Australia rejects call for joint Apple negotiations

first_img Apple Pay tipped to cement mobile payment leadership Apple PayCBANABWestpac Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Author Australia’s antitrust regulator failed to grant interim approval for three of the country’s largest banks to jointly negotiate access to the Apple Pay platform.Given the complexity of the issues, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was unable to grant interim authorisation at short notice.“The ACCC requires more time to consult and consider the views of industry, consumers, and other interested parties,” chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.The banks involved are Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac and National Australia Bank, three of the country’s four largest. They are supported by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.Apple had strongly opposed the banks’ request.The regulator said it took a number of factors into account, including “the potential for continuing effects on competition in the market, the extent of urgency for the request, any possible harm to the applicants or other parties if interim authorisation is granted or denied, and possible public benefits and detriments”.The entire ACCC authorisation process usually takes a maximum of six months, including the release of a draft decision for consultation before a final decision.  The regulator expects to release its draft decision in October 2016.“The ACCC’s decision not to grant interim authorisation at this time is not indicative of whether or not a draft or final authorisation will be granted,” Sims said.The banks want to collectively negotiate with Apple on a range of issues, including whether they are allowed to access NFC hardware on Apple devices to enable contactless payments through their own apps.The US company does not allow third-party payment apps, which might compete with Apple Pay, to be loaded onto its devices.The banks argue that Apple does allows third-party apps that utilise other widely available wireless technology, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so denying NFC is inconsistent, and constitutes anti-competitive behaviour. Orange Bank adds Google Pay integration AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 AUG 2016 Previous ArticleBlue Label deal for Cell C still going ahead – reportNext ArticleMTS sees mixed Q2 center_img Richard Handford Apple Pay pushes faster payments for London transport Related HomeMoneyNews Australia rejects call for joint Apple negotiations Tags Money last_img read more

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You can help stop gender-based violence

