uganda Crazy Medias All Crazy Uganda Media Stuff Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:32:09 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 90700162 Smartphones raising a mentally fragile generation Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:32:09 +0000

San Diego, United States | AFP | San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge sees smartphones and social media as raising an unhappy, compliant “iGen.”

QUESTION: What is the iGen?

ANSWER: The iGen is the generation born in 1995 and later, and they’re the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. They spend a lot more time online, on social media and playing games, and they spend less time on non-screen activities like reading books, sleeping or seeing their friends in face-to-face interactions.

Those children are growing up more slowly. By the age of 18, they are less likely to have a driver’s licence, to work in a paying job, to go out on dates, to drink alcohol or to go out without their parents compared to teens in previous generations.

So iGen’s probably the safest generation in history and they like that idea of feeling safe.

Yet, they also have the sense that they are missing out on something. They realize that being on the phone all the time is probably not the best way to live. They don’t like it when they’re talking to a friend and their friend is looking at their phone.

Many of them have a recognition of the downsides of that type of living as well.

QUESTION: You have researched the behavior and health of millions of teenagers. What have you observed?

ANSWER: Around 2011 and 2012, I started to see more sudden changes to teens, like big increases of teens feeling lonely or left out, or that they could not do anything right, that their life was not useful, which are classic symptoms of depression.

Depressive symptoms have climbed 60 percent in just five years, with rates of self-harm like cutting (themselves) that have doubled or even tripled in girls. Teen suicide has doubled in a few years.

Right at the time when smartphones became common, those mental health issues started to show up. That change in how teens spend their time is so fundamental for mental health. We know, from decades of research, that getting enough sleep and seeing friends in person is a good recipe for mental health and that staring at a screen for many hours a day is not.

QUESTION: What advice would you give to parents?

ANSWER: Many of the things on which happiness and mental health depend are now under our control. We cannot change the genes we were born with and we are not going to solve poverty overnight, but we can control how we spend our leisure time and we can help our children do the same.

The research points toward limiting digital media use to about two hours a day or less. That seems to be the sweet spot for mental health and happiness.

So sure, use social media to stay in touch with friends, help plan things, and watch a little bit of video but keep it under that two-hour limit for 13- to 18-year-olds. Then you get all the benefits of social media and this technology without the big downside of it.

If you feel your child needs a phone, say for getting back and forth to school, you can get them a “dumb” phone that does not have internet and all the temptations of a smartphone.

Jean Twenge is an author whose works include “iGen” and “Generation Me.”

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“It Wasn’t Me Whose Skirt Fell Off At Kyarenga Concert”- Carol Nantongo Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:32:06 +0000 In all circles of social media and music industry, the most talked about highlight of the last weekend is the singer whose skirt fell off  as she performed at Kyarenga concert that took place at One Love Beach Busabala.

While Eddy Yawe was performing his ‘Tukiggale‘ collabo with singer Carol Nantongo, a singer known as Rachael appeared on stage and together they performed it.

As their performance grew stronger while fans cheered them on, Rachael’s short skirt fell off her body during the middle of her dance move. She was left with was a brown legging which made many think she was naked. This made the whole crowd go wild as she ran backstage to get something to wrap along her thighs

Music Lovers who thought it was the real Carol Nantongo immediately took to social media and attacked her over that embarrassing incident. However, in a brief call with Carol Nantongo, she denied the allegation and said she wasn’t the one. as she claimed she cant stand that low.

“I have been receiving inboxes of people asking me about the incident. I didn’t watch or attend the show so they had to explain to me first. I last stepped on stage singing the same song with Yawe in 2017, we had our misunderstandings. So it wasn’t really me” she clarified.

Carol Nantogo and Eddy Yawe sang ‘Tukyigale’ collabo but before it went viral, the two separated over issues related to money. Carol accused Yawe of making her perform at so  many functions especially weddings with no pay.

Watch Rachael’s skirt fall off while on stage at Kyarenga concert

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Singer Rachael Whose Skirt Fell Off At Kyarenga Concert Apologises To Fans Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:32:04 +0000 An upcoming singer only known as Rachel whose skirt  fell off her body during the Kyarenga concert that happened over the weekend in Busabala finally came out to explain what actually happened and begged Ugandans to pardon her. She claims that it was just a mere mistake that wasn’t intended as some allegations had it.

In a brief interview with a local TV station, Rachel says that as she stepped on stage to do what she thinks she does best, she felt her skirt was loose

“While I was on stage dancing with Eddie Yawe, I felt as if my skirt getting loose so I decided to hold it with my hand. I actually thought I was holding it firmly but when I was going to stand up, I was shocked that the skirt remained down.” Rachael says.

Rachael goes on to rubbish all the allegations that she intended the act. She clearly says it was simply a mistake that she wasn’t aware of

“I never intended the act. It was simply a mistake that I tried to fix. I love dancing and there was no reason for me to do such’’ she said

Before she concluded her interview, the singer begged Ugandans and her fans to forgive her “ I want Ugandans to forgive me for what happened” she stated.

