Green Archers lock up top two, blow out Bulldogs

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Reigning MVP Ben Mbala put up a game-high 30 points with eight rebounds to lead La Salle while Rivero added 16 points and six rebounds.J-Jay Alejandro and Antonio Joson had 20 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The loss was NU’s eighth in 12 games as the Bulldogs will now have to rely on other teams in hopes to making the semifinals.La Salle immediately built momentum as early as the second quarter going on a 23-9 run with Ben Mbala giving the Green Archers a 43-27 lead late in the period and the defending champions never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think we’re getting better every game because we make it a point to follow the game plan the coaches set up,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. “What we do in practice, we make sure that we apply it to the game,” said captain Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a top two spot after shooting down National University, 101-76, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers rose to 11-2 while dealing a big blow to the Bulldogs’ Final Four bid.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

‘Traditional Man’ Buries 21 Suspected Ebola Corpses in Bong County

first_imgSingbeh Duwah, 62, of the Kpelle tribe has disclosed that he has buried twenty-one suspected Ebola bodies in the village of Balakerthela, one of the quarantined communities in Bong County.   He said he carried out this dangerous feat “without the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) being used by health workers to conduct the burial of Ebola suspected bodies.”Balakerthela is located in the Konoyea Clan in Salala District and it is one of the communities hardest hit by Ebola deaths which forced the County Health Team (CHT) to quarantine the area last August.Thirty-two suspected Ebola deaths were recorded in a CHT statistics report for August in Balakerthela.Speaking through an interpreter  last weekend in Balakerthela, Singbeh Duwah said he decided to bury the suspected Ebola bodies because the Burial Team of the CHT failed to act quickly to bury the bodies.“Sometimes there are about three to four dead bodies in the village in a day’s time and the corpses would remain in the village for three days awaiting the arrival of the burial team. At the same time the Health Team is telling us that the longer you keep the dead bodies, the faster the disease will spread”, Singbeh exclaimed.The traditional old man disclosed that he mobilized two of his friends to carry out the burials. “If you called the Burial Team to come and take away the corpses, they will sometimes delay for two or three days and we cannot sit and see the bodies decompose to contaminate the rest of the people,” old man Singbeh declared.When cross-examined about what precisely he used to conduct the burial in the absence of the standard personal protective equipment (PPE), the old man narrated how he applied traditional herbs on the corpses and also rubbed these herbs on himself  and his colleagues before carrying out the interments.These herbs when used on a dead body, will prevent it from smelling horrible for a week, Mr. Singbeh disclosed.“The townspeople only help with the digging of the grave but we are the ones to place the bodies in the graves” the old man Singbeh remarked, pounding his chest with his right hand.He informed this reporter that he has been in the business for the past thirty years but was swift to acknowledge that one of his helpers, whose identity was not established,  just died a week ago.  But Sengbe said he was not exactly sure as to whether his colleague died from the deadly Ebola virus.The argument around Gbarnga town and its surroundings is that the old man may be somehow immune to the virus, while others are convinced that the he is working along with the spirits of the dark world.“If the old man were not immune to the virus, why did his colleague who has been helping him to carry on the burials fall prey to the virus?” Joseph S. Kollie a social worker asked.David Mulbah, a health practitioner argued that Singbeh Duwah cannot be resistant to the virus when he (Singbeh) has not previously suffered and survived from the Ebola virus disease, adding that the old man is being protected by supernatural powers. It was also established by the Daily Observer that some residents of Balakerthela have left the village for sanctuary in other satellite villages for fear of contracting Ebola.In another development, Representative Adam Bill Corneh and Senator Henry W. Yallah over the weekend made available an assortment of food and decontamination items to the Balakerthela community that is being quarantined by the CHT.The two Bong County lawmakers told the community residents that the food will be distributed to the affected families, while the disinfectants will be used by the community members to wash their hands as instructed by health authorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

