Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Marc Pingris, Magnolia needed a few bumps here and there to knock some sense back into the team.Bullied by the desperate GlobalPort to start the game to fall behind by as much as 20 in the first quarter, the two-seed Hotshots were shell-shocked as the prospects of wasting their twice-to-beat advantage slowly loomed over their heads.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jarencio takes blame for GlobalPort meltdown: ‘I wasn’t able to prepare my team’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The veteran forward is relishing the new physicality in the PBA, which has been one of the changes under new commissioner Willie Marcial.“The game in the PBA now is different. It’s more physical and I like it because we’re used to that type of game. That’s how it is in the provinces: a little physical but without any intention to hurt,” he said.But Pingris is not falling complacent as Magnolia prepares for its semifinals date against either NLEX or Alaska.“We can’t tell what will happen because the way the game is officiated, it changes in the semis and in the Finals,” he said. “You can’t take away the physicality, but you should always have the right mindset to play your game. Hopefully, with the changes, we can have the opportunity that we’ve long prayed for, to once again make it to the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “In the first quarter, we didn’t show any defense. We were too excited to beat them and that’s how we fell behind,” he said in Filipino.“Coach [Chito Victolero] told us to relax and remind ourselves who we are, how our defense was, and play our game. That’s what we did: bank on our defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith the Hotshots playing again like the juggernaut that they were in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it didn’t take long before they overtook the Batang Pier and claimed the 86-79 win on Tuesday to once again proceed to the semifinals.Pingris could not let Magnolia back down from the opposition as it matched GlobalPort’s physicality on his way to 13 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stated that the National Transit Authority (NTA), continues to provide reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country.Delivering her annual state of the Nation message on Monday, January 27, to the Liberia people, President Sirleaf said, the reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country are with the expansion to Bo Waterside, Buchannan, Gbarnga, Harbel, Zwedru, Schieffelin and Kakata.According to the Liberian leader, special transport service with Government subsidy is provided to students who commute from Monrovia and environs to the University of Liberia Fendell Campus.“The NTA completed a total of 644,389 passenger trips between March and December 2013 in favor of UL students,” she added.She also stated that further expansion of NTA service is hampered by limited fleet.Stating that “The conclusion of local purchase of nine buses will relieve transport difficulties on Tubman Boulevard, and successful conclusion of ongoing negotiation with the Government of India for 15 additional buses will expand national service to commuters, including those in Gbarnga, Kakata and Bo Waterside who will benefit from the construction of modern bus stations.”Meanwhile, President Sirleaf further that an informal perception survey undertaken by the Ministry of Transport indicated that although power is considered a number one priority due to the implication for business and investment in industry, but the Liberian people consider good roads as a major condition for improvement in their welfare.Adding that the ongoing work for improvement in road condition throughout the country is a response to this call, which will also reduce the high level of road traffic deaths and injuries, and as means of reducing the cost of transportation to facilitate better flow of goods and services. “The same results are expected from the installation of weighbridges, the first currently under construction on the Diahn-Blah Gbehzhohn Highway. Additionally, a requirement for Third Party Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance will be enforced beginning next month by 18 insurance companies recently certified by the Central Bank of Liberia. This action will be enhanced by the established One Day One Stop Shop Platform for vehicle registration and driver license issuance.”President also mentioned that useful transport services are provided throughout the country by motorcyclists operating over 70,000 motorcycles.