Friday, November 30, 2018

USA: George H.W. Bush dies at 94

George H.W. Bush dies at 94. The 41st president of the United States helped guide the world out of a four-decade Cold War.

By Washington Post Staff

November 30 at 11:52 PM

Bush was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

The last veteran of World War II to serve as president, Bush came to be seen as a consummate public servant and a statesman who helped guide the nation and the world out of the U.S.-Soviet Cold War that had carried the threat of nuclear annihilation.

He was also the father to George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.

BREXIT: Minister resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

Image caption The European Union has put together Galileo as its own network of satellites


A UK minister has resigned saying a row over involvement in the EU's Galileo satellite-navigation system exposes Theresa May's Brexit deal as "naive".

The UK had wanted to stay part of Galileo after Brexit, but the EU said it would be banned from the extra-secure elements of the programme.

Mrs May confirmed on Friday that the UK was pulling out of the project.

Science minister Sam Gyimah said the row was "a clarion call" and that any deal with Brussels would be "EU first".

The UK's interests "will be repeatedly and permanently hammered by the EU27 for many years to come", he added in a Facebook post setting out his reasons for resigning .

Mr Gyimah, who is the 10th minister to resign from the government since Mrs May set out her original proposals for leaving the EU at Chequers in July, also said he would be voting against the deal she had eventually negotiated with Brussels.

However, prominent Brexiteer and cabinet minister Michael Gove has defended Mrs May's plan, writing in the Daily Mail that leaving the EU is under "great threat" if the deal is rejected by MPs .

Security interests

Galileo is the EU's upcoming version of the US's GPS, which is used by millions of people around the world, and will be used by EU governments, citizens, military and industry.

Brussels had said that, as a result of Brexit, the UK would not be allowed immediate access to part of the system intended for use by government agencies, the armed forces and emergency responders once it came online in 2020.

But the UK, which has invested €1.4bn in the project, said access was vital to its military and security interests.

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Mrs May has now said the British army will not use Galileo and the UK will instead explore options to build its own satellite-navigation system - having already set aside £92m to look at how it can be done.

"I cannot let our armed services depend on a system we cannot be sure of," Mrs May said. "That would not be in our national interest."

Will more Remainers voice their fears?
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By Laura Kuenssberg, BBC political editor

As Theresa May was sitting down to at a glittering evening with her fellow world leaders at the G20, news broke that Sam Gyimah had just become the latest minister to quit over Brexit.

He had a specific reason to leave. But it is his overall verdict on Mrs May's Brexit compromise that will really hurt.

There is some comfort overnight for Mrs May from Michael Gove, who as one of the leading voices in the Leave campaign is, belatedly perhaps, urging his Brexiteer colleagues to get onboard.

But this latest resignation is another sign of how hard it will be for the prime minister to pass the vote that could define her future.

Read more from Laura here

Mr Gyimah, who voted for Remain in the referendum, said it was the right decision for Mrs May to leave the Galileo project, saying the negotiations had been "stacked against us from the very beginning".

But the MP for East Surrey said it was "only a foretaste of what's to come" if the PM's deal was voted through.
Image caption Mr Gyimah said he would be voting against Mrs May's Breit deal

"Having surrendered our voice, our vote and our veto, we will have to rely on the 'best endeavours' of the EU to strike a final agreement that works in our national interest," he said.

"As minister with the responsibility for space technology I have seen first-hand the EU stack the deck against us time and time again, even while the ink was drying on the transition deal.

"Galileo is a clarion call that it will be 'EU first', and to think otherwise - whether you are a Leaver or Remainer - is at best incredibly naive."
'Falling apart'

Former Tory cabinet minister and campaigner for another referendum, Justine Greening, said Mr Gyimah was a "highly respected and capable minister" and praised him for not ruling out a second vote.

And the Lib Dem's education spokeswoman, Layla Moran, said Mr Gyimah's exit showed the government was "falling apart", and that he had "seen at close quarters the devastating effect this botched Brexit will have on these important sectors".

In his Daily Mail article, Environment Secretary Mr Gove admitted the withdrawal agreement was not "perfect".

But he stuck by the prime minister, saying it "delivers in crucial ways which honour the vote to leave".

"Does it deliver 100% of what I wanted? No," he added. "But then we didn't win 100% of the vote on 23 June 2016.

"In politics, as in life, you can't always get everything that you want."

What is Galileo?

Image copyright EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCYImage caption Galileo satellites are now launching on Europe's premier rocket, the Ariane 5

Many people's sat-navs and mobile location services currently run on a US military-based system called GPS - global positioning system - which uses satellites to pinpoint our locations. China and Russia also have satellite-navigation positioning systems.

In 1999, the European Union embarked on a plan to put together its own network of satellites, called Galileo, so it was not reliant on the US, Russian and Chinese systems.

The first satellites were put into orbit in 2013 and it is planned to be fully operational in 2020 with 30 satellites orbiting earth.

UK companies have built components for Galileo and one of the project's two Galileo Security Monitoring Centres was based in the UK, in Swanwick. The site is now being relocated to Spain.

The government said there should be no noticeable impact for the public from withdrawing from the project, as devices that already use Galileo, such as smartphones, will carry on doing so.

It says UK industry has earned about €1.15bn from the project but, when the BBC asked if any more money would be given back, a spokesman said the project was "part of the withdrawal agreement" and the UK had reached "a fair financial settlement with the EU".

ENTERTAINMENT: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reach custody agreement

Image copyright PA Image caption Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated in 2016


Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement over the custody of their children, according to a lawyer in the case.

The couple separated in September 2016 after two years of marriage, with Jolie citing "irreconcilable differences" when she filed for divorce.

The pair have six children - three biological and three adopted - aged between 10 and 17.

Jolie's lawyer did not say how custody would be divided.

The couple, known as "Brangelina" by fans, met on the set of the film Mr & Mrs Smith in 2004 and were together for 10 years before they wed.

