YWCA USA Celebrated Extraordinary Organizations And Women Leaders At Women Of Distinction

first_imgYWCA USA celebrated the incredible achievements of extraordinary leaders who serve as role models and provide opportunities and support for women and girls at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 16th, as part of the Bold Mission Bright Future Conference.Melissa Mark-Viverito, Charlene A. Carruthers, Melissa Harris-Perry, Sameera Hafiz, Jen Jackson Brown, Casey HardenCredit/Copyright: Ruby MeltonMelissa Harris Perry was the host for the gala. Ms. Perry was a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award in 2015. She is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.“The Women of Distinction Awards honor remarkable women and organizations for their outstanding work in improving the lives of women, girls, and communities of color,” said YWCA USA Interim CEO Casey Harden.The awards recognize success in the areas of: Advocacy, Corporate Partnership, Women’s Empowerment and Racial Justice. This year’s honorees are the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Nordstrom, New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative and Charlene A. Carruthers.The 2017 YWCA USA Women of Distinction Honorees are:Advocacy: National Domestic Workers Alliance. The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. The national alliance is winning improved working conditions while building a powerful movement. Recently, their efforts resulted in the governor of Illinois signing a domestic workers bill of rights. Nationally, they are calling for a comprehensive women’s economic agenda to advance the lives of working women and families. Sameera Hafiz accepted the award for NDWA.Corporate Partnership: Nordstrom. Through Nordstrom’s Treasure&Bond brand, the company donates 2.5% of net sales to nonprofit organizations empowering youth. This year, Nordstrom chose YWCA as their national non-profit partner. Their donation will support YWCA’s TechGYRLS program, which helps young girls learn about and develop confidence and self-efficacy in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Jen Jackson Brown accepted the award for Nordstrom.Women’s Empowerment: New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative. This initiative is investing in the future of young women and girls in New York City. This first-of-its-kind effort is addressing systemic disparities for young women of color including healthcare, education, and equal pay for equal work. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito accepted the award as one of the founders of the initiative.This year’s Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award recipient is Charlene A. Carruthers. This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Height’s contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial justice and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award: Charlene A. Carruthers is the national director of the Black Youth Project 100, an activist member-led organization of Black 18 to 35-year-olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. She is deeply committed to working with young organizers seeking to create a more loving and just world.YWCA USA also recognized YWCA Brooklyn with the Excellence Award for Women’s Empowerment, YWCA Rochester with the Excellence Award for Racial Justice and YWCA Greater Atlanta with the Excellence Award for Advocacy. There are 216 YWCAs in the United States providing critically important services and support in communities large and small, urban and rural.“The Association Excellence Awards recognize the best of the best in our community; local associations that have provided an authentic, demonstrable impact on women and girls,” said Harden.YWCA USA thanks Allstate for their sponsorship of the YWCA USA’s Bold Mission Bright Future Conference.last_img read more

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QUEBEC STATIONS STOP PLAYING MICHAEL JACKSON CITING ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

first_img Login/Register With: MONTREAL — Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs as a result of child-molestation allegations against the late musician aired Sunday in an HBO documentary.A spokeswoman for the owner of the French-language stations CKOI and Rythme and the English-language The Beat said they pulled Jackson’s music Monday morning.“We are attentive to listeners’ comments, and last night’s documentary created reactions,” Christine Dicaire, director of marketing and communications for Cogeco, said in a written statement. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement She added that the decision will also apply to Cogeco Media stations in smaller markets in the province. The company operates 23 radio stations that it says reach more than 5 million listeners every week.Dicaire said the company would not comment further.No other broadcasters contacted said they plan to remove Jackson hits from the airwaves. “We currently have no plans to pull the songs but are monitoring the situation closely,” Chris Sarpong, a spokesman for Corus Radio, said in an email to The Canadian Press on Sunday.The documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation, began airing on HBO Sunday. It details the abuse allegations of two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who had previously denied Jackson molested them and actually supported him to authorities.Jackson’s family and his estate have denounced the documentary in recent weeks through written statements, a lawsuit and letters to HBO and Britain’s Channel 4, which also plans to air the film. Their central criticism has been the film’s failure to talk to family members or other defenders of Jackson, whom they insist never molested a child.The documentary’s director Dan Reed has defended his film, which uses only the voices of Robson, Safechuck and their families.“It’s the story of these two families and not of all the other people who were or weren’t abused by Michael Jackson,” Reed told The Associated Press after the film’s premiere. “People who spent time with him can go, ‘He couldn’t possibly be a pedophile.’ How do they know? It’s absurd.”Robson, 36, and Safechuck, 40, both came forward as adults, first via 2013 lawsuits and later in the documentary, to talk about the alleged abuse, which Robson says started when he was 7, Safechuck when he was 10.Both had previously told authorities there had been no abuse, with Robson testifying in Jackson’s defence at the 2005 molestation trial that ended with the superstar’s acquittal. Jackson died in 2009.The Canadian Press — With files from The Associated Press Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Oz bowler Richardson dislocates shoulder, faces World Cup battle

first_imgSydney: Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson has dislocated his shoulder and will head home from the Pakistan tour, officials said, as he faces a battle to be fit for the World Cup. Richardson took 2-16 in the second one-dayer in Sharjah on Sunday but fell awkwardly on his bowling arm and left the field in the 11th over. “Unfortunately it’s a dislocated shoulder for Jhye Richardson,” Cricket Australia tweeted. The governing body added on its website that the 22-year-old — who has gone from strength to strength in recent months — would fly back to Perth on Monday and undergo scans to assess the damage. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”He’s obviously pretty shattered but he’s trying to stay upbeat,” teammate Nathan Lyon told reporters. “It’s very disappointing, especially off the back of the summer that Jhye’s had. “The way he’s been performing has been pretty impressive. Fingers crossed he can be fit for the World Cup and be in the selection (mix) there.” Losing another quick bowler is a big blow for Australia barely two months out from the World Cup with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood also battling injuries.last_img read more

