first_imgBanknorth Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:BKNG), one of the country’s 35 largest commercial banking companies, has signed a long-term agreement with Metavante Corporation for a suite of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Card solutions. Metavante is the financial technology subsidiary of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE:MI).Metavante will provide Banknorth with ATM management, transaction routing and switching along with PIN-based card transaction processing. Banknorth has over 400 ATMs and over 800,000 ATM and debit cards. Metavante currently provides Banknorth with trust processing from its Wealth Management solution. Metavante anticipates completing the Banknorth conversion to its EFT and Card solution in the fourth quarter of 2002.”Our goal was to find an EFT and card partner that gives us the capability to support and expand our product offerings on a single, high-performance platform,” said William J. Ryan, president and chief executive officer, Banknorth Group. “Not only did Metavante meet our service, feature and usability criteria, but they also exceeded them with its state-of-the-art technology that includes features like web-based ATM monitoring.””We are thrilled to be able to expand Metavante’s relationship with Banknorth,” said Frank D’Angelo, senior vice president and general manager, Metavante EFT and Card. “Given the scalability of our solution, we are confident we will be able to support the growth objectives and future business strategies of Banknorth.”Metavante is a leading provider of Electronic Funds Transfer and Card solutions, including account processing, merchant servicing, database management, data entry, card personalization, and fulfillment services for debit, credit, stored-value, prepaid, transit, and ATM cards. Metavante provides EFT and card services to approximately 1,600 financial services providers in the United States. Metavante links with all major electronic funds transfer networks, gateways, and processors to route and authorize ATM and debit card transactions for banks, credit unions, Internet banks and independent sales organizations.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Beyoncé, who is 7th in line to the presidency, yesterday performed a great rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the Inauguration, “performed” being the key word — she  lip synched the whole deal.One, or both of those statements may be false, but the New York Post claims Princess Bey indeed sang over a pre-recorded version of herself, even after dramatically ripping the earpiece out of her ear in a “I am Empress Beyoncé. With an é. I don’t need no stinkin’ earpiece” manner.What do you think? Was it lip synched. (Lip sunq. Lip sunqed? Lip saaanqued?)(And we know… Many of you DON’T CARE OH MY GOD WHO CARES OBAMA’S FROM ZIMBABWE WE HAVE 172928 WARS 2ND AMENDMENT AAAAAAAAH! …. This isn’t for you.)last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sure, we love our friends and family, but there is nothing like having some “me” time in a place where you can get away from it all and do as you wish, from catching up on that juicy novel to building some furniture, painting a portrait, playing some video games or just enjoying some uninterrupted television time.Take a look at this Man Cave and She Space we found that may inspire you to create one of your own. Whether you work with a designer or do it yourself, it does not have to cost a lot. Applying a fresh coat of paint, getting rid of the clutter and surrounding yourself with items that make you happy is all you may need to get started.Fort Salonga-based designer Patricia Loria of Loria Design Group created a Man Cave in the basement of this Valley Stream home that offers a fun vibe.“I built a platform that we covered in a geometric indoor/outdoor carpeting that gives you that theater-viewing feel,” she says.“The air hockey game is part of the sports theme in the room and works great for entertaining,” she says. “A vintage New York Rangers jersey; a Patriots flag, a framed Patriots poster and two hockey sticks are showcased to show what a devoted sports fan the owner is.”“Corona is the owner’s favorite drink, so I found a metal/acrylic pub table with bar stools that go perfectly with the theme and adds character,” she says.Kerri Quigley, the owner of the Fashion Class, spends hours in her She Space being creative. It’s her quiet place where she goes to unwind and also come up with new swimwear and knit designs.“My favorite item is my sewing machine,” she says. Located in the attic of her Wantagh home, Quigley describes her She Space as “eclectic.” Part of what makes the room so special to her is the items she surrounds herself with.“I love seeing objects and photos that are associated with good memories, so I tend to keep a lot of stuff about,” she says. One of those items is a plate she brought back home from Bulgaria.“I visited Varna, a beautiful town overlooking the Black Sea filled with ruins from Ancient Rome,” she says. “The Black Sea is calm with high salt content, so you can just float along all day. Later on at a restaurant, a traditional dance performance began. Before I knew it I was pulled on stage and got dressed in a quick costume and had to learn the dance in front of everyone. I’m a shy person but it was hilarious and a lot of fun!”