Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino SEA Games medalists receive cash incentives from PSC Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TAN (FILE)Its fairytale run in the AFC Cup may have ended last Tuesday, but Ceres-Negros is taking comfort at the fact that the country has created ripples in an event where Philippine clubs only started joining three years ago.The Busmen made history by becoming the first Asean zone champion of the competition, punching beyond their weight as they bested more established clubs in Vietnamese champion Hanoi FC, Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 awardcenter_img View comments MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground But they were stopped in their tracks by Istiklol of Tajikistan in the inter-zone semifinals with a 1-1 draw last Tuesday at Panaad Stadium. Ceres was one of the last six teams from an initial roster of 52 from 29 countries.The 0-4 defeat in Dushanbe last month proved too tough to overcome for the Busmen, who came out with a more attack-minded approach in the second leg only to find Istiklol in solid form defensively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“When we started the season, we didn’t expect to get this far (in the competition),” said Ceres club chair Leo Rey Yanson. “We’re happy we made history and gave Philippine football the respect it deserves in the AFC Cup.”A return to the continental competition remains up in the air for the Busmen since only the Philippines Football League champion is assured of a spot in the tournament next year. A costly, catty dispute finally settledlast_img read more

Aussies ‘feared for safety’ after brawl vs Gilas

first_imgAustralia Boombers during their huddle. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA “bruised and battered” Australian team feared for its safety and sought government help to escape the court after a mass brawl with the Philippine side at an international match in Manila, officials said Tuesday.Basketball’s governing body FIBA has launched a probe following the chaos at Monday’s World Cup qualifying match where players exchanged flying kicks and punches.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Japan ‘devastated’ as it fails again to go past World Cup’s last 16 READ: Gilas runs out of players, loses to Australia in ugly, bizarre game“Physically our players are fine, they’re, you know, bruised and battered,” Moore said.“Our athletes and coaches actually stayed on the court for a considerable amount of time, (it was) the safest place for our players and our coaches,” he said, adding the team are flying out of Manila later Tuesday.After the incident FIBA tweeted it was opening disciplinary proceedings against both teams, adding “The decision(s) will be communicated in the coming days”.READ: SBP apologizes for Gilas-Australia brawl Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the governing body for the sport in the PH, has issued an apology for the incident, saying it stands by its conviction that “violence has no place in sports.”“As hosts, we regret having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality. As the national team representing flag and country, we likewise extend our apologies to the Filipino people,” the statement read.Thon Maker, one two NBA players on the Australian side, tweeted Tuesday he was “deeply disappointed in the actions displayed” and was taking responsibility for his own actions.READ: Andrew Bogut blasts Gilas for selfie after brawl“My hope is that this experience provides a springboard for discussion regarding the security surrounding these games,” said the South Sudan-born Milwaukee Bucks center, who was ejected from the match. READ: Brawl breaks out in Gilas-Australia gameA total of 13 players were ejected after the melee, with television footage showing a fan punching one of the Australian players and another fan throwing a chair at a visiting player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We had our players and team management and our coaches in fear of their physical safety,” Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore told a news conference.“Are we going to be able to get out of here unscathed?” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Filipino players were later roundly roasted in social media after several members were photographed taking a group selfie apparently after the fight.“Class,” NBA veteran Andrew Bogut, who has played previously for the Australian national team, wrote while re-tweeting a news account of the Filipino selfie.RELATED VIDEO Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Reyes says Australia’s Kickert ‘triggered the brawl’ after hit on PogoyMoore said the Aussies “accept our responsibility for our role in last night’s incident” and were waiting for the sport’s governing body’s findings and sanctions.“What we don’t accept is the action whereby fans and officials actually get involved in the fray,” he said.The fracas kicked off after a Philippine player appeared to catch an opponent with an elbow in the game at the Philippine Arena outside Manila.Moore said the visitors kept their players and coaches courtside after the game and sought help from the Australian embassy to get the team safely out to their bus and their hotel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Bankers, SMEs in 2-Day Basic Impact Investing Seminar

