Consumers say mobile apps are worth switching for

first_imgAlthough most consumers are remaining loyal to their financial institution (FI), the reasons cited by those who are switching are changing.According to SNL Financials’ early 2015 survey of nearly 5,000 smartphone users, just 11 percent admitted to changing their primary checking account to a new FI in the previous 12 months. This means 89 percent of consumers are demonstrating some degree of loyalty to their current FI.This was especially apparent for seniors (ages 67 and up) and baby boomers (ages 48 to 66), who switched at a rate of just 4 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Notably, rates were significantly higher for young adults ages 18 to 25 and 26 to 35, who switched at rates of 19 percent and 16 percent, respectively.The survey found consumers are increasingly giving consideration to an FI’s mobile application offering in deciding whether to switch. In fact, 26 percent of those who changed FIs did so in search of an improved mobile app experience. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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China warns of racism in Australia, issues travel warning as row escalates

first_imgSince Australian borders are closed to all non-essential inbound and outbound travellers because of the pandemic — with no date set for them to reopen — the advice from Beijing is largely symbolic.Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham told the ABC’s Radio National on Monday that there had been racist incidents.”But I think the idea that Australia, in any way, is an unsafe destination for visitors to come to is one that just does not stand up to scrutiny,” he said.The anti-discrimination commission in New South Wales — Australia’s most populous state — said last week that there had been an increase in enquiries related to the pandemic and racism against people of Asian backgrounds.The group said instances included people being bullied for wearing a face mask, spat at and harassed in public on their way to work, while they exercised or at the supermarket.Anti-Discrimination NSW said it had also heard from people who have experienced violent race-related acts like their car window being smashed and racist language written across cars and private property.The relationship between Beijing and Canberra has become increasingly troubled as China has become more assertive in flexing its growing military, economic and diplomatic power in the Asia-Pacific region.In response to calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic, the Chinese ambassador in Canberra had threatened a widespread consumer boycott of Australian products — a warning followed up by a bar on imports from four major Australian beef producers.And then in May, China imposed an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley over dumping allegations, a move set to cost at least Aus$500 million (US$350 million) a year, according to five of the nation’s grain growers.An editorial published by the nationalist Chinese state-run Global Times warned the travel alert “may just be the tip of the iceberg”.”If Australia wants to retain the gain from its economic ties with China,” it said, “it must make a real change to its current stance on China, or it will completely lose the benefits of Chinese consumers.” China stepped up the war of words again last week by telling its citizens to avoid the country altogether over safety concerns.”Recently, there has been a lot of discrimination against Chinese and Asian people in Australia,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing Monday.”Many Chinese in Australia have been insulted or even injured…[and] graffiti or words with racist connotations against Chinese have appeared in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other Australian cities.”On Friday, China’s culture and tourism ministry had advised against travel to Australia due to increasing racism linked to the coronavirus. Topics :center_img Beijing warned Monday there has been “a lot of discrimination” against Chinese people in Australia, escalating a diplomatic row just days after telling its citizens not to travel there.Tensions between Australia and China have been mounting on a number of fronts, and Beijing reacted with fury to recent calls for an independent investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus pandemic after it first emerged in central China late last year.Read also: Australia, China tensions rise over coronavirus inquiry calllast_img read more

