FreedomPay to Unleash the Power of Pay at NRF 2023

One of the world’s fastest growing fintech to showcase award-winning global commerce technology platform and industry-leading partner network.

NEW YORK, National Retail Federation, Jan. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FreedomPay, the global leader in Next Level Commerce™ and the commerce technology platform of choice for global retail, hospitality and payments brands including Marriott, Foot Locker, Shake Shack, Engage People, and Castles Technology, will showcase its innovations and partnership announcements this week at NRF in booth #4250.

The event will mark the launch of FreedomPay’s new call to action, Unleash the Power of Pay. As the commerce landscape evolves with new technologies and changing consumer needs, Unleash the Power of Pay introduces the notion of unleashing the power of payments to drive greater customer loyalty, leverage business intelligence insights, and bring value-added services.

“FreedomPay is excited to make a splash at this year’s NRF and to launch Unleash the Power of Pay. The concept is a testament to our award-winning technology and best-in-class partner network that is enabling billions of transactions in more than 75 countries across the globe,” said Tom Durovsik, Founder & CEO of FreedomPay.

As part of its line-up at NRF, FreedomPay will host a roundtable discussion on Monday, January 16 at 10:30AM at booth #4250 with industry influencers Castles Technology, Charter Communications, and Elo Touch, moderated by Dale Laszig of the Green Sheet. The event, Next Level Commerce™: Unleashing the Power of Pay, will focus on the challenges and opportunities across retail, the trends influencing retail’s future, and strategies for merchants to navigate the changing retail sector. Those who would like to attend virtually are encouraged to register here.

FreedomPay also announces the publication of a new industry white paper The Next Level of Global Payments: Unleash the Power of Pay. The report highlights pivotal opportunities for retailers to elevate customer relationships and increase profit margins internationally, outlining strategies for security, safety, speed, simplicity, and customer satisfaction with service across borders. Download now to read the bespoke report.

FreedomPay’s global footprint continues to grow through the power of its partner network and new integrations to allow merchants to Unleash the Power of Pay for their customers. FreedomPay also announced in the days leading up to NRF 2023 new partnerships that will bring its solutions to more merchants around the world.

Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”), the largest payment processor in Canada*, will now be able to offer its merchants access to FreedomPay’s commerce technology platform, bringing an enhanced checkout experience to millions of shoppers across Canada.

FreedomPay also announced an integration with Flooid, bringing enhanced innovation, choice, and flexibility to retailers around the globe on the Flooid platform.

To learn more about FreedomPay, visit us at NRF booth #4250 or www.freedompay.com.

About FreedomPay

FreedomPay’s Next Level Commerce™ platform transforms existing payment systems and processes from legacy to leading edge. As the premier choice for many of the largest companies across the globe in retail, hospitality, lodging, gaming, sports and entertainment, foodservice, education, healthcare and financial services, FreedomPay’s technology has been purposely built to deliver rock solid performance in the highly complex environment of global commerce. The company maintains a world-class security environment and was first to earn the coveted validation by the PCI Security Standards Council against Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE/EMV) standard in North America. FreedomPay’s robust solutions across payments, security, identity, and data analytics are available in-store, online and on-mobile and are supported by rapid API adoption. The award winning FreedomPay Commerce Platform operates on a single, unified technology stack across multiple continents allowing enterprises to deliver an innovative Next Level experience on a global scale. www.freedompay.com

*Based on total number of transactions processed in Canada

Jennifer Tayebi
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for FreedomPay
+1 734 395 0780
Jennifer.Tayebi@hkstrategies.com

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President leaves for UAE, UK

Accra– President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Saturday at the head of the country’s delegation to the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is a global initiative championed by the UAE and its clean energy powerhouse Masdar to accelerate sustainable development and advance economic, social and environmental progress.

Established in 2008, ADSW brings together heads of state, policy makers, industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and youth to discuss and engage on bold climate action and innovations that will ensure a more sustainable world for future generations.

President Akufo-Addo will depart Abu Dhabi on Thursday, January19, 2023 to London for a six-day private visit.

He was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway; Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor; Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, officials from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.

