NCAA Tourney

first_imgFor those of you waiting for March Madness, it starts big time today!  It is not a good year for Indiana colleges.  Only Purdue made Division I this year.  Purdue begins their journey today with a tough opponent in Old Dominion.One thing hasn’t changed in the NCAA selections.  Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, and Gonzaga are #1’s again this year.  In the last 5 years, you could have written this down 2 months ago and probably would have had good odds of it coming true.  Personally, I would not be unhappy if none of the 4 were playing in April this year.Make sure your cable bill is paid and your TV is working fine.  In the next 4 days you can watch at least 48 hours of basketball!last_img read more

SILVER TASSIE SCOOPS TOP RATED IRISH WEDDING VENUE AWARD

first_imgThe Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa.The Silver Tassie Hotel is celebrating after winning not one, not two, not three but four awards at a top wedding awards ceremony.The hotel, which is nestled between Letterkenny and Ramelton, scooped the awards at the prestigious weddingdates.ie awards.The hotel won the “top rated venue in Donegal”, “top rated venue in Ulster” and “top rated 4 star venue in Ireland’. But the biggest award was worth waiting for when the hotel, managed and run by well-known businessman Ciaran Blaney and wife Rose, took the main award of overall “top rated venue in Ireland”.Well done to all the hard-working staff at the Tassie.SILVER TASSIE SCOOPS TOP RATED IRISH WEDDING VENUE AWARD was last modified: December 4th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

49ers’ Nick Bosa relishes Ohio State reactions more than NFL award

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Rookie Nick Bosa is the first 49ers defensive lineman in nearly 15 years to win NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. In his words, he couldn’t care less.What Bosa did relish was the reaction from fellow Ohio State alumni for Monday night’s dismantling — and flag-planting celebration — against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.“That was the real thing. We wanted some revenge there,” Bosa said Wednesday, alluding to Mayfield’s antics in leading Oklahoma over Ohio …last_img read more

Does Evolution Need a Helping Hand?

first_imgNew Scientist didn’t think about that question, because reporter Ewen Galloway he said, “If humans want to persuade microbes to produce vast quantities of fuels or pharmaceuticals, we may need to give evolution a helping hand.”    His article was about researchers at Harvard Medical School using computers to do “rapid evolution.”  How this can be called evolution is strange when they spent 20 years and hundreds of millions of dollars on a rapid genome-sequencing technique called MAGE – “multiplex automated genome engineering.”  One would think any engineers would like to hear that their work was intelligently designed, but then if an intelligent designer oversaw their evolution, would not the NCSE complain?  Anyway, they can “create hundreds or thousands of mutations in a few days” and search through them for variations that increase the production of desirable substances.    Presumably they use the term evolution because it has something to do with mutations and selection.  But the selectors are humans who have an outcome in mind, even if they don’t know the way to get there except through a speeded-up random search.  “There might be cells out there that may have these properties, but what we’re trying to do is accelerate this process to find the specific traits we’re interested in,” a team member explained. Folks, we’re not laughing loud enough yet.  They still say these things in public.  Enough laughter should make it dawn on them that these silly statements are self-refuting nonsense.  It is not a loving thing to leave them clueless.  So show them some tough love: laugh loud and long.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Did Dinosaurs See the Grand Canyon?

