Several new safety measures being considered – GAB

first_imgRobbers preying on bank customersAmidst concerns over the recent spate of robberies committed on persons who have been targeted after conducting financial transactions at several commercial banks, the umbrella body representing these local financial institutions, the Guyana Association of Bankers (GAB), is now considering implementing some new measures to protect customers.GAB President Richard SammyThe GAB told Guyana Times that it has engaged the relevant authorities, and has committed to an ongoing joint effort with a view to ensuring the safety of staff, customers and other stakeholders. This comes months after a decision was taken by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to set up a sting operation.“Varying recommendations aimed at enhancing the existing security procedures and safeguarding banking operations are being considered for adoption by the individual banks as applicable”, the Association said in response to a series of questions posed to it by this newspaper.GAB said some of these measures are of a sensitive nature, and, as such, it would not be prudent to divulge these to the public. However, the organization has said that, should any of the proposed measures have implications for respective customers, the necessary advisories would be shared at the appropriate time.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had, in early March, suggested that a sting operation could help to curb the issue before it becomes uncontrollable, and would help to address the situation from a collective standpoint. The minister did not reject popular opinion suggesting suspicion of involvement of bank employees and relatives of persons who have been robbed in the past.He had described the situation as worrying, and said he wanted the problem to be addressed soon.Ramjattan had also revealed that certain banks have started conducting their own internal investigations into the phenomenon, to determine the truth; and he explained that most commercial banks have reported that their tellers would not be able to retain their phones while on duty.A source close to the GAB indicated to this newspaper that employees at several of these banks now have to abide to a strict policy, whereby they are prohibited from using their mobile telephones.While the GAB neither confirmed nor denied this information when questioned, a senior employee at another banking institution claimed that while this was enforced before, the rules are much sterner and inflexible.Crime Chief Paul Williams had also appealed to banks to carry out some amount of analysis within their daily operations.“There are so many things the banks can do from an analysis that (would) really help us to see if there is any inside dealing or inside information,” Williams has stated.He said that while Policemen in plain clothes have been stationed outside of some commercial banks, and traffic ranks are ensuring that unauthorized drivers are not taking up space at these banks, a collective approach involving other stakeholders is still required in order to get to the core of the issue.The Crime Chief had also advised banks to review the operation of their CCTV cameras. He said this should allow them to see how many persons frequent the bank; whether they are doing transactions, or sitting idly. According to him, if this is followed, it could help to uncover how many persons are being robbed.Following the spate of robberies, the GAB had expressed similar concerns over the escalating incidents of persons being targeted after conducting transactions with commercial banks. In condemning these acts, the Association also assured customers and the public that its members are working to address the issue.The GAB has used the opportunity to advise its customers and members of the public to, as far as possible, refrain from conducting large cash transactions, and instead utilize other secure methods of payment, such as Manager’s Cheques or direct payments.The GAB said local security escort services should also be considered for persons operating businesses which may require transportation of cash.A recent shootout which saw three men being killed by Police has been linked to a suspected attempted robbery. The three men shot dead were: 46-year old Dextroy “Dutty” Cordis of Grove, East Bank Demerara; 37-year-old Kwame Assanah; and 57-year-old Errol “Dynamite” Adams.The Police have claimed that the men were in a black car, trailing a customer who had just left Scotiabank on Robb Street, Georgetown. The car reportedly drove up to the customer’s vehicle and two men exited, one brandishing a small firearm at the customer. At the same time, the Police anti-crime patrol pulled up and challenged the would-be bandits, and the fatal shooting ensued.The matter is still pending investigations.last_img read more

