68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr North Carolina-based Coastal Federal Credit Union and eight partners have unveiled Constellation Digital Partners – an organisation offering the “first and only” suite of digital financial services dedicated solely to credit unions.The creation of the firm and its platform is the result of a three-year long R&D effort, which culminated in the filing of a patent in November 2015. Now, Constellation is building out its cloud-based marketplace and platform that will allow credit unions and members to “choose which services to use inside of a secure banking experience”.Kristopher Kovacs, Constellation’s founder and Coastal Federal CU’s chief information officer, says “despite a recent boom of potential financial technology partners, credit unions cannot access them because of the legacy structure of credit union relationships with current digital banking providers”.To date, Coastal Federal CU and eight others, spanning the US and totalling $12 billion in assets, have committed to investing in the platform. continue reading »
Dubrovnik has finally taken the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and in agreement with cruise companies has agreed that a maximum of two cruisers will sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors.Namely, after Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković started talks with the world’s largest cruise companies last year, gathered in the CLIA association, the problem of large crowds due to the simultaneous entry of up to seven cruisers from which 10 passengers would go on a tour of the city at once began. to be addressed. With a better schedule for the arrival of passenger ships, a maximum of two cruisers a day will come to Dubrovnik from next year.”Contracts with cruise companies have been signed for next year so we will have a maximum of two cruisers a day throughout the week, Monday through Sunday. Sometimes there will be only one, sometimes two will arrive at the same time or one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. We strived for that, and now we have achieved it ” Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic told Jutarnji list, and stressed that there is still a solution to traffic jams, which, he is convinced, is due to the liberalization of the taxi market, due to which more than a thousand taxi drivers worked in Dubrovnik this season.In addition to the agreement on the schedule of cruise arrivals, Dubrovnik also uses a system of cameras that count visitors when entering the historical ensemble, in order to avoid excessive crowds. In addition, through the project “Respect the City” is developing an application for direct communication with guests through which they will be advised the best time to visit the historic center, and by the end of next month will be presented a calendar through which you can see the estimated number of guests inside the ancient walls.”The key to the success of any destination is management, and we have done this by making contact with the world’s leading CLIA group, which brings together all the world’s key cruise operators. We have agreed on a better schedule for the arrival and departure of ships from cruises, which has significantly relieved the historic core and there are no more negative images in the media with congested entrances and blocked Stradun. The excellent coordination of the competent services was the most deserving in solving this problem ”Added Franković and pointed out that there are still days of the week when they do not have a single cruiser.By the end of this year, Dubrovnik will have 440 passenger ships with about 740 thousand passengers, or 3 percent fewer ships than last year, but 5 percent more passengers. And this year, the people of Dubrovnik welcomed the millionth passenger in the port of Gruž two days before last year.
The age cheating problem that has dogged African players for some time, resurfaced in the past few days, with reports in England alleging that Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has four birthdays.Currently listed as a 20-year-old, a Sportsmail report claims Mbemba, who is set to join Newcastle United in an 8.5m pounds deal, has at other times had different birthdays.When Mbemba started his career in his homeland, he was said to have been registered as an August 08 1988 birth, while on joining Anderlecht in 2012, his new birthday was stated as August 8, 1995.He was said to have been registered with a November 30, 1991 birthday during qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, while the report claimed the player himself had indicated in an earlier interview that he was born in 1990.However the birthday discrepancies do not seem to bother Newcastle as they press ahead with the signing of the player they regard as the best defender in the Belgian Jupiler League last season.– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
Hearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi says he has seen massive improvement in the team as he prepares for the upcoming Ghana Premier League season.The Japanese-American became a major talking point following his appointment as head coach of Hearts two months ago with many doubting his credentials.Keni, who has so far won two pre-season games, in an exclusive chat with Joy Sports noted that things are getting better at the club. “My job is to improve the players we have and that is exactly what i have been doing since I came,” he said.“I can say that since I joined I have seen massive improvement in the team, I am working on every aspect but the biggest changes so far is their focus level, seriousness and discipline. In these areas they have improved massively.”The league is tentatively slated to begin on December 20.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports