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Safer Tourism Seal based on Evaluation and Endorsement

Safer Tourism Seal based on Evaluation and Endorsement

FEATURED, NEWS, Tourism
Uganda Tourism is the third destination awarded an endorsement by the Safer Tourism Seal experts. This achievement has only been awarded to Kenya and Jamaica before. The endorsement is based on an evaluation and cannot be purchased. 20 destinations and stakeholders requested an independent evaluation, and hundreds of stakeholders in 50 countries and 11 US States are displaying the Safer Tourism Seal based on their self-assessment tourism leaders had been moved into the international hall of tourism heroes. The Safer Tourism Seal is an initiative by rebuilding.travel, a global grassroots movement with tourism leaders in 120 countries. Dear Ms. Ajarova & Mr. Semakula: It is with great delight and honor that we want to award the Uganda Tourism Board with Rebuil...
Uganda’s Abayudaya Jewish Community Seeking World Zionist Org. Recognition

Uganda’s Abayudaya Jewish Community Seeking World Zionist Org. Recognition

FEATURED, NEWS, Tourism
The small Jewish community in Uganda is trying to make its voice heard and get greater recognition as a fully-fledged member of the Zionist global family. It is not often that new Jewish communities are added to the global Zionist fraternity, but it appears possible that this is precisely what will happen next month for the small but flourishing Jewish community of Uganda. Because the Abayudaya community in Uganda has formally applied to form a Zionist Federation within the World Zionist Organization and a decision on their application is set to be decided by the Zionist General Council of the WZO next month. The Abayudaya community, numbering between 2,000 to 3,000, adopted Judaism in the early 20th century, after their leader, having been exposed to the Hebrew Bible and t...
A Ugandan woman who was wrongly deported, Returns back to UK.

A Ugandan woman who was wrongly deported, Returns back to UK.

FEATURED, NEWS, TRAVEL
‘This is only the start’: Woman wrongly deported from UK encourages others removed under unlawful policy to come forward Exclusive: Ugandan mother, now back in Britain, encourages others in the same position to seek justice A woman who was wrongly deported from the UK and is now back in the country after successfully challenging the Home Office has called for other asylum seekers who were removed under the same unlawful policy to come forward. On Monday, the courts rejected an attempt by the Home Office to overturn a High Court decision to bring the Ugandan national, 27, back to the UK last year. Lawyers and campaigners described the ruling as a “nail in the coffin” for the policy, known as “detained fast-track”, under which she and thousands of o...
Uganda Prepares to Welcome International Flights from Thursday

Uganda Prepares to Welcome International Flights from Thursday

FEATURED, NEWS, Tourism, TRAVEL
Uganda is set to reopen its air borders on Oct. 1 after lifting restrictions on international travel, the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has announced. With airports shut for over six months due to COVID-19 restriction measures, flights into the country will resume on Thursday. All tests must be carried out within 72 hours of arrival from an accredited laboratory. Ugandans returning to the country will be allowed to go home without quarantine measures if in possession of a negative test result. However, the Health Ministry will take addresses in the event of any necessary follow-ups. When will flights resume? International flights are scheduled to resume this Thursday, October 1. The UCAA has scheduled 13 flights on that day, with ten more flights the next day. U...
Students Forced to Postpone Uganda trip

Students Forced to Postpone Uganda trip

Education, FEATURED, NEWS, TRAVEL
Two Westmeath students who were due to volunteer in Uganda for three weeks this summer have said they are determined to try to make the trip next year, after Covid forced them to cancel the journey. Jane Nangle from Ringtown, a student nurse at UCD, and Katie Coleman from Raharney, who is studying teaching at DCU, were to travel in June with Nurture Africa which had arranged for them to work with partner schools and participate in community projects such as house maintenance and home visits.    The friends embarked on a fundraising drive last February, and, says Jane, they received “huge support” from Ringtown Hurling Club and Rochfortbridge secondary school as well as sponsorship and donations from neighbours, family friends and businesses from Whitehall, Castlepolla...
Nyege Nyege Tapes Announces new HHY & The Kampala Unit album

