Delivering an integrated member experience just got easier

first_img continue reading » As technology evolves at breakneck speed, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have become a powerful tool for integrating information, processes, and technology across an enterprise. A 2019 study by Cloud Elements found that 55 percent of business owners believe API integration is critical to their business strategy.1APIs have been largely responsible for the growth of the modern digital economy with Big Tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Uber all relying on them to power their business and create seamless digital experiences. For credit unions, APIs can help drive deeper member engagement within their payments channels by enabling them to introduce new innovations faster and more seamlessly than ever before.What is an API?As a quick refresher: an API is essentially code that makes it easier for two systems or applications to relay information to one another. We use APIs every day when we’re booking flights, buying movie tickets, or checking the weather on our phone – they are the connective tissue that allow products, services and applications to interact without having to create duplicate code. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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GBGB responds to Peterborough concerns

first_img Related Articles Share UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels June 25, 2020 The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has responded to concerns raised by Peterborough Greyhound Track regarding the resumption of the sport.Following confirmation that the sport would be targeting a 1 June restart date, Richard and Rob Perkins published an open letter to GBGB explaining that the track at Peterborough would be unable to commence trials until it receives confirmation from the government.The letter read: “Following the release of the Statement from the GBGB yesterday we have been seeking clarification from them as to when, and if, we are able to commence trials and, ultimately, racing.“We must receive confirmation from the government that we are able to commence trials before we are able to go ahead. Without this confirmation we would be in breach of UK government Guidelines and our own business insurance cover amongst other things.“Once confirmation has been received that we can undertake trials we must then consider the cost implications of a return to racing behind, what would be, closed doors. Without being able to open the stadium to the general public we would be reliant on the income from the sale of our broadcast rights to GMG/ARC/Arena Racing.“As you are aware at this time the stadium receives broadcast income for the Wednesday evening fixture only, any further race meetings that take place behind closed doors generate no income but involve considerable expense.“Currently we are therefore not planning any trials sessions at the stadium until we have received the above clarifications and commitment.”UK greyhound racing has been postponed since 18 March, following the UK government’s decision to implement Phase 1 of national lockdown procedures.Earlier this month, GBGB published a five-phase approach to restarting the sport, which included the steps being taken to move from hosting trial meetings behind closed doors towards the sport returning to normality, subject to government guidance on social distancing and public gatherings.In response to the concerns, GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird reiterated that the GBGB is working with tracks to ensure that the sport can return safely, and that its COVID-19 Operational Policy is fully implemented.He said: “We are clear as a regulator that trials constitute a ‘return to work’ in line with the latest government update. This is not conditional on written approval from the government or from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Tracks are, however, required to follow the GBGB COVID-19 Operational Policy.“It is of course each track’s decision as to whether they choose to begin trials, whilst there remain government restrictions, on preparation for the return to racing behind closed doors from 1 June. We accept that racing under these terms may not be economically viable for some racecourses, especially if those tracks’ business modelling relies largely or wholly on spectator and/or restaurant footfall.“We are of course working with racecourses that will be choosing to trial to ensure that they are ‘COVID-19 Secure’, according to the principles of our Operational Policy. This has been shared with all the relevant government departments and we remain confident, subject to any further changes, that trialling can start from 18 May, with racing following on from 1 June.”last_img read more

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MY DONEGAL….WITH SENATOR JIMMY HARTE

