Wankanyakla Self Help Group http://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/ Wed, 25 May 2022 01:01:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-80.png Wankanyakla Self Help Group http://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/ 32 32 Equity Bank Kenya CEO: Digital currencies can complement mobile money https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/equity-bank-kenya-ceo-digital-currencies-can-complement-mobile-money/ Wed, 25 May 2022 01:01:21 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/equity-bank-kenya-ceo-digital-currencies-can-complement-mobile-money/

Digital currencies can complement the mobile money system in Kenya and allow the country to leapfrog many developed countries, the CEO of the country’s largest commercial bank has asserted.

James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Group Holdings Plc, shared his thoughts on the future of digital currencies in the East African country at the recent Bloomberg Invest: Focus on Africa conference. Mwangi’s bank is Kenya’s largest, with over $10 billion in assets and nine million customers. It is the largest in terms of clientele in Africa.

The banker believes that the continent is in a privileged position to take advantage of emerging technologies at a higher rate than developed countries, and in time, it could even overtake them on the fourth industrial technologies.

“Africa will benefit significantly from a leap forward in fourth industrial technologies, and cryptocurrency is one of them. Cryptocurrency can also complement the mobile money wallet, but essentially we need to talk to regulators” , Mwangi told the audience.

In Kenya, mobile money payments have overtaken cash transactions as East Africa continues to set the pace with M-Pesa. This was achieved because regulators proved they were willing to try new technologies. With digital currencies, regulators must also keep the same open mind and be willing to work with stakeholders to make bitcoin payments possible, Mwangi said.

However, he thinks the onus is on the banks as they have to convince regulators to jump on board the digital currency bandwagon.

Digital currencies and blockchain will be among the fourth industrial technologies that will propel Africa to a new level, along with other emerging technologies like AI, he added.

“We hope that the use of technology, especially data and artificial intelligence, will be a major leapfrog basis because we are not talking about existing manufacturing capacity, we are starting from scratch,” said the CEO.

The Central African Republic recently made headlines after becoming the first country in Africa, and the second in the world, to make BTC legal tender. However, while the intention was noble, BTC is clearly unable to meet the payment needs of the masses with its 1MB blocks and exorbitant fees. Only Bitcoin SV’s large-scale blockchain with real-time transactions and low fees can fill the gap in Africa’s payments ecosystem.

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Thousands of Amigo Loan customers are one step closer to compensation https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/thousands-of-amigo-loan-customers-are-one-step-closer-to-compensation/ Tue, 24 May 2022 17:05:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/thousands-of-amigo-loan-customers-are-one-step-closer-to-compensation/

THOUSANDS of Amigo Loan customers are one step closer to getting their money back.

Amigo have been accused of making bad loans that customers have been unable to repay – but now they are slowly closing in on the compensation owed them.


Amigo customers are one step closer to getting their money backPhoto credit: Getty

Court hearings were held on May 23 to approve the New Business Scheme, which Amigo wanted to pay back to its customers.

Commenting on the outcome of the hearing, Amigo Chief Executive Officer Gary Jennison said, “We are pleased that the court has decided to allow creditors the opportunity to maximize their recovery from Amigo.

“The court’s ruling is good news for creditors, customers and employees, and it brings us one step closer to paying compensation and putting an end to past mistakes.”

We asked debt expert Sara Williams, who runs consumer advice blog Debt Camel, what it means next.

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She said: “Now the court has approved the Amigo scheme. The next step is for Amigo to announce when the program will start and set up a page where customers, both borrowers and guarantors, can enter a claim.”

If a borrower wins their claim at that point, they’ll get back a portion of the interest they’ve paid, which can be as high as 41%.

But most of the claims relate to affordability, Sara explained.

She said: “An Amigo loan is only affordable for the borrower if, at the time the loan was made, the borrower was likely to be able to make all the repayments required without being able to pay their other debts, bills and living expenses, and would not have to borrow more.” .

“Many people will have been desperate to protect their guarantor, so they may have gotten payday loans, topped up their credit cards, or defaulted on bills to pay Amigo.

“Even though the Amigo loan was repaid on time, it may still have been unpayable.”

Amigo warned last year that it could collapse under the weight of customer refund requests.

Established in 2005, the loan company offers loans of up to £10,000 over 12 to 60 months at an interest rate of 49.9% to borrowers who have typically turned their backs on traditional lenders.

It would also lend to people with bad credit, as long as a friend or family member agrees to make repayments if they can’t.

But in March 2020, the company’s founder claimed customers received “irresponsible” loans.

