JJ Redick just misses triple-double as 76ers hold on to beat Hornets

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Redick was two assists shy of his first NBA triple-double in 761 career games, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-114 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.“I didn’t realize it until T.J. (McConnell) came over at the 5:46 timeout and said, ‘Dude, you have nine rebounds and eight assists. But I will just be happy with a double-double. If you play long enough, 10 rebounds will fall in your lap.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPerhaps there was some leftover magic in Redick’s locker.🏀 FINAL SCORE THREAD 🏀Ben Simmons (28 PTS, 11-12 FGM) & JJ Redick (27 PTS, 7 3PM, 10 REB, 8 AST) lead the @sixers to their 5th consecutive victory!#HereTheyCome 118#Hornets30 114Jimmy Butler: 23 PTS, 9 ASTTobias Harris: 22 PTS, 11 REB pic.twitter.com/Y6SCPFHZUb— NBA (@NBA) March 20, 2019ADVERTISEMENT He occupied the same locker stall at the Spectrum Center that Zion Williamson, another famous Duke player, had this past weekend at the ACC Tournament championship. Williamson grabbed MVP honors, helping the Blue Devils beat Florida State in the championship game.Ben Simmons led the 76ers (46-25) with 28 points, Jimmy Butler added 23 points and nine assists, and Tobias Harris chipped in with 22 points and 12 rebounds.Redick finished with seven 3-pointers, one shy of his career high.Jeremy Lamb led the Hornets with 26 points and 11 rebounds, but missed a floater that would have sent the game into overtime. Kemba Walker had 21 points for the Hornets (31-39), who have dropped four of their last five and continue to fall out of playoff contention.The Hornets didn’t make it easy on the 76ers.ADVERTISEMENT JJ Redick fades on the corner triple!18 PTS, 4 3PM, 4 REB, 4 AST for JJ with 8:11 left in Q2 on League Pass! 🔥🔥#HereTheyCome 43#Hornets30 39📱💻: https://t.co/cb8TXyNer6 pic.twitter.com/V9fzgibSGG— NBA (@NBA) March 19, 2019After a Butler missed a jumper with 33 seconds left, Harris grabbed a key offensive rebound leading to an open 3-pointer jumper in left corner for James Ennis. Lamb followed with three free throws at the other end, cutting the lead to one with 12.1 seconds left. 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(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — JJ Redick’s last triple-double came in high school.“Does high school even count?” Redick said with a grin. “I mean we all have our high school stories.”ADVERTISEMENT Harris made 1 of 2 free throws with 8.2 seconds left, giving the Hornets one last chance to tie or win the game before Lamb’s shot with 2 seconds left rimmed out. Harris then added two free throws for the final margin.“We have to keep searching for answers and keep digging,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “That’s all we can do. In the fourth quarter we were right there again, we just have to find a way to close out games and make shots down the stretch.”Redick was the story of the first half, pouring in 21 points with five 3-pointers.The Hornets were able to stay close, trailing 62-59 at the break despite Walker only playing six minutes after picking up three fouls in the first quarter. Charlotte’s bench was a big reason why, outscoring the 76ers 31-4 before intermission.“We thought we got lucky with Kemba (Walker) getting three fouls in the first half, but we really did not create the separation that we had hoped,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “I give them credit, they fought like heck.”TIP INS76ers: Mike Scott fouled out with 5 minutes left after playing just 15 minutes and failing to score. … Ennis had 14 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting.Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the game late in the third quarter with a head injury after a collision with Amir Johnson in the backcourt as Kidd-Gilchrist was attempting to bring the ball up the court. Kidd-Gilchrist did not return. … Cody Zeller also sat out with soreness in his left knee.RESTING EMBIIDAmir Johnson got the start at center with Joel Embiid sitting out to rest in advance of Wednesday night’s game against the Celtics. Former NBA star pleads guilty in college basketball bribery scheme “Even without having Joel there are some positives we can take from it, obviously some things we can get better at,” Harris said. “But we’ve got to be locked in and ready to play against a great team (in the Celtics) that’s had our number for a while now.”GOING WITH THE STARTERSThe 76ers won despite their bench getting outscored 61-14.Part of that the result of Brown playing his starters extensively with Simmons and Harris both playing 38 minutes, while Butler and Redick played 37 minutes. Brown said he didn’t want to do that, especially on the first night of a back-to-back but felt he needed to.“As the game is unfolding I’m thinking two things: we’re here to win, and we’re here to win — really,” Brown said intentionally repeating himself. “You can’t have it all. It’s not like we feel like we have a really deep bench.”BACON TIMEBorrego’s trust in second-year player Dwayne Bacon is increasing. Bacon was on the floor again in the game’s final minutes and was aggressive in the taking the ball to the rim.“It feels good, especially knowing where I came from earlier in the season,” said Bacon, who has bounced back and forth from the G League to the Hornets. “… He’s been trusting me and I’ve just got to keep building on it.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Celtics on Wednesday night. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Hornets: Host Timberwolves on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Magistrate sick; accused, State Prosecutor a no-show

