Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Could Coronavirus End Globalisation? Analysts Weigh In on Crisis Economic Damage

via @PerilofAfrica Strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus over the first quarter of 2020 have disrupted transportation, severely restricted day-to-day life for millions, adversely impacted economic activity, ravaged stocks and more may be the cataclysmic catalyst which pushes the EU over the brink into the financial abyss.
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Stabua Natooro - Bajja Kakasa (Official Video)



Stabua Natooro - Bajja Kakasa (Official Video)

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Beyoncé - Irreplaceable



Beyoncé - Irreplaceable

Beyoncé's official video for 'Irreplaceable'. Click to listen to Beyoncé on Spotify: https://ift.tt/2FhRRnk... As featured on B'Day. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: https://ift.tt/2lH8P30... Google Play: https://ift.tt/2APln0u... Amazon: https://ift.tt/2JM7mnk... More from Beyoncé Halo: https://youtu.be/bnVUHWCynig Ring The Alarm: https://youtu.be/eY_mrU8MPfI Me, Myself and I: https://youtu.be/4S37SGxZSMc Follow Beyoncé Website: http://www.beyonce.com/ Facebook: https://ift.tt/xDUVIh Twitter: https://twitter.com/beyonce Instagram: https://ift.tt/1DdBcVE Subscribe to Beyoncé on YouTube: https://ift.tt/29R2i2k... More great Classic RnB videos here: https://ift.tt/2D2M0wR... --------- Lyrics: To the left, to the left To the left, to the left To the left, to the left Everything you own in the box to the left In the closet that's my stuff Yes, if I bought it, please don't touch And keep talking that mess that's fine But could you walk and talk at the same time And, it's my name that's on that jag So come move your bags, let me call you a cab Standing in the front yard Tellin' me, how I'm such a fool Talkin' 'bout, I'll never ever find a man like you You got me twisted You must not know about me, you must not know about me I could have another you in a minute Matter of fact, he'll be here in a minute, baby You must not know about me, you must not know about me I can have another you by tomorrow So don't you ever for a second get to thinking You're irreplaceable

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Beyonce Lyrics

"Irreplaceable"

To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left (mmmmmm)
To the left, to the left

Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that's my stuff
Yes, if I bought it, please don't touch (Don't touch)
And keep talking that mess that's fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time
And, it's my name that's on that jag
So remove your bags, let me call you a cab

Standing in the front yard
Tellin' me, how I'm such a fool
Talkin' 'bout, how I'll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted

You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
Matter of fact, he'll be here in a minute, baby
You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking
You're irreplaceable

So go ahead and get gone
Call up that chick and see if she's home
Oops, I bet you thought, that I didn't know
What did you think I was putting you out for
Because you was untrue
Rollin' her around in the car that I bought you
Baby drop them keys
Hurry up before your taxi leaves

Standing in the front yard
Tellin' me, how I'm such a fool
Talkin' bout, I'll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted

You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
Matter of fact, he'll be here in a minute, baby
You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I will have another you by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking
You're irreplaceable (Irreplaceable)

So since I'm not your everything (Irreplaceable)
How about I'll be nothing (Nothing)
Nothing at all to you (Nothing)
Baby, I won't shed a tear for you (I won't shed a tear)
I won't lose a wink of sleep
'Cause the truth of the matter is
Replacing you was so easy

To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left (mmmmmm)
To the left, to the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
To the left, to the left
Don't you ever for a second get to thinking
You're irreplaceable

You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
Matter of fact, he'll be here in a minute, baby
You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking (baby)
You must not know about me, you must not know about me
I can have another you in a minute
Matter of fact, he'll be here in a minute
You can pack all your bags (You must not know about me)
We're finished (You must not know about me)
'Cause you made your bed
Now lay in it
I can have another you by tomorrow
Don't you ever for a second get to thinking
You're irreplaceable

NATO’s US-Led Mission in Afghanistan Reportedly Stops Providing Key Info on Taliban Attacks

via @PerilofAfrica Weeks after a long-awaited deal between the US and the Taliban* was signed to end nearly two decades of violence in Afghanistan, the country continues to face repeated attacks by Taliban militants.
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Bad Black cautions prostitutes on truck drivers

via @PerilOfAfrica The ministry of Health has chosen socialite Shanita Namuyimbwa aka Bad Black alias Snail Baby to caution Ugandan sex workers against truck drivers. On Thursday, Uganda recorded two new cases of Covid19, both male Kenyan truck drivers. In a video message supported by the ministry, Bad Black tells girls along roads and at borders to stay away from truck drivers who are the source of new infections in Uganda. “I would like to caution women not to touch or let these truck drivers touch you,” Bad Black says in a rare clean video. “Message to our daughters and sisters as well as the entire population. Let’s all protect ourselves and our people from #COVID19. Let’s kick COVID19 out of Uganda,” Health Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine, shared and endorsed Bad Black’s message. The move got Ugandans talking especially those who know Bad Black for her dirty sex videos. The clean message-packaged video took them by surprise. It reinforces the message President Museveni shared on Tuesday, cautioning Ugandan women against truck drivers. “Don’t touch the truck driver or allow him to touch you,” Museveni said. The president also noted that government was finding a way to support these women who have been living off truck drivers. Message to our daughters and sisters as well as the entire population. Let's all protect ourselves and our people from #COVID19. Lets kick #COVID19 out of Uganda. #StayAtHome #staysafe #Tonsemberera #Tomukwatako pic.twitter.com/YkfRh37BLX— Dr. Diana Atwine (@DianaAtwine) April 30, 2020 Who is black? The former jailbird, city socialite and faded musician Shanita Namuyimbwa aka Bad Black alias Snail Baby returned to Kampala at the end of last year after selling her punani for some time in the Middle East. Black came to fame by fleecing a rich white businessman Greenhag who was buying sex from her. They even have a child together. In 2019, Black complained on social media that men have failed to make her cum since 2016. She reached out to women who have real strong men to lend them to her so she can reach sexual orgasm. She later posted another video praising a client who finally made her cum and actually went overboard and “licked her dry”.
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Malaysia to Let Economic Activity Resume, Partly Easing Lockdown


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Puppers to the Rescue! Cute Little Golden Retrievers Try to Find Their Friend

ICYMI: via @PerilofAfrica Canines are natural-born hunters, but every talent needs some polishing, so it is good to set up a training session for little puppers and teach them how to find things - like their owner hiding under a blanket.
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CORONAVIRUS: 19 Uganda LGBT Members Denied Bail After Public Gathering Arrest

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA - There is something with this story below from VOA. The 23 (19 to 32), average 23...  LGBT were arrested on March 29, 2020 for being at a function which was 23+ people in attendance.

How can that be possible when by that date, the entire world had learned about social distancing? Do you mean to tell us that the LGBT people in Uganda had not heard about Corona by this date? Furthermore, was not around this time that Posiko had just declared a lockdown for Uganda? Then how can it be possible that this group was picked up on March 29th? 

Was this group exceptionally stupid that they had not heard about Corona? Were they too dumb to think they could violate the lockdown? Were they so daft that they thought they could not infect or get infected with Corona?

OR...maybe. Is it possible that there is a story behind this story? Come on, the bullshit in this VOA writing leaves some of us wondering how such things can happen in Uganda!!!

FILE - A Ugandan man is seen during LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Aug. 9, 2014. Nineteen members of the country's LGBT community were arrested last month for gathering in public in violation of a coronavirus lockdown.

