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Kololo Airstrip Not Fit To Host Indian Prime Minister, Petition Says

A petition drafted by M/S Kisaalu & Co. Advocates and addressed to the Commissioner, High Commission of India, through the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has expressed that Kololo Independence Ground also known as Kololo Airstrip is not befitting to host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the petition, petitioners say they are concerned about the security of the Prime Minister, dispute manner in which venue was procured as concerned Indian Community was not engaged, outrageous cost of of the venue, lack of proper facilities like toilets, kitchen something that can put the health of the Prime Minister in danger, lack of transparency and the inconvenience event will bring to the mostly residential areas and schools.

The petitioners suggest that the plan to host the Prime Minister to be reversed and venue changed to an alternative spacious fit for high profile events.

Also, the office of LC1 Coral Crescent Village, Kololo IV Parish, Kampala Central Division, wrote to the High Commission of India in Uganda saying the event will be an inconvenience.

"As residents of Kololo we are stressed by the inconvenience the event will cause on a working day during the busiest hours. We urge you to reschedule the venue for hosting of this auspicious occasion from Kololo to a place tailored and licenced for such a high profile event." the LC1 letter said.

The Observer newspaper reported that Modi is expected to visit the country on July 24 at the invitation of President Museveni for bilateral talks at State House Entebbe. Mr Modi is also expected to meet part of the more than 30,000 Indians living and working in Uganda at Kololo Independence grounds.


Victoria University Installs New Rotaract President

Victoria University in Kampala Saturday night installed a new Rotaract Club President, Ms Neima Alexandria, a student of Bsc Science in Public Health. This was during the installation diner at the University campus, on Jinja Road.

Ms Alexander, a South Sudanese student, says rotarat is a service club for young people ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges while developing leadership skills and making friends from around the world.

The club at the University is one and half years. “Our IPP peter isiko is our charter president, meaning he was the first person to become president of the Rotaract club of Victoria university.  We fellowship on Tuesdays from 1-2pm in the library.”

“Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their own clubs, manage their funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects that are important to their communities. Rotary clubs that sponsor Rotaract clubs offer guidance and support and work with Rotaractors as partners in service.

Students Tipped On Critical Thinking As A Life Skill

Critical thinking is a tool that can turnaround anybody’s social and professional life for the better, students from various secondary school were told Saturday during Victoria University Open Day.

The Open Day brings secondary school students from various school who tour the University campus, facilities and receive career guidance from renowned inspiration speakers, experts and human resource managers.

The theme for this year’s Open Day was ‘long term academic and career success, critical thinking to make informed decisions.’

Doreen Kanyesigye, an inspiration speaker encouraged the youngsters to develop special abilities to deal with people effectively regardless of how times change, have great inter-personal skills, emotional intelligence and ability to solve problems the world is facing.

“You should have the ability to solve problems, not the ability to show us your tripple As and excellent grades - that would open up doors for you. That is what will make you indispensable,” she said.

“When you have this skill of critical thinking, you are able to step back and understand that this challenge you are facing is not here to kill you. With critical thinking, you will understand that the challenge is here to empower you. You then find a solution to jump over it.” she added.

James Walusimbi, a Human Resource Consultant at NFT Consults, advised students to always think differently and think beyond what has been provided to them if they are going to succeed in life.

In her speech, Mariah Peggy Nabunya, the Guild President of Victoria University advised students to always do their best in every aspect of life. She said they should always have an extra plan in case plan A fails. “Have plan B, C and D. have many plans just in case plan A fails. That is how the world works nowadays.”

The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Krishnna N. Sharma, said students must look beyond class work performance and look at providing solutions to the world.

‘If i don't solve your problem, even if i scored 99 percent, it will be useless but if i solve a problem, even if i scored 50 percent, that is fine. This is what you are going to learn here at Victoria University, solving problems.

We will be building your profile. We will be working on your attitude because at the end, the outcome of higher education to improve your knowledge, skills and attitude. It is this attitude that is going to contribute up to 80 percent of your success.” Dr. Sharma said.

Victoria University Open Day To Help Students, Parents Make Critical Academic Decisions

Victoria University, one of the leading private universities in Uganda, will yet again host students, parents, academicians, entrepreneurs and performing artists at this year’s Victoria University Open Day at the University campus on Jinja Road, Kampala.

