Medtech Holdings Limited (MMDZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Medtech Holdings Limited (MMDZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medtech Holdings Limited (MMDZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medtech Holdings Limited (MMDZ.zw) 2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMedTech Holdings is a manufacturing, retail, distribution and services company in Zimbabwe. The company operates in three market segments; fast-moving consumer goods, medical supplies and manufacturing of light industrial products. The FMCG division manufactures and markets personal care products, and the medical division produces pharmaceutical products for the wholesale distribution to retail pharmacies. It also supplies products for laboratories and services education and healthcare institutions. MedTech has retail outlets in Harare and Bulawayo, and a manufacturing plant the produces petroleum jelly and glycerin, health, beauty and personal hygiene products and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products for the local Zimbabwe market aswell as for export to Mozambique and Zambia through its subsidiary Baines Imaging Group. MedTech Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
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The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books House of Bishops, Featured Events Tags Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joins nearly 100 bishops outside the House of Bishops’ meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sept. 20 to express solidarity with climate change strikes around the world. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Minneapolis, Minnesota] The House of Bishops wrapped up its fall meeting here on Sept. 20 after spending four days studying, discussing and, in some cases, acting on many of the most important issues facing The Episcopal Church.Evangelism? Declining church membership? The bishops spent nearly the full day on Sept. 18 listening to the Rev. Adam Hamilton, a renowned Methodist pastor, discuss his successful growth strategies and leadership advice.Racial reconciliation? A draft report on white supremacy was circulated by the Theology Committee on Sept. 19, prompting a lively and, at times, even tense discussion.Care of creation? The bishops gathered briefly on the final day outside the Courtyard by Marriott hotel near downtown Minneapolis to stand in solidarity with youth-driven climate change strikes around the world. (Coverage of the climate strike, including comments from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, can be found here.)“Our house here has been blessed for a long time to be moving in that direction of becoming that to which we aspire, that beloved community,” Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior said in his sermon during the final morning’s Eucharist.Prior referenced Mark 8:34-38 in which Jesus commanded his disciples to “take up their cross” and follow him. “We continue to have work to do,” Prior said. “We’re working at moving into that place in this house where we have experienced sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, where we experience all those things still today and lots of ways folks feel marginalized.“All of those things for us are things that we need to set down, so we can collectively pick up our cross.”Minnesota Bishop Brian Prior preaches Sept. 20 at the closing Eucharist of the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAbout 130 bishops were registered to attend this House of Bishops meeting for some or all of the four days. Four bishops-elect also joined the meeting, as did a bishop from Tanzania, Central Tanganyika Bishop Dickson Chilongani, who was a guest of the Diocese of New York bishops.The bishops typically meet twice a year as a house, in spring and fall. The next meeting is March 10-13, 2020, at Camp Allen in the Diocese of Texas.Same-sex marriage, often a central topic for debate at past gatherings of churchwide bodies, was taken up only indirectly in Minneapolis, partly reflecting the fact that General Convention 2018 had virtually settled the matter of making marriage rites available to all couples who request them in all domestic dioceses.The Diocese of Albany remains the one exception, and news broke on Sept. 18 at the House of Bishops’ meeting that Albany Bishop William Love had been referred to a hearing panel to face possible disciplinary action under the church’s Title IV Canon because he continues to block same-sex marriage in his diocese.“I greatly appreciate the Reference Panel’s decision to expedite the process by referring this matter directly to the Hearing Panel, where I will have the opportunity to address the concerns raised,” Love said in a message to his diocese.Same-sex marriage also figured into the bishops’ discussions of the upcoming Lambeth Conference 2020, a gathering in England of all active bishops in the Anglican Communion. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby chose to invite openly gay and lesbian bishops but not their spouses, so part of the Episcopal bishops’ planning has involved deciding how to respond to that exclusion.Welby’s decision is expected to affect at least three Episcopal bishops with same-sex spouses: New York Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool, Maine Bishop Thomas Brown and the Rev. Bonnie Perry, who will be consecrated bishop of Michigan in February. All three attended the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis with their spouses.Brown told Episcopal News Service on the first day of the meeting that he and his husband, the Rev. Thomas Mousin, were still deliberating over whether to go to England for the Lambeth Conference.