Month: July 2019

A HEARTBREAKING late drop goal ended Saints playof

first_imgA HEARTBREAKING late drop goal ended Saints playoff challenge at Leeds.They gave everything and were in with whisker of progressing to the next round when Willie Manu levelled it up with three minutes to go.But a tricky conversion was crucially missed and Danny McGuire stepped up and dropped a one-pointer.It was devastating for a Saints outfit that did themselves and their fans proud with a superb performance.A Kallum Watkins effort was all that separated the sides in a tight and brutal first half.Saints defended their lines with aplomb at times but the international centre writhed out of a tackle to plunge over.Nathan Brown’s side had their chances yet were found looking for that final pass at times.Joel Moon extended the advantage early in the second half but Jon Wilkin slipped Willie Manu in to make it game on.And that same combination pulled Saints level with seven minutes to go.A pulsating game was always heading to a classic ending though and it was McGuire who unfortunately slotted over to end Saints’ dreams.Saints retained the same 17 that beat Hull KR whilst Leeds opted to move Ryan Bailey on to the bench.Both sides kicked well on their opening sets but Leeds were given a fortuitous penalty right in prime territory.Adam Swift defended it and then Saints’ defence was spot on as the Rhinos threatened again.Lance Hohaia’s chip caused problems in the tenth minute and then the home side piled on the pressure – with Saints defending their lines again.Saints then turned that rearguard into attack and Tommy Makinson almost brought a score when he broke following Jordan Turner’s pass.Lomax then took it up but Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was held up just over the line.Something had to give and it came off a Saints’ drop out.Leeds drove to the 20 metre mark, fed the ball to the right and Kallum Watkins twisted and put his body into the best position possible to go over – with a hint of a knock on.Sinfield missing the conversion.Leeds thought they’d stretched their advantage on 37 minutes when they collected Tommy Makinson’s forced pass.They returned it with interest and Danny McGuire looked to have stretched over. But the video referee denied the score as he lost the ball over the line.It was controversial, but it was correct.Saints began the second half on the back foot and had to drop out after a cute kick.It was a warning as on Leeds’ next set a simple chip through was collected by Joel Moon.Sinfield with the extras.Saints then hit back.After two shouts at Leeds’ line a wonderful pass from Jon Wilkin caught Willie Manu on a great line and he made no mistake.Turner with the extras.Jonny Lomax sparked a superb attack on 55 minutes and then Saints won a penalty too.And they should have made it count, but Leeds snaffled up a loose pass.It was turning out to be a real war of attrition and it was always going to be the team that made the best of their kicking game who would come out on top.Saints forced Leeds to drop out with 15 to go, but lost the ball on their set as tensions obviously heightened.But cometh the hour, cometh the Manu… Saints won a penalty and then Wilkin hit that man again and he levelled.With five minutes to go TP was held up over the line and Wilkin’s drop goal seconds later was a poor effort.Danny McGuire then added a drop goal with three minutes to go and that was a real heartbreaker for a side that didn’t deserve to lose.Match Summary:Rhinos: Tries: Watkins, MoonGoals: Sinfield (1 from 2)Drop: McGuireSaints: Tries: Manu (2), Goals: Turner (1 from 2)Penalties:Rhinos: 4Saints: 5HT: 0-4FT: 10-11REF: Phil BenthamATT: Teams:Rhinos:1. Zak Hardaker; 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 6. Danny McGuire; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 7. Rob Burrow, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 15. Brett Delaney.Subs: 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 19. Mitch Achurch, 26. Liam Sutcliffe.Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 26. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 6. Lance Hohaia; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 19. Josh Jones. Subs: 1. Paul Wellens, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 25. Alex Walmsley.last_img read more

Club First Team Match

first_imgJustin Holbrook named his 19 man squad earlier this week and previewed the clash here. Tommy Makinson has ‘special’ memories of Anfield whilst captain James Roby admits he is a Liverpool fan ahead of an exciting opportunity to play at an ‘iconic’ stadium.You can follow all the latest from the game by just clicking on the Match Centre button below!last_img

Cape Fear Comic Con returns to the Port City

first_img The convention was held in downtown Wilmington on Saturday.People of all ages came out and enjoyed all the different vendors and guest.Zombies, super heroes and some special appearances from popular TV shows like The Walking Dead could be found.Related Article: New Hanover Co., Wilmington begin curfew Friday nightPeople who attended the convention were excited to have something like this here in the Port City.“For the third show of this particular run to happen here, and as again Wilmington beautiful city, big city, it absolutely is. They deserve to have something of this nature to represent that and I think it’s great, I think it’s awesome,” vendor Ernie Suggs said.Suggs also said this is a fun way for him to meet people as a vendor and get his name out there as an artist. Cape Fear Comic Con Baby Dressed as Yoda (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Comic Con returned to the Port City for the third year in a row.Hundreds of people showed up dressed as their favorite comic or TV characters.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Groups gather to honor shooting victims share frustrations

