JUDGE APOLOGISES TO PUBLIC OVER CRAMPED COURTHOUSE

first_imgA leading judge has apologised to people attending a Donegal court because of the lack of space.Judge John O’HaganJudge John O’Hagan made his comments at yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Judge O’Hagan said he appreciated the conditions for many people attending the court were uncomfortable.He said local veteran solicitor Paudge Dorrian was exhausted pleading for the facilities to be improved.“There is the promise of a new courthouse in the future but that’s as far as it goes,” he said.Judge O’Hagan spoke as barristers, solicitors, prison officers, Gardai, members of the public, members of the HSE and other court officers jostled for space at yesterday’s opening day of the current Circuit Court sitting.That position will be made equally as uncomfortable today when more than 100 members of the public turn up for jury duty selection.JUDGE APOLOGISES TO PUBLIC OVER CRAMPED COURTHOUSE was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:criticalJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtspacelast_img read more

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Genetic Code Began by Lamarckian Evolution

first_imgIt takes guts to tackle the origin of the genetic code from a naturalist perspective.  It also takes guts to resurrect Lamarck in the age of Darwin.  Carl Woese and colleagues tried a new hypothesis in PNAS1 that boldly goes headlong into both challenges.  To preserve a natural explanation for the genetic code, they felt it necessary to abandon Darwinian “survival of the fittest” for a stage, in favor of an admittedly Lamarckian process.  “Evolution of the genetic code, translation, and cellular organization itself,” they confessed in their last sentence, “follows a dynamic whose mode is, if anything, Lamarckian.”  In this paper, they picture a more cooperative living soup of theoretical semi-genetic entities.  With apologies to Darwin, they introduce the prebiological commune:If Darwin had been a microbiologist, he surely would not have pictured a “struggle” for existence as “red in tooth and claw.”  Our view of competition in a communal world as a dynamical process is very different from the widely understood notion of Darwinian evolution.  “Survival of the fittest” literally implies that there can only be one winner from the forces of selection [sic], whereas in a communal world, the entire distributed community benefits and its structure becomes modified by the forces of a selection that is an inherently biocomplex phenomenon involving the dynamics between the community elements and the interaction with the environment.  The most general sense in which we mean competition in this article is the complex dynamical rearrangement of the community structure.Their hypothesis is dominated by Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT).  In their imaginary scenario, early organisms were more tolerant of ambiguity.  They had similar but variable genetic codes instead of the universal code we see today.  Blocks of code were freely shared between organisms, with mutation and variation exploring the functional landscape.  Transcription and translation processes were less precise.  At some undefined moment, this horizontal process of sharing became fixed, and vertical evolution of the Darwinian kind took over:With this work, we have revisited the largely overlooked problem of genetic code universality and the conceptual difficulties associated with it.  These difficulties can all be avoided if one takes, as we do, the stance that evolution was essentially communal from the very beginning.  We have argued that there are three distinct stages of evolution, which we might classify as (i) weak communal evolution, which gave way via development of an innovation-sharing protocol and the emergence of a universal genetic code to (ii) strong communal evolution, which developed exponential complexity of genes, finally leading via the Darwinian transition to (iii) individual evolution—vertical, and so, Darwinian.They provided a computer software model that demonstrated these stages:Most of our analysis explored the transition between regimes i and ii, through detailed consideration of the way in which a generalized form of HGT operating on long evolutionary time scales brings universality via dynamic competition between a wide variety of collective innovation-sharing protocols.  