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Watch Prince’s Adorable Stint With The Muppets

first_imgBack in 1997, “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince” appeared on the season two premiere of Muppets Tonight. The show was an offspring of NBC’s 1989 series The Jim Henson Hour and followed the same format as The Muppet Show, but was set within the studio of a TV station rather than a theater.The beloved puppet troupe spare no expense in poking fun at the legendary artist, who at the time was known only as a soundless symbol, leaving plenty of room for hilarious material. At one point Prince appears in a skit as a country bumpkin in a parody on Hee Haw. Later, he gets into an endearing back and forth with Rizzo about his song writing process, which leads into an adorable song called “Starfish and Coffee”.Check out the full segment below, and look out for the song bit around the 6:10 mark. RIP, Prince!last_img read more

Virtual lab to extend reach of science education

first_imgAspiring scientists can get free lab access online thanks to a science education platform being developed by the Amgen Foundation and Harvard University. Called LabXchange, it will launch next year with a focus on biology and offer digital instruction and virtual lab experiences, as well as opportunities for collaborating and mentoring, to high school and college students.“There are many millions of students who, as a result of economic or geographic limitations, simply do not have access to one of the most central aspects of being a scientist, which is working in a laboratory,” said Robert Lue, principal investigator of LabXchange and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard. “LabXchange addresses this issue with a platform that integrates dynamic experimental simulations with background curriculum and social networking — all created to more effectively expose students of varying backgrounds to the authentic and engaging experience of scientific discovery.”As founding sponsor, Amgen has awarded $6.5 million in grant funding to Harvard to develop, launch, and grow LabXchange. Amgen will be engaged throughout the development, and its scientists with industry experience will play key advisory roles.Potential users will test prototypes this summer, and LabXchange is expected to launch globally next year.“Advances in technology are not only having an incredible impact on how we develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients, but also on how we educate and inspire the next generation of scientists,” said Robert A. Bradway, chairman and chief executive officer at Amgen. “By joining forces with Harvard, LabXchange’s interactive educational platform will give students studying biology around the world access to a unique virtual lab experience for free, dramatically expanding the Amgen Foundation’s reach in science education.”LabXchange builds on other Amgen projects that support science education, such as the Amgen Biotech Experience, which has reached more than 600,000 high school students, and the Amgen Scholars Program.LabXchange will be built on the edX platform, the largest online learning platform in the world, with more than 35 million users globally.“EdX is delighted to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative, which aligns completely with edX’s mission to increase access to high-quality education for all learners, everywhere,” said Anant Agarwal, chief executive officer at edX. “Working with Harvard and the Amgen Foundation will allow us to develop a platform that not only creates positive outcomes for learners looking to engage in the field of scientific research, but expands innovative online learning experiences that are flexible, personalized, and adaptive on a global scale.”LabXchange is inviting collaboration with high school teachers and undergraduate research mentors to provide feedback on prototypes and insights into the most effective content and forms of interactivity. For more information, visit www.LabXchange.org and follow @LabXchange on Twitter.last_img read more

