July 31, 2019

He also previews our derby with Wigan on Thursday

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July 30, 2019

Wilmington Bypass I140 project on schedule according to NCDOT

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1505341267-012c06be8b5c1af0af249704c6d7ffa608e1ffd0_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The I-140/Wilmington Bypass Project is scheduled to open for traffic in late December, 2017.Officials with the North Carolina DOT say the department is currently finishing the last four of the 19 bridges on the I-140/Wilmington Bypass Project.  Two structures in New Hanover and two structures in Brunswick County.- Advertisement – The roadway portion of the project is 90% complete, the DOT reports, adding that they are beginning the final layer of asphalt surface in New Hanover County this week. Although travel lanes will be opening soon, drivers will likely see construction crews performing work on secondary roads: Mt. Misery Road and Cedar Hill Road, until summer, 2018.This will include completing bridge and roadway construction on Cedar Hill Road, south of the new I-140 interchange and installing a concrete box culvert and completing roadway construction on Mt. Misery Road south of the new I-140 interchange.last_img read more

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Complete autopsy released goes in depth on how Paitin Fields died

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – For months we’ve worked to get answers in who killed five-year-old Paitin Fields.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office tells us she was raped and strangled to death in late 2017. Tuesday the state medical examiners office released its full report on Paitin Fields’ body.- Advertisement – It took more than six months since she died. The results confirming what investigators initially believed. The medical examiners office found that Paitin died because she was strangled.Fields died November 16th. That was three days after her family took the unresponsive five-year-old to Pender Memorial Hospital. The initial reports said the family alerted the staff that Paitin had been fighting a respiratory issue for days.The medical examiner noted something else: a healing ligature mark around her neck. That could mean an object had been wrapped around it. In fact the ME went further to note the mark was around a 1/4 inch thick. In their summary, the office also pointed out some reports said Paitin was doing well a day before she was brought to the hospital.Related Article: One arrested, one injured after shooting in Pender CountyA majority of the autopsy findings show the side affects of strangulation. The ME’s office said Paitin’s face, neck, head as well as eyes were blood-shot with multiple popped blood vessels. The examiner found her lungs also had sustained hemorrhaging. The results showed her brain showed a “patchy duskiness” possibly due to a lack of oxygen.The report, now in our hands, sits also in the hands of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. Captian James Rowell with the Office confirmed to our Andrew James that the detective had the autopsy. The completed autopsy was marked finished last Friday prior to the holiday weekend. The Sheriff for months told us they needed this report as well as the rape kit findings to move forward in this case.Those rape kit results came in January. The autopsy report showed there are signs of “sexual trauma” to Paitin’s body.The PCSO told us the detective will move forward with the information in the autopsy, however, no persons of interest or suspects have been named.last_img read more

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Solar operation could be coming to Wilmingtons Front Street

first_imgCape Fear Solar Systems has proposed building a five-story office building and warehouse on vacant land along South Front Street. (Photo: Tim Buckland/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A Wilmington solar systems company has proposed building a 75-foot-tall office building and 14,994-square foot warehouse along Front Street just south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.Cape Fear Solar Systems, in asking for a special-use permit, has said it would build the five-story, 30,965-square-foot office building and adjacent warehouse “where solar system kits will be stored and placed on trailers for deliveries,” according to its application to the city of Wilmington.- Advertisement – The company currently operates in space at 901 Martin St., according to its website. Cassandra Barba, sales and marketing manager for the company, said the new space “will allow us to expand to serve more customers in the area.”She said the company plans to “be very green with a carbon-neutral footprint” while constructing the new space at 901 S. Front St.Read more here.last_img read more

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Make European funds more accessible – Zammit Dimech

first_imgPN Candidates for the European Elections Francis Zammit Dimech and Roselyn Borg Knight said that PN will be working to ensure that European funds are made more accessible. This was said during a news conference at Dar Ċentrali of Partit Nazzjonalista.This was said following the announcement that Malta will not be able to make use of the European Union’s Solidarity Fund to support the damages dealt during last February’s storm.Francis Zammit Dimech reminded the public that PN had worked hard to lighten the storm’s burden on those affected, and had asked for the payments to be made on time without any bureaucracy included.Roselyn Borg said that PN will see that Malta’s size will be considered, and that therefore Malta would be able to benefit. Therefore, Partit Nazzjonalista will be appealing the European Commission to address these anomalies.“PL cast aside the farmers” – Peter Agius PN candidate for the European Elections Peter Agius said that farmers have just discovered that no EU aid is coming their way. He added that Aaron Farrugia’s & Miriam Dalli’s posturing right after the storm did not help much.Agius wishes the Government to note that Malta can use the de minimis state aid for immediate aid (4 months have already passed since the storm with devastating effects on farmers). This was confirmed by the Agriculture European Commissioner Phil Hogan on 22nd February 2019.The candidate added that €25,000 per farm may be distributed without any European Commission approval.Assessing the situation, Agius said that farmers need this assistance immediately; as the four months delay to act has already sent a good number of farmers close to bankruptcy.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Updated Vote will be unfair and not based on promises of transparency