The Open Day which is happening this Saturday, 21, July 2018, from 9am to 2pm, gives an opportunity most especially to students looking for post secondary education to get great tips from the experts in terms of career guidance. The theme for this year’s Open Day is ‘long term academic and career success, critical thinking to make informed decisions.’

“Find out what it's like to study at Victoria University by attending our Open Day. We invite interested members of the general public to take the chance to look around our campus, meet our students and teaching staff, and find out more about the various programmes offered and the value we can add to your career.” the University said on the event’s Facebook page.

At the open day, students and parents are given tips ranging from choosing the right course, life skills, entrepreneurship among others. The open day returns at a time when the University’s August - September intake is ongoing.

Jumia Celebrates 6 Years Of Online Revolution In Africa

The largest online marketplace in the country, JUMIA , will celebrate its 6th year anniversary this July in a mega celebration running from July 16th to July 26th, 2018, with mind-blowing discounts on all products.

Jumia’s work may have only started in 2012, but the company has made great strides in the e-commerce scene. Growing from an average of 100 orders a day, the online marketplace now processes thousands a day and collectively has over 50,000 active merchants including over 4 00 local partners that they have helped develop.

In 6 years, the company has gained over 1.5 million subscribers, and manages online traffic of around 500,000 shoppers monthly. Jumia to continue breaking barriers In just 6 years, JUMIA has succeeded in changing the face of the e-commerce sector and transforming people’s lives through technology.

Despite being an international brand, the company has worked extensively to localize themselves to the Ugandan market; working with Ugandans who have succeeded in creating a local face for the company; focusing heavily on developing local brands; from micro and SME to multinationals through a variety of partnerships that cut across blue, grey and white collar workers.

Today, JUMIA offers over 13 diverse categories within its marketplace covering everything from traditional retail to handmade crafts. Their base of shoppers has grown with daily orders hitting the thousands, compared with just a few in 2012; they have educated people to trust the online shopping system, through offering options such as a cash on delivery and a 7 day return policy in case a customer is not satisfied with a product. A product range that was once less than 1000, today stands at 5 million and more.

By creating an online marketplace which requires almost no financial investment from small entrepreneurs, JUMIA has provided a place where SMEs can grow and compete on even footing.

Jumia has invested towards local sellers’ education by launching a series of educational and awareness campaigns about e-commerce. These support and encourage the growth of segments relating to the industry.

Already in progress, the company launched “Jumia University ,” to provide future online sellers a way to develop skills to become successful online. These include courses for HR, digital marketing, soft skills and commercial planning. This is to provide Ugandan youths, and others wanting to join in on the industry, a chance and opportunity to create viable self-employment through starting a business.

Royal Ascot Goat Races Launched In Kampala

The Royal Ascot Goat Races were Friday launched at Speke Apartments in Kampala with a promise to relive its past glory. The event, which was last held in 2012, will be happening on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at its customary venue of Speke Resort, Munyonyo.

“The Goat Races were easily the most popular event on Uganda’s social calendar for all the time they were held, so we wanted to bring that amazing experience back with fun-filled activities everyone can participate in,” said Sheena Ruparelia, the event coordinator, at the relaunch press conference. 

“Our focus is on the races and activities around that, but there will be hospitality tents available, a food court with up to 10 types of cuisines; a beer garden, cocktail and champagne bars, sport games, silent disco areas, and chill-out lounges,” she added. 

“We are excited about the return of the Goat Races, which we consider the social event any fun-loving person would look forward to the most in Uganda. We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Goat Races because no fun event of this kind is complete without Tusker Malt. We want guys to really make the most of it,” said Grace Namutebi, Brand Manager, Premium Beers at Uganda Breweries. 

The goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 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. 

Tickets to the Goat Races will go for Shs50,000, with early bird offers, and special discount days also planned, where one can get a ticket for as low as Shs30,000. 

Continuing with their social responsibility tradition, the goat races will once again give back to society, with Totos Tag Rugby and Outreach programme being this year’s beneficiaries. Under the programme 250 children train at the Kyadondo Rugby Club every weekend. 

Toto’s Tag Rugby has been instrumental in rugby development in the country. Five of the national Rugby Cranes players representing Uganda at the Rugby 7s World Cup in San Francisco were nurtured by the programme.  

