SAINTS take on Huddersfield tonight looking to ret

first_imgSAINTS take on Huddersfield tonight looking to return to winning ways.The clubs have enjoyed some epic battles over recent seasons and this one will be no different.Squads:Theo Fages and Adam Swift have been named in Saints’ 19-man squad. Read more here.Super League Summary: St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs) Huddersfield won 10Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007) Huddersfield highest score: 48-20 (MW, 2016) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013)Head to Head:SaintsHuddersfieldTries2224Goals1614Metres8,4579,401Breaks3529Tackles2,4002,728Penalties5970Club Milestones:Adam Swift needs one appearance to reach 100 for St Helens. He made his Saints debut in a 40-38 Challenge Cup win at Widnes on 14 April, 2012.Super League Milestones:Andy Lynch needs one appearance to move ahead of Paul Wellens and into standalone second place in the list of Super League’s all-time leaders.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 454 2 = Andy Lynch (Castleford/Hull FC/Bradford, 1999-present), Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-2015) 439 4 Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-2015) 438 5 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-2016) 432 6 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 414 7 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 413 8 Lee Gilmour (Wakefield/Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-2014) 407 9 Ben Westwood (Warrington/Wakefield, 1999-present) 388 10 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 387Danny Tickle needs three points to draw level with Sean Long in sixth place in the list of Super League’s all-time leaders.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 3,443 2 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,413 3 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,376 4 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons/Wigan, 2006-2013 & 2016) 2,284 5 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,232 6 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,200 7 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 2,197 8 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 2,054 9 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,674 10 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015-present) 1,559Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 10 2 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 9 3 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 8 5 = Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 6 7 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Ben Crooks (Leigh Centurions), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), George Williams (Wigan Warriors) 5Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 40 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 35 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 26 4 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 23 5 Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 22 6 = Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 21 8 Mark Percival (St Helens) 16 9 = Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 14Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 94.59 (35/37) 2 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 92.85 (26/28) 3 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 82.35 (14/17) 4 Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos) 77.77 (14/18) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 75.47 (40/53)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 113 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 82 3 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 63 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 52 5 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 50 6 Mark Percival (St Helens) 48 7 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 46 8 Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 44 9 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 40 10 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 37last_img read more

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Free seeds offer easier start to residents replanting

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence, Pender County Parks and Recreation wants to help residents tackling damaged gardens and yards.The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery provided the River Birch, Pignut Hickory, Chestnut Oak and Sycamore seedlings. The Arbor Day Tree Nursery provided the White Dogwood seedlings. In total, over 1000 seedlings were available for residents at this event.- Advertisement – Parks and Recreation Supervisor Zach White says this is the first time Pender County has hosted an event like this, but hopes to make this an annual event.“We looked at as a rebirth period or regrowth period for the county,” said White. “People are rebuilding and fixing things up after the hurricane and trees are apart of that.”Pender County collected over 600 cubic yards of vegetative debris in the weeks following the hurricane.Related Article: TreeFest: How to get free tree seedlings in WilmingtonWith the expert help of Pender County Master Gardeners and the Lions Club, several hundred residents benefited from this seed giveaway.last_img read more

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Whiteville fire crews battle fire at former gas station

first_imgCrews battle fire at former gas station on June 13, 2019 (Photo: Whiteville Fire Dept.) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A gas station in Whiteville that closed more than a year ago is destroyed, after a fire broke out early Thursday morning.The Whiteville Fire Department responded just before 5:00 a.m., when someone driving by spotted the fire and called 911, according to Whiteville Director of Emergency Services Hal Lowder.- Advertisement – 1 of 3 Crews battle fire at former gas station on June 13, 2019 (Photo: Whiteville Fire Dept.) Lowder said Sams Mart, located at 1730 South J.K. Powell Boulevard, used to be a convenient store and gas station before it closed. Utilities were still hooked up to the building.No one was inside at the time and none of the firefighters were injured.Lowder said so far, the cause of the fire is undetermined, but he can’t rule out an unintentional fire that started in the attic.center_img Crews battle fire at former gas station on June 13, 2019 (Photo: Whiteville Fire Dept.) Crews battle fire at former gas station on June 13, 2019 (Photo: Whiteville Fire Dept.)last_img read more

