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Alaska’s Abueva vows to get back at NLEX in Game 2

first_imgNLEX rookie Ravena flourishes in first playoff game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska did a much better job after the break, getting back in the game and even held a five-point lead, 84-79 with 8:59 left to play that set up the tight finish.“I think our energy was much better directed in the second half,” he said. “I really felt like we started to play the way we have talked about playing, the way that we wanted to play: keeping the aggression and the energy on defense and with the press, and moving the ball on offense and sharing it.”The Aces even had a shot to steal the game late, but Abueva and Sonny Thoss missed their shots from close range while Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena owned the endgame.“Hats off to NLEX. They did a really good job of closing out late,” remarked Compton. “I felt like it seemed to me like we must have missed five around-the-basket little bunnies, and even that last possession, we executed our play great but it felt just late. We got a lot of good looks but we couldn’t just knock it down.”Despite the loss, Compton is optimistic leading up to Wednesday’s do-or-die tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Hopefully, we’ll be able to bounce back,” said Compton. “The great thing about a series is we’re not done. Hopefully, we’ll be able to clean some things up and prepare for adjustments on their side.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Alaska coach Alex Compton said the Aces need to play with more control if they want to tie the best-of-three series in Game 2 on Wednesday.“We were too overeager and the competitive spirit needs to be a little more directed to executing our game plan,” he said.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 folkRaring to jump out the gates, the Aces found themselves behind, staring at an 11-point hole, 50-39, at one point.“In the first half, we were stagnant. We didn’t move and we didn’t move the ball, and that really helped them get transition baskets. I thought that was the biggest part of the first half, that they did a good job right from the get-go against us,” shared Compton. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDefiant in defeat, Alaska forward Calvin Abueva vowed to get back at NLEX after the Aces’ 99-105 loss in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.“Makakabawi kami sa kanila (We’ll get back at them),” Abueva promised.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Province announces 2010 budget

first_imgBy staff For a copy of the provincial budget, click on the attachment below.Advertisement More than $1 million has also been pledged to the already-completed Pouce Coupe Fire Hall.And, the Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek will begin working on its nursing facilities expansion program, which received $2.5 million in joint federal and provincial funding.But, there were no new infrastructure projects outlined for the North Peace in the 2010 budget.This year’s budget focuses on three areas, including funding vital public services, cutting back on spending, and continuing to stimulate and sustain economic growth.Advertisement The Provincial Government has announced its 2010 budget.- Advertisement -There’s little in it for the Northeast, and it’s much the same across the province.Locally, the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project is included in the 2010 budget.  After contributing $50 million to the project last year, the province has pledged another $215 million, up until 2012.  Meanwhile, projects that were given the green-light last year are also included in the budget. The Fort Nelson Recreation Complex received word last fall that it will get $5 million from the province, to go towards the more than $30 million facility.Advertisement The Liberals’ resource ministries have had their budgets cut by more than $300 million. About the only sports-related initiative is $60 million for a Sports and Arts Legacy programing, which comes on the heels of massive sports and arts cuts.The budget also includes the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax, which is expected to take effect at the beginning of July. B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen says the Liberals plan to use revenues from the HST, to fund rising health care costs.The deficit is estimated to meet the target of $2.8 billion.The Province is aiming for a balanced budget by 2013/2014.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos given two-game European ban for deliberate booking

