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Fried chicken sandwich showdown visits Buttermilk

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first_img Tags: food • fried chicken • restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Monk’s KettleLa SalumeriaRhea’s Cafe Mark: I don’t know what I’m feeling here. It isn’t bliss; it isn’t disappointment. If anything, all I can feel is nothingness. I look at the words painted on one of Buttermilk’s walls: “Southern state of mind.” It should instead read, “No state of mind.”This sandwich only instills in me a sense of gripping neutrality — so much so that I cannot help looking up at the McDonald’s chicken nuggets commercial on the restaurant’s T.V. and wish I was there, so I can feel something — anything — even if it’s contempt.The bun is nicely toasted, but still too bready! The chicken is juicy and tender, but is covered in batter that’s chewy and flavorless!So, if I’m to play along with your fancy Olympian’s scores about so-called “taste” and “artistry” and whatnot, chew on this math: Great, juicy chicken + chewy flavorless batter: what does that equal? It equals zero, Mark. In layman’s terms? Zip, zilch — nothing. A void of flavor.But its nothingness is also its strength. Chicken sandwiches can kill your day/stomach/youthful complexion quicker than a bullet, but here I’m left with a spring in my step, enough to walk down to McDonald’s and regain a sense of something, anything.Three faves so far: The fried chicken showdown begins at the Salumeria, Dec. 7, 2017The friend chicken showdown takes a detour to Wes Burger, Dec. 18, 2017The fried chicken showdown goes to Monk’s Kettle, Jan. 4, 2018The fried chicken showdown goes to Rhea’s cafe, Jan. 23, 2018center_img “It’s hot tonight and half the neighborhood is drunk. the other half is dead. if I have any advice about writing poetry, it’s — don’t. I’m going to send out for some fried chicken.”             –Charles BukowskiIt’s hot this afternoon outside Buttermilk Southern Kitchen on Bryant at 23rd. Reading Bukowski to the dog while waiting for a fried chicken sandwich.He’s one of the dog’s favorites. I can’t explain it.Nor can I speak for Bukowski, but what I mean by “fried chicken” is good old American “Southern” fried chicken. You know, that special kind of fried chicken created by enslaved African Americans combining recipes from 19th-Century Britain with batters and spices from West Africa.Social and global relations in a sandwich. I can’t wait.Then I start thinking of the Olympics, then I’m thinking I should have gone for Korean … then the sandwich arrives, and it’s showtime.And the score?Technical: 85Excellent technique on the brine and deep frying.Batter light, thin, crispy, not crunchy. Endures juicy meat and runny slaw. Although it loses its crisp over time, doesn’t lose flavor, nor, surprisingly, form.Points off for sloppy slaw and soft, untoasted, unbuttered, bloated, blah bun.Artistry: 73First impression: This is a Big Sandwich. I thought I would need a grappling hook to get ahold of it.Again, deductions for slaw and bun. The bun is too big. The pinkish-orange color produced by the slaw and the batter, while not appealing, is not as repellent as some.Taste: 95First and foremost, the meat. Big chunks of brined dark meat. Whatever they use for the brine sets this sandwich apart from others I’ve had in the district recently. Maybe it’s my salty nature.The cool, slightly sweet cabbage, carrot and mayo slaw acts as a worthy complement. And, while the delicately spiced batter doesn’t call attention to itself, you know it’s there.Note: The sandwich is really humongous, which is not necessarily a criticism. I took half home and put it in the fridge. The next day, though it had obviously lost any semblance of freshness, there remained strong echoes of the first day’s taste. Not much else.Except the very large bun stayed largely intact. There’s a lot of dough to absorb the slaw, so the bigger structure holds.On the strength of its technical score and enduring taste, Buttermilk has edged into second place on my top three, currently behind Rhea’s and just ahead of Monk’s Kettle.There’s a lot for you to chew on, Julian. The ball’s in your court (or, the sandwich is on your plate). Julian, 20-something, and Mark, 70-something, will be hunting for the Mission’s best fried chicken sandwich. If you have suggestions, write a comment — or, if you prefer, send an e-mail to Julian at julian.mark@missionlocal.com.last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Sunda

