US firm buys SA ATM company

first_img19 August 2009US-based electronic payment processing services company First Data is to acquire CashAxcess, which offers a range of ATM products and services to the South African corporate and retail market, from local investment groups Mvelaphanda and Venfin for an undisclosed sum.CashAxcess, which has operated in South Africa since 2005, provides outsourced ATM services to leading banks in the region, including Absa, Capitec and Mercantile.It also provides ATM delivery and installation, signage, wireless GPRS communication, cash management and replenishment services, ATM monitoring, equipment insurance, sales and marketing and training services, and has 200 ATMs currently deployed across the country.ATM outsourcingAccording to First Data director Estevao Tokata, ATM outsourcing is a growth area within the South African payments market, as banks look to drive more cost efficiencies through their operations.“Increasingly, banks are concentrating on building and providing core banking services to their customers while working with specialist partners such as First Data to enhance the breadth of payment solutions offered to customers,” Tokata said in a statement this week.First Data operates a global ATM business, with networks in the United States, Asia Pacific and across Europe, and also offers ATM outsourcing and deployment solutions for banks and retailers in more than 17 countries around the globe.It has operated in South Africa since 1993, offering a full range of payment services to leading banks and retailers.“We are delighted to welcome the CashAxcess team into the First Data family,” said First Data international emerging markets vice-president George Zafirakis.“The combination of their considerable ATM expertise and knowledge of the local business environment, coupled with First Data’s scale and global experience, will ensure we can deliver an enhanced service to clients in South Africa.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Facebook Wants You To Help Eradicate Ebola

first_imgRelated Posts lauren orsini Tags:#charity#ebola#Facebook#social change#social network A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Mark Zuckerberg has done his part to fight Ebola, and is now encouraging Facebook users to do the same. When Zuckerberg donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola, his post was “liked” nearly 300,000 times. To help those hundreds of thousands of people who care about eradicating the disease, Facebook will publish a donate button across the top of its users’ News Feeds starting Thursday.See also: Docker May Be A Great Developer Tech, But It Doesn’t Cure Ebola The donate button will sit on top of users’ news feeds for a week, Recode reports, and will offer donation options for three different charities: the American Red Cross, the International Medical Corps, and Save the Children.Aside from the donate button, Facebook will also be donating 100 wireless hotspots to first responders in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Africa holds about 100 million Facebook users, or roughly half of Africa’s entire Internet-connected population, and this will increase the company’s efforts to get the entire continent online.Photo by the European Commissioncenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Leadership Starts With One

first_imgGreat leaders have inspired millions of people throughout history. Likewise, today’s great business leaders at all levels motivate employees to transform their enterprises and help them reach new heights of accomplishment. They instill confidence that enables their followers to achieve what others might consider impossible.But it’s easy to forget or fail to note at all, that these leaders have one other thing in common: They all had to lead themselves before leading others.Leading oneself to inspire one’s own heart and discipline one’s own ego is the first step any great leader takes before embarking on a great leadership role. The backgrounds of all great leaders reveal struggles that molded their character, helping them conquer fears and doubts, and making them more passionate and resilient.Leadership DriveThe drive to achieve greater things starts with a fire that we light within ourselves. It starts in our core and becomes a reflection of our values. And it can ignite other fires.”Learn to lead yourself before leading others.”Think about it for a moment: How can we inspire others if we don’t inspire ourselves? How can we drive others to greatness if we can’t seek it within ourselves? How can we expect more from others who are willing to follow us if we don’t expect more from ourselves?We often forget that before we lead by example, we must exemplify to ourselves what we expect from others. These individual challenges are the most testing of all because we often have to go through them alone, and each learning experience is a battle.Leadership MindsetIn business, I hear people say that leadership is only for managers who have direct reports. This enduring attitude assumes that one can’t lead without a hierarchical relationship.However, we should treat every opportunity as something worthy of leadership regardless of our role, responsibility or position.”You don’t need to manage people in order to lead.”Why think of leadership as being like retirement, something we wait for when we are young and without rank? As in formal education and the pursuit of lifelong learning, it is never too early and never too late to lead.Leadership PresenceEventually, when you are trusted with a position of authority, the authentic test of leadership will be at the forefront. When hundreds or thousands look to you for direction and guidance, there will be no place to hide, no room for doubt and no time for experimenting.Professional golfers treat every practice putt like the one they need to win the tournament. Likewise, we must practice leadership at all times —and as early and as often as possible.”Leadership of the one, is more about leadership presence.”It is an attitude we practice in every role we are engaged in, in every business decision that comes in front of us, whether we are the ones making the decision or not—a luxury we will not have when we are in the driver’s seat.I believe strongly that leading the one is as important as leading many because all our journeys start there.Connect with me on Twitter @KaanTurnaliOpens in a new window, LinkedInOpens in a new window and here on the IT Peer Network.This story originally appeared on turnali.comOpens in a new window.last_img read more

