Saturday, March 31, 2018

PARENTING: Why do teachers send homework?


Homework should be abolished.

Kids are in school for 7hrs. Parents are at work for some 9hrs and if you add the commute, parents are looking at up to 12hrs just for a job so they can send the kid to school for 7hrs.

So we get home after a grueling 12hrs and have to make supper then put the kid in bed.

Imagine then in between, you must squeeze in 1 to 4hrs for home work. This is nothing short of torture.  You now have an exhausted parent and a tired kid.  Where do we draw the line?

In the end, you send a note to school.

"Dear Mr. Anthony, Tasha and I did not finish the project. We were tired".  What business do I even have doing Chemistry when I last did it 20yrs ago?

Then the teacher emails: "Madame Nangalama, I can help Natasha at school. But I have so many kids whose parents are working 2 to 3 jobs to pay the bills.  Tasha had mentioned that her mom aces STEM".

OMG. And now at like mid night we are onto that Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths...because we are awesome.

My sister in Kampala is in class teaching and her phone lights up.

"Yaya, we have nearly finished the homework. So exhausted. I just told her to write the answer for osmosis. I think she should place the books on her head and let matter move to low density".

"Leah, that is a bad answer. Maybe you get some sleep. Put her to sleep first."

Kid proceeds to bring home 98%.  "Mom, you said high density to low density".

Turns out that even in our weakest moments, we can fumble and make it.

There have been many moments like these but the real benefit is the home work.

Imagine reliving history via your own child. I had even forgotten WW1. Then the one time we had to do Grapes of Wrath.  But imagine James Joyce.

Homework is the gift that teachers give parents for entrusting little aliens to teachers.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Passionate about education

MUSIC: A duet by Mini and Achebe






Martha Leah Nangalama Published on 23 Jul 2015

The 14yr old was playing one of her songs and the 3yr old joined in. Kids! They know how to have fun.

Natasha has this annoying habit that all her friends must learn piano.  She is much tougher on her nephews though.  She will even take the baby in her lap and sit in front of the piano "if you are related to me, this is your life.  We are music".

But this one time Achebe shocked her while she was playing her scales for practice for a recital.  He just jumped up and started hitting random keys and totally messed up her practice.

Achebe is now of course taking music lessons.

Kids absorb lots when young so teaching them what you think is right by age 7yrs is good.  All our kids are in music by age 2.

UGANDA: Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato found murdered

David Kato was murdered weeks after winning a court case against the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone over its policy of identifying homosexuals in its pages. Photograph: Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images

The owner and editor of that publication in Uganda which led to David Kato being killed is one Gilles Muhame who now runs www.ChimpReports.com.  He previously used to be the editor of www.Redpepper.co.Ug.  In both publications, Gilles ensured that LGBTI were hunted like animals in Uganda.  

The Internet retains everything.  Red Pepper is now history.  Chimp Reports will become history too. MARK MY WORDS.  I have never been wrong.  Everyone who was killed because of you is with me. MLN

THE GUARDIAN - 'Real and substantive' investigation urged after advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda bludgeoned to death in Mukono

One of Uganda's most prominent gay rights activists has been murdered in his home weeks after winning a court victory over a tabloid that called for homosexuals to be killed.

David Kato, the advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda, was bludgeoned to death in Mukono, Kampala, yesterday afternoon. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene in a car, and police are investigating.

Along with other Ugandan gay activists, Kato had reported increased harassment since 3 January, when a high court judge granted a permanent injunction against the Rolling Stone tabloid newspaper, preventing it from identifying homosexuals in its pages.

Late last year, Kato had been pictured on the front page of an issue carrying the headline "Hang Them". He was one of the three complainants in the court case.

"Since the ruling, David said people had been harassing him, and warning they would 'deal with him,'" Julian Pepe Onziema, a close friend and fellow gay rights activist, said.

"We were due to meet yesterday [Wednesday] to discuss security arrangements, but he said he did not have money to get to town. A few hours after we spoke, his phone was off."

Human Rights Watch said it was too early to speculate why Kato had been killed, but added that there were serious concerns about the level of protection of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Kampala.

Maria Burnett, the Uganda researcher for Human Rights Watch, urged a "real and substantive investigation" into the murder.

News of Kato's murder came after a lesbian due to be deported from Britain to Uganda said she feared she would be killed if she was returned.

Brenda Namigadde, 29 – who fled Uganda in 2003 after being threatened over her relationship with her Canadian partner – is being held at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

She told the Guardian: "I'll be tortured or killed if I'm sent back to Uganda. They've put people like me to death there. Most of my friends in Uganda have disappeared."

Her initial asylum claim was rejected, in part on the basis that there was not sufficient evidence that she is a lesbian.

Ugandan society is, in general, homophobic – but in recent years the anti-gay feeling has been stoked by religious leaders, a group of US evangelicals and politicians.

In 2009, MP David Bahati introduced the anti-homosexuality bill, which calls for gay people to be imprisoned for life. Repeat offenders would face the death penalty, while Ugandans would be required to report any homosexual activity within 24 hours or face police action themselves.

Widely condemned internationally, the bill remains before parliament. Kato was one of the leading voices against the legislation.

UGANDA: Why the Finnish national killer suspects are not before the military court.


CHANGE OF GUARDS - On 24/2/2018 a Finish national, Toumas Paterri was found dead in one of the rooms of Aya Hotel in Kampala. He had been lured into the country by scammers who paused as top national defence and security officials. The victim was an agent of a top Finish Ministry of Defence contractor, Patria. This followed a series of communication between the victim and the said scammers. Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, he presented a purported invitation letter allegedly from the Internal Security Chief, Col. Kaka Bagyenda. The alleged fraudsters were at hand to receive him at the airport but melted away upon sensing that the airport security had smelt a rat.

Upon suspicion of foul play, ISO swung into action by arresting the victim and taking him to Kampala for further management. Instead, amid heavy security, ISO escorted and left Toumas at Ayaa Hotel where he had earlier been booked. It is at the hotel that the alleged fraudsters got the opportunity to allegedly "neutralize" their victim. Post-mortem report ruled out murder but five people have been charged before a Magistrate’s Court for among other charges manslaughter. Among the five accused persons is an ISO officer, Apollo Byabagye who is alleged to have been the one who originated the said fake invitation letter.

Maj. Joel Agaba, the Director of Operations in ISO who was assigned to intervene right from the airport to the hotel in Kampala was left off the hook. As a senior security officer with decades of experience in VIP protection, Maj. Joel Agaba ought not only to have treated the victim as a suspect but also to have foreseen that the victim could be harmed by the suspected fraudsters who at the time were still at large. Instead, Maj. Agaba left Toumas a free man without security guards thus prone to be harmed by the accused persons. The charge of manslaughter ought to have also extended to Maj. Joel Agaba owing to his negligence by not providing security to the victim.

In September 2016, a similar incident where army officers defrauded a Polish arms company of money was registered. The fraudsters went to the extent of inviting their victim into the country and hosting him at the army headquarters boardroom where fake contracts were entered into. A one Capt. Muhoozi who happened to be an Aide to Gen. Saleh (Museveni's brother) was implicated. Gen. Leo Kyanda was also rumoured to have been the one who facilitated entry into the tightly guarded army headquarters was also implicated. The army arrested Capt. Muhoozi and other suspects but the matter was swept under the carpet. There is a possibility that the said arms transactions were meant for South Sudan which is under an arms embargo. Lack of deterrent measures in the form of criminal proceedings in the Polish arms saga in particular is partly responsible for the current incident that involved the Finish victim.

The Museveni regime is renown for dragging civilians to military courts where the alleged crime is linked to state security or involves soldiers as accomplices. There is no doubt the said ISO officer, Apollo Byabagye is a soldier who should have been subjected to military courts. The nature of the alleged offence arose from a serious security breach - impersonating the DG/ISO to engage a foreign security hardware and technology dealer. By opting to take the matter involving a soldier who is not only in active service but the principal offender before a civilian court, the regime is scheming to undermine criminal justice. This is between Kitata, Agasiirwe, and Apollo Byabagye, who is more qualified for appearing before the military court?

