Revamping your credit union card offerings

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For $2 billion/220,000-member Langley Federal Credit Union, Newport News, Va., which serves NASA and Air Force personnel as well as many large SEGs, overseas travel is the norm and many members were already familiar with chip cards.AVP/Support Services Ann Johnson used EMV technology as the catalyst to rebrand her entire credit card portfolio in May of 2013, first switching from MasterCard to Visa, and then introducing three new card types with the chip technology.“We segmented the cards into a low-rate card, rewards card and cash-back option,” explains Johnson. “All contain the new chip with enhanced security used as a focal point in branding.” The CU first introduced the cards on a limited basis – for those who wanted the EMV technology and new card offerings. Thirteen months later, it converted all cards to the new technology.Langley FCU made the move to EMV early because of the number of military members who either live or travel overseas. “We started by placing information about the technology on our website and how living or going abroad would be easier,” says Johnson. “We also encouraged members to apply and switch to the new cards before the mass issue.” With the offering of three cards, members could choose their program based on individual preferences. If they didn’t reapply, balances would transfer to the CU’s new Visa chip card with their original credit line and same card parameters. continue reading »last_img read more

F1: Lauda Expects Mercedes to Replace Rosberg Quickly

first_img“It is a huge loss because we had the quickest driver set-up over the last three years,” Lauda told Sportsweek.“I need a driver for the first test in February when the new car is ready.”He added: “We have to train him on the simulator and into the team, so we should have a decision before the end of the year.”Rosberg retired five days after beating British team-mate Lewis Hamilton to clinch his first world title.Hamilton, a three-time world champion, has said he “doesn’t care” who is picked as the German’s replacement.Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, Lauda added: “Nico and Lewis were pushing each other. Lewis won two championships and Nico won one. Now we have to find a better man than Nico because we want to continue to win.“This is a big problem for us to find a replacement, so I cannot tell you now because we have to think about it, contact everybody and make proper research into who we are going to put in the best car in Formula 1.“We have the best car to offer but at the moment no driver. The other drivers, or the majority certainly, have 1 December contracts for next year so really we have to do good research, who is there, what and when and then we will take a decision, but it will take a while.”Lauda retired from F1 in 1979 before coming back to win the 1984 World Championship. He quit the sport as a driver on a permanent basis a year later.Asked about Rosberg’s decision to retire, he said: “I was really surprised – this was never on my radar that this could happen.“I spoke to him afterwards to find out because I did this twice in my career and I really wanted to make sure it was not a quick decision which he might regret and I wanted to find out how sure he is.“Of my question ‘how sure are you?’ he said ‘1,000%’. Then I knew that it is over – you cannot convince him any more.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mercedes’ non-executive Chairman, Niki Lauda, wants to “give a Christmas present” to a driver after the shock retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg on Friday.Team boss Toto Wolff said the search would start today (Monday), with a decision expected by the end of 2016.last_img read more

