Month: July 2019

SF Mission Church Offers Sanctuary to Undocumented Community

first_imgThe Mission’s Episcopal Church of St. John’s the Evangelist on Wednesday joined a number of churches in the San Francisco area and beyond in vowing to protect their immigrant community from deportation.“We’ve given sanctuary to many over the years,” said father Richard Smith, St. John’s vicar, to a group of some 50 community members gathered in front of two red doors marking the entrance of the church at 15th and Julian streets.St. John’s served as a safe haven to members of the gay community during the AIDS epidemic and currently offers temporary shelter to the homeless seeking a reprieve from the streets. On Wednesday, church members reaffirmed their dedication to shielding immigrants from deportation and assisting them in accessing vital resources. That practice has a long history at St. John’s – In the 80s, refugees fleeing the war in El Salvador found protection from immigration and law enforcement officials within its walls. It was during this time that parishioners decided to paint its doors red, signifying its status as a sanctuary church. “We painted the doors red as an indicator – should any of our families…face deportation, we would stand in the way to prevent it,” said Smith. The church renewed its commitment in light of threats of arrest and deportation made against immigrants across the nation by President Donald Trump’s administration. The announcement coincided with the commencement of lent  – a religious period to return to “the values we hold most dear, most important,” said Smith. Earlier, leaders of the faith community and supporters of immigrant rights had met at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to hold a ceremony in observance of Ash Wednesday.About a dozen faith leaders held papers labeled with what they saw as the world’s collective sins – “Deportation,” “Islamophobia,” “Segregation” and “Homophobia,” among others.  One by one, they burned them over a candle set up on the plaza.People tore and burned words of hate. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe group then marched down Mission Street and through Clarion Alley before ending the procession at St. John’s. Onlookers joined in for parts of the march, such as 21-year-old Luis Medina, who immigrated from Mexico two years ago.  “We have a big problem, but the solution is not deportations – the problem needs love,” said Medina, adding that he was “happy” to witness the show of support from community members.“Sometimes I feel alone, but seeing these people here, I know that we are together,” he said.The ceremony was meant to symbolize repentance, while the march denounced Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and made public the group’s intentions to open the doors of their churches to those subjected to hate and racism.“Today we gather here in public as a sign of public repentance and our denunciation of these words and actions that separate stigmatize and divide,” said Reverend Deborah Lee, of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.Father Richard Smith leads a march down Mission Street. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe faith leaders declared their commitment to supporting their immigrant members – both documented and undocumented – by offering them sanctuary from immigration officials as well as assistance with their most basic needs. Hailing from Germany, Maria Eitz, the first female Catholic priest ordained in San Francisco, said that she had come to stand with immigrants.“I am an immigrant,” said Eitz, who arrived in the United States in 1963. Before immigrating, Eitz said that she worked “behind the iron curtain” in Berlin to help smuggle children from East to West Germany.The U.S.’s current administration, said Eitz, is a frightening reminder of that time. “I grew up under Hitler and I know that what is happening now is following exactly those steps – I feel it in my bones,” she said. Presiding over the San Francisco Sophia in Trinity community, Eitz said she is not only offering sanctuary to immigrants but supporting them in finding housing. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCraig Wong, a member of the pastoral staff at the Mission’s Grace Fellowship Community Church, said that his church has long drawn members of the Asian and Latino communities. It is these parishioners and their families that his church is now vowing to advocate for.“Navigating housing, the school system here, getting jobs – there are many obstacles here for these communities,” said Wong.During the ceremony, caseworkers from CARECEN, a Latino resource and social justice center, shared moving testimonies of young immigrant men currently under threat of deportation.Most of the organization’s clients had fled poverty and violence, said Metzi Henriquez, a mental health specialist with the organization and herself a child refugee.Henriquez told the story of an 18-year-old client who found out that he was undocumented after a recent arrest. The young father, who speaks limited Spanish, is now facing deportation to Mexico, where he has no known family members.“I do not work with criminals,” said Hernandez. “I work with people who made simple mistakes, with refugees, with hardworking people who risked their lives to journey to this country.”At St. John’s, the staff is currently supporting three of CARECEN’s clients – two men and one woman, all refugees from Central America.“We meet with them and their caseworkers regularly and provide all the support that we can in the form of little things such as getting them BART cards to clothing, housing and of course lots and lots of prayers,” said Diana McDonnell, a lay leader at St. John’s,  adding that if push comes to shove, the church is prepared to go a step further by thwarting immigration officials’ efforts. “If the Trump administration decides to deport any of our brothers and sisters, we are committed to standing in the way and stopping that from happening,” she said. 0%center_img Tags: deportation • ICE • immigrants • immigration • protests • sanctuary city Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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TOM Armstrong bagged a hattrick as Saints complet