“A few months ago, as a means of reducing the alarming traffic congestion and level of deaths and injuries, it became necessary to restrict motorcycling traffic on the primary artery, Tubman Boulevard. The Ministry of Transport continues to work with the Motorcyclist Union to identify means to assist them,” she assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. James Momoh, an American-based Liberian, Tuesday, May 27, launched a program to create all the necessary awareness about the deadly diabetes sickness.Mr. Momoh recently returned to Liberia after completed his studies including the one on diabetes in the U.S. The awareness, which was launched at the newly established diabetes ‘Pervocate Center’ on Front Street in Monrovia, according to Mr. Momoh, is to allow people suspected of living with the health condition to do their test.Diabetes, he said, is not about testing, but education through awareness, “this is why the testing center on Front Street Center was set up to also serve as a resource center.”To add up to his effort of relieving Liberians from the disease, Mr. Momoh said an American-based healthcare company has introduced a new pharmaceutical product to detect symptoms of diabetes in human body.The product, “Perfect 3”, has also been introduced in Liberia through the company’s focal person—who is the chief executive officer (CEO) and president, Mr. Momoh.The former Liberian photojournalist, Mr. Momoh lives in America, but presently in the country to fulfill his dream of helping Liberians.He is working with a few other Liberians selected to use the device. Perfect 3 is being tested on people who have diabetes in various communities across the country.Perfect 3 is a simple machine, which if properly established in Liberia, could be used by every household.According to him, the device would be spread in every corner of Liberia at a minimum cost. He described it as a very accessible piece of equipment that could be used by any individual; whether they were a medical practitioner or not.“My people’s health is important to me, this is the reason I brought this important device to the country,” Mr. Momoh declared.The healthcare company that produces the device is based in New York. According to Mr. Momoh, it intends to help Liberians by making available this new and a simple piece of technology to test people’s sugar content for Diabetes; one of the leading causes of death globally.Diabetes is usually a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood.Perfect 3 is made for people suffering from diabetes mellitus. It has blood glucose monitoring system that produces accurate results in only six seconds. This is done through the quantitative measurement of glucose in fresh capillary blood from the finger and forearm.The alternative site testing (on the forearm) in this system can only be used during steady-state blood glucose conditions.Most of the journalists who attended Tuesday’s ceremony on Front Street were themselves tested for symptom of the disease. Few of them were identified as being diabetic and were provided the necessary counseling.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I feel like a serious criminal although I have nothing to reproach myself,” he said. “People have made a name for themselves at my cost. Some were 100 percent lies. I wished I had gotten more support from some people, but I am not bitter.” Ullrich has been under investigation for several months in Spain’s “Operation Puerto” scandal, but has not been charged. He has been without a team since being fired by the T-Mobile team last summer. FOOTBALL: A former Canadian Football League player infected with HIV was sentenced to 5 years in prison for knowingly exposing two women to the virus by having unprotected sex with them. Trevis Smith, a linebacker who attended Alabama and later played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was found guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault this month. He said he will stay in the sport as a consultant for the Austrian-based Volksbank team. Ullrich criticized the way he had been treated by cycling officials in Germany and Switzerland and by the German media. TENNIS: Roger Federer struggled to a first-round victory at the Dubai (United Arab Emriates) Open, the day he broke Jimmy Connors’ streak of consecutive weeks at No. 1. Federer, who broke Connors’ 30-year-old mark with his 161st week at the top of the ATP rankings, defeated Kristian Pless 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 after a monthlong break since winning the Australian Open. in Regina, Saskatchewan, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters will not play for Belgium in its Fed Cup match against the United States in April. BASKETBALL: Washington Wizards All-Star forward Caron Butler remained sidelined with lower back spasms, while Antawn Jamison returned to practice for the first time since injuring his knee last month. Butler was unable to play in Sunday’s 98-94 loss at Minnesota, the first game he has missed this season, and his status is uncertain for today’s game against the New Jersey Nets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich ended his cycling career Monday, still defending himself against lingering doping suspicions. The 33-year-old German, who won the Tour in 1997 and was runner-up five times, announced his retirement in Hamburg, Germany, eight months after being implicated in a Spanish doping scandal.
