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Oil Money: CNOOC Awards Hoima Top Performing Students

CNOOC Uganda, the Operator of Kingfisher oil field, recently recognized and awarded ninety (90) students in Hoima District who have achieved best performance at PLE, UCE and UACE level examinations, under its Corporate Social Responsibility Program code-named “CNOOC Best Performer’s Award”. 

The CNOOC Best Performer’s Award (BPA) was inaugurated in 2012, with an aim of encouraging better performance to the students in Hoima District. To date the Program has rewarded 240 students as follows (in 2013-60 were rewarded; in 2014 - 90 were rewarded; in 2015 – 90 were rewarded) and in 2016, an addition of 90 more students will be rewarded which will bring the cumulative total of BPA beneficiaries to 330 students at PLE, UCE and UACE levels. 

Awarding the students with prize money and certificates is a move to motivate them and this has indirectly contributes to the improved performance of students in Hoima District in regard to national standings. Hoima District is currently experiencing rapid development and CNOOC Uganda believes that the better the youth are prepared and the education sector transformed, the more the residents shall benefit from the oil and gas industry.

A total of 8,181 US Dollars, an equivalent of around UGX 27,000,000/= (Twenty Seven Million Uganda Shillings) has been awarded to the best performing students this year, 2016. These students were selected by the office of the District Education Officer (DEO), Hoima District based on the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) results with 20 per cent selected from the Hoima Municipality schools and 80 per cent selected from the rest of the district.

According to Mr. Godfrey Serwanja, the DEO -Hoima, the awards have motivated schools into performing better at all the three levels compared to previous years before the awards.

In 2012, the best student at PLE got 5 aggregates while in 2014 the best got 4 aggregates, at UACE in 2012 only 3 candidates scored maximum points while in 2014, there was an improvement where 9 candidates scored maximum points. This shows the level of motivation for competition the awards have provided which has resulted into academic excellence in the district.

One of the UCE beneficiaries of the awards said that “he has been reading hard so that he wins the CNOOC award and he is happy upon his achievement as he obtained better grades as a result. I will use the cash award to purchase scholastic materials as am joining Advanced level.

CNOOC Uganda has been reaffirming its willingness to be good neighbors with communities in the areas of operation and to achieve a win-win situation with its stakeholders, by implementing this CSR program, CNOOC Best Performer’s Award continuously.

The ceremony was presided over by the Resident District Commissioner, Isaac Kawooya who commended CNOOC Uganda for supporting the education sector in line with Government’s development plans.

He also congratulated the award winners along with their parents and teachers and urged the students to continue working hard at their next level of education and always consider giving back to the community so that those who come after them can receive the same support.

Aminah Bukenya, CNOOC Uganda’s Public Relations Supervisor said “the Best Performers Awards affirms our willingness to be a good neighbor to the communities in which we operate and commitment to a win-win situation with its stakeholders in the region. 

As an energy company with a strong sense of social responsibility, CNOOC Uganda is committed to supporting the education sector which falls well in line with the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives which include environment, health, education and sports.

Why Huawei Sued Samsung

On May 25, 2016, Huawei filed lawsuits for patent infringement against Samsung in the United States and China, including District Court for the Northern District of California and Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court.

In these lawsuits, Huawei seeks compensation for Samsung’s infringement of Huawei’s intellectual property, including valuable patents relating to cellular communications technology and software used by Samsung's mobile phones.

As a major holder of standard essential patents relating to cellular networks, Huawei is committed to licensing these patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms, but it believes that it is entitled to reasonable compensation from firms that use its technology without such a license.

Ding Jianxing, President of Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Department said that Huawei believes that industry players should work together to push the industry forward through open, joint innovation.

“We have seen a large number of patent cross-licensing agreements signed in the industry to ensure legitimate use of technologies, as this is the basis for the healthy development of the smartphone industry. With such a belief, we have actively negotiated with other patent holders in the industry for cross-licensing over the years. Thus far, we have signed cross-licensing agreements with dozens of our competitors." Ding said.

