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Mix-and-match COVID vaccines

Combining two different COVID-19 vaccines provides protection on par with that of mRNA vaccines — including protection against the Delta variant | EWEN CALLAWAY | Study after study has shown that people who receive two different COVID-19 vaccines generate potent immune responses, with side effects no worse than those caused …

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Writers ignore risks to provoke Museveni

The Ugandan government is known for cracking down on writers who express strong dissent to President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the African country for 35 years. Despite the risks, two writers recently composed deliberately provocative pieces criticising the president. | HALIMA ATHUMANI | Early this month, Ashaba Annah wrote …

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Sex, hope and activism

Meet ‘Uganda’s rudest woman’ | THE INDEPENDENT | Her sexually explicit protests have been likened to pornography, but Ugandan activist and writer Stella Nyanzi says sex is the most effective – and entertaining – way to shake people out of their apathy. “I learnt very early that there are some …

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A facelift for Facebook

The business models of tech companies shouldn’t retain users’ private data as their real cash cow COMMENT | STEVEN HILL | If the testimony of whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook data scientist, before a U.S. Senate subcommittee told us anything, it was that tech companies cannot be relied upon …

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Land acquisition for oil pipeline

Processes provide support to affected persons to ensure adequate compensation and improved livelihood COMMENT | GLORIA SEBIKARI | The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has noted recent media reports published in some local dailies alleging that the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project Affected Persons (PAPs) are being mishandled …

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Scream therapy

The mental health benefits of horror movies | THE INDEPENDENT | Monsters under the bed, zombies rising from the grave, and chainsaw-wielding maniacs aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one is trying to conjure soothing images. Yet, for many horror movie aficionados, part of the draw …

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Stanbic Bank, KACITA move on Asian markets

Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited and Kampala City Traders | THE INDEPENDENT | Association on Oct.14, unveiled a partnership that will significantly ease traders’ ability to source for goods from Asian markets as well as pay the stipulated taxes on the imported items. Stanbic Bank Uganda Chief Executive Anne Juuko said …

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Stock market boost as MTN listing takes shape

 Uganda Securities Exchange CEO says number of investors could triple Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Executives at the Uganda Securities Exchange are optimistic about increased activity and shareholder numbers at the bourse as MTN Uganda’s listing takes shape. Paul Bwiso, chief executive officer said on the sidelines of the …

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