As is always the case, in case the matter comes up for trial, security services will not render effective cooperation and the case will collapse. This is what happened when two senior army officers, Bright Rwamirama and Arthur Musinguzi who had been Chief Controller of Finance and Director of Finance respectively stole money from the army but were charged before the Magistrates' Court. Also, if the instant case had been taken before the Court Martial, it would raise questions as to the fate of the previous one involving the Polish victim.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.

UGANDA: Museveni moves to curtail social media after Makerere University


View of Nkrumah Hall Makerere University where David Ojok Otim was allegedly beaten by students before being admitted at Mulago Hospital where he died on Monday. Photo by Dominic Bukenya ADVERTISEMENT
By Job Bwire & Marvin Kirunda

Why President Yoweri Museveni must curtail the usage of social media in Uganda is because of Ugandans. In fact, Makerere University should have been shut down permanently many years ago.

In 2016, Makerere University students stoned David Ojok to death.  They did not stop at killing one of their own graduates, they went on Facebook and bragged about killing him.

David Ojok's parents are poor parents like my own.  In fact, David Ojok's dad was a corporal in UPF (Uganda Police Force) when his son was stoned to death.

Why I support President Yoweri Museveni for removing idiots off Facebook and WhatsApp is because I am a parent.  The horror.

What is even worse is when Frank Gashumba had gone to that campus 3 weeks before the kids stoned Ojok to death, the brats had chased Gashumba and his beautiful Sheila off campus saying that neither of them had a degree from MAK.  It was truly unbelievable because Ugandans went on social media attacking an 18 yr old.  I had a kid who was 17 yrs old and freshly in University and attacking a kid.  Anyway, it was stupid.

Then, if you trace the history of that fiasco, Gashumba was being attacked for not having a Makerere degree.  Sheila was being attacked for refusing to stand up when she was addressing THE IVORY TOWER.  The part of attacking Frank was okay with me because he is terribly full of hiselfie.  The part of attacking Sheila made no sense at all because she was a kid.  So what if she was sitting instead of standing up. I pulled up some conferences, workshops and training where I never had to stand up to communicate my message and yet it was paying rather well.  BUT our Uganda believes in fakery that one has to stand up in front of a crowd even when you have a condition like me where standing up for too long means you faint and then the workshop is a total failure.

Andrew Mwenda and  Frank Gashumba are not friends at all.  They might be off social media.  I watched this wonderful Mr. Andrew Mwenda say "Ugandan universities need to teach Critical Thinking".  I am not a fan of Mwenda at all.  But then I watch a Makerere student comment "Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, Yale do not teach Critical Thinking so why should Makerere do it?"  This was right up my alley.

Dumb dumb, because all the students who attend those universities you mentioned do not have courses for Critical Thinking.  But Uganda so needs it because if I were you, I would not get into a social media fight with Gashumba, Mwenda or Rwomushana.  I know how to pick my battles and picking on Gashumba's kid was totally uncalled for.

Makerere Computer Science graduate killed by students in mob justice

Police in Kampala are investigating a case in which a former student of Makerere University died after being beaten by students on Sunday night.
David Ojok Otim, a graduate of Computer Science died on Monday morning at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he had been admitted after sustaining serious injuries from the beating.
Eye witnesses told Daily Monitor’s Marvin Kirunda that Ojok was beaten by a group of students from Nkrumah Hall after they suspected him of being a thief.

The DPC Wandegeya Police station Brian Ampaire confirmed the incident and added that one of the students is in custody over the case.
Ojok, a former housemate of Nkrumah Hall is said to have graduated from the institution in 2013 but has since remained in the nearby Kikumikikumi suburb, where he has been operating a stationery shop.
On the fateful day, Ojok had reportedly gone to the Hall to demand for his money from one of the resident students who owed him. According to some of the students who were close to him (Ojok), the debtor, whom they declined to name, had on several occasions eluded Ojok when he came to demand for his money.


As he reportedly walked through the hallway looking for his debtor, the chairman-elect of the hall, Mr Marvin Mutungi, accosted him and asked his identification card. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any.
Mr Mutungi is said to have shouted “thief” thus alerting other students. On realising that the out come of the alarm may not be good news, Ojok reportedly tried to run to save his life but it was too late as the students intercepted him and beat him to near death.
By the time police was called, it was too late for him since he had been badly injured.


“We received a report at about 10:30pm on Sunday that students had arrested someone they suspected to be a thief and they had started beating him. We swung in action and by the time we reached the scene, he had sustained several injuries. We carried him to Mulago Hospital where he died the following day (Monday,” said Mr Ampaire.
Mr Ampaire added that the chairman of the Hall had been arrested for safe custody.

UGANDA: On regime putting double taxation on social media


At first, this looks like a ploy by NRM thugs to limit strikes by Makerere University and opposition rallies.

President Yoweri Museveni is very smart.  Anyone who knows Museveni will tell you that he is super intelligent.

Some of us know him to be more cunning than a genius.

The reality is Uganda is broke. So the regime needs to raise cash.

How many of you read a story I shared about Congo Brazzaville yesterday about asking IMF for a bailout?

A bail out comes with austerity measures. Ask the PIGS.

Portugal
Italy
Greece
Spain

PIGS.

Bank of Uganda (BoU), Central Bank warned last week of possibility defaulting. If you want to know what a DEFAULT means, Google ARGENTINA DEFAULT.

It takes decades for an economy to recover from DEFAULT.

I hardly ever praise Museveni but on taxing Social Media, he is right.

We need to pay for things. The majority of Ugandans use social media to attack total strangers. So let them pay more for that right.

Were Ugandans to be using Social Media for good, I would decry the impending taxes. But you use it to abuse the govt and total strangers. For that, you will pay a price.

Remember that INFORMATION IS POWER. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

So to reign supreme, take away information and knowledge. Even destroy education which is the foundation.

Some Ugandans have asked me why Museveni and Kayihura do not hunt me down. Why would they? I am an educator.

If I were even a good person, I would build software for Uganda govt to collect all the taxes and remitt them to govt.

If your complaint about tax on Social media is about freedom of expression, remember that even in Canada (Norway) and US, we have unlimited Internet access and our social media has never been blocked.

This week, we learned that USA will require all social media history for visas. Did you see us complain?  Because we do not abuse the Internet like you do in Uganda.

The day Ugandans decided that rights of others do not matter is the day they gave up their own rights. For this, you will pay a big price.

One day you will understand Martin Noemuller "First they came for the Jews..."

You will understand Dr. MLK "injustice to one..".

I read with great interest Bishop Lwanga about persecution. But where was his voice when Muslim clerics were being gunned down? Where was his voice on the Kasese slaughter?

If you see injustice, speak out. Make your voice be heard. From the Mountains of the Moon to Mt. Masaba. Scream so loud that Apaa will hear you.

Because in the end, after the war is over, we will not remember our enemies. We will remember the "friends" who remained silent.

In our togetherness, back when we used to care, we were good. Now in this era where we are divided, we are paying a price.

Martha Leah Nangalama

UGANDA: Taxing social media is trending

[03-31, 12:24 PM] Omar Kalinge Nyago: Copied:

The President is peeved about URA not collecting enough taxes. All these whatsapp and facebook why don't you tax them? I think part of the problem is lazy cattle keepers. You see all those animals , cows, if we made them into sports animals like in Spain we would get many tourism dollars and pass the eye over the twitter na Facebook tax. Why do you keep bored idle 1000 cows one person. Why?

Micky Apenyamoi Monex

[03-31, 12:29 PM] Martha Leah Nangalama: In 2016, there were reports circulating that some herders in the Cattle Corridor were dying of hunger. And some were dying with their cows who were also dying of hunger.

That is stupid. Is Common Sense outlawed?

Have you ever heard of Masaii dying of hunger?

Drink the blood of your cows and eat the damn meat!

