Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

first_imgRain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’READ: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Drummond, Johnson pace Pistons to easy win over Hawks

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Drummond’s double-double was the 300th of his career, most in the league since his rookie season of 2012-13. The Hawks had nobody capable of matching up with his 6-foot-11, 279-pound frame. Drummond has hit 31 field goals, shot 62 percent and pulled down 54 rebounds in his last three games.The rebuilding Hawks, who feature one of the NBA’s youngest rosters, have lost three straight and seven of eight. Jeremy Lin finished with 19 points. Trae added 16, and Omari Spellman had 14 points and 10 rebounds.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 ChrissGriffin didn’t take a shot until the 2:20 mark of the second, heading to halftime with seven assists and five rebounds in his first 10 minutes. His first basket, a 3-pointer from the right corner, came with 5:14 to go in the third, pushing the lead to 93-67. He finished with nine rebounds, nine assists and six points.The Pistons, who have won two straight, took their first 26-point lead on Stanley Johnson’s three-point play midway through the second. They matched it several times in the third, the last coming in the final minute when Ish Smith’s layup made it 103-77. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knicks coach Fizdale pleasantly surprised by Porzingis progress TIP-INSPistons: Griffin began the night with 273 points, the most for a Detroit player through 10 games since Jerry Stackhouse had 277 in 2000-01. … Detroit had seven players in double figures. … . … G Reggie Bullock finished with 13 points and four assists in 23 minutes. He returned against Orlando and had one point and four assists in 18 minutes after missing the previous two games with an ankle sprain. … The Pistons hit 12 free throws, 18 less than Atlanta, and had their 19 attempts were 21 less.Hawks: The state of the organization could be summed by the loudest cheer of the night, which came midway through the fourth when Drummond missed two free throws to guarantee fans a promotional card for a free chicken sandwich. … Alex Poythress had four fouls in six minutes of the first half and spent the rest of the game on the bench. … Kevin Huerter returned to the team after missing Wednesday’s loss to New York for personal reasons and had two points in 29 minutes.NEW DESIGNThe court and the Hawks’ uniforms had a new color combination with the standard white — black trim with gold numbers and letters — to acknowledge their 50th year in the city.ADVERTISEMENT Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) talks with guard Glenn Robinson III (22) during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)ATLANTA — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Stanley Johnson added a season-high 22 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-109 on Friday night.In a game that was essentially decided in the first quarter, the Pistons were so dominant that they scored 74 points and led by 23 at halftime with Blake Griffin, the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer, 0 for 2 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UP NEXTPistons: Host Charlotte on Sunday.Hawks: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

World Bank Discloses Recovery Plan for Liberia’s Agro Sector

first_imgLiberian farmers harvesting riceBecause of the outbreak of Ebola, which has affected every sector of the Liberian economy, the World Bank has disclosed a recovery plan for the nation’s agriculture sector.Dr. Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President, made the disclosure Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a one-day visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and government officials.“We don’t need to wait until the Ebola epidemic is completely eradicated to start working on an economic plan. We will help farmers to recover from the Ebola crisis so that Liberia will not go through food shortage.”Access to quality health care delivery and improving selected infrastructures are also critical areas that the World Bank economic recovery plan seeks to consider.Though Liberia is striving to recover from 14 years of civil crisis, which left every sector, including its agriculture sector completely destroyed, the Ebola crisis is reported to have carried the sector to “square one,” where farmers were forced to abandon farms and fled to other parts of Liberia because of fear to not contract the virus.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that food is increasingly getting short in the country. Fields in some regions have been abandoned because of the people working on those fields believe that the virus is being spread by them. They also believe that the disease can be spread through their irrigated water.With the recent pronouncement made by the World Bank Group President to assist the country’s agriculture sector, Liberian farmers have begun expressing gratitude to the Bank.They are of the conviction that such intervention will bring a great relief to them, especially those in Ebola-affected communities.While this seems a good announcement, farmers have complained about the “limited allotment” in the national budget for agriculture. It is something they want their government to consider, if the country will become food self-sufficient.Liberia’s agriculture budget is at 2.4 percent with most funding from external sources. When African leaders met in Maputo 10 years ago, they came up with a declaration known as the Maputo Declaration. It calls for African nations to set aside at least 10 percent of their national budget for agriculture, annually.“The government needs to put more money in to agriculture to improve food security and reduce poverty in the lives of subsistence farmers. We are so thankful to the international community for its continuous assistance toward food security,” said Nathaniel Kpaka, a local farmer in Foya District, Lofa County.Lofa is one of the counties seriously hit by the Ebola virus. It is hope that with some level of improvement in the reduction of the virus, farmers are demonstrating courage in returning homes to engage in various agricultural projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

