Friday, January 31, 2020

UGANDA: Education & Information can help us recover our glory

Daniel Nangalama with Martha Leah Nangalama (Father and Daughter)
The message below is what I sent to one of my analyst researchers and writers earlier this evening (January 31, 2020).  He has has been on my case to open up a bit more about my life and he is always angry that I call people IDIOTS.  But some of them always have it coming anyway. MLN
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I have never worked this hard in my life. I do not care what my sister says. I feel like every cell, atom, nerve and even my blood is burnt out. Things in Uganda are really bad now and I now feel like just laying my head down and not waking up. Mazima what President Yoweri Museveni has done to Ugandans is beyond measure. They can neither read nor write. For me, this is shocking a daily frustration.

Ugandans can write ABC - to Z but when you read what they write, even Uganda graduates, you wonder if they ever write a story in their P1 to P3.

Do you remember when we used to have to write stories about our day at school? These people do not seem to have written a story. A simple story. Incredible. 

Then I expect them to write Impeccable English. But no one ever told them that they write like idiots and should improve. We are talking about a generation which has grown up with no dictionary. The Oxford Dictionary was a Bible in every house. The Enyclopedia Britannia was the other Bible in every house. We are talking about kids who have never seen the Oxford Dictionary or Encyclopedia Britannica and expecting them to write English and to know meanings of words or even to know what the capital of Ecuador is.

Remember when we grew up, we had a Phone Directory. In this big book, we had all the names of every town and village and all the names of everyone who had a land line telephone (Kampala was a given). Now we are talking to a generation which has never seen a Telephone Directory.

Let us talk about Maths. They know how to count but can neither add nor subtract. AND how would they know? When we were young, our parents allocated each of us a piece of land and each child had to grow food on that piece of land.  Weed it weekly (daily if it was big) and ensure that what you grew could be sold at the market. By P3, you knew how to count, add, subract, divide and multiply. Otherwise you could give away your hard earned maize or beans. 

We are now talking with kids who have never had to grow food and sell it to get pocket money.  How would they understand Maths without ever having dug the hard earth, turned it over, planted beans or maize or whatever, tendered to it daily and harvested it and carried it on their head to go sell at the market on the market day?  And when you got paid, of course you bought mandazi or fruits just katono katono but kept the rest of the money and back home, you would proudly announce to your mothers or father "this is how much I earned today at Bukigai market. I bought only one soda and 2 mandazi and here is the rest of the money".

Then your parents would be very proud of you and the next planting season, they would give you more land. You would go dig and weed and harvest and sell and get more money. We grew up knowing the value of every shilling. In fact, that time, most of all our parents were civil servants who sent us to the best schools. All schools in Uganda were at the same level. We had only one Chief Inspector of Education and s/he ensured that all children from every corner of Uganda got the same education. The curriculum and exams were even everywhere and it was up to the Inspector of Education to ensure that no CHILD WAS LEFT OUT.

I think you get the picture. I will continue this story after Uganda evacuates those students from Wuhan. It is Quid Pro Quo.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
** the one and only. All others are fake. #TeamCommonSense from #BududaLandSlides

Wikipedia's Article of the Day February 1, 2020: Prince Romerson

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Prince Romerson (c. 1840 – 1872) was a Native Hawaiian who fought in the American Civil War at a time when the Kingdom of Hawaii was an independent nation. Living in the American Northeast before the war, Romerson enlisted in the Union Navy in 1863 and served in the Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

After being discharged, he reenlisted in the 5th Regiment Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Cavalry, a United States Colored Troops (USCT) regiment, in April 1864. Romerson rose to the rank of sergeant and was mustered out in October 1865, due to illness.

After the war, like many USCT veterans, he remained in the army as a member of the Buffalo Soldiers (pictured), serving on the western frontier. In 2010, he was commemorated with over 100 other Native Hawaiian and Hawaiian-born "Hawaiʻi Sons of the Civil War" when a bronze plaque was erected along the memorial pathway at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

KAGAME TRASHES MUSEVENI'S BLACKMAIL AND MANIPULATIONS

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CHANGE OF GUARDS - Museveni's much anticipated 'return of goodwill' by Rwanda following the recent release of nine Rwandans from Ugandan dungeons has suffered a big blow. During the handover of the freed Rwandans, Museveni's Minister of Foreign Affairs told the Rwandan Ambassador to Uganda that the release of the Rwandan Nationals was a political decision to ease tension between the two countries.  He further stated that Uganda expects Rwanda to “reciprocate” the favour.
      "This is an act of goodwill which we hope will be reciprocated by the Rwanda government by dealing with the other issues we have raised,” Mr Kutesa stated.

While addressing diplomats in Kigali recently, Kagame made it very clear that he is not in for any form of blackmail and manipulations by Museveni.
He said;
        "...........I am sure you are aware of the challenge we had in our country with our neighbour, let me say neighbours, but particularly the neighbour to our north, which is Uganda. But I think we are making progress as well, and we want to continue to make good progress. But there is always going to be work to do. You know, people talk a lot about integration. Integration has something that relates to borders. So, currently we have some difficulties along our border. But looking at it, you would assume it is just the border. No, there is what causes the difficulties at the border. And I think those ones need to be paid more attention to. HOW DID WE COME TO THE POINT OF WHERE WE HAD DIFFICULTIES AT THE BORDER? IT'S BECAUSE OF SOMETHING ELSE. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS SOMETHING ELSE, and by that, we will be addressing the difficulties at the border.
Even without borders — let’s suppose borders were removed in the East African Community. For Rwanda, we have Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south, DRC to the west, Uganda to the north. Let’s assume we removed the borders.

