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Tony Becca: Wanted: a vote for cricket

first_imgJamaica’s cricket is passing through parlous times. The standard of play is poor and it seems to be getting worse and worse despite the presence of a few promising young players. The only thing that can possibly solve the present situation, however, is good management, the kind of leadership at the top which can see what is happening and do something about it. It needs some good people at the top; people who love cricket and who are willing to work for cricket. The election of officers is only a few days away, but instead of trying to find those who know cricket and those who are willing to work for cricket, and hardly anything else, some members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are busy trying to find people who are willing to run on the “slate”. It matters not whether they really love cricket, attend cricket matches, or ever lift a hand to assist cricket If the truth be told, some of these people have nothing but a passing interest in cricket. That is the reason, except for a few places, except for some places like south St. Elizabeth, there are so few people at any cricket match in Jamaica, be it at club matches or regional matches. There is a move afoot by some people in Jamaica’s cricket to influence the voters at this week’s election of officers to again change the president and put in one who has served as the association’s secretary for quite some time. It seems as if Billy Heaven, the man in office, is suffering a backlash from last year when the JCA’s executive had originally decided to oppose Dave Cameron as president of the West Indies Cricket Board before the association overruled them at a special general meeting. On top of that, although he got more than twice the money, some $109 million for cricket, he remained almost invisible as president. It would be good if he was more visible, but then he had a secretary. Even in a country like Jamaica, it is not necessary, not if the other members voted in are doing their work and the president is leading them. After receiving some 80 votes out of 103 last time, some have turned against Heaven, simply because he has put in place measures to enable the association’s business to run properly and for the association to operate much more cost effectively. One term is also not a long time, and Heaven deserves another term to try and do his thing, to change the people’s opinion of how Jamaica’s cricket is run. On top of that, after the quick removal of Paul Campbell and Linden Wright, and after Heaven’s big victory, following the problems re lack of money, re the use of money, re lack of sponsorship, and badly run competitions, and after the quarrels and infighting, it would be foolish to change again so quickly, especially when it is the secretary running against the president and his reasons given why he is running. Jamaica’s cricket needs support and it needs change. It does not need a change in the leadership of the association, however, at least not yet. It needs a strong man in charge, one who will continue to stand up for cricket and nothing else, especially if he is given some good men and women around him, men and women who know cricket and are willing to work for cricket, especially as volunteers. At this stage, the JCA needs volunteers, good volunteers at that. Love cricket There is an active campaign going the rounds to vote out the president and vote in the secretary, and, as usual, this is causing a lot of ill-will among the board members and the association’s members. Those who love Jamaica’s cricket, those who profess to love cricket in general, and those who have a vote must display their “love” for the love of cricket, and their interest in Jamaica’s cricket, by voting for the man who can help cricket in Jamaica. Jamaica’s cricket right now needs a lot of things. Right now, however, it needs money, and it needs money to do many things. The clubs need money to stay alive, and cricket needs money to keep it going. Money is needed for players to travel to practise and to play games, to pay for gears, to pay for preparation of grounds, to pay the water rate and the light bill, to pay umpires, to pay for meals, and to provide prize-money, and attractive prize-money at that. Cricket, therefore, needs a man, and team members, who, among other things, is known across Jamaica, particularly in the business sector. It needs a man of impeccable reputation, a man who has a strong national image, a man who believes in the saying that work has never killed anyone, and a man who can get money for cricket. It does not need man who, if and whenever he calls a potential sponsor or financier, he hears, who is that? Cricket also needs a man as president who does not necessarily know everything about cricket. Cricket, however, especially at this time, needs a man who knows how to get those around him who knows the game and who knows how to lead the resurrection of cricket in this country. Cricket needs a man willing to look at it and one who is big enough to change cricket and to improve it. Cricket needs a general shake-up. Cricket, competitive cricket, needs to be smaller in order to be better. There should be two types of cricket – cricket for fun and competitive cricket Cricket for fun should be available to everybody, but Senior Cup cricket, for example, needs a change. It needs to go from its present 23 teams to maybe eight or 10 teams as proposed for next year. There is no doubt that would make the competition more manageable and easier to run. It would cost less money to organise, to pay for travelling and umpires, to prepare meals, and to buy balls and other things. Most important, it would lead to improvement. One could then, probably, afford to play more cricket, return matches instead of four group matches, with the best players playing with and against the best players regularly. Backlashlast_img read more

