Friday, 25 July 2014

Makerere ranked seventh best university in Africa

The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu (R)
Makerere University has been ranked the best institution in East, Central and West Africa in the latest world university ranking.
The results released last week by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2014 Edition, the country’s oldest university was ranked 7th on the continent and the 891 in the world. The rankings were released in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
South Africa, Egypt and Uganda were the only African countries represented in the top 1,000 world universities ranked. The United States of America (USA) took the lion’s share, contributing 229 institutions to the top 1,000 followed by China with 84 institutions.
‘Gallant alumni’
The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ssentamu-Ddumba, said the results are a reflection of the institution’s reputation in training the human resource needed not only in East Africa, but on the continent.
“Makerere University has the highest number of PhD holders in the region who are actively engaged in ground-breaking research. Our gallant alumni spread the world over are recipients of a number of distinguished awards in both academia and the corporate world. We are confident that this greatly contributed to our being ranked 7th in Africa and among the top 1,000 universities worldwide,” Prof Dumba said.
According to a statement on the CWUR website, they publish the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.
Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the Makerere University director-quality assurance, welcomed the ranking saying they are going to use the results to review their curricular to meet the best practices in the world of work.
“We welcome this ranking as a great tool in the analysis of the quality of our graduates. Any assessment that considers the number of alumni who hold CEO [chief executive officer] positions is a good reflector of the employability and indeed quality of our graduates,” noted Dr Ssembatya.
“We intend to use such results to further review our curricular to best suit what is expected of us by the job market.” The University of Witwatersrand topped the continent, followed by four other South African Institutions.
Unlike the Webometric Rankings whose biggest parameter visibility (at 50 per cent) considers the number of websites linking to the university’s domain, CWUR’s quality of education, alumni employment and quality of faculty objectives are each ranked at 25 per cent, with the remaining 25 per cent equally distributed between the publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents objectives.

Hillary Clinton claimed Bill was Addicted to Sex because he happened to have been Abused by his Mother after Lewisky Scandal

Power couple: Bill and Hillary Clinton, pictured in May. Remarks the former First Lady allegedly made in an interview have been included in a new book
In the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hillary Clinton claimed that her husband was addicted to sex because he was abused by his mother, a journalist said.

The then First Lady allegedly made the claims during a 1999 interview with Lucinda Franks, but the Pulitzer prize-winner declined to use them for the article she was working on. 

The revelation is one of a series of sensational claims made in a series of new books being published in anticipation that Clinton will make a presidential run in 2016.

The latest revelations have been included in Franks' memoir, which includes remarks allegedly made by Hillary Clinton during their interview, the Daily News has reported.

In her book, Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me, Franks claims that Clinton blamed her mother-in-law Virginia Kelley for damaging her son.

Clinton claimed that Kelley, who died in 1994, hurt her son 'in ways you wouldn't believe' and, while not giving details about the alleged abuse, claimed it had been responsible for her husband's affair.

'When a mother does what she does, it affects you forever,' Clinton allegedly told Franks, 68. 
The claims were not included in the article Frank was writing for a magazine called Talk. 

But the Daily News has seen a version of the memoir that discussed a fraught relationship between the President's mother and grandmother. 

Franks has said she wanted to publish the interview in its entirety at the time but didn't because of the media storm over the Lewinsky affair. 

In the 1999 interview, Clinton described her husband's affair as a 'sin of weakness', and said she remained devoted to him despite 'enormous pain, enormous anger' over his infidelities.

She added that the affair had come at a time of upheaval for the President, who was coming to terms with the loss of his mother.

Frank alluded to a difficult upbringing for the President, according to, and quoted Clinton as saying: 'He was so young when he was scarred by abuse. There was a terrible conflict between his mother and grandmother.'

Further details about Frank's interview with Clinton is included in her book, due to be released next month.
In another book about the Clintons, due to be published soon, tapes of Bill’s phone sex with  Lewinsky posed a threat to national security. 

The tapes also allegedly resulted in a not-so-subtle attempt by the Prime Minister of Israel to try to ‘convince’ the President to secure the release of an American spying for the Israelis.

The book, Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine by Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper, has been described as 'scrupulously researched' and 'juicy'. 

Halper reports evidence that not only the Israelis but also the British and Russians had ‘scooped up’ the microwaves off the top of the White House and taped Clinton's phone sex conversations with Monica – and perhaps other women.

That bombshell and scores of others - some amusing, some alarming - are part of hundreds of pages of allegations compiled by a team of lawyers and investigators working for Lewinsky and viewed exclusively by Halper. 

But Halper and Franks are not the only ones writing about the Clintons, in anticipation of Hillary making a bid for the White House. 

A sensational book by journalist Edward Klein examines the taut relationship between the Obamas and Clintons, claiming the tension could threaten all Democrat chances in 2016.

Despite their much-vaunted public truce, Klein claims in Blood Feud that Bill Clinton despises President Obama and that Michelle refers to Hillary behind closed doors as the 'Hildebeest'.

The animosity between the Democratic Party's two power couples has reached such intensity that Klein says the president is willing to renege on his promise to endorse Hillary for 2016 and has teased the Clintons with suggestions that Michelle would be a strong candidate for the Oval Office.
Source - Dailymail

ISIS Militants Order Iraqi Females to Undergo Genital Mutilation

The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation. But doubts emerged on social media about the basis for the report. One document posted on Twitter suggested it may be a year old and have been issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, the group's previous name. Other Internet comments, including from Middle East analysts, questioned whether the order fit with the cultural traditions of the region.A U.N. spokesman in Geneva said that they were seeking clarity and trying to establish the facts.
Such a "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil. "We have current reports of imposition of a directive that all female girl children and women up to the age of 49 must be circumcised. This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," Badcock said. There was no immediate comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.