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Merrill excels in Extel awards

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Facebook, PayPal join list of Gojek’s high-profile investors

first_imgTechnology giant Gojek has announced that American tech companies Facebook and PayPal have invested an undisclosed amount in its new round of funding, joining other high-profile global corporations such as Google and Tencent.The funds would be used to focus on increasing digital economic growth in Southeast Asia, especially payment and financial services inclusion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), said the decacorn, which means the company is valued at more than US$10 billion.“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that a resilient economy requires support from reliable digital infrastructure,” said Gojek’s co-CEO Andre Soelistyo in a statement on Wednesday. “With this collaboration, we will continue to speed up digital economy inclusion, especially when the majority of SMEs in Southeast Asia still rely on cash transactions.” Gojek is the first Indonesian company to receive an investment from Facebook, with the social media company looking to create opportunities for businesses in Indonesia through its instant messaging service, WhatsApp.“Gojek, WhatsApp and Facebook are important services in Indonesia. Through this cooperation, we can help millions of SMEs and their customers to join the largest digital economy community in Southeast Asia,” said WhatsApp chief operating officer Matt Idema.Facebook has been on a mission to widen the market for its digital payment services, as the company talked with several e-wallet companies in Indonesia.Meanwhile, Gojek has agreed to integrate PayPal into Gojek’s payment system, GoPay, giving GoPay users access to the PayPal network of 25 million merchants worldwide. PayPal head of corporate development and ventures for APAC Farhad Maleki said that Southeast Asia was at a very crucial point in the process of digital adoption, which could create new opportunities to provide financial services to unbanked consumers.“We are very excited about entering into a strategic relationship with Gojek to expand access and provide new experiences for our users in this very dynamic market,” he said.While Facebook and PayPal had only recently invested in Gojek, Google and Tencent have been investors since 2018.“Gojek has been active in supporting financial inclusion for SMEs, and we are proud to strengthen our collaboration through additional investments,” said Jeffrey Li, vice president of Tencent Holdings and managing partner of Tencent Investment.Gojek has raised a combined total of Rp 14.5 billion in fresh capital injection from seven investors this year.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mom Struggles to Love Twin Born With Half a Face

