Google: Last-mile WiFi Access in Kampala launched

A while ago, Google announced it was going to provide wireless internet services in Africa in an effort increase access to affordable fast internet. On Thursday 3 December, this was realized at least in Uganda by the Minister for ICT, John  Nasasira officiating at the launch of the Google initiative. According to BBC World service radio today, a day’s unlimited use for the end user should cost at most 30…

A beautiful documentary about Brutus and other chimps in the Kyambura Gorge and its sad lessons

This article is based on the one hour BBC Natural World documentary “Chimps of the Lost Gorge“  [Update Jan, 2015: unfortunately, video removed from Youtube.] featuring Brutus the chimpanzee and his family which were virtually trapped in the Kyambura Gorge. I hope you will also not only enjoy this beautiful documentary from Youtube, but also take note of some other lessons it teaches. The Kyambura Gorge or Kyambura Game Reserve…

Is the Uganda government now advocating for fewer children?

Uganda map

I was really surprised to read the article Govt wants four children per woman in the New Vision Newspaper Online the other day where it says “The Government wants each Ugandan woman to produce only four children in the next 27 years to curb the acute population growth, a planning expert has disclosed”. Just a couple of weeks back, I was having yet another very lively discussion with a person…

Increasing number of clashes between animals and humans across the country

Chimp gorge

There was this article in the Newvision today: “Parents whose baby was injured by chimpanzee demand sh300m” Excerpts: The Parents of the eight months old baby recently injured by an irate chimpanzee are demanding sh300m from Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) a government agency mandated to manage and conserve wildlife. Medics at the hospital said the operation was necessary because, the baby’s tendon jaw had been hurt by the chimpanzee….

Obelix the Robot tours Freiburg City

Obelix the robot, Obelix der Roboter

After 3 years of development and 6 million Euros invested, a group of scientists at Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg’s faculty of Engineering today sent out a robot being develop to take on human tasks in a city center called “Obelix” on a 4 kilometer trial walk to Freiburg city center. The robot has a number of scanners and sensors which help it find its way, recognize and avoid stationary and moving…