first_imgMarcus Bisram murder trial– case postponed to December 11The absence of Senior Magistrate Alex Moor at the Springslands Court on Monday has put a hold on the Marcus Bisram murder trial.Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin speaking with the media on MondayHowever, there was still heated debate when the matter was instead called at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court, but Magistrate Peter Hugh contended that that court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.Defence Attorney Sanjeev Datadin had been pushing to get the court to rule on the issue of jurisdiction.When the matter was initially called on Monday morning, Police Prosecutor Rudolph Poliah told the court that the State wanted to have the matter adjourned until January 7, 2020.However, Datadin objected and asked the court for the prosecution to provide credible reasons as to why the one-month delay was being suggested.Marcus BisramThe matter was adjourned and recalled after lunch but the prosecution did not have any acceptable reasons for a delay and as such, the court ruled that the matter will be called on December 11, 2019, at Springlands.Meanwhile, Special Prosecutor Stacy Godings did not attend court on Monday and Datadin expressed concern that the prosecution did not provide copies of a statement from its witness as ordered by the court on December 2, when the matter was last called.Speaking with the media after Monday’s hearing, Datadin related that those statements should have been handed over on Monday even though the Magistrate was absent.“If the Magistrate is not here and is not on duty, that doesn’t remove the obligation from the State to serve statements and they should have served those statements. No one from the State even bothered to come,” he lamented.He further stated, “I don’t know what game the prosecution is playing. They brought Mr Bisram to Guyana and has been alleging for the past two years that they have all the evidence and statements. What is the reason for the delay?”.On Monday, Bisram also did not show up at court. It was expected that the Preliminary Inquiry would have commenced on Monday with the court revisiting the scene of the crime.Bisram is accused of ordering the death of Fayaz Narinedatt, a carpenter of Number 70 Village Corentyne, on November 30, 2016.His death was initially reported as a suspected hit-and-run accident. It was later reported that Bisram made sexual advances to Narinedatt, who objected to the advances.Bisram was initially charged here in absentia, while five others: Orlando Dickie, Radesh Motie, Diodath Datt, Harri Paul Parsram, and Niran Yacoob have also been committed to stand trial for the murder of Faiyaz Narinedatt.last_img read more