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Mom Struggles to Love Twin Born With Half a Face by: – February 21, 2013 119 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Twins Oliver, left, and Harry Machin pose at home in Stoke-On-Trent, England. After the birth of Oliver and Harry doctors discovered baby Harry had been born with a severe facial deformity. (Barcroft Media/Landov)The Machin boys are identical twins, but Harry was born with a rare disfigurement: his left eye, ear and nostril never fully developed.Now that they are 7, Harry’s face makes no difference to his twin Oliver, but their mother struggled for two years to love them equally.“When I cuddled him for the first time, waves of terror swept over me,” said Charlene Machin, 33, of Staffordshire in Britain. “How could I possibly love this little boy when he looked like this?”“People assume that maternal instinct kicks in as soon as you hold your child for the first time — but mine didn’t,” she told the Daily Mail newspaper. “I just couldn’t love my son when he looked like this. Instead I just felt grief — grief for a life that I felt had been taken from me, a normal life that should have been Harry’s.” talked to Machin’s husband, Mark Machin, who did not want to participate in an interview. He said his wife was out of the country.Today, her bond with Harry is loving and strong. But Machin’s initial response, then her adjustment, illustrate the ways in which parents deal with the surprise of having a child who is disfigured. Advocates say that honest stories like theirs help others to accept the disabled.“Being surrounded or having contact with people with disabilities could have made the transition easier her,” said Lawrence Carter-Long, spokesman for the National Council on Disability. “Part of the problem is [the disabled] are segregated, if not by institutions, then by attitudes. We don’t see them in the work place or in school, so the fears and the worries are more pronounced. It’s not an issue of malice, but of proximity.”Disability can mean anything from a genetic disorder like Harry Machin’s to aging parents or injured soldiers who return from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And anyone, in an instant, can face paralysis after an accident, according to Carter-Long: “Superman falls off a horse and joins the club.”Both Kevin Irvine and his wife Karen Tamley, who live in Chicago, are disabled and have an adopted daughter with a severe facial disfigurement.“There is no typical way to respond when you discover that someone close to you has a disability, especially something significant,” said Irvine, 43.“People on the outside shouldn’t be judgmental,” he said. “Unless they are going through that, they can’t understand.”“The thing that is heartening, is to see that most people, at some point, realize that living with someone with a disability is different than the way you may have expected, but it’s rich and fulfilling,” said Irvine. “There’s love — ultimately, it is your child.Dominika has Apert syndrome, a genetic disease characterized by facial malformations, fused fingers and toes, and a skull whose plates bond prematurely so the brain has no room to grow.Tamley, 46, is commissioner of the mayor’s office for people with disabilities and Irvine, who previously worked in advocacy, is a stay-at-home father.He was born with hemophilia and in high school acquired HIV and Hepatitis C from blood transfusions. Tamley uses a wheelchair because she has a rare disorder of the lower spine.Because of their disabilities, the couple decided to adopt. They worked with an American agency because they feared an international agency might not accept parents with health conditions or might “change the rules” mid-way through the process.“We weren’t looking to adopt a child with disabilities,” said Irvine. “But we had no preconditions. Just like anyone else, we wanted to be parents.”Dominika’s birth parents placed her for adoption at The Cradle in Evanston, Ill., where she stayed for five months before Irvine and Tamley were approved as adoptive parents.“We fell in love with her and brought her home,” he said. Still, parenting has not been easy. Besides facial disfigurements, Dominika has scoliosis, fused shoulders and mild hearing impairment. She’s had over a dozen surgeries and procedures.“It did take an adjustment for us to some extent,” he said. “We certainly didn’t know what our baby would be like. ”But the hardest part is watching Dominika cope with unwanted attention. “When she was younger, she was pretty oblivious,” he said. “But around 5, she started feeling it more. Kids make remarks or stare. Kids come and point and bring friends to look at her.”Just last week at an indoor playground, a child looked at her face and screamed, “Ewww!”“When I am on the scene, I make a comment,” said Irvine. “We told her that if she hears that, she should let them know it hurts her feelings — it’s an important way to disarm them. She can also introduce herself — when kids know someone’s name, it does help.”Irvine said it was “unrealistic” to expect people to be instantly comfortable with a severe facial disfigurement. “People feed off your attitude and how you act. If you are comfortable, they will feed off that.”In the case of the Charlene Machin, he said no one should judge her for not immediately loving her child, and he was inspired by her sharing the story.“We need to tell our stories,” said Irvine. “More of us are living openly out there and it is easier for families like the one in England to get to a place of acceptance when they are surprised by disability.”Today, Machin is unequivocal in her love for both Harry and Oliver, but it wasn’t’ easy.In the first stroller rides around town Harry faced unwelcome points and stares. Some even screamed after seeing the child, she said. Machin blamed herself.But things changed when the twins were about 18 months old. Machin was in a mother’s store when children surrounded her to look at the twins.“I felt like the Pied Piper as I walked through the store with them behind me, staring and pointing,” she said. “I’d had enough. It was time to help Harry face the world. I swung the buggy round and said, ‘This is Harry’.“The children asked what was wrong with him, so I told them. And afterwards I felt stronger. Instead of trying to hide my son away, I’d faced it head-on, and I felt better.”Harry has now had three successful surgeries to reposition his eye socket. Next year, doctors will stretch his eyelid and fit it with a prosthetic eye.His mother said she recently overheard Oliver say to one of Harry’s tormenters, “He’s my brother. It doesn’t matter what he looks like.”By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES/ABC News Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Xavi furious with Abidal after denying Barcelona offer

first_imgBarcelona sports director, Eric Abidal, has upset Xavi over claims regarding the Al Sadd coach. Xaviled Al-Sadd to a victory and a narrow defeat at the Club World Cup in Doha in December Speaking with Sport this week, Abidal insists there was never an offer made to Xavi about replacing Ernesto Valverde over the New Year. Cadena Ser says Xavi is upset with Abidal’s comments, insisting Barca did he indeed make an offer – which he turned down. For the moment, however, he is keeping his own counsel on the issue.Advertisement Loading… Abidal said earlier this week: “We did not make an Xavi offer. If he has received an offer from us, just show it to me. I have never seen it. “We did talk. At the first meeting we had with him, Xavi listened. He had to present his ideas to us at the second meeting. Read Also:Xavi: why I turned down Barcelona “What has come out about those encounters in the media has more to do with politics than with sport. And I am not concerned with politics, I only talk about football. I am interested in the way a trainer works. But the things that came out were about completely different things.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Most Successful Female Racers To Know About10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!last_img read more