first_imgTOM Armstrong bagged a hat-trick as Saints completed their Engage Super League regular season campaign with a 34-16 win at Quins RL.It was a tale of two halves as they recovered from a 12-4 deficit to finish the year off with a victory.Saints were 12-4 down at half time as Quins punished indiscretions and got a fair slice of luck.Two forward passes and an ankle tap as the hooter went stopped Royce Simmons’ men imposing themselves on a game they’d pretty much created the main chances in.Tom Armstrong put Saints ahead but ill-discipline handed Quins the territory for Karl Pryce to send in Karl Temata and then bag one himself.In the second half, another try went begging as Saints passed up a four on two overlap before Lee Gaskell produced a piece of brilliance to chip through and get the ball down.Armstrong’ second and third sandwiched Scott Hale’s first in Saints’ colours and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scored against his former employers to complete a satisfying day’s work.Saints fielded a full British 17 with 14 of their players coming through the club’s Academy system.Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax paired up once again in the half backs whilst Gary Wheeler made his first start since he was injured at Wigan on Good Friday. Scott Moore deputised for James Roby who was rested after playing in all of Saints matches this season.Carl Forster made his debut off the bench.For Quins, the day was all about Rob Purdham and his final appearance for the club before he heads up to Cumbria.After a pretty tepid opening 10 minutes a massive high ball was knocked on by Luke Dorn giving Saints prime position.And they didn’t disappoint, pinging the ball left for Tom Armstrong to get over in the corner.Quins responded on their next attack – a chip to the corner was knocked sideways by Karl Pryce and Karl Temata charged to the line. Gale converting to make it 6-4.Saints should have taken the lead moments later when Gary Wheeler sidestepped the defence to send in Tom Armstrong, but the winger’s pass was too strong for Paul Wellens to take in.And on 28 minutes Quins forged further ahead after weathering more Saints pressure. This time the ball was kept alive and Karl Pryce increased the lead – following a wonder tackle on Andy Ellis to quell the original attack.Tom Armstrong had a second chalked off for a forward pass as the half entered its final stages and Wellens took a massive bomb.Saints could have scored as the hooter went as Wheeler broke from within his half, but Lee Gaskell was just caught a couple of feet from the line.Saints forced a drop out in the opening ten minutes of the second half and then finally made the pressure pay.After banging on the door, Lee Gaskell chipped ahead and with the Quins defence standing still he touched down – Makinson with the conversion.Within minutes Saints were ahead – a sweeping move again involving Wellens and Wheeler which Armstrong converted.Makinson adding the extras off the touchline.Scott Hale burrowed over for his first in Saints colours before Tom Armstrong finished off a mazy Wellens run.Quins’ pulled one back through Jamie O’Callaghan but Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook restored the advantage and gave Saints the two points.Match Summary:Quins:Tries: Temata, Pryce, O’CallaghanGoals: Gale (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: Armstrong (3), Makinson, Hale, McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Makinson (5 from 6)Penalties:Quins: 8Saints: 10HT: 4-12FT: 34-16REF: Tim RobyATT: 3546Teams:Quins:1. Luke Dorn; 5. Chris Melling, 2. Jamie O’Callaghan, 31. Karl Pryce, 23. Mark Calderwood; 24. Dan Sarginson, 6. Luke Gale; 17. Danny Ward, 7. Chad Randall, 8. Karl Temata, 12. Chris Bailey, 13. Rob Purdham, 3. Tony Clubb.Subs: 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Oliver Wilkes, 14. Jason Golden, 18. David Williams.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Tom Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 24. Tom Armstrong; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 18. Matty Ashurst, 16. Paul Clough.Subs: 19. Andrew Dixon, 26. Carl Forster, 27. Nathan Ashe, 29. Scott Hale.last_img read more

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24th annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival held in Kure