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Ramos (L) in action during Real Madrid’s Champions League last 16, first leg away at Ajax © AFP/File / EMMANUEL DUNANDPARIS, France, Feb 28 – Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos has been handed a two-game suspension by UEFA for deliberately getting himself booked during his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Ajax.The Spaniard was booked for a tackle on Kasper Dolberg in Real’s 2-1 victory in Amsterdam on February 13, two minutes after Marco Asensio scored the winning goal. Three yellow cards over the course of the competition bring a one-match suspension and UEFA said Ramos had been punished “for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose”, with the aim of being clear for a potential quarter-final tie.European football’s governing body set a precedent last season when Real full-back Dani Carvajal was suspended for two games after initially earning a booking in the group stage.The 32-year-old Ramos said the day after the match that he did not “force the card”.But straight after the game, he had appeared to admit that he got himself booked on purpose.“The truth is that given the result I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t something I had in mind,” Ramos had said.“It is not to underestimate the opponent but sometimes there is a time to make decisions and I did so.”Real resume their bid for a fourth consecutive Champions League title in the return leg against Ajax on March 5.Meanwhile, UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body also announced fines for both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain following incidents during their last 16, first leg at Old Trafford on February 12.The Premier League club were fined 16,000 euros ($18,212) after their supporters blocked stairways and threw objects.PSG, who won the game 2-0, were given a more hefty fine of 41,000 euros for crowd disturbances, throwing of objects, setting off fireworks, and “acts of damage”. They were also ordered to pay United for repairs to damaged seats.In addition, PSG were fined a further 25,000 euros after being found responsible for the late kick-off in their 4-1 victory at Red Star Belgrade in the group stage, while coach Thomas Tuchel was given a suspended one-game ban.Red Star were fined 64,000 euros for incidents in the same game involving their supporters, including “illicit chanting”.However, charges against Chelsea for alleged anti-Semitic chanting during their Europa League game against Vidi in Hungary in December were dropped.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

County seal is their cross to bear

first_img The first attempt to put the issue before voters began July 4, 2004, and lasted a week before supporters learned their petition format was flawed and could be successfully challenged in court. They stopped gathering after collecting about 40,000 signatures. The second attempt collected 109,000 signatures. The last effort ended last month and came the closest of all collecting 141,000 signatures. Supporters say they now have a database of about 200,000 people who have signed previous petitions and if they can raise about $150,000 for printing and postage, they plan to mail those people new petitions, asking them to sign it, get two more people to sign and mail it back. Hernandez, chairman of the Committee to Support the Los Angeles Seal Ordinance, said he expected the last petition drive to be the final one. “With the different coalitions that have joined, the support of the American Legion and the thousands of volunteers, it’s like this snowball going down a hill and it keeps acquiring more and more supporters,’ Hernandez said. Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said the church is allowing individual parishes to set up signature-gathering booths on public sidewalks so people can sign petitions if they desire. “So while we look favorably upon the efforts of these people, we cannot take an official position on the measure,’ Tamberg said. “The persistence of the people who care about this issue should be a sign to the Board of Supervisors that they hit a nerve here, and of course, as we believe, this is not a religious issue, it’s an issue of being historically accurate with regard to the history of how Los Angeles was founded.’ Rees Lloyd, a former attorney for the ACLU and a vice commander in the American Legion, said the national body has endorsed the local signature-gathering campaign. “There is growing anger all across the country at the abuses of the ACLU and the tyranny of the judiciary to wipe out our American history and heritage,’ Lloyd said. “That’s what this is about. It’s not just the cross. It’s our history and heritage.’ Roy Burns, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said the organization has endorsed the effort because law enforcement officers believe it’s “offensive’ for the supervisors to redirect funds from public safety to remove a small cross from the seal. But despite the support, some political experts say the campaign needs financial backing, professional organizers and paid signature-gatherers to be successful. Insiders say several organizations nationwide are considering providing that kind of support. “We’re grateful for David Hernandez for his enthusiasm and efforts,’ Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. “But it’s vital for a successful campaign that new leadership is required. “An organized effort will succeed when the organization requires that you have the funding and commitments prior to the day you get certification from the Registrar-Recorder’s Office to circulate the petition.’ @tagline columnist:Troy Anderson can be reached at (213) 974-8985, or by e-mail at Despite three failed attempts to gather enough signatures to return the cross to the Los Angeles County seal, proponents aren’t giving up. David Hernandez and Valley Village resident Deborah Leigh are mounting yet another effort, expected to be joined by thousands of volunteers who have spent their weekends and free time for the past 18 months attempting to gain 170,606 names to put the issue to voters. “This is a lot bigger than the seal,’ said Leigh, a 53-year-old Native American traditionalist. The efforts reflect broad and ongoing nationwide controversy over the constitutionality of religious symbols on government and public display. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While Los Angeles County supporters call the cross on the seal a reflection of regional history, the American Civil Liberties Union maintains it is an “impermissible endorsement of Christianity’ and violates the First Amendment requirement for separation of church and state. “It’s easy for God and religion to flourish in the United States,’ said Peter Eliasberg, an attorney for the ACLU of Southern California. “I would argue it flourishes more when we keep government out of it and don’t have government put God on a seal as the preferred religion.’ The controversy erupted in early 2004 after the ACLU threatened to sue the county, claiming the cross on the original 1957 seal was unconstitutional. Officials said the cross represented the historical influence of the missions in California, and was in a panel along two stars above a depiction of the Hollywood Bowl. The panel is one of six around the seal’s main figure, Pomona, a Roman goddess of fruits and trees, representing the region’s agriculture. But in several 3-2 votes last year, the Board of Supervisors ordered the cross removed. Since then, the county has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars replacing the original seal on thousands of vehicles, buildings and uniforms. last_img read more

