OBANGAME 2013 ENDS

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February 28, 2012 3pm

Amy BANDA, Navy Base Douala

The 1  year exercise involving training sessions, combat scenarios, sea and parachute operations reached finish line thursday February 28, 2013 in an official ceremony at the Navy Base.

Co-chaired by Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense MEBE NGO’O Edgard Alain and the US Ambassador to Cameroon Robert P. JACKSON, this exercise is conducted for the second time in Cameroon to demonstrate US and participating nations’ committment to regional stability in maritime security.

‘Committed to regional stability in maritime security, the participants made huge progress in 28 boarding schedules in a 3 day intensive exercise at sea, without hurting or loosing anybody.’ The Exercise Director, Captain Rollo testified.

The Concept development Conference sends off well groomed trainees ready to counter piracy capabilities in the Gulf of Guinea, as they look forward to having a 2014 Multi National Navy Obangame Express, that will not only continue to enhance regional stability, but as well strengthen Maritime Friendships, Relationships and Partnerships.

 

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Workplace Violence: Why the Silence?

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17 H 30 Douala – Cameroon

Amy BANDA

If you experience employment discrimination against abused women, sexual harassment, violence committed by clients or patients, violence associated with robbery or other crimes, violence among co-workers or managers, domestic violence that spills over into the workplace, do not take blame or quit your job.

These are aggravated forms of violence women face on daily basis at their places of work, usually resulting to at least 31% of deaths.

‘Many women have died due to 12.7% of female violent crimes committed at work. This is fast becoming a culture because employers don’t take full responsibilities of maintaining safe workplaces free of violence.’ Emilienne ELONG, the regional delegate for Women’s Empowerment and the Family in the Littoral affirmed.

Learning how to stay safe, Talking to the Supervisor about adding safety tools, Reporting incidents that upset you and talking to your employer if you are facing domestic violence, are four responsible tips to help keep safe.

‘Women must cultivate the habit of denouncing harassments at work that could lead to tense and unfruitful working environments.’ Agnes EDIBE, Delegate for Women’s Empowerment and the Family for Douala 1 said.

Maintaining a safe workplace free of violence is urging all to document assault incidents, close calls and abusive behaviour.

Ravaging Fires Fluck Businesses to ashes in Douala

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The town of Douala has seen many tragic fire incidents causing much damage to businesses. Mainly due to the lack of safety measures in houses, firms and offices to combat flames, AB revisits sad scenes of 2 famous fires that horrified city dwellers over the weekend.

 

The Horrific blaze broke out Saturday on  a long distance service from the Gandour cosmetic producing company in Douala.

The Flames produced by the fire gutted a greater portion of the firm leaving workers hopeless, jobless and wreckless.

On eye-witness account, it is believed that the frequently electricity cuts, lack of safety measures at work and sloppiness are factors to consider to be the root cause of the raging fires.

The very next day, just when people accepted the blow the Gandour fire gave citydwellers, New Flames flucked 2 fish stores at the New deido market to ashes .

The blaze jingle hit the Chococho bakery in the Bonapriso neighbourhood this time early Monday, leaving workers and customers in frustration, constenation and devastation.

Panic, Fear and Uncertainly have taken a grib of the city dwellers of the  Metropolitan city of Douala who no longer know who will be the next victim, and How soon help will come.

‘There’s a fire incident almost everywhere every single second. We don’t have lights! Neither do we have water! All we know is disaster, pain and very expensive bills.’ Macabe MEJANE exclaimed.

This sad situation leaves many city dwellers jobless and groaning over the poor services of the lone energy supply company.

Others are reminded of the drastic killing of 4 Children in the Cite sic neighbourhood 4 weeks ago, which could have been avoided if the electricity distribution firm did not cut power.

Energy users in the face of all these complex and horrifying scenes, ponder on how soon the lone power supply company will step up its energy distribution services to prevent future raging fires from causing damage to the electrical appliances of customers, and pain to many innocent energy subscibers.

 

CENTRAL ACCORD 2013 EXERCISE ENDS

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11:58 Douala – Cameroon

Amy BANDA

 

The Annual joint-aerial-delivery exercise brought US Army personnel with counterparts from militaries through out Africa in a 10 day intensive training to promote working relations between participating forces and enhance the Ministry of Defense Forces’ capability of resupplying forces in remote areas.

The Classroom instruction and field training exercise regrouping at least 745 participants from Cameroon, US and partner nations increased their interoperability with the US.

General Carter HAM left the CENTRAL ACCORD 2013 closing ceremony fulfilled with the job done and certain that trainees are apt to man field realities in combat zones.

Captain DONAHUE, the Exercise Director separated with the trainees certain of their military aptitude to implement the acquired theoritical skills and practical know-how, when the opportunity surfaces.

US Ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson and the Secretary of State to the Minister of Defence in charge of the Veterans and War Victims, KOUMPA ISSA  saw this as a legitimate platform to seal bi lateral relations existing between Cameroon and the US.