Scottish bakery Harry Gow raises £5,000 for polio charity

first_imgSource: Harry Gow(L-R) Alan Nelson of Inverness Rotary Club and David Gow of Harry Gow Scottish bakery Harry Gow has helped to raise nearly £5,000 for a polio eradication charity through the sale of cupcakes.The bakery partnered with the Inverness Rotary Club to support Polio Plus, a charity working to fight polio across the globe.Sales of vanilla cupcakes topped with purple flowers through the bakery’s 18 stores across Inverness and the Highlands raised £4,300, with the rotary club adding a further £700 to the proceeds.The funds were raised yet again by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which matched and doubled the local total to £15,000.“We have been blown away by the generosity of our customers and staff, who purchased our special cupcakes in their thousands. Polio is a very serious disease, and we are proud to have been asked by Inverness Rotary Club to support the effort to eradicate it worldwide,” said David Gow, managing director at Harry Gow.“Despite everything that everyone is going through in 2020, it has been heart-warming to see Highland residents coming together to get behind such an important cause.”Alan Nelson, senior vice president of Inverness Rotary Club, added: “The public’s support of this campaign has been really wonderful. Polio Plus is an important charity for the Inverness Rotary Club, so we’re glad these cupcakes captured everyone’s imagination with way they did.”last_img read more

Record tourist year: 102 million overnight stays last year

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system) from January to the end of December 2017, there were 18,5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). These are certainly historical tourist results for Croatia-Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić are satisfied with these results, and in 2018 they announce a stronger development of year-round tourism based on sustainable development and destination management.”Tourism results in 2017, and especially during the pre- and post-season, are the best indicator of how key positive strides can be made in the short term. That is why our intention in 2018 is to continue with improvements in order to further position Croatia as a year-round destination, thus enabling more competitive business of entrepreneurs in tourism, further investments, better conditions for tourism workers and further stimulate the entire Croatian economy. With key legislative changes, and through other programs and activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, I believe that 2018 will be very successful and that we will create new foundations for further development of Croatian tourism”Minister Cappelli pointed out.During 2018, the Croatian Tourist Board will carry out a series of activities aimed at even more efficient promotion in various markets around the world, and improving cooperation with partners in foreign emitting markets, said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić and stressed the importance of maintaining positive trends in this. years ” The emphasis will be on further expanding the program and introducing new airlines. I am sure that the Croatian tourism sector, which is getting richer and more competitive every year, will once again make its immeasurable contribution. Namely, today Croatia is a very interesting and popular destination, both for tourists and businesses, and in order to maintain their interest we must maintain a positive atmosphere and growth trends.” concluded director Staničić and added that the Croatian tourist offer, this year, will be presented at 26 tourist ones.Of this number, there will be appearances at 9 specialized fairs that include nautical, congress and camping offer, while a new visual concept and a new creative solution of the CNTB stand will be presented for the first time at ITB Berlin in March. In order to achieve even better results in certain markets, it is planned to expand the current network of representative offices with new offices in China – Shanghai, South Korea – Seoul, USA – Los Angeles and Italy – Rome.Photo: MINTA record year in arrivals and overnight staysIn the period from January to December, foreign tourists made 16,5 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 89,8 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists made 12 million overnight stays and grew by 14 percent. . In the period from January to the end of December, most overnight stays were realized in Wife (28 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (19 million overnight stays) and in Kvarner (18,6 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County (13,7 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8,5 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 7,1 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 3,2 million overnight stays and Zagreb with 2,3 million overnight stays .2 million overnight stays (+15 percent) were realized on the continent, and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac County (576 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (322 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County (188 thousand overnight stays).Germany remains the main emitting market During the twelve months, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (20,7 million overnight stays), Slovenian (10,1 million overnight stays), Austria (7,6 million overnight stays), Poland (6,3 million overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (5,4 million overnight stays). Outside European countries, most overnight stays were made by guests from United States of America (1,4 million overnight stays), Australia (667 thousand overnight stays), South Korea (533 thousand overnight stays), Canada (415 thousand overnight stays) and Kine (237 thousand overnight stays).Top destinations per night are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Umag. Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in household facilities (35 million overnight stays), hotels (25 million overnight stays) and camps (19 million overnight stays), while 3,2 million overnight stays were realized in nautical charter during twelve months.Related list:TOURISM REVENUES INCREASE 10 PERCENTlast_img read more