In particular, we argued how such protocols emerge through the important coevolutionary mechanism of code attraction and presented a specific model that is capable of explaining the simultaneous universality and optimality of the genetic code.Since “the genetic code is an expression of the translation process,” more work will be required to understand the origin and dynamics of the translation mechanism; that is, the “evolutionary development of translation and the organization of the cell” and its hardware components, the transfer RNAs and aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase family (see 06/09/2003).1Vetsigian, Woese and Goldenfeld, “Collective evolution and the genetic code,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0603780103, published online before print July 3, 2006.Time fails to pick apart this paper, but is it even worth it?  Their hypothesis fails on the meagerest application of common sense.  It’s a story riddled with personification, wishful thinking and naturalistic miracles.  The scenario only makes sense to people so blinded by evolutionary naturalism that they cannot imagine seeing outside the cave of their own making.    If you are impressed with computer models, then you don’t know the magic tricks of programmers who can sneak intelligently-designed information in the side door while you are distracted.  Do these models have anything to do with the real history of the world?  How could they ever know?  Anything is possible with the magic wand of “long evolutionary time scales.”   What if the time scales are not evolutionary, but entropic?  The apparatus for evolutionary magic is always hidden in the black boxes of millions of years where nobody can watch.  Abracadabra!  You see that “collective information-sharing protocols emerge” through “code attraction.”  Why, they even have a computer to demonstrate it.  Dime-store magic tricks are more credible than this.  These guys just stole ID words (information, sharing, protocol) to make translation machinery “emerge” from a black, purposeless hat.  Presto, change-o.  Demand your money back.    Ann Coulter in her new book Godless retells the joke about three hungry scientists on a desert island with a can of food, wondering how to open it.  The physicist suggests dropping it from a height.  The chemist suggests heating it till it pops open.  The economist says, “Assume a can opener.”  Woese, the king of Archaea with his underlings, has assumed not only a can opener but a whole kitchen in his imaginary world where evolutionary dreams come true (because – you see, we’re here – so that proves they did come true, doesn’t it, now?).  In his fantasyland, primitive organisms already possess rudimentary genetic codes and translation machinery, which he has assumed came from an RNA world preceding it (see 07/11/2002 for all the problems in that tale).  Unlike Darwin’s nasty beasts red in tooth and claw, his organisms start out like friendly smurfs in kindergarten, eager to play and share and learn new things.  They all freely exchange genetic subroutines that once in awhile prove “beneficial” (whatever that means).  The translations can be clumsy and incomplete, and the machinery might only partly work, but accuracy is not a concern in this land where mistakes always eventually lead to higher good.    Out of this hodgepodge of chaos, Woese imagines not a junkyard as a result, but the emergence of the most elegant and efficient system of transcription and translation known to the mind of man.  At a magical moment, a consensus code emerges, becomes frozen and universal.  Soon it includes elaborate redundancy, backup and proofreading routines.  Here, Woese hands off to Charlie, who takes over to convert the Lamarckian horizontal evolution into Darwinian vertical evolution.  With this new genetic code and an unguided hand, he proceeds to craft giraffes and blue whales and fruit flies and philosophers.    This is about as good as good grief.  A child could see through this scenario.  Since imagination rules in the evolutionary science journals these days, let’s play the game, too:Imagine of world of simple robots without souls, bumping into each other occasionally.  (Where the robots came from is our “assume a can opener” part of the story.)  One robot speaks broken Chinese, one speaks broken English, one speaks broken Spanish, and another speaks broken Eskimo.  They have a few words in common, like McDonalds, Google, soccer and barf.  They mumble nonsense phrases in their own languages without understanding what they mean, but once in awhile they can pick up new words from one another.  They can’t reproduce.  They have no desire to improve (because, remember, they have no souls).  Nobody cares about what they do; nobody is there cheering them on.  The second law of thermodynamics is in operation.  No intelligent designers are around.  Once in awhile a big meteor hits the planet.Come back in a few hundred million years.  Will you expect to find democratic governments, concerts, and departments of evolutionary robotics at universities?  If so, what planet are you from?*(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

