Precision Agriculture Co. Partners with Non-GMO Seed Firm to Collect Data

first_img Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 By Gary Truitt – Mar 29, 2017 Precision Agriculture Co. Partners with Non-GMO Seed Firm to Collect Data SHARE Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Purdue Research Park-based Spensa Technologies Inc. is expanding its footprint. The precision agriculture company has reached an agreement with Linden-based non-GMO seed company Spectrum Seed involving pest population data collection throughout the Corn Belt.Growers in territories from the Dakotas to Ohio will be able to access Spensa Technologies’ Z-Trap system and Trapping Insights data. Spectrum Seed Chief Executive Officer Josh Richey says “we are thoroughly impressed with Spensa’s commitment to excellence and their novel approach to an innovative combination of crop protection insight and solutions. The Z-Trap is a step change in active pest monitoring.”The companies say the partnership will help growers use insecticides more efficiently. Facebook Twitter Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Name Sym Last Change Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Facebook Twitter Previous articleEthanol Production Hits 7 Week HighNext articlePlanting Will Begin Early in Southern Indiana, Weather Permitting Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Home Indiana Agriculture News Precision Agriculture Co. Partners with Non-GMO Seed Firm to Collect Data Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 All quotes are delayed snapshots SHARE Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more

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Vice President Foh’s Inspiring and Meaningful Commencement Address at Cuttington

first_imgThe Vice President of Sierra Leone, Victor B. Foh, last Saturday urged Cuttington University graduates to be realistic, creative, innovative and self reliant. This, he declared, is the real meaning of “purposeful education.”The Sierra Leonean leader said he was highly impressed with the higher education Cuttington university offers, describing it as ‘visionary’. He cited in particular two of Cuttington’s programs which he described as “particularly impressive.” These are the peace and conflict program and the service learning program.The peace and conflict program, headed by Dr. Joseph Gwannu, a leading Liberian historian, teaches peace-building skills and prepares students for participation in peace-building initiating in Liberia and elsewhere.The Service Learning program emphasizes service to community in which one lives. For example, this program teaches the students that if a bridge in the community in which they live is broken, they should join hands and fix it. This indeed happened recently on the Cuttington campus when the bridge connecting the campus to Goll Farm got broken. Cuttington students rallied to fix the bridge and it was quickly rehabilitated. Cuttington has a long history of service to community. The graduating class of 1960 undertook such a community project. The classmates included Ayele Ajavon, (now Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox), Mara Henderson (now Mrs. Amacree), Alfred Telewoda, Bennie D. Warner (later Methodist Bishop and Vice President of Liberia), Yede Baker (now Dr. Yede Baker Dennis), Clarice Halt (later Mitchell) and Esther Roberts (later Esther Varfley). And what did the class of 1960 do? They adopted as a class project humanitarian service the leper colony in Suacoco. They paid weekly visits to the colony, carrying food, medicines and clothes for the inmates.Turning to this year’s Cuttington graduates, Vice President Foh exhorted them first to be realistic, remembering that no government in the world, the Liberian government being no exception, can employ everybody. He therefore challenged the graduates to be “creative, innovative and self reliant.”What did the Sierra Leonean leader mean? He meant that Cuttingtonians, like all other graduates, should think about and endeavor to start their own businesses, rather than join the ever long lines of job seekers.A few years ago a Cuttington alumnus (class of 1963) in a major address to the Cuttington Alumni Association, called for the introduction, of an Entrepreneurial Development Program at Cuttington with the deliberate attempt to encourage and empower graduates and school leavers to start their own businesses.Kenneth Y. Best, founder, Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer Newspaper, even urged the Alumni Association itself to go into business in order to raise funds to help their alma mater. He suggested a Tourism effort at the waterfall in Kpatawee, just next to Cuttington. Mr. Best and his wife Mae Gene, during their exile in Banjul also founded the Gambia’s first professional and first daily