Former Raiders second-round pick signed by Patriots

first_imgSafety Obi Melifonwu, a second-round pick by the Raiders who was waived by Oakland on Oct. 23, has been signed by the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.Melifonwu, who played collegiately for Connecticut and went No. 56 to the Raiders in the 2017 draft, played five games last season, one as a starter. He was placed on injured reserve last December with a hip injury. He was waived on Aug. 23 to clear a roster spot for veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and then was …last_img read more

Gold from Starstuff, or a Fool’s Gold Scenario?

first_imgIf you tweak your scenario hard enough, it will give you anything you want.Did earth’s gold and heavy elements arrive by special delivery? Maybe an exploding star did it. The words maybe, might, and possibly give scientists endless opportunities to speculate.Whirling ‘Collapsar’ Stars Gave Universe Its Gold ( It’s not like astrophysicists had this figured out. We’ve been told for decades that all the elements heavier than iron were formed in supernovas. Was that all fake confidence?“It’s fascinating to me that, even this year, in which we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the periodic table, there is still so much we don’t quite understand about how the heavy elements of the universe are created,” study lead author Daniel Siegel, a theoretical physicist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, told Those elements include “gold and platinum and the rare-earth elements in our portable electronics,” he said.Now that they have a new scenario with merging neutron stars (rare events called “collapsars”), we can trust them, right? Or is this job security for storytellers?“What we find in our study is that collapsars should produce at least 80% of the heavy-element content in our galaxy,” Siegel said. “Almost 20% would come from neutron-star mergers.”In the future, the researchers want to investigate how elements are created in other kinds of accretion disks, such as supernovas resulting from strongly magnetized stars, Siegel said. “We also want to explore the cosmological implications of our work — what our results suggest for the chemical evolution and assembly of galaxies,” he added.Collapsars as a major source of r-process elements (Nature). Here’s the paper on which the previous claim was based. Siegel, Barnes and Metzger share some awe-inspiring math and nuclear physics. Note: the “r-process” is a term in nuclear physics for neutron capture to build up elements.Here we report simulations that show that collapsar accretion disks yield sufficient r-process elements to explain observed abundances in the Universe. Although these supernovae are rarer than neutron-star mergers, the larger amount of material ejected per event compensates for the lower rate of occurrence. We calculate that collapsars may supply more than 80 per cent of the r-process content of the Universe.It’s a pretty audacious claim. But notice that this scenario is an auxiliary hypothesis for the Big Bang, which itself could only result in hydrogen, helium, and some lithium. A look through the paper shows numerous examples of guesswork, uncertainty, assumption, estimating from poor data, and jury-rigging of the scenario prior to the confident conclusion. Given enough billions of years and enough tweaking, anything is possible. But look at some of the assumptions! Only one neutron-star merger has been observed; yet they use that single instance to deduce a “per-galaxy rate” of these events! The calculated rate of collapsars is equally crude. Assumptions and crude calculations cannot yield conclusions less crude than they are themselves.Ancient Neutron-Star Crash Made Enough Gold and Uranium to Fill Earth’s Oceans ( “Enough gold, uranium and other heavy elements about equal in mass to all of Earth’s oceans likely came to the solar system from the collision of two neutron stars billions of years ago, a new study finds,” begins this scenario. Of course, they had to jury-rig where this collision occurred, and when it occurred, and how lucky we were that it didn’t sterilize the Earth.The researchers found a vast amount of heavy elements in the solar system likely originated from a single neutron-star collision that occurred about 80 million years before the birth of the solar system. Based on the amount of material from this merger that managed to make it here, they suggested this merger happened about 1,000 light-years from the cloud of gas and dust that eventually formed the solar system.They didn’t quite get around to addressing some troubling follow-up questions. (1) Why isn’t gold found equally on all the other objects of the solar system? (2) If Earth began as a molten mass, why didn’t all the heavy elements sink to the core? (3) Why is so much gold found at the Earth’s surface?The attitude of secular scientists is, “It