Harris Manchester College has warned fellow JCRs about a potential danger from a razor-wielding bike vandal.Christopher Rawlinson, JCR Secretary at Harris Manchester, emailed other college JCRs late yesterday evening. “Just a quick message to let you know that a student at Harris Manchester found a razor blade embedded in his bike seat this evening when he went to collect his bike from a rack on Mansfield Road.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8320%%[/mm-hide-text]“Hopefully, this was an isolated incident, but given how seriously the student could have been injured if he had used the bike, it might be worth forwarding an email on to your JCRs.”Several JCRs have yet to forward on the email to their members. “If it is an isolated incident as it appears so far then there seems little reason to scare people, including new freshers”, said a JCR executive officer at one college which had not forwarded the email. Other colleges, included St Peters, did forward the message.
When checks were first introduced, experts predicted it was the death of cash. Then came along credit cards, and once again, cash was expected to fizzle out. Then came debit cards, and, unsurprisingly, experts unanimously assumed we’d reached the end of both cash and checks.When Apple Pay initially launched in 2014, it was predicted that mobile pay options, powered by near field communication technology (NFC), would soar and eclipse other types of payments.Yet, cash and checks are still around. Even with Apple Pay, the preponderance of non-cash transactions continues to be handled using plastic cards.Now comes the question of contactless cards – are they a defensive or offensive strategy?Contactless payments pioneered in 2003, but acceptance at the point of sale was not a standard until the mass adoption of EMV cards in 2015. Although most top retailers accept contactless card payments, consumers have yet to fully accept and adopt this new method. Issuers such as Citi, Amex, Chase and Bank of America continue to lead the charge, but we have yet to see the shift in consumer payment methods.While most financial institutions are focused on finding ways to capitalize on NFC, consumers, on the other hand, are in a frenzy to understand the best method to use for their transactions: Should they insert, swipe, hover, or tap?Realizing that mobile pay isn’t going away anytime soon, financial institutions are in a rush to promote contactless cards. They hope that by issuing these cards, they’ll be able to avoid giving away 15 basis points of every credit card transaction and a half cent on every debit card transaction to Apple, or any of the other mobile wallet providers.Credit unions are faced with a tough decision to make – in order to keep their member base active, they have to add NFC. At the same time, however, adding NFC cards will only spread awareness of the ease and speed of contactless payments, ultimately highlighting the attractiveness of the mobile payment experience even more.Credit unions should consider the following points in order to help make their decisions:Evaluate your portfolio usage patterns: What percentage of your member base is using Apple Pay or any other form of mobile payment? What percentage of your transactions are being routed through mobile wallets?Evaluate your portfolio demographics: Not every consumer wants to pay with a mobile device. Apple might consider Apple Pay as the future of transactions, but still didn’t hesitate to release the Apple Card.Educate your Members: Credit unions need to up their marketing efforts to educate their members on the benefits of contactless vs. EMV chip vs. digital wallet if they don’t want to lose to mobile wallet providers.Offer additional enhancements: Although contactless cards are secure, they still don’t offer the same level of security as the fingerprint, facial scan, and two-factor authentication features of mobile payments. To really push contactless cards, credit unions need to provide slick financial management tools that can compete with what mobile wallets offer.Despite the growing popularity of mobile payment options, plastic cards aren’t going away any time soon – as long as they have contactless features, of course. Similar to what we witnessed with the evolution of cash and checks, we’re going to see a shift in the channels or methods Members use to make payments. As with every strategy, Member Experience is essential, and thus payment fragmentation becomes pivotal in educating our members to use the best method of payment. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Aris Jerahian Aris is the AVP of Card Services at Orange County’s Credit Union. A payment industry executive with more than 15 years of credit, debit portfolio management, consulting and operational … Web: www.orangecountyscu.org Details
