Facebook’s cryptocurrency project: Who’s in and who’s out

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Facebook Inc. made a renewed push into payments this week, announcing plans for a cryptocurrency called Libra.It will be governed by the Libra Association, a group of companies that will have an equal say in how the cryptocurrency is managed. Almost 30 firms have joined and Facebook hopes another 70 or more will enter the fold in the future.Who’s In:Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., the world’s largest payments networks, as well as PayPal Holdings Inc. are on board. For Visa and Mastercard, it’s a chance to offer the world of cryptocurrencies the same services they provide in card payments. All three companies know the challenges of building a network and can offer expertise in encouraging consumers to use the instrument and cajoling merchants into accepting it.Companies such as Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and Spotify Technology SA keep millions of credit cards on file, and they risk losing customers when people get a new card or number. E-commerce firms also pay higher “card not present” rates when processing payments, so anything that can reduce these expenses is welcome. continue reading »last_img read more

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Ozil has been unlucky – Arteta

first_img The Spaniard also spoke about teenage star Gabriel Martinelli, who will not be representing his native Brazil despite their Under-23s side participating in a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament and is thought to be weighing up a potential switch to Italy. “[Martinelli representing Italy] would be ideal,” Arteta continued. “It is up to him. He has his feelings and he needs to make his decision of what he wants. It is up to entirely him. But if he can play around the corner it would be even better. “His mentality makes a big difference. I don’t know how the process when he joined and what he did to settle so quickly. Read Also:Ozil takes swipe at Emery as he applauds Arteta “But I can imagine he has the right people around him for sure, his family and entourage, and I think as well they really look after him and I think the club were very on top of him and positive about everything about him and his teammates were a big help.” The young forward has hit the ground running since joining Arsenal from Ituano, averaging just under a goal or assist every 86 minutes across all competitions so far this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 31-year-old has often been a divisive figure since arriving in England, but his attacking numbers have dipped drastically since the departure of Arsene Wenger. He has just two assists and no goals in all competitions this term, but Arteta believes that the German’s play in the final third has been deserving of better statistics than that. “The demands that we have to put on him are to make the difference every single game,” Arteta said ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League clash with Chelsea. “To do that he needs the right structure and players around him to help him to do that. “I think he could have had more assists and probably more goals in the games he has played under me which has been a little bit unlucky but overall I think that his performance has improved a lot.”Advertisement Loading…center_img Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta believes that star playmaker Mesut Ozil has been ‘unlucky’ not to record more goals and assists in his time as Gunners boss.last_img read more

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WorldMed club aims to fight public health disparities

