One ambulance for South West Donegal is ‘dangerous’ and ‘not acceptable’

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the urgent need for a second ambulance to cover South West Donegal, covering the area from Inver Bridge to Glencolmcille, in addition to providing cover for the parish of Ardara.At present, just one ambulance covers the region and communities have raised concerns with delays in call outs.Deputy Gallagher says that cover ambulances have had to be despatched from either Letterkenny, Dungloe or even Ballyshannon to take patients from South West Donegal to hospital on a number of occasions. This has led to time delays of an hour or more in cases. “This is a vast geographical area, with many parts of these communities isolated and far removed from the nearest University Hospital, and as we are all aware, time for emergency call outs is critical and of the essence to safeguard patients recovery,” Deputy Gallagher said.“It is self-evident that there are inherent and clear dangers with the under servicing of Southwest Donegal, with only one ambulance crew covering southwest Donegal it is impossible to provide the service which is directed under the national guidelines for call out times, secondly there is no second call out team based within the locality,” he said.“The current ambulance crews are providing an excellent service; the issue here is the gross under funding of the service providing cover for this area, at present only one ambulance covers this entire area.”Deputy Gallagher said there are areas of serious concern without a second call-out team and called for government action on the issue. “Unfortunately the Government are not listening to the concerns of the general public or communities within southwest Donegal, previous political promises for a second ambulance have mounted to nothing.“It is not acceptable that such a reduced service level continues to be provided for south west Donegal, this matter requires immediate action by both the National Ambulance Service and the Government,” concluded Deputy Gallagher. One ambulance for South West Donegal is ‘dangerous’ and ‘not acceptable’ was last modified: August 20th, 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)last_img read more

Selfish Gene Mutates, Dies a Metaphorical Death

first_imgRichard Dawkins proposed in his book The Selfish Gene that a gene, being the target of natural selection and unit of replication, is the entity most likely to get passed on to posterity; as such, it is “selfish” in that the rest of the organism is really only incidental to its immortality.  Dawkins expanded this into the “extended phenotype” – the idea that the gene extends its influence over the rest of the organism to ensure its own survival.  Fern Elsdon-Baker, writing an opinion piece called “The Dawkins dogma” in New Scientist, called this the most successful scientific metaphor in the last 30 years – but now argues it is obsolete.For reasons to do with how science is communicated, a human love of simple narratives, and Dawkins’s energetic advocacy of these metaphors, the public has been left with a view of evolution and Darwinism which does not truly reflect thinking among evolutionary biologists.  This view also perpetuates the existence of “opposing camps” when there is no need.  Worse, it skews popular notions of Darwinism.  This is why these metaphors are so important: metaphors stretch to the heart of “what science is for” and to the kind of answers it can provide.In particular, Elsdon-Baker thinks Dawkins’ view of heredity has been challenged by the increasingly apparent role of epigenetics and lateral gene transfer.  “LGT may not completely bring down the neatly branching tree of life as Darwin envisaged it, but at the very least it raises questions about what is happening at the roots” (see 07/23/2009).  While not overthrowing Dawkins’ selfish gene metaphor, it makes it only “a small part of a much bigger picture.”Scientific metaphor should be about the best interpretation of evidence and about opening up new research vistas.  The selfish gene metaphor claims that only genes or replicators are inherited and are essentially immortal, and it offers an interpretation of evolutionary biology in that light.    We are testing that empirical claim and finding that things are a lot more complicated and subtle.  This must mean that as an organising interpretation of evolutionary biology, the metaphor of the selfish gene and, by extension, that of the extended phenotype, are insufficient.  They are now problematic because what they claim or offer is no longer as good as the alternative analyses.Elsdon-Baker went on to criticize Dawkins as an advocate of a narrow-focus view of evolution. It paints an inflexible picture not only of the evolutionary sciences, but also of how science works.  This in turn closes off dialogue in both public and academic spheres.  It can, at worst, constrain future research.  Nowhere is this more evident than in theories about environmentally driven acquired characters, which have long had a reputation as Darwinian “heresy”.What’s the solution?  Evolutionary science needs to be communicated without the “rhetoric and sweeping advocacy” inherent in the metaphors Dawkins employed.  There needs to be a more “more nuanced exploration of the complexity involved.”H. L. Mencken said, “Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers” (see Thumb’s Second Postulate).  If you haven’t felt the propaganda impact of metaphor, you haven’t met a force like it.  Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003).  We must scrutinize them, not be mesmerized by them.    So the Darwinians themselves have found another useful lie that has outlived its usefulness.  Add this to the useful lies about the alleged chimp-human 1% difference (06/29/2007), the fossils in the Martian meteorite (08/06/2006), the Miller-Urey lightning in the soup (05/02/2003), Piltdown Man, Nebraska Man, Archaeoraptor, Ida, and all the rest of the Evolutionary Hall of Shame.  Another simplistic, easy-to-understand wrong answer in the Darwinian arsenal of metaphors has been exposed.  Keep up the good work.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Belief in Dark Matter Propelled by Theory, Not Evidence

