17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr After sitting on the sidelines the last few years, the digital wallet is finally gaining traction with consumers. According to mobilepaymentstoday.com, a new Juniper Research study projects that the number of mobile wallets using contactless technology will reach 200 million by the end of 2016, representing growth of more than 100 percent since the end of 2014. Consider also a new Wristly survey of Apple Watch owners that found that 80 percent of respondents in the U.S. and U.K. have already used Apple Pay.So while current reports of U.S. digital wallet adoption remain lackluster, a sneak peek into the future reveals a different paradigm.“Right now, having a digital wallet on your phone does not mean you can give up carrying plastic cards,” said Amy MacMullen, senior product manager for CO-OP Financial Services. “You still have to find a merchant equipped with near field communication (NFC) technology in order to use a digital wallet in-store, and many merchants just aren’t there yet. But, we expect that dynamic to change soon.”According to MacMullen, October 1, 2015, remains a pivotal date in the payment industry, and not just because it is a deadline set by payments networks for EMV-compliance in the U.S. – a transition discussed in CO-OP’s EMV Common AID white paper. continue reading »
They discovered the doors of the plane ajar and suspected that survivors may have clambered out. A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of northwestern Colombia several days ago were found alive and well in what authorities called a “miracle.”Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, not yet one year old, were near the site where the Cessna 303 crashed on Saturday in thick brush.“It’s a miracle. It is a very wild area and it was a catastrophic accident,” Colonel Hector Carrascal, commander of the Colombian Air Force in Antioquia department, told AFP on Wednesday.“His mother’s spirit must have given him strength to survive.”Baby Yudier Moreno was held by a rescuer on the flight back to Quibdo Murillo and her baby were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, said Carrascal, adding that he was stunned they were alive.“The lady has wounds and minor burns and apparently the child is unharmed,” the Colombian Air Force said in a statement.The plane’s pilot, Captain Carlos Mario Ceballos, died in the crash and rescuers found his body in the aircraft.They discovered the doors of the plane ajar and suspected that survivors may have clambered out.A 14-person search-and-rescue team scoured the dense forest for several days before finding the mother and child.The plane was traveling between Nuqui and Quibdo in northwest Colombia when it crashed.Investigators were looking at the cause.
“We have converged here today to witness the sports competition, speaks volume on the readiness of the service to develop capacities of personnel and make them fit to do their respective duties efficiently.”He said the ENC has already keyed into the fitness policy of the Nigerian Navy headquarters.“The desire for all personnel to be physically and mentally fit informed the Naval Headquarters to introduce the Body Mass Index Scale as a measure of fitness to be sure that all personnel are fit to undertake normal routine operations and activities. Body Mass Index is based on your height and weight to ascertain if one is in a healthy weight,” Adeniran said.The FOC said at the end of the weeklong event, the Command would be fully prepared for the Nigerian Navy Inter Command Football, Swimming and Tug of War competitions which will be staged soon at the instance of the Naval headquarters.The state’s Deputy Governor, who was represented by Dr. Alfred Mboto, Special Adviser Security, Governor’s Office, commended the ENC for enhancing the mental and physical fitness of its personnel.The deputy governor said the ECN has contributed immensely to the peace, security and prosperity of the state, and the Niger Delta region.“It is not a coincidence that the Command has produced many athletes that have done well in state and national sporting events.”“To the competing athletes, the Games can be a spring board to an even brighter future. Therefore, express yourselves, perform gallantly and uphold fair play in your quest for medals,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bassey Inyang in CalabarThe Eastern Naval Command (ENC), flagged off a five-day Intra-Command Sports competition as part of its preparations for the upcoming Nigerian Navy Inter Command Football, Swimming and Tug of War competitions.Addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the week-long event, on Monday at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Cross River State, the Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral David Adeniran, said aside from preparing its sportsmen and women for the national competition, the Intra-Command sports competition would keep navy personnel with the command fit to perform their professional duties.