!2018 – FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA GAME SCHEDULE AND RESULTS_1

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2018-06-14Thu PST: Group Stages

0800: 1. Russia 5 – 0 Saudi;

2018-06-15Fri PST:
0500: 2. Egypt 0 – 1 Uruguay;
0800: 3. Morocco 0 – 1 Iran
1100: 4. Portugal 3 – 3 Spain;

2018-06-16Sat PST:
0300: 05. France 2 – 1 Australia;
0600: 06. Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland;
0900: 07. Drnmark 1 – 0 Peru;
1200: 08. Croatia 2 – 0 Nigeria;

2018-06-17Sun PST: Fathers’ Day
0500: 09.  Serbia 1 – Costa Rica 0;
0800: 10. Mexico 1 – 0 Germany;
1100: 11. Brasil 1 – 1 Swiss;

2018-06-18Mon PST:
0500: 12. Sweden 1 – 0 RSKorea;
0800: 13. Belgium 3 – 0 Panama ;
1100: 14. England 2 – 1 Tunisia;

2018-06-19Tue PST:
0500: 15. Japan 2 – 1 Columbia;
0800: 16. Senegal 2 – 1 Poland;
1100: 17. Russia 3 – 1 Egypt; 

2018-06-20Wed PST:
0500: 18. Portugal – Morocco;
0800: 19. Uruguay – Saudi;
1100: 20. Iran – Spain;

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!2018 – PMP: How to Memorize ITTOS For Exams_2

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PMP mind maps

To Memorize or not to Memorize ITTOs is often a good topic for debate.

But I am not going there now.

Lets solve this problem by looking at the point where we all agree. Well that is a type of conflict resolution is not it? ;)

That point of agreement is there are some I/TT/O which , if memorized can give us huge benefits in the exam.

Today I choose Expert Judgement, which is a Tools and Technique used in most processes but not all of them.Most probably because the Project Team and Project Manager can not ideally will like to go to experts for every decisons they have to make.

The Magic starts here:

You need to utilize the memory space theory. Ah! something like that. It says human brain remembers places better than other things. Well may be I did not remember the exact words. :P

www.wikihow.com/Plot-the-47-Processes-of…5,-in-3-Minutes-Flat 

Read the above trick and understand it to remember the Table 3-1 from Page 61 PMBOK 5th Ed.

it took me 2 days to get it in my “memory palace” and I can download it anytime in a piece of paper.

I remember the exact position of the 47 processes in the Table.

Basically now you should be able to tell me which processes I am referring If I say the number 221.

221== Row2 Column 2 Cell 1=Plan Scope Management. And many more tricks like that :).

Enhance the Magic: What if I tell you that you can remember any crucial I/TT/O ‘s position in your memory palace?Do you believe me? But that is a topic of discussion may be in my next topics.Reason being that technique is little bit complex and needs some memory skill/practise.


So finally I come to today’s topic. Phew!!

Expert Judgement using the memory palace and process of association.

Assumption:

Your memory palace has the picture of PMBOk Page 61.

And

You have made the memory Dump in a piece of paper.
[10X5 matrix]

Now get the following keys to your memory :

Xpert judgement (I like X coming first in Expert Judgement, I will explain the reason latter. For now think of expert judgement as X) is a TT for every process in Integration Management. So Row 1 is full with X.Visualize the picture.cross with one solid line in your paper. See yourself doing it. Again ! visulization is important here!!

So now you remember forever that every processes in First row[Integration] and First column[Initiation PG] have x.
While reading the following statements also try to visualize the matrix you just created.
It goes like IPEM&CC(I prefer Extra Mac&Cheese Cold)[The process Groups]

Now your brain is prepared to take my riddle. Here it goes!!

Xperts DON’T Collect Samples of DumbSchollers in Quacks as a Common Plan , rather they Directly Condemn Practises eating iMac&Chease while watching CrimeComedies with Manslaughter & Cannabies.

Read it and visualize the matrix…..

I am talking about Xpert Judgement(Off course you did not forget that yet!!).
They DONT do what?

DONT Collect Samples of DumbSchollers in Quacks as a Common Practice

Get the hint? XPerts are NOT part of these processes Collect Requirements,Sequence Activities,Develop Schedules,Quality Plan,Communication Plan[All in Planning Column.. come on , you are still visualising the matrix correct? Planning is the 2nd Column of PG]

Rather they are part of following processes

rather they Directly Condemn Practises eating iMac&Chease while watching CrimeComedies with Manslaughter & Cannabies

Direct&Manage Work,Conduct Procurement,[Executing Process Group..correct you are visualizing the matrix, Column 3 Executing],M&C and Integrated Change Control,Control Communication,Manage Stakeholder Engagement[Controlling process group , Column 4] , Closing [Column 5 Closing PG] .

While you were reading the riddle you are putting one x for the candidates from second part of the riddle:
[Direct&Manage Work,Conduct Procurement,[Executing Process Group..correct you are visualizing the matrix, Column 3 Executing],M&C and Integrated Change Control,Control Communication,Manage Stakeholder Engagement[Controlling process group , Column 4],Closing [Column 5 Closing PG] ]

After completing pass1 you put x all the other places except the DON’T processes.[DON’T Collect Samples of DumbSchollers in Quacks as a Common Practice]=[Collect Requirements,Sequence Activities,Develop Schedules,Quality Plan,Communication Plan]

So the final matrix have the cells/processes marked with x.

TIP: Close Procurement does not have x.Just remember this one as a Fact.Read the FACT: Only the first Row and first Column Only have the “Solid line”, the line telling you all processes of first row [Project Integration Management]and Initiation PG [First Column]have X as TT.The 5th Column does not have any “Solid Line” , so “not all” processes have X as TT there.

Note: Thank you Sir Harry Loyrane!!

If this concept gets accepted here I would like to share more memory magics that can help PMP aspirants :). DO let me know!! :D and do not watch too much Crime Comedies ;)
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!2018 – Marriage and Happiness_101

Quote: …”Now I apply the principles I used in the weight room to my marriage. For example, I used to get anxious when my wife was feeling sad or stressed. And I used to snap at her if I felt attacked or threatened. For over a year I’ve been working to improve myself in this area. I practice self-soothing, taking deep breaths, and thinking before I speak, and giving my wife the benefit of the doubt and trying to understand her perspective when I feel hurt.”…

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WISDOM

Seriously. What’s the Point of Marriage?

Today it’s time to bust out a cold, hard truth: the point of marriage is not happiness. The point of marriage is growth.

by 

By Nate Bagley

What’s the point of marriage?

No, really, this is a serious question. What’s the point? If you don’t have a goal, objective, or specific outcome in mind, or if you don’t know what you and your partner’s needs are and how best to fulfill them, how can you know whether or not you’re being successful in your partnership?

Having the wrong goals or “point” to your marriage can leave you feeling frustrated, alone, or even reeling in confusion or anger. Speaking of anger (this will all tie together, so stay with me here), I saw a quote on social media the other day that got me really upset:

“You deserve to be with somebody who makes you happy. Somebody who doesn’t complicate your life. Somebody who won’t hurt you.”

This quote got me riled up because this is the kind of hogwash cooked up by a social media manager in desperate need of some validating “likes.” It can destroy relationships because it is offering an ineffective platitude that people will take as serious advice.

