Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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ON THE GROUND : Different ways in which matooke can be enjoyed



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TAKE NOTE : What it takes to invest in real estate.



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Wikipedia article of the day for May 1, 2019 Green Park tube station

The Wikipedia article of the day for May 1, 2019 is Green Park tube station.
Green Park is a London Underground station on the north side of Green Park, with entrances on both sides of Piccadilly. It is in fare zone 1 and is a busy interchange between the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, used by over 39 million passengers in 2017. The station was opened on 15 December 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway and was originally named Dover Street. It was modernised in the 1930s when escalators replaced lifts and new entrances were provided on Piccadilly. The Victoria line platforms opened on 7 March 1969 and the Jubilee line platforms opened on 1 May 1979 with the official opening journeys by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles starting from this station. Improvements in the 2000s made the station wheelchair accessible throughout. The original station building designed by Leslie Green has been demolished. Decorative elements around the station include tiling schemes by Hans Unger and June Fraser and stonework by John Maine.

ENERGY: Oil report for April 30, 2019


By OILPRICE.COM

- U.S exports of total petroleum products hit a record high in 2018, averaging 5.6 million barrels per day, which was up 366,000 bpd from a year earlier.

- The three largest product exports were distillates, propane and motor gasoline.

- Mexico was the single largest buyer of distillates and gasoline, while Japan was the largest buyer of propane.

Market Movers

- Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) plans on raising $20 billion through the sale of eight of its refineries, according to Reuters.

- Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) was cut to Hold by Jefferies, which cited “risky” battle for Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC). Chevron (NYSE: CVX) is also seeking to buy Anadarko.

- Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO) saw its share price sink more than 6 percent on Monday after reporting first quarter earnings, which saw a 21 percent year-on-year decline in revenues.

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Oil rebounded on Tuesday after two days of declines, pushed higher by turmoil in Venezuela and the insistence by Saudi officials that the OPEC+ production cuts would be extended in the second half of 2019.

Saudi Arabia wants cuts extended. Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih told the Russian press that OPEC+ should maintain production cuts in some form through the end of the year. Oil prices bounced on the news.

Venezuela military uprising underway. As of Tuesday morning, opposition leader Juan Guaidó had reportedly launched an attempted military coup. “The definitive end of the usurpation started today,” said Guaidó, according to Argus Media. “The National Armed Forces, today, brave soldiers, patriots loyal to the constitution, have heeded our call.” The reports suggest that some generals in the armed forces have ordered their troops to back the coup. At the time of this writing, it was unclear how successful the campaign would be.

U.S. regulators pan Trump’s plan for Alaska drilling. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the Trump administration’s plan to open up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for drilling did not adequately consider the impacts of oil spills, climate change and the welfare of polar bears. The Interior Department is hoping to hold a lease sale later this year in ANWR, but Fish & Wildlife (which is housed within Interior) said the environmental assessment and permitting process was flawed. That could open up the lease plan to litigation.

ExxonMobil looking at Permian acquisitions. ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) is interested in making more acquisitions in the Permian, according to the FT. A senior VP at Exxon told analysts on an earnings call last week that he “would be surprised if over time we did not pick up more Permian acreage.” The comments come in light of the battle betweenChevron (NYSE: CVX) and Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) for Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC). Whoever wins that bidding war will substantially increase their presence in the Permian.

Warren Buffet to invest $10 billion on Occidental winning Anadarko fight. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway said it would invest $10 billion into Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY), although contingent on the company winning the bidding war forAnadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC). Occidental’s bid for Anadarko is viewed as more generous than that of Chevron (NYSE: CVX), at least at the moment, but to date, Anadarko has seemed to prefer Chevron. That could change with the backing of Buffet.

Trafigura ships first cargo of West Texas Light. Trafigura shipped the first-ever cargo of West Texas Light (WTL), a new blend that is differentiated from West Texas Intermediate (WTI). WTL is a blend of light and ultralight oil, and it is an outgrowth of the booming supply of ultralight oil in the Permian. South Korea took the first shipment as it looks to replace condensate imports from Iran.

Venezuelan opposition seeks Trump’s help in paying bond. Venezuela’s opposition in the National Assembly is set to vote on legislation seeking the approval from the U.S. Treasury Department to tap frozen funds in order to allow Citgo to make an interest payment. Citgo has been put into the hands of the Venezuelan opposition, but is at risk of creditor action if it can’t make payments. Citgo is one of the top assets the opposition has and would be key in building a new regime in Venezuela.