On the other side, Rachael is an upcoming singer who met singer Eddie Yawe a few years back as she performed on some stage. Rachel says that Eddie Yawe was impressed by the way she sang. He then approached and asked her to always back him up during his shows. She distances herself from ever stealing the ‘Tukiggale’ song just like how Carol Nantongo accused her.

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Rapper Fik Fameica For Coke Studio 2019 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:32:01 +0000 New kid on the music block Fik Fameica is surely enjoying his hours of fame. Away from moving places with endless endorsements, the young and vibrant rapper has been selected to take part in next year’s Coke Studio. Fik will head to Nairobi Kenya this year for this event that brings African acts to one stage

After holding a successful 2017 edition, Coke Studio Africa will return in style starting February next year and Fik was selected little-known singer  Alvin Kizz for the forthcoming edition. Reliable sources say Fik will be working with Tanzania’s Harmonize.

“Work not words is my motto” Fik Fameica posted oh his social media platforms after being selected to represent for Uganda in Coke Studio 2019

The rapper joins the list of few Ugandan musicians who have been selected to participate in the coke studio before. The latest has been Rema Namakula and Juliana Kanyomozi who never disappointed. Their stay in the Coke Studio did so much impact on their Music life.

Coke Studio Africa will host more than 25 African artistes. Some of these artists include Wasafi Music producer, Lizer, Naiboi (Kenya), Winky D (Zimbabwe), Messias (Mozambique), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Rayvanny (Tanzania) and Mahlet (Ethiopia)

However, the criteria of selection has left very many Ugandan artistes bothered with the decision to chose Alvin Kizz over the many prominent artists in the country. Some Musicians say that there are many better artistes who would have represented in the coke studio than him.

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Tanzania president orders army to buy nuts Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:30:57 +0000
Tanzania leader Magufuli 

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the army to buy up the entire country’s crop of cashew nuts after private companies refused to pay the price fixed by his government.

The move comes just days after Magufuli fired Agriculture Minister Charles Tizeba and Trade Minister Charles Mwijage for “failing in their obligations” to the cashew industry.

Magufuli ordered soldiers to buy up the nuts at $1.44 (1.28 euros) per kilogramme, higher than the price companies were willing to pay, according to a government statement issued Monday.

Magufuli ordered in October that the price of cashews be almost doubled from $0.65 per kilogramme, a price farmers said barely covered their production costs.

The president blamed “the procrastination of private operators, who were offering very low prices” for cashews — among the country’s biggest cash crops — for the decision to send in the army.

The state-owned Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank was ordered “to release the necessary funds for the purchase of these cashews, and the army is to deploy to buy the entire production,” the statement said.

Since his election three years ago Magufuli has picked numerous fights with private businesses that he accuses of giving Tanzanians a raw deal.

The state-owned cashew processing plant — where raw nuts are shelled — is also to be taken over by the army.

Magufuli’s government is hoping for a crop of 220,000 tonnes this year.

“We will buy the entire crop, then we will look for buyers and we will eat anything that is not sold,” Magufuli said, according to the statement.

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‘We don’t need their prize’: Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Suu Kyi award Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:30:54 +0000
Aung San Suu Kyi

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian leader in the face of global ire.

Suu Kyi’s international reputation as a rights icon is in pieces and Amnesty’s move is the latest in a string of rescinded accolades.

Canada revoked her honorary citizenship last month and the US Holocaust Museum in March took back an award named after concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel.

Institutions that once showered Suu Kyi with titles are rapidly distancing themselves from a leader they argue is doing little in the face of alleged genocide and ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya minority.

Amnesty’s “Ambassador of Conscience Award” was bestowed in 2009 and other recipients include Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai and Ai Wei Wei.

“Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights,” Amnesty International chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Suu Kyi released by the group.

“Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you.”

But domestically, Suu Kyi remains popular across vast swathes of Myanmar and within her party, the National League for Democracy, which won elections in 2015 ending decades of military-backed rule.

The stripping of awards not only harms the “dignity” of Suu Kyi, but also that of all NLD members, the party’s spokesman Myo Nyunt told AFP, adding he thought this was all part of a wider conspiracy.

“All these organisations are working for the Bengalis who have left the country in order to get citizenship,” he said, using a pejorative term for the Rohingya that is widely accepted in Myanmar and falsely implies they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Deputy Minister for Information Aung Hla Tun told AFP he was personally sad and disappointed by Amnesty’s announcement and said Suu Kyi was being treated “unfairly”.

Such moves would only “make the people love her more”, he added.

People on the street in Yangon were defiant.

“Their withdrawal is pretty childish. It’s like when children aren’t getting along with each other and take back their toys,” 50-year-old Khin Maung Aye said.

“We don’t need their prize,” said Htay Htay, 60.

More than 720,000 Rohingya were driven over the border to Bangladesh in a crackdown that started in August 2017, and refugees have detailed horrific testimony of murder, rape, torture and arson.

The military says it was defending itself against Rohingya militants.

