More S. Korean skaters come forward with sexual abuse allegations

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vince Carter watches the good times, but is he near goodbye? 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “During the time that the victims were worried about revenge or additional harm from the committee, some other skaters might suffer from similar painful cases.”The two victims plan to hold a press conference next week and take legal action against the perpetrators. The association has been talking with the other four victims, but they are reportedly still reluctant to come forward out of fears of retaliation.The association said it would reveal more cases if the government protects the victims and takes actions to root out the wrongdoings of influential people in skating’s communities. Also, the association called on politicians who have been protecting and supporting the wrongdoers to come out into the open.Cho has been serving a 10-month jail term for the assault of four skaters that dates to 2011. One skater asked for the punishment to be mitigated after coming to an agreement with Cho.Two more of the skaters agreed to mitigated sentencing in an appeal trial that is still ongoing, as Cho’s acquaintances reportedly called and visited the families of the victims repeatedly.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The Young Skaters Association leader Yeo Jun-hyeong speaks at a press conference on Thursday. Yonhap via The Korea HeraldSEOUL — Additional allegations of sexual abuse in Korea’s skating community were revealed as two more skaters came forward following Olympic short track gold medalist Shim Suk-hee’s claim against her former coach on Tuesday.The Young Skaters Association released a statement Wednesday claiming that there were more sexual abuse cases in Korea’s skating community yet to be disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “The association has investigated the wrongdoings committed by influential people in the community, and we found that six more female skaters have suffered sexual abuse by their coaches besides Shim,” Yeo Jun-hyeong, the leader of the association, told The Korea Herald in a phone interview.According to Yeo, the victims could not come forward sooner as they worried the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee’s leading members would overlook the cases and cause additional harm to the victims.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 ChrissShim’s recent revelation, however, led two of the victims to disclose their experiences of abuse. The Olympic medalist and 1,000-meter world champion filed a complaint against her former coach Cho Jae-beom, accusing him of repeated sexual assault from 2014 until just weeks before the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.“The silence of the victims might be the result that the leading members want,” the association’s statement read. MOST READ But two of the three victims backed out of their agreements with Cho on Wednesday. The two changed their minds after hearing about Shim’s case and urged the court to impose stronger punishment against Cho.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Hate of step-children by stepfathers

