Daily Archives: July 18, 2019

Viettel déclenche une révolution numérique au Vietnam grâce à sa nouvelle filiale

HANOI, Vietnam, 18 juillet 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Au cœur des développements technologiques rapides, les sociétés technologiques se livrent à une course pour équiper la population locale des toutes dernières avancées et inventions. Viettel, société de télécommunications leader au Vietnam, entend y parvenir en établissant sa huitième filiale, baptisée Viettel Digital Services Corporation. Cette nouvelle entreprise est chargée du développement de stratégies et de la fourniture de solutions visant à créer une société numérique.

Mr. Le Dang Dzung, acting Chairman cum General Director of Viettel Group delivers a speech at the launching ceremony

« Viettel Digital Services Corporation ou VDS se focalisera sur le développement de stratégies dans quelques-uns des principaux secteurs du pays parmi lesquels le secteur financier numérique, des services de données, du crédit, de l’assurance, de la publicité et du commerce électronique. Nous souhaitons que VDS transforme Viettel du statut de société traditionnelle de télécommunications à celui de fournisseur de services numériques, tout en jouant un rôle clé dans la construction de l’économie numérique du Vietnam », a déclaré Le Dang Dzung, président et directeur général de Viettel Group.

L’un des principaux objectifs de VDS consiste à développer pleinement l’argent mobile afin de permettre à tous les utilisateurs mobiles de transférer et de recevoir des fonds, ainsi que d’effectuer des paiements via leur compte mobile quel que soit le lieu où ils se trouvent. Ceci permettra d’éliminer les barrières physiques afin de fournir des services financiers numériques simples aux populations situées dans des zones rurales et isolées, qui disposent d’un accès limité aux services financiers traditionnels. D’après le président, il s’agira également du début de la révolution numérique dans le pays.

« De telles infrastructures financières numériques et négociations numériques permettront non seulement de connecter les personnes au sein du pays, mais nous coopérerons également avec la communauté des entreprises et des startups pour créer une société sans argent liquide. Ceci constituera enfin la base des paiements nationaux et des infrastructures financières au Vietnam », a déclaré M. Le.

VDS se fixe pour objectif de compter 26 millions d’abonnés dans son écosystème, et d’établir 600 000 points de services de paiement d’ici 2025.

Le développement d’une société numérique constitue le tout dernier projet de Viettel afin d’aider le Vietnam à suivre le rythme de la course technologique mondiale. Ces trente dernières années, la société de télécommunications a bâti un réseau de télécommunications couvrant la plupart de la population du pays. Elle a également pénétré de nouveaux secteurs parmi lesquels les services de technologies de l’information, la sécurité des réseaux et les services numériques.

À propos de Viettel

Viettel Group est le plus grand groupe de télécommunications au Vietnam, avec 76 millions de clients. Le groupe possède plus de 20 filiales opérant dans différents segments tels que les télécommunications, les investissements, l’immobilier, les échanges commerciaux internationaux et les services techniques. En 2014, Viettel a enregistré un chiffre d’affaires de 9,8 milliards USD ainsi que des bénéfices de 2 milliards USD, se positionnant parmi les plus grandes sociétés du pays en termes de chiffre d’affaires. Viettel Global est également l’un des plus grands investisseurs vietnamiens à l’étranger. Le groupe exploite actuellement 9 sociétés de télécommunications dans 9 pays d’Asie, d’Afrique et d’Amérique, et compte 13 millions de clients.

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Huobi & CASHU Makes Buying Cryptocurrency Effortless & Easy For Millions Across North Africa & The Mideast

Huobi’s partnership with the regional online payments provider CASHU puts crypto within easy reach of millions of underserved users.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Huobi and the MENA-regional online payments giant CASHU are making accessing cryptocurrency as easy as buying a Netflix subscription or paying a bill for millions of people across the often-underserved regions of North Africa and the Middle East.

Thanks to their new partnership, nearly 2.3 million CASHU users can now buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and EOS (EOS) directly from CASHU’s mobile app. Users don’t need access to a bank account and can even pay in local currencies. Users on CASHU’s mobile app can make crypto transactions as easily and effortlessly as they would paying a bill or signing up for online services.

“A core part of Huobi’s mission has always been making global wealth more accessible so we’re excited to be taking this step with CASHU in furthering our mission,” said Livio Weng, CEO of Huobi Global.

The partnership with CASHU was led and managed by Huobi MENA, Huobi’s Dubai-based Middle Eastern, African, and Turkish branch. “The partnership between Huobi and CASHU is a unique business model that enables virtual digital assets trading to CASHU’s millions of users through a simple mobile app. This unique business model empowers even the unbanked population to trade in cryptos,” said Mohit Davar, co-founder of Huobi MENA. He further added, “We are very excited about this partnership and business model. We will be looking to replicate this with other partners in other countries also.”

Thaer M. Suleiman, CEO of CASHU, also commented on the new partnership. “We are excited about this partnership with Huobi to provide millions of users in the MENA region with the ability to trade cryptocurrencies the easiest way,” he said. “We hope this would be a start of a very fruitful opportunity to bring the experience of Cryptocurrency Trading to a very dynamic, young and exponentially growing region.”

About CASHU & The Partnership:

CASHU is used as a payment method by nearly 2.3 million users and more than 75,000 vendors spread across the Middle East and North African regions as well as 7,000 online merchants and service providers globally. CASHU utilizes sophisticated fraud prevention, Know Your Customer (KYC), and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) systems which meets global standards and reduce the risks associated with online payments for both buyers and merchants.

