Africa to See Largest Increase in Visa Electronic Payments

first_imgVisa, an international electronic payment company, sponsored the Prepaid Summit Middle East event for the sixth consecutive year in 2015. The event was held in Dubai. Uniting over 150 leading participants, this conference is a regional standard for the electronic payments industry. On this occasion, various awards were presented during a ceremony to regional financial institutions, including a significant number based in Africa and the Middle East. These were Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Banque Al Jazira, Banque Libano-Française, Commercial Bank of Qatar, SCC Bank, Kuwait Finance House and United Bank of Africa (UBA) Cameroon.After the awards ceremony, UBA Cameroon was crowned the winner of the “Prepaid Innovative Product of the Year” award for its innovative “Cobranded Student ID Visa Prepaid” concept, which aims to provide universities and students with a multi-function Visa card.Serving as an identification card for the student, with information identifying the student and indicating his or her department and university year, this reloadable prepaid card can also be used internationally. This is the first prepaid programme of its kind in Francophone Africa.Thanks to its Student UBA prepaid Visa card, UBA Cameroon has signed three partnerships with the largest universities in the country: Université de Douala, Université de Yaoundé 1 and Université de Yaoundé 2. Today, 50,000 cards are used by students at Université de Douala and close to 100,000 more are being produced for Université de Yaoundé 1 and Université de Yaoundé 2.Speaking on the presentation of the “Prepaid Innovative Product of the Year” award to UBA Cameroon, Mohamed Touhami El Ouazzani, General Manager of Visa for Morocco and Francophone Africa, stated: “I am very happy that UBA Cameroon has been recognised for its efforts in support of the development of electronic payments. Africa is the continent that will see the largest increase in electronic payments between now and 2016. In this area, Visa offers numerous innovation-based mobile banking services and solutions through its partnerships with financial institutions and international mobile phone businesses, notably via Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. Thanks to Visa Token Service technology, these two new services will facilitate secure payments with a broad range of connected devices. They will replace the sensitive payment account information contained on plastic cards with a digital account number that can be stored in complete safety on mobile devices and used to pay for purchases in stores or through apps.”This year, the Prepaid Summit Middle East awards committee received a record number of nominations from over 50 countries, including Algeria, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B&E attempt lands labourer, mason in court

first_imgTwo partners in crime appeared on Friday before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly, charged with attempting to commit a felony.Odingo Haywood of Charlestown, Georgetown and Lindon Trotman, 24, of Guyhoc Park, South Ruimveldt Georgetown pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on July 10, they attempted to commit a felony on the dwelling house of Davindra Ganbarran.According to the prosecution, the men were caught in the act when they attempted to burglarise Ganbarran’s home. An alarm was raised, and the duo were subsequently arrested and charged.The prosecutor had no objection to either man being placed on bail, thus they were released on $100,000 bail each, and are expected to return to court on August 31.last_img read more

Security chief quits under Blackwater cloud

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The State Department’s embattled security chief stepped down under pressure on Wednesday as the fallout from last month’s deadly Blackwater USA shooting of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad claimed its first political casualty. Richard Griffin’s forced resignation came amid growing questions about the use of private contractors to protect diplomats in Iraq, according to officials familiar with the circumstances of his departure. Griffin, the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, made no mention of the furor in his resignation letter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But his decision to step down came at a time when the department is facing withering Iraqi and congressional criticism for its security practices. It also followed by just a day the release of a report commissioned by Rice that found serious lapses in the department’s oversight of private guards, who are employed by Griffin’s bureau and report to it. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Griffin will be replaced on an acting basis by one of his deputies, Gregory Starr. Griffin, an ambassador-rank official who was previously deputy director of the U.S. Secret Service and inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs, had been in his current job since June 2005. He served 36 years in the U.S. government, according to his official biography. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.His brief resignation letter praised the “brave men and women” of Diplomatic Security who “serve on the front lines of the war on terrorism” but said only that he was leaving to “move on to new challenges,” according to a copy provided to The Associated Press. The change comes at a critical time in the debate over the State Department’s reliance on private security guards and the rules under which they operate after the Sept. 16 shooting in which Blackwater personnel are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians.last_img read more


first_imgA short film based on the famous Irish poem An Crann will begin shooting in Glenties next week.The film, based on Núala Ní Dhomhnaill’s poem of the same name, starts shooting on June 26th.An Crann is a transatlantic project, with a crew comprised of recent graduates from both New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire. The film tells the story of Brendan and Aisling, a couple who have lived together in Donegal for twenty-five years. Their lives are relatively uneventful… until one day, a strange new neighbour chops down their tree.When Aisling informs their neighbour of her mistake, the woman invites Aisling to cut down one of her trees in retaliation. Brendan relishes the opportunity for payback, whilst Aisling is determined to forgive and forget. But the woman continues to wheedle her way into the couple’s lives, and soon Aisling is forced to make a hard choice.The film stars veterans of the Irish screen and stage Bairbre Ní Caoimh and Nichola MacEvilly, in an Irish language script by Emma Carlson.Núala Ní Dhomhnaill is one of Ireland’s preeminent poets, and writes exclusively in Irish. Her work has been translated to English by Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, and Medbh McGuckian. An Crann appears in Ní Dhomhnaill’s 1988 Rogha Dánta: Selected Poems.  SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An CranndonegalfilmingGlentieslast_img read more

