ATLANTA (AP): The New England Patriots have the Super Bowl history and experience going for them tomorrow, but they can’t compete with the Atlanta Falcons when it comes to an entourage of celebrity fans. The Falcons have been known for having fickle fans who abandon the team when it struggles, but this season, the sidelines have been overflowing with rappers, actors and athletes from other sports . Rapper T.I. says he’s no bandwagon jumper. The lifelong Falcons fan says he remembers when Deion Sanders high-stepped into end zones, Michael Vick dashed by defenders and the “Dirty Birds” danced to the Super Bowl in 1999. Those were some of the most memorable moments in Falcons history, but there were many more forgettable years. No matter the outcome, T.I. remained faithful. “We’re always down for the home team,” T.I. said. “We’ve had our highs and lows. But this team is different. We are rooting for them.” Usher, Future, Jeezy and Bow Wow have been spotted cheering from the sidelines during Falcons home games this season . Rapper Gucci Mane was shown giving fans high-fives from at a playoff game in the Georgia Dome. Ludacris performed at halftime in the Falcons’ NFC divisional round win against the Seattle Seahawks then returned the following week to deliver another show in the team’s final home game at the Georgia Dome in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. The rapper recently narrated a short video clipped called “A City Waits” in honour of the Falcons. One of the most notable Falcons supporters is actor Samuel L. Jackson, who created a commercial in 2014 for the team. He recently appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about his Super Bowl-bound squad and discussed how he tried to forewarn his team about an Aaron Rodgers trick play in warm-ups before the NFC Championship game.
The EPA has classified two new beach areas of Donegal as bathing waters for the first time.Dooey and Magheraroarty were classed as ‘Excellent’ as they appeared on the 2018 EPA Bathing Water report which was published today.Featured image: Magheraroarty by Owen Clarke OC photography The report studied the quality of bathing waters during the long hot summer of 2018. Overall, 94 per cent of the 145 bathing waters in Ireland met the minimum EU standards last year, with over 100 beaches classified as Excellent.In Donegal, most bathing waters retained their Excellent quality status. Lady’s Bay in Buncrana improved from Sufficient to Good.However, Bundoran dropped from Excellent to Good and Lisfannon was downgraded from Good to Sufficient.See the Identified Bathing Waters in Donegal, as listed on the Environmental Protection Agency | Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2018 Report: Speaking on the new report, Jenny Deakin, EPA Senior Scientific Officer, said:“Ireland has many beautiful beaches and some inland bathing waters with excellent water quality. The report covers the 145 EU identified bathing waters. It also provides information on 72 other waters that are not covered by the legislation that are monitored by the local authorities because bathing or recreational activities take place there.“During the summer, current water quality information and details of any incidents affecting bathing waters will be displayed on the website www.beaches.ie. If you are heading to the beach with your family or friends, check www.beaches.ie or our Twitter feed @EPABeaches, before heading out.“Most importantly, when you get to the beach always check the local notice board to be sure the water quality is good before you dip your toe.”And you’re planning to dip your toe into the clear waters of Magheraroarty, check this video out by Owen Clarke: Two areas of Donegal joins Ireland’s list of excellent bathing waters was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:DooeyEPAMAGHERAROARTY
Chelsea were unable to find an early breakthrough at Stamford Bridge despite dominating possession in an impressive start.Oscar, back in the side in the number 10 role, with Cesc Fabregas reverting to his more regular spot alongside Nemanja Matic, missed a glorious chance inside four minutes.A fine run and cross by fellow Brazilian Willian found Oscar, who shot wildly over the bar from six yards.Gary Cahill also headed over and had a fierce strike saved as the Premier League leaders continued to boss things.West Ham barely got out of their half after the first minute when they threatened through Andy Carroll.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba. West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Collins, Reid, Noble, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Carroll, Valencia.Subs: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Song, Amalfitano, Jarvis, Cole, Sakho.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
With non-controversial adult stem cell research zooming along, like finding ways to prevent adult stem cells (ASC) from aging (PhysOrg), providing hope for leukemia patients (Science Daily) and giving mastectomy patients a chance for beauty once again (Science Daily), why are so many scientists adamant about keeping embryonic stem cell research on the public dole? The scientists who were in despair about Judge Lamberth’s ruling earlier this month against federal funding (see 09/03/2010) got their reprieve: an appeals court granted a temporary stay (PhysOrg). But now, scientists are urging Congress to make a law protecting embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. They have allies on Capitol Hill. PhysOrg reported about Senators Arlen Specter and Tom Harkin urged their fellow Senators to get busy and fight for the right of scientists to bleed taxpayer dollars for their pet projects. “We’ve come too far to give up now,” Harkin said, pointing to the more than $500 million already spent on ESC research. One scientist defended it with worries about prestige, worried that courts are “disrupting our research, they are dissuading scientists from entering the field and they are threatening American preeminence in the research” which has yet to produce a cure. “Embryonic stem cells have the potential to be turned into different kinds of tissue that could be used to regenerate and repair tissue and treat a host of diseases,” the article said. The article then mentioned the dark side: “Opponents say the research is another form of abortion because human embryos must be destroyed to obtain the stem cells.” Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss), co-author of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker amendment that prohibited federal funding for projects that result in the death of human embryos, argued for using adult stem cells to avoid the “ethical challenges” of ESC. That law has hampered ESC-eager researchers, because they can only “work with stem cells after private money is used to cull them from embryos.” Inconvenient as that may be, why should taxpayer dollars be spent on anything that is ethically controversial? Is there some constitutional right to ESC? A feel for the emotional state of some ESC researchers can be seen in the Sept 16 issue of Nature. It prominently featured a study that suggested some adult stem cells may have “troublesome memories” of their non-embryonic origin, presumably making them less useful than true pluripotent stem cells like ELS. Nature News described scientists in near frantic terms as they strive to get Congress to keep the taxpayer funds flowing, protected from judicial decisions which, presumably, would be based on ethical concerns. The article said nothing about ethics, only mentioning once “the controversial human cells” at stake in the political battle. Nature’s editors printed two letters in support of ESC funding and none opposed (see card stacking in the Baloney Detector). Both letters could be described as “over the top” in their assertions that opposing ESC funding is an attack on science. Jian Feng [State U of New York at Buffalo] called Lamberth’s decision “troublesome” and “akin to our earlier obsession with Earth’s central position in the Universe and its anthropocentric implications.” Gordon Cash, apparently speaking as a private citizen, was even more adamant, essentially calling Judge Lamberth or anyone who agrees with him a religious nut. He sarcastically said that the court’s decision was not a threat to the federal funding of science, then let loose with this: “No, allowing research agendas to be dictated by religious fundamentalists threatens the very enterprise of federally funded science itself.” Similarly, New Scientist described scientists as “anxious” about the court action. Jack Mosher at the University of Michigan harped on the opponents’ ideological beliefs, pretending to have none of his own: “It’s worrying that I could come into work one day and I might not be allowed to do my research because of someone’s ideological beliefs rather than the quality of the science.” Would such reasoning have been influential at the Nuremberg trials? Some cooler heads are trying to assess the situation more dispassionately. PhysOrg reported on an international team of scientists who just published an “in-depth and balanced view of the rapidly evolving field of stem cell research” including both adult and embryonic stem cells. The article noted that “apart from the scientific and technical challenges, there are serious ethical concerns, including issues of privacy, consent and withdrawal of consent for the use of unfertilized eggs and embryos.” This statement omitted the largest ethical concern of all: whether it is ethical to destroy human embryos in the first place. PhysOrg also reported about two stem cell researchers from the University of South Florida who would like to see created “an independent national ‘Stem Cell Research Ethics Consortium’ to provide better guidance on stem cell issues for regulatory agencies, law makers and policy makers.” One of them, Dr. Paul Sanberg, confessed that “Two decades of cell-based research has been accompanied by poor management of public discussion regarding ethics.” An ethics consortium, he thinks, would help “to sort out the ethical, legal and social issues” that might lead to better dialogue and public policy. “Stem cell science has contributed to misperceptions within the public and the research communities, and those misperceptions have hindered the progress of scientific innovation,” he said. “In some respects, the failure of the scientific community to effectively address controversy in stem cell research has helped create today’s heated, yet poorly informed, debate.” Is a committee the answer? Whether “Bringing together all stakeholders – including the legal, scientific, religious and the public sectors” would “allow a much more educated and logical approach in handling the public disbursement of funds for stem cell research,” or whether such a pipe dream will ever come true, is it realistic? Is the question just about how to handle the public disbursement of funds, or whether to at all, if the ethical issues are deemed serious enough? And even if a consortium were formed, would it have the political clout to stand up to a scientific consensus willing and able to shout down any opponent as an ideologically-motivated religious fundamentalist? PhysOrg reported that the first human clinical trial of a spinal cord treatment with embryonic stem cells is open for enrollment. The public will soon see if the hope of ES cures lives up to the hype. But even if it succeeds, the controversy over the ethics of destroying human embryos will not go away. Science magazine (09/17/2010, pp. 1450-1451) provided a timeline of US policy on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) funding from the Dickey-Wicker Amendment (28 Jan 1996) to the present, naming prominent politicians and scientists arguing for and against it.As participants with a conflict of interest, ESC researchers should recuse themselves from discussions about ethics and federal funding of embryo destruction. This is a matter for philosophers and theologians. Notice that everyone