Jawbreakers complete D-League Final 4

first_imgMOST READ Lifesavers keep PSL hopes alive Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum hacked out an 82-77 triumph over Centro Escolar University on Thursday as the Jawbreakers completed the Final Four cast in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.MJ Ayaay spearheaded the Jawbreakers’ rally from 72-61 with 7:27 left via a 21-5 closing run as Zark’s sealed a best-of-three clash with second-ranked Marinerong Pilipino starting Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES View comments Ayaay posted 15 points, four rebounds, five steals, and four blocks to make up for the absence of CJ Perez from the final 4:54.Jayvee Marcelino led Zark’s Burger with 17 points, twin brother Jaycee contributed 10, while Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu tallied 12 points and 16 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

MMA fan Ancajas proud to see compatriots shine in ONE

first_imgAncajas even entered the ring and raised Banario’s hand after his split decision victory over Adrian Pang in the night’s co-main event.“It really feels different watching it live. I was really happy seeing Gina, Honorio, and Kevin win. I was shouting the whole time,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut don’t expect the 26-year-old southpaw to enter the MMA circuit soon, even with the ONE Super Series set to stage boxing fights in future dates.“I’m just really a fan of ONE Championship. I’m just thankful for the guys who invited me here,” he said. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Ancajas, though, is just happy to see his compatriots make a name for themselves in the mixed martial arts field, especially in ONE, the same way he’s slowly building his name in boxing.“For me, ONE has really grown, and with the ONE Super Series, it will be better for the boxers because there’s only a handful of promoters left. So for me, I feel it would really help the other Filipino boxers in the long run,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Belingon continues resurgence, eyes ONE title shot In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Jerwin Ancajas poses for a photo with Team Lakay standouts Gina Iniong, Honorio Banario and Kevin Belingon. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netA confessed mixed martial arts fan, Jerwin Ancajas, WBA super featherweight champion, truly enjoyed his time watching ONE: Heroes of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“This is my first time watching it live because before, I only watch this on TV,” Ancajas said as he joined Team Lakay bets Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, and Gina Iniong in the post-fight press conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Che’Lu-San Sebastian inches closer to D-League title, fends off Zark’s-Lyceum

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames CJ Perez was stifled in Game 1, finishing with eight points on a 3-of-11 shooting, on top of seven rebounds, and seven assists.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 107 — De Leon 18, Batino 17, Calisaan 15, Bulanadi 13, Costelo 13, Ilagan 9, Siruma 7, Collado 6, David 3, Ablaza 2, Faundo 2, Taganas 2, Capobres 0.ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 103 — Jc. Marcelino 23, Nzeusseu 19, Ayaay 13. Jv. Marcelino 10, Baltazar 9, Pretta 9, Perez 8, Serrano 5, Tansingco 3, Caduyac 2, Yong 2, Ibañez 0.Quarters: 34-26, 55-57, 76-76. 107-103.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSamboy de Leon hit the big shots late for Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian as it pulled off a huge 107-103 Game 1 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.The former Magnolia forward nailed the go-ahead triple with 1:19 to play that gave the Revellers a 104-101 lead and took the air out of the Jawbreakers.ADVERTISEMENT 25 standouts from NCR move on to Jr. NBA national training camp Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ De Leon finished with 18 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from three, to go with five rebounds and three assists.CJ Perez kept things interesting with two foul shots in the final 39.1, but that was quickly negated by a huge undergoal stab from Michael Calisaan with 28.8 seconds left, 106-103.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownZark’s-Lyceum failed to find its mark from that point on with Allyn Bulanadi putting on the finishing touches with a split before Ryan Costelo intercepted the ensuing possession to seal the deal for Che’Lu-San Sebastian.Alfred Batino also chimed in 17 points and 10 boards, while Calisaan got 15 and 12. Bulanadi and Costelo both had 13 points in the victory.“Both teams deserved to win but it was in the end game where the difference was our defense. It was a good comeback for our team,” said coach Stevenson Tiu whose Che’Lu-San Sebastian survived the absence of leading scorer Jeff Viernes, who was called up by GlobalPort in the PBA.The Revellers won the battle of the boards, 60-48, while also going 10-of-25 from three.Che’Lu-San Sebastian has a chance to claim the crown in Game 2 on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 23 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three assists, while Mike Nzeusseu got 19 and 11.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Seeks Stronger APRM

