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MP Owori Otada who chairs the Independent caucus to which the late belonged described him as an eloquent debater committed to good governance and human rights issues. Close friends reported that the legislator had dreams of building a hospital in Usuk, as well as improving the livelihoods of the people he represents in the house.
Born January 12, 1964 in the current Katakwi district, Oromait joined Parliament in May 2011 as MP for Usuk County. The Citizens’ Action for Quality Education has petitioned Parliament seeking for its intervention to avert the declining standards in public education across the country.
The petitioners confirmed to Parliament that over 80% of the children in UPE do not eat lunch on a daily basis.
They also expressed concern over crowding of pupils into small classrooms and the alarming pupil to teacher ratios that stands at 1 to 60 in many districts.
Hon.Oulanyah reaffirmed the need to empower parents and communities to interest them in the need to provide and cater for their children.
The Speaker today visited Uganda Police headquarters located on Parliament Avenue and met the Inspector General of Police, Lt. The Speaker said that Parliament has three petitions from three countries about human trafficking. The Speaker thanked Police for its support when Uganda hosted the 126th Inter Parliamentary Union in March this year.The IGP, Lt.
He said Police is facing a number of challenges in its fight against crime and ensuring that the country is peaceful and orderly. He said that the current Police strength of 43,000 was below the internationally recommended ratio of 1:500 people.
He also said that Police is trying to build systems including community policing, personnel management, traffic management and crime records management – intended to improve their performance.
Parliament is considering the construction of a specialized health care unit to handle maternal and neo-natal health at Mulago national referral hospital. According to a report tabled by the Parliamentary Committee on national economy July 26, the project will house a functional tertiary referral 320-bed specialized maternal and neo-natal health care unit in a six storey building by 2016. He observed that the dilapidation of the existing reproductive health infrastructure at Mulago national referral hospital is a challenge to the health sector. The committee noted that the current maternity and operating theatres at the national referral cannot match the ever increasing number of patients.
Members also urged government to consider recruitment of adequate health personnel as well as reviewing their wages to enhance retention in the health sector. Government has issued an alert declaring the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Kibaale district.
The dead include a Clinical Officer who initially attended to the patients at Kagadi hospital and her four months old baby. According to a statement issued by Minister Ondoa, the Uganda Virus Institute is testing 21 specimens for traces of Ebola disease.Government has set up a national task force to coordinate the management of the disease in Kibaale and neighboring districts.
The minister announced that the country was safe for all travelers since the affected personnel have been isolated and no travel bans have been issued. Meanwhile legislators have urged government to consider instituting special a policy to cover medical workers whose lives are at risk in the line of duty.
Proposals have been tabled by legislators to have all medical personnel who die in the line of duty compensated and their families catered for by government. UsPeak, an initiative between the Parliamentary Commission and National Democratic Institute (NDI), has been under a pilot test for the last seven months and will now be accessible to selected members before it’s fully rolled out all legislators.The National Chairman NDI, Simon Osbosne said UsPeak will be piloted for seven months until January 2013, after which the Parliamentary Commission, MPs and their constituents will be able to assess the benefits of the system. Stephen Kiprotich Uganda’s sole gold medal winner at the London Olympics 2012 has been a uniting factor as legislators honored him for his historic performance. In 2009, therefore, FAWEU launched the Higher Education Scholarship Programme and as a result, over the last three years, twenty six (26) girls in total have been supported by proceeds from various fundraising initiatives and from corporates such as MTN, Bank of Uganda, DFCU Bank, Crown Beverages, Stanbic Bank, Multiple Industries and Busitema University; and by individuals such as the Kenny Family Foundation. The Speaker pledged her continued support to FAWEU and encouraged FAWEU to seek long-term support from some of the household corporates to support their sustainability strategy. Ugandan representatives have joined colleagues from across the continent for a retreat of the Bureau of the Pan African Parliament.
Legislators at the meeting were disappointed that AU organs had rejected proposals to grant the PAP full oversight and legislative powers.
The proposals granting full oversight and legislative powers to the Pan African Parliament are contained in the proposed amended protocol of the Pan African Parliament. HE however said that the Executive Council of the AU, composed of Foreign Affairs Ministers, expressed its reservations, about the two articles dealing with the oversight and legislative powers of the PAP.
PAP is the legislative body of the African Union, exercising oversight, advisory and consultative powers.
At the start of a two day retreat for the PAP Bureau, held at the Riviera of the Vaal Hotel in Vereeniging, Aug.
African parliamentarians meeting in Johannesburg have criticized the poor performance of governments with regards to freedom of expression and the media, attributing it to the increasing conflicts on the continent. The members serving on the Committee on Justice and Human Rights of the Pan African Parliament, expressed concern that African governments continue to disrespect fundamental human rights of their people. He was speaking at the start of a two day planning workshop for a campaign to promote media freedom in Africa, held at Indaba Hotel, in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 27, 2012. A Pan African Parliament delegation has commended the Uganda People’s Defence Forces in its efforts to pacify the Great Lakes Region. Over 2,000 troops, who have had a ten weeks training, are scheduled to leave for Somalia tonight. Government has been advised by the Speaker of Parliament to secure additional resources required by the health sector this financial year. Several legislators have re-echoed the need for government to address itself to the needs of the public. The Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga presided over a fundraising dinner in which over Ushs 40 million was raised in support of the Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) Higher Education Scholarship Programme.
The FAWEU Chairperson, Mrs Rose Izizinga, expressed her gratitude to the Speaker and all  those who had supported FAWEU in the struggle to educate the girl-child and, who continue to support girl -child education and emphasised that the struggle continues. She added that the fundraising dinner was one of FAWEU's activities to raise awareness on girl-child education and it was one of the events organized during the girls' education week held annually.
FAWEU Executive Director, Ms Christine Semambo Sempebwa, highlighted the strides made by FAWEU in educating the girl-child.
Parliament is holding special celebrations to commemorate 50 years of the country's independence.
Clergymen from the Muslim, catholic and the Orthodox Church appealed to legislators always remember the needs of the population that voted them into office. The Speaker said the 50 year anniversary celebration for the country is a time for the nation to reflect on its past performance. The function held at Parliament Building is part of activities in the Parliamentary Week, organized by Parliament to mark 50 years of Uganda’s Independence. Speaker Kadaga said that Members of Parliament immediately start legislative work after being elected and sworn in, without any training or experience in parliamentary studies. She said that issues that confront different parliaments vary over the years and that support staff, who are the long term memory of the institution also need specific skills in the delivery of their services.
Institute of Parliamentary Studies – Uganda is supported by Parliament’s development partners including the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (with support from DFID) and Democratic Governance Facility; and Makerere University, African Centre for Media Excellence, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative and the Economic Policy Research Centre. Makerere University don Professor Augustus Nuwagaba has called for amendments to existing laws to empower parliament with transcending powers to influence arrest, prosecution and recovery of loot from thieving government officials. He notes that although Parliament’s oversight committees like the Public Accounts committee have been very instrumental in pointing out cases of corruption and misuse of government resources, they have no powers to follow the implementation of their recommendations by other government agencies.
In a paper delivered at a public lecture for the Uganda at 50 Parliament celebrations on September 27, at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Prof. He expressed reservations over women empowerment in Parliament noting that despite the increase in number of Woman MPs in the House, the benefits are yet to trickle down to the grassroots outside Parliament.
Veteran politician and a member of the first Uganda Parliament Hon.Adoko Nekyon decried the commercialization of politics, warning that voters use this system to intimidate incumbent leaders to bribe them to survive the next elections. President Yoweri Museveni has called urged legislators to serve the people of Uganda in order to enhance national transformation and development.
The President was speaking as chief guest at the awards giving ceremony to recognize leaders in that have made contributions to the development of the country in last 50 years of Uganda’s independence, hosted by the Parliament of UgandaThe awards, presented by the Parliament of Uganda, saw the President receiving his in recognition of his contribution as Chairman of the National Resistance Council (NRC) from 1986 – 1996. Deputy Speakers, leaders of government business, leaders of the opposition, pioneer Member of Parliament and Clerk to Parliament also received award.