0Shares0000FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- Paul Put will be replaced as the Harambee Stars head coach with a fellow foreigner, Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has confirmed.The Belgian through a statement from the federation last week announced that he was stepping down from the role barely three months after taking charge, citing ‘personal reasons’ though it later emerged that he might be headed for a high-paying job in China. And Mwendwa who says the new boss should be in the country tentatively in three weeks time, has affirmed that he will be going for a foreign replacement, with the rest of the local coaches retaining their roles as assistants.“We will continue to combine, but everyone knows that I would like our local coaches to continue to do this, but for now we will combine. We will have a foreign coach to work with locals and hopefully soon we will know who that is,” Mwendwa told Capital Sport.When the Belgian tactician took charge, Stanley Okumbi and John Kamau dropped down to roles of assistant coaches, but the coach prior to his resignation had hinted that he wanted to bring in his own backroom staff.After Put’s resignation, it was announced that Okumbi who was at the helm before the arrival of the Belgian would take charge temporarily as the federation searched for a replacement.There had been rumours that Mathare United boss Francis Kimanzi was primed to take charge of the role.Paul Put during his unveiling as Harambee Stars head coach in November 2017. Photo/COURTESYThe federation boss says he has received massive interest from coaches around the world, but is quick to add they will be selecting a tactician that conforms to their philosophy.The new coach is most likely set to be unveiled before Harambee Stars travel to Morocco for a friendly match against Comoros on March 24.“We are hunting for a coach that fits our philosophy and has what it takes to take us to the AFCON. I am surprised by how many top coaches with super experience want to come to Kenya. The response and interest has been immense,” Mwendwa noted.He has at the same time said the federation’s ambition to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 2019 has not been shaken despite Put’s sudden exit, insisting that ‘life must continue’.“People come and go; we are temporary but the ambition, plan and the target remains the same. The coach has resigned for his own reasons and we have accept it. You can’t stop anyone from leaving when they want to go, in football it doesn’t work,” Mwendwa added.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Lyon’s forward Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDPARIS, France, Jan 21 – Memphis Depay struck a dramatic late winner as Lyon beat 10-man Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Sunday to move within eight points of the Ligue 1 leaders.Nabil Fekir gave the hosts a shock second-minute lead at Groupama Stadium with a brilliant free-kick, but PSG snatched an equaliser on the stroke of half-time as left-back Layvin Kurzawa hammered home a stunning volley. PSG full-back Dani Alves was given a straight red card for dissent, and Lyon made their man advantage count deep into injury-time as substitute Depay picked out the top corner.“At the start, I wanted to cross, but I saw that the keeper was on the side of the goal,” Fekir told Canal+.“It’s going to be difficult (to catch PSG), and the goal of the club is to take a Champions League place.”PSG centre-back Marquinhos added: “Football is like that, they manage to shoot and score two goals.”Lyon retook second place from Marseille after inflicting only a second league defeat of the season on PSG, but Bruno Genesio’s men would still need an unlikely collapse from the capital club to launch a title challenge.“We’re happy with the result, especially with beating the leaders when we’re aiming for second or third place,” said coach Genesio.Lyon made their man advantage count deep into injury-time as substitute Depay picked out the top corner © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDWith Neymar missing due to a thigh problem, Kylian Mbappe returned to the away team’s starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the midweek 8-0 thrashing of Dijon, when Neymar netted four times.Lyon caught the runaway league leaders cold with less than two minutes on the clock, as French international Fekir produced a moment of magic.Alphonse Areola was anticipating a cross when Fekir shaped to take a free-kick from the right-hand side, but the attacking midfielder whipped in a shot that flicked the inside of the post on its way past the stranded PSG goalkeeper.The 24-year-old has now scored 16 league goals this season from 19 appearances, while it was also the earliest PSG had conceded in a Ligue 1 game since May 2007.