More consumers prefer mag stripes to chips: survey

first_imgMore than half of consumers with both EMV chip and magnetic stripe payment cards told researchers they preferred using the magnetic stripe, according to a survey commissioned by a European payment vendor.The Paris, France-based Ingenico Group surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers about their use of EMV chip debit and credit cards, and reported 54% favor using cards with mag stripes over those with chips. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 216 New Jobs with Expansion of Cotiviti in Montgomery County

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Latest News,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Cotiviti Holdings, Inc., a provider of payment accuracy services, will expand operations at its existing location in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, and create 216 new, high-paying jobs.“I’m pleased to share that Cotiviti has chosen to expand its operations in Montgomery County and that it will grow its employee headcount in the commonwealth to more than 900,” said Governor Wolf. “Cotiviti offers stable employment opportunities that provide family sustaining wages, helping to rebuild Pennsylvania’s middle class.”To accommodate projected growth, Cotiviti has leased an additional 86,000 square feet of space at its existing location in the Arborcrest office campus at 785 Arbor Way, Blue Bell. Cotiviti will invest at least $8.2 million in the project, including leasehold improvements, upgraded IT equipment, and fixture purchases. Cotiviti has committed to the creation of 216 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and to the retention of 719 existing jobs. Construction is expected to begin May 2017.Cotiviti received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $450,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $432,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. is a payment accuracy provider that helps healthcare payers and retailers achieve their business objectives by discovering incongruities in the interactions customers have with stakeholders. The company helps clients capture over $3 billion annually through improved payment accuracy. Cotiviti provides services to eight of the top ten U.S. healthcare payers and eight of the top ten U.S. retailers.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Wolf Announces 216 New Jobs with Expansion of Cotiviti in Montgomery County March 15, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Two Workers Electrocuted, Killed at Port St. Lucie Construction Site

first_imgTwo men were killed Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie after they were electrocuted during a construction accident, according to police.Authorities say the incident happened at 10:27 am. at a construction site located at 11650 Range Line Rd.Police, along with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue and FPL, were called to what they said was initially a commercial vehicle that was on fire.A preliminary investigation found that the two workers from Allterra Engineering & Testing, which is based in Riviera Beach, died of electrocution while they were raising a drilling boom which hit a live overhead wire.Police added that the auger of the mobile drill hit the active power line, and it caught on fire.Fire Rescue pronounced the two workers dead at the scene. They were identified as 22-year-old Patrick Sarvela and 22-year-old Dillion Drew.OSHA is leading the investigation.last_img read more

Tom Brady mistakenly enters Florida man’s home

first_imgIt seems as though it hasn’t been the easiest transition for Tom Brady who signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers after spending 20 years and winning 6 Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.A man told TMZ Sports that Tom Brady mistakenly walked into his Tampa Bay home earlier this month.David Kramer of Florida said that he had his front door open on April 7th when Brady walked into his home and dropped his duffel bags on the floor.Kramer said he was sitting in his kitchen doing some work and greeted the quarterback. Brady had a confused look on his face and then said to him, “Am I in the wrong house?”Brady was actually suppose to meet Bucaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, which is Kramer’s next door neighbor.According to Kramer, Brady apologized and made his way out of the wrong house to the correct one. Tom Brady was also recently kicked out of a park in Tampa where officials say he was working out alone.Tom Brady cited for working out in closed parklast_img read more