first_img SharePrint <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> Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Updated with PN’s reactionMembers behind the petition seeking a vote of confidence in Partit Nazzjonalista’s leader Adrian Delia are concerned that the vote scheduled for 27 July will not be fair as expected. However in a statement late on Wednesday evening, Partit Nazzjonalista denied the claims.In a letter to newly elected Executive Committee President Alex Perici Calascione, signed by former PN candidate Ivan Bartolo, former Executive Committee President Mark Anthony Sammut, MŻPN Secretary General Emma Portelli Bonnici, vice-president of PN’s Forum for Professionals Martin Musumeci and district representative and local councillor Emvin Bartolo, the group expressed its concerns ahead of the general council meeting.Perici Calascione was asked to convene an urgent executive meeting in order to discuss and remedy their outlined concerns, adding that “all of this is unacceptable and runs counter to the fundamental principles which Partit Nazzjonalista is supposed to hold dear”.READ: ‘No invalid signatures’ – BartoloIt was explained that the conclusions of the executive committee held on 4 July were not reflected in the plan for the general council meeting scheduled for the end of the month. This emerged during a meeting the group held with the Electoral Commission, for which the Secretary General of the Party, Clyde Puli was present.The group observed in its letter that the party had “completely changed” the wording of the original question petitioners wanted general councillors to vote on.The petition which kicked off the discussion for a general council to be convened, asked for a secret vote on the question, “After the results obtained by the PN in the European and local elections of 25 May 2019, should the party leader take political responsibility and resign? Yes/No”.READ: Updated: Delia expected to face vote of confidenceREAD: Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to PNThe group added that the change was done despite PN leader Adrian Delia insisted during the said executive committee meeting for it to remain the same.No access to councillors In their letter, the group observed that they do not have direct access to the councillors who can vote at the general council so that they can explain their position. According to the group led by Bartolo, Secretary General Clyde Puli is insisting that any communication with the councillors should be done either through the Electoral Commission or through the Party.List of eligible voters was not frozen when the petition was submittedThe group calling for the secret vote to be taken on whether Delia should assume responsibility, decried internal maneuvers which will see certain people who can vote at the general council replaced. It was explained that the list of eligible voters had been frozen on 4 July when Delia called the council meeting and not 25 June, when the petition was submitted.In their letter they said that they are informed that during that period there were internal maneuvers which instructed sectional committee to replace certain people who would have the right to vote.Partit Nazzjonalista denies claimsIn a statement the party denied the claims made in the letter sent to PN’s executive committee president Alex Perici Calascione which was also sent to the media.Partit Nazzjonalista claimed that the general council is being convened in line with the party’s statute and the decisions that were taken in the Executive Committee meeting. PN added that the “process is transparent and fair” saying that this was assured when the electoral commission with an independent chairperson was set up. PN added that the chairperson was unanimously approved during the meeting, saying that this is a sign of transparency and accountability.Partit Nazzjonalista further stated that the clause cited to convene the general council was a different one to the one which is associated with councillors petitioning the party, saying that it is PN’s leader Adrian Delia asking for the general council to convene under article 31. Thus the eligible voters list was frozen on 4 July.Read more:PN Petition: “Process for General Council kicks off” – Kristy DebonoWatch: PN MPs meeting: “Constructive”; “inconclusive”Watch: Will you resign Mr Delia? No ‘The person with more responsibility than me should do the same’ – resigning Exec PresidentGalea’s attempt at the Gordian KnotCrackdown on fake profilesI will not be a stop-gap leader – Louis GaleaWhatsApplast_img read more

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MTN files complaint against Ugandan magistrate

first_imgAdvertisement MTN is one of Africa’s largest telecommunications companiesIt appears MTN’s controversy isn’t going away any time soon as the South African telecoms group has now lodged a complaint with the Uganda judicial service against one of the country’s chief magistrates, after MTN’s senior executives were summoned to face tax fraud charges.According to Reuters, MTN accuses the magistrate of unprofessional conduct after MTN Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa and 12 officials including the chairman and CEO of MTN Uganda were summoned to court on Dec. 12 to face charges of tax evasion, conspiracy to make false customs declarations and conspiracy to evade taxes.Reportedly, MTN said it had not been aware of the summons and heard of them through media reports. – Advertisement – “A perusal of the summons shows that, although the order to issue them was made on the 19th November 2012, they were dated 7th November 2012,” which was also a day after the magistrate who issued them transferred the case to the director of public prosecutions, the company said in a statement on Thursday.“There was no charge sheet on the record nor was there a record of proceedings before (the magistrate) between 6th November, when she pronounced her ruling in an open court with counsel for all parties present, and 19th November, when the order was supposedly issued.”The company has previously denied the charges and says they were initiated by a former employee who himself is accused of defrauding MTN of millions of dollars.MTN has sued the employee for embezzlement. He had initiated the case against MTN as a private prosecution last month but a court ruled on Nov. 6 the public prosecutor should take it over.The magistrate’s court was not immediately available to comment.last_img read more

