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Fresh Kid Appointed To Carry Out Street Children Advocacy

Uganda’s youngest recording hip hop artiste, Patrick Senyonjo aka Fresh Kid, 8 years, has been appointed by state Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi to do advocacy work that will see young children off the streets of Kampala and Uganda at large.

The minister also appointed Ian Calton Muyimba, the new head boy and Agartha Ahumuza, the new head girl of Kampala Parents School to tea up with Fresh Kid, also a pupil at the same school.

The minister who was presiding over the swearing-in of prefects at Kampala Parents School Friday morning said that he will present the three youngsters to the Prime Minister to be given instruments of power.

“This is a sign to show that even if you are coming from a well to do family as a child, your  primary responsibility should be to look at people who don’t have the same privileges because we are striving to bridge the gap between the well to do people and the underprivileged,” Nakiwala said.

She said the three infants will be tasked with the role of advocacy of making sure they encourage fellow children not to return to the street and to encourage people who have to give back to those who don’t have. 

“We passed an ordinance as Kampala Capital City Authority banning street handouts to street children but that doesn’t take away the fact that there are good-hearted people who would like to continue with the spirit of giving.

They are supposed to ensure that the giving is done amicably and through the right modules to be able to reach out to those children,” Nakiwala explained.

In an effort to get street children off the street, Nakiwala and government set up seven homes across the country to resettle street children. 

“On the main streets of Kampala alone, we had 10, 000 street people spread across the main hotspots and peripherals who were working in shifts but now we have completely eradicated the problem.

What we want to ensure is sustainability and rolling out to Wakiso and the metropolitan area, which means we have to continuously engage their fellow children.” She said.

Rajiv Ruparelia Wins Autocross Rally In Kalangala

The rally experience each day is getting sweeter for Rajiv Ruparelia who is defying the odds to be a force to reckon in motor racing fraternity.

Coming from clinching the Clubman Rally Champion at the Kabalega Rally in Hoima, Rajiv was on the winning end this time during the FMU Autocross Round 6 in Kalangala.

Rajiv and his co-driver Enoch Olinga, Saturday, October 26, 2019, won in a time of 4:56 in heat one and 2:29 in heat two ahead of Andy Musoke’s 5:13 and 2:22.

Unlike the previous races, this time Rajiv’s victory came in the presence of his father, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia.

Speaking after the race, Sudhir Ruparelia said “In sports, everyone wants to be number one or a winner, however [to me] anyone who completes the race is a winner.”

Rajiv has exhibited traits of a fearless driver and a genius on wheels through putting up electrifying performances in his Volkswagen Polo proto car.

Rajiv Wins Clubman Rally Championship In Hoima

Rajiv Ruparelia and his co-driver Enoch Olinga secured their second consecutive victory in the Clubman Rally Championship (CRC) over the weekend at the Kabalega Rally held in Hoima district.

Rajiv not only topped the CRC, but he also fought for stages times with National Rally Championship (NRC) drivers leading the event by the time he completed his event percentage.

Rajiv finished the event in a time 01:09:37 and making a big statement that he is there to stay.

Immediately after claiming his position, Rajiv, a new entrant in Uganda’s motor rally sport, revealed that he is poised on challenging ace rally driver Arthur Blick Jr in the NRC next year.

For his exploits in motor rally sport this year, Rajiv was recently recognized at the India Day with the Indian Achievers’ Award 2019 for the Upcoming Sports Personality award.   

And for that success inside the cockpit, Rajiv was promoted to Club Man Rally Championship (CRC) category in National Rally Championship (NRC) races this season.

“I decided to join rallying just to feed my strong passion for motorsport. But also I want to have fun. And rallying is not something you just wake up and take on. I decided to join a rally school to get myself equipped with some experience,” he revealed recently.


Rally Drivers Get Free Victoria University First Aid Training

Victoria University Friday offered free first aid training to motor sports rally drivers and co-drivers from different clubs in the country.

The training, university vice chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna Sharma, said was aimed at reducing injuries and accidents during racing.

It was a mix of theory and a hands on skills training conducted in the well and fully equipped nursing skills laboratory of Victoria University.

Over 40 participants from different Uganda motor sports rally clubs, students and staff of various universities attended the one day training facilitate by Dr. Kevin Nwanna, the Dean of Health Science faculty.

Other university officials who were actively present at the training included Frank Kalyango, the head of Department and James Kateregga, a lecturer.

