Half-time: Brentford 3 Fulham 0

first_imgScott Hogan scored twice as Brentford embarrassed Fulham in the first half of the west London derby at Griffin Park. The Bees raced into a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes, with former Fulham youth player Sam Saunders chipping keeper Marcus Bettinelli on the breakaway for the opener.Striker Hogan, making his first start for Brentford, ruthlessly fired home the second having been put through by Konstantin Kerschbaumer.And Hogan bagged his fifth goal since returning from long-term knee injury just before the break when he smashed in Saunders’ corner on the volley.Fulham struggled to create chances, with 19-year-old left-back Tom Field impressive on his Brentford debut, but the Whites hit the post through Ross McCormack on 42 minutes.McCormack had earlier missed the target with a free-kick and put Jazz Richards through on goal only for the full-back to misdirect a close-range header.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Field; Yennaris, Woods; Saunders, Kerschbaumer, Canos; Hogan.Subs: Bonham, Clarke, O’Connell, Cole, Swift, Gogia, Hofmann.Fulham: Bettinelli, Richards, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker, Ince; Cairney, Christensen, Tunnicliffe; McCormack.Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, O’Hara, Hyndman, Dembele, Smith.last_img read more

The budding connection between football and gambling

first_imgProfessional football exists for two very important reasons. The first is to give fans a wonderful league and teams to rally around as a community. Additionally, it’s fans who watch their favorite teams and players and get inspired to become great football players themselves. The other reason professional football exists is to give sports gamblers something to do on game-day. Indeed, there has always been a comfortable relationship between European football leagues/teams and a growing gambling industry throughout Europe.In recent years, the connection football has with gambling has expanded to include relationships between the leagues, teams and players with land-based and online casino/sports book operators. These relationships have manifested into sponsorship deals that are giving exposure to all parties involved.On the football side, sponsorship deals with major gambling operations have brought a great infusion of cash to help offset the rising cost of player salaries. For the land-based and online casino operators, these deals have brought them additional exposure, which has resulted in large increases in customer bases pretty much across the board. If a deal is one that greatly benefits both parties equally, it would be appropriate to say these sponsorship deals are rock solid.Sponsorship deals – the early daysWith the rising acceptance across Europe of gambling as a viable form of adult entertainment, it has become an accepted practice for football clubs to have relationships with gambling interests. No longer do fans and regulatory bodies feel uneasy about possible integrity issues related to gamblers and gambling operators having direct access to players and teams. With much of that in the past, the two communities have been able to move forward in a sort of marriage.With that said, the first material sponsorship deals came to light just a little over 10 years ago. Online gambling giant Bwin.Party was the first one to join the fray with a T shirt sponsorship deal for Real Madrid. That deal lasted for five years, ending in 2012, with Bwin.Party then moving on to sponsorship of Manchester United. The deal with Real Madrid is estimated to have increased the online bookmaker’s customer base by 20% of the gambling market in Spain.Other major deals being signed around the start of the decade included land-based casino giant Genting Casinos’ two-year deal with Aston Villa F.C., starting in 2012. Gambling companies like 188Bet, bet365 and 12Bet.com soon followed up with sponsorship deals of its own with various premier League Clubs like Stoke City and West Ham United.Current sponsorship dealsIt turns out that what was taking place just 10 years ago was nothing more than a tip of the iceberg. Today, there are nine Premiere League teams that have game-day jersey sponsorship deals with gambling concerns and online casinos. The list includes Bournemouth (M88), Everton (SportPesa), Fulham (Dafabet), Newcastle United (Fun88), West Ham United (Betway) and Wolverhampton (W88) among others.As evidence this is a trend that is likely to continue growing, we are seeing a number of US major sports leagues and teams also signing with large online gambling operators. That includes a very recent deal signed between MGM Resorts and Major League Soccer. By the way, MGM has also signed deals with the NBA and the NFL’s New York Jets. Clearly, major sports leagues and the gambling industry understand the tremendous potential that lies within these deals. Very soon, there’s a realistic chance every team in the Premier League will have a relationship with a large gambling conglomerate. The next logical step will be the introduction of sponsorship deals for the league in general and some of the major facilities where the top teams call home. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Raiders’ Antonio Brown loves the daily grind of football

first_imgALAMEDA — There were no controversial sound bites or on-field theatrics, just the sight of a serious pro going about his business during a football practice in late May.Which is why the Raiders traded for Antonio Brown in the first place after nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the last six of which would rival any receiver in the history of the sport.The Raiders began Week 2 of their organized team activities Tuesday, with Brown extracting as much as he could from each repetition. …last_img

