UGANDA NOW SECOND TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH THE HIGH RATE OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS BEING INFECTED WITH HIV/AIDS

By alice Lubwama

The UNAIDS global review panel mission in Uganda calls Government to renew her efforts towards fighting the HIV/AIDS scourge.

Addressing the press after a wide HIV consultation in the country, the UN resident coordinator Rose Obalango was concerned with the rising number of new HIV/aids infections among young women in Uganda.

Uganda is now the second to South Africa in the region, with the high rate of adolescent girls being infected with HIV/AIDS. The rate has been attributed to behavior and poverty related issues.

 

What flowers are appropriate for Valentine’s day

Roses

red rose

Not surprisingly, this classic bud is “the most popular choice for Valentine’s Day,” says Kate Law, Product Design Manager at ProFlowers.com. It could be because red roses symbolize love, romance, beauty and perfection. The iconic flower is also known for being pricey—according to Michael Gaffney, Director of the New York School of Flower Design, “flower growers hold back their rose bushes for months in order to have them bloom in time for February 14th—and then they raise the prices, giving roses that sought-after reputation.”

Gerbera Daisies

orange gerbera daisy

Daisies are known for symbolizing beauty, innocence and purity, says Law. The Gerbera variety, recognizable by their large flowering heads, is available in an assortment of peppy hues, which gives them the additional meaning of cheerfulness. The happy buds are “always a favorite to receive,” she says.

Tulips

orange and yellow tulip

“Tulips stand for perfect love,” says Gaffney. The elegant and easily identifiable blooms are one of the most popular flowers in the world but are most often associated with the Netherlands, where they flourished in the 17th century. They convey comfort and warmth, says Law, and are a good Valentine’s Day pick since they’re classic and affordable.

 

 

Woman’s day. Photos from shutterstock

Most Facebook users suffer depression resulting from envy -Study

Facebook is making us unhappy and causing people who suffer “Facebook envy” to be particularly depressed, a study has found.

Users who took a week-long break from the social media site were found to be more satisfied with life and rated their own well-being as higher.

The University of Copenhagen experiment involved 1,095 people, half of whom were asked to continue their Facebook habits and half ordered to abstain from logging on.

Those who admitted suffering high levels of Facebook envy, the tendency to be jealous of your friends’ activities on social media, benefited most from going teetotal.

“Millions of hours are spent on Facebook each day,” wrote report author Morten Tromholt.

“We are surely better connected now than ever before, but is this new connectedness doing any good to our well-being?

“According to the present study, the answer is ‘no’. In fact, the predominant uses of Facebook – that is, as a means to communicate and gain information about others, as habitual pastime – are affecting our well-being negatively on several dimensions.”

The sample size was 86 per cent female, spread across Denmark, with an average age of 34, and with an average Facebook-friends count of 350.

They were first asked to take a 15-minute pre-test which then randomly dropped them into either the treatment group – who were banned from Facebook for seven days – or the control group – who were asked to continue using it as usual.

In the post-test on the last day of the experiment, which 888 participants completed, 13 per cent of the treatment group admitted giving in and using Facebook.

The majority of these “non-compliers” claimed it was either because of an emergency or was a “habitual accident”.

In the test, the Facebook users rated their life satisfaction at 7.74 out of 10 average, but those who stayed away rated it at 8.11.

The effect of quitting Facebook on well-being was also greater for users who feel “Facebook envy” than for users who do not.

 

 

 

-Independent

Dream job alert: Cadbury looking for an honest chocolate tester

It’s one of those jobs that chocolics could only dream of having but, thanks to Mondelez International, eating chocolate for a living is about to become a reality for one lucky cocoa-lover.

The company responsible for some of your favourite chocolate brands – think Cadbury, Milks, Prince and Oreo – have officially announced an opening to join their team as a professional chocolate taster.

The successful candidate will help them to test, perfect and launch new products all over the world.

Posted on employment social-networking site Linked In, Mondelez International is looking for someone with a passion for confectionary, the ability to be honest when giving an opinion and who is eager to try new and inventive products.

The lucky candidate must, of course, be able to taste chocolate and cocoa beverage goods and use clearly defined vocabulary to describe products.

 

 

 

-Independent

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.

 

 

-Shape.com

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