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KIU students shine in Joint Medical Store Innovation Awards

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By Kezia Koburungi

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Three students from Kampala International University Western campus have emerged as winners in the Innovation Challenge Awards that were organised by Joint Medical stores (JMS).

Erisa Higenyi, a fourth year student of Pharmacy emerged as the overall winner and was rewarded UGX3 million and an internship placement at JMS. He innovated an ‘Automatic tablet dispenser’ which helps visually impaired patients to take their medicine correctly. The machine has a tablet sorting system and an alarm set to remind patients to take their medication.

The other two winners were rewarded 2 million and 1 million respectively.
In June 2019, as part of its 40 th anniversary celebration, JMS challenged medical students to develop ground breaking ideas in their inaugural Innovation Challenge Awards which was open to all medical institutions across the country.

Speaking during the handover at the JMS main offices at Nsambya, Dr. Belidad Baguma, the Executive Director noted that the competition was stiff, with over five universities participating; Makerere University, Kampala International University, Ndejje University and many more across the country.

“The aim of this competition is to offer a platform for budding medical students to showcase their innovations, get mentorship and also contribute to improving the health sector in the country. The winner will be offered a job immediately after his studies.”

Joint Medical Stores company is a private-Not-For Profit (PNFP) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was established in 1979 as a joint venture between the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) and the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB).

JMS procures, store and distribute medicines and other medical supplies as well as install and maintain medical equipment; apart from this, it also engages in the export, import wholesale of medicines and related health supplies.

In his speech Dr. Tusiime Jonans, the Dean School of Pharmacy at KIU congratulated Higenyi upon winning the innovation challenge. According to Dr.Tussiime, this doesn’t come as a surprise given that KIU has in the past scooped prestigious medical awards.

“In 2017, Daniel Muwanguzi won in the UTIL-Price challenge. The second award to be scooped was the HB Drug Applicator Award, and here, four students from KIU participated; the colleague emerged 1 st and 3 rd where they got two of the top three awards. The third runner up was Higenyi. We are very proud of our students and we know they are bound for great things.”

In his remarks, Higenyi said, “I thank the management of JMS for the reward and also the KIU Academic staff for supporting and mentoring me. I am so elated.”

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Kampala Restaurant Week showcase officially kicks off today

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Tusker Lite once again presents Kampala’s most loved food bonanza, the annual Kampala Restaurant Week. The fifth edition of the biggest restaurant showcase in town was officially launched at La Cabana Restaurant, Speke Apartments in Kampala.

The showcase runs from today August 1st to August 10th with over 40 of the city’s best restaurants offering signature dishes in what has been dubbed the Three Course Edition.

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“We are glad to partner with the Kampala Restaurant Week once again. You already know that any meal goes down well when paired with an ice cold Tusker Lite. We thank Kampala people for making Tusker Lite the beer of choice when having a meal, so, during the restaurant week, your first drink will be on us,” Cathy Twesigye, Tusker Lite’s Brand Manager said.  Tusker Lite is at the heart of the best food experiences in the country and the Kampala Restaurant Week serves as a climax of several food pairing offerings that have been ongoing in different restaurants. The brand has also supported Women Vs Men cook-outs, Oktober fest, Koroga Festivals, Tokosa festival, food pairing in several outlets, the monthly UTAKE Meat Carnival that takes foodies on an East African culinary journey among others.The Kampala Restaurant Week is already causing a social media frenzy with Foodies expressing their anticipation for the mouth-watering meals on social media, charging their excitement to the scrumptious meal menus that have been teasing their taste buds online.The food showcase will be an experience that will leave food lovers spoilt for choice with Casual Dining and Signature Dining restaurants providing three-course offerings with starters, main courses and desserts.

“The Kampala Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for Kampala’s finest restaurants to show off what they have to offer. This will be our fifth edition allowing over 40 restaurants great exposure while bringing a fun dining experience for food lovers,” said Philip Kalibwani, Business Development Manager at Pearl Guide, the showcase’s organizer.An award ceremony will be held on August 12 to conclude the showcase. The ceremony will recognise restaurants with the “Best Dish,” “Outstanding Service” and “Overall top restaurant of the Week” voted for with a new system that allows the public to vote online. City chefs will be up for a run for their creativity whilst in the kitchen in order to be recognised at the end of the 10-day showcase.Kampala Restaurant Week

Kampala Restaurant Week is an annual restaurant showcase that celebrates fine dining at an affordable price with 40 participating restaurants that offer pre-fixed menus for period of 10 days. Held in partnership with Tusker Lite, the KRW menus are offered to all guests as a package deal. More than 15,000 people collectively have enjoyed the meals on offer each year since its inception in 2015. It has also expanded to towns across the country such as Entebbe, Jinja and Mbarara.

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StarTimes set to premiere the Hisense Competition

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StarTimes will starting the 4th of August be airing the recently concluded Uganda’s first ever obstacle course challenge competition dubbed Hisense Challengers Uganda.

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The Hisense Challengers Uganda was held at Mandela National Stadium and featured 80 competitors (40 men & 40 women) attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty for cash prizes of up to Ugx23,000,000 worth, Hisense Air Conditioners, and nights at Arirang Hotel.

Among various physical obstacles, stepping stones, rope climbing, balancing bridge, bowling, and sack racing were among the sports undertaken.

The Hisense Challengers will be hosted by the humorous World champion Golola Moses, and is scheduled to premiere on StarTimes channels starting 4th August 2019 on Sanyuka TV at 9pm every Sunday, 9th August on Sports Focus at 7.30pm every Friday, and on NBS TV on 11th August 2019 at 11.30am every Sunday.

One can also watch the show on the StarTimes Mobile App by simply downloading StarTimes ON, then click on the “Hisense Challengers Uganda” banner and be a part of the action on: Hisense Challengers— Beyond Limits!

StarTimes Mobile App

StarTimes ON is StarTimes’ official App providing video streaming service of 70+ LIVE TV channels, exclusive LIVE football matches (UEFA Europa League, ICC, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Bundesliga, Ghana Premier League and online videos, catch up, short videos, plus TV guide of all 400+ channels on StarTimes’ digital TV platform. The StarTimes Mobile Application which can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App store offers viewers over 70 channels.

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StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 20 million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”.

StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters; offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia, wireless Internet connectivity and convenient online services.

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Photos: Here is what you missed at the Little Hands Go Green Climate change Match

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The climate change March that took place last Saturday becomes one of the most sucssesful Climate change March in Africa. It was organized by Uganda Little Hands Go Green and powered by Riham, NFA and Nema. The March that too place in the city centre was presided over by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Oulanya.

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