Quench that thirst with your home made taste elevated drinking water

It is extremely hot in Kampala lately and many of us would love to have a glass or more of water regulary. However there is also another group that just hates drinking water and are spending a little too much on unhealthy drinks like sodas. Today we bring you a few tricks you can use to improve the taste of water so as to go through this season, hydrated and healthy.

  1. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime (or both).
  2. Infusing water with fruit, fill a large jug with water, sliced fruit (try citrus, berries or melon) and ice; refrigerate overnight.
  3. Soak it in flavour, let pineapple chunks soak in water for at least two hours.
  4. Make a mash, mash up blueberries or raspberries in the bottom of your glass, then add sparkling or still water.
  5. Make a splash,pour in a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice.
  6. Cube Juice, make ice cubes out of no-sugar-added juice and add to sparkling or still water and cranberry juicewater.
  7. Mint it, tear up some fresh mint leaves and leave to steep in water before drinking.
  8. cuke it, add sliced cucumber for a refreshing zing.
  9. Add sparkle, make half the glass sparkling water, half the glass still water; it’s not as gassy as sparkling alone.
  10. spice it up, crush some basil leaves, add to water and leave overnight.
  11. Veg out, after boiling vegetables, such as carrots, reserve the water and chill overnight for a vitamin-packed blast of flavor.
  12. Pick and herb, Add an herbal tea bag like passion fruit; heat with lemon.

 

 

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Liberian bride’s horrible make up breaks the internet

A bride has shocked many with her wedding day make-up . Bindu and Siafa got married this weekend in Liberia.
According to Philip Blamo, who posted the photos on Facebook :

“It Is Getting Serious In Liberia We Need More Cosmetology Schools Says Rev. Blamo. Rev. Philip Blamo of the New Creation International Ministries In Liberia is calling on Liberian women home and abroad to invest in the business of Cosmetology to help women in the professional skill or practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin.
Rev. Blamo said as the results of lack of professional skills and training many young Liberian women using make-up with our professional help are looking worse than they were before.”

 

-StreetTv

Pharrell’s joins three stars as to fly the Chanel fashion flag high

Pharrell’s making great strides in the modeling sphere. After making his first-ever runway debut (at Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show, no less, clad in tweed, double Cs, and questionable headwear that launched a debate at InStyle’s HQ), he has gone and landed himself the designer gig to end all designer gigs: the honor of fronting Chanel’s new Gabrielle handbag campaign.

But of course he isn’t the only one—Karl Lagerfeld tapped three other stars (and longtime Chanel reps) for a celebrity-fueled power quad: Kristen Stewart (who’s starred in Chanel campaigns since 2013), Cara Delevingne (forever muse), and Caroline de Maigret (French girl style icon-slash-Chanel brand ambassador).

Together, the foursome will showcase the beauty and versatility of Gabrielle (the design was presented at the brand’s spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear show), a bag that pays homage to its founder: it boasts the same elegant design codes that exist among all Chanel bags, its rigid base makes it durable and strong, and it hugs the silhouette (a nod to comfort being a main priority for Coco Chanel). Another unique feature: Its double-chain strap can be worn over the shoulder, across the body, or both at the same time.

 

 

 

-Essence

 

See the World’s most weird Christmas traditions

Have a look at some of the most weird Christmas time traditions around the world

1. Gather ’round the flaming Yule Goat

In certain parts of Scandinavia, nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a giant straw effigy of a goat.
The “Yule Goat,” (or julbocken, if you’re fancy) originated like most Christmas traditions, in that people aren’t exactly sure. It has some roots in Norse mythology, wherein the god Thor rode around in a chariot pulled by goats. But in more recent history, the lore plays out more along the lines of the Christian association of goats as demonic creatures.
Either way, there are lots of goats. Typically, they manifest as cute little ornaments you put on the tree, but some towns erect giant statues of the goat. And sometimes people set those statues on fire. Adorable.

2. Someone needs to potty train that log

In Catalonia, Spain, they have pooping logs.
The Tio de Nadal (Christmas log) or Caga Tio (crapping log) is like a cross between a Tamagotchi and a piñata. A few days into December, parents gift their kiddies a friendly looking hollow log for them to care for. Every night, the family “feeds” the log and covers it with a blanket. Then, on Christmas, they sing log songs and beat the log with sticks, ordering it to eliminate. And eliminate it does — nuts, dates, candies — and when it can eliminate no more, its swan song comes in the form of some pungent food like onion or herring.