newspaper, also named The Observer.It is hoped that Cuttington’s service Learning Program – and more especially the University’s Business School – will develop entrepreneurial programs that will empower its graduates with the vision and skills to go out and start their own businesses.We pray that all universities in Liberia, and even the nation’s elementary and high schools will begin introducing entrepreneurial programs. This, we believe will go a long way in creating within our students and youth the habit of business and self reliance.Vice President Foh also urged the Cuttington graduates to remember that though governments throughout the world are the largest employers, no government can employ everyone. The graduates must be realistic and know this fact. They should strive always for independence and self reliance and work towards being their own bosses.We consider this advice as sound and critical one, because we all know our problem in Liberia: Liberians are hardly in any meaningful business. Our economy and business sector are dominated by foreigners. The situation is so bad that many of those firms do not even hire Liberians in any meaningful way – only as store boys and handlers of merchandise from the warehouses. The top administrators, book keepers, accountants and other key functionaries are foreign. This Newspaper has over the years complained about this terrible state of affairs, and blamed it squarely on our government itself. We have constantly appealed to the Ministry of Justice and Immigration; The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which issues Business Licenses; and the Ministry of Labor, which issues the work permits. But the more we write and plead, the more things remain the same or get worse.This particular administration has been in power for over a decade and nothing has changed. What legacy of native empowerment do the leaders expect to enjoy when they shall have left the scene?It seems to us that all leaders the world over should not think and act just for today, but for tomorrow.That indeed was the thrust of Vice President Foh’s message to the Cuttington graduates he was helping, advising them to plan for the future – a future of independence and self reliance – a future in which they will be empowered to run their own lives, their own businesses, yea their own economy, the Liberian economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jackson Magera to take charge of Uganda U15

first_imgMagera was in charge of the U17 during the AFCON 2019 qualifiers. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), has come out and announced that Jackson Magera will be in charge of the National U15 side.Magera who is currently the KCCA FC Junior Team will help guide the boys as they prepare for the upcoming U15 CECAFA tournament.Uganda along with other 10 nationals will compete at the inaugural tournament of U15 boys which is slated for 16th August to 1st September.Magera who was also in charge of the U17 during the qualifiers of the AFCON U17 tournament in Tanzania, earlier this year, will be assisted by Hamuzah Lutalo.Mubarak Kiberu has been named the team’s goalkeeping coach, Emmanuel Nakabago is the doctor while Bashir Mutyaba will act as the team coordinator. To complete the technical team, Frank Bumpenjje will be the Kits man.All the above-named personnel will work on an interim basis as the federations work tirelessly to find permanent replacements.After naming the technical team, FUFA went ahead to summon a total of 33 players that will start preparations for the CECAFA U15 tournament on Thursday.The just-concluded FUFA Primary Schools Championship-Odilo in Njeru has produced three players into the U-15 Squad. The players are; Mungufeni Calvary and Fideli Moses (Oasis Annex Primary School-Arua) whileAt the tournament, Uganda was placed in Group B alongside Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.The other groups A and B will see one having four teams and the other three.Group A features Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi and Somalia while C consists of Tanzania, Sudan and Djibouti.The championship launched by CECAFA on May 28, 2019 will be sponsored by FIFA Forward programme initiative.The tournament is to help the region prepare for the Under 17 AFCON qualifiers that start early next year.The 33 summoned playersGoalkeepersMukisa Daniel (Kawempe Muslim SS), Taremwa Elisa (Light Africa SS), Gubya Rickson Peter (Juventus-Namasuba), Chandia Walter (Maroons FC Junior Team)Right-backSsonko Ssembatya Hafidhu (Kampala Junior Team), Waswanga Shafik (Football For Good Academy)Left-backYiga Steven (St. Mary’s Kitende), Menya Ivan (Jinja SS)Central backKAlisa Shugai (Kawempe Muslim SS), Abdul Issa (Football For Good Academy), Peter Gava ( Buddo SS), Mawanda Gabriel Twaib ( NASA Top Hart-USA), Mulema Vincent (Bishops SS-Mukono)Defensive MidfieldBasil Tuma Tenywa (Eton College, Windsor, United Kingdom), Makanga Khalid (Kawempe Muslim SS), Kigozi Najib (St. Mary’s Kitende)Attacking MidfieldMutyaba Travis (Kawempe Royal College), Ssekibengo Godfrey (St Henry’s College-Kitovu), Muliika Patrick (Kako SS), Ouke Patrick (Sparta 09), Mungufeni Calvary (Oasis Annex Primary School-AruaRight-WingAsiki Chrispus (Jinja SS), Bogere Yusuf (St Mary’s Kitende), Akampa Chriswill (Standard High School-Zzana), Ssekisambu Regan (Kawempe Royal College)Left-WingMubiru Hassan (Royal Giant SS-Mityana), Kasanya Leonard (Rays of Grace), Mutebi Samuel (Crested SS), Jagenda Shaban (St Mary’s Heritage-Nabweru)ForwardsOgwalo Devis (Buddo SS), Nsereko Abdu (Super Heroes), Kyeyune Abbas (Kampala Junior Team), Fideli Moses ( Oasis Annex Primary School-Arua).GroupsGroup A – Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, SomaliaGroup B – Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South SudanGroup C – Tanzania, Sudan, DjiboutiUganda’s FixturesAugust 17th – Uganda vs EthiopiaAugust 20th – South Sudan Vs UgandaAugust 25th – Uganda Vs RwandaComments Tags: CECAFA U15FUFAHamuzah LutaloJackson MageratopUganda U15last_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week

first_imgThe authors of the second paper in the previous story compared endosymbiosis to mergers of companies, apparently unaware they were comparing undirected natural processes with intelligently planned decisions by human minds:Imagine you are running a successful small business converting carbon dioxide into sugar. Suddenly, you are taken over by a bigger company. They commandeer your intellectual property, relocate it to head office, and – to add insult to injury – they ship your own tools back to you and expect you to keep making sugar. Such a business takeover is the perfect analogy for the endosymbiotic origin of plastids. The small business is a photosynthetic cyanobacterium, the aggressive takeover merchant is the eukaryotic host, and the intellectual property is the cohort of genes encoding the machinery for photosynthesis, most of which have now been relocated from the endosymbiont’s genome to the host nucleus. (Emphasis added.)1Nisbet, Killian and McFadden, “Diatom Genomics: Genetic Acquisitions and Mergers,” Current Biology Volume 14, Issue 24, 29 December 2004, Pages R1048-R1050, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.11.043.At least they admitted genes are “intellectual” property. “Adding insult to injury” is also intelligent design, of the mischievous kind. Encoding, machinery, synthesis; these words do not belong in the Darwin Dictionary. They were plagiarized from the creationist world view encyclopedia. Plagiarism is also intelligent design of the mischievous kind.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pulling a Clean Green Screen Chroma Key In DaVinci Resolve

first_imgDaVinci Resolve may be known as one of the world’s best color grading platforms, but its compositing/chroma key tools are just as impressive.Top image: background from Dume StudiosIn some cases when working as a colorist, you may be given pre-keyed footage. Your editor or VFX artist may have already gone ahead and keyed out a green screen shot for you, and will simply send you a composited shot to color grade.In other instances though, you’ll need to pull the key yourself. If you’re like many colorists who are DaVinci Resolve experts, but don’t necessarily have a lot of experience with other VFX software (such as Nuke or After Effects), you’ll likely be tempted to pull your color keys right inside of DaVinci Resolve. The good news is that Resolve has an extremely powerful keyer built right in, and you can absolutely use it for your chroma key work. This short tutorial from FilmmakerCentral will show you just how to do it:Here’s a breakdown of the steps in the video:1. Set up Your TimelineBefore getting started with your chroma key work, you need to set up your timeline by placing the background plate on track one and the green screen shot on track two, just as you would in any other NLE.2. Use the QualifierOnce you move back into your “color” tab on DaVinci Resolve, you’ll want to use the eyedropper/qualifier tool to isolate the green background. You can use the highlight visualizer to show you a black and white image of what’s selected vs. what isn’t.3. Invert Your SelectionBy default, your selection will of course be on the green elements in the frame. For the purpose of this process, you need to invert your selection in the qualifier tab. The goal is to have your background appear completely black, and the subject fully white.4. Fine TuneWith your selection still highlighted and inverted, adjust the threshold of your settings in the qualifier tab until you get the cleanest result possible.Image from Shutterstock5. Adjust