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CHRISTMAS DAY: Speke Resort Munyonyo To Treat Guests To Sumptuous Lunch

This Christmas, 25th December, like all the previous Christmas Days, Speke Resort Munyonyo, Uganda’s top 5-star hotel, will host its customers to a sumptuous Christmas Lunch Buffet at the Olympic Poolside area.  

The lunch buffet named ‘Around The world Christmas Lunch’ will serve different cuisines including traditional and English Christmas menus will be served to guests at a cost of Shs175, 000 for adults and Shs75, 000 for kids below 14 years.

Guests will be served a meal consisting of salads, assorted cheese, meat platters, seafood, condiments, dressings and dips, pickles and chutney, bread, soup, hot buffet among other local and foreign dishes.

Akhilesh Malik, a manager at the hotel, said guests will be able to create beautiful moments with friends and family this festive season as they enjoy amazing entertainment and lots of activities for both kids and adults.

“Under the stars, beneath the moon, it will be a Christmas party you won't forget soon. A party for all so full of cheer and a room full of people we all hold dear. This Christmas at Speke Resort Munyonyo, we are spreading joy all over.

We got something for everybody. Let’s make this December to remember with Speke Resort Munyonyo. This festive season, we bring you unlimited fun with lots & lots of activities at unbeatable prices,” Malik said.

But before Christmas Day, the hotel will host its guests to a Christmas Eve dinner costing Shs75, 000 for adults and Shs45, 000 for kids. There will be another dinner at Nyanja Restaurant costing guests Shs80, 000 for adults and Shs45, 000 for kids.

On Boxing Day, the hotel will serve their guests a bubbly brunch at a cost of Shs80, 000 for adults and Shs45, 000 for kids. Also available during this period will be live band entertainment, kids playing area, face painting, balloon art, Santas and his grotto, Christmas crackers, candy for kids and a complimentary glass of bubbly wine.

Speke Resort's spectacular setting and unparalleled service and cuisine are ideal ingredients for a magical event like the annual Christmas which marks the birth of Jesus Christ the rock on which Christianity is built.

Sheraton Kampala Hotel Kicks-off 2020 Festivities

As the countdown to the end of year takes shape, Sheraton Kampala Hotel has today unveiled its festive season event line up which will run from December 6th, 2020 to 1st January 2020.

Speaking at the launch of the festivities, the Hotel’s General Manager, Jean Philippe Bittencourt said, “Sheraton Kampala Hotel has been the home of festive celebrations in Uganda for over a decade and we are not about to stop, especially given the tremulous year this has been. Now is a time for us to revive the festive cheer, to remind our customers of the reason to live, giving thanks for the life we have with our friends and families at Sheraton Kampala Hotel in a clean and safe environment,” adding that;

“As per our current operating procedures, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection at highly frequented areas and regularly touched surfaces such as counters at front desk, elevators, public bathrooms, room keys and gym equipment to minimize risk of the spread of COVID 19. We urge every person that visits Sheraton Kampala Hotel to wear their masks while on our premises,” said Mr. Bittencourt

Festive lineup

This year’s Hotel festive activities will kick off with Christmas carols presented by the talented Imani Milele Choir on December 6th, 2020 and Christ the King Choir on December 13th, 2020 during the Tots n Xmas Kids party. The kids will be entertained with lots of activities ranging from bouncing castles, face painting, water slides and more.

Mr. Bittencourt noted that, “Children are the center of Christmas celebrations. The Christmas spirit has lived on for generations because it’s ingrained in us from a young age. We will have a children’s corner that will have plenty of entertainment for them ranging from water slides, jumping castles, face painting and Santa engagements on Christmas Day. The parents and guardians will be able to enjoy their time dining and watching the Christmas carols as our professional child handlers manage the children on Christmas Day.”

The Hotel will host a Christmas Eve Dinner with each guest paying shs120,000 and 50% discount for children for a sumptuous meal coupled with great music from a Live DJ at the Hotel’s Paradise and Seven Seas Restaurants from 6pm till late.

To mark the Christmas Day celebrations, the Hotel will host a Brunch with guests paying shs190,000 per adult and 50% for children for a meal at the Paradise and Seven Seas Restaurants with entertainment from Fezah from 12:00 pm to 5:00pm. The Hotel will also host brunches on Boxing Day at a rate of shs80,000 per adult and 50% per child and on New Year’s- shs110,000 per adult and 50% for children.

“Our brunch events on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s will end between 5:00pm- 7:00pm to give people time to drive safely and beat the curfew. We have also spread the Brunch across those three days to give more room for social distancing and choice,” Mr. Bittencourt noted.