Nelson U14 Selects claim silver in Sandpoint

first_img“The boys played very strong in that game, dominating the play and the ball, and generating at least a dozen good scoring chances to effectively none for the other team,” said Dyck.  Unfortunately, the team was snakebitten around goal that game, and failed to find the net, leaving the scored tied 0-0 at the end of the game, leading to shoot-outs. Fortunately, they came through in the shoot-out, with Jesse Thurston, Ezra Foy, Josh Yasek and Grayson Hill netting for Nelson, and keeper Bradey Sookero coming up with a couple big saves. This got the team through to the gold medal final, and a rematch with the Spokane Breakers, as they had won the other semi-final. “This didn’t surprise me,” said coach Hill, “I thought they were definitely the strongest of any other team we saw at the tournament.” It was an exciting, tight, hard fought game, which, unfortunately Spokane won, with a late goal, seven minutes from full time. “We suffered a few injuries through the course of the weekend, losing a number of players, and at one point in the final, we had six injured players and only one sub available,” said Dyck. “That took its toll, and by the second half of the final, you could just see our boys start to run out of gas. They played their hearts out though, and Lyle and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”  The coaches singled out the play of the midfield  of Ezra Foy, Grayson Hill and Jaden Dyck.“ They’ve lead our team all year, and it was the same this weekend, also, as those three were superb, and allowed us to control the games a majority of the time.” Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U14 Boys at the Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint Idaho this past weekend.“It was a great weekend for the boys, and they played really well throughout the tournament,” said coach Lyle Hill. “This is especially considering it falls right at the end of summer, when the team hasn’t really played for two months and can be a bit rusty.  In past years we’ve had some struggles at this event for this reason.  But this year, the boys were ready.”  The Nelson squad won both of its round robin games, 3-0 against the Coeur d’Alene Sting and 1-0 against the Spokane Breakers, to win their group and earn entry to the semi-finals.  Bradey Sookero and Blake Markin Hellekson split the goaltending duties and earned the goose eggs for both games. “As usual, our defense was strong, lead by Jesse Thurston, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Luka Eyre, Jacob Erickson and Aidan Mushumanski,” said coach Kerry Dyck.  “Combined with solid goaltending, this has been a strength of ours all year.” Goals in the games were scored by Ernesto Archambault, Milo Baranyai Sheppard and Angus Patterson (with two).  In the semi-final, the team was pitted against another Spokane team. last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: Tobin’s Topaz/Spar  Express Service station in Letterkenny has been named the No.1 Convenience store in Ireland! The multiple award-winning shop is one of the most successful stores in Ireland – and has enjoyed an incredible year in business. They’ve already won industry awards in 2015 for excellence – and they were honoured again at an Industry awards ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday night.Leading Industry magazine Shelf-Life named Tobin’s as Ireland’s top convenience store.It’s an amazing achievement for all the team at Tobin’s – and just highlights yet again how successful and established the store is all across Ireland.The hugely popular and successful shop is run by Eddie and Annette Tobin – and has been opened since 1980. It employs 37 people and management and staff strive everyday to provide the best customer service possible.Well done to all the team at Tobin’s. 🙂TOBIN’S SERVICE STATION NAMED IRELAND’S TOP CONVENIENCE STORE! was last modified: November 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Businessnewslast_img read more

Tuesday sees lead changes at Cheyenne Frontier Days

first_imgCHEYENNE, Wyoming >> Tuesday’s rodeo action at Frontier Park was full of lead changes. Steer wrestlers and team ropers started out the day with slack at 7 a.m. Those events were also part of the rodeo that afternoon.Billy Bugenig from Ferndale, Calif., had the fastest time of the rodeo so far Monday morning when he stopped the clock in 5.9 seconds. He came back on Tuesday with an 11.3 and now is in the overall lead with a total of 17.2 seconds on two runs.Bugenig is currently 27th in the …last_img read more