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger sends message to Liverpool as coronavirus threatens Premier League title bid

first_img“There was something special when you arrived.” ✅“Sometimes when I was in the area there, I just had to drive through to go home.” “The link was there. It was a special atmosphere.” 👏Arsene Wenger tells @JimWhite just how much he loved Highbury. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/P9MgBIUSju— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 8, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 May 2020 8:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link622Shares Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has hailed Jurgen Klopp and insisted his Liverpool team will be remembered as Premier League champions even if the season is voided due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Reds had stormed 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and to within two victories of the title when the season was suspended on March 13.While the Premier League hope to resume the campaign in the coming weeks, it remains unclear whether that will be possible, with the UK still currently in lockdown.The Premier League’s worst-case scenario would see the 2019-20 season voided altogether, an outcome that would deny Liverpool their first domestic title in 30 years.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut former Arsenal manager Wenger believes Liverpool will be ‘champions in everyone’s head’ even if the campaign cannot be resumed. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveDiscussing Liverpool’s stunning season, Wenger told talkSPORT: ‘Jurgen has done extremely well because that club has waited 30 years for this title.‘And when you think they have such a massive difference [points gap] to the second team, Manchester City, as well – 25 points, it’s absolutely massive. Advertisement ‘No matter what England will decide, Liverpool are champions in everyone’s head, I think.’The Premier League’s plan to resume the season in June has been titled ‘Project Restart’ and a host of temporary changes may be made in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.Some clubs – including Arsenal – have returned to training, although players are only permitted to train in groups of five for the time being and are still adhering to social-distancing guidelines.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEarlier in the month, former England star Shaun Wright-Phillips said the current season should be suspended and Liverpool given a 15-point head-start for the 2020-21 campaign.‘I would just null and void the season,’ he said.‘Liverpool deserve to win the title but then if you give them the title, then you have to give them a bonus and where’s the Premier League making their money from now? Liverpool have enjoyed a superb season (Picture: Getty)‘Then if you give them the title, realistically you have to relegate the three teams. There are like three or four points between them down at the bottom, so then there’ll be an argument on that side.‘And then if you do that, then you’ve got to decide who’s getting promoted and who wins the play-offs without even going into it.‘So I think it’s a little bit more difficult than just giving Liverpool the title. I would just null and void it, even if they then gave Liverpool a 10/15 point headstart next year.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsene Wenger sends message to Mikel Arteta over Arsenal fearsMORE: How Liverpool target Kylian Mbappe embarrasses PSG team-mates Advertisement Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger sends message to Liverpool as coronavirus threatens Premier League title bid Commentlast_img read more

GVC aims for highest standards operating in an uncertain world

first_imgShare GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Sports betting is beginning to return ‘in-line with expectations’ as live sports resume across all markets, said Barry Gibson, Chairman of GVC.Making his first public statement as Chairman, Gibson praised the COVIbetting group’s ability to respond ‘swiftly’ to the closure of its UK retail estate following government-imposed lockdown measures.The GVC Chairman also lauded the operator’s ability to meet its target of operating as a cash neutral company throughout the lockdown, and remained encouraged by the ‘early signs as customers return to the high street’.Gibson said: “While it is disappointing not to be able to hold a physical AGM for shareholders, safety is, of course, paramount as we continue to follow government guidelines to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Board looks forward to getting together in person with shareholders later in the year at a shareholder engagement forum in the UK, regulations permitting.“As sports events were cancelled and retail outlets were closed in mid-March, GVC responded swiftly and decisively achieving our target of operating at cash neutral through the period. We also increased our financial flexibility through a relaxation of the covenants on our Revolving Credit Facility.“Throughout the period our online gaming businesses continued to trade strongly, and as we see the resumption of sporting events across our business our sport volumes are returning in-line with expectations.“Our retail outlets in England have now been open for a little over a week, albeit with extensive social distancing measures in place, and we are encouraged by the early signs as customers return to the high street. As a result, GVC is well-positioned to emerge from this period in a position of financial and operational strength.”Gibson reiterated the work that the betting group has carried out to ensure that it maintains a high standard of social responsibility and corporate governance across the business, highlighting the work that has been carried out to best protect punters.GVC, which resecured its FTSE100 blue-chip status last month, expressed that while the economic outlook across the world remains uncertain, the betting group remained optimistic about GVC’s long-term prospects.Gibson continued: “We continue to embed the highest standards of governance across the business as an integral part of our day-to-day activities. Providing our customers with products and services that they can use in a safe and enjoyable environment is our guiding light, as well as protecting the small number of those customers who may be at risk.“We are constantly evolving and improving our safer gambling policies, procedures and technologies. As ever, we are committed to working closely with regulators to ensure that any changes in legislation will be evidence-based, carefully considered and focused on good outcomes for customers, improving player safety and limiting problem gambling, rather than knee-jerk decisions that could end up inadvertently damaging player safety.“While the economic outlook around the world remains uncertain, the resilience of our performance during this hugely challenging period and the extraordinary loyalty, dedication and hard work that our teams around the world are showing mean that we remain as confident as ever in GVC’s long-term prospects.”last_img read more

