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VALENTINE’S Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day is a celebration observed on February 14, each year. Historically this is a liturgical celebration which evolved into an occasion in which people expressed their romantic feelings for each other by presenting flowers, offering gifts and greeting cards.

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YOUNG children can have sad moods or be affected by stress. It has also been determined that children can suffer depression. Previously it was assumed that only teens and adults were affected.

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WANDERING in Dar has many rewards. Some are bitter or could be. Others are just sweet. However, what I bumped into on this particular day was neither acidic nor sugary. Politicians mostly may still have a different opinion of it.

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Dear nephew Milambo Greetings from Dar es Salaam MY dear nephew, it is my sincere hope that you are allright, despite the long silence that had ensued, which I can assure you it was beyond my control.

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CONTINENTAL clubs tournaments season is finally on and Young Africans Sports Club are already in Mauritius in readiness for their first leg encounter against their Mauritian counterparts.

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EARLY this week, President John Magufuli, in his maiden New Year reception with the diplomatic community since assuming office, told the ambassadors there was still room for dialogue among political players in Zanzibar on how to make the re-run of the Zanzibar vote more acceptable to democratic norms.

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IN an earlier article with the same heading published in this column, I discussed the restrictions which are placed by article 34(1) of the Constitution of the United Republic, on the powers of the Union President regarding what are known as ‘non-Union matters’ in relation to Zanzibar.

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THE Vodacom Premier League is finally getting to the best part of the game with the top clubs---league leaders, Young Africans, Azam FC and Simba firing in all cylinders in their quest to get to the apex of the league by the time the league winds up.

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IN today’s modern time, most youngsters don’t like to be told what they should do with their money. For them it is meant to be spent before the next salary is due.

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IT did not come to my surprise having heard President John Magufuli recently corrected the notion claiming that he is a dictator.

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THIS week’s headlines saw so much swift and stern call to action and action as well. It had a lot of Tanzanians waving their patriotic flags high, me included.

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LET me start by saying that anybody with a tongue or pen can criticise. However, not all criticism is bad for your health. Now that we have a new government committed to action and not words, we the people need to feed it as many ideas as we can to enable it to make informed choices.

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TODAY I look at the injuries and fatalities that await young and older children in rural Tanzania. Most children in rural Tanzania are born to poor peasants who eke out a living tilling the land.

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WAY back in 1963 when Tanganyika was on its honey moon after independence in 1961, the first indigenous Commissioner of Prisons O.K.Rugimbana thought of creating a new prison to cater for convicted civil servants at Ubena in the Coast Region.

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THE ‘Citizen’ of Thursday, January 28, 2016, carried the following headline news on its front page: “Chaos rocks Bunge as government cuts live coverage”; and showed pictures of what it called the ‘battle’ which took place inside Parliament between the opposition MPs and a group of police officers who had been assigned to maintain peace after the House business was disrupted.

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FOR painfully-long, South Africa was generally-acknowledged as an African ‘economic powerhouse.’ Outside the World of Energy – in which a powerhouse, or power plant/station, is a source or means of supplying electricity – ‘powerhouse’ describes a remarkable source of influence or inspiration!

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SIMBA Sports Club appear to have finally waken up from their deep stupor after decades of erroneously believing that sponsors were the only people who could have taken them out of their economic problems.

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THE question of the medium of instruction in Tanzania is being dealt with a lot of indecisiveness. This ambivalence could possibly be a result of fear of the unknown. The debate is usually very broad, and it has been there for a long time, but it is not likely that a solution will be found so soon.

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My father was invited to a wedding in Moshi where he fell flat down due to the carpet not having properly been glued to the floor.

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In the ongoing parliamentary sessions in Dodoma, it appears that some members of parliament see eye-to-eye on government issues, where else some others find it difficult to see the logic behind certain issues.

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The 97th day of the month of January is upon us. It feels like this month is never going to end and even when it does, it will be too late. We would have all lost each other in the 100 days that are January.

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YUMMY, just the idea of sweets can make one smile. Sweets are always a welcome treat. Sweets often leave a good taste in one’s mouth. Yet we all know that too many sweets equals too much sugar and that can be bad for our health.

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There is one thing I am certain was in the original constitution of TANU, the party that fought for the independence of Tanganyika under the leadership of Mwalimu Nyerere.

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THERE are many funny (and dangerous) tales relating to drivers and other people posing as such in vehicles on our roads. A man driving in the city streets noticed that a lady driving slowly ahead of him had her right hand stretched out of the car window.

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WEANING a baby can be a stiff challenge for both the mother and her child. While the baby keeps demanding to breastfeed with incessant cries, his mother has to grapple with pangs of pain from overfilled breasts.

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SERENGETI shall not die is a highly acclaimed documentary film. There were one or more strong reasons which forced Bernhard Grzimek- the Germany film producer to venture into this project.

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VISITING a place five times as I did last December when I went to Tarime town is no big deal. Significant is what happened in those or on any one of the occasions.

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TODAY, the last Saturday of this month, the nation is supposed to be engaged in cleanliness exercise after the December 9, 2015 successful turn out for such campaign.

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THERE are landmarks in the life of a given nation, which a people of that given nation do not immediately consider as achievements unless, on reflection, some of their compatriots point out those achievements.

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WE are currently within the statutory season for the hearing of election petitions, arising out of the general elections which were held on 25th October, 2015. A significant number of election petitions have reached the stage of hearing before the High Court around the country.

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IT was on a date like today’s – January 27 – that Pope Clement VI issued the Papal Bull ‘Unigenitus’ in 1343CE to justify Papal Power and the use of Indulgences.

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IT was good to learn, early this week, that Young Africans had finally resolved their standoff with their midfield maestro, Haruna Niyonzima, who was in the verge of being shown the door.

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MY previous articles on the quality of education in Tanzania have brought about a lot of useful feedback from some readers.

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