Home web use is up by a third

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Home web use is up by a thirdOn 21 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Dotcom HR professionals concerned about the recent bad press given to on-line companies can take comfort from the first complete set of annual data on Internet usage in the UK. The research, carried out by MMXI Europe, shows home Internet usage in this country has leapt by over a third in the past year, from 7.8 million in October 1999, to 11 million per month in September 2000. The average amount of time spent on-line each month has increased from four hours 17 minutes in October 1999 to five hours 47 minutes in September 2000.The research also identifies the most popular web sites in the UK, with MSN.com, Yahoo.com, Freeserve.com, Microsoft.com and Passport.com taking the top five places. Other major players include Lycos.com, BBC.co.uk and AOL, with Lastminute, BT, Barclays and British Airways all ranking as successful British brands on-line. Boom areas are sports, entertainment and travel.Men continue to dominate use of the Internet, but figures prove that women are catching up with 36.1 per cent of women users and 49.2 of men, compared with a 39 per cent and 54.4 per cent ratio last October. Children aged two to 17 are the fastest growing Internet user group, with research showing an 89 per cent rise in unique visitor numbers.Mari Kim Coleman, UK managing director of MMXI Europe, says, “As the population grows and evolves, we can see people spending more time and viewing more content on-line. The first year of data shows how eagerly the British have embraced the Internet.”Charts and graphical analysis of Internet usage can be found at MMXI’s web site www.mmxi.com Comments are closed. last_img read more

Tap to Pay: Five facts about contactless security

first_imgTapping to pay is the future of fast, simple and secure payments at the point of sale as consumers around the world continue to adopt contactless. For example, in just five years, contactless payments grew from seven percent to represent more than 90 percent of all in-person Visa transactions in Australia. In the U.K. and Canada, contactless payments represent more than half of all in-person transactions. Now, U.S. consumers are seeing more places feature the contactless symbol at checkout and more banks delivering contactless cards.Contactless payments are also one of the most secure ways to pay, using the same dynamic security as contact EMV® Chip cards. In this video, Visa’s North America Risk Officer Margaret Reid explains the security behind contactless payments. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bulldogs boys win by the skin of their teeth

first_imgLos Molinos >> After a tedious first half, the No. 3 Los Molinos boys kept their heads up and secured a close win in the fourth quarter against No. 6 American Christian Academy. The Bulldogs led the first quarter with a 24-15 lead. Aaron Hardy set the pace of the first quarter by scoring twice in the first 30 seconds. Alex Russell made 6 points in the first quarter with fancy footwork and long runs after grabbing a series of rebounds and keeping the ball away from ACA’s Matteo Mancasola, who …last_img read more

