News Every effort must be made to obtain the rapid release of Agence France-Presse photographer Jaime Razuri, a Peruvian national, who was kidnapped in Gaza City today, Reporters Without Borders said, condemning a lack of political will on the part of the Palestinian authorities to put an end once and for all to the wave of criminal kidnappings of journalists in the Gaza Strip.“We realise that the chaotic situation prevailing in the Gaza Strip hampers law enforcement, but it is unacceptable that the government and the president do not take action to stop these kidnappings and punish those responsible, especially as the authorities are aware of their identity in most cases,” the press freedom organisation said.“Do we have to point out that kidnapping a civilian is a crime that must be punished?” Reporters Without Borders continued. “If nothing is done, the abductions will continue and sooner or later one of them will end in tragedy.”When a Reporters Without Borders delegation visited Gaza last month, the various Palestinian groups and the authorities undertook to put an end to such kidnappings. Following the visit, Reporters Without Borders published a report about the two different kinds of threats to which Palestinian and foreign journalists are exposed in the Gaza Strip.The report said: “Media personnel no longer feel safe in the Gaza Strip, not only because they fear being shot by the Israeli army but also, and perhaps above all, because they fear being caught in the tit-for-tat violence between the various Palestinian factions (…) Both Hamas and Fatah have been involved in attacks on news media and journalists.”Six foreign journalists were kidnapped in the Gaza Strip in 2006. Most of them were freed quickly and without been subjected to violence. Two US journalists working for the Fox News TV network were held for a longer period – two weeks. Four gunmen with their faces uncovered kidnapped Razuri outside the Agence France-Presse bureau in the central Gaza City district of Al Rimal as he was returning from covering a story. The gunmen did not take the interpreter who was accompanying him. Aged 50, Razuri had arrived in Gaza just a few days ago.Reporters Without Borders was told that so far no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the various Palestinian security services to locate Razuri.Read the report “Palestinian journalists caught in the Gaza crossfire” News Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Palestine Help by sharing this information to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts May 16, 2021 Find out more News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists January 1, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Agence France-Presse photographer kidnapped in Gaza City
December 17, 2020
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sundeep Kapur Sundeep has been assisting financial institutions with their omni-channel strategies – a more effective branch, a better online experience, & great consumer engagement. He is the author of an online … Web: www.emailyogi.com Details To become the largest payment company in the world. This new combine is expected to drive $12.5 billion in sales with about $5 billion in net income. The market has been very receptive to the announcement and you will also see a rise in market valuation of the other independent providers. The long-term sentiment for FIS is good as long as they keep their focus on overall efficiency.To become a market leader in the world of merchant services. This was a considerable gap in the FIS story and now having a world processor (remember Vantiv bought Worldpay which is a global provider) is going to leapfrog them into a becoming a significant market leader.To have a platform to keep existing financial institution clients satisfied. The Worldpay payments processing platform receives much better reviews from clients than the FIS payments platform. Financial institutions who are on the current FIS platform and looking for change have a new migration option. The Worldpay acquisition could be the welcome change that FIS needs to both retain and grow market share.To have the data so they know more. Worldpay transactions on the issuer side are embedded into their merchant platform. This integration is how Worldpay can get access to data about who spends, market share, share of wallet, etc. This data is something that will significantly help FIS in their quest to know more (and serve well – consumers, merchants, and issuers).To gain efficiencies. Worldpay is already a very efficient and well-run organization. Integrating their resources into FIS will results in the creation of an elite division that can provide market leadership and wise counsel. The overlap will probably come from facilities and administration. The core service units, including sales and business development should continue to thrive in the new combine.To combat fraud. The Worldpay fraud platform was cited on the acquisition/analyst call as a significant market differentiator. FIS wants to eradicate fraud while facilitating and accelerating transactions. This fraud platform was originally rewritten when Worldpay/Vantiv divested itself of their reliance of First Data’s engine. Worldpay will need to apply the same initiative to the credit card side of the house to drive further improvements.To set the foundation for an omni-channel transactional device. Today, there is a big debate about contactless, tokenization, and delivering on personalized efficiency. The Jeanie network from Worldpay should now see more growth in functionality and a consequent acceleration in usage.To accelerate the adoption of the digital wallet for purchasing and a better platform for bill payment. The new organization will have a lot of touchpoints and underlying technology to enhance what it can do to enhance their digital wallet offering. Also, an effective bill payment strategy will result in more opportunities for all three – issuers, merchants, and consumers.To counter FinTech. FIS needs something to compete with FinTech. (All the processors do. Fiserv purchased Clover via their acquisition of FDR. Worldpay’s acquisition by Vantiv into Worldpay allowed them to compete globally with FinTech). The Worldpay platform will allow FIS to compete in that arena. Fintech brands like Stripe and One 97 with valuations of $20 and $10 billion are putting significant pressure on “traditional solution providers.” Stripe does the processing for Lyft. Worldpay does the processing for Netflix, Walmart, & Costco (among others). FIS also needs to compete with Clover (Fiserv) – this new merged company should offer more innovative options for omni-channel and card embedded transactions. Merchants of the future will rely less on physical instore devices (think about the innovation taking place in retail, especially with the Amazon Go Store).To assist their clients with card brands. You need market strength to negotiate rates with card brands like MasterCard, Visa, etc. to negotiate better rates for their base (Kroger is not using Visa at many of their stores as they complain about high fees). Having a $12+ Billion brand negotiate on your behalf (merchant or issuer) will go a long way. Traditional credit card brands like Mastercard and Visa are already struggling in emerging economies like China and India.The CEO of FIS, Gary Norcross is a very pragmatic individual. I call him a structured “if-then-else guy”, remember, he started his career as a programmer and has a very practical approach to execution. Gary is a young man (53) and the CEO of Worldpay, Charles Drucker is not that much older. Both these leaders are very much in touch with the future. Charles had the vision to invest in an international processor giving Worldpay access to innovation across the globe. This new alliance will drive a lot of efficiencies and help create a roadmap for the future of payments.Our future lies in a secure, convenient, and data rich digital wallet. The pace of innovation that is driving this change is going to be absolutely incredible. The future of any financial institution lies in focusing on and creating an elaborate payments strategy. If you lead with payments, you build your brand. A top of wallet strategy leads to top of mind which gives you an opportunity to become the primary financial institution.
September 24, 2020
Mary E. Flack, age 90, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born June 29, 1926 in Hancock County, Tennessee she was the daughter of the late John L. & Sirilda Jane (Middleton) Marcum. On September 14, 1946 she became the wife of Charles John Flack, and he preceded her in death on June 7, 1997.A homemaker, she was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church.Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene (Paul) George of Brookville, Indiana and Angela (Larry) Parmer of Shelbyville, Indiana; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry C. (Cheryl) Flack of Bluffton, Indiana; a sister, Lila Lee Fruits of Brookville, Indiana; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Besides her parents & husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Addie Gilbert & Nan Long, and two brothers, Neil and Lon Marcum.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Her grandson, Jeremiah George, will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00 P.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will then follow in Sims Cemetery in New Fairfield, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Flack family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com