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HOW TO EASE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

Just the other day, I met with two friends. Without dictation our conversation adopted a menstrual turn. Fatuma complained of a back pain and cramps while Tendo dreaded the diarrhea, nausea, headache, vomiting and general body weakness. “It feels like all hell is set loose on every single week in a month”

Well different people are affected in particular ways on a personal basis of this matter at hand. It is also possible to find people who don’t experience pain at all during ovulation.

Cramps during Periods as we know them are caused when the muscles of your womb contract and relax to help shed built-up lining. In some cases we can’t be sure why other women experience severe pains. But some factors that increase in the menstrual pain are an augment in hormone-like substance called prostaglandin which influences your, growths in your womb, endometriosis (abnormal uterine tissue growth) or just starting your period and use of birth control.

Practical home relief;

With mild cramps and discomfort you can tryout the following remedies to receive relief during the ovulation process and if they don’t work, see a doctor to ascertain the cause of severe cramps.

Apply heat on your belly

Heat helps to relax the contracting muscles in the uterus and alleviate cramps. One can use heating pads and patches. If not available Pour warm water in a plastic bottle and place it on your belly. Showering  warm water also helps. Also keep hydrated, Drinking warm water helps reduce cramps and at the same time avoids headaches.

Improve on your diet

An augment in vegetables and a reduction in fat helps abate cramps. A low-fat diet actually decreases overall levels of inflammation in the body. In a month make sure to consume lots of veggies expecting a tolerant experience of periods. Besides fatty foods, avoid alcohol,carbonated beverages,caffeine and salty foods so as to avoid bloating and reduce cramps.

Rather adopt taking in ginger tea, basil tea, cinnamon tea, Blackstrap Molasses, parsley, chamomile tea, and papaya for better days.

Workout for phat results

STRETCHES DO HELP

Making exercise a daily routine in a week helps reduce cramp (pain). For a woman who rarely workout, it seems a bit crazy to think of exercise in the midst of the cramps but working out releases neurotransmitters like endorphins and oxytocin. Endorphins can decrease pain perception. Try Orgasm, Yoga, running and simple stretches so as to stimulate endorphins. Both aerobic exercise and stretching helped soothe period cramps.

Massage with essential oils

Using certain aromatic essential oils by massaging your lower abdomen can also relieve menstrual cramps.  Investigators assigned 48 women with menstrual cramps and other symptoms to massage either essential oils or a synthetic fragrance on their lower abdomen. The women used a mixture of diluted essential oils from the end of one period to the beginning of the next. Lavender, clary sage, and marjoram were used in a 2-1-1 ratio, and the essential oils were diluted to a 3 percent concentration overall in an unscented cream (a solution created, for example, by adding 3 milliliters (ml) of essential oils to 97 ml of an unscented cream). Women in both groups reported less pain, but the essential oils group did better.

Acupuncture

If your not dead afraid of needles, acupuncture is another way to needle away cramps. This Chinese ancient treatment relaxes the nervous system which causes a flow of blood in internal organs. Six studies on 673 women using acupuncture with no conventional treatment  (such as anti-inflammatory drugs) showed that they received relief from cramps. Overall, they found that both acupuncture and acupressure could reduce pain, but concluded that more evaluation was needed to be sure.

Take caution to receive the service from from a professional acupuncturist rather than false practitioners of the culture to avert health dysfunctions.

Use the right tools

In this modern day world, women are blessed to have a variety of pads (sanitary napkins) to choose from depending on personal acquiescence of a particular product. Most of the variety are coated with either latex or disposable plastic to which some women are allergic to.

For those who are irritated with industrial sanitary napkins coated with latex, you can always go organic. Made of pure organic cotton and just as much absorbent like those filled with absorbent gel in others.

VARIETY OF SANITARY NAPKINS

Look for products that suit your leakage level. They come in different sizes and colours to your appeasement and desires. The thinnest sanitary pads are called the panty liners worn when expecting periods and for those days when your concluding your periods on the fourth or fifth day.

For light bleeders, mini, light, regular or light and moderate sanitary napkins are to use unlike our counterparts who need maxi, super maxi, classic, super long maxi, extra heavy weight, and heavy pads to keep up with their faucet leakage and put worries to bed. Those worn at day time differ from those worn at night. Luckily enough manufactures align them in a way that suits such a difference.

Learning to use the right product give you a peace of mind and reduces stress levels as well as discomfort.

