19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian DayMost consumers need incentives to try — and certainly to actively adopt — new technology. Mobile wallet usage is no different. In fact, consumer uptake of mobile payments is expected to increase as loyalty programs make it worth their while.A recent report from the Federal Reserve Board found 79 percent of mobile users would be interested in using phones to receive deals and discounts. Additionally, 77 percent indicated tying reward points to a mobile payment app would increase the attractiveness of mobile wallets. continue reading »
ILOILO – Four employees – three females and one male – of the local government unit (LGU) of the municipality of Lemery who were initially found positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a rapid diagnostic test were now cleared from the infection. The town mayor said two of them were job hires while two were permanent personnel. They were tested positive for a rapid test on June 10 and underwent a confirmatory testing on the following day. He considered the results as a triumph for Lemery in its continued fight against the virus. Villegas said they had not traveled outside the town and had no contact with any suspected COVID-19 case. Villegas added the town remained free from COVID-19. However, he appealed to his constituents to remain calm and observe health safety protocols such as wearing facemask, observing physical distancing and hand washing./PN They were among the 200 municipal employees, as well as police and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel, tested by the local government unit. “Malipayon namon nga gina-anunsyo sa tanan nga negative ang ila results,” Mayor Oscar “Embong” Villegas said, adding the four yielded negative results in the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19. Villegas said the four employees were immediately subjected to the more reliable RT-PCR for further verification because rapid COVID test results are deemed inconclusive. Mayor Oscar Villegas Jr. of Lemery, Iloilo undergoes rapid testing for COVID-19 on June 10, 2020. Four employees of the local government earlier found positive of the disease after undergoing a rapid test were tested negative during the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test. PNA
Students Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno returned to campus late Sunday night after representing USC at a Harvard Institute of Politics conference “Campus Activation: Increasing Student Voting and Political Engagement” over the weekend.Undergraduates from across the country traveled to Harvard University to participate in the conference, which featured lectures from political practitioners, expert organizers and noteworthy journalists on voter registration and campus political engagement. The lectures focused on ways to encourage millennials to vote through techniques such as technology. “We definitely focused in on communication strategies with new technologies and ways to really connect with young voters,” said Dhanaphatana, a junior majoring in political science and deputy features editor of the Daily Trojan. “We didn’t focus on one particular candidate that might have been doing well, [but] rather which candidate created a sense of authenticity when they were using social media.”One or two representatives each from 27 colleges and universities attended the Harvard conference. Participating schools are members of the Institute of Politics’ “National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement,” a group colleges and universities that aims to encourage young people to get involved in politics and public service.Only 22 percent of people ages 18-29, voted in the 2014-midterm elections, which was 13 percent of the total votes casted, according to CIRCLE news, which monitors the trends in young voters. Moreno, a senior majoring in political science, said one of the more engaging workshops was a discussion and Q&A session with Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called “The Importance of Engaging Millennials in the 2016 Election.”“An interesting thing that we touched on, in terms of the challenges that our generation face, is that a lot of politicians see us more as [people] who can vote for them and get them elected, versus individuals who can actually add to the discussion and contribute to making changes,” Moreno said.Lecturers such as John Della Volpe, director of polling at the IOP, shared his expertise with students on initiatives to improve voter turnout in young communities. He is a leading authority on global trends, opinions and influences, and contributes regularly to news outlets such as the Huffington Post, The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.“[Volpe] reversed the roles and wanted to hear from us and what our generation was like,” Moreno said. “That was really intriguing in that it showed that even though we all vary on a lot of things on the political spectrum, there were a lot of issues we all felt deeply passionate about, such as college affordability, K-12 education, healthcare and race relations.”USC’s effort to increase college voting was evident on Sept. 22, when students gathered in front of Tommy Trojan for National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide event that aims to promote greater participation in elections. 549 students registered to vote at the event, nearly double the amount that registered last year. Student representatives at the Harvard IOP Conference over the weekend compared and contrasted voter registration events on their own campuses to try and better student involvement.“It was intriguing getting to learn about some of the other national voter registration organizations and the methods they utilize for reaching out to students,” Moreno said. “Learning what our peers at other colleges do in regards to campus events and participation was insightful, and will definitely help [our] planning for the 2016 election and beyond.” USC received an award for its participation in National Voter Registration Day from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, but Dhanaphatana said that the USC student community should not stop there. “The thing that I am most concerned about at USC, given the fact that we have had things like a good turnout at National Voter Registration day, is keeping the momentum up because we really need to get students out there realizing how impactful their voices are,” Dhanaphatana said. “Legislators are voting on such impactful issues that are directly affecting us, so it is important we all be educated in them.”Dhanaphatana noted the diversity of schools that were represented at the event.“We all come from different backgrounds. We are split between party lines, but there is always something a group of college students can agree on and I think that’s what’s so empowering,” she said.
Transfers Leicester’s Slimani joins Newcastle on loan Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 07:42 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Newcastle United Transfers Newcastle United Newcastle United v Burnley Everton v Leicester City Everton Leicester City Premier League The 29-year-old striker has failed to impress this season under Claude Puel, and is now tasked with bolstering the Magpies’ squad Leicester City have allowed club record signing Islam Slimani to join Newcastle United on loan to the end of the season.The 29-year-old striker was a marquee signing in the aftermath of Leicester’s triumphant Premier League season in 2015-16, the Foxes paying Sporting CP close to £28million to bring the Algeria international to King Power Stadium.Slimani scored seven goals in 23 league appearances in his first season at Leicester but has found his opportunities increasingly limited since Claude Puel was installed as manager in October 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite suffering from a thigh injury, Slimani attracted interest from West Ham and Monaco as well as Newcastle, but Rafael Benitez was determined to sign a striker after missing out to West Brom in the race to sign Daniel Sturridge.”It’s a great thing for me and for Newcastle. I’m happy to be here. Hopefully I can come here and be able to give them a hand,” said Slimani.”Knowing the power of the fans and crowd here and how great they are, and also speaking to the manager, it gave me the confidence that this was the right choice.”CONFIRMED: The deal to bring Islam Slimani to Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season is complete! #NUFC pic.twitter.com/avtJGgtxfk— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 31 de enero de 2018Slimani was present at St James’ Park on deadline day as the Magpies drew 1-1 with Burnley.Elsewhere, Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has moved to Fulham on loan.Midfielder Jack Colback, too, has joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season.