Mobile banking still slow to catch on with consumers

first_imgby: Rebecca BorisonMobile banking is struggling to attract new customers, but those already using it are doing so more often, according to a survey from RateWatch.RateWatch, which is owned by TheStreet, surveyed 711 adults in January to get their views on mobile banking and mobile payments.While the number of people using mobile banking rose only 2% in the past two years, those using it at least once a week climbed to 45% from 37% during the same period.According to the survey, 36% of respondents never use mobile banking. Some of the top reasons include security concerns, a lack of features on the mobile app and the small size of the smartphone screen or tablet display.Security concerns have long been one of the major hurdles in popularizing the use of smartphones for financial transactions. Banks, meanwhile, are trying to convince consumers that they can trust their mobile services. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FAO launches disease crisis center

first_img The campaign covers all of the country’s 40,000 elementary and secondary schools. The curriculum will help ensure that children understand what they can do to help prevent the spread of avian flu, such as washing their hands frequently and reporting sick or dead poultry. Oct 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – To speed emergency responses to avian influenza and other animal and plant diseases, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) inaugurated a new crisis management center (CMC) at its Rome headquarters today. If a suspected outbreak is reported, the crisis management center can dispatch experts anywhere in the world in less than 48 hours, the FAO said. The center can react quickly to emergencies involving plant pests or food safety, as well as diseases, officials said. The center, founded with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), is supported by advanced communication technology and will operate around the clock, 7 days a week, the FAO said in a press release. The center is staffed by up to 15 specialists and veterinarians who will continuously update and monitor disease information. Oct 12 FAO press release Thailand has the third highest number of human H5N1 cases (25), and the disease has killed 17 people, including 11 children younger than 18. The United States donated $5.1 million and three veterinarians to the CMC; other donors include Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabian, China, Greece, and Jordan. See also: Speed is of the essence in the international fight against avian flu, Diouf said. “Alert must be lighting quick. Reaction must be immediate in combating a disease, which can move across borders and continents terrifyingly fast.” Four million posters and pamphlets containing prevention and awareness messages will be distributed; elementary schools will receive 300,000 bars of soap. The campaign was produced by UNICEF and funded by Japan. Oct 11 UN press release Meanwhile, Thailand and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a school-based campaign this week to protect children and their families from the spread of avian flu, according to a United Nations announcement yesterday. The CMC is headed by Dr Karin Schwabenbauer, Germany’s former chief veterinary officer. Dr Gary L. Brickler, from the US Department of Agriculture, is deputy director. Animal health emergency response will be handled by the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Joseph Domenech, and the FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division will handle the CMC’s operational support. “The CMC represents a significant leap forward in FAO’s ability to help member nations prevent and cope with disease outbreaks,” said Dr Jacques Diouf, director-general of the FAO, in the press release. Jul 14, 2006, CIDRAP News story “USDA, FAO to launch animal disease crisis center”last_img read more

