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FOUND THEM! HEROES WHO RESCUED FAMILY FROM CRASH ARE SOLDIERS

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgFOUR men who rescued a family from an overturned car were Defence Forces soldiers returning home from Finner Camp, it has emerged.The reluctant heroes went to help the Faulkner family as they returned from a holiday in the county last weekend.Yesterday mum Laura asked Donegal Daily readers to help to find the mystery men who stopped at the side of the road near Ballybofey – to help Laura, her husband Neil and their three young children – aged 3 months, 18 months and 4 – escape. Thanks to you – our readers – Laura was able to contact two of the soldiers to thank them personally for what they did last Sunday.The family had been on holidays here and were travelling home having spent the night in the popular The Gap Lodge B&B in Barnesmore.Said Laura: “The men who came to help us rescued my world, because my children are my world.“They are real heroes as far as we are concerned. We were in a ditch, our car was upside down and the doors were locked. I want to thank them again from the bottom of my heart.”  FOUND THEM! HEROES WHO RESCUED FAMILY FROM CRASH ARE SOLDIERS was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AntrimBallyclareBarnesmore GapdonegalFaulkner familyFinner CampLaura FaulknerrescuesoldiersThe Gaplast_img read more

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Live updates: 49ers stun Broncos, 20-14

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgJoin us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday when the 49ers face the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.Sunday is the first of three consecutive home games for the 2-10 49ers, who currently hold the No. 1 spot in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. would tell you they’d rather finish out the regular season on a strong note.San Francisco sends out rookie quarterback Nick Mullens for his fifth NFL start. Mullens threw for 414 yards and a …last_img read more

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South Africa welcomes IMF report

By on December 18, 2019

first_img24 August 2012 The National Treasury has welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) assessment, in its latest report on South Africa, that the country has a stable and resilient economy but one that could do much better. The IMF released the outcome of its annual Article IV Consultation with South Africa on Thursday, following a visit to the country by IMF executive board members.Revised growth forecast In its report, the Washington-based lender revised South Africa’s growth forecast down to 2.6 percent for 2012 and to 3.4 percent for 2013. This is marginally below the forecasts – of 2.7 percent for 2012 and 3.6 percent for 2013 – made by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech in February. The IMF attributes the slowdown to the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, South Africa’s main regional trading partner. The report highlights external risks to South Africa’s outlook, including renewed concerns about the euro area and signs of a slowdown in China that could result in slower demand for South Africa’s exports and a further decline in commodity prices.Domestic risks At the same time, the report also identifies domestic risks, including lingering external competitiveness problems, a growing public sector wage bill, and the need to create more labour-intensive growth. The IMF commends South Africa’s fiscal and monetary policy approach, saying its fiscal stance has provided further stimulus to the local economy given weak external demand and a negative output gap, and that the pace of fiscal consolidation outlined over the Budget horizon is broadly adequate. However, the report identifies the country’s growing public sector wage bill as a concern, arguing that the balance of public spending needs to shifted more in favour of capital spending. The IMF says South Africa’s flexible exchange rate is an important shock absorber, helping to smooth the impact of external shocks. At the same time, the IMF staff found various indicators pointing to continuing problems with external competitiveness as a result of high domestic costs of production, including unit labour costs.High unemployment rate Importantly, the IMF argues that the country needs to take more action to create labour-intensive growth. While welcoming the focus on job creation in the government’s New Growth Path and the draft National Development Plan, the IMF says concrete actions are needed to support this, while suggesting that the structure of local product and labour markets may make it difficult for South Africa to reduce unemployment. “If not addressed, the stubbornly high unemployment rate could become politically and socially unsustainable,” the IMF states. “South Africa needs to build on its many policy successes to expand employment opportunities, secure better education and health outcomes, and build more efficient infrastructure to support inclusive growth, while maintaining macroeconomic and financial stability in a risky global environment. “Active labor market policies can help in the short term, but a sustainable reduction in unemployment seems unattainable without labour and product market reforms.”Financial institutions The report notes that South Africa’s financial institutions are largely unaffected by the crisis in the global financial system, and remain “sound, liquid, and profitable”. The IMF directors “encouraged continued vigilance in monitoring underlying risks, including banks’ dependence on short-term wholesale funding, and their large exposure to home mortgages and highly indebted households”. The Reserve Bank said on Thursday that many of the issues raised by the IMF report “are already reflected in the priorities and outcomes that government has set itself, including work on inclusive growth, policies aimed at accelerating job creation, and measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government spending”.Export competitiveness On external competitiveness, the Reserve Bank noted that the rand exchange rate had, over the past 12 months, depreciated by 13.6 percent against the US dollar and 7.2 percent on a trade-weighted basis, which should have provided a fillip to the country’s exporters. “However, nominal export growth has slowed from an annual rate of 17.5 percent in the second half of 2011 to 6.9 percent in the first half of 2012. “In part this reflects the continuing economic turmoil in Europe and slowing global growth that has sapped external demand,” the Bank said. “Slower export growth also reflects the fact that South Africa’s inflation is higher in relation to our trading partners continues to undermine external competitiveness.” The Bank said that South Africa has long acknowledged the importance of reorienting its exports toward faster growing non-traditional emerging markets. “Recent trade trends indicate that South Africa is starting to take advantage of rapid regional economic growth – the IMF projects Sub-Saharan Africa to grow at an average annual pace of 5.5 percent over the next five years – with nominal exports into Africa growing by 21.7 percent over the past 12 months.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Partners for Possibility garners international recognition