first_imgA group of bankers including senior and middle-level bank managers and owners of several Liberian-own small and medium enterprises (SMEs) Thursday, May 1, began a two-day “Basic Impact Investing” opportunity seminar in Monrovia to boost their entrepreneurial skills.Banks participating in the seminar included the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Guaranty Trust Bank, Ecobank Liberia Limited and International Bank Limited, amongst others. They were joined by the World Council of Credit Union (WOCCU) an, international credit union providing access to finance to SMEs in several developing economies in the world and a host of Liberian-owned SMEs, amongst others.The two-day seminar is organized by the US Agency for International Development-USAID-funded Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) Program, implemented by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), which supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in accessing commercial bank financing in the country.The workshop is aimed at teaching participants how to better understand the impact of investment and how it differs from traditional investment and what tools they would need to find investment capital for businesses.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the seminar, which is being held at a local hotel in Monrovia, the independent consultant, founder and principal strategist for Impact Investors in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Bob Bragar, said the impact of investing is about bringing money to Liberia to expand job and SMEs in ensuring that most business entrepreneurial can invest more capital to SME businesses that are in need of capital.Mr. Bragar, however, noted that it is good to know who your investors are, because, according to him, “they have committed themselves to upholding ethical principles in finance.”He hinted participants that the reason the seminar was organized by IBEX is because he, Bragar, wants Liberians to understand what impact investing is, adding that there is an international capital available for impact investors.According to him, donor funding is different from impact investment, which he said is all about business set-up.Mr. Bragar further disclosed that there is strong desire of USAID-IBEX to ensure that Liberian business entrepreneurs gain the required knowledge that would better their businesses.He observed that lot of people are lacking information that they need to know in order to boost the Liberian economy.Mr. Bragar insisted that investors needed to be motivated in order to increase their expectations.“You need to understand the different motivations and kinds of investors, because they would set-up tunes that you will have to dance to,” Mr. Bragar told participants.In the investing world, it also means creating good structures to ensure that the business is properly “governed,” and as such there should be an independent, qualified and engaged board of directors that would manage the businesses.At the same time, the international consultant urged participants to be prepared at any time to show solid financial history and projections of their businesses.For her part, Madam Watchen Harris Bruce, Chief of Party for USAID Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) reiterated that her institution is ready to address some of the constraints SMEs are facing in getting access to finance.Madam Bruce further said that people needed to know what the banks require and what they needed to present to investors before getting access to loan.Meanwhile, one of the participants thanked the facilitator and organizer of the workshop and assured that they will put into practice whatever new knowledge they are going to learn from the seminar.The seminar is expected to end today, Friday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Block maker found with gaping wound to head

first_imgA block maker was in the wee hours of Monday morning found lying a short distance away from his East Bank Demerara (EBD) home with gaping wounds to his head and face.Munir Amin of Lot 51 First Street, Garden of Eden, EBD, is in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). According to reports, the injured 31-year-old man was discovered lying in a pool of blood at about 03:30h by a villager, who in turn alerted his parents.His father, Noel Seu told Guyana Times that his son left home at about 17:00h toInjured: Munir Aminattend a wedding at Hope, EBD and at about 03:30h, he was informed that the young man was lying on the roadway in an unconscious state.Without hesitation, the father stated that he picked up his son and rushed him to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was treated and transferred to the GPHC.The father explained that when he received the news, he rushed to the scene only to see a gaping wound to his son’s head, with his eyes bulging out. At that time, he could not say if his son was attacked and beaten or if he was a victim of a hit-and-run accident.Further, Seu noted that his son was at the wedding since his friend confirmed this. When asked if he had an issue with anyone at the wedding, the father in distress stated that his son would often walk away from trouble.“He is not someone who would start a fight and at the same time, he is not someone who will stay when a fight is going on… He has a lot of friends and he is a peaceful chap,” the father stated. The man explained that a report was lodged at the Grove Police Station and is hopeful that a thorough investigation is conducted.“The people that live next to where they find meh son, got cameras on them house. So when I leave the hospital this afternoon (Monday), I will stop at the Grove Police Station and tell them so that they can go collect it and see what really happen to meh son,” the man added.He farther explained that his son underwent a CT-Scan after which he was taken to theater for emergency surgery. The young man resides at his parents’ home at Garden of Eden.Meanwhile, the Police in a release to the media revealed they are investigating the incident.last_img read more

