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Man’s Death Related to TB, not Ebola, Family Says

first_imgRelatives of a man identified only as Karlue, who reportedly died at the corner of Gurley Street last Thursday have attributed his death to Tuberculosis (TB), and not Ebola, as claimed by some local dailies. The man’s relatives also said thatfor many years the deceased had suffered from TB.“He didn’t die from Ebola as some newspapers mentioned. The procedure says that when someone dies on the street, or their body is found and there is no one to identify it, the body should be sprayed and removed. And that’s what happened in my brother’s case,” said a woman claiming to be the sister of the deceased.The scene of the incident on Thursday was tragic. By the time the Ebola task force arrived, Karlue was lying dead in a pool of blood he had coughed up. The body was sprayed with disinfectant, an initial precaution taken against Ebola viral infection, covered with salt and taken to an undisclosed location.“I won’t lie, my brother was a drug user,” said Karlue’s sister, “and has been using drugs for many years.  Somewhere along the line, he contracted TB and was placed in the TB annex on three occasions. Each stay was never completed because he always ran away from the place just to come back on the streets to smoke. His health was poor and for those who knew him, he spent most of his time coughing until his death.”One of the locals at the scene, who claimed to have known the deceased, said that he was a man who made a living from collected scrap-iron and empty soft drink cans, salvaged from dumpsites, adding that a few days before his death, he was admitted to a TB annex but ran away for a third time.“We stopped seeing him for a long time,” said the resident, who referred to himself only as Dennis. “But recently he broke away from the place and used to live in the graveyard on Center Street, though in the daytime he would be at a garage on Mechlin Street. That’s where he did everything. He didn’t die from Ebola. He has had TB for a very long time.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Driver of car in crash that killed three people has ‘a case to meet’