UK fracking looking bleak. Regulations on seismic activity and the influx of cheap LNG has all but killed any hopes of getting fracking off the ground in the UK. A UK government liaison between industry and local communities just resigned her post, blamingenvironmentalists from stifling development.

Iraq to be fourth largest producer by 2030. Iraq is set to be the world’s fourth largest oil producer by 2030, adding more than 1 mb/d over the next decade to top 6 mb/d, according to a recent IEA report. If it succeeds, Iraq would only trail the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia. However, Iraq will need large volumes of water for oil field injections to realize these goals. "Without it, production rates could struggle to climb much beyond their current levels," the IEA said in its report.

Steel demand in drilling set to increase. More than 1 million kilometers of new oil and gas wells will be drilled over the next five years, according to Rystad Energy. The depth of these wells is equivalent to 25 times around the equator. Steel used in casing is set to remain elevated as a result.

BP profits fall. BP (NYSE: BP) said that first quarter profits declined by 12 percent to $2.1 billion due to weaker oil prices at the start of the year. The performance echoed that of its peers, with ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Total (NYSE: TOT) citing similar headwinds.








UGANDA: How I became the only editor and publisher on CHANGE OF GUARDS BLOG


I was sitting here in Canada minding my own business as you all should do.

My phone rings from an anonymous number... we are ready to have you take over the blog.

YOU AND WHAT ARMY

The gentleman then said.. we have been watching everything you do on social media. We are in exile. We would like you to take over the blog.

My first reaction was.... but surely you should all be paid. How much for each of you monthly.  I half died when he told me what their monthly basic needs are.  I was like ... are you people in freaking Mars or something... no one can pay you that much.

HE REPLIES... we are not asking to be paid.

I was still unsure.  You want me to take over the most bombastic blog in EAC... what do you even know about me and how are you sure that I can do the job.

The great gentleman then proceeds to tell me ... we even know your fav music. And sends me the link.  Then sends me some encryption key to take over the blog.

Yet to this day, I do not know who the writers are.  These people are in hiding and yet need their messages to get out.  Very appropriate to contact a Canadian Ugandan knowing in Canada, we have freedom of expression.

Did you know that people can get you to send money to an agent and they collect it with no trace... In my case because I use only agencies, how would you know who I sent the money to.

MLN
I do pay the writers out of my own money.  How else would you get such exposition of Uganda if I were not paying. WHY... because everyone has a family to feed. OR my competitors might get in touch with my writers and pay them better. NEDDA, I hate competition.

UGANDA: @OfwonoOpondo @PoliceUg persecution of Dem Opondo @heBobiWine


Dem Ganstar and I (Martha Leah Nangalama), we got married in 2015.

Dem promised to send cows to Bududa.

I had no idea his clan was broke.

Just learned 4yrs later that the Opondos are broke.

Naturally, I moved in onto Rukungiri.

My parents did not send me to the best schools to marry a cowless man.

If Rukingiri does not send cows to Bududa, there is Ntungamo.

MLN

If Ofwono Opondo does not support #PeoplePower, then let him know his young brothers will lose a wife.

MLN
Mrs. Dem Opondo (First Wifey)


MrMatador has added Tottenham vs Ajax 0-1 - All Goals & Highlights - 30/04/2019 HD - From Tottenham Stadium video



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UGANDA: #PeoplePower is fighting for you too @PoliceUG @HeBobiWine @MugishaMuntu @KizzaBesigye1


In the Fake 2016, all barracks voted overwhelmingly for Dr. Kizza Besigye FDC. So did Kasese.

I have the poll results. Google it.

Right after being sworn in, May 2016. His innauguration speech was something like "al-Bashir is our brother. Here he is. ICC is useless."

Upon as on queue, the envoys from USA, Canada, Germany, EU walked out in unison.

Museveni was not done yet. He proceeded to say something like "I run Uganda like my house. IDIOTS".

The most interesting thing is they continue to sustain his killer regime. They increased their aid.

Museveni is always biting the hand that feeds him.

His last days are nigh. Students of History (Revelations) know it is imminent that he falls. Study USA's policy with the despots they pay for. 

You can start with Mobutu, Mubarak, Sadam Hussein.