In pictures: South B savor Koth Biro title

first_img0Shares0000South B United players celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8- After persevering constant chants of ‘spaghetti boys’ from the partisan crowd at the Umeme Ground in Ziwani on Sunday evening, South B United managed to beat ‘God Above All’ (GAA) Huruma 1-0 and lift their first ever Koth Biro crown.It was billed as an Eastlands versus ‘the rest’ tie with most supporting Huruma saying there was no way ‘kikombe inaenda ubabini’(The cup is going to the well off). South B’s ‘mistake’ was not only because they were geographically not from Eastlands, but enroute to getting to the final, they had beaten home side Beirut FC and hence, the entire Ziwani was understandably rooting for Huruma.Harambee Stars and Zesco United midfielder Anthony Akumu turning out for South B United vies for the ball against GAA Huruma’s Tyson Otieno who plays for Mathare United at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt was an end to end affair, entertaining and as always, the gist of it was on the sidelines as well. Here are some photos from that epic final.The passionate fans who turned up at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. For the Koth Biro final. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe proximity of the pitch to the fans always makes the tournament more interesting and every touch of the ball every piece of fancy footwork is celebrated like a goal.South B United’s Nixon Omondi vies for the ball with Huruma’s Eugene Chege as fans watch at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018 during the Koth Biro final. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was a bit excited when he saw his two centre backs Musa Mohammed and Harun Shakava turn out for South B United at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018 during the Koth Biro final. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSouth B United fans celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Makadara MP George Aladwa with Nairobi County’s County Executive for Education and Sports Janet Ouko during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCapital FM’s Production Assistant Lassie Atrash and Marketing Executive Frankline Oduor during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and a Ziwani darling Flighter whom he bought a new wheelchair for after his photos being pushed by an old wheelchair went viral on social media. They were together again during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri and Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa enjoy a light moment during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi County Executive for Education and Sports Janet Okello poses for a photo with South C Ward MCA Osman Mohammed and Upper Savannah’s Stazo Omung’ala during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with FKF boss Nick Mwendwa during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSouth B United fans celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKoth Biro Golden Boot winner Abraham Dawo receives his trophy from former Kenyan international Mike Okoth, father to Liverpool FC forward Divock Origi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFans follow proceedings during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Divers Hyundai seek sales person

first_imgA family run business who this year will celebrate 20 years with the Hyundai brand, Divers Hyundai due to the continuing expansion of their business are currently seeking to recruit a Sales Person to join their team.To succeed in this role, you must have a proven track record in sales, preferably in the Motor Industry but this is not essential as full training will be given.Excellent communications skills together with a motivation for selling and the ability to meet sales goals will be key requirements. If you are trustworthy, reliable and flexible this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.If you are interested in applying this position please send your C.V. to The Manager, Divers Hyundai, Canal Road, Letterkenny on or before Monday 20th. February or by email to info@diversgarage.ie(All applications will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.)Job Vacancy: Divers Hyundai seek sales person was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diver’s Hyundaijobletterkennysale personlast_img read more

MAN CAUGHT WITH COCAINE HAUL ESCAPES JAIL

first_imgA 28 year old Letterkenny man caught with €1,600 of cocaine when Gardai raided his father’s home has escaped a jail sentence.Judge KellyRonan McBride appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning having pleaded guilty to the possession of the drugs. The court was told that officers from the Garda Drugs Squad called to the address at 10 Kilbracken, Gortlee but there was nobody there.They entered the premises and while searching it, McBride returned.As the searched progressed they uncovered two mobile phones and also a quantity of cocaine in various bags in McBride’s jacket which was hanging on the bannisters of the stairs.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the man’s father was well-known and respected in the community and did not know of his son’s use of drugs.The court was told McBride had an Honours Degree in Journalism and now had a four year old child.He said his client had no intention of selling the cocaine but had planned to give it to his friends.He had bought such a large quantity of the drug because he felt it was more dangerous to but it in smaller amounts.The court was told his actions had been most unhelpful to his family’s reputation.McBride had attended Whiteoaks Treatment Centre for an addiction to alcohol and was now attending Northlands in Derry.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said McBride’s mother and father were horrified after discovering what their son was at.Judge Paul Kelly was told that a test taken by McBride on March 14th last proved clear.Judge Kelly sentenced McBride to 180 hours community service for on a charge of Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act and fined him €250 for Section 3 of the same act.However Judge Kelly warned McBride that he would go straight to jail if he came before him again on drugs charges.MAN CAUGHT WITH COCAINE HAUL ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cocaineJudge Paul KellyletterkennyRonan McBridelast_img read more