first_imgThe driver of a car involved in a crash that claimed three young lives has ‘a case to answer’ on a number of offences relating to the smash, a Judge has found.Sean Ward faces charges of driving without a licence, failing to produce insurance, failing to produce a driving licence and driving with no insurance on July 28, 2016. Theresa Robinson (20), Kaylem Ó Murachaidh (19) and Steven McGrath-McCafferty (19) all lost their lives in the accident at Corravady, around five miles from Letterkenny.Relatives of the three victims were in court as lengthy evidence was heard to determine whether it was ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Ward was the driver of the Toyota Avensis car involved in the fatal crash.Mr Ward was also seriously injured in the crash.Solicitor for Sean Ward, Mr Kieran O’Gorman stressed that his client was before the court on a summons of driving a vehicle with no insurance on a certain date.“My client is not on trial for anything other than driving a vehicle at a place on a date,” Mr O’Gorman said.“This young man was very seriously injured, had bleeding on the brain, two broken legs, spent two weeks in intensive care, three weeks in hospital and is still suffering.“He has no memory whatsoever of this accident – nothing before, during or after.”Garda Kilcoyne said he was on duty on Thursday morning, July 28, 2016, when he received a report of a road traffic collision between Drumkeen and Letterkenny.When he arrived at the scene, he observed a vehicle parked on the left-hand side of the road.He said he was met by a man, Hugh Sweeney, who said he had called the emergencyGarda Kilcoyne found a young female, ‘lying half on the road and half in the passenger side of the car’. He found no pulse on the woman.Garda Kilcoyne proceeded towards a small hatchback car, lying in the ditch. He observed a young male lying across the inside of the vehicle. He found no pulse on the man.Garda Kilcoyne said he found a second young male lying alongside the rear driver side wheel of the car. Again, he found no pulse.Garda Kilcoyne had found Sean Ward, of Hilltop, Stranorlar, at the back of the Toyota, ‘crawling on the road’.The Garda told the Court that Sean Ward had said when questioned at the scene: ‘I’m going down the road. I’ve no licence. I’ve no nothing. I was driving. Is Teresa okay? I’m going down the road’.Mr O’Gorman said his client would not have ‘understood what the caution was’, however Garda Kilcoyne said the man was able to give his address and date of birth.Divisional scenes of crime officer Garda John Madigan gave evidence said he recovered what he described as ‘exhibits of forensic importance’ from the Toyota, among them the airbag from the driver’s side of the car.In September 2016, Garda Madigan attended a secure storage area and removed the front passenger airbag from the Toyota.The airbags were sent for forensic examination.John Hoad, from Forensic Science Ireland, confirmed the DNA profile from areas of a light bloodstain on the driver’s airbag matched that of Sean Ward.A bloodstain on the passenger airbag was generated from a female source.“The conclusion was that the blood findings were what you would expect to find if Sean Ward was driving and a female was in the front passenger seat.Ambulance driver John Ward said he spoke to Sean Ward, who he said was ‘coherent and adamant that he didn’t want me to go near him’.He said: “He (Sean Ward) was adamant that he was getting no injections and he was coherent at the time. He told me his name, his date of birth and his address’.Hugh Sweeney was taking bales of silage from Fintown on his lorry on the night in question and came upon the accident.Mr Sweeney said that Sean Ward had told him that he was not driving the car.Mr O’Gorman said his client had an ‘open wound that was bleeding continuously and needed 19 stitches.’Mr O’Gorman said: ‘He has no memory of this terrible drama. It is a probability and a possibility, but it is not certain beyond reasonable doubt’.Sean Ward was arrested for dangerous driving causing death on October 24, 2016.Garda Kilcoyne said he was aware that Detective Garda Sullivan had made a demand of Sean Ward on August 2, 2016 to produce a driving licence and certificate of insurance within ten days and neither were submitted.Inspector Michael Harrison argued that Sean Ward had made ‘an honest admission not under duress or stress’ and that this should be prima facie evidence.“I believe beyond reasonable doubt that Sean Ward was the driver of the vehicle,” Inspector Harrison said.Sean Ward, who has three previous convictions, has never had a driving licence, the Court heard.“There is no way that blame can be attributed to anyone,” Mr O’Gorman said.“He is suffering and will suffer for the rest of his life as a result of the horrendous injuries he received. He has brain and physical injuries that he will carry for the rest of his life.“This does not in any way throw blame on any party with what happened on the night.”Judge Kelly said he had no evidence bar observations to suggest that Sean Ward was incoherent or disorientated.“I have to conclude that the admission is prima-face evidence that he was the driver of the vehicle,” Judge Kelly said.“That is reinforced by DNA evidence. There are possible alternative explanations, but there is also the explanation that Mr Ward was the driver, the airbag came out and that is how the blood went on it. In my view, Mr Ward has a case to meet.”The case was adjourned until May 2. Judge Kelly asked that a probation report and a community service report be prepared for that date.Driver of car in crash that killed three people has ‘a case to meet’ was last modified: February 27th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:CorravadyJudge Paul KellyKaylem Ó MurachaidhKIeran O’GormanletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtsean wardSteven McCaffertySteven McGrath-McCaffertyTeresa Robinsonlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS FACE NORTH LONDON SHAMROCKS IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels GAA News: FixturesSeniors due to play North London Shamrocks in the preliminary championship this coming Sunday at 2.30 in Ruislip. CondolencesThe club offer our sincere sympathies to former club captain and great Brendan McGready and his family on the passing of his mother. May she rest in peace. Tara CamogieTara Camogie held their recent annual 7’s tournament on Saturday past in Greenford. Two teams traveled from Ireland with Tara winning both senior and junior. The club wish to thank Brendan McAtarnsey, Shaun Campbell and Paddy Burke for giving up their time to set up goals and pitches.1990 London Champions 25 Year CelebrationA special date for the diary of Tir Chonaill Gaels legends! In order to celebrate the achievement of the of the historic championship win in 1990 the club are calling all members of the team to join us for a celebration in the clubhouse on Saturday, 31st of October 2015. More details to follow.Lottery results, 9th April 2015Numbers drawn 8, 17, 21 & 23 – No jackpot winner.£25 Lucky Dip Winners Gerard Burke, c/o TCGElish McLoughlin, SloughTom Mohan, c/o TCGSeamus Carr, c/o TCG Next draw 16th April – Jackpot £3,000Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS FACE NORTH LONDON SHAMROCKS IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH was last modified: April 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

