ENGLAND Youth dug deep to take first blood with vi

first_imgENGLAND Youth dug deep to take first blood with victory in the opening match of the two-Test series against their French counterparts in Entraigues sur Sorgue on Friday.The tourists, with Saints’ and Blackbrook’s Josh Ganson at hooker, twice came from behind to get the better of France with a strong second half display.France took an early lead with a try by full-back Luc Franco, converted by Sophien Bitigzi before England responded with a try from Warrington Wolves and Latchford Albion winger Jack Fox.Morgan Smith could not add the goal and was again off target after Will Dagger, the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Stanley Rangers wing, had edged his team ahead with a try on 31 minutes.A try by Bitigzi four minutes later took France to the break with a 10-8 advantage to set up a pulsating second half played in perfect conditions.The second quarter belonged to England who, roared on by some vocal support from their travelling parents, gained the ascendency with two more tries, the first by Max Dudley of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Judes who was quickly followed over by Smith, who added both conversion.France hit back with a try by winger Corentin Adel but a drop-goal from Smith nine minutes from the end completed the scoring and sealed a fine win for coach Stu Barrow’s team.“I am delighted, not just by the result but by the performance: the boys can feel proud of their efforts tonight,” said Barrow.“We knew it was going to be tough and very physical and the French held nothing back but we stood up well defensively and showed some great resilience to get the result.“There are still some areas in which we need to improve but I can’t fault the players for their attitude and application.”Barrow has a 35-man squad at his disposal and is expected to ring the changes for the next match of England Youth’s three-match tour against a French President’s XIII on Monday (4.00pm) before naming his team for the second Test against France Youth in Toulon on Tuesday (7.00pm).last_img read more

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Day 20 – Saturday October 28Craig Richards wrote

first_imgDay 20 – Saturday October 28Craig Richards wrote: Though going into the game undefeated and battle hardened, we entered into it as underdogs as this would surely be the biggest test the players have ever faced.But if the saying: “Don’t write off the Saints” ever rang true, then you feel this group of players could live up to that saying.The game started at a very fast pace with front rowers Christian Kellett and Kian Horridge carrying bravely into some stern Panthers defence.The smart Jake Wingfield continued his kicking form from the previous game too and found space with a last play kick. The return set started with strong carries by the big Panthers forwards and their adventurous halfbacks linking to catch Saints on the edge, only for the always alert Jamie Little to spring into action with an early try saving tackle.Next it was the Panthers on the charge again after Saints enthusiasm got the better of them as several players were caught offside. Penrith transitioned quickly with smart plays but solid Saints defence saw the Panthers’ hooker held up over the line.The next pieces of action saw a desperate and illegal tackle halt Jamie Little after a great break by Jack Welsby, who regathered his own charge down.But Saints were then hit with two quick fire tries. The first came off an over chase at marker that saw the Panthers’ 4 race in for a try, and then the clever number 6 tipped on for the 7 to score to make it 10-0.Saints were next up on the score sheet though when a thunderous challenge from Kellett forced a mistake. Wingfield showed class from the resultant scrum and sent the powerful Sean Croston over. Josh Simm converting to make it a four point game.But the Panthers made it 16-6 at the break following an error from a high ball.The restart saw a great Sam Royle offload find Wingfield who then combined with Simm to send in Kelvin Taylor.That was quickly followed by an immediate impact from replacement Brandon Scully on the charge, leading to the busy Brandon O’Neill showing flair and quick feet to send Reece Jackson racing in for an excellent try.The reply was swift from the Panthers. First a fine grubber kick from the excellent stand off Sadi Sublaban sent in the number 4 before their winger also polished off a fine solo effort.Undettered, Saints fantastic halves Wingfield and Welsby carried on rallying the boys, aided and abetted by the pack – but the Panthers squeezed over for another try to take it away from the Tourists.Saints weren’t done though and Wingfield produced a great one handed offload for Tom Nisbet to get a well deserved try.Final score Saints 22 Panthers 34.Saints captain Sam Royle said: “I’m disappointed about the result. It would have been nice to finish with four wins, but we have played well on a whole throughout the tour and can be proud of the way we have come together and preformed.“I have been happy with my own form and look forward kicking on to the new season.”Jamie Little said: “It was a very fast and physical game. I really enjoyed how competitive it was and was happy with how I played in the game and as a team with how we coped with the pressure.“I can’t wait to get back playing at home and pushing my self even further and working hard to improve my overall game.”Reece Jackson added: “It felt really good to score today, especially at such a great NRL stadium in a pressurised game. They were a big physical team and I thought we battled and learned loads about ourselves.“The tour has been great to be part of. Personally, I just want to keep working hard on my game and doing my best.”Head Coach Derek Traynor was proud of his team. “Although very disappointed with the score, I am very happy with the tour as a whole. As with all the games on the tour the lads showed a lot of character in particular when we fought our way back to level the score at 16 all, but we struggled to build on it and finish with a positive result.“As always there was some outstanding displays by Sam Royle, who was well supported by Christian Kellett, Brandon Scully and Brandon O’Neill.“I was also extremely happy with the displays from Ben Simms, Reece Jackson and Matty Foster who all did a great job in attack and defence.“Penrith were the better team on the day and have some great young players in their system. It was an excellent experience to play at the Pepper Stadium and one that the lads can learn from and improve.“We look forward now into carrying on the good work into this year’s 19s season and hopefully, as previous tours, some of these players will one day play Super League with Saints.”Saints:1- Jamie Little; 2- Thomas Nisbet, 3- Sean Croston, 4- Josh Simm, 5- John Hutchings; 6- Jack Welsby, 7- Jake Wingfield; 8- Christian Kellett, 9- Paul Nash, 10- Kian Horridge, 11- Joe Sharratt, 12- Ben Sims, 13- Sam Royle (c) Subs: Luke Maloney-Ward, Brandon O’Neill, Ryan Horne, Kye Siyani, Reece Jackson, Matty Foster, Kelvin Taylor, Brandon Scully.Award Winners (selected by the opposition coaching staff )Best and Fairest – Sam RoyleOur coaching staff also presented awards to:Best Forward – Brandon Scully Best Back – Jamie Little Best and Fairest Panthers – Sadi Subalternlast_img read more