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1508122206-037a356fd33b0a96045686a7e5ca2c7fb956dfa8_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sweet tunes and savory smells were in the air in Kure Beach this weekend during the 24th annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival.The Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce was expecting around six to seven thousand people to attend the two day event at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.- Advertisement – Fourteen bands hit the blues and jazz stages over the weekend and there were plenty of arts and crafts and food vendors.“Everyone looks for an excuse to come down to our beach and, of course, when you put good music like blues and jazz in with it and the fact that it’s down here at the beach, it just kinda gives people two reasons to come on down,” said Mike Worley, the Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce’s chair emeritus.The weather held up for the festival this year after Hurricane Matthew forced the event to be moved to a different date in 2016.last_img read more

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Brunswick Co deputy involved in crash undergoes surgery

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy involved in a crash last night is still in the hospital after undergoing surgery today.Officials confirm the surgery was related to a leg injury.- Advertisement – The crash happened in New Hanover County on 421 near the Isabel Holmes bridge.Investigator Trooper Andrew Smith says the deputy and a sheriff’s office volunteer were transporting two people to a facility outside of the county.The Highway Patrol says a driver turned left in front of the deputy and the two collided.Related Article: Life After Addiction: TIDES program aims to help women overcome opioid addictionNo word on the current condition of the other passengers.The highway patrol cited the driver of the other vehicle with failure to yield.last_img read more

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Woman pleads guilty to fiery crash that killed 13 month old son

first_imgMelissa Henderson pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2016 wreck that killed her son. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than two years since a wreck on River Road near Carolina Beach killed a 13 month old baby.A judge sentenced the mother Monday up to nearly 15 years in prison after she took a plea deal.- Advertisement – Melissa Henderson kept her head down as she pleaded guilty to several charges, including felony reckless child abuse inflicting serious injury and felony death by vehicle.Judge Harrel also said if it weren’t for the constraint of the law he would give Henderson more time.Henderson’s two children were in the car when she crashed her SUV in April 2016. The SUV burst into flames, killing the baby and injuring Henderson and her other child.Related Article: Prosecutors abandon criminal case against Jussie SmollettProsecutors say at the time, Henderson was under the influence of prescription drugs.last_img read more

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Cautious Optimism for Pope Francis to visit South Sudan

first_imgWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img Il-poplu fis-Sudan t’Isfel ibati mill-gwerra ċivili li kissret il-pajjiżIl-poplu fis-Sudan t’Isfel ibati mill-gwerra ċivili li kissret il-pajjiż Cardinal Pietro Parolin has confirmed to ZENIT that there is ‘cautious optimism’ for Pope Francis to visit South Sudan.The Vatican Secretary of State expressed this at the “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom” Symposium, April 3 in Rome, sponsored by the US Embassy to the Holy See and held at the Embassy. He was speaking to press on the sidelines, responding specifically to ZENIT’s question about the widely-speculated and awaited papal trip to the African nation which has been plagued by civil war.Responding, the Vatican Secretary of State said: “We know the Pope wants to go there and we know the situation has improved a little, especially after the agreement was signed, and also because of the good will of the people who are involved the situation.”Spiritual retreat“In Italy, we say we have ‘cauto ottimismo’ (cautious optimism),” he said with a smile.This week in the Vatican, there is a spiritual retreat for the leaders of South Sudan, affirmed April 3 the Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti.Pope Francis has expressed his desire on various occasions to make a trip to the country, also having noting his wish to visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.Encouraging the peace processLast week, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, visited South Sudan. On May 2, 2018, UK Ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy and representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury for reconciliation in South Sudan met with Archbishop Paul Gallagher about furthering peace in the nation.On March 16, Pope Francis received the nation’s president and his delegation, in the Vatican, where the Pope, according to the Vatican’s statement: “expressed the wish to ascertain the conditions for a possible visit to South Sudan, as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace process.”Pope Francis will be visiting the African nations of Madagascar, Mozambique, and Mauritius, Sept. 4-10.last_img read more

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British fugitive arrested in Malta

