Portmore United FC are ready and willing to play the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United (MBU)FC in St James on Sunday at 4 p.m. “We won’t mind taking the trophy if they (MBU) are not there; however, the fans will be cheated,” Andre Waugh, technical director of five-time national champions Portmore United told the RSPL weekly press conference at the Red Stripe Hospitality Lounge yesterday morning. MBU failed to send any representative as they continued their protest against the move by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) decision to stage the final at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, St James. Waugh said MBU’s absence from the press conference is an issue for that club. “We won’t be caught up. We will remain focused on the game,” he stated. Portmore have beaten MBU the three times that the teams have met in the RSPL preliminary stage this season, but Waugh is not taking his opponents lightly. “We have beaten them three times this season, but we won’t be complacent. We want to go all the way by adding the title to the regular season trophy we won for ending on most points.” The Portmore technical director added that he expects MBU to show for the final. “We expect MoBay to turn up, so we will go there to win,” he pointed out. BIG LOSS Portmore United will be without inspirational captain Omar Daley for Sunday’s game, and Waugh admitted that it is a big loss. “Omar Daley is out for the final because of an injury. His absence will be a big loss as he is a good leader, on and off the field,” the Portmore technical director said. He added that he had no problems with the decision to play the match in Montego Bay. “Once the decision was made, we worked with it and we have no problem with the venue and time of the game. We have no fear,” Waugh, who is also physical trainer for the Jamaica national senior team, said. Promoted Portmore United returned to the RSPL after being demoted two seasons ago. Last season, they captured the St Catherine FA Major League and knockout titles. They then won the South Central Confederation Super League and went into the Jamaica Football Federation premier league qualification play-offs and came out on top ahead of the University of the West Indies FC.
Amazon may integrate the emerging technology known as NFC (near field communication) into its mobile applications, allowing customers to pay for items at point-of-sale using only their mobile phone. The technology is currently being explored by the company’s Amazon Payments unit, BusinessWeek recently reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the project.NFC is a wireless communication technology that allows for data exchanges between short distances and is the backbone of many upcoming mobile wallet initiatives. There are three ways NFC can be implemented on phones: either fully integrated into the handset, such as is the case with new phones like Google’s flagship device, the Nexus S; it can also exist on the SIM card or on a microSD card inserted into a card slot.Note: You can learn more about NFC on ReadWriteMobile, where we’re running a series of articles exploring the technology and its uses. The first of those articles is here. Amazon Thinking About NFCIf the BusinessWeek report is accurate, this news means Amazon is throwing its hat into the ring as yet another company moving into the NFC space. Last week, we reported how Google was ditching barcodes for NFC in its business listings service Places. The company is also reportedly working on its own mobile wallet service in conjunction with Citigroup and MasterCard.Apple, RIM and Isis, a coalition of U.S. operators, are also working on mobile wallet programs, the former two only reportedly, but the latter very publicly via www.paywithisis.com.The benefit of a mobile wallet service, such as the one Amazon may be building, is that it not only replaces plastic credit cards with a mobile phone, but it also allows retailers to immediately transfer rewards in the form of coupons, discounts, loyalty points and more to the handset used during the payment transaction.Using NFC for Price ComparisonsAmazon’s program, the report says, may also introduce a price-comparison feature which allows consumers to tap their phone on an item’s NFC-enabled retail tag in the store in order to locate the item on Amazon.com. This is essentially how Amazon’s mobile application works today, except that it allows users to snap photos and scan barcodes, not use NFC.More news about the project, which is being researched by the Amazon Payments unit, will be revealed in the next three to five months. Tags:#Amazon#mobile#news#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez
Glenn Close has donated $75,000 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida.The six-time Oscar winner made the donation on Thursday, prior to speaking at the organization’s fifth annual Legacy Of Champions luncheon.“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our guest speaker, Glenn Close,” said Candice Crawford, CEO of MHACF. “The community turned out to hear an actress and advocate for mental health at a very sensitive time for our city and she absolutely delivered.”The Mental Health Association of Central Florida provides mental health services, support and information to the members of the Central Florida community. Find out more here.
State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her office hours in two communities on Sept. 24.Calley, of Portland, will present a legislative update and then meet with residents one on one if they have individual concerns at the following locations:The Village of Middleville, 100 East Main St., Middleville, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andHastings City Hall, 201 E. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“I value feedback from residents, along with the opportunity to address their questions or concerns. Together, we will strive to make government more effective, efficient, and accountable,” Calley said.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.### 10Sep Rep. Calley hosts local office hours on Sept. 24 Categories: Calley News,News