Is unending happiness the goal? Sounds boring.

So, here’s another honest question: since when did the pinnacle of relationship achievement become existing in a constant, unchanging state of happiness, simplicity, and total safety? When did the fantasy of “and they lived happily ever after“ stop being the end of a storybook for kids and turn into literal #lifegoals?

I don’t remember “providing your partner with an endless supply of happiness” being in the details for me or my wife when we signed up for this marriage thing. Social psychologist Eli Finkel argues in his book, The All or Nothing Marriage, how, in today’s world, couples expect more and more of each other. We rely on each other for many aspects of socialization and support that, prior to the twentieth century, many people found outside of their marriages.

Don’t get me wrong, I think happiness is great. It’s necessary in all aspects of life, and especially in a relationship. But it’s also a fluid emotion that comes and goes based on how your stomach reacts to the burrito you ate for lunch today, your coworker’s irritable habits, what’s happening in the White House this week, if your baseball team wins or loses, or who lives or dies on Game of Thrones.

Happiness is not a strong, stable foundation upon which to build lasting, committed love. It is simply too unstable, fleeting, and constantly in flux, and the ways in which we achieve happiness changes as we change over time.

Honestly, sustained and immutable happiness is arguably the most ineffective goal you could set for your relationship because it’s not possible to achieve. The reality of happiness, just like any other emotion, is that it comes and goes, just like the in-laws during the holidays, eighties fashion, or stomach cramps.

Well, today it’s time to bust out another cold, hard truth:

The point of marriage is not happiness. The point of marriage is growth.

The key to becoming a truly successful couple is to take action and expand your comfort zone. Marriage is what Dr. David Schnarch, author of the book Passionate Marriage, calls a “Human Growth Machine.” And Finkel also posits that, in our world, “a new kind of marriage has emerged, one that can promote self-discovery, self-esteem, and personal growth like never before.” I love the idea of having a growth-centered marriage. That is something I can achieve, and it feels satisfying to grow and improve. It is a tangible goal.

Regarding goals: in the last few years I started doing something I never thought I’d do. I lift weights.

I used to be a slender little guy. I once dropped a girl when I was country dancing and was so embarrassed by my weak muscles that I never went back. Then I hit the gym. I remember when I first started lifting, I squatted 225 pounds and my coach was like, “Dude, Nate! That’s awesome!”

I was so proud of myself! So, I kept at it.

A few years later, after grinding away at the gym every week, I now squat around 345 pounds. Big improvement, right? And every time I add another pound, I feel like a champion because growth is satisfying and progress feels amazing.

How to keep your marriage strong for the long run

Now I apply the principles I used in the weight room to my marriage. For example, I used to get anxious when my wife was feeling sad or stressed. And I used to snap at her if I felt attacked or threatened. For over a year I’ve been working to improve myself in this area. I practice self-soothing, taking deep breaths, and thinking before I speak, and giving my wife the benefit of the doubt and trying to understand her perspective when I feel hurt.

I’m definitely not perfect (a little secret: nobody is!), but I’m getting better at managing conflict between us and using it as an opportunity for understanding and growth. I’m less stressed out when she is. I snap at her less. My wife even smiles compassionately at me when she sees me taking deep breaths, or using the plans we’ve put in place to help us fight better and love smarter.

She’s commented that I’m improving, and because of that, we’re improving as a couple. But, like working out, it’s not easy, and especially not at first. It stretches your comfort zone. It pushes you to your limits. It expands your capacities as a human being. And this painful stretching and expanding and growing means that, sometimes, your partner and your marriage will not make you happy.

Honestly, marriage is a challenge. And it’s a good one because marriage reveals your limitations and exposes your weaknesses, flaws, and vulnerabilities. Marriage makes you painfully aware of how impatient you might be, of your struggles to say “no” to things that aren’t important and “yes” to things that are, and of how challenging it is to navigate your differences when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, or simply hangry.

Marriage challenges you to deal with sickness, tragedy, financial stresses, changes in faith or beliefs, job loss, weight gain, raising kids, losing parents and other family members, and you have to do it all while supporting and satisfying another emotional human being!

You can’t tackle this stuff and come out on the other side still in love with each other by remaining the exact same people you were when you started. You can’t go through all of that together while remaining in perpetual bliss. You have to constantly grow and evolve into the version of you that’s capable of facing and overcoming the unique challenges that life throws at you at any given moment.

That dynamic won’t feel like perfection, but that’s actually what you want. In fact, Dr. John Gottman argues strongly in favor of a good enough marriage when he states that today, couples “expect to be treated with kindness, love, affection, and respect. They do not tolerate emotional or physical abuse. They expect their partner to be loyal. This does not mean they expect their relationship to be free of conflict. Even happily married couples argue. Conflict is healthy because it leads to greater understanding.”

You will be confronted with uncomfortable truths throughout your marriage. It might be about sex, or money, or time spent together, or parenting, or all of that. Things won’t always work out how you plan them, and plans may need to change if you’re going to have the relationship you want.

Having someone challenge you to expand and grow can make things feel worse before they get better. It may even put the relationship on the line if you or your partner refuse to confront your own flaws, or if you won’t take responsibility when things go wrong. If the Four Horsemencome charging into the dynamic, then you might be doomed if you don’t find ways to fight them off.

But this is what love is really about. It is not always about always pleasing your partner, or always being pleased yourself. Instead, it is about supporting your partner.

Pleasing your partner means you make sure they are happy and comfortable and worry-free, and there will be times you must do that. But if that’s your primary goal, it might cause you to be overly agreeable and accommodating even when your partner is being unkind or hurtful. And we all make those mistakes, but pleasing your partner also means shielding your partner from anything that could make them feel challenged or uncomfortable.

Like the uncomfortable experience of growth.

Supporting your partner means you have their best interests at heart and you intentionally act to uphold and achieve those interests. It means you stand by their side, you help them, you have their back, and sometimes it means you engage in conflict about difficult truths and regrettable incidents. True partners dedicate themselves to the person they love and to the bond they share, even when those acts of dedication might be temporarily painful due to the positive growth it causes.

Dedication to that positive growth forces you to identify and open up about your weaknesses, insecurities, and fears is exactly what leads to the periods of happiness, trust, connection, passion, and commitment.

Is that the kind of love you want? Or are you willing to settle for less?

The Marriage Minute is an email newsletter from The Gottman Institute that will improve your marriage in 60 seconds or less. Over 40 years of research with thousands of couples has proven a simple fact: small things often can create big changes over time. Got a minute? Sign up below.

Nate Bagley

Nate Bagley is a relationship researcher on a mission to rid the world of mediocre love. He’s traveled the country interviewing hundreds of America’s top relationship experts for hispodcast, and shares his biggest breakthroughs on his blog. He loves hearing from people who enjoy his writing. So, if you liked this post please drop him a line!

