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Emirates introduces tablet loan service to US-bound customers

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Emirates has introduced another service to mitigate the inconvenience of the recent ban on electronic devices on board US-bound flights. Beginning today, First and Business Class passengers will be able to borrow tablets on board Emirates’ US-bound flights allowing them to continue working during their flight.

The new service is in response to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive which requires all passengers travelling on non-stop flights to the US from Dubai to check-in their laptops, tablets, and other personal electronic devices larger than a smart phone.

As part of this latest service, Emirates premium customers will have a Microsoft Surface tablets equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 available for loan on board. Customers can download their work on to a USB which can be brought on board and plugged into the devices to continue working seamlessly.

The service is complimentary and will be available on all non-stop flights from Dubai to Emirates’ US destinations.

For customers who prefer to stow away their personal devices and simply enjoy the award winning inflight entertainment and service on board, Emirates had introduced a laptop and tablet handling service for US-bound customers. This complimentary service has been made available to passengers in all cabin classes since 25 March 2017, which was when the new TSA rules took effect.

This service allows customers to retain and utilise their personal devices until just before they board their US-bound flights. Passengers must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the boarding gate, who will pack and tag each device to be stored in the aircraft hold and returned to the customer at their US destination.

To date, nearly 8,000 passengers have utilised Emirates’ laptop and tablet handling service on the airline’s 112 weekly non-stop flights departing Dubai International airport to cities in the USA. Emirates has received positive feedback from appreciative customers, and reports an even mix of Economy, Business and First class passengers utilising its laptop and tablet handling service.

These two new services by Emirates gives customers travelling to the US several options, such as: packing their electronic devices into their check-in baggage at their point of departure; the opportunity to use their laptops and tablet on their first leg of their journeys and during transit in Dubai, up to the moment they board their US-bound flight; and for premium customers the choice to continue working on loaned devices on board. Customers can stay connected in the air with mobile phone connectivity, in-seat telephones with SMS and email and live TV on most flights. Currently, over 85% of Emirates’ fleet of passenger aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi on board.

The TSA directive does not apply to Emirates’ US-bound flights via Milan (EK205) and Athens (EK209). It also does not impact flights departing from the US, or Emirates’ flights to any other destination.

Emirates serves 12 US airports with passenger flights – Newark (EWR), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK).

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MTN CEO PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO KING OF TORO DR. RUKIRABASAIJA OYO KABAMBA IGURU RUKIDI IV.

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MTN Uganda, led by the CEO Wim Vanhelleputte, at the weekend, paid a courtesy visit to the King of Toro, His Royal Highness Dr. Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV at his majestic palace, the Karuzika, overlooking Fort Portal town.

The CEO was on a three day visit to the Western Region to oversee MTN trade activities, visit key stakeholders and to officiate at the handover of the Out-patient ward of Kabarole Hospital refurbished by the MTN Foundation.

Wim was received at the Palace by the Minister of Planning in the Tooro Kingdom, Mr. Levi Musinguzi who offered the MTN guests a guided tour of the palace, while sharing important information on the Kingdom’s history, artifacts, various cultural practices and norms. He also showed off Toro Kingdom landmarks such as the Tooro Kingdom Parliament, viewed in the distance from the Palace.

Later, His Royal Highness King Oyo warmly welcomed the MTN team to the Kingdom of Tooro. While congratulating MTN on its 20 year anniversary, he also acknowledged the development the company has caused throughout the country since it started its operations.

 

“I thank you especially for giving the youth various opportunities for employment both directly and indirectly through your services. The youth, as you may be aware, form a greater percentage of our population. They are the back bone of this nation,” said the King, while noting that part of the MTN guests were youth.

CEO Wim conveyed warm greetings to the King on behalf of the entire MTN Uganda management and staff.

“The MTN leadership team was in the Tooro sub region for a visit to the MTN traders. We conduct these countrywide trade visits regularly to check on the performance of MTN,” Wim explained. Adding, “While here, we held strategy meetings, visited our dealers and crowned our visit with a corporate social responsibility activity at Kabarole Hospital where the MTN Foundation handed over a refurbished Out Patient Ward and donated hospital equipment.”

Noting the good performance of MTN in the region, Wim said, “We are working closely with the Tooro Prime Minister to seek ways in which MTN Uganda can forge a stronger partnership and actively collaborate with the Kingdom to support her various developmental projects for the benefit of her subjects and the entire Toro Sub region.”

