Nacha News: Updated COVID-19 guidance and new rules

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img Over the past several months, Nacha has been busy helping credit unions navigate the pandemic but they have also been busy pushing forward with the modernization of the ACH network. Today’s post highlights some recent actions Nacha has taken.COVID-19 GuidanceAt the start of the pandemic, Nacha issued a series of bulletins alerting credit unions to changes it was making to accommodate the virtual environment that was becoming commonplace across the world. The bulletins offered relief related to records, electronic Written Statements of Unauthorized Debit (WSUD) and returns for interrupted services. Nacha also delayed the effective date of the new Supplementing Data Security Requirements rule. More on these bulletins can be found in this NAFCU Compliance Blog post.Last month, Nacha issued an update on this relief. In ACH Operations Bulletin #7-2020, Nacha extended the relief indefinitely and noted it will provide 30-day advance notice prior to expiration. Here is a summary from the bulletin of the covered relief:last_img read more

CARICOM mourns loss of cricket icon

first_imgTHE Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed sadness with the passing of the great and legendary West Indian cricketer Sir Everton Weekes.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a Message of Condolence to Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, described Barbadian Sir Everton as a true icon and example of excellence. Here is the Secretary-General’s message:The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) notes with sadness the passing of the great and legendary West Indian cricketer, Sir Everton DeCourcy Weekes.Sir Everton’s contribution to the game, the Region and his native Barbados spanned as player, coach, administrator and commentator. His exploits, along with those of his late compatriots Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott, earned them the unforgettable acronym of the 3Ws.  He was a key member of the famous West Indies Team that was the first to defeat England in a Test Series in England.His record of five consecutive Test centuries remains unbroken.Sir Everton will be well remembered, apart from his cricketing skills, for his grace, humility and wit.The Community extends its condolences to his relatives, and the Government and people of Barbados. A true icon and example of excellence has been lost to the Region.last_img read more

U.S., Canada and Mexico Win Vote to Host 2026 World Cup

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent’s sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.While Morocco’s combined tickets and hospitality revenue would be $1.07 billion, according to FIFA analysis, North America would generate $2 billion additional income.Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.President of U.S. Soccer Carlos Cordeiro presents a joint United bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)President Donald Trump tweeted his approval : “The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations – a great deal of hard work!”While Trump has been feuding with Canadian leaders over tariffs and Mexico about his proposed border wall, the political leaders are not heavily involved in the World Cup bid. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency will end before the 2026 World Cup.The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York is proposed for the final. It’s just miles from where federal prosecutors spearheaded an ongoing investigation into FIFA corruption. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday’s vote.“FIFA was clinically dead as an organization,” Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016. “Two years later, FIFA is alive and well, full of joy and passion and with a vision for its future.”The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.The main intervention by President Donald Trump was a warning in a White House news conference, discussing the FIFA vote, that he would be “watching very closely.” It was a veiled threat to withhold U.S. support from countries opposing the bid.FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region.There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.—By ROB HARRIS and GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WritersTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo Jr. calls Messi ‘idol’ in apparent prank

first_imgLionel Messi Ronaldo Jr. declares Barcelona icon Messi his ‘idol’ in apparent internet prank Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:56 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Jr Lionel Messi Getty Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División It seemed the son of the forward was on Instagram, with posts seeing him express his admiration for his dad’s rival, but it was likely a hoax Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s son on Tuesday declared Barcelona forward Lionel Messi his “idol” in an Instagram post — or so it seemed.Ronaldo Jr. appeared set to follow in his father’s Instagram footsteps, with the Portuguese forward often posting clips of the seven-year-old’s goal-scoring exploits on social media, but the post was likely an internet prank by a verified user who goes by the handle “@mrahunter”.The youngster was believed to have set up an Instagram account over the the past 24 hours, with a first collection of posts seeing him reveal his admiration for Argentine icon Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The post in question saw Ronaldo Jr. meeting the Barcelona talisman at the recent FIFA Best Awards and includes the message: “Thank you my idol, Leo Messi”.But later in the day, the message had been deleted along with the Instagram account.We may have to wait a few years before Ronaldo Jr. is old enough to have an actual social media account that CR7 fans can follow.last_img read more

