A music lover. Liverpool mad. A brother. A father. A husband. A son. Loyal. Funny. Short-legged. Intelligent. A family man. Hard-working. Compassionate. A card-player. A townie. St Eunans mad. A best friend.So many words were used to describe the late Dessie Larkin today as hundreds of people turned up to say a final farewell in his native Letterkenny to such a decent human being.St Eunan’s Cathedral was bursting to the seams with people who wanted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Larkin and McCool families in their time of immense grief. Dessie Larkin, aged just 48, wasn’t just liked in his hometown, he was held in a special place amongst the many, many people whose lives he touched.That love was borne out not just by the huge crowd present for his funeral mass today but by the genuine compassion and empathy shown by every last man, woman and child.Dessie crammed so much into his life before that life was cut abruptly short on Monday morning last when he passed away unexpectedly at his home close to Newmills on the outskirts of Letterkenny.News of Dessie’s passing wept through the town with a genuine sense of disbelief. From the foot of the town, Dessie’s father James had cut a political path which Dessie followed with gusto and pride before he left politics, furthering his education and returning to work for Donegal County Council.It was fitting that it was Fr Paddy Dunne who conducted Dessie’s funeral mass which was concelebrated by several other priests as well as the Bishop of Raphoe, Most Reverand Alan McGuckian.Fr Dunne spoke of the friend he knew for years and the many times they shared together.He spoke of Dessie’s love of music and football, both gaelic and soccer but especially of his love of Liverpool FC and how he genuinely thought this year was going to be their year.He spoke of his punk days and how he loved nothing more than a good game of cards and how he was always, always talking. But behind the devilment, he spoke to of his immense pride at being Irish but also of being from Letterkenny and Donegal and how he took that everywhere with him.Among the gifts taken to the altar where a Liverpool scarf, a deck of playing cards, a St Eunan’s jersey and A Beautiful South album which wife Mary had bought him many years ago.As his life and times were recalled, Dessie’s wife Mary and the couple’s children Danielle, Courtney, James and Matthew showed the same courage that has held them steadfast in recent days.Hundreds of people have visited Dessie’s wake over the past couple of days to say a final farewell at the house himself and Mary made a home for themselves and their four beautiful children. Mary’s composure to speak with each and every one of those people who called to pay their respects was yet another tribute to the person she shared her life with.Jason Black, Dessie’s brother-in-law concluded today’s funeral mass with a touching reflection to his fellow town whose life paths crossed by chance but who became the best of friends.After his funeral mass Dessie was given a Garda escort down the town he loved so much and which he was so much part of.Shops closed and people gathered at the foot of the town with heads bowed as the funeral cortege pressed onwards towards O’Donnell Park and beyond to Dessie’s final resting place at Conwal Graveyard.Rest easy Dessie.A town of tears as Dessie Larkin is laid to rest was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dessie Larkinfuneralletterkenny
Ostriches on a farm near Oudtshoorn inthe Western Cape. The town has longbeen the centre of South Africa’s ostrichindustry. Leather, decorated eggs and feathers …Along with low-fat red meat, the manyproducts made from ostriches.(Images: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Jennifer SternOstrich feathers have been a sought-after item for the adornment of soldiers and war horses, and generally as an integral motif in all areas of pageantry and public spectacle for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Through all that time the Middle East was the main supplier. That all changed with the European colonisation of the Cape.During the 1800s, ostrich feathers shook off their image of military pomp and circumstance, and moved from the tops of horses’ heads and the helmets of soldiers to the hats and shoulders of fashionable ladies. To feed this fashion, the ostrich farms of what was then the Cape Colony developed.There is some confusion about when and where the first commercial ostrich farm was set up. There are claims that the first farm in Little Karoo near Oudtshoorn was started in 1864, but the earliest records of intensive ostrich farming in the Cape is an article in the Illustrated London Times of March 30th 1878. In this the writer claims that a Mr A Douglass, who farmed near Grahamstown, was the first commercial ostrich producer.“Ten years ago, Mr. Douglass obtained three wild birds, and afterwards eight more,” the article reads.“As soon as he found they would lay in confinement, he began his experiments in artificial hatching. This attempt met with but little success for three years, till he invented the patent incubator, the success of which has become renowned.