Automobili Lamborghini’s “The Epic Road Trip” nears its destination with commemorative collectible celebrating the brand’s 60th anniversary

After 7 months of exclusive NFT drops, existing customers will receive a custom collectible to celebrate the iconic supercar manufacturer’s diamond jubilee.

Sant’Agata Bolognese, March 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Automobili Lamborghini has nearly reached the end of “The Epic Road Trip”, an 8-month journey that culminates in a momentous milestone: the legendary brand’s 60th anniversary.

Developed in partnership with INVNT.ATOM™  and Web3 Pro, The Epic Road Trip invites owners and enthusiasts to collect the ultimate set of digital memorabilia to unlock utilities and experiences – including the opportunity to be one of the first to preview the latest Lamborghini model before it’s released to the public.

Collectors of “The Epic Road Trip” will also be rewarded with a variety of utilities and experiences, depending on their level of ownership:

  • Access to Collectors-only Discord community/channel
  • Exclusive mobile and desktop wallpapers
  • Centro Stile sketch from Mitja Borkert, Head of Design
  • GLB file for Lamborghini consumers to experience in the metaverse
  • An intimate VIP tour of the Lamborghini Sant’Agata headquarters
  • Exclusive first look at the latest Lamborghini model

As the 60th anniversary approaches, Lamborghini will leverage this opportunity to bring together in celebration both Lamborghini customers and “The Epic Road Trip” asset holders. “Lamborghini’s commitment to innovation extends beyond our super sports cars and into all aspects of our business – specially as we reach younger generations,” says Christian Mastro Marketing Director of Automobili Lamborghini. “The Epic Road Trip is the latest example of our unconventional approach which has powered us for six decades. As we celebrate 60 years of forward looking attitude, we want to reward customers and fans of the past, present, and future for their loyalty — giving them the chance to get further involvement and connection with the Brand.”

Lamborghini will commemorate the milestone with a 60th-anniversary digital collectible. Those visiting Lamborghini dealerships or attending IRL anniversary celebrations can scan a QR code to claim. At the same time, the commemorative collectible will be airdropped to “The Epic Road Trip” collectors who have purchased 2 or more NFTs across Drops 1 through 8.

In addition, all holders of the commemorative NFT will receive token-gated access to an exclusive, AMA-style session with senior Lamborghini executives discussing Lamborghini’s past, present, and future.

The final drop of “The Epic Road Trip” begins March 20th – 23rd, with the last opportunity for collectors to reach the finish line at Lamborghini NFT Marketplace.

While “The Epic Road Trip” will be concluding soon, this is only the beginning of Lamborghini’s Web3 journey as they continue to develop innovative engagement platforms that deepen their relationship with customers and fans which capture the essence of what it means to be a member of the Lamborghini community.

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Information on Automobili Lamborghini: lamborghini.com

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About Automobili Lamborghini’s “The Epic Road Trip”

Automobili Lamborghini, together with Web3 Pro and INVNT.ATOM, invite fans, collectors, and enthusiasts to be a part of The Epic Road Trip, a series of digital collectibles that unlock utilities, and experiences – including the opportunity to be one of the first to preview a new Lamborghini model. The collection consists of four NFTs released each month for 8 months, across 4 consecutive days, each available to purchase for 24 hours only. All base collectible NFTs will be limited to an edition of 1,963 and the fourth rare NFT will be available in a limited edition of 63 units. At the very end of the campaign, only those who have acquired all the monthly NFTs issued – either the three base NFTs or three base plus the limited edition – will receive a special NFT revealing the next Lamborghini model.

About INVNT.ATOM™

INVNT.ATOM, part of [INVNT GROUP] THE GLOBAL BRANDSTORY PROJECT™, is an innovation and brand experience agency devoted to helping global brands chart a course, navigate, activate, and create new opportunities at the digital frontier of Web3. Based in Singapore, the collective of strategists, marketers, creators, programmers, matchmakers, and thought leaders, turn strategies into stories and stories into experiences, that engage communities on the global stage. For more information about INVNT.ATOM, visit: www.invntatom.com.

