Europa: The Link Between OOL and SETI

first_imgWhy would searchers for extraterrestrial intelligence be interested in Europa?  After all, despite the movie 2010 command to “attempt no landings there,” no astrobiologist believes it could host anything more than primitive life – certainly no one who could send messages to us.    Cynthia Phillips, a principal investigator for the SETI Institute, explained the connection between origin of life studies and SETI in an article on Space.com:Starting work on a Europa mission now, as suggested by the Solar System Exploration Roadmap, is the right thing to do.  Europa’s interior ocean may be the best environment for life in the solar system beyond planet Earth.  There is a substantial scientific basis to believe that Europa has the fundamental ingredients necessary for life: water, organic molecules, a chemical energy source, and a stable environment.  Understanding Europa’s potential for life brings us closer to addressing one of the most fundamental scientific questions that humans can ask: Are we alone in the cosmos?  It is only by committing the time and resources to a capable Europa mission that we will be able to begin to answer this essential question.The Lunar and Planetary Institute recently issued its Solar System Exploration Roadmap, suggesting missions that NASA should consider for the next 30 years.  It focuses on the theme of habitability, indicating the importance that the search for life has in the minds of planetary scientists.  Not surprisingly, a Europa orbiter is one of the flagship missions in the plan.Notice the assumptions implicit in her answer.  Cynthia Phillips, like most astrobiologists, believes that environment produces life.  Provide water, heat, stability and organic molecules, and these are not only necessary conditions for life, but sufficient ones as well.  A second assumption is that life not only emerges from suitable environments, but evolves into complex life, and then to sentient beings who can communicate with us.  These are assumptions, not scientific demonstrations; in fact, they are contrary to good lab science.  The only thing about these assumptions demonstrated in the lab is their falsification.    SETI and OOL people should never assume that finding life on another world will disprove religion.  Many theologians for millennia have anticipated finding life beyond the Earth.  Indeed, in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was uncommon not to believe in it.  The same debates over whether natural forces alone are sufficient to produce specified complexity will go on if life is found.  Only the location will change.  Most likely, Europa, Titan, and Mars will all prove a disappointment.  The debate is too important to delay for 30 years to look at Europa.  Evolutionists need to engage this debate on Earth and not displace it to a distant world.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Did Earth Get Its Water from Meteor Squirt Guns?

