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MultiChoice Uganda rewards winners of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

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MultiChoice Uganda has announced winners of the 2016 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition at a prize giving ceremony held at their head offices in Kololo today.

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The sixth segment of the science and technology based competition saw Dennis Mitala from St Mary’s College Kisubi as winner of the essay category while Gordon Brian Alemo from the same school as runner up. Seeta High School dominated the poster category with Ronald Musinguzi as overall winner and Edwin Ira merged as runner up.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are a product of a partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa which aims to stimulate interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent in 42 countries.

L-R: Gordon Brian Olemo   1st runner up of the Essay competition  and Dennis Mitala, winner of the  Essay competition  both from St. Mary’s College Kisubi  pose with Edwin Ira 1st runner up of the Poster competition and  Ronald Musinguzi winner of the poster competition both from Seeta High School , with their certificates and prizes at the  Eutelsat Star Award event held at MultiChoice Uganda Headoffice in Kololo.

L-R: Gordon Brian Olemo 1st runner up of the Essay competition and Dennis Mitala, winner of the Essay competition both from St. Mary’s College Kisubi pose with Edwin Ira 1st runner up of the Poster competition and Ronald Musinguzi winner of the poster competition both from Seeta High School , with their certificates and prizes at the Eutelsat Star Award event held at MultiChoice Uganda Headoffice in Kololo.

This year students across the continent participated both in writing an essay or designing a poster to portray themselves into the future as scientists and design a new age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans and depict the different roles and functions the satellite would play in Africa and its future.

During the event, MultiChoice Uganda’s PR & Communications Manager Tina Wamala noted that the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is a Corporate Social Investment Strategy for the company which is held annually. She said, “MultiChoice understands that to develop and shape today and the future of our generation, technology and science play a vital part that is why we invest in this competition. Our partnership with Eutelsat is passionately based on our common belief that the two fields are great contributors to digitalizing Africa.”

Over 23 schools in Uganda submitted a total number of 165 entries, vetted by a carefully selected panel of judges to determine the winning applicants. The winning essay and poster will enter into the overall Africa awards and represent Uganda at the continental competition where the best overall in both categories will win a trip to Eutelsat offices in Paris, France and onward to witness a rocket launch for the essay winner and a satellite construction site for the poster winner. The overall two runners up for the best essay and poster respectively, will win trips to MultiChoice offices in Johannesburg and the South Africa Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.

Uganda is no stranger to winning in the continental competition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, producing the runner up poster in 2015, best overall poster winner in 2014, runner up overall poster in 2013, the best overall essay and runner up overall poster in 2012 and best overall essay in 2011.

The panel of judges this time round included; Ms. Sarah Agaba Kabahuma, Frequency Planner at Uganda Communications Commission and head judge for the competition, Mr. Geoffrey Agoi, Principal Broadcasting Engineer, Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Mr. James Amatre, an English Teacher at Nabisunsa Girls school representing the Ministry of Education, Dr. Roseline Nyongarwizi Akol, Lecturer and Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University, Ms. Adrine Twinamatsiko, branches manager of Multichoice Uganda.

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Pizza Hut Uganda unveils their largest pizza ever

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Guests try out "The Epic" pizza during the unveiling ceremony.

Guests try out “The Epic” pizza during the unveiling ceremony.

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Pizza lovers are in for an epic treat at Pizza Hut Uganda. This after the pizza restaurant company unveiled their new pizza offering which is being touted as the biggest ever on the market.

Dubbed “The Epic” pizza, it was unveiled during a ceremony held at their Muyenga branch on Thursday where invited guests and media personalities got the first taste.

According to Laura Sseezi, the Marketing coordinator Pizza Hut Uganda, “The Epic” pizza is their largest ever and is almost twice their current large size. “‘The Epic’ pizza is 16 inches long, making it 75% larger than our current large size.” She noted.

Pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni pizza

James Ouma, the Area Coach Pizza Hut Uganda, explained that the decision to introduce the extra large pizza was influenced by continued demands from their customers for a bigger size. “One of the biggest complaints from our customers has been the size of our pizzas,” he explained. “And because we listen to our customers, we have decided to introduce, ‘The Epic’, the biggest pizza on the market.”