“I fell in love with the red rug when I was in Iceland on my honeymoon,” she says. “We lugged it all over Northern Europe. Although pricey, it’s lush and the perfect color red.”“I painted the color of the walls a Sea Froth by Benjamin Moore,” she says. “I wanted something in a feminine grey tone to fit with the rest of the house. It’s almost a pink or lavender gray.”“I bought this top hat at a tag sale for $4. I love it and I placed it on the dress form for fun,” she continues.“Fabric inspires me,” she adds. “I picked up the fabric from a fabric store. I hung it on the wall until I use it for something I will sew.”“One of my favorite items is the frozen scorpion. It was my younger brother’s. After he passed away, I kept it out to remind me of the fun-loving and wonderful person he was,” she says.last_img read more

first_imgRELATED NEWS: REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCEED 10 BILLION EUROS Despite the constant interventions of SETE, the fact that tourism is largely an export product, provided in a highly competitive international market that is constantly expanding, is still not fully understood. The lack of tax breaks limits the potential of Greek travel companies to respond to increasingly demanding international competition. Directly competing destinations in the market are re-emerging, offering lower taxes compared to Greece and ranking high in the global tourism sector. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Competitiveness Index for 2017 and 2018, tax rates and tax legislation are the first and third most problematic factors for entrepreneurship in Greece. Therefore, it has been proven that Greece has one of the most unattractive tax incentives among the 27 EU member states. Indicatively, Greece ranks 29th among the 35 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in this year’s 2018 Tax Competitiveness Index, which is based on data from XNUMX. As for accommodation, it is worth noting that for every 100 euros spent per tourist in Greece for one night in a four-star hotel, as much as 33,4 euros goes to taxes and social security, while for the same amount in Cyprus 16,1 euro, au Croatia 28,2 euros. Greece should create a favorable business environment for tourism companies to respond to new international challenges, SETE said, adding that an environment with stable tax rates, without excessive tax burdens and with resources and financial aids to improve tourism performance and competitiveness is needed. . After all, improving competitiveness is a condition of the entire business sector, not just tourism. According to a recent World Bank report for 2019, Greece ranks 72nd among 190 countries, which is something that needs to be worked on.center_img Tax overload directly affects the competitiveness of companies operating in the tourism sector, he reports Greek Tourist Confederation (SETE). TOURIST IMPULSE: TOURIST COMPANIES EXPECT NET PROFIT DECREASE AND REDUCTION INVESTMENT POTENTIAL Increased taxation of tourist arrangements has reduced competitiveness gains by 50 percent as a result of internal depreciation created by Greek adjustment programs. In addition, a re-increase in VAT (doubled for accommodation and catering, and tripled for air and sea passenger transport), the overnight tax in combination with the corresponding municipal tax, but also an increase in taxes on other business activities, affect seasonality and service loans and are an inhibitory factor for investment.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal and United battled it out for eight years (Picture: Allsport)The Gunners won the title by a point in 1998 before United did the same in 1999 and though it was Ferguson’s side that won the Treble, Arsenal could have easily done the Double Double such was the fine margins between the teams.AdvertisementAdvertisementGiggs, of course, played on for a further 15 years after the Treble and battled off the likes of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City but he says Wenger’s first great Arsenal side was his toughest opponents.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They [Arsenal 98/99] had such an experienced team,’ Giggs told Sky Sports.‘Obviously at the back the famous back five but in front of them had a bit of everything.‘They had power, they had pace, imagination with Dennis Bergkamp, goals and penetration with Nicolas Anelka. ‘I agree with you [Gary Neville] they were the toughest team to play against.‘I mean Jose’s Chelsea team were tough in a different way they were pragmatic and tough to break down but Arsenal could do everything. ‘They were similar to ourselves they could build up, could counter attack, they were similar, right through the spine they were so strong right from the goalkeeper through to Bergkamp and Anelka.’MORE: Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the best full-backs in the world, says Jose Enrique Comment ‘They had everything’: Ryan Giggs names the toughest opponents he faced at Manchester United Advertisement Manchester United and Arsenal shared the title between 1996 and 2004 (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says the Arsenal side of the late 1990s is the toughest team he faced during his career.Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won back-to-back Premier League titles in the early 90s before Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United fleetingly threatened their superiority.But it was the arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996 that gave the Premier League its most iconic rivalry as Ferguson found his match in the Frenchman.Wenger inherited Arsenal’s famous back five but added astute signings in midfield and flair up front to make Arsenal a more rounded side.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 May 2020 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShareslast_img read more