That’s what started the compensation fight on the way to thousands of customers after this latest update.

But even though the program has been approved, customers still have to wait for Amigo to create a damage page.

Once it goes live, they could have just six months to take action, according to Debt Camel.

You can still make a claim even after you’ve repaid the loan if you were having trouble making the payment at the time.

If you’re still paying off your debt, you can still complain if you’re having a hard time paying off the cash package.

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May Community Communication – Crookston Times https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/may-community-communication-crookston-times/ Mon, 23 May 2022 17:20:23 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/may-community-communication-crookston-times/

Superintendent Jeremy Olson Crookston School District

Greetings from Crookston Public Schools! It seems that summer is finally coming after a very long winter and a wet spring. As I write this, we still have two weeks of school left and I’m sure most kids are counting down!

Here are a few things happening at Crookston Public Schools:

Crookston High School Prom: We had a very busy prom. Students continue to be excited about large social gatherings and this prom did not disappoint. The prom committee did an incredible job of decorating the outhouses and everything was done very well. The students showed up in their formal attire and appeared to be having a good time. Thank you to all the many people who offered this great experience to our students!

NHS Induction Ceremony: On May 15, we inducted new members into the National Honor Society. This ceremony is always something I enjoy watching as it showcases the success our students have had. Seeing students recognized for their scholarship and leadership is always a proud moment. I am so proud of these students and how they have contributed to Crookston High School!

Public Referendum Meeting May 18 at 5:30 p.m.: Crookston Public Schools is holding a series of meetings on May 18, June 15, July 20 and August 3, all at 5:30 p.m. in the CHS auditorium to explain the proposal of August 9, 2022. referendum. All community members are welcome to attend and have their questions answered.

Junior High Band/Orchestra concert on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. We invite the Crookston community to attend the Junior High Band/Orchestra Concert at the CHS Auditorium. Let’s support music in our schools!

Graduation May 27 at 7:00 p.m.: Crookston High School’s graduation will be held at the CHS gymnasium on May 27 at 7:00 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend and celebrate the class of 2022 graduates!

Principal of Crookston Secondary School: We recently made the decision to promote Mr. Matt Torgerson to the position of Principal of the Secondary School. Mr. Torgerson established deep roots in Crookston where he was a teacher and administrator. He has built strong relationships with our students and continues to look for ways to take Crookston High School to the next level. The administration team continues to be impressed with Mr. Torgerson’s growth as an administrator and he continues to have my utmost respect and support.

Position of Crookston Superintendent: I have accepted the position of Superintendent of Bemidji Public Schools and will serve in my current role until the end of June. Crookston Public Schools has been a great place to work and I especially appreciate the strong support from the Crookston School Board as well as the community. This school board has been an exceptional school board to work for because it has always provided me with a strong vision and charged me with the execution of that vision. I am grateful for the mentorship and support they gave me during my development as a leader. I am also grateful to the wonderful staff at Crookston Public Schools. We have great people working in our school system who focus not only on academic growth, but also on the personal development of our students. Crookston is very fortunate to have these wonderful people working to improve our schools.

The school board has elected to go with an acting superintendent for the next year and will begin a full search for this position in December 2022. The school board has decided to enter negotiations with Dave Kuehn who is retiring from public schools of Underwood. I am incredibly excited to work with Mr. Kuehn as he transitions to Superintendent here in Crookston. We worked together four years ago during his transition to Underwood and I can tell you without hesitation that he is an excellent leader who will do great things for the district. Dave Kuehn is an ideal choice as he has close ties to Crookston and has an established history of leadership excellence.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 218-770-8717 (cell) or email me at jeremyolson@isd593.org. Go pirates!

Kenya’s current account deficit widens to 5.3% year on year https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/kenyas-current-account-deficit-widens-to-5-3-year-on-year/ Mon, 23 May 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/kenyas-current-account-deficit-widens-to-5-3-year-on-year/

By George Mwangi

Special for Dow Jones Newswires

NAIROBI – Kenya’s current account deficit is expected to widen to 5.3% of gross domestic product in the 12 months to March, from 4.7% of GDP in the same period. the previous year, the country’s central bank announced on Friday.

“The wider deficit reflects a higher import bill, particularly for oil, which more than offset increased earnings from agricultural and services exports, and remittances,” the bank said.

Kenya‘s main agricultural exports are coffee, tea and cut flowers.

Remittances rose 19% in April 2022 to $355.0 million from $299.3 million in April 2021, the bank said.

In the 12 months to April, remittances reached $3.97 billion, up from $3.31 billion a year earlier, the bank said.

