Insight

Kwita Izina: What name would you give a baby gorilla?

It’s one of the biggest events on the country’s annual tourism calendar.  To take part in this event is a life time honour that everyone would wish to have. Kwita Izina- the annual gorilla naming ceremony is what we are talking about.   And on July 1, 2014, all roads will...

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:00am

Why that slimming obsession is a health time bomb

IN ancient Africa calling you fat was a compliment. It meant that one was more healthy and beautiful. There were no skinny models, fashion icons or Hollywood stars that society is glorifying as the epitome of beauty today. The obsession for being slim is the new fad. The media and society has...

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Teen romance: You could be digging your academic grave

I had to get a girlfriend,” 16 year-old James Mazimpaka says before adding, “I had such strong feelings for her and I couldn’t control myself.” He, however, admits that a relationship may have done more harm than good to him because his performance in class declined...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Will consumers benefit from tax cuts in the 2014/2015 budget?

The government announced a wide range of tax exemptions and reductions in the 2014/15 financial year budget as one of the ways to ease access to goods as well as promote trade and production in the country. Ideally, one would assume that with these exemptions and tax cuts, commodity prices for...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Fats & oils: Nutritional labels are ‘healthier’ than price tags

They might appear overzealous but they are just nothing but conscious shoppers. They will spend time reading labels on products in shops before they can spend their hard-earned money on it. And, when it comes to oils and fats, there is nothing more important than this rigour. Let not the price tag...

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Know how you can deal with anal fissure problem

Anal fissure is a tear of any size in the anus. In case you have an anal fissure, in most cases you notice spot of bright red blood on the toilet tissue.  The typical symptoms and signs of anal fissure is that kind of burn or painful sensation that occurs during or after defecation. This...

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Are you living a borrowed lifestyle?

THE 2004 movie Seat Filler may never be listed as a life changing movie or even worthy of an Oscar but it sure does reflect a real life story. The character, Derrick, played by Duane martin, is an ambitious law student trying to stay afloat during hard financial times.  In the midst of his...

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 12:00am

The woes of a young widow

At just 30 years of age, Odette Uwimana’s husband was murdered and she was left with the responsibility of taking care of their four young children singlehandedly. My husband was killed on April 11, 1994 during the Genocide against the Tutsi along with my other family members.  It...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:00am

Umwalimu Sacco has restored pride of teachers

Before the Umwalimu Sacco came to the rescue of Marie Paul Mukabarinda, she was struggling just like any other school teacher and expecting nothing more than peanuts at the end of each month. “It was hardly possible for me to get a loan from any bank because my salary could not provide enough...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Hope for biofuel project, but wait could be much longer

The government has reassured the public that efforts to produce bio-diesel on large-scale for commercial use are still on course. Finance Minister Amb. Claver Gatete said the government has not neglected the bio-fuel project, but was still studying the amount of investment needed to start...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 12:00am

The truth about watching TV in a dark room

Daphine Josian Umutoni, 22, says the best way to re-create a cinema is watching television with lights off.  She gets in front of the TV and watches from about 7pm to 10pm when her parents finally send her to bed, and, guess what? When she gets to her bed, she opens her laptop and immediately...

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 12:00am

How dynamism in medicine is impacting on health delivery

Most pharmaceutical and synthetic medicines are manufactured, marketed according to the principles of allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicine is also sometimes called orthodox medicine. Allopathic medicine refers to medical practice that is evidence-based medicine or modern medicine. ...

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 12:00am

Do you know the face behind your favourite radio show?

You probably can identify your late night show presenter by their silky sexy voice. You have never met them and only imagine the face behind the mellow voice that comes out of your radio as you unwind after a long day. It’s the same with that favourite breakfast show you look forward to every...

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Former street children build their future through Kaami Arts

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Cedric Kiiza is one of the 90 boys at ‘Les enfants de dieu’, a home of former street children.   Three years after bidding farewell to street life, Kiiza is on course to achieve his career dream.  Currently a primary three pupil at Ecole Primarie Munini, his...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Was the 2013/2014 education budget put to good use?

In the closing fiscal year, the education sector was allocated Rwf236.3bn, an increase of Rwf 28.6bn compared to the 2012/2013 financial year. The money was meant for improving the education sector infrastructure and equipment, welfare of teachers, scaling up the well-being of students and setting...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Shortage of skilled manpower, limited funding frustrate mining industry

As the budget day draws near, The New Times will publish views of ordinary Rwandans on their expectations in the forthcoming budget that will be presented to Parliament by the finance minister on June 12 (tomorrow). Miners will be expecting solutions to the challenges that have plagued...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Alarm bells as WHO says alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds

Alcohol consumption is steadily increasing in Rwanda than in regional neighbour countries, according to the World Health Organisation. Rwandans consume 9.8 litres of pure alcohol, also known as ethanol, per person per year. By contrast, the African average is six litres of pure alcohol. Alcohol...

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:00am

Why you must take sinuses serious

KAIRERE Shamim did not know that she had Sinusitis until she travelled by herself to the hilly area of Muhanga where her grandparents lived. After the usual warm welcome and a heavy meal, Shamim went to bed as it was approaching midnight. As the weather became colder, Kairere started to wheeze....

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:00am

The evolution of activism: From the streets to the internet

IT began like the thousands of campaigns that are becoming popular on social media every day.  Only that this one involved a subject close to people’s hearts and was so sentimental for most people to look away. #Bring back our girls, hash tag became a sensation on social media. ...

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Ni Nyampinga: The voice of Rwandan girls

TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Diane Uwamahoro is a dentist at Remera Rukoma Hospital in Kamonyi district. She attributes her passion for sciences to Ni Nyampinga, a magazine dedicated to empowering girls.  Launched in 2011 by Girl Hub Rwanda, Ni Nyampinga is a platform for girls to learn, connect, and...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:00am

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