The heat is on at Waterhouse

first_img 4 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion – Wespow Park 4 p.m.: Portmore United vs Cavalier – Middlesex Intl College, Clarendon 4 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Boys’ Town – Spanish Town Prison Oval 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Complex 4 p.m.: Waterhouse vs UWI – Drewsland Stadium “It is a feeling of mixed emotions for me going home to Waterhouse, being on the other side, on the other bench, but it is not about me. It is about the team and what the teams need at this time,” said Gayle, a Waterhouse man through and through. Gayle said he does not expect his return to be an easy one as the hosts are in a position where they have to get a result. “Their backs are against the wall. They will be coming hard to get the three points, but I think we have what it takes to go there and get a win. As long as we are disciplined and play to the best of our ability, we will do it,” added Gayle, whose team will be boosted by the return of the experienced Girvon Brown. At Wespow Park, the hot-again former champions Montego Bay United will be aiming to take over the top spot, at least for 24 hours, when they host Humble Lion FC. The second-placed Montego United should start as favourites, but Humble Lion FC, who are just two points behind the hosts, are coming off a home win over the defending champions and should fancy their chances. Previous leaders Portmore United will be heading back to Clarendon, a place they called home when they were Hazard United, to take on Cavalier in a battle between the third- and fourth-placed teams. This game will be the first official match to be played at the Middlesex International College. Eighth-placed Rivoli United will entertain 11th-placed Boys’ Town at Prison Oval while 10th-placed Tivoli Gardens will be hoping to give coach Christopher Bender his first win of the season with a victory over Harbour View, who only recorded their first win of the season on Monday last. Jermaine Johnson’s presence should help Tivoli’s cause. Tomorrow night, surprise leaders Reno FC will get an early chance to show their title credentials when they play away to defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. At the bottom looking up is not a position often associated with former champions Waterhouse, but that is where they find themselves after four games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and anything but a win today against newcomers UWI (University of the West Indies) FC could put pressure on coach Calvert Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald enjoyed success in a previous stint, but has been able to lead his charges to just one point so far. Interestingly, that point was earned away to Rivoli, the club Fitzgerald left to return to Waterhouse. “We did not retain the services of Tramaine Stewart and Hughan Gray. These are significant losses. “Hughan was definitely the top attacking player in the league, was one of the top players in the Caribbean Cup last season and is a national representative, so these are not easy players to replace,” said Fitzgerald as he explained the difficulties his team had at the start of the season. Those losses, he said, were followed by the loss to injury of captain Damarley Samuels coupled with the late return of a number of senior players. Despite that, though, Fitzgerald said the spirit in the camp is high and the performances have been improving. “The team is definitely playing better as evidenced by the performance against Harbour View. In the second half, we looked more like a Waterhouse team, and we are hoping to pick it up from there. We really need these three points in the win column. “Even though the team has been going through a poor start, the team is energised. Our confidence and team spirit are not dampened,” he said. Leading his team into Waterhouse is a man who, last week, had a weight lifted off his shoulders as UWI FC recorded their first win, and a second successive one will increase their confidence. It is, however, not that easy for Marcel Gayle as, up to last year, he was on the Waterhouse bench. ‘mixed emotions’ Today’s games: Tomorrow’s game: 8:30 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Reno – Anthony Spaulding Complex Points standing P W D L GF GA GD Pts Reno 4 3 1 0 7 3 4 10 MoBay U 4 3 0 1 10 2 8 9 Portmore 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 9 Cavalier 3 2 1 0 3 0 3 7 H Lion FC 4 2 1 1 3 2 1 7 Arnett 4 2 0 2 7 2 5 6 H View 4 1 3 0 4 3 1 6 Rivoli 4 1 1 2 1 3 -2 4 UWI FC 4 1 0 3 1 7 -6 3 Tivoli 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 2 Boys’ Town 4 0 2 2 2 9 -7 2 Waterhouse 4 0 1 3 1 5 -4 1last_img read more

