News story: International Driving Permits (IDPs) – the facts

first_imgIDPs are already needed if you plan to drive in many countries outside the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) countries.You only need an IDP if you are definitely going to travel abroad.If the UK leaves the EU without a deal IDPs may also be required to drive in EU or EEA countries.There are three different types of IDP in use. You may need more than one IDP depending on which countries you are visiting.Find out if you need IDPs for your journey – and if so which types – by checking the latest information or from the Post Office.There is no requirement for UK licence holders visiting EU or EEA countries to undertake any additional test to drive after the UK leaves the EU.IDPs cost £5.50 and can be obtained over the counter at 2,500 Post Offices around the UK.last_img

Credit unions continue to outpace banks with cars & cards

first_imgCredit union car loan growth remained near post-recession peaks in the third quarter, while other lenders slowed, according to reports from the Federal Reserve and NCUA.The Federal Reserve System’s Consumer Credit Report released Tuesday showed credit unions continued to gain a bigger share of consumer debt from banks in September with higher growth rates for car loans and credit cards.The Fed’s G.19 report showed U.S. lenders held $1.1 trillion in motor vehicle loans on Sept. 30, up 4.7% from a year earlier and 1.8% from June 30.The increase in U.S. car loan balances from June 30 to Sept. 30 was the slowest for the third quarter since 2011. Growth in the third quarter hit a post-recession peak of 3.2% in 2015, and was 2.6% last year. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ebola crisis ‘to take six months to control’

first_img Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola crisis ‘to take six months to control’ by: – August 15, 2014 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will take at least six months to bring under control, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.Speaking in Geneva, MSF President Joanne Lui called for strengthened international co-ordination led by the World Health Organization (WHO).Earlier, WHO said the scale of the outbreak appeared to be “vastly underestimated”.It said that “extraordinary measures” were needed.The epidemic began in Guinea in February and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.So far, 1,069 people have died.Ms Lui said that controlling the outbreak in Liberia – which has recorded more than 300 deaths – was vital to containing the epidemic.“If we don’t stabilise Liberia, we will never stabilise the region,” she said.Man on a stretcher in an ambulance at the district hospital of Biankouma, Ivory Coast.Health systems in West Africa are being severely strained by the Ebola outbreak“In terms of timeline, we’re not talking in terms of weeks, we’re talking in terms of months. We need a commitment for months, at least I would say six months, and I’m being, I would say, very optimistic.”Ms Lui also called for more action from the international community, led by WHO – the UN’s health agency.“All governments must act. It must be done now if we want to contain this epidemic,” she said.“WHO needs to take leadership and bring some strong elements into the field at all operational levels. It’s already started but it needs to happen at all levels.”Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is infected.Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas such as eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.The WHO recently said that the risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel remained low, as the disease is not airborne.As a consequence, Kenya Airways has rejected pressure to suspend its flights to the Ebola-hit states of West Africa.The WHO said in a statement that its staff had seen evidence that the number of reported cases and deaths did not reflect the scale of the crisis.WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said that experts going house-to-house in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in search of infected people were discovering more cases.“We have seen with the opening of new treatment centres, many more Ebola patients come forward, and so this has given rise to the belief that there are probably a lot of patients out there that we haven’t traced or contacted yet,” he said.He said that an 80-bed treatment centre that recently opened in Liberia’s capital Monrovia filled up immediately and that the next day, dozens more people turned up to be treated.Tarnue Karbbar, of the aid group Plan International in northern Liberia, said medical teams were not able to document all the cases erupting.He said many of the sick were being hidden at home by relatives, and many victims were buried before teams could get to the area.The outbreak is also affecting the Youth Olympic Games about to start in China. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled that athletes from Ebola-hit countries will not be allowed to compete in combat sports or in the pool, and Sierra Leone and Nigeria have withdrawn from the Games.BBC News 59 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Jobs, construction boom at Coega

