Tool theft

first_imgROXBORO Road gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance following the theft of a number of speciality tools from a car that was parked in the Mulgrave Street area.The theft occurred between the hours of 5pm and 9am on July 26 and 27. A number of valuable power tools were stolen from the locked vehicle including a black Hitachi angle grinder and a blue Hilti drill.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardaí are reminding members of the public to exercise caution when purchasing tools from unregistered suppliers, as they believe the tools were stolen for monetary gain.Anyone with information can contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 212340. Previous articleLimerick man launches new political partyNext articleMontpelier burglary John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Facebook Linkedin Email Twitter Print #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Gardaí step up operations to tackle Limerick dognapperscenter_img NewsTool theftBy John Keogh – July 31, 2013 616 #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCrimeGardaíMusic Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick last_img read more

Stormy weather patterns expected for the holiday week

first_imgABC News (NEW YORK) — The weather pattern remains unsettled through the week, we are watching several systems that will have impacts on holiday travel from coast to coast.This morning, the northeast is feeling the impacts of the storm that moved through the Midwest and south yesterday.Behind the storm it’s cold enough that the backside of the precipitation is turning to snow – bringing up to 3 inches of snow to Indiana and locally 1 to 2 inches across Ohio yesterday.As the storm has moved into the northeast, precipitation is rain along the coast, but an icy mix just inland and snow for parts of the interior Northeast and New England.Winter weather advisories are in effect today from Pennsylvania to Maine for that frozen precipitation and a few inches of snow.In New Hampshire and Maine a winter storm warning is in place for up to 7 inches of snow through the night.The storm will slowly make its way through the northeast and New England throughout the day, ending mid-afternoon for New York and this evening for Boston.Monday night, a system will slide into the Rockies and eventually make its way to the Midwest and Northeast for the holiday week.Winter storm watches and a few winter storm warnings have been posted for parts of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas.Snow will begin in the Rockies and get to Denver by Monday evening. Snow will be significant in the mountains and several inches could fall in the city itself.This system will move out of the Rockies and into the plains and Midwest Tuesday into Wednesday morning bringing a large swath of snow from Colorado to Wisconsin.Rain will also accompany this storm from eastern Texas to Michigan.As this storm moves into the northeast on Wednesday it will be mostly rain.Rain will turn to snow along the backside of the system with gusty winds around the Great Lakes and into interior New England.While one storm moves from the Rockies to the Northeast, we’ll also be watching another significant storm move into the west that is expected to have major impacts on travel.Tuesday, rain and snow will begin in northern California and spread south reaching San Francisco by Tuesday night and Los Angeles by Wednesday morning.Winter storm watches have already been issued for the Sierra and the National Weather Service is saying travel may be impossible as snow levels drop which could lead to numerous road closures Wednesday into Thursday.Several feet is forecast to snow in the mountains. In the lower elevations and along the coast, it will be rain with the possibility of totals reaching 5 inches.Flash flooding could be a concern, especially over the recent burn scars.The stormy pattern continues into the holiday itself with rain and snow across the west and a new batch of rain from Texas to Missouri.Snow will be on the northern side across parts of the Midwest.The northeast will dry out after Wednesday’s storm moves through and conditions will be dry all along the east coast.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tyson-Thomas, Syracuse look to continue strong start against Wagner

