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Derek Carr calls out Rihanna, Clayton Kershaw during game

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceDerek Carr couldn’t lead the Raiders past the Bengals, but he did lead the NFL in name-dropping on Sunday.In the most star-studded audible you may ever hear, the Raiders quarterback mentioned pop star Rihanna and baseball greats Nolan Ryan and Clayton Kershaw while changing a second-quarter play.“Rihanna! Nolan Ryan!,” Carr barked out loudly enough for CBS’ microphones to pick up, before quickly switching up. “No. …last_img read more

Environments Do Not Cause Adaptations

first_img(Visited 509 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The way some evolutionists think, light creates eyes, sound creates ears, and odors create noses.As we have seen, lazy Darwinians are accustomed to explain everything by the phrase, “It Evolved” (12 July 2018). That’s a restatement of their prior belief, not an explanation. When pressed, some of them try to say that the environment causes things to evolve and adapt. Here are some recent examples in the news. But before reading, ask: what power does the environment have to make something adapt?How California’s sea stars are evolving past a devastating pandemic (Phys.org). In California, sea star wasting disease (SSWD) has had a devastating effect on a particular species of sea star, turning the “normally rigid body into a gooey blob.” Unchecked, the disease would have driven the ochre sea star extinct, but some individuals of the species are surviving the epidemic (or “epizootic” as the paper in PNAS calls it). Is this evolution in action? The article thinks so. “While it remains one of the worst marine pandemics ever recorded, the SSWD outbreak had an unexpected silver lining: It provided scientists with a natural experiment in evolution and an opportunity to explore how a species responds to a cataclysmic population collapse.” At best, though, this is an example of microevolution that takes advantage of “standing genetic variation” – variability that already exists in the population. The disease was specific enough to target only some existing variants. Others escaped. The biologists speak of “selection pressure” on the survivors, but that’s like saying wind creates selection pressure on falling leaves. Charles Darwin saw no more directionality to evolution than the way the wind blows.Natural selection could have influence on lizards’ ‘personalities’ (Science Daily). Do predators create personalities in their prey? Evolutionary theory expects that all traits—behaviors as well as phenotypes—should emerge by Darwin’s mechanism. “Surprisingly, however, no experimental studies had been able to actually conduct an experiment in wild animal populations and test the idea in nature,” this article admits. Scientists wanted to know if the presence of predators on Caribbean islands selects for boldness in lizards. Some anolis lizards in the population already were bold, and some already were shy; nothing new emerged by a Darwinian mechanism. The evolutionists in this study were honest enough to admit that they had not demonstrated evolution:“Natural selection is crucial for adaptation to new environmental challenges,” Lapiedra said. “But the presence of natural selection per se does not imply evolution. What we have shown is that there is consistent variation in behavior. If there is heritability in behavior…lizards that are more bold would have more bold offspring. But so far, we don’t have evidence for this. We can say that some phenotypes survive better than others in certain conditions…but that does not necessarily imply evolution.”Evolution does repeat itself after all (Phys.org). Does water create fish to swim in it? Does the depth of water create the shape of a fish? Here is another paper that assumes similar environments will predict the kinds of animals that will be found there. Before we get into that, keep in mind that this study involves not just freshwater fish, but freshwater cichlid fish of certain lakes in Nicaragua, and only “Midas cichlid fish” in particular. By trying to narrow down their study so as not to “compare apples to oranges” (e.g., mammal evolution to fish evolution), these evolutionists have narrowed it so far down as to make it nearly meaningless for explaining macroevolution (the real issue that would separate Darwinism from young-earth creationism). The only differences they find are tiny differences in how slender certain species are in certain crater lakes compared to their counterparts in great lakes. They also find an apparent correlation to the depth of the lake and the fish’s shape. These factors are what they claim make evolution “predictable”—The importance of these ecological factors can further be demonstrated by the fact that the diverse body shapes of the crater lake populations are closely related to the average depth of the lakes. Andreas Kautt comments: “It makes sense. The deeper a lake is, the more likely it is to provide various ecological niches, including in the deep open water.” All of this leads the researchers to conclude that, under certain conditions, evolutionary outcomes can be predicted.And yet if this were a law of nature, they should be able to see every species