King, White crowned Alberta Senior Provincial Curling Champs in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Wade White and Cathy King were the winning skips at last weekend’s Alberta Senior Provincial Curling Championships at the Dawson Creek Curling Club.King, who was favoured to win the Women’s bracket, earned herself a bye to the finals after going f-1 in the round robin. The two Peace Region-based rinks skipped by Marlene Maxwell and Janet Plante both had records of 3-4, dropping them from semi-final contention. Terri Loblaw and Michelle Ewanchuk ended up was the semi-final contestants, and Loblaw’s rink would advance to the final to face King after a 6-4 victory in the semi-final. King however would end up taking the win over Loblaw’s rink to be crowned provincial champion after winning the final 5-2.Cathy Kings rink after winning Alberta Senior Provincials on Sunday. Photo by Cody Crick/Dawson Creek Curling Club- Advertisement -On the Men’s side, Dawson Creek’s Darrel Veiner got knocked out of contention for the playoffs with a 2-5 record in the round robin. Meanwhile, Kurt Balderston’s rink from Grande Prairie had a perfect record through the entire round robin to finish first. Wade White and Scott Egger would face each other in the semis, with White’s rink winning the right to play against Balderston in the final by the score of 5-3. In Sunday’s final, it was a low-scoring affair with just five points scored between the two teams. In the end, White’s rink broke Balderston’s winning streak 3-2 to win the Men’s tournament.Wade Whites rink after winning Alberta Senior Provincials on Sunday. Photo by Cody Crick/Dawson Creek Curling Clublast_img read more

COMMUNITY NEWS: MUSIC LESSONS EVERY WEEK AT THE DCL CENTRE IN DUNKINEELY

first_imgDunkineely Community Ltd Office HoursPlease note that DCL Office Hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to projects outside the office. If someone is in the office on these days, please come in. Music LessonsMusic Lessons will be held at the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information contact 087 9644019.Words and Music Meas Writers’ Group will be having an evening of song, poetry and readings, in the Manhattan Steakhouse in Donegal Town on Wednesday 9th September at 8pm. Featuring local and Irish-American performances.Festival of Quilts, Crafts and TeaInver Community Centre is holding a Festival of Quilts, Crafts and Tea.On Saturday 12th September 10am – 6pm in aid of Inver/Mountcharles Church Funds and the Cancer Bus. All Welcome. Admission €5. Further information from Caroline Jervis 0871333287Sports Mad?Donegal Sports Partnership is running a 14 week sport specific training programme (2 days per week) which will combine both practical and theory elements. It is aimed at people with a keen interest in sport, who are currently unemployed and in the 18-35 year old age bracket.Places are limited and closing date for applications is 17th September. For more information please contact Donegal Sports Partnership on 07491 16078/16079 or [email protected] Development CourseIrish Aid will be running a QQI (FETAC) LEVEL 6 COURSE IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT. The course will take place over 6 days (9.30 – 4.30) 7th, 8th and 22nd of October and the 5th, 25th and 26th of November at the Public Services Centre in Letterkenny. The cost is €100 including lunch and refreshments (€50 is refundable upon course completion). For further information contact Kate Wilkinson on 074 936 2218 or [email protected] Ramblers On the 20th September John D. Gallagher will be leading a 5 hour, Strenuous