NBA legend Kobe Bryant, four others killed in horror helicopter crash

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NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash aged just 41.

According to TMZ, the LA Lakers icon was travelling with three others in a private aircraft when it came down in Calabasas near LA, California, US.

It is understood up to FIVE people have died in the crash, with nobody on board surviving.

An investigation into the incident – which happened on Sunday morning – is underway.

According to reports, the helicopter went up in a ball of fire after hitting the ground.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters, who are thought to have not been on board.

His shock death sparked an outpouring of grief from the basketball world.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic tweeting: “NO PLEASE, I’m shaking this can’t be true please.”

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said: “Please no. Please God no. It can’t be true.”

Tristan Thompson added: “I hope this isn’t true man!!! Not Kobe.”

Bryant was drafted straight to the NBA from high school — where he won the Pennsylvania state championship in 1996.

He was picked up by the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the Lakers.

Bryant, who stepped away from the game in 2016, spent his first 10 seasons wearing No 8 and his final 10 in No 24, with The Lakers retiring both jerseys.

Singleton returns for Season 4 with an All White 19th Hole Experience

The Entebbe Golf Club was draped in all white on Saturday night as the Singleton Match Play Challenge celebrated the opening round of their 2020 edition during an allwhite 19th hole experience that took place at the picturesque course.

Undoubtedly one of the most sought after golfing tournaments in the country, the 2020 edition opened up with a bang as over 100
golfers tried their best to make the cut and be part of the 64 pairs that will in the course of the next seven months go head to head on the grueling course for a chance at the grand prize.

night also saw the cream of Uganda’s golfing fraternity dine and make merry to the start of an action-packed season. Hosted by celebrated comedian Patrick Salvador Idringi, the night was filled with laughter and comedic wit as Salvador took guests and revelers on an emotional rollercoaster with jokes on end.

The night was headlined by award winning hitmaker Eddy Kenzo who sereneded guest with some of his hit songs like Siginal, Mbilo Mbilo and Solaye. But it was his hit songs Semyekozo that got guest on their feet and onto the stage.

60 pairs
joined the defending champions while the otherthree pairs (wild cards) were picked by the sponsor(s) to make the final 64 pairs. These will be playing starting on February 8, March 14, April 18, May 9, and June 20 all the way to the grand finale that is slated to take place on July 18.

Addressing guests at the event UBL’s head of Whisky Portfolio Annette Nakiyaga could not hide her excitement at how big a vision the Singleton Match Play Championship has become.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am that we are doing this once more, if the last three years have taught us anything is that with hard work, commitment and determination we can build something as big as this.I have a feeling that thisis going to be yet another exciting year at the Singleton,” said Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

The winning pair will get a fully-paid trip to watch the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, a series which has welcomed some of the best golfers including Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson. There will also be business class return air tickets for the first and second runner-up pairs, as well as the winners of the subsidiary events in both the men’s and ladies’ categories. Other prizes include monthly subscription packages on DStv, golf accessories and HTC goodies.

Photos: Sania Sasha sizzles in Wakiso Giants FC Jersey

As part of fan base building, Wakiso Giants FC have cracked a deal with curvy model Sania Sasha Berries to pose in their Jersey.

The sexlicious and curvy model is seen posing for the purple giants of Wakiso.

The football club has recently become a symbol of sexy commercial models selling the club’s name and attracting more fans through posing in the purple Jersey.

These beautiful and sexy models have added excitement towards the team with more fans deciding to watch Wakiso Giants FC in action to have a glimpse of these beauties on top of football games.

StarTimes will broadcast the The Emirates FA Cup

Africa’s leading pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired the Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield broadcasting rights.

The company has secured transmission rights for exploitation of these two prestigious football competitions in all countries, in all languages and on all media platforms across sub-Saharan Africa until 2021.

StarTimes Sport Director Shi Maochu said that “this is a significant step for StarTimes. The Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield are among the most competitive national football events and we are really happy to offer them to our subscribers during Christmas season.

“We have been building a very solid offer in terms of football for 2020 with national competitions such as Coppa Italia and Bundesliga, as well as European events like UEFA Europa League and Euro 2020. And we will keep looking to acquire new events and bring the best value to our subscribers.”

