Advertisement Thekiosks are scheduled to be placed on every street in Uganda. The newly refurbished kiosks are being given to interested parties to use as a place of business. These kiosks are in support of our valued Distributor partners, assisting them to create more visible and effective points of sales and service.Every kiosk will have Uganda Telecom stock for sale including simcards, electronic and paper airtime, Msente services and registration, phones and other products.“Uganda Telecom is committed to providing easy access to communication and today we are launching over 400 new outlets where our customers can access our products and services” said Stanley Henning, UTL COO.Uganda Telecom has got a distribution network across the country of 25,000 outlets that sell airtime and simcards. These 440 will boost this network and provide access to more services that the telecom innovator has under their docket.Mr Henning added “By opening these new outlets in strategic locations and furnishing them with most of our products, we are in effect bringing our services closer to the people and saving you the hassle of looking for the product as it is right there on your doorstep.” – Advertisement – Uganda Telecom has got a distribution network across the country of 25,000 outlets that sell airtime and simcards. These 440 will boost this network and provide access to more services that the telecom innovator has under their docket.The kiosks will also house Public Payphones and the agents will be able to handle anycustomer care query. Agents will also be able to help educate customers about Msente. Msente is a UTL mobile wallet for a subscriber that offers a fast, secure and painless method for money transfer and bill payment.The Service is USSD based and the code for Msente users is *500#. This code enables one access the Msente menu on your mobile phone and allows users to deposit funds, transfer funds, withdraw funds, buy airtime, pay school fess, insurance and pay bills directly over their mobile phone: The launch of the kiosks was done on Kimathi Avenue where Uganda Telecom has 3 newly branded and kitted kiosks.END.
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Advertisement Rwandans will soon have affordable devices for internet connectivity that they can pay for on a long-term basis, according to the country’s director general in charge of ICT in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Didier Nkurikiyimfura, at the 11th edition of the ICT Literacy and Awareness campaign in Karongi District.Nkurikiyimfura said: Just like several citizens are able to make a call, is the same way we need internet connectivity especially the 4G to allow every individual to receive the network and what is left is to have the devices.The director said they have been talking to manufacturers, suppliers and banks to find a way through which citizens can buy devices through bank services using a specific financial product.There are other working models towards this end, an example being Gira ICT, which is currently providing people with devices at a low price, to be paid over a period of one or two years.In fact, this strategy works really well, It is very important to have a positive attitude towards ICT. We came to remind you that you have ideas and all you need is to access the ICT tools and then enhance your initiatives. Nkurikiyimfura said
Advertisement Oracle Corporation has today announced an initiative designed to enrich and increase the skills capacity of IT practitioners in Africa.The four-pronged program was devised as a response to the rapid adoption of new technologies by governments and businesses in Africa, exacerbating the shortage of suitably skilled practitioners to use the systems to best advantage.According to Oracle, the dramatic advancement of technology over the past five years has resulted in a gap in IT competencies and skills availability. Organizations in Africa are adopting new technologies at a rate which is outstripping the availability of appropriately qualified staff.“Today IT holds the promise to promote social inclusion, combat corruption, expand the digital economy and enable stronger links between citizens and governments, businesses and customers, NGOs and the communities they serve,” said Alfonso Di Ianni, Senior Vice President, Oracle East Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. “They can do this and at the same time dramatically reduce costs and improve efficiency. However for technology to support such transformation, organizations must have ready access to people capable of setting up and maintaining these systems.” – Advertisement – Consisting of four elements – employee readiness, ecosystem readiness, workforce readiness and youth readiness, Oracle is reaching out to governments, the private sector and non-profit organizations to implement a long term skills strategy that will help fulfill demand for relevant IT skills.The Infographic below can explain in detail.