first_imgDear Editor,The death of 10-year-old Johnathan Rampersaud, who was found hanging last week at his home at Success, East Coast Demerara, has triggered certain memories and evoked a surge of raw emotions in me.The media reported that he was found hanging by a sheet, and that his stepfather was alone with him at the time, and has since been arrested. Media interviews of the little boy’s neighbours and his biological father raised the issue of cruelty meted out to him. Who knows what horrors this innocent child must have endured?This hurt me to my core, because while I was still a small child, I witnessed extreme brutality inflicted by a step-father on a little boy named Karosh, who was unable to fend for himself, and could only shed tears and dream of a time when it would all end.I was too small to do anything to help that little boy, but I know the daily agony, humiliation and frustration he endured. I know the total helplessness he felt, and how bitterness and hatred tried to take over his heart, mind and soul. Out of respect for his privacy, I will not give clues about his identity; but the way he turned childhood anguish into adult triumph is a remarkable story with lessons for everyone.What this little boy’s stepfather did to him was not ordinary abuse. Imagine a grown man lifting a slender boy, seven years old, shoulder high and then throwing him viciously to the ground for sheer cruel entertainment. The boy was only a good looking, precious, sweet little child. Imagine a stepfather creeping up behind a little boy who is happily playing marbles, just to surprise him with a sudden, powerful lash with a whip across his two shoulder blades, blows that hurt his back until this day. This man was probably the physically strongest man that I had ever seen.Think of that young boy being beaten to a pulp repeatedly, with his whole body swollen and hurting, blood oozing from multiple wounds. Imagine this child being brutalised constantly, being called a blight and a curse who would never amount to anything good in life, and being left to run down the street with filth on his butt while people laughed at him and mocked him at the age of two or three.When the media reported on the hanging of little Jonathan, a vision of an incident with that other little boy came into my mind right away. I recalled his stepfather tying his wrists, pulling him off his feet and into the air, then leaving him hanging by his wrists for over 30 minutes with nothing but his thoughts speaking to the universe as his step-brothers watched him writhe in pain and shame. He was just about five years old at the time.Three or four times a year, when it became too much, his mother would dress him in his little short pants and send him to spend time with an aunt by the Punt Trench Damn in Line Path Village, aka, ‘Cow Pen’. She would watch, with tears in her eyes, as he walked down the road, making his little way to a safer place. As he made his way to that aunt, he would turn around and look at her and smile, knowing that he would suffer no disgrace, no insult, no pain, no torment, no abuse, nothing. His mom would then go and get him a week or two later.All the time this little boy was being abused by his stepfather, he was also forced to look on helplessly as his mother was subjected to similar abuse. The boy watched as his mother was shouted at, cursed, shoved, and beaten until she was bloodied and black-and-blue. Yet she still tried to provide some comfort for her children by going to cook their lunchtime meals. He could see that she could hardly stand. At that time, she was making babies every year.I do not know if people can visualise the torment of a growing boy whose stepfather would immediately fly into a violent rage if he came home and saw the boy with a book. When the boy became a teenager and had to study for exams, his stepfather disrupted his studies all the time by cursing him using filthy language.The boy would seek refuge at his stepfather’s brother who admired and loved him. Driven by a passionate need for guidance, blessings and leadership from positive male role models, the boy started spending time with imams, Christian priests, pandits, teachers and other adults from whom he could learn about life, humanity, philosophy and religion. When his stepfather found out, he laughed and accused the boy of consorting with obeah men.I often reflect on the enormous damage the stepfather could have done to this boy’s psyche. Child abuse can lead to so many mental disorders, which are in some cases irreparable. Sometimes child abuse can lead to suicide or to the children becoming monsters themselves as adults. It affects the way they analyse life and respond to stressful situations both as children and as adults. Their relationships with their families and friends also suffer. It can even affect their physical health. It’s like a poison in body and mind. The body’s entire wiring is altered.However, this boy I spoke about was able to gather up his life and grow up to be an outstanding, respected son of the soil, and I always think that it was through divine intervention. I can only marvel at the mercy, kindness and grace of the Glorious and Almighty God.He did confide in me, saying that he is still haunted by what he experienced. He still cannot understand what he could have done to have attracted such deep cruelty.I believe this brutalised boy was rewarded by Almighty God because what didn’t kill him made him stronger. Even at the height of his ordeal, he did not give in to hatred or ‘doom and gloom’. The child became a pleasant and good gentleman, considered today to be a scholar and statesman who is never vengeful or hateful. He prays for his stepfather, has forgiven him, and blesses him.He asks God to forgive his abuser and take the abuse off of his record, so that he might have sanctuary in paradise when he passes away. The boy became an intellectual, a leader, a man of wisdom, a man of society, a businessman. Even those who are envious of him respect him. And through it all, he has honoured his stepfather, supported him, and did everything in his power to make life comfortable for him.Despite his successes, his experiences still bring tears to his eyes in his private moments, but he said his faith keeps him strong, and he is grateful for the divine sanction that has allowed him to succeed in circumstances where so many others fail.In this case, it seems to me that there was divine retribution, because the abused stepson was the only one who took the family name and carried it to prosperity and greatness. The stepfather’s children were the ones who brought failure and distress to the family. When the stepfather looks at his offspring, all he sees is pain, shame, prison, violence and suffering, but his stepson’s life is a shining success. At the age of 18, he changed his name to his stepfather’s family name.I shared this story because I want the public agencies that help victims of child abuse to encourage them to show resilience, and not to give in to thoughts of hatred and vengeance. I also want the public to know that survivors of child abuse can be driven by a strong sense of moral purpose. They often have a strong desire to help others, and use their intellectual strengths and creative talents to seek peace and unity.Most importantly, I want our society to put mechanisms in place to improve detection of child abuse by making more people aware of danger signs in families. Society has to step up the systems of intervention, prosecution and punishment, and also provide suitable support and counselling for abused children.The little boy I referred to above is not a typical survivor of child abuse, and I believe he has a divine purpose to fulfill. One of the lessons of his story is that society’s anger and stigma should not fall on victims of child abuse, or else they might give in to vengeance and hatred. Then the traumatised children will become failing adults who fill our jails and overburden our human services agencies.Jonathan is not alone. Too often we hear about step parents physically and sexually abusing their stepchildren. In New York, a Guyanese woman, Shamdai Arjun, was convicted of strangling her stepdaughter Ashdeep Kaur, who was found dead in a bathtub. Arjun has since been jailed.The cruelties unleashed on any child will revisit the minds of the man or mother who inflicts such cruelties on innocent children.I want to see justice for Jonathan. I want to see his killer jailed for life. Too often, I hear of cases where the abusers get a slap on the wrist and are released from jail when they are still young. Just recently, we heard of the case of 25-year-old Brian Bobb-Semple who was given a 23-year sentence for the murder of nine-year-old Shaquan Gittens.Little Shaquan was snatched by this beast and taken to a place where he was sexually abused and choked to death. In my opinion, the sentence was not justice; Shaquan is dead and gone, Bobb-Semple lives to see another day, and has hope of resuming his life not too far down the line. Where is the justice?I wish to end with a quote from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, ‘Tomlinson’ “For the sin that ye do by two and two ye must pay for one by one!Sincerely,Haji Roshan Khan Snr.last_img read more