the BlurOnce your key is looking solid, use the “blur radius” setting to add a little bit of softening to the edges. This will help to hide or smooth over any imperfections in the process.6. Create Alpha OutputWith your key now complete, you’ll need to tell DaVinci Resolve how to composite your footage. The first step is to right click in your node tree and select “Add alpha output.” You then need to drag a line from your green screen node (using the small triangle at the bottom of the node) to your alpha output, which will sit just under your normal output on the right side of the node window.7. Fine Tune Some MoreNow that you can actually see your image composited, you may notice some green spill or other areas of the key that still need to be fine tuned. Go back into your qualifier tab and fine tune the settings some more until you achieve an end result you’re satisfied with. One of the features in this video that was highlighted is the “in/out Ratio,” which can help to clean up your edges.Got any DaVinci Resolve tips/tricks/techniques to share? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Journalists in Kashmir hardpressed due to restrictions on internet mobile services

first_imgSrinagar: With no internet and mobile services in Kashmir for over 40 days now, journalists in the Valley have been hard-pressed as a make-shift media centre set up here by the government continues to be the only connection for many with the rest of the world.The restrictions were imposed across Kashmir on the evening of August 4 a day before the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370 provisions and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Even though landline phones have been restored early this month, mobile services and internet – on any platform – remain snapped. Harried journalists are now demanding that the government should at least restore broadband connections of media houses. We have minimal contact with our head office. We are often outside our offices here for assignments or something else and it is difficult for the head office or even our family to reach us in the absence of mobile phone services, Irfan Ahmad, a senior photojournalist, said. Another local journalist, Mudasir, who works for a daily newspaper, said information gathering has suffered due to the communication restrictions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWe often do not know what is happening in the city and information from other districts is hard to come by. We have to rely on official versions of the events or incidents. Reaching officials or sources especially in the other districts is very difficult, he said. During the first few days after the restrictions were imposed, the journalists could not file any stories except for the TV reports using the channels’ outdoor broadcast vans here. In the absence of any medium to send the news-reports across the country or outside, some journalists would send their reports on pen drives through flyers at the airport. The flyers would then contact the offices of the media houses which would collect the drives from him. Most media organisations, especially TV channels, sent journalists from Delhi to the Valley as their reporters were incommunicado. Around a week later, the state government’s Department of Information and Public Relations set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here. Four computers and a lone cell phone were available to cater to hundreds of journalists both local as well as from outside the state. “One often had to wait for more than half-an-hour to get a (computer) system. Then the speed was so irritating that the email would take ages to open, Firdous Ahmad, a local journalist, told PTI. Journalists have to register themselves before making a call from the cell phone and more often than not, the waiting period would stretch for hours because of the rush. We have to write down our names on a register before making a call and then wait for our turn, Ahmad said. PTIlast_img read more

Jimmy Vaccaro Isnt Excited About The Super Bowl

On Jan. 26, 1986, the Chicago Bears beat the Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. That year, the fearsome ’85 Bears had become “more than just a really good football team,” Chicago native Chuck Esposito, the race and sports book director at Sunset Station casino, told me. They had iconoclastic quarterback Jim McMahon, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, and the best defense in NFL history. “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” the novelty record they cut, even peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard chart.7Amazingly, the song was nominated for a Grammy.At the time, Vaccaro was running the sports book at the MGM. His rise was swift. He’d cut his gambling teeth as a kid in his 1.4-square-mile