About [INVNT GROUP]™

[INVNT GROUP] was established as an evolution of the founding global live brand storytelling agency INVNT. Led by President and CEO, Scott Cullather, [INVNT GROUP], THE GLOBAL BRANDSTORY PROJECT™ represents a portfolio of disciplines designed to help forward- thinking organizations innovate and impact audiences everywhere. The GROUP consists of modern brand strategy firm, Folk Hero; creative-led culture consultancy, Meaning; production studio & creative agency, HEVĒ; events for colleges and universities, INVNT Higher Ed; digital innovation division, INVNT.ATOM; creative multimedia experience studio, Hypnogram; and the original live brand storytelling agency, INVNT. For more information visit www.invntgroup.com.

About Web3 Pro™

Since 2018, Web3 Pro has been a pioneer in developing innovative technologies that enables enterprise brands, creative agencies, marketing agencies, and their clients to harness the power of Web 3.0, community-based marketing. Our platforms, including the NFT PRO white-label marketplace and HUB engagement platform, are designed with the end customer in mind, which enables successful campaigns and strategies that boost important revenue, engagement, and marketing-related key performance metrics. For more information about Web3 Pro, visit: www.web3pro.com.

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OPM partners with police to promote security in Karamoja

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has partnered with the Uganda Police Force (UPF) to construct and equip seven community police posts and staff quarters with an aim of improving safety and security in Karamoja Sub-region.

The facilities have been constructed in the districts of Abim, Amudat, Karenga, Kotido, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripiritunder the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), a government programme supported by the European Union and supervised by OPM.

Each of the new seven facilities houses a fully furnished administration block, four self-contained cells to replace the bucket system, solar system, rain water harvesting system and has been provided with two motorcycles to facilitate officers’ transport. In addition, a borehole has been built to serve both officers and the surrounding communities in each of the targeted districts.

At an occasion to handover motorcycles to UPF, at Naguru Police headquarters, on March 09, Mr. Mayanja Gonzaga, the Commissioner for Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Governments at OPM, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, said the establishment of the community police posts will increase the footprint of police and promote peace and security in Karamoja.

“I am happy to report that the selection of the police sites was carefully done to consider economic and security concerns in the locations. These police posts will be very important for ensuring the security of traders and the movement of goods/services in the area, “he said.

The Head of Section for Sustainable Development at the European Union Delegation to Uganda,Ms. Nadia Cannata, stated: “We are aware that stability and security are preconditions for the social and economic development for the sub-region. For this reason, over the years we have continued to support the UPF in Karamoja to fulfil its mandate to protect the communities.”

Maj.Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi, the Deputy IGP, who represented the IGP, Mr. Martins Okoth-Ochola, stated: “The UPF would like to thank the European Union and Office of the Prime Minister for continuously supporting police over the years, especially in the Karamoja Sub-region. The intervention has greatly enabled UPF to have tremendous achievements as far as enforcement of law and order is concerned.”

Last year, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) awarded contracts worth Shs4.8b to seven firms to construct the police posts and accommodation facilities in Morulem in Abim District, Alakas(Amudat), Lokori (Karenga), Nakapelimoru (Kotido), Nakiloro (Moroto), Apeitolim (Napak) and Namalu (Nakapiripirit). In addition, more than 500 officers were trainedo in community policing, human rights, and management of gender-based cases to improve their capacity to serve better.

Source: Uganda Police Force

Kikuube to get multi-billion administration block

Kikuube district local government leaders have broken ground for the construction of an administration block expected to cost billions.

On completion, the building is expected to save the district from the challenge of renting offices for its workers.