UP scores stunner over UST, ends four-game skid

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Dani Ravena out for two weeks after appendectomy 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 The Lady Maroons improved to 2-4, the same record as the Golden Tigresses’ who have yet to win back-to-back games this season.Although UP lost the first set, 33-31, it was then that the Lady Maroons showed the grit that allowed them to overcome the Golden Tigresses when they came fighting back from a 19-10 deficit to push the period to several extensions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Maroons showed their might in the fourth set with a 19-8 run that Isa Molde finished with an off-the-block kill.“Our opponents was a very good team, they were very aggressive and we welcomed that,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines snapped its miserable four-game losing streak and thwarted University of Santo Tomas, 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “We knew playing against an aggressive team is not easy, but if we keep our heads in the game, we can win.”UP relished the scoring powers of its two best hitters as Diana Carlos unloaded a season-high 32 points while Molde added 24.Cherry Rondina had 24 points to lead the Golden Tigresses while Dimdim Pacres added 10.There wasn’t a big disparity in the attacking departments for both teams as UP had 55-50 and 7-4 advantages in kills and aces, respectively, but it was in defense where the Lady Maroon had the biggest edge with 14-3 lead in blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Tokyo Olympic organizers conduct security tests with police

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Serena Williams pulls plug on China Open, season looks over While Tokyo is considered one of the safest cities in the world, the Japanese capital has had its share of incidents over the years.Officials are also concerned about natural disasters during the games like typhoons and earthquakes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis month, the strongest typhoon in 25 years hit the western part of the country, killing 11. A few days later, 41 people were killed by a powerful earthquake on the northern island of Hokkaido. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers, using a sniffer dog, seize a mock intruder during a security drill for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Tokyo Olympic organizers conducted a series of drills with the Metropolitan Police Department aimed at boosting security for the 2020 games. The drills included removing an explosive package and subduing a knife-wielding intruder who attempted to breach security. (AP Photo/Jim Armstrong)TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers have conducted a series of drills with the metropolitan police department aimed at boosting security for the 2020 games.The drills included removing an explosive package and subduing a knife-wielding intruder who attempted to breach security. Officials also tested facial recognition technology.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

JFK Suffers Setback in US$25M Damages Lawsuit

first_imgA request to drop charges against several medical doctors at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) on trial for alleged negligence that caused the death of Representative Edward Forh’s daughter Nakita, was yesterday denied by Judge Yussif Kaba of Civil Law Court‘A’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.Forh is claiming US$25 million from the defendants for Nakita’s death on September 27, 2014, on the hospital’s compound.JFK lawyers submitted their demand immediately after Rep. Forh and his witnesses rested with the production of documentary and oral evidences.They in their documentary and oral evidences claimed that none of the witnesses’ testimonies linked any of the defendants to the commission of wrongful death of Forh’s daughter and as such Judge Kaba should not allow their clients to take advantage of the opportunity to testify and exonerate themselves from the claim.Those sued and are expected to testify are Munah Tarpeh, Tannie G. Sneh, Mary G. Howard Nyaquie, Dr. Korto Dorbor, Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Dr. David Okiror, Prof. Joseph Njoh, Korzu B. Koryan-Browne and Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald all of whom are employees of the JFK.It was the argument Judge Kaba refused to accept yesterday, thereby authorizing all of the defendants to testify beginning today, October 4.When he denied the appeal, Judge Kaba declared that the jury and court under his jurisdiction have every legal authority to ensure that the parties (Forh and the defendants) give accounts of what led to the death of Nakita.“We are not going to render any judgment now unless we have heard all of the evidences before the court. It is by those evidences that we can determine the merit of the case,” Kaba said.He then scheduled the defendants’ testimonies to today, Tuesday.Before he denied the defendants’ appeal, Forh’s legal team on July 31, 2015, filed a lawsuit for “Action of Damages for Wrongful Death” of his daughter at the facility due to their alleged refusal to accept and treat her in September 2014.In a 26-count complaint, Forh prayed the court to grant him US$10 million for general damages, US$5 million for punitive damages, US$5 million in compensatory damages and US$5 million in consequential damages.He said the hospital first refused to accept Nakita D. Forh on Friday, September 26, 2014, until she died on Saturday, September 27.“Despite the critical state of my daughter, the hospital insisted that we bring Ebola clearance while I continued to tell them that my daughter had asthma, but they did not listen to me until she died,” Forh said in his lawsuit He alleged that they arrived early Saturday morning at JFK, but none of the individuals he sued gave attention to his daughter when they simply needed to allow her use the Asthma Nebulizer to restore her breathing to normalcy.In their response, JFK lawyers argued that considering the circumstances, neither of the defendants is liable for the death of Nakita D. Forh as Representative Forh himself refused to listen to the advice of doctors and took his daughter home despite the fact that he had no medical knowledge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

