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UNBS, Agriculturists Get Commonwealth Standards Network Support

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards is collaborating with the British Standards Institution (BSI) under the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) Programme, which will support UNBS to achieve its strategic objectives and support agricultural and other value chains in complying with international best practices.

The Programme will support finalisation of the National Standardization Strategy and will provide targeted technical assistance in improving the core UNBS functions – such as testing, certification and inspections.

It also aims to raise awareness of product requirements and commitment to quality in a number of agricultural and related value chains where difficulties are being experienced in exporting fruit, vegetables, fish and other commodities. 

UNBS Test Laboratories, the National Metrology Laboratory and the Certification and Import Inspection Departments will benefit from specialised training and a range of capacity-building interventions, led by international and regional industry experts.

Additionally, existing standards and guideline documents for agricultural and related goods will be simplified and translated, and training will be provided to grass roots producers. 

Upon completion, the project is expected to deliver a number of important benefits. This includes further enhancing Uganda’s ability to maintain quality standards for its products and services, especially food exports to international trading partners, as well as greater awareness about the benefits of UNBS services and activities among MSME’s.

Ultimately, these interventions will help UNBS to continue to set the effective standards for consumer safety, environmental protection and facilitate access to international markets for Ugandan products targeting the Commonwealth nations. 

In her speech, UK Prime Minister Teresa May said: “Our Commonwealth family already accounts for one-fifth of global trade, and we must continue to work together to build further upon this solid foundation by building on our existing trade links and establishing new ones.”

“I firmly believe that regardless of which corner of the Commonwealth you are from, we all will benefit from the jobs created by doing so. Every one of those new jobs will mean another family seeing their hard work rewarded, and the spread of greater opportunity.”

UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo, said: “The support from the Commonwealth Network will go a long way in improving the competitiveness of local products in international markets which will improve our balance of trade especially among the selected value chains”.   

Overview of the Commonwealth Standards Network Programme 

The CSN Programme was announced in the UK Prime Minister’s keynote speech during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in May 2018. The programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development and implemented by the British Standards Institution (BSI), sets out to: 

  • Facilitate the growth of global value chains in the Commonwealth developing economies, particularly in supported sectors;
  • increase the volume of products and services exported from Commonwealth developing economies, that meet international standards;
  • create connections between Commonwealth countries (particularly National Standards Bodies and Ministries of Trade), allowing them to identify new trade opportunities;
  • improve the business environment and create competitiveness; and
  • enhance the use of International Standards to foster innovation and improve export potential. 

Set to finish in March 2020, the CSN Programme is organized along the three bespoke technical assistance streams and addresses key Quality Infrastructure challenges in Africa (Uganda and Zambia), Oceania (Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu) and the Caribbean (St. Lucia).

Additionally, an online portal designed to improve standards development and increase information sharing between Commonwealth National Standards Bodies and key stakeholders will be created for the benefit all Commonwealth member states.

Eritrea, Ghana Win Big At Victoria University Cultural Day

Victoria University students put up exceptional performances as they represented their respective countries of origin during this year’s Victoria University International Cultural Day. The cultural event took place Saturday at the University’s parking space.

The day long competitive culture showcase, the judges said, 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 end of the day, Eritrea had won the the category of attire, followed by Nigeria and DR Congo who tied in 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 were 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, eritrean and Ghana,

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.

Date For Kampala Parents' School 2019 Intake Interviews Set

Intake for 2019 academic year at Kampala Parents’ School is ongoing and the famous primary school has said will conduct general interviews on Saturday 20th October, 2018 at the school premises in Kampala, Nakawa Division, Lugogo bypass.

The school said it admits children from the age of two and a half years (for pre- primary) through to twelve years for lower and upper primary classes, specifically stopping with primary six. Aspiring pupils must carry birth certificates and report cards from previuos schools.

The Principle of Kampala Parents’ School, Madam Daphne Kato has encouraged parents to invest in their children by taking them to Kampala Parents so that they can be nurtured and groomed in a suitable manner which has come to be associated with the school.

“The dividends will certainly give you a big smile at the end of the day. And the country as a whole shall benefit immensely from the human resource established,” she said adding that in building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love, integrity, cleanliness and discipline must be emphasized.

“We listen to each unique child needs and those who care for them, and use this information to personalize each child’s learning. We aspire to be an exceptional, inspiring and stimulating school,” she said.

