July 2019

first_imgTHE performance of the day was reserved for the Saints U15s as they outplayed their hosts at Wigan RUFC on Saturday.The 31-16 scoreline doesn’t do justice to the display as the Saints could and should have score 50 such was their dominance.The tone for the game was set in the opening three minutes as two massive hits from Lewis Hatton forced home knock ons deep in their territory. The latter resulted in a try for the impressive Phil Atherton as he took three over the line with him from Lewis Fairhurst jinking run.Hatton was again involved minutes later as his quick play the ball and an Aaron Smith offload gave Chris Worrall the easiest of run ins only to see the ball hit the floor.The home side drew level as a cross kick was hacked on and poor urgency from the Saints defence saw the ball touched down.Great cover defence from firstly Bobby Williams and then Jordan Houghton and Anthony Sherratt kept the Saints line intact.The Saints then broke out of defence aided by two quick penalties and took the lead through Houghton’s try. Drives to the corner from Hatton and Smith saw them both stopped inches short but from the play the ball Houghton’s magic feet saw him jink his way over at the posts for the score.On the stroke of half time only a great scrambling defensive set preserved the lead as the home side tried to capitalise on an uncharacteristic Williams’s error under the high ball.The scores were levelled early in the second period as the Saints had a brain explosion for one minute coming up with a poor carry and backing it up with terrible tackling to gift the try.But that was it as Ian Lomax and Mike Bennett’s side turned the screw for the rest of the game.Jake Campbell was held up over the line but two tackles later Lewis Fairhurst emulated his half back partner and jinked his way over for a well-deserved try.From the restart another Campbell drive resulted in a penalty and a chance to put on a tap penalty move. Dave Eccleston took the ball from the touch line, ambled to the mark, tapped it then exploded into action ccatching the defensive line totally unawares with a scything run to the line.Quick thinking from Fairhurst resurrected a blown attacking set with a well taken drop goal putting the Saints three scores clear.Hatton was again to the fore as his drive and offload found Morgan Knowles who was lively off the bench. Interplay from Houghton and Fairhurst mesmerised the defence and the stand off waltzed in for the try.A consolation try for the home side on the final whistle gave the score an artificial look but make no mistake this was a fantastic win.The pack steamrollered their bigger opposite numbers into submission. James Nicholl and Joe McLoughlin supported their starting colleagues well, Jonah Cunningham, Morgan Knowles and Aaron Smith ran the middle of the park allowing Houghton and Fairhurst to show their skills.But slightly shading it, in a good team performance, for best on the day was Lewis Hatton whose two big shots early doors set the tone for the display.Match Summary:Wigan Scholarship U15s:Tries: Isaac Noi, Sheldon Johnson, Dominic Wear.Goals: Tom Dempsey 2.St Helens Scholarship U15s:Tries: David Eccleston, Josh Houghton 2, Lewis Fairhurst, Phil Atherton.Goals: Lewis Fairhurst 5.Drop Goals: Lewis Fairhurst.Half Time: 12-6Full Time: 31-16Teams:Wigan:1. Jack Higginson; 2. Patrick Melling, 3. Isaac Noi, 4. Tom Dempsey, 5. Sheldon Johnson; 6. Dominic Wear, 7. Ryan Houghton; 8. Joel Pearson, 9. Connor Adams, 10. Jack Rush, 11. Jake Morris, 12. Kyle Shelford, 13. Alex Gaskell. Subs: 14. Jordan Jones, 15. Gavin Roden, 16. Luke Randall, 17. Sean Pilling, 18. Mark Roper.Saints:1. Bobby Williams; 5. Kieron Herbert, 3. Ryan Lynch, 4. David Eccleston, 2. Anthony Sherratt; 7. Josh Houghton, 6. Lewis Fairhurst; 10. Jake Campbell, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Phil Atherton, 11. Lewis Hatton, 12. Jake Spedding, 13. Chris Worrall. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. James Nicholl, 17. Joe McLoughlin, 18. Ben Morris.last_img read more