“By its means he has increased the eleven birds to 900, and these and others becoming dispersed throughout the colony have made ostrich farming, next to wool and diamonds, the most important industry of South Africa.”Fabulous fortunes founded on feathersImmense fortunes were built on the backs of these bizarre birds and the town of Oudtshoorn and surrounds are graced with beautiful homesteads, fancifully called “feather palaces” because they were financed entirely by the sale of these frivolous fashion items.Another beautiful building that owes its existence to this trade is the Feather Market in Port Elizabeth. This elaborate Victorian extravaganza was completed after much delay in 1855 at the immense cost of £54 000. No longer used to auction feathers, it is has been renovated, and is now used for conventions and functions.In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the birds were farmed almost exclusively for their feathers. As horrible as it sounds, the birds were plucked live, about twice a year. The leather was considered utilitarian at best, and the meat was not considered a delicacy at all, except when salted, spiced and air-dried to make biltong – South Africa’s ubiquitous savoury snack.As fashions changed, and the market for feathers declined, the farmers continued limping along until first the leather and then the meat became the new focus of interest. The leather is both hard-wearing and attractive, with its distinctive quill marks, from which the feathers have been plucked.“It’s not an easy leather to process,” says Anton Kruger, CEO of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber.“All the fat accumulates in the skin, and it’s a very complicated process to tan the skin properly to remove the fat and not damage the skin. We in South Africa have the expertise and experience, so South African ostrich leather is very sought after. We export more than 350 colours of ostrich leather.”It’s that peculiarity of the bird that makes the meat so sought-after as well. As all the fat accumulates in the skin, the meat, which is red like beef, not white like poultry, is almost completely fat- and cholesterol-free. So it’s the perfect choice for the health-conscious meat lover.“It’s a lifestyle product,” says Kruger, “and the demand, worldwide, is bigger than the supply.“South Africa produces more than 70% of the world’s ostrich meat, leather and feathers. And 75% of South Africa’s ostriches are in the South Western Cape.”Ostrich farming in South Africa brings in about R1.75-billion (US1.74-million) a year, about 90% of it in foreign exchange. These big birds are big business.All major stakeholders in the industry are affiliated to either the National Ostrich Processors of South Africa or the South African Ostrich Producers’ Organisation. Both organisations are members of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber, which facilitates the sustainability and profitability of the local ostrich industry.The ostrich diasporaFor various reasons, the fledgling ostrich industry became consolidated in the Little Karoo, the area around Oudtshoorn, and it was illegal to export any breeding birds or eggs. But where there’s a will there’s a way and, in the early 1990s a number of people managed to get birds out of the country and start ostrich farms in locations as diverse as Botswana and Russia.“Most of these did not flourish,” says Kruger. “You need the right climate and the expertise.”Around that time people in other parts of South Africa decided to try their hand at ostrich farming. Gavin Kanigowski, the owner of the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, says that the accepted belief was that you could only farm ostriches in the Little Karoo.“But that’s not true,” he says. “Van Riebeek raised two young ostriches in 1652. We know for a fact that they kept ostriches in the Company Gardens. And Van Riebeek sent two ostrich chicks to the emperor of Japan in 1658.” Jan van Riebeeck led the first colonising party from Holland to the Cape in 1652.“I went into this in a great amount of detail because the ostrich farmers said that you could only raise ostriches within 50 miles [80 km] of Oudtshoorn. I bought 10 ostriches and brought them down here and they died in the first week.“But that was because the guy I bought them from told me to leave them outside.”Undaunted, Kanigowski tried again, selectively buying breeding pairs, and now he has 400 birds on his farm just outside Cape Town.Black, red, white and blueThe most commercially sought after ostrich, according to Kruger, is the South African Black. Other ostriches, like the Kenyan Red, and the Zimbabwean Blue, are bigger and more aggressive.“The black ostrich is easier to farm with, and was bred to produce better meat, leather and feathers,” says Kruger.Of course, the “black” only refers to the male ostrich, which is a deep black with contrasting white underfeathers, while the females are a dull, dusty brown. It is thought that this is a good adaptation as the male ostrich guards the eggs at night, when it is dark, and the well-camouflaged female guards them in the day.Kanigowski takes this one step further. Looking at old paintings of ostriches around Cape Town, he says they are much whiter than those found in the Little Karoo, and believes there should be another strain – the West Coast White.