Puebla study abroad changed

first_img “I thought that was the most crucial part of my time in Mexico,” Taylor said. “For the students to be in the dorms and not with the families this semester, I think they are going to just have an entirely different semester.” Senior Julie McCaw studied abroad in Puebla last fall at UDLA, but said she recognized UPAEP’s welcome when she attended a conference at the university. “It was a real surprise to us because during our visit in late spring, we specially addressed would we finish out the agreement with the host families because that was part of the agreement, and they said ‘oh, yes no problem,’” Opel said. “Then two weeks before the students were supposed to leave, they told us it had been canceled without much explanation.”  “We both felt very comfortable that we were going to have a good opportunity for our students to expand in different ways at these universities,” she said. Students currently abroad in Puebla are studying at UDLA until the exchange agreement concludes in December. During the Spring 2011 semester, students will enroll at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla (Ibero) while fall students will take classes at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). OIS Associate Director Anne Hayes said she receives updates on violence in Mexico daily. The capture of a drug cartel leader known as El Grande in Puebla on Sept. 12 was welcome news to those at OIS.   As a result, students currently in Puebla are living in UDLA’s dormitories, but students in the spring will live with host families within walking distance to Ibero. Taylor said he believes the housing change will result in students losing on interacting with the Mexican people. Opel said if there were concerns about student safety, especially as drug-related violence escalates in Mexico, OIS would not hesitate to suspend the Puebla program. For the past 10 years, students enrolled in classes at Puebla’s Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), but UDLA decided to terminate its exchange agreement with Notre Dame this summer. Overall, Taylor said his time in Puebla changed his life. Senior Mike Taylor studied abroad in Puebla last spring and said that he valued the homestay program. According to Opel, UDLA canceled the homestay program in which students live with host families two weeks before the Fall 2010 semester began. OIS had already given students the names of the host families. “She’s just an active part of your life,” Taylor said. “She did everything she could to make sure that I fit in and that I had all my needs taken care of, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.” “I was immediately in touch with our on-site coordinator, and she sent me the link to the local news,” Hayes said. “Puebla has, in the past, not had the drug violence, so it was a big surprise when he was caught there, but from everything I’ve read, they really feel that capturing him was very helpful in that it will help to make things safer.” Taylor said his host mother Laura Gomez was a second mom. Opel visited Puebla twice last year with the former director of OIS and said students will develop at both universities. “If at any time, we should think it’s no longer safe, and conditions cause us pause, then we will do as we’ve done with Monterrey and that is suspend the program,” she said. “I don’t know if they will appreciate their time in Mexico as much because they are not getting a chance to live with the most personal part of Mexico itself which are the families that make up Mexico,” he said. While both universities are Catholic institutions, UPAEP offers its own medical school for fall students. “Our fall program is heavily designed for students in the pre-professional program, and that’s one of the reasons the program has grown so successfully,” Opel said. “We have great relationships with doctors and hospitals.” “They made a decision to become more Latin-American centric,” the Office of International Studies (OIS) Director Kathleen Opel said. “They decided that they would concentrate on Latin American students rather than North American students coming to Mexico.”  “They were really accepting and were really excited to tell us about what they were about and their programs a little bit more than UDLA had been,” she said. “I think it was because UDLA was such an international school already that we were not really special there, which was good in some ways, and then in other ways, we didn’t really feel like we were getting that attention.” Notre Dame students studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico, will face several changes to the program. “To be surrounded in a country where there are all these people and no one speaks your language, you just gain such a perspective on the world by leaving America and by realizing what’s beyond your country’s borders,” he said.last_img read more

