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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEETROOT
Eating beetroot can make you run faster, a study has found.
The purple vegetable was found to boost sprint times over 20 metres by 2 per cent.
While this may not sound much it is enough to give people an advantage in sports.
It may also be of use to old people who need to get a boost to get up the stairs, or run for the bus, researchers said.

A woman sips on a glass of beetroot juice.
A woman sips on a glass of beetroot juice.

The key to beetroot’s effect is nitrates, which increase the energy available to muscle cells.
In the study, one group were given beetroot juice, while the other were given beetroot juice that had the nitrate content taken out.
The two juices tasted the same, but those who drank the beetroot juice with the nitrate left in ran much faster.
Andrew Jones from the University of Exeter said the study was the first to look at the effect of nitrates on ‘explosive’ exercise such as sprinting.
‘We’ve been looking at the influence of dietary nitrate on human health and performance for quite a few years.
‘The focus has been on endurance, activities such as long distance running, and it seems to make muscle more efficent.
‘This is the first to look at much shorter duration activities.
Over 20 metres people were going a couple of percent faster which is pretty remarkable.
‘There are other implications. In daily life you do need to make short bursts of energy or physical activity, not necessarily sprinting or running for the bus, or climbing a flight of stairs.

Grated beetroot.
Grated beetroot.

‘If you are an older person that particular task can be quite a challenge.
‘What this shows is a muscle’s ability to generate power repeatedly is improved.
‘If you are doing recreational exercise, circuit training, high intensity aerobics , some of that stuff is quite explosive.
‘The implication is Zumba and other recreational exercises might be improved by this.’

The Beetroot is purple in colour
The Beetroot is purple in colour

Beetroot is not the only vegetable with high nitrate content. Spinach and kale, rocket and other green leafy vegetables are also rich in nitrate – and would also work just as well.

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Prince Sultan returns, eyes investment in Agriculture sector
His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud al Kabeer, a member of Saudi’s ruling family, the House of Saud and Chairman, Board of Directors of Almarai Company, is in Uganda on a three-day visit that will involve meeting President Yoweri Museveni.

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President Museveni (L) chats with Prince Sultan (in blue cap) on arrive at Entebbe air force base before they departed for his Rwakitura farm Thursday morning

His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud al Kabeer, a member of Saudi’s ruling family, the House of Saud and Chairman, Board of Directors of Almarai Company, has arrived in Uganda on a visit that will involve meeting President Yoweri Museveni.

On disembarkation from his private jet, the Saudi Prince, ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 12th richest in the Middle East, was received at Entebbe International Airport by Uganda’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu.

The Prince, and his entourage, that included his Private Secretary Mr. Faisal Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Mr. Schorderet Georges Pierre, Chief Executive Officer, Almarai Company as well as other technical and administrative staff from his business empire, was driven to State House, Entebbe for a private meeting with H.E. the President.

Prince Sultan’s visit to Uganda has been one year in the making, following a pledge he made to President Yoweri Museveni when the Ugandan Head of State visited Saudi Arabia in December of 2015. During the visit, Prince Sultan, who had already been appraised about the investment opportunities in Uganda by Ambassador Ssemuddu, told the President that he was keen on visiting the East African country to explore investment opportunities in line with the strategic priorities of his business empire.

Al Marai Company, owned by Prince Sultan, is described as the biggest vertically integrated dairy products company in the world and Al Yamama Cement Company, the biggest cement company in the Middle East. He also owns tens of companiesm spanning a number of sectors and industries, including insurance, oil and gas, education and construction, located in Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

“This is a big privilege that we must take advantage of as a country. Given the stature of Prince Sultan, we should expect investments in a number of areas beyong the agriculture sector that should generate hundreds of jobs and other benefits to the country,” said Ambassador Ssemuddu shortly after the arrival of the Prince.

According to the official itinerary, after the meeting with H.E. the President, the Prince was hosted to a dinner by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda. The Prince will also tour the President’s farms at Kisozi and Rwakitura.

The Billionaire Prince also met with Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at a state dinner hosted in his honour at Serena Kampala Hotel.
The Billionaire Prince also met with Prime Minister Dr Rwakana Rugunda at a state dinner hosted in his honour at Serena Kampala Hotel.

The Prince will hold a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Vincent Ssempijja during which many issues pertaining to the agriculture sector will be discussed. The Prince will be hosted to a dinner by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Uganda H.E. Dr. Jamal Abdulaziz Raffa before departing back to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Prince, ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 12th richest in the Middle East, was received at Entebbe International Airport by Uganda’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu.

The Prince, who is on his second visit to Uganda, and his entourage, that included his Private Secretary Mr. Faisal Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Mr. Schorderet Georges Pierre, Chief Executive Officer, Almarai Company as well as other technical and administrative staff from his business empire, was driven to State House, Entebbe for a private meeting with H.E. the President.

Prince Sultan’s visit to Uganda has been one year in the making, following a pledge he made to President Yoweri Museveni when the Ugandan Head of State visited Saudi Arabia in December of 2015. During the visit, Prince Sultan, who had already been appraised about the investment opportunities in Uganda by Ambassador Ssemuddu, told the President that he was keen on visiting the East African country to explore investment opportunities in line with the strategic priorities of his business empire.

Prince Sultan (C) seen here on his second day of his three-day visit to Uganda.
Prince Sultan (C) seen here on his second day of his three-day visit to Uganda.