of fish, arthropods and other aquatic organisms follow the same pattern. Does water depth cause a Midas cichlid to become slender? Most likely, all the variability was present in the initial population, and still exists in the purported “various ecological niches” that exist in any given lake. Even if the crater lakes could somehow “cause” its cichlids to become slightly more long and slender, the evolutionists do not connect that to a survival advantage that would cause all the others in that particular niche to die off. Their paper in Evolution Letters pathetically says, “The depth of a crater lake is positively associated with variation in body shapes (and number of species), presumably by providing more ecological opportunities.” Association is not causation, and presumption is not demonstration.Factors that shaped evolution (Science Daily). “Understanding the many factors that have played into shaping the biodiversity within Earth’s ecosystems can be daunting,” this paper begins, but then claims that a group of international scientists helped identify “many of the fundamental factors that drive evolutionary adaptation and extinction.” How did they solve this daunting task? They developed a computer simulation. Needless to say, minds use intelligence to program computers, but nature (in the Darwinian view) has no such resource. If programmers know what they need to see, can’t they rig it to succeed? Besides, their simulation is so broad, trying to simulate “cradles, museums and graves” of organisms (which originate, stabilize and go extinct, respectively), the model does little more than restate their beliefs. Do they explain how a mountain range caused a particular bird or mammal to appear in a particular niche? Of course not; it would be impossible to sort through all the factors. The study accomplishes little more than providing them an opportunity to pontificate about climate change.Physics makes rules; evolution rolls the dice (Science Magazine). In this book review, Chico Camargo gushes over Charles Cockrell’s new book, The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. His first paragraph could almost fool one into thinking he’s in a worship service:Picture a ladybug in motion. The image that came into your head is probably one of a small, round red-and-black insect crawling up a leaf. After reading Charles Cockell’s The Equations of Life, however, you may be more likely to think of this innocuous organism as a complex biomechanical engine, every detail honed and operating near thermodynamic perfection.The only worship going on, though, is for Darwin. Evolutionists seem pressured to make natural selection more law-like, and less random. The tone of Cockrell’s book is that physics—blind physics—creates biological organization. It may constrain what is possible, but can physics cause a snail to emerge, as shown in the photo accompanying the article? Ignore the praise, and think about the concepts:In a fascinating journey across physics and biology, Cockell builds a compelling argument for how physical principles constrain the course of evolution. Chapter by chapter, he aims his lens at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular machinery of electron transport to the social organisms formed by ant colonies. In each instance, Cockell shows that although these structures might be endless in their detail, they are bounded in their form. If organisms were pawns in a game of chess, physics would be the board and its rules, limiting how the game unfolds.Constraints are not the same thing as causes. In the illustrations Camargo picks from the book, he commits a fallacy borrowed from Cockrell, that physics has creative power. He says that a drop of water on a ladybug’s back is like a heavy pack to a human. He says that a drop of water to an ant would be like a prison to one of us. Those might be interesting details, but what power does a water drop have to direct Darwin’s unguided processes to evolve an ant or ladybug in the first place, endowing it with antennae, eyes, and numerous organs that allow it to thrive? Water is oblivious to organisms. The physical properties of water drops can only limit what is possible for organisms to do. Nothing in physics, despite the fancy equations Cockrell employs in his book, has creative powers.At the end of every chapter, the reader is reminded of how the laws of physics nudge, narrow, mold, shape, and restrict the “endless forms most beautiful” that Charles Darwin once described. Cockell’s persistence pays off as he gears up for his main argument: If life exists on other planets, it has to abide by the same laws as on Earth.Nudging and shaping are activities that minds engage in. If Camargo has accurately described the book, both he and the author commit a non-sequitur in a post-hoc fallacy. Just because an organism abides by the laws of physics, it does not follow that the laws of physics created the organism. The most egregious error in the book review is where Camargo allows Cockrell to leap over fantastical improbabilities (improbabilities so utterly absurd as to qualify as insane) with the same post-hoc sandwich:Cockell also describes how physical constraints make evolution possible by causing different DNA sequences to be translated into the same amino