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EU to end ship patrols in scaled down migrant rescue operation –

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Migrants, intercepted off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, wait to disembark from a rescue boat at dawn at the port of Malaga, southern Spain, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jon NazcaFILE PHOTO: Migrants, intercepted off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, wait to disembark from a rescue boat at dawn at the port of Malaga, southern Spain, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca The European Union will cease the maritime patrols that have rescued thousands of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, but it will extend air missions, two diplomats said on Tuesday.A new agreement on the EU’s Operation Sophia was hammered out after Italy, where anti-migrant sentiment is rising, said it would no longer receive those rescued at sea.Operation Sophia’s mandate was due to expire on Sunday but should now continue for another six months with the same aim of detering people smugglers in the Mediterranean. But it will no longer deploy ships, instead relying on air patrols and closer coordination with Libya, the diplomats said.“It is awkward, but this was the only way forward given Italy’s position, because nobody wanted the Sophia mission completely shut down,” one EU diplomat said.A second diplomat confirmed a deal had been reached and said it must be endorsed by all EU governments on Wednesday.The tentative deal, however, could weaken Operation Sophia’s role in saving lives in the sea where nearly 2,300 people perished last year, according to United Nations figures.From the more than one million refugees and migrants who made it to the bloc during a 2015 crisis, sea arrivals dropped to 141,500 people in 2018, according to the United Nations.Still, Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, has said his country would no longer be the main point of disembarkation for people trying to cross the Mediterranean by boat and rescued by Sophia’s patrol ships.Rome called for other countries to open up their ports instead, but no other EU states came forward. Diplomats said countries including Spain, France and Germany signalled they were not willing to host more rescued people – most of whom are fleeing wars and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.However, EU governments did want the mission to continue because they felt it had been effective in dissuading smugglers.The compromise discussion in Brussels did not discuss military aspects of the role of air patrols. But the new arrangement will involve more training of the coast guard in Libya, where lawlessness has allowed smugglers to openly operate sending people to Europe by sea.But it would be in line with the EU’s policy of turning increasingly restrictive on Mediterranean immigration since the surge in 2015 and discouraging people from risking their lives in the sea in trying to cross to Europe where governments do not want them.The bloc has already curbed operations of EU aid groups in the part of the Mediterranean in question and moved its own ships further north where fewer rescues take place.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Galaxy S3 Explodes on its own Injures Woman

first_imgAdvertisement A Samsung Galaxy S3 belonging to 18-year-old Fanny Schlatter exploded from her pocket while she was at work. Schlatter, who lives in Switzerland, suffered severe burns on her leg and her pants had to be torn off . Samsung Switzerland is reportedly taking the incident “seriously.”This is the third incident of an allegedly exploding Samsung product in the past two years. In 2012, a Dublin man said that his Galaxy S3 exploded in his car, and this past February a South Korean man alleged that his Galaxy Note’s battery (which was not attached to the phone at the time) caught fire.Cellphones, and other electronics can, and occasionally do, explode. Over the years,multiple iPhones, at least one Android, and many non-smartphones have all exploded. One man even alleged that he was struck in the eye by a piece of glass when an iPhone exploded in his face. As Android Beat points out, two exploding Galaxy S3’s out of the more than 20 million sold isn’t a terrible average. – Advertisement – Source: Android Policelast_img read more

