In the single most momentous day in British politics since WWII, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The impact of this result has been far and wide, with global markets hit and UK Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation. Outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron tells the nation the people have spokenBritain will have a new Prime Minister before party conference in October, he saidCabinet is to meet on Monday to work out next steps forwardFinal tally gives victory to Leave — 17,410,742, Remain — 16,141,241 (52% v. 48%)European markets tumble, pound crashes to its lowest levels in 31 years 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Officials with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office say two men were arrested late last week, after they allegedly placed credit card skimmers at a Boca Raton gas station.The suspects, identified as 34-year-old Francisco Costa-Perez and 30-year-old Daniel Milian-Diaz, are facing fraud and criminal mischief charges.They were observed installing illegal skimming devices at the Chevron station located at 19345 State Road 7 last Thursday. An employee from the gas station told the 911 dispatcher that he was watching the men tampering with the pumps.PBSO deputies apprehended Costa-Perez and Lilian-Diaz soon afterward during a nearby traffic stop.
No-confidence Motion appealsJust mere days before the constitutional due March 19, 2019 elections deadline, the Court of Appeal is set to commence hearing of appeals filed against the High Court judgements on the No-confidence Motion.The Full Bench of the Court of Appeal on Friday held a case management session following which dates were set for the hearing of appeals cases. The cases were heard by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Justice Rishi Persaud and Justice Dawn Gregory.On March 12, the court will commence hearing the appeals filed by Attorney General Basil Williams against acting Chief Justice Roxane George – judgements on the case relating to the 33 against 34 majority votes that was used to pass the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018 and on Christopher Ram’s application to validate the successful passage of the motion and have Government resign and call elections.The Chief Justice on January 31, 2019 had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeals is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.As such, the March 12 hearing is for consideration of submissions by the parties, which also includes the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo; Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland; and APNU representative Joseph Harmon.On the other hand, the records of appeal in relation to the case filed by Government supporter, Compton Reid, who had unsuccessfully challenged the vote of former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud based on his dual citizen status, is not yet ready. But it is expected to be ready in time to be heard alongside the other appeal cases.“Hopefully we can fit it in the timeframe so that that matter is not left out [the other hearings] because the issues are very related if not identical, and they were all heard and determined together [in the High Court] in any event and it would be ideal if we can get them to be heard again at the appellate stage,” Attorney Anil Nandlall, who is representing the Opposition Leader, explained to reporters.However, these appeal cases will come up mere days before the March 19, constitutionally due elections deadline.The December 21, 2018 passage of the No-confidence Motion gave effect to Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution which states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence” and “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, after weeks of what was described as a deliberate delay on its preparedness, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) last week informed President David Granger that it cannot hold elections before the constitutional deadline.This comes almost two months after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, along with stakeholders, has been calling on President Granger to set a date for General and Regional Elections.GECOM had previously claimed that it can only commence preparations for elections after a date is set by the President.Earlier this week, President Granger, without setting a date for the hosting of polls, ordered GECOM to prepare for elections while also asking for consultations with the elections body as well as with the Opposition Leader on the way forward.However, Jagdeo has since indicated that he would only meet with the Head of State if a date for elections is set on the agenda. Minister of State Joseph Harmon in a letter to the Opposition Leader, on behalf of the President, said the agenda of the meeting fixed for Wednesday coming includes matters relating to “the National Assembly’s constitutional role in the current situation” and “the Guyana Elections Commission’s readiness and requirement for funding to enable it to conduct General and Regional Elections.”