first_imgThe African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a self-monitoring instrument created by African leaders in 2003, convened its 65th Meeting of Eminent Persons in Monrovia over the weekend, with member states seeking to strengthen the mechanism as it strives to influence governance systems across the continent.The Panel Meeting discussed and concluded resolutions on deepening the APRM process and structure in member states, strengthening relationships with stakeholders, and integrating with the Africa Union. The Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, Ambassador FatumaNdangiza presided over the proceedings held at the Royal Grand Hotel in Sinkor.The APRM is one of few vehicles established by African leaders in response to calls for improving governance practices and deepening democracy on the continent.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the Chairperson of the APRM Forum for heads of states and governments, has stressed the need for a stronger APRM in Liberia and across Africa. The President has been working tirelessly to engagethe panel, key stakeholders on the continent, and her peers on how to go about strengthening the Mechanism.Last week, the Liberian leader met with the APR Panel of Eminent Persons and the Secretariat during their visit to Liberia and noted the importance of aligning APRM’s work with the recently endorsed African Union’s 2063 Vision.President Sirleaf also underscored the need for harmonious working relations between the APR Panel and the Committee of Focal Points, in ensuring a successful country review processes.Addressing the meeting in Monrovia, Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Chairperson of the Committee of Focal Points, Amara Mohammed Konneh, talked about upholding the principles of good governance and striving to strengthen our respective systems of democratic governance and socio-economic development.”Minister Konneh called on APRM member countries to work together, again to ensure that the gains of collaboration, knowledge and experience sharing, is felt by ordinary Africans as translated through improved governance practices.The Liberian Finance Minister called on member countries to rally in strengthening the mechanism to accelerate and sustain democratic governance on the continent and promote sustainable and equitable development.“Since the launch of the APRM in March 2003, we have marched to new horizons and have accomplished a lot, thanks to our common resolve,” said Finance Minister Konneh.According to him, the meetings in Liberia were convened as a direct result of the Chairperson and the APR Forum’s request at the 20th Summit held on 29 January 2014 to hold a meeting of the APRM Committee of Focal Points in Monrovia to address urgent administrative matters and drive the process towards integration in the African Union System. “Without being complacent, we are indeed proud of our accomplishments. However, we need to sustain our commitment and renew our determination to fast-track the implementation of the APRM in our countries” said Konneh.With the accession of Equatorial Guinea to the APRM at the 20th APR Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in January 2014, thirty four countries are now Member States. Thus far, seventeen APRM countries have undergone the peer review, Tanzania and Zambia being the latest reviewed at the 18th Summit of the APRM. Cape Verde and Cote d’Ivoire have expressed interest in joining the APRM and more continue to do so.The Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, at a brief news conference in Monrovia Friday, encouraged member countries including Liberia to fast track procedures that would lead to a successful peer review process. She said Liberia remains on the right trajectory to be reviewed by the end of the year.Madam Ndangiza indicated that the African Peer Review Mechanism is an African initiative meant to access the performance of its members in Africa. She called on every sector of the Liberian society most especially, civil society actors, media, youth communities, political parties, private sectors, among others, to participate in the APRM process.The APRM Executive also emphasized that the performance and progress report of the APRM are measured in four substantive areas including Democracy and Political Governance (DPG), Economic Governance and management (EGM), Social-economic Development (SED) and Corporate Governance (CG). She said the APRM has done all it can to remain free from political manipulations and that member states are supporting it fully.Madam Ndangiza hinted that one of the most important aspects of the APRM is to listen to the different voices at a time, critically analyze, and derive a report. She added, “We must not wait for reports outside of Africa before we act ourselves, that’s why APRM is important for Africa.’’Also addressing reporters, a Member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, who clarified that there is no punishment for governments that failed to implement the APR Panel reports.Ambassador Rashed, however, noted that although there is no penalty for non-compliance, it is the moral obligation of governments to ensure that the reports are included in their national agenda and implemented.Liberia is yet completed the process of starting its peer review because the country has not put into place institutions necessary to start the review. He emphasized the tremendous effort being made by Liberia to accede to comply.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education ‘A Powerful Weapon that Can Reduce Poverty’ -Rep. Samah