President Museveni said that he and a number of other Ugandans expended a lot of their efforts to restore the Parliament of Uganda that had been abolished by late dictator Idi Amin regime in 1971.
He said that although Uganda went through a lot of problems, it was gratifying to note that in the main, Ugandans have exerted efforts for strategic development. Relating to his home country, Nigeria, where he said politicians distribute gifts during political campaigns, Hon.
She said that while governments agreed to long term global goals and targets, Parliaments can play an oversight role in terms of regularly tracking progress and achievements. In a motion moved to congratulate Uganda on its Golden Jubilee Anniversary, Tuesday, October 9, 2012, members meeting for the Third Ordinary Session of the Third PAP, said Uganda has been at the forefront of stabilizing the continent as well as regional integration despite its own domestic challenges. He saluted the Ugandan government for women empowerment and poverty eradication in the country. She joined eight (8) new other colleagues who also swore in at the start of the First Ordinary Session of the Third Parliament of the Pan African Parliament held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa. The Pan African Parliament, the legislative body of the African Union comprises five members from each of 47 of the 54 AU member states.
The President was speaking at a dinner hosted by members of the Eastern Caucus of the Pan African Parliament held at Coco Brazil Restaurant in Carlswald, Midrand, South Africa on Friday, October 12, 2012. The PAP Eastern Caucus comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Djibouti, Mauritius and Uganda.President Amadi appealed to the Eastern Caucus, which is chaired by Hon. The dinner was also attended by Ugandan MPs on the newly created Sectoral Committee on Human Rights including Hon. A visiting delegation of Members of Parliament of Uganda has met the Pan African Parliament Committee on Justice and Human Rights and discussed human rights concerns in Uganda and across the continent. The Ugandan delegation of the recently created Committee on Human Rights led by its Vice Chairperson, Hon. The PAP Committee on Justice and Human Rights is mandated with assisting national parliaments in harmonizing laws of member states in relation to human rights. He said that PAP has decided to work with national parliaments on the ratification and domestication of signed international protocols and instruments. Internal and border conflicts are hindering development and African integration, legislators meeting at the Pan African Parliament have observed.
Debating reports arising out of fact finding missions sent to Mali, Sudan and South Sudan, members were unhappy that African leaders have failed to address domestic and regional issues that lead to conflict in Africa. The Pan African Parliament sent a delegation to Mali in June to gather information and suggest solutions to the conflict following a military coup in the country; and to Sudan and South Sudan in September where the countries were involved in border conflict. In addition, the PAP Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution presented its report about the peace and security situation in Africa to Parliament, detailing causes and suggesting solutions to causes of conflict. The Pan African Parliament is meeting at its First Ordinary Session of the Third Parliament, in Midrand, South Africa. During the debate held Tuesday, October 16, 2012, members said the unending conflicts destroyed or prevented the construction of infrastructure and hindered cross border trade among countries and proper utilization of natural resources.Members blamed internal conflicts on the failure by national electoral commissions to hold proper elections and failure by governments in power to respect their constitutions. The visiting delegation of Members of Parliament of Uganda on the Committee on Human Rights has today met the President of the Pan African Parliament, Hon.
The Pan African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union but currently exercises oversight, advisory and consultative powers.
As part of a shake-up of youth custody, the government wants groups such as those behind free schools to get involved in providing teaching for young offenders.Ministers say the cost of detaining young people is several times that of sending them to private school, but that the majority leave without the skills for life outside.
One offender, aged 17, told the BBC getting qualifications while serving his sentence at Cookham Wood Prison was an important step in preparing for his release. The suspected killer of a priest in a French church was being monitored by police and wearing a tag at the time of the attack, prosecutors say. China's collectibles' market hit a high in 2011, but then the bubble burst, leaving private vendors and craftsman desperate for sales. Having lived off his "feathery art" for more than four decades, attending to the needs of a select band of customers from his private workshop, Xiao Guangchun has finally decided to open a public work space in a business center in east Beijing.
The craft the 60-something craftsman diligently learned, painstakingly practiced and now jealously guards from everyone except his children is called diancui, which means "dipping blue", and involves applying kingfisher feathers to the surfaces of gold jewelry. The technique has been employed for centuries, especially to add a beautiful dash of shimmering blue or indigo to the gold and gilt silver accessories that adorned the ladies of the imperial court. However, a few years ago, the antique market entered a prolonged downward spiral from which it has yet to recover. According to Ji Tao, an auctioneer-cum-researcher in Beijing, the collapse of the stock market in the second half of 2014 dealt a fatal blow to the auction market. Guardian Auctions, one of China's biggest auction houses, reported it had 5,800 items in its 2015 spring fair, down 12 percent from the previous year. Among the hardest hit were people he describes as "short-term investors" - those with scant knowledge who had entered the booming market between 2009 and 2011 in search of quick profits. Another affected group is at the other end of the spectrum - people who trade petty antiques, have no brick and mortar stores and travel from city to city to attend open-air bazaars. The twice-yearly Zhengzhou Antiques Fair used to be one of the biggest events for grassroots antiques traders.
Zhang Xiaoying, from the Suzhou Store, said the vendors, mindful of the situation, lowered the prices of their merchandise - mostly antique jade - by as much as 20 percent. No one returned home without realizing a sale, said Li Xuejian, from the Tianjin Municipal Antique Store, who attended the party. For Xiao, who in 2013 was officially designated a "master of China's intangible cultural heritage" by the Beijing municipal government, the market turmoil has disrupted the peace of mind that's so essential to the practice of his art.
As an auctioneer-cum-researcher, Ji Tao not only witnessed but participated as China's art and antiques market reveled in an unprecedented upsurge in the spring of 2011. However, not everyone was hit equally hard, and some people escaped relatively unscathed, according to Ji. This is where Ji believes the biggest misconceptions about collecting lie among nonprofessionals. Yang Zhenbin, from the State-owned Suzhou Municipal Antique Store, believes the market downturn has had a sifting effect, which will result in credible dealers eventually surfacing as winners.
The Suzhou store also offers free connoisseur consultations for members of the public every month or so, partly to maintain its reputation as an authoritative establishment and partly to increase sales. Wang Ge, an antiques dealer who recently opened a store in Beijing, said the overheated market needed to have a metaphorical bucket of ice poured over it: "People's sense could only be restored once they started to lose money. Wang opened her own antiques store in Beijing earlier this year, having gained a MA degree in the study of artifacts at Durham University in the United Kingdom. For a few years, while the market was on an upswing, China's fuerdai, or second-generation rich, had collectively dabbled in the treacherous yet tempting waters of antique collecting, using the financial clout accumulated by their entrepreneurial parents. There, the young girl encountered many low-level dealers - men and women who she now knows were classified as "groundcombers". According to Wang, while some of the groundcombers have since climbed the ladder to become her neighbors at a newly-built, well-equipped antiques market in the Chinese capital, the majority of these humble traders from her father's day simply faded away as the items they sought became increasingly hard to find. In February, Wang returned to Hefei and paid a visit to the outdoor antique market, her childhood haunt. Major players in China's logistics industry are eyeing expansion following a decision by the central government to fully integrate the sector with the internet, boosting efficiency and reducing waste considerably. The decision was made at an executive meeting of the State Council, which was presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. According to the statement, an information-sharing system and national standards will be established to govern this field. The meeting also decided that new models will be developed for efficient and convenient logistics, promoting integration of logistics with the manufacturing sector, trade and commerce, and the financial sector.
The State Council's decision is timely and encouraging, especially when major domestic logistics companies are seeking initial public offerings and looking for new growth opportunities, said Yu Weijiao, chairman of YTO Express (Logistics) Co Ltd based in Shanghai.
China has grown from the world's largest courier nation to a logistics power and the integration of logistics and the internet will surely incubate more industries and opportunities, Yu said.
