The ASA rules that Paddy Power must cease broadcasting casino advert

first_imgShare Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has ordered Paddy Power to cease the use of its latest casino advert, after complaints were received that it implied that it was acceptable to gamble in the workplace.The advert, which received two complaints in total, was revolved around a casino security guard who sings to the tune of “Papa Loves Mambo” whilst playing on Paddy Power Casino on his mobile device. Paddy Power’s defence of the advert was that it hadn’t breached the BCAP Code, because whilst in song the security guard clearly states that he’s on a break, a line that the operator stated was ‘deliberately’ accompanied by the main character turning away from his screen to indicate that he was no longer working. Nonetheless, despite noting there is an exception to the ASA code which condones featuring gambling in a working environment, for advert featuring licensed gambling premises. The ASA deemed that “the exception did not extend to allowing the depiction of licensed premises staff gambling in their own working environment.” Therefore, the advert did breach two codes, one which condones normalising gambling in working environments and one which condones encouraging gambling behaviour that is socially irresponsible or could lead to financial, social or emotional harm. Following the ruling The ASA ordered that Paddy Power cease broadcasting the advert in question and ensure that future ads don’t feature gambling in a working environment.last_img read more

New Noah’s Ark Claims – From Iran

first_imgBob Cornuke was interviewed by John Kasich on Fox News Saturday evening, with the first public showing of videos of an anomalous feature in northern Iran proposed as a candidate for Noah’s Ark.  The find has also been announced on Christian Worldview Network with 18 photographs and a video.  Cornuke, a former police investigator turned hunter for Biblical artifacts (the Ark of the Covenant, the Red Sea crossing, Paul’s shipwreck) had a team of notable Christians with him, including Josh McDowell.  Though he did not claim this was the Ark of Noah, he said the team members were “blown away” by the findings.    The evidence consists of a 400-foot object of a dark color in surroundings of lighter rock.  The object consists of squared-off beams that look like petrified wood (he claims a sample tested positive as petrified wood) arranged like planks.  It is at 13,120′ elevation in the mountains of northern Iran.  He said locals claim it is a resting place of the Ark, and that this location was referred to by ancient historians Josephus and Nicholas of Damascus.  He also claims he was led to this site by an eyewitness who drew him a map.  Cornuke also said the team found an abundance of seashells and clams in the surrounding rocks over a vast area, indicating that this mountain was once under the sea.The time has come for this claim, and its evidence, to be scrutinized critically yet fairly.  Though the pictures are intriguing, the burden of proof will be on the team to associate this object with the Ark of Noah.  Years ago Ferdinand Navarra wrote a book about his discovery of hand-hewn timbers found under a glacier on Mt. Ararat; he even had film to prove it.  Unfortunately, the artifacts were later discredited as too recent to be associated with Noah’s Ark.  Another film made great claims about a boat-shaped structure below Mt. Ararat, yet few became convinced it is anything more than a strange geological feature.  This reminder is not to put the new claim in the same boat, so to speak, but to show how initially spectacular photographic evidence does not always match the hoped-for results of scientific tests.    A number of hard questions should be asked.  There are many places on the planet where dark rock outcroppings contrast with the surroundings.  There are also many mountains with seashell fossils.  Petrified wood is also widespread.  In many places, columnar basaltic lava looks very geometrical and can give the appearance of hand-hewn wood.  How do we know this is not just another spectacular example of an artificial-looking geological formation?  Does this object have the expected dimensions and shape of the vessel described in Genesis 6?  How conclusive is the evidence this petrified wood was tooled?  Are there nails or other marks of artificial construction?  Are the sizes and arrangements of the alleged beams consistent with shipbuilding?  Is there evidence the structure, now filled in, had internal rooms and compartments?  Is there any residual organic matter that can be carbon dated?  What is the history of this region, both geologically and archaeologically?  Are there other marks of ancient habitation here?  Even if this structure proves artificial, could it be something other than a ship, like some later structure that became petrified?  What about all the sightings on the traditional Mt. Ararat—were all of them in error?  What petrified the wood, if this was a boat—did it get re-buried?  If smothered by a landslide or other catastrophe, how could it remain recognizable?  Why would the timbers not be dismantled by the descendants of Noah or subsequent generations?  How did it get preserved, only to be discovered now?  Perhaps you can think of more questions.    Most claims of this sort turn out to contain a mosaic of pieces of evidence, some more convincing than others, some even contradictory.  Confidence in the conclusion will rest on the inference to the best explanation from the preponderance of evidence.  It may never be convincing to all honest scholars under the best of conditions.  We cannot be influenced solely by the pictures or the enthusiasm of the team members—nor by the complaints of skeptics and rivals.  Detailed scientific tests will be required.  Other investigators should visit the site and consider all possible explanations.  The team should be open to sharing information, should be their own best critics, and should not give the appearance of capitalizing on this finding for personal gain or fame.  Now that the initial announcement is out, it’s up to the discoverers to prove this is not just an interesting geological formation.Update 07/05/2006: Tas Walker at Creation on the Web urges caution.  He thinks it is a geological formation, similar to others found around the world.  National Geographic News also gave prominent press to the claims, but then debunked them with the opinions of geologists.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The advantages of seed treatments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Mike Gahn about the use of seed treatments and the advantages they give farmers from the day the seed is planted to the day the plant is harvested. Gahn also tells Ty why 2015 is very unique compared to recent history.last_img