By the way, even without borders, you still have neighbours. You know why? Because even within borders, just talking about Rwanda, within, we still have neighbours. Where I live, an hour away by road, I have a neighbour. If you remove the border, the one on this side of the border becomes a neighbour. Then another becomes a neighbour, and another, and another. Communities will always have neighbours.

Why am I saying this? In my community, my home, we have neighbours around. Depending on how I treat my neighbour, or how the neighbour treats me, we can have freedom of movement, or a relationship, and so forth. But if my neighbour tells me, if I find you in my home compound, I will do something to you. What that results into is you are now creating a border, a line between your home and mine. Just by the statement. If I am moving around and loitering and find myself in your compound, and you say this is a no-go area, don’t step here. Stay in your place. You have already created a border between these families.

This is what has happened between Rwanda and Uganda in the recent days. We have had hundreds of Rwandans arrested in Uganda. And we have raised this matter with Ugandan authorities. We have families of hundreds of families coming and appealing to us asking why don’t you ask Uganda to release our people. And that matter has been raised with Uganda repeatedly, several times, by different layers of our administration. I myself traveled there.

The families of these people in prison are asking me what I am doing to have their people released and brought back home. These are people who traveled there for business, students studying there, all kinds of things. But nothing happened.

In fact, what resulted into the so-called closure of the border — it is not really closed as such. I will tell you the facts and you will make your own conclusion. Because of that, we had to tell Rwandans that the only thing I can do now is tell you not to go to Uganda. Those who have not been arrested yet. Just stop going there because if you go there, I have no control. They may arrest you, and your families will come to me and say you have been arrested. And there is nothing I can do about it. The only thing I can do is advise you not to go there. But we did not stop Ugandans from coming here. They have been coming. And the only border that is closed is Gatuna. Kagitumba and Cyanika and other places are being used.

Recently, something I would call progress happened. We went to Angola, with the President of Angola and the President of DRC, the four Heads of State. We said what we wanted to say, and agreed later on that we would do something about it.

Recently, the progress is that some of the people who have been held in prison for months or years were released, nine of them. Well, if you add to others released before, maybe you get to twenty, but unfortunately some of them have been dying as they arrive back home. If you do a post-mortem, you find they have been tortured very badly. Of the nine just released, a number are in hospitals; the Minister of Health knows about that, they are being looked after. There are clear marks of torture. We get information that some of those who remain there have died.

As that is happening, and I am calling it good progress — forget about the other stories of how they have been mistreated — the other side says, you see we have shown a good gesture. Now you must also do something. We say, what? Something that tells Rwandans to start traveling to Uganda. And I asked one of the officials who came to see me and he told me that: I can easily say that, make a statement that you released nine people, everything is okay, you can start going to Uganda. I told this official, suppose I start doing that, and the next day and another day more Rwandans are arrested and those still in custody are not released. Are you suggesting I would go tell these Rwandans, you know what, I was deceived. Again stop going there.

So I told them, look, simply do us a favour. Just stop this thing with Rwandans because most of those arrested have no case, and if they have a case it hasn’t been put to courts for months and years. What kind of situation is this? Now, if you stop that first, AND SECOND, IF YOU REALLY STOP ASSOCIATING WITH THESE GROUPS YOU HAVE BEEN GIVING SUPPORT TO IN ORDER TO DESTABILIZE OUR COUNTRY, AUTOMATICALLY THE BORDER WOULD BE OPEN. IT'S AUTOMATIC. IT'S JUST A CONSEQUENCE OF THE OTHER, A RESULT OF THE OTHER. I SAID, THE MATTER IS SIMPLE. NOT A QUESTION OF SAYING i DO THAT,  YOU DO THAT.  No, for us it’s one thing.

What I am being asked to do is say Rwandans can start comfortably going to Uganda. That’s what I am being asked. And I am holding on to that because I am not yet comfortable that I can tell Rwandans to start doing that. That they won’t be arrested and relatives will then come tell me you put our relatives and friends into trouble.

Soon, we will be going back to Angola again to review progress where it has been made, and reasons for lack of it in other cases, but the situation is this.

In the midst of all this, there is so much talk about integration. Yes, we can have as many lectures for as long as you want about integration, but integration of regions and communities does not happen just because you are making a slogan about it. No, it happens because you are doing the right thing which actually needs to be done in order for integration to be realised.

You can say people are closing borders, because borders are there. In other words, they shouldn’t be there. I completely agree with that statement. We shouldn’t have even had borders. But for how many decades have we had them? To remove them you must encourage good-neighbourly relations. Treat your neighbour as you want to be treated. Not just hunt people from the neighbouring country so badly, and then go back and say these border issues are rubbish and nonsense.

No, what is nonsense is what you do to your neighbour that actually creates that barrier. That’s why I was saying, even if it’s not a country neighbouring another country, it will be a family homestead neighbouring another family homestead. There will either be a barrier between one family and another, or there will be good cooperation and exchange and things will happen the way they should happen.

It doesn’t matter whether somebody else comes from another neighbouring country to praise you that you are the best person who has ever lived. I have no problem with anybody being the best person that has ever lived. But we must see it. Somebody has to explain to me that it is because of these reasons that I am saying it. If you did, maybe you are right to praise this person, but you can’t praise that person on my behalf because I don’t agree with you. I don’t agree that this person is the best person that has ever lived in this region because I have suffered because of him.