The marriage was Pitt's second, the actor having previously wed Friends star Jennifer Aniston, and Jolie's third after relationships with actors Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.

After Jolie announced the split the pair became embroiled in a bitter child custody battle, which included Pitt being investigated for possible child abuse after losing his temper in front of some of the children - he was later cleared of the allegations.

The agreement means they will not have to go to trial over custody, but they have yet to reach a final divorce settlement.

Today in History - December 1; Rosa Parks Arrested - LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

December 1

Rosa Parks Arrested

On the evening of December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American, was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring black passengers to relinquish seats to white passengers when the bus was full. Blacks also were required to sit at the back of the bus. Her arrest sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system and led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation.

I did not get on the bus to get arrested; I got on the bus to go home.

Quiet Strength: the faith, the hope, and the heart of a woman who changed a nation. Reflections by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1994. p23.Woman Fingerprinted. Mrs. Rosa Parks, Negro Seamstress, whose Refusal to Move to the Back of a Bus Touched off the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Ala. Associated Press, [Feb. 22,] 1956. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Prints & Photographs Division

Rosa Parks: “Why do you push us around?” Officer: “I don’t know but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”

Quiet Strength: the faith, the hope, and the heart of a woman who changed a nation. Reflections by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1994. p23.

Rosa McCauley was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. In 1932, she married Raymond Parks and with his encouragement earned a high school diploma. The couple was active in the Montgomery Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) External. While working as a seamstress, Mrs. Parks served as chapter secretary and, for a time, as advisor to the NAACP Youth Council. Denied the right to vote on at least two occasions because of her race, Rosa Parks also worked with the Voters League in preparing blacks to register.We Shall Overcome.” Silphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan, and Pete Seeger; New York: Ludlow Music, Inc., 1963. [Courtesy: Ludlow Music, Inc., 11 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011.] The Civil Rights Era. In The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship.Music Division

Probably first used in 1945 by striking South Carolina tobacco workers, “We Shall Overcome” became the anthem of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The protest song’s first separate publication, shown above, credits Silphia Horton of the Highlander Folk School with shared authorship.

Following the Brown v. Board of Educationdecision, the NAACP choose Rosa Parks to attend a desegregation workshop at the Highlander Folk School External in Monteagle, Tennessee. Reflecting on that experience, Parks recalled, “At Highlander I found out for the first time in my adult life that this could be a unified society…I gained there the strength to persevere in my work for freedom not just for blacks, but for all oppressed people.”

Although her arrest was not planned, Park’s action was consistent with the NAACP’s desire to challenge segregated public transport in the courts. A one-day bus boycott coinciding with Parks’s December 5 court date resulted in an overwhelming African-American boycott of the bus system. Since black people constituted seventy percent of the transit system’s riders, most busses carried few passengers that day.5,000 at Meeting Outline Boycott; Bullet Clips Bus. Montgomery, Alabama, Bus Boycott. Montgomery Advertiser, December 6, 1955. [Courtesy: Montgomery Advertiser. Copyprint from microfilm.] The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship. Serial & Government Publications Division

The success of the boycott mandated sustained action. Religious and political leaders met at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and formed the Montgomery Improvement Association (later the Southern Christian Leadership Conference). Dexter’s new pastor, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., was appointed the group’s leader. For the next year, the Montgomery Improvement Association coordinated the bus boycott and King, an eloquent young preacher, inspired those who refused to ride:

If we are wrong—the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong—God almighty is wrong! If we are wrong—Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer and never came down to earth. If we are wrong—justice is a lie. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” 1

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, 1955.

During the boycott, King insisted that protestors retain the moral high ground, hinting at his later strategy of nonviolent resistance.

This is not a war between the white and the Negro but a conflict between justice and injustice. If we are arrested every day, if we are exploited every day, if we are trampled over every day, don’t ever let anyone pull you so low as to hate them. We must use the weapon of love. 2

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, 1955.

In December 1956 the Supreme Court banned segregation on public transportation and the boycott ended over a year after it had begun. Rosa and Raymond Parks moved to Detroit where, for more than twenty years, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” worked for Congressman John Conyers. In addition to the Rosa Parks Peace Prize (Stockholm, 1994) and the U.S. Medal of Freedom (1996), Rosa Parks has been awarded two-dozen honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005, at the age of ninety-two, at her home in Detroit, Michigan. On October 30, 2005, Parks became the first woman to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Martin Luther King Jr. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. ed. Clayborne Carson (New York: Intellectual Properties Management in Association with Warner Books: 1998), 60. (Return to text)
King 1998, 81. (Return to text)

Learn More
Visit the Rosa Parks Papers to view approximately 7,500 items (manuscripts) as well as 2,500 photographs relating to Parks’s private life and public activism on behalf of civil rights for African Americans.
Consult the following Web Guides:
Brown v. Board of Education
Civil Rights Resource Guide
A Guide to Materials for Rosa Parks
In May 1999, Congress recognized Rosa Parks’s contributions to the nation by authorizing President Clinton to award her a gold medal. Learn more about this honor and access the text of Public Law: 106-26 by reading the Bill Summary available through Review current civil rights legislation. Search on civil rights.
The online exhibition The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, highlights a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings related to African-American history and the struggle for civil rights.
Today in History features on the Fourteenth Amendment and Plessy v. Ferguson place the civil rights movement in context.
Willingness to contest discrimination in Montgomery, Alabama predates the 1950s. African American Perspectives: Materials Selected from the Rare Book Collection contains two turn-of-the-century items that speak against segregation in Montgomery: Jackson W. Giles, appellant vs. E. Jeff Harris et al., Board of Registrars of Montgomery County, Alabama…, a 1902 Supreme Court brief; and “The Negro Element in American Life,” an oration delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1900.
Visit the following online exhibitions:
Voices of Civil Rights
“With an Even Hand”: Brown v. Board at Fifty
Search across the collections with photos, prints, and drawings on Montgomery to view images of the city.

