Some columnists and editorial writers are gaining boldness to attack the Darwin-only rule in science education. Some examples:Senator Rick Santorum (R., Pennsylvania) in The Morning Call advocated a balanced approach to teaching evolution.Brian Fahling in The Union Leader took up the charge to defend Georgia’s “critical thinking” stickers (see 01/13/2005 entry).Neal McCluskey, writing for the Cato Institute, argued that the Georgia case is a reason for vouchers. The “one-size-fits-all” method of teaching means someone will always be offended: “Why is it acceptable to force them [Christians] to use their tax dollars to teach their children something to which they strenuously object, but unacceptable to place a sticker on textbooks that asks other people to consider, even for a moment, beliefs contrary to their own?” The answer, he thinks, is privatization. Get government out of education and let the parents exercise consumer choice.John Whitehead, Constitutional attorney, writing for Accuracy in Academia, agreed with Phillip Johnson that “It’s the Darwinists who are religious dogmatists.”Jeff Gardner wrote a scathing rebuke of PBS in the Albuquerque Tribune, after New Mexico affiliate station KNME pulled the intelligent-design film Unlocking the Mystery of Life from its schedule after first agreeing to air it, under pressure from scientists and the ACLU. He mercilessly castigated “the rabidly anti-Christian voices that squeak like greaseless wheels in the so-called science community” for this act of “censorship,” and decided PBS is not only wrong, but irrelevant in today’s TV market.Want to take part in one of the biggest revolutions of modern times? Take up the pen, not the sword, and let your eloquence help bring down the idol of King Charlie the Usurper, where it can join its mates in the fantasyland section of StalinWorld.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Prof Rossouw Von Solms is the leader of the research team at NMMU.(Image:MyPE) Many unsuspecting people have become victims of internet fraud.(Image:Internet legal advisor) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Rossouw von Solms NMMU research leader +27 41 504 9604 RELATED ARTICLES • New unit to crack down on crime • Mobile swipe machines take off in South Africa • Smart card ID system for South Africa • Social media to help Nigerian poll Musa MkalipiA team of researchers in the School of Information and Communication Technology at the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has come up with a solution to mitigate SIM swap fraud and fraudulent internet banking transactions, using just a USB stick.Like others around the world, South Africans are not immune to internet crime. The NMMU innovation is a solution to help people to avoid falling prey to fraudsters, and will also make it possible to carry out secure internet banking from any computer, even a public one in an internet café.The technology is based on a custom-built operating system residing on the USB drive, and into which the client computer boots. The system is used solely to do online banking, and can’t be cracked, hacked or broken into, according to NMMU.The bank will issue the device in the same manner as a credit card or debit card is issued currently. The USB stick is unique in that it incorporates a SIM card and a modem. The bank sends a text message containing a security code to the user’s phone, which offers double protection.When a client wants to do online banking via the computer, he or she plugs in the banking stick but will first need to enter a PIN number to prove authenticity, after which a communication link is created between the client and the bank that cannot be compromised.“We are currently experimenting with a fingerprint reader on the banking stick to offer maximum protection,” said Prof Rossouw von Solms, a cyber-security specialist and leader of the research team that created the technology. “Thus the bank will know that it is me doing banking as only I have this unique banking stick.”Cutting down on internet banking risksAccording to Von Solms, the USB stick could be a potential solution to most current online banking risks – if not all of them.“More than one thousand cases of online banking fraud have been reported over the last few months,” he said.Von Solms added that South African banks are currently running a fairly secure internet banking system, but that the systems are deployed in an insecure environment where clients are not always aware of the risks, and need to be educated as to what steps to take to prevent themselves from being victims of internet banking fraud.Putting together the solution took about 18 months. The university is doing similar solution-based research in the information and security field, but specifically from an educational point of view. Von Solms said that primary schools, old age homes, and corporate environments are taught about the basic principles of information security. “The main message is to make them information- and cyber-aware,” he said.According to Von Solms, fraudsters use the practice of phishing to get your pin and password to access your bank account. This means that they lure people to a dubious – but authentic-looking – website using emails from what appear to be well known and trustworthy sites, ask them to enter their security details, and then capture those details.