S.V. has Weaver’s number

first_img“This is a guy who’s a very talented pitcher,” Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said. “He’s got great baseball savvy. Even though he was a rookie last year, he really had a feel for what he was doing.” Weaver’s potential was just starting to blossom during his days at Simi Valley. He was 3-2with a 3.38 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 56 innings as a senior. Former Pioneers baseball coach Joe Gordon told of how he anticipated big things from Weaver, even though the 6-foot-7 athlete was better known as a basketball player back then. Gordon worked with Weaver as a student and a teacher’s aid in addition to as a player, and was impressed by Weaver’s dedication to success. “What Jered has accomplished so far is no accident,” Gordon said. Weaver says he frequently returns to the school to watch basketball games, but had a difficult time watching much of Friday’s game. He spent much of the game signing autographs for children, many clad in Angels gear. When the Pioneers’ student cheering section finally noticed Weaver in the far corner of the gym, they briefly switched their cheers to chants of “Let’s go Weaver.” Weaver preferred to praise the basketball team and encourage kids to stay in school rather than talk about himself during his halftime speech that was followed by a video tribute. The evening was just one in a series of memorable events for Weaver since last season ended. He’s watched his brother win the World Series and recently landed on the cover of the video game MVP 07 NCAA Baseball. His cherished anonymity is dwindling as he says he is often recognized around town. He leaves for spring training next week looking to his first full season in the majors after beginning last year at Triple-A Salt Lake. “It’s not going to be as stressful,” said Weaver, who describes having his brother playing in the same division this year with Seattle as a more stressful situation (his parents say they will root for a scoreless tie until both sons are out of the game if they pitch against each other). “Last year, I went in just trying to make the team and everything was all new to me. Now I hope I already have a spot set up. And it’s nice knowing what to expect going in this time. “I’m not trying to top (last year), just stay on that same playing level. Obviously it’s tough to have the kind of season I did, and team’s have had chance to see my stuff more. I’m just trying to keep the same approach. That’ s what got me here, so I haven’t changed anything.” The Angels are equally optimistic. “Shoot, he got off to an unbelievable start,” Stoneman said. “To expect that again, I don’t know if you could expect anyone to duplicate that, but we ‘re certainly expecting good things from him. “We feel our pitching is very good, it’s one of our strengths, and he’ s a big part of that.” heather.gripp@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a pretty big honor for me to have my jersey shown here at the school,” said Weaver, who received a framed jersey, as did his parents. “They haven’t retired very many jerseys, so it’s a big honor. For me and my brother to both be up there, that’s special.” The Pioneers retired older brother Jeff’s number five years ago, and that number was also 25. The brothers say it was just a coincidence they wore the same number in high school and didn’t even realize it until Jeff was honored. Jered admits he switched to No.36 in college to be like his major-league brother and plans to wear that number this season with the Angels. Since graduating from Simi Valley in 2001, the younger Weaver has been an All-American at Long Beach State, starred on the U.S. National Team, was the Angels’ first-round draft pick in 2004, and last year became the first American League rookie since Whitey Ford in 1950 to win his first nine decisions. Weaver was 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 19 big-league starts last season. The easy part of his life comes on the baseball field. At least Weaver makes it look easy, and that’s what Simi Valley High honored Friday. During halftime of the Pioneers’ basketball game against cross-town rival Royal, Simi Valley retired Weaver’s No. 25 that he wore as member of the school’s baseball and basketball teams. center_img SIMI VALLEY – Jered Weaver’s first offseason as a major leaguer wasn’t exactly the relaxing experience he envisioned. Buying his first house ignited the 24-year-old Angels pitcher’s foray into to grown-up life. “That took up pretty much my whole offseason,” Weaver said of the Simi Valley house that is a few miles from his parents. “I didn’t know buying a house was so much work. It’s a lot more than just moving all your stuff in. It’s been a lot of work, it hasn’t been easy.” last_img read more