has a philosophy and a theology – even atheists. But there are some specialists, notably ethicists, historians and theologians, who have the background and training to assess human nature and the ethics of scientific decisions. Bioethics is a hugely important topic these days with many subcategories beyond just ESC research. No amount of scientific research on embryos can address the ethics of doing what they can do. The hubris and shameless emotional ranting of the scientific community (as legitimated by the journals) is all the more reason to discount their testimony. Scientists can tell us they can build a bomb or cure a disease; they cannot tell us what we should do. Curing a disease can be an ethical atrocity if done the wrong way (see parody in the 09/03/2010 commentary). Even less should scientists order John Q. Public to reach into his pockets and give them what they want. That’s why we have a representative government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Scientists, you are citizens, too. Act like you have one vote, not a privileged, exalted, oligarchical position over the rest of humanity (03/12/2004). You can state the facts as you see them, and make your case in the marketplace of ideas, but lay off the tantrums and accusations that anyone who disagrees with you is somehow a “religious fundamentalist” out to attack science itself. 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Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett following a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State in State College, Pa. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The No. 13 Ohio State football team jumped out to an early lead, but relied on a late defensive stand in a 31-24 double-overtime victory against Penn State.OSU (6-1, 3-0) sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa knocked down Penn State (4-3, 1-3) sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in the second overtime to seal the win Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.“I think we learned that we are a real team, and when adversity strikes we can come together and win a big game in a crazy environment,” Bosa said after the game.After the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, Penn State reversed field in the second half to tie the game at 17 with nine seconds on the clock to force overtime.OSU coach Urban Meyer saved praise for his team’s opponent after the game, and added that the Buckeyes need to improve their play along the line.“A credit to our opponent, they played their tails off,” Meyer said. “Outplayed us up front, I think. (I’m) a little upset with the way we played up front and we got to get that fixed.”Penn State got the ball first before Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to a first-and-goal from the two-yard line. The Buckeyes held on to force third down at the one, but senior running back Bill Belton found his way into the end zone to give Penn State its first lead of the night.On the Buckeyes’ first overtime possession, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett kept the ball on a second-and-seven to set up first and goal from the five with a 17-yard run. He kept it again on the next play, scoring a touchdown to tie the game at 24.Due to a personal foul penalty against Penn State following the Buckeyes’ extra point, OSU started the second overtime at the 12-yard line. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a third-and-two at the four-yard line, before taking another quarterback keeper into the end zone to put OSU back on top, 31-24.After the game, Barrett said he was trying to take it one play at a time and didn’t necessarily plan on running the ball before his two overtime touchdowns.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” he said.Penn State took over at the 25-yard line, but the Buckeyes forced fourth-down–and-five at the 20. Hackenberg was knocked to the ground as Bosa overpowered a Nittany Lion blocker.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native said he didn’t follow his assignment on the play, despite the positive result for OSU.“That wasn’t what I was supposed to do,” Bosa said. “I was supposed to hit the guard and wrap out, but he blocked down so the hole opened up. So I just took it and I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran over him.”Bosa added he didn’t even realize what had happened until his teammates surrounded him after the play.“I was so tired, I didn’t even know it was a sack until everybody started yelling,” he said. “I looked over and he had the ball and (junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington) came to hug me and I just fell down and everybody jumped on top of me.”Bosa — who said he “needed to play a lot better” — finished the game with 2.5 sacks and six total tackles.Barrett said he was simply glad Bosa was wearing a white jersey rather than Penn State’s blue shirt in the game.“Joey Bosa, one thing I can say, I’m really glad he’s on our team,” he said. “That’s for sure. Great player.”The play sealed OSU’s third straight win against the Nittany Lions.The double-overtime finish came after Penn State picked up a late field goal on a drive that began inside its own 10-yard line.Holding on to its three-point advantage, OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Nittany Lions at their own nine-yard line with 2:58 to play in the game, then drove down the field to tack on three points and tie the game.Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to the OSU 43-yard line before being sacked by Bosa on first down. A penalty against the Buckeyes on the next play gave Penn State a new set of downs on the OSU 28, needing just a field goal to force overtime.On third-and-six at the OSU 14 yard-line with 19 seconds on the clock Hackenberg threw incomplete into the end zone, forcing a field goal attempt for the Nittany Lions.After an OSU timeout, Penn State senior kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 31-yard field goal.The Nittany Lions’ race back into the game was led in part by their defense’s ability to disrupt the OSU passing game.Barrett threw an interception on the third play of the second half, which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. The pick was Barrett’s first interception since the Buckeyes Sept. 13 win against Kent State.But after that touchdown, neither team found its way back onto the scoreboard in the third quarter.Barrett threw another interception on OSU’s first play of the fourth quarter, and the Penn State offense managed to break through on the next drive.