– Cavani left waiting for record –PSG were rocked by Lyon’s intense early pressing, but Edinson Cavani, looking for the goal he needed to break Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s all-time club goalscoring record after levelling the Swede’s total of 156 on Wednesday, saw a long-range lob spin narrowly wide after home keeper Anthony Lopes’s poor clearance.Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Kylian Mbappe is carried off on a stretcher © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDMbappe, already bleeding from his head from an earlier challenge, had to be stretchered off and replaced by Julian Draxler after being flattened by some strong goalkeeping from Portuguese Lopes.PSG levelled in first-half stoppage-time, though, as Kurzawa blasted home a magnificent left-footed volley off the crossbar from his fellow full-back Alves’s dinked cross.Unai Emery’s side were reduced to 10 men before the hour mark when Brazilian Alves was sent off for dissent after becoming incensed by a free-kick decision, with Marco Verratti perhaps lucky not to follow him after knocking the red card out of referee Clement Turpin’s hand.Lyon almost retook the lead with 13 minutes to play as Rafael headed over from close range, before Cavani was also booked for dissent as PSG continued to lose their heads.Maxwel Cornet saw a low effort turned behind by Areola, but it was 69th-minute substitute Depay who provided the winning moment in style.The former Manchester United winger collected the ball just outside the area in the fourth minute of added time and planted a magnificent, curling finish into the top corner to score his ninth league goal of an up-and-down season.Monaco’s midfielder Rachid Ghezzal (R) shoots to score a goal against Metz on January 21, 2018 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco © AFP / VALERY HACHEEarlier on Sunday, fourth-placed Monaco eased to a 3-1 victory over Metz in the principality.Brazilian left-back Jorge opened the scoring for the reigning champions on the stroke of half-time and Rachid Ghezzal added a second after visiting goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was sent off.Ibrahima Niane pulled one back for bottom club Metz, but Rony Lopes put any thoughts of a comeback to bed with a late tap-in.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A Raphoe man who kicked his girlfriend so hard after a St Valentine’s Night out that he left his footprint on her skin has been found guilty of attacking her new boyfriend.Eamonn Harkin beat Danielle Kerrigan black and blue for 90 minutes and only stopped to get a drink of water.He tried to choke her and beat her and gave her a suspected broken nose and toe. Harkin, 24, escaped jail after being convicted of the assault in February, 2010 for which he served 240 hours community service.Harkin, from St. Eunan’s Terrace, was in court again facing charges that he assaulted William O’Donnell, Mr Kerrigan’s new boyfriend.Ms. Kerrigan, who had been studying to become a prisoner officer at Cavan Institute of Technology, told the court that she had been in a Letterkenny nightclub with her boyfriend and friends when she met Harkin.He persuaded her to let him go home with them to Flaxfields, Convoy in November 2010 after he threatened to harm their son.They shared a taxi back to their house and they “roared and shouted abuse at each other” on the way back, she said.When they got to her home Harkin locked the door and took her keys. She said they ended up in the bathroom and when she heard William coming back, Harkin told her to “get rid of him”.“I went to the front door and I gave Willie a big hug and I tried to tell him who was there and I asked him for help,” she said.Mr. O’Donnell told the court that after Danielle hugged him he heard footsteps in the background and Harkin came out with his two fists clenched and punched him in the face.Harkin denied the assault when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court and said he and Ms. Kerrigan had kissed when they went back to her home.Harkin’s solicitor, Michael Shiel, said Harkin had lost his job as a butcher and people in his local area “don’t want to know him” after his conviction.Judge Paul Kelly fined Harkin €250 for assault and €200 for failing to give his name and address to Gardai. He was also bound to the peace for two years.MAN WHO LEFT FOOTPRINT ON GIRLFRIEND AFTER BEATING CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AGAIN was last modified: March 25th, 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:assaultconvoyDanielle KerriganEamon HarkinRaphoe
