The current oldest human being on Planet Earth at 117 years old:


Added 29th November 2016


M/s Emma Morano is the eldest of eight children and has outlived all her younger siblings. She seems to be the current oldest person on earth at 117 years old!

11 January, 2017

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An alert and chatty Italian woman, Emma Morano, on Tuesday celebrates her 117th birthday as the last known person alive who was born in the 19th century.


Born November 29, 1899,  she is the world's oldest living person and the secret to her longevity appears to lie in eschewing usual medical wisdom.


"I eat two eggs a day, and that's it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth," she told AFP in an interview last month in her room in Verbania, a town in northern Italy on Lake Maggiore.


On a marble-topped chest of drawers stands proudly the Guinness World Records certificate declaring her to be the oldest person alive.


The eldest of eight children who has outlived all her younger siblings, Morano knows that this landmark birthday will be an event to celebrate and that people are curious about her.


"People come. I don't invite anybody but they come. From America, Switzerland, Austria, Turin, Milan... They come from all over to see me," she said with an amused smile.


But she's not sure she will eat some birthday cake, saying "the last time I ate a little, but then I did not feel good".


Birthdays aside, Morano is a solitary person. Having left her violent husband in 1938 shortly after the death in infancy of her only son, she lived alone, working in a factory producing jute sacks to support herself.


She clung to her independence, only taking on a full-time carer last year, though she has not left her small two-room apartment for 20 years, and has been bed-bound for the last year.


While her mind is alert, she is very deaf, speaks with difficulty and does not see well enough to watch television, spending her time instead either sleeping or snacking.


Among the plans surrounding the birthday, she is expected to receive some relatives and journalists as well as Verbania Mayor Silvia Marchionini.


And in the town at the local theatre there will be a performance of music over three centuries in Morano's honour and also a preview of a romanticised biography called "The woman who saw three centuries".


There are indeed many more old people on planet earth:




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Posted on 2nd October, 2016

The New Vision paper in Uganda has impressed on one of its readers, to come to the aid of a '130-yr-old' woman:

By Hudson Apunyo


Added 5th November 2018


Kelementina Akullo says she was born around the time that the road from Lira to Soroti was being opened.

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New Vision reader based in the US had donated about sh550,000 to Dokolo woman who claims to be 130 years old, possibly the oldest living person in Uganda.

The money was delivered to the woman, Kelementina Akullo, by Robert Okwir the editor of Rupiny, a sister paper to the New Vision up to her home in Amuli Cell, Eastern Ward, Dokolo Town Council.  

Okwir identified the reader as Sarah Victoria Odong who is from Northern Uganda but lives in the US, offered the donation of about sh550,000.

Okwir commended the ladies who are taking care of the old woman saying God will reward them.


elementina kullo counting the money money she received as her relatives look on hoto by udson punyoKelementina Akullo counting the money money she received as her relatives look on. Photo by Hudson Apunyo


kullo with her son enerio twak left and eatrice chola tory by udson punyoAkullo with her son Generio Otwak (left) and Beatrice Achola. Story by Hudson Apunyo


After receiving the donation, Akullo thanked Odong for coming to her aid. She wished her good luck and also thanked New Vision for highlighting her plight.

Akullo says she was born around the time that the road from Lira to Soroti was being opened.

When she was married at 28 and the colonial administrators at the time arrested her husband over defilement because she looked very young. Her relatives convinced the administrators that she was old enough and the husband was released after two years in custody. She gave birth to her first child at 31.

Her secret to long life

She says does not eat fried meals but only meals that have simsim or groundnuts, shea butter oil and cow ghee. She mixes most of her meals with malakwang or other vegetables.


kullo shows the plant left from which she makes her favourite meal alakwang nd right the mature plant from which she harvests seeds to make the delicacy hoto by udson punyo
Akullo shows the plant (left) from which she makes her favourite meal Malakwang. And right, the mature plant from which she harvests seeds to make the delicacy. Photo by Hudson Apunyo


 kullo likes to prepare her own meals hoto by udson punyoAkullo likes to prepare her own meals. Photo by Hudson Apunyo


She believes that she has lived long because of eating vegetables and wild fruits. She also wakes up early in the morning and go to tend to her garden. She also likes cooking her own meals.