first_imgBehold a scientific theory costing millions that has no evidence, but is clung to with unremitting tenacity.When are the dark matter searchers going to give up? Every search has turned up nothing. Costly experiments around the world continue to fail. “Candidate” dark matter particles keep getting falsified. And then there’s dark energy, which is even more mysterious. Nobody has a clue about that, and now the supernova data that initially led to it has been called into question. Has science ever seen such repeated failures in spite of tenacious belief? Does that happen in other fields of science? Here’s the latest news.Strange stars that go supernova may be dimming because of dark matter (New Scientist). The operative word is “may,” because the dimming is not conclusively linked to dark matter. “Might” pops up twice in Leah Crane’s opening paragraph:There is a problem with some stars that have exploded in supernovae, and it might point to new, exotic physics. They do not seem to have been as bright as they should have been, and particles called axions might have dimmed them before they blew up.Crane’s experts propose axions as candidate dark matter particles to explain the unexpected dimming. Axions have never been observed. But they wouldn’t help answer the big questions about dark matter anyway:“If this discrepancy that we find originates from axions, they will be found in the next decade,” says Straniero. That would explain not only the discrepancy with type II supernovae, but the much bigger strong CP problem [charge/parity] as well.Unfortunately, even though axions are a dark matter candidate, finding them in red giant stars might not solve the question of dark matter, says Straniero. “There are different ways to make axions, but the highly energetic environment one won’t produce enough axions to explain the dark matter density,” says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein at the University of New Hampshire. “This is not how we expect a dark matter population to arise.” That had to happen in the early universe, well before stars and supernovae.How fast is the Universe expanding? Cosmologists just got more confused (Nature). We were told two decades ago that precision measurements of supernovas by the Hubble Telescope would resolve the age of the universe, which (we were told) was 13.7 billion years. That settled it. The Hubble Constant was now known to 3 significant figures, and with it, the age of the universe.The Universe is just messing with us at this point, right?Did you know that, “For much of this decade, the two most precise gauges of the Universe’s rate of expansion have been in glaring disagreement“? That’s how David Castelvecchi begins this article. Worse, “Now, a highly anticipated independent technique that cosmologists hoped would solve the conundrum is instead adding to the confusion.” And Wendy Freedman, the astrophysicist behind the 13.7-billion-year consensus, is among the confused.In results unveiled on 16 July and due to appear in the Astrophysical Journal, a team led by astronomer Wendy Freedman at the University of Chicago in Illinois presents a technique that measures the expansion using red-giant stars. It had promised to replace a method that astronomers have been using for more than a century — but for now, the speed measurement has failed to resolve the dispute because it falls half way between the two contentious values.“The Universe is just messing with us at this point, right?” tweeted one astrophysicist about the paper.“Right now, we’re trying to understand how it all fits together,” Freedman told Nature. If the cosmic-speed discrepancy is not resolved, some of the basic theories that cosmologists use to interpret their data — such as assumptions about the nature of dark matter — could be wrong. “Fundamental physics hangs in the balance,” Freedman says.See also Live Science‘s article about the tension between theory and observation, “Exotic ‘Early Dark Energy’ Could Be the Missing Link That Explains the Universe’s Expansion.” One cosmologist told Live Science that there are “many models on the market that could” produce so-called “early dark energy” that turned on at the big bang and then turned off somehow after 100,000 years. “The one we suggested is inspired by string theory,” he says. String theory also is lacking in evidence.Tracking down dark matter (Phys.org). This is a typical fluff article that claims dark matter makes up 80% of the universe, and we don’t know what it is, but scientists are looking for it. Try that on unicorns, gnomes, or fairies in the garden. It might be axions, a searcher at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) thinks. They’re very hard to see, but he promises that his team is getting warmer:The team at Mainz University have now combed through the range of frequencies from a few oscillations per year up to 18 oscillations per hour—as yet, without finding evidence of the effect of dark matter. “It’s rather like looking for a lost ring in a vast garden,” said Budker. “We have already searched part of the garden, so we now know this is where the ring—the axion—is not to be found. This has allowed us to considerably narrow down the range in which we hope to find the axion, and we can now focus our search on other ranges.”So he knows where the unicorn is not. Science is supposed to be about observing what exists.NASA Delivers Hardware for ESA Dark Energy Mission (JPL News). Intelligent design can be found in this story. JPL prides itself that it overcame major obstacles with a project to supply instruments for the European Space Agency’s upcoming Euclid mission to look for dark matter and dark energy, because “it is extremely challenging to design and build very sensitive and complex electronics that function reliably at very cold operating temperatures.” As for the mysterious stuff, we’ll have to wait till 2022 to get data.Euclid will conduct a survey of billions of distant galaxies, which are moving away from us at a faster and faster rate as the expansion of space itself accelerates. Scientists don’t know what causes this accelerating expansion but have named the source of this phenomenon dark energy. By observing the effect of dark energy on the distribution of a large population of galaxies, scientists will try to narrow down what could possibly be driving this mysterious phenomenon.