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After tornado, Cuban state loses monopoly on disaster aid

HAVANA — Nearly two weeks after a devastating tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighbourhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to decimated homes.There’s also a far rarer sight: Hundreds of young people in designer T-shirts and jeans hauling black plastic bags full of clothes, food and water donated by private businesses, artists and other members of Cuba’s small but growing upper-middle class.For the first time in communist Cuba, prosperous individuals and successful entrepreneurs have taken on an important role in disaster recovery, long a point of pride for a government that boasts of its organizational ability and focus on caring for the neediest.Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press

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Parliament Considers Requiring Military Service for Public Service Jobs

Rabat – Just two days before Parliament’s final vote, the coalition and opposition parliamentary groups have proposed unexpected modifications to the compulsory military service bill.On Monday, the justice and legislation committee in the House of Representatives examined the draft bill on compulsory military service.The coalition and opposition parliamentary groups within the committee made several amendments to the compulsory military service bill, mainly making military service obligatory before joining the public service. The amendments propose that citizens wanting to get public service jobs must have a document certifying that they completed 12 months of military service, reported daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum.Naturalized Moroccans who are eligible for military service will have to wait at least 5 years before having access to the obligatory military service, according to the new amendments.In addition, any employee dismissed from the public service is expected to be prevented from participating in military service.According to Moroccan Minister Delegate for the National Defence Administration Abdellatif Loudiyi, 10,000 young people are expected to begin service in the military each year beginning in September 2019.Loudiyi also said that women and Moroccans residing abroad (MREs) could be exempt from the draft.Read Also: Morocco To Call 10,000 Young People into Military Service in 2019Public dialogue not taken into considerationWhile the coalition and opposition groups consider their proposals as “important” in complementing the shortcomings of the military service draft bill, they did not take into account disapproval from Moroccan youth.Many Moroccan youth and activists opposed “the legislative speed” which accelerated the ministerial council’s approval of Bill 44.18 “unlike other more important laws that have not been adopted yet.”Ahmed Assid, a well-known Moroccan activist, stressed the need for the government to open public dialogue to discuss all aspects surrounding the mandatory military service.The justice and legislation committee decided to put the bill under review by the Moroccan National Council for Human Rights and the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council as part of a public discussion on the bill.However, the House of Representatives objected to the committee’s decision without providing any explanation, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum.“The decision regarding the military service was taken in advance, and what we see [now] in Parliament are mere formalities that will not affect the essence of the decision,” Ahmed Elhaij, the president of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, told the daily newspaper.The legislative speed “of the draft bill conveys the message that military issues must remain within” the powers of the head of state, Elhaij explained.Elhaij added that the bill is only being discussed in Parliament to lend it legitimacy.The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, along with other bodies, expressed its position on the bill and called for “its compatibility with international human rights instruments, especially the recognition of the right of citizens to refuse military service for reasons of conscience related to their human or religious convictions,” according to the newspaper.The government, represented by the minister delegate in charge of the National Defense Administration, will decide on the new amendments to be voted on today.On August 20, the Council of Ministers adopted the bill, which sets the age of compulsory military service from 19 to 25 years of age for 12 months. read more

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SLFP UNP sign MOU on National Government

The SLFP will be in the National Government for two years and will work with other political parties in the Government to address key issues.A committee was appointed under former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to work on a policy framework under which the SLFP will work in the National Government. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on working together in a National Government.The MoU was signed between SLFP acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake and UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim. The SLFP Central Committee, which met yesterday with SLFP head and President Maithripala Sirisena, had agreed to be part of the National Government. The SLFP had yesterday agreed decided to join the National Government to be formed by the UNP. read more

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JHU not happy with progress to crackdown on corrupt officials

He told reporters in Kandy that even the legal process in some cases involving corrupt officials is taking a back seat. Ranawaka also said that the JHU will in future form a broad alliance and he invited those who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reconsider their stand and join the JHU. (Colombo Gazette) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today expressed its disappointment with the slow progress to take action against top officials of the former Government who were accused of corruption.JHU General Secretary and Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the JHU will continue to push for legal action on corrupt officials. He said that there was a call to establish special courts to deal with major corruption related cases but the special courts could not be established.Ranawaka said that now the existing courts must ensure the allegations are looked into and that justice is served. “We may face abuse for saying this but we will not be shaken. We will take the January 8 revolution forward,” he said. read more

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UN envoy raises alarm over growing feminization of poverty

“No poverty reduction strategy in Least Developed Countries could be successful without creation of productive employment with special attention to women and the youth,” the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, told the General Assembly’s Economic and Financial (Second) Committee.He called on the international community to pay special attention to the challenges of job creation, gender mainstreaming and human capacity development in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.Mr. Chowdhury also pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa, where most of the world’s 50 LDCs can be found, has the highest level of working poor. More than half of all people with jobs in the region are still forced to live on less than $1 a day.“We need to recognize that the LDCs do not have the domestic capacity – be it financial, human or institutional – to reverse this negative trend without external support,” Mr. Chowdhury said. Without “significant and well-coordinated” aid from other countries, the LDCs will not achieve global antipoverty targets, he warned. read more

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Loonie heads lower amid weakened gold larger debt loads in Canada

