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Victoria University To Celebrate Diversity At International Day

The annual international day returns this Saturday, 9th November, at Victoria University to celebrate the rich cultural diversity at Uganda's fastest growing university.

Students from 28 countries will be doing their best to represent their countries and culture through well thought after presentations covering food, music, dance, lifestyle and language.

Last year, Victoria University students put up exceptional performances as they represented their respective countries of origin.

Judges last year looked at attires - how much the team played around with the details of their attire, food - how they presented their cultural food, why they choose that particular type of food, attachment they have on the presented dishes, cultural relations with the food and aroma, and dance - how the dances communicated, entertained and meaning of the dance routine.

Students from ten countries - Uganda, DR Congo, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Somalia, Rwanda, India, Eritrea and Burundi participated at the event which is organized to showcase the University’s cultural diversity.  

At the end of the day, Eritrea had won the category of attire, followed by Nigeria and DR Congo who tied in the second position. Eritrea also emerged top of the food category followed by DR Congo and Somalia. Alberta Horlu, who was the only student representing Ghana won the dancing competition with a solo dance act.

The Eritrean male students wore a kidan habesha (ije tebab) while the females wore the zuria to win the culture attire category.

In the food category, they prepared a tiqrinia ethnic foods which included the shiro, tebsi, ades, ziqnia, himbasha and derho all served with injera. They also prepared areki (an alcoholic drink), sewa (a traditional drink) and performed a coffee ceremony.

Ghana’s Horlu, a female student, performed three traditional dances from Accra, Volta Region and southern Ghana. The dances, she said, are performed for kings, during marriage ceremonies and other traditional events.

Uganda despite being hosts walked away empty-handed. Burundi who combined with Rwanda was energetic and were recommended by judges for mobilizing well for the event.

Somalia and South Sudan had plenty of dishes to showcase and either of them could easily have been winners in the food category had it not been for Eritrea’s better organizational skills.

Somali notably had camel meat and milk, xalwo, barris (rice), suur, cambuulo (peas) and canfeero while South Sudan prepared kisra, kop, kombo, tangalia, basta, blaah sham, foul, suksukania, kabis, weaka, kedekede juice and gudegade. Horlu of Ghana had kelewele, jolof rice and soup.

The dances brought out well the agenda of the event - diversity. Each performance was wooing. DRC performed a musical dance depicting a marriage ceremony, so did the Somalis, Eritreans and Ghanaian.

Each student who made a presentation about their country candidly spoke and marketed their country. The University Vice Chancellor Dr. Krishna N. Sharma thanked students for showcasing their nations in the right light.

Unprivileged Kids To Get Ruparelia Foundation Christmas Love

Orphans and children languishing in hospitals will upcoming festive season have reasons to smile when The Ruparelia Foundation delivers Christmas gifts to them.

The Ruparelia Foundation is collecting toys for the less fortunate children in orphanages & hospitals and is encouraging members of the public to share their love with these unprivileged children by donating such toys.

“Ruparelia Foundation has organized a Christmas Party on 15th December for children in need to feel loved, remembered & cared for. Under the Christmas Toy Drive, Ruparelia Foundation is collecting toys for children in orphanages & hospitals. Call 0702711271 for more information,” the foundation said on social media.

The Ruparelia Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Ruparelia Group, the conglomerate owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia. It has supported charitable causes in different parts of Uganda and disciplines like Education, Community Support, Health, Sports, Startup, Wildlife & Environment.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia established Ruparelia Foundation in 2012 with a vision to create a positive and transformative change in the community and on a simple belief that society can achieve a lot by working together.

“We support a number of social wellbeing initiatives through direct involvement of volunteers and through donations to selected causes. Through such activities, we feel a sense of belonging and social inclusion. We believe a connected person is a supported person in society," the foundation says on their website

Victoria University Hosts Two Day Financial Literacy Seminar

Participants who attended a two-day financial literacy seminar at Victoria University on 29th and 30th October learnt that for business sustainability, there is a need for an entrepreneur to have sufficient financial accounting knowledge like financial record keeping, prudent financial management skills and budgeting for financial resources.

The educative financial literacy seminar targeted members of the business community, corporate employees and the not for profit organizations. Over 350 individuals participated at the enriching seminar which is part of the Victoria University’s community engagement programme.

A team of top financial professionals and lecturers at Victoria University facilitated the seminar. They advised that financial record keeping is not an option but a must for business entities to succeed.  

Victoria University said the seminar is intended to improve financial management and financial record-keeping skills among the business community, not-for-profit entities as well as the general public.

Akaka Alex, the founder of Community Based Rehabilitation of Children with Disabilities speaking at the seminar said that people with disabilities should also be catered for so that they also get to learn and acquire these financial skills.

Ntagali Prays Kampala Parents’ School PLE Candidates

Primary seven candidates at Kampala Parents School will write their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) with God on their side after the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, The Most Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali on Thursday prayed, blessed, anointed and dedicated them to the Almighty.

The 236 Kampala Parents School candidates were prayed for at the dedication service ahead of the national candidates briefing on Friday ahead of the two-day exams commencing on Monday with mathematics.

