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NEW YORK – The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on June 10, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his most trustworthy former players.Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was chosen to replace Mike Woodson, who Jackson fired after the regular season in his first major move as team President.Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots while playing an NBA-record 259 playoff games. Jackson says “it has come clear to me” that he and Fisher can form a great partnership again, listing some of the coaches the 39-year-old Fisher played under — though leaving out himself.“Derek has a long, laundry list of coaches that he’s worked under and had a tremendous amount of success and we welcome him,” Jackson said during a news conference at the Knicks’ training center in Greenburgh, New York.The Knicks went 37-45 and missed the playoffs, just a year after winning the Atlantic Division and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Jackson, who declined an original offer to coach the team, was instead hired to run the front office in March, and fired Woodson the week after the season ended.He was seeking someone familiar with the triangle offense and someone with little or no coaching experience that he could teach. The Knicks nearly closed a deal to hire Steve Kerr, who instead left a TV commentating job to coach the Golden State Warriors.Jackson turned his attention to Fisher, even getting fined $25,000 last week when he was too open about his interest in the point guard who was still under contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The 39-year-old Fisher was respected among players around the league as he was the President of the players association during the 2011 lockout.The Knicks have had nowhere near the success of Fisher or Jackson, but their new coach believes they can. “We know without a doubt that we can re-establish what that means, what that is,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Mets scored three times before making an out Aug. 8 and still their seven-game winning streak was snapped.Rookie starter Noah Syndergaard quickly coughed up the lead in his latest flop on the road, and the Mets wasted two early homers from Curtis Granderson in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.New York’s lead in the NL East was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over Washington.Granderson went deep in each of the first two innings, the initial one igniting a three-run first against Nathan Karns.“Great way to start the game, especially against a guy that doesn’t tend to give up a lot of runs,” Granderson said. “It was a good sign for us, but you’ve got to understand it’s not over, and sure enough today proved that.”Granderson homered on the second pitch from Karns, and Lucas Duda had a two-run double after hits by Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes.Granderson tied Jose Reyes (2006) for the team record in a single season with his sixth leadoff homer. Granderson has 34 in his career.But before he hit his second home run of the game — and 19th this season — the Rays had scored four runs on six hits off Syndergaard. The first-inning rally included a long two-run homer by Grady Sizemore, his fifth of the season and second in two nights.“It was a disappointing outing,” Syndergaard said. “The offense did their part and I wasn’t able to uphold my part of the bargain.”Syndergaard, who was 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his previous nine starts, gave up five runs, eight hits, two walks and had six strikeouts over four innings. He fell to 0-5 on the road.Kevin Kiermaier had a two-run single for Tampa Bay in the first.The Rays went ahead 5-4 in the fourth when John Jaso drew a walk from Syndergaard (6-6), stole his first base of the season, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Evan Longoria’s infield single.Longoria beat out the decisive hit when Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada hesitated slightly before throwing.“He just couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. It happens,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “If Ruben doesn’t double-clutch, I know he throws him out. But the wild pitch was also part of it. We’ve got to make those plays, but we had 15 strikeouts, too. That’s one of those things we didn’t do at all (during the win streak).”Tampa Bay relievers Xavier Cedeno, Steve Geltz, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, combined for four hitless innings.“The guys bounced back from a tough loss last night,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said. “They were outstanding. We don’t expect anything less. Those guys have short memories.”Karns (7-5) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. “The bullpen came in after I came out and locked it down,” he said.The announced crowd was 31,042, the Rays’ second home sellout this season and first since opening day.(DICK SCANLON) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Fitbit has been actively coming up with new options in its smart wearables segment since the last year. To keep up with market interests, the company has launched the Charge 3 fitness tracker in India. As with all previous Fitbit trackers, the Charge 3 commands a premium, asking a starting price of Rs 13,990. Fitbit will also launch the special edition of the Charge 3 at Rs 15,999.The Charge 3 is one of Fitbit’s focused fitness trackers for this year. The tracker carries on the design ethos of previous Fitbit fitness trackers, but with an improved overall design. It sports a small touchscreen display that adjusts to the ambient brightness on its own. The Charge 3 relies on a 24/7 heart rate monitor to track calorie burn, optimises workouts and uncover trends that give the user guide to act on health and fitness goals. Additionally, Charge 3 can also track sleep, letting the user see time spent in light, deep and REM sleep stages. Users will also get personalised insights to improve the sleep if it’s below the desired level.The Charge 3 also comes with more than 15 exercise modes such as running, biking, swimming, yoga, circuit training and more. It can also do female health tracking. This feature lets female users track their periods, record symptoms and predict ovulation period for a month. Additionally, the fitness tracker also detects workouts on its own and tracks activity like steps, distance, floors climbed, active minutes and calories burned. The Fitbit Charge 3 also ties with your phone’s GPS to track pace and distance on screen during outdoor runs and rides, and use your stats to make it better for you next time. The special edition also comes with NFC built-in to take advantage of the Fitbit Pay feature.advertisementThe Charge 3 can pair up with more 200 Android and iOS devices. Fitbit claims that on a single charge, the fitness tracker can last up to 7 days at a stretch before requiring another refill. The Charge 3 will also show expanded notifications from your smartphone and will also be able to make quick replies with an upcoming update. The tracker also has its own set of fitness apps to keep the user informed of his/her day on the move.The Fitbit Charge 3 will also be sold in India along with a host of accessories, all ranging between Rs 2,990 to Rs 4,490. The Charge 3 is available in black with a graphite aluminium case or blue gray with rose gold aluminium case. The tracker will be available for purchase via major online and offline retail channels.ALSO READ | Huawei launches affordable Y7 Pro (2019) with waterdrop notch, AI based dual rear cameras and moreALSO READ | Your Debit card may not work in ATMs or malls from tomorrow, online banking on your account will continueALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite case render shows Infinity-O display, wireless charging support
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says he will seek a 10th term next year.The 73-year-old Miller, a Democrat, was initially elected to the statewide office in 1978.Except for a four-year stretch in the early 1990s after he made an unsuccessful run for governor, Miller has been the state’s top prosecutor since, making him the longest serving state attorney general in the country.Miller is a Dubuque native and Harvard Law School graduate.He says he wants to keep serving because “there is a lot of unfinished business for us to work on: opioids, for-profit colleges, and other areas.”