hometown of Trafford, Pennsylvania, and in Youngstown, Ohio, where he attended but never finished college. He spent his young adult life playing cards, shooting dice and backing pool players. “Betting was in his veins,” Sonny said of his brother.In 1964, at 18, Vaccaro went to Vegas for the first time. He said he spent the next 10 years “coming back and forth. Going broke, going home, going broke, going home … ” He didn’t officially move to the city until 1975, when casino magnate Michael Gaughan gave him a job as a blackjack dealer at the Royal Inn. Soon Vaccaro was helping Gaughan open the hotel’s race and sports book. When Gaughan opened the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino in 1979, Vaccaro was tabbed to run the new establishment’s sports book. Six years later, Vaccaro left for the MGM.Even then, bookmaking had not yet become the creative enterprise that it is today. Prop bets existed, but they were rare. In his 2013 article about the now ubiquitous medium, SB Nation writer David McIntire relays a story about the time in 1980 when the late bookmaker Sonny Reizner put up odds on who shot J.R. Ewing during the season finale of “Dallas.”8Cowboys coach Tom Landry was also a suspect. The odds on him were 500-1.“The person who pulled the trigger turned out to be the sister of J.R.’s wife,” Reizner, who died in 2002, later told the Los Angeles Times, “and she was my 7-to-2 fourth choice in the odds.”The Nevada Gaming Control Board forced Reizner’s Hole-in-the-Wall Sportsbook to take the bet off the board — it reportedly ruled that the show’s creators had already determined the shooter and might leak his or her identity — but the stunt drew plenty of media attention.It’s unclear whether the “Who shot J.R.?” prop influenced the Vegas bookmakers, but by the 1980s, they’d begun to look for ways to grow their business by piquing the interest of the general public. Vaccaro said that in January 1986, several of his colleagues gathered for lunch and discussed the possibility of creating a wager that might do just that. They wondered: “What if we put odds on whether William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry would score a touchdown in the Super Bowl?” During the regular season, the gargantuan Bears defensive tackle had three TDs, all on plays where he’d line up as a fullback. Still, with Payton in Chicago’s backfield, there was no way The Fridge would get the ball in the Super Bowl.The Fridge prop is often credited to Vaccaro, but in hindsight he thinks fellow bookmaker Art Manteris of Caesars Palace was the first to offer his customers the odds on Perry scoring. (“If I had to make a bet,” Vaccaro said, “I’d say it was Art.”) At the MGM, Vaccaro opened it at 75-1, but so much money poured in that the line moved to 5-1. “Who the fuck would’ve thought a defensive lineman would score a touchdown?” Vaccaro said with a smile. Sure enough, with the Bears on the 1-yard line late in the third quarter, McMahon handed off the ball to Perry, who barreled into the end zone.“I think we won overall on the game but we lost a quarter-million on that prop,” Manteris later told the Associated Press. “I sold it to the people upstairs by saying we got a million dollars in PR out of it.”Vaccaro said the MGM lost $40,000 on the Fridge prop. At the end of the night, Vaccaro didn’t curse out The Fridge or celebrate the publicity. “I’m a passive person,” he said. He climbed into his Jaguar, drove 6 miles on Interstate 15 to his house, ate a tuna-salad sandwich and went to sleep.But after the Super Bowl, reporters started calling. “It was the best money we ever spent,” Vaccaro said. After all, he adds, “We’re talking about it today.” This week, Vaccaro and the rest of Las Vegas’s bookmakers will turn their attention to Super Bowl XLIX. “The money that comes in on the Super Bowl is dominated by the betting public,” Kornegay said. “Not the sharps, not the so-called wise guys or professionals. It’s the public’s money.”And the public is spending more than ever. Last February, gamblers at Nevada casinos bet a record $119.4 million on one of the most lopsided title games in NFL history. Note that that figure doesn’t include the absurd amounts of cash bet via online sports books, office pools and your friendly neighborhood bookie.A chunk of that will be wagered on things that go beyond the outcome of the game. These are called proposition bets, and they’re everywhere. No place in Vegas offers more than the Westgate SuperBook, where you can bet on, for example, whether Russell Wilson’s first pass will be complete (-170) or incomplete (+150), or whether Tiger Woods’s fourth-round score at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (-5.5/-110) or Patriots receiver Julian Edelman’s number of receiving yards4The casinos stick to props decided on the field of play, but if you