Donegal gambler scoops €6,000 on spectacular €20 bet!

first_imgA lucky Donegal punter has won close to €6,000 from an absolutely ridiculous football bet.The canny gambler placed a €20 bet in a Boylesports shop in the county last July.And this week his bet paid off with his seven selections ranging from Scottish League Two to the Dutch Eredivise. Firstly, they correctly predicted that Ross County (5/2) and Peterhead (6/4) would win the Scottish Championship and League Two respectively.A top 6 finish for Barnsley in League One (Evens), and a top 7 finish for MK Dons in League Two (4/6) also landed, as did Bolton’s relegation from the Championship (4/5).West Ham’s final day victory over Watford saw them pinch a top 10 finish in the Premier League by a whisker at 11/10 to leave the wager one leg away from the jackpot.They only needed Ajax to secure a point from their final game in the Dutch league to land the money, and despite a wobble before half-time, the Amsterdam side ran out 4-1 winners against Graafschap to win the league title and trigger the champagne popping in Donegal. With all seven predictions coming true, the punter won an eye-catching total of €5,788.13.Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Congratulations to our Donegal customer for scooping such a tidy amount from selections that didn’t even look that unlikely in retrospect.“They had to sit on the bet over the whole season, but the wait proved well worth it and their patience has paid off in the best way possible.”Donegal gambler scoops €6,000 on spectacular €20 bet! was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:betBoylesportdonegalsoccerlast_img read more

Mosquitoes Developed a Taste for Human Blood Recently

first_img(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An experiment with disease-carrying mosquitoes in Africa showed a surprising result: they switched to human blood just thousands of years ago.The photo in Science Magazine’s article about mosquito evolution is ready for a horror movie: a close-up of an adult mosquito emerging from its watery nursery.  Even if they won’t attack Manhattan, these small creatures often carry smaller, yet no less deadly, weapons: agents for dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya.  Why do they suck human blood? Elizabeth Pennisi writes about research at Rockefeller and Princeton Universities that shows a recent switch by one variety, Aedes aegypti aegypti, from its close cousin, A. aegypti formosus.  The latter variety bit guinea pigs in the lab, but showed no attraction to humans; the former was the reverse.  One particular gene named Or4 differed between them.  A press release from Rockefeller explains how they isolated the scent that the disease-carrying mosquitoes preferred:The researchers guessed that Or4 must be detecting some aroma in human body odor. To figure out which one, they asked volunteers to wear pantyhose for 24 hours. And then they placed those stinky stockings in a machine designed to separate their scent into the hundreds of individual chemicals that make up body odor. The researchers came up with one match, a chemical called sulcatone that was not found in pantyhose worn by guinea pigs.Humans have a lot of sulcatone, but guinea pigs do not.  It appears that a variant in the Or4 gene caused the mosquitoes to be attracted to sulcatone.  When did this occur?The switch from preferring animals to humans involves a variety of behavior adjustments: Mosquitoes had to become comfortable living around humans, entering their homes, breeding in clean water found in water jugs instead of the muddy water found in tree holes. “There’s a whole suite of things that mosquitoes have to change about their lifestyle to live around humans,” Vosshall says. “This paper provides the first genetic insight into what happened thousands of years ago when some mosquitoes made this switch.”Another insight into mosquito attraction to odors is found in a PNAS paper, where researchers tried to figure out why DEET works as a repellant.We have discovered an odorant receptor in the southern house mosquito, which is essential for repellency, thus unravelling how DEET works. Additionally, we have identified a link between this synthetic repellent and methyl jasmonate, thus suggesting that DEET might work by mimicking defensive compound(s) from plants.More knowledge about the chemicals that attract and repel mosquitoes can lead to better repellants.Pennisi started with an interesting fact: “Out of the millions of species of insects, only about a hundred suck human blood.”Olfactory organs in animals are tremendously complex.  Individual olfactory receptors on the cilia of olfactory neurons have to be able to fit a wide variety of chemicals.  Genes control which olfactory receptors are produced in the olfactory neurons.  It is certainly conceivable that slight changes in the “lock and key fit” of odorants to receptors can cause changes in the sensitivity of the animal to other organisms.  Changes in sensitivity could lead to changes in pre-existing behavioral responses.This story points out that the curse on creation in Genesis 3 did not necessarily have to involve complete overhauls of plants and animals, but at least in some cases, slight changes to existing structures and functions.  Mosquito mouthparts are very complex.  It is hard not to imagine them as designed.  What we see here is that they could have been designed to work in the ecology in a beneficial way, perhaps with non-human targets that would not be harmed.  As diseases began to develop, they could be carried by these miniature flying robots.  When a mutation altered existing structures and functions to aim at odorants humans produce in abundance, another aspect of the curse came on with a vengeance.  The scientists did not say how many thousands of years ago this happened; we don’t know (probably on one knows), but it’s conceivable it was since the time Adam and Eve left Eden.last_img read more

