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Outstanding Fashionistas To Win These Prizes At Goat Graces

One of the outstanding characteristics of the Royal Ascot Goat Races is its deep fashion sense - the most exuberant unofficial fashion showcase in Uganda since 1993 when the goat races opened its doors to Ugandans.

And this Saturday, October 12, at Speke Resort Munyonyo, revellers are expected to turn up in big numbers and with an assortment of differently inspired dazzling fashion.

To reward efforts, energy and creativity put into pulling off a stunning look of fashion, the organizers of the goat races will reward those who will stand out of the rest.

The best-dressed couple will get two tickets to Europe from Brussels Airlines while the best-dressed couple (runners up) will get services of up to Shs300, 000 at Posh Junction.  

The best-dressed female and male will get services worth 250, 000 and two nights at Latitude Kampala sponsored by Posh Junction

The best-dressed mother and child will get services of up to Shs200, 000 courtesy of Posh Junction, the best-dressed child will have access to the pony camp at Speke Resort.

Also, the group with the best pose at the photo booth will get rewarded by Tusker Malt Lager. Tusker will also offer buckets of beer to the owner of the most impressive goat.

The person wearing the best hat will get accommodation for two for one night at Speke Resort. The hotel will also offer cash prizes to winners of the hot dog eating competition.

The owner of the goat with the best goat name will win dinner for two at Speke Resort. Individuals with the best male and female pose will each get a day at the gym and spa at Speke Resort and Calabash Spa and Salon respectively.

Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group, the organisers of the event, speaking at the launch of the event in October said the Goat Races are more than just another event in Uganda.

“It’s a place where people can come and network and mix along with business, pleasure and have a fun humorous time with good food and drinks all day long,” Rajiv added.

“Tusker Malt Lager is proud to once again be a Platinum sponsor of the Goat Races and trust me, it can only get bigger and better. And while you experience all the fun and excitement, you’ll be able to enjoy the unmistakably rich, fresh premium taste of Tusker Malt Lager,” said Cathy Twesigye, Brand Manager, Premium Beers at Uganda Breweries.

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

Races go for anything between Shs6m and Shs10m while goats go for between Shs500, 000 and Shs1m. Already, Gold Star, Euroflex and Orient Bank have already acquired goats of their own.

Kampala Parents School To Fundraise For Kids Run

Rajiv Ruparelia has said that he is going to sensitize pupils and parents of Kampala Parents’ School to fundraise and support primary school children in rural areas have access to clean water.

“Children in Kampala schools gets clean water but this not the case in rural communities. As a director, I am going to ensure that I sensitize children in Kampala schools on the need to help rural children,” said Ruparelia.

Adding: “We are very lucky. We work tirelessly to make sure we provide the best yet many children do not have the privileges we have. It is upon us to provide for them. Kampala Parents School students will also do a fundraising to support the cause.”

He was speaking at the launch of the StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019 that took place at Kampala Parents School on Thursday, 3rd October 2019.

The fun kids run will be held under the theme “Safe Drinking Water in Primary Schools” on 8th December 2019 at the Uganda Museum starting at 6am.

For a child to participate in this cause, all he or she needs to do is buy a kit at only UGX 20,000. All proceeds from the event will go to ensuring that there is safe drinking water for children in rural schools.

Besides the kids’ Run which has the 1.5km and 3km race, there will be bouncing castles, a work out with Zumba dancers, kid games by the clowns and more.

Thousands of kids from different schools and their parents are expected to turn up for the one-day event at the Uganda Museum competing in 1.5 and three kilometres for kids below eight and those about nine respectively.

The Public Relations Manager of the Kampala Kids Run Bukenya Muhammed says that like last the money will be used to buy water tanks that will be given to needy schools in different rural areas.

“We are looking for money to buy water tanks that will be given to the needy schools in rural communities. Last year we gave out over 25 tanks to different schools, this time we need to give more,” he revealed.

StarTimes CEO Mr. Franklin Wang said the purpose of the event is to come together to support children in rural schools by providing safe drinking water. "We care about each child’s health. So let us make StarTimes Kampala Kids Run a great success.”