Door is open to PPP – Amna Ally

first_imgIn light of accusations by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) that Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally is not engaging them in discussions over the six tied Local Government Elections seats, the Minister said that the PPP/C never knocked on the door of dialogue, but stressed that this door is open.Ally made these comments at a People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) press conference on Wednesday, where she related that she gave to the Opposition, Government’s proposals to sort out the contested areas but stressed that the PPP/C never accepted those proposals.“Through Ms Teixeira, the Leader of the Opposition did make an intervention that we need to talk about the areas in question, we gave them our proposals [but] they did not accept the proposals,” she noted.The Social Cohesion Minister posited that she is still awaiting a response from the Parliamentary Opposition.“After many months passed after the convening of Local Government Elections, I was [again] approached by Teixeira [and] for whatever reason, they approached us to have talks…I asked Ms Teixeira to let the opposition leader or the PPP to document what they would like to discuss, what are their proposals so that we at our level could discuss the matter,” the minister noted.When questioned by the media over a supposed lack of engagement with the opposition, the minister posited that these claims are “inaccurate”, noting that the door is open to the PPP/C.Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally“I have reached out to the PPP on many occasions, particularly from my ministry but there has been no positive response, they have not knocked at the door.”The areas where the two political parties tied were Gibralter-Fyrish Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Industry-Plaisance NDC, Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen; Woodlands-Bel Air; Woodlands-Farm and the Municipality of Mabaruma.In April, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had moved to the High Court to block the selection of a Mayor and five chairmen for several NDCs after they were tied with the A Partnership of National Unity/Alliance for Change councillors following the 2016 elections.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanOpposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraPPP’s Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) had accused Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan of selecting the representatives outside the remit of the country’s laws governing the selection of Mayors and NDC chairmen.The Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari which had been granted by Justice Diana Insanally quelled Minister Bulkan’s selections on the grounds that it was contrary to and in violation of Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02.The Judge had pointed out that the decision, “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and in proper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect.”Guyana Times had reported that Justice Insanally ordered that the councillors selected by the minister be restrained from acting as or performing the functions of chairmen, vice chairmen and mayor of their respective NDCs and the municipality.The court also overturned the decision of the NDC’s in electing vice chairmen and of the town councils in selecting any or all committees, citing the above-mentioned grounds. The Judge had further ordered that the overseers of the NDCs and the acting Town Clerk of Mabaruma appoint a day for the election of chairmen and mayors from among such candidates by the voters whose names appear on the Register of Voters for the local authority area of the respective NDCs and municipality.To date, the matter is still in court.The 2016 Local Government Elections were held in March.last_img read more

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope

first_img• Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.• Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-783-0680• Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, reception centers will be opened if required.• Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of reception centres.Advertisement Further information will be posted on the District of Hudson’s Hope Facebook page and website at www.hudsonshope.ca as it becomes available.Or you can call the Municipal Office at 250-783-9901. The Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare residents to evacuate the premises should it be found necessary.The district says they’ll try to give as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.Upon notification of an alert, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:- Advertisement -• Locating all guests or co-workers and designate a reception centre outside the evacuation area should an evacuation be called while separated.• Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.• Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Advertisementlast_img read more