Defender Alfred Nelson wants GHc 60,000 before penning three-year deal for Hearts

first_imgLiberty Professionals defender Alfred Nelson says he will only sign for Hearts of Oak for a transfer fee of GHc 60,000 (US$ 17,000).Hearts have targeted the Ghana youth international as replacement forNuru Sulley who has been sold to a Libyan side.Nelson is reported to have rejected a fee believed to be around GHc 50,000 for a three-year contract.But the defender is insisting on the GHc 60,000 for a 3-year contract.“Yes we have had negotiations with him but we were not able to agree on contractual terms because of the financial differences,” a Hearts board member told sportscrusader.com“That will however not put us off because he is our target and we will continue to talk to him and hope that at a point we will agree on the financials so he can sign the deal to join us at pre-season.”last_img read more

Mayweather beats Japan’s Nasukawa by technical knockout

first_imgWith the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.The 41-year-old Mayweather carried a more than 4kg (9lb) weight advantage into the ring.The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.Share on: WhatsApp Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.Sensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.last_img read more

Trafalgar Thunder rock Stanley Humphries to capture WK Grade 8 Basketball Title

first_imgTrafalgar entered two teams into the weekend tournament.Based on regular season standings both teams were granted byes to the semi-finals of the six-team tournamentSHSS defeated JL Crowe for a spot against Trafalgar B in the first semifinal.Grand Forks defeated Mt Sentinel to advance to play Trafalgar A in the second semifinal. The Rockers advanced to the final as Trafalgar B squad struggled on the offensive end, scoring a 46-6 victory.Meanwhile, the other Thunder squad rolled up a 28-13-halftime lead en route to a 41-28 victory over Grand Forks Wolves.Pan paced Trafalgar with 13 points while Erickson added 12.Kozak and Quinn Kilpatrick each added six and five points, respectively. Van Kozak, Nathaniel Pan and Matt Erickson combined for 38 points to power the Trafalgar Thunder to a convincing 56-18 decision over Stanley Humphries Rockers in the final of the West Kootenay Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.The Thunder jumped to a 15-2 first quarter lead, 29-8 at recess, and never looked back.Kozak led the Thunder with 14 points while Erickson and Pan each added 12.Matteo Kataoka chipped in five points while Grade 7 Kelton Forte added eight.last_img read more