Kikuube district engineer Emma Arinaitwe said the six-month project is funded by the World Bank under the Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP), through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

Arinaitwe said the three-storeyed administration block on 10 acres at Kisambo village, Kiziranfubi sub-county is going to be constructed in phases and that sh2.26 billion will be used to construct the ground floor.

He added that under this project, the administration block will have 20 offices, a perimeter wall and a parking area, among other structures.

Speaking during the commissioning of the project on Tuesday, Kikuube chairperson Peter Banura expressed excitement about the project adding that once completed, it will address the challenge of the office space they have been facing.

Banura added that the district has been paying sh6 million per quarter for office renting since 2017 when the district started its operations. The new development, according to Banura, is going to help the district to save this money for other developments.

Buhaguzi East Member of Parliament Steven Asera Itaza was optimistic that the construction of the offices is going to foster development and service delivery.

Kikuube district deputy Resident District Commissioner Peter Bisoborwa commanded the Government for the project and warned the contractor against shoddy work.

Christine Najjuma Sebyala, the Managing director of CMD investment Ltd, which is contracted to undertake the project, said they have started the project with the grading of the site of the project and that area residents have been prioritised for the jobs.

Source: New Vision

Invaders torch village house and slash crops in Ibanda

Police in Ibanda district are hunting for a criminal gang believed to have torched a house and slashed crops in Mashuri II village, Bisheshe Division in Ibanda municipality on Wednesday.

The mud and wattle house that was burned belonged to 30-year-old Robert Gumisiriza.

His neighbours — Jona Kobusingye and Godfrey Tumusiime — had their vanilla, cassava and banana crops cut down during the invasion by the unknown criminals.

As he named those affected, Ibanda district CID officer Andrew Ainembabazi also said the Police have ramped up surveillance in the area in pursuit of the suspects.

The village LCI chairperson, Godwin Tumusiime, suspects that a one Deo and his criminal gang of about five youths are likely the ones behind the attack.

Tumisiime claimed that the group have been terrorizing the community by stealing livestock, vanilla and bananas from residents.

When or if caught, the suspects will be charged with arson and destruction of property.

Gumisiriza, whose house was set on fire, claimed that the runaway gang tried to attack him while at a housewarming party on Tuesday night. He alleged they vowed to "finish" him off.

Without giving specifics, he admitted he had a misunderstanding with Deo in recent weeks.

Kobusingye, whose 10 banana plants were cut down by the invaders, said she had no conflict with anyone and therefore wondered why she had been targeted.

In the wake of the attack, resident Emmanuelina Ariganyira urged the authorities to increase their security presence in the area, saying that many criminals are moving around scot-free.

The area leaders and other stakeholders said they are determined to banish the suspected notorious gang from their village.

Source: New Vision

Bank of Malawi grants Centenary Bank license

The Reserve Bank of Malawi has granted Centenary Group a license to carry out banking operations in Malawi.

This development makes Centenary the first locally established financial institution to push its brand outside the borders of East Africa.

In a statement, Centenary said the new bank will carry the name; Centenary Bank Limited. Centenary Group will hold majority stake and the Catholic Church Archdiocese of Lilongwe in Malawi keeping a minority stake in the bank’s shares.

The value of the transaction was not revealed. However, reports show that MyBucks Banking Corporation assets were worth about 122 billion Malawi Kwacha (about $120m or sh444b).

With a total asset base of nearly $30m (sh111b), the Catholic Archdiocese owns several institutions in Malawi, including education institutions, hospitals and companies, in addition to owning several commercial properties.

Currently, the Archdiocese covers seven districts of Malawi’s Central Region with seven ecclesiastical deaneries, 46 parishes and 620 outstations.

In Uganda Centenary Group owns; Centenary Rural Development Bank, Centenary Technology Services Limited, and Centenary Foundation with total assets worth about sh5.5 trillion.