Notre Dame graduate killed in Sunday morning hit-and-run near campus

first_imgUpdated Oct. 18 at 4:43 p.m.A 2014 Notre Dame graduate was killed in a hit-and-run on South Bend Avenue just outside of the Linebacker Lounge early Sunday, according to the South Bend Police Department.Police said Hannah Turgeon, 27, was crossing the street around 2 a.m. when she was struck by an unknown vehicle.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office held a press conference Wednesday to discuss progress with the investigation and to ask for the public’s help in locating the driver.Investigators believe Turgeon initially crossed the street for an Uber or Lyft, county prosecutor Ken Cotter said at the press conference.Hannah Turgeon’s LinkedIn profile picture. Turgeon is a 2014 Notre Dame graduate.After the crash, the vehicle turned left onto White Oak Drive and drove off.Police were able to recover more information with the help of nine area cameras, Cotter said. Both witness testimony and video indicate the suspect vehicle is a large, dark-colored SUV, similar to a Cadillac Escalade, he said.Chief deputy prosecutor Eric Tamashasky said camera footage from Melissa Cook Stadium revealed an anomaly in the vehicle’s tail lights.“This car appears to have a horizontal section of brake lights about where the bumper would be,” Tamashasky said. “Investigators believe, I think fair to say, that this is potentially an after-market addition to the car. So this isn’t a standard make-and-model configuration.”He said the public should note the driver may remove the modification.“Anyone that’s close [to the driver] may have seen this particular configuration and may even notice that it’s gone,” Tamashasky said.Nearby cameras also helped police track the vehicle’s path away from the scene.“We have a pretty good idea, with all the videos they put together, of where the car was initially coming from, when it comes out of Edison [Road], when it makes the turn onto South Bend Avenue,” Tamashasky said. Courtesy of St. Jospeh County Prosecutor’s Office A satellite view of the scene of the crash and the surrounding area.By Cotter’s estimation, nearly a dozen were close by when the crash took place. Anyone with information should contact the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, Cotter said.“We need your help,” he said. “So, if you know what had happened, if you were there — frankly, if you’re the person who was involved, we’re asking you to come forward.”Investigators used surveillance footage from Sweeney Julian Trial Attorneys, located across the street, to estimate police arrived within two minutes of the crash.“I was incredibly impressed with the South Bend Police Department’s response,” Cotter said.Turgeon’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest or indictment of the driver, Michiana Crime Stoppers announced Friday according to the South Bend Tribune.Tips may be submitted online at michianacrimestoppers.org or by phone at 1-800-342-STOP or 574-288-STOP.Turgeon, a former resident of McGlinn Hall, graduated from the University with a degree in art history in 2014.Paul Turgeon, Hannah’s father and a 1981 Notre Dame graduate, said he and his daughter were in town for the USC game.Tags: Hannah Turgeon, hit and run, Linebacker Lounge, South Bend Police Departmentlast_img read more

An American in Paris, Starring Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope, Announces Broadway Dates

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Inspired by the classic Oscar-winning film of the same name, the tuner will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and feature music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The score includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” View Comments Related Shows Set and costume design will be by Bob Crowley, with lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Jon Weston. The musical score will be adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and musical direction by‎ Brad Haak. An American in Paris In addition to Fairchild and Cope, who will play Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, respectively, the cast includes Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg and Max Von Essen as Henri Baurel. Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of combat, World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan (Fairchild, played in the movie by Gene Kelly) chooses newly liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport (Paice), a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise (Cope), a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry’s friends—Adam, a Jewish American composer (Uranowitz), and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat (Von Essen)—also vie for Lise’s love. An American in Paris, starring Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, now has Broadway dates! The new musical adaptation, which as previously reported will receive its world premiere in December at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, will begin previews at the Palace Theatre on March 13, 2015 and officially open on April 12. The Palace Theatre is currently occupied by the soon to close Holler If Ya Hear Me.last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Emma Watson on Hamilton & Harry Potter

first_imgEmma Watson & Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda The fandom is real. Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently starring in his gargantuan hit, working on The Hamilton Mixtape, and dropping Hamiltome on April 12. Harry Potter heroine Emma Watson is currently the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, starring as Belle in Disney’s eagerly anticipated live-action Beauty and the Beast and even says she wouldn’t mind apparating to Broadway for a bow. The two busy bees managed to sit down together during HeForShe Arts Week, discussing everything from compelling “him to include women in the sequel” to sorting the characters of Hamilton into Hogwarts Houses. (“Aaron Burr is obviously a Slytherin,” said Watson.) Watch the videos below for a fantastic discussion about gender equality, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Daniel Radcliffe impression and Emma Watson’s beatboxing skills (#werk). Related Shows Hamiltoncenter_img View Comments from $149.00 Star Fileslast_img read more