The master Ronaldo against the pretender Neymar

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo, shown in this February 10, 2018 file photo, is set to face off against Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 13 – With Cristiano Ronaldo on one side and Neymar on the other, Wednesday’s heavyweight Champions League showdown between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain sees two of the game’s biggest global superstars collide.Ronaldo, the current world player of the year, has rediscovered something like his best form just at the right time for Real. PSG, meanwhile, are placing their hopes in Neymar, the world’s most expensive player and a Ballon d’Or winner of the future, as they chase the European glory that has thus far eluded them.The Brazilian left Barcelona for Paris to step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. But, exactly seven years Ronaldo’s junior, he is already being talked about in the Spanish capital as a possible successor to the Portuguese.– Ronaldo back to his best? –So far Neymar’s route to the Ballon d’Or has been blocked by the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly – they have won the prize five times each in the last 10 years.If Neymar inspires PSG to victory in this tie, and then on to glory in the final in May, he will stand a good chance of ending their domination.But while Ronaldo turned 33 last Monday, he is far from finished.He scored just four times in Real’s first 18 La Liga games, his slow start to the season following a summer overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion.But a weekend hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad took him to seven goals in his last four league outings.Suddenly, ‘CR7’ now has 23 goals in all competitions this season, more than at the same stage a year ago.“I am always looking to perform at the highest level and sometimes things don’t work out the way we would like,” Ronaldo told realmadrid.com.He may be beginning his decline, but there is life in him yet. And Ronaldo also lives for the Champions League, a competition he has won four times before.The Portuguese scored nine times in this season’s group stage and his next goal will be his 100th in the competition for Real.– Neymar: Some downs, mostly ups –Neymar’s first six months in France have at times been overshadowed by reports of an uneasy relationship with Edinson Cavani, the other idol at PSG and the club’s all-time record goal-scorer.Doubts are still raised about how much the French scene motivates him, too.Last week he sat out a French Cup tie at Sochaux, just 48 hours after hosting a lavish party for his 26th birthday near Paris’ Place Vendome.But Neymar can almost do and say what he wants, as long as his performances on the field satisfy PSG’s Qatari owners after they invested a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign him.And he is delivering on the pitch, scoring a goal a game in a Paris shirt.“We have lots of great players, but our leader on the pitch is Neymar,” said PSG coach Unai Emery recently.– One day in Madrid? –In France, persistent speculation about a potential Real bid to sign Neymar, possibly as early as this year, has been seen as an attempt to unsettle PSG ahead of this tie.“Would Neymar fit at Real Madrid? He would fit, for sure,” Real’s Marcelo, a Brazil team-mate of Neymar, told Brazilian channel Esporte Interativo.“I think Neymar will one day play for Real Madrid.”PSG signed Neymar after he masterminded Barcelona’s incredible 6-1 win when the teams met in the Champions League last season.It is not too big a stretch to imagine Real doing something similar should Neymar oversee their downfall.He will surely not be at PSG forever, and Madrid president Florentino Perez cannot wait too much longer to sign another global superstar, and a successor to Ronaldo.“I hope Neymar will stay. He still has a lot of things to achieve with us,” PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Canal+.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Argentina face five finals, insists defiant coach Sampaoli

