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Conservative MP defends himself over Idle No More comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast week a modest group of demonstrators braved cold weather in front of Conservative Yukon MP Ryan Leef’s riding office as part of the Idle No More rallies.Leef didn’t address the people but was quoted in a Yukon paper saying: “They should be delivering their message and not needing an MP as a spokesperson on their behalf.”He was slammed by Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett who called the behaviour unacceptable.Leef is denying he made the comment.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more on the story.last_img read more

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Vivek Oberoi says sorry; deletes the crass tweet

first_imgMumbai: Vivek Oberoi on Tuesday apologised for sharing a meme on actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s personal life and deleted the controversial tweet after being severely criticised on social media. Oberoi, who reportedly dated the former Miss World in early 2000s, on Monday posted a meme on Twitter with three panels, one featuring him, another with Salman Khan and a third with Aishwarya’s husband Abhishek and daughter Aaradhya. The meme, a take on the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the results of which will be declared on Thursday, was called “crass” and “distasteful”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls. I cant even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever,” he tweeted. “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies.. tweet deleted,” the actor added. On Monday night, responding to the controversy Oberoi told reporters that he had shared the meme because he found it funny and did not understand “why people are making a big deal about this.” Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “Someone sent me a creative meme where I was being made fun of. I just wrote, ‘Ha ha,’ and appreciated the other person. When someone makes fun of you, you should laugh and not take it so seriously. “I even wrote there that there’s nothing political about it. It’s life and such things happen in life that you are with someone and then you move on in life,” he said. Social media was quick to blast the actor, who is currently promoting his upcoming film “PM Narendra Modi”, over his “distasteful” tweet. Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor called the meme “disgusting and classless”‘ in a tweet while Urmila Matondkar, who is the Congress candidate from Mumbai North, called out Oberoi for not having the courtesy of pulling down the tweet despite criticism. The National Commission for Women sent a notice to Oberoi, asking him to give an explanation for sharing the “insulting” and “misogynist” tweet.last_img read more

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Morocco Reveals Winter-Weather Aid Plan

By Neaman LerhmariRabat – In a government meeting Thursday, Saad Eddine El Othmani, the head of the Moroccan government, promised food aid to 26,000 families living in remote and enclosed areas currently suffering a severe cold wave.El Othmani also stated that homeless people, who numbered at 7,226 in 2014 according to the High Commission for Planning, will be provided with shelters. The head of government did not provide further information about the solution. The areas concerned by the food aid are those who  suffer from adverse weather and poor road infrastructure. Twenty-six commissions will be deployed to supervise the support operation, which involves snow removal, among other actions.As remote areas often have weak network coverage due to a lack of telecommunication infrastructure, El Othmani promised that the National Agency For Telecommunication Regulation will engage further efforts, specifically satellites, to help the rural population stay connected with the rest of Morocco and the world.Such efforts stem out of the Ministry of Interior’s large scale anti-cold mobilization, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Equipment and Logistics, the Water Ministry, the Health Ministry, and the Royal Gendarmerie, as per the Ministry of Interior’s press release. read more

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Renault to respond to Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal

PARIS — French carmaker Renault looks set to give its approval to Fiat Chrysler’s merger offer.The company’s board is meeting Tuesday afternoon at its headquarters outside Paris to decide on a deal that could reshape the global auto industry.Renault is deciding whether to go ahead with merger negotiations to create the world’s third-biggest automaker, worth almost $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles.The French government, which owns 15 per cent of Renault, has held talks with the carmakers in recent days, and a government official says the “dynamic is positive.” The official said the merger would produce a Netherlands-based holding company with operational headquarters in France.The deal poses questions about the future of Renault’s alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi.The Associated Press read more

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Sierra Leone UN mission begins weapons destruction and recycling

The weapons were collected through the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (NCDDR). They will be cut by machines and converted into an estimated 4,000 productive tools – hoes, sickles, cutlasses, shovels, axes, and garden implements – with the participation of ex-combatants, UNAMSIL said. The tools will then be distributed to former soldiers within the disarmament programme’s reintegration schemes.The destruction process will continue through 18 June in Lungi, Moyamba, Bo, Kenema, Daru, Mile 91 and Port Loko, with approximately 450 weapons destroyed per day. UNAMSIL is supervising the project at each location. read more

