Betting on football: why we enjoy it so much

first_imgFootball on its own is a brilliant game and followed by millions around the world. While having a flutter on a game used to be something just a few people did, now it seems that everyone who enjoys ‘the beautiful game’ has at least one betting app on their mobile phone. In truth, it’s the technology that has really changed how we place a bet. Better connectivity and improved technology means that betting companies can offer a lot more than in the past. And customers really love it. A useful site to check for some top rated bookmakers is hu-bonusz.comHere are five great reasons why we enjoy betting on football:1. It’s funWe’ll start with the simplest one first. Betting has become a lot more fun over the last twenty years. No longer do you have to skulk into a smoky betting shop on the high street to have a wager on a game. Technology has given the opportunity to bet to a whole range of different demographics who are just as excited as each other of winning their next bet. 2. It’s socialWe’ve democratised betting in a big way. Punters can sit together in a pub or at home, betting on their mobiles and having fun in a group rather than on their own. They celebrate each other’s successes and commiserate the failures. Groups can work together to improve their odds of winning and have a few beers at the same time. 3. There’s varietyOne of the big things that has happened over recent years is that the type of event you can bet on has widened considerably. It’s not just about who wins or who scores during the match. On some sites you can bet on the points difference, the timing of certain events, even how many fouls are committed. It’s also available for every game which gives many more options. That’s what makes it so exciting for football fans.4. Live streamingThis has been a big change for many customers. If they’re stuck somewhere or can’t see the match on satellite TV, many betting companies nowadays offer live streaming and prompts to place a bet so people don’t miss out. That means you can watch the match on your laptop or smartphone while still being connected to betting company, wherever you are in the world. Want to watch games? Check out for a list of bookmakers who offer sports streams.5. Great offersThe competition between different football betting companies is quite fierce. That means you can always find great offers with free bets and improved odds, particularly on big matches. That gives punters real value for money and even the chance to win big. Why it’s important to compare odds and offersWith so much choice for people who bet on football, keeping track of the offers and what odds are available is important. This is pretty challenging, especially when you need up to date information as quickly as possible. That’s why sites like are so useful. You can find all the best offers in one place and quickly decide where you want to bet and what you’d like to bet on. Quick comparison gives you the edge and if you want the chance to win more, getting your strategy straight and making the right choices is important. 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.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.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 AdsUndoezzin.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

Things to know: Sharks coach discusses Braun, Vlasic’s statuses for Vegas game

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic will both miss the Sharks bout for second place in the Pacific Division Thursday night.The clash with the Vegas Golden Knights (27-15-4), who lead the Sharks (25-13-7) by a single point in the Pacific Division, will be the fourth straight game that the team will play without its top-shutdown pairing. Both players are considered day-to-day. Braun is out with a right-knee injury while Vlasic is hampered by what appears to be a wrist injury.Despite …last_img read more

Steph Curry shooting school? Yes, please, says new Warriors wing Robinson

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Last season in Detroit was an aberration in Glenn Robinson III’s mind.With the Indiana Pacers, Robinson had established a reputation for his jumper. His 3-point percentage continually grew his final three seasons there, going from 37.8 percent to 39.2 to 41.2. The attempts were relatively low, but Robinson cashed them in when given the chance.Then came his time with the Pistons. Robinson, who was partially brought in to help space the floor, shot just 29 percent from deep. …last_img read more

Raiders’ corner Nevin Lawson returns to roster

first_imgALAMEDA — Nevin Lawson returned to the Raiders’ 53-man roster Monday, one week after he was eligible to be reinstated after missing the first four games of the season serving a suspension for being in violation of the NFL policy for performance enhancing drugs.The Raiders have been paper thin at cornerback over the last two games — both wins — with starters Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley playing every snap in wins over Indianapolis and Chicago and slot corner Lamarcus Joyner missing only a …last_img read more

