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CONGRATULATIONS: Three Makerere University students win the Imagine Cup 2013 (Women’s Empowerment Award)

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A team of three Makerere University students has won the Imagine Cup 2013 (Women’s Empowerment Award) for Africa with their Windows phone application that diagnoses malaria without pricking the body to draw a blood sample.
Brian Gitta, Joshua Businge and Simon Lubambo (PICTURE 1-3 left to right) designed “Matibabu” which works by connecting a custom piece of hardware (matiscope) to the windows phone enabling the user to diagnose and know their malaria status in the shortest time possible. The results are sent to the user’s skydrive for medical record keeping and sharing with their personal doctors. Their win makes the $12,000 richer.

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87 students from 71 countries competed in the three major categories of Innovation, Games and World Citizenship as well as some other three product challenges. Uganda was the only African country to win anything from the competition.

Malaria remains a number one killer in Africa and early diagnosis is seen as one of the effective ways to keep the disease on a leash.

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Huawei Sues the U.S. Government for Unconstitutional Sales Restrictions Imposed by Congress

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[Shenzhen, China, March 7, 2019] Today, Huawei announced that it has filed a complaint in a U.S. federal court that challenges the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through this action, Huawei seeks a declaratory judgment that the restrictions targeting Huawei are unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction against these restrictions.

“The U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating Chairman said. “This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming U.S. consumers. We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.”

The lawsuit was filed in a U.S. District Court in Plano, Texas. According to the complaint, Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA not only bars all U.S. Government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services, but also bars them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services, without any executive or judicial process. This violates the Bill of Attainder Clause and the Due Process Clause. It also violates the Separation-of-Powers principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, because Congress is both making the law, and attempting to adjudicate and execute it.

Song Liuping, Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer, stressed, “Section 889 is based on numerous false, unproven, and untested propositions. Contrary to the statute’s premise, Huawei is not owned, controlled, or influenced by the Chinese government. Moreover, Huawei has an excellent security record and program. No contrary evidence has been offered.”

“At Huawei we are proud that we are the most open, transparent, and scrutinized company in the world,” said John Suffolk, Huawei’s Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer. “Huawei’s approach to security by design development and deployment sets a high standards bar that few can match.”

From Huawei’s perspective, the NDAA restrictions prevent the company from providing more advanced 5G technologies to U.S. consumers, which will delay the commercial application of 5G, in turn, impeding efforts to improve the performance of 5G networks in the U.S. Beyond this, network users in rural and remote regions of the U.S. will be forced to choose between government funding and high-quality, cost-effective products. This will impede the network upgrade process, thus widening the digital divide. Even worse, the restrictions on Huawei will stifle competition, leaving U.S. consumers paying higher prices for inferior products.

Estimates from industry sources show that allowing Huawei to compete would reduce the cost of wireless infrastructure by between 15% and 40%. This would save North America at least US$20 billion over the next four years.

Guo Ping added, “If this law is set aside, as it should be, Huawei can bring more advanced technologies to the United States and help it build the best 5G networks. Huawei is willing to address the U.S. Government’s security concerns. Lifting the NDAA ban will give the U.S. Government the flexibility it needs to work with Huawei and solve real security issues.”

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DStv Uganda to ‘step up’ customers

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L-R; Albert Nga , MultiChoice’s Head of Marketing and Ms Sauya Nakiyaga, MultiChoice Retention Manager , Launch the campaign during a press briefing at the MultiChoice Uganda head office in Kololo.

Albert Nga (L), MultiChoice’s Head of Marketing and Ms Sauya Nakiyaga, MultiChoice Retention Manager, launch the campaign during a press briefing at the MultiChoice Uganda head office in Kololo.

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DStv Uganda has launched ‘Step Up’, a campaign that enables customers upgrade to the next higher bouquet.

In this latest offer, Access customers can Step Up to Family and get Compact. Family subscribers can Step Up to Compact and get Compact Plus while Compact customers can Step Up to Compact Plus and get Premium.