Back in the past, I will also tell you, here in Rwanda we used to have so many grass-thatched homes that we called nyakatsi, which we have been replacing with roofing tile and so on. WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY GRASS-THATCHED HOUSES NEXT TO EACH OTHER, AND YOU START TO PLAY GAMES OF THROWING FIRE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT GET BURNT TOO. WHEN YOUR NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE CATCHES FIRE, YOUR OWN GRASS-THATCHED HOUSE MAY ALSO CATCH FIRE.

That’s why cooperation is actually the best thing you can have. Not just somebody who could be praised for being the best person who has ever lived, but plays games of setting fire to other people’s houses. When I talked of learning from experience, we have learnt from experience. We know how bad it is to burn people’s houses or to hurt people. You know how much it costs.

So for us, we don’t play those games of setting fire to other people’s homes. But we invest ourselves and everything we have in trying to make sure that our homes and houses are well-protected, that they don’t catch fire easily. AND MAKE SURE THAT WHOEVER WANTS TO SET FIRE TO OUR HOUSES WILL DO IT AT A VERY BIG COST TO HIMSELF. I’ve said too much, I didn’t want to say this, but sometimes you need to release. This has been weighing on me and I needed to let it go.

But there is much more to be done and we should be prepared to do our part, and I think the Luanda process will continue to be an important framework to address these issues, facilitated by the President of Angola and assisted by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President.............."
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On January 3, 2020 this website ran an article titled:
WILL KAGAME FALL INTO MUSEVENI'S 'NAIROBI PEACE TALKS' TRAP?

https://changeofguards.blogspot.com/2020/01/will-kagame-fall-into-musevenis-nairobi.html

We argued that the seemingly goodwill extended by Museveni was simply a tactic of buying time as he plots more mischief as had been the case during the Nairobi Peace Talks in 1985.  We concluded thus;
     "Therefore, as to whether or not Kigali will fall into the trap, your guess is as good as mine. 
Watch the space."

This latest development sends Museveni and his Lieutenants back to the drawing board.  Kagame has trashed not only the manioulative release of the nine Rwandans but the earlier message carried by Museveni's special envoy, Amb. Adonia Ayebale.
Therefore, its not yet over until its over.  However, as to what are Museveni's 'grass thatched houses' that can easily catch fire, your guess are as good as mine.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM

UGANDA: LGBT are not your pressing issue, just wait till they take away your land


Uganda has too many idiots. It is a good thing we are selling them into slavery. A country which cannot feed millions, sells their children to Arabs as slaves after educating them at Makerere University or other tertiary institutions has no right to be a judge of MORALITY.

Does your homophobia provide jobs? Last time I looked you had some 85% unemployment. The last time I checked, you were stealing donor funds while attacking neighbouring countries to generate refugees then get forex.

The last time I looked, you were violently kicking native Ugandans off their land so you could let foreigners occupy our land.

You are in media daily about shootings, kidnaps for ransom and killings and you dare to think GAYS are your problem?

Actually, this week we also found out that your kids flanked national exams. All that energy you expend hating Gay people, how about you use it to grow food, educate your kids, fight poverty, fight the coming Locusts, get paying jobs, learn how to read and write and most of all, TEACH YOUR PEOPLE TO STOP being total idiots on the Internet?

You have people dying from no medicine in your pathetic hospitals. You have carnage on your roads. You have MPs (legislators) punching each other in parliament and you have the audacity to judge LGBTq?

You cannot even create anything of substance or build a road, dam or condo building without begging Japan or China to help you and you think your biggest problem is GAYS?

Your factories which you build cannot even process the fruits you grow to make juice for export.

The last time I looked, you could not even find a worthy buyer for your UPTL. Then of course you cannot even get a firm contract to build your refinery or oil pipeline but GAYS are the problem.

How many months ago did you have landslides and flooding where many people died and you even declared mass graves AND yet, your real problem is GAYS!!

If I were as stupid as you, I would do the world a favour and shoot myself dead.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
*** I am a Lesbian but does that prevent you from sending your kids to the best schools in the world? Does my being GAY prevent you from paying your bills? Does my being a Lesbian force you to sell your children into slavery? This Lesbian is the one some of you contact to repatriate the corpses of your NOT gay children from the Arab countries where you (despite not being GAY) sold your kids.

Emitwe egyo!!




ENERGY: Oil report for January 31, 2020



Oil Market Falls Deeper Into Abyss

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Oil posted its largest monthly loss since May 2019, as fears of the coronavirus continue to rise.

Oil posted its largest monthly loss since May 2019, as fears of the coronavirus continue to rise. The 15 percent price decline is also the worst January performance since 1991, according to Bloomberg. The oil market is “troubled by both rising demand worries and rising fuel stocks,” said Ole Sloth Hansen, head of commodities strategy at Saxo Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “It’s going to take a firm commitment by OPEC+, or rising geopolitical tensions, to achieve a sustained recovery.”

Bernstein: Chinese oil demand growth at just 100,000 bpd. China’s oil demand could grow at just 100,000 bpd this year due to the coronavirus, according to Bernstein. That would make it the slowest expansion in consumption in nearly 20 years. The firm previously predicted 350,000 bpd of growth.

U.S. GDP slowed to 2.1 percent in fourth quarter. U.S. GDP growth slowed to 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter, and 2.3 percent for the full-year in 2019. It was the slowest expansion in three years.

Chemical margins shrink. Fourth quarter earnings from the oil majors deteriorated, in part because of narrower chemical margins. New Gulf Coast chemical capacity has dragged down profitability.

