Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Russian banned from Olympics wins Euro speed skating gold Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE – Spain’s David Ferrer returns the ball to France’s Adrian Mannarino during their first round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on October 31, 2017 in Paris. AFP PHOTOAUCKLAND, New Zealand — Four-time champion David Ferrer had to call on all of his experience to beat Chinese teenager Wu Yibing 7-6 (7), 6-4 Monday in the first round of the ASB Classic in New Zealand.The 35-year-old Spaniard, ranked 37th in the world and seeded seventh for the ATP Tour event, overcame difficulties in both sets before beating the 18-year-old Wu, ranked 314, in just under two hours.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Ferrer broke Wu to lead 4-2 in the second set but Wu broke back at 5-4 then slipped up in the 10th game, going down break point and then double faulting to concede defeat.“He was very tough,” Ferrer said. “The juniors are coming and it was not easy.“It was my first match this year which is never easy and the most important thing is I can win the match and I hope I will play better next round.”Ferrer’s second round opponent will be last year’s beaten finalist Joao Soa of Portugal who beat American Donald Young 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2.Sousa was strong on serve, sending down nine aces and winning 92 percent of points when he put his first serve in play. Young struggled in contrast, offering 14 break points and saving 10.ADVERTISEMENT “I think experience was the key,” a relieved Ferrer said after the see-sawing match on center court. “I have 18 years on him so I tried to play with all my experience in important moments.”Wu, the U.S. Open junior champion and the world’s top ranked junior, made a nervous start and dropped serve in the opening game. But he broke Ferrer in a marathon sixth game which extended to five deuces and in which he held four break points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThere was almost nothing between the players and rallies regularly ran to more than 20 shots.The first set went to a tiebreak in which Ferrer took an early 4-0 lead. But Wu stormed back and had two set points at 6-4 before Ferrer eventually prevailed to win the set after 73 minutes. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
Dy paced La Salle with 18 points while reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron added 16.Ogunsanya and Cheng also finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Cobb orchestrated La Salle’s offense to the tune of 49 excellent sets.Pons put up a game-high 21 points while Celine Domingo added 12 points for FEU.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending champion De La Salle streaked to its third straight win as it survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7 in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jerie Pingoy shrugs off pain in return to action Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The Lady Spikers, who tied National University atop the standings with a 3-0 record, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss for a 1-2 slate.After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the defending champions let their arrows loose and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLa Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus somehow regretted that FEU was able to bring the game to the fifth set, but he still saw the positives in the lengthy matches. View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”La Salle already had a 24-22 lead in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU but Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.La Salle, although, enjoyed 46 free points due to FEU’s errors while the Lady Spikers gave away just 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sunday, he faced them for the first time as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, but the results weren’t any different. The 36-year-old scored 24 points in 28 minutes off the bench to lead Charlotte to a 113-103 victory.“That’s what Tony does. I’m just surprised that he never loses any of his speed and quickness,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “He got to every spot he wanted to out there, and we weren’t stopping him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s probably going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but we’ve got to be better.”Parker improved to 20-11 in the regular season against the Pistons, first playing them as a 19-year-old with San Antonio on Jan. 2, 2002. The Spurs also beat Detroit in seven games in the 2005 finals. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 17: Tony Parker #9 of the Charlotte Hornets brings the ball up the court against the Milwaukee Bucks during their game at Spectrum Center on October 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPDETROIT — Most of the stars of the 2005 NBA Finals have been out of the league for several years.Tony Parker, is still beating the Detroit Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Harden’s 40 lifts Rockets to 1st home win over Pacers LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ″(Tony) is a leader,” said Kemba Walker, who had 24 points and seven assists. “He brings passion and the winning attitude. He just knows how to win.”Cody Zeller added 14 points as Charlotte won for the third time in four games.“I thought they were great tonight,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “Their effort and their attention to detail were fantastic. I’m really proud of our group on both ends of the floor.”Andre Drummond had 23 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, and Reggie Bullock had a career-high 23 points, hitting six 3-pointers. Detroit has lost six of eight after a 4-0 start.