6 nabbed with over 16kg ganja

first_imgPolice in Berbice on Sunday during two well-coordinated operations found almost sixteen kilograms of compressed cannabis thus resulting in the arrest of six males.The first was conducted at about 16:00h where ranks intercepted a hire car at the police checkpoint on the eastern end the Berbice Bridge Access Road and conducted a search on the driver and three passengers and found nothing but a search of a speaker box in the trunk revealed ten parcels of cannabis with a weight of 4593 grams.Sometime later, another hire car was intercepted in New Amsterdam and two large parcels of cannabis were found in the truck. The prohibited substance was weighed and amounted to 11 kilograms.last_img read more

Lemar helps Monaco beat Nice in League Cup quarters

first_imgMonaco moved back in front before half-time through 21-year-old Adama Diakhaby and Leonardo Jardim’s French champions held on with the aid of a terrible miss by Nice midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou.“This victory was deserved and it is very important for our fans,” said Monaco coach Jardim after his side’s sixth straight win.“Diakhaby is progressing, even if he’s not doing everything right, he’s young and we believe in him.”The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is being used for the rest of the competition as a test ahead of its expected arrival in Ligue 1 next season, having been used in the promotion/relegation play-off last year.“It’s good, we’re losing two or three minutes in the whole game,” Jardim said. “Errors will decrease, not totally, but by 80 percent.”The hosts were given a blow before kick-off as the in-form Mario Balotelli failed to regain fitness in time after suffering with glute pain.Monaco made a fast start and took the lead in only the third minute, as Lemar found space to head in Keita Balde’s cross from close range to score his third goal of an injury-hit season and send out a message to potential suitors at Arsenal and Liverpool.The 22-year-old drilled into the roof of the net 10 minutes later, only to be denied a second goal by the linesman’s flag for offside.Nice levelled against the run of play in the 18th minute as Plea ran onto Allan Saint-Maximin’s pass and slotted past Diego Benaglio at the Monaco goalkeeper’s near post.The referee checked with VAR for offside, but replays showed that Plea had timed his run to perfection before grabbing his 10th goal of the campaign.The visitors continued to be the better side, though, and they retook the lead as forward Diakhaby sent a half-volley flying into the corner from another excellent Balde delivery.Nice threw bodies forwards in the second half without creating many clear-cut chances, but Lees-Melou should have equalised when he headed wide with the goal gaping from only three yards out.Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who have won four straight League Cups, will look to extend their incredible 34-match winning streak in domestic cup games at Amiens on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s midfielder Thomas Lemar (R) scores during their French Cup football match against Nice at The “Allianz Riviera” stadium in Nice on January 9, 2018 © AFP / VALERY HACHENICE, France, Jan 10 – Thomas Lemar scored as Monaco beat Cote d’Azur rivals Nice 2-1 at the Allianz Riviera on Tuesday to reach the French League Cup semi-finals.Lemar, who has been heavily linked with a move to England, nodded Monaco into an early lead, before Alassane Plea equalised after a video review.last_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: MINORS AND U14 COUNTY TEAMS WIN, WHILE GLENFINN LIFT GAELTACHT TITLE

