INGOT Brokers Officially Launches Business in Nairobi, Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — Following the attainment of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) license, INGOT Africa Ltd (INGOT Brokers) announced the opening of its first office in Nairobi, Kenya, during a celebratory event held at the Mövenpick Residences Nairobi at the beginning of 2023.

The CMA license allows the company to operate as a Non-Dealing Online Foreign Exchange Broker under the Capital Markets Act (Cap 485 A of the laws of Kenya) and the Capital Markets (Online Foreign Exchange Trading) Regulations, 2017. This means that the company will be able to pursue its mission of empowering youth in Kenya and surrounding countries by providing transparent and reliable financial brokerage services and helping people redefine their financial goals.

INGOT Brokers is determined about enhancing financial literacy through its education unit designed to teach and train individuals, particularly youth, on investing and trading global financial markets. The unit pays special focus on identifying, educating, and training Introducing Brokers (IBs) and affiliates to grow their online trading services and optimize their potential returns, where it grants them access to utilize INGOT Brokers’ facilities and benefit from its educational materials, webinars, seminars, and personal training sessions.

The company and its shareholders have obtained licenses from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Jordan Securities Commission (JSC), Financial Services Authority (FSA) – Seychelles, Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) – South Africa, in addition to Capital Markets Authority (CMA) – Kenya. It is also registered in several countries around the globe, including Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Dubai, and Qatar. INGOT Brokers has physical offices, operation hubs, and/or consultants in Pakistan, UAE, Australia, Jordan, Saint Vincent, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Iraq, and Qatar. Rules and regulations vary according to the jurisdiction the client is signed under, and should be taken into consideration.

About INGOT Africa Ltd

INGOT Africa Ltd is a premium multi-asset brokerage firm aiming to make financial markets available and accessible to all traders. The company has fostered and sustained a world-class trading environment with the highest quality of online financial services. It provides traders with an award-winning platform, excellent training conditions, significant liquidity, and accessibility to financial markets. It consistently delivers a unique trading experience. These cover a variety of financial derivatives and CFD instruments, including commodities, stocks, indices, ETFs, and currencies.

INGOT Africa Ltd is registered in the Republic of Kenya – Registration No. PVT-JZUG9YA5.
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Synchronoss annonce une forte croissance de ses plateformes de messagerie en Asie-Pacifique, stimulée par son activité Advanced Messaging

Les prestataires du monde entier utilisent les plateformes de Synchronoss pour fournir des services à valeur ajoutée à des dizaines de millions d’abonnés

BRIDGEWATER, New Jersey, 27 févr. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (« Synchronoss » ou la « Société ») (Nasdaq : SNCR), un leader mondial et innovateur en matière de produits et plateformes numériques, de messagerie et de cloud, a annoncé aujourd’hui une forte croissance en Asie-Pacifique, principalement stimulée par la croissance de son activité Advanced Messaging. À travers des partenariats avec des prestataires de services de toute la planète, en particulier en Japon, la société continue d’étendre son empreinte mondiale, soutenant des dizaines de millions d’abonnés dans la région.

Au Japon, la technologie Rich Communications Service (RCS) permet aux consommateurs de s’engager avec des marques et entreprises en toute sécurité et offre la meilleure expérience utilisateur qui soit aux clients japonais. Par l’intermédiaire d’un partenariat de longue date avec WIT Software, Synchronoss Advanced Messaging permet aux opérateurs mobiles NTT DOCOMO, KDDI et SoftBank de déployer une expérience RCS multi-opérateurs soutenant 32,5 millions d’abonnés.

« Nous sommes ravis de témoigner de la réussite exceptionnelle du service +Message au Japon sur la base de la plateforme de messagerie RCS WIT, et aux côtés de Synchronoss, nous sommes prêts à tirer parti de notre offre commune de messagerie enrichie pour les autres opérateurs souhaitant générer de nouvelles opportunités de revenu », a déclaré Luis Silva, PDG de WIT Software.

Un autre prestataire majeur en Asie-Pacifique a récemment annoncé une étape importante, à savoir fournir des services de messagerie électronique à plus de 50 millions d’utilisateurs. La plateforme de messagerie électronique de bout en bout, s’appuyant sur Synchronoss Email Suite et la plateforme de messagerie de base Mx9, est ultra-évolutive et assure la sécurité et la confidentialité des données à ses abonnés.