Some of us are truly dying of hunger because the NRM thugs stole our cows.
🤣🤣🤣

UGANDA: Regime moves to tax social media users off the Internet


President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Finance, through the Uganda Revenue Authority, to begin levying tax on airtime and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber and accused the responsible agencies of lack of seriousness in identifying tax sources to boost the country’s economy.

In a March 12 letter to Finance minister Matia Kasaija, the President also called for taxation of rental buildings and houses, describing as scandalous the level of tax avoidance in the housing sector.

In calling for taxation of social networking sites, Mr Museveni argued that the country loses a lot of revenue in the telecommunication sector through uncollected excise duty and accused telephone companies of dodging tax through under declarations of voice calls and data.

“The big losses on telephones are in three areas; not collecting excise duty on airtime and only collecting VAT; missing many calls because you depended on under declarations by telephone companies and not taxing voice conversations and other non-educational communications via the internet (via WhatsApp, Facebook, etc) . Why not put excise duty on airtime?” the President’s letter reads in part.

“On the issue of the so-called “over-the-top platforms (OTTs)” such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber, etc, if were to introduce a small fee of Shs100 per day from SIM cards used by these OTTs, this would generate about Shs400 billion additional revenue. This does not include undeclared calls and data by telephone companies. This could be a magnitude of $400 million per year,” he adds.

President Museveni

However, the President said the tax should not extend to internet use for educational research or reference purposes.

“I am not going to propose a tax on internet use for educational research or reference purposes. These must remain tax-free. However, Olugambo on social media platforms (opinions, prejudices, insults, friendly chats and advertisements by Google and I don’t who else, must pay tax because we need resources to cope with the consequences of this Olugambo,” Mr Museveni said.

On rental tax, the President decried the level of tax concealment in the sector and asked the responsible agencies to a record of all commercial rental units in the country.

“The tax concealment in this sector is very scandalous. With genuine plots, we have cases where a property of 3107 Square meters, at the rent of $17 per square metre paying both VAT and income tax of Shs812m. How many such properties do we have in Uganda and where are they? Why should we only collect Shs50 billion as tax on rentals? This is unacceptable,” he said.

The President said these measures will increase the taxation base.

The 2018/19 budget is estimated to be Shs29.274 trillion, according to the National Budget Framework Paper (NBFP) for Financial Year 2018/19.

This means that the 2018/19 budget will slightly increase by over Shs200bn from the 2017/18 budget.

Out of the estimated Shs29.274 trillion budget, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is expected to collect Shs15.5 trillion, of which Shs15.1 trillion is tax revenue and Shs418 billion is non-tax revenue. If approved, URA’s target will be Shs500bn higher than the 2017/18 budget.

Like it has been in recent years, the government is not about to stop borrowing.

Domestic borrowing (through issuance of securities by the government) will contribute about Shs940bn, down from Shs954bn in 2017/18, while project support (external financing) will contribute Shs6.7trillion, slightly down from Shs7trillion in 2017/18. Domestic refinancing contribution remains unchanged at Shs4.9 trillion while appropriation in aid will contribute Shs872bn, up from Shs757bn in 2017/18

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UGANDA: Man in Bugiri hacked to death, body dumped in Busowa town



NTV - The body identified to be that of a one Philip Waiswa was lying in the ditch used in the fermentation of waragi, a local brew

The body of a 33-year-old man has been discovered in a ditch at Busowa central in Busowa town council in Bugiri district.

The body identified to be that of a one Philip Waiswa was lying in the ditch used in the fermentation of waragi, a local brew.

Residents say it is possible that Waiswa's assailants killed him in another place and then brought him here.

The police spokesperson for Busoga East region James Mubi told NTV that they are investigating.

UGANDA: Police arrests hitmen who attacked city businessman


KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Four suspected gate hitmen have been arrested as police continues to crack down on the continuous wave of  simple robberies by thugs pouncing on unsuspecting victims front of their gates.

This arrest comes after an outcry from people living in areas of Namugongo, Kasokoso and other Kira Division areas over a group of boys injuring and  robbing people as they disembark from their work places.

The hitmen attacked John Walukaye a city  businessman at his home gate in Namugongo and stole an iPhone, one million shillings and a laptop.

He then alerted the area police who, using their canine team arrested the suspects from a nearby bushy shrub where they had been hiding.
 They are currently detained at Kireka Police Station and case file SD 02/04/03/2018 opened.

The suspects identified as Umar Mirembe, Timothy Kamanzi , Brian Odoi and Denis Okoth on questioning admitted to having been involved in this type of crime for six months and were willing to cooperate with police in recovering back the stolen items.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire regards this operation as one of the many efforts to apprehend thugs.

"Always alert the security personnel at any nearby police station, petrol station, clinic or supermarket and alert the security personnel in case you see someone standing without a clear objective or when you sense someone following you while walking or driving," he said.

UGANDA: Scammers invade Facebook users in Uganda


PIC: Scammers use photos of a burnt girl to con the public

KAMPALA (NEW VISION) - Our investigations reveal that the scammers have been able to evoke emotions of unsuspecting people.

They drive the latest cars and live in plush mansions. Unknown to many is that they are internet scammers who con people under the pretext that they are running orphanages.

The platform for the scam is Facebook. Conmen target individuals in faith-based groups with a large following. Their aim: to use the scripture against them. The more religious, perhaps, the more cheerful a giver.

The next step is to send friend requests to individuals and begin messaging them privately.

Once the one replies, they continue the chitchats for as long as they can until they earn their trust; send links of their websites and pictures/videos of the “orphans” in their care. They give a disguised story about being orphans themselves.

It is a well-rehearsed story inspiring hope and courage; a story that will evoke emotions.

Sometimes, they send a photo or two of vulnerable children holding placards with messages asking for help. These children are randomly picked and stage-managed for photoshoots. Along the way, you find yourself more than willing to donate to the children in these orphanages. However, in actual sense, they are not orphanages, but scammers.

With the increasing number of fundraising charities on social media, many unscrupulous persons are taking advantage of this to con people.

Money must be wired directly to them – through international money transfers.

Sometimes, they convince gullible donors to help them create online campaigns such as GoFundMe.com and Paypal accounts where people can deposit the money. Once you become suspicious and confront them or post a negative comment, they delete and block you from their list of friends. Often, it is too late.

OUR INVESTIGATION
Sunday Vision investigations center around two young lads who simultaneously share plans to rip off people using the same plot. There is Alex Mumpe who claims to work with Kampala Christian Orphanage and Frank Kasiita from Kids4Christ Orphanage. The latter’s website (http://kids4christug.org/ ) had been pulled down by press time, probably after suspecting that he would be exposed.

However, Mumpe’s site http://www.kampalachristianorphanage.org was still up and running by press time.

Although the website is silent on the center’s location, it tells of sponsoring about 30 children.

There are no contact or location details. It is dotted with links to follow if one wants to sponsor a child. A quick scan takes you to the bio of the founder, Alex Mumpe.

He claims to have lost his parents to HIV/AIDS at the age of eight; and a difficult childhood thereafter pushed him to be passionate about children.

Meanwhile, Frank Kasiita in his profile also claims to have started Kids4Christ Orphanage in 2014 by sponsoring five children and now alleges to have 21 children. Like Mumpe, he says he is an orphan and a Christian driven by the desire to put a smile on the face of disadvantaged children.

Blackmail
It is hard to tell whether these bios are a true account of their lives. However, our investigations reveal that they have been able to evoke emotions of unsuspecting people. Here is how: One afternoon in June 2017, a girl no older than 10, burns her toe badly supposedly while playing in burning rubbish.

Mumpe and Kasiita each take turns to take pictures with the burnt girl, only identified as Peace. It is an opportunity to make millions of money. Mumpe, disguised as Kampala Christian Orphanage, posts an urgent request seeking $100.

Sympathies started flooding in from all corners, including Sunday Visionunder a disguised identity. We send him the money, but even after receiving it, he continues asking us for another $100. He threatens us that if we do not send more money, Peace would not receive any treatment.