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Video: Michael Wilbon Suggests Iowa’s Opponents Put A Football Player On The Floor To Take Out Adam Woodbury

first_imgFran McCaffrey reacts to a call.SEATTLE, WA – MARCH 22: Head coach Fran McCaffery of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts in the second half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Iowa center Adam Woodbury has become college basketball’s biggest villain over the past couple of weeks, as the 7-foot big man has poked three different opposing players in the eye. Woodbury has yet to be punished by the Big Ten for his antics, deemed unintentional by his coach, Fran McCaffrey, who refused to answer a question on the topic following the Hawkeyes’ game against Maryland. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon has a suggestion for Iowa’s future opponents: put a football player on the floor and have them take care of Woodbury “the old-fashioned way.” Wilbon discussed his idea on Pardon The Interruption Monday. While Wilbon’s suggestion is a bit harsh, something needs to be done about Woodbury. Even if the Iowa big man is not purposely gouging his opponent’s eyeballs, his uncoordinated face guarding has become a serious hazard to those who take the court against him. [Barstool]last_img read more

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Photo: Cardale Jones’ Customized IPhone Features His Initials, Nickname

first_imgCardale Jones celebrates scoring a rushing touchdown.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When you go from being a third-string quarterback to leading your team to a national championship like Ohio State’s Cardale Jones did, you get plenty of notoriety. You can also get a pretty slick IPhone that’s customized with your initials and distinctive nickname. The IPhone was fixed up by Fredo Neucase, whose service is based out of California. The script is a nice look, as is the addition of the “12 Gauge” nickname on the bottom right. Jones still has to win the starting quarterback job for this season, but it’s doubtful that J.T. Barrett or Braxton Miller’s phones look as cool as this.last_img read more

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Photo: Georgia QB Greyson Lambert Read Ex-Bulldog Teammate’s Children’s Book To Kids

first_imgGreyson Lambert reads to children.Greyson Lambert ReadingFormer Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell went from struggling to read when he began his college career to being inspired to write a children’s book after joining a book club during his time at Georgia.  This morning, Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert read his former teammate’s book, “The Magician’s Hat” to a group of youths at a local summer reading program kickoff. Reading is always a good thing, and Lambert sharing Mitchell’s book with kids is even better.last_img read more

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Examining Tate Martell’s Ohio State Recruiting Class: How Many Players Will Commit To The Buckeyes?