Ethiopia beckons intrepid travellers

first_imgThe view from Imet Gogo near Geech camp, Semien Mountains near Ras Dashan. Bet Giyorgis, one of the mysterious cross-shaped churches hewn out of rock at Lalibela. A view of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, from the Sheraton hotel. Crowds gather at the Fasiladas’ bath in Gondar, Ethiopia, to celebrate Timket – the Epiphany for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. (Images: Wikipedia)Samson Mulugeta Still stuck on the image of Ethiopia as a land of war and famine? Think again.These are the little-known facts about this Horn of Africa nation: it is the third most populous country in Africa at 74 million, is twice the size of France, and the climate in the highland capital of Addis Ababa is more akin to Johannesburg than nearby sweltering Khartoum, Sudan.After the ousting of a military dictator nearly two decades ago, Ethiopia has been one of the most stable countries in an African region home to such failed states as Somalia or rogue states such as Sudan, with its crisis in Darfur.But the current Ethiopian government is functional and thriving only in comparison to others in its neighborhood. Its human rights record has been criticised by the US State Department and the nation’s last election, in 2005, was marred by violence and irregularities.Despite these setbacks, Ethiopia has shown steady economic improvement in the last decade, including in the tourism sector, and is one of the world’s least-explored gems.To travellers and students of history, Ethiopia is a magical and enchanting land because of its vivid, uninterrupted connection to antiquity and the larger canvas of recorded human history.  Archeological finds have pointed to Ethiopia as the birth place of the oldest Homo sapiens. Pre-Christian Ethiopia was a major player during antiquity – the Old Testament mentions Ethiopia dozens of times.  Ethiopia’s ancient empire extended on both sides of the Red Sea – Ethiopian kings frequently ruled over south Arabia. Around the time of the birth of Christ, Ethiopia was a centre of commerce and learning along with Egypt, Persia and Greece.“Ethiopia always had a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined,” Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. “I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.”With Axum at its capital, in what is now Tigray Province, Ethiopia’s recorded history dates back to 1 000 years before the birth of Christ.Its founding mythology is still steadfastly held by many modern Ethiopians, that a union of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba begat a royal line that extended from Menelik I to Haile Selassie, whose reign was overthrown in 1974.Ethiopians believe that the Ark of the Covenant, containing the tablets of the 10 commandments, are kept at Mount Zion church in the ancient capital of Axum, guarded by a priest sworn never to leave the premises.Ethiopians have a unique alphabet dating back 2 000 years, rooted in the Gee’ez language which remains the language of the church while Amharic evolved into the people’s language, with a linguistic kinship akin to Latin and English.  Ethiopians keep time in a unique manner, counting the start of the day with one at daybreak (or what would be 7am in Western timekeeping) and ending it with 12 at sundown and then starting with one again. The Coptic calendar is also different. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar and is marked its second millennium this last year, seven-and-a-half years after the Western calendar.The only African nation to avoid colonisation, Ethiopia was an inspiration to South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, and the Rastafarians who idolized Ras Teferi, who was later crowned as Haile Selassie.  Other intriguing aspects of Ethiopia’s heritage include it’s Jewish population (now almost entirely transplanted to Israel), its early acceptance of Christianity in 400 AD (before England, for example, became Christian) and  its veneration by the Prophet Mohammad, who exempted it from jihad, leaving Ethiopia an island of Christianity in a sea of Islam.Ethiopia is even the birthplace of that morning picker-upper the world cannot do without, coffee, whose name derives from Kefa, the region where it was first discovered, according to legend, by a goatherd named Kaldi.The ancient capital Axum, with its towering obelisks and royal tombs anchors one of the three legs of Ethiopia’s northern “historic route.” After invading and occupying Ethiopia from 1935 to 1941, fascist leader Benito Mussolini broke one of the obelisks into three pieces and shipped it to Italy. It was returned to Ethiopia recently after decades of lobbying by the Ethiopian government.The castles of Gonder are the second stop of the historic tour. Gonder was Ethiopia’s capital from 1635 to 1855 and is home to castles built by Emperor Fasilidas, a network of stone structures featuring sauna baths and lion cages.The final and arguably most stunning example of Ethiopia’s former glory is Lalibela, a mountain village in the highlands of Wello Province that pays homage to a sophisticated civilisation that saw itself as the embodiment of a new holy land.  King Lalibela, who had supposedly visited the holy land before he embarked on his building project, wanted to create a new Jerusalem. The stream flowing between the churches is named the River Jordan and the adjoining hill is known locally as Mount of Olives.Heading north from Addis Ababa, the capital, the first thing visitors see from the air as they approach the historic village is Lalibela’s most famous icon, the House of St George, the cross-shaped church.On a towering plateau formed by molten volcanic rock, St. George squats, carved into the rock as if by a giant hand wielding a laser-like surgical tool. It is in the shape of a cross, cut into the rock in a 12-by-12-metre trench, and is formed out of a single seamless rock.  The engineering marvel of churches’ design remains a mystery to this day. The precision, sophistication and astounding scale of the building have defied easy explanation by archeologists and historians. Ethiopian legend has it they were built in 24 years with the help of angels. Modern historians believe the churches took about 100 years to build.Lalibela has remained a living monument, to this day used as a place of worship by thousands of pilgrims who arrive from near and far.The Lalibela churches are among the World Heritage List, a selection of manmade and natural attractions judged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to be of such universal value that they ”should be preserved for all time.”The Lalibela churches are, according to Unesco “a remarkable coupling of engineering and architecture and a unique artistic achievement.”It has astounded every visitor who came upon them, including Portuguese priest Francisco Alvares, the first European to visit Lalibela, in 1512.“I weary of writing more about these buildings,” he wrote. “Because it seems to me that I shall not be believed if I write more.”Several airlines, including Ethiopian Airlines, fly to Addis Ababa regularly from destinations around the world. There are daily flights from Addis Ababa to Lalibela. Flights on a fleet of turboprops from Addis Ababa-Gonder-Lalibela-Axum “historic route” costs US$400.Trips to Lalibela are best during the colorful festivals of Timkat (Epiphany, January 19) or Meskel Finding of the True Cross, September 27). However, flights and accommodation tend to be fully booked so planning ahead is essential during for visits during those events.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesMount Mabu yields hidden bounty A holiday – in Zimbabwe? The treasures of Afrika House Saving priceless African history Biggest nature park in the world Useful linksEthiopian Airlines Lonely Planet – Ethiopia Ethiopian Tourism MediaEthiopia CyberEthiopialast_img read more