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2013 10:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie heads lower amid weakened gold, larger debt loads in Canada TORONTO – The Canadian dollar headed lower Friday as commodities, particularly gold prices, continued to decline.The loonie dipped 0.20 of a cent to 96.65 cents US.The Canadian dollar, which has recently seen strength against a weakening U.S. dollar, has been under pressure in the last few days as worries over Syria have eased and commodity prices have waned.Earlier this week, the Syrian government agreed to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile in an effort to avoid a U.S. military strike. Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are holding talks in Geneva to discuss the specifics.Uncertainty over whether the U.S. would attack the Middle Eastern country had unsettled markets, but now that a diplomatic solution seems to be in the works investors are regaining confidence.In turn, this has caused commodities to fall. Generally, people flock to gold in times of political crisis.Gold prices continued to fall Friday after closing at their lowest level in a month on Thursday. December bullion dropped $22 to US$1,308,60 an ounce, while December copper was down a penny at US$3.20 a pound.The October crude contract dipped 39 cents to US$108.21 a barrel.“The Canadian dollar, most of the time, is driven by commodity prices, the state of the U.S. dollar and interest rate differentials with the U.S.,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist with TD Waterhouse.“The relatively high price of oil has been supportive of the Canadian dollar as of late… but if we, in fact, see some ebbing of those concerns in the Middle East, we will see the Canadian dollar will drift a little lower.”Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that Americans boosted their spending at retail businesses only modestly in August, indicating that economic growth remains sluggish. Consumers bought more cars, furniture and electronics last month but held back on most other purchases.Spending at businesses rose just 0.2 per cent last month — the smallest gain in four months. But the government said retail spending was stronger in the previous month than first estimated, revising the July estimate to 0.4 per cent from 0.2 per cent. Analysts had been expecting a monthly rise of 0.4 per cent for August.The U.S. Labor Department said higher energy costs pushed wholesale prices up 0.3 per cent last month. Prices were up a modest 1.4 per cent over the past year, the lowest year-over-year level since April.Excluding volatile food and energy costs, wholesale prices were unchanged in August but up 1.1 per cent over the past year, the smallest gain since June 2010 and another sign that inflation remains under control.The U.S. Commerce Department also reported that businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses in July at the fastest pace since January as sales rose, a hopeful sign for economic growth.Business stockpiles increased 0.4 per cent in July from June, the department said Friday, after ticking up just 0.1 per cent the previous month. Total business sales rose 0.6 per cent in July, up from just 0.2 per cent in June.Rising stockpiles can be a good sign for the economy because they suggest companies expect greater sales. Greater inventory building also means higher factory production and economic growth. And higher sales mean that companies are less likely to be stuck with excess goods.The release of the U.S. figures are timely as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet next week. The central bank closely monitors wholesale and consumer prices, determined to keep inflation running at around two per cent.It’s widely expected that the Fed will announce it will begin rolling back some of its US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases now that the economy is showing signs of improvement.The consensus is that it will reduce its stimulus anywhere from US$10 billion to US$15 billion.In Canada, Statistics Canada says Canadians boosted their borrowing in the second quarter. The agency said growth in credit market debt increased from 0.5 per cent to 1.6 per cent in the quarter. Household debt and its potential impact on the economy have been identified as a key concern by the central bank and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. read more

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Chris Packham launches campaign calling for barren Scottish grouse moor overhaul

Shooters watch for grouse on the Railia and Milton Estate on Drumochter moorCredit:Getty Images Chris Packham, the TV naturalist, will launch a major new lobbying campaign demanding SNP ministers overhaul the management of Scotland’s grouse moors as they have left the countryside “dead, burned and barren”.Five Left-wing and animal welfare groups, including the League Against Cruel Sports, have formed a “coalition” called Revive arguing that traditional practices such as burning heather and culling predators are causing huge environmental damage.A report being unveiled by Mr Packham on Tuesday claims that the killing of wildlife on driven grouse moors “is  a  relentless,  year-round  slaughter,  carried  out  to  ensure  high  stocks  of  red  grouse  are  available  for  recreational  shooting.”It claims that the management practices have “intensified significantly” over recent years as a new “cadre” of estate owners from the financial sector try and increase grouse bag sizes for the multi-million pound industry.This includes the illegal killing of birds of prey, which the report claims is so “out of control” that the police should classify it as a serious organised crime.The litany of complaints also include the extent of mountain hare culls, the construction of unsightly tracks and fences and the “medication” of grouse with little monitoring of whether the drugs enter the human food chain. The document concludes that grouse moors are “not natural” and only “look  that  way  because  misguided  human  intervention  has  made  them  look  that  way.” Shooters watch for grouse on the Railia and Milton Estate on Drumochter moor But the Scottish Gamekeepers Association said the majority of those involved “have never been interested in ‘reform'” and “people should not be fooled.”A spokesman said: “Those seeking to use their charitable lobbying influence in Edinburgh to kill off livelihoods should take responsibility for the consequences and provide alternative employment for the lives they will wreck.”The joint statement from shooting and land management groups called for the Scottish Government’s review to be completed “without constant attempts to demonise an important rural sector.”It added: “We are today witnessing another attempt by anti-grouse shooting activists to further their agenda under the guise of calling for reform of grouse shooting.”The Revive report, written by Dr Ruth Tingay and Andy Wightman, a Green MSP, estimates that grouse moors cover between 12 per cent and 18 per cent of Scotland’s landmass.Although traditionally managed by the landed aristocracy, it states that there is a new class of tenant and owner from the financial sector, including hedge fund managers and investment bankers.”This  new  cadre  of  grouse  moor  manager  has  introduced  a  more  aggressive  and  intensive  approach  to  management  designed  to  increase  grouse  yields  and  boost  profitability,” it states.”In  order  to  maximise  the  number  of  grouse  available  to  be  shot,  any  animal  that  threatens  them  is  labelled  a  pest  and  rigorous  efforts  are  made  to  eradicate  them.”The report concludes that grouse moors are an “amazing  national  resource  which  is  being  squandered.” Chris Packham, the BBC Springwatch presenter Revive said it was embarking on a long-term campaign to convince Scottish ministers of the need for “reform.” A government commission into grouse moor management is due to report back next spring.But gamekeepers said the real aim of the “wrecking ball” campaign was to ban grouse shooting and “put thousands of Scotland’s rural workers and their families on the dole.”The British Association of Shooting and Conservation, The Scottish Countryside Alliance, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Association of Country Sports said the campaign wanted to stop grouse shooting and had “little or no recognition of the facts.”A survey published last year found Scotland’s grouse estates spent an average of £500,000 each with local firms in the previous year. The sum did not include wages paid to gamekeepers and other staff.Speaking ahead of the Edinburgh launch, Mr Packham said public demand for “urgent reform, fuelled by a horrible cascade of outrageous revelations in the media, grows daily.”The presenter of BBC’s Springwatch programme added: “There is no doubt that we all deserve, need better uplands, a prosperous place for wildlife and people – and that is far from impossible. “But making that turn will need a suite of skills and energies and that’s why I am keen to help inaugurate this partnership. Dead, burned and barren has to go – Scotland’s hills should be alive.”The Revive coalition includes Common Weal, OneKind, Friends of the Earth Scotland, League Against Cruel Sports and Raptor Persecution UK. Chris Packham, the BBC Springwatch presenterCredit:Jay Williams Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Markets up in Australia and copper rally continued