The Hotel’s festive celebrations will climax with a live band performance from the King herself Cindy Sanyu on 31st December, with popular hits like Boom party, Still Standing, Run this city and more. The talented Ivuga Band has also been lined up for the year ender performances leading up to the spectacular fireworks display,

Revelers stand a chance to win tickets to selected events by participating in the Hotel’s social media challenges via its official pages; Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Twitter and Facebook.

Hotel discounts/promos

The Hotel has created affordable staycation packages with the aim of enabling friends and family to spend time together during the festive season. Delux rooms are available for as low as $130 with discounts offered based on early reservations.

Uganda Set To Reap From UN Agreement With WHO On Cannabis

Mid-October this year, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia wrote a lengthy letter to President Yoweri Museveni making a case for a need to license local companies that have expressed interest to grow marijuana for medical purposes.

Sudhir’s call comes after the ministry of health and government had expressed that allowing the licensed commercial growing of marijuana and cannabis possess a health risk to the public and was therefore working out new laws and regulations to guide the farming of the herb.

And now the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs has voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world's most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry.

The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a statement that it had voted 27-25, with one abstention, to follow the World Health Organization's recommendation to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, where it was listed with heroin and several other opioids.

The drugs that are on Schedule IV are a subset of those on Schedule I of the convention, which already requires the highest levels of international control.

The agency voted to leave cannabis and cannabis resin on the list of Schedule I drugs, which also include cocaine, Fentanyl, morphine, Methadone, opium and oxycodone, the opiate painkiller sold as OxyContin.

With this move by the UN and WHO, the farming of marijuana and cannabis presents an opportunity for tropical Africa to make billions of dollars. Countries like Rwanda are fast-tracking regulation to allow farmers to make much-needed investments.

And in Uganda, Sudhir through Premier Hemp wants to spearhead this business and help the country make money from the trade of marijuana. He said that market forces will determine which country will capture the market estimated to reach between USD40 billion and USD45 billion by 2025.

“The early birds will certainly catch the most and possibly the biggest worms. Those that will come on the next wave will have to play second-fiddle, hoping and praying for some storms of some kind so they can gain some short-lived windfalls,” Sudhir said in the letter to Museveni.  

He said Uganda has a real opportunity to establish both a competitive and a fast-mover advantage in medical marijuana for export business. “We have the right climate and more arable land than most, if not all our neighbours combined,”

“If we miss this opportunity, we may probably never catch up. Medical Marijuana is a whole new industry, a game-changer. Global Research firm Nielsen predicts that by 2025, sales of all legalized cannabis in the U.S. alone will reach $41 billion,”

“Medical marijuana for export will not only create new revenue streams for the country, but it will also spur many other local value-addition sectors and thousands of jobs,” he noted.

Children Living With HIV/AIDS Get Ruparelia Group Donation

Uganda Children Achieving and Realizing Empowerment International (UCARE Intl), a non-profit organization, orphanage and school is the latest beneficiary of the generosity of Ruparelia Foundation after they were visited with gifts by the philanthropic arm of Ruparelia Group.

The team from Ruparelia Foundation was led by Sanyu FM’s general manager Chris Ireland and programs manager Roger Mugisha. The trip to Luzira, a Kampala suburb where UCARE is located came with a donation of 120 Mattresses and 3 thousand reusable pads. 120 kids living with HIV AIDS benefitted.

The donation was part of the Foundation’s commemoration of World AIDS Day which is marked every first day of the month of December.

Gareth Onyango who represented the Ruparelia Foundation said that the donation is a sign of restoring hope, joy and happiness to the vulnerable children who are the victims of HIV/ADS. 

Victoria University Opens Intake For Health & Safety Oil & Gas Online Course

The oil and gas industry has been taunted as the next big driver of the economy in Uganda, a country that boasts of 6.5bn barrels of oil and a significant amount of natural gas in western Uganda. Many Ugandans are preparing to participate in the nascent industry which will attract $20bn worth of investment.

While Ugandans are looking at making the petrol dollar, it is important that they note that the oil and gas is a sensitive industry that poses health and environment risks. It is therefore important that the country has health and safety experts to take care of such risks.

Luckily, institutions like Victoria University are offering the right and certified training to Ugandans willing to get the professional skills that are required to be able to work in the oil and gas industry. The Jinja Road based university has lined up a number of certificate, diploma and degree courses that are related to oil and gas.

The university has now announced that these courses can be accessed and studied online. In particular, the university announced a six weeks online oil and gas health and safety certificate course and its intake is ongoing here.

The certificate in health, safety and environmental management in the oil and gas industry gives an introduction to the health, safety and environmental challenges encountered in the oil and gas industry.  It provides an insight into the main drivers of the regulatory framework that govern compliance in the sector.