first_imgRep. Samah addresses the graduates.Montserrado County District #12 Representative, George Beyan Samah, says education is the most powerful weapon that can reduce poverty and transform Liberia into a better country.Rep. Samah’s statement was contained in his keynote address delivered at the 22nd graduation convocation of the Special Project High School in Barnesville, outside Monrovia, over the weekend.Samah spoke on the theme, “Education-The Most Powerful Weapon, Which You Can Use to Change the World.”In the words of the Montserrado lawmaker, education is key in eliminating gender inequality, preventing needless death, illness and “hence fostering everlasting peace.”He said education is one of the “most serious investments that all parents should embrace to advance their children in the technological world.“According to UNESCO project statistics, in Africa’s poorest nations, of which Liberia is a part,  the lives of 1.8 million children could have been improved if their mothers had at least a secondary education,” Rep. Samah said.“Therefore, parents, I would like to use this platform to appeal to you to spend your nickels, dimes, and whatever you may have in helping our children to buy the most powerful weapon on planet earth. With this weapon in their hands, we as parents are sure of their tomorrow,” he advised the parents.Rep. Samah said he cannot imagine a better Liberia without parents committing themselves to guarantee their children’s future by providing quality education.He also challenged the graduates to press forward and seek education at the higher level.“The diploma you received today represents your insurance policy with the premium paid in full by your hard work over the past few years. It is not a guarantee, but it will always be there in time of need to help,” Samah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man freed of carnal knowledge charge

first_imgAlmost 10 years laterA smiling Sherwin Marcus on Monday walked out of court a free man, having been acquitted of an allegation of carnal knowledge committed on a female under the age of 15 almost 10 years ago.Freed: Sherwin MarcusHis case was heard by judge of the Sexual Offences Court, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.Marcus was accused of committing the offence between March 1 and 31, 2009 at a community in the county of Demerara. The female was 13 years old at the time.After nearly three hours of deliberation, the jury returned with its decision in a 10-2 verdict of not guilty.After informing Marcus of his freedom, Justice Barlow encouraged him to stay out of trouble, and informed him that whatever he does with his life henceforth is in his hands.This case was prosecuted by State Attorney Narrisa Leander, while Marcus’s legal counsel was Attorney Clyde Forde.last_img read more