Ready, set, relay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The annual Relay For Life fundraiser to benefit cancer research kicked off its campaign Monday night, with organizers rallying participants to help reach a $100,000 goal this year. For the past three years, local residents and businesses have joined efforts to put together Relay For Life, an overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Co-chairperson Richard Cardenas said he is hoping to register about 60 teams of at least 10 people each for this year’s event, which takes place June 24 and 25 at the El Rancho High School stadium. “Everyone, if they’re not touched by cancer now, will be affected by it in the future, whether through friends or families or co-workers,” Cardenas said. “The only way to find a cure is by raising funds for research.” Monday’s kick-off was designed as a sort of pep rally for this year’s participants, Cardenas said. Last year, several hundred people participated and raised about $87,000 at the 24-hour event. “It’s a great opportunity for us to all be together and it’s just a lot of fun,” said Pico Rivera resident Lisa Herrera, 28, who has participated in the Relay For Life for three years and this year is on a team with about 30 other people from the Agape Christian Center. “People stay awake for all 24 hours and commit to doing at least one hour on the track – the purpose is to have someone on the track for all 24 hours,” Herrera said. “Cancer touches everybody and I want to help try and prevent it,” she added. “I hope to be a part of the effort when they find a cure.” More teams are being sought to participate, and businesses are invited to donate services or offer sponsorships. For more information, call Cardenas at (562)843-3358. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more


first_imgWHAT a difference a year makes.So-called TV pundit Pat Spillane may be still begrudging when it comes to Donegal football this year.In fact his comments on the Sunday Game were probably worse than that. But for people who know what they’re talking about, the sports writers, they have been generous in their praise following Donegal’s back-to-back Ulster title victories.The headline in the Irish Times was wonderful and refreshing. It read ‘Donegal turn winning into a fine art as they produce a masterpiece.’Reporter Ian O’Riordan went on: “Ulster football finals are not meant to end like this, a curtain drawn slowly across to reveal a masterpiece. This is Clones, a gallery better known for its graffiti than its art, football played out in rages, not a rhapsody.“An 11-point win, with 11 different scorers, all but three of those points from play, and all meticulously put together. No wonder in the final minutes even James McCartan, Down’s All-Ireland winner, simply pulled out his earpiece, shook hands with the creators, and stood back in admiration – and no doubt a little envy. “And that, perhaps, was the ultimate approval for a team that only last year was on trial for so-called crimes against football.“Whatever about the final score line – and the manner of victory – this was the near complete, defiant Donegal performance. So often Ulster football finals are smothering, claustrophobic: this one simply took the breath away, from a team with a reputation for the very opposite.”And Cliona Foley in the Irish Independent gushed: “A team criticised for being ultra-defensive, they had 11 scorers, and 2-15 came from play. They also, thanks to a great Paul Durcan late save, maintained their record of conceding just two championship goals (both from penalties) in the last two summers.“Playing the Tir Chonaill men has become a bit like wrestling an octopus.“You can wrap up a lot of the tentacles for long periods but eventually some escape and the attacks come from more angles than you can stop.” For manager Jim McGuinness, he has stoutly defended his men against the critics, who are harder to find this summer than hen’s teeth.“Look, they’ve done something we’d our hearts set on doing, winning back-to-back Ulster titles, and that’s very satisfying,” said the Donegal manager.“Without being negative, this is the same group of players that were heavily criticised for a number of years. They’ve come round, won two Ulster titles back to back, a lot of players that were at the centre of that storm of criticism, for their hunger for Donegal, and their application for Donegal. They’re the boys leading the line now, and I’m very happy, and proud for them.“Your life can take twists and turns, and they could have ended up stepping off the panel, or moving away, and this would never have happened for them. People would have always said things about them. Whereas I feel now they’ve at least in some way rectified that, and put their own stamp on their Donegal careers.” He always believed he could do something different with Donegal football.“Well I went for the job three times, and I didn’t get it the first two times. I’ve always believed there’s talent in Donegal, in my heart. I used to look at other teams and think we’re as good as them, technically, player for player, but we’re not able to do it. And we needed to sort that out,” he said.And make no mistake – he’s in this to win it. All the way to Sam.“Well of course, you have to believe you can win the All-Ireland,” he said.“If you didn’t believe that there’s no point in going on in the competition. Just give your place to somebody else. We can only prepare 100 per cent for the quarter-final, and if we’re competitive in that game of course we’ll be competitive. And that’s the way we’ll approach it. If you don’t win the quarter-final you can’t win the All-Ireland.”Believe!McGUINNESS: ‘WE HAVE TO BELIEVE WE CAN WIN SAM MAGUIRE’ was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:all-irelandDonegal GAAdonegaldaily.comGAAJim McGuinnessMcGUINNESS: ‘WE HAVE TO BELIEVE WE CAN WIN SAM MAGUIRE’last_img read more


