Sainsbury’s Bank outage locks customers out of accounts

first_img Sainsbury’s Bank outage: Customers locked out of online banking Elena had a similar issue, writing: “Trying to pay my card and the online log I page and app won’t load?” Londoners made the most complaints that they could not log in, with 87 per cent of complaints across the UK relating to online banking. Tuesday 18 June 2019 1:23 pm Meanwhile Sam Hirst had an issue logging up,m saying the website “doesn’t load after putting in my credentials”. whatsapp Birmingham, Nottingham, Brighton, Oxford and Manchester were also affected. Barclays suffered 41 separate outages in the last nine months of 2018 – the highest of all UK high street banks – according to a Which magazine survey. whatsapp A spokesperson for the bank told City A.M. the online banking service and app were down for a short while this morning but should be working again. Customers in London, Oxford, Brighton and Manchester could not access their bank accounts The Sainsbury’s Bank outage is the latest in a long line of banking downtime. “We had a short period of downtime this morning but it was back up and running now,” they said. TSB reported 16 incidents, the seventh highest. “Literally can’t log in, just freezes at the passcode stage. The website has been logging me in for about 20 mins this morning as well.” But concerned customers still voiced their confusion on Twitter. LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Shopping trolleys at a Sainsbury’s supermarket on April 29, 2018 in London, England. Major supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Asda have been reported to be in talks over a £10 billion merger deal which would mean the possible new supermarket group would have 31.4% market share, compared with Tesco’s 25.6%. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Unsurprisingly the new @Sainsburys_Bank app is worse than the website. Literally can’t log in, just freezes at the passcode stage. The website has been logging me in for about 20 mins this morning as well. Modern banking at its finest ?— Jason (@official_jasw) June 18, 2019 Joe Curtis Read more: EE meltdown leaves customers unable to make calls One customer, Jason, added that “the new @Sainsburys_Bank app is worse than the website”. Read more: The UK banks with the most IT outages @Sainsburys_Bank Hi, I’m trying to pay my credit card off but your website isn’t working on my phone or my computer— Beckie Reynolds (@beck_reynolds) June 18, 2019 Lloyds Bank suffered 37 incidents. Share But the challenger bank shed customers early last year when an IT meltdown prevented up to 1.9m customers from accessing their bank accounts for several weeks. A Sainsbury’s Bank outage spurred customers to take to Twitter today to complain they could not access their accounts online. They only said the error was a technical issue that Sainsbury’s quickly put right. Beckie Reynolds tweeted to say: “I’m trying to pay my credit card off but your website isn’t working on my phone or my computer.” IT failures hit UK banks every day, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). “We are very sorry for the inconvenience.” Neither the supermarket’s new app nor online banking service wereworking for customers, with Down Detector reporting dozens of complaints this morning. An outage map showed the Sainsbury’s Bank outage was widespread across the UK. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceElvenarIf You Are Above 30, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenarlast_img read more

Spending on contactless cards triples in just one year

first_img Share whatsapp Spending on contactless cards triples in just one year Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Peoples’ penchant for contactless cards pushed total spending on them to a record £2.32bn last year according to data from The UK Cards Association. This was three times more than last year’s figure.Shoppers can make contactless payments of up to £20 by touching their cards against a reader. It means small purchases can be made more quickly by not inserting a debit or credit card or typing in the pin. Increased popularity among customers, the fact people are automatically given contactless cards by banks as well as shops embracing the relatively new technology are behind the boom.”With usage soaring every month last year, we’ve seen people flocking to contactless payments as they switch away from cash,” said Richard Koch, head of policy at The UK Cards Association.”For retailers, contactless means quicker ques at the tills and greater convenience for their customers.”Transport for London, which launched contactless payments for its transport systems in September, said 41 million journeys have since been paid for using the technology.”Using contactless payments to travel can save our customers time, they don’t need to stop to top-up an Oyster card, or buy a ticket and can benefit from daily and Monday to Sunday capping,” said Shashi Verma, TfL’s Director of Customer Experience. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Saturday 7 February 2015 9:24 am Tags: Digital economy Jessica Morris last_img read more