first_imgMIKE Rush has reiterated the importance of last Friday’s win over Wigan as Saints go for Stobart Super League Playoff glory.His side beat the Warriors 26-18 in their final match of the regular season to set up tomorrow’s clash with Warrington.And it’s Saints’ commitment and overall performance that pleased him most.“Leading up the sending off I thought we were the better side,” he said. “It was important for us we started well in light of recent performances and the criticism of them.“Huddersfield proved that playing with 12 men doesn’t always guarantee you will get beat. Sending offs become talking points but they shouldn’t take away from how good we were at the weekend.“We needed to go into the Playoffs having beaten a team above us and also to get the monkey off our backs too. We’ve now had a little bit of success against all the teams around us and that is important. It was a big win and enjoyable for the players.”Saints are the only team to beat Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this season and Rush is in no doubt they can do that again.“Back in March we were well down the table, went there and won and now we are third,” he added. “That is a reflection of how far we’ve come. We’ve climbed the ladder slowly and have gone under the radar.“We head into this game on the back of a win and have had an extra day recovery too. We know it will be a real challenge to win there, they have a good squad and we will need to be at our best to get through.“You have to respect the likes of Brett Hodgson, Lee Briers, Joel and Michael Monaghan, Garreth Carvell and show your players what attributes they have.“But we don’t go there in fear. We have to put pressure on them and let them worry about Robes, Sia, Jonny and TP. We will need to win it up front and make it hard to come off their goal line. We have won there before and can do again.”Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 6pm on Saturday September 15 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, are still on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park up until 3pm on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgIN an attempt to give as much experience as possible to as many players as possible the Saints side contained no fewer than 10 bottom age group players and a trialist for this game against the North East, writes Graham Henthorne.Despite never being at their best the U19s were streets ahead of their opposition scoring 11 tries in the process to win 64-0.The first half was a story of poor ball retention which restricted the scoring. Having said that, for the first half hour the Saints still managed to score a point a minute.Elliott Jenkins was the first to break the deadlock as he stepped his way over from Captain Matty Lees’ pass, this after Brad Billsborough had robbed a Thunder player one on one.From the kick off the duel wrecking balls of Lees and Jordan Olmez tore into the visitors getting the Saints on a roll. A quick play the ball and Rob Fairclough poked his nose through the line then delivered a peach of a back hand ball to put Mike Weldon away. He took it 40 metres to the full back before feeding Chris Follin to go around to the posts.Again from the kick off the Thunder found Lees and Olmez and immediately found themselves on the back foot again. This time Olmez broke through, advanced on the beleaguered full back committing him before feeding Fairclough to go the final 50 metres to the posts.Olmez’ departure for a well-earned rest saw the Thunder presented with Jorge Lewtas and it was suddenly apparent that they found him no easier to face. His run and quick play the ball gave Billsborough a chance to dart over for the Saints fourth try.Just before the half hour mark Kevin Brown broke free only to be hauled in metres short of the line. But minutes later Weldon scored the fifth after great sleight of hand from Brad Pinder had put Lewtas away.The immaculate boot of Jordan Gibbons saw all tries converted but poor handling saw the score remain at 30 nil until the break.Despite the best of intentions the handling was only slightly better in the second period epitomised by Gibbons’ inexplicable knock on in the act of scoring having chased down Fairclough’s fine 60 metre kick.Another three back to back tries reminiscent of the first half took the game way out of sight of the visitors.Trialist Owen Smith, an early first half substitute for Cameron Brown, finished another Kevin Brown break in the right corner.The halves combined over 60 metres to give Jenkins his brace and Follin followed suit soon after finishing good work from Pinder and Fairclough.As Pinder was given a break Billsborough came back on and immediately created a try for Gibbons. He darted down the short side, gave it to Smith who in turn fed it onto the winger who ran in under the sticks.Matty Costello got in on the act after Lees was stopped short (although it looked suspiciously like he was on the line!) taking a neat inside pass from Gibbons.Fittingly the final score was reserved for Olmez who charged onto a pass to go in untouched from 10 metres out.In truth this was an average display from the U19s who never really got into their stride. Having said that there were some good individual performances, notably from both hookers Billsborough and Pinder, and from Lees, Lewtas, Follin and Smith on debut. But the stand out performer today was Jordan Olmez. From the start the Thunder couldn’t contend with his dynamic running or solid tackling. He was always on the look for an offload but most impressively when he made a mistake he upped his work rate to attempt to make up for it.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Elliott Jenkins (8 & 55), Chris Follin (10 & 58), Rob Fairclough (13), Brad Billsborough (24), Mike Weldon (30), Owen Smith (53), Jordan Gibbons (64), Jordan Olmez (76) .Goals: Jordan Gibbons 10.North East:Tries: Goals:Half Time: 30-0Full Time: 64-0Teams:Saints:1. Matty Costello; 2. Kevin Brown, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Lewis Furlong, 5. Jordan Gibbons; 6. Elliott Jenkins, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Matty Lees (C), 9. Brad Billsborough, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Mike Weldon, 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Jorge Lewtas, 16. Alex Eckley, 17. Owen Smith.North East:1. Lewis Burbridge; 2. Mark McCallum, 3. Jed Charlton (C), 4. Ryan Adamson, 5. Owen Reed; 6. Dan Coates, 7. Alex Bielby; 8. Will Bentley, 9. Ryan Jones, 10. Charlie Weaver, 11. Owen Harrison, 12. Sandy Rae, 13. Joel Marquez-Laynez. Subs: 14. Haydn Williamson, 15. Joe Smith-Millican, 16. Connor Beswick, 17. Jake Egglestone.last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to reveal the fantastic new shirt the lads will wear when they take on Hull FC at the 2017 Magic Weekend.Following on from last year’s shirt which raised more than £10,000 for St Helens Autism Support, our kit will once again highlight this important cause.It is available to pre-order from Friday April 21 either online at saintssuperstore.com or by calling into the Club Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Thanks to our sponsors and the RFL, the Club has been granted permission to wear the shirt to raise awareness of Autism.As part of our commitment, we have also agreed to donate 10% of the net retail price of each shirt to raise vital funds for the local group.On top of this it is our intention to Auction off the players’ shirts in the coming weeks for the same cause.The shirt design this year is ‘contrast black’ with the Traditional Vee being replaced by a Jigsaw designed ribbon hanging over the shoulder.This is renowned as a key symbol used by the Autism Society.Each replica shirt also carries the logo of St.Helens Autism Support, a local branch making a massive difference in the St Helens area helping raise awareness of Autism and aiding people with the condition.The match details are also listed on the right front hem of the shirt in multi-coloured text.Saints Replica version shirts are manufactured from a range of high quality advanced fibres to produce an end fabric called Koolite.Available in Adult sizes X-Small through to 7XL and also available to pre-order in Kids sizes 5-6 Years through to Age 13, and Ladies fit shirts size L8 to L18.The shirt are priced at £48 for Adults and £35 for Kids sizes.To guarantee delivery, the cut-off date for pre-orders is Midnight on April 28.Physical stock will be available for collection/delivery commencing May 15 2017, enabling you to wear your shirt for the Magic Weekend whether you are going or supporting from home.We will have a small amount of stock in store on or around this time but cannot guarantee that your size will be available so please PRE-ORDER to guarantee you don’t miss out.Remember you can still get your ticket for the Magic Weekend by clicking here.Saints take on Hull FC at the 2017 Magic Weekend on Saturday May 20 (KO 4:45pm)2017 Members can get 50% off their ticket when they buy it directly from the Club – this is only available via the ticket office or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