first_imgYou can’t just fire bullets at pumice and claim that Earth got its oceans that way.Talk about weird science. Two guys at Brown University went to a shooting range to figure out how Earth got its water. But is their theory all wet?First, they realize that explaining that has been difficult. From their paper in Science Advances, R. Terik Daly and Peter H. Schultz say,The timing of volatile delivery to the inner solar system continues to be debated. Some have argued that the terrestrial planets accreted dry and later gained volatiles as part of the “late veneer”. Recent Ru isotopic data, however, imply that the late veneer was not the primary source of volatiles on Earth. Moreover, data from angrites and eucrites point to the accretion of water in the inner solar system within the first few million years of solar system history. Isotopic evidence also indicates that carbonaceous chondrite (CC)–like impactors delivered much of the volatiles in the inner solar system. However, the actual mechanisms that trap this water remain poorly constrained.The “water planet” is unique in the solar system. Photo: Earthrise from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, December 2015 (NASA).Creationists say that Earth had its water from the beginning, but of course, they are not allowed into the debate, because they (with their peer-reviewed journals) are discriminated against as a class. Faced with an unending controversy, the two materialists went to a gun range to do some target practice. Using bullets of antigorite, a serpentine mineral they consider a “proxy” for carbonaceous chondrites (a common type of meteor), they shot at pumice, which they consider a “proxy” for the early crust. What did they get? Fragments of breccia (broken pieces of stuff), and some pieces of glass from the impact melt. If the CC’s came with any H2O, they figure that about 30% of it might have survived in the glass. Here it is in jargonese:Dynamical models and observational evidence indicate that water-rich asteroids and comets deliver water to objects throughout the solar system, but the mechanisms by which this water is captured have been unclear. New experiments reveal that impact melts and breccias capture up to 30% of the water carried by carbonaceous chondrite–like projectiles under impact conditions typical of the main asteroid belt impact and the early phases of planet formation. This impactor-derived water resides in two distinct reservoirs: in impact melts and projectile survivors. Impact melt hosts the bulk of the delivered water. Entrapment of water within impact glasses and melt-bearing breccias is therefore a plausible source of hydration features associated with craters on the Moon and elsewhere in the solar system and likely contributed to the early accretion of water during planet formation.We hope they had fun shooting, because logically, they can’t use the results of target practice to extrapolate to the formation of the Earth and its oceans. It might make them feel good to be published for their recreational sport, but proxies are not realities. Theory-laden proxies—relying on assumptions as they do—can mislead. And tiny bits of stuff under artificial conditions may have nothing to do with planetary-sized events of the unobservable past. Anyway, off they went from the range, telling the story of How the Earth Got Its Water.The fact that the amorphous, glassy component—not projectile survivors—constitutes the primary reservoir for impact-delivered water is critical for extrapolating these experiments. Impact melt production increases with impact speed. If impact melt derived primarily from the target successfully traps water during collisions among planetary bodies (as it does in experiments), then higher-speed impacts may still deliver significant quantities of water.It may, or it may not. That’s a big ‘If.’ Did they quantify if target practice by blind shooters could deliver 1.333 billion cubic kilometers of water to the Earth? No. Did they find corresponding relative amounts of water on the moon, Venus, Mercury and Mars? No. Did they determine if the deuterium content of CC water corresponds to the amount in ocean water? (That’s what shot down the comet-water-balloon theory, 22 March 2017.) No. Did they calculate the volume of CC’s that would have had to hit Earth to contribute to the present water content of the Water Planet? No. Did they determine if that’s how the water 100 miles under the crust got there? No. Did they critique the accretion theory of planet formation? No. Did they read Genesis 1? No.But because their theory is 100% naturalistic, purposeless, aimless, and unverifiable, it got published by the AAAS. Pretty good reward for a day at the shooting range.Once upon a time, blind shooters squirted water at a dry planet. From that water, life emerged, and evolved into scientists who tell just-so stories. Isn’t science wonderful.Remember to get Dr Henry Richter’s book Spacecraft Earth to learn about all the design evidences for Earth’s habitability. The evidence convinced this spacecraft pioneer (PhD, Caltech) that Earth was intelligently designed to be habitable (Isaiah 45:18). Later, the Bible convinced him that the Designer was God, who was not silent, but left us a “Guide for Passengers” in his revealed Word. (Visited 376 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA gets R25m to tackle rhino poaching

first_img “The South African government would like to urge all non-government organisations and organisations involved in fighting rhino poaching to continue working together with law enforcement agencies and research institutions to utilise science-based evidence for the conviction of alleged poachers,” the department said. South Africa is home to approximately 22 000 white and black rhinos, of which 12 000 are found in the Kruger National Park. This represents 93% of the world’s total rhino population. “The South African population is one of the last viable rhino populations in the world which makes it vulnerable,” the department said in a statement. “South Africa is therefore the remaining hope for the world in terms of rhino conservation.” Source: BuaNews 28 June 2012 Funding worth R25-million from the World Bank-administered Global Environment Facility (GEF) will assist the South African government in its bid to stop rhino poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horns, the Environmental Affairs Department said on Wednesday. The funding will be used to strengthen wildlife forensic and enforcement capabilities. “The allocation is a shot in the arm for efforts by government to fight rhino poaching,” the department said in a statement. Advances in the field of science have made it possible to use DNA analysis in the examination of evidence for a variety of legal issues involving wild animals. In this vein, the Environmental Affairs Department plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Pretoria to facilitate future collaboration in the analysis of rhino DNA.Revised norms and standards The funding from the GEF comes two months after the government gazetted revised norms and standards concerning how samples are to be taken for DNA analysis. According to the revised norms, samples are to be collected from the hunted animal and the hunting trophy, including horns, to verify the legality of the hunt. Samples may also only be collected by either a registered veterinarian responsible for the darting of live rhinos; an official from the issuing authority trained in the collection of samples; or the official or environmental management inspector who attended the hunt and is trained in the collection of samples. The funding also comes as a South African government delegation prepares to visit Hong Kong to take DNA samples of the rhino horns confiscated by the Hong Kong authorities in November last year. Thirty-three pieces of rhino horn, 127 pieces of ivory bracelets and 759 pieces of ivory chopsticks were found in the shipment. The DNA will be taken on these horns and matched with the samples in the current DNA database; matches may provide evidence that could be used in further prosecutions.last_img read more