first_imgJockey John Velazquez tumbles to the track after falling off Bodexpress (9) as the field breaks from the starting gate in the 144th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness.Taking one of the most memorable trips in the 149-year history of Pimlico Race Course, Bodexpress followed the leaders without a rider on board and at one point appeared to be a contender in the 13-horse race.ADVERTISEMENT “You’ve got to be careful because some of them try to win,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled race favorite Improbable. “I’ve had horses that try to win. They actually run a great race sometimes.”From the moment the frisky 3-year-old hopped from the gate, ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, craziness ensued . Running on his own in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, Bodexpress began his obligatory trip around the track, driven either by instinct or the desire to be part of the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFortunately, Velazquez quickly rose from the dirt and scooted off the track without injury.“When the doors opened, I was off right from the start. He kind of jumped sideways,” Velazquez said. “I had my feet out of the irons so I lost my balance then, I went off.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “He had that look of disappointment,” Baffert said. “It’s like a bull rider getting bucked off the first jump.”Velazquez can take consolation in that Mark Casse, the trainer of Preakness winner War of Will, hopes the first-place finishing jockey, Tyler Gaffalione, can one day match the fallen jockey’s greatness.“One ironic thing is,” Casse said, “I call Tyler the next Johnny Velazquez.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fact, he ran the entire track again before finally calling it a day — a veritable victory lap for the social media champion who was still trending on Twitter hours later.Bodexpress, the Florida Derby runnerup in March, was placed last and officially gets a did-not-finish.When has was finally done running, Bodexpress was fine. The son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and career non-winner was finally brought under control after taking another lap around the track.Turns out, Bodexpress wasn’t the only horse getting antsy in the gate. The same applied to favored Improbable, whose pre-race dance turned into a sixth-place finish.“He was acting pretty well and then he got fired up and then after that, when horses do that it just takes a lot of energy out,” said Baffert, who was denied a record-setting eighth Preakness win. “He got in the gate, and when he did that, I knew that was it.”Regarding Bodexpress, Baffert could sympathize with Velazquez and appreciate what the other riders (and horses) were thinking as the jockey-less horse strode by.“There are so many things that can go wrong in a horse race,” Baffert said. “It’s scarier for the horses that are in there because they’ve got to watch him the whole way.”Although it doesn’t usually happen in a Triple Crown race, this isn’t the first time a horse has thrown his rider.“I’ve seen everything. I’ve seen that, yeah, of course,” Baffert said. “I had one that did it. I was a heavy favorite a while back that did it. I never had one before and it happened to me this year. I thought I’d seen everything.”The good news is, Velazquez — winner of four Triple Crown races — emerged unscathed and said he won’t be seeing a doctor. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too There was an indication that things weren’t going right when Bodexpress veered left from the post parade instead of right, along with the other horses.“He was just not behaving good in the gate. He was not sitting really well,” Velazquez said. “He got me against the wall and the gate.”Coming out of the nasty spill with his health was a positive, but the 47-year-old jockey won’t soon forget this (non) ride.“When you come in here to a big race and then things like this happen with the horses, it’s disappointing,” Velazquez said.An outrider tried to corral Bodexpress at the top of the stretch, but he wasn’t about to let the horseplay come to an end. The colt sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd U18 coach Ryan: We’ll protect Greenwood from hype

first_imgMan Utd U18 coach Ryan: We’ll protect Greenwood from hypeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18 coach Neil Ryan says they’re determined to protect Mason Greenwood from the hype around him.Greenwood, 17, hit a matchwinning hat-trick as United inflicted a first Youth Cup defeat on Chelsea since the 2013 final in an enthralling 4-3 victory at Leigh Sports Village on Monday night.”We’re a good club for making sure to fight all that hype down,” Ryan told the Manchester Evening News. “Because he’s still got a long way to go, let’s get it right.”He’s doing very, very well this year. He was on the bench in the week against Valencia, which was a great experience for him. We’ve got great staff looking after him on and off the pitch and ourselves, as coaching staff, it’s our jobs to make sure we get him to the next level. It’s going to be a challenge for him, but a great challenge.”He’s had a fantastic four or five months so far and we’ve got to keep working with him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,800.40, up 30.04 points):Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 76 cents, 5.92 per cent, to $13.59 on 8.3 million shares. Canopy says it will develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer’s production footprint. The company said in a statement that it has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with a large-scale greenhouse operator where it will be a majority shareholder of BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc., a new company.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 10 cents, 4.44 per cent, to $2.35 on 7.04 million shares. Delta Air Lines says its deliveries of Bombardier CSeries aircraft may be delayed next year but that ultimately it won’t be forced to pay the 300 per cent preliminary duties recently announced by the U.S. Commerce Department. “We’re not going to be forced to pay tariffs or anything of the ilk,” CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday during a conference call about its third-quarter results.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up five cents, 1.69 per cent, to $3.00 on 5.9 million shares.Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR). Oil and gas. Up six cents, 1.16 per cent, to $5.24 on 4.3 million shares.Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG). Miner. Up $2.92, 24.07 per cent, to $15.05 on 3.6 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 0.84 per cent, to $14.35 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Grocer. Up 26 cents, 0.62 per cent, to $41.99 on 692,466 shares. The grocery store chain says it will eliminate about 280 jobs starting in 2021 as part of a $400-million overhaul of its Ontario distribution network. Metro says the move to modernize and automate its network will mean the loss of about 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $2.64, or 2.28 per cent, to $118.40 on 1.4 million shares. Shopify’s chief executive says he’ll push back against a short-seller’s report questioning the company’s business model during the release of their next financial results. Company CEO Tobias Lutke tweeted that he looks forward to the next earnings call, expected in early November, where he’ll address the “short-selling troll” targeting Shopify.Thomson Reuters Corp. (TSX:TRI). Media. Up four cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $57.71 on 494,816 shares. The multinational information services company will spend about US$100 million to house its new technology hub at a Toronto complex that’s being built for occupation in 2021.last_img read more