Invenergy begins construction on 1.3GW solar project in Texas, largest in U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Invenergy has begun construction on a five-phase, 1,310-megawatt solar center spanning three Texas counties, the energy developer and operator said on Wednesday.The company has already secured offtake agreements with several cities and large corporations for its Samson Solar Energy Center, with phases set to come online in 2022 and 2023. Though the solar will be divided over numerous neighboring sites, its total capacity is significantly greater than the 690-megawatt Gemini project, which currently holds the title for the largest solar project planned in the U.S. In recent years, Texas has become an epicenter for utility-scale solar development. While solar accounts for only about 2 percent of generating capacity in the territory of system operator ERCOT, it outranks all other categories in ERCOT’s interconnection queue. In an April report, ERCOT forecast that its installed solar capacity of about 2.3 gigawatts could double this year.While much of the solar development in the state has concentrated in West Texas, Invenergy will construct its first Texas solar project in the northeast part of the state, near the Oklahoma border. It’s expected to yield more than $250 million for private landowners and create about 600 jobs during construction.The greatest portion of Samson’s power output will go to telecommunications giant AT&T, which has signed a power-purchase agreement for 500 megawatts of capacity — a record purchase for the United States in the commercial and industrial domain. Honda is the next largest offtaker with 200 megawatts. McDonald’s will offtake 160 megawatts, the city of Bryan, Texas snapped up 150 megawatts, and Google contracted for 100 megawatts. Home Depot and the cities of Denton and Garland also each contracted for slices of under 100 megawatts. Invenergy declined to provide details on the contract prices.Chicago-based Invenergy is among the leading renewables developers in the U.S., with over 3.5 gigawatts of solar and wind contracted in the U.S. and Mexico. Long a heavyweight in wind, Invenergy’s interest in solar is more recent, though it ranks in the top 10 solar developers in the U.S., according to Wood Mackenzie. Earlier this year, it began operating what was then its largest solar project, a 160-megawatt array in Georgia. This Texas project is “at a new scale,” said Ted Romaine, the company’s senior vice president of origination, in a statement.[Emma Foehringer Merchant]More: Invenergy announces 1.3GW series of solar projects in Texas Invenergy begins construction on 1.3GW solar project in Texas, largest in U.S.last_img read more

