FANCY getting your hands on a an All-Ireland Final ticket using your poker face?Players and coaches at St Eunan’s GAA club in Letterkenny are warming up for the big match by hosting a Texas Hold’Em night at the club house this evening.Start time 8:15 for 8.30…20 euro entry with a ten euro rebuy. Poker players will be invited to take part in a raffle – with a first prize of a single ticket for Hill 16 for Sunday! DONEGAL FANS GET CHANCE TO WIN AN ALL-IRELAND TICKET – AT POKER! was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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)
Two science articles this month showed very different ways to look at a fish fin. One looked for evolution; the other looked for design. One tried to trace an evolutionary story with no practical application; the other tried to find ways to improve our lives. The evolutionary story involved a fossil coelacanth. Science Daily reported that a fossil coelacanth fin found by researchers from University of Chicago “fills a shrinking evolutionary gap between fins and limbs.” Yet it was unclear how it did so, since the article went on to say that both the fins of coelacanths and lungfish, once thought to be ancestral to tetrapods, are in fact actually specialized. Matt Friedman, the team leader, denied even that coelacanth was a living fossil. It was also unclear how this fossil helped the evolutionary story. “With things like this [fossil],” he said, “we’re beginning to hone in on the primitive conditions of fins that gave rise to limbs later on.” This indicates that they do not have evidence of primitive fins – only of advanced fins that could not have been part of an assumed evolutionary sequence leading to limbs. The other story, a press release from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, described how a team is trying to imitate the swimming action of fish fins. “Inspired by the efficient swimming motion of the bluegill sunfish, MIT researchers are building a mechanical fin that could one day propel robotic submarines.” The sunfish can hover, turn, and store energy. This particular species is able to propel itself forward with no backward drag. As part of their research, the team “broke down the fin movement of the sunfish into 19 components and analyzed which ones are critical to achieving the fish’s powerful forward thrust.” Then they built an artificial fin using advanced polymers to mimic the motion. Some day, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) may use these principles to achieve greater maneuverability at less energy cost. This effort “gives us the potential to build machines or robots in a manner closer to how nature creates things,” said one, and “will help engineers figure out how to best adapt nature’s principles to designing robotic vehicles.”Compare the benefit of biomimetic research with the utter uselessness of Darwinian speculation. The nonsense going on at U of Chicago, the Center of Tetrapod Evolution Fability (01/16/2007 commentary), is wasting our time. They cannot connect the fossil dots in any believable sequence between fish and amphibians, but have the gall to lie to us: first, about the “shrinking evolutionary gap between fins and limbs,” and secondly by denying coelacanth is a living fossil. Do they even know what a living fossil is? Here was a creature known only from the fossil record, thought to be extinct from the age of dinosaurs, that was found alive and well in 1938. It doesn’t matter whether it is considered a transitional form now, because it was thought to be so by all evolutionists then. When they found that it does not use its fins for supporting its body on land, they had to quickly change their fable in light of the facts in front of them. They’ve learned nothing in the intervening 70 years and have done no one any good. Evolution is useless, vapid, evanescent speculation about things they cannot know and cannot prove, holding us hostage to promissory notes about insight that turns out to be positively anti-knowledge (see Luther Sunderland comments). The other story, by contrast, has real value. The researchers saw an efficient design in nature. They were inspired to create a similar mechanism that could improve our lives. Which kind of science do you prefer gets the government funding? If the rascally Darwinist usurpers ever get ejected from the lab for the crime of impersonating a scientist, civilization won’t miss them. Real scientists will suddenly see a surge in funding and resources that had been wasted on fruitless storytelling. Help mankind: fire a Darwinist.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Ten people have been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the running of an organised inter-State racket of supplying chemicals to adulterate petrol and diesel. According to the police, 2,000 litres of ‘fake’ petrol and 2 lakh litres of chemicals used for adulteration have been recovered from the premises of thinner and solvent factories and godowns in the Partapur area of Meerut where the accused were allegedly carrying out the criminal activity.A truck that was being used to supply the ‘fake’ petrol to at least 10 different petrol pumps in the city has also been seized.Alok Singh, I-G Police (Meerut Range), had asked the Crime Branch and local police to look into complaints of farmers about the engines of their tractors and tube well machines getting seized after buying diesel from certain petrol pumps in the city. “On the basis of clues provided by an informer, we conducted raids at Paras Chemical Factory and Ganpati Petrochem and recovered hundreds of litres of chemicals and spurious petrol and diesel on Tuesday night,” said Avinash Pandey, SP (Rural) Meerut.Proprietors booked The police arrested Rajiv Jain, proprietor, Paras Chemicals, and Pradeep Gupta, who owns Ganesh Petrochem, and eight others under Sections 420 of IPC and 3/7 of the Essential Commodities Act 1955.During interrogation, the accused revealed the modus operandi. “The two kingpins had licence to make thinner in their factories. They would add colour that is commonly used in making savouries to the chemical to ‘create’ the spurious fuel,” the police said. It allegedly cost them ₹38 a litre. They would supply it to petrol pumps in the city and neighbouring States in their truck. “We asked them to show the process in police presence and they said if 20% of it is added to original petrol, it is hard to detect its presence by a common consumer,” Mr. Pandey added.The police have informed the Indian Oil Corporation to take action against the colluding petrol pumps and three petrol pumps were raided on Thursday by officials of the district supply office.