Weak earnings from Exxon and Chevron. ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) both reportedly slightly disappointing earnings Friday morning. Exxon earned $5.69 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $6 billion a year earlier. But that number was made better by a one-time $3.7 billion divestment in Norway. Notably, Exxon’s Permian production appears to have stalled at the end of the year, even as operations in Guyana started up. Meanwhile, Chevron reported its largest quarterly loss in a decade after writing down $10.4 billion, largely related to its Appalachian shale gas assets.















Investors warn industry not to move on Trump’s deregulation. A group of 58 companies, including institutional investors, representing around $113 billion in assets, warned the energy, timber and mining industries not to move aggressively to take advantage of the Trump administration’s wide-ranging deregulatory campaign. The investors said that doing so would put investors at “significant risk of public backlash and stranded assets, should these actions be legally challenged or protections be restored by the courts or by future administrations.”

Shell’s earnings fall by half. Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) saw its fourth quarter earnings fall in half from a year earlier, weighed down by lower oil and gas prices, as well as weaker refining and chemical margins. “All macroeconomic indicators are working against us,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said. The disappointing results could slow the pace of share buybacks and result in more asset sales. Shell’s reserve life declined for the sixth year in a row, now only sitting on eight years’ worth of reserves.

Tesla’s shares surge on earnings beat. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) saw its stock surge past $600 per share this week, having gained 80 percent in the last three months.

Will Chesapeake Energy survive? Natural gas prices are well below $2/MMBtu, putting Chesapeake Energy’s (NYSE: CHK) future in doubt. It’s not clear that the company can financially engineer its way out of the mess. Meanwhile, a contractor was killed at a Chesapeake drilling site this week.

Refiners cut back on insurance. Refiners and petrochemical facilities have cut back on insurance because it has become too costly, which is the result of a string of explosions and accidents in recent years. Running without insurance puts them at risk of tens of millions of dollars of liabilities. In some cases, insurance rates have increased 100 percent, according to Reuters.

Texas and Iowa record wind installations in 2019. Texas and Iowa are the largest states in terms of wind power in the United States, and last year was a record year for installations in both. Texas added 4 GW and Iowa added 1.9 GW.

Pemex lays claim to Talos discovery. Mexico’s state-owned Pemex is laying claim to the country’s largest private oil discovery, the Zama field. Pemex says the discovery, recorded by Talos Energy (NYSE: TALO) is mostly the property of Pemex. “In Pemex’s analysis, we consider that we have the largest portion of the field,” Pemex CEO Octavio Romero Oropeza said. “Independently of who has what, Pemex will drill exploratory wells to confirm this information.”

UPS to buy 100,000 electric trucks. UPS (NYSE: UPS) said it would purchase 100,000 electric trucks from UK-based Arrival. The deal would be worth $440 million over five years.

Equinor, Shell buy Schlumberger’s stake in Vaca Muerta. Equinor (NYSE: EQNR) and its partner Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) each paid $177.5 million to jointly acquire Schlumberger’s (NYSE: SLB) 49 percent stake in a Vaca Muerta project in Argentina.

China turns to Saudi Arabian oil. China’s imports of oil from Saudi Arabia shot up by 47 percent in 2019, while imports from the U.S. fell in half.

UGANDA: Many legislators (MPigs) in the August House have fake degrees


You people, we had nearly forgotten this one. Well, I had nearly forgotten this story. Do you remember how much energy Ugandans expended on Peter Ssematimba for not have UACE (S6 aka A'levels)? He had told them all that he got his high school diploma from Oregon USA.

Ugandans are brutal. The way they attacked Ssematimba, just Google it. Finally, I jumped in and said "but there are thousands upon thousands of us Ugandans who do not have a UACE certificate because we did not complete our secondary school studies in Uganda".

Come on, just go to the school we tell you we went to and ask for verification of the degree or diploma.

This is when shit totally hit the fan. "You did not do UACE in Uganda? It is probably because no school could accept you after you failed UCE".

Keep going buddy. "I actually have a university degree".

He goes "From where? You did not even do UACE, which University could even accept you? Certainly not the Ivory Tower, the best University in Africa and ranked as the best University in the World".

Always know how to choose your battles. I am now looking at this kid and thinking "I swear my mother was always the best chef until I met another mother who could cook". Went silent. Decided to return with strategy.

By the way, my mother is still the best cook in the entire world and the universe entire. You should taste her cooking.

BACK TO NOT HAVING UACE
I asked my dear friend (now enemy), if he had ever heard of University of Toronto, Trent University, UWC schools, Ivy League schools, the world is not flat, certificates in one country can be globally accepted if you did not get them from Kamuli High School or Busoga University.

Imagine my shock. The child replies "For us, Makerere University is the best university in the whole world. You did not go to Makerere, then you are an idiot".