‘Dark Matter Bullets’ Could Tear Through the Human Body, Wild New Study Suggests (Live Science). Anything is possible when you raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index high enough. Why, the dark matter (about which science knows nothing) could be speeding around like bullets. And if it is, it could be tearing right through your body right now! Observation: You aren’t dead. Hum. Problem. Space.com‘s headline reads, “Dark Matter Hasn’t Killed Anybody Yet — and That Tells Us Something.” Heineke Weitering’s article starts out with hilarious confusion based on strong affirmations that the stuff must exist:Nobody has stumbled into an emergency room with an inexplicable lightsaber wound, as far as we know — and that tells us something about dark matter, a new study suggests.Dark matter makes up about 85% of the material universe, meaning it’s about six times more abundant than the “normal” stuff that makes up stars, planets, people and everything else we’re familiar with.But nobody knows what dark matter actually is; the mysterious substance appears to emit no light, so it’s incredibly hard to study.In other words, human bodies don’t work as dark matter detectors. But they know dark matter is true! Keep looking! Has science ever been so dogmatic about something with no evidence? Read on.Some atheists are probably worried we will link this story to Darwinism somehow. Their predictions are correct. As for dark matter and dark energy, we will reserve judgment. The mysterious unknown stuff MUST be found to preserve a favored cosmological theory. Perhaps it will be found. The point is that scientists are willing to spend many millions of dollars, and work for decades, looking for things that might not even exist. Another point is that they will confidently tell the media that a theory is a fact (“dark matter makes up 85% of the universe”), without any evidence for it. In a strange circularity, the theory itself becomes the observation supporting it! Historian of science Steven Goldman at Lehigh University tells of a case when physicists calculated a quantum effect that appeared to violate conservation of energy. They were so beholden to their quantum theory, they were about to ditch the best-known law in all of physics—conservation of mass/energy—in order to preserve their theory. Fortunately for the physics, an error in the calculation was later found, and conservation was saved. We see a similar thing going on now. Cosmologists are so wedded to the hot big bang model of the universe, they have entered the occult world (“beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious”) in order to preserve it against the evidence. Galaxies and galaxy clusters are not moving the way cosmologists think they should in a billions-of-years-old universe, so they invent dark matter. Galaxies are flying apart faster than they should in a billions-of-years-old material universe, so they invent dark energy. Better to concoct dark things than to threaten a beloved theory with facts visible in the light. Is that not the case with Darwinism? The simplistic Stuff Happens Law that Darwin imagined could explain life has become a cornerstone of secular biology. It must survive at all costs; facts notwithstanding. Since Darwin’s Day, multiple revolutions of biological science have occurred in biochemistry and genetics. The observational facts from repeatable experiments about DNA and molecular machines cannot be allowed to take scientists away from their beloved Darwin. Facts become subservient to the theory, and must be forced to serve it. We see the same dogmatism about what natural selection can do, but total silence about how random mutation and natural selection can do it. Michael Behe gives a good example in the Appendix of his new book, Darwin Devolves. Twenty years ago he proposed the bacterial flagellum as a model of irreducible complexity. Only one highly-cited paper tried to answer it, but went off onto irrelevant data about gene comparisons without ever attempting to explain how random mutations and natural selection could build this highly-complex molecular outboard motor. The silence from observational, experimental, logical scientific quarters, meanwhile, has been drowned out by affirmations that evolution is a fact, and therefore the flagellum evolved. A similar situation occurred with Behe’s example of the blood-clotting cascade as an irreducibly complex system. One of the world’s leading experts on blood clotting, Russell Doolittle, attempted a half-hearted response referring to another paper, but it turned out he got his facts wrong from that paper. And yet his response paper has been referenced ever since as an answer to Behe. If Doolittle could not refute irreducible complexity in this case, Behe says, then nobody can.The Dark Matter/Energy situation is a current case of ideology driving observation. It will be interesting to see how it turns out after the Euclid Mission and other attempts, but the believers are running out of space in the garden to find the mysterious micro-unicorns. If they never turn up, what them? Chances are, the dogmatism will remain, and they will keep looking, affirming that everything we know represents only 5% of what actually is there. (Visited 435 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

