The City Gym Explains Why Jumping Rope Workouts Are Awesome

Jumping rope is one play activity many of us have done in our childhood and we loved it because it’s fun and engaging. However because of various factors we stopped when we became adults. We stopped at a time we most needed it.

Jumping rope is one activity which when done regularly can keep your body fit and in shape. Basically it comes with a number of health benefits.

The City Gym, a premium gymnasium in Kampala says jumping rope is inexpensive, you can do it anywhere and no fancy equipment is needed. In one of its Facebook posts, The City Gym provides five ways that jumping rope can increase your health and give you a body that looks strong and toned.

Bone Health

Jumping rope is a weight bearing exercise; therefore it can improve bone density to help prevent osteoporosis.

Full body workout

Jumping rope engages your whole body from your arms, shoulders and wrists to your core muscles through to your legs. It’s also a great abdominal #workout, since your core really has to work hard to contract to stabilize your entire body. If you’ve only got 10 minutes to work out, grab your jump rope for a full body workout that will make you sweat in no time.

Calorie burner

Jumping rope is also a great cardio workout that can burn calories fast and help you shed those extra pounds.

Increases Cardiovascular fitness

Seeing that it gets the heart pumping, jumping rope can increase your heart strength and reduce your risk for #heart disease. So important as we get older.

Increase Muscle Tone in your lower body

Want strong, toned, lean #legs? Well, who doesn’t! Jumping rope activates the major muscles in your lower body such as the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. Since you are using your own #body weight for resistance it can increase your lean body mass and build muscular endurance.

BOU’s Bagyenda Wealth Accumulation Investigated

Bank of Uganda director for supervision Justine Bagyenda is in hot soup after office of Inspector General of Government (IGG) sanctioned investigation to establish how she accumulated her wealth despite earning a not so big salary – a monthly salary of only Shs32m.

In August this year, a ‘concerned’ Ugandan citizen, Dick Kimeze, through his lawyers Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates, petitioned the IGG to investigate how Bagyenda accumulated her vast wealth. Bagyenda, it has been established owns an assortment of real estate property in plush Kampala suburbs.

Also, Denis Nyombi a lawyer from Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates is quoted by the media saying he is privy to information that Bagyenda under declared her assets and liabilities to the IGG, contrary the Leadership Code Act, 2002.

As petitioners, Dick Kimeze and his lawyer demanded that IGG investigates the character of Bagyenda, which the IGG has granted. Munila Ali, the IGG spokesperson, told media on Thursday that a meeting was held with the petitioner. Munira added that subsequent meetings with the petitioners are scheduled before Bagyenda is involved.

“We met with lawyers of the petitioner a few days ago. The initial meeting was intended to listen to the complainant as he explains his issues. So after listening to petitioner we asked that his client comes over in person and we listen to his complaint.” Munira is quoted by Daily Monitor.

One of the properties reportedly owned by Bagyenda

Kimeze, a social worker and committed fighter against corruption wants Bagyenda to be investigated for prosecution over incompetence and possible corruption and fraud in relation to the ongoing saga between BOU and Crane Bank.

Bank of Uganda, and specifically Bagyenda, has been faulted for doing a bad job supervising Crane Bank. Some speculators attribute this hovering corruption embedded in the confines of the central bank.

Bagyenda wealth and Properties

The Office of the Inspectorate of Government has since August this year received several photographs of residences and residential apartments in leafy suburbs of Kampala including Bugolobi, Naguru, Mbuya and Ntinda that reportedly belong to Bagyenda.

One of the prime properties includes a condominium registered as number 0025 on Plot 410-411 Makerere Hill Road Land at Kampala, a residence on Plot 28, Kimera Close, Ntinda, posh condominium blocks situated on Plot 5A Sunderland Avenue Kampala measuring 213 square metres, a property located on Plot 20, Balikuddembe Road, a posh apartment in Bugolobi.

Kampala Parents School Opens 2018 Intake

As the year comes to an end, Kampala Parents School has started recruiting pupils for next academic year. Kampala parents’ school is on international level but follows a local curriculum.

The Principle of Kampala Parents’ School, Madam Daphne Kato, recently called on all interested parents that there will be interviews for pupils from pre- primary to primary six for the first term intake.

