Vodacom chief eyes sustained financial services push

first_img Six suitors to contest South Africa spectrum sale Vodacom Home Vodacom chief eyes sustained financial services push Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub (pictured) pointed to growing popularity of small loans and insurance products as he laid out plans to achieve an annual growth rate of 20 per cent across its financial services products, Bloomberg reported.In an interview, Joosub said offering small loans of between $2 and $3 were gaining popularity in markets such as Kenya, while in its home market of South Africa the operator was gaining traction from funeral insurance.Vodacom South Africa does not offer mobile money services, but does provide insurance on contracts and devices. For Kenya, its Safaricom business offers a wide range of financial products including formal loans, overdrafts, mobile money and insurance.Across Vodacom’s other markets its focus is on mobile money services with the m-Pesa brand operating in Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).In the majority of its markets it also provides loans in collaboration with traditional banking partners.The company regularly highlights the progress and importance of mobile money and financial services to its business in recent earnings statements.In its fiscal Q3 2019 trading update earlier this month, the company reported 37 per cent of its users across its International division (which excludes South Africa and Kenya) used mobile money services at end-December 2019. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris Donkin Previous ArticleBezeq, Cellcom battle to buy Golan TelecomNext ArticleGoogle abandons free Wi-Fi programme MTN, Vodafone still standing in Ethiopia contest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 FEB 2020 Author Torching of MTN, Vodacom towers linked to 5G claims Tags Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Relatedlast_img read more

Epic Games store integrates keyless purchasing with third-party platforms

first_imgEpic Games store integrates keyless purchasing with third-party platformsGreen Man Gaming, Fanatical, and Genba Digital join Humble in offering automatic purchases without key entryRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 18th May 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEpic GamesThe Epic Games store has partnered with various third-party platforms to integrate keyless purchases of its games through their storefronts.Green Man Gaming, Fanatical, and Genba Digital have all signed on to offer keyless purchases through select partners, allowing users to buy games and automatically have them added to their Epic Games Store accounts without having to enter a key through Epic’s store.These platforms join Humble Bundle, which has been supporting keyless purchases since last year.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Through this method, Epic Games will not receive any revenue share from purchases.”We’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnerships to allow for keyless purchases with third-parties,” said Steve Allison, Epic Games Store general manager.”Continuing to find ways to support developers and offering them ways to reach a wider audience, all while receiving a fair share, is important to us.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 9 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 12 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

NASCAR.com to live stream from Pocono on Friday

first_imgTwo of the three NASCAR national series are headed to Pocono Raceway this weekend. The NASCAR Xfinity and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have two events live-streamed on NASCAR.com/live on Friday, May 31. The events can also be viewed in the NASCAR Mobile App.The NASCAR Xfinity Series is set to kick off the weekend with first practice at 1:05 p.m. ET followed by the Monster Energy Series at 2:05 p.m. ET. Bookmark NASCAR.com/live or go to the NASCAR Mobile App and don’t miss any of the action, as the top drivers return to the track.RELATED: Full Pocono scheduleCommentary from MRN will be available on the live stream.To recap, here is the full schedule of on-track activity being streamed on NASCAR.com:— 1:05 -1:55 p.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice— 2:05-2:55 p.m. ET: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practiceFast Friday will kick off on FS2 and the FOX Sports App at 3 p.m. ET with Xfinity Series final practice.  That will be followed by the Monster Energy Series final practice at 4 p.m. ET, also on FS2.Tune in Saturday, June 1 for the Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1/FOX Sports App and Sunday, June 2 for the Monster Energy Series Pocono 400 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1/FOX Sports App.last_img read more

Detroit Medic Punished for Giving Blanket to Cold Man

first_imgDETROIT (Fox2News) – A Detroit paramedic says he is in trouble for breaking the rules.  His offense?  Giving a cold man a blanket. Top brass tell us employees must have permission to hand out “department property”,  but that blanket was one of many donated to the department to help people in need.STATter911: TV’s LeDuff says Detroit medic punished for giving blanket to homeless man. Reporter thinks it’s time to clean out headquarters. Fox 2 News Headlineslast_img

ASK A COP: What’s the limit on passengers?