Meanwhile, his colleague Frank Kasiita disguised as Kids4Christ also posts a similar story, pleading for $100 to treat the burnt girl and another $100 the following day.

It is a coincidence. When Sunday Vision inquiries from one of them, the two lads pull down the posts and go an extra mile of ‘unfriending’ us. However, we already have the screenshots.

The water tank story
Our investigations lead us to another similar storyline. Mumpe through his Facebook account befriends Douglas (second name withheld). He is an evangelist who easily falls for the scam when Mumpe posts on his Facebook timeline that his orphanage needs a rainwater tank. He posts disheartening pictures of “orphans” fetching water from a well

Douglas who lives in the UK offers to operate a Paypal account where money collected can be wired to Mumpe.

The two keep in touch, their friendship growing closer by the day. Time goes by. Douglas agrees to a suggestion that he should visit the home.

Mumpe plans an elaborate visit. Children hired as orphans. Beds are crammed into two different rooms.

Everything is staged, posed to look like a home in need of support. The home Douglas would stay in he thought to be an orphanage children's home would actually be the home of Kasiita’s relatives in Mukono, Sunday Vision would later learn.

Having the young children speaking in Luganda and needing translation reduces the chances of the truth being revealed. The children have no idea what is going on.

By the time Douglas arrives, he finds 28 children all fitted in two tiny rooms. One room is the girl’s dormitory with a single bed for 18 girls. Because half of the girls are three to five years old, it is easy to believe the story of a center in need.

The second room is the boy’s dormitory with three beds for 10 boys. Here it is more spaced, but still has the children sleeping one end of the mattress and others on another end. A room is set aside for Mumpe and his fulltime helper ‘uncle Franco.’ (Sunday Vision would later learn that Uncle Franco was Frank Kasiita.)

The final room, joined with the boy’s dormitory, serves as the dining hall as well as place where children play, read, colour, pray and sing.

It is a small enclosure. Nearby is a freshly built concrete base supposedly, where the water tank would be built. It is hard to smell a rat. Douglas easily mingles with the ‘orphans,’ taking pictures.

Unknown to him is that the scammers badly want his face in the pictures for their own motives. See, he is a white visitor. Posting his pictures and videos on their social media timelines and websites makes them appear legit.

Sunday Vision has also learnt that when one visits they purchase food and items during their stay, which is then distributed to the hired “orphans,” as payback.

As we browse the Kids4Christ’s ( Frank Kasiita’s) site, it is evident that they are the same children under the supposed care of Mumpe. We also notice the same backgrounds in the pictures. Many of their Facebook posts also have same wording and the same white man (Douglas) in photos.

We also notice the same water tank campaign, and same clothes.

Could it be that Kasiita photographs Mumpe with the children to post and publish under the Kampala Christian Orphanage site and vice versa for Kids4Christ orphanage? Sunday Vision was able to take screenshots of the striking similarities.

Our investigations also reveal that Douglas ended up giving Mumpe a $ 1,800 for a 5,000-litre water tank. Mumpe showed him a receipt with the figure sh.3.5m as accountability. However, Sunday Vision’s has established that a similar 5,000-liter water tank costs only about sh1.6m on the market.

Investigations further reveal that within two months after this incident, Kasiita began a similar water tank campaign. Our source, identified as Erina fell for Kasiita’s lie. She donated around $1,200 for the same water tank she thought was going to Kasiita’s Kids4Christ orphanage home.

When both lads posted pictures of the tank and children holding signs, it was the same photoshoot! The pictures and the time difference of May 2016 and July 2016 was undeniable evidence of what was going on.

It is not clear if a tank was ever purchased or if the duo were just posing with a random tank. However, sources say the water tank is installed at one of their parent’s houses.

OTHER SCAMMERS AND THEIR LAVISH LIFESTYLE
The two lads do not work in isolation. Details reveal there is a chain of scammers that are holding Facebookers hostage. Other suspected scammers include, Herman Heavens aka Laven Kayiga, believed to be running the Facebook page Light a Future Orphanage center; Peter Muwambi of St. Peters Orphanage, and Kenneth Kalule, who is directly believed to be working with Kasiita and Mumpe.

The duo have been seen out and about Kampala, driving luxurious car models. They are rumoured to have left their residence in Mukono and are renting an expensive residence in Muyenga, an upscale suburb. They spend most of their time in their cars, moving around a lot. A prominent gospel artist is said to be their mentor.
Besides Mukono, they are reported to be now targeting children in Masaka.

The BIGGER PICTURE
According to the annual Police Crime report, 83 cases of cybercrime were 2014 reported up from 64 cases in 2012. This translated into a loss of about sh27.1b. Of the 83 cases registered in 2014, at least 35 of them were related to Facebook and emails. 10 cases were successfully investigated.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says cybercrimes are increasing by the day with the changing technology. “As technology advances, so are the criminals. Just yesterday we arrested someone who hacked into someone’s email and started soliciting for money,” says Kayima.

A Cyber Barometer available on the Uganda Police website says Facebook scams easily lure people, since they have links which they look genuine.

“Even the most savvy social media user has to be on the lookout,” the barometer notes.

It also says that with the large amount of personal information that Facebook users post, it is easy for criminals to steal users’ identities. The Police reveal that criminals on Facebook use cyberstalking - a process that typically involves harassing a person with messages, and other persistent online behavior that puts the user at the risk of giving in to their demands.

Globally, there is increasing scrutiny on Facebook, following a scandal in which confidential data from millions of users is said to have leaked. A movement to quit the social network has also gathered momentum and lawsuits have emerged.

As it is, anyone with a Facebook page and a credit card can pay Facebook to promote a post in a user’s news feeds and can select the type of individual they wish to target, based on users’ activity on the platform. Page owners can also hide adverts from public view, making them visible only to people who have been targeted, or those who have a link to the advert already.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg has recently apologized and promised better, following accusations of him profiting from scams and fake adverts that are harmful to his platform’s users.

STAKEHOLDERS SPEAK OUT
In Uganda, investigating such crimes remains comes with many challenges. The Police report cites limited skills to investigate high-tech crimes, while some crimes take a long time because they involve cross boarder suspects. Some victims also suffer silently.

Indeed, referring to the Sunday Vision investigation Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala metropolitan Police publicist said he was not aware of any complaints reported.

When contacted Moses Binoga, the coordinator of the Ugandan National Counter Human Trafficking Taskforce also asked Sunday Vision for details to enable him to investigate the matter.

TRAFFICKING?
The issue also raises questions on how safe some of the “hired” children are. “Parents should not trust their children with just anyone as they could be exposed to traffickers,” says Binoga.

In 2013, the then gender minister Karooro Okurut directed that all orphanages and child care centers be re-registered to weed out organisations with hidden motives.

When contacted for an update, the commissioner of children affairs in the gender ministry Mondo Kyateka referred Sunday Vision to his colleague Stella Ogwang who was reluctant to reveal details. However, Ogwang believes that fraudsters run the alleged centers – Kampala Christian Orphanage and Kids4Christ.

“From the onset, if they were enuine orphanages, they would not have to hide their contact details or their location of their offices,” said Ogwang, a probation and welfare officer at the gender ministry


WHAT CAN BE DONE
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) condemns the vice and warns the public against irresponsible and illegal use of all communication platforms. It says anyone who posts, receives, shares and forwards any forms of electronic communications containing unlawful content risks being prosecuted for aiding or abetting any resultant offences.

“We also appeal to victim’s to report to police and give us a reference number for follow up. We have some cases in court,” says UCC’s communication officer Pamela Ankunda.

Section 3 of the Uganda Computer Misuse Act, says offenders are liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred and forty currency points or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both

Ankunda warns social media users to be careful about sharing personal information with strangers. “Don’t give personal updates of where you are. Disable location services on your phone. We also have an emergency team to help out victims, “she says

UGANDA: Job scammers at it again as they take money and passports of desperate job seekers

Middle East job seekers want their passports back

They say they had an understanding with Sauman Services Limited for jobs in the Middle East but it has been five months since

A group of people claiming that they were duped into paying money to work abroad are demanding the return of their passports.