Originally published at www.gottman.com

#RELATIONSHIPEXPERT , #HAPPINESS, #GOALS , #LOVE#MARRIAGE#EMPATHY#LIFESATISFACTION#GROWTH

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!2018 – 10 Helpful Tips for Stress Management:_2

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10 Helpful Tips for Stress Management:
Everyone tends to become overwhelmed and stressed out at times. Stress is beneficial at times when it gives us the boost we need to get through situations like work deadlines or exams. However, extreme stress has adverse health consequences that affect many of the bodily systems. Unless you learn how to manage your stress, you will suffer mentally, emotionally, and physically. Managing your stress can take some practice, but it is possible. Here are 10 helpful tips to help you remain calm and relaxed:

1. Get regular physical exercise

The evolutionary “fight or flight” response is still activated when you feel stressed. More adrenaline and cortisol is generated to prepare you for action. Physical exercise metabolizes these excess stress hormones and restores your body to a calm, relaxed state. Any exercise is better than none at all. At the very least, try to exercise for three to five times a week for half an hour. Try to include some vigorous exercise like swimming or jogging to get your heart rate up and running. When you feel particularly stressed, take a quick, brisk walk.

2. Learn and practice relaxation techniques

If you can slow down your mind and body long enough to realize that you are not in mortal danger, you will remain calm. One way to do this is by breathing deeply. Another straightforward technique is to focus on a word or phrase that has significance for you. Repeat this word or phrase if you find yourself becoming tense. Relaxation lowers your pulse rate, respiration, and blood pressure. When you combine different techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga, you can significantly lower your stress levels. You will also elevate your mood and improve your ability to focus.

3. Change your attitude to stress

Everyone experiences stress, but it is how you manage it that makes the difference. Try to think of it as a challenge because you are unlikely to be able to avoid it altogether. Reversing negative attitudes can help to reduce tension. For instance, your stress may be triggered by a problem that you think is impossible to solve. Try writing down your question and come up with as many solutions as possible. Write down the pros and cons of each one. Once you have settled on a possible solution, note all the steps you will need to take to put it into action. This process helps you to get out of a negative, panic-stricken state of mind and puts the rational part of your brain back in control.

4. Learn how to say no

A common cause of stress is having too little time to accomplish what you have to do. Many times, you create your stress because you can’t say “no.” You take on additional responsibilities even when you know you don’t have time for them. There are many reasons why people can’t say “no.” It may be hard for them to say it because they fear any conflict or rejection. Try to understand why you find it difficult to say “no.” It may be because you want to help and you want people to think you are kind and caring. You have to know and accept your limits. You don’t have to respond with a blunt “no.” Learn how to phrase your “no” in ways that let people down gently.

5. Keep a stress diary

Keeping a stress diary can help you to learn how to manage your stress because you will be more aware of situations that cause it. Keep a record of the date, time, and place when you feel stressed out. Perhaps you could give each occasion a stress rating on a scale of one to ten. Note what you were doing at the time and who you were with. Use this diary to try and understand what triggers your stress. Identify activities you can modify or eliminate. Think of ways you could handle stressful situations differently and coping techniques you could use.

66. Reduce caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugar consumption
Try to reduce your consumption of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. These are stimulants, so they increase your stress levels. People tend to use alcohol to alleviate stress but using unhealthy coping mechanisms like drinking or drugs just replaces one problem with another. Try to replace caffeine drinks with water, diluted natural fruit juices, and herbal teas. Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, has healthy antioxidants and contains an amino acid that calms the nervous system. Refined sugars are well-known for giving your body a temporary boost and then causing an energy crash which leaves you feeling tired and irritable. A healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet can go a long way towards helping you to cope with stress.

7. Talk to others

When you express your feelings to others, it can help to reduce your stress levels. When you feel stressed, take a break and call a friend. A reassuring voice that makes you feel nurtured and understood will help you to keep your problems in perspective. If you don’t want to talk to family members or friends, talking to a therapist may help. If talking to someone else is not an option, then giving you a little pep talk may help. Don’t worry that talking to yourself is regarded as a sign that you’re crazy! Research seems to indicate that every thought and emotion can release chemicals into our bodies. Negative self-talk is damaging. Tell yourself that you can deal with the situation and that everything will turn out fine.

8. Make it a priority to do something you enjoy

Some people enjoy pursuing hobbies like music, art, or gardening. Others find enjoyment in solitary activities like meditation or walking. Don’t give up on your favorite activities because of the stress and pressure in your life. Taking a break and listening to some relaxing music or pulling up some weeds in the garden may be exactly what you need. The break will enable you to return to the stressful situation with a different perspective and a renewed state of mind.

9. Smile and laugh

Laughter goes a long way to reducing stress because it releases endorphins and decreases excess levels of cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing can trick your nervous system into making you feel happy. What you are experiencing inside your brain is often reflected on your face. A smile or a laugh can immediately help to relieve the tension. Watch your favorite comedy and feel your stress dissolving as your laugh your way through it.

10. Sleep better

Stress can affect your ability to sleep, but lack of sleep is also a fundamental cause of stress. It’s a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. Your brain and body are out of whack and even when you feel tired; you may toss and turn for hours. Try turning off the TV earlier, dimming the lights and giving yourself some time to unwind and relax before going to bed. Getting enough sleep is essential to fuel your mind and body. If you feel exhausted, it may cause you to think irrationally, and this only increases your stress.

!2018 – 10 Helpful Tips for Stress Management

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10 Helpful Tips for Stress Management:

Everyone tends to become overwhelmed and stressed out at times. Stress is beneficial at times when it gives us the boost we need to get through situations like work deadlines or exams. However, extreme stress has adverse health consequences that affect many of the bodily systems. Unless you learn how to manage your stress, you will suffer mentally, emotionally, and physically. Managing your stress can take some practice, but it is possible. Here are 10 helpful tips to help you remain calm and relaxed:

1. Get regular physical exercise

The evolutionary “fight or flight” response is still activated when you feel stressed. More adrenaline and cortisol is generated to prepare you for action. Physical exercise metabolizes these excess stress hormones and restores your body to a calm, relaxed state. Any exercise is better than none at all. At the very least, try to exercise for three to five times a week for half an hour. Try to include some vigorous exercise like swimming or jogging to get your heart rate up and running. When you feel particularly stressed, take a quick, brisk walk.

2. Learn and practice relaxation techniques

If you can slow down your mind and body long enough to realize that you are not in mortal danger, you will remain calm. One way to do this is by breathing deeply. Another straightforward technique is to focus on a word or phrase that has significance for you. Repeat this word or phrase if you find yourself becoming tense. Relaxation lowers your pulse rate, respiration, and blood pressure. When you combine different techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga, you can significantly lower your stress levels. You will also elevate your mood and improve your ability to focus.

3. Change your attitude to stress

Everyone experiences stress, but it is how you manage it that makes the difference. Try to think of it as a challenge because you are unlikely to be able to avoid it altogether. Reversing negative attitudes can help to reduce tension. For instance, your stress may be triggered by a problem that you think is impossible to solve. Try writing down your question and come up with as many solutions as possible. Write down the pros and cons of each one. Once you have settled on a possible solution, note all the steps you will need to take to put it into action. This process helps you to get out of a negative, panic-stricken state of mind and puts the rational part of your brain back in control.

4. Learn how to say no

A common cause of stress is having too little time to accomplish what you have to do. Many times, you create your stress because you can’t say “no.” You take on additional responsibilities even when you know you don’t have time for them. There are many reasons why people can’t say “no.” It may be hard for them to say it because they fear any conflict or rejection. Try to understand why you find it difficult to say “no.” It may be because you want to help and you want people to think you are kind and caring. You have to know and accept your limits. You don’t have to respond with a blunt “no.” Learn how to phrase your “no” in ways that let people down gently.