PPP will continue to protect Constitution, democracy – Ali

first_img– remains firm in protesting “illegal Government”The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it will continue protest actions against the “illegal” coalition government in efforts to protect and preserve democracy as well as the Constitution of Guyana.PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan AliThis is according to PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, who, in a statement on Friday, commended the scores of supporters who joined the protest on Thursday outside the Pegasus Hotel, where President David Granger was attending an event.Ali said their presence shows that they are willing to support the defence of Guyana’s Constitution and democracy.“Your peaceful protest and voices were loud and clear. You made it clear that you will stand up against an illegal President and dictator occupying the seat of Government,” he posited.PPP/C Parliamentarian Juan EdghillHe also lauded the international community as well as other stakeholder bodies that have spoken out against the unconstitutional rule that exists. “Indeed, these statements speak volumes to your principled positions in ensuring democracy and constitutional rule in Guyana,” Ali noted.To this end, he assured Guyanese that his party “…will continue to provide leadership as we peacefully confront… illegitimate occupiers of office. This is our oath. We will continue to fight, to honour, protect and preserve the Constitution of our country”.Ali had led Thursday’s protest outside the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, where the caretaker President delivered an address to the business community.The protest came after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh, advised the Head of State that the Commission will be ready for elections by the end of February 2020 – more than a year after the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion in December 2018.Although the protest was peaceful, scores of Police officers and members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU), commonly called the “Riot Squad”, were deployed to the scene with protective shields, placing barricades at strategic points to block off and guard the entrance of the hotel, where several high profile officials and Government ministers were also in attendance.Protesters at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown on Thursday picketing and protesting against President David GrangerThe Opposition further took the protest inside the event, pulling out placards in the midst of the Head of State’s address, voicing concerns over his illegal Government.As such in a statement on Friday, the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) called the action “hooliganism and thuggery”, adding that such lawlessness will not be tolerated.“The President assures all Guyanese that every lawful measure will be taken to guarantee the safety of Ministers of Government and to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the country. The Opposition’s undemocratic behaviour and its continuous threats to peace and stability has no place in this society and will not be tolerated,” the MotP missive stated.However, the PPP has slammed the caretaker coalition government for issuing threats and causing unnecessary alarms over its protest.On Friday, members of the PPP/C adamantly maintained that the MotP’s aim of scaring its supporters and deterring them from exercising their democratic and human rights to peacefully picket and protest an “illegal President and illegal government” would not succeed.PPP/C Member of Parliament Joseph Hamilton told reporters that the “security alarm” raised in the MotP’s media release was unnecessary, as he confirmed that the protesting will continue countrywide until President Granger announces an elections date.“The statement suggests that there was some attempt to harm Mr Granger and secondly the Police, they have been instructed to beef up security for Mr Granger and the other people in his cabal…our intention is to highlight the undemocratic nature of Mr Granger, the unconstitutional and usurper role of Mr Granger and his cabal and the illegitimacy of Mr Granger and his cabal. We, like the people of Guyana, will not allow a dictatorship to take hold in this country and that is the fundamental issue and it is not just for the PPP to fight but it is for all Guyana to fight,” the Opposition MP said.He added that as of September 18, 2019, the powers that President Granger and his government enjoyed upon entering office in 2015 no longer exist and that the role, which President Granger has now taken, is that of a dictator.“Mr Granger will expect more picketing wherever he goes…and every place he goes and everyplace these guys who purport to be Ministers they go. They will be picketed because presently, they have no mandate to govern. They are holding onto office illegally and therefore the way you deal with dictatorship and budding dictatorships is to delegitimise dictators…all the subtle threats coming out of the Office of the President do not scare us because we know that our activity, our struggle is a righteous struggle, it is a good struggle, it is to right a wrong,” Hamilton declared.Meanwhile, PPP/C Parliamentarian Juan Edghill reminded that according to Guyana’s Constitution under Article 147(1) that deals with fundamental rights that except with his/her own consent, no persons shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his/her freedom of assembly, association and freedom to demonstrate peacefully.He also commended the ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that turned up to monitor the PPP/C’s protest on Thursday, for the way they engaged the protesters.“There were few who were overzealous or probably taking instructions from outside of the regular. But, by and large, from all intents and purposes and observations, the Commanders and the Officers were acting professionally. And we in the PPP/C would like to publicly state that we applaud the professionalism that the GPF displayed yesterday (Thursday)”.last_img read more