“We are our own worst enemies,” Casey said. “We have to make shots and we have to stop getting caught out of position on defense. I’m going to have to make sure everyone understands our defensive assignments.”ADVERTISEMENT Detroit’s Blake Griffin was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected with 7:06 to play for a shoulder check on Malik Monk. Griffin shot 4-for-16, missing all five 3-pointers, and is 6-for-26 in his last two games.“We’re asking Blake to carry too much of a load right now,” Casey said. “He’s bringing the ball up the floor, then going into the post and getting hit on every shot. It’s taking a toll on him.”The Hornets started the third quarter with a 10-2 run to go ahead 61-51, and only 12 points from Bullock in the quarter kept Detroit within eight going into the fourth. Walker had nine points in the quarter and Charlotte went 6 of 8 on 3-pointers.“We played hard and we played the right way, but the challenge is not getting frustrated,” said Reggie Jackson. “We have to find a way to stay consistent all game.”Charlotte also jumped on the Pistons at the beginning of the fourth. The Hornets scored the first eight points to take a 16-point lead.“I think it was really about urgency,” Borrego said. “It isn’t about playing perfect basketball but playing with urgency and aggressiveness for 48 minutes.”Charlotte rookie Miles Bridges, who played at Michigan State, delighted a huge group of friends and family with an uncontested windmill dunk to make it 95-77 with 8:51 left.“This was great, especially getting the win,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be a star right away on a team with Kemba, so I’m just adjusting to the league and learning my spots.”TIP INSHornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle and did not return. Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 133-132 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Friday night. Pistons: Drummond’s 20-20 game was the 25th of his career and his 301st double-double. He leads both categories since he joined the NBA in 2012-13.UP NEXTHornets: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.Pistons: At Toronto on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) will today begin intensively to orient 24-newly recruited directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector.The intensive week-long orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally school them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training runs from 8a.m. to 2p.m. Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission are expected to join in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, told newsmen yesterday that besides the expected week-long training, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to include, Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services. The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.It may be recalled that a program to kick-off the orientation of the newly recruited Directors was held last Tuesday at the MFDP building on Broad Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Luis Suarez was sensational for Barcelona in their 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester City, with the Uruguayan bagging a brace on his return to England. But wherever the former Liverpool man is, controversy is never too far behind and social media lit up after footage appeared of an off the ball incident between him and City defender Martin Demichelis, as can be seen below. Bite attempt from Suarez. pic.twitter.com/oYt1GDr4HZ— CFC (@CFCWriter) February 24, 2015There can be no doubt that Demichelis’ hand moves up towards Suarez’s face, but does the Barca striker appear to try an bite his opponent? We all know Suarez has a history for this sort of unsavoury thing, but we’re not sure whether he did. But what do you think? Comment below… Luis Suarez scored twice for Barcelona 1
“We have to move on. We have important league games coming up and also we have the Confederations Cup games ahead and that especially is massive for us. We are in the group stage which is a great achievement and we now have to work to proceed to the next stage. It is okay we are out, but we have to move on,” the Cypriot said after the exit.He has also denied that they underrated Mbao in the defeat and only says the opponents were more motivated on the day hence the victory.“Our philosophy is that every game is big and important for us. We did not underrate them,” Oktay noted.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay walks to the stands after being sent off during their SportPesa Cup match against Tanzania’s Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe was left seething at the referee’s decisions that included sending him off and two disallowed goals in either half which he says was a scheme from the match officials to deny them victory.“The referee’s decisions and his behavior was bad. He doesn’t explain why he sent me off; the same linesman disallowed our goal and gives offside. We find bad referee decisions in Nigeria, we find the same in Cameroon, and now here in Tanzania,”“But well done to them (Mbao), they have won and gone through,” Oktay stated.Gor Mahia midfielder Samwel Onyango goes for an aerial challenge against a Mbao FC player during their SportPesa Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn how his charges performed, the Cypriot tactician said he was satisfied and says he believes they have been improving and did well especially under the circumstances, noting they arrived in Dar es Salaam less than 48 hours to the Mbao game from Cameroon.