Klopp, Mourinho Lash Tight Festive Period Premier League Schedule

first_imgAfter winning the Club World Cup in Qatar and defeat in the Carabao Cup, Liverpool will have played nine games in a packed December.“It’s absolutely not OK,” Klopp said.“And we still have it. None of the managers have a problem with matches on Boxing Day, but playing the 26th and 28th is a crime.“We can say whatever we want and no-one is really interested but every year it is the same for the coaches involved in it.”The Club World Cup was the second trophy Liverpool – who are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand – have won this season, after they beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Uefa Super Cup in August.The semi-final and final in Qatar clashed with Liverpool’s Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa, meaning they had to send separate teams to compete in the competitions.Klopp’s side, who are chasing a first league title in 30 years, will have two days of rest between festive Premier League fixtures, but 14 sides will only get one day off between matches.“There is no reason to give teams less than 48 hours to play another Premier League game,” Klopp added.“Sports science doesn’t give you something to deal with it. The body needs a specific amount of time to go again. It’s easy. That’s science. But you ignore that completely.”Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace defeated West Ham 2-1 and in just 48 hours later will face Southampton away on Saturday.“I enjoy the training, the matches themselves somewhat less so as I think it’s harsh to play at the level we play at with just a day’s rest,” said Hodgson.“It’s too much to ask. I don’t enjoy that part, it’s a very dangerous period – there can be injuries, there can be fatigue. Suddenly you find yourself looking up the table rather than down.”Mourinho was also bitter with the festive period fixtures.Spurs were without suspended forward Son Heung-min and will be without the South Korean against Norwich in addition to Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks who picked up fifth yellow cards of the season against Brighton.Tottenham visit Southampton on January 1 for a fourth Premier League game in 11 days.“It’s a crime that they are playing again on the 28th, it’s against every rule of physiology and biology,” Mourinho told a news conference after his side overcame Brighton thanks to second-half strikes from Harry Kane and Dele Alli.“It’s against every rule, but that’s how it is and now we have three players suspended, it’s completely unfair.”The Portuguese was echoing criticism of the schedule made by Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, who said there was no reason why teams only had two days to rest between games.Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers described the calendar as “nonsense”.Brighton coach Graham Potter joined Mourinho in complaining about the impact of the games on players but said he understood that the number of fixtures over the holiday period boosted the Premier League’s global appeal.“It’s very difficult in terms of selecting players, scientists who know about recovery would say it’s not good but it’s the Premier League, the schedule and we have to adapt,” Potter said.“It’s a tricky one, on one hand the league gives clubs lots of resources to cope with the demands. I understand it’s good for the league having all these matches over Christmas but it’s a different thing in terms of the performances of players.”The Premier League is introducing a winter break later this season to bring England into line with Europe’s other major leagues, so each team will enjoy a free weekend in February.But Potter said one week without games would not compensate for the extra strain during the festive period.“The break is ok but it’s not the main issue, which is that you play on December 26 and then December 28 and the impact that has on players,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that it is “a crime” that some Premier League teams have to play two games in three days over the festive period.The Reds travel to Leicester on Thursday, before hosting Wolves on Sunday but most other sides only have one day off between games.Similarly, Tottenham Hotspur Coach Jose Mourinho lashed out at the Premier League’s congested fixture list over the Christmas period which means his side have to travel to face Norwich City two days after beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 yesterday.last_img read more

Brendan Curry, Nick Mellon on men’s Tewaaraton Award watchlist

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse midfielder Brendan Curry and defender Nick Mellen made the initial 50-man Tewaaraton Award watchlist. The Tewaaraton is annually awarded to the best player in college lacrosse.Mellen, a redshirt junior, makes the list for the second year running. Curry, a sophomore, is on the list for the first time.Since the inaugural Tewaaraton was awarded in 2000, a Syracuse player has won it three times. Mike Powell won two (2002 and 2004), and Mike Leveille was honored in 2008.Curry is the Orange’s current points leader with 10 (six goals, four assists). Mellen has played the role of cover man for the Orange, locking on to an opponent’s top scoring option.No. 12 Syracuse (2-1) hosts No. 13 Virginia (2-2) at noon in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 28, 2019 at 9:22 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