READING: Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

Book Review from AMAZON.CA

Product description

In this provocative work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. He proposes that by opening ourselves to outsiders, those we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve true personal and societal freedom.

Our society shuns weakness and glorifies strength. By embracing weakness, however, we learn new ways of living and discover greater compassion, trust, and understanding. This spirit of inclusion has extraordinary implications for the way we live our lives and build our communities.


Jean Vanier has written a much-needed corrective to those one-sided attitudes that undervalue relatedness and feeling . . . This short yet powerful and gripping meditation on what makes for a truly humane and compassionate humanity is not to be missed. --Toronto Star

Revolutionary and moving at its core . . . Becoming Human traces a possible path of spiritual evolution from loneliness and alienation towards joy and fulfillment. --Maclean's

These moving and gentle passages help us think about human value in the right way. --Globe and Mail

From the Publisher

A #1 National Bestseller

Winner of the Writers' Trust Gordon Montador Award

The Massey Lectures are co-sponsored by Massey College, in the University of Toronto, and CBC Radio. The series was created in honour of the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, former governor general of Canada, and was inaugurated in 1961 to enable distinguished authorities to communicate the results of original study or research on subjects of contemporary interest.

This book comprises the 1998 Massey Lectures, "Becoming Human," broadcast in November 1998 as part of CBC Radio's Ideas series. The producer of the series was Philip Coulter; the executive producer was Bernie Lucht.

From the Author

Jean Vanier is the son of former Governor-General George Vanier, and founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities.

About the Author

Jean Vanier is the son of former governor general Georges Vanier, and founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities.

In 1964, after years of studying and teaching philosophy and theology, Vanier bougtht a house in Trosly-Breuil, France, and invited two men with intellectual disabilities to live with him. He named that home L'Arche, after Noah's ark -- both a place of refuge and of new beginnings.

L'Arche is now a network of more than one hundred communities in thirty countries, inhabited by people with disabilities and their caregivers. Their goal is to achieve a sense of community and dignity not possible within an institution.

He is also co-founder, with Marie-Helene Mathieu, of Faith and Light which brings together people with disabilities, their parents and friends, for regular times of meeting. There are now 1,300 Faith and Light communities in seventy-five countries.

From AudioFile

In these five lectures Vanier explains his vision for humanity, developed through his work in L'Arche, an international network of communities for the mentally disabled. Each account of an interaction with an individual from a community is touching. The lessons drawn from the humble and outcast are profound. They emphasize learning from weakness in the tradition of Christian mysticism and charity. Vanier's call to build a society integrating the weak and outcast is deeply democratic, and challenging. However, he focuses so completely on these ethical lessons that he does not explain either how the L'Arche communities succeed, or what this vision looks like in practical terms. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Wikipedia article of the day for December 1, 2018 The Cloisters

The Wikipedia article of the day for December 1, 2018 is The Cloisters.
The Cloisters is a museum in Washington Heights in New York City featuring four covered walkways pieced together from several abandoned European monasteries and rebuilt in the United States. Specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, the museum has about five thousand works, most dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The varied objects include stone and wood sculptures, around three hundred panels of stained glass, and panel paintings, including the Early Netherlandish Mérode Altarpiece (c. 1422). Designed by architect Charles Collens, the museum houses medieval gardens, several indoor chapels and thematic display spaces. Two rooms are dedicated to the tapestry series Nine Heroes (c. 1385) and The Hunt of the Unicorn (c. 1495–1505). Illuminated manuscripts displayed in the Treasury room include the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry (c. 1399–1416), attributed to the Limbourg brothers.

AFRICA: US Conducts Precision Airstrike in Libya

FILE - A girl walks past a wall with graffiti about the al-Qaida network in Kano, Nigeria, April 18, 2003. An airstrike this week by U.S. Africa Command targeted Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, near al-Uwaynat, Libya.

PENTAGON (VOA) — A U.S. airstrike in Libya has killed 11 al-Qaida terrorists, the military said Friday.

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the strike Thursday near al-Uwaynat also destroyed three vehicles of the group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

The military said no civilians were killed or injured.

"AFRICOM will use precision strikes to deny terrorists safe haven in Libya … and they remain vulnerable wherever they are," U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg P. Olson, AFRICOM's director of operations, said in a press release.

This is the third U.S. strike against AQIM in Libya. The last counter-AQIM strike killed one terrorist in June.

DRCONGO: Foreign minister says threat against U.S. facilities is serious

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo’s foreign minister said on Friday that a purported threat against U.S. government facilities that has kept the U.S. embassy closed all week is real and serious.

The U.S. embassy in the capital, Kinshasa, has been closed since last weekend due to what it says is “credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat”. It has declined to elaborate.

Earlier in the week, Democratic Republic of Congo’s government spokesman said U.S. officials were keeping the government in the dark and questioned whether the threat was an “imaginary alert”.

But in a news conference on Friday, Foreign Minister Leonard She Okitundu, who met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Fitzsimmons on Wednesday, said the threat was real.

“It’s clear these threats are serious. The U.S. and our services have serious information regarding the validity of the threat,” he said. “For the moment, there is coordination between the security services of the U.S., regional countries and Congo.”

He declined to provide any further specifics.

U.S. officials have remained tight-lipped in public about the nature of the threat, but have informed foreign diplomats that the embassy closure is due to the arrest last week of a cell of Tanzanian jihadists from a Ugandan Islamist group called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), two diplomats told Reuters.

U.S. officials believe the cell members were planning to strike U.S. government facilities in Kinshasa, which lies just across the Congo River from their base in Congo Republic’s capital, Brazzaville, the diplomats said.

However, the diplomats did not know where the arrests took place nor how many cell members were arrested. Congo Republic’s government spokesmen said he had no information on the matter.