“We kept possession 60-70 pc. We were comfortable but we missed chances and that’s football, sometimes it happens,” he noted.Gor will have just a few days to recover from the loss before their next Premier League assignment when they take on KCB in Machakos on Sunday.After that, the side will prepare for their first Confederations Cup group stage match against Zamalek in Nairobi on February 3.The tactician has meanwhile urged for calm from Gor supporters saying his team will come good. He says the fact that they did not have a good preseason and will be faced with a fixture congestion should be worry enough, but is optimistic with the squad depth they have they will be a better side as the season progresses.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay on the touchline during their SportPesa Cup match against Tanzania’s Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 24 – Gor Mahia have already landed back in Nairobi after their shock exit at the SportPesa Cup on Wednesday following a 4-3 post-match penalties loss to Tanzania’s Mbao in the first round.Head coach Hassan Oktay who was sent off to the stands after just 21 minutes protesting Erisa Ssekisambu’s disallowed goal has said the team will not be deterred by the exit and will instead turn that frustration into motivation to defend their league title as well as do well in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Malin GAA NewsMENS FOOTBALLOn Saturday afternoon, we made the look trek south to take on N Conaill in the All County League, and came away with an emphatic 16 point win. The 0-22 to 0-6 victory secures our place in Division 1 for the 2015 season with two games to spare.LOTTOCongratulations to John Douglas from Ballymena who scooped this weekends lotto jackpot of €1750. Sequence drawn was 5-4-1-6-2-7-3. Winner of the €20 sellers prize was McCleans Bar, Malin.Next weeks jackpot is €500 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.KNOW YOUR PARISHIt’s time to get your teams together as we will be hosting our second ever Know Your Parish Quiz this Sat 8th of November.Last years event was an outstanding success and more importantly a great nights craic. You still have time to brush up on your local knowledge as we set out to see which townland will take home the coveted crown in 2014.Will the brain boxes of Ballynahona retain the title? How many ex school teachers will Terence Colhoun surround himself with this year in attempt to win the trophy? With no stag party to distract him this time, can Ali Farren come out on top?We would urge someone from each townland to get their team of 4 together in the coming weeks as its sure to be a night not to be missed.For more information, contact Pat Mc Laughlin on 087 2030115.UNDERAGE BOYS Training for the Under 6 age group in the club gym has recommenced on Sunday mornings at 10-00.The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.It is also an introduction into the basic skills of Gaelic games.All children are welcome to attend. For more info contact Danny on 086-8988180UNDERAGE GIRLSThe U12 Girls training is back in full swing this week. After a successful season last year, the team & management hope to have as many new & existing players taking part.This age group will train from 4pm to 5pm each Wednesday evening. All players from 4th class encourage to attend.Please remember to bring suitable training gear for inside & outside along with €2 & a bottle of water. For more information please contact Maria on 087773679.U10/U8/U6Girls have also started back, with sessions running from 11am to 12:30 on Saturday mornings.All girls from Junior Infants to 3rd Class are invited to attend. Take clothes for both outdoor/inside training. €2 per training session, we would encourage as many new girls to take part to meet new friends & develop skills.For U10/U8 contact Angela O Donnell on 086 3198499 & for U6 contact Sadie Mc Laughlin on 086 1055903 for more information.CLUB DINNER DANCEPencil in Saturday 29th of November in your diary, as the club are holding their annual dinner dance in The Malin Hotel on this night.Tickets are priced at only €20. So you have plenty time to book your hair appointments, your tanning sessions, leave your suit or outfit in the cleaners.The event is always one of the most popular nights in the club calendar, and a night not to be missed.More details will be available in the coming weeks.SCOR NA NOGScor na Nog Inishowen will be taking place in Muff on Friday 14th November. We are looking for people under 17 to compete in the following categories. Solo singing, Recitation, Ballad group, Quiz team and Drama.If you are interested in representing the club please contact Grace on 0868047199.CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00.There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day.A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday or Christmas present, or for any occasion. On the subject of Christmas, anyone wishing to receive club merchandise in time for the festive season, are advised that orders must be placed by Nov 7th at the latest, to be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas. So get your orders in early to avoid any disappointment. The club are holding a pre Christmas sale with Donegal fleece jackets reduced from €60 to €45. Malin club storm windcheaters are also reduced by 25% in the sale. Both items are available in mixed sizes. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.GET FIT WITH CHARLIEGet fit with Charlie continues after its summer break. Come along and shed some of the summer pounds. Classes will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-30 to 7-30 for women. While men classes get underway on the same nights from 7-30 to 8-30, all classes take place in the Malin GAA centre.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dancing classes upstairs in the Clubhouse, each Wednesday at 4pm and every Saturday at 12.30. All new starters welcome. For more information contact Donna on 086 2615755.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively send an email to the club email address email@example.com at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures. If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: MALIN SECURE DIVISION ONE STATUS FOR 2015 WITH EMPHATIC WIN OVER NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSport
Imagine a world where it rains liquid natural gas. That world is Titan, the Mercury-sized moon of Saturn. In Science this week,1 Cassini scientists reported large equatorial clouds over Titan’s vast dune fields, and a darkening of the surface after an apparent cloudburst. Since only hydrocarbons can be liquid at the temperatures there, and methane is the most abundant, they have concluded that it has rained methane on the bizarre moon that has some atmospheric properties familiar to Earth: weather reports. The story has been reported on Space.com, PhysOrg, and National Geographic, echoing the press release from JPL. In National Geographic’s article, lead author Elizabeth Turtle estimated that the local weather may have varied from a drizzle to a flood. Changes in surface brightness after the clouds were noted between October 2010 and January 2011. According to the paper, the clouds extended over 1000 km but did not leave evidence of standing liquid on the ground. Tetsuya Tokano from the University of Zoln in Germany commented on this discovery in the same issue of Science.2 The tropics on Earth are lush and wet; “But why are there apparently long dry seasons at Titan’s equator, in contrast to Earth’s tropical rainforest climate?” he asked. The Cassini scientists reason that due to Titan’s seasons, clouds do not remain near the equator for long. The rain did not leave lakes or puddles, but probably just wet the surface, including the icy sand grains making up the dunes.1. Turtle, Lunine et al, “Rapid and Extensive Surface Changes Near Titan�s Equator: Evidence of April Showers,” Science 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1414-1417, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201063.2. Tetsuya Tokano, “Planetary Science: Precipitation Climatology on Titan, ” Science, 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1393-1394, DOI: 10.1126/science.1204092.None of the reports discussed the age issue, but it seems seasonal rains like this would have left evidence of vast deposits of sedimentation if cloudbursts have been going on for billions of years. It appears that the drainage channels are being formed by currently active dynamic weather and are not relics of past epochs. Unlike Earth, Titan does not appear to have plate tectonics or volcanoes (at least in abundance), and its surface winds are primarily confined to equatorial latitudes. That means the surface is pretty static. Methane may cycle through the atmosphere, but not liquid ethane that should have formed a global ocean miles deep after 4.5 billion years of steady precipitation (07/31/2008). So we have raining methane on Titan, and reigning dogma on Earth. In fact, it’s reigning cats and dogmas, speaking of the reigning cats in academia who sit on their A.S.S. (age of the solar system) and never budge. Some stand-up scientist should model what the conditions on Titan would be expected to look like after billions of years of erosion and ask whether the model fits the observations. It might shed some light where the sun never shines.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Researchers generalize findings that evolution depends on rare chance events.A press release from the University of Chicago posted by Newswise confirms that evolution reduces to the “Stuff Happens Law,” although they do not use that term. Using “molecular time travel,” they concluded that the function of a particular protein depended on two prior unlikely mutations. They did not hesitate to generalize their findings to the whole of evolutionary theory:“This very important protein exists only because of a twist of fate,” said study senior author Joe Thornton, PhD, professor of ecology & evolution and human genetics at the University of Chicago. “If our results are general – and we think they probably are – then many of our body’s systems work as they do because of very unlikely chance events that happened in our deep evolutionary past,” he added.Indeed, they could say no less, if Darwinian evolution is limited to unguided, natural processes. To say otherwise would bring in deterministic teleology or intelligent design, both of which are anathema to modern secular biology.The authors go on to emphasize that contingency goes down to the atomic level, not just the biological level. Contingency accounts for the diversity of life, they say.While most prior discussions of historical contingency in evolution have focused on external events such as asteroid impacts, mass extinctions, climate change, Thornton and Harms showed that the intrinsic complexity of proteins as physical objects also makes evolution depend profoundly on low-probability chance events.In this belief, Thornton and team at the U of Chicago concur with Gould that replaying the tape of life would produce different results.Thus some leading Darwinists confirm our accusation that evolution equates to the Stuff Happens Law, the antithesis of scientific explanation. So let’s ask: if their own minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes, how can they know anything, including the notion that their minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes? Since their belief implodes, we are left with determinism and intelligent design. But determinism also implodes, because a mind built by determinism cannot think freely about whether their theory might be true; they are just saying what their atoms make them say. Intelligent design is thus confirmed, not only by default as the last one standing, but by abundant positive evidence of irreducible complexity, complex specified information, and fit of function to structure.Recommended reading: John Woodmorappe reviewed Eugene Koonin’s book The Logic of Chance on Creation.com.