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Uganda Airlines undecided on Airbus fleet delivery

Uganda Airlines undecided on Airbus fleet delivery

Uganda Airlines is facing difficult decisions over the delivery timetable for its A330-800 neo fleet, which had been brought forward from the initial December 2020 date for the first aircraft, to October 2020.

The second aircraft would follow a month later, with launch of the first intercontinental route tentatively planned for December. The question facing the airline now is whether to go ahead and receive the aircraft and park them at Entebbe, or postpone the deliveries.

Sources familiar with the situation say the carrier which started commercial operations six months ago, had brought forward the delivery dates after Finance Ministry frontloaded the bulk of resources required for fleet development, leaving the airline with a final payment of just $17 million on the two aircraft.

But this has also been provided for in the fiscal year that starts in July, essentially meaning that there are no pending obligations to the manufacturer.

However, the global disruptions to air travel as countries enter lock-downs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted plans for expansion of the regional route network, as well as the intercontinental destinations on which operations of the wide-body fleet were premised.

All about the Airbus A330-800 neo fleet

The A330-800 neo can carry 257 passengers in a 2-4-2 configuration. It has a range of around 8,150nmi / 15,094 km. Compared to the original A330, this is an improvement of 15 more passengers and a range increase of just under 1,000 nautical miles.

It has twin-aisles for easy boarding and disembarking, modern fuel efficiencies and passenger comforts found on all new Airbus aircraft. These include big windows, better humidity, and pressurization.

However, it is struggling to find a place on the market. So far, Kuwait Airways and Uganda Airlines are the only two to have confirmed orders for eight and two of the type respectively, and will be the launch customer in 2020s.

Source: The EastAfrican, SimpleFlying

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How to have Shell Gas delivered to your home for FREE

How to have Shell Gas delivered to your home for FREE

Shell Uganda has announced the introduction of a free home delivery solution for Shell Gas. This is in a bid to bring services closer and offer greater convenience, safe transportation and doorstep delivery of Shell Gas to customers.

The move follows restrictions put in place by the Uganda government to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deliveries are currently available to customers across greater Kampala and Entebbe region, with plans to rollout to reach even more areas.

The free deliveries will be made daily from 8am to 4pm, seven days a week, by Shell agents using motorbikes and delivery trucks with effect from 1 April 2020. Orders can be made through either a toll free line: 0800 980 098, MTN ‒ 0771 355 418, or Airtel – 0759 043 511. These lines will be operational to serve customers from 8am to 8pm.

In a bid to bring services closer and offer greater convenience and safe transportation of Shell Gas, we have accelerated the planned introduction of a home delivery service. We are aware that people are now at home and may experience difficulty in accessing essential services, especially as cooking needs are even greater with all members of the family at home,” says Moses Kebba, the Vivo Energy Marketing Manager.

The free home delivery solution applies to both existing Shell Gas customers who require refills as well as first time purchase customers.

Our delivery service applies to both existing customers as well as those who are interested in purchasing cylinders and accessories. We are offering free installation and doorstep delivery. Our team will be on hand to help you get started by setting up the equipment and offering easy and quick usage tutorials.”

In line with the Standard Operating Procedures stipulated by the Ministry of Health, Shell Gas deliveries have in place the necessary sanitary requirements to keep the delivery agents and consumers safe in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The team is equipped with sanitizers, gloves and face masks and have been trained to practice social distancing during the process because the health and safety of our customers and staff is our absolute priority. In addition to the safety equipment, we have also put in place mobile payment methods and are encouraging customers to use them to eliminate handling of cash and limit contact.”

Shell Gas price in Uganda

Shell Gas is available and will be delivered in three sizes – 6kg, 12kg and 45kg with refills going for UGX 57,000, UGX 110,000 and UGX 320,000 respectively. New purchases are priced at UGX 189,000 for the 6kg cylinder, UGX 291,000 for the 12kg metallic cylinder, UGX 622,000 for the 45kg cylinder and 341,000shs for the composite cylinder.

Payments can be made via mobile money or bank transfer. Cash will also be accepted. The company has also put in place an operational call centre team available daily to take delivery orders from customers which are then passed on to the various delivery teams stationed around the city.

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Uber suspends services in Uganda during coronavirus lockdown

Uber suspends services in Uganda during coronavirus lockdown

With the announcement of the 14 day country lockdown, Uber is taking strict measures to ensure that its customers and riders in Uganda are well informed about what this means for their traveling needs.

Since there is an existent ban on public and private transportation within the country for the next fortnight, it is not expected that any Uber driver would take on any rides, nor any rider requesting to be picked up.