19 Uganda LGBT Members Denied Bail After Public Gathering Arrest

By VOA News

April 30, 2020

KAMPALA - A court in Uganda this week rejected bail for 19 members of the LGBT community who were arrested for gathering in public in violation of the coronavirus lockdown. Police arrested the men last month at a shelter for sexual minorities. Their lawyer argues the men, who range in age from 19 to 32, were targeted because of their sexual orientation.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists in Uganda have expressed concern over what they say is a deliberate violation of their community members’ rights.

On March 29, police arrested 23 members of an LGBT shelter, the Children of the Sun Foundation, in the town of Kyengera, 10 kilometers southwest of Kampala. Four of the men were released on medical grounds, while the others were presented to court and remanded to prison.

On the day of the arrest, the local mayor was videotaped asking the men who their parents were and hitting one of them on the hands with a huge cane. The men were also made to face the camera to reveal their faces.

On Tuesday, Adrian Juuko, a lawyer for activist group Sexual Minorities Uganda, petitioned the High Court in Kampala for an emergency bail application, as the lower court that would hear the case was not operating.

“COVID-19 was used as an excuse to get them remanded to prison. And COVID is still being used as an excuse not to bring them to court. If you look at the letter that was given to us by the prison authorities, they said that, we cannot allow lawyers to access the prison because of the current lockdown due to COVID-19. Now, no one was demanding for physical access; they could have given us access through the telephone. So, that was just an excuse. They are not doing what they are supposed to do, and in the process, they are violating rights,” Juuko said.

The defendants have been charged with conducting an act likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease, namely COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus.

Patrick Onyango, the deputy spokesperson for the Kampala police, said officers made the arrests after local residents complained about the gathering.

“They were not being targeted because they are gay. It was the community that saw that these people are violating the presidential directives, and informed police. And these were more than 10; they were 23 in number. So, police had to act according to the directive and according to the law,” Onyango said.

Ugandan authorities have outlawed any gathering of more than five people in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and police have been enforcing the rules, arresting more than 400 people last week for alleged violations.

On Monday, the U.N. human rights office said in a statement that any emergency response linked to COVID-19 must be proportionate, necessary and non-discriminatory. They said that in Uganda, authorities are using their emergency powers to act arbitrarily.

Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, said many LGBT shelters have had to change their policies because of the crackdowns. The shelters sometimes house youths who have been kicked out of their homes by their families.

“We’ve only had violations towards LGBT persons especially towards the shelters from local councils and law enforcers in those areas. People have had even to shift or reduce the number of people who were staying in certain shelters because of the law enforcers,” Mugisha said.

The 19 men will remain in jail until a court hearing on May 12, unless the High Court grants them bail before then.

Trump says he has ‘high confidence’ Covid-19 originated in Wuhan lab

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Trump says he has ‘high confidence’ Covid-19 originated in Wuhan lab
30 Apr, 2020 

By RT

US President Donald Trump told reporters he believed the novel coronavirus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, declining to elaborate why, after US intelligence said it believes the virus was natural in origin.

Asked on Thursday if he had a “high degree of confidence” that the coronavirus originated at the laboratory, Trump replied “Yes, I have.”

“I can't tell you that. I'm not allowed to tell you that,” was his response to reporters who asked on what basis he was making that judgment.


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Earlier in the day, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a statement saying that the US intelligence community “concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.”

US spies “will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan,” the ODNI added.

Trump scoffed at the statement when asked about it at the press event, but the ODNI is currently run by his confidant Ambassador Rick Grenell, pending the Senate confirmation of another ally, Congressman John Ratcliffe.ALSO ON RT.COMUS intelligence says Covid-19 ‘not man-made’ but will still investigate Wuhan lab-origins theory

The US president has repeatedly blamed China for the Covid-19 pandemic, arguing that while Beijing locked down Wuhan and the surrounding province, it allowed Chinese nationals to travel abroad, spreading the virus.

The first recorded US cases were among the nationals evacuated from Wuhan in January, but the virus rapidly spread despite a national emergency declaration and draconian lockdowns. More than a million Americans have been infected as of this week, with more than 61,000 fatalities attributed to the virus.

Trump’s finger-pointing at China follows criticism from the Democrats, who have embraced the lockdowns but blame the president for both the deaths and the economic destruction the virus has wrought on the US, with more than 30 million Americans filing for unemployment so far.

CANADA: Anxiety rises for tenants and landlords as May rent comes due

Some tenants across Canada who have lost their jobs or are earning less because of the pandemic are reviewing their finances and making decisions about whether they will pay all or some of their rent. (Michael Wilson/CBC)
People making choices about bill payments after job losses and business closures because of pandemic

By Briar Stewart · CBC News Posted: Apr 30, 2020 

Uncertainty is growing around how many Canadian tenants will decide not to pay all or part of their monthly rent on May 1 because their finances have been hit by job losses and business closures as a result of the pandemic.

"We are seeing landlords and tenants pitted against each other today and that is just going to get worse and worse every month that this progresses," said David Hutniak, CEO of Landlord BC, which represents 3,300 rental housing landlords across the province.

The organization surveyed 457 of its members in April and found that 10 per cent of them didn't collect any rent, while nearly one-quarter collected only partial rent.

Those findings aren't far off an analysis done by CIBC, which estimated that 75 per cent of tenants in Canada paid April rent in full, while 10 per cent paid part of it.

Most provinces and territories have put in place temporary moratoriums on eviction orders, but Hutniak believes the federal government should have introduced a rent subsidy program, considering that one-third of Canadian households rent.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed that request this week, saying rent relief should rest with the provinces. 

Amount of subsidy questioned
B.C. has introduced a rental subsidy program, but Hutniak believes it is inadequate.

Singles and couples without dependents are eligible for a $300 subsidy if their gross income was less than $74,150 in 2019. A household with dependents can qualify for a $500 subsidy if combined earnings were less than $113,040.

In both cases, the amount goes directly to the landlord.

BC Housing said more than 50,000 people who have applied have been deemed eligible to receive the benefit, but Hutniak believe the subsidy payments should be increased.

He said if landlords are out the money, those who depend on the income to make their own mortgage payments will be in trouble.

"Renters are suffering and unhappy and so is our sector," Hutniak said.
Landlords concerned

Across the country, groups representing landlords are repeating the same concerns and conducting their own polling in regards to how many tenants are paying rent.

The Alberta Residential Landlords Association estimates that its members had 80 per cent of tenants pay rent in April, with 13 per cent negotiating payment arrangements so rent could be paid in instalments.

The Ontario Landlords Association, which represents small landlords who don't own entire complexes but rather individual units and suites, also conducted an internal survey of its members.

William Blake, a senior member of the Ontario association who also rents out units in B.C. and Alberta, said their numbers show that 20 per cent of their tenants paid rent in full. The rest either partially paid, arranged payment plans, used deposits on the property to cover April rent or didn't pay at all.

"There is a huge echo when someone doesn't pay rent," Blake said. "Many landlords rely on that income to help cover their mortgage and bills."
A sign encouraging tenants to keep their rent hangs in the elevator of an apartment building in New Westminster, B.C. (CBC)
Renters who have lost their jobs or are now earning less are having to revaluate their finances even if they qualify for federal benefits. Many are choosing what bills are getting paid this month.

A national campaign called Keep Your Rent is percolating in several Canadian cities, particularly in Toronto where some tenants are urging others to not pay their rent and organize so neighbours can work together to try to avoid evictions once moratoriums are lifted.