Prep football scoreboard

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week South Gate 32, Roosevelt 12 Today’s games Viewpark Prep at Avalon, 1 p.m. St. Anthony at La Salle, 1:45 p.m. Brethren Christian vs. Viewpoint at Calabasas, 7 p.m. FRIDAY NIGHT PHENOMS Valley Christian 44, Marshall 12 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 49, St. Paul 6 Narbonne 7, Gardena 0 PASSING Chris Smith, Centennial: 17 of 24, 461 yards, 5 TDs Steven Kruid, Valley Christian: 13 of 18, 167 yards, 4 TDs Steven Roman, Artesia: 11 of 17, 191 yards, 2 TDs Kyle Kazarian, Wilson: 8 of 14, 115 yards RUSHING Treymayne Barra, Gahr: 25 carries, 218 yards, TD Jeremy Avery, Bellflower: 21 carries, 205 yards, 3 TDs Devin Carter, San Pedro: 24 carries, 176 yards, TD Brandon Johnson, Dominguez: 8 carries, 172 yards, 2 TDs J’Vone Hibbler, San Pedro: 22 carries, 120 yards, TD Jeremy Williams, Wilson: 22 carries, 107 yards, 2 TDs Steven Roman, Artesia: 8 carries, 61 yards, TD RECEIVING Robert Hatchett, Centennial: 6 receptions, 250 yards Shea Struiksma, Valley Christian: 6 receptions, 104 yards, 3 TDs Richard Sherman, Dominguez: 2 receptions, 87 yards Lequan Lewis, Artesia: 4 receptions, 120 yards, TD OTHER Ernesto Maldanado, Huntington Park: 3 interceptions Charles Green, Wilson: 12 solos tackles, three assists 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img San Pedro 21, Washington 10 Huntington Park 61, South East 0 last_img read more