“On the West Coast we have sand dunes,” says Kanigowski, “and a black ostrich on a white sand dune is not camouflaged, even at night. So a white ostrich male is more well camouflaged. And the females are more white than grey. It’s quite logical. So I’ve started selectively breeding them up.”Weird and wonderfulOstriches have shown incredible resilience as an investment, with one or the other aspect taking over as another becomes unprofitable, and tourism seems to be the big money spinner for the farmers now.“Ostrich farms don’t make money,” says Kanigowski. “The tourist industry is the biggest income stream. Tourists are the mainstay of the industry. They buy in the shop and eat in the restaurant. We have 65 000 foreign tourists per year, mainly from the Far East, and about 25 000 local.”Of course, he has the great advantage of being close to Cape Town, so he has a constant stream of tour buses disgorging their passengers so they can tour the farm, have lunch and then have their photograph taken sitting on top of an ostrich with Table Mountain in the background.Kanigowski does not allow his ostriches to be ridden. The bird’s chest is supported while the tourist gets his or her 15 seconds of ostrich-top glory. Some other farms do allow riding but, claims Kanigowski, “While ostriches are incredibly strong, they’re built for speed not for carrying weight. They only have two legs, unlike a horse, and they have very thin ankles.”But riding and even sitting on an ostrich is a small part of the attraction. Ostrich show farms make money because ostriches are really weird birds.Everything about these birds is odd. Their size and appearance seem to support the theory that birds are descended from dinosaurs. They’re the biggest bird alive today with the males growing up to a maximum of about 2.5m high and weighing between 100kg and 150kg. The females are a bit smaller.The ostrich is probably the only animal in the world whose brain is smaller than its toenail. Ostrich eggs are equal to about 24 hen’s eggs in weight and can support the weight of a person.One Johann Wilhelm Vogel, who visited the Cape in 1678, wrote of ostriches: “The bird has a wonderful nature, in that if iron or steel is thrown before it, it swallows it; and also digests it, since anyone who goes near them can hear how in the body or belly there is a boiling as if in a strong-heated pot, so that there must be a terrible heat or fire therein.“If anyone wishes to annoy this bird, especially an old one, it defends itself with its feet, kicking out behind it like a horse, and this with such strength that it can readily knock down and lay out anyone who is not careful.”That is stretching the truth a bit, but ostriches can kill a person with a kick, but they kick forwards. They do eat stones, but never digest them; instead, they use them for digestion. This leads to another interesting story, which is almost certainly apocryphal.Lawrence green, in his book Coast of Treasure, relates how a hunter shot an ostrich near Walvis Bay, and found 53 diamonds in its crop. This led, not surprisingly, to a veritable slaughter of the birds anywhere near the diamond areas. It’s a great story, and far more convincing than Vogel’s fanciful description, but has never been validated.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesBotswana revives ostrich farmingFresh market for SA leather tiles Ostrich eggs hatch art fad South Africa’s tourist highlights Useful linksSouth African Ostrich Business Chamber Cape Town Ostrich RanchKlein Karoo Ostrich and Seed Group National Ostrich Processors of South Africa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftThe accountants my firm are invested in all aspects of our clients’ businesses, including the ways their success and security could be threatened. Our team is very focused on cybersecurity measures and we spend a great deal of time studying the methods and motivations of hackers. Most people are only opaquely aware of the threats that are around them continuously. We see examples frequently that are both fascinating and terrifying at the same time.Our firm invests in top line firewalls, antivirus, SPAM filters, and of course, training, as do many other companies. These tools are vital and do mitigate some threats, but the truth is it’s the human users that are often the weak link in the defense chain. For this reason, we continuously stress that the absolute best defense a company can mount is by being vigilant, proactive, and educated. This goes for any type of company, whether it be an accounting firm, a feed supply business, or a family farm — no one is safe from these threats. I’ll share a couple examples that drive home why it’s vital to pay attention to protect yourself and your company.Late one evening not long ago a colleague of mine reached out to our firm’s IT Director, stating he had started receiving SPAM emails at an alarming rate. Within a couple hours he had received thousands of messages from around the world, often in foreign languages such as Dutch, Russian, Swedish, and Chinese and it didn’t appear to be