Govt’s notice of early budget aimed at influencing LGE votes – Jagdeo

first_img– but says track record of coalition’s failure is clearFinance Minister Winston Jordan has announced plans to present an early budget, but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the coalition Administration is still ignoring technical problems associated with an early presentation, and has not learned from the past.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo said Minister Jordan may be pushing the presentation of Budget 2019 ahead of the Local Government Elections (LGE), which have been set for November 12, 2018. He said this may be so far many reasons, but mostly to do with the fact that Government may want to use that to influence the elections.“I thought that maybe they are trying to catch the Local Government Elections; to present a budget with a few goodies to influence people on how they vote. That is still very likely, knowing how this Government operates. It makes a lot of promises and has a poor track record of fulfilling those promises,” he said.Jagdeo, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), said the larger issue is that Government continues to ignore the fact that early budgets do not make any sense. “The issue is: when you go to the Parliament, you go to debate the framework, and the country expects a discussion on the economic performance in the current year; and based on that performance you will move forward. This is not what we are getting,” Jagdeo declared.He argued that, in presenting an early budget, the numbers included are not final year numbers; rather, they are numbers related to growth by sector, among others things. But those figures are up to the time when the budget is presented, and the actual numbers are made public only until the following year.Jagdeo pointed to previous budgets to make the point that after they had been presented, they had undergone several revisions of the growth rate — in some cases four time — because the final figure was much lower that the projection made.For 2017, initially Government had projected that Guyana’s economy would have grown by a 3.8 per cent growth rate for 2017. This projection was reduced to 3.1 per cent. It was then revised downwards again to 2.9 per cent. The actual performance, 2.1 per cent, was disclosed earlier this year.Jagdeo, himself a former Finance Minister and President, said the fiscal deficit also varied substantially when the actual numbers were presented. He said if one were to look at the components of the fiscal deficit, one would see a massive change in current and capital expenditures, as well as revenue.“We had false figures on revenue and expenditure, therefore the fiscal deficit numbers were false. The numbers were patently false figures,” he said. As such, he said, on the external side, the balance of payments’ numbers also changed massively.Jagdeo recalled that when the actual outcome was seen, it was worse by US$200 million. According to him, this could be a recurring problem.Jagdeo noted that the balance of trade was also distorted. As such, he said, if the Minister — and by extension, the Government — is serious about presenting budgets that would have some impact and meaning, then it should wait until January, and they can have actual numbers to work with.“We have a Minister who says nothing about the concerns that have been raised. What we will have is another debate on numbers that look great, but in a month, when the actual numbers are available for the year end, we will see a totally different picture,” he reasoned.Previously, Jagdeo had said that an early budget puts the PPP parliamentarians at a major disadvantage when debating the financial expenditures of the Government in the National Assembly.He asserted that there will be a month of “basically the Government being able to do what it wants, because it would have come to Parliament with a figure, but that figure would have had projections.”The former Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill, has also maintained that Government’s early budget was a means of evading public scrutiny, and a means by which to hide their underperformance.Edghill maintained there was no haste for an early budget presentation, noting that, historically, the country’s budget was presented in the first quarter of the fiscal year.Government recently admitted that despite some slight improvement in the Public Sector Investment Projects (PSIPs), “tremendous” challenges continue to be faced, particularly with foreign-financed projects.Jordan has said it is not where he wants it to be. Compiled annually, the PSIP contains capital investment projects funded under the domestic capital budget, and projects financed through external aid.In February this year, a critical analysis of PSIPs between 2014 and mid-2017 revealed that the performances of many projects left much to be desired.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS U21’S FACE BUNDORAN IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH TOMORROW NIGHT

first_imgKillybegs GAA NotesCould all club members please note the existing policy, that has been in place all year will remain.Preference will be given to those who ordered tickets through the club during 2014, except where demand exceeds supply. Deposits are paid but are subject to availability of tickets. Semi Final ticket orders at Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th August 7-8.30pm and Sunday 17th 4.30-5.30pm.Tuesday 12th August:•​Ticket orders for All Ireland Semi Final @ Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park 7-8.30pm.•U21 Championship @ home V Bundoran @ 7pm Wednesday 13th August:•​U13 home to Dungloe @ 6.30pm.Thursday 14th August:• ​Ticket orders for All Ireland Semi Final @ Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park 7-8.30pm.Saturday 16th August: • ​U13 away to Ballyshannon @ 1.30pm.Sunday 17th August:•​Reserves & Senior Men @ home V Fanad Gaels (1.30pm and 3pm)•Final day for ticket orders for All Ireland Semi Final @ Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park 4.30pm-5.30pm (after senior game)​. No winner of the bingo JP.. Next week JP at €2500 on 45 numbers.Kilotto no: 1,7,20,223 match 3 winning €20 eachBrid O’RourkeWilly tullyNiall burkeNext weeks kilotto JP at €2200GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS U21’S FACE BUNDORAN IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH TOMORROW NIGHT was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAKillybegsNoticesSportlast_img read more

To Be Habitable, a Planet Needs Inhabitants

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (9/08/12)Stellar Wind Habitable Zone (9/19/13, 6/03/14)Inhabitants, creating a biosphere that can regulate the atmosphere (06/06/14) In a chicken-or-egg conundrum, astrobiologists are asking whether inhabitants are needed to make a planet habitable.Which came first, the habitable planet or the inhabitants?  The traditional answer has been that habitability precedes life.  Not so fast, says Jorge Zuluaga, lead author of a new paper submitted to Biogeosciences (see arXiv).  A planet may need inhabitants to be habitable.  PhysOrg explains his thinking:“It is like trying to design the air conditioning system of a vehicle excluding from the heat and mass balance the effect of passengers inside the cabin; what is the purpose of the air conditioning system if, for designing it, we need to assume that the vehicle is empty?” asks Prof. Jorge I. Zuluaga, leading author of the paper. Although the determinant role of life in the present and past state of Earth’s environment has not been definitively probed, there is a growing amount of evidence supporting the idea that our Planet will not be the same if we remove every single form of life from its surface.Co-author Juan Salazar adds that biology interacts in complex ways with the geological and atmospheric systems of the Earth.  These interactions may keep the Earth habitable: “powerful, though sometimes subtle interactions between their components continuously maintains the system in a regulated equilibrium state.”  If alien scientists were to evaluate the habitability of the Earth without considering its inhabitants, they might come to a very different conclusion.  How can we be sure, therefore, whether exoplanets are habitable or not?  Space.com may be rushing to judgment when writer Mike Wall headlines, “Found! Oldest Known Alien Planet that Might Support Life” (cf. 6/03/14).  Ditto for Astrobiology Magazine and New Scientist, touting “Earth’s bigger, older brother,” a planet around Kapteyn’s Star with “the right stuff for life.”The article points out that this idea is not new.  Around 1920, Russian physicist Vladimir Vernadsky introduced the concept of a “biosphere.”  Later, James Lovelock, father of the “Gaia Hypothesis,” developed his thinking around interactions between biology, geology, and atmospherics.  So what’s new?What Zuluaga and his collaborators are attempting to do in their paper is first to demonstrate that excluding life from the “habitability equation” is unnatural and probably misleads the search for actually inhabited planets. In the second place, the authors present a general conceptual basis supporting the development of habitability models that include life.They’re doing this because most models up till now have not considered life in the equations.  Life has a special property – namely, information – that can radically alter the interaction of planet and habitability.  “Contrary to abiotic processes, living systems contain and maintain impressive amounts of information that give them unparalleled regulatory capabilities,” Zuluaga says.  For instance, life helps regulate the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which can dramatically impact the formation of clouds.Zuluaga and Salazar seem friendly to the Gaia hypothesis.  Their ideas, therefore, are controversial and not acceptable to all astrobiologists.  Still, they have questioned an assumption that will surely lead to further debates about the criteria for habitability.  “Ultimately,” the article ends, “the truth is that finding inhabited, rather than merely habitable, worlds is the actual goal of our ultimate scientific search for life beyond our pale blue dot.”The Biblical account pictures a world that started abiotic but became biotic within 3 days, right after the dry land was raised up out of the waters.  This was all God’s creative activity.  There never was a long period of earth history without life.  God designed life and the planet that supports them together.  That’s why we find life here, and so far, nowhere else.  The Biblical worldview does not rule out other inhabited planets, but for theological reasons, it seems unlikely there would be other sentient beings made in the image of God, like humans.While not endorsing the Gaia-like views of Zuluaga and colleagues, we think their paper raises good questions that have been overlooked by the astrobiology community.  Darwinian imagineers too often equate habitability with inhabited.  Finding a sterile planet in a “habitable zone” will not make it habitable.  The growing number of “earth-like” exoplanets found by the Kepler spacecraft could well be lifeless rocks with deadly atmospheres, for all we know.  Never assume.If they are right, then we have another requirement for habitability (9/09/13, 9/08/12) that must be considered when looking for extraterrestrials:last_img read more

Kashmiri traders call for shutdown

first_imgTraders in Kashmir have called for a shutdown against the GST regime even as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government is facing growing opposition to the reforms from political parties and separatists. Two traders’ bodies — the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation and Kashmir Economic Alliance — have called for a shutdown on July 15. A special Assembly session is scheduled to debate the implementation of the GST in Srinagar on that day. “There is consensus among traders on GST being a threat to J&K’s identity,” said the KEA chairman.last_img read more