Johnston pledges to release public report on expenses incurred since retirement

first_imgOTTAWA – Former governor general David Johnston will present a report in the next few weeks detailing the expenses he’s incurred since leaving Rideau Hall, he said Tuesday, in contrast to the confidentiality covering similar expenses for his predecessor Adrienne Clarkson.Johnston, who did not comment directly on Clarkson’s spending, said on Parliament Hill on Tuesday that public responsibilities continue after a governor general leaves the job and the Canadian government has chosen a decision made to cover some of the costs related directly to those duties.But he welcomed public scrutiny of his spending.“It is very important for the public to take an interest in that to be sure the money is well spent,” Johnston told reporters, noting work can be done to make the process more open. “In my own case, we have just finished the first year since I stepped down and we will present a report.”Johnston, who was governor general from October 2010 until October 2017, called the office of the governor general an important democratic institution when asked about the headlines Clarkson’s spending have garnered.Clarkson, who left Rideau Hall in early 2005, has billed taxpayers for more than $1 million in expenses since leaving the job, according to public-accounts documents. When a former governor general submits bills of more than $100,000 in a year, his or her name is specifically included in an annual report to Parliament. Clarkson has passed that threshold nine times in 12 years, including in the most recent fiscal year.Exactly what the payments cover is not disclosed.Clarkson defended the spending in a Globe and Mail essay published last week, saying the financial support she has received is in keeping with what’s been extended to her predecessors and successors.“Postgovernor-generalship, I have continued to participate in public life in an active and meaningful way,” Clarkson wrote. “I believe in public service. I always have. It has been the joy of my life. Playing golf was not an option.”Clarkson also wrote that she fulfilled 182 commitments last year, many of them public.“All of this came to me at the request of Canadians,” she said. “I try to do as much as I can.”The federal government created the expenses program in 1979 to acknowledge that the life of a former governor-general would continue to be lived in public service, she added.“As with my predecessors, it was understood that I would be reimbursed, with proper justification and receipts, for administrative and research salaries, office space and furniture, professional services, travel and accommodation, when appropriate,” she said. The expense payments are in addition to their pensions.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last Wednesday that Canada’s governors general deserve continued financial support upon leaving office but they need to be more transparent and accountable for expenses.“These are people who’ve stepped up and offered tremendous service to this country but Canadians expect a certain level of transparency and accountability, and we’re going to make sure we’re moving forward in a thoughtful way,” he said.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Elon Musk Visits Largest and Oldest Homeless Shelter in Los Angeles

first_imgFrom running from bullies to running the world, Elon Musk has always stayed one step ahead. And the man whose curriculum vitae reads like the greatest hits of the 21st century is no stranger to following his passions, whether they take him into outer space on a SpaceX rocket or across the country in one of his Tesla sedans.Elon Musk Visits Mondays at the MissionCredit/Copyright: Jeremy LoudenbackThis week at a very special edition of Mondays at the Mission, a career and life skills program for homeless teenagers at Union Rescue Mission created and led by Christopher Kai, Musk shared some of his far-flung experiences with the wide-eyed class.Despite his accomplishments, the impresario provided a humble persona, offering insight from his days growing up in South Africa to trying to find a place in the tech world as an aspiring programmer. He urged aspirational entrepreneurs in the audience to reach out to people they admired and put themselves in a position to succeed.“Find your way to those people who inspire you,” Musk said. “If you can, go to where those people will be and meet them.” After exhorting the students to follow their dreams, he answered questions from the group, fielding queries about the possibility of intelligent life in the universe to how he deals with his fears.Written by Jeremy Loudenbacklast_img read more