At Royal Terrace Apartments in New Westminster, B.C., one of the campaign posters was taped up in the elevator.

The three-storey building has 41 units and is a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. One 570-square-foot suite was listed for rent starting in May for $1,550 a month.
'Perfect storm'

Ryan and Kathleen, who didn't want their last names used, have been living there for three years, but didn't pay rent in April and won't be paying it for May either.

"We both lost our jobs in early March," Ryan said.

In addition to the loss of income, they had also accrued debt over the winter, including credit card bills.

"It is just a perfect storm for not being able to do something like make rent," Ryan said.
A couple living in this apartment building in New Westminster, B.C., didn't pay rent in April and won't be paying rent for May because they say they can't afford to make the full payment. (Chris Corday/CBC)
Ryan is an industrial painter and is on EI. His partner, Kathleen, qualified for the Canadian emergency response benefit.

Ryan said it doesn't make sense to pay part of their rent because that won't protect them from being evicted once the moratorium is lifted.
Groceries or rent

Elizabeth Ellis made a different choice and paid half of the $725 she owed in April for her basement apartment in Hamilton, Ont.

She is a personal support worker who was slated to start a new role in mid-March, but the training was put on hold because of COVID-19. She said her other clients don't want home visits because they are worried about catching the virus.
Elizabeth Ellis, shown at a housing protest in Hamilton in 2018, paid half of the $725 she owed in April for her basement apartment. (Adam Carter/CBC)
She applied for the CERB at the end of April, but her only income for that month was the $700 she received through Ontario Works, a provincial social assistance program.
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She is a member of ACORN, a national organization that advocates for families with low to moderate incomes.

"People that I have [been] speaking to have had to choose. Do I pay my rent or do I put food on the table?"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Briar Stewart. Briar Stewart is a senior reporter with CBC News. For more than a decade, she has been covering stories for television, radio and online. She is based in Vancouver and can be reached at briar.stewart@cbc.ca or on Twitter @briarstewart

Economic figures show grim toll in Europe and US from virus

Taxi driver Mor Gob, wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, delivers boxes with prepared meals to people in need in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, April 30, 2020. More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK (Associated Press) — Bleak new figures Thursday underscored the worldwide economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has climbed past a staggering 30 million, while Europe’s economies have gone into an epic slide.

And as bad as the numbers are, some are already outdated because of the lag in gathering data. The true economic picture is almost certainly much worse.

The statistics are likely to stoke the debate over whether to ease the lockdowns that have closed factories and other businesses. While many states and countries have pressed ahead, health officials have warned of the danger of a second wave of infection, and some employers and employees have expressed fear of going back to work when large numbers of people are still dying.

In the U.S., the government reported that 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for jobless benefits last week, raising the total to 30.3 million in the six weeks since the outbreak took hold. The layoffs amount to 1 in 6 American workers and encompass more people than the entire population of Texas.

Some economists say that when the U.S. unemployment rate for April comes out next week, it could be as high as 20% — a figure not seen since the Depression of the 1930s, when joblessness peaked at 25%.

The number of Americans thrown out of work could be much higher than the unemployment claims show, because some people have not applied and others couldn’t get through to their states’ overwhelmed systems. A poll by two economists found that the U.S. may have lost 34 million jobs.

There was grim new data across Europe, too, where more than 130,000 people with the virus have died. The economy in the 19 countries using the euro shrank 3.8% in the first quarter of the year, the biggest contraction since the eurozone countries began keeping joint statistics 25 years ago.

“This is the saddest day for the global economy we have ever seen” in the 50 years that economists at High Frequency Economics have been following the data, they wrote in a report.

Even then, the statistics do not capture the enormity of the crisis. The quarterly figures cover January through March, and many of the lockdowns in Europe and the U.S. were not imposed until March — the second half of March in a multitude of places in the United States.

Stocks fell on Wall Street as the discouraging news piled up, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing nearly 290 points, or more than 1 percent. Even Amazon, which Americans are relying on heavily to stock up on goods, offered a mixed report, with sales skyrocketing in the first quarter but profits dropping 29% because of the rising costs to get all those packages shipped.

The company still ended the quarter on a relatively high note, however, reporting net earnings of $2.5 billion — an astonishing contrast to the losses sustained by some companies. One of them, American Airlines, slammed by a lack of passengers during the outbreak, on Thursday reported a loss of $2.2 billion for the period.

The virus has killed over 230,000 people worldwide, including more than 61,000 in the U.S., according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed infections globally topped 3.2 million, with 1 million of them in the U.S., but the true numbers are believed to be much higher because of limited testing, differences in counting the dead and concealment by some governments.

Thirty million in context. (AP Graphic/Kevin S. Vineys)

In other developments:

— Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-diseases expert, said he expects federal approval for the first drug to prove effective against the coronavirus to happen “really quickly.” Remdesivir, made by California’s Gilead Sciences, hastened the recovery of COVID-19 patients in a major government study, and it might also have reduced deaths, according to Fauci.

— A 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that arrived in New York City to great fanfare a month ago left town after treating just 182 patients. The surge of cases there has fallen well short of the doomsday predictions. The 24-hour number of deaths statewide was down to 306, the lowest in a month.

— With signs that the outbreak has stabilized in places, President Donald Trump said he would not extend the White House’s social-distancing guidelines past their expiration Thursday. Those guidelines encouraged people to work from home and avoid restaurants, groups and nonessential travel.

— Trump continued to speculate on the origins of the coronavirus, saying that China could have unleashed it on the world due to some kind of horrible “mistake” or that it might have been released intentionally. Intelligence agencies said they are still examining a notion put forward by the president and aides that the pandemic may have resulted from an accident at a Chinese lab.

— A suburban Minneapolis nursing home, St. Therese of New Hope, said 47 residents have died as a result of COVID-19 in yet another severe outbreak at an institution for the frail or elderly. At least 70 people have died at a veterans home in Massachusetts in the deadliest known cluster of its kind.

— California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered beaches in Orange County closed until further notice after tens of thousands of people flocked to the sand last weekend.

— NASCAR announced it will resume the season on March 17 but without fans in the stands. But the Little League announced it would cancel its World Series for the first time ever.

This week, the U.S. estimated its economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate in the first three months of the year, the sharpest quarterly drop since the 2008 financial crisis. The current quarter is expected to be much worse, with a staggering 40% drop projected.

Still, analysts saw a glimmer of hope in the way new unemployment claims have fallen for four straight weeks. Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, said the wave of layoffs at vulnerable businesses such as restaurants, hotels and stores may have largely run its course.

“Thankfully, for now, the economic contagion seems to have plateaued,” Stettner said. “But we’re still at a level that is a mortal threat to the nation’s financial well-being.”

Across the U.S., many governors have taken steps to gradually reopen their economies, amid impatience among Americans who complain their livelihoods are being destroyed and their rights trampled.

In Michigan, hundreds of protesters returned to the Capitol to denounce Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order and business restrictions. The Republican-led Michigan House refused to extend the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Whitmer’s authority and actions to combat the pandemic.

But even in states where businesses are being allowed to reopen, some workers are uneasy about returning.

Lacey Ward, an Omaha hairstylist, said she is worried that the Nebraska governor’s decision to let salons reopen on May 4 could put her and her family at risk. She would prefer to collect unemployment until the danger subsides.

“I feel like we are literally the guinea pigs in this situation,” she said.

Finding enough workers willing to return is proving to be a challenge for Jennifer Holliday, manager at a restaurant in Oklahoma City that will reopen its dining room Friday. Many of her employees are not returning calls or messages.