THANK YOU Trolly Stop continues their fundraising ways

first_imgOwners Rich and Kathy Walsh stop by the WWAY studios- Advertisement – Rich and his wife Kathy bought the store on Fountain Drive two years ago and consider the business as also a vehicle to raise money to help the community.  Right now plans are in the works to have a fundraiser for the Wilmington Fire Department to help pay for the yearly maintenance of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Park Avenue station.  Rich is a former volunteer firefighter of 15 years.Owners Rich and Kathy Walsh stop by the WWAY studios WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The husband and wife duo at Trolly Stop continue to give back to the community with more fundraisers on the way.The most recent event raised $600 for Step Up for Soldiers on July 29th.  “Families with the kids, veterans, students, business people, and our steady regular customers, that came in and helped us to raise $600 for Step Up for Soldiers,” owner Rich Walsh said.center_img We’ll keep you posted on their fundraising ways on Good Evening Wilmington, your home for positive stories.(and the WWAY staff says a big THANK YOU for all you do for the community!)last_img read more

Burgaw DMV office moving to different location

first_imgBurgaw North Carolina DMV Office Location (Photo: Google Maps) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Burgaw Driver License office, located at 805 South Walker Street, will close Thursday at 12 p.m. and move to a new location. The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 3, at 781 U.S. 117 South in the old Pender Plumbing Co. building. The location will also serve as a district office for the N.C. Highway Patrol.- Advertisement – The Burgaw office hours will change to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.Customers may call the office at (910) 259-2799 to confirm appointments and operating hours.DMV offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.MyNCDMV.gov to see if their driver license needs can be met online.last_img read more

