ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Amazon has been a threat to retail for many years. While brick and mortar stores have pointed fingers at Amazon for their decline in foot traffic, some credit unions are beginning to fear competition from Amazon as well. Amazon has yet to implement any banking features in the U.S. but they have already begun taking deposits in India. Delivery staff can now accept cash as payment upon delivery, as well as collect deposits through a Cashload feature in a version of Amazon Pay. Amazon allows their India-based customers to deposit any surplus cash from their purchase into their Amazon Pay account, and they can deposit additional funds to be used toward future orders or bills within partner websites and apps. Amazon allows deposits up to 10,000 rupees ($143 U.S. dollars), which is quite a bit, considering the average Indian household makes about $50 per month. Could such services be on the horizon for U.S. customers? Here’s what we can expect from Amazon in banking:The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it will consider applications for fintechcharters, which means Amazon could apply. However, many anticipate that Amazon will integrate more fintech services without forming a traditional bank, as it would require them to set aside huge amounts of capital, which they can currently use to grow. Amazon is on the path to building a bank for Amazon, rather than the Bank of Amazon… for now.Amazon also has some advantages over traditional banks and credit unions: continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 80-year-old pilot was critically wounded when the single-engine plane was flying crash landed shortly after takeoff at a small airstrip in his hometown of Shelter Island on Monday evening.Shelter Island Town Police said Michael Russo was flying his Cessna 162 out of Klenawicus Airfield, when the plane went down at about 6:30 p.m.The pilot was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
New Delhi : It wouldn’t be wrong to say, that rain has been an ultimate spoiler in the game between India and New Zealand at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The weather has not only been a spoilsport, but has let the fans of two teams be all over the place. With this, the fans around the globe took to the Twitter and expressed their thoughts on the encounter, which unfortunately, didn’t happen. Meanwhile, India will play their next encounter against the arch-rival Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester. However, going by the weather reports, it may rain in that game as well. Here are the tweets: Match has been started ☔ #INDvsNZ Two Best Batsmen out on Ground.. pic.twitter.com/Isf98iMGVc— Ritik RJ🚬 (@ritik__rj) June 13, 2019 **LIVE** images from Nottingham. @ICC @BCCI #INDvsNZ #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/PIeunsGQhG— Amarjeet (@cricamarjeet) June 13, 2019 For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Arsenal remain in the hunt for the runners-up spot in Group F after a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates.Mesut Ozil got the opener before Alexi Sanchez added a brace to take all three points and leaving the Gunners needing to beat Olympiakos by 2 clear goals in Greece in the final round of group matches in order to snatch the runners-up spot behind Bayern Munich.Meanwhile, Chelsea moved top of Group G after a 4-0 win over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Goals from Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma sealed an impressive win for the Blues, but manager Jose Mourinho will be concerned over the fitness of captain John Terry, who had to be stretchered-off with an injury to his right leg.
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez arrives for the team’s first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)It is the night before Easter and all through the “pad” a respectable outing by Wandy Rodriguez can’t be had. The game is now at the bottom of the 4th inning and the ERA of Wandy has risen from 7.31 to 8.05. It will eventually deflate to 7.65 by game’s end and Pirates reliever Jason Grilli will eventually absorb the 8-7 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.Aubrey BruceIf I were Pirates manager Clint Hurdle I would be picking up the “red phone” in the dugout not to call a reliever in from the bullpen. I would be on the “horn” pronto calling Dean Treanor, the manager of the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates AAA minor league affiliate.Maybe, just maybe, ‘Skip’ Hurdle should be inquiring about what pitcher could they send up immediately or at least be getting ready to promote to Pittsburgh to relieve Rodriguez of his spot in the Pirates starting rotation.The Pirates cannot, no should not allow Señor Rodriguez to remain as a starter much longer if he cannot provide more quality outings and lower his ERA to palatable 4.25 or less; because as I stated in a previous column; I don’t expect the Pirates to average more than 4 runs per game during this long and grueling 162 game season.Ya know what boys’ and girls’? Before the game on Easter Sunday when this column was written; the Pirates had played 18 games and scored 78 runs, which had averaged out to be 4.333333333333333 runs per game. Don’t forget they scored than 10 runs in 2 of those games; 11 runs in a game against the Brewers and 12 runs in another game against the Cardinals; jacking up their runs scored total. The Bucs’ were also 6th in fielding pct in the NL which means there were not many unearned runs scored against them causing the negative outings of Rodriguez stand out.I am concerned about his effectiveness early especially when he is competing against teams in the NL Central Division, Cincy, St. Louis, Milwaukee when all of those competitors are jockeying for a playoff spot because although it is early in the season, not one game, not one inning, not even one out can be taken for granted not in this offense strong, pitching rich division. Even with the bloated ERA of Rodriguez which is almost double the collective earned run average of the rest of the Pirate hurlers, the Pittsburgh pitching staff still sported a respectable 3.95 ERA.What you talkin bout? Now that’s what I’m talking about Willis. This is Easter Sunday and quite frankly the Pirates need to get better quickly. They seem to be incapable of putting together a 10 or 12 game streak where the pitching, hitting and fielding and relief pitching are clicking collectively.Although this is the day of the Easter Bunny, unlike 2013 the Pirates will not be pullin any rabbits out of hidden hats, sneaking up on people because folks are ready and now have studied, analyzed and figured out the trick. Pittsburgh now has to be ready to face another NL Central Division foe (Milwaukee) that was not really much of a factor in stopping the Pirates from securing a wild card berth in 2013.Oh, by the way if the Pirates sleep the Chicago Cubs; let’s put it like this, 2014 will not be another year of the “wild card” for the Pittsburgh. This might be premature to say this early in the season but the Pirates had better be cautious and mindful of not turning a wild card possibility into a “jokers’wild.”Last, I have to take this opportunity to apologize to the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen and the NPC readers. Toward the end of last week I was writing two articles simultaneously. The first one was on the New York Giants HOF Linebacker Lawrence Taylor and the second was being penned about Pirates MVP Andrew McCutchen. As I navigated back and forth between both articles and I inadvertently referred to Andrew McCutchen as “Lawrence”McCutchen and no one, including me “noticed” the error?Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741