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VIDEO Dilemma about last seconds in Kielce

 Loading … SG Flensburg won’t play in Cologne! Ljubomir Vranješ guys had a chance to score for the first VELUX EHF CL FINAL4 spot, but Marin Šego saved the shot after handball tribe divided in two parts – on those who think that it was foul for 7-meter shot and others who have opinion that Thomas Mogensen shot was absolutely clear.What do you think? ← Previous Story Kielce first team at VELUX EHF CL FINAL4 in Cologne! Next Story → Vranješ after losing EHF CL drama: Handball has a soul like no other sport SG FlensburgVive Tauron Kielce 7-meters shot for Flensburg? YES NOView Results read more

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Kougias fined more than 12000

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Kingsgrove builder caught operating without a contractor licence or home warranty insurance has been ordered to pay $12,785 fines and costs.Konstandinos Kougias pleaded guilty in Parramatta Local Court to charges of carrying out residential building work without a licence, carrying out residential building work without a certificate of insurance, demanding or receiving payment before residential building work had commenced and accepting payment for goods or services he did not supply in time.The offences took place at properties in Turella, Cremorne, Newtown and Gladesville in greater Sydney.Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said Mr Kougias has never held a contractor’s licence.“The Home Building Act 1989 requires a builder to be licensed and they must hold a contractor licence for all work they carry out over the value of $1000,” Mr Stowe said.“It is also mandatory for builders to provide their customers with a certificate of home warranty insurance when the work is in excess of $20,000, which Mr Kougias failed to do.This placed his customers at considerable potential risk, should any defects require rectification in the future.”The court heard Mr Kougias responded to four consumers who advertised on various websites seeking quotes from tradespeople to have residential building work done.Mr Kougias dealt with all four consumers personally and issued them with invoices using a variety of business names.The work carried out ranged in price from $15,630 to almost $50,000 and in all four cases deposits well in excess of the maximum amount permissible were requested by and paid to Mr Kougias.The maximum deposit permitted for work with a contract price under $20,000 is 10 per cent, and above $20,000, the limit is five per cent. The court heard Mr Kougias charged deposits of between 30 and 45 per cent.“Always check your tradesperson is appropriately licensed to carry out building work before signing any contract,” Mr Stowe said.Call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 to check a license or you can do a license check online www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.”last_img read more

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La CITES souhaite mieux protéger certaines espèces

first_imgLa CITES souhaite mieux protéger certaines espècesLa CITES, organisation onusienne chargée de l’aspect technique et scientifique pour assurer la survie et la protection des animaux, a demandé hier à ce que certaines espèces aquatiques soient mieux protégées. Elle a notamment évoqué les coraux, les dauphins, les requins et les hippocampes.Ce sont en tout 150 experts qui se sont penchés de près sur les espèces aquatiques. Les résultats, livrés dans un communiqué publié à l’issue d’une réunion du Comité animaux de la CITES, concluent à un certain nombre de mesures à envisager. Les experts recommandent en effet des quotas d’exportation “prudents” pour certaines espèces. Ont été nommément cités les hippocampes d’Asie du Sud-Est, les coquillages géants du Pacifique et les esturgeons de la mer Caspienne. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais d’autres mesures sont également à envisager rapidement : limiter à dix par an les exportations de dauphins vivants des Iles Salomon et protéger la population des grues en Guinée, au Nigeria, au Rwanda, au Soudan, au Soudan du Sud, en Tanzanie et en Ouganda (cette dernière recommandation a été adoptée).Le comité a également examiné le commerce de serpents et de tortues en Asie, celui des reptiles à Madagascar et celui des scorpions et d’oiseaux africains. A ce propos, certains spécialistes ont fait part de leur inquiétude concernant le commerce des grues royales en Afrique environ 1.300 grues ayant été vendues entre 2000 et 2010.Le 22 mars 2012 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Memoir a trip back to healing