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Full compliance with constitutional provisions

first_imgDear Editor,I write this letter prompted by the letter entitled: “APNU and PPP/C must use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for meaningful constitutional reforms” in Stabroek News, Friday, July 12, 2019, and “The prisoner’s dilemma and a call to extend and reform”, in Kaieteur News of the same date, by Terrence R Blackman and Thomas B Singh. I am responding because I think that they are both earnest and well-intended. And, I would say that taking account of the social peace and quiet in our country since the NCM, the overwhelming majority of us Guyanese of all races, classes, religions, and regions is all pondering our situation and looking for a way forward. This may well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grapple with the many things that have been holding us Guyanese back. We are all sensing that we are at an important juncture: I would draw notice to a number of recent letters from our former Prime Minister, Hamilton Green, and my appearance with him on the Internet GlobeSpan talk show of Wednesday, July 10, which you can find on YouTube and Facebook.Editor, in our current situation, full compliance with the spirit and the letter of the NCM and the related constitutional provisions, including those related to GECOM, is the gateway towards our desired ethnic-social-political harmony. I am aware that a number of persons argue that such compliance is insufficient for harmony, but it is an essential first step for everyone.Editor, if there is one thread that runs through our history from the mid-1950s, it has been the refusal of those who would have seen themselves as the elite of Guyana to accord full equal weight as fellow Guyanese citizens to the average Indo-Guyanese, Dr Jagan and the PPP. I am willing to acknowledge that this period has been a difficult and uncomfortable transitioning and learning period for us all; that the majority of us would have been confused, confounded and vulnerable to exploitation by the overlapping of the differences in our country, in race, class, city people, country people (urban/rural) and religion. Individual personalities and the international situation added more fuel to this already explosive mix.From mid-1950, many, who have gravitated to being supporters of the PNC and to the other third parties as they appeared, have to a greater or lesser extent spoken about and represented Dr Jagan and his PPP supporters as not being sophisticated, urbane, nimble nor smart; country, agricultural rice and sugar, people; leaning towards godless communism; our brothers and sisters – yes, but second brothers and sisters who must wait their turn; not ready for Government.Those sentiments provided fertile ground for the manipulative change from constituency First Past the Post to a Proportional Representative (PR) system for the 1964 elections – it was a calculated change to get Dr Jagan and the PPP/C out of office. Those same sentiments also motivated and enabled the active participation of a few and passive acceptance by many of our rigged elections from 1968-1985. People, however, became less wedded to this rigging approach as our social, political and economic situation continuously deteriorated during the 1970s and 1980s when we all suffered greatly and in many ways that we were not conscious of.The vacillating position of the leaders of the coalition Government since the NCM demonstrate that they are still having difficulty to do the right thing and accept us supporters of the PPP and PPP/C as equal brothers and sisters and citizens. We of the PPP and the PPP/C want to be nothing more nor less. We recall our Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo being moved not long ago to plead during a debate in our Parliament that we of the PPP and PPP/C are filled with “not one dollop less of patriotism” than they the leaders of the coalition Government.Editor, my fellow citizens, Messrs Terence Campbell and Thomas Singh, for us to go ahead without first the full acceptance of and compliance with the spirit and letter of the NCM would be for Guyana to put itself once again on the road of getting around the PPP/C and their supporters, the road of 1964-1992. On the other hand, It is my belief that full compliance with the NCM (and the Consequential Orders of the CCJ being delivered as I write) would open the minds of us all to the harmony that we all desire and which is necessary if our recent find of oil is to be a boon and not a damning of us. Let us take that first step.Sincerely,Samuel AA HindsFormer President andformer PrimeMinisterlast_img read more