Instagram Takeover: Kristi Parsons

first_imgThis month’s Instagram Takeover features Tennessee-based photographer and explorer Kristi Parsons. One look at Kristi’s feed and you’ll find yourself longing for a visit to the mountains of eastern Tennessee. Her speciality is capturing the beauty of her home mountain range, the Great Smokies in Tennessee, but she’s constantly exploring the nooks and crannies of the North Carolina side of that range as well. Check out a few of her favorite photos below, stay up to date with her adventures here, and read our Q and A with Kristi at the bottom of this post.3hemphillbaldsmokieshikeThis recent shot comes from Hemphill Bald. I’ve done both sides of Hemphill, both the Hemphill Bald Loop at the Purchase Knob to Swag hike. I loved this shot because earlier in that week, I had been all over Lexington, KY (Horse Capital Of The World) trying to snag the perfect shot of a horse for a project that I’m working on, then, that following Sunday, I went to my mountains to soak up the day and walked upon this capture. I’m pretty certain that it was just proof of where I belong. 1atgoingtograssyridgebaldroanmountainThis shot comes from a portion of the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain, on the way to Grassy Ridge Bald. It had absolutely monsooned on us that day, but when we came back down the fog and the sun made the already magical looking forest even more enchanting. I couldn’t pass up a shot. 4summersdayonmaxpatch Max Patch is my old nemesis, and this will always be one of my favorite shots from there. After experiencing tundra-like conditions there on New Years Eve Day morning along constant fogged in visits and a midnight storm that brought 40 mph wind gusts and lightning, she finally decided to show me her beauty.5oconolufteeoverlookncsmokiesSunrise at Oconoluftee. It doesn’t get much better than that. When my two favorite states (Tennessee and North Carolina) meet in the middle, to say good morning, the result is pure bliss!2forneyridgetrailsmokieshikeForney Ridge Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the trail that will also take you to Andrews Bald. I love trail shots because to me the trails hold thousands of memories and stories. They absorb not only the rain but also our stress, thoughts, frustrations, worries, and sadness.[divider]a Q & A with Kristi Parsons[/divider]BRO: How long have you been exploring the Smokies?KP: I grew up in East Tennessee, so I’ve visited the Smokies my entire life. However, they’ve become a constant part of my life over the past year and a half. I returned to them after a very traumatic time in my life and found indescribable peace and positivity in them. There will never be a time again that I don’t think of them as home and make time to roam their hills. BRO: When did you start capturing the beauty of these mountains in photographs?KP: Just after returning to the trails and truly experiencing their magic, I decided that I had to find a way to encourage others to experience it as well. That was my reason for beginning to photograph my adventures and write about them. For the past year and half, I’ve shared my discoveries on social media in hopes of inspiring others to go outside and play as well. BRO: Other than photography, what’s your favorite way to get out and explore the mountains of East Tennessee?KP: I’m a nature nerd in every way possible. If it’s outdoors, I’m happy. I love hiking, camping, backpacking or just exploring the forest for hours to find all the things that many others seem to overlook. BRO: Where do you go when you’re not exploring the Smokies? Got any other favorite haunts in the Southern Appalachians?KP: One of the things I love about living in Knoxville is that I’m 2 hours from amazing places in every direction. From the waterfalls of Middle Tennessee to Western North Carolina, Northeast TN, Chattanooga and North Georgia and the corners of Kentucky and Virginia. I’m absolutely in love with Western North Carolina, Roan Highlands and Grayson Highlands. Those are definitely 3 of my top favorite spots to explore outside of the Smokies. BRO: What are your five favorite trails in the Smokies? KP: 1. Any trail in the Tremont section of the park, it’s all just gorgeous. Lush, green, filled with waterfalls and tranquility. 2. Charlie’s Bunion. It has it all: The AT, red squirrels, insane views. 3. Alum Cave to LeConte. It was my first trail to LeConte. Gorgeous views, fantastic rock features and of course Mount LeConte at the top. 4. Rainbow Falls, but only crazy early in the morning to beat the crowd. It’s just perfect, regardless of if you’re going to summit LeConte or just getting in a quick hike to the falls. 5. Trillium Gap. Again, a beautiful trail that will take you to Mount LeConte. Trillium also features the only waterfall in the park where the trail actually takes you behind the waterfall. And of course, it’s the trail of the LeConte Llama train. Who doesn’t love seeing llamas on a hike? BRO: Tell us about the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you while out in the field. KP: Thankfully, nothing too insane yet, however, as i mentioned before, Max Patch is my nemesis! From tundra like conditions and freezing fog on New Years Day morning to being blown off the top at midnight on my birthday by 40mph wind gusts and distant lightning to multiple fogged in visits. She’s my nemesis but sure is beautiful when she’s happy! Related:last_img read more

