Coronavirus fuels shift to contactless payments methods

first_imgAs health officials around the globe seek to contain the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, economies and citizens remain unsettled. In recent times in the United States, public events have been canceled, the government has discouraged gatherings of more than 10 people, and such businesses as bars and restaurants have been forced to close their doors.In the face of this changing reality, consumer behavior is shifting. People are adopting strenuous social distancing measures in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. This includes opting for food delivery services to avoid crowds at grocery stores, canceling non-essential travel plans, limiting interactions with cashiers, and minimizing contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.Recent research suggests that coronavirus can live for three days on some hard surfaces, such as plastic and steel, and cash is a notorious hideout for germs and bacteria. A recent government study of banknotes collected in Ohio showed that 94% of them were infected with pathogens, including E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus.The federal government is taking measures to ensure that cash transactions aren’t fueling the spread of coronavirus. In the past several weeks, new precautionary measures were enacted that increase the minimum holding period from banknotes coming into the country from Asia and Europe from five to 10 days. Since February, Chinese officials have begun requiring state banks in Hubei province sanitize their bills with ultraviolet light and then store them for two weeks before releasing them to the public. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

AVB bemoans ‘strange decisions’

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised referee Howard Webb after the 3-3 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.United came back from three down to snatch a point, but their manager Sir Alex Ferguson described the result as “two points dropped” and felt his team should have had a first-half penalty.Referee Howard Webb later awarded United two spot-kicks, the second of which was hugely controversial, with Branislav Ivanovic adjudged to have tripped Danny Welbeck.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas said: “Of course it’s not easy to take. It is a massive recovery by United. We had it in our hands and let it slip.“But there were some strange decisions. The first one is a penalty and I agree with it. The second is very unlucky. I’m not sure if Howard is trying to compensate for something.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Teenage goalkeeper commits future to Leeds United

first_img Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s contract was set to expire at Elland Road 1 Teen goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has committed his future to Leeds United – despite interest from Premier League side Everton.The 19-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of the month and the Toffees had been linked with a summer move to secure his signature.The young keeper, who has impressed for the club’s Under-21 side, made his first-team debut against QPR in April but his future remained unclear with his deal coming to an end.But now Leeds have confirmed that Peacock-Farrell has signed a new two-year deal at Elland Road to ward off the interest from Merseyside.The teenager told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to commit my future to Leeds for another two years.“It’s a massive club and it’s a great privilege to be a part of it moving forward.“I was never in doubt about where I wanted to be or where my future lies. It was just about getting the final pieces sorted – now it’s all done.“I had a great season and hopefully I can build on that and keep making steps forward under the new manager [Garry Monk].”last_img read more