‘Dear Scotland, please look after things while we’re at Euro 2016, from the rest of the UK and Ireland’


first_imgEngland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will all take part in Euro 2016, but sadly for the Tartan Army, Scotland won’t be there.It would have been unbelievable to have all four nations from the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, all qualify for France 2016, but Gordon Strachan’s team will have to look on from afar next summer.As certain corners of social media were only too happy to point out… Scotland missed out on Euro 2016 1last_img



first_imgDONEGAL university students are now on their way to Seattle – as part of the Jailbreak 2014 charity challenge.Daire Mc Mullin from Stranorlar, a student in Trinity College Dublin and pal Paul McDonagh-Forde are among 100 students who have 36 hours to travel as far away from Dublin as possible without spending a single cent!A short-time ago Daire revealed they made it safely to New York overnight and are now a flight to Seattle….and hoping to go even further. Just where will they end up?Digital Fone Communications Buncrana and Filan’s Centra helped get them to the states – now they’re blagging their way to the Pacific OceanThey are required to beg, borrow or blag their travel costs, regardless of the destination.It’s a charity based initiative and all funds raised are given to the students’ designated charities with the Donegal lads giving money to St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International. Students are all over Europe today – with some making it to Singapore and one couple hoping to land in Sydney before tonight’s 9pm deadline.Daire and Paul left Kilmainham Jail yesterday with the rest of the teams – and have until 9pm Sunday to get as far away from Dublin as possible.You can donate money to the lads’  charity herehttp://www.jailbreak14.com/teams/Daire-and-Paul/NOW DONEGAL STUDENTS MAKE THEIR WAY TO SEATTLE IN JAILBREAK CHARITY CHALLENGE was last modified: February 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daire Mc Mullinjailbreak14last_img read more

Darwin Debate Strategy: Declare Victory


first_imgThe easiest way to win a debate is to simply disallow your opponent, and then declare victory by forfeit.  Is that what supporters of Darwin are doing to their critics?The winner is: Darwin:  PhysOrg reported favorably on a book by Mano Singham (Case Western Reserve University) that declares victory against creationism and intelligent design: e.g., “The Dover case, says Singham, also brings the curtain down on the long history of religious groups trying to breach the wall between church and state.”  Neither Singham nor PhysOrg allowed the other side time to rebut this and other claims.  No, despite the fact that the Discovery Institute wrote a detailed rebuttal to this conception of what happened at Dover, and has repeatedly answered such claims on its Evolution News and Views web page, the title states as a matter of fact, “Science wins fight over evolution in schools, says Case Western Reserve University author.”  The article gives him the victory lap at the end, too: “For now the battle between religion and Darwin has been won by science, says Singham.”Inherit the Wind won’t die:  Despite numerous misrepresentations of the Scopes Trial, the play Inherit the Wind still makes the rounds.  It’s playing in London.  Celeste Biever mushed over the play in New Scientist and reflected on its bittersweet lessons about how science trumps religion, but how sad it is that so many well-meaning people can’t let go of their faith.  In her article Biever recounted an event from the Dover trial that never happened.  She claimed Michael Behe said astrology would count as science and the courtroom erupted in laughter.  Behe has answered this claim with clarification that Biever was misunderstanding his statement and that the laughter was at a different time about a different matter (check Uncommon Descent archives).  Of course, his side of the story was not allowed into the article.Selective book reviews:  Lawrence D. Hurst reviewed two pro-evolution books for Nature.1  His article shows a photo of Dawkins proudly holding a copy of his book The Greatest Show on Earth.  To Hurst, the only controversy between the pugilistic Richard Dawkins and the gentlemanly Carl Zimmer was which approach is most likely to be effective in smashing creationists over the head.  “So which is the better strategy for explaining the difference between fact and fantasy: that of the quiet American or that of the British Rottweiler?  Zimmer makes the facts palatable but Dawkins reminds us that some people persist in their beliefs even if they are profoundly contradicted by observation and logic,” Hurst declared.  Sounds like he supports the Dawkins approach.It has been a fairly well-known phenomenon that a faceless army of anti-I.D. editors scours Wikipedia daily to maintain their lies about intelligent design supporters.  This is true for other controversial figures like Rush Limbaugh, too.  Some I.D. scientists have corrected factual errors on pages about themselves, only to find their corrections overwritten almost immediately with the same lies.  Wikipedia maintains no method of accountability for editors and no method for targets of these lies to get them corrected.  Because of this, no one should consider Wikipedia a reliable source for information – particularly on controversial topics like evolution and intelligent design.1.  Lawrence D. Hurst, “Showcasing the evidence for evolution,” Nature 461, 596 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/461596a.The Darwinists are not above telling outright lies in pushing their views in the media.  “Our enterprise has established facts and we should have the confidence to say so.  Evolution is one such fact,” says Hurst, conveniently equivocating over the word evolution.  Celeste Biever lies about Behe but calls Darwin “the man who has contributed more than any other to our understanding of where humanity came from” (a majority might give that honor to Jesus Christ).  Singham repeatedly portrays critics of Darwin as violating separation of church and state.  These three examples of Darwin debating tactics (e.g., one-sided presentations) are riddled with simplistic either-or fallacies, glittering generalities, outright lies and half-truths.  In a real debate they could not get away with it.  They do what is typical of leftists and radicals: shut the other side up, and declare victory.  Wasn’t that tactic famously displayed in certain totalitarian dystopias over the last century?  We report both sides and give you original sources so that you can judge for yourself.  In other words, we respect your freedom and the dignity of your individual intellect.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Journalists get close-up on business in SA