peruse some online betting sites, you’ll find things like: “How many times will ‘deflated balls’ be said during the game?” and “Will Marshawn Lynch be fined for actions on media day?” (+5.5/-110) will be higher.Oddsmakers don’t haphazardly toss these wagers up on the board; they try to approach them empirically. When Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports for MGM, recently tried to determine the over/under on Tom Brady’s total yards in the Super Bowl, he pored over the Patriots quarterback’s statistics in the regular season and the playoffs; considered the quality of New England’s opponents; applied his personal formula that he uses for yardage props to the data; and came up with 278.5.5Every sports book comes up with its own odds. But bookmakers aren’t automatons. There’s always a little psychology involved. Because “the public thinks Seattle is a defensive team and New England is an offensive team,” Rood said, he knows he can project “most of the Patriots statistics a little higher than the math says, and vice versa.”And though he’s equipped with ample information and institutional memory, Rood calls Super Bowl prop-making “exhausting.” Why? Because the sharps have caught on. And if the line on a prop isn’t made with care, they’ll pounce. “They no longer think they’re a gimmick,” Rood told Sports Business Daily. “They think it’s a massive opportunity to try and cart money out of the casino.”Devising multi-sport props is even trickier. Take the Woods/Edelman example. For it to work, the golfer’s typical single-round score must be in the same numerical range as the receiver’s typical single-game receiving yards total. Two incongruous options could create liability for the casino. As props become more esoteric, they get riskier.“You try to keep putting up more and more and more,” said Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations at Wynn Las Vegas, “but sometimes you go so far out of the box, you put yourself in a situation where there’s a prop that’s advantageous to the player.”The mundane props can also burn a book. In Super Bowl XLVIII last year, Seattle opened the scoring with a safety. The odds in Vegas of a safety occurring at all were about 8-1; the odds of a safety being the first points of the game were 50-1. “We lost $62,000 12 seconds into the game,” Vaccaro told Bloomberg News. “A sizable scream went out when it occurred.”6It was the third straight Super Bowl in which a safety occurred.For bettors, the allure of prop bets is simple. Even if the odds are lousy, it gives them the ability to plunk down a little money to have the chance to win a lot of money. “The public really enjoys low risk, high reward,” Kornegay said. “It doesn’t matter what it is. You know what? You can say, ‘Will Elvis come down on the field and do the coin flip?’ One-to-one odds. It’s a good bet.”Vaccaro helped start the prop bet revolution with something nearly as ridiculous as that. Jimmy Vaccaro, the dean of Las Vegas bookmakers, leaned back in his chair and kicked his black loafers up onto his desk, revealing the tube socks stretching between his shoes and his dad jeans. The NFC championship game was on his flat-screen television, and outside his office at South Point Casino there was a crowd filling a sports book the size of a state school lecture hall. Grown men in Packers and Seahawks gear,1In addition to Seahawks, Packers, Colts and Patriots gear, I saw a Joe Montana jersey, a J.J. Watt jersey and a Ben Roethlisberger jersey. My favorite fashion choice, however, was what appeared to be an authentic circa 1994 Stan Humphries Chargers jersey that went down to a scruffy dude’s knees. many of whom had money on the action, were screaming at stadium-grade video boards and sucking down Bud Lights. Vaccaro, on the other hand, was sipping Pepsi through a straw.“You wouldn’t know who I’m rooting for,” he said. His ability to stay calm during a major sporting event is a point of pride. “Once it starts, I can’t control it.” This Sunday, millions of people will realize the same thing. Betting on the Super Bowl has become, according to some estimates, a multibillion dollar affair, infiltrating the culture to the point where offshore gambling sites are offering odds on things like what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach.The guy who helped it go mainstream — the one who was in the room when Super Bowl betting went from niche to zeitgeist — is Jimmy Vaccaro, the kid from tiny Trafford, Pennsylvania, who made good in Vegas.Since moving here permanently in 1975 — “40 freakin’ years” — Vaccaro has run more than a half-dozen race and sports books. “He was spearheading the movement,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of the 30,000-square-foot2The Westgate Las Vegas, which everyone still calls the LVH (depending how old you are, it’s short for