TISS report points to sexual, physical abuse of inmates at 14 other shelter homes in Bihar

first_imgBihar, where state-run girl shelters are under the scanner The seven-member team of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which had exposed sexual and physical exploitation of minor girls at Muzaffarpur shelter home in its social audit report submitted to the State Social Welfare Department on March 15 this year, has also pointed out similar horror stories at other 14 shelter and short-stay homes in the State. TISS team had made social audit of 110 shelter and short-stay homes from nine divisions and 35 districts of Bihar.Also Read  The 100-page social audit report under the caption “grave concerns — institutions requiring immediate attention” has made explicit details of how girls, boys and adults have been subjected to “dreadful details of physical violence, sexual abuse and mental harassment” at 14 other shelter and short stay homes. “We found plastic bottles with urine in it and upon enquiry, learnt that boys were forced to urinate in bottles once the ward was locked for the night…this pattern was observed across Homes”, said the report at one place. The Hindu is in possesssion of the TISS report.Severe physical violence, sexual abuse rifeAt Boys Children Home in Motihari run by NGO “Nirdesh”, one of the staff members was reported to be involved in severe physical violence wherein he hit the children with a “thick pipe”. Similarly, at Boy’s children home in Munger run by NGO “Panaah” the children were found living in a “barrack like infrastructure”. “The boys reported being forced to work for the superintendent whose residential quarter was in the same premises…they were made to cook and clean for him and one of the older boys, suffering from hearing and speech impairment who was supposedly a good cook, showed us a three inch long scar across his chest as he was hit by the superintendent when he refused to cook for him”, said the report. At Boy’s children home in Gaya run by the NGO “DORD”, the boys apprised the TISS team how some of the female staff members were forcing them to write “lewd messages on paper and passing them to another female staff member who had joined recently”.At the Government run Observation Home in Araria district, a boy showed the TISS members “a mark that went across his entire chest and looked like a compression of muscle tissues in the area and swelling around it”. He blamed a Bihar police security guard for hitting him with a metal rod. “Is jagah ka naam sudhar grih se badal kar bigaad grih kar dena chahiye (this place should be called destruction home instead of correction home), said the boys to the social audit team of TISS. The report further said that a short-stay home in Patna run by “IKARD” was being managed in a “severely custodial and violent manner that unable to cope with the violent atmosphere one girl had committed suicide about a year ago while another had lost her mental balance from the trauma she suffered there”. The girls reported that they got no clothes, medicines, toiletries etc.In the short-stay home in Motihari run by the NGO “Sakhi”, the girls were found suffering from “mental illness”. The Home looked more like a Hindu temple rather than a short-stay home with images of God and Goddesses everywhere, said the report. “A Muslim girl informed us that the counselor had beaten her up for practice her faith and had torn her Quran into pieces. She was frequently beaten and ridiculed for praying according to her faith”, said the social audit report. No sanitary pads were provided to them, it said further. At the short-stay home in Kaimur district run by “Gram Swaraj Sewa Sansthan”, the guard was reported to be “sexually abusive”. “The women / girls reported that he often passed lewd comments and attempted to touch their private parts,” said the report.‘Forced to drink from the toilets’Similar disturbing instances and patterns of physical violence and sexual abuse were also revealed by the residents of Sewa Kutir at Muzaffarpur run by the NGO “Om Sai Foundation”. “People had bruises and broken bones..they reported being sexually assaulted by the caretakers and receiving severe beatings if they protested”, said the report. “There were no ceiling fans or lights in the rooms…and the residents had no access to drinking water…they were forced to drink from the toilets”, the report said further. Similarly, the residents of Sewa Kutir at Gaya district run by “Metta Budddha Trust”, the residents said they were “routinely beaten up with rods and sticks”. “The home was found running in a highly abusive and controlling manner…there were a large number of people with mental illness”, said the TISS report. At the Kaushal Kutir in Patna run by “Don Bosco Tech Society”, physical violence and verbal abuse against both men and women were reported…the superintendent was reported to make lewd remarks against residents”, the report said.Speaking to The Hindu over phone the TISS team leader Mohd Tarique said that “the findings have clearly brought out administrative and procedural gaps affecting the functioning of the institutions…the overall functioning of these institutions found to be far from satisfactory”. However, Raj Kumar, director of the social welfare department told The Hindu, “we’re taking strong measures to fill these gaps at all homes…for the department every shelter home is important”.last_img read more

‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open

first_imgRoger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving.At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to face Taro Daniel of Japan in Ashe on Thursday night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.Two seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.” It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Read Next Resurrection LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Pumaren on UE’s 0-4 start: ‘We need everyone to contribute’

first_imgAfter scoring at least 20 points against University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University, Derige scored just six against Ateneo.Pasaol, meanwhile, scored his first 20-point game of the season against the Blue Eagles but was moderate at best in his first three matches.“We can’t afford to just have one player scoring for us, it should be all of them,” said Pumaren in Filipino.“We need contributions from all the players. What happened was, we give one guy a break then all of a sudden we lose control of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next The Red Warriors are tied with University of Santo Tomas at the bottom of the standings at 0-4 and Pumaren said they have to “get their acts together” to win.“So far, it’s one guy coming up, but we need everyone to contribute. We need a total team effort and that’s what we don’t have now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Red Warriors have been gravely inconsistent in their four-game skid with two of its top players failing to establish rhythm this late in the first round.Alvin Pasaol, in the four-game span, averaged 15.2 points while Clark Derige is at 13.8 points a game but the two haven’t put up solid numbers consistently. UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles PLAY LIST 03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ UE Red Warriors coach Derrick Pumaren. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East has yet to win a single game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and with three games left in the first round head coach Derrick Pumaren knows time is not on the Red Warriors side.“We’re not in a state of panic but if we want to have a better performance this season we have to make our move,” said Pumaren Sunday after losing to Ateneo 83-65 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chooks Pilipinas books quarters slot, beats Thailand’s Mono Vampire LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pirates secured the No. 1 seed and a first finals appearance since joining the league in 2011, after a gutsy 107-105 double-overtime victory over the defending champion Red Lions at a jam-packed Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Mike Nzeusseu drilled two free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime to punctuate a 27-point performance, before the Pirates collectively foiled Robert Bolick’s final attempt, completing a historic 18-0 sweep of the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We just told them the more minutes that we stay on the floor, the more people we will inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson after the game.When the buzzer sounded, the Pirates whooped it up on the court while JC Marcelino climbed the bleachers to celebrate with the Lyceum faithful as the Intramuros-based school ended a six-year wait for a championship appearance. There was no stopping Lyceum’s march to history in NCAA Season 93. Not a San Beda squad that showed its championship pedigree in the biggest game of the season so far. And certainly not a controversial call that nearly spoiled the Pirates’ bid to stay perfect.ADVERTISEMENT After bungling the final play in regulation, Perez atoned for the miscue by scoring on an off-balanced shot with 4.7 ticks left in the first overtime to put the Pirates ahead, 97-96, but JC Marcelino was slapped with a dubious foul while defending Bolick at the backcourt. Bolick split his foul shots to send the game to a second overtime.The Pirates and Lions traded big shots with both squads holding their ground up until Nzeusseu, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian center, calmly sank the free throws that proved to be the difference between the two teams.“We know that there is so much fight in them (San Beda),” said Robinson. “There is so much tradition with San Beda, with coach Boyet (Fernandez).“We just told these guys to keep on playing, keep on believing in themselves, and just keep on grinding. We have to really play our very best, and no matter what happens in this game, it’s a win for us because when you survive those kinds of games, it’s gonna carry on to the next game.”The Pirates will wait for the survivor of the stepladder semifinals, which will now have five teams after San Sebastian drubbed Perpetual Help, 80-60, later in the day to capture the fourth seed. San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fernandez rues little things as San Beda left without twice-to-beat And the way the Pirates pulled off this victory against a worthy foe made the wait worth it.“San Beda is really a strong team, and we respect them; they’re a well-coached team, they’re the defending champions,” Robinson said. “And we are just relying on having our heroes, the people that we honor in this game, that we offer this game (to). It’s really a dedication game for all of us.”Robinson tried his best to deflect credit for what has been a historic campaign, but his players feel their coach deserves more than he has been getting.CJ Perez, who scored 20 points, pointed to Robinson as his own hero.“Actually, I thought about him as my hero,” Perez said, referring to Robinson. “He was getting mad at me because I kept on looking at him, but I thought about him and the trust that he gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