CASHU is designed from the ground up to accommodate users without access to a bank account. Users can make payments in local fiat currencies with CASHU’s local merchants in order to add credits to their account balances. Using that same balance, the customers can buy cryptos instantly. In addition, customers who wants to physically own cryptos can register an account directly with Huobi and trade over 400+ cryptos.

CASHU charges users a modest and transparent 2% transaction fee for buying and selling cryptos with local currencies – a relative bargain in a region where local currency markups are commonly much higher.

“We’ve seen very strong interest in crypto across MENA but a constant pain point users face is how to access it when all that user has is local fiat currency,” said Davar. “This initiative is a big step towards fixing this problem.”

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About Huobi Group:

Consisting of numerous upstream and downstream enterprises, Huobi Group is a leading global blockchain company. Established in 2013, Huobi Group’s accumulative turnover exceeds US $1 trillion. It proudly provides safe, secure, and convenient cryptocurrency trading and asset management services to millions of users in 130+ countries. For more info, visit www.hbg.com

For more information please contact:
Jiayi Li
+65-9229-5769
media@huobi.com

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About 10,000 Au Pairs to Get Paid in Class-Action Settlement

DENVER � About 10,000 live-in child care workers from around the world will share in a class-action settlement in a case that challenged whether they should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage or members of the family learning about the United States while helping out at home.

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello gave final approval to the $65.5 million deal Thursday during a hearing in Denver, saying the payments to au pairs who filed claims by the May deadline would average $3,500 each.

About 160,000 au pairs who came to the United States to work from 2009 to late 2018 under J-1 visas were identified as having the potential to receive money under the deal announced in January. Notices were sent to nearly all of them, but about 10,000 filed claims by the deadline.

Administrative costs

About 40 percent of the deal will go to pay for administrative costs, lawyers’ fees and other expenses. Lawyers for Towards Justice, a nonprofit Denver law firm that filed the lawsuit in 2014, and the high-profile New York firm of Boises Schiller Flexner were not paid during the case.

The settlement also requires that 15 agencies authorized by the U.S. State Department to connect au pairs with families notify both parties going forward that au pairs can negotiate to be paid more than the minimum $195.75 a week required by the department. The minimum pay is based on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for 45 hours of work minus a 40 percent deduction for room and board.

The agencies, the only ones that sponsored au pairs when the suit was filed, did not admit wrongdoing. One other company was later allowed to bring au pairs to the United States, but lawyers for the au pairs thought it was treating its au pairs more fairly, perhaps because of the pending lawsuit.

The lawsuit, brought by 11 au pairs from Colombia, Australia, Germany, South Africa and Mexico, claimed the agencies colluded to keep their wages low, ignoring overtime and state minimum wage laws and treating the federal minimum wage for au pairs as the maximum they could earn. In some cases, the lawsuit said, parents pushed the limits of their duties, requiring au pairs to do things like feed backyard chickens and help families move, and not allowing them to eat with the family.

Au pairs’ comments

A handful of former au pairs submitted written comments to the court. Echoing allegations in the lawsuit, Alejandra Guadalupe Franyutti Ramirez of Queretaro, Mexico, said she was fired and given a short time to leave the country when she got sick soon after pushing back about her duties while serving as an au pair in Portola Valley, California.

Eva Bein of Germany said she objected to the settlement’s focus on pay, fearing it could hurt the cultural exchange mission. She also said the deal should require sponsors to not only check on au pairs more often but remove host families who mistreat them, noting that agencies now act in the interest of the families who pay them fees to recruit au pairs.

The settlement comes amid a movement to protect the rights of domestic workers, who were originally excluded from federal labor protections. A handful of states have passed domestic worker bills of rights, and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramilla Jayapal introduced a federal version this week.

The settlement did not address whether au pairs are entitled to higher minimum wages in states and cities that have set them above the federal minimum or whether families should be allowed to deduct room and board expenses, something that is generally not permitted when they are seen as a benefit to the employer. The federal appeals court based in Boston is considering the wage issue in a case challenging Massachusetts’ inclusion of au pairs in its domestic bill of rights.

Key reforms seen

David Seligman, executive director of Towards Justice, said the settlement provides important reforms in the industry in addition to the payouts.

“The outcome reaffirms that everyone � including low-wage workers � has the right to a free and competitive marketplace,” he said.

The practice of having au pairs � French for “on par with” � developed in postwar Europe, where young people lived with families in other countries to learn a language in exchange for helping with child care and some housework. In Europe, au pairs generally are limited to working 30 hours a week.

The concept came to the United States in 1986 when the State Department launched it as a cultural exchange program amid a growing demand for child care.

Source: Voice of America

MINSA prepared to halt Ebola spreading

Mbanza Kongo, – The health minister, Silvia Lutucuta, said on Thursday in Mbanza Kongo, the conditions were created to contain “eventual” propagation of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the country.

The WHO assessment indicates that the risk of this epidemic continues to spread in the DRC and in the region “remains very high,” but the risk of expanding out of that region is still low.

The province of Zaire shares a 330-km border with the DRC, of which 180 kilometers of land border and 150 of the river frontier (Zaire River).

To this end, according to Silvia Lutucuta, who spoke to the press, preventive and sanitary control measures were reinforced at the main border posts with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country affected by this highly lethal disease that has already claimed thousands of lives since its resurgence in 2018.

She recalled that the outbreak that hit the neighboring country is the third in recent years, and so the Angolan health authorities have long been prepared to deal with a possible health emergency.

“We have an intense movement of people on both sides of the border with the DRC, both on the border of this province and in others of Angola with that country, so we are following the whole process,” she said.

Source: Angola Press News Agency