A statement from the company spokesperson states that the company is putting to rest its services until further notice in line with the president’s directives to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In accordance with the measures announced by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on 30 March 2020 to contain the spread of Coronavirus, we are temporarily pausing our services in Kampala starting from 31 March 2020, until further notice. The health and safety of our community comes first, and we will do our best to support drivers during these unprecedented times.

Uber has introduced safety recommendations within the app to help raise awareness about suggested travel restrictions and social distancing with “travel only if necessary” in app messaging.  The company is also is providing safety information to drivers and riders in line with public health authorities’ guidance. This includes messages in-app, email and on social media channels. 

Uber has also distributed hand sanitisers to drivers. Those who did not receive and who have purchased surface sanitizers will receive a one-time reimbursement to cover the expense.

To assist in ensuring that public health is ensured, the app has a team available 24/7 to support public health authorities in their response to the pandemic. Working with them, the company may temporarily suspend the accounts of customers and drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19.

To the same effect, any drivers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in individual quarantine by a public health authority will receive financial assistance for a period of up to 14 days.

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Dubai to bailout Emirates Air from coronavirus fall

Dubai to bailout Emirates Air from coronavirus fall

In the wake of the rapidly growing coronavirus disease cases, Dubai’s government is ready to inject equity into Emirates Airlines. This is after the Middle East’s largest carrier has grounded nearly all of its flights due to global restrictions on travel.

Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated that the state-owned airline would be supported after this trying period. This is in consideration of the company’s strategic importance to Dubai and the economy of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the “key role in positioning Dubai as a major international aviation hub.”

Today, we renew our commitment to support a success story that started in the mid-1980s to reach its goal of sitting on the throne of global aviation. The Government of Dubai is committed to fully supporting @Emirates at this critical time & will inject equity into the company.”

What is not clear is the size, shape and form of that bailout, but we can be sure that further details would be announced at a later stage.

Emirates carried close to 58 million passengers in 2019, keeping Dubai’s airport as the world’s busiest for international travel. However, the increase in coronavirus cases and travel disruptions have affected the aviation industry worldwide, resulting in temporary layoff of cabin crew and pilots.

The Dubai government owns not just Emirates airlines, but also flydubai and the two have the same chairman, but operate independently.

Emirates employs more than 100,000 people including 21,000 cabin crew and some 4,000 pilots. The airline has been looking for ways to reduce outgoings, including reducing staff salaries by between 25 and 50% for the next three months, with the president of the carrier taking a full basic salary cut for that period of time.

Just recently, flydubai also announced pay cuts of its staff of nearly 4,000, though not all staff are being affected the same. The company stated that it is reducing salaries to between 25-50% for a three-month period starting in April. Employees’ benefits will remain unchanged, and senior employees will see the biggest pay cut.

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How to share your Google photos using private messaging

How to share your Google photos using private messaging

Over the past years, you could share individual photos through Google Photos by creating an album for a single photo and sharing the link. There were also other sharing options via live albums, shared libraries, and shared albums, making sharing loads of photos easy.

Google recently added a new chat feature in the Photos app. The feature lets users easily select a photo to send to one of their contacts directly rather than having to send them a link to the image. With the new feature, you should be able to like photos and even comments in the conversation, and you can save photos or videos in any chat to a gallery without a loss in image quality.

As long as the recipient has Google Photos, they can open messages you send and view the photos and videos you’ve attached. In the actual conversation itself, you can both start chatting too, as well as react to the photos with likes, etc.

How to share Google photos in private chat

  • Click a photo or video your Google Photos library.
  • Select the share option for the photo. Existing chats should appear.
  • Pick a contact or group of contacts to message.
  • In the message pane, add your message.
  • Once done, press send.

Remember, only those contacts who are signed in with Google can view the conversation. To send pictures to more people, there’s also an option to create a group chat. The conversation and reactions are all the same.

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SafeBoda delivery services rising in coronavirus lockdown

SafeBoda delivery services rising in coronavirus lockdown

The coronavirus disease outbreak has heavily disrupted the transport industry, leaving many players with little activity. However, those that offer a variety of services have opted to offer the best available alternatives to keep business going and customers equally served.

Among these is SafeBoda, which is sticking to offering home delivery services in Uganda, following the government announcement to temporarily ban on public transport and private cars.

According to the company, they are making sure that their 18,000 SafeBoda riders and the growing community of entrepreneurs such as food and market vendors and shopkeepers can continue to provide for their families.