The decision can be regarded a follow-up of the country's Internet Plus strategy Premier Li put forward first in last March as a way of economic restructuring. For a long time, the nation's urban and rural areas have been deeply separated from each other, hindering exchanges of agricultural and manufactured goods between villages and cities. For the logistics industry, the integration of the internet and logistics is a key step in transforming and moving China's manufacturing sector up the value chain, said Richard Loi, president of UPS China. By improving its logistics infrastructure through using the internet and new technologies, China can benefit from greater competitiveness in the logistics industry and increase the efficiency of global trade, said Loi. A spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said at a news conference on July 22 that increasing the age of retirement would have limited influence on employment and would not reduce individuals' pensions. The China Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning on food safety during the summer flood season. The State Administration of Grain has also issued an urgent announcement on grain storage during the summer flood season.
According to the Ministry of Finance, 1.5 billion yuan ($224 million) has been budgeted for national mountain flood disaster prevention and control work this year. The Ministry of Transport has recently announced on its website a new regulation on flight delays, which will take effect from Jan, 1, 2017. The Ministry of Education has issued a regulation on preventing and dealing with academic misconduct in higher education institutions, which requires colleges and universities to establish a specific department to receive reports of academic misconduct.
The executive meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet, has deployed special projects on national scientific and technological innovation, and internet plus logistics for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period, as well as a regulation on the national functionary oath of office. The General Office of the State Council has issued a guidance on intellectual property reform. The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Finance have jointly issued a circular on the central government's policy supporting the pilot reform of home- and community-based old-age care services. The State Council has approved the launch of comprehensive intellectual property reform in the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City. To guarantee the smooth implementation of reform and opening-up in pilot free trade zones, the State Council has decided to temporarily adjust 18 administrative laws and regulations, four documents issued by the Cabinet, and four department regulations it previously approved in the pilot free trade zones. Five departments including the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection, have jointly released guidance on enhancing environmental restoration and comprehensive management of mining geology.
The National Development and Reform Commission said on Monday that government investment has not crowded out private investors, and the central authorities will make every effort to facilitate private investment. Zhang Yong, vice-minister of the NDRC, said at a news briefing on deepening reform of the investment and financing system that there's no crowding out effect of government investment on private investment, because "government investment and private investment focus on different fields". According to Zhang, investment by governments at various levels using national budgeted funds accounts for only 5 percent of overall national investment. In recent years, the government has seldom invested in manufacturing and real estate industries, and the main focus of government investment is fields where private investors would not like to invest, Zhang said. But the sharp decline of private investment in the first half of this year shows the sluggish momentum of "endogenous"- or internal - investment growth and the remarkable pressure of the economic downturn, said Xu Kunlin, deputy secretary-general of the NDRC. Zhang said it would be difficult for private investment to maintain its high growth rate given that China is entering a new normal of medium to high economic growth. The manufacturing sector, where private investment is concentrated, faces great challenges due to the global economic downturn and domestic economic transition. The State Council issued a document on July 18 addressing the deepening reform of the investment and financing system. With the approach of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, authorities have imposed rules to manage small aircraft and "flying objects" - including unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.
The gathering, for the governments and central bank governors of 20 major world economies, will be held in Hangzhou on Sept 4 and 5.
It has been held twice a year since 2000 and is designed to enhance international economic cooperation and decision-making.
Provincial and city-level governments are authorized to impose temporary measures against small aircraft and other flying objects, under a directive by the Standing Committee of the Provincial People's Congress, the province's top legislative body. The Zhejiang Public Security Department said aircraft subject to the measures are those that either fly slow or at very low altitude, or that are difficult for radar to spot. In some areas, small aircraft and other objects are totally banned during the summit period. They also include some districts and townships in a number of other cities, including Huzhou and Shaoxing. Police authorities in the province will work with the departments of civil aviation, meteorology and sports affairs to have aircraft registered. A notice issued by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said such activities were allowed if approved by the city's air traffic control department. A screen grab of the Forest of Stone Steles Museum's micro blog says the facility appreciates netizens' support for the cats. This simple message warmed many hearts on Monday afternoon as a museum in Shaanxi province announced that it would not force three cats out of their home.
On the internet, the museum is not just famous for its ancient epigraphs and stone sculptures with masters' calligraphy but also for several widely-photographed stray cats. Yet the cats almost got kicked out last week after a child who tried to play with a baby kitten was scratched by its protective mother. Thousands of posts supporting the kittens have been put online, and many news outlets voiced their support. The museum's management board considered public opinion and decided after holding a meeting on Monday morning that the kittens should stay, Li said. Wang Liqun, founder of the Good Dog Good Cat Companion Center, a Beijing-based volunteer group dedicated to helping stray dogs and cats since 1996, gave a thumbs up to the museum's latest call. Taking care of more than 270 stray dogs and 60 cats out of her own pocket, Wang knows more than many what works best for deserted pets. The framed photos of 26 people who died in a tour bus fire in Taiwan on July 19 are escorted to a memorial hall in Taoyuan city on Monday. Investigators said late on Sunday that five plastic bottles filled with gasoline may have exacerbated a bus fire that claimed the lives of all 26 passengers on board on July 19. A bus with 24 mainland tourists, along with the driver and a Taiwan tour guide, crashed last week into the outer edge of a guardrail.
The Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office detected residue of flammable liquid on the bus and later confirmed the presence of five bottles filled with gasoline. Two bottles were found near the driver's seat and three on the lower deck of the luggage compartment. Investigators on Sunday collected forensic samples from the driver and the tour guide to identify their exact locations during the fire. The investigation later revealed that passengers had clogged the stairs to the emergency exit, but the door was not opened.
Prosecutors are investigating whether fatalities could have been minimized and whether they were caused by fire spreading too fast or by a jammed door that didn't allow passengers to escape. More questions emerged as to why bottles of gasoline were taken on board and if they were mistaken for water and subsequently thrown on the blazing fire.
According to prosecutors, since most tour buses operating in Taiwan are diesel-powered, the five bottles of gasoline could not have been intended for fuel. According to other bus drivers, gasoline is useful for scraping chewing gum or pen marks from the seats and walls of a bus. Moreover, even if the emergency exit had been jammed, the door beside the driver's seat should have been working. Taiwan's former leader Ma Ying-jeou was among the local representatives who mourned the dead at the ceremony.
Rainwater is pumped out of a jar in the Forbidden City after heavy downpours in Beijing last week. When media published a set of photos showing the 600-year-old Palace Museum, or Forbidden City, free of floods despite the heavy rain on July 20, online discussions quickly followed. Netizens were impressed by the old complex's drainage ability and compared the pictures with other photos and videos showing many flooded roads within Beijing after the tremendous downpour. The ancient drainage system still functions well and has worked with modern systems to keep the palace safe from floods, according to Shan Jixiang, curator of the museum. Built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Forbidden City has been well maintained over the past few centuries.
Three types of drainage systems - for buildings, surface runoff and underground - make up the system at the site.

The palace's three front halls are built on three steps whose drainage holes at their bases prevent the steps from flooding. Artificial drainage systems, including ditches, culverts and drain holes complete the network. Studies and monitoring have been carried out to see if the old system will be able to continue meet the weather challenges.
Shan said museum staffers divided the system according to different zones of the palace and made plans to thoroughly flush it out over the next five years.
The museum has also made plans to deal with floods or emergency situations that may require the evacuation of visitors, Shan said. Chang'an Avenue, a major and iconic thoroughfare in Beijing, is undergoing a face-lift that involves adding Chinese elements, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday. Chang'an Avenue is an east to west 10-lane road where some of the most recognized landmarks, such as Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the leadership compound of Zhongnanhai, are located. The main section of Chang'an Avenue starts from Gongzhufen to Guomao, within the 3rd Ring Road. New infrastructure will include traditional Chinese elements such as lotuses and auspicious clouds, the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment said. The lotus and auspicious clouds are among many patterns that Chinese use to invoke good luck and best wishes. An electronic station board will keep time and tell how many stops are left when a bus approaches. According to Xu Congyi, an architect with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, the pattern on the manholes is taken from the stairs of the main temples in the Forbidden City. Yan Jianfeng, department chief of the city commission, said new designs for guardrails, station boards, bus stations and manhole covers have been approved. The overpasses at Dongdan will be upgraded to echo the style of the overpass at Xidan, adding a barrier-free path. Editor's Note: China Daily is publishing a series of reports on universities jointly established by education institutions from China and overseas. Its liberal arts model of education distinguishes United International College from mainland universities and other foreign cooperative universities, according to UIC president Ng Ching-fai. Ng Ching-fai, former president of Hong Kong Baptist University, aimed to introduce liberal arts education to the mainland's higher education system when he helped establish UIC in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, with Beijing Normal University.