Paes-Bhupathi advance as Indo-Pak Express exits

first_imgLeander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi moved into the quarterfinals but the Indo-Pak Express, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, crashed out of the men’s doubles event in the Australian Open on Monday.Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi during their match against Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers at the Australian Open on Monday. APPaes and Bhupathi, who teamed up after nine years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title – the Australian Open – missing from their cupboard, scored a fighting three-set win over 13th seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in an engrossing third-round clash that lasted an hour and 52 minutes. Things, however, did not fall in place for Bopanna and Qureshi as the Indo-Pak Express went down fighting to France’s Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-3, 6-7, 6-7 in another tough third-round match which spanned over two hours. The third seeded pair of Paes and Bhupathi started the match positively as they pocketed the first set in just 33 minutes. But Granollers and Robredo made a strong comeback to take the encounter into a decider which the Indians won after a 42- minute battle.The highlight of Paes and Bhupathi’s performance was their 100 per cent break point conversion. The Indian pair made use of the two opportunities that came their way while their opponents could only convert two out of the four chances they earned. Paes and Bhupathi, however, will have to get their acts together in the quarter-finals and avoid committing unforced errors, which they did 18 times on Monday as against their rival’s eight.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Paes and Bhupathi will play Llodra and Zimonjic, who held their nerves to outplay the Bopanna-Qureshi pair. Against Llodra and Zimonjic, Bopanna and Qureshi, seeded 10th, got off to a great start registering the first set in their favour with a comfortable 6-3 scoreline. But the Indo-Pak duo faced stiff resistance from Llodra and Zimonjic in the next two sets. Both pairs fought hard and hardly gave an inch to the other. They matched each other in all departments of the game to stretch the second as well as the third set to tie-breakers. While the second set went on for almost an hour, the final set saw a 50-minute battle. In both tie-breakers, Bopanna and Qureshi failed to finish it off, even as Llodra and Zimonjic managed to earn crucial points to seal the affair with a 6-7 (6-8) and 6-7 (3-7) scoreline.In another match, No. 5 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland, defeated Colin Ebelthite and Adam Feeney of Australia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. American Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands Antilles beat Spaniards David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 6-4.- With agency inputslast_img read more

Roger Federer into Dubai final, 1 win from 100th career title

first_imgView comments Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Marton Fucsovics of Hungry during their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Roger Federer can win the 100th title of his career at the Dubai Championships on Saturday.The 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to beat the rising star of tennis to do so.ADVERTISEMENT Adam Silver: Changes to NBA All-Star Game ‘an earring on a pig’ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Federer set up a title match against 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas by defeating Borna Coric 6-2, 6-2 in just 67 minutes in the semifinals of the ATP event on Friday.“I think it was important to mix it up, be solid, not give him too many chances and keep showing him it’s going to be really difficult for him to win, ” Federer said. “At the end, I actually played really good. I’m very pleased.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFederer, who is 37, is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament titles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer’s previous 99 wins have come in Dubai.Tsitsipas had a tougher time getting to the final, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over Gael Monfils.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Saturday’s match will be a battle of the generations — and a repeat of their meeting in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January, which was surprisingly won by Tsitsipas in four sets on his way to the semifinals.″(Stefanos) showed me at the Australian Open, how hard he is (to play),” said Federer. “We’re still far from (reaching 100 titles), it seems. I’m just going to try to focus and play good tennis.”Tsitsipas won the Open 13 in Marseille without dropping a set last week for the second title of his career, and has continued his strong form in the United Arab Emirates. He is now assured of a place in the top 10 of the world rankings for first time, replacing Marin Cilic.“I have improved since last year,” Tsitsipas said. “Beating the big guys, big players, players that have been in the top 10, means a lot to me. I wanted to get there (top 10) at some point myself, and I made it today.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more