by: Brian DayMobile bill-pay platforms and usage saw significant growth in 2014, yet some billers still face challenges to implementing a mobile strategy.A recent report, “A Comprehensive View of Mobile Billing and Payment: Consumer Behavior and Preferences and Billers’ Strategies and Deployments,” found 20 percent of consumer clicks on billers’ websites originated from a mobile device. This represents a 55-percent increase from the previous year. Bill payment was the most often completed consumer action once a consumer reached a biller’s website.Additionally, data shows the ability to pay bills via a mobile device is linked to an increase in customer satisfaction and paperless electronic billing adoption. In fact, billers who have implemented a mobile bill pay and presentment (MBPP) strategy had a 44-percent higher electronic billing adoption rate than those not offering mobile bill pay technology. Further, billers offering alerts and notifications experienced a 47-percent increase in electronic billing usage, compared to billers not offering the same.Despite the growing use of the mobile channel and the advantages tied to offering mobile bill pay, just 16 percent of billers have employed a MBPP strategy. Much of this is due to the implementation barriers billers face. The survey found the top three most frequently cited hurdles include: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
No kids and in your 40s? Beware the 14-year itchNZ Herald 7 February 2016Most New Zealanders getting divorced are in their mid-40s and don’t have kids, and the “seven-year itch” is a myth.In fact, Statistics New Zealand figures show, couples are most likely to call it quits after about 14 years.Figures from 2014, the latest year reliable statistics are available, show that couples most commonly filed for divorce just before the 14-year mark. The average age of men breaking up was 47 and the women were 44.Experts say it’s an age when people start to reflect on where they are in life and what they want.And for those couples who have children it might be a time when they are about to fly the nest.At that point they find they no longer have anything in common and want to “do their own thing”, says divorce lawyer Jeremy Sutton.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11585794
Share 15 Views no discussions Share (L to R) H.E President Nicholas Liverpool, H.E Ambassador Larry Leon PalmerHis Excellency Larry Leon Palmer is the new U.S. Ambassador to Dominica.The Ambassador presented his letters of credence to Dominica’s Head of State H.E. Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool on Wednesday during a ceremony at the President’s Office in Morne Bruce.The US Ambassador told the President that it was an honour to present his credentials as President Obama’s personal representative, an Ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Dominica.“Our two nations have shared a deep and abiding friendship that rest on our shared history and common commitment to democratic principles, independent and a free market economy.”Ambassador Palmer stated that the two countries have shared a long and vibrant history which goes back centuries earlier.He says, “Some of our first settlers among the ship God Speed bound for Jamestown spent three days in Portsmouth in March 1607. It is a source of great pride that our relationship has remained strong over the years and on behalf of President Obama, I would like to express the deep value we place on our continuing friendship with the Commonwealth of Dominica and our ongoing commitment to working with you as equal partners. The United States has been with the Commonwealth of Dominica from the beginning and we will always be with the Commonwealth of Dominica.”“Our two nations share a commitment to democratic ideals and strategic interests that span issues of human rights, regional security, socio-economic development and global climate change. As partners, our work on these important issues is based on mutual respect and a mutual interest to better the lives of Dominicans and Americans alike. I’m specially heartened by our productive partnership to increase citizen safety and reduce illicit trafficking through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.”Dominica’s President H.E. Dr. Liverpool welcomed the new US diplomat to the island and says he is hopeful that this will lead to the continuation of relations between Dominica and the United States of America.“We look forward to the strengthening of mutual cooperation in the areas of common interest and to even closer ties as we continue in our search for a brighter future for us all. Since the formalizing of ties between our countries in 1979, Dominica has been the beneficiary of assistance from the United States of America. This has greatly contributed to our national development efforts. It is my sincere hope that Dominica will continue to benefit from your country’s expertise and that of your people and the opportunity of building and deepening international goodwill.Together we can continue working to expand our trade and investment opportunities and cooperate effectively to protect and preserve the environment and explore cooperation in the areas of agriculture and education… We are grateful for the assistance that the Government of the United States of America extends through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative… Our cooperation with your country in the Nation Arena can be counted upon.”H.E. Palmer is the 16th US Ambassador to Dominica.Government Information Service LocalNews New US Ambassador appointed to Dominica by: – June 2, 2012 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!