Loaded Ellsworth swim team making waves in Class B

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Bio ELLSWORTH — Jim Goodman stands at the edge of a packed pool deck at the Down East Family YMCA. Surrounded by swimmers, he stands perfectly still with a whistle in his mouth.As Goodman blows his whistle, members of the Ellsworth swim team jump into the pool in groups of four. When each group nears the other side of the ball, he blows the whistle again and shouts, “Go!” so loud it can be heard echoing throughout the entire building.In the past, Goodman wouldn’t have had to blow his whistle nearly this much. Yet with 44 swimmers on the team this season, Ellsworth’s coach of 15 seasons requires a bit longer.“I’ve never had this many before,” Goodman said. “There’s usually around 30 kids, but with more bodies this year, we have what it takes to win a lot of races.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth certainly has won its fair share of races so far during the 2017-18 season, which has a chance to be the team’s best to date. Through five meets, the Eagles have emerged among the top teams in both the boys’ and girls’ fields.The school’s boys’ team, which followed up a state title in 2016 with a second-place finish last year, is in good shape to add another banner to the Katsiaficas Gymnasium walls. The Eagles have won each of their four dual meets this season and finished fourth among a Class A-laden field at the Dec. 26 Morse Invitational despite missing key competitors.Between Camden Holmes, Sam Pelletier, Austin Baron, Richie Matthews and more, the Ellsworth boys have a blend of experience, speed and endurance opponents find hard to replicate. Having done so in the past, the team’s leaders know what it takes to compete — and win — at the highest level.“We have numbers and a lot of fast swimmers, and that’s what you need,” Holmes said. “Not only that, but we also have some kids like me still here from team two years ago when we won [the state championship meet]. We’ve been there before, and we have that drive to get back.”(From left) Ellsworth swimmers Caitlin MacPherson, Abby Mazgaj, Miriam Nelson and Ellie Clarke pose for a photo after breaking the school record in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay against Foxcroft on Jan. 12 in Ellsworth. The group finished the relay in 1 minute, 48.96 seconds. KAREN BARON PHOTOOn the girls’ side, the Eagles seem to be making history on a weekly basis. In their first meet of the season, the Ellsworth girls defeated rival Mount Desert Island for the first time ever with an 88-80 win. Against Foxcroft on Friday, Caitlin MacPherson, Abby Mazgaj, Miriam Nelson and Ellie Clarke combined to break a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1 minute, 48.96 seconds.The Ellsworth girls are positioned to be a force in Class B for the nest few years with a young core of swimmers. MacPherson, Mazgaj, Nelson and Clarke will all return to the Eagles next year, and fellow underclassmen Lillian Frank, Lilja Hanson, Katie Hammer and Kristen Moseley will be among those joining them.Ellsworth only dual loss on the girls’ side came Jan. 9 against Class A and Penobscot Valley Conference powerhouse Bangor. The Eagles and Rams were neck and neck throughout the meet before the latter pulled out a 90-78 victory.“We swam really well and came so close,” Clarke said. “We’re hoping to get another chance at them when [the PVC championships] get here.”Coaches at other schools have taken notice of the Eagles as well. MDI head coach Tony DeMuro was in awe of both Ellsworth sides when the two teams met last month, after which he said the boys’ team was the strongest in either class.Ellsworth’s Austin Baron swims the 100-yard breaststroke during a high school swim meet against Bangor on Jan. 9 in Ellsworth. KAREN BARON PHOTO“They have one of the best feeder programs around,” DeMuro said. “When you have a group like the one they have come together with the speed and team size they have, you’re going to have a remarkable season.”As is the case with most teams statewide, the Eagles are still looking to get as many swimmers as possible qualified for February’s state championships. When that time comes, title contenders such as Old Town, MDI, Cape Elizabeth and Morse will be there to test them.Ellsworth will get its shot at Old Town, which beat the Eagles for the boys’ championship last season, when it hosts the Coyotes at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 19. After that, the Eagles will host Carlisle and GSA in a doubleheader dual meet before heading on the road against Hampden Academy and ending the year at home against Washington Academy.“They’re motivated and have been in this spot before,” Goodman said. “This team has been as fun to coach as any I’ve ever had, and they can do anything because they love what they do.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019, England vs Australia: When and where to watch