They say they had an understanding with Sauman Services Limited for jobs in the Middle East but it has been five months since.

They said they were informed that the passports are held at Kabalagala Police station.

UGANDA: Govt evicts Ugandans to give land to foreigners





NTVUganda Published on 15 Aug 2017

MPs set to visit Mubende over gold mining evictions

Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee will next week embark on a fact-finding tour at the contested gold mines in Mubende district where over 60,000 people were evicted recently. This follows concerns raised by Kasanda North county legislator Patrick Nsamba over the manner in which the miners were evicted. The committee was meeting officials of the Energy and Mineral Resources ministry.

UGANDA: Gold rush lead to NRM thugs evicting 70,000 families off their land


Martha Leah Nangalama shared a link to the group: UGANDANS AT HEART(UAH) COMMUNITY.
3 September 2015 at 21:16 ·

HURRY UP AND DO NOT MISS THE GOLD RUSH. REMEMBER THAT #UGANDA LIFTED THE BAN ON EXPORTING NON PROCESSED MINERALS. TOLI MWAVU, OMUTWEGWO GWEGWAVU!
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MUBENDE, UGANDA (via THE STAR, Toronto, Canada) —The hunt for gold takes the men 100 metres underground, past contraptions of wood and rope rigged to function like pulleys, past hard rock that they attack day and night with demolition hammers. When they emerge at the end of a shift, the miners carry stone samples that will be examined for the dark veins that suggest presence of gold.
The gold rush is on in a big way in this central Ugandan district of Mubende. So big that tens of thousands of people make their livelihood from it. Makeshift tents of blue tarps dot green hills pockmarked by pools of muddy water where ore is washed, separating the gold.

Four mining camps have sprung up in recent years, featuring brothels and restaurants.
Now, Ugandan government officials are considering evicting the miners, saying they are not licensed. The government would evict them under eminent domain, compensate them and then open the area to bidders with development plans.
“These people are scratching across the surface, like rats,” Edwards Kagimba, the director of geological surveys and mines at Uganda’s Ministry of Energy, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
“These are small-scale miners living hand to mouth. They cannot set up a proper mine.”
But Kagimba and some other officials believe it would be a politically unpopular move, and perhaps a dangerous one, to try to force some 50,000 people from the land. Uganda holds presidential elections next February or March. Any evictions, if they happen at all, would likely be after the vote.

Some miners say they would fiercely resist any eviction attempt. Many would prefer to be licensed, pointing out that would also benefit the government as they would consequently be paying taxes.
A Ugandan-led company was officially awarded an exploration licence, but it has not had access to most of the areas under its jurisdiction, saying the unlicensed miners have refused to co-operate.
The presence of potential gold deposits in Uganda was first discovered by the British colonial government in the 1920s. In the late 1990s, regular visits by potential investors with big plans alerted locals to the existence of a valuable mineral in their midst, and soon Ugandans were flocking to the area to start small-scale operations as illegal miners.
A full-blown gold rush, with speculators buying up plots that they hoped contained gold, started about five years ago, according to veteran dealers.
It’s now like a Deadwood in Africa.
In a mining camp in the village of Lujinji, prostitutes stand provocatively near the entrance of a nightclub, with rooms that stink of sweat. Gold buyers with scales and money changers line dirt pathways. Gold traders’ agents sit under tarpaulins, waiting for miners to bring shiny little balls of metal that are burned to remove mercury, which attracts the gold but does not ignite.
All around is a great din from the constant turning of machines that crush stones from which dealers hope to extract gold.
On a recent afternoon under a blistering sun, gold dealer Emma Kibirige’s employees spread those stones around his compound before breaking them in to smaller chunks to feed into a milling machine, which turns them into powder. The gold in these stones would probably amount to about 250 grams, he said after assessing them with a practised eye.
That’s worth about $10,000, a cool sum for a 30-year-old who was jobless not long ago. About $2,000 of that money covers his labour costs over several days and the rest he keeps as profit. His next harvest is uncertain, as there can be dry spells in which quarries produce nothing.
“This is my life and I cannot imagine doing anything else,” Kibirige said. “In the last few years I have managed to buy myself four plots of land in Kampala.”
Even casual labourers here make about $6 each day, in a country where the average daily earning was just over $2 in 2014.

One miner, Eriya Mugerwa, cheerfully pointed out that his monthly earnings, about $200, is even more than what some Ugandan policemen and teachers make.
Francis Gumisiriza, a greying 50-year-old who controls scores of young miners he calls his boys, used to import second-hand clothing before he acquired patches of land to mine gold.
“To remove us from here, they will have to bring tear gas, and we are not afraid of that,” Gumisiriza said. “All we are asking the government is, give us licences to do business.”

UGANDA: Bishops accused of plotting to overthrow Museveni regime

We’re not plotting to overthrow Museveni, says Archbishop Lwanga

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) - The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has downplayed reports that he is plotting to overthrow President Museveni.

Dr Lwanga's comments were in reference to a phone call he received from an anonymous person indicating that the state had received information linking him to a plot to overthrow the government. The caller reportedly told him that government had recruited informants within the church set up, who had given information to the president on the alleged plot.

LISTEN:I'm not plotting to overthrow Museveni, says Archbishop Lwanga

Dr Lwanga said a lot of misleading information is passed to the President by politicians, businessmen, civil servants, police officers, Internal Security Organization and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) among others.

He was speaking to a congregation at Old Kampala Playgrounds where thousands converged for holy mass, after taking part in the ecumenical public way of the cross, an annual procession held in the simulation of the journey of Jesus to the place of his crucifixion.
He said the anonymous caller warned him to be careful, saying he might be the next Janan Luwum, the former Archbishop of Church of Uganda, who was killed by government operatives on February 16, 1977.

Archbishop Lwanga, who expressed shock at claims that he wants to overthrow government appealed to the informants to stop telling the President lies.
The Archbishop, who described the misleading information as unfortunate and terrible, told Mr Museveni that he was recruiting wrong people as informants.
Dr Lwanga said some of the informants were dismissed from the Church and now shine as saints before the president.
He appealed to President Museveni to reach out and find out the truth. He also asked the President to be kind enough and tell them the Church leaders he has recruited in ISO, ESO or CMI. Lwanga, who doubles as the Chairperson of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), told the recruited clergy that they cannot serve in the church and security.
Friday's joint prayers were held under the theme "Courage, the Lord is our strength and guide". They were attended by the Archbishop Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali, Bishop Hannington Mutebi of Kampala Diocese and Father Emmanuel Ssekyewa of the Orthodox Church among others.

UGANDA: Police hunting for conman targeting unemployed promising UN jobs


It is catastrophic that no matter how much Ugandans are warned, the severe poverty and high unemployment lets people continue to be scammed out of hard earned cash and even borrowed money.

Ugandans please, if anything at all that I can do, inbox me or WhatsApp me to verify any job offers or visa promises that seem too good to be true. Many of you pay to receive a job application. This is very stupid.  Then others pay to get visas but from unverified agents, this is dumb because you have the Internet now so start using it for research.

For example let us look at the following one which our sister news site Edge.Ug published. In the first place, it is a UN job, right?  Do you know how to find the UN job website? Try Google.  "UN JOBS UGANDA".  You do not find it, then find the contact number for UN UGANDA.  Then call that number and say you would like to apply for a job.  AND since when does UN use Mobile money with random people looking for jobs? 

Toli mwaaavu!  There are some online job websites for Uganda if you can stay off abusing total strangers on Social Media and do something for yourself. Check this site out. http://www.theugandanjobline.com/  There are others which I have shared in the past too.  Google "online job applications uganda"

MLN

Police tails conman fleecing UN job seekers


KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Police is investigating a city conman who has been fleecing money from unsuspecting citizens promising them United Nations [UN] jobs.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire, says they have received information about a one Aggrey Oumo claiming to be a staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

He keeps inviting his unsuspecting victims for a job interview at Kololo using a phone contact 0394896847 (not registered).