Fruit Flies Not Evolving

first_imgA long-running experiment trying to get fruit flies to evolve has failed.  A research team forced selection on the flies to explore the limits of natural selection.  Only minor changes were detected after 600 generations.  The research team was disappointed and surprised; there was even less evolution in these sexual organisms than in similar experiments with microbes, like bacteria and yeast (but see 07/12/2010).  And all this was under ideal lab conditions.  Success is even less likely in the wild.    The Editor’s summary of a paper in Nature was titled, “Experimental evolution reveals resistance to change” and ended that the authors “conclude that unconditionally advantageous alleles rarely arise, are associated with small net fitness gains, or cannot fix because selection coefficients change over time.”  Nature this week published the results of a 35-year study by UC Irvine and University of Southern California (USC).  Here is the abstract:1 Experimental evolution systems allow the genomic study of adaptation, and so far this has been done primarily in asexual systems with small genomes, such as bacteria and yeast.  Here we present whole-genome resequencing data from Drosophila melanogaster populations that have experienced over 600 generations of laboratory selection for accelerated development.  Flies in these selected populations develop from egg to adult ~20% faster than flies of ancestral control populations, and have evolved a number of other correlated phenotypes.  On the basis of 688,520 intermediate-frequency, high-quality single nucleotide polymorphisms, we identify several dozen genomic regions that show strong allele frequency differentiation between a pooled sample of five replicate populations selected for accelerated development and pooled controls.  On the basis of resequencing data from a single replicate population with accelerated development, as well as single nucleotide polymorphism data from individual flies from each replicate population, we infer little allele frequency differentiation between replicate populations within a selection treatment.  Signatures of selection are qualitatively different than what has been observed in asexual species; in our sexual populations, adaptation is not associated with ‘classic’ sweeps whereby newly arising, unconditionally advantageous mutations become fixed.  More parsimonious explanations include ‘incomplete’ sweep models, in which mutations have not had enough time to fix, and ‘soft’ sweep models, in which selection acts on pre-existing, common genetic variants.  We conclude that, at least for life history characters such as development time, unconditionally advantageous alleles rarely arise, are associated with small net fitness gains or cannot fix because selection coefficients change over time.In other words, they looked for evidence of a “selective sweep” – the signature of a beneficial mutation becoming fixed in the population – and could not find it.  They did the selection artificially, forcing the fly embryos to evolve toward faster embryonic development.  Despite lots of mutations, they found the flies resistant to change.  Not only that, the flies underwent “reverse evolution” – they said, “forward experimental evolution can often be completely reversed with these populations, which suggests that any soft sweeps in our experiment are incomplete and/or of small effect” (a soft sweep meaning selection is acting on standing variation instead of new mutations).  Possibly any beneficial mutations were hindered by linked deleterious alleles (canceling out the benefit) or antagonistic pleiotropy (in which one good mutation to a gene can cause one or more bad effects elsewhere).  Either way, the evolution is like one step forward, one or more steps back.    There was even more bad news for neo-Darwinian theory: the lab situation was more optimistic than the wild, where adaptive evolution is expected to occur.  You can get a lot of variation and mutation to appear in genomes, but no unconditionally beneficial mutations.  Their last paragraph expressed surprise at this, with a subtext of disappointment:Our work provides a new perspective on the genetic basis of adaptation.  Despite decades of sustained selection in relatively small, sexually reproducing laboratory populations, selection did not lead to the fixation of newly arising unconditionally advantageous alleles.  This is notable because in wild populations we expect the strength of natural selection to be less intense and the environment unlikely to remain constant for ~600 generations.  Consequently, the probability of fixation in wild populations should be even lower than its likelihood in these experiments.  This suggests that selection does not readily expunge genetic variation in sexual populations, a finding which in turn should motivate efforts to discover why this is seemingly the case.This experiment was begun in 1975.  After 35 years and 600 generations, accelerated by artificial selection, the net evolution (in terms of adaptation and improvement in fitness) was negligible if not nil.1.  Burke, Dunham et al, “Genome-wide analysis of a long-term evolution experiment with Drosophila,” Nature 467, 587-590 (30 September 2010); doi:10.1038/nature09352.Natural selection is always presumed to be the wonder-worker that can produce eyes, ears, sonar, flippers, jaws, hearts, and brains with its gradual, step-by-step improvement of natural variation, without design (07/20/2010, 05/04/2010).  OK, where is it?  It doesn’t work theoretically (09/28/2010, 06/11/2010, 03/21/2010, 03/17/2003), it doesn’t work rhetorically (04/17/2010), it doesn’t work historically (08/05/2010), and it doesn’t work experimentally (09/22/2010).  It doesn’t work in the lab, and it works less in the wild.  Unless you include “reverse evolution,” (06/26/2010), it doesn’t work at all.  Game over, Charlie (05/14/2010).  Stop the hype (08/13/2010).(Visited 218 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Facebook Releases Mobile App for Feature Phones

first_imgSo far, Facebook has made sure to offer apps for just about any smartphone you could get your hands one – iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Sidekick, Windows Phone, etc. Still, the company was missing out on one of the biggest mobile markets – feature phones. Today, the company announced that it is launching a new mobile app “to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world.”Last year, the company began offering Facebook Zero through 50 mobile operators in 45 countries as a way of ensuring ubiquitous access to the social network. Today’s launch of a feature phone app will bring a new mobile experience to 14 mobile operators and will work on more than 2,500 devices. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson “The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates,” writes mobile program manager Mark Heynen in the announcement. “We also wanted to make it available to as many people as possible. Similar to the 0.facebook.com site, we’ve worked with mobile operators from around the world to let you try this without paying for any data charges. The 14 mobile operators listed below are offering free data access when using the new Facebook mobile app during the first 90 days after they launch.”These mobile operators stretch across the globe, from Sri Lanka to the Ukraine to the Dominican Republic and more carriers in other countries are on the way.How long will it take for Facebook to reach 1 billion users now that it can reach the entire feature phone bearing world? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with ‘swaggy’ get up