4-H projects aplenty at the Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Of course, there is no shortage of hard work, long hours and dedicated young people in the livestock barns at the Ohio State Fair, but those who think that is the only place to find impressive Ohio youth 4-H projects are missing out. Here are some highlights of the incredible wood working projects at the Ohio State Fair.PHOTOS BY RANDALL REEDER These are the 8 Clock Trophy winners in 4-H Woodworking. A total of 259 participated in the competition. The judge interviews a contestant about the chest of drawers with a mirror attached. Steven Hayes, Auglaize County, made this chest of drawers out of cherry. He won the Clock Trophy in his class. Tim Herman, Williams County, won the Clock Trophy in the third year Small Engines project. He will represent Ohio at the National Youth Engineering Challenge. Outstanding of the Day ribbons were earned by Jacob Clubb, Brown County, and Gunner Green, Butler County. Thomas Burkett of Tipp City (Miami County) won a Clock Trophy in Rope. He made a hammock. Joey Finney, Stark County, and Cody Wagner, Sandusky County, each won Clock Trophies and a welder donated by Lincoln Electric. They will represent Ohio 4-H in Welding at the National Youth Engineering Challenge at Lafayette, Indiana in Sept. 25-27. In all, Lincoln Electric donated 10 more welders to age-group winners, and Miller Electric donated 10 welding helmets to the second place finishers. This piece of furniture, built by 4-H’ers for the Ohio State Fair, is of much higher quality than the furniture written about herelast_img read more