Wildlife expert warns of snake sightings dog bit by copperhead

first_imgDog bitten by snake. Different snake found in family’s yard last year (Photo: Tracy Swanson/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The weather has warmed up and more people are out in their yards, but you might not be alone. Several people have recently shared their experiences with snakes and bears on social media in our area.“They’re scary,” Tracy Swanson said after her dog was bit by a snake.- Advertisement – Swanson said a copperhead bit their dog, Tanner after he spotted and ran straight towards the snake in their yard. The snake struck and left Tanner with bites on his paw, nose and chest. The family immediately took Tanner to the vet. Now Tracy is even more cautious.“I’m always looking around on the ground, you don’t know and I just don’t want anyone to get bit by them,” Swanson said.North Carolina is home to six different venomous snakes, but most common is the copperhead. North Carolina Wildlife Officer Clayton Ludwick said not all snakes are bad and to be prepared to see them more often as the weather continues to warm up.Related Article: Company offers ‘pawternity leave’ for new pet parents“Everything is coming out this time of year. It is the warm weather, it’s just like humans in the winter time, you’re in the house it’s cold. In the summer time you’re out, want to move around it’s the same thing in the animal world,” Ludwick said.Ludwick said in most cases snake bites are non-life threatening but they do need to be treated. Luckily for Swanson, her dog Tanner is recovering just fine.NC Wildlife said bears have been seen recently as well and to also be on the look out for gators, more deer and coyotes. If you see a snake NC Wildlife said do not panic, back away and don’t touch them.last_img read more

Lara Trump surveys damage in Brunswick County

first_img Trump, the daughter in law of President Donald Trump and a Wrightsville Beach native, has been a supporter of and volunteer at Durso’s Paws Place for more than five years — well before she became a member of the nation’s first family and Paws Place moved into its Winnabow facility in 2017 after two decades as an outdoor facility.On Friday, Trump stopped by to check in on Durso and staff as she toured Brunswick County, surveying the damage done by Hurricane Florence.Read more from StarNewsOnline. Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, toured animal shelters undergoing hurricane recovery on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) WINNABOW, NC (StarNewsOnline) — Tears welled up in Peggy Durso’s eyes as soon as Lara Trump went in for the hug.The two know each other well, so the lengthy embrace was more than a single gesture. It was a reunion.Lara Trump toured Town Creek Elementary on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools)- Advertisement – last_img read more

Blind man advocates for more accessible crosswalks in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Imagine waking up one day and not being able to get around the place you’ve lived your entire life. That’s the reality for one Wilmington man who went blind three years ago.Fred Strong has lived in Wilmington his entire life. He knows the city like the back of his hand, but is now unable to navigate it.- Advertisement – “After visiting and staying in Raleigh for about 10 weeks, I’m almost ashamed to say I live in Wilmington in relationship to the blind and the handicapped trying to maneuver through Wilmington,” Strong said.He says relearning how to do everyday tasks hasn’t been easy, but he’s had some great help along the way.“In the beginning it was very depressing, but because of the North Carolina School for the Blind, I feel like I’ve come alive again, and I’m not just existing,” he said.Related Article: Wilmington council gets update on Bijou Park plansHe says at the school in Raleigh, he was taught how to get around town using crosswalks that announce out loud when it is safe to cross.“I’m going straight on Jones Street, and I push the arrow and it tells me Jones Street arrow clear,” Strong said.He was surprised to learn that these type of crosswalks are not in Wilmington, and will go before city council Tuesday to ask that they consider installing them. He says without them, it isn’t safe for the visually impaired.“My challenge to you in the community is to put a set of blindfolds on, and walk with me from Long Street on Shipyard to Long Leaf Mall, crossing Holly Tree, or crossing left to go to Brightmore,” Strong said.I spoke to City Councilman Paul Lawler, who said he did not know enough about these types of crosswalks, and would have to research them before Tuesday’s meeting.I also reached out to Mayor Bill Saffo and have not yet heard back.last_img read more

