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Adieu Saja Taal

Human beings become immortalised when they give their lives to ideals bigger than themselves, and in so doing carve a niche for themselves in the annals of history, occupying the prime of place in the hearts and minds of the people till the end of time. Dr Badara Saja Taal was a man of the people who sacrificed his life and time for the high ideal of seeking knowledge. He was one man who dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of knowledge in an illustrious academic career. We can safely say that he belongs to the times, to be remembered forever as an icon who strove to give Gambian students and seekers of knowledge his best. He will be sorely missed...

Why are many Gambians dying young? (On the scourge of diabetes and how to confront it) part 2

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that is having its foot prints on Gambian soil. It is a group of diseases that is characterised by abnormal blood glucose (sugar) levels. Diabetes has the potential to affect almost every organ in the body if not managed well. Complications from diabetes can lead to problems of the eyes (retinopathy), kidneys (nephropathy), heart (ischemia or heart attack), skin (non-healing wounds, gangrene), and nerves (neuropathy), etc....

Say no to bigotry and yes to tolerance

Every society that survived and made it to the threshold of an enduring civilisation did so on the virtue of tolerance. Any society that abandons tolerance will soon disintegrate. With the current agitations the world over ranging from religious intolerance to political bigotry, it's only necessary to remind ourselves once more the imperative necessity of this virtue.

Why are many Gambians dying young? (A wave of chronic diseases and systemic flaws in a health sector paint a sorry picture)

It is well documented that a country's productivity greatly depends on the health of its citizens. The Gambia is not an exception to this truism. The question arises: Why are many Gambians dying young? According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2009 statistics, the life expectancy for Gambians at birth for males is 58 years and 61 years for females. The probability of dying under five per 1,000 live births is 103. This means for every 1,000 live births in The Gambia, 103 of them will not live to see their fifth birthday. It's breath-taking: 10.3% of 1,000 children born in The Gambia die by the time they are five years old...

National Assembly opens: Reminding our representatives

The National Assembly is the second and arguably one of the most important arms of a democratic government. It's the institution meant for the magnification of the voice of the people through elected representatives. The National Assembly, like any of the two other branches of the government, plays a very important role in determining the way forward for the nation. The democratisation process therefore, will only be a mirage when it is dormant or dysfunctional. This is how important and indispensable it is.

Octogenarian craves justice over 10-year land tussle

Foday Mangasuba, an 84 year-old man in Latrikunda Sabiji has craved for justice over a land tussle he was engaged in. Mr Mangasuba has exhausted all legal avenues to repossess his land after it has been occupied by settlers in Kunkujang Keitaya village, Kombo North.......

The media: An essential tool for public consciousness

Every government is guided by three important arms, they are the legislature for law-making, the executive for law enforcement and implementation and finally the judiciary for interpretation of that law all within the state. ..

Barcelona or Barzakh – Owning up the blame

Twenty-seven-year-old Bakary Manjang paid D2,000 to acquire from a marabout good luck charms to wear around his waist and herbal potions to bathe with. These, he believed, would keep him safe through his journey as an illegal migrant to Europe. ....

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