« Les récents déploiements et étapes majeures stimulent l’élan de nos plateformes Messaging dans la région Asie-Pacifique », a commenté Jeff Miller, PDG de Synchronoss. « Cette année, nous sommes impatients de travailler avec nos partenaires stratégiques, en particulier WIT Software, afin de fournir des solutions de messagerie innovantes offrant de nouvelles façons de se connecter, de collaborer, de s’engager et de faire des affaires. »

À propos de Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq : SNCR) est un développeur de logiciels permettant aux entreprises du monde entier de se connecter à leurs abonnés de manière fiable et pertinente. Sa gamme de produits aide à rationaliser les réseaux, simplifier l’intégration et interagir avec les abonnés afin de créer de nouvelles sources de revenus, de réduire les coûts et d’accélérer la mise sur le marché. Plusieurs centaines de millions d’abonnés font confiance à Synchronoss pour rester en phase avec les individus, les services et les contenus qu’ils aiment. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.synchronoss.com.

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Synchronoss Anuncia Forte Crescimento da Plataforma de Mensagens na Ásia-Pacífico Alimentado por Mensagens Avançadas

Provedores de Serviços Globais Utilizam Plataformas Synchronoss para Fornecer Serviços de Valor Agregado a Dezenas de Milhões de Assinantes

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” ou a “Empresa”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), líder global e inovadora em nuvem, mensagens e produtos e plataformas digitais, anunciou hoje o seu forte crescimento na região Ásia-Pacífico, como resultado do crescimento do Synchronoss Advanced Messaging. Por meio de parcerias com provedores de serviços globais, especificamente no Japão, a empresa continua a expandir sua presença global, apoiando dezenas de milhões de assinantes na região.

No Japão, a tecnologia Rich Communications Service (RCS) permite que os consumidores se envolvam com segurança com marcas e empresas, e proporcionem a melhor experiência de usuário para os clientes japoneses. Através de uma parceria de longa data com a WIT Software, a Synchronoss Advanced Messaging está permitindo que as operadoras móveis NTT DOCOMO, KDDI e SoftBank implantem uma experiência RCS entre operadoras com 32,5 milhões de assinantes.

“É um grande prazer testemunhar o sucesso único do serviço +Message no Japão com base na plataforma de mensagens WIT RCS e, juntamente com a Synchronoss, estamos prontos para alavancar a nossa oferta comum de mensagens amplas para outras operadoras que desejam gerar novas oportunidades de receita”, disse Luis Silva, CEO da WIT Software.

Outro proeminente provedor de serviços na Ásia-Pacífico anunciou recentemente um marco importante, o fornecimento de serviços de e-mail para mais de 50 milhões de usuários. A completa plataforma de e-mail, alimentada pelo Synchronoss Email Suite e pela plataforma de mensagens principal Mx9, é altamente escalonável e garante a segurança e a privacidade dos dados dos assinantes.

“As recentes implantações e marcos são resultado do impulso das nossas plataformas de mensagens na região da Ásia-Pacífico”, disse Jeff Miller, Presidente e CEO da Synchronoss. “Este ano, esperamos trabalhar com nossos parceiros estratégicos, especialmente a WIT Software, para oferecer soluções de mensagens inovadoras que permitam novas maneiras de conectar, colaborar, engajar e realizar negócios.”

Sobre a Synchronoss
A Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) cria software que capacita empresas ao redor do mundo a se conectarem com seus assinantes de forma confiável e significativa. O conjunto de produtos da empresa ajuda a agilizar as redes, simplificar a integração e envolver os assinantes, permitindo novos fluxos de receita, redução dos custos e aumento da velocidade no mercado. Centenas de milhões de assinantes confiam nos produtos da Synchronoss que se mantêm em sincronia com as pessoas, serviços e conteúdo que elas gostam. Saiba mais em www.synchronoss.com

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WFP Madagascar Cyclone Response Update (As of 27 February 2022, 21:00 EAT)

Highlights

• Results of the rapid inter-sectoral assessments indicate that 116,701 people have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy.