Kampala parents’ school teaches a local curriculum at an international level. It has over 200 well trained teachers and over 150 non-teaching staff members with a pupil’s population of about 3000 persons. They have made the right investment to put in place state of the art facilities that have made it one of the best performing schools in the country.

"We use the National Curriculum to structure the content of what is taught and we enrich pupil’s learning experiences by providing access to stimulating resources and valuable workshops, assemblies and 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 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.

East Africa Recognizes Sudhir Ruparelia Leadership Skills

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia’s star continues to shine and his influence on the African continent continues to be felt despite being involved in a lengthy and unprecedented legal battle with Bank of Uganda following the closure of Crane Bank, a commercial bank he founded in 1995.

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, PML Daily, an online news publisher reported that the businessman whose investment interests range from insurance, real estate, entertainment, hotels, resorts, education and agriculture has been voted the East African leader of 2018.

His experience in business leadership has inspired many people in the East African region and beyond and for that matter the profilers of the East African Book of Records saw it fit to bestow him that honour.

An official ceremony to present the award will be organized towards the end of October and delegates from all the East African countries will read citations in Honor of Mr. Ruparelia.

The East African Book of Records said Dr. Ruparelia joins a number of other personalities including Presidents Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, who have received similar awards before.

Dr. Ruparelia has risen from a youthful Ugandan exiled in London driving taxi to one of the richest Africans. Hi businesses employee close to 10,000 people directly and indirectly. He is an inspiration to many aspiring entrepreneurs on the African continent.

La Cabana Brings Night In Brazil To Kampala

La Cabana Restaurant, a multi-cuisine bar and restaurant serving Brazilian, Continental and Indian cuisines will on 13, October 2018 from 6:30pm to 10pm host the much waited Night in Brazil gig.

The Brazilian restaurant located on Wampewo at Speke Apartments is Kampala’s premium and ritzy churrasco grill restaurant. At La Cabana, you sup on the culinary wonders of Brazilian Churrasco while you enjoy live music, dancers and sip on the official Brazilian cocktail.

The restaurant said Night in Brazil is slated to be one of a kind dining extravaganza to ever happen at Speke Apartments. This time the pool side will be busy with a live band performing.

Revelers who will attend Night in Brazil at La Cabana Restaurant will have a choice to for premium experience at Shs149,000 or the with classic experience at Shs99,000.

Revelers who will choose the premium experience will get a welcoming Caipirinha Cocktail, unlimited 9 cuts of meats until you give up, vegetarian soup cheesy bread rolls, over 10 unlimited varieties of salads with dressing, varieties of side dishes and grilled cinnamon pineapple as dessert.

While those who will choose classic experience will get a welcoming Caipirinha Cocktail, unlimited 9 cuts of meats until you give up, vegetarian soup with cheesy bread rolls, over 10 unlimited varieties of salads with dressing, varieties of side dishes and grilled cinnamon pineapple as dessert.





Hundreds Benefit From Free Surgical Camp In Hoima

By Busiinge George

Dr Joan Babalanda Wanyama, the head of department of surgery at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital says that since Monday they have received more than three hundred patients from the districts of Kibaale, Kakumiro, Kagadi, , Masindi, Buliisa and Kiryandongo Hundreds of patients are set to receive free surgery at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.

The week-long surgical camp that started on Tuesday morning is organised by the Association of Surgeons of Uganda-ASOU. The camp will be carried out by thirty surgeons under ASOU.

The camp is targeting patients suffering from Hernia, Thyroids, Body swellings and general surgical elective operations among others.

Dr Joan Babalanda Wanyama, the Head of department of surgery at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital says that since Monday they have received more than three hundred patients from the districts of Bunyoro region which includes  Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Kagadi, Masindi, Kibaale and Kakumiro.

He says that the initiative is aimed at bringing surgical services nearer to the unprivileged people who lack funds.

Dr John Sekabira, the president ASOU, says that the surgical camp will be annual to ensure that patients with surgical complications are operated and treated at free costs.

He, however, says their activities are being constrained by lack of enough funds since the drugs needed to operate and treat the patients are too expensive.

James Kugonza  53, a resident of Kinuunda  Village in Kakumiro district says that he spent 5 years suffering from Hernia. He was on Tuesday morning operated by the team.

He wants the government to support the operations of the association because many people still have some complications like mine and they don’t money for the operation.

Hundreds of residents with different sorts of ailments have been flocking the medical camp since Sunday evening to benefit from the specialised medical services being offered by a team of surgeons under the association of surgeons of Uganda.