Service dogs helping veterans and others with disabilities live independently

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington nonprofit is making it easier for people with disabilities to have access to service dogs and live independently.Established in 1996, Canines for Service (CFS) trains highly-skilled service dogs for people with disabilities.- Advertisement – The program has a strong emphasis on placing service dogs with veterans with mobility limitations, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.Recently, CFS placed its 100th service dog with Army Veteran Corey Lee. He served in the Army for more than nine years where he sustained multiple knee and back injuries.Lee received a service dog named “Roman,” a tan and white Labrador Retriever mix. Roman came from Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) located in Shallotte, NC.“We knew Mr. Lee and Roman would be a perfect match, and in their short time together, I have already seen an incredible bond form,” said Rick Hairston, President and CEO of Canines for Service. “Mr. Lee is more confident and independent with Roman by his side and together they are going to do great things.”Hairston suffers from degenerative joint disease and has a service dog named “Jordan” who helps with a number of routine tasks.“I have a tendency to drop a lot of items and if I trip and fall, he helps me recover from a fall and retrieve the items I happen to drop,” Hairston said.All of the dogs in the CFS program are rescue dogs and primarily come from local shelters and rescues.During a 12-month period, the dogs are trained in over 90 different commands. They are trained by training staff, students learning how to train service dogs and military prisoners at the brig at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.With their high-level of training, the dogs are valued at $54,000 but CFS’s clients are not charged anything. The nonprofit receives funding from donors, grants and fundraisers.The goal of the program is to make people more independent.“We want them to be able to go out in the public to live life and in Corey’s case, he wanted to be back to normal,” Hairston said. “Its going to be a new normal for him to be the best he can be.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement • Indian dance styles• Sahara Desert• Sydney Harbor• Oud• Chili pepper• Venice gondolas• Nepal• Chilean vineyards• African kanga• Up on the House Top• Henna lampChief Doodler, Micheal Lopez, and five artists spent over 250 hours working on those doodle, which loosely (very loosely, actually) re-creates the Google logo with various images across the world. I’m interpreting the unrelated images as a message as to celebrate, wherever you are (or celebrate as one?).Anyway, all of the portraits are wonderful and clicking each one will lead you to learn more about the item (like any other basic doodle). Doodles have gotten more ambitious this year with Pac Man, video playing logos and other crazy ones being introduced, so it’s sort of fitting that we end the year with such a different logo. [Google via WSJ] – Advertisement – Source: Gizmodo.comlast_img read more

Open Data for African platform to Boost Access to African Stats

first_imgAdvertisement The Open Data for African platform, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), seeks to improve evidence-based decision-making, policy formulation and overall good governance in Africa. 20 African countries are set to benefit from the data platform on developmental issues such as the Millennium Development Goals aimed at improving access to quality information.It will also provide members of the public with easy access to official statistics online.The director of the statistics department of the AfDB, Charles Lufumpa Leyeka, says that the initiative provides a unique opportunity for African countries to implement international statistical standards for greater comparability of data at regional and international levels, as the countries will now all be linked to each other via a common platform. – Advertisement – The initiative will also address the challenge of submitting data from national statistical officers to international development partners and organisations.“Officers will only need to upload data and [make it] available to the various development partners and users [thus], significantly reducing the data reporting burden,” says Leyeka.The platform offers a unique opportunity to various users such as policymakers and partners around the world to gain access to reliable and timely data on Africa.“Users can perform comprehensive analysis at country and regional levels, and share their views thereby creating an informed community.These diverse groups can now contribute effectively to decision making thus leading to more transparency, accountability and improved governance.”One of the challenges to this initiative, according to Leyeka, is poor Internet connectivity in some African countries.The AfDB has made plans to assist those countries with limited information technology (IT) capacity. “The Bank will host platforms for countries that cannot do their own for a period of at least two years, during which they will be supported to strengthen their IT infrastructure and technical staffing.”Robert Masinde, an IT lecturer at Kenya’s Moi University tells SciDev.Net that the initiative will revolutionise how development projects ought to be identified, prioritised, executed, monitored and evaluated in Africa.He says that with huge investments in the IT sector, especially in data transmission via fibre optics, and the expanding supply of electricity, the open platform already has a reliable infrastructure.Masinde adds that data security is the main challenge to this initiative. “The end users of this data must be adequately protected as they access this info and the platform should also be secured from hackers who are likely to invade and corrupt this invaluable data.”The platform was launched in Tunis last month (14 March). The twenty countries are Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Credit: SciDev Net.last_img read more