first_imgSometimes I feel so helpless and despondent about all the violence against women and children in our country and want to know what we can do to prevent this or help find solutions. I was also once a victim of partner abuse but got myself out of this bad situation. I want to now help others but the problem seems out of control.Thank you for raising this important topic, especially at this time in South Africa. Yes indeed gender-based violence has become a scourge of pandemic proportion, both locally and globally, according to the World Bank. While both men and women can be victims, violence against women, often at the hands of men, is a unique category of violence that relies on the historical and current unequal balance of power between men and women, boys and girls. Violence against women is the crucial element that reinforces men’s power and control over women throughout the world. On some level, most of us participate in the culture that supports and encourages violence against women and girls, in both small ways (like telling our friends to “man up” when they have to do something difficult) and large ways (beating or raping women and girls). Here are some small and big ways we can work to end it, or at least interrupt it, every single day.For everyone:Educate yourself on violence against women; learn the facts and the prevalence.Believe survivors, in most cases, if not all, they are not fabricating their experience to gain attention.Be aware that dating violence and sexual assault affects one in three girls and one in six boys by the time they are 18.Contact your local school body and ask them to address sexual harassment in schools.Speak out against all forms of violence, including any you witness or hear about. Report abusers (you can remain anonymous to protect your identity). Question gender roles and assumptions which most of us take for granted. For example, skewed assumptions that claim men are supposed to control women, have every right to assert their power over women, and women are supposed to be in a submissive role in relationships; that boys (or real men) do not cry and girls are emotional, irrational and therefore need to be treated like children and rightfully castigated where necessary; that men cannot control their sexuality and women who dress in a particular way provoke men and it is their own fault when a man loses control of himself, either sexually or otherwise. Respect and embrace diversity in every form, including in race, culture, gender, ability and teach this to your children from a young age. Respect a person’s right to say “no” – including a child’s right.Respect your partner’s right to disagree or have their own opinion.Don’t blame the victim, saying “she was looking for it because she was drunk” or “she was wearing too skimpy clothes”. Instead, reinforce that rape is never the victim’s fault and always is the perpetrator’s. Speak out against the media’s portrayal of violence against women and all violence.Learn how racism, sexism and homophobia are connected.Acknowledge that gender-based violence does happen in your own community.Learn about power and control tactics.Ask permission before pursuing physical or sexual contact with someone.Realise that sexual violence is about power and control, not sex.Teach children that respect is the minimum in a relationship, and lead by example.Ask your priest, rabbi, pastor, cleric, or spiritual leader to hold a special service to raise awareness and promote safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators.Avoid engaging in, supporting or encouraging sexual harassment by speaking up when you see or hear it.Teach children that violence never solves problems.Know that most sex offenders aren’t strangers – 86% are known to their victim. Be courageous; don’t be afraid to speak up for those who have lost their voice and dignity.Praise women and girls for something other than the way they look.Discourage racist, sexist or homophobic jokes.Advocate for more youth violence prevention programmes.Get others to speak out against sexual violence.Avoid buying music that glorifies sexual violence and the objectification of women and girls. Urge your local radio stations to stop playing such music.Invite Rape Crisis to speak to your class, work or community group.Stop yourself or others from taking advantage of someone who is intoxicated.Make a decision to become an active bystander by speaking up and calling for help when necessary.Respect the choices victims and survivors make to survive.Think globally and act locally; we are all impacted by any violence in the end.Engage others in discussions about violence against women.Learn about healthy boundaries and don’t be afraid to voice your feelings and needs in your relationship. Listen to others and respect their boundaries too.Celebrate all aspects of masculinity, including compassion, kindness and sensitivity.For men:Choose your words carefully and respectfully when speaking about women.Show your strength by speaking up to men who abuse their strength and power over others. Refuse to allow the media or other people to define what it means to be a man for you.Know that it takes more than just not being a batterer or a rapist to be a good man.Treat all women and girl children with respect.Ask, don’t assume you know what your partner wants.Get involved with movements that oppose gender violence. Refuse to coerce or manipulate your partner/others in order to get your way; and be willing to compromise and accept “no” as an answer – this is a sign of strength not weakness.Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist. Write to her at [email protected] or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774.last_img read more

Ellis Young III Voted Onto GSC Men’s Basketball All-Decade Team

first_img2011-20 GSC MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-DECADE TEAMBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – From 2012-14, Ellis Young III was one of the most exciting players to put on a UWF uniform, scoring the third-most points by a 2-year player in UWF history, and on Tuesday was recognized as a member of the Gulf South Conference Men’s Basketball All-Decade Team for the period of 2011-20. The Merritt Island, Fla. native came to Pensacola after two seasons at Brevard Community College – the same school then-UWF coach Bob Stinnett attended and later spent time as an assistant coach – and immediately made his impact on the program. In his first game as an Argonaut, he came off the bench to score 21 points – 18 in the second half alone – on a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor and had earned a starting spot by game four. Young had 14 games with at least 20 points, three of 30 or more and a UWF single-game record of 41, going 15-of-22 in a win over West Georgia that season.  Print Friendly Version Young was voted to the 17-member team as an Honorable Mention selection. His 548 points in the 2012-13 campaign are the second-most in Argo basketball history, and coupled with his 54.6 percent shooting, earned him First Team All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Division II Bulletin. He earned First Team All-South Region and All-GSC after he led the league in scoring with 19.5 points per game and was also in the top three in field goal percentage and blocked shots (38, 1.4 bpg). As a senior, the 6-foot-4 guard/forward ranked in the top 25 in the GSC in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (4.4 rpg), blocks (21) and free throw percentage (76.2). Young ended his career in the school’s top 10 in points, points per game (16.6), free throws made (262), free throws attempted (351), blocked shots (59). He shot 52 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line, while adding three double-doubles. He was a 2-time FCSAA All-Southern Conference performer at BCC following a standout career at Cocoa High School, which included leading the Tigers to the 2009 Class 4A state championship as the team’s Most Valuable Player.last_img read more