We are therefore making food and grocery delivery safe during this COVID19 pandemic and lock down. This is important to us because safety and community has always been our priority. In addition to this all deliveries will be free.”

Literally all the still-open service and product providers are relying on the app for delivery to and from clients since there is no authorization of any other means of transportation at the moment. The customers alike, especially the app users, are now finding convenience in using the app for household needs.

While everyone stays home and stays safe, SafeBoda is willing to be at your service for all your daily needs.

Craving for local food? Order on SafeBoda app by tapping the food icon on your SafeBoda app and search for Kyakulya. Your meal shall be prepared in minutes and the SafeBoda rider will make the delivery to you.

Fruits and veggie for Vitamin C and staying strong? Tap on food delivery, type shop for groceries in the search bar.

Thirsty, and need a cold drink delivered quickly to your doorstep? Order from Coca-Cola by selecting food delivery on your app, type shop in the search bar and select shop select.

Working from home and need to send a document? Use “Send” on the SafeBoda app.

Need to send money to a friend? Use “SafeBoda Wallet” on SafeBoda app to send at no extra cost. Select the ‘Share’ option and tap ‘Start Sharing’. Select a beneficiary, enter the amount with a note to go along, and input your PIN. The friend will receive the amount as cashless and they can withdraw it from any Shell service station nearest to them.

Need to shop for home essentials, tap on food delivery, and type shop in the search bar, tap shop shell select.

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Jumia adopts Contactless Delivery in response to coronavirus

Jumia adopts Contactless Delivery in response to coronavirus

When the going gets tough, the tough get going too! In the wake of the coronavirus disease pandemic, eCommerce platform Jumia has announced the implementation of ‘contactless’ delivery for prepaid packages on the platform. The company is taking additional measures to keep consumers, delivery agents and partners safe.

To drive the initiative, the ‘contactless safe delivery’ option has been implemented through MTN Mobile Money. This enables consumers to make prepaid payments for products online and get it delivered without a direct body contact or cash exchange with the delivery agent. You won’t have to physically pick up your order.

The health and safety of our customers and delivery agents is our absolute priority. We are uniquely positioned to step up and be part of Africa’s response strategy in this challenging time. We have implemented a “Contactless” delivery option, which eliminates any possibility of physical contact. Convenience, social distancing and cashless measures are woven into one solution to combat the current situation.”  said Apoorva Kumar, SVP Logistics at Jumia.

Jumia’s delivery agents have been trained to enforce necessary standards during delivery. They are instructed to call or text when they arrive at the customer’s place and drop off the package at their doorstep, then step back to the safe distance limit and will wait for the customer to take the package before leaving.

Consumers are strongly encouraged to pay “cashless” on Jumia through MTN Mobile Money This will ensure less physical cash coming into contact with delivery riders and  the wider population and will in turn help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Jumia “Contactless” delivery payment option is available on all cashless delivery modes that are contactless such as MTN Mobile Money.

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How 5G can help the fight against Coronavirus

How 5G can help the fight against Coronavirus

5G can enhance the effectiveness of pandemic prevention and treatment, and drive the digital transformation of healthcare systems in response to major public emergencies, such as the current pandemic of COVID-19, a newly released Deloitte report suggests.

The white paper titled, “Combating COVID-19 with 5G: Opportunities to improve public health systems,” was produced in collaboration with Huawei. During the outbreak in China, telecommunications operators collaborated with Huawei to rapidly set up a specific 5G network dedicated to COVID-19 treatment hospitals.

The white paper analyses examples of COVID-19 control and treatment measures in China and identified challenges that face epidemic management in terms of monitoring, quarantine and treatment.

Amongst its findings, the whitepaper notes that the effectiveness of communication and data exchange has been essential in screening for infected individuals and controlling the outbreak. This by enabling thermal imaging, continuous remote monitoring and diagnoses during patient transfer.

The research also highlighted the need to build and upgrade public health emergency response mechanisms, through which governments are able to make right decisions promptly and allocate resources more effectively.

In this regard, 5G can also promote collaboration by enabling connectivity, maintaining effective communication among hospitals, and enable medical data and reference sharing between hospitals and scientific research institutions, especially “in the rapid increases in data volume and mounting demand for remote and HD-video based treatment” scenario.

In addition, the report indicates that the success of 5G applications in the public health domain could also inspire new business models in other sectors. It finds as a result of 5G features such as high speed connection, high reliability and low latency, the healthcare system has benefited from improved response times, patient monitoring, data collection and analytics, remote collaboration and resource allocation. It also sets an example for digitalised, data driven and Cloud-based innovative major public emergency response platforms.