first_imgSOME people say they deserve all the money they get – but an audit of local hospitals has discovered how staff have been overpaid.A HSE internal audit has found that one staff member at Letterkenny General Hospital had been pocketing a €934 a year payment that had been done away with in 1997.The payment had been subsumed into the salary scale with effect from July 1997 but even after this the member of staff continued to get the extra cash for another TWELVE YEARS! The member of staff was not asked to pay the money back – which would be the normal practice in the private sector.The audit also uncovered how some nursing personnel on reduced hours had been paid overtime without having worked the standard working week of full-time staff.The report also found that overtime payments to senior clinical engineering technicians were being made on the basis of their basic pay, personal allowances and on-call payments.This is against the HSE terms of employment, which state that with the exception of ambulance staff, overtime should be paid only on basic pay. Another audit report into Sligo General Hospital found that maintenance staff were getting five “concession” days a year – their official entitlement is to two concession days’ leave at Christmas and Good Friday.When the issue was raised with the staff concerned, their union stepped in to insist they keep the extra three days, telling the HSE their members would “continue to enjoy” the privilege.The staff still get the extra days.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on HOW BUNGLING HEALTH BOSSES OVERPAID STAFF AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: January 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HOW BUNGLING HEALTH BOSSES OVERPAID STAFF AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITALlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Advances to Third Consecutive MVC Championship Game