It was the first higher education institution established by a mainland university and a Hong Kong university. UIC started its first academic year in 2005 with 274 students and has grown to 5,150 students. The new enrollment system applies to high school graduates from Guangdong province, who take up about 40 percent of UIC's annual enrollment. To broaden their knowledge, UIC students are required to earn half their credits through liberal studies and elective courses. For example, students can learn to play the guqin - a seven-stringed plucked instrument used in ancient times - as well as shadow puppetry and Chinese archery, all of which are special courses rarely seen in other universities. To cultivate servant leaders, the school requires students to do volunteer work to get credit, and they are encouraged to participate in social events on and off campus - joining a club or even starting their own businesses. Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University jointly founded United International College in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, in 2005. UIC graduates will receive bachelor's degrees of Hong Kong Baptist University and graduation certificates of United International College.
Teaching staff comes from more than 30 countries and regions, which makes it possible for UIC to use English as the language of instruction. Every year, more than half of UIC graduates opt for postgraduate studies in Hong Kong and abroad.
The construction of an additional 20-hectare campus will be completed in August or September, 2017. China's Sansha city has decided to allocate 5 million yuan ($748,000) annually for maritime environmental conservation in the next three years. A first round of special environmental funding worth 1 million yuan was earmarked on Saturday for exploration of the newly confirmed world's deepest underwater sinkhole, or blue hole, in the Xisha Islands. The funds will be used to support scientific research and development of new methods and equipment in environmental protection, said Shi Guoning, a senior official in Sansha's Land Resources and Environmental Protection Bureau. Over the past four years, the city has invested more than 30 million yuan in the treatment and restoration of reefs and islets, according to the bureau. It has also organized the breeding of fish and sea turtles, which have been released into the sea six times.
Sansha was officially established in 2012 to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha island groups and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea.
The young entrepreneur attributes the achievements to his four-years of study at United International College.
The society used UIC's long summer vacation - three months - to raise funds to establish a primary school in a remote mountain village in Guizhou province.
The members traveled to the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and to Hunan and Guizhou provinces, recruiting 1,000 volunteers in each place. The county government, where the primary school was located, also provided a 1.4 million yuan supplement for the school. The Chen Jia Zhai Primary School opened in 2013 and brought hope to more than 200 rural kids.
In his junior year, Jia and some classmates borrowed a total of 1 million yuan from their families and friends and opened a restaurant. After graduation, Jia established Bee+, a working community in the high-tech zone near campus that has become an entrepreneurship base for young people. Jia's team transformed several storage containers into a place where young entrepreneurs share offices, meeting rooms, a lecture hall, a restaurant, a bar and a gym. Attracted by the UIC's idea of international education, Jia, from Inner Mongolia, traveled south to the fledgling school, which is just six years old.
In Chinese society, the differences between people born in different decades are discussed and compared from time to time.
The differences are deemed significant in various aspects of social life, and even between adjacent generations, such as those who were born in the 1970s and those born in the 80s or 90s. In terms of jobs and careers, a recent report found that the first consideration of the post-1990 generation when hunting for a job is personal interest and preference.
Another recent report by Tencent Browser showed that more than half of young people born after 1995 consider being an online celebrity - performing on live-streaming websites, for example - as an ideal job. Length of employment: Song graduated from university in June and her job will start from September.
I felt quite lonely when I started hunting for jobs in the autumn of 2015, because the majority of my classmates chose to continue studying for master's degrees in or out of China.
It meant that I had no one to go to job fairs with, no one that I could share my pains or gains with while looking for job opportunities.
Like others, my first step in searching for a job was sending my resume to every possible enterprise that was recruiting, and I was interested in. I almost lost hope, when fortunately a well-known US company reached out to me at the end of last year.
I was fairly lucky compared with college graduates of recent years who experienced the so-called "most difficult period of hunting for a job", because I landed my current job in early 2009 after delivering only five copies of my resume.
Over the past several years, I have heard from time to time that some people sent out dozens of resumes in the hope of getting a single opportunity for a job interview. At the time, Japanese enterprises were having their moment in China and were in desperate need of people who could speak Japanese. I strongly believe that leading a pure and simple life on campus is a better choice than earning a lot but facing tiring sophistication every day. When I was thrown into the job market after graduating from college in 2001, landing a job was not as difficult as today.
That was the beginning of the 21st century, and there were not as many college graduates as there are now. I finally accepted my current employer, because my parents said jobs at State-owned enterprises were more stable.
In recent years, I have been thinking about trying other things such as running a coffee shop or a bookstore. Today's college graduates are facing an era that is totally different from what we were presented with 15 years ago. As part of this drive, an international education service and innovation park has been unveiled in the city's Hongkou district. The park is to be an educational hub with global influence, and will act as a growth engine and benchmark for the country's development.
A number of educational organizations will be introduced to the park in the near future, covering areas such as overseas study, education certification and development, and online education, Li said. Other platforms to be developed at the park include an international education big data center, international affairs think tank, international talent training base, international education quality evaluation and certification service platform, and a service platform for international students. According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Education, the number of people going abroad to study reached 523,700 last year. In addition to integrating its international education resources, Shanghai is also focusing on improving its educational services so as to attract more international students.
Last month a total of six comprehensive service centers for international students were announced in the city. These centers will provide a one-stop shop for international students, offering everything from consultations on educational policy, to information about schools and courses, language training, and assistance with visa applications.
They also help attract more international students and promote the implementation of the city's international education strategy, Yang added.
One convenience offered by the centers is their student visa facilities, which allow international students to apply for a visa extension without having to travel to the city's Pudong New Area. Officials said they are planning to establish more of these centers across the city for the convenience of international students.
Meanwhile, more languages have been made available on the official website for international students studying in Shanghai, including English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian. The 59-year-old formerly served as a president of Cornell University and was the founding dean of Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.
The Shanghai campus is located in Lujiazui area, known as China's Wall Street, a cluster of skyscrapers that tower over a bend in the Huangpu River. The school seems custom-built to churn out global citizens in an increasingly globalized world. Yu Lizhong, chancellor and chairman of the board, said NYU Shanghai is committed to attracting the most excellent foreign students.
A middle school teacher in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, has proposed a controversial way to keep her students focused in class - fines for misbehavior. For example, if a student is caught using a mobile phone during class, he or she has to pay 100 yuan ($15). The teacher said she started the system in the second half of 2015 and got support from the students' parents. However, after the media reported the story, the middle school urged the teacher to return all the money because she has no legal right to fine her students.
I think the key issue is no one knows how much money she required the students to give her, except herself. Getting a full scholarship to study at NYU Shanghai strengthened Veronica Hernandez's determination to start her university life far from home. Having grown up in a small Florida town, Hernandez was eager to see the world when she graduated from high school three years ago. As a foreign student, Hernandez found it tough at first to face the culture shock, but she managed to get along.
For her first three years of studies overseas, she chose Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Florence, Italy, as she was keen to study more languages and cultures.
Talking about her career plans, she says she is eager to stay in China to work in the art or media industries, where she has experience as an intern.
Job opportunities grew during the second quarter in the central and western part of China and in third-tier cities, thanks to e-commerce and the sharing economy. Chinese job recruitment website Zhaopin and the China Institute for Employment Research jointly released their second quarter employment report recently. Yet the employment situation in the less-developed middle and western regions of China had improved, compared with the same period last year. Third-tier cities and other less-developed areas, despite having relatively low numbers, saw 27 percent growth in new job openings compared with same period last year. Zeng Xiangquan, director of the China Institute for Employment Research, said the overall employment situation in the second quarter had improved from the first quarter. Guo Sheng, CEO of Zhaopin, said the biggest problem underlying the job pressure in China is the mismatch between employers and job seekers. For example, in the internet industry about 11 job vacancies had only one applicant, while in the mining industry, about 100 job seekers competed for 24 jobs.