On the pitch, Kyle Walker’s commitment to the cause is in no doubt. A star of the England team, he became the world’s most expensive defender when he swapped Tottenham for Manchester City to the tune of £50million in July 2017. Off it, though, the heavily-tattooed ladies’ man has caused his fair share of controversy, from leaked hippy crack videos to this week’s £2,000 prostitute sex party shame. With the whole of the United Kingdom on lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, you would think high-profile footballers might try and stay out of the limelight. Then the Jack Grealish scandal happened and that became even more paramount as clubs urged their stars to stay at home and avoid causing themselves any trouble. For Walker, though, that didn’t matter. In the latest episode of his long-running drama of a private life, the Manchester City defender ignored coronavirus social distancing measures to host a £2,200 sex party with two prostitutes last week. Manchester City have since opened an internal investigation following the gathering at his rented Cheshire mansion, with Walker likely to be hit with a hefty fine upwards of £200,000. On top of that, his England career has been left in tatters, with boss Gareth Southgate said to be ‘livid’ at Walker’s actions. There is a chance, it has been reported, that he will never again pull on the Three Lions shirt after his reckless and unnecessary actions amid the worldwide pandemic. On a more positive note, Walker has regularly been hailed for his hilarity on Twitter, with a number of his tweets going viral over the years. He was even awarded the ‘Golden Tweet’ award for the most popular tweet of the 2018 World Cup, with his effort picking up a massive 67,000 retweets. It included a now-infamous picture of Harry Maguire leaning on a railing, in which he appeared to be patronising his girlfriend Fern Hawkins. Alongside the picture, Walker wrote: ‘Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love?’ Another tweet from the same tournament garnered a further 44,000 retweets and even spawned its own meme – ‘Kyling’ – after a hilarious picture of his team-mates celebrating while he laid on the floor with cramp. Next to the picture, Walker wrote: ‘Dad, can you show me that photo of you guys running after reaching the quarter final? -“Nah son’ Elsewhere, he also bailed out his Three Lions team-mate Dele Alli when he was in hot water with FIFA after appearing to put his middle finger up at a referee. In the aftermath, both Alli and boss Southgate claimed he was just greeting Walker, with the latter noting: ‘They have strange way of communicating!’ Loading… Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way With speculation swirling about a potential ban for Alli, Walker took to Twitter to post a hilarious clip of Mr Bean swearing, which earned him another 50,000 retweets. Back in 2013, Walker courted yet more controversy when he became the first high-profile footballer to be pictured inhaling ‘hippy crack’. He was, of course, not the last and plenty more top-level stars have had to apologise since, but Walker’s actions at the time earned him an FA investigation and a severe ticking off from his own mum. He was recovering from injury at the time and on a night out in his home city of Sheffield, where he was reported to have ‘sucked in the potentially deadly nitrous oxide several times’ by the Sunday Mirror. Users of the dangerous nitrous oxide have previously died of suffocation, and have suffered strokes, seizures and blackouts. Responding to all the newspaper reports and criticism a few days later, Walker fronted up and said: ‘I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that my actions were of poor judgement. ‘I hope this will in no way influence or encourage others into putting their own health at risk.’ It wasn’t just the media and pundits who criticised the right back, but his own family got involved too and Walker admits that it was comments from his own mum that hit home the hardest. ‘My mum said “Kyle, what have you been doing. Are you sure you are hanging around with the right people?”,’ he told The Times. ‘For my mum to say that… For my mum and dad, I don’t want people to remember that it was their son doing that, or as they said in inverted commas, “hippy crack” in a nightclub. ‘I understand the risks now. It was a stupid thing to do. In the same breath it is legal. I was not doing anything that was illegal. But it is about being a role model for young kids. I would not want my son going to do that. I would not want my son growing up and thinking “I remember my dad doing a balloon in a club”.’ Walker was the talk of world football back in July 2017 when he swapped Spurs for Man City in a deal worth an eyewatering £50m. At the time, Spurs fans quickly fell out of love with the defender, and that was made even more apparent with later comments made by then-manager Mauricio Pochettino in his autobiography. The Argentine claimed that Walker instigated the move north to City, showing an ‘alarming lack of respect for his team-mates and a slap in the face for the club’. Well, at least he would be universally loved at his new club, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, Walker had also put his foot in it there too, as an old tweet emerged in which he called his new supporters ‘glory fans’. read also:Sex party: England boss furious with Man City fullback Walker The 2012 post which came back to bite him read: ‘All u Man City fans u can talk now we will just see at the end of the season.. Was u all there when City were no where to be seen [sic] #gloryfans.’ Oops. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
In Kalibo, the drug-free barangays areLinabuan Norte, Nalook, Mabilo, Briones, Mobo, and Caano. The remainingbarangays of Poblacion, Pook, Andagao, New Buswang, Old Buswang, Estancia,Linabuan Norte, and Bakhaw Sur are being closely monitored for illegal drugactivities. Three other barangays – Naasug,Kabulihan and Dumlog were cleared of illegal drugs, bringing the total to sixout of 17 barangays in Malay, Aklan. Last week, the Regional OversightCommittee identified the barangays of Tinigaw and Bakhaw Norte in Kalibo, andthe barangays of Sambiray, Cogon and Nabaoy in Malay as drug-cleared barangays. Other parameters of the Dangerous DrugsBoard Regulation are the existence of drug awareness, preventive education andinformation programs, active involvement of the Sangguniang Kabataan to helpmaintain the drug-cleared status of the barangay, existence of voluntary andcompulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk and activeinvolvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) BORACAY – Five additional barangays inthe towns of Malay and Kalibo in Aklan have recently been declared free fromillegal drugs. The villages have no clandestine druglaboratory and chemical warehouse, “drug pushers or users,” non-availability ofdrug supply, marijuana cultivation site and drug den as validated by thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP),Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) in the region.