5. Keep a stress diary

Keeping a stress diary can help you to learn how to manage your stress because you will be more aware of situations that cause it. Keep a record of the date, time, and place when you feel stressed out. Perhaps you could give each occasion a stress rating on a scale of one to ten. Note what you were doing at the time and who you were with. Use this diary to try and understand what triggers your stress. Identify activities you can modify or eliminate. Think of ways you could handle stressful situations differently and coping techniques you could use.

6. Reduce caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugar consumption

Try to reduce your consumption of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. These are stimulants, so they increase your stress levels. People tend to use alcohol to alleviate stress but using unhealthy coping mechanisms like drinking or drugs just replaces one problem with another. Try to replace caffeine drinks with water, diluted natural fruit juices, and herbal teas. Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, has healthy antioxidants and contains an amino acid that calms the nervous system. Refined sugars are well-known for giving your body a temporary boost and then causing an energy crash which leaves you feeling tired and irritable. A healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet can go a long way towards helping you to cope with stress.

7. Talk to others

When you express your feelings to others, it can help to reduce your stress levels. When you feel stressed, take a break and call a friend. A reassuring voice that makes you feel nurtured and understood will help you to keep your problems in perspective. If you don’t want to talk to family members or friends, talking to a therapist may help. If talking to someone else is not an option, then giving you a little pep talk may help. Don’t worry that talking to yourself is regarded as a sign that you’re crazy! Research seems to indicate that every thought and emotion can release chemicals into our bodies. Negative self-talk is damaging. Tell yourself that you can deal with the situation and that everything will turn out fine.

8. Make it a priority to do something you enjoy

Some people enjoy pursuing hobbies like music, art, or gardening. Others find enjoyment in solitary activities like meditation or walking. Don’t give up on your favorite activities because of the stress and pressure in your life. Taking a break and listening to some relaxing music or pulling up some weeds in the garden may be exactly what you need. The break will enable you to return to the stressful situation with a different perspective and a renewed state of mind.

9. Smile and laugh

Laughter goes a long way to reducing stress because it releases endorphins and decreases excess levels of cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing can trick your nervous system into making you feel happy. What you are experiencing inside your brain is often reflected on your face. A smile or a laugh can immediately help to relieve the tension. Watch your favorite comedy and feel your stress dissolving as your laugh your way through it.

10. Sleep better

Stress can affect your ability to sleep, but lack of sleep is also a fundamental cause of stress. It’s a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. Your brain and body are out of whack and even when you feel tired; you may toss and turn for hours. Try turning off the TV earlier, dimming the lights and giving yourself some time to unwind and relax before going to bed. Getting enough sleep is essential to fuel your mind and body. If you feel exhausted, it may cause you to think irrationally, and this only increases your stress.

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!2018 – Aurora Borealis (Northern/Southern Lights)

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What causes the aurora borealis?

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are an ethereal display of colored lights shimmering across the night sky. What causes them?

Those who live at or visit high latitudes might at times experience colored lights shimmering across the night sky. Some Inuit believed that the spirits of their ancestors could be seen dancing in the flickering aurora. In Norse mythology, the aurora was a fire bridge to the sky built by the gods. This ethereal display – the aurora borealis or aurora australis, the northern or southern lights – is beautiful. What causes these lights to appear?

Our sun is 93 million miles away. But its effects extend far beyond its visible surface. Great storms on the sun send gusts of charged solar particles hurtling across space. If Earth is in the path of the particle stream, our planet’s magnetic field and atmosphere react.

When the charged particles from the sun strike atoms and molecules in Earth’s atmosphere, they excite those atoms, causing them to light up.

What does it mean for an atom to be excited? Atoms consist of a central nucleus and a surrounding cloud of electrons encircling the nucleus in an orbit. When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, electrons move to higher-energy orbits, further away from the nucleus. Then when an electron moves back to a lower-energy orbit, it releases a particle of light or photon.

What happens in an aurora is similar to what happens in the neon lights we see on many business signs. Electricity is used to excite the atoms in the neon gas within the glass tubes of a neon sign. That’s why these signs give off their brilliant colors. The aurora works on the same principle – but at a far more vast scale.


When charged particles from the sun strike air molecules in Earth’s magnetic field, they cause those molecules’ atoms to become excited. The molecules give off light as they calm down. Image via NASA

The aurora often appears as curtains of lights, but they can also be arcs or spirals, often following lines of force in Earth’s magnetic field. Most are green in color but sometimes you’ll see a hint of pink, and strong displays might also have red, violet and white colors. The lights typically are seen in the far north – the nations bordering the Arctic Ocean – Canada and Alaska, Scandinavian countries, Iceland, Greenland and Russia. But strong displays of the lights can extend down into more southerly latitudes in the United States. And of course, the lights have a counterpart at Earth’s south polar regions.

The colors in the aurora were also a source of mystery throughout human history. But science says that different gases in Earth’s atmosphere give off different colors when they are excited. Oxygen gives off the green color of the aurora, for example. Nitrogen causes blue or red colors.

So today the mystery of the aurora is not so mysterious as it used to be. Yet people still travel thousands of miles to see the brilliant natural light shows in Earth’s atmosphere. And even though we know the scientific reason for the aurora, the dazzling natural light show can still fire our imaginations to visualize fire bridges, gods or dancing ghosts.

The Bottom line: When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights.

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!2018 – ABIRIGA DIED CHASING HIS BILLIONS_1

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*EXCLUSIVE EXPOSÈ*

*ABIRIGA DIED CHASING HIS MILLIONS*

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FROM NOW, FELLOW UGANDANS, STOP LOOKING FURTHER FOR THE KILLERS OF IBRAHIM ABIRIGA. I HAVE JUST BEEN BRIEFED AND SHOWN INTEL POINTING AT THE KILLERS OF ABIRIGA. THE LATE ABIRIGA HAD BEEN TRACING A SO CALLED PACKAGE FROM STATE HOUSE, MONEY THAT WAS AGREED TO BE PAID TO HIM FOR ABANDONING REBEL ACTIVITY AND SETTLING DOWN. LAST YEAR IN MARCH, THIS MONEY WHICH WAS SLIGHTLY OVER ONE BILLION, WAS APPROVED BY M7, AND THAT IS WHEN THE PLOT TO FINISH OFF ABIRIGA WAS HATCHED BY M7’S PRINCIPAL PRIVATE SECRETARY(PPS) IN COLLUSION WITH A STATE MINISTER IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE. THE DUO WENT AHEAD AND SIGNED FOR THE MONEY WHICH THEY STOLE, AND ABIRIGA WAS NOT EVEN AWARE THAT THE MONEY WAS PAID, FOR, THE PPS WAS SUPPOSED TO CALL HIM AND ASK HIM TO PICK THE MONEY, SOMETHING SHE DID NOT DO. LATER ABIRIGA GOT INFORMATION FROM MOSES ALI THAT HIS MONEY HAD BEEN RELEASED, WHICH THREW ABIRIGA INTO A SHOCK SINCE HE HAD NOT RECEIVED EVEN A COIN OR INFORMATION ABOUT IT. FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR, ABIRIGA TRIED TO ACCESS HIS BOSS MUSEVENI TO REPORT HOW HE HAD NOT GOT THE MONEY, BUT THE PPS HAD INSTRUCTED THE ENTIRE STATE HOUSE STAFF, NEVER TO ALLOW ABIRIGA NEAR STATE HOUSE OFFICES. ABIRIGA SOON GAVE UP ON THE MONEY, UNTIL RECENTLY WHEN ONE MINISTER FROM NORTHERN UGANDA MANAGED TO ARRANGE A MEETING FOR ABIRIGA WITH M7, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK JUNE 13TH. THE PPS CAME TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND HE AND THE SAID MINISTER WITH WHOM THAY HAD STOLEN THE MONEY TOGETHER AND ARE EVEN RELATIVES, PLANNED THE MURDER OF ABIRIGA USING SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND SOLDIERS. AFTER DAYS OF SURVEILLING HIS HOME, AND MOVEMENTS, ABIRIGA WAS PUT DOWN IN A HAIL OF BULLETS..