letting up. IT asked him please forward a few examples to them for examination and to take a moment and check his online accounts, such as PayPal, Amazon, etc. IT had a strong suspicion of what might be happening to him.IT called him again the following morning and together they did some further investigating. As my colleague was carefully deleting the SPAM messages, he found an email from a major retailer that acknowledged his “Online Order.” It seemed someone had accessed his account, changed the billing and shipping address, and placed a $1,000+ order at approximately 7 p.m. the previous night. Fortunately, he called the retailer and canceled the transaction before it shipped, and changed his account settings and password to prevent further attacks. In this case, the hacker “SPAM Bombed” him a few hours before they attacked his account. By sending thousands of SPAM messages to him, they hoped the deluge and clutter of emails would cause him to miss the account changes and order notifications from the retailer, and therefore not catch it in time. Because he was vigilant, proactive, and educated our team stopped it.Another recent example we encountered at a client was an email that was received by a team member of the company that appeared at first glance to be from a senior manager. The message was innocuous enough, and simply asked “Are you in the office today?” The team member did notice that the return email address was NOT the senior manager’s actual email address, and reached out to us for direction. This email is a prime example of spear phishing. In this case, the hacker is deliberately attacking an individual by masquerading as someone the users knows and trusts in the hopes of getting the employee to engage with them. Had the employee taken the bait and casually assumed he was communicating with the senior manager, the hacker would likely have sent a file attachment such as a spreadsheet or PDF asking him to take a look at it. The file attachment would have almost certainly carried a payload with a trojan or Ransomware. Because he was vigilant we stopped it.Every company faces these threats on a daily basis. Sadly, we see far too many professionals demonstrate a gross lack of understanding of the risks to their organizations via these threats. They believe that because they have invested in the latest firewall or software security suite, they have adequately protected their information assets. Properly configured hardware and software are certainly vital components of an effective cybersecurity program, but equally important are guidelines, policies, and procedures that are carefully designed, documented, implemented, and enforced. And, of course, security awareness training for all employees is absolutely required to ensure the hackers do not easily compromise the system by tricking the humans into granting them access. After all, a company can spend millions in security software, hardware, and physical doors and locks but it’s all useless if an employee leaves a door or window unlocked.Again, every business, no matter the industry, should work to safeguard themselves from the types of attacks we outlined here. I share all of this information with you in my monthly finance article because falling victim to cybercrime can be costly and devastating to your finances. As always, please reach out to me with questions. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at [email protected]
klint finley Compare Greenfield’s mock-up above with this screenshot of JackBe‘s Presto Wires: Visual programming has a long history, starting with perhaps Pygmalion and popularized by educational languages like Squeak and the audio and multimedia language MAX/MSP. But thanks to projects like Yahoo! Pipes and Lily, it’s a paradigm that’s regaining popularity.Visual mashup app programming faces many obstacles: performance, usability (both for the creation and use of apps) and access to the data and APIs needed. The latter problem, at least, is being worked on by various companies. Mashery is helping companies create APIs. Dapper (which seems to be more focused display advertising now) and Kapow, for example, scrape data from sites that don’t have XML feeds and offers it up in a variety of formats.As we’ve previously reported, mashups are the most popular “web 2.0” technology in enterprises, and Forrester estimates the enterprise mashup market will be worth $700 Million by 2013. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news#Products#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In the read/write era, enterprise technology has been playing catchup with the consumer sector, integrating social networking, wikis and activities streams into business-grade applications. But that hasn’t always been the case – look at the evolution of e-mail, which was originally nurtured by enterprises. And there’s at least one area in which enterprises are leading the pack today: point-and-click app creation and the data mashups that feed them.The easy creation of apps and mashups are particularly of value to enterprises as they enable an organization to vet, purchase and deploy an app platform once and then let users create the tools they need – so long as the platform is able to guarantee enterprise-grade compliance. In a blog post titled “Are enterprise mashups the Excel of our era?” Heather Havenstein wrote in 2008:Users have a long laundry list of projects they need to get done that typically fall below the radar of IT, which is usually distracted with much bigger problems like keeping the lights and pipes on and developing massive back-office applications.Mashups allow users to get this laundry list of needs met more quickly without the delays or costs commonly associated with going the normal route through IT.The new version of KickApps Studio will support drag and drop authoring of data driven and multimedia iPhone/iPad ready HTML5 apps, KickApps Corporation announced today. The new functionality will compliment the platform’s drag-and-drop Flash authoring tools.KickApps Studio screenshotKickApps Studio, launched two years ago and, is capable of various data mashup functionality, is mostly focused on marketing, not on internal use. JackBe, on the other hand, is focused on internal app use. We covered their internal app store platform recently. The company’s products, revolving around Presto Hub, are dedicated to creating secure, enterprise-grade apps from a point-and-click environment.Adam Greenfield, author of Everyware and outgoing head of design direction for service and user-interface design at Nokia, mocked-up his vision for a consumer-oriented app creation and data mashup platform he called “Momcom” in response to Google App Inventor. Greenfield’s concept is a simple, point-and-click interface for creating mobile apps powered by data mashups. Related Posts
Drawing inspiration from California’s state flower, the drought-resistant and diurnal California poppy, this home (above) is designed by a team of college students from Orange County. The home opens during the day to let in light and increase living area. It then closes at night to maintain a comfortable temperature more efficiently. The house also has a rainwater collection system that stores water for use during earthquakes and other emergencies. Inspired by the need for secure emergency housing after a deadly tornado struck their state, students from Crowder College and Drury University in Missouri are developing an emergency response home (above) that can be delivered to disaster sites and assembled quickly. Students at the Stevens Institute of Technology are constructing a resilient house suited for the rising tides and strong storms inherent to coastal environments. The house sits on a bed of pilotis or piers, which raise it slightly above floodwaters, and the outer layers of the house create a waterproof shell. What’s the latest in well-designed, energy-efficient solar homes? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has invited teams from colleges across the country to design and build solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.The model houses designed by 15 collegiate teams will be on display and open for public tours this October in Irvine, California, where the DOE’s seventh Solar Decathlon will be taking place. In addition to functioning as comfortable homes — each must produce plenty of hot water, for example, and have working appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertaining — the houses must produce at least as much energy as they consume.This year’s competition will also emphasize affordability. To earn the highest marks, each team is aiming to build a home that costs less than $250,000.Below are renderings of some of this year’s entries. These houses have been engineered not only to embrace energy efficiency and sustainable design, but also to meet the diverse needs of their future inhabitants, from food production to storm protection. RELATED ARTICLESTeam Austria Wins 2013 Solar DecathlonPraise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon EntrySolar Decathlon Opening Is Scheduled for October 3University of Maryland Wins the Solar Decathlon2011 Solar Decathlon Resource GuideVirginia Tech’s Lumenhaus Wins at Solar Decathlon EuropeThe Solar Decathlon 2011 LineupSolar Decathlon Winners Embrace Passivhaus StandardA 2009 Solar Decathlon Sampler With a structure based on repurposed shipping containers, the home designed by the Missouri University of Science & Technology team (above) can expand as a family grows. Containers can be added or subtracted to accommodate up to two children and their parents. The team from New York City College of Technology is also working on emergency housing — their house (above) is suited to a high-density urban environment. Stackable units are designed to quickly provide low-cost, single- and multifamily housing after disasters such as catastrophic storms. The house designed by students at the University at Buffalo in New York aims to grow most of the fresh produce its occupants will need. It features a glass-enclosed solarium that creates ideal growing conditions for plants and vegetables, while also passively heating the house in winter. Cloth shades on the roof and southern faÃ§ades will help cool the home during summer. Crystal Gammon is the web editor at Yale Environment 360, where this post was originally published.