first_imgTate Martell's white board Ohio State recruiting class.Tate MartellOn Thursday, Tate Martell tweeted out a list of the players he is recruiting to Ohio State. The list is pretty loaded. Here’s the 14-player list, which includes 10 five-star prospects.  Hopefully I’ll be able to put a on my white board next to Wyatt Davis name after tomorrow! #GoBucks @wyattdavis53 pic.twitter.com/X6ICrSLCOO— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 23, 2016How many of these recruits will end up committing to Ohio State?Here’s where the Buckeyes stand with each of the prospectsQBs – Emory Jones, five-star QB in 2018Jones recently visited Ohio State and admitted that the Buckeyes are leading his recruitment. A commitment is likely. RBs – Cam Akers, five-star RB in 2017 The No. 2 running back in the country is believed to favorite Ole Miss, but Ohio State is in contention, along with Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. A commitment is probably unlikely. OL – Wyatt Davis, five-star OG in 2017; Trey Smith, four-star OT in 2017Davis is announcing his commitment later today and he’s expected to pledge to Ohio State. Smith, a Tennessee native, is likely headed to SEC country. WRs – Tyjon Lindsey, Trevon Grimes, Donovan Peoples-Jones – all five-star wideouts in 2017Lindsey is currently visiting Nebraska, who might be leading his recruitment. Ohio State is believed to lead for Grimes, while Peoples-Jones, a Michigan native, is probably headed to the Wolverines. Getting just one of these guys is probably likely. DL – Chase Young, five-star DE in 2017; Jay Tufele, four-star DT in 2017Ohio State and Maryland are in a head-to-head battle for Young, while Tufele is probably headed to Oregon. LBs – Baron Browning, five-star LB in 2017; Anthony Hines, four-star LB in 2017Browning is a Texas native and Ohio State is competing against four in-state schools, so the Buckeyes have a tough road ahead. Hines is also from Texas and will likely stay in the Midwest. DBs – Jeffrey Okudah, five-star safety in 2017; Lamont Wade, four-star cornerback in 2017; Darnay Holmes, five-star athlete in 2017Ohio State leads for Okudah and is in position to land a commitment from him. The Buckeyes are also the favorite for Wade. Holmes, meanwhile, is being recruited by everyone. A couple of his teammates have committed to Nebraska and he could be headed to Husker country. —–Expected commitments: six out of 14.last_img read more

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Arif Mohammad Khan sworn in as new Kerala Governor

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Former Union minister and veteran politician Arif Mohammad Khan was sworn in as the 24th Governor of Kerala on Friday.Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Hrishikesh Roy administered Khan the oath of office at the Raj Bhawan here. He took the oath first in Malayalam. Present on the occasion was Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his Cabinet colleagues and other top officials.Khan, 68, arrived here on Thursday, and was given a guard of honour at the airport. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Despite being in the city, Vijayan failed to greet the new Governor at the airport, but made it up by calling on Khan at his residence later in the day.Khan replaces P.Sathasivam, a former Chief Justice of India, who demitted office after the end of his five-year term and returned to his home town Erode in Tamil Nadu.Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Khan entered politics as a student leader at the age of 26. He has been a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and as well as the Lok Sabha and served as a Union minister in the Cabinets of former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and V.P.Singh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn his long political career, Khan has changed several parties — starting from former prime minister Charan Singh’s Bharatiya Kranti Dal, Congress, Janata Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party. In 2004, he joined the BJP, but quit three years later.His progressive Muslim stand and strong opposition to Triple Talaq is what helped open the Kerala Raj Bhawan doors for him.The BJP, which is trying hard to make a space for itself in Kerala’s electoral politics, has played the political card by posting Khan in the state, which has a significant Muslim population. Khan, who is known to keep a low profile and is expected to be a no-frills Governor.last_img read more

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Canada advances to knockout stage of Womens World Cup