“We are excited that we have been granted a license to commence banking operations. We thank the Reserve Bank of Malawi for all the support it has extended to us. Centenary Bank will from the onset adopt an agile approach to operations, scaling customer-centric propositions that will allow the Bank to create highly personalized solutions and regain their position within the Malawi market,” Prof Ddumba-Ssentamu, Centenary Group Chairperson, said.

The Group also has plans to for further expansion to South Sudan and the DRC within the East African Community.

Source: New Vision

Workers MPs reject NSSF probe recommendation

Workers’ Members of Parliament (MPs) have rejected a recommendation directing them to refund the 10% contributions from the National Social Fund (NSSF) saying they were not given a fair hearing.

Last week, Mwine Mpaka, the chairperson of Parliament's select committee, which probed the alleged mismanagement of NSSF, presented a report that recommended that the MPs who were part of the 24 board members of the Fund refund the money within seven working days upon adoption of the report or face prosecution.

Background

According to the report, the Fund illegally contributed sh12.4m for Agnes Kunihira, while sh37m was paid to Christopher Werikhe and Stephen Mugole received sh32.7m during their tenure as board members in 2019.

“There exists no employee-employer relationship between the board members and NSSF to warrant such contributions. The committee further notes that such contributions are not provided as a benefit a member of the board is entitled to, under the Board Charter,” the report reads in part.

The MPs' stand

The Workers MPs however, presented their responses during the plenary sitting on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, and demanded that their names be expunged from the report.

Mugole said he was condemned, unheard by the committee and was not invited to substantiate allegations of illegally receiving 10% contributions from NSSF.

“Had the committee invited me as part of according to me a fair hearing, I would have been able to state that I was appointed to the Board of NSSF by the Finance Minister in 2019. The same appointment stated the remunerations as per the board’s terms and engagement,” he said.

He added that in 2011, the board introduced the 10% contribution for all the members who were not public servants and were not above 55 years of age.

“The recommendation that all board members who received and continue to receive the 10% is an illegality was arrived at in contravention of rules of natural justice. Had the committee accorded me that opportunity, they would not have made such a recommendation,” Mugole said.

He added that the recommendation if adopted, is susceptible to be challenged before courts of law on grounds of not according him a fair hearing.

Werikhe said he received an appointment letter from the finance minister on February 4, 2019, that clearly stated the remuneration of the board members.

“I missed the opportunity to be heard. So, I was not able to raise some of the issues,” he said.

Kunihira appealed to MPs to accord them a fair judgement.

Some of the legislators agreed that the accused should have been accorded a fair hearing while others said that the committee’s recommendation should be adopted.

Fox Odoi Oywelowo (West Budama North East, NRM) proposed standing over the debate of the recommendation saying the report is critical and must be preserved.

“According to the law, the accused has to get an invitation to be heard and they must be given time to prepare their defence, but the MPs were not accorded a fair hearing within the ambit of the law,” Odoi Oywelowo said.

However, Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri Municipality) suggested an amendment stating that adopting the recommendation in the current state will affect the entire report.

“We need to establish whether our colleagues were part of these illegal payments or they were mere beneficiaries. If they were mere beneficiaries, how do we handle that?” Basalirwa said.

Yusuf Mutembuli (Bunyole East) advised against adopting the recommendation saying that the current board appeared before the committee and yet the members accused of the illegality are former board members.

“If you make a recommendation and it is going to affect an individual, you must make sure that individual will be heard. We shall debate all these issues and what happens [when] the matter goes to court and the recommendation will be quashed,” Mutembuli said.

Mwine Mpaka said the aim of the probe was to recover the savers’ funds.

“The current board testified that they received this money and it was illegal. This committee works on behalf of Parliament and if we feel those recommended to refund the money should not, it is entirely up to you,” Mwine Mpaka said.

On January 19, 2023, the House resolved to institute a committee to inquire into the operations of NSSF following reports of corruption and mismanagement of the shillings 17.9 trillion fund.

Source: New Vision