The President is expected back in Ghana on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will act in his stead.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adaklu Constituency Chairman of NDC calls for unity

Ho– Mr Jerry Ameko, Adaklu Constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has entreated colleagues to put the acrimony that characterised the recent constituency election campaign behind them and work in unity for victory in the 2024 polls.

He said, “rather than fighting ourselves let us fight our common enemy which is the New Patriotic Party (NPP).”

Mr. Ameko said this when the former constituency executives handed over to the new executives at a short ceremony held on Saturday.

He told the newly elected executives that it was the NDC that united them, so they ought to have a common agenda and goal, which was wrestling power from the NPP.

Mr. Ameko entreated them to be disciplined, adding that indiscipline was a harbinger to defeat and collapse of the party.

“We are in the boat together, it is not about the Chairman or the MP alone, when the boat sinks, we all sink together so let us resolve to salvage the boat from sinking,” he advised.

He urged them to work hard as a team to strengthen the 46 branches of the party in the constituency.

Mr Ameko appealed to the new executives to remain neutral during the upcoming parliamentary primaries as they were there for all contestants but was quick to add that they should work to support Mr Kwame Agbodza, the current Member of Parliament for Adaklu, to enable him to discharge his duties.

He noted that he did not assume the chairmanship position of the party to create an empire or opportunities for himself but work with all party faithful to increase the votes for the party in the constituency.

The chairman was full of praise for the former executives, especially Mr. Samuel Atormi Dorfe, the immediate past chairman who occupied the position for 13 years and said he and his colleagues would tap into their reservoir of knowledge.

On his part, Mr. Agbodza made known his intention of contesting the parliamentary primaries in the constituency.

Mr. Agbodza noted that some people were not ready to sacrifice for the party, forgetting that it was the name of the party that they would use as a vehicle to come to power.

He praised the executives for coming together after the constituency elections and appealed to them to move from house to house with the salvation message of the party to win more people for the party thereby increasing the votes of the party in the constituency.

The MP said the office complex he was building for the party in the constituency from his own resources would be completed soon and handed over to the party and revealed the through his instrumentality, the National Road Safety Commission would open an office in the Adaklu district.

Mr. Agbodza also hinted that the former executives who worked with him faithfully would be rewarded and for their meritorious services to the party in due course, adding that they deserved to be honoured.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Jamaican envoy pays courtesy call on Foreign Minister

Accra, Jan 15, GNA – Madam Marjorie Grant Fuller, Jamaica’s Ambassador and Special Envoy to Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and South Africa, has paid a courtesy call on Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Madam Ayorkor Botchwey lauded the long-standing cordial relations that exist between the two countries and welcomed Jamaica’s interest in the aforementioned areas of possible cooperation.

She further encouraged Jamaican investors and businesses to explore opportunities under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in furtherance of mutual economic cooperation.

The Minister added that Ghana had launched the “Beyond the Return” initiative which is a sequel to the “Year of Return” initiative and extended an invitation to the people of Jamaica to attend the planned activities and connect with their brethren in Ghana.

On her part, Madam Grant Fuller expressed her country’s readiness to revamp the already existing good relations between Jamaica and Ghana, particularly, in areas of mutual interest such as Trade and Investments, Bilateral Air Service, Maritime, Culture, and other potential areas of future cooperation.

Madam Grant Fuller was accompanied by Mr Isaac Emil Osei-Bonsu, the Honorary Consul of Jamaica to Ghana, and other officials from the Consulate of Jamaica in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Vote out NPP to end power struggle in Bibiani- NDC

Bibiani (WN/R) Jan. 15, GNA – The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai constituency has called on the constituents to vote out the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 general election.

According to the NDC in Bibiani led by its Constituency Secretary, Mr Joseph Ayambila, said the poor performance, power struggle, party divisions as well as the harsh economic situation in the country were good reason to kick the NPP out of government.

Speaking at a press conference in Bibiani, Mr Ayambila attributed the low pace of development in the constituency, including the electricity power crisis to the long-standing power struggle as to who became the Presiding Member (PM) of the Assembly over the past two years.

Besides, the disunity among the party leadership in the constituency and said it had also derailed the progress and development activities in the constituency.

Mr Ayambila cited projects such as the ongoing Ghana’s first toilet facility at Bibiani Estate, Newtown market, Bibiani compound, Mouho, Humjibre and Sefwi Bekwai, which had become a white elephant.