exists; therefore it evolved.” Take gold and platinum. Empirical observation reveals these and other rare earth elements (see Evolution News) and precious metals available at the surface of the Earth, but they are not equally distributed through the solar system. If such elements had been found at Mars or Venus or on comets and asteroids, NASA would be on a gold rush! How did Earth become so blessed with useful and valuable elements? Nobody watched a collapsar send the gold here. You can’t reproduce a collapsar in the lab, much less a lucky neutron-star merger. The only way materialists can conclude anything is to tell stories, and throw in a little bit of science to give it an air of plausibility. As in biology, the usual answer is, “It evolved” (synonymous with “stuff happens”). A frequent Twitter critic of CEH falls back on one of his favorite excuses, ‘”At least scientists admit they don’t know everything and are trying to figure it out with the methods of science. Isn’t that better than trusting some holy book and saying ‘God did it’ by some kind of magic?” Let’s get this straight. Any sufficiently assumption-ridden, error-prone, unobservable, counter-intuitive, implausible, jury-rigged, theory-laden, anomaly-riddled materialistic just-so story is indistinguishable from Magic. The critic just has a personal preference for that kind of miracle over than intelligently-designed miracles. Divine action, however, has this going for it: necessary and sufficient causation. Plus, He told us what He did!Atheists have the free will to disbelieve all this. Just don’t let them call it science.(Visited 286 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hopefully Ravichandran Ashwin will finish with 500 to 600 Test wickets: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly backed ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to play 100 Test matches and finish with 500 to 600 wickets in the longest format.Ashwin, who on Monday, beat Australia legend Dennis Lillee’s record to become the fastest to reach the 300-wicket mark in Test cricket, starred in India’s innings and 239-run victory against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. He finished with eight wickets for 130 runs in the second Test at Nagpur, picking up a four-wicket haul in each innings.Talking to India Today, Ganguly said that Ashwin is on top of his game and he thinks the Tamil Nadu tweaker will end up with more than 500 wickets when he finishes his career.300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017″It’s a fantastic achievement in 50-odd Test matches. 300 wickets in 54 Test matches is a phenomenal record. Congratulations to him. He will go on to play 100 Test matches for India without a doubt and he can finish with 500-600 Test wickets. So it’s a remarkable achievement,” Ganguly said.WATCH FULL VIDEO”You can see the difference in class on the same pitch, you know. The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled…Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera and then you saw Ravichandran Ashwin on that surface. He just looked in a different league. Right from the top, a bit of bounce, little bit of grip from the surface. The accuracy and the control is remarkable. So congratulations to him and many many more to come,” he added.advertisementIn just 54 matches Ashwin managed to take 300 wickets beating Lillee to the milestone by two Tests, who did so in 56 Tests. Lahiru Gamage was his record 300th scalp, as the ball tickled the off stumps enough to dislodge the bails.Congratulations to @ashwinravi99 on reaching 300 Test wickets, the fastest player to reach the milestone, taking just 54 matches! #INDvSL ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2017Ashwin, who made his debut for India in November 2011, has been India’s main strike bowler in Test cricket over the last three years. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner has not been a regular in India’s limited-overs squads but he Virat Kohli’s go-to-man in Test cricket for the past few years.After picking up only 10 wickets in 2014, he came back with a bang and for two successive years in 2015 and 2016, Ashwin finished as the top wicket-taker in Test cricket. He snared 62 wickets in nine Tests in 2015 and pocketed another 72 from 12 Tests the following year.He has so far picked over 50 Tests wickets again this year might well finish on top for the third year in a row if he has a big haul in Delhi next week.Incidentally, Ashwin had also broken Lillee’s record to become the fastest to 250 Test wickets, during the one-off Test against Bangladesh earlier this year.However, Ashwin remains second fastest to 200 Test wickets after missing an opportunity to equal the mark by one match.Clarrie Grimmett of Australia had reached the 200-wicket club in 36 Tests while Ashwin got there in 37. Lillee is third on the list, having reached the milestone in 38 Tests.last_img read more