first_img(Visited 520 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists and creationists agree that dinosaurs did not look over the rim of Grand Canyon – but for different reasons.To understand how a feature was made, it’s helpful to know how old it is. Unfortunately, for one of Earth’s most striking features—the Grand Canyon of Arizona—age estimates vary widely. The Geological Society of America admits that a consensus age has been hard to come by:The age of the Grand Canyon (USA) has been studied for years, with recent technological advances facilitating new attempts to determine when erosion of this iconic canyon began. The result is sometimes conflicting ages based on different types of data; most data support the notion that the canyon began to erode to its current form about six million years ago. Then even newer, “high-tech,” data became available and questions were again raised about whether the western end of the canyon could be older.Two numbers are used as general time markers for these alternate hypotheses. The first suggests that the canyon may have started incising 17 million years ago. The second suggests that the canyon may have looked largely as it does today 70 million years ago. The time contrast between these hypotheses is striking, and any accurate concept of the canyon would have to be consistent with all observations.The press release ends by citing a new study that claims the western end of the canyon, at the Grand Wash Cliffs, must be “younger than the fault slip that occurred 18 to 12 million years ago.” Then it concludes, “Comparing their data to other datasets suggests that the notion that the canyon starting eroding around six million years ago is still the best scientific idea for the age of the Grand Canyon.” Notice that they call it a “notion” and an “idea.” It’s interesting that the spread of age estimates for the fault slip (6 million years) is equivalent to their estimate for the entire erosion of the canyon itself. If so much erosion occurred in that time farther to the east, why was there so much less erosion at Grand Wash Cliffs? Why did all the canyon’s erosion wait to commence till another 6 to 12 million years had passed after the fault slip? The theory seems incoherent, but is based on “general time markers” secular geologists rely on for reference.Dinosaur ViewpointSetting aside that question for now, their “notion” precludes dinosaurs having seen the Grand Canyon. The older age (70 million years) might have permitted some dinosaurs to see the western part at least. But the beasts should have been long gone if the fault slip was 18 million years ago. So the answer to PhysOrg‘s question, “Did dinosaurs enjoy Grand Canyon views?” is “Definitely not.”“We are confident the western canyon is younger than 6 million years and is certainly younger than 18 million years,” said Andrew Darling, a graduate student in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. The research is published online June 10 in the journal Geosphere.The problem with the assertion is that studying the age of the Grand Canyon isn’t easy.Measuring time can be tricky when everything you’re studying is eroding away. And the whole region has been eroding for a long time, so not much is left of the landscape that was there when the Grand Canyon started forming. Yet, most people think the Grand Canyon is young – around 6 million years old based on what is preserved.Creationists would agree that the canyon “is certainly younger than 18 million years”—a lot younger! And they would agree that dinosaurs never saw the Grand Canyon. Their reason would be that the canyon formed after the great Flood of Noah’s day. The dinosaurs had all drowned during the Flood year, the last holdouts leaving footprints in Navajo sandstone at levels thousands of feet higher than the canyon sediments. The canyon sediments preserve only marine creatures buried in the early stages of the Flood. Possibly centuries after the Flood, a dam breach from a remnant inland sea carved the canyon when the sediments were still soft, according to a leading creation model.Eastern Grand Canyon shows rapid downcutting after sheet erosionThe only possible way a dinosaur could have seen the Grand Canyon, in this view, would have been for descendents of surviving species taken on the Ark to have migrated to North America after the Flood. Migration and repopulation of the continents was expected to be rapid across land bridges when sea levels were low. Petroglyphs of dinosaur-shaped animals provide some tantalizing hints that early human migrants to the Colorado plateau saw dinosaurs. Conditions after the Flood were either no longer suitable for them, or else humans hunted them to extinction. Still, a few dinosaurs might have looked over the rim and said, “What a magnificent view! This should be a national park!”The creation model has long been a target for scoffers. This month’s announcements about soft tissue in dinosaur bones (6/09/15) and carbon-14 in dinosaur bones (6/18/15), however, have effectively falsified millions of years and confirmed creationist predictions (6/10/15), leaving the young-earth view the only one standing to explain those results. It’s time to turn the tables and laugh at the way secular moyboys use “millions of years” like a magic wand to explain everything they never saw, having denied the only eyewitness account.last_img read more