Be-WAIR of Clawed Birds

first_imgEvolutionists have not come up with a better theory for bird flight than a silly hypothesis concocted 16 years ago.Are Enantiornithines Pre-Birds?Fossils of extinct birds called enantiornithines (“other birds”) have generated enormous discussion and confusion about the history of birds and, especially, how flight originated. Enantiornithines had claws on their wings and teeth in their beakless mouths, but apparently could fly well (at least some of them, depending on who classifies what). Evolutionists consider them missing links on the way from “feathered theropods” to modern birds. Creationists argue that the entire fossil record shows much more diversity of animal life than we have today. Some of the fossils dubbed “feathered dinosaurs” that were unable to fly, they argue, could be secondarily flightless descendants of flying birds. Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, penguins, recently depleted moas, and the extinct “terror birds” provide plenty of examples of successful birds that are not evolving toward flight. Other flightless birds like the flightless cormorant of the Galapagos and perhaps the kiwi of New Zealand appear to have “devolved” from flying birds more recently. It’s much easier to lose a trait than to gain it, Michael Behe argues in his newest book, Darwin Devolves.Darwin’s HurdlesFor evolutionists to explain flight, they need to see progress from the ground or from elevated places like trees to get from terrestrial limbs to true, powered flight. They need all the accessory equipment (including brain software, lighter bones, streamlined bodies and much more) to appear simultaneously and independently. All this, furthermore, must arrive by natural selection of mistakes – not intelligent design. And that’s not their only set of worries. They need to explain powered flight four times independently: in insects, pterosaurs (reptiles), birds and bats (mammals).Where Did WAIR Come From?In the case of birds, one evolutionist concocted a story that, when it first came out in 2003, we critically analyzed as – well, to put it bluntly, stupid. Ken Dial, a Montana DODO (see Darwin Dictionary), used living partridge chicks to build his story, which he gave the fancy name WAIR: “wing assisted incline running.” He got chukar partridge chicks to run up inclined ramps and noticed that they stuck out their arms. He speculated that, once upon a time, a dinosaur stuck out its arms running uphill from predators. Presto: The evolution of flight! A key step on the origin of wings had been demonstrated!The problems with this hypothesis are legion. Not only is it Lamarckian, but the birds he used were already programmed to fly and are born with all the flight equipment necessary to take off with flapping flight a short time after hatching. They stick out their wing bones because, being programmed to fly, that is what they will be doing after gaining a little more weight and maturing into adults. Did Montana evolutionist Ken Dial identify a germline mutation that made a dinosaur stick out its forelimbs? No. Did he identify a gene that got selected? No. Did he watch a dinosaur lift its arms and try to fly? Obviously not. He did nothing but invent a silly story that, at best, could only represent a tiny step in a much bigger challenge (see the helicopter analogy in 2/13/2013 commentary). But since it was an evolutionary story, he became famous. Almost all the other evolutionists leapt to WAIR like a man excitedly flapping his arms. To this day, WAIR is the best story they have going (see “Best-in-Field Fallacy” in the Baloney Detector). It seems to have escaped today’s evolutionists that WAIR has since been falsified. (19 July 2016).Adult hoatzin from Peru (Credit: Carin06, Flickr)Enter the HoatzinThe hoatzin is a bird with claws on its wings in the juvenile stages. Creationists have long argued that the presence of claws is not evidence of evolution from dinosaurs to birds. One can almost hear Duane Gish quipping, ‘Some birds have claws, and some don’t. Some birds had teeth, and some don’t. Some people have teeth, and some don’t.’ Many extinct birds had wing claws. The hoatzin proves that the presence of claws on wings does not provide evidence for evolution.How Wings Lost Their Claws (Science). Science Magazine this week tried to drag the hoatzin back into Ken Dial’s WAIR tale.As birds evolved, most lost the claws that characterize the wings of Archaeopteryx, a dinosaur from the evolutionary transition point between nonavian and avian dinosaurs. Curiously, hatchlings of the hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) have similar claws on their wings but lose them by adulthood. Abourachid et al. observed the swimming and climbing movements of four fledgling hoatzins. While swimming, the chicks exhibited a synchronized motion of their wings like that of modern birds. However, the chicks climbed with the help of their claws using an alternating motion. This seeming reappearance of an ancient trait suggests greater plasticity in bird evolution than previously thought.The paper they cite in Science Advances, sure enough, resurrects the WAIR just-so story. In “Hoatzin nestling locomotion: Acquisition of quadrupedal limb coordination in birds,” Abourachid et al say,Juvenile extant birds may provide key insights into our understanding of the evolutionary and functional transformations that took place toward the evolution of modern birds. Before they are capable of active flight, most juveniles flap their wings in the context of wing-assisted incline running (WAIR) to move up steep slopes. During WAIR, the wings generate aerodynamic forces that help the animal ascend obstacles. As the synchronous wing coordination observed during flying and WAIR is shared by many birds across the majority of clades, it is likely basal for the group.The non-sequitur here is obvious. WAIR has nothing to do with dinosaurs evolving into birds. Why must this be labeled “evolutionary,” anyway? Little birds hold out their forelimbs while running, as stated before, because they are already programmed to fly. Where’s the evolution? The high perhapsimaybecouldness index in this statement disqualifies it as science. The authors make a big deal of alternating vs synchronized limb motions in living birds. What does that possibly have to do with dinosaurs evolving flight? Observe the power of suggestion using Jargonwocky to obfuscate the naked speculation going on:Our results thus suggest the existence of a larger locomotor repertoire in transitional forms likely including both WAIR wing flapping and quadrupedal limb coordination during climbing allowed by the presence of claws on wings.In plain English, living hoatzin chicks are ambidextrous. They come equipped with highly-coordinated limb movements. That’s the science, folks. Evolution has nothing to do with it.WAIR theory is Shakespearean in its ponderous, eloquent intensity. But the play is “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Visited 387 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2018 OCA Replacement Female Sale results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorThe Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their sixth annual Replacement Female Sale on Nov. 23 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 107 high quality females in the sale. The sale represented an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality females with documented breeding and health records to their herds.Buyers evaluated 107 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs at the auction. The sale included 80 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,437, 25 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,377, and two cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,450. The 107 total lots grossed $152,275 for an overall average of $1,423. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Col. Ron Kreis served as the auctioneer.Erv-N-Del Farm of Louisville, Ohio consigned the top selling lot at $2,200. The Lot 9 purebred Simmental bred heifer sold to Darrell Briggs of Claysville, Pa.. Haley Farms of West Salem, Ohio sold Lot 21, a purebred Simmental cow for $1,925 to Erv-N-Del Farm of Louisville, Ohio. M Ridge Cattle of West Union, Ohio sold Lot 50, a Simmental crossbred bred heifer to Bob Hare of Winchester, Ohio at $1,900.The sale truly was an excellent opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Buyers were able to improve their herds by adding high quality females with known genetic and health backgrounds. Sellers were able to capitalize on steady prices for breeding cattle.If you have any questions about the sale, contact John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242, or by e-mail at More information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at read more