Any such plot would mark a dramatic shift for the ADF, a militia that operates primarily in eastern Congo, nearly 2,000 km from Kinshasa, and which has never carried out attacks outside of eastern Congo or Uganda.

A third diplomat, who was also briefed on a purported ADF threat to U.S. facilities, expressed scepticism about the threat, which the diplomat said was flagged to U.S. officials by Congo’s military intelligence service.

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U.N. and independent experts have for years been unable to confirm allegations from the Ugandan and Congolese governments that the ADF has links to Somalia’s al Shabaab or other jihadist groups.

But a report by the Congo Research Group and Bridgeway Foundation earlier this month found the ADF had received money in recent years from a financier linked to Islamic State, suggesting tentative ties with foreign jihadists, including in Tanzania and other east African countries.

BUSINESS: Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company


Microsoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.

The software maker’s prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company’s Windows system fell with a sharp drop in sales of personal computers.

But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by focusing on software and services over the internet, or the cloud, with long-term business contracts.

That 1990s personal-computing powerhouse is now having a renaissance moment, as it eclipses Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.

Apple had been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft surpassed Apple briefly a few times this week, but didn’t close on top until Friday, with a market value of $851 billion to Apple’s $847 billion. Microsoft hadn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.

Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock fell nearly 20 percent in November, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.

Microsoft lost its luster as people were shunning PCs in favor of smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 percent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.

But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.

That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said Azure is still in its early days, meaning there’s plenty of room for growth, especially considering the company’s large customer base for Office and other products.

“While the tech carnage seen over the last month has been brutal, shares of (Microsoft) continue to hold up like the Rock of Gibraltar,” he said.

Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.

President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.

The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results in early November amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.

Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.

While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.

Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust, said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.

USA: Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday morning in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami.

The warning was lifted without incident a short time later. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000. People ran from their offices or took cover under desks.

“It had my heart racing and I felt a bit of motion sickness afterwards. I was scared!” April Pearce wrote on Instagram after being shaken at her desk in the town of Soldotna.

A large section of an off-ramp near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking.

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said he had been told that parts of the Glenn Highway, a scenic route that runs northeast out of the city past farms, mountains and glaciers, had “completely disappeared.”

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings Friday morning in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks. (Nov. 30)

The quake broke store windows, opened cracks in a two-story building downtown, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic. It also threw a full-grown man out of his bathtub.

All flights in and out of the airport were suspended for hours after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower. And the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.

Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage.
Graphic shows epicenter of Alaska earthquake and aftershocks.

Fifteen-year-old Sadie Blake and other members of the Homer High School wrestling team were at an Anchorage school gymnasium waiting for a tournament to start when the bleachers started rocking “like crazy” and the lights went out. People started running down the bleachers in the dark, trying to get out.

“It was a gym full of screams,” said team chaperone Ginny Grimes.

When it over, Sadie said, there was only one thing she could do: “I started crying.”

Jonathan Lettow was waiting with his 5-year-old daughter and other children for the school bus near their home in Wasilla when the quake struck. The children got on the ground while Lettow tried to keep them calm.

“It’s one of those things where in your head, you think, ‘OK, it’s going to stop,’ and you say that to yourself so many times in your head that finally you think, ‘OK, maybe this isn’t going to stop,’” he said.

Soon after the shaking stopped, the school bus pulled up and the children boarded, but the driver stopped at a bridge and refused to go across because of deep cracks in the road, Lettow said.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeted that her home was damaged: “Our family is intact — house is not. I imagine that’s the case for many, many others.”

Officials opened an Anchorage convention center as an emergency shelter. Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration.

Cereal boxes and packages of batteries littered the floor of a grocery store, and picture frames and mirrors were knocked from living room walls.

People went back inside after the first earthquake struck, but the 5.7 aftershock about five minutes later sent them running back into the streets. A series of smaller aftershocks followed.

A tsunami warning was issued along Alaska’s southern coast. Police in Kodiak, a city of 6,100 people on Kodiak Island, 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Anchorage), warned residents to evacuate to higher ground immediately because a wave could hit within about 10 minutes.

Michael Burgy, a senior technician with the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said the warning was automatically generated based on the quake’s size and proximity to shore. Scientists monitored gauges to see if the quake generated big waves. Because there were none, they canceled the warning within about an hour and a half.

In Kenai, southwest of Anchorage, Brandon Slaton was alone at home and soaking in the bathtub when the earthquake struck. Slaton, who weighs 209 pounds, said it created a powerful back-and-forth sloshing that threw him out of the tub.

His 120-pound mastiff panicked and tried to run down the stairs, but the house was swaying so much that the dog was thrown off its feet and into a wall and tumbled to the base of the stairs, Slaton said.

Slaton ran into his son’s room after the shaking stopped and found his fish tank shattered and the fish on the floor, gasping for breath. He grabbed it and put it in another bowl.

“It was anarchy,” he said. “There’s no pictures left on the walls, there’s no power, there’s no fish tank left. Everything that’s not tied down is broke.”

Alaska was the site of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the U.S. The 9.2-magnitude quake on March 27, 1964, was centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage. It and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

The state averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because the Earth’s plates slide past each other under the region.

Alaska has been hit by a number of powerful quakes over 7.0 in recent decades, including a 7.9 last January southeast of Kodiak Island. But it is rare for a quake this big to strike so close such a heavily populated area.

David Harper was getting some coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded “like the building was just going to fall apart.” He ran for the exit with other patrons.

“People who were outside were actively hugging each other,” he said. “You could tell that it was a bad one.”

THEATRE: The men who wanted to build Uganda - Part 2

"The men who wanted to build Uganda" . Part III screening 2050.

The third episode of the documentary opens with an intro and a very powerful voice over.

"The NRM revolution had been born on 26th January 1986. Those who shall come after us will find it difficult to capture the emotional tone of this historic moment. But atleast they would appreciate  great hope we restored in this beautiful great country. That hope can only be summarized  in a promise made by  President Yoweri Museveni on the stairs of Parliament that "This was not a mere change of guards but a fundamental change in the politics of our country"

The monologue continues. For the young generation, it's will be easy to dismiss this hope without understanding the sacrifices made.

