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Minor cabinet reshuffle announced

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The Office of The President last evening issued a press release announcing that President Yahya Jammeh has carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle. Foreign minister Dr Aboubacar Senghore has been reassigned as Minister of Higher Education, research and Technology and replaced by Mr Mamour Alieu Jagne who until recently was the head of the Gambian embassy in Belgium...
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A 'Fetelity' in blue

Sometime last year I was privileged to witness a live interview with the current Police PRO at the GRTS headquarters in Kanifing a few minutes after I had a clash with the security at the main gate. Having seemingly outgrown my temper, I had dealt with the misunderstanding with patience as the security guard (from the police force) spoke to me like an 11 year old waiting for a lolly. I refused to be brought down to his level not because it was not a fight worth taking, but rather because I had better things to do in the building and was running out of time...
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Bun Jeng

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Even though he died about nineteen years ago, Omar Bun Jeng is still regarded as one of the most respected preachers to have come out of The Gambia. According to excerpts from his biography being kept by his son in his homestead in Gunjur, the ancestors of Omar Bun Jeng hailed from the ancient Malian city of Djenne. His great grandfather was Abdul Rahman Dem who studied in Timbuktu and Mauritania before settling in Ndiassane, Senegal where he married and sired Muhammad Saibani and Muhammad Lamin Timbuktu......
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On women's liberation (Who is to decide how women should be liberated today? )

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A prominent think-tank in Washington, DC recently hosted a conference on women's rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. It was a worthy topic by all means. The tragedy is that this conference, without an exception, mostly lacked substance. In general, hollow activism, pomp, and chronic "cultural anatopism" (misattribution of a culture or cultural values) pervade all discussion of women's rights in the context of democratisation....
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Buba Janneh: No word from Caf on 'appeal'

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Buba Janneh, first vice president and spokesman of the Gambia Football Federation, GFF, yesterday told The Standard that his federation has not received any communication from the Confederation of African Football, Caf, on Liberia's alleged appeal against The Gambia over alleged age cheating....
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Why Are Many Gambians Dying Young? (Understanding the health hazards posed by street-side drug vendors)

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It is mind-bothering walking in towns and cities of The Gambia and seeing street drug vendors screaming “Garabee San”, “Garabee Yaram” to unsuspecting customers. I always ask myself: are our public health officials aware of this or are they simply turning a blind eye? Selling drugs on Gambian streets is pretty much a quotidian activity. People freely walk around carrying a bunch of drugs and selling them to the public without a fear of being reprimanded by officials...
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Introducing

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Diha Jobe (Singer) The 25-year old eye candy Afro-Manding and Ndagga singer who burst into the consciousness of music afficionados in 2007, with her single Mboughel. “My ambition is to become a Gambian superstar so as to take the country's name to higher heights .
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On female circumcision and female genital mutilation

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Female circumcision and female genital mutilation has been one of the topical issues in The Gambia in the past several weeks with The Standard editor Sainey Darboe stirring the hornet's nest in his interviews with the unapologetic pro-female circumcision Muslim cleric, Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, the imam of State House Mosque, Banjul. Sanna Camara sampled some public opinion:...
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Science and religion: Is there a conflict?

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The subject of science and religion is a much-debated one. Does religion corroborate science? Is science compatible with religion? Over the ages, these questions have often been asked but inadequately answered, it seems. Some scientists were punished for holding unto and teaching some scientific facts that contradicted some so-called established religious realities. Among these was the great thinker and scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, who is well-known among people who are interested in science. Is there a conflict between the two? My aim in writing this short article is to try to answer this question.....
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Gambian women: The colour of exploitation

Women the world over have been and are continually being exploited in varied forms and levels by politicians, employers, societies, families and male counterparts. The first generation of women who braced social scorn to spotlight their deplorable conditions and exploitations were branded “feminists” denoting negative stigma. Despite the barriers, resistance, and hatred thrown at them to thwart the efforts to reclaim their rightful rights and opportunities, they matched on. Thanks to them today feminism and gender are now viewed in a positive plane even by some of their fervent exploiters. ..
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Dangerous roads

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Efficient transport service is indispensible to the economic development of any nation. People commute or go about their daily businesses through various transportation means. One such is road. In Gambia, like almost everywhere in the world, the roads are the dominant mode of transportation...
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Editors trained on environmental protection and mitigation

News editors from various media houses in the country on Saturday held a day-long training course on environmental protection and mitigation at Wellingara Model Horticultural Centre in Wellingara....
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On Moja-G and Jainaba Bah's historical anecdote (Part 1)

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Like Amadou Bojang of Tallinding, the author of the letter to the editor entitled; “In Praise of Jainaba Bah” published in your March 24 issue, I also grabbed my copy of The Standard every morning to “seek the beautifully written series, 'Breaking the omerta: one woman's recount of her Moja-G activism' by Jainaba Bah. Like Amadou Bojang, at the end of each piece of the serialised articles, I was left with greater hunger for more....
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