FAVORED BENCH WARRANT SMOKES LATE TO TAKE $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES; BAZE, SADLER TEAM FOR NECK VICTORY DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2015)–With scintillating fractions to run at, favored Bench Warrant flew from far off the pace to take Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes by a neck under Tyler Baze, as he bested seven 3-year-old rivals in getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.43.Trained by John Sadler, Bench Warrant was last as the field crossed over the main track at the top of the stretch, and with pacesetter Serbian Syclone setting suicidal splits of 20.91, 42.20 and 1:06.15, the complexion of the race changed completely with a sixteenth of a mile to run.“When they were 15 or 20 lengths in front of me, I knew how fast they were going up front,” said Baze. “I just had to have confidence. Even though they were spread out turning for home and it got tight for a second, he went right through there and made the hole we were running for. He’s only going to get better with more distance.”Bench Warrant, who was a close fourth in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1, was off at 9-5 and paid $5.80, $3.80 and $2.60. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss, Bench Warrant got his third win from six starts and with the winner’s share of $48,300, he increased his earnings to $177,060.“When I saw that first quarter in 20 and four, I felt pretty good because this horse has a lot of heart,” said Sadler assistant, Larry Benavidez. “We’d like to keep him running down the hill, but I don’t think there’s anything for him for a while…I’d say he’s still getting better at racing. He’s a neat horse.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Pain and Misery was mid-pack early and made the lead a sixteenth out when Serbian Syclone faltered but could not hold off the winner and finished second, one length in front of Diamond Majesty. Off at 10-1, Pain and Misery paid $8.60 and $4.60.Diamond Majesty, with Rafael Bejarano up, rallied from far back to be third, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Jazzy Josh, who had been forwardly placed early. Off at 9-2, Diamond Majesty paid $3.60 to show.There was just one winning ticket in Sunday’s Pick Six and it was worth $118,674. The ticket was purchased in Nevada, according to Santa Anita Director of Pari-Mutuels Randy Hartzell.First post time on Presidents’ Day, Monday, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Santa Anita will offer one dollar beers, hot dogs and sodas throughout the day.last_img read more