Dr. Kevin Nwanna, the Ag. Dean Faculty of Health Science noted that the training will have a positive impact on the society in terms of reducing the burden of injuries and accidents in various hospitals.

Speke Resort Offers Discounts On Accommodation Ahead Of Goat Races

Speke Resort & Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, the hosts of the 2019 edition of The Royal Ascot Goat Races on Saturday, 12th October, 2019, have announced that they are offering discounts on all accommodation facilities.

 Ajit Singh, the Rooms Division Manager for the hotels, said this has been done to enable their customers to enjoy the goat races without worrying where they will spend the night after the fun filled day of goats racing.

On that day, accommodation has been discounted to $149 for Deluxe rooms, $201 for Superior Rooms, $201 for Executive Rooms, $400 for Executive Suites, $445 Presidential Cottages and $573 Presidential Suites.

Singh has encouraged customers intending to attend this year’s goat races to make use of this offer because when a customer books for any of the rooms also gets a VIP ticket to the Goat Races.

The Royal Ascot Goat Races, the most admired and exciting social event of Uganda, promises to recreate one of the most eagerly awaited weekends of merrymaking and extravagant fashion, which were the hallmarks of the Goat Races for years.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia of Ruparelia Group who are organizing the event said the goat races is a great function for charity purposes. And in that spirit, proceeds from this year’s event will be used to undertake an Eco Brick CSR project to build toilets aimed at improving sanitation at the Good Samaritan High School in Kamwokya.

This year’s other sponsors of the event include 88.2 Sanyu FM, Goldstar Insurance, Speke Resort Munyonyo, Robbialac and NTV.

The goat races will entail eight races over the course of the day, with each race featuring eight goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity.

Races go for anything between Shs6m and Shs10m while goats go for between Shs500,000 and Shs1m. Already, Gold Star, Euroflex and Orient Bank have already acquired goats of their own.

Miss Tourism Contestants Get Victoria University Scholarships

Ten out of the 24 contestants at the recently concluded Miss Tourism Uganda won themselves scholarships at Victoria University.

The university vice-chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma made the announcing at Kampala Serena Hotel during the pageant crowning.

“At Victoria University, we support beauty with brains. Such pageants help people gain confidence. And as partners of Miss Tourism Uganda, we would like to announce special scholarships for the top ten contestants,” Dr. Sharma said.

The girls will study any of the courses taught at the university.

The University has four faculties – faculty of business and management, faculty of health sciences, faculty of science and technology and faculty of social sciences.

The university also has a department of petroleum studies where it offers degrees, diplomas and short courses teaching matters of oil and gas.

Miss Tourism Uganda 2019 was won by Phionah Kyeru from Busoga sub-region. She was followed by Prossy Agwang and Jane Akullo in first and second runner up positions.

University Offers First Aid Skills Training To Rally Drivers

Rally drivers and their co-drivers will now get specialized and well research first aid skills training at Victoria University, Vice-Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N Sharma has said.

The pledge to support the rally fraternity was made when officials visited the university to discuss the details of the growing working relationship.

Dr. Sharma said a 4 hours free short course training will be offered to drivers they will be equipped with first aid skills as they prepare for the forthcoming rally in Hoima.

Victoria University under its faculty of health sciences is making leaps in the field of science, research and offering practical health solutions through publications.

The partnership with motorsport is not an act of isolation, the university has in the recent past signed MoUs with Uganda Cricket Association and basketball association.

Uganda Cricket players, both girls and boy, now have an opportunity to further their education at no cost after Victoria University.

The university will help with the psychological performance assessment and analysis of the senior men national team.

“As a research university, we have resources that can allow us to add value to sports institutions through research on modern performance-enhancing techniques.

Our relationship is also being extended to the top cricketers as well as their immediate family members so that we can have a positive impact on the lives of these players’ Dr. Sharma said.

Dr. Sharma said the university is well connected with motorsport because the university promoter Rajiv Ruparelia recently kick-started his rallying career and is doing well.

Rajiv recently graduated to the Club Man Rally Championship (CRC) category in the National Rally Championship (NRC) events.

“I have always felt ripe to take on the big competition, but am glad I can finally join. If the rules allow, then we shall be able to take on the Fort Portal event,” Rajiv said after getting the news of the promotion.

Ykee Benda, Lydia Jazmine & Big Trill To Perform at Ascot Goat Races.

