Tony Benn joins animal lab protest


first_imgFormer Labour politician Tony Benn has spoken out this week against the new animal laboratory in Oxford.Benn met with fellow Oxford alumni Sir David Madden, and the Voice for Ethical Research group in Oxford (VERO) on Monday to express his concerns about the lab.Benn, who studied PPE at New College, told VERO, “I have always been a believer in animal rights. There is now a lot of strong evidence that animal testing is not necessary, and could be done in a different way.”Benn has spoken out against animal testing saying, “the tide is turning fast against those who still cling on to the view that experimentation and testing of drugs on animals is valid and necessary.”Animal campaigners at the event on Monday wore academic dress to highlight the existence of what they believe is a large anti-laboratory sentiment within the University itself.The University has insisted that the new lab will improve the welfare of lab animals. The new building will rehouse animals that were previously scattered around various buildings and to “set a gold star for animal care.”John Hood said, “Where animals are needed in research, we are committed to the highest standards of care. That is why we have built this new facility.“The fact that we have completed it in difficult circumstances reflects the depth of our commitment both to life-saving research and to animal care.”The first mice have been moved into the laboratory on South Parks Road and it will become fully operational in 2009.Yet the university has insisted that testing will not take place.Animals will be bred, trained to complete computer-based tasks, receive medication, undergo MRI scans and some will be operated on.The issue divides students and staff across the University. One student, who wishes to remain anonymous said, “I’m completely against the lab and outraged that Oxford would partake in such controversial activities.”However another student admitted, “sentiment needs to be outweighed at some point, overall, finding a cure for something like HIV is too important.”Oxford claim they support peaceful protest and discussion, but find the “intimidation, threats, damage to property, and arson” the University has been subjected to “entirely unacceptable.”Some students have expressed anger at noisy and possibly dangerous protests, with one saying, “These protests are futile. Let’s face it, no one wants to do it, no one says ‘Let’s torture animals.’ Scientists want to help us.”last_img read more

Growth for chocolate supplier


first_imgBarry Callebaut, a major supplier of chocolate to the baking and confectionery industry, announced last week that sales volumes rose 10.6% for the three months ending November 30, 2007.Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said the company had passed on the costs of higher raw materials to customers and enjoyed favourable exchange rates, primarily the appreciation of the euro against the company’s reporting currency, the Swiss franc.The Zurich-based company is present in 23 countries, operates more than 30 production facilities and employs 8,000 people.last_img

Vulfpeck Shares New Single Featuring Vocalist Charles Jones [Video/Stream]


first_imgIn the wake of their announcement of their seventh studio album, Mr. Finish Line, last month, Ann Arbor-bred low-volume funk crusaders Vulfpeck have released another brand new single, with a new video to accompany it. “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” is a methodically soulful ballad sung by featured guest pianist/vocalist Charles Jones, another instantly catchy addition to the band’s ever-growing repertoire. The song’s plodding melody begins simply, with a minimal, staccato piano part and punching rhythm, and sees the band members gradually add embellishing fragments of groove. As the instrumental embellishments swell, so do Jones’ vocals. By the song’s end, it’s no longer a meticulous crawl, but rather a soulful singalong, with Charles peppering in theatrical falsetto vocal leads perfectly mirrored by infectious guitar and sax runs.You can listen to “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” by Vulfpeck featuring vocalist Charles Jones from their upcoming album, Mr. Finish Line, below:Watch the official music video for “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” below:The excellent new track marks the second to be released by the band since the announcement of Mr. Finish Line, following the cover of Mocky‘s “Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together” sung by Antwaun Stanley that they released a few weeks back. The band hasn’t indicated whether the singles will be included on the upcoming album. In the past, they have released several covers and singles that have not made it onto official LPs.Vulfpeck Shares First Track, New Music Video Featuring Antwaun StanleyAccording to the video the band released along with the album’s announcement, Mr. Finish Line will feature “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State tune. The album will feature a long list of contributors, including Stanley, Jones, Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik (who bandleader Jack Stratton recently revealed will be taking lead vocals for his first Vulf tune) and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong. These talented players will, as always augment the core Vulfpeck quartet (comprised of Stratton, Joe Dart, Woody Goss, and Theo Katzman).You can watch the announcement trailer below for Mr. Finish Line below, and pre-order your own copy here.last_img read more

