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Victoria University, Basketball Federation Sign MoU To Promote Sport

The basketball sport in Uganda has earned a much-needed boost after the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) and Victoria University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the game in the country.

The MoU will see the University help the Federation to build the sport’s capacity through research, entrepreneurship, social enterprising, training and scholarships to basketball players.

Nasser Sserunjogi, the Federation’s president said the partnership will help them in terms of management and administration of members including basketball clubs. He said many clubs lack these principles.

“We believe this will help in the growth of basketball and Victoria University,” a grateful Sserunjogi said during the signing of the MoU at the University on Friday. “To us, it’s a worthwhile partnership that will see a lot of changes in the way we handle the game,”

"Through this partnership, we shall be able to do capacity building and training for our staff, coaches and managers. They will get knowledge of how to handle their clubs, and also the scholarships to our top players is going to be a plus to us,”

The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University Associate Professor Krishna N. Sharma said the university was honoured to collaborate with FUBA, a prestigious organization.

“We realized that sports is not just a game these days. We have different faculties and the University feels can address the needs of the federation and the game,” Dr. Sharma stated.

He noted that sports is more diplomatic and that’s the University’s faculties of humanities and social science come in to promote unity.

The Vice-Chancellor revealed that next year they are planning together with FUBA to hold a conference that will equip participants with the right knowledge, skills and attitude to run the sport.

Mrs. M.G Katushabe Ssemwezi, the University Academic Registrar, said the basketball federation will benefit from short term training, scholarships to basketball top players. “We want to go all the way to developing the sport of basketball because we are well-positioned to do all that.

“It’s good to play sport but very good if you are educated as well. So we shall be awarding scholarships to excelling and/or talented and top players in the game” Mrs. Ssemwezi added.

The partnership is themed, “training graduates that will change the World,”

Ruparelia Group Eyes Chinese Flower Market

Rosebud KPN Limited, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group has expressed interest to export rose flowers to the Chinese market.

Speaking to Chinese journalists at the Kunming Flower Exhibition, Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing director of Rosebud said China is a potentially huge market.

Rajiv told the Chinese that from their green houses in Uganda, they produce half a million roses a day using environmentally friendly technology.

“We currently supply to the European market. We are now looking at supplying our roses to China. It is a huge market,” he said.

He said they have a variety or roses species coming in different colors and stems. “We guarantee our roses for ten days from time they arrive in China,”

“If there is a problem with any of our roses we replace them for free. “Our main competitive advantage is our consistency in production and supply as well as quality assurance.

Under Rosebud and Premier Roses, Ruparelia Group has remained the leading exporter of rose flowers in the country.

It is believed that Rosebud exported close to 16m high quality Rose stems to the World market during this year’s International Mother’s day last year.

"Statistics emerging from the sector indicate that Rosebud did our country proud by way of increasing their export capacity down from the normal 13m stems per month to over 16m respectively just within that one month of International Mother’s day festive," state minister for trade and cooperatives Michael Werikhe said last year.

Rajiv last year said Rosebud is now well placed and has capacity to export more high quality Rose flowers to the World market because they have increased on their acreage output, fighting pests on farm and the deliberate introduction of new high quality flower species.

"Rosebud assures the country that they have developed full capacity that enables them to export more volumes of flowers to the world  and promised to continue creating more jobs especially  empowering the women who are vulnerable to poverty as they carry the biggest burden of nurturing their families" Rajiv observed.

The Ruparelia Group last year acquired more land for the flower growing business. This land was acquired in Mukono and Masaka districts.

Already the family runs flower farms and production centers in Entebbe, Wakiso, in Wakiso district, just outside the capital Kampala.

Rosebud Limited and Premier Roses have put in place the right modern technology to ensure that the environment is health and that their workers are not in danger of any pollution.

“Our farm is equipped with the most modern water recycling equipment's that has helped to reduce land filling, need for conventional waste disposal and emission of greenhouse gases in our farm,” Rosebud revealed to this website in an interview highlighting the investment the company has done to safeguard the environment.

“We are continually doing research and development to conserve the environment, reduce the use of agrochemicals and improve efficiency in the use of natural resources. Our goal is to continue to co-exist with the natural environment and ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees,” it added.

Comedy Continues To Breathe Life Into Rock Bar

Nightlife in Kampala comes in many shapes, colors and sound but also, sometimes, it comes with so much laughter courtesy of comedy nights in various hangout places.

 

Comedy nights have earned a big presence on the night roaster in Kampala and have in the end become a darling for people who would want to kill off some stress. And Rock Bar and Grill at Speke Hotel has fast become the place to be for comedy every Tuesday evening.

 

Premised in the heart of Kampala, Rock Bar is riding on the advantage of being accessible to take the throne of being the number one comedy spot with the Rock Comedy Show which is sponsored by Sanyu Fm.

 

Rock Bar has a good ambiance, another advantage which has been worked on over the years the bar has served Kampala. It only improves and gets better.

 

The Rock Comedy Show is respected by partiers because of the kind of comedians that perform – these comedy stars ride on experience, artistry and talent. They have been in the game for long to falter.

 

Even the upcoming comedians are learning from the best, building their craft with accurancy, confidence and art.

 

Some of the comedians who perform at Rock Bar include Snake and Zolo, Smart Ayokyayokya, Musiimenta Ronnie McVex, The Talkers, Mc Mariach, adrat and Chiko, Senga Nantume Justin, Jajja Bruce, Okello okello, Niro & Brown.

 

These are often backed up by singers and instrumentalists to complete the puzzle. Music and comedy are synonymous and live together. Happy k – saxophonist and other talented muscians have graced the stage at Rock Bar along comedy.

 

Rock Bar & Grill has everything you could want on your menu of choice. The legendary bar is renowned in Kampala for being awash will all sorts of drink and delicious food.

 

Rajiv Ruparelia Second At Debut Race

The long awaited debut for Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team came this Sunday at Enduro Autocross Championship 2019 that took place at Zion Estate, Ssisa.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the team’s lead racer, showed steeliness, resolve and intent that he is in it to compete rather than add to the numbers of racers.

It took the agility of experienced racer Ronald Ssebuguzi to deny Rajiv a debut win. Clocking 10:04 minutes, Ssebuguzi got the better of Rajiv’s 10:44 minutes. In third place was Jonas Kasiime clocking 10:54 minutes.

Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team nicknamed Double Trouble cruises in a VW Polo Proto which was recently unveiled to the public at groovy at Speke Hotel’s Rock Bar and Grill. Rajiv is navigated by Ronnie Walia and managed by Dipu Ruparelia.

 

According to today exhibition, Rajiv says he is ready to keep the foot on the accelerator pedal and give it a go in the upcoming Pearl of Africa rally under the Federation of Motor Sport in Uganda (FMU).

Rajiv recently received specialised training at the Rally Sports Academy from Sun Carousel, in Johannesburg, South Africa under the stewardship of Africa’s No.1 trainer Leone Botha.

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