South Africa remains the top FDI destination on the African Continent

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 27 November 2018 – Brand South Africa welcomes the release of the 2018 Ernst & Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey which sees South Africa retain its position as the top foreign direct investment (FDI) destination on the African continent, a top rank position which the country now shares with Morocco.EY states that they are also seeing investment shifting between countries for the first time. “South Africa, once the clear leader in attracting FDI, now shares the top rank with Morocco.This is the first time South Africa has been challenged for being the most preferred investment destination (measured by FDI project numbers). Ethiopia jumped seven places to become the fifth-largest FDI recipient, its highest ranking yet.”The report also notes that during 2017 FDI into the African economy increased with 6%, and that in 2016 a total of 676 FDI projects came to African economies, increasing to 718 in 2017. In this regard, the top five nations on the African continent of FDI projects are South Africa with 96 projects – giving it a 31% share of FDI in 2017. Morocco with 96 projects, increases from 81 in 2016 and Kenya with 67 projects, rising from 40 in 2016, suggesting a 68% increase in FDI projects year on year. Nigeria sees an increase from 54 to 64 projects between 2016 and 2017 while Ethiopia made a momentous improvement with an increase of 288% of FDI projects, from 16 in 2016, to 62 in 2017.Commenting on the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 results, Brand South Africa’s GM for Research Dr Petrus de Kock says from this year’s report it is clear that specific regions and countries’ outlook, and investment attractiveness have changed dramatically.Dr de Kock adds: “This has several implications for South Africa in a year where President Ramaphosa made investment (both domestic and foreign) a key priority of his administration and cabinet. South Africa’s position in this year’s report is as a result of the -31% decline on investment projects from 2016 (total number of projects in 2016 were 139). From the EY data it is clear that South Africa lost momentum in attracting FDI in 2017.”Dr de Kock says Morocco’s position should serve as a wakeup call and motivator for South Africa. “Morocco’s standing as FDI destination is solidifying and the country is on a trajectory to intensify its FDI credentials in the coming years. It is therefore important following on the successful investment conference initiated by President Ramaphosa, that South Africa utilises existing strengths in market diversification, strength of incentives for investment, and the infrastructural profile of the market, to attract more investment.“South Africa needs to sustain momentum to stimulate GDP growth because there is a direct correlation between robust GDP growth and FDI attraction. The country must ensure that it continues on the path of careful reforms to improve ease of doing business in the market,” concluded Dr de Kock.Of all the regions, East Africa registered the most significant increase in the number of FDI projects during 2017. This is mostly due to robust GDP growth, as well as regional integration initiatives. As a whole, the region saw an 82% increase in FDI compared to 2016. While this increase comes off a relatively low base in 2016, it is notable that the region emerged as Africa’s FDI hub during 2017.The EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 provides interesting insights pertaining to the economic outlook of the pan-African economy, as well as trends in FDI.last_img read more

Blake Jarwin’s Explosiveness and Consistency Important For OSU In 2016

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Blake Jarwin not only had a career game with 96 yards and a touchdown, it was the best game by an OSU “tight end” since Blake Jackson was had multiple triple-digit performances back in 2012.“When you have some one on the inside who can do what he did, safeties aren’t able to cheat all the way out and try to guard the outside guys,” James Washington told the Stillwater News Press. “They’ve got to start respecting him, too, because if not he will do exactly what he did today.”Jarwin’s 17.64 yards per reception is second on the team only to James Washington’s 19.48 average this year (sophomore Cowboy Back Keenen Brown does have a 23.50 average but on only two catches). Jarwin has catches in each of the last three games. All four of them have been for 20+ yards. This opens up the field for Rudolph as well as his stable of RBs.The former walk-on has become a consistent outlet for Mason Rudolph. In Jarwin’s previous career-best game earlier this year against Texas, he had three huge third-down plays that were crucial to OSU’s win over Texas as I wrote here for Cowboys Ride For Free.On the opening drive, before Justice Hill’s 30-yard touchdown run that lit up Twitter, the Cowboys faced third down and 6 on their own 40-yard line. Mason Rudolph threw it to Jarwin who made a man miss and went 17 yards, keeping the drive alive.On the next drive, Jarwin made a 13-yard catch on third down and 10 from the Cowboy 30-yard line. Again he kept a drive alive that ended this time with James Washington “going house” on a 54-yard play which we will see for years to come on YouTube compilations.The Cowboy Back has seen an increased role in the Cowboys’ offense and one of the biggest reasons for that has been the consistency of Blake Jarwin. As the Cowboys moved away from the wide-open Air Raid of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, Mike Gundy wanted to implement a more pro-style system featuring a tight end. The idea was to recruit players who could fit both the tight end and fullback role.Blake Jarwin has been the poster child of the three-year old hybrid position named “Cowboy Back” by its position coach Jason McEndoo.Saturday started off with a bang for Jarwin. His first catch went for 54 yards and the Cowboys’ second touchdown of the day to give them a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. His next play in the same quarter went for 42 yards.last_img read more