“When you enter your user ID and password for internet banking, your details are transferred to a secret destination,” said Von Solms. Once the fraudsters have these details, they are able to gain access to your funds. Illegal SIM swaps have become widespread to intercept one-time-pin codes sent by banks to online clients to finalise a transaction.Mary-Ann Chetty, innovation manager in NMMU’s department of technology transfer, said that the university approached two of the country’s major banks, demonstrated the technology and offered it to them, but neither was interested. “According to them, ‘one more click’ is not acceptable to their online clients,” she said in a statement.A third bank has been approached and negotiations are under way. “We really hope after all the media buzz that has appeared lately, banks will be more serious about taking the solution,” said Von Solms. He added that the team needs a bank to work with them to develop this technology, tweak and implement it.Internet banking fraud on the riseA report on banking services compiled by Clive Pillay from the Ombudsman for Banking Services, says that in 2012, South African internet fraud rose by 3% and mobile banking fraud by 8%. The report also said the growing trend is linked with the rising use of mobile phone banking technology in the country.The ombudsman urged banks not to compromise on security and control in the banking environment, in order to provide a reliable payment system.While victims may take steps to protect themselves, it is difficult for them to identify internet fraudsters as they are usually nameless and faceless.In 2009 only 45 cases of internet banking fraud were reported by the banking ombudsman. In 2010 the number rose to 484 cases. By 2011 there were 591 complaints on record.In 2012, banking fraud complaints constituted 20% of the complaints handled by the ombudsman. Of these complaints, 1 335 were from Absa, 1 260 from First National Bank, 845 from Standard Bank, 648 from Nedbank and 252 from Capitec Bank, according to Pillay’s report.How to protect yourselfAccording to business publisher ITWeb Africa, African nations such as Uganda and Nigeria have announced deadlines for SIM registration, to combat criminal activity. However, in a country like South Africa where these registrations exist, criminals still find a way to scam. Millions are being stolen from clients even with such monitoring.Criminals use online accounts or credit card details to make fraudulent transactions, and online fraud of any form can have serious financial consequences including damage to a person’s credit record.By diligently following a few recommended steps, people can minimise the risk to themselves, their banking details and their funds:Protect your personal and account information at all times;Never give your cheque account or credit card to unknown callers, as this could be a scam. No credible institution will ask for sensitive details over the phone;Never give out your ATM, debit card or credit card number;Report lost or stolen cheques immediately;If an email claims to be from a bank, but the email address is from a Gmail account or similar, it doesn’t come from the bank. Check the grammar and spelling of such messages – often they will be riddled with errors;If you suspect that your credit or debit card has been compromised, cancel it immediately and request a replacement.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.We have gotten little bit of rain but it has been awfully spotty. We got just over an inch and a half in August. If you go to the north edge or the south edge of our farm it has been more like a half-inch or three-quarters.Last week there were tornadoes about three miles to the north and seven or eight miles south. Then another storm brewed up and there were two more tornadoes on either side of us. They took out some houses and barns in the north part of the county. We sat on our front porch and watched the tornado in Cecil about two miles from us. That was plenty close.The three-quarters of an inch we got that night was the most rain we have gotten at one time. Up until that rain things were just hanging on. The crops were doing better than I thought they should be based on the amount of rain we had. After that three-quarters of an inch, stuff perked up. The beans opened back up and have a full canopy again. I hope now they will fill the rest of those pods that they hadn’t dropped. Beans will probably be 10 to 15 bushels off of trend line. I’d be pretty happy to see beans in the 45- to 50-bushel range.Corn is a huge guess yet. You can walk a field and grab ears that look like 175 and you can grab ears that are more like 130. If I am being optimistic, I’d put corn in the 160- or 165-bushel range. We are getting a little tip-back in the corn, but not as much as I would expect for as dry as it has been. The kernels seem like they are going to be small and we were also hurt early by the cold weather that will pull yields back.