the Las Vegas Hotel or the Las Vegas Hilton), claims it has largest sports book in the world. Westgate SuperBook.Vaccaro doesn’t drink, smoke or go to strip clubs. He even refuses to dress up, keeping an overstuffed cardboard box full of his signature all-white sweatshirts near his desk. Only New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick owns more hoodies. Vaccaro still makes calls on a flip phone, can count the number of visits he’s made to the East Coast over the past four decades on one hand, and is twice divorced. “I’m married to this,” he said.Vaccaro is the guy who helped destigmatize sports betting. He did it not only by being an expert linesmaker (which he is), but also by being a levelheaded booster of a supposedly illicit activity. When the media needed a no B.S. kind of guy to talk about the odds on a big game or a big fight, we called Jimmy Vaccaro.3For a live special called “Springfield’s Most Wanted”, “The Simpsons” asked Vaccaro to tape a segment touting fictional odds on who shot Mr. Burns. He agreed to do it, although he’d never seen the show. We still call Jimmy Vaccaro. And he’s here, 40 freakin’ years in, at an off-the-strip resort, still plying his trade.“Who’s the most famous bookmaker of all time? Jimmy ‘The Greek.’ ” said his older brother Sonny Vaccaro, the former sneaker company executive who signed Michael Jordan to his first Nike deal. “What did [the Greek] do? He publicized himself every time he took a shit. He craved publicity. My brother is the anti-showman.” By the time Vaccaro began running the sports book at the newly opened Mirage in 1989, prop betting hadn’t exactly taken off. But it had become more common. Leading up to Super Bowl XXIV in January 1990, a guest at the Mirage bet $5,000 on 4-1 odds that an extra point would be missed. After San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana hit tight end Brent Jones for a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter, kicker Mike Cofer’s ensuing attempt was no good. The unidentified man collected $27,000, prompting Vaccaro to tell the San Francisco Chronicle that “it gave him more money to bet with us on the halftime line.”A string of blowouts — NFC teams won 13 straight Super Bowls beginning in January 1985 — forced the bookmakers to get creative. “It really took off in ’95, when the 49ers and Chargers met in the Super Bowl and it was a 19.5-, 20-point spread,” Kornegay said of a game that San Francisco won 49-26. “So we were just trying to devise propositions to keep everybody interested in the game by the time the second half rolled around.”Over the past 20 years, prop betting has gone mainstream. So has betting on sports in general. Is there anyone left who doesn’t fill out an NCAA tournament bracket? “Everyone in America likes to bet sports,” Nick Bogdanovich said. “It’s not like the old days when people painted it as a bad thing. Look, now all these college-educated kids want to work on formulas and crunch stats and algorithms.”On the day after the NFL conference championship games, Jimmy showed me his sports book’s intricate digital database. Employees can monitor global betting lines, check exactly how much has been wagered on specific events, and even access what Vaccaro calls the “What if?” screen. “Right now you could punch in, ‘Patriots 35-10,’ ” he said, “and it tells you exactly what we’re gonna win or lose.”Running a sports book is different than it was in 1975. “There’s no guessing anymore, which makes it so much easier,” Vaccaro said. “You know where you’re at on everything. It’s not hard. It isn’t like the old days when we were hand-writing everything.” More information is at his disposal, but his philosophy toward how he sets the line remains the same. “It’s a general feeling that it’s the right number.”That’s why, 40 freakin’ years in, his temperament hasn’t changed. He’s never too high, and he’s never too low. On Super Bowl Sunday, he’ll be in his office with his feet up on his desk, drinking a Pepsi and watching the action unfold. He’ll probably be rooting for someone, but don’t expect him to wear his emotions on the sleeve of his white hoodie.“I understand what it’s like to make a relatively big score, and I know even better what it’s like to get your ass kicked and broke and go through bad times,” Vaccaro said. “I’ve never gotten crazy with either one.” read more

House Passes Cybercrimes Act