Market for “hearable” devices could reach $16B by 2020

first_imgRelated Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Donal Power Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Wearable technology is about to expand into a whole new sub-market via your ear-holes with the advent of “hearables.” And this new category of connected devices for your ears is beginning to make its mark on global markets.Experts predict that the hearables market could surpass $16 billion by 2020. A key component to the rosy prospects for hearables is their potential to steal market share from headphones, medical hearing aids and other wearables that aren’t situated in the ear.Several of the large electronics firms are gearing up to begin production of their own hearables, which could see a flood of the new technology on global markets.Of particular interest is Apple’s expansion into greater ear-based technology is its introduction of wireless Airpods. These new headphones were launched in tandem with the new iPhone 7 which was designed without a headphone jack, causing much controversy among audiophiles.But behind Apple’s push for its cordless headphones is its strategy to drive customers towards its proprietary technology for its huge customer base.And as is often the case, Apple’s revolutionary innovations often open the door for whole new categories of technology.Combined with wireless technology like Bluetooth, wireless hearables could prove quite disruptive to the consumer electronics market.One shift will be hearables ability to shift much of the capabilities currently provided by wearables from the wrist to the ear.Each hearable means one less screenThis shift will eliminate the screens that wearables currently rely on, to be replaced with voice input capabilities. This will enable users to receive messages from devices directly into the ears.These hearables will be able to take over voice assistant functionality and integrate with augmented reality systems.As well, ear-based devices have the potential to provide superior medical monitoring and fitness tracking capabilities.Body movement can adversely affect the accuracy of traditional wearables when measuring heart rate and blood pressure, but not so with hearables. This is because the ears provide a stable way to measure vital signs as they have a consistent blood flow level.Hearables also will be able to combine high-end audio capabilities and noise cancellation, which will eat into the market of traditional headphones and hearing aids. Tags:#Apple#Bluetooth#Hearables#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Amy Childs Joins Great British Bagathon

first_imgThis September, Amy Childs is joining in the Great British Bag-athon and clearing out her wardrobe to fill up bags full of unwanted things.The goal is to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things for the British Heart Foundation during the month of September.Amy Childs says: “I’m thrilled to be supporting the Great British Bag-athon and had a big clear out so that I could donate as many bags of unwanted things as possible to my local shop. This is a cause close to my heart as my cousin had open heart surgery when she was born, so I have seen firsthand the fantastic work the BHF funds.“I’d like to encourage everyone to set aside some time this September and help raise bags of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon. Those unwanted killer heels can help give heart disease the boot.”If you’d like to follow in Amy’s footsteps and donate bags of your unwanted things to the Great British Bag-athon, find out more here. Every bag you fill is a bag full of life-saving research.Source:last_img read more

Phil Jackson Rules Out Any Return To Coaching

Phil Jackson had interest in returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that was it. No other team interests him. So let go of any hopes of luring him back, Washington Wizards or any other team soon to be seeking new leadership.After a brief flirtation with a comeback after the Lakers fired Mike Brown, Jackson said to TMZSports.com that the chances are “slim and none, probably” that he would return to the profession he won 11 NBA championships as coach.“I really wasn’t looking to coach again,” he said. “That one was happenstance, and it just came about.”Jackson, 67, interviewed with the Lakers following Brown’s firing, but was eventually passed over in favor of Mike D’Antoni — a move that confounded many, including Jackson and D’Antoni.Jackson had two stints with the Lakers, winning five championships with the team and 11 overall as a coach — six others with the Bulls. As a player, Jackson won two titles with the Knicks.“Well, we never discussed any terms, so there was never anything that was unfair,” Jackson told TMZ. “It was just a midnight coup. It was kind of weird.”While Jackson is trying to be diplomatic, he did call the Lakers’ handling of the situation, “slimy.” In a statement, though, Jackson was a bit more cordial.“I was awakened at midnight on Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a 3-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker Fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”According to reports, which were disputed by other reports, Jackson was seeking unprecedented power over the team with the ability to veto roster moves as well as special travel considerations to help with his health issues — as well as a massive contract somewhere in the range of $10 million-$15 million. read more