United to Fight Transnational Threats

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo August 23, 2016 Transnational security threats keep South American countries active and vigilant. Among the agenda topics for the “South American Regional Countering Transnational Threats Seminar” were the challenges presented by international terrorism, transnational organized crime, and cyber-security. The seminar brought security and defense experts together along with about 100 officers from the armed forces of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Perú, the United States, and Uruguay. The seminar took place in Bogotá, Colombia, from August 9th-11th and was organized by the William J. Perry Center (WJPC) of the U.S. National Defense University and the Regional Center for Strategic Security Studies of the Colombian War College (ESDEGUE, for its Spanish acronym). Participants in the forum also discussed strategies and policies that could help counter security problems and the military’s role in the fight against criminal networks. “We need to figure out how to fight this battle together,” said Lieutenant General Joseph P. DiSalvo, Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), during his opening remarks. Lt. Gen. DiSalvo said the fight against transnational threats requires new mechanisms for cooperating regionally and globally because criminal networks have expanded their geographic reach and penetrated a broader swath of businesses. They are now involved in at least 14 illegal activities, he noted, ranging from the trafficking of cocaine and people to illegal mining. These security threats, Lt. Gen. DiSalvo insisted, “bleed governments dry and undermine national security.” Common Security Problems It is crucial to analyze the transnational threats that affect South America in order to find ways they can be addressed jointly. “This is a setting in which we share lessons learned, best practices, where we can get a clearer picture of transnational problems by listening to the other nations,” said Major General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, director of ESDEGUE, when he spoke to Diálogo about the seminar’s importance. International unity against shared threats, added Maj. Gen. Salazar, will facilitate the fight against criminal organizations that benefit from “gray zones” in each nation’s legal norms in order to “wander” across borders. “The problem of transnational threats is a global problem,” retired Peruvian Army Brigadier General Augusto Álvarez Torres, an academic researcher on security issues, told Diálogo. “There is excellent international cooperation in fighting the threats, both in the academic part and in the preparation of operations. If we isolate ourselves from the rest of the world and try to resolve this problem on our own, we won’t be able to.” The Link to Terrorism The connection between criminal organizations and terrorism is evident in South America. “The problem of terrorism is an old problem, especially narco-terrorism. We must take the view that drug trafficking got involved with terrorism some time ago in Colombia, in Peru, in various countries of the continent,” said Marcus Reis, an attorney and specialist focused on organized crime in Brazil. Reis said a seed of cooperation has been planted that must continue to be cultivated so that any inconveniences generated by the topic of inter-agency cooperation and sovereignty can be resolved. This must be done, he added, because “not only is Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, or Uruguay threatened; the threat is continent-wide.” According to Major Moggar Frederes De Mattos from the military police of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, the joint work between national and international agencies is bearing positive fruit. “It’s a huge challenge because organized crime has the ability to mutate, to constantly transform itself, and this is a big problem for us, but we are on the right path.” The New Cyber Threat South America confronts a new security challenge in the field of cybernetics. The countries must develop security policies for cyberspace in order to counteract new activity in this area by criminal networks. “No country in the world or in the region can ignore what’s going on in cyberspace. Everything that occurs in cyberspace impacts individuals, communities, society, and the nation as a whole,” Boris Saavedra, WJPC associate professor of national security and defense issues, explained to Diálogo. To the extent that cyberspace is fertile terrain for terrorism, “the role of the armed forces is vital because [cyberspace] is war’s newest platform,” according to retired Colombian Army Colonel Jairo Andrés Cáceres García, a research fellow on cyber-war and military logistics at ESDEGUE. Col. Cáceres added that cyber-war is the new theater of operations, given that in cyberspace there are no laws or norms, and it is very hard to determine who the enemy is. He believes countries need cyber-soldiers and cyber-police to patrol the networks in search of the transmission of messages and the coordination of operations by illicit groups. After three days of analysis, those attending the regional seminar concluded that the best way to address these security problems is through joint, coordinated efforts. Retired Uruguayan Engineering Corps Colonel Ulises Prada, an academic researcher, said “this is a problem that threatens all of us equally, this crosses borders… These international criminals are constantly changing what they do, and what is happening today in Colombia can happen tomorrow in Uruguay; that’s why it’s important we stay up to date, keep in contact, and take advantage of each others’ experiences.” At the conclusion of the seminar, the officers from the armed forces and South American security experts pledged to carry back to their countries the initial invitation from Lt. Gen. DiSalvo. “We must work together, we must work better.”last_img read more

Help members overcome online bill pay fears

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One in 23 people suffer from phobias of one type or another. Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is the most common, with 48% of women and 12% of men fearing the 8 legged, sometimes venomous creature. But for those members who suffer from Technophobia, or the fear of technology, adopting your online bill pay could be a real problem to the success of your internet banking strategy. Here are some ideas to soothe the anxieties that online bill pay and mobile bill pay may cause some of your worrisome members:Assure them online bill pay is safeMobile and Internet banking systems are built with security as a top, critical priority, with various forms of encryption to exchange data with their credit unions core software and the member’s internet browser or smartphone. Additionally, assure your members you have the tools in place to monitor usage and regularly scan for suspicious activity, blocking access to accounts and providing security notifications as well as security questions when signing in from a new device. Discuss with them that the argument can be made that paying bills electronically is actually more secure than sending payments through the mail.  According to the Equifax credit bureau, two-thirds of identity thefts start with lost or stolen mail, Social Security cards, checkbooks, bank statements or similar documents. Online bill paying doesn’t carry these risks, because there is no paper document to fall into the wrong hands. continue reading »last_img read more