World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), celebrated today, March 15, is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, to demand that those rights are respected and protected, and a chance to protest against the market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights. The theme for 2019 is ‘‘Trusted Smart Products”.Digital technology is having a dramatic impact on consumers around the world, creating many new benefits including better communication, access to information and greater choice and convenience.“From smartphones to wearable fitness trackers, to voice-activated assistants and smart TVs, many of the products we use are increasingly becoming connected by default,” Consumers International noted. “This World Consumers Rights Day we will be highlighting what consumers want and need from a connected world and how important it is to put them at the heart of the development of these digital products and services.”Whilst consumers undoubtedly benefit from these technologies, there are questions about how to improve the quality of services, which online services and products consumers can trust and what happens to the data they share online.It is estimated that by 2020, 52 per cent of the world’s population will be online – this means the number of people accessing the Internet will have grown tremendously. Technology has given many consumers more choice, convenience and information, but important issues remain.Guyana will join in the observance to mark the occasion, which brings together more than 200 member organisations in more than 100 countries to champion the rights of consumers everywhere. Undoubtedly, there are important issues to be addressed, for instance, what is digital consumer trust and how can we build it?Throughout the course of her tenure, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes has pointed to the benefits of E-commerce and encouraged persons from all backgrounds and profession to use the Internet as a way of finding online markets. She expounded on her belief that Information and communications technology (ICT) would deliver the transformation within the Guyana, noting too that enhanced connectivity will facilitate opportunities for business development, research, and education. Certain services at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) are already available online and the Minister assured that the objective is to place every single public service online including drivers’ licences; business compliance certificates; land, housing, mining and forestry permits among others.While it is clear that efforts are underway to give those not yet connected a chance to do so, at an affordable cost, the challenge is in ensuring everyone’s data is kept safe and secure and to help consumers know which services they can trust. Integral to this is consumer protection and empowerment.If Guyana is to progress along the digital trajectory, consumers will be required more than ever, to give personal information such as bank account details, credit card details, email addresses, identity details or medical information when accessing goods and services online. When this information is lost, or stolen, the effects can be serious. Consumers, therefore, need to be aware of their rights and what actions can be taken. Local consumer protection bodies in Guyana, including the Guyana National Bureau of Standards, the Public Utilities Commission and the Competition and Consumers Affairs Commission should be lauded for their continued efforts to sensitise the public on their rights and for dissemination of pertinent information. These entities have also recognised that in this digital age consumers need to be protected more than ever, and have charged service providers to find secure and reliable ways of utilising data and to address the challenges by developing strategies that will lead to a trustworthy digital world for all consumers. It is now up to businesses to create more reliable and secure means of conducting business.
LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Garrison Mathews added 11 points for Washington (2-2), and Isaac Bonga had 10.Charles Brown led Atlanta (1-3) with 16 points. Tahjere McCall scored all 12 of his points in the first half. De’Andre Hunter, the No. 4 overall pick, did not play for the second straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsROCKETS 87, JAZZ 78Chris Clemons, the national scoring leader last season at Campbell, had 19 points in Houston’s victory over Utah. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READ For thousands of fans, queuing is a Wimbledon tradition Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Clemons and Zach Thomas each scored 11 points in the first half as Houston build a 51-38 lead. Houston (2-2) led by as many as 20 points in the second half.Thomas finished with 12 points, and Gary Clark and Johnathan Williams each had 13.Tony Bradley had 23 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks for Utah (2-2), and Willie Reed added 13 points. The Jazz has 21 turnovers.CELTICS 113, GRIZZLIES 87Grant Williams scored 21 points, Robert Williams had 16 points and 16 rebounds and Boston handed Memphis its first loss.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Boston, Detroit and Minnesota are the only undefeated teams — with four wins apiece.Seven-foot-6 Tacko Fall added 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Celtics. They led by 17 points at the break.Dusty Hannahs led Memphis (3-1) with 15 points. Grayson Allen was ejected with 9:12 remaining in the fourth quarter after a flagrant foul on Grant Williams.CLIPPERS 83, KINGS 80Amir Coffey had 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Los Angeles beat Sacramento.Coffey’s driving layup with 12.5 seconds left capped the scoring, with Milton Doyle missing a layup at the other end and the Clippers running out the clock.Mfiondu Kabengele added 15 points, David Michineau had 14, Kaiser Gates 11 and Jerome Robinson 10 for Los Angeles (3-1). The Clippers shot just 29% in the first half and trailed by 10 points.Wenyen Gabriel led Sacramento (2-2) with 18 points. Kyle Guy made a steal and beat the third-quarter buzzer with his only 3-pointer of the game to give Sacramento a 63-62 lead.RAPTORS 94, PACERS 79Dewan Hernandez scored 18 points, Richard Solomon had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto kept Indiana winless. