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A Special Mother's Day To- Do List For This Week

It is not a hidden fact that mothers are beautiful creatures that we can almost compare to Angels, but can’t because we know they are way above that. They were sent in our lives to always make everything better. She birthed you, nursed you to health when you fell sick, taught you how to talk and even how to use the potty.

How can you not want to celebrate this special person every possible day? Mother’s day is this Sunday, meaning we have from now till then to do small wonderful things to remind our Mothers how important they are in our lives.

Breakfast

If you work from home or still not working, you can make her breakfast in bed. Surprise her with a delicious meal. Or order her a wonderful breakfast off Jumia Food and have it delivered at home or her workplace; with technology everything has been made easy. You can also have a card with words of appreciation sent to her alongside the breakfast just so she knows.

Gift Basket

Some days all a girl needs are some flowers to brighten her day. Your mother is no different. What are her favourite flowers? Or does she like fruit baskets instead? Maybe a basket full of bathroom products. Whatever tickles her fancy, get it. It is her day after all.

Lunch

How about picking your Mum up from work/ home or wherever she is and take her for a lunch about town. Take her to her favourite restaurant, so many of them will even have Mother’s Day specials on the menu.

Serenade

Bring on the happy waterworks and take her for band, dedicate a special song to her. Many bands around Kampala take special requests during their shows. In fact they will even give you the microphone and you sing for her. What could be more special?

Photoshoot

Celebrate her in a special way and take your Mama for a well set photoshoot. Freeze the moments of her smile and beauty in time. Over the years, photography has grown beyond the mediocre, you will be surprised at how happy she will be being treated like a model.

Shopping

Your mother deserves the finer things in life, so why not take her shopping? What are those wonderful things she has been wanting to buy but doesn’t seem to get time? Well, use this week to take around the malls and surprise her by paying for them. Mother deserves the best.

Spa Day

A Queen deserves some tender loving care, book a spa day for her. A massage, manicure and pedicure session and a hair day for her at the spa. She will leave feeling refreshed and worth a million bucks.

Dinner

Top the week off with a dinner for Mama. Many hotels around town will be doing mother’s day dinner specials, so look through sites and see what you can get.  It is always important to celebrate the special people in your life everyday, you do not need one day in a year to do so.

Credit: travel.jumia.com

 

Flight Etiquette: What You Need To Know

Air travel has been around for years now and even though it is not the most used mode of transportation in Uganda, it has slowly picked up. Borders open up and economies boom because people are able to transact from one country to another.

Air travel has contributed to employment and tourism growth in so many countries all over the world. Even though there are many people that use this mode of transportation, very few adhere to the simple obviously unstated rules of air travel. Here are some few you can follow to have a comfortable flight for you and the other travelers.

Boarding

It all starts at home when you are packing, your journey can either be delayed because of this or made uncomfortable. First know what they allow on your flight, from the approved luggage weight to the items allowed on board. Once you board the plan, don’t lurk in the hallway while everyone else is boarding, you will cause traffic.

Carry- On Space

Use the allocated carry on luggage space, do not hog everyone else’s. You are not the only passenger on the flight and everyone is allocated a minimal space. So if your carry-on luggage is too big for that space at least politely ask someone who doesn’t have any to put it in theirs.

Seating

Well if you have flown before, you know that every passenger is allocated a seat. This helps the airline with accountability on how many seats they sold for a certain flight as well as organisation when passengers are boarding. Yet still after some people tend to switch seats which sometimes delays the boarding process. Don’t be the annoying neighbor who keeps reclining their seat without asking if it's OK with the person behind you. Or one who assumes all the armrests are meant for them.

Children

Traveling with the little ones is not as easy as it looks, especially toddlers, but letting them run amok isn't acceptable. Find a way to keep them in check so that you do not inconvenience the other passengers. People will be understanding when you apologise for your children’s behaviour but they will sympathise with you more when they see you trying your best to keep them in line.

Bathroom

There are people who do not know what common courtesy is, this is worse when you are on a long flight and have to use the bathroom. It being a tiny space, it needs to be clean. Do not leave your mess for other passengers to find.

Food

Not everyone will be able to afford plane food since it tends to be more expensive, some airlines allow you to pack snacks especially if the journey is going to be long. Please be mindful, do not pack foods that will smell the whole aisle, it might induce nausea in some passengers.

Conversation

So you are on a flight with your friend, you are catching on stories so as to pass time through the flight. Kindly make sure you are not too loud for people five seats away to be listening in. Some people might not be tell you, some might tell the air hosts to inform you to lower your voices.

It’s also possible that your neighbor might not want to engage in conversation especially if they have their earphones on. Grab a book and keep yourself engaged.

Pets

Maybe not a common thing around Ugandans but more common in the west since most people travel with their pets. Dogs and cats are so adorable, so fluffy and invite loving eyes from the ladies but not everyone is going to be comfortable with them out of their carriers. Keep your pet in the stipulated area not cause friction with other passengers.