The Prevolution of Evolution: Life Marches In

first_imgThere’s a new word preceding the E word evolution.  Two Harvard scientists have made up a new word, prevolution, to describe a supposed stage before replication when natural selection was helping evolution evolve.  What does prevolution act on?  Simple, silly: prelife.    Martin Nowak and Hisashi Ohtsuki titled their paper in PNAS, “Prevolutionary dynamics and the origin of evolution.”1  By defining life in terms of evolution, they set the stage for a continuous process of evolution from chemicals to man, with information just appearing along the way.  Their abstract makes it all sound very straightforward.Life is that which replicates and evolves.  The origin of life is also the origin of evolution.  A fundamental question is when do chemical kinetics become evolutionary dynamics?  Here, we formulate a general mathematical theory for the origin of evolution.  All known life on earth is based on biological polymers, which act as information carriers and catalysts.  Therefore, any theory for the origin of life must address the emergence of such a system.  We describe prelife as an alphabet of active monomers that form random polymers.  Prelife is a generative system that can produce information.  Prevolutionary dynamics have selection and mutation, but no replication.  Life marches in with the ability of replication: Polymers act as templates for their own reproduction.  Prelife is a scaffold that builds life.  Yet, there is competition between life and prelife.  There is a phase transition: If the effective replication rate exceeds a critical value, then life outcompetes prelife.  Replication is not a prerequisite for selection, but instead, there can be selection for replication.  Mutation leads to an error threshold between life and prelife.So life just marches in like the saints.  It builds scaffolds.  It crystallizes like ice out of water.  What’s the problem?  Their mathematics show it must be so.    It remains to be seen whether other scientists who have sweated over the origin of life will buy their definitions and descriptions.  A look inside their paper shows the usual math and graphs.  Mathematical derivations, however, often rely on initial conditions that are assumed.  What are they assuming?  Here’s where the word crops up:We assume, for simplicity, that all sequences grow in one direction.At first, we assume that the active monomers are in a steady state.For “supersymmetric” prelife, we assume that a0 = a1 = alpha/2, and ai = a for all other i.Let us now assume that some sequences can act as a templates for replication.Fig. 3 shows the competition between life (replication) and prelife.  We assume a random prelife landscape where the ai values are taken from a uniform distribution between 0 and 1.  All sequences of length n = 6 have the ability to replicate.All fundamental equations of evolutionary and ecological dynamics assume replication, but here, we have explored the dynamical properties of a system before replication and the emergence of replication.Is the scheme rigged to achieve the result?  “Traditionally, one thinks of natural selection as choosing between different replicators,” they said; indeed, replication has usually been understood as a prerequisite for natural selection.  Nowak and Ohtsuki offer a different approach.  “In the present theory, however, we encounter natural selection before replication.”  How?  Because they envision information carriers competing for resources in the chemical soup.  By inventing a concept of prelife, they can have natural selection occurring “within prelife and between life and prelife.”  In this way, natural selection “is not a consequence of replication, but instead natural selection leads to replication.”  This inverted scenario requires some unpacking.    First of all, what do they mean by information?  They defined “prelife” as “an alphabet of active monomers that form random polymers.”  No information so far.  But then they said, “Prelife is a generative system that can produce information.”  Let’s follow their use of that word (information) in the paper.  The paper began by admitting that “Evolution needs a generative system that can produce unlimited information.  Evolution needs populations of information carriers.”  But did they ever define what they mean by information?  It appears they include too much in their picture: “we can define a prebiotic chemistry that can produce any binary string and thereby generate, in principle, unlimited information and diversity,” they said.  “We call such a system prelife and the associated dynamics prevolution (Fig. 1).”  It is doubtful that most theorists would consider the set of all possible random strings as information.  By lowering the standard of information, they have helped themselves to “information carriers” that can compete on a stage of “prevolution” of “prelife.”    How plausible is this?  It appears they have indiscriminately considered any polymer that “outcompetes” the others (by being more abundant) to be a contender leading to life.  What if, however, the leading polymer – even if it can replicate – tends toward clumps that precipitate on the seafloor, till all available resources are used up?  It would seem that one cannot assume that all sequences of building blocks are equally pregnant with life possibilities.  Abundant replicators can lead to a dead end.  At some point the leading polymer in the race for life has to contain functional information.  The set of polymers capable of acting as templates of their own replication, furthermore, seems much smaller than the set of all polymers.    Their model is highly theoretical.  They made no claims what the polymers are made of.  Are the molecules made of RNA, DNA, PNA, or TNA?  Are they one-handed?  Math notwithstanding, models must at some point come to grips with real chemicals in a real solvent in a real environment.  