Narinder Batra elected IOA chief, says India should dream of hosting Olympic in future

first_imgInternational Hockey Federation chief Narinder Batra has been elected president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). He succeeds N Ramachandran from Tamil Nadu.Rajeev Mehta was elected unopposed secretary general of the IOA, while Anandeshwar Pandey is the new treasurer.”My intention is to see that India should improve its medal tally in every event and work with the sports ministry to ensure better involvement of all the stakeholders,” said Batra. “My belief is we should think big. We can host the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in the future, even the Olympics, maybe in 2032.”Batra also said that relations with Pakistan on sports issues will depend on government’s stand and the cross border terrorism. “As far as bilateral ties are concerned they may improve but that depends on Pakistan’s behaviour. Cross border terrorism needs to stop,” Batra told India Today.Back in November, Batra’s election as the IOA chief had brightened after the General Body’s interpretation of an article of its constitution, which will allow him to contest for the top job post.The highest decision making body of the IOA, in its special meeting, unanimously decided to allow office bearers and members of the Executive Council elected in 2012 and 2014 to contest for the post of president and secretary general in the December 14 polls.The Special GBM was called to discuss and interpret Article XI (1) (c) of the IOA Constitution which states that: “… it shall be a mandatory requirement for elections to the posts of President and Secretary General that only those members, who had held the office and were members in the preceding Executive Council of the IOA, shall be eligible to contest the elections.”advertisement”The General House today passed a resolution to the effect that the office bearers and members of the Executive Council elected in 2012 and 2014 will be eligible to contest for the post of president and secretary,” IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh said after the meeting.The meeting was a brief affair and lasted just over half an hour. Incumbent president N Ramachandran, who is not seeking re-election this time, did not attend the meeting and hence senior vice-president Virendra Nanavati presided it.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Taylor Swift takes a stand against online fan wars over female artists