first_imgInvestec notes that Australian heavyweight miners continue leading the gains in Asia on strong commodity prices over the last weekend. Of note, Prime Minister Abbott is expected to take new proposed legislation to scrap the carbon tax to parliament yesterday. Copper has now had its longest rally in six months, hitting $6,840.50/t on Friday, as data showed that Shanghai inventories fell to their lowest since 2011, down 7.8% WoW to 75,500 t .The copper rally comes as the probe into stockpiles and collateral financing at Qingdao Port has already started to see some migration of physical to the near-empty LME warehouses in places like South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Iron ore rose to $92.10/t, up 1.5%, on the stronger outlook for the US economy and on the potential for some further Chinese stimulus.In China, money-market rate rises rose the most in over a month on Friday after the local papers hinted that the government may begin “minor stimulus measures.” The PBoC has said though that it is not looking to change from its current “appropriately tight”  monetary policy in 2H, but that it will ”fine-tune” and make targeted RRR adjustments.last_img read more

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A bloody hard thing to do ODriscoll on Irelands Grand Slam hopes

first_imgDefinitely, with the improvement of Italy in recent years — they have beaten every team bar England in the Six Nations — all teams are capable of beating each other. You look at the calibre of the teams and think that for one team to win all five games is going to take a massive effort. That’s why we’ve got two of them [in our history]. Invariably some team gets up for than the in-form team and manages to topple them.” FOR THE PAST decade, Irish optimism before the Six Nations has been through the roof. While many supporters get swept away after an operatic RTÉ promo, Brian O’Driscoll feels it on a cold Monday in January.“It’s great driving through the [Carton House] gates, last week and this week, knowing it’s game-week,” he said. “I still get as much of a buzz. Maybe more so now that [I’m retiring]. I have huge belief in the squad and the coaching ticket that we’re going to go in the right direction, building with the lads for the World Cup.”Ireland record try-scorer is just over three days away from the start of his final Six Nations campaign. He is confident of getting off to a winning start against Scotland, on Sunday, and hopeful Ireland will knock over Wales. Two wins from two in O’Driscoll’s final campaign may send the country into a state of hysteria but the outside centre is quick to temper expectations.He commented, “You’d think that, most years, a Grand Slam winner is unlikely. It’s a bloody hard thing to do. Because of the calibre [of teams] and how the games are all so close now. O’Driscoll, who played his first game against Scotland 14 years ago, admits he allowed emotion to intervene last season as he contemplated retirement. Form and injuries aside, O’Driscoll will finish up away to France in March. His mantra in the coming weeks will be to ‘just go out and play’. “Just because it is the last one, it doesn’t add any more incentive. As professionals, you’re expected to deliver each time. There’s always peaking and troughing throughout a career and I’d like to think I’ve maintained a standard,” he said.O’Driscoll celebrates his first win over Scotland in 2000. He scored a try in a 44-22 win at Lansdowne Road. INPHO/Patrick BolgerAs for the team’s frame of mind, O’Driscoll admits the raw emotion that came close to scuttling New Zealand is not available on-tap. He said, “You have to play with a mindset, not that you have a chip on your shoulder but that you have, and know, what your capabilities are and not relying on emotion. If we can have your details and strategy as second nature then we can focus on the way we go out and play our game and the physicality you bring and the territory you play.“When you have to take a second to think what plays are you take away a certain part of your game. That has been a big focus — what we know we’re doing for two or three phases is second nature. Then you can concentrate on cleaning out rucks, where you’re meant to be or what lines you’re meant to run.”Being a leader of men is also second nature to the 129-cap veteran. With the World Cup in mind, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt selected Paul O’Connell as his captain. The decision, says O’Driscoll, makes life ‘a little less stressful’. He added:I’ve always said it’s a lot easier to be a leader when you don’t have the captain’s armband than when you do have it. There’s less expected of you. When you’re not captain there is an extra onus on you to help out and share the workload. I’d always expect that [of others] as captain and, now that I’m not, I’d offer Paulie a bit of a dig-out so it’s not as stressful for him being the only voice. I don’t miss the day over in London, for sure. I’ve done plenty of them.”Sunday’s clash with Scotland will be O’Driscoll’s last. He has played them 14 times, winning 10, losing four and scoring five tries, including a hat-trick at Lansdowne Road in 2002. He said, “In the last four years we’ve shared the spoils so we have a healthy respect for them. We definitely feel that, if we implement our game, we’re totally capable of beating them. You don’t get results from expectation. You still have to deliver.”“They’ve always been an awkward team to play,” O’Driscoll added. “Traditionally, they are very effective at the tackle area, very good in possession and in defence. They’re about slowing the ball down and playing right on the offside line. They’ve tried to develop their game in the last few years, playing a more expansive game. You can see their two Rabo teams [Edinburgh and Glasgow], they play an awful lot of width so you have to adapt your defensive systems.“They play with a huge amount of passion when they pull on the jersey. They’re a very passionate team and I know that if they are in the game in the last 10, 15 minutes they are a very difficult team to shake off. A big aspect will be starting well against them.”O’Driscoll tells TheScore.ie Ireland are ‘totally capable’ of beating the Scots. INPHO/Dan SheridanWarren Gatland’s Wales arrive in Dublin six days after the Scotland match and the subject of O’Driscoll’s axing from the third Lions Test against Australia will rear its head again. “That’s why I’m here this week,” the centre joked.“I don’t really pay that much attention to it,” he continued. “Look, what happened happened; no-one can change it. I bear no ill will towards Warren. Afterwards your emotions are a bit different; time heals all wounds and I don’t have any animosity towards him. What I will look to do is be involved in a team that can beat his team. That’s next week. We’ve got a game to think about this week.”BOD on his rugby ‘afterlife’ and how coaching doesn’t float his boatBrian O’Driscoll ready to ‘empty the tank’ as Ireland report clean bill of healthlast_img read more