Six Donegal based companies have been shortlisted for awards at the inaugural BIM National Seafood Awards. Donegal is the county with the highest number of finalists in Ireland.BIM is hosting the inaugural Awards to celebrate Ireland’s €1 billion Seafood Sector which employs 11,000 people across the island. The shortlist features 38 finalists from across the seafood industry in the fishing, fish farming, seafood processing and retail sectors.The finalists have been selected for their outstanding contributions in the areas of Skills, Sustainability, Innovation and Competitiveness and the overall winners in each category will be revealed by at a Gala Awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on the 17th November 2016.The Donegal companies shortlisted are:Island Seafoods Ltd, Killybegs. Staff of Island SeafoodsCategory: Sustainability – Green Processor of the YearIsland Seafoods is a family-owned and run business based just outside Killybegs, Co. Donegal. A verified member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme, their fish are fully traceable from “net to fork” and are caught in the North East Atlantic. Island Seafoods was the first company in Ireland to be RSS (Responsibly Sourced Standard) certified by BIM.Managing Director, Mick O’Donnell has been responsible for and integral in driving the green initiative within Island Seafoods. The company has a “squeaky clean carbon footprint” they say as they have their own Hydro-electric plant which saves over 350 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. They are also moving into wind energy. Their state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant was commissioned in 1996 and is now seen as the standard for the industry.In addition to the above, Island launched a range in the last couple of years called “Atlantic Treasures” – this features ready-to-cook products such as Smoked Mackerel infused with Ginger, Chilli & Lime or Honey & Mustard. This range has won numerous Blas na hEireann, Chef’s Choice and Great Taste awards.Marine Harvest Ireland, Letterkenny. Category: Sustainability – Aquaculture, Environmental and Social ResponsibilityFounded in 1979, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) is a fully integrated salmon farming, processing and sales company based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.In 2015, MHI became the first salmon farm to attain the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard for its sea site at Deenish Island, Ballinskelligs Bay, Co. Kerry – this is one of the highest international environmental and social sustainability standards in the fish farming sector. This year, two additional sites were added to the ASC certified farms list – Ahabeg in Bantry Bay and Inishfarnard, Co. Cork. MHI is aiming for 100% ASC certification by 2020.MHI’s environmental management system complies with ISO 14001:2015 and the Global Gap Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, Aquaculture Base. The company is also a verified member of the Bord Bia Origin Green programme since 2013. They are an active member of geographically-relevant CLAMS (Co-ordinated Local Aquaculture Management Scheme) groups and actively encourage staff to participate in the An Taisce Clean Coast campaign.MHI’s objective is to be a global leader in sustainable seafood production for the future and they established Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for fish meal used to feed their fish. They, and the salmon industry, have been able to reduce the dependency of marine raw materials in salmon feeds by around 50% over the last ten years. MHI is a member of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI).McBride Fishing Co. Ltd., Letterkenny.Category: Competitiveness – Fishing Enterprise of the YearMcBride Fishing employs 60 staff in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The company has developed a new and hitherto unsupplied customer base in Asia and has targeted new customers higher on the value chain in Europe and Asia in order to achieve greater financial return.McBride Fishing has developed a direct supply system from vivier vessel to specialist holding tanks to packaging to airfreight facility. This ensures only the top quality crustaceans are selected. Storage in the holding system conditions the crab for airfreight and the transport time is minimal resulting in a premium product delivered to customers.The company has specially designed vessels which incorporate an automatic pot handling system to reduce labour and manual handling. An Olex Seabed mapping system has been introduced across the fleet so they can now target dedicated fishing grounds for more efficient fishing operations. Foyle Warrior Ltd, Greencastle. Category: Innovation – Best New Fishing Practive AwardFoyle Warrior Ltd. has introduced new mesh netting on its vessel the Foyle Fisher, in a mixed demersal fishery in the Celtic Sea. The introduction of the new T90 mesh has resulted in major reductions in catches of undersize whiting therefore complying with new regulations.The quality of the catch is also greatly improved and the crew has to spend less time picking and sorting the catch. Less time spent handling the catch means more time fishing and greater profitability. Substantial improvements