acids, leading amino acids to form proteins with the same shapes. If one were to consider, for example, that every position in a chain of 300 amino acids—not far from the length of an average protein—could be one of 20 possible amino acids, a simple calculation would reveal that there are approximately 2 × 10390 potential combinations. If each of those chains were to adopt a different shape, evolution would never lead to the same protein shape twice. But because of the laws of physics, most proteins assume a very limited set of shapes, combining patterns of α-helices and β-sheets.Words cannot describe how absurd and unscientific this statement is. Nothing in the laws of physics forces life to select amino acids that are left-handed. Nothing in the laws of physics forces strings of amino acids to form sequences that result in patterns of α-helices and β-sheets. Nothing in α-helices and β-sheets forces them to fold into functional machines. If evolution is as blind and unguided as Darwin taught, there is nothing in physics to make life “choose” any solutions that work. And certainly, if the Universal Probability Bound for our universe is 1 in 10150, nothing in a thousand universes could overcome odds like 2 x 10390. (Remember, each additional exponent multiples the previous number by 10.)Evolutionists are desperate to distance themselves from chance. In our Twitter debates with atheists, they get uptight about our frequent assertion that natural selection is equivalent to the Stuff Happens Law. The more civil tweeters, instead of cussing, like to pass around boilerplate statements like this one from the PBS Evolution FAQ:Evolution is not a random process. The genetic variation on which natural selection acts may occur randomly, but natural selection itself is not random at all. The survival and reproductive success of an individual is directly related to the ways its inherited traits function in the context of its local environment. Whether or not an individual survives and reproduces depends on whether it has genes that produce traits that are well adapted to its environment. Repeating this quote ad infinitum does not alter its inherent big lie. The holes in the statement are easy to see for anyone not intimidated by Darwin bluffing. If Darwinians really believe that evolution is an unguided natural process—without any mind or aim—then every part of it is unguided. Nobody disputes that mutation (genetic variation) is random, but so is the local environment as well as the global environment. An unguided environment cannot steer unguided variation. Additionally, the statement presupposes that the organism has inherited traits that perform functions, but those had to come from genetic information, not from random molecules. Moreover, that information had to reach a phenomenally improbable threshold before reproduction “emerged” that could reproduce it, using molecular machines of astonishing complexity. Finally, there is nothing about physics or chemistry that makes an organism desire to adapt, let alone reproduce, since extinction is the easier way out. Evolution is unguided turtles all the way down.Laws of physics can constrain actions, but they have no creative power. Gravity may draw objects toward the Earth, but the same law can fling objects away from the Earth, or toward another object. It doesn’t care. Even Aristotle, for all his faults, realized that “If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature.” Since we don’t see ships growing on trees, we can assume that an additional cause—a ship-builder—is required. We do, however, see cells and organisms of astonishing complexity. They use the laws of physics (a sea turtle can navigate by the magnetic field); they are constrained by the laws of physics (ants lack the power to escape a water droplet’s surface tension); but the laws of physics do not create the organisms. Evolutionists wrongly attribute creative powers to natural selection, contrary to the best-known laws of physics: the laws of thermodynamics.In his book Undeniable, Douglas Axe describes “The Gaping Hole in Evolutionary Theory” — “Evolutionary theory ascribes inventive power to natural selection alone,” he notes. “However, because selection can only hone in on the fitness signal from an invention after that invention already exists, it can’t actually invent” (p. 97). We know that intelligent minds can invent. We know they can invent things with traits for robustness so that they can survive perturbations (see Guliuzza article). The only way evolutionists continue to believe evolution can invent all the wonders we see around us, he argues, is by personifying evolution (p. 80), which is the fallacy of personification: attributing intelligence, emotions and will to inanimate objects or to the laws of physics. To believe in the creative power of mindless, unguided nature, contrary to all evidence and logic, evolutionists transfer the attributes of God onto matter. They do not rid nature of the need for the attributes of God. This means that atheists believe in a god—a nature god, or a pantheistic god, but a god nonetheless. The only God with the attributes necessary to create what we see in a hummingbird, a whale, or a human brain is the God who revealed Himself in His Word.last_img read more

