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Big Gigantic Serves Up A “Brighter Future” For Their Tour Opener At The Music Farm

first_imgLivetronica fusion duo Big Gigantic kicked off their fall tour last night, bringing the music of their new music Brighter Future to a packed house at the Music Farm in Columbia, SC. Big Gigantic has been the brainchild of drummer Jeremy Salken and saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli, and the duo continue to incite major dance parties with their infectious beats and melodies.With support from Louis Futon, last night’s show was a crazy celebration! Big Gigantic will be on tour all fall, including their debut throwdown at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on November 5th (more info here).Fortunately, Ellison White Photography was on hand to capture the scene at last night’s Music Farm set. Check out his gallery of images below! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Final call for journalism award

first_imgThe University of the Witwatersrand’s Investigative Journalism Workshop, in conjunction with the Valley Trust, is launching its last call for entries for South Africa’s biggest journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Award. Taco Kuiper was a highly successful publisher who shortly before his death in 2004 set up the Valley Trust to promote investigative journalism.The award, hosted for the fourth time since its inception, offers a first prize of R200 000 (US$26 000) and a second prize of R100 000 ($13 000) to the most outstanding investigative journalism in South African print and broadcast media during the previous year.Last year’s winners were the reporting team from the Mail & Guardian for their continuing investigation into the arms deal. “It must rate as one of the most important stories of this era,” said the judges.Second prize was shared by television programme Carte Blanche for a documentary about corruption in the Hammanskraal police, and City Press for its investigation into a hospital tender in Soweto.All entries for the award have to be submitted either by an editor or through the Taco Kuiper nominating committee. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 February 2010.Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded at www.journalism.co.zaContact Margaret Renn on +27 11 717 4043 or email [email protected] for more information or queries.last_img read more