The 2019/2020 edition of the Emirate FA Cup will be broadcast starting from the round 3 of the competition on Saturday January 4th.
StarTimes will air the matches on its 8 sports channels, as well as on StarTimes ON streaming application, live and in HD in all Sub-Saharan Africa.

dfcu Bank partners with Buganda Kingdom as the official bank sponsor of the annual Kabaka Birthday Run

dfcu Bank in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom has today announced a three-year partnership that sees the bank become the official bank sponsor for the Annual Kabaka Birthday Run.

The sponsorship unveiling happened at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo where dfcu Bank was represented by its CEO, Mathias Katamba who signed an agreement and handed over a UGX 562,700,000 cheque.

For the next three years, the Kabaka’s Birthday Run will be championed under the cause; ‘Men against AIDS to save the girl child’, which is aimed to drive awareness about HIV/AIDS and encouraging men to get tested, get treated and ultimately protect women against infection. This partnership is in line with dfcu’s Corporate Social Investment intervention area of maternal & child health in the context of HIV/AIDS.

Speaking during the official unveiling, dfcu Bank’s CEO, Mathias Katamba said; Despite the significant progress in the last decade resulting in a 58% decrease in AIDS-related deaths and 57% decrease in new infections, there is a need for more collaborative effort to drive awareness and testing.”

We believe dfcu’s partnership with the Buganda Kingdom will ensure a sustained understanding that testing for HIV is an essential gateway to HIV prevention, care and treatment. This is in line with our commitment to the long-term wellbeing and uplifting of the communities in which we operate, Mr Katamba added.

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayigaapplauded dfcu Bank for its continued support and commended it’s commitment to joining the Kingdom in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Kabaka Birthday Run has been growing in statureand impact, in terms of tackling different social issues, over the last six years. For the next three years, we will hold the Kabaka Birthday Run with the intention of addressing HIV/AIDS. We believe that with more partners like dfcu Bank, it is possible to contribute significantly towards the fight against HI/AIDS.  I thank dfcu Bank for joining this cause and together we will secure our children’s future,” he remarked.

In 2019, the Kabaka Birthday Run recorded total participation of over 50,000 runners, placing it among the top five Runs in Africa. Since its inception, over UGX 1Billion has been raised and donated to selected causesincluding Fistula Awareness and treatment as well as Sickle cell awareness and testing.

Manchester legend Rio Ferdinand set for Pan African Guinness Football extravaganza

Following two successful months of intense footballing action News reaching our desk is that the winners of the Guinness Night football series will be rubbing shoulders with Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.

Tomorrow’s action is expected to be nothing less than fire wax as it will be the weighing scale of who gets to meet Rio in for the pan African Guinness-5 –Aside Football Extravaganza.

Winners in Kampala are set to join other players from around the content and together meet the Manchester legend for an epic footballing experience in a yet to be disclosed football capital.

“I cannot tell you how delighted we are to be working with a legend like Rio Ferdinand, like I said, at the launch, Guinness Night Football is not your everyday football; we are bringing the party and the fun to the game of football, trust me it does not get any better than Rio,” said Cathy Twesigye, Brand Manager Guinness.

The Pan African football extravaganza will include a five a side football match, football skills showcase including other well-known celebrity faces expected to grace the event.

Regional teams to play themselves into the Lagos as Guinness Night football climaxes this weekend

The action packed Guinness Night football competition will climax this weekend on Saturday, December 7. The grand finale is set to be a battle of supremacy of teams from three regions of Uganda that is the western, central and eastern regions.

The event has been traversing the country will during the qualification stage saw twelve teams book themselves a spot in the final that will happen at UMA Exhibition Hall in Kampala.

Teams like El Tangia and Super 7 qualified from the Eastern town of Mbale, the western town of   Fort Portal will be represented by team Abasasi and UPU students while eight teams will have to prove that Kampala is the biggest town in Uganda. The Kampala teams include; Naguru United, C Club, Jabulani, Sona, Sound Boyz, Team 13,Socceroos and winners FC.

The winning team will book itself a trip to Lagos Nigeria for a Guinness pan African extravaganza and a cash prize.

