Australia on Saturday recorded first local COVID-19 case in more than two weeks after a doctor tested positive for the coronavirus, triggering restrictions in area hospitals. Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the unnamed doctor last week treated two patients who had recently returned to Australia and had tested positive for the UK variant. It was Australia’s first local infection since Feb 24.
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There were three deaths related to COVID-19 reported on Friday in Saskatchewan. There were two deaths reported in the 70 to 79 age group, one in Regina and one in South Central, the other death was reported in the 50 to 59 age group in the Saskatoon zone. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the province is currently 401. There were 176 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday. The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 11 new cases. North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 40 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 41 active cases and North Central 3 has 22 active cases. There are currently 129 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 102 reported as receiving in patient care there are six in North Central. Of the 27 people reported as being in intensive care there is one in North Central. The current seven-day average 134, or 11.0 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 30,369 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan,1,437 are considered active. The recovered number now sits at 28,528 after 131 more recoveries were reported. The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 30,369 of those 7,653 cases are from the North area (3,115 North West, 3,354 North Central and 1,184 North East). There were 2,692 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 98,571. There were 815 doses administered in the North Central reported, the most of any zone in the province. Doses were also administered in the North West, Fare North Central, Central East, South East, Regina and Saskatoon. As of March 12, 56 per cent of long-term care homes across Saskatchewan have now received their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now fully vaccinated., 45 per cent of personal care homes have received both their first and second doses. Province finds community transmission of variants of concern in Regina The province is highlighting increasing transmission of COVID-19 variants of concern. The province has 70 confirmed and 77 presumptive positive variants of concern. The 77 presumptive priorities and 62 of the confirmed positives are all in the Regina area. Most of the variants are the UK strain. Only six are the South African strain. It’s been previously reported that five of those six were in the North Central zone. The province is recommending that people over the age of 50 remain with their household and not increase their bubble to include two to three other households. They’re also being asked to limit travel and hopping to essential trips only and stay home with even the mildest of symptoms or if they’ve been in contact with anyone with mild symptoms. “Saskatchewan Health Authority is implementing increased testing and contact tracing and case management,” they said in a press release. “Public health will be closely monitoring the situation regarding the transmission of Variants of Concern for the next two to three days and will be taking additional public health measures if the numbers of confirmed positive cases of Variants of Concern do not start to decline.” The variants of concern have been shown to be more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain. Vaccines are also less effective against some of the variants, though vaccines still enjoy solid efficacy rates against the UK variant. COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings for 80 plus friday and 76 plus Saturday Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority Patient Booking System expanded COVID-19 vaccine appointment options to include individuals 80 years of age and older. Vaccine eligibility options will be expanded again tomorrow, Saturday March 13 at 8 a.m., to include individuals 76 years of age and older. People meeting this criteria can book their appointments online 24/7 using their health card at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccineor call 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5289) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald
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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confronted a stunning series of defections Friday amid allegations of sexual harassment that left the high-profile Democrat fighting for his political survival, angry and alone. By day’s end, the three-term governor had lost the support of almost the entire 29-member New York congressional delegation and a majority of Democrats in the state legislature. None of the desertions hurt more than those of New York’s two U.S. senators, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” the Democratic senators wrote in a joint statement. “Governor Cuomo should resign.” The escalating political crisis has spawned an impeachment inquiry in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and threatens to cast a cloud over President Joe Biden’s early days in office. Republicans have seized on the scandal to try to distract from Biden’s success tackling the coronavirus pandemic and challenge his party’s well-established advantage with female voters. Biden, a longtime ally of Cuomo and his father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, has avoided directly addressing the controversy, although it’s becoming increasingly difficult. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday declined to say whether Biden believes Cuomo should resign. She said every woman who has come forth “deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect and should be able to tell her story.” The senators’ statement, which cited the pandemic as a reason for needing “sure and steady leadership,” came shortly after Schumer stood alongside Biden at a Rose Garden ceremony celebrating the passage of the Democrat-backed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. A defiant Cuomo earlier in the day insisted he would not step down and condemned his Democratic detractors as “reckless and dangerous.” “I did not do what has been alleged. Period,” he said, before evoking a favourite grievance of former President Donald Trump. “People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth.” Never before has the brash, 63-year-old Democratic governor, who had been expected to run for a fourth term in 2022, been more politically isolated. Some in Cuomo’s party had already turned against him for his administration’s move to keep secret how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 for months, and the latest wave of defections signalled a possible tipping point. Cuomo’s coalition of critics has expanded geographically and politically, now covering virtually every region in the state and the political power centres of New York City and Washington. Among them are New York City progressive U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; the leader of the House Democratic campaign arm, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney; Buffalo-based U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins; and a group of Long Island-based state lawmakers who had been Cuomo loyalists. “The victims of sexual assault concern me more than politics or other narrow considerations, and I believe Governor Cuomo must step aside,” Maloney said. Ocasio-Cortez, in a joint statement with U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, said that after a new groping allegation against the governor, she was concerned about the safety and well-being of the governor’s staff. “We believe these women,” they said. Cuomo on Friday insisted that he never touched anyone inappropriately, and said again that he’s sorry if he ever made anyone uncomfortable. He declined to answer a direct question about whether he’s had a consensual romantic relationship with any of the accusers. “I have not had a sexual relationship that was inappropriate, period,” he said. The state Assembly greenlit an impeachment investigation Thursday as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for Cuomo’s forcible removal from office. The state attorney general is also leading a probe into his workplace conduct. The firestorm around the governor grew after the Times Union of Albany reported Wednesday that an unidentified aide told a supervisor Cuomo reached under her shirt and fondled her at his official residence late last year. The woman hasn’t filed a criminal complaint, but a lawyer for the governor said Thursday that the state reported the allegation to Albany police after the woman declined to do so herself. Additionally, Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexually suggestive remarks and behaviour toward women, including female aides. One aide said he asked her if she would ever have sex with an older man. And another aide said the governor once kissed her without consent, and said governor’s aides publicly smeared her after she accused him of sexual harassment. Rarely in the modern era has a leading elected official survived such a political backlash from his own party, but there is precedent. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican, refused to resign in 2009 after a scandal involving an extramarital affair. He would go on to serve in Congress. And in 2019, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam resisted sweeping calls for his resignation after a blackface photo in an old yearbook emerged. Northam is still in office. Cuomo said Friday he’d still be able to govern despite the growing list of elected officials who have demanded that he quit. He didn’t address the reality of an increasingly untenable position: Cuomo is still managing the state’s pandemic response and negotiating a state budget with lawmakers who’ve lost confidence in his leadership. More than 120 members of the state legislature called on him to quit earlier this week, a majority of them Democrats. The defections of virtually the entire congressional delegation raised the prospect of further erosion of support. Showing no signs of bowing to the pressure, Cuomo raised new questions about the motives of the accusers. “I won’t speculate about people’s possible motives,” he said Friday. “But I can tell you as a former attorney general who has gone through this situation many times, there are often many motivations for making an allegation. And that is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision.” “Serious allegations should be weighed seriously, right?” he added. “That’s why they are called serious.” ___ Peoples reported from New York City. Associated Press writer Josh Boak in Washington contributed. Marina Villeneuve, Steve Peoples And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
Foreign ministers in the G7 group of nations including the United States have expressed grave concerns at what they said was China’s decision to fundamentally erode democratic elements of the electoral system in Hong Kong. The G7 released a statement that was tweeted by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, saying the recent decision to change Hong Kong’s electoral system indicated that authorities in China were determined to eliminate dissenting voices and opinions in Hong Kong. “We also call on China and the Hong Kong authorities to restore confidence in Hong Kong’s political institutions and end the unwarranted oppression of those who promote democratic values and the defence of rights and freedoms,” it said.