Kale. #Mwebereremu.  AND by the way, Ssematimba is gonna blow away those UACE. It is not easy to live and study in Portland Oregon. Mujakakasa.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA

VERIFY DEGREES FROM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO CANADA
https://degreeconfirmation.utoronto.ca/degree/online

NTVUganda has added Disabled UCE candidate defies odds video

Disabled UCE candidate defies odds



Going to school as a child living with disability can be very challenging for many reasons, which is why students with disability generally tend not to perform as well as their able-bodied counterparts. However, Steven Kavuma, a student at St Elizabeth Nkoowe in Wakiso district defied all odds to do well in the 2019 UCE exams. SOLOMON KAWEESA met Kavuma who narrated the drive that led him to succeed despite the challenges he faces as a student.#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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added BEACH SOCCER: Seven matches to take place on match day 9 video

BEACH SOCCER: Seven matches to take place on match day 9



The Beach Soccer Association league resumes this weekend with match day 9 taking centre stage. Seven matches will be on the cards and Uganda Beach Soccer chairman Deo Mutabazi says will its all systems go. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added 278 senior police officers retire video

278 senior police officers retire



278 police officers have retired from Uganda Police force, in a function at Naguru police headquarters. Presiding over the function, the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, admitted the challenging police duties, but asked the retiring officers to be role models for those still serving in the force. Among those that are retiring are Senior commissioners Benjamin Namanya, Dennis Odongpiny and Samuel Ezati. Namanya says they will continue to serve the force even in retirement. 13 of the retirees are civilians who were serving in the force.#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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Ugandans to file cases electronically video

Ugandans to file cases electronically



Ugandans will soon start filing court cases directly from their homes and offices, once a new electronic system is installed before the end of 2020. The revelation as the chief Justice Bart Katureebe launched the new law year. As FRANCIS JJINGO reports, the move follows the hiring an American firm to set up an electronic case management information system to be first piloted in nineteen court stations. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

UGANDA: Otto vs. Amama Mbabazi - Mock Funeral @AmamaMbabazi (PHOTOS)

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The Odonto Otto man we are all sweating over is not that intelligent at all. First of all, he cannot sustain a debate. En plus, he flanked Biology of P5 (Grade). There are only 2 SEX (gendar) when he went to school. It is either Male or Female.

We now have a third SEX (gender) called intersex or non identifying. Ask that Olympic Gold holder in South Africa who is neither male nor female.

In 2015 after Odongo Otto got word that Hon. John Amama Mbabazi was going to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for Uganda for the February 2016 elections, the Opposition member called Odongo (Odonga) Otto organised buses from all across the country to carry youth to Gulu (might have been Lira but that is not the point) to carry a Funeral Procession and bury JPAM.

All Uganda media played that story. If you Google the story, it no longer exists. Media are like malaya. They have needs. You can pay them to kill stories.

FAST FORWARD
Do you remember the crocodile teachers Odongo Otto shed about our beloved son Akena being shot dead by a one Kanyamunyu? Otto threatened to take all Acholi with the corpse of Akena and dump it at the home of Kanyamunyu. HOW DID THAT WORK OUT?

Now that you all know that Otto is an illiterate lawyer with a degree printed off Nasser Rd or maybe Republic St in Mbale, why are you surprised that his SEX is lawyer? This 43yr old flanked out of all the schools he went to. Maybe you all universities should have websites where people can go to and verify degrees. You can verify my degree via this link https://transcripts.utoronto.ca/degreeverification/

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
*** JPAM is gonna become your president and how will you like that? Ask Zimbabwe

NTVUganda has added Parliament passes PPDA amendment bill 2019 video

Parliament passes PPDA amendment bill 2019



Parliament has passed the Public Procurement and Disposal Assets Bill aimed at promoting efficacy and transparency in the procurement of public assets. The new law has removed the office of the Accounting Officer in the process of administrative review and empowered a Tribunal to handle procurement disputes with 60 days. State Minister of Finance for Planning David Bahati says the new law will reduce on the delays in the project execution arising out of a tedious procurement process#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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Rams face Heathens, Kobs host warriors in Rugby remier league video

Rams face Heathens, Kobs host warriors in Rugby remier league



Five matches will be played across different grounds with the Rimula Rhinos making the trip to Jinja to face the Hippos. Stanbic Pirates will also be on the road as they face Plascon Mongers in Entebbe. Second-placed Betway Kobs take on Nine Barrels Warriors in a derby at Legends Club. Elsewhere, Toyota Buffaloes make the short trip to Makerere to face Impis at the Graveyard. Rams meantime face log leaders Hima Cement Heathens at Kyadondo Rugby Club.#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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Friday Interview: Phillip Wokorach on life in France video

Friday Interview: Phillip Wokorach on life in France



Phillip Wokorach is savouring life in French rugby after quickly settling in at Division 5 side Bourges 15s. The Ugandan signed a nine-month contract with the French outfit two months ago and even though there is still much to prove, Wokarach admits he has his sights set on bigger things. He is back in the country to join the Uganda Rugby 7's preparations for the Challenger series slated to take place in Chile and Uruguay. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

UGANDA: Writing proper English has benefits


I just hired a Personal Assistant in Uganda. It is more like hiring a Boss. Assistants have this habit of bossing me around and it is perfectly okay.

About 5yrs ago, my Assistant in Canada quit working for me. She wanted the moon and the stars.

Minimum wage in our Province of New Brunswick is around $10/hr. I always pay our mandatory minimum wage and I pay on time. So, my assistant tells me "Double my pay or I quit". I looked at that kid and said "Do you know how many Ugandans would love to earn $10/hr?" I gave her her last pay and she went to go get a job. She got one that was paying her exactly what I was paying.

Come on, the kid was only 14 years old.

For the last 5yrs, I have gone through many assistants but was always watching. I hire off social media by the way.

In 2015, I met this young teacher on Facebook. He had posted something like "Tis ma bday, hlp me parti". I checked his profile and it said that he is a teacher. I inboxed him "What do you teach"?

He replied "i tich inglish". OMG. Are you people even real?

"How much do you earn as salary per month"?

Imagine when our English Teacher tells me that he earns UGX 400,000/mth. Hell, there is no way I would teach English for UGX 400k/mth.  But then again, if I were as bad as him, I would teach for free and never demand for a higher salary.