Done deal! Manchester United’s Zaha seals move back to Crystal Palace

first_img2 Neil Warnock has made his first signing as Crystal Palace manager and brought back fan favourite Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United on a season-long loan.The 21-year-old winger was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing as United manager back in January 2013 for £15million, but only linked up with the Red Devils later that summer.In his debut season Zaha struggled to make any impact under David Moyes and was eventually loaned out to Cardiff where he also struggled.New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has also shown no interest in using the youngster as a first-team player this season and he has now rejoined Crystal Palace, where he came through the academy.Warnock, who succeeded Tony Pulis as Palace manager on Wednesday, exclusively told talkSPORT on Thursday morning he was ‘optimistic’ of re-signing Zaha and has now concluded the deal.The winger, who has two England caps to his name, was the first to confirm the deal by tweeting an old picture of himself (see below) celebrating in a Palace shirt, simply saying ‘Back.’Both clubs later confirmed the deal had been agreed and Zaha told Crystal Palace’s website: “I’m just buzzing to be back, to be in and around the lads again.“There have been rumours for a while, but it was only yesterday that it got sorted out and I was happy it got sorted out ASAP because I just need to get out and play. The best place to come back to is Palace where I am loved.“Speaking to my family and my agent, they knew I would be comfortable coming back here because I’ve got the support of the fans and the club. When I come back here I know I can just get straight back into it.”And discussing new manager, Warnock, the winger added: “I’m glad to have him back because obviously he’s a great manager and I’m sure he’ll know what to do with the team.“I spoke to him as well and he told me that he would guarantee me a chance – all I’ve got to do is work hard, so I am fine with that.”“It’s a great club, but since I’ve gone up there it hasn’t gone my way really.”While the 21-year-old struggled to get many minutes under his belt at Manchester United, Zaha believes his time at Old Trafford has proved benefitial.“I haven’t really had the chance to showcase my talent or play much – that’s why I thought it would be best for me to get a loan, gain some experience and maybe go back a better player,” he added.“It was an enormous experience and obviously the players that I have trained with and spoken to have helped me a lot like Giggsy, Robin [Van Persie] and Rooney. Speaking to people like that is always going to help me in my career.“Robin gives me tips on how to finish and who else is better than Robin when it comes to finishing! Just seeing them and being with them in training I think has developed me even more.” Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha center_img 2last_img read more

REVEALED: The Nine Brand New Stadiums To Be Included In FIFA 16!

first_img 9 1. Borussia-Park, Germany – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 54,000 capacity stadium is home to Borussia Monchengladbach of the German Bundesliga. 9 9 4. El Monumental, Argentina – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 67,600 capacity stadium is home to River Plate of the Argentine Primera Division. 9 8. Vicarage Road, England – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 21,500 capacity stadium is home to Watford of the English Premier League. It’s almost that time of year again!FIFA 16 is being released on September 22nd and so more details about the new game are being revealed to us by the day.EA Sports have now revealed the names (and images) of the NINE new stadiums which they have recreated and will be inserting into FIFA 16.One of them includes a nice touch in tribute to Simon Humber, the Creative Director of the FIFA series, who passed away earlier this year following a battle with cancer.Click the right arrow above to see all nine of the brand new grounds… 9 9 9 6. King Abdullah Sports City, Saudi Arabia – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 62,200 capacity stadium is home to Al-Ittihad & Al-Ahli of the Saudi Professional League. 9 2. Carrow Road, England – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 27,200 capacity stadium is home to Norwich City of the English Premier League. 5. Fratton Park, England – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 21,100 capacity stadium is home to Portsmouth of the English League Two. The reason for it being included in the new FIFA is as a tribute to Simon Humber, the Creative Director of the FIFA series, who passed away earlier this year after a fight with cancer. He was 45 years old. When you play on the stadium if you look towards the goalmouth you will notice a ‘wreath of flowers’ laid to honour Simon, just as the club and its supporters did in an incredible gesture earlier in May. 9 3. CenturyLink Field, USA – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 67,000 capacity stadium is home to Seattle Sounders of American MLS. 7. Stade Velodrome, France – Click right for more new FIFA 16 stadiums – This 67,000 capacity stadium is home to Marseille of the French Ligue 1. 9. Vitality Stadium, England – This 11,700 capacity stadium is home to Bournemouth of the English Premier League.last_img read more

KERNANS FIND DONEGAL’S FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE BAR – WHAT’S YOURS?