MLN

Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Thank You Mr DJ



Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Thank You Mr DJ

Old school music bring memories from our younger days

NTVUganda has added At what age should members access NSSF savings? video

At what age should members access NSSF savings?



The chairman of the National Organization of Trade Unions Usher Wilson Owere sheds light on the question surrounding the age at which social security fund savers can access their savings #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE: Villa remain in relegation dogfight after Tooro defeat video

UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE: Villa remain in relegation dogfight after Tooro defeat



Three matches have been played in the Uganda Premier League. Tooro United have come from behind to beat 16-time champions SC Villa 2-1 at the Mandela National Stadium. Allan Kayiwa struck with 19 minutes left to play for his 10th league goal of the season as Tooro leapfrogged URA FC into third position. Now that results means that should Ndejje beat Onduparaka tomorrow, the relegation battle will go into the final matchday. Villa are currently five points adrift of safety having played a game more than Ndejje. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added FIBA 3X3 WORLD CUP: Qualifying event to get underway in San Juan on Saturday video

FIBA 3X3 WORLD CUP: Qualifying event to get underway in San Juan on Saturday



women’s team that will represent Uganda at the forthcoming Fiba three on three World Cup qualifiers has been flagged off. The team, comprising players Claire Lamunu, Rita Imanishimwe, Jamila Nansikombi and Sarah Ageno, is expected in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday ahead of the tipoff on Saturday. The Gazelles, who will be under the tutelage of Nick Natuhereza, shall go in Pool A alongside Estonia, Australia and tournament hosts, Puerto Rico. Pool B meantime comprises Brazil, Spain, New Zealand and Mali. The top three finishers at the qualifying event shall book tickets to the World Cup slated to run from June 18 to 23 in the Netherlands. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Research shows mobile money tax frustrating financial inclusion video

Research shows mobile money tax frustrating financial inclusion



Excise duty on mobile money services is frustrating financial inclusion in the country excluding a sizable number of people particularly the more vulnerable groups. Research findings released by Twaweza this morning show that the consequences of tax on mobile money are beginning to spread as people now find it very expensive. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added DP Bloc condemns arrest, remanding of Bobi Wine video

DP Bloc condemns arrest, remanding of Bobi Wine



Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago together with some Members of Parliament were today denied access to the Kyaddondo East Member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi. They say today was a general day for visiting inmates. Uganda prisons spokesperson Frank Baine says it wasn’t necessary for them to come to the Prison as a group #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added All set for commemoration of workers’ day on may 1 video

All set for commemoration of workers’ day on may 1



Uganda will on Wednesday join the rest of the world to mark international labour day. In Uganda it will be held in the Northern district of Agago, in Patong, Agago county. Preparations led by the ministry of gender labor and social development, the Uganda peoples defense forces, Police, prisons and other agencies of government were in high gear #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added President Museveni calls for postponement of sugar bill debate video

President Museveni calls for postponement of sugar bill debate



President Museveni has asked parliament to postpone the Sugar Bill debate and instead engage stakeholders on how to save the sugar industry. The President’s call comes amid protractions on the proposed regulations within the Bill which he recently sent back to parliament. Museveni told the NRM caucus that the bill should not be rushed. Now, government has asked for a month to consult. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Sixty tennis players expected to figure in ITF Pro Circuit video

Sixty tennis players expected to figure in ITF Pro Circuit



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NTVUganda has added 2019 04 30 LUCKY GROOVE video

2019 04 30 LUCKY GROOVE



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NTVUganda has added BUL FC rally to upstage Mbarara city 3-1 in Njeru video

BUL FC rally to upstage Mbarara city 3-1 in Njeru



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NTVUganda has added How to get value for money video

How to get value for money



That the budget theme has been focused on industrialisation and job creation for several years does not mean it has realised these goals according to economic experts. During a dialogue on budget impact, organised by Makerere University Business School, the heart of the discussion was how to get real value for money from government expenditure especially for most Ugandans #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added DOING BUSINESS RANKING: Government says it is ready for next survey video