Seek divine intervention

Finally if all fails, seek the one who made you and cast all your concern to Him. He who created you could alter a few things to make your life better.


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QATAR CRISIS: A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

Ever since Qatar was severed by the gulf nations, the population of the victim has suffered. Circumstances compelled Qatar to be dependent on Turkey and Iran for domestic supplies.One of the grievances of Saudi Arabia and it’s allies required Qatar to halt connections with Iran.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani discarded the grievances laid by the gulf nations, saying that the demands are impossible to meet, because the accusations contained in them are not true. However Doha is ready to discuss “legitimate issues” with the Gulf coalition.

“We cannot ‘sever links with so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah’ because no such links exist,” he said in a statement.

“And we cannot ‘expel any members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’ because there are none in Qatar.” Said Qatari foreign minister.

The abruptly suspending of diplomatic relations, as they have in the past, but also surprised many by cutting off land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar has created major threats to the well being of her citizens.

Sanctions and expelling of Qatari nationals from four gulf nations have damaged the economy, the education of students in the gulf nations was disrupted. This challenging situation has compelled Qataris to adopt a course of action to pursue legal action against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

A Qatari human rights group is hiring a Swiss law firm to help seek compensation for citizens affected by sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, sources familiar with the matter have said.

Lalive, a law firm with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Doha, is finalising an agreement with Qatar’s government-appointed National Human Rights Commission (QNHRC) that will be announced soon, according to reports.

Lalive, which specialises in mass claims, said it will pursue the cases in local and international tribunals. “The sanctions imposed on Qatar go too far and are not in accordance with international law. Ordinary Qatari nationals and companies are not part of the State and cannot be targeted,” Veijo Heiskanen, the lead lawyer on the case, told Al Jazeera.

Tensions continue to accumulate as Qatar struggles to cling to her sovereignty currently under attack by the  gulf council. “We are willing to negotiate any legitimate grievances with our neighbours, but we will not compromise our sovereignty.” Speaking in Washington, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani  called the “siege” on Qatar “a clear act of aggression” that violated international law.

Defence Minister Khalid Al Attiyah with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Isik in Ankara

Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah  held talks with his Turkish counterpart  Fikri Ishik in Ankara on 30th Friday, according to Turkey’s Anadolu state-run news agency.

The meeting between Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, will took place in the defence ministry.

Qatar’s ministry of defence announced the arrival of a new group of Turkish armed forces to the military base where Turkey began its training mission last week.

The forces are set to take part in joint exercises within the framework of a defence agreement signed between Doha and Ankara aimed at raising Qatar’s defence capabilities, supporting “counter-terror” efforts, and maintaining security and stability in the region.

To ensure the objective, earlier this month Mr Al Attiyah flew to Washington, where he signed a $12 billion deal to purchase F-15 fighter jets from the US.

 


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WALKING DOWN THE INVENTION LANE

In this world of hyper unemployment, scarcity of money and unfavourable political environment, when many young men and women of Uganda have resorted to travel abroad for greener pastures. Only a few however have set their minds on infiltrating the entrepreneurship world. In which innovation are born of brilliant notions.

With energy conservation as a goad, a young man known as Don Koledu Deogracious has decided to involve in creation of “Fireless Cookers” as he calls this product. These are energy conserving cookers that are clean and safe.

Fact is with this product food can never get burnt and when food is ready, it can keep warm for more than 6hrs and it contains the food’s aroma and taste. It can also be washed to keep it clean.

A FIRELESS COOKER

It is a circular product made up of intrinsic and meticulously sown patterns of cloth. Within the outer cloth lies a sponge and then a black cloth inside.

Since it has no means of generating heat, it is designed in the way of heat conservation. Which is why a black cloth and the cushions are vital. These are meant to contain the heat on the food without letting it emit outside.

HOW TO USE A FIRELESS COOKER

With a fireless cooker all you have to do is to pre-cook your food on a cooker or a charcoal stove for a given amount of time. This helps it to gain the required momentum of heat to sustain and guarantee its success in the fireless cooker.

Once the food has boiled enough to the highest boiling point, then transfer the whole saucepan in the fireless cooker. This has two domes of cushions. One is meant to support your food from beneath and another to cover it from the top. Your food should sit in between the cushions and wrap it up well. Then place it somewhere far from the reach of children.

