Tap to pay is taking off

first_imgJust as people expect fast experiences in all aspects of daily life—from finding the quickest way to order dinner, the shortest line at the checkout counter, or the fastest way to deliver a gift—they also expect fast, easy and secure transactions to pay for those experiences. Tapping to pay with a contactless card or device has proven to meet these consumer expectations in today’s age of convenience, helping consumers breeze through checkout with a single tap.Last year at Visa Payments Forum, Visa’s annual conference for customers and partners, a major discussion was the expansion of tap to pay in the United States. As this year’s event begins in Chicago, Visa is excited to share that tapping to pay is becoming a reality across the U.S. and continues to gain momentum globally. Here’s a look at the trends:Globally, adoption continues to see strong growth with nearly half of all face-to-face Visa transactions occurring with a tap outside the U.S. In the last year, nearly 50 countries have seen a 10 point or greater increase in tap to pay penetration of all domestic face-to-face transactions. This includes: continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Dornsife dean to step down after this year

first_imgHoward Gillman, dean of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has declined the offer to serve another term as dean, it was announced Monday.Leaving · Dean Howard Gillman played an integral role in securing the $200-million naming donation from Dana and David Dornsife. – Daily Trojan file photoGillman served as the 20th dean of the school since 2007. Gillman will serve out the remainder of his current term, which ends at the end of this academic year.Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett said Gillman resigned to focus on new challenges.“He has told me that while he considers himself fortunate to have been able to lead his colleagues during these exciting times, he believes that after having spent eight years in important leadership roles at USC — as department chair, associate vice provost and dean — the time is right for him to explore new challenges and opportunities,” Garrett said in a memorandum sent to all USC Dornsife students.Gillman joined the USC faculty in 1990 and has served as associate vice provost for research advancement and chair of the department of political science, in addition to being dean of USC Dornsife.As dean, Gillman’s responsibilities have included overseeing USC Dornsife’s 33 academic departments and 31 research centers and institutes. Gillman has worked on recruiting new faculty, promoting innovation, expanding undergraduate opportunities to conduct research and increasing fundraising.Under his leadership, USC Dornsife saw the creation of several interdisciplinary majors and minors, an increase in the graduation rate from 85 percent to 90 percent, the appointment of the first vice dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives and the creation of a number of new programs. Gillman worked to create a new block grant system for funding graduate programs, the Maymester and New Block Semester programs and the Student Opportunities for Academic Research and Summer Undergraduate Research Fund, respectively known as SOAR and SURF.During his time as dean, USC Dornsife renewed the Center for Excellence in Genomic Sciences and the Southern California Earthquake Center. In 2010, the National Science Foundation funded the establishment of a $25 million Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations. External funding for research reached $76 million in 2010.“Perhaps most notably, under his leadership, the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences received a transformative naming gift from Dana and David Dornsife,” Garrett said in a memorandum sent to all USC Dornsife students. “This gift of $200 million for unrestricted endowment is the largest single gift in the history of USC and the largest in the history of American higher education to name a college of arts and sciences.”Garrett said Gillman will have overseen the recruitment of almost 100 new tenure-track faculty members across the humanities, social sciences and sciences by the end of this year.Many students said Gillman has made a definite impact on USC.“I think in those eight years he’s made a dramatic difference in the reputation of the college,” said Olivia Manayan, a junior majoring in neuroscience. “As a neuroscience major, I’ve been here three years and I’ve seen a dramatic change in my department. I would hope for the next dean to continue improving.”Many hope Gillman will continue to create new programs that serve the undergraduate community during the rest of his term.“Dean Gillman worked well with alumni in creating interest in the new programs and initiatives like the SOAR and SURF research programs,” said Casey Penk, a sophomore majoring in business administration and East Asian languages and cultures. “I’m impressed by the new programs he’s introduced and the way he’s used the funds to provide a richer undergraduate experience. If they could offer more opportunities for intellectual discussion, it would be great.”last_img read more


Former owners of Redskins, Twins have statues removed for racist history

first_imgThe #MNTwins removed the Calvin Griffith statue from Target Field this morning. pic.twitter.com/K044WNP7Ys— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 19, 2020″While we acknowledge the prominent role Calvin Griffith played in our history, we cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca in 1978,” the Twins said in a statement. “His disparaging words displayed a blatant intolerance and disregard for the Black community that are the antithesis of what the Minnesota Twins stand for and value. “Our decision to memorialize Calvin Griffith with a statue reflects an ignorance on our part of systemic racism present in 1978, 2010 and today. We apologize for our failure to adequately recognize how the statue was viewed and the pain it caused for many people – both inside the Twins organization and across Twins territory. We cannot remove Calvin Griffith from the history of the Minnesota Twins, but we believe removal of this statue is an important and necessary step in our ongoing commitment to provide a Target Field experience where every fan and employee feels safe and welcome.” The Twins’ actions come amid still-heightened tensions in the Twin Cities following George Floyd’s death while in custody of Minneapolis police last month, and took place on Juneteenth – a holiday commemorating the day the U.S. government publicly declared slaves to be free on June 19, 1865. Marshall had a long-standing policy of refusing to sign black players for the majority of his ownership of the Redskins, which lasted from the franchise’s inception in Boston in 1932 until his death in 1969. The Redskins did not sign a black player until 1962 after being pressured by both the city and national government.  “We believe that injustice and inequality of all forms is reprehensible and we are firmly committed to confronting unequal treatment and working together toward healing our city and country,” Events DC, the convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, said in a statement. “Removing this statue is a small and and overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice. MORE: ESPN’s Ryan Clark breaks down on ‘Get Up’ while discussing racism directed at his sonToday, Events DC removed the George Preston Marshall Memorial Statue at RFK Stadium. Read our full statement here https://t.co/2UPQtNMtuS⠀@eventsdcprez @EventsDCChair pic.twitter.com/LCH0LcQ6v3— Events DC (@TheEventsDC) June 19, 2020″Allowing the memorial to remain on the RFK campus goes against Events DC’s values of inclusion and equality and is a disturbing symbol to many in the city we serve.” The Marshall monument had previously been vandalized by protesters advocating the Redskins change the team name, viewed by many as disparaging towards Native Americans. Griffith, who moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota in 1961 and remained the Twins’ principal owner until 1984, was quoted by the Minneapolis Tribune as saying he relocated the franchise “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here.” The comments were made during a speech at a Lions club event in Waseca, Minnesota in 1978.  On the day citizens around the United States commemorated the liberation of slaves following the American civil war, statues of two former owners of prominent professional sports teams were taken down due to previous acts of racial injustice. The Minnesota Twins removed a monument of Calvin Griffin from the grounds of their home stadium of Target Field as a response to insensitive remarks he made about African-Americans during a speech in 1978. In the nation’s capital, Washington officials ordered the removal of a statue of George Preston Marshall that stood outside the Redskins’ former home of RFK Stadium. last_img read more