Mobile Credit Card Swiping Battle Continues: A Look at 4 Rival Technologies

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The above prices are what’s available to low-volume customers – the same customers who may have been considering Square’s reader instead. For high-volumne customers, there are different rates – a $12.95/month service fee; 1.7% for card swiped; 2.7% for key entered and 3.7% for non-qualified transactions, like corporate cards; and a $0.30 per transaction fee.GoPayment also offers no long-term contracts, cancellation, gateway or set-up fees, it says. One account can enable up to 50 users and works on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, plus some Palm and Nokia devices.Merchants can accept a number of credit cards with the service, but additional fees apply when accepting cards other than Visa, MasterCard and Discover (like American Express or Diner’s Club cards).There is more than one type of hardware attachment available for use with GoPayment. Intuit partnered with Mophie for its iPhone reader, for example, the makers of iPhone battery-charging solutions like the Juice Pack. There are also Bluetooth-enabled readers and reader/printer combos available.*One important note: GoPayment is only offering a free account and free reader to those who sign up by mid-February, after which prices may revert back, although Intuit isn’t confiriming. Square To use ROAMpay, customers must contact their merchant account provider to see if they carry ROAMpay. If so, they will help you get signed up, which includes locating the appropriate hardware and downloading the $2.99 app from iTunes, if applicable. ROAMpay says this fee applies for any other phone that supports mobile apps, including Google Android devices and phones that offer Verizon Wireless’s Get It Now service. With ROAMpay, your normal payment processing fees apply. You can also use ROAMpay on your PC or Mac.If you don’t have a merchant account, ROAMpay can connect you with its Payment Partners.ROAMpay also promotes its security features – all payment info is double-encrypted as entered on the device and is never fully decrypted until it enters the payment gateway for processing by one of ROAM’s payment platform partners. No sensitive data such as card numbers, magnetic stripe information or security codes are stored on the mobile device. You can get an idea of PAYware’s fees, by checking out reseller’s pricing plans, like this one, which lists setup fees, monthly fees, per transactions fees, etc.  For a more personalized quote, PAYware says t can go here for more info.Typically though, a setup fee of $49 and monthly fees of $20 to $30 apply, as do per transaction fees, which are either taken as a straight amount or a percentage. The reader may be offered for free, depending on the contract length. It’s usually sold for $139. The mobile application used along with the hardware is free.PAYware accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.ROAMpayROAMpay, another mobile credit card device and app combo, is available for a number of phones, including the iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPad, several Android devices, BlackBerry phones, select Nokia phones and many others. The Swiper hardware is available for several Android and Apple devices and BlackBerry.Merchants can accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards, and others. Intuit’s top-competitor (that is, if you go by what tech journalists like to write about) is Square, the startup launched by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Like GoPayment, Square includes both a mobile app and a credit card reading device – a small, square-shaped device whose shape gives the company its name.Like GoPayment’s (temporary) offer, the reader is free and there are no monthly service fees. The swiped transaction fee is 2.75%, a bit higher than Intuit’s 2.7% but its per transaction fees are the same ($0.15/each). For keyed in transactions, the rate is 3.5% + $0.15.Square says there are no gateway, monthly, early termination or hidden fees and you can accept an unlimited number of payments without restrictions on either transaction size or number of transactions. Square deposits your first $1,001 of sales per week into your bank account immediately. Any remaining amount is transferred after 30 days.As a Square user, you can accept any U.S.-issued credit, debit, pre-paid, or gift card with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo.Unlike GoPayments, Square is currently available for iPhone and Android only (select devices only) – not BlackBerry.It should be noted, too, that Square is currently in a patent battle over the origins of its reader and the related patents. The company had previously run into a number of other issues, including production delays to compatibility issues with the iPhone 4.Verifone PAYware MobileLike the above, Verifone’s PAYware Mobile solution is a combination mobile app and optional reader hardware.The service works on any iPhone (3G/3GS/4) device, iPad or iPod Touch, but only manual entry is supported on the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod. The company says it has plans to expand to BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Android in the future.The PAYware card encryption sleeve works on iPhone 3G/3GS only. This is PAYware’s key selling point, as it touts the end-to-end encryption it offers, which meets the same security standards used by ATMs and Point-of-Sale terminals. Other vendors, it says, support SSL only, a software-based encryption method.PAYWare also says the fees and fee structures will vary and doesn’t list them on its site. Its rates will be based on risk criteria categorized into  “Qualified”, “Mid-Qualified” and “Non-Qualified” tiers, as is standard. Rates will also vary depending on the type of business and whether or not a transaction is swiped or keyed in, also typical. In addition, gateway fees for access to the PAYware Connect gateway are charged, too.center_img Square, the mobile payments company launched in 2009 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is the name most often bandied about in tech circles these days when it comes to talk of credit-card swiping attachments made for iPhone. But Square was never alone on the mobile payments battlefront, and now it has a new competitor backed by a well-known brand name: Intuit.Today Intuit is making its two-year-old premium GoPayment service free – a service which comes with a magnetic stripe reader attachment that hooks onto the iPhone, similar to the one Square offers.Intuit GoPaymentIntuit’s GoPayment’s offering is a combination of a mobile application and, optionally, a magnetic stripe reader that attaches to the phone. Intuit no longer charges the $13/month fee or charges for the reader attachment (previously $219) – it’s all free now*. But to make that possible, GoPayment takes a higher cut of the transactions with its new discount rate fee of 2.7% (before it was 1.7%). For key-entered and non-qualified transactions, the rate is 3.7%. In addition, $0.15 is charged per transaction. These fees are competitive with Square. 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A New Encyclopedia Article on Water-Resistive Barriers

first_imgGBA’s library of articles and blogs continues to expand. The newest article to be added to the ever-deeper GBA Encyclopedia covers water-resistive barriers (WRBs).The article pulls together a great deal of information on WRBs, including:Code requirements for WRBs, including a curious requirement to use a roofing product on walls.A discussion of the differences between perforated and non-perforated housewraps.Information on housewrap-damaging chemical extractives that leach out of cedar siding.The scoop on liquid-applied WRBs.The advantages and disadvantages of Zip System sheathing.A caveat on Delta-Dry: the product isn’t approved for use as a WRB.Click here to see the new article on water-resistive barriers. Subscribe to GBA to enjoy all of the benefits of GBA Pro membershipWhile some of the articles in the Encyclopedia — for example, the article on Exterior Walls — are available to all readers, others (including the new article on Water-Resistive Barriers) are available only to GBA Pro members.To enjoy all of the benefits of GBA Pro membership, subscribe to GBA Pro today or try our 14-day free trial.last_img read more