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Moco Moco gets new well

first_imgGWI officials in conversation with a contractor, Mr Franklin, whose company drilled the well in Moco MocoDr Van West-Charles points to a map which was designed by a Moco Moco villager and printed through GWI, as he highlights that it will help in the laying of pipelinesA 600-foot well has been drilled in the village of Moco Moco, Region Nine, just one week after a promise was made to the residents by officials of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles told the residents of Moco Moco recently that the initiative forms part of the company’s commitment to ensure equity countrywide.“Following assessments in the region, we’ve found a number of non-functional systems but with new technology at our disposal, we can now make better provisions for improved water access”, Dr Van West-Charles posited.The newly drilled well will be accompanied by a pump, photovoltaic system and four-inch transmission mains that will be laid close to residents’ homes so that they can connect to same.Additionally, GWI will be sending an excavator to assist the community with digging for the laying of pipelines as well as to dig the extension of the community pool, at the request of the Toshao. He noted that the pool serves as a facility to encourage practice and competition in swimming.Upon completion of the distribution system, water will be pumped from the well, directly to the transmission lines. A trestle and storage tank will be constructed in the future as a backup system.The community will assist with the laying of the lines and the provision of timber for the construction of fencing around the well.Executive Director of Hinterland Services, Ramchand Jailal called on Moco Moco Toshao, James George to identify persons within the community who can be trained as servicemen.On the other hand, Dr Van West-Charles committed to working with the Region Nine Democratic Council (RDC) to repair the nonfunctional sanitary blocks that exist at the nursery and primary schools.He further explained that even as works continue, additional communities will be added and catered for under the utility company’s 2020 budget.The Toshao and residents expressed their gratitude to the team for its timely interventions.Meanwhile, water improvement works are ongoing in Yupukari and Kaicumbay and follow-up visits were made by Dr Van West-Charles and a technical team on Monday, July 29, to assess the progress to date.In Yupukari, the photovoltaic system was installed and connected to the wells in the community. While pipelines have been laid to install 25 service connections in the western part of the community, more lengths of pipe are being laid to serve the rest of the community.Contact was also made with the regional office to ensure the sanitary blocks at the school and the health centre are functional.Meanwhile, assessments at the health centre have revealed that there is need for two trestles to be further elevated in order to ensure water is available in the shower at the facility.GWI has also committed to providing four additional tanks to the school’s sanitary block and two at the health centre, in addition to a water heating system.In Kaicumbay, GWI has plans to build a well head, install a discharge, photovoltaic system and connect the water distribution network.last_img read more

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Update – Loud Bang and Bright Flash over Hudson’s Hope

first_imgIf you have a photo or any video of the bright light, send it to contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com View Loud Bang and Flash over Hudson’s Hope in a larger mapUpdate – Several reports into Energeticcity.ca suggest people as far away as Cecil Lake Kiskatinaw and Fort St. John also saw the same bright light, but didn’t hear the loud bang.Several residents near Hudson’s Hope are reporting a bright flash and loud bang early this morning.- Advertisement -At approximately 6:44am, Friday November 20th, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a number of enquiries about a bright flash in the sky followed by a loud bang.The RCMP are still trying to narrow down the area the flash and bang came from, but do believe it was in the Beryl Prairie area west of Hudson’s Hope. The RCMP have checked with several oil and gas companies that opperate in the area and they haven’t reported any incidents. They also checked with Nav Canada to make sure it wasn’t a plane crash.At this point the RCMP are looking for the public’s help to narrow down the area this incident happened in and what may have happened. You can reach the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at 250-783-5241.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chelsea agree terms to sell Costa to Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the La Liga clubLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 21 – Chelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid regarding the transfer of wantaway striker Diego Costa.Costa has not returned to Stamford Bridge since going away on holiday at the end of last season, after manager Antonio Conte informed him he’s not in his plans for the 2017/18 campaign. However, the saga seems to be coming to an end with the 28-year-old finally nearing a return to the club he left to join the Blues in 2014.A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”Costa will only be able to be registered to play for Atletico in January when the transfer window re-opens.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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BBC: CARDINAL ‘FAILED TO PROECT CHILDREN’ – HORRIFIC DONEGAL ABUSE EXPOSED