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Unacceptable delays and unsatisfactory responses to abuse concerns in Clogher

first_imgTHE NATIONAL BOARD for Safeguarding Children’s review into child protection practices in the Clogher diocese was highly critical of past responses to abuse allegations.However, investigators drew a clear line between the past and current systems.The report said that from the cases examined, “it was clear that opportunities for preventive interventions were consistently missed when concerns of abuse by clergy were highlighted in the past”.In one particular case, there was an “unacceptable delay” in taking action against a priest and removing him from all ministry following a “credible allegation”.In another case, a priest was suspected of multiple incidents of abuse but was not removed from ministry. Instead he was transferred to another parish and eventually was sent overseas “for therapeutic help”.“He remained outside the jurisdiction and was eventually extradited back to this country several years later but died before he could be brought before the courts,” continued the review.Between 1975 and November 2012, allegations were made against 13 priests in the diocese. Altogether, 23 allegations were reported to the garda and 22 to the HSE (or Health Boards). Just three priests against whom allegations were made were alive at the time of the review. Two priests have been convicted of committing an offence against a child. One remains in ministry or retired from ministry, two left the priesthood or are out of ministry.The bishop during the period was Joseph Duffy.In a number of instances, allegations emerged against priests following their death “making it impossible for any investigation to take place”.Reviewers of past practice formed the impression “that the response to abuse concerns was often unsatisfactory and that risky behaviour was not addressed as strongly as it should have been”.Although past practices were severely criticised, the report noted that current bishop, Dr Liam McDaid, is implementing many positive changes. The vast majority of criteria for the seven standards required were “fully met”, while the remainder were “partially met”.The board made seven recommendations, including defining volunteer roles more effectively and creating a definition of a vulnerable adult to provide clarity for those involved in safeguarding so they can decide whether an individual falls within the scope of the policy.The third tranche of NBSCCCI reviews were released today and covered seven Church authorities. CEO Ian Elliot said it was “gratifying to report clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures” across the six dioceses and the Society of African Missions.He thanked the “army of volunteers” who give their time to support child protection measures, calling their efforts “nothing short of heroic”.Download: the full report>Earlier: Child protection reviews reveal 378 abuse allegations about 146 individualslast_img read more

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Yvo de Boer le plus haut responsable climat de lONU démissionne

first_imgYvo de Boer : le plus haut responsable climat de l’ONU démissionneYvo de Boer, le plus haut responsable de l’ONU chargé du climat depuis quatre ans, a présenté sa démission. Il quittera son poste le 1er juillet 2010 pour rejoindre le secteur privé.Le secrétaire exécutif de la Convention de l’ONU sur les changements climatiques (UNFCCC), qui rassemble 194 pays, a décidé de quitter son poste. Sa démission prendra effet le 1er juillet 2010, soit cinq mois avant le prochain sommet international sur le réchauffement climatique, qui se tiendra à Mexico. Ce délai permettra au secrétaire général de l’ONU Ban Ki-moon de désigner le successeur d’Yvo de Boer à temps pour préparer cette conférence.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Le plus haut responsable climat de l’ONU quittera son poste pour rejoindre le groupe de conseil KPMG. Il travaillera également avec plusieurs universités. “Cela a été une décision difficile à prendre mais l’heure est venue pour moi de relever un nouveau défi, en travaillant sur le climat et le développement durable avec le secteur privé et le monde universitaire” a-t-il expliqué dans un communiqué.Yvo de Boer a tenu à assurer que cette décision n’est en aucun cas liée à l’échec du sommet de Copenhague qui n’a pas pu aboutir à un accord contraignant sur la lutte contre le changement climatique. “Copenhague n’a pas abouti à un accord clair en termes légaux mais l’engagement politique et la direction prise vers un monde à faibles émissions [de gaz à effet de serre] ont été clairement énoncés” estime-t-il.Et d’ajouter : “Cela nécessite de nouveaux partenariats avec le monde des affaires et j’ai maintenant la chance d’y contribuer”.Le 18 février 2010 à 15:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Local veterans share Pearl Harbor stories of survival