first_img0Shares0000Do-or-die: Argentina must beat Nigeria on Tuesday to avoid crashing out the World Cup © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONSaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Argentina’s do-or-die clash against Nigeria on Tuesday can be a launch pad for the team in Russia following a woeful start to the World Cup, insisted defiant coach Jorge Sampaoli.Failure to beat the Africans will prolong Lionel Messi’s wait to win an international trophy, with the added humiliation of bowing out at the group stages without even winning a game. A 3-0 thrashing by Croatia after Argentina opened with a 1-1 draw against Iceland saw calls for Sampaoli to be sacked amid reports of player unrest at his tactics and team selection.But after a tumultuous week, including meetings between the squad, coach and Argentine FA president Claudio Tapia in recent days, Sampaoli tried to put a positive spin on the team’s fate.“We have to make our goal five games to reach the final. Tomorrow will be the first final,” Sampaoli told reporters on the eve of the game in Saint Petersburg.“No matter who plays tomorrow will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through.“We don’t have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go. Tomorrow, I am sure that they will see the best version of Argentina at this World Cup.”Sampaoli has been fiercely criticised for his inability to find a system to get the best out of Messi, but hit back at his treatment from what he described as press living in a “virtual world”.“Losing a game of football makes you a loser. Sometimes in the virtual world, it makes you feel like a criminal for having lost a game of football.”– No mercy for Messi –Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr hopes to end Lionel Messi’s World Cup on Tuesday © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEMessi, who turned 31 on Sunday, could be making his final World Cup appearance if Argentina fail to progress.And Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said the Super Eagles will show no mercy for the Barcelona star, despite their admiration for his talent.“We love this great player, Messi, everybody loves him,” said Rohr. “The question is not if it is the last World Cup for him or not, the question is for us to be qualified.“We are not here to watch him playing. We are here to make a result, we are professionals.“We are here to defend the colours of Nigeria and we know in football there is no mercy, no pity. Everybody wants to win and we cannot make any gifts even if we like very much this player.”Nigerian defender Brian Idowu admitted he would love Messi’s shirt as a memento, but also wants to send Argentina packing.“Our main goal is that it will be Messi’s last World Cup game, as much as footballers we love watching him play,” said Idowu, who was born in Saint Petersburg and still plays his club football in Russia for Amkar Perm.“I would love of course to swap jerseys with him but I would love to swap jerseys with many players in the Argentinean side.”Nigeria moved into second place in Group D behind already qualified Croatia by beating Iceland 2-0 thanks to an Ahmed Musa double.However, that victory came at a cost as captain John Obi Mikel suffered a fracture in his left hand that means he will be forced to wear a cast if he is to face Argentina.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neymar hoping for divine help after fresh metatarsal injury

first_imgNeymar posted a photo of himself leaving the pitch on Instagram, with a caption saying: “Your will be done, my God.”The severity of the new injury is not yet known, although Neymar was able to walk off the field unsupported.“Initial tests carried out revealed a painful reactivation of the injury to the fifth metatarsal,” a club statement said Thursday.“The treatment will depend on progress over the coming days,” it said, adding all medical options would be considered.Neymar initially tried to continue playing. But he covered his eyes — in tears, according to witnesses — as he was forced off to be replaced by Moussa Diaby just after the hour mark.His early departure was a worrying moment for PSG, with the world’s most expensive player having missed the final three months of last season after breaking the same bone.Each season PSG are judged according to their Champions League results, with former coach Unai Emery sacked following a last-16 loss to eventual champions Real Madrid last term.Current boss Thomas Tuchel said after the game: “The doctor is worried, ‘Ney’ is worried, because it is the same foot, the same place.”