first_img19 June 2013 Building projects at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth have injected over R1.2-billion into South Africa’s Eastern Cape construction industry over the past two quarters, in the process creating over 2 500 jobs, the state-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said last week. Six major construction projects are currently under way in the Coega IDZ, including Chinese auto maker First Automobile Works’ new R200-million plant, food service group Famous Brands Famous Brands’ new cold storage plant, DCD Group’s wind tower manufacturing plant, the addition of Coega Cheese onto the Coega Dairy outfit, Agni Steels’ R400-million smelter facility, and Rehau’s extension in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park. Industrial gas company Air Products South Africa is also about to begin construction of a R300-million state-of-the-art air separation unit in July, bringing the total number of projects being built to seven. “The global economic climate is still not stable, yet investment continues to flow into the Coega IDZ,” CDC spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said in a statement. “We currently have 20 operational investors, and once these seven construction projects are complete, we will be up to 27 operational investors by mid-2014.” Vilakazi said the Famous Brands project, which was nearest completion, was a prime example of the short conversion times between signing a lease to full operation at Coega. “The turnaround times are much quicker now than they were a couple of years ago, and we are able to construct buildings for investors relatively quickly, meaning that they move to operational phase within about a year of signing, depending on this size of the project.” Vilakazi said that FAW’s R200-million plant construction would create about 2 000 jobs over the year-long project, which was on track for completion in December. In its operational phase, the truck assembly plant would create a further 280 permanent jobs. According to Arnie van Jaarsveldt of WBHO Construction, the lead contractor on the FAW project, there was significant collaboration between the Chinese engineers and their South African counterparts working on the plant, representing “a coup for skills development and mentorship”. Vilakazi said that Agni Steels was also nearing completion of its R400-million steel plant in the industrial development zone. On completion, the high-tech smelting facility will produce mild steel billets from scrap metal. DCD Group, meanwhile, is in the early phases of its R300-million wind tower factory, which is expected to employ 168 workers and produce between 110 and 120 wind towers annually. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SA’s Vodacom offers m-pesa card

first_img23 January 2015Vodacom is rolling out prepaid EMV cards to complement its m-pesa mobile wallet service in South Africa.The card is certified by the major international payment schemes and is accepted at any of the 240 000 EMV-compliant payment terminals and over 27 000 ATMs throughout the country. This is expected to extend the reach of Vodacom’s services significantly.EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa and it is a global standard for inter- operation of integrated circuit cards – IC cards or “chip cards” – and IC-card capable point-of-sale terminals and ATMs, for authenticating credit and debit card transactions.The Vodacom m-pesa card is secured by Gemalto, the international digital security company. Its off-the-shelf solution for Vodacom encompasses design and production of the card, as well as automatic packaging and point-of-sales delivery. The card links to m-pesa accounts, and allows users to make payments for goods and services without the need to carry cash.The m-pesa card is available directly from 8 000 Vodacom agents and enrolment with the company’s secure system is quick and easy. Users can check current balances via the mobile wallet app and receive SMS alerts when funds are running low. Because it is a PIN-protected virtual account, the user’s credit remains safe even if the card is lost or stolen.“Gemalto offered us the convenience of a fully packaged solution,” said Herman Singh, the managing executive of m-commerce at Vodacom. “By expanding our m- pesa mobile wallet offering with the banking card, we’ve been able to add an entirely new level of functionality which we think is critical to the success of m-pesa in South Africa.”With this new project, Vodacom became the first mobile operator to initiate the large-scale rollout of an EMV banking card that was accepted anywhere said Thierry Mesnard, the senior vice-president for Africa at Gemalto. “This innovative deployment highlights just how quickly the worlds of banking, retail and mobile communications are changing.”It was aimed at offering greater convenience, security and social inclusion.Source: APOlast_img read more