first_img MOLINE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team advanced to Sunday’s 2019 Missouri Valley Conference championship game with a hard-fought 65-54 semifinal victory over Illinois State Saturday, March 16 afternoon at the TaxSlayer Center. Drake started the game hot, leading by eight points, after Rhine made a pair of free throws with 2:53 in the first quarter. However, Illinois State (19-12) grabbed its first lead, 14-13, after Tete Maggett made a three-pointer with just over one minute to play. Hittner made a pair of free throws to get Drake the lead back at 15-14 going into the second quarter. Drake answered every rally attempt by Illinois State in the final quarter, including twice when the Redbirds pulled within five. The Bulldogs’ three-point shooting heated up in the fourth as Hittner made two, Bachrodt made one and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) knocked down her first. After starting the game just 3-of-12 from beyond the arc, Drake finished by making 7-of-13 and ended the game at 40 percent (10-of-25). Bachrodt and Dean each connected on two. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) scored eight points, handed out seven assists, pulled down five rebounds and nabbed three steals. Her first steal broke Kay Riek’s all-time Drake record of 274, a mark that had stood since 1984. Bachrodt, the back-to-back MVC Defensive Player of the Year, is the new school leader with 277 steals. Among MVC all-time leaders, Bachrodt moved to 16th all-time, passing Drake assistant coach and former UNI standout, Allison Pohlman (Starr), who nabbed 274. Story Links Next Game: PDF Box Score  Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Drake (27-5) overcame a tough shooting day (36.0 percent) to advance to its third consecutive MVC title game where it will play the winner of No. 2 Missouri State vs. No. 3 UNI, who played immediately after the Bulldogs. Tipoff on Sunday is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) led all scorers with 22 points on a 4-for-9 shooting performance from the field. Hittner knocked down 3-of-5 three-pointers, including two key ones in the fourth quarter, and equaled her career-high of 11 free throws on 12 attempts. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) recorded her 12th double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) added eight points and six rebounds. With the score tied 26-all out of halftime, Illinois State (19-12) made consecutive buckets to lead by four. Later the Redbirds took a six-point lead on a jumper by Lexi Wallen at the 3:40 mark of the third quarter. However, Drake answered with a 14-0 scoring run that began with a three-pointer by Dean and included a layup by Hannah Fuller (West Des Moines, Iowa) after a Bachrodt’s steal set up the sophomore for the basket and Hittner’s free throw followed. The Redbirds quickly called timeout after Fuller’s layup with Drake up 44-37. After the timeout, Illinois State made a three-pointer, but Bachrodt beat the clock to send Drake to the fourth with a seven-point lead of 47-40. HTML Box Score The Bulldogs’ shots didn’t fall in the second quarter as they went over seven minutes before Hittner made their first field goal of the quarter. The Redbirds took advantage as they led by six after Maggett, who scored a team-high 21 points, made another three-pointer with 3:20 to go before halftime. Drake trimmed the deficit to two with back-to-back baskets by Hittner and Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.), and later after Maggett made two free throws, Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored Drake’s final four points of the quarter, including the final three on a deep three-pointer that just beat the halftime buzzer and tied the game at 26-26. vs. Missouri State 3/17/2019 – 2 p.m. Preview Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Livelast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, 28 February.Mary BOYLEThe death has occurred of Mary Boyle, Mill Road, Dungloe, Donegal. Reposing at her late residence today from 3pm. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am in St. Crona’s Church, Dungloe with burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. House is private the morning of the funeral.John MARTINThe death has taken place at Letterkenny University Hospital of John Martin, Colehill, Newtowncunningham.Remains reposing at his late residence. Requiem Mass in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham at 1 o’clock on Thursday afternoon, 1st March followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 11am. Desmond O’DONNELLThe death has taken place at his residence of Desmond O’Donnell, The Cottages, Drumkeen.Remains reposing at his home from 6pm today, Wednesday, 28 February. Removal from there on Thursday, 01 March, at 10.30am for 11am Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Drumkeen, followed by burial in Convoy Old Cemetery. Family time from 11pm to 10am.Joseph MULHERNThe death has occurred of Joseph Mulhern, Gortichar, Crossroads, Killygordon. (ex Coillte, Killygordon Nurseries), peacefully in the loving care of the staff at St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, Stranorlar. Beloved husband of Kathleen and much loved father of Catriona, Joseph and Rosemary. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his wife, son, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends.His remains will repose at his late residence on Wednesday February 28th from 5pm. Funeral leaving his home on Friday March 2nd at 10.20am for Requiem Mass at 11 am in St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, Killygordon, with Interment afterwards in the adjoining Churchyard. Donations in lieu of flowers, if so desired, to the Patients’ Comfort Fund, St.Joseph’s Community Hospital, care of any family member. Family time from 11 pm to 10am, and on the morning of the funeral.Bridie MCGILLThe death has taken place in Letterkenny University Hospital, Letterkenny, of Bridie (Bridget) McGill, Dergcroagh, Cloghan, and formerly from Tullycleave, Ardara. Deeply regretted by her sister Susan, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends and predeceased by her sister Molly Kelly, brothers James and John.Her Remains will repose at the home of her niece, Rose Gibbons, at Dergcroagh, from 5 p.m today, Wednesday. Removal at 3.30 p.m tomorrow, Thursday, to The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, arriving for 5 p.m to repose overnight. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m on Friday with burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.Leo GILLThe death has occurred of Leo Gill, Maginn Avenue, Buncrana, Donegal / Derry. Removal from his home, 4 High Street, Derry tomorrow, Thursday, 1st March, at 9.20am to St. Eugene’s Cathedral for Requiem Mass at 10am. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cockhill, Buncrana. House private from 10pm to 11am.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:obituarieslast_img read more

‘Beef farmers livelihoods must be safeguarded urgently’ – McConalogue

first_imgA private members’ motion with 14 policy actions will be brought forward in the Dáil this evening to highlight the urgent action needed to safeguard the livelihoods of farmers’ in the beef sector.Fianna Fáil are set to bring the motion to later this evening in an attempt to bring about urgent policy actions needed to safeguard beef farmers.Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, said that farmers were now at their ‘wits ends’. “With prices on the floor and potential armageddon starring them in the face from a no deal Brexit, the government must immediately take swift action to safeguard the sector,” he said.“The beef sector and suckler farmers are at their wits’ end.“In our motion, we have outlined 14 policy measures that need to be actioned immediately by the government to meet these severe challenges.“These include seeking market disturbance aid from the EU as pertained under CAP. Other measures include opening the Brexit Loan Scheme for farmers which was first announced in October 2017. “Increasing live exports of calves by enhancing lairage capacity, ensuring that the next CAP is fully funded to provide a €200 suckler cow payment as well as the introduction of a beef market index.The Fianna Fail TD said that successive governments led by Fine Gael must accept accountability for ‘reneged commitments’.“Successive Fine Gael led governments have reneged on its commitments under the beef forum, including the introduction of a market index for price transparency.“It is my party’s view that a new independent authority is required to enforce the new EU directive on unfair trading practices to ensure farmers buy in.“We are also calling for a full review of the QPS grid and more robust measures around carcase trim and grading, including publishing details of on-the-spot fines for factories breaching carcase trimming rules.” ‘Beef farmers livelihoods must be safeguarded urgently’ – McConalogue was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beef sectorBrexitNo deal brexitlast_img read more