His Al Marai Company is described as the biggest vertically integrated dairy products company in the world and Al Yamama Cement Company, the biggest cement company in the Middle East. He also owns tens of companies spanning a number of sectors and industries, including insurance, oil and gas, education and construction, located in Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

“This is a big privilege that we must take advantage of as a country. Given the stature of Prince Sultan, we should expect investments in a number of areas beyong the agriculture sector that should generate hundreds of jobs and other benefits to the country,” said Ambassador Ssemuddu shortly after the arrival of the Prince.

The Prince will also tour the President’s farms at Kisozi and Rwakitura.

The Prince will hold a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Vincent Ssempijja during which many issues pertaining to the agriculture sector will be discussed. The Prince will be hosted to a dinner by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Uganda H.E. Dr. Jamal Abdulaziz Raffa before departing back to Saudi Arabia.

Ugandan Ambassodor to Saudi Arabia H.E Dr Rashid Yahaya Ssemuddu with Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud al Kabeer at Acacia mall during a guided tour of the city.
Ugandan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia H.E Dr Rashid Yahaya Ssemuddu with Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud al Kabeer at Acacia mall during a guided tour of the city.

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HIV vaccine: Clinical trial begins in South Africa

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A new vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes Aids, is being tested in South Africa in what scientists say is the first large study of an HIV vaccine’s effectiveness since 2009 according to the BBC.

The study aims to enrol 5,400 sexually active young men and women.

About seven million people in South Africa are living with the virus, which is one reason why the trial is taking place there.

Experts hope the vaccine will be “the final nail in the coffin” for HIV.

The vaccine regime being tested is based on one used in a trial in Thailand in 2009, which had a protection rate of about 30%. Results from South Africa are expected in four years.
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Since the HIV virus was identified in 1983, efforts to develop an effective vaccine have proved unsuccessful.

Researchers hope that this might come to an end with the current study, which is code-named HVTN 702.

It is being led by South Africa’s Glenda Gray, a university research professor and head of South Africa’s Medical Research Council.

“It will tell us whether the initial success observed [at a smaller scale] will bear fruit in the form of a safe and effective HIV vaccine designed for the people of southern Africa,” Dr Gray said.

According to the United Nations, more than 30 million people have died from Aids since the 1980s.

Recent breakthroughs in anti-retroviral treatments have improved the lifespan of Aids patients.
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However, the only effective prevention remains abstinence or the use of barrier methods such as condoms during sexual intercourse.
‘Making history’

As part of the present trial, study participants will receive a total of five injections over one year, says the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is sponsoring the trial.

Awethu Benenengu, a 20-year-old construction worker, who is one of the participants in the trial, told the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg that he volunteered because he wanted to help defeat Aids.

“I decided to get involved because I don’t like the way my HIV-positive cousin is treated,” Mr Benenengu said.

“There is so much stigma. I want to be part of a generation that changes this and I want my children to be proud one day of their father for getting involved in making history.”

Participants who become infected with HIV during the trial will be referred to local medical providers for care and treatment, NIH adds.

They will be advised on how to reduce their risk of transmitting the virus.
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3/11/2016
MITYANA -MUSLIM GIRLS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO REMOVE VEILS TO SIT PLE EXAMS

News reaching Pearl desk indicates that invigilators have forced all Muslim girls primary 7 from sitting PLE exams with their veils on.This happened at habaab rahuman Islamic primary school in mityana where Muslim girls primary 7 refused by invigilators from sitting math paper until they removed their veils.boys have also been ordered to remove the Islamic caps from there head if they want to sit for the paper.

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President Museveni condemns “undisciplined Makerere University lecturers” who decided to go on strike over delayed payment of salaries.

Lecturers under their umbrella body MUASA last week announced they would down tools and not until their incentives had been paid by government, a decision that prompted students to also demonstrate.

This compelled president Museveni to order for the university’s indefinite closure on Monday evening.

However, addressing a news conference at the new Luweero State Lodge on Wednesday night, Museveni said he could not tolerate the indiscipline exhibited by the lecturers whom he said are not concerned with teaching but rather money.

“We want to have professors paid Shs15 million but right now we have other program we are working on like roads and NAADS. If you have people who have an attitude of strike like these lecturers, it is not a good way,” said Museveni.

The lecturers want full payment of allowances that have accumulated from February – September, 2016.

They further content that the sit-down strike was prompted by the need to secure payments for the work already done after repeated, fruitless appeals to, and unfulfilled promises by, Management to pay accumulated dues.

“In fact, we are not surprised that our incentive arrears are not paid because over a number of years up to the present, we have repeatedly appealed to Council over the mismanagement of internally generated funds and gone ahead to identify areas of concern,” MUASA said in their letter to the University Council.

“But over years, our concerns have fallen on deaf ears and have been met with inaction and cover-ups. Ignoring these demands affects staff morale and commitment to produce for the University.”

The lecturers said management’s intransigence notwithstanding, they have continued to press on with “our struggle to make our working environment stimulating and raise the profile of our University and the Country as a whole. As members of the academic staff, we would achieve much more for this University and Country if we had a supportive management.”

But Museveni did not buy Makerere dons’ pleas.

“It is not a good attitude to paralyze the country. We will not tolerate any form of indiscipline at work. This is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo,” said Museveni.

The president likened the striking lecturers to a “stupid farmer who abandons his farm because of delayed rain”, adding, “This is not good.

2/11/2016

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI ORDERS IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
President of uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has ordered for closure of makerere university after Students joined the strike on Tuesday against lecturers under their umbrella body Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) on Monday resolved to continue their strike until sh32b in allowance arrears over eight months is paid.

During the general assembly of lecturers at the School of Education, they unanimously endorsed the decision to continue the strike in a move they said would solve Makerere’s financial problems once and for all.
The president’s decision comes after failed negotiations between Makerere University Council, management and the lecturers failed to yield fruits.