Track & Field Team’s Season Comes To a Close At NCAA West Preliminary

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Drake University track & field team’s season came to a close Friday evening at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, Calif. Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ontario) returned to the oval Friday night after shattering the Drake school record in the 400-meter hurdles at 50.16 Thursday evening to earn a spot in Friday’s quarterfinal. Metivier finished 21st in the quarterfinal with a time of 51.88 to miss being one of the 12 competitors to advance to the NCAA Championship. Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) led off the evening with her fourth-straight NCAA West Preliminary appearance and clocked a 42nd-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.05. The Bulldogs had three remaining student-athletes aiming to qualify for next month’s NCAA Championship, but the three narrowly missed advancing onward. Kundai Maguranyanga (Harare, Zimbabwe) also returned to the track Friday night in the 200 meters. The reigning Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year finished just a tenth of a second away from advancing to the NCAA West Preliminary quarterfinal with a time of 21.42. His time was the 30th fastest qualifying time of the evening. The three student-athletes who competed Friday were the final of five Bulldogs who qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary, effectively concluding a 2017-18 season in which the team collected a total of 16 All-MVC honors. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DOCTORS GET LETTERS WARNING THEM OF SEVERE STAFF SHORTAGES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

first_imgDoctors across Donegal have been sent letters warning them of serious staffing shortages within the county’s mental health service.The letters, sent by Clinical Director CJ Haley, says the delays with result in both sudden cancellation of appointments and delays.The staffing shortages will also lead to delays in assessing people in the mental health sector who have been referred on an emergency basis. The letter has caused serious concern among GPs throughout the county.Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty said he is alarmed to hear of the letter and of the staffing shortages.He said he now plans to raise the matter immediately with the HSE locally and also in the Dail.“The letter states that in 2014 and for the foreseeable future that the service will be operating with a “serious shortfall” in Consultant Psychiatrist and Non Consultant Hospital Doctor posts within the service and will cause postponing of outpatient clinics at short notice, increased waiting times for new patients and delays in the assessment of emergency referrals. “Furthermore the Clinical Director anticipates that service provision in Intellectual Disability, Old Age Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service will be reduced in an effort to cope with a “service wide problem”. The Letter further states the worst case scenario could be the temporary shut down of an entire sector due to Consultant/ NCHD absences.“It is clear that there are serious questions to answer in regards to Mental Health provision across the state and in Donegal. Of the total 875 positions allocated to strengthen mental health services across the state in 2012 and 2013, in January 2014 the recruitment process had only been completed for 514 of these posts. While the figures are not broken down by county, 71 of the 361 positions to be filled nationally are in the HSE west region.”He added the question that needs to be asked is why is the service being allowed to dwindle?“In a county such as Donegal, which unfortunately has seen almost every community affected by suicide and other mental health issues these services are vital and should be strengthened, instead the opposite is the case.The following is the letter sent to GPs across Donegal.Dear Dr X, Re: Medical Staff Shortages in Donegal Mental Health Services.Unfortunately from February 2014 and for the foreseeable future Donegal Mental Health Service will have a serious shortfall in Consultant Psychiatrist and NCHD posts. There appears to be no immediate solution to this.The impact will be noticeable and will cause:Postponing out-patient clinics at short notice. Increased waiting list times for new patients.Delays in the assessment of emergency referrals in the Dept of Psychiatry and the ED of Letterkenny General Hospital.A worst case scenario may require temporary shut down of an entire Sector/CMHT due to consultant/NCHD absences.Intellectual Disability, Old Age Psychiatry and CAMHS are all going to have to reduce their service provision because of the shortage of NCHDs. It is a service wide problem.Meeting these challenges will require close liaison between primary care and the local Community Mental Health Teams. Therefore I would urge as much phone contact as possible with the CMHT when dealing with emergency referrals. Other new referrals may have to be offered a generic assessment before consultant/nchd review. Again a close relationship with key CMHT members will help manage potential risks.I will of course try to keep you informed of any progress and am more than happy to try and make myself available to resolve any problems that our current situation throws up.Yours Sincerely,Dr C J HaleyClinical Director DOCTORS GET LETTERS WARNING THEM OF SEVERE STAFF SHORTAGES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE was last modified: March 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:doctorsdonegalMental Health Servicelast_img read more