The narrator goes on with the cast. Jobs had been unceremoniously abandoned, education halted, families separated and exiled and even personal lives lost, personal safety risked all on singular mission to liberate the country from bad politics of the day that pushed her on blink of total collapse. A young Dr Kizza Besigye quit a well paying job as doctor at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi to join the struggle;  Amanya Mushega left his PhD studies at the London School of Economics; Generals Salim Saleh, Elly Tumwine, Tumukunde, Mugisha Muntu, Sejusa had all survived death by whisker. Amama Mbabazi and Mathew Rukikaire exiled, Sam Magara and  Rubereza unceremoniously extinguished, peasants especially in the Luwero triangle surrendered their last harvest to feed the rebels.

 Without any doubt, these sacrifices were purely hinged on certain higher ideals and calling that transcended narrow and parochial interests of greed for power. They were inspired for several reasons; to define their generational mission and fulfil it, to usher in a period of democracy, respect for human rights, rule of law, free and fair elections, and honest and clean government which was going to be a launch pad of the new and prosperous Uganda Project that would be an envy of the future generations to come. It's fair to say these were ideals worth fighting and dying for.

The next episode recounts the revolution in its hey days , it  tried to live up to its  promise. Ofcourse the post revolution reconstruction phase didn't come on a silver platter either. Mistakes were made but the citizens gave it a benefit of doubt. Most observers felt that government was driven by genuine desire to collect the wrongs that had taken them to the Bush and no wonder it enjoyed the goodwill to do that.

 The NRM was uncompromising in outlining radical steps to reform the economy. At the risk of losing political capital, , it compensated Asians that had lost their business empire in the infamous economic war, it privatized malfunctioning state parastals. It ended state monopolies and liberalised major sectors of the economy. Then it retrenched civil servants, tried to reform the civil service and built the professional army.

 The second phase of the revolution breathed new air and optimism. The young Museveni cut out the  image of statesman. He lambasted other African dictators for over staying their welcome. He became a darling of the International community and its media immortalized him. He was the  new breed of an African presidents. The economy began to grow in leaps and bounds.

The next episode will highlight how the NRM started engaging in self congratulation and the emptiness of the fundamental change that was promised. To be continued *******""

Produced by  Henry K. Otafiire, Executive producer of ''The Men who wanted to build Uganda''.

UGANDA: When the elitist "Sheilas" badly need the under privileged "Opios"


CHANGE OF GUARDS - Museveni's 32 years of military dictatorship has so much divided the country that the gap between the haves and have nots is widening day by day. 

The HAVES are mostly  beneficiaries of Museveni's policies of patronage and exclusion disguised as "creation of a middle income society".  They are closely associated with the ELITES who who are a small group of powerful people who hold a disproportionate amount of wealth, privilege, political power and skill in society.   They have fallen victim of Museveni's propaganda that the HAVE NOTS are hooligans bent on scavenging on their wealth. 

The income inequality is on the rise with the have nots on the other falling victim of Museveni's propaganda machine that associates them with Hooliganism and the political opposition.  They are subjected to constant harassment by security forces.  In some instances, the harassment is instigated by the so called elites like for instance the chasing of vendors off the streets and constant mysterious market fires. 

While the HAVES and ELITES can afford better and expensive private schools and hospitals for themselves and family,  lavish weekend outings at beaches, concert and musical events, the underprivileged sections of society are living on one poor meal a day. During such lavish weekend entertainments, they even have the privilege of hiring beautiful young ladies for company and comfort while some underprivileged young men are taken along as DJs and meat roasters. 

Consequently, the HAVES have developed political and economic apathy towards the plight of the HAVE NOTS. 
The HAVE NOTS have resorted to economic survival in a hard way.  These are the same youths who either after being harassed from the city relocated to or are traditionally engaged in fishing on the islands of Lake Victoria.  Even though, these are the same victims of state inspired brutality on the lake that has been going on without anybody to speak out for them.  

Religious teachings describe all human beings as equal and this was manifested during last weekend's boat catastrophe.  The HAVES and ELITES had taken a boat cruise on L. Victoria when tragedy struck leaving scores confirmed dead while several are not yet accounted for.   

During the tragedy, it was the other HAVE NOT class of fishermen with their small boats who arrived first to save the lives of some drowning HAVES and ELITES.  They did a commendable job and some even lost their lives in the process of trying the save the lives of the ELITES.  

Interestingly, the list of the ELITE victims who perished has among others the following;  SHEILA Bisase, SHEILA Gashishiri, SHEILA Natukunda and SHEILA Mbonimpa. Is the name SHEILA now a trademark in Uganda that is associated with the HAVES?  Thanks to God, SHEILA Gashumba is missing on that list.

The list of the HAVE NOT rescuers has the likes of Opio Olone, Owetcho John, Komaketch and Onyango among others. 

The incident overshadowed the 2nd Anniversary of the infamous Kasese Massacre where Museveni's security forces killed over one hundred locals in cold blood.  It is not a surprise that the elites chose to go partying on the same occasion.  

A day of national mourning has been declared and flags flew at half mask.  The HAVE NOT youths were seen trying to manually pull the wreckage of the boat while the police looked on.  The police has handed over about 29  and is still stuck with another 35 unclaimed powerful cars that had been left ashore by the revellers of the tragic boat cruise.  

The underprivileged HAVE NOTS are crying foul over the survivors failure to return to them with a token of appreciation.

For those who think that by thriving on any form of sectarianism and discrimination you are immune, you should know that all human beings need each other. 