first_img Reminder! Law enforcement agencies will be out in force to keep our roads safe as you travel. AAA estimates a record setting 39.8 million Americans will chose automobiles as means of transportation during the 4th of July holiday travel season. National Safety Conference estimates that nationally between July 3-7, which is the 4th of July holiday, that 565 lives will be lost and another 64,500 people will receive serious bodily injuries from traffic crashes on our roadways. Keep in mind as you celebrate and if you’re going to consume alcoholic beverage that you do so responsibly.Never take a chance: As you plan to drink adult beverages, also plan for a responsible, sober driver to transport you home. Also, with celebrating the 4th of July, there’s a tradition of popping fireworks. The popping of fireworks in the city limits of Port Arthur is illegal; even the mere possession of fireworks in the city of Port Arthur is illegal! Fireworks are very dangerous and should not be handled by unskilled pyrotechnic workers.Why would municipalities like Port Arthur have such an ordinance prohibiting people from celebrating with fireworks? It’s because fireworks in the hands of the unskilled are dangerous and deadly. In 2017, eight people were killed and apparently 13,000 injured to the degree that they sought emergency care for the use of fireworks, and 66% of those deaths and injuries are during the 4th of July celebration. Having knowledge of this beforehand makes it seem like we need to find a different way to celebrate. Do not be dismayed. The city of Port Arthur along with neighboring municipalities will have a fireworks display on the 4th under the control of professional pyrotechnics that can be viewed over the city but is enjoyed much more if you gather near the seawall in Port Arthur.Mable from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, thank you for this column. I can’t express my gratitude to you, PAPD and The News for educating the public on driving laws. Officer Antoine, the other day a co-worker and I were enjoying some retail therapy (shopping) when we observed a small four-door vehicle with two adults and five children crammed in the back seat. Officer Antoine, I’m sure this vehicle couldn’t seat more than five people, but they were surely sitting on top of each other inside that car. Officer Antoine, is it illegal to have more people in a vehicle than what it’s designed to accommodate?Answer: Good question, Mable! I can imagine the shock that you experienced witnessing all of the passengers, especially the children in such a small vehicle. Mable, it only makes sense that if a vehicle is equipped to accommodate five passengers that no more than five passengers can legally ride in said vehicle.But according to state law, we do not enforce seatbelt laws on private property and if all seatbelts in the vehicle are properly used securing passengers, then additional passengers can ride in the same vehicle without being secured by a seatbelt. From the desk of the Chief of Police Tim Duriso and all of the proud, hard-working men and women of the Port Arthur Police Department, we extend a happy Independence Day, 4th of July to all of our Port Arthurians and neighboring communities whom we serve daily. We hope everyone is able to come together and join our nation as we enjoy a safe and peaceful 4th of July celebration. Also we all know that popping fireworks is illegal in Port Arthur, but we still will have some of our citizens ignite fireworks and our dispatch department becomes flooded with such calls. Please understand that we’re not ignoring your call; be patient with us as we still have other calls for service that may have a greater need of response!center_img So the number of passengers a vehicle is equipped to hold doesn’t necessarily mean all the passengers that vehicle can legally transport on the road. Mable, of course this means transporting passengers is dangerous but legal. I guess the question is, who’s volunteering to be the unsecured passengers?Chris from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, this blew my mind. I saw a car on the road while I was in Humble with no doors, no hood or trunk cover! It appeared that this car surely shouldn’t be on any road legally in Texas. This car looked like it should be in the junkyard. What’s even more shocking is that a police officer pulled up next to the vehicle and just shook his head. Now, Officer Antoine, is this legal to drive on the roads of Texas without any doors, hood or trunk cover? Thanks for all you do.Answer: Good Question Chris! As strange as that vehicle may have appeared to be on the roadway without doors, hood or trunk cover, there’s nothing in the Texas Transportation Code that prohibits such operation. I’m sure that’s why the officer did not take any action because there was nothing illegal about the vehicle. Chris, I would agree with you that this car probably looked like it was ready to be sent to a salvage yard but as long as it was inspected with current registration and insured it was no fault for this vehicle to be on the roads of Texas.Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop Live, on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” radio station every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released Ask A Cop article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org. Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at 409-982-0247.Remember to email your questions to [email protected], or call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 Fourth St., Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop!last_img read more