State of the Moon Titan Addressed

first_imgEach May, a series of articles on major topics of geological interest, written by leading experts in the field, is published in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  This year’s issue includes a treatise on Titan, the large moon of Saturn, written by the two titans of Titan science, Jonathan Lunine and Ralph Lorentz.  Lunine, a Cassini interdisciplinary scientist, has been studying Titan for over two decades, well before the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of the cold, haze-shrouded, Mercury-sized moon.  Lorentz is the author of Titan Unveiled, an account of the Cassini-Huygens mission through 2006, interspersed with snippets of his own personal experiences in the investigation of Titan.  This article, then, should provide a reliable overview of current thinking of how Titan came to be the strange world it is.    The article is entitled, “Rivers, Lakes, Dunes, and Rain: Crustal Processes in Titan’s Methane Cycle,”1  Since methane is the key to understanding both the atmosphere and crust of Titan, that is the focus of the article.  Two problems have been known for over a decade.  One is that the atmospheric methane, being under erosional bombardment from the solar wind, should be long gone if Titan is 4.5 billion years old.  The second is that the breakdown of atmospheric methane should lead to the accumulation of liquid ethane on the surface.  In the 1980s, some scientists estimated a global ocean of liquid methane and ethane might cover the surface hundreds of meters thick – perhaps even a mile or more deep.  When the Huygens Probe landed in 2005, it found a moist lakebed.  Radar imaging discovered sand dunes of ice particles covering the equatorial latitudes.  Some lakes in the northern latitudes were found, but no global ocean.  Now that Cassini has made over 50 flybys of Titan in 5 years, how do scientists explain this?  A flavor of the answer can be found in the abstract: “The long-term evolution of the methane cycle may have involved episodic resupply of methane to the surface or gradual depletion of a larger surface reservoir of methane, but in either case, removal of large amounts of ethane from the surface remains an unresolved problem.”    After providing a brief history of Titan exploration, they said, “the lifetime of Titan’s atmospheric methane was straightforwardly calculated to be a few percent of the age of the solar system.”  To them, this “implied that methane must be supplied externally to the atmosphere, from space, from Titan’s surface, or from its interior.”  External supply is out; there aren’t that many impactors with methane likely to hit Titan.  Once it was confirmed there was no surface reservoir, the only place left was under the crust.  Now, though, we know that much of the surface is covered in sand dunes.  There are few craters.  Vertical relief is low in most places (on the order of a hundred meters).  Some places show long, sinuous channels with tributaries, suggestive of rivers, which could be drainage channels from infrequent cloudbursts of liquid methane.  The Huygens probe detected some of these channels on its way down.  Some channels could be outflows from cryovolcanic domes.  Methane, therefore, plays a role in the atmosphere and crust, but not to the extent of early predictions.  A few methane clouds have been seen above the haze layer to move about within days or hours.  Models predict infrequent but powerful outbursts of methane precipitation: one study “showed that tens of centimeters of rain could fall within a few hours, a result confirmed by subsequent modeling”; studies of updrafts in convective plumes showed that while such plumes were little less energetic than those on Earth, the overall flux limitation due to the weak insolation meant that such convection (and by implication, rainfall) had to be rare.”  The average rainfall is estimated at 1 cm per year, though local areas could experience rare, torrential downpours.    The dunes were another surprise.  “Pre-Cassini expectations were that dunes on Titan were unlikely (Lorenz et al. 1995), an expectation that has been proven wrong (Lorenz et al. 2006a),” the paper said.  