Eskom awards $75m contract to ABB

first_imgThe first of Medupi’s six generating units will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015. The first of Kusile’s six generating units is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months. ABB will deliver about 2 000 circuit breakers with operating voltages of 66 kV and 132 kV over a five-year period, and will take responsibility for their installation and commissioning. Multinational power and automation technology company ABB has won a US$75-million (about R612.1-million) order from state company Eskom to supply and install circuit breakers to strengthen South Africa’s electricity network. “Our production capabilities, together with the expertise of the local teams that will install and commission the equipment, helped us secure what is one of ABB’s largest-ever orders for circuit breakers.” 25 September 2008 SAinfo reporter “We are proud to support Eskom in this critical period of strengthening the power grid,” ABB Power Products head Bernhard Jucker said in a statement this week. Eskom has also called for statements of qualification from local and international companies interested in investing in South Africa as independent power producers.center_img Continued support The circuit breakers help protect electrical equipment from damage caused by current surges and will assist in enhancing the safety and reliability of the electricity network. Eskom is spending billions to rehabilitate South Africa’s electricity network and double generation capacity. Eskom recently began construction on the Kusile coal-fired base load power station near Witbank in the Mpumalanga province, while work on the Medupi coal-fired base load power station, situated near Lephalale in the Limpopo province, began in April this year. “We are seeing Eskom speeding up their projects to upgrade the infrastructure in South Africa and will continue to support them on the supply and technical aspects,” said ABB iouth Africa country manager Carlos Pone. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

WikiLeaks To World: We’re Still Relevant — Really!