The Epic pizza comes in five offerings — Pepperoni, Tandori Chicken, Veggie, Meat and Cheese. It is available at Ugx 55, 000.

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Emirates Airline Foundation transforming communities in Western Uganda

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The main classroom block (L) and the administration block which also houses the  science and computer laboratories.

The main classroom block (L) and the administration block which also houses the science and computer laboratories.

The Emirates Airline Foundation along with Outreach to Africa (OTA) has established a school with three sections; nursery, primary and secondary; The Emirates Airline Foundation campus in Geme village near Fort Portal, Kabarole District, Western Uganda. The campus is presently catering for 850 pupils and students in both day and boarding sections. What began as a collaboration to provide basic health care services to residents in 2010, has grown to become a fully-functioning school. Upon the completion of the on-going construction and renovation work currently underway, the capacity of the school will increase.

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The Paul Devlin School was started by OTA in 2008; an NGO located in Fort Portal, Kabarole district, Western Uganda with a mission to empower communities by providing quality education, health care and economic empowerment projects. In 2014, The Emirates Airline Foundation in partnership with OTA announced the commencement of a project valued at over US$ 1.5 million towards a building project that would transform The Paul Devlin School. The construction of The Emirates Airline Foundation Campus – a new wing of the School, will enhance the infrastructure and capacity of the school, allowing more students to enrol and receive a well-rounded education.

“The Emirates Airline Foundation is deeply committed to helping disadvantaged children around the world. The school that we are building with OTA will contribute to empowering communities and transform the lives of so many children,” said Sir Tim Clark, Chairman, The Emirates Airline Foundation.

“Our work in Uganda over the past eight years has enabled us to meet our objectives as an organization, and this project also ties in with the goals of the Ugandan government to eradicate poverty through increasing access to education,” he added.

The Emirates Airline Foundation Campus is expected to be completed by December 2018; in time for the start of the new academic year in February 2019. The new facility of the Emirates Airline Foundation Campus will include dormitories for boarding students, sports fields, staff housing, a library and computer laboratory, a dining hall, and classrooms.

Over the years, the Paul Devlin School has enrolled thousands of students from vulnerable communities. Mr. Edward Nyakabwa, a board member with OTA said, “we have the responsibility to significantly meet the needs of and improve the lives of the communities in which we are stationed. The new wing whose construction was funded by The Emirates Airline Foundation will enable us to increase the number of students who will, in turn, reap the invaluable asset of education.”

“We admit students from the surrounding Rwenzori region and other districts in Uganda. A large number of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are in need of a quality education that will improve their socio-economic standing. This expansion means that we are now equipped to improve the lives of many students who might have otherwise not received any form of formal education,” Mr. Nyakabwa added.

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dfcu Bank appoints new COO

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Andrew Kabeera

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dfcu Bank has appointed Andrew Kabeera as the new Chief Operating Officer. A seasoned banker with experience spanning over 13 years, Andrew Kabeera is responsible for among other aspects establishing operational excellence and great experience across all touch points and driving the strategic goal of Superior financial performance on cost income ratio.

His role entails management of Business Technology Operations; Procurement; Facilities & Administration; Credit Operations and Banking Operations – all aimed at supporting the delivery of the Bank’s strategic agenda.

Andrew Kabeera joins dfcu from Standard Chartered Bank where he was the Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking Operations. Prior to that, Andrew held a number of senior positions as Head of Consumer Banking Operations; Head of Risk; Head of Governance for Technology and Operations plus Head of Banking Operations.

He has a good understanding of Banking Operations and how to derive efficiencies through a broad range of IT services. Andrew brings on board a wealth of experience having worked in a number of big centralisation projects for both Operations and IT and also has international exposure from Nigeria, UAE, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Singapore and Malaysia.

Andrew was the chairman of the Operations Committee at the Uganda Bankers Association for 2 years where he delivered a number of industry wide initiatives.

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