first_imgTonight a BBC This World investigation has revealed new evidence about the role of the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the alleged failure to protect children from child abuse.The programme also focused on the extensive abuse of children in west Donegal by notorious priest Father Eugene Greene.However it is the claims about Cardinal Sean Brady which will rock the Church. The programme claimed that Cardinal Brady, the Primate of All Ireland, had the names and addresses of children who were being abused or were at risk of being abused by Ireland’s most notorious paedophile, Fr Brendan Smyth, but failed to ensure that they were protected.The investigation centred on a secret church inquiry in 1975 when a 14 year old boy,  Brendan Boland, was questioned by the church after he had disclosed  that he’d been abused by Fr Smyth. Three priests took part in the process, among them Cardinal Brady, then Fr John  Brady – a canon lawyer, bishop’s secretary and school teacher.Cardinal Brady took down the answers. Another priest asked the questions.Tonight Brendan Boland spoke exclusively to BBC reporter Darragh MacIntyre about that secret meeting and revealed the detailed information he gave to Cardinal Brady, then Fr John Brady. His account is verified by the Church’s own  transcript of the inquiry, made public for the very first time. Brendan, now 51, explained how he first fell prey to Fr Smyth as an eleven-year-old altar boy and that the abuse carried on for over two years.Eventually Brendan found the courage to tell a local priest about the abuse. The priest reported it to the Church and also to Brendan’s family. It was shortly afterwards, in March 1975, that the Church set up a secret canon law inquiry.Brendan recalled the moment he was led alone into a room to be questioned while his father was made wait outside.“I felt alone, scared, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know what they were going to ask me. I was only 14 years old at the time.”Brendan told the priests about Smyth’s abuse – and about five other children that the paedophile took on excursions with him. Smyth often took children on marathon excursions in his car, up and down Ireland.Brendan explained: “I’d given them the names of the other children that were with me on the trips. There was a boy from Belfast, I gave them his name and address. There was a girl from Belfast. I gave them her name and address. There was a girl from Cavan.  I gave them her name and address. And there was another boy from Cavan.  I gave them his name and address. And there was another boy that was his friend.”More than that, Brendan told the inquiry that he knew that at least two of the boys were being abused  by Fr Smyth.“I told them that I witnessed one boy being abused. I told them that…that was the boy from Belfast. “…I knew for a fact he was abused and the other boy from Cavan, he told me he was abused  ‘cos he didn’t like going on the trips either.”At the end of the questioning Brendan was handed a bible and instructed to swear and sign an oath of secrecy.“One of the priests came over with a bible and made me put my hand on the bible and say that ‘I Brendan Boland, do solemnly swear that I have told the truth the whole truth and I will speak to no one about this meeting only to authorised priests’.And then I signed it and the other signature on the document was Father John B Brady, now Sean Brady Cardinal of Ireland,” he tells the programme.This World will show the document he signed together with the counter signature of the priest who now heads the Irish Catholic church.Days later Cardinal Brady himself interviewed one of the boys Brendan had told him about. The boy from Cavan corroborated Brendan’s account and confirmed that he had been abused.Reporter Darragh MacIntyre later met the second boy, now middle-aged.Remarkably he revealed that his parents were told nothing, about his abuse or about his role in the inquiry.After this second interview Cardinal Brady compiled two reports and sent them to his Bishop.Fr Brendan Smyth was later forbidden to hear confession and barred from certain public duties. The police were told nothing and Smyth continued to abuse.Darragh MacIntyre spoke to all the children named by Brendan to the inquiry in 1975. He discovered that four of them had been abused by Smyth. Two of them continued to be abused after the inquiry. They all say that, to the best of their knowledge, their families were not warned in any way about Smyth.One of them is originally from Belfast. Now in his fifties, he reveals that Smyth continued to abuse him, then his sister and in turn, four younger cousins, right up to 1988.He says:  “Nobody came to our house. They should have came to our house and warned our family, or my parents and said look this is what’s happening, this man is involved in this. We would strictly advise you to keep him away from the house.”He adds: “Brendan, poor Brendan actually thought giving this information, he thought he was going to protect me and protect other people and thinking this was going to be the end of it. And by God it is far from the end.”In 2009 Cardinal Brady said that he would resign if he found himself in the situation where he was aware that any failings to act on his part allowed, or led, to any child being abused.  