“We continue to be in prayer as a family, along with other bishops in the world … who have reached out arms of support and encouragement,” Brown said.The House of Bishops spent part of the afternoon Sept. 19 in closed session so bishops and spouses could discuss how they planned to respond individually and collectively to Welby’s decision. That discussion produced a message that was approved Sept. 20 by the bishops that said the Lambeth Conference had “become the occasion for a mixture of joy and sorrow, hope and disappointment.”“The community of bishops and spouses supports and stands together in solidarity with each of our brothers and sisters in this Episcopal Church as they make these decisions according to their conscience and through prayerful discernment and invite the siblings of The Episcopal Church to join us in that solidarity,” the message said. It was addressed to The Episcopal Church and approved with most, but not all, bishops voting in favor. The full text of the message is available here.While talk of the Lambeth Conference loomed over the House of Bishops’ meeting from the first day, another two words – sometimes spoken, otherwise only alluded to – were on the minds of the Episcopal bishops from the start as they pondered the future of the church, its size, makeup and mission.Parochial reports.Those are the surveys completed by Episcopal congregations that provide The Episcopal Church’s official count of active members, average Sunday attendance and other metrics for gauging church vitality. The latest numbers were released this month. Year after year, they have shown a denomination in decline, mirroring a story being told at other mainline Protestant churches in an increasingly secular United States.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, in his sermon at the House of Bishops’ opening Eucharist on Sept. 17, acknowledged the numbers have not been good, and he nurtured no expectations for a sudden rebound. Instead, he sought reassurance in the immutable Christian values embedded in Scripture.“I don’t know why everybody goes crazy every year,” he said. “Yeah, the numbers are going down. So what? Look to the rock!” Curry said, quoting from Isaiah. “We’re all followers of Jesus!”The declining numbers provided sober context for the bishops’ sessions Sept. 18 with Hamilton, the Methodist pastor, who leads Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, Missouri. Membership at Resurrection has grown to top 20,000 across five campuses, and Hamilton offered insights from his successes centered on the theme “Leading Beyond the Walls.”Some of Hamilton’s practical advice verged on the obvious. Thriving congregations have effective pastoral leadership, skilled preaching and missional outreach to the community, he said. He also pressed the bishops to coach clergy to become better leaders in their congregations and their communities.“I’d guess at least half of all clergy are introverts,” he said at one point. “Except the job requires us to be extroverts.”Good leaders also bring about “chaos and change,” he said. Moving a congregation or diocese forward requires a leader to make hard, uncomfortable decisions, to engage in “discernment by nausea.”“Change, innovate, improve or die,” Hamilton said, again emphasizing that this is the job of faith leaders. “We set the tone for what happens. … You can’t lead people to where you’re not going.”The Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, speaks to the House of Bishops on Sept. 18, using analog and digital versions of an Elvis album to make a point about the need for churches to “change, innovate improve or die.” Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe bishops returned to the question of church vitality on Sept. 20 as they welcomed members of the House of Deputies’ State of the Church Committee. Part of the committee’s work, based on a 2018 General Convention resolution, is to help “design a simplified parochial report relevant to the diversity of The Episcopal Church’s participation in God’s mission in the world.”But the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies president, also asked the committee to seek new ways the church can experiment, innovate and adapt to its 21st-century context. For that purpose, the committee members introduced themselves to the bishops and then fanned out to sit at tables around the ballroom to foster discussions, share ideas and record the results.That morning session set the tone for a particularly busy final day, which included an afternoon business session and small group discussions on a range of topics, including refugees.Minneapolis has a large Somali refugee community, and some of the bishops spent part of their afternoon meeting with the head of a Minneapolis agency that helps to resettle refugees in the area through Episcopal Migration Ministries, or EMM, one of nine agencies with federal contracts to do that work on behalf of the U.S. State Department.The Trump administration has cut sharply the number of refugees admitted to the United States for resettlement each year, and reports have suggested that number will be cut further in the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.Also in the afternoon, a group of nearly 100 bishops gathered outside the hotel and offered words of support for the global climate change strikes. Curry, California Bishop Marc Andrus and Western Massachusetts Bishop Douglas Fisher spoke of the call as Christians to care for God’s creation.“We are committed to this work. It is our hearts, our hands and our lives,” Andrus said.This meeting of the House of Bishops highlighted the changing face of a body that is slowly adding more women and people of color. Several new members attended their first meeting this week, and one of them, West Tennessee Bishop Phoebe Roaf, preached at the Sept. 18 Eucharist.Roaf admitted sometimes feeling overwhelmed in her new role as bishop, but she urged her fellow bishops not to let the pressures of the world immobilize them.“There are so many silences, in our church and in our country, in need of being broken,” Roaf said. And while the numbers in the parochial report data may be down, she said, “I’m actually energized.”