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ENERGY: Oil report for November 30, 2018

Saudi Arabia Squeezed As OPEC Meeting Nears


Oil prices fell in trading on Friday morning, with a falling rig count unable to halt bearish sentiment.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Oil prices dipped in early trading, but the next few days will be volatile. First, any news from the G20 summit on the Trump-Xi meeting regarding the trade war could have ramifications for the global economy and oil demand heading into 2019. But much of next week will be characterized by whatever jawboning or rumors come out of upcoming OPEC meeting. For now, oil is downbeat but awaiting direction.

U.S. Senate vote hamstrings Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is aiming to cut oil production in order to boost prices, but the recent vote by the U.S. Senate to end the war in Yemen, even if it doesn’t become law, heightens the pressure on Riyadh to assuage American concerns. That gives President Trump more leverage as he demands lower oil prices from Saudi officials. Riyadh faces a choice between accepting painfully low oil prices or defying Washington by cutting production. Reports suggest they are going to try to thread the needle, opting for modest cuts that at least put a floor beneath crude prices. “President Trump has effectively put a ceiling on oil prices -- arguably this ceiling is about $70 a barrel Brent, maximum $75,” Thibaut Remoundos, founder of Commodities Trading Corporation Ltd., told Bloomberg. “It will be interesting to see if Saudi-Russia can keep the floor in place.”

Saudi Arabia struggling to convince others to cut. Many members of the OPEC+ coalition want Saudi Arabia to do all of the heavy lifting when it comes to production cuts. After all, they argue, Saudi Arabia was the one that added 1 million barrels per day of fresh supply since May. The Saudis “made this mess. They need to clean it up,” a Middle Eastern oil official told the Wall Street Journal. On Wednesday, Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih indicated that Saudi Arabia would not cut alone.

Trump administration to advance seismic drilling in Atlantic. The Trump administration is taking an early but critical step that could pave the way to oil exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. According toBloomberg, the National Marine Fisheries Service could allow seismic surveying by five companies in the Atlantic, a precursor to exploration. Seismic testing is essential to exploration, but is highly controversial because of its effect on marine animals such as whales and dolphins.

Russia shows signs of support for OPEC+ cuts. Russia indicatedthat it could support an OPEC+ production cut next week in Vienna. Russia’s deputy foreign minister said that Russia wants more predictability and “smooth price dynamics.” However, Russia, and its oil firms, are not scared of lower prices. “Russian crude producers will feel comfortable in the $50 to $60 per barrel band,”said Dmitry Marinchenko, oil and gas director at Fitch Ratings.

Canadian oil discounts leading to layoffs. Oil prices for Western Canada Select (WCS) are trading below $15 per barrel, inflicting pain on the entire sector. Oilfield services companies in Alberta are issuing layoffs as activity slows down. Investment broker Peters & Co. said in a note that drilling activity has fallen by 10 per cent in recent weeks and could “weaken further over the course of December, a function of budget exhaustion and the curtailment of capital spending.”

Permian natural gas prices fall below zero. Natural gas prices at the Waha hub in the Permian fell into negative territory this week amid a worsening glut. A lack of pipelines to ferry away natural gas has some producers essentially paying other companies to take the product.

Shale industry could cut spending. The U.S. shale industry could cut budgets for the first time since the last downturn years ago. Shale companies are formulating their 2019 budgets right now, and the latest crash in prices could force a more cautious approach. “Something has to give,” Andy McConn, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie, told Bloomberg. “We expected some minor increases in budgets going into next year but now we see risk to the downside, with budgets flat or down year on year.”

China buying oil while it’s cheap. Bloomberg reports that China may be stepping up its purchases of oil as prices hit one-year lows, although data is spotty.

EPA to send ethanol blending requirements. The Trump administration’s EPA is set to announce ethanol blending requirements for 2019, which will include an increase in advanced biofuels by 15 percent while conventional corn ethanol levels will be kept flat. The implication is that the EPA has decided not boost the corn ethanol requirement to compensate for the rush of waivers it granted to oil refiners over the past two years, which ethanol producers have blamed for sinking the market for ethanol credits.

Iran’s nuclear chief warns that time is running out on nuclear deal.Iran’s top nuclear official warned the European Union that it could exit the 2015 nuclear deal if it does not begin to see some of the benefits from European efforts to rescue the accord. “If we cannot sell our oil and we don’t enjoy financial transactions, then I don’t think keeping the deal will benefit us anymore,” Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, told Reuters. “I think the period of patience for our people is getting more limited and limited. We are running out of the assumed timeline, which was in terms of months.” Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department saidthat Iran’s oil exports would fall further “very soon.”

Refining margins sink to five-year lows. Flat U.S. gasoline demand and high refinery output have combined to push refining margins down to five-year lows, according to the EIA.

Pemex triples estimated reserves for oil field. Pemex more than tripled the estimate reserve figure for its Ixachi field, saying the field in Veracruz could now hold 1.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent in proven, probable and possible (3P) reserves. “Without doubt this news will allow Pemex to contribute with more production in the future and stabilize the production platform,” outgoing Pemex CEO Carlos Trevino said.

LNG from Africa set to surge. New LNG capacity from Mauritania and Senegal in West Africa, operated by Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS), is set to come online in December. Other projects will come online in Cameroon, as well as Mozambique in East Africa, in the coming years. Many projects are using floating LNG, cutting costs and lead times relative to conventional onshore fixed facilities. “Africa is the hot spot for floating LNG,’’ said Lucas Schmitt, a senior gas analyst at consultants Wood Mackenzie Ltd., according to Bloomberg. “Confidence in floating facilities is firming up.’’

Volkswagen plans EV plant in U.S. Volkswagen is considering a plant in North America to manufacture electric vehicles. “We are 100 percent deep in the process of ‘We will need an electric car plant in North America,’ and we’re holding those conversations now,” Scott Keogh, the newly appointed CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, told journalists at the Los Angeles auto show. Earlier this month, VW said it would spend $50 billion by 2023 to remake itself, with a focus on EVs.