Kampala Parents' School Sets Date For 2020 Intake Interviews

Kampala Parents' School will on Saturday 19th October 2019 conduct interviews for pupils who wish to join the school.

The interviews, which will cover major subjects that are covered in the schools syllabus, will be held at the school’s campus in Naguru, Kampala.

Parents who wish to have their little ones study at the prestigious school are encouraged to use this opportunity and prepare their children.

Kampala Parents' School is also running a discounted promotion to enable parents afford admission fees.

The school’s principal Daphne Kato said they use the National Curriculum to structure content of what is taught and enrich pupil’s learning experiences by providing access to stimulating resources, 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 to 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.

Meera Investments Opens Electrical Plaza

Meera Investments, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group has officially launched Electrical Plaza, an ultra-modern commercial building in the Central business district of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.

According to management, Electrical Plaza building is made up of 220 shops, 56 apartments and two floors of parking.

Electrical Plaza is located between Market Street and Kiyembe Lane, downtown Kampala.

It will cater to the needs of retail and wholesale tenants dealing in electrical merchandise.

And as is case with Ruparelia Group, tenants who book space on the plaza will be getting three months free rent. This is aimed at helping tenants settle in with their business.

The venture is the latest addition to Ruparelia Group’s business empire that boosts of plaza like Hardware Plaza, Crane Plaza, Kampala Boulevard, Market Plaza and Eagle Plaza among others.

Dr. Ruparelia says these commercial properties are aimed at supporting Small and Medium Enterprises and all other Ugandans businesses find a space to let and do proper business.

The event to launch Electrical Plaza was started with prayers, to dedicate the building located along Market Street in Nakasero. It was attended by some of Kampala’s top entrepreneurs.

Victoria University Set For Expansion After Acquiring Land

Victoria University, according to plans by management, will soon relocate from Victoria Towers on Jinja Road, opposite Dewinton Road, to a new home.

This comes after the university’s proprietors acquired 15 acres of land in Naalya and are set to construct a new expansive campus.

“Victoria University has acquired a 15-acre piece of land in an upscale Kampala suburb of Naalya to design and construct a fully-fledged campus,” Rajiv Ruparelia, the University’s promoter told journalists.

“The new campus will offer hands-on training in technology and other courses with facilities like laboratories,” Rajiv added during the university’s 4th graduation ceremony which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

“Victoria University is one of the best universities in Uganda and stands out as a centre of academic excellence. We offer a fresh and intellectually stimulating environment that nurtures critical thinkers.”

Over the years, Victoria University has established itself has the most unique and relevant private university ever since it was started in 2010.

It has invested heavily in state of the art facilities and classrooms to offer a wholesome education based on research and skills development.

In another interview with News Today Uganda, Dr. Khrisna N. Sharma, the university vice-chancellor, said they are working on establishing an innovations hub at the university.

This means that the coming of the new campus will give the university to innovate, research and teach in a conducive and expansive environment.

Meera Investments Takes Legal Action Against Consultancy Firm FBW

Meera Investments, a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, a conglomerate owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, is seeking legal redress after dragging FBW, a UK based consultancy firm, to police accusing it of contract breach.

And now, according to reports, Kampala Metropolitan Police (Uganda Police), with case filed at Katwe police station under reference number GEF:131/2019, have commenced investigations into the matter.

Apparently, FBW defrauded Meera Investments a huge sum of money amounting to Shs2.5bn after it failed to deliver on a consultancy contract relating to construction of Speke Apartments Wampeewo and the extension of Kabira Country Club.

Press reports indicated that Meera Investments approached FBW in 2012 and the two signed a contract for the construction of Speke Apartments Wampeewo and the extension of Kabira Country Club.

The details further reveal that Meera gave FBW an upfront payment of Shs1bn for the construction of Speke Apartments and Shs1.4bn for the construction that was aimed at extending Kabira Country Club.

Kabira Country Club extension has not been kicking off simply because of FBW’s fraud. Meera investments has for long asked for architectural work from FBW so that work could kick off but they have always turned a deaf ear.

