CO-OP Financial Services, Visa forge EMV agreement

first_imgThrough an agreement with Visa, Co-op Financial Services will make the Visa EMV common debit solution available to its credit union clients. The long-term agreement facilitates the development of regulation-compliant debit EMV solutions using a common AID.The Visa EMV solution provides portability for debit card issuers, and network routing choices for merchants and ATM acquirers. It also supports all transaction types, including contact and contactless.“This is a major advance in adoption of the EMV standard for debit card transactions in the United States, providing a clearer migration path to EMV for our debit issuers and ATM owners,” said Stan Hollen, president and CEO of Co-op Financial Services. “Co-op has been working hard to move the payments industry to an EMV common debit solution, both independently and through our participation in the Debit Network Alliance.”Co-op helped found DNA in December 2013, and will continue to play a key role in its activities, the release said. Michelle Thornton, manager of core products at Co-op, is a member of the DNA board of directors. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better

first_imgIn 2012, psychologists Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan published a paper in the journal Science reporting a series of experiments that suggested engaging in analytical thinking could reduce someone’s religious belief. It sounded vaguely plausible, but five years later, another group of researchers attempted to replicate the finding. They used a sample size about two and a half times larger and found no evidence that analytic thinking caused a decrease in religious belief. “Is it fun to find out that a study you published in a high profile outlet back in the day does not hold up well to more rigorous scrutiny? Oh hell no,” Gervais wrote in a blog post. He recommended that other researchers avoid the experience by using rigorous methods upfront. “CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF while being open to REVISING YOUR BELIEFS.” The replication crisis arose from a series of events that began around 2011, the year that social scientists Uri Simonsohn, Leif Nelson and Joseph Simmons published a paper, “False-Positive Psychology,” that used then-standard methods to show that simply listening to the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four” could make someone younger. It was an absurd finding, and that was the point. The paper highlighted the dangers of p-hacking — adjusting the parameters of an analysis until you get a statistically significant p-value (a difficult-to-understand number often misused to imply a finding couldn’t have happened by chance) — and other subtle or not-so-subtle ways that researchers could tip the scales to produce a favorable result. Around the same time, other researchers were reporting that some of psychology’s most famous findings, such as the idea that “priming” people by presenting them with stereotypes about elderly people made them walk at a slower pace, were not reproducible. Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEight More of our Members in the Media >center_img Being open to revising beliefs in the face of new evidence is, of course, a central tenet of the scientific enterprise. But research is done by fallible human beings who don’t always live up to scientific principles. When psychology first entered a period of upheaval commonly referred to as the “replication crisis,” not everyone in the field shared Gervais’s openness to updating. But as the field has reckoned with replication issues, it has been forced to follow its own rules more closely.last_img read more