ANY OTHER VERSION OF ABIRIGA’S DEATH SHOULD BE DISMISSED WITH ALL THE CONTEMPT. THIS INFORMATION IS UNCONTESTABLE. THERE IS MORE LEFT OUT TO PROTECT SOURCES. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

*Tom Okwalinga*

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Funeral: Colonel Abiriga MP Arua Municipality and his bodyguard brother Ambushed, shot and killed in Kawanda Kampala saburb of Uganda on Friday June 8/2018 

!2018 – Uganda: State of the Nation Address by YKM President for Life

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State of the Nation Address
by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
at the Uganda International Conference Centre, Serena, Kampala on 6th June, 2018

His Excellency the Vice President,
Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament,

His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker,

His Lordship the Deputy Chief Justice,

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister,

Rt. Hon. Deputy Prime Ministers,

Rt. Hon. Leader of the Opposition,

Their Highnesses the Traditional Leaders,

Hon. Ministers,

Hon. Members of Parliament,

Hon. Members of EALA,

Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen.
Madam Speaker, in fulfillment of the Constitutional requirement under article 101 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I am here to deliver the State of the Nation Address, 2018.

Greetings to all Ugandans and congratulations on reaching the mid-year of 2018. In the Book of Galatians, Chapter 6, Verse 7, it says:“Be not deceived.  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows”

By financial year 2005/2006, our tax revenue collections per annum, were standing at Shs. 2.23 trillion. At that time, an understanding had been reached between some branches of the government and the development partners to the effect that the government of Uganda should concentrate on handling the recurrent budget (salaries, etc.), while the development partners would handle the development budget (roads, electricity, the railways, etc). That arrangement was already landing us in problems.  Towards the end of 2005 and as we were heading towards the elections of 2006, the country was plunged into the crisis of what came to be called “Load-shedding” ─ the acute shortage of electricity.  
Since 1986, only the British had helped us with the repair and upgrade of the Owen Falls dam from the miserable 60mgws to 180mgws.  Since the economy had grown 6.6 times since the low level of 1986, that 180 mgws was no longer enough.  Yet, as our Baganda people say, “Omugo oguli ku murirano, tegugoba engo” ─ (the stick in your neighbour’s house cannot help you to fight off a leopard). It is too far to help you.  That is when I sat down with my NRM colleagues in the Cabinet and the Caucus, in a retreat in Statistics House, to discuss this very serious problem. 

I proposed to the 2 fora the step of taking on the development budget of the country and also focusing on the roads and electricity. The budget for the roads was raised from Shs 398 billion to Shs. 3,442 billions.  It now stands at Shs. 4,786 billion per annum. The budget for electricity was raised from Shs. 178 billion to Shs. 2,858 billions. It now stands at Shs 2.77 trillion per annum.
As a consequence, we now have tarmac roads to almost all the corners of Uganda: Nimule; Oraba; Musingo; Vurra; Lwakhakha soon; Malaba; Busia; Busuunga, beyond Bundibugyo; Mpondwe; Mutukula; Muroongo on the Kagyera river; Mirama hill; Katuna; Cyanika and Bunagana.  Radiating from Kampala, tarmac roads are now connecting all those points. The distance between Cyanika and Oraba is 1,048Kms (655miles), all of it connected by a tarmac road, from Kisoro district to Koboko.  
With electricity, all the district headquarters, except for Kaabong and Buvuma, have now been reached by the electricity wires. The generation capacity of Uganda will soon be 2,216 megawatts, once Isimba, Karuma and many of the mini-hydros are completed. Much of this work has been done by the Uganda Government money.  58% of the roads, for instance, have been done or are being done by the Government of Uganda money. We are, of course, also grateful to the development partners for their contributions. Some of the roads have been done with their support. 
“Otamanya ishekooko, ati eriibwa n’ebyooya” (the uninformed, thinks that people eat the Turkey with its feathers). Many people do not know how the economy grows, although many pass themselves out as “experts”.  These investments in the roads and electricity, along with the earlier decision (2001) of strengthening the Army, are beginning to result in the resumption of our usual high growth rates which had been interfered with by the shortage of electricity and, more recently, the drought. This year, for instance, the economy will grow by 5.8% per annum.  This will rise to  over 7% per annum by the financial year 2019/2010.  Indeed, a Centre at Havard, in the USA, recently predicted that Uganda will be one of the fastest growing economies in the world by 2026 or thereabout.  I was not surprised by that prediction. What surprised me was that Uganda would be the first or the second fastest growing economy in the whole world. 

The fact that our economy would grow fast, however, was not surprising for me given the deliberate steps we  have taken to lay the foundation.
When we say that the economy is growing reasonably well, we mean that the four sectors are growing well.  Indeed, industry grew at 6.2% per annum, services at 7.3%, ICT at 7.9% and agriculture at 3.2%. As you can see, it is only agriculture that is still growing slowly.  Fortunately, we have or will soon have the necessary boosters for agriculture.  These will be the use of fertilizers by more Ugandan farmers than at present and the farmers will use more irrigation. In the coming financial year, the Government will work on the following irrigation schemes using the government budget:
(i) Doho phase II in Butalejja district;

(ii) Mubuku phase II in Kasese district;

(iii) Wadelai in Nebbi district;

(iv) Tochi in Oyam district;

(v) Ngenge in Oyam district;

(vi) Atari (Bulambuli and Kween);

(vii) Katete in Kanungu district;

(viii) Kawumu in Luwero district;

(ix) Amagoro (Tororo district);

(x) Nabigaga (Kamuli district);

(xi) Rwimi (Kasese and Kabarole district);

(xii) Nyimur (Lamwo);

(xiii) Musamya (Kayunga);

(xiv) Kibimba (Gomba);

(xv) Kabuyanda (Isingiro);

(xvi) Matanda (Isingiro); and

(xvii) Igogero-Naigombwa (Iganga and Bugiri).
In order to roll-out a global irrigation system for the whole country, we are encouraging industrialists to set up assembly or manufacturing plants for solar-powered water pumps. Some of these pumps and water conveyance systems, will be used in government funded irrigation schemes. Others, however, will be used by the farmers at their own cost. I encourage all the capable farmers to, at their own cost, go  into irrigation.
With the building of our phosphate fertilizer plant in Tororo, Uganda, which at 2.5kgs per hectare has one of the lowest rates of fertilizer use, will now stir itself up to use more fertilizers. We are looking for an additional investor to blend the phosphates with nitrogen and potassium in order to formulate NPK (Nitrogen, phosphates and potassium).  