According to Didi Dache, the car-hailing platform, it has provided 3.89 million job opportunities in 17 provinces that are cutting industrial overcapacity and jobs. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said an estimated 1.8 million employees in the iron and coal industry will be laid off in the process of reducing excess industrial capacity in China. Zhang Feng, an expert on lubricating oil at a research institute in Beijing, dined twice at a hotpot restaurant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, during his nearly five-day stay in the city. Under the new regulation, restaurants will be barred from using oils or additives containing excessive pollutants. Hailing the new regulation as a good measure to ensure food safety, some netizens have wondered if restaurants will comply. The flood left eight people dead and one missing in Daxian village, which suffered the most in the disaster. Villagers said it was the reconstruction of natural gas pipelines and other construction work in the upper reaches of Qilihe River that narrowed the river, which made the river overflow and then flood villages.
Villagers said the local government didn't try to search for the missing or was not doing rescue work after the disaster.
A professional search-and-rescue team led by a deputy head of the city's public security bureau has been working in the disaster areas since the disaster happened.
Villagers said no government official had visited the villages and comforted villagers after the flood. A great amount of water rushed along the river and the strong current near the village caused the flood. The Xingtai government has sent 12 teams comprising 300 people to help flood-affected villagers. Scientists in Shanghai have come up with a way to obtain accurate test results from microscopic DNA samples, paving the way for breakthroughs in the detection of cancer and venereal disease. Their technique, called LcnPCR, developed during more than 10 years of research at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, a branch of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
It has been included in Methods in Molecular Biology, a textbook "for everybody in the molecular biology field around the world", said Wang Xuecai, deputy director of the institute.
The new procedure improves upon a previous method known as polymerase chain reaction, which is the current standard used in almost every hospital and life-science laboratory worldwide.
Groundbreaking for its time, PCR was the first technique that made it possible to get an accurate test result or diagnosis from a very small DNA sample.
Its inventor, US biochemist Kary Mullis, jointly won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for it in 1993. However, PCR has drawbacks - the technique is prone to error, and any mistakes that do appear are then copied across each iteration of the DNA sequence.
LcnPCR, on the other hand, assures a higher degree of accuracy and sensitivity, which will benefit everyone from forensic investigators to inspection and quarantine teams at airport customs, according to Hong Guofan, the lead researcher. Researchers used the new technique to detect HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer but is notoriously difficult to accurately diagnose, and found that LcnPCR improved the detection rate. The institute has now signed a licensing agreement worth 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) with Shenzhen-based biotech consulting firm Zhongrui International for the exclusive use of the technique. Authorities impose stringent regulations on workshops whose activities damage the ecosystem, report Zheng Jinran in Beijing and Qiu Quanlin in Shantou, Guangdong province. Guiyu, a township in Guangdong province, has developed a cleaner, healthier atmosphere since strict restrictions on the disposal of electronic waste - including televisions, air conditioners, washing machines, cellphones and computers - came into force in 2013. Known as the e-waste capital of the world since the 1990s, Guiyu has grown into a major hub for its disposal.
It seemed that on every street, people could be seen heating circuit boards over coal fires to recover lead, while others used acid to burn out copper or bits of gold. Before the restrictions were imposed three years ago, Guiyu's e-waste industry recovered about 20 metric tons of gold and 450,000 tons of copper every year, Lin said. Business was booming, but the family-run workshops, teeming with unskilled, poorly equipped laborers, not only damaged the environment but also affected the workers' health.
A tributary of the Beigang River, which runs through the town, had high levels of acidity, and its muddy bed had a copper content equivalent to that of copper ore, according to the local environmental protection authority.
In March, a comprehensive inspection by the Guangdong provincial environmental team indicated widespread reductions in the levels of pollutants in the air, water and soil. In 2010, a report published by the United Nations Development Program said the boom in Guiyu's e-waste dismantling industry and the pollution it triggered reflected the general situation in China, which, with 2.3 million tons a year, was seen as the world's second-largest producer of e-waste. In recent years, the volume of e-waste in China has risen as a result of the nation's growing economic strength, which has boosted demand for electronic appliances as residents replace or upgrade old equipment.
As a registered conservative and strong advocate of free market economics, it is likely that I will bring an alternate view to the discussion, so I applaud the D&C for asking me aboard. After graduating from Brighton High School and then from Middlebury College as an economics major, I started my career with Case Hoyt, a once nationally recognized printing company based in Rochester.
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I have a degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in religion and philosophy, and I currently work for the Volunteers of America as a case manager for families who receive the Shelter Plus Care housing grant. I serve on several boards and committees, including the Chili Parks and Recreation Committee. In an earlier life, I directed a modern dance company and worked as a teaching artist in schools. I earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport, and now gladly call the Flower City home. I left a career in book publishing when I moved from the Boston area, and then got my master’s in education at Nazareth College.
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A lifelong educator, child advocate and bestselling author of books and articles on leadership, collaboration, and education reform, I’ve been a middle school teacher, high school coach, school board member, college professor, dean of education at four universities, distinguished visiting scholar, community-based and regional nonprofit executive, education advisor to Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, member of the U.S. In my role as associate pastor, I lead racial justice work, welcome new members and facilitate diversity within our ministeries.
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Oromait was committed to ensuring total peace for his people in the Karamoja sub region”, the Speaker noted. Moses Ali In a motion to pay tribute to the late described him as a distinguished civil servant who served in the Uganda Police Force and the Uganda Posts and Telecommunications before joining Parliament. Otada urged legislators to support the conclusion of a petition presented to the house by Hon.Oromait who prayed for Parliament’s intervention to resolve the border dispute between Katakwi and Napak, as a tribute to the fallen legislator. The coalition of six NGOs is concerned over that the majority of pupils cannot solve simple numerical sums. The activists want Parliament o help reduce the rate of primary school dropouts that stands at 25%. He noted that there was need to address the emerging challenges to the education sector that stretch beyond the welfare of teachers.
He said that financial limitations have prevented them from implementing a Cabinet retreat recommendation for Police to recruit 2500 officers every financial year to get to international requirements.
The project to be financed by a USD 30 million loan from the Islamic Development Bank and the government of Uganda awaits the approval of Parliament.
This will help curb the maternal and infant mortality rate that stands at 435 maternal deaths per 1000 live births and 76 deaths per 1,000 respectively”, Committee Chairperson Hon. The minister for Health Hon.Christine Ondoa confirmed to Parliament July 31 that the disease had claimed the lives of 14 persons, 10 of them from the same family.
The Clinical Officer had been referred to Mulago hospital where she succumbed to the disease on July 20.Latest reports from the ministry indicate that a total of 36 cases had been recorded with 18 patients admitted at Kagadi government hospital isolation facility.
MPs are concerned over the recorded death of medical personnel whenever an Ebola outbreak is recorded. Rebecca Kadaga, has decried the rampant violence in elections and torture of suspects committed by security agencies in the country.
MPs in a special sitting of Parliament dedicated to the national sportsman re-echoed the need for government to increase its budget for sports this financial year.The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Rebecca Kadaga, has met Forum for African Women Educationalists – Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) officials to discuss how they could continue partnering with women parliamentarians to promote girls’ education in Uganda. She, however, noted that a gap still exists in the transition from secondary education to higher education.
Speaker about the forthcoming Girls’ Education Week scheduled to take place from 17th to 21st September 2012, where among others FAWE Africa region will celebrate 20 years of its existence while FAWEU will celebrate 15 years since it was launched. Cecilia Ogwal, who is also the Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Administration and Financial Evaluation (CAFE); Hon. The proposed amendments were due for approval by the Heads of State Summit sitting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June. It was expected that after five years, the body would be granted full oversight and legislative powers through amending the Protocol for its establishment.