H7N9 cases pause; new report details reassortants

first_imgNo new H7N9 infections were reported out of China today, but the flow of new information about the virus continued, with a genetic analysis hinting that reassortants could be one factor fueling the second wave of infections, especially in southern provinces such as Guangdong.The apparent pause in disease activity follows a flurry of infections noted yesterday, including two imported cases reported from Hong Kong and Malaysia and seven new infections from the mainland.The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that an assessment it conducted on Feb 11 has not changed the public health risk regarding H7N9 since its last risk assessment on Jan 21. In that assessment the WHO said sporadic infections, primarily in people who have contact with poultry and their environments, are likely to continue, but so far the virus doesn’t appear to transmit easily among humans.The number of H7N9 cases reported in the second wave stands at 211, compared with 136 reported last spring. For both waves the total is 347, according to a running tally kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board. The unofficial death count is 72.Details emerge about Malaysian caseHong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today revealed a few new details about the case-patient detected in Malaysia, the first to be identified outside of China. It said the 67-year-old woman from Guangdong province had symptoms and sought care on Jan 30 before departing for Malaysia with 16 family members on Feb 3.While in Malaysia her condition worsened, and on Feb 7 she was hospitalized. She is receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of a private hospital, and her specimens tested positive for H7N9 on Feb 11.Fourteen of the woman’s traveling companions flew to Hong Kong on Feb 8 on their way back to Shenzhen in Guangdong province. Hong Kong health officials boarded the plane to assess the 14 travelers, all who denied having symptoms or contact with birds over the past 10 days. Three of the people had a mild fever.The group had arranged to travel by private cars back to Shenzhen, where local authorities will follow up, the CHP said.Gene study raises concerns about H7N9 reassortantsIn other developments, a research team from China that analyzed H7N9 genetic sequences submitted by China last year and in January identified three reassortants of H7N9 with local H9N2 strains in poultry, which they say could be playing a role in the reemergence of the disease. The group reported its findings today in Eurosurveillance.After the virus first emerged last spring, experts found that the H7N9 virus is a triple reassortant, all from avian sources, that contains the internal genes from the H9N2 strain.The team looked at 72 gene sequences of H7N9 viruses collected from 11 Chinese provinces and cities that were deposited in the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) database from March 2013 to January 2014. They also included the most recent isolates from Hong Kong.They conducted a phylogenetic analysis and DNA mutation analysis of the PB1 gene, finding four lineages and three new reassortants.The findings suggest that continuous H7N9 transmission in Chinese poultry has led to increased diversity and reassortment of H7N9 with local H9N2 strains, the group wrote, adding that the new reassortment strains, such as those found in a Guangdong/Hong Kong transmission cluster, could be triggering the reemergence of infections.Also, they said the reassortants may produce avian influenza strains that are more adapted to and pathogenic in humans, highlighting the importance of continuous monitoring.Researchers pointed out that areas in which new reassortant strains are being found—Shanghai, plus Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces—have been among the hardest hit in China so far this year.Though the case-fatality rate in January was lower than the first wave last spring, the quickly growing case totals in those regions raise concerns that there might be a link between circulation of the new reassortants and the accelerated transmission of H7N9 in humans, the group wrote.Expert weighs in on new findingsIan Mackay, PhD, a virologist from Australia, told CIDRAP News that the detailed analysis focuses on the PB1 segments of H7N9, mostly collected from 2013 strains. He said the concerning, but not unexpected, take-home message is that even in just one of H7N9’s eight segments, the researchers found consistent genetic changes.Mackay is with the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre at the University of Queensland, and he authors the Virology Down Under blog.”The intermixing of early H7N9 with other flu viruses is continuing to create subtle variants thanks to the high influenza virus burden and diversity to be found among poultry in China,” he said.Since the number of human H7N9 cases this year has already topped last year’s total, there’s a need to extend the analysis to isolates from this year and to explore other genome segments, Mackay said.However, he said flu databases are noticeably lacking H7N9 sequence data from 2014. “Such data are essential for experts worldwide to keep track of the virus, seeking changes that may hint at changes to the way it spreads or the efficient of that spread among humans.”See also:Feb 13 WHO risk assessmentFeb 13 CHP statementFeb 13 Eurosurveill reportFluTrackers H7N9 human case listVirology Down Under bloglast_img read more

Central London leasing market still robust

first_imgIn its Central London Leasing report it said ‘despite Q3’s financial turmoil, leasing activity in Central London showed no signs of slowing’. It said there was 2.7m sq ft of take up in the City & Docklands which is the highest quarterly take-up since the fourth quarter of 2006. Five deals were recorded over 100,000 sq ft, for example RBS’s decision to take Land Securities’ Bankside 2 & 3 schemes on the Southbank totalling 359,000 sq ft and Reed Smith Richards Butler’s pre-let of 160,000 sq ft at British Land’s Broadgate Tower. The total take up for the year in the City and Docklands is 5.8m sq ft – up 18% on the same time in 2006. A total of 900,000 sq ft was let in the West End during the third quarter and total take up for the year is 2.8m sq ft which is a slight increase on the 2.6m sq ft total at the same time last year. Guy Taylor, partner and head of West End office agency: ‘We are experiencing a very robust leasing market with record rents being achieved for the most sought after space. For example, in the West End, Permal paying £140/sq ft with minimal rent free on a 15 year term at 12 St James’s Square.’James Young, partner and head of Cushman & Wakefield’s City office said: ‘Whilst the market in the City has performed well to date this year, undoubtedly the heavy influence in this market of banks and financial services companies means that demand levels are going to be impacted moving forward as the current turmoil starts to impact. This contrasts with the West End where demand for space comes from a more diverse range of sectors.’last_img read more