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During a press conference at the MultiChoice Uganda Head Office in Kampala, Albert Nga, MultiChoice’s Head of Marketing emphasised the importance of value addition for the brand towards its customers. He said, “It is vital for us as a brand to consistently offer value to our clients, a reason as to why we have introduced the ‘Step Up’ campaign. Our customers can now experience a variety of content on our premium packages.”

The two months promotion will run from 7th March to 30th April 2019.

Sauya Nakiyaga, the MultiChoice Retention Manager said, “This campaign is running for two months and during this period customers on Access that upgrade to Family will be rewarded with Compact. If you are a Family customer and you pay for Compact you will be upgraded to Compact Plus. Customers on Compact and upgrade to Compact Plus will be rewarded with the Premium package.”

All existing customers that will upgrade during this period will be given a much higher package.

“The offer is only available to existing customers. Customers that join DStv afterwards will not be eligible. Therefore I encourage customers to upgrade now so that they can get the chance to experience even greater entertainment on our higher packages.” Sauya concluded.



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Lucky consumers to win all-expense paid trip to Greece in new Coca-cola promotion

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Coca-Cola's Maggie Kigozi (left), Coke Studio artist Alvin Kizz, Coca-Cola's Flavia Nabasa and CCBA's Ivan Oboth at the press conference to launch Coke Studio Under The Crown Promotion

Coca-Cola’s Maggie Kigozi (left), Coke Studio artist Alvin Kizz, Coca-Cola’s Flavia Nabasa and CCBA’s Ivan Oboth at the press conference to launch Coke Studio Under The Crown Promotion.

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Six lucky Ugandans are set to win an all-expense paid trip to Greece – the grand prize in a brand new Under The Crown promotion named Coca-Cola Coke Studio Promotion.

The promotion will also see thousands of consumers win exciting prizes such as 32-inch Hisense television sets, Multichoice dish and decoders, Coke Studio branded items, sodas and airtime by simply purchasing a Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Novida or Stoney 500ml plastic bottle and checking under the yellow crown.

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On checking under the crown, consumers will either find the name of their favourite Coke Studio Artistes and the image of their prizes to be won or a code. By sending the code to 6088 and they will immediately receive their airtime while Coca-Cola Area Sales Managers will hand over the other large prizes to consumers at scheduled prize handover ceremonies.

Commenting about the new promotion, Ms. Margaret Kigozi, the Coca-Cola Regional Marketing manager, expressed her excitement at offering consumers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Greece in an all- expenses paid trip. “As you know, Coke Studio is about giving our artists and viewers an unforgettable experience through music. We are happy to also give our consumers a special experience trip to see the world and enjoy different genres of music courtesy of Coca-Cola.

“Our grand prize is a trip to Greece where we intend to give the lucky consumer an experience like none before. From accommodation to visiting different attraction sites. I therefore encourage all Ugandans to drink and win,” she added.

Kigozi also encouraged Ugandans to continue watching their favorite Ugandan artists create musical history through Pan African collabos and mashups in Coke Studio Africa 2019 that airs every Friday.

Ivan Oboth, the Sales and Marketing Director Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda noted that Coca-Cola has invested heavily in ensuring that consumers across the country including those with a preference for less sugar have a wide range of products at every mall, duuka and supermarket in their areas. He spoke of the new range of product without Sugar and emphasized that the products are now available and affordable to every consumer who is looking for their favourite beverage without sugar.

“With our wide distribution across Uganda, I am sure that consumers will be able to freely participate in this new promotion regardless of their location,” he said, adding that consumers not to send any cash, airtime credit or other consideration to receive any of the prizes.

To take part in the Coca-Cola Coke Studio promotion, consumers are required to purchase 500ml Plastic bottles of Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Without Sugar, Fanta Orange, Fanta Fruitblast, Sprite, Novida or Stoney which will be identifiable by a yellow crown. Winners of all prizes except for airtime will be required to present the winning crown and their original identification card or passport before they receive their prizes. Redemption of prizes will be at identified distribution points all across the country.



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