first_imgGRENOBLE, Fra. – Canada keeps chugging away at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.The Canadian team secured its place in the knockout round of the tournament after earning a 2-0 win over New Zealand at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Saturday.Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince provided the goals for Canada, who has won two games to start a World Cup for the first time in team history. Prince also tallied an assist on Fleming’s opening goal.Canada sits tied with the Netherlands (both on six points) for first place in Group E, although the Dutch hold the tiebreaker because they’ve scored more goals. The Dutch beat Cameroon 3-1 in Valenciennes earlier in the day to also move on to the next round. Canada’s final group-stage game is June 20 against the Netherlands in Reims, a match that will decide who wins the group.The Canadians have suffered just one loss in their last 16 games, and remain unbeaten in 2019 – seven wins in 10 matches, with just one goal against.RELATED: Canada beats Cameroon in Women’s World Cup openerWins against Cameroon and New Zealand are fine, but tougher challenges are ahead for Canada, namely the Netherlands, who are the reigning European champions. After the Canadians struggled to break down two ultra-defensive sides, it’ll be interesting to see if they can open things up a bit more in the attacking end against the Dutch. One also suspects the Netherlands will ask far tougher questions of a Canadian defence that has yet to a concede a goal at this World Cup.Canada is fifth in the current FIFA world rankings, 14 spots ahead of New Zealand. Nicknamed the Football Ferns, New Zealand was coming off a stoppage-time loss to the Netherlands, and has yet to record a single World Cup victory. Its record in five tournament appearances now stands at 0-11-3.Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller made one lineup change, with Jayde Riviere replacing fullback Allysha Chapman in earning her World Cup debut. Riviere, an 18-year-old native of Markham, Ont., was making only her seventh appearance and second start for Canada. With Riviere coming in, Ashley Lawrence shifted from the right over to the left side of defence.After about 10 minutes, Heiner-Moller switched from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 formation, dropping veteran midfielder Sophie Schmidt into defence, and pushing Riviere and Lawrence further up the field.RELATED: Christine Sinclair (probably) won’t play forever. So appreciate her now.The Canadians dictated the pace of the game in the first half, enjoying 72 per cent possession and forcing New Zealand to chase shadows. The Reds outshot the Ferns 11-1 through the opening 45 minutes, but managed just two shots on target. Their best scoring chance came off a corner kick when captain Christine Sinclair’s header hit the crossbar, and Kadeisha Buchanan’s headed rebound attempt was cleared off the goal-line.Canada finally opened up New Zealand’s resolute defence shortly after the re-start. Prince latched on to a ball played over the top by Janine Beckie, scampered down the left side and then pulled the ball back into the middle of the box for Fleming. The Canadian midfielder showed great composure in hitting her short first time to send the ball into the far corner. It was her ninth goal in 68 appearances for her country.The Reds nearly doubled their advantage moments later when Sinclair side-footed her shot over the crossbar after receiving a great pullback pass from Beckie. Prince forced a fabulous one-handed save from New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler when she connected on flicked header off a pinpoint cross into the box from Sinclair.Prince wouldn’t be denied, though. Late in the game Lawrence played a cross to the back post for Sinclair, but the Canadian captain’s header hit the post. Nichelle was in the right place at the right time to toe-poke home the rebound and put the final result beyond doubt. It was her 11th goal in 53 international games.RELATED: Why Christine Sinclair has unfinished businessSinclair remains on 181 goals for Canada, just three away from tying retired U.S. star Abby Wambach as the all-time leading scorer in the history of international women’s soccer.NOTES: Canada has suffered just one loss to New Zealand in 12 meetings (7-1-4), the lone defeat coming 32 years ago. These teams played to a 0-0 draw in Edmonton during the group stage of the 2015 World Cup…. Central defender Shelina Zadorsky earned her 50th start for Canada on Saturday… Scottish manager Tom Sermanni is in charge of New Zealand, having previously served as an assistant coach for Canada at the last World Cup.–from Sportsnet’s John Molinarolast_img read more

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Hot Takedown Emergency Pod UConn Wins Its Third Straight Championship

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:Kate’s report from the game.Allison’s dispatch from Tampa.Benjamin Morris on the Huskies dominance.The chart we discussed showing just how much of an outlier UConn is when it comes to offensive and defensive efficiency: If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code Here’s an emergency edition of our sports podcast Hot Takedown, breaking down UConn’s third consecutive national women’s college basketball championship. Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, and Allison McCann discuss the program’s dominance, the incessant comparisons between coach Geno Auriemma and John Wooden, and whether anyone will ever catch the Huskies.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan and Allison McCann read more

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