“There are some who want to just ride it out and take the unemployment,” she said.

Dela - Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Live at Zenith (Paris)



Dela - Johnny Clegg

One day I looked up and there you were
Like a simple question looking for an answer
Now I am the whale listening to some inner call
Swimming blindly to throw myself upon your shore
What if I don't find you when I have landed?
Would you leave me here to die on your shore stranded?
I think I know why the dog howls at the moon
I think I know why the dog howls at the moon
I sing dela, dela
Ngyanya, dela
When I'm with you
Dela, sondela mama
Sondela, I burn for you
I've been waiting for you all my life, hoping for a miracle
I've been waiting day and night, day and night
I've been waiting for you all my life, waiting for redemption
I've been waiting day and night, I burn for you
A blind bird sings inside the cage that is my heart
The image of your face comes to me when I'm alone in the dark
If I could give a shape to this ache that I have for you
If I could find the voice that says the words that capture you
I think I know, I think I know
I think I know, I think I know
I think I know why the dog howls at the moon
I think I know why the dog howls at the moon
I sing dela, dela
Ngyanya, dela
When I'm with you
Dela, sondela mama
Sondela, I burn for you
I've been waiting for you all my life, hoping for a miracle
I've been waiting day and night, day and night
I've been waiting for you all my life, waiting for redemption
I've been waiting day and night, I burn for you
Sondela
Sondela, mama
Sondela, I burn for you
I've been waiting for you all my life, hoping for a miracle
I've been waiting day and night, day and night
I've been waiting for you all my life, waiting for redemption
I've been waiting day and night, I burn for you
Burn for you, I burn for you
Burn for you, I burn for you
Burn for you, I burn for you
Burn for you, I burn for you
Burn for you, I burn for you
Burn for you, I burn for you
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Songwriters: Jonathan Paul Clegg
Dela lyrics © Rhythm Safari Pty Ltd, BMG Rights Management, BMG Rights Management (france)

Wikipedia's Article of the Day May 1, 2020: James A. Ryder

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James A. Ryder (1800–1860) was an American Catholic priest who led several Jesuit institutions. He studied at Georgetown College before entering the Society of Jesus in 1815. Ryder was then sent to Italy, where he studied and taught theology.

He continued as a professor upon his return to the United States in 1829, and became the president of Georgetown on May 1, 1840. He established the university's observatory and liquidated its debt, while gaining a reputation as a talented preacher. For two years of his term, he was also the provincial superior of the Jesuits' Maryland Province.

In 1845, Ryder became the second president of the College of the Holy Cross. He then returned to Georgetown as president in 1848, where he oversaw construction of a new Holy Trinity Church and accepted a group of physicians to form a School of Medicine. Ryder then assisted in founding Saint Joseph's College in Philadelphia, and became its president in 1856. From 1857 until his death, he preached and did pastoral work.

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James A. Ryder

James A. Ryder (October 8, 1800 - January 12, 1860) was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who became the president of several Jesuit universities in the United States. Born in Ireland, he immigrated with his widowed mother to the United States as a child, to settle in Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

U.S. charges ex-Honduran police chief 'El Tigre' with drug conspiracy

Ex-Honduran national police chief charged in New York - ABC News
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo, Honduras Police Chief Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, also known as the Tiger, or "El Tigre," salutes during an event in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The former chief of the Honduran National Police faces drug and weapons charges in New York, where prosecutors claimed on Thursday, April 30, 2020, that he traded his law enforcement clout to protect U.S.-bound shipments of cocaine. (AP Photo/File)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced drug trafficking charges against a former chief of the Honduran National Police, the latest in a string of U.S. drug cases against officials of the Central American country.

Prosecutors said that Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, also known as “El Tigre,” oversaw the multi-ton shipments of cocaine bound for the United States on behalf of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and his brother, former Honduran congressman Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez, who was found guilty of U.S. drug trafficking charges last year.

Bonilla, 60, was charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and with carrying machine guns and destructive devices as part of the conspiracy in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“I am not a villain, I am a former officer of the National Police with the rank of general, who served my country and served society,” Bonilla, who is not in U.S. custody, told a Honduran television network in response to the charges. He said he could defend himself “anywhere” against the accusations, which he said were false.

Bonilla has held multiple official positions, including chief of the Honduran National Police from about 2012 to 2013. Prosecutors said Bonilla took bribes to allow drug shipments to pass through Honduras undisturbed, and passed information about law enforcement activities to drug traffickers.

Prosecutors said that Tony Hernandez told a witness now cooperating with U.S. authorities that Bonilla was “very violent” and was trusted with “special assignments, including murders.” Bonilla took part in the 2011 murderer of a rival drug trafficker at the request of Tony Hernandez and others, and later claimed to investigate that murder, prosecutors said.

Multiple Honduran officials have been charged in the United States with drug-related offenses. Several have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.

The president’s office said later on Thursday that the accusations against the Honduran leader were “100%” false.

The president has repeatedly denied the allegations, representing himself as tough on drugs and responsible for breaking up the six most powerful cartels in Honduras and extraditing numerous traffickers to the United States.

He has not been charged with a crime, but U.S. prosecutors and witnesses at Tony Hernandez’s trial have implicated him in drug trafficking and taking bribes. One witness said he took $1 million from Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Tony Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

CORONAVIRUS: How are we doing with our new year resolutions?

Photo taken in Shediac NB, Canada - contemplating a hard winter - Image Copyright Martha Leah Nangalama
My new year resolutions for 2020, written on December 31, 2019 said the following:

1) Write home
2) Kiss and hug the girls
3) Write letters or posts of gratitude
4) Eat 3 meals daily and gain at least 5 kilos in 2020
5) Read, read as if my life depends on it...because my life depends on reading.
6) Stop calling people IDIOTS even if they usually deserve it.
7) Learn to meditate
8) Write
9) Research every topic thrown at me.
10) Return to church.

April 30, 2020 - update on New Year resolutions
1) Write home - I did

2) Kiss and hug the girls - this one hurts a lot because they are in lockdown in Toronto

3) Write letters or posts of gratitude - done

4) Eat 3 meals daily and gain at least 5 kilos in 2020 - I think here is when we take the 5th amendment.

5) Read, read as if my life depends on it...because my life depends on reading. - without reading, I would not be anywhere in life. Reading is the most fantastic gift and in this lockdown, reading is an absolute blessing. If you can read, thank your parents and your country. Go tell your teachers THANKS. Reading is the most magnificent thing I have ever met in my life. One can read at work, for their job. One can read while in school, for their exams. One can read for fun, like fiction Gullivers Island. Or even History, like when Napoleon went to Russia and things fell apart... but this story of Napoleon is truly worth using Google to find the entire book online. READING...but There is a River Between.... Can you imagine that some people cannot read? And some of us read and want to preach reading but what is the river between us who read and those who do not read?

6) Stop calling people IDIOTS even if they usually deserve it. No apologies on not fulfilling this resolution. Some people are really idiots and how are we supposed to even forgive such a thing?

7) Learn to meditate .... The music on Youtube is not working out too good for me on this one. Keep trying. Oh... I would like to meditate on the sound of tam tums...the drums, the beat, the loud sounds in my head. I wanna do it while dancing kadodi, to the beat and bouncing and bopping, dancing here and kick my leg over there while shaking what my mom gave me.... OKAY, I guess, we have work to do on this Meditation thing. Gonna happen though because if you cannot leave your house, at least learn the gift of SILENCE. Breath. Let go. Close your eyes. Hear the gentle breeze upon your face. There is a fountain with water falling gently, kinda like what you see at Sipi Falls. Swoosh. Awaaash. Soothe... Waterfall. ** I am gonna have to try this one myself.