first_imgDONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL NEWS: DONEGAL’S Minor Ladies and U14s were the toast of the county on Saturday after both teams won their Ulster Championship clashes.First up were the U14s who were up against a fancied Tyrone team at Carndonagh.But despite playing against the wind, it was the Donegal girls – captained by Moville’s Aoibh Faulkner – who played the better football and led at the break by 10 points. The margin at the end was 13 points as Donegal eased up in the second half to win 6-06 to 2-05.Niamh McDonald (Moville), Sarah Harkin (Ardara), Amy Boyle Carr (N Conaill) and Saoirse Bonner (N Muire) got the goals for the home team in the 13 point win.Next up were the Minors who also had to battle a stiff breeze in the first half hour, but despite that also led at the break 1-04 to 1-02 in a tight encounter with Antrim.With the wind advantage and a different system for the conditions, the Minors soon pulled further ahead, restricting Antrim to just one more score – a goal – while Donegal added 10 more points. Final score 1-14 to 2-02. Attention switched to today the first of three Gaeltacht Championship finals.And Glenfinn are the new title holders.It was a very tight first half with defences on top and scores at a premium in wet conditions.But it was Milford who led at the break 1-04 to 1-02.Glenfinn however were the much better team in the second half allowing Milford just two more points whilst they stretched their lead to a winning 2-07 to 1-06, a four point win. Comhghairdeas buaiteoirí Chomórtas Peil na Gaeltachta ná mBán Sinsear Dún na nGall 2015.Elsewhere in the All County league St Eunan’s had a good win over Carndonagh in Division One whilst in Division 3 South West N Columba defeated N Muire 5-09 to 4-11 (24 points to 23) in a cracking game.In the U12s over the weekend Downings beat Termon, Glenswilly defeated Dungloe and St Naul’s beat Four Masters.Red Hughs had a good win over Mac Cumhaills whilst St Mary’s Convoy beat Robert Emmets. Tomorrow Monday: 4thMay. Intermediate-Ardara V Naomh Conaill.@12.00.Junior- Fanad Gaels V St’Nauls.@5.00Gaeltacht senior champs GlenfinnLADIES FOOTBALL: MINORS AND U14 COUNTY TEAMS WIN, WHILE GLENFINN LIFT GAELTACHT TITLE was last modified: May 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegaldonegal ladies footbaGlenfinnLadies FootballMinorsU14’slast_img read more

Jason Quigley to get Finn Valley 5k off and running on St Stephen’s Day

first_imgJASON QUIGLEY will get this year’s St Stephen’s Day 5k at Finn Valley AC off and running.The Ballybofey man, fresh from his 12th pro win at the weekend and his devastating first round KO of Jorgé Melendez, will return home for a quick Christmas visit before returning to Los Angeles to prepare for his next bout, likely to be in late January.  Quigley will get the annual popular 5k at Finn Valley underway on St Stephen’s Day.The 46th annual organisation of the family community event, which always attracts a large turnout to walk, jog and run, can expect another big crowd.Pre-register is open currently @finnvalleyac and on run day from 10 am with an 12 noon start.Jason Quigley to get Finn Valley 5k off and running on St Stephen’s Day was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Finn Valley ACJason Quigleylast_img read more