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A British man involved in a homicide, has been arrested by the Maltese police using a false identity.  He is expected to appear in court where the process of his extradition back to the United Kingdom will begin.The arrest is understood to have occurred after several days of surveillance involving a joint effort by the Maltese and British Police Force. On Thursday, members of the criminal intelligence section were involved in the case which saw them make the arrest under a European Arrest Warrant.The arrested person was in Malta using a false identity and is understood to be the same person wanted by the British authorities in connection with the murder of a British male Brian Waters Tabley, 16 years ago.One of Europe’s most wanted has ties with MaltaOne of Europe’s most wanted connected to MaltaSince the beginning of 2019, 8 European Arrests Warrants had been sanctioned in Malta. The police say this is evidence of their intensive work carried by the Maltese police in assisting in the breaking of local and international criminal circles.These operations are intended to catch wanted international fugitives and to hand them over to face justice and to strengthen the fight against criminal organisations.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Airtel Nigeria Appoints New CEO

first_imgAdvertisement Segun-OgunsanyaBharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider, with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has appointed Segun Ogunsanya as the Chief Executive Officer of  Airtel Nigeria.Ogunsanya takes over from Rajan Swaroop, who has successfully led operations at Airtel Nigeria for the past two years. He will resume his appointment from the 26th of November, 2012 and report  to Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and Joint MD, Bharti Airtel.Meanwhile, Swaroop will be appointed as Non-Executive Director on the Board of Airtel Nigeria following the completion of the transition process and will continue to work closely with the Airtel Nigeria leadership team. – Advertisement – The appointment of Ogunsanya underlines Bharti Airtel’s commitment to promoting African talent, Kohli said.With over 24 years of industry experience across multiple geographies, Ogunsanya has worked for various organisations and diverse sectors such as Coca-Cola, Banking and Arthur Anderson.Ogunsanya is a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Ife, in Southern Nigeria.Prior to his appointment with Airtel, Ogunsanya was the Managing Director and CEO of Nigerian Bottling Company. His last assignment was with The Coca-Cola Company, where he started his career in Finance and gradually transitioned into senior leadership roles with the various bottling operations of The Coca-Cola Company across diverse markets and countries in Africa.Source: PC Tech Nigerialast_img read more

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EU fines Microsoft 733 million for breaking browser pact

first_imgAdvertisement Joaquin Almunia, Vice-President of the European CommissionThe European Union has fined Microsoft €561 million ($733 million) for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company’s flagship Windows operating system.The penalty imposed by the EU’s executive arm, the Commission, is a first for Brussels: no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before.In 2009, Microsoft Corp. struck a broad settlement with the Commission to resolve disputes over the company’s abuse of the dominance of Windows, which had spanned more than a decade. – Advertisement – Back then, the company agreed to pay €860 million and promised to give Windows users the option of choosing another browser rather than having Microsoft’s Internet Explorer automatically installed on their machines.But Microsoft failed to stick to the deal for some 15 million installations of Windows 7 software in Europe from May 2011 until July 2012. The company admitted the failure last year, adding that it was a mistake.The Commission’s top competition regulator, Joaquin Almunia, said at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday that the fine reflected the size of the violation and the length of time it went on for. It was also intended to make an example of Microsoft and deter other companies from doing same thing. In theory, the commission could have fined Microsoft up to 10 percent of its global annual sales during the period the violation took place.“A failure to comply is a very serious infringement that must be sanctioned accordingly,” Almunia said.Keith Hylton, a professor of law and antitrust specialist at Boston University said the fine was “far in excess of any benefit Microsoft could have gotten from the error, and vastly in excess of any harm to EU consumers, who are all aware of alternatives to Internet Explorer.”In all, Microsoft has now paid €2.2 billion in fines to the Commission since 1998, when regulators opened their first investigations into the company after Sun Microsystems complained it had been denied access to technical documents. Over the years, the EU has broadened its investigation to include whether Microsoft had abused Window’s near-monopoly over the market for computer operating systems to corner other markets, including server software, streaming media software, and Internet browsers.Anthony Sabino, an antitrust lawyer and professor at St. John’s University, said the Commission was right to fine Microsoft for the latest lapse, but the size of the penalty seemed “disproportionate…perhaps even petty, given that Microsoft has paid its fines and yielded to all the demands of the EU.”“They have been slow to acknowledge that, while powerful, Microsoft is not invincible,” he said.Sabino added that Microsoft may be paying the price in part for its aggressiveness in the past in testing the limits of what regulators will tolerate.Given the length of time the latest violation went on, and the number of users affected, “it does strain credibility” that Microsoft wouldn’t have known it had failed to keep its part of the agreement, Sabino added.For its part, Microsoft was apologetic.“We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it,” the company said in a statement. “We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps … to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future.”Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a 56 percent market share for Internet browsers on personal computers, according to statistics by Net Applications. Mozilla’s Firefox has 20 percent while Google’s Chrome has a 17 percent share. Microsoft is required to continue to offer consumers a choice of browsers through 2014.But the wider competitive landscape has changed greatly since the Commission started its action against Microsoft. Software applications on mobile phones usually bypass browsers entirely. Tech companies are now often less concerned with Internet browsers and more concerned about Google Inc.’s dominance in Internet search technology, Facebook’s dominance in social networking, and Apple’s dominance on mobile devices.“For technology companies, often the best policeman is technological progress itself,” Sabino said.Rather than imposing unilateral fines, Almunia has advocated negotiated settlements since he took over as commissioner in 2010. He believes that competition issues are best resolved quickly and that slapping big fines on companies years after the fact does little to help consumers.But he said the whole point of a settlement is undermined when companies then don’t abide by its terms.“They must do what they committed to do, or face the consequences,” he said.Almunia conceded that the Commission had been “naive” in appointing Microsoft itself to oversee compliance with the agreement, and said the Commission won’t allow that in the future.last_img read more