8) Research every topic thrown at me.... Done...doing,,,didding it.

9) Return to church. CHURCHES are kind of closed but it will happen when places of worship get opened. Who woulda thunk in December 2019 that church would be banned??? AND imagine for like two weeks I was feeling horrible for skipping church? NOW, I CAN SKIP church till Dr. Bill Gates finds the vaccine and we all get innoculated. Hallelujah Praise God. Amen Jesus. I love you. God Bless you bro.

8) Write -- DONE. I just wrote my story.
☝️☝️☝️☝️ Write your story. I just wrote my story. In a decade from now, your children will ask you "What were you doing during the pandemic daddy?"  "Mommy, tell me about the great pandemic"....

Then in 30yrs, your grand children will return from school with a project on THE GREATEST HUMAN SHOCKING THINGS" and the child will have been assigned to write about the CHINESE VIRUS PANDEMIC OF 2020. What will you tell your grand child?

Please write your story. Write for your sanity. Write for your children. Write for your great grand children. WRITE. Write your story.
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MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
Moncton, Canada - Lockdown Day 44
Bududa, Uganda

CORONAVIRUS: 33 countries, territories that are yet to report a single case of covid-19

The last places on earth without the coronavirus - Cyprus Mail
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By REUTERS

PUBLISHED APRIL 29, 2020, LAST UPDATED APRIL 30, 2020

Despite infecting more than 3 million people around the world, there are still 33 countries and territories that are yet to report a single case of coronavirus.

As of April 20, 2020, 214 countries and terrorities of the 247 recognised by the United Nations have seen at least one case of COVID-19. Of these, 190 have also experienced local transmission — where the virus is spread amongst the local community.

From the 214 countries that have cases, at least 166 have also confirmed at least one fatality.
Number of countries and territories with fatalities
Jan.Feb.Mar.Apr.050100150200Countries with no casesCountries with cases,but no fatalitiesCountries with fatalities

However, just because a nation has not reported an infection, it does not necessarily mean there have been no cases. For example, North Korea has not reported any cases but it is bordered by China, Russia, and South Korea, all dealing with a high number of cases, meaning the virus may well have made it into the secretive state.
Countries and territories without any cases of COVID-19

Europe
Aland Islands
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands

Latin America
Bouvet Island
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Asia
North Korea
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan

Africa
British Indian Ocean Territory
Comoros
French Southern Territories
Lesotho
Saint Helena

Oceania
American Samoa
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Cook Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Nauru
Niue
Norfolk Island
Palau
Pitcairn
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tokelau
Tonga
Tuvalu
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Vanuatu
Wallis and Futuna Islands

All countries in North America and the Middle East have had at least one case of COVID-19.
Most of the places yet to report a case of the virus are small, hard-to-reach island nations, many in the Pacific. Several such as Nauru, Tuvalu, Pitcairn, Tokelau and Niue are some of the least-populated places in the world.

Only eight of the 29 countries and territories in Oceania have reported cases.

When looking at the countries by region, it becomes clear how the virus spread around the world. The first countries to deal with the virus were in Asia. Here, there seemed to be two waves of expansion across borders. In Europe, many countries started to report cases in the week from late February to early March. Latin America and Africa looked to be virus-free for January and February before the coronavirus spread rapidly through both continents.

Number of countries and territories by regionAsia32countriesNorth America5Europe50Oceania29Middle East20Latin America52Africa59Jan.Feb.Mar.Apr.Local transmissionImported

Four countries and territories have reduced infections to zero after reporting cases earlier. after reporting cases. None has reported deaths or state any currently active infections, with previous cases fully recovered.

Countries and territories where all reported cases have recovered
Anguilla
Greenland
Saint-Barthélemy
Saint Lucia

As the contagion closes in and outbreaks grow in surrounding nations, the remote nations yet to report cases will hope to keep it that way. Some have closed borders and taken preventative measures in order to remain virus free as long as possible.



The last places on earth without the coronavirus

(Reuters) - Despite infecting more than 3 million people around the world, there are still 33 countries and territories that have yet to report a single case of the novel coronavirus. These include Comoros, Lesotho, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and tiny far-flung island nations in the Pacific such as Nauru, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

CORONAVIRUS: Optometry not essential service in New Brunswick Canada



MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA - On January 28, 2020, I saw my Ophthalmologist who checked my eyes and gave me a prescription for a pair of glasses. My glasses were to cost around $800. I did not go fill the prescription right away because I was kinda broke. I decided that I would use a bit of savings from February and March and then buy the glasses in April.

Then, imagine, we go in lockdown before I have saved up enough money to buy my pair of glasses. Even in April when I could barely afford it but was gonna go buy a pair, eye wear is not considered an essential service. And hearing is also not essential. 

No wonder we are blind and deaf to what is going on around and about us. I see letters in front of me but cannot make out words. That means I cannot make out sentences. That means I cannot make out meaning.

The not hearing is also related to not being able to read words from letters, not being able to read sentences from words, not being able to read paragraphs out of the sentences and the worst thing is not being able to piece paragraphs to read chapters that lead to the book...the STORY.

During this lockdown, I pray that I may read to understand. That I may see beauty to remind me of life. That I may listen so that I can hear. Hear truth. Hear love. Hear life. Hear the sound of silence. I pray that my eyes get opened so that I can truly see, that my ears get opened so that I can hear even the most lowest voice, like a cricket in the evening or the bird singing at dawn. 

When this war is over, I hope that I will have learned humility. That I would have learned patience. That I would have learned about sacrifice. That I would, above all, have learned to smile. It has been very long since I last smiled. I would love to smile again. That this pandemic can return my smile, for this, I will be very grateful. Do not even give me the damn glasses. Just give me my smile back. I feel naked for I am not wearing a smile anymore. MLN
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By ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS

What is an optometrist?

Optometrists provide comprehensive eye examinations to determine the overall health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. They are primary eye care providers who detect, diagnose, treat, prevent and co-manage any eye-related issues. They also provide eyewear products.
As well, optometrists may refer patients to appropriate specialists for advanced medical, surgical or laser treatments.

Optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians: Who does what?
Optometrists

An optometrist is the primary health-care provider for vision and eye health concerns in Ontario. Optometrists have completed a Bachelor’s degree, primarily in sciences, before completing their Doctorate of Optometry degree. The doctorate is an additional four years of study including classroom and clinical education. They may do an additional year of clinical residency training. Optometrists are highly educated and clinically trained to examine and treat the eyes and visual systems of any patient, regardless of their age.

Ophthalmologists
An ophthalmologist is the secondary-level health-care provider. They are surgeons and specialists in eye disease who have completed a Bachelor Degree and four years of medical school at an accredited university. They have completed a residency in medical and surgical care of the eyes at an accredited university hospital. Patients usually require a referral from their optometrist to obtain an appointment with an ophthalmologist.

Opticians
Opticians are the third member of the eye care team. They are trained and licensed through a college program to fabricate, fit and adjust vision aids based on the prescription of an optometrist. They do not assess, diagnose or treat eye conditions, and they cannot check or write prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

All three professions are governed by their respective Colleges under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act.

UGANDA: WHO SET THE TRAP FOR PARLIMENT OVER THE 10BN COVID-19 CASH???