first_imgJimmy Harte needs no introduction. A former Letterkenny Town Councillor, county councillor, he is now a Labour Party Senator. He splits his time between Donegal and Dublin when he is not following the Irish soccer team around the world!  What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Carrick/ Teelin area where my wife is from. Beautiful scenery and a relaxing place to spend some time in.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?To have a Donegal Diaspora invest in the county so that they can help employment and get a return on their money. I know the sentiment is out there to be tapped. Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?My Dad , after one year in the Senate I now appreciate how hard it was to be in Dail Eireann for 36 years and maintain his passion for politics and with my Mother rear a family of nine.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Both ! ( I’m firmly on the fence here )!!What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Sept 2012 !! Croke ParkWhat was Donegal’s saddest moment? The Inishowen road tragedy in 2010.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Magees of Donegal. They are an international name and hand woven tweeds are the rage with the beautiful people !Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? It has to be Daniel but Shay is a close second.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?I’d say Henry Mc Garvey who is MD of Prumerica and they employ around 900 in Letterkenny. He is also involved with other voluntary groups outside of work which is invaluable to the area.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given has played at the highest level in the world and has never forgotten his roots. He has been outstanding. 125 caps for Ireland.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I enjoy the Yellow Pepper and it’s atmosphere, but there are a load of good spots to eat in the county. Experiment !Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Sharks !! I like sharks …Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?When I look in the mirror I know there is a stylish person bursting to get out ! But it has to be Noel Cunningham !! ( he might mention me on TV 3 now )What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?As they would say in the Lagan, ” houl your tongue”Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?I think so. They are the team to beat and I can’t see anyone as fit and organised as Jim’s men.What is your favourite Donegal food?Any fish dish, especially salmon with a glass of white wineIs there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Motorists who don’t give runners and cyclists considerationIf you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?Put a million euro into Finn Harps and help get them into European football. The county would be well marketed in Europe and the potential to host Barca or a Liverpool would be a great return on the investmentMY DONEGAL….WITH SENATOR JIMMY HARTE was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:MY DONEGALSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

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Killer tornado grabs woman

first_imgSTRATFORD, Iowa – Ron Runyan couldn’t hear the sirens. The winds were deafening. In a matter of moments, the quiet weekend he had planned with his mother and sister in Iowa turned into a nightmare. Runyan, a 47-year-old truck driver from Fargo, N.D., looked outside a window Saturday night and saw a howling tornado headed for his mother’s house. He rushed his mother and sister toward the basement while the house was disintegrating in the winds. “My sister fell down right below the stairs, and my mom, … the wind kind of took her away from me,” he said. “It was so dirty I couldn’t see her, and that was it.” As many as 30 homes in Stratford were destroyed, and at least 40 in Woodward were severely damaged, officials said. Search dogs were brought in to check the rubble, but authorities believed all residents were accounted for and felt fortunate there were not more deaths. “It’s amazing if you’ve seen the damage here. We had homes that were just obliterated, and they had people in them at the time it came through,” said Dallas County Sheriff Brian Gilbert. Gov. Tom Vilsack on Sunday visited Woodward and Stratford, where he offered his condolences to the Runyan family. “Tornadoes in November in Iowa just aren’t supposed to happen,” he said. In Woodward, Jackie Seeman and her husband shifted through the rubble of their destroyed home. Seeman, 47, said she had been in bed when the house collapsed around her Saturday. “I heard a big whoosh and a big boom, and then my house just came in on me,” she said. On Sunday, the Seemans were delighted to find a few of their NASCAR collectibles, but their car was covered in rubble, and their boat had been tossed hundreds of feet by the wind. Boats, lawn mowers and board games littered lawns in Woodward, a town of about 1,200 residents, and debris hung from trees. “We’ll probably stay here, although I’d like to go somewhere without a tornado,” Jackie Seeman said as she began crying. National Weather Service meteorologist Karl Jungbluth said the tornadoes that struck Woodward and Stratford are both being classified as F-2 on the Fujita scale, which measures the strength of a tornado up to F-5, the strongest. Both towns were socked with winds of nearly 150 miles per hour, he said. There was structural damage only in Woodward, Stratford, the northwest edge of Ames and some farms, Jungbluth said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week His mother, Lucille Runyan, 84, was the only person killed in storms that produced at least nine tornadoes on Saturday. His sister, Nancy Runyan, 53, remained hospitalized Sunday night with a broken hip. As crews removed debris Sunday from what remained of his mother’s home, Ron Runyan stood across the street in Stratford, a small town of about 745 residents, remembering the terror. “Everything happened so fast,” he said. “We were down below the stairs, and the roof was coming off. Everything was folding. The house was crackling.” Runyan said he would have died, too, if he had not dived into a corner when the roof blew off. Stratford and Woodward, 30 miles to the south, were the hardest hit by the tornadoes that swept through central Iowa on Saturday afternoon. The governor declared Hamilton and Dallas counties, north and west of Des Moines, disaster areas, making them eligible for state assistance. last_img read more