Harden plans to be in Houston ‘forever’

first_imgIn this May 9, 2017, file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures during Game 5 in the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The Rockets signed Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 million on July 8, giving him a total six-year deal with $228 million guaranteed. APHOUSTON, United States — James Harden, who recently signed the richest contract in NBA history, says he wants to remain a Houston Rocket “forever”.The 27-year-old American agreed last week a four-year super-maximum contract extension that means he will make $228 million over the next six NBA seasons through 2022-23.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets traded for Harden in 2012 and built the franchise around him. He has been an all-star in all five of his seasons in Houston.If Harden’s playoff performance was the result of some missing pieces of the puzzle then the Rockets hope to have remedied that with the signing last month of nine-time all-star guard Chris Paul.Houston is also still trying to complete a deal with the New York Knicks for forward Carmelo Anthony.“You work your whole career if you’re myself to get a player of James’ calibre and now Chris’ calibre. We’re excited,” said general manager Daryl Morey. CBBADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I know where home is,” Harden said. “I know where I want to be. I know where I want to retire ultimately and where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston, and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”Asked Saturday how it felt to have the league’s top contract Harden replied, “It’s cool. I’ve worked extremely hard. But it doesn’t really mean anything without holding that championship up. That’s why I’m in the gym every single day, and I won’t stop until I get it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Rockets signed Harden to the extension despite his disappearing act in the Rockets season-ending playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.In game five of the Western Conference semi-finals, Harden delivered a listless performance and game six was even worse. He  finished with 10 points, seven assists and six turnovers in the elimination game as they lost the series 4-2. That contrasted with his season averages of 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game which lead to him being named runner-up for the NBA MVP award. Rondo reaches one-year deal with Pelicans – reports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Gina Iniong dedicates upcoming ONE fight to ailing mother

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “She knows that we love her. We’re not the type of family to always say, ‘Ma, I love you,’ but we’re always here for each other. We know that no matter the hardships we go through, the whole family will be there to support you. That’s how we show our love.”Iniong hopes to get a world title shot down the road but her main focus right now is to get past Radzuan and win for her family more than anything.“This upcoming fight, this is for my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “When we found out about her condition, we were all shocked. We were so clueless. Next thing we know, it’s already in stage 5,” said Iniong.“My mother didn’t want to go to the hospital even though she felt ill. It was only when my older sister noticed swelling [all] over her body that we were able to bring her to the hospital.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIniong may be a mixed martial artist but she is a daughter first and she’s currently balancing her time preparing against Radzuan and taking care of her mother.“When we found out, the advice of the doctor was to undergo dialysis. We provided her with everything she needs. We’re working hand in hand for her,” the Team Lakay member said. View commentscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FEU holds off NU in UAAP volleyball opening win SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPGina Iniong’s upcoming fight isn’t going to like her previous ones.Iniong returns to the ONE Championship cage on Saturday against undefeated Jihin Radzuan in ONE: Clash of Legends at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, in a bout she dedicates to her family particularly her mother, who has been diagnosed with stage 5 chronic kidney disease.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Prime Minister Says Economy Has Progressed Under ERP

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the economy has made progress under the Economic Reform Programme (ERP).Speaking at a Government of Jamaica and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Review press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (September 21), Mr. Holness said the Government is pleased that its economic programme is proceeding on track.“Reform efforts are bearing fruit and there is projected growth by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ),” the Prime Minister noted.“We have reserves, which are ahead of programme targets; employment continues to be strong; inflation continues to be low; interest rates are at record lows, and, generally, there is a sense of confidence in the economy,” he added.Also participating were Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon Nigel Clarke; and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Jamaica, Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, who spoke about the Fourth Review of the Standby Arrangement, which took place between September 10 and 21.Based on the review, Dr. Clarke announced that Jamaica has met all the quantitative performance requirements under the ERP.“The shared assessment of the IMF and of the Government of Jamaica is that Jamaica’s Policy Implementation under the Economic Reform Programme remains strong. Jamaica has met all quantitative performance criteria under the programme through to the end of June 2018, and the Government has also met all 21 structural benchmarks in the programme to date, of which seven have been on the macro-fiscal side and 14 have been connected with public-sector reform,” Dr. Clarke said.The Minister noted that there are only two structural benchmarks remaining under the Standby Arrangement, as at the commencement of the fourth review.“The first of these is the tabling of the Bank of Jamaica Act in Parliament by October 2018, which the Government is on track to meet; and the second is ensuring that the cap on the stock of domestic arrears remains at $6.4 billion, which is measured on a monthly basis, [and] which the Government continues to meet,”  he added.The Minister emphasised that budget execution remains strong, the Government’s primary surplus exceeded the Budget as at the end of June 2018 by an appreciable degree, and tax revenues were buoyant.“Capital expenditure has been overperforming, and was, as at the end of June, 13 per cent ahead of budget with the significant ongoing infrastructure spending,” Dr. Clarke said.For her part, Dr. Ramakrishnan said that consideration by the IMF’s Executive Board is tentatively scheduled for November 2018.“Upon approval, an additional US$226 million will be made available to Jamaica, bringing the total accessible credit to US$1.2 billion,” she said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the economy has made progress under the Economic Reform Programme (ERP). “Reform efforts are bearing fruit and there is projected growth by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ),” the Prime Minister noted. Speaking at a Government of Jamaica and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Review press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (September 21), Mr. Holness said the Government is pleased that its economic programme is proceeding on track. last_img read more