He requests for 5 passport size photographs, testimony, certificate of good conduct from Interpol and to pay thru mobile money number 0758304660 registered in the names of Moses Ntale.

“The Public is hereby warned that; (a) UNHCR does not require certificate of good conduct or photos for their job interviews (b) that no UN Agency requires money ahead of a job interview,” Luke said.

He added: “Treat these calls as scam as our team does all that is necessary to apprehend the culprit.”

Recently, employees of MTN Uganda were arrested for helping scammers duplicate sim cards and con ministers as well as Members of Parliament huge sums of money.

UGANDA: Lwanga complains of regime using other priests to spy on Bishops


I do not care much for Uganda religious leaders at all. I remember them all being mute during the grossest injustices in the country under this same regime.

You can start with the Kasese massacre as an example. ONE DAY THEY WILL COME FOR YOU TOO.

UGANDA: In response to Bishop Lwanga's comments that NRM thugs have recruited other priests to spy on him et al, I would like to remind you that this is the 6th time I am pointing this issue of security to you.

If you remember well, there is nothing going on under MUSEVENISM which our blog has not warned you about. Pay attention.

MLN
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Change of Guards

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

HOW MUSEVENI IS AWARE OF ALL THE POOR SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE COUNTRY

Having started his political career as an intelligence officer and more especially in a communist background and setting, Uganda's military dictator, Museveni values the flow of information on all aspects of public affairs right from the smallest unit at village level to the top at national level.  All his decisions and policies are based on the information generated in such a way. During the Heros Day celebrations in Busoga in 2013, he asserted that he is aware of everything that happens in Uganda. In order of priority, here below are the different structures and sources through which Museveni gets to know all that is happening in the country pertaining to political, economic, social aspects.

1.  Intelligence services
(a)  Internal Security Organisation (ISO) has structures spread throughout the country i.e Parish (PISO), Sub-county (GISO), District (DISO), Region (RISO) and national level (Director General) who feeds Museveni.

(b)  Military Intelligence - The army has units spread in all parts of the country.  Every Unit has an Intelligence Officer and it has even created Zonal Intelligence Officers who man areas that have a small presence of military units.  These Intelligence officers are stationed at independent units,  Battalion, Brigade, Division  up to the headquarters (CMI) who feeds Museveni.  In their respective areas of operation, military intelligence officers gather information of political, economic and social nature on top of their military intelligence gathering role.

(c)  Police-  the police is spread throughout the country.  At every police unit/station/post there is a department Crime Investigations and Intelligence (CIID.  Traditionally, it was only Criminal Investigation Department (CID) but Museveni disbanded the intelligence branch of the police (SB) and gave the extra task of intelligence gathering to CID making CIID.  The police officers in charge of CIID help their commanders to gather intelligence of crime, political, economical and social nature.  This information flows from the remotest police post, to the zones, District, Regional, the police headquarters (IGP) who feeds the Museveni.

(d)  State House Intelligence -  this is an informal intelligence outfit that Museveni personally manages.  It has a wide network and well facilitated both financially and logistically.  It collects intelligence and inquires into any matter in any government sector.

(e)   Army officers under NAADS - under the cover of fighting poverty, Museveni deployed army officers into the agricultural sector under the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS).  The purpose was to widen his intelligence gathering networks.  These army officers who are spread among the population throughout the country gather intelligence of military, political, economic and social aspect. Their reporting structures are Sub-county, District, zones, region, up to the national level to Museveni's brother, Gen. Saleh who in turn reports to Museveni.

(f)  Very soon he will have another intelligence outfit crafted out of his close religious allies - the Born Again Christians.

All the above outfits gather, compile, make recommendations and submit reports inform of Special Reports, daily Situation Reports, monthly reports, quarterly reports, mid-year reports, annual reports to the sole consumer who is Museveni.  Actually the release of monthly operational funds by the headquarters of the respective organisation is conditioned on submission of these reports.  On the contrary, failure to submit such reports calls for serious reprimand including withholding of funding.  Intelligence gathering and reporting is heightened during the electioneering period where Museveni is briefed on every aspect before he goes for campaigns in any a given area.  The formal of such intelligence reports touches of:
(i)  Security - crime, threats, loopholes, successes etc
(ii) political  - regime performance, opposition, dirty game - sabotaging of opposition, identifying fence sitters,
(ii) social     - operations of NGOs,Civil society, religious organisations, service delivery, complaints from citizens, performance of health, education, agriculture, transport etc.
(iii) Economic -  revenue collection, production, infrastructure, designing sabotages schemes for opposition leaning enterprenures, etc.

2.  Local Government Structures
(a) Local Council (LC) I at the village, L.C II at the Parish, LC III at the Sun-county,  and L.C V at the district all gather, compile and submit information in form of reports bottom-top up to the minister of Local Government who reports to Museveni.


(b) Resident District Commissioners -  are the supervisors of all government programs in the district and get reports from all the sectors in the district and fuse them into one report which is submitted to the Minister In-charge of the presidency who in turn reports either directly to Museveni or through the Prime Minister.

(c)  Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) -  they supervise the different departments of the civil service under that particular district. The heads of different government departments at district level compile reports which they submit to the CAO who in turn also submits to the Minister of Public Service who also submits to the Prime Ministeror and then Museveni.  But even the different heads of departments at district submit reports to their regional heads who in turn submit to their line Ministers and then to the Prime Minister who finally submits to Museveni.  

With the above functioning structures that gather, compile and submit periodic reports on every aspect government operations at every level and from every corner of the country, Museveni is fully aware of the whole situation pertaining to service delivery and by feigning ignorance,Museveni is just playing on the intelligence of Ugandans.  

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO

Posted by: Martha Leah Nangalama August 9, 2016 at 02:14

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2016/08/how-museveni-is-aware-of-all-poor.html?m=1

Friday, March 30, 2018

DRCONGO: Deadly attack leaves 10+ dead, 10 missing in Beni




At least 10 people are dead and 10 others are missing after a rebel attack in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It happened on the outskirts of the city of Beni, in a region beset by violence involving the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group.
People living there say the government of President Joseph Kabila has abandoned them.

NATURE: Cheetah jumps into seattle man's jeep during African Safari!.



Watch Game Published on 28 Mar 2018

Cheetah jumps inside vehicle during African Safari! Seattle man survives close encounter with cheetah during African Safari. Cheetah jumps into man's jeep during safari. "Alex (My guide) kept me calm and made sure I never made eye contact nor startled the cheetah," Hayes said, "allowing the animal to see that it could trust us." Hayes said his group was focusing on a separate cheetah that had jumped on the hood of their SUV, when the other cheetah jumped in the back seat.

Jaffe said her son didn't tell her about the close encounter until he got back, worried she would have freaked out!

CAREERS: 9 stupid rules that make great people quit


By Travis Bradberry, THE LADDERS

It’s tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn’t be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, your best employees are the first to go, because they have the most options.

If you can’t keep your best employees engaged, you can’t keep your best employees. While this should be common sense, it isn’t common enough. Companies need to have rules—that’s a given—but they don’t have to be foolish and lazy attempts at creating order.

I understand the temptation. As my company has grown, so has our difficulty maintaining standards. There have been many instances where someone crossed a line, and we were tempted to respond with a new rule that applied to everyone.

But that’s where most companies blow it.

In just about every instance, upon closer inspection, we realized that establishing a new rule would be a passive and morale-killing way to address the problem. The vast majority of the time, the problem needs to be handled one-on-one by the employee’s manager.

When companies create ridiculous and demoralizing rules to halt the outlandish behavior of a few individuals, it’s a management problem. There’s no sense in alienating your entire workforce because you don’t know how to manage performance. It makes a bad situation that much worse.

Let’s explore some of the worst rules that companies create when they fall into this trap and see if we can’t influence people to think differently about making rules in the workplace.
The six-month rule

Most companies won’t let you transfer or get promoted until you’ve held a position for six months. This rule harms the company and the employee by holding people in roles that they’re not suited for. Companies might have gotten away with this rule when our parents were entering the workforce, but these days good people are more likely to jump ship, rather than wait around for some arbitrary rule to kick in.