• To help populations recover from Tropical Cyclone Freddy, WFP will provide cash-based transfers to 100,000 beneficiaries and food assistance to 30,000 beneficiaries for 6 months. This is in addition to WFP’s response Tropical Storm Cheneso (January 2023), for which WFP is assisting 50,000 people with multipurpose cash transfer until July in the north-east.

• WFP has a net funding requirement of USD 36m for its emergency operations in the south-east (February to July 2023). Pipeline breaks start in April.

WFP response – Freddy

• Hot meals: On 25 February, BBC documented WFP hot meals preparation/distribution in Mananjary, interviewing women-headed households in a video. WFP has provided 53,320 hot meals since Tuesday in 56 shelters in Nosy Varika, Farafangana, Mananjary, Mahanoro and Manakara.

• HEB: 20 MT of high energy biscuits (HEB) are in transit, expected to arrive in Antananarivo early this week for distribution to the most affected populations, with a balance to be kept as contingency stock.

• Prepositioned food: Drawing on its 360 MT of prepositioned stock, WFP distributed 5-day food rations in Vohipeno last week, reaching 5,650 people. WFP plans to reach a total of 20,000 people in Vohipeno with food assistance (52 MT) by end of next week.

• Food and cash assistance: To help populations recover from the disaster, WFP will provide cash-based transfers to nearly 100,000 beneficiaries and food assistance to approximately 30,000 beneficiaries for 6 months.

Source: World Food Programme

Synchronoss Announces Strong Messaging Platform Growth in Asia Pacific Fueled by Advanced Messaging

Global Service Providers Utilizing Synchronoss Platforms to Deliver Value-Added Services to Tens of Millions of Subscribers

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced strong growth in Asia Pacific, primarily fueled by growth in its Advanced Messaging business. Through partnerships with global service providers, specifically in Japan, the company continues to expand its global footprint, supporting tens of millions of subscribers in the region.

In Japan, Rich Communications Service (RCS) technology enables consumers to engage with brands and businesses safely and securely, and provide the best user-experience for the Japanese customers. Through a long-standing partnership with WIT Software, Synchronoss Advanced Messaging is enabling mobile operators NTT DOCOMO, KDDI, and SoftBank to deploy a cross-operator RCS experience supporting 32.5 million subscribers.

“We are delighted to witness the unique success of the +Message service in Japan based on the WIT RCS messaging platform, and together with Synchronoss we are ready to leverage our common offer of rich messaging for other carriers that want to generate new revenue opportunities,” said Luis Silva, CEO at WIT Software.

Another prominent service provider in Asia Pacific recently announced a major milestone, delivering email services to over 50 million users. The end-to-end email platform, powered by Synchronoss Email Suite and the Mx9 core messaging platform, is highly scalable and ensures security and data privacy for its subscribers.

“The recent deployments and milestones are fueling the momentum of our Messaging platforms in the Asia Pacific region,” said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Synchronoss. “This year, we look forward to working with our strategic partners, especially WIT Software, to deliver innovative messaging solutions that enable new ways to connect, collaborate, engage, and transact business.”

About Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Hundreds of millions of subscribers trust Synchronoss products to stay in sync with the people, services, and content they love. Learn more at www.synchronoss.com.

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‘An Absurdity’: Experts Slam WHO’s Excusal of Misconduct

Two experts appointed by the World Health Organization to investigate allegations that some of its staffers sexually abused women during an Ebola outbreak in Congo have dismissed the U.N. agency’s own efforts to excuse its handling of such misconduct as “an absurdity.”

Some of the victimized women say — nearly four years later — they are still waiting for WHO to fire those responsible or be offered any financial compensation.

In October 2020, Aichatou Mindaoudou and Julienne Lusenge were named by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to head a panel investigating reports that some WHO staffers sexually abused or exploited women in a conflict-ridden region of Congo during the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak.

Their review found there were at least 83 perpetrators of abuse who worked for WHO and partners, including complaints of rape, forced abortions and the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, in the biggest known sex abuse scandal in the U.N. health agency’s history.

The panel also found that three WHO managers mismanaged a sexual misconduct case first reported by the Associated Press, involving a U.N. doctor signing a contract to buy land for a woman he allegedly impregnated.