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Safaricom agrees to open up its MPesa agent network

first_imgAdvertisement After a long battle to open up its agents network, Safaricom which runs M-Pesa, has unexpectedly agreed to open up its agency network across the country to its rivals.Safaricom agents who currently stand at 85,000 across the East African country will now be able to sell both M-Pesa services and other mobile money transfer services from rivals such as Airtel.M-Pesa is Kenya’s most used mobile money system with over 18 million mobile money users. But the total Kenyan mobile money market size has opportunities for Safaricom agents to sell to over 24 million users of the transfer systems.We made a strategic decision in February 2014 to remove all exclusivity provisions in our M-Pesa agent contracts,” said Safaricom’s corporate affairs director, Nzioka Waita, in a statement. – Advertisement – “All our 85,000 M-Pesa agents are, therefore, free to engage with whoever they please and this will include other mobile money service providers,” Waita added.This decision came before a ruling on a petition filed by Airtel Kenya before the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK). Airtel has asked the authority to compel Safaricom to open up its agent network.Noah Mutai, an IT research lecturer and telecommunications analyst at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), said that Safaricom’s move to open its agency network needs to be questioned.“Safaricom has for a long time been fighting against opening up its agent network, saying it had invested billions in ensuring its spread across the country. Its recent softened stance on the same and consequently agreeing to open up the network begs the question, why now?” Mutai said.“I believe that they have had enough time to analyse the odds facing them, especially now that a petition was before the CAK, and at the end of the day, it was better for the decision to come from them and not forced on them by regulators,” Mutai added.Having access to Safaricom’s agency network does not mean overnight success for the rival mobile money services run by Airtel, Orange and yuMobile.Kenya is a very interesting market, and unless the rivals prove to the market that their services have more advantages over M-Pesa, and at the same time carry out vigorous marketing campaigns, then there is a possibility of a status quo, where M-Pesa will continue enjoying popularity among the consumers especially in rural areas. At the end of the day, consumers remain the beneficiaries of these new developments, Mutai said in conclusion.This year, Zimbabwe forced its mobile networks to allow all agents to sell any services such as EcoCash and Telecash.Source: itWeblast_img read more

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Nigeria to have digital migration setup boxes manufactured from within the country

first_imgAdvertisement Media Concepts International (MCI), one of the 13 licenced set up boxes manufacturers, has signed a partnership agreement with a South Korea firm, KAON, to establish set up boxes assembly plant in Nigeria.KAON has over $1billion investments and has entered into an agreement as a technical partner.The communication was revealed by Chairman and CEO of MCI, Mr. Babatope Agbeyo while addressing newsmen in Lagos ‎on Tuesday. – Advertisement – He revealed that the plant which will be ready for manufacturing before the end of 2016 will also create about 1000 jobs in the country and foster technology transfer between MCI and KAON. The plant to be located at Abule Egba in Lagos when completed will also have capacity to manufacture mobile phones, tablets and television sets.Nigeria iw working towards meeting up with the new June 2017 deadline rescheduled by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on migration from analogue to digital technology.last_img read more

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Meet the Payment Gateway that Could Become Ugandas First Mobile PocketBank and