first_imgEaster is here and at Kernans they have decided to do a survey to find out what our top selling chocolate bars are in Donegal.To carry out the survey they analysed the sales figures from their 5 stores throughout Donegal to bring you a chocolate lovers ‘Golden Ticket Searching’ list of Donegal’s top 20 favorite Chocolate bars.Some of you will disagree with our results, some of you may be disappointed that your favorite did not make the list. But all Kernans can do is present the findings of this important Easter preparing chocolate hierarchy as chosen by our customers over the last year.20 – Curly WurlyIt’s very sticky but less sticky on the hips than most, making it a dieter’s delight. 19 – The Time OutOffers the wafer break with a layer of Flake chocolate and is equally popular with males and females of Donegal. Goes great with a cuppa.18 – Purple SnackThis entry is here because of me alone… perfect for early morning tea breaks if you need a wee kick! Small but filling.17 – Wispa GoldThe Wispa Gold has gained legendary status after its comeback in 2008. Wispa Gold came back from the dead after being discontinued in 2003 after a public outcry however it was brought back to our shelves with massive success. 16 – Cadbury’s Fruit and NutBy name alone it’s the healthiest option on our countdown. Cadbury’s changed the recipe of the Fruit and Nut bar after 90 years – with sultanas added for the first time in place of raisins.15 – MaltesersThe sweetest and most delicious candy ever, crispy ball with a taste of honey over rolled with milk chocolate. – Yo, pass me those Maltesers. 14 – Peanut M&MsWould be higher up the list if there were more in each bag. Get in the bowl… U get in the bowl!13 – CaramelloChocolate with a caramel filled center. Very similar to the Cadbury’s Caramel without the bunny.12 – YorkieNot for girls apparently !11 – TwirlAt least once in your life you have bitten of the end of a twirl and used it as a straw in your tea or coffee. It is well worth the risk of being caught.10 – Galaxy Smooth MilkIn at 10, why have cotton when you can have silk9 – SnickersGet some nuts!8 – Mint AeroEven more popular than the original which did not make our list proves sequels can turn out better.7 – FlakeMade from the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate…. nice in a 99!!6 – Cadbury’s CaramelThe first real caramel bar. Made the Cadbury’s bunny what she is todaybar5 – Boost (formerly Moro)The bar with many names also known as a Moro bar. A Boost cut in half, looks quite similar to the Starbar, fact!4 – TwixLeft Twix flows caramel on cookie, while Right Twix cascades caramel on cookie. Left Twix bathes in chocolate, while Right Twix cloaks in chocolate.3 – RoloWho do you give your last Rolo to? Never mind the rest you have to share out once you open a pack!2 – Mars BarThe Kingpin in the Mars Empire, an absolute classic and our second best-selling bar.1 – Dairy MilkDonegal’s favorite chocolate.”A glass and a half of milk in every half pound bar of chocolate”. Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate was launched in 1905 and became an instant success !! Top Dog in Donegal and across the nation.KERNANS FIND DONEGAL’S FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE BAR – WHAT’S YOURS? was last modified: March 26th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Team effort helps Kings to a victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You would prefer that they respond without us saying anything,” Murray said. “If it was that simple, you’d do it all the time. I think our players realize on their own what their deficiencies are.” Cammalleri was a healthy scratch in two of the Kings’ first three games and Frolov drew extra duty in practice Saturday because of a lack of offensive production in recent games. Both responded well. Frolov recorded four shots on goal and put one in the net, in the second period, to give the Kings a 3-0 lead, and Cammalleri also took four shots and scored a power-play goal, one of two for the Kings. So for the Kings, the good news wasn’t just who scored the goals, but how they were scored. Mired in a power-play slump, the Kings put extra emphasis on that unit in the previous two days and it paid off. Of course, the Blue Jackets helped, as they took six penalties in the first period. “When you’re killing penalties all the time, it puts too much (pressure) on the team and they can’t be expected to catch up,” Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. Columbus, with star forward Rick Nash out of the lineup with an ankle injury, put up little resistance and seemed finished when Derek Armstrong and Cammalleri scored the first-period power-play goals. “There was an emphasis on shooting and getting to the net, and for the majority of the night I think we did that,” said Murray, whose team converted two of nine chances with the man advantage. Frolov then gave the Kings some breathing room when, stationed in front of the net seconds after the end of a power play, he took a centering pass from Sean Avery, settled the puck with his skate and beat Columbus goaltender Marc Denis with 6:26 remaining in the second period. It was the second goal of the season for Frolov, who had 24 goals in 77 games in 2003-04. “I didn’t feel like my game was working out (recently), so I needed to work harder,” Frolov said. “I was working hard, but something wasn’t working for me. “That’s normal; it’s what happens in hockey. It’s a long season.” The way things are going for LaBarbera, it’s shaping up to be a long and successful season. LaBarbera stopped 19 of 20 shots but rarely was tested. He has won all three of his starts in Murray’s rotating-goaltender system and has stopped 69 of 73 shots this season. Columbus’ only goal came nine minutes into the third period, when Francois Beauchemin took a slap shot from inside the blue line and Nikolai Zherdev tipped the rebound past LaBarbera. “Whenever I have success, I can gradually get more confident,” LaBarbera said. “I want to keep it going because I’ve got a good feeling right now.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera wanted a shutout, but forward Michael Cammalleri needed a goal. Although perhaps not as bad as Alexander Frolov did. The woeful Columbus Blue Jackets nearly gave everyone what they desired Sunday. center_img LaBarbera came within one save of his first career shutout and turned in another solid effort, and Cammalleri and Frolov scored goals in the Kings’ 3-1 victory in front of 17,156 at Staples Center. This hasn’t been the easiest month for Frolov and Cammalleri, both of whom were penciled into the Kings’ top scoring line when training camp opened but ended up in coach Andy Murray’s doghouse. last_img read more