Breaking: Cllr Martin McDermott elected new Cathaoirleach of Inishowen

first_imgFianna Fáil Councillor Martin McDermott has officially been elected as Cathaoirleach for the Municipal District of Inishowen.The Glengad man topped the poll in Inishowen last month with 2,501 first preference votes.He was the first county councillor to be elected to the new Donegal County Council in Inishowen. McDermott takes over the role from Irish Labour Councillor Martin Farren.Following his election last month, McDermott told Donegal Daily: I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a blown-away vote,”“I can’t put into words the support I’ve got. I got great support the last time. To get around 35 per cent of the vote, I can’t put that into words.”Breaking: Cllr Martin McDermott elected new Cathaoirleach of Inishowen was last modified: June 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FFA photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bailey Eberhart National officer Layni LeBlanc talked during the Fourth Session. Sara Sharp recited the FFA Creed at the 2019 State Convention. Houston-UVCC was the top Growing Leaders Chapter Gretchen Lee Felicity-Franklin was the Top Building Communities Chapter Covington-UVCC was the top Strengthening Agriculture Chapter Holly McClay Kalyn Strahley Houston UVCC: Growing Leaders Top Chaper Josh Duncan of the Tri County North Chapter did a welding simulation. Charlie Bauer of the Global Impact Chapter played an intense game of Jenga. Isaiah Stickley of the Global Impact Chapter and Gannon Arnett of the A.B. Graham Chapter played a competitive game of corn hole. Abby Webster of the Global Impact FFA Chapter tested her strength at the Army booth. The 2018-2019 Ohio FFA officers kicked off Session 1. Joel talks with some of the 2019 student reporters. There was a wild lead in to Session 1. Tyler Zimpfer, State Vice President at Large, hypes up members before Session One. Holly McClay is serving as FFA Vice President. Grace Lach helps introduce Session 1. Mallary Caudill, State Sentinel, helps introduce Session 1. Tyler Zimpfer, VP at large New chapters were announced in Session 1. Kolesen McCoy, State President, kicks off Session 1 at the 2019 Ohio FFA Convention. Keynote Speaker, Chris Koch, inspiring thousands of FFA members with his story. Katelyn Hanes of Tri-Village MVCTC sang for her FFA talent. Daniel Lake shops FFA merchandise. Sami Russell and Hannah Brewer got som shopping in. Sydney Meyer from Botkins entertained the crowd with her performance. Hunter Tilton of Clearfork FFA. Chris Koch was born with no arms or legs. He now farms and is a professional speaker. he was the key note speaker for Session 1. Jacob Wuebker, Versailles, Star in Agricultural Placement; Madison Whitt, Ridgewood, Star in Agribusiness; Cody Clark, Zane Trace, Star in Agriscience; and Montgomery Boes, Upper Sandusky, Star Farmer Ohio native Mandy Harvey lost her hearing 10 years ago but dazzled the crowd at Session 2 with her amazing singing. FFA Choir FFA band Sunrise Cooperative is providing a truck for Holly McClay, the new FFA president. After her year as president, the truck will go to a newly hired FFA member at Sunrise. Sunrise Cooperative is providing a truck for Holly McClay, the new FFA president. After her year as president, the truck will go to a newly hired FFA member at Sunrise. President Kolesen McCoy had an important message in his retiring address.last_img read more

Smaller parties tug at alliance partners’ coat-tails in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai: The four major political parties, the ruling Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may have announced alliances for the forthcoming general elections, but are finding it tough to keep their smaller partners happy, with some even threatening to contest out of the alliances.For the ruling partners Sena and BJP, Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Union government and president of the Republican Party of India (RPI) is proving to be a headache. Mr. Athawale had announced he would contest from the Mumbai South-Central Lok Sabha seat, which Rahul Shewale of the Sena holds. But with the Sena and BJP sealing their alliance, Mr. Athawale is left with no seat to contest.“I was not consulted before the parties decided to ally. The Sena and BJP should have talked to me before sealing the deal,” said Mr. Athawale. Even though he said he would stay with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), he has clarified that he will be asking for his share.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, however, had said on Sunday, “We are capable of handling our friends. No one should be worried about our future. Mr. Athawale is with us and will remain so.”Another NDA constituent, Mahadev Jankar of the Rashtriya Samaj Party (RSP), has demanded five LS seats from Maharashtra. Party spokesperson Laxman Hake reiterated the demand in Pune on Monday. Mr. Jankar, who claims to enjoy the support of the Dhangar community, has organised a party rally in Mumbai on March 5 where he is likely to raise the demand again.For the Opposition, the trouble continues in the form of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), led by Raju Shetty, MP. Apart from Hatkanangle, Mr. Shetty is demanding Buldhana and Wardha from the Congress-NCP alliance. The Samajwadi Party too is demanding a seat from the Congress. While Prakash Ambedkar has formed an alliance with the AIMIM, the Congress continues to woo him in the opposition, without the AIMIM. “He has demanded the RSS be brought under the Constitution. Our president Rahul Gandhi is fighting a case against the RSS in the court. What can be greater proof of our commitment to fight the RSS? We wish to see Amabedkarji with us to contest these elections,” according to Ashish Dua, secretary, AICC with responsibility of Maharashtra.last_img read more