Portarlington man helps Shannon back to the top tier of the Irish club rugby

first_imgHome Sport Rugby Portarlington man helps Shannon back to the top tier of the Irish… SportRugby After 5 seasons of rebuilding, they managed to dominate the league this year, winning 13 of their 18 games, being the highest scorers and the best defence by a long way.Shannon have had some very big names play for them down the years, including the likes of Alan Quinlan, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes as well as the late Anthony Foley.Closer to home, Laois men Andrew Thompson and Brian Rigney both played for Shannon in the 90s, both winning a number of AIL titles.Portlaoise man Alan Kingsley also had a good weekend with his side Navan.Last year, Kingsley was the head coach of the Navan side that got promoted to AIL 2B, and last weekend his side secured a spot into the top four, where they will now face Greystones in hopes of reaching the play-off final.SEE ALSO – Laois forward receives prestigious Rising Star award Community By Sean Hennessy – 18th April 2018 Twitter TAGSAIL rugbyAlan KingsleyKeith KavanaghNavan RFCPortarlington RFCShannon RFC WhatsApp Facebook Portarlington man helps Shannon back to the top tier of the Irish club rugby WhatsApp Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’center_img Rugby Portarlington native, Keith Kavanagh and his club side, Shannon RFC, claimed the AIL Division 1B title last weekend and in doing so they clinched promotion to the top tier of club rugby in the country.Kavanagh has played at scrum half all season and has been in great form, and at the weekend he ran in one the tries for Shannon in their 40-17 win over UCC.Shannon are the most successful team in Irish club rugby, winning nine AIL titles, but they slipped down to the Division 1B after a very poor 2012/13 season. Facebook Twitter Previous articleAll the latest golf results from around the Laois clubsNext articleLaois man remembered in wonderful eulogy by son Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Community last_img read more

Maebong Company, Ringleaders of Foreign Currency

first_imgNewsEconomy News News [imText1]In the 80~90’s, the aim of the People’s Army of North Korea was to make foreign currency and consequently, each division of the government began to operate trading companies. However, there were many kinds of trading companies. The Maebong Company under the General Staff which was established in the 80’s, Birobong Trading Company, Yongsung Trading Company, Manpoong Trading Company and Danpoong Trading Company founded in the 90’s, all under the top 5 trading companies in North Korea. Of these, Maebong Company is the most well-known; once also known as Kwangmyung Trading Company until 2000. Following “Military First Politics,” Maebong Company became one of North Korea’s active traders with Daesung Trading Company belonging to the Worker’s Party Division 39. One of the reasons that the military became directly involved in foreign currency came from the fact that the nation was unable to acquire the necessary war supplies itself due to the economic crisis. Further, as the Soviet Union and the East European bloc collapsed, trade was changed from bartering goods to dollars and hence, North Korea was in a dire state of insufficient currency. Presently, the Maebong Company’s main office is in Pyongyang with branches throughout the country such as the border districts of Shinuiju, Haesan and Hoiryeong. In order to attract powerful Chinese traders, Maebong Company only appoints those who have experience with foreign money as regional directors such as North Korean citizens with relatives in China. After giving the title of regional director, a permit is given. Though the regional director is registered as a tradesman for the military, actually he/she is in fact not a soldier. With a certificate which states their position of foreign tradesmen, regional directors have the privilege of freely entering and exiting China. Trading branches in each city, trading with Japan in the openseaTrading partners are mostly China and Japan. Traders from Maebong Company dealing with China exchange goods such as second hand cars, medicinal herbs, silk cocoons and seafood. With copies of Kim Jong Il’s orders distributed by Maebong Company, trading partners are able to transport secured goods supplied by foreign currency directors as far as the border regions without much difficultly from security posts. One defector from Shinuiju said “In 1995, hundreds of trading companies were established in Shinuiju… Maebong Company was one of these companies which served as a shabby storage factory stocking 10tons of flour and medicinal herbs in which people could exchange for aluminum. At that time, these people who were called foreign currency directors wore overcoats made of dogs fur and rode second hand bicycles made in Japan.”At one point, Maebong Company illegally sold second hand cars along the border region and gained considerable income. Nowadays, medicinal herbs and minerals are more popular and whereas more of the traders from the West Coast export seafood such as shells and razor clams to China, expectedly, export seafood to Japan occurs mainly on the East Coast. Conceal illegal foreign currency, smuggling of gold prohibitedIn 1997, authorities conducted a thorough investigation against traders in order to straighten the chaotic mess created by border tradesmen. After the investigation, Kim Jong Il ordered every trading company to be merged under the control of each agency. As a result, trading companies which had once been organized by the military divisions were disintegrated and became incorporated as part of the Maebong Company, now an integrated trading group. After becoming a director for Maebong Company in Hoiryeong, “Kim” who had once lived a tough life is now known to be one of the richest people living in the area, frequently traveling to China. According to one defector who had worked under the Korea Service Bureau of Workers’ Party division 16, there were 6 employees at the Hoiryeong Maebong Company located in Manghyang, which planned to earn $100,000 annually. Also, additional funds are kept in celebration of national events such as Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s birthday.There is a great number of Maebong Company employees who engage in corrupt activity and ultimately are defaced. There is a saying in North Korea, “earning foreign currency is educational punishment,” meaning that though earning foreign currency is an occupation preferred by the many, it does at the same time involve greatest risk. In 1997, an investigation was made targeting central authorities. Many of these directors in charge ended up receiving severe punishment. Once, “Park” a director of Shinuiju Maebong Company was convicted under the suspicion of depositing foreign currency into a Chinese bank and while undergoing the preliminary hearing was known to have attempted self-injury by swallowing a spoon. On another occasion, ‘Kim’ of Chongjin Maebong Company was known to have been executed for being involved in a case of smuggling gold. North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Maebong Company, Ringleaders of Foreign Currency By Daily NK – 2007.03.20 6:34pm News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