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TSX nosedives on oil and gold prices Wall St backs off recent

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell sharply in a broad-based decline Monday, led by a slide in oil and gold prices, as U.S. stocks backed away from recent record highs.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 144.50 points to 16,094.72, with the energy, gold and materials sectors among major decliners.“We’re clearly seeming some selling today on the TSX,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis. “The downside pressure in Canada, as compared to that of United States and, really, other global markets, is from the drop in oil and gold prices.”The March crude contract gave back 58 cents to US$65.56 per barrel and the February gold contract fell US$11.80 to US$1,340.30 an ounce.Meanwhile, south of the border, technology companies led Wall Street broadly lower, as shares of Apple slid two per cent amid concerns its new iPhone hasn’t been that big of a hit with customers.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 177.23 points to 26,439.48. The S&P 500 index declined 19.34 points to 2,853.53 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 39.26 points to 7,466.51.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 81.07 cents US, down 0.09 of a U.S. cent.“Probably the biggest headline today is what’s to come the rest of the week,” said Fehr, pointing to a busy week of potential market-moving corporate news and economic data coming out of the U.S..Several big-name companies are due to report quarterly results, including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google’s parent company Alphabet. About a quarter of the companies in the S&P 500 — the American equivalent to the TSX — have reported results so far this earnings season, with some 65 per cent of those exceeding financial analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.The market will also be sizing up new data on U.S. jobs, manufacturing and consumer sentiment. They’ll also be watching Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and listening for any developments out of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee that ends Wednesday.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down a cent to US$3.17 per mmBTU and the March copper contract was down a cent at US$3.19 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry Isnt Better Than LeBron On Offense — But Hes As