With the use of NPK, production will go up by 30%.  With higher rates of agricultural growth, the overall rate of growth will go up. Within the industrial rate of growth, I would like to single-out the sector of construction.  This grew by 12.5% annually. This is not surprising given the respective efforts of the government and the private sector in the areas of road and houses construction.
All this is happening before we implement our invigorated effort to ensure import substitution.  You remember last year, I told you how rich Ugandans and other Africans are, already. In the case of Uganda, we spend about US dollars 7 billion a year in terms of imports.
Importing what? Importing the shoes, clothes, carpets, textiles, furniture units, pharmaceuticals, electronic equipments, perfumes, soaps, wines, cars, pikipikis (motorcycles), etc., etc.  Since some time ago, we have told our people that they can manufacture or process most of these here.  That is how we have started the process of supporting the youth and the women groups that are already engaged in those activities or are about to be engaged in those activities. 

This will save our foreign exchange, create more money for us, but also create jobs for our youth. Hence, many of our unemployed youth can be transformed into property owners, job creators and also employ themselves.
Since we talked about this in last year’s State of the Nation Address, 4,525 girls have already been assisted to engage in: knitting, shoe-making, weaving, tailoring, bakery and embroidery, while 6 groups have been assisted in furniture-making and 10 in welding. As of now, these groups may be making items for import-substitution. In time, however, they will make items for exports.
While this effort is aimed at recruiting many of our youth from agriculture or from the urban informal sector (jua kali) into small scale industry activities, the bigger foreign and local investors have already helped us to attract and locate in Uganda 44,316 factories and 8,200 service companies. These employ 600,000 and 1.2 million people, respectively.  Indeed, as you drive on Gulu road, as I did recently, or along Jinja road, you will see quite a number of new factories that have been built recently.

In the coming days, the Minister of Finance will announce the financial support we intend to give to the groups that wish to join the manufacturing in the form of the enhanced micro-finance efforts and the Innovation in addition to the Women Fund, the Youth Fund and Operation Wealth Creation Fund.  With enough electricity, the improved roads and security, we are surer of success than we have ever been. Through enhanced micro-finance, we are going to solve one of the bottlenecks ─ absence of low-interest money for manufacturing.  The privatization of Commercial Banks failed to solve the problem of high interest-rates. We are going to solve it using the route of the enhanced micro-finance and the r boute of the more capitalized Uganda Development Bank (UDB). These institutions should be able to give loans to manufacturers, processors and commercial agriculture at interest rates of 12% or thereabout per annum.
One of the stimuli for faster economic growth, is the low cost of doing business in the economy. With the refinancing of Bujagali and a better deal for managing the transmission of electricity, we shall achieve the low cost of electricity per unit, added to the low cost of money mentioned above.  That leaves the low cost of transport as our next target. 
Although we have done so much on the roads, by the end of this financial year, (we shall have a total length of 6,027 kms that are tarmacked), the roads are only good for passengers. They travel comfortably and fast; sometimes, too fast for their own safety as we have seen with so many fatal accidents, recently. Nevertheless, cost for road transport remains high if you compare it with rail and water transport.  God gave us the possibility of water transport with so many Lakes (Nalubaale, Mwitanzigye, Masyooro, Butuumbi-Rutshuru, Kyoga) and Kiira (the River Nile). These are the Ugandan names for Lakes: Victoria, Albert, George and Edward. This potential is always there and, as we get investors, the potential will turn into capacity. That leaves the issue of the railway.  We are going to build the Standard Gauge Railway.  We are  only continuing to refine the issues of cost and quality with the partners we are talking with. 
Before I leave the subject of the economy, I cannot forget to talk about the commercialization of Agriculture, especially for the 68% homesteads that are still in subsistence and that are a big source of our poverty.  68% are not active in the economy and they are just by-standers.  This has been one of the battles I have been fighting since 1966, for the last 52 years.  I do not accept to live with neighbours that are stuck in poverty.  I patiently educate them until they are able to join the gospel of wealth creation through production.  I started the battle in the cattle corridor in 1966 ─ end of year. 
With my late colleague, Mwesigwa – Black, we sensitized the nomadic Banyankore as to the need to become sedentary and, later, join the dairy industry. This effort, by 1995, in spite of the 20 years interruption on account of the political chaos in the country, had succeeded beyond our wildest imagination.  In Kiruhura district alone, there are 6,000 dairy farmers, producing 800,000 litres of milk per day today.  The total production of milk in Uganda went from 200million litres to 2.5billion litres per annum, thereby liberating Uganda from depending on imported powdered milk and, actually, becoming an exporter of milk and milk products to the tune of US$130million per annum.  

Recently, on account of the laxity by the veterinary staff and also the carelessness of the farmers themselves, we have had the problem of tick resistance to acaricides. We shall, however, use science to defeat this problem.  Our scientists are working on it.  
Having confirmed that villagers can be enlightened into becoming commercial farmers in the dairy sector, during the whole of 1995, I travelled throughout the country and preached the gospel of wealth-creation.  Unfortunately, many leaders are never bothered with substance of leadership.  They spend a lot of time on Public Relations (PR) and no time on substance. The PR is attending church services, weddings, burials, etc. In the end, however, real mobilization is helping the people to solve the problem of wealth creation, jobs, health, education for their children by directing them to wealth creation so that they can support the education of their children themselves, the infrastructure of roads and security. Having shared my pilot project with the rest of the country, I was hopeful that my colleagues would take advantage of my experience.  Some did.  Recently, I invited the Inter-religious Council to visit some areas that have woken up: Ibaanda, Kiruhuura, Kalungu and Masaka.  They were able to see for themselves that poverty in the rural areas can be defeated.  The Ibaanda, Kalungu and Masaka areas had relied on coffee to defeat poverty. Kiruhuura had relied on dairy.  There are other areas like Bundibugyo that are, unfortunately, being disturbed by the artificial issue of identity (Bakonjo vs Baamba – Babwisi).  Otherwise, through cocoa, palm oil, coffee, vanilla and up-land rice, that area was becoming very prosperous.
As I was waiting for my colleagues to absorb the message of transformation, since I am always allergic to poverty among my neighbours, I launched directly managed programmes in the Kisozi area and Kawumu in Luwero. The President’s office is also running  a number of Model Parishes. In Kisozi, I have 1700 homesteads in nine villages.  As I speak, 1400 of the homesteads have joined the effort of commercial farming through coffee, bananas, beans, maize and zero-grazing of cattle. See annex I attached about the details.  I, however, notice that the coffee yield and returns per acre are still low.  I do not know why.  
In the Masaka area, the yield per acre per annum is 2,700Kgs that bring in Shs.18.9 million per annum. In the Kawumu area, the Mawale Parish has got 1,188 homesteads. Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has handled 341 homesteads and State House has handled 292 homesteads.  Information on Mawale and Nsanvu parishes is attached in annexes II. The leaders should be informed that this is the correct way of seeking durable popularity and not confining yourselves to Public Relation (PR) and spontaneity.  The latter, in the end, will evaporate.  The leaders and the CAOs must plan per parish to involve, in phases, eventually, all the homesteads.
One of the problems I have been informing the leaders about, including the community leaders, is the issue of land fragmentation through indisciplined  inheritance practices.  This will cause a big problem for the country if we do not copy what the Europeans did in order to guard against this phenomenon. The use of shares (emigabo) for inheritance is better than the physical fragmentation of land and property. Fortunately, science is developing so fast that we may, in future, not need soil to produce crops. In fact, somebody told me that soil was an inconvenience because it harbours crop diseases. That what is crucial is water, which we should do everything possible to protect.  They call this hydroponics agriculture ─ crops without soil, but with fresh water. The political leaders, the cultural leaders, the religious leaders need to know that there are strategic issues we need to grasp clearly for the survival and prosperity of our people. Riding on an uninformed population is criminal.  