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The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date for admission to its management programmes to July 16, as per a recent statement.”Those who have qualified OPENMAT (MBA entrance exam) held on August 21, 2011 and February 12, 2012, the last date has been extended from May 31 to July 16,” the statement said.”Similarly, the last date for MBA (Banking and Finance) has also been extended upto July 16, 2012,” it added.As per the varsity, no late fee would be charged and the eligibility criteria would remain the same as earlier.”Other prospective students of open and distance learning mode who have missed the deadline of May 31, and are eligible, can also avail the benefit,” it added.The students will have to buy IGNOU’s student handbook and prospectus and apply through the prescribed form.- With inputs from IANS
West Ham make contact for Inter Milan defender Joao Mirandaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are eyeing Inter Milan defender Joao Miranda.Corriere dello Sport says West Ham have jumped into the battle for the Brazil international, 34.Miranda has been told he can leave Inter this month and he is in talks with interested clubs.Roma are keen to take the veteran on-loan, while the Hammers would be prepared to pay a fee to buy him outright.Inter want €20m to see the centre-half. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Phelan admits Man Utd return had him nervousby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMike Phelan admits returning to Manchester United had him nervous.Phelan, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man during three Premier League title wins, left Old Trafford six years ago following the Scot’s retirement.He said: “I never wanted to leave in the first place. I had left the club, I think we had won the league by 12 points, so I thought going back was terrific but I was really nervous on the first day I went back in because I didn’t know what to expect.“But I walked in the place and it was like I had never been away.“It was really surreal, a lot had gone on but nothing had changed and I’d never been away. I felt right at home.”
Twitter/@DMoutonWWL Mike Thomas was a key to Ohio State’s 2014 and 2015 offenses, and the 2016 second round pick is already impressing with the New Orleans Saints. During a practice on Friday, Thomas made a phenomenal falling one-handed grab over the top of the defense, on a pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown.Mike Thomas’ tremendous catch. As shot by @sayneykid pic.twitter.com/WISeQWLTJw— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) July 29, 2016Mike Thomas has quickly earned the trust of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The future Hall of Famer praised him from the connection the two have developed in a very short time back in June. Brees gave an example of a practice rep, of a route the tandem had not run before, to ESPN:“In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever even talked about it,” Brees said. “But it was one of those where I’m just in the moment, and hey, he’s my guy over there at that position. So I kind of give him a look, give him a signal or whatever, and he goes and makes the play. And ran the route just like I imagined.“So that makes you feel good too. ‘Hey, we’re on the same page even though we haven’t even talked about that yet. You kind of know this offense, you have a feel for the game.’ So I like when I see that stuff out of young guys, where you kind of feel like there’s some instincts there.”Thomas came on strong for Ohio State in 2014, catching 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Buckeye national title. He followed it up with a similar 56 catch, 781 yard, nine touchdown 2015 campaign, despite some turmoil at the quarterback position for OSU. Now, he’s charged with helping replace longtime Brees-favorite Marques Colston, who was released by the Saints this off-season after 10 years with the franchise.
Brendan Rodgers revealed the shock and stress of being fired by Liverpool caused him to end up in hospitalThe Northen Irishman coached Liverpool for three years and in the 2013/14 season he won the club’s first Manager of the Year award in 20 years after leading them to a second-place finish in the Premier League.Rodgers was soon awarded a new four-year contract at Anfield, but things soon began to fall apart with Liverpool finishing down in sixth the following season before he was fired on October 2015 after a 1-1 draw against Everton.While the 45-year-old was immediately offered a new job the day after being dismissed, Rodgers needed a timeout before an unexpected hospital visit came his way.“I took the call on the Sunday evening, after the Merseyside derby,” Rodgers told The Coaches’ Voice.“The owners felt they needed to make a change. I accepted the decision, and from that point I was no longer the Liverpool manager.“On the Monday, I was offered another job. But I had always felt that I wanted to go in, where I could, at the beginning of a season.“On top of that, I needed the recovery. Needed to get away. Liverpool had been an emotional rollercoaster.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“At such a huge club, one of the great clubs of the world, even the good days are difficult. I enjoyed every single minute of it, but it had taken a toll.“I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life.“They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.“It reminded me of the pressures you experience, and the expectations you carry, as a manager. Especially at the bigger clubs.“It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.”Rodgers is now the manager of Scottish Premiership side Celtic and has led them to two league titles and Scottish Cups along with three Scottish League Cups.