Can Lampard take Chelsea to the top?

first_imgThere’s no getting away from the fact that the manager’s revolving door has been getting good use at Stamford Bridge for the last fifteen years. Ever since Jose Mourinho started his first stint at the club in 2004 no less than 14 different people have been appointed. In terms of nationalities it has also been a veritable United Nations with representatives of Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and England.But now, one of Chelsea’s own is in the hot seat – and football followers everywhere are waiting to see how it’s going to work out for Frank Lampard.He certainly joins the club with a huge amount of goodwill behind him. After all, he’s the highest scorer for Chelsea of all time with 211 goals to his name and 429 appearances, second only to John Terry. He’s also known to be a man who has the ear of Roman Abramovich, for the moment at least. But, as so many of his predecessors have discovered, this is a situation that can quickly change.A step upHowever, amidst all this positivity there still remains a nagging doubt that Lampard may not quite have the experience to improve on last season’s 3rd place Premier League finish and Europa League victory as well as making the team a dead cert for fans of sports betting.After all, he’s only had a single season’s experience in charge of a club at Derby County. Having taken over from Gary Rowett he guided the team to the play-offs losing to Aston Villa and achieved a 6th place finish. His win rate was 42.11%, a little lower than Rowett’s 43.1%. Similarly, where the 2017-18 season saw the Rams picking up 75 points, under Lampard’s stewardship the total was 74.While these may not seem like amazing credentials for Premier League success there are a number of reasons why many are predicting that Lampard could be just the shot in the arm that the club needs.Youth v ExperienceIronically, the transfer ban imposed on the club for signing overseas under 18 players means that Lampard is poised to create a far more youthful side. This is something that managers like Mourinho, Sarri and Conte proved reluctant to do, despite the club having a very strong youth academy. Among the names being mentioned are the 19 year old right back Reece James who had a very successful season on loan to Wigan, 21 year old striker Tammy Abraham and even goalkeeper Karlo Ziger, 18, who is poised to take the place of the recently released Rob Green. As to whether this will be another case of Alan Hansen having to eat his words, we’ll just have to wait and see.So far we’ve only had a number of pre-season friendlies to see how the Lampard influence has started to play out and it has to be said that the signs are certainly encouraging. For example there have been victories over St Patrick’s Athletic at one end of the scale and Barcelona at the other. With Tammy Abraham already showing his scoring ability against the Spanish club here’s hoping that this could be a premonition of what could happen if the two teams come up against each other in the Champions League.The Hazard hazardOne of the biggest issues that Lampard could well have to confront will be the huge Eden Hazard-sized hole that’s been left following his departure to Real Madrid. All the youngsters in the world would have a hard task replacing the Belgian so Lampard will also be looking to the more experienced members of the squad like Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud to up their games, not to mention their scoring records.He’ll also have to deal with bigger egos than he’ll have managed at Derby. For example, there are reports that Callum Hudson-Odoi is demanding Hazard’s vacated No 10 shirt while some feel that, by rights, it should be Willan’s.So it’s undoubtedly going to be a tricky baptism of fire for Lampard. But with the natural goodwill that’s afforded to him by club and fans alike, plus the dogged determination that served him so well as a player, the signs are all looking good. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoHealth & Human ResearchNever Eat These 7 Prediabetes Foods Again in Hong KongHealth & Human ResearchUndoRelocation Target7 Ways to Find a Cheap FlightRelocation TargetUndoDrhealthEveryday Foods you Should Never Keep in the FridgeDrhealthUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoNutrition Expert7 Things That Happen If You Eat Celery Every DayNutrition ExpertUndoFlight Prices | Search AdsFlight Price from Tuen Mun Might Surprise YouFlight Prices | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Over R1bn transferred via eWallet