She says used not to fall sick until recently when she started feeling pain in the shoulder. She can still see well but her sense of hearing has deteriorated a little.

Her grandchildren and neighbours call her the daughter of Jesus because she is born again. She loves praying and whoever greets her, she replies with the words "praise God."

She has failed to get the National Identity card despite several attempts.

Her grandchildren helped her to construct a house but they failed to complete it after someone offered to cater for its roofing but never delivered.

The hut she lives in has become dilapidated and the grass-thatched roof leaks, forcing her to take refuge with her daughter-in-law, Beregita Adul, 95. But she still cooks from her hut and only goes to sleep in Adul's house at night.


 kullo stands outside her dilapidated hoto by udson punyoAkullo stands outside her dilapidated. Photo by Hudson Apunyo


his is the house that kullos family has failed to complete hoto by idson punyoThis is the house that Akullo's family has failed to complete. Photo by Hidson Apunyo


Celina Aguti, 63, a widow who is also taking care of Akullo, said her husband was killed by LRA rebels during the peak of the insurgency.

Aguti said with the help of her step daughters in law and grandchildren, they are ably looking after the old woman. “She stays with me but likes going back to her house to cook her own food,” Aguti said.

Aguti said Akullo lately complains of abdominal pain, headache, chest pains and sometimes her knees swell and hampers her from walking.

The area LC1 chairperson, Nelson Ayor, 40, who is a step son to Akullo, said only two people benefited from Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) in the village with one already dead.

He said Akullo is not getting the funds because at the time of taking the particulars of beneficiaries, the computers failed to recognise her. He went to the chief administrative officer of Dokolo district but by that time, there was nothing they could do to help her benefit from the scheme.


kullo with her youngest child etrude poo hoto by udson punyo
Akullo with her youngest child Getrude Apoo. Photo by Hudson Apunyo


Generio Otwak, 79, Akullo's only remaining son, said his mother was born in 1888 which would make her 130 years old.

Her grandson Leo Opige commended New Vision for publishing Akullo's plight which enabled a reader to assist her. “We had given up on the government's help."

Opige said what is given to his grandmother is equivalent to two years of government's grant. M/s Akullo's mother gave birth to 20 children and she is the 18 th child. All the rest of the children passed away and she is the only one remaining.






The International day for older persons in Uganda has been celebrated in Pader, Arua, North Uganda:

By Arnest Tumwesige

Added 1st October 2016 


Basoga said out of 100 elders, only seven get pension which makes the majority unable to access basic services at their age

Celebrations for the international day of older persons were held at Bishop Flynn Secondary school in Pader town council.

The function which attracted elders from all over the country was celebrated under the theme: “Act now stop discrimination against old persons”.


The oldest persons from Pader district who are Alijana Ongeya aged 116 years and Jojamary Akot aged 106 years were part of the celebrations.


Joseph Basoga the senior communication officer SAGE program Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development said in this era, elders are the most vulnerable persons who are not cared for by their children.

 “The traditional system where the young generation would provide for the elderly has broken down, they are left to line up in banks and hospitals,” Basoga said.

 “Elders must not be discriminated, they built the foundation which we work on,” he added.


Europe's Largest Solar Eclipse Since 1999 Will Plunge UK Into Darkness On 20 March

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Europe's largest solar eclipse since 1999 is set to block out as much as 90 per cent of the sun's light in some areas of the UK.

On the 20 March at 9.31am London will lose as much as 84 per cent of its sunlight while parts of Scotland such as Edinburgh will be even darker with 94 per cent of the light blocked out.

Astronomers believe the eclipse will begin in London at 8.45am, it'll then reach its maximum eclipse at 9.31am with normal service being resumed at 10.41am.

If you want to witness the event the most obvious concerns are also the most dangerous. Do not try and watch the event using the naked eye. Because there are no pain sensors within the eye you won't even know the damage has been done until it's too late.