Meet Storipot A One Stop Website For All Ugandan Blogs

first_imgAdvertisement Storipot, a Ugandan-based news and blog aggregation service that helps online visitors discover and read local content from over 250 curated blogs has today been launched.The online service is a brainchild of Dignited,a blog that’s about news, reviews and analysis of Technology in Uganda and wider Africa.The team came up with the idea after finding it hard to keep track of a vast amount of local content that is continuously published by local newspapers and blogs.“There is a lot of great content that is published every day by mainstream media houses and more recently bloggers. However, it is increasingly difficult to keep track of great stories because of  the ‘noise’ generated by social media and millions of sites on the web”, David Okwii, the Editor-In-Chief of Dignited said. – Advertisement – Storipot which currently is a web application found at www.storipot.com seeks to find the signal in the noise thanks to clever computer algorithms and human editorial oversight. The new aggregator aims to provide readers with headlines of the latest stories curated from websites and blogs by or about Uganda and help readers avoid the ‘noise’ that internet has becomeThe website follows a simple, highly textual, minimalistic design aimed at helping users quickly find stories they care about. The design also organizes stories in various categories such as Politics and current affairs, Entertainment, Literature and Arts, Technology to further simplify discovery of stories on the site. The site is initially giving more attention to blogs rather than mainstream media since the majority of great blogs remain largely unknown to online visitors. That is why the site has also included a directory of more than 250 Ugandan blogs in addition to the aggregator.However, the real kernel behind storipot is a developing community of enthusiastic bloggers who submitted their blogs to the aggregator during a data crowdsourcing campaign the team embarked on 3 months ago.“There’s a growing community of bloggers in Uganda who are increasingly churning out great local content. However, this content often goes unnoticed because of their small distribution channels and growing ‘noise’ on the web. We hope to solve this with storipot. “ Onyait Odeke, the project manager said.Storipot hopes to count on its growing following on social media, emailing list and direct visits on the site to help bloggers reach and engage a wider audience.last_img read more

Uganda Telecom gets New Managing Director

first_imgThe new appointed Managing Director of Uganda Telecom Mr. Mark Shoebridge. Image Credit: chimpreports Advertisement The Board of Directors, Uganda Telecom has appointed Mr. Mark Shoebridge as the Managing Director. Mark Shoebridge will assume the new role effective February 8th, 2016, taking over from Mr. Godfrey Kisekka who has been heading the Executive Management Team that has been in place since July 21st, 2015. The appointment of Mr. Shoebridge has been hailed by staff.“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome him back to the UTL family at this time. I am personally excited about UTL’s future and look forward to the continued rescue push. I remain confident that our strategy and investment plan that is being discussed by the shareholders, will allow UTL to recover and retain its competitive position in the market, as we endeavor to deliver on our commitment to create value for our stakeholders,” said Stephen Kaboyo, the Board Chairman, Uganda Telecom.In his recent role, Mark Shoebridge has been the Executive Head of Operations at Vodacom Business in Nigeria. Before that he was a substantive Chief Fixed Services Officer, heading the fixed line and ISP divisions of the Company since 2013. He is a highly qualified telecommunications and IT professional with over 20 years’ experience in diverse business conglomerates including Nostracom Telecomunicaciones, SDL plc, Modus Media International, R.R. Donnelley Global Turnkey Solutions and Lionbridge.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Commenting on his new appointment, Mr. Mark Shoebridge remarked: “I am delighted to accept the role of Managing Director of Uganda Telecom and welcome this exciting opportunity to lead the team to deliver continued business development and success of the company.”last_img read more

Facebook Launches WORKPLACE by Facebook

first_imgFacebook Workplace is about more than just communicating between desks within the walls of an office. Image Credit: Facebook Newsroom Advertisement Facebook Inc. on Monday launched a communications tool for businesses, nonprofits and other organizations, dubbed ‘Workplace‘.The platform is not connected to users’ existing Facebook accounts but instead, businesses sign up for an account as an organization and pay a monthly fee based on the number of users.It’s free for nonprofits and educational institutions. – Advertisement – According to Facebook, Workplace will be priced competitively and companies only pay for people who are actively using the product and won’t charge for inactive users.For Up to 1000 monthly active users, Workplace will cost $3, $2 for 1,001 to 10,000 monthly active users, and $1 for more than 10,000 monthly active users.Julien Codorniou, head of Workplace at Facebook, said in an interview that the tool’s aim is to connect everyone in all sorts of workplaces – from desk-bound professionals to on-the-go employees who don’t have email or a computer. Think baristas at a coffee shop, field workers for a disaster-aid charity, salespeople at a clothing store or people making electronics at a factory.Comparison between the two: Using WorkPlace for Facebook, the background is gray and users can build profiles and see updates from co-workers on their news feed, while with the regular Facebook, the company will display posts that are more relevant based on its own formula. The idea is that because more than 1.7 billion people already know how to use Facebook, and Workplace, which works much in the same way, will be easy to learn and use.However, according to Facebook, more than 1,000 organizations around the world are using Workplace. Nearly 100,000 groups have been created and the top five countries – India, US, Norway, UK and France, are using Workplace.The Best of Facebook, Plus New Features: The company has brought the best of Facebook to it’s Workplace — whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts.This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.Facebook in a statement said, it has built unique Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from; such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on.source: Associated Press and Facebook Newsroomlast_img read more