The winds were expected to be too gentle to create dunes.  Also, “it was not obvious what processes on such a stagnant world could generate sand-sized particles.”  But there they were, running longitudinally around the equator, dodging obstacles and standing 100 to 150 meters high.  This was all a complete surprise to find that 20% of Titan’s surface is covered in sand dunes.  They expected an ocean, but found “absence of a global ocean on Titan, in place of which are the dunes.”  The surface winds proved stronger than expected (1 m/s instead of 1 cm/s).  Prevailing winds blow east to west.  Dunes are rare outside of the tropics (+/- 30° latitude).  The interdune areas are completely free of sand.  The dune particles apparently contain hydrocarbons, not just water ice.  Scientists wonder how the sand was produced.  It might have precipitated out of the haze, or it might have formed in cycles of wetting and drying in the lakes.  If the latter, the particles had to be lofted into the atmosphere and deposited in the tropics.  Maybe the particles came from impacts or from river channels.  Those sources, however, appear too low to account for 200,000 to 800,000 cubic kilometers of material – larger than all the lake liquid inventory.  Did Titan have more methane at earlier times?Finally, whereas some observed features can be explained with models of present-day rainstorm precipitation, it is not clear that all can.  There is evidence at the Huygens site of larger-scale features, and radar imagery is revealing progressively larger areas of heavily dissected terrain (badlands).  Cloud models by Hueso & Sanchez-Lavega (2006) indicate that a relative humidity of 80% is required for spontaneous development of convectively driven methane rainstorms on Titan, about twice the present-day relative humidity.  If these models are correct, they imply that the features seen at the Huygens site were formed in a substantially wetter climate than that observed today (Griffith et al. 2008).  The source of the additional methane—if it still exists—remains unidentified.Some changes may be seasonal.  That’s one thing the Cassini team wants to observe if the spacecraft, now at equinox in the Saturn system, can remain operational till the next solstice (2017).  By then, sunshine will be reaching the north pole.  Maybe the lakes will migrate with the seasons.  Even so, with about 35% of Titan’s surface mapped in radar to date, it appears that only 0.6% of the surface is covered in liquid.  Most of it is in patchy lakes in northern latitudes.  The depth of the lakes is unknown.  If moderately deep (20 m), they could hold two orders of magnitude more hydrocarbons than all the known gas and oil seeps on earth.  Still, that impressive quantity of methane is too low – 1/30 to 1/3 – the amount needed to humidify the atmosphere and produce the rain that has apparently carved the dendritic channels.  Lorentz and Lunine offer two possibilities: the lakes are much deeper than expected, or there are underground reservoirs of methane.  Or, perhaps, the global ocean existed in the past.  If so, we are seeing the waning stages of a drying world.    But where is the missing ethane?  Although ethane mixes well with methane in its liquid form, it does not vaporize as easily: “the vapor pressure of ethane is more than three orders of magnitude lower than that of methane at the surface temperature of 94 K” (the surface temperature), they said.  “This means that, while ethane mechanically behaves as a fluid identically with methane, and is fully mixed with it, it does not participate in the gaseous phase of the hydrological cycle through evaporation and condensation on the same timescales and with the same mass flux as methane.”  If it has been condensing and dropping to the surface for 4.5 billion years, where did it go?  Lunine’s own prediction was at stake when he noted the “absence of the hundred of meters equivalent depth of ethane expected from methane photolysis over the age of the solar system (Lunine et al. 1983).”  No ocean was found.  The Huygens probe landed on damp sand.  