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Thursday, April 26th, 2018


USA: Senate committee passes bill to protect special counsel Mueller

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won’t let it reach the Senate floor. But the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee added to the pressure on McConnell by voting for the measure and saying McConnell should change his mind. “While my constitutional concerns remain, IRead More

USA: Bill Cosby convicted of sexually assaulting woman

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):1:50 p.m. Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the “Cosby Show” star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges. Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His lawyer called ConstandRead More

PARENTING: Something magical about borning a baby

The whole thing of being a parent is truly magical. This is a feel good story unlike my usual stories. Ahem. In Canada we attend lessons on how to make a baby. Then how to be pregnant. Then labour for both parents. Followed with breastfeeding. Followed with how to raise smart baby. We are also told that it costs $1mln to raise a baby to age 18. As if parenting ends there. We also have college / university. Me, I skipped all the training. I was gonna get a babyRead More

UGANDA: Regime is borrowing USD $40mln to curtail sexual harassment @UNRAug

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA – UNRA does really need that money. I am on record for being one of the loudest critics of the excesses in UNRA. However, on this one, I fully support them for not repairing all the roads and bridges and borrowing for SEX. In my right state of mind, I would have said “cut their dicks off. Castrate them. Lock them up and throw the keys in the Nile”. But that would have been the old MLN. Now things have changed. A student from Makerere has beenRead More

KENYA: Nairobi Matatu ban fails to take effect as demolition of illegal structures continues

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko flanked by Engineer Fred Karanja during a meeting with matatu owners in Nairobi where he gave a new directive that matatus shouldn’t access the CBD with an aim to reduce traffic in Nairobi Central Business District. [Willis Awandu/Standard] NAIROBI (STANDARD MEDIA) – Matatus are still operating in Nairobi’s central business district despite a ban that was meant to take effect this week. Transport and Infrastructure Executive Mohamed Dagane had directed through a notice that all matatus cease to operate in the CBD effective Monday. A spot checkRead More

New Poetry Podcast Series Launches

New Poetry Podcast Series Launches By Wendi Maloney Published April 26, 2018 at 11:19AM This is a guest post by Anne Holmes of the Poetry and Literature Center. U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks with Rob Casper of the Poetry and Literature Center for the inaugural recording in the center’s new podcast series, “From the Catbird Seat.” Photo by Anne Holmes. As April winds down, our celebration of National Poetry Month at the Library of Congress is still going strong: Today we launch “From the Catbird Seat,” a newRead More

TANZANIA: Today Magufuli deployed security goons on opposition wanna be demonstrations

via IFTTT April 26, 2018 at 10:16AM Video from Dar es Salaam. The situation of some parts of Tanzania today after all oppositions threatening the government to stage a nationawide strike. Looks like President Magufuli has learned well from the other dictators in EAC. His police are on record yesterday April 25, 2018 saying “let opposition try to demonstrate. We will beat them like stray dogs”. By the way, people need to start respecting dogs! More updates to follow. MLN If you sleep with dogs, you will catch fleas. MarthaRead More

Today in History – April 26

Today in History – April 26 Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s foremost landscape architect of the nineteenth century, was born on April 26, 1822. Continue reading. William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Continue reading. Click here to search Today in History for other historic moments. Read more on Today in History – April 26 —— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 26, 2018 at 09:02AM

UGANDA: Govt approved up to standards school compared to closed Bridge schools

        MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA – Closure of Bridge Academy schools is purely political. For those born earlier than the era of rampant incurable contagious vaccineless yellow fever (aka before President Yoweri Museveni). Those lucky enough to have had 3 meals daily, great education and healthcare. Before kawukumi and envunza entered parliament. Before the country went to the dogs. Wait wait. Before the rabid dogs took over our country. Where was this story going anyway? Naboodi Primary School in Sironko District – PICTURES (Makuma) Where pupils attend theirRead More

UGANDA: Anthrax outbreak confirmed in Arua

19 infected as anthrax hits Arua, 1 dead The disease is generally regarded as being non-contagious. Courtesy photo UGANDA, ARUA (DAILY MONITOR) – Nineteen people have so far been infected following the outbreak of the deadly anthrax in Arua District. The disease was first reported in Rhino Camp refugee settlement and one has so far died since the outbreak was confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute last month. The district veterinary officer, Dr Willy Nguma, said: “It is unfortunate that the ministry and other partners have been silent onRead More