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Do we need religion?

Do we really need religion or a religious code to guide us in our daily lives in this age? Do we need to bow down before an unseen deity? What is there in the first place to show that such a deity exists? We have everything we need to be happy. Science and technology have made life so easy that at the click of a button one can be transported not only in distance, as it were, but in time as well. We have access to space and can go deep down the seas and to the bowels of the earth. We can enjoy life in all forms and at all times. But the big question is: 'Are we happy?'

UTG debate championship under way

The annual inter-school debate championship, “The UTG Ambassadors Debate Championship” yearly organised by the University of The Gambia Debate Association (UTGDA) on Friday kicked off at the UTG Brikama campus....

Science and religion: Is there a conflict?

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.....

Gambia abstained on Ukraine vote in the UN

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted on Resolution 68/39, a US-sponsored resolution that affirms the territorial integrity and political independence of the Ukraine and declares invalid Crimea's referendum on acceding to the Russian Federation....

BBC downsizing: A lost gem

Over the last few years, the BBC retrenched thousands of staff and removed very popular programmes off its air waves, especially on the World Service. In Africa, the greatest pain suffered by listeners as a result of these measures is the removal of Network Africa, and as passionate sports fans would argue, Fast Track....

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...

This isn’t about disempowering men, it’s about development

When uncompromising women's rights activist, Dr Isatou Touray, tells you “Of course yes” the subject is obvious: women's development and empowerment. Even the likelihood of a woman in running for president, which, for many Gambians, is a far away dream, Dr Touray does not rule it out as early as the 2016 general elections.....

Gambian woman cleared of racism charge in London

Maria Njie, a disabled black woman from The Gambia, has been cleared of “racially aggravated assault” at London's Blackfriars Crown Court. Maria, 50, was accused of telling a senior British police officer to “get your monkeys out of my house” after a dawn drugs bust in Kentish Town, London, in July 2012. She was subsequently arrested and said the ensuing 18-month period of her trial was “hell” as her family had been unfairly targeted....

WOMEN POLITICIANS CLAMOUR FOR ‘KEY POSITIONS’

Women representatives from various political parties have said that women deserve more effective representation in leadership, governance, as well as politics and decision-making process, stressing that it is time for them to occupy key positions.....

Baby friendly communities: Meeting Gambia’s heroes for children

(In Tambasansang, the chair of the village support group shows off her grandson, who's been exclusively breastfed. © UNICEF/2013/Gambia/ Isabelle Andrews) Our elderly host leads us through a doorway into a dark, cramped room. Colourful but faded health posters and eye test charts cover the peeling walls. It feels very basic, a long way from any GP's surgery I've ever visited. But as we're about to find out, the quietly-spoken man who works here is a tireless champion for children's health.....

Trouble and strife in the world

Global politics is in a very calamitous situation which asserts the realists claim of power politics and makes the idealists claim of morality in international politics totally obfuscating. From Africa to America, Europe to Asia far to the Middle East more especially, faultline conflicts continue to undermine the peace and stability of many countries in these regions of the world. Chaos has today become the order of the day with preponderance of war and armed conflict in almost every nook and cranny of the universe...

Underscoring the values of university education in The Gambia

It is irrefutable that knowledge is the power house for the actualisation of both human and societal development. The University of The Gambia was founded on the core values and principles of knowledge production and dissemination through research and service to society....

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