He added, "We hope Samsung will respect Huawei's R&D investment and patents, stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward." As a leading ICT solutions and smart device provider and patent owner, Huawei invests heavily in research and development.

In 2015 alone, Huawei invested CNY59.6 billion (US$9.2 billion), or 15% of its annual revenue, in the research and development of new technologies, new products, and wireless communications standards.Huawei’s substantial investment in R&D over the years has resulted in a large number of high-value patents.

According to the statistics published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in 2015 Huawei topped the list of international patent filers for the second consecutive year with 3,898 published PCT applications, or an additional 456 applications over the previous year. As of December 31, 2015, Huawei has been granted 50,377 patents around the world. These patents relate to LTE, operating systems, and user interface, which are highly valuable to smartphones.

Five Trends That Make Cities Safer

Rapid urbanization has made public safety a top priority of city governance. Governments worldwide recognize that urban safety plays a vital role in protecting people’s lives and property, and is the cornerstone of economic growth in modern cities.

To make cities smarter and safer, they are adopting innovative information and communications technologies (ICT) designed to prevent and react to evolving threats. Safety risks can be effectively addressed by leading new ICT, particularly Wireless Broadband, Cloud Computing, and Big Data.

Ms. Rose Moyo, the Director of Enterprise Wireless Solutions of Huawei in East and Southern Africa shared the following five trends which Safe City Solutions can be driven at the KCCA East and Central African Cities development Forum at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

 Internet of Things: Comprehensive Situational Awareness, Intelligent Protection

Video surveillance systems are essential to enable Safe Cities by providing live and recorded videos at key locations. Safety agencies can analyze the videos to predict potential risks, and take appropriate measures to prevent incidents before they occur. When an incident happens, safety agencies can access and watch recorded videos to find valuable insights for handling the incident quickly and safely. 

Video is a collection of people, vehicles, and environments based on image sensing technologies. However, video collection alone can no longer adapt to increasingly complex environments. Government agencies need a holistic Safe City system that capitalizes on a variety of sensors and smart technologies to facilitate comprehensive situational awareness and intelligent protection via the Internet of Things (IoT). 

A holistic Safe City system covers a wide range of areas including residential communities, banks, postal offices, roads, and vehicles. At key locations, such as airports and metro stations, the Safe City system can adopt state-of-the-art IoT technologies to perform data collection, wireless communications, and tracking and analysis, achieving comprehensive security protection. 

Video Cloud Storage: Large-Scale Video Networking and Sharing

According to IMS Research, more than 56 million cameras were shipped in 2014 alone, generating over 1,600 PB videos on a daily basis. Government agencies are facing significant challenges in managing and using this immense amount of data, such as:

  • Sharing and searching vast amounts of data in traditional ways is time-consuming, inefficient, and challenging across agencies and regions.
  • Video reliability is compromised by non-professional storage methods. Valuable videos may be lost or corrupted, negatively influencing case clearance efficiency. 

Siloed video storage system architecture hinders video usage efficiency and reliability, and needs rethinking. One effective solution is video cloud architecture, which uses cloud storage technologies to enable large-scale video networking and sharing.

Wireless Broadband Trunking: Prompt and Accurate Emergency Response

Effective cross-agency resource scheduling and unified command are critical for prompt and accurate emergency response. To achieve this, government agencies urgently need a unified wireless communications platform that converges video, voice, and data services for unified dispatching, accurate decision-making, and efficient command. 

Today, narrowband digital trunking is evolving to broadband multimedia trunking with a focus on 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE). LTE broadband trunking delivers a downstream bandwidth of 100 Mbit/s and an upstream bandwidth of 50 Mbit/s to achieve real-time video transmission.

