Open banking: User experience over technology

first_img continue reading » What is it? There’s a lot of chatter about ‘Open Banking’ in the UK, a new world where our banks and other regulated organisations will be able to share, access and orchestrate our banking information to help us make better product decisions, save money and reduce unnecessary administration.Just as importantly, it is aimed to dilute the control of the major banking players and allow smaller challenger banks and other 3rd party financial organisations to compete and offer innovative solutions.Opening Banking has been live since the first half of 2018 and in January 2019 alone, over 23m successful Open banking API calls were made, representing around 30% growth over the previous month.However, a survey from consumer group Which? found that 92% of respondents hadn’t even heard of it. Other polls suggest people find the idea of data sharing scary. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 persons nabbed for violating quarantine

first_imgPolice chanced upon them having adrinking spree along the road at 7:40 p.m. on March 23. No one shall be allowed to go out except incases of emergency or for the sole purpose of purchasing food, medicines, basicnecessities and prime commodities. The city government recently placed theentire metro under a 26-day “enhanced community quarantine” against coronavirusdisease 2019. A curfew will also be enforced from 8 p.m. to5 a.m. though there are some exemptions. Residents Joemarie Nemenzo, 40; EreneoVillanueva, 32; Jeffrey Solinap, 39; and Francisco Perez, 22, were all taken toPolice Station 1. center_img All public and private offices, business andcommercial establishments shall be closed, but with some exemptions. ILOILO City – Police arrested fourpersons for breaking quarantine rules in Barangay Sta. Monica, City Proper. Dispensing and transporting liquor are also prohibitedduring the lockdown period./PNlast_img read more

Guyana’s Wong to participate at Continental TT tourney this weekend

first_img… GTTA maps out Youth Olympic Games qualification plansJUNIOR table tennis player, Miguel Wong, is scheduled to leave Guyana for the Dominican Republic, later this week to participate in the May 12-14 Latin American tournament, as he begins preparations to qualify for next year’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Wong’s participation at this YOG Latin American Qualification Tournament is part of the Guyana Table Tennis Association’s deliberate plan to see Wong either qualify for the YOG or at least garner a Universality Place to participate as an unqualified athlete.In a press release yesterday, the GTTA informed that they had already submitted Wong’s name to the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), to notify of his selection as a YOG prospect.“Miguel is a talented, disciplined athlete; one who the association feels has a long term future in the sport and the potential to reach higher levels if given the correct nurturing support and exposure,” a press release from the GTTA conveyed.“His exposure to this event will truly augment his development, (and) his international ranking, which would assist Guyana’s chances of doing well in future engagements and so this would represent a long-term investment in one of our brighter prospect for the future.”GTTA noted that while Wong was not the only prospect they were eyeing, there could be only one nominee, saying that Nickolus Romain has also been showing potential worth investing in.Wong’s participation is just the beginning of the plans that the GTTA hopes to see in his development. Wong will be a representative team member at the II South American Youth Games scheduled for September 2017, as well as the Pan American Junior and Cadet Games qualifier.The GTTA is also hoping to have Wong participate at other events on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) junior circuit. Participating in more events on the ITTF junior circuit will also increase the 16-year-old’s chances of selection to the ITTF ‘With the Future in Mind’ Road to Buenos Aires Olympic Solidarity Athlete Scholarships, which offers “high-level training to a limited number of young, talented athletes, who have a strong potential and who have already demonstrated a good standard”.Hence, even if Wong does not qualify at this weekend’s tournament he will have other opportunities on the road to qualification for the YOG.However, attendance at this weekend’s continental tournament is compulsory.last_img read more

OPAP supports public health networks with direct response programme

first_imgShare Share Related Articles OPAP has launched a ‘direct response programme’ which will support public health networks and emergency services in its home markets of Greece and Cyprus.Last week OPAP, the operating firm of the Greek National Lottery confirmed that it had donated 500,000 surgical masks and further emergency equipment to be directly used by Greece’s National Health Service. The Athens-listed firm detailed that it is working directly with Greece’s Ministry of Health in distributing the supplies to critical hospitals combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.Working with the government, OPAP has confirmed that it will financially support the Greek emergency network’s ‘DoctorAnytime’ national helpline, allowing concerned citizens to seek direct professional advice on coronavirus and other health matters. OPAP underlined its close relationship with Greek health networks, having funded the development of Athens paediatric hospital as a core social responsibility initiative.Further directives have seen OPAP confirm that it will fund a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) within Cyprus’ Nicosia General Ward Hospital.Dimitris Aletraris, OPAP Chief Executive for Cyprus, confirmed that the gambling group had agreed to finance the development of the care unit for €1.3 million, which is expected to open in summer 2020. He said: “We want to assure all citizens that OPAP is an ally during this crisis time.” Submit SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Cypriot football seeks betting levy for development programmes June 25, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020last_img read more

