Gardai investigate assault on man

first_imgFacebook GARDAI are investigating an attack on a man in the city centre some time after 2am yesterday morning in Upper William Street.It is understood the victim, who is believed to be in his early twenties, was assaulted by a group of men and received a laceration to the face.He was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital, but was released a short time later. Print Advertisement WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Linkedin NewsLocal NewsGardai investigate assault on manBy admin – May 5, 2009 476 Email Previous articleMan dies in road accidentNext articleCollins family to march in honour of Roy’s death adminlast_img

What’s in a (scientific) name

first_imgHow do you tell a lion’s mane jellyfish from a hair jelly or a giant jelly?You could try by checking the scientific names. The lion’s mane jelly is Cyanea capillata. But the hair jelly also is named Cyanea capillata, and so is the giant jelly.If Shakespeare had waxed as poetic about jellyfish as he did about roses, he might have concluded that a lion’s mane by any other name would still be a lion’s mane: the world’s largest true jellyfish, big enough to eat fish that become ensnared in its 120-foot tentacles. One with a 7½-foot diameter bell washed ashore in Massachusetts in 1870.The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), along with institutional partners the Encyclopedia of Life and the Biodiversity Heritage Library, have waded into the sometimes murky waters of names that have been given to creatures, plants, and other organisms. Though the point of naming something is to provide a common language in which to talk about it, the proliferation of different common names for the same creature sometimes defeats the purpose.In the 1700s, science took a step toward clarity by giving species two-part Latin names, like Cyanea capillata for the lion’s mane jelly, or Homo sapiens for the humans who named it.“It shows scientists have a sense of humor and, [because names are] not always funny, a sense of culture,” said Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Harvard Museum of Natural History is debuting four “What’s in a Name?” kiosks to clear up visitors’ confusion through images, information, stories, and games. The kiosks, created with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, tackle the complexities of Toxicodendron radicans, or poison ivy, whose name means, essentially, “poison tree” and which is related to cashews and mangos. They also look at Apis mellifera, the honey bee or “honey-bearing bee”; the aforementioned lion’s mane; and the 300-million-year-old Dimetrodon milleri, a sail-backed carnivore that, contrary to popular belief, is not a dinosaur. The kiosk explains it is not only older, predating dinosaurs by millions of years, but also is more closely related to mammals than to Triceratops — there is a skull at HMNH — or Tyrannosaurus rex.“Most people know what Dimetrodon is. They know what it looks like. But I don’t think a lot of people really understand its relationships,” said Stephanie Pierce, assistant professor in organismic and evolutionary biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. “It’s not a dinosaur. It’s more related to mammals. It’s an ancient cousin of humans.” Putting the Glass Flowers in new light Scientific naming helps locate a species in the tree of life, because its two-part moniker includes both species and genus, the group of species to which it belongs.Scientists who discover or describe a new species typically are the ones who come up with names, which have to adhere to certain guidelines. The names sometimes reflect the place where a species is found, a discoverer or colleague’s name, or even just a sense of fun. The Dimetrodon on display at HMNH, for example, takes its full name from Paul Miller of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Miller is a colleague of the beast’s discoverer, paleontologist and former Museum of Comparative Zoology director Alfred Romer. A newly described tarantula, discovered near Folsom State Prison in California, was named Aphonopelma johnnycashi, for the singer who gave a famous concert there in 1968. Then, of course there’s the sponge-like fungus whose name any child would recognize: Spongiforma squarepantsii.“It shows scientists have a sense of humor and, [because names are] not always funny, a sense of culture,” said Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, of which the HMNH is part.To augment its exhibit, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and partner organizations have also created a downloadable ebook. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut scientific names aren’t always forever, according to Pierce. Because the first part of the name is its genus, if scientific consensus about which group it belongs in changes, the name will change too. Pierce said scientists are learning new things about species all the time, and this new evidence — or even re-evaluations of old evidence — sometimes means a name change.To spread the word about the topic, the HMNH and partner organizations have created a downloadable ebook, available on the museum’s website, that includes photographs, descriptions, and the stories of several additional species beyond the four whose tales are told in the kiosks.“We really want people to understand both the importance of scientific naming and also the process you go through,” Pickering said.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave Related Gallery set to reopen after major renovation last_img read more