Hurricane pummels resort area

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A hurricane watch was issued Saturday for the entire southern Florida peninsula, with heavy rain from Wilma’s outer bands already causing hip-deep flooding in the Fort Lauderdale area. At the same time, a record 22nd tropical storm – Alpha – formed in the Atlantic. As Wilma’s eye passed over Cancun on Saturday, the air became calm and eerily electric. Some residents ventured briefly from their hiding spots to survey the flooded, debris-filled streets. Several dozen people looted at least four convenience stores, carrying out bags of canned tuna, pasta and soda, while others dragged tables, chairs and lamps from a destroyed furniture store. Police were guarding only larger stores, including a downtown Wal-Mart and an appliance store. An outing during the eye’s calm revealed a downtown Cancun littered with glass, tree trunks and cars up to their roofs in water. The only cleanup crew visible consisted of two workers using saws to break up a tangle of tree branches. The front half of a Burger King had collapsed, and at least one gas station had its roof blown away. State and federal officials said they had little information on damage because Wilma’s winds made reconnaissance almost impossible. Yucatan Gov. Patricio Patron told Formato 21 radio that one person was killed by a falling tree, but he offered no details. And in Playa del Carmen, two people died from injuries they suffered Friday when a gas tank exploded during the storm, Quintana Roo state officials said. The storm earlier killed 13 people in Jamaica and Haiti. Quintana Roo State Civil Protection Director Maj. Jose Nemecio said a few emergency crews were able to begin distributing emergency supplies in Playa del Carmen on Saturday. But there were few reports on the overall extent of the damage. “We really know nothing. There are no telephones, no cell phones,” he said. “We have no news from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Cozumel. I think this is going to be a catastrophic situation.” Added Quintana Roo Gov. Felix Gonzalez Cantu: “Never in the history of Quintana Roo have we had a storm like this.” On the island of Cozumel, which has been isolated since weathering the brunt of the storm on Friday, fruit and vegetable salesman Jorge Ham, 26, told The Associated Press by phone that winds had dropped significantly. He saw no catastrophic damage during a brief tour of downtown Saturday. “There are broken windows, downed trees, fallen power lines, but nothing else,” he said. “People have taken shelter.” In Playa del Carmen, to the south of Cancun, screaming winds flattened wood-and-tarpaper houses and sent water tanks and plywood sheets flying. In Cancun, the storm’s angry winds ripped roofing off luxury hotels and knocked out windows, filling rooms and shelters with water and forcing some evacuees to seek higher ground. Others slept with plastic sheeting as bedding. The wind ripped part of the ceiling off a gymnasium-turned-shelter, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,000 people. Stacy Presley, a 22-year-old honeymooner from Milwaukee, was among them. She and 120 others were moved to a kindergarten where evacuees were forced to use plastic water bottles instead of bathrooms and sleep on miniature desks nearly submerged in rising flood waters. There was also no food. On Saturday, she and her husband fled when the winds died down. “There were people getting sick from the urine on the floor,” she said. “We had to do something, so we took off. We were running through flooded streets, passing downed power lines.” She ended up at another school sheltering more than 2,000 people. It had mats to sleep on, emergency officials and supplies. Nearby, Loni Steingraph, 40, of Austin, Texas, praised the shelter, saying: “I booked a four-star hotel; I didn’t know it would include a four-star shelter too.” Hotel workers pushed furniture up against windows, but the force of the wind blasted through the improvised barriers. In the streets, office furniture and broken glass bobbed in water that sloshed between buildings. Residents watched the debris float by from upstairs balconies. Buildings shook in the wind as if earthquakes were hitting them, terrifying tourists and residents waiting out the storm in sweltering, dark shelters. Benjamin Rodriguez, 49, of Cleveland spent the night in a classroom with his 11-month-old granddaughter. He and several others had to lean against a door that the wind kept shoving open. “I feel for the citizens here because we get to go home eventually,” said Rodriguez, who came with 32 family members for his son’s wedding. “They have to stay and rebuild everything that was destroyed.” President Vicente Fox planned to travel to the affected region today. In a taped address to the nation, he said that, while the Mexican government was taking care of thousands of stranded tourists, it hadn’t forgotten its citizens. “Make no mistake. Our priority, our job … is with our own people,” he said. The army and navy was already preparing emergency supplies, including food, water, medicine and roofing, in various southern cities. Fox said it will be sent in as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy was sending consular officials to shelters today, an effort to help people prepare for the evacuation of some 30,000 tourists after the storm. At 11 p.m. EDT, Wilma was moving north near 3 mph with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph. It was located about 50 miles north of Cancun, Mexico or about 375 miles west-southwest of Key West. Even as it battered Mexico, the storm’s outer bands whipped the western tip of Cuba, where the government evacuated more than 500,000 people. A tornado spun off from the storm flattened 20 homes and several tobacco-curing huts. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Alpha formed Saturday in the Caribbean Sea, setting the record for the most number of storms in an Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters said. Alpha is the season’s 22nd tropical storm and marks the first time a letter from the Greek alphabet has been used because the list of storm names is used up. The previous record of 21 storms had stood since 1933. At 11 p.m. EDT, Alpha had sustained winds of about 50 mph, and was located about 55 miles southwest of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and moving northwest at about 14 mph, the Hurricane Center said. Authorities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic warned of deadly flash floods and mudslides from Tropical Storm Alpha. Meteorologist Ignacio Feliz of the Dominican weather service said authorities expected heavy rain but had not yet ordered evacuations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANCUN, Mexico – Hurricane Wilma punished Mexico’s Caribbean coastline for a second day Saturday, ripping away storefronts, peeling back roofs and forcing tourists and residents trapped in hotels and shelters to scramble to higher floors. At least seven people were killed. On the island of Cozumel off the Yucatan peninsula coast, a navy rescue mission sighted three bodies floating down a flooding avenue and a fourth in a town square. Earlier, officials reported three other deaths. Waves slammed into seaside pools and sent water surging over the narrow strip of sand housing Cancun’s luxury hotels and raucous bars, joining the sea with the alligator-infested lagoon. Downtown, winds tore banks open, leaving automatic teller machines standing in knee-deep water. Wilma, which had weakened to a Category 2 as it inched northward with sustained winds of 100 mph, was expected to pick up speed today, sideswiping Cuba before it slams into Florida. Late Saturday, it was slowly moving back over the Caribbean Sea, and rains and winds were beginning to lessen in Cancun at nightfall. last_img read more