first_imgSchoolchildren used to stare at Sarah Coomber and gasp. They had no idea what to make of her height and pale skin, her blue eyes and brown hair.Before long, Coomber didn’t know what to make of herself either. She’d catch a glimpse in a mirror and gasp at that strange-looking person too, she said.“I was the only foreigner and the only English speaker” in a farming village in Japan, an island nation that’s one of the most homogenous societies on Earth.It might have been a little different if Coomber had been assigned to teach in a city, but on her second trip to Japan she was placed in Shuho-cho, “an isolated bastion of pragmatic farmers” with few distractions — other than a 6 a.m. wake-up chime that pumped an electronic version of “Edelweiss” loudly through the air.“`Edelweiss’ would strike every morning at six o’clock for as long as I lived in Shuho-cho, along with the air-raid siren wailing at noon and a piece of classical music tinkling into the drawing dusk at 5 o’clock,” Coomber writes in her charming new memoir, “The Same Moon,” which is both a journey through Japanese culture and a journey toward self-understanding, security and faith. Coomber will read from “The Same Moon,” and sign copies, 2 p.m. Saturday at Vintage Books in Vancouver.last_img
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DSS SafetyNet takes Gold at the REGTECH Industry Awards – Wins Most

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, 17 th November 2017 – SafetyNet.ai, Domus Semo Sancus’ (DSS) Enhanced Due Diligence Cognitive Search and Crime Prevention tool, won “Most Innovative Compliance as a Service Solution” at the RegTech Industry awards, which took place on the 16th November 2017 in New York City immediately following the RegTech Summit for Capital Markets.   The RegTech Awards “…acknowledges those companies who are creatively finding solutions to help with regulatory challenges.”On hand to collect the award for DSS was E. Jay Saunders, Chairman and CEO, and Rohit Trivedi, Head of Technical Development.   Trivedi, who flew in from India for the occasion stated that “…this is a significant achievement for DSS.   The way and the level that we’re utilizing Artificial Intelligence in SafetyNet.ai breaks new ground for this industry, and I’m very proud of that.”   Saunders, who was also a speaker at the summit, described the achievement as “…one that DSS is extremely proud of, especially when you consider the competition.   Many of them are global brands who are giants in their industries, and we’re just a startup from one of the smallest places on the planet.”Thanking the A-Team, the organizers of the RegTech Summit and the Industry awards, Saunders commented that “We would like to thank the A-Team for including us in this summit.   It was an amazing event and we had a great time.”   CEO Saunders also congratulated all the other winners at the RegTech Industry awards and gave credit for DSS’ award to “our very talented and hardworking international staff who I look forward to working with every day. Each of them deserves this award…”, but further stated that “…after what the Caribbean, and particularly the Turks and Caicos Islands, went through this year with Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this award is going home with me to the Turks and Caicos Islands.” About Domus Semo Sancus (DSS)Domus Semo Sancus (DSS) Ltd, founded by E. Jay Saunders in November 2014, is a financial technology company that is building tools to encourage financial inclusion and bridge the e-commerce divide.SafetyNet.ai is DSS’ award winning enhanced due diligence (EDD) cognitive search and crime prevention tool.  It helps companies comply with KYC and AML rules and regulations by utilizing an artificial intelligence engine to help companies spot and mitigate risks before they become threats. SafetyNet.ai is cloud based and is offered in the following subscriptions: Lite, EDD (Enhanced Due Diligence), EDD Enterprise, Safe City, and Developer.For more information on Domus Semo Sancus (DSS), visit: www.semosancus.com.For more information on SafetyNet.ai, visit: www.safetynet.ai. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Gun used to shoot at undercover cops found