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division View comments Washington Wizards’ Rui Hachimura shoots against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Rui Hachimura scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half to help the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 76-74 on Thursday in the NBA Summer League.Selected ninth overall last month, the former Gonzaga star was 9 of 12 from the field with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds and two blocks. He scored 10 points in the third quarter as Washington took a 52-51 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Malcolm Miller and Terence Davis each added 16 points for Toronto (2-2). The Raptors had a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter for an 83-71 lead.Aaron Holiday led Indiana (0-4) with 23 points, but was just 6 of 26 from the field. Brian Bowen II added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Alize Johnson had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Indiana star Victor Oladipo sat courtside.THUNDER 92, TRAIL BLAZERS 87Kevin Hervey had a four-point possession late in the fourth quarter and scored 20 points in Oklahoma City’s victory over Portland.Hamidou Diallo and Deonte Burton each had 14 points, and Luguentz Dort added 12 for Oklahoma City (3-1). Hervey had 13 points in the first half, beating the buzzer from the paint to give the Thunder a 48-36 lead.Gary Trent Jr. had 22 points and eight rebounds for Portland (1-3). He shot 8 of 24, going 2 of 14 from 3-point range. Portland center Hassan Whiteside, who was traded from the Miami Heat earlier this month, was in attendance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists
Twenty-four-year-old Patrick Watts appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, accompanied by his lawyer, to answer to a charge of fraudulent conversion on Monday.The father of two, of Friendship Village, East Bank Demerara (EBD), opted to have his case heard summarily at the Magistrates’ Courts, and pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that between August 24, 2017 and September 11, 2017, at Durban Street, Georgetown, whilst being a bailee of one Toyota minibus valued at .1 million, property of Elvis Smith, he fraudulently converted same to his own use and benefit.The defendant’s lawyer argued that Watts was a first-time offender, posing no flight risk and requested reasonable bail in the circumstances.Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves relayed the facts which revealed that the Virtual Complainant (VC) had entrusted to the accused the said vehicle to operate and keep at the cost of 00 per week. According to Gonsalves, the defendant had stopped making payments after some time and the VC’s efforts to contact him via phone calls, hereafter, proved futile.The court was informed that Smith reported the incident to the Police who traced the bus to Timehri, EBD, where it was discovered to have been stripped of some of its parts.Investigations revealed that the defendant had sold the bus to a third party for some 0,000, a fact to which he admitted in a caution statement, according to Police.The accused was placed on 0,000 bail pending the outcome of the trial, which is expected to commence on October 16, 2017.
By Raphael Satter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – One contestant had a mustache twisted into the shape of London’s Tower Bridge; others sported bushy beards that would make Grizzly Adams envious. In the end, Beard Team USA nabbed four of the top honors – by a whisker – at the World Beard and Mustache Championships. About 250 shaggy men from around the world competed Saturday in 17 different classes of facial hair at the competition in Brighton, England. The mustache categories include the “Dali” – slender with long tips, straight or arching up – and the big and bushy “Hungarian,” while the beard categories ranged from the shorter “Verdi” to the rounder, more expansive “Garibaldi.” Those with particularly fanciful fuzz – like the man with the Tower Bridge growing from his face – competed in freestyle categories. Competitors were barred from using extensions or hair pins, although wax and hairspray were allowed in some cases. The first championship was held by beard enthusiasts in Germany in 1990. The next in 2009 will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. “Anchorage knows how to put on a show,” said David Traver, 42, who is organizing the 2009 event. “And they have a fantastic appreciation for whiskers.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The event had long been dominated by German beard clubs, but the Americans made a strong showing at this year’s competition, taking victories in four categories. Jack Passion, a 23-year-old from San Francisco, won the highly competitive “Full Natural Beard” competition with his flowing orange fuzz. “I feel fantastic,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m 23 and I have the best beard in the world.” He attributed part of his success to his outfit, a blue tuxedo and bowler hat, which helped bring out the red in his beard. “I looked like a groom,” he said. “Too bad you never get married when you have a huge beard.”