Apparently it’s the season of athletes making statistically unsupported comparisons to their peers. Back in May, Patrick Peterson claimed superiority over Richard Sherman in the NFL (something that, according to the numbers — is dubious), and now Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Dan Patrick Tuesday that he thinks he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James:A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question … Me. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.With all due respect to Curry, a true offensive force in his own right, this is another case where the majority of statistical evidence doesn’t do the challenger any favors.According to the advanced box-score metrics, James spent the 2013-14 season outclassing Curry in usage rate, scoring efficiency, offensive rebounding, avoiding turnovers and drawing fouls. The only offensive areas in which Curry beat James were jump-shooting — Curry made 42 percent of his 3-point shots and 49 percent of his midrange jumpers; James knocked down those shots at rates of 38 and 39 percent, respectively — and passing (whether measured by assist percentage or SportVU’s optically tracked passing metrics).But James is no slouch in terms of distributing the ball, either; he ranked 19th among qualified NBA players in assist percentage a year ago. Distance shooting is really the only offensive category in which Curry claims a substantial edge over James — and it’s an advantage mitigated by the fact that James’s shot distribution skews so heavily toward easier shots at the rim. So Curry is a better long-range shooter than James, but James doesn’t take that many long-range shots.Zooming out, James’s personal offensive rating was higher than Curry’s even though James used a higher proportion of his team’s possessions (so subscribers to skill curve theory would have a hard time siding with Curry in this debate).Case closed? Not yet. There have been instances when such box-score-based metrics fail to tell the whole story, and players with gaudy combinations of usage and efficiency don’t always have the impact we’d predict from their individual stats. These are the kinds of incongruities that ESPN’s Real Plus Minus (RPM) is supposed to detect. RPM estimates a player’s effect on his team’s efficiency after accounting for the quality of his teammates, opponents and a host of other variables.By RPM, James was easily the offensive player who had the most impact in the NBA last season. Curry was second, slightly outpacing reigning MVP Kevin Durant.The comparison gets a little more interesting, though, when you look at these adjusted Four Factors ratings, which apply the same technique — estimating a player’s on-court impact via regression — to the four essential barometers of a team’s offensive performance: effective field goal percentage (which adjusts ordinary shooting percentage for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 1.5 times as much as 2s), turnover percentage, offensive rebounding rate and free-throw rate.In two of the four factors, James and Curry exert similar degrees of influence: Both boost team shooting percentages and reduce team turnover rates at levels greater than 95 percent of all NBA players. And despite his inferior individual offensive rebounding numbers, Curry is also associated with a much better rate of team effectiveness on the offensive glass than James is. This is probably due in part to the increased likelihood that 3-pointers result in “long rebounds” which can be rebounded more readily by the offense (of course, Miami’s incredibly low offensive rebounding percentage — at least some of which was part of a conscious strategy — bears mentioning).Through this lens, the biggest disparity between the two players is in free-throw rate: James was in the 99th percentile in that category, while Curry ranked in the 54th percentile. But free-throw rate is the least important of the Four Factors. Crafting an overall average based on the suggested weights for each category, Curry would actually place slightly ahead of James on offense (even if the overall adjusted plus/minus ratings generated by the same data set have James at No. 1).That would be an anomalous ranking, however, as the vast majority of advanced statistics side with James in this debate. The more interesting tidbit from such analysis might just be that Curry is within striking distance in most of the numbers, and that, statistically, there’s a good case to be made that Curry is superior on offense to Durant. James’s statistics are too overwhelming to be surpassed, but Curry is as close as anyone in the game. read more

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Ohio States Aaron Craft named finalist for 2014 Bob Cousy Award

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAaron Craft’s play is getting recognized on and off the court.Ohio State men’s basketball’s all-time leader in steals and assists has been named one of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard.“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful points guards in college basketball,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, John L. Doleva said according to a press release. “We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process.”So far this season, Craft has started all 26 games and led OSU to a 20-6 overall record with five games remaining in the regular season. He also leads the team in assists (4.6), steals (2.5) and minutes (34.5) per game and is third on the team with an average 9.5 points per game.The senior point guard is also a two-time Academic All-American and the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Earlier this season, Craft and backcourt partner senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. became the fastest players to reach 100 wins in their OSU careers after the Buckeyes defeated North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29.“The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player,” Chair of the Bob Cousy Award, Ken Kaufman said according to the release. “All of these young men are on this list because they deserve to be competing or this well-respected award.”If Craft wins the award, he would be the first Buckeye to win it and third Big Ten player to raise the trophy, with Illinois’ Dee Brown claiming the honor in 2006 and Michigan’s Trey Burke winning it in 2013.Craft looks to add to his résumé in OSU’s next game, scheduled for Wednesday against Northwestern. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Track and Field Multiple Buckeyes set personal records at Meyo Invitational