How to enjoy Uber over the festive season

first_imgAdvertisement As the party season kicks off, we are faced with the perennial challenge: how are we going to get home once the celebrations are over?Although it is much easier to be responsible, many people still drive under the influence. Uber has covered the basics of getting around over the festive season, so you can always make the safe choice.Plan ahead Think your after-work drinks may include a few more glasses than expected? Plan in advance and take an Uber to work. You can even schedule your ride in advance so you don’t have to worry about breaking the festivities until your driver comes. Or, if the party takes you by surprise, rather Uber home, leave your car at the office and pick it up over the weekend. While this may seem like extra work at first, it is a lot less costly than compromising your safety and the safety of others by drinking and driving. – Advertisement – Know that you’ll get a driver, even in peak times Over festive periods, there is often a fear that there won’t be enough drivers to go around. As an ever-growing and evolving platform, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Uber runs a successful model called dynamic pricing, which allows users to get a ride when they need it most – especially during the busiest nights of year, like New Year’s Eve or after a big sporting event.During times of peak demand, it is important that there are enough driver-partners on the platform to accommodate those looking for rides. For this reason, Uber increases fares to encourage more drivers to come onto the platform.The dynamic pricing algorithm automatically increases prices to encourage more driver-partners to come onto the platform and cater for the demand. When demand and supply are in line, prices quickly return to normal. You will know when dynamic pricing is in place, because you will be notified from the moment you open the app, and reminded as you request your trip. Dynamic pricing ensures there are cars available whenever you open the app.Safety features Uber is committed to safety and want everyone to feel confident that it is a reliable choice this festive season. The technology makes it possible to make safety improvements that were never before possible prior to Uber. When a driver-partner accepts your request, you see his or her first name, photo, and license plate number. All rides are tracked using GPS and you can share your ETA allowing loved ones to see your trip in real time (even if they don’t have the Uber app themselves).Cash is safe Don’t have a card? No problem! You can still ride and pay in cash. Simply choose the CASH option, take a ride and pay the fare directly to your driver at the end of the trip. All trips with Uber are GPS tracked and we know your location throughout every trip to ensure safety for both sides. Riders are encouraged to do regular deposits and keep as little cash on them as possible (by using their cash to pay for fuel and supplies).Need help?  There may be times when you need to get in contact: a purse left in a car or possibly an incorrect fare. Now, getting in touch is as simple using the platform. Uber has created a global network of support centers to provide 24/7 support. The simple, easy to use in-app Help function answers all your questions. Just tap “Help” and all the information you need is right there at your fingertip.Have fun, without worrying about your ride When it comes down to it, the festive season is all about being carefree. It’s about taking care of the little things so you can have a good time. By taking advantage of ride-sharing options at your disposal, you don’t have to worry about parking, tipping the driver (our partners  keep most of the fare), being ‘over the limit’ or how you’re going to get home. When it is this fun, easy and available, there is no reason not to make the responsible choice.last_img read more

DFCU Bank Launches A Revamped OmniChannel eBanking Platform

first_imgDenis Kibukamusoke; Head of Consumer Banking at DFCU bank Uganda speaking at the launch of the revamped omni-channel ebanking platform at the DFCU Bank Uganda head offices in Nakasero on Wednesday 16th, May 2018. Advertisement DFCU bank has on Wednesday launched a revamped eBanking platform for its Omni-Channels called Quick Banking to enable its customers make their transactions faster, safer, and simpler banking. The Omni-Channel consists of three channels to say; the use of USSD codes for feature phones, use of a mobile application for smartphones, and internet banking.The announcement of the revamped was made by the Head of Consumer Banking at DFCU bank Uganda; Denis Kibukamusoke who reiterated the bank’s commitment to improving customer experience across all touch points.Denis pointed out that the revamped platform will provide a great user experience as well as ensure an enriched customer experience for their retail and corporate customers. – Advertisement – “As technology continuously changes the way we live, banking is also changing. Our customers are more concerned about how they use their time and therefore how banking can be more convenient, fast, safe and simpler,” he said.Omni-Channel is providing multiple ways for customers to transact using USSD codes, mobile application, and via the internet with simply one password and username. With a one time OPT to verify that you’re the rightful owner of the account.A live demonstration of the new product was done in front of the press which promises customers a life uninterrupted by banking.last_img read more