The university also offers a certificate in the introduction to the oil and gas industry, a course designed to provide oil and gas professionals with the opportunity to gain a technical and commercial understanding of the industry fundamentals. 

Also offered is the certificate in oil and gas supply chain and logistics management, a course that focuses on an overview of logistics and procurement management in the oil, and gas industry based on the concept of supply chain management (SCM).

Another certificate offered is the certificate in oil and gas project management, a course that aims to give students a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of project management as it relates to the dynamic oil and gas and energy industries.

FITNESS GOALS: Outdoor Zumba Classes Commence At Speke Resort

Speke Resort and Conference Centre in Munyonyo has reopened its Speke Resort Wellness Centre and has also announced that it has commenced Outdoor Zumba Classes to help their customers keep in shape with style.

Zumba dance has over the years gained momentum in Uganda having been introduced to the world by a Colombian dancer and cyclist/choreographer Alberto “Beto” “Power Pedal” Perez during the 1990s.

Ajit Singh, a manager at Speke Resort, said Zumba is a great dance-cardio option that's an immersive experience for anyone and is not only effective but allows you to express yourself while getting in shape.

“Speke Resort Munyonyo brings you outdoor Zumba classes to be in shape with style. Give your calories one last dance with our outdoor Zumba classes every Monday at our wellness center,” Ajit said. 

“Our wellness center has officially re-opened, be sure to fit in some fitness time so you can stay sharp,” he added. The outdoor Zumba classes at Speke Resort happen every Monday between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the Speke Resort Wellness Centre for just Shs30, 000 per person.

Experts say Zumba gives you a calorie-burning cardiovascular workout in the atmosphere of a dance party. And because Zumba dancing burns calories so quickly, it can help you lose a significant amount of weight in one month.

Zumba targets lots of different muscle groups at once for total body toning. Boosts your heart health. You not only get aerobic benefits (it really gets your heart rate up), you also get anaerobic benefits – the kind that help you maintain a good cardiovascular respiratory system. Helps you de-stress.

Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included.

For inquiries call.☎️ +256 772 121 724.

Victoria University Gets New Governing Council

Victoria University Wednesday sworn-in 14 New Governing Council Members and has sets its eyes on attaining a charter status.

The Council is made up of Joram Kahenano (Chairperson- Specialized in Leadership), Joseph Biribonwa (Vice Chairperson- Specialized in Governance), Rajiv Ruparelia (Member-Representative of Directors) and Dr. Chirag Kotecha (Member-specialized in Health).

Others are Andrew Mwenda (Member- Specialized in Journalism), James Kalebo  (Member-specialist in education), Dr. Mary Kanyiginya  (Member-Specialized in Human Resources), Sameer Thakar (Member- Specialized in Finance) and Dr. Consolata Kabonesa (Member Specialized in Gender/ Senate).

Also on the governing council are Rashid  Ssemambo (Member-Specialized in Law), Dr Lawrence Muganga (Member- Specialized in Education), Mark Serebe (Member as Guild President of the University),  John Bosco Waliraki (Member-  Victoria University staff representative and Katusabe Ssemwezi (Ex-Officio-University Secretary).

The 14 New Governing Council Members were sworn in by Her Worship Agnes Nkonge at Victoria University in Kampala.

The Council Chairperson Kahenano, speaking to journalists after the swearing-in, said the immediate task of the Council is to ensure that Victoria University that is owned by Ruparelia Group of Companies gets a charter status.

Under the Universities And Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 (As Amended In, 2003 And As Amended In, 2006), “Charter” means a charter granted by the President under this Act as evidence that the University meets the requirements and standards of academic excellence set by the National Council. In simple terms, a chartered University is comparable to a Public University.

“We have already made an application (for a charter to the National Council for Higher Education); the Council is going to concentrate on those things that NCHE requires of us. We have looked at the infrastructure and set up,” said Kahenano.

Rajiv Ruparelia, a director of Ruparelia Group said they believe in quality education.

“The beautiful thing with higher education, it has no boundaries, it has no limits. The only limitation is ‘ourselves’ and that limitation will come from the Council and Management on how they wish to drive this University,” he said.

FITNESS ALERT: Take Charge Of Your Wellness At Kabira Country Club Gym

The need to be more aware of our physical health status increases each passing day especially now when the COVID19 pandemic has made many of us inactive due to lost jobs and working from home. Because we are usually home sleeping, sitting or napping in couches, our bodies have become unfit.

And following the reopening of gyms, saunas and other wellness places, you can use the free time to work out and get your body back in shape.

Hotels like Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, have the right wellness facilities and have put in place the SOPs recommended, therefore, you can be sure that the COVID19 risk has been minimized.