Stability testing going on at center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Last year’s stormy winter also caused the nearby Golden State Freeway to buckle when a saturated mountainside slumped. Oil lines unearthed by the flooding ruptured and spilled into the man-made Pyramid Lake and slides destroyed a segment of the historic Ridge Route, which predated the freeway. Built in 1993 at a price of $8 million – plus $5 million for the freeway ramps that serve it – the center houses elaborate displays detailing California’s system that funnels water from the verdant north to the arid south. Exhibits explain just how much waste it takes to prepare a serving of steak or a loaf of bread. Hands-on displays show how the water is imported, including the high-powered journey it takes over the steep Tehachapi Mountains to thirsty Southern California. Don Strickland, a spokesman for the water resources department in Sacramento, said sensors were installed in December and will collect data for six months. “Reopening is pending ongoing studies of potential earth movement around the buildings,” he said. “Movements will be evaluated to make sure the buildings and surrounding areas are safe.” ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Sensors installed around the shuttered Vista del Lago Visitors Center are collecting data on earth movement that will determine when – and if – the state’s premier water education facility will reopen. Perched on a plateau with a sweeping view of Pyramid Lake, Vista del Lago has been closed since March when runoff from heavy rain knocked out water lines to the center. Other slides in the region pointed to unstable geology that has kept the center closed until the state Department of Water Resources can figure out how to stabilize the building, John Bunce, the department’s operations superintendent, said Friday. “We’re waiting for information to see if there’s any indication that the building is not stable – then, of course, we wouldn’t open up until we can fix the problem,” Bunce said. “If the whole area’s slipping, it might not be something we can fix.” There has been no damage to the center, Bunce said. But the hillside is eroding right up to the buildings at this point. Displays inside are intact and security guards patrol round-the-clock. Before the slides, the center was drawing some 160,000 visitors a year. “It’s a pretty popular place,” Bunce said. “We’re all hoping we can figure out how to get it open again.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DELIGHT AS GARDAI NAB BURGLAR IN KILMACRENNAN

first_imgA GARDA operation to nab burglars was a massive success this morning after a man was held in Co Donegal.Gardaí at Milford say they are investigating a burglary which occurred at approximately 3.45am this morning in Kilmacrennan. A man entered the home of a 69 year old woman who was alone in the house at the time.He forced his way into her bedroom threatened her and demanded cash.The raider fled the scene after taking a handbag.The pensioner was unhurt but chased the suspect with a hatchet. A 24 year old man was arrested a short time later in connection with this incident and is currently detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.Local people expressed delight at the arrest, which came 8kms from where three suspects were detained on Tuesday.The Garda operation came as security is being stepped up in rural areas and was a direct result of police work.“The woman was unhurt but she is very shaken,” said one local man today.“She was able to call Gardai and they reacted extremely quickly, identified a suspect right away and arrested him.” DELIGHT AS GARDAI NAB BURGLAR IN KILMACRENNAN was last modified: January 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DELIGHT AS GARDAI NAB BURGLAR IN KILMACRENNANlast_img read more

MILFORD SCHOOL TO GET THE PONC XL TREATMENT ON TG4!

first_imgIt’s not often that students get to see their teachers in a catsuit!Teachers at Mulroy get ready for TG4!But teachers at Mulroy College in MIlford, including principal Fiona Temple, got into the spirit of thing to appear on TG4 show PONC XL tonight at 5.50pm.TG4 visited the college last term and spent a day filming all aspects of life in the College, interviewing students and ending the day with a tug of war between staff and students. To find out who were declared champions, tune into TG4 this evening at 5:50pm, not to be missed!!MILFORD SCHOOL TO GET THE PONC XL TREATMENT ON TG4! was last modified: February 18th, 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:Mulroy CollegePONC XLTG4last_img read more