first_imgAUCKLAND: New Zealand coach Gary Stead, on Tuesday, said he was a bit surprised by India’s abject surrender in the first Test but is expecting a strong comeback in Christchurch.India were all out for 165 and 191 in the two innings of the opening Test, leading to a 10-wicket drubbing in just over three days.”It was a bit of a surprise but it was also due to the pressure we put on those guys for long periods of time. You get Trent and Tim to operate in our conditions and both were outstanding,” Stead told reporters on Tuesday.The head coach also had a subtle warning for the Indian team, saying touring New Zealand could be as tough as playing in some of the other countries.”We want teams to believe that it is as tough in New Zealand as it is playing anywhere else in the world. That’s a pride thing.”Getting Ajinkya Rahane cheaply on the fourth morning was the clincher for Stead. After that, he knew that New Zealand would wrap it up quickly.”Guess picked up wickets at critical times in the match. We got Rahane out and it was the catalyst of the belief,” he said.India captain Virat Kohli had expressed a desire for his batsmen to come out with a positive approach, and Stead feels that a world class side like India would like to dominate the proceedings.”I expect Indian batsmen trying to dominate more and that will be a challenge for our bowlers because a world class side like India will come back hard.”Neil Wagner is back for the second Test after the birth of his first child and there is a possibility that the home team will go in with four specialist seamers in bowling friendly conditions at the Hagley Oval.”That’s always good selection dilemma to have as Neil Wagner is coming back. Kyle Jamieson made most of his debut in the outstanding manner that he played. Neil will be back (in the eleven) with us without a doubt,” Stead said.Asked if left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel will be dropped from the XI, Stead didn’t want to spell it out in as many words, even though that’s an imminent possibility.”We will always consider that (four seamers plus Colin de Grandhomme) as an option after looking at the wicket. I don’t want to make assumptions but yes, wicket at Hagley has a wee bit in it also.””We have seen that guys like Colin de Grandhomme can be very, very useful on this sort of a track. Whoever gets a chance needs to put up a performance like the first game because India will get better,” Stead said. AgenciesAlso Read: New Zealand head coach Gary Stead faces heat for missing India ODIsAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

first_imgMason:On Monday, the legendary Bobby Knight resigned as head coach of the Texas Tech basketball team, leaving behind quite an impressive legacy. Although some may remember Knight for his short temper and violent outbursts on the court, he will go down as one of the greatest ? if not the greatest ? coaches in college basketball history.Knight has won more games than any other coach in history, 902, topping Dean Smith’s mark of 879. He also built Indiana into one of the most prestigious programs of the last three decades.Knight started his head coaching career at the young age of 24, when he took the top job at Army. Although the Black Knights never made the NCAA Tournament in his six seasons, they won more than 20 games twice and 18 games in two other seasons. Plus, one of his former players, Mike Krzyzewski, turned out to be a pretty good coach himself.Knight went on to take the coaching job at Indiana in 1971, where he served as the main man until 2000. In his time there, the Hoosiers won three National Championships and 11 Big Ten conference championships. Clearly nothing to bat an eye at.Oh, and we can add an Olympic gold medal to his resume, as he coached the U.S. basketball team in 1984.If the wins and championships don’t speak enough of his genius, his retirement Monday is actually a pretty smart move in and of itself. The timing may seem poor to some, but it makes sense when you think about it. The Red Raiders are 12-8 overall and just 3-3 in the Big 12. Clearly, they’re not in contention for a title. Why not hand the reins to his son, Pat, to give the new coach some experience heading into next year.Three national titles, a gold medal and the most career wins. The guy’s a basketball genius.Ackerstein:There?s no arguing with Bobby Knight?s career numbers. With more wins than any other coach, a few national championship rings and an undefeated season, he?s got a Hall of Fame r?sum?. The mere fact that even with those achievements his legacy is being questioned, however, proves one thing: Knight was more a bully than a coach.The Nelson Muntz of college basketball, it would