Kim hailed as La Mirada’s helper supreme

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Five years ago, then 15-year-old Jun Kimand his mother, Young Mi, emigrated from South Korea to the United States to be with his father and live here. Kim didn’t speak English, but five years later he’s become one of La Mirada’s best volunteers. He’s so good that he recently won the spirit of service award in the general category of the city’s Volunteers in Action program. “In our our Helping Hands program, he volunteered for almost every single event,” said Roberta Gonzales, a community services coordinator for the city. “We’ll have an emergency and he’s always the one we can call. He’ll make time in his schedule.” Kim also is a hard worker, Gonzales said. “He always works to the maximum,” she said. “He doesn’t like to stand there and doesn’t want to take breaks. You almost have to force him to stop and get some water.” Kim, who graduated from La Mirada High School in 2004, started volunteering in February after hearing about the city’s volunteer program from a neighbor. He was looking for a way to volunteer to help him get into a four-year university. He now attends Cerritos College as a pre-med student. “My first mission was to clean up the garage of a senior citizen,” he said. In the Helping Hands program, volunteers – typically high school and college students – go in and clean up or do minor repairs on the homes of local low-income seniors. And he liked the experience so much that he soon was going on most of the events. They’re held about once a month. “I felt such accomplishment,” he said. “It’s people helping people. This country and city provide so much.” He also has helped deliver the city’s new resident packages. Kim said he was surprised to receive the award from the city. “I did nothing special,” he said. “I just did what everybody else is doing.” His father, Bum H. Kim, emigrated to the United States in 1993. He came at age 43 because he wanted to study acupuncture. He now is a doctor of acupuncture. In South Korea, he was considered too old to change his career. He raised and sold chickens there. In 2000, he brought his wife and son to live with him. Kim also wants to become a doctor, in part because of doctors he saw as a child. “I had a number of injuries and I was impressed with the way they treated me,” he said. “\ save people.” Kim said he plans to transfer to a four-year university, possibly UC San Diego next fall and eventually would like to attend UCLA Medical school. But he also wants to continue volunteering, if he can. “As long as I’m going to school here and if I have the time, it would be no problem to help,” he said. (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

Students plan to save scenic area

first_imgGORMAN – This gray pit-stop along Interstate 5 on the Grapevine blossoms into a bright, vibrant tapestry once a year in the spring when wildflowers cover its hillsides – a scene that a group of UCLA Extension landscape-architecture students hopes could be protected from future development. These 25 students in the course Advanced Environmental Analysis and Planning compiled a 92-page report aimed at dedicating 2,800 acres along a 5-mile stretch of Gorman Post Road as a wildflower preserve. The proposal, which they plan to present to local property owners, was unveiled Saturday. “You sort of think about Gorman as the place where you have to stop and put (snow) chains on your car,” said Greg Maher, a third-year landscape architecture student and co-manager of the class project. “But it’s more than that. There is just a lot that’s going on around here. “It’s a different kind of planning exercise,” said O’Brien, a city of Los Angeles planner who has taught the course for seven years. “This is more like advocacy planning. You’re advocating that to be done, rather than planning for a site. “That particular area is ecologically valuable. It’s a conjunction of three major ecological areas. The desert, the mountains and the coast all come together right there – it’s unique. We want people to know how great this site is, and how precarious this site is right now.” The students spent eight weeks compiling land use, ecology, geology and environmental data to design a 2,800-acre preserve stretching from the intersection of Interstate 5 and state Route 138 to Gorman’s northeast town limits. They also propose a visitors center and granting Gorman Post Road state scenic highway status. “This is a big-picture sort of thing,” Maher said. “We’re looking at how something can be used 10 to 20 years down the road. We’ve never really dealt with anything like that before.” Whether the proposal takes root depends on the 22 private-property owners who own the 48 parcels covering the preserve site. “We’re not proposing to take away anybody’s land,” Maher said. “It’s at what point do you say, ‘Enough, leave this place alone?”‘ For student planner Meg Sullivan, the project took her studies out of the classroom and into the center of community planning policy. “When we have assignments up to this point, even if it’s designing a park or public place, nobody would’ve heard about it,” she said. “We had a sense that what we’re doing can really matter. “We hope that we could have an impact on this site. We all fell in love with it.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s definitely about the wildflowers. But it’s also about what’s happening to the last vestiges of open space in Southern California.” A sleepy town dotted with a few motels and gas stations, Gorman is the last outpost before the Los Angeles-Kern county line. It was a key stop on the old Ridge Route through the Tehachapi Mountains, though its importance waned with the construction of Interstate 5. Still, the area remains renowned for its natural scenery – local poppies inspired artist Christo to set 1,760 giant umbrellas in 1991 along the Grapevine as part of his “Umbrellas” project. But development is creeping in. A spring-water farm and a small subdivision have been proposed, while The Tejon Ranch Co. is planning the 23,000-home Centennial development to the north. It adds up to a fertile classroom for University of California, Los Angeles, Extension planning instructor Michael O’Brien, a change of pace from the usual parks or public plaza design projects. last_img read more

