Tom Morello and Jon Batiste Will Host Global Citizen Advocacy Concert In NYC

first_imgOn Thursday, September 22nd Global Citizen will hold its “The World On Stage” event at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The event will feature a number of musicians, comedians, actors, and speakers including recently announced curators Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine / Prophets of Rage) and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. They two will be joined by the Kenyan Boys Choir, Aloe Blacc & Maya Jupiter, Regina Spektor, Pete Wentz, Forest Whitaker, Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, and Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, among others.According to Rolling Stone, Paul Simon will be presenting the first-ever George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatles great and humanitarian posthumously at the event. Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and son Dhani will be in attendance to accept the award.Paul Simon will also present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatle posthumously. Harrison’s deep commitment to promoting world peace and ending poverty reflects the goals of the Global Citizen organization. “When George rallied the music community to respond to a humanitarian crisis, he set an example that artists of all forms of expression have followed to this day,” Olivia said in a statement. “By using his individual talent in an attempt to help others, his legacy mirrors the goals and mission of the Global Citizen movement.”“When George rallied the music community to respond to a humanitarian crisis, he set an example that artists of all forms of expression have followed to this day,” Harrison’s widow Olivia said in a statement. Harrison will accept the award on behalf of her late husband with their son Dhani. “By using his individual talent in an attempt to help others, his legacy mirrors the goals and mission of the Global Citizen movement.”Morello went on to say, ““It’s an honor to be a part of the historic World on Stage event….Music has been, and will continue to be, an important component of the struggle for a more peaceful, just and humane planet. No one knew this better than the great George Harrison.”[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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EMV goes live: What to expect

first_imgIn the coming months, EMV security technology will begin appearing at many of the nation’s checkout counters as merchants work diligently to meet U.S. EMV liability shift set by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.While full U.S conversion to EMV technology may take years to achieve, many of the country’s big-box merchants have already implemented EMV-enabled payment terminals, and a long list of others promises to follow suit by the end of the year.“For the most part, consumers today are carrying around at least one card with an EMV chip embedded in it,” said Michelle Thornton, director of product development for CO-OP Financial Services. “And now that merchant adoption of the technology is moving forward, we are beginning to see how EMV is working in the marketplace and what consumers can expect going forward at the point of sale.”Early Adoption at High-Volume MerchantsIndustry experts predict that around 50 percent of U.S. payment terminals will be EMV-capable by year-end, and approximately 19 percent will be EMV-enabled. However, Thornton emphasizes that these numbers don’t tell the whole story.“For example, if Walmart has all its EMV terminals up and running at a certain point, this alone can skew the data,” she said. “What is trending now is early adoption among high-volume merchants that have the most to lose in the event of a security breach, and that represents a large portion of the market. Interestingly, we are also seeing a segment of small merchants up and running with EMV due to their processors’ ‘EMV packaging’ and readiness.”Consumers can also expect payment terminals to be upgraded in phases, with adoption of EMV debit lagging behind credit because of regulatory complexities surrounding EMV debit transactions.“While we expect the majority of merchants to implement EMV technology much sooner for credit than for debit, we are seeing some instances where merchants are enabling both credit and debit transactions in the early stages of EMV deployment,” said Thornton. “The fact that PIN debit transactions are generally more profitable for merchants may be prompting this move. However, regardless of why it is happening, large retailers are adopting EMV technology for debit as quickly as they can.”Another market dynamic consumers may notice is a delay in EMV adoption at the gas pump. “The EMV liability shift for gas stations doesn’t go into effect until 2017,” said Thornton. “So consumers can expect to continue swiping cards when they purchase gas in the near term.”EMV Terminals Come in Many FlavorsWhile EMV technology is regarded globally as the universal security standard for card-present payments, Thornton notes that EMV payment terminals come in a wide range of configurations. “There are different manufacturers of EMV terminals, and different types of EMV terminals from each manufacturer,” she said. “Plus, each payment terminal has to tie into the back-end processing systems of the merchant implementing it, and this can involve a fair amount of software customization.”Consider also that many organizations are phasing in EMV technology incrementally. “This means that consumers may have to wait for some common payment options to be enabled,” she said. “For example, although you were able to check the ‘cash back’ box at your local grocery store’s mag stripe terminal last week, this feature may not be available yet on the new EMV terminal,” she said. “But it may be operational a few weeks from now. So consumers can expect a certain degree of inconsistency in the way EMV terminals function, especially at first.”What is consistent about EMV technology is that transactions take a bit longer than mag stripe transactions. “It can be just a few seconds longer in many cases, but people will notice it,” said Thornton. “These are all things consumers should know, and as a credit union you can show your industry expertise and commitment to members by educating them. We recommend impressing upon members the added security benefits of EMV technology and advising them to expect a learning curve when first using their new EMV cards. Ultimately, the benefits of EMV technology extend to all of us and are well worth the inconvenience initially.”For more information on what to expect during the transition to EMV, listen to our recent webinar, A New Era in Security after the EMV Liability Shift. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Prichard Bill Prichard is Senior Manager, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a financial technology provider to credit unions. Prichard can be … Web: www.co-opfs.org Detailslast_img read more

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Anthony Joshua sizes up £1.1m diamond

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua took a close look at an expensive diamond worth £1.1 million during a trip to the jewellers over the weekend. Britain’s unified WBA, IBF & WBO heavyweight champion of the world is known to have made tens of millions in his career so far, but still marvelled at the price of the gem. In a social media video, Joshua noted how he allowed his 16-year-old cousin to experience “what £1.1 million feels like.” After speaking to the shop assistant who informed him about the item he was wearing, AJ said: “This right here is £1.1 million…” He then turned back to the assistant and joked: “I’ll take five of these please.” Joshua’s next fight is set to be against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, which details are now being ironed out regarding the date and venue. Promoter Eddie Hearn previously told talkSPORT: “It’s been difficult because Kubrat Pulev doesn’t really wanna box in the UK. “He’s a mandatory challenger, he’s saying: ‘Oh, we can get more money here, more money there.’ “Joshua’s basically put a line through that and said: ‘I don’t care, my next fight is in the UK.’ “That fight will take place in June, the frontrunner right now is Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. “We’ve still got a bit of work to do but you can expect an announcement in the next two weeks.”Tags: Anthony JoshuatalkSPORTlast_img read more

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