DOING BUSINESS RANKING: Government says it is ready for next survey



Government says it is within the deadline on filing returns for the World Bank survey on indicators of Ease on Doing Business for the year 2020, which closes today. Running challenges on critical indicators such as starting a business, access to credit and resolving insolvency among others, this year placed Uganda at position 127 out of 190 countries  assessed globally. The Ministry of finance, planning and economic development says the new comprehensive one stop Business Facilitation Centre worth 54 Billion will be in operation by this December and will ease the burden on doing business #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added All set for commemoration of workers’ day on may 1 video

All set for commemoration of workers’ day on may 1



Uganda will on Wednesday join the rest of the world to mark international labour day. In Uganda it will be held in the Northern district of Agago, in Patong, Agago county. Preparations led by the ministry of gender labor and social development, the Uganda peoples defense forces, Police, prisons and other agencies of government were in high gear. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Civil Society wants elections, service delivery in new districts video

Civil Society wants elections, service delivery in new districts



People in the newly created districts have been urged to collectively advocate for good service delivery from the government through demanding for elections of local leaders. Civil society activists say this will also bolster voter-confidence ahead of the 2021 general election. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Trial of former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen resumes video

Trial of former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen resumes



The trial of former LRA rebel brigade commander Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court resumed today with the defense team presenting its 26th witness following a judicial recess over Easter. The team, led by Krispus Ayena Odongo maintain that Ongwen was a victim and not a perpetrato #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added NRM ‘rebel’ MPs go to court over CEC decision on sole candidature video

NRM ‘rebel’ MPs go to court over CEC decision on sole candidature



A section of NRM MPs have dragged their mother party to the Constitutional court seeking to declare as null and void a resolution by the Central Executive Commitee (CEC) to declare president YKM7 as a sole candidate for the 2021 presidential elections and beyond. The 11 Mps are; Theodre Sekikubo, Barnarbas Tinkasiimiire,  Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, Monicah Amonding, John Baptist Nambeshe, Patrick Nsamba, Samuel Lyomoki, Sylvia Akello. Others are ; Susan Amero, James Acidri and Moses Adome Bildard. The Mps contend that for CEC to declare the incumbent as a sole candidate on the 19th of February 2019 during it’s 4 day retreat at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya  blocked and suffocated interests of other would be individuals in the party who have  aspirations to become presidential candidates to contest for the 2021 elections. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added 2 in police custody over Bobi Wine protests at Kisekka market video

2 in police custody over Bobi Wine protests at Kisekka market



Two people have been arrested by police during a riot at Kisekka market following yesterday’s arrest of Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi. The police engaged in running battles with supporters and was forced to apply teargas and bullets to disperse them #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Former FDC president Mugisha Muntu weighs in on political situation video

Former FDC president Mugisha Muntu weighs in on political situation



The founder of the new Alliance for National Transformation Major General Mugisha Muntu has described the political tension in the country and the harassment of opposition politicians as a knee-jerk approach to bigger problems. He was referring to the continued blocking of meetings by the Forum for Democratic Change, and the arrest of MP Robert Kyagulanyi on Monday. Muntu said the Alliance for National Transformation would be launched on 22nd May. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page http://bit.ly/1bbEIWm

Uganda in plan to revive cotton, textile sector

A trader arranges her textile wares at Kibuye market in Kampala. Although Agoa represents a huge opportunity for Uganda, its prospects in the past have been hampered by a number of policy and market issues. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

By THE EASTAFRICAN

The Uganda government has identified cotton, textiles and apparel sectors to tap into its high potential for value addition, foreign investment and job creation.

Kampala is now working on a new strategy to revamp the sector to benefit from the booming global market.

The cotton, textiles and apparel sector ranks high under the third edition of the National Development Plan to be launched later this year.

The Development Plan—a comprehensive sector development strategy for the cotton value chain—will be developed under the National Planning Authority (NPA).

The NPA is working with Msingi East Africa as the lead in the project, which in turn has contracted consultancy firm Bradan Consulting Services to formulate the new strategy.

In a presentation at a recent stakeholders' meeting, Msingi East Africa said the global apparel manufacturing market was worth $785.9 billion in 2018.

But Uganda’s CTA earnings totalled just $22 million of that, with the European Union being the main importer.

Lint dominated and only 12 per cent of the 37,000 tonnes of cotton lint that Uganda produced during the 2017/18 season was consumed locally.

While neighbours Ethiopia and Kenya have annually on average earned between $221.5 million and $436.5 million respectively from exports through the US-sponsored Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in the decade to 2017, Uganda’s fortunes have been more muted.

