Tourism exhibition offers networking opportunity

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EXHIBITORS from various countries attending the first ever conservation and tourism expo in Kigali said it is a perfect opportunity for networking and were optimistic it would help boost regional and international tourism in the future.

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Bad loans weigh down Umurenge SACCOs

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Non-performing loans (NPLs) among Umurenge SACCOs increased to 12.5 per cent in the first half of the year, from 8.2 per cent over the same period in 2015, the central bank’s monetary policy and financial stability statement indicates. This is higher than the industry average of 7.5 per cent, according...

Bourse weekly revenue drops 5%

The bourse recorded lower earning last week compared to the previous week following a 5.04 per cent drop in revenue to Rwf105.6 million down from Rwf113.3 million realised for the period August 15-19.

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Sugira says he feels at home at AS Vita Club

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Amavubi striker Ernest Sugira has said he is enjoying life at his new Congolese club AS Vita.

Amavubi step up preps ahead of Ghana clash

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Amavubi have intensified preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup Nations final Group H qualifier, against Ghana, which is scheduled for September 3 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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Wizkid wows revellers at Beer Fest as Bralirwa launches Mutzig Light

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It's hard not to state that Wizkid's performance in Kigali on Saturday was top notch, despite poor sound system.

Mako Nikoshwa's come back

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Mako Nikoshwa had been unwell for a couple of days when his condition worsened further and he decided to seek help from the University Teaching Hospital in Kigali (CHUK)

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The perils of house hunting in Kigali

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It is a tale of ups and downs, twists and turns for people trying to get a house to rent in Kigali. These range from families shifting from one house to another to young corporates starting out their careers and embarking on the journey of living out of their parent’s...

Lies we tell

A group of US swimmers lied and got caught after claiming they had been victims of an armed robbery when what actually happened was that they had vandalized property while drunk and were made to pay for the damages. I kind of feel sorry for them, especially after all the...

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Why sexism is a threat to gender equality gains

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A few weeks ago an article titled Litclub: Empowering the girl child through literacy was published in The New Times. The use of the term ‘girl-child’ in the article sparked off a debate with one of the readers describing the use of the term ‘girl-child’ as incredibly offensive and demeaning,...

Is church finally warming up to women leadership?

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A few weeks back, Pope Francis formed a Commission to look into whether women should become deacons in the Catholic Church. If the commission gives a green light, women will have the chance to become priests, a historic move towards the end of the regular all-male clergy practice, mostly in...

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Why we like rumours

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“Lonzen, are you safe?” is how a concerned friend greeted me last week after reading this column. I said I was safe and asked why. A while later I was alerted to a reader’s comment that implored others to “have a minute silence for the writer who by now has...

Will protection force solve S. Sudan woes?

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A couple of days ago, UN Security Council, in its Resolution 2304 (2016), authorised the deployment of a force of 4,000 troops to South Sudan following recent heavy fighting that constituted a major setback in efforts to end the country's devastating war.

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Editorial Cartoon

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The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) took place over the weekend in Nairobi, Kenya.

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African leaders insist universal jurisdiction should not be abused in any way

The purpose of Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) is to assist the African Union and all its institutions, in effectively addressing the seemingly intractable security challenges, confronting the continent.

Girinka Programme transforms livelihoods, reconciles communities

As part of efforts to reconstruct Rwanda and nurture a shared national identity, the Government of Rwanda drew on aspects of Rwandan culture and traditional practices to enrich and adapt its development programs to the country’s needs and context. The result is a set of Home Grown Solutions – culturally owned practices translated into sustainable development programs. One of these Home Grown Solutions is the Girinka programme also known as One Cow per Poor Family

Mahatma Gandhi University launches one laptop per student initiative

Mahatma Gandhi University, a leading University in online and distance education has launched a one laptop per student initiative to enhance academic experience and the use of technology in higher education. Launched early this month in Kigali, at Kabuga Campus, the initiative is a major corporate social responsibility which aims at encouraging the use of ICT in the country as well as help the students at the campus have tools to succeed in online studies.

Kirehe district excels in implementing initiatives that spur livelihoods improvement

Kirehe district has committed to improving the livelihoods of the people through various support activities that are eventually translating into tangible results. Through the performance contracts (Imihigo), in particular, a number of transformations have been realized in the year 2015-2016. With 77,879 households and a population of 340,368, Kirehe is one of the seven districts that make up Eastern Province. It covers 1,118.6km2 of the surface area.

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Celebrating 10 years of girl-child transformation through education

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Grace Umutesi is a recipient of the Howard Buffett scholarship to Earth University in Costa Rica. She is studying agriculture and hopes to become the Rwandan minister for agriculture in the future. Umutesi is one of the first secondary school graduates supported under Abari B’Inyamata, formerly known as Richard’s Rwanda...

Are you prepared for third term?

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A few weeks ago, primary and secondary schools resumed for the third term of this academic year. It’s that time when students are getting ready to go to the next level of their academic ladder. It is, therefore, imperative that all parties involved in the academic lives of students understand...

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Metabolic syndrome: Could you be at risk?

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The importance of managing the metabolic syndrome has been emphasised in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Experts also warn that the risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke increases with the number of metabolic risk factors one has. But what is metabolic syndrome?

The other pollution

We are a modern day people constantly over stimulated by the environment. People walk in the streets with their eyes glued to their phone rather than greeting passers-by. Many blast their radios for all to hear rather than having important or even necessary conversations.

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