When limited details of his involvement in the secret inquiry emerged he said that his role was that of a notary without powers and that he did his job. The church has described him as a note taker and insists he had a minor role in the inquiry.But This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church revealed that Cardinal Brady, according to his own handwritten note, states  that  he was in fact  “dispatched to investigate the complaint”  about Fr Brendan Smyth.The Catholic Church has said that “the sole purpose of the oath” signed by Brendan Boland in Cardinal Brady’s presence was “to give greater force and integrity to the evidence given by Mr Boland against any counter claim by Fr. Brendan Smith.”The Church also points out that in 1975 “no State or Church guidelines for responding to allegations of child abuse existed in Ireland”.Much of the Donegal investigations focused on its victims, with reporter MacIntyre telling of how he discovered that one of his employees at the Teach Ruairi bar in Gortahork which he once owned was abused by Eugene Greene.That employee Martin Gallagher, left, gave a very emotional interview to the BBC team about how Greene abused him.Mr Gallagher said the Church moved Greene around north and west Donegal.“They’re moving this priest – it’s like spreading a disease from one corner to another,” he said pointing to a map of Donegal.“It’s simple the bishops spread the disease he had the disease they spread it.   As simple as ABC.”Also featured was retired Garda Martin Ridge who took MacIntyre to the chapel on Inishboffin Island and showed him a small apartment behind the altar where Greene raped his victims.Ridge told the programme: “I don’t believe a week went by in West Donegal where you hadn’t a child or a number of children sexually abused . It’s horrendous.“Anywhere you look around here which is so hard to fathom: by-roads, side roads, churches, schools – the abuse here was something unbelievable, unbelievable. And the fact that nobody in the public spoke out about this after the total carnage here.”Another Donegal victim Paul Breslin, pictured left, told the programme: “There’s so much beauty here but for me there’s so much evil and so much hurt. I was ten years of age when he (Greene) took me down here you know…. I should be out playing with other 10-year-olds but I wasn’t. I was being taken down to the beach and raped.“Aged 10, 11, 12 I had no life at all. I had no childhood no fun. Nothing just pain, pain, pain. Every single week just pain.“I’d say to myself why is God doing this to me? I thought God was supposed to care and that priests were supposed to care not hurt a person. I thought I’m doing something wrong here. You know, am I not doing a good enough job as an altar boy that he’s punishing me for this.”He added: “When I was gradually growing up, when I was 14,15, up to 16, you’re learning about everything, about your body and everything then I’d think oh my God, these things fucking happened to me, this is what he’d f***ing done to me and the pain got even worse then. It was in there.“And I couldn’t tell anybody, I couldn’t go to anybody. They wouldn’t believe you anyway to start off with.”BBC: CARDINAL ‘FAILED TO PROECT CHILDREN’ – HORRIFIC DONEGAL ABUSE EXPOSED was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NICE, CHANCE OF A SHOWER: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: We’ve led a charmed existence these past few days as all forecasters predicted showers – and apart from the odd one – it’s been clear, bright and sunny. It was 18C in parts of Donegal on Tuesday and with a mini heat wave due next week it looks like May could be just as nice as April. Wednesday could see a few more of them (the forecasters) getting it right, with showers predicted over some, though not all, of Donegal.The west once again looks best. It is certainly going to stay mild as at the light south-easterly winds veer southerly in the afternoon, temperatures hitting 14C to 16C. This is the time forecasters are saying we will see sunshine and those showers.The best of the weather will be in the morning, according the BBCNi, and showers will quickly die out to leave us with a nice evening ahead.Thursday and Friday looks like more of the same before it all warms up again at the weekend. Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann, Sky.DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday. NICE, CHANCE OF A SHOWER: THE DD WEDNESDAY WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Dailymildshowerssunshineweatherlast_img read more