Advertisement At the 5th edition of the annual Mobile Money Expo in Lagos, Nigeria, Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, won the very coveted ‘Financial Inclusion Platform of the Year’ Award.In recognition of its Financial Inclusion initiatives across Africa, Ingenico Group also received the Awards for ‘Best Mobile Money/Card Combination’ and ‘Best Data Monitoring Solution’.The Kalahari awards are dedicated to acknowledging creativity, commitment and excellence in the mobile financial services across Africa. – Advertisement – Each award is given based on a number of criteria, including geographic market penetration, on-going of commercial campaigns, regulatory compliance, cross-sector partnerships, active deployments and future potentials for further growth.“We are very proud to be the ‘Financial Inclusion Platform of the Year’ Award winner, and very honored to be rewarded with 3 Kalahari awards”, commented Rachid Oulad Akdim, Africa Managing Director, Ingenico Group.“Ingenico Group leverages both its in-depth market knowledge and technology to enable its customers to have a long-lasting, positive impact on developing communities, while still growing their business and contributing to positive economic growth.These awards confirm our strategy as we are committed to pursue our vision to deepen financial inclusion and offer the African market evermore empowering services and solutions.”
Advertisement MTN Group has moved to appoint a new chief executive officer. The company announced to shareholders on Monday morning that its board has voted to appoint Rob Shuter as its new group president and CEO.Shuter is set to head up MTN after the company’s former CEO Sifiso Dabengwa quit last year and was replaced by Phuthuma Nhleko, who temporarily took over. He will revert to his role as non-executive chairman as soon as Shuter starts his new role.MTN Group said in an official statement: “The Company is pleased to advise that after conducting an extensive global search for a candidate suited to the demands of the Group’s future strategy, the Board has resolved to appoint Rob Shuter as the new Group President and CEO.” – Advertisement – Rob may commence as soon as it is practically possible in 2017 but not later than 1 July 2017 after the completion of his current contractual obligations.Rob, a South African national, is the current CEO of the European Cluster at Vodafone Group and has extensive experience in telecoms and banking having held senior management roles at Vodacom Group, Standard Bank and Nedbank prior to joining Vodafone Group.Rob ShuterMTN is confident that Rob will bring experience and new insights to the CEO role having had many years in the telecoms sector both in Africa and Europe as well as in banking where his expertise will help as MTN continues to develop its new business strategy.Rob Shuter said – “I am honoured to have the opportunity and look forward to working with Phuthuma and the MTN Group board to ensure that we build on a strong foundation laid over the last 15 – 20 years for the Group to realize its full potential.”Further appointment of a new VP M&A and Strategy will be effective 1 October 2016. Godfrey Motsa has also been appointed by the countries in the SEA Region (excluding South Africa) to oversee the operations in those regions with effect from 1 July 2016.Appointment of additional non executive directors: Paul Hanratty, Stan Miller, Nkululeko Sowazi.
Oh Blog, what a fabulous weekend I’ve had with Belindabelle in Whitstable. The faultless menu at The Oyster House, a seafood-platter at Wheelers, a stroll along the quirky and disjointed sea walk of the front, the warm water of the estuary to flop back into after lunch. I’m addicted. I admit it. If you haven’t been, come and check out this shining little gem of a town.Blog, the red mist descended yesterday. It comes so rarely to me but it fell upon my being. I came into contact with one of the ignorant people.Do you remember the disaster some years ago (2004) when a huge group of Chinese illegal-immigrants were picking cockles for a gang-master, he forgot to come and collect them from the sands, and the tide came in and tragically drowned them all? When this came onto the news, it was far more than just a distant statistic of death. In the way that it found a group of people who had escaped together, for a better life, to live out their dreams in the ‘perfect’ western world, it was so much more cutting and cruel than a freak natural-disaster or train-crash.What struck me about the event though, was the inhumanity and cold attitude shown buy ‘Us’, the ‘We’; People. How do you forget to collect a group of fellow human beings, working miles out on the sand, picking shellfish out of the salt, for a pittance in remuneration? The tide’s coming in. You know when it’s coming. There’s a timetable for Christ’s sake. But it wasn’t just that. The incident had happened. There was no way to reverse it. The people’s lives had gone. What cut me most