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  • Queensland government to provide more funding for community legal centres

    Queensland government to provide more funding for community legal centres

    Attorney -General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced $51.3 million in State and Commonwealth funding for Queensland’s vital community legal centres. Thirty-six  community services have been successful in securing funding for the next three years, starting from July 1. But the Attorney-General warned that despite Queensland boosting its contribution, there was still a funding shortfall because of the Turnbull Government’s decision to slash $2 million from Queensland’s services. “The Palaszczuk Government is now covering 60% of the costs […]

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  • Museveni’s efforts to address the refugee crisis  with the Khartoum government pays off

    Museveni’s efforts to address the refugee crisis with the Khartoum government pays off

    By Godfrey Olukya  President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has hailed President Yoweri Museveni’s peace efforts in Sudan following the safe release and handover of 125 Prisoners of war by SPLM-North to the Khatoum government. In a special message delivered to President Yoweri Museveni by the Sudanese Vice President Hassabo Mohammed Abdel Rahman at meeting in Nairobi’s Villa Rosa Kempisky Hotel Residence, President Bashir said the gesture was a positive step towards achieving peace in the region. General Bashir urged President […]

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  • Multiculturalism? No! A National Hypocrisy.

    Multiculturalism? No! A National Hypocrisy.

    Like many Australians, I welcomed the Australian Multicultural Statement released by Prime Minister Turnbull yesterday. There is​​ no doubt about this: Australia is a culturally and religiously diverse Country. It is almost 300 cultures in one, carrying with them their differences and blending together to create a viable, tolerant and beautiful mosaic this nation has turned to be. The indigenous populations, which lived on this land for centuries, have proven to be and have long portrayed a positive long lasting […]

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  • First Africa Innovation Challenge

    First Africa Innovation Challenge

    Johnson & Johnson has named the winners of the first Africa Innovation Challenge at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress at a function held in Cape town ,South Africa on 14 march 2017. A statement by Johnson & Johnson said that the initiative, which received nearly 500 submissions from innovators and entrepreneurs across the continent, sought the best ideas for new, sustainable health solutions that will benefit African communities. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies comprises the world’s largest healthcare business and its presence in Africa dates […]

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  • Barry talks to AMA about his commitment to see international NGOs stop staining the image of Africa

    Barry talks to AMA about his commitment to see international NGOs stop staining the image of Africa

    For over a century, the continent of Africa has been described in the West as a continent full of savages, misery, wars, famine and any other negative thing you can think of. “Africa Bashing” refers to all the negativity about Africa that is often circulated in Western media, in academic work and literature and increasingly more in the PR and Marketing communication output from many NGOS working in Africa.   Even though today Africa is one of the fastest growing economic […]

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  • Faith comes to the city

    Faith comes to the city

    FAITH IN THE CITY is a new program on AMA that focuses on highlighting the work, views and opinions of  Ministers of God, faith leaders, preachers and teachers, especially those from a migrant background. Many migrants like African-Australians and others are very keen to practice their faith and this is something that needs to be encouraged and  AMA is providing a platform for people to talk about their faith and spirituality in the context of Australia. AMA is kick-starting the show with Peter […]

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  • Ghana’s president talks about his poor background to inspire the youth in Africa

    Ghana’s president talks about his poor background to inspire the youth in Africa

    Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo has given a chilling account of what he went through to become what he is today, including borrowing to pay for school fees. According to presidential correspondent, Charles Takyi Boadu, Akufo- Addo talked of the ordeal his late father went through raising him as a child, in a bid to inspire the country’s youth.   Ghana’s newly elected president Akufo-Addo This perhaps might have influenced his conviction for free education to secondary level which is undoubtedly a flagship programme of his […]

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  • A gap year program may help troubled South Sudanese Youth in Australia

    A gap year program may help troubled South Sudanese Youth in Australia

    The South Sudanese community recently made a submission to the Standing Committee on Migration Public Hearing for the inquiry into Migration settlement Outcomes.  As part of this submission, the chair of the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria Inc., Kot Monoah provided further written submission that provides a glimpse on what his community is thinking in relation to some of the issues that affect the South Sudanese youth.  South Sudanese Community leaders making making their submission to the Standing Committee In […]

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  • Victoria’s top cop speaks about the complex issue of youth offending

    Victoria’s top cop speaks about the complex issue of youth offending

    Every so often our community is confronted with a worrying and complex problem which touches everyday lives, dominates headlines and divides opinion on possible solutions. Family violence and the scourge of the drug ‘ice’ are two recent examples which captured the public’s attention. While these issues initially present as matters of law enforcement, you need only to scratch the surface to find deeper origins and causes well before police have become involved. Young people committing serious and violent crime has […]

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  • Moustapha Barry wants Western charities to stop staining the image of Africa to fill their coffers

    Moustapha Barry wants Western charities to stop staining the image of Africa to fill their coffers

    Moustapha Barry is an Australian engineer and community leader from a Senegalese background. He is passionate about making a difference in the community and cares a lot about the image of the continent of Africa and the African person in Australia, Africa and globally. Barry recently  received an email from UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugee) asking for a donation to help address famine in Somalia and Nigeria. Upon reading the email, Barry noticed that the wording of the message from UNHCRC […]

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  • Meet Easter Family, a group of passionate young African Gospel performers