The importance of a broader context and storytelling in tourism

first_imgThe Center is entered through a tunnel leading to the ring road. With special light effects and the sounds of a horse pounding in the trot and the sound of a spear when it hits the ring. Then the path leads the visitor to a room where Diminić’s sculpture of a ring bird is displayed on a pedestal in the middle, and horsemen’s spears are placed around it. You then come to a circular room where the video will be projected in a circle – 360 degrees. And finally the round ends with a hall in which 3 D animation will be subsequently installed. Visitors equipped with a spear (joystick) and virtual reality goggles, can try their hand at the Ring Race, reliving the tension before the race in an authentic ambience and with authentic sounds. Excellent sales point for the visitor to come and experience the real race. For the 55th year in a row, Vinkovci Autumns have been proudly preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage. Vinkovci Autumns are a stage of original traditional Croatian folklore, where about 8000 participants perform – guardians of their tradition and culture. All these materials are also the basis used for communication throughout the year, which most events do not do, but communicate most often a month before the event. Cover photo: FB Ring Race And that’s why the story or video “30 seconds” produced by Level52 is extremely important in the whole tourist mosaic. We are the main narrators and we must do our best to explain the importance of our tradition and ultimately the event to make it more important. It is not the fault of others if we do not tell them the story ourselves. This is the first prerequisite. By the way, the Ring Race is a folk equestrian competition launched in 1976 in Barban, and the race has become a trademark of Barban and one of the TOP and must see manifestation in Istria. Precisely in honor and with the aim of further promotion of the race, the first Barban Visitor Center was opened in Barban last year, dedicated to the Ring Race, but also to the Barban tradition, folklore and way of life. Often event organizers do not understand the importance of quality photo / video materials before, during and after the events as well as communication. Indeed, if the event lasts for several days, it would be good to have short video stories like last day’s resumes or teasers. Because when the event lasts, then there is an opportunity to record all the stories in the current setting and collect raw material that you can then play with later in the year. When the manifestation passes, then it is too late. A blend of history and tradition interpreted through new technologies. New technologies like AR or VR are just new tools / media for telling stories, in fact, embrace them. But what is a fact, no photo or video can replace a real experience. And it is the experiences, emotions and stories that are the very essence of tourism. That is why people travel to meet and experience a new way and culture of living. The whole marketing and promotion comes down to one thing – for visitors to come and experience the event live. And that’s why it’s important to communicate throughout the year, not just publish one poster.center_img But when we add to that the tradition, story and storytelling, which every tourist of Istria, and especially a visitor to the race should know, then it is another story. There is the power of storytelling and the importance of telling stories, which give meaning, value, respect to each tradition. But if we don’t. that story and we don’t provide that information then we can’t even expect others to understand, appreciate and respect us. People often do not know the broader context and depth of a story or tradition. We have reason to be proud and that is why we must make sure to apologize for it. Do you know about the traditional Ring Race in Barban? She let the horse race where the riders have to hit some lap. At first nothing special, some would say? Or is there something deeper in the whole story after all? As you can see from these two examples – the narrative and the story are extremely important – because they make sense. This is another proof of the importance of making such promotional films, as well as hiring professional production companies. We are the narrators and we have to make sure to tell our story, to all current and future visitors. Like, say, Vinkovci Autumns. Folklore festival, maybe not very interesting to many at first, but… Meet the Ring Race / 150 meters in less than 12 seconds Let us respect our tradition, identity and way and culture of living, because if we do not respect ourselves, the dream will not be respected by others. Let’s tell a story, our authentic stories. Now the Ring Race represents some new value, emotion and story, right? The video clearly shows the importance of the wider context and storytelling in tourism. Personally, I didn’t know the whole story, but now I know. last_img read more

New residential course set for Aurora site

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LIVE: Uganda 2 DRC 0

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Uganda    1     1      0      0      2       0      2        3Egypt        1      1      0      0       1      0      1         3Zimbabwe1      0      0      1      0       1     -1        0DR Congo   1      0      0      1      0       2      -2       0 Kaddu celebrates. PHOTO AFPFT: Uganda  2 (Kaddu)  DRC  0 IT’S OKWI & KADDU !!!!! #Uganda 2 DRC 0 Uganda’s first #AFCON win in 41 years Uganda top of the table Cranes debuts for Abdu Lumala & Bevis MugabiCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda secured a flying start to their Nations Cup campaign, beating DRC 2-0 in their opening match Saturday.Patrick Kaddu gave Uganda an early lead and Emmanuel Okwi extended it minutes after the second half started, as Cranes run rings around the DRC defence in their opening African Cup of Nations match Saturday.Led by Kaddu, the Cranes strikers came close to adding more on at least three occasions in the first half, including a penalty claim after Farouk Miya was fouled in the penalty.Miya, who delivered from the corner kick for Kaddu’s goal, then set it all up for Okwi to head in number two.Okwi was named the TOTAL Man of the Match. Uganda’s next game is on Wednesday against Zimbabwe warriors who fell 1-0 to Egypt on the opening day.This is Uganda Cranes  first win in 41 years at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. Their last win was at the 1978 Nations Cup finals, where they beat Nigeria 2-1 in the semifinals.(FRONT L to R) Michael Azira,  Godfrey Walusimbi, Farouk Miya, Lumala Abdu,Patrick Kaddu; (BACK) Bevis Mugabi, Murshid Juuko; Emmanuel Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Onyango. PHOTO AFPGroup A                               P     W     D      L      G      A     GA     Pts last_img read more