first_imgWhen Martin Knapp woke up 73 years ago today, he knew it was a Sunday he’d never forget.Dec. 7, 1941, was going to be his wedding day.“I was starting to go on liberty,” the Vancouver veteran said a few days ago. “I was planning on getting married. I’d been going with a girl for a while.”Knapp’s wedding never took place.o o oWhen Paul Johnson’s ship steamed into Pearl Harbor, he figured his seafaring days were just about done. Once they sailed back to the West Coast, Johnson would start a new life with the woman he’d married in Vancouver on Nov. 18.But on that morning, Lucille Johnson, a bride of less than three weeks, suddenly was wondering whether her husband was alive.Knapp and Johnson are among at least nine local veterans who were at Pearl Harbor that Sunday. The Japanese attack on America’s Pacific stronghold killed about 2,400 people and propelled the United States into World War II.Knapp was aboard the USS Medusa, a Navy repair ship. Johnson was a crewman on the USS Castor, a transport ship carrying 10,000 tons of ammunition. Other local Pearl Harbor survivors were on a variety of Navy vessels, from a noncombatant hospital ship to battleships that were high-priority targets.Ralph Laedtke and Johnson are scheduled to share their first-person accounts this morning at the community’s annual Pearl Harbor memorial service. The 9:30 a.m. event is in a new location this year: the gymnasium building on the Vancouver Veterans Affairs campus, 1604 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.last_img read more

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Financial Times Events Segment Posts 11Percent Growth

first_imgVan Hoen: We only live-stream sound bites of our events. We don’t live-steam fully because we don’t want to open our content up to a free-for-all audience. It goes along with our policy around the FT, where content is primarily behind a paywall.We use our live-streaming as a taster-a taster of the kind of quality and caliber of people that you would meet if you came to one of our events. Typically, from the portfolio of 220 events we ran last year, about six of seven of them are live-streamed.That being said, it’s early going for us. We built, I think, a rather special portal that holds our video player and options to tweet to events. You can be in New York and ask a question of the moderator at a power session in London, which is fabulous and has given us a really good and broad reach, but we don’t want to just replicate conferences virtually. I don’t think that would be a very good business model at this point. It’s really a marketing tool for us to encourage people to come to our events.This is the first year, so most of the events that we live-streamed last year are running this year. Digital Media, which was the first event we live-streamed last year, we’re running in April this year, and we’re seeing a good conversion rate on the people that actually logged-in, watched part of it last year. Now saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to put our money where are mouths are, and we’re going to actually attend this year.’”Folio: The strength of the Financial Times’ print and web editorial products are core to the events side of the business, as well. What is the level of interaction between these sides of the company?VH: I work very, very closely with the editorial team. The conference business is a for-profit business and it is a standalone profit center, as well, but we sort of sit between the hard-end of advertising and editorial. We never put any of our editors or moderators in a position where they would feel uncomfortable with sponsors. We’re very, very careful with how we balance out content and commercial sponsorship.We’ve been working very closely with FT.com, so we have a lot of architects from that part of the business that have really assisted us in making [our virtual events portal] as user-friendly as we possibly can. We tried to do something like this about six or seven years ago but the technology simply wasn’t good enough to create a really good, high production opportunity for the audience. Now it’s pretty slick.Folio: What’s ahead for FT Live? Are you going to continue the rapid rate of growth you’ve had recently?VH: In 2005, we were producing somewhere in the region of seven events. In 2012, we produced over 220 events, so you can see it’s growing exponentially and obviously it’s growing in terms of revenues as well. Even through the downturn, it’s been delivering double-digit growth, year-on-year, and in 2012 we actually delivered 11-percent growth.We’re looking to develop more regional events. We tend to run a lot of global summits and we found that we can segment some of the content and create regional offerings, which will then support the FT brand as a whole.With the U.S., we’re four years in, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. Specifically, the West Coast corridor from the tech sites all the way down to San Diego-all of that space, we’re really looking to grow. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! The conference segment of the Financial Times has gone from producing seven events in 2005 to more than 220 last year. Now, rebranded as Financial Times Live in 2012, the company has made a push toward integrating virtual and social elements into its live events.Folio: caught up with Jayne Van Hoen, managing director of global conferences and events for Financial Times Live, to discuss where her group is headed.Folio: The Financial Times live-streams several of its events and makes them available on-demand now. Previously, this was highly-gated content requiring a physical ticket to access. What went into the decision to add a virtual component?last_img read more

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Worrying fall in Reliance return on assets despite betterthanexpected numbers

first_imgReliance Industries refinery in Jamnagar. The better-than-expected numbers of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) may fail to impress investors because of the lower return on assets.India’s largest company by market capitalisation Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has released better-than-expected numbers for the last financial year (FY19), but the lower stand-alone Ebitda on a sequential basis and adjusted net profits reflected the weak performance of downstream businesses, worrying investors.The return on assets (RoA) of the Mukesh Ambani-owned company has been dwindling over the last few years after touching a high of 12.7 per cent in FY08. The return ratio, which indicates how profitable a company is relative to its total assets, has been steady at an average of 7.3 per cent during the last 15 years. The value shows how efficient the management is at using its assets to generate earnings.Kotak Institutional Equities, which reiterates its “sell” rating on the RIL stock observed, “concerns on persisting high capex, non-contributing capital work in progress and rising leverage, on or off the balance sheet, which preclude improvement in return ratios,” a report in the Financial Express said. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries at Davos, Switzerland, on January 23, 2018. Lower refining margins may be afflicting the company’s financial health.REUTERS/Denis BalibouseRIL’s refining margin has successively fallen in the last six quarters to $8.2 per barrel in Q4FY19 and, the segment Ebit of refining business slid by 19.1per cent to Rs 19,868 crore in FY19. The petrochemicals business posted a sequential fall of 3.2 per cent in Ebit to Rs 7,975 crore in Q4FY19, the report said. The fall in petrochemicals business was attributed to a decline in production volumes of polymers and intermediates and lower margins for polymers. A relatively better show in retail business in Q4FY19 partly offset the slowing momentum in the telecom business. The stand-alone Ebitda on a sequential basis and the adjusted net profits were lower and reflected the weak performance of the downstream business.RIL’s gross capex rose to a record high of Rs 1.3 lakh crore, including Rs 68,500 crore on Jio. The effective consolidated net debt of the company climbed by nearly Rs 1 lakh crore during FY19 to Rs 3.3 lakh crore, including liabilities pertaining to fibre/tower entities.The Kotak Institutional Equities has said that even after hiving off Jio’s tower and fibre business, the overall capital work in progress remained high at Rs 1.8 lakh crore, including Rs 1.1 lakh crore in the standalone entity. RIL’s financing from net working capital fell during FY19. The company’s total assets rose two-fold in five years to Rs 10.02 lakh crore through FY19, the report says.Meanwhile, Reliance Industrial Investments Holdings Ltd (RIIHL), the investment arm of RIL, plans to raise Rs 13,900 crore through a rights issue of non-cumulative optionally convertible preference shares. The funds will go into acquisitions and to meet the group’s other funding requirements, two people aware of the development said, requesting anonymity.last_img read more