TABLE OF FOOD SUCCESSFULLY COOKED

FOOD PRE-COOKED TIME TIME IN FIRELESS COOKER
RICE 5 MINUTES 25 MINUTES
IRISH POTATOES 5 MINUTES 1 HRS
MATOOKE BOIL 5 MINUTES 30 MINUTES
FRESH/ SOAKED BEANS 45MINUTES 3 HRS
SWEAT POTATOES 25 MINUTES 2 HRS
MEAT 15 MINUTES 3 HRS
MATOOKE IN LEAVES 20MINUTES 30 MINUTES

Well the list is limited but more room to explore what other foods can one cook as well as carry it to work. Work as your cooking.

OTHER BENEFITS

Besides cooking, this cooker can act as a stylish African hand bag as long as the cushions are removed, a considerable amount of space can accommodate other items. Two holders make it easier to carry and hang anywhere.

It is light in weight due to its non heavy properties.

It can also be used as a pillow, this was averred by the one owner of a product who claimed to have gone out in the field and suffered from fatigue. She found solace and comfort in laying her head on the cooker because it was soft.

It also comes in different colours and sizes as per an order.

TARGET GROUPS

Mostly parents or guardians with babies, people who detest to spend more time in the kitchen and single adults.

 


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KYAGULANYI TRIUMPHANT AT KYADONDO EAST RACE

Robert Kyagulanyi emerges triumphant in attainning the Kyadondo East seat which had gone blank when court nullified Apollo Kantinti’s victory in 2016 elections as the constituency MP due to anomalies found by the electoral commission.

After tallying up the votes from the 93 polling stations across the constituency, Electoral Commission returning officer Francis Nkurunziza, announced the final results and declared Kyagulanyi winner at 9.42pm local time.

Bobi Wine garnered a winning 25,659 votes, Ssebalu got 4,566 votes, Kantinti attained 1,832 votes, Nkunyingi had 575 and Kayongo received 377 votes.

The number of valid votes was 32,999, the invalid ones were 311 and 41 votes were spoiled. The total number of votes cast was 33,310.

“The first thing I want to do is to reconcile the leaders of Kyadondo East,” said Kyagulanyi, after being declared victor. “I want politics to bring us together,” he said, just like music does.

The running candidates were Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu locally known as Bobi wine (stage name) for he is a renown singer, NRM flag bearer Sitenda Ssebalu, Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer Apollo Kantinti, Sowedi Kayongo and and independent Nkunyingi muwada.

KYAGULANYI CASTING HIS BALLOT

In the morning, elections had moved on smoothly and Kyagulanyi the musician and businessman  with his wife barbie cast in their ballots at magere polling station as well as urging people to exercise their right to vote as per the local constitutional provision.

while Sitenda had bragged with confidence about his soon assumed to be victory; “I am confident that i am going to win with the majority. I can’t give percentages because i have no basis”.

Candidate Muwada Nkunyingi caused a commotion after finding out that his name was missing at Kiteezi’s register and advised to look for it elsewhere. This reaction attracts the heavily deployed police who later detained him. He received injuries to which he was hospitalized.

As for Apollo Kantinti, he was not eligible to vote from Kyaddondo East because he is registered to vote in Mukono, but can stand.

Anti-riot police steps in to quell riotous situation at Kasangati Resort. Security personnel were seen  arresting people and chasing them away but they stayed claiming to guard their votes.

The new Kyadondo East MP in waiting has recieved congratulation messages from Dr. Kizza Besigye, The Executive Director, Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo also tweeted: “So @HEBobiwine is beating everyone @NRMOnline @FDCOfficial1 hands down in #KyodondoEastByElections, Congs although still early.”

It should be recalled that the MP i waiting faced some challenges with security personnel. A scene too familiar to ignore when on the last campaign day (Tuesday), people in kyadondo went in a frenzy when the police came and arrested Robert Kyagulanyi and and detained at Kasangati police station and later driven by dusty road to Kiira police station because the excited crowd hurled stones and demanded the immediate release of their candidate.

Frank Mwesigwa, the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, told reporters that they had not arrested the renowned musician, underlining that they were instead “engaging him” on campaign guidelines as regards his final rally.

“We have agreed on a new venue in Bulamu, Gayaza. His earlier venue violated the Electoral Commission campaign guidelines and he risked being disqualified,” he said.

 

 


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QATAR TO MEET DEMANDS IN 10 DAYS

Through mediators from Kuwait, demands have been laid on Qatar to be met in 10 days. The gulf region have come up with 13 ultimate grievances as a price to uplift the economic and diplomatic blockade earlier imposed.