An employee’s manager should have the freedom to decide when an employee is ready for a promotion or would perform better in a different role.
Ridiculous requirements for attendance, leave, and time off

People are salaried for the work they do, not the specific hours they sit at their desks. When you ding salaried employees for showing up five minutes late even though they routinely stay late and put in time on the weekend, you send the message that policies take precedence over performance. It reeks of distrust, and you should never put someone on salary that you don’t trust.

When companies are unnecessarily strict in requiring documentation for bereavement and medical leave, it leaves a sour taste in the mouths of employees who deserve better. After all, if you have employees who will fake a death to miss a day’s work, what does that say about your company?
Shutting down self-expression

Many organizations control what people can have at their desks. A life-size poster of a shirtless Fabio? I get it; that’s a problem. But employers dictate how many photographs people can display, whether or not they can use a water bottle, and how many items they’re allowed to place on their desks. Once again, it’s the ol’ “If I could just hire robots I wouldn’t have this problem” approach.

Same goes for dress codes. They work well in private high schools, but they’re unnecessary at work. Hire professionals and they’ll dress professionally. When someone crosses the line, their manager needs to have the skill to address the issue directly. Otherwise, you’re making everyone wish they worked somewhere else because management is too inept to handle touchy subjects effectively.
Restricting internet use

There are certain sites that no one should be visiting at work, and I’m not talking about Facebook. But once you block pornography and the other obvious stuff, it’s a difficult and arbitrary process deciding where to draw the line.

Most companies draw it in the wrong place.

People should be able to kill time on the Internet during breaks. When companies unnecessarily restrict people’s Internet activity, it does more than demoralize those that can’t check Facebook; it limits people’s ability to do their jobs. Many companies restrict Internet activity so heavily that it makes it difficult for people to do online research. The most obvious example? Checking the Facebook profile of someone you just interviewed.
Bell curves and forced rankings of performance

Some individual talents follow a natural bell-shaped curve, but job performance does not. When you force employees to fit into a pre-determined ranking system, you do three things: 1) incorrectly evaluate people’s performance, 2) make everyone feel like a number, and 3) create insecurity and dissatisfaction when performing employees fear that they’ll be fired due to the forced system. This is yet another example of a lazy policy that avoids the hard and necessary work of evaluating each individual objectively, based on his or her merits.

Banning mobile phones

If I ban mobile phones in the office, no one will waste time texting and talking to family and friends, right? Ya, right. Organizations need to do the difficult work of hiring people who are trustworthy and who won’t take advantage of things. They also need to train managers to deal effectively with employees who underperform and/or violate expectations (such as spending too much time on their phones). This is also hard work, but it’s worth it. The easy, knee-jerk alternative (banning phones) demoralizes good employees who need to check their phones periodically due to pressing family or health issues or as an appropriate break from work.
Stealing employees’ frequent-flyer miles

If there’s one thing that road-weary traveling employees earn, it’s their frequent flier miles. When employers don’t let people keep their miles for personal use, it’s a greedy move that fuels resentment with every flight. Work travel is a major sacrifice of time, energy, and sanity. Taking employees’ miles sends the message that you don’t appreciate their sacrifice and that you’ll hold on to every last dollar at their expense.
Draconian e-mail policies

This is a newer one that’s already moving down a slippery slope. Some companies are getting so restrictive with e-mail use that employees must select from a list of pre-approved topics before the e-mail software will allow them to send a message.

Again, it’s about trust. If you don’t trust your people to use e-mail properly, why did you hire them in the first place? In trying to rein in the bad guys, you make everyone miserable every time they send an e-mail. And guess what? The bad guys are the ones who will find ways to get around any system you put in place.
Pathetic attempts at political correctness

Maintaining high standards for how people treat each other is a wonderful thing as we live in a world that’s rife with animosity and discrimination. Still employers have to know where to draw the line. Going on a witch-hunt because someone says “Bless you” to another employee that sneezed (real example) creates an environment of paranoia and stifled self-expression, without improving how people treat each other.
Bringing it all together

If companies can rethink their policies and remove or alter those that are unnecessary or demoralizing, we’ll all have a more enjoyable and productive time at work.

The author, Travis Bradberry is the co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart. This article first appeared on LinkedIn.

FACEBOOK: Top executive defends data collection even if it gets people killed



BUZZFEED NEWS - Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed

Facebook Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said that “questionable contact importing practices,” “subtle language that helps people stay searchable,” and other growth techniques are justified by the company’s connecting of people.

On June 18, 2016, one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s most trusted lieutenants circulated an extraordinary memo weighing the costs of the company’s relentless quest for growth.

“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.

“So we connect more people,” he wrote in another section of the memo. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies.

“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”

The explosive internal memo is titled “The Ugly,” and has not been previously circulated outside the Silicon Valley social media giant.


Paul Sakuma / AP

Andrew Bosworth talks about the new Facebook messaging service at an announcement in San Francisco, Nov. 15, 2010.

The Bosworth memo reveals the extent to which Facebook’s leadership understood the physical and social risks the platform’s products carried — even as the company downplayed those risks in public. It suggests that senior executives had deep qualms about conduct that they are now seeking to defend. And as the company reels amid a scandal over improper outside data collection on its users, the memo shows that one senior executive — one of Zuckerberg’s longest-serving deputies — prioritized all-encompassing growth over all else, a view that has led to questionable data collection and manipulative treatment of its users. You can read the full post below. Facebook was unable to provide comment at the time of publication.

Bosworth is one of a small inner circle at Facebook. He joined the company in January 2006 from Microsoft and over the years has been deeply involved in everything from News Feed and Groups to Facebook's anti-abuse systems and its virtual- and augmented-reality efforts.

Bosworth, one of the company’s most outspoken employees, has also recently emerged as an outspoken defender of Facebook through his Twitter account. He responded to this story there, tweeting:

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Boz
✔@boztank


My statement on the recent Buzzfeed story containing a post I wrote in 2016

Bosworth is known inside the company for his bluntness, two former employees said.

"The memo is classic Boz because it speaks to the majority of Facebook employee views but it's also polarizing."

“He is definitely a guy who isn't very diplomatic — he'd blunder into internal debates and internal comms would tend to keep an eye on what he's doing and posting,” one former senior employee told BuzzFeed News. “The memo is classic Boz because it speaks to the majority of Facebook employee views but it's also polarizing. Tonally he doesn't mince words. This is clearly a post meant to rally the troops.”

The Bosworth memo, which stresses the extent to which Facebook was built on “growth tactics,” reads as a statement of corporate principles, including phrases like “what we do” and “what we believe” and speaking of “our work” and “our imperative.” In the memo, he argued that Facebook believes its mission of connecting people is so important that anything it does in support of it is "*de facto* good" — even if it allows some to do true, even catastrophic, harm to others.

“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned,” he wrote. “That isn’t something we are doing for ourselves. Or for our stock price (ha!). It is literally just what we do. We connect people. Period.”

There is no record of Zuckerberg's response to the memo. However, a year later in August 2017, Bosworth was tapped to run the company's consumer hardware efforts. A former employee, who was unhappy about the lack of accountability at Facebook in light of the company’s role in recent global crises, surfaced the post earlier this month. It still remains live for current workers to read.

In a statement given to BuzzFeed News after publication of this story, Zuckerberg wrote:

Boz is a talented leader who says many provocative things. This was one that most people at Facebook including myself disagreed with strongly. We've never believed the ends justify the means.

We recognize that connecting people isn't enough by itself. We also need to work to bring people closer together. We changed our whole mission and company focus to reflect this last year.

Bosworth published the post to Facebook for employees’ eyes only a day after the shooting death of a Chicago man was captured on Facebook Live, the company’s livestreaming product. Earlier that year, Facebook had been dealt a significant blow when Indian regulators rejected the company’s free internet program; that spring, the company also faced significant backlashfollowing reports that human curators sometimes demoted conservative news sources in the company’s trending news section.