first_imgA DusuPay banner. Credit: DusuPay.com Advertisement About a month ago, I became regular contributor to PC Tech Magazine – meaning that I would frequently write features for the magazine in return for a certain remuneration.Taking into account that PC Tech Magazine operates in Uganda and I currently reside in Germany, we were presented with two completely different banking ecosystems, so method of payment was a discussion we inevitably had to address.Western Union and Money Gram vs. PayPal – Advertisement – Opting for money transfer services like Western Union or Money Gram would be one alternative but that would mean putting up with service fees, transaction delays and the fact that the money is not directly deposited to bank accounts, requiring both the sender and recipient to find an access point or office to send or withdraw money respectively.The simplest option would thus be PayPal – which we settled for in the end – but as we know there is a limit to the total amount one can transfer. Therefore, PayPal might not be the most convenient choice for establishments and businesses dealing with larger numbers of employees living outside of Uganda or Africa altogether.Moreover, knowing that 2.5 billion of Sub-Saharan Africans in lower and middle-income households are unbanked yet 1 billion of them have access to a smart phone, the PayPal portal may not adequately respond to the current mobile commerce system of the African market as it has not integrated products like Mobile Money, which most Africans are accustomed to (e.g. “there were 24 mobile money service providers across the EAC with 20.63 million registered customers as of March 2015”, writes Kenyan paper The East African).A Simpler SolutionIrene NajjembaLater that month, little did I know that during a short holiday visit to London, I would encounter one of the masterminds behind a product that would provide a simpler solution: DusuPay. DusuPay is a payment gateway that has set out to facilitate “simple and secure online payments” amongst individuals and merchants across Africa and the world by connecting traditional banking to regional mobile money services like MTN Mobile Money, MPESA and Airtel Money. In this way the gateway hopes to streamline how business is done in Africa by connecting it to the financial ecosystems of the rest of the world.By enabling instant money transfers to any desired channel at any given time of the day or night, DusuPay works as a sort of pocket-bank. This means that PC Tech could use its bank account or Mobile Money wallet to transfer money to my DusuPay account which I can then wire to my bank account right away and withdraw instantaneously.This October DusuPay expanded its field of operation by adding a credit card option – along with WorldRemit and MTN, one of only three offering this service in Uganda. By including Visa, MasterCard, Amex and American Express, DusuPay paved the way for instant money transfers from credit cards to DusuPay accounts and vice versa and thus enabled anyone from anywhere to send to and receive money in Africa at any time from wherever they maybe.So similarly, using DusuPay, businesses, merchants of individuals in Africa can accept payments from anyone all over the world, to their Mobile Money wallets or ready for withdrawal to their bank accounts without consulting an agent. By bypassing the agent, DusuPay eliminates a step in the chain of command – if you will – and makes it easier and faster for people to access their funds.“Why would I use any other platform. My money finds me wherever I am any time of the day or night,” says a Ugandan who says he has used DusuPay to transfer over 100,000 GBP. He spoke to PC Tech on condition of anonymity.An Offline Alternative for Mobile Money with DusuPayAlthough the payment gateway focuses on connecting traditional banking to online and electronic payments, DusuPay also offers offline alternatives. If you do not have a bank account but are a mobile money subscriber, just like the traditional way of loading airtime, you can access funds without signing up for an account by buying a cash voucher from an agent and entering the scratch code along with the phone number into the DusuPay interface.Your money is uploaded to the platform from where you can retrieve it to pay for any services on offer e.g. top up your phone, buy internet data, pay utility bills or take advantage of entertainment products through pay per download. This means, for example Ugandans with dual residency could easily pay their utility bills even while out of the country, which immensely increases both convenience and efficiency.The payment gateway was launched beginning of this year in April as a measure to enhance the already available e-commerce services catering to the demands of the more than 30 million Africans living in the Diaspora, and whose annual remittances amount to over US $60 billion according to reports by World Bank and the African Development Bank – a figure that is estimated to rise by 50% if informal flows that go unrecorded due to under-reporting and use of informal money transfer channels are included. In Uganda alone, Bank of Uganda’s executive director for research, Adam Mugume was quoted to say that earlier this year the country was receiving up to US $930 million (equivalent to about 3 trillion Ugandan Shillings).Introducing the Card Swipe Check-Out Using Mobile MoneyThis Friday its newest product “DusuPay Here” is scheduled to go online and although DusuPay was initially launched as a response to the needs of African Diaspora communities, it might be “DusuPay Here” that will eventually become the company’s flagship product.Because DusuPay will be a pioneer in introducing the idea of the convenient card swipe as it is used in the Western world for cashless payments at points of sale e.g. at supermarkets, restaurants, retail shops and businesses. The idea is to elevate convenience and efficiency of cashless check-out payments for both merchants and clients.On the one hand, using the DusuPay App, instead of queuing up, clients should be able to scan goods from shelves, add them to their digital cart and cash themselves out independently by making instant, fee-less payments from their Mobile Money wallets. After doing so, they are to receive a virtual receipt to their DusuPay account, which must be cross-checked by the cashier at the till before they exit in order to verify the purchases.On the other hand, merchants subscribed to DusuPay correspondingly speed up the cash-out as well as banking process by subsuming payments from all branches under one DusuPay retailer account, from which they can transfer it to any desired channel – mobile or traditional. In addition, this way merchants can collect customer information which they may not have had with cash payments; they can get to know their clients’ shopping habits better, allowing them to not only strategically target their customers’ needs but also cater to them better.As an extension of this feature, next year in January 2016, DusuPay plans to integrate an online shop – comparable to Amazon or Ebay. This will allow merchants to display their products or services on the DusuPay Marketplace platform, which subscribers can browse through and finally pay for through DusuPay, using Visa, MasterCard, Amex, MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money and MPESA.Conversely, if merchants have not uploaded products or services to the DusuPay Marketplace, they can alternatively integrate payment with DusuPay into their own website with a “Pay with DusuPay” button and accept payments that can be withdrawn to MTN Mobile Money, MPESA and Airtel Money. To enforce security, both merchant and client are to receive the same code which they are required to enter into the DusuPay platform upon successful delivery and payment in order to complete the transaction.This feature will open up the Ugandan (East African) market to a broader clientele transcending the national and regional.David Gonahasa, CEO of RoundBob (an online tourism and travel marketing platform) who has tested the service, notes that “[it is an] amazing service, it’s helping us take our business global despite being based in Africa.”So beyond boosting the financial inclusion process by increasing convenience of money transactions through linking Western banking and payment methods to local mobile money services, DusuPay has potential to become one of the key players in promoting cooperation between the mobile money dominated African market and the Western world, hence contributing to economic growth in the country and EAC region.last_img read more