It is to be expected that real molecules will be much more intransigent than hypothetical ones.  Their conclusion makes it clear that their scheme works only on a chalkboard:We have proposed a mathematical theory for studying the origin of evolution.  Our aim was to formulate the simplest possible population dynamics that can produce information and complexity.  We began with a “binary soup” where activated monomers form random polymers (binary strings) of any length (Fig. 1).  Selection emerges in prelife, if some sequences grow faster than others (Fig. 2).  Replication marks the transition from prelife to life, from prevolution to evolution.  Prelife allows a continuous origin of life.  There is also competition between life and prelife.  Life is selected over prelife only if the replication rate is greater than a certain threshold (Fig. 3).  Mutation during replication leads to an error threshold between life and prelife. Life can emerge only if the mutation rate is less than a critical value that is proportional to the inverse of the sequence length (Fig. 4).  All fundamental equations of evolutionary and ecological dynamics assume replication, but here, we have explored the dynamical properties of a system before replication and the emergence of replication.1.  Martin A. Nowak and Hisashi Ohtsuki, “Prevolutionary dynamics and the origin of evolution.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print September 12, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0806714105.Have you ever in your life come across a more bold, bald collection of highfalutin nonsense than this?  You can’t just make up words and assume what needs to be proved in an argument.  You can’t just help yourself to concepts foreign to your worldview and manipulate them mathematically to guarantee the outcome you want.  If we were to follow their example, we could prove anything.  Let’s demonstrate the evolution of gnomes, for example.PreGnome Dynamics and the Origin of Garden GnomesGnomes are beings that inhabit gardens and hide under toadstools.  Here, we formulate a general mathematical theory for the origin of gnome.  All known gnomes are made of terracotta and are found in gardens.  Therefore, any theory for the origin of gnomes must address the emergence of such a system.  We describe pregnome as an alphabet of terracotta ostracons that form random shapes.  Pregnome is a generative system that can produce gnome parts.  Pregnome dynamics have selection and mutation, but no replication.  Gnomeness marches in with the ability of replication; Ostracons act as templates for their own replication.  Pregnomeness is a scaffold that builds gnomes.You get the idea.  When you weren’t looking, they snuck in design concepts like information, competition, error, scaffolds, templates and information carriers.  Well, of course!  With a hole that big in the intransigent walls of chemistry, no wonder life just marches in (09/04/2008).    The flaws in this exercise are legion.  They envisioned polymers as simple as binary digits (1’s and 0’s) that somehow can be “activated” and join up into chains.  They claimed that any random string of binary digits carries information.  They claimed that life is merely something that replicates and evolves.  Well, fire does that.  It replicates rapidly.  It evolves, too.  Feed it some different elements and it will turn all kinds of colors.  It adapts to the environment.  According to their definition, it must be alive.  In this land of made-up words, we can call an oil spill prefire.  They considered anything that outnumbers something else as having been “selected” without any consideration of whether it can do anything, like breathe or eat or move or write sonnets.  According to their definition, natural selection selects bubbles in soapy water, and favors ice over dew on your windshield when the temperature drops.    Here is your tax money at work.  This paper was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  Japanese people will be honored to know that funding also came from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Those interested in the interaction between science and religion will also get a warm feeling in their hearts to learn that this bit of secularist, materialist, mechanistic propaganda was supported by the John Templeton Foundation.  We hope the atheists at Nature will give the Foundation a pass this time (08/28/2008).(Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Standability concerns in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA,  Seed Consultants, Inc.For much of the eastern Corn Belt, soils were excessively wet this spring and crops were planted into less than idea soil conditions. Compounded with continued wet weather throughout the growing season, the early wet conditions have resulted in restricted root development. Growers and agronomists who have spent time digging up plants this year have observed shallow root systems, poor soil penetration due to shallow compaction, and narrow, flat root systems that followed the seed furrow because they could not penetrate the compacted sidewalls of the seed trench. Poor root systems are a cause for standability concerns this fall. In areas where root development has been restricted, crops should be harvested in a timely manner to avoid root lodging.In addition to poor root systems, some of the corn crop’s nitrogen has been lost due to saturated soils and denitrification. Drought conditions throughout July and August has stressed the corn crop during the critical periods of pollination and grain fill. In addition to reduced yield, a lack of nitrogen and stress during grain fill will result in the corn plant cannibalizing its stalk to complete the grain fill process. Stalk strength and quality may be a problem fields with the potential for compromised stalk quality should be harvested first to avoid losses to due stalk lodging.last_img read more