Other projects were Bibiani Estate Road, Subri Nkwanta to Akoti/Etwebo road, Bibiani Abattoir, Ahodwo Estate bridge, Chirano Community Day school and Astro Turf at Sefwi Anhwiaso.

He further mentioned the fight against illegal mining activities, sanitation issues, lack of quality health care, resettlement issues between Mensin Gold Limited Bibiani and affected communities as some major challenges in the Municipality.

“We have gold, bauxite, cocoa, and timber at Bibiani yet we cannot boast of asphalt roads, universities, commercial banks or polyclinics within the Constituency”, he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Western Heritage Home hands over e-library to GhLA at Axim

Axim (W/R)– The Western Heritage Home (WHH), a not-for-profit organisation supporting homeless children, has handed over an ultra-modern electronic library to the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) for the Axim Community.

The project was in partnership with Ghana Together, a USA registered not-profit organisation helping to improve socio-economic, health, and educational conditions in Axim, in conjunction with the Lower Axim Traditional Council.

The new library would, among other things, enhance research work, sharpen reading skills, and improve computer literacy in the Nzema-East Municipality.

Awulae Dr Attibrukusu, the Paramount Chief of Lower Axim, who cut the tape to commission the library, reminded society to contribute its quota to local development to complement government’s efforts.

He called on stakeholders including the MP for Evaloe-Gwira, Mr Kofi Arko Nokoe, the Municipal Chief Executive, and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to provide furniture and computers for the library to augment the input by the Western Heritage Home and partners.

Awulae Dr Attibrukusu lauded the efforts by the Upper Axim Traditional Council and the Methodist Church for the approval to demolish the old church to construct the library.

Nana Abusuakpanyinli Numuah Kwaw, known in private life as Mr James Kenyah, Founder of the Western Heritage Home, said through its partners; Ghana Together, USA, headed by Mrs Maryanne Ward, the library had been provided with an internet cafe and tricycle, which supplied books from Axim to 32 barriers.

So far the US partners had shipped 20,000 books for the library through the containers of Mr Ebe Miezah and wife, Rosemond, both indigenes of Axim, he said.

Nana Kwaw expressed gratitude to Awulae Dr Attibrukusu for being instrumental in the library project.

He said the Home had supported the socio-economic development of Nzema-East in terms of education, health, conflict resolution, and humanitarian services.

He appealed to pupils, students, school authorities and parents to make use of the facility and maintain it for posterity.

Mr Nathaniel Affum, the Nzema-East Municipal Director of Education, said performance by students in external examinations in the last three years had been low due to their inability to read and envisaged that the library would assist to improve the literacy rate.

Mr Philip Yaw Asamoah, the Executive Director, GhLA, Western Region, said with 2023 declared the Year of Digital Learning, the e-library would equip pupils and students with modern ICT skills to be in tune with globalisation.

Representatives of the MP and MCE pledged to support the library with computers and furniture.

Meanwhile, Awulae Dr Attibrukusu has commissioned a refurbished police station and quarters for the Lower Axim Traditional Area.

The refurbishment followed the deterioration of the structure, which was one of the police posts in the Gold Coast, forcing the Nzema-East Municipal Police Command to abandon the station.

The Omanhene said it was necessary for him to single-handedly renovate the structure to ensure police officers returned to maintain law and order.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Greece to construct basketball court for St. Nicholas Foundation School

Accra– Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has announced plans to finance the construction of a basketball court for the St. Nicholas Foundation School, which is supported by donations from Greeks.

The Minister made the announcement during a visit to the school, his second, in the last two years and suggested the basketball court be named after “Giannis Antetokounmpo”.

“When I come again, I would be very proud to see you playing basketball on that court,” he said to cheers from the students of the school.

During the visit Mr Dendias was welcomed by a display from the school naval cadet, poetry recitations in the Greek language and cultural dances.

“Well, I have to say that St. Nicholas for us, for the Greek government, for the Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis is something very important,” the Minister said.

He lauded the huge contributions of the Tsakos Foundation and Mytilineos to the growth of St. Nicholas.

Mr Dendias also congratulated Mrs Eleazar for her dedication and vision in progressing and maintaining the school, especially with Hellenic influence and culture.

