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UEGCL, AfD sign agreement to develop small Hydropower plants

UEGCL, AfD sign agreement to develop small Hydropower plants

The development of small hydropower plants is pivotal in improving electricity supply and access to the rural areas of Uganda. As one of its initiatives, UEGCL sought to diversify its portfolio of Generation activities from predominantly large hydropower plants to include Small Hydropower plants.

“This was seen as a means of ensuring access to electricity to the remote and poorer communities through both on and off grid solutions with a key focus on cost effective development, and affordability, which would in turn spiral sustainable development, new economic opportunities and energy security,” said Eng. Dr. Harrison E. MUTIKANGA, Chief Executive Officer UEGCL during the signing of the financing agreement at the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development today.

Against this background UEGCL identified Strategic sites and thereafter sought for funding from AfD.

“As a Company therefore, we are very grateful to AfD for accepting to provide us grant financing of up to 1.5 Million Euros (approximately UGX 6.2 Bn) to undertake feasibility studies for a number of identified small hydro Power generation sites,” Eng. Dr. MUTIKANGA added. These are Okulacere (6.5MW) and Agbinika (2MW), located in the off grid West Nile region.

“Agbinika is particularly important to the people of Yumbe district who are in need of a reliable source of power, said Virginie LEROY, Country Representative AFD, adding, “The development of both sites will significantly improve electricity supply and improve the livelihood of the people of west Nile.”

Part of this fund grant shall be used to undertake the review and update of previous studies on the rehabilitation and upgrade of Maziba (1MW) in Kabale district. The now defunct Maziba mini hydro station was commissioned in 1963 but stopped operation in 2002 owing to a number of operational and technical challenges.

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 4:23 PM

9 Date night ideas that will wow your partner

9 Date night ideas that will wow your partner

Love should be celebrated – and what better way to celebrate, than with a weekly (or monthly) date night…

Date night doesn’t have to break the bank – in fact, the most romantic date nights can be held in the comfort of your own home!

Budget or splurge, here are 9 ways to make date night extra special:

1. Reserve a table… at home!

Anything can be special, if you make it so. A cozy dinner at home can be wonderfully romantic with a little effort. Make the table look unique, use your fancy dishes, bring home a delicious bottle of wine, OD on flowers and candles, and bam!, you have a new tradition just for you two.

2. Head to a spa

Getting ‘spa-ed’ relaxes you and makes you feel like a million bucks. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in a little R&R? Date night is a great excuse to pamper yourself. Book a couple’s treatment and take advantage of the chance to unwind.

3. Plan an indoor picnic

An indoor picnic is a cool way to be low key and hang out at home. It’s cute, easy and different. Put a blanket on your bed, bring home some chocolate, wine and cheese, and make clothes an optional extra!

4. Plan a secret getaway

Women love it when men put effort into absolutely anything – and vice versa! A surprise trip can be hard to pull off, but if it’s done right, it’s oh, so worth it. Get all the logistics coordinated for a weekend away and your partner will be wowed.

5. Go dancing

Who doesn’t love a dance party with someone they care for? Dancing is a great way to have fun and let loose.

6. Recreate your first date

What could be more sentimental and special than recreating your first date as a couple? Women love being romanced and surprised. A great way to show her you care is to pay attention to all the details.

7. Sign up for a cooking class

Cooking is an easy way to have some messy fun. It lets you be touchy feely and try a new experience. Get all dressed up and get ready to learn a new recipe.

8. Have a staycation

Spending the night in a hotel is a good way to create passion, some excitement, and a little bit of spice in your relationship. It creates an intimate experience for just you two. How fun is it to take a shower in a beautiful bathroom, put on a plush robe, and spend quality time with each other!?

9. Create a book

If you’re into corny but sweet things, creating a love book is genius. You can compile all of your favourite photos and write comments next to them. Describe why you love your significant other and why you’re extra thankful for him or her. This is a great way to spend time together – and create something that will last forever!

Source: All4women.co.za

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 3:15 PM

Maro to hold two mega concerts this year

Maro to hold two mega concerts this year

By Our Reporter

Local musician Ronald Maro is set to hold two mega concerts this year, we have learnt.

The self-proclaimed R’n’B Kyabazinga will first stage a charity concert in Moroto in August, and later hold his main concert dubbed “Nzira’Nago” this September in Jinja.

The Karamoja charity concert will be held on August 12 while the Nzira’Nago concert is slated for September 23 at the Jinja Dam waters rugby grounds.

The “Kamboyine” singer has lined up a rich cast of performers from with in the country and across the East African region for his main concert.

“I will be accompanied by 23 artists at Nzira’Nago concert; 10 will be from Kampala, 10 from Busoga and 3 from East African neighboring countries,” he revealed.

Maro has promised to perform all songs off his recently released “Atwooki” album as well as some of his most popular singles.

Tickets for Nzira’Nago concert will go for 10K and 30K(VIP).