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Anger, honor and grief as people plan to gather in Wilmington to hold a vigil for those lives lost and those impacted by recent mass shootings around the country.Those who attend the vigil also plan to address recent alleged police brutality closer to home.- Advertisement – Several groups from Black Lives Matter to March For Our Lives are coming together to show solidarity for the victims in the Tennessee Waffle House shooting as well as the Santa Fe High School massacre.“We have to come together because we don’t know when we may have to come out here again,” said Sonya Patrick with Black Lives Matter of Wilmington. “We hope never again.”Those who took part in the vigil like fifteen-year-old Emiko Andrews hope that day comes.She is now apart of the March for our Lives movement at Hoggard High School. It was formed after the Parkland school shooting. She spoke to remember the Santa Fe ten.Related Article: UPDATE: Police say teen shot near Creekwood in serious condition“I try to make sure that there is some action taken, that I speak up about it,” Andrews said. “So that the victims can have a voice because they don’t have a voice anymore.”Acquinetta Beatty was a sorority sister to DeEbony Graves. Graves was one of four gunned down at a Tennessee Waffle House. Beatty thinks it’ll take a change in people before a change in policy to stop mass shootings.“That’s what the problem is, is that we’re basing it on political parties and race and it’s really not about that,” said Beatty. “It’s about the human, it’s about loving people and being a servant.”Three groups, all affected by these killings. Andrews hoping for change in safety along school halls, Beatty a wish for more sense inside the home and Black Lives Matter’s Sonya Patrick demanding a stronger stance on gun laws in the halls of government.“Those kids had to send their kids to school to get an education then they had to go identify their body in a morgue,” Patrick said. “America something is wrong. And we need to hold our legislators accountable and we need safer laws as well as the system to change because this is not acceptable.”last_img read more

State seeks to help more Hurricane Matthew victims with housing recovery

first_img While more than $739 million in recovery funds already are on the ground, some families who are eligible for CDBG-DR grants have not applied, or have not finished the grant application process.Contact information for the outreach effort was provided by FEMA to help locate homeowners whose property suffered damage during Hurricane Matthew, are likely eligible, and may need additional assistance.The outreach effort will begin with email communication this week and could expand to include text messages, phone calls and post cards.Related Article: Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart“We know there are North Carolinians who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, but who have yet to apply for assistance,” said NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “There are programs available to help pay for needed repairs and even reimburse homeowners for repairs they’ve already made, and this outreach will help us assist more people”Anyone affected by Hurricane Matthew is urged to visit the ReBuild NC website to learn more about program options and to call 2-1-1 to make an appointment to visit one of the ReBuild NC Application Centers to see if they qualify for assistance.Survivors can apply for assistance at any one of seven Application Centers open across eastern North Carolina.  More information can be found online about the centers opened in Bertie, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Robeson and Wayne counties.Hurricane Matthew recovery has accelerated recently with the first rehabilitation project using CDBG-DR funds underway in Robeson County, as well as work commencing on a home in in Sampson County using Disaster Relief Act -17 (DRA-17 funds).For additional information on Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Grants, visit“Not since Hurricane Floyd in 1999 has a storm devastated so many North Carolina homes,” said Sprayberry. “Recovery is a long process, but there is help available for those who need it.”Hurricane Matthew caused an estimated $4.8 billion in damage to North Carolina, damaging nearly 100,000 homes. Click here to read more about North Carolina’s recovery since Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew Rescue Efforts RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A new email outreach effort from North Carolina Emergency Management is reaching homeowners who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew to encourage them to apply for housing recovery program assistance.Financial assistance is provided by HUD in the form of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants, and it can help storm-impacted homeowners and landlords repair or rebuild damage from Hurricane Matthew.  Funding from the program can also be used to reimburse homeowners who undertook and completed repairs to their home after Matthew.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Investigators Teen Mom 2 star says she made up story about husband