MISC Berhad Earns Less in 4th Quarter

first_imgzoom Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC Berhad) has seen its group profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 plunge by 33 percent mainly due to lower operating profit from LNG, petroleum and heavy engineering business segments.The company’s net profit for the quarter ended December 31 stood at MYR 499,742, down from MYR 752,389 seen in the same quarter a year earlier, while group revenue slipped by 24 percent to MYR 2.5 billion, compared to the corresponding quarter’s revenue of MYR 3.3 billion. The decrease in revenue was mainly due to lower revenue in two business segments, namely, heavy engineering and LNG.Operating profit of MYR 666.6 million was lower than the profit of MYR 1 billion seen in the same quarter a year earlier, mainly driven by lower revenue and higher depreciation by MYR 118.7 million, following the change in estimated useful life of LNG and Petroleum vessels beginning January 2016.For the full year 2016, MISC Berhad reported a net profit of MYR 2.7 billion, up from MYR 2.5 billion seen in the previous year, while group revenue decreased by 12 percent to MYR 9.5 billion from MYR 10.9 billion recorded in the respective periods.“The year 2016 saw the global shipping industry undergoing another volatile year where businesses across the Oil & Gas supply chain suffered under very difficult market conditions. Despite the prevailing challenges in 2016, MISC once again proved its resilience by turning in commendable financial and operational performances,” Yee Yang Chien, MISC President/Group Chief Executive Officer, said.He added that MISC Berhad expects “no less than another challenging year ahead.”*MYR 1 = USD 0.22last_img read more

Secondhand Ultramax Joins Genco Shippings Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk specialists Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has taken delivery of the recently acquired 61,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.The Genco Weatherly is the first of six vessels to be delivered to Genco as part of its recent agreements to acquire the secondhand ships.Besides the 2014-built Ultramax, the company reached a deal to purchase two 2015-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels and another 2016-built 60,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.In addition, Genco entered into another agreement to acquire two 2016-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels.All of the units are expected to be delivered to Genco in the third quarter of 2018.last_img

AT VANCOUVER WEBFEST 2018 HOW TO CRAFT A SUCCESSFUL PITCH

first_imgRyan CoppleNew Media Council Board Delegate at Producers Guild of AmericaTwitter: @rwcopple  |  IG: @rycopsRyan Copple has worked over ten years in digital media with positions ranging from creative development, physical production and business management. He has produced over 200 hours of online content in the geek and gaming arena, including hits like Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, the breakout success Dungeons & Dragons show Critical Role, Microsoft’s live action adaptation of the popular Halo franchise Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion’s Con Man as well as myriad of other scripted and non-scripted projects. HIs efforts have resulted in several Emmy nominations and other award series.  Read More Twitter Mélanie Lê Phan, Production Executive, Digital Originals at CBC TelevisionMélanie Lê Phan has worked for CBC Television in both Scripted and Unscripted programming since 2013. She is currently an Executive in Charge of Production for Scripted Digital Originals, overseeing production and development of mid-length series for CBC’s OTT player and of social video for the CBC Comedy feed. She has recently worked on the fourth season of The Amazing Gayl Pile and the second season of My 90-Year-Old Roommate in addition to many other digital scripted series.Mélanie has also worked on digital unscripted content, including the doc series The Artists and several CBC Docs: Shorts one-off docs, including One Leg In, One Leg Out and The Haircut. She has previously held the position of Development Manager for Factual programming and CBC Docs (Firsthand, The Nature of Things). Prior to joining the CBC, Mélanie worked in independent production for TV series, documentary features and both fiction and non-fiction short films. Mélanie was also the Communications Coordinator for the CMPA – BC Producer’s Branch after her film production studies at UBC. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Images Festival in Toronto, the largest experimental film festival in North America.CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR PASS Bernie SuCreator / Executive Producer – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Art of the Pitch can be an elusive beast, yet it is one of the most crucial elements of any storytelling project. Hear from filmmakers who are experienced at pitching as well as industry executives that hear pitches everyday to find out the inside scoop on creating the perfect pitch. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bernie Su is a two time Primetime Emmy award-winning interactive storyteller, creator, and showrunner. His two winning series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved, are the first and second Primetime Emmys ever won by a Youtube distributed series. He has been creating web series since 2009. His other series include the psychological thriller Compulsions, the science series Frankenstein MD for PBS Digital Studios, and the soapy revenge drama Vanity for Maybelline. He is also a co-founder of Canvas Media Studios which focuses on creating scripted franchise series for digital and traditional platforms. Valerie Connelly, thebis.caValerie is a veteran TV producer and development executive who has worked on content for major broadcaster in Canada. She had the privilege of being part of the creative teams behind hit shows such as HGTV’s “Colin & Justin’s Home Heist”, Slice’s “Wedding SOS” and City TV’s “The Liquidator.”Valerie has held positions with industry leaders such as Cineflix, Cream Productions and was Head of Development for Marble Media before moving to Vancouver. She is a regular at markets such as MIP, Realscreen and Banff, and has pitched content to broadcasters from around the world. For the past 5 years, Valerie has been a guest lecturer at Queens University for their Business in Media course. Her latest venture sees her launching a digital platform offering cannabis inspired content. Valerie endeavours to provide Canadians with a welcoming digital space to learn about cannabis through entertaining original content. www.thebis.ca Facebooklast_img read more