Work hard for 2017

Work hard for  2017

The New Year is here and many of us have written down our resolutions. But some have written the same resolutions for a number of years in the past and have failed to achieve any. That failure calls for a change in strategy.  In 2017, you might have to take a few extra steps, including emulating others who have achieved, working hard and smart besides putting God before anything else you do. The simplest example for you to emulate is the team of people that sat down over two decades…

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Behaviour deepening corruption

Behaviour deepening corruption

Clare Cheromoi Recently I received a Whatsapp message of a traffic officer who stopped a pastor for speeding. The message goes: Pastor: (Seeing that he is in wrong yells) I am a pastor, not a thief. Traffic officer: If you are a pastor then you must have a Bible. Can you present it? Pastor: (Hurriedly brings his Bible to prove his honesty and be freed). Traffic officer: Can you please read Matthew 5:25-26 to me? Pastor: (Reads text) Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court….

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The idiot’s guide to forgetting new year resolutions

The idiot’s guide to forgetting new year resolutions

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Life is a two-way street, as some put it. It’s quite interesting that some desire to achieve success whereas others are just not into the idea of making something great out of themselves. Let’s just say they are okay with petty mediocrity and don’t need to bother with any efforts whatsoever. They often say one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Coincidentally, it’s the January blues where the nation is infested with acute brokenness from the festivities. The temptation is too high to give up since money…

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Be a gardener not the lawn cutter this year

Be a gardener  not the lawn cutter this year

BY ALEX TAREMWA Few people – and those are Donald Trump fans – can confidently say 2016 was an amazing year for them. For the rest of us, it was a lemon cake with sprinkles of icing sugar to cover up the bitterness. If it was not hunger here, it was a drought there. If there weren’t floods here, there was an earthquake there. Even at a place oozing nothing short of divine presence – UCU, 2016 left hallmarks of agony     when it sent also 75 percent of…

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Uganda Police should handle crime carefully

Uganda Police should handle crime carefully

BY MARVIN  KUSHABA Ugandan Police have failed to fulfil their primary role which is maintenance of law and order. The most prominent and troubling role the police have achieved is ideology of the war on crime.           They  have assimilated the overriding message that as long as their actions are taken in the name of the war on crime, constitutional rights can be liberally disregarded. The police have spread the idea that doctrines and rulings that promote fairness and equality in the criminal justice system aggravate…

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The Insight: Taming a new year to prosperity in 2017

The Insight: Taming a new year to  prosperity in  2017

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA January marks yet the beginning of another year in our life time. One cannot imagine how time runs as just in a twinkle of an eye 2016 closed. However, reaching the end of a year and joining a new one is not as easy as cutting a birthday cake. Many of our colleagues, like Mathias Nsubuga, a prominent national politician did not  cross. In that vein, I took the end of last year seriously and even celebrated it in style. I joined my family upcountry in Rukungiri…

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Time for women to shine as economy opens up

Time for women to shine as economy opens up

There  is   no   doubt that women have directly or indirectly proven to be the cornerstone of socio-economic transformation at all levels especially  the household, though most of them mostly engage in agriculture for livelihood  compared to other development sectors. SOLOMON MWIJE writes According to the 2014 Uganda Population and Housing Census, females make up 51 percent of the population. The statistics on the working population aged 14-64 years show that 70.2 percent of females are engaged in subsistence agriculture as workers but fewer are in  market-oriented  agriculture. This…

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Best wishes in New Year

Best wishes  in New Year

It seems like yesterday when we were turning our calenders to 2016. Now the last issue of The Standard for this year is here! To the students who are starting their exams, our prayers are with you, for we know that your hard work will soon pay off. Those who made grave mistakes of not preparing well thus far, it is never too late. As long as you have not yet entered that examination room, there is still a chance to make amends. Read up on what you can in…

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Tribal loyalty should never replace reason

Tribal loyalty should never replace reason

BY MARVIN KUSHABA Tribalism can be defined as the state or fact of being organised along tribal lines, showing loyalty to a tribe or other social group, especially when combined with strong negative feelings for people outside that particular group. While there is nothing wrong with identifying with and being proud of one’s tribe, the danger is that extremism often causes pervasive behaviour, which readily overrides our thinking and reasoning. A number of inhuman, atrocious and irrational decisions have been taken by individuals and leaders over the years, in the…

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Uganda’s unemployment nurtures bad choices

Uganda’s unemployment nurtures bad choices

The  2014 Uganda  Population Census revealed the country’s total population stands at 34.9 million. But we all know the anomalies that were associated with the 2014 Census processes! According to the CIA World Factbook, Uganda’s demographic is profiled at 38.3 million people as of 2016. Which one of the two reports is to be believed is a discussion for another day, SOLOMON MWIJE writes Both reports indicate that according to the country’s age structure, the biggest percentage is between 15 and 40 years old. This is an indicator of high…

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