Pearl Dairy, Sanyu FM and Kampala Casino are the other confirmed partners.

Delhi Public School International Students Get Makerere Admission

Delhi Public School International has announced that four of their students who performed well in the recent Class-12 CBSE Board Examination will be joining the prestigious Makerere University School of Medicine.

Elizabeth Jose, Narayanan Robini, Batul Fatima and Abidah Musifa are the students who were lucky to be selected by Makerere University.

“Greetings to all of you, we have great news. Four of our students who excelled through Class-12 CBSE Board Examination have been selected to join Medicine Courses at Makerere University,” the school said in a statement.

The school’s vision is to provide a learning environment that encourages children to bring out the best in themselves and which supports their all-round development, through discovering the joy of learning, awakening and illuminating their intellect in multi-dimensional ways, and instilling abiding values in themselves.

Delhi Public School International is an investment of Ruparelia Group. Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the Chairman of the Group says they are committed to helping the government and Ugandan people to have quality education. “Wherever any country has good education, it directly helps its economic growth.” he says.

Speke Apartments Unveils Luxurious Calabash Spa

Speke Apartments, which specializes in self catering apartments for corporate, leisure and family travelers in Kampala has added yet again another classy and luxurious facility, Calabash Spa and Salon, to further meet the needs of its customers.

Speke Apartments recently launched the Calabash Spa and Salon to provide a variety of services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care treatments such as hair, massages and facials.

Speke Apartments and Calabash Spa and Salon are located at Speke Apartments on Wampewo Avenue in Kampala.

“We are a luxurious Spa that provides a variety of services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care treatments such as hair, massages and facials,” the Spa announced on its social media pages.

“We are a Health and Beauty SPA with well certified experts in massage and other various beauty and health treatments,” it added.

Speke Apartments has a bar and restaurant, La Cabana and Speke Apartments Gym among other social amenities that are aimed to give their customers a good memorable stay.

Spa treatments and massage therapies create both mental and physical health benefits, experts say. Studies have shown that the frequency of visiting a spa directly correlates with better quality sleep, fewer sick days, reduced absenteeism from work and fewer hospitalizations.

Kabira Country Club Football Tournament Launched, Attracts 20 Teams

Kabira Country Club this week launched a corporate football tournament with 20 teams confirming participation. The one day fun filled tournament will take place on on Sunday June 24, 2018.

The tournament with aimed at bringing corporate companies together also received the backing of Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).

Corporate teams from companies like Yokuku, Bet Yetu, Midocm, Bukoto Heights, Katon Rainbow, JBM FC, Victoria University and Riham will compete.

Ivan Bayige, the FUFA Competition Director, said that they will ensure that rules are observed as per international standards. Kabira Country Club director, Sheena Ruparelia, promised various rewards to the winners.

Sheena revealed that the overall winner would bag a trophy and Sh1m, runners up Sh500,000 and the first runners up Sh350,000. “Twenty teams shall take part in this year’s title. They will be grouped in four groups; A, B, C and D with five clubs in each group,” she said at the launch.

Kabira Country Club general manager Vismay Maniyar said the tournament will go a long way in improving the levels of fitness and standards of the game.

“This is a very important tournament as we build to grow the game through bringing together corporates and integrating people with our facilities like pitches, gyms and swimming pools,” he said.

Speke Resort Goat Race Set For August Return

Speke Resort Munyonyo has announced the famous Royal Ascot Goat Race happen this year on 25 August 2018 after seven years of no action. For many years, the goat was the biggest event on the social calendar for people in Kampala.

“Yes, you’ve heard it right, the Royal Ascot Goat Race is back at the Resort. Save the date, 25th August, 2018,” Speke Resort Munyonyo announced on their social media pages.

It is an event where corporate companies show their might partying and socializing with the clients. Each corporate company’s tent buzzes with good music, drinks and food.

The goat race has its own take on fashion, and it was, until it took a sabbatical, a trend setter for fashion in Uganda. Set on the shores shores of Lake Victoria at iconic Speke Resort, the goat races fashion is beachy, kinky and daring.

It has over the years been organized by Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the proprietor of Speke Resort Munyonyo and a host of other businesses under the Ruparelia Group. Basically, companies and individuals bring their meaety goats to race against each others for prizes including cash.


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