“It was a situation where he was fouled three times, one after the other. The referee didn’t give anything. He twisted his foot.”The PSG coach was also unhappy with suggestions from the Strasbourg players and coach that Neymar had provoked the injury by winding up his opponents.“It’s Neymar’s style, but don’t come and complain when you get kicked,” Strasbourg’s Anthony Goncalves told broadcaster Eurosport.“He is a great player, I respect him. He can enjoy himself but don’t come blubbering afterwards.”Neymar’s compatriot and PSG teammate Dani Alves claimed that the referee was too passive, urging officials to “protect these kinds of players, because they’re the ones who make people pay to come to the stadium”.PSG visit Old Trafford in the last-16 first leg on February 12, before hosting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated Man United side in the return game on March 6.– ‘Deeply affected’ –Edinson Cavani (C) celebrates with after giving Paris Saint-Germain the lead in their French Cup win over Strasbourg © AFP / FRANCK FIFEEdinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria got the goals on a bitterly cold night at the Parc des Princes as PSG ran out 2-0 winners to reach the last 16.Tuchel had left out the ill Kylian Mbappe for this game, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting handed a rare start in place of the superstar France forward.The Cameroon international set up Cavani for the fourth-minute opener, before Di Maria — who had earlier hit the post — finished into the roof of the net 10 minutes from time as PSG stayed on track to win the French Cup for the fifth season running.Before kick-off, fans applauded and chanted the name of Emiliano Sala, the former Nantes striker who is feared dead after the plane he was travelling in disappeared over the Channel Islands on Monday as he was on his way to join his new club Cardiff City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar leaves the pitch with an apparent foot injury in PSG’s win over Strasbourg in the French Cup © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jan 24 – Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar suffered a fresh injury to his right metatarsal in the holders’ French Cup win over Strasbourg, the club said Thursday.A fractured metatarsal curtailed the Brazilian’s campaign last season, and the recurrence comes just three weeks ahead of the first leg of PSG’s crunch Champions League clash against Manchester United.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: There has been a suspected case of killer disease Ebola in Co Donegal.The body of the man has been put in isolation.A man in his 40s and from Mountcharles was found dead showing signs of the disease.The body of the person, who recently returned from Sierra Leone in Africa, has been put in isolation at Letterkenny General Hospital. A statement from the HSE confirmed “The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak.”It added that the appropriate national guidelines, in line with international best practice, are being followed by the public health team dealing with the situation.This means that the body of the deceased has been isolated to minimise the potential spread of any possible virus.Blood samples have been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease. The statement added “Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow.”“The risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be extremely low.”As a precautionary measure, appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary pending the outcome of laboratory tests.Dr. Darina O’Flanagan, Head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said; “In general, the risk of contracting Ebola virus disease is extremely low and would involve very close personal contact with the infected individual or their body fluids for there to be any risk at all.”“We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease. The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution.” Further information on Ebola virus disease can be found on the HPSC’s website at http://www.hpsc.ie and http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/ViralHaemorrhagicFever/Ebola/BODY OF MAN PUT IN ISOLATION IN LETTERKENNY AMID FEARS HE DIED FROM KILLER EBOLA DISEASE was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thrap reinstated after 2-day leave

