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Lamont Tumblr announced

first_imgLamonsters may sound like something that goes bump in the night, but they’re actually just library fans.The moniker refers to followers of Lamont Library’s latest endeavor to virtually reach its patrons — its new Tumblr page. Following the example of successful forays onto the image-based social media platform by Houghton and Widener libraries, Lamont staff launched their own Tumblr as a means to share collection highlights, events, staff picks, and research tips.“We hope the page will be of interest to anyone who enjoys everything the humanities has to offer,” said library assistant Caitlin Elwood, who initially joined forces with colleagues Lynn Ansaldo, Sue Gilroy and Lynn Sayers on the project to reach out to Harvard undergraduates, Lamont’s primary patron audience.Recent posts have highlighted the latest reads to be made available at Lamont — everything from Harvard history professor and University Librarian Robert Darnton’s new study of state censorship to the comical stories and witty insights gathered in humorist Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please. Anniversary posts remind Lamonsters of the birthdays of literary luminaries such as Sylvia Plath and Dylan Thomas and highlight related items in the library’s collection, such as rare recordings and unabridged journals that take the reader beyond the writers’ best known works.last_img read more

Financial services: When “nice” becomes “necessity”

first_img 189SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details Wouldn’t it be great to have a steady supply of Godiva chocolates anytime you want? How about Dom Perignon? Even better, season tickets to all your favorite teams’ games? Nice, but hardly necessities.When credit unions first offered “convenience” services, like remote deposit and electronic bill payment, they were seen as “nice to have” for members, but not something the credit union really had to offer. That’s changed. Retailers and service providers are expected to offer easy-to-use apps that consumers can access on their own tech devices anytime they want. In fact, 90% of the time Americans spend on their smartphones is for apps, according to Yahoo’s Flurry. Flurry saw it coming; three years ago, the analytics firm famously said, “It’s an App World. The Web Just Lives in It.”Looking at our industry, new research by The Pew Charitable Trusts found that 46% of all U.S. adults have made payments via mobile apps – some 114 million people. In 2011 44% of cells were smartphones; today’s share is nearly double that. And the Fed’s report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016, revealed that more than half the people who have smartphones used mobile banking in the last year.Discontent breeds innovationAs with most financial services, mobile banking is no longer a “delighter” – it’s an expected function, almost to the point of commoditization. That’s the normal curve when ideas turn into usable products and services. Thomas Edison said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” He went on to say anyone who is thoroughly satisfied is likely a failure. Strong words. But consider: If we can’t think of anything to change, we won’t try to make life better.I suspect many credit union executives are hesitant to upgrade their product offerings, not because they’re happy with the status quo but because of other priorities. New technologies that can bring cutting-edge services to their members are often met with, “yeah, it would be nice to have, but we’re in the middle of a big [fill in the blank], and this isn’t something we need right now.” I get it. Faced with all the other challenges on managers’ plates, who needs a self-inflicted wound? But what if your credit union hadn’t launched ATMs? How about online banking? Would your members have stuck around?Must-haves benefit everyoneCloud technology offers a good example of nice … and necessary. Financial institutions often worry about using resources to research and implement a cloud solution. But that’s short-sighted. While most can’t afford to deep-six their legacy systems, they could save considerable staff time – and hard dollars – by using secure cloud technology to connect their systems to consumers’ tech devices. The result: greater efficiencies, reduced costs and satisfied members, which translates into loyal members.Many credit unions also shy away from the cloud because of security concerns. It’s no wonder when you consider the growing number of data breaches, phishing scams and ransomware schemes. The truth is, the public cloud is scary, with data from people, companies and other organizations mixed together in one huge, risk-infested stew.Services like Virtual StrongBox’s secure customer engagement platform also illustrates “nice but needed” technology. When we launched our ultra-secure private storage solutions, many service providers considered it a sticky product – something that would be nice to offer consumers as an “extra,” but not that useful to the institution. That’s changing as high-security-risk enterprises are recognizing the power of a truly safe way to store and share documents with their customers.Initially, credit unions, banks and wealth-management firms began providing their members/customers their own, discrete virtual safe-deposit boxes in which to store vital personal papers … a nice service. But now these institutions – and even credit union regulators – are seeing the real value: “need to have” features such as patented, end-to-end encryption technology; secure file-exchange with permission-based document sharing; and private-cloud infrastructure that is SSAE16 SOC-compliant and includes redundant servers.Mobile apps and secure cloud technology are more than “nice to have” – they’re transforming every industry. In the same way, Virtual StrongBox’s Business Outsource Processing simplifies workflows while protecting sensitive company data – a “must-have” bridge uniting security and member convenience.Edison’s caution against becoming too content is a good reminder that, in large measure, loyalty depends on our ability to continue satisfying members’ needs … and wants. I remember folks in my parents’ generation being amused at Facebook and other social media, seeing it as passing fancy and time waster. I bet these same people are happy to use the technology now to keep up with the grandkids. Nice idea.last_img read more