walk to Port. Meeting at Maloney’s Filling Station at Killybegs Road, Ardara, at 10.00 a.m. For further information, ring 087 6655828.The Bluestack Ramblers have asked us to bring you attention to a change in their walking calendar for September 27th. The walk is in the Cooley Mountains, Carlingford; it will be a five to six hour, moderate to strenuous walk. Our esteemed (or should that be ‘supreme’) leader, will be Alan Slane 00447860467136. We will be meeting in the car park in Carlingford at 10:00am.A minibus bus will operate, from Donegal Town, subject to sufficient numbers (or own transport if preferred); reservations to Danny McNamee 087-2562706.A meal will be arranged following the walk.Nursing StudiesSt. Catherine’s V.S. Killybegs, still has places still available on its FETAC Level 5 Nursing Studies course commencing in September.  Contact 074 9731491 for details.Autumn Program of CoursesDCL is trying to put together an autumn program of courses and would love to hear for people who are interested in any of the following courses.Basic Computers*Calligraphy*1st Aid (Basic 1 day)*1st Aid (3 day Occupational) *Defibrillator CourseCreel Making*Carpentry*Art*Creative WritingInterior design *Upcycling (i.e. converting old and waste materials into something new and useful)Family HistoryThe courses marked with an asterisk (*) have been run before.If you are interested in any of the above, please call to the DCL office, phone us on 0749737678 (9:30-12:30) or email us on [email protected].com. Also if anybody has any ideas for courses, please let us know.Photoshop – An Introduction To Image ManipulationDunkineely Community Ltd is hoping to run an introductory course for people who already have Photoshop on their computers. Contact us if you are interested on 074 9737678 (9:30-12:30) or at [email protected] Religious Education Course8/10 weeks – one evening per week starting in September (PG).  Topics covered:  Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, Extreme unction, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Our Lady, The Saints.  This will be a short course with basic information on the Sacraments and is suitable for anyone with an interest in Catholicism.  It will be helpful for those who would like to gain more knowledge about the faith; the title of the course is “I Believe”.  Contact Parochial House Bruckless 074 97 37015 for details/booking.  The cost will be €5 per night to cover rent/course materials/refreshments.Ceol agus CraicTraditional music session each Wednesday at McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely at 10pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Recovery from Emotional DistressG.R.O.W. – Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing! Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.DCL OfficePlease feel free to pop into the office any morning Mon-Wed-Fri 9.30-12.30 and chat with Michael, use the Internet (20c per half hour),  print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book (20c per book).Going on a Sun Holiday?Print your Boarding Pass with us in the DCL office.Researching a Family Tree?DCL has a copy of the adjoining Methodist Church index of Births & Marriages 1860 -1899 (Ardara and Dunkineely). Also the Burials Register for the same congregations from 1950 to 2007.LibraryDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) –  Has a small library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (JaneCOMMUNITY NEWS: MUSIC LESSONS EVERY WEEK AT THE DCL CENTRE IN DUNKINEELY was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Origin-of-Life Researchers Excited Over Nothing