The Archbishop Ntagali was welcomed by the KPS Principal, Daphine Kato (C) and School Director, Sheena Ruparelia

With sermons derived from the book of Proverbs Chapter Two, the Archbishop urged all candidates to do their best and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ if they are to succeed in the forthcoming exams.

He applauded the school for keeping children from all religions, saying the Bible teaches children will inherit God’s kingdom.

“It is my prayer that the Lord grants knowledge to remember all you have read in the past years and stay focused for the achievement of your dreams,” he prayed.

The school Principal, Kato Daphne, lauded the Archbishop for the special moment of dedicating candidates to the Lord, “This is a special moment, thank you for accepting our invitation may the good Lord bless you,” she said.

She called on parents to bring more children to the school, saying it is on international standard with well-facilitated buildings, library and committed to delivering best education services to both local and international pupils.

Reminiscing her seven-year education journey at the school, the students’ representative who is also a candidate, Natasha Byarugaba, said, “It is like yesterday when them to the school and crying to go back with their parents after being dropped at the school gate.”

“The Principal has always been there for us every morning to receive us, guide, and encouraging and giving us a good morning as we step into school,” she said.

She pledged never to disappoint their teachers after seven years of study. She also thanked parents who stood with them as they braved the cold mornings to bring them to school.

The state minister of land, Persis Namuganza who is also a parent at the school, lauded the school for helping the government in providing quality education to Ugandan children.

“This is a good school, last year my son scored four aggregates and this indicates that this is a good school with a favorable environment that allows children to learn. To all parents, thank you for choosing Kampala parents,” she said.

Gunmen Kill Hoima Landing Site Fishermen

Gunmen suspected to be from DR Congo struck and killed three fishermen on Lake Albert in Hoima Friday. This happened at the landing site of Kaiso Landing site in Tonya parish, Hoima district.

The deceased dead have been identified only as Stoni, Isaac and Aduba, all fishermen who have been operating at Kaiso Landing site.  It is said the trio was attacked as they carried out their routine fishing activity.

James Kibonge, one of the survivors told PML Daily that attackers dressed in camouflage uniform attacked their boat and held them at gunpoint and they had no option but to surrender their fishing gear to the attackers.

Kibonge said he managed to jump off the boat and started swimming before the attackers gunned down his colleagues. Kibonge made a loud call for help and other fishermen came to his rescue.

Godfrey Twinobusingye, one of Kibonge’s rescuers, blamed the Uganda security forces for not protecting fishermen from DRC militiamen.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson says security operatives have launched investigations into the attack.

This is not the first time armed Congolese militia are attacking Ugandan fishermen, on March 30, 2019, 30 boat engines were stolen from fishermen on the Ugandan side of Lake Alberts.

New Prefects Sworn In at Kampala Parents School

Kampala Parents’ School has new prefectorial leadership after swearing-in student leaders this Friday morning at the school campus in Naguru.

The new cabinet will be led by Ian Calton Muyimba, the head boy and Agartha Ahumuza, the head girl. The event was witnessed by students, teachers, school management, parents and invited guests.

The two teens swore to perform their duties earnestly and to the best of their abilities, adhere to the code of conduct and school rules and set a good example by behaviours, honesty and to help the young ones become better citizens.

The school director Rajiv Ruparelia in his speech said that by taking up leadership roles, the prefects are setting an example of thousands of other Ugandan children who should aspire to be the future leaders of this country.

“You are lucky to come to a school like Kampala Parents' School. Don't take that opportunity for granted. Take it and nurture it. Take what you get from this school and share it with the rest of the world. You will be a good job,” Rajiv said.

The minister of state for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, who presided over the swearing-in ceremony, appointed the head boy, head girl and Patrick Ssenyonjo aka Fresh Kid to do advocacy work to stop children from going to streets as beggars.

Outstanding Fashionistas To Win These Prizes At Goat Graces

One of the outstanding characteristics of the Royal Ascot Goat Races is its deep fashion sense - the most exuberant unofficial fashion showcase in Uganda since 1993 when the goat races opened its doors to Ugandans.

And this Saturday, October 12, at Speke Resort Munyonyo, revellers are expected to turn up in big numbers and with an assortment of differently inspired dazzling fashion.

To reward efforts, energy and creativity put into pulling off a stunning look of fashion, the organizers of the goat races will reward those who will stand out of the rest.

The best-dressed couple will get two tickets to Europe from Brussels Airlines while the best-dressed couple (runners up) will get services of up to Shs300, 000 at Posh Junction.  

The best-dressed female and male will get services worth 250, 000 and two nights at Latitude Kampala sponsored by Posh Junction

The best-dressed mother and child will get services of up to Shs200, 000 courtesy of Posh Junction, the best-dressed child will have access to the pony camp at Speke Resort.

Also, the group with the best pose at the photo booth will get rewarded by Tusker Malt Lager. Tusker will also offer buckets of beer to the owner of the most impressive goat.

The person wearing the best hat will get accommodation for two for one night at Speke Resort. The hotel will also offer cash prizes to winners of the hot dog eating competition.