Organizations trying to help food insecure families amid the pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area say they are struggling to keep up with demand as this year’s provincial funding comes to an end — and they’re worried they won’t get enough help in the province’s annual budget later this month. “The concern right now is the need, and the funding is based on the province’s fiscal year, which ends March 31. The need is not stopping March 31, we know that,” said Michelle Dagnino, executive director of the Jane Finch community centre. On Friday, boxes of food were delivered to families in need in the Jane and Finch area as part of an initiative involving non-profit organizations like Remember the 400 and African Food Basket. Dagnino said a lot of families were living on the edge before the pandemic, and COVID-19 only made food insecurity worse in the community as people lost their jobs and food became harder to attain. In particular, food insecurity has been a major symptom of job loss in Toronto that’s disproportionately affected people of colour, according to a November report by a charity called the Toronto Foundation. Since the start of the pandemic, Dagnino said truckloads of food have been delivered weekly to families in need in the Jane and Finch area, but the provincial funding isn’t enough to sustain it. WATCH | COVID-19 is still impacting food insecurity in Jane and Finch neighbourhood Zakiya Tafari runs the African Food Bank, a non-profit organization that’s been championing Black food security in Toronto and is one of the many organizations providing food in the Jane and Finch area. He said over the past year, his food program went from supporting 80 households a week to 500 households in the second lockdown of the pandemic. “Prior to COVID-19, 24 per cent of Black households in Toronto were food insecure,” Tafari said. “We knew that with the lockdown measures with COVID last year that that was going to be magnified.” Tafari said his program, called Black Food Toronto, provides emergency food support to African-Caribbean households in Toronto, primarily those who are seniors and low-income families. Since last month, he said they’ve supported over 11,000 households. Most of the provincial funding these organizations are tapping into ends in March, making it difficult for them to keep up with the high demand. Organizations await more funding in Ontario budget The province is set to release its yearly budget on March 24. Organizations say they’re waiting to see how much funding they’ll secure in the upcoming year and whether it will be enough. “As of now, we don’t how we’re going to be able to sustain what we’re doing past the end of March,” Tafari said. He said he is concerned about the budget, seeing as he already has a wait list of over 2,000 families for his emergency food support. Zakiya Tafari, who’s with the African Food Basket said his food program, Black Food Toronto, went from supporting 80 households a week to 500 households in the second lockdown of the pandemic.(Martin Trainor/CBC) Tafari added that while the provincial government has said it is committed to addressing poverty and has made some funds available, he hasn’t seen exactly where to apply for those funds yet. “The provincial funding hasn’t been enough as is — it’s been supplemented through other organizations and through other supports, including United Way and other charities,” said Dagnino. CBC Toronto reached out to the province to ask if funding for groups like the African Food Basket would continue. A spokesperson said Ontario has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in relief funds for the most vulnerable during the pandemic, adding that municipalities also have the flexibility to decide how to use that funding. Jane and Finch area MPP pushing for more help Tom Rakocevic, the NDP MPP for Humber River–Black Creek in the Jane and Finch area, said he is pushing for more provincial help. Since the onset of the pandemic, Rakocevic said the need has been “far, far greater” for people facing food insecurity, which he says has always been a problem in the community He said residents rely heavily on the organizations’ support and are hoping for it to continue. Rakocevic said he is hesitant to hold out hope for proper funding for these organizations in the Ford government’s annual budget. “You never know with this government what could be cut,” he said. “We’re certainly going to be watching very closely and advocating for programs and funding to continue, and in fact in many cases, be increased.”
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WASHINGTON — Along with daylight saving time, this weekend could bring some Americans fatter bank balances. Officials at the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service said Friday that processing of the new round of stimulus payments has already begun, with the aim of having the first payments start showing up in bank accounts this weekend. President Joe Biden signed the new $1.9 trillion rescue package on Thursday, the day after it won final passage in the House. The measure provides for payments to qualifying individuals of up to $1,400, with payments to a qualifying family of four of $5,600. “The payments will be delivered automatically to taxpayers even as the IRS continues delivering regular tax refunds,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. It is estimated that 85% of Americans will be eligible for the payments and the goal is to have millions of the payments disbursed in the next few weeks. The relief measure, which passed on party-line votes in both the House and Senate, contains the third round of economic-impact payments. The first round passed last spring provided up to $1,200 per individual, and a second round of payments in December provided up to $600 per individual. The latest package passed with no votes from Republicans, who objected to the size of the measure and argued it was not necessary given signs that the economy is beginning to recover. Then-President Donald Trump called the payments