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They were successful on their last trip to Perpign

first_imgThey were successful on their last trip to Perpignan too which halted a run of four defeats stretching back to 2013.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15) St Helens 30, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLQSF, 2/10/14) Catalans Dragons 42, St Helens 0 (SLR16, 14/6/14)Super League Summary:Catalans Dragons won 12 St Helens won 16 (includes win in 2014 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Milestones:Jonny Lomax needs four points to reach 500 for St Helens. His total of 496 has been reached with 72 tries, 103 goals and two field goals in 159 games for the Saints since 2009.Tommy Makinson needs three tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. Makinson has scored 97 tries in 168 games for the Saints since 2011.James Roby needs three tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. Roby has scored 97 tries in 400 games for the Saints since 2004.Vincent Duport needs one try to draw level with Clint Greenshields as Catalans Dragons’ all-time leading try-scorer.Duport has touched down 85 times in 191 games for the club (2007-2009 & 2011-2017), while Greenshields scored 86 tries in 146 Dragons appearances between 2007 and 2012.last_img read more

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UNCW film studies professor dies after sudden illness

first_img Frank came to UNCW in 2016.  A post on the UNCW Film Studies Facebook page says she taught courses on the history of animation, Russian and Soviet cinema, and special effects. She also worked on a book manuscript on the visual aesthetics of popular American animated cartoons of the mid-20th century. Her other research interests included films and videos that reside at the intersection of documentary, the avant-garde, and animation. She was also an experimental animator.  She received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Hannah Frank talks about starting a petition to remove Confederate statues (Photo: WWAY)Earlier this month, Frank petitioned Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo to remove the Confederate monuments in Wilmington.According to family, a celebration of her life will be held in Hoboken, New Jersey later this week.Related Article: Students prep for March STEM competitionUNCW has not released any details at this point. (Photo: UNCW Film Studies Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A UNCW professor died suddenly over the weekend.Hannah Frank, a professor in the Film Studies department, died around 1:00 Monday morning, according to family members.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Town council holds off votes on annexation for Lanvale Forest until November

