What do I study to be president ?

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BY ALEX TAREMWA of Rapha Girls SS in Lira last week about academics, setting career goals, the value of university education and life as we know it when one girl’s hand shot up to ask a question. “I want to be the President of Uganda in future,” she said. “What subjects should I study to achieve my dream?” Her question knocked me off balance. I did not know the presidency to be a career but a responsibility born out of leadership. When I discussed her question with the team I…

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Climate change can be managed

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BY EDRICK BWAMBALE Uganda’s dream of reducing poverty through increased food production may go up in smoke due to the unpredictable weather patterns. We might all have noticed that the seasons for growing crops have changed drastically. In most parts of Uganda, rains now come later than expected and when they come, they are so destructive that they damage food production and the livelihoods of farmers. What is climate change? Every day, the sun, which is the main source of earth’s energy, emits rays of light to the earth’s surface….

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How to invest for a safer tomorrow

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Part I BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The sun shines on those who are standing before it shines on the people kneeling under it, is a popular saying. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week,” said Chris Richards. Such inspiring reflections remind us to make use of our time in life and make it count. On 24…

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Congs to the law students, aluta continua!

Kudos to the law faculty and students for their immense efforts in lifting high the banner not only of the law school but also making Uganda Christian University shine. The UCU moot team has been selected and will be representing Uganda in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that will be taking place from April 9 at New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC. The hard work of the faculty and students is very much appreciated, and such achievements are a strong selling point for UCU both at the…

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Avoid idleness in your Christian walk

Prof Christopher Byaruhanga

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 By Prof Christopher Byaruhanga Regarding some brothers/sisters who were taking advantage of the generosity of hardworking Christians in Thessalonica, Paul’s position is that it is not helpful to give to those who will not work. This is not because Paul does not believe in charity, but rather in this particular situation Paul is talking about those who could work but chose not to. Paul is aware that idleness leads to mischief and breeds trouble. His command to the believers, therefore, is to keep away from these lazy…

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Down syndrome is still a health threat

An illustration showing the signs of Down Syndrome (Internet Photo)

BY ELIZABETH AMONGIN Alvin Mukisa was born a normal baby like any other, but soon his mother, Achiro, noticed that her son was lazy and had wide eyes. The mother decided to take him to the paediatrician who carried out various tests and said that he had Down syndrome. Down Syndrome was first described as a disorder in 1866 and it was named after John Langdon, who later discovered the cause of the defect in 1959. The World Health Organisation defines Down syndrome as a condition caused by extra-genetic material…

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How The Standard taught me about journalism basics

Oyako during the interview (Photo by Elizabeth Amongin)

BY STAFF WRITER It is a common practice for many people to despise humble beginnings (first place of work) after gaining more income and popularity. Many do not want to be recognised as former employees of particular institutions or companies due to various reasons. But for journalist Arthur Oyako, despising one’s humble beginnings has never crossed his mind. Oyako was first employed at The Standard for two years. While at The Standard, he worked as a photographer, editor, writer among others. At this time, the newspaper was only three years…

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Beware of knee deformities in children

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BY ISAAC GABRIEL OTUK Knee deformities are common in children. Some can be corrected if the parents notice them early and seek medical attention. The following are some of the common knee deformities: Genu valgum (knock knees) This is commonly called knock-knee condition. It affects the lower limbs in children and adolescents. This kind of deformity is common in growing children and is likely to appear by three or four years of age. Cases of  Genu valgum  are caused by physiological changes in the body. This can be due to…

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Heart attack on the rise

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BY ROSE RUTH AKONG The heart is the most important organ in the human body. So when it is unwell, it can be your worst friend. This organ is responsible for pumping blood to all body parts, which enables the proper functioning of the systems. “It is heart-breaking that he left us too soon and we noticed his problem too late. “The doctors did all they could to save him but all in vain as his heart had already stopped. The late David Anywar was my husband, a strong man…

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The Insight: Always be your brother’s keeper

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Uganda has gone through troubling moments with a rage of systematic shootings towards some citizens. These events have continued to cause panic and fear in the public. In a Christian perspective, Christ gives us a channel through which we can avert acts of terror. This is enshrined in the two greatest commandments Love God with all your heart, soul and spirit; and love our neighbour as you do  love yourself. This concept focuses on  the aspect of forgiveness which is key in the human fraternity. It…

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