Three Donegal businesses win big at Independent Retail Awards

first_imgA local shop, cafe, and butchers have many reasons to celebrate today after winning in the 2nd Irish Independent Retail Awards 2019.Last night’s ceremony had ten Donegal businesses shortlisted for industry awards.The winners (pictured above) were:  Butcher of the Year: EWS Traditional Butchers in Donegal TownCafe of the Year: Honeypot Coffee House in LetterkennyIndependent Sports Retailer of the Year: Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure in LetterkennyThe awards were announced at a black-tie ceremony in The Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown. The awards acknowledged the contributions of the country’s independent retailers to the overall economy as well as the wide range of diversity that is present in this sector. They also recognised individuals that own smaller chains, whose work is often overshadowed in the bigger landscape. A spokesperson for the Irish Independent Retail Awards 2019, said: “These awards are the leading celebration of the independent retailers that work tirelessly to serve the Irish communities. The event provided a platform to showcase the ongoing commitment of those who treat every customer as a friend, stand as an important part of local communities, where their great service and value, result in the return of loyal locals to their retails.”Three Donegal businesses win big at Independent Retail Awards was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:EWS Traditional Butchershoneypot coffee houseIrish Independent Retail AwardsMichael Murphy Sports & Leisurelast_img read more

Io, Io, It’s Off to Work We Go

first_imgThe innermost large moon of Jupiter, Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.  About the size of our moon but no more than a speck of light in small telescopes, it caused a sensation when Galileo first glimpsed it and the other three major satellites of Jupiter in 1610.  Back then, it upset tradition about the hierarchy of the heavens; today, it is upsetting tradition about the age and composition of planetary bodies.  The volcanos were first observed by the Voyagers in 1979, and have been monitored with earth instruments since then, but were most clearly and dramatically revealed by the Galileo spacecraft between 1995 and 2003.  Now that its seven-year orbital tour of the Jupiter system is history, planetary scientists are trying to come to grips with the startling findings from all four large moons.  The May issue of Icarus is devoted to the puzzles of Io, whose volcanos dwarf those on earth.  “Io After Galileo” provides a status report, a state of the moon address, before it’s off to work they go for more data mining and problem solving.    Most of the articles are descriptive of the dramatic and colorful volcanos seen in the photographic images: Tupan Patera, a lava lake 47 miles across and half a mile deep; Tvashtar Catena, a chain of craters that displayed a 240-mile-high plume and 30-mile-long fire fountain; Thor, an eruption that reached 310 miles high; Amirami, the largest lava flow in the solar system; mountains towering up to 36,000 feet (Everest is 29,000); and much more.  The fact that such activity could exist on a small moon that should be mostly frozen by now is calling into question traditional theories about the dynamics of planetary interiors.  Io’s lavas, for instance, are generally much hotter than the basaltic lavas on earth.  It appears they contain heavy elements like iron and magnesium (called ultramafic lavas).  Theory demands that the heavy elements sink into the interior; how can these heavy elements erupt out onto the surface?  What drives the incessant heat flow that is as active at the poles as at the equator, and shows no cooling down during the night?    The first-order explanation is that Io is tidally pumped by its orbital resonance between Jupiter and Europa.  Like a rubber ball repeatedly squeezed, Io’s tides generate heat and that heat has to come out.  Volcanic activity was actually predicted on this principle shortly before Voyager 1 arrived.  The problem is that there is more heat flow – by an order of magnitude – than most models of tidal flexing predict.  