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) – The Leland town council needs more time before they decide to annex the Lanvale Forest neighborhood. The developer of a phase there wants it to be in town limits, tonight they did not get a resolution.Leland town leaders have had it on the agenda for some time, but neighbors are two for two so far to hold off an annexation until they get a guarantee their roads will be fixed.- Advertisement – “This is another thing biting us in the butt,” said town Mayor Brenda Bozeman.The road to annexation has been well a bumpy one for Lanvale Forest.“They are in severe disrepair,” said resident Chris Shipps referencing the neighborhood streets. “We cannot keep up with the amount of repairs that have to be done.”Related Article: Town of Belville plans to appeal H2GO decisionThe pre-recession subdivision has struggled since the initial developer left the project. The new developer wants to begin the next phase, but first annex it to the town of Leland. Town leaders are not ready to do that just yet.“We need more time to look at all the issues related to this,” said town councilman Mike Callahan.Issues neighbors, both for and against annexing the neighborhood, have weighed in on at several council meeting now.“The only person that’s getting anything from this is the developer,” said resident Linda Dixon.Neighbors are certain if the annexation happens, the lot ready to hold more than 45 homes will cause more truck traffic, hurting the already uneven, dilapidated streets.“it does not seem prudent to put the needs of the individual ahead of two hundred plus future residents of Leland.”The council will research the claims Brunswick county leaders refused to allow the phase three permitting before streets were fixed to state standards. They will address the issue of approving the developers annexation as well as another, town-initiated annexation of a different phase at their November 30th meeting.last_img read more

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Two charged after Carolina Beach Rd accident

first_img Officials said Corey Bradley, of Wilmington, veered into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Kali Pearce, a passenger in Bradley’s vehicle, and Bradley were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Pearce sustained life-threatening injuries and is still in the hospital.After checking DMV records, officers found Bradley’s driver’s license is suspended. He was charged with Driving While License Revoked and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt. Officers also issued an arrest warrant for Pearce for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt and allowing Bradley to operate her vehicle while his license is suspended.State Highway Patrol charged both Bradley and Pearce for the same offenses in an unrelated accident on February 1. Photo: Pixabay WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two people have been charged in a Monday night crash that sent them both to the hospital.According to a Wilmington Police spokeswoman, it happened around 11:15 p.m in the 3500 block of Carolina Beach Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Women can do anything Dozens take to ocean for allfemale surf contest

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 2018 Wahine Classic took place over the weekend in Wrightsville Beach.The two-day surfing competition was held near the Oceanic Pier.- Advertisement – The word “Wahine” means young female surfer. The event is one of the only all-female surfing competitions.It has been going on for more than 20 years now.More than 60 girls took to the water to catch some waves. Competitor Kylee Heath, 11, says the contest empowers young girls in the sport to follow their dreams.Related Article: Ocean Cure prepares for annual Life Rolls On surfing event“We just show the world that we can do anything,” Heath said. “Women can do anything. It doesn’t matter what age you are. You can still do whatever you want to do. And this is such a great sport that it just brings the whole community in and it’s just a great event to be in.”Heath has been competing in the classic for three years.Her favorite part of the event is the uplifting attitude and how supportive the girls are of one another.last_img read more

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Wave Transit looks for owner of gown left on bus

first_imgDress left on a Wave Transit bus on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: Wave Transit) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cinderella, is this your dress? Wave Transit says someone left a gown on a bus Wednesday.The person left it on Bus 103. It’s a floor length, icy blue satin dress.- Advertisement – If this belongs to you, call (910) 343-0106 to pick it up from lost and found.last_img