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Google Partners With Auto Suppliers on SelfDriving Car

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 14, 2015 Internet company Google Inc has begun discussions with most of the world’s top automakers and has assembled a team of traditional and nontraditional suppliers to speed up efforts to bring self-driving cars to market by 2020, a top Google executive said on Wednesday.”We’d be remiss not to talk to … the biggest auto manufacturers. They’ve got a lot to offer,” Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, said in an interview before speaking at an industry conference.Those manufacturers, he said, include General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG.”For us to jump in and say that we can do this better, that’s arrogant,” Urmson said. Google has not determined whether it will build its own self-driving vehicles or function more as a provider of systems and software to established vehicle manufacturers.Google’s self-driving prototype cars, he said, were built in Detroit by engineering and specialty manufacturing company Roush.Urmson’s expectation that the first fully autonomous vehicles will be production-ready within five years mirrors the view expressed a day earlier by another Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc.Musk, who spoke Tuesday at the Automotive News World Congress conference, said he expects the lack of clear federal regulations covering self-driving cars could delay their introduction until 2022 or 2023.Urmson, however, said his Google colleagues “don’t see any particular regulatory hurdles.”Google has been briefing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chief U.S. auto regulator, “from early on in our program,” Urmson said. “The worst thing we could do is surprise them.”Urmson said Google is developing and refining self-driving systems and components with such auto parts suppliers as Continental AG, Robert Bosch, ZF and LG Electronics. Google’s prototype cars use microprocessors made by Nvidia Corp , a Silicon Valley chipmaker that also supplies Mercedes-Benz and other automakers.Google shortly will begin deploying a test fleet of fully functioning prototypes of its pod-like self-driving car, which dispenses with such familiar automotive parts as steering wheel, brakes and accelerator pedal. While each of the Google prototypes will have a “test driver” on board, the cars have no provision for human intervention in steering or braking.Urmson suggested the no-frills look of the Google prototypes – a far cry from the opulent appearance of the self-driving F015 concept vehicle unveiled last week by Mercedes – does not necessarily reflect the final design for production.He described the Google prototype as “a practical, near-term testing platform” that will evolve over time.”Airliners today don’t look like the Wright brothers’ flyer” of 100 years ago, he said. “If you looked at carriages back before we had cars, they looked quite different than cars today.”Urmson said self-driving cars represent a “transformative” moment in the evolution of transportation, an opportunity to extend motoring to blind, elderly and disabled persons who otherwise could not drive.”You’re really changing the relationship you have with transportation. You’re changing what it means to get around.”Regarding Google’s desire to partner with traditional automakers and suppliers, Urmson decried as “baloney” the notion of Silicon Valley as a hotbed of innovation compared with “old stodgy” Detroit.Automakers, he said, are “doing something incredibly complicated.””You look at a car … and people forget just how much magic there is in that thing.”(Reporting by Paul Lienert and Joe White in Detroit; editing by Matthew Lewis) This story originally appeared on Reuters 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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SEC Investigates Tesla for Possible Securities Law Breach