Interviews will take place on 21st October, 2017 at school from 8:00am to 1:00 pm. “We admit children from the age of two and a half to twelve years of age. Applicants should come with birth certificates and valid report cards from their former school,” she said.

The call comes at a time when parents should be examining school performances of their children. This assessment usually enables parents to make key decisions regarding the education future of their children – including changing schools.

Invest in your children

Madam Kato encouraged parents to invest in their children by taking them to Kampala Parents so that they can be nurtured and groomed. “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.”

“As children grow, at Kampala Parents’ School we emphasize on three important domains, these are: Affective which deals with spiritual emotions. The affective domain includes factors such as student motivation attitudes, perceptions and values.

“Cognitive is to do with mental process including how people think, perceive, remember and learn. Psycho-social stage is all about developing muscles. Learning is developed by physical skills such as movement, coordination and manipulation.

“In order for the mentioned domains to be realized, the triangular working relationship has to be focused on. The parents, the staff and children have to work together to achieve the required goals.

Furthermore, in building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline. We believe that discipline is the key to success. We train our children to observe all of them.

We Are Making Right Investment For Your Child To succeed Academically

Education systems are globally changing this means that schools must go out of their way to cope with the dynamics. These changes are being facilitated by the equally dynamic needs of humans.

To retain its market leadership as the best privately owned primary school in Uganda, Kampala Parents School is investing rightly to stay relevant. Already it boosts of state of the art facilities that has made it one of the best performer in the country.

Kampala parents’ school, situated along Lugogo by pass, teaches a local curriculum at an international level. The school owned by businessman Sudhir Ruparelia has an enrolment of over 3000 pupils with 130 well trained teachers and over 150 non-teaching staff members.

Broad and balanced curriculum

The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum which takes into account children’s interests. "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.

To execute this curriculum exhaustively, Kampala Parents' School has assembled professional and multi-disciplined teachers to serve and educate learners in the best possible way.

“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.

“They have the unique opportunity to support pupils’ academic and social development at all levels of schooling. This enables pupils to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and provide scaffolding for important social and academic skills

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.

The library has made a difference to pupils’ understanding and achievement. It provides support for teaching and learning throughout the school. It also provides a model for inquiry learning, building knowledge and confidence in seeking and processing information.

The school library is pivotal to developing our pupils. It is a fundamental resource for supporting students’ learning, and a key support for teaching staff. It reflects and encourages collaborative learning and sharing of ideas

Safe Learning Environment

The school has one of the safest learning environment in the country. It has put in place safe and clean school facility, caring teachers, sick bay, nurses, first aid facilities and training, fitness training and engaging sports activities.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that good health, both physical and mental, is essential for a successful learning experience. Children who are unwell at school or suffer minor injuries are treated by a qualified full-time nurse in the school Sick Bay.

The sickbay is fully stocked with the necessary drugs and first aid equipment to ensure that all emergencies are dealt with in the best possible way at the school. Parents are informed of any serious injury and are contacted if a doctor or hospital visit is advised.

It is imperative that the school has up to-date emergency contact details for all children on file. We also ask that children who are unwell are not sent to school as they are unable to learn and may pass infection to other children and staff members.

“We agree that school climate affects student achievement. A positive school climate was the critical variable differentiating between schools with high and low rates of delinquency, behavioral disturbance, attendance, and academic attainment.

“We know that a school’s environment has broad influence on pupils’ learning and growth, including major aspects of their social, emotional, and ethical development.

The school believes that sports can affect a child’s development of self-esteem and self-worth. The school says it is also within sport that peer status and peer acceptance is established and developed. Kampala Parents School has one of the beautiful and multidisciplinary sports center.

“We believe that a child being good at sports is a strong social asset. Pupils use sports and games to measure themselves against their friends. Children who are competent at sports are more easily accepted by children of their own age, and are more likely to be team captains and group leaders. Such children usually have better social skills.

Physical activities and Cardio-respiratory fitness are good for children’s and young people’s brain development and function as well as their intellect. these are emphasized at Kampala Parents' School.

The school is currently accepting application from pupils and parents who would wish to joing them during the next academic year from pre- primary to primary six for the first term intake. Interviews will take place on 21st October, 2017 at school from 8:00am to 1:00 pm.

Early Science Activities Lay Groundwork For Child Performance

Over the years there has been a deliberate effort to promote science education in Ugandan school and schools like Kampala Parents are following suit.