‘Bright Lights’ reflects well on Edison K-8


first_imgWhen students got off the bus at the Thomas Edison K-8 School in Brighton one recent morning, they were greeted by not one, but two principals. The first had been on the job for only a matter of months. The other, mere minutes.Yet both principal Samantha “Sam” Varano and “principal for a day” Paul Andrew were met with high-fives from students upon their arrival.Andrew, whose day job is vice president of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, came to Edison as part of the Principal Partners program. The program is run by BPE, a local organization that works to foster improvement in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Each year Boston-area colleges, businesses, media, community leaders, and political leaders partner with local schools and spend the day shadowing principals to “get a firsthand look at the school-improvement investments the district has made and the challenges that remain,” according to Principal Partner’s website. The local leaders become acquainted with students, attend meetings with teachers, and sit in on classes. It’s all in an effort to “bring out the best in Boston” as it affords outside leaders the opportunity to see crucial, life-changing work being done in the city’s schools.“Every day is a new opportunity, and we’re up for the challenge.” — Sam Varano, principal of Edison K-8This year, more than 184 area partners participated in the program and were able to experience some of the challenges that educators face every day.“The world needs great teachers, and the work that Sam Varano, her team at Edison, and teachers across Boston are doing will have a huge impact on the lives of the children they see, educate, and care for every day,” said Andrew. “Harvard is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Edison and BPS.”Thomas Edison K-8 serves approximately 850 students, from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Twenty-three percent of its students have an individualized education program (IEP) and receive special education services. They speak more than 20 different languages; nearly half are English-language learners. Eighty-three percent qualify for subsidized lunch.Though the school has some unique challenges, those at the Edison are not deterred. Varano says the school wants to create a positive school climate, support students’ social, emotional, and behavioral development, and create conditions for academic achievement.The path to achieving those goals looks a lot different today than it did just a few years ago. “We really work every day to meet our kids with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. Yesterday is in the past,” said Varano. “Every day is a new opportunity, and we’re up for the challenge.”The school is using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a Harvard-developed system that works to eliminate barriers in the classroom, making learning more accessible by embracing diversity as it acknowledges that there is no single style in successful learning.“We’re working on changing the way we teach,” said Varano. “There used to be a standard way of teaching: One lesson for the whole class,” she explained. “But every child is different. Every child has a unique background and different way of learning. We must think of a variety of lesson plans for students with all varying capabilities. We want to reach students where they are — and work to grow from there.”It’s still early, but the results seem to be paying off. One young student told Andrew that he loved school, and when asked what his favorite part was, he replied, “Homework! I love to learn!”Edison’s five core values — respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, righteousness, and rigor — are taught and celebrated by all grades. Playing on the Edison theme, those students who demonstrate these values may be recognized with “Bright Lights” awards. The class that accumulates the most “Bright Lights” at the end of the month earns a prize of their choice — such as a pizza party, extra recess time, or uniform-free day. The youngsters really seem to have taken this friendly competition to heart, as Andrew noted when he was tasked with handing out the “Bright Lights” during his visit. He handed out the coveted awards to a group of kindergarteners, and the children read him a book during one of his classroom visits.Edison’s former principal Mary Driscoll, a Harvard Graduate School of Education alumna who now works as a principal leader with Boston Public Schools’ new superintendent, Tommy Chang, said, “When I was preparing to leave my role as the Edison principal it was important to me that I support Sam in maintaining relationships with our school partners. Harvard has partnered with the Edison School for several years, with a combination of principal and family-engagement interns, as well as other means of support — it’s a relationship that’s helped us build capacity in several areas and is very important to the Edison School community.”The partnership is equally important to Harvard, which has long collaborated with local schools, particularly in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge. Through its many programs, both in the individual schools and on its own campus, Harvard works to reaffirm its commitment to the health and improvement of public education, and to support the development of high-quality teachers. “Research clearly shows that the quality of teachers is the most important school-level factor affecting students’ learning,” according to the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Varano, too, is working to support the teachers at the Edison, through professional development such as the UDL trainings and onsite coaching. Despite the challenges that come with being a school principal, her commitment to, and passion for, her work — and her students — is unmistakable.“It’s all worth it, every minute,” said Varano. “Every single day I’m excited to get up, come to work and see these kids. I love my job.”last_img read more