Doha is given an onus to entirely close down Al Jazeera network, halt cooperation with Iran, remove Turkish troops from Qatar’s soil, end contact with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and submit to monthly external compliance checks. Qatar has been given 10 days to comply with the demands or prepare for unspecified consequences. It’s been over a fortnight since Saudi Arabia and the other nations leading the blockade – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed both economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar. The later was accused by Dubai for funding terrorist that that fronted violence within the gulf region for decades.

DOHA PORT

Though the embargo has yielded less economic effect on Qatar, (a rich in oil and gas state), if it yields to the grievances, they can cause raze on it’s the foreign policy.

Already over 15,000 Qatari camels have been deported from Saudi Arabia such a strong message that strains the relationship of Doha and Dubai. Qatar has become reliant on Turkey and Iran for food imports since the embargo was imposed on 5 June and insists with its huge wealth it can survive the embargo for an indefinite period. The trade embargo include;  on air, sea or land traffic to and from Qatar.

Just as consequential in the short-term is the air embargo. The three Gulf countries imposing the blockade have all called a halt to their airlines’ flights to and from Qatar, including Saudia, Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai, Air Arabia and Gulf Air; Qatar Airways has in turn stopped flying to destinations in those countries. “It would be wiser that [Qatar] deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbours or a divorce will take place,” said Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of United Arab Emirates.

“Qatar faces a choice of either stability and prosperity or isolation, he said, adding: “Perhaps the solution is in parting ways.” Trump said that Arab leaders he met in Saudi Arabia last month had urged him to challenge Qatar, which they accuse of backing extremist groups and cosying up to Iran. “So we had a decision to make: do we take the easy road, or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism,” he said. “The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

The US state department issued a stinging rebuke to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies saying they had failed to come up with a justification for the embargo they imposed on Qatar earlier this month. This amnesty international claimed to be a violation of human rights, watch: Amnesty International slams embargo for rights violations (2:20)

AL-JAZEERA NEWSROOM

Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab states’ calls for it to be closed down. The demands were an attempt to “silence freedom of expression“, it said. Al Jazeera said, “We assert our right to practise our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats, and fearmongering,”.

Al Jazeera called on its peers in the industry, media institutions and other international organisations to reaffirm their solidarity in defending media freedom wherever it may be.


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UGANDA TO GET 358.2 MILLION DOLLARS

REFUGEES FROM SOUTH SUDAN

On attendance of the solidarity summit  at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala, foreign countries pledged to draw financial assistance to the Ugandan government to support refugees. The sum of money totaled to 358.2 million dollars falling short of 2 billion dollars initially targeted.

The summit under the theme “shoulder to shoulder” was hosted by HE President museveni Yoweri and co-host the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres on 22nd-23rd of June 2017.

Mr. Guterres in congruence with other leaders applauded Uganda for it’s hospitality towards the refugees. “Solidarity is not a matter of generosity; it is a matter of justice. It is essential to recognize these efforts and support Uganda. If the efforts are not sustainable, then it will be dramatic,”.

The Summit was attended by Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia, Mohammed Abdullahi of Somalia, South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani Igga, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, and representatives and dignitaries from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), China, Kenya, Tanzania, the United Kingdom (UK), Iceland, Sweden, Japan, Germany and Ethiopia, among others.

Uganda is the first African country with an influx of 1,271,000 refugees from mostly South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Eritrea, Rwanda, Etiopia and Burundi which has created immense pressure on the available resources.

In his statement, HE Yoweri appealed to the international community to aid Uganda to reward hosting communities especially with infrastructure development. In particular the construction two main roads: Moyo-Yumbe-Koboko, in the neighbourhood of the famous Bidi Bidi camp in Yumbe district that is hosting 272,168 refugees today; and Kabiingo-Rugaaga-Magabi-Rakai that starts from the famous Nakivaale Refugee Settlement camp that looked after the Rwanda refugees between 1960 and 1994 and is still hosting different waves of subsequent refugees.

” The Uganda government will, eventually, do these roads.  If, however, the International Community was to expedite that process and we informed our people in the areas, they would understand that their hospitality has not been in vain” said president Yoweri Museveni.

it is not such a difficult problem to absorb or co-exist with refugees from within Africa because the entirety of the African population is comprised of only 4 linguistic groups.  These are: the Niger-Congo group of languages, the Nilo-Saharan, the Afro-Asiatic and the Khoisan.