Non-functioning X-ray dept, mortuary cripples Kumaka District Hospital

first_img– electrical problem, staff shortage affecting servicesMedical services at the Kumaka District Hospital, Region One (Barima-Waini), are in jeopardy with several issues affecting the performance of staff there and the quality of treatment and testing that patients can access.The medical worker, Nurse La Rose, highlighting the woes plaguing the Kumaka District Hospital, Region OnePresently, the hospital’s mortuary is in dire need of a working refrigerator since the present one has malfunctioned.In addition to this, since 2015, the X-ray department has not been able to cater to the needs of persons seeking such services and this has caused heavy financial burdens on patients who have to travel to the hospital in Suddie, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to conduct X-rays and ultrasounds.These issues were pointed out to health officials earlier this week by one of the hospital’s staff, Nurse La Rose, who spent 10 years working in Region One. She pleaded with Health Minister Volda Lawrence to rectify these shortcomings as soon as possible.“It’s hard for us. Nevertheless, we are trying. The X-ray department there, since 2015 because of some fault with the contract…he started the project, he never responded, after a certain time, the contract was terminated. We have a new brand X-ray machine in there, never used, but because according to the engineer it is the fault with the leading of the room. Also, we have an electrical problem in the hospital.”La Rose pointed out that Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson had been in that area and she had explained the electrical issues to him. Although he had a technician assess the situation, to date, nothing has been done to rectify it, she noted.“We are asking if our X-ray department can be up and running. We have a technician here, we had several of them trained. However, we still have one here and we just use him all around because the department is not running…It is very expensive for patients to go to Suddie for an ultrasound…boat fare, transportation and probably overnight, high-risk clinic is very large and very costly for patients to go there to access ultrasound, X-ray and so on.”She elaborated that more services need to be provided for females, especially pregnant females, and that the absence of a gynaecologist in-house is a major disadvantage for the community.“I am asking if we could have a gynaecologist at least once a month…most of our patients are high risk and they have to go to Suddie…on a monthly basis, a gynaecologist right here would be better for our patients and as a result we would save on our resources too…because we use our health boat to transport back and forth or maybe one side of travelling.”Additionally, La Rose lamented the fact that the Kumaka District Hospital is grossly understaffed, and that although health workers stationed at the facility struggle to execute their duties on a daily basis, authorities should work on deploying more human resources at that health facility to ease the burdens.“…the employment rate has been slow. We have no statistical clerk, we have no receptionist, we have one ward maid at the moment, one cook, our ancillary staff is struggling. Everyone here pitches in from time to time to keep the hospital clean because it is overwhelming on one person. Even more so, for the nursing staff, we are short, because people train, they come back, when their contract is finished, they go and leave that space, most of the persons have done so,” she added.last_img read more