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List of African countries that sell paid apps on Play Store

List of African countries that sell paid apps on Play Store

Overtime, we have all known Google Play Store as the ultimate source of authentic apps to use on Android phones. It allows users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit and published through Google.

What you might have not yet known is that every few months, Google opens up developer and merchant registration on the Play Console to more countries. Various nations are able to sign up for an account on Google Play and start distributing their apps.

Late last year we saw Google push to bring developer access to the Play Store to coders all over Africa. A number of countries with access can distribute free and paid apps and games. In these countries, developers can upload and sell their paid software.

African countries that sell paid apps on Google Play Store

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Burundi
  • Congo
  • Guinea
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Gambia
  • Liberia
  • Sierra Leone

If you like building software and live in these countries, you can sign up for a developer account here.

Using paid apps

Majority of Android users access the apps they use off the Google Play Store, given the freedom it comes with and the numerous lot readily available. However, despite being free, most of these apps display annoying ads and lack so many features that a user would have interest in.

To counter this, you can now utilize Google Play Pass – a monthly subscription service that allows you exclusive access to a variety of games and other apps on the Play Store. The service is now official and it costs $4.99 for you to get any of more than 350 apps and games.

Google revealed that the service shall go further to include other types of apps such as health, fitness, photography, photo retouching, weather and camera apps.

Read About:

  • Google Play Pass: Everything you need to know about it

  • How to join and win from Google Play Points rewards program

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itel A56 first impressions: Big battery, Bigger screen

itel A56 first impressions: Big battery, Bigger screen

In the smartphone era, having a phone is no longer about how much you bought it. The quality of specifications that your handset carries matters a lot to an interested party. The itel A56 is this valuable.

The new phone, in line after the itel A55, comes with an evident ‘Bigger is Better’ trademark right from the screen to the personal experience – within minutes of usage. If your need is a device with a long life, a sizable display, and a fit in your wallet, this is the perfect choice to make.

We received the itel A56 and are now going to make a review of it for you.

What’s inside the box?

The itel A56 box is wrapped in a cool red box. When you unwrap it, you’ll find the phone, charger head, a transparent phone case, earphones, micro USB charger, and screen protector.

itel a56 inside the box

What do we like?

The Big screen: The A56 builds a lot on the A55 and this is very visible with the close to 6.0-inch screen that comes with the new piece. The love for big screen smartphones and the need to make everything easy to do on your phone can be married in with this one. From reading, writing, watching videos, to playing video games, name it! The Itel A56 doesn’t disappoint at all.

itel a56 big screen

The camera set-up: Buying the itel A56 does not just bless you with a big screen, you are sure to get a good camera device on you. It comes with a dual cam setup on the rear, something to fall for on any modern smartphone, as well as a really bright front selfie camera. In simple terms, having a single camera phone is no longer a deal to anyone.

itel a56 camera

The Battery: The itel A56 is equipped with a cool 4000 mAh battery capacity to keep it running through out the day and even more if you are a battery saver. A four thousand-er can assure you of active usage for all that vigourous work that is required of a smartphone.

The body: The itel A56 comes with a 2.5D slight curvature at the edge of the display, also known as a contoured edge. The phone is a perfect fit in pockets, making you feel that safety you deserve away from theft and misplacement.

The performance: itel put a cool software look on the new A56 and this makes it feel like a 6GB smartphone – before you check the specs. Anyways, the phone is an Android Go product and has just as much software that is needed for a phone of its calibre and this makes it amazingly fast and easy to use about.

Security: The A56 has a fingerprint sensor at the back for ordinary security. There is also a face unlock feature that is safe and convenient, as it prevents thieves from stealing your information.

What don’t we like?

The itel A56 does not support 4G technology. This keeps us wondering of when we shall ever have a 4G phone from itel. We shall have to keep waiting.

INFINIX HOT 8 SPECIFICATIONS

Display: 6.0-inch IPS FullScreen
Front Camera: 5 MP
Rear Camera: 8 MP + VGA
OS: Android 9.0 Pie (Go Edition)
Network: 3G/2G
Internal Storage: 16 GB
RAM: 1 GB
Processor: Quad-Core 1.3GHz
Battery: 4000mAh

itel A56 price and availability in Uganda

The itel A56 goes for UGX 239,000 at itel branded shops countrywide. Also, customers can utilize the partnership that the manufacturers have with Airtel Uganda to buy the phone from Airtel shops and stores. The phone comes with 3GB of data, and a customer gets to enjoy 100% data bonus whenever they load data for the next 3 months.

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