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first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Sunday’s trip to Castleford Tigers.Matty Ashurst and Nathan Ashe have been added to the side but Sia Soliola and Francis Meli miss out through injury.Leon Pryce (pictured) looks set to make his third start of the season – but there is no room for Paul Clough who is likely to play in the Under 20s as he steps up his return from an ankle problem.Therefore, the squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 27. Nathan Ashe, 28. Thomas Makinson.The match kicks off at 3.30pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.If you can’t make the match it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites. It will also be on Wish FM. Remember, if you are a season ticket holder you can download a What If Form for Carnegie Challenge Cup Tickets should Saints progress to the final. You can also download it below. The latest Semi Final ticket news is here.last_img read more

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GARY Wheeler has been named in the 19man squad fo

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first_imgGARY Wheeler has been named in the 19-man squad for Friday’s Engage Super League home match against Huddersfield Giants.He makes his return for the first time since he was injured in the Good Friday clash at Wigan Warriors.Nathan Ashe and Tom Armstrong are also named in the ‘19′ but Kyle Eastmond, Jonny Lomax, Chris Flannery and Tommy Makinson all miss out.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 25. Lee Gaskell, 27. Nathan Ashe.Nathan Brown, Huddersfield’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Michael Lawrence, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gilmour, 5. David Hodgson, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Darrell Griffin, 11. Luke O’Donnell, 12. David Fa’alogo, 13. David Faiumu, 16. Andy Raleigh, 17. Danny Kirmond, 18. Larne Patrick, 19. Graeme Horne, 20. Jermaine McGillvary, 27. Jacob Fairbank.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Stats:Huddersfield are seeking their first away win against St Helens in the summer era on Friday night – all four of the Giants’ Super League wins against the Saints have come at home.Huddersfield’s last league win at Knowsley Road was 16-15 on November 26 1978 – with Saints winning 17 successive home competitive fixtures since then.Last Ten Meetings:Huddersfield 40 St Helens 18 (SLR14, 14/5/11)St Helens 42 Huddersfield 22 (SLQSF, 24/9/10)St Helens 30 Huddersfield 22 (SLR17, 11/6/10)Huddersfield 6 St Helens 24 (SLR8, 28/3/10)St Helens 15 Huddersfield 2 (SLQPO, 19/9/09)St Helens 12 Huddersfield 10 (SLR25, 21/8/09)Huddersfield 24 St Helens 14 (CCSF, 9/8/09)(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)Huddersfield 6 St Helens 23 (SLR2, 22/2/09)Huddersfield 22 St Helens 40 (SLR26, 24/8/08)St Helens 46 Huddersfield 16 (SLR18, 29/6/08)Super League Summary:St Helens won 26 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Huddersfield won 4St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011) (also widest margin)Milestones:Paul Wellens is set to make his 400th appearance for the Club on Friday.He made his debut for the club at Knowsley Road against Halifax on August 30, 1998, and will be the 14th player in St Helens history to reach the milestone – and the first to reach the total whilst playing exclusively in the summer era.Wellens also needs four tries to reach 200 career touchdowns, having scored 185 for Saints, four for Great Britain (2001-2002 & 2004-2007), four for England (2000-2001 & 2008) and three for Lancashire (2001-2003).Four tries will also see him move up the list of all-time St Helens tryscorers, into joint seventh place with Alan Hunte (189). Three scores will draw him level with Duggie Greenall (188) in eighth.last_img read more

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ENGLAND will hone their preparations for this year