Guidance Counsellor at the Clonmel Primary and Junior High School, Charmaine Forbes, says the plan has her full endorsement. Story Highlights It was launched on February 8, in Port Maria, St. Mary, by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson. Educators are welcoming the Government’s $5.9-million incentive programme, which is aimed at increasing secondary-school attendance by students benefiting under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). Educators are welcoming the Government’s $5.9-million incentive programme, which is aimed at increasing secondary-school attendance by students benefiting under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The programme, dubbed ‘School Days Count’, is a two-year initiative and will roll out between February and April in 34 institutions that have below-70 per cent attendance levels.It was launched on February 8, in Port Maria, St. Mary, by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson.Speaking with JIS News, Principal of Jackson Primary and Junior High School in St. Mary, Michelle Thomas, highlighted that it was a positive a move that will result in added benefits to the children.“It is a very good initiative, and it will increase the attendance,” she states.Guidance Counsellor at the Clonmel Primary and Junior High School, Charmaine Forbes, says the plan has her full endorsement.“I am glad that they are rolling it out so that everybody can buy into it,” she shares with JIS News.For his part, Teacher at the Port Maria High School in the Parish, Joel Bromfield, welcomed the initiative and notes that students who attend school on a regular basis, generally tend to perform better.“I am appealing to the parents… send them out, because you want them to succeed and this increases the likelihood of them achieving more,” he states.The Programme will offer a range of cash and non-cash incentives to parents and schools to boost student turnout. These include 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, to students who will be starting tertiary studies in September 2018.In addition, there will be a combination of initiatives such as a media campaign; Attendance Fairs in 13 of the most affected schools; and ongoing parent education and interactions in the 34 schools that have recorded attendance compliance rates of below70 per cent.There will also be a ‘Never Been Absent Stars’ (NBA) competition within the targeted schools, aimed at identifying PATH beneficiaries who have not been absent over the period September 4, 2017 to March 28, 2018.All winners will be awarded NBA badges, and will be eligible to compete for one of five book vouchers valued at $15,000. Additionally, under the Competition, ten grade-11 PATH beneficiaries, will be identified and awarded scholarships.Meanwhile, Minister Robinson tells JIS News that the culture of seeing Fridays as not important for children to attend school must be broken.“Friday is an important day, and we are depending on the Councillors, the Members of Parliament, [and all] positive role models who can instil in students and parents that staying in school is important,” she reasons.She cited a survey which found that as many as 72.2 per cent of non-compliant PATH students oftentimes do not attend school on Fridays, adding that up to 53.2 per cent of them stop attending school prior to the end of the term.Also, administrators at PATH have noted with concern the decline in attendance among its beneficiary students at the secondary level, particularly over the last five years, with compliance rates as low as 35 per cent in some schools, during academic year 2015/2016.Minister Robinson states that her Ministry’s safety net assessments have indicated that a child with an annual 85 per cent attendance, would have missed the equivalent of up to six weeks of classes, or 180 lessons.“It follows therefore that the onus is on all parents to ensure that their children attend school, at all times, to ensure that they benefit optimally from the education opportunities being offered, whether they are PATH beneficiaries are not,” she states.Director of PATH, Elsa Marks-Willis, says that while public education surrounding the consequences of chronic absenteeism is critical, “it must be balanced with promotion of the benefits of regular attendance”.PATH is an initiative by the Government of Jamaica with support from donor partners such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.It is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society.The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.
OTTAWA – Canada’s top accountant is calling on the federal government to kick start much-needed improvements to airports in Canada’s remote north.In his spring report to Parliament, auditor general Michael Ferguson says the government is well aware of deficiencies at the airports, including flickering runway lighting and outdated navigation systems.But he says Transport Canada has failed to take the lead in fixing the problems and making necessary upgrades.Many northern communities rely on air transportation as their only means of getting fresh food, medicine and other supplies.While Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program has an annual budget of $38 million available for airport safety-related projects, auditors say only about $15 million was spent on remote northern airports over the past three years.Their report identified $101 million in needed upgrades at 41 of the 117 remote airports they examined.“Transport Canada had the information it needed to assess the infrastructure challenges remote northern airports face,” the report concluded.“However, the department did not take the lead by working with others to address these infrastructure challenges.”Transport Canada announced late last year that it would step up transportation infrastructure spending in the north.But the auditor general says the department has yet to provide details of planned projects.
New Delhi: A 32-year-old woman aerobics teacher was arrested with her three associates in robbery case of Rs 1.5 crore in Bindapur area of Dwarka district. Police said that the victim in the case had hired the instructor for training, who passed information regarding cash kept in the victim’s house to other accused.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that on the intervening night of March 30-31, the accused entered in the complainant’s room where he and his aunty were sleeping. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”All the accused started beating them and tied their hands, feet and mouth,” said DCP Dwarka. He further said that the accused fled away with valuables and money. Complainant has alleged that on March 30, his uncle and his two sons went to Beas, Punjab. His aunt was alone at home. Therefore, for the safety of his aunt, the complainant comes to her house in Bindapur for night stay. “Recently the victim’s family had sold a property. The aerobics teacher had information regarding the huge cash kept in the house,” an investigator said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe investigation further revealed that on the day of the incident, accused entered into the complainant’s house with the assistance of the lady as she had let the rear gate open during the evening. “The accused had also completed MBA,” he added. Police further added that on the basis of CCTV footage, it was learnt that total six persons were involved in the crime and subsequently, section 395 of IPC was added in the present case. On April 5, the team arrested one of the accused Baldev Singh who is the mastermind of the heist. On interrogation, he disclosed the name of the aerobics teacher, who gave them information. During the investigation, the police team conducted search operation in the outskirts of Aligarh, UP and other distant places in order to arrest the co-accused persons involved in the heist. The team constantly shadowed the accused persons technically and on the basis of disclosure of Baldev Singh, on April 7. “After tracking and obtaining the location of the mobile phones of accused Biru, he along with co-accused Sonu was arrested from the area of Sudarshan Park in Moti Nagar,” police said. On the disclosure of accused Baldev, a sum of Rs 40 lakh was recovered from his bank locker and case property of the present case. On the instance of Sonu total Rs 7.56 lakh was also recovered from his native village in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh and two gold bangle were recovered from the possession of accused Biru.
