Explosive KOs highlight prelims of ONE Jakarta card

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra South Korea’s Won Il Kwon pulled off an opening-round stoppage of Alex Engelen, who was floored by a crisp straight before getting pummeled with more punches that prompted the referee to stop the fight.The quickest knockout of the night so far belonged to China’s Niu Kang Kang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNiu Kang knocked Indonesian bet Sunoto out cold with a crushing head kick just 31 seconds into their catchweight bout.Niu stunned the hometown crowd as Sunoto had to stretchered off. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title So far, only one bout has gone the distance with Koji Ando of Japan edging Rasul Yakhyaev of Japan by split decision in a lightweight contest.In the curtain raiser, Indonesian fighters Oscar Yaqut stopped Andreas Satyawan in the second round of their featherweight bout.Yaqut (4-0) got into a full mount and clobbered the debuting Satyawan, who resorted to tapping out at the 2:36 mark.In another all-Indonesian affair, Aziz Calim submits stablemate Adi Paryanto with a rear-naked choke in the opening round of their strawweight bout.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Chemistry still an issue as NLEX struggles in first game with new faces Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE Championship kicked off what promises to be its biggest year yet with the Eternal Glory card on Saturday night here.The preliminary bouts didn’t disappoint with explosive and early finishes.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

France star admits his delight after signing for Newcastle

first_img1 Remy Cabella believes he has taken the next step in his career by joining Newcastle.The French international, who was a second-half in substitute in France’s 1-0 win over Spain last week, joined Newcastle for £12m this summer from Ligue 1 side Montpellier.That fee made Cabella Newcastle’s most expensive signing since the £16m acquisition of Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005, and the Frenchman admitted he is eager to repay the club’s faith in him.“I am very happy to have signed for Newcastle. That’s what I wanted,” Cabella told RMC.“I wanted to take the next step and discover a new championship.“We must put the wheels in motion, win matches and then things will be even better.” Remy Cabella in action for France last_img

Southgate ready to protect troubled Sterling

first_img0Shares0000England boss Gareth Southgate will protect troubled star Raheem Sterling © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 2 – Gareth Southgate claims Raheem Sterling justified his decision to protect the troubled England star despite his booking for diving against Nigeria.Southgate kept faith with Sterling after a troubled week for the Manchester City winger and he responded with a mixed performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win in the World Cup warm-up at Wembley. Sterling had been forced to apologise to his England team-mates after turning up to their training camp a day late following a flight mix-up on his way back from a holiday.Adding to Sterling’s woes, the 23-year-old endured criticism for unveiling a new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his calf that he said was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead when the City star was a child.Southgate had considered dropping Sterling for the Nigeria clash, but after what the England manager perceived as unfair criticism of the tattoo, he decided it was right to stand by his man.Sterling partially repaid Southgate’s faith with a lively first-half display which included setting up Harry Kane for England’s second goal.But that was overshadowed when he was booked for an embarrassing dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty.Southgate said he hadn’t clear seen the incident so he didn’t want to publicly reprimand Sterling.“I’ve not had a chance to see that back again, it looked a very tight call from where I was sitting. He was travelling at such speed,” he said.Asked whether he was relieved to see Sterling give a committed performance following his difficult week, Southgate said: “It wasn’t about getting a response, I knew with the form he was in he would play well.“I had a decision about whether to play him when he turned up late, but once he started coming under fire from all directions it wasn’t a difficult decision.“The most important job for me is to protect the players. The lateness was 10 days ago, how long do you go on with something?“The situation was one we didn’t want to happen and one we don’t want to see again.“But I think that was the best way to deal with it. You have to balance the message to the group.”A contrite Sterling insisted he had no complaints about Southgate’s handling of the incidents.“He is honest. I completely understand where he’s coming from. I have to go out there and show him what I’m capable of,” Sterling said.“People will see stuff in the wrong way. It’s a distraction you don’t need, but it’s one of those I’ve learned to deal with now.”– ‘Real competition’ –England have only one more friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday before they jet off to Russia and Southgate hinted the team that started so well against Nigeria — with Kane’s goal proceeded by a Gary Cahill header — could be the one that opens the World Cup.Southgate’s men face Tunisia in their first group match on June 18.“We were pretty clear for a fair while, but there is real competition for places in certain areas of the pitch. Everyone has to maintain their level,” he said.“My experience of these tournaments is these things will evolve as the matches progress.“It won’t necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won’t be far away.”Southgate was especially encouraged by the solid showings from Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