Mobile to account for half of online purchases by 2017

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian DayResearch and advisory firm Gartner recently issued a new report highlighting how the growing interest in mobile payments among U.S. consumers will impact online shopping over the next few years. Gartner predicts new mobile purchasing techniques will lead mobile commerce revenue to account for 50 percent of digital commerce revenue by 2017. That’s up from 22 percent in 2014 and 15 percent in 2013.Apple Pay and efforts by competitors such as Google and Samsung are predicted to be one driving force behind the mobile boom. However, more and better smartphones and tablets hitting the market are expected to be the major igniters.“Increasingly powerful smartphones and tablets, and the correspondingly rich and powerful applications available for each, enable consumers and business customers to interact seamlessly with companies, content and commerce experiences at virtually all stages of the purchase process,” Gartner reported in a press release.In addition, Gartner predicts by the end of 2016, mobile digital assistants – or applications that can understand language and complete electronic tasks for the user, such as Siri, Google Now and Cortana – will help consumers purchase more than $2 billion worth of goods online annually. As consumers become more comfortable with mobile digital assistants filling out online forms and performing other routine tasks, they will increasingly trust those assistants to make purchases on their behalf, as well. continue reading »last_img read more

Drucker Beats Imbroto for Nassau Legis. Jacobs’ Seat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democrat Arnold Drucker beat Republican Louis Imbroto—both lawyers from Plainview—in a special election Tuesday to fill the seat left vacant when Nassau County Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) died in September.Drucker, a 59-year-old attorney and Nassau Community College trustee, won 58 percent of the vote over Imbroto, a 32-year-old associate general counsel at Nassau University Medical Center.Drucker, a first-time candidate, previously served as co-chair of a presidential search committee at NCC, which this summer tapped former Farmingdale State College President H. Hubert Keen as its new leader. Imbroto previously ran against Jacobs in 2013 and tried to unseat New York State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) in ’12 and ’14.Drucker will represent the 16th Legislative District, which encompassed the North Shore communities of Plainview, Old Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset, Woodbury, Hicksville, Old Westbury and Roslyn Heights. He’ll be sworn in at the county legislature’s next meeting Nov. 21.Before she died Sept. 13 at age 77, Jacobs was an 11-term county legislator and 20-year veteran lawmaker who served seven years as the legislature’s first Democratic presiding officer. She was among four remaining county lawmakers who have been serving on the 19-member Nassau legislature since its inception in 1996. She got her start in politics as a civic leader.last_img read more

School districts take preventative measures after Coronavirus spreads

first_img“We’re really focusing on hand washing, not coughing on other people, not coughing into your hand and then shaking hands with other folks, so really a lot of personal responsibility,” said Buyck. District officials say they are maintaining close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Education Department, and the Broome County Health Department. While there are zero cases of the virus in the Southern Tier, school district officials are encouraging parents to be extremely vigilant when monitoring their child’s health. “We really want to make sure the same information is getting out to everyone, and there’s no misinformation being sent out to the community and causing undue stress,” said Broome-Tioga BOCES District Superintendent Allen Buyck. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — With health officials calling the spread of the Coronavirus inevitable, school districts across the Southern Tier are partnering together to put preventative measures in place. “We’ve gone through some of these things before, there have been other serious viruses that have gone through, and I think we stay consistent, we can head this off and at some point there will be a vaccine for this,” said Buyck. Desks, lockers, restrooms, water fountains, and hundreds of students are all places where germs can easily spread. “Monitor your children, encourage them to do all the same things like washing your hands all the time and I think we’ll all be fine if we could all follow these practices,” said Buyck. District officials say this isn’t the first time an epidemic has hit schools. This time, they’re preparing sooner rather than later. last_img read more

PREMIUMEurope, Middle-East among regions poised to offset decreasing investments from China

first_imgBPS Indonesia BKPM FDI China coronavirus Europe Middle-East Google Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Facebook The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is setting its sights on alternative sources of foreign direct investments (FDI) because it expects the COVID-19 outbreak is about to cause a sharp decline in the flow of investments from China, Indonesia’s second-largest foreign investor.BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said the agency was still calculating the investment realization figures for the first quarter, which would be announced in April. Nevertheless, he named Europe, the Middle East, South Korea, Japan and Singapore as some potential FDI sources to cushion the potential decrease from China.“We shouldn’t be too pessimistic in the midst of the coronavirus. We will find markets in other countries,” Bahlil told reporters after a press conference in Jakarta on March 6.The BKPM wrote in a press statement on Thursday that the coronavirus has caused a decline in … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedinlast_img read more