Kieran Tierney sends message to Unai Emery about making his Premier League debut for Arsenal

first_imgGabriel Martinelli celebrates scoring his Arsenal’s first goal with Kieran Tierney (Getty Images)‘We know the ambitions and aims of the club and supporters, we are all in it together and I hope we can do that.‘We’ve got the potential, we’ve the ability.‘I’ve come here and the standard has been great for me to learn off.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s took me a few weeks to get up to standard and up to speed with the other boys.‘They are a world-class standard and so for me learning off them is brilliant.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Advertisement Kieran Tierney is waiting to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal (Getty Images)Kieran Tierney insists he is ready to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal after impressing in the 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday evening.The 22-year-old joined the Gunners from Celtic in the summer but his introduction to the team was delayed as he needed a double hernia operation in May.Tierney was handed his debut for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last week but was left out of the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday.Tierney returned to the squad for Thursday’s Europa League match and made a quick impact as he provided an excellent cross for Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in the 13th minute.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kieran Tierney sends message to Unai Emery about making his Premier League debut for Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 12:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Tierney impressed in the 4-0 win over Standard Liege (PA Wire)Arsenal face Bournemouth on Sunday and many Arsenal fans are hoping to see Tierney make his first appearance in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd when asked if he was ready after the match against Standard Liege, Tierney said: ‘I’m just doing my best every day.‘I work hard, if the manager trusts me then I’ll give 100 per cent.’Tierney is also confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish this season and return the club to the Champions League.‘I think the club is a massive club, they deserve to be in the Champions League,’ he said.last_img read more

Pope Francis wants ‘Church for poor’

first_img 45 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle Pope Francis wants ‘Church for poor’ by: – March 18, 2013 Tweet Pope FrancisPope Francis has said he wants “a poor Church, for the poor” following his election as head of the world’s 1.2bn Catholics on Wednesday. He said he chose the name Francis after 12-13th Century St Francis of Assisi, who represented “poverty and peace”.He urged journalists to get to know the Church with its “virtues and sins” and to share its focus on “truth, goodness and beauty”. Pope Francis takes over from Benedict XVI, who abdicated last month. The former Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was the surprise choice of cardinals meeting in Rome to choose a new head of the Church.In his first audience at the Vatican, he said Jesus Christ and not the Pope was the centre of the Church, which he stressed was “spiritual not political” in nature. He said the Holy Spirit had inspired the resignation of Benedict XVI and guided the cardinals choosing him as the next pontiff. The Pope said he had been inspired to take the name Francis by a Brazilian colleague who embraced him and whispered “don’t forget the poor” when it was announced that he had been elected Pope. He said he immediately thought of St Francis of Assisi, the Italian founder of the Franciscan Order who was devoted to the poor. As well as representing poverty and peace, he said St Francis “loved and looked after” creation – and he noted that humanity was “not having a good relationship with nature at the moment”.St Francis of Assisi is said to have loved animals as his “brothers and sisters” and even to have preached to birds. HumourThere had been speculation that Pope Francis – who was a member of the Jesuit order – had chosen his name in honour of St Francis Xavier, a 16th Century Jesuit missionary in Asia. But he said this was not the case. The new Pope’s style is very different to that of his predecessor, BBC Vatican correspondent David Willey says. He talks in simple, easy to understand terms about ethical values and shows a remarkable sense of humour, our correspondent says. Earlier, the Vatican said Pope Francis would visit his predecessor Pope emeritus Benedict next week. Pope Benedict, 85, became the first Pope in 600 years to abdicate last month when he said old age and health meant he could no longer continue in the job. BBC Newslast_img read more