MONTREAL — The company that runs the Aeroplan customer loyalty program says it’s prepared to replace CIBC as its bank credit card partner at the end of this year unless it matches contractual terms offered by TD Bank.A shift to TD would mark the end of a long-standing relationship between CIBC and Aeroplan, which originated as Air Canada’s frequent flyer program and is now a broader loyalty system operated by Aimia.It has been known for some time that Toronto-based CIBC and Montreal-based Aimia were preparing for hard-bargaining as they approach the end of their current 10-year agreement.Aimia said Thursday that TD would make a $100-million upfront payment in 2014 to help fund program enhancements if it becomes the new bank to offer a co-branded Aeroplan credit card under a 10-year deal starting Jan. 1, 2014.CIBC was quick to respond to Aimia’s announcement, saying it’s reviewing the proposed terms to see if it will exercise its right of first refusal and that, for credit card users, it will be business as usual in the meantime.The bank has said previously that it was investing millions of dollars this year to explore the potential for setting up its own loyalty-point credit cards.Aimia said CIBC has until Aug. 9 to exercise its contractual right to match the deal it has arranged with TD. If CIBC does so, Aimia has agreed to pay TD an $80 million break fee in 2013.“The news that AIMIA has signed with TD is not necessarily shocking, however, it will still likely weigh on CIBC’s valuation as we do not believe the likelihood was not necessarily completely priced in,” wrote Barclays analyst John Aiken in a note Thursday morning.Aimia also announced it’s preparing to make “groundbreaking” changes to the Aeroplan program, starting in 2014, including the launch of new co-branded financial credit cards with new features.“The enhancements we’re announcing today are the most significant changes we’ve made in the Aeroplan program’s history,” said Vince Timpano, Aimia’s president and chief executive officer for Canada.Among other things, Aimia is launching Distinction — a new recognition program that rewards top-accumulating members with exclusive privileges and cancellation of a policy that sees Aeroplan Miles expire after seven years.“Air Canada welcomes the significant program improvements Aeroplan is announcing today,” said Craig Landry, the airline’s vice-president of marketing.“Enjoying travel is the most popular use for Aeroplan Miles and these enhancements will benefit all members by making redemptions more attractive while recognizing our shared best customers.”With a file from Financial Post staff
OTTAWA — Concern is growing that federal negotiators aren’t doing enough to protect the personal information of Canadians from prying U.S. interests at the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.Information technology companies and other digital economy insiders say federal negotiators appeared unprepared during this week’s third round of talks to counter an American proposal that would forbid the storage of sensitive data in computing facilities on Canadian soil.Some warned that Canada appeared soft on the issue and might concede to the American demands in the interest of horse-trading — to potentially win concessions on higher-profile areas of contention, such as autos and agriculture.They say giving in to American demands to open up a freer flow of cross-border data would not only undermine domestic privacy rights, but hamstring the ability of emerging Canadian companies to compete in the growing digital economy.At issue is so-called “data localization,” which would allow the government to protect the sensitive personal information of Canadians — especially health and financial records — from unwanted American intrusion, by storing it in Canada.A senior federal official, who would only speak on the condition they not be identified, said the government would stand up for Canadians’ data and privacy rights at the bargaining table.Widespread global concern has been stoked by fears of U.S. surveillance on private citizens, and requirements under the post 9-11 Patriot Act that gives American law enforcement access to data stored in U.S. facilities. Big companies such as Amazon and Microsoft have built servers in Canada to address privacy concerns.Sources say U.S. negotiators proposed NAFTA terms that banned data localization, lifting language directly from the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership.The U.S. position contrasts with British Columbia and Nova Scotia laws that require local data storage and appears to conflict with federal policy, which says “sensitive or protected data under government control will be stored on servers that reside in Canada.”Canada lacks an overall strategy on the data and should not give in to American demands until it develops one, said Keith Millar, senior vice-president of Ottawa-based technology firm Pythian.“Data localization seems not to be negotiated as aggressively as agriculture or auto,” said Millar.“Until Canada gets a national strategy together, we should keep it out of NAFTA.”Morgan Elliot, vice-president of Mississauga-based SOTI Inc., said data “is the new gold” of the 21st century economy and giving up access to it in NAFTA could have “catastrophic” consequences for the competitiveness of Canadian companies in the future.“We worry that might be something that could be given up in terms of supporting legacy industries like autos,” said Elliot. “The U.S. is playing the long-term game and I just worry that 10 years down the road we go, ‘whoops that was more important than we thought.”‘One source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, said industry representatives came away from a meeting this week with Canadian negotiators feeling that they were “not up to speed” on key issues.Another source, who also insisted on anonymity for the same reason, said he believed Canada was preparing to give ground to the U.S. on data in exchange for an easier ride on autos and demands by the American dairy industry for greater market access.The Canadian Council of Innovators, a group representing small- and medium-sized companies, urged the government prior to the latest round of talks to resist the U.S. proposals, citing concerns over the Patriot Act and “less stringent” restrictions on access to data for U.S. companies.“Allowing our data to reside across the border will grant the U.S. a significant economic advantage, as they will be able to access and use Canadian data in ways Canadian companies cannot,” it said in a letter to Steve Verheul, Canada’s lead negotiator.“This data could be used to identify trends to guide the investment, product development, commercialization and marketing initiatives, creating an un-level playing field.”Millar said Canadian negotiators need to address the concerns and clarify what they’re fighting for and what “they’re giving away.”“This isn’t protectionism,” said Millar.“Just giving up sovereignty of data and having North America viewed as the island of (the) Patriot Act would be detrimental to Canadian interest.”