Australia tour beckons for internationals

first_img England internationals Jake Burnage, David Hague, Matthew Jordan and Gian-Marco Petrozzi are about to start a four-week playing tour of Australia.They will take in four championships during their trip, starting with next week’s Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne, from January 9-12.They follow up with: the Australian Amateur at Lake Karrinyup and Wanneroo golf clubs, from 16-21 January; the Avondale Amateur at Avondale Golf Club, from 23-26 January; and the New South Wales Amateur at Royal Canberra and Gungahlin Lake golf clubs from 29 January to 2 February.The players are all members of the England Golf men’s squad:Jake Burnage, 22, (Saunton, Devon) powered up the ranks in 2017 with wins in the South of England amateur and the Hampshire Hog, joint second place in the Brabazon Trophy and third in the Lytham Trophy.David Hague, 21, (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire) made his mark with his win in the 2017 Lagonda Trophy, second place in the West of England championship and third in the Berkshire Trophy.Matthew Jordan, 21, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) capped an outstanding 2017 with selection for GB&I’s Walker Cup team. He won the England Golf men’s order of merit after a season which included victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy.Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 20, (Trentham, Staffordshire) impressed with a nine-shot win in the Welsh open and also had top tens in the Portuguese amateur and St Andrews Links Trophy.Caption: (from left) Matthew Jordan, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Jake Burnage and David Hague. 5 Jan 2018 Australia tour beckons for internationals Tags: Australia, David Hague, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Jake Burnage, Matthew Jordanlast_img read more


first_img170 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS UP FOR GRABS AS ‘RUN FOR THE ROSES’ LOOMS MAY 2 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2015)–Kaleem Shah’s undefeated Dortmund heads a field of six in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, to be run at 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Bob Baffert, Dortmund comes off a 1 ¼ length win in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes on March 7, thus stamping himself as one of America’s elite Kentucky Derby candidates.A chestnut colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, Dortmund showed tremendous courage in winning head photos in both the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20 and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 7 and has many racing observers believing that his best is yet to come.Favored in all five starts, Dortmund has been the odds-on choice in his last four races and has been ridden throughout by Martin Garcia. An imposing sight at 17 hands, Dortmund took the San Felipe in gate to wire fashion and appears on the improve for Baffert, who seeks a record seventh win in the West Coast’s premier Kentucky Derby prep.With 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake (100 to the winner, 40 to second, 20 to third and 10 to the fourth place finisher), here’s a snapshot look at the field for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby:–DORTMUND Along with stablemate, American Pharoah, Dortmund is considered the number one or two seed in the run-up to this year’s Kentucky Derby. A runaway first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita Nov. 2, he made his next start going a one turn mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, where he demolished a 12-horse allowance field by 7 ¾ lengths, covering the distance in 1:35.60.Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., Dortmund was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale last May for $140,000. A Kentucky-bred colt by Big Brown out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, he has been perfect in all five starts and has banked $689,400.–PROSPECT PARK Although he didn’t break his maiden until his fourth start, on Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, this Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit is making up for lost time, as he followed a 5 ¼ length one mile allowance score on Jan. 30 with a huge second, beaten just 1 ¼ lengths, by Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 7.“They won the battle, but we’ll win the war,” is how jockey Kent Desormeaux described Prospect Park’s San Felipe. Owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod and trained by Clifford Sise, Prospect Park earned a career-best 102 Beyer Speed figure in the San Felipe and has left many observers feeling there could be even better things to come in the Santa Anita Derby. Out of the Bertrando mare, Quiet Romance, Prospect Park is 6-2-2-1, with earnings of $166,570.—BOLO–Trained by Carla Gaines, this Kentucky-bred colt by the Dynaformer stallion, Temple City, ran a huge third in the San Felipe, which was his first-ever try on dirt. Beaten just 1 ¾ lengths by Dortmund, Bolo, who had won two consecutive races on grass leading into the San Felipe, appears to have thrust himself into the Derby conversation as a legitimate contender who may continue to improve with added distance.“Every time I’ve ridden him, he’s galloped out like a monster,” said Mike Smith, who regains the mount after opting for Ocho Ocho Ocho in the San Felipe.Out of the Chief Seattle mare Aspen Mountain, Bolo is owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and Earle Mack. With a vastly improved 101 Beyer Speed figure in the San Felipe, Bolo, who like so many in the Derby field likes to run close to the pace, will hope to ration his speed at a mile and one eighth. He has two wins and a third from four starts, with earnings of $129,700.–ONE LUCKY DANE The “Other Baffert” in the Derby field, this bay colt by 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky overcame a 4 ½ month layoff to win a one mile allowance by 9 ¾ lengths on March 19, a race that established him as a Derby contender. A 9 ½ length one mile maiden winner at Santa Anita three starts back on Oct. 4, One Lucky Dane was well beaten when splitting the field two starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1.Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, One Lucky Dane won in gate to wire fashion on March 19 and will no doubt show plenty of speed on Saturday under regular rider Rafael Bejarano. Out of the Boston Harbor mare Echo Harbor, One Lucky Dane sold for $490,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2013. He is 5-2-1-1 with earnings of $92,400.–CROSS THE LINE A troubled second, beaten 2 ½ lengths in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 14 at Golden Gate Fields, this colt by Line of David will try natural dirt for the first time in his initial foray at a track other than Golden Gate. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Cross the Line rallied from off the pace to win the one mile California Derby Jan. 17 and will likely try to employ similar tactics on Saturday.The only horse in the field to have run a mile and one eighth, Cross the Line, who is owned by Hollendorfer, George Todaro, Live Your Dream Racing Stable, LLC and partners, will again get the services of Bay Area-based Juan Hernandez, who has ridden him in his three previous races–two of them wins. Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Beer Baroness, Cross the Line is 5-2-2-1, with earnings of $123,920.–BAD READ SANCHEZ A 10 length first-out maiden winner going five furlongs at Santa Anita on June 20, “Sanchez” has been idle since running third in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and will try two turns for the first time. A longshot who could make the early lead, this Kentucky-bred colt by Warrior’s Reward is trained by Doug O’Neill, who won the Santa Anita Derby in 2012 with I’ll Have Another and in 2013 with Goldencents.Owned by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, Bad Read Sanchez will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who rode Reddam’s I’ll Have Another to victories in the 2012 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Out of the Pulpit mare Past Twilight, Bad Read Sanchez is 3-1-1-1 with earnings of $77,600.With all horses assigned 122 pounds, here is the field for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby, to be run as the eighth race on an 11-race card, with jockeys and morning line in post position order: Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 3-5; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 15-1; Bolo, Mike Smith, 4-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2, and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.                 Special early first post time on Saturday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, five other stakes will be offered: The Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes, the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes and the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes. –30–last_img read more