Press Association “But David Moyes has a strong mentality. He is doing his own job. We have to use that in a positive way.” With the club’s board giving no sign of their belief being shaken in a man they handed a six-year contract to last summer, if the players do not shape up, it seems likely they will be the ones being ushered through the exit door. For some – Rafael’s fellow countryman Anderson and maybe even twin brother Fabio – it already appears too late. Others have work ahead of them. “We have spoken about it a lot,” said Rafael. “We have to show our quality. People are saying United don’t have a good squad. We have to prove it is not true.” United finally got their first victory of 2014 at Old Trafford on Saturday as second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck proved enough to overcome Swansea. Yet the three successive defeats that preceded that success condemned the Red Devils to an early exit from the FA Cup, gave them a first-leg deficit to overcome in a Capital One Cup semi-final tussle with Sunderland and left them with ground to make up just to claim a place in next season’s Champions League. Manchester United full-back Rafael has claimed it is time for the players to start taking responsibility for the club’s poor form. Manager David Moyes has taken most of the flak for United’s stunning fall from grace, the depth of which even the Scot has admitted caught him by surprise. Rafael thinks it is time the players took their fair share too. “I agree with that sentiment 100 per cent,” said the Brazilian. “We are the ones who have to take the responsibility. “I don’t know why everyone is looking at the manager. It is the players who have to do the job on the pitch.” Rafael makes no excuses in the massive upheaval created by Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit last summer, insisting there is enough quality at Old Trafford to smooth out any teething problems. “We knew there would be a change,” he said. “The manager had just left after 27 years and it was always going to be hard.
Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 SULLIVAN — From the moment the opening gun fired at Friday’s Seacoast Invitational, a group of maroon uniforms was out in front.George Stevens Academy’s girls’ cross-country team breezed to an easy win at Friday’s Seacoast Invitational at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan. The win, which was the Eagles’ second of the season, gave the team a boost as championship season approaches.Members of the GSA girls’ cross-country team pose for a photo with their first-place plaque after winning the Seacoast Invitational on Sept. 22 in Sullivan. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEliza Broughton led the way for GSA, finishing the race in 20 minutes, 49 seconds. It was her fourth victory of the season and headlined the Eagles’ finish of a season-best 22 points.Behind Broughton was fellow senior Mary Richardson, who crossed the finish line in 21:14 to earn second place. Zeya Lorio’s time of 21:30 completed a GSA sweep of the top three, and Mary Brenna Catus (sixth) and Susanna Jakub (10th) were also top-10 finishers for the Eagles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s a fast course, and we knew we had to get out in front,” Richardson said. “Once you get into the loop in the woods, it gets very difficult to pass. As a runner, you want to get ahead of the pack so you don’t have to deal with that when the time comes.”Richardson’s second-place finish was her third this year. She was running for the second consecutive week after missing out on the chance to run one of her favorite courses at the Bucksport Invitational two weeks earlier.Prior to that race, Richardson had overcome shin problems to help lead the Eagles to second place at the Ellsworth Invitational. This injury, though, was a different one.“I actually rolled my foot in my bedroom listening to music,” Richardson said. “I couldn’t run [Bucksport], but I’m back and feeling better than ever now.”GSA also had its best meet to date on the boys’ side. Caden Mattson finished a team-best eighth with a time of 19:24, and Isaac Wardwell, Max Mattson and Ian Renwick finished a respective 11th, 12th and 13th. The Eagles finished second with 52 points, three behind first-place Calais.Sumner’s Luke Barnes races toward the finish line during the boys’ portion of the Seacoast Invitational on Sept. 22 in Sullivan. Barnes’ seventh-place finish made him the top performer for Sumner, which hosted the meet. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLDeer Isle-Stonington’s Brendan Penfold came close to winning his fourth meet of the season but finished one second behind Washington Academy’s Matyas Machtigall with a time of 17:13. Sumner’s Luke Barnes finished seventh, and Bucksport’s Isaac Moore was 19th.The next race is the annual Festival of Champions, which will be held in Belfast at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The race features top runners from Hancock County and the rest of the state.