The owner of the goat with the best goat name will win dinner for two at Speke Resort. Individuals with the best male and female pose will each get a day at the gym and spa at Speke Resort and Calabash Spa and Salon respectively.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group, the organisers of the event, speaking at the launch of the event in October said the Goat Races are more than just another event in Uganda.

“It’s a place where people can come and network and mix along with business, pleasure and have a fun humorous time with good food and drinks all day long,” Rajiv added.

“Tusker Malt Lager is proud to once again be a Platinum sponsor of the Goat Races and trust me, it can only get bigger and better. And while you experience all the fun and excitement, you’ll be able to enjoy the unmistakably rich, fresh premium taste of Tusker Malt Lager,” said Cathy Twesigye, Brand Manager, Premium Beers at Uganda Breweries.

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.

Kampala Parents School To Fundraise For Kids Run

Rajiv Ruparelia has said that he is going to sensitize pupils and parents of Kampala Parents’ School to fundraise and support primary school children in rural areas have access to clean water.

“Children in Kampala schools gets clean water but this not the case in rural communities. As a director, I am going to ensure that I sensitize children in Kampala schools on the need to help rural children,” said Ruparelia.

Adding: “We are very lucky. We work tirelessly to make sure we provide the best yet many children do not have the privileges we have. It is upon us to provide for them. Kampala Parents School students will also do a fundraising to support the cause.”

He was speaking at the launch of the StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019 that took place at Kampala Parents School on Thursday, 3rd October 2019.

The fun kids run will be held under the theme “Safe Drinking Water in Primary Schools” on 8th December 2019 at the Uganda Museum starting at 6am.

For a child to participate in this cause, all he or she needs to do is buy a kit at only UGX 20,000. All proceeds from the event will go to ensuring that there is safe drinking water for children in rural schools.

Besides the kids’ Run which has the 1.5km and 3km race, there will be bouncing castles, a work out with Zumba dancers, kid games by the clowns and more.

Thousands of kids from different schools and their parents are expected to turn up for the one-day event at the Uganda Museum competing in 1.5 and three kilometres for kids below eight and those about nine respectively.

The Public Relations Manager of the Kampala Kids Run Bukenya Muhammed says that like last the money will be used to buy water tanks that will be given to needy schools in different rural areas.

“We are looking for money to buy water tanks that will be given to the needy schools in rural communities. Last year we gave out over 25 tanks to different schools, this time we need to give more,” he revealed.

StarTimes CEO Mr. Franklin Wang said the purpose of the event is to come together to support children in rural schools by providing safe drinking water. "We care about each child’s health. So let us make StarTimes Kampala Kids Run a great success.”

Kampala Parents' School Sets Date For 2020 Intake Interviews

Kampala Parents' School will on Saturday 19th October 2019 conduct interviews for pupils who wish to join the school.

The interviews, which will cover major subjects that are covered in the schools syllabus, will be held at the school’s campus in Naguru, Kampala.

Parents who wish to have their little ones study at the prestigious school are encouraged to use this opportunity and prepare their children.

Kampala Parents' School is also running a discounted promotion to enable parents afford admission fees.

The school’s principal Daphne Kato said they use the National Curriculum to structure content of what is taught and enrich pupil’s learning experiences by providing access to stimulating resources, extracurricular clubs and trips.

"Teaching staff have access to high quality training opportunities which place quality first teaching at the core of everything we do. Pupils are regularly assessed and feedback provided to parents informally on a daily basis and during the PTA meetings and class days throughout the course of the year.

“We believe, teachers are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth. Teachers play an important role in the trajectory of learners throughout the formal schooling experience.

Teachers at Kampala Parents’ School are well facilitated to share their knowledge and skills providing pupils with many positive experiences that will help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for the world.

This has made the school to be an academic hub of Uganda because of the balanced curriculum offered. The administration nurtures a child’s personal growth by providing a friendly and supportive environment. Discipline at Kampala Parents’ School is a vital element in grooming pupils.

Meera Investments Opens Electrical Plaza

Meera Investments, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group has officially launched Electrical Plaza, an ultra-modern commercial building in the Central business district of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.

According to management, Electrical Plaza building is made up of 220 shops, 56 apartments and two floors of parking.

Electrical Plaza is located between Market Street and Kiyembe Lane, downtown Kampala.

It will cater to the needs of retail and wholesale tenants dealing in electrical merchandise.

And as is case with Ruparelia Group, tenants who book space on the plaza will be getting three months free rent. This is aimed at helping tenants settle in with their business.

The venture is the latest addition to Ruparelia Group’s business empire that boosts of plaza like Hardware Plaza, Crane Plaza, Kampala Boulevard, Market Plaza and Eagle Plaza among others.

Dr. Ruparelia says these commercial properties are aimed at supporting Small and Medium Enterprises and all other Ugandans businesses find a space to let and do proper business.

The event to launch Electrical Plaza was started with prayers, to dedicate the building located along Market Street in Nakasero. It was attended by some of Kampala’s top entrepreneurs.

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