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ McGregor fans have flooded sports books with $100 bills backing the mixed martial arts fighter, and even a late surge of money on Mayweather might not be enough to balance the books.“I’m OK now,” said William Hill oddsmaker Nick Bogdanovich. “But you might want to have a heart monitor on me when the bell rings and Conor starts throwing wild lefts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBogdanovich said his chain of sports books will suffer multimillion dollar losses — their worst ever — should McGregor win the fight in any fashion. If he wins early as he has promised, the losses would be even worse.The big bettors are putting their money on Mayweather, who is 49-0 as a pro. But so many McGregor fans are betting small amounts that the betting slips at William Hill were 18-1 in the Irish fighter’s favor. “This isn’t professional money, just the regular Joe,” Bogdanovich said. “The butcher and the barber are putting their $100 on McGregor and it’s added up.”The action is reflected in the odds, which bookmakers adjust either way as money comes in on the two fighters. Bookmakers have been lowering the odds steadily since the fight was announced, but even that hasn’t stopped the deluge of McGregor bets.A fight that began with Mayweather an 11-1 favorite is now 5-1 or even less in some sports books. Even that hasn’t stopped McGregor supporters from lining up at the betting windows to hand over even more cash.They’re backing a longshot, hoping that the payoff will be huge.“There’s plenty of money on a guy who has never been in a boxing ring,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point resort. “It’s uncharted waters and that’s what makes it so interesting.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ PH football teams finish fourth in SEA Games Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We don’t mind a large decision on a big spectacle like this,” Bogdanovich said. “It gets people in our books.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vaccaro said his sports book stood to lose about $400,000 on a McGregor win, but that was balanced off a bit by a bettor who put $100,000 Wednesday night on Mayweather. His book also took an $880,000 bet on Mayweather earlier that would pay off just $160,000 if he wins.There have also been big Mayweather bets at the MGM Grand, including a $500,000 wager on Wednesday. MGM Resorts oddsmaker Jay Rood, though, said the sheer volume of McGregor bets is overwhelming the big Mayweather bet.Rood said his books have taken 6,700 bets on McGregor and only 300 on Mayweather. The average bet on McGregor is $125, while the average for Mayweather is $4,000.If McGregor wins, Rood said MGM will be a big loser and the state will suffer its biggest single event loss ever.“We’re all in the same boat,” Rood said. “Anything McGregor one to four rounds is pretty bad. Any McGregor knockout is not going to be good.”So far, the betting has been unusually active around town, bringing predictions that the volume could set records. Bookmakers say as the fight draws closer the heaviest influx of money will come, especially on Saturday.The news is not all bad for oddsmakers, who have struggled to make lines for a fight that has no precedent. Most believe Mayweather is an easy winner and should be favored by a much bigger margin, but have had to cut odds to try and balance their books.Though an overwhelming majority of the tickets are on McGregor, a lot of books have more money wagered on Mayweather. Since bookmakers will have to pay out a lot less to those betting Mayweather, they will likely score big if Mayweather wins as expected.“We’re just kind of going along balancing and are in great shape win on both sides, no matter who wins,” said Johnny Avello, oddsmaker at the Wynn resort. “A lot of guys are putting down $125,000 or so to win whatever on Mayweather so we’re high on him now.”Even if McGregor wins and the sports books lose big, all is not lost. Bettors like to be reminded they can win, and the extra betting on football generated by McGregor bettors at the books will help ease some of the pain. Floyd Mayweather Jr., izquierda, y Conor McGregor posan para fotógrafos durante una conferencia de prensa el miércoles, 23 de agosto del 2017, en Las Vegas. (AP Foto/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is making a lot of wise guys nervous in this gambling city.Should he somehow manage to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the early rounds Saturday night, the city’s bookmakers would lose millions of dollars in the biggest single event loss in the history of sports betting.ADVERTISEMENT
One of the most difficult things for a sportsperson to deal with is an injury. As Zaheer Khan walked off the ground at Lord’s in the first Test on Thursday, it was agony for cricket fans.A day later, watching skipper MS Dhoni bowl and Rahul Dravid keep wickets, what stood out was the desperation on part of the Indian skipper.Indian hockey team’s goalie Baljit Singh lost sight after a golf ball hit one of his eyes during practice. He recovered vision, but not enough to play for India.While it may be too early to read much into this in the four- Test series against England, the recall and rejection of hockey goalkeeper Baljit Singh was an episode which could easily have been avoided.When Baljit was hit in the eye two years ago at the national camp in Pune while testing his reflexes with a golf ball, it was big news.He almost went blind in that eye and was then treated in India and in the United States. He got his vision back, played domestic hockey and hopes were raised that he would be back in the India squad.And even as the sports ministry was trying to broker a peace deal between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation, trials for the national team were on in Bangalore.A day before the actual trial was to begin, India’s Australian coach Michael Nobbs decided in all his wisdom to get Baljit’e vision tested.Much to the chagrin and devastation of the goalkeeper, Nobbs told him his peripheral vision was poor and he could forget playing for India again.advertisementBaljit held a press conference in Bangalore and lambasted