The accused R Selvakumar (33), who acted as a kingpin of a gang which smuggled narcotics to Sri Lanka, faced about a dozen cases. He had been evading arrest and the Mandapam Inspector of Police helped him to be at large, he said.The accused, who hailed from Rameswaram, came on police radar in 2008, when he came in contact with an agent of the LTTE and started smuggling batteries, motors and other goods for the organisation. The order was served on the Inspector of police on Saturday. The nexus between the police officer and the criminal, who was arrested during a vehicle check here on December 12, came to light when police interrogated him after his arrest, the SP told The Hindu. “It is highly reprehensible and unbecoming of a police officer to have contact with the criminal from November 1 to December 10, 2015. He demanded Rs 50,000 and new tyres for his car for doing him a favour in connection with his bail application,” the DIG said in his suspension order. The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police in Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, India has placed under suspension an Inspector of Police attached to the Mandapam Police Station, for allegedly demanding a bribe from a notorious criminal with links to Sri Lanka to help him secure anticipatory bail in a criminal case.Acting on the recommendation of Superintendent of Police (SP) N M Manivannan, DIG Anand Kumar Somani ordered the suspension of A. Danapalan, The Hindu newspaper reported. He was arrested in 2008 under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act and under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Act in December 2009 by the CID wing of the Narcotics Intelligence Bureau (NIB) when he attempted to smuggle a kg of heroin, police said.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil, General Jagath Jayasuriya, concurrently accredited to Colombia presented his credentials to Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia at the president´s palace in Bogota, the Foreign Ministry said today.At the Presentation of credentials General Jagath Jayasuriya conveyed greetings the President of Sri Lanka and briefed the significant developments taken place under the unity Government. The Ambassador also congratulated the President on winning the Nobel Peace Prize and for the sucess of the peace process of Colombia. After presenting his credentials, Ambassador General Jagath Jayasuriya had opportunity to meet Maria Ángela Holguin Cuéllar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and highlighted the importance of strengthening bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. The Ambassador also met Alfredo Ramos – Director of the Asia, Africa and Oceania, Ms. Maria Poula Arenas Director of Trade Relations at Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and Manuel Felipe Becerra – Director of International Affairs of the Ministry of Defence.During meetings, Ambassador General Jagath Jayasuriya emphasized on the importance of enhancing bilateral relations, trade relations and exchange of experts in the field of trade and defence for the benefit of both countries in the years ahead. (Colombo Gazette)
Time Warner posts 44 pct jump in 3rd-qtr net income, backs full-year outlook by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2013 6:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Time Warner on Wednesday posted a big jump in third-quarter net income, helped by continued popularity of its cable network shows.Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said the company saw a significant payoff during the recent quarter on its programing investments at TNT and TBS, with both networks receiving some of the highest ratings among key cable TV audiences.The networks accounted for four of the top 10 scripted shows on advertising-supported cable, while “The Big Bang Theory,” which is produced by the company’s Warner Bros. division, continued to draw audiences to TBS.Despite the earnings jump, the media and entertainment company chose to back its previous profit guidance for the full year, rather than raise it. Time Warner Inc. shares edged up in midday trading.John Martin, Time Warner’s chief financial and administrative officer, acknowledged on the company’s conference call with investors that the guidance implies flat adjusted fourth-quarter results, but noted that the company faces tough year-ago comparisons at Warner Bros. and continuing financial pressures at the publishing arm.For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Time Warner earned $1.18 billion, or $1.26 per share, up from $822 million, or 84 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.Excluding one-time charges, its adjusted profit from continuing operations was $1.01 per share.Revenue was flat at $6.86 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $6.94 billion in revenue.Revenue from the company’s cable networks rose 5 per cent to $3.5 billion, as advertising revenue rose 11 per cent, helped by the growth at its U.S. cable networks.Time Warner noted that TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Major Crimes” series remained two of the top rated among original, scripted cable shows.Meanwhile, revenue at the company’s Warner Bros. film and TV entertainment division fell 7 per cent to $2.7 billion, mainly as a result of tough comparisons to a prior-year period boosted by revenue from the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”Revenue at Time Warner’s publishing division, which the company plans to spin off eventually, edged down 2 per cent to $818 million.Bewkes said on the conference call that Time Warner plans to make initial filings in the next few weeks and expects to complete the spin off in the second quarter of next year.New York-based Time Warner Inc. also said Tuesday that it still expects its full-year 2013 earnings per share to rise by a “mid-teens” percentage.The company’s shares edged up 19 cents to $68.42 in midday trading. Its shares have risen almost 43 per cent so far this year.
Some argue that disarmament is not the right issue to negotiate when the international security environment is deteriorating.“We counter that argument,” Ms. Nakamitsu, the newly appointed High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told UN News, stressing that “disarmament matters” even more so in times of high tensions over security issues.“Disarmament is all about preventing major catastrophes in times of conflict,” she said. “It helps decrease tensions, create space for dialogue and build trust and confidence.”Disarmament is all about preventing major catastrophes in times of conflict.Her appointment also came at a critical phase of nuclear disarmament. UN Member States are negotiating a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, with the talks scheduled to conclude on 7 July.To date, however, a number of countries are staying out of the negotiations, including the United States, Russia and other nuclear-weapon States, as well as many of their allies, including Japan. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has not joined the talks either.“Hopefully a treaty will be something they will be able to join eventually,” she said, stressing that “the door must be open to all States and this inclusiveness will have to be built into the treaty.”Ms. Nakamitsu also spoke about the ongoing stalemate in the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament, her goals for her first 100 days in office, and advice for women aspiring to senior UN leadership positions. UN News: The Secretary-General is committed to achieving gender parity in senior management appointments. What is the significance of a woman leading UN disarmament affairs?Izumi Nakamitsu: I’m the second female to head the UN disarmament office. I never actually thought about it. At the professional level, I don’t think it makes much difference if you are a man or woman leading an office in any field. The important thing is that whoever is most qualified, men or women, should be doing the job. That’s what the message should be. UN News: Can you speak a bit about the strengths women can bring to disarmament?Izumi Nakamitsu: I don’t usually generalize things. I have worked in the field and met female snipers. You cannot necessarily say women are peace-loving. But women’s soft-spoken style or gentle approach may make a difference when tensions are high. I have always been able to speak to the most difficult people in those situations. I think it was partly because I am a woman. I showed up at negotiations at the country or local levels or at checkpoints; commanders were not expecting that a woman would show up to negotiate with them. The area of peace and security, including disarmament, tends to be still a bit dominated by men, as many people used to come with military backgrounds. But it’s changing. What we do at the UN is political work. So if you are interested in peace and security, and a woman, the door is wide open for you.UN News: Do you have any advice for women aspiring to senior UN leadership positions? Izumi Nakamitsu: Work hard. If you are working hard and doing a good job, have a trust in the system that there are always people who are watching you and appreciating your work. Think about how to excel in your job.UN News: How does your previous experience in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other parts of the UN system help you in your current post?Izumi Nakamitsu: Many different ways. I’m happy to have done all these different areas of work. Definitely for one thing, the network of people I have across the UN system is useful. Everywhere I go, I usually know people. That helps because if I need to do something or move a difficult file, I can always call up different people and ask them to give me advice. But more substantively, because of my years of experience in different fields, I really understand the close linkages between conflict, peace and security, humanitarian affairs and development, and how we need to look at these things more comprehensively to find a solution. One often-talked-about weakness within and beyond the UN system is working in silos. UN Photo/Martine PerretWeapons being burnt during the official launch of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Muramvya, Burundi. (file)The area I’m very interested in, and the Secretary-General is keen on, is what he calls ‘frontier issues.’ Those include cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Cyberattacks have become a regular occurrence. We need to make sure that these new issues, closely related to rapid technological and scientific development, will become a top priority of Member States. They are now addressing these concerns at the expert level but our work must also be accelerated and intensified in this area.So disarmament has many dimensions. I hope, through some of our efforts in disarmament education, the public, especially younger people, will have a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes the disarmament agenda, which is very complicated and multifaceted. UN News: You started your current position in May. What would you like to accomplish in your first 100 days and during your term?Izumi Nakamitsu: I’m new to disarmament. So for the first 100 days, my ambition is to fully understand the disarmament file, a hugely complicated area with a lot of technical details. I already began to understand the political side of the issue, but within 100 days I would like to understand those technical details and have a better knowledge of all areas of disarmament. During my tenure? Well, I’m sort of a humble person. I don’t have catchy words to characterize my ambitions for the medium or longer term. But there are a couple of things. The international security environment is very difficult at the moment, but I would definitely like to achieve a political understanding among most of the Member States of the UN – that because it is difficult, disarmament matters.And the second is sort of a creation of the political will at the level of the Member States. I would very much like to have some sort of a vision of the international community for disarmament in the 21st century. There are new issues like cyber (security), artificial intelligence, etc. Disarmament is actually one of the oldest mandates of the United Nations – it goes back to the founding of the United Nations. We have a unique place in the UN. But I think it will also be really good if we can bring disarmament into the 21st century, and understand the new issues that the international community has to grapple with and the priority and sequence of the issues that we have to put our heads together to create a safer and more secure world. That is what disarmament is all about – it is about making the world a safer, more secure place. UN PhotoThe remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument – known as the Genbaku Dome – at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. UN News: Being a national of Japan, the only country to have suffered nuclear attacks, is there anything you can do to advance the disarmament agenda?Izumi Nakamitsu: Hibakusha, survivors of nuclear bombs, have been courageously sharing their stories and experiences. That has really moved a number of very influential actors in the international peace movement and across civil society around the world. They have not just kept nuclear disarmament discussions alive, but created additional momentum. Whenever I talk about nuclear disarmament, I always try to refer to their heroic and tireless efforts. I can be a messenger who spreads their words around the world through my work at the UN as well as convey voices I pick up from the international community back to Japan. Credit: OPCWInspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inventory a stockpile of 22mm chemical artillery projectiles (file photo). UN News: The Secretary-General has made conflict prevention one of his top priorities. How does the disarmament agenda fit into this picture?Izumi Nakamitsu: Disarmament is all about preventing major catastrophes in times of conflict. Everything we do in disarmament negotiations and discussions needs to fuse into the prevention agenda. What we are doing has an enormous preventive effect. Disarmament is also part of a political solution to the conflict. It helps decrease tensions, create space for dialogue and build trust and confidence. We counter the argument that when the international security environment is deteriorating or tensions are increasing, disarmament is not the right issue to be put on the table. Rather, because the security environment is difficult, we have to talk about disarmament. It has preventive and trust-building effects. It has to be part of a political solution to any dispute or conflict. UN News: Disarmament is a politically charged subject. How do you intend to deal with this issue?Izumi Nakamitsu: Yes, it is politically sensitive and challenging. But the kind of work we do at the United Nations is always very challenging and politically sensitive. So the role we are expected to play is to build bridges between different political positions of Member States, give sound advice at the technical and substantive level, and make sure that Member States negotiating those very politically charged issues will be able to find their own solutions and find common ground. Political difficulty is just part of our job. And if I could add, that’s why it is an exciting type of work. UN News: The United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons is under way. What is the expected outcome? Nuclear-weapon States, many of their allies and States such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are missing from the negotiations. Does the absence of these States in the talks undercut the outcome?Nuclear-weapon States and some of their allies are not able to join the negotiations at the moment, but hopefully a treaty will be something they will be able to join eventually.Izumi Nakamitsu: Through a resolution, the General Assembly mandated Member States to negotiate a treaty. It is ongoing, so I can’t really say what kind of treaty it is going to be. Member States are working very hard to conclude the negotiations by the 7 July deadline. It is true that a number of countries decided to stay out of the negotiations. Because which negotiations they will participate in or not is a decision made by those individual Member States, there is nothing we can say about it. But as the Secretariat, we’ve been advising Member States that are part of the negotiations that if they want to have the objectives of nuclear disarmament, then a treaty will have to be something that will become inclusive in the future.Nuclear-weapon States and some of their allies are not able to join the negotiations at the moment, but hopefully a treaty will be something they will be able to join eventually. The door must be open to all States. This inclusiveness will have to be built into the treaty. I hope concerns expressed by non-participants will be taken into account by those negotiating the treaty. UN News: The Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD) has not produced any concrete results since 1996. How can you help break this deadlock?Izumi Nakamitsu: The Conference on Disarmament has been in stalemate for the past 20-plus years. I was in Geneva recently. I sensed that the frustration of not having produced any substantial results is shared by many Member States that are part of the body. As a result of this shared feeling that something has to happen, there is now a working group on the way ahead. Member States are beginning to engage in a process of putting their heads together and find an option on how to move forward. I advise all Member States involved to think outside the box and to be creative and innovative to find common ground. They still consider the CD to be an important instrument. I will definitely support the efforts of Member States.UN News: Disarmament is more than just nuclear disarmament. Can you briefly explain other aspects of work undertaken by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)?Izumi Nakamitsu: Nuclear disarmament remains important, with the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty being negotiated at the moment and the preparatory process having started for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). We are in a critical phase of the overall nuclear disarmament issue.The vast majority of the victims today get killed by conventional weapons, especially small arms and light weapons.But we also have a very acute, priority agenda in the area of chemical weapons. Chemical weapons use in Syria is one of the priority agendas not just for my office but also the Security Council and the international community. We have a very strong comprehensive Chemical Weapons Convention, but the taboo against chemical weapons use is unfortunately being undermined. We have to make sure that this norm is restored so that no chemical weapons use is allowed, and if it is violated, we have to bring perpetrators to accountability. We also have the Biological Weapons Convention and a number of different disarmament treaties. We need to make sure that proper implementation and well-functioning of these instruments continue. We have some financial issues with some of these, to which financial health must be brought back. Conventional arms and light weapons is the area where we can demonstrate much more in terms of real impacts on the ground. The vast majority of the victims today get killed by conventional weapons, especially small arms and light weapons. This must be definitely highlighted as it has a direct link to what the UN does in its peace operations, etc. We work with governments to assist their capacity-building in these areas, including ways to improve the safety and security of ammunition stockpiles in order to avoid accidental explosions and diversion of ammunition.