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first_imgENGLAND will hone their preparations for this year’s Rugby League World Cup with a rematch against the Exiles at Warrington on Friday June 14 and fans are being given the opportunity to catch the action at a specially discounted price.Until Tuesday March 12, all adult £20 tickets for one of the most intensely contested fixtures of 2013 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium can be purchased with a £5 discount.The Exiles are drawn from the best southern hemispheres stars of Super League and are guaranteed to provide an intense test for England, who shared the spoils in the 2012 International Origin Series.“We want the best preparation in a World Cup year and the Exiles provide us with just that,” said England coach Steve McNamara.“The World Cup will provide every player with the ultimate test and the International Origin Game is an important stepping stone for us as we look to achieve our ambitions in 2013.“Every English player in Super League wants to be involved in this fixture and I’m sure it’s going to be a cracking atmosphere on the night.”To book an adult ticket at the specially discounted rate please call the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk before Tuesday March 12 quoting code STHELENS5last_img read more

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Mark Brennans side are top of the table after fiv

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first_imgMark Brennan’s side are top of the table after five games, but face a Tigers team that is just one point behind them.The game kicks off at 5.30pm on Sunday at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle and fans are welcome to attend – but they must purchase a full match ticket as Castleford host Hull KR from 3:30pm beforehand.Mark said: “Castleford are a strong team with quality over the park. I have worked with a number of the players there in the past  and know what they are capable of. Tara Stanley at full back in particular example is a real threat.“We have been working hard this week to improve and will look to take this into game day. It will be a tough game and we are expecting a big crowd which will be good for the women’s game.“In terms of our squad, we have moved a few players around this week due to injuries so we are looking at a few new combinations.”He continued: “Finally, myself and the players also want to wish Faye Gaskin a speedy recovery from her operation and we hope to see her back at training soon.”18-Woman Squad:Pip Birchall, Leah Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Carys Marsh, Roxy Mura, Chloe Richardson, Rebecca Rotheram, Emily Rudge, Isabelle Rudge, Alex Simpson, Dawn Taylor, Jade Ward, Katie-May Williams, Naomi Williams.last_img read more

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Spunky squirrel goes viral ice cream shop has best summer ever

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first_imgHOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — We told you about Putter, the ice cream eating squirrel from Holden Beach, back in April.Following our story, Putter went viral. Her story got national and world wide attention.- Advertisement – We went back down to Brunswick County to see how the summer went and how Putter made it ‘the best summer ever’.It was quite a surreal season for Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Golf owners Scott and Pam Martin to say the least.“Business wise it’s been incredibly busy,” Scott said. “Putter has been here everyday and has been a huge part of that.”Related Article: Allergy alert issued for some Ben & Jerry’s productsDay after day, Putter or “Put Put” climbs down from her tree above Fantasy Isle to munch on her own little pint size sweet treat, an almond soy milk and honey mixture topped with scoop of sugar free vanilla.The Martins say they have see a lot of new faces and curious customers stop in to take a peek for themselves.“8 out of 10 people know about Putter or want to know about Putter,” Scott said.While thousands have come by, a few moments have stuck out beyond the rest.Pam said one woman traveled all the way from Kentucky to see Putter. For Scott, his most memorable moment was when a 91-year-old woman and her son visited. She wasn’t in the best health so her short, but special encounter with Putter she said made her whole week.“You think it’s a silly little thing like a squirrel but then you get a day like that where it makes a big impact on somebody’s lives, that’s pretty special,” Scott said.With the extra attention lately, they say it can get a little nutty.“It’s been exhausting at times,” Pam said. “We have told the story over and over again but we are still enjoying it.”Putter is not the only squirrel inside the trees but they say sure stands out from the others.“They just don’t act like she does and they don’t seem to take her lead,” Scott said. “They are squirrels and she just wants to be a little different.”The Martins say they have had an outpouring of community support and it’s all for a little squirrel with one spunky personality.“It has been a bigger story than us,” Scott said. “It’s been about the area and the people that live here.”Fantasy Isle will be open weekends from now through Halloween.last_img read more

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WPD arrest man on drug charges seized 250 grams of cocaine