first_img On May 1 a deputy visited Eason at the home. The sheriff’s office says the deputy was following up on a previous welfare check request on a child at the home. While at the home, the deputy also spoke with Eason about the animal cruelty allegations. The deputy witnessed a child at the home who appeared to be in good health.A Columbus County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigator tried to make contact with Evans by visiting her at her home, the release says, but the investigator was unable to make contact with her in person. A message was left on her voicemail. Eason reached out to the investigator and advised that he and Evans were meeting with their attorney at the end of the week. The investigator attempted to contact Evans on the day they reportedly met with their attorney.  However, again, she did not answer the phone.The sheriff’s office says on the night of May 13, it executed a search warrant at the Eason home. The Columbus County Department of Social Services accompanied deputies to serve four custody orders. When they got there, no one was home. Investigators reach Eason, who said he would arrive shortly. When he got there, they say Eason willfully signed a consent to search form. Deputies searched the home and property. They found no weapons. Investigators processed the house and the property. They say they did not find blood evidence or any other physical evidence to validate that an animal had been fatally injured on the property. Evans was not there during the search.Related Article: ‘I’ll take him to my grave’: Family of ‘cold medicine murder’ grieves lossOn May 14, the release says, Evans and Eason were at the Columbus County Department of Social Services about their children. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators met with Evans about the allegations she reported. Eason was not present during this meeting. Investigators questioned Evans about the incident she reported. They say her accounts were inconsistent with her original account of the events that occurred on April 29.  They say she told them she was inside with her children at the time of the alleged event and that she never heard or saw anything to indicate Eason shot her dog. Evans reportedly told investigators she did not want the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office or the District Attorney’s Office to continue with the investigation. They say she told them this was her decision that she made on her own free will and that she was not coerced into making this decision.Investigators say Evans told them that she did not know where the dog was. She also reportedly told them, “I don’t know if she was shot or killed or not.”Investigators say Evans told them the reason she filed the animal cruelty report was for the publicity and because she did not know where her dog was.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators say they found no physical evidence to substantiate that the allegations against Eason are factual. The evidence collected indicates that the allegations of animal cruelty were fabricated. Therefore, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is closing this investigation and not filing charges in this case.A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says Evans will not face charges for filing a false report.“The elements to charge for that were not met,” the spokeswoman said in an email to WWAY.MTV fired Evans from “Teen Mom 2” a week after the story of the alleged dog shooting broke.According to the release:“Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has dedicated many hours investigating the reported allegations.  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, along with Columbus Central, the District Attorney’s Office, Columbus County Department of Social Services and Columbus County Animal Control were inundated with phone calls and emails concerning this investigation due to social media posts advising the public to contact the above agencies.  The quantity of calls and emails that the Sheriff’s Office and the above agencies received were so abundant that individuals had to be removed from their normal duties to answer thousands of redundant calls.  This slowed the progress of the investigation, and delayed normal daily operations.  Social media can be a great tool when utilized for positive interactions.  In this case, social media posts were utilized to incite follower’s emotions to gain publicity.  Sheriff Jody Greene and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office were quoted in numerous social media posts.  However, the ‘quoted’ statements were never made by Sheriff Greene or Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.  We must remember that reality television and tabloid journalism are for entertainment purposes only.”In a separate incident, the sheriff’s office says deputies were dispatched to the Eason home, where the family had received an envelope in the mail, hand addressed from the Brunswick County Clerk. When Eason began opening the envelope, a white powder substance fell out of the envelope. The substance was tested and did not test positive for narcotics or other harmful substances. This investigation has been closed. All leads in this case have been exhausted, investigators say. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says it has concluded an animal cruelty investigation involving “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans and her husband without charges, even though investigators say she admitting making the story up for publicity.According to a news release, on May 1 the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus County Animal Control started a joint investigation into allegations of animal cruelty that reportedly occurred at a home on Money Hole Road in Riegelwood. Investigators say Evans contacted the sheriff’s office advising that on April 29, at approximately 6:30 pm, her dog bit her daughter, leaving a scratch on her face. Evans told investigators that her husband, David Eason, threw the dog outside. She then told them that after Eason realized that the dog scratched their child, he went outside and shot the dog.  During this conversation, investigators say Evans stated that she did hear a gunshot, but did not witness the incident.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Photos 65kgs of cannabis seized in police raid yesterday 4 arrested

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The three other men are a Croatian man of 42 years old and two Serbs 36 and 37 years, residing in Msida and Naxxar respectively.The four arrested men are being held by police to assist in the ongoing investigations. Magistrate Simone Grech has appointed various experts to assist in the inquiry.It is believed that some of the four arrested persons may be brought to court tomorrow on charges including association with hashish trafficking, trafficking and possession not exclusively for personal use and also on money laundering.WhatsApp 1 of 4 The Police have announced that persons have been arrested following a raid conducted yesterday, in which 65 kilos of cannabis was found.It is believed the drugs were ready for trafficking.Four men have been arrested by police including one Maltese, a Croatian and 2 Serbians.  The Maltese man is 40 years old and from Qormi. He was found to be in possession of 17 kilos of cannabis plants hidden in his vehicle.Police also raided a garage in Msida were a further 47 kilos of hashish were found, ready for trafficking.A further bag containing a kilo of cannabis plants, a small amount of cannabis resin and small amount of a substance called magic mushrooms. The drugs were valued to be over € 17,000.last_img read more