Red & Yellow invests in people

first_imgThe learnership includes six months of training at the school itself after which the students are placed with various companies in the industry for six months. Here they get on-the-job experience and a proper taste of life in the industry. (Image: Red & Yellow)The Red & Yellow School of marketing and advertising has a plan to transform the face of the South African marketing and advertising industry through its Springboard Marketing institute.The institute is Red & Yellow’s way of contributing to social and economic upliftment in South Africa and is based on the idea that everybody has a right to education. Through its Red & Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute (RYSMI), the school offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds – who would otherwise be unable to attend the school – a chance to learn about and enter the world of marketing and advertising. At the institute, these students gain the knowledge and skills they need to go out and influence the industry and build careers.SPRINGBOARD TO A BRIGHTER FUTUREThe institute is a learnership offered to promising young individuals. It includes six months of training at the school itself after which the students are placed with various companies in the industry for six months. Here they get on-the-job experience and a proper taste of life in the industry.“It’s an exciting opportunity for them, and many view this as an opportunity to understand the science behind how brands communicate with them (and consumers) on a daily basis,” said Steph Houslay, Red & Yellow’s course director in Johannesburg.“They’re driven to succeed, for themselves and for their families and communities.”Through this initiative the school hopes to create a brighter future for talented young individuals who lack the resources to study for an industry-related qualification. “I am hugely excited and proud to be part of Springboard. This mutually beneficial relationship is the catalyst to real transformation we need to see our industry grow.”The institute’s work will also serve to counter the ongoing growth of the income gap by arming underprivileged individuals with what they need to compete with their affluent counterparts on even ground.One of the targets set by the school is to educate at least 100 000 graduates in Africa by 2020, with at least 10% or 10 000 of those students receiving free education as part of its transformation and skills development initiatives. (Image: Red & Yellow)THE RED & YELLOW MISSIONOne of the targets set by the school is to educate at least 100 000 graduates in Africa by 2020, with at least 10% or 10 000 of those students receiving free education as part of its transformation and skills development initiatives.“After knocking on countless companies’ doors for leanerships/internships and jobs with no answer, RYSMI finally opened,” said Matome Malatji, one of the first students to go through the springboard initiative.“I learned about the business and marketing environments; and creating my own business plan to understanding consumer behaviour; what a brief was and how to construct one; assessing a brief; events and project management; and lots more.“Personally, I learned to rationalise and interrogate my thinking and ask ‘why?’ and answer that and ask ‘why?’ again. Today, I can honestly say that I am a better person because of the lifelong lessons I learned. Now the future looks very bright. God made it possible but RYSMI made it happen.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Android Developers Finally Get Analytics In Their App-Building Console

first_imgRelated Posts Google just took another step in its mission to give Android developers better tools to analyze and monetize their apps.The company has officially announced that it has integrated Google Analytics into its Google Play Developer Console for Android developers. Google had said that Analytics was coming to the Developer Console at its I/O conference in May this year. See also: Making Android Pay: 5 Tips To Topping The Charts On Google PlayAndroid developers can now download the Google Analytics software developer kit (SDK) and place it into an app and upload it to the Google Play Store. The Analytics SDK is also available for iOS apps.Google Analytics for the Developer Console has four main aspects:Google Play Referral Flow: Helps developers figure out where Google Play traffic is coming from (search, marketing campaigns, blogs or media articles etc.). This feature helps marketers figure out how successful their campaigns are and where the best traffic comes from.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The goal for Google is to show not just the raw number of views and downloads, but also how much people have engaged with the app and what version of Android they are using. With the Analytics SDK, developers can know what Android API Level their users are employing. This is beneficial information for developers that need to know how many people are using older versions of Android, such as versions 2.3.7 Gingerbread that may not have certain capabilities that are in newer versions of the operating system. Google employs “flow visualization” in Analytics to show how a user got to the app and what actions they took within the app.  Views in Google Play: Referral Flow shows how many people have viewed the app in Google Play.Installs: Once figuring out where the traffic came from through the Referral Flow, Analytics tracks users that actually clicked and downloaded the app through Google Play. New Users: Goes beyond the straight download numbers to show people that have opened the app and begun to use it and become “Active Users.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#analytics#Android#app development#Google Play dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more