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first_img Black, of Whiteville, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, resist obstruct/delay arrest and speeding.Black has prior convictions for second degree murder, numerous narcotics violations and possession of stolen property.  He was given a $500,000 bond. Verrick Black was arrested on drug charges. (Photo: VineLink) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department arrested Verrick Black, 40, Monday following a four month long narcotics investigation.Police say they seized 194 grams of crack cocaine and 63 grams of powder cocaine during a traffic stop.- Advertisement – last_img

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Man who died in Pender Co boating accident identified

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first_imgBoat Accident (Photo: MGN Online) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Wildlife Resource Officers have identified the man who died in a boating accident Sunday near Topsail Island.Master Officer David Sellers said John Andrew Hughes, 58, from Columbia, Maryland died Sunday when the boat he was on capsized.- Advertisement – Sellers said he was fishing with his friend Sean Patrick Mcentee, 59, from Hampsteadand his son John Matthew Huge. Sellers said Huges’ son called 911 around 11:15 a.m. Sellers said they were on a 19 foot Carolina Skiff about 50 to 100 yards when it capsized. He said none of them were wearing life jackets.Sellers said the men got on top of the boat a few times and kept getting knocked off by waves.Related Article: One injured in small plane crash near Holly RidgeSellers said the men tried to swim to shore and do chest compressions on Hughes, but Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.Sellers said Hughes had a heart attack several years ago. Sellers said he cannot say for sure what may have caused his death, but it may have been a combination of hypothermia and his previous history with heart attacks.Sellers said they are still waiting on a cause of death from a coroner.last_img read more

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Binance shuts down servers after €35m worth of bitcoin stolen

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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 Hackers have stolen €35m worth of bitcoin assets from one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges; Binance.The security breach, which is understood to have taken place yesterday, resulted in the hackers getting their hands on 7,000 BTC, equivalent of 2% of the company’s holdings from their hot wallet, an online cryptocurrency storage system.They add that the hackers used a series of methods ‘including phishing, viruses and other attacks’ which also resulted in them obtaining user’s API keys, Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) codes and other information, the company explains.‘The hackers had the patience to wait, and execute well-orchestrated actions through multiple seemingly independent accounts at the most opportune time,’ Binance said adding that ‘the transaction is structure in a way that passed our existing security checks. It is unfortunate that we were not able to block this withdrawal before it was executed.’The company has since told its customers that the security breach had triggered a number of alarms forcing them stop all withdrawals, now resulting in the system being shut down while a review of their security is carried out.They anticipate that the review would take a week, with all deposits and withdrawals currently suspended. Reassuring its customers, Binance explains that it would cover the incident ‘in full,’ through its SAFU fund. No user wallets are understood to have been impacted.Binance in MaltaThe largest cryptocurrency exchange opened its doors in Malta back in March last year, following discussions over creating a large scale crypto exchange to service its 8 million users worldwide.The decision came just as Japan’s financial services agency the company to suspend its operations.According to the Japanese regulators, Binance did not have the correct registrations to participate in Japanese trading, thus violating rules.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Malta joins pledge to increase efforts in finding missing migrants

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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 Twitter / Maud Veith / SOS Mediterranee Twitter / Maud Veith / SOS Mediterranee Representatives of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta met at the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in the Hague on Thursday. This was the second meeting of the Joint Process to further discuss cooperation on addressing the large number of people who continue to go missing on Mediterranean migration routes.Despite the decrease in the number of arrivals in Europe, more than 500 persons are reported to have died or to have gone missing in the Mediterranean region since the beginning of 2019. Globally, 31,000 persons have been reported missing or deceased along migratory routes since 2014.All four countries are main entry points for many migrants fleeing from war.Italy did not sign the joint statement which was issued following the conclusion of the second meeting of the joint process. The representatives of Cyprus, Malta and Greece have welcomed the initiative to further explore cooperation, including identifying “focal points” in each country.A year earlier, government representatives from Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta had discussed the possibility of initiating a Joint Process to Account for Persons Missing as a Result of Migration in the Mediterranean Region. ICMP has acted as the secretariat of the Joint Process and has facilitated the immediate objectives of the Joint Process following the meeting in June 2018.In their joint statement, the three states reiterated that “Locating missing migrants requires effective cooperation among States in a range of fields, including improving the utility of available data, forensic and other technical aspects, and support to families of the missing”.WhatsApplast_img read more