Golf roundup: Mickelson shares Pebble Beach lead

first_imgPhil Mickelson finally showed signs of turning the corner Thursday. Nowhere near the leaderboard since his collapse at the U.S. Open last summer, Mickelson hit a 4-iron from 230 yards into 18 feet for eagle on his final hole at Poppy Hills for a 7-under 65 to share the lead with rookie John Mallinger and Nick Watney at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He spent the past five days working on the short stick, and it paid off Thursday. “You’re not going to make them all,” Mickelson said. “But I started every putt on line with the right speed.” No International: The International is no longer on the PGA Tour schedule because Tiger Woods and key corporate sponsors stayed away from the majestic mountain course at the foothills of the Rockies in Denver. The cancellation leaves a hole in the PGA Tour schedule on July 5-8, but tour officials have been working on a contingency plan the last month and are expected to announce a replacement by April. The leading candidate is Washington, the largest U.S. market without a PGA Tour event. Also: England’s Robert Rock shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. … South Korean Ahn Sun-ju shot an 8-under 64 that included 10 birdies to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast, Australia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I didn’t think it would take three tournaments to get to where I wanted to be,” said Mickelson, playing for the fourth straight week. “But each tournament, I saw progress.” Mickelson had not played since going 0-4-1 at the Ryder Cup, taking a three-month break and approaching this year feeling fresh. Instead, he looked rusty at the Bob Hope Classic and Buick Invitational, where he finished in the middle of the pack, and at the FBR Open last week outside Phoenix, where he missed the cut. last_img read more

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

first_imgArgentina lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany 1-0 after extra time and then finished runners-up at successive Copa America tournaments, losing to Chile on penalties in both 2015 and 2016.“We always take each World Cup as a big opportunity, and now more than ever because an important generation will move on, several players will change,” Messi said, ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Spain in Madrid.Vice-captain Javier Mascherano has already announced he will retire from international duty after the World Cup, while Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain will all be 30 come the finals.Messi will turn 31 during the competition. He has yet to make a decision on his Argentina future but would be 35 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“(In Russia) it will be a good opportunity. Argentina is always a candidate for the title because of its image, its history. But this year, we are not favourites,” Messi added. “Spain, Brazil, Germany and France are above us.”Argentina, who beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester last Friday, will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D at the World Cup.The country last lifted the trophy in 1986 when Diego Maradona was named player of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi is expected to line up against Spain after missing the friendly win over Italy © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 27 – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals. We haven’t been far off,” Messi said in an interview with Fox Sports.last_img read more

Leicester boss Puel reveals ‘terrible sadness’ and confirms he is safe

first_img no dice shining MONEY REPLY Puel’s Foxes had just drawn 1-1 with West Ham United before owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha‘s helicopter crashed outside the club’s ground.Witnesses said the helicopter seemed to spiral out of control moments after it set off at about 8.30pm on Saturday and plummeted into the car park.Police cars and emergency services rushed towards an area where flames were visible before the area was evacuated.There was speculation about whether Puel was onboard but in a phone call with Jacques Vendroux, the director of Sports Radio France, he confirmed his wellbeing, as well as his partner’s. Leicester City manager Claude Puel. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Leicester City manager Claude Puel has spoken of his sadness following the helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium.The French boss was rumoured to have been on board the aircraft at one point but confirmed both he and his wife were safe. “It’s a tragedy for the club,” he told Vendroux.“I think very strongly about the victims and their families, and I wanted to reassure everyone who cares about me, I’m terribly sad but I’m fine.”There has yet to be any confirmation about who was on the helicopter but it is feared club owner Vichai Srivaddhanapra was on the flight. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more