2 Charlton St, Southport.IT rivals the Kardashian residence right down to the Ralph Lauren drapes.America’s most famous reality TV family was the inspiration behind this stunning Southport mansion.The giant 5238sq m property has long made headlines with rumours INXS star Michael Hutchence stayed at the estate.Hutchence’s solicitor Stephen Diamond originally bought it in 2000 for $2.3 million and named it ‘Diamond Park’.Impressive outside and in.The estate was last sold by farmer John Lawrie in 2013 for $3.2 million.The mega mansion at 2 Charlton St was completely transformed it into a “Kardashian palace” by owner and designer Fiona Jackson, who bought it in 2013.“We bought the home when we were in Dubai and we flew a Gold Coast draftsman over to do up some designs for us,” Mrs Jackson said.The imposing interior makes quite a statement.As for the Kardashian family, the mother-of-four said she shares the same taste and love for family, including throwing large birthday parties for her children.“I wanted a Kardashian kitchen,” she said.“I stalked anything I could find, even to the point to get the back splashes from Italy and having them hand cut here for the Herringbone effect.Plenty of space to soak up some rays.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It is incredibly European, we travel a lot especially in Europe so we take a great deal of ideas from those places too.”Among the features of the seven-bedroom, nine-carport house are fireplaces, cocktail bar, billiards room an atrium foyer with a carved Cherrywood double staircase and a separate ground-floor suite for a housekeeper.Simon J Cowan from Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty is marketing the property.“Its been less than a week since it hit the market and I have had 20 inquiries,” Mr Cowan said.“A well-known doctor inspected it last Saturday and a prominent solicitor has his eye on it too.”Grandeur abounds.WHAT IT INCLUDES:A metal ceiling and marble fireplace feature in the dramatic Ralph Lauren styled living room.Glistening chandeliers and wall sconces are imported from Abu Dhabi which combine with an extensive use antique glass.The billiard room showcases burnt orange walls magnify the New York bar styling of the den, which has a games room, a kitchenette, a cinema with a retractable screen and overhead projector.Royal blue – and white.The Parisian style bathroom is the perfect place to pamper. The claw-foot bathtub adds a touch of luxury.It is rumoured INXS star Michael Hutchence stayed at the estate. Hutchence’s solicitor Stephen Diamond originally bought the home.INSIDE COAST’S MOST OTT HOUSESteps descend through lush lawn and terraced grounds to a new north-south floodlit championship tennis court.Old-world style given a modern twist.
Video Playerhttps://cdn5.prnasia.com/202006/ShanghaiElectric/video.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Wind-Solar-Storage-IoT Combo The demonstration project for an integrated solution features a 4 MW offshore wind turbine and 2.42 MW rooftop photovoltaics. It also incorporates energy storage, charging pile equipment with a 2 MWh capacity, a set of intelligent building environment control systems, 5G+ industrial internet of things, microgrid control center, and energy management system, among all other elements. The 8 MW turbine is the outcome of an agreement signed with Siemens Gamesa in March 2018 which gives Shanghai Electric a license to produce and sell SGRE’s 8.0-167DD offshore machines in the Chinese market. The Shanghai Electric Project team used lithium batteries as a supporting power source, so the Power Conversion System can regulate the voltage and frequency to the reference value. When the 8 MW turbine goes into an idle state which synchronizes and connects to the microgrid bus voltage, and the wind reaches the cut in speed, the wind turbine officially starts power generation, then the team can increase the load while retaining the system frequency, until the microgrid is operating at full load mode. The solution has been modified to address conditions across the Asia-Pacific region such as typhoons, and tropical storms which could seriously damage the grid infrastructure and even lead to blackouts of the area, Shanghai Electric said. The restoration of the microgrid from a black start condition is therefore important to microgrid operators. Shanghai Electric has commissioned China’s first 8 MW offshore wind turbine, which is now entering operation. Shanghai Electric is also exploring solutions that combine renewable energy-based integrated energy systems such as wind, solar power, and energy storage systems, coupled with a 5G+ industrial internet of things. The 8MW-167 offshore turbine, which features the “black start” technology, produces 20% more electricity and reduces the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) by around 11% compared to the 7MW-154 wind turbine, Shanghai Electric said. Shanghai Electric said that the company is now ”in a prime position to capitalize on the growing Chinese offshore turbine market, where up to 26 GW may be grid-connected by the end of 2025.” The 8 MW offshore wind turbine features 81.4-metre blades, producing a rotor diameter of 167 metres and a swept area of 21,900 square metres. It was tested onshore at the Shantou Haojiang offshore industrial park.