24, 2012, the President sent condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia on the death of President Meles Zenawi. Onyango Kakoba, said attempts by governments to build democracy on the continent cannot be successful without respect for freedom of expression. Kakoba called for respect of freedom of expression and the media as one way in which governance can be improved in Africa.The First Vice President of PAP, Hon. Nkodo Dang said that recent political uprisings in North Africa showed how easy access to the new and social media helped ordinary people communicate and organize protests, to which governments have reacted by gagging the media. There is now evidence that more and more repressive and autocratic states are resorting to the stricter control of the social internet-based networks to shut out citizens’ voices that are calling for democratic reforms,” he said. Ogwal is the Vice Chairperson of the PAP Committee on Administration and Financial Evaluation (CAFE); while Hon. Ogwal said during PAP sessions, she had raised issues regarding the failure by other African Union member countries to contribute troops to the mission in Somalia.
She appealed to the army leadership to involve more women, who she said, together with children suffer most in times of conflict. Stephen Kashure, said the Somali population had a problem with their Ethiopian neighbours but are positively receptive to the Ugandans. Michael Ondoga, who is going to replace the Commander in Somalia, said the UPDF has had a good relationship with the locals wherever they have been deployed. Soldiers have had training in leadership, individual soldier skills, team and squad collective tasks, international human rights and other areas. Sarah Kataike Ndoboli, Chairperson of the Women Caucus, (she was recently appointed Minister of State for Health), Hon. The candle is symbolic of the light that FAWE has brought into the lives of girls in Africa. This year the week took place from 17th to 21st September, and included: A press conference held on Monday 17th, girls conferences held at Mengo Senior Secondary School and which hosted schools from Eastern, Northern and Central, and another girls conference held in Kyenjojo which hosted schools from western Uganda .
She observed that FAWEU had educated over 4, 000 girls in secondary education since 1997, when the organisation was launched , and was now supporting 26 girls at university and in other tertiary institutions. The one week of celebrations were flagged off with interdenominational prayers led by the Rt.
He reminded them to always obey God’s decrees and commands as they deliberate in the House.
Jane Kibirige, said the IPS will provide a more cost effective way of training MPs and staff.
The Makerere University don cited chronic absenteeism, political party caucusing on parochial issues and the enactment of political legislations as the major challenges to the 9th Parliament. Nekyon said Parliament must have a fixed number not linked to the creation of new districts each day. This size affects the quality of speech because of the time allocated to each member on the floor of Parliament. Nekyon also noted the need to amend the constitution to lower the academic requirements for one to stand for elections as a Member of Parliament. When you come there, know its precious ground and do your work diligently to serve the people of Uganda diligently and genuinely without favour.
The late Apollo Milton Obote, first Prime Minster of independent Uganda, was awarded for his service as one of the leaders of government business.
He urged those responsible to follow up on the missing information about the history of Uganda so that a complete compilation is realized for the benefit of people. Museveni strongly advised the people of Uganda to take time to think deeply about what ought to be done to accelerate further the transformation and development process of the country. He congratulated the people and thanked the Parliament Uganda for their efforts to capture the history of our country on this great occasion of the golden jubilee independence celebrations.
Patel, who resides in Australia, commended the great progress and development the country has attained. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi, has urged African governments to give more power to women in order to improve the quality of life on the continent. Amadi, who was opening this year’s Annual African Women Parliamentarians Conference held at the PAP headquarters, Midrand, SA, singled out Parliament of Uganda and its Speaker in their recent effort to provide more funds to the health sector. Amadi said that the most vulnerable people in Africa – women and children will benefit more from an empowered woman than an empowered man. Rebecca Kadaga (MP, Kamuli district) for her role as head of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) especially in her advocacy towards improving maternal and newborn and child health. Kadaga), she has moved the CPA to new levels (and) as Uganda celebrates 50 years of independence, we should say ‘more power to women of Uganda,’” said Hon. Sarah Kataike Ndoboli (MP, Budaka district) to continue with her advocacy for improvements in the health sector, as she joins the Executive.

Margaret Zziwa Nnantongo said parliaments can play an important role in pursuit of reaching the agreed goals by playing a central role in reducing poverty in the country and attaining the Millennium Development Goals. Moussa Idriss Ndele (Chad), the former PAP President, who moved the motion, said Uganda has made great strides in various aspects including health, politics, democracy and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Gideon Mung’aroo (Kenya) said Uganda has played a key role in the stabilization of Somalia, where the Al Shabaab has been defeated making it possible for the formation of government in September this year. Master Goya (Botswana) said Uganda had opened up its economy to direct foreign investment, but said that recent research showed the doubling of commodity prices.
They need to check whether their achievements are sustainable, such that they are put back on track,” he said. Jacquiline Amongin (Uganda) said Uganda has made achievements in empowering women, an MDG target and appealed to African Union Member countries to emulate her. Cecilia Atim Ogwal, said women in Uganda are no longer pressed by culture and have taken up top government positions including that of Speaker of Parliament, the Inspectorate of Government and Clerk to Parliament.
Santosh Vinita Kalyan (South Africa) urging the Parliament of Uganda not to legislate against homosexuality.
Jacquiline Amongin, the Ngora district Woman Member of Parliament has today been sworn in as a Member of the Pan African Parliament.
Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi, has called for the support of members in finding solutions to poverty in Africa. Amadi hailed members of the Eastern Caucus for their support to his presidency and the Vice President, Hon. Safia Nalule is visiting the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa between October 12 – 18, 2012. Onyango Kakoba (Uganda) briefed the delegation about the structures of the African Union (AU) in general and the Pan African Parliament, one of the organs of the AU, in particular, as well as the mandate of the Committee. Our recommendations or resolutions are sent to the African Union Commission, which may or may not implement them,” he said.
He said that the Committee has interacted with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, and civil society organizations involved in the area of human rights. Kakoba said that the Committee is scheduled to start a campaign on freedom of expression across the continent in May next year, following their preparatory seminar held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August this year.
The missions were sent within the PAP framework of promoting the human rights and democracy – grounded in its mandate to promote democracy and good governance among Member States.
Henry Willie Yallah (Liberia) cautioned Africans against providing business to Western firms through buying arms and ammunition that encourage conflict on the continent.
Major conflicts are coming from elections where losers are not willing to relinquish power and governments oppressing the opposition,” he said. Sam Otada (Uganda) urged African countries to agree to share sovereignty on issues of common interest and appealed to the African Union to help countries organize acceptable elections. Cecilia Atim Ogwal (Uganda) urged Sudan and South Sudan to sign and respect peace accords because the conflict there affects the entire East African region. Ogwal also challenged PAP to address the issue of climate change which is leading to conflicts as populations migrate in search of pastures and water. Mohammed Abdoulkader (Djibouti) said, “The continent needs lasting peace for its development. Safia Nalule, pledged to support the Pan African Parliament in its quest to become a fully fledged legislative body. The number of auctions held in Beijing in 2014 fell by 20 percent compared with the year before.
Some medium-sized auction houses canceled or postponed their spring events, and others proposed share transfers. Meanwhile, Beijing Council International Auction, said it only organized 18 sales during last year's spring auction season, half of the number for 2014. Back in 2011, there were rumors of an imminent slowdown because market fluctuation is a cyclical thing that is bound to happen every two or three years.
Xu Qing, from the State-owned Henan Provincial Antique Store in Zhengzhou, Henan Pro-vince, believes that the market meltdown has pushed those people further to the fringes, where they are struggling for a foothold. It usually ran for four or five days, as traders from all over the country congregated in Zhengzhou and checked into the four major hotels near Xu's store. In late June and early July, the State-owned Suzhou Municipal Antique Store celebrated its 60th birthday with an antique fair attended by its counterparts from across the country. Now, five years have passed (since the start of the last market decline), and we are still hoping," Ji said. Between school and her store, the 29-year-old worked as an intern at a number of UK auction houses and dealers.