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first_imgThe Partners for Possibility education initiative has been awarded sixth place at the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organisation was one of 200 in the running for the award.Partners for Possibility received well-deserved recognition when it came away with sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner in the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in February. (Image: Partners for Possibility)Mathiba MolefePartners for Possibility, the South African education development organisation, was awarded sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner at the annual HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony.Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee in US, the annual HR.COM awards are held to recognise the work being done in leadership development throughout the world by individuals and organisations such as Partners for Possibility (PFP).The HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony was held during the LEAD2017 leadership forum on 7 and 8 February.Partners for PossibilityEducation is one of the most important factors in South Africa’s development and improving the country’s education system is one of the most pressing issues when it comes to securing its future.It was with this in mind that PFP was created, uniting some of the best business minds with teachers and principals from schools around the country.These partnerships were created to bring some of the best business practices to the running of the schools. The objective was to help these schools run more efficiently and ensure learners got the most out of their time there.By developing partnerships and leadership, the programme ensures that everybody involved benefits, from the business leader and principals to the children at the schools and the communities around them.“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.“It’s important that we showcase this as much as we can.”“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.Proud partnersHR.COM is not the only group to recognise the value of the work being done by PFP. Because of the great promise the organisation has, Brand South Africa has partnered with it.This budding venture is part of Brand South Africa’s ongoing efforts to support the development of South Africa, which is made easier by supporting organisations that have already laid the groundwork.Stand up and be counted, get involvedIf you are inspired by what Partners for Possibility is doing and you feel like you need to play a part in helping it realise the goal of providing high-quality education, you can visit the organisation’s website to find out more about how you can get involved.PFP aims to spread its influence as far as possible, facilitating more partnerships and paving the way for younger generations. If you want to become a partner, visit its Become a PFP web page to find out how you can do this.Play Your PartAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then submit your story to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all; we want to hear it.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Zong Brings Mobile Payments to Outspark

By on December 17, 2019

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Zong processes payments across 92 carriers in 17 countries and first entered the US last year. The company suggests that, “Over 70% of the global online audience does not have a credit card, but most all of them have a mobile phone.” Accordingly, Zong provides customer support in 7 languages and exists to provide an alternative to credit card processing. And therein lies the rub. What is interesting about the mobile micropayment space is that while there are so many new players, the carriers control the landscape and subsequently, the level of innovation. We know that mobile micropayments can be a game changer for nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and gaming, but the reality is that after the carrier has taken it’s cut, very little trickles down to the processor and publisher. Mobile micropayments are extremely convenient, and they’re great when there are no alternatives. But for businesses, credit cards still remain a more favorable payment method due to lower fees. For this reason, there has been little incentive to pursue mobile micropayments as a primary means of processing. Nevertheless, because of Outspark’s high membership numbers and Zong’s claim that it can convert buyers “up to 10 times greater than traditional payment methods”, the sheer volume of this deal’s transactions might change some minds in the gaming world. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mobile payments provider Zong has just announced a partnership with online gaming community Outspark. Zong will power Outspark’s mobile payment processing services by allowing users to purchase SparkCash (the gaming company’s currency) to buy goods in games like Fiesta, Secret of the Solstice, Wind Slayer and Project Powder. Similar to Boku, Echovox’s Zong offers publishers and app developers the opportunity to deliver fee-based mobile content to its users. Charges are then reflected on monthly cell phone bills. Given Outspark’s current claim to more than 5 million users, this is a benchmark deal for Zong. The company expressed earlier that its focus is currently on currency exchange for virtual gaming goods such as armor and weapons as shown in the Paradise Paintball demo below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshirolast_img read more