be impossible to run down the highlights of his career without mentioning his angrily throwing a chair across the court, posing on the cover of Sports Illustrated with a whip ready to be cracked over one of his players or his alleged assault of a student at Indiana. The man he passed on the all-time win list, Dean Smith, got his school?s arena named after him; Knight would be lucky if the school he?s most famous for coaching at, Indiana, named a sandwich after him.Sure, he brought America an Olympic gold medal, but the rest of his international coaching r?sum? includes hitting a police officer in Puerto Rico and forfeiting an exhibition game against the Soviet Union because he refused to leave the court after being ejected.To top it all off, by retiring in the middle of the season, Knight quit on his team. And even though he left his son Pat in charge, he?s still abandoning Texas Tech when, with a 12-8 record, they still have a shot at a postseason berth.By throwing chairs, hurling obscenities and abusing and abandoning players, Bob Knight took the positive and wholesome image Mr. Rogers had given to sweaters and permanently tarnished it.?Generally? speaking, Knight?s a jerk.last_img read more

first_imgThe management of Voltic (GH) Limited, producers of Ghana’s leading water brand, has congratulated the winners of this year’s Accra Milo Marathon for their display of hard work and endurance during the 42.2 kilometer event.The event saw Alhaji Mohammed Kassim of the Ghana Air Force beating into second place last year’s winner from Kenya, Alex Kimeli, and Elizabeth Bortsor, 22, a police officer, successfully defending her title in style.Voltic (GH) Limited, which was a co-sponsor of the event, in a statement noted with pride the successful organization of this year’s marathon.Brands Manager of Voltic (GH) Limited, Ms. Ama Armah stressed that the 27th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon will go into the history books as the best organized event by the Dansoman Keep Fit Club and Nestle Ghana Limited and that Voltic was very proud to be associated with it.Ms. Armah said Voltic decided to sponsor the marathon because “the human body survives on water and doctors recommend regular water intake to keep the body hydrated at all times. Drinking water contributes to a healthy lifestyle; ensuring this water is of the highest quality and purity takes on added importance for a marathon performance.  Voltic (Gh) Limited co-sponsored the marathon because we wanted to be there for all runners, ensuring that dehydration did not rob them of their dreams.  Voltic’s natural mineral content provides pure and highly effective hydration for athletes.  It is these natural minerals that make Voltic different from other brands on the market.”According to Ms. Armah, as a corporate institution, Voltic believes that it is important to give back to a society that patronizes its products, and therefore take delight in sponsoring a wide range of activities and projects that are important to communities.   The Accra Milo Marathon is no doubt one of the most anticipated events on the Ghanaian sporting calendar.  “The success of this year’s edition has justified our desire to maintain Voltic’s ongoing support of the Accra Milo Marathon” Ms. Armah added.Voltic’s sponsorship package comprised a supply of water for all the athletes before, during and after the event.  The company also gave prizes to selected winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd) in each of the four categories.  The prize package included Voltic souvenirs and a year’s supply of Voltic Natural Mineral water with varying quantities for each category.  Guests and invited dignitaries were also refreshed with Voltic Natural Mineral Water during the awards ceremony.last_img read more

first_imgA man who has also been identified as a registered sex offender has been arrested after officials say he kidnapped and raped a woman he lured to a restaurant with a job offer.Police say the victim who was working at a convenience store when she complained to a coworker that she needed to get another job with more pay, that’s when 43-year-old Jason Minton approached her and said that his tree service company was looking for a secretary and that they pay $35 an hour.The victim then met Minton at the River Grille in Ormond Beach on February 18th for an interview.During the interview, Minton ordered wine for both himself and the victim and then offered the victim shots.At some point during the interview, the victim says she blacked out and woke up hours later in pain at her mother’s house.The victim became concerned with the incident and she and her family contacted the police.During the investigation, authorities found surveillance video from the restaurant showing Minton dragging the unconscious victim to his truck. He then drove off with her in the passenger seat and returned with her more than an hour later. Minton then put the unconscious woman in her vehicle and left.The victim’s mother and father say they began to worry after their daughter stopped returning their text messages. They then went to the restaurant to find her unconscious in her vehicle and took her home.Minton has since turned himself into police on Friday and is expected to be charged with sexual battery and kidnapping.last_img read more