New Crop of EReaders to Hit the Market

first_imgThe e-reader market is hot right now and more competitors are coming to market. One of them is Copia, a series of e-readers with a focus on “community.”Copia offers two wireless readers called Branded Wave and Tidal, which feature LCD or e-ink displays ranging from five to seven inches depending on the model. All models  come with 2GB of internal memory. Another Copia reader, the 10.1-inch $299 Ocean Color, is planned. According to Copia, one of the big selling points is a social networking component at Copia e-reader users can log onto the site from their device to share and purchase digital content including magazines and books.  Copia was first unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first of its models to be available for retail will be the $99 Wave5, which is expected to launch officially this fall.Copia is backed by enterprise and consumer tech firm DMC Worldwide.Touch Screens For AllMeanwhile, Sony Corp. today unveiled plans to update its series of Reader devices.  All will now feature optical touch screens and E INK Pearl electronic paper displays. The screens offer 16 layers of grayscale, Sony says, and are readable in direct sunlight. The new screens reportedly utilize an infrared sensor to read finger swipes or taps instead of a special overlay, which can reduce display quality.The Reader Pocket Edition features a five-inch screen and 2 GB of internal memory. It will be priced at $179—up about $30 from its previous retail price. The Reader Touch Edition ($229) has a six-inch screen, 2 GB of internal memory with expansion slots for an additional 32 GB of memory and the ability to play MP3 and AAC audio files. The Reader Daily Edition model has a seven-inch screen with wireless connectivity and the same memory set-up as the Reader Touch. It will retail for $299.Other features across all models include content zoom, adjustable contrast and brightness control and automatic multiple page creation.Last month, Mountain View, California-based Plastic Logic pulled the plug on its Que ProReader after several delays.[EDITOR’S NOTE: The copy above about the Copia line of e-readers has been updated. A previous version inadvertently described Copia models that are no longer being offered.]last_img read more

Man kills cousin in Rajshahi

first_imgMap of RajshahiA man was killed allegedly by his cousin at Baghata village in Poba upazila over a trivial matter on Monday morning, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Siddiqur Rahman, 55, of the village.Quoting locals, police said there had been altercation between Siddiqur and his cousin Abdur Razzak as a duck of the latter was crushed under the wheels of former’s rickshaw van around 9:00am.As a sequel to the conflict, Razzak hit his cousin with a stick on his head, leaving him dead on the spot, said Poba police station officer-in-charge Parimal Kumar Chakrabarti.On information, police detained father and brother of Razzak.Razzak, however went into hiding soon after the incident.last_img

Multiple victims as shooter opens fire at US food festival

first_imgPeople run as an active shooter was reported at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, south of San Jose, California, US on 28 July in this still image taken from a social media video. Photo: ReutersPolice and ambulances raced to a shooting at a food festival in California on Sunday, and video posted on social media showed people at the event running for cover as shots rang out.Few details were immediately available, but a police spokesman said there were casualties.NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told 11 people were “down” after the shooting on the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual three-day event south of San Jose.Footage uploaded to social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in confusion as loud popping sounds could be heard in the background.”What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”Evenny Reyes, 13, told the San Jose Mercury News that at first she thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks. But then she saw someone with a wounded leg.”We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot,” Reyes told the newspaper. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”Another witness, Maximo Rocha, a volunteer with the Gilroy Browns youth football team, said he saw many people on the ground, but he could not be sure how many may have been shot and how many were trying to protect themselves.He told NBC Bay Area that “quite a few” were injured, “because I helped a few.”Founded in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, drink, live entertainment and cooking competitions. It says it is hosted by volunteers and describes itself as the world’s greatest summer food festival.It was being held at the outdoor Christmas Hill Park, where weapons of any kind are prohibited, according to the event’s website.To provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, it said, entry was refused to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.Festival officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Gilroy is about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of San Joselast_img read more

Ni Hao Delhi

first_imgThe India China Economic and Cultural council, Delhi in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in India, is organising a cultural evening titled India-China Cultural Extravaganza 2013. The primary aim of the event is to strengthen the bilateral cultural cooperation between the two countries. The ICEC had hosted the Chinese Spring Festival earlier this year. ICEC works closely with the Chinese Embassy in India to organize cultural festivals. This is apart from hosting business delegates and providing consultancy services to Indian and Chinese companies on matters of business. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On the cultural front, this is ICEC’s yet another effort to organise an evening to celebrate the 64th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. The ICEC Council takes this opportunity to celebrate with the people of China. The Performances include Diablo Acrobatics, Changing Faces (Bian Lian), Indian Magician will Showcase Chinese Culture through his magic tricks, Rajasthani Folk Dance (Kalbelia and Bhavai), Indian and Western Fusion Music by ‘Rising India’ band and Foot JugglingThe entry to the cultural extravaganza is free. Since the number of seats is limited, the reservation would be on first come, first serve basis.last_img read more