The Royal Ascot Goat Races happening next month will have Ykee Benda, Lydia Jazmine & Big Trill performing at rightly ‘the biggest social networking event of the year’, organizers Ruparelia Group, revealed in a shared press release.  

The Goat Races will take place October 12 at its traditional Speke Resort Munyonyo where the three singers are tasked to spice up the day with their energetic performance while the goats race.

While the goats will be competing on the race tracks, and entertainers performing in-between breaks, the event will also have numerous games and competitions.

Speke Resort Munyonyo has announced that this year, there will a new hotdog eating competition addition where participants stand a chance to win up to Shs200, 000.

Like it has been the case over the years, the Goat Races will be big on fashion with revellers who will have put in an extra effort to uniquely dress win prizes from the different sponsors and organizers.

Tickets to the show are available at Speke Apartments and Munyonyo, Kabira for only Shs50, 000 as well as ticket giveaways on Sanyu Fm.



University Offers Ten Scholarships To Cricket Association

Victoria University will offer ten scholarships to Uganda Cricket Association for every academic year.

This comes after the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding to concrete their relationship.

The signing of the MOU took place on the 6th floor at the University premises on Jinja Road on Tuesday.

Uganda Cricket Chairman Ansasira Bashir said they have been failing to perform well at international stage ‘because of our mental preparedness.’

“Therefore, when Victoria University offered to help us in this area using their resources we couldn’t turn it down.

We look forward to making sure that we grow the relationship to inspire upcoming cricketers and also spur a generation of cricketers that is well educated,” Ansasira said.

In an earlier engaged between the two entities, it was revealed that the university will help with the psychological performance assessment and analysis of the senior men national team. 

The association officials said this was unprecedented and that psychosocial analysis important part of the sport. They said this will help players to also prepare for life after playing cricket.

Victoria University vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof. Krishna N. Sharma said a modern sportsman can no longer rely on his physical ability alone.

“As a research university we have resources that can allow us to add value to sports institutions through research on modern performance-enhancing techniques.

Our relationship is also being extended to the top cricketers as well as their immediate family members so that we can have a positive impact on the lives of these players’

The signed MOU has no definite time limit with the agreement in place for as long as both entities want it to continue.

This means that this relationship is binding the institutions together for a very long time.

The initial offer is for 10 scholarships for both girls and boys on a partial basis and on a whole basis for special and exceptional cases.

This relationship offers emerging players who play the game to get a shot at world-class university education while also playing their passion.

Kony-Orders from Above: Movie Selected For Oscar Awards

A Ugandan movie ‘Kony- Order from Above’ has been selected for the 92nd Academy Awards.

Popularly known as the Oscars and given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the United States of America (USA), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

The movie was selected on Wednesday by the Uganda Academy Selection Committee (USASC) as Uganda’s official entry for the 2020 Oscar Awards in the category of best international film.

This marks the very first time Uganda is submitting an entry to the prestigious awards following the launch of the seven-member UASC in July this year.

“The selection is only provisional pending the film’s fulfillment of all academy eligibility criteria ahead of the October 1, 2019 Oscar submission deadline for the country entries,” said Godfrey Musinguzi, UASC Chairperson in a statement dated September 11, 2019.

Adding, “The film’s human story , universal themes and authenticity make it a unique piece of home grown art worthy of celebrating on the global platform that is the Oscars.”

Upon selection, Steve T Ayeny, the movie director said he was so happy to achieve such a milestone.

“I feel like God has been faithful to Uganda. This is the first of its kind and I am very happy about this. This is bigger than me as the director and producer. God was in it from day one. I want to thank my crew, cast and everyone who supported this film. As someone who hails from Northern Uganda I wanted to tell our story our own way just to spread love and encourage people to forgive each other focus on the transition and development in Northern Uganda,” revealed Ayeny.

About movie:

This movie drama based on actual happenings tells a story of two youth, Otti and Aguti who fall in love during the tumultuous northern Uganda Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.

They are however separated when Otti is abducted at age 11. While in abduction, Otti attempts to escape back home and is instead caught and battered at each attempt.

He decides to stay in the bush with the LRA rebels and is soon introduced into the inner command circle of notorious LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony’s. Despite his concession to notoriety, his love for Aguti remained undeterred.  In an attempt to sustain it, Otti wrote letters to Aguti through the village reverend.

During the LRA raid to Aboke Girls School, Aguti and other girls are then abducted.

Upon arrival at the Kony camp, the abductees are shown to Kony who falls in love with Aguti instantly without knowledge of the relationship between her and Otti.

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