Be safe, use some form of dimming lens. It's likely that they'll be available to buy or obtain closer to the date.

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As the moon completely covers the sun it'll cast two shadows. The smaller and darkest shadow will occur in the North Atlantic, so if you're hoping to see day turn to night, then you'll need to head as far north as the Faroe Island.

solar eclipse diagram

The rest of us however will have to make do with the second larger and weaker shadow which will cover the UK and much of Europe. This shadow is caused by a partial solar eclipse where the moon and sun are not directly in line with the Earth. Although less impressive it's still capable of removing over 90 per cent of light.

Total solar eclipses are surprisingly rare. The last one in Europe happened in 1999 and the next time you'll see a total eclipse in the UK won't be until 2090.

Thankfully there are plenty of partial eclipses between now and then with some potentially being as powerful as this one. The next eclipse will be in 2016 however this is likely to be incredibly small. For the next major eclipse you'll need to wait until 2026 where astronomers believe it'll remove as much of the light as the 20 March event.

So just what is a total solar eclipse? has created this handy diagram that should cut through the science:

When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.

According to the MailOnline, energy companies have actually issued warnings of blackouts due to their new reliance on solar energy.

With 10.5 per cent of renewable energy now coming from solar power, the European grid company lobby ENTSO-E warns that as much as 35,000 megawatts of solar energy could be removed from the grid over a period of two hours.

Partial Solar Eclipse



Posted on 25th September, 2014

In Uganda the citizens are not happy how senior citizens (pensioners) are treated when they visit the Public Service Administration:

Ministry of Public Service offices in Wandegeya, Kampala 

Written by a citizen of Uganda

Posted  Thursday, October 29   2015 


During the ongoing exercise of updating the pensioners’ registry, I had the responsibility of going to the Ministry of Public Service to update my father’s records as he had not received his pension from July 2015. What I experienced can only move one to tears.
The reception area where visitors are received has very courteous and warm personnel. But doom awaits you when you get to the pension section.

There is no clear guidance on which office you have to go to so one is tossed from one office to another.
The officers in the pension offices are ill-mannered, impolite and are not courteous when responding to visitors’ queries.
Having spent more than two hours for a process that takes under 10 minutes, my heart went out to the elderly men and women who diligently served this country with whom I moved from one office to another so as to get served and have the pensioners names re-instated, but in most of the offices, a cold reception awaited us.

There was one particular office that is a disgrace to that department. In that office, pensioners were shouted at and treated like garbage. It deeply pained and moved my heart to see the elderly being treated in such a manner.
It makes me wonder whether the ministry takes time to adequately train its staff (especially those that have to relate with external partners) and have thorough checks on the quality of work of their employees if the poor treatment has always persisted and has become a cancer.
I would like to request the Ministry officials that this matter be addressed so that some dignity can be given to the pensioners as they get what is due to them.

Elderly people cry out to govt for social protection

      Mr Ochow the known oldest Ugandan citizen in the country


Posted by The Monitor newspaper in Kampala: Thursday, September 25  2014 


The elderly claim they are marginalised by policy makers.


At Kampala, Uganda
Elderly people have asked government not to look at them as a “spent force” but grant them social protection.

Speaking at a workshop organised by Equal Opportunities Commission on Friday, the elders drafted a petition to be presented to government to address their plight.

“Elderly persons face different forms of exclusion from mainstream development. Policy makers and implementers tend to write-off older persons by labelling them as ‘spent force’. This attitude known as ‘ageism’ has led to denial of older persons to enjoy their rights,” Mr Herbert Baryayebwa, a consultant at International Network for Sustainable Human Development, said. There are about two million people above 60 years in Uganda.

Ms Erina Baingana, a Commission member, said old people do not have enough information on HIV/Aids, making them more vulnerable. 

“The major concern for elderly persons is ill health, it is a big challenge, unlike like younger groups that think of employment,” Ms Baingana said.

In 2011, government launched the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment Programme to expand social protection to vulnerable persons.


It currently supports 104,000 older persons above 65 years in 14 pilot districts.

However, the elderly want the programme extended to more districts and their funds be released on a timely basis.