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_imgRelatedPosts Bring oil thieves to justice, Gov. Wike urges security agencies Navy releases details of training for successful Batch 29B of NNBTS Blackout in Rivers as protesters shut down Afam transmission station A classy Rivers United performance culminated in a 2-1 victory over Kano Pillars at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt in one of the stand out fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday. Konan Ruffin and Cletus Emotan netted for the Pride of Rivers either side of half time, while Rabiu Ali converted a brilliant free kick with practically the last kick of the game to give the raucous visiting fans something to shout about. The win takes United up to second on the NPFL standings, just a point behind the leaders, Plateau United, with the Jos club claiming a share of the spoils at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi against third-placed Lobi Stars. Pillars started well and could have taken the lead inside the opening four minutes when Usman Babalolo rattled the Rivers United goalkeeper, Ospino Egbe, with a long range drive, which was pushed away for a corner. The hosts slowly grew in stature and began to dominate with their quick passing game, which earned them a penalty in the 18th minute after midfielder, Esor Nelson, was fouled in the box. Esor had rounded the Pillars goalkeeper, Joshua Enaholo, following some intricate bits of passing and movement and was on the verge of planting an emphatic finish into an unguarded net before he was upended by the startled Enaholo. Ruffin is a deadly customer from 12 yards and he made no mistakes, firing home with frightening force despite the best efforts of Enaholo, who got a hand to the fierce effort to send the home fans into fits of euphoria. The visitors then took over, dominating large stretches of the rest of the half with veteran Ali enjoying their best chance, a free kick from the edge of the area, which he placed well wide in the 41st minute. United had enjoyed two gilt-edged opportunities before Ali’s moment of indiscretion and had themselves to blame for not taking even one of those to further stretch their lead. The first fell to Ruffin who latched onto Emotan’s sleek pass on the half hour before blazing into Orbit from a tight angle with just the goalkeeper to beat. Michael Gopey also went close, a minute later, with a header which Enaholo managed to scramble away for a corner. Pillars started the second stanza gamely and continued to look dangerous as they stepped on the accelerator in search of the second goal. Substitute Ahmad Musa came close in the 82nd minute when he side footed Nyima Nwagua’s inch-perfect cross just wide with just Egbe at his mercy from four yards out. It was a shocking miss which was to attract consequences as the hosts made the points safe with a delightful goal five minutes from the end. A delightful passing move carved open the Pillars backline and Emotan was afforded the luxury of time and space to pick his spot and curl exquisitely past the badly-exposed Enaholo in the Pillars goal. Ali’s intelligent free kick just before the end represented nothing more than scant consolation for the hosts as referee Ndubuisi Ukah brought a wonderfully-open and richly entertaining game of football to an end. Head coach of Pillars, Ibrahim Musa, rued his side’s missed chances in the game as he discussed with the official Rivers United FC website:, after the game. “We need to improve in our finishing. That is the only problem we are facing,” Musa said. On his part, technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma, said: “We could win the league title if we intensify our efforts because it is very possible. “We will not allow the tempo we have built to drop and we cannot allow the little success we have gotten so far to get into our heads now.” Rivers United have now amassed 36 points from 21 matches and next travel to Okigwe to face Heartland FC in their next game in the competition.Tags: Aper Aku StadiumCletus EmotanKano PillarsLobi StarsPort HarcourtRivers UnitedUsman Babalololast_img read more

first_imgThe Ospreys prop Paul James was fortunate to remain on the field after flooring the Romanian hooker Marius Tincu with a punch, while the home coach, Sean Holley, was concerned at marks around the eyes of some of his players. “It is the second week in a row this has happened,” he said, in a reference to the 12-6 defeat at Leicester. “I am not saying it is eye-gouging, but it is something that has increased in the game in the last year or so.”At one point, the Ospreys captain, Ryan Jones, pointed at his eyes and looked at the referee after the replacement lock Ian Gough had, as it were, pointed the finger at the flanker Gerrie Britz for skulduggery at a ruck. Was Jones suggesting the referee needed to see an optician or that Gough had been gouged? “No comment,” he said, repeatedly.The Ospreys need to pull their collective finger out. Five penalties from the 19-year-old fly-half Dan Biggar secured victory here, but the virtually silent reaction from the crowd at the final whistle told its own story. They have in Holley probably the most enterprising young coach in Wales, but he does not wield the clout of Gatland in a top-heavy region.Ospreys: Byrne; Vaughton, Bowe, A Bishop, Williams; Biggar, Webb; James (D Jones, 53), Bennett (Hibbard, 75), A Jones, AW Jones (Gough, 72), Evans, R Jones (capt; Smith, 80), Holah, Tiatia.Pens: Biggar 5.Perpignan Porical; Plante, Sid, Manas, Candelon; Mélé (Durand, 11), Cusiter; Freshwater (Pulu, 59), Tincu (Guirado, 59), Mas (capt; Freshwater, 70), Olibeau (Guiry, 62), Kairelis (Vilaceca, 59), Perez (Vaki, 73), Britz, Chouly.Pens: Porical 3.Sin-bin: Plante, 29; Perez, 40; Vilaceca, 76.Referee: W Barnes (England). Attendance: 10,761. First published on Sun 19 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT Share via Email The Ospreys were expected to be among the high fliers in the Heineken Cup but they have yet to start flapping, failing to score a try in their first two games.Wales’s leading region may mix the bulk of the national side with a supplement of Test players from overseas, but having signed up an array of individual talent, the management keeps banging on about the overriding importance of the team ethic. The directors’ programme notes on Saturday were stuffed with corporate jargon, clotted with words such as core, values, transparency, honesty, trust and loyalty.The aim is to establish an esprit de corps, but there is no joie de vivre. Players who are expressive for Wales seem constrained, lacking swagger. There were mitigating factors against Perpignan, with a number of backs injured and opponents happy to concede penalties. But even when they had a man advantage, on three occasions, the Ospreys lacked invention.Like Wales they are run by a New Zealander, but while Warren Gatland is the head coach at national level, Andrew Hore has an overseeing role at the Ospreys and comes from a conditioning background, rather than coaching. He has built a model of rigidity, exemplified in the two-match ban given to Gavin Henson this month for skipping a training session. Henson’s ban ended early when he was recalled to the bench on Saturday morning after a back spasm forced out James Hook. The Ospreys did not have another fit and registered back but Henson remained on the sidelines throughoutthe match, even though his side only took the lead for the first time with 11 minutes to go.Perpignan led for 22 minutes either side of half-time, after Jérôme Porical kicked his third penalty, despite losing two players to the sin-bin in the third quarter, which reduced them to 13 men for two minutes. In stoppage time Viliami Vaki crossed the line for what would have been the winning try, only to be called back for a forward pass. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Facebook match reports Ospreys 15-9 Perpignan Shares00 Heineken Cup Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Rugby unioncenter_img Heineken Cup Sun 19 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT Ospreys Share via Email Biggar is better for Ospreys but tries are still on endangered list Heineken Cup 2008-09 Paul Rees at the Liberty Stadium Share on Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Topics Perpignan Support The Guardian Share on Pinterestlast_img read more