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Tanzania, Uganda Signs Agreement On Energy, Civil Aviation At JPC Meet

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Tanzania has signed an agreement with Uganda for the enhancement of energy and civil aviation. Augustine Mahiga, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, said the agreements were signed at a Joint Partnership Commission (JPC) meeting on Wednesday in Arusha. Uganda too is a member of East African Community (EAC). JPC was established in 2007 in Uganda and the ...

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Mr Magnet: Man, 56, claims his body gives off a ‘special energy’ which means he can stick any object to his face and body

For any ordinary person, a fork, a spoon and a bland set of kitchen utensils would not generate much excitement. Special talent: Muhibija Buljubasic, 56, stands as his wife Senija puts cutlery on his body at their home in Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina He began using metal kitchen utensils to experiment with his strange ability before moving on to other objects Gadgets: Here, he poses with a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone resting on his head, proving that he could also attach plastic items to his skin. He discovered the talent five years ago Dishes: As well as the metal tray, his wife assists him in attaching a small china plate to his forehead. His closed eyes show he is concentrating Mr Buljubasic also discovered that he could stick remote controls to his head. He claims he developed the unusual skill without any practice and without preparing his body in anyway Two phones: The 56-year-old can also attach items onto his chest But for Muhibija Buljubasic, the items present a chance for him to show off his special talent – of sticking random objects onto parts of his body. The 56-year-old from Srebenik, Bosina and Herzegovina, says he discovered the unusual talent five years ago. He has not had any practice and has not trained his body in any way, but believes his body gives off a ‘special energy’ which means the items stay attached to his skin. At first, he began placing metal objects on his face and body, but soon realised plastic gadgets, such as mobile phones and remote controls, worked too. Agencies

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World Bank funded youth project reaches final phase

NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) has embarked on the final phase of a four-year Sh5.2 billion project meant to raise the skills of the youth in Kenya. World Bank HQ The Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme, which started in 2010, was funded by the World Bank to the tune of Sh5.2 billion ($60m) and had different components that were implemented by Kepsa and the Government. Kepsa has been implementing an internship component with funding of Sh1.3 billion while Government agencies implemented the other components. The programme will by the end of this year have provided work experience and training to over 10,000 Kenyans aged between 18 and 29. This is in addition to providing labour intensive job opportunities to unemployed youths in the initial year of its implementation. And Kepsa has now called for applications from young people that will form the final batch to go through a training programme and internship in private sector firms operating in select economic sectors in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. “This training and internship programme targets vulnerable youth that do not have opportunities available to them (presently or in the near future) such as opportunities to advance their studies and short term or long term employment,” said Kepsa in a statement on Friday. It said the programme focuses mainly on six growth sectors of Vision 2030, that is, energy, finance, tourism, manufacturing, ICT and micro and small enterprises (MSEs). The plan aims at improving employability of the youth. By MACHARIA KAMAU, The Standard

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High costs dog manufacturing sector’s growth

High cost of doing business is one of the major setbacks that has made industry and trade sectors fail the realise robust growth potential and contribute to economic development. Minister for Industry and Trade Dr Abdalah Kigoda However, the ongoing investments in the energy, infrastructure and harmonisation of border posts are among the measures taken by the government to create conducive business environment. This was revealed in Dar es Salaam by the Minister for Industry and Trade, Dr Abdallah Kigoda, at the opening of the two-day retreat for officials of the ministry and its agencies. “Sometimes we may blame poor performance of the manufacturing sector without considering hurdles like insufficient budget, multiplicity of taxes, high cost of doing business largely from erratic power, water problems, shilling depreciation and unfair competition exerted by imported goods,” he said. The hurdles have to a great extent hurt the manufacturing sector’s development to record minimal growth and contribution to the economy. For example, he said, the manufacturing sector grew by 8.2 per cent in 2012 compared to 7.8 per cent in the preceding year. Similarly, its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased to 9.85 per cent in 2012/13 compared to 9.7 in the year 2011. Such a positive performance was realised due to the growth of activities like food processing for human being and animals, beverages, cement as well as iron and steel products. Having listed the successes and challenges of his ministry, Dr Kigoda called upon the officials to use the two day-retreat as a significant period for going deep to the problems and come up with solution that would make the sector vibrant. Speaking at the event, Prof Samwel Wangwe said the manufacturing sector should be developed based on the market forces and private sector contributions. “The manufacturing sector will only be competitive when conducive environment for the private sector to come to play its key role as an engine of the economy,” he said. Source Tanzania Daily News