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By CHANGE OF GUARDS

"I told the Speaker that you got yourself into a trap.  I told her now that you are already in the trap, take the money to the District Task Force."
     Museveni's recent address to the nation. 

On April 7, Parliament passed a COVID-19 supplementary budget of 304bn shillings whereby the Security and Health sectors took almost an equal share. During the same occasion Parliament was out of the blue presented with and it hastily passed another 638.9bn shillings supplementary budget for classified expenditure by Ministry of Defence and State House. The Speaker of Parliament suffocated any dissenting  debate over the said two supplementary budgets. Parliament also allocated itself 10bn shillings from the said 304bn whereby each legislator was to take 20m for the anti-COVID-19 efforts in their respective constituencies. 

To divert the population from questioning the 638.9bn supplementary budget that was  given to Defense and State House, through his propaganda machinery, Museveni initiated a public debate over the 10bn (20m for each Parlimentarian) shillings. The institution of Parliament was portrayed as being insensitive to the suffering of citizens amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of anger by the Speaker, having earlier blocked legislators from  discussing the minority report of the Budget Committee, two legislators went to court challenging the action of Parliament allocating itself 10bn shillings. On April 21, the High Court issued an interim order blocking Parliament from spending the 20bn pending determination of the main suit that was scheduled for April 29. In total disregard of the court order, on April 22, Museveni met the Speaker of Parliament and the Prime Minister over the said 10bn COVID-19 money and directed that Parliamentarians be incorporated into their respective District COVID-19 Task Force where they would spend the 20m shillings. That's when Parliament entered Museveni's trap. Armed with  Museveni's guidance over the said money, the Speaker of Parliament described the court order as "stupid". 

During the same address, Museveni described Parliament's self allocation of 20bn shillings as "bad planning and morally reprehensible" before threatening them with audit and bitter consequences. He went further to hypocritically question as to why parliamentarians were involved in purchasing and distributing food to the vulnerable poor. On April 29,  Hon. Rebecca Kadaga re-echoed Museveni's directive by declaring  that the legislators should hand over the said money to their respective District COVID-19 Task Force. Today, the Speaker of Parliament came out bitterly over what she described as consistent attack on the institution of Parliament by bother the executive and judiciary. She went ahead to question as to why focus there is focus on the 10bn shillings that was allotted to Parliament and not the classified multi-billion supplementary budgetary provisions that was made to the executive. She went ahead to point out the 59bn shillings that was given to the Prime Minister's office for buying relief food yet the food being distributed is "rotten" and the milk is "expired". 

The stage is set for another round of fighting between Museveni and Speaker Kadaga. There has been a protracted war over supremacy between Museveni and the institution of Parliament. Museveni has always wished to put Parliament under his feet and with his majority parliamentarians, he has succeeded in creating a parallel legislature dubbed NRM caucus. However, the current Speaker, Kadaga, has to some extent stood her ground in Defense of the institution of Parliament. Museveni has set several traps to bring her down but she has always rebranded her image. Generally, of all the institutions, it's only Parliament that is still standing, though on clutches courtesy of Speaker Kadaga. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the legislature came up with measures to supplement the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Task Force. On March 19, the Speaker appointed a COVID-19 Technical Team comprising three legislators from the Parliamentary Commission, the Sergeant at Arm's and the Parliamentary Doctor. Its mandate was to oversight the Ministry of Health COVID-19 National Task Force. At that time, Museveni had not even thought of establishing a national COVID-19 Task Force. It was only on March 25 when Museveni set up a Security National Task Force for enforcement of his decrees. It was not until around April 8 that Museveni appointed a COVID-19 National Task Force headed by the Prime Minister with the core mandate of resource mobilisation under the National Response Fund on COVID-19. 

When Museveni issued a decree banning almost all government business except the security services, health and customs which he described as those providing Essential Service, he had anticipated that Parliament would close down. With the Judiciary closed down and put in his pocket, Museveni wanted to enjoy running the country by decree without interference. However, though excluded from those government branches providing essential services, Parliament persistently continued with business and, more so, its oversight role on how the executive was handling the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Museveni wanted Parliament to close down and M.Ps to disperse to their respective constituencies. That is how he looked the other way when Parliament allocated itself 10bn shillings from the COVID-19 supplementary budget well knowing that it would help him see the legislators dispersing to their respective constituencies. To facilitate the process, he gave them a pat on the back by directing them through the Speaker to take the money to their respective District COVID-19 Task Forces. After they entered the trap, Museveni turned around and publicly condemned them for being insensitive. 

The Speaker has now realized that she was trapped by Museveni who is bent on destroying her, hence her retaliatory outburst. Otherwise, the so-called public backlash against Parliament is instigated by the Museveni camp to cover-up for the other almost 700bn shillings supplementary budget classified expenditure by Defense and State House while at the same time pursuing his protracted war with Parliament and Speaker Kadaga in particular. I hope Kadaga has this time around learnt some lessons and stands her ground so that Museveni does not achieve his objective. 

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM

UGANDA: MPs on WhatsApp with #CovidHeist - with minimal editing


#SHARED by a friend from Kampala

Here are some of the exchanges the MPs had on WhatsApp with minimal editing.

 “The money wasn’t meant for us. We mean less to H.E and please, I think it’s better to avoid getting in to trouble coz of what can easily be avoided. Give the vultures money to feast on   

“Yiiii nga morality teyakola Ku age limit? Mwebale kuyisa Cities. Ababaziza nnyo. Kaweddemu. [How come morality didn’t apply for the Age Limit cash? Thank you passing the motion for creation of new cities. He was calculative, game over.]  #COVID19UG”

“Sente zino zilimu ebyobufuzzi era akyazirina kyandibadde kirungi okuzizayo [This payment has turned too political, the best thing is for whoever has it to take it back]”

“So with the age limit money, it was never immoral!”

“The real leopard already spoke to the leopardess and she willingly said all is well sir. We planned wrongly
“Always conning. Now twice; in the age limit with the 2 years. Now the Shs 20m The last straw is fighting you out of Parliament.”

“My issue is not him conning Parliamentarians because I [know] the Shs 20m was not worth what the [constituency] was taking, we just have to recompose ourselves, use [the] court [case] to reject the money basing on [the] court [order] otherwise you will look funny.”

“No, with or without court, M7 has showed his true colors. He’s now a darling of the citizens and he can do away with parliament, period. How come he didn’t come out strong like this after the immoral, illegal moneys that exchanged hands during and after togikwatako [age limit debate]. He has achieved what he wanted he can now do away with parliament. It has always been like that.”

“And he’s going to fight hard to see that most of us don’t come back. If you think what he was referring to was a joke, wait for election time some people may not be nominated because of charges related to COVID-19 money.”

“Parliamentary Commission has to guide on what to do, as most MPs [have] already spent [the] money as per the Speaker’s guidance to buy medical [supplies] or food for the electorates.”

“Let MPs withdraw their ambulances [from the district Covid-19 task forces] or park it.”

 “All of us should take [back] the money to [the Parliamentary] Commission.”

“I have mine and if Hon. Mwijukye thinks that’s the best way he can redeem the shame they have brought to Parliament. Then I can deliver it to him soonest.”

“Theft is sanctioned by NRM! They have stolen billions, but we shall account for 20M from consolidated fund. I didn’t pick the Shs 200m courtesy of Yoweri for age limits. Nothing to do with Parliamentary Commission. Yoweri is the [******]. The voters must know!!! He can steal the votes…”

“The most important thing, H.E has [done] today is discrediting Parliament and knowing that it’s always useful, dumped and reusable.”