Methane vapor was detected, and rounded cobbles found scattered around on the surface of the landing site in a dry lakebed indicated they had tumbled down the dendritic channels photographed on descent.  Still, it was a much dryer surface than expected.  The probe had been built ready to float on an ocean of liquid ethane and methane.  It even carried an instrument to measure its depth.  It seems the authors’ only escape for the missing ethane was to bury it underground.  The surface ice might be porous, they said; the lakes might be connected by underground aquifers where the ethane escaped out of sight. Another unresolved question is the ultimate source of the methane and the disposition of the ethane.  If methane has been photolyzed without major interruptions over the age of the solar system, hundreds of meters equivalent depth of ethane should have been produced during this time.  Disposal of the ethane during volcanic (Mousis & Schmitt 2008) and impact events might explain its relative absence on the surface.  Alternatively, it is possible that much less ethane actually survives to the surface from the stratosphere than is predicted by photochemical models (Atreya et al.  2006), because its vapor pressure is high enough that condensation into aerosols in the lower atmosphere is avoided, or it is incorporated somehow into other organic aerosols (Hunten 2006), or both.  In either case, the surface ought still to be buried under hundreds of meters of solid or solid + liquid debris globally averaged, and the dune fields covering 20% of the surface do not appear to be either extensive enough or deep enough to account for all this material.  Alternatively, material may have been pushed into the subsurface crust, or deeper, as noted above for the ethane.The authors even referred to other papers that suggested ad hoc scenarios.  “Methane itself might have been manufactured in the deep interior by reaction of carbon dioxide, water, and rock (Atreya et al. 2006)” – but this lacks a transport mechanism to the surface – “or brought into Titan and stored in the deep interior from the beginning, expelled during discrete events in Titan’s history (Tobie et al. 2006) or continuously (Fortes et al. 2007).”  Maybe the ocean was there but is gone.  “Alternatively, the amount of surface methane may never have been sufficient for global coverage, confined instead at most to low points such as the floors of craters and other closed basins.”  If that were true, it should be possible to study the topography and crater floors in finer detail and see if that is true.  At present, however, these suggestions all lack observational basis.  It appears they were engineered to keep Titan old.1.  Lunine and Lorentz, “Rivers, Lakes, Dunes, and Rain: Crustal Processes in Titan’s Methane Cycle,” Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Vol. 37: 299-320 (Volume publication date May 2009) (doi:10.1146/annurev.earth.031208.100142).We’ve reported these mysteries about Titan for years (insert Titan in the search bar above and see).  This paper is important because it shows that the leading Titan experts have still not been able to come up with credible answers to their falsified predictions despite 5 years of unprecedented data.  Recall the observational facts: no global ocean.  Very little surface ethane.  No plausible supply of methane, which is currently insufficient to account for a perpetual methane cycle.  Indications that methane is being depleted.  Dunes covering 20% of a relatively dry world.  Few impact craters.  Surface flows, indicating remnant heat sufficient to cause surface activity today.  An atmospheric methane abundance only sufficient to last a hundred million years at most (a few percent the assumed age of the solar system).    All these puzzles can be solved by abandoning the evolutionists’ obsessive-compulsive fetish with that 4.5 billion year age figure.  That would instantly remove the need for all those ad hoc rescuing devices.  Titan would make sense as a young world after all.  If it didn’t cause Charlie D. gastric pains to consider this option, it would certainly be in the direction the evidence is leading.  Aren’t scientists supposed to do that?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa, Mexico sign cooperation agreements