Intel Inside Our Closets

first_imgTags:#biometric smart wear#biometrics#biosignals#Body#Brian Krzanich#Code Conference#Code Conference 2014#digital fitness#Edison#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#fitness trackers#health#Intel#OMsignal#quantified self#smart clothing#Stephane Marceau#workouts Smart clothing for consumers is a new category. It involves a product that is hard to do well and involves a lot of seamless integration (even across different mediums). It is probably not atypical for a new category to start with a very “vertically integrated” value chain and then eventually modularize, to gradually open and then partly disaggregate. So Intel may have a shot. But right now, with wearable clothing as a very nascent market, it may be too early. There aren’t enough customers—either in the fashion business or as consumers—for smart clothing to be a business like PCs, with one kind of chip inside most devices.And most people are very cost-sensitive in buying clothes. So if tech-enabled apparel does develop into a mass market, it’s not clear there will be big profits in it. In Krzanich’s hunt for big new markets, this may not be a good fit. Feature photo via AIQ Smart Clothing; photo of Walt Mossberg and Brian Krzanich by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. And then there was the time when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich started unbuttoning his shirt on stage.The boss of the giant chipmaker stopped several buttons short of any risqué moves, but he wanted to show Recode’s Walt Mossberg, who was interviewing him at the Code Conference earlier this week in Los Angeles, what he was wearing underneath: a bicycling jersey wired up with steel threads and sensors that could read his heart rate and other vital signs.Wiring Up What We WearCall it the Internet of Threads: Intel wants to get inside clothing, one of many new markets it’s exploring.The Smart Shirt prototype Krzanich wore used an Edison chip to process signals off of the jersey, made by Intel partner AIQ Smart Clothing. Edison is Intel’s big bet on the wearables market, an all-in-one chipset that inventors can take off the shelf to start building devices with connectivity without having to put all of the silicon parts together themselves.Krzanich also showed an app that picked up his heart rate from the shirt.“I’m relatively calm for being up on stage,” Krzanich said. “Uh oh, now my heart rate’s going up.”Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shows Recode editor Walt Mossberg a heart-rate app linked to a shirt with wearable technology inside.Intel is developing a new technology called Gossamer, a combination of hardware and software that’s especially good at processing heart-rate data. That could be useful: As I’ve found, the quality of heart-rate data varies wildly from device to device and app to app, and different companies take different approaches to handling the variations people see.Basis, a smartwatch maker Intel recently acquired, tries to smooth out heart-rate variations to get a useful reading over a long period of time, at the cost of moment-to-moment accuracy. Under Armour’s Armour39 tries to capture the spikes elite athletes can generate when they launch right into an intense workout.A Struggle To Fit Into Clothes The challenge Intel will face is signing up wearable inventors, who so far have preferred to tweak every last bit of their hardware and software to extend battery life and get the right experience for users.The right decisions if you’re targeting runners and cyclists might not work out for people who prefer to work out inside a gym. And devices that target the athletic demographic may not work well for other markets. Krzanich brought up the example of providing Smart Shirts to elderly people living in nursing homes, to better monitor their health.Fashion being fashion, it’s unlikely that a device targeted for the geriatric set will appeal to avid runners (like Krzanich himself).I asked Stéphane Marceau, CEO of OMsignal, a maker of smart shirts whose first products are coming out this summer, what he thought of Intel’s move. Would OMsignal put Intel inside its shirts one day? He shared these thoughts:Hey, we just source the best components in order to deliver the best Biometric Smartwear to our consumers.  So far, the only way to effectively harness biosignal “from skin to insights” and to deliver a seamless consumer product has been for us to develop our own architecture/software and source a variety of specialized components.  For now, we are very full stack. However, we are totally open to working with leading partners like Intel and others in the future.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … owen thomaslast_img read more