“Strong inflows continue to support the current account and exchange rate stability,” the bank said. “The United States remains the largest source of remittances to Kenya, accounting for 62% in April 2022.”

Kenya relies heavily on imports of petroleum products to meet its energy needs. However, the East African country hopes to start oil production this year, with output of up to 100,000 barrels per day.

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]]> Biggest Innovation in Geriatric Care Devices Market with Top Key Players – Cardinal Health, Invacare, Kimberly Clark, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, Unicharm, Drive Medical, Kao, Medline, Mobility Aids Sales and Services, Nippon Paper, Pride Mobility Products , Principle Business Enterprises, P&G , Sunrise Medical https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/biggest-innovation-in-geriatric-care-devices-market-with-top-key-players-cardinal-health-invacare-kimberly-clark-svenska-cellulosa-aktiebolaget-unicharm-drive-medical-kao-medline-mob/ Sun, 22 May 2022 17:09:39 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/biggest-innovation-in-geriatric-care-devices-market-with-top-key-players-cardinal-health-invacare-kimberly-clark-svenska-cellulosa-aktiebolaget-unicharm-drive-medical-kao-medline-mob/

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The sudden death of a teenager, anger at payday loans and concerns about Liverpool’s markets collapsing https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/the-sudden-death-of-a-teenager-anger-at-payday-loans-and-concerns-about-liverpools-markets-collapsing/ Sun, 22 May 2022 09:38:03 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/the-sudden-death-of-a-teenager-anger-at-payday-loans-and-concerns-about-liverpools-markets-collapsing/

These are the latest ECHO headlines from this morning.

Mom feels ‘a part of her is gone’ after 18-year-old son dies suddenly

An 18-year-old man who “saw the best in everyone” died in his sleep of a rare heart condition.

John Nesbitt had just graduated from high school and was looking forward to taking up a place at the University of Birmingham. But the teenager died suddenly in his sleep from a rare heart condition that showed no signs or symptoms.

John’s heart stopped due to an arrhythmia caused by myocarditis — a condition in which the body’s immune system triggers inflammation in response to infection. The condition is extremely rare and can be triggered by something like the common cold.

Read the whole story here.

Dad is disgusted with the payday loan company compensation

A father has accumulated thousands of pounds’ worth of debt from a payday loan company, which he says has “played on people’s misery”.

George Lea, 76, and his wife Linda, 71, of Tuebrook, have taken out a number of loans from doorstep lender Provident over the years to help them pay for grocery shopping, Christmas and birthdays. George said the loans were a “quick fix” at the time, but with sky-high interest rates, they soon ran into debt.

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Provident was part of a company called PFG that previously offered short-term, surety and door-to-door loans at interest rates up to 1,557.7% APR — but after being hit hard by abusive claims, the company shut down for good on December 31 of last year .

Read more here.

Concerns over multi-million dollar collapse of Liverpool market company

A collapsed company that operated markets for Liverpool City Council owes the local authority millions of pounds.

Liverpool Markets Limited (LML), which managed the council’s city-wide markets, went into liquidation in May 2019. A report by the liquidators FRP Advisory Limited LLP has now revealed that LML owes the Council £3,469,896.00.

Colin Laphan, chairman of the Liverpool Markets Traders Association, said he did not understand how debt had risen to such levels before the lockdown period.

Read the whole story here.

]]> TN Fisheries Minister Anitha Radhakrishnan launches hatchery-raised ornamental shrimp – The New Indian Express https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/tn-fisheries-minister-anitha-radhakrishnan-launches-hatchery-raised-ornamental-shrimp-the-new-indian-express/ Sun, 22 May 2022 05:12:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/tn-fisheries-minister-anitha-radhakrishnan-launches-hatchery-raised-ornamental-shrimp-the-new-indian-express/

By Express press service

CHENNAI: Minister of State for Fisheries, Fishermen’s Welfare and Animal Husbandry, Anitha R Radhakrishnan, on Friday launched a variety of hatchery-bred ornamental prawns to be marketed by Chennai-based VGP Marine Kingdom.

The National Bureau of Fisheries Genetic Resources (NBFGR) has developed the technology for rearing Thor Hainanensis, a species of marine shrimp, in a captive environment in a hatchery.

NBFGR marine scientists found the variety of shrimp in Lakshadweep in 2019, then formed the local women’s self-help group to raise them in the hatchery and later signed a memorandum of understanding with VGP marine kingdom, which operates an aquarium park, for the commercialization of the variety of ornamental shrimp.

