July 15, 2013- July 21,2013 
 News In Review
 Vol 8, Issue 29
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 July 4 - People like buying with a fingerprint
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Out of 900 consumers involved in a recent pilot scheme, 94% said that they were ready to use finger print based technology when purchasing goods and services.

The pilot, conducted by Natural Security a specialist in the area of user-authentication, involved the use of payment methods incorporating payment cards, biometrics and mid-range contactless technology. Natural security says that this solution can be used in both in-store and online settings as well as to gain access to services. 

The proximity system uses a combination of a card storing the client's biometric data together with a reader that authenticates the physical presence of the customer by reading the finger print and finger veins. All without having to remember or insert a PIN.

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 July 11 - Iris scans are the new school IDs
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Kids lose their school IDs but they don't often lose their eyeballs. That's one of the reasons why a growing number of schools are replacing traditional identification cards with iris scanners. By the fall, several schools -- ranging from elementary schools to colleges -- will be rolling out various iris scanning security methods.

Winthrop University in South Carolina is testing out iris scanning technology during freshman orientation this summer. Students had their eyes scanned as they received their ID cards in June.  "Iris scanning has a very high level of accuracy, and you don't have to touch anything, said James Hammond, head of Winthrop University's Information Technology department. "It can be hands free security."

South Dakota-based Blinkspot manufactures iris scanners specifically for use on school buses. When elementary school students come aboard, they look into a scanner (it looks like a pair of binoculars). The reader will beep if they're on the right bus and honk if they're on the wrong one.

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 July 11 - Interfaith workshop shows charity as 'hallmark' of Christian life
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

A group of 230 Buddhist students from schools throughout the diocese of Chantaburi, Thailand, learned about the importance of charity in a recent three-day workshop on human dignity.

"Charity has no religion," said Father Joseph Phongsak, director of the Commission on Evangelization and Inter-religious Dialogue for the Chantaburi Diocese. "It is a universal, common element embodied in every    major religion."

He called charity a "hallmark of the Christian faith" and a "cardinal epitome of our way of life and works," adding that it plays a critical role in "defend(ing) the dignity of humanity."

Fr. Phongsak told EWTN News that the human dignity workshop aims to share "God's infinite love" and the inherent value and "dignity of each human being" that are contained in "Catholic social doctrines."

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 July 11 - Anglicans and Lutherans join hands in Ottawa
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Miscellaneous

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed deep admiration for the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for holding their first-ever joint assembly in Ottawa, Canada.

Tveit called this historic event an inspiration for the churches in strengthening the values of unity, common service and mission, in overcoming their denominational differences.

At their joint assembly, the two Canadian member churches of the WCC brought together more than 800 Christians for worship, fellowship and important decision-making. The event was held from 3 to 7 July addressing the theme "Together for the love of the world".

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