United Way hosts ‘seeing is believing’ tour

first_imgThe United Way of Northern British Columbia is inviting the community to a ‘Seeing is Believing’ Tour. Campaign and Community Programs Officer Mearl Webster says it’s a great opportunity for the public to see what happens with donated money. The free tour will take participants to two United Way Agency Partners.  Participants will first tour the North Peace Community Resource Society, and then head to the North East Native Advancing Society. – Advertisement -The tour is on October 6th, and leaves from the ExecuPlace building on the corner of 101st Avenue and 102nd Street. Participants are asked to confirm their attendance with Mearl Webster at or phone 250-263-9266.The tour starts at 11:55 a.m. and ends around 1:15 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch, and take part in a thoughts and reflections discussion at the end.Advertisementlast_img read more

Tomko making his pitch

first_img“I went to the bullpen with the intention of trying to help out and maybe work into being the closer,” Tomko said. “But we have a closer, and we have a setup guy.” Tomko spent countless hours this winter practicing his new delivery, sans ball, in front of a mirror until he was ready to take it to a mound. He threw his first side session of spring training on Saturday, after which he said this motion not only is more deceptive than his old one, but also less taxing. “I threw 12 minutes, and I don’t even feel like I threw,” he said. “I also think my release point is more consistent.” Tomko is scheduled to throw again today, but that plan became tentative when he turned his right ankle while walking in the yard of the home he is staying in here. The ankle was slightly sprained, but Little said he doesn’t expect that to affect Tomko’s progress. Tomko said he had heard from various other players around the league that his old delivery, which involved swinging his right arm behind his back and out to the side, was allowing hitters to see the ball far too long before he released it. Now, he is holding the ball closer to his body. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Brett Tomko staked a verbal claim to the vacant fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation on Sunday. The veteran right-hander’s hope now is that his revamped pitching motion will help him stake that same claim on the field this spring. “That last starting spot is what I’m going after,” Tomko said. “I worked hard during the off-season and came to camp in as good a shape as I have ever been, and I have one goal.” Club officials would love to see Tomko reach that goal, especially since he is by far the most handsomely compensated ($4.1 million this season) of the seven candidates for the job. Tomko, who at the time was struggling as a starter, readily agreed to a request by manager Grady Little last July that he go to the bullpen for the rest of the season. But after spending the entire winter changing his mechanics to keep the ball hidden from a batter’s view longer into his delivery, Tomko believes he can once again be an effective major-league starter – especially since the glamor spots in the bullpen appear to be taken by closer Takashi Saito and setup man Jonathan Broxton. center_img Little admitted on Sunday that he already has settled on the answers to two of the most burning questions of the spring: who will take the mound in the season opener on April 2 at Milwaukee and in what order Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre will bat. But he still wasn’t telling. It is a safe bet Derek Lowe, for the third consecutive season, will get the start against the Brewers. But there is a slight chance Little will go with newcomer Jason Schmidt instead, because that would push Lowe to the following day and also align Lowe to pitch the home opener on April 9 against Colorado. The Furcal-Pierre issue still could go either way. “These two players have been leading off their whole lives,” Little said. “We don’t want either one of them to change a lot just because we’re suddenly putting one of them in a position to hit second.” Veteran catcher Kelly Stinnett walked into Dodgertown fresh from a red-eye flight Sunday, having accepted a minor-league contract. Barring an injury to Russell Martin or Mike Lieberthal, Stinnett, who turned 37 last week, will spend the season at Triple-A Las Vegas – although the Dodgers surely would let him out of his deal if another team came calling with a major-league offer. (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!last_img read more