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#data#politics#wikileaks Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Three years after WikiLeaks shook up the international community by leaking more than 250,000 diplomatic cables, the organization is at it again. Yesterday, it unveiled 1.7 million documents from the era of Henry Kissinger in the form of a searchable database called PlusD. It’s the biggest leak of previously classified information in human history.The leak will undoubtedly make for some intriguing historical analyses and anecdotes, some of which pertain to people and organizations that still wield power. But it doesn’t say much for the continued relevance of WikiLeaks.With its leader under house arrest, its biggest source about to stand trial on capital charges and a financial blockade hamstringing its ability to raise money, it’s a wonder WikiLeaks can manage to get anything accomplished. With that in mind, the Kissinger cable leak is an impressive feat.How Far WikiLeaks Hath FallenYet for the most part, the things we’ll learn from this new trove of documents are based in the past. Three years ago, WikiLeaks was releasing data that had an immediate impact on things going on around the world. Prior to that, it made headlines by releasing the now-infamous video of a U.S. helicopter killing civilians in Iraq.Today, they’re putting out might be a gold mine for historians and academics, but it probably won’t impact the future as much as past data dumps have.It’s a radical departure from the rhetoric and expectations of late 2010. It was then that, emboldened by the impact of Cablegate and the Iraq War Logs, WikiLeaks proudly announced that it was in possession of a Bank of America executive’s hard drive, the contents of which would be released to the public. The leak, Assange assured the world, had the potential to “take down a bank or two.”Whatever Happened To That Hard Drive?And yet it never materialized. At least a portion of that data was allegedly destroyed by a former WikiLeaks collaborator with whom Assange had a falling out.  It’s not clear what, if any, data remains. The data, the seizure of which caused Bank of America to launch an internal, preemptive investigation, has yet to see the light of day.Since those triumphant, headline-grabbing days, WikiLeaks has been considerably quieter, periodically releasing data that might be interesting, but which lacks the impact of earlier dumps. Last year, the organization leaked millions of internal emails from private intelligence firm Statfor. It revealed a few intriguing details, but the emails were mostly, as GigaOm’s Matthew Ingram put it, “underwhelming.” As Ingram pointed out, WikiLeaks was no longer working with the influential media partners it boasted in 2010. Instead of teaming up with journalists from the New York Times, Guardian and Der Spiegel, Assange was relying on the likes of Anonymous, a shadowy collective with an altogether different type of reach than the Grey Lady. Losing Partners and Data SourcesEven more so than it needs powerful media partners, an organization like WikiLeaks needs reliable, well-placed sources.  It’s worth recalling that Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of handing WikiLeaks the Collateral Murder video and diplomatic cables, is about to stand trial on charges that could result in his execution.There’s a certain deterrent factor at play there. And on a more practical level, WikiLeaks no longer has a source quite as well placed as Manning now that he’s in jail. Meanwhile, the hacker who leaked the StratFor emails could face life in prison. Governments have little tolerance for the type of ruckus WikiLeaks has caused, and they’re making that clear to would-be collaborators by aggressively prosecuting the sources of past leaks. Combine these factors with the financial blockade, Assange’s legal woes and infighting within the organization and it’s easy to conclude that WikiLeaks has been rather handily marginalized.Sure, there’s still global fallout from past leaks, and the Manning trial, a historical event with huge implications, hasn’t even started. But WikiLeaks is clearly less nimble and impactful than it was three years ago. And short of a bombshell such as a Manning acquittal or another explosive leak on the order of the promised BofA disclosure, there’s little reason to think things are going to turn around any time soon. Lead photo courtesy of Wikipedia Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Dalit women not allowed to enter temple

first_imgIn a case of alleged caste discrimination, Dalit women of a village in Bulandshahr were not allowed to enter a temple by people of other castes. After a video went viral on social media and the male members of the community protested, the police promised to look into the matter. The incident happened in Rakehra village of Khurja when women of the Valmiki community were stopped from praying at the local Chamad Mandir. Khurja SDM Sadanand Gupta said the two parties arrived at a compromise in the presence of local officials on Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

NSWTA Blues Dinner

first_imgThe Blues Dinner recognised NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. Gary Brickell was awarded the prestigious Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts as a referee and administrator of the Wollongong Touch Association of which he has been involved for over twenty-five years. The Canterbury club had much to celebrate with members Gary Sonda (Men’s Player of the Year), Peter Forrester (Coach of the Year), and the Winchester sisters (Joint Female Players of the Year) claiming awards on the night.NSWTA also inducted four individuals to their Hall of Fame – Gabrielle Rose, Katrina Toohey, Gary Mournehis, and Judy Malcolm. A full list of winners is below: Affiliate of the Year State winner:Wallsend TASix regional winners:SunsAlbion Park TA RebelsEast’s TA MetsLower Blue Mountains TA ScorpionsRyde Eastwood TA HornetsWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan (Easts TA) and Elijah Van Der Kwast (UNSW TA)Region of the Year Mets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Gary Brickell (Wollongong TA) Coach of the Year Peter Forrester (Canterbury TA) Selector of the Year Bob Monkley (Yass TA)Male Player of the Year Gary Sonda (Canterbury TA) Female Player of the Year Clare Winchester and Louise Winchester (Canterbury TA) Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan (Penrith TA) Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury (Wests TA) and Amy Regal (Wollongong TA) For further information, go to the new NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson era