“The last one, that was a dumb mistake,” Barrett said of the interception. “I saw the Mike (linebacker) and I tried to throw over him.”Meyer said Barrett sprained his knee during the game, but kept on playing through the pain.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, and continued to do what he did and even on the drop back passes, whether it was a coverage sack or pressured, he pulled through a couple plays and made some great plays for us,” he said.After the pick, Hackenberg hit freshman wide receiver Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard touchdown, moving the Nittany Lions within three points.Penn State forced OSU to punt on the next drive, but senior wide receiver Devin Smith downed it at the one-yard line. The Nittany Lions were forced to punt, giving the ball back to OSU with 51 yards between it and the end zone, and 5:17 remaining on the clock.The drive stalled, giving the Nittany Lions their shot, leading to Ficken’s field goal and the eventual overtime.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 26 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Barrett added 20 carries for 75 yards and his two overtime scores. The OSU signal caller also finished the game 12-for-19 for 74 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman led the Buckeyes with three receptions for 19 yards and a score.After Bosa’s 2.5 sacks, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added 1.5 sacks of his own while junior linebacker Joshua Perry tallied a team-high 18 total tackles.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Nov. 1 to take on Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Coach Urban Meyer (left) leads the Buckeyes out of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium for an Oct. 25 game against Penn State in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor
Ohio State junior linebacker Nick Bosa (97) runs a drill in warmups prior to the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignAs the college football season inches closer, the expectations for Ohio State remain high for the team. For two players individually though, the high expectations are already set. Both junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins have been named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list, given to college football’s player of the year at the end of the season. Along with the Maxwell Award watch list, Bosa was named to the preseason Bednarik Award watch list, given to the best defensive player in college football. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 263-pound defensive end was named as the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, finishing second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (8). In his first season with the Buckeyes, Dobbins set the freshman rushing record with 1,403 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry, the second best for a back in school history. This earned the La Grange, Texas, native ESPN Freshman All-America honors as well as second-team All-Big Ten honors. In the school’s history, Ohio State has had a player win the Maxwell Award four times with running back Eddie George receiving the award last in 1995. An Ohio State defensive player has never won the Bednarik Award.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2016 – A new prison Superintendant was introduced when the officers gathered for the 4th Annual Prison Officer of the Year Award, which was attended by His Excellency, Governor Peter Beckingham. Steve Barrett hails from the United Kingdom and according to H.E., comes with vast experience, “including working with the rehabilitation of young offenders – a subject of great importance for TCI – and training prison officers. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and well qualified Superintendent join us.” A $500 cash prize and medal was presented to Daniel Andrews, named the officer of the year for yeomen service. Also hailed for his outstanding performance was Acting Superintendant, Raymond Grant who held the fort, so to speak, at Her Majesty’s prison for the past two years. The Governor said about Grant, “Ray Grant has kept the show on the road, often in the face of difficult resource issues, and I would like to record my gratitude to him for all his hard work and dedication, while at the same time welcoming the new Superintendent.” Superintendent Steve Barrett takes up office at the prison this month. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cabinet releases funds for Zika prevention; little less than previous announcement More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:Annual Prison Officer of the Year Award, Daniel Andrews, governor peter beckingham, Raymond Grant, steve barrett Recommended for you DR wants consulate office in TCI
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 24, 2016 – Deltec Bank & Trust Limited donates $25,000 to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA towards the Hurricane Matthew relief and recovery efforts. The presentation was made at NEMA on Gladstone Road on Monday, October 24, 2016. Pictured are Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA; Jean Chalopin, Deltec Bank; the Hon Shane Gibson, Minister Responsible for Recovery and Reconstruction; and Jack Thompson, Permanent Secretary. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp (BIS PHOTO/Patrick Hanna) Related Items:#bankdonatestonema, #deltecbank, #helpforhurricanevictims