The country's average annual earnings under the scheme averaged just $56 million over the same period with clothing, textiles and apparels exports contributing nothing.

The new strategy is therefore expected to refocus the underexploited Agoa. Although Agoa represents a huge opportunity for Uganda, its prospects in the past have been hampered by a number of policy and market issues.

Exports have been dominated by low-volume products such as handicraft and interior décor.

AFRICA: Rwanda arrests rebel leader over deadly attacks

Rwandan said Tuesday it had arrested Callixte Nsabimana alleged to be behind a spate of deadly attacks in a forested area near Burundi and the DR Congo. FOTOSEARCH 
By AFP

The Rwandan government said Tuesday it had arrested a rebel leader alleged to be behind a spate of deadly attacks in a forested area near Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Callixte Nsabimana is accused of forming "an irregular armed group, complicity in committing terrorist acts... taking persons hostage, murder, and looting," a government statement said.

Nsabimana is the spokesman for the National Liberation Front (FLN), an armed group which has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in Nyungwe, a region popular among tourists coming to see endangered mountain gorillas.

The FLN is affiliated with the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR)—a rebel group based in the DRC which carries out cross-border attacks on Rwandan forces.

Nsabimana has claimed responsibility for the attacks via social media, claiming that his rebel group's agenda was to topple long-serving President Paul Kagame.

Rwandan officials declined to provide further details about the date of his arrest or when he will appear in court.

"We have had him for not for a long time, and not for a short time," Minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Sezibera told a press conference Tuesday.

In December last year, Nsabimana claimed responsibility for setting fire on passenger buses in Nyungwe Forest, which led to the death of two people and many injuries.

"He has been arrested and brought back here," said Sezibera.

The attacks in Nyungwe prompted many western countries such as France, Germany, Canada and Australia to advise their nationals against travel to the area.

Uganda to own shares in every mining company granted a lease

Gold mining in Moroto District in northern Uganda. Investors will no longer own 100 per cent stake in mining leases under the Mining and Minerals Policy, 2018. PHOTO | FILE | NMG 
By THE EASTAFRICAN

A new policy will see Uganda maximise the gains from its natural resources

To achieve efficiency and ensure equitable and transparent management of mineral revenues, Kampala will automatically own shares in every mining company granted a lease, according to a new policy approved by the Cabinet this month.

Uganda’s Mining and Minerals Policy 2018 also makes value addition mandatory. It is aimed at helping the country achieve maximum economic gains from its natural resources.

The policy is a major shift for the sector where investors owned 100 per cent stakes in mining leases and had the option of exporting raw ore.

The change of law has been necessitated by continuous land conflicts in mining areas, an increase in corruption in the issuance of licences, a sector crowded by speculator who lock up investments, the need to stop environmental degradation and deprivation of benefits arising from mineral exploitation to host communities.

“The revised laws will help us revive the mining sector,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy Robert Kasande. Uganda’s policy change comes at a time the country’s mineral sector is beginning to attract exploration and mining giants like Australia’s Rio Tinto, which last year signed a $57 million farm-in deal with another Australian firm Sipa Resources.

MINING GIANTS
Sipa Resources, which started operations in Uganda in 2012, made discoveries two years later of rare earth minerals in Kitgum in the country’s north. Rare earth minerals contain elements used in making parts for digital and electronic items.

The new policy requires that the investors must have sufficient capital to carry out exploration, exploitation and value addition, in line with their licences. This means that once implemented, the new policy will automatically kick out mineral speculators.

The chairman of the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) Elly Karuhanga said there are “over 800 mineral licences out there” with speculators holding most of them, a scenario that leads to locking up investment as speculators trade the licences at exorbitant prices that scares away genuine investors.

“Those licences should be withdrawn immediately so that people who are competent take them up,” said Mr Karuhanga.

“The policy will guarantee security of tenure by granting licences for specified periods that are subject to a ‘use it or lose it principle’, through enforcement of mandatory relinquishment, fines and penalties to minimise speculation and hoarding practices,” reads the policy.

Mr Kasande said that while implementing the new mining policy and law, the country will replicate the practice in the oil and gas sector, in which companies are required to present their local content plans before they are issued with a licence.

The local content aspect, he said, must have a representation of women and other disadvantaged groups.