in fish quality also add value to the catch.Marty McGing, Killybegs. Category: Sustainability – Responsible Fisherman of the YearMarty McGing works off the “Olgarry SO591” which is based at Killybegs, Co. Donegal. His vessel is registered to BIM’s SEMS (Seafood Environment Management System) and RSS (Responsibly Sourced Standard) and is also MSC certified for mackerel, blue whiting, Atlanto Scandian herring and Celtic sea herring.They own and use a grid that is placed between the net and the brailer which diverts small, undersized fish out of the net and allows them to swim away safely. New meshes and ropes keep the net open wider for longer which reduces drag and fuel consumption. Marty also added a new 10.8m section to the boat, which as well as improving carrying capacity, is anticipated to improve fuel efficiency by 10%. William Spense, Downings.Category: Sustainability – Responsible Fisherman of the YearWilliam Spence skippers “MFV Amy Jane II” which is based at Downings, Co. Donegal. The vessel has been used for trials for the EU-funded project, EfficientShip which aims to demonstrate reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by converting waste heat into energy. When with his previous boat, “Heather Jane II”, William was responsible for the vessel meeting targets and maintaining records which became the basis for BIM’s Responsibly Sourced Standard (RSS).Amy Jane II’s catch is removed carefully from pots and stored in vivier tanks (which monitor oxygen and toxin levels) and these are maintained to a very high standard to minimise mortality. Crustaceans which don’t meet market requirements are returned to the sea as quickly as possible.William’s commitment to waste management on and off shore is demonstrated by the fact that he has waste oil recycled by a local firm which generates power for the local mussel grading plant.BIM’s Chief Executive, Tara McCarthy comments, “We, in BIM, are delighted to announce a shortlist of talented individuals and companies who have all excelled and contributed to a diverse industry that is the cornerstone of Ireland’s agri-food portfolio. As an Island nation, the Irish Seafood Industry is the lifeblood of our coastal communities and it has the potential for significant growth in the years ahead. This is an exciting time to work in seafood and the BIM National Awards is a great opportunity to recognise and honour the many leaders and shining lights in this vibrant sector’Six Donegal companies shortlisted for BIM National Seafood Awards was last modified: November 4th, 2016 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)
Small amounts of sodium were detected in ice particles erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Deduction: this might lower the melting point of underground ice, forming subsurface pockets of liquid water – perhaps an ocean. Conclusion: Life! It doesn’t matter that Enceladus has no other factors conducive to life than water, or that salt is generally thought to be a deterrent to the formation of biological molecules (see “No Salt, Please,” 11/23/2007, and “Primordial Soup Cannot Tolerate Salt,” 09/17/2002). But the slightest mention of possible conditions for life seems to give some science reporters hallucinations. The announcements were made in Nature. One paper described the detection of sodium in ice grains picked up by the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) onboard the Cassini orbiter.1 This paper made only one quick reference to the L word: “Alkaline salt water, together with the observed organic compounds, and the thermal energy obviously present in the south polar region, could provide an environment well suited for the formation of life precursors.” The second paper, surprisingly, failed to detect sodium in the gas plumes erupted from the small moon.2 That paper said nothing about life. John Spencer, Cassini scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), commenting on the two papers in the same issue of Nature,3 explained why evidence for liquid water under Enceladus is interesting: “The chemistry of the plumes is of intense interest not only because it provides a unique opportunity to sample the interior of an icy moon directly, but also because the interior of this particular moon provides a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life.” He did not say, in other words, that Enceladus has life, or even water, but explained why it would be interesting to detect water, in case this could be seen as a potential habitat for life. “So the question of whether Enceladus’s internal heat can provide that water, by melting a portion of the ice shell that comprises much of the moon’s bulk, is one of the hot issues in planetary science today.” Spencer was less restrained in his statements to the BBC News. “We need three ingredients for life, as far as we know – liquid water, energy and the basic chemical building blocks – and we seem to have all three at Enceladus, including