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Hindu meet in Goa next week

By on December 3, 2019

first_imgRepresentatives from 200 Hindu organisations, saints, lawyers and thinkers from the country and abroad will participate in the 8th All India Hindu Convention at Ramnathi, Ponda, in Goa. The convention will be held from May 27 to June 8, a statement from the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, a rightwing outfit which is one of the organisers, said.The ‘Devout Hindu Lawyers Convention’ will be held on May 27 and 28, the ‘Businessmen Convention’ on May 28, the ‘All India Hindu Convention’ from May 29 to June 4, which includes the ‘Social Media Conclave’ on June 2, and ‘Training for organisers of the Hindu Nation’ from June 5 to 8.last_img read more

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Greece Imports Referees as Fix for Soccer Violence

By on November 18, 2019

first_imgATHENS (AP) — When Greek league rivals AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki met last season, a disallowed goal late in the match — which was, finally, allowed — threw the sport into chaos.PAOK’s owner stormed onto the field in protest with a gun strapped to his belt, the league was suspended for two weeks, and FIFA forced Greece to make a series of urgent reforms or face expulsion from international competition.On Sunday, the two teams played again, under new regulations that league organizers hope will finally keep the peace. Referees are now being imported for controversial matches involving major clubs where there is a potential for violence. Finnish referee Mattias Gestranius and his linesmen were the first foreigners to be in charge of a Greek league game in 43 years.By all accounts, the experiment at Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki was a success.“Gestranius shut doubters up, no complaints from PAOK and AEK,” Greek sports website goalpost.gr wrote, adding that referee was impartial throughout the match.Even those who had some criticisms remarked that the presence of an international official made players and coaches behave better.In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo PAOK fans burn flags and team scarves of AEK Athens during a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)“If he had been Greek, he would have heard an earful, because he allowed rough play, especially by the home team,” sports writer Yiannis Lambiris wrote in Monday’s edition of daily Ta Nea. “He did not wish to overuse the whistle … in any case, the players and the benches behaved themselves, because they knew they could not get away (with protests).”And, indeed, when an assistant on the PAOK bench started loudly protesting a referee decision in the 17th minute, he was immediately sent off.In the end PAOK won 2-0, without any incident. PAOK now shares first place in the league, even though it started the season with minus-2 points, deducted for fan behavior last season.Greek soccer has been troubled for decades by crowd violence and corruption allegations, and league organizers last experimented with overseas referees in the mid-1970s.The powerful bosses of Greek soccer, with interests in shipping and the news media, routinely erupt in anger after lost matches, calling referee decisions into question as being manipulated and unfair. But four games into the new season and the league so far has been quiet.Under the FIFA-supervised changes, a referee selection committee is headed by retired Portuguese referee Vitor Melo Pereira, along with two other overseas selections on the five-member panel.In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo Finnish international referee Mattias Gestranius asks for the ball during a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)After stepping in, Pereira brought since-retired Spanish referee David Fernandez Borbalan for the Greek Cup final at a heavily policed Olympic Stadium in Athens. PAOK beat AEK 2-0 for the trophy but AEK went onto to win the league. More importantly, Borbalan’s refereeing was widely praised and the potentially explosive final ended without incident.Gerstanius, unlike Borbalan, is not classified as an “elite referee” in the international classification system, which includes four categories (Elite, First, Second and Third). As a First Category referee he was also reportedly paid less for the game, 3,000 euros ($3,500), than Borbalan’s 6,000 ($7,000).AEK will have to play another foreign-refereed game next Sunday, against host Olympiakos.Normally, both teams would now be bickering over the choice of referee, with club leaders competing in making inflammatory statements, setting the stage for another potentially explosive encounter. Now, sports authorities hope it will merely be another hard-fought game.___By DEMETRIS NELLAS and DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressAssociated Press writer Costas Kantouris in Thessaloniki contributed to this report.In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo PAOK fans light flares during a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Under new regulations the Greek football league can import international referees for controversial matches involving major clubs where there is a potential for violence. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo Finnish international referee Mattias Gestranius, center, shakes hands with the players before a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Gestranius and his fellow Finnish linesmen were the first foreigners to be in charge of a Greek league game in 43 years, at Thessaloniki’s Toumba Stadium. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lovelyz First 2018 Single That Day Celebrates Sweet And Sour