Commentary Johnny Manziel penalty too lenient

Courtesy of MCTThen-redshirt-freshman quarterback for Texas A&M Johnny Manziel runs the ball during a game against Oklahoma on Jan. 4, at Cowboys Stadium. A&M won, 41-31.Texas A&M redshirt-sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has been suspended for allegedly being involved in the signing and sale of merchandise.Was he suspended for half the season? No. For the non-conference season? Nope. The entire first game? Negative.Manziel has been suspended for a whopping one half of the team’s first game (which will likely be an easy victory against an overmatched Rice team).Allegedly, Manziel received tens of thousands of dollars to sign autographs throughout multiple signing sessions. On Thursday the NCAA released a statement saying, essentially, there was no evidence that Manziel received payment for autographs. It did say, however, Manziel was found guilty of a separate (and lesser) NCAA violation.From the point of view of the Buckeye faithful, it’s hard to believe that Johnny Football would have received such a pointless penalty had he chosen to play ball in Columbus.The now infamous “Tattoo-Gate” (which supposedly dealt with less money than the Manziel situation) led to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving the university for the NFL, the forced end of Jim Tressel’s coaching career and multiple suspensions for various players. On top of that, the team received multiple sanctions, including a self-inflicted bowl game ban for 2012-13.While the two situations are certainly different, I just do not see how the NCAA justifies their decisions at this point.In one case, the NCAA nearly ruined one of the most successful football programs in history, in another they slapped their new poster boy on the wrist.I understand that Manziel was not found guilty of the greater violation, but from everything that has been reported, it seems like the NCAA must not have put forth much effort into finding evidence.Would I say the NCAA favors him? Yes, I would, and I truly believe a greater suspension would have been handed down if he played for OSU, regardless of the evidence that came up.They want to be known as the tough kid on the block, but today the NCAA proved that they are hiding out with their tails between their legs.The media have a field day when OSU gets in trouble, and the NCAA is proud to hand the Buckeyes tougher sanctions than any other school (save one or two), but when the great hero Johnny Football leaps over the line, they simply move it further away. read more