Football playoffs: It’s all or nothing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It’s especially interesting this year because top-seeded and undefeated Mission Viejo, ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today and on a 65-1 run, is such a prohibitive favorite to win it all. Locals Canyon, Hart, Valencia and Saugus are all underdogs in a big way, based solely on Mission Viejo’s presence. Hey, wait a second. Wasn’t the same exact situation in place in 2003 when oh-so-intimidating Misson Viejo, then on a 41-game winning streak, was defeated rather soundly by Hart in the championship game? It’s never easy to win a football championship, I don’t care who you are. And you never know how teenagers will respond to the pressure of a glaring spotlight on high school sports’ grandest stage. “Now that the playoffs are here, there’s a lot more excitement and intensity,” Canyon linebacker Tyler Hawkins said. Well said. So sit tight, enjoy the ride – and at all costs, keep your finger off the cruise-control button. Whatever happens happens, but the cold, hard truth is that anything is possible. Not a good start for The Master’s men’s basketball team. The Mustangs committed 56 turnovers in two opening losses. But the good news is the team will have had nearly two weeks to work on fundamentals before the home opener Friday night against Carroll College of Montana. High school basketball practice started Saturday, and Canyon is high on newcomer Bryan Lewis, a 6-foot-3 senior whom coach Chad Phillips has tabbed an All-Southern Section candidate. “He plays above the rim,” Phillips said. Lewis teams with returning standout Kris Rincon to give Canyon one of the Foothill League’s top 1-2 punches. Rincon, a 6-foot-6 forward, is the league’s leading returning scorer. Eight players, three of them starters, return, and it’s a good bet Canyon will improve upon last year’s 12-15 record. “Overall, it should be a good year for the Cowboys,” Phillips said. Kelly Patterson is a new Canyon girls’ basketball assistant coach, replacing Dimitri Hodgkinson, who has taken the co-head job at Oakwood High in North Hollywood. “Dimitri was a tremendous asset, but Kelly adds an extra dimension because she’s a former post player, and we’ve got six post players on our roster,” head coach Stan Delus said. Patterson, who lives in Northridge, played at Granada Hills High and Glendale College. Former Sylmar High football coach Jeff Engilman made quite an impact as coach of the freshman team at West Ranch, guiding the Wildcats to a 10-0 record, with most of the victories by 30 points or more. Defending state champion College of the Canyons (10-0), led by quarterback Marcel Marquez and linebacker Joey LaRocque, opens the JC football playoffs against visiting Chaffey (7-3) in the Western State Conference Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. Chaffey’s three losses have been to the top three playoff seeds – including top-seeded Canyons, which defeated Chaffey 33-3 in the season opener Sept. 3. Former Canyons football receiver Ramon Perry, a junior at Division II West Texas A&M, has received second-team All-Lone Star Conference honors. Registration begins Dec. 3 for coed flag football at Chesebrough Park in Valencia for children 5-14. Information: (661) 297-1699. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Quite frankly, all the feel-good features and fluff stories surrounding Foothill League football have been told by now – the New Orleans hurricane refugees and the legless amputee who have found homes on Valencia’s team, the Hart kicker who continues to overcome two diseases, the Canyon receiver who’s coping without his father, who’s stationed in the Army at Guantanamo Bay … The playoffs are here, and now it’s about winning and losing. You win, you survive and preserve a chance to make history; You lose, you’re done, the season is over, and for most seniors, so are their football careers. Everything is on the line, and that makes things a lot more fun. It’s always fascinating to see which teams can withstand the pressure, which ones will pull off a surprise or two, and, frankly, which teams will choke to a chorus of I-told-you-sos. last_img read more

Lyon plot mome straight revival

first_img Tags: French League Onetop Lyon (white) lost 1-0 at Nice last weekend (Agency Photo)Olympique Lyon players are to enjoy the benefit of a day’s extra rest ahead of next week’s Champions League rubber with Barcelona.This is because the French Football Federation (FFF) has brought forward their Ligue One clash with Guingamp to Friday night.Bruno Genesio’s all whites currently occupy the third and final Champions League position available to French top flight sides but they are blighted by a Jekyll and Hyde DNA that saw them follow up a monumental 2-1 victory over leaders Paris Saint Germain with a 0-1 setback at Nice.Summer signing Moussa Dembele was unplayable against PSG but made a disappearing act at Nice. Genesio will demand consistency from Dembele and another precocious talent, Nabil Fekir, who often fails to punch his full weight.Basement club Guingamp’s main attacking threat will be Marcus Thuram, a son to Les Bleus World Cup winning defender Lillian Thuram.Focus on Saturday switches to the Stade Velodrome where Rudi Garcia’s troubled Olympique Marseille welcome relegation threatened Amiens.Ligue One’s only European champions have gathered a good head of steam courtesy of January recruit Mario Balotelli’s three goals and start as strong favourites to follow up last week’s victory 2-1 at Dijon.Another fascinating match up takes place in Monaco where Leonardo Jardim’s troubled eight-time former champions face Vahid Halilhovic’s Nantes.2017 titlists Monaco are building momentum courtesy of an injection of an X-Factor from January arrivals Cesc Fabregas and Gelson Martins, who has been involved in five goals since being recruited on loan from Atletico Madrid.Sunday’s pick of the matches sees second placed Lille Metropole confront fourth placed Montpellier.Attention is to be centred on Lille’s Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe and 19-year-old Portuguese centre forward Rafael Leao, whose six goals in seven games has seen the French media christen him ‘the Portuguese Mbappe’.Other absorbing duels include Girondin Bordeaux’s home tie with Toulouse, Reims versus Rennes in the champagne country and Paris Saint Germain’s trip to Saint Etienne.Two games – PSG v Montpellier and Bordeaux v Guingamp – have been scheduled for next Wednesday.FRIDAY:Olympique Lyon v GuingampSATURDAY:Olympique Marseille v AmiensAngers v NiceMonaco v Nantes,Nimes v DijonSUNDAY:Girondin Bordeaux v ToulouseSaint Etienne v Paris SGCaen v StrasbourgLille Metropole v MontpellierReims v Stade RennaisWEDNESDAY:Bordeaux v GuingampParis Saint Germain v MontpellierComments last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Chelsea appoint Lampard as manager