But with a huge migration of refugees comes inevitable challenges. These include; food inadequacy, shelter challenges, water provision, energy, clothes and household equipment, health care in terms of treatment and immunisation.

The president condemned the “man made crisis” which have diligently caused an increment in people fleeing from their countries to others in such of safety and peace. Not deflecting from other leaders, most people flee from terrorists, civil wars and incompetent governments.

“Bad politics,the ideology of sectarianism, utilizing the pseudo-ideology of opportunistically exploiting identity of religion or tribes is behind most of these crises,” he said.

The President informed the Summit that Uganda has discouraged rural migration of refugees beyond their gazatted resettlement areas due to the sensitive nature of some of the tribes, but that fortunate refugees who have capital and skills, can relocate to the urban centers and participate in the town service works.

Some refugees come with skills that could prove useful in this country just like America, a Jewish scientist from Germany created an atomic bomb in which the US benefited. So in the same manner Uganda welcomes refugees with skills as an avenue to rebuild and remodel their lives in exile or new homes.

In 2o16, The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) had allocated US$18 million to Uganda for support to internally displaced persons, refugees and host communities as part of its first allocation round from the underfunded emergencies window.

European countries like Denmark offered 40 million and Netherlands pledged 5.5 million. India committed to offer 1 million.Austria promised 2 million, China 500,000 and Ireland 2.3 million Euros. Many other countries pledged and the total pledges amounted to 358.2 million dollars.

 The president shared a memory of the 1797 succession war between two princes: Semakokiro and Jjunju. This conflict had led to the dispersing of some baganda faction who resettled else where and are now part of  six districts in the East African countries of today.


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TALES OF ALACHY (A PAIL OF WATER)

For three weeks, tension had rose in Kwamwelo village. This struggle was affiliated to a trench whose sole purpose is to transport water to a bigger channel at the side of the road.In his early thirties, a young man four feet in height had vowed to frustrate tranquility within the province.

Alachy, for that he was called under the incitement of his kindred procured to (fend off) prohibit people from pouring anymore water from this community trench.

As a matter of fact whoever fell prey to the deceit of courage attempting to dispose water was often chastised or at times released at the mercy of deride.

This was proudly executed with an aid of a reliably presumable grotesque scowl face.

Alachy had succeeded in constructing his home which stood plump facing his childhood home. Just abreast the latter was the famous trench enclosed in a grove of homes thus crowding the area.

His household argued that other people took delight in dumping debris in a trench as well as human waste which blocked the flow of water. They happened to be closest to the trench hence were most affected with the stench of stagnant contaminated water, let alone bitten most by the egregious mosquitoes.

One afternoon, the sky turned grey and the nimbus clouds cuddled in enormous clusters boldly overshadowing traces of the sun lustres. The sky let out a querulous thunder as well as flashes of light before a brusque uproar pour of rain came tumbling to thrust the earth and swelled the trench

After hours, the rain subdued. A chilled air had put Alachy in a jolly warm mood. Something hardly ever seen. Perhaps it was the love of a woman that had touched his hard heart transforming him from the inside out. Such envisage was reflected when he smiled from the eyes forming benign facial features.

It was not mistaken. The way he caressed her shoulder and spoke to her softly, she blushed and shied. Reluctantly withdrawing her hands from his. Tender eyes wondered off from their prized jewel only to take a glimpse of a young Jolie holding a pail of water walking towards the trench two yards away.

Abruptly, his demeanor adopted a hideous bitter truculent mood. He started clamoring in a tremulous voice to the young girl. leaving his beloved behind, “gwe…….gwe…….gwe” he cried as he ran towards Jolie.

To his dismay, as soon as he approached, with blatant impudence Jolie let out the water in a trench. Furious and overwhelmed, Alachy was left in a dilemma. “This girl had displayed unfeigned insolence” he thought and continued,”and definitely deserved a beating”. “If I dare to lay a hand on her, I’ll have to face the big man but I don’t want to be caught in cross fire with him, who knows what he’s capable of”

Still in turmoil and anger, he involuntarily grabbed the pail away from her. Jolie on the other hand just walked away silently but confident triumphant in the fact that she was immune to Alachy’s threat because the poor guy was simply afraid of her dad.

Well, her cards were played right. For about an hour or so, Alachy met Jolies brother and handed him the pail he’d confiscated.