The women in Madiba’s life

first_imgNelson and Winnie on their wedding day.(Image: www.ancarchives.org.za)Graça Machel and Nelson Mandela always appear happy together.(Image: Revista Afro)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, CEO and spokesperson, Nelson Mandela Centre of [email protected]+27 11 547 5600.RELATED ARTICLES• Women in the struggle remembered• Commemorating 1913 heroines• Women taking SA forward• Madiba’s legacy is foreverNelson Mandela had many women in his life. But perhaps the three most important were his three wives: Evelyn Mase and Winnie Madikizela, both of whom he divorced, and his Graça Machel, with whom he spent the last 15 years of his life.Of his six children, three daughters remain – Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindzi. His children gave him a generous 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, with a fair sprinkling of girls among them.His mother, Nosekeni Fanny, was a significant person in his life, especially as his father died when he was only nine years old. He wrote of her in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “My mother and I never talked very much, but we did not need to. I never doubted her love or questioned her support.”His mother died in 1968, while he was on Robben Island, and he was not able to attend her funeral. He wrote about his visit to his mother’s grave after his release from prison in 1990: “I find it difficult to describe my feelings: I felt regret that I had been unable to be with her when she died, remorse that I had not been able to look after her properly during her life and a longing for what might have been had I chosen to live my life differently.”It’s the same remorse he felt about not seeing his children grow up, and about not being able to support Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his second wife, especially when she was jailed. On one occasion, Madikizela-Mandela spent 491 days in solitary confinement, and even contemplated suicide.Evelyn MaseMandela’s first wife, Evelyn Mase, was born in Engcobo, in the former Transkei, now Eastern Cape. Mandela met her in the lounge of the late Walter and Albertina Sisulu, in Soweto, in Johannesburg. He describes her in Long Walk to Freedom: “She was a quiet, pretty girl from the countryside who did not seem overawed by the comings and goings at the Sisulus.” She was then training as a nurse with Albertina Sisulu and the wife of Peter Mda, Rose, at the Johannesburg non-European General Hospital.Her father was a mineworker who died when she was a baby. Her mother died when she was 12 and she was sent to Johannesburg to complete high school. The romance developed quickly. Mandela wrote: “I asked Evelyn out very soon after our first meeting. Almost as quickly, we fell in love. Within a few months I had asked her to marry me, and she accepted.”They were married in the Native Commissioner’s Court in Joburg, as they could not afford a traditional wedding. In 1945, their first child, Thembi, was born. In the same year, they moved into a two-roomed house in Orlando West, at 8115 Vilakazi Street.Mandela loved being a father. “I delighted in playing with Thembi, bathing him and feeding him, and putting him to bed with a little story.” He discovered that he loved children. “In fact, I love playing with children and chatting with them; it has always been one of the things that makes me feel most at peace.” He discovered too that he enjoyed domesticity. “I enjoyed relaxing at home, reading quietly, taking in the sweet and savoury smells emanating from pots boiling in the kitchen.”In 1950 his second son, Makgatho, was born, followed four years later by his daughter, Makaziwe. She was given the name of the Mandelas’ first-born daughter, who died at nine months.One of Mandela’s saddest moments was the death of Thembi, in a car accident. He was on Robben Island at the time, and heard of the news of his son’s death in 1969. He was refused permission to attend the funeral. Thembi was 25.In 2005, he had to bear the death of his second son, Makgatho, who died of an Aids-related illness. Makgatho had four children, while Thembi had two. His daughter Makaziwe had three children.In the years after their marriage, Mase became involved in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which was to drive a wedge between the couple. She became disturbed that Mandela’s devotion to the ANC and the struggle was unremitting. “She had always assumed that politics was a youthful diversion, that I would someday return to the Transkei and practise there as a lawyer.”But their paths were to go forever in opposite directions. “I tried to persuade her of the necessity of the struggle, while she attempted to persuade me of the value of religious faith,” wrote Mandela. “When I would tell her that I was serving the nation, she would reply that serving God was above serving the nation. We were finding no common ground, and I was becoming convinced that the marriage was no longer tenable.”It wasn’t – they divorced in 1958. Mase died in 2004.Winnie MadikizelaMandela’s second wife was the beautiful Winnie Madikizela, who moved to Johannesburg in 1952, where she still lives, in the suburb she moved into with her husband in 1958 – Orlando West. That house, 8115 Vilakazi Street, where Mandela had lived with Mase as well, is now the Mandela Museum, opened in 2009 after its restoration. Today, Madikizela-Mandela lives over the koppie in a house she built.She was born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela in 1934 in the Bizana district of the former Transkei, the fifth of eight children. Her parents, Columbus and Gertrude Madikizela, were both teachers. Her mother died when she was 10, and she soon took over the domestic duties – caring for her younger siblings and doing her father’s laundry.She arrived in Johannesburg to study to be a social worker, doing her training at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. “Winnie was a remarkably effective and dedicated social worker,” writes Emma Gilbey in The Lady, The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela. “The patience and resourcefulness she had demonstrated with her younger brothers and sisters were now put to daily, professional use.”It was in Johannesburg that she met Mandela in 1957. Soon after meeting her, Mandela asked her out, taking her to his favourite restaurant – Kapitan’s in downtown Johannesburg. Now closed, it was one of the few restaurants in the city where all races could meet and dine together. It was also in Johannesburg that she first met Helen Joseph, who became like a mother to the young 23-year-old. It was Joseph who began Madikizela’s political education, encouraged by Mandela.In the meantime, Madikizela and Mandela, both tall and statuesque, were falling in love. Mandela wrote in Long Walk to Freedom of their first date: “I told her of my hope and of the difficulties of the Treason Trial. I knew at once that I wanted to marry her – and I told her so. Her spirit, her passion, her youth, her courage, her wilfulness – I felt all of these things the moment I first saw her.”Gilbey explains: “Electrified by each other’s presence, they glowed together. Individually they were each highly charismatic, as a couple they were overpowering.” His marriage proposal was unusual: “One day, Nelson just pulled up on the side of the road and said; ‘You know, there is a woman, a dressmaker, you must and go and see her, she is going to make your wedding-gown. How many bridesmaids would you like to have?’ That’s how I was told I was getting married to him!” Madikizela-Mandela says in Part of my Soul.The couple married in the Transkei on 14 June 1958 – she was 23, he was 40 and newly divorced, and returned to Orlando West, where they began a family. They had two daughters – Zenani was born in 1959; Zindzi was born in 1960.Decades of harassmentFrom the moment she married Mandela, Madikizela-Mandela was doomed to decades of harassment, imprisonment and torture at the hands of the apartheid security police. It started in 1958, when she was detained for her participation in a women’s anti-pass campaign.Later, once she was on her own after Mandela was imprisoned for life in the 1964 Rivonia Trial, she was thrown in at the deep end. “She was left to cope with extremely difficult circumstances on her own and she began to work clandestinely for the ANC. She participated in underground meetings and organised the printing and circulation of roneoed pamphlets,” says Sheila Meintjies in a 1998 report.Life for the young Madikizela-Mandela on her own, with two young children, was hard. “The first few weeks and months after Nelson was gone, that was utter hell. Solitude, loneliness, is worse than fear – the most wretchedly painful illness the body and mind could be subjected to,” she recounts in Part of my Soul.In 1969, she was arrested and tried under the 1967 Terrorism Act. It was her first taste of jail and solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and torture. Her life became one banning order after another, with security policemen always in the background. In 1977, she was banished to Brandfort in Free State. Here, she lived in a small box house, with “no running water, no electricity, and the house had no floors or ceilings. The town was hostile, and the people spoke mainly Sotho, Tswana or Afrikaans, and hardly any Xhosa, which was Winnie’s home language,” records Meintjies.But she persevered, and opened a clinic and a crèche, and initiated feeding schemes for the young children of Brandfort. She defiantly returned to Soweto in 1986, where she formed the Mandela United Football Club – the team was, in effect, her personal bodyguards. In 1991, she was charged with and convicted for the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old activist Stompie Seipei. She received a six-year sentence but this was reduced to a fine of R15 000.After Mandela was released from jail in 1990, the couple resumed married life in their small Vilakazi Street home, but it didn’t last – they separated in 1992, and divorced in 1996.At 79, Madikizela-Mandela has retained her beauty, and is always immaculately dressed. She has lost none of her outspokenness or grassroots popularity, and is still an active ANC member, holding a position on its national executive committee.Graça MachelTwo years after his divorce, in 1998, Mandela married his third wife, Graça Machel, the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel, who died in a plane crash in 1986. She was born in Gaza in Mozambique on 17 October 1945, and studied languages at the University of Lisbon. She became involved in student politics, but fearing arrest by the Portuguese, Mozambique’s colonisers, she moved to Switzerland, where she got involved in Frelimo, the Mozambican Liberation Front.In 1974, Machel became the deputy director of the Frelimo Secondary School in Tanzania, from where Frelimo operated. This was her introduction to education and her interest in the advancement of literacy and children’s rights. When Mozambique achieved independence in 1975 she married Samora, the country’s first president. They had two children. She was appointed minister of education and culture, a position she held for 14 years, until 1989. Her achievements were impressive – in that time pupil enrolment rose from about 40% to 90% for boys, and 75% for girls, according to South African History Online. She also reduced the rate of illiteracy by 72%.When Mozambique’s civil war ended in 1992, Machel became a member of the Forum of African Women Educationalists, and helped to develop methods to improve the education of girls, thus empowering Mozambican women. She was appointed president of the National Organization of Children of Mozambique, which places orphans in village homes. She led the organisation for 20 years, at the same time working with UN organisations, including Unicef, for which she became Goodwill Ambassador.In 1994, Machel was appointed by the UN to carry out an assessment of the impact of armed conflict on children. Her groundbreaking 1996 report was the first human rights assessment of war-affected children and established a global agenda for the protection of children’s rights in conflict. A book followed – Impact of War on Children: A Review of Progress Since the 1996 United Nations Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, published in 2001.In 2010, the Graça Machel Trust was founded to advocate for the rights of African women and children, as well as good governance and democracy. The trust is a platform “to embrace, nurture, enable and inspire women and children to soar to the fullest of their potential”, says its website. The trust has a range of projects: the End Child Marriage Campaign; the New Faces New Voices African Women Economic Summit; the Network of African Businesswomen; the Youth for Microbiocides Advocacy Programme; the African Medical Research Foundation; the Gender Violence Project and various child health and immunisation projects with the GAVI Alliance.Machel serves on an impressive array of forums: The Elders, the Africa Progress Panel, the High Level Task Force on Innovative International Finance for Health Systems, and the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates Panel.And over the years she has won many awards: the Laureate of Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger; the Nansen Medal in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of refugee children in 1995; the Global Citizen Award of the New England Circle in 1997; the Inter Press Service’s International Achievement Award for her work on behalf of children internationally; the Africare Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award; and the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.Meeting MandelaShe met Madiba in the early 1990s and they formed a deep friendship. They were married on his 80th birthday, in 1998. It’s not hard to see why they made such a good match – together, they radiated warmth, humanity and dignity.last_img read more