Des catastrophes naturelles à l’origine de la résurgence d’espèces disparuesLes catastrophes naturelles peuvent avoir de surprenantes conséquences positives, comme la résurgence de certains habitats naturels et des espèces disparues qu’ils abritaient. Un étrange phénomène expliqué par des chercheurs chiliens et américains l’ayant observé sur plusieurs plages chiliennes.Les catastrophes naturelles ne sont pas toujours seulement dramatiques. Elles ont dans certains cas des effets positifs, affirme une équipe de chercheurs chiliens et américains. Parmi ces conséquences inattendues, la résurgence d’habitats et d’espèces considérées comme disparues. Dans leur étude publiée par PLoS One, les scientifiques expliquent avoir constaté ce phénomène au Chili, après un violent tremblement de terre de magnitude 8,8 suivi d’un tsunami, survenus le 27 février 2010. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont étudié les impacts de cette catastrophe sur les plages de la région frappée. “Comme prévu, nous avons vu une forte mortalité de la vie dans la zone de balancement des marées sur les plages et les rivages rocheux, mais la reprise écologique sur certains de nos sites a été remarquable” souligne Jenifer Dugan, une biologiste ayant participé à ces travaux. “Les plantes reviennent dans des endroits où il n’y a plus de végétation, autant que nous le savons, depuis longtemps. Le tremblement de terre a recréé des plages de sable disparues” précise-t-il cité par l’AFP. Si les populations de petits poissons et de crustacés ont été dévastées par le tsunami, la catastrophe a eu pour effet d’étendre la surface de certaines plages en apportant du limon et en faisant émerger les fonds infralittoraux, ces parties du littoral presque constamment immergées à l’exception de leur frange supérieure émergeant parfois lors d’importantes marées basses de vives eaux. Après le tsunami du 27 janvier 2010, flore et faune disparues suite à la construction de digues sont réapparues très vite.”Nous savions que les digues causaient le déclin des plages de sable fin et de la diversité biologique” affirme Eduardo Jaramillo, le principal auteur de l’étude qui selon lui “confirme et fait apparaître certains effets inattendus des tsunamis”. Un phénomène “très important à prendre en compte car 80% des côtes du monde sont des plages de sable” souligne-t-il.Le 5 mai 2012 à 15:09 • Maxime Lambert
State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman Rajnish Kumar attends a news conference in Mumbai, India, November 23, 2017.ReutersThe country’s biggest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) is planning to eliminate ubiquitous debit cards from the banking system. State-owned SBI, which is servicing around one-fifth of the population, has ambitious plans in the coming years to promote digital payment and takedown plastic cards, despite the huge dependency on debit cards. Speaking at the annual Fibac, SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar said, “It is our wish to eliminate the debit cards, and am sure we can eliminate them.” He further added that there are around 90 crore debit cards in India and over 3 crore are people using credit cards. Kumar highlighted digital solutions like SBI’s own ‘YONO’ platform as a way for achieving a debit card-less country.YONO (You Only Need One) is an integrated digital banking platform offered by SBI. YONO is an app for both Android and iOS and enables users to access a variety of financial and other services such as taxi bookings, online shopping or medical bill payments. The platform was launched in November 2017 by the then Finance minister, Arun Jaitley. A State Bank of India branch in Mumbai.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeKumar said YONO allows a user to withdraw cash at the ATMs and can be used at a merchant establishment to make payments without having a card. He further said the bank has already rolled 68,000 ‘YONO cashpoints’ and is under the process of adding further 1 million cashpoints in next one and a half years.Once the system is in place, the necessity to have a card will be eliminated automatically. Moreover, YONO can also be used to take credit, making it a digital credit card that can be carried anywhere. He also underlined QR code payments as another alternative for debit cards. However, YONO is prone to issues like website failure. Last month, YONO went down across all platforms, causing major inconvenience to its users.