first_img13 March 2012 Journalists from the Middle East, visiting the country as guests of Brand South Africa, have been introduced to the constructive role businesses play in reaching SA’s economic growth, development and transformation goals. They have also learned how the National Treasury is responsible for managing South Africa’s government finances. Their visit to Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the National Treasury were part of Brand South Africa’s aim to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems. Mahmood Saberi of Gulf News, a Dubai publication, said: “I’m here to basically see how trade relations and investments can be improved between the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.” Saberi also said he was looking forward to seeing scenic spots of South Africa like Table Mountain. Saberi is joined by Peter Smith, of Dubai Gulf Business; Hala Saqqa, a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dubai; Roger Romanos; the senior editor at Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group; and Bahaa Alawam, a Syrian journalist.Uncertainty of growth in the world The wellbeing of Europe’s economic system and the US economy are just some factors that will determine whether South Africa reaches its projected 3.3% budget deficit by 2014. Lungisa Fuzile, the director-general of the National Treasury, said: “Domestically, we need to invest in things that are growth-intensive such as infrastructure, which will make business transactions easier. These, for example, are ports and roads. “Regulatory regimes in different sectors also need to be revised so there is no barrier to entry for people to do business.” Externally there had to be a South African presence in markets with higher growth potential, and seven of these markets were in Africa.Surviving 2009 recession South Africa’s financial system showed great resilience during the 2009 world economic crunch. Fuzile said: “In South Africa, we have a four-pillar model, meaning we have four big banks and other smaller ones. “The fact that we survived the recession in 2009 is largely due to the fact that these banks’ dependence on foreign funding is limited.” Another factor that led to South Africa withstanding the recession was the National Credit Act, which made seeking credit harder. “Although there was talk that this Act was too restrictive, recent readings in terms of credit extension ratings show that they are rising, so this Act is not too restrictive,” said Fuzile.Wal-Mart and Massmart deal The Wal-Mart-Massmart merger was recently approved by the Competition Tribunal. The deal concludes the R16.5-billion (US$22-million) cash offer by Wal-Mart to acquire 51% of Massmart at R148 ($18) per Massmart share – a smaller stake than the initial 100% offer made in September 2011, but one that would see Massmart retain its listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange, the JSE. Fuzile said: “The message that was being sent by the conclusion of this deal by the tribunal is that of free trade because we do not want to restrict entry to our markets for others hence we also feel the brunt later.” The Tribunal said: “Wal-Mart does not compete with Massmart in South Africa and its only presence in the country is a small procurement arm that sources local products for its stores globally. “The merging parties contend that the merger will indeed be good for competition by bringing lower prices and additional choice to South African consumers. We accept that this is a likely outcome of the merger based on Wal-Mart’s history in bringing about lower prices.”The voice of business in SA Busa acts as the representative of South African business views on the continent and internationally. It interacts with the government in terms of policy and what will make being in business easier in South Africa. Its objectives include: promoting broad-based black economic empowerment, advancing and promoting initiatives aimed at job creation, labour law amendments and the alleviation of poverty, and enabling business to play a meaningful strategic role in South Africa’s overall development. Nomaxabiso Majokweni, Busa’s chief executive officer, said: “Being in business in South Africa is easy, starting with the registering of your business, which takes nearly a month depending on the complexity of your business.” The 2011-2012 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report indicates that South Africa is at position 50 and has the most competitive economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Majokweni said: “Africa is still a huge market for South Africa but we need South African businesses to invest in Africa instead of just importing and exporting.” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Pack of 3 Headbands, Lovely hair bands comfortable to as made with material so they dont dig