FAST FORWARD
This young man (our teacher) inboxes me saying "have you checked my Facebook posts recently? Please go and check".

I was in awe. I swear for the last 5yrs this young man has been writing impeccable English on Facebook. Given that my assistants keep quitting, I asked this teacher "How would you like if I double your pay since you now write impeccable English"?

He replied "OMG Martha, can you afford UGX 800,000 per month? You keep saying that you have kids and financial issues. I will be delighted if you hire me. I will even work for you for UGX 400k/mth because you teach me and thank you".

Three days, I texted this wonderful learner. "You are hired. I will pay you $500 per month. You only have to work 10hrs per week. I will send your pay on the last business day of the month. I will help you in case of emergencies. I will pay your medical. And should you run into any health needs for your family and need to see a doctor or go to hospital, I will pay for that too".

Paying $100/week for 10hrs puts me at $433 per month. Given that he has to access all my social media accounts and respond, my emails, my bank account, my Paypal, the extra $63 per month is worth it.

NOT SO FAST!!!

Most people post short things on social media and I had to ascertain his English Proficiency. One of my clients requested me to prepare a report of 3,000 words on a topic of interest to the client. I sent it to my new boss. He worked for a full day in an Internet cafe researching the topic, writing about the topic, counting words, grammar and spell checking. When I got the report back, I was like... "no shit, you are really good. Let us get into business and now start paying you what you deserve to be paid as you #PlanForYourKids".

By the way, the client who asked for that nicely researched report had promised me $3,000 upon delivery. Do you think he has ever paid me my money?

Consequently, I shall no longer do any reports, editing, consulting, writing, etc.. until you prepay me. I gotta pay my assistant.

Of course I am not gonna tell you who he is. You people are untrustworthy. You might go to his muzigo and attack him at month end for his salary which he has fully earned.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
*** the one and only!!! All others are fake.

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Uganda opposition have Entondo, bloggers paid to support Museveni instead of opposition - @LokomoPeter @RugyendoQuotes

I would like to address 2 things which have been thrown in my face this week.

1. Why do I keep correcting your horrible school drop out English? One had the audacity to say that I correct English just because I am proud of a foreign language and live in Toronto.

a) I do not live in Toronto.  Use Google
b) I correct your English because it is the International Language of Commerce, Navigation and Technology.
c) I am not proud of speaking a foreign language. I happen to be fluent in Luganda and Lumasaba so cut that bullshit out.
d) Most scholarships and work abroad in none Arab countries require fluency in English (in Canada, French works too) and you say "Am straggling 2 get a scholarship coz I nid hlp". What kind of monkey writing idiocy is this? I replied to the fella "you will never ever get a scholarship. Maybe you should try Oman because Arabs are still buying slaves". The guy totally lost it and started to tell me how he is a journalist. Right right. A journalist who writes like a P1 drop out!!!
e) Today, as in all the previous 7yrs I have been watching Uganda exam results, the complaint was on kids doing horribly on UCE (Olevels) and then you tell me that I am wrong to correct your grammar and spelling? Mwebereremu. You will not pass the IELTS. Okay, maybe you will pass but trust me, you will not get a high enough score to get one of the scholarships in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada which require proficiency in English. This wonderful brother of ours Simon Peter Lokomo goes to enormous trouble to educate us about how to study for the IELTS and ace it.

2. Bloggers have been paid to switch from opposition and support President Yoweri Museveni. Okay, the person did not say "All Bloggers". However, being that I am a blogger and I have a tendency to praise Museveni does not mean that I am paid to give credit where credit is due. I criticize mediocrity all the time.

a) Museveni was right to say that Ugandan youths are unemployed because they are lazy.  Yet they are. We just want to handle them with baby gloves even when you see that they are being lazy. How do I give you a scholarship link and then you proceed to ask me "What are the requirements"?
b) Museveni said that #ParentsShouldPlan for their kids. You thought he was insulting you but have you planned for your kids?
c) Museveni said "opposition are just prostitutes. You can buy and sell them anytime". How many of your opposition have been bought by Museveni? A whole pile of them and the worst is yet to come. Ask Mama Mabira or Bosmic Otim.
d) Museveni said he wants all the cows and coffee registered. You said he is after suffocating you out of your business. Did you know that in order to export human consumption food, you are required to trace from farm to table? You are even lucky that EU gives you a break. The rest of us who export know about tracing every product we export. From the farmer or fisherman to the factory to the packer to the truck to the plane of the ship which takes it out. Otherwise people could get sick from one batch and then the country faces a total ban. Why do you not ask Kyambadde (that illiterate bogoya seller) why the EU has been threatening to ban all fruits, vegetables and flowers to Europe? She is not even that intelligent. Instead of fixing the problem (educating exporters to comply), she just puts a total ban on Uganda exports to Europe. Did you know that the BIP (Border Inspection Point) has been finding aphids on Uganda flowers, fruits and vegetables? A BIP is at an airport or port of call where the products arrive and a Vet team inspects them. They do not inspect all products. They take a sample out of the shipment, inspect then reject the entire cargo.

Your opposition loud mouths have never exported anything except their social media posts. So, how would they understand why Museveni is under pressure to register exporters and comply with Traceability?

Your opposition activists are cult like. For example, if they attack Museveni with just nio nio #MuseveniMustGo, I usually respond with "And you will replace him with who?"