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Sitole brings adventure to education

first_imgAdventurer Monde Sitole pictured here on Mount Everest. Sitole is combining adventure with education to provide world-class education. (Images: Monde Sitole Facebook page)South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) or Vision 2030 makes provision for quality basic education for all, but it is always better when individuals or corporates get involved too.Monde Sitole, an adventurer and social entrepreneur, is doing just that. He started the Monde Sitole Educational Strategies Foundation to develop a culture of achievement and excellence by promoting an impactful, meaningful, comprehensive, holistic, world-class education and training system that is engaging and integrated.“Innovation and ingenuity are the missing links needed to inject life into today’s education and for youth to spearhead solutions towards solving our many troubles and challenges we face as country,” he said. “Serious change needs to take place in order to produce the quality of individuals needed to lead our country forward.”Sitole grew up in East London but his foundation is based in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. Through it, he is fighting to get some of the country’s 700 000 children back into the classroom.Sitole is also a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School. The organisation and its network of ambassadors do grassroots education work in 85 countries.BECOMING AN ADVENTURERHe did not set out to become an adventurer but, as he puts, it “one thing led to another”.“I have always said that there is no formula to how I’ve turned out. One thing led to another and it’s evident of the fact that when you aspire and prepare well and always avail yourself to opportunities they will come.“I first got an opportunity via Cape Wind Jammers Sailing Trust to join the first Africans to attend school on board a tall ship on a voyage from Cape Town to Bermuda via St Helena, Ascension Island, Fernando Island, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago.“It was on that trip that a friend introduced me to bouldering. After returning from the voyage I was chosen to take part in the Mike Horn Young Explorers Camp in Switzerland, where I was further engrossed in high altitude mountaineering and responsible exploring,” he said.“After that I set off on my very own expedition to scale the highest peaks on each continent, which I succeeded with climbing Kilimanjaro twice; Mount Elbrus, the highest in Europe; Mount Denali in Alaska, the highest in North America; and now I am prepping for Mount Everest without bottled oxygen.”BECOMING A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURThe vision to make society a better place for all prompted Sitole to become a social entrepreneur.“I realised that if we were to make relevant, meaningful and core strides towards impacting and developing our country and Africa, we needed to have genuine interests and part of that is approaching all the challenges we face with urgency.”East London-born Sitole believes preparation and making himself available to life’s opportunities made him the adventurer he is today. He is hoping to pass on these same lessons at his educational foundation. WHAT HIS FOUNDATION NEEDSSitole’s foundation is in need of young volunteers and workshop space. “We host a series of educational and innovation showcases for the public because our other goal is to create a relationship between school and community,” he said. “As Africans say, a child is raised by a whole village.”Its next school showcase will include the future of education and learning institutions.“We will have exhibitions and stands of youth pioneers, innovators and inventors, for example: Thato of Repurpose Schoolbags; Shalton Mothwa of Epoch Microchips, who invented a charging laptop bag; and Ludwich Marishane of dry bath, to name just a few,” said Sitole.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Apple Motion Video Tutorial: Behaviors vs. Keyframes

first_imgUsing behaviors is often faster than using keyframes in Apple Motion… if you know when to use them.Keyframes are a staple of all motion graphics apps, but in Apple Motion they aren’t always the fastest way to create your animations. For example, if you wanted to simply have an object fall off the screen you could edit the position keyframes so that it moves down the Y-axis over time, but if you wanted a quick fix you could simply add in the ‘gravity’ behavior.Behaviors, like keyframes, represent motion in your scene. However unlike keyframes, behaviors will continue their animation “loops” into infinity and are not dependent on having keyframes at certain points in time.“It’s like the video game version of building motion graphics” – Mark SpencerSo, the secret is knowing the best time to use behaviors and the best time to use keyframes. In the following video tutorial presented by MacBreak Studio, we will learn how to use behaviors and what situations may be most ideal to use them in. The video covers:Using BehaviorsAdjusting ParametersPreviewing BehaviorsIf you have any questions about behaviors or animation in Motion be sure to check out the rest of the MacBreak Studio series on their YouTube channel.This was first shared on the PixelCorps YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Do you use behaviors in Motion? Have any tips for using them? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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SPORT-FOOT-BARCA 2LAST