GRAHAM NORTON EASES EUROVISION PAIN FOR RYAN

first_imgEurovision star Ryan Dolan has revealed how Graham Norton made him feel better by coming to see him after Saturday night’s show.The BBC chat-show host actually tipped Ryan to win the show after watching his performance on Saturday night.The Cork-born star sought out the Irish delegation after Ryan came last in Malmo, Sweden. Ryan, 27, who has lots of relations across Donegal, revealed “It was really nice of Graham to come in and say hello. He went out of his way to find us and come into our dressing room.“He came in and he was shocked and disappointed that we came last. He couldn’t believe it because he actually thought we had a very good chance of winning it.“It was really nice of him and it meant a lot to me personally because we were feeling a little low,” said Ryan.Ryan, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, said he was disappointed by coming last but it will not stop him from making a career in showbusiness. “I honestly don’t think we deserved to come last because we gave it our all and we received such a great reaction.“It’s not going to stop me making a career out of music. The Eurovision has given me a great platform and I intend to make the most of it,” he said.Meanwhile Paddy Power has said it does not accept Ryan deserved to come last on the Eurovision.The betting chain has agreed to refund all bets on the Irish singer.GRAHAM NORTON EASES EUROVISION PAIN FOR RYAN was last modified: May 20th, 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:EurovisionGraham NortonRyan Dolanlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_img Palmdale High School Choirs will perform their annual winter concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the theater at Highland High School, 39055 25th St. W., Palmdale. Suggested donation is $2. Short stories that won a Palmdale Writers Roundtable competition will be read at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company perform “The Snow Queen,” dance variations from “The Nutcracker” and tap and jaz pieces to the music of “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras perform the Brandenburg “Sinfonia” and “Sleepers Awake” plus holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs perform holiday songs at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends will perform salsa music and Latin ballads 8 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi Gold” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $30, or $25 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Lancaster Community Orchestra, conducted by Lynn Ennis, will perform its third annual Welcome Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lancaster High School theater, 44701 32nd St. W. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students age 18 and younger. Auditions for new members are 6 p.m. Jan. 18. For more information, call (661) 722-6077. Highland High School Choirs will perform their annual winter concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater at Highland High School, 39055 25th St. W., Palmdale. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Antelope Valley High School Choirs will perform their annual winter concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria of Antelope Valley High School, 44900 Division St., Lancaster. Tickets are $6 for general admission at the door; senior citizens, children 12 and younger and students with ASB cards pay $4. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Antelope Valley Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets are $26, or $14 for youth. Call (661) 723-5950. Lancaster High School Band Concert will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the theater at Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. The school’s jazz ensemble, concert band and wind ensemble will perform. William J. “Pete” Knight High School Music Department will have a holiday concert featuring instrumental and choral groups at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the school, 37423 70th St. E., Palmdale. Admission is free. Littlerock High School Music Department will perform its annual winter concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the theater at Littlerock High School, 10833 E. Ave. R, Littlerock. Admission is free. !boxes Lancaster High School Choirs will perform their annual winter concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 in the theater at Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. Tickets are $3 per person, with a maximum charge of $10 per family. last_img read more