Rates on hold, RBA in uncharted territory now

first_imgBorrowers could be smiling for the rest of the year as experts increasingly see RBA stuck at 1.5 per cent.THE Reserve Bank has hit uncharted territory keeping the official interest rate at a record low 1.5 per cent for the 21st straight month — causing experts to question whether the RBA can move at all this year.Borrowers can rejoice at the news that any hike to official rates “may still be months away”, according to RateCity spokeswoman Sally Tindall.“If rates were to rise by 2 to 3 percentage points, then the majority of Australians with a mortgage would likely be facing a rate starting with a 6,” she said.Mortgage broker network 1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda said RBA was now in uncharted territory.“It is uncharted territory and with the vast amount of pressure being applied to the banks as a consequence of the Hayne Royal Commission, we are more than likely to see rates on hold for a considerable time,” he said.“Over the coming months the impact of the tighter lending conditions will become evident and flow through to the property market. There are a number of dynamics at play, all of which present headwinds for lenders, borrowers, the property market, employment, economy and future rate direction.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoHe said borrowers should take advantage of heavy discounting on owner-occupied and principal and interest loans from the majors trying to secure lending volumes.“Borrowers should look to take advantage of this as it translates into thousands of dollars in savings. Clearly there has been a move away from investor and interest only loans which has the banks focused on the other product segments. All of these changes in some way will flow through the property market.”Ms Tindall said the record run of a low cash rate target was also strengthening the case for fixed rates, with some locked in for as long as a decade.“While most fixed-rate customers opt for a loan term under five years, there are lenders out there that will lock in rates until 2028. Right now, the major banks’ standard variable rate is sitting at 5.20 per cent, which makes RAMS’ offer of 5.64 per cent for 10 years look fairly level-headed.”She said several lenders had already lifted variable rates out-of-cycle off funding pressures.A three-year term was currently as low as 3.69 per cent from Easy Street Financial and five years from 3.98 per cent from ING.“If you’re someone that likes the security of knowing your repayments will stay the same when the market changes then now might be the time to consider fixing,”last_img read more

BP sells Gulf of Suez oil blocks in Egypt to Dragon Oil

first_imgOil major BP has agreed to sell its Gulf of Suez oil concessions in Egypt to Dragon Oil, the Dubai-based oil and gas company for an undisclosed sum.Bob Dudley, BP CEO / Image by BPBP said that under the terms of the agreement, Dragon Oil will purchase producing and exploration concessions, including BP’s interest in the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO). Dragon Oil is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).“The deal, which is subject to the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources’ approval, is expected to complete during the second half of 2019 and is part of BP’s plan to divest more than $10 billion of assets globally over the next two years. Financial details are not being disclosed,” BP said.Bob Dudley, BP chief executive, said: “Egypt is a core growth and investment region for BP. In the past four years we have invested around $12 billion in Egypt – more than anywhere else in our portfolio –– and we plan another $3 billion investment over the next two years. We look forward to continuing to broaden our business here, working closely with the government of Egypt as we develop the country’s abundant resources.”Hesham Mekawi, regional president, BP North Africa, added: “We continue to bring on new developments and deliver important gas supplies for the country. We remain on track to triple our 2016 net production from Egypt by 2020. As we grow our business here, we also keep our portfolio under review. We believe Dragon Oil is well-placed to operate these mature assets, delivering further value for Egypt.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Police Net Man For Drug Lab, Other Charges

first_imgA police investigation led to the capture of a Decatur County man on multiple felony charges Thursday.A joint operation conducted by the Greensburg Police Department, Columbus Police Narcotics Unit and the ISP Drug Enforcement Section resulted in the arrest of James Lazzell, 43, of Greensburg.A search warrant was executed for the Lazzell home on C.R. 1050 West during the early morning hours of Nov. 21.“Inside the residence numerous loaded firearms were located, along with a quantity of marijuana exceeding 280 grams, prescription medication individually packaged in cellophane as well as individual packages of methamphetamines were located,” Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen stated.Police say the individually packaged prescription medication in cellophane is commonly for street level distribution.According to Chasteen, law enforcement officials made a stunning discovery in the basement of the home.“A clandestine methamphetamine laboratory along with a ventilation system used to extract the chemical gases put off by the manufacturing of methamphetamines from the room,” she described.Police believe methampethamines may have been recently manufactured, due to the components located.“Equipment located indicated that the process was being done in a fasion to rapidly produce methamphetamines,” Chasteen said. “An altered air tank was also found containing multiple gallsons of anhydrous ammonia.”Qualified law enforcement members dismantled the meth lab, Chasteen reported.Chasteen indicated that Lazzell may potentially face charges through the Indiana DNR after conservation officers collected numerous pieces of evidence from the home.Lazzell is lodged in the Decatur County Jail under suspicion of the following crimes:Dealing (manufacturing) in Methamphetamine, as a class B Felony.Possession of Marijuana over 30 grams, as a class D Felony.Possession of a Controlled Substance, as a Class D Felony.Maintaining a Common Nusance, as a class D Felony.Possession of Paraphernalia, as a class A Misdemeanor.“Shortly after officers left the [home], information was received that Jason Lazzell was at the residence. With continued support and assistance from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies took Jason Lazzell into custody,” concluded Chasteen.Jason Lazzell, whose relation to James Lazzell was not released by police, was taken into custody for arrest warrants out of Bartholomew and Johnson counties.last_img read more