    Meet Easter Family, a group of passionate young African Gospel performers

    Easter is around the corner and a group of young people in Melbourne West is determined to celebrate this important Christian festival with a bang. Easter Family is the name of the group, which is made up of mostly young African Christians who are passionate about their faith and are putting together an event called Easter Celebration to shout out their joy in remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The event is scheduled to take place on 21 April 2017 at […]

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  • More Jobs for young people in SA

    More Jobs for young people in SA

    Thousands of jobs are expected to be created for younger South Australians, as part of an overhaul aimed at improving flexibility in the public service. Flexibility for the Future is an initiative of the South Australian government designed to give existing public sector workers the opportunity to voluntarily switch to part-time employment. It encourages the reduction in Full Time Employment (FTE), as a means to create opportunities for more employment in the public sector and the government wants to give these […]

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  • 100 abducted children in the DRC have been rescued by the army.

    100 abducted children in the DRC have been rescued by the army.

    Over 100 children who had been abducted by Kamwena Nsapu militiamen in central Democratic republic of Congo have been rescued by the army. According to a statement by UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO) the 100 children who have been freed were being kept as prisoners by the militiamen. The children were reportedly freed by the army as it clashed with the Kamwena Nsapu militia between in the last 2 months.They are aged between 4 and 16yrs. MONUSCO representative Charles Antoine Bambara said at a press conference […]

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  • More compensation for Victorian households with solar panels on their rooftops

    More compensation for Victorian households with solar panels on their rooftops

    Victorian solar households will receive more money for the power they provide to the grid thanks to ground-breaking changes announced  by the Victorian government last week.  Solar households are set to receive a minimum feed-in tariff rate of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the current five cents for selling excess electricity back into the grid.   Happy African home owner and solar energy user   Around 130,000 solar households will benefit from the changes. Solar customers on the current minimum feed-in […]

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  • Union leader says Migrant workers to be the hardest hit by new laws

    Union leader says Migrant workers to be the hardest hit by new laws

    The  recent Fair Work Commission decision to allow Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries to be reduced from the existing levels, continues to attract comments from politicians, union leaders, industry leaders and other stakeholders. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says that migrant workers will be hardest hit by new laws introduced by the Turnbull Government. National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that while the Turnbull Government is attacking all workers, those from non- English […]

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  • African countries come together to launch a  continental livestock project

    African countries come together to launch a continental livestock project

    Ethiopia,Kenya,Egypt,Uganda,Nigeria and Burkina Faso have have along with 2  international development partners launched a continental  project called ”Africa sustainable livestock (ASL) meant to help in managing the sector. The international partners supporting ASL are  the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)of the United Nations.  The main objective of ASL is to address the challenges and opportunities related to long term development of livestock sector.The launching has taken place in Ethiopia’s capital , Adis-Ababa. […]

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  • Queensland government to provide more money for child care

    Queensland government to provide more money for child care

    The Queensland government has announced a  $15 million funding boost to help more working families sign up as foster carers, by helping to cover the out-of-pocket childcare expenses for children aged one to five-years-old. The government hopes to be able to attract more working Queenslanders to take on the invaluable job of fostering, after pledging to help pay for childcare and kindy.   Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hopes the funding boost will be a game-changer for vulnerable kids in Queensland, and hopes it […]

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  • More funding announced for Victoria’s multicultural events

    More funding announced for Victoria’s multicultural events

    Victorian Organisers of community festivals and events are now invited to apply for funding from the Government, as more than $2 million is made available to community groups and schools as part of the recently launched  “Victorian. And proud of it” multicultural policy from the government. The funding is now available and eligible organisations can apply from today Monday 27 February 2017  under the Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE)  program for any events held during the 2017-18 financial year.   Performers at […]

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  • Whooping cough warning in South Australia, pregnant women encouraged to vaccinate

    Whooping cough warning in South Australia, pregnant women encouraged to vaccinate

    A spike in whooping cough cases in South Australian babies has prompted the South Australia Health Minister to issue an urgent warning to pregnant women to make sure they are vaccinated. A free State Government funded vaccine is available to women who are in their final trimester. Pregnant women are urged to get the vaccine to protect their new born babies, following four cases of whooping cough in babies aged less than six months in the past three weeks. “This is a really […]

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  • Fifth edition of Africa Business Forum to be held in Ethiopia in March 2017

    Fifth edition of Africa Business Forum to be held in Ethiopia in March 2017

    The 5th edition of the Africa Business Forum will be held for the second time in Ethiopia on the 1st of March 2017, under the Patronage of Saudi Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, one of the largest investors in Africa, Forbes ranked billionaire and Ethiopia’s biggest employer. A statement issued by Africa business forum said that prior to the conference, the Africa Business Forum B2B Investment Meeting was held successfully on the 25th January 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center […]

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  • More money to boost sport involvement for disadvantaged kids in Queensland

    More money to boost sport involvement for disadvantaged kids in Queensland

    More sport participation vouchers for Queensland kids The Queensland government will offer a further $500,000 to help Queensland children kick-start their involvement in organised sport or recreation activities through the re-opening of Round 9 of the popular Get Started Vouchers program. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the high demand for the $150 Get Started Vouchers this year had led to a further boost in funding for the program. Kids playing soccer (Photo- google.com) “We boosted the program last […]

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