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, England vs Australia at Hotstar and Star Sports: England has chosen to bowl against Australia and they are unchanged. Australia, on the other hand, havve included Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon, with the offspinner playing in his first match in the World Cup. David Warner and Aaron Finch continued their great runs in the tournament. Finch notched up his 25th fifty while Warner also slammed his 20th fifty. The opening partnership went past 100. Although Warner fell for 53, Aaron Finch carried on the good work and blasted his 15th century. England fought back in the death overs as they took wickets at regular intervals but Alex Carey smashed a lovely cameo as Australia ended on 285/7. In response, Mitchell Starc ripped out the England top order while Jason Behrendorff took his maiden five-wicket haul. Ben Stokes provided some fight but was undone by a brutal yoker from Starc. Australia has become the first team to qualify for the semi-final while England face an uphill struggle to enter the semi-finals. (SCORECARD) ICC World Cup 2019, 32ndmatch: England vs AustraliaWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between England vs Australia start?The 31st match of the ICC World Cup 2019 between England vs Australia will start at 03:00 PM IST. Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between England vs Australia be played?The clash between England vs Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at the Lord’s in London. Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between England vs Australia ?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between England vs Australia on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.Also See | ICC World Cup 2019: England vs Australia Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy playing XIWhen is the game between England vs Australia in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between England vs Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Tuesday, June 25.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between England vs Australia?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between England vs Australia?The match between England vs Australia will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. last_img read more

COVID-19 Has Had a Significant Impact on Caribbean Says CDB

first_imgIn its 2019 Annual Report, released here, the CDB, the region’s premier financial institution, said that at the start of 2020, it was projecting regional economic growth, consistent with forecasts of increased global economic activity. The CDB said that in the medium term, BMCs need to return to the theme of building resilience. The CDB said that tourism was once again a vital source of jobs and income region-wide. Overnight visitors rose in nearly every country, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). In addition to The Bahamas, there was double-digit growth in St. Kitts and Nevis and the Cayman Islands. Tourism also played a big part in the recovery of countries that had been affected by the hurricanes of 2017. Along with reconstruction activity, this helped to drive significant growth in Anguilla, Dominica, and the Virgin Islands (BVI). “Closure of borders led to a rapid decline in international travel, putting pressure on transport providers, particularly airlines. Governments and central banks announced fiscal and monetary policies in an effort to protect businesses and workers,” the report noted. “Hotels had become virtually empty by March, and cruise ships ceased to operate. Commodity producers were also affected. Guyana made its first delivery of crude oil in January. Since then, a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia caused prices to decline below the breakeven price in Guyana’s oilfield. “ExxonMobil announced suspension of construction of its headquarters at Ogle, and exploration and production budgets of other operators were cut. Trinidad and Tobago, which is heavily dependent on oil and gas, is likely to experience economic contraction,” the CDB said. It said “the impact on the Caribbean region was significant,” noting that many tourism dependent economies reported mass cancellations. It said that the duration of the impact is difficult to predict; but foreign exchange earnings, income, employment, public sector indebtedness, and government revenues and expenditures are likely to be severely affected. “They also eased credit conditions and provided tax breaks to businesses and individuals. These measures to mitigate the impacts must be balanced against the availability of buffers, especially foreign reserves.” “In addition, increased emphasis must be placed on promoting private sector development and new sources to earn foreign exchange by, for example, diversifying the economic base and strengthening the regulatory and institutional framework”: the CDB noted. The CDB noted that last year, consistent with the global slowdown, most of its BMCs experienced slower economic expansion than in the previous year. It said regional gross domestic product (GDP) increased by one per cent, following 1.6 per cent growth in 2018. “Since then, there has been the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus, with significant adverse impact on developed and developing countries. With many countries going into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus and to ease pressure on health services, economic activity collapsed. Dry weather conditions, which affected agricultural production as well as weaknesses in mining and quarrying severely constrained economic activity in Jamaica. The 1.2 per cent increase in GDP in the year to September 2019, therefore mainly reflected growth in tourism, manufacturing and finance services,” the CDB noted. “The passage of the hurricane dampened output growth, particularly in the last quarter of the year. The economy grew by about 0.9 per cent, mainly due to developments in the tourism sector, which reported the highest-ever recorded visitor arrivals across all categories. Robust pre-hurricane performance and increased airlift from North America accounted for the surge in tourist arrivals in 2019.” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), says the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with significant adverse impact on developed and developing countries is having a significant impact on the Caribbean region. The bank said that extreme weather affected the region last year, highlighting its vulnerability and the importance of improving resilience. It said disaster preparedness and healthcare systems will need to be fortified, possibly using enhanced digital technology. Parametric insurance and contingent credit facilities should be broadened to cover pandemics. “Tourism recovery will depend on the extent to which the outbreak is contained in major source markets -Canada, European Union, United Kingdom (UK), and United States of America (US)- how quickly economic activity recovers, and renewed confidence in the safety and security of these markets.” On September 1, Hurricane Dorian made direct impact on The Bahamas, causing devastation and considerable loss of life in the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. Damage and loss was estimated at US$3.2 billion or 25 per cent of GDP. Among the region’s commodity-exporting countries, severe droughts affected agricultural output in Belize and Jamaica. Economic growth slowed to a modest 0.3 per cent in Belize, with agriculture and electricity being the areas most affected, although tourism still expanded. In the meantime, the CDB said that its borrowing member countries (BMC) have taken action to minimise the adverse impact by boosting social protection for those that have lost their jobs. CMClast_img read more