Harry Agganis Commemorated at Fenway Park (Photos)

first_imgBOSTON – The 63rd anniversary of the untimely passing of Harry Agganis, the greatest Greek-American athlete of all time, was commemorated on June 27 by the Boston Red Sox who honored his memory and legacy at the storied Fenway Park in Boston. Prior to the Red Sox-Los Angeles Angels game there was a ceremony in front of the sold out crowd, which included 2,000 Greek-Americans. The presentation included the near-mythical details of the storied career of Harry, the “Golden Greek,” and the tragedy of his death in the midst of the first full season of his much anticipated Boston Red Sox career.Agganis, a native of Lynn, Massachusetts, the youngest of seven children, had a heralded career at Lynn Classical High School as a three-sport athlete, followed by an All-American football career at nearby Boston University. Agganis spurned a large signing bonus as a first round draft pick and future quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, in order to stay near his widowed mother and play baseball for the Boston Red Sox. In the midst of his first full season with the Red Sox and batting clean-up behind the Hall of Famer Ted Williams, Agganis was hospitalized first with pneumonia in June, 1955, and died shortly thereafter of a pulmonary embolism. These many years later, the Boston Red Sox, on Greek Heritage Night, honored the short but spectacular career of Harry Agganis, with a pre-game and scoreboard tribute, including photos of Harry with his widowed mom, his high school career at Lynn Classical, his All-American football career for the Boston University Terriers, and ultimately his short career with the Red Sox. Greek Ambassador to the United States Haris Lalacos throwing out ceremonial first pitch. Photo: Greg StamosThe narrated presentation culminated in the unveiling of a bronze plaque memorializing his high school, college, and Red Sox careers. The event was organized by the efforts of the Alpha Omega Council of Boston, a non-profit philanthropic and charitable organization of Hellenic leaders in the Boston area, and the net proceeds, funded by the over 2,000 Greek-Americans attending the game, benefited the Metropolis of Boston’s summer camp in New Hampshire.The ceremony was highlighted by the introduction of Mike Agganis, the nephew of Harry, and his son, Greg Agganis, whose combined efforts sustain the Agganis Foundation which annually awards scholarships in the Boston area to high school athletes and sponsors the Harry Agganis All-Star football game for graduating high school seniors. Greek Ambassador to the United States Haris Lalacos threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Youth Choir from Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA, and the Greek soloist Aggeliki Psoni performed the National Anthem.The Order of AHEPA has commenced a collaboration with the Agganis Foundation, in that its premier athletic award is granted annually to the Most Outstanding Hellenic Athlete in memory of Agganis and is entitled “the Harry Agganis Award.” Gregory J. Stamos, head of the Order of AHEPA’s National Awards including the Agganis Award, represented the Order at the Ceremony, and two Ahepans were amongst the honorees that evening; George Behrakis- Boston area philanthropist who was honored for his generosity and leadership on Hellenic issues, and Colonel Peter J. Vergados, who represented the military.On the field, the unveiling of the plaque at Fenway Park honoring Harry Agganis. Photo: Greg StamosThe unveiling of plaque honoring Harry Agganis before the Red Sox-Angels game. Photo: Greg StamosThe Youth Choir from Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA, and the soloist Aggeliki Psoni performed the National Anthem. Photo: Greg StamosTweetPinShare1616 Shareslast_img read more

2014 Queensland All Schools results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the six divisions at the 2014 Queensland All Schools event. Open MixedAlfriston (NZ) defeated Chancellor CollegeOpen BoysKeebra Park defeated Ignatius ParkOpen GirlsEmmaus (Rockhampton) defeated Brisbane State HighJunior MixedRockhampton Grammar defeated Sheldon CollegeJunior BoysKeebra Park defeated Cavendish RoadJunior GirlsSt Columbans defeated Cavendish RoadRelated LinksQLD All Schoolslast_img

Video: Michigan Football Releases Cool “The Block M” Hype Video, “Most Recognizable Logo In All Of Sports”

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s football time now. They’re very excited about that in Ann Arbor, Mich. Teams are beginning fall camp and we’re now less than a month away from the start of the season, when Michigan takes on Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. In honor of the season coming up, the Wolverines have released a cool hype video about the Block M logo. “It’s the most recognizable logo in all of sports,” they say. The Block M. Enough said. #GoBlue— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) August 4, 2015We’re not quite sure if it’s the “most recognizable logo” in the sports world, but it is a pretty sweet logo.last_img read more