though, was the sickening jokes and barbaric attitude that so many of the spoilt English people had towards the event. In the sounds they made, coming out of the holes in the front of their alcohol and nicotine worn faces, were pure examples of the worst side of human ignorance and lack of compassion for others.Before us, lay a wide, round, blue glass plate. A quarter of an hour earlier, a vast array of seafood had lain upon it. I had, in my usual style, managed to eat about 2/3 of the shared portion, and my belly was announcing to the rest of my body that an afternoon of relaxation should lie ahead. In Wheelers, like the bar at English’s, they serve you at the counter. At the same time though, in Wheelers, customers are invited to come and go, purchasing small portions of shellfish to take away. To my right, at the front of the take-away queue, an individual had reached the front, awaiting his turn in line.‘Smawl ba-ug uh cohckles, pleez’. Was the first sound that emanated from his ‘Ah nah mah rahts’ type of voice.The counter-hand girl turned and filled a plastic carton for him. Passed it over to the customer, and responded:‘£2.50, please.’He handed the money over, in coins, then looked right at her, starting a dark chuckle to himself, and offered as a parting charm:‘Let’s hope they didn’t miss the tide this time.’He turned to leave.Oh, Blog. Oh, Blog. It’s coming. That feeling that comes so rarely, you block it out, and make yourself forget it.There’s a knife, it looks like some kind of meat-cleaver, the other side of the counter. The girl working must use it for a task like cutting up the role-mops or smoked-herring. It’s pristine clean, but has a greying, expert age to it. I wonder if it, as it has gutted so many fish over the years, would cut through his rib-cage and remove his ignorance with similar ease?Its the ‘Theys’ again, isn’t it, Blog? That group that so many people don’t seem to recognise. The small-minded think that the ‘Theys’ are some kind of anonymous faction, living amongst us, as a lower-order but secret cult, identifying themselves to each other only by the use of Masonic handshakes.Around London I’ve seen a bus with ‘Duck Tours’ painted across it. It collects people, gives them a guided look at London, then metamorphosis’s itself into a boat, and immerses itself into the Thames, to complete its journey, travelling along the river.I think I need to borrow that guy’s bus.I think I need to collect the man from Wheelers, with his family.I think I need to bring him on a special tour, and introduce him to the ‘Theys’.The Cockle-Picker tragedy was in Morecambe Bay. Let’s drive up there. On the way, on the motorway, I will point out some places where there were pile-ups. I’ll say ‘THEY died there.’. ‘Five of THEM’. Things like that. I’ll let out a little cackle. They’ll think I’m weird. That’s fine.When we get to the beach, I’ll press the magic button, and sail the coach out to the sands. Timing it nicely. When we get there, we can look out at the water. To feel as small and meaningless against its omnipotent power, as we are. Then when I start to get bored, I’ll press another button. And the back of the bus will lift up and slide the guests, like the remnants of an unwanted fried egg, onto the sand-plain, as if they were the slime of the egg slipping off a plate into a bin-bag.The engine of my bus is back on, revving into gear. I’m moving forward and my doors are locked. I wonder of you think it’s funny now? I wonder if you’re letting out a cynical chuckle to yourself? I wonder if you still think it was okay to laugh at the Chinese immigrants, desperately trying to make a better life, because you’re such a special and spoilt English whitey, and you think you have the divine right to laugh at others? When you were a kid, you took the piss out of the down-syndrome children in the park, didn’t you? ‘Them’. I wonder if you thinks it’s fair that no-one is here to help you, you spoilt white English, with your constant self-inflicted afflictions and attitude of self-entitlement? As the waves cover you like you are dust, and you drown slowly and helplessly, with your family around you, I wonder if you’re finding out who the ‘Theys’ are now? But, oh no, the ‘Theys’ and the ‘Us’s’ are all the same. Oh fuck – didn’t you know? At long last, it’s your go. It’s just your turn to now be a ‘They’. As I sail slowly and steadily away, waving back, you’re finding out that life is really about the ‘We’s’. I really do hope you appreciate this enlightenment during your final moments.In other news:Here’s an interesting fact I bet you didn’t know, Blog…My favourite actor has got to be Albert Finney.I was reliably informed recently that Finney’s dad was an independent greyhound on-course bookmaker, in the north of England.He was spotted by the great William Hill as having real talent and employed as their on-course representative, to bet for Hills at the races. Small world, isn’t it?Agent Y took me recently, for a fantastic birthday dinner, at Patara, off Regent Street. Blog, 10. This scores a clear 10. A faultless Thai meal was served, and from the Satay starters, through to the Massaman curry, and then quirky desserts, this place is a must visit. Don’t miss the Pad Thai.Ben x