“I’m kind of fired up about this, brothers and sisters. I mean, what an amazing opportunity for our church in this moment, to get real, to engage in fierce conversations, to create a safe space where people can come as they are and be engaged in open and honest dialogue.”West Tennessee Bishop Phoebe Roaf preaches at the Eucharist on Sept. 18 during the House of Bishops meeting in Minneapolis. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThat spirit carried through to the discussion of white supremacy on Sept. 19. In addition to receiving the draft report produced by the Theology Committee, the bishops heard from the Rev. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, a theology professor at Virginia Theological Seminary who joined the bishops’ committee this year.“White supremacy is a false narrative,” Pérez-Bullard said. “But it’s the false narrative of our United States context. And we didn’t invent it, and we didn’t keep it to ourselves. So it’s broader. It is something that impacts the whole of The Episcopal Church, which is not just the U.S.” She said it was important for bishops and other church leaders, as people of privilege, “to be able to recognize this thing and to talk about it in a sustained way, recognizing our own complicity.”The Theology Committee, however, faced criticism from some bishops who questioned why the draft report’s focus appeared to be limited to white supremacy in the United States. Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, the committee chair, also acknowledged and apologized for the committee’s failure to translate the document into Spanish, a standard procedure for all official church documents.“It pisses me off,” Honduras Bishop Lloyd Allen said in English, punctuating his pointed remarks. He questioned whether The Episcopal Church would ever fully embrace the dioceses of Province IX, most of which are in predominantly Spanish-speaking territories and countries.“There’s not love in this community,” Allen said through an interpreter. “And I’m sad that you always have to apologize. For how much longer?”Breidenthal told ENS later that he took responsibility for not having the draft report translated, though he also noted that the feedback from the bishops will help the committee produce a more complete final report. The draft report has not been released publicly.Colorado Bishop Kym Lucas, who is African American and attending her first House of Bishops’ meeting as a bishop, spoke forcefully on the floor about the need to engage fully in such tough conversations, using as an example her 11-year-old son’s experience with racism at school.“My children’s lives depend on us having this conversation,” she said. “So thank you to the committee for the hard work. And thank you, to all of you, for leaning in to this very uncomfortable, very painful, very real place.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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In honor of child abuse prevention month More than one hundred men (and women) gathered at Orlando City Hall on March 31 to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month in April by participating in the first-ever “MANicure MovementSM.” Hosted by Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF), the new initiative is designed to raise awareness that violence against children is a national health crisis.Participants – including City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley – had one fingernail painted in “prevention blue” to serve as a symbol of the fight against child abuse. Key community leaders, including Mayor Dyer; Orlando Police Chief John Mina; Mike Carroll, secretary of Florida Department of Children & Families; and Glen Casel, president, and CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida, spoke at the event. “Protecting children from suffering the devastating effects of abuse is our number one priority at Community Based Care of Central Florida,” said Casel. “It’s alarming that 1 in 5 experience abuse before the age of 18. Our hope is that this event provides a visual reminder that these kids live in our communities, and they need us to advocate for them.”Event sponsors included: The City of Orlando, Florida Department of Children & Families, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Holland & Knight, Bikers Against Child Abuse, NYX Cosmetics and Kiara Sky Professional Nails. To learn more about CBCCF and upcoming events for Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit www.ProtectAndInspire.org.____________About Community Based Care of Central FloridaAs the leading nonprofit organization overseeing foster care, adoption and other child welfare services in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, Community Based Care of Central Florida serves more than 3,000 children and their families. For more information, visit wwwProtectAndInspire.org, “like” Community Based Care of Central Florida on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CBCCFL or follow it on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBCCFL. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 April 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm Please enter your name here Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Good Lord…..what’s next? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSChief Michael McKinleyChild abuse prevention monthMANicure Previous articleApopka Chamber welcomes two new membersNext articleFresh from Florida: Apopka Hop Pale Ale makes its debut Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Please enter your comment!