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SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS FLOCKING TO DONEGAL AS STERLING BOOMS

first_imgDonegal businesses are cashing in on the strength of sterling with a jump in visitors from across the border.Letterkenny is noticing a lift in shoppers from across the border due to the strength of sterling.Sterling is now at a two year high against the euro at €1.28 to £1.The situation means that consumers from across the North are now shopping, taking breaks and even having their weddings in Donegal. Toni Forrestor, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, said there is a definite increase in the amount of business coming from across the border in recent months.And she says it’s a win, win situation for the local economy.“Letterkenny businesses have always offered good rates to our Northern visitors.“But the jump in the strength of sterling means that they are getting even more buying power. “We have certainly noticed the number of visitors from the North has increased in recent months.“It also means that some local sectors who would have traditionally went into the North for grocery shopping are staying local and finding good value here.“All in, it’s very good news for the local economy in Donegal,” she said.Some of the larger retailers such as Penneys have also reported large volumes of sterling passing through their shops as they offer favourable rates. SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS FLOCKING TO DONEGAL AS STERLING BOOMS was last modified: September 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaleuroletterkennyshopperssterlinglast_img read more

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Maddox Named MVC Softball Newcomer of the Week

first_imgMaddox and her teammates travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where they will play five games over three days from March 3-5 at the Easton Crimson Classic hosted by No. 10 Alabama. Drake plays Stanford at 11 a.m. and Alabama at 6 p.m. on March 3 to start the tournament. Print Friendly Version Maddox crushed the ball at the Mardi Gras Classic in Lafayette, La., to help Drake finish with a 5-1 record. She went 8-for-18 (.444) at the plate with three home runs, three walks, five runs scored and 10 runs batted in. Maddox tallied a .944 slugging percentage and compiled a .524 on-base percentage. In her first season, Maddox is batting a team-leading .347 with a team-high six home runs and 18 RBI. Her home run and RBI total lead the MVC. This is the first career MVC weekly award for Maddox and the first for Drake this year since junior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was named MVC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 13. Maddox struck out just once in the six games and smashed a three-run home run against then No. 16 Louisiana. She went 2-4 in the win over Maryland with one RBI, 3-3 with two home runs and five RBI in one of the wins over Bowling Green and 1-3 with one RBI in the win over Mississippi Valley State. ST. LOUIS – Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) of the Drake University softball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Softball Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Monday, Feb. 27.last_img read more

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How PayPal’s App Update Could Reinvent The Company