CU Alumni Association Hosts Lunch And Energy Talk April 22 To Celebrate Earth Day

first_imgIn celebration of Earth Day, Professor Carl Koval of the University of Colorado at Boulder will discuss CU’s Energy Initiative on April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel Boulderado in downtown Boulder.The talk and lunch is open to the public and is part of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association’s Smart Lunch series, which features professors and their research twice a semester. The Hotel Boulderado is located at Spruce and 13th streets.CU-Boulder’s Energy Initiative aims to play a leading role in addressing the world’s pressing need for innovative solutions to the challenge of renewable and sustainable energy. The initiative involves several departments and colleges on campus, including several in the basic sciences, engineering, business, law, social science and the humanities. Koval’s presentation will summarize the Energy Initiative’s accomplishments over the past two years and its plans for the future.”In the 21st Century, humanity is faced with two critical challenges: meeting an increasing societal demand for energy in various forms and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production and use,” said Koval, who is a faculty member in CU’s chemistry and biochemistry department.The event, which includes lunch and Koval’s lecture, costs $20 for Alumni Association members and $25 for nonmembers. Interested persons can get more information and also may register for the luncheon online at cubuffalum.org/2008/03/12/smart-lunch-energy-initiative/.The CU-Boulder Alumni Association was established by CU graduates on June 4, 1882 and today serves 30,000 dues-paying members and more than 200,000 alumni worldwide.Based in the Koenig Alumni Center at the corner of Broadway and University Avenue, it administers scholarships, awards, online networking opportunities, alumni clubs and campus lectures, and publishes the monthly electronic newsletter Buffalum Notes and the quarterly alumni magazine, the Coloradan. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 17, 2008 last_img read more

Top research stories of the week: Nov. 17 edition

first_img CHANGE Lab puts cannabis under the microscope Two ongoing research studies conducted by CU Boulder’s CHANGE Lab are looking into how cannabis affects public health. Join Assistant Professor Cinnamon Bidwell’s lecture Nov. 29 to learn more. Published: Nov. 17, 2017 This week’s research roundup looks at the new shoe that makes running 4 percent easier and a two-hour marathon possible; a Pac-12 research initiative on student-athlete concussions, led by CU Boulder; and a study on the health effects of cannabis. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail New shoe makes running 4 percent easier, 2-hour marathon possible, study shows Days after Shalane Flanagan won the NYC Marathon, CU Boulder researchers have published a study that inspired the name of the shoes she wore and confirms they reduce the amount of energy used to run. CU Boulder to lead Pac-12 research initiative on student-athlete concussions The multi-year, multi-site research initiative will establish best practices and clinical infrastructure for advancing education on traumatic brain injury in student-athletes.last_img read more