Expel the Creationists

first_imgApparently Eugenie Scott of the NCSE is feeling no remorse from her appearance in Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, where she defended the actions of those who ruined careers, denied tenure, and deprived students and teachers of their academic freedom because they dared to question Darwin.  Her latest piece in Scientific American is as adamant as ever: the creationists, ever morphing their tactics by a kind of sinister evolution, need to be eradicated.    With co-author Glenn Branch, Eugenie Scott summarized the history of creationism and the court cases that have stymied them.  Using the projection theme of a crook “donning a fake mustache” to hide his identity, Scott portrayed a shape-shifting bogeyman that can be shown no mercy but must be expelled.  The subtitle reads, “Creationists who want religious ideas taught as scientific fact in public schools continue to adapt to courtroom defeats by hiding their true aims under ever changing guises.”  After thoroughly discrediting the motives of creationists in Louisiana and Georgia who merely requested that students use critical thinking when exploring evolution, she explained why these apparently innocent requests deserved to be defeated: one doesn’t grant academic freedom to liars:In the meantime, it is clear why the Louisiana Science Education Act is pernicious: it tacitly encourages teachers and local school districts to miseducate students about evolution, whether by teaching creationism as a scientifically credible alternative or merely by misrepresenting evolution as scientifically controversial.  Vast areas of evolutionary science are for all intents and purposes scientifically settled; textbooks and curricula used in the public schools present precisely such basic, uncomplicated, uncontroversial material.  Telling students that evolution is a theory in crisis is—to be blunt—a lie.    Moreover, it is a dangerous lie, because Dobzhansky was right to say that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution: without evolution, it would be impossible to explain why the living world is the way it is rather than otherwise.  Students who are not given the chance to acquire a proper understanding of evolution will not achieve a basic level of scientific literacy.  And scientific literacy will be indispensable for workers, consumers and policymakers in a future dominated by medical, biotechnological and environmental concerns.Creationists will continue their pattern of “steady misrepresentation,” she said, by finding new ways to chip away at Darwin’s theory of evolution.  What are honest citizens to do?  “But because the passage of such antievolution bills ultimately results from politics rather than science, it will not be the progress of science that ensures their failure to endure,” she said.  “Rather it will take the efforts of citizens who are willing to take a stand and defend the uncompromised teaching of evolution.”Eugenie, Eugenie, please.  This piece is so loaded with fallacies, lies and misrepresentations you should be ashamed of yourself.  Readers, look at this.  This lady knows better than to make such allegations.  She has heard numerous scholars and scientists who are not fundamentalist Christians make the same arguments against dogmatic Darwinism, among them David Berlinski, Steve Fuller and Ben Stein.  She has met face to face with Phillip Johnson and the leading lights of the intelligent design movement and various creationist organizations.  She knows these people are not crooks with fake mustaches.  In fact, she knows that most of them are nicer people than her fellow persecutors.  She knows many of them have more degrees in science than she does.  And she knows that no philosopher of science would defend the image of “science vs superstition” she is portraying.    This piece has all the marks of a hit man knowing his job depends on showing the boss some blood.  As a full-time employee of an organization whose sole purpose is to keep creationism out of the public arena, do you think she could dare face her board of directors and contributors with anything less than enthusiastic loyalty to the cause?  Conscience be expelled; she is not going to draw her pay by feeling remorse for continuing one of the most egregious persecutions of scholars, scientists and citizens in recent history.  If that takes a few lies and misrepresentations, so be it.  (The best lies are calling your enemies liars, misrepresenting them as misrepresenters, and having an agenda to accuse them of having an agenda.)    Eugenie, please.  Don’t you realize that any special interest group could use the tactics you keep using?  It’s never the Big Science Academy that has evil motives (don’t read those emails against Guillermo Gonzalez), it’s your straw bogeyman.  It’s never the Darwin Party that lies (don’t look at those Haeckel embryos); it’s only the bogeyman.  It’s never the DODO heads (Darwin-Only 2x) that misrepresents, changes tactics, and has an agenda – it’s only the bogeyman.  You know these people.  You know how nice and honest many of the persecuted outcasts are, and you know how cruel and heartless can be many of your comrades in arms.  You would rather befriend foul-mouthed P.Z. Myers than kind-hearted, wise old Phillip Johnson.  You would rather ruin a man’s career than listen to his scientific arguments for design.  You would rather sue a school than let them dare think that Darwin might have had less than the whole truth.  How can you look in the mirror in the morning?    This charge of creationists only being politically motivated is so tiring.  It is so hypocritical.  If Eugenie’s special-interest group lost a court case, you know she would be the first to change tactics and put on a fake mustache.  If she were marginalized, you know she would be the first crying out for academic freedom.  If the Darwin Party were losing, you know she would be the first to demand the right to critically examine the majority’s claims and give both sides a hearing.  If the Dover case had gone against the NCSE, you could hear the screams of protest she would make about how defining science is no business of a Republican judge.  And if Eugenie’s rights were being systematically stripped away by a powerful institution, you know she would not willingly cede territory to tyranny without a political fight, no matter how hopeless the prospects for success might appear.  She would get into political contests and school board races and cling to the eroding cliff of intellectual freedom as long as she could.    BUT – when she has the power to yank freedom from others, she is merciless:Ms. Scott, we sincerely believe, on scientific and philosophical grounds, that Darwinism is deeply flawed.  Can we have equal time to present alternatives?  NO!  (11/08/2004)OK, then; can have a few minutes per semester?  NO!OK, then; can we let students know alternatives exist?  NO!  12/20/2005)Is there any way for the D word design to be uttered in science class?  NO!OK, forget the science class.  We assume we could teach both sides of the design debate in a philosophy class, right?  NO!  (01/25/2006)How about teaching more evolution?  We could teach both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinism, couldn’t we?  NO!  (05/13/2004)Can a teacher at least refer to secular peer-reviewed journals that mention problems with evolution?  NO!  (09/12/2004)Can a teacher put material at the back of the room for browsing, with no pressure or obligation?  NO!  (06/14/2005)Surely you would allow a teacher to encourage students to think critically?  NO!  (06/16/2005)Can a teacher mention that the textbook is presenting lies as evidence for evolution?  NO!  (07/25/2003)Can we put a teeny tiny sticker in the textbook asking students to think with an open mind?  NO!  (04/09/2004, 01/06/2007)Can we mention there are books in the school library with different views?  NO!Can we teach evolution by the textbook, but perhaps mention a little about the factual history of Darwin’s influence on politics?  NO!  (03/25/2007)If students write papers critical of Darwinism on their own initiative, can they get a decent grade?  NO!Can we promote academic freedom?  NO!Can we complain when NCSE material claims Darwinism is compatible with religion?  NO!  (04/03/2006)Can Dr. Darwin-Doubter get tenure if he doesn’t voice any of his doubts about Darwin in the classroom?  NO!  (05/22/2007)After a Darwin-doubting professor has been expelled and lost his tenure appeal, can he get a job as a truck driver (example) to feed his family? We’ll get back to you….If you want to get really shocked and angry at what the Darwin Pary has done to respectable scientists and teachers who dared to question Darwin, get the new book Slaughter of the Dissidents by Dr. Jerry Bergman – himself a victim of Darwinist discrimination.    On top of all this, Ms. Scott routinely portrays herself as a poor, lonely freedom fighter against the powerful religious right.  She heaps scorn on those evil creationists, the only ones in town with an “agenda” who are nefariously trying to corrupt science and ruin America.  Does that profile fit Dr. Richard Sternberg, a double-PhD research scientist?  No way.  But look what she said when he was hounded out of the Smithsonian for allowing a pro-design paper to be published in a scientific journal according to the rules of peer review, leading to a Congressional investigation that concluded evolutionists on staff had created a hostile work environment to pressure him out.  Eugenie Scott graciously said this in response: Sternberg got what he deserved and should be glad something worse didn’t happen to him (see Evolution News #1, #2 #3).  It was shameful – but she was shameless.    It must be an awful burden to bear on one’s conscience.  This humorless lady has to face looking back over her life some day and realizing she spent most of her years denying the majority of Americans the right to question dogma.  We can only hope she will open her beloved Daddy Darwin’s inspired scripture and read, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  That’s not only the American way.  Darwin was no American.  That’s the scientific way. Exercise:  Aim your Baloney Detector at Branch and Scott’s hit piece.  Scoring:  One point for each propaganda tactic, logical fallacy or smokescreen detected.  Two points for each lame excuse for Darwin-only “science.”  Three points for each allegation that is more justifiably aimed at the Darwin Party.  If this exercise gets you worked up, you can do something about it.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

