The Bird’s-Eye View: A retaker’s guide to getting the prize

BY ALEX TAREMWA Desperate times, they say, call for desperate measures . This is why I was not shocked to learn that some students were conned of thousands of shillings by some wise chaps who claimed they would make their retakes disappear. There is a saying in Ankole that only charcoal dies twice. It is burnt in the field before sale, and again burnt in the kitchen by the buyer. The story of the conned students is related to that saying. They failed certain papers and lost money trying to illegally…

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When jealousy derails professional politesse

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Did you know that jealousy is a reality in every professional practice? According to the Psychology Today website, jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings, ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. The same site confirms that jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived. It can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful friend or workmate. In any professional environment, there are…

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How to deal with stress

Stress can be defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, or anything in your environment. Such tension usually arises from our inability to manage certain factors in our environment, giving us a sense of not being in control, PRISCA AMONGIN writes. People react to situations differently, and stress levels vary from individual to individual. In this season of the semester when pressure is mounting from tests, courseworks and a lot of activities going on, it is important to know who you…

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There is no such thing as the perfect decision

BY ANN MUGUNGA “You must be looking forward to the new experience. Are you all-set to go now?” I asked my friend a day before she set off for her professional exchange trip to a foreign land. “No! Actually now that the day is here, I am not sure I want to go any more. I do not want to be away from the family for so long,” she sighed. This reaction was a far cry from the fighter spirit of a woman excited to finally make it to the…

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Why you need that sleep daily

BY ROSE RUTH AKONGO You probably have had one of those nights when you stare at the ceiling, or try to read a book to fall asleep, but all in vain. Insomnia (inability to sleep) is a condition where one fails to sleep even when one is supposed to rest the body. Having sleepless nights is a common occurrence that is caused by various factors. One’s lifestyle can lead to insomnia. For instance, spending a lot of time watching television, or playing video games can lead to lack of sleep….

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Continuous medical education a necessity

Dr Edson Monday demostrates the use of an oxgyen concetrator to during the trainning at Allan Galpin (Courtsey Photo)

BY GEOFFREY RWABAINGI MULINDWA Continuous medical education (CME), also known as continuous professional development (CPD) is the process by which individual health care professionals maintain and improve their knowledge, skills, attitude and behavior. Research findings, knowledge and skills evolve every day. So it is important for professionals to keep updated. The aim of CME/ CPD is to support better practice, and should be embraced by all health care professionals. This includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, physiotherapists, among others. Continuous development has been proved to improve job performance, quality of…

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Graduands ought to be more proactive

Today UCU is sending you off to the labour market. Congratulations! Pause and reflect on the fact, however, that many have graduated  before you and  are still  in the struggle  of looking for jobs, especially  the  white-collar ones. The job market in Uganda requires fast, enterprising and energetic people. That means you cannot afford to sit on your laurels either. The above situation has been blamed on many factors, including government’s inability to create jobs for the youth, but you should not join the game. Be creative. Grab every chance…

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An economist’s take on graduate unemployment in Uganda

BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA And ISAAC MUSINGUZI The liberalization of higher education in Uganda was the beginning of change in the sector. Many higher education institutions have been opened, contributing to the increase in the number of graduates in the job market. Despite the impressive numbers of graduands, the issue of employment has attracted considerable interest in the recent past. For instance, it is estimated that Uganda’s general youth unemployment rate stands at 32.2 percent, while that for degree holders is 36 percent, and rising. Statistics from the Labour Department in…

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Stature of the Garden of Eden then and now

BY JONATHAN TUMWEBAZE One may wonder in our world today whether the Garden of Eden has any significance to the way we live. Well to borrow from the Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias, we can look at the differences between our world now, and the Garden of Eden at creation, to be able to draw relevance. There are two basic differences between the Garden of Eden then and now. First, we note the presence of God in the garden. God’s presence was with Adam and Eve, and they lived…

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Give thanks to God

The most precious things in life are free. However, human beings, who do not pay a dime to God to get the free things, have learned to sell them to each other! Think of your intelligence that has qualified you to complete university studies. Wthout it, you would be unable to think or progress in life. Think of the air we breathe. You take approximately 23,000 breaths every day, but when did you last thank God for one of them? Consider the ground on which we walk, run, place things…

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