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Drug abuse, the surest step to mental illness steps to mental illness

Everyone knew him as the village crazy Deodine Ntenzimana, the man who mumbled strange nothings to himself by the roadside on good days, and ran after complete strangers or chased imaginary enemies on bad ones.  Unlike other mentally disturbed people in the area, whose illness was often...

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:00am

Why burping wind through mouth is normal health reflex

Sometimes I like to share with my readers topics that concerns lifestyle because these are circumstances that commonly lead to unpredictable upsets. Some topics are rarely discussed even in the offices of health experts and yet can make a huge difference in quality of health and life. A few years...

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Money cannot buy success in football

The 2014 World Cup fever that has been running since last month in Brazil has finally come to an end.  People have now turned their attention to football players’ transfers and transactions especially across Europe.  The 2014 World Cup has taught us some lessons about persistence...

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Facial hair: The nightmare dreaded by every woman

A SMOOTH skin is every woman’s dream. But what do you do if this dream eludes you and worse still if you find yourself with pronounced facial hair yet you are a woman.   Take Agatha Komukama for example; for as long as she can remember, the little beard on her chin has always gotten her...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Mukarugaba: From a refugee to shaper of children’s future

At first glance, she is soft-spoken, welcoming and her chocolate skin complexion and brown eyes just make her glow with beauty. Agnes Mukarugaba is also very strong because she has accomplished many milestones in her life. She started teaching in 1994 at Kicuciro Primary School. To this day, the...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Rutsiro tea factory privatisation will boost competitiveness–govt

The move by government to privatise Rutsiro tea factory will boost production and competitiveness in the tea sector, government has said. The factory was recently privatised to Rwanda Mountain Ldt. The deal is also an opportunity for the private sector to take the lead in tea production allowing...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:00am

When sports adverts lure fans into disease trap

There is that milky stuff that your tap emits when you turn it on for water. It’s a water purifier called chlorine. Also used to disinfect other water sources such as the swimming pool, chlorine, in its true definition, is a poison. The World Cup is the ultimate way to experience euphoria....

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:00am

What you eat influences levels of blood pH

The PH is the measure of acid and alkaline levels of blood usually through a pH scale. Each number on a pH scale represents a tenfold difference from adjacent numbers.  A fluid with a pH of six is 10 times more acidic than a fluid with a pH of seven, and a fluid with a pH of five is one...

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Who are the stars of Rwanda’s Hillywood?

The film industry in Rwanda has had its fair share of challenges but it has steadily grown into a viable venture. With the growth of the film industry, the number of actors has gone up. From internationally acclaimed movies like Sometimes in April to local productions like Rwamasibo, Rwandan...

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:00am

How widows of the liberation have soldiered on

ON OCTOBER 1 1990, Appolline Kaburame woke up to a day that turned out to be the last time she would see her husband alive.  On that day her husband Joseph Kaburame, walked out of the house to begin a journey of no return.  He joined the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) which had launched a...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Should parents help children with homework?

John and Peter work with the same NGO in Kigali. Both are married with one son each; and both are determined to ensure that their children receive a good education. They each drop their children off to school each morning and personally pick them up in the evening for the journey home.  It is...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:00am

Umurungi turned her passion for food preservation into a thriving enterprise

Florence Umurungi is the proprietor of Royal Dairies, a milk processing and cheese making firm in Kimironko, Gasabo District.  Umurungi says she had a love affair with food, especially trying to enhance its shelf life, at an early age.  “I usually tried out rudimentary food...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Is chlorine in tap water just a ‘necessary evil’?

There is that milky stuff that your tap emits when you turn it on for water. It’s a water purifier called chlorine. Also used to disinfect other water sources such as the swimming pool, chlorine, in its true definition, is a poison. It was used as a poison mustard gas in World War I and as a...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Autoimmune commonest cause of arthritis in society

Arthritis is a disease associated with inflammatory reactions that occur at the joints. There are various types of arthritis; psoriatic arthritis, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, arthritis associated with lupus, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.  During my past days...

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Kigali life: From a dull town to a city that never sleeps

TWENTY YEARS after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, has made a commendable effort to lose its reputation as the ‘boring city’ among revelers. In the past years, night dwellers would frown at the fact that there weren’t that many places to go and...

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Women should be active agents of peace, says renowned gender activist

TODAY MARKS the end of the Women in Parliament (WIA) 2014 Summer Summit hosted in Kigali. Delegates from 45 countries convened in Kigali for the three-day meeting to address the role of women in leadership positions and the need for women empowerment. 20 years after the 1994 Genocide against the...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Mother tongue policy: Can schools implement it?

When you think of a modern private pre-primary and lower primary school, what comes to mind? A school whose main language of instruction is English or French? You are not far from the reality on the ground. In fact, most privately owned schools within city centres (Kigali being the biggest) use...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 12:00am

New mortgage products could reduce home buyers’ woes

Every working person dreams of owning a decent home some day. However, raising the money to buy or construct your dream house is not always an easy task, especially for the majority of Kigali’s over one million residents.  The biggest challenge for city dwellers has always been that...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Ramadan: Get your fasting to reflect health

To health experts, fasting is of ideal for the proper functioning of the body in some way. To the faithful, it is a show of commitment, a period of meditation when man intercedes with God for so much in the world he lives in and will not be eating food during the intercession. For whatever reason...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Your sleeping position can help solve post-nasal drip syndrome

Sometimes you might feel discomfort in the throat due to heavy mucus or something stagnant at the back of your throat. You are forced to hack cough or clear the throat from possible obstruction.  A person presents as if he suffers from cough yet in real sense its post-nasal drip syndrome....

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:00am

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