Vintage Point Marks 10th Anniversary with Completion of Portfolio Restructuring

first_imgTwitter Facebook Share Pinterest AdvertisementEstablished Distributor Network Grows as Company Rolls into 2017 with Nine New BrandsApril 4, 2017, Sonoma, Calif. — Founded to provide a national sales and marketing network to help small to mid-size wineries navigate a complex and consolidating distribution system, Vintage Point announced today a formal restructuring of its business and portfolio that will expand its distribution network and market reach. For the last decade, Vintage Point has created a launch platform for more than 50 value and luxury wine brands. Responding to the needs of the industry and distributor partners, the company portfolio is now streamlined to bring the right mix of wine brands to market. This more diverse portfolio includes 35 wine brands representing industry icons such as Mark Albrecht, Sam Bronfman, Walt Klenz, Philippe Melka, Bill Price, Michel Rolland, Ed Sbragia, Allan Shoup, Chris Upchurch and more. Specializing in channel management, Vintage Point has developed a strong national sales team that has fostered key relationships with distributor sales teams, master sommeliers, restaurateurs, and key off premise accounts. “This reorganization of our portfolio comes out of ten years of industry hindsight and experience,” said David Biggar, co-founder and president of Vintage Point. “We are entering 2017 with the best line up of brands we’ve ever had. This robust, dynamic and diverse portfolio enables our strong distributor network and industry partners to deliver quality wines to their customer base, on and off premise,” he continued.“At Vintage Point, we are very proud of our brand building capabilities. Over the past 10 years, we have built our annual winery revenues to over $75 million with a balance of luxury wine brands while building a dozen new lifestyle concept brands from scratch,” explains Tom Peterson, co-founder of Vintage Point. “Vintage Point opened its doors in 2006, and in 2015, we shipped over 670,000 cases of wine nationally, of which represented more than 95% new product and growth.”In addition, today Vintage Point announces nine new clients in the past 12 months, including Mionetto Prosecco, Bacchus Wineworks, Cigar Box, Mas Buscados, Popcorn Chardonnay, Champy, Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, Nine Hats and Julia’s Dazzle Rosé. Awarded the “Innovator of the Year” in 2012 by the Wine Enthusiast, Vintage Point’s innovation extends beyond packaging, branding, segmentation, sourcing and positioning, to provide a flexible and diverse approach that enables Vintage Point clients to go to market and compete.About Vintage PointFormed in March 2006, Vintage Point offers a full range of winery services and a national sales and marketing team that specialize in placing luxury wines in the optimal retail and restaurant outlets.  Vintage Point’s domestic and international clients include Educated Guess, Gary Farrell Winery, Mionetto USA, Bacchus Wine Works, Liquid Brands, The Brand Elite, Nine Hats, as well as Coup de Grace, Goose Ridge Vineyards, Moone-Tsai and Sip Moscato, among others. Vintage Point Partners David Biggar, President, and Tom Peterson, Co-Founder, emphasize that “Partners in Wine” signifies not only their own partnership, but the many partnerships they have formed with the luxury wine trade. For more information on Vintage Point visit www.vintagepoint.com.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Vintage Point Marks 10th Anniversary with Completion of Portfolio RestructuringIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessVintage Point Marks 10th Anniversary with Completion of Portfolio RestructuringBy Press Release – April 4, 2017 67 0 ReddIt Previous articleFrancis Ford Coppola Winery and Zoetrope: All-Story Launch Short Film CompetitionNext articleDr. William Silver Recognized for Commitment to Diversity Through Leadership Press Release Linkedin TAGSVintage Point Emaillast_img read more

UK operators finalise £1B rural network plan

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 MAR 2020 Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Related Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Author Previous ArticleEC green lights Vodafone Italy, TIM tower mergerNext ArticlePartner Interview: Jazz Business Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Home UK operators finalise £1B rural network plan Kavit Majithia Tags Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta The UK government announced an agreement had been reached between the country’s four major operators to push ahead with a £1 billion Shared Rural Network (SRN), despite a spat over payment terms which threatened to scupper the plan.In a statement, the government said bosses from the operators and ministers would meet to sign the agreement today (9 March) for SRN, which was first unveiled in October 2019 and aims to bring 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by the end of 2025.EE, O2 UK, 3 UK and Vodafone UK will invest in new and existing phone masts to boost rural coverage, overseen by jointly-owned company Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, which they will all share, read the statement.As per the terms of the initiative outlined in October 2019, the UK’s operators pledged to invest £530 million to address the country’s coverage gaps, while the government would investment an additional £500 million.The plan forms part of the government’s ambition to improve digital infrastructure, as well as implementing new legislation for telecoms operators to improve broadband services in commercial areas.BT investmentToday’s announcement suggests it is all systems go with the SRN, however there were some bumps in the road along the way.EE’s parent BT submitted a cost proposal in January for sharing its telecoms infrastructure with the country’s three other operators, arguing its prior investments must be accounted for and respected.In its proposal, it outlined the reciprocal costs it felt it should be paid to get access to one another’s sites, based on the value of its mobile sites today and the investments it made to get the sites up and running.There was no mention of BT’s pricing proposal in the government’s statement, however UK newspaper CityAM reported the tie-up could now be a watered-down version of the original agreement.The newspaper’s sources said the agreement will see only O2, Vodafone and 3 build new masts in some areas, with BT operating its own equipment. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back 3 UKBTO2UKVodafonelast_img read more