Earthfinds  visited the facility for the fisrt day  and found over 500 patients had by 5pm Monday arrived at the facility waiting to receive the medical services.

The Hoima Hospital regional hospital director Peter Mukobi says medics will offer both major and minor surgery to patients.

Dr. Denis Bitamazire, the camp chairman says the surgeons have now decided to offer the free services at Hoima RRH, Kyangwali Health Centre IV, Buliisa Health Centre IV and Kiryandongo district hospital.

He adds that the over 80 surgeons had planned to offer free services at all health centre IVs but this cannot be possible due to limited resources.

PHOTOS: Celebrations As Victoria University Holds 3rd Graduation Ceremony

Each passing year Victoria University is growing bigger and stronger ever since businessman Sudhir Ruparelia bought it from a UK based educational conglomerate. From running a single faculty, the University has since rolled three other faculties, expanding their curriculum scope.

And last Friday, Victoria University hosted graduating students, parents, the media and stakeholders in the education sector at its third graduation ceremoney which took place at Kabira Country Club ballroom.

Over 40 students graduated with degrees, diplomas and certificates. The theme of the graduation ceremony was ‘transformational Education in the 21st Century’. We bring all the days action in the photos below. 


University Kicks Off Semester With Freshers Ball

One of the oldest tradition for universities world over is throwing a freshers party to welcome new students and old students from the long holidays. It is a party that officially kicks off life at University and the academic year. 

And last Saturday at Kampala Parents’ School, students at Victoria University kicked off their academic journey at the Jinja Road based University with a sumptuous freshers ball organized by students and guild leadership. 

As expected of any social event organized for young people, Victoria University freshers ball was full of dance, karaoke, singing competitions, food and cake cutting. This was made complete by a series of performances by student entertainers from Congo and South Sudan.

As one of the top universities in Uganda, Victoria University stands out as a pivot of academic excellence in the heart of the city offering fresh and an intellectually thriving environment that nurtures critical and progressive thinkers thus pushing the pedagogical boundaries.

The University offers a wide range of programmes that are tailor-made for the market. It fosters and encourages innovation and creativity through research under 4 faculties of Health Sciences, Business and Management, Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Victoria University To Hold Third Graduation

Victoria University in Kampala will hold its third graduation ceremony on Friday 7 September 2018 at Kabira Country Club from 8am to 12:30pm under the theme ‘transformational Education in the 21st Century’. The graduation will see the triumphant students receive degrees, diplomas and certificates in different professional fields.

“Victoria University would like to congratulate all of the 2018 graduates on making it to the finish line. We expect to see all our graduates in their finery for the ceremony,” a felicitous message from the University stated.

The University has four faculties - faculty of Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology and Business and Management. Each faculty has an assortment of degree, diploma and certificate courses.

At this occasion the graduates will receive their awards before the university council, University’s promoters, senate, parents, invited guests and staff of the university. The event will be attended by invited dignitaries including ambassadors, Chief Executive Officers, top businessmen among others.

As one of the top universities in Uganda, Victoria University stands out as a pivot of academic excellence in the heart of the city offering fresh and an intellectually thriving environment that nurtures critical and progressive thinkers thus pushing the pedagogical boundaries.

The University offers a wide range of programmes that are tailor-made for the market. It fosters and encourages innovation and creativity through research under 4 faculties of Health Sciences, Business and Management, Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Rajiv Ruparelia Donates To PWDs At Skills Expo

Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing Director of Crane Management Services (CMS), a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, dug into his generous pockets and donated gifts worth millions to to People with Disabilities at the Skills and Talent Expo 2018.

The expo organised by Rena Community Development Association took placeon Thursday at Mengo Senior School, in Kampala. The event attracted participants from Kampala and Wakiso districts.

The expo according to Twaha Katende, the executive director of Rena Community Development, the expo which is held annually aims at finding a solution to the problems faced by PWDs. He said this year’s theme was to achieve self-reliance and better livelihoods.

In his speech, Rajiv Ruparelia, called upon the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to come up with capacity building programmes that can help the disabled acquire skills and meet their desirable goals in future.

“As Ruparelia group, we have been at the fore front of working closely with the disabled. That’s why in all our buildings, we have decided to set up some places where these people can work,” he said.

He said these facilities were accessible at Kampala Boulevard Building, Hardware City, Market Plaza and Kingdom Kampala.

Rajiv Ruparelia funded over 60% of the budget for this year’s PWDs annual expo also called upon the members to work together for the benefit of their association.  He also reminded them that disability is not inability.

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