Kampala Parents’ School has over the years put in place a well facilitated laboratory to effectively teach science to their pupils. The school also has an equally well facilitated computer lab.

Science activities in the early grades are what lay the groundwork for student understanding in the subject, and we’re talking hands-on lab experiments, not just reading textbooks," the school said.

it added: "At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that hands-on research through laboratory experimentation is the best way to introduce pupils to scientific inquiry- the process of asking questions and conducting experiments as a way to understand the natural world, which is the foundation of science education.

"Our well-equipped science laboratory provides pupils with the opportunity to interact directly with natural phenomena or with raw data. It allows them to design investigations, engage in scientific reasoning, manipulate equipment, record data, analyze results, and discuss their findings.

The school combines classroom teaching with laboratory experiments to ensure that pupils grasp each and every concept thoroughly. Laboratory teaching and experiments that are being conducted help encourage deep understanding in pupils. Children are able to retain the knowledge for longer when they see the experiments being performed in front of their eyes.

Computers make the learning process a lot more simple and efficient, giving students access to tools and methods of communication. And can many of same books in the library in digital format which interests them hence encouraging reading and good grades.

"Computer classes allow students to put their creativity to use. Students can transfer their enhanced creativity to other activities in their lives, including memorizing scientific facts, historical information or mathematical formulas.

"We believe that exposing children to computer education and supporting activities at an early age produces developmental gains such as abstraction, intelligence, nonverbal skills and long-term memory which helps them in upper class and also outside school.

"With the help of our qualified teachers, it influences their performance by enabling them to become more involved with their school work. Computers can potentially enhance students mathematical thinking, and improve scores in problem solving and critical thinking tasks.

School Facilities Play Big Role In Child Development

School infrastructure can have a big impact on students, educationists at Delhi Public International School have said, explaining that the classroom environment in which kids learn should reflect what the public expects of them.

"In other words, if we want kids to succeed, then we must provide them with the necessary infrastructure to do so," the school said in a statement.

Delhi Public School International boasts of world class learning facilities that include and are not limited to; ICT Labs, Smart boards, Library, Swimming Pool, Rest Rooms for early years, from Pre-Primary School to Grade 12, School Clinic, Indoor and Outdoor Play area, Yoga room, State of Art football pitch, State of the Art amenities for basketball, cricket and gymnastics, Dinning Facility, Multi Purpose Recreational rooms and Science and Home Economics Lab. 

"We believe that high-quality facilities together with clean, quiet, safe, comfortable and healthy environments are an important component of successful teaching and learning,"

The school has a well equippped library which equips students with the skills necessary to collect, critically analyze and organize information, troubleshoot problems and communicate their understandings.

The DPS, International library promotes literacy, fosters a love of reading, and helps students and staff use ideas, information, and technology effectively. It is well stocked with thousands of books on various topics.

By providing a well-equipped library, we aim to develop and sustain in students the habit and enjoyment of reading for pleasure and to enrich their intellectual, aesthetic, cultural and emotional growth.

It is a well organised library; well-spaced and well set. The book shelves are side-by-side, of an expansive, well lit and organised room at the top most floor of the building. This offers a quiet environment, away from any destruction.

All Classrooms at DPSI are equipped with smart boards to make learning sessions more interesting and beneficial to both the students and teachers.

 

 

A Payments Platform To Support Economic Growth

By Denis Kruger

Four years after its launch, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Tanzania are benefitting from quicker and cheaper payments through the East African Payment System (EAPS).

Currently serving a population of more than 150 million people – and with Burundi soon to go live on the platform – what are the driving forces behind EAPS and what impact is it having on the region? 

Lack of shared rules and regulations, cross border trade tariffs and lack of infrastructure remain major barriers to economic growth in Africa. According to the World Bank, the African market remains highly fragmented, which limits the movement of goods, services and people across borders.

The United National Economic Commission for Africa has also recently highlighted the need to boost intra-African trade to deliver development across the continent and speed up Africa’s economic transformation. 

African payments, via international banks 

While the transport of goods and services is critical for Africa’s development, enabling the movement of capitalto support trade and development within Africa is equallyimportant.

According to SWIFT data, only 12.8% of commercial payments from Africa went directly to other African countries, even though the final destination of more than 20% of these payments was within the continent.

A large proportion was settled internationally, including 37.2% in the United States. This international financial intermediation is costly, and takes time. 