first_imgChelsea have announced Frank Lampard as Manager. (PHOTO/Net)LONDON – Frank Lampard has left Derby to take up the vacant manager’s position at Chelsea.The former Blues midfielder, one of the greatest and most-decorated in the club’s history, has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.Lampard’s assistant at Derby, former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris, and first-team coach Chris Jones also return to Stamford Bridge, with the Championship club confirming “an undisclosed compensation package has been agreed” for the trio.New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told the club’s official website: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach.“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead.“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”Comments Tags: ChelseaFrank Lampardtoplast_img read more

Enceladus Geyser Heat Much Higher Than Thought Possible

first_imgThe Enceladus problem – accounting for the heat source of a tiny moon of Saturn – just jumped by more than an order of magnitude.  “Cassini Finds Enceladus Is a Powerhouse,” reported Jet Propulsion Laboratory today.  “Heat output from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus is much greater than was previously thought possible,” the press release said; “….15.8 gigawatts, approximately 2.6 times the power output of all the hot springs in the Yellowstone region, or comparable to 20 coal-fueled power stations.”  That’s “more than an order of magnitude higher than scientists had predicted” based on a re-analysis of infrared data taken in 2008.  Previous estimates were 1.1 to 1.4 gigawatts.    The results were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research on March 4.  Lead author of the study, Carly Howett [Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado] was dumbfounded by the results.  “The mechanism capable of producing the much higher observed internal power remains a mystery and challenges the currently proposed models of long-term heat production,” she remarked.  The only suggestion for a way out of the problem was to propose episodic outbursts.  “A possible explanation of the high heat flow observed is that Enceladus’ orbital relationship to Saturn and Dione changes with time, allowing periods of more intensive tidal heating, separated by more quiescent periods,” the article suggested.  That proposal, however, has the bad philosophical side effect of making our observations a special time: “This means Cassini might be lucky enough to be seeing Enceladus when it’s unusually active.”    Since extra heat might melt the ice, an appeal to life was predictable: “The possibility of liquid water, a tidal energy source and the observation of organic (carbon-rich) chemicals in the plume of Enceladus make the satellite a site of strong astrobiological interest,” Howett said.Quick!  Look over there!  The use of the L-word is a tactic similar to the used car salesman pointing to a hired streaker when the prospective buyer is about to look under the hood (04/27/2009, 06/26/2009).  A persistent buyer might not be distracted.  Then the salesman tries another tactic: “That’s strange; it was working before.  Every time I tried it the engine ran fine.  You just happened to come by at a bad time.”    Among all the other Saturn surprises (12/07/2010, 02/02/2009), Enceladus was already a big problem for the assumed age of the solar system (A.S.S.) (08/30/2005, 03/13/2007, 01/28/2011 bullet 2).  Now it is a BIG problem (pronounce it beeeeeg; señor.  But señorita: Encéladus is not pronounced like enchilada).    Darwin skeptics who nevertheless cling to Lyell’s myth of millions and billions of years should take note of observations like these (08/04/2007).  The two moyboys (03/31/2007 commentary), Charlie & Charlie (Lyell & Darwin), were part of the same radical movement Peter warned about (II Peter 3:3-6). (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more