They must have also built up the expertise that allowed them to hold on to rarer and more precious things until prices rocketed," she said. The establishment of a public information platform for comprehensive transportation and logistics transactions will also be accelerated to build a smarter warehousing and distribution mechanism. The internet will help match vehicles with cargos and precisely link freight vehicles with distribution sites and customers. Freight transportation also has caused waste of human resources, and gasoline, but its combination with the internet should produce different results. Via the platform, 1.7 million drivers and 300,000 logistics companies can find their optimal partners to transport freight. This profound change was reiterated by the premier at several meetings afterward, indicating his determination to change the situation and cultivate faster logistics.
Tony Zhou, corporate communications manager of FedEx Express China, said China's e-commerce market size is expected to grow by 20 percent year-on-year to reach $1 trillion by 2019. Progressively increasing the retirement age through gradual adjustments will make a difference among various groups of people, he said. Since the beginning of the season, some provinces have suffered from severe flooding, which has impacted regular food production and supply to varying degrees.
The announcement calls on local authorities to make full preparations for flood prevention and food safety in grain storage areas. This money will be mainly used to support improving the mountain flood disaster early warning system and implementing flood prevention and management in key areas.
The new regulation clarifies airlines' obligations in regards to passengers' accommodation and economic compensation.
Higher education institutions should investigate and deal with reports of academic misconduct according to the law and regulations, in order to improve the academic environment in colleges and universities, the regulation said. The scientific and technological innovation project aims to promote innovation to support the country's upgrades and development. The document outlines six major tasks, including propelling forward reform of the intellectual property management system and mechanism, implementing strict protection of intellectual property, promoting the creation and application of intellectual property rights, improving international cooperation on intellectual property and strengthening policy support. The pilot will affect some prefecture-level cities, and focus on the construction of comprehensive old-age care facilities, which will be subsidized by the central government.
The reform deals with the application of intellectual property rights and their protection, and requires deepened implementation of the intellectual property strategy to help the country's development. The guidance stipulates that by 2025, China will establish a comprehensive dynamic monitoring system and effectively protect and manage the mining geological environment. The share of private fixed-asset investment in total national fixed-asset investment from January to June also dropped by 3.6 percentage points compared with a year ago.
Such investment is concentrated in infrastructure construction and key livelihood projects, where private capital is unwilling to invest due to the long investment cycle and low returns. In addition, inefficient government services in the investment and financing fields, as well as the high costs and the difficulties in obtaining financing also undermine private investment growth. Those areas include all cities, townships and districts under administration of Hangzhou, apart from the city of Jiande and the county of Chun'an.
Similar temporary controls were imposed in Beijing in March, when police banned low-flying aircraft at sports and entertainment events, as well as banner advertisements towed behind small aircraft, in the city from March 1-16, when the annual two sessions of the top legislature and political advisory body were held. The child's mother filed a complaint with the local tourist bureau, which resulted in an eviction order for the cats on Wednesday.
I haven't visited the museum yet and I wish to see them when I am there," Li Jingzhuo said. However, the palace's drainage and flood-prevention ability today is the result of many factors," Shan said at a news conference on Monday. Painstaking design, measurement and execution were all part of the construction, according to Shan.
The ancient drainage system, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the total, is both huge and complex. For example, dredging the blind underground pipes of the royal garden at the northern section is an important task.
For example, the system can separate rainwater from sewage, a problem brought every day by the numerous tourists.
As the colleges get busy with recruitment, our reporters visited them to talk with principals, teachers and students.
Students who rank below par in the national college entrance examination can still have a chance with a good performance on the UIC admission test and a good high school transcript. The school has provided many courses to enhance team spirit and deepen students' understanding of traditional Chinese culture and arts. We should have ones that emphasize scientific research as well as those focusing on liberal arts education and those providing vocational training," he said.
It enrolls about 1,500 students on average every year and will slightly expand enrollment this year and next year to raise the number of undergraduates to 6,000. In addition, it has cracked down on the illegal capture of birds, according to Xu Zhifei, vice-mayor of Sansha. He formed a cabinet of 10 members, all of whom were also freshmen, to compete against a cabinet formed by students from across a spectrum of freshman to junior year. He set up a student society with his teammates and grew it to 50 members in his sophomore year.
Other exciting job opportunities for them include working as voice actors, cosmeticians, cosplayers or online game evaluators.
Landing a job seems to be more difficult, as many companies have reduced their hiring quotas due to the economic situation, which is not bright. Other times, although I succeeded in interviews and received job offers, I found that they offered such a low salary that I couldn't persuade myself to accept them.
As rookies in the workplace, fresh graduates often have fantastic ideas, or even delusions, about their future career paths. I've heard that some people struggle to decide when facing a choice among several job opportunities.
Most of my classmates landed good jobs in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Today, the holder of a bachelor's degree from a non-Beijing university may fall into a group that has very little hope of finding a decent job in the capital. But I haven't really set out to do that because any decision I make might create challenges for my family. Obviously, there are many difficulties, but opportunities exist and young people should still have hope of leading a successful life.
It fosters a capacity for dealing with multicultural situations, meaning that those who make the cut get to celebrate China's Lantern Festival, Pi Day and Christmas Day, rather than just Christmas. Our objective is to bring the students together so that they can understand the cultural differences and similarities, and they can learn how to be effective in a group," Lehman said. Teachers can find their hands are tied when their students are totally spoiled by their families and tend to get everything they want.
I also spent time traveling Eastern Europe, which is a part of the world I've never been to before and where there aren't many tourists," Hernandez said. I didn't really have any major expectations for my experience, but I have enjoyed every minute being here," Hernandez said. The report showed that first-tier cities, as well as the country's eastern region generally, continued to generate the majority of new job opportunities. The provincial Health and Family Planning Commission formulated a compulsory regulation earlier this month to ban substandard materials in the hotpot soup base. But it was only a recommendation to restaurants and did not impose penalties for noncompliance. For aroma enhancement they might use spices grown in fields with excess chemical fertilizers or heavy metals," said Li, who worked in the catering industry for 22 years.
Was the flood caused by the discharge from reservoirs in the upper reaches of the Qilihe River? Officials from the local town knocked at villagers' doors in person to inform them of the flood. Guiyu has been nicknamed 'the e-waste capital' by the locals, and almost every family works in the recycling sector.
In its heyday, more than 100,000 people, about 50 percent of the permanent residents, made a living dismantling electronic equipment to harvest the expensive metals inside, according to Lin Qiurong, head of the township government. It now hosts about 1,400, and they have consolidated to form 29 joint-venture companies located in the recently opened industrial zone.
We have established a system to cover the whole recycling process - from keeping records of all the waste that enters the town, to dismantling and on to the final re-sales," Zheng said. I relocated to Philadelphia, Washington and then Boston to attend Harvard Business School before happily moving back home just as my wife and I were starting a family. Recently I accepted the role of president of the Monroe County Republican Women (a non party-funded organization).
I have taught in local schools and am currently an adjunct teacher at The Strong’s National Museum of Play. I am looking forward to being a board contributor so that I might engage in the conversations and topics this community most cares about to forge unity.
I care most about education, youth, race and poverty, and have blogged for the Democrat and Chronicle’s Unite Rochester initiative. Kadaga Rebecca described the fallen legislator as a committed legislator who passionately struggled to ensure his constituents had access to social services. Let us stop the cancer of corruption that has eaten the moral fiber of our country,” he told legislators and mourners in the Parliament chamber. Silvester Rwomukubwe the Executive Secretary of the Uganda Joint Christian Council.Presenting the petition to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Kaihura said the visit by the Speaker showed that Parliament valued the Police as an important institution in the country.
Forty contact persons who got into contact with the suspected victims are being closely monitored for any symptoms of the disease.
This challenge is typified by issues such as the high cost of tertiary education, high competitiveness for government sponsored programs, and government preference for science related courses, among others. Roger Nkodo Dang, said the right to freedom of the press is one of the most important of human rights.
Onyango Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North) today visited the Peace, Support Operations Training Centre, located in Singo, Nakasongola district. It is also a commemoration of twenty years since five women ministers of education in Africa set-up FAWE as a forum to remove barriers to girl-child education and bridge the gender gap in education, in Africa.