first_img Published on December 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Carmen Tyson-Thomas is still adjusting to her role.It doesn’t matter that she’s come off the bench in two of her three seasons at Syracuse. It still takes some getting used to.“It’s kind of tough with the expectation,” Tyson-Thomas said. “I would like to be starting. To embrace it is a bigger step; it’s a bigger role, so I guess outside of it all I’m adjusting. It’s been two years now, so I’m still adjusting.”First instinct would have pegged Tyson-Thomas as a starter for the 2012-13 season. The guard started 29 of 37 games last season and was one of just three Orange players to average double-digit scoring and play more than 30 minutes per game. But with the arrival of the best freshman class in SU history, the senior headed back to the bench as three rookies entered the starting lineup.Still, Tyson-Thomas has been invaluable during Syracuse’s start to the season. Tyson-Thomas looks to keep the Orange’s (7-1) strong start going as SU faces Wagner (2-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite coming off the bench, Tyson-Thomas ranks second on the team with 11.9 points per game and third with 5.3 rebounds per game.“Carmen could easily be a starter, without a doubt,” Syracuse center Kayla Alexander said. “She’s a talented player. She can knock down shots. … She is very athletic, she can shoot the outside shot, she can get in there and do a pull up jumper, she attacks, so she can do a lot for our team.”Tyson-Thomas’ ability to do it all was on full display during the Orange’s 80-39 victory over St. Joseph’s. Alexander called it “the Carmen show” as the guard dominated all facets of the game.Tyson-Thomas led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The guard also got it done on the boards, hauling in a game-high 11 rebounds.“She killed it that game,” Alexander said. “She was incredible.”It’s performances like that one that separate her from a typical bench player. She’s led the Orange in scoring twice this season and has been held to single digits just twice as well. Nights where she takes over a game — like she did against the Hawks — prove that she’s more than just a bench player for SU.“She’s obviously a great player that can obviously start, and has started,” Syracuse guard Elashier Hall said. “But it’s great that she’s embraced the role as sixth man.“I mean obviously she could win sixth-man award right now.”Alexander has been the Orange’s most valuable player so far in this young season, but head coach Quentin Hillsman points to Tyson-Thomas’ willingness to come off the bench as what could be the difference this season for SU.Tyson-Thomas was arguably Syracuse’s third-best player last year, after Alexander and Iasia Hemingway. Now she brings that complete skill set off the bench for a second unit that has dominated so far.“She’s a very important part of our puzzle and she can play almost four positions for us,” Hillsman said. “So her versatility allows her to come off the bench and play every position.”She’s still adjusting, but she’s becoming more and more comfortable with her bench role.Her 22.1 minutes per game rank fifth on the team — the equivalent of a starter. The second team that she plays with during practice often beats the first team. When that unit gets on the court, she said they “like to kick it up a notch” and wreak havoc.It may not be the starting role that she wants, but it’s an opportunity she’s relishing.“We’re a team and we win together, we lose together,” Alexander said. “So I feel like at the end of the day all we want to do is win, so all of us will take our roles and do what we have to do to get our Ws.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Supreme Court Decides Korkoya’s Fate Today

first_img– Advertisement – NEC Chair Jerome Kokoya By Abednego DavisA decision is expected today on whether or not Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya will remain as head of the National Elections Commission (NEC).The announcement was made yesterday by Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, who presided over the legal argument regarding Korkoya’s dual citizenship.Today’s expected judgment emanated from a complaint filed to the Supreme Court by Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, a presidential hopeful in the upcoming elections, against Korkoya where he claimed a Writ of Prohibition.The Writ of Prohibition is an order from the superior court to a lower court directing the judge and the parties to cease the litigation, because the lower court has no proper jurisdiction to hear or determine the matter.Before today’s ruling, Korkoya had argued that the lawsuit against him was “a dangerous game,” and a clever attempt by politicians to take away his Liberian citizenship and to make him stateless.Korkoya also contended that Dr. Tipoteh lacks the legal capacity to determine whether or not he is a citizen because that decision is in the purview of the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.Tipoteh’s lawsuit seeks the intervention of the Supreme Court to prohibit Korkoya as NEC chairman from conducting the October elections because he is a citizen of the United States by his alleged possession of that country’s passport and for voting in US elections.Tipoteh also argued that in order for the results of the national elections to be considered credible, the legal capacity of persons conducting the elections, especially its chairman, who speaks for the Board of Commissioners and presides over its meetings, must not in any respect be in doubt.“The NEC requires that all candidates and voters participating in the 2017 presidential and representative elections comply with the Election Laws of Liberia and for the Commission to have the moral authority to rigorously enforce all provisions of said law, the Commission and its members must obey, abide by and comply with every provision of the Election Laws of Liberia,” Dr. Tipoteh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scientists Dodge Youthfulness of Saturn Moon Titan