California Highway Patrol Lt. Merritt Mielke said officers checked with businesses along the freeway to see if any security cameras caught the suspect’s vehicle getting off the freeway.Among the uncertainties is the type of vehicle that hit Granado.Mielke said one party described it as an SUV-type while another said it was a smaller vehicle.Assisted by the crime lab, officers inspected a black sport utility vehicle last month but ruled it out as the suspect’s vehicle, said CHP Officer Edmund Zorrilla.“So far, we haven’t had any other leads,” Zorrilla said. “We need the public’s help.”July 20, 2007Every morning, Granado would leave the house about 3:30 a.m. He wanted to avoid traffic. He would stop at the 7-Eleven on Vincent Avenue to pick up coffee, then jump on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway. He started work at 6:30 a.m.He also made a point to kiss his wife before leaving. He would start at her forehead and kiss around her face.On July 20, he left home at about his usual time.Granado was heading west on the 10 Freeway when he was rear-ended by a Toyota Yaris and knocked off his Harley-Davidson Sportster, according to the CHP.Zorrilla said the Yaris pulled over to the shoulder with the motorcycle stuck to its grill. As Granado tried to stand up, he was run over by another vehicle that fled the scene.“It just ran him over. Based on witnesses’ statements, it was a black SUV or a dark-colored SUV-type vehicle,” Zorrilla said.Paramedics pronounced Granado dead on the freeway.About 6:50 a.m., two CHP officers and a woman from the Coroner’s Office knocked on the Granados’ door bearing the grim news.It was a closed-casket funeral. Rosie Granado said the mortuary discouraged them from seeing his body. His children asked to at least see his feet but were denied, she added.The only family member who saw the body was a niece who was a mortician. She dressed him in a suit.“We didn’t even get to see his body or tell him goodbye. To me, my husband went to work and never came back,” Rosie Granado said. “I wanted to be able to kiss him goodbye.”A quiet manRalph Granado comes from a family of eight children and was known as “Ralphie.” Relatives described the longtime Harley-Davidson aficionado as a quiet man who preferred the company of his family, loved to fish and to watch his grandchildren’s soccer and baseball games.Family members said he wanted to take early retirement and spend time with his grandkids.“He was happiest the most when with family,” Rosie Granado said.He was into Harley-Davidsons and often wore something with the company’s logo. He bought his ultimate goal, a Sportster, a couple of years ago.He visited his 83-year-old mother, Jessie Granado, in West Covina every day after work.“My mother was recovering from a stroke she had. He made a point to see her every single day after that,” Becky Granado said.Two of his siblings preceded him in death. One of them, Danny, died in an accident 30 years ago in El Monte. He was a passenger in a car driven by someone drunk, Becky Granado said. She said no charges were ever filed against the driver.She vowed not to let someone else get away with the death of another brother. She will try to find who this anonymous killer is.“This time I will not allow it. Two brothers gone like that,” Becky Granado said.Granados’ children wanted their father’s casket to represent the man so they selected a dark wood.“It looked strong. Not for show. Nothing extravagant,” said Granado’s son, Omar, 23.Instead of flowers, Harley-Davidson stickers were placed on the casket.AFTERMATHTragedy would once more strike the Granado family five days after Granado was killed.Their 15-year-old cousin, Martin Granado of Whittier, was hit by a Toyota Matrix as he was walking July 25 on Lambert Road in the unincorporated area of Whittier.Prosecutors charged the driver, Melissa Serrato, 27, of Pico Rivera, with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She has a Sept. 13 arraignment at Whittier Court.Ralph Granado’s family has yet to see anyone arrested in their case. They are still trying to cope with his loss as well.Rosie Granado quit her job at a day-care center. She hasn’t been back to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Irwindale, where for years she and her husband helped the priest give out the Eucharist.“It’s very hard for me to walk in that church by myself,” she said.She got a jolt this week when the mail included an envelope addressed to him containing his driver license. Someone turned it in to the DMV.Rosie Granado wondered what else is lying on that freeway. Maybe the suspect’s driver license? A clue?The family found some of Granado’s property at the scene days after the collision. One of Granado’s sisters found his wallet with the registration for his motorcycle lying by the side of the freeway, Becky Granado said.Omar Granado saw parts of his father’s credit card there too.Becky Granado is writing a letter to the driver who killed her brother. She jots down what she feels every day. She wants to hand it over to the driver so he or she can know what their family is going through.“I know I want to forgive this person but I want to be able to talk to that person. I want this person to read what I’ve written,” Becky Granado said.Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the CHP at (626) email@example.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ralph Granado kissed his wife five times — a buss each for their three children and two grandchildren — then headed to work that Friday morning.But the 55-year-old Covina motorcyclist never made it to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office in downtown where he worked as a printer.He was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver July 20 on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, west of Sunset Avenue in West Covina.It’s been nearly two months since the fatal collision. The hit-and-run driver is still unidentified and a $10,000 reward from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich remains unclaimed. Granado’s family is once more asking the public’s help to find the driver.“There is no closure to this at all. We don’t have a suspect. We have nothing to go by. It’s an open wound,” said Granado’s wife, Rosie, 50.“We have no closure. We are all hurting. Anybody who saw anything, come forward please.”His sister, Becky Granado, 60, of Montebello wondered who the driver could be.“Who do we forgive? We are people of faith. I know you forgive but who can you forgive if you don’t know who?” Becky Granado said.