LETTER: Motocross Track Would Benefit the Community

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email What has Raceway Park contributed to the valley’s economy, lifestyle, and family entertainment? Will a Motocross park please more people than it might offend? I say be a community and encourage anything that provides a healthy activity for participants and spectators (mom, dad and the kids). I say be a good neighbor. This is done by not being selfish and making the sacrifices we need to do to benefit the whole. This is what makes us better people, and a better community.We have the freedom to move, and we do. Larry ParsonsWest Glacierlast_img

Protesters Rally Against Daines’ Vote on DeVos as Secretary, Silencing of Warren

first_imgIn the span of a week, crowds of protesters have twice gathered at U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ Kalispell office to rally against the Republican lawmaker’s recent actions — first castigating him for his support of Betsy DeVos as the nation’s Secretary of Education and then expressing outrage over his move to gavel down U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic lodestar from Massachusetts.The freshman senator’s censure of Warren came mid-debate on Feb. 7 as Daines was chairing a proceeding over attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator whose record on civil rights has sparked objections from Democrats for decades. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday.Daines’ move to silence Warren, whose testimony he shut down by ordering that “the senator will take her seat,” went viral on social media and prompted outcry across Montana. In addition to the protest in Kalispell, crowds also gathered in Missoula.“What is the point of holding a confirmation hearing if nothing critical can be said about the nominee? Are senate confirmations just a rubber stamp process now?” protester Nancy Woodruff asked on Wednesday.Woodruff was one of about 30 protesters who converged outside Daines’ Kalispell office to object to his treatment of Warren, which they called a violation of free speech.At the time, Warren was reading from a 1986 letter written by civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, in which she opposed the U.S. Senate’s appointment of Sessions to the U.S. District Court.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, interrupted Warren, saying she was out of order according to a rarely used Senate rule that states a senator cannot impugn the motives or conduct of another senator, “directly or indirectly.”Daines, who was presiding over the Senate, agreed with McConnell, telling Warren to take her seat.He later defended his action in an interview with Lee Newspapers, and posted on Facebook: “Last night the U.S. Senate chose civility over inappropriate behavior by Senator Elizabeth Warren. As you know the U.S. Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body and we should be able to have civilized debate.”That didn’t sit well with the protesters gathered outside Daines’ office on Wednesday.“Four male senators quoted the Coretta Scott King Letter after her [Warren] and were not stopped,” said protester Kwen Shirley. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.center_img Daines also drew the ire of local educators last week when, on Feb. 2, a crowd of former educators gathered at his office in objection to his support of DeVos as Secretary of Education, calling her unqualified.“She wouldn’t be qualified to be the superintendent of the Somers Lakeside School District let alone serve as the Secretary of Education,” said Jennifer Rogge, a teacher from Somers who serves on the PTA. “There’s such a lack of qualifications.”Rogge was among a dozen educators who placed apples and a brown bag lunch outside Daines’ office doors, proffering the gifts in hopes they might persuade him to vote against the confirmation of DeVos, who stood out as a controversial nominee due to her lack of experience, her support for privatization of public schools and her prominent role as a donor to Republican candidates, including Daines.According to FollowtheMoney.org, an archive of contributions to political campaigns, Daines received donations from individual members of the DeVos family totaling $46,800.Some of those who objected to Daines’ support of DeVos suggested that his vote was “bought and paid for.”“You have to wonder why is she getting so far without any key qualifications and experience?” said Michelle Ahern, who spent much of her teaching career in public schools, including Columbia Falls.On a brown bag lunch left outside Daines’ office door, someone wrote in black Sharpie marker: “Dear Senator Daines, Stand up for MT students! Vote no on Devos. Here’s my lunch money.”On Feb. 7, Daines cast the second-to-last vote in favor of Devos’ confirmation at the nation’s secretary of education, setting up Vice President Mike Pence for his historic tie-breaking vote.“Betsy DeVos will work to bring education decisions back to our communities where they belong,” Daines said in a statement.U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, did not support DeVos, objecting to her inexperience and support for privatization of public schools.“Our public education system is — and this can’t be argued — the foundation of our democracy,” Tester said. “We’ve had a democracy in this country for nearly 250 years because of the success of our public education system. What is troubling about the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary is that she wants to privatize this public education system we have. If we do that, we will destroy the foundation of this country, and we will destroy — it may take a few years — but we will destroy our democracy.”According to Tester, more than 8,500 Montanans contacted him opposing DeVos’ nomination.last_img read more