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Australia plans to increase migrant intake amid skills crisis

Canberra, Australia | Xinhua |  The Australian government has flagged an increase to the country’s migrant intake. Brendan O’Connor, minister for skills and training, said the new Labor government was considering raising the annual migration cap from its current level of 160,000 with more skilled migrants, including health care workers …

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Gulu University VC Prof Openjuru given new 5-year term

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Gulu University Council has approved the extension of Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah’s term of office as the University Vice Chancellor. Prof. Openjuru’s five year contract extension was endorsed on Friday during the 53rd meeting of the Gulu University council. The new contract takes …

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Kabaka speaks out on coffee

Mengo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Kabaka of Buganda has requested government through various avenues to help improve coffee production in the country. The Kabaka urged government to find means of shielding coffee farmers from extreme price fluctuations and to access capital to finance their efforts. He said he …

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Extension workers in Namisindwa district go 6 months without salary

Namisindwa, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A section of the newly recruited technical staff in Namisindwa district have raised complaints against the Chief Administrative Officer for failing to register them on the district payroll since they were recruited. Over 20 staff members mainly Assistant Agricultural Officers and Assistant Animal husbandry officers …

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Over 50 jobless after Gaagaa Bus closes

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Gaagaa bus services has closed its operations allegedly due to financial troubles, leaving more than 50 employees jobless. Several unsuspecting passengers caught unawares by the closure of bus operations have been turning up at the Arua booking office only to find the place closed. …

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