Pan-regional payment systems operating within harmonised legal and regulatory frameworks of regional economic areas will make intra-regional payments easier, faster and cheaper. This will help to increase cross-border trade within regional communities such as the East African Community (EAC) or the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

Competitive local payment services will alsohelp to reduce the need for international financial intermediation thereby keeping African transactions within Africa. It will also help to increase access to financial services. Looking beyond high value transactions, the addition of low value intra-regional payments could also extend benefits to consumersby enabling the creation of new products and services that could increase financial inclusion. 

Policy makers have recognised the role that payment systems and other infrastructures play in fostering and deepening economic development; therefore, over the last 5 years, many African countries have invested in their financial market infrastructures (FMIs). The World Bank too has prioritised the development of payment systems as a crucial component of its work to reduce poverty and boost prosperity. 

Several pan-regional payment systems already exist, including SIRESS in SADC,which went live with the first four SADC countries in 2013, and the East African Payment System (EAPS), which was established by the EAC also in 2013. 

Focus on East Africa

The EAC, which includes Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, was established to strengthen economic, political, social and cultural integration in order to improve the quality of life of people in East Africa. TheEAC intends to realise thisby increasing competitiveness within the region, creating value-added products, and boosting trade and investment. 

To help achieve these ambitions, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda implemented the multicurrency regional payment system, EAPS, which links the domestic payment systems in each country. This makes cross-border fund transfers much easier within the Community, supporting the free movement of goods, labour and services. 

The EAPS platform, launched in November 2013, is underpinned by the high value payment systems at each country’s Central Bank (called real time gross settlement systems)which operate on the SWIFT messaging network for safe and secure delivery of payment and settlement messages.

It enables banks to make or receive cross-border payments seamlessly in their respective local currencies. A key aim was to reduce the cost of financial transactions, which would in turn help to increase the trade flows that are critical for economic growth.  

Over the last four years, the members of EAPS have reaped several benefits from using the platform. 

The system supports all member currencies and simplifies the process of transferring funds cross-border by reducing commission and other charges. For example, previously when a Kenyan bank wanted to send funds to a bank in Tanzania, it would need to change Kenyan shillings into dollars via a foreign intermediary bank, and then into Tanzanian shillings on the other side. EAPS removes this step, allowing direct currency exchange, therefore lowering the cost of doing business across the region. 

Transaction times havealso been significantlyreduced. While a payment used to take up to two days, it can now take place in only a few hours. By using SWIFT, EAPS also benefits from the highest levels of security, resiliency, standardisation and automation. 

The ambition for EAPS is that it will be the platform of the future, enhancing efficiency, continuing to reduce settlement times and lower transaction costs, therebyencouraging greater levels of trade within the region and furthering economic growth. 

Currently four countries are connected to EAPS, andBurundi is scheduled to join the platform later this year. The realisation of such a large regional economic bloc has great strategic and geopolitical significance. Encompassing some of the most vibrant economies in Africa with a combined population of more than 150 million people, a land area of 1.82 million square kilometres and a combined gross domestic product of $146bn, EAPS will play a key role in boosting the economies of the East Africa region.

By Denis Kruger, Head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT

 

 

 

Ruparelia Group Adds Another Skyscraper Into Kampala’s Skyline

Sudhir Ruparelia's plans to modernize Kampala City, also the capital of Uganda, are taking shape after he added another modern commercial building downtown Kampala Businesss Area last weekend.

Under his Crane Management Services (CMS), a leading Real Estate company in Kampala, and a subsidiary of the Ruparelia Group of Companies, the businessman launched Market Plaza.

Market Plaza is situated between Royal complex and Energy Center buildings on plot 16B on Market Street. The state-of-the-art plaza has 12 floor decorated the skyline of Kampala City. According to the owners it will be majorly hosting business selling electronics equipment.

The newly constructed building has 2 passenger lifts, 2 car lifts, 6 floors of shop spaces and 3 floors of office space. It also has a parking space of more than 100 cars. Market Plaza has 250 shops, 110 offices, and a parking space for over 100 cars.

 “This is part of our program for modernizing Kampala and the buildings in the city. We are also availing more jobs for more people and space to do business,” Sudhir Ruparelia said. He revealed that more than 500 jobs will be created and in the end get more people off the streets.