2016 ACC Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgMalcolm Brogdon brings the ball up the floor during ACC Tournament.GREENSBORO, NC – MARCH 16: Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers bring the ball up court against Tyler Thornton #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the championship game of the 2014 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Madness is almost here! After Saturday’s regular season finale, the bracket for the ACC Tournament has officially been set. The event kicks off at noon on Tuesday, March 8, with 12-seed N.C. State vs. 13-seed Wake Forest. North Carolina claims the No. 1 seed, and will face the winner of Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Thursday, while Virginia is the No. 2 seed, and will take on the Clemson-Georgia Tech winner. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers are both in contention for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Ticket information is available here.Here is the full bracket:2016 acc tournament bracket Every ACC Tournament game will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the ACC Network.Favorite: North Carolinaunc logoThe Tar Heels captured the ACC regular season title, beating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. Roy Williams’ squad has a talented assemblage of frontcourt talent, led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson, who averages 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He is joined by Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, to make up one of the deepest forward rotations in the country. Marcus Paige leads the way for UNC’s guards. He’s taken a bit of a backseat this season, averaging just 12 points a game after scoring over 17 per game in 2013-14, and over 14 last season. He provides excellent leadership, and is a clutch performer. The Tar Heels haven’t been perfect this season, and have had some close calls in ACC play, but with their depth and talent, they are the definite favorite in this year’s tournament.Sleeper: DukedukeCalling Duke a “sleeper” is probably a tough sell, but this year’s edition of the Blue Devils is definitely not a vintage Mike Krzyzewski team. The team hit a real swoon at mid-season, and fellow out of the Top 25 altogether, but in recent weeks it has rebounded to become a very dangerous outfit. Guard Grayson Allen is the latest in a long line of classic Duke heels, and he backs it up with his play. He averages 21.5 points per game this season. Rangy freshman forward Brandon Ingram is a dynamic player, who is a likely Top 5 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. With the loss of Amile Jefferson for the season, the Blue Devils don’t have much depth, which is the team’s main issue. However, if Allen, Ingram, and the rest of the team gets hot, it can absolutely make a run in the post-season.last_img read more

Photo: Ezekiel Elliott Has Ohio State Players Going No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 In His NFL Mock Draft

first_imgEzekiel Elliott does his own mock draft.Ezekiel Elliott NFLFormer Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott was in Bristol, Conn. today. The former Buckeyes’ star discussed a number of topics with ESPN, but most notably, he talked about the upcoming NFL Draft. During one appearance, Elliott filled out his own NFL mock draft. Unsurprisingly, he had his Ohio State teammates (and himself) going No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 overall. Surprisingly, though, Elliott did not have himself going No. 1 overall – or No. 2. @EzekielElliott you trying to say where you want to go?— Sam Halle (@Sammysoccer45) April 15, 2016Elliott showing love to his offensive line. That’s a veteran running back move. The NFL Draft starts April 28.last_img read more

Hold Parents Accountable for School Failure – Senator Morris

first_imgPresident of the Senate, Hon. Floyd Morris, says that parents must be held accountable for the poor performance of their children in school.He made the call, as he delivered the keynote address at the 21st staging of the Montego Co-operative Credit Union Schools’ Academic Championship Quiz, held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in St. James.According to Senator Morris, parents are not providing the necessary supervision and support of their children’s studies, in order for the country to realize the returns from the billions of dollars invested in education each year, and they should be “brought to book”.“This year alone, the Government is spending approximately $77 billion, and when you match that with what is being done by private sector companies, I am certain that the figure for education is running well over $100 billion…but, I don’t believe that we are getting the type of returns that we should be getting,” he stated.“I believe that the necessary support systems that are supposed to be in place are not there. I am very disappointed with the sort of parental support that is being given to the education of our children. How can a parent have a child at home and that child traverse primary school and high school, graduate from both institutions, but is not able to read and write? It must be poor parental supervision that is contributing to such a situation,” the Senator said.Citing his own experience, Senator Morris said that being blind did not prevent him from earning two degrees and to now be pursuing a doctorate, as his mother instilled in him the value of education. He said that similarly, parents and students need to take education seriously.Stating that lack of financial resources should not be an excuse for poor academic performance, he said the Government is spending over $4 billion through the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), to provide assistance for needy children, and is also paying for some subjects in external examinations.“In my days, I never had the access to those offerings. No book rental, no school feeding programme, no PATH programme. Yet I see some children step out of their homes to the roadway, and a little rain drizzle, and they not going to school. We have to change that attitude and approach towards education in our country,” he stated.“I see Government paying for the four or five subjects for children at the secondary level, and students don’t turn up to do the exams. I can’t believe what is happening in our country with our parents when it comes on to the supervision of their children. It cannot be fair that taxpayers are subsidising the education of the nation’s children, but yet still we are not getting the effort of ensuring that the students go and do the exams,” he lamented.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more