Surprise win for first-time buyer at MATTA Fair

Lady Luck was definitely on the side of the 41-year-old sales personnel when she picked the right envelope that crowned her the grand prize winner of the MATTA Fair September 2017 Buyers’ Contest for the International category. “We will probably go to London again as I didn’t have enough time to shop during the previous trip,” she said, adding that she was also the consolation prize winner during the last MATTA Buyers’ Contest. “I didn’t expect to win as this is my first visit and first purchase at the fair,” said the overjoyed Teh, adding that she bought a Taiwan tour package worth about RM6,000 at the fair. The contest was held in two categories and offered prizes worth RM100,000, of which the Domestic category saw 22 winners bringing home travel vouchers, domestic flight tickets and trolley bags. “The most popular outbound destinations were Japan and China, among others, while Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Johor were listed the top three domestic destinations,” said Tan. At the prize-giving ceremony held at Putra World Trade Centre, MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang expressed his appreciation to supporting members, exhibitors, sponsors and agencies for making the fair a success. Visitors had to spend a minimum RM300 on an international package or RM100 on a domestic travel package to be eligible to participate in the contest. The 62-year-old retired teacher said the prize would be used for travelling with her family members. Earlier, her family bought theme park tickets and hotel packages to Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Gold Coast Morib Resort and Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) worth about RM4,000. “Participation in the Buyers’ Contest was encouraging with 5,107 contestants across 142,471 international entries and 25,624 domestic entries which sums up to a total expenditure of RM47,495,755. IT NEVER crossed Teh Ai Loon’s mind that visiting the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair September 2017 would win her a holiday to Dubai. She walked away with a five-day/four-night trip for two to Dubai with ground arrangement, courtesy of Emirates and Superjet SJT Group Dubai. Through rounds of random selection, Azimah Zakaria from Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, bagged the main prize comprising travel vouchers worth RM5,000 from MATTA. “The contest was divided into two categories to create more winning opportunities for our visitors. Teh, from Kuala Lumpur, was among 25 lucky winners for the International category.

Телефон вместо карточки. Как мы расплачивались смартфоном ...

В магазине «Электросила», «Столичной аптеке», ювелирном магазине «Золотая линия», в салонах сотовой связи «МТС», life:) и «На связи» установлены платежные терминалы без возможности проводить бесконтактные платежи. Талончики на проезд купили через телефон, а гематоген в аптеке — нет В подземном переходе на станции метро "Михалово" не получилось расплатиться с помощью телефона, терминал не принимает бесконтактные платежи. Все это позволит сделать покупки в наших магазинах более комфортными, — прогнозирует заместитель гендиректора компании «БелВиллесден» (торговая сеть «Гиппо») Игорь Якубович. Спрашивать же в каждом магазине, есть ли в терминале такая функция, утомительно. — сказали в одном из магазинов ТЦ Â«Глобо». — У нас только в 14-й кассе можно провести бесконтактный платеж, но касса сейчас не работает, — пояснила одна из кассиров. Белорусы с телефонами на системе Android и карточками Visa теперь могут бесконтактно расплачиваться за товары и услуги с помощью своего смартфона. — Благодаря этому приложению должно уменьшиться количество наличных платежей, при этом должна увеличиться скорость обслуживания покупателей на кассе. Но рассчитываться за товары и услуги смартфоном пока сложно из-за того, что далеко не везде установлены платежные терминалы с бесконтактной технологией Visa pay Wave. В торговом центре «Глобо» у нас не получилось купить ни продукты, ни лекарства, ни подключить услуги мобильного оператора через мобильное приложение. Представитель торговой сети: «Должна увеличиться скорость обслуживания покупателей на кассе» В супермаркете «Гиппо» в торговом центре «МОМО» нам удалось без проблем рассчитаться смартфоном. Билет на поезд пришлось покупать за наличные А вот купить через телефон билет в кассе железнодорожного вокзала в Минске не получилось. Сделать это можно через платежные терминалы с бесконтактной технологией Visa pay Wave. В киосках «ДорОрс» на нижнем этаже вокзала платежные терминалы пока еще не поддерживают бесконтактные платежи. В 5-й кассе, в которую мы заняли очередь, как выяснилось, пока еще не принимают бесконтактные платежи. Все в том же подземном переходе в киоске с мелочовкой без проблем удалось купить через мобильное приложение батончик «Сникерс». Но как отметили в Приорбанке, сейчас около 23% платежных терминалов в Беларуси работает по бесконтактной системе. — А в какой кассе принимают бесконтактные платежи. Пришлось расплачиваться за батарейки карточкой. Особенно оно должно понравиться тем, кто часто забывает дома кошелек или банковскую карточку. BY протестировал презентованное Приорбанком приложение и попытался расплачиваться за товары и услуги с помощью смартфона. «В 13-й, 12-й и 5-й кассах еще не поменяли терминалы», — пояснила кассир. Пришлось воспользоваться карточкой. Заходим в мобильное приложение, вводим пароль, после чего подносим смартфон к терминалу. Становимся в очередь в 13-ю кассу, но снова проблема — и здесь нельзя бесконтактно расплатиться.  — Пока мы сделаем заявку на новый терминал, пока ее рассмотрят, пройдет много времени. Зато в аптеке по соседству не удалось приобрести с помощью смартфона гематоген. Впрочем, приобрести на вокзале еды в дорогу с помощью мобильного телефона тоже не получилось. Правда, такие терминалы сейчас установлены далеко не везде. Зато на самой станции метрополитена без проблем купили 5 талонов на проезд в наземном транспорте. Зато в ресторане «Веранда» в бизнес-центре Omega Tower без проблем прошел безналичный платеж. — Давайте попробуем провести платеж, может получится, — предложили в салоне «На связи». Через несколько секунд на экране телефона появляется оплаченная сумма покупки. Купили билет за наличные. Если подытожить, то само приложение удобное и простое в обращении. А где такую карту можно сделать. «Во всех остальных принимают», — уточнили в справочной вокзала после звонка администратору. — Я бы тоже заказала себе такое приложение. — поинтересовалась одна из кассиров. Попробовали, не получилось. — уточняем у кассира.