1982 Brazil team reunite to help fight COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Members of Brazil’s 1982 World Cup squad have reunited to ask their compatriots to work together and donate money to help the country’s overcrowded slums avoid the worst ravages of the coronavirus. In an initiative led by Paulo Roberto Falcao, 19 players, including Zico, Junior and Leandro, recorded a video message appealing for donations. “The 1982 Brazil team was known for its creativity, union and collective work ethic,” Falcao said, adding: “Now we are springing into action for Brazil again.” The former AS Roma and Internacional midfielder said 2.6 million reais ($500,000) has been raised in less than a week. His appeal is the latest in a series of efforts by leading current and former Brazilian footballers to help the South American nation cope with the effects of COVID-19. More than 900 Brazilians have died from the virus, but doctors fear the death toll could rise exponentially if it gets a foothold in the densely populated favelas that dot most Brazilian cities. The Brazil team at the 1982 World Cup in Spain is widely held to be one of the greatest sides never to win the tournament. After beating the Soviet Union, Scotland, New Zealand and Argentina, Brazil needed a draw against Italy to move into the semi-finals. However, a hat-trick from Paolo Rossi gave Italy a 3-2 win and helped them on the way to the final, where they defeated West Germany. All the Brazil team except Socrates, goalkeeper Waldir Peres and midfielder Batista are still alive and contributed a video for Falcao’s initiative. Reuters/NAN.Tags: 1982 Brazil World CupAS RomaCOVID-19Paulo Roberto Falcaolast_img read more

Morrison bailed in ‘assaults’ case

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been freed after a judge granted him bail following a private court hearing. He was refused bail by District Judge James Prowse at his first court appearance at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and spent the weekend in custody. On Monday Judge Michael Henshall granted Morrison bail. An application by the Press Association to allow the press and public into court for the hearing was rejected by the judge and the hearing went ahead in private. Morrison was given bail but his bail conditions were not given by the court following a request from the press. Despite being touted as a bright prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison only appeared in the League Cup before former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sold him to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce took him to Upton Park but he was soon shipped out to Birmingham and QPR on loan. Morrison is next due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The 21-year-old was in custody and not present at Manchester Crown Court to hear the bail application made by his lawyers. Former Manchester United midfielder Morrison is accused of two counts of common assault on his ex-girlfriend Reah Mansoor, 19 and her mother Parveen Mansoor, 39, in the early hours of last Sunday morning. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Costa omitted from Spain squad

first_img The striker’s fitness has been one of the talking points of the season – the problematic hamstrings he had at Atletico Madrid still hampering him – and last month club boss Jose Mourinho said he thought his troubles were coming because of his work with Spain. When asked if he thought Costa was now fit, he said “but he still has to play for the national team in November!” suggesting more trouble could lie ahead. Press Association But Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has overlooked the 25-year-old for next week’s fixtures – news which is sure to please Mourinho. “Costa has some annoyances,” Del Bosque said when announcing his squad through the Spanish national team’s official website. He added, suggesting there were no underlying problems: “He is the first who is willing to be with us. “Our idea is that all 23 players come to be useful.” Costa’s Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas is included in the squad, with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla the other English-based players. Spain face Belarus next Saturday, sitting unusually off the top in qualifying group C after defeat to leaders Slovakia. They then face the side which this summer took their world crown, Germany, in a friendly on Tuesday. Spain squad: Casillas, De Gea, Casilla, Juanfran, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Bartra, Alba, Bernat, Busquets, Camacho, Koke, Cazorla, Fabregas, Callejon, Nolito, Morata, Alcacer, Pedro, Raul Garcia, Isco. center_img Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been left out of Spain’s squad for their forthcoming fixtures with Belarus and Germany.last_img read more