FNB launches SA’s first banking ‘app’

first_img22 July 2011In a first for a South African bank, First National Bank has launched the FNB Banking Application, an “app” that gives users of smartphones and tablet computer devices easy access to their accounts online.South Africa currently has an estimated 16% smartphone penetration, which according to information technology research company Gartner will ramp up to 80% by 2014. Global sales of tablet computers and smartphones are predicted to exceed PC, notebooks and netbooks in 2011.The app market is also predicted to grow by 60%.The FNB Banking App is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices, with an app for devices running the Symbian platform expected before the end of August.“At FNB we are constantly looking at ways to improve on our innovations, staying one step ahead of our competitors and consistently adding value and choice for our customers,” FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement this week.“In an increasingly digital world in which smartphones, tablet devices and apps are changing the way we communicate and live, the introduction of the FNB Banking App will enable us to widen our offering allowing us to provide our customers with convenient banking solutions and great user experience.”Immediate secure accessThe app gives users immediate and secure access to their bank accounts, allowing them to view account lists and detailed transactional histories, perform transactional services like transfers between accounts, as well as pay beneficiaries.“The solution will give our customers a convenient, anytime, anywhere digital banking solution, rich in user experience,” said Jordaan. “We are glad to say that this App is a home grown creation and has been developed in house by FNB Connect, the bank’s internal internet service provider.”Value added servicesIn addition to banking services, a few of the value added services include allowing customers to find FNB branches and ATMs using location based services, as well as access to an immediate FNB branch list directory, making free calls to any FNB contact centres and cheap outbound calls to other numbers.The Banking App also has functionality for users to view foreign exchange rates.“We understand the demand for instant and ‘on the go’ banking from our customers and our App provides easy access to banking through a single sign on process. One step is all it takes to safely access your bank account,” said FNB Connect’s Farren Roper.“The App was designed for quick deployment into new and existing markets as it works off any network and off a 3G or WiFi access medium. Smartphone and tablet device users and require mobility and multi-functionality and we designed our App with this user profile in mind.“The App gives the multi-tasker a quick, one stop and convenient banking experience.”To use the service, customers who have Apple devices can download the App from the Apple App store, Android customers from the Android Market, while Blackberry customers can get the App from the Blackberry App World.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more