first_imgThe phrase “building blocks of life” is pregnant with misinformation.Starry eyed:  Many organic molecules have been found in space by their spectra.  New ones are added to the collection from time to time.  The latest is glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar, found by astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile around a young star.  No planets were found, because according to theory, they come later in the star’s evolution.  A press release from the University of Copenhagen, “Sweet building blocks of life found around young star,” sent reporters into lockstep confirmation mode.  Science Daily reposted the press release verbatim even though it was primarily promoting the university’s homeboy, Jes Jørgensen, and didn’t explain whether the simple carbohydrate, containing only common carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, would survive any planet’s fiery formation without turning into tar.  PhysOrg dropped the “sweet” word, but reprinted the press release uncritically.   Live Science called this a “space sugar” and stated the phrase “building blocks of life” twice.  At National Geographic, Ker Than was ecstatic about the “sweet discovery,” asking in big, bold print, “Sugar Found In Space: A Sign of Life?”  The presence of this molecule floating in gas was enough to suggest “the possibility of life on other planets.”  Later in the article he did admit, “Glycoaldehyde can be found on Earth, usually in the form of an odorless white powder” that is really not used to sweeten foods.  It’s significance derives from some scientists who “think it plays a key role in the chemical reaction that forms ribonucleic acid (RNA), a crucial biomolecule present in all living cells.”Phosphorus for us:  NASA Astrobiology Magazine turned its excitement to phosphorus, a molecule not common on earth but essential to life.  In “Life’s First Taste of Phosphorus,” (an odd title considering the highly-toxic element became essential in compounds long before taste buds evolved in the evolutionary scenario), reporter Michael Scherber provided this summary:  “Phosphorus is vital to life on Earth, even though our planet doesn’t provide life very much phosphorus to work with. Scientists are now studying how phosphorus biochemistry may have originated at the dawn of life.”  Phosphorus ranks 17th in abundance on earth, and is generally locked up in inaccessible minerals, the article explained; available forms tend to be deep in earth’s core.  But phosphorus is a vital part of DNA, RNA, and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), and “shows up in a surprisingly wide range of biological molecules.”  So where did life get it?  The article’s best answer: meteorites.  Georgia Tech’s Nicholas Hud became chief storyteller for the scenario of what happened after meteorites provided a veneer of the essential element:Hud thinks phosphorus might have started out as a trace element in a few biological processes, and only later did life realize all the potential that phosphorus has for life.“Once life developed the molecular machinery that allowed incorporation of phosphorus, and even the ‘harvesting’ of phosphorus, life would have moved to a higher level,” Hud says. “The inclusion of phosphate likely represented a major evolutionary advance in life (if it was not there at the very beginning) and therefore is extremely important for understanding the origin and early evolution of life.“Adventure game:  New Scientist posted a highly speculative article entitled, “DNA could have existed long before life itself.”  The only hint of empirical substance revolved around work by Michael Powner (University College London), who is “trying to make DNA nucleotides through similar methods to those he used to make RNA nucleotides in 2009.  And he’s getting closer.”  Already, though, the speculation is in high gear: “a rethink might be in order,” writer Michael Marshall teased, even though “There is plenty still to do.”  If he succeeds, it “could have important implications for our understanding of life’s origins.”  The old RNA World scenario might be replaced by the DNA World or some “bloody mess” of “rich pickings,” according to Matthew Levy (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), who did not explain how life avoided the toxic cross-reactions and tholins likely to form.  Steven Benner (origin-of-life researcher at University of Florida) would really like to get DNA going early: “Benner says it makes more sense for the first life to have used pure DNA and RNA as early as possible,” Marshall wrote without explaining how pre-microbes evolved sense, because “Both work better than the mongrel molecules.”    “Right now, though, there’s nothing to tell us exactly how and when life first used DNA,” Marshall ended, confessing complete ignorance.  Matthew Levy got the last word: “It almost becomes a choose-your-own-adventure game,” he said.The pep tide rises:  PNAS published a paper apparently solving an old conundrum for origin-of-life research: how did amino acids link up in peptide bonds?  “Protein synthesis in aqueous environments, facilitated by sequential amino acid condensation forming peptides, is a ubiquitous process in modern biology, and a fundamental reaction necessary in prebiotic chemistry,” Griffith and Vaida explained in the abstract.  “Such reactions, however, are condensation reactions, requiring the elimination of a water molecule for every peptide bond formed, and are thus unfavorable in aqueous environments both from a thermodynamic and kinetic point of view.”  Excitedly, they announced, “We report unambiguous spectroscopic evidence of peptide bond formation at the air–water interface, yielding a possible mechanism providing insight into the formation of modern ribosomal peptide bonds, and a means for the emergence of peptides on early Earth.”  Great.  Now if they can keep them from dissolving again when they dip below the surface, they might be onto something.  Actually, their experiment required the formation of amino acid esters first, and the cooperation of copper ions.Origin-of-life (OOL) researchers routinely commit a number of fallacies.  First, they are not following evidence where it leads.  Their evolutionary worldview comes first; data are mere props for the worldview.  Second, they commit non-sequiturs.  Just because life requires these molecules now, it does not follow that the appearance of these isolated molecules led to life.  Third, they omit the key ingredient of life: the code.  Scattered amino acids and nucleotides under the best conditions have no connection to the configuration that produces function.  OOL needs an encyclopedia, but generates random alphabet letters scattered over a vast ocean.  Give the materialists whole planets filled with letters combining at fantastic rates without intelligent design; there is zero hope they will ever produce meaning (see online book).OOL research does not deserve anyone’s respect.  It deserves their pity, or their laughter.  They are wasting time playing adventure games instead of doing real scientific work that helps humanity.  The misinformation disseminated by the media over this hopeless, misleading research deserves their scorn. 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Zuma gears for State of Nation address