Speaking on this occasion, the minister highlighted the measures taken by his government for the development of the fishing sector and state fishermen.

“The ministry is committed to the development of the fisheries sector,” the minister said. He also liked the decision to market the ornamental shrimp variety.

Tamilnadu Fisheries Minister Anitha R Radhakrishnan inaugurated the launch ceremony of hatchery-bred ornamental prawns and Nano Aquaria at VGP Marine Kingdom. (Photo | Ashwin Prasath, EPS)

Based on the MoU, the Marine Park will directly purchase the captive-bred prawns from the beneficiaries, display in their souvenir shop attached to the Chennai Oceanarium, and market them.

Kuldeep Kumar Lal, Director of NBFGR, said this is the first successful breeding of the Thor Hainanensis shrimp variety in captivity and the MoU will help improve the economic conditions of women fishers in Lakshadweep and also prevent overexploitation of native ornamental shrimp. of nature.

“The technology we have developed in the breeding of ornamental shrimp will help in the conservation of native species. Ornamental shrimp are in high demand in the international market for aquarium decoration purposes and, in fact, a pair of shrimp costs almost $17 to $20,” Lal says.

“A similar market can easily be developed in India as well,” he added.

VGP Group Chairman VG Santhosam and Group Managing Director Ravidas said they will work together for the popularity of ornamental shrimp varieties.

Quaint Severna Park Community Receives Unity Gardens Grant https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/quaint-severna-park-community-receives-unity-gardens-grant/ Sun, 22 May 2022 00:50:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/quaint-severna-park-community-receives-unity-gardens-grant/

By Desirae Martins

This spring, the quaint, multi-generational community of Severna Park, Chartwood, received a Unity Gardens grant, allowing residents to install native gardens at both entrance signs to the community over Earth Day weekend from April 30 to May 1.

Chartwood Community Association (CCA) President Lynnley Moore first heard about Unity Gardens and its generous grant program at a meeting of the Greater Severna Park Council in early 2022.

Unity Gardens, a non-profit organization based in Anne Arundel County, supports community partnerships through its local grants program. The organization offers several grants twice a year to non-profit community organizations, allowing them to purchase and install native plants for conservation landscaping.

After learning about the grant program and sharing the information with her community, Moore, along with CCA Secretary Mary Fisher, other CCA Board members and master gardener and native plant expert Alison Milligan, prepared the CCA application. The application required a well-documented plan for native plants, including a detailed project budget, planting and maintenance plan, design plan, and an explanation of why Chartwood should be a recipient.

Milligan assisted CCA throughout the grant application process. “Alison is a volunteer superhero,” said Joni Miller, executive director of Unity Gardens. “She wants to see more native plants in Anne Arundel County and will help any organization that calls her.”

CCA members found out they would receive the grant shortly after applying in March 2022.

“We knew this native planting project would be good for the community, good for the land, and provide habitat for birds, deer and other animals,” Moore noted. “It also helps control erosion and makes our neighborhood signs look great.”

After the ACC grant was approved, the community enlisted the help of residents to install the native plants. They deliberately scheduled their planting to fall on Earth Day, an opportune time for residents to come together and learn about gardening while running this important community project.

“My greatest hope is that our new native gardens will thrive and inspire other communities to plant native gardens that contribute to the environment and natural habitat,” Moore said.

The CCA project was one of 18 funded by Unity Gardens this spring, with its grant budget doubling from last year due to increased funding from the county. According to Miller, the organization has seen an increase in grant applications since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the signal for demand has been recognized by county grant holders. With the new $20,000 budget, Unity Gardens has offered grants this year worth up to $3,000 per project, whereas previously grants were capped at $1,000.

“Unity funded twice as many projects this year thanks to the increased budget,” Miller said. “While it’s not a permanent change, we’re certainly benefiting from it.”

Unity Gardens will open its fall grant application in June. “We strongly encourage interested organizations to apply for a grant this fall because now is the perfect time to plant,” Miller said. “We also hope to see more grant applications from underserved communities and communities with less access to nature.”

According to Unity Gardens, the benefits of the grant program are two-fold. It educates communities about the benefits of native plants, while bringing people together to support a project that benefits their communities and nature.

Kenya records 47 new Covid-19 cases, no deaths https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/kenya-records-47-new-covid-19-cases-no-deaths/ Sat, 21 May 2022 16:38:57 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/kenya-records-47-new-covid-19-cases-no-deaths/

Covid-19 positivity rate now stands at 2.1% after 47 people tested positive for the disease, out of a sample of 2,248 people tested in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases, 35 are Kenyans while 12 are foreigners. 26 men and 21 women. The youngest is 4 and 2 years old while the oldest is 67 years old.