Deboarding

Don’t rush out of the plane just because it has landed, wait in line since aeroplane aisle is a narrow space that can only take a few people for awhile. Don’t remove your carryon luggage till the person seated below the space has moved or you might drop stuff on them or ask first. Patience pays in this case.

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Victoria University Dean Releases Book Tackling Depression

Record setting bestselling writer and Dean- Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University, Kampala - Dr. Krishna N. Sharma has his quasquicentennial book out, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Depression," which has just been available on leading webstore and bookstores.

The renowned academician and researcher, who travels across the globe to teach, has made 3 records in writing and penned 22 bestselling books.

"I can’t resist myself spreading the knowledge," said Dr. Sharma. "We have got a very short life; let’s make the most out of it. Do whatever you want to do because nobody other than you has guts to stop you." Although he has already become the youngest prolific author, Dr. Sharma is still looking forward to write many more books.

It is notable that after years of his experience and supervising more than 60 researches, he recently developed his own therapeutic manual therapy techniques- “Krishna’s Kinetikinetic Manual Therapy (KKMT)” which has already become part of national curriculum by the ministry of higher education, Cameroon and is being taught in several countries.

“I dream to witness the Victoria University with many researches, patents and initiatives useful to the community. I want us to be relevant. I don’t want my students to be a grade and marks scoring machine but an influential and successful citizen of this global village.” says Dr. Krishna.

 

Failure To Develop Capacity Will Hamper Logistics Industry Oil And Gas Dream

Uganda is expected to start commercial production of oil and gas in 2020 but before that, a bevy of activities necessitating the services of people working in the logistics industry to render their services will take place.

A reported 800, 000 tonnes of cargo will be moved between Mombasa to Hoima, Buliisa, Nwoya districts and other places in the country that will host key infrastructure projects mandated in production of oil and gas. This cargo will include material to build a refinery, pipelines and as facilities need for oil to flow.

But while the opportunity for local freight forwarders, transporters and clearing agents to participate in the upcoming oil and gas industry, it comes with stringent demands that local firms must meet in order for international oil companies to give them business. There is no compromise and all stakeholders are aware.

With this knowledge available, local services providers in the logistics industry are rushing against time to ready themselves for the oil boom. At a three day Joint Oil & Gas Convention & Regional Logistics Expo 2017 in Kampala, the logistics business fraternity expressed fear that if they don’t build capacity, they stand no chance participating in the oil and gas industry.

Speaking at a panel discussion on the second day of the Summit, Merian Sebnya of Uganda Freight Forwarders Association said: “To simply put it, a failure to develop capacity, productivity and capabilities of the logistics industry will compromise the success which can be achieved,”

She added that there is no better time to share best practices in trade, policy, engage stakeholders, and define roles and responsibilities in the development process to facilitate a competitive environment for the development of logistics industry in Uganda than now.

“We tried to professionalize and today I bring hope to oil industry. We had gaps. We were worried whether we measure up to the task (working in oil industry). I want to tell you that the logistics industry, human resourcewise has been equipped with knowledge and is ready for you,”

She however explained that the pending challenge is the financial aspect because the logistic industry is capital intensive. This coupled with the lack of infrastructure like good roads, a functional rail and water transport make it hard for logistics service providers to operate seamlessly.

She revealed that all five East African countries created the East African Freight Forwarders Association when they saw the advantage of operating in a wider market. They developed a curriculum to take care of the needs of the industry – education and professionalism.

So far 6, 000 people have been trained and certified. “We give them practicing certificate. We also formed a registration board and code of conduct. They have to adhere to the ethics of the industry,” she said.

As a continuation to empower themselves, a model Bill was formed and is being processed to be enacted into law in respective states. “We want to self-regulate ourselves. Revenue authorities and transport licensing boards wanted to regulate us but we said no one can regulate you better than your competitor.”

Kassim Omar, a seasoned businessman who described the logistics industry as the wheel of commerce said that self-regulation will make it easy to do business because they understand their business and challenges better.

He said there are over 3, 000 logistics companies in East Africa, South Sudan inclusive, employing over 40, 000 people with about 8, 000 in Uganda. “Unfortunately it has never been seriously by the powers that be. So much has been said about reducing the cost of doing business but not much has been said about this sector.”

Uganda Private Sector Logistics Strategy with a special focus on private sector needs is being formulated and is in advanced stages. Similarly, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda set up a Logistics Committee called Clearing, Transport and Haulage in 2014.

It was through this committee with support sought from Trademark East Africa that designed and implemented the National Logistics Platform. These efforts are focusing at improving the logistics industry and make Uganda the regional logistics hub.

The private sectors says maintaining and strengthening a competitive position as a logistics hub will require Uganda to make the right policy choices. It is difficult to ignore that alternative routes progressively improve in terms of security and costs for landlocked destinations such as South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC.

Therefore, for Uganda to remain a competitive route, it needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to enhance logistics, private sector players say. Without a clear vision on the development of logistic corridors and the place of Uganda in the regional logistic landscape, it would be difficult to formulate optimal policy to attract investment in the sector. There is a real danger that Uganda and its logistic service industries will lag behind and only stay a market for large regional firms.

 

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