WV MetroNews – Richwood Mayor Baber admits messing up with ...

One was for a trip to Philadelphia to negotiate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to meet with a law firm that mounted an earlier legal battle against an alternative federal disaster spending system that’s a key piece of the... “As far as I know we had not been in communication with the mayor, we did not know he was coming here today, and if when he comes here today we cannot meet with him now. He said he’d learned today that some of the actions on his card ran afoul of the rules governing state-issued purchasing card. Baber has been in the public eye over the past year as Richwood fought to come back from catastrophic flood damage and then in the battles over county school consolidation. Baber, during the conversation with reporters, said he had been unaware of it. Fraudulent use of state-issued purchasing cards could potentially result in felony charges punishable with one to 5 years of jail time and a $5,000 fine under  West... He said the other was a general habit of, in the moment, handing off his card to others for small purchases and neglecting to gather documentation afterwards. Chuck Toussieng, a Richwood Council member, wrote Friday afternoon on the “I am Richwood” community page on Facebook that council members had to act carefully to preserve the community’s financial integrity. Most of those purchases were at the local Dollar General, he said, but others in the notebook he displayed appeared to be from WalMart, Starbucks and Taco Bell. We have had a 1000 year flood, we have lost our schools (hopefully temporarily) and we are all rushing around trying to find our way, make things right- get back to some semblance of living life again,” Toussieng wrote. In that case, he told Beckley’s Register-Herald newspaper that he thought others in the county were out to get him politically. We are investigating allegations, and that’s the reason we have created a fraud unit whose main purpose is to efficiently and appropriately review these complaints because we get a lot of them. The state Auditor’s office received a question about the expenses on Baber’s purchasing card about two weeks ago and immediately shut down the card. “I can tell you that a pattern of harassment of me exists in this county despite all my efforts to try to do good for Richwood,” he said. He also said that since flooding devastated Richwood right as he’d become mayor, he hadn’t ever gone through a training session about use of the cards. Baber, the mayor of a town of a little more than 2,000 people has had a varied and interesting life, enough to have his own  Wikipedia page. This is the action that would be taken with any employee of the city. McCuskey added, “We’re working with local law enforcement in Nicholas County to ensure that if any laws were broken that the appropriate punishments are handed out.  At this point we can only meet with him in the course of our investigation,” McCuskey said in a MetroNews interview Friday morning. Baber said about $10,000 spent on the card over about 6 months has needed to be reconciled and that he’s made some progress. A week before impeachment allegations were to be heard by a three-judge panel in Nicholas Circuit Court,  Baber resigned  and accepted a position at Glenville State College as a grant-writer and developer. In his own Facebook post and in interviews, Baber said two areas of spending lacked documentation. “I’d hand the card to somebody and say buy paper plates, buy plastic knives and forks.  He is a poet and has been a candidate for multiple offices, including for governor and U. S. Senator. “With all that going on, it is crucial that we keep our financial house in order. He delayed in making the necessary progress, and council members asked him to resign during a regular meeting Thursday evening. “My personal response is that this is exactly the action to take now, or anytime there are questionable financial activities. For instance, he had turned over the card to others for purchases. It is not personal, it is not punitive, it is demanded of us for complete transparency. Council, also two weeks ago, asked Baber to provide documentation of his expenses on the card. We are dealing with taxpayer money and with jobs in our city. “I have spent weeks tracking them down, and now have 90 percent of them in hand. Earlier Friday, though, state Auditor J. B. McCuskey said it’s outside of protocol to have casual discussions with someone who’s spending is under investigation. Late in that term, he was also investigated, this time on ethics charges and election fraud. One purchase, which he said was made by a caterer, was at a tobacco shop for what Baber described as a dessert liquor. Why would council take this action with everything that we have going on currently. Today, the mayor publicly acknowledged that he’d been irresponsible. He previously served as mayor of Richwood, starting in 2004. “Unfortunately, the folder with receipts was misplaced,” Baber wrote on Facebook. The Auditor’s purchasing card unit works cooperatively with county prosecutors. “We’ve got a cluster of folks here who live to thwart. “Mayor Baber has not been proven to have done anything wrong. Fraud unit investigators then went to Richwood and started gathering information. “We as a city are in a very precarious position. We must as a city act in a responsible fashion. “I know you’re supposed to save receipts.

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