have settled there illegally," he added. In order to deal with this worrying phenomenon, the Head of State stressed the need to tackle the root causes of the problem and not just the results and effects, recalling his initiative to organise a high-level conference involving all the countries concerned by this issue. Bilateral relations and the common desire to develop them were also discussed during the phone call. The immediate reforms approved by the International Monetary Fund as a condition for providing Tunisia a loan of 1.9 billion dollars include reducing subsidies on food and energy, restructuring state-owned enterprises and cutting the public sector wage bill.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Interior Minister visits National School of Civil Protection

Interior Minister Kamel Feki said Saturday his ministry is working to strengthen civil protection and provide it with specialised resources and the necessary equipment. The minister was speaking during a visit to the National School of Civil Protection in Jebel Jeloud, Tunis. He stressed the importance of strengthening civil protection's response capacity in order to provide citizens with the best possible service in the shortest possible time. Feki also emphasised the importance of developing continuous training for all civil protection officers. He noted the rapidity of the various units operating in the field and inspected some of the equipment used for rescue, disaster management and fire-fighting. The Minister praised the level of Tunisian expertise in civil protection, which has enabled Tunisia to become the 59th country to adopt the methodology of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). Tunisia has met the international standards set by the INSARAG guidelines and was elected for the first time last November to head the International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO). During the visit, civil protection officials presented exercises simulating certain situations and different intervention techniques. The missions of the National Office of Civil Protection, the projects carried out and those planned were also presented, as well as a series of proposals for strengthening the various units in terms of human resources and equipment. Tunisia's election to the presidency of the ICDO came at the end of its General Assembly, which was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the end of November.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

ISIE: electoral boundary delimitation draft being finalised (Mansri)

The electoral boundary delimitation draft, which is part of the implementation of the provisions of the decree on the organisation of the municipal and district elections, is making good progress, said Tlili Mansri, spokesperson for the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE). Speaking to TAP on the sidelines of a working session at the Kébili governorate headquarters on Saturday, the ISIE spokesperson said the plan would allow the precise delimitation of some 2085 imadas. The plan is being overseen by teams from the ISIE, the Ministry of the Interior, the National Institute of Statistics, the National Office of Topography and Cadastre and the National Centre for Cartography and Remote Sensing, he added. Mansri said that 70 new constituencies would be created in delegations with fewer than 5 imadas. As a result, the number of constituencies will rise to 2155, he said. In this context, the ISIE spokesman pointed out that once the electoral boundary delimitation draft is finalised, the ISIE will proceed with the registration of voters. It would be fully finalised before June 23, he said, assuring that the authority is fully prepared to organise the local council elections.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: CAPES inaugurates its new conference room in the name of its first executive director

The Center for Economic and Social Policy Analysis (CAPES) inaugurated its new conference room this Friday and named it after its first executive director, Dr Elie Justin Ouédraogo.

"We wanted by this modest ceremony, to celebrate all of your works as a good man and to show you our gratitude for all that you have done for CAPES", declared the executive director of CAPES, Dr Victor Sanon to the location of the former head of the Institution.

According to him, the former executive director of CAPES has thought since 2004 that CAPES, for its sustainability, should have “its own seat, its own sleeping mat in a building that belongs to it”.

Dr Victor Sanon, spoke this Friday, in Ouagadougou, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new conference room called "Dr Elie Justin Ouédraogo Naaba Baoogo de Gourcy".

The conference room has 150 seats with all amenities (videos, sound projectors).

Dr. Victor Sanon recalled that Dr. Elie Justin Ouédraogo "was the first to have carried them on their backs, the first to have guided their steps, to have wiped their tears in the fine career that each of them was able to know at CAPES in as first executive director.

“He did everything so that we could have a building worthy of the institution represented by CAPES,” he added.

The director let it be understood that the initiator's vision was for CAPES to be an institution that welcomes intellectuals and a framework for experts.

For his part, the former executive director of CAPES, Dr Elie Justin Ouédraogo wished that this new room which bears his name be the place where will be held "debates going the direction of the day before, of the prospective for a secure Burkina Faso , reconciled, appeased avant-garde and developed”.

He added that this recognition goes to him but also to those who have been at his side all these years when it was necessary to fight to anchor the center for the analysis of economic and social policies in the institutional landscape of Burkina Faso.

The inauguration ceremony of the new CAPES conference room was followed by a conference under the theme "Advocacy for the State", led by the former President of the National Assembly, Soungalo Appolinaire Ouattara.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Déguiche tells TAP: “All African continent will be in Hammamet”

There is keenness to support the efforts of the Tunisian National Olympic Committee in securing the successful conduct of the 2nd African Beach Games, slated to held next June 23-30 in Hammamet, said Minister of Youth and Sports Kamel Déguiche. This event will help promote Tunisia's image and increase its openness on its African environment. In an interview with TAP, the minister welcomed the organisation of this major continental multi-sport event which will bring together unprecedentedly 53 African countries and over 1,000 athletes. The event marks a return to the organisation of large-scale sports events some 20 years after the 2001 Mediterranean Games. "These games are a new challenge which requires the ministry, the Tunisian National Olympic Committee and all actors to pool efforts. Likewise, various State departments need to be involved to make of the games a success," Déguiche further said. "This multi-faceted event goes beyond the sporting and competitive dimension to involve the promotion of Tunisian tourism, the country's cultural heritage and natural products. This in addition to its ecological dimension. "We hope the event will be an opportunity to celebrate sports and competition and stimulate the whole region," the minister added," especially as "we rely on the contribution of young volunteers and civil society to make a success of these games." Kamel Déguiche expressed the hope to see Tunisian athletes stand atop the podium and bag the highest possible number of medals. That will be an unqualified success, he further said. Other beach events will hopefully be organised in Tunisia, considering the natural and weather features of the country which are conducive for the organisation of similar sports events throughout the year. "I am sure that we can excel in this area, notably as this will provide better visibility to encourage investment in sports." the Minister said. Déguiche laid emphasis on the contribution of the State to funding these games and the measures taken, in coordination with international authorities, to guarantee the smooth running of the competition under the best conditions. "The whole African continent will be here, in Hammamet," the minister said. African countries have always demonstrated keenness to participate in games hosted by Tunisia. The "record number of participants in these games reflects Tunisia's openness on its African environment. It also comes as "a reponse to a wave of attacks targeting our country to cast doubt on its good relations with African countries."

