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Gulu in rush against time to rehabilitate Pece Stadium


first_img Tags: GuluPece Stadium GULU. The derelict walls of Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu could breathe some life again soon after the district authorities begun drumming for contributions to rehabilitate the stadium ahead of the 14th Edition of the East Africa Secondary School games due in August.The stadium has a dilapidated pavilion dressing room and a nonfunctioning sanitary facility. The fundraising drive is geared toward grading and plant new turf grass and refurbishing the badly done in walls. The development follows recommendations by a delegation of Uganda Secondary School Sports Association officials that the facility be improved to meet minimum standards of hosting the post-primary games.Gulu District chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi told PML Daily on Monday that the district has taken over the rehabilitation work from the Board of Trustees and War Veterans Association –who were the custodians of the stadium. A team from the district engineering office carried out an assessment and came up with a budget of Shs360 million that the district is canvassing.According to Marpenduzi, the district does not have enough funds to rehabilitate the stadium in time for the games. Pece Stadium is to be the main events host as Layibi College, Gulu High School and Sacred Heart School playgrounds offer other venues for spillover matches.“Hosting this event means a lot for Gulu and we cannot run away from it,” Mapenduzi said. “This game is coming in the next few months and that is why we have come to rally financial support from anybody who can give either in cash or kind.”Last months, the district constituted a committed to oversee the rehabilitation process with a fully-fledged finance committee. Already, a non-governmental organization has contributed Shs35 million but the rush against time is a sweaty affair.Denis Ojwee, a retired FIFA referee and a member of the organizing committee, said the deadline for fundraising and completing the work not only on Pece Stadium but also the swimming pool at Layibi must be met if Gulu is to host the prestigious games.Aldo Odo, the district sports officer, said Gulu’s initial fun- raising drive from sports development fee of Shs500 for primary schools and Shs1,000 for secondary raised Shs13 million shillings only over the last three years. This, he added, cannot do much.The district has less than two months to host more than 4,000 guests and participants from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Zanzibar are expected to arrive in Gulu for the two-week games that begin on the August 10.Pece stadium was built by the British colonial government in memory of Ugandans who took part in the World War II.Comments last_img read more


Wyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to New Zealand


first_imgWyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to New ZealandWyndham Hotel Group today announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country.The soon-to-be Ramada ENCORE Christchurch Colombo Street is being developed under a franchise agreement with Lepdon Holdings and is slated to be completed in late 2017. Once finished, it will bring Wyndham’s portfolio in New Zealand to nine hotels and resorts spanning 446 rooms.Located in the Christchurch CBD, the $15 million development is ideally located near heritage attractions, the historic Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. Tourism hot spots like the Cardboard Cathedral, Re:START (the temporary shopping mall built from shipping containers), the Town Hall, funky restaurants and bars are all within walking distance.Christchurch is the nation’s heritage heart and the gateway to the South Island. A range of unforgettable experiences are available inside a two-hour drive, including hiking, mountain bike riding, rafting, surfing, golfing, bungee jumping, skiing and whale, dolphin and seal watching.The city’s tourism revenue grew five per cent to NZD $2.2 billion in the year ending January 2017 and the result made Christchurch the nation’s second largest tourism market, even ahead of booming Queenstown.Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim President and Managing Director, Barry Robinson, said this development signifies the company’s desire to have a diverse presence in all New Zealand’s major cities.“Wyndham Hotel Group has achieved outstanding portfolio growth in New Zealand in the past two years, going from five hotels and resorts to nine existing or planned properties, with more on the way,” he said.“Ramada ENCORE is a unique brand, different from any other lifestyle brand in New Zealand. It appeals to international and savvy domestic travellers alike through its modern features such as vibrant social spaces, contemporary bathrooms, wooden floors and bright colours. Ramada ENCORE will be the perfect fit for this trendy part of the city.”The hotel’s facilities include meeting rooms, a gym and a restaurant. Managing Director of franchisee Lepdon Holdings, Erin Hindmarsh, said the hotel will have a positive impact on Christchurch, including the employment of at least 12 staff once operational.“This will be a significant development for Christchurch that will not just benefit travellers, but also those working in the food and beverage industry,” she said.“This announcement today – and the involvement of a global hospitality giant like Wyndham – is a sign of confidence in the long-term future of tourism in Christchurch.”Throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 100 hotels operating under its Ramada, Ramada ENCORE, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand®, Wyndham Garden®, Days Inn®, TRYP by Wyndham® and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® brands. Wyndham Hotel GroupSource = Wyndhamlast_img read more