continue reading » Credit union organizations continue to reach out with assistance to families, friends and colleagues affected by Hurricane Harvey.The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation has donated $50,000 to CUAid, the National Credit Union Foundation’s online disaster relief fund. Credit union supporters in every state can make donations at cuaid.coop.PenFed Credit Union, Tysons, Va., has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross Corpus Christi and Houston Chapters. American Red Cross, its employees, retirees and volunteers are among PenFed’s diverse field of membership. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Anyone who’s ever struggled to lay their hands on cash or a card while sitting behind the wheel of a car at a McDonald’s drive-up window will appreciate this: In Brazil, drive-up customers can simply say: “I’m paying with Sem Parar,” when they finish ordering. “Sem Parar” (it means “nonstop” in Portuguese) is the Brazilian electronic toll-pass system. McDonalds partnered with payment systems vendor Fleetcor to use the toll-pass system as the means for consumers to pay by voice.Voice pay is just one of two transformative developments rolling through the payments world. The other trend that’s opening big potential opportunities for retail banking providers is the suddenly awakened U.S. contactless card market. The contactless trend is happening now, while voice pay is a little further down the road. But both are important for the development of the retail payments business.Voice Pay: Can You Hear Me Now?If you had any doubts as to whether smart speakers such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a passing fad, new data from NPR and Edison Research should sweep them away. The organizations revealed that the number of smart speakers in U.S. households grew by 78% to 118.5 million devices in one year — from December 2017 to December 2018. Of the 14 million U.S. consumers who bought one during the 2018 holiday season, just over half were adding the device to one or more existing smart speakers.
The Nelson Neptunes are back!Following a one-season hiatus due to renovations at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, the Heritage City club experienced its first action as the Neptunes hosted the first meet of the 2014 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season this past weekend in Nelson.“For the Neptunes it was highly successful, placing fourth place out of eight teams in total, but more importantly, the amount of improvement seen by all swimmers was excellent,” said Neptune coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.Castlegar Aquanauts dominated the meet winning going away with 636 points.Surprising Grand Forks was second with 318 points followed by Trail at 255 and host Neptunes at 246.Kimberley, Revelstoke, Creston and Colville, Wash., rounded out the field.Individually, Sage Cowan who won gold in Division six girls to lead Nelson.Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer also topped the podium in Division eight girls while Afford was third.Morgan Roberston-Weir, in Division one girls, Cameron Bibby-Fox, in Division two boys, Ohia Wintraub in Division four girls and Olivia Cowan, in Division five girls, all won bronze medals.Riley Andursak set meet records for Nelsonin 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly while teammate Lachlan Bibby-Fox set a new mark in 25-meter backstroke. “We were very happy with all the swimmers enthusiasm and effort this weekend and we know that this will be carried through the rest of the summer,” Rebecca Afford said.Neptune results — Top Three Finishes:Rebecca Afford – Division 8200IM 3rd (2:48.65)50 Freestyle 1st (30.27)100 Breaststroke 1st (1:22.26)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:08.11)Riley Andrusak – 6 and under25 Freestyle 1st (22.80)25 Butterfly 1st (29.95)25 Backstroke 1st (26.20)25 Breaststroke 1st (34.45)Cameron Bibby-Fox – Division 250 Butterfly 3rd (1:07.00)50 Breaststroke 2nd (1:10.08)Lachlan Bibby-Fox – 6 and under25 Freestyle 1st (29.36)25 Butterfly 2nd (43.76)25 Backstroke 1st (31.20)25 Breaststroke 3rd (48.55)Joanna Blishen – Division 5100 Butterfly 2nd (1:37.16)Imogen Cowan – Division 1100 IM 3rd (2:05.80)Sage Cowan – Division 6 200 IM 1st (2:57.07)100 Butterfly 2nd (1:24.41)100 Backstroke 2nd (1:22.84)50 Butterfly 2nd (36.16)100 Freestyle 2nd (1:10.94)Olivia Cowan – Division 5200 IM 2nd (3:03.86)100 Backstroke 2nd (1:23.90)50 Butterfly 3rd (36.84)Locke Finley – Division 2100 Freestyle 3rd (1:53.91)Hunter Hedges – Division 150 Freestyle 3rd (50.82)50 Backstroke 2nd (59.20)Matthew Holitzki – Division 4200 IM 3rd (3:11.48)100 Breaststroke 3rd (1:39.53)kMakena Janzen – 6 and under25 Breaststroke 3rd (45.76)Hannah Malenfant – Division 4200 IM 3rd (3:20.50)100 Backstroke 3rd (1:33.80)Cynthia Pfeiffer – Division 8200 IM 1st (2:42.52)50 Freestyle 3rd (30.44)100 Butterfly 2nd (1:18.59)100 Backstroke 1st (1:11.55)50 Butterfly 2nd (33.68)100 Freestyle 2nd (1:06.25)Morgan Robertson-Weir – Division 150 Butterfly 2nd (1:03.00)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:52.09Nava Sachs – Division 5100 Breaststroke 3rd (1:38.89)Ohia Wintraub – Division 450 Freestyle 3rd (34.31)50 Butterfly 3rd (37.41)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:18.56)
According to coach Karen Redfern, “properly waxed skis make a huge difference for skiers of all abilities, but it’s often neglected because it can be messy and inconvenient.”Redfern also says that all skis benefit from waxing and even waxless or scale skis need the tips and tails waxed for optimal performance. During the swap, skiers can have their skis waxed during the annual Nordic ski swap for a suggested donation of only $10. The clinic is a fundraiser for the Nelson Nordic Track Attack and Junior Racers program and will be run by parents and athletes.The club will have several stations set up for short waiting times, and apply a general hot wax suitable for conditioning skis and average temperatures. Are you ready for some skiing — downhill or nordic?The Nelson Nordic Ski Club and Whitewater Ski Team are hosting respective ski swaps Saturday and Sunday.The Nelson Nordic Ski Team kicks off the swap weekend with its Ski Swap and Annual General Meeting Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club at 801 Railway Street.Re-sale items can be dropped off from 9-10 a.m. The AGM follows at 10 a.m. with the swap running from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, at Hume School Gymnasium, the 25th annual Whitewater Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Swap is being held from 12:30-3 p.m.Entrance is by donation. Ski, snowboard, telemark & touring gear and clothing can be dropped off from 9-11 a.m.Proceeds to toward the Whitewater Ski Team, a ski racing club dedicated to building life long skiers in a positive, fun and supportive learning environment.The goal of the club is to instill passion in young skiers, develop excellent skiing skills in all terrain and conditions, as well as building self confidence, respect for the mountains, and respect for their peers.Check out the Whitewater Ski Club on its Facebook Page.