God is the one who is blessing us and gives us what we are doing for the people,” he told celebrants.
Rebecca Kadaga, has today launched the Institute of Parliamentary Studies, intended to train current and future Members of Parliament and legislative staff in lawmaking procedures. She also recognized the potential of former MPs and staff of Parliament, who will be tapped for their knowledge and wisdom.
We could speak for two hours but now you speak in a hurry and many fail to understand your point,” the veteran politician observed. If we do that, Parliament will do a lot of contributions to the development of Uganda”, the President said. He noted it would be good to connect the old and new Uganda as we commemorate her golden jubilee of independence. He said it was worthwhile to take note of the fact that countries like Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, which were under-developed recently, have now developed ahead of Uganda as well as some other African countries.
Rebecca Kadaga, who also received the award, wished all Ugandans happy independence celebrations. He also said that research has shown rising figures of new infections in Uganda and Chad despite successes in the 1990s. She also urged PAP to address youth unemployment and recommended the setting up of a Youth Caucus at the continental body. Sarah Kataike Ndoboli (Woman MP, Budaka district), who was appointed Minister of State for Health. She said that the issue of women and children, who are caught in the middle of conflict, needs to be addressed. Like, when I get released into the community I will know stuff and it's basically like an extension of school. Commissions kept flooding in, and apart from fulfilling them, all he had to do was to raise his prices from time to time.
Now he charges less for his expertise, but he declined to give details of his current prices. Anything that appeared at auction sold quickly, sometimes at jaw-dropping prices," he recalled. Some things may be genuinely old; for example, a little silver hairpin from 100 years ago, but there are so many of them that they have ceased to have any real value as collectible pieces," he said.
The easy accessibility they enjoyed means that some of them have seen a lot and have accumulated a deep knowledge of the field," she said. Meanwhile, preferential policies such as taxation reduction and streamlined administration processes will be granted to this field. The administration has warned consumers to keep food clean and be aware of correct food storage procedures. It also calls for airlines to keep passengers informed at thirty minute intervals about the reason for and expected duration of any delay. The internet-plus logistics project aims to reduce corporate costs and make people's life more convenient. The gardens are also higher in the middle and lower on either side to facilitate water movement.
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Kadaga, who was addressing the newly created Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, said if all states were fully observing their human rights commitments, “we would live in a world free from want or fear.”“Unfortunately this is often not the case because the human rights of individuals are violated more often than not. This is through the system which aggregates the messages received by issue and allows MPs to catalogue and map this information.”In turn MPs will be able to reply to their constituents by either sms or call them back. Kadaga Rebecca who presided over the special sitting hailed the long list of successful Ugandan sportsmen including Ayub Kalule, John Akiibua, Dorcus Inzikuru and Moses Kipsiro that Kiprotich had joined following his win.“Out there in the plains, valleys and mountains of Uganda, there are many other Kiprotichs who have talent and whose potential is untapped. There will also be a Press Conference during the week to raise awareness countrywide about the continued need to support girls’ education, and the Week will be crowned with a Fundraising Dinner on Friday 21st to be presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon.
Amadi, opened the retreat held at the Riviera on the Vaal Hotel in Vereeniging, South Africa, August 24, 2012. Onyango Kakoba, the Chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, attended the retreat, August 23 – 25, 2012. Bethel Amadi about other countries’ contributions since the mission to Somalia is an AU project.
Kakoba said the AU mission in Somalia will be used for learning purposes for future peace keeping missions on the continent.
Parliament creates and guarantees the rule of law which is of essence in building democracies,” Prof.Nuwagaba told MPs and Civil Society Activists. Rebecca Kadaga, was part of the activities marking Parliamentary Week organised to commemorate the 50 years of independence of Uganda. Edward Rugumayo (1979 – 1980) who served as Chairman of the National Consultative Council, Mr. Kataike, who was appointed Minister of State for Health, gives up her position as Chair of the Women Caucus and as one of the country’s representatives at the Pan African Parliament.
Kalyan had asked the Ugandan delegation to respect all human rights including the minorities, like it’s the case in South Africa. Some eager buyers literally ran from door to door, trying to clinch a deal before the others did," Ji recalled. If consumers find out about illegal food production and sales or suffer from food poisoning after dining out, they have been advised to report the issue to the local food and drug administrative authorities and seek treatment at a hospital, if applicable. During the summer purchase period, local authorities should work to prevent production safety accidents, the announcement said. The regulation requiring national functionaries appointed by the State Council and its ministries and departments to take the oath of office aims to remind them that they are empowered by the Constitution and should keep their obligations and responsibilities in mind. The number is expected to peak at 2,000 by 2020, with growth of a few hundred each year, starting with the class entering in 2017.
My suggestion is to cultivate a sense of responsibility, to show them the right thing to do, to communicate with them with respect, and to give open compliments. I plan to share perspectives on the current changes taking place in the field of education, and have a special interest in political art. Also, I hope to learn things myself and be educated by other board members, and by visitors that will be showing up to the meetings. I have blogged for the Democrat and Chronicle for several years, focusing local issues and public schools. From 1987 to 1990, I owned and operated a Super Duper in the city, and worked briefly as a Spanish teacher. The moderate majority is not as vocal as extremists to the left and right and this makes moderates easy to ignore. If we do that I am hopeful that we will embody the "One City" Rochester mantra we all envision. Oulanyah Jacob at his Parliament chambers July 17, the civil society coalition, asked Parliament to amend the Education Act to require parents to make a mandatory financial contribution towards lunch for their children at school.“We have hungry children in our schools.
Election violence, mob justice, gender based violence, torture of suspects by state security agencies remain rampant in our country,” she said.She was speaking during an induction seminar for the parliamentary committee on Human Rights held at Imperial Resort Hotel, Entebbe, Friday, August 10, 2012.
It must discover its identity through a serious and scientific study of the skills, expertise, experiences, capabilities, qualities, interests and commitments of its members. Kataike had to relinquish her position at PAP where she was also Chairperson of the PAP Women Caucus.Uganda’s other representatives to PAP are Hon.
Kenneth Lubogo, who are in South Africa to meet the PAP Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
I'm new at this, so I can't figure out a better and more effective way to keep dozens of kids in order at the same time. When I was a kid, my teachers often caught me reading novels or playing games during class. I have a bachelor of science degree in social service administration from SUNY Empire State College and a master’s degree in education from The College at Brockport. I look forward to being part of the Democrat and Chronicle's effort to contribute to the quality of life in this community. Parents and guardians have abdicated their duty to provide food to their children while in school.
Amama Mbabazi confirmed government plans to purchase land in Sebei district to establish a training center for all sportsmen and women. The retreat was held ahead of committee meetings scheduled to start on Monday, August 27, 2012.
Amama Mbabazi opposed a move by legislators to have budget cuts for the defence ministry and Statutory Organizations. They have several interests which unless fully ethically controlled and guided may conflict in a negative way,” Hon. Only then will parliament fully tap the resources and contribution of each member for the achievement of the common good,” she told legislators.
As a Board of Contributors member, I hope to write in no-holds-barred style about social topics within our community. The UPE guidelines which demand that children carry food to school have not been successful”, he noted. He confirmed that government will provide employment to sports achievers mainly in the security services.Leader of the Opposition Hon.
Kadaga noted.She reaffirmed that legislators need God’s intervention to enable them balance their personal interests and ambitions with conflicting interests from their constituents and the nation as a whole.
Nandala Mafabi urged government to identify a clear criterion for honoring achievers who excel in different disciplines. Amama Mbabazi proposed that reallocations be made within the budget allocated to the health ministry to fund priority areas within the sector. Kadaga appealed to the committee members to avoid party divisions while carrying out their mandate with regard to human rights.“I wish to point out that although every individual member of the committee has their own party affiliation, you have to abandon partisan considerations when undertaking your committee’s work. He noted that government will expedite the recruitment of 1000 midwives as an immediate remedial measure to address maternal health. You must be able to disagree with your party when it comes to ensuring and monitoring the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.”The Committee on Human Rights is chaired by Hon.

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