“The way to straighten things out is for Parliament to use the remaining term of expose the rot in government. Then people will think again, about who’re the looters of our country.”

“Colleagues most of us used the Shs 20m to alleviate the plight of our people at this time. [Parliamentary Commission] paid MPs initially without any instructions. The pay slips indicate it was facilitation. Since when have MPs accounted for such funds? Let’s put this money to good use and explain to voters. Giving it to the District Task Force is akin to putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. I’ve no shame, qualms about the money ’cause the whole lockdown cost me more than Shs 20m in responding to my constituents. Let’s keep focused & to the ground. I have not chewed a cent of that damned money. The Speaker should equally ignore the cheap populists from the high and mighty. Everyone will be looking for votes in a few months. The moral question will be, “What did U do for us when we were in need?” It’s all much ado about nothing. I wish HE could get the message, or even be taught a lesson by MPs.”

“If anyone of you wants praises from Kaguta’s son, just be working for him, don’t complain. Let him win in your constituency and you lose, you go begging for cheap favours, you will be his good friend. But for as long as you don’t dog him, begging, you are independent, he will fight until his last angel is dead.”

“I wonder what Odur and Karuhanga are doing now”

“They are waiting for their court fees; over a billion [Shillings] yet they spoiled names of colleagues for only Shs 20m.”

“There is a calculated move to weaken Kadaga and her institution. Because if you discussed with your fellow senior colleague and the speaker handled the matter by giving the guidelines, why do you come out in public to bash [her] again?”

“She’s also going to get his soft part and hit it hard that he will regret why he started hitting her.”

“The Speaker of Parliament must have been deceived by shallow minds within the commission. Otherwise, that’s not a commission fit to be headed by her. She is always smarter and clean.”

“Contradict her and put institution in total confusion. Now the commission headed by the Rt Hon Speaker has started receiving punches here! Terrible.”

“Of course guys have been conned and you now known him, as usual, the strategy is to phase out the whole lot with a few survivers if any. This time less than 5% would be best. Brace yourself to fight for your own survival politically.”

 “The public was as if beginning to forget the money they chewed for lifting the age limit but now again ”

Mweene Kaguta yazanire ba MP nk'akapiira.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Panic buying hikes prices



The prices for the Month April 2020 edged up 1.0% from highs 0.1% recorded in March 2020 in part attributed to COVID-19 related panic buying as families rushed to beef up food stocks of dry foods especially Maize flour and rice. However according to the director macroeconomic statistics at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Kaunda Aliziki Lubega, prices will soon drop to normal levels, in the short term. The annual headline inflation for the year ending April 2020 is recorded at 3.2 per cent compared to the 3.0 per cent recorded for the year ended March 2020. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Connect with us on Messenger via m.me/NTVUganda

NTVUganda has added Why the COVID-19 economic stimulus strategy is of great necessity video

Why the COVID-19 economic stimulus strategy is of great necessity



A cross sector of senior economic analysts, tax experts and providers of financial services, are intensifying the debate around the need for an immediate economic stimulus and recovery plan by government, ahead of partial unlocking of the economy, expected anytime soon. The need for prioritizing the economic stimulus plan, as initially disclosed in parliament; should be an impetus for private sector actors to re-align themselves with realities of the anticipated interventions within the economy now grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This key message was among the highlights of a televised discourse "Nation Forum Uganda", in which the key speakers were highlighting the COVID-19 economy; halting the decline and spurring recovery. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Connect with us on Messenger via m.me/NTVUganda

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Religious leaders applaud president’s COVID-19 leadership



Religious leaders have applauded President Museveni's leadership and guidance during the fight against COVID-19. The leaders, meeting the president at state house in Entebbe, added that the openness exhibited during this period is what has kept people confident in the government's direction of the situation. In response, the President noted that distributing food to the vulnerable is important as longs as it doesn't make them vulnerable. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Connect with us on Messenger via m.me/NTVUganda

Rwanda total debt hits $4.9b amid lockdown

A pedestrian crosses a road in downtown Kigali, Rwanda, on March 22, 2020. PHOTO | CYRIL NDEGEYA 
By THE EASTAFRICAN

Rwanda has borrowed extensively in the past month to mitigate against the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic, accruing an accumulated debt of close to $200 million in March alone.

By the end of 2018, the country’s total debt was estimated at $4.9 billion (most of which is concessional), representing 53.6 per cent of GDP, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank both agree that the loan is manageable and below the debt distress alarm.

In this pandemic period, Rwanda has borrowed $109 million from the IMF, $14 million from the World Bank and $1 million in the form of aid from the United States.

The EU also approved a grant of $56 million, while the government can also tap into $10 billion made available by the African Development Bank through its Covid-19 Response Facility for African states.

The government’s austerity measures—such as the suspension of April salaries for majority of public officials—will help to ease government expenditure.

But the debt distress is now higher, considering that all economic activities are suspended across the country, which means less tax collection and revenues from exports. This is on top of the millions of dollars being lost from cancellation of conferences and summits, and the grounding of the national carrier, RwandAir.

Breathing space

Rwanda is also in a group of 25 countries under the IMF’s debt relief plan and will receive up to $11 million in debt service relief from the IMF for a period of six months.

By the time of going to press, government officials had declined to comment on the national debt.

Rwanda will also get breathing space after the G20 announced last week on Wednesday a suspension of debt service payments for the world’s poorest countries starting May 1, until the end of 2020.

A donation from the Jack Ma Foundation of 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 protective gear, has been significant in saving the country from spending a fortune on buying the same.

Rwanda’s economy was on an impressive trajectory before the coronavirus pandemic in March, growing at an average of eight per cent, with the IMF predicting that this growth could remain or improve to 8.5 per cent for 2020 and 2021.

Now, as the coronavirus ravages the world, both IMF and Rwanda have cut the country’s growth forecast to 5.1 per cent.

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Education and Sports minister Janet Museveni has applauded universities that have embraced technology to ensure that learning continues in spite of the COVID-19 shutdown. The First Lady has however requested universities to ensure that all the intended work is covered. Local Governments have also been directed to make sure that printed educational material reaches all students in the country. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Connect with us on Messenger via m.me/NTVUganda

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Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga has said that the force is ready to implement guidelines by Ministry of Works and Transport regarding trucks. The ministry designated new resting areas for cross-border truck drivers away from their usual towns. It also limited the number of people in the trucks. This applies to both foreign and Ugandan trucks. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Connect with us on Messenger via m.me/NTVUganda

Tanzania parliament suspended as another lawmaker dies

He said Parliament will do all that is in its powers to make sure the legislator is buried in Sumve, a constituency that he has represented since 1995 on the CCM ticket.
Ndassa's death comes 10 days after the ruling party CCM lost another MP, the Reverend Gertrude Rwakatare, who died in Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen

The speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai yesterday suspended parliamentary sessions following the death of Sumve MP Richard Ndassa in Dodoma.

Ndassa is the second legislator to have died in the past 10 days in Tanzania.
Ndassa who was aged 61, died in the early hours after a short illness, Speaker Ndugai confirmed but he did not reveal the cause of death.

President John Magufuli sent condolences to the greasing family and the speaker, describing the late Ndassa as a friend and counterpart in his political career.

"I recall in 1995 when Ndassa and I became members of Parliament. He was an MP for Sumve constituency and I was the MP for Biharamulo East which is now known as Chato constituency. May his soul rest in peace," said a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications, quoting President Magufuli. According to the Speaker, the Parliament was in consultation with his family and government over his burial which is expected to take place today.