Thinking about doing Darkness into Light tonight? Here’s one thing you need to know

first_imgThousands of people across Donegal are expected to wake up and walk in the tenth annual Darkness Into Light for Pieta House this Saturday morning. The fundraising and awareness event will take place in 10 locations in Co. Donegal this year. The 5km walk begins at 4.15am on Saturday 12th May and ends with the sunrise.If you are thinking about registering at the last minute, it’s important to note that you cannot sign up at the venue. Darkness into Light is online registration only this year – visit dil.pieta.ie to register now. The cost is €25 per adult and €5 per child aged 6-17. You can do it as an individual or create a team. Participants are encouraged to get sponsored for their walk, and use their participation to share the light and help promote suicide prevention and to tackle the stigma.Participation in Darkness Into Light, supported by Electric Ireland, raises awareness of self-harm and suicide, but it’s the fundraising efforts that will enable Pieta House to provide this life-saving support to people in need.Well over 400 people have passed through Pieta House in Letterkenny since it opened its doors in 2017. The money raised through DIL helps to keep Pieta House’s life-saving counselling services free.If you are taking part in Darkness into Light 2018, send your photos into Donegal Daily at info@donegaldaily.com to be featured. If you need to talk to someone, contact Pieta House by phoning Freecall 1800 247 247. Or if you can simply text HELP to 51444. Visit: Pieta House North West3rd Floor, Grand Central BuildingCanal Road, LetterkennyCo. DonegalF92EK7YPhone: 074-9126594 Opening Hours:Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm  Thinking about doing Darkness into Light tonight? Here’s one thing you need to know was last modified: May 11th, 2018 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:Darkness into LightPIeta Houselast_img read more