Unexpected Anomalies In Oil Markets
Some trends are just impossible to predict because before they take place, the mere idea of them materializing seems like outlandish. Yet, sometimes the market takes everyone by surprise – the latest such instance which remains to be felt across global crude markets, is the weakness of gasoline margins and remarkable resilience of fuel oil margins. For all of November, gasoline at the Singapore trading hub traded at a discount to fuel oil, even though for much of the year the relation was converse – gasoline was at least 10-15 USD per ton more expensive. There are many factors at play, yet the palpable saturation of the market with light crudes and relative dearth of heavy ones following the second round of U.S. sanctions on Iran takes precedence over the others.

But it is not just the spectacular 1.5 mpbd year-on-year increase in American crude output that has brought this about. As we have established in our previous reports, Libya’s output has stabilized above 1mbpd and the Libyan NOC is working hard to boost production further. Nigeria, too, is reaping the rewards of several relatively calm months, with production reaching 2.16mbpd, a 300kbpd increase compared to May-June 2018 levels. Leading producers of heavy crudes, however, have been suffering – Iran is under U.S. sanctions, whilst Venezuela tries to deal with a damaged pier, blackout-induced fires and property forfeiture at the same time. The narrow light-heavy margins will persist for some time as the demand for middle distillates (read: Diesel) is globally on the increase.

Expensive diesel fuel will contribute to many nascent trends – it would help Europeans turn in even greater numbers towards gasoline-fueled cars (diesel still accounts for roughly 55 percent of all the fleet), it would change the way air carriers use their fleet, shipping companies distribute their cargoes and many more. Of course, it is necessary to add in these situations that this would not last forever and that at some point behavioral changes and unforeseeable external developments would change the current setup. However, if we are to concentrate on the now, we can clearly highlight a bevy of countries or producers that are thoroughly enjoying the current depressive state of gasoline margins.

Robust fuel oil margins have helped Urals (30-31 API, 1.6-1.7 percent sulphur) do the unthinkable – for more than a week Urals is traded in both the Baltic and Mediterranean regions with a premium to Dated Brent, the European benchmark which is superior to it in terms of quality. The 40 cent per barrel premium evidenced in the Baltics trading window early this week is a feat unseen since 2013. Were it not for (the usual) protests in France – the Gilets Jaunes (“yellow shirts”) movement has been causing some spectacular chaos all over the country, compelled by President Macron’s decision to levy a diesel tax in times when diesel prices are anyway rising – the Urals premium to Brent could have stayed at that level for longer, however, shutdowns in French refineries somewhat curbed demand for the Russian grade, pushing its premium over Brent to 10-15 cents per barrel.

Source: OilPrice data.

Moreover, the valuation of Urals came on the back of much more robust supply – during the last two weeks of October 31Mbbl of Urals was loaded from Primorsk, Ust-Luga and Novorossiysk (roughly 2.2mbpd instead of the yearly average of 1.85mbpd). The reason why higher volumes did not translate into price weakening lies in Asian, largely Chinese, demand for the grade – October loadings destined for China rose to some 350kbpd, more or less evenly spread out between the Baltic and Black Sea loading ports. As Singapore fuel oil refining margins just reached their highest level in the 2010s (the European ones peaked a couple of weeks ago) and with only limited volumes of Venezuelan crude around, Urals was the answer to the Chinese conundrum. Urals reached 10 Chinese ports this year, with the most of it delivered to Qingdao (6 million barrels so far with at least one 270kt VLCC arriving in December).

Yet the spread of Urals touched other regions, too - as we speak now, two 750kbbl cargoes are heading towards North America – one is destined to reach Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 10-12 days, the other should offload at the KNOC-owned Canadian Come by Chance refinery on the island of Labrador in 6-7 days. Interestingly, last year Europe accounted for 91 percent of all Urals supplies, now it slipped a bit to 89 percent, partially because the second half of 2018 finally saw some movements of Urals to North America (in all six months of H1 2018, there was only one cargo destined for North America, in H2 there are already seven). If there are winners, however, there must be also those who lose out on the current trend.

Naphtha-rich grades have struggled recently, especially so since mid-November when front-month CIF NWE naphtha crack swap assessments broke four-year lows on the back of refinery maintenance and weak gasoline margins. For instance, the Algerian Saharan Blend traded this week with a 70 cent per barrel discount to Dated Brent (the December OSP stipulates a 55 cent per barrel discount even though November official prices were set at a 30 cent per barrel premium to it), a more than a dollar’s decrease when compared to trading late September – early October. Thus, in retrospective one can say that under current circumstances it is not enough to have a sweet grade – the sweet crude also has to be rich in mid-distillates.

The Libyan Es Sider represents the other side of the shield – refiners were offering a 50 cent per barrel premium to the official November OSP price just to secure a cargo of it. A competitor on the Mediterranean market, gasoil-rich Azeri Light premiums reached a four-year record at 2.85 USD per barrel against the BTC Dated Strip. All the recent developments notwithstanding, the end of winter and refinery maintenance will put an end to this weirdest of times. Demand for fuel oil will weaken over time – take South Korea, which has restarted three fuel oil-fueled power plants to cope with possible winter colds. Yet after the winter comes to an end, these power plants will be most likely plugged off for another five-month hiatus, just like they were last year. The permanent crude flux never really ends.

UGANDA: Museveni must show us the graves of his grand parents

In 1997 after I had my first born, I applied for a passport for her. Uganda embassy told me they would put her on my passport.

Despite having my birth certificate and the one for my mother and father, the embassy told me to draw the family tree.
Rebecca Lefranc, mother is Martha Leah Nangalama. Father is Thierry Andre Lefranc.

Martha Leah Nangalama. Mother is Rhoda Buteme. Father is Daniel Nangalama.

Daniel Nangalama's mother is Tabisa Kibone. His father is Yokana Weboya.

Rhoda Buteme's mother is Annet Nandutu. Her father is Pawulo Wamono.
So my kid was added onto my passport.