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PN Executive Committee meeting today

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first_imgThe Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Committee is meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss the petitions brought in front of the General Council of the party. The committee has called for a General Council meeting to discuss the motion that is asking party leader Adrian Delia to resign. Meanwhile, two further petitions approving of Delia as party leader had been presented on Wednesday.The Executive Committee has to elect a number of high ranking party officials after the resignations of Mark Anthony Sammut from President of the Executive Committee, David Camilleri from PN Treasurer and Pierre Portelli from Head of Media.Against Delia The petition signed by 200 individuals, calls for a motion in favour of Adrian Delia’s resignation from party leader as it is believed that he should assume political responsibility following the dire results during the EP election in May 2019.The other two petitions insist on collective accountability.Adrian Delia said that the Executive Committee has the freedom to decide on the petitions and added that he would like to discuss changes in the party’s statute once this “uncertainty” is over.Pro Delia The two petitions in favour of Delia remaining as leader of the party had been presented on Wednesday. One has 4,333 signatures from party members whilst the other has been signed by 530 members of the General Council. PN members that signed the petition are saying that Delia was elected democratically and quoted the statute where it says that the General Council is the party’s highest organ with power to change other party organs’ decisions. 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>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

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Vandals target Mosta garden

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first_imgThe recently restored Mosta garden has been vandalised by unknown individuals overnight. Light fixtures and dustbins were among the objects destroyed.More than €500,000 were invested in the regeneration of Ġnien l-Għarusa tal-Mosta and it was officially inaugurated in May by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Environment Minister Josè Herrera. The work included the planting of more than 2,200 trees and shrubs, 4,300 metres squared of paving was laid, as well as paths were restored and safety features installed.The Mosta Local Council condemned the vandalism in a Facebook post on Saturday. Jason Micallef who heads the Valletta Cultural Agency urged the Local Council to install CCTV cameras as soon as possible. The council said that it for the cameras to be installed, a risk assessment is required, and that it is working toward obtaining the required approval in the shortest time possible.A literature competition for the elderly was held at the garden the night before. However the vandalism seems to have happened after the event, during the night.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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Vodacom Makes Competition See Red with New Rates

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first_imgAdvertisement “Vodacom’s change to red brought with it the promise of real changes to the network, customer service and value. We hope these price reductions will contribute to making the Internet more affordable and give our customers an enhanced connected experience,” says Pieter Uys, Chief Executive Officer at Vodacom.In addition to the savings, all existing and new Vodacom contract customers will be given another allocation of the same size as the subscribed data bundle to use anytime between midnight and 5AM. This service, called Night Owl, previously only on promotion, is now available as standard to all Vodacom contract subscribers.Contract customers will receive more value from these revised Broadband Standard prices. To illustrate this additional value, Vodacom customers who previously bought a MyMeg 110 data bundle at R88 (80c per MB), will now only pay R49, for a MyMeg 100 (49c per MB) – a cost saving of 39% per MB. They will also get double their data for free resulting in a net saving of 69%. – Advertisement – Existing Vodacom contract subscribers will automatically benefit from the new tariffs and will be migrated to the next bigger bundle size while paying less. For example, current 300MB subscribers will be migrated to 500MB, at a lower overall tariff.Over and above the Broadband Standard price reductions, Vodacom also provides the following services:All Vodacom Broadband Internet customers receive Vodacom’s free e-mail service with a storage capacity of 3GB; andTwo hours of free technical support available for Broadband contract customers. Vodacom technicians come to customer’s homes to help them with installing the modem software for the first time, or trouble shooting an existing installation and setting up a free Vodacom email address, including up to 5 aliases. To access free technical support service customers should Call 082 155 during office hours.“We are committed to finding ways to make our customers smile and we will continue in focusing all our efforts towards delivering on this promise.” Uys concluded.Source: itnewsafricalast_img read more