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 2:56 PM

Artiste line up for LaBa! Arts Festival revealed

Artiste line up for LaBa! Arts Festival revealed

By Our Reporter

The LaBa! Arts Festival is back.

Now in its 11th edition, the oldest street art festival in Uganda that focuses on sharing art in hybrid places will be held on Saturday, 27th May on Bukoto Street, Kamwokya under the theme “Ubuntu”, a word in Shona which means humanity or community spirit.

The visual arts will be at the core of the festival, representing eleven collective installations out of which the audience will vote for their favourite. The LaBa Audience Award will allow a member of the winning collective to travel to Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra in August 2017 with the Moving Africa programme by Goethe-Institut.

With many interactive and participatory projects, the festival as a daytime event addresses a large audience, including families with children. They will be able to explore art installations such as: a multimedia video and photo installation by Darleyne Komukama & Nikissi Serumaga-Jamo, a Collaborative Mural by Neema Iyer, an interactive photo studio, and a Farming Installation among others.

Other art forms including musical performance and dance will be secondary focuses of the day, hence performances of Spotlight Crew and poetry projects such as Tantoma and Kitara Nation Poets, as well as an acoustic showcase with Afrie, Wake and bands like Bantu Clan and Isiaha’s Destiny.

Kampala Music School, Mame N’Diack and the HeartBeatZone Drum Circle will involve the audience in interactive musical encounters; whereas Batalo East will hold their monthly Equation Dance Workshop on the LaBa! festival ground and open it for the public.

LaBa! is organized by Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ Ugandan German Cultural Society in collaboration with a diverse artist-led committee that selects the pieces to showcase every year.

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 2:24 PM

Jamaican singer Mavado rewarded with free land in Gambia

Jamaican dancehall star Mavado touched down in Gambia last week for a massive performance for the first time in that country. Over 50,000 fans converged on the Independence Stadium Bakau on Saturday night to see the Gully Gad in action, making it the biggest event in Gambia in over a decade.

Organizers were very pleased with the outcome telling us that Mavado is always welcome back to Gambia anytime. “Mavado has a home here in Gambia, we love him and love the work that he is doing and the impact he has on our culture,” organizers said.

“Just watch me do it like its nutting much love goes out to my fans GULLYGAD,” Mavado wrote on Instagram. The dancehall singjay also posted a video clip showing the massive crowd. Something tells us that this will not be the last time Gambia is seeing the Gully Gad.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, also received a large plot of land in the country as a gift from one of the top developers in the nation, Global Properties Gambia Limited.

Gambians welcome me with love and respect, over the years the people have been waiting for me and here is my next home mama Africa. They want to build my next mansion here so just look at me signing now a one bag a teeth when u see mi.

A post shared by David Brooks (@mavadogully) on May 13, 2017 at 8:10am PDT

“We saw it fit to say Thank You! and We Love You! to Mr. David Brooks [Mavado],” reps for the company said in a statement. “Over the past 10 years in his musical career Mavado has changed the dancehall sound and inspired many in dancehall and around the world including Gambia to strive for better.”

Source: Dancehallhiphop.com

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 1:30 PM

Jay Z and Beyonce officially become billionaires

Jay Z and Beyoncé have crossed the billion-dollar mark.

Forbes said Wednesday that the superstar couple’s net worth has climbed to $1.16 billion dollars.

Jay Z accounts for most of it: $810 million, according to the magazine’s latest “Richest In Hip-Hop” ranking. Beyoncé’s wealth is put at $350 million in Forbes’ “America’s Richest Self-Made women” list.

Neither of them comes top of their respective rankings: Jay Z was beaten to the top spot by Sean “Diddy” Combs, while Beyoncé is 46th on a list topped by Little Caesars co-founder Marian Ilitch (who’s worth $5.1 billion).

On top of their wildly successful music careers, Jay Z and Beyoncé are known for having their hands in a variety of business ventures.

Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has built a reputation as a business mogul. He invested in Uber, and his entertainment firm, Roc Nation, launched a business arm called “Arrive” in March to invest in young startups.

The rapper also entered the streaming music industry with Tidal, a rival to Spotify and Apple Music. In January, Sprint bought a 33% stake in Tidal for around $200 million.

Beyoncé, who also owns a stake in Tidal, has launched a clothing brand, Ivy Park, and runs her own management company, Parkwood Entertainment.

Source: CNN.com

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 1:11 PM

Nigerian singer Seyi Shay coming to Uganda

Nigerian singer Seyi Shay is coming to Uganda, we have learnt.

The Nigerian star will be in the country today. The singer hinted about her trip online where she wrote, “Lagos to Uganda”.

According to our sources, Seyi Shay will be in Kampala for a media tour among other things in a bid to further endear herself to fans in East Africa.

Seyi Shay is popular in Uganda for songs like “Pack and Go,” “Crazy” ft. Wizkid and “Murda” ft. Partoranking among others.