Its latency and security also comply with professional standards and adapt to industry-specific scenarios. When a public safety incident occurs, a broadband trunking system allows first responders to receive videos from, send on-site videos back to, and join a video conference with the command center, drastically improving emergency response accuracy and efficiency. 

Converged Command Center: Efficient Emergency Response 

A command center functions as the central system that coordinates police, fire, and medical departments for unified actions. A traditional command center is challenged in the following ways:

  • Lack of on-site videos impedes decision-making accuracy of the command center.
  • Different agencies have different communication systems making cross-agency information sharing and service collaboration challenging. 

To address these challenges, a future-ready command center must integrate diverse systems to achieve service interoperability and information sharing:

  • By interoperating with on-site video collection, broadband trunking, and conferencing systems, the command center implements real-time video sharing and stays informed of on-site conditions.
  • The interoperability of cross-system terminals facilitates unified voice and video conferencing across agencies, enhancing collaboration and decision-making efficiency.
  • A converged command center will broadly use voice, video, and data services for accurate, efficient decision-making. 

Big Data Analytics: Scientific Command, Rapid Response

With the continuous development of Safe City systems, government agencies are concerned about how to use and manage a growing number of devices, data, and application resources. Big Data technology opens up new possibilities for efficient data searches, analysis, storage, and usage.

The technology helps police officers analyze behaviors, movements, and social relationships of suspects, and identify their biological features. By doing so, police officers can make effective decisions in scheduling police forces and rapidly responding to emergencies. 

As cities continue to develop, government agencies are under pressure to ensure public safety. The priority of Safe City development is shifting from site deployment to intelligent management. Innovative ICT is helping government agencies to strengthen safety management capabilities and make cities safer. 

These Safe City Solutions have been widely deployed across the globe by Huawei a leading global ICT solutions provider. For example, Huawei helped Kenya improve public safety by establishing safe city systems consisting of a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, broadband trunking eLTE, video surveillance, and intelligent analysis (license plate recognition and traffic violation detection).

According to Kenya’s annual police report, the crime rate in the regions covered by the system declined by 46 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year. In particular, the solution played a vital role in ensuring the safety of Pope Francis during his visit to Kenya on November 26, 2015. 

Huawei has successfully implemented solutions worldwide to help build greater levels of Public Safety for more than 100 cities in more than 30 countries serving more than four hundred million citizens.

Victoria University To Host Urban Governance Dialogue, Career Day

Victoria University with support from AVSI Uganda has once again partnered with Centre for Urban Studies and Research in organizing its 2nd Public Dialogue on Good Urban Governance and Youth Participation.

The guest speakers at the dialogue will be Mr. Anderson Howard Mugisa the Founder Member and Executive Director of the Federation of Young Entrepreneurs Uganda (FYEU) and Mr. Samuele Otim Rizzo Chief of Party SKY- Skilling Youth for Employment in Agri-Business AVSI Foundation.

The theme of the public dialogue is “Unlocking Youth Potential through ICTs in Good Urban Governance”. The event shall be held on Friday May 27th 2016, at the university campus on Jinja Road, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Victoria University has lined up powerful experts to present at Career Day

Victoria University invites students, youth groups and women groups, civil society organizations, government ministries, departments and agencies, private sector organizations, academicians, political leaders, local governments, NGOs & CBOs to the dialogue.

In the same spirit, the University will also host vacists, A’ level & O' level holiday makers, parents & career teachers at what they have called Career Day at Victoria University campus on 28th May 2016.

Guest speakers at the Career Day will include James Saaka, Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority-Uganda and Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, Senior Lecturer Dept Of Paediatrics, Makerere University College Of Health Sciences; Mulago Hospital.

Others are Andrew Mwenda, a leading Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of the independent, a current affairs newsmagazine and Ethan Mussolini, a renowned motivational speaker.

These experts will speak to students about making the right career choices, setting life’s goals and living a purposeful life. Entrance to the Career Day is free and the event will start at 9:00am-4:00pm.

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