Moussa Dembele’s move from Celtic to Lyon is back ON

first_img targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND REVEALED Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Every decision we make at Celtic will always be in the best interests of the club and our supporters.“It is vital to make clear that we have never promised any player that he can leave the club at a particular time. It has never happened. In fact, we have said all along that we did not wish to sell Moussa, given the circumstances within the transfer window and that is why we rejected a significant offer yesterday.“However, this particular decision to accept this offer has been taken in order to serve the best interests of the first-team squad, my coaching team and the culture and environment we have created in these last two seasons.“The board and myself are united and they have been very supportive to me on this issue. Latest Transfer News targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Dembele was not in action for Celtic’s Europa League play-off on Thursday night LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img RANKED Celtic have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sell Moussa Dembele to Lyon before the close of the European transfer window tonight.It seemed the Hoops had held off interest from the Ligue 1 side but the Scottish champions finally backed down and are letting their star striker go for a fee believed to be in the region of £18million. moving on 1 LIVING THE DREAM “Our real focus now turns to Sunday’s match [against Rangers] and beyond, working with our players here who are committed to doing all they can to ensure another successful season for the club.“Finally, I would like to thank Moussa for his contribution in our last two seasons and want to wish him well in his new adventure at Lyon.”The news comes after Dembele’s Twitter outburst after Celtic’s Europa League play-off win over Suduva last night.Dembele tweeted: “A man without his word is nothing. A real man keeps his word.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January pic.twitter.com/GB8Gtzzs1h— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) August 30, 2018He then took aim at Rodgers and the club’s hierarchy: “Don’t get it wrong Bhoys and Ghirls nothing to do with people who really care about the club.“Too much love and respect for you and the crest #CarefulWhoYouCallTheLeaderOfYours.” Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Don’t get it wrong Bhoys and Ghirls nothing to do with people who really care about the club @CelticFC 🤐too much love and respect for you and the crest #CarefulWhoYouCallTheLeaderOfYours pic.twitter.com/3FR1YoJLHr— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) August 31, 2018last_img read more

December Dance offers live music

first_imgGood Neighbor Senior Club, 9255 Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, invites everyone to attend a December Dance featuring music by “Los Korys” from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7.There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and more. Purchase tickets from 11 to 1 p.m. Wednesday or at the door Sunday.For more information, call (562) 926-4344. Center shows `Stealth’ for free The Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier, offers free Friday Flicks two days a week. This week, see “Stealth” on the big screen at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A different movie is shown each week.For more information, call (562) 464-3370.Hospital sponsors inexpensive trips Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital offers day trips set for December through Life Connections. Prices are affordable. Register in the Senior Life Center, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier.To get prices and other information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Center offers community talks The La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada presents free weekly community lectures at 10 a.m. Thursdays.To register, or for more information, call (562) 902-3160. `The Perfect Man’ is featured film The Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, invites seniors to spend a free afternoon at the movies. This week see “The Perfect Man” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. A different movie is shown each week. Come early to get your seat. Free popcorn will be served.For more information, call (562) 902-3160.Silver Tops offer free coffee, bingo Silver Tops seniors club invites men and women 55 and older to weekly meetings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave., Whittier.Free coffee is provided, and bingo follows the meetings.For additional information, call (562) 464-3430. Counseling reduces Medicare mysteries Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital offers free Health Insurance Counseling for seniors every second and fourth Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Flo and Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier.For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444 Club celebrates young at heart Young at Heart Senior members and their guests meet at 10:30 a.m. each Monday at Beth Shalom, 14579 Mulberry Drive, Whittier. Bingo and refreshments follow the meetings.For more information, call Walter Weiss at (562)943-5266. Inquisitive seniors can ask the nurse The Biola University Nursing Department “Ask the Nurse” program provides free blood pressure testing, diabetes and anemia screenings, as well as information on diet and exercise to seniors ages 55 and older from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at The Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada. Physical examinations are held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 a.m. by appointment only.For more information call (562) 902-3160. Parks Department caters to all tastes The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation offers special events, seasonal parties, excursions, dances, birthday parties, movies and guest speakers. Programs such as hot and nutritious daily meals, bingo loteria, fitness, and arts and crafts are offered to seniors at Mayberry Park Senior Center, 13201 E. Meyer Road, South Whittier.For more information, call Ricardo Ceja at (562) 944-9727. All ages welcome at local bingo club The La Mirada Half Century Club meets for bingo from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday and Friday in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada.The games are open to community members, 18 and older. Popcorn and refreshments are provided. For additional information, call (562) 902-3160. Make new friends at Forever Young Forever Young Senior/Adult Club is going into its third year, and seniors age 50 and over are invited to join and make new friends. The club meets for social hour at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Friday at Smith Park Auditorium on Mines Avenue in Pico Rivera. The meeting follows. For more information, call Ralph Palomino at (562) 942-1736. Get fit with low impact exercising Seniors are invited to attend a one-hour senior low impact strengthening exercise class at 10:45 a.m. Mondays at Adventure County Park, 10130 S. Gunn Ave., Whittier. A seniors activities class is held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday with different activities planned every day.For more information, call (562) 693-0929. Keep teeth happy with free screening Free dental screenings for those 55 and older are offered on the first Friday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The screening is done by Dr. Nishikawa’s office to help identify tooth decay, large cavities, gum disease or the need for dentures and crowns. Seniors can sign up in advance or walk in without an appointment.To register, or for more information, call (562) 902-3160. Turn a new page with critique class A free writing critique class for seniors meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier. For more information, call (562) 943-9829. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