Buckeye Brief Ohio State defensive line scheme change replacing Michael Hill and

With just over a week until Ohio State’s season opener against Indiana on Aug. 31, the Buckeyes have shifted their focus to their Week 1 opponent. Monday afternoon, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson and a group of Buckeye defensive linemen addressed the media. Here is what we learned.Defensive line to “pin its ears back” on first and second downLast season, Ohio State’s talented foursome of defensive ends — redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa — combined for 18.5 sacks, a total less than might be expected given the group’s elite talent. Some of that might be due to opposing offenses’ increased focus on stopping their pass rush. However, there might be another factor to the less-than-anticipated sack totals.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa (left) and redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard prepare for a drill at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.“Last year, we were more a squeeze front, built a wall, and now this year, we’re playing a tad wider which allows us to get up the ball and allows us to play a little faster,” Johnson said. “This system fits what we have talent wise.”The change was spearheaded by defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who, Johnson said, has a different philosophy than former co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “Coach Fickell, obviously a linebacker coach, we kind of set up all the plays for the linebackers to make and now it’s us pinning our ears back and going instead of waiting,” Bosa said.Bosa said last year he felt frustrated as the ends focused on defending the run on first and second down. This year, that is unlikely to be the case. Though offenses will once again be focused on deterring a ravaging defensive front from reaching the quarterback, a more aggressive, attacking defensive line on first and second downs might result in more sacks by Lewis, Hubbard, Bosa and Holmes.How will Ohio State defensive tackles rotate without Michael Hill?Last Monday, coach Urban Meyer announced redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill would be suspended indefinitely, at least for the first couple of games, for undisclosed reasons. On most teams, a suspension of a returning starter in his fifth year with the program would be a devastating blow. But given Ohio State’s depth, the Buckeyes feel they can overcome the temporary loss of a starter.Ohio State redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill goes through a drill at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.“Mike brings some veteran stuff, he played a lot of football for us last year. But one guy out, next guy up,” Johnson said. “So right now, the guys know that and so we’ve got to find a guy to step up and get it done.”A conglomerate of interior linemen, including redshirt senior Tracy Sprinkle, redshirt sophomores Robert Landers, redshirt sophomore Jashon Cornell and redshirt sophomore Davon Hamilton and freshman Haskell Garrett, will help serve as Hill’s replacement until he returns.Sprinkle ruptured his patellar tendon in the first week of last season. Despite the seriousness of his injury, Johnson said he expects the redshirt senior to be ready to play in the opening week. Landers is a short, stocky lineman listed at 6-foot-1, 283 pounds. The defensive tackle relies on his quickness and will be pushed into a larger role than he had last season.Hamilton, who missed much of spring practice with a broken foot, might be thrust into a larger role early in the season, along with Cornell and Garrett, due to Hill’s suspension.Hill, the starting nose tackle, racked up 21 tackles, including four for a loss, last season. Being a BosaLast season, Bosa burst onto the scene last season with seven tackles for loss and five sacks, the second most, behind his brother Joey (7.5 sacks), of any Buckeye true freshman since Meyer was hired as Ohio State head coach. That being said, expectations are high for him to increase that total and disrupt even more quarterbacks in 2017.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa runs through a drill at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“I remember last year, he didn’t really practice much at the tempo that he needed to do to get him ready because of the ACL injury he suffered in high school,” Meyer said. “He’s ridiculous right now.”Though Nick said the knee injury didn’t affect his play last year, he admitted it was tough being thrown into the rotation as a freshman. And since Ohio State possessed so much depth at defensive end, he wasn’t able to stay in games long enough to gain a rhythm.This offseason, Nick said he has been sending practice film to Joey, who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers, to work on day-to-day improvement. “The thing they both have is the ability to work hard,” Johnson said. “Nick’s a great worker, Joey was a great worker. So they play really hard. They have a burning desire to be the best.”According to the sophomore defensive end, his brother’s help has worked. Though he didn’t want to set specific goals, Nick said he feels like he is reading and reacting quicker to plays.“(We) need some more Bosas,” Meyer joked.Dre’Mont Jones taking the next stepWhen redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones enrolled at Ohio State, he wasn’t even playing the position at which he is now a highly regarded NFL draft prospect. The Cleveland native was the 11th best strongside defensive end in the country in 2015, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Given the former defensive end’s experience rushing the passer from the outside, Johnson sees a potentially disruptive player that can get pressure from the interior of the line.“Play inside on top of the guard, he adds a dimension. It’s like having a defensive end playing three-technique,” Johnson said. “He is a really fast guy playing three-technique who can get one-on-one battles with the guard, and that’s what we want with this team.”Johnson said Jones played well last year, but didn’t disrupt the passer as much as the team expects from its defensive tackles. In his redshirt freshman season, Jones didn’t get a single sack, but picked up four tackles for loss and 52 total tackles.Entering his third year in the program, Jones said he understands he needs to maximize the remaining time, as it is limited. “It’s night and day,” Johnson said. “He’s taken so many leaps and bounds, he really has. He’s gotten stronger in the weight room, he’s much more physical. He’s always been a really bright player.”Since Ohio State will be without Hill for at least a few weeks, Jones will be counted on to make big plays immediately. read more

Wenger was like a father to Wilshere

first_imgArsene Wenger decided to end his career as the Arsenal coach and he will leave after this season – and Jack Wilshere admitted that the manager was something like a father to him.The Frenchman was the first one to give a chance to the midfielder in the professional football and, of course, the player is grateful to him for it – and he insisted that it will feel strange not to have Wenger in the locker room anymore.The England international spoke about his relationship with Wenger as he wrote on his Instagram account, according to Football London:“To the man who gave me my chance as a 16-year-old, and showed unbelievable faith and commitment towards me.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Always a gentleman, like a father through tough times in my career.”“He always believed in me when most people didn’t.”“Thank you for everything boss.”“It’s down to us now to end your era right. #onearsenewenger.”last_img read more