first_imgThis isn’t a plea from Swift to her fans specifically (she is known for her extremely close and mutually supportive relationship with her fanbase), but to all fans of female artists generally to celebrate and support women succeeding in the genre, rather than relentlessly dragging one another and creating drama where there is none.You Need To Calm Down is here to serve as your official reminder that pop queendom, like so many other things in life, is not a zero-sum game. By all means worship and support your fave, but don’t forget: They ALL got crowns, don’t step on their gowns. The 2018 year in tech, movies and Taylor Swift (CNET… null Share your voice Global superstar Taylor Swift has deftly been showing haters the door since around 2010 when she released Mean, an iconic banjo-powered critique of her detractors. In her latest song, You Need to Calm Down (the video went up Monday morning), she’s turned her attention to highlighting the hate being thrown around the internet between fans of female pop artists.It’s nothing new to see brilliant women being compared as though they’re inadvertent players in some kind of anti-feminist Top Trumps game. But frequenters of Stan Twitter, where the most ardent music fans hang out, can sometimes take things to a whole new level.”Enjoy your problematic fave,” is a popular refrain. “Sis can’t even sing,” an average retort. Then there are the “retweet for Ariana Grande, like for Beyoncé,” popularity contests and their many variants. And just like that, appreciation for female musicians and their vast bodies of work is reduced to an arbitrary, inexact and petty form of one-upmanship.These examples are on the vanilla end of the spectrum, but hint at the specific brand of aggression between fans that perpetuates the myth that there’s only so much room at the top for women and a fight to the death is required to decide the winner. But as Swift, one of pop’s true superstars, points out in You Need To Calm Down, this kind of thinking is just a myth.Most people’s biggest takeaway from Swift’s song (released Friday) is the overt stand she takes against homophobia. But she’s also inserted another important lesson into the lyrics that shouldn’t be overlooked, and that’s to stop pitting successful female artists against one another online.”And we see you over there on the internet/Comparing all the girls who are killing it/But we figured you out/We all know now we all got crowns/You need to calm down,” she chants in the bridge. There are no losers when women succeed, Swift seems to suggest. Except perhaps those who are getting caught up in dragging each other’s faves online.In the music video, Swift takes this message one step further. On a stage decorated with a “Pop Queen Pageant” banner stands a lineup of the world’s biggest female pop artists (represented by drag artists): Nicki Minaj, Adele, Cardi B, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Adele, Lady Gaga and of course Taylor Swift herself. RuPaul in his role as judge proceeds onto the stage with a crown on a velvet cushion, but rather than presenting to one star or another, he instead flings it into the air with glee. Taylor Swift/YouTube The video ends with former adversaries Perry and Swift (the actual pop stars, not their doppelgangers) — dressed as a burger and fries respectively — hugging it out with peace-at-last energy. This is more than a public reconciliation — it’s two role models setting an example for the rest of us. It also reiterates that while fans might be out there trying to pit females stars against one another, most of them are actually pretty good friends, rendering stan wars pointless and unnecessary. Taylor Swift 0 0:39 Music Online Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

Indian TrIcolour through the minds eye

first_imgThe Indian Tricolour is one of the most beautiful flags in the world. Each colour including that of Ashoka Chakra holds meaning and significance. But there are many people (Visually impaired) who aren’t fortunate enough to witness and appreciate this pretty sight. They are deprived of the joy of fluttering colours.To give such visually challenged children an idea of the national flag, MP Birla Cement has crafted a “Flag Without Colours”. Made of cement, this flag brings out the colours and symbol of the flag through braille markings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis Republic Day, the braille flag, cast in concrete, was carried to several blind schools across the country, allowing its students to partake in the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of our Republic. Seva Mandir School, Indore, is one of the institutions that received the “Flag with(out) Colours”. The other schools included Government Blind School, Kadam Kuan, Patna, Burdwan Blind Academy, Burdwan, St. Michael Blind School, Ranchi, All India Confederation of the Blind, Delhi, Institution of Blind, Delhi, and Raj Andhay Vidhyalaya, Allahabad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSandip Ranjan Ghose, Executive President, M P Birla Cement, said, “On this 70th Republic Day, the values embedded in our flag are relevant more than before. This is a small endeavour on our part to make the celebrations of Republic Day more inclusive and carry the message of national flag to a wider cross-section of our young citizens”. “Cement is usually seen as a very inanimate material and its role in nation building is not easily recognised. The philosophy of the MP Birla Group is ‘Heart and Strength’. This is an expression of that core value, which guides our organisation. In the course of the year, we plan to take braille flag to many more institutions like Seva Mandir as our homage to the nation,” he further added. “Republic Day emphasises human rights and honours the freedom that national flag represents. This was just a humble attempt of including those who have been deprived of sight in a celebration that is rightfully theirs. I can only hope that the ‘Readable Flag’ will become as common a sight as the tricolour someday”, said Sujoy Roy, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy Kolkata.last_img read more