State House, Banjul, 29 November 2017 – The Office of the President informs the general public that His Excellency, Mr. Adama Barrow President of the Republic of The Gambia will receive His Excellency, Mr Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, tomorrow, Thursday, 30 November 2017. President Koroma is expected to arrive at the Banjul International Airport at 12 noon. He will be the first Head of State President Barrow will host since he was elected last December. The public is invited to give President Koroma a rousing welcome.During his two day visit, President Koroma will join his host President Barrow at the launching of the QCity in Bijilo and a dinner in his honour at the 40th anniversary celebration of the West African Insurance Institute. The Sierra Leonean President will also attend a meeting with the Sierra Leonean Community on Thursday.President Barrow and President Koroma will have a tête-à-têtemeeting, followed by a press conference with journalists at State House, on Friday. Prior to his departure, President Koroma will commission the West African Insurance Institute building and attend the Institute’s graduation ceremony amongst other engagements.President Koroma was amongst the ECOWAS head of states who worked tirelessly to ensure that The Gambia went through a peaceful transition and avoided bloodshed when the former president overturned his decision not to accept the 2016 presidential elections results, won by President Adama Barrow and led to a political impasse.Sierra Leone and The Gambia have a long history of relationship, bound by colonialism, culture and intermarriage. The two countries have supported each other in difficult times during the war in Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak and in the recent flood in which many lives were lost and many maimed.President Koroma is the 4th and current President of Sierra Leone and he is serving the end of his second term as President since he was first elected in 2007. He is amongst the African leaders who are promoting democracy and good governance by respecting term limits in Africa. President Koroma is not vying for the presidency in the upcoming elections in Sierra Leone. He is 64 years old, married with children.End
Bucharest Pride on 9 June 2018. | Photo: Yellow via Associatia Accept Romania currently does not have any provisions which legally recognize same-sex marriages. However, the proposed legislation is designed to make it far more difficult to implement any future proposals with an aim to legalizing same-sex marriages.‘A Christian nation’The referendum was brought forward in 2016 by a group of conservative NGOs, Coalitia pentru Familie (Coalition for Family), after they submitted a petition to Romania’s government with over three million signatures.Earlier this week, Romania’s Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding the referendum. This follows approval from the Lower House, which voted to approve the referendum late last year.‘We’ve been a Christian nation for 2,000 years,’ said Serban Nicolae, a senator for the ruling Social Democratic Party.Many of Romania’s neighboring countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary, have constitutional legislation which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, according to ChristianHeadlines.com.A survey by the Pew Research Center released in June included Romania in its list of countries which consider religion to be important in their lives.‘Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia and Romania, where at least half of people say religion is very important, are above the [Eurpoean] regional average on this measure,’ the report said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Rights groups in Romania have made a legal move to block an upcoming referendum on the definition of marriage. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Romania’s top court says referendum can go ahead to block marriage equalityRomania has just moved one step closer to making same-sex marriage illegalRomanian activists call for ban on same-sex marriages in the countryRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/romanian-rights-groups-challenge-homophobic-marriage-referendum/ The referendum is due to take place in October.The groups have said that changing the definition to include only marriage between men and women could negatively affect the LGBTI community.The referendum is designed to rule on whether the current definition of marriage, which uses the gender-neutral definition ‘marriage between spouses’, should be changed to be only between a man and a woman.‘If approved, these changes would be a clear backward step for Romania and would have a severe impact on the lives of families not based on marriage,’ said Barbora Cernusaková, a representative of Amnesty International, one of the groups involved in the legal challenge.Arpi Avetisyan, a lawyer for ILGA Europe, another NGO involved in the legal challenge, said: ‘Instead of recognizing that everyone is entitled to the same human rights and equal protection under the law, this referendum panders to homophobia and might result in constitutional changes that would violate European and international law.’
Active Travel is offering US$500 travel credit per person for bookings made before 30 April 2017 on its six-day Galapagos Loop tour, which includes hiking, sightseeing, wildlife watching and swimming with sea lions, in one of the richest nature sanctuaries on Earth.Available throughout 2017, the island-hopping tour links three of the Galapagos islands – Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela – by speedboat, enabling Australians to explore the islands’ landscape, wildlife and culture.The Galapagos Islands were made famous in 1835 when Charles Darwin visited the archipelago as part of a five-year voyage which led to his study ‘The Origin of Species’. Darwin noted that the local wildlife had uniquely adapted to suit their environment, and today the archipelago boasts more than 26 endemic species, including giant Galapagos tortoises, which can measure more than 1.5 metres in length.Due to a lack of natural predators, the wildlife – including flamingos, Darwin’s finches, sea lions and marine iguanas – are known for their tranquillity, which enables travellers to get up close and personal with them and take some great photos.The six-day tour will begin with a journey into the mist-covered highlands of Santa Cruz island, where travellers can spot birds such as vermilion flycatchers and Darwin’s finches. A speed boat will take guests to Floreana Island the following day, where they will meet descendants of the original population of the island and have the opportunity to swim with sea lions, marine turtles, manta rays and a variety of colourful coral fish.The journey will continue to the highlands of Floreana, with a guide telling stories from the island’s colourful history along the way. Travellers will take a low-level hike, exploring pirate caves, freshwater springs and tortoise colonies, before taking a speed boat to the island of Isabela, relaxing on its beaches, and exploring the crater of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Guests will visit Flamingo’s Lagoon and a tortoise breeding centre, before returning to the island of Santa Cruz, visiting the Charles Darwin Station, and transferring to the airport.Including airport transfers, five nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfasts, excursions and the services of a bilingual naturalist guide, the six-day tour costs from USD$2002 per person, twin-share.Departures are available every Sunday for the rest of 2017.Return flights from Australia to Ecuador and on to the Galapagos are extra and can be booked through Active Travel.Bookings, for travel in 2017, made before 30 April 2017, will attract a bonus USD$500 per person travel credit, which can be put towards flights, tour extensions or travel insurance. Three tour extensions are available, starting at USD$475 per person, twin-share.