FBW is a UK design, architecture, and engineering-led, multi-disciplinary consultancy firm with operations in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

According to reports, both FBW and Meera Investments have done numerous construction work together FBW failed to honor this particular contract prompting Meera to take legal action.

Education Should Build Your Body, Mind And Soul, Graduands Told

Former ICT Minister Dr. Ham Mukasa Mulira, has candidly spoken about the importance of education, calling it the biggest investment parents can give their children.

“Parents struggle to make this possible but sometimes students do not respond positively. Education being the biggest investment.

“It is meant to celebrate your victory after sleepless nights and note that everybody does not get the opportunity,” Dr. Mulira said.

He was speaking as the Commencement Speaker and Guest of Honor at the 4th graduation ceremony of Victoria University which took place on Friday at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.

A total of 50 students from Victoria University graduated from the Faculty of Business and Management, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Technology.

Dr. Mulira said there is no end when it comes to education but the beginning of one’s life. “University education is the last chance and education is not only about acquiring knowledge but building the body, mind and soul,” he said.

Dr. Martin Aliker, the Chancellor Victoria University congratulated students, parents and university staff upon this achievement.  

“No one will design life for you and you must do it yourself. Our role is to guide you,” Dr. Aliker told the graduands.

“Therefore, consider it important to have people who can help you follow your passion as you embrace the opportunities available in line with our theme of development change agents” he counselled.

Victoria University Chancellor Dr Martin Jerome Aliker, Vice Associate Prof Krishna N. Sharma and University Director Rajiv Ruparelia presided over the graduation.

Other notable dignitaries that graced the event are Dr David Byatike Matovu the Chairman University Council and Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT Dr Ham Muliira.

Vice Chancellor Tips Guild Council On Research, Leadership

The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Assoc Prof Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, has in a candid speech advised students at the learning institution to garner skills to do better research, be innovative and build networks so that they can register positive achievements.

He was speaking during the inauguration of the new guild leaders at Speke Resort in Munyonyo. Mark Serebe was sworn in as the new guild president replacing Mariah Peggy Nabunya.

“You are students leaders not only representing students as the guild council but the entire university. Live by the slogan of the University which says come prepared to learn and leave prepared to succeed and achieve it. Make research your love,” Dr. Sharma said.

He said the new council should represent Victoria University across the country and beyond since it’s an international university.

Mariah Peggy Nabunya, the outgoing guild president, requested the University to always reserve opportunities for students to participate. She thanked Victoria University management for proper guidance.

‘We would like to thank the management of this great University for giving us an opportunity to serve the student community which venture was interesting and educative as we learnt new governance protocols that we shall use,” Nabunya said.

Mark Serebe the new guild president thanked the students for entrusting them with this important office and pledged to do their best to build strong linkages across the board and ensure the mandate before they are effectively implemented.

Victoria University Sponsors Kira Road Police Tournament

Kira Road Police were on the receiving end when Victoria University management supported their Together Football and Netball tournament.

Victoria University Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma handed over boxes of water to Mr. Semitego a representative of the Kira Road Police.

The Kira Road Police Together Football and Netball tournament will take place on 9th Oct, 2019, also Uganda’s Independence Day.

“We thank Uganda police for working tirelessly to ensure our safety.” Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma said while handing over the water boxes.

Rajiv Wins Auto Cross Rally In Kapeeka

Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team is a happy jubilating camp after their racer Rajiv Ruparelia yet again proved that he didn’t come into the motor rally to make up numbers.

Reports that arrived from Kapeeka indicated that the young businessman dominated and won the Auto Cross Rally in Kapeeka on Sunday.

This becomes his second sweet win ever since he joined the motor rally fraternity early this year in May. His first win came in at the prestigious Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) 2019 Autocross event in Kayunga.

The victory in Kayunga came on his second competitive outing having came second on his debut race at Enduro Autocross Championship 2019 at Zion Estates in Ssisa.

Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team nicknamed Double Trouble cruises in a VW Polo Proto imported from Poland. Rajiv is navigated by Ronnie Walia and managed by Dipu Ruparelia while Mike Mwangi is the Chief Mechanic.

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