For sustainability, the new mining policy will introduce competitive bidding rounds to flush out incompetent companies and speculators — a departure from the current practice of first-come-first-serve regardless of capabilities.

“We think that will transform the mining sector. We are concluding agreements to get money to do aerial magnetic surveys in Karamoja beginning next financial year. That will give us a better assessment as far as minerals are concerned,” said Mr Kasande.

Uganda’s minerals are spread across the country and include, gold, tin, tantalite, tungsten, iron ore, copper, gemstones, cobalt, sand, all combined contributing just 0.6 per cent to GDP, according to UCMP.

This is because the country exports unprocessed minerals, with some sold as non-Ugandan products due to lack of certification.

POEM: “Once upon a Time There Was a Man” by Mac Hammond

Once upon a Time There Was a Man

Once upon a time there was, there was a man
Who lived inside me wearing this cold armour,
The kind of knight of whom the ladies could be proud
And send with favours through unlikely forests
To fight infidels and other knights and ordinary dragons.
Once upon a time he galloped over deep green moats
On bridges princes had let down in friendship
And sat at board the honoured guest of kings
Talking like a man who knew the world by heart.
In every list he fought, the trumpets on the parapets,
The drums, declared his mastery, the art of arms;
His horse, the household word of every villager,
Was silver-shod and, some said, winged.
Once upon a time, expecting no adventure
In the forest everybody knows, at midnight,
He saw a mountain rise beneath the moon.
An incredible beast? With an eye of fire?
He silently dismounted, drew his famous sword
And hid behind the heavy tress and shrubs to see
If what he thought he saw was real. He fled
And the giant eye of the moon pursues him still.
—Mac Hammond

The top ten must-reads - April 30, 2019

 

1 The US says it will rethink cooperation with allies who use Huawei
*Cough* the UK *cough* (Reuters)
  + Vodafone has said it found backdoors in Huawei equipment back in 2012. (Bloomberg)

2 AI researchers want to study AI the same way social scientists study humans
Rather than peeking inside the “black box,” they’ll be looking at how machines behave. (TR)

3 Sri Lanka’s president has called for the country’s ban on social media to be lifted
It was implemented after the Easter Sunday suicide bombings. (NYT)
  + Blocks on social media can actually worsen misinformation and fear after attacks. (TR)

4 Norwegian fishermen seem to have discovered a Russian spy whale 🐋
Marine mammals have trained by the military in Russia and the US for decades. (Ars Technica)

5 Manspreading on Beijing’s subway could push down your social credit score
It’s a step beyond eye-rolling or tutting. 🙄 (South China Morning Post)

6 The measles outbreak in the US has hit a 25-year high
There are now over 700 cases in 22 states, a situation fuelled by misinformation online. (WSJ)

7 A new algorithm wipes clean thousands of people’s criminal pasts in minutes
It’s sped up the process of expunging people’s cannabis-related convictions in California. (BBC)
  + An early warning system predicts the risk of students dropping out. (IEEE Spectrum)

8 Samsung reckons there’s a market for vertical TVs
We’ll find out soon enough when the “Sero” goes on the market next month. (The Verge)
  + Was the last episode of Game of Thrones too dark, or does your screen suck?(Motherboard)

9 Uber and Lyft have stopped hiring new drivers in New York City
Could ride-hailing firms’ seemingly unstoppable growth be starting to come to an end? (Politico)
  + Uber has added public transport info in London into its app. (Engadget)

10 Turns out that a lot of “biodegradable” bags really aren’t
A study found that most of them stayed fully intact after three years of exposure to nature. (Earther)
  + The London Marathon swapped plastic bottles for edible seaweed pouches. 🏃(WP)

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LIBERIA: Palm Oil Development Leaves Liberians Poorer, says Winner of 'Green Nobel'

Goldman Environmental Prize winner Alfred Brownell, a Liberian environmental lawyer and human rights activist, stands for a photograph, in Boston, April 22, 2019.

DAKAR (Reuters) — Palm oil plantations in Liberia are billed as bringing jobs and development but actually leave locals poorer, said a Liberian lawyer who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday.

The U.S.-based Goldman Environmental Foundation gives the prize — often known as the Green Nobel — to six grassroots activists each year for efforts to protect the environment, often at their own risk.

Alfred Brownell was awarded for his successful campaign to protect more than 500,000 acres of tropical forest from palm oil development in the West African country, after which he was forced to flee Liberia in fear for his life.