The total number of confirmed positive cases is now 324,222 and the cumulative tests carried out so far are 3,647,100.

In terms of distribution by county; Nairobi 25, Nyeri 12, Kisumu 7, Kiambu 2 and Kisii 1 case.

The distribution of positive cases by age is as follows; 0-9 years (2), 10-19 years (3), 20-29 years (15), 30-39 (7), 40-49 (7), 50-59 (6), 60 years and over ( 7).

18 patients have recovered from the disease, all thanks to the home care and isolation programme.

This brings the total number of recoveries to 318,263, of which 265,232 are from the home care and isolation program, while 53,031 are from various health facilities across the country.

No patient succumbed to the disease, so the cumulative number of deaths remains at 5,649.

Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (62), 10-19 years (43), 20-29 (149), 30-39 years (409), 40-49 years (647), 50-59 years (1,029), 60 years and above (3,310).

One patient is currently admitted to one of our healthcare facilities, while 309 are under the isolation and home care programme.

No patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), no patients are on supplemental oxygen, and no patients are in the high dependency unit (HDU).

Healthcare providers urge SC governor to veto bill letting them refuse ‘inadmissible’ procedures https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/healthcare-providers-urge-sc-governor-to-veto-bill-letting-them-refuse-inadmissible-procedures/ Fri, 20 May 2022 23:29:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/healthcare-providers-urge-sc-governor-to-veto-bill-letting-them-refuse-inadmissible-procedures/

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Health care providers in South Carolina may soon be able to refuse to perform procedures that they believe violate their morals, ethics or religious beliefs.

These “medical conscience rights” would protect practitioners, including doctors, nurses and medical students, from dismissal or punishment for choosing not to participate. Healthcare institutions and payers would also have legal protections from the state for refusing these procedures on moral grounds.

This week, a group of 50 medical students, doctors and nurses sent a letter to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster urging him to veto the bill, H.4776, once it reaches his desk.

“With doctors and medical students in particular, we each take an oath to uphold scientific knowledge, to treat our patients to the best of our abilities and to do no harm. Bills like H.4776 completely erase any liability for any physician or provider who fails to uphold their oath to protect their patients and treat them to the best of their abilities,” Thomas Agostini, a medical student in South Carolina who has signed the letter. , mentioned.

Agostini and others have argued that this bill becoming law could lead to denial of care for services such as gender-affirming care, lifesaving drugs to prevent and treat HIV, and family planning services.

State House opponents argued it could particularly hurt South Carolinians in areas where doctors are already hard to come by.

“What are we doing here?” Rep. Roger Kirby, D-Florence, asked one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, during debate in the House of Representatives on March 30.

“All this bill does is allow a medical provider or someone who works with them to opt out of controversial procedures, and that’s really not about procedure, it’s is a matter of conscience. So if it violates your conscience to have an abortion, you can refrain from it,” McCravy replied.

South Carolina law already protects doctors, nurses and technicians who refuse to perform abortions because they find them wrong, but this bill would add medical students to that list, who aren’t covered by the current law.

Agostini said he and others share the same concerns as opponents of the bill in the General Assembly about more barriers to care, especially in rural areas, citing South Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid.

Although practitioners can recommend others who may perform procedures they refuse, the bill would not require or recommend that they do so.

“It’s not necessarily that people have a group of doctors or a group of practitioners that they can choose from if they’re denied care,” Agostini said. “Often people can only have options based on their location, insurance status, mobility.”

But supporters of the legislation argue that this bill could do the opposite and keep more medical professionals on the job, because they wouldn’t need to balance their morality with the fear of being fired.

“Providers are reluctant to speak out on many of these bioethical issues for fear of being fired or muzzled or having their admitting privileges restricted,” said Columbia orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard McCain.

The bill explicitly prohibits denial of service based on race, and it would not apply to emergency proceedings, as federal law requires that such services be rendered.

But Dr. McCain believes the right to refuse elective procedures they deem inadmissible is one health care provider that should be legally protected.

“A physician should always treat each patient with care, compassion, concern and skill,” he said.

That bill passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, largely by party, before the end of the legislative session last week.

But the chambers have passed different versions of it, so a small group of Senate and House members will then have to craft a compromise bill to send to the governor.

The Trump administration has put a medical conscience rights rule on the books nationally.

But that rule never took full effect after being stalled in federal court and could soon be officially repealed by the Biden administration.

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