OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson That was part of 10 straight points for Irving before finding Brown for a layup that made it 105-103 with 2:32 left in overtime.Brown stretched the lead to five when he hit a contested baseline 3-pointer less than a minute later, and the Wizards missed their last five shots.TIP-INSCeltics: Signed and activated free agent C Greg Monroe, but did not make a trade at the NBA trade deadline. … Coach Brad Stevens wasn’t surprised. “It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years,” he said. … Monroe was one of three Celtics players to receive a technical foul in separate incidents, along with F Marcus Morris and G Terry RozierWizards: Traded G/F Sheldon Mac to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2019 second-round pick in a move coach Scott Brooks said gave Washington the flexibility to sign one or two players. “We’re definitely looking,” Brooks said. … Mac (torn Achilles), who was then waived by Atlanta, has not played this season. … F Kelly Oubre received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.NOT TAKING THE BAITAlthough the Wizards won their first five games after losing G John Wall to knee surgery, Brooks denied the notion his absence has been a positive.“He knows how I feel about him,” Brooks said. “He knows how the organization, his teammates feel about him. And for anyone to think that we’re not better with John, that’s for clickbait.”ALMOST LOUISIANA’S MONROEAfter reaching a buyout agreement with Phoenix, Louisiana native Monroe said he also considered signing with the New Orleans Pelicans after they lost C DeMarcus Cousins to a torn Achilles in January. “They obviously had a need there at my position,” Monroe said. “It’s home for me. So it was definitely a tough decision. But it was hard to resist here.”UP NEXTCeltics: Play Indiana on Friday night in the first of three at home.Wizards: Begin a three-game road stint Saturday night at Chicago. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “Every game for us is a learning experience, and it’s almost like a ‘must-win,” Irving said after his second game back from a thigh injury. “Just based on the amount of expectations and what we put on ourselves and one another on a game-to-game basis.”Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in overtime for Boston. The Celtics have won five of six, and remained a game ahead of Toronto in the race for the East’s top playoff seed after the Raptors’ win over New York earlier Thursday. The Raptors beat the Celtics 111-91 in Toronto on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOtto Porter had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, and Bradley Beal had 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists.But as John Wall remains sidelined following knee surgery, the Wizards committed 22 turnovers and shot just 2 for 12 in the overtime period, dropping their second straight game after winning five straight. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON — Two days after Boston lost to the team chasing the Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t about to let his team suffer another defeat.Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the East lead with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases In cold, poor South Korean mountains, Winter Olympics begin Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Beal, who shot just 7 of 27 and took only one foul shot, suggested officiating played a role.“It’s crazy,” he said of his lack of free throws. “Because I feel like I’m being just as aggressive as everybody else out there. My teammates are doing the same. Sometimes we don’t get rewarded.”Meanwhile, Irving went 9 of 10 from the foul line. And after Boston allowed Washington to come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, he tied it from the line with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation on three made foul shots after luring Markieff Morris into a foul on a 3-point attempt.“Nowhere near a foul,” Morris said. “(The referee) was behind me. I don’t know how could see me swiping down on the ball and me hitting his arm. If I hit his arm, there’s no way he would get the shot up.”Said Irving: “I just don’t want to get into the whole ‘whether it was a foul or not.’ I don’t want to get fined.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ
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Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allegri was asked if he would have reacted similarly to Mourinho.“No, I leave the pitch immediately to avoid reacting,” he said. “I only get angry, rightly, with my team when they go to sleep every now and then.”United played better than it did when the two sides met in Manchester but Juventus had a number of opportunities and had already hit the woodwork twice before Ronaldo struck in the 65th minute.Bonucci floated a ball over the top of the defense and Ronaldo watched it over his shoulder before volleying into the top right corner.The Portuguese superstar immediately ran to the corner flag, lifted up his shirt and pointed at his impressive stomach muscles.Ronaldo is the all-time record scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, but this was his first in the competition for Juventus — although he missed one match through suspension after his red card against Valencia.Allegri raised his eyebrows and gave a smile of appreciation at the goal.Juventus seemed certain to be heading for all three points, with United struggling to carve out clear-cut scoring opportunities, but Mata hit a free kick into the top left corner in the 86th minute and that seemed to inspire Jose Mourinho’s side.Minutes later, Marouane Fellaini flicked on a free kick and the ball ricocheted around near the far post before going in off Juventus defender Alex Sandro. Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic fined $25K for postgame comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I came here to do my job and I was insulted for 90 minutes,” Mourinho said. “I wouldn’t do that gesture again but I don’t think I offended anyone and at the time it seemed like the appropriate response to those who had insulted all my family, apart from my Inter one too.”Mourinho is unpopular among Juventus fans after managing bitter rival Inter Milan for three years. After United’s 1-0 loss to Juventus at home two weeks ago, he responded to the goading of the Italian fans by holding up three fingers toward them, denoting the treble of titles — Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup — he won with Inter in the 2009-10 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis time he had another win to celebrate, after watching his team fight back from Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular opening goal. Juan Mata leveled with a free kick four minutes from time and Alex Sandro netted an own goal in the final minute as United blew their Champions League group wide open.Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho reacts towards Juventus’ fans at the end of of the Champions League Group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester United, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Manchester United won 2-1. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci angrily approached Mourinho as he cupped his ear at the Bianconeri fans and the United coach was escorted off the pitch by a UEFA official and some members of his staff. It was Juventus’ first defeat in any competition this season.“When I work for a club like Manchester United I need to forget my past as in those 90 minutes I represent Manchester United,” Mourinho said. “But the others (Juventus fans) didn’t forget.“And it is a great joy for me because we won against a super team, and not because they are the enemy of Inter.”Juventus, which was the only team in the Champions League still with a perfect record, remained top of Group H but is only two points ahead of United. Valencia, which earlier beat Young Boys 3-1, is two points further back.“We shouldn’t have given away those free kicks, we’re giving away a lot of those at the moment, it was the only way United was going to score,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “But the team did well, we are still at the top of the group and we have two matches which will allow us to finish first. It’s OK to lose against United, but seeing how the match went it leaves us with a bit of a bitter taste.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Manchester United players celebrate after Juventus defender Alex Sandro scored an own goal during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Manchester United at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)TURIN, Italy — After listening to taunts from the Juventus crowd for 90 minutes, Jose Mourinho couldn’t help but pay them back in kind.Mourinho had to be escorted off the pitch Wednesday after celebrating Manchester United’s 2-1 comeback win over the Italian side in the Champions League by cupping his hand to his ear to the crowd after the final whistle. The gesture sparked a small altercation with Juventus players that overshadowed one of the most important results of the season for United, which has struggled domestically but now has a great chance of reaching the knockout stage in Europe.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal
Analysts, on average, were looking for earnings of 64 cents per share on sales of $5.17 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Financial. Apple said it shipped 1.5 million Macintosh computers and more than 10.5 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in the music players. Sales from its market-leading iPods and other music-related products accounted for 44 percent of the quarter’s total revenue. “We are very pleased to report the most profitable March quarter in Apple’s history,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer. Helped by favorable component price drops, notably in memory parts, Apple achieved gross margins of more than 35 percent, up from about 30 percent in the quarter a year ago. Oppenheimer cautioned analysts during a conference call that such high margins were likely “not sustainable.” He predicted gross margins of 32 percent for the current quarter. SAN JOSE – Apple Inc. blew past Wall Street expectations Wednesday, posting quarterly profits that jumped 88 percent, fueled by strong sales of its iPod players and Macintosh computers. Shares of Apple soared more than 6 percent on the news, reaching above $100 for the first time. In the first three months of the year, the Cupertino-based company said it earned $770 million, or 87 cents per share, up from $410 million, or 47 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Sales were $5.26 billion, up 21 percent from $4.36 billion last year. The company said it expected revenue of about $5.1 billion and earnings per share of about 66 cents in the current quarter, which is the third in Apple’s fiscal year. Apple’s projections are actually lower than the forecasts Wall Street had before Wednesday, but analysts say Apple’s forecasts are typically conservative. Expectations for the iPhone, a cell phone-iPod combination, are continuing to run high, and analysts pressed Apple executives for details Wednesday. Company officials refused to predict the number of units that would be available at launch in late June. Given its arrival late in the current quarter, Oppenheimer said in a phone interview, he did not expect the iPhone to have a significant impact on sales for the period. The iPhone is Apple’s latest big bet into a new product category, and company officials reiterated Wednesday its high hopes for success. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the sleek gadget in January, he announced a goal of selling about 10 million units in 2008. Shares of Apple closed at $95.35, up $2.11, or about 2 percent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market, then leaped to $101.90 in after-hours trading. At Wednesday’s closing price, the shares have gained about 11 percent this year, boosted partly by anticipation over the iPhone. Investors have largely remained unfazed by Apple’s stock options troubles, with industry analysts widely predicting Jobs’ position at Apple will remain intact. But legal experts say Jobs is still in legal limbo: An investigation by federal prosecutors continues and new accusations emerged Tuesday from the company’s former chief financial officer, alleging Jobs may have had a more significant role in the backdating of options than previously stated. The new allegations came on the same day the former CFO, Fred Anderson, immediately settled his case with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed backdating-related civil charges against Anderson and Apple’s former general counsel Nancy Heinen. The SEC did not charge any other individuals in the lawsuit and said it did not plan to pursue further action against Apple itself. Apple’s board of directors, which includes former Vice President Al Gore and Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt, issued a statement Wednesday saying it would not enter a public debate with Anderson. It also defended Apple’s internal probe last year that cleared Jobs and current management of any wrongdoing. “We have complete confidence in the conclusions of Apple’s independent investigation, and in Steve’s integrity and his ability to lead Apple,” they said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manager Gareth Southgate, who celebrated his 48th birthday on Monday, is not expected to call up a replacement for Sterling.The 23-year-old’s withdrawal leaves England with just three forwards — captain Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford — for the Nations League match with Spain on Saturday at Wembley and a friendly against Switzerland at the King Power Stadium three days later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sterling was a key member of the England side which reached the World Cup semi-finals © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 3 – Raheem Sterling has pulled out of the England squad for their matches against Spain and Switzerland with a back problem, the Football Association announced on Monday.The Manchester City forward, who played in six of England’s seven matches as they reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, has scored twice in the Premier League so far this season.
It was a tough call for both sides that sought dominance in the game played in a fully packed Kinoru stadium.“The game was tensed and so tough. We had tough opponents who were equally fit. This was not easy but we did our best. We will face our opponents tomorrow in the finals with courage and hope to triumph,” said Ibrahim Ochieng, Striker, Manyatta United.Al-Ahly FC from Rift Valley also qualified for finals after putting up a stunning game against South B United from Nairobi scoring 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.Alhyl’s Abdirahman Abdulahi (C) scores the first goal as South B United’s Brian Ngolo(L) runs to save the ball in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom boys semifinals at Kinorustadium in Meru. Alhyl won 3-2 on a penalty shoot out.“This win is a great opportunity to us and honestly it has not been very easy. The game was tough as our opponents kept equalizing each minute we scored. We still have a tough match tomorrow but remain hopeful to win,” said Abdirahman Abdullahi, Captain Al-Ahly FCManyatta will therefore face Al-Ahly FC in the grand finale tomorrow. The game is expected to be a do or die match as the two teams fight for the National glory.Kitale Queens and Acakoro Ladies from Nairobi will also face off in the girls grand finals tomorrow. Kitale Queens and Acakoro Ladies qualified for the grand finale after beating their opponents Barcelona Ladies from Central 6:1 and Changamwe Ladies from Coast 4-2 respectively in the girls semifinals held yesterday.The losing Semifinalists, Lugari Blue Saints and South B United pocketed Ksh250,000 cash reward each.The winner in the tomorrow’s finals will take home Ksh 1million while the losing finalist will walk away with Ksh 500,000 among other individualized prizes.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alhyl’s Sahib Jamal tackles South B United’s Kepha Wanjala in the Chapa Dimba naSafaricom boys semifinals at Kinoru stadium in Meru. Alhyl won 3-2 on a penaltyshoot out.MERU, Kenya, June 22 – A mouth-watering clash is expected at the Kinoru stadium on Sunday as Manyatta United FC from Nyanza take on Rift Valley’s Al-Ahly FC in the boys’ National grand finale of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament.The Kisumu based Manyatta United edged out the champions of Western, Lugari Blue Saints to qualify for finals scoring 2-1 in a semi-finals dubbed Mashemeji derby considering the origins of the teams.