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Orange to launch operations in South Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications firm France Telecom-Orange plans to announce its entry into the South African mobile market as it kicks off its sponsorship of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).In a Johannesburg press event scheduled for Friday – planned to officially unveil Orange’s sponsorship of the football tournament that starts on Saturday – the invitation for the event further says the telco is to announce its “launch of operations in South Africa”.“Leon-Charles Ciss, vice president marketing of AMEA (Asia, Middle East and Africa) operations will present Orange’s sponsorship program and promotional initiatives, and Sébastien Crozier, managing director of Orange Horizons will present the rollout of operations and the Group’s strategy in South Africa,” reads the invite. – Advertisement – It is unclear as to what Orange plans exactly regarding its forthcoming South Africa venture. But experts have been predicting the launch of Orange in South Africa over the last two years.Birgitta Cederstrom, business unit leader, Africa ICT at Frost & Sullivan, was quoted in the press early last year as saying that Orange could enter South Africa as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). A MVNO does not own the radio spectrum or wireless network infrastructure over which it offers services and typically obtains bulk access to other networks’ services.Orange operates in close to 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East in markets such as Kenya, Ivory Coast and EgyptThe telco is also the third largest in Africa with over 70 million reported subscriber numbers – MTN has 164 million users while Vodafone has 92 million subscribers on the continent.And Orange has made moves of late to entrench and possibly even further grow its market on the continent.Just this week the telco announced that it has teamed up with Chinese search giant Baidu to launch the tech giant’s mobile web browser in African and Middle East markets where Orange operates.Last month, France Telecom-Orange and its partners launched the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, a $700 million broadband network linking Europe to the African island of Sao Tomé & Principe in its first phase.Upon completion, the cable is planned to extend 17,000 km from France to South Africa and connect to 13 countries in total.Research firm Wireless Intelligence has also noted France Telecom’s expansion on the African continent over the last two years.“France Telecom also inked a deal in Q4 2011 to acquire 100% of Congo Chine Telecom, a mobile operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“The operator currently has only 1.5 million connections but is an example of the ‘high potential emerging markets’ currently being targeted by the group,” the researchers added.Entering South Africa’s mobile market, though, could be tougher prospect than other African nations for France Telecom.South Africa has an over 100% mobile penetration rate, according to BuddeComm research, with stiff competition among firms such as MTN, Vodacom and Cell C.Source: ITWeb Africalast_img read more

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World Cup Travel Tips Malicious ACDC Charging Points and Insecure WiFi Networks

first_imgAdvertisement As data roaming charges for cell phones are generally very expensive, many travellers to the World Cup in Brazil will most likely  opt to use free Wi-Fi access points, and probably not give much thought to security issues. This is a very risky approach, however, as all the data that is sent or received on open Wi-Fi networks could be intercepted. Passwords, PINs and other sensitive data could also fall into the hands of cybercriminals if public charging stations are used – in Brazil these publically available chargers may be malicious.Insecure Wi-Fi Networks:Kaspersky Lab security experts conducted research into Wi-Fi access in São Paulo. They drove 100 km around the city and checked out more than 5,000 different access points popular among tourists – parks, malls, airports and other attractions. As a result of the study, it turned out that 26% of the 5,000 open Wi-Fi networks in São Paolo don’t use any encryption. – Advertisement – With this in mind, the company’s experts prepared a list of recommendations for those travelling to São Paolo for the 2014 World Cup:Always access any Wi-Fi network through a VPN connection. If you do not have one, please get one and install it on all your devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.If a Wi-Fi network blocks your VPN, avoid using that network. If you have no choice, it’s better to use the Internet via TOR Browser together with your own DNSCrypt settings directly on your device.If you own an Access Point, please check if your firmware is the latest version. If not, upgrade it.Don’t leave your Access Point with vendor default settings; change them and also set strong new passwords.Check the encryption your Access Point now has. If it’s WPA or WEP, change it to WPA2 with AES settings. Disable SSID broadcasting and make sure your network password is strong.If there is no really secure network where you are, don’t worry about posting your pictures right away; wait until you find a secure place to work.Fake AC/DC Charging Points:A malicious AC/DC charger in Brazil will still charge your battery, but at the same time it can silently steal information from your smartphone. The interception will happen via a USB connection, as the majority of plugs use this type of connection. In some cases these fake chargers can also install malware capable of tracking your location, stealing notes, contacts, pictures, messages as well as call records, saved passwords and even browser cookies.Recommendations:Never use unknown chargers; instead look for trusted places to charge your devices.Use your battery responsibly and try to keep a spare with you, so you can use it if the primary battery dies.iOS devices have covers with an extra charging battery, which may also be a good solution.Try to optimise battery life by shutting down unnecessary processes and turning on airplane mode when a cell phone network is not available. You can also disable sounds, vibrations and tones and other resource-hungry features, like animated wallpapers etc.Dmitry Bestuzhev, Kaspersky Lab’s Head of Global Research and Analysis Team in Latin America, commented: “Malicious AC/DC charging points are a real danger for those travelling to big events and new destinations. Cybercriminals know that when people are away from home and need their smartphones to access maps, routes and all other kinds of information, they tend to use any available charger, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Keep in mind that you could fall victim and lose sensitive personal data. The same applies to Wi-Fi, especially if you look for open access points when you want to post pictures, locations and send messages. Your sensitive data can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals, so take appropriate security measures.”last_img read more