Nyege Nyege Tapes Announces new HHY & The Kampala Unit album

FEATURED, GOSSIP, Tourism
“Mixing dub, techno, traditional drumming and elements of trance under ghostly unnerving cinematic passages.” Nyege Nyege Tapes is releasing a new album by HHY & The Kampala Unit, called Lithium Blast, this October. HHY & The Kampala Unit is a project helmed by musician and artist Jonathan Saldanha of HHY & The Macumbas, who started it during his Nyege Nyege residency in Uganda. The album includes Saldanha on electronics and production, alongside trumpet player and activist Florence Lugemwa, percussionist Omutaba on hybrid drums, as well as a special appearance from the Kampala Prison Brass Band. Speaking about the 11-tracks, Nyege shares that they are a “blending of cerebral virtuosity, cosmic creativity, raw energy and visceral sensuality that is majesti...
Serena Expands its Footprint into DRC with Goma Hotel

Serena Expands its Footprint into DRC with Goma Hotel

Business, FEATURED, Latest News, Tourism, TRAVEL
The hotel, which officially opened its doors last Tuesday, is close to Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the active volcanic Mt Nyiragongo. It is a 10-minute drive from the Goma International Airport and a five-minute drive from the Rwanda border at Gisenyi. Serena Hotels has opened a new property in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province in eastern DRC. The five-star Goma Serena Hotel is located at the lakefront of Lake Kivu. The hotel, which officially opened its doors last Tuesday, is close to Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the active volcanic Mt Nyiragongo. It is a 10-minute drive from the Goma International Airport and a five-minute drive from the Rwanda border at Gisenyi. In a press release, group managing director of TPS Serena Hotels – Africa, Mahmud Jan Mohamed said: “Exp...
6 Bodies Recovered from River in Uganda

6 Bodies Recovered from River in Uganda

FEATURED, NEWS, TRAVEL
Among deceased is a mother and her year-old baby, police say At least six bodies of people who drowned in Sezibwa River, Central Uganda when their boat capsized were retrieved on Sunday. Among the deceased is a mother and her year-old baby, police spokesperson Hellen Butoto said. Three people who managed to swim held onto shrubs until they were rescued, she added. "Using risky canoes [boats] in disregard of safety measures should be blamed for the accident," said a local administrator. Uganda has no authority or marine traffic police specifically charged with regulating water transport. The existing Marine Police only check smuggling, and not safety on water bodies.
Top 24 Richest and Poorest Countries of Africa – 2020 Edition

Top 24 Richest and Poorest Countries of Africa – 2020 Edition

FEATURED, Latest News, Politics, Tourism
The Democratic Republic of Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo has a mixture of economic sectors such as mining, fishing, forestry, agriculture, and copper and cobalt. While the country’s total GDP of $48.46 billion may seem high in comparison to other African countries, but that is mostly due to its large population. With 89.56 million people living in the country, it brings the GDP per capita figure to an astounding low of $495.08. This places the country in the top ten poorest countries in Africa by that metric. Nonetheless, this country is a perfect example of a mixed economy that is trying to build towards the future. According to the African Development Bank Group, growth dropped from 5.8% in 2018 to 4.3% in 2019, due to a slowdown in extractive...
Three Injured as Cargo Plane Crashes at Airport.

Three Injured as Cargo Plane Crashes at Airport.

FEATURED, NEWS, TRAVEL
A cargo plane has crashed at the international airport in Somalia's capital. The country's transport minister said three of the four crew members on board were injured after the incident at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu on Saturday. Photos posted from the scene show the plane's cockpit crushed against a concrete barrier close to the sea. Transport minister Mohamed Abdullahi Salad told reporters that the plane had just taken off for Beledweyne town in central Somalia, but returned to the airport after detecting mechanical problems. Markings on the plane indicate that it is operated by Silverstone Air in neighbouring Kenya. A spokesman for the UN mission in Somalia, shown in photos responding to the crash, did not immediately respond to a request...
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