UN investigators have called for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide and accused Suu Kyi’s government of complicity, though has stopped short of calling for her to be hauled before a court.

Suu Kyi became a democracy icon after spearheading the opposition movement to the feared military junta, which resulted in her spending some 15 years under house arrest before her release in 2010.

She has yet to comment on Amnesty’s decision herself but has in the past shrugged off questions about withdrawn awards.

Calls to revoke Suu Kyi’s 1991 Nobel Peace Prize have been rebuffed by the committee that oversees it.

Some think, however, that Amnesty’s move will be taken more personally because she became a cause celebre for the rights group during her house arrest.

“This is effectively an excommunication of Suu Kyi from the pantheon of human rights champions,” Yangon-based independent analyst David Mathieson said, adding that the decision would “sting”.

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Liberia: Bill to Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage Under Review Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:30:49 +0000 [Observer] The Committee on Judiciary and Gender, headed by Reps. J. Fonati Koffa and Julia F. Wiah, are reviewing a law to make same-sex marriage a criminal offense in Liberia.

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South Africa: ANC KZN Gives Ramaphosa Its Full Backing On 'Whatever Decision He Takes' On Gigaba's Removal Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:30:45 +0000 [News24Wire] The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says it will not defend Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba or any other minister should President Cyril Ramaphosa choose to remove them from his Cabinet.

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South Africa: President Ramaphosa Accepts Resignation of Minister of Home Affairs Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:30:40 +0000 [Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Tuesday 13 November 2018, received a letter of resignation from the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Knowledge Nkanyezi Gigaba.

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After conquering the world, smartphone faces uncertain future Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:31:14 +0000

Washington, United States | AFP | What is next for the smartphone, which has become the hottest-selling consumer device around the world in just over a decade?

Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with new features and improved performance, smartphone sales have flattened with most major markets largely saturated.

The next catalyst for smartphones could be the possibilities offered by the forthcoming 5G, or fifth generation wireless networks, new form factors or advances in virtual and augmented reality.

But some analysts contend that something entirely different may supplant the smartphone.

Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb said in her annual report on technology trends that 2018 “marks the beginning of the end of traditional smartphones” and sees a transition to a new era of computing and connected devices based on voice, gesture and touch.

“The transition from smartphones to smart wearables and invisible interfaces — earbuds that have biometric sensors and speakers; rings and bracelets that sense motion; smart glasses that record and display information — will forever change how we experience the physical world,” Webb writes.

Other analysts say the smartphone is not disappearing anytime soon, even if the market is pausing.

“The smartphone is not going away, but it might change its shape and form factor,” said David McQueen, an analyst on connected devices for ABI Research. “The smartphone market still has legs for many years to come.”

McQueen said in a recent report that the mobile industry is evolving to devices with more immersive touch-less experiences, fueled by artificial intelligence, mixed reality and gesture control. New devices may also see improved biometrics such as face recognition, and changes such as foldable screens.

– Driving innovation
ABI Research says that “Google and Amazon will lead and drive innovation around smartphones and related ecosystems over the next five to six years” because of their strength in these emerging technologies.

Global smartphone sales are expected to decline 0.7 percent in 2018 to 1.455 billion units, according to research firm IDC. But IDC sees the overall smartphone market to slowly pick up again and reach 1.646 billion units by 2022.

“We still believe the smartphone market has some healthy growth in the years to come, although finding and competing in those markets and segments is increasingly more challenging,” said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

In the United States, 91 percent of adults under 50 use a smartphone and 95 percent of teens have access to one, according to the Pew Research Center.

Europe had some 465 million mobile subscriptions at the end of 2017, representing 85 percent of the population, with more than two-thirds of the devices smartphones, according to the mobile operators association GMSA.

Bob O’Donnell, founder of Technalysis Research, said smartphone sales have slowed in the US and some other developed markets as a result of the end of carrier subsidies.

“Because people are paying full price for their phones they are holding on to them longer,” O’Donnell said.

The market may get a boost in 2019 from 5G and a likely appearance of the first devices with foldable or bendable displays, according to O’Donnell.

“People have been talking about (foldable screens) for some time and I think we may finally see the first ones next year,” he said.

“It will be interesting because it opens up the possibility of a larger screen in a smaller device.”

– Getting even ‘smarter’ –
O’Donnell contends that smartphones are still preferred by consumers despite the arrival of new devices like smart speakers from Amazon and Google.

But he said the next innovations are likely to be devices that are even “smarter” than the current generation of handsets, with artificial intelligence that is built in.

“If you have AI chips that are embedded in the device, you will be able to do a lot of things without a network connection,” O’Donnell said.

The analyst said the competition among tech firms is now centering around the smart digital assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and others.

This is becoming a “battle of power over platforms that could influence the smartphone market,” according to O’Donnell, who noted that some things may change if the dominant player becomes Amazon, which makes a range of devices but not smartphones.

He it remains unclear what kind of device consumers will want, but that “at the end of the day is it going to look a lot like a smartphone.”

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