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Oct. 14 (JIS): The Cybercrimes Act, which seeks to address computer specific offences, was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 13) with two amendments.The new Act will replace the 2010 legislation, and incorporates new offences such as computer-related fraud or forgery; the use of computers for malicious communication; and unauthorised disclosure of investigation.It also addresses the use of the computer for malicious communication.Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, informed that the clause was included “because there is a new phenomenon called cyberbulling.”“This is where persons wilfully send messages, which are designed to annoy, and harass. The data that is sent must be obscene or is menacing in nature. The person sending the data does so intending to cause or is reckless as to whether the sending of the data causes annoyance, inconvenience or distress,” he explained.Opposition Spokesperson on Information Communications Technology (ICT), Dr. Andrew Wheately, while welcoming the provision to address cyberbulling, said the clause could have the effect of inhibiting use of information communications technology (ICT). “This section has the most far-reaching implications of this Act. The intention of this section is to no doubt reduce the incidence of cyberbullying, which we fully endorse. However, it seems to be completely oblivious to the level of sophistication of the layman technology user,” he said.I am sure that members on both sides of this House will agree that this section cannot stand as is. It cannot be that a person who…. makes a mistake while sending an email, text message or other correspondence could be charged with a crime,” he argued further.Mr. Robinson, in acknowledging the concerns, said Clause 9 Section 1 (b) is to be amended to state that a person commits an offence, if that person wilfully uses a computer to send to another person any data that is obscene or offensive.“I want to assure persons, who may send a message and they think that simply sending a message, which might be a joke, that you will be caught here. That is not what this provision is meant to deal with,” Mr. Robinson said. In closing the debate, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining,Hon. Phillip Paulwell, noted that offences under the Bill require an act and intent.“We have been faithful to ensure that both aspects are provided for, so no innocent bystander will be caught by this. Nobody, who is engaged in doing ICT business, will be caught by this, as you must have intent to do some wrong and the onus is to establish that the intent has been proven,” Mr. Paulwell said.The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for its approval. Related Items:cybercrimes, dr. andrew wheately, house, passlast_img read more

Crawfish Season to Commence on 15 August 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – Fishing interests, restaurants and the general public are reminded of the opening of Crawfish Season next month. As has been the case for the past five seasons, the Crawfish Season will open on 15th August. This has proven successful in reducing the quantity of egg-bearing lobsters landed, and is believed to have contributed to increased abundance and landings of crawfish. The last day of the Crawfish season will be 31th March, 2018.“The past few seasons have seen an increase in the catch per unit of effort, a reassuring statistic suggesting a healthy and rebuilding crawfish stock. This will provide social, economic and environmental benefits to the Turks and Caicos Islands. We need to continue to implement the measures we have in place which includes enforcement and monitoring the fishery, to assure our actions are guided by strong science.” said Ethan Griesbach, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) Acting Director.Restrictions relating to crawfish, as per the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, are listed below:Crawfish size restrictions are as follows:When whole, a length of 3.25 inches measured from the front of the groove between the horns directly above the eyes, along the middle of the back to the rear edge of the back shell; orWhen the tail has been separated, a tail weight of 5 ounces whether processed or not;Fishers are not to be in the possession of any egg-bearing crawfish;Fishers are not to remove eggs from egg-bearing crawfish;Fishers are not to take or be in possession of moulting / soft-shelled crawfish or crawfish in early stages of spawning (described as appearing ‘tar-spotted’); andFishers are to ensure that the crawfish are landed unharmed (except for those taken by hook) and landed whole prior to being processed on land (at a processing plant or at home), unless processed at sea as per the terms of the processing license.The use of any noxious substance (e.g. bleach, detergent, gasoline) for capturing any marine product is prohibited.DECR appeals to citizens, residents and visitors in the Turks & Caicos Islands, to familiarise themselves with and to uphold the Fisheries Protection Regulations, and urges all responsible citizens to call DECR at 338 4170 or email [email protected] to report any violations.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more