Fresh Dairy Supports Dairy Farmers To Boost Production Of Milk

Fresh Dairy hosted over 370 Dairy farmers to its third Farmer’s Field Day held on Friday, 29th September 2017 in Sembabule District, that was aimed at showcasing to the farmers various modern ways in which to boost dairy production from their livestock.

Fresh Dairy, the leading producers of Fresh milk, UHT long life milk, Instant powder milk, Long life milk, Yoghurt, Ghee, Butter and Cream in Uganda currently work with 25,000 farmers mainly in Central and South Western Uganda from whom they source milk daily. Currently, Fresh Dairy handles 600,000 litres of milk every day.

John Gethi, Director Milk Procurement – Brookside Limited, the producers of Fresh Dairy products called upon all farmers present at the Farmer’s Field Day event to take home a new idea and practice it on their respective farms, while maintaining best farm practices. He further cautioned service providers to maintain quality while supplying inputs to livestock farmers.

The Guest of Honour was Hon. Theodore Sekikubo - Lwemiyaga Member of Parliament who represented State Minister for Agriculture Hon. Joy Kabasi.

Mr Gethi further said, ‘Fresh Dairy benefits from volumes because of increased demand for raw milk production.’ Fresh Dairy not only links its farmers to stakeholders with in the Dairy sector, but also offers them training services for better product enhancement measures such as veterinary services, cattle feeding, breeding, disease control, proper record keeping, financial and banking facilities, insurance and alternative energy sources such as Solar among others. Fresh Dairy also avails farmers with milk quality testing equipment, Aluminium milk cans and pails which have increased their clean milk production.   

As part of the event, a raffle draw was held where Farmers took home various Dairy-related prizes to include: A Cow won by George Kugumaho, Grass cutter won by Kwikirizi Steven who is a farmer based in Sembabule District, Milking buckets and Cans among others.

Fresh Dairy pledges to continue holding more Farmer’s Field Days that are open to all farmers, with the next one scheduled to take place in Ngoma – Nakaseke District.

Farmers In Tororo Benefit From Collective Farming

Over 4700 farmers in Tororo are harvesting the benefits of practicing modern faming technologies as well as collective farming. The farmers, under various Farmers Based Organizations (FBO) in Tororo say that they are now harvesting increased crop yields from their farms. 

According to Aterensio Otwani, the Chairperson Nyalakot Farmers Group, one of the 156 FBOs in Tororo, the farmers are now using modern farming technologies that has led to increased and quality crop yields. 

The farmers group located in Osukuru Sub county, Tororo district, has 35 acres of maize, rice, soybeans and groundnuts collectively.  “We now know how to space our seedlings while planting, how to spray and best post-harvest handling to prevent aflatoxin contamination,” notes Otwani. 

Sasakawa Global 2000, a farmer support organisation working with government to improve farming practices has been training the farmers on best farming practices. According to Rosette Kemigisha Ngingo,a program officer with Sasakawa, the organization has trained 15,000 farmers across 9 districts (Bugiri, Lira, Paalisa, Buikwe, Luwero, Kamwenge,  Kamuli and Tororo) in the country on developing strong and viable farmers groups. 

According to Jacinta Obbo, one of the farmer member of the Nyalakot Farmers Group, the training that they have been receiving from Sasakawa has enabled them expand their farming activities resulting into increased harvests thereby enabling her to earn more income. 

“I have educated my children through farming,” notes Obbo “I used to get one bag of maize from an acre of maize plantation, now I usually get between 16-20 bags from the same acre, I have learnt how to save and buy inputs like fertilizers and spray pumps which has helped me improve my crop yields.” 

The agricultural sector in Uganda contributes to 30% of GDP and is the backbone of Uganda’s industrial activity, employment, household incomes and food security. However, majority of farmers are small holder farmers. Mr Kaloli Ijara, the Sasakawa district coordinator noted that the farmers are embracing large commercial faming which has improved their livelihoods. 

“Our farmers in the past did not know how to practice large commercial farming, they used to practice mixed farming, intercropping all the crops, notes Kaloli “The harvest would be poor and in the process the soil would deteriorate, now, we practice modern farming technologies that has improved our yields.” 

Maize, rice, groundnuts and Soya are some of the crops that the various farmer’s groups in Tororo for domestic consumption as well as export to neighboring markets in Kenya.

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