Burnley boss Dyche: Luck was with usby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley earned victory over Fulham thanks to two own goals.Andre Schurrle’s wonderful early strike was cancelled out in the 20th minute when Jeff Hendrick’s effort went in off Joe Bryan.And three minutes later it was Denis Odoi who inadvertently beating Sergio Rico, heading in after Hendrick crossed.Burnley boss Sean Dyche said afterwards: “They were very tough conditions for both teams and it was a very tough win, for many reasons.“I didn’t think we played as well today as we did in the previous two wins, but the mentality to come back from a goal down for the second game in a row was terrific and I thought we grew into the game and ended up being the more progressive side.“We got a scratch of luck, but I’m not going to cry that one in because I don’t think we’ve had our share this season.“And towards the end James (Tarkowski) does what we maybe weren’t doing enough of at the start of the season, by making an absolutely fantastic block to make sure we go and win the game.“That’s as good a goal for me!”Dyche added: “They threw caution to the wind in the second half and why wouldn’t you?“They haven’t won away all season and they are trying to get a foothold in an important game, so they went very expansive, but I don’t remember them opening us up too many times.“The resilience, character and energy is back in the side and we are doing all the details better.“Earlier in the season we were conceding a lot of soft goals. We have to continue, of course, but what it does is provide a mental shift.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, are excited to announce Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) will return for a fifth year.This annual fundraising event will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Talent will be announced soon.Over the past four years MJ&M has raised over $5 million benefitting a handful of youth organizations that all reflect MJ&M’s goal to empower kids in their community.“We continue to be amazed with the outcome of MJ&M,” said Coach Brown. “Friends from across the country come together to support this amazing effort to empower kids, all while having a great time that they won’t soon forget. We cannot wait to make an even greater impact in 2017.”MJ&M continues to impact the lives of children throughout Texas, California, Louisiana, and more than 23 countries around the world. Every year, MJ&M supports select organizations that share the principals’ goal to empower kids. Funds raised through MJ&M 2017 will support The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, Cure Duchenne and Dell Children’s Medical Center.Like the previous years, the MJ&M line up will include a gala and concert on April 20 hosted at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.Previous MJ&M headliners include Dierks Bentley, Kasey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp.Ingram added, “With this being our 5th anniversary year we want to celebrate the impact of MJ&M in a big way. We are committed to making the music and experience the best yet. I always appreciate old friends and new being willing to show up and perform to make MJ&M the most impactful, fun event of the year. Two nights of non-stop talent – you will not want to miss it.”April 21 will be a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show chaired by Lifestyle expert and co-founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, Camila Alves McConaughey. Veronica Beard, Badgley Mischka, Lela Rose and MILLY were the featured runway designers in years past. The 2017 designer will be announced soon.April 21 will conclude back at ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other singer-songwriter event. Eric Church, Little Big Town, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music have participated over the past four years and the lineup coming together for 2017 promises to be the best yet.“Camila and I are proud to join our dear friends to raise awareness and money for these important charities,” said McConaughey. “We always have a great time being home in Austin and have made numerous new friendships over the years since MJ&M began. That’s what it’s all about – coming together to help kids succeed.”For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey or to sign up to receive further announcements about the 2017 event, visit www.mjm2017.com.