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Focus General Insurance To Deploy Agilis Core General Insurance Solution

first_imgKalpesh Desai – CEO of Agile Financial Technologies Advertisement Kalpesh Desai – CEO of Agile Financial TechnologiesAgile Financial Technologies, a leading software provider for insurance, banking and financial services sectors, announced that it has signed a contract with Focus General Insurance (FGI), who have recently acquired their license in Zambia, to deploy its general insurance solution – Agilis Core General Insurance.Agile FT’s integrated comprehensive insurance solution will cover FGI’s entire business cycle from underwriting and claims management to reinsurance and accounting in addition to helping the company streamline its business processes and increase operational efficiency.“In our quest to meet the changing needs of our marketplace as well as to meet our company’s strategic objectives, we were looking to implement a comprehensive core insurance software , which would not only automate our day to day tasks, but would also provide mobility and accessibility to our brokers, agents and customers. – Advertisement – The solution also needed to be scalable, where it could easily be integrated with new technologies to aid our future growth and expansion in the region. After thoroughly reviewing a number of solutions from different vendors, we found that Agilis Core General Insurance came closest to meeting all of our requirements,” explained Isaac Gunda, Managing Director of Focus General Insurance.“Agilis will cover the entire spectrum of FGI’s operations and finance management including insurance product management and distribution (policies), underwriting, reinsurance, claims and accounting. It not only meets the end-to-end processing of our business requirements but it also has strong mobile technology integration capabilities as well as the ability to extend our outreach to agents over the web. We are confident that Agilis will help us streamline our insurance business processes, enhance operational efficiency and aid in scaling up the business to new geographical regions,” Mr. Gunda added.Agilis Core General Insurance is an integrated comprehensive solution for insurance companies covering the entire business cycle from underwriting and claim management to reinsurance and accounting. With a set of powerful tools, this solution is aimed at enhancing insurance business processes and other aspects of an Insurance company that directly leads to higher profitability.Featuring multi-language and multi-currency support as well as consolidated financial information on multi-currency transactions, Agilis’ well-defined workflow covers all the steps of the insurance business from a single view of the customer profile to effective management with pre-configured reports, including MIS, as well as web-portals.“FGI is a recently established general insurance company and a firm believer in technology being the foundation for growth and market penetration. After a stringent evaluation process, FGI chose Agilis Core Insurance as their technology backbone. Agilis is entirely web-based and ensures quick, accurate and easy access to information by employing a modular and parametric approach to the management of insurance business and deploying it enterprise wide.In addition to the core operational efficiencies that Agilis brings in, FGI will also be able to leverage our mobility solutions and web portals to automate agents and brokers. FGI’s time-to-market will be substantially reduced due to our comprehensive product configuration capabilities,” said Kalpesh Desai, CEO at Agile FT.“We are working closely with FGI’s management and IT teams to ensure that the implementation is done quickly and the transition is smooth and successful. With this sign up, Agile FT has now consolidated its position as the market leader in the provisioning of core insurance software in the Sub-Saharan region,” he added.FGI offers a wide range of structured general insurance for both commercial insurance products and retail/personal insurance products. Currently operating only in Zambia, FGI plans to expand its business and reach across the African continent in the near future.last_img read more

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