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists. last_img read more

Triage system for border crossers wont be in place until late September

first_imgOTTAWA – A long-promised triage system aimed at redirecting irregular border crossers from crowded shelters in Montreal and Toronto will not be in place until as late as the end of September.The federal government says it’s working with individual municipalities across Ontario and must identify available housing capacity before it can roll out its triage program.Ottawa announced the so-called triage system in April following concerns raised by the province of Quebec over an influx of asylum seekers flooding temporary housing facilities in Montreal.Since then, Toronto has also seen a spike in refugee hopefuls converging on its homeless shelters and college dormitories. Both Quebec and Toronto have called on the feds for help.Ottawa’s response was the promised triage system, which would identify asylum seekers interested in settling in areas outside Montreal or Toronto to await the outcome of their refugee claims.But the system has not materialized and Ottawa says it is still working on it.In May, government said it was delayed due to the Ontario provincial election. Now, Ottawa says the new Doug Ford administration is not playing ball so it has to go to municipalities to find shelter options.While this is being worked out, Ottawa is paying to house about 500 asylum seekers in hotels in the Toronto suburbs of Mississauga, Etobicoke and Markham, as the college dorms in Toronto currently housing them must be vacated by Aug. 9.The contract with these hotels extends until Sept. 30. That’s when the feds hope to be able to roll out their triage system — five months after it was first announced.“Our plan is to have a triage system in place by (Sept. 30) to allow us to better manage the flow of asylum seekers to different municipalities,” said Mathieu Genest, press secretary for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.The City of Toronto is co-ordinating the outreach to municipalities in Ontario to identify areas where housing capacity exists. The city is working closely with the federal government to secure accommodation for the approximately 3,053 refugees and asylum seekers currently living in the city, Toronto spokeswoman Daniela Magisano said Wednesday.Earlier this month, Toronto Mayor John Tory convened an urgent call with mayors from other large cities in Ontario, asking them to identify any sites or facilities that could be repurposed as temporary housing, as well as connections to employers for job opportunities.Mayors responded positively to Toronto’s call for help, including Frank Scarpitti, mayor of Markham.But not everyone in Markham is ready to welcome the refugees.A protest on the weekend denounced any plan to house “illegal border crossers” in the community. The demonstration came to fisticuffs, with some protesters waving signs saying, “Markham say no to illegal border crossers,” and “Protect our city, protect our home,” while counter-protesters fought them with their own signs and chants of “Refugees are welcome here.”Scarpitti says he believes the protest was organized by candidates running against him in the upcoming municipal elections and said rumours of 5,000 asylum seekers coming to Markham are false.The mayor went out of his way to stress that while he believes in welcoming refugees and wants to help Toronto with its housing crunch, he is not “throwing the doors wide open” to asylum seekers.“All that I did was indicate that we would see, because we have very limited options as the City of Markham… if there was any ability to help out in some small way given the limited options that we had,” Scarpitti said Wednesday in an interview.“This notion that 5,000 are coming to the city of Markham is a gross exaggeration and meant to instill a reaction. And shame on these people, these candidates.”NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan says she believes the backlash against irregular migrants is a result of tensions caused by a lack of forward planning and leadership from the federal government.“It also doesn’t help when you have politicians misrepresenting the situation. Calling asylum seekers ‘illegals’ — that really exasperates the situation and creates the negative sentiments and dehumanizes asylum seekers,” she said, noting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hussen have referred at times to irregular migration as “illegal.”She questions why government is still trying to work out details of its triage plan five months after it was announced and well over a year since flows of refugee claimants began to cross irregularly across the U.S.-Canada border.“By and large we knew that the numbers were going to go up because of the Trump administration,” she said.“Right from the get-go, the NDP (and) I have called for the government to come up with a strategy to deal with the situation. We knew that housing was going to be a critical component of this.”-Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