Jonathan Vilma, the most aggressive attacker of the New Orleans Saints bounty program suspensions and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, has been place on the physically unable to perform list. And so, his battle to be reinstated to play this year was overturned on Friday, but off-season knee surgery will not allow him to play for at least five more games.Vilma, who was called the “ring leader” of the so-called bounty system where players were paid to injury opponents, will be eligible to return after Week 7. The Saints, who will have their bye in Week 6, opted to put Vilma on the PUP list after his roster exemption expired Monday.Vilma, 30, can participate in team meetings and will be allowed to use the Saints’ training and medical facilities. But the three-time Pro Bowler cannot practice with the team.Vilma had his season-long suspension overturned Friday by a three-member appeals panel, which ruled that Goodell did not have authority to punish players for any salary-cap violations committed in the Saints’ alleged bounty scheme. Vilma countered with suits challenging Goodell’s authority and said the commissioner’s signaling out of him as a participant damaged his reputation.Granted the reprieve by the panel, Vilma attended the Saints’ season-opening 40-32 defeat to the Washington Redskins. He did not suit up for that game, but Vilma led the Superdome crowd in a spirited pregame “Who Dat” chant and watched the game from the sideline.New Orleans sure could have used Vilma’s prowess on defense, as Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III masterfully dissected the Saints’ defense to the tune of 320 yards passing and two touchdowns while giving up 40 points. The Redskins also ran the ball effectively. In short, the Saints’ defense was dominated by an offense that had not shown itself to be that potent in the preseason.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team won its first two matches of the NCAA Championship on Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes, along with 15 other teams, will now advance to round three of the tournament in Stanford, Calif. OSU shut out Notre Dame and Ball State, winning the first two rounds of the tournament, 4-0. Playing doubles for the Buckeyes this weekend were senior Matt Allare and redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt, junior Chase Buchanan and senior Shuhei Uzawa, and freshman Blaz Rola and senior Balazs Novak. “There was so much at stake today,” coach Ty Tucker said after the match against Notre Dame. “We got to be ready to play.” The Buckeyes played hard against Notre Dame, winning the doubles point after two 8-2 victories from pairs Buchanan and Uzawa, and Rola and Novak. The last three points for the Buckeyes came from three singles victories by Novak, Rola and Allare. Novak sped through his match winning, 6-0, 6-2, against Notre Dame’s Blas Moros. Rola finished soon after, beating Casey Watt, 6-2, 6-2. Scoring the final point for the Buckeyes was Allare, with a score of 6-2, 6-3 against Notre Dame’s Greg Andrews. “They’re a really tough team,” Kobelt said of Notre Dame. “They’ve got great coaches and great players one through six.” OSU came out strong against Ball State in the first round of the tournament Friday. “We have to take what we can get,” Kobelt said of the hot weather. “It’s the kind of stuff we’ll deal with if we go out to California.” Novak and Rola were the first to finish their match, beating Ball State opponents Shaun Bussert and Austin Sansone, 8-0. Finishing soon after, fellow teammates Buchanan and Uzawa won their match against Ball State’s Zane Smith and Derek Carpenter, 8-3, clinching the doubles point for the Buckeyes. Allare and Kobelt finished their match early, 6-4, because the Buckeyes had already won the doubles point after the first two OSU doubles wins. Competing in singles and earning the team’s last three points were Rola, Buchanan, Allare, redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy, Novak and Kobelt. McCarthy finished first, beating Ball State’s Alexandre Brym, 6-1, 6-2. He was followed soon after by Allare, who won his match, 6-3, 6-2, and Buchanan, who won his match, 6-1, 6-0. “I think I played well,” McCarthy said after his match. “It’s always a little nerve-racking going into the first round of the tournament.” OSU will now advance to the third round of the NCAA Championship Tournament, and face off against either Texas or Tulsa at 6 p.m. May 19.
Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is tackled out of bounds during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoAs we rapidly close in on the top five, The Lantern continues its countdown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes for the 2014 Ohio State football season.No. 6: Jeff Heuerman, senior tight endEvery season since Ben Hartsock’s 2003 departure, Buckeye fans across the state have been saying “this is the year” an OSU tight end becomes a key part of the passing game. Over time, after repeated underwhelming displays of production from the position, that statement has become a question.Is this the year?After years of failure, 2013 was a step in the right direction.In 2004 and 2005 it was Ryan Hamby’s chance. He’s best known for a dropped touchdown against Texas in 2005 that could have won the game. From 2006 to 2008 it was Rory Nicol’s chance, but he never managed more than 13 receptions.In 2009 Jake Ballard proved to be a solid player and had a key reception in OSU’s Rose Bowl win against Oregon, but he was not key to the offense.Jake Stoneburner broke through with 21 catches in 2010 and seven touchdowns in 2011, but he was more of an oversized receiver and still didn’t ooze production.After Stoneburner’s departure in 2012, this past season was finally Heuerman’s chance to shine.Heuerman tallied 26 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns –– easily the best tight end production OSU has had in a decade –– and proved to be a valuable safety valve for then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller.In 2014, Heuerman’s importance to the team will go well beyond his number of catches or his trips to the end zone. The most important thing will be when those catches occur.Miller is now a senior with another offseason under his belt, but he missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury. He is expected to be set to go for the season opener, but that injury, and his injury in 2013 that caused then-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to step in and attempt 109 passes, served as a wake-up call for coach Urban Meyer and his staff.For this team to be successful, Miller must be healthy, and Heuerman can do a lot to ensure he stays that way. Not only is he a strong blocker on the edge, Heuerman’s ability to bail Miller out in tough situations can prevent the signal caller from running as often as normal.Miller is certainly a runner first, but that might have to change of OSU is to be successful, and having the frame of Heuerman on the field gives him a near sure thing to check down to.Heuerman checks in at 6 feet, 5 inches and 255 pounds. He is an imposing presence on the field and the Buckeyes should hope to –– and expect to –– see a jump in his production for 2014.So is this the year? Does it really even matter?Heuerman put up great numbers last year, and as long as he continues his production and elevates his game, even more balls should be headed his way.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 30 when the Buckeyes face Navy in Baltimore, Md.
Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson celebrates a point with his teammates in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-2, 2-0 MIVA) swept No. 14 Fort Wayne (9-2, 1-1 MIVA) in three straight sets to maintain an undefeated conference record.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said it was not clear going into the match whether to expect a three-, four- or five-set match.“They’re a much improved team, but they had a really, really tough year last year. Improvement is kind of in the eye of the beholder,” Hanson said. “They’re playing a bunch of sophomores, and some freshmen and maybe a junior, and I think the experience and the moment kind of favored us.”The first set foreshadowed a good serving match for the Buckeyes, who amounted four service aces in the first set alone. Fort Wayne struggled with receiving serves and were unable to run an aggressive offense, averaging a .143 as a team. Mastodon redshirt outside hitter Colton Stone carried Fort Wayne in kills, contributing five of its nine total kills.Ohio State also struggled with attacking in the first set, hitting a .143. Despite matching Fort Wayne’s hitting percentage, the Buckeyes won the set 25-23.Mastodon blockers were successful in moving from pin to pin across the net and keeping the ball on Ohio State’s side, but the Buckeyes countered with good defense by staying light on their feet and moving to the ball. The Buckeyes picked up their offense in the second set, hitting a match-high .393 hitting percentage and shutting down Fort Wayne’s defense and counterattacks. Ohio State middle blockers Blake Leeson and Nick Laffin showed force from the middle, contributing seven kills, helping the Buckeyes win 25-19.The night seemed to go downhill for the Mastodons in the final set with their hitting percentage dropping to -.125 for the set. Both teams passed well, but Ohio State had a better handle on the ball that allowed them to surge ahead. The Buckeyes felt comfortable enough to sub in sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbliss and sophomore setter Andrew Hillman for some late-set gameplay. Toward the beginning, the teams were close, but leading 5-4, Ohio State went on a 10-3 point run to put them at 15-7. The third set was the lowest scoring for Fort Wayne, who lost to the Buckeyes by 11 points, 25-14.“I think Fort Wayne struggled with connecting on their pins,” Leeson said. “I think their offense was a little too fast for their own ability in some cases, forcing thins, trying to get split blocks and it worked sometimes, but they were high-error.”After the match, Hanson said he thought the team’s serving played an important role in its win. “Our servers put a lot of pressure on their passers and their offense and if you look at the stats, their hitting numbers got worse as the match went on because our serving got better as the match went on,” he said.The Buckeyes ended the weekend on a high note, starting conference season off 2-0 after their victories against Ball State and Fort Wayne. Ohio State will continue conference play at St. John Arena, facing Lindenwood University on Thursday and Quincy University on Saturday.