News News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Egypt is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Organisation “As well as being cruel, the decision to keep Mahmoud Hussein in detention has no legal basis,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “Bringing new charges against him and again depriving him of a lawyer underscore the arbitrary nature of his imprisonment. We call for his immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against him.” to go further Despite being held without trial for more than two and a half years, and despite his family’s expectation that he would be freed at any moment, Mahmoud Hussein is to remain in detention. Instead of being released, he has been taken back to the same detention centre and is now the subject of a new investigation. And once again, he has been interrogated without a lawyer being present.His daughter, who had been preparing for his release, reports that she tried to visit him but was refused permission. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egypt News May 29, 2019 Reversing decision, Egypt continues to hold Al Jazeera journalist Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Egypt’s judicial authorities to continuing holding Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after previously deciding five days ago to release him conditionally, and calls for the withdrawal of all charges against him. January 22, 2021 Find out more
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In November 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit in Brooklyn, New York. This conferences is one of the world’s leading digital marketing events for financial services, covering the latest and greatest digital marketing strategies specific to financial institutions. I walked away with a number of thoughts and insights, and an extensive list of ideas. One of the topics that I thought would be worth sharing with you is this idea of how financial institutions can make incremental changes to create more compelling consumer experiences. The more that we learn about consumers, their purchasing behavior, and changing technology trends, the more we learn just how fickle consumers can be! But, for better or worse, in order to connect with your customers and remain competitive, financial institutions will have to develop a culture that is dedicated to understanding and adopting technology trends that create compelling consumer experiences. Here are four things your institution can do to build trust and enhance your relationships with your customers.1. Make it FrictionlessWe’re in the day and age of the iPad, Alexa, and Amazon Prime. Consumers gravitate toward convenience and are willing to pay a premium for it. Now, companies are taking it a step further and creating experiences and products that remove as many manual process as possible, creating frictionless transactions. I don’t have to swipe a card to pay my Uber driver—my payment automatically deducts from my account; I can purchase virtually anything I need through my Amazon app with a few taps of my finger and have it delivered to my house within a few hours; and if I need to adjust the thermostat in my house while I’m at work because the unpredictable Texas weather suddenly shot up 10 degrees, I can do so through the Nest app. Well, when it comes to financial transactions, consumers gravitate toward the same convenient, frictionless technology. Having the ability to easily move money across accounts, from institution to institution, and to bill payees creates happy, and ultimately, loyal customers. continue reading »
MASON CITY — The president of MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center is applauding the good response and hard work by his staff that has taken place since the COVID-19 crisis started. Rod Schlader says a lot of that hard work went into establishing the off-site testing location at the North Iowa Events Center which opened a week ago. “I’m really proud of our team for working diligently and quickly to put those testing options out there for our patients. This is an example of how we innovate to lessen the exposure to the community as well as our colleagues.” Schlader says they have been transitioning part of their 228 available patient beds in case there’s a surge of COVID-19 in the region. “We’re putting the finishing touches on making available to COVID patients, we’ll have 45 beds available just for either suspected patients or COVID-positive patients. I want the community to know that we do have a surge plan.” Schlader says they are also making plans in the event those 45 beds aren’t enough. “That’s not our only surge plan, we’re doing it in phases. We’re trying to play the ‘what if’ scenarios if that 45 beds isn’t enough. We’re working on our next tier, and then the next tier after that with Cerro Gordo County Public Health.” MercyOne North Iowa this week increased their visitor restrictions, with no visitors being allowed into the hospital except in cases of children being admitted to the hospital, maternity unit, and patients receiving end-of-life care as determined by medical professionals.