first_imgeWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said that the growth of eWallet could be attributed to its ease of use and its convenience. “We are pleased with the growth that we have experienced,” she said in a statement last week. The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place on 1 December 2011 in London. “On average we are seeing over R3-million being sent daily to eWallets by FNB customers. This kind of activity illustrates how convenient our customers are finding eWallet.” According to Van Wyk, eWallet is proving to be extremely popular in those countries as well, showing similar month on month growth as was seen in South Africa. This allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the service to add value to our customers,” she said. “We have seen the importance of being at the forefront of our industry in order to differentiate ourselves from our peers and other services available in the market.” They can also choose to send the money to another recipient and even buy prepaid airtime or electricity. Since its launch, more than 700 000 eWallets have been created. FNB customers can send money via cellphone banking, online banking and FNB ATMs, with cellphone banking being the most popular channel. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, in keeping with its strategy of expanding its products and services into the rest of the continent.center_img Cellphone banking most popular Van Wyk said that eWallet was not a solution specifically for a certain target market, as customers from any income bracket could benefit from using it. “Besides beign used for sending money to family or friends in remote areas, one can reimburse friends for lunch or use it to give children their pocket money,” she said. First National Bank says that over R1-billion has been transferred via its money transfer solution eWallet, which allows money to be sent to anyone with a valid South African mobile number, since its launch in October 2009. eWallet was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking. Innovation award shortlist 10 October 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Help Choc help the children

first_imgThe CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

One Fine Day With a Ventilation Expert

first_imgI had the pleasure of attending an all-day seminar in Atlanta recently by Gord Cooke, one of the rock stars of the building science community. I have known him for a while and heard him speak a few times in the past, but was unaware of his close connection with the ventilation industry.His approximately 30 years of involvement with the design and sales of Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) gives him a wealth of experience in ventilation system design. The title of the seminar was quite a mouthful, “Multifamily Whole-house Ventilation and Helping Builders Gear-up for the 2030 Challenge,” and while multifamily ventilation was discussed, the discussions where much broader, and in my view, more interesting that the title suggested.Venting about ventingAs I continue to learn about building science, one issue that continues to bother me is the ASHRAE 62.2 standard, and some people’s insistence that every building must have equipment installed to provide the calculated ventilation rate per that standard.I have always felt that ventilation is a moving target, and the amount necessary to keep a particular home healthy is very subjective. If the homeowners smoke, have wall-to-wall carpeting, have indoor pets, use toxic cleaning products, and fry a lot of food, then 62.2 may well be too little ventilation. But if another homeowner doesn’t wear street shoes in the house, has no carpeting, uses benign cleaners, and doesn’t have pets, then 62.2 may well be too much ventilation.I felt that my views were reasonably well supported in this presentation – Gord suggested installing a system that can provide ventilation at the rate required by 62.2, but include a user-friendly control that allows them to vary the total ventilation rate for maximum comfort. You can’t force people to ventilate, but you should provide them the ability to do so.Getting perilously close to information overloadBy the end of the day my head was filled to overflowing with information, including formulas for calculating the impact of ventilation on heating and cooling loads (too complicated to include here), appropriate types of air intakes (wide screens provide better airflow, insect screens tend to clog too easily), installation and commissioning techniques (use appropriate equipment to balance ERVs and HRVs after installation, some manufacturers include pressure taps right on the box), and obscure factoids (good ventilation reduces the effect of hangovers).Two of tidbits that came up in discussion helped to reinforce some of my theories. First, exhaust ventilation in humid climates usually does not create as much of a problem with moisture infiltration into wall cavities as people think. Second, even in Canada, it is hard to justify blowing insulation into closed wall cavities – because of the the overall expense and the potential for moisture problems. I have long believed that insulating older, previously uninsulated wall cavities can create more problems than it solves, and it was nice to have some reinforcement on that subject.Agreeing to disagreeAs the day wrapped up, Gord discussed the fact that he often found himself in disagreement with other ventilation experts he respects and considers his friends.This supports my belief that the ventilation is still very much a work in progress. There are some who lean towards the maximum amount of ventilation, and others who are more flexible in their approach. It will be interesting to watch the experts’ opinions as they evolve along with codes and regulations over the next several years.last_img read more