Facts on Uganda & EntebbeJuly 24, 2005 Geography
241,040 sq. km. (93,070 sq. miles. Cities: Capital--Kampala
(1991 pop. 774,214). Other cities--Jinja, Mbale,
Terrain: 18% inland water and swamp; 12% national
parks, forest, and game reserves; 70% forest, woodland,
Climate: In the northeast, semi-arid--rainfall less
than 50 cm. (20 in.); in southwest, rainfall 130
cm. (50 in.) or more. Two dry seasons: Dec.-Feb.
at 3782 feet above sea level, the airport is part
of a peninsular bordering Africa's biggest fresh-water-lake,
Entebbe has a tropical climate all year round, ranging
from between temperature of 17 0c and max of 27
0c in January and a min 16 0c, max 25 0c in July.The
gateway to the "Pearl of Africa", Entebbe
is forty Kilometers South West of Kampala City,
1972, Asians constituted the largest nonindigenous
ethnic group in Uganda. In that year, the Idi Amin
regime expelled 50,000 Asians, who had been engaged
in trade, industry, and various professions. In
the years since Amin's overthrow in 1979, Asians
have slowly returned. About 3,000 Arabs of various
national origins and small numbers of Asians live
During the period in 1889 when Mwanga was kabaka,
he was visited by Carl Peters, the German colonialist,
and signed a treaty of friendship with Germany.
Great Britain grew alarmed at the growth of German
influence and the potential threat to its own position
on the Nile. In 1890, Great Britain and Germany
signed a treaty that gave the British rights to
what was to become Uganda. Later that year Frederick
Lugard, acting as an agent of the Imperial British
East Africa Company (IBEA), arrived in Buganda at
the head of a detachment of troops, and by 1892
he had established the IBEA's authority in S Uganda
and had also helped the Protestant faction defeat
the Roman Catholic party in Buganda.
In 1894, Great Britain officially made Uganda a
protectorate. The British at first ruled Uganda
through Buganda, but when Mwanga opposed their growing
power, they deposed him, replaced him with his infant
son Daudi Chwa, and began to rule more directly.
From the late 1890s to 1918, the British established
their authority in the rest of Uganda by negotiating
treaties and by using force where necessary. In
1900 an agreement was signed with Buganda that gave
the kingdom considerable autonomy and also transformed
it into a constitutional monarchy controlled largely
by Protestant chiefs. In 1901 a railroad from Mombasa
on the Indian Ocean reached Kisumu, on Lake Victoria,
which in turn was connected by boat with Uganda;
the railroad was later extended to Jinja and Kampala.
In 1902 the Eastern prov. of Uganda was transferred
to the British East Africa Protectorate (Kenya)
for administrative reasons.
Armand Rodrigues' Account)
In those primitive conditions, our stalwart predecessors
carved a niche that will remain forever Goa. On
Monday, April 24, 1905 the community of thirty (30)
souls got together and unanimously resolved to form
a club. It was resolved that every member would
pay one half of his month's income as Entrance Fee.
Most paid on the spot; some paid more than called
Goans scattered all over Uganda, and even as far
as Kisumu in Kenya, immediately enrolled. Entebbe
(meaning seat) understandably became the home port
for all Goans in Uganda.
By September 11.1905 our enterprising pioneers had
acquired a lot on a 49-year lease, at peppercorn
rent of one rupee per annum (about four Cdn. cents
today). They then addressed themselves to the question
of collecting funds for a clubhouse.
In those days, all building materials -- including
timber but excluding bricks -- had to be imported
from Mombasa (Kenya) 860 miles away. The railway
had just started. Those were the days when the man-eating
lions of Tsavo had their heyday, dragging their
human diet out of moving trains!
Easter Sunday, March 31, 1907, the clubhouse --
a 30' x 18' single room, with veranda fore and
aft -- was formally opened. It cost Rs.6,000 (about
$200 today). It was a triumph for our brothers
and equally-determined sisters.
The club was originally named "The Goa-Portuguese
Institute". But this was found to be misleading
and somewhat incongruous. On January 1, 1912 the
name was changed to Goan Institute, a nomenclature
common to similar Goan clubs that had since sprung
up in East Africa.
the forced exodus of Goans in 1972, an unforgettable
era in Entebbe came to an abrupt and unexpected
end. The abandoned clubhouse fittingly became
a parting gift to the true sons of the soil. For
the immeasurable benefits received by members,
the consensus has to be that on a relative basis
only a pittance was left behind in repayment.
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brings in approximately 14,000 engineers a year under
its highly selective immigration rules. Roughly the same
number of engineers graduate annually from Canadian universities.
The country has more engineers than it can possibly employ.
Meanwhile, trucking companies are desperate for drivers;
slaughterhouses can't get enough meat packers; and construction
bosses knowingly hire carpenters, drywallers, electricians
and heavy equipment operators who are in Canada illegally.