first_imgOne player, though, who encouraged Pumaren, who had clearly surpassed the half-century mark, is UE star Alvin Pasaol.“Manong is not getting any younger so I’ve been telling him to dress that way so he’ll feel younger,” said Pasaol with a laugh.And Pumaren doesn’t mind that he had become UAAP’s walking “outfit of the day.”“We need to have that swag as we close the season, and if I have to set the tone for that swag,” said Pumaren laughing.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Put simply, Pumaren is now “Millennial Manong.”And that sudden change is his own initiative of being closer to his players who apparently dress a little simpler than him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This change is for my players, because I told them after our game against UST [University of Santo Tomas] that this would be the start of our season,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena when the Red Warriors lost 99-78 to La Salle.UE was 0-6 prior to facing UST at the end of the first round and it was against the Growling Tigers the Red Warriors won their first game. They are now at 3-8 and still mathematically in contention for a Final Four spot. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is no longer a simple “manong,” for he is now undisputed fashion icon of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“Manong” Pumaren had done away with the simple buttoned-up red shirt of UE paired with slacks and loafers and now regularly sports adidas NMDs, printed t-shirts, an open polo, and that now trademark grey hoodie.ADVERTISEMENT Durham on Game 7: This is why I came back Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Spurs bring back Tony Parker after rehab stint in G-League

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Talked out: Cavs drop 4th straight day after team meeting It’s unclear if Parker will play Thursday night when defending champion Golden State visits San Antonio for one of this season’s biggest games. Coach Gregg Popovich said last weekend Parker would not rejoin the team until he was 100 percent.The Spurs have lost three straight after starting 4-0. Parker has averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 assists in 1,143 career games and has won four NBA titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs walks down the court between play during Game Two of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at AT&T Center on May 3, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have recalled Tony Parker from their G-League affiliate.The move comes one week after the veteran point guard started working out with the Austin Spurs as part of his rehab program. Parker is working his way back from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon that he sufferedduring last spring’s Western Conference semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

Charles Leclerc Dedicates Maiden Formula 1 Win to Crash Victim Anthoine Hubert

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): Charles Leclerc dedicated his maiden Formula One race victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to his late friend, Anthoine Hubert.The Ferrari driver led almost the entire race from pole to hold off Mercedes’ defending five time world champion Lewis Hamilton’s dramatic late charge by one second. His landmark success came a day after the death of 22-year-old Frenchman Hubert in Saturday’s tragic Formula Two race.And Leclerc was quick to express his emotions as he steered back to the ‘parc fermee’, his steering wheel sporting a simple message ‘RIP Tonio.” “My first victory in F1 and this one is for Anthoine,” he said on the team radio. “It feels good, but it’s difficult to enjoy on a weekend like this. But thanks guys, you are the best – it’s a dream come true.” Leclerc said he felt he could not enjoy his long-awaited first win.”It has been a very difficult weekend since Saturday – I have lost a friend and I want to dedicate this victory to him. We grew up together and my first race I did it with Anthoine, Esteban (Ocon) and Pierre (Gasly).”It’s just a shame what happened yesterday. I cannot enjoy my first victory, but it will definitely be a memory I will keep forever.” Valtteri Bottas took third in the second Mercedes ahead of last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari.Hamilton’s strong finish almost carried him to within reach of a stunning late win, but the result still enabled him to enlarge his lead in the title race to 65 points ahead of Bottas.”I gave it everything that I had,” said Hamilton.”It was a really difficult race and there Ferraris were just too fast on the straights. Congratulations to Charles for his first win – he’s had it coming all year.” Red Bull new boy Alex Albon came home fifth for Red Bull, after luckless British rookie Lando Norris’s McLaren had stopped with one lap remaining, ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault.Pierre Gasly came home ninth on his return to the Toro Rosso team and Lance Stroll 10th in the second Racing Point. Anthoine HubertCharles Leclercformula 1Formula 2 First Published: September 2, 2019, 10:10 AM ISTlast_img read more