first_img6 February 2012It’s going to be a busy week for President Jacob Zuma as he prepares for his State of the Nation address, to be presented in Parliament – and broadcast live on radio and television – at 7pm on Thursday.The State of the Nation Address provides the President with a platform to communicate with the joint National Assembly in Parliament – and, as importantly, an opportunity to communicate with the people of South Africa.The speech, which is largely informed by the annual Cabinet Lekgotla in January, takes stock of the previous year’s achievements and charts a common direction for the country for the coming year.The 2012 January Lekgotla also served as a mid-term government review, with the Cabinet assessing progress made on the six job drivers of the New Growth Path: infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, manufacturing, the green economy, and tourism.The Lekgotla also reported that government had made notable progress across its five key priority areas of education, health, rural development, safety and crime prevention, as well as job creation.Zuma’s office said this year’s State of the Nation address takes place against the background of the celebration of 100 years by South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, which is regarded as part of the celebration of the country’s rich political heritage.In addition, the President was at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos last month, where the threat to the world economy – emanating from the seemingly inadequate steps to resolve the Eurozone crisis – dominated the discussions.He also recently attended the African Union’s heads of state and government summit in Ethiopia, which was grappling with the challenge of making the AU a sharper instrument for the development of the continent.“In this context, the President is likely to focus on the critical need for our country to move decisively and systematically in the implementation of policies and programmes that so far have helped us withstand the impact of the externally generated impediments to our development agenda,” the Presidency said.There’ll be no let-off for the President following his speech, with a number of engagements booked for Friday, starting with The New Age SoNA breakfast briefing at Grand West Casino in Cape Town.This will be followed by the tee-off of the Presidential Address Golf Challenge at De Zalze Golf Course, Stellenbosch, and the Presidential Golf Challenge Dinner at Cape Town’s Westin Hotel.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Til Death Do Us Part — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedExtraterrestrial Geocachers? — Head Alien Series (GC253ZN) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 6, 2013In “Community”The Travel Bug® That’s Traveled the Furthest* (*and is still traveling)September 17, 2012In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Location:Missouri, United States of AmericaN 39° 51.614 W 094° 48.690 TraditionalGC1YXVWby mo pirate Geo. C. Aching, Rest in PeacePlease join us in remembering a true icon: Geo. C. Aching.Geo. C. Aching was a phenomenal adventurer, world traveler, and companion. And a real prankster, too. Remember the time we went on a maintenance run and couldn’t find our own geocache anywhere? Or how about those logbooks that we could never get out of bisons? Or, that hot summer day when we drove three hours to the next county, went on a grueling 10-mile hike, and had blisters all over our feet only to realize that Geo made sure we forgot our pen? Turns out that sometimes those of us who wandered were actually lost. Geo spent time with everyone, whether voyaging on worldwide excursions, hiking to remote locations deep in the woods, or just grabbing a rusty candy tin while picking up the kids at the mall. Geo was always there for all of us, no matter where we went or what we were doing. Here’s to you, Geo. C. Aching — may you finally log that giant D5/T5 ammo can in the sky. Til Death Do Us PartRest in Peace geocachersOpen casket funeralGotta hand it to you, this is an awesome cacheFound at the end of Geocaching Way* This geocache is on private property with owner permission (cache owner is the property owner) and not located in an actual cemetery.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