first_imgLike Enceladus, Saturn’s moon Titan shows multiple signs of being far less than 4.5 billion years old – yet the press releases are strangely silent about the implications.As we showed recently with Enceladus (8/7/13), planetary scientists become oddly silent about evidences that conflict with their old-age assumptions.  Another case is Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.Case of the disappearing methane:  Titan’s methane may dry up, a surprise announcement said on Space.com, where Megan Gannon wrote, “the compound doesn’t seem to be getting replenished fast enough on Titan’s surface to keep the methane cycle sustainable, scientists say.”  She was referring to a JPL press release (echoed on NASA Astrobiology Magazine) that asked if the methane is “going, going, soon to be gone” (cf. 4/16/13).  The articles acknowledged the ongoing photodissociation of methane by the solar wind, hinting that ethane should accumulate on the surface – but the observed lakes present far less than previously calculated (scientists had expected to find a global ocean of methane and ethane about half a kilometer deep).   Icarus said that over half the surface liquid should be ethane, presumably from the solar wind breakdown.   Christophe Sotin thinks the methane disappearance may be tens of millions of years in the future, but readers should ponder that ten million years is 1/450th the assumed age of Titan.  To rescue the assumption that Titan is billions of years old, the press release posited an unobservable, ad hoc event: “The team suggests that the current load of methane at Titan may have come from some kind of gigantic outburst from the interior eons ago possibly after a huge impact.”  It’s not known, though, whether a reservoir of methane exists under Titan’s surface that could be excavated by an impact.Case of the flat surface:  No such huge impact is evident, however.  Science Now told about Titan’s remarkably flat surface, joking that hiking and biking would be easy.  The highest point is only half a kilometer above the mean; the lowest, 1.7 km.  On earth, the highest mountains are 9 km above sea level.  Why is this?  “…perhaps because Titan’s crust isn’t strong enough to support tall mountains or because its thick atmosphere unleashes methane rains that erode them away.”  This seems unlikely, however.  Jupiter’s Io (smaller than Titan) supports high mountains despite global volcanism; and Ganymede, slightly larger than Titan, is loaded with craters and complex terrains.Case of the windless lakes:  Now that a global ocean on Titan has been debunked, planetologists are trying to understand the scattered lakes at the poles.  (Even if they were deep lakes, the amount of methane and ethane in them is far, far less than predicted in the 1990s.)  Now, it appears the lakes might be little more than shallow mudflats.  “The missing waves on Titan” (Astrobiology Magazine) grapples with why waves have not been detected on the surface of the lakes.  “We know there is wind on Titan,” Alex Hayes (Cassini radar scientist) said. “The moon’s magnificent sand dunes [prove] it”  (cf. 1/18/13) Why, then, no waves?  Cassini has not found any, not even at the millimeter scale (see video clip in the article).  Hayes suggests the surface might be thick, like tar, but he prefers his theory that the wind is seasonally low.  If so, it should pick up in the next few years.  Maybe, however, there is just not be that much liquid present.Saturn, too:  “Saturn’s youthful appearance” was in a headline on Science Daily.  Scientists have come up with an idea to rescue the planet’s presumed old age, even though its atmosphere looks young.  “As planets age they become darker and cooler. Saturn however is much brighter than expected for a planet of its age — a question that has puzzled scientists since the late sixties.”  The rescue comes in the form of an ad hoc scenario: “layers of gas, generated by physical instability deep within the giant planet, prevent heat from escaping and have resulted in Saturn failing to cool down at the expected rate.”  But did they apply this to the other gas giants, or only to Saturn?  One can always escape by saying the answer is too complex: “These findings suggest that the interior structure, composition and thermal evolution of giant planets in our Solar System, and beyond, may be much more complex than previously thought.”The whole darn solar system:  Alan Boss, planet formation theorist, is concerned that data don’t fit the standard model of accretion into planetesimals.  Meteorites and comets, particularly, pose problems due to the presence of compounds that only could have formed at high temperatures.  In “Solar System’s Youth Gives Clues to Planet Search,” Science Daily gave air to Boss’s ad hoc scenario that puts it all together:Boss’ new model demonstrates how a phase of marginal gravitational instability in the gas disk surrounding a proto-sun, leading to an outburst phase, can explain all of these findings. The results are applicable to stars with a variety of masses and disk sizes. According to the model, the instability can cause a relatively rapid transportation of matter between the star and the gas disk, where matter is moved both inward and outward. This accounts for the presence of heat-formed crystalline particles in comets from the solar system’s outer reaches.Nobody was around, of course, to see any of this.Planetary scientists are fully capable of inventing scenarios to keep Titan old, but that’s the point: the data require a story to fit a belief.  Titan looks young.  Based on processes we observe in operation, assuming they have been in steady state, we can set upper limits on Titan’s age.  Those limits (though theoretically in the millions of years) are far, far less than the assumed age of billions of years.  The implications are enormous.  Unless scientists can argue that Titan appeared in the relatively recent past, it should not look like it does.  Where did it come from?  Where did Saturn come from?   Where did the solar system come from?  Why are they stuck on billions of years?  Even Alan Boss believes in a “relatively rapid transportation of matter” from a disk instability that would have happened quickly.  Billions of years are not needed!  But without billions of years, the grand Darwin myth goes into the trash.We repeat a maxim from many times before: planetary scientists are excellent at observing, measuring, and describing the present, but they have been miserable failures at predicting the worlds revealed by the space program.  Virtually every object in the solar system, from meteorites to giant planets, has turned out to be far different than expected.  We need these people for accurate scientific description of the observable present, but when it comes to origins, if they were this wrong at any other job, they would have been fired long ago.  Lesson: don’t trust their stories.Richard Kerr in Science reminded us that Pluto will be “the last planetary first” when the New Horizons spacecraft arrives for its brief flyby on July 14, 2015.  Someone take note of scientists’ predictions now.  Let’s see if they get this one right for once.  Actually, they’ve left themselves a lot of fudging room: it could be active, it could be dead; it could be complex, it could be simple.  “We can expect the unexpected,” Paul Schenk said.  “We are going to be captivated; we are going to be befuddled.”  History proves him right.  Incidentally, the article describes the active, youthful surface of Neptune’s moon Triton – a reminder of how totally wrong scientists were about that world when Voyager 2 flew by in 1989.  Pluto could well be the next Triton.  As if remembering past mistakes, John Spencer allowed that “It [Pluto] could be just as wonderful and exotic as Triton’s surface.” (Visited 129 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Give Gratitude for Christmas