Veeder, Matson, Johnson, Davies and Blaney1 have made the problem worse in their paper by recalculating the heat flow from thermal anomalies and adding in the extra amount detected from polar sources, arriving at a weighted average of 2.5 watts per square meter – “well above that predicted by most theories of tidal dissipation in Jupiter and Io.”  Considering all the heat emitted by cooling lavas over the entire surface, Matson in an earlier paper had set an upper bound of 13.5 watts per square meter.  This is nearly five times the heat coming out of Yellowstone’s thermal basins.    The final paper by Keszthelyi, Jaeger, Turtle, Milazzo and Radebaugh2 is entitled “A post-Galileo view of Io’s interior.”  In proposing their “mushy magma ocean” model, in which the interior has no solid core but is mushy all way through, they seem to be meekly standing up with bulls-eyes painted on their backs, waiting for the inevitable criticisms: how can the tall mountains exist?  How does the model prevent runaway melting?  How do you stop the magma from escaping too fast?  How do you prevent differentiation?  More complex models will be required, they meekly admit, and “Such future work may show that the mushy magma ocean model will need to be further refined, or even rejected.”  They point to previous critiques: “ Stevenson (2002) predicts that a mush zone >20 km deep would be unstable over geologic timescales.  Another issue is that, if the temperature of the mantle were to change significantly on a time scale of less than 106 [one million] years, then our model for stresses in the lithosphere would be inaccurate (McKinnon et al., 2001).”  Hey, it’s only a model, a “useful starting point for future discussions.”  So Io, it’s off to work we go.1Glenn J. Veeder, Dennis L. Matson, Torrence V. Johnson, Ashley G. Davies and Diana L. Blaney, “The polar contribution to the heat flow of Io,” Icarus Volume 169, Issue 1, May 2004, Pages 264-270, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2003.11.016.2Laszlo Keszthelyi, Windy L. Jaeger, Elizabeth P. Turtle, Moses Milazzo and Jani Radebaugh, “A post-Galileo view of Io’s interior,” Icarus Volume 169, Issue 1, May 2004, Pages 271-286; doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2004.01.005.One model they never seem to consider is that Io might not be as old as they assume.  Did you catch the phrase “geologic timescales”?  That’s code for 4.6 billion years.  If the model does not fit “geologic timescales” then the model must be tweaked till it does.  4.6 billion years is the golden parameter, the figure that must not be altered, because Darwinian evolution depends on it.    Io might be considered just a special case if it were alone in displaying recent surface activity.  Actually, most of the moons in the solar system possess young-looking features that defy long ages.  Europa may be gushing out water even today, Ganymede indicates recent cryovolcanism against expectations and has a global magnetic field, and Callisto shows signs of erosion and has an induced magnetic field.  Tidal flexing is not available to explain these features.  Same at Saturn: Enceladus shows widespread resurfacing and may have active water volcanos, Dione and Rhea show vast fields of surface frost, Iapetus is half-coated in dark material, and Titan has an atmosphere that is quickly eroding.  At Uranus, Ariel and Titania show resurfacing and Miranda is a mosaic of old-looking and young-looking features.  Even as far out as Neptune, the coldest body in the solar system – Triton, at 300 below zero – has active nitrogen geysers and few craters, looking like much of its surface has been reworked recently.  Back at home, our own moon exhibits transient lunar phenomena, short-lived bright or gaseous emissions from an interior that should long ago have solidified if as old as claimed.  Io is forcing planetary geologists to question their assumptions.  Would that one of them would break rank and question the assumption of 4.6 billion years.  But that would be aiding and abetting the enemy, the young-earth creationists.  No respectable scientist would want to be caught dead in such a trespass, or risk offending the Darwin Party.    Check out this issue of Icarus.  Look at the pictures and read the descriptions with a mind freed of evolutionary presuppositions.  Where does the evidence lead?(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