He now lives in the United States but hopes to return to continue his work, as palm oil development continues to displace farmers without giving them an alternative means to earn a living, he said.

"These forests mean a lot to Liberia. The communities that we supported who live in these areas ... it is their home and their resources and their farms," said Brownell, 53.

"Instead of trying to empower them, (palm oil) causes the impoverishment of those communities. So this is not development at all," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Sometimes palm oil companies offer jobs, but not enough for the number of people who lose their land, he said.

Liberians have protested land grabs by foreign palm oil companies for over a decade, since the former government gave out nearly half the nation's territory in resource concessions.

The World Bank has credited these policies with transforming Liberia into a promising place for investors after a long civil war, but activists say local communities rarely benefit.

"We're talking about lots of communities seeing their customary lands go away, lands they depend upon on a daily basis for their livelihoods," said Patrick Kipalu, Africa Program coordinator for Rights and Resources Initiative, a global network that advocates for indigenous peoples' land rights.

"It's so negative compared to the economic opportunities that those companies can bring," Kipalu said.

Liberian authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brownell helped community members file a complaint in 2012 alleging environmental damage and human rights violations by Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a Southeast Asia-based agro-industrial company that had signed a deal with the state to lease 543,600 acres of land for palm oil production.

An industry body responded by halting GVL's work on most of the land - a decision that was upheld last year after a legal battle.

Protests by community members led to violent clashes in 2015, and Brownell said that his home was attacked and family members arrested — leading him to flee.

GVL, still active in Liberia, said in an email that it acknowledged past mistakes and that it created a sustainability action plan in 2018 to resolve grievances with communities.

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Benin Internet Shutdown Repeats Pattern of Government Censorship Across Africa

FILE - Young men surf the internet at a cyber cafe on June 20, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya.

WASHINGTON (VOA News) — When authorities in Benin turned off the country’s internet during parliamentary elections Sunday, they became the ninth African government to restrict access this year.

The outages last hours or days and may target specific services — or the entire internet.

Governments don’t often explain the outages, but when they do, they focus on the need for security and civil order. The shutdowns usually accompany protests, demonstrations and elections.

But data from The NetBlocks Group, a nonpartisan organization that tracks global internet freedom and monitors outages, indicate the serious economic and social impacts of even a short outage.

‘A blunt violation’

In Benin, a one-day shutdown costs the country $1.54 million, according to data compiled by NetBlocks and The Internet Society, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization focused on internet freedom.

In more populous nations, such as Ethiopia, those numbers can climb five times higher, even while internet adoption rates remain relatively low.

Benin’s outage lasted 15 hours and encompassed all internet services, including social media, according to NetBlocks.

Press freedom and human rights groups, meanwhile, continue to sound alarms about the impact of internet outages on journalists’ abilities to gather and report news.

“The decision to shut down access to the Internet and social media on an election day is a blunt violation of the right to freedom of expression,” François Patuel,Amnesty International’s West Africa researcher, wrote Sunday.

Gatekeepers

Citizens gain access to the internet via an internet service provider, or ISP. Each ISP acts as a gatekeeper to the internet, providing its subscribers access, but also, potentially, cutting them off.

In Africa, countries tend to have just one or two ISPs. For regimes intent on control, few ISPs makes it easier to turn off the entire internet for most of the population.

In contrast, thousands of ISPs provide access in the United States; shutting off the internet would require broad coordination, and cooperation across each independent organization.

In Africa, though, authorities often have an easy time controlling one or two state-owned ISPs. And governments have capitalized on that.

So far this year, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mali and Zimbabwe have restricted internet access, according to Amnesty International. NetBlocks has observed additional disruptions in Algeria, Sudan and Egypt since January.

Freedom of expression

Journalists rely on internet access to do their work, and they tend to feel the effects of shutdowns more acutely.

Even partial outages can affect reporters’ abilities to communicate with sources, monitor events as they unfold and share news with audiences, in their countries and beyond.

Blocking internet access can affect freedom to assemble alongside freedom of expression. Protesters in Africa, and around the world, often use social media to organize.

But for governments experiencing tumultuous transfers of power, the internet can introduce unwanted volatility.

Most of the countries that have experienced outages this year, as in years past, have restricted access during elections or in the midst of protests and unrest.