Sullivan cards 64 to extend English Championship lead to 5

first_imgLast Updated: 9th August, 2020 07:56 IST Sullivan Cards 64 To Extend English Championship Lead To 5 Andy Sullivan is closing in on his first win in almost five years after a third-round 64 on Saturday gave him a five-shot lead at the English Championship FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 9th August, 2020 07:56 IST Associated Press Television News center_img COMMENT Written By Andy Sullivan is closing in on his first win in almost five years after a third-round 64 on Saturday gave him a five-shot lead at the English Championship.The 33-year-old Englishman won three times in 2015 as he finished in Europe’s top 10 but he has not lifted a trophy since the Portugal Masters in October of that year.The 2016 Ryder Cup player entered the third day at Hanbury Manor with a one-shot advantage and carded two eagles, five birdies and two bogeys to move to 21 under, five strokes clear of countryman Steven Brown.“My strategy (Sunday) will be the same as today,” Sullivan told europeantour.com. “Just control what I can do. I can’t control anyone that is going to come up behind me.”Sullivan set the tone with a remarkable drive to 2 feet on the par-four No. 1 for an eagle but he needed another eagle on the ninth to reclaim the lead from a charging Brandon Stone (67), who had six birdies before the turn.As the South African faltered on the back nine, Brown became the nearest challenger, signing for a 66 that included him hitting the pin to be denied a hole-in-one on the sixth.But Sullivan picked up four birdies in six holes from the 12th, with a three-putt on the 13th his only blemish on the back nine.Stone was alongside countryman Dean Burmester (69) and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui (67) at 15 under.The top 10 players on the European Tour’s mini Order of Merit after the first five events of the U.K. Swing will seal a place in the U.S. Open, with Sullivan having finished fourth at the British Masters two weeks ago.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

UK government to implement online tax rise before FOBT stake cuts

first_img Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The Times has this morning reported, that the UK government will delay its implementation of an industry-wide £2 FOBT machine stake reduction until April 2020, citing that the UK Treasury has struck a ‘backroom deal’ with betting leadership.Last May, UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the government’s decision to reduce FOBTs wagering levels to £2 limit, stating that the government would implement the UKGC’s recommendations on the controversial subject matter.Upon the announcement of the £2 cut, industry leaders urged the government to implement a ‘transition period’ aimed at reducing the impact of the judgement on the UK betting sector’s retail enterprises.In its report, The Times states that betting leadership has convinced the Treasury to adopt an ‘extended implementation period’ to reprogram betting shop terminals.The reported delay on FOBTs reductions is set to have deepened the rift between Matt Hancock’s DCMS department and the Treasury. Overseeing the implementation of UK gambling laws DCMS expected the new FOBTs wagering regulations to be implemented within a nine-month period.Prior to the government’s decision to implement a £2 reduction, UK news sources reported that Treasury leadership had expressed concerns related to lost duties, as the Office of Budget Responsibility detailed that FOBTs machines could raise circa ‘£74 million of the forecasted £119 million in UK machine gaming duties for the period up to 2023’.However, it appears that UK betting will not be able to escape political implications, as The Times reports that the Treasury will move to impose a higher tax rate on online gambling services which will be delivered in the April 2019 budget.An online gambling tax hike is designed to compensate the exchequer for the loss of tax revenues from lower FOBT profits. At present, little is known with regards to the government’s potential new online gambling tax rate, however, the potential introduction before the lower FOBT stake mandate would see the UK Treasury benefit from a year of double taxation.last_img read more

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon could play vs. Dolphins, coach Anthony Lynn says

first_imgThe Chargers ruled out running back Justin Jackson for Week 4 because of a calf strain, leaving only two active running backs (Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope). This injury opened up the door for Gordon to be thrown back into the fire after being away from the team for 64 days, and he’s ready to be a contributor as soon as possible. “I’m good, man,” Gordon said. “I didn’t really get to gauge myself like I wanted to, but like I said, if they call my number (I’m ready). I’ve been grinding. It’s not like I’ve been sitting around and I’m coming in overweight or anything like that. But it’s not like I get a preseason game to get warmed up. You kind of get in and get right in the fire.”Gordon, 26, averaged 5.1 yards per carry as he rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while adding 490 receiving yards for four touchdowns.The Chargers (1-2) will face the Dolphins (0-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Melvin Gordon might be making his 2019 debut earlier than expected.A report earlier this week said the Chargers running back likely wouldn’t play Sunday after he ended his contract holdout and returned to the team, but now he has been added to the NFL’s two-game exempt list, which makes him eligible to play this weekend. Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn praised Gordon’s good shape at practice Friday but remains cautious about using him in a game too early.”We understand that Melvin’s been back for a day and a half, so we have to be careful if he plays, how much he plays and even if he plays at all,” Lynn told reporters. Related News Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB questionable vs. Chiefslast_img read more