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have found a gun allegedly used to shoot at undercover officers earlier this month.According to Miami-Dade Police, officers found the weapon in a trash can, days after two men opened fire on undercover officers working in the area of Northwest 63rd Street and 20th Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Jan. 19. Neither officer was hit.Police arrested Vinson French and Reyev Ross Jr. last Thursday. They have been charged with attempted second-degree murder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Managing Freelancers and Archives

first_imgCopyright. Warrantees. Indemnification. Publishers today are gingerly feeling their way through a new freelance process as it relates to content rights and digital media. While most publishers are securing both print and digital rights for freelance contracts, they are also coming to a new understanding of what’s fair to freelancers for both creation of new multimedia content, as well as re-use of older print content online. Many publications, such as MacWorld, get both print and electronic rights to contributed articles but feedback from writers has led them to develop a provision that allows the writers to re-purpose the content they contribute on platforms of their choosing after three months. This helps since many freelance contributors aren’t simply writing articles for a living but also books as well as creating Web tutorials and videos. Many publishers are building up their Web sites and online archives. When CXO Media’s CIO did this back in the 1990s, the publication offered freelancers a premium (of about 5 percent to 10 percent of the original article fee) for each print story that was now being taken online. “We started with our own ideas about what we wanted the agreement to say,” says editor-in-chief Abbie Lundberg. CIO sent the contract to lawyers, who added some of the legal language including the “work-for-hire” terminology. At the same time CIO started including an “all-media-worldwide rights” clause—”I think that’s standard practice in the U.S these days although I just heard one of our sister publications in Australia is still not doing this, they’re only asking for rights to content in Australia.”Pushback?Lundberg says there hasn’t been any real pushback from freelancers when it comes to all-media rights. “We offered a small payment between 5 percent and 10 percent of the original fee for old print content that we wanted to include on the Web site,” adds Lundberg, who says only one writer balked at the price CIO was paying for that content.Today, CIO uses freelancers on a limited basis and most of its content is developed for the Web site first, with a few exceptions. “The number of articles we’re freelancing for the magazine is small,” says Lundberg. “We have a standing short feature called Essential Technology that we freelance out once a month. They have to send us links for companies mentioned in the article but we’re not asking them for any other multimedia elements at this point.”last_img read more

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12 Children Baptized At St Thomas In May

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following TWELVE children were baptized at St. Thomas on Sunday, May 6:Annabelle Rose ArsenaultThomas John AllabenDavid Andrew DiPerriGianna Gilmour GoodwinOrlagh Scott McDonoughBlaise Jaxson MullinFinnegan O’KeefeBryce Patrick O’SheaGalvin Michael O’SheaLucia Charlotte PetittoQuinn Kathleen TarpeyBenjamin Antonio YelenakCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook.  Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter.  Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

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Over 3 lakh pilgrims undertake Amarnath yatra in 24 days

first_imgJammu, July 25: Over 3 lakh pilgrims completed the ongoing Amarnath yatra during the last 24 days breaking the record of last four years. Officials said 3,01,818 pilgrims have been to the cave for “darshan” during the last 24 days. “This number is higher than those who underwent the yatra during the entire 59-day long period in 2015”, officials said. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us Police said another batch of 2,416 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys for the valley on Thursday from Jammu. “Of these, 893 are going to Baltal base camp while 1,523 are going to Pahalgam base camp”, police said. Situated at a height of 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Himalayan ranges in Kashmir, Amarnath cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. So far, 26 pilgrims have died during the yatra. In addition to this, two volunteers and two security men also lost their lives. Yatra started on July 17 and will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the “Shravan Purnima” festival.last_img read more

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Scientist suggests life began in freshwater pond not the ocean