“That’s a race that can be pretty stressful because it’s so packed with all those people, but it’s one of the biggest ones of the year,” Richardson said. “Our focus with that race is to start out fast and work with the crowd to try and pass as many people as possible.”Below is a list of the top-10 finishers and all teams scores for both the boys’ and girls’ events.Boys’ individualMatyas Machtigall, Washington Academy, 17 minutes, 12 secondsBrendan Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 17:13Evan Merchant, Jonesport-Beals, 18:01Addison Coty, Calais, 18:13Justice Bassett, Calais, 18:42Travis Hunt, Narraguagus, 18:44Luke Barnes, Sumner, 19:05Caden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 19:24Holden Clapp, Searsport, 19:28Kyle Richard, Calais, 19:48Boys’ team scoresCalais, 49GSA, 52Lee Academy, 80Washington Academy, 102Machias, 151Searsport, 159Bucksport, 165Sumner, 169Girls’ individualEliza Broughton, GSA, 20:49Mary Richardson, GSA, 21:14Zeya Lorio, GSA, 21:30Louisa Calame, Shead, 22:31Katherine Bartlett, Shead, 23:13Mary Brenna Catus, GSA, 23:47Sophia DeSchiffart, Narraguagus, 24:16Paige Bell, Washington Academy, 24:50Alyssa Turner, Narraguagus, 24:54Susanna Jakub, GSA, 25:06Girls’ team scoresGSA, 22Narraguagus, 62Shead, 68Washington Academy, 103Machias, 105 Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Latest Posts
Each time James Robinson dribbled, the Syracuse zone shifted slightly. Slide to the left. Slide to the right.Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney shuffled by the 3-point line while Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna zipped in and out of the high post.This went on for 25 seconds before Robinson flicked a chest pass to Lamar Patterson on the right wing before he made a 3-pointer with 16:33 left in the second half of Syracuse’s 58-56 win over the Panthers on Wednesday.The strategy was the same on almost every possession. Sometimes the ball would go in to Zanna for a quick high-low look. Other times Robinson would look to penetrate or pass to another teammate.But the clock drainage was consistent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We tried to be patient,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said, “but obviously we weren’t able to convert enough baskets down the stretch.”Pitt became the next in a long line of Atlantic Coast Conference opponents to slow-play SU. But on Saturday, the No. 1 Orange (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) faces a change-of-pace opponent in North Carolina State (16-8, 6-5) at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Wolfpack ranks fourth in the conference in possessions per game and supplements a faster speed of play with T.J. Warren, who leads the ACC in scoring and usage rate.It’s a style of play the Orange has seen little of this season. Aside from giving up 89 points to then-No. 17 Duke, SU hasn’t allowed a conference opponent to score 60 points this season. The Orange holds opponents to 58.3 points per game while scoring 64 in ACC play.Players have grown to expect playing the full 35 seconds on defense.“We just take it game by game,” SU point guard Tyler Ennis said.Syracuse has won six games while scoring fewer than 60 points this season. The last time the Orange won that many contests despite failing to hit the 60-point mark was in the 1946-47 season.But the transition threats Syracuse leaned on only as recently as four years ago have been replaced.Now there are consistent closers. This team makes the most of its final possessions — as evidenced by scoring on its last four possessions against Pitt on Wednesday.“Being down six is difficult,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of the score before that run, “because they’re going to take 35 seconds.”The one issue that has plagued and compounded the effect of other teams running the clock on offense is the Orange’s subpar defensive rebounding. Extra possessions become more and more valuable the less of them there are.The Panthers grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, but had just 15 second-chance points. They had a tip-in chance on an offensive set around the two-minute mark, but were unable to put away the likely win-clinching shot.“That’s the one thing we wanted to do, and we didn’t do it very well,” Boeheim said.Led by Warren, the conference’s leading scorer, N.C. State presents a new challenge.The Wolfpack plays more up-tempo, and it shows with four players averaging double figures. It could be an adjustment for the Orange, but the faster-paced game could also be favorable.It might mean less standing in place, but it should mean more points, too.Said Dixon: “You are not going to get good shots against this defense early in the shot clock.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2014 at 12:59 am Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1
Kevin Fohrer | Daily TrojanHaley Schumacher, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, participates in the Women’s Student Assembly’s ‘Feminist T-Shirt Give Away and Sandwich Making’ event, which took place Thursday afternoon along Trousdale Parkway. The event served as a peek into tonight’s Fem Fest, which will take place in Founders Park.