IMAGINE my shock when people told me that Dictator Yoweri Museveni has never disclosed his grand parents' names.

Worse, he does not say where they were buried.

Was it not in the consitution that to be president of Uganda one must be a Ugandan? Who are Museveni's grand parents and where are they buried? ANSWER THE QUESTION.

Martha Leah Nangalama

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

From Aesop fables

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

letter BThere once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!"
The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.
"Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.
Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.
When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry 'wolf' when there is NO wolf!"
But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.
Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Wolf! Wolf!"
But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.
At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.
"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"
An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.
"We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "Nobody believes a 

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Police ends seven day operation as MV Templar wreckage is retrieved video

Police ends seven day operation as MV Templar wreckage is retrieved

Police have ended their seven-day operation to search and retrieve the capsized boat that claimed over thirty lives on Lake Victoria last week. The operation has ended without discovering any more bodies as earlier anticipated. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added People living with HIV face rights violations - Report video

People living with HIV face rights violations - Report

A report by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has shown that people living with HIV have to grapple with many violations of their basic human rights. The report, launched in Kampala today, shows that discrimination, inequity, coercive HIV testing and criminalization of people living with HIV are some of the major challenges. Civil society organizations and Human rights bodies welcomed the research findings and called on government to adopt the recommendations. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added POINT BLANK: MP Kato Lubwama says he did not come to parliament to suffer video

POINT BLANK: MP Kato Lubwama says he did not come to parliament to suffer

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WATCH LIVE Dec 4: Christine Lagarde, IMF -- Library of Congress

WATCH LIVE Dec 4: Christine Lagarde, IMF

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will deliver the Kissinger Lecture in Foreign Policy and International Relations. Lagarde will speak about the changing landscape of the international system and the need for continued creativity in U.S. leadership in order to tackle the world’s shared economic challenges.

This event will begin with an introduction by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Hayden will be followed by Lagarde's keynote address and an interview by Margaret Brennan of Face the Nation on CBS.

The program will be streamed LIVE on Tuesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET:

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Michael Wokorach named Man of the Match as Heathens beats Kobs video

Michael Wokorach named Man of the Match as Heathens beats Kobs

Michael Wokorach was named man of the match as the Hima Heathens overturned a 12-0 deficit at half time in to beat fierce rivals Betway Kobs 15-12 at the Kyadondo Rugby Club this evening. Ronald Musajja and Robert Aziku had put Kobs in the driving seat with first half tries, but veteran Alex Mubiru got Heathens back into the game. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added National day of mourning observed for MV Templar accident victims video

National day of mourning observed for MV Templar accident victims

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler tours NTV video

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler tours NTV

Former England and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is in Uganda, and part of his trip here has been a tour of NTV at the Serena Conference Centre. The 43-year-old, renowned for his striking prowess while on professional duty for both club and country from 1993 to 2012, jetted into the country yesterday. As part of his visit, Robbie Fowler will share his football career experience and conduct a football clinic with young underprivileged footballers. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Development channel boss charged with fraud video

Development channel boss charged with fraud

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added UN Agency partners with Universities to fight Gender Based Violence video

UN Agency partners with Universities to fight Gender Based Violence

UN Women is partnering with Institutions of Higher Education in Uganda to create more awareness in regard to Gender Based Violence and violence against women. The launch of the partnership, which took place this afternoon at Makerere University, addressed the issues of sexual violence in general but also highlighted with more specific issues like lecturers coercing their students into sex. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Kampala residents turn Latrines into homes video

Kampala residents turn Latrines into homes

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Who are the Most Influential Africans of 2018?


Our much anticipated listing of The 100 Most Influential Africans of the Year has now been revealed in New African magazine December 2018 edition. Out Now! Who made the list?

The December issue is published with four different covers featuring: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, AbiyAhmed;The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner DR Congo’s Dr Denis Mukwege; Botswana’s 31-year old Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Bogolo Joy Kenewendo and Egypt’s football star, Mo Salah.

For the first time, the list is gender-balanced at 50 women and 50 men, with Nigeria dominating the entries, closely followed by Kenya and South Africa. Collated by its global network of correspondents and industry insiders, this year’s listing consists of some fresh faces, amid some key figures returning for the second, even third year.

The annual list has become an industry highlight, unveiling Africans who contributed in shaping the African narrative in the concluding year and also those envisaged to play a big role in the coming year, both on the continent and in the diaspora.

The final 2018 tally sees a drop in the number of entries for politicians, but an increase in the Arts and Culture sections at 16 and 22 entries respectively. In terms of countries, entries are led by Nigeria with 18 names followed by Kenya (11) South Africa (10) Egypt (8) and Ethiopia (7).

With many reports indicating how gender parity improves the quality of governance and accelerates development; and in a year that has seen the emboldening of gender issues, with countries such as Ethiopia even taking a lead in achieving gender parity in cabinet, and appointing its first ever female President under its new reformist Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy, the magazine inadvertently saw the entries tally at a 50/50 ratio – the first time this has happened since the listing was introduced six years ago.

“One yardstick which we often employ when coming up with the final list is to emphasise that influence is not about popularity and popularity is not always influential. The influencer’s impact on public, social and political discourse, however, is what largely helps us determine their influence. 

Most importantly we focus mainly on people who have been influential for Africa’s good,” says reGina Jane Jere – Editor of the magazine’s sister publication – the New African Woman, who leads and oversees the Most Influential Africans project.

Another outstanding feature of this year’s list is the increased inclusion of people of African descent making their mark at a global level in the African Diaspora. “This is a clear indication of the wealth of talent that our continent possesses and shows that given the slightest opportunity, our men and women can eclipse their peers worldwide in their chosen fields of endeavour,” explains Anver Versi – the magazine’s editor.

Also of note is the inclusion of men and women in the seemingly unglamorous fields such as conservation and climate change, whose work is often overlooked by the media.

For the full list and details as well as more from our December Edition Click here