Former delegate Aisha Braveboy (left) and Del. Jill P. Carter (D) addressed how communities can effect policy change in Annapolis. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Sustained community engagement is key to overcoming the influence of lobbyists in Annapolis, experienced lawmakers those gathered at the ‘From Protest to Policy: Making Advocacy Count,’ forum. The event was a collaboration between Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a youth-led Baltimore policy think tank, and Associated Black Charities (ABC), an advocacy organization that seeks to build healthier and more prosperous communities in Maryland, according to its website. The forum consisted of a panel featuring Del. Jill Carter (D) of Baltimore’s 41st district and former Del. Aisha Braveboy (D) of Prince George’s County’s 25th district, and moderated by Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO of ABC.Braveboy and Carter told those present that most legislators are not activist lawmakers, which means support for specific legislation or policies is largely driven by interactions with lobbyists.Carter referred to herself and Braveboy as ‘activist legislators.’“We’ll champion causes because we believe they’re right and that is not the norm [in Annapolis],” said Carter during the forum. “In Annapolis, there are paid lobbyists, and paid advocates that champion bills. They are paid to be there for the 90 days, and they have built relationships with legislators. They are there every day, in offices, building relationships – having dinners, having lunches – and talking about their issues throughout the course of the session, and often times that leaves the regular people, the constituents . . . out in the cold when it comes to passing laws.”Braveboy explained that what legislators do during the session starts much earlier, with grassroots efforts in the community creating awareness of issues to be addressed through legislation. Once that awareness reaches legislators, a bill is drafted and presented to the legislature, where it is assigned to a committee. A public forum is held, and if the bill is approved by the committee it reaches the floor for a vote.“Typically, once a piece of legislation comes out of a standing committee, typically it passes on the floor . . . but you want to make sure that, especially when there’s legislation that may be controversial, that you have enough presence, not just on that committee but in the entire legislature, advocating for your policy position,” said Braveboy. She added that a big mistakes people make in the policymaking process is failing to ensure you have enough floor votes to pass a bill. Being certain of the votes, she said, requires sustained engagement with lawmakers beyond those sitting on the relevant committee.After the panel, eleven advocacy groups presented their legislative agendas for the 2015 legislative session of Maryland’s General Assembly, which opened Jan. 14. A. Adar Ayira, a project manager with ABC, closed out the event. “I want to say to you that policy is moral,” said Ayira, “because policy tells us about whom we care in society, and about whom we don’t . . . if we do not walk into policy, and each of us use the information that we have to help our policymakers expand their lens, then we will continue to get what we have always gotten.”
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe Stay on target Forty-eight years ago, Sam Wilson aka Falcon hit the pages of Marvel Comics. To help celebrate his birthday, I’ve put together a brief history of this groundbreaking character in the comics and on the big screen.Sam Wilson aka Falcon was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan back in 1969 for Captain America #117. He was also the very first African American superhero in mainstream comics. That’s not to say he was the first black superhero, however. That honor goes to Black Panther created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 for Fantastic Four #52. DC Comics would premiere their first black superhero in 1971 with John Stewart in Green Lantern #87 by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams.Sam Wilson, a Harlem native, had a trained falcon named Redwing. Being adept at training falcons, he answered an ad for someone looking for just that. Unfortunately, the people behind the ad turned out to be in league with the Red Skull. Steve Rogers would go on to train Sam to confront them, later revealing he’s Captain America. After training Sam, the two became fast friends and teammates.By issue #134 in 1971 the title of Captain America was changed to Captain America and The Falcon. The two were primarily based in New York City defending the streets. This lasted until issue #222 in 1978 with all but one of the issues in between going by that title, so nearly all of the 70’s. From there Falcon would have a brief stint at The Defenders before settling in with The Avengers. Outside of a four part miniseries on 1983, Falcon has spent most of his time as a supporting character in Captain America comics or being an increasingly important Avenger. This culminated in October of 2015 when Sam Wilson donned the mantle of Captain America in Steve’s absence. I can’t think of anyone who would have been more suited. In the movies, Falcon is portrayed by actor Anthony Mackie and made his debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where he was integral in defeating Hydra. He would return in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War. Catch Anthony Mackie donning the wings once again in Avengers: Infinity War May 4th, 2018.There are so many comics you can read and movies to watch to help celebrate forty-eight years of Falcon. Just don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday!Here’s a gallery of our favorite fan art to celebrate.View as: One Page Slides1. Spider Guile2. Aiko Aiham3. Abby Shaffer4. Lyn Draws5. Rizurin6. E Melon7. Abby Shaffer8. Abby Shaffer9. Arfa10. Asher Dumonchelle11. Abby Shaffer12. Rachel R13. Daniel Acuña14. Amba Yeah15. Dima IvaanovLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Earlier this year I said that Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter feed is better than any Sonic game. Well, that isn’t exactly true. Sonic’s Twitter feed is better than any Sonic game officially licensed by Sega. However, in August 2015 the true Sonic game to end all Sonic game was quietly released onto the internet free of charge. If you watched the Gifted and Talented Show, you already know what I’m talking about, but this week’s game of the year is Sonic Dreams Collection.Sonic Dreams Collection is the mad concoction of artsy video game collective Arcane Kids. One look at their GeoCities vomit of a website should let you know what their deal is. I first heard of them thanks to their work on Bubsy 3D, not the actual terrible 3D platformer but an academic parody of it showcased in art museums. Sonic Dreams Collection takes that same idea of Dadaist mascot mocking but expands on it in glorious ways.Named after various Sonic compilations like Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Gems Collection, Sonic Dreams Collection presents itself as a collection of unreleased Sonic games from the late 1990s. The “gag” is that all of these games are dark and surreal and broken in a way that reflects the current state of Sonic and the weirdos who still love him somehow. I can’t oversell how much better it is to experience these for yourself, but here’s a taste of what you’re getting yourself into.Make My Sonic lets you cobble together your own Sonic Frankenstein of an original character, like Bourbon Kai the Immortal Hedgie, and upload it to the real internet or to “SegaNet.”SegaNet is key to the metagame required for unlocking Eggman Origins, a fever dream of an MMO about feeding Dr. Robotnik like a mother hen.My Roommate Sonic is a VR-compatible Sonic dating game. Sure!And then there’s Sonic Movie Maker, co-developed with Arjun Prakash, where you record and share the increasingly erotic and horrific action Sonic and his pals are getting up to. Tim Miller should take notes. It even has somewhat clever puzzles interspersed with the madness.You could write a book about how bizarre and terrible and strangely endearing Sonic and his fans have become. Sega is even trying to leverage