Boxing: Canelo vs GGG rematch to take place on 15th September

first_imgAdvertisementA mere day shy of one year exactly boxing fans around the world will get to see Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin go at it as a rematch has been agreed to take place on September 15 in Las Vegas. After fighting to a controversial draw on September 16th last year the two sides almost immediately began negotiations for a rematch. It was announced earlier this year that the rematch would take place on May 5th in the same location as the first bout, Las Vegas.The first week of March, however, the bottom fell out as it was reported that Alvarez had failed a drug test for Clenbuterol. Under the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s rules, Alvarez had to be suspended. That in turn effectively canceled the rematch.Golovkin went through with a fight on the proposed date against Vanes Martirosyan. Everything pointed to a rematch taking place as soon as Alvarez’s suspension was lifted which is August 17th. But, Golovkin and his team were not willing to agree to the same terms as before. In fact, Golovkin wanted an even split.The first fight was done under a 70/30 split and the rematch was agreed to originally at 65/35. The two sides have gone back and forth and Golden Boy President Eric Gomez said yesterday that Golovkin had until high noon today to accept their latest offer of a 57.5%/42.5% split.High noon came and there was still no deal according to both sides than just a matter of minutes later “new developments” emerged in which the talks were still taking place.Now Oscar De La Hoya has announced that “We Got A Deal!” Canelo vs GGG 2 is coming this September.I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!! #CaneloGGG2 Feliz De informar que si tenemos pelea Septiembre 15!!! #CaneloGGG2— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 13, 2018This is the biggest possible fight in Boxing right now and hopefully, both fighters can put on an entertaining fight.Advertisementlast_img read more