Studying shark scales to design better drones, planes, turbines


first_imgTo build more aerodynamic machines, researchers are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source: the ocean.A team of evolutionary biologists and engineers at Harvard University, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of South Carolina, has shed light on a decades-old mystery about sharkskin and, in the process, demonstrated a new, bioinspired structure that could improve the aerodynamic performance of planes, wind turbines, drones, and cars.The research is published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.Sharks and airplanes aren’t actually all that different. Both are designed to efficiently move through fluid (water and air), using the shapes of their bodies to generate lift and decrease drag. The difference is, sharks have about a 400-million-year head start on the design process.“The skin of sharks is covered by thousands and thousands of small scales, or denticles, which vary in shape and size around the body,” said George Lauder, the Henry Bryant Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology and professor of biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, a co-author of the research. “We know a lot about the structure of these denticles — which are very similar to human teeth — but the function has been debated.”Most research has focused on the drag-reducing properties of denticles, but Lauder and his team wondered if there was more to the story.“We asked, what if instead of mainly reducing drag, these particular shapes were actually better suited for increasing lift,” said Mehdi Saadat, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and co-first author of the study. Saadat holds a joint appointment in mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina.To help test that hypothesis, the researchers collaborated with a team of engineers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). For inspiration, they turned to the shortfin mako, the fastest shark in the world. The mako’s denticles have three raised ridges, like a trident. Using micro-CT scanning, the team imaged and modeled the denticles in three dimensions. Next, they 3-D printed the shapes on the surface of a wing with a curved aerodynamic cross-section, known as an airfoil.“Airfoils are a primary component of all aerial devices,” said August Domel, a Ph.D. student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and co-first author of the paper. “We wanted to test these structures on airfoils as a way of measuring their effect on lift and drag for applications in the design of various aerial devices such as drones, airplanes, and wind turbines.”The researchers tested 20 different configurations of denticle sizes, rows, and row positions on airfoils inside a water flow tank. They found that in addition to reducing drag, the denticle-shaped structures significantly increased lift, acting as high-powered, low-profile vortex generators.Even if you don’t know what a vortex generator is, you’ve seen one in action. Cars and planes are equipped with these small, passive devices that alter how air flows over the surface of a moving object to make it more aerodynamic. Most vortex generators in the field today have a simple, blade-like design.“These shark-inspired vortex generators achieve lift-to-drag ratio improvements of up to 323 percent compared to an airfoil without vortex generators,” said Domel. “With these proof-of-concept designs, we’ve demonstrated that these bioinspired vortex generators have the potential to outperform traditional designs.”“You can imagine these vortex generators being used on wind turbines or drones to increase the efficiency of the blades,” said Katia Bertoldi, William and Ami Kuan Danoff Professor of Applied Mechanics at SEAS, another co-author of the study. “The results open new avenues for improved, bioinspired aerodynamic designs.”“This research not only outlines a novel shape for vortex generators, but also provides insight into the role of complex and potentially multifunctional shark denticles,” said Lauder.The Harvard Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property relating to this project and is exploring commercialization opportunities.The research was co-authored by James Weaver of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, and Hossein Haj-Hariri, dean of engineering and computing at the University of South Carolina. This research was supported by Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

Interview with Major General Sarmento, Commander of the Arcanjo VII Pacification Force


