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Sunday, June 10th, 2018


AFRICA: Leo Sarkisian, founder of VOA’s Music Time in Africa Program, dies at 97 – VIDEO

Leo Sarkisian, the creator and longtime producer of The Voice of America’s “Music Time in Africa,” has died. He was 97. VOA – Known by his fans as the “Music Man of Africa,” Sarkisian spent a half-century traveling Africa, listening to local musicians and capturing their performances. Those recordings became the basis of VOA’s longest-running English program. “Leo always left you feeling like you were special. He didn’t treat anyone less or greater based on their social standing or age or anything, it seemed. He was a true gentleman andRead More

UGANDA: Alice Lakwena’s father is doing “spiritual” work, police interfering

Mr Severino Lukoya walks out of Gulu Central Police Station in 2016 after briefly being detained following the death of a child at his temple. PHOTO BY JULIUS OCUNGI Lakwena’s father accuses police of interfering with his spiritual work GULU (DAILY MONITOR) – Mzee Severino Lukoya, 95, the father to Alice Lakwena, the former leader of the Holy Spirit Movement (HSM), has accused the police of interfering with his spiritual work across the northern region. Mr Lukoya is the founder of the New Jerusalem International Tabernacle Ministries in Gulu Municipality thatRead More

Wikipedia article of the day for June 11, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for June 11, 2018 is Hogwarts Express (Universal Orlando Resort). The Hogwarts Express is an 1,800 mm (5 ft 10 7⁄8 in) broad gauge railway, people mover, and attraction within the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, in the United States. The route runs 676 meters (2,218 ft) between Hogsmeade station in the Islands of Adventure theme park and King’s Cross station in the London area of the Universal Studios Florida theme park. The railway provides a connection between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade within the resort’s Wizarding World of HarryRead More

TANZANIA: Wildebeest migration to stay longer in Serengeti this year – VIDEO

DAILY NEWS – The world famous wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park will most likely not be able to reach Maasai Mara in Kenya in October, this year as it is regularly used to. According to, the great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. The main reason for this, as evidenced by the spots in the Serengeti Park, is that the last year and theRead More

UGANDA: Broke regime to now tax wedding parties

Ceremony. Leaders conduct an introduction ceremony in Lwengo District recently. PHOTO BY MALIK FAHAD JJINGO Lyatonde, Kalungu move to tax wedding partiesLYANTONDE (DAILY MONITOR) – In a bid to raise local revenue, Lyatonde and Kalungu districts in Masaka sub-region have resolved to tax residents organising parties. According to the resolutions passed by councillors in the two districts, effective this new financial year, residents will pay a levy ranging between Shs20,000 and Shs100,000, for organising various ceremonies. The parties, where organisers will be taxed include weddings, introductions, birthday and baptism parties. MsRead More

G7 SUMMIT: Kenya to open embassy in Senegal, grow ties with Jamaica

Kenya will open an embassy in Senegal in four months to boost engagement, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.THE STAR – In talks with President Macky Sall during the G7 Summit at the weekend, Uhuru noted that Senegal is important to the expansion of trade, especially through the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). “The AfCFTA deal we agreed in Kigali has to be supported by bilateral actions so we are reaching out to Senegal to expand our trade frontiers and boost people-to-people relations necessary for trade,” he said. The embassyRead More

SOUTH SUDAN: Juba to work with Bashir to repair oil infrastructure

Sudan, South Sudan To Jointly Repair Oil Infrastructure By Irina Slav, OILPRICE.COM Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to jointly repair oil infrastructure that was damaged during the bloody civil war that resulted in the split in 2011, Reuters reports, citing the information minister of South Sudan.The infrastructure should be repaired within the next three months in order to allow the ramp-up of oil production in the youngest nation in Africa, which also took most of the old country’s oil wealth. South Sudan is almost completely dependent on oil revenues, notRead More

PARENTING: How to raise humans – the good type – #MeBest

10 Ways to Raise Extraordinary Human Beings (by Joy Hartman) As a family therapist for over 25 years, I have had the absolute privilege of walking side by side with thousands of families – families suffering from addictions, life-changing mental health diagnosis, families with complex medical needs, children without families, and families who have suffered devastating losses of children.In graduate school, we were taught many ways to support each family. But the single greatest approach, in my opinion, is the Strengths Based Theory. This theory holds that every single personRead More

SOMALIA: Twenty minutes for military chopper to reach injured US soldiers

Bodies of people who were said to have been killed in an attack by the Shabab in Somalia last month.CreditMohamed Abdiwahab/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Quick Evacuation in Somalia Firefight Shows Disparity in U.S. Resources in Africa WASHINGTON (New York Times) — A medical evacuation helicopter reached five United States Special Forces soldiers in Somalia on Friday roughly 20 minutes after they radioed that they were being shelled by Islamist militants, according to a military spokesman, a prompt response that underlines the disparity in American military resources spread across Africa.Read More

LEARNING ENGLISH: One of English’s most beautiful words – AUDIO

What is one of the beautiful English words? (The Radio City Rockettes are standing in front of a clue!) Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Each week, we take a close look at words and expressions commonly used in American English. But, let’s be honest. Language is not fair. Some words are just more beautiful than others. Take the word “moist,” for example. “Moist” was recently named one of the ugliest words in the English language. The word sounds dirty, and its meaning is not allRead More