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Galian 2023: Éditions Sidwaya wins four special prizes and an official prize

Les Éditions Sidwaya won four special prizes and an official prize on Friday night in Ouagadougou during the 26 edition of the award ceremony for Burkinabè journalists called galian.

The winners of Éditions Sidwaya at the 26th edition of Galian held yesterday Friday, June 2, 2023, at CENASA presented their prizes to the Director General of Éditions Sidwaya Assétou Badoh, this Saturday, June 3, 2023.

According to Ms. Badoh, these distinctions reflect the professionalism of the journalists and help to further enhance the image of the House.

She also took the opportunity to express her heartfelt congratulations to the winners and provide them with advice. She also invited them to stay the course.

The special prize from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina was won by Thienon Boudayinga and the special prize from the United Nations System through the WHO won by Emil Segda.

Kamélé Fayama won two special prizes, that of Coris Bank international and that of the Maison de l'entreprise.

As for the official prize, the Common House won the prize for the best report in the written press category, genre: major report. The winner is Oumarou Rabo.

The prizes are mainly composed of checks worth 1 million FCFA each, trophies, certificates of merit and gadgets.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Souleymane Sanou of RTB Television is the super galian 2023

Souleymane Sanou of RTB Television was crowned Friday night in Ouagadougou, super galian 2023 with an average of 17.15/20. It was during the 26th edition of the awards ceremony for Burkinabè journalists (Galian).

The Super Galian 2023 was won by Souleymane Sanou from Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina with a score of 17.15/20 in the television/image creation and advertising section.

Super galian 2023 Souleymane Sanou (right) receiving his trophy from Minister of State Bassolma Bazié

He wins a trophy, a certificate and a check for 3 million CFA francs, one-year insurance offered by SUNU insurance, gadgets and an F3 villa offered by the Center de Gestion des Cités.

Souleymane Sanou also won the trophy for best image in the Television category.

Another villa was also offered to the Super Galian 2022, Liradan Philippe Ada, by the Galian organizing committee. The latter had not received a villa last year.

A total of 12 official prizes and 14 special prizes were awarded to journalists and media technicians. For the official prizes, this year, the "Galian Prize" is made up of a trophy, a certificate, a check for 1 million CFA francs, one-year insurance offered by SUNU insurance and gadgets.

Editions Sidwaya obtained four special prizes and an official prize during this 26 edition.

The special prizes are the prizes of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina (Thienon Boudayinga), of Coris Bank international (Kamélé Fayama) of the United Nations System through the WHO (Emil Segda) and of the Maison de l company (Kamélé Fayama).

The prize for best reportage in the written press category, genre: major reportage was won by Oumarou Rabo from Éditions Sidwaya

As for the official prize, the Common House won the prize for the best report in the written press category, genre: major report. The prizes are mainly composed of checks worth 1 million FCFA each, trophies, certificates of merit and gadgets.

The Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, chaired the 26th edition of the Nuit des Galian competition, this Friday, June 2, 2023 in Ouagadougou.

Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo

Placed under the patronage of the Minister of State, Minister of Public Service and Social Protection, Bassolma Bazié, this ceremony was attended by several other members of the government.

In his speech, Minister Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo recalled the difficult security context before indicating that information management is a crucial issue and professionals in the field have an essential role to play in this war.

For him, professionalism and excellence in the practice of journalism are among the imperatives if we want to defeat the terrorist hydra.

Thus, he invited all Burkinabè, in particular media players, to question themselves both individually and collectively on the roles and responsibilities that are theirs in the dynamics of reconquering the territory.

The honorary president, Yacouba Traoré, meanwhile, thanked the Minister of Communication and the organizing committee for the honor given to him. He wanted to pay tribute to his elders, all those who contribute to training in the field of information and communication.

A tribute was also paid to the predecessors. To this end, Aboubacar Zida said Sidnaaba, Ben Idrissa Zoungrana and Zoumana Traoré received honorary Galians.

As a reminder, this 26th Galian Night was sponsored by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso, Mahamadi Savadogo.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Kossi: fifty terrorists neutralized in Barani

The Combatant Forces reacted promptly to a terrorist attack in the Barani (Kossi) area which enabled them to neutralize around fifty attackers, the AIB learned on Saturday from security sources.

The FDS and the VDP were partly captured in the Barani area in the Kossi province, while they were on an offensive reconnaissance mission.

The prompt reaction of the Combatant Forces forced the criminals, estimated at around fifty, to flee.

But thanks to aerial vectors, they will be formally located in abandoned homes in the locality of Yalankoro.

It is at the time of their assessment meeting under a large tree, that the terrorists will be decimated by strikes.

The Combatant Forces continue their operations to restore territorial integrity and peace, on all fronts, our sources assure us.

Source: Burkina Information Agency