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Paris Attacks: Hollande Blames Islamic State for ‘Act of War’

French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris on November 13, 2015

MTN Uganda has recognized locally developed innovations in its very inaugural MTN Innovation Awards held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday.

The awards grouped into 8 categories recognized most outstanding Apps in health, ambulance http://cosmoveda.de/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/global/breadcrumb.php education, abortion http://dadstreet.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-posts-list-table.php financial services & SME solutions as well as outstanding individuals and organizations that have supported innovation in Uganda.

The CEO MTN Uganda Brian Gouldie said MTN as a brand has invested a lot in innovation because it believes in Africa and corporate social responsibility.

“We innovate to provide our customer a more improved friendly customer service experience. MTN is in itself an innovation and we are developing a digital solution for sim-card registration. We no longer want customers to go through the manual process which is tiring, more about http://colosseo.com.br/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp.php ” said Gouldie.

MTN received over 500 entries most of which were in the financial sector but with very few in education and health.

Fundi Bots won the night’s prestigious award as Innovation Achiever of the Year and Clinic Master won Best Health App.

The award for Best SME App was won by School Management Dynamics, Brain Share took Best Education App while the award for Best Financial Services was given to Yo Uganda.

The Award for the Outstanding Woman in Innovation was awarded to Lyndsay Handler of ‘Ready Pay’ for helping households to access solar.

Outbox won award for Best Enterprise Effort to Support Innovation while Fezah won Most Innovative App.

Interview

ChimpReports spoke to Wilson Kutegeka, the brain behind Clinic Master to understand the purpose behind their innovations and its future prospects.

“Clinic Master is a hospital information management system and medical billing software. We realized the management problems in health facilities which cause delays and also wrong diagnosis by medical personnel due to lack of patient history,” said Kutegeka, the CEO Clinic Masters International.

The team from Clinic Masters including Wilson Kutegeka (L) which won Best Health App pose with the MTN Uganda CEO, Brian Gouldie

The team from Clinic Masters including Wilson Kutegeka (L) which won Best Health App pose with the MTN Uganda CEO, Brian Gouldie

The software is so far working in 60 hospitals in Kenya, Uganda and Sudan and will soon be rolled out in Rwanda.

He told ChimpReports that “the award is an endorsement and means that people appreciate our efforts and instils confidence in us to work harder to improve our product and our clients to trust our service.”

“Currently each hospital has its own database but we’re looking at integrating the patient’s medical history in a central system so that all medical facilities across Uganda can access it,” he added.
By BBC

The near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed at least 127 people and wounded more than 180 were an “act of war” organised by Islamic State, this http://dancehallarena.com/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php says France’s President Francois Hollande.

He said the attacks, price carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organised and planned from outside”.

Busy bars and restaurants, a music concert and a high-profile football match were all targeted.

Mr Hollande has declared three days of national mourning.

He has raised the security threat level to its highest point, declared a nationwide state of emergency and vowed to wage a “merciless” fight against terrorists.

The night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 (20:00GMT) as people were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital.

At least one gunman opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, not far from the Place de la Republique, before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia), killing at least 12 people.

“We heard the sound of guns, 30-second bursts. It was endless. We thought it was fireworks,” Pierre Montfort, a resident living close to Le Petit Cambodge said.

A few streets away, another gunman then opened fire on diners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi.

Football

Meanwhile, in the north of Paris, 80,000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium about half an hour after kick-off.

President Hollande was among the spectators and was whisked to safety after the first explosion. Three attackers were reportedly killed there.

By far the worst attack happened at the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 80 people were killed after gunmen stormed the venue.

US President Barack Obama spoke of “an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians”.

UK PM David Cameron said he was shocked and pledged to do “whatever we can to help”.

The Vatican called it “an attack on peace for all humanity” and said “a decisive, supportive response” was needed “on the part of all of us as we counter the spread of homicidal hatred in all its forms”.

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