 
As our industrialization is progressing, our Scientists are also making their own contribution.  That is why we put in place the Innovation Fund.  Quite a number of our Scientists have patents for industrial formulae.  These include:  Dr. Muranga, Dr. Kyamuhangire, Musasizi, the late Dr. Isharaza, Dr. Mukwaya, Dr. Kaahwa, etc., etc.  One of the products being developed, is the Kiira electric car.  Our industrial sector, therefore, will not only depend on processing agricultural and minerals products.  It will also benefit from the intellectual labour of our Scientists, out of their designs and fabrications, like the electric cars.
One of our Scientists Dr. Phillippa Ngaju Makobore, has developed an Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF), a medical device designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.   I congratulate all of them.  
In order to invigorate our services sector, the Government will revive the Uganda Airlines.  We have already booked slots for the manufacture of medium and long – distance planes.  These will be able to handle the regional and inter-national routes.  Ugandans have an itch in their feet.  They like to travel, to Dubai, to China, etc.  Besides, we have a large diaspora that run away during the bad times; they are too comfortable where they are and never bother to come back, permanently. Nevertheless, they regularly travel back to see their families.  Besides, we have the tourists and also the investment and business delegations.  All these need convenient mode of travel from London, from Dubai or from a point in China.    This is not to talk of regional destination – Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Bujumbura, Arusha, Juba, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Addis-Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg, etc.  Every year, Ugandans spend US$430million (Shs. 1.6 trillion) on air-travel. This is quite a heamorrhage that must stop, just as we are going to stop the haermorrhage occasioned by the phenomenon of medical tourism.  This is going to India for medical treatment. This takes another US$1.3million per year.
I hear so many people talk about the attainment of the middle-income status by Uganda.  The main problem here is, actually, the problem of Uganda importing too much and exporting little.  The GDP per capita today is US$776. To become a middle income country, you need, at least, US$1,006 per capita.  This money is calculated in Dollars.  Too much importing and too little exporting undermines the progress to a middle-income status. Therefore, Ugandans, please, buy Ugandan; travel Ugandan; health-wise, be treated in Uganda.  The government will facilitate its part as outlines in this speech.
All I have said above is about the economy that is being developed to create wealth and jobs for the Ugandans as well as widening the tax base for the State of Uganda. At the same time, this bigger economy provides more goods and services for Uganda’s domestic consumption and for exports.

Your NRM, always looking ahead, has already negotiated and arranged with our brother and sister Africans to ensure the market integration of Africa (EAC, COMESA, CFTA), so as to provide capacity for the absorption of the  greater supply of goods and services produced by the Ugandans awakened to realize their potential as we also buy from our brothers and sisters in Africa, as  we all take advantage of the huge collective market of Africa.  Besides the huge continental market we are creating with our African brothers, the NRM always never missing in action when it comes to African issues, we have also negotiated for third party market access to the USA, EU, Chinese, Japanese and Indian markets, in varying degrees.  Hence, ladies and gentlemen, the NRM has addressed or is addressing all the factors that are necessary to open the gates to the Ugandans engaged in wealth and jobs creation. Let everybody, then, play his or her own part.
On the side of stability, Uganda had alot of challenges even after the NRM took power.  Eventually, by 2007, the UPDF totally defeated Kony, ADF, the other rebel groups and disarmed the Karimojong. Therefore, rural-based terrorism and banditry was totally defeated and we built military and intelligence capacity to ensure that Uganda will never be threatened by terrorists operating from the rural areas.  The terrorists of ADF are still in Congo, preserved there by the UN and the Congo government. If, however, they were to re-enter Uganda, they would be promptly and decisively defeated.  
Some of the terrorists of ADF as well as other criminal elements, seeing that they could not survive in the rural areas, infiltrated into the towns where we had not fully focused in terms of developing intelligence capacity.  As a consequence, we had 7 Sheiks assassinated as well as Major Kiggundu, Joan Kagezi, AIGP Kaweesi and Susan Magara, of recent.  These killings seem to have been linked with ADF. Other killings, like the women killed in the  Entebbe – Wakiso areas, as well as the killings in the Masaka area on New Year’s Eve, were by  local criminals using pangas.  With this new challenge, we put in place mechanism to build the intelligence gathering capacity in the towns and on the highways. We are about to round-off the building of that capacity.  
Urban terrorism and crime will be defeated just as we defeated the rural terrorists.  In the meantime, most of the killers of the women in the Entebbe – Wakiso areas as well as the killings in the Masaka area, have been arrested. One of the killers, Kiddawalime, was killed by the wanaichi and our Police Force.  In particular, I want to commend Cadet ASP Twinomugisha Steven, a Police Officer, that wrestled down the criminal and disabled him.  With immediate effect, I promote him to the next rank. I also salute our grand-daughter, Nakyambadde, who, using the mobile telephone, summoned for help when the obnoxious Kiddawalime was about to start robbing her and was about to rape her.  
With the permission of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, I will decorate them with the Jubilee medal, later. On the kidnappers and killers of Susan Magara, 2 were killed at Usaafi Mosque as they were trying to fight the Police and 8 were arrested. Regarding the killings of  Joan Kagezi, Moslem Sheikhs, AIGP Kaweesi and Major Kiggundu, 90 persons have been arrested and are now facing trial and those not yet arrested are still being hunted. The ADF criminals in Congo will answer for the killings of our  people even when they are hiding in Congo. Their only safety is for them to voluntarily surrender and seek for amnesty.  I salute our brothers, the Tanzanians, for arresting and handing over to us Jamil Mukulu.  He is now facing the Courts of Law. 
The other issue that needs attention is the environment, especially the restoration of the wetlands, preserving the national forests, planting the new commercial forests, not cultivating along the River banks, not allowing cultivation within the 200 metres of the Lake shore and stopping soil erosion by using contours when cultivating in the mountain areas or on the hillsides. Cultivation or building in the wetlands (ebisharara, enfuujo-bisaaru, ntobazi-bitoogo) should stop. We can economically use the wetlands better when we preserve them and only use the edges for fish ponds. The four fish-ponds, in half an acre of the Presidential farm at Kawumu in Luwero, bring in Shs.64million per year, according to Madam Nakyobe. This is the right way to use the wetlands so that the centre of the swamp regenerates, preserves water for us because we need it for irrigating the farms.  Besides, the swamp grass known as ebigugu (Cyperus latiforia) is very good for mulching the gardens and banana plantations.  