Three Reasons to Remove Attic Floor Insulation in a Sealed Attic

first_imgI get asked a lot of questions about spray foam. Do I need an ignition barrier? Should I use open-cell or closed-cell spray foam? Will open-cell spray foam really rot my roof?But the question I get more than any other on this topic is about whether or not the insulation on the attic floor should be removed when insulating the roof deck in an existing home. As you can tell from the title of this article, my answer is to remove it. Here are my three reasons, in increasing order of importance.1. To prevent moisture problemsThink about temperature. Think about dew point. If you leave the insulation in the attic floor after insulating the roofline, the attic will be cooler in winter than if you remove the insulation.But a common reason to put spray foam on the roofline is to avoid having to air-seal the attic floor. Thus, the air in the attic is connected with the air in the house. That means it’s more humid than outdoor air and more humid than vented attic air. Cold air is dry air, you know. RELATED ARTICLESDoes Open-Cell Spray Foam Really Rot Roofs?Open-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof SheathingCreating a Conditioned AtticThermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for Spray FoamKeeping Ducts IndoorsAll About Attic Venting Cool Hand Luke Meets Attics Mea Culpa Roofs But now the attic isn’t vented to outdoors. The attic is much warmer than outdoors in winter but significantly cooler than the living space if you leave the old insulation in the attic floor. That makes the surface of the spray foam cooler, possibly even below the dew point.Removing the attic floor insulation will solve this problem. It is not, however, the first solution. As Dr. Joe Lstiburek says, we shouldn’t be calling these things sealed attics or unvented attics. We need to think of them as conditioned attics. Once you deal with the air up there, this problem goes away, with or without the insulation in the attic floor.2. To get a better air sealSpray foam insulation is an incomplete name. It really should be called spray foam insulation and air barrier. A properly done spray foam job not only insulates but also greatly reduces the air leakage of a home.But that only works if the installer can get it into the places where most of the air leakage happens. In an attic, the eaves are one of the most critical places to get good coverage with the foam.If you leave the existing insulation in the attic, it interferes with the foam installation. Yeah, if you do a really good job raking the insulation back, you can still do a good job with the foam. But it’s harder and the chances of success are lower. I know. I’ve done blower-door tests on homes where the contractors left the old insulation in place, and the leaks were at the those transitions where the old insulation got in the way. The photo below (see Image #2 at the bottom of the article) is one of the homes I tested homes where the installer didn’t get it sealed up.3. To reduce odors and improve indoor air qualityIf those first two don’t have you convinced, consider this. That old insulation is full of dust, debris, leaves used by that mouse that had a nest up there, rat poop, bat guano, the remains of a dead squirrel, remnants of rat poison that someone put up there ten years ago to kill that squirrel, some teenager’s forgotten drug stash, and possibly even a severed human ear. Those are just a few of the things I’ve found in attics.Just kidding! I haven’t really found all those things in attics…yet. But those things and more could be hiding in the old insulation in your attic.When the attic was vented to the outdoors, all that nasty stuff wasn’t so connected with the living space in your home. Yeah, you probably still breathed some of it, but not as much as you will now with spray foam on the roof deck. By encapsulating the attic and leaving the old insulation up there, that filth is in your conditioned space. You may have odor problems. Your indoor air quality may get worse.Other considerationsAnother potential reason to remove the old insulation is that it might be required. Some energy efficiency programs help you pay for the cost of spray foam in the attic but require removal of the old insulation. Georgia Power’s home energy improvement program for existing homes does this.Will you have problems if you don’t remove the old insulation? Maybe. Maybe not. I know of homes where they left the old insulation in place and everything seems to be OK. Usually that happens in homes that are still pretty leaky even after sealing the attic.I’ve been called in to look at other homes, however, where the old insulation led to odor problems. In my opinion, removing the old insulation should be as much a part of putting spray foam insulation on your roof deck as making sure you have whole-house ventilation and conditioning the air in the attic. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Microchip: development kit for Amazon AVS supports far-field voice interaction