Airtel, Buganda Kingdom announce 2020-2022 theme for the Kabaka Birthday Run under renewed partnership

New theme; ‘Men against AIDS to save the girl child’

Airtel Uganda under its renewed strategic partnership with the Buganda Kingdom have launched a three-year theme for the Kabaka Birthday Run at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange, Mengo.

The 2020-2022 editions of the Kabaka’s Birthday Run will be under the theme; ‘Men against AIDS to save the girl child’.

The Kabaka Birthday Run is an annual event to mark the King’s birthday as part of a partnership that the telecommunications giant has with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor four of their most important activities; the Kabaka’s Birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri. Airtel Uganda also sponsors the Masaza Cup – the Buganda kingdom football tournament.

Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar signs the launch of the new Kabaka run theme

In 2017, focus was re-channeled from Fistula to the Fight against Sickle Cells – with an intention of directing the Run’s proceeds towards fighting the sickle cells disease in Uganda. Together with the Ministry of Health, impact has been created in the areas of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, testing and prevention. About 150,000 people were tested in the three-year period.

Speaking during the launch of the theme, Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar reiterated the importance of the telecom’s partnership with Buganda Kingdom and confirmed the company’s support towards the cause.

Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga speaking at the launch

“Airtel Uganda will continue to support the Buganda Kingdom and we are very proud of this partnership. Going forward, we confirm our commitment to end AIDS by the year 2030,” he said.

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga thanked Airtel Uganda for their continued support of the Kingdom’s activities and always being available to support noble causes and the communities it operates in.

“Our aim is to increase AIDS awareness and encourage men to keep safe and protect the women as well as ensure that we end the epidemic. This is how we shall safeguard an AIDS-free future for our children and their children. I thank Airtel Uganda and all the other participants for heeding our call and coming to support us as we fight to reduce health problems in our community,” the Katikkiro noted.

The 2020 Kabaka’s Birthday Run will take place in April 2020 on a yet to be announced date.

Guinness Night Football heads to Mbale on Saturday

After a stunning start to the regional tours series last week the much anticipated Guinness Night Foot ball series will this Saturday be headed to the eastern town of Mbale.

The series that was in Fort P
ortal earlier last month saw residents of the hilly town take part in the highly anticipated fan football event which saw UPU stars come out victorious and set to go head to head at the finale that is set for Kampala this December.

The stars will be coming
up against whoever wins in Mbale this weekend with many teams already gearing up for the event that is slated to take place this Saturday November 23 at the Thatch gardens in Mbale Town.

The event will also see town folk take part in various football activities like 5-Aside football, Table foosball, Human foosball and local skill challenges like “Mirundi” and “Kagere”

Winners will automatically earn themselves a spot in the Grand finale that is slated to take place in Kampala with best of the best to be selected for a Pan-African football extravaganza set to take place in one of the biggest football cities on the continent.

Children ready for Kampala Kids Run!

The 6th edition of the StarTimes Kampala Kids Run is around the corner and it’s the event on every child’s lips.

What with the bouncing castles, face painting, PlayStation games, and lots of fun activities that will be at Uganda Museum on 8thDecember 2019, they cannot afford to miss out.

Talents(L-R): TV personality Lady Shamy, Musician/actor Tripple S, & Lil rapper The Challenger will be at the event

Fresh Kid is also the headliner of the young talents scheduled to perform at this annual CSR event. Under the theme “Safe drinking water in primary schools”, the aim of the event is to accumulate proceeds which will help buy water tanks with safe drinking water to donate to schools in rural areas.

Dorah Mwima’s kids Seraphin & Giovanna will support the cause to help others kids in villages

Gates will open at 6am and the Kids Run will comprise of a 1.5km, and 3km mini marathon as a kick starter. To participate or contribute to the cause, simply buy a kit at only UGX 20,000 from StarTimes outlets, Capital Shoppers Ntinda, The Food Hub, Uganda Museum, and Mystery Lane at Acacia Mall, and stand a chance to win a horse ride at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The StarTimes Kampala Kids Run is sponsored Riham, The Food Hub, UMC Hospitals, CityOil, Ruparelia Foundation, and StarTimes Classic Bouquet.