Career day goes to the cinema

first_imgRay Maota Nedbank chairman, Reuel Khoza (in grey suit seated) with representatives from the sponsors of the My Future, My Career campaign. Albert Zitha from Katlehong went to previous instalments of the campaign and was able to receive seven distinctions in matric in 2012. This includes getting 100% for both mathematics and physical science.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+ 27 71 670 3560Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, has launched the fourth instalment of its career guidance initiative for underprivileged high school pupils, which will benefit more than 24 000 pupils.My Future, My Career was launched at Nedbank’s head offices in Sandton on 22 January. Career guidance a mustIt will feature more than 115 careers in 16 industries in movie episodes screened at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.In its fourth year, the bank will invest more than R3.5-million (US$429 246) in the campaign. It will give pupils in grades 9 to 12 an understanding of the requirements for various professions, including personalities suited to each career. By the end of its third year, the programme had reached 112 000 pupils with an investment of R13.8-million ($1 558-million).Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility, said: “Education is one of our key focus areas and 50 % of our corporate social investment goes towards it. This programme contributes towards our goal of creating a knowledge-based economy, which helps to drive our country’s growth and development.“Career guidance plays an important role in shaping the minds of pupils to choose a suitable career path. My Future, My Career is a fun and interactive programme which continues to make a difference to underprivileged pupils across the country.”The programme, which is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, was conceptualised by Primestars Marketing, which is also the project manager. It forms part of Nedbank’s integrated and holistic education interventions model, which stands on two pillars. The first focuses on education across an individual’s life stages and the second on holistic support of beneficiary schools.Martin Sweet, the managing director of Primestars, said the programme enabled participating pupils to prepare themselves for the transition into the world of work, helping them to develop their own individual career ambitions while simultaneously strengthening the skills base of the country.Nedbank and Primestars are joined by the Gauteng City Region Academy, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the National Youth Development Agency, Total Coal, AECI, and the JD Group as sponsors of the programme. A success storyAlbert Zitha from Katlehong, who attended previous campaigns of this programme, passed matric in 2012 with seven distinctions.He scored 100% in both mathematics and physical science, and is now enrolled to study civil engineering at the University of Pretoria.“Access to information and career guidance plays a critical role in helping learners decide on a career choice. This programme guided me clearly in choosing my current studies,” said Zitha. “I commend Nedbank for this initiative and strongly encourage pupils to make use of this programme as it will guide them in the right direction with regards to their career choices.” Where to view screeningsThe content of the programmes’ 16 episodes includes: accounting; law; entrepreneurship; mining and engineering; education; health; information technology; construction; travel and tourism. And each student leaves each session with a booklet for referral.Screenings start on 27 January. The subjects on each day are:·         Entrepreneurship and tourism – 27 January;·         Criminal justice and law – 3 February;·         Health services and education – 10 February;·         Banking, finance and accounting – 17 February;·         Arts and culture – 24 February;·         Transport, logistics and distribution – 24 February;·         Information technology and communication – 3 March;·         Mining, engineering and construction – 10 March; and,·         Environment and property – 17 February.They will take place at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas:·         Gauteng – Brooklyn Commercial in Pretoria, and Eastgate, Sandton City, Southgate, Eastrand Mall and Westgate Mall in Johannesburg;·         KwaZulu-Natal – Broadwalk in Richards Bay;·         Limpopo – Mall of the North in Polokwane;·         Mpumalanga – The Ridge Casino; and,·         Western Cape – Cavendish Commercial in Claremont.last_img read more