Tripura panchayat polls: Opposition claims BJP unleashing violence

first_imgThe Opposition parties in Tripura accused the BJP of “unleashing terror across the State” to prevent them from contesting the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls.“The ruling BJP has virtually reduced the elections to a farce,” said a statement released by the CPI(M)-led Left Front. Its convener Bijan Dhar said the Left parties together could submit only 600 nominations for a total of 6,646 seats, including zila parishad, panchayat samiti and gram panchayats. The rural elections in Tripura are slated for July 27.The Congress demanded an all-party meeting to discuss the situation. PCC chief Pradyot Kishore Debbarman said that he did not believe free and peaceful election was possible as the “entire process was being rigged by the BJP in connivance with government machinery”.Denying the allegations levelled by the CPI(M) and the Congress, the BJP alleged attacks and intimidation by the Opposition parties. State BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee lashed out at Mr. Dhar for claiming that the ruling party supporters had set fire to a mosque during a clash in Dharmanagar subdivision. “We are going to file a defamation suit [against Mr. Dhar] for the false and fabricated charge,” said Mr. Bhattacharjee. Mr. Dhar, meanwhile, retracted the statement claiming that he had reacted on the basis of “wrong information” received from a source.Monday, the last day of filing nominations for the panchayat elections, saw widespread violence across several subdivisions. Dozens of vehicles and motorbikes were damaged during clashes between workers of rival parties. Additional forces were deployed in Dharmanagar, Sonamura and Sabroom subdivisions to maintain law and order.last_img read more

Police officer run over by smugglers’ vehicle in Tripura

first_imgAn on-duty police officer was killed after a speeding car used by suspected smugglers hit him in Sepahijala district before dawn on Friday. The Tripura government has announced compensation of ₹10 lakh to support the bereaved family. The officer was hit by a vehicle when he was conducting an inspection, the Sepahijala district Superintendent of Police said. Kalamcherra is a border location in Sonamura subdivision known as a smuggling hub.The critically injured police officer was admitted at the GBP Hospital in Agartala where he succumbed to injuries in the morning.Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath, DGP Akhil Kumar Shukla and top brass of state police paid floral tribute to the deceased at wreath laying ceremony in Police Lines of Agartala. Minister announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of departed officer.Police teams were conducting search to track down vehicle and arrest the culprits.Durga Kumar Hrangkhawl was second on-duty security officer killed in similar manner in Sepahijala district. BSF deputy commandant of 145th battalion Deepak Kumar Mandal succumbed to injuries on October 20 2017, four days after he was hit by a vehicle carrying cattle for smuggling across Bangladesh.last_img read more

a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce eager to be careful with Carroll comeback

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce eager to be careful with Carroll comebackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is eager to be careful with Andy Carroll’s comeback.Carroll rejoined Newcastle in the summer but had to wait to play while he worked his way back to fitness.The striker entered the fray in the 82nd minute as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Brighton at St James’ Park. Bruce told Sky Sports: “We’re just delighted to see him back on the pitch. He’s worked extremely hard. He lifts the crowd. He’s a handful, if he stays fit he’ll be ok.”We’re going to have to manage him in the right way. The big thing is his ankles. Let’s hope now that he’s injury free.”We noticed in training he’s got that bit of presence, the respect because of what he’s achieved. If you’ve got a big Andy Carroll in there, you’ve got to play to his strengths.” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hint

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more