SURF’S UP FOR LADIES OF DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND!

first_imgLadies: it’s time to head for the beach in Donegal and dip your toes in the sea! Rossnowlagh is heating up to welcome hundreds of women to the Irish Surfing Association’s annual Surfing & StandUp Paddle Weekend for Women.The Association welcomes girls and women of any age to come along and try surfing and SUP (standup paddle) under the watchful eyes of our skilled team of female surf instructors, including past and present Irish Surf team members. Participants can anticipate a fun, safe and inspirational surfing and SUP experience in the water. Out of the water, new friendships are made and surf stories told during our beach barbecue lunch and Saturday night entertainment.The weekend is about learning, inspiring others and sharing your excitement and enthusiasm for surfing and standup paddle in an all female environment. The event brings women of all ages and surfing abilities together in a celebration of women’s surfing in Ireland. Whether you are 8 or 80 – if you are interested in surfing or SUP, this is an opportunity to learn more!Activities include novice surfing and SUP lessons, coaching for improvers, talks on all aspects of surfing, beach barbecue and other entertainment. There is no requirement to book, just turn up and register any time between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 13th and between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 14th June.The weekend is FREE. We will have our team of all-female instructors on hand to guide you. We will supply all the equipment you need to get going. Bring a towel, swimming suit and if you have, a wetsuit, but not required as we will have plenty. Our Women’s weekend is hosted under the Women in Sport Initiative, run by the Irish Sports Council, to encourage more Irish women to participate in sport.SURF’S UP FOR LADIES OF DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: June 10th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Keep your hands off our Lough, say fed-up Inishowen locals

first_imgClaims that Britain owns all of the rights to Lough Foyle have received a frostyreception from people in Inishowen.British Secretary of State James Brokenshire said this week that London owned the entire of Lough Foyle right up to the many Inishowen villages which border the water.The claim led to outcry by Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn who accused the British Government of being arrogant as a result. But yesterday, as snow fell across coastal towns and villages dotted along the Peninsula, the reaction of locals was equally as cool.In Gillen’s Gala supermarket on Moville’s Main Street, owner PaddyGillen was busy stocking his vegetable aisle.Moville shop owner and former fisherman Paddy Gillen. (North West Newspix)His shop is just a couple of hundred yards from the local pier.Paddy says it’s a topic which rears its head every now and again buthe fears Brexit may bring a position where Britain is trying to claimthe rights to Lough Foyle once and for all. The one thing he never wants to see is a return to a hard border – onland or sea.He local fishermen get on well with their counterparts across theFoyle and work well with the Lough’s Agency.He said perhaps Britain should remain silent on the issue and allowthe fishermen who work the waters to work things out amongstthemselves.“There is an old saying which goes ‘The least said, the easiermending’ and I think it’s very true in this case.“I honestly don’t think the British Government need to be shoutingabout we own this and we own that. The shoreline around Lough Foylewill look after itself and the fishermen will work things out with theLoughs Agency because they have a good working relationship. “I fear that overall if they begin talking like this then it will onlytalk up a hard border and that’s the last thing we need again alongthe border.“That simply would be a disaster for everyone,” he said.Very few fishermen we tried to speak to will speak on record as theyhave traditionally tried to work with the Loughs Agency in NorthernIreland.One fisherman did point out “When you see a traditional map ofNorthern Ireland along with Britain, they never include the Lough aswell so why are they claiming it now?” The North’s First Minister Arlene Foster said nobody wanted a ‘hard’border across Lough Foyle and said it was important to find a solutionthat was agreeable to everyone.She was speaking at a meeting of the North South Ministerial Councilin Armagh yesterday.Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness quipped “Here, here Arlene. Nohard border on the land, no border on the sea.”Businessman Jim McLaughlin in nearby Muff owned one of the mostpopular bars on the Inishowen , Mary Deeneys.Jim said this is an issue which comes up from time to time.He feels that Brexit could yet pose a serious threat to thelivelihoods of Donegal fishermen who have fished Lough Foyle forgenerations.“My heart goes out to these men because theirs is a very hard livingand now this is hanging over them if Brexit happens.“I do feel it could be a major issue for them and the Irish Governmentneeds to stand up and be counted on this issue,” he said.One man who knows like Foyle like the back of his hands is the formerowner of the Lough Foyle Ferry, Jim McClenaghan.Former Foyle Ferry operator Jim McClenaghan in Greencastle on the banks of Lough Foyle. (North West Newspix)A former fisherman, Jim knows all too well the hardships facing thosemaking a living from the sea.He blames those in Government for once again stoking up the ownershipissue around Lough Foyle.He recalls being asked to pay for having to use the waters aroundLough Foyle by the British Government, a request he said he nevercomplied with.But he says race, religion or background do not matter to those outscratching a living from the sea around the North-West.“When I started fishing back in the 1970s a man took me aside and saidto me that religion or background should not matter because we are allequal out at sea.“If a mayday signal comes through then we are all equal and we shouldhelp eachother regardless of our nationality or background.“I think the Governments should work together and share the ownershipof the Lough and not to be claiming overall rights to it. Those whowant to work the Lough should be allowed to work with eachother and towork things out with eachother,” he said.Keep your hands off our Lough, say fed-up Inishowen locals was last modified: November 20th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Breaking: Former British soldier to be charged over two Bloody Sunday killings