A LEADING Donegal businessman has claimed that the National Assets Management Agency is ‘turning the county upside down’ in moves that will see hundreds of jobs losses.The well-known businessman spoke to donegaldaily.com on condition he remains anonymous.But he said he wanted to highlight how NAMA is trawling through businesses and causing unnecessary damage to them. The businessman told donegaldaily.com: “They (NAMA) are turning the screw on our county; it will close businesses and hundreds of people will lose their jobs.“We are being made to jump through hoops for nothing. And when we do that, we are told we have to jump through them again.“They are going through everything and in that I mean right through personal stuff too.”He said he was asked about a receipt for a family occasion which was held at a local hotel. “This wasn’t even filed in company business. This was personal,” he claimed.“Someone needs to do something before it’s too late; it will call serious problems for many many people if NAMA goes ahead and winds up businesses which are making money but are hampered by loans on unrelated businesses.”There is growing anger at how NAMA is conducting its affairs.And that is an anger recognised by TD Joe McHugh. He recently launched an initiative to investigate the actions of NAMA“I am currently working on a set of proposals regarding NAMA and its impact on the national economy,” he said. “The so-called National Assets Management Agency has been in operation in our country since late 2009, and it controls assets with an estimated book value of €88billion.“It is a very significant player in the Irish economy, and the role that it plays in our economy needs close analysis.“I invite constituents whose businesses or personal finances are being affected by NAMA to contact me for discussions about issues relevant to NAMA.“I am available at firstname.lastname@example.org or at my office on Lower Main Street, Letterkenny (tel: 074 91 64787)”. Donegaldaily understands that several business leaders have contacted the TD.NAMA ‘TURNING THE SCREW ON DONEGAL BUSINESSES’ – CLAIM was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaljoe mchugh tdNAMA
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips SACRAMENTO – With Election Day just five weeks away, bad news keeps mounting for Phil Angelides: Not only is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate trailing Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger by double digits, but one of his key campaign strategies – trying to link Schwarzenegger to President George W. Bush – isn’t working. Schwarzenegger leads Angelides, 46 percent to 33 percent among voters, according to a poll released Monday by the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University. Perhaps more worrisome to Angelides, more than 60 percent of voters say their low regard for President George W. Bush – whose approval rating in California was a dismal 27 percent – has no bearing on their preference for governor. Angelides frequently reminds voters that Schwarzenegger campaigned for Bush’s re-election in 2004 and backed the president’s invasion of Iraq. Angelides also argues that the Republican president and governor favor policies that benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class. But so far, voters aren’t impressed. The institute’s director, Philip J. Trounstine, said. “There’s no question Bush is hugely unpopular, but nothing Angelides has said or done has translated Bush’s unpopularity into anti-Schwarzenegger sentiment.” Amanda Crumley, communications director for Angelides, said ads tying Schwarzenegger to Bush haven’t been airing long enough to declare the strategy a failure. The key will be this month, Crumley said, when she predicted Angelides will have the resources to compete with Schwarzenegger on TV. Crumley also noted that despite his lead, Schwarzenegger’s approval rating is in the mid-40s, according to the poll. “He appears to be hitting a ceiling,” Crumley said, whereas “we’ve got room to grow and we feel good about where we are.” Schwarzenegger campaign manager Steve Schmidt said the poll shows that the governor’s message is resonating, and that voters view the governor independently of Bush. “Gov. Schwarzenegger governs from the center,” Schmidt said. “He’s his own man, and voters understand that.” A series of polls the past week have showed Angelides trailing Schwarzenegger by 10 to 17 points. At the heart of the Democratic treasurer’s troubles is his poor showing within his own party: The San Jose State poll shows only 61 percent of Democrats back Angelides, compared with 83 percent of Republicans who support the governor. Schwarzenegger even leads Angelides in the Bay Area, typically a Democratic stronghold, 42 to 37 percent in the poll. “I wouldn’t say the fat lady is singing,” Trounstine said, “but she’s warming up.” The Institute’s poll questioned 902 Californians, including 585 voters, from Sept. 26-30. The margin of error for voters was 4 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Davy Klaassen 1 Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen’s move to Napoli has stalled.The Dutchman is desperate to leave Goodison Park before today’s transfer deadline after failing to break into the first team.Napoli are working on a deal for the former Ajax captain and they are hoping to land him on loan.However, according to Sky Italia, negotiations have stalled and Klaassen is in limbo.Napoli are struggling to reach an agreement over the player’s image rights, while the fact he is cup tied for the Europa League is also a concern.