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ICT Startups in EA Should Conduct Concept Tests to Boost Market Success

first_imgAdvertisement David Okello – Managing Director, MXAGuest Post by David Okello, MD of Market Express Africa (MXA)In this emerging industry, high firm rates go hand in hand with great risk of failure and only one firm out of the three survives the first three years. A study conducted by Market Express Africa shows that Critical growth factors amongst the ICT start-ups in East Africa are mostly financing and customer related variables such as capital at start-up, customer structure and market orientation.An attempt to understand ICT Consumers in East Africa may seem frustrating at times, especially when looking at the region’s internet penetration rate, it is evident that with such a low rate, the region is not as “developed” as other worldwide regions. Although the penetration rate is still low, there are a number of countries and markets within the region that show a considerable number of people with internet access. – Advertisement – While some ICT start-ups have been successful in raising the start-up funds required to launch their products, it should however be noted that many more have faced exit soon enough due to product failure in the market.Not many upcoming ICT entrepreneurs have sought to test their ideas before transforming them into actual products, a reason why more brilliant ideas/products have failed.A simple interpretation of a concept test would be “evaluating consumer response before introducing a product to the market”. While Concept testing does not only re-shape and refine ideas to have greater potential for market acceptance, it also indicates concentrated segments of the population to which the product appeals, assesses the relative appeal of alternative product ideas and features desirable to the targeted market segments and provides necessary information for developing the product and its promotion, distribution and pricing.Concept testing provides insight for designing a more optimal product or service. When made actionable, concept tests allow you to laser focus on your products and priorities. Concept tests have the ability to improve your product, shift your priorities and increase your product-market match.There are a variety of concept testing approaches, each with different objectives and benefits. A few methods to consider may include New product concept tests, Product modification tests, Migration path tests and Product usability and serviceability tests but all if taken into consideration would lead to greater market impact.last_img read more

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Telecoms increase mobile money withdrawal charges

first_imgAdvertisement Effective August 1, there is going to be an increment in Mobile money withdraw charges. This follows a 10% Excise tax raise by government on Mobile Money withdrawal fees.Last month, finance minister, Maria Kiwanuka announced a 10% increase in mobile money while presenting the 2014/15 financial year budget.The increase on withdrawals was to help government to meet the revenue target that was not met after a similar increment on mobile money deposits the previous year. – Advertisement – The finance ministry expects to generate about sh16 billion from the increase in mobile money fees.Last year, 14 million people made transactions using mobile money platform, with transaction value of sh18.6 trillion.The emergence of new mobile telephone technology and agency banking has been a key driver of the services sector over the last four years.The mobile money platform has been a preferred form of financial transactions because it offers quick way to send and receive money and make payments, compared to banks.Several groups have argued that the increase in mobile money fees will affect low-income earners, especially those who depend on remittances.Credit: New Visionlast_img read more

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Huawei X Labs Announces 4 Key Research Areas for Mobile Innovation