first_imgYour holiday gift giving should include gratitude above all. It helps both giver and receiver. And it is right.Scientists continue to support the value of awe and gratitude, but they miss the point. Gratefulness is not an end in itself. It is not for “me.” It presupposes a recipient who is worthy to receive it. To be sure, a grateful person will enjoy life more, but true thankfulness requires getting one’s eyes off of self and being humble, offering thanks whether or not it makes you feel good.Cheers! Saying thanks is good for you and those around you (New Scientist). This article is practically worthless. It’s all about self. Writer Susana Martinez-Conde even postulates that gratitude evolved: “gratitude plays a strong, probably evolved, role in our social bonds and networks.” Probably? Even she is not sure about that. But she does agree that “saying thanks could be the best gift you can give, to yourself and others.” You can give a bratty kid the most expensive toy in the store and he or she may still throw a tantrum. If you teach your children gratitude, though, they will have an internal fountain of riches the rest of their lives, even if monetarily poor — and, they will be a joy to those around them.When you’re grateful, your brain becomes more charitable (The Conversation). This piece by psychologist Christina Karns is a little better, avoiding the notion that gratitude evolved, but again it focuses on self – what gratitude does to you. She presents MRI evidence that gratitude wakes up the altruistic part of our brains, and concludes, “So in terms of the brain’s reward response, it really can be true that giving is better than receiving.” But notice: this is a selfish statement, too: the brain rewards the grateful person with good feelings.Chuck Norris highlights health benefits of gratitude (WND). The martial arts TV star is now a health advisor, which has certainly worked for him, whose amazing fitness continues into his senior years. As a Christian now, he also knows Who deserves our gratitude. He found Christina Karns’ article and agrees with it, saying in conclusion, “Looks like the Bible had it right. It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Even so, the focus is on the “health benefits” to the grateful person, not on the worthiness of person to whom we should be grateful.Unquestionably, the grateful person will be a happier person. Look how many social problems could be alleviated with this simple character trait! Here are just a dozen, and this list is not exhaustive:When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be angry.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be depressed.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be selfish.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be fearful.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be anxious.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be suicidal.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be stingy.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be picky or persnickety.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be proud and boastful.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be demanding.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be a protestor.When you’re grateful, it’s hard to be a social boor.Gratitude won’t cure some things, like laziness, but it is a shortcut to a much higher sense of well-being. The people around you are likely to be as blessed as you are. Gratefulness is also contagious; when you thank someone, they will likely thank you back.Remember, though, that if you try to be grateful just because of what it might do for you, you are just play acting. That’s not real gratitude. Start by getting your eyes off yourself and your problems. Who do you think you are, anyway? Do you think you deserve lucky breaks and good health all the time? Everything you have is a gift. Even if you have a health problem, probably over 99.9% of your body is working just fine. Are you grateful about that?When you have reached the end of yourself, practice gratitude to your Maker, because He deserves more gratitude than we can possibly express. In heaven, the redeemed will sing, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11). Equally worthy is the babe in the manger, the Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, who took away the sin of the world by his crucifixion and resurrection, and will reign forever over all things. The host of heaven will sing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12).Even with your prayer requests, you can express them in a grateful way. After giving copious thanks, you can insert, “Oh, by the way, Lord, I do have a little problem with cancer. But I’m exciting about what you are going to do to display Your glory in my little trial. Thank you in advance!” Practice true gratitude for your Maker and Savior first. It is not just good for you, it is right. He is worthy. If you learn gratitude to the most worthy Being of all, gratitude will become a natural response to all the blessings in life.Exercises: Study all the instances of thanksgiving and gratitude in the Bible. Teach your family the duty of gratitude. Show it by example, and let the joy of gratitude beam from your heart in your daily habits.(Visited 102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NAB 2017: DJI Announces the Ronin 2 For All Your Creative Heavy Lifting Needs