Seven arrested during Greensburg warrant service

first_imgGreensburg, In. —Six adults and one juvenile were arrested in Greensburg while officers served a warrant for burglary Friday.Police initially went to the 100 block of North Broadway Street to locate Bryce Bayless, 18, when they arrived they found Bayless and several other subjects. When police marijuana on Bayless they asked for and received permission to search the home.Police stopped the search of the residence and requested a warrant from the Decatur County Prosecutor’s office when methamphetamine was found. While executing that warrant police more methamphetamine, paraphernalia and stolen property was found.Police have charged Bryce Bayless with burglary, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, Savannah Milsaps, 18, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and visiting a common nuisance, Nathan Sweet, 20, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance, Raychelle Innis, 19, possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance, Christina Brewer, 42, maintaining a common nuisance, Blake Chauncy, 19, visiting a common nuisance and a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested for possession of methamphetamineThe stolen property was returned to the owner.last_img read more

Leicester back on top as goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez topple Chelsea

first_imgLeicester returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 victory on Monday night as Chelsea’s desperate defence of their crown continued. The irrepressible duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez once again scored Leicester’s goals to send them two points clear at the summit and inflict a ninth league loss of the season on the champions, leaving Jose Mourinho’s men 20 points behind and only one point above the relegation zone. The meeting was in stark contrast to the last clash between the sides at the King Power Stadium at the end of April when a 3-1 win put Mourinho’s side on the brink of the title and left the Foxes’ survival hopes in the balance. Marc Albrighton tested Courtois with a curling effort just before half-time and it was his superb deep cross from the left flank at the start of the second half that set up Mahrez for the second goal. The little Algerian’s first touch to bring the ball under his spell was instant. He then turned Cesar Azpilicueta one way then the other until he had the yard of space he needed to bend the ball around Courtois and into the far corner of the net. The King Power was rocking but it was nearly silenced twice either side of the hour mark when Pedro was crowded out in a goalmouth scramble before Kasper Schmeichel diverted Diego Costa’s shot over the bar when the Chelsea striker was through on goal. Mourinho threw the dice and brought on Cesc Fabregas and Loic Remy, with John Terry and Oscar making way, and two of his substitutes combined to get the visitors back in the game after 77 minutes as Remy headed home Pedro’s cross from close range. Remy sent a shot wide from the edge of the area but the champions could not force an equaliser despite some late pressure. It was Chelsea’s first defeat to Leicester since February 2001. The man in charge of the London side that day? Current Leicester boss Ranieri. TWEET OF THE MATCH “YES! If Leicester win the @premierleague I’ll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies.” Leicester-born former striker Gary Lineker is still not convinced the Foxes can lift the title. PLAYER RATINGS Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Danny Simpson: 7 Wes Morgan: 8 Robert Huth: 7 Christian Fuchs: 7 Danny Drinkwater: 6 N’Golo Kante: 7 Marc Albrighton: 7 Riyad Mahrez: 9 Leonard Ulloa: 6 Jamie Vardy: 8 Substitutes: Andy King 6 Gokhan Inler 5 Shinji Okazaki 5 Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 6 Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Kurt Zouma: 6 John Terry: 6 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 Nemanja Matic: 6 Ramires: 6 Oscar: 4 Eden Hazard: 5 Willian: 6 Diego Costa: 6 Substitutes: Pedro 7 Cesc Fabregas 6 Loic Remy 7 STAR MAN RIYAD MAHREZ: The Algerian is a little magician. He tormented Chelsea’s defenders all evening and provided a lovely, inch-perfect cross for Vardy to open the scoring. Mahrez then got his name on the scoresheet with a touch and goal that was almost Bergkamp-esque. MOMENT OF THE MATCH The move for Leicester’s opening goal was a thing of beauty. Good play from Kante, a clever run from Vardy, a brilliant cross by Mahrez and a stunning finish. If Barcelona had scored that goal it would be replayed over and over. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Ranieri cheered each Leicester goal and looked emotional as the final whistle blew at the end of five added minutes to signal victory for his team. Mourinho congratulated the man he succeeded as Chelsea boss back in 2004 with a warm embrace but the Portuguese must be worried about his side’s plight. MOAN OF THE MATCH Just what has happened to Chelsea? Their fall from grace this season is remarkable and it shows little sign of abating. Mourinho’s men lack inspiration and imagination and are stuck firmly in a rut they can’t get out of. WHO’S UP NEXT Everton v Leicester (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, December 19) Chelsea v Sunderland (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, 19 December) Mourinho felt “betrayed” by his players after Leicester scored from two situations he had warned about. “I think they deserved to win because they were better than us during a long period of time,” he told Sky Sports 1. “We conceded two goals that were unacceptable. One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel like my work was betrayed. “All last season I did phenomenal work and brought them to a level that is not their level and more than they really are… or this season we are doing so bad.” On Hazard’s injury, the Portuguese said: “In 10 seconds, Hazard made the decision to come off himself. It must be something serious.” Asked if Chelsea were out of the race for the top four, he replied: “Yes, clearly.” Ranieri said: “We had a fantastic one hour and the last 30 minutes we suffered a lot. But they are the champions and we had to suffer to win the match. “All the players believe in and help each other. Only in this way can you win against big champions. “I told the players we need another five points (to stay up). I put a target of 40 points at the beginning of the season and when we achieve this we change the target. “I think about how we can improve. They are very, very calm and have to improve a lot. “It’s a magical time, but we must continue to work hard. I don’t want to wake up, I want to continue to dream with our fans.” As has been the case so far this season, Leicester looked inspired and Chelsea jaded and lacking imagination. Mahrez got the home fans off their seats in the second minute with a mazy run in-field from the right before forcing Thibaut Courtois to get down to his left to smother his shot from just outside the area. Wes Morgan’s sliding challenge to block a goal-bound effort from Eden Hazard was timely but moments later Leicester were dealt a blow when Danny Drinkwater hobbled off holding his hamstring. He was replaced by former Chelsea schoolboy Andy King. Mahrez worked Courtois again in the 18th minute after bringing down the ball on the edge of the area, but once more it was a routine save for the Belgian. It was Chelsea’s turn to make an enforced change after half an hour when Hazard appeared to hurt his hip after going to ground under a challenge from Vardy. Mourinho introduced Pedro. Vardy’s next involvement would hurt Chelsea further. Mahrez spotted the striker’s clever front-post run and found him with a lovely curling cross from the right which Vardy dispatched first time on the volley to give Claudio Ranieri’s side a 34th-minute lead. During a week when Walkers released a special edition flavour called ‘Vardy Salted’ in homage to the 28-year-old, it was certainly a crisp finish. Chelsea were almost level immediately as Nemanja Matic’s header from a corner clipped the top of the crossbar on the way over. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Cricket South Africa’s official Twitter handle hacked with bitcoin lottery, restored after 12 hours