first_img– Anthem jeers – – Anthem jeers -================ The political fallout over an initial ban on Catalan separatist flags by the Madrid authorities that was eventually overturned on appeal in the courts continued before kick-off as Barca fans jeered the Spanish national anthem. The game appeared to swing Sevillas way nine minutes before half-time when Mascherano hauled down Gameiro just outside the box as he bore down on goal. Banega nearly doubled Barcas punishment as his sweet strike from the resulting free-kick was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Sevilla roared back from a goal down at the break to outclass Liverpool in midweek and started the second-half with intent once more as Banegas low drive came back off the post. Barca were then dealt another huge blow just before the hour mark when Suarez pulled up with a muscle injury before leaving the field in tears with his chances of representing Uruguay at the Copa America next month now in jeopardy. Sevilla were camped in the Barca half for much of the second half, but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Grzegorz Krychowiak saw a deflected effort flash just wide, whilst Vicente Iborras appeals for a penalty after he clashed with Dani Alves were waived away. Parity was restored in numbers on each side in stoppage time when Banega saw red for tripping Neymar on the edge of the area, but Sergio Rico tipped over Messis resulting free-kick to take the game into extra time. However, the Spanish international was left flat-footed when Alba latched onto Messis ball over the top six minutes into extra-time and volleyed across goal into the far corner. Rico kept Sevilla in the game with brilliant saves from Pique and Sergio Busquets, whilst Dani Alves also hit the post from distance as Barca threatened a second. Sevillas hopes of an equaliser were ended when Daniel Carrico was also sent-off for a second bookable offence. And Messi promptly teed up Neymar to round off Barcas fourth Cup triumph in eight years in stoppage time. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

first_imgGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa have a deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sky Italia says Genoa will take Sturaro on loan from Juventus with €8m option to buy, which becomes compulsory after a certain number of games.Sturaro has been with Sporting CP for the first-half of the season.It is a return to Marassi, where Sturaro already played in several different stints, beginning his career in their academy.The midfielder is leaving Sporting due to board room upheaval. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Ohio StateMichigan rivalry moves to outdoor ice rink come January