“The natural state of the world is not connected,” Bosworth wrote. “It is not unified. It is fragmented by borders, languages, and increasingly by different products. The best products don’t win. The ones everyone use win.”

With more than 2 billion users, Facebook’s relentless quest for growth has led the company to grow its market capitalization to more than $450 billion. As it was in 2016, the social network is still shut out of China, possibly explaining Bosworth’s statement about “the work we will likely have to do” someday in the world’s most populous nation.

One former employee who spoke with BuzzFeed News noted that they remembered the post and the blowback it received from some workers at the time. “It was one of [Bosworth’s] least popular and most controversial posts,” the ex-employee said. “There are people that are probably still not in his fan club because of his view.”

"The best products don’t win. The ones everyone use win."

Bosworth is a polarizing figure inside the company, according to the former employee, who said the post was viewed as “Boz being Boz.”

A former senior executive, however, pushed back on that, acknowledging the debate within some circles, but describing the memo as “super popular internally."

“Right now there's a tremendous amount of soul-searching, internally,” they said. “Views like Boz's are being raised retroactively and debated now with more vigor. There was some debate then when he posted it but there were people who'd mostly just stay out of it. But now they feel different. I assume there's going to be intense debate over this and so many other strategic vision statements in the coming weeks as part of their reckoning.”

It didn’t take long after the memo’s publication for the worst of Bosworth’s statements to be realized. On June 30, 2016, an Israeli teen was stabbed to death by a terrorist who had boasted on Facebook of his plans to die as a martyr. In July, the company was sued by the parents of five people who had allegedly been killed by Hamas since June 2014.

For Bosworth, that may have just been part of “the ugly.”

“In almost all of our work, we have to answer hard questions about what we believe,” he wrote in his memo. “We have to justify the metrics and make sure they aren’t losing out on a bigger picture. But connecting people. That’s our imperative. Because that’s what we do. We connect people.”

The memo:

Andrew Bosworth
June 18, 2016

The Ugly

We talk about the good and the bad of our work often. I want to talk about the ugly.
We connect people.
That can be good if they make it positive. Maybe someone finds love. Maybe it even saves the life of someone on the brink of suicide.
So we connect more people
That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.
And still we connect people.
The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned.
That isn’t something we are doing for ourselves. Or for our stock price (ha!). It is literally just what we do. We connect people. Period.
That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it.
The natural state of the world is not connected. It is not unified. It is fragmented by borders, languages, and increasingly by different products. The best products don’t win. The ones everyone use win.
I know a lot of people don’t want to hear this. Most of us have the luxury of working in the warm glow of building products consumers love. But make no mistake, growth tactics are how we got here. If you joined the company because it is doing great work, that’s why we get to do that great work. We do have great products but we still wouldn’t be half our size without pushing the envelope on growth. Nothing makes Facebook as valuable as having your friends on it, and no product decisions have gotten as many friends on as the ones made in growth. Not photo tagging. Not news feed. Not messenger. Nothing.
In almost all of our work, we have to answer hard questions about what we believe. We have to justify the metrics and make sure they aren’t losing out on a bigger picture. But connecting people. That’s our imperative. Because that’s what we do. We connect people.

INDIA: 28 million apply for 90,000 jobs with India's railway company



DEUTSCHE WELLE - Billed as the world's largest recruitment exercise, Indian Railways has advertised for thousands of new drivers, trackmen and porters. The country's biggest employer is undergoing a 105 billion euro modernization.

India's publicly-owned railway network says it has received 28 million online applications for its biggest ever recruitment drive, which ends on Saturday.

The Times of India reported that railway officials expect the number of applicants for the 90,000 positions to climb even higher as the deadline approaches.

The jobs advertised include 26,502 train driver and technician posts, and 62,907 vacancies for less-skilled positions including trackmen, welders and porters.

Modernization after years of neglect

The world's eighth largest employer, Indian Railways has some 1.4 million staff and has begun a massive modernization program costing some 105 billion euros ($130 billion).

"We've not been recruiting for the last couple of years and attrition is already there. And so we require people," Ashwani Lohani, chairman of the railways board, told Reuters.

Earlier this month, the government said it would expand high-speed rail services into the capital New Delhi, allowing trains to run at 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour), compared to 70-90 km p/h at present.

The country's first high-speed rail service is under construction from the commercial capital Mumbai to Ahmedabad, the fifth most populous city.



India's overcrowded rail network means commuters not only have to stand, but often hang off the sides of carriages

Indian media said the railway firm was likely to add another 20,000 positions next month, taking the total offered in this exercise to 110,000.

The Times of India said the applicants would need to complete an online examination, offered in 15 languages, including Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and Telugu. They'll also be required to pass a fitness test.

Opponents of Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi have accused his administration of a cynical vote grabbing exercise by launching such a large recruitment drive a year before national elections.

Modi was elected in 2014 on a promise to reignite growth in the world's seventh largest economy and create 100 million jobs.

His ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently running a social media campaign boasting of the recruitment drive.




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मिलेगी नौकरी, बढ़ेगा सम्मान युवा, करेंगें नए भारत का निर्माण : युवाओं के लिए भारतीय रेल में 1,10,000 नौकरियों का सुनहरा अवसर। http://www.indianrailways.gov.in

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Some 1 million young people enter the Indian labor market each month. But the country is struggling to generate opportunities for its next generation of workers due to slower economic growth, economic reforms, and automation,

Even its once-vaunted IT industry last year made thousands of workers redundant.

Senior railway executives now have a logistical challenge to sift through the millions of applications and then train the tens of thousands of people it eventually recruits.

Indian Railways operates 121,407 kilometers (75,439 miles) of rail tracks and carries more than 23 million passengers daily, who connect through 7,172 stations.

ISRAEL: UN Security Council holds emergency meeting over deadly Israel war in Gaza


Palestinians run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes, during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City March 30 © Mohammed Salem / Reuters

UN Security Council holds emergency meeting over deadly Israel-Palestine border clash

RT - An emergency meeting is being held by the UN Security Council after some Muslim states and the Arab League decried what they view as Israel's brutal crackdown on protesters in Gaza, which led to the deaths of at least 15 people.

The meeting was called by Kuwait, which, along with Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and other countries with predominantly Muslim population, voiced their anger over the way the Israeli army retaliated against mass unrest that erupted along the border with Gaza Strip on Friday.

The meeting was set to kick off at 6:30 pm local time [10:30 pm GMT]. It was initially reported that the meeting would proceed behind closed doors, meaning that neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives would be able to partake in the discussion. However, the session was ultimately held in the open.


Israeli troops used live fire, rubber-coated bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesting Palestinian crowds that flocked to the border fence in their hundreds. At least two men, who Israel claims were "terrorist infiltrators," were killed by tank fire.

The UN has urged Tel Aviv to promptly conduct investigations into the killings of protesters, calling on it to abide by international human rights norms and humanitarian law when dealing with dissent.

"Lethal force should only be used as a last resort with any resulting fatalities properly investigated by the authorities," UN deputy political affairs chief Taye-Brook Zerihoun said, as cited by Reuters.

Speaking at the meeting, Russia’s deputy envoy to the UN offered Moscow’s help in arranging talks between Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"We confirm our readiness to offer a Russian platform for a meeting of Israeli and Palestinians leaders," Vladimir Safronkov said, noting the need to hold direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on all pressing issues, including the status of Jerusalem.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) cracked down hard on the crowds amassing in the area, using drones to dispense tear gas at protesters. Over 100 snipers were on standby, authorized to use live ammunition in case someone ventured to cross into Israeli-occupied territories.

Some 1,416 people were injured in the altercation and at least 16 were killed, according to figures provided by the Gaza Health Ministry. Roughly half of the injuries were inflicted by live fire, the ministry said, while many protesters were also targeted by tear gas and rubber bullets.

The planned six-week-long ‘Great Return’ protests, calling for the right for Palestinian refugees to return to the territories now occupied by Israel, are expected to reach their climax on May 15, with a march to break through the heavily guarded border, according to Hamas.