A More Delicious Google Search, Now With Recipe View & Filters for Ingredients

first_imgDespite the abundance of cooking websites, finding a good recipe can be quite challenging. It isn’t simply a matter of finding highly-rated recipes or recipes with pictures. How do you wade through all the available recipes and find the one that matches dish you want to make, the cooking and prep time you have available, and the ingredients you have in stock?To assist with that, Google has added a new feature to its search engine: Recipe View.The new view lets you narrow your search results to display only recipes. You can click on Recipes in the sidebar to view just recipe results. The new view also gives you a number of filters to help find the right recipe. You can clearly see the ratings, the pictures, and the ingredients. The latter is great as it lets you filter your recipe search so that, for example, you only pull up shepherd’s pie recipes that contain lamb (not beef, folks. Please, not beef). The Recipe View also lets you try more open-ended searches, so you can pull up recipes based on a specific ingredient. Google says the new Recipe View is based on data from rich snippets markup. If you’re a recipe publisher, you can add the markup to your Web pages so that your content can appear with this improved presentation. Google didn’t indicate if it has plans to expand this sort of markup into other search efforts, but it’s a good reason – at the very least for recipe publishers – to mark up your websites. Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

National Indigenous teams impress in New Zealand

first_imgThe Indigenous Men’s team played Tonga on Saturday morning, and won the game 9-6 to progress through to the final against New Zealand Maori. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final, and the crowd was assured of a quality match after the teams drew 6-6 when they met in the round games. The Maori team started strongly to take a 4-1 lead at half time, but the Australian’s didn’t give up and ended up losing the game by one touchdown, 5-4. Cody Green was awarded the Player’s Player award, while Luke Norford received the Coaches award. Other standouts for the Men’s team included Jesse Green, Jamie Adams, Dan Munro, Edrick Lee, Peter Stoddart and Roy Pearce. The Australian team missed out on playing in the final of the Women’s division, after finishing third on the ladder behind New Zealand Maori and Ao Teaora Invitational.  The team improved consistently throughout the tournament, and given a chance to play semi finals, could well have caused an upset. The Australian team met Pasifika Invitational in the play off for the plate final, and were comprehensive winners, 20-0.Jordan Ah Sam was named Player’s Player for the Women’s team, while Mel Ingram was awarded the Coaches award. Coach John Singh also gave encouragement awards to Caitlyn Costello, Kayla Faulkner and Jaylene Bonson, while Bo De La Cruz and Simone Smith were also stand outs for the Women’s team. The tour was dedicated to the memory of Anthony ‘Anno’ Avery, who passed away last year from bowel cancer. The inaugural Anthony Avery memorial medal was awarded to Arthur Ramirez. Touch Football Australia congratulates the Indigenous teams for their performance in the World Indigenous Touch Tournament. Stay tuned to the TFA website for highlights of the tournament.last_img read more

Duke Arizona And Michigan State Are Biggest Tourney Gainers

Pretty much every team that survives its first two games and advances to the Sweet 16 has the right to be pleased with its performance. But four men’s teams — Duke, Arizona, Michigan State and Gonzaga — should be especially giddy. Their odds of winning the championship have improved the most so far.In the table below, I’ve compared the 16 surviving teams in two ways: First, by the change in their power rating in the FiveThirtyEight forecast since before the tournament began, and second, by the change in their probability of winning the tournament.Teams’ power ratings can change for two reasons. Our model updates the power ratings at the end of each game based on how a team performs relative to its expectations. A team that wins by an especially wide margin, or that wins as an underdog, will see the largest gains. By contrast, a team’s power rating may decline if it wins by a smaller-than-expected margin.We’re also continually updating the model with new data on player injuries. Two injury situations are the most critical so far: North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks’ Sweet 16 status is uncertain after he hurt his knee in the Tar Heels’ Saturday win against Arkansas. And Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has yet to play despite hopes that he might have returned.Apart from the changes in its power rating, a team’s chances of winning the tournament can change because its draw becomes harder or easier. Michigan State’s probability has improved not just because they beat Virginia, for instance, but also because the No. 1 seed in the East region, Villanova, was ousted by North Carolina State.Here’s a quick look at the teams with the largest shift in their probability:Duke’s championship probability has roughly doubled to 11.9 percent from 5.7 percent. The Blue Devils won their first two games easily, and they were helped by losses elsewhere in the bracket, especially to Iowa State, their one-time potential opponent in the Elite Eight.Arizona’s chances have improved to 14.5 percent from 9.5 percent. The Wildcats have also been helped by an upset: Instead of facing No. 3 seed Baylor in their Sweet 16 game, they’ll get Xavier. It helps, too, that Wisconsin, Arizona’s potential Elite Eight opponent, has not looked as strong as the model had them originally.Almost everything has gone Michigan State’s way: The Spartans beat the No. 2 seed in their region, Virginia, and got a lot of credit for it in the model. But the No. 1 seed in the East, Villanova, was eliminated too. The Spartans are now the favorite to reach the Final Four from the East and have some chance to go further than that — they were underseeded to begin with, and will stay reasonably close to home for the rest of the tournament with the remaining games in Syracuse and Indianapolis. (Plus, there’s Tom Izzo’s amazing run of postseason success, although the model doesn’t give them any extra credit for that.)Gonzaga won easily on Sunday against an Iowa team that looked excellent in its opening game. Its path has also gotten easier because of the elimination of Iowa State, a team they could have played in Sweet 16. Instead, they’re 75 percent favorites to win their grudge match against UCLA.By contrast, Wisconsin and North Carolina’s probabilities have declined slightly, partly because of their injury issues and partly because Arizona looms large in the West regional, which will be played in Los Angeles. Wisconsin also played a closer game against Oregon than the model expected.Still, Wisconsin retains the fourth-best overall chance to win the tournament, after Kentucky, Arizona and Duke. And even if the Badgers don’t win the tournament, their chances of winning an NCAA spelling bee are up after they learned all about stenography this weekend. What’s a 10-letter word for “in the hunt?”Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Commentary Mayor Coleman should have kept his mouth shut about NBA team