first_imgHow does a growing flower bud or feather follicle know where to put the intricate colors and patterns on a mature flower or feather?  Scientists are beginning to get partial answers.Flower art:  Imagine you’re a flower bud.  You are blind, deaf, and dumb, but somehow you know how to create beautiful artwork.  Through your efforts, a lovely rose, petunia or orchid will result.  How would you do it?  An article on Live Science suggests an amazing, though partial, answer: the bud has a map of the finished product.  “The shape of a flower’s petals and leaves are dictated by a biological map hidden inside the flower’s growing bud,” according to a new study from the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia, both in the UK.They discovered that concealed maps within the flower buds are made up of patterns of arrows that act as instructions for how each cell in the bud should grow. As such, the maps essentially influence a flower bud’s cell polarity, or the functions of the cells.The study’s findings not only shed light on why geranium petals are unlike rose petals, they also explain why an individual flower’s petals and leaves are different shapes.The “arrows” are made up of proteins called PIN proteins that migrate to the tips of cells.  When they concentrate, a pointed leaf results.  When they fan out, a rounded shape, like a flower petal results.  Other proteins follow the “arrows” to cause growth in those areas.  PLoS Biology discussed the paper in a little more detail.  The original paper in PLoS Biology described how the growth proteins follow the “polarity field” set up by the PIN proteins.Feather art:  Bird feathers are vastly different from flower petals, but another amazing “mapping” mechanism controls their development.  Feathers can contain stripes, spots, and nano-patterns that play tricks with light; see examples in PhysOrg‘s coverage of a paper in Science Magazine.  What turns on the dark and light patterns?  The new research paper by Lin et al., “Topology of Feather Melanocyte Progenitor Niche Allows Complex Pigment Patterns to Emerge,” offers the beginnings of an answer:Melanocyte progenitors are distributed as a horizontal ring in the proximal follicle, sending melanocytes vertically up into the epithelial cylinder which gradually emerges as feathers grow. Different pigment patterns form by modulating the presence, arrangement, or differentiation of melanocytes. A layer of peripheral pulp further regulates pigmentation via patterned agouti expression. Lifetime feather cyclic regeneration resets pigment patterns for physiological needs. Thus, the evolution of stem cell niche topology allows complex pigment patterning via combinatorial co-option of simple regulatory mechanisms.By “evolution,” the authors cannot assume that blind, undirected processes create the patterns any more than they create intricate feathers themselves.  They merely mean that stem cells are regulated to generate the patterns.  But what tells the stem cells to differentiate according to a predetermined pattern?  What created the pattern in the first place that these mechanisms execute?  The explanation begs even deeper questions.Speaking of feathers, how would you like to dive into a feather on the wing of a red-tailed hawk and see its microscopic structure?  You can live this adventure, along with many others, in a new film just released in May from Illustra Media entitled, Flight: The Genius of Birds. (Click the link for trailer and ordering information.)  With cutting-edge science, stunning photography, an original music score and a thoughtful narration aided by the insight of biologists, the film makes a convincing case for intelligent design.  Along with the previous release Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, this new entry forms the foundation to Illustra’s new series of high-quality nature documentaries, The Design of Life.  Both were produced in High-Definition Blu-ray with 5.1 surround sound.We are very happy to co-sponsor Flight: The Genius of Birds and will be drawing attention to it all month.  CEH Editor David Coppedge worked closely with the producer on scientific research and proofing, but it was the genius of the production team led by Lad Allen, with his editor Jerry Harned, working with the biologists, the animators, the composer Mark Lewis and the sound technicians, and others, who made this film a masterpiece.  The DVD is great, but if you have a good home theater, this is a film to enjoy in an immersive environment, with a Blu-ray player, a large screen and a surround sound system.  Flight is the equal of secular nature documentaries—but without the Darwinism that is merely assumed by the others.  It includes several incredible true stories about particular bird species.  After being amazed by what you learn, and how beautifully it is presented, we are sure you will want to order extra copies of Flight to pass around.  Order today!  DVD ships May 14, Blu-ray on June 11.And by all means, if you haven’t yet watched Metamorphosis, order them both!  Readers delighted with the exceptional work of Illustra Media should support them financially.  They have plans to augment The Design of Life series with more superb documentaries on the wonders of the living world.  Nobody does it better than Illustra!  Their films are reaching around the world.  Be part of a team that is dismantling Darwinist materialism with clear, powerful, convincing evidence for design. 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