first_imgAdvertisement Huawei has held the first annual X Labs Roundtable. Intel, GE, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, Toshiba, Philips Lighting, Noitom, Continental, DNP and CloudMinds, as well as operators CMCC joined this meeting at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017). During the meeting, Huawei announced details on operations, including research directions, collaborative models, and resource provision.In the future, all services will be delivered through mobile applications. Among these, opportunities in three major domains—namely video, household, and vertical industry markets—present incredible development potential. If carriers hope to avail themselves of these opportunities, they need to build application-driven networks and help cultivate an open industry ecosystem.X Labs was officially announced to the public last November. The labs aspire to provide an open innovation platform that promotes more closely integrated collaboration across the industry ecosystem. This platform will serve as the gathering grounds for technology providers, vertical industry partners, and service providers to jointly explore future mobile use case scenarios in video, household, and vertical industry domains, aimed at driving innovation in business and technology. – Advertisement – “In 2017, X Labs will focus on four major areas of research.” said Peter Zhou, the Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Solution. “Connected drones, cloud VR/AR, wireless robotics and connected vehicles. This will be a close collaborative effort between partners around the world. Together, we will explore the unexplored, aiming to push the boundaries of wireless technology, develop new applications and, of course, unearth new market potential.”Connected dronesDrones play an increasingly important role in broad range of sectors, including logistics, plant protection, and media. One of X Labs’ primary research directions will focus on using wireless networks to more effectively regulate the flights of unmanned aircraft and manage remote automated tasks.Cloud VR/ARVirtual reality and augmented reality are on the verge of commercialization. Service and content cloudification are an important part of this process, and mobile requirements will provide the perfect opening for carriers to get their foot in the door.Wireless roboticsUbiquitous wireless connections between smart robots in factories are a key factor in smart production. Furthermore, on the consumer side, as the population ages and consumption increases, household service robots will become the new smart device as the age of the smartphone comes to a close.Connected vehiclesLeveraging next-generation mobile networks, X Labs will focus on beefing up the connectivity of connected car platforms, their ability to communicate with one another, and their edge computing capabilities. The end goal is development of end-to-end solutions that will help unveil new business opportunities for both the automotive and ICT industries.X Labs will serve as a global communications and collaboration platform, which will include a wide range of constructive input and output, including technical discussions, round tables, and industry reports, all aimed at getting more ideas out there—more ideas bouncing off each other. All like-minded partners are welcome to join. Starting with 2017’s four research areas, together we can discover more application use cases and promote shared success across the industry ecosystem.[related-posts]last_img read more

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ITU Publishes Policy Recommendations on Digital Financial Services and Consumer Protection

first_imgAdvertisement The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Financial Services (DFS) has published two new reports – one on regulation in the DFS ecosystem and another on consumer protection.The Focus Group brought together more than 60 organizations from over 30 countries to drive greater financial inclusion for the estimated 2 billion people around the world who remain unbanked.Commenting on the success of the Focus Group, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said: “Governments around the world face many similar challenges in their efforts to deliver fully integrated digital financial services.  Until now solutions have largely been developed in isolation. This is the first time an organization has sought to develop a comprehensive set of practical and integrated guidelines drawing on expertise from across the financial service and telecommunication/ICT sectors.” – Advertisement – He adds: “By reviewing and assessing international best practices we have developed a practical toolkit that can be adapted to local needs. We hope it will help drive greater access and opportunity through the delivery of more affordable, accessible, secure, transparent and robust digital financial services for consumers and merchants in emerging markets.”[related-posts]The 85 policy recommendations offer guidance in areas such as digital liquidity, consumer protection to enhance DFS usage, data privacy, digital identity and e-KYC (Know Your Customer), as well as interoperability and fair access to the communication channel. Some of its core suggestions include:Policymakers and regulators should support the growth of an open ecosystem for DFS that promotes innovation and ensures robust competitionRegulators should standardize definitions of fraud types and require standardized, electronic and timely fraud reporting from providersAccess criteria for interoperability schemes should be clear, objective, publicly disclosed and allow new participants, banks and authorized /regulated non-banks to joinPolicymakers should promote initiatives and incentives that encourage merchants and other payment acceptors (e.g. utilities, farmers, government entities ) to accept electronic paymentsRegulators should standardize digital identity registration, and ensure interoperability between DFS operators and service providers relying on digital identityDFS operators should build in customer privacy measures, compliant with current or anticipated national legislationFull details on the recommendations can be found here.last_img read more

