ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Glen SarvadyThe latest payments news from the Google camp involves the firm’s announced reboot of Android Pay and Google Wallet. I’ll defer to others to provide the specifics (the NY Times offers a nice synopsis) but I’m struck by the extent to which Apple Pay is winning the PR wars. Android Pay is being portrayed as a “me too” offering, and Google’s media relations group can’t be happy about seeing terms like “flopped,” “unsuccessful,” and “not simple” in their launch coverage.Although details remain sketchy, Google’s more intriguing news involves the leak of a project dubbed Pony Express.The check is in the email?According to multiple reports, Pony Express aims to allow users to make bill payments directly from their Gmail inboxes- eliminating the need to visit biller or bank websites. If these early reports prove accurate- and they may actually be trial balloons intended to gauge market reaction- such functionality would represent quite a shot across the bow of the banking community. Meanwhile Android Pay’s features look more like hand-to-hand combat with tech competitors like Amazon and PayPal. continue reading »
All five of the Tewaaraton Award candidates have spent the past few days getting tours and learning about the history of the award, which has Native American roots.While the time leading up to the announcement has been fun, Alyssa Murray said, there is a lot on the line Thursday night.Murray and fellow Syracuse attack Kayla Treanor were first and second in the nation in points with 117 and 110, respectively, and are two of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. But neither is considered a shoe-in for the country’s most prestigious individual honor, which will be presented at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.Although the Orange lost the national championship game to Maryland on Sunday night, a Syracuse player taking home the Tewaaraton Award would recognize the best season in SU’s program history.“It would be a team award,” Murray said. “I was actually thinking about it earlier. I could never accept an award like this where it is about the individual without the team behind me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough three Tewaaraton Awards have been handed to a Syracuse men’s lacrosse player, no SU women’s lacrosse player has ever won it in the trophy’s 13-year history.While the senior Murray is a finalist for the second straight year, Treanor is among the nation’s elite players as just a sophomore. Joining them are Maryland’s Megan Douty and Taylor Cummings, along with Florida’s Shannon Gilroy.Cummings was one of the best all-around players statistically for Maryland. She was ninth in the country in goals scored with 63, and 10th in draw controls at 5.33 per game.Douty is the lone defensive player on the list. She was the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year for a Terrapins defense that allowed just 7.86 goals per game. She guarded Treanor in the national championship game and held her to two goals.Gilroy led the nation in scoring with 4.1 goals per game. Her 86 goals were seven more than Treanor, the second-best scorer, while playing in three fewer games. She was third in points with 106.The competition will be tough for Treanor and Murray. Treanor finished the year with a program record 79 goals. Murray rose to third all time in points in Syracuse history.“Even though we didn’t win the national championship,” Murray said, “if (either myself or Treanor) were to come away with the award, it would be a total reflection of our team’s hard work.” Comments Published on May 29, 2014 at 5:28 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Related Stories THREE AND OUT: Syracuse falls in national championship game, loses to Maryland for 3rd time this season Facebook Twitter Google+
The Middle East Studies program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences hosted a discussion called “Palestine in Ruins: The Nakba and Erasure of Memory” on Wednesday at the Von KleinSmid Center, which featured researcher and writer Noga Kadman.Originally from Jerusalem, Kadman began her involvement in human rights organizations, at age 25 focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“Through this work, I became curious, and wanted to learn the roots of the conflict,” Kadman said.Kadman focuses on human rights in present-day Israel in her recently published book, Erased from Space and Consciousness: Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948. She shared her extensive research on the more than 400 depopulated Palestinian villages owing to a 1948 conflict between Palestine and Israel.“I wanted to understand where those people came from,” Kadman said.She depicts the effects of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which escalated into a full-scale war in 1947.“There was a demographic shift in population of the country, from a predominantly Palestinian country to a predominantly Jewish country … some 750,000 people [refugees] had to flee their houses mostly due to military attacks against their communities […]” Kadman said.She focuses her research on the demolished villages and the success of the Israeli state in erasing any remembrance of Palestinian history.“All the land, houses, everything that was in the houses, everything else, became Israel state property,” Kadman said.More specifically, she lauds Kibbutz Sasa, an Israeli community that continued housing a mosque which survived despite extreme pressure from the Israeli army to be demolished.“But I found only one community that dealt a lot with what I saw as contradiction to their ideology and the reality of living in a depopulated village … and it is Kibbutz Sasa, the houses and villages of Sa’sa’, just near the border of Lebanon,” Kadman said.Through her exploration, Kadman found that the education in Israel and Palestine was unequal. Kadman attested to the controversy between the ideologies of many citizens of Israel and Palestine and their need to place blame on historical decisions made by leaders before them.Those involved with coordinating the event praised Kadman’s ability to reveal topics with undeniable historical relevance. Students and faculty alike expressed their interest in working alongside professionals in research.“We always like to bring people actively researching on these topics,” said Camillia Shofani, the program assistant for the Middle East Studies program.Kadman said that solving the conflict requires redefining the understanding of Palestinian involvement, which is not explicitly stated in educational textbooks or governmental sites, such as the Jewish National Fund.“If we want to think about solving the conflict, I believe that the first step is looking with open eyes at what happened in 1948 and to take responsibility for our part,” Kadman said.By exposing the information and its significance, Kadman hopes to alter Israeli discourse on the Palestinians, better unify relations between the two countries and help inspire an informed, joint future.Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the event was titled “Palestine in Ruins: The Erasure of Memory.” It was “Palestine in Ruins: The Nakba and Erasure of Memory.” The article also referred to the Jewish National Forest. It is the Jewish National Fund. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.