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Opinion: We Should All Pay a Price For Our Climate

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James Propa

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By James Propa

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None of us is a saint when it comes to doing things that have negatively impacted our climate. The little things we do that we are unaware are negatively impacting the climate when combined actually have a huge impact on our climate.

This could be anything like irresponsibly printing emails or misuse of paper, unintentionally throwing away a water bottle or polythene bag after use. We all need to have responsibility over our planet and not wait for the government or city authorities to teach us or do certain things.

We all need to hold our selves accountable and pay the worthwhile price to make sure we make up and pay for the damage we have made however small or unaware we may be. We can pay the price in small ways still that could range from just posting a line about Climate awareness on social media or joining in for a community activity on tree planting or trench cleaning. These are the small ways we can all be held accountable for the things we and our forefathers have done to destroy the environment.

How about one Saturday you decide to walk around the city rather than driving your car to 1km destinations? Do you know how much carbon would have been saved from getting into the atmosphere? If 100 people do this for a year then we shall be healthy and our environment protected.

Many people are in positions where they can influence the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ activities that their company will do this or the next financial year. How about you influence them to go plant trees in a government forest that had been previously destroyed for maize growing or Charcoal making? This can also be followed by a community outreach to tell the locals how important the protected areas are for our future. These are the small ways we can all be climate champions.

On the side of us who work in the media, we have the capacity to reach 90% of the population but we have put in less efforts forgetting that the audiences we serve largely survive on agriculture and with the rate at which the climate is worsening the agricultural produce is also declining hence affecting their livelihoods and muscle to spend on the products of our advertisers. We need to help the audiences understand their roles in protecting the environment by dedicating a minute or 2 in every show/ issue.

The government owns 1 hour every week on each radio and TV house operating in Uganda, but there is still more effort required in teaching the people the protocols that Uganda has ratified and what the local person can do and how the media can effectively communicate. In my thinking the hour should rather be split into minutes into the different most listened to/ viewed shows to communicate the crucial issues regarding the climate and environment in general.

As the Luganda saying goes, “Kamu Kamu gwemuganda”, I hope all of us can go ahead and champion this very important cause.

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Opinion: If 1% of Uganda’s Population Started Mining Bitcoin, UEGCL Would Have To Construct A New Dam Every 2 Months

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By Ian Ortega

It is now clear that there is no escaping the Bitcoin revolution. Bitcoin is here to stay, and so is Blockchain, the technology upon which Bitcoin runs. Yet even more scary is the power consumption that is used up in the Bitcoin mining process.

An individual bitcoin transaction is estimated to use up 300kwh of electricity, an equivalent of boiling over 30,000 kettles of water.

Current global Bitcoin energy usage is 0.13 percent of the world’s electricity consumption. According to Joel Bellenson, at Bitcoin’s current growth rate of 30% per month, Bitcoin mining energy consumption will exceed global solar energy production before the next Christmas. “It will take 25 months until Bitcoin mining completely eradicates human civilisation,” he notes. “25 months at current bitcoin mining energy growth rate of 30% per month before mining exceeds 100% of all the electricity on the planet.”

The bitcoin users are estimated to be peaking towards 18 million, as per those with a Bitcoin wallet. As per UETCL records, “Uganda’s peak power system demand currently stands at 500 MW against an installed generation capacity of 851.53MW.”

This implies, that if 1% of Uganda’s population were to start mining bitcoin, UEGCL would have to construct a new dam with the same capacity of Karuma every 2 months. And this should be a very scary thought for the Electricity bodies as Bitcoin could prove to be a bigger threat to energy usage than anything.

But is UEGCL prepared for such an eventuality? Would it cope if Bitcoin mining and transactions became the order of the day in the country? Probably this may not happen. And we could see a country coming to a total standstill. The country then may surely need to open up conversations about Bitcoin and Blockchain.

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OPINION: It is time for Gospel Artistes to break out of their shell and shine

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Judith Babirye is one of the leading gospel artistes in Uganda

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It is evident from several digital music selling platforms that comparatively gospel music is one of the most selling genres of music in the world. However it is evident in Uganda, most gospel artists tend to lock themselves in serving ‘the converted’ than serving the entire market.

It is also true that however much there is too much politics in the music industry, there is equally too much politics in the churches and this further reduces the audiences to which the gospel artists promote their music. This also affects the turn up at their concerts.

With this kind of politics hitting you up from both angles, there is absolutely little room to shine and benefit from your career.

Don’t you find it quite terrible that in 2017, we have only had 2 gospel artists staging relatively big concerts? Hon Judith Babirye and Levixone at the Museum. What is common about these 2 is the way they tapped into the radio stations and opportunities that are not driven by religion.

It is time for other gospel artists to start creating universal content using simple language that even non-believers can understand and like. This is when they will become happy and also have an opportunity to own mansions and sleek cars like their counterparts doing other genres of music.

Get out of your shell and shine!

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Is B2C Manager Andy Events Surpassing Jeff Kiwa in Talent Management?

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By Staff Writer

For the past years, Jeff Kiwa has established himself as one of the best artiste managers we have in the industry, having  worked with top artistes like Jose Chameleone, Radio and Weasel until 2015 when he started Team No Sleep, consisting of Sheebah, Pallaso (who later left), Bakri and Akay (RIP) among others.

However with the growing Ugandan music industry, other talent managers have emerged and are giving the Team No Sleep boss and others a run for their money.

B2C soldiers manager Andy Events is one of the new talent managers on the block that have proved to be a genius in the music business.

While Jeff Kiwa’s Team No Sleep is falling apart, Andy Events has got his groove on and seems to have a lot more to offer.

 

Three years ago, few people knew about the B2C but Andy Events has made them stars and kept them among the fan’s favorite for the past two years, something that makes us believe that at this rate, he could beat Jeff kiwa at his game if the later doesn’t pull up his socks.

Despite having an impressive record of turning young artistes into stars, Jeff Kiwa has failed at maintaining a good artiste-manager relationship. It will be remembered that Jeff has fallen out with Jose Chameleone, Radio and Weasel, Pallaso among others.

Andy Events on the other hand has been able to keep three talented artistes (B2C) together and also maintain a good relationship with them. Anyway the true narrative will be written over the coming years.

 

 

 

 

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