first_imgMicrochip, via its Microsemi subsidiary, announces that its AcuEdge ZLK38AVS Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) now introduces far-field voice pickup and the flexibility to build devices with multiple mic array configurations. The solution reduces BOM costs while addressing the requirements of small-form-factor designs.The audio front-end development kit with one-mic hands-free and two- or three-mic far-field configurations qualified by Amazon features the ZL38063 audio processor which includes a 300 MHz DSP and dedicated hardware accelerators for voice processing. It also features Stereo Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), which enables barge-in recognition to improve the consumer experience in extreme audio playback environments.With the flexibility to work with a variety of microphone options and configurations, Original Design Manufacturers and third-party developers can use the development kit to cost-effectively achieve their design criteria across a range of applications and form-factor constraints.The development kit enables far-field speech recognition in the presence of interfering noise sources, including device playback and external noise sources. The field-programmable, field-upgradable solution features signal-processing algorithms proven to improve both local trigger detection performance and cloud speech-recognition accuracy, while the multi-microphone configurations include Direction of Arrival estimation to indicate where the primary voice sound source is located.The development kit includes a ZL38063 audio processor that connects directly to a Raspberry Pi 3B with plastics and mounting hardware to simulate a typical, recommended end-application mic-speaker arrangement. It supports all microphone options and includes an LED ring to report the detected sound location, as well as a high-quality speaker that is representative of a typical smart speaker application. Microchip has audio labs and tuning facilities located worldwide which support customers from design through Amazon certification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Basler presents highlights from embedded portfolio at embedded world 2019Next Wind River: next-gen software framework for connected and autonomous carslast_img read more

Jerami Grant Posts Cool Photo Of Himself In Brother’s Jersey

first_imga general view of the floor at notre dame basketball arena(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Syracuse and Notre Dame are rivals on the hardwood, but former Orange star Jerami Grant, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, is rooting for the Irish Thursday afternoon. That’s because his older brother, Jerian Grant, will be finishing up his senior season in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Grant showed some love for his brother by wearing his No. 22 Notre Dame jersey ahead of the contest.Grant made sure to remind Orange fans that he’s still “Cuse Nation” though. Very cool.last_img

K Line Adds VLCC Kisogawa to Its Fleet

first_imgImage Courtesy: K LineJapan’s shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of the 311,000 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) Kisogawa on November 15.The newbuilding, which was constructed by China’s Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS), features a length of 339 meters and a beam of 60 meters.K Line informed that the ship achieves low fuel consumption, about 20% reduction compared with the company’s conventional VLCC, by removing Bulbus Bow, “applying ultra-long stroke slow speed main diesel engine and highly-efficient large diameter propeller.”The Panama-flagged ship is classed by the classification society ABS. The 161,486 gross ton Kisogawa has a tank capacity of 350,337 m3.last_img

Canada Jetlines plans to base Montreal operations at small St Hubert airport

first_imgDiscount airline Canada Jetlines Ltd. says it plans to base its Montreal operations in a couple of years out of a small airport that is undergoing an expansion.The Vancouver-based company hasn’t yet launched service, but it announced Thursday a partnership with Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport to support its efforts to build a low-cost secondary airport on the south shore of the city.Canada Jetlines CEO Javier Suarez says Montreal travellers deserve low-cost air travel options that don’t require them to cross the U.S. border.“Saint-Hubert is a short commute out of the downtown core of Montreal, and our passengers will not only benefit from ultra-low airfares, they will also have convenient access to a new purpose-built low-cost facility in Saint-Hubert,” he said in a news release.Saint-Hubert airport is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Montreal and 32 kilometres from Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport.The airline is working towards a launch next summer and would seek to start Montreal service by early 2020. It will also fly to secondary airports in Abbotsford, B.C., Hamilton, as well as Halifax Stanfield International Airport, offering domestic service and winter flights to sun destinations. It plans to start with two Airbus A320s and add four planes annually.Saint-Hubert airport, which mainly serves private aircraft, recently upgraded its runway, supported by a $13-million federal contribution, that can accommodate narrowbody planes as big as the Boeing 737 or A320. It also plans to build a new passenger terminal.“With this announcement and this commitment we’re going to have to fast-track something,” said Jane Foyle, general manager of DASH-L, the non-profit organization that runs the Saint Hubert airport.“I think we can deliver for 2020. If there’s interest to start faster we’re also looking at what we could use at the airport at the moment as a temporary type facility.”Foyle has a vision for Saint-Hubert joining a national network of secondary airports that offer lower fees to support the Canadian expansion of ultra low cost airlines like Swoop and Flair Airlines.“If we had a network of ultra low cost airports across Canada, I think that’s what we want to be part of,” she said in an interview.“Abbotsford in B.C. is that already. Hamilton is at that game too but their cost structure might not be as flexible as ours will be. We’re going to be financially attractive for airlines to come here.”Discount carrier Flair Airlines says it is reviewing options for the Quebec market and hasn’t made a firm commitment to any airport in the province.WestJet subsidiary Swoop said as its fleet increases to 10 next year it will be looking for markets and airports for its 189-seat planes.“This could potentially include service to Quebec, but I’m unable to confirm that for you at this time,” said spokeswoman Karen McIsaac.Porter Airlines spokesman Brad Cicero says the airline based at Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop Airport has no plans to change its Trudeau airport-based service out of Montreal.Foyle said catering to ultra low cost carriers can be risky because their success is unproven in Canada. But she also hopes to offer flights to transport business people to Toronto, be a hub for regional service in Quebec and attract travel airlines like Sunwing and Air Transat for flights south.She said the main challenge is to secure designated airport status that will provide security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority at an affordable rate and obtain customs and immigration services from the Canada Border Services Agency to offer transborder flights.Foyle said Saint-Hubert airport can also help in keeping Quebecers from crossing the U.S. border to catch flights.“We’re losing a lot of Canadians that are going to Plattsburgh and Burlington to fly out of American airports and we would be strategically located to try to get these passengers, these Quebecers back and flying out of our airlines potentially and our airport.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate but legislation not dead