The Golden State Warriors went from great to staggering by signing free-agent forward Kevin Durant, and with everyone else in the Western Conference chasing them, it’s fair to wonder what teams can do to catch them.The Clippers, along with the San Antonio Spurs, probably represent the most serious threats, though the Clippers return a core that’s never made it past the second round of the postseason.With this a backdrop, it’s easy to understand why rumors about the Clippers’ interest in breaking up their core trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan continue to persist.But this rumor? This one doesn’t make a ton of sense. The bigger question for the Clippers is whether a Griffin-Paul-Jordan core is good enough to get them past the cusp of the conference finals.The 27-year-old Griffin is probably the player who would return the most value in a trade, with four All-NBA appearances in the last five seasons.After four years without injuries, Griffin has missed time the last two seasons with a staph infection, a torn quad tendon and a broken hand.But, when he’s been on the court, he’s been incredibly productive. In 35 games this season, Griffin averaged 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists.Acquiring Gay and draft picks, even Boston’s valuable future picks acquired from Brooklyn, don’t fit the Clippers’ plan for continued contention in the West.The Clippers don’t seem interested in cutting loose a star; earlier this summer, they met with Kevin Durant with the hope of adding him as the fourth star in their mix.Doc Rivers, the Clippers coach and president of basketball operations proclaimed that the Clippers weren’t trading Griffin before last season’s trade deadline. The moves he’s made this summer, re-signing veterans like Jamal Crawford and Wesley Johnson signal the Clippers’ commitment to winning now.If the Clippers could swap Griffin for one of the NBA’s elite two-way wing players or a package of players no team could refuse, perhaps their thinking would change.For now, though, the Clippers are on the path of trying to bolster the core they already have.Clippers agree with Felton, sign StoneThe Clippers and veteran point guard Raymond Felton have agreed to a deal for the veteran’s minimum, worth more than $1.55 million next season.Felton, 32, spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, getting his career back on track last season as a valuable member of the Dallas bench. In 80 games (31 starts), Felton averaged 9.5 points and 3.6 assists.The Clippers also signed second-round draft pick Diamond Stone, the team announced.The deal, which, according to a source, includes two years of guaranteed salaries, was first reported by The Register.The Clippers selected Stone, a freshman center from Maryland, with the No. 40 selection last month. In his lone year with the Terrapins, Stone averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots. He also scored a Maryland freshman record with 39 points in a game in late December.During summer league in Orlando, Stone averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds.The moves get the Clippers roster to 15, counting Paul Pierce, who could retire, and Branden Dawson, whose contract isn’t guaranteed.Felton’s agreement with the Clippers could mean the team stashes second-round pick David Michineau overseas or in the NBA’s D-League, maintaining his rights but keeping him off the roster.Wilcox traded to MagicThe Clippers agreed to send C.J. Wilcox and cash to the Orlando Magic for a 2020 second-round pick and Devyn Marble, who is expected to be waived.According to the Orlando Sentinel, the deal was being finalized.Marble’s $980,431 contract won’t count against the Clippers salary cap as long as they waive him Friday #today for print#, giving the team flexibility to add another play for the veteran’s minimum.Wilcox played 44 games for the Clippers after being the team’s first-round pick in 2014.He recently underwent surgery after breaking his right hand during the Orlando Summer League. The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported that the Celtics have targeted Griffin, and the expectation among NBA front office types in Las Vegas is that Boston will get something done soon.Deveney reports that a three-team trade sending Griffin to the Celtics and Sacramento’s Rudy Gay to the Clippers has “emerged” as a possibility.Would the Clippers make that kind of move?If they do have interest in Gay, it would represent a major pivot in their line of thinking regarding a Griffin trade — one management doesn’t feel it has to make.While Griffin can opt out of his contract at the end of next season, he can make more money and sign for more years with the Clippers than any other team. And, as a member of the Clippers, Griffin has seen his star rise to the level of national pitchman. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Bartow, FL — Two Disney employees and a former assistant principal are among over a dozen people arrested in a child pornography sting in Central Florida.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17 people during a month-long operation.The sheriff’s office says two of the men were using Facebook and Snapchat to try to get 13-year-old girls to send nude pictures. Brett Kinney worked as a guest experience manager at Walt Disney World and had been employed at the theme park for 15 years.He told detectives he had an addiction to child pornography and had been viewing it for 22 years, investigators said.Donald Durr, Jr. was also employed by Disney for over two decades on their maintenance staff. Judd said he told deputies, “I’m a pervert but I’m not a monster.” Those arrested range from a 19-years-old UCF student to a 77-year-old man. Over 600 charges have been filed against the group. CHILD PORN STING: The 31 men arrested include a 19-year-old UCF student and 2 Disney World employees.DETAILS: https://t.co/Vc4L0Ajcle— FOX 35 Orlando (@fox35orlando) November 8, 2019 A representative for Disney said Kinney no longer works for the company and that Durr is on unpaid leave.A former assistant principal of Seth McKeel Middle School was among those arrested. William Hage, 76, worked for 30 years in the Polk County School District before retiring 14 years ago. Investigators said he was charged with 252 counts of child porn possession, including images of children as young as eight to 12 months old.Another suspect, Edgar Villegas, had been released from prison back in March 2019 after serving six years in prison for child pornography. He was still on probation for those charges when he was arrested in this latest operation.Click here to read news release: Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit arrests 17 during Operation Guardians of Innocence IV: Fall Haul.
President Trump defended an unlikely target over the weekend: his political rival, Joe Biden.The commander-in-chief mentioned the former vice president-turned-presidential candidate in a response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s claim that Biden is a “rabid dog” who “must be beaten to death with a stick.”Trump tweeted: The tweet comes amid an impeachment investigation into President Trump’s effort to have Ukraine announce an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter.Last week, North Korean state media reported, “Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run out of control.” The statement added that such dogs “must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late.”The regime’s comments on Biden were apparently made in response to a Biden campaign ad that had referred to Kim as a “tyrant.”
A recent video has Everglades officials feeling hopeful about the current snake problem.The video Tweeted this weekend shows an alligator eating a Burmese python.The snakes are not native to Florida, and they have upset the Everglades ecosystem.In the video, though, Everglades officials say this invasive Burmese python was no match for our mighty, native American alligator.They also say they hope this is a sign that our native animals are fighting back against the invasive predator.
England U16 international Amelia Williamson paired up with her mum, Tracey, to win a third successive title in the Mothers and Daughters’ 27-hole foursomes at Royal Mid Surrey. The pair (pictured) from Royal Cromer in Norfolk started favourites – and lived up to their billing, winning by a whopping nine shots from Walton Heath’s Alison and Nicola Taylor. The competition was played on a difficult day when an arctic chill, gusty wind and standing water on the fairways lengthened the course significantly. But the Williamsons led by four after their six-over-par 77 in the morning round and put themselves out of reach with level par 35 over the remaining nine holes in the afternoon. Amelia, 15, tied third in the recent Scottish girls’ championship and was sixth in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. Last year she won three English schools’ titles and the West of England U16 stroke play. She is a member of the England Golf girls’ squad. Her mother, Tracey, is the Norfolk county captain and an eight-times winner of the Norfolk championship. Walton Heath’s Alison Taylor has the luxury of three golfing daughters to rotate and has now been runner-up with middle daughter, Nicola, on three occasions. Meanwhile, another England Golf girls’ squad player, Sharna Dutrieux, was leading amateur at the Roehampton Gold Cup. Sharna, 17, (Wrotham Heath) was fourth overall and three-over par for the 36 holes (71, 76). The Gold Cup was won by former England international Alex Peters, who now plays on the Ladies European Tour. She was three-under par (71 70) and four shots clear of the field. 19 Apr 2016 Williamsons make it three in a row at Mothers and Daughters