first_imgOne former British soldier is to be charged with the murder of civilians on Bloody Sunday in Derry in January 1972.The retired soldier, known as Soldier F, is to be prosecuted for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney. He will also be charged with the attempted murders of four other people. The announcement was made this morning by the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service. The PPS was considering pressing charges on 17 former soldiers and two former ‘Official IRA’ members over the Bloody Sunday murders. An 18th soldier has since died.Fourteen people were killed and 15 wounded on Bloody Sunday after British soldiers opened fire on a crowd in Derry following a civil rights march on January 30th 1972.Victims’ families gathered in Derry in anticipation of today’s decision on soldier prosecutions. A large crowd also gathered in the Bogside area in solidarity with the families.Breaking: Former British soldier to be charged over two Bloody Sunday killings was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Hall of Fame QB who once tormented 49ers now sees them as the NFC’s top playoff seed

first_imgAs the quarterback of the St. Louis Rams, i.e. The Greatest Show on Turf, (all rights reserved) Kurt Warner made split-second, spot-on decisions. Dozens of them every game.The Hall of Famer has still got game. Not playing football, but analyzing it.Recently, in an appearance with NFLTotalAccess, he broke down the NFC playoff race.“It is stacked at the top, and when I look at the NFC, the two best teams in my opinion, when healthy, are the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints, the …last_img read more

Google Preparing Mobile Payments System with Citigroup & MasterCard (Report)

first_imgGoogle is preparing to launch a mobile payments system in partnership with MasterCard and Citigoup, Inc., according to a report in today’s The Wall St. Journal. The service is the long-rumored mobile venture utilizing NFC (near field communication) technology, which allows customers to wave or tap their phones at the point-of-sale to pay for purchases. Google isn’t taking a cut of the transaction fees, says the report, but would use the system to provide retailers with more data about their customers so they could better target their ads. The WSJ says the project is still in its early stages, and would initially be available to Citigroup card holders with either debit or credit cards. The cards would be activated for use with the mobile payments system supported handsets like Google’s flagship phone, the Nexus S, developed in partnership with Samsung. The Nexus S includes an NFC chip which enables the phone to use a short-range wireless technology known as near field communication. Not only intended for mobile payments, NFC can be used to exchange any data between two NFC-enabled devices that are in close proximity to each other.With Google’s system, customers could use their mobile phones to make purchases at participating retailers, track spending on their phone and even received targeted ads and discounts from merchants sent directly to their handsets.On the merchant side, VeriFone, which makes card readers and other POS equipment, would be involved in the project.In a separate report from last week, Bloomberg had said that Google would begin testing a mobile payments system in stores in New York and San Francisco within four months. The company will pay for the installation of equipment from VeriFone to accept the mobile payments.This report also named Vivotech, a mobile payments and marketing company, as being involved in the project. It also said that other cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. may be future test markets for the project.Earlier this year we looked at a number of Google’s initiatives, that, when tied together, painted a relatively detailed picture of Google’s mobile payment plans, including Android’s support for NFC; Google’s local reviews program called Hotpot and its NFC-enabled windows stickers; Google’s acquisition of Zetawire, a mobile payment company working on a mobile wallet solution; and more. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Google#marketing#mobile#news#NYT#web sarah perezcenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more