Mathews believes that means the Christmas star could have appeared anywhere from 8 to 4 B.C. Among the characteristics written about the star was that it appeared before sunrise and that it appeared to “rest in the sky.” Mathews also found writings from Korean and Chinese astronomers of an event about 4 B.C. that described a comet with no tail that didn’t move. Using that set of facts, Mathews found several possibilities, including supernovas, novas and planetary alignments. Mathews found two possible supernovas in the right period, but said one was probably too low on the horizon to be seen. The other supernova is known as Kes 75. But it was 60,000 light years away and may not have been particularly spectacular. “There’s no real convincing evidence this happened right at 2000 years ago, but it could be in the range of being right because it’s in the right location,” he said. He also found a number of nova that also could have been the Christmas star. The one he thinks is the most likely candidate is known as Nova Aquilae V603. The problem with novas and comets, though, is that they were believed in ancient times to be a sign of disaster, not a portent of good things to come. For that reason, Mathews believes the Christmas star is most likely an alignment of planets. He said there are three likely times for this: Feb. 20, 6 B.C., when Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligned in the constellation Pisces. April 17, 6 B.C., when the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn aligned in the constellation Aries while Venus and Mars were in neighboring constellations. June 17, 2 B.C., when Jupiter and Venus were closely aligned in Leo. Mathews believes the April 17, 6 B.C., alignment is the most likely candidate. It makes sense because he believes the wise men were Zoroastrian astrologers who would have recognized the planetary alignment in Aries as a sign a powerful leader was born. Unless a document is discovered that allows historians to more accurately estimate exactly when Jesus was born, it will be impossible to say what caused the light with absolute certainty, Mathews said. “I think it would take more of a historical reference more than an astrophysics,” he said. “There are plenty of strong opinions out there. I think this is as good as you can do for now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s long been a puzzle for Christian astronomers, and now a professor from the University of Notre Dame thinks he has it figured out – almost, anyway. His quest: discovering just what “the star in the East” was that led wise men to travel to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. As a theoretical astrophysicist, Grant Mathews had hoped the answer would be spectacular – something like a supernova. But two years of research have led him to a more ordinary conclusion. The heavenly sign around the time of the birth of Jesus Christ was likely an unusual alignment of planets, the sun and the moon. Not a lot was written about the star in the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew it says: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe star, though, has long been immortalized in Christmas songs, plays and movies. Astronomers, theologians and historians for hundreds of years have been trying to determine exactly which star might have inspired the biblical writing. German astronomer Johannes Kepler proposed in 1604 that the “star” was really a conjunction of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in 7 B.C. The advantage Mathews has over Kepler and others who have pondered the question is that he had access to NASA’s databases. “In principle, we can see any star that was ever made from the beginning of time if we knew where to look. So the question is, could we find a star that could be a good candidate for what showed up then?” he said. Mathews found several possibilities. He began by posing three questions he would ask when trying to find the answer to any astronomical event: When did it occur? What were its characteristics? Did anyone else see it? The Gospel of Matthew indicates Jesus was born in Bethlehem when Herod was king. Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that Herod died after an eclipse of the moon before the Passover. Mathews said among the possibilities are 6 B.C., 5 B.C., 1 B.C. or 1 A.D. The star could have appeared up to two years before the wise men arrived in Jerusalem, he said.
Job Vacancy: Green Pastures in Convoy, Donegal are seeking a motivated and driven B2B/Food Service sales representative to join their motivated team.Management is seeking candidates for this part-time role to source new potential clients and grow the client base through the introduction of new products and new clients.Job position: Business Development Administrator (Part-Time) The RoleProactively look for new business opportunities and search for new leads through cold callingGrow our customer base, Upsell our products to new and existing clients.Plan sales activity to maximise performance, taking into consideration area profile and given time frames.Renewing contracts with existing client base.Achieve, develop and manage all new business development targets and objectivesIdentify, track and secure new sales opportunitiesMaintain strong awareness of competitors and market intelligenceConform to company sales guidelinesMeet required KPI’sShare best practice and foster productive relationships across food and dairy business sectorsMake recommendations for personal and team developmentRequirementsProven track record of Sales in B2B or Food Service environment (2+ years)B2B Sales/Proven track record in cold calling – ESSENTIALExperience in developing and maintaining relationships with clients.Ability to work at your own initiative and as part of a teamAble to build relationshipsAble to demonstrate a positive impact in thinking and acting strategicallyStrong influencing skillsResults-orientated, able to execute and get things doneSound understanding of the Dairy/Food business environment and good commercial acumenStrong computer skills are essential Knowledge of social media and marketing is a bonus but not essentialRemuneration is negotiable depending on experience and skills. Applications to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.orgJob Vacancy: Prosperous dairy business seeks Business Development Administrator was last modified: September 26th, 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)