High school wrestling: Airline wins St. Michael tournament

first_imghe Airline Vikings won the St. Michael Warrior Open wrestling meet on Saturday in Baton Rouge.Peyton Bass and Tucker Almond won individual titles.Bass pinned all three of his opponents in the 126-pound class, including Luke Romano of Catholic in 2 minutes, 30 seconds in the championship match.Bass was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weight classes.Almond won the 145-pound class, winning three of his four matches with pins.In the semifinals, he defeated Canon Hunt of Catholic 11-9 via sudden victory. In the finals, Almond pinned Catholic’s A.J. Sabine in 1:36.Dakota Brace (113 pounds) and Thomas Barringer (138) finished runner-up in their respective divisions.Brace pinned his first three opponents before losing to Clayton Hill of Live Oak by fall in 2:42.Barringer won three matches by fall, tech fall and a 5-4 decision to reach the finals. He lost a 7-3 decision to Michael Gordy of Ouachita Christian in the title match.Tyler Eckman (125 pounds) and Pierce Peairs (285) posted third-place finishes in their respective divisions.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

GBTI GCC, Woodpecker Hikers dominate opening night

first_imgDefending champions GBTI GCC Tigers along with arch-rivals Woodpecker Hikers, produced dominant showings in the women’s first division category on the opening night of this year’s annual GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) last evening.  Tigers, in their opening match clawed their way to a 4 – 0 win over the Bingo GCC Spartans on the back of a double from Gabrielle Xavier who scored in the 14th and the 32nd minute. The other two strikes were converted by Marzana Fiedtkou and Sonia Jardine. Hikers, on the other hand, were equally cruel against Saints whom they trounced 5-1. Hikers’ goals were evenly shared as Maria Munroe, Latacia Chung, captain Nicole Eastman, Michelle Mahabir and Tianna DaCosta all ticked their names on the scorecard while Charlia Webb recorded the lone strike for Saints.  The men’s’ first division category saw the experienced Askoju Simon netting four goals for Old Fort Lamborghini who humbled the national under 18 boys, 5-1. Pepsi Hikers were also in a dismissive mode as they trounced Saints 6-2 after a hat-trick from the impressionable Aroydy Bransford and national skipper Robert France. Meanwhile, second division action saw SHC Sensations defeating GCC Pitbulls 2-1 while Jael Gaskin scored four sensational goals in Old Fort Top Form’s 6-3 win over Hikers Young Guns in the men’s category.   Women’s second division matches saw Saints edging past Old Fort Goal Chasers 1-0 as Woodpecker Hikers and Bingo GCC Spartans drew 2-2. The championship continues this evening at the same venue.last_img read more

UAE trio charged under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

first_img(Reuters) – United Arab Emirates captain Mohammed Naveed was among three national team players provisionally suspended yesterday after being charged under the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption code. The ICC confirmed https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1453760 the three players – Naveed, Qadeer Ahmed Khan and Shaiman Anwar Butt – along with Mehardeep Chhayakar, a participant in cricket from Ajman, were charged with a combined 13 counts of breaching the code.Naveed faces four charges, including an agreement to “fixing or contriving” aspects of matches in the upcoming World Twenty20 qualifiers.Top-order batsman Butt is also under investigation for an effort to influence results or any other aspect of matches ahead of the qualifiers, which are scheduled to be played in the UAE starting tomorrow. The competition will decide the last six teams to play at the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.Khan has been charged with failing to report “approaches to engage in corrupt conduct” in relation to UAE’s matches against Zimbabwe and Netherlands in April and August respectively.The 33-year-old bowler is also alleged to have disclosed inside information to Chhayakar in August. Chhayakar was charged with refusing to cooperate with an investigation carried out by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit.last_img read more