Uefa competition last 16: What we learned

first_imgGuardiola led his Man City side to the quarter finals of the Champions League (Agency Photo)1- Premier League Generates Club Strength: The presence of England’s Top Six – Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea in Friday’s quarter final draw confirms that strong competition among these clubs is propelling them to a higher level.Countries whose domestic leagues are dominated by just one or two clubs – read Paris Saint Germain in France and Bayern Munich in Germany, don’t carry any intensity into European competitions.That’s why Man United who lie fifth in England, could eliminate PSG. Same applies to Spurs. For a Spurs side that hasn’t won the Premier League at all to dismantle then Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate is a testament to England’s top division’s strength and an indictment on Germany’s equivalent league.PSG as well can do with stiffer competition in French Ligue One.2- Ignore Pedigree At Own Peril: Although the Europa League threw up a couple of surprises; with Czech heavyweights Slavia Prague upstaging three-time winners Seville and Eintracht Frankfurt eliminating thrice European champions Internazionale of Milan, most duels ended in favour of sides with continental history.For instance, pedigree was the only difference between former champions Benfica and Croatian side Dynamo Zagreb. In all other aspects, the teams were equals.They were only separated because the Portuguese side have been there, done that. An identical analogy can be transplanted to FC Porto’s tie with Italian nearly men AS Roma.Even the so call biggest upset of the Round of 16 – Ajax Amsterdam overturning a 1-2 first leg deficit to upstage Real Madrid and Manchester United’s 3-1 away ambush of PSG after falling 0-2 at Old Trafford, could not have been possible if the Dutch side and Red Devils weren’t previous tournament winners.3- Finished article Ben Arfa worth a gamble: Can’t figure out why Hatem Ben Arfa is still playing with a French Ligue One mid-table side like Rennes.Over two legs in his club’s Europa League tie with Arsenal, the former French international was the only player with real spark. Stade Rennais can count themselves unlucky that each time Ben Arfa created a goal scoring chance either by turning on the afterburners (he has astonishing acceleration), the drop of a shoulder, or shimmy and dummy; a Rennes striker was caught offside.Arfa can easily turn Premier League sides used to huffing and puffing without biting into Top Six contenders. Clubs like Leicester City, Everton, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers must forget about his time at Newcastle United and take a gamble on Ben Arfa. He’s now a finished article.4- Money strong success determinant: A cursory glance at Europe’s richest clubs throws light on which clubs reached the Uefa Champions League and Europa League quarterfinals.The Premier League’s Top Six – Manchester City and United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all among the continent’s fifteen richest football clubs. The same applies to Barcelona, Juventus, Napoli, FC Porto and Benfica.To narrow it down further; among Europe’s richest ten, only  underperforming Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who were beaten by a very adroit Liverpool outfit, were absent from Friday’s quarter final draw.Top Italian clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan, together with AS Roma ought to launch an inquiry into why of late their money is no translating into European success.5- It pays to hire top coaches: PSV Eindhoven boss Marco van Bommel, Atletico Madrid supremo Diego Simeone, Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Mourinho are the only coaches who would feature in my list of Top 12 coaches in club football whose teams did not qualify for Friday’s UEFA quarter final draw.Otherwise, the game’s best coaches: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool),  Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus),  Ernesto Valverde, Erik ten Hag (Ajax), Sergio Conceicao (Porto), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs),  Unai Emery (Arsenal) and Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea) all kept their teams on track for European success. Jurgen Klopp is my number one coach in world football ahead of Guardiola and Allegri because he is delivering success while generating profits (a record £100m in the last financial year).Comments Tags: Allan Ssekamatetoplast_img read more