Growing up, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki would play outdoor hockey regularly. He would gather with neighborhood kids at a local pond and play pick-up games, and even play outside with his high school team. “Eventually, you moved indoor and played in the rink,” Osiecki said. “But, even our high school team, we practiced outside once a week.” On Jan. 15, the OSU men’s hockey team will get to experience the type of hockey its head coach grew up playing, as the No. 9 Buckeyes will face No. 11 Michigan in Ohio’s first outdoor college hockey game. The game, billed as the “Frozen Diamond Faceoff,” will be played at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, in Cleveland, Ohio. Playing outdoors is something that most OSU players haven’t done, Osiecki said. “These kids, none of them played outdoor hockey, so they don’t really understand,” he said. “You want that feeling of kids that don’t want to leave the ice.” One of the few Buckeyes who have played outdoor hockey is sophomore forward Alex Lippincott, who said it’s the best way to play the game. “That’s the fun of the game, playing with your buddies outside,” he said. “There’s nothing better than outdoor hockey. It’s the most fun and the best way to enjoy the game.” OSU first played in an outdoor game on Feb. 11, 2006, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. The Buckeyes faced off against Wisconsin in the “Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic” in front of 40,890 fans. Osiecki was an assistant coach for the Badgers at the time, and OSU lost, 4-2. Michigan played Michigan State last December in “The Big Chill at the Big House,” when more than 100,000 fans watched the Wolverines defeat the Spartans, 5-0, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game set a world hockey record with an official attendance of 113,411. Even though the game is almost two months away, the Buckeyes are already excited. “There is a lot of buzz, and there should be,” Osiecki said. “It’s a unique situation, that our players, our fans, the state … will never forget.” Lippincott said his excitement for the game stems from watching the Winter Classic every year, an annual NHL outdoor game played on New Year’s Day, and also because the game is being played at the home of his favorite professional sports team. “When we first heard it was a possibility, I was real excited,” he said. “That’s my favorite sports team, the Indians. It’s a great feeling to be able to play (at Progressive Field).” The fact that the game will be played against rival Michigan adds to the hype of the game for some OSU players. The Buckeye-Wolverine hockey rivalry might not be on the same level as the football rivalry, but with recent OSU hockey uniform changes, the game will look similar to ones played on the gridiron. OSU has new uniforms this season that include a helmet barring similar resemblance to the silver-striped headgear worn by Buckeye football players. “It will probably look like a football game out there,” senior forward Danny Dries said. Osiecki said the uniform change was made, in part, after seeing Michigan’s winged-shaped hockey lids, which resemble the helmets worn by the Wolverine football team. “When they walk in an arena anywhere, people know who they are. It’s Michigan,” he said. “I thought it was a great idea from them whenever they started it.” The Jan. 15 game could also have great importance concerning the CCHA. The No. 9 Buckeyes, 10-3-1 on the year, moved into first place in the CCHA with a 7-2-1-1 conference record after beating Michigan in back-to-back games last weekend. The series sweep was the first for OSU in Ann Arbor since 1986. Michigan is currently tied for seventh in the CCHA with a 3-5-2-1-conference record. The No. 11 Wolverines are 7-5-2 overall this season. The Buckeyes will face Michigan in Columbus at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and then travel to Cleveland to play at Progressive Field at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in what will be a home CCHA game for OSU. read more

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Ohio State defense strives to be best in America

As the Buckeyes football team put spring practice behind them, players and coaches know they have much to improve upon in the coming months before the 2012 season kicks off. Although the team was ruled ineligible for a bowl game this coming season and have no championships to chase, players said that hasn’t made them any less motivated. “All we’re thinking about is beating everybody that comes into the ‘Shoe and wherever we go,” sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said. “We just want to win every game. That’s our plan.” Players said the initial news of their team’s ineligibility was frustrating, but when word came that new coach Urban Meyer was taking the reigns, their focus began to shift. “Everyone was pretty down about the whole thing,” sophomore cornerback Doran Grant said. “We thought first all that stuff (from the previous season), now this? But Coach Meyer came in and gave us a plan and we just took off with it.” And that plan, according to players, involved winning. One of the newest addition to Ohio State football practices has been the winner and loser days, where every drill is either counted as a win, or a loss for the offense and defense. “It’s really competitive out there,” senior cornerback Travis Howard said. “Our goal is to compete every practice and win every play.” And the increased competition has made an impression on the defensive players, who want to get back to the hard-nosed “Silver Bullet” defense OSU has been known for in years past. “We kind of fell off a bit last year,” Howard said. “But everybody has come back strong, has the right mentality and the right attitude. We’re ready to take on that role of a ‘Silver Bullet’ defense again at Ohio State. It’s definitely our time this year.” Roby said he is confident that will be the case in 2012. “We’re going to be so much better this year, it’s going to be crazy,” he said. “We just have to take in the competition and work on making plays.” But in order to achieve that “Silver Bullet” title, cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the team needs to “tighten up the details.” “It’s the small things,” Coombs said. “We’ve got to tighten up our fundamentals. We’re getting a lot of plays at game speed, and when that happens, a lot of fundamentals get exposed. We need to overcome that and sharpen the sword a little bit.” But despite those mistakes, Coombs said he couldn’t be happier with his team. “Nobody is practicing harder than we are,” Coombs said. “I think (the team) just individually and collectively wants to be the best they can be, and that’s just very impressive to me. It makes it very exciting to come to work everyday.” Grant and his teammates have the bar set high. “We’re just trying to be B.I.A.,” he said. “Best in America.” read more

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