We have a good chance of an Olympic medal: V. Diju

first_imgIndia’s badminton doubles specialist Valiyaveetil Diju, who will be playing mixed doubles with Jwala Gutta in the London Olympics, believes they have a good chance of winning a medal.”We have good chance from this Olympics. Only 16 teams are participating and if we win two matches we will go to the semifinals,” Diju told IANS.”This time we are playing group matches and not knock-out. We have good chances in the group. Even if we lose one match, we will again have a chance,” said the 31-year-old who trained under Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan at Gopi Chand Badminton Academy.Diju seems satisfied with his preparations with partner Jwala under the Indonesian.”It is the biggest tournament for everyone. We are really focussed on it and are looking for a medal,” said the former national badminton champion. Their pair is currently ranked 14th in the world.According to him, shuttlers from China and Denmark will pose main threats. However, they have no special strategy to take on them.”We played them before. There is no strategy. We know each other’s game,” added Diju, who along with Jwala became first Indians to enter quarterfinals of World Badminton Championships, held at Hyderabad in 2009.The same year, Diju-Jwala became the first Indian mixed doubles pair to win a Grand Prix when they bagged Chinese Taipei title.”Jwala is playing good and is moving very well in court,” Diju said about his partner.Wembley Arena, the venue of the badminton matches at Olympics, is not new to the pair, having played there during World Championship last year.advertisement”We have played on those courts. They are neither going to be fast nor slow and the temperature will be around 18 degrees,” he said.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spirit

first_imgChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spiritby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says Sunday’s win over Brighton showed the club’s spirit.The Blues went up 2-0 before Solly March’s second-half goal made for a nervy finish.And Luiz thinks it was a display of courage to take all three points.”It was a big win and good for us to get another three points,’ said the Brazilian. “Normally when you don’t kill the game in the Premier League the other team believes until the end. Brighton were trying to play more long balls and get fouls to put the ball in the box. I think they only had one shot on goal so it wasn’t a difficult game mentally, it was more about the spirit.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Anton Gill Had To Turn Off His Cell Phone Because Of All The Texts He Received After Game vs. N.C. State

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.last_img read more