the new coach as he felt injustice had been done to him. For the reporters, it made great copy as an emotional player attempting a national comeback had been ruled out purely on medical grounds.This is the baptism by fire which Nobbs would have never expected as he attempts putting Indian hockey back on the rails after the disaster at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.My heart goes out to Baljit as to be told that your vision is not a 100 per cent is distressing. Perhaps, had Baljit lived abroad, he may have been counselled better. But this is India, where despite huge medical advancement sportspersons still prefer to travel abroad for treatment.I would like to explain what exactly loss of peripheral vision means as I have interacted myself with eye specialists.While Baljit may have no problem at all spotting the hockey ball when it comes flying towards him straight on, he would not know what loss of peripheral vision is.It is about how well one is able to see from the corners of the eyes. For checking how good a person’s peripheral vision is, there are enough techniques now available, with the Humphreys’ field test used most commonly.It is unnerving for anyone to undergo that test for the first time, as a doctor checks the peripheral vision with the help of a machine.In the case of Baljit, in the first place, he is indeed lucky he got his vision back and can lead a normal life.As one who has devoted him- self to Indian hockey, it is hard to accept he may never get to play for India again. Then again, after such a major eye injury, for Baljit to make a comeback is indeed a brave effort.My advice to Baljit is not to take this to heart and lambast the coach but see how he can still help Indian hockey. He was apparently offered an advisory position as goalkeeping coach.This is not the first instance where an Indian sportsperson has suffered because of a serious injury. Rewind to the days of Nari Contractor and you will get to know how the left- handed opener was lucky to survive after he was struck on the back of his head by West Indian Charlie Griffith’s bouncer.Contractor made a miraculous recovery after being in coma for almost a week but never got to play for India again.Even in interviews a couple of years ago, the Mumbaikar lamented how he did not get to play even one Test after that incident.Yet, when one talks of injuries and handicaps and how Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi still led India superbly despite losing an eye in a car accident in England, it’s an unbelievable story.Pataudi has told people that when he was fielding, he actually could see two cricket balls. How he went for the right red ball and fielded with such aplomb is well known to every fan.advertisementThere again, if Pataudi was lucky, it was quite the opposite with wicketkeeper Saba Karim.Having been struck in the eye by an Anil Kumble delivery in a freak incident, Karim knew after some months he could not play again and in 2001 retired from international as well as domestic cricket.Fitness worries and injuries can happen to any sportsperson.Sadly in Baljit’s case, nobody seems to have given him proper advice as to how risky it is being a goalkeeper.Even with perfect vision, spotting the ball which comes at such fast speeds and different angles is tricky.To not play again for India will hurt Baljit but still it’s not as bad as being unable to see with one eye.
More information: Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2013.13441 Discoveries from Planck may mean rethinking how the universe began Journal information: Nature Citation: Researchers detect B-mode polarization in cosmic microwave background (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-b-mode-polarization-cosmic-microwave-background.html Scientists believe that approximately half a million years after the Big Bang, the universe began switching from a state of plasma and energy to one where temperatures had dropped to a point where the universe became transparent enough for light to pass through. That light is known as cosmic microwave background (CMB) and is still visible today. Cosmologists studying it have formed the basis of a theory known as inflation—where the universe came to exist as it does today through a process of very rapid expansion just after the Big Bang.In order to prove that the inflation theory is correct, scientists have been studying minute fluctuations in the temperature of the CMB—they revel fluctuations in density of the early universe. They also study fluctuations of the polarization of the CMB which is due, it is believed, to radiation being scattered across the universe by the energy of the Big Bang. Fluctuations in polarization were for a time merely theory, but in 2002, they were actually detected, giving credence to inflation theory. Those fluctuations were given the name E-mode polarizations. Theory has also suggested that there are also B-mode fluctuations in polarization, which are far more subtle—they are thought to describe the rotation of CMB polarization. Finding evidence of them has been extremely difficult, however, as they exist as just one part in ten million in the CMB temperature distribution. But now it appears the team at SPT has done just that, adding further credence to the inflation theory. The researchers report that they were able to detect E-mode polarization due mostly to improvements in detector technology.Adding credence isn’t the same as finding proof of a theory, of course, and that’s why scientists believe the detection of E-mode polarizations is so important. Many believe it will ultimately lead to the detection of primordial gravitational waves—immense ripples in space-time that theory suggests should have come about as a result of the force of inflation. If they can be detected, the theory of inflation would likely become the accepted theory regarding the early formation of the universe. Researchers working at the South Pole Telescope (SPT) have detected tiny fluctuations—known as B-mode polarization—in cosmic background radiation. The team describes their findings in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. , arXiv © 2013 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.