Watery Moon Upsets Conventional Wisdom

first_imgThe moon looks pretty dry.  It may have maria (oceans) but the figurative term would not attract customers for beachfront property: its seas are made of hardened lava.  The moon’s “Ocean of storms” (Mare Procellarum) only gets rain in the form of solar wind and cosmic rays.  Still, could there be water molecules in this dry place?  New studies say yes.  What’s most interesting about this answer is the reaction of some scientists to unexpected information.    In a paper in Nature,1 Saal et al believe they have discovered primordial water in orange and green soil samples returned by Apollo astronauts.  Since the H2O molecules are deeply embedded in crystals, they feel it rules out contamination from earth or condensation from extra-lunar sources.  The concentration of water (their best estimate being 750 parts per million) is much higher than the estimates for the earth’s upper mantle.  The researchers feel it represents magmatic water in the interior of the moon that was buried after volcanic eruptions then became exposed after meteoritic impacts.  They detected, in addition, other volatiles, including sulfur, fluorine, chlorine and carbon dioxide.    So what?  The problem is that the favored theory for the origin of the moon would not permit these volatiles to be present.  Many astronomers feel a Mars-size object impacted the earth early in its history.  The moon condensed out of the ejecta.  This process, however, would not have left much if any water or volatile elements and molecules behind.  Commenting on this paper in the same issue of Nature,2 Mark Chaussidon (CRPG, France) explored the ramifications:These results raise many questions.  Are the volatile contents of the melts that formed the green and orange glasses typical for the Moon?  Can the general scarcity of most volatile elements on the Moon be reconciled with the apparent abundance of sulphur, chlorine, fluorine and especially water in the lunar glasses?  What happened to all the water during the Moon’s formation?  And if the Moon is not bone dry, where did the water come from?He tried to salvage the impact hypothesis by suggesting that maybe earth and the primordial moon exchanged volatile material for a few centuries while the moon coalesced.  Future comparisons of hydrogen-to-deuterium ratios between earth and moon may help resolve the dispute.    EurekAlert reported the story and ended with a surprising comment about scientific discovery in general:Lead author of the study, Alberto Saal of Brown University remarked: “Beyond the evidence for the presence of water in the interior of the Moon, which I found extremely exciting, I learned that the contributions from scientists from other disciplines has the potential to produce unexpected results.  Such a scientist is able not only to ask questions that no one has asked before, but also can challenge hypotheses that are embedded in the thinking of the scientists working in the field for many years.  Our case is a typical example.  When I suggested we measure volatiles in lunar material, everyone I talked to thought that such proposal was a futile endeavor.  We ‘knew’ the Moon was dry.”Astrobiology Magazine also reported the story and included the above quote.  It also included artwork of the Mars-impact hypothesis.  The BBC News also reported the story.  It should be recalled from the 11/04/2002 entry that Apollo astronaut and geologist Harrison Schmidt (Apollo 17), who discovered the orange soil on the moon, denies the Mars-impact hypothesis.1.  Saal et al, “Volatile content of lunar volcanic glasses and the presence of water in the Moon’s interior,” Nature 454, 192-195 (10 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07047.2.  Mark Chaussidon, “Planetary science: The early Moon was rich in water,” Nature 454, 170-172 (10 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454170a.How can science progress if scientists don’t ask the right questions?  Looking for water on the moon was futile.  They “knew” the moon was dry.  If you think science is always an unbiased collection of evidence, think about this case.  Scientists always approach a problem with a bias.  No one collects data in a strict Baconian fashion.  There is always an element of human selection, deciding what questions are interesting, and what data are most likely to yield fruitful hypotheses.  Thank goodness for a few individuals who bravely ask the questions others don’t consider worthwhile.  If the finding holds up, a lot of artwork and computer animations may get tossed out the window.  Another problem will resurface: where did our moon come from?  The Mars impact hypothesis was the leading theory for a long time, not because the data demanded it, but because the other contenders were each losers (see best-in-field fallacy).  But consider what was said in the previous entry about our privileged planet: the moon has a function.  It’s very probable that without our specific moon, its mass and distance, life could not exist.  Then there is the amazing coincidence about solar eclipses: the moon’s apparent diameter in the sky is the same as the sun’s.  Too many coincidences and the chance hypothesis sounds uncannily lucky.  Maybe the moon was created.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA Airways, JetBlue in ticketing deal

first_img“There are lots of travellers flying to South Africa and southern Africa that originate in many of the cities that JetBlue currently serves,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice-president North America for South African Airways. “We are excited to team up with South African Airways, introducing the JetBlue Experience to even more customers around the world and extending our reach all the way to the African continent,” said Robin Hayes, executive vice-president at JetBlue. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We look forward to offering our award-winning JetBlue Experience and even more choices to travellers, including all-leather seats, spacious legroom, unlimited free snacks and most importantly, genuine, friendly service.” South African Airways and New York-based JetBlue Airways have signed a deal that will enable travellers between the US and southern Africa to buy a single itinerary for flights on both carriers in one simple transaction. New York’s JFK is a key gateway for SAA with their daily non-stop flights to South Africa, and is also the base of operations for JetBlue Airways, where it is the largest domestic airline. By working together at JFK, the carriers will offer more options for travel between the United States and southern Africa and provide customers with a smooth travel experience. “We have had numerous requests from our customers expressing an interest in being able to easily connect to SAA’s flights at JFK. It was an easy decision to create a seamless travel experience with JetBlue.” More options for travel 10 May 2010 Customers will be able to check their bags to their final destination and receive boarding cards for both carriers’ flights upon check-in with either JetBlue in the US or South African Airways (SAA) in southern Africa. The new partnership, effective from 12 May, offers increased convenience to customers on both sides of the Atlantic by allowing customers to travel on a single e-ticket.last_img read more