He said Parliament will do all that is in its powers to make sure the legislator is buried in Sumve, a constituency that he has represented since 1995 on the CCM ticket.

Ndassa's death comes 10 days after the ruling party CCM lost another MP, the Reverend Gertrude Rwakatare, who died in Dar es Salaam.

Covid-19: Catholic Church calls off 2020 Uganda martyrs day celebrations

Uganda Martyr's Catholic Shrine Namugongo. For the first time in many years, the annual Catholic Uganda martyr’s day feast will not occur as COVID-19 has affected preparation plans, movement of pilgrims and stringent restrictions on public gatherings. FILE PHOTO 
Written by URN for DAILY MONITOR 

The 2020 Catholic Uganda Martyr's Day feast slated for May 29th for the youth and June 3 for the rest, has been called off due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For the first time in many years, the annual Catholic Uganda martyr’s day feast will not occur as COVID-19 has affected preparation plans, movement of pilgrims and stringent restrictions on public gatherings.

Masaka diocese which had been chosen by the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) to organize the first-ever double celebration of the feast, has officially communicated to the bishops’ conference about the development.

Rev Fr Ronald Mayanja, the Masaka Diocesan communications director, says although at first, they thought that the lockdown could be lifted, but because the situation is not yet back to normal, they decided to call off the celebrations.

He, however, notes that the diocese remains ready to organize for the next feast day if at all it reaches again when the battle against the virus has been successful.

“Masaka diocese had already raised over Shs300 million in preparation for the feast which required a total of Shs950 million. Although the feast has been postponed, we have not dissolved the standing organizing committees,” Rev. Fr Mayanja said
In a letter addressed to all members of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the conference's chairperson, echoed the need to postpone the feast as the right decision given the prevailing circumstance which has made worship and celebration of the Eucharist, sacraments and other liturgical-pastoral activities very difficult.

“The position of Masaka Diocese should be understood in light of the fact that organizing the celebrations requires frequent meetings. It demands unfettered movement of persons. Above all, with the virus still alive in many countries including Uganda, it is not certain when restrictions on gatherings and movements will be lifted,” observed Bishop Zziwa.

He further argued that even if the government of Uganda lifts the ban today, there would not be enough time to prepare for the feast, thus appealing to episcopal conference members to understand the situation and accept to postpone of Uganda Martyrs Day. He notes that on a later date, the conference will come up with another arrangement.

Meanwhile, the Church of Uganda, which also marks the day, has not come up with a decision regarding the same. Sadiki Adams, the Communications Officer at the church of Uganda Provincial Secretariat says that the top leadership of the church is still studying the situation.

The annual celebration was set aside in honor of the martyrdom of 45 young men who converted to Christianity between 1885 and 1887 to the annoyance of the then Kabaka, Mwanga II of Buganda, who ordered that they be burnt to death. Millions of pilgrims from within and outside Uganda descend on Namugongo, the site where the majority of the converts were martyred, in celebration of their bravery.

The martyr’s day feast is not the first religions feast to be affected, this year Christians across the world observed Easter celebrations from their homes due to the changed mode of prayer in the wake of COVID-19, with all denominations, bending the rules, rituals, and patterns of praying.

Since COVID -19 was declared a pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised several countries to close public places like schools and places of worship among others as a precautionary measure to avoid spread of the virus.

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“The Arts” and Kenyon Cox: A Mural in the Thomas Jefferson Building (PHOTOS)

April 30, 2020 by Melissa Lindberg, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The following is a post by Kristi Finefield, Reference Specialist in the Prints & Photographs Division, and member of the Picture This blog team. As the Library of Congress marks its 220th year, we take the opportunity to explore one example of its efforts to sustain and celebrate the arts in its physical spaces.

Above the north doors of the barrel-vaulted Southwest Gallery, there is a mural painting known simply as “The Arts.” Its companion piece, also painted by American painter Kenyon Cox, is at the far end of the room above the south doors, “The Sciences.” Part of a remarkable effort to decorate the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building with painting and sculpture, these murals also provide an opportunity to better understand how such large scale art is created. “The Arts” is 34 feet wide by 9 ½ feet tall. Through the Prints and Photographs Division’s collections, we can peek into the artist’s process. Let’s start with the finished mural, photographed in place:


Second Floor, Southwest Gallery. Panel of The Arts by Kenyon Cox. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2007. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.02238

Visitors to the newly opened Library of Congress building in 1897 (previously the Library had been housed in the U.S. Capitol) saw the Arts personified in five figures: Poetry at the center, with Architecture and Music to the left and Sculpture and Painting on the right. All bear an object identifying the art they represent, such as the miniature marble column held by Architecture and a painter’s palette by the figure of Painting.

Appropriately, this mural decorated a space devoted to the display of arts (and that continues to serve as an exhibition space today), drawn from the Department of Graphic Arts, the earliest predecessor to the Prints and Photographs Division, as seen in this early 1900s photo (note “The Arts” above the doors):


Exhibit area, second floor, southwest gallery, Library of Congress, looking towards mural called “The Arts”. Photo by Levin C. Handy, circa 1900s. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a37605

This mural’s story started in 1894, when Superintendent of Construction Bernard R. Green offered Kenyon Cox $5,000 to decorate these two lunettes. Despite the fact that the commission would barely cover his costs, Cox took the job, as he was taken by the idea of creating art for a public building, where many would see and enjoy.

Over the course of the next few years, Cox developed these two large scale works. We can see parts of his process in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division.

A full color scaled painting of the work at one inch to one foot shows the layout and figures in rough form:


The arts – decoration for the Library of Congress. Painting by Kenyon Cox, copyrighted 1896. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.23143

This larger painting for the final work shows a more refined version, focused on line and form rather than color, and the gridlines are visible that will be used to scale it up to the final canvas size:


The arts – decoration for the Library of Congress. Painting by Kenyon Cox, circa 1896. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52930

To get the figures from the first painting to the final, Cox sketched nude and drapery studies for each figure. The drapery studies, where Cox would work through the light and shadow of the fabric clothing for Music (left) and Architecture (right) are shown below, and the grid pattern used for scaling them is clearly visible here as well:





Drapery study for figure of Music, Library of Congress. Drawing by Kenyon Cox, circa 1896.
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Clothed study for female figure of Architecture, for mural. “The Arts” at the Library of Congress. Drawing by Kenyon Cox, circa 1896. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.23050


Cox did not paint his murals directly on the wall, as some artists did, but instead painted the canvases at his studio. He came to Washington, D.C. in May of 1896 to see the final works installed, and stayed to do some painting and adjustments to fit them within the space and the colors of the room. In a letter to his wife from his visit, Cox raves: “I’m very proud of them and delighted with them in decorative character, in line and in color. They look as if they had grown on the wall by a law of nature, they fit so perfectly.”

These women continue to oversee exhibitions and visitors to the Library of Congress, here seen above opening night of an exhibit devoted to women’s suffrage:


Guests look through the “Shall Not Be Denied” exhibition on the opening night, June 4, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. https://www.flickr.com/photos/library-of-congress-life/48079406641/in/album-72157709124022576/

Learn More:
The Library of Congress is celebrating its 220th birthday! Join in, and enjoy many exciting online offerings to mark the occasion.
Enjoy other images of the history of the Library of Congress through our Flickr album and Instagram.
Explore the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building through the photos of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
Experience the work of Kenyon Cox in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
View a detailed reference guide to the art and architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building.