first_imgPretty high-quality headbands and so comfortable to put on.Charming hair bands relaxed to as made with materials so they dont dig. Lovely hair bands comfortable to as created with material so they dont dig into your head like the horrible plastic types.Incredibly good bands at a fantastic rate. Pretty good bands at a excellent rate, they most likely would not stand the examination of time and my twin girls will not retain them on but for the proce i will not complain.Key specs for Pack of 3 Headbands, vintage look with beautiful floral print, perfect for girls and young ladies:One size fits all expandableFirm hair band which keeps in place without combs so will not hurt your headExcellent high quality hair bandBrand new items with tags and in clear plastic bagAll items 100% nickle and lead free and inline and above UK legal requirements to ensure safe high quality productsComments from buyers“Beautiful alice band for little girls who want to look pretty, Lovely hair bands comfortable to as made with material so they dont dig , Very nice bands at a good price”Definitely pretty, superior fit for an grownup head.Seems excellent and is at ease to put on.Just as i had expected, the are good.Beautiful alice band for small girls who want to look quite. Purchased with other headbands as an additional very little christmas present this calendar year for the tiny granddaughters who appreciate making on their own look pretty.Seriously rather colors even the floral just one. My daughter beloved these headbands when she obtained them for xmas.I would like to know if you have these headbands in any other color.last_img read more

With Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate The PC Market


first_imgTags:#Microsoft#PC#Surface#Surface Pro#tablets#The Platform#Windows 8#Windows 8.1 Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.In professional sports, a “tweener” is a player who’s not quite large, strong or fast enough to be a star. A tweener can be a good player, but his—because the term usually refers to men—in-between stature makes it difficult to find the right position and generally makes for an awkward fit on the team.The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a tweener. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 is designed to be both tablet and laptop, a mobile device and a PC. The Surface Pro 3 has the hardware and most of the capabilities that you’d expect in a PC, but in the form of an elegant 12 inch tablet. If you were to take the Surface Pro 3 at face value, you’d see a pretty darn good computer—assuming, that is, you like Windows 8.“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” said Panos Panay, Microsoft’s VP of Surface. Or, to paraphrase what one Microsoft employee said to me yesterday, “It is a superior laptop designed to be elegantly mobile.”But you can’t really evaluate the Surface Pro 3 as the sum of its features. Because it’s a tweener.Quick Thought: First Impressions Of The 2-In-1I wanted to put Microsoft’s claim that the Surface Pro 3 could replace my laptop to the test. So, after receiving a review unit from Microsoft, I took the bus back home to Boston from Manhattan and attempted to write this article.After downloading a free trial of Office 365, I was able to start writing with Microsoft Word while also Skyping with the ReadWrite team via a split screen. The touchscreen app switcher in Windows 8 let me look up information along the way. I downloaded Skitch to format photos and screenshots. But Internet Explorer let me down when it came to loading the piece into our homebrew publishing system, especially where uploading and formatting photos was concerned. Ultimately, I finished it on a MacBook Air with Google Chrome. After writing the article in Word, I spent the rest of the trip home reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta on the Amazon Kindle app for Windows 8. I oscillated between using the kickstand for “lapability” and holding the Surface Pro 3 in my hand. While it may be the lightest Surface Pro ever, it’s still heavy if you hold it for long.Bottom line: the Surface Pro 3 can almost replace my laptop and tablet, but it doesn’t quite finish the job.The 2-in-1 tweener hasn’t fared particularly well in the market over the last several years, largely because of price. People want tablets that look and feel like tablets and generally start at mobile-like prices—say $499 (at the high end) and down. The lowest grade Surface Pro 3 starts at $799 for 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and an Intel Core i3. From there, pricing shoots straight out of normal tablet range, all the way up to high-end laptop levels—i.e., $1,949 for 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and an Intel Core i7.Research firm NPD Group reports that sales of tablets larger than 9 inches are down 12% this year, according to Bloomberg. This is not only a bad omen for the 12-inch Surface Pro 3, but also for Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. Smaller tablets tend to be cheaper, which pushes market volume for manufacturers, a fact that Google and Amazon are well aware of with their small primary tablets.Microsoft held 1.3% of the tablet market share in the first quarter of 2014 and didn’t even break the top five manufacturers, according to research firm IDC. Overall, tablet shipments are down 3.9% year-over-year; PCs are down 4.4%. These trends don’t seem favorable to Microsoft’s Surface Pro strategy.Recreating The PC MarketMicrosoft wants everyone to think the Surface Pro 3 is a tablet, but its pricing gives the game away. Microsoft wants to recreate the lucrative PC market that made the company billions of dollars by repackaging a PC into tablet clothing and then hammering away at the Surface product line until everybody believes that PCs never really went anywhere, they just got a touchscreen and a cellular connection.This line of thinking has, to be blunt, so far fallen short. Microsoft’s bottom line (likely more than $1 billion in losses on Surface inventory in the last two years) is proof. People want bigger smartphones and smaller tablets. When they want PCs, they want either affordable laptops or high-powered expensive desktops with large monitors. The market has not yet said, “we want tablets that act like PCs and are priced much higher than the tablets that we would otherwise buy.”See also: Surface Pro 3: Meet Microsoft’s New Tablet HybridIf Microsoft is looking towards the business user and enterprise market for Surface sales, it’s going to have a hard time on that road as well. Many enterprises are reluctant to upgrade systems—just look at how long they kept Windows XP running—and they’re not enamored with Windows 8.1. Even the entire Chinese government has declined to use Windows 8.Some analysts remain optimistic about enterprise sales. Take Jack Gold from J.Gold & Associates:Although the price is still a bit high for many, this unit is meant to be a high end device with full capability for corporate users where a premium price of a few hundred dollars is far outweighed by the productivity enhancing ability of this device.Microsoft doesn’t want to cede the entire consumer market to Apple and Android. But Redmond’s math just doesn’t add up.Give Microsoft credit for being mulish. Old Microsoft or new, the company retains the ability to just put its head down and insist that its products are cool, that they’re exactly the right fit for everybody and that you’re missing out if you don’t buy one soon. This is exactly what Microsoft did with the Xbox and what it has been trying to do with Windows Phone for several years now. Bing probably falls into that category too.Quote of the Day: “Bothered by what the agents were saying, I informed them that I would first need to read the order they had just delivered—and then consult with an attorney. The feds seemed surprised by my hesitation.” ~ Lavabit founder Ladar Levinson writing in The Guardian on being served court orders for the secure email service’s encryption keys by U.S. authorities.Sometimes that works. Xbox, after several years and hundreds of millions in marketing dollars, finally found a semblance of success. The Xbox One was a much-anticipated product that delivered a superior gaming console (if one that featured several misguided assumptions by Microsoft). Microsoft has shown a willingness to burn lots of money while iterating products towards commercial viability.The Surface Pro 3 is an interesting device that has some notable merits. But Microsoft may be in for disappointment if it thinks it can sell the Surface Pro at PC prices and still achieve critical volume.If Microsoft could build a Surface with the same hardware specs and performance as the Pro 3, but market and sell it in the notebook price range (from $300 to $1,000), it could shed the tweener label. As it stands, though, shoehorning a PC into a mobile design and selling it like a laptop seems unlikely to draw the crowds the company is clearly hoping for.More On Microsoft, Windows 8 And Surface Pro 3Preeminent gadget guru Anand Lal Shimpi puts the hardware and display of the Surface Pro 3 through the initial paces. The best Microsoft beat writer on the planet, Mary Jo Foley, looks at why a Surface Mini wasn’t released. Dieter Bohn from The Verge wonders: “Can the Surface Pro 3 steal the MacBook Air’s crown?“The headline writers at The Register apparently like to amuse themselves: “Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over and fondle me up.”Samantha Murphy Kelly at Mashable thinks the Surface Pro 3 could be a laptop killer.ComputerWorld’s Richi Jennings says third time is a charm for the Surface Pro.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