first_imgThe 20th annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament is just around the corner and players from across the country are getting ready for the key event.Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, will be the host of the 2007 Tournament, which will take place from the 22nd – 26th of October. School-aged participants from every State and Territory in Australia will converge to battle in a Touch Football extravaganza. More than 400 players, officials and spectators are expected at the event. School Sport Australia allocated this year’s Tournament to Victoria.Touch Football Victoria is hosting the event on behalf of the Victorian Primary School Sports Association (VPSSA) and the Victorian Secondary School Sport Association (VSSSA). Boys and girls will compete in under-12 and under-15 age categories. 28 teams have been nominated for the event overall in the four divisions.The players have each qualified to represent their state through school selection processes in their local area. One person that will not have to travel far for the event is Hamish McLean, coach of the Victorian Under-15 Boys team. McLean has been the coach of the Victorian side for four years. He said while his team didn’t get to experience a tour for this year’s tournament the home-ground advantage would mean they could field a full-strength squad. McLean said the Victorian Under-15s would be aiming for a top-four finish, but that it would be difficult in an elite field. “If it’s anything like previous years it will be a bloody high standard. New South Wales and Queensland have a few kids that are in the National Youth Squad for Under-18s for the next Youth World Cup so you’re talking about the best players in their age group in the world,” he said. With a strong team on the park and some local support a result in the top half of the draw is realistic for the Victorian boys. “For our kids the main thing is it’s the first opportunity to play at a representative level. For them it’s about understanding what they have to do and what sort of level of commitment they need to meet to be successful in their chosen sport. Also it’s just about the friendships they make. It’s really great to see kids four or five years after coaching them and they’re still mates,” McLean said. The development of skills and forming of friendships is not only something that is valuable to the players travelling to the tournament. It is also integral for the 25 referees that will be lending their time to make the event possible.One such referee that will be making the trip south is ACT whistleblower Jack Gibson. Gibson, 14, has only been refereeing for about 12 months but has developed remarkably in his time. He officiated his first adult competition in the recently completed 2007 winter season. It will be the first time the ACT sends a student referee to the event. Jack’s sister Ashleigh will also be involved in the event, as part of the ACT Under-12 Girls’ team. The School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships will be a fantastic opportunity for Jack to put his skills into practice while gaining precious experience. Jack said he got into refereeing because he used to give the whistleblowers a hard time as a player. “I questioned some of the decisions and gave it to them if they made the wrong decision. So I sort of got into to because I wanted to see the other side of the coin. It’s made me a better player. I’ve learnt more of the rules and I don’t question the referee’s decision anymore. I let him do what he’s got to do because I know how hard it is,” Gibson said.  The talented youngster said the opportunity to travel to Melbourne would be the highlight of his refereeing career so far.“Just the opportunity to ref with some of the elite referees will be the best thing. And hopefully to experience that feeling of refereeing a national game where it’s not park Touch anymore, it actually means something,” he said.  Jack has shown an enthusiasm to improve and passion for the game that is sure to see him fulfil his potential. Touch Football Australia would like to wish all the players, coaches, referees and everyone else involved in next week’s event the best of luck. The 2007 School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament is sure to provide some outstanding Touch Football and be plenty of fun for everyone.last_img read more

9 months ago​Leicester linked with Bristol City midfielder Brownhill

first_img​Leicester linked with Bristol City midfielder Brownhillby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are being linked with Josh Brownhill from Bristol City.The 23-year-old midfielder is wanted by two other Premier League clubs – Bournemouth and Brighton.According to the Mercury, he is seen as someone who could add a bit of energy and quality to the Leicester midfield.And he has been the standout player for Bristol in the Championship, netting three goals and laying off two assists for the team who are in seventh place.He does have a deal until 2021, which means Bristol will ask for a sizeable fee, especially if they have to lose him midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more