By on September 12, 2019

first_img J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows BTS Announce New Full-Length Album BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Is BTS Coming To Your Town? BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour News Twitter BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images Stunning and graceful, the eight ladies suggest dark memories they can leave behind, so long as bubbly charm triumphs over hatePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 25, 2018 – 3:46 pm Formed in 2014, the eight women comprising Lovelyz are considered emblems of light-hearted, girlish style in K-pop. “That Day,” the lead single from their latest EP, Heal, deals with the aftermath of a possibly poisonous breakup in shining style. The visual style for the dynamic video was described by Billboard as “pastels and rainbows.” BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA BTS Announce New Full-Length Album For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Whatever passions moved beneath the surface for the band members, it all comes together in their work on Heal. The themes of reunion and letting sour memories fade lend a courageous irony to their charming glamour, representing their inner choice to move ahead and to rise.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” Prev Next GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” Lovelyz: First 2018 Single “That Day” Celebrates Sweet And Sour More K-Pop BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images During an April 22 interview, the group confirmed that Heal represented a collaborative labor of love of sorts.”I worked on this album with other composers,” said group leader Baby Soul about her songwriting. “I wrote the song, erased it, wrote it, erased it, and repeated that.” NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP https://twitter.com/woollim_ent/status/985895658367336448 BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Is BTS Coming To Your Town? Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainmentcenter_img Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” lovelyz-first-2018-single-day-celebrates-sweet-and-sour Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” Email TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP BTS Announce New Full-Length Album BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video Is BTS Coming To Your Town? J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May Facebook last_img read more

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Should we worry if WhatsApp shared payments data with Facebook

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgFacebook’s access to WhatsApp user data is causing concern for government authorities in India, which is the largest market for the chat platform.REUTERSPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s government thinks there is genuine cause for concern that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook will get around the server location norms by sharing user data among its associate entities. The social media platform Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram are prime suspects for this kind of manipulation, according to government sources. Sharing of data between the entities could constitute a breach of security, privacy and commercial information guidelines, media reports say.The government has asked the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to examine the matter and ensure that user data collected through payment services such are not shared. In this matter, the authorities have specifically flagged WhatsApp and Google Pay, the payment service that Google owners Alphabet Inc acquired by taking over Tez, a report on the Economic Times website said citing unnamed top officials. NPCI operates the country’s retail payment and settlement systems.WhatsApp has proposed to launch a payment service in a short while. It will be based on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), a system that enables the real-time transfer of funds between bank accounts “WhatsApp so far has said that Facebook and its non-WhatsApp subsidiaries do not use WhatsApp UPI transaction data for any commercial purposes,” the report quotes an unidentified official as saying.However, the worry is that because of WhatsApp’s sharing of Facebook’s cloud service, there is always a chance of data leak. Officials say that when the country is debating the Personal Data Protection Bill, it is important that even “non-commercial information” or information about a user collected on the WhatsApp payment platform must not be shared with Facebook or its other subsidiaries without the users’ consent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc. Indian authorities are worried that the sharing of the cloud platform among Facebook and associates like WhatsApp and Instagram could endanger data security and privacy of users. Facebook IndiaWill Cathcart, WhatsApp’s global head, said on his maiden India visit that the popular chat app plans to roll out its payment service in the country by the year-end. Cathcart’s itinerary includes meetings with top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The government will raise the privacy concerns at these meetings, the officials said. WhatsApp claims to have developed a system to store payment-related data in India to comply with the server location policy. While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NPCI have mandated local storage of commercial data, India is also looking to protect and secure personal data through the PDP Bill, which will shortly be introduced in Parliament, the report says.India is WhatsApp’s largest market, with an estimated user base of about 400 million. Its payment service would pit it against Paytm, PhonePe and Google Pay in a market that grew 51 per cent to 31.34 billion digital transactions in FY19 and is expected to touch 40 billion by FY20 end, the report says. The WhatsApp management expects the user base to surge further with the payment service launch.The authorities are worried that data from the online purchase of payment service may automatically go to Facebook and even Instagram without users knowing it, according to another official. If the two companies keep using the data collected by WhatsApp payment, that is a violation of the individual’s privacy and must not be allowed, the official said.last_img read more

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Language Movement veteran MA Gafur dies

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgLanguage Movement veteran MA GafurLanguage Movement veteran MA Gafur passed away on Friday at a Dhaka hospital, reports UNBHe breathed his last at Samarita Hospital, said his eldest son Shakil Gafur. He was 85. Education minister Dipu Moni, and Nurul Amin Ruhul, MP, extended condolences to the bereaved family. Gafur is survived by two sons and a daughter. He was laid to rest at Gor-e-Gariba graveyard after namaz-e-janaza at Chandpur Municipal Eidgah Moidan. Gafur, born in Char Korailia of Haimchar upazila, took part in the 1952 Language Movement while he was studying at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He was an active language activist and accompanied language veterans MA Wadud, Oli Ahad, Principal Abul Kashem, Nurul Haque Bhuiyan, and Abdul matin. During the Liberation War, the Pakistani occupation forces burnt down his house in Char Koralia. Gafur donated land worth Tk 400 million for setting up Chandpur Diabetic Samity and was its founding general secretary. He was also a former general secretary of Chandpur Eye Hospital. His wife Mahmuda Khatun was the daughter of former speaker of parliament Shahed Ali Patwari. Gafur’s eldest son Shakil is working as an associate professor at Rangpur Medical College and youngest son Shayer Gafur teaches at BUET.last_img read more

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