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Sunday, July 29th, 2018


Wikipedia article of the day for July 30, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 30, 2018 is Octopus. The octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-armed mollusc of the order Octopoda, with around 300 known species. Along with squids, cuttlefish and nautiloids, they are classed as cephalopods. The mouth with its hard beak is at the base of the arms, which trail behind the animal as it swims. A siphon is used both for respiration and for locomotion, by expelling a jet of water. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the mostRead More

UGANDA: Museveni wanted a longer war against Amin to kill more Ugandans

AMIN’S WAR WAS NOT CONSUMMATED Museveni was asked his take on the war that toppled Amin and his response was that, the war was not long enough and people didn’t learn a lesson not to challenge a sitting government ( meaning that less people died in the war) Indeed , when interviewed by the magazine ‘New African’ of September 1980, Yoweri Museveni expresses the wish for the war against Amin to have lasted longer when he says: “Frankly, I would have preferred a much more protracted struggle. That would haveRead More

CORRUPTION: Only in Kenya do people use tribe to defend the indefensible

Current and former Kenya Power managers were arraigned in court on July 17, 2018 over corruption. The corruption purge can only succeed when those in the criminal justice system — especially the police, the DPP and the courts — have the confidence to do their work without interference, intimidation or threats from those with vested interests. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP DAILY NATION – Like many other Kenyans, I join the chorus of wishing that sanity returns to the country as regards corruption. There is only so farRead More

UGANDA to start exporting current surplus electricity

More than 2,644 people have been affected by the transmission lines that stretch through the districts of Wakiso, Mpigi, Kalungu and Masaka. FILE PHOTO  UETCL commissions lines for power export Kampala (DAILY MONITOR) – Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) has c ommissioned power lines to export electricity. Speaking during a tour of different substations in Kampala, Mr Kenneth Otim, the UETCL senior public relations officer, said Uganda is generating surplus electricity, which needs to be exported to neighboring markets such as South Sudan and DR Congo. “We currently generateRead More

UGANDA: Masaka residents dumping feces in Lake Victoria, choking on garbage

Encroached. A man collects garbage at Lambu Landing Site in Bukakata Sub-county in Masaka District last Saturday. PHOTO BY ALI MAMBULE  Bukakata, Lambu residents dumping garbage into lake Masaka (DAILY MONITOR) – Residents of Lambu Landing Site and Bukibonga Parish in Bukakata Sub-county, Masaka District have resumed dumping solid waste matter into Lake Victoria, a vice that had ceased three years ago, Daily Monitor has established.They claim that the solid waste generated in the area is not collected frequently and the two tractors government donated to the area to collectRead More

CAMBODIA: Ruling party claims victory in much-criticized election

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) said on Sunday that it had won a general election that rights groups said was neither free nor fair due to voter intimidation and the absence of any significant challenger to Prime Minister Hun Sen. With no real opposition to speak of, Hun Sen was widely expected to win. But the election was widely criticized as a sham because of a campaign of intimidation by Hun Sen and his allies against critics and the dissolution of the main opposition lastRead More

LEARNING ENGLISH: Clothing Manufacturers Use 3-D Images to Speed Up Production

In this Feb. 15, 2018 photo, designer Tiffany Tam shows sketches of a handbag she designed on her computer at a Betabrand store in San Francisco. VOA LEARNING ENGLISH – When Betabrand recognized that knitwear was becoming a popular look in running shoes, the company asked users of its website what kinds of footwear they liked. Using their answers, the clothing manufacturer had its version of the shoe available on the website in just one week. What the users saw was a three dimensional (3-D) picture of the running shoe. TheRead More

TRUMP: US Secretly Begins Tracking Ordinary Air Passengers

SPUTNIK – Previously only those involved in criminal activities or on the terrorist do-not-fly watchlists have been subject to surveillance by US air marshals. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started tracking the movements and activities of ordinary US citizens on commercial flights, The Boston Globe reported, citing anonymous sources within the TSA. According to media reports, the practice has not been met with enthusiasm by US air marshals and other airport security employees who are already encumbered with overlapping duties and do not relish the idea of observing ordinaryRead More

LEARNING ENGLISH: Wives of Boko Haram Militants Struggle with Group’s Image – AUDIO, VIDEO

VOA LEARNING ENGLISH – In a new, two-level building near low-cost housing, more than 20 women, all covered in brightly colored clothing, listen to their teacher. He speaks to them in two languages, Hausa and Kanuri. He explains how the women can save money and use it together. He suggests they set up a cooperative – an organization owned and operated by the people who use its services. For these women, this class is the answer to changing their lives. Some of the women are married to militants, members ofRead More

LEARNING ENGLISH: India’s Engineering Students Join Gay Rights Fight – AUDIO, VIDEO

VOA LEARNING ENGLISH – Twenty-seven-year-old Debottam Saha remembers how he became a victim of blackmail earlier this year. Saha is a gay man. One night, he went to meet a man who seemed kind to him, at first. But, as he told VOA, that soon changed. The man started making demands. He threatened to cut Saha’s throat unless he gave him money. In the end, Saha gave him money and left unharmed. Yet he could take no legal action: An Indian law dating back to colonial times says sex betweenRead More