Leeds outcast Giuseppe Bellusci is a target for Benevento, according to reports in his native Italy.The 27-year-old defender was deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road last term and was shipped out on loan to Empoli.Bellusci played 33 times in Serie A during the spell, all of them starts, and impressed during his time back in Italy.And now Serie B new boys Benevento are keen on signing the former Catania man on a permanent deal, according to Calcio e Altro.The promoted club are said to want an experienced head to build their defence around and believe Bellusci fits the bill. Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci 1
Natasha Doherty, Emma Dolan Ciarán Crawford and Jamie-Lee Simpson with Sara Martin Sensei.Image by Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin***It was all systems go for the Three Rivers Shotokan club Lifford as they returned to Dublin on Saturday to compete in the IKKU (Irish Kenpo Karate Union) invitational. Five members of the squad traveled and as normal stood proudly on the podium in this kumite only even.Jamie-lee Simpson, Emma Dolan and Ciarán Crawford all took gold in their groups with Natasha Doherty securing silver in another successful outing. Sunday saw Sara Martin travel to Dublin along with Head Coach Martin McNamee as Sara was about to be put through her paces in her black belt grading under the watchful eye of JKS (Japan Karate Shotorenmei) Chief Instructor Kagawa Shihan 8th Dan. Not only did Sara who began practicing Karate 5 years ago at the age of 12 pass her grading she was awarded best female on the day which is testament to the dedication she gives to her chosen sport and lifestyle.Martin McNamee who started The Three Rivers club almost 10 years ago was delighted with his student as she made history becoming the first club member to be awarded the coveted black belt and believes she will continue to inspire the younger Karatekas in the club who look up to her to put in the same work to achieve their goals.Head Coach of the Three Rivers Martin McNamee Sensei standing proudly alongside Sara Martin Sensei after receiving her black belt.Image by Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin*** BLACK BELTS AND MEDALS FOR THREE RIVERS SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB was last modified: March 8th, 2016 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)
Planetary scientists are looking to asteroids as the source of Earth’s water – not from evidence, but from desperation.The Bible’s book of Genesis describes Earth covered with water from its creation. Not so, say the secular evolutionists: Earth began as a hot, dry, rocky body spewing volcanoes and facing a bombardment of space debris. Problem: why is it covered with water today? Even though the oceans are a relatively thin veneer on the globe, making up about 1% of Earth’s mass, their prominence is one of the defining characteristics of our “water planet.”There have been three suggestions to answer the “H2O Enigma” (see 3/26/2002): a lucky strike by a big wet planetesimal, condensation from the solar nebula, and comets. The first two hypotheses are pretty much defunct, leaving comets. But for the last several years, secular planetary scientists have doubted that comets brought the water (see 11/03/2009), primarily because the hydrogen-to-deuterium ratio in cometary ice differs substantially from Earth water. (Deuterium abundance is thought to increase with distance from the sun.) In addition, direct observation of comets by Stardust and Deep Impact have shattered theories about their origins (12/27/2007, 9/24/2008, 4/18/2011).As Space.com reported recently, it’s unlikely scientists can retreat back to condensation from the local solar nebula. The so-called “snow line” in planet formation theory is now thought to be even farther out than previously believed. Earth started out dry. Volatiles like water had to come special delivery.Taking all the difficulties into account, NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine considered one last option: asteroids. In ” Meteorites Most Likely Source of Earth’s Water,” NASA pointed to work by Carnegie Institute scientists who believe water-bearing carbonaceous chondrites, with their lower deuterium ratios, could have been the delivery vehicles. Because the deuterium ratio is lower, they might have formed in the asteroid belt. The last paragraph shows this is only a suggestion:“Our results provide important new constraints for the origin of volatiles in the inner Solar System, including the Earth,” Alexander said. “And they have important implications for the current models of the formation and orbital evolution of the planets and smaller objects in our solar system.”A constraint is not a theory any more than an implication is. Scientists generally frown on ad hoc explanations that rely on luck to fix a problem.Did any of them think this through? How many asteroids would it take? Unlike comets, asteroids are mostly rock. It would seem to squeeze enough water out of the rocks of carbonaceous chondrites, they would have to coat the whole Earth with a veneer of them. That should be clearly detectable. Also, the timing is critical in their hypothesis. It would have to arrive after the volcanoes stopped burying the land in lava; what made the asteroids come in then? Furthermore, the asteroids had to be the right size. Too big, and they would have boiled away any oceans being formed. This theory is ad hoc all over the Earth.There is nothing in science that demands a bottom-up explanation. Science should go with where the evidence leads: top-down (i.e., intelligent design) or otherwise, without a pre-selected bias. A theory that includes an eyewitness account should be given more credence than one that relies on inferences from the unobservable past (unobservable, that is, to humans). For these reasons, given the implausibilities of the secular account, the Genesis account can be called the most accurate scientific explanation of the origin of the Earth’s oceans. Peter is harsh on the latter day uniformitarian scoffers, claiming they willfully forget that the world was created with its water from the beginning (2 Peter 3:3-6). The scientific data did not demand their bottom-up, mindless view. it was a choice. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0