None of these workers qualifies for entry under the government's
strict admission criteria.
If ever there was a made-in-Ottawa problem, this is it.
The good news is that Immigration Minister Joe Volpe knows
about it and has a plan to fix it. The bad news is that
it probably won't see the light of day.
The Liberal minority government is in its death throes.
And Volpe has scarcely spoken about — let alone
done anything about — the mismatch between Canada's
needs and his department's policies.
But one recent afternoon, the 57-year-old Italian immigrant
sat down for an hour or so and talked about what needs
to be done.
Volpe left no doubt that he considers the current regime,
put in place by former immigration minister Denis Coderre
in 2003, elitist and ill-conceived. Not only does it keep
out the kind of immigrants who built this country; it
squanders the skills of those who get in.
"We secure — some would even say we steal —
someone else's investment, then we don't even use it in
Canada," Volpe said. "Let's do a mea culpa.
We weren't ready for these people. We've got to put our
political and moral muscles to work to make sure their
talents can be utilized.
"At the same time, we've set the bar so high we aren't
getting the people we need to fill the gaps in our workforce.
We have skill shortages all over the country. You can't
possibly draw up an appropriate immigration program if
you don't know what the labour issues are."
Volpe then outlined his five-point plan to get the immigration
system back into alignment with Canada's needs and traditions.
Chances are it won't survive the political turbulence
of the coming weeks. But it would be a good starting point
for whoever ends up in charge of the nation's entry gates.
he would change the admission criteria. Volpe didn't
say precisely how he would reconfigure the rating system,
but made it clear that university degrees and fluency
in English or French would no longer be given priority
over jobs skills that are in high demand.
he would "regularize" undocumented workers.
Granting an amnesty to the roughly 200,000 immigrants
working illegally in Canada would be "like cracking
eggs," Volpe acknowledged. But allowing a culture
of casual lawbreaking to become entrenched would be
he would make it easier for immigrants to rebuild their
family networks in Canada.
This, too, can be controversial, as Volpe discovered
last month when he tripled the number of parents and
grandparents allowed into the country. "But if
we want skilled workers, we have to offer them a psychologically
healthy environment," he insisted.
he would encourage communities outside the Golden Horseshoe
to sell themselves to immigrants.
If Canada is to keep its smaller centres alive and sustain
the growth of flourishing communities in the West, it
will have to tap into newcomers' sense of adventure,
Volpe said. "An immigrant, if he represents nothing
else, is a personification of entrepreneurship and risk-taking."
Volpe would combine immigration and human resources
into a single federal department (as they were until
1993) that can match the country's current and future
labour needs with its international recruitment programs.
"What this country needs is a demographic policy
rather than an immigration policy," he said.
Canada has seldom had an immigration minister whose
vision extends beyond the next crisis, upheaval or election.
Most politicians are content merely to manage the troubled
portfolio. "There's a lack of critical thinking
by the senior people in that department," said
Phil Mooney, a Burlington immigration consultant. "Volpe
strikes me as somebody who really wants to move."
He hasn't made much headway in his four-month tenure
and he is quickly running out of time.
But Volpe will leave behind two valuable assets: an
accurate diagnosis of what is wrong and a good set of
tools to begin the repairs.
Toronto Bursary' awards announced
PANAJI: The BMX Toronto Steering Committee announced 'BMX
Toronto Bursary' awards to St Britto's and St Mary's students
who have answered March 2005 SSCE of the Goa Board of
Secondary and Higher Secondary Education and who wish
to pursue their higher secondary school education at St
Xavier's Higher Secondary School, Mapusa. The total value
of this two-year inaugural BMX award is Rs.24,000 which
will be divided between St Britto's and St Mary's High
Schools. The purpose of the Bursary is to provide financial
assistance to four deserving and needy students from the
two schools, every academic year. (GT)
per cent of Canadian Drivers Obsessed with Gas Prices,
New Poll Shows
ON, May 25 /CNW/ - Warm weather and long weekends mark
the beginning of another seasonal phenomenon for Canadian
drivers: the fanatical observance of gas prices. According
to the results of GM Canada's Fill it Up Poll, seven out
of 10 Canadian drivers (68 per cent) say they monitor
gas price fluctuations every day, while another 85 per
cent remember the exact price per litre they paid at their
With gas prices expected to rise sharply this summer,
the GM Fill it Up Poll shows that Canadians are willing
to go to great lengths to find the best deals on gas.
A whopping 92 per cent say they would drive out of their
way for a 20 cent/litre discount, with 10 per cent admitting
they'd tolerate an extra 20-30 minutes to get there.
- Half of all drivers (50 per cent) would line up for
10 minutes or more for a similar discount, and one in
ten (11 per cent) would line up for more than half an
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