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#Hill Ferguson#in-store payments#mobile apps#Mobile Payments#Payments#PayPal Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What is PayPal? A new update to its mobile apps, set to be unveiled today, had me thinking about that question. If PayPal executes well on the opportunities it’s exploring, it may have many millions of its users rethinking the money-moving service, too.The brief version is that the old PayPal, born on the Web and raised on e-commerce, is making way for the new PayPal, a service that lets you pay in stores and restaurants as easily as you pay online. Actually, perhaps more easily than you do online.A Brief History Of PayPalI opened my PayPal account on June 25, 2000. PayPal actually stores my complete account history, and wading through it was a treasure trove of financial nostalgia.There was a $17.50 payment to my brother, which earned us both a sign-up bonus. A transfer to my skeptical editor, who was so loathe to embrace online finance that he refused to set up an account and returned the money. Recurring monthly payments to a friend who once hosted my website—a sad reminder that he passed away years ago. eBay auctions, of course, and countless other online stores that earned my custom over the years. But it was all transactional, either. It seems I’ve never used PayPal in a physical store, a service it has offered for years. There just wasn’t a reason to.That’s because PayPal solved many problems in e-commerce—chiefly, the notion of handing your credit card over to a no-name store or an individual seller. When PayPal came along, online payments were genuinely broken, because of a lack of consumer trust and the difficulty of accepting payments online. (Remember when Amazon let wary consumers phone in their credit-card number, or mail a check to establish an account balance?)That was exciting 13 years ago, when PayPal was a startup. Now, as the most important arm of eBay, PayPal is looking for other problems to solve.Payments Aren’t Broken—So Stop Trying To Fix Them!Those problems, it turns out, aren’t payments. For years, payment startups have been telling us that our system of payments is “broken,” and that they have the fix. Pay by touch! Face recognition! NFC (whatever that is)!The truth is that payments aren’t broken. Most consumers are pretty happy with cash or credit and debit cards. And merchants, though they complain about fees, don’t see an alternative that saves them enough time and money. Square, often cited as a payments innovator, succeeded because it rode on top of the existing credit-card infrastructure. (It counts Visa and JP Morgan Chase as investors.)PayPal’s new mobile app lets you order ahead and pick up in a store.So let’s set aside the notion that payments—moving money from point A to point B—are somehow a problem in need of fixing.Paying, however, is sometimes a problem. It’s awkward to hand a credit card to a taxi driver, wait for a receipt, and sign it. It’s frustrating to wait in a restaurant for a waiter to pick up your bill. Coupons and loyalty cards are just annoying.Hill Ferguson, PayPal’s vice president of global product, recently gave me a tour of the new app in actual PayPal-taking locations in San Francisco. He bought me tea at T-Wea, a tea shop, and I paid him back (with PayPal). He ordered lunch for a colleague at Ironside, a San Francisco restaurant near ReadWrite headquarters, and it was ready within minutes of our arrival.In short, PayPal’s in-store future is here. And it’s already working.At Last, PayPal Has An AlibiThe first thing I noticed about PayPal’s new mobile app as Ferguson demonstrated it is that it’s actually decent-looking, with a clean blue-text-on-white-background look that’s eerily similar to iOS 7, the forthcoming version of Apple’s new operating system.Lest you think “decent looking” is damning with faint praise, PayPal’s old apps were shockingly ugly—so unbecoming that they simply lacked a valid explanation for their homeliness, save that PayPal used to be run by a guy who majored in accounting. (Ferguson’s boss, PayPal CEO David Marcus, seems far more focused on PayPal’s product and users.)The new focus is on local shopping, not e-commerce.The next thing you notice is that you’re not confronted by a “log in or die” screen demanding your mobile PIN. Instead, PayPal shows nearby businesses that accept the payment service, based on your current location. The point of the app is no longer to complete payment for an eBay auction on the go: It’s to get you to walk into a store. When you get closer to paying, that’s when you log in.Once you’re in a store you can get ready to pay with a left-to-right arced swipe that’s a signature gesture throughout the app. Ordering ahead for takeout or delivery, checking into a store to pay just by giving them your name and checking your bill at a restaurant all involve the same swipe. That’s a thoughtful consistency missing in PayPal’s earlier mobile efforts.In every case, the payment, authorized by your touch, happens online, processed by PayPal and billed to your stored balance, bank account, or credit or debit card, depending on how you’ve set up your account. If there’s a special offer or you have a coupon, it’s taken off the total immediately.Those are all reasons to use the app in the physical world—ones that PayPal certainly hopes are compelling. While PayPal offered some of these services before, they were buried in a “Local” tab of the app and presented confusingly. PayPal, in short, now has an alibi, an excuse, a reason for taking up valuable icon space on your smartphone’s screen.Paying The BillsI’m excited about the potential for PayPal to replace the annoying dance with check holders and credit cards that currently takes place at the end of a restaurant meal. But PayPal’s current setup for paying at restaurants isn’t as elegant as other in-store payments. It relies on a kludgy partnership with NCR, which makes restaurant point-of-sale systems. And as a result, suddenly the easy app swipe no longer suffices.Instead, paying the bill requires your server to print up a special code on the restaurant’s NCR hardware and bring it to you so you can then enter it into your PayPal app. You can’t just give the server your name, as you would at a store—which seems silly, considering that restaurants do this thing called taking reservations, using your name. Why not make your reservation and take care of payment details in one fell swoop? Ah, but that would involve reprogramming restaurant systems, and that’s not as easy as updating an app.Where PayPal has the most promise, though, is where it essentially works as it did on the Web—as a cloud-based service that takes care of payments behind the scenes, without requiring you to take out a credit card. Restaurant bills aside, that’s the experience it’s now offering. Being able to skip cash-register lines and pick up a Jamba Juice smoothie or a Caesar salad actually saves you time. And that’s worth more than cash. (PayPal handles takeout orders through a partnership with Eat24, which powers a similar function in Yelp’s app.)More Mobile FrontiersWhere the new PayPal still seems weak is in the emerging world of services apps. That same skip-the-credit-card ease is being powered by other companies. Despite years of effort by PayPal, lesser-known payments companies like Braintree and Stripe seem to have a lock on the affections of app developers like Uber and Postmates. PayPal says it’s improved customer service by lowering the number of accounts it freezes on suspicion of fraud, but that’s only one of the complaints developers have. New, simpler ways to access PayPal as a back-end payments service are still in beta.At the very least, by having an app that doesn’t look hideous and is reasonably functional, PayPal can communicate to developers that it speaks their language and gets their concerns. PayPal has fixed its mobile app, and handed consumers a reason to give it a fresh look. Now it needs to get PayPal embedded in the rest of the mobile world.Photos by Kim Whitelast_img read more

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