Enceladus Cannot Spout for Billions of Years

first_img(Visited 652 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 You can tell when theorists are getting desperate. Their assumptions get more and more implausible, and they gloss over falsifying facts.Enceladus, the little geysering moon studied intensely by Cassini from 2004 to 2017, puts out so much material it creates a large, broad ring around Saturn – the E-ring. Keeping this moon’s completely unexpected activity going for even a few million years has been challenging, let alone billions. NASA just sent its latest idea up the flagpole to see if anybody salutes. Announced by JPL, the article “Powering Saturn’s active moon” introduces the b-word in the first sentence:Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn’s moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA’s Cassini mission.The basic idea is this: if Enceladus has a porous core with 20 to 30 percent empty space, if the rock is the right kind, if the pore spaces are filled with liquid water, if Enceladus receives tidal pumping, if it has a global ocean of sufficient depth, and if hydrothermal activity occurs, then perhaps the activity can be sustained for a long time. The perhapsimaybecouldness index is sky-high in this model, but the moyboys have no choice: they have to keep this tiny moon going for the age of the solar system.Ocean? Water? That vision sent the media into a hydrobioscopic frenzy:“The internal ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be old enough to have evolved life, finds study” (Monica Grady at The Conversation).“Enceladus’s hot, gritty core may cook up ingredients for life” (Leah Crane at New Scientist).“Choblet and his colleagues found this effect could heat Enceladus from tens of millions of years to billions of years. This may be long enough to supply the kinds of conditions needed for life to develop, they said.” (Space.com)Many readers, seeing the b-word billions in the opening sentence, may feel sufficiently nudged to return to the cozy warmth of the moyboy consensus. Only careful readers reading below the fold may run into the problems with this model:“The ocean in Enceladus would have frozen within 30 million years,” the scientists admit. That’s less than 1% of its assumed age leaving a huge amount of time to keep the moon warm enough to spout.Look how small this moon is!2. “The amount of energy required to produce these temperatures is more than scientists think could be provided by decay of radioactive elements in the interior.” Scientists cannot, therefore, rely on the contribution of heat from the typical radioactive sources.3. Enceladus lacks enough mass to keep losing some of it to space for billions of years. The press release says,The researchers estimate that, over time (between 25 and 250 million years), the entire volume of Enceladus’ ocean passes through the moon’s core. This is estimated to be an amount of water equal to two percent of the volume of Earth’s oceans.In other words, in 5% of its assumed age, Enceladus would have already lost its entire ocean. For the entire age (assumed to be 4.5 billion years), Enceladus would have lost its entire ocean through its geysers twenty times over! In Earth terms, that would be 40% of all the water in all the oceans on Earth—for a moon the diameter of Arizona (about 300 miles).Notice how the lead author minimizes the implications of Cassini’s observations:“Where Enceladus gets the sustained power to remain active has always been a bit of a mystery, but we’ve now considered in greater detail how the structure and composition of the moon’s rocky core could play a key role in generating the necessary energy,” said the study’s lead author, Gaël Choblet from the University of Nantes in France.It’s just “a bit” of a mystery. No big deal, right? Only a ‘bit’. Notice that Choblet says it “has always been” a mystery. They’ve had 13 years to solve this problem. The latest idea, considering the problems listed above, is not a convincing case. It only “could” play a “key role” in the solution, Choblet says. That’s like saying that Mark Wahlberg “could play a key role” in his Broadway flop if he could sign him up.The paper is published in Nature Astronomy. Sure enough, they add tons of hoc to their ad hoc model to hawk it. They rely on unobserved “orbital evolution” of the moon’s eccentricity. They tweak the mineral composition of the core, which nobody can see, relying on serpentine but no brucite or magnetite that would reduce those billions of years. Assume, assume, assume. For example:Even though the conditions inside Enceladus’ core are different from those considered in laboratory tests (lower frequency, higher pressure), we assume that a similar trend should occur when the core materials are subjected to cyclic strain. This assumption will have to be confirmed by future mechanical tests in the appropriate range.It’s clear they are forcing Enceladus to be old, not following the evidence where it leads. Assumptions about billions of years lead the way in this clumsy walk. As for life out there, they’ve had 150 years to figure out life by chance, and are even further away from an answer than they were in the heady days of visions of Darwin’s warm little ponds.This paper seems to be a desperate attempt to answer creationists. Since CEH has taken the lead for years in calling Saturn’s billions of years into question (with possibly the help of Spike Psarris and his videos), we might even presume they are trying to respond to us. Of course, they would never say that. They mustn’t acknowledge we even exist. But since we have put out dozens of articles that quote the moyboys’ own scientific papers and show the folly in their arguments, and since they know a lot of people read it, what other motivation do they have? If Enceladus cannot be old, nor Titan, nor Saturn, nor the rings, then their moyboy house crumbles and Darwinism with it.And we demand of the secular media: quit the hydrobioscopy act. We’re onto you. You know it’s a distraction, a red herring. Teasing your audience’s attention away from one problem with a far bigger problem is not helpful. Focus on the facts at hand: Enceladus is pumping 200 kilograms of stuff per second to space. That’s 6.3 billion kilograms per year! Over the assumed age of the solar system this little moon would pump 30 billion billion kilograms of stuff at that rate. Can anyone believe that this little moon has discharged a third of its mass through its geysers? If that is not sufficiently disturbing to shock you back to reality, what about Jupiter’s moon Io? It would have erupted 40 times its entire mass through its volcanoes in 4.5 billion years. Don’t be ridiculous. Follow the evidence where it leads: these (and many other objects in the solar system) are young.last_img read more