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Interview with MTN Ugandas CEO Mazen Mroue

first_imgMTN’s CEO Mazen Mroue Advertisement MTN Uganda CEO, Mazen Mroue (FILE PHOTO)MTN Uganda’s CEO spoke to PC Tech Magazine about his job and plans the company has for the short-term future. This interview was first published in Issue 24 (Print). Q: What is your take on the increasing volume of unsolicited text messages and Robocalls? What measures is MTN Uganda putting in place to prevent them?A: MTN Uganda has implemented all possible measures to prevent unsolicited messages and continues working with the regulator and all content providers to monitor the performance and take necessary actions accordingly. – Advertisement – Q: You’re a very big social media user. Can we expect to see MTN Uganda’s marketing strategies leaning more towards supporting online publishers?A: In 2011 MTN Uganda took a new and dedicated focus on social media by launching our official pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with the intention of developing critical mass and loyalty from a specific segment of the market. A large majority of the followers of social media are the youth who comprise more than 60% of Uganda’s population. This segment of the population tends to be early adopters of technology as well as being trendsetters to their peers. The social networking statistics show that Facebook penetration in Uganda is 1.68% compared to the country’s population and 13.40% in relation to number of Internet users. The total number of FB users in Uganda is reaching 560,000 and grew by more than 145,000 in the last 6 months. The uptake of social media as a lifestyle in the last 2 to 3 years has been incredible, especially among the youth, having been significantly affected by the evolution of Internet Options.MTN Uganda (MTN UG) Facebook page is the Top in Uganda in terms of number of Fans number and growth; has attractevd to date more than 80,000 Facebook users with around 20,000 PTA (People Talking about). QN: With over 16 years of experience, and coming from West Africa, what unique challenges do you foresee about your new task in Uganda?The future of Uganda is bright and very promising, especially with the very young generation being over 60% of the population relying more and more on access to communication and digital services, MTN is confident that together with all partners we will drive Uganda to the next level and ensure that jointly we will deliver the ICT agenda. The significant growth of Mobile Money Financial Services and increased demand on Internet access are the key areas that MTN Uganda will focus on as well as a dedicated focus and continuous investment during the coming years.Q: What are the key achievements that you achieved in your previous job in Liberia that you would like to share?As management team in Liberia, we were able within a short period, to launch new exciting and customized products and services including Mobile Money and data services resulted increase in MTN Market Share, overall subscriber base and Mobile Penetration.Q: MTN has been leading in the introduction of new technology in Uganda. But nothing has been said of the 4G network. Should we hold our breath? Does MTN plan to launch this soon?A: MTN is committed to continue leading the innovation and rollout of new strategic services in Uganda, our current Network infrastructure and Internal human skilled capital give us an important competitive advantage to bring next generation of Mobile Telecommunication and Digital Services to Uganda in the coming months.Q: So what is your strategic focus for the next 5-year period?A: In the next 5 years we will see the Ugandan telecommunications industry evolving with a focus on digital services and data network solutions. MTN will continue investing in converged communications solutions maintaining the telecom industry as a key driver of government revenue and transformation of lives – both in the business and personal space and with no doubt the telecommunications industry will continue to be a catalyst for economic development. The expansion of Mobile Money as well as data and digital services will be the primary focus areas for MTN in Uganda during the coming years. Our strategic objectives are dynamic and provide a comprehensive roadmap to maintain MTN as a clear Number ONE for Customer Experience, Superior Quality and the Employer of Choice proposition with improved long-term Shareholder returns.Q: Looking at your social media pages – Facebook, and Twitter – there is so much feedback, mostly negative. Do you sometimes feel like there’s so much pressure on the job? What do you perceive from such comments? Do you get the feeling of dissatisfaction among your loyal customers, especially looking at the volume of comments, and the tone with which they’re posted?A: That the social network of MTN Uganda has exceeded 100% growth during the last 6 months – is an important indicator about the strong customer relationship and Brand strengths.Like all successful brands, MTN recognizes the power of communities in influencing personal choices, behaviours and trends. It goes without saying that social media today has an unstoppable, magnetic and limitless power as a new channel to drive whatever message one wishes. With an unquestionable focus on customer engagement MTN looks at this medium as a crucial one.Social media provides a platform for 360° engvagement with customers as it provides an opportunity for two way feedback. It is for this reason that MTN Uganda has a dedicated team that focuses on ensuring that this important segment of its customer base is provided with real time responses to their concerns and queries. The MTN Facebook and Twitter pages in particular provide an alternative channel for customer support.Q: Are you able to share statistics on the growth of MTN Uganda subscribers during the 2012 year?A: The telecommunications sector continues to drive development of the country’s economic growth. At MTN, innovation is one of our brand values and in our daily business activities we strive to ensure that all our products and services are relevant to our customers. MTN Mobile Money for example has been revolutionary service. It’s important to note that MTN Group is a pioneer of Mobile Money on the African continent. MTN Mobile Money is Uganda’s fastest growing service and 3rd world wide as per GSMA Research concluded recently. The major reason for this is the significant number of unbanked people in Uganda.Over the last 14 years since the first mobile call was made in Uganda, we have seen number of subscribers to mobile phone services rise to over 14 million. This means that 14 million people in Uganda have access today to the mobile money service by default. Of the more than 7.5 million customers MTN Uganda has today, more than 3.5 million are registered on MTN Mobile Money and this year alone we have recorded around 200 million transactions using MTN Mobile Money Platform.Q: While MTN mobile money has been immensely successful, there’s still no support for direct bank transfers? Is this something MTN is working on?A: Currently the MTN Mobile Money service provides access to perform the most popular financial transactions that the ordinary Ugandan requires. This includes purchase of airtime, school fees payment, TV subscriptions, purchase of goods and services, payment of water and electricity bills, payment of salaries and secure money transfer from one account to another, just to mention a few. Through our partnership with Western Union, MTN subscribers registered for Mobile Money can send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions in their mobile accounts from 450,000 locations in 20 countries around the world- this is another first from MTN Uganda.MTN Uganda is now working on how to integrate more financial services onto our platform and in a few months we hope to announce new, revolutionary financial services on our MTN Mobile Money platform.[wpdm_file id=1]last_img read more