Lionel Messi reveals his son Thiago as his greatest critic

first_imgDuring an interview with World Soccer magazine, Lionel Messi revealed that his greatest critic is his son Thiago when Barcelona or Argentina lose.Losing matches has always been very hard to take for Lionel Messi, whether it’s for club or country, he used to never want to talk about the defeat until his son Thiago came of age to discuss these hard moments.When he was very little still, the eldest of Leo Messi’s sons wasn’t that interested in football at the beginning but things have drastically changed as of late.Now that he is able to understand the sport better, Thiago Messi loves playing, watching all the matches, and even discussing technical aspects with his father after every single game.Lionel Messi hadn’t revealed just how much of a critic his eldest son can be towards him, the Barcelona star knows that he will have to talk shop with Thiago every time he comes back home and especially when the squad doesn’t win a match.Lionel still has no clue if any of his sons will become footballers when they grow up, but he can already tell that they are just as crazy about football as he was when he was only a child.Messi aseguró que habla mucho de fútbol con Thiago, su hijo mayor, y reveló cómo son sus charlas después de una derrota: “Ya no es como antes. Recibí un par de críticas y cuando no ganamos me obliga a comentar lo que ocurrió” ➡ https://t.co/NB4s2ySD7f pic.twitter.com/Hjj0JB4k70— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 28, 2019In an interview with World Soccer Magazine for the February issue, Lionel Messi spoke about his son Thiago’s passion for football: “Thiago and Mateo really love football,” said Messi on World Soccer as quoted by Diario Sport.“But Thiago is the one who understands football better because he is older and he talks everything about football.”“He is very involved in everything related to the game. I already have received a few criticisms here and there from him… He follows Barcelona, La Liga, and the Champions League. The kid follows absolutely everything.”“He can’t get enough of it, he asks questions all the time and even gives me notes when things aren’t going that well,” he added.During the interview, Lionel Messi also approved of both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to play for FC Barcelona.We all know that the midfielder has already reached an agreement with the Catalan club but the defender is still negotiating a deal with Barcelona.“Both of those players come from a school that is very similar to ours and they work in a very similar manner.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They tend to play like us, with the ball always at their feet. Both of them are very young footballers, they both have great precision and I really like watching both of them play.”¡INMESSIONANTE! Thiago, el crítico más exigente de Leo Messi, mirad lo que dice Leo Messi que le hace cuando no gana: https://t.co/gYBvNcUVHa pic.twitter.com/yUytdwJ9UM— ORGULLOSODESERCULÉ! (@OrgullosoculeES) January 28, 2019Turns out that maturity has gotten the best of Messi now that he is past 30-years of age, it’s very interesting watching him react to different scenarios now when compared to past seasons when he was younger.Back in the day when he lost an important match with his club or country, Lionel Messi preferred to be isolated from everybody but he can’t do that anymore thanks to his son.In regards to his input when they ask him about new players, Messi also gives an informed opinion that tells us he gets his homework done because he is the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world and he always needs to be up to speed with every single one of his teammates.We still haven’t seen the last of the best Lionel Messi, but we are now getting closer to the dreaded day when he decides to retire.Nobody is ready for the day in which this happens, same as it will be when Cristiano Ronaldo also decides to hang up his boots.Those days will be some of the saddest moments in football history, when the two greatest players in football history make de decision to call it quits.#LaLiga 🇪🇸Messi: “Thiago me obliga a explicar por qué no ganamos” 😅https://t.co/FmzNYILViB pic.twitter.com/k5xbbicgbW— Solo ⚽ Fútbol (@SoloFutbolPlus) January 28, 2019What do you think about Lionel Messi’s son getting the same football bug than his father? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more