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Airtel acquires Warid Telecom Uganda

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first_imgMr V.G. Somasekhar the Airtel Uganda managing director shows Ms Maggie Kigozi the former Uganda Investment Authority executive director the various network site during their launch early in the year Advertisement Deal subject to regulatory approvalMr V.G. Somasekhar the Airtel Uganda managing director shows Ms Maggie Kigozi the former Uganda Investment Authority executive director the various network site during their launch early last yearBharti Airtel today said it has entered into a “definitive agreement” with UAE-based Warid Group to acquire Warid Telecom Uganda, strengthening its footprint in the African region.After the acquisition, existing 2.8 million Warid customers in Uganda will join Airtel’s network that serves over 269 million customers globally, the company said in a statement.The statement, however, did not reveal financial details of the deal. – Advertisement – “… It has entered into a definitive agreement with the Warid Group to fully acquire Warid Telecom Uganda… The agreement is subject to regulatory and statutory approvals,” the statement said.After the acquisition, Airtel will further consolidate its position as the second largest mobile operator in Uganda with a combined customer base of over 7.4 million and market share of over 39 per cent, it added.Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest mobile telecom operator, had made a foray into the African region in 2010 by acquiring Zain Telecom’s operations in 15 countries of that region. Now, it has operations in 17 African countries, including Nigeria and Uganda.In 2010 too, the company had acquired 70 per cent stake in Warid Telecom Bangladesh.“We are delighted at this agreement with Warid, which also happens to be the first in-market acquisition in Bharti Airtel’s history. We believe this market consolidation offers great synergies by bringing together the best of Airtel and Warid to better serve customers in Uganda,” Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (International) Manoj Kohli said.“We are extremely pleased with this development, which offers Warid consumers added benefits like wider network coverage, most extensive 3G network and world class products and services from one of the world’s largest mobile services provider,” Warid Uganda Board Member Mohammed Nahayan said.last_img read more

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Telkom SA to turn payphones into free WiFi hotspots

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first_imgAdvertisement Reports coming in indicate that Telkom, a South African network operator is reportedly looking into turning its public payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots.The Chief marketing executive Enzo Scarcella said that the idea is still in its infancy, with Telkom testing the feasibility of creating data hotspots.“We have got the infrastructure, we have got cables going to that payphone, and the next phase of connectivity is data, rather than voice telephony. And so the idea is, how do we turn those payphones into data Wi-Fi hotspots that people can use [with] smart devices,” the executive was cited as saying. – Advertisement – He said that the payphones could become Wi-Fi hotspots, each offering coverage within a 10m radius, adding that the idea would be to make the service free.The group has around 45,000 payphones on its network. The director revealed that Telkom decommissioned as many as 1,400 phones in 2013, adding that as few as 2,000 were still profitable.Source: www.telegeography.comlast_img read more

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Electronic passport issuing to start 2015

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first_imgAdvertisement 2015 has been set by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control in the internal affairs ministry as the target for the roll-out of electronic passports using information gathered from the national identity cards.The new passports will replace the existing machine-readable ones.The new passports will meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the East African Community and bolster internal security said Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, the internal affairs minister. – Advertisement – He said this while addressing a two-day workshop attended by Internal Security Organisation operatives and representatives from the ministries of internal affairs, foreign affairs and ICT at Ridar Hotel, Seeta.The e-passport is the same as a regular passport with the addition of a small contact-less integrated circuit (computer chip) embedded in the back cover.The chip securely stores the same data visually displayed on the photo page of the passport, and additionally includes a digital photograph. It can also include medical, traffic, financial and other information.Burundi and South Sudan have already upgraded their passports to e-passports. Several countries in Europe, America, Asia and Latin America have long adopted e-passports.Via The New Visionlast_img read more

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Zimbabwe seeks closer ICT Terms with China