Opposition is not united. If you give them guns, they will shoot each other instead of going after NRM. Opposition like you to praise their leader without any question at all. Well, some of us are analysts who look at Risk and how to mitigate the risk.  You have people going around being opposition but when you ask them "What plans do you have in place to create employment for the millions of unemployed youth", our activists will say "We will figure it out when we take power". Kale... you just be like that. Time is the best teller of truth.

All opposition know leaders have diagnosed our problems in Uganda. Surely, you cannot tell us that the education system is broken or that the roads are bad. What are you doing right now to start making changes? Are you running free seminars to teach opposition how to read and write? Are you running seminars to teach about road safety? And when one asks you these things you claim that Museveni has paid the person asking the question?

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
** Wake up opposition. Wake up! I am one of Museveni's biggest critics but I am not an IDIOT. This message has been paid for by none other than MLN.

Today in History - January 31 -- Library of Congress

Today in History - January 31

Major John C. Frémont, popularly admired for his mapmaking expeditions to the West, was court-martialed on grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders on January 31, 1848. Continue reading.

Click here to search Today in History for other historic moments.



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The Inspectorate of Government has today signed a memorandum of understanding with 4 Civil Society Organisations in Ankole sub region. The secretary of the Inspectorate, Rose Kafeero says the agreement is intended to enable them enhance transparency and accountability of government programes in their regions in a bid to eliminate corruption and improve service delivery. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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People who were struck by landmines during the ADF insurgency in Kasese say are living a difficult life after losing parts of their bodies. However, Rotary International has come to their rescue. The humanitarian organisation handed over amputation equipment and Prosthetic legs worth 240 million Uganda Shillings. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

Facebook to pay USD 550 mln to settle facial recognition class action


Thursday 30 January 2020 | 11:04 CET | TELECOM PAPER

Facebook will pay USD 550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on its use of facial recognition, the New York Times reported. A US federal appeals court allowed the case to move forward in August, with accusations the company illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

The suit first saw light in 2015, filed by a group of Facebook users in Illinois, who said the company violated the state’s privacy legislation. The company has since, from September, turned off its facial recognition settings by default.

UGANDA: UNEB releases UCE exam results



The Ministry of Education is releasing the results of UCE (S4 aka O'levels) as you read this message. I am going to be updating as I get the information.

One of the teachers in our #UgandaNewsBriefing group just gave us a summary. Stay tuned. MLN
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[01-31, 5:04 a.m.] Martin: UCE performance reports on...

[01-31, 5:04 a.m.] Martin: I'm hearing that English Language problems were gross...

1. Reproducing compositions.
2. Using obnoxious vocabulary that even teachers don't understand.
3. Functional writing skills are wanting..
4. Interpreting passage is on oxygen in the intensive care unit of Abim referral Hospital.
5. Etc etc...

[01-31, 5:06 a.m.] Martin: Students wrote minutes & letters instead of reports.
 Section B compositions were reproduced but all in all the performance of the subject declined...with English 112/2 being the most poorly done.

[01-31, 5:12 a.m.] Martha Leah Nangalama: Thanks teacher. Now we see. We just don't get it. We are letting our kids post rubbish English on social media and not correcting them because we don't realise that habits are formed early.

[01-31, 5:12 a.m.] Martha Leah Nangalama: How about Mathematics? Thanks Martin.

[01-31, 5:14 a.m.] Martin: LIVE: UNEB releases 2019 UCE results - Daily Monitor - https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/UNEB-releases-2019-UCE-results/688334-5438780-asiapsz/index.html

UNEB releases 2019 UCE results
Friday January 31 2020

The Uganda National Examinations Board has this morning released the 2019 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results

The Uganda National Examinations Board has this morning released the 2019 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results.

The ceremony held at the Office of Prime Minister, is presided over by the Minister for Education and Sports, Ms Janet Kataha Museveni, who is also the First Lady.

According to Uneb, a total of 337,697 candidates registered for the 2019 UCE exams, with 168,639 male and 169,058 female at 3,531 centres.

[01-31, 5:19 a.m.] Martha Leah Nangalama: But Maths. Okay. If the performance in Chemistry and Physics was bad, then the performance in Mathematics would have been bad too. Non?

[01-31, 5:20 a.m.] Martha Leah Nangalama: I am sorry I do not understand your marking system. It has changed since I did my Olevels in Uganda.

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Uganda’s economy has been growing at an average of over 6% for the last five years with an increase in infrastructure investment, Energy and foreign direct investment in the extractives sector as major drivers. However this growth has come with huge public debt and it is yet to spur the much needed employment especially for young people. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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While some people cry about the struggles in long of long term love, A long love affair is thriving in the music industry, especially amongst concert goers. This is the love for Nigerian musicians. Why now? What happened to the last decade when Ugandan musicians dominated the country’s concert scene? #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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Professional movers give you an easy time as you relocate. They have the skills and expertise to ensure you have a smooth transfer. Getting a free estimate helps you to know which package you are purchasing. To explain to us what we should look out for in a moving company, we have Arthur Nabaasa from Freeman Movers. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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Parliament has passed the 2020/2021 budget framework paper, showing a budget estimate of 39.6 trillion shillings. This is less than the 40.4 trillion shillings set in the 2019/2020 financial year. However, there were some contradictions in the budget ceiling, with some opposition leaders claiming that the budget estimates are above the 39.6 trillion disclosed by the Finance Ministry. #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 https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

Wikipedia's Article of the Day January 31, 2020: Roman temple of Bziza

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The Roman temple of Bziza is a well-preserved first-century AD Roman temple in the Lebanese town of Bziza. It is dedicated to Azizos, a personification of the morning star in the Canaanite mythology.