first_imgThe Ronin 2 three-axis stabilizer is more powerful, more versatile, and easier to use. Here’s the scoop on DJI’s tough new gimbal.Images via DJI.Drone lords DJI launched their NAB 2017 business with the announcement of the Ronin 2, a machine that Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager, calls “the best stabilizer we have ever made.”Ronin 2 dramatically improves every aspect of the camera operating experience…. Completely redesigned to meet the needs of today’s camera professionals, Ronin 2 makes it easier than ever to capture stunning cinematic footage under the widest variety of situations.Ronin vs. Ronin 2: Improvements, Advancements, and UpgradesSo what’s the difference in the Ronin and the new Ronin 2? Increased versatility for one. In addition to the handheld capabilities consumers expect from the Ronin line, the new iteration adds aerial, car mounting, cablecam, and Steadicam capabilities. Beefed-up torque motors empower the Ronin 2 to carry a larger payload — up to 30lbs at speeds as high as 75mph. The enlarged cage can handle everything from DSLRs to cinema cameras.And the upgrades keep coming: onboard GPS, an ultra-bright touchscreen for on-the-fly settings tweaks, and hot-swappable batteries strong enough to power a RED DRAGON.The video below features the Ronin 2 in action and goes a little more in depth with the rig’s capabilities. For even more info, check out DJI’s Ronin 2 site. You can read the official announcement for yourself right here.DJI Ronin 2: Noteworthy Specs30 lbs (13.6 kg) PayloadHandheld, Car Mount, Aerial, Tripod, and Steadicam ModeHot-Swappable Dual Battery SystemBuilt-in Touch PanelBuilt-in GPS8-Hour Run Time2.5-Hour Run Time When Powering Gimbal, Camera, and Accessories SimultaneouslyThe Ronin 2 arrives later this year. Expect to hear the price tag just prior to the gimbal’s release. We’ll share more details as they become available.Check back in all week for PremiumBeat’s ongoing coverage of NAB 2017!last_img read more

‘It’s not for me to carry the team’ – Asensio

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio played down criticism of his form, saying it isn’t his responsibility to carry the team. Asensio, 22, has struggled to hit top form for Madrid this season, although Santiago Solari – appointed on a permanent basis on Tuesday – has led a turnaround in fortunes.Madrid are sixth in the table but only four points behind rivals and leaders Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Asensio, who is into his third season at Madrid, believes some of his team-mates need to take more responsibility than he does.”For me, I don’t see Madrid in a crisis,” he told Vamos.”And I don’t think it’s for me to carry the team – there are players who are much more experienced, have more years playing under their belts and more status than I have and they’re the ones who have to lead the team.”When the new coach arrived I started off playing but now I am getting less chances but we’ll draw any conclusions when the season has ended.”Madrid’s poor start to the season led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, but Solari has overseen back-to-back league wins and four in a row in all competitions.Discussing his own form, Asensio said: “When things are going well, they start saying you’re the best but as soon as things go wrong, suddenly you are the worst.”Some of the criticism though is justified and fair but we know how journalism works here. Nor do I want to lump everyone together in their criticism, but some of it is aimed at us just to cause harm.”I’m not going to pay that much attention to it – I have my own things to focus on and it doesn’t affect me.”last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino hails ‘special man’ Kane