Houses “COPY” Projects 2012 “COPY” Peru Architects: Martin Dulanto Area Area of this architecture project Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/342598/seta-house-martin-dulanto-architect Clipboard CopyHouses•Lima, Peru Casa Seta / Martín DulantoSave this projectSaveCasa Seta / Martín Dulanto Area: 136 m² Area: 136 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: Casa Seta / Martín Dulanto ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/342598/seta-house-martin-dulanto-architect Clipboard Save this picture!© Marco Símola+ 34 Share ArchDaily Photographs: Marco Simola Collaborators:Martha Leiva, Raúl Montesinos, Juan Caycho, Paola Hagei, Pierina Sánchez, Sergio SalazarStructural Engineer:Jorge AvendañoLightning:Solange ÁvilaLandscape Design:Marisa LarrainConstruction:TALLER 33Architect In Charge:Martín Dulanto SangalliCity:LimaCountry:PeruMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marco SímolaText description provided by the architects. This project is part of a personal exploration where different 2blocks” and the void generated between them are the main protagonists. The house was conceived as a large white box which was excavated to generate habitable spaces within. It.Save this picture!© Marco SímolaThe social area locate on the first level is one large space that completely integrates its diverse uses (living/dining/kitchen/terrace) and also integrates itself with the exterior thanks to the collision between the exterior gardens and a corner of the social area. This corner is column-free because it has a cantilevered structure.Save this picture!© Marco SímolaThe bedrooms are also located on the first level; the area where they are located has the ability to become independent and separate of the social area by closing a sliding door. the service area is also located on the same level.Save this picture!© Marco SímolaThe terrace level is purely social: living, dining, BBQ, bar, pool and resting areas. The materials chosen have a rustic quality and vegetation was included in the interior in order to reinforce the relationship between user and nature. The project has the following areas:Save this picture!© Marco Símola1. First level: main bedroom with private bathroom, 3 secondary bedrooms with their own private bathrooms, deposits, bar, guest bathroom, dining room, living room, terrace, patio, kitchen, service bedroom, service bathroom, service patio.Save this picture!© Marco Símola2. Terrace: living room, dining room, pool, resting area, BBQ area.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessAires Mateus Architectes LectureEventQingdao Harborfront Redevelopment Proposal / EE&K a Perkins Eastman CompanyUnbuilt Project Share 2012 Photographs CopyAbout this officeMartin DulantoOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLimaHousesPeruPublished on March 16, 2013Cite: “Casa Seta / Martín Dulanto ” 16 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
225 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: Bitcoin blockchain cryptocurrency transparency More charity blockchain initiativesCharitable cryptocurrency Wishcoin to generate funding for charities (22 September 2017)Blockchain startup offers transparency tool to track donations to charity (4 May 2017)Blockchain-based Gigagiving to fundraise through an ICO (6 October 2017) Charity sector advisers to GiftCoin Howard Lake | 5 December 2017 | News Giftcoin is a blockchain start-up that aims to enhance transparency and trust in charities by enabling donors to track where their money goes.The cryptocurrency begins its own fundraising efforts this week with registration for its token sale beginning on 11 December.The latest entrant to apply the blockchain to charitable giving will, its founders claim:enable charities to showcase the value of their donationsensure donors can track where their money goesprovide a new way of accepting frictionless cryptocurrency donationscollect micro-donations for charity e.g. through rounding-up paymentslower transaction fees for donations to charityLondon-based Giftcoin’s platform has been designed specifically to enhance the way people donate. Donations made on the platform are converted into the Giftcoin cryptocurrency, allowing the subsequent path of the contribution to be tracked from end-to-end using blockchain, while providing reliable proof of transactions.It will then send donors a notification when their gift is spent and inform them about how their money has been used.Social media sharing options are built in to the process, inviting donors to share the fact they’ve just given via Giftcoin and thereby likely promoting further adoption of the cryptocurrency.You can read GiftCoin’s whitepaper which sets out its business plan, roadmap and technical specification. 226 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 The GiftCoin teamGiftCoin’s founders include Alex Howard, who created UK charity The Optimum Health Clinic, and Tim Bichara, co-founder of fintech start-up Q App, which last year was acquired by Yoyo Wallet.Alex Howard, co-founder of Giftcoin said: “As the founder of a charity myself, I am all too familiar with the difficulty that charities face in connecting with the public and building trust. I firmly believe that transparency is key to solving this problem, and blockchain is the tool that will deliver it.”Tim Bichara, co-founder, added: “It is imperative that charities acknowledge the need to redefine their relationship with the public, particularly younger groups. Giftcoin gives donors a level of transparency that is not currently offered in the sector. It also encourages repeat donations and helps charities build better relationships with supporters.” The GiftCoin team is being advised by three charity sector specialists:social innovator Jon Duschinsky. He said that “I believe Giftcoin, by completing the circle between giving and the spending of donations, has the potential to trigger a new and much more effective wave of social giving.”Lady Astor of Hever, who has raised funds for 20 years for The National Austistic Society and others, says: “Giftcoin is a revolutionary concept for charitable giving that shows the route from pound