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This image shows the hybrid solar eclipse as seen at Owiny Primary School in Nebbi District.

This image shows the hybrid solar eclipse as seen at Owiny Primary School in Nebbi District.

At about 4.30pm, grey clouds drifted across the sky over Owiny Primary school blocking out the sun’s rays. Ordinarily this would have been a welcome relief from the scorching sunshine. But this time, it was met with groans and impatient sounds from an eager crowd.

If will and wishing away could move clouds then at least over Pokwero shopping centre and its environs, the sky would have turned back to blue instantly.

So many goggled eyes trained (more…)

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Members of the Stella Errante Association pose for a photo. The association has been in existence for 10 years.

Members of the Stella Errante Association pose for a photo. The association has been in existence for 10 years.

The much awaited eclipse came. It was sublime, but then it went and it was left to all of us to wonder. Was it worth it? Was it worth the hype? Was the experience up to the expectations of the eager viewers? Did it surpass them?

I was especially eager to find out what one particular group of people, the Stella Errante Astronomical Association whom we had met earlier eagerly waiting the eclipse, would say.

They move from country to country to catch some eclipse action. I knew a good number of them had seen several eclipses in different countries and were also very expectant about this one.

We found them packing their (more…)

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I almost buried my baby alive

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    Like most first-time parents, Justine Nasimbwa and Anthony Mutyaba were exhilarated about the prospect of having their first child. However, their dream quickly turned into a nightmare when Nasimbwa started developing complications six months into the pregnancy.

When Justine Nasimbwa and Anthony Mutyaba received the news that they were expecting a baby, they could not contain their excitement.

But on October 4, their excitement was cut short when they mysteriously lost the six-month pregnancy. “I have seen premature babies survive. Couldn’t my first born have been rescued by doctors?” she asks, tears rolling down her cheeks.

“On October 4, I started feeling a lot of pain. I felt like (more…)

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President Yoweri Museveni arriving at Chobe safari lodge hotel received by the General Manager Chobe safari Lodge Ms Kim Allen and front Manager Jennifer Makanga, DPC Nwoya District 2nd November for the Solar Eclipse

President Yoweri Museveni arriving at Chobe safari lodge hotel received by the General Manager Chobe safari Lodge Ms Kim Allen and front Manager Jennifer Makanga, DPC Nwoya District 2nd November for the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth’s surface.

But whether the alignment produces a total solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse or an annular solar eclipse depends on several factors, all explained below.

The last solar eclipse was an annular eclipse on May 9, 2013. The next solar eclipse will be a hybrid eclipse on Nov. 3, 2013. It will be visible from eastern North America, southern Europe and Africa.

The fact that an eclipse can occur at all is a fluke of celestial mechanics and time. Since the moon formed about 4.5 billion years ago, it has been gradually moving away from the Earth (by about 1.6 inches, or 4 centimeters per year). Right now the moon is at the perfect distance to appear in our sky exactly the same size as the sun, and therefore block it out. But this is not always true.

Be careful: Watching a solar eclipse (more…)

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A house under construction. Some people believe they must make construction related rituals and sacrifices in a bid to appease “gods“ and spirits.

A house under construction. Some people believe they must make construction related rituals and sacrifices in a bid to appease “gods“ and spirits.

When many people start constructing their homes, they usually dedicate their houses to God although others choose to dedicate them to the gods. But why would one do this?

Disan Nsubuga, a builder says people dedicate their houses to gods with a belief that if they do not, their building(s) may never get completed.

The rituals
“They buy chicken, goat(s), sheep or a cow (sometimes they even go to the extent of sacrificing people) depending on the size of the house or financial power of the owner” he says. He adds that; “These are (more…)

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Nakato (L) narrates her experience to the press. Right is Moses Binoga coordinator of anti-human trafficking taskforce. Nakato says she was forced to work from 4am to 2am, with only one meal a day.

Nakato (L) narrates her experience to the press. Right is Moses Binoga coordinator of anti-human trafficking taskforce. Nakato says she was forced to work from 4am to 2am, with only one meal a day.

I was self-employed in Kampala where I used to run a small eating joint together with friends in Kamwokya. The business wasn’t doing well. I considered finding more capital to diversify into something else or quit the business all together and go find reasonable employment somewhere else.

One afternoon in late June, a close female friend came to me with an attractive offer. She told me (more…)

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hivShe then took our baby to the doctor’s room and when the baby cried, instead of bringing it back, she called the mother and they talked for more than 30 minutes.

My wife later returned to the room, bursting in tears. The nurse told me I was HIV positive (more…)

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