Utilising the Ryder Cup to drive golf betting

first_img Submit Rightlander tackles non-compliant affiliates with Fast Track report April 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC: How important is it that affiliates utilise expertise and insight for their content with regards to the Ryder Cup?MM: Content is king and it is vital that affiliates treat their readers like the thoughtful, savvy punters they are. Long gone are the days of flimsy content stuffed with ads getting the job done. The major search engines have come a long way in improving their search results and low-quality content is worse than useless; it is usually damaging to affiliates in terms of trust and search rankings.Affiliates do not necessarily need to be experts in the Ryder Cup specifically in order to put their expertise and insight to good use. A part of being a smart affiliate is knowing where one’s strengths lie and leveraging those strengths to produce high-quality content.For example, if an affiliate isn’t an expert-level golf handicapper, that’s fine. There’s no need to write yet another article full of flimsy predictions and rehashed content from other websites. Plenty of other affiliates will already be producing similar content anyways.This ties back into what we discussed in the first question. Coming up with new ways to approach the Ryder Cup and give readers something interesting or useful is a winning strategy and will remain so for a long time to come. Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020center_img Share As a betting product, golf has grown exponentially in recent times and with the Ryder Cup nearing, there is no better time for betting operators to maximise the drive of the sport. Ahead of the eagerly anticipated start of the tournament, SBC spoke to Mike Murphy from about how affiliates and sportsbook operators can work together to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Ryder Cup. SBC: As a betting product, how much has golf grown in recent times and how much does it lend itself to betting?Mike Murphy: Industry insiders have been talking up the growth of golf betting for quite some time now. Going back as far as 2012, one sportsbook manager told the New York Times that golf betting is “leaps and bounds ahead of where it was 10 or 15 years ago. The money coming in now doesn’t even compare.”This has been further driven, in part, by resurgence and return of Tiger Woods, but one player alone cannot move the needle to such a degree without a healthy betting industry all on its own. People are paying attention and betting on golf in greater numbers today than ever before.As far as golf lending itself to betting, the two go together hand-in-hand. Betting is an intrinsic part of the sport. Tales of golfers duking it out on the course with private bets between the players are as old as the sport itself.In the modern day, bookmakers have come up with all sorts of interesting ways to bet on golf despite it being a fairly straightforward, tournament-style form of competition. There are the usual wagers on who will win a tournament plus wagers on who will be up after a round, scoring totals, who will or won’t make the cut, top-10 finishes, head-to-head matchups, margin of victory, whether or not there will be a hole in one and much more.SBC: How can affiliates maximise both the casual and hardcore audience that the Ryder Cup attracts?MM: The Ryder Cup is a golden opportunity to relate to casual and hardcore fans alike – it may actually be one of the very best events for connecting with both types of fans.The Ryder Cup appeals to casuals with big name golfers who are known to the general public and big-name appeal is an easy way to connect with recreational fans. Simple writeups discussing how big-name players are likely to perform, what those players have been up to recently and their current betting odds is a reliable way to drum up interest.The resurgence of Tiger Woods and his unlikely return to form was tailor made to connect with casual golf fans. Even people who don’t watch golf know who Tiger Woods is. His recent comeback makes it easy to spin an intriguing narrative of the former great, plagued by injuries and personal troubles, returning now as the underdog and against all odds.Information and data have a place for serious punters, but it is the narrative that invokes emotion, provokes controversy, encourages discussion and generates page views. And as useful as it is for an affiliate to target specific topics in order to attract qualified website visitors who are interested in betting on golf right now, raw numbers in terms of pure traffic also generate backlinks and ad clicks.Something else affiliates should keep in mind with golf betting in general is hardcore betting analyses are great for establishing trust, but don’t necessarily convert new customers. How many people viewing an article about gaining a statistical betting edge already have funded accounts somewhere? Compare that to selling your more casual viewers on a free bet offer at your favourite bookmaker when they drop by to read about the big name of the day.With that in mind, the approach affiliates can take to maximise the casual and hardcore audience alike is as simple as this: produce content that engages the casual and hardcore punters. The trick is learning how to court both types of fans.SBC: How difficult is it for operators to construct bonuses for a sport like golf?MM: Constructing bonuses for golf is no more difficult than doing so for other sports. It all comes down to an operator’s creativity and priorities. Online bookmakers tend to offer standard welcome bonuses to all new customers regardless of which sports or events are in vogue at the moment.However, some operators do introduce more aggressive and specialized offers during the run-up to major events such as the Ryder Cup. These promotions can be offered to new customers as an incentive to sign up or presented as a means to reactivate former customers.As the Ryder Cup approaches, we can expect to see operators compete with enhanced odds, special payouts and featured bets centered around one player. For example, an operator may offer a free no-risk bet on a certain player in a particular match, or an enhanced payout for that player.Savvy operators can tap into fans’ sense of patriotism or their interest in particular players. There are also opportunities to take advantage of high-visibility matches that are almost guaranteed to boost interest in the Ryder Cup.What can hold operators back is a need to prioritise. The Ryder Cup is a fine event, but the major betting sites have a world full of sporting events that must be covered. Between the end of September and the beginning of October, operators will also be dealing with the much-anticipated boxing bout between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, the Russian Grand Prix, the AFL Grand Final, NFL games and the final stretch of the MLB regular season.With so many events to cover, sports betting operators have to pick and choose what to promote with special offers so as not to overwhelm customers. 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