some fairly complex organic molecules,” he said. “That’s not to say there is life on Enceladus but certainly the ‘feedstock’ is there for life to use if it does exist.” Given that the scientific papers said so little about life, one wonders why Spencer made this such a focus. In fact, the two papers seem somewhat contradictory in their findings. Even if they can be reconciled by the fact that the vapor would tend to shed its sodium on the way out, scientists disagree on the implications for the moon’s under-surface geology. The JPL press release shows five competing models for the plumes; some require an ocean, some do not. The press release also barely mentioned the environment being possibly suitable for “life precursors” if water exists – not a statement that life could actually form and thrive there. News reporters, though, took that life reference and ran with it. The BBC News took the “stunning result” about sodium and said, “It means the Saturnian satellite may be one of the most promising places in the Solar System to search for signs of extraterrestrial life.” Two stories in Science Daily (Science Daily #1, Science Daily #2) presented the controversy about whether an ocean exists, but both included the L-word. “The discovery could have implications for the search for extraterrestrial life as well as our understanding of how planetary moons are formed,” the first article said. Jeanna Bryner on Space.com echoed the line about Enceladus having a suitable environment for life precursors. Her line got copied by MSNBC News in the subtitle: “Water, other ingredients could provide environment for life precursors.” National Geographic restrained its report to the question of a liquid water ocean, but the UK Daily Mail cast all caution to the wind, announcing in bold headlines, “Are we alone? Alien life may be thriving on Saturn’s frozen moon.” David Derbyshire continued, “The findings, published in the journal Nature, raise the prospect that alien fish and other marine life might have evolved there.” (See also “Mooning the Public: Life Sells” in the 04/27/2009, and “The Building Blocks of Lie,” 03/19/2008.) Apparently this was too much even for Live Science. A short article was titled, “Claims of Life on Saturn Moon Overstated.” The article said that the UK Daily Mail article “might sell papers and generate web clicks, but it’s overstated. What NASA found was strong evidence for a salty ocean under ice on the diminutive moon Enceladus. No signs of life were found, and in fact even the ocean needs to be confirmed, scientists said.” It further stated that “Water is a key ingredient for life as we know it, but water in no way means there is life.” The article written by LiveScience Staff ended by saying “nobody knows if there is life anywhere beyond Earth.”1. Postberg, Kempf et al, “Sodium salts in E-ring ice grains from an ocean below the surface of Enceladus,” Nature 459, 1098-1101 (25 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08046.2. Schneider, Burger et al, “No sodium in the vapour plumes of Enceladus,” Nature 459, 1102-1104 (25 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08070.3. John Spencer, “Planetary science: Enceladus with a grain of salt,” Nature 459, 1067-1068 (25 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/4591067a.Hallelujah! LiveScience got it right. The normally Darwin-worshipping, creation-ridiculing site said the right things this time: just because water is found, that does not mean life will be found, and no life is known beyond earth. This should be patently obvious to anyone with common sense, but in this day of Darwin-drunk media, we must be grateful for small signs of progress. National Geographic also stayed on subject. They did not swallow Postberg and Spencer’s lure about conditions for life. They realized that the empirical evidence relates only to the possibility of liquid water under the surface of an icy moon. For the rest of you science reporters out there, wise up. We’re onto your propaganda tricks and they don’t work any more. The titillating distractions about life are not going to sell papers and fund space missions. Show your scientific integrity. Maybe, then, we’ll give you a moment’s attention out of our busy lives on this life-blessed planet.Update 06/26/2009: Next day, Space.com posted another story about life on Titan. “If there is life on Titan it would be very different from that on Earth. And we don’t know if such life is possible at all. It’s just speculation,” the speculator said. How come Darwin Party speculations get published on science news sites, and those of sensible people do not? Speculation is cheap. Try ours: “If there is common sense in a Darwinist it would be very different from that in normal people. And we don’t know if such sense is possible at all. It’s just speculation.” Publish that, DODOs.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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