Contactless payments are set to account for more retail transactions now the upper limit has increased from £20 to £30.The UK Cards Association said the average supermarket shop of £25.17 now fell below the contactless limit, giving shoppers more choice about the way they paid for goods, according to The Grocer.Software allowing for the greater payments started rolling out on 1 September among retailers that already accept contactless payment.Payment processing company Worldpay said that many of the larger stores would be ready to take on the new limit straight away. It said an automated process called a “heartbeat” had started to update all the terminals used by smaller stores early yesterday (Tuesday) morning to increase the amount they were able to take on their Worldpay terminals.Dave Hobday, managing director, said: “Increasing the limit to £30 will only intensify the demand for convenience and speed everywhere we shop.”Retailers are encouraged to contact their point-of-sale device provider for information about upgrading their contactless terminal.MethodData from the UK Cards Association show consumers spent more than £2.5bn on contactless cards in the first half of the year compared with £2.32bn for all of 2014. Spend using the contactless method climbed from £287m a month in January to £567m in June.Does contactless payment have a place in the baking industry? Take our survey to see whether bakers and their customers have embraced this new technology. Create your own user feedback survey
Dead & Company brought sunshine daydreams to a rainy sky in Burgettstown, PA on Thursday night at the KeyBank Pavilion. Both sets were laced with Grateful Dead classics that were superbly played through, exemplifying the tear the band has been on this tour. Eleven shows into summer, the band used the evening to introduce a few tour debuts to the mix.With the forecast set for rain and thunderstorms all night, the band kicked off the show with purpose. The set started off with a funky “Feel Like a Stranger” and “Easy Wind.” Guitarist John Mayer rocked it, with his blues guitar and vocal prowess matching the song perfectly. Pictures of Pigpen flashed on the screen towards the end of the song, with the crowd approving mightily. It was during this song that the torrential downpour hit. It didn’t last long, but left the place wet and muddy enough to add some extra fun to the lawn.“Cumberland Blues” had percussionist Mickey Hart playing what appeared to be shoes, clapping them together throughout the song. Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti shined on his solo, tickling the ivories for the song’s solo. “Throwin’ Stones,” played at a slower tempo, allowed a euphoric peak to be hit by Mayer. The jam was heavy on the energy and that brought the set to a great closing. It was also the song’s tour debut.As the sun was setting, the grooves ensued for a second-set opening “Jack Straw” that was monstrous. Mayer kept insisting that they delay the guitar chords, and when they finally sang “Jack Straw from Wichita…,” the place erupted. It was an amazing version.“Viola Lee Blues” kept the place dancing. Besides his playing, Mayer’s stage demeanor was entertaining. The way he was moving and shaking with his own groove was impressive. “He’s Gone” was wholesome to hear. “The Wheel” had a nice jam that turned reggae, with Mayer really belting out the outro lyrics before getting incredible dark.All of the sudden, a low rumble roll escaped Oteil Burbridge’s bridge, each note increasing in tone, culminating in the beginning of “The Other One.” The way he perfectly executed it was distinct to his own playing while still reminiscent of others who have done the same thing. “Drums” and “Space” were out there, and eventually landed in the conclusion of “The Other One.” The band finally played fan-favorite “Wharf Rat” on this tour, and it was soulful as ever. “Casey Jones” ended the set with a bang. The final tour debut of the evening was the encore-appropriate “Liberty.”Watch the first few songs from the first set below, courtesy of nugs.tv.Setlist: Dead & Company | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion | 6/15/17I: Feel Like A Stranger, Easy Wind, Cassidy, West LA Fadeaway, Row Jimmy, Cumberland Blues, Throwin’ StonesII: Jackstraw, Viola Lee Blues > He’s Gone > The Wheel > The Other One v.1 > Drums/Space > The Other One v.2, Wharf Rat > Casey JonesE: LibertyEnjoy the gallery below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Dead & Company | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion | 6/15/17 Load remaining images
A Lieutenant and a soldier died during the fiercefirefight while another expired while being evacuated. Military choppers weresent to evacuate the wounded soldiers who are now recuperating in a hospital inthis capital city. Their names were still withheld as of this writing. Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigadecommander, said troops of the 94th Infantry Battalion were closing in on theNPA terrorists, following reports of extortion activities in the said village,when an improvised explosive device detonated, inflicting immediate casualtiesamong the soldiers, followed by a firefight. “We express our deepest sympathy to the families ofour hero-soldiers who died fighting for the peace in Negros Island,” saidPasaporte. BACOLOD City – Three soldiers were killed and fourothers were wounded in an encounter with suspected News People’s Army (NPA)rebels yesterday morning in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, NegrosOccidental. He added that the Army will heighten its operationsto capture the NPA terrorists and stop them from sowing fear in thecommunities./PN “The soldiers are still pursuing the NPAs who wereseen dragging their dead and wounded comrades,” said Pasaporte, adding thetroops were deployed in the area to conductsecurity patrol during the distribution of the government’s social ameliorationprogram.