Ohio State’s Cole Gorski celebrates in mid-air at the Simmons-Harvey Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 21, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterMembers of both Ohio State’s men’s and women’s track teams set individual records in South Bend, Indiana, during the Meyo Invitational. The meet, which took place Friday and Saturday, consisted of 37 teams, professional athletes and unattached competitors. Ohio State did not send its full team, opting not to send throwers, jumpers and some sprinters.Men’s RecapOhio State senior Cole Gorski re-set his personal high in pole vault, clearing 5.45 meters Friday night. Gorski’s previous record of 5.40 meters was set at the Buckeye Classic, the first meet of the season.  Gorski finished second behind Nate Richartz, a recent Notre Dame graduate, who jumped 5.55 meters. Richartz was an All-American in indoor track last year.Junior Coty Cobb finished third in the event behind Gorski and Richartz with a vault of 5.15 meters.Sophomore Alexander Lomong took first place in the men’s 800-meter run with a race of 1:50. Lomong also joined freshman Paul Bete, sophomore Ryan Harrington and junior Luke Landis on the first-place team that set a season-high in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 9:50.Women’s recapOhio State freshman Anavia Battle finished first in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7:46. She ran the 200-meter dash in 23:79, also taking first. Ohio State owned the 200-meter dash. Senior Maggie Barrie finished third (24.43), senior Beatrice Hannan came in fourth (24.49) and sophomore Taylor DeLoach placed sixth (24.71).Barrie also had a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.51.Senior Chantel Ray placed second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.32).In the 3000-meter run, senior Christine Frederick smashed her prior personal record by 11 seconds with a third-place finish at 9:24.Senior Madison Roberts also set a personal record Saturday in indoor pole vault, reaching 4.02 meters. She finished third in the event.Next weekend the Buckeyes will split up. Part of the team will head to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Vanderbilt meet and other Buckeyes will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Iowa State meet. read more

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E3 2019 EA learned a lot from Anthem but doesnt apologize

first_img 3 E3 2019 reading • E3 2019: EA ‘learned a lot’ from Anthem but doesn’t apologize See All E3 2019 17 Photos Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Share your voice Anthem started out strong but fizzled.  EA At the EA Play publisher’s press event for the E3 2019 gaming confab, Anthem developer Bioware said it’s trying to learn what players want and improve the game’s next update. Lead producer Ben Irving said Anthem’s future is “very bright.”  “We believe Anthem can be a very amazing game. We know we have some work today,” Irving said Saturday, though Anthem, published by EA, was originally missing from the E3 schedule. EA introduced new maps for Battlefield V, a new character for Apex Legends, a 15-minute gameplay demo reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20’s Volta Mode and more.  Anthem, an online role-playing game for multiple participants, was announced at E3 2017 and launched by EA in February. Gamers play as Freelancers, who wear Iron Man-style exosuits and protect an unnamed planet. The Anthem of Creation is a mysterious force that creates powerful technology, wonders and threats. In the game’s main narrative, Freelancers must stop the evil Monitor from taking over Anthem. After the game’s release, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company expected Anthem to sell 5 million to 6 million units by the end of March. That time frame gave Anthem only about a month and a half to achieve the numbers. The game beat out new releases like Jump Force, Far Cry New Dawn and Metro Exodus and became BioWare’s best selling title of the month for its first month. Tags Comments E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know But Anthem received lukewarm reviews from critics and users on PS4, Xbox and PC. Amid the incoming reviews, the developers were combating bugs in the game. In early March, Anthem got a massive update that fixed problems with the loot quality, gameplay, bugs and more. The game’s developers were fixing bugs and crashes almost immediately after the February launch, though. When bugs weren’t crashing the game, they were making starter weapons ridiculously powerful. In April, Sony started issuing refunds to Anthem PS4 players who reported a bug that caused the console to improperly shut down. The game failed to meet EA’s expectations by May, even though the company said more money would come from microtransactions. EA didn’t say how many units Anthem had sold at the time, but the company said it remains “committed” to supporting the game’s ongoing live service.  The E3 video game conference in Los Angeles is expected to yield announcements from Electronic Arts, Xbox, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Nintendo. You can stream the conference online from a variety of platforms if you don’t plan on attending.  The big press conferencesMany of the biggest announcements happen before the show even opens, during a weekend of press conferences from the industry’s biggest names. All except Sony, which this year said it won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth.The rest, however, will still be planning big announcements just before the show. Saturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief on-stage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)Originally published June 8, 11:36 a.m. PT. Update, 12:31 p.m.: Adds background on Anthem; Update, 2 p.m.: Adds more details about upcoming press conferences. How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET More from E3 • Culture Gaming Video Games Electronic Arts (EA) Sony Nintendolast_img read more

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