Excelsior set for Grace Shield honours

first_imgEltham High are mounting a spirited challenge heading into today’s third and final day of the urban area ISSA/GraceKennedy Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.However, it is still Excelsior High’s match to lose.Resuming on 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears of Excelsior High’s first innings score of 228, Eltham were dismissed for 96 in their first innings.Part-time left-arm spinner, Raewin Senior, with six for 26, was the chief wicket-taker for the boys from the Mountain View Avenue-based institution, with captain Orande Pearson, a part-time off-spinner, claiming three for 23.Enjoying a comfortable lead of 132, Excelsior were then bowled out for 178 in their second innings. Pearson, 74, Raymond Hall, 28, and Okachie Brown, 24, scored most runs against the part-time off-spin of Eltham captain, Ramone Francis, who took four for 53. Javion Brown and Leshawn Heslop, picked up two wickets each.Set 311 for an outright win, Eltham closed the day on 58 for three, 253 runs adrift.last_img read more

Ecobank Launches OMNI for Corporate Customers

first_imgEcobank Liberia, the Pan-African Bank, has introduced ‘Ecobank Omni Electronic Banking Platform,’ a new internet based cash management product to the Liberian market, which will ease money transactions from different parts of the world. Ecobank Omni is a portal for the bank’s customers to manage corporate banking transactions and information online. It is a multi-geography, multi-language and multi-currency platform that offers comprehensive set of electronic banking services to enhance service delivery.At the Ecobank 2016 customer’s forum event last Friday in Monrovia, the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Steve Saah Howard, said the new product would offer customers an integrated cash management system that is flexible enough to accommodate varying business practices locally and across the globe. “This is an exciting new solution from the Ecobank Group that will enhance their services to customers and was developed as a result of feedback on the poor performance the bank received from its clients,” he added.He said Ecobank Omni is essentially a resource for multinationals, public corporations, international organizations and financial institutions that do business in or with Africa that will help them maximize their local and regional opportunities.According to him, Ecobank differentiates itself by offering unique, customer-focused products and services, adding that the Ecobank Omni is one such well-thought-out product based on an in-depth understanding and anticipation of the needs of their customers.“This is a manifestation of Ecobank’s vision to continually automate, develop and improve on our products and services, while taking full advantage of every opportunity that exists in our markets to grow,” Howard said.He stated that Ecobank Omni is a secure electronic banking channel providing corporate clients with single access for transaction and reporting needs.“This product offers a comprehensive suite of flexible online cash management solutions – all designed to help their corporate clients increase productivity,” he added.“With real-time global account access and customizable setup features, you gain control over your critical financials at every level of your organization,” he said, “stressing that irrespective of where you are in the world you are able to securely keep track of your payments, receivables and liquidity.”He added that the product would also allow every possible payment scenario such as bank transfers, interbank and offshore payments, and cheque insurance in local and foreign currencies; and the platform also allows for bulk file upload of salary and supplier payments.Mr. Howard indicated that they built the required security features to ensure that transactions are fully covered and protected.“User access can be restricted to accounts and functions. We are able to replicate your approval limits on this platform based on your internal signing matrix. The platform also allows multiple payment authorizations based on account, amount and payment type,” he noted.Going through the securities, he said, the Omni security has multiple tiers of firewall to prevent unauthorized access to your servers including role-based security implementation with each user configured to access particular accounts or perform specific tasks as per their designation within the company; and secure deployment of Trust Gate device provided by Identity Trust.In several recommendations and other feedback, he said, customers called on the bank to improve on its manager’s checks, transferring of large sums of money to another bank and refusing students’ school fees, among others.Giving the vote of thanks, acting Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia, Mr. David Thompson, promised customers that the bank will improve its customer service to meet their demands. He said the ‘Ecobank Omni Electronic Banking Platform’ is meant to make life easier for corporate clients, since it would enable them to handle multiple financial transactions electronically.The forum was graced by different stakeholders, government officials, NGOs, and other individual business operators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NBA Star Joins Artist To Inspire Kids

first_imgOn Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 NBA Star Amaré Stoudemire and Acclaimed Contemporary Artist and LA Native, RETNA joined together for a live art installation for community children at Pan Pacific Park to inspire kids to engage in the arts.Amar’e Stoudemire and RETNACredit/Copyright: Michael Bezjian / WireImageAmaré and RETNA painted several paintings along with the children and throughout the evening Amaré took breaks to shoot hoops with the children. This park is the same park that RETNA grew up at, and is brought his peer Amaré Stoudemire to create an interactive experience for local youth to engage in arts and sports activities.This is the first “In The Paint” Series launched by Amar’e Stoudemire through his Melech Collection, a platform he created to provide access between emerging artists and burgeoning art enthusiasts. Through the “In the Paint” Series which reflects both his love for art and basketball, he will collaborate with leading and emerging artists in local communities throughout the country to create interactive events to expose youth to art in their community.At the close of the evening Amaré, alongside RETNA, presented a $20,000 check, the largest single donation by an NBA player to date to Pan Pacific Park.Amaré and RETNA were also honored by the city of Los Angeles with certificates of recognition for their charitable work.last_img read more