3. Your Christmas scene? I poop on it

There is a suspicious amount of defecation involved in Catalan holiday celebrations.
The caganer is a traditional sculpture that originated in Catalonia and spread to most of Western Europe. It’s basically a little figure that drops trou and poops all over nativity scenes. Why? Honestly, why not — some say it’s a fertility symbol, and others claim the figures are supposed to be a reminder that poop, like death, is a great equalizer. Sometimes people make caganers of celebrities, government officials or royalty.
The figure is typically hidden somewhere in the scene (hopefully, far away from the baby Jesus), and little kids have a blast trying to find it.

4. Hide yo brooms, hide yo wife

In Norway, they have a pretty solid idea of what witches and evil spirits do and do not like. And man, do those spirits love brooms. They also love Christmas, so on Christmas Eve, people hide their brooms so witches and the like won’t hang around. For good measure, a male family member may pop his head out the front door and fire off a few blasts from a shotgun to show those spirits who’s boss.

5. Krampus is here to scar your children

Kids, meet Krampus. He looks like a goat who has eaten 20 other goats and then walked through fire. He will threaten you with rusty chains and kidnap you if you’ve been naughty. Sometimes, he is literally an embodiment of Satan.
The same people who brought you the messed up world of the Brothers Grimm are also responsible for Krampus. In Germany, Austria, Croatia and surrounding countries, a guy dressed as Krampus will roam the streets terrifying children and reminding them that with the sweetness and light of Christmas comes an equal and opposite force of darkness and evil, and if you’re a naughty little girl or boy, Krampus will cart you off AND EAT YOU. Bye!

6. Wanna see my lucky underwear?!

In Italy, Spain and parts of Central America, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve. Normal enough: Red has long been considered an auspicious color, and swaddling your bum in it seems like a decent way to start the New Year off on a good, er, foot. But whenever there’s underwear involved, you can count on people to get weird about it.
Every year, in the small Spanish town of la Font de la Figuera, people take the opportunity to the fullest and run around in their crimson skivvies. And yes, it’s usually freezing cold. It’s not a Christmas tradition, but you still have time to pick up a pair of Hanes and traumatize the neighbors. You can tell the judge you were just being cultural.
-CNN

Behold the Nsenene season is upon us

It is that time of the month when grasshoppers commonly known as Nsenene are flying around by are also abundant in our markets. Well, a few people think they are creepy while others find them so delicious.

“Most commonly found and consumed in areas with grasslands, the writers of the U.N. report maintain that the critters are simple to cook, and especially tasty when roasted and seasoned with onion, garlic, chili or soy sauce. Their nutritional content makes them a hearty snack or addition to most meals.”writes Alexander Sifferlin  in Times.

Prepping these insects is a tedious job which prompts many sellers to sell them cook them with wings and legs on so the consumer does that for themselves.

These insects are actually very healthy and nutritious so when next you have a bowl this what you will be having;

Protein: 20.6 %

Fat: 6.1 %

Carbohydrates: 3.9 %

So when next you have you have your scrumptious bugs, have them with no guilt.

 

Nigerian fashion journalist stages a plus size runway event

Lifestyle and fashion journalist Latasha Ngwube launched the About That Curvy Life platform to empower curvaceous women.
As a curvy female, the plus-size fashion advocate is all too aware of the stigma faced by the plus-size community in Africa, and is using her empowerment platform to start a much-needed conversation about body diversity. In a first, plus size models took to the runway at Lagos Fashion & Design Week held in October 2016.
“We’re getting a foot in the door. People have to see plus fashion in a way they never have before,” Ngwube told CNN. “You can become that which you desire if you believe that you deserve to be considered beautiful.”
The show took place after much lobbying to Lagos Fashion Week explains Ngwube. Not knowing what to expect, the plus-size models took to the runway, strutting designs from up-and-coming designers.
“I snuck into the crowd and was watching the girls go,” recalls Ngwube. “I was looking at people standing, screaming, clapping and I started to cry. I was shaking and crying in the crowd, I couldn’t contain it.
“I wish I could bottle that feeling and just sip on it every day of my life.”
-CNN

As Michelle graces Vogue cover for the third time, Obama can’t help but express his pride

First Lady Michelle Obama has achieved so much in her eight-year tenure in the White House: She’s assisted veterans and their families, given knockout speeches (including one at the Democratic National Convention this summer) on topics she feels passionately about, transformed the way that kids think about healthy eating and being active, seen her eldest daughter get into Harvard and done all of that while achieving fashion icon status. And now she has one more accomplishment to add to her list: a third Vogue cover within seven years.