that insanity somewhat. That’s what I was trying to get at with my Sonic Twitter feature. But what’s so brilliant about Sonic Dreams Collection is that it uses gameplay to comment on this video game franchise. Instead of telling, it shows you through glitchy character models and disturbing noises. It makes you feel the chaos through its nonsensical gameplay systems.This is the part where I usually mention some flaw with the game. But aside from some controversy over who actually developed it. Sonic Dreams Collection succeeds in pretty much everything it sets out to do. Granted, what it sets out to do is make an arguably pretentious joke of a game for people ensconced enough in video game/Sonic culture to get it, but a win’s a win.So if you, too, have got to go fast, immerse yourself in the endless sleep of Sonic Dreams Collection. At last, there’s been a Sonic game worthy of the title Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » April 4, 2017 The digital wallet revolution has not have lived up to its expectations — yet. According to Gallup, just 13 percent of smartphone owners have a digital wallet app, while the majority of those who do have an app (76 percent), rarely use it.That may be disheartening for those of us involved in the industry, but there’s always a silver lining.Business Insider is forecasting that in the U.S. alone mobile payments volume will increase to $503 billion by 2020 and will be used by 56 percent of the consumer population during that year. Meanwhile, Sweden, Singapore, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Belgium and the U.K. are already on their way to becoming cashless societies – with Australia, Brazil, India and much of Africa following suit.Related: How Digital is India Towards a Cashless Future?While there are still barriers and limitations, such as security concerns and limited number of compatible vendors, digital wallets, and mobile payments are not only changing how we pay for goods and services, they also have the power to go beyond payments because of how they’re constantly being evolved – which is going to be important for both businesses and customers.Breaking down digital wallets and mobile payments.The idea of a digital wallet, which is basically just a digital version of a physical wallet, isn’t new. In fact, David Chaum, an American cryptographer, created digital cash all the way back in 1983. That was the beginning of cryptocurrencies.Once we entered the ’90s, however, things began to accelerate rather quickly. Thanks to the internet and advances in technology, we had the ability to start ordering pizzas online (some claim that happened in 1994 when a customer ordered a pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Pizza Hut) and purchase movie tickets using a phone (Ericsson and Telenor Mobil accomplished this in 1999). We also saw the introduction of PayPal in 1998, which is considered the first digital wallet.By 2003, mobile devices started picking up momentum, which was followed by developments like the invention of bitcoin in 2008 and the introduction of Google Wallet (2011) and Apple Pay (2014).Related: Looking for a New Payment Company? You’re ‘Due’ for Some Good News.Today, however, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding digital wallets and mobile payments since these terms are interchanged so frequently. To be clear, a digital wallet is simply tokenization of data. While digital wallets are often associated with payments, they can be used to issue digital rewards, tickets or boarding passes, room keys, or identification.Mobile wallets are basically the mobile version of a digital wallet with five types of mobile payments:The mobile wallet. This is arguably the most hyped-up type of mobile payment, aka the “tap and go” method where your smartphone’s built-in NFC (Near Field Communication wireless technology or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is used to make a payment using your smartphone.Mobile as the point of sale. This is when a merchant uses their mobile device to process payments. Square is one the most well-known examples of this.The mobile payment platform. In a nutshell, these are the companies like PayPal that allow you to make peer-to-peer payments to your friends or pay a merchant online. These top payment solutions will be the future of payments.Direct carrier billing. This when you purchase an app or game on your smartphone and the charge is put onto your cell phone bill.Closed loop payments. These are mobile payment systems built by a company, for example, the Starbucks mobile app.Related: 4 Things You Should Know About Cashless PaymentsWhat’s all the hype surrounding digital wallets and mobile payments?For customers, digital wallets and mobile payments can replace carrying around a bulky wallet. Besides being a minor hassle, you no longer have to be concerned if you forgot your cash, credit card, or ID at home. All that information is stored on your smartphone. And, unlike your wallet, you probably never leave home without your phone.Additionally, using digital and mobile payments saves you time. Instead of inserting a card into an EMV terminal, you can just swipe and go. And, when shopping online, you no longer have to race against time to complete a purchase before your session expires, like when buying concert tickets. As long as you have a digital wallet, you can make instantaneous payments online.Digital wallets also come with customer perks like promotions, cash back rewards, and keeping track of your accounting easier. Most importantly, they’re convenient. You can split a dinner tab with friends, pay bills, and avoid expensive transaction fees when you travel.For businesses you have access to funds almost immediately, you save money on transaction fees by removing third parties, and you don’t have to invest in an expensive POS system. Additionally, digital and mobile payments provide access to real-time data, helps you maintain a competitive edge, and most importantly, improves the customer experience since you’re providing fast and secure payment methods.Related: Uber Reinvents Its Payment Model, Introduces Digital WalletsStaying ahead of the curve.Digital wallets and mobile payments are rapidly evolving in order to enhance the experience for both customers and business owners. That means that they’re going beyond simply transferring funds electronically or swiping your smartphone over a checkout terminal.For example, major banking institutions that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and U.S. Bancorp, launched a joint venture called clearXchange. This allows customers to transfer funds instantly to another bank account through their phones. Traditional banks are also creating digital wallet apps that allow you to review your account, establish budgets, receive alert notifications, and transfer fund via social channels like Facebook.Related: Surging Ahead: Fintech Startups In The Middle EastWearables, such as watches, wristbands, and jackets, are starting to be used to make payments, as is the possibility of tapping into the Internet of Things. In the near future, you’ll be able to preorder your morning cup of coffee at Starbucks while driving since your Starbucks app is connected to your car.The most buzzed trend, however, is the blockchain. While often associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, the blockchain will make it possible for digital wallets to handle transactions like;Purchasing high-end items, like cars, jewelry, boats.Mortgage, utility, and educational payments.Medical payments.Fundraising and donations.Portfolio shifts.Real estate closings or transfer of titles.Payroll.Related: 25 Payment Tools for Small Businesses, Freelancers and StartupsLike it or not, digital wallets and mobile payments are steering us towards a cashless world where payments can be made quickly, conveniently, and securely with just the tap of a button. However, digital wallets are also moving beyond smartphones and payments. On top of transferring funds, we’ll be able to monitor accounts in real-time and use blockchain technology to make immediate transfers of money to titles.What do digital wallets and mobile payments mean for you? Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 7 min read
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