 “Trying to quickly shed off the remainder of that quarantine weight gain or maybe trying to tighten up your tummy before your scientific wedding, now is the time for you to work out,” Kabira Country Club said in social media messages encouraging the public to try out their gym.

Adding: “Don’t let your wellness take a backseat when you can be in the rider’s seat instead, jump into our workout studio. No matter your choice of workout, we have it covered,”

Kabira with the state of the art gym provides clients with the space to do aerobics and Zumba on select days and for a limited number of clients. Services like Zumba have a wide range of health benefits like controlling stress levels.

With one of the biggest and best-equipped gym in the East African region, Kabira Country Club gym instructors have the expertise and experience that has helped their clients attain their fitness and healthy living goals.

Apart from the gym, Kabira Country Club has with supervision reopened its outdoor activities like swimming, sports activities, aerobics and jogging.  “We know you must have missed the sharp dives, the cool breeze and the green nature down here!

Well, we are overjoyed with the good news that we can’t wait any longer to announce that all our outdoor activities will officially be open to the general public. However, terms & conditions apply,” Kabira announced through its social media pages.

Kabira Country Club offers exquisite business and good family time and for the years past, Kabira has capped its beauty by keeping maximum standards and quality services.

Set amongst a foray of palm trees in an idyllic suburb of Bukoto, less than a 15-minute drive from the hub of Kampala city, Kabira is the premier boutique hotel in the city.

Through the gates and up into a swanky courtyard the Club is cut off from the clamour and hustle that surrounds it.

For any kinds of inquiries please call; +256 752 711 009.

Sudhir Ruparelia Gets Nepalese Diplomatic Vehicle

The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Nepal to Uganda Dr Sudhir Ruparelia has today received the official car to facilitate his diplomatic duties – a Lexus 2020 UBH series with a special color of the number plate and official flag of Nepal.

In March this year, Sudhir was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Nepal to Kampala, Uganda. In the same month, Sudhir officially presented his credentials to the minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa.

Sudhir set up his consulate office at his iconic Crane Chambers on Kampala Road. The appointment of Ruparelia is expected to boost the bilateral relations between Uganda and Nepal.

After presenting his credentials, the businessman was inaugurated later in the evening at a ceremony his Kabira Country Club by His Excellency Ambassador Jhabindra Aryal Rajdoot, the Ambassador of Egypt who is already in Uganda.

A consul is an official representative of the government of one state in the territory of another, normally acting to assist and protect the citizens of the consul’s own country, and to facilitate trade and friendship between the people of the two countries in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 24 April 1963.

Under the same convention, Dr Sudhir will enjoy diplomatic privileges like meeting government officials and being involved in diplomatic circles and will also enjoy diplomatic Immunity under International Law with some limitations.

He also has no tax liability on any income arising from consular activities and will be using diplomatic channels at airports with no time delaying and annoying customs checks. He will be using the VIP section.

He also has unlimited entry and exit privileges from host country for business and personal travel and a free diplomatic vehicle license plates with special color of the plate.

Education Is Something That Can Add Value To Society – Sudhir

Education is a right and necessary tool that can add value to society, businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the chairman Ruparelia Group, has said. He explained that for this to happen, the right investment has to be made for the education system to deliver the right services and value to members of society.

He said the education sector can best be built on three aspects – the teaching fraternity, learners and the infrastructures – that when combined well can create an environment for learning to thrive. He said today children are exposed, clever and intelligent and therefore need the best tools to learn.

“We ventured in the education sector to add value to society. I believe the sector needs to create a system that will combine 3 aspects in the system including the teaching fraternity, students, and the infrastructure in an environment for them to practice their expertise” he said.

The businessman was speaking at a webinar organized by Victoria University on Thursday 18th November 2020 with the theme” The Journey and Future of Victoria University.”

The webinar was also attended by Dr. Lawrence Muganga, deputy vice chancellor Victoria University, Mark Namayo, a lecturer at the university, Rebecca Suubi, Victoria University alumnus and moderated by Sharon Iyadika, a student at the university.

Under the Ruparelia Group, Sudhir has heavily invested in the education at all levels- he owns Kampala Parents’ School, the leading private primary school, Kampala International School Ugandan the leading international school, Delhi Public School International and Victoria University, the fastest-growing private university in the country.

He said through Ruparelia Foundation, apart from supporting the social well being of education, they are also into charity activities including orphanages, donations to religious bodies, the unprivileged and others.

With four functioning faculties - Business And Management, Health Science, Humanities And Social Science and Science And Technology - Victoria University is emerging as the university of choice for a modern learning.

The university has invested in the right tools and technology to deliver on its mandate as a research-driven university. It usually with the community to come with evidence-based study solutions that give learners hands-on learning experience that make them employable and job creators.

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