A Brief Understanding on eSIM Technology

first_img(Photo Courtesy: Wccftech) Advertisement Apple Inc. on Wednesday launched their newest iPhone models; the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. While they all looked astonishing, awesome, and pricey (as some of us reviewers expected), what had many talking, and up to now some have no idea what it is, was the company’s adaption of eSim (Embedded SIM) technology.After leaks claimed that that the Cupertino-based tech firm had a dual sim variant(s) lined up, they confirmed their new iPhone models do come with Dual-SIM functionality. However, the tricky part is that only in China where users will be able to use two physical/regular sims while in other markets will use one physical SIM and one eSIM.So what is this eSIM “thing”? What we know is that it’s not 2018 technology since we’ve heard it back in Barcelona at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, seen it in the Samsung Gear S2 3G in 2016, and in the Apple Watch 3 that really brought eSIM technology into the spotlight. With eSIM, there are no physical SIM cards involved and no physical swapping over required by you. eSIM is basically a small chip inside your phone and works in a similar way to the NFC chip. – Advertisement – But first things first, eSIM needs to be supported and enabled by the your network/carrier. A few of the networks/carriers that support eSIM are; Airtel, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Reliance Jio.The fun part of this technology is that the information on an eSIM is rewritable. You can decide to change operator(s) at any one point in time. For instance; if you have a physical MTN SIM, and your handset supports eSIM, and you want to allocate it to Airtel, you simply call/go to any of their service center and have it activated, if you want to change to a different operator, you call Airtel first to deactivate the eSIM so that you can be in position to have another operator activate it. One other honorable mention is that they’re really easy to add to a data plan – connecting devices with eSIMs to a mobile account can be done in minutes.What are the advantage were looking at with the eSIMGreat for regular travelers You could go to another country and simply add a roaming eSIM to your handset in that particular area/city/country you’re currently in while retaining access to your home number.Design point of view With the design point of view, smartphone manufacturers will make a smaller device because there’s no need to accommodate a SIM card or the tray that holds it as its space can be used for something else.According to Vodafone, eSIMs will enable more connected devices simply because eSIMs don’t require so much room inside a device, enabling fitness trackers or even glasses to have stand-alone 4G connectivity in a way they just weren’t able to before, Pocket-lint reports.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v Everton

first_img[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ohn Wayne et al starred in the classic 1960’s film The Longest Day and it felt a little like The Longest Match at Anfield last night with Liverpool eventually prevailing 6-5 in the penalty shoot-out. Justice for Liverpool after Stoke’s first half goal from Marko Arnautovic was well offside, but no so just for punters (including me) who were on the DRAW at half-time.Now the very real prospect of the first Merseyside final in 27 years if Everton can progress against Man City tonight.There’s a reasonable chance too as Everton hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg at Goodison.That could well dictate tactics from Everton who need just a draw to get to Wembley and draws are what Everton do for fun. They have now drawn eight of their last 13 away games!Everton will be without both midfielder Muhamed Besic (hamstring) and winger Kevin Mirallas (tendon) but Man City have bigger problems with Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri all sidelined.City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said that Willy Caballero will take over from Joe Hart in goal.Pellegrini added: “It’s the third time we’ll play Everton in one month – we know their team. The most important thing is to try to play another final at Wembley. That is our target. After we lost to Everton 2-1, I said that if we don’t qualify for the final, it’s not because of that game but because we can’t win at home at least 1-0.”Man City v EvertonCapital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2016 PREMIER Man City 0-0 EvertonJan 2016 CAPITAL ONE CUP Everton 2-1 Man CityAug 2015 PREMIER Everton 0-2 Man CityJan 2015 PREMIER Everton 1-1 Man CityDec 2014 PREMIER Man City 1-0 EvertonMay 2014 PREMIER Everton 2-3 Man CityOct 2013 PREMIER Man City 3-1 EvertonMar 2013 PREMIER Everton 2-0 Man CityDec 2012 PREMIER Man City 1-1 EvertonJan 2012 PREMIER Everton 1-0 Man CityThe DRAW is tempting at 7/2 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 7/2 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 4.51 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tues Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.40 BathElieden 5/1 > 7/23.50 ChelmsfordCoastal Cyclone 12/1 > 7/24.00 BeverleyMywayistheonlyway 5/2 > 15/84.20 ChelmsfordFakhoor 2/1 > 11/87.10 ThirskHelioblu Bareliere 7/1 > 9/2FOOTBALLNO TV GAMESBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 17 Julylast_img