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Pizza Hut Uganda Joins Stanbics Blue Weekends Campaign

first_imgSonia Karamagi Kassaga; Stanbic Uganda’s Senior Marketing Manager, addressing the press during their partnership launch at Pizza Hut restaurant on Kisementi Avenue in Kampala, Uganda on Friday 29th, June 2018 Advertisement Stanbic Bank Uganda in March launched their cashless campaign dubbed; Blue Weekends that allows its customers pay, as well as receive discounts through their Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. The campaign runs throughout this year  and is only activated from every last weekend in a month from Friday to Sunday at only participating outlets including; Monot Bar, Piato restaurant, Le Chateau restaurant, and Karveli restaurant – as revealed by the bank.On June 29th, Stanbic Bank Uganda, added a new participating outlet; an American restaurant chain and international franchise; Pizza Hut. The partnership comes at a time where the restaurant was unveiling its 16-Inch in size pizza (75% larger than their large pizza) priced at UGX55,000.“As a bank, we’re ardent on digitizing customer experiences through the use of our digital payment platforms. Pizza Hut is a well-known outlet and brand that brings friends and families together, suited to our customers’ lifestyles. Therefore, bringing them on board enables us to fulfill their aspirations and ambitions through providing the utmost convenience for customers without ever having to worry about carrying cash,” Stanbic Uganda’s Senior Marketing Manager; Sonia Karamagi Kassaga told the press. – Advertisement – Recent reports show out of Uganda’s banked population of roughly six million people in the market; about 1.5 million have Visa cards of which 99% of all transactions are done via ATMs. The challenge however is that card usage in Uganda is very low at only between 2% and 5%.“We want to grow these numbers. Our aim is to provide convenience and to promote a cashless economy. Customers can access their bank accounts through the card itself rather than going to the banks to withdraw money which ultimately offers the same goal which is money for transaction,” said Karamagi.According to Michael Davis, the restaurant’s Principal Operator, Pizza Hut always puts the customer first and joining the Blue weekends campaign is simply another step in giving back to their customers and appreciating their loyalty.last_img read more

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Still question marks over Moyes and Man U

first_imgBayer Leverkusen v Man UChampions League7.45pm, SKY SPORTS 2EARLY MARKET SIGNALS WEAK ON MAN UJust can’t get my head around Man U at the moment. I seem to get them wrong in every game. It’s safe to assume they are not currently the team they were. The Premier League table tells you that’s a fact with them currently in sixth, seven points off the leaders.It’s hard to imagine the ‘old’ Man U throwing away a lead against Cardiff as they did at the weekend and it was certainly not unexpected as Man U didn’t ever seem to play confidently when they were ahead and had a degree of nervousness about them.However, just as you start thinking about taking them on – they pop up with a result like the 1-0 win at Old Trafford against Arsenal.The question for tonight is how will they get on in the Champions League Group A match against Bayer Leverkusen. The reverse fixture saw Man U run out 4-2 winners at Old Trafford and Man U have never been beaten by the German side:Sep 2013 C League Man Utd 4-2 B Leverkusen Nov 2002 C League Man Utd 2-0 B Leverkusen Sep 2002 C League B Leverkusen 1-2 Man Utd Apr 2002 C League B Leverkusen 1-1 Man Utd Apr 2002 C League Man Utd 2-2 B LeverkusenThe market signals at Star Sports were weak this morning as punters wanted to be on Bayer Leverkusen and the draw, which is a result that wouldn’t do either side any harm.Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic will miss the match through injury, and David Moyes will no doubt be bearing in mind Sunday’s clash with Spurs.David Moyes’s side go into the match on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run.Leverkusen have won their last eight home Champions League group-stage matches and will no doubt be a much bigger threat to Man U than they were in Manchester.Going for the double bubble bet tonight with Under 2.5 goals and a draw. A 0-0 or 1-1 will be just what the doctor ordered.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points DRAW at around 12/510 points UNDER 2.5 GOALS at around 4/5 CHECK UNDER YOUR SOFAS BEFORE MIDNIGHTA £12m lottery prize will be lost forever if it is not claimed before a deadline elapses tonight.The winning EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle ticket, worth £1m a month for a year, was bought on Friday, May 31 in the Ladywood district of Birmingham, one of the poorest areas in the country.If the prize remains unclaimed by 11pm the money will go to charitable causes.The winning raffle number is JRG437445, but Camelot will not say where exactly it was bought.Patrick Lisoire, from Camelot, says they are not giving up hope yet.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW England U21 v Italy U21