King Oyo welcomed the partnership, while extending a special invitation to MTN to participate in the activities leading up to Tooro Kingdom’s coronation anniversary “Empaango” celebrations scheduled for 8th September 2018.

At the end of the visit, CEO Wim caused excitement when he led the team in prostrating before King Oyo. The King gave the CEO Wim ‘Acaali’ as his ‘empaako’ or pet name.

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Eddy Kenzo lands mega tourism deal

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BET International award winning artiste Eddy Kenzo is in for big things this year.

The star who rose to international recognition thanks to his ‘Sitya Loss’ jam has landed a mega tourism deal with Uganda Wildlife authority as the official ambassador for tourism in Uganda and the world.

The deal comes hot on the heels of a similar deal that he had in Kenya where he was charged with promoting tourism in the popular tourist destination for many international visitors.

While announcing the new appointment, Uganda wildlife through their Twitter handle said that it was an exciting moment for them to announce Kenzo as their new representative. They also noted that Kenzo will unleash to the world Uganda’s unique wildlife and promote Uganda’s tourism destinations.

An ecstatic Kenzo then revealed that he is going to do his best to make sure that he sales Uganda to the world. He said; ‘I will work hand in hand with all the different tourism departments to promote our country and it’s tourism attractions.’

Well done Eddy Kenzo. Keep the Ugandan flag flying high.

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MTN Uganda revamps Kabarole Hospital, donates hospital equipment

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Wim Vanhelleputte the CEO MTN Uganda hands over part of the beds, blankets and mosquito nets to the staff of Kabarole Hospital.

Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO MTN Uganda hands over beds, blankets and mosquito nets to the staff of Kabarole Hospital.

MTN Uganda Foundation has handed over the revamped out-patient department (OPD) block of Kabarole Hospital Church of Uganda (C.O.U) and donated hospital equipment to benefit hundreds of patients who frequent one of Western Uganda’s busiest public hospitals.

During the handover ceremony, 10 hospital beds, 10 hospital mattresses, 10 hospital blankets and 10 mosquito nets were received by officials from the Ministry of Health and Kabarole Hospital.

This activity was done as part of the corporate social responsibility efforts of MTN Uganda carried out by its humanitarian arm, the MTN Uganda Foundation.

Speaking at the event, the MTN senior leadership was excited by the potential impact the donation will make to bring about long lasting change to Ugandans through provision of health care equipment.

“As part of the Access to Health Care initiative project, it is our aim as MTN Uganda to support the delivery of better quality health services to all across Uganda through the provision of hospital equipment” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, who was in Fort Portal to officiate at the event.

Access to quality health services is enshrined in the Goal Number 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The nine goals were developed in order to direct the path for development around the world.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third SDG is “Good health and well-being” which targets “access to quality essential health-care services” for all.

“Our donation today is small but will go a long way to assist each and every patient who comes here to get better treatment by ensuring their stay here is made as comfortable as possible in order to aid their full healing and recovery” said MTN Uganda’s CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte.

The ‎Senior Manager Corporate Affairs at ‎MTN Uganda, Ms. Justina Ntabgoba-Kayemba, praised the work done by the staff of Kabarole Hospital, which has been in existence for almost 115 years, in delivery of health services to residents of Fort Portal.

“We congratulate the Kabarole Hospital staff for the great work done towards provision of outreach services, core clinical services, community health services and medical operational services. This donation will rejuvenate them to carry out their duties better”, she said.

The Medical Superintendent Kabarole Hospital, Mr. Edward Mugisha noted that the donation will enable the private-not- for-hospital become more self-sustaining and deliver affordable healthcare.

“The hospital is reliant on donor funding but this has been declining. The funds are used to cover utilities and provide for the staff leaving less money for us to finance our several infrastructure projects. This donation and renovation frees some resources to ensure we deliver affordable healthcare.”

The event was part of various corporate social responsibility activities carried out by MTN Uganda Foundation whose main objective is to improve the quality of life in communities across the country by supporting and implementing sustainable projects in education, health, art and sciences, sports and other national priorities.

Last month, Valery Okecho, Corporate Communications Manager, handed over 30 beds, ​30 ​mattresses, ​30 ​bedsheets, ​30 ​blankets and ​30 ​mosquito nets to the State Minister for Health (General Duties) Hon. Sarah Opendi and the Commissioner of Curative Services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Jackson Amone. The donations were given to benefit the services of Bwera Hospital in Kasese.

The MTN Uganda Foundation Access to Health Initiative (AHI) will see 500 hospital beds, 500 mattresses, 500 blankets and 500 nets be given out to hospitals around the country.

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