Winners and Losers From The Oklahoma State-Kansas State Game

first_imgBack at it with winners and losers from Oklahoma State’s huge win over Kansas State over the weekend.Kyle PorterWinner: Bob Bowlsby — How lucky is the Big 12 that it has gotten a de facto title game in almost every season since it went to the round robin schedule? With Oklahoma State’s win, that dream is still alive this year as the Pokes and Sooners hurtle towards a clash in Norman on December 3.Loser: Kansas State’s defense — We get all bent out of shape about Glenn Spencer and Co. How do you think KSU fans feel? Their team gave up 10 (!) yards a play on Saturday to Mike Yurcich’s often-maligned offense. On a day when OSU gifted them a win, they couldn’t take advantage of it.Also: They became the first team to give up at least six and a half rushing yards per carry to Oklahoma State since Iowa State in 2013.Winner: The Jumpman brand — Just look at all this free marketing from serial big-play-maker Blake Jarwin.They don’t call @Jaws_47 #AirJaws for nothing‼️ He even casts his own #jumpman logo when he goes up 4 the ? ???? pic.twitter.com/KKUxlK3PkK— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 7, 2016Kyle CoxWinner: Blake Jarwin — He had a career game in only two catches. His 96 yards were the most of any OSU TE since Blake Jackson in 2012. And he had added to his collection of MJ poses.Winner: Mike Yurcich — He really has had a good year regardless of those stuck on hating him. He called a wonderful game against WVU and followed it up with a good one in Manhattan. Those two interceptions made a big dent in how this one looked.Loser: The Purple Wizard — This was the one of those games Bill Snyder doesn’t lose in his own “Family Stadium.” As Kyle Porter pointed out this is the first loss in 26 when he wins the turnover battle at least 3-1.Loser: Barry J. Sanders — Barry actually had a couple of really good running plays but that muffed punt. Yeesh. Not to be too harsh but punt returning is his main job at this point. Can’t have those types of mental errors.Sam AldrichWinner: Air Jarwin — Blake hauled in two huge catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, including a 54-yarder. Jarwin is not often used in the passing game in the offense, but made some huge plays to help the Cowboys steal a win they probably shouldn’t have on the road.They don’t call @Jaws_47 #AirJaws for nothing‼️ He even casts his own #jumpman logo when he goes up 4 the ? ???? pic.twitter.com/KKUxlK3PkK— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 7, 2016Ed. note: We all love Blake Jarwin.Loser: Glenn Spencer — I was flabbergasted at how easily the Wildcats ran the ball up and down the field. QB Jesse Ertz ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns all by himself, and overall, the Wildcat offense ran for 345 yards on 56 carries!The Cowboys should have loaded up the box and dared Ertz to throw and beat them over the top, but instead played back and got manhandled all day long. The poor game plan from Spencer almost cost the Cowboys a valuable win, and his job feels less secure each week. Here comes Patty Mahomes!Carson CunninghamWinner: QB1 — He is becoming the quarterback OSU fans hoped for when he showed flashes of brilliance as a baby-faced freshman. The dirty little secret was he didn’t play as well on the road (10 TD, 10 INT before Saturday) but he erased that narrative with his finest performance outside of Payne County.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-01-31-amSure, he still misses the easy throws while dropping 50-yard dimes but when it’s all said and done, he may be the best QB to sit on the neon palm throne.Loser: Glenn Spencer — The tide is turning. Twitter used to feature incessant “FIRE YURCICH!” tweets, but the focus is shifting dramatically to Spencer.The frustration is warranted. The lack of preparation for K-State’s one-dimensional offense, combined with the lack of adjustments was simply maddening. How do you not stack the box and dare Jesse Ertz to beat you? It was baffling.When you look at OSU’s players on defense – they look the part – but the results this season do not reflect it.Winner: Sugar Loaf Daniels — He went the distance! How high will Spencer jump up and down watching this on film? I think Darrion Daniels earned some carries with those wheels!Now I’m dreaming of a Check Engine Light backfield. Think about it: Vincent Taylor running the option on the goal line, flicks it to Sugar Loaf for the touchdown. Make it happen, Mikey Y. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph: ‘We Just Control What We Can Control’