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first_imgAdvertisement Zimbabwe and China are seeking increased cooperation in the southern African country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector through increased investments from the Asian country.China’s Eximbank has already approved a $218 million loan facility for state owned mobile company, NetOne to upgrade its data network. Chinese tech companies such as Huawei and ZTE are already active in Zimbabwe’s telecoms industry.“We are seeking increased cooperation between our two countries, particularly in areas of ICT. Our two sides already have good cooperation in this sector and Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE have been doing well here (building NetOne and Econet Wireless networks respectively,” said China’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Lin Lin. – Advertisement – He met Zimbabwe’s new ICT Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira in Harare on Thursday to strengthen growing ties between the two countries in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Lin added that China was also exploring opportunities for training in ICT for young Zimbabweans.“Chinese companies here can also start training courses here. We are urging Chinese companies in ICT to start investing in Zimbabwe, not only through loans provided through government to government cooperation,” the Chinese ambassador said the meeting.Mandiwanzira said cash-strapped and investment-starved Zimbabwe had “a lot to benefit by engaging with China” and stressed that increased investment would lead to the creation of more jobs and “technology transfer”.“We want to encourage Chinese investments to come in on the basis of commercially successful projects. If a Zimbabwean mobile company requires more capital and can demonstrate that it can pay back the loan, we don’t have to wait for a government guarantee for a Chinese company to invest,” said Mandiwanzira.He said Zimbabwe offered an attractive market for ICT investors as people in the southern African country were frequently changing their mobile devices. He also said there were opportunities for computerisation and assembling of smartphones.“We have people and kids in the rural areas who have never seen a computer. We have a majority of people still using feature phones and Chinese companies can come and assemble their smart devices and take up this market.”Credits: ItwebAfricalast_img read more

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60 days Hack Facebook Messenger is out Open for Third Party Apps

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first_imgAdvertisement The hack spirited Facebook as depicted in the movie the social network has given worldwide Facebook Messenger App partner developers two months to develop their own apps.40 developers that first signed on to make apps for facebook messenger have been given only 60 days, only two months before the F8 event.Among the partner developers are the big ones, Zendesk and Bitmoji. Zendesk is currently popular in the marketing circle as the most popular platform for customer support. In Uganda it is being pioneered by the big startups such as Brighter Monday owned by One Africa Media. – Advertisement – In preparation for the launch, Facebook gave all developers the chance to work together with the team at Facebook responsible for Messenger. Everyone happened to be at Menlo Park Campus to work closely with the Facebook.What it meansIt means you’ll be able to do more than just sending messages within the app, you can embed media GIF, Video clips, and so much more without having to exit the app.Facebook F8The most announced annual event held by Facebook is intended for developers and entrepreneurs who build services and products around the Facebook platform. As a culture it take place is San Francisco, California. The Big man Mark Zuckerberg the Founder of Facebook and one the youngest billionaires in the Wolrd has always been giving the Keynote speech. Facebook has always introduced new announcements and new features at these conferences. The name F8 originates for the culture that Facebook has a big 8 hour Hackathon just after the event. This year F8 Conference took place on March 25, 2015, the time of this article.NewsFacebook has announced that it is opening its Messenger service to third party developers. For the past four years the app has been functioning as part of the main Facebook page. This marks the spun off form the main Facebook site into an independent and fully fledged platform.Already, all the 40 partner developers have developed apps.To give you a sample what some apps can do now in Facebook messenger are;Ways how to loop animated images known as GIFs sourced from the sports TV service ESPN and elsewhere.Still images from the picture hosting site ImgurJibjab will be able to give use their humor E-cardsSound clip is on board to give us their audio filesThe weather channel service with their forecastsFacebook is going big on this app; it is suggesting ways for sending money, confirmation delivered goods when they are delivered. A user can receive delivery status, or organize return of an order and as questions about the delivery.Of course the company is far from turning the app into something widely accepted, but it is proving the capability what the app can doExamplesChina’s we Chat has gone a step further to allow users to book taxis, book cinemas seats, and find restaurants they want to party in.ExpertsExperts are worried at the rate which Facebook is adding features on its original platform. Experts are worried that Facebook will overload the messeger app with many functions and the users may never decide which is the main function of Messenger.Messenger for BusinessA few apps have tried to encouraged to bring business on instant messengers. Facebook is giving it a shot. Business on Messenger will enhance communications, interactions between consumers and businesses. Facebook says this will give business owners the opportunity to personalize communications to specific consumers. An example is when I have purchased an item from a site such as Jumia or Kaymu and I wish to continue a conversation about the product. Facebook is giving us an opportunity to interact with the business.Messenger for Business will give consumers and businesses to share messages including; order confirmation, shipping status updates, and even returning order. Consumers will also have the opportunity to ask questions, make requests and get quick responses from businesses.Messenger is going to be useful tool for e-commerce businesses. Now Brands can offer an option for consumers to sign up for updates via Facebook messenger. This could mean that when you purchase some thing online, your receipt could be sent via Messenger and other information. You are likely to cancel your order also via Messenger. HistoryThe Facebook Messenger app has existed as an app since 2011. Mark Zuckerberg says that the app is being used by over 600 million people month. The new app offers faster and more engaging and offers more features than then one in 2011.Some users believe that Facebook is forcing to a new app to chat with their contacts to separate them for the main Facebook platform. And they do not appear pleased.CriticismThe app takes some liberties compared to other apps. The app will ask you for access to your contacts, location, text messages, camera, microphone and more. Actually the first step in installing it will ask to sync your contacts. I should mention the app is no different from Snapchat.last_img read more