Bika bya Buganda first, second round draws made

first_imgNkima Clan are the defending champions of the Bika bya Buganda football tournament. (Agency Photo)The Bika inter football competition is back and it kick starts on the 11th of May.Two round draws were held on Monday 14th of April at Bulange Mango.The opening round draw comprised of 30 clans were the winners will face off with 13 of last year’s best performers in the next round.The opening game will be between Musu and Mutima Mujanja at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende.The games will be played on a knock out basis and the big one of the opening round will be between Nte and Balangira a repeat of the 2016 final whereas 2001 winners Ngo will face off with KibeMpindi and holders Nkima will begin their campaign on the round of 16.Full result of the opening draw-Musu Vs Mutima Muyanja-Nkejje Vs Ngabi Nsamba-Ngo Vs Kibe-Nsuma Vs Ngonge-Balangira Vs Nte-Njobe Vs Mamba Kakoboza-Ndiga Vs Ngaali-Mutima Musaji Vs Nvuma-Nkula Vs Nakinsige-Nvuubu Vs Lugave-Butiko Vs Nyonyi Ndisa-Kobe Vs Mazzi gakisasi-Nkusu Vs Mpeewo-Mpologoma Vs KayooziThe second round draw.-Winner between Njovu and Mpeewo will face Kasimba-Nyonyi Vs Ngeye-Fumbe Vs Ntalaganya-Kinyomo Vs Winner between Ndiga and Ngaali-Mbwa Vs Winner between Balangira and Nte-Nsenene Vs Winner between Mpologoma and Kayoozi-Kiwere Vs Mbogo-Mamba Namakaka Vs Winner between Nkusu and Njaza-Winner between Butiko and Nyonyi Ndisa Vs Winner between Kobe and Mazzi gakisasi-Winner between Ngo and Kibe Vs Nkerebwe-Winner between Njobe and Mamba Kakoboza Vs Winner between Nkejje and Ngabi Nsamba-Winner between Nsuma and Ngonge Vs Ngabi Nyunga-Winner between Musu and Mutima Muyanja Vs Winner between Nvuubu and Lugave-Winner between Mutima Musaji Vs Winner between Nkula and NakinsigeComments Tags: Bika bya Buganda 2019last_img read more

