Solomon Asaba

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

ADAPTING AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES TO THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT WILL ENSURE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY, SAYS FAO REPRESENTATIVE

Sustainable Development Goal number two compels governments and stakeholders to work towards ending hunger through food security. As Rwanda joins the rest of the globe to mark ‘World food day’, experts suggest that with proper strategies, this goal is achievable.  The NewTimes’ Solomon Asaba held...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Book Review: The Poisonwood Bible

It could be true that Christianity contributed to civilisation on the Africa continent, but every single bit came at a cost. Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ is a fictional book but it reflects the events that unfolded during the colonial period. Africans were forced...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

The A-Z of preparing for national exams

In less than one month national examinations will kickoff. Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) will begin on November 1 while O and A level exams will start on November 4. Are you a candidate? Are you prepared or how are you preparing to ensure that you pass with flying colours? Solomon Asaba...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Respiratory infections and malaria remain a threat in East Africa -- survey

A new scientific analysis of more than 300 diseases and injuries in 195 countries reveals that there has been significant progress in the fight against communicable diseases. The findings were published in the Lancet. In many East African nations, lower respiratory infection was the leading cause...

Monday, October 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Palliative care: Keeping hope alive for the terminally ill

Every year, dozens of people with terminal illnesses are abandoned by loved ones at the University teaching hospital. When terminal illness sets in, it takes a toll on the loved ones of the patient both financially and psychologically. Some are lucky to manage while others give up along the way...

Monday, October 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwandan students to compete in $1million global challenge

A team of students from the University of Rwanda is set to take part in a global challenge competition, dubbed ‘Hult Prize’, that seeks to address key global challenges. The Hult Prize addresses global challenges such as food security, poverty, energy shortage and health. The...

Friday, October 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

WASAC’s state-of-the-art head office nears completion

As part of efforts to improve operations, the Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) will soon shift its head offices to a new state-of-the-art building at Gishushu, Kimihurura in Gasabo District.  Works, at the building adjacent to Beauséjour Hotel, are in final stages of finishing...

Friday, October 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Who is responsible for gender disparities in school leadership?

Almost 8 out of every 10 primary school teachers are female. But as you go up in the ranks of school leadership the females are far less. In fact, according to data at the Rwanda Education Board (REB), there are about 3 female head teachers for every ten schools, and the trend is not any...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Regulator warns of fake phones, to continue crackdown on dealers

Ingabire braved a drizzle last week as she went around Kigali’s Central Business District to buy a new mobile phone. Her first stop was a popular electronics shops in town. When she inquired about the price of a of an HTC brand, the dealer quoted Rwf180,000 for the phone.  As she turned...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Oral hygiene: Why you must change your toothbrush often

How many toothbrushes do you own? Well, many a people will say I have one. But for how long have you used it? This is a question most people have never bothered to think about. While most people own a toothbrush and brush at least two to three times a day, many take months using the same toothbrush...

Monday, October 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

TVET targets: What it will take to meet the 2018 deadline

It is 10:00 am in the morning; Albert Kalisa a third year student of civil engineering and construction technology at IPRC Kicukiro is using a set of tools in the workshop to erect a wall. As he reaches out for the trowel, he realizes that the struts would not be enough to offer support for this...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Family planning: Why are women shunning contraceptives?

Although most Rwandans have embraced family planning to ensure healthy and manageable families, it is not yet time to celebrate. From 13,497 women aged 15-49 and 5,585 men aged 15-59 from 12,793 households around the country; there was an unmet need of 19 per cent use of modern family planning...

Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why university freshers should not miss orientation

A week ago most universities in Rwanda opened doors to new students for the first academic year. For the first one or two weeks, the culture has been that these higher institutions of learning orient freshers about university life before normal classes kickoff.The practice is also believed to help...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Sickle cell anaemia, the deadly blood disorder

Although there are many warning signs for inherited blood disorders, sickle cell anemia is one of those that show up unexpectedly. Sickle cell disease can cause a wide range of symptoms. These can start from a few months of age, although many children have few or no symptoms if treatment is...

Monday, September 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Improve access to generic drugs, UN tells governments

For long, developing countries have relied on donations for certain drugs. However, a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General’s high-level panel on access to medicines suggests that loosening some strict regulations combined with more research funding would improve access to...

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Community action key to boosting literacy, says report

IT HAS ALWAYS been known that improving literacy requires both community involvement and skilled teachers. Now an impact evaluation report shows that literacy boost was greatest where the two were combined. A two-year study, conducted in Gicumbi District from 2012 by researchers from Stanford...

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Book Review: 'Kintu'

Title: KintuAuthor: Jennifer Nansubuga MakumbiReviewed by: Solomon Asaba From a gruesome prologue, a descendant of Kintu, Kamu Kintu is killed by a mob in Bwaise, a suburb in Kampala on claims that he is a thief after he acquired a 5-CD changer and a Panasonic television set. Kintu by Jennifer...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Are schools doing enough to curb dropouts?

With concerted efforts from different stakeholders geared towards improving the completion rate of students at the different levels, government is registering some progress in curbing the niggling threat of school dropouts. According to the Ministry of Education, in 2015, the national dropout...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Overcoming the sudden infant death syndrome

When putting newly-born babies to sleep, most mothers prefer having them lie on their tummies instead of their backs. The observation is that babies in this position sleep much longer with limited distractions. Unfortunately, several findings reveal that those who succumb to a rare disorder during...

Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Experts warn of surge in malaria cases due to climate change

Experts have warned that Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to see a surge in malaria cases due to climate change. In a study published in the Malaria Journal, experts warn that by 2080, the burden of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa would almost double unless socio-economic interventions are taken to...

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12:00 AM