9 Luckily for the lower sides, but not for Fulham and Huddersfield Town, two relegation places have already been decided, leaving just one spare.Brighton and Hove Albion and Cardiff City are the two clubs currently most at risk but you never know what will happen in the English top flight.And with Man City also in the FA Cup final there is a real chance the team who finish seventh can grab a Europa League spot – and right now anyone from seventh to 12th could find themselves in that spot come May 12. Will it all end in misery for Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions But how will the table look after the final four or so games of the season?In order to determine how the final stage of season will play out, talkSPORT.com has fired up its famous Super Computer for one last time this campaign to predict the final 2018/19 Premier League table.You can see the results below… Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 10. Bournemouth9. Leicester City8. Watford7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 14. Newcastle United13. West Ham United12. Crystal Palace11. Everton Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 9 Arsenal players may not have done enough to secure a top four spot, according to the Super Computer How the Premier League table currently looks. REVEALED Liverpool star Mohamed Salah challenges Manchester City ace Fernandinho for the ball. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Super Computer reckons the Saints are safe under Ralph Hasenhuttl. ADVICE Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Marco Silva has had a tough first season at Everton 9 no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker The Super Computer reckons it is Man City who will be celebrating come the end of the season – will it be right? tense 9 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 9 2. Liverpool (Champions League qualification)1. Manchester City (Premier League champions and Champions League qualification) LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES We may be in the middle of April, but we are still nowhere near finding out where most Premier League teams will finish in May.The title race is looking set to become legendary as Liverpool and Manchester City battle to the very end, while the race to finish third and fourth and qualify for the Champions League is also set to go down to the wire. BEST OF REVEALED 9 4. Chelsea (Champions League qualification)3. Tottenham Hotspur (Champions League qualification) shining 9 Wolves have smashed their Premier League points record and could secure their highest finish too 9 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY 18. Cardiff City (relegated)17. Brighton and Hove Albion 16. Burnley15. Southampton 9 Toby Alderweireld may been in his final season at Spurs, if reports are true, but he’s given his all huge blow And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!20. Huddersfield Town (relegated)19. Fulham (relegated) 6. Manchester United (Europa League qualification – second qualifying round)5. Arsenal (Europa League qualification – group stage)
Client benefits “Additionally, the clients will benefit from greater scale, deeper domain expertise, comprehensive and flexible solution offerings, robust financial strength, and a rich international talent pool,” Sen said. CCN chief executive Lawrence Brick believed they had found the right partner to guide the company towards future growth, and that the transaction was a win for the company’s customers, employees and stockholders. South Africa will be an integral part of Aegis’s growth strategy, and the company will invest up to $60-million (about R500-million) to expand, develop skills, bring in international experience and create up to 5 000 jobs in the country over the long term. CCN had revenues in excess of R150-million for 2008/09, with significant revenues from clients located in the UK. Aegis belongs to Indian conglomerate Essar Group, and has revenues of approximately US$500-million. The company services several Fortune 500 companies worldwide in the telecoms, banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare and travel sectors, and has 32 facilities in countries including the US, Philippines, India, Costa Rica and Kenya. “CCN is a strategic fit for Aegis,” Aegis CEO Aparup Sengupta said in a statement this week. “This combined entity will offer CCN’s clients and prospects and expanded set of solutions and services from a broader geographic delivery platform.” Destination for business “With this transaction, Aegis proves its commitment to develop South Africa as a destination for international business,” Brick said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Aegis chief marketing officer Sandip Sen said that with more than 33 000 employees globally, Aegis was well positioned to provide customised solutions to meet today’s business needs. Indian business process outsourcing (BPO) company Aegis has acquired Call Centre Nucleus, one of the largest privately owned call centre operators in South Africa, for an undisclosed amount. Johannesburg-based Call Centre Nucleus (CCN) has been in the BPO business for the last seven years and has a capacity of 700 seats, with over 1 000 employees operating out of its two facilities. Its core competence lies in end-to-end inbound customer service in the contact centre arena. 10 July 2009 Growth strategy