Leroy will stay as DR Congo coach

first_imgCoach Claude Leroy will stay on to train the DR Congo at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday afternoon even though he is still protesting, insiders have exclusively told Frenchman has been persuaded by officials of the DR Congo over his decision to quit the Leopards with just two days before they face Ghana in their opening Group B game in South Africa.Leroy resigned on Thursday night in a row with the federation and government over bonus payments for the entire DR Congo contingent for the tournament.Despite resigning the coach stayed in camp which gave officials the chance to engage him and persuade to return to the team.With the country facing a huge embarrassment over the confusion over the bonuses, leaders of the DR Congo have pleaded with Leroy to stay, a top insider has told Frenchman has agreed to coach the side on Friday evening at their base in Port Elizabeth, but while frantic effots are being made to seek an amicable solution over the matter. has been exclusively told the details of Leroy’s anger over the bonuses.The reliable insider said the Frenchman’s anger stemmed from his exclusion from the list of officials to get winning bonuses for winning matches at the Africa Cup of Nations.Leroy and his assistants have not been included in the list of the people to benefit for winning bonuses which has irked him and his assistant.The Frenchman handed over his resignation letter to Theo Binamungu, the federation’s member in charge of the national team in Port Elizabeth where the Leopards are based.Leroy resigned along with his assistant Sebastian Migne in his letter addressed to DR Congo head of state President Joseph Kabila. The 64-year-old Leroy was in his second spell in charge of the Leopards.Leroy coached DR Congo to the 2006 Nations Cup, but then decided against renewing his contact in April that year.The Leopards are a traditional powerhouse of African football, having won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974 .DR Congo are in Group B along with Ghana, Mali and Niger.last_img read more

Mayweather: God told me to spend like a lavish king

first_imgFloyd Mayweather has often appeared on these pages and, despite being the best boxer in the world, it is his behaviour outside of the ring that garners the majority of the headlines.Why just recently we had him flashing his jewellery collection, getting into a mass brawl with rapper T.I. and explaining what pop-singer turned Bernard Manning impersonator Justin Bieber was doing leading him into the ring.Mayweather is also known to place mind blowing bets on sporting events, burn $100 bills in nightclubs, eat his Frosties with personalised, diamond-encrusted silverware and have an iPod worth $50,000.With career earnings of around $400m he can well afford it, but it does leave a somewhat unsavoury taste in the mouth.That is until you find out the REASON he is spending all this money. And that is reason is? Because his spending habits have been “predestined” by God.Yes ‘Money’ Mayweather exclusively revealed on his Instagram account at the weekend that he had spoken to God and the big cheese told him to keep on spending. “Yachts, private jets, foreign cars, mansions, unlimited shopping sprees, and I am just getting started!” said Mayweather.”I spoke to God last night and I asked: ‘Is there a problem with how this lavish KING is living down here on earth?’ and God said: ‘NO it was already predestined.”So I guess we can expect plenty more tales of excess to come from Mayweather in the future.Whether God has also “predestined” him to go through his entire career unbeaten remains to be seen but we suspect there might be a bit of schadenfreude doing the rounds if he ever does get knocked out.last_img read more