first_imgSt. Bernard’s boys’ basketball head coach Steve Thrap returned to his role with the team Saturday morning, the school announced.The school placed Thrap and his entire staff on administrative leave for a still undisclosed comment made by the 12th-year head coach during an away game last Monday against Eureka High. His return comes just 48 hours after the school’s administration announced his, and his staff’s, suspension last Thursday.The announcement regarding Thrap’s return came from the …last_img read more

Photosynthesis Requires the Right Kind of Star

first_imgWhere can photosynthesis occur?  The answer depends on the energy of starlight, the atmosphere, the amount of water vapor, and the organisms equipped to harvest it.    A new kind of photosynthetic bacterium was just discovered in a Yellowstone hot spring (see Science Daily).  Exciting as this is (and the discoverer felt he had struck gold), the new species is just another tally among the bacteria and plants with the amazing ability to harvest light and produce energy for food and growth.  Some bacteria produce chemical energy from light in one step; plants and algae utilize light in two stages (photosystem I and II), and liberate oxygen in the process – an energy-intensive process.  They couldn’t do it, though, if Earth orbited most stars.    John Raven took a look at this coupling between starlight and photosynthesis in Nature.1  He reviewed some recent studies on how light energy penetrates atmospheres and bodies of water.  Water is an efficient absorber of solar energy; that’s why plants and seaweed are restricted to the photic zone of lakes and oceans, or to the land surface.  “This biological dark side of water – its absorption of solar electromagnetic radiation – creates habitats that restrict or eliminate the roles of solar radiation in supplying energy for photosynthesis and information to sensory systems,” Raven noted.    What is the minimum energy required to trigger photosynthesis?  And what is the wavelength of the peak energy reaching the photic zone?  These questions yield answers about habitats on planets around other stars.  The “longest wavelength that has sufficient energy per photon to bring about the appropriate photochemical reaction (in which photon energy is converted into chemical energy)” sets physical constraints on photosynthesis, and thus on astrobiology.  Raven considered the likelihood that the plentiful M-type (red dwarf) stars could host life:Putative planets associated with stars of the M spectral type are commonly taken to be locations where life might occur, given the abundance of these stars and their longevity.  Photosynthetic organisms on an Earth-like planet orbiting an M star would experience stellar radiation with maximum photon fluxes at wavelengths in the infrared spectrum.  The ‘average’ photon would have a lower energy content, and there would also be a much greater absorption by water, than for solar radiation on Earth.This does not rule out life on such worlds, he said, but there are problems:Significant photosynthesis could nonetheless occur on such a planet.  But there would be energetic problems in using the relatively low-energy photons to reduce carbon dioxide with electrons from water, with production of oxygen.  The mechanism on Earth relies on two photochemical reactions in series; on planets orbiting an M star more than two reactions in series would be required.  On any such planet, the longer wavelengths at which photosynthetic pigments would absorb would have implications for the remote sensing of pigments by reflectance spectroscopy as an indicator (with appropriate caveats) of photosynthesis, and hence life.Raven said it cannot be taken for granted that oxygen-producing photosynthesis will be a likely outcome of “biogeochemical changes that accompany photosynthesis,” as evolutionists believe happened on Earth.  “Accordingly, in the search for life outside our Solar System,” he ended, “an astrobiological niche presents itself.”  Searchers for life around extrasolar planets will have to know what pigments to expect, as well as the signature of oxygen.    Speaking of pigments, Freeman Dyson speculated in an article for the New York Review of Books about why plants are green instead of black.  Plants only utilize 1% of the incident energy for photosynthesis, he noted.  Wouldn’t black absorb all the energy of sunlight?  Yes, but that fact must be balanced against the need to prevent overheating.  Plants absorb at the peak energy of solar radiation but have elaborate mechanisms for dispersing excess heat.  Dyson wondered, then, from an evolutionary perspective, why plants are still green in the arctic, when it would seem they need all the energy they can get.If the natural evolution of plants had been driven by the need for high efficiency of utilization of sunlight, then the leaves of all plants would have been black.  Black leaves would absorb sunlight more efficiently than leaves of any other color.  Obviously plant evolution was driven by other needs, and in particular by the need for protection against overheating.  For a plant growing in a hot climate, it is advantageous to reflect as much as possible of the sunlight that is not used for growth.  There is plenty of sunlight, and it is not important to use it with maximum efficiency.  The plants have evolved with chlorophyll in their leaves to absorb the useful red and blue components of sunlight and to reflect the green.  That is why it is reasonable for plants in tropical climates to be green.  But this logic does not explain why plants in cold climates where sunlight is scarce are also green.  We could imagine that in a place like Iceland, overheating would not be a problem, and plants with black leaves using sunlight more efficiently would have an evolutionary advantage.  For some reason which we do not understand, natural plants with black leaves never appeared.  Why not?  Perhaps we shall not understand why nature did not travel this route until we have traveled it ourselves.From there, Dyson speculated about how humans may some day improve on photosynthesis.2  But perhaps he is right; plants know something we don’t.  They are obviously very good at making use of the light falling on “God’s green Earth” as Michael Medved calls it when signing off his radio program each day.  God’s black Earth somehow wouldn’t sound as nice.1John Raven, “Astrobiology: Photosynthesis in watercolours,” Nature 448, 418 (26 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448418.2As typical for the futurist Dyson, his article is filled with wild speculations about the future of evolution and civilization unfettered by logistics and eternal values, but that’s beside the point of this entry.Solar radiation is also just the right energy for the transitions in rhodopsin in our retinas that allow us to see the green plants.  The fine-tuning is observational fact; the evolutionary speculation is superstition.  That’s what we should call it.  Superstition is believing something totally without evidence, like believing a rabbit’s foot will bring good luck.  Actually, one could adduce evidence selectively in favor of a superstition, and that is what evolutionists do.  A child has a lucky day and thinks it proves the rabbit’s foot worked (selectively ignoring the owie of the day).  An evolutionist sees the success of photosynthesis and thinks evolution was responsible.  What’s the difference?  Dyson and Raven may envision exotic bacteria around an M-star with multiple stages of photosynthesis to harvest infrared light using black, purple and mauve pigments, but that is illusion.  [light bulb] Hey; that gives us an opportunity to coin a new word to describe Darwin’s brand of science, the result of superstitiously speculating in the absence of evidence: ev-illusion.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more