Goa Congress MLAs urge Governor to follow Karnataka precedent

first_imgGoa Congress leaders, including leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, and party MLAs on Friday called on Governor Mridula Sinha and urged her to follow the immediate precedent set by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and invite the Congress in Goa, as the largest party to form government.The Goa Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has 16 MLAs in the Assembly. Mr. Kavlekar was accompanied by 13 MLAs as two MLAs are not in the state and one MLA is in hospital at the moment, said party spokesperson Siddnath Buyao.Coming out of the meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhavan, Mr. Kavlekar told presspersons that a representation had been submitted to the Governor, requesting her to “right the past wrong” of inviting the BJP to form the government in Goa in March 2017, and now invite the 16-member Congress party to form the government instead.“We have asked her to do what the Karnataka Governor has done recently and invite the Congress as the single largest party to form the government in Goa. This current government has to be dismissed,” said Mr. Kavlekar.He asserted that the Congress in Goa was capable of forming a government and prove its majority in the 40-member Assembly, if it was invited to do so by Ms. Sinha.“She has told us that she will respond to our letter in two days,” Mr. Kavlekar said.The February 2017 pollsThe BJP won 13 seats in the February 2017 elections, against 17 bagged by the Congress. The BJP staked its claim to power with two regional outfits and independent MLAs, and formed a coalition government after getting a prompt nod from Ms. Sinha.Subsequently, Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane quit the party after he remained absent on the floor of the House defying the party whip when Mr. Parrikar took a vote of confidence and joined the BJP to become a Minister, taking the BJP’s strength to 14.At present, the BJP-led alliance has a strength of 23 legislators, with 14 from the BJP, three each from regional parties Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and three Independents. The Opposition comprises 16 of the Congress and one NCP member.last_img read more

Arellano zooms to 2-0 card

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University imposed its edge in experience to crush San Beda, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday and remain unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovelyn Prado and Regine Arocha led the Lady Chiefs in scoring their second straight victory and at the same time providing a glimpse of what to expect from the reigning NCAA women’s champions.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Sebastian similarly downed Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, in the second game to barge into the win column.Prado fired 16 points, while Arocha added 15 for Arellano, bringing to fore the skills and smarts they have learned from playing in the previous PVL Open Conference.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 opening“In the Open Conference we faced better players which allowed us to level up our game,” said Prado in Filipino.That level was in full display as Arellano ran plays like a sure-footed veteran squad against the Lady Red Spikers, whose bevy of power hitters just could not get their game going. MOST READ 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 Issa Viray and Chesca Racraquin tried to hammer their way against the formidable defense of Arellano, scoring 12 and 9 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs, who downed the St. Benilde Lady Blazers in the opener (25-20, 25-22, 25-17), were never in trouble in the match as coach Obet Javier’s squad was on-point throughout.San Beda took a 16-13 lead in the second set but Mary Anne Esguerra and Necole Ebuen triggered a 5-1 binge to put things in order.“They tried to load up on their serves, that’s why they managed to take the lead,” said Prado, the team captain. “But that’s where we held on to our receives even better.”San Beda, which bested Technological Institute of the Philippines (25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13) in its opener, fell to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Azkals draw with Yemenis, stay on topcenter_img LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more