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Award-winning journalist, Angelo Izama joins Urban TV

Angelo Izama, one of Uganda’s finest journalists has joined Vision Group’s urban Television. Angelo Izama at one of the locations for an upcoming programme According to the Urban Television manager, Michael Owor, Izama will be hosting and producing a debate and an interview political talk show. “Angelo is one of the most intelligent Ugandans. Not only is he a seasoned journalist, he has passion for journalism. He is definitely resourceful as we project urban TV as a leading station for credible journalism. He is a key driver for urban TV’s mature audience, Owor said. Izama brings a wealth of experience in public affairs, wide connections and journalistic skills to Urban Television. He has been a multimedia journalist for over 10 years now, having started out as a radio producer at Monitor’s Eye Opener morning show in 2001. He later produced the Andrew Mwenda Live talk show before stretching his ambitions to writing and television. Over the years, he has specialized in covering security matters, political analysis, energy, regional cooperation and the oil sector. His work has won him prestigious awards including the NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellowship (2007), a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University (2010-2012), and more recently the Open Society fellowship. He has consulted widely for international media and organizations. He has also participated in various radio and Television debates. Izama continues to offer consultation services to NGOs, government and private organisations on human security through “Fanaka Kwawote” (Prosper for all), a human think tank he recently helped to establish. It is this wealth of knowledge and accomplishment that will make his time on urban worth its while. By Stephen Ssenkaaba, The New Vision

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New ‘RIP’ Bullet is Designed to ‘Take Out All Your Vital Organs’

A newly developed bullet from G2 Research is being billed as the last round a gun owner will ever need: a smashing hunk of copper with full metal jacket power to shred through solid objects and stop attackers in their tracks. Last round: This computer generated graphic shows how the bullet’s shards would split from the casing after they were fired G2R, the Windsor, Ga., company that created the Radically Invasive Projectile, or R.I.P., says the bullet is like a full metal jacket when it strikes and is designed “to take out all your vital organs.” Carcass: This image shows the bullet about to hit (right) Flesh: This screen grab from a video by G2 Research reveals the exit wound on a turkey carcass caused by the R.I.P bullet “I wanted to create a round that would work well against a home intruder,” company president Cliff Brown told the Blaze. “There were so many stories out there about a woman trying to defend her home and having to shoot someone five or six times and they’d still come after her. We wanted to create an effective one-shot man-stopper.” The bullet is made with trocar angles — edges with three angles that lead into a single point — which enable it cut through an object’s layers with greater speed and efficiency than other forms of ammunition, according to the company’s website. “It is capable of going through barriers such as sheet rock, plywood, sheet metal or glass and still performs its original intent,” the site claims. “The bullet shreds through solid objects and only then, expands its energy.” The benefit of expanding bullets is that they cut down on the risk of ricocheting. So far, the R.I.P. bullet has generated a lot of buzz, Mr. Brown said. The company showcased the bullet at the Las Vegas Shot Show earlier this month and posted reaction on its website. “We went around and talked to several vendors and it knocked their socks off,” Mr. Brown told the Blaze. G2R officials said they tested the bullet in a range of automatic and semi-automatic weapons, as well as in rifles, with zero failures. The bullet will not penetrate level 3A body armor, though, which Mr. Brown said is by design to protect law enforcement officials. “That was one of our main goals when designing this bullet,” he told the Blaze. Source Washington Times

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EU confirms its support for development of Central Africa

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, January 21, 2014  – EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs is going to announce close to €3 billion in grants for countries and organisations in the region of Central Africa (including ten countries) for the period 2014-2020. EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs The announcement will be made during a more than two-day event to discuss development cooperation with Ministers and other authorities of the involved countries and regional organisations. The new funding, still subject to confirmation by the EU Member States, will aim to benefit the 162 million citizens living in a region that has suffered from a number of armed conflicts as well as chronic poverty and malnutrition. Future programmes are expected to support investments that generate growth, improve access to basic social services (e.g. health, energy), reduce food insecurity and promote peace and stability. Commissioner Piebalgs commented: “There are many challenges ahead in the region of Central Africa: poverty and malnutrition, lack of access to energy, proper infrastructures or strong public institutions, are all putting a break in the countries’ development and their population wellbeing. The EU is firmly committed to working with partner countries to tackle those challenges”.

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