“It is extremely important, extremely important, in Africa which is the fastest growing continent in the world, to have a good education. And what we are trying to do, dear Fathers, is not to change reality but just to set a small example.”

“What is important is that it comes deep from everybody’s heart,” he added.

In a welcoming address, Madam Deborah Eleazar, of Tsakos Shipping London and a Founding Trustee, said the progress of the school and the success chalked could not have been possible without support from donors and trustees.

She acknowledged the immense assistance of the Tsakos family and Foundation in honour of the beloved daughter, Maria Tsakos as seen in the continued support given in the running of the school and providing food.

“We also have been extremely grateful for the support given by Mytilyneos building projects throughout the school as well as the Hon consul of Greece in Ghana, Mrs Marianna Gavriel.”

She said the children had taken much from their Hellenic studies, both ancient and modern, and have received an all-round education.

“The Greek culture has much to teach the children of today, and each child at the school has in someway been helped by the Hellenic vision. Crew members, colleagues, family and friends throughout Greece and the diaspora have helped at many different levels,” Madam Eleazar said.

“The visit by the minister and his delegation is continued proof of the cooperation and understanding that exists in our efforts to honour Greece,” she added.

Miss Lawrencia Kemavor, one of the first graduates of the school, praised the support from sponsors and the joy of being able to complete school had brought to their families.

“We have learned much, and we are so grateful to all the sponsors worldwide and all they have done, allowing us to reach this point. It is a magnificent school with many opportunities,” she said.

“We wish to say to all Greek people around the world that we have learned much from the Greek culture, both ancient and modern, and we believe it has helped us in having an all-round education,” Miss Kemavor added.

Madam Eleazar presented to the minister a traditional Ghana stool which displays the symbol for unity.

St. Nicholas opened its doors in February 2012 through the total dedication of Deborah Eleazar and Captain ALKIVIADIS KAPPAS and continues to flourish and grow at a steady pace for the benefit of the local community in Tema New Town.

They are helped by other wonderful Trustees Mr Andreas Bisbas, Mrs Elizabeth Dutton, Capt Barry Hedges, Mrs Vivienne King, Mr Ivan Quashigah and Professor Dodoo.

There have also been support from other Greek companies under the Efthymiadis family Leon and Lotus Shipping.

Source: Ghana News Agency

PL: Isak earns Newcastle last-gasp win over Fulham after Mitrovic penalty reprieve

Club-record signing Alexander Isak came off the bench to earn Newcastle United a last-gasp 1-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, with the hosts grateful for an extraordinary penalty slip from visiting forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Newcastle, without a goal in their previous two league matches, again struggled to break down their opponents in the first half at St James’ Park, with Callum Wilson twice denied by Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Those missed chances looked like they would prove to be costly after Fulham won a penalty midway through the second half for a foul on Bobby Decordova-Reid, following a VAR review.

However, as former Newcastle striker Mitrovic slipped as he struck the spot kick and hit the ball against his standing foot before finding the net, the goal was ruled out because he had touched the ball twice.

It looked like Newcastle would have to settle for a third successive Premier League goalless draw, before Isak arrived right on cue to head home the 89th-minute winner, sparking wild scenes of celebration in the north east.

The victory ensured Newcastle climbed back above Manchester United into third in the standings on goal difference, one point behind champions Manchester City in second. Fulham stay sixth.

Newcastle have 38 points from 19 games — their most at the half-way mark of a season in the competition since 2001-02 (39), when they finished fourth.

“The goal was a special moment,” coach Eddie Howe told Sky Sports. “So pleased for Alex. You want to hit the ground running at a new club and he did before the injury. He had to wait and watch the team do well in his absence. He’s worked hard. For these moments the work was worth it.”

Four of Fulham’s seven league defeats this season have come to goals conceded in the final five minutes of games, including each of their last three defeats in the league. This is twice as many winning goals conceded in the final five minutes as any other side in the 2022-23 competition.

“So many things to say about the ref’s performance,” Fulham coach Marco Silva told Sky Sports. “But first I will say that I am really proud of the players and my team. We had ambition, quality, desire and showed why we are doing so well this season.”

Source: Modern Ghana