first_imgHe’s right about the rushing. It was just OSU’s fifth 300-yard game on the ground since 2010. An incredible performance by all parties, and Justice Hill and Chris Carson were magnificent. Rudolph was pretty strong with his legs as well as he scampered for one TD and bulled his way to another.He now has these stats on the year:64% completions326 yards per game29 total TDs4 INTHe’s also approaching the rare 4,000-yard club through the air. He needs around 500 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game to join Brandon Weeden as the only two OSU QBs to ever do it. And about that bowl game (and backdoor CFB Playoff appearance).“You know I think we just control what we can control,” said Rudolph. “We played our butts off and you know really, really proud of our team and we’re looking forward to going into an off week, getting healthy and playing for a Big Te….Big 12 championship. That’s all we’re worried about.”The Freudian slip was terrific. The 10-1 record even better. Mason Rudolph was 17/34 for 207 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on seven carries (and 2 TDs) on the ground. It was a good (not great) road performance for QB1 who moved to 21-5 as a starter and 15-0 against teams in the Big 12 not named Baylor.He spoke with FS1’s Bruce Feldman after the game about what made OSU click on offense and what his thoughts are on the CFB Playoff rankings.“I think our defense played great all day got us a lot of key turnovers there in the second half,” said Rudolph. “Really proud of those guys. You know, combine that with running the ball for over 300 yards was big time and really proud of those guys up front.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Football Assistants Receive Bump in Pay; Yurcich Gets $100K Raise

first_imgPutting a bow on Gundy’s extension was a big win for Holder in the court of public opinion. Whether or not he ever gets the baseball stadium built, this will boost his legacy. At least he avoided another coaching scar by keeping the school’s most successful football coach in program history a happy man. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy’s unsigned contract sat on his desk and gathered dust. It was the elephant in the room and could have led to a disaster for super-fundraiser Mike Holder’s legacy at his alma mater. After Gundy flirted with Baylor, speculation ramped up. When the Cowboys’ all-time leader in wins finally broke the silence on negotiations, he minced few words. He wanted more money for his assistant coaches and a higher budget for recruiting and improvements for the football program. And now he’s got it.As reported by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, Oklahoma State is bumping football assistant salaries to a total of just over $3.6 million for the 2017 season.AdChoices广告Here’s a breakdown of some of the highlights of the new pay rates.Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich received a pay increase from $500,000 to $600,000.Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer received a $75,000 raise to $675,000.Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements received a pay increase of $35,348 to $400,000Offensive line coach Josh Henson received starting salary of $400,000Wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn received pay increase of $35,000 to $360,000Cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie received pay increase of $16,967 to $356,314Safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt received pay increase of $50,000 to $325,000Tight ends coach Jason McEndoo received pay increase of $50,000 to $275,000Running backs coach John Wozniak received starting salary of $250,000 [Tulsa World]last_img read more