We will keep you posted.

Staff Writer

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 19, 2017 9:28 AM

Photos: Here’s what you missed at the New Age Fest in Jinja

By Stuart G-Khast

The New Age fest excited revelers in Jinja last weekend. The event which took place at Laftaz Lounge in Jinja town was graced several city entertainers.

Some of the artistes that performed at the event included; Fefe Bussi, Scooter, Nutty Neithan, Jazz Mavoko, and Spice Diana among others.

The emcee of the event was Vypa MC.

Here are some photos from the event.

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0 Comments / 1 View / May 19, 2017 9:06 AM

Sheraton Golf Challenge set for this weekend

Sheraton Kampala Hotel has announced the return of the Sheraton Golf Challenge, their traditional Golf tournament that takes place in the Sheraton Gardens, happening this weekend on Saturday, May 20.

This year’s theme is celebrating the heritage of Uganda as Sheraton Kampala Hotel formerly known as Apolo Hotel celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

“Sheraton is very passionate about sports as we have done in the past. We have participated in very many sports events, hosted guests form some of the most sought after sports events like the recently concluded IAAF World Cross Country Championships and partnered with Uganda Golf Union to sponsor various corporate and professional competitions . This mini golf tournament is to enable us break from our hectic schedule and have fun as we play golf with our associates and partners. This year we have brought on board three major partners and that is Nile Breweries, DSTV and Pepsi. We believe this partnership will be very fruitful and we also hope to work more together even on other projects,” explained Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, the General Manager of Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

The General Manager of Sheraton Kampala Hotel Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt demonstrates teeing off before the media

On Saturday, the tournament will start with players being treated to a light breakfast to get them nourished for the days activities then followed with a tee off from 7.30am.

There will also be a Club House with all day snacks and beverage from Sheraton, Nile Breweries and Pepsi.

The tournament will be crowned with a prize giving ceremony at the Lion Center Terrace in the evening where the best female and best male golfers will be rewarded with prizes from categories with prizes from our partners as Michael Kitanda serenades the evening with soft jazz ballads.

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 18, 2017 5:32 PM

Apio Moro: Uganda’s Adele who sings in Japadhola

By Ian Ortega

If there’s one musician to watch in 2017, it must be Apio Moro. The moment I listened to her “Ajok” song, I sprang out of bed shouting; “Eureka”. This was it for me. Every year must come with someone to watch out for. 2017 had gone long without producing that one star. But just at that point of giving up, there came Apio Moro, and to make matters even more spectacular, she sings in Jopadhola, which could be the best language in the world. Jopadhola is like a combination of Spanish, French, Rutooro and Zulu. That’s how enticing this language is.

Apio Moro came to the world of many at the last Blankets and Wine. She’s also a regular at the Ugandan millennials’ must-attend event for Friday, Coutinho Kemiyondo’s Aka Dope. But who is Apio Moro? Some have called her Uganda’s Adele but that’s certainly an underestimation of her qualities. Should we say, she is a mélange of Adele, Nigeria’s Efya and South Africa’s Zonke.

Her music is Afro-Soul or Neo-soul but it’s the way she effortlessly sings that shows the natural star she is. She’s like a living Mozart, but for music. She’s almost made Japadhola a must learn language for many. She’s taken up the space that Keko left.

She doesn’t just promise to take you on an emotional musical roller coaster, she will carry you there and land you safely, quenching all your doubts and leaving you in total satisfaction wishing she never stops singing. She’s a writer, guitarist. And she does all this so-well. Not to sound narci-tribalistic, but it seems Japadhola are the trend, if not the disruption in this country.

Want to know how the great rock sings? Then listen to the girl from the land of the great rock. Like Moses, she strikes the rock and out comes the waters of music that pass life to their recipients.

Born Apio Lilian Samantha, the girl who grew up in Jinja is now the goddess of Ugandan music. Moro in “Luo” means “some” yet in contrast, Moro just doesn’t give us some, she gives us the full package. She’s revolutionary, choosing to sing in her mother tongue and combining it with English.

For long, I searched for a female version of Ian Ortega, Moro is that person. If I had not been a Priest, I would have proposed to her, just to listen to her sing, and nothing beyond. For her singing is food enough.

Of all her songs, I am mostly in love with ‘Ajok’ which means; “I am Fed Up.” We were fed up of Ugandan artistes doing the same thing. Here comes Moro doing it her own way, and weaving it so artfully the way a spider makes its web. She has other songs such as Obia, Two Twilo, Kiisa, Slave and Atiya.

As the year comes to a close, Apio Moro will lock it with a bang as she gifts us with her 13 track album. For those of us with great taste, this will be a must-attend event and above all, a must-buy. So if you want to know what great sounds like, Moro is the frequency to tune to. But be warned, you will be addicted. And you will become a Japadhola in the process.

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0 Comments / 0 View / May 18, 2017 5:17 PM