first_img Explore further Research group finds ancient deep sea mud volcano as possible site for origin of life Citation: Scientist suggests life began in freshwater pond, not the ocean (2012, February 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-scientist-life-began-freshwater-pond.html Mulkidjanian and his colleagues argue that in looking at the way cells are made today, it’s hard to imagine they got their start in water that was far saltier than it is now. They point out that cells in all living organisms have a much higher proportion of potassium to sodium, whereas the ocean is the reverse. Such high levels of salt would have made it difficult for cells to synthesize proteins, they say, making it extremely difficult for them the form into the molecular machines with strong walls seen today. Such thick walls would not have existed when cells were just starting to form, making it almost impossible for them to get started, grow and mature.In contrast, they say, the conditions found on land during the time period when life is believed to have started, was likely far more conducive. In addition to the existing pools of fresh water created by the condensation and cooling of geothermal vapor, there were the higher temperatures that are believed to have existed worldwide. In addition, they say that those pools of water, or mud, likely had many of the same ingredients found in modern cells: phosphate ions, zinc, manganese and especially potassium. Thus the newly forming original cells would not have had to work hard to keep out harmful sodium ions. Also, to counter arguments that newly developing cells on land would be stopped in their tracks by harmful UV radiation from the sun, the team notes that both RNA and DNA have been shown to be stable under such exposure.Despite the team’s compelling arguments, there are likely to be many doubters, and rather than converting most in the scientific community, this new idea is likely to spark debate that will almost certainly continue for many years to come. More information: Origin of first cells at terrestrial, anoxic geothermal fields, PNAS, Published online before print February 13, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1117774109AbstractAll cells contain much more potassium, phosphate, and transition metals than modern (or reconstructed primeval) oceans, lakes, or rivers. Cells maintain ion gradients by using sophisticated, energy-dependent membrane enzymes (membrane pumps) that are embedded in elaborate ion-tight membranes. The first cells could possess neither ion-tight membranes nor membrane pumps, so the concentrations of small inorganic molecules and ions within protocells and in their environment would equilibrate. Hence, the ion composition of modern cells might reflect the inorganic ion composition of the habitats of protocells. We attempted to reconstruct the “hatcheries” of the first cells by combining geochemical analysis with phylogenomic scrutiny of the inorganic ion requirements of universal components of modern cells. These ubiquitous, and by inference primordial, proteins and functional systems show affinity to and functional requirement for K+, Zn2+, Mn2+, and phosphate. Thus, protocells must have evolved in habitats with a high K+/Na+ ratio and relatively high concentrations of Zn, Mn, and phosphorous compounds. Geochemical reconstruction shows that the ionic composition conducive to the origin of cells could not have existed in marine settings but is compatible with emissions of vapor-dominated zones of inland geothermal systems. Under the anoxic, CO2-dominated primordial atmosphere, the chemistry of basins at geothermal fields would resemble the internal milieu of modern cells. The precellular stages of evolution might have transpired in shallow ponds of condensed and cooled geothermal vapor that were lined with porous silicate minerals mixed with metal sulfides and enriched in K+, Zn2+, and phosphorous compounds. (PhysOrg.com) — For most everyone alive today, it’s almost a fundamental fact. Life began in the ocean and evolved into all of the different organisms that exist today. The idea that this could be wrong causes great discomfort, like discovering as an adult that you were adopted as a child. Nonetheless, a team of diverse scientists led by Armen Mulkidjanian is suggesting that very thing; instead of life beginning in deep thermal vents in the ocean, the prevailing view, they say it perhaps instead started in landlocked freshwater pools created by thermal vapor. Their theory is based, as they explain in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mostly on the idea that the sea is just too salty to provide the ideal conditions necessary to spur life into existence. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Why the Company That Figures Out Frictionless Payments Will Dominate the Tech