to project. This is exactly the kind of transparency revolution the charitable sector needs in the 21st century.”former Daily Mail women’s editor Shirley Conran OBE Blockchain-based Giftcoin to provide greater transparency for donations Charity partnersCharities that already signed up to the platform include Ourmala, Enhance the UK, and The Optimum Health Clinic Foundation, a charity set up Alex Howard.TimescaleThe funds raised from Giftcoin’s token sale via its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) will be used to develop a prototype product, which is scheduled to be released in May 2018. From there, the team will work with a select number of charities to develop the platform further, before releasing the full product in September of next year.Registration for Giftcoin’s token sale opens on 11th December and the ICO itself starts at 09:30 EST (2.30pm GMt) on 12 January 2018.WATCH: The Giftcoin story unfold[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=ljUlaxu47R4[/youtube] About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-12-07 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 1 day ago December 7, 2020 797 Views Although like many sectors, it has faced challenges related to COVID-19, the payments market is quickly evolving, according to industry insiders.Marius Galdikas, CEO at ConnectPay, a fintech bank, notes that factors including Banking-as-a-Service, the pursuit of regulation, less reliance on third-parties, enhanced biometrics, and increased flexibility are likely to have the most impact on the payments market into 2021. He proceeds to detail the effects of trends in payments:Employing banking-as-a-service, or BaaS: This mode allows any company to embed financial services, enabling the organization to focus on product innovation rather than infrastructure development. “[That’s ]because the required banking stack can be integrated via API-driven platforms. Sometimes referred to as embedded finance, the service creates an opportunity for any tech company to become a fintech in a shortened timeframe,” Galdikas says.Embedded finance paves the way for creating financial products without needing to start from scratch, he adds.”As the interest in BaaS continues to grow, it could help tech companies gain a significant advantage against their competitors.”Market players seek more regulation: Those companies operating within under-regulated sectors recently has started appealing to policymakers to increase regulation, Galdikas said, citing the crypto industry.“Having a clearly defined regulatory framework would help industries currently viewed as more ambiguous to position themselves as reliable allies and pave the way for stronger partnerships with other market players. Not to mention it would help to diminish associations with fraudulent activities, reassuring current and potential clients,” Galdikas said.Decreasing third-party reliance: Companies of late have been compelled to re-evaluate the risks of having third-party suppliers, Galdakas notes, citing data breaches due to external vendor vulnerability, as well as a few incidents that called into question their reliability in general. Payment providers these days seek solutions that would help “take matters into their own hands … move more operations in-house, and lessen dependency on any intermediaries,” he added.”Setting up capable in-house solutions allows to retain more transactional control and increase overall fund security, as fewer parties are involved in the payment process.”Enhanced use of biometrics: The ability to confirm the buyer’s identity and approve transactions through face, fingerprint, and palm recognition is another rising trend in the market that Galdikis expects to evolve in coming months and years.“All payment services in-use could be secured by a single personal feature. It would make the entire process faster,” he said. “Moreover, this provides an extra layer of security, as personal features are harder to replicate by scammers.”He pointed out that a recent study revealed that 56% of shoppers would prefer using a biometric sensor instead of a PIN to make a payment, “hinting at the increasing appeal of such solutions for consumers as well.”More flexibility: Providers in today’s market are doing everything possible to mitigate pandemic-related concerns, Galdikis said, which includes offering flexible solutions. For example, major market players, such as PayPal and Chase, have entered the “buy-now-pay-later market,” which gives customers the option to pay off a purchase over a period of time with zero-interest and fixed-rate monthly installments,” he said. The move toward flexibility encompasses not only such delayed payment options but also the rise of new payment platforms.”For instance … Google is laying the groundwork for Plex, a mobile-first bank account integrated into GooglePay,” he said.The point of the evaluation, Galdikis says is that consumer needs are ever-evolving, and the pandemic has greatly influenced which aspects have become more important in the past few months.”With a fair amount of uncertainty expected to carry over to next year,” he said, “this is only the beginning of novel solutions, designed to adapt to consumers‘ changing habits.” Payment-Market Evolution Explained Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 1 day ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Payment-Market Evolution Explained The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. 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Homepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp By News Highland – September 23, 2015 Previous articleSt Eunan’s Letterkenny and Sacred Heart Omagh take the big honours at Finn Valley Cross CountryNext articleDonegal Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn welcomes marriage equality bill News Highland Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has claimed there is a serious design flaw in some ambulance vehicles in the country.Mr. Adams raised the issue in the Dail following the most recent incident where the rear wheels of an ambulance transporting four staff and a patient on life support from Donegal to Galway fell off.The ambulance has 412,000 kilometers on the clock.He says according to an inspection report he obtained from an independent consulting engineer, there is a serious deign flaw with this model of ambulance.Gerry Adams has asked the Taoiseach what steps the Government has taken to insure this incident is fully investigated.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/gerry1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook Gerry Adams claims there is a serious design flaw in model of ambulance where back wheels fell off Pinterest
ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Health and Human Services defended its decision to implement a less-stringent vetting process in order to more quickly reunite the thousands of children and parents separated by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.The government is facing a July 26 deadline to reunite 2,551 kids aged 5 to 17, as identified by HHS, with their parents after being separated at the border, per an order last month by Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.The government said in a hearing Friday they weren’t sure they would be able to meet the July 26 deadline and that they were undertaking a sped-up vetting process to comply with the ruling.Sabraw called truncated vetting standards “a failure of the process and it is inconsistent with the court’s order” in a conference call following a Friday status hearing according to The Washington Post.HHS spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer defended the government’s decision to speed up reunifying families by not fully vetting parents.“The department has been operating in good faith and earnestly trying to comply with court orders, including the rapidly approaching deadline for reunification,” Stauffer said in a statement. “Our interpretation of the court’s order is that HHS must make a determination of parentage, fitness, and safety before reunifying families, but that HHS need not undertake the fuller process of vetting for children’s safety that HHS would ordinarily conduct in its operations.“In the interests of transparency and cooperation, the department felt it necessary in our filings on Friday to share with the court our view that meeting the deadline would mean truncating the process we might have otherwise followed.“Within the time the court allows, we will strive to implement the most comprehensive procedures possible to ensure child welfare,” Stauffer continued. “We look forward to continuing our close work with the court to accomplish the goals we share of safe, expeditious reunification.”The government already missed a deadline from the same case, which required children under 5 to be reunited by July 10. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the original class-action lawsuit that led to Sabraw’s ruling, said Thursday night that 58 of the 103 separated children under 5 years old have been reunited with parents. The government said 33 parents were ineligible because they were in criminal custody and another 12 parents had already been deported.Sabraw had actually praised HHS for its “good faith” effort to comply with reuniting children under 5, though they missed the initial deadline by days. The praise came before his comments on the shorter vetting process in an unscheduled call Friday evening.The next status conference is scheduled for Monday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Cyberhawk selected to supply drones for inspection for Middle East LNG producer. (Credit: CYBERHAWK.) Cyberhawk, a drone inspection provider, has secured a five-year contract with a major LNG producer in the Middle East to offer drone inspection, surveying and data visualisation services.Under the contract, Cyberhawk will focus on collecting engineering-grade inspection data from oil and gas assets in the Middle East, onshore and offshore.The data will be delivered as detailed reports through the firm’s drone data visualisation software iHawk.iHawk enables the teams working for the assets to view an up-to-date, visual data securely in the cloud.The software is designed to improve asset management and decision-making by allowing managers to access inspection data.Cyberhawk CEO Chris Fleming said: “This agreement is testament to the high standard of work that Cyberhawk has been delivering in the Middle East region for the past 10 years. By working closely with the client and local authorities, we were able to obtain the Minister of Interiors permit to fly in-country.Our aviation and oil and gas pedigree were an integral part of the selection process and we are extremely proud our track record has been recognised.The contract was secured by Cyberhawk’s local partner ManweirCyberhawk’s local partner Manweir has secured the contract from a state-owned oil and gas company. Manweir had been working closely with the drone-maker to build a strong regional presence and establish value for local operators in the country.The agreement allows any local energy operator to enlist Cyberhawk’s technology solutions through the contract, by making it the preferred drone inspection and visualisation partner in oil producing countries across the Middle East region.Fleming said: “We want to show our client and key regions in the Middle East how drone and visual data technologies can be leveraged to perform remote inspections and digitize assets.“This is an extremely exciting partnership, where knowledge will be shared to benefit the local economy and businesses and allow oil and gas producers to thrive in the new digital era.” The contract will involve collecting engineering-grade inspection data from oil and gas assets in the Middle East, onshore and offshore