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Tata MasterCard to empower 100 million women

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first_imgAdvertisement Tata Communications and MasterCard have announced a commitment to Action to financially empower 25,000 women in the developing world, which is part of a larger vision to ultimately reach 100 million women.The announcement was made at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting closing plenary.The two companies are joining forces with a network of partners including Brightstar Corp, Kiva, Tone, Trickle Up and the Hidary Foundation to bring their shared vision to life over the next five years through access to transformative mobile platforms comprising a range of financial, health and education applications and services. – Advertisement – The programme will kick-off with pilot projects in India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Guatemala and will be aimed at 25,000 women, serving as microcosms.last_img read more

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Volkswagen and LG Signed a MoU to Develop Innovative Connected Car Platform

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first_imgImage Credit: TechCrunch Advertisement It seems now it’s about teaming up for autonomous cars, I guess it’s all about “Car Wars.” We’ve had automotive companies like; BMW teaming up with Intel & Mobileye, Ford teaming up with Google and Uber, Toyota teamed up with Microsoft, and then here comes Volkswagen and LG have chosen each other.The new squad announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), earlier this week to collaborate on R&D related to a connected car platform to be developed over the coming years today.So why the team-up? LG and Volkswagen have listed their three goals they want to achieve from this partnership:Developing technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home so that drivers are able to control and monitor smart devices in their homes  such as lights, security systems and domestic appliances from out on the road.Developing a context-sensitive notification center that can deliver messages in an intuitive and safe manner and provide optimized recommendations to the driver in real time.Developing next-generation infotainment technology for connected cars. – Advertisement – Richard Choi said in a statement, that the two companies are teaming up to develop the next generation of connected car platform that allows wide integration with smart home services and adoption of open IoT connectivity technologies.“We think LG’s expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen’s leadership in the automotive sector will revolutionize the way drivers interact with their vehicles,” he adds.In March in 2015, Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro unveiled its GEA concept car at the Geneva Motor Show with seven key components supplied by LG Electronics, including the holographic display, connected smart watch, tail lights and rear camera.Image Credit: TechCrunchIn July, LG was selected as Volkswagen’s strategic electronics supplier and also listed as a partner company on its FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) programme.[related-posts]At CES earlier this year, the two companies attracted great attention showcasing a smart home system that could be controlled remotely from the vehicle.last_img read more

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