Mars and Moons Shed Cocoons

first_imgWith so many spacecraft touring our solar system, there’s almost too much news to process.  Here are a few highlights, starting with Mars, then comets, asteroids, a Titanic puzzle, and what Cassini found mini moons ago.Mars Ice Age:  Mars Express may have found evidence for deep ice deposits on Mars around the equator in the past, reports BBC News.  The article also states that, unlike Earth, Mars is subject to changes to its tilt axis of up to 15° due to the lack of a large moon.No Mars Life from Methane:  “Forget microbes or Martians,” begins an article on Science Now.  According to veteran planetary scientist Sushil Atreya, the methane comes from a natural geological process called serpentinization.Mars Gusev Crater Had Water:  A team analyzing Spirit data believes they have chemical evidence that water moved and deposited some of the rocks, according to a U of Washington press release.Mars Missing Carbonates:  Sky and Telescope proposed a solution to the Martian missing carbonates problem: they never had a chance to form in the first place.  This is one of the “great mysteries” about Mars.  “Thus far, geologists have yet to find more than small amounts of carbonates on the Martian surface,” the article said.Comet Tempel 1, a Gutless Wonder:  “Comet reveals crumbly guts” says News@Nature.  The texture appears to resemble “a loose collection of particles, like a weak sponge held together only by its own gravity.”  Investigator Michael A’Hearn thinks you could dig from one side to the other with your bare hands.  Science News made the Deep Impact mission its cover story for Sept. 10, and it also made prominent press in Science last week.  The presence of carbonates and other minerals on the comet, thought to require formation in liquid water, is also puzzling.  More detail on the spectral analysis can be found at Earth Files by Linda Moulton Howe who interviewed Dr. Carely Lisse of the Deep Impact team.    Now that Comet Tempel 1 looks soft and crumbly, the mission planners of Rosetta are worried their spacecraft won’t find a solid surface to land on when it encounters another comet in 2011.  New Scientist is asking why in the last four comet encounters, the scientists’ predictions were all wrong.  In “Comet Tails of the Unexpected,” Stuart Clark begins, “We have now had four close encounters with comets, and every one of them has thrown astronomers onto their back foot.”Cowabunga, Hayabusa:  A little-known Japanese spacecraft named Hayabusa has arrived at an asteroid.  The Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science has its first close-up picture of asteroid Itokawa. If successful, it may become the first sample-return mission of an asteroid.  Find links to more images at Space.com.Cigar Moon:  A planetoid on the outskirts of the solar system is spinning so fast, says Nature Sept. 8, that it is stretched into a cigar shape.  If orbital calculations are correct, its day is under four hours.Spoken For:  Ring scientists have finally detected the elusive spokes in Saturn’s rings, reports the Cassini imaging team.  Their manifestation is apparently a function of solar incidence angle on the rings: the lower the sun angle, the more they appear.  With these facts, scientists are working on new models of spoke formation.New Titan Landscape:  Cassini photographed a new region of Saturn’s moon Titan on Sept. 7.  The JPL press release shows an H-shaped region of contrasting dark and light areas named Fensal and Aztlan.  The dark patches are littered with light-colored “islands” that may be upwellings of water ice surrounded by hydrocarbon precipitates.  Individual images can also be found on the imaging website.Titan Moonsoons:  A suggestion by Dr. Ralph Lorenz that Titan may have rare “monsoons” of liquid methane rain generated a headline on New Scientist.  (For context, see the Planetary Society blog by Emily Lakdawalla, who attended the meetings of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Cambridge last week, and reported what she heard.)  The idea is that Titan has long periods of dryness punctuated by heavy downpours, similar to American southwest deserts.  Govert Schilling wrote a short report for Science Now, called “Your Outdoor Adventure Guide to Titan.”  It’s a world of cryovolcanos, convective clouds, outgassing and condensing methane, and other strange things.Titan Canyonlands Seen in Radar:  The radar data swath from the latest Titan flyby, feared lost due to a commanding error to the solid state recorder, was partly recovered and released Sept. 16 – and what a beauty.  In three stunning panoramas, scientists detected a methane-lake shoreline, a system of channels most likely scoured by methane rain, and a region of deep canyons up to 650 feet deep and 0.6 miles wide.  Some of the canyons can be traced for 120 miles.  As noticed before on other parts of the moon, there is a dearth of impact craters in all three frames.  See the Cassini press release for the full scoop, images and captions.  Space.Com also has a writeup.Splash of the Titans:  Southwest Research Institute thinks that an exotic form of life may inhabit Titan, now that evidence for liquid hydrocarbons has been found.  BBC News reported on Jonathan Lunine’s contention that Titan, like Earth, occupies a “sweet spot” in terms of temperature and mass that drives active geological and atmospheric processes.  Liquid of any sort is all that is needed to get speculations about life flowing (see 07/26/2005 also).Enceladus: Me Too:  Science Daily reported a claim by Robert Brown about the results from Saturn’s little moon Enceladus, that the “building blocks of life” could have formed in subsurface liquid water.Miller Time Hangover  Back at Earth, Washington U scientists are speculating that there actually was a reducing atmosphere on the early earth, just like Miller and Urey supposed back in 1953 when they generated a few amino acids with their famous spark-discharge apparatus.  They deduced this by complex models about minerals in chondrites that they think made up the infant earth.  Geologists dispute the scenario, they admit, and getting a reducing atmosphere is not the only requirement for resurrecting the Miller scenario (see 08/15/2005, 06/16/2005).Brown gets Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for trying to stimulate funding by appeals to the L word:So you’ve got subsurface liquid water, simple organics and water vapor welling up from below.  Over time – and Enceladus has been around 4.5 billion years, just like Earth and the rest of the solar system – heating a cocktail of simple organics, water and nitrogen could form some of the most basic building blocks of life.  Whether that’s happened at Enceladus is not clear, but Enceladus, much like Jupiter’s moon Europa and the planet Mars, now has to be a place where we eventually search for life.”   (Emphasis added.)This is known as the JAWS theory of life (just add water, stupid).  We can enjoy the discoveries in the Golden Age of Planetary Science better without the mythoids and the noise of banging crutches on the funding trough (see Berlinski quote).    Readers who appreciate more substance than the usual newspaper fluff are encouraged to go nugget hunting on the Planetary Society blog, provided one knows how to separate data from opinion.  There are very strange goings on out there (not only at Cambridge, but throughout the solar system).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more