in the $900 billion relief bill passed in December too small and Biden agreed, pushing the total for an individual up to $1,400 in the new package. The latest round of relief payments will provide households with $1,400 for each adult, child and adult dependent, such as college students or elderly relatives. Adult dependents were not eligible to receive payments in the previous two rounds of payments. The payments start declining for an individual once adjusted gross income exceeds $75,000 and go to zero once income hits $80,000. The payment starts declining for married couples when income exceeds $150,000 and goes to zero at $160,000. Officials said that beginning on Monday, people can check the “Get My Payment” tool on the IRS.gov website to track their own payments. Taxpayers who have provided bank information with the IRS will receive the direct-deposit payments, while others will get paper checks or debit cards mailed to them. Officials said in the interest of speeding up the relief payments, the IRS will use the latest tax return available, either the 2019 return filed last year or the 2020 return that is due by April 15. If a person’s job situation changed last year because of the pandemic, which led to millions of people losing jobs or being forced to work reduced hours, officials said that the IRS will adjust the size of the new impact payments after the 2020 return has been filed and provide a supplemental payment if that is called for. Officials said those adjustments will be made automatically by the IRS for people who have already filed their 2020 returns. Officials said they wanted to handle the payments this way rather than waiting for the 2020 tax return to be filed in the interest of speeding payments to taxpayers. ___ This story has been corrected to show that individuals received up to $1,200 in the first round of stimulus payments, not $2,000. Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
The challenge on Friday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race may have been inspired by Freaky Friday, but with all those buses the queens threw each other under, it felt more like we were watching Mean Girls. But first… The eight remaining contestants sat down for a group session with Char Margolis, easily my favorite reality […]
The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Hamidou Diallo, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The 22-year-old Diallo is averaging a career-best 11.9 points this season. The 6-foot-7 Mykhailiuk, who is 23, is averaging 6.9 points.
Ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan and fellow slow bowler Amir Hamza shared seven wickets between them to leave Zimbabwe battling to avoid defeat in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Forced to follow-on after being dismissed for 287 all out, Zimbabwe were 24 without loss in their second innings after the third day’s play at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Investors betting on U.S. energy shares have enjoyed a blistering rally, as the sector leads a move into value and economically sensitive stocks that has gripped the equity market. How much further that run continues could hinge on the success of the economic recovery, supply dynamics in oil markets and whether companies can stay disciplined on spending. The near doubling in the price of crude has helped make shares of oil and gas companies – for years a losing bet – one of the best performing areas of the market, with outsized gains in the stocks of companies such as oil major Exxon Mobil Corp and Diamondback Energy Inc, which have surged 89% and 231%, respectively, since early November.
(Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. is investigating whether hackers who attacked its email system exploited the findings of Taiwanese researchers who were the first to alert the software company to the vulnerabilities, according to a person familiar with the investigation.DEVCORE, a small firm based in Taipei City that specializes in discovering computer security flaws, in December said it found bugs affecting Microsoft’s widely used Exchange business email software. Then in late February, Microsoft notified DEVCORE that it was close to releasing security patches to fix the problem.In the days after Microsoft disclosed its still secret patch to DEVCORE, attackers escalated their malicious activity on networks using Exchange servers connected to the internet, according to researchers at Palo Alto Networks Inc.Microsoft is exploring if intelligence it shared with partners may have somehow triggered the attack, Bloomberg News reported. The company has focused part of its investigation on understanding if DEVCORE may have been compromised, or in some way tipped off attackers that the patch was in the pipeline, valuable intelligence for hackers seeking to time their attack to maximize its impact, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because details of the probe haven’t been publicly released.A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the investigation, but didn’t comment on whether DEVCORE’s role is under scrutiny.“We are looking at what might have caused the spike of malicious activity and have not yet drawn any conclusions,” said the spokesperson. “We have seen no indications of a leak from Microsoft related to this attack.”Bowen Hsu, senior project manager at DEVCORE, said in an email that the company “immediately launched an internal investigation and did not find any concern so far.” He declined to elaborate on the scope of the review.Some of the flaws have since been exploited by suspected Chinese state-sponsored hackers and other unknown cyber-espionage groups, who have breached more than 60,000 servers worldwide in one of the largest and most damaging hacks in recent memory. In some cases, victims who still haven’t installed the Microsoft patch, have been targeted with ransomware.According to DEVCORE, its researchers discovered two security flaws in exchange servers from Dec. 10 to Dec. 30, and used them to create a proof of concept “exploit” that could be deployed to break into the servers and secretly access emails. The company disclosed its discovery to Microsoft on Jan 5., and Microsoft began working on a patch to fix the problem.But on Jan. 3 — two days before the disclosure to Microsoft — hackers began using one of the same security flaws discovered by DEVCORE to gain access to exchange servers and steal emails, according to researchers at the Virginia-based cybersecurity firm Volexity.In late February, Microsoft notified DEVCORE that it was nearly ready to release the security patches. The same day, there was an increase in hacker activity, according to security researchers at Palo Alto Networks Inc. The Palo Alto Networks researchers reviewed code of the malware the hackers were using to breach the Microsoft Exchange servers and made a curious discovery. Some strains of the malware contained the password, “orange.”The researcher at DEVCORE who first found the security flaws in the exchange servers is goes by the name Orange Tsai. On Twitter, Tsai pointed out that the exploit used during the February attacks “looks the same” as the one he created as a proof of concept and that DEVCORE reported to Microsoft. He said he had hard-coded the password “orange” into the malware.The discoveries by Palo Alto Networks and Volexity alarmed researchers at DEVCORE, because the findings indicate that DEVCORE’s research had been surreptitiously obtained by the hackers, according to a person familiar with the matter.Matthieu Faou, a malware researcher at European cybersecurity company ESET, said the hackers may have independently found the same vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange. The other most likely scenario, he added, was that the hackers “somehow obtained the information from DEVCORE or from a Microsoft partner.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Facebook-Meta Earns the ‘Worst Company of 2021’ Title in This Survey
Facebook parent Meta has been named the Worst Company of the Year (2021) by Yahoo Finance respondents. According to the publication, an “open-ended” survey was published on Yahoo Finance on December 4 and 5, where 1,541 respondents participated. Facebook received 8 percent of the write-in vote, but respondents were seemingly mad about the Robinhood trading app as well. Electric truck startup Nikola, which was named last year’s worst company by the same publication also faced respondents ire.
Yahoo Finance even highlights, “At the same time, some critics, including conservatives, say Facebook over-policed the platform’s speech and stifled their voices.” Critics also blame Facebook and other social media platforms for not curbing hate speech that led to Capitol Building riots.
However, around 30 percent of Yahoo Finance readers said that Facebook or Meta could redeem itself. One respondent suggested that the company could issue a formal apology for negligence and donate a sizable amount of its profits to a foundation to help reverse its harm.
On the other hand, respondents chose Microsoft as the Company of the Year (2021). The Satya Nadella-led company touched the trillion-mark this year and introduced notable upgrades. The most notable is the Windows 11 OS update that succeeds Windows 10.
Facebook pays 1.7 Cr fine to Russia after failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal
In the latest legal tussle with Russia over controversial social media regulation laws, Facebook paid 17 million roubles (Rs 1.7 Crore) for failing to remove content deemed illegal by Moscow. With a threat of potential larger fines looming, Facebook parent company Meta, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, is scheduled to face court next week over repeated violations of Russian legislation on content, Interfax News Agency reported. As per the latest updates, the social media giant could be fined a percentage of its annual revenue.
In October, Moscow sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 17 million roubles. Meanwhile, as per Interfax report citing a federal bailiffs’ database, on Sunday, there were more enforcement proceedings against the company. Apart from the popular social media app, Telegram has also paid 15 million roubles in fines for failing to comply with the Russian social media legislations that came into force in 2016.
Facebook pays $53k to Russia for refusing controversial social media laws
It is pertinent to mention that Facebook has locked horns with Moscow earlier in November, resulting in it paying 4 million roubles ($53,000) over its refusal to adhere to Russian data localisation laws, the Moscow Times reported. The Moscow court on November 25 had said that Facebook paid the fine levied in February, following which all proceedings against the US-based social media giant. The payment comes against the litigation filed against the company in 2018, alongside Twitter. The tech companies were also forced to pay an additional 3000 rubles ($40) for failing to comply with user data sharing rules as per the law. The Russian authorities have also previously blocked LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, for failing to abide by the laws.
Russian social media laws
As per Moscow Times, under the Russian social media regulation laws, all foreign technology companies are required to store data related to Russian customers and users on servers located in Russia. Additionally, the Russian tech companies will also have to share encryption data with the federal authorities as well as record user calls, messages and civil society group conversation records. The apparatus is said to be a severe breach of privacy rights and unfettered back-door access to personal data that could be used to harass Kremlin critics.
Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses
Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.
The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.
With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.
Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.
Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.