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Thursday, February 15th, 2018


ECOWAS court rules Gambia violated Journalists’ rights

ECOWAS found that Gambia’s laws criminalizing speech and its treatment of four journalists during their arrest violated their rights NEW YORK, United States of America, February 15, 2018/ — The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed today by the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition, and false news. ECOWAS found that Gambia’s laws criminalizing speech and its treatment of four journalists during their arrest violated theirRead More

INDIA: Health minister caught abirigating on a wall

RT_COM – A local Indian health minister has made a splash for all the wrong reasons after being pictured urinating on a wall in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It comes amid a nationwide campaign to stop public defecation and promote hygiene. The picture of Kalicharan Saraf, the health minister for Rajasthan state, has gone viral on social media after being tweeted by a member of the opposition party. In the photo, Saraf is seen relieving himself in broad daylight on a wall on the roadside, while his official car is parked nearby.TheRead More

WORDS: Merriam-Webster word of the day NEBBISH

nebbish noun | NEB-ish Definition a timid, meek, or ineffectual person Did You Know? “From what I read … it looks like Pa isn’t anything like the nebbish Ma is always making him out to be….” Sounds like poor Pa got a bum rap, at least according to a 1951 book review that appeared in The New York Times. The unfortunate Pa unwittingly demonstrates much about the etymology of nebbish, which derives from the Yiddish nebekh, meaning “poor” or “unfortunate.” As you might expect for a timid word like nebbish,Read More

UGANDA: AG to review @SGS_SA contract for influence peddling, graft

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, has requested Parliament for time to study the contract between the government of Uganda and SGS (Societe Generale de Surveillance), the motor vehicle inspection firm. This followed debate on the report of the Committee on Physical Infrastructure where a majority of legislators unanimously supported the minority report, which recommended the termination of the contract with SGS citing fraud. The debate on the report entered its second day on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at a sitting of the House chaired by the Speaker RebeccaRead More

REFUGEES: DRCongo army fights Rwanda army in Eastern Congo, clash over M23

Fighting between Rwanda, Congo troops in DRC – The East African Heavy fighting broke out between the Rwandan and Congolese military in troubled eastern DR Congo after an incursion by Rwandan troops, according to a Congolese army spokesman. Investigations are underway to see if the clashes occurred because of a problem with border demarcation. The fighting occurred on Tuesday “on Congolese soil” close to the Rwandan border at the foot of Mount Nikeno in North Kivu province, Major Guillaume Djike told AFP. A senior officer in the DRC army, onRead More

CAREERS: 6 ways to goof off and get more done

THE LADDERS (ERIC BARKER) – But you can’t sprint for miles. There’s plenty of research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times. Here are six research-backed ways to get more done in less time by taking it easy. 1. Work less Working too hard for too long makes you less productive. Yes, pulling 60-hour weeks is impressive. But pull them for more than 2 months and you accomplish less than if you had only been working 40-hour weeks. Via Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much:Read More

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa sworn in as president

SOUTH AFRICA (Aubrey Allegretti, Skynews) – MPs sang as the former trade union official was confirmed as controversial leader Jacob Zuma’s replacement. Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the new President of South Africa after his predecessor Jacob Zuma finally relinquished power. He took the oath of office in Cape Town following his election in parliament earlier in the day. The former trade union official said fighting corruption and mismanagement of public services would be his administration’s top priorities. Image:Cyril Ramaphosa was elected South Africa’s new President One of theRead More

UGANDA: Regime moves to arrest Ankore kingdom, just like Rwenzururu / Rwenzori

This thread will be used to keep updating on the situation in Mbarara where a group of Ankore Kingdom supporters plus their king have been at the police station since 9:00AM Uganda time. The RPC of Mbarara is acting on ORDERS FROM ABOVE to hold them. They have been interrogated all day.  Statements have been taken from all of them.  They are still being held and we fear that they will be thrown in jail tonight. This is a shout out to all Ugandans, Civil Society, NGOs and all yIntelleketchosRead More

ETHIOPIA: PM Hailemariam Desalegn steps down

BBC – The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned, the country’s state TV reported. No reason has yet been given for the decision. Mr Hailemariam also stepped down as chairman of the country’s ruling coalition. His departure comes amid months of anti-government protests in Ethiopia’s largest regions, Oromia and Amhara. In the latest violence, 10 people were killed and dozens more injured following an opposition protest. The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza, in the capital Addis Ababa, says the government has released thousands of opposition supporters from jail in recent weeks,Read More

TRADE: Uganda resorts to selling sand since all is already sold

KAMPALA (SSEMUJU NGANDA, THE OBSERVER) – The temperature in Kampala these days averages 34 degrees Celsius during daytime. It drops to about 27 in the evening and to 24 degrees in the night. Measuring temperature using Celsius means water boils at 100 degrees and freezes at zero. The temperature in Kampala and in the biggest part of the country used to fluctuate between 21 and 24 degrees. Kampala now is as hot as Dubai, Doha or Jeddah. I think I no longer need a scientist or an environmentalist to preachRead More