The temple's name is a corruption of Beth Azizo, meaning the house or temple of Azizos. The building has two doors that connect the portico to a square chamber. To the back of the temple lie the remains of the adyton where images of the deity once stood.

The ancient temple was meant to function as the dwelling place of the deity. It was converted into a church and underwent architectural modification during two phases of Christianization: in the Early Byzantine period and in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The church, colloquially known until modern times as the Lady of the Pillars, fell into disrepair. Despite the church's condition, Christian devotion was still maintained in the nineteenth century in one of the temple's niches.

UN agency declares global emergency over virus from China (PHOTOS)

A doctor attends to a patient in an isolation ward at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (Chinatopix via AP)
UN agency declares global emergency over virus from China

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has spread to more than a dozen countries as a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked more than tenfold in a week.

The U.N. health agency defines an international emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response.

China first informed WHO about cases of the new virus in late December. To date, China has reported more than 7,800 cases including 170 deaths. Eighteen other countries have since reported cases, as scientists race to understand how exactly the virus is spreading and how severe it is.

Experts say there is significant evidence the virus is spreading among people in China and have noted with concern instances in other countries — including the United States, France, Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea and Vietnam — where there have also been isolated cases of human-to-human transmission.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted the worrisome spread of the virus between people outside China.

“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries,” he said. “Our greatest concern is the potential for this virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems which are ill-prepared to deal with it.”

“This declaration is not a vote of non-confidence in China,” he said. “On the contrary, WHO continues to have the confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.”

A declaration of a global emergency typically brings greater money and resources, but may also prompt nervous governments to restrict travel and trade to affected countries. The announcement also imposes more disease reporting requirements on countries.

In the wake of numerous airlines cancelling flights to China and businesses including Starbucks and McDonald’s temporarily closing hundreds of shops, Tedros said WHO was not recommending limiting travel or trade to China.

“There is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade,” he said. He added that Chinese President Xi Jinping had committed to help stop the spread of the virus beyond its borders.

“During my discussion with the president and other officials, they’re willing to support countries with weaker health systems with whatever is possible,” Tedros said.

On Thursday, France confirmed that a doctor who was in contact with a patient with the new virus later became infected himself. The doctor is now being treated in an isolated room at a Paris hospital. Outbreak specialists worry that the spread of new viruses from patients to health workers can signal the virus is becoming adapted to human transmission.

China raised the death toll to 170 on Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China’s worst-hit region returned home to medical tests and even isolation.

Russia announced it was closing its 2,600-mile border with China, joining Mongolia and North Korea in barring crossings to guard against a new viral outbreak. It had been de facto closed because of the Lunar New Year holiday, but Russian authorities said the closure would be extended until March 1.

Meanwhile, the United States and South Korea confirmed their first cases of person-to-person spread of the virus. The man in the U.S. is married to a 60-year-old Chicago woman who got sick from the virus after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, the Chinese city that is the epicenter of the outbreak.

The case in South Korea was a 56-year-old man who had contact with a patient who was diagnosed with the new virus earlier.

Although scientists expect to see limited transmission of the virus between people with close contact, like within families, the instances of spread to people who may have had less exposure to the virus in Japan and Germany is worrying.

In Japan, a man in his 60s caught the virus after working as a bus driver for two tour groups from Wuhan. In Germany, a man in his 30s was sickened after a Chinese colleague from Shanghai, whose parents had recently visited from Wuhan, came to his office for a business meeting. Four other workers later became infected. The woman had shown no symptoms of the virus until her flight back to China.

“That’s the kind of transmission chain that we don’t want to see,” said Marion Koopmans, an infectious diseases specialist at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands and a member of WHO’s emergency committee.

Koopmans said more information was needed about how the virus was spread in these instances and whether it meant the virus was more infectious than previously thought or if there was something unusual in those circumstances.

Mark Harris, a professor of virology at Leeds University, said it appears that the spread of the virus among people is probably easier than initially presumed.

“If transmission between humans was difficult, then the numbers would have plateaued,” he said. Harris said the limited amount of virus spread beyond China suggested the outbreak could still be contained, but that if people are spreading the disease before they show symptoms — as some Chinese politicians and researchers have suggested — that could compromise control efforts.

The new virus has now infected more people in China than were sickened there during the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, a cousin of the new virus. Both are from the coronavirus family, which also includes those that can cause the common cold.

The latest figures for mainland China show an increase of 38 deaths and 1,737 cases for a total of 7,736 confirmed cases. Of the new deaths, 37 were in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, and one was in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Outside China, there are 82 infections in 18 countries, according to WHO.

China extended its Lunar New Year holiday to Sunday to try to keep people home, but the wave of returning travelers could potentially cause the virus to spread further.

China has been largely praised for a swift and effective response to the outbreak, although questions have been raised about the police suppression of what were early on considered mere rumors — a reflection of the one-party Communist state’s determination to maintain a monopoly on information in spite of smart phones and social media.

That stands in stark contrast to the initial response to SARS, when medical reports were hidden as state secrets. The delayed response was blamed for allowing the disease to spread worldwide, killing around 800 people.

Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of Britain’s Wellcome Trust, welcomed WHO’s emergency declaration.

“This virus has spread at unprecedented scale and speed, with cases passing between people in multiple countries across the world,” he said in a statement. “It is also a stark reminder of how vulnerable we are to epidemics of infectious diseases known and unknown.”

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