Obama is (understandably) proud of her legacy, telling the magazine, “I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on décor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”

Her husband, President Barack Obama, also shares his pride about his wife’s role in the White House, writing, “Michelle never asked to be First Lady … Like a lot of political spouses, the role was thrust upon her. But I always knew she’d be incredible at it, and put her own unique stamp on the job. That’s because who you see is who she is— the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me. I think people gravitate to her because they see themselves in her— a dedicated mom, a good friend, and someone who’s not afraid to poke a little fun at herself from time to time.”

She poses in Carolina Herrera on the cover and Atelier Versace in an inside photo (the same designer she wore to her final state dinner, to much acclaim), and she opens up about the role fashion has had for her over the past eight years in the public eye — and why she often chose surprising or up-and-coming designers. “It all boils down to comfort level: If I’m going to make you comfortable, than I have to be comfortable first,” she says.” So my first reaction isn’t ‘Who made this?’ But ‘Let’s try it on. What does it look like? Oooh, that’s cute. Oh, wow. I never thought of wearing something like this. Let’s put a belt on it. I feel gooood in this’.”

She continues, “There are definitely designers that I love, people I love to work with. And who they are as people matters. Are they good people? Do they treat their staff well? Do they treat my staff well? Are they young? Can I give them a boost? But! When all of that is equal…is it cute?!”

So will she miss it all when she leaves the White House in January? “You know, there are little moments … Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument … It’s soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want,” she says. “But on the flip side . . . it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating. And I think Barack and I—because we’re kind of stubborn—we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS?”

For Obama’s first cover, shortly after Inauguration in 2009, she wore a pink dress by Jason Wu, who also designed her Inauguration gown. She talked about hoping to give her children a sense of normalcy, but Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour already knew things would be very different, writing: “Change was the clarion call of Barack Obama’s election campaign, though I don’t think any of us at Vogue initially realized that would include the difference that was going to be made by First Lady Michelle Obama’s wardrobe … It’s inspiring to see our first lady so serene and secure in her personal style.”

The First Lady’s second cover was more fashion-forward, with piecey bangs and a sculptural sheath dress. “I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves,” she said at the time. “That’s what I always try to do.”

 

 

 

 

-People

The blind can now use smart phones, thanks to these young men who made Visual+ app

These young Ugandans;  David  Lwangwa Mwesigwa 22  – Graphics Designer and Team Lead, Mubiru Joel  22– In charge, Research, Chemyolei Paul  22– Business Development Guy and Moris Atwine 21 – Software Development Lead have come together to develop a mobile phone app that seeks to help the blind people use their mobile phone without any assistance.  David’s brother became blind when he was 10. This unfortunate incident turned into questions that David sought to solve. He felt bad that even as his brother grew older and owned a mobile phone, there are those basics that his brother could not enjoy. He met amazing friends at Makerere university that he has worked with to create Visual+. Visual+ is a gesture based interaction and voice commands mobile application that helps a visually impaired person to manage the frequently used applications on phones as making calls and accessing music files.

What in the world is Visual+?

Many times, human rights are echoed in our ears about how it’s our right to have freedom of speech, right to life and more often we hear that major right, a right to education.

Visual+ is simply an easy to use gesture based interaction and voice commands mobile application that manages the most frequently used applications on a mobile device.

 How does doe this awesome app work?

Visual+ works in such way that, a user (visually impaired person) is required to be putting on headsets at the time of initiation to clearly listen to the voice prompts and to enhance your interaction with the app as it uses voice.

To initiate, the user shuffles the mobile device which activates the application.

There are four features on the home screen which include phone, music, notes and personal.

So,

  • By swiping to the right, the gesture helps the user to access prerecorded audio notes that are stored on the mobile device as audio books, quotes and many more.
  • A user swiping down, this gesture brings a lot of personalization tools that can be used by the user such as recording their own notes or speeches. A user is then prompted to swipe the screen to a given direction for app to register their choice for example swiping screen to the right to make a recording of their own.
  • By swiping to the left, the gesture helps the user access his or her music, reading material. A list of all these choices is displayed on screen, also echoed in user’s ear piece. The user will then swipe to the left in order to listen to the music list, or swipe to the right to play the stored music.
  • By swiping up, this gesture displays the phone menu where a user can add a phone number and be able to make a call of his/her choice using voice prompts. For example call Moris, once it’s saved, it processes the call automatically.
  • For a user to go back to a previous screen as well exit the application, he / she simply double taps the screen.