Operation Smile To Host Fourth Annual Park City Celebrity Ski And Smile

first_imgOperation Smile will host its fourth annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge on Saturday, March 14, at Park City Mountain Resort to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.Operation Smile Ambassador Zachary Levi’s company, The Nerd Machine, will return as the Title Sponsor of the event.Tone Bell, Billy Bush, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Claire Holt, Taylor Kinney, Zachary Levi, Ryan McPartlin, Yvonne Strahovski, Michael Trevino, David Walton and NBC President Jennifer Salke are confirmed to lend their support to this year’s event.Teams of six racers consisting of a celebrity skier, one Olympic skier, and four amateur skiers/Operation Smile donors will compete in a friendly dual slalom race to raise funds for the organization. The team with the best overall finish time will be announced as the winner and recognized during an award luncheon at The Canyons Resort after the race at Park City Mountain Resorts’ Eagle Race Arena. In the evening, a VIP dinner for guests will be held at the Red Pine Lodge at The Canyons Resort.Past attendees have included Kate Walsh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, and Tony Hawk. For additional information about the Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge, tickets and sponsorship levels, click here.last_img read more

Ohio State blown away by Hurricanes

MIAMI — The Miami Hurricanes won the battle of embattled football programs Saturday.  Previously suspended Hurricanes’ senior quarterback Jacory Harris threw two touchdowns to sophomore wide-receiver Allen Hurns and junior running back Mike James added a touchdown late in regulation. The Miami (1-1) defense held the No. 17-ranked Ohio State’s offense down throughout the game. OSU went on to drop its first contest of the season to Miami, 24-6. After forcing a punt on OSU’s first drive of the game, senior running back Lamar Miller broke a 54-yard run and was finally brought down inside the Buckeyes’ 10-yard line. Miller finished the first half with 128 yards on 15 carries. Harris took center stage on Miami’s first drive, completing a three-yard touchdown pass to Hurns to put the Hurricanes up, 7-0. Harris, along with senior linebacker Sean Spence, junior defensive tackle Marcus Forston, junior defensive end Adewale Ojomo and senior receiver Travis Benjamin returned to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday after serving a one-game suspension.  Eight Miami players were suspended for at least one game for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. Harris went back to work on Miami’s next drive, and found Hurns for a second 3-yard touchdown pass to Hurns that put the Hurricanes up, 14-0.  Freshman Braxton Miller saw his first game action in two weeks when he went under center on the Buckeyes’ third drive of the game. Miller’s first pass of the game was deflected and intercepted. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the first pass Harris threw on Miami’s next drive was intercepted by redshirt sophomore safety C.J. Barnett. Junior running back Jordan Hall, one of three OSU players making their 2011 debut after serving a two-game suspension, featured on the Buckeyes’ first scoring drive of the game.  Hall carried seven times on a 16-play drive, which sophomore kicker Drew Basil capped with a 22-yard field goal that cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 14-3.  Hall, along with sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard, were each suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Redshirt freshman Bradley Roby intercepted a pass by Harris on Miami’s next drive and returned it to within 23 yards of the end zone..  Bauserman went without a completion on the drive that followed, however. The quarterbacking duo of Bauserman and Miller finished the half 1-of-11 passing with one interception, and OSU was forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Basil to bring it within eight points at 14-6.  Miami responded with a 25-yard field goal by junior Jake Wieclaw as time expired in the first half and took a 17-6 lead into the locker room.  Both teams were slow to produce offensively after the intermission. OSU stopped Miami on a fourth-and-2 play near midfield with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter, but Bauserman’s struggles continued on the Buckeyes’ ensuing drive. Miami fans, called to cheer by the sound of a mock hurricane siren, cheered louder still when Bauserman overthrew freshman wide receiver Devin Smith on third down. With more than three quarters played, OSU quarterbacks had accumulated only 13 yards on 2-of-16 passing. Miller didn’t fare much better, and fumbled on an improvised run with 9:21 left in the game. Despite missing safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, who remained suspended for Miami for also receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro, the Hurricanes wouldn’t be denied. James put the finishing touches on Miami’s 24-6 win with a 1-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hurricanes went on to win by the same score. The Buckeyes (2-1) finish the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday against Colorado at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ABC. read more