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Read More | IPL and Ranji Trophy experience helped in India call-up: Shubman GillIntriguing dayHeading into the fourth day, the Johannesburg Test is evenly poised. After securing a 77-run lead, South Africa extended their advantage with Hashim Amla scoring a brilliant 71 on a pitch that was still assisting the pace bowlers. However, it was Quinton de Kock’s brilliant 129 that gave South Africa the ultimate advantage. His fourth hundred and partnerships with the tail helped the Proteas reach 303 all out, setting Pakistan a target of 381. Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets apiece.In response, Pakistan started strongly with Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood stitching a solid 67-run stand but two wickets from Dale Steyn dented their progress. When Duane Olivier removed Azhar Ali for 15, it seemed the game was up for Pakistan but Asad Shafiq’s counter-attacking 48* ensured Pakistan needed a further 228 runs with two days to spare to avoid a 3-0 whitewash. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user-to-user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.However, after a lot of help from the ICC, Cricket South Africa restored their official account and tweeted a statement which apologised to the fans for the hack. Even the ICC Tweeted about it simultaneously.center_img New Delhi: Cricket South Africa’s official Twitter handle, @OfficialCSA has been compromised following the end of day 4 of the third and final Test between the hosts and Pakistan in Johannesburg. After posting a build-up on day four where the game was evenly poised, One tweet was pinned which was a promotion of South Africa’s first bitcoin lottery. Another tweet promoted lunomoney, the official cryptocurrency page in South Africa. This raised the alarm that the official Cricket South Africa account was hacked. Even the International Cricket Council jumped into the fray, requesting people to not click on any of the links that were tweeted by Cricket South Africa.“Please be aware that the @OfficialCSA Twitter account has been compromised. Our friends in South Africa are working hard to resolve the situation quickly. Please do not click on any links or engage with the account until such time as this is rectified,” the official ICC Twitter account said.Read More | Rohit Sharma shows off his dancing skills, attempts the floss dance@OfficialCSA is partnering with @lunomoney for the fist South African Bitcoin Lottery. Simply send 0,01 BTC to 13My18T92DCzGdrtiCgRuS32T6rFLjnG56 and your BTC Wallet Address will be entered into a BTC Lottery for 20BTC (That’s Over R1Mil). Lottery closes at 15 Jan @ 10PM.— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 13, 2019last_img read more