A confidential U.N. report submitted to WHO last month concluded that the managers’ handling of that case didn’t violate WHO’s sexual exploitation policies, because the woman wasn’t considered a “beneficiary” of WHO aid, since she didn’t receive any humanitarian assistance.

“The restrictive approach favored by WHO is an absurdity,” Mindaoudou and Lusenge said in a statement, adding that beneficiaries of WHO “should only be interpreted in favor of potential victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, with the view of maintaining accountability.”

Anifa, a Congolese woman who worked at an Ebola clinic in northeastern Congo, said she was offered a job at double her salary in exchange for sex with a WHO doctor and was still traumatized by the experience.

“How many times do I have to speak before [the doctors] at WHO responsible for the sexual abuse are punished?” she asked. “If WHO does not take radical measures, we will conclude that the organization has been made rotten by rapists.”

Anifa, who didn’t share her last name for fear of reprisals, said she didn’t expect any financial compensation from WHO, explaining that “money will not erase the wounds I have in my heart.” She reported the alleged misconduct to WHO in 2019, but never received a response.

Mindaoudou, a former government minister in Niger and Lusenge, a human rights activist in Congo, also slammed WHO for its failure to punish any senior staffers linked to the abuse, saying there was a “culture of impunity” at the organization.

When allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation surfaced in the press in September 2020, Tedros said he was “outraged” and that anyone found to be involved would face serious consequences. WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan claimed the agency had “absolutely no details” of the abuse.

But the internal U.N. report noted that Tedros was informed of sexual abuse allegations in 2019 and that some cases of alleged misconduct were discussed by senior WHO staff shortly after they occurred. Tedros himself travelled to Congo 14 times during the outbreak and said he was personally responsible for WHO’s Ebola response.

To date, no senior managers at WHO linked to the sexual misconduct have been fired; Tedros said last month that because the U.N. report found there was no evidence managers acted improperly, three suspended officials returned to work.

WHO has refused to comment on the internal U.N. report, but Tedros has said repeatedly that he has “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse and exploitation, pointing to the creation of a new department to prevent misconduct. Dr. Gaya Gamhewage, who heads that work, told U.N. investigators that prior to being appointed, “sexual exploitation and abuse were not familiar terms to her.”

Tedros said earlier this month that the agency has established a $2 million fund to help survivors of sexual abuse in Congo, but it’s unclear how many women have obtained assistance.

Jeanette, a woman who says she was impregnated by a WHO doctor while working at an Ebola center in Butembo, said she was pressured into having an abortion, which nearly killed her. She said she is waiting for WHO to punish the doctor responsible for her pregnancy and has had no offers of financial compensation.

“I don’t have the strength to work since the abortion,” she said. “WHO should know that their staffers are flatterers, freeloaders and liars.”

Source: Voice of America

Phone Firms Promise ‘Tsunami of Innovation’ at Barcelona Meeting

The big beasts of the telecom industry kicked off their most important annual get-together in Barcelona on Monday, promising to lead a “tsunami of innovation”, as they try to shrug off a major slump across the technology sector.

Some 80,000 delegates are expected at the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is back to near full strength following years of pandemic-related disruption.

Industrial titans like Huawei, Nokia and Samsung are set to showcase their latest innovations, flanked by smartphone makers like Oppo and Xiaomi and network operators like Orange, Verizon and China Mobile.

“We are at the doors of a new change of era driven by the intersection of Telco, Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Web3,” said Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, boss of Spanish operator Telefonica and current chairman of industry body GSMA, which organizes the Barcelona event.

He promised the telecoms industry would be at the forefront of the “tsunami of innovation”, adding: “Without telcos there is no digital future.”

But many of the firms are more concerned with finding a path back to profit as the global economy stutters and the wider tech sector slashes thousands of jobs.

In the first clear sign that the ills of the wider tech sector are reaching telecoms, equipment maker Ericsson announced 8,500 layoffs last week.

Overall sales of smartphones last year slumped by 11.3 percent compared with 2021, according to the IDC consultancy.

Research firm Gartner reckons sales of smartphones, tablets and computers will fall again by four percent this year.

And network operators are still struggling to make 5G pay, years after they spent billions in government auctions for the right to use the bandwidth.