The Lie That Relationships Don’t Matter in Sales


first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now What I write here will be unpopular with some. Maybe even many, and maybe a majority in some circles. When everything is conflated to bits and bytes and atoms, the idea that we humans are something more, something special, is an idea considered quaint.All Commercial RelationshipsThe idea that relationships no longer matter in sales—or commercial relationships, more generally—has captured the imagination of business leaders and entrepreneurs. They look at Bezos and recognize the value of a transactional approach, one that scales without the messy, expensive, massively variable performance of human beings and one that relies on technology and the promise of consistency. Revenue and profit are generated by and through transactions, and more transactions is better than fewer, and faster is better than slower.Consumers, we are told, want what they want, when they want, and how they want it. They want a reduction in friction and expect to have it by clicking a link. Or, simply walking into a store, filling your cart, and walking out without being bothered to swipe their credit card. The transaction is the relationship, because the purchase is transactional, requiring no greater value than what is generated when the product is the value proposition.It is a mistake to apply this model to all commercial interactions, especially when the decision is strategic, requires significant investments, comes with risk, and where their area different approaches, different choices, and the potential for huge variations in results. Optimizing for efficiency through technology is the exact opposite of what is necessary to be effective and successful.Consultative RelationshipsWhy are relationships crucial to these types of decisions? There is an advantage created for both the salesperson and their prospective client that is created through intimacy. There is a trust that is created when a person is other-oriented and really knows and understand their prospective client. That trust is generated, in part, by the salesperson understanding the context of the decision, the company’s goals, their strategy, and what they need to do to succeed. Trust is also the byproduct of knowing the individuals who are making and executing decisions and how they operate together.As a salesperson, if your prospective client (or client) thinks of you as an insider, as one of us, you hold a commanding share of their mind share—and are more than likely to hold a commanding share of their spending in your category. In all things human, trying to be efficient is contra to effectiveness. Faster isn’t better than better. Relationships require an investment of time and energy, making them expensive to create and maintain. That said, they are still not as expensive as not having the relationship, poorly serving your prospective clients, and losing to others who are willing to make investments you avoid.Credibility is important, but intimacy creates a preference. Refuse ideas that ignore the many factors that compel change and preference.If what you sell is a something that should be a transaction, by all means, transact, and do so with great haste. But if what you sell should be a consultative sale, develop the relationships that allow you to be consultative, to occupy the role of trusted advisor (even though you should never describe yourself as such). Investing in the idea that you should seek transactional efficiency and that relationships don’t matter is a mistake of the first order.last_img read more

Roma game against Sampdoria postponed


first_imgRoma Sampdoria vs Roma postponed after weather alert Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 03:52 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Patrik Schick Roma Getty Roma Sampdoria v Roma Club Friendlies Serie A Sampdoria With an ‘orange’ weather alert issued in Genoa, the city council decided to call off Saturday’s fixture against Eusebio Di Francesco’s team Roma’s Serie A clash at Sampdoria has been postponed amid the threat of severe weather in Genoa on Saturday.The decision to call the match off was taken by the city council after an ‘orange’ weather warning was issued.Roma 14/1 to win Serie A title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Forecasts showed heavy rainfall in the area from 1400 local time, with the match at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris scheduled to kick off at 2045.The news means Eusebio Di Francesco’s squad will have extra time to prepare for the visit of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.OFFICIAL Due to expected heavy rain in Genoa tomorrow, our game against Sampdoria has been postponed. More to follow. #ASRoma #SampRoma pic.twitter.com/93SJmDpqSI — AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 8, 2017 Roma also delivered an update on the fitness of new signing Patrik Schick, who would not have been in line to face his former club after scans on Friday revealed an oedema in his left quadriceps. He will undergo further tests in the next two days.last_img read more

Video: A Jameis Winston Overthrow At FSU’s Pro Day Resulted In Some People Getting Knocked Out On The Sideline


first_imgJameis Winston participates in Florida State's pro day.Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.last_img

Video: Watch The Scoreboard At OU’s Memorial Stadium Come Crashing Down


first_imgScoreboard at memorial Stadium as the sun goes down.scoreboard at memorial stadium comes downDon’t worry, Oklahoma fans. What you’ll see in the below video was planned.Thursday night, Oklahoma purposely knocked down the skeleton of its scoreboard at Memorial Stadium, making way for a new video board that will span 8,750 feet. According to Tulsa World, the panels that accompanied the skeleton were removed and will be sold off.The new board will be up before the 2016 season.It’s gonna be Sweet #Brackets #OUDNA #BGB #SoonerMagic #Big12Champs pic.twitter.com/TUvnWf2h6E— Coach Drew Hill (@OU_CoachHill) December 3, 2015Video of the board coming down pic.twitter.com/0JP9oMRMmc— Siandhara Bonnet (@SiandharaB) December 3, 2015Despite the construction, Oklahoma’s 2015 campaign isn’t over. The Sooners are likely headed to the College Football Playoff.last_img read more