first_imgWhen senior Nathan Dhablania traveled to Panama during his spring break last year, he noticed several health risks, such as access to clean water, food and education.WorldMed @ UPC members host clothing drives at various housing locations around campus, including USC Housing apartments and the Lorenzo, to donate to local homeless individuals. Photo from the Keck School of Medicine.“I’ve also noticed the same disparities in the United States, specifically in Los Angeles,” said Dhablania, who is majoring in health promotion and disease prevention. “It’s surprising to me that in Los Angeles we have so much money and resources and not much is being done.” Dhablania said the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles inspired him to take the knowledge he learned abroad and tackle those disparities locally. Currently there are 57,794 individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. That’s why he founded the student club WorldMed @ UPC on campus. Since last spring, WorldMed has aimed to bring students together to promote awareness of health disparities within Los Angeles and to train emerging leaders in the global health field. The club primarily focuses on four kinds of disparities: nutrition, education, clean water access and homelessness. Since the club was founded, WorldMed members have held health fairs at 32nd St. School, an elementary school near the USC campus, fundraisers for breast cancer awareness and Wednesday Night Missions. Held every two weeks, Wednesday Night Missions have club members join together to make several hundred peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to deliver to homeless people on Skid Row. According to vice president Sammy Cohen, the shoes and clothes drives have been the most notable events the club organizes this year. Before the end of this semester, WorldMed members say they hope to hold one more drive. Coordinated with Pathways Homeless Shelters, WorldMed members host drives at USC Housing, the University Gateway Apartments and the Lorenzo Apartments, to give donations to homeless people in the Los Angeles area. “I think the shoes and clothing drive was the pinnacle event,” Dhablania said. “Everyone had to pitch in. It’s not like Wednesday Night Mission where sometimes there can be too many people that you can’t get involved … With the shoes and clothing drive, everybody’s accountable for a different area.” The new events that began this semester include hosting students from Roosevelt High School to share their college experiences, volunteering at the St. Eugene science fair with the chapter at the Health Sciences campus, presenting on health care with Press Friends and working on Shower of Hope, an event where members assist the staff of a mobile shower unit and hand out sanitation supplies. Shower of Hope is held by a nonprofit organization called Lava Mae, which turns old transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels to bring hygienic resources to homeless people in Los Angeles.“I would definitely love to have a bigger impact on the homeless community,” Sabrina Barrow, the WorldMed philanthropy director, said. “[We] probably should be doing something to help them get back on their feet. Listening to members and what they want to do is also important.” Cohen said the club hopes to focus on tackling one issue at a time so they can address them on a deeper level.“Because we have so many people, we can do a lot of good work in one specific area,” Cohen said.last_img read more

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Best PL keepers in FIFA 19 revealed… and Alisson has lower kicking stat than De Gea

first_img One player from every Premier League club who deserves a FIFA 20 downgrade FIFA 19: Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea stars make TOTW Latest FIFA 19 news One player from every Premier League club who deserves FIFA 19 ratings upgrade The 10 highest rated keepers have been named, with the likes of Jordan Pickford of Everton, Ederson, the Man City star, and Arsenal duo Petr Cech and Bernd Leno includedLiverpool’s summer signing Alisson also makes the cut following his move to the Premier League, though his stats have raised a few eyebrows.When is FIFA 19 released? Release date, demo info and new featuresPlaced fourth in the rankings for his overall rating, Alisson has a kicking stat of 85. Renowned for his quality with the ball at his feet, this is not a surprise. Griezmann signs Pogba on FIFA and jokes the kit looks good on him 4 FIFA 19: Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars make TOTW One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating on FIFA 20 4 4. Alisson (Liverpool) – 85 overall rating3. Ederson (Manchester City) – 86 overall rating2. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 88 overall rating1. David de Gea (Manchester United) – 91 overall rating STATS NO GOOD The most expensive goalkeeper in the world is only the ninth best glovesman in the Premier League Reality Check 8. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 83 overall rating7. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – 83 overall rating6. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 84 overall rating5. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) – 84 overall rating CHANGE DROPPED 4center_img in-form stars Getty 4 IN FORM STARS FIFA 19: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford stars make TOTW 24 The 10 best Premier League goalkeepers in FIFA 19 have been revealed as the game draws ever closer to being released.EA Sports are slowly unveiling more and more stats for the players in the new edition of the hit game, and England’s top glovesman have had their ratings put out in the open. Ronaldo removed from cover of FIFA 19 and replaced by De Bruyne, Neymar and Dybala Tottenham wonderkid left laughing after huge error SICK AS A PARROTT REFRESH FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players WHAT A SIGNING However, it is a surprise that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has a higher kicking rating (87) than Alisson.How can a player whose biggest strength is his technical ability be rated the same as a goalkeeper known for being distinctly average on the ball?They even have the same skill rating (one star), despite Alisson’s preference for taking opposition players on while in possession!You can see the full ranking of FIFA 19’s best Premier League goalkeepers below…10. Petr Cech (Arsenal) – 82 overall rating9. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – 83 overall rating David de Gea is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League MEN OF THE MOMENT De Gea is the best Premier League goalkeeper in FIFA 19last_img read more

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