Watch It is important to bring the masterminds to justice – Özge

first_imgÖzge Mumcu, daughter of assassinated Turkish journalist Uğur Mumcu, was among the speakers that addressed the activists on Thursday in the monthly vigil demanding justice for slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Organized by Repubblika and Occupy Justice, the vigil was addressed by Julian Delia, lawyer Andrew Borg Cardona, Barış Altıntaş President of the Media and Law Studies Association in Turkey, Özge Mumcu, and lawyer Jacque Rene Zammit.In a comment given to, Mumcu stressed on the importance of seeking justice and the need for the assassinations to be solved. Mumcu’s father was an investigative journalist for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish daily. He was assassinated in a car bomb just outside his house in Ankara at the age of 50 in 1993. Mumcu was survived by his wife and two children. The case remains unsolved with many hypotheses surrounding his assassination including the involvement of the Turkish deep state. His family established the Uğur Mumcu Araştırmacı Gazetecilik Vakfı or the Uğur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation.Speaking about the need to solve the assassinations and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, Mumcu explained that it is necessary especially for future generations to find out who killed the definitely and who ordered her assassination. She also underlined the need of showing solidarity with the family of the victims, saying this gives them strength to continue.During her address, Mumcu spoke about Turkey and Malta having the same impunity. She explained that her father as investigative journalist feared both for his safety and that of his family.READ: Malta and Turkey: similar attitude to press freedom – Turkish journalist“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”Lawyer Jacques Rene Zammit observed that slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had stepped up her fight against corruption and impunity especially during the latest years leading to her death. He explained that Daphne through her work knew that it will benefit future generations. Addressing Daphne herself, Zammit said “you may not be here any longer. There are people though, who have built an idea and a dream around your premature exit”.On a humorous note, Zammit ended his speech referring to campaign videos by PL MEP hopeful Lorna Vassallo who apparently had threatened to sue both Caruana Galizia and Zammit in the past.“If you tremble indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine” Citing revolutionary Che Guevara to those gathered at Great Siege Square for the monthly protest on Thursday, Julian Delia, a young activist imparted a passionate speech.Delia encouraged the crowd not to give up on the struggle to free humanity from injustice. Speaking about the assassination of Caruana Galizia, Delia said that “her murder was an obvious example of the problems of our society”.The young activist was reminded the activists that they are gathered in the hope that one day justice will be served for all the journalists who have been murdered.‘He removed the word “justice” from in front of the law courts’Lawyer and Caruana Galizia’s friend Andrew Borg Cardona addressed the crowd speaking about the upcoming elections. In his speech, Borg Cardona recalled the first protest outside the Law Courts within hours of Caruana Galizia’s assassination. He underlined that the law courts remain the only shield against the ‘regime’. He also referred to the sweeping away of flowers every time the protest memorial is set up by the activists, the most recent being the removal of the word ‘justice’ from in front of the law courts.READ: Infiorata flowers repurposed for Caruana Galizia protest memorialReferring to the upcoming elections, saying that the most important are the upcoming elections for the European Parliament while the local council elections will be a means to send a message. He observed how former Prime Minister and MEP candidate Alfred Sant and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had campaigned against Malta’s accession to the EU with the former freezing the country’s application. He also mentioned MEP hopeful Cyrus Engerer who was found guilty by the Maltese law courts. Borg Cardona stated that his vote will go to the MEPs who stood side by side with the activists since Caruana Galizia’s assassination.Borg Cardona also referred to the brutal drive-by shoot out which left Lassana Cisse dead and two other injured.“Shame on you”Armed with posters illustrating Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, the activists held high the posters while chanting ‘shame on you’. This was done following a cue from activist and professor Vicki Ann Cremona who explained that the court accepted a request filed by rule of law NGO Repubblika and independently by PN MP Simon Busuttil. Later the activists hung the posters against the gates of the Law Courts. Cremona explained that had it been a ‘normal’ country Mizzi and Schembri would have not been allowed to hold office after the revelations. 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Incoming EU chief von der Leyen says we dont want a hard