5 April 2012 South Africa already has one of the world’s highest mobile banking user rates, and this is set to accelerate, thanks to a 100% mobile phone penetration rate and an innovative banking sector that is pushing hard to reach a large, still unbanked segment of the country’s population. In an interview with local paper Business Day this week, the CEO of First National Bank’s (FNB’s) Cellphone Banking Solutions, Ravesh Ramlakan, said the mobile phone was the future of retail banking in South Africa. Ramlakan told Business Day that the increasing convergence between cellphone and banking technology for communication, shopping and banking meant the days of customers using their branch for their banking needs were numbered.Rapid uptake by previously unbanked Business Day quoted a recent survey by professional services company KPMG which found that consumers in countries with large unbanked populations were adopting mobile payments as a quick and reliable way to transfer money. “The success story most commonly referred to was the M-Pesa money transfer service launched in Kenya by cellphone company Safaricom, which in South Africa has been copied by Nedbank in partnership with Vodacom,” Business Day reported. Last month, in an interview with the same paper, Peter Schlebusch, personal and business banking CE for South Africa’s second-largest retail bank, Standard Bank, predicted that the country’s banking sector would gain an extra 8-million previously unbanked customers over the next five years. The government has been pushing the banks to widen financial inclusion among poorer South Africans, and the banks have responded by developing various least-cost models to provide services to customers with low and irregular incomes. But whatever the model, the mobile phone is increasingly the implementation tool of choice, especially when it comes to reaching people in remote areas where it is not viable to build a branch.Nebank’s M-PESA solution Early in 2010, Nedbank and mobile operator Vodacom teamed up to launch M-PESA, a solution that enables person-to-person money transfers via mobile phone – even between people without bank accounts. This followed hot on the heels of the launch of a similar product, dubbed Instant Money, by Standard Bank and local retailer Spar. Like Instant Money, M-PESA enables customers, regardless of whether they have bank accounts, to transfer money from person to person using their mobile phones.FNB’s eWallet First National Bank got in even earlier, launching its “eWallet” mobile money transfer solution in 2009. This week, FNB said that one-million eWallets had been created, and over R1.6-billion paid into them, since launch. The eWallet allows FNB customers to send money to anyone in South Africa with a valid mobile phone number. Funds can be transferred instantly, and the recipient receives a text message indicating that funds have been sent to their cellphone. eWallet allows payments to be made into accounts held at all major South African banks, and to nominated beneficiaries, including municipalities and major retail stores. “eWallet is more than just a money transfer solution,” Yolande van Wyk, CEO of FNB eWallet Solutions, said in a statement on Monday. “The recipient is able to withdraw cash at FNB ATMs, buy pre-paid airtime or electricity, send money to another cellphone, purchase and/or get cash at selected retailers, as well as make once-off payments. “We have seen year-on-year eWallet growth of 143% since January 2011,” Van Wyk said. “Average daily ‘send’ values are in excess of R3-million, double the figures we saw a year ago.” The majority of the funds sent to eWallets originate from metropolitan hubs, and are then accessed across the country, often in small towns such as Giyani in Limpopo province and Ngcobo in Eastern Cape.Mobile innovation award nomination Meanwhile, earlier this year, local mobile services company Oltio was nominated in the “best mobile money innovation” category at the annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards for its payD platform, which turns a user’s mobile phone into a remote point-of-sale device. Oltio is a joint venture company between pan-African mobile network operator MTN and Standard Bank. Through the payD platform, launched in August, consumers can purchase products and services online and use their debit cards to pay for the purchase while making use of their mobile phones to enter their PINs. And in December, Absa Bank conducted South Africa’s first live user trial of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on mobile phones, partnering