first_img20 October 2014South Africa’s international relations and cooperation minister, Maite Nkoana- Mashabane, and her Mexican counterpart Dr Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena signed six cooperation agreements aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries on 17 October.Following a Bi-National Commission (BNC) meeting in Pretoria, Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa and Mexico had signed six agreements, including the Action Plan: South Africa and Mexico towards a priority relationship.She said the cooperation agreements were in line with the New Growth Path priorities, as supported by the National Development Plan, and included job creation, energy, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism.More than 20 government departments and agencies have bilateral relations and contact with Mexico or are in the process of establishing such relations.“We should also acknowledge the fact that other forms of cooperation are equally important, covering the building blocks of society, such as food security, science and technology, social development, health, water resources, conservation, youth and education, as well as arts and culture,’ she added.“Apart from bilateral cooperation, we also had the chance to cover continental and regional issues, as well as our positions on multilateral matters such as peacekeeping, the open government partnership and the G20,’ she said.South Africa’s diplomatic relations with Mexico were established in 1993 and the South African Embassy opened in Mexico City in 1994.Mexico has become one of South Africa’s top three trade partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, while South Africa is Mexico’s largest trade partner in Africa and largest African investor in Mexico.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

South Africans tell their stories

first_imgEveryone has a story to tell, and the Humans of South Africa website is a space for those stories to be told and pictures to be shared. The project started a year ago and has grown substantially since then. So far, more than 500 anecdotes have been shared. On Humans of South Africa, Sandy Levenstein opens windows on to the lives of ordinary South Africans. (Image: Humans of SA)• Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • Beading and computer programming a way out of prison • Spelling Bee aims to improve literacy • Digital storytelling shaping aspiring teachers • Business-minded Rapelang Rabana is conquering the world Priya PitamberSandy Levenstein, who is originally from Johannesburg but now lives in Cape Town, calls herself a storyteller. She likes to open windows into worlds people would otherwise not know existed. So she started a website called Humans of South Africa. The concept is similar to its Big Apple counterpart in the US, Humans of New York.The premise is simple: photograph a person and get them to tell you a little bit about their life. “At the very beginning I asked people for pictures and for a line or two,” recalls Levenstein. The US site started the same way – Brandon Stanton, its creator, wrote: “I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10 000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map.”Once out the starting blocks, Levenstein began to explore more in depth in talking to people on her site. “Eventually I found myself doing full interviews,” she says. Her platforms have also expanded to include others in the creative field. “I have a huge love and respect for creativity and wish to help get eyes on creative South African’s work.” Sandy Levenstein calls herself a storyteller. She started the Humans of South Africa website a year ago. (Image: Supplied)Baby stepsLevenstein started the website about a year ago; she describes it as the longest and shortest year. Humans of New York began in 2010. “Humans of South Africa is still a baby; it will grow and extend to all areas,” she says. “I am a patient lady.”It has already grown substantially. Photography is found on the Bricks and Sticks page, while artists and animators have their spot on Pens and Pencils and writers are published in A Thousand Words.“My Attachment Theory page looks at fashion from a new angle. How does that which we wear connect us with others? Every piece of our clothing ties us to a person or a memory, evoking some sort of emotion.”Everyone has a story to tellLevenstein explains that a few years ago, she had an impulse to tell stories. But she also wanted to be original, so she waited for inspiration to strike. “I got really busy and life carried on, years down the line looking at Humans of New York again, I realised that we stood on the shoulders of giants and concluded that being original meant I could take an idea that had already been done and use it as my starting point,” she explains. “By injecting myself into it, I would make it original.”Every story she has heard over the year has left an impact on her. “Some have made me laugh, some have made me cry and all have made me think,” she says.But one of her more memorable interviews was with Derek Watts, the anchor on the investigative journalism television show Carte Blanche. “I think I am naturally curious and want to know how things work and do want to make a difference,” Watts told Levenstein about his job. “I have got an inane thing about justice. I am neurotic about things being fair.”She was humbled to have chatted to him, and motivated.Tell me everythingThere are more than 500 posts on the site so far. To commemorate her 500th entry, Levenstein looked back on her very first update, when a woman in Cape Town told her:I am getting married in October. First boyfriend. First love. He is counting down the days until then.Post number 500! – Shanaaz from Cape Town To celebrate Humans 500th post we are going back in time. Below find Humans…Posted by Humans of South Africa on Monday, 20 April 2015She says she must have an honest face as people open up to her in a meaningful manner. “But in seriousness, I tell people what I am doing and ask them to be a part of it. I have been lucky; people have been kind and willing to talk.”She does not limit her posts to her home city of Cape Town. Opening up her website to submissions from people allows her to get interviews from people across South Africa.Looking to the futureFor now, Levenstein is happy to tell stories. “As I have mentioned before, Humans is a baby, I don’t know what colour hair it will have, how tall or how short it will be,” she says. “Time will tell where it goes.”Through her Humans of South Africa work, she has learned people are good, and that they want to help each other but often do not know how. “In the mists of great sadness there is still great kindness.” It has also helped her improve her craft of writing.last_img read more