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman should have just kept his mouth shut. The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday that Coleman sent a two-page letter to NBA Commissioner David Stern in which he stated his interest in attracting an NBA franchise to central Ohio and Nationwide Arena. Coleman presides over a city that already has one professional team – the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets – and it’s a team that is perpetually out-shined by Ohio State athletics. Everyone knows Columbus is a Buckeyes town, so that was a dent in the mayor’s argument before he even smudged the postage stamp on his letter to Stern. Upon peeling Coleman’s correspondence open, a few more dents were likely exposed. Coleman’s argument to the NBA for bringing professional basketball to Columbus included arguments amounting to, “our arena situation is now stable,” and “big businesses exist in this city.” Of course, noting that your arena situation has been stabilized calls into question why it was unstable in the first place. According to the Dispatch report, one of Coleman’s zingers to Stern was something to the affect of, “we have the lowest unemployment rate in the state.” The lowest unemployment rate in a rustbelt state? That might be a fact, but not necessarily a reassurance to Stern. What I’m truly surprised by is that he didn’t include that Columbus appears on all United States maps, and is, in fact, the capital of Ohio. Another reason Coleman should have kept it zipped is because the unintended consequences of his letter stretched to Cleveland and back. Coleman’s letter also elicited a response from Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, according to The Dispatch, who said he’d have to weigh whether he’d allow another NBA franchise to move in-state. “I haven’t even studied the demographics of Columbus to know if they could handle two sports teams,” Gilbert told The Dispatch. Then Columbus’ Major League Soccer franchise, the Columbus Crew, took exception to Gilbert’s comments, as any self-respecting professional sports organization would. From the Twitter account, @ColumbusCrew, the MLS team tweeted Thursday afternoon: “Looks like #Crew96 fans should let Dan Gilbert know that there are already two professional sports teams in Columbus.” That tiny spat between organizations could have easily been avoided if Coleman hadn’t sent the letter. Like the rest of us, I’m sure Colelman had fun fantasizing about having an NBA team in town. But that doesn’t mean you go grab the NBA commissioner’s attention over it, or write him a letter for that matter. This isn’t 1920 – email or call Stern, or set up a Skype date with him and your potential investors (if there are any) and conduct some business. It’s going to take more than some City of Columbus letterhead to attract an NBA franchise to this market anyway. read more

Silva teases that Brazil have a Plan A B ready

first_imgBrazil captain Thiago Silva has teased that they are well prepared for today’s last-16 game against Mexico with the coaching staff having made a “plan A and plan B” to ensure successToday’s meeting between the two nations will be the 41st time they have faced off against each other with Brazil having won 23 times compared to Mexico’s 10, although the latter has never managed to score against the Canarinho in their previous four World Cup matches.Brazil are determined to right the wrongs of four years ago, where they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup at home soil, and have got off to a steady start at Russia this time around by topping Group E with 7 points from their opening three games.And Silva revealed that the squad are taking no chances as they chase a record sixth world title.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We are well-prepared and we are planning to progress to the quarter-finals. The coach provided us with all the necessary tools, we have plan A and plan B. We hope that tomorrow will be a wonderful day, and Neymar will be as inspired as everyone else,” said the 33-year-old, as stated on FourFourTwo.Brazil and Mexico last met in the World Cup four years ago where they had a goalless draw in a group game.Today’s match will take place at the Samara Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more