What problems does it seek to solve?

World health Organization (1997) estimated the number of visually impaired people worldwide to be 135 million.

Focusing on Uganda as a country, the number of visually impaired people has gone up to 1 million from 700,000 people (National Union of Disabled Persons, 2008). This group of people also has the required facilities that are not readily accessible in various parts of the country. More to this, the students with these facilities also have a challenge in accessing reading material for the blind, printing notes in brail or even playing educative games. Visual impairment is a great challenge worldwide.

What other opportunities do you think this app is likely to create?

Yes, Partnerships with telecom companies as well as phone companies!

Where do you draw your inspiration?

One of our team members, David has a brother who is blind, he has seen him fail to achieve most of the things and so thought he would really change such pressing problem through innovation. He then teamed up with Joel, Paul and Moris and that was the birth of Visual+.

What is your greatest achievements so far?

We were able to pitch it at the Humanitarian Innovation Exhibition Last Month, the feedback was promising, basically how it would be of great help to people in refugee camps and disaster affected areas.

Mainly, we haven’t really achieved much with this mobile app, we are still testing it with different groups to clearly understand how the blind or people with low vision can interface with these smart phones.

Does tech have a future in Uganda? 

Technology in Uganda is like a child, ambitious and inquisitive. That’s why it’s really growing very fast

 Are there times you have wanted to give up?

Not on the Visual+ app because passion is all we have for technology and there is a lot to be solved really. All in all, We are  not about to give up.

 What keeps you going during tough times?

We have the best solutions to most of these social problems affecting us, this may not necessarily be through technology, innovation as a process can have a considerable effort in changing most of problems we face, and in the end become our businesses.

What other projects have you worked on?

As a group, we haven’t worked on other mobile applications but some of the members Moris and David are among the brains behind the timely response and early diagnosis breast cancer management app called “BreastIT”. More info to this app is available on the project’s blog site www.thehyphengloveproject.wordpress.com

 Any last words to the reader?

We have never set out  to become  founder or co-founders of a great innovation, we always seek to tackle most of these pressing problems in and around our community” – Moris Atwine, Co-Founder and Software Development Lead, Visual+.

 

Screenshot of the visual app
-ThisisUganda

Celebrity fitness expert says weight loss begins in the mind not kitchen

In the world of fitness experts and trainers, Holly Rilinger is among the elite. If you aren’t familiar, Holly has been in the game for over 10 years with a flourishing list of credentials. She’s a certified celebrity trainer, master instructor at Flywheel, and the star of Bravo’s new series Work Out New York, and she’s recently been tapped as the new spokeswoman for BIC Soleil Shine’s Make Your Own Sun campaign.

Though she’s a reputable guru in the fitness world, Holly’s ripped body and fit lifestyle are a daily, ongoing journey. So just how does she manage to stay happy, healthy, and in such great shape? We chatted with her and she let us know that the key to losing weight begins with maintaining a healthy mindset.

“What I love about teaming up with BIC is that so many campaigns are about looking perfect, whereas BIC’s message is about feeling good and being positive,” she said. “I say look in the mirror every morning and find one thing you are happy with. We’re so used to finding our flaws, but if you start your day finding something you love about yourself, you’ll find the motivation to go out and meet your fitness goals.” Once you’re equipped with an optimistic mindset, Holly believes the rest of the weight-loss formula is pretty straightforward: “eat right, move (and move often), and have a positive attitude.”

And while maintaining a healthy diet is a core part of managing weight loss, she reminded us that it’s OK to treat yourself once you find a middle ground. “I like to think less about cheat days and more about balance,” she said. “If I really want something in my life, I’m not going to NOT let myself have it. I’m all about enjoying life, but where are my checks and balances? If I know I really want this piece of cake, then I just really make sure I keep myself in check for the rest of the day.” So, there you have it, sometimes it’s totally OK to just eat the damn cake.

 

 

-Pop sugar

Albinos battle for Mr and Miss Albino title in one of a kind contest

Youngsters with albinism are stepping into the limelight, hoping to be named Kenya’s first Mr and Miss Albino.

In Africa, albinism is associated with many negative misconceptions and superstitions. As a result, many albinos suffer stigma, alienation and even physical abuse.

The pageant being held later in Nairobi also aims to boost the confidence of young people with albinism.

BBC Africa’s Dayo Yusuf reports.