Running back Josh Harris hoping for roster spot on Steelers

first_imgHarris carried the momentum into his second year with the team and hopes to move another step closer to securing a roster spot during the Steelers’ second preseason game Friday at Jacksonville.“I’m just trying to show that I can be the guy,” Harris said. “If you need me to play here or there, I want them to know that I’m the guy that can do it. I just want to make sure the team has total confidence in me.”Harris, an undrafted free agent, proved his worth last year during the Steelers’ regular-season finale against Cincinnati. With the AFC North title on the line, the rookie was pressed into action when Le’Veon Bell went down with a knee injury.His moment came in the fourth quarter when Harris displayed a sudden burst off right tackle and broke off a 59-yard run that was called back because of a holding penalty.That’s OK with Harris, who is looking for more this season.“I don’t want it to be that ‘He just did it once,’” Harris said. “I want to do it a lot more because if you only do something once, they might think it may have been a fluke. If you do it a lot, it becomes who you are, and I want to be known as the guy who can hit the hole and go all the way.”He’s competing for a spot behind Bell and veteran DeAngelo Williams, who signed a two-year deal with the Steelers in March. Harris displayed that quick burst again during a training camp practice this week, rushing through a large hole along the right side and deep into the secondary.“It’s just the fact that I played a few times last year,” Harris said. “That’s in my mind and I can always fall back on that.”Bell noticed a difference in the confidence displayed by Harris during his second training camp.“It’s night and day and you can kind of tell he’s getting more comfortable,” Bell said. “A lot of people look at him as a bigger guy, but he’s extremely fast. He’s a guy who can break it in the open field and make plays happen.”Harris, a top-10 career rusher at Wake Forest, joined the Steelers four days into training camp in 2014 and was signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in November after the Steelers released disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount.Harris, after his moment against Cincinnati, got the call in the wild-card game against Baltimore when Bell missed with a knee injury. Harris made the start and led the Steelers with nine carries and 25 yards.That taste of action motivated Harris enough to work out in Florida with teammate and All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown during the offseason.“He works hard,” Harris said. “It helped a lot because you can play at a higher level if you’re in shape.”That’s the goal for Harris, as he seeks a roster spot with the Steelers.“Josh is confident in himself and I’m excited for him,” Bell said. “He’s just going out there and playing. He has really been doing a great job.”___AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Harris carried the momentum into his second year with the team and hopes to move another step closer to securing a roster spot during the Steelers’ second preseason game Friday at Jacksonville.“I’m just trying to show that I can be the guy,” Harris said. “If you need me to play here or there, I want them to know that I’m the guy that can do it. I just want to make sure the team has total confidence in me.”Harris, an undrafted free agent, proved his worth last year during the Steelers’ regular-season finale against Cincinnati. With the AFC North title on the line, the rookie was pressed into action when Le’Veon Bell went down with a knee injury.His moment came in the fourth quarter when Harris displayed a sudden burst off right tackle and broke off a 59-yard run that was called back because of a holding penalty.That’s OK with Harris, who is looking for more this season.“I don’t want it to be that ‘He just did it once,’” Harris said. “I want to do it a lot more because if you only do something once, they might think it may have been a fluke. If you do it a lot, it becomes who you are, and I want to be known as the guy who can hit the hole and go all the way.”He’s competing for a spot behind Bell and veteran DeAngelo Williams, who signed a two-year deal with the Steelers in March. Harris displayed that quick burst again during a training camp practice this week, rushing through a large hole along the right side and deep into the secondary.“It’s just the fact that I played a few times last year,” Harris said. “That’s in my mind and I can always fall back on that.”Bell noticed a difference in the confidence displayed by Harris during his second training camp.“It’s night and day and you can kind of tell he’s getting more comfortable,” Bell said. “A lot of people look at him as a bigger guy, but he’s extremely fast. He’s a guy who can break it in the open field and make plays happen.”Harris, a top-10 career rusher at Wake Forest, joined the Steelers four days into training camp in 2014 and was signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in November after the Steelers released disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount.Harris, after his moment against Cincinnati, got the call in the wild-card game against Baltimore when Bell missed with a knee injury. Harris made the start and led the Steelers with nine carries and 25 yards.That taste of action motivated Harris enough to work out in Florida with teammate and All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown during the offseason.“He works hard,” Harris said. “It helped a lot because you can play at a higher level if you’re in shape.”That’s the goal for Harris, as he seeks a roster spot with the Steelers.“Josh is confident in himself and I’m excited for him,” Bell said. “He’s just going out there and playing. He has really been doing a great job.”___AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Josh Harris (40) runs away from Carolina Panthers defensive back Colin Jones (42) in the fourth quarter of a NFL preseason football game in Pittsburgh. While quarterbacks and other big-name, high-salaried players get most of the attention, unlikely heroes often emerge in the playoffs to help their team win. Philly Brown, Josh Harris and Cole Beasley are among the lesser-known players who could step up this wild-card weekend. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A long run that ultimately didn’t count served as a great confidence boost for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Josh Harris.last_img read more