Rebellion and celebration in Mali’s music

first_imgCD Anderson “A sometimes harrowing documentary charting the aftermath of a ban on music-making in northern Mali” (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016Due to popular demand and global critical acclaim, the 2015 feature documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First, which follows exiled Malian musicians returning home to challenge artistic censorship by religious extremism in the country, is now available to watch online, exclusively through Amazon’s pay-per-view streaming service.The specially commissioned soundtrack, with some of Mali’s legendary musical acts and rebellious upstarts, is also now officially available to buy online.Directed by UK-based Johanna Schwartz and produced by renowned documentarian André Singer, They Will Have to Kill Us First documents the aftermath of the Islamic extremist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. The extremists enforced a strict variant of Sharia, Islamic law, banning all forms of music and music-making.The film uses interviews with leading Malian musicians and archive material to show what happened: Radio stations were closed; instruments were burned and musicians were arrested and detained or forced into exile. They either went to the south of Mali or to neighbouring countries.Rather than laying down their instruments, the exiles decided to fight back. The end of the documentary explores the musicians honouring their African cultural heritage and identity as they prepare for a defiant homecoming concert in Timbuktu.Mixing traditional styles and instruments with Western genres, such as rock, funk and hip-hop, into a unique and mesmerising Malian sound, the music is a potent concoction of rebellion, celebration and affirmation.Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. (Wikipedia)— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016One of the more globally renowned Malian groups is Tinariwen, an evolving collective of singers, songwriters and musicians from the nomadic Berber and Tuareg tribes, whose rich and sacred musical heritage fuses mesmeric desert guitar music over naturalistic ambiance.Other well-known artists from Mali include the Touré musical dynasty – late father Ali Farka and son Vieux – who spread the distinctive guitar-based African folk blues sound around the globe. Kora player Toumani Diabaté cross-pollinates traditional African rhythms with diverse global pop music, including flamenco, American blues and electronica. Salif Keita, the legendary “golden voice of Africa”, made Afro-pop and world music popular in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s.Amkoullel, Malian hip-hop star and activist (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016Malian hip-hop star Amkoullel, who features prominently in They Will Have to Kill Us First, combines the heady mix of political and social fervour in his French and indigenous language lyrics with skewed, modernised traditional sounds. His popular song SOS is a rallying call to young Malians to stand up for their rights in the face of corruption and extremism. Since 2012, Amkoullel has been a proponent of the anti-government, anti-extremism movement Plus jamais ça (Never again this). It calls on the Malian government to “take a stand against violence to the constitution and democracy”.Khaira Arby is the reigning queen of song in Timbuktu, known as the “nightingale of the north” (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016The beloved “nightingale of the north”, singer Khaira Arby, organiser of the Timbuktu concert, has been a national cultural treasure in Mali for over four decades. In the documentary, she speaks passionately about her art and the role it plays in regaining freedom in her country. “(In Mali)… it’s not life without music.”Her music, indigenous lyrics over hypnotic desert blues, highlights gender issues in Malian society, particularly violence against women, genital mutilation and the effects of war, asking, in the poignant but groovy Goumou: “Why, in a country of beautiful women, do men go to war?”Songhoy Blues is a desert punk / blues music group from Timbuktu, Mali. (Image:— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016A particular highlight of They Will Have to Kill Us First is the band Songhoy Blues, a group born in the wake of the Sharia oppression. Its four members met in exile in the south of the country. The band mixes rebellious punk rock with more traditional desert blues that, the band hopes, “recreate(s) that lost ambience of the north and make(s) all the refugees relive those northern songs”.Discovered in 2013 by British pop singer-songwriter and record producer Damon Albarn on the streets of the Malian capital Bamako, Songhoy Blues became the first African group in more than 40 years to sign to the Atlantic record label.They are currently one of the hippest bands on tour across the US and Europe, playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Roskilde. Songhoy Blues uses these stages to bring Mali’s story to the world in songs such asSoubour, a stomping guitar groove that mixes political commentary with an environmental message.Other artists featured in the documentary include the desert blues duo Disco and Jimmy, guitarist Moussa Sidi and archive performances by Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen.During the film’s first theatrical run, early in 2015, it was selected for over 20 international film festivals, including SXSW, London and Durban international film festivals. It is also one of a few documentaries that has scored a perfect 100% rating on the user-generated Rotten Tomatoes review website.Acclaim has been positive across the board. Critics praise its honesty and emotional heft. The Austin Chronicle, reviewing the film at the SXSW festival, called it “social journalism of the highest order… also one of the most vibrantly shot and masterfully edited documentaries…”CBS Radio said the film was both disturbing and inspiring, adding that it was “an excellent and important (film)”.Source: They Will Have to Kill Us FirstWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more

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