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 12, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla Motors Inc. waited too long to disclose a fatal crash in May that called into question the safety of a system in the car that takes control of steering and braking, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing an unnamed source.Tesla said in a statement on Monday afternoon that it “has not received any communication from the SEC regarding this issue.” The SEC declined to comment.Tesla shares fell 1.3 percent in after-hours trading following the publication of the report on the Journal’s website.The stock had risen 3.7 percent during regular trading, following a tweet on Sunday by Chief Executive Elon Musk that he is working on a “Top Secret Masterplan, Part 2” for the electric car company.Musk, hinting at a possible new vision for the company, stated in the tweet that he hoped to “publish later this week.”In its report on Monday, the Journal said the SEC is scrutinizing whether Tesla should have disclosed the fatal accident involving a Model S sedan operating in Autopilot mode as a “material” event, or a development a reasonable investor would consider important.It is unclear what action, if any, the SEC will take. Automakers do not customarily report fatal auto accidents involving their vehicles as material events to shareholders. There is no established practice yet for reporting accidents where emerging auto-driving technology may be a factor.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) already said that it was investigating the May 7 accident in Florida, in which 40-year-old Joshua Brown was killed.NHTSA is sending a five-person team to Florida later this week to investigate that crash, said Christopher O’Neil, a spokesman for the agency, which makes recommendations to regulators and companies about transportation-related safety issues.The timing of Tesla’s disclosures about the accident has become an issue for the company in part because Autopilot is key to its image as a pioneer in automotive technology. No other automaker has released to the public a system in which a person can drive with hands off the wheel for an extended period while a car is in motion.Tesla has said Autopilot should be used as a backup and not as a replacement for the driver, who should keep hands on the wheel all the time, and it has cautioned that the system is in beta, or test, mode.Musk last week used his Twitter account to mount a defense of Tesla’s decision not to disclose the accident to the public until June 30, when NHTSA said it was launching its investigation.Tesla said it alerted NHTSA on May 16, nine days after the accident, as it conducted its own internal probe into the crash.NHTSA said last week that it was also looking into a July 1 crash in Pennsylvania of a Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle to determine whether Autopilot functions were engaged at the time of the accident.Tesla also said on Monday that it was looking into a crash in Montana. In that crash, according to a report on Electrek, a clean technology transport news website, a Model X driver said Autopilot was engaged when the car slammed into a guardrail. Tesla did not provide any further details.Lawyers for the family of Brown said they are investigating the circumstances of the crash, and awaiting conclusions from police and federal agencies. Paul Grieco, one of the lawyers for the Brown family, told Reuters his firm has received calls from other Tesla owners involved in accidents, some involving autopilot and others not.The probes related to Autopilot come at a time when Musk and his high-flying company face pressure on several fronts.In May, Tesla sold $2 billion worth of shares, in part to fund Musk’s plan to accelerate development of a new, lower priced electric car, the Model 3. Then in June, Musk disclosed a plan for Tesla to buy residential solar panel installation firm SolarCity Corp. for $2.8 billion in Tesla stock.That plan has drawn criticism from some investors critical of Musk’s role as both chairman and largest shareholder of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla.At the same time, Tesla is struggling to meet its targets for building and delivering its Model S sedans and Model X sport utilities. The company reported during the long July 4 holiday weekend that it had delivered 14,370 vehicles during the second quarter, short of its target of 17,000 vehicles.(Additional reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru, David Shepardson in Washington and Alexandria Sage in San Francisco; Editing by Anil D’Silva, Tom Brown and Bill Rigby) 4 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

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How Fintech and Payments Innovations Will Disrupt Global Ecommerce

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read The global payments landscape has significantly evolved over the past decade. The rapid rise and equally rapid evolution of online and mobile commerce has given rise to a wave of new payment methods. E-wallets, in-app purchasing, and peer-to-peer payments are all products of consumers’ increasing comfort with digital commerce. In many developed markets, older payment methods, such as checks and payment on delivery, are being replaced by alternatives that make online and mobile transactions frictionless, thus further feeding consumer appetites for online shopping.By 2020, the digital portion of global retail sales is on pace to double from $1.9 trillion to $4 trillion, according to eMarketer. That’s not counting online sales of travel and tickets!With the growth of international ecommerce platforms like Shopify and Magento and payment platforms like PayPal and Stripe, the barriers to ecommerce are crumbling, giving life to new businesses, opening up new revenue streams for established players, facilitating economic trade, and driving technology advancements worldwide. As ecommerce continues to become increasingly global, fueled by growth of internet coverage around the world and higher levels of smartphone penetration, the forms consumers use to pay for their digital and physical goods will continue to evolve as well.Major technology companies, such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft, which are engaging in cross-border business and providing global services, are tasked with deploying their services on top of old and fragmented payment infrastructures. This is particularly challenging in emerging markets, because each country has its own legal framework, issuers, acquirers, processors, and gateways, resulting in payment methods that may appear to be very similar on the surface but are very different under the hood. In addition, consumers in emerging markets are still relying on alternative payment methods like bank transfers, installments, and voucher-based methods involving cash. Their payment preferences vary from country to country. Companies that wish to expand into fast growing markets such as Latin America, for example, are faced with the dilemma of how to add hundreds of different payment methods in a manner that works with their technology systems and operations, or be satisfied with reaching only about 20 percent of consumers who have access to international credit cards.Related: The 15 Most Popular Online Payment SolutionsThis challenge has given rise to a number of increasingly important technologies and companies influencing the payment arena in markets across the world. I’m not talking about Apple Pay, Android Pay and PayPal; their worthy contributions have already been chronicled on hundreds of occasions. Stripe, however, deserves plenty of praise, as well as companies like BlueSnap and Payoneer. They are the ones powering a new breed of business such as marketplaces, content companies and ad networks, as well as some traditional online retailers and merchants, with API-based payment solutions that are global-ready and mobile-first.Because emerging markets are so complex and so different from each other, ecommerce and digital goods companies are also starting to partner with payments technology companies with deep roots in these markets and coverage of the full locally relevant payment mix. When selecting a payments technology partner for emerging markets, merchants need to ensure that their future partner has:deep understanding of local nuances and banking infrastructureproven, robust and flexible technology stack baked into one platforma solid grasp on local laws and risks, as well as operational capacity to assure compliance and avoid fraudRelated: 25 Payment Tools for Small Businesses, Freelancers and StartupsWhat this means for the future of payments and global ecommerce?While digital banking and technology evolves to encompass payments, the needs and wants of consumers are also evolving (though at different pace and with different preferences, depending on the country or region). Merchants and payment providers will rise to the occasion to meet these challenges and gain a stronger global foothold. Country-governments will also play their role in welcoming cross-border ecommerce and encouraging digital payment innovation.We’ll see further growth in mobile checkouts, increased availability of branded payment apps that marry transactions with loyalty programs, like the one by Starbucks, as well as broader availability of multi-currency cards. As the world’s biggest tech companies work to secure customer loyalty in the payment arena, they will begin by integrating features into the desktop and mobile interfaces. Google, Apple and Microsoft will begin deploying in-browser payments, while Facebook, along with other social media and social messaging entities, will likely introduce commerce platforms and cross-border money transfers in-app.Related: Looking for a New Payment Company? You’re ‘Due’ for Some Good News.The next few years will certainly be exciting for those of us in the fintech, mobile and e-commerce arenas, as we work together to deliver a truly borderless commerce experience regardless of where the consumer may be. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 3, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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