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee.On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night.The committee’s five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified Liberal voted in favour.When the result was clear _ a tie vote means whatever is being proposed fails _ the bill’s opponents applauded briefly in the Senate committee room.“The bill is defeated,” declared the committee’s chairman, Saskatchewan Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk.The House of Commons passed the bill a week ago and its failure in a Senate committee doesn’t mean it’s dead, but the vote is a blow for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.Bill C-48 would put into a law a longstanding voluntary moratorium on coastal tanker traffic between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, which is meant to protect delicate marine environments from potential spills.More precisely, the bill would forbid tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of oil from loading or unloading in the exclusion zone, either directly at ports or by using other ships as intermediaries. Simons said late in the debate that she wasn’t confident that enough homework had been done to justify a permanent ban _ that the bill would lock in a temporary measure based on limited research more than 40 years ago.“I felt it was important as an Albertan, as a member on this committee, to come here with goodwill, to work towards amendments that would somehow strike a compromise where we could both protect one of Canada’s most extraordinary ecosystems while simultaneously not slamming the door in the face of the people of Alberta,” Simons said.She might have backed a temporary legal restriction on tankers to allow further research, she said, but couldn’t support the bill as it stood.Along with Bill C-69, which is meant to reform the federal assessment process for national-scale construction projects and is also in the Senate, Bill C-48 has enraged many backers of the Canadian oil industry, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.center_img “This is a victory for common sense & economic growth,” Kenney tweeted after the vote. “Thank-you to Senators for listening to Albertans & respecting fairness in our federation!”Conservatives in the Senate said voting down the bill is a win for Canada’s energy industry, leaving open the possibility of exporting Canadian oil from northern B.C. ports.The now-aborted Northern Gateway pipeline project, for instance, would have carried Alberta oil to Kitimat, B.C., in the no-tanker zone.“This bill would only make the issue of landlocked Canadian oil worse,” said a statement from Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate.The statement pointed out that Bill C-48 would forbid the transfer of oil onto or off ships in northern B.C. but wouldn’t stop tankers from passing through the area, impeding Canadian oil but not outlawing tanker traffic from Alaska.The bill has divided First Nations. Some, such as the Nisga’a, see economic opportunity in pipelines. Others, including a nine-nation alliance of coastal First Nations, worry about irreversible damage to fisheries and nascent industries based on products such as essential oils from old-growth trees.last_img read more

Martinez accuses Real Sociedad of blocking Manchester City move

first_imgInigo Martinez recently disclosed he thinks Barcelona and Manchester City deals have fallen off because of Jokin Aperribay, Real Sociedad’s current president.Martinez initially rose to stardom when he arrived at Athletic Bilbao in January from Anoeta for the hefty fee of 65 million euro. Now, he has been frequently linked with a move to the winners of the Premier League season but the player seems to think this will not happen either.“You see they [City] are really interested, they give the ‘okay’, but strange things happen,” he told Diario de Gipuzkoa. “You’re already p***** off and you wonder if it’s chance. Well, no, it wasn’t chance,” Martinez said, according to FourFourTwo.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The same thing happened with Barcelona, it seemed. If I was annoyed before, that finished me. The ‘no’ from Barcelona wasn’t because of a Real issue, although they tried, but because of an internal issue at Barca.”“Here, though, the non-consideration on City’s part was motivated 100 per cent by some position at Real that I prefer not to comment on,” Martinez went on to add.last_img read more

Lloris calls for France to improve ahead of milestone

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris is adamant that they cannot produce another sloppy performance ahead of their game against Peru in Group CPaul Pogba’s lobbed shot deflected off Australia full-back Aziz Behich to hand France an unlikely win last Saturday after Mile Jedinak had cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s penalty with a spot-kick of his own.Lloris, who will make his 100th appearance for France in today’s game against Peru at Ekaterinburg, admits that they cannot afford to slip up again.“There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup,” said the 31-year-old, according to BT Sport.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor.“Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties.“Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country.“It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points.”last_img read more