‘Unsustainable situation’

A hugely popular idea for many at the show is to get the owners of bandwidth-hungry platforms like YouTube, Netflix and Facebook to pay network operators a “fair share”.

Christel Heydemann, boss of French operator Orange, said the five largest users — which she did not name — account for 55% of daily traffic on European networks, costing telecoms firms 15 billion euros ($16 billion) a year.

She said it was an “unsustainable situation” and welcomed a public consultation launched by EU commissioner Thierry Breton last week.

But Breton told the MWC on Monday that it was not a “binary choice” or a battle between telecoms and big tech.

He said the idea was for everyone to make sure Europe had the best possible network by 2030 and warned that telecoms firms “will have to adapt to survive”.

Critics of the “fair share” narrative point out that customers already pay the operators for use of their networks.

Netflix boss Greg Peters, who is unlikely to be enthusiastic about the fair share proposal, is expected at the MWC on Tuesday.

Huawei center stage

The organizers are trumpeting the return of Chinese delegates as a vital boon to the event.

Chinese firms heavily sponsor the MWC and Huawei is once again getting pride of place, this time hosting the biggest dedicated pavilion in the event’s decades-long history.

The Chinese tech giant was the second biggest smartphone maker in the world in 2020 but retreated after US regulators accused it of being controlled by Beijing.

The firm is now under pressure in Europe, where Breton and other commissioners are pushing for its equipment to be removed from 5G network infrastructure.

Huawei boss Eric Xu said before the event he would use the MWC to display products that would “help carriers meet evolving demand and unleash more opportunities for new growth”.

In total, GSMA said the four-day show would host almost 750 operators and manufacturers and 2,000 exhibitors.

Source: Voice of America

Media Drop ‘Dilbert’ After Creator’s Black ‘Hate Group’ Remark

The creator of the Dilbert comic strip faced a backlash of cancellations Saturday while defending remarks describing people who are Black as members of “a hate group” from which white people should “get away.”

Various media publishers across the U.S. denounced the comments by Dilbert creator Scott Adams as racist, hateful and discriminatory while saying they would no longer provide a platform for his work.

Andrews McMeel Syndication, which distributes Dilbert, did not immediately respond Saturday to requests for comment. But Adams defended himself on social media against those who he said “hate me and are canceling me.”

Dilbert is a long-running comic that pokes fun at office-place culture.

The backlash began following an episode this past week of the YouTube show, Real Coffee with Scott Adams. Among other topics, Adams referenced a Rasmussen Reports survey that had asked whether people agreed with the statement “It’s OK to be white.”

Most agreed, but Adams noted that 26% of Black respondents disagreed and others weren’t sure.

The Anti-Defamation League says the phrase was popularized in 2017 as a trolling campaign by members of the discussion forum 4chan but then began being used by some white supremacists.

Adams, who is white, repeatedly referred to people who are Black as members of a “hate group” or a “racist hate group” and said he would no longer “help Black Americans.”

“Based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from Black people,” Adams said on his Wednesday show.

In another episode of his online show Saturday, Adams said he had been making a point that “everyone should be treated as an individual” without discrimination.

“But you should also avoid any group that doesn’t respect you, even if there are people within the group who are fine,” Adams said.

The Los Angeles Times cited Adams’ “racist comments” while announcing Saturday that Dilbert will be discontinued Monday in most editions and that its final run in the Sunday comics — which are printed in advance — will be March 12.

The San Antonio Express-News, which is part of Hearst Newspapers, said Saturday that it will drop the Dilbert comic strip, effective Monday, “because of hateful and discriminatory public comments by its creator.”

The USA Today Network tweeted Friday that it also will stop publishing Dilbert “due to recent discriminatory comments by its creator.”

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and other publications that are part of Advance Local media also announced that they are dropping Dilbert.

“This is a decision based on the principles of this news organization and the community we serve,” wrote Chris Quinn, editor of The Plain Dealer. “We are not a home for those who espouse racism. We certainly do not want to provide them with financial support.”

Christopher Kelly, vice president of content for NJ Advance Media, wrote that the news organization believes in “the free and fair exchange of ideas.”

“But when those ideas cross into hate speech, a line must be drawn,” Kelly wrote.

Source: Voice of America