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino hails ‘special man’ Kaneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has paid tribute to Harry Kane over his MBE.Pochettino has hailed Kane as ‘a special man’ after the England captain was rewarded for his World Cup heroics with an MBE in the New Year honours list. “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world,” said Pochettino. “His personality, his character. He is special. He is a special man, not only a special player. All that he can get in his career he fully deserves.”Kane said: “It’s quite surreal, really. It’s been a great year for club and country.”I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic and going back to England, it shows how good the summer was for the whole nation, not just from my point of view, but what it did bringing everyone together.”I’m extremely proud to be a part of that and obviously thankful to all my team-mates, all my coaches at Tottenham, England, Mauricio, Gareth, all the staff, the guys as well — without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio States Devin Smith separates from Buckeyes receivers

Devin Smith might be the best wide receiver Ohio State has. The sophomore playmaker has looked the part through the first three games of the season, catching 13 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He had a one-handed touchdown grab against Miami (Ohio) that will be played on highlight reels for years to come and the game-winning score against California last Saturday. The statistics and big plays might speak for themselves, but they don’t have to anymore. “(Tuesday) at practice, coach Meyer was talking to the team, and he told me that he feels I’m the best receiver in the unit,” Smith said, as he cracked in to a smile. Smith’s quarterback, sophomore Braxton Miller, said he agrees with Meyer. What separates Smith from his teammates, Miller said, is a little bit of everything. “First of all is his speed. He has great hands. I’d say his routes too, the way he gets open, he gets open really fast,” Miller said. Smith’s attributes have certainly been on display during OSU’s first three games this season. What has possibly stood out most, though, has been his ability to go up and pluck balls out of the air. That skill is what allowed Smith to make his one-handed catch against the RedHawks, and it is the cause for one of his two touchdowns last Saturday against the Golden Bears. The skill is not just something Smith possesses; it is something that is preached to all of the OSU wide receivers every day at practice by wide receivers coach Zach Smith, but the sophomore wide receiver probably does it best. “Whenever the ball is in the air, it’s yours. That’s our mentality with this group,” Zach Smith said. “Every time the ball is thrown to us we have to go get it.” Devin Smith has had a few low moments so far this season too, including two dropped passes last Saturday against California. His hands are something he said he works on heavily. “My hands are pretty good. I work on them every single day. Those two drops in the game, it happens. You got to bounce back and my teammates did a great job keeping my head up,” Devin Smith said. While Devin Smith has received a good amount of praise recently from his coaches and teammates, the positive reinforcement has not always been there. Outside of a game-winning catch against Wisconsin, Devin Smith’s 2011 freshman season was fairly unmemorable. He had 14 catches, one more than this year’s total three games into the season, and 294 yards, a mark only 61 yards higher than his current output this season. Meyer said he was not extremely impressed with Devin Smith when he first arrived at OSU. “I did compliment him (Tuesday) because he’s a different guy. He was nothing like this in spring ball,” Meyer said. Devin Smith has come a long way since the spring, and even since the beginning of the season, according to Meyer. “He had a good week. He’s one of … I just hate to say this because they turn backwards sometimes, but he’s really done a nice job. He’s a pleasant guy to be around,” Meyer said. The high praise given to Devin Smith by Meyer this week has made the sophomore wide receiver hungrier for more success. “Ever since (Tuesday), I’ve approached the game differently, now that (Meyer) feels I’m the best receiver on this team,” Devin Smith said. His approach to the game now centers on what he can do to help the team apart from just catching passes. “Just making sure I’m doing everything I can for this football team, no matter what it is – blocking, running routes, whatever it is I can do for this team,” Devin Smith said. Smith’s approach to the game is set to be on display Saturday against Alabama Birmingham. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more