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]ossession might be nine-tenths of the law but it certainly isn’t when it comes to football.A classic case was the first leg Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and defending champions Bayern Munich which somehow ended 1-0 to Real despite Bayern having overhwelming possession throughout the entire match.I made a mental note that night to back Bayern in the replay and that’s exactly what I intend to do tonight (Allianz Arena, 7.45pm LIVE ITV).History shows there is seldom little to choose between these two giants of European football:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Apr 2014 C League Real Madrid 1-0 B MunichApr 2012 C League Real Madrid 2-1 B MunichApr 2012 C League B Munich 2-1 Real MadridMar 2007 C League B Munich 2-1 Real MadridFeb 2007 C League Real Madrid 3-2 B MunichMar 2004 C League Real Madrid 1-0 B MunichFeb 2004 C League B Munich 1-1 Real MadridApr 2002 C League Real Madrid 2-0 B MunichApr 2002 C League B Munich 2-1 Real MadridMay 2001 C League B Munich 2-1 Real MadridAnother goal for Real would be a nightmare for Bayern with the away goals rule being such an important factor for punters to consider but as it stands I strongly fancy Bayern to overturn the deficit and qualify for another final.Real are favourites on the ‘to qualify’ market and have been given a boost by the return of Gareth Bale after illness and Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to start after a recent hamstring problem.The early market moves on Star Sports showed weakness on Bayern in the 90 minute market with support coming in for the draw but I’m sticking with Bayern to make it to Lisbon and a final against either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid – more on that match tomorrow.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)10 points BAYERN ‘TO QUALIFY’ at around 6/4 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (APRIL): LOSS 4.42 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 94.70 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s High Noon at Turf Moor on Saturday – but more for Man U and not the hosts.When the fixture list came out, newly promoted Burnley would have been forgiven for putting a line through this one in terms of points – but now there’s almost an expectation that they get something from it.And they have every right to be confident.Man U are in complete disarray. An opening day defeat to Swansea at Old Trafford, followed up by only a point against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light and the worse was yet to come…. an inexplicable 4-0 loss at the hands of MK Dons midweek in the League Cup.The market seems to still be showing them a vote of confidence but I REALLY can’t be backing Man U at odds on for this clash.Burnley v Man UPremier League12.45pm, LIVE ON BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2010 Premier League Man Utd 3-0 BurnleyAug 2009 Premier League Burnley 1-0 Man UtdDec 2002 League Cup Burnley 0-2 Man UtdOct 1984 League Cup Burnley 0-3 Man UtdSep 1984 League Cup Man Utd 4-0 BurnleyApr 1976 Div 1 (old) Burnley 0-1 Man UtdDec 1975 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 2-1 BurnleyJan 1975 League Cup Man Utd 3-2 BurnleyApr 1974 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 3-3 BurnleyOct 1973 Div 1 (old) Burnley 0-0 Man UtdIn fairness, Burnley have hardly got off to a great start themselves. Although they did have the dream start to the season when going 1-0 up against Chelsea after just 14 minutes but ended up losing 3-1 and then were beaten 1-0 by Swansea last weekend.This was followed up with a loss midweek in the League Cup to Sheffield Wednesday when manager Sean Dyche rested a number of players with this match in mind.They have bigger problems scoring goals than they do conceding them and have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 29 Premier League games.For Man U, this game is expected to see the debut for Midfielder Angel Di Maria following his £59.7m British transfer record signing from Real Madrid.I can’t see another loss for United but can very much see a draw and at 3/1 is a much more tempting proposition on Star Sports than Man U at odds-on.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 3 points at around 3/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 37.17 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome 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.Monday 10 AugustRACING2.15 WolverhamptonBaltic Histoire 10/1 > 2/12.30 AyrGoninodaethat 5/1 > 7/26.20 WindsorProjection 7/1 > 2/17.00 ThirskForeign Diplomant 9/2 > 9/4LIVE PREMIER LEAGUE8pm SKY9/2 WBA 4/6 Man City 3/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321