first_img Major General Carlos Maurício Barroso Sarmento: The Army’s participation in the pacification of Penha and Alemão is a specific mission for this purpose. There was a situation of urban terrorism here in Rio de Janeiro, a situation, we might say, of action by criminal factions who took the city by assault, which demanded more rigorous measures than normal, and exceeded the capabilities of the public-safety agencies. For that reason the Army was called on to cooperate in this effort, specifically in Penha and Alemão. Diálogo: We know that with such a mission come multiple difficulties. If you had to name one, which would be the greatest difficulty in this type of mission? General Sarmento: Training for war is comprehensive nowadays. It involves action in a non-war scenario. For instance, the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan: I have to have lethal weapons to act as a combatant and non-lethal weapons to intervene, when necessary, in an urban conflict. I can’t go around shooting civilians left and right. This scenario of total war, like we had up to World War II, no longer exists, in which a city is invaded, occupied, destroyed. This scenario doesn’t exist nowadays. The population continues to work, continues to lead a normal life, while operations are in progress. The Armed Forces today have to be prepared to face both, war and non-war activities with lethal and non-lethal weapons. In April 2012, the Training Unit Group Command/9th Motorized Infantry Brigade took over coordination of actions to maintain public order in the area of the Alemão and Penha complexes, former trafficking strongholds in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and replaced the 11th Light Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Campinas (São Paulo). The replacement was part of the Eastern Military Command’s operational plan, and the work carried out by the mission did not interrupt the transition process from the Brazilian Armed Forces to the state Military Police. To talk about the work performed by Brazilian Military personnel in the area in what is known as Operation Arcanjo VII, Diálogo spoke to Major General Carlos Maurício Barroso Sarmento, commander of the Pacification Force that took action in these enormous conglomerates of shantytowns within the “Marvelous City.” General Sarmento: I would say the greatest difficulty, is to reestablish order, the everyday activities of the population, having an orderly life, and the fight against crime. Drug trafficking is terrible; this is what devastates our population. As long as there’s someone who wants to consume, there will be someone who will sell, so it’s impossible to stop this criminal activity. Diálogo: What about something positive? In terms of your pride for having fulfilled this mission successfully, what would you like to highlight about it? Diálogo: And what was the main lesson learned? Diálogo: Do you anticipate that there will be the same type of missions in the near future? Diálogo: How does synergy arise between the Armed Forces and the Military Police? Diálogo: Do you believe that a parallel can be drawn between the work done by the Brazilian Army in Haiti, in MINUSTAH, and here in the Pacification Force? General Sarmento: That the Brazilian Army is very precise in its preparation, in how it prepared to confront this mission, how it adapted. Each mission requires different adaptation. There were many more successes than mistakes; we learned a lot in terms of the amount of lethal and non-lethal weaponry when on patrol, ways of patrolling, equipment to be acquired. It’s a very large operational gain for the force, comparable to our work in Haiti. By Dialogo June 07, 2012 General Sarmento: The Armed Forces are always in preparation mode. They’re preparing to defend the country and to defend constitutional power and law and order. So in this context, we’re ready to operate, and we do so in many other situations when we’re called on and assigned by the President, such as in the fight against illicit activities on the border, smuggling, where we act together with the Federal Police along the border, and in the pacification of agrarian conflicts, among others. General Sarmento: The Pacification Force is not limited to the Army. It’s made up of a field battalion of the Military Police, which in its turn is made up of Military Police personnel and the Civil Police precinct. They also have Civil Police representation here in our complex, and we try to clearly highlight the work of each of them. In this transition to the police, we simply hand over responsibilities, leave the area, and allow the police to go in and take action. They have their own special way of doing it, [they] no longer [have] such visible patrols; they’re even closer to the population, all within the Pacification Force policy that they’re trying to implement, [which is] completely different than ours. This is an immediate transition. General Sarmento: There are many similarities and many differences. Similarities: visible patrols, the occupation of certain points, the pacification mission, per se. But the fundamental differences are in the mandate, in the rules of engagement, in what the troops can and cannot do, in the limits on action. The Pacification Force in Penha and Alemão is an agreement established between the federal government and the state government, in which the Army takes over control of an area within a scenario of democratic normality, constitutional normality. All individual powers are guaranteed. It’s a situation of normality. At the same time, it’s an abnormal situation because the Army is being used in a more intensive and more visible way than a normal police force would operate, but all, I repeat, under conditions of democratic normality. General Sarmento: Nowadays in the Brazilian Army we have a reference point, which is the Instructional Center for Operations to Guarantee Law and Order. It’s an instructional center operating in Campinas, São Paulo, subordinate to the 11th Brigade; it’s an organization that centralizes behavior, that tries to formulate doctrine, that concentrates the experiences of various Brazilian units. As I’ve said, there are several types of operations: this one in Rio de Janeiro, for instance, is focused on intensive and visible patrols, as well as the occupation of certain strong points. For each type of operation of this kind, we have training, and those who prepare for war, for the worst, for total war, prepare for this. General Sarmento: We did more in the social communication side, promoting the work of the force, and trying to show the population that there’s another way to live. The public-safety agencies had very limited penetration there. As a matter of fact, it was not only the public-safety agencies, but other organizations that went in or were permitted by the dealers to enter, [had very little reach]. So it’s an enormous effort to try to change this culture, their reality. The message of the pacification is that there’s a peaceful, orderly way of living, and that we were here for a year-and-a-half, during which the inhabitants, the local population, had the opportunity to experience this new reality, and it’s also their responsibility to choose. So, if they want to live the way they’re currently living, they have a way to maintain that [lifestyle], we’re giving them these tools. The public-safety agencies are coming in, the State is coming in with other structures: schools, education, sports, infrastructure, water, sewers, garbage collection, electricity, all to benefit the welfare of the population. This is progressive, it doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s the choice that they make. Is this what you want, or do you want to go back to how it used to be? The interview is very well achieved. It is interesting to read the story of what really is happening within the armed forces of a country, in this case Brazil, which despite of not having one single war, continues in its effort to prepare themselves always with great tenacity and commitment. Congratulations and thanks for sharing it! Diálogo: Could you discuss that specific training? Diálogo: Is this good for the Army’s image? Diálogo: Is there specific training for this type of mission? Diálogo: General Sarmento, a population was living under the yoke of criminals, drug dealers, who dominated that area and dictated the laws there for over 30 years. What did the Army do to gain support for its actions from the residents? Diálogo: General Sarmento, why did the Armed Forces, and more specifically the Brazilian Army, have to intervene in the Alemão and Penha complexes? General Sarmento: It’s a constitutional mission of the Army. The Army, according to the Brazilian Constitution, is responsible for defending the country and guaranteeing the constitutional powers and law and order. So this mission is an activity for which the Army must be prepared, and it prepares constantly for this type of operation. General Sarmento: I would say, mainly, to the Soldier who was here, who is not from Rio de Janeiro, that one day he will be able to say, “Wow, I helped to pacify the Marvelous City, which remains marvelous because I contributed my grain of salt as well.” last_img read more