You cut and the grass grows again. God had arranged everything for Uganda ─ water, ebigugu, ebifuunjo for paper making (known as papyrus), fish in the wetlands, mud-fish (eshoonzi), etc. We can now use the edges (emiiga) for fish farming, get much more money and preserve our wetlands with all our other benefits.  Moreover, the swamp vegetation also filters the water so that, by the time it goes into the Lakes and Rivers, it is free of silt. This, preserves the Lakes and Rivers from silting and also preserves the quality of the water.  When it comes to purifying water for consumption, it costs us less.
There is no part of Uganda where there is no branch of the government. There is a government at the district (elected and appointed), there is a government at the sub-county and there is a government at the parish (the Muruka chief).  There is no good reason, therefore, why the President and the Central government should be harassed for this whole hierarchy of the structures not doing their job.  
Therefore, I am going to write a directive in the form of a circular letter to all these galaxy of officials to ensure that all the services in their area are delivered properly. They should ensure that there are no ghosts in the Local Government Secondary and Primary Schools; that teachers teach; that there are drugs in the health centres; that the farmers follow the required agricultural practices; that the wetlands are not invaded; that the Lake shores are not cultivated; etc. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in the district is the Permanent Secretary of the Government in the district.  All his workers, the Gombolola chiefs and the Miruka chiefs, should not allow anything to go wrong in the areas of their responsibility.  I will create an Inspection Unit in my office ─ State House.  If they go to an area and there is anything wrong, that official and the CAO will be held responsible.
I cannot fail to talk about mercenarism of the public officials and corruption of some of them. The mercenarism interferes with the patriotic attitude of the freedom fighters.  People expect money for every little task.  We could not have liberated this country if we did not have a high degree of altruism. This attitude of altruism must come back.  As for the corrupt officials, I would like to inform the public that their only element of security is the acquaissance of the public by not reporting these criminals. Otherwise, there is no criminal, we cannot handle.  Report any corruption you come across to this unit. It will comprise of Mr. James Tweheyo, Ms. Martha Asiimwe and Sister Akiror.  They will give out their telephone numbers.  What happened to the IGG? Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of the IGG?  That was the purpose of that office; to protect the public from corrupt officials; to protect the investors against corrupt officials.  The IGG should reflect on this.  Are her staff credible? Why does the public not trust that institution?  We need answers.  
In order to help the Muruka chief monitor economic production activities and service delivery in his area, the government should give each one of them a bicycle.  It is quiet and healthy for the chief to peddle around and inspect. The motor-cycles of the Gombolola chiefs should be replaced.  The old ones, given out in the financial year 2007/2008, are too old by now.  
In the area of Sports, Uganda is beginning to come up, again. The best sports performance by Ugandans was that of Akii Bua in the 400 metres hurdles of 1972 in the Munich Olympics. 

Since the 1950s, I had been following the sports events and the achievements of our people.  Etolu in Vancouver in 1954 in the high jump, Tom Kawere in boxing in Cardiff in 1959, Grace Seruwagi in boxing in 1960, etc., etc.  Therefore, the recent star performances of the young sportsmen like Kiprotich, gold in the London Olympics of 2012, Kipsiro, gold in 2014 in Glasgow, Cheptegei in the recent Commonwealth games, etc., revive and re-inforce the good performance of the fore-runners of sports in modern Uganda.  Yet, we have not yet put systematic efforts into sports beyond the peace brought to the country, the immunization of the young people, the UPE and USE as well as the absorption of the youth with talent into the disciplined forces of Uganda (Prisons, Police, UPDf, etc). Let the Ministry of Health sensitize our people more on nutrition in early childhood and, when funds are available, more systematic annual schools and districts competitions to be able to identify talent early enough. The potential in Uganda is huge.

In the budget, the Minister of Finance will give more details about the plans for the economy.  I wish to end this address by thanking Parliament for handling the following legislations during the last session:
BILLS ENACTED 

1. The Bio-fuels Bill 2017;

2. The Constitution (Amendment) NO 2 Bill; 2017

3. The Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017;

4. The Supplementary Appropriation No 2 Bill 2018;

5. The Appropriation Bill 2018;

6. The Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018;

7. The Excise Duty ( Amendment) Bill 2018;

8. The Income Tax ( Amendment) Bill 2018;

9. The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018;

10. The Tax Procedures Code(Amendment) Bill 2018;

11. The Tax Appeals Tribunal(Amendment) Bill 2018;

12. The Traffic and Road Safety(Amendment) Bill 2018;

13. The Lotteries and Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2018.
In the coming session, the government will present the following Bills:
PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/2019

S/NO MINISTRY

           Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1 The Uganda Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs (UIDIA), Bill.

2 Foreign service Bill

           Ministry of Public Service

3 Public Service Pension Fund Bill, 

4 Human Resource Management Professionals Bill

          Ministry of Finance, Planning &   Economic 

          Development

5 Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2019

6 VAT (Amendment) Bill, 2019

7 Excise Tariff (Amendment) Bill, 2019

8 Stamps Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2019

9 Finance Bill, 2019

10 Tax Procedures Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019

11 Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2019

12 Appropriation Bill, 2019

14 Annual Budget Estimates for FY2019/20 – Motion

15 Corrigenda for FY2019/20 – Motion

16 Budget Speech FY2019/20 – Motion

17 National Budget Framework Paper FY2019/20 – Motion

18 Semi Annual Budget Performance Report FY2018/19 – Motion

19 National payment systems.

20 BOU Amendment Bill  

21 PPDA

22 Foreign Exchange Amendment Bill.

23 Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.

   Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development

24 Uganda Land Commission Bill

25 Land Lord –Tenant Bill

           Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

26 The National Accreditation Bill

27 The Legal Metrology Bill

28 The Industrial and Science Metrology Bill

29 The Consumer Protection Bill

30 The Competition Bill

           Ministry of Works and Transport

31 The Engineers Registration Act (Amendment) Bill

32 The Roads Bill

        Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports

33 National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) (Amendment) Bill.

34 Physical Activity and Sports (PAS) Bill.

35 Uganda National Examination Board Act (UNEB) Amendment Bill.

36 The Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium (Amendment) Bill.

36 The Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (UOTI) Act (Amendment) Bill

           Ministry of Health

37 National Food and Drug Authority Bill

38 Public Health Act

39 Organ and Tissue Transplant Bill

40 Pharmacy Bill

           Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

41 The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces and Veterans Bill, 2017
In conclusion, I want to remind the listeners that Uganda is un-stoppable given what we have done in the field of: Army building; building the other security forces; in education; in health; the ICT backbone; the roads; electricity; in agricultural research for improved seeds, disease control and improved agro-practices; what we are planning to do to deal with the cost of money for borrowing; and the work already done on the issue of the continental market integration and access to third Party markets.  

What remains to be done is build the Standard Gauge Railway with the branches to Kasese, Kakitumba and South Sudan.  I did not talk about the oil and gas because all the work is already done.  It is just implementation that is remaining. The oil revenues will, obviously help us to fund our infrastructure and innovation programmes. The future is bright.  Let us tighten discipline.
Madam Speaker, It is my pleasure to declare the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament open.
I thank you very much and hope that the coming Session will be fruitful.