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BREAKING Parliament Passes Motion to Extend SIM Card Verification for a Year

first_imgAdvertisement Parliament has Thursday evening passed a motion to extend the controversial simcard verification deadline for a period of one year.According to the directive by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), telecommunications operators were supposed to disconnect all unverified SIM cards by midnight tonight.The move had had been challenged in court by several entities although a high court ruling on Thursday morning confirmed that the deadline would still stand. – Advertisement – In a parliamentary session on Thursday afternoon, legislators unanimously agreed to have the deadline extended for a period of one year.This is a developing story, details follow.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Vodafone Uganda Giving 1GB of Data to Users That Update Their SimCard

first_img(Photo Credit: Vodafone Uganda Facebook Page) Advertisement In April this year, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) issued a 7-day ultimatum to all Ugandans to have their simcard registration particulars updated, short of which they would be deactivated. The directive was given by the UCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi during a closed door engagement with executives of telecoms operators at the Commission’s Head Office in Bugolobi, Kampala.Individuals with already registered simcards were asked to update their particulars with the National Identity card database for them to stay active, short of which they would be deactivated.However, this issue caused havoc to Ugandans, as many said the activity couldn’t be done/carried-out within 7 days since it was an abrupt notice. – Advertisement – The matter raised concerns as stakeholders, ICTAU, Members of Parliament Uganda rose up to give their point of view. It was until then that H.E the President of Uganda; Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the extension of the simcard verification deadline to August 30th, 2017.Speaking to PC Tech Magazine, UCC publicist Pamela Ankunda said, “You know Ugandans, even if we have given them a 90-day period, they will wait until the last day to come and complete the verification process,” Ankunda said on phone.With the deadline approaching a few days from now, telecom firm; Vodafone Uganda has stated that it’s giving out 1GB of free data valid for 15 days to its users that update their registration details before August 30th.Other telecos, have also sent out final statements calling upon all users that haven’t registered/updated their simcard details to do so before August 30th.How to update your simcard: Dial the USSD code; *197# to send in your National ID Number (NIN), Given Name and Surname. Your NIN is the 13 digit number on your ID that starts with either CF or CM (CM*******) and to easily locate it, its just below the Nationality section or above the Date of Birth section.Your details will be verified by NIRA and you will receive a short notice confirming your full registration status.Other identification documents that will be used as side from National IDs for nationals, are; Passports for Foreigners, OPM database for refugees, and URSB documents for Companies.last_img read more

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