Brazilian Army Tests New Assault Rifle Imbel IA2


first_imgBy Dialogo August 30, 2013 These weapons may be used with different accessories produced in the country, such as laser sights, infrared thermal sights, 40 mm- grenade launcher, bayonets, etc. We are positive that the Imbel IA2 will be the perfect substitute for the FAL, a weapon that has become a legend in the Brazilian Army,” the military officer stated. The commander of the Parachute Brigade, Brigadier General Roberto Escoto, confirmed that these weapons operated successfully during the tests. “Imbel IA2 is a national project with the goal of replacing the old FAL and PARA-FAL rifles. We jump on the Negro River fully equipped for combat with the new 5.56 mm version, which is lighter, more sophisticated, polymer-based, and highly reliable, as it was proven during the tests in different scenarios. The new assault rifles IA2 caliber 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm, designed by Brazilian military weapons manufacturer Imbel, are being tested before being introduced into the Armed Forces. The Brazilian Army received a batch of 1,500 of these weapons in order to be evaluated by different operational units at Operation Bumerangue II, an operation carried out by the Amazonian Parachute Brigade, an elite unit that jumped on the Negro River equipped with 5.56 mm IA2 rifles (precursor and free jump operation). The potential order for the Imbel IA2 for the Brazilian Armed Forces could be in the range of over 500,000 units, and the weapon, ready to be exported, has attracted South American, African and Asian countries. Congratulations to Imbel!! It was able to reinvent FAL and its derivates. It is the same rifle, but with a polymer pistol grip and a piccantiny rail, probably it has the same weight and other similar and obsolete characteristics. We shall wait to see how much it will cost, since the other IMBEL rifles are much more expensive than the imported “similar” ones. It is indeed very expensive to change the machinery, the production line and to invest in technology, but that’s the price to be paid if one wants a high-tech industry. The IA2 5,56 is a rifle totally new, with several modern characteristics, including the ability to shoot after being “submerged” in water.On the other hand, the IA2 7,62 is the FAL… Yes, it will use some parts of the OLD fal, as handle/barrel/triggers which substituted only “upper/lower receivers and the frontguard.last_img read more

Charitable rewards make sense (and dollars)