The James Harrison story: It’s a family affair ‘gold diggers and bounty hunters’

first_imgFAMILY—From left: Sylvia Sims, sister; Mildred Harrison, mother; Chrystal Johnson, sister; and Johnnie Johnson, brother.(Part 3)This is the final installment of a 3 part series based upon Steelers great James Harrison and his family.Merriam Webster defines the noun gold digger as 1. “One who digs for gold.  2: a person who uses charm to extract money or gifts from others.”As far as athletes and entertainers are concerned there are always individuals standing at the ready, waiting to steal homesteading rights in regards to usurping the gold and property of some naïve “blinded by the booty,” love-struck athlete or entertainer.   Tiger Woods is a perfect example of meeting, falling in love with and eventually marrying a “Gold Digger.”The cash cow then hooks up with a so-called “marriage partner” who after the relationship is discontinued ends up owning a significant percentage of the gold mine without ever lifting a finger or mining one nugget of gold. On one of the talk shows that I happened to run across during the highly publicized Tiger Woods divorce from his former wife Elin Nordegren, a caller who seemed to have had maybe one too many sips of the “vino” proclaimed in a loud and slurred voice that; “Elin Nordegren went from serving as a high class nanny to displaying and using; “the golden fanny.”JAMES HARRISONAlthough the potential for that same scenario occurring in the life of James Harrison is remote, according to his family, he can never be too careful.  Harrison has two children, James Harrison III, born in 2007, and Henry, born in 2009, he is not formally married to their mother. Beth Tibbott.  The Harrison family is adamant and is crystal clear in regards to anyone thinking that they will enter into the life of James Henry Harrison Jr. and pull the financial “wool” over his eyes, directly or indirectly without a fight.   “We are always going to be on guard as far as gold diggers are concerned,” proclaims Mrs. Harrison.The noun bounty hunter is defined by Merriam Webster as:last_img read more

Reports: Ibrahimovic to remain in Paris before making Qatar move

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s future could take an unexpected turn in the coming weeks. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttomercatoweb, Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish striker could take on a different option to the rumours pushing him towards China or England.  The strong criticism PSG have received after their Champions League elimination to Manchester City and some advice from some of his team-mates may have influenced the 34-year-old’s decision.  CEST Despite everything indicating that ‘Ibra’ would leave Parc des Princes for the Premier League on a free in the summer, things seem to have changed – he could even stay at PSG for another season. It may now be the player’s intention to wait a year before moving to Qatar, where he would receive a huge contract.  13/04/2016center_img Sport EN Upd. at 15:01 PSG, obviously, will have the final say, though. The French club have been working with the idea that Ibrahimovic will leave the club this summer, even though a potential contract renewal had always been on the table. His high wages and influence on the pitch would have obliged the Ligue 1 champions to sign another top level forward. The soap opera is only just getting started.last_img read more