first_imgNot sure we can expect too many goals tonight in the England U21 v Italy U21 clash. The two sides have conspired to produce just two goals between them in four matches and with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs it could easily be a tense affair in the Czech Republic.The permutations for England are quite simple:If England win they qualify for the semi-finalsIf they draw they must hope Sweden do not beat Portugal, otherwise they go outIf England lose, they are outEngland started this tournament with a loss against Portugal but then a late winner from Jesse Lingard was enough to get past Sweden on Sunday.England will be without Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard, who is out of the tournament after suffering ankle ligament damage, but Everton defender John Stones is set to return following concussion.Manager Gareth Southgate said: “It’s time for this team to play as I know they can. It’s an Italian team we respect, but we have to believe in ourselves and our ability.”Italy have even more pressure resting on their shoulders tonight. They need the win having lost to Sweden in the opener and then only drawing against Portugal. However the Italians also need a Portugal win over Sweden tonight.England U21 v Italy U21UEFA Under-21 Championship Group Stage7.45pm BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jun 2013 Euro U21 Champs England U21 0-1 Italy U21May 2002 Euro U21 Champs Italy U21 2-1 England U21It should be a cracker as neither side can rely on the draw or rely on the Portugal v Sweden game going their way.I’ll stick with England (for once) at around 6/4 with Star Sports. Nice result last night with Denmark U21 winning easily.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ENGLAND U21 for 8 points at around 6/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 75.04 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 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.Tuesday 11 AugustRACING3.20 CarlisleMininggold 4/1 > 5/25.45 NottinghamWar Queen 5/2 > 13/87.00 Ffos LasMan Of Harlech 2/1 > 6/4FOOTBALLUEFA Super Cup7.45pm BT SPORT1/3 Barcelona 8/1 Sevilla 9/2 DRAWScottish Premiership7.45pm SKY11/8 Dundee United 2/1 Dundee 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Bury v Morecambe

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat’s it all about (Alfie?)….For the second night running there is no live football on the TV (OK, there was an obscure Bundesliga match last night but that doesn’t count) and that can only mean one thing….[DRUMROLL]ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL BREAK[HISS, BOOOOOOO]Well I’m not going to let the lack of live action get in the way – I’ll watch the scores coming through on Ceefax if I have to !!It’s to the heady heights of the Johnstones Paint Trophy I travel and a bet on the Northern 2nd Round match between Bury and Morecambe – a League 1 v League 2 clash.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2015 LEAGUE TWO Bury 1-2 MorecambeNov 2014 LEAGUE TWO Morecambe 1-0 BuryOct 2014 JP TROPHY Bury 3-1 MorecambeMay 2014 LEAGUE TWO Morecambe 0-0 BuryOct 2013 LEAGUE TWO Bury 0-2 MorecambeMar 2011 LEAGUE TWO Bury 1-0 MorecambeSep 2010 LEAGUE TWO Morecambe 1-4 BuryFeb 2010 LEAGUE TWO Bury 0-0 MorecambeDec 2009 LEAGUE TWO Morecambe 3-0 BuryMar 2009 LEAGUE TWO Morecambe 0-0 BuryMorecambe did the double over Bury when they were both in League 2 last season but came unstuck in this tournament last year when Bury ran out 3-1 winners and were 2-0 up at half-time.Bury look worthy favourites tonight judged on recent form. They are on a superb run of seven wins in a row (six of which in the league) which has lifted them to third spot in the table.Morecambe are in mid-division in League Two but have lost three of their last four games, conceding 11 goals in the process.Of course the danger is how seriously Bury take this competition but surely they will want to maintain their winning form and if you are a (dare I mention the word?) MOMENTUM punter – then there can only be one bet.Add to that the fact that Bury manager David Flitcroft doesn’t have the luxury of rotating his squad too much as simply he doesn’t have enough fit players – he couldn’t even name enough substitutes on Saturday!A confident 8/11 bet for me with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BURY for 33 points at around 8/11 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 182.90 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.40 Gowran ParkBraize 14/1 > 10/13.00 HexhamBertalus 11/2 > 4/13.25 FontwellHygrove Percy 5/4 > 8/113.45 AscotPlatitude 11/8 > evens7.50 NewcastleCastleacre 9/4 > 6/4PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD8/11 Everton 4/1 Crystal Palace 14/5 DRAWBET WITH 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.Friday 30 Septemberlast_img read more

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