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated as European Commission President, briefs the media after the Conference of Presidents of European Parliament’s party blocs in Brussels, Belgium, July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated as European Commission President, briefs the media after the Conference of Presidents of European Parliament’s party blocs in Brussels, Belgium, July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was important to launch future ties on a good footing.In an interview with a consortium of European newspapers, including Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union would first wait for a new British prime minister to be chosen and then seek talks.“We don’t want a hard Brexit. That is not good for either side. We have a good exit agreement,” she said, referring to a deal that has been rejected by both candidates to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May.The three-year Brexit crisis is deepening as Boris Johnson, the favourite to win the premiership, has pledged to leave the EU with or without a transition deal on Oct. 31, setting Britain on a collision course with the bloc and his own parliament.British lawmakers on Thursday approved proposals to make it harder for the next prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit by suspending parliament, showing again their resolve to stop a divorce from the EU without an agreement.Von der Leyen said: “If our British friends have good grounds for an extension, I am open to listening to them.”In a separate interview with German daily Bild, von der Leyen said emotion needed to be take out of the issue of migration in Europe and pragmatic solutions found.She said she was ready to overhaul the EU’s Dublin convention, under which asylum seekers must lodge their requests in the first EU country they set foot in.“We must reform Dublin to achieve more fairness and burden-sharing,” von der Leyen told Bild.Turning to Italy’s deficit, von der Leyen said the finance rules enshrined in the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact had to be respected, but added: “There is much flexibility in the rulebook that can be used more fully to enable investment-led growth.”“That is one of the steps we could take together,” she said told the Sueddeutsche, offering a change in tone after months of bitter talks between Brussels and Rome over Italy’s public finances. “We must take the heated emotion out of the debates.”Italy cut its 2019 budget deficit target earlier this month in an effort to avoid EU disciplinary action over its public finances, saying the revised data meant the country was fully compliant with EU rules.FIRM RUSSIA STANCEOn the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, von der Leyen said “we want monitoring for all member states to avoid the impression that part of Europe fundamentally regards the others critically.”“We must all learn that the full rule of law is always our goal, but nobody is perfect. On this basis, we can find better solutions.”Poland and other eastern states blocked another candidate for Commission chief, Dutchman Frans Timmermans, because they considered him too tough on rule of law issues.In a separate interview with German newspaper Die Welt, von der Leyen vowed to take a tough stance with Russia and maintain sanctions over Moscow’s role in eastern Ukraine.“The Kremlin does not forgive weakness. From a position of strength, we should stick to the Russia sanctions,” von der Leyen said, adding that the EU should, in parallel, seek dialogue with Moscow.Wading into a debate about the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline, which Washington opposes and which will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine in transporting gas to Europe, she warned in her Bild interview of “the danger of over-dependence on Russian energy”.WhatsApplast_img read more

MTN throws App Developers the Gauntlet

first_imgAdvertisement “The more user-friendly and relevant the app, the more differentiated it will be, thus increasing the likelihood of its adoption on a wide scale in two vast markets that are hungry for local solutions – not least of which is digital content with an African and Middle Eastern flair,” says Christian de Faria, MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer.The MTN App Store, which is currently in the works, is shaping up to be the largest in the two regions with ‘killer applications’ that speak to the needs and aspirations of users in MTN’s 21 markets across Africa and the Middle East.“Our vision for the MTN App Store is to have an apps platform whose vast majority of applications is, by and large, created by the developer community. This way, we hope to offer MTN App Store subscribers unmatched user experience, with exciting and varied content that cuts across all facets of life,” says De Faria. – Advertisement – He explains that there is a huge apps developer community out there, but many of their inventions do not get wide adoption. “The apps competition we are launching today will therefore give the developer community an alternative, and serve as a distribution channel that reaches more than 150 million MTN mobile subscribers,” adds De Faria.“The MTN apps competition will therefore serve to strengthen the apps ecosystem as well as provide a much-needed distribution channel to 150 million MTN subscribers for the regions’ developer community,” said De Faria.To qualify for some awesome prizes, budding app junkies are invited to upload their apps – from the most basic to the sophisticated, yet user-friendly ones – on MTN’s global digital portal: apps competition will run for five months, commencing today, and will focus initially on the Android OS. All apps must be built in English and should be relevant for the African and Middle East markets.There will be five monthly winners for the duration of the competition. The first prize for the monthly winners will be a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the second prize will be a Samsung Galaxy S2.The coveted prize for the overall winner, who will be chosen from the six first prize monthly winners, will be an all-expenses-paid-for trip to the Mobile World Congress 2012.MTN may choose to feature the best submitted apps on the MTN App Store, pending the conclusion of a formal agreement with the developer.last_img read more