with Mastercard to embed the Paypass Tap and Go payment chip on mobile handsets for the trial. This enabled participants to load funds onto their phones through the Absa website or ATMs, and then to pay for goods or services by merely holding their phones in front of NFC-enabled pay points, with the value of their transactions being instantly debited from their stored value.Southern African region The above examples illustrate, but hardly exhaust, the mobile options currently being developed and expanded by South Africa’s banks – and applied not only locally. First National Bank, for one, has seen a huge uptake in its mobile money solutions by customers of its African operations, with cellphone banking transactions growing 150% and eWallet transactions surging by 1 384% year-on-year in December 2011. In February, the bank said that its customers in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia conducted 2.4-million cellphone banking transactions to the value of R214-million during December last year, up from R986 000 recorded in December 2010. Botswana, which is FNB’s leading subsidiary outside South Africa in terms of cellphone banking activity, saw just over 1.3-million transactions and, in the same month, recorded a 126% increase year-on-year. Namibia recorded year-on-year growth of 155%, Zambia 308% and Swaziland 227%. “Innovation has played a key role in growing cellphone banking across Africa,” FNB’s Ravesh Ramlakan said, adding: “Our ability to adapt the service for use on any cellphone has been an important driver of this growth.” SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers will be moving over the state today, but we don’t see perfect coverage. We think that Ohio can pick up anywhere from a tenth or two up to .75″ with 70% coverage maximum. Today rains are just an off shoot of some of the heavier action that has fallen or is falling to our west. We try to go a little drier for the rest of the week, and we do not see a large threat of well organized precipitation around. Tuesday we should be partly to mostly sunny in the south and see a mix of clouds and sun up north. Wednesday the south remains partly sunny, but in the north, we will likely see the effects of a system moving out of the upper Midwest across the Great Lakes. This should produce scattered showers over the southeast Michigan, Lake Erie and down into the northern reaches of the state through the day, with rain totals from a few hundredths to a tenth or two, and no more than 50% coverage. Thursday should be partly to mostly sunny statewide. On Friday, you can expect partly to mostly sunny skies again in southern Ohio, while the rest of the state sees sun followed by increasing clouds. Showers move in by evening over the northern part of the state, and slowly move south overnight to near I-70. We expect a few hundredths to .4” with 70% coverage. Then on Saturday, showers develop and continue through the overnight period into early Sunday. Rains there can be from .1”-.6″ with coverage at 90%. The rest of Sunday we see skies turn partly sunny in the north, but showers remain scattered across southern parts of the state, bringing an additional .1”-.3” Monday starts of next week with partly to mostly sunny skies, and that holds through most of Tuesday as well. Clouds will increase Tuesday afternoon. For the evening and overnight hours next Tuesday night, we have to keep a look out for a few showers and thunderstorms. Data suggests a strong thunderstorm cluster moving across Indiana out of southern Illinois for that period that has potential for strong and severe weather. If it all holds together, there is rain potential there from .5”-2” and 70% coverage. But, the track right now should keep the heavy rain and the severe weather potential out of Ohio. Only time will tell, especially on the strong to severe part of the cluster and the track of the low, so stay tuned. Next Wednesday finishes the 10 day window with a mix of clouds and sun, but we also can’t completely rule out the chance of showers. Temps through the coming 10 day period look to be mostly near to slightly below normal. We maintain our thoughts that GDD’s will not be above normal at all over the next 2-3 weeks. This pattern is one that has a little more promise of good growth and development potential, but field work potential probably now turns the focus more toward cultivation, fertilizer application and spraying, rather than planting. The rains are still too much to allow for large scale planting or replanting. The map below shows 10 day rain potential over the state.
Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — As Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell goes, so goes the Buckeyes’ women’s basketball team. And the only place Mitchell and her team are going after Saturday afternoon’s game is home.On Friday, against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, Mitchell led both teams with 27 points en route to a dominant 99-68 OSU victory. But in the following day’s game against Purdue, nothing went right for the Big Ten player of the year. Mitchell scored just nine points as she made 3 of 22 shots and just a single of her 12 3-point attempts, and OSU lost 71-60.“She didn’t have a good game,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff. “She’s a spectacular player, one of the very best in college basketball, and tonight wasn’t her night.”The Buckeyes could not overcome their star’s struggles, as Purdue pulled off the 71-60 upset win, which knocked OSU out of the tournament and sent the Boilermakers to the final.The season low for the guard who averages 23.5 points per game picked up her second-lowest scoring total as a Buckeye, coming within a point of tying her career low of eight, set in 2015.The Boilermakers keyed in on the left-handed OSU guard’s proclivity to dribble to her dominant hand side.“We wanted to make her play on the right side of the floor,” said Purdue senior guard Ashley Morrissette. “They ran a couple plays where she got looks on the left side of the floor. But I thought, as a team, we did a great job of defending her.”This isn’t the first time the Boilermakers’ defense shut down Mitchell. In January, Purdue used a 1-2-2 zone defense to smother Mitchell, holding her to 14 points and making just 3-of-17 shots. But on Saturday, Purdue implemented a 2-3 zone defense. Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said the change was made due to OSU more frequently utilizing a two-guard lineup.“They executed and they trusted it and said, ‘Hey, let everybody else shoot the outside shot and just corrall her,” said Purdue coach Sharon Versyp.Versyp and Morrissette each noted the importance Purdue placed on surrounding Mitchell with two players at all times to keep her off balance.As a team, the Buckeyes shot just 34 percent from the field and made just 3 of 23 3-point attempts. OSU even struggled at the free throw line, with the Buckeyes making 7 of 15 from the charity stripe. “Once they got a lead, we seemed to get out of doing the things that we’ve done all year and (it) allowed us to be very efficient on offense,” McGuff said. “We were rushing shots and taking quick, contested shots instead of showing a little more patience and a little more trust in the execution.”In her six previous Big Ten tournament games, Mitchell averaged 29.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting.McGuff assuredly stated after Mitchell’s disappointing performance that no one is more likely to bounce back with authority than the OSU guard.“No one’s going to work harder, no one’s going to be in the gym more than she will,” McGuff said. “She’s going to make sure that her having an off night doesn’t happen again this year. I can assure you of that.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is again appealing to Jamaicans to participate in its annual ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme. The programme, which started 10 years ago, allows persons to open their hearts and homes to wards of the State during the festive season.Speaking with JIS News, Manager, Public Relations and Communications, at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the programme was originally created for families with children in State care and who are unable to accommodate them full-time, but are encouraged to take them home for Christmas. However, over time, it was extended to persons with good moral standing, for example, persons who have volunteered in childcare facilities and would be in the agency’s volunteer database.Persons who are interested in participating in the programme are being asked to fill out an application form. They are also required to provide two references from a Notary Public, such as a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-size photographs, a valid identification and must be 25 years or older. According to Miss Dixon, a background check is done on the applicants as well as a home assessment to see the physical accommodation and amenities. If the requirements are met, the applicant is then paired with a child, who they may host for a day or the entire holiday period.“I am pleading to Jamaicans to open their homes this Christmas to a child who is really excited (about) joining a family and sharing in the experience of love, joy and peace during this time of the year,” she said.For further information about the programme, persons may visit any of the CPFSA offices across the island, telephone 948-2841-2, or send an email to [email protected] The deadline for submission of application is December 15.Release: JISphoto credit: shutter stock Related Items:
Australia captain Mark Milligan has praised Martin Boyle following the striker’s international debut.Milligan and Boyle both play their club football with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs and the former was impressed with the way the latter handled his first appearance in an Australian shirt.“I think Martin’s a wonderful player and I think he did show his qualities when he came on,” he said, according to official Socceroos website.“He loves getting at goal as we mentioned beforehand and he had a big hand in the equaliser in the end.”Australia’s golden generation might be coming to an end Manuel R. Medina – January 27, 2019 Mark Milligan is considering retiring and if he does, he will be the last remaining 2006 FIFA World Cup player for Australia to call…“Your debut is always a very nerve-wracking time and I think he came on and he did very well.”“I look forward to see what he does offer going forward.”Meanwhile, Milligan also revealed a mixture of the Socceroos’ fighting spirit and their new-look attacking style should really encourage Australian fans.“I think you couple that [spirit] with the things that we’ve been working on, which we’ve still got some time to fine tune and I think we’ll be very dangerous at the Asian Cup,” he added.