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Pivot East 2013 launched

first_imgAdvertisement Pivot East is an annual mobile startups pitching competition and conference in East Africa. It is organized by m:lab East Africa with the support of iHub and other partners. The event  was held in 2011 and 2012 as Pivot 25 and Pivot East respectively.After organizing two successful editions of the mobile startups pitching competition and conference in 2011 and 2012 in Kenya, m:lab East Africa and its partners are planning a third edition of the same in 2013.Objectives of Pivot East in 2013 are :-To consolidate recent gains of the regional mobile ecosystem and help direct the thinking from mobile applications to mobile entrepreneurship.To facilitate discovery of the next wave of high potential mobile startupsTo sustain the push towards having mobile innovations high in the agenda of regional governments, corporates and development agencies.To raise the quality of mobile startups in the region and their investability – Advertisement – The competition began in February 2013 with a workshop on Intellectual Property, other workshops activities will be in march as we gear up to the event that will culminate in a pitching conference for 25 regional finalists in Kampala on June 25th and 26th 2013.The categories in this year’s conference will be: Financial Services, Business and Resource Management, Entertainment , Mobile Society and Utilities  Categories.Call for application for this year’s competition will be opened on Monday, 25th February 2013. Eligible participants should companies or individuals with a registered business names domiciled in East African countries (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia and South Sudan).last_img read more

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Viber launches games platform

first_imgAdvertisement Social messaging app Viber is adding social gaming to its platform in order to keep up with the competition and to keep people on their platform.Gaming is quickly becoming part and parcel of messaging apps that are big in Japan, Korea and China — such as Line and WeChat.So, while Viber is by no means in uncharted territory, it is the first app with a large Western world user base to plug into the trend for smartphone gaming.“We have been focusing on broadening the functionality of Viber and are really excited to unveil Viber Games,” said Talmon Marco, Viber CEO. – Advertisement – “This major expansion of our platform gives people another completely new way to connect with Viber. It’s an important step for us and we are looking forward to the response from our users.”By hosting games within the app, Viber can bring a host of social, interactive, connected elements that are missing from standalone titles. Users can compete with their contacts and gift each other in-game purchases for example.The feature goes live on Monday in five initial test regions — Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and the Ukraine. Players will only have a choice of three games, and all of the titles has been developed specifically for Viber and even feature characters that are based on the app’s growing choice of customizable stickers.The three games are Viber Candy Mania — a platform/puzzle game featuring Violet and Legat (two popular Viber sticker characters); Viber Pop — a bubble puzzle game; and Wild Luck Casino, which features virtual slot machines.Viber plans to roll the games out globally some time in 2015.Via The New Agelast_img read more

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