first_imgFor thousands of years philosophers have asked: are humans inherently good (only to be soiled by society) or inherently bad (with social norms keeping us in check).This post doesn’t aim to solve what has confounded philosophers and scientists since Plato’s time. But it will illuminate ways to extend the human desire to do good (whether natural or learned) to everyone’s benefit — including that of your bottom line.To Giveth Is To Receive?Many credit unions already give a great deal back to their community, including partnerships and/or donations to local charities. This is great! A philosopher would ask if this is true altruism or motivated by a desire to endear your institution to the community and get some good PR.Actually, let’s go ahead and settle that debate after all: it’s a little bit of both.And that’s OK.If you can do good, charitable work and get a little recognition for it while you’re at it….nobody loses and everybody gains. If fact, when the giver receives some benefit as well, it can serve to foster more giving. So don’t feel guilty!One area that has no debate: corporate social responsibility (CSR) can have a very positive effect on your image. This is no surprise, as the “people helping people” ethos is why credit union enthusiasts are so passionate about their credit union. CSR can ultimately have a positive impact on your balance sheet as well. Here are just a few numbers:91% of Americans state they would switch brands to support a cause142% are even willing to pay extra if the company is committed to positive social impact287% of Americans say they are more loyal to a company that supports social or environmental issues1And it’s 87% again that have high expectation for a company to do more than make a profit1Give Your Members The Ability To GiveInviting your members the opportunity to be part of the giving is a great way to magnify the impact and foster the credit union philosophy. This is not to suggest you halt any outright donations or sponsorships. Just add another layer of charitable giving — without adding more expense.There are a number of ways to do this. For example, let’s say your credit union already has a relationship with a local charity. Schedule a fundraiser for them at one of your branches, or simply sponsor one of their existing events.Promote this activity heavily in advance and invite your members to volunteer to join in on the cause. A full 70% of Americans are willing to volunteer for companies that provide them the opportunity.1Reward Donations: The Most Virtuous CycleOf course, what most charities need most is money. Thankfully, Americans really want to donate money to charities. But the actual donating level doesn’t match the desire level.One way to make it easier for folks to part with their money is if the money really wasn’t theirs in the first place.Like rewards!Point-based (or reward accumulation) card reward programs have become a consumer expectation from their banking institution (88% rank it as a top priority3). Your credit union can leverage this program as an opportunity to create charitable donations. Here’s how it works:Your members will be getting points for transactions made with your card. As they earn enough points, they can redeem for their reward. Develop your program so the ability to “pay it forward” is one of the reward options. This way, your members can satisfy their desire to donate without feeling the pinch in their pockets. Since the reward is free money that they never had to begin with.Win-Win-Win-WinThat’s a lot of winning. Better yet, nobody gets a short end of the stick.Your members get rewarded for purchases they’re already making and get the sense of well-being that is proven to come with donating.Local businesses benefit from a program that drives more businesses and increased ticket size.Local charities benefit from donations they otherwise would not receive, plus the awareness the reward option creates.Credit unions gain — not only from the increased interchange revenue and loyalty that rewards programs brings — but from the significant increase in reputation and affinity that comes hand-in-hand with being a conduit to charitable acts.1“Global CSR Study,” Cone Communications/Ebiquity, 20152“Doing Well By Doing Good,” Nielsen, 20143”Understanding Financial Consumers in the Digital Era,” CGI, 2014 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dante Dominick Danté Dominick is an award-winning content and marketing strategist with specialized knowledge for the financial services industry. He has helped over a hundred community financial institutions improve their image, creative … Web: www.buzzpoints.com Detailslast_img read more

New state secretaries appointed in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports


first_imgIn the closed part of its 11th session, the government dismissed the previous ones and appointed new state secretaries in the ministries. In the new term of office of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports under the leadership of the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, the new state secretaries will be: Tonči Glavina who has been reappointed Secretary of State, Sandra Herman which comes from the position of deputy prefect of Međimurje and Tomislav Družak who has so far served as Secretary of State for Sports.last_img

Arsenal make enquiry to sign Real Madrid and Barcelona transfer target Luka Jovic


first_img Comment Unai Emery reacts to draw against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:44FullscreenUnai Emery reacts to draw against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reacts-draw-against-tottenham-1874588/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks five Manchester United youngsters to face PSG as Sir Alex Ferguson flies out with squad Advertisement Jovic has scored 22 goals in the league this term (Picture: Getty)Jovic admitted last month that he felt ‘honoured’ to be linked with top clubs from around Europe.‘I’m honoured, of course, for such big clubs to show an interest in me,’ the Serbian told Sportsbuzzer.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But right now I’m happy to be here in Frankfurt and I feel good here.‘At the moment I’m just concentrating on Eintracht Frankfurt, that’s my top priority.’ Luka Jovic has had a sensational season in the Bundesliga (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have launched an enquiry to sign prolific forward Luka Jovic, according to reports in Spain.Jovic has had a barnstorming season with Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Benfica, scoring 15 goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances, and Europe’s elite clubs are understood to be queueing up for the 21-year-old striker.Reports last month claimed that Chelsea were plotting a £39million bid for Jovic and the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City have also been linked with the sought-after Serbia international.Marca suggests that Arsenal are among the clubs to have asked about Jovic following his meteoric rise in Germany – and the Gunners remain interested in the youngster.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe north London club have enquired about how much it would cost to prise Jovic away from Benfica.However, the report adds that Real Madrid have been offered Jovic’s services and are in pole position to sign the attacker in the summer.center_img Arsenal make enquiry to sign Real Madrid and Barcelona transfer target Luka Jovic Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Mar 2019 11:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link989Shares Advertisementlast_img read more