first_img 5 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In 10 years, payments will be largely invisible and increasingly sophisticated. Your connected car will not only automatically pay for gas when you fill up at a gas station; it may also negotiate a new insurance premium for you each month based on how you’ve been driving — based upon data easily picked up by onboard sensors. In retail shops and restaurants, “checking out” or “getting the check” will be a thing of the past — simply walk out of the building, and your mobile device will pay your tab automatically.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments for Small Business OwnersArticles that dwell on the largely flat adoption curves of mobile payments apps are missing the point. Today’s apps like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are merely a stepping stone on the way to a truly frictionless payments future, when taking your phone out of your pocket to tap it at a near field communication (NFC) enabled point-of-sale device — much less swiping a plastic card — will seem quaint and retro. As the world transitions away from apps and mobile first to AI first, we will see a growing number of innovations that drive both retail and payment innovation.To some degree, that future is already here thanks to innovations like Amazon Go’s cashierless stores and recent developments in China like Bingobox, where customers pay using WeChat at self-checkout machines. But, the next few years are when invisible payments will really proliferate, touching almost every type of everyday financial transaction. According to Juniper Research, invisible payments will process $78 billion in in-store retail transactions by 2022, driving revenue growth of about $300 per customer.The tech company or companies that dominate payments during this phase — by making them frictionless, secure, user-friendly and, well, invisible — will be poised to dominate the tech industry as a whole. Because today, payments may seem like just one fintech vertical among many, but in reality there is a mass payments competition being waged in your pocket. On average, 80 percent of the interactions we have in a given day end in a payment, from our morning coffee to our evening ride home. There is enormous potential, and the future of payments is largely up for grabs.Related: How to Keep Payment Fees Low for Your Small BusinessConvenience will drive consolidation.Here’s why consolidation in the payments space is inevitable: Consumers don’t want to sign up for a separate payment service for each of their connected devices. That has been the problem with many previous attempts to do “invisible payments” with wearables, like Mastercard’s partnership with Atlas Wearables and Coin — they require users to input their credit card again, after they’ve likely already signed up for Apple Pay, Google Pay, Amazon Pay or some combination of all three services on another device.By contrast, companies with large user bases can simply expand their services for existing customers by porting over credit card information from their existing accounts, making the sign-up process frictionless. (For example, around 50 percent of Amazon Pay customers were existing Amazon Prime customers, and both WhatsApp and Instagram are now launching payment solutions.) We’ll see this happen increasingly, as invisible payments gain steam, with users connecting the payments in their smart TVs, connected cars, mobile devices and voice-operated devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home to the same accounts with one click.Consumers may come to develop a sense of personal brand affiliation to whichever company wins their loyalty, considering themselves “Amazon Pay” people or “Venmo” people, similar to how there’s a divide between Mac and PC users and iPhone and Android users today. Payments will become the linchpin of horizontal platforms upon which all other services are built. We’re seeing this transition already in China, where internet giants Alibaba and Tencent offer a constellation of products and services powered by Alipay and WePay payments systems, respectively.In the U.S., Amazon has a head start on this sort of expansion thanks to the 2011 launch of Amazon Lending, which issued loans to Amazon merchants and other small businesses. Growth of its loan portfolio has stalled out in recent months reportedly not because of lack of demand, but because volume grew so fast that Amazon became concerned about taking on more credit risk. In Europe, the liberalization of data-sharing regulations for banks under PSD2 should open the floodgates to similar such innovations. The time is ripe for one tech company to pull ahead.Related: What the Global Marketplace Can Teach U.S. Entrepreneurs About the Future of PaymentsConsumer trust will be crucial.There’s another reason why big companies like Apple, Amazon and Google have the advantage in the payments space today: the question of trust. As payments apps move from merely processing transactions to making decisions about what to pay for and how much — as in the connected car example — customers need to feel confident that those decisions will be sound. They also need to be sure their private data will be safe and protected, beyond their banking log-ins and credit card numbers. Remember, the payment system in your car will one day know how safely you drive, and where you’ve been driving. Google and Amazon in particular are two of the most trusted tech companies in the world, giving them a particular advantage in the race to dominate the payments space.It’s hard to know exactly how the payments wars will play out in the next few years. What is clear is that to the victor belong the spoils. Tech companies that establish themselves as payments powerhouses today will be poised to profit tomorrow. October 11, 2018last_img read more

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Second live presidential debate to air today

first_imgOn Sunday, May 20, the National Electoral Institute says presidential candidates will participate in their second live 96-minute debate being held in Tijuana, Baja California.National Electoral Institute electoral counselor, Benito Nacif, reports that everything is ready for the second presidential debate which will include Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Ricardo Anaya, José Antonio Meade and Jamie Rodríguez Calderón.He explained that one of the constitutional missions of the National Electoral Institute (INE) is to promote a democratic culture that includes citizens in public affairs adding that debates are fundamental to promote participation.At a press conference, he explained that this type of event attracts not only the attention of traditional media, but also of the Internet, including social networks. According to studies by the institute, “it is clearly shown how, when debates take place, the time allocated to cover campaigns increases substantially,” he said.“There are some huge peaks of attention in the time spent talking about the candidates, their proposals, who they are, what their trajectory is, increases substantially” on radio, television and Internet, commented Nacif Hernandez.He says that for this next debate, filtered public will be able to ask questions, noting that they are following other methods of debates with the Participatory Assembly. Nacif Hernandez says that when the public arrives, production staff and moderators will start working with them.“It is the joint work between both parties, in which the INE has nothing to do with the selection of questions.”Nacif Hernandez added that there are more than 250 registered media, both national and international and 862 reporters and new agency representatives for the second debate.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (… read more Technology | January 17, 2014 FDA Clears Varian’s Proton Therapy System Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 03, 2019 Civco Displaying Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution at AAPM The upcoming release of Civco’s Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution will allow proton therapy centers… read more Varian’s ProBeam system gives clinicians options for delivering dose precisely to minimize dose to healthy tissue in the course of delivering proton therapy treatments for cancer. Its scanning beam technology enables intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) by modulating dose levels on a spot-by-spot basis throughout the treatment area. Irradiations from multiple angles are efficiently combined to improve control of dose distributions. Scanning beam technology also eliminates the need to manually insert separate shaping accessories for each beam angle in order to match the beam to the shape of the tumor. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more center_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and… read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more January 17, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Varian Medical Systems’ updated ProBeam proton therapy system. Varian’s scanning beam IMPT technology is already in use at the Rinecker Proton Therapy Center, Munich, Germany, and has treated more than 1,500 patients at the site. Varian also has contracts to install ProBeam systems at four sites in the United States, one in Saudi Arabia and one in Russia. For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Four Nicaraguan police officers killed near the border with Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto begins path of destruction through Central America Nicaraguan resistance group speaks out, refutes Nicaragua pointing finger at Costa Rica for attacks Central American leaders confident Trump won’t revoke CAFTA Music and migration: The struggles of Ceshia Ubau Nicaraguan police said four of the country’s police officers were killed near the border with Costa Rica on Thursday at 4 p.m.Nicaraguan officials claim that the officers were shot and killed in the municipality of San Carlos, a town at the source of the San Juan River just 10 kilometers north of the Costa Rican border. Nicaraguan police placed blame on “Banda el Jobo,” a group they said has a base in Costa Rica and is accused of drug trafficking and armed robbery.The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Safety issued a statement saying that Costa Rica is not being used to attack neighboring countries.“Our ministry maintains a police presence in our northern border and in no moment have we detected that our territory is being used by a criminal group to attack neighboring countries,” said Allan Obando Flores, director of the Costa Rican border police. “We reaffirm our commitment to not allow any type of attack of that kind with bordering countries.”Obando also said that police have permanent patrols along the border to guarantee citizen safety and territorial integrity.The Nicaraguan police were contacted by phone and email by The Tico Times and asked what evidence led them to conclude the attack was committed by “Banda el Jobo,” but they offered no specific details.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica.We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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South Australia boasts tourism recovery

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G. A Encouraged by documented increases in international visitors, nights and spending in the last financial year, South Australia’s tourism industry has shown confirmed recovery.According to the latest International Visitor Survey, 363,600 international visitors travelled to South Australia in the year ending June 2010.Tourism Minister John Rau said the increase in numbers was testament to the success of the State Government’s tourism marketing campaigns which have been running overseas.“Our focus on attracting more visitors and growing visitor expenditure has provided us with a healthy mix of higher yield travellers and regional dispersal of visitor spending, moving us closer to our State Strategic Plan goal of $6.3 billion in visitor expenditure by 2014,” Mr Rau said.The state’s tourism body has been focusing on the eastern hemisphere markets, Mr Rau calling these the “real success story of the past year”. To increase their China presence, the body’s decision to open a South Australian Tourism Commission office in Shanghai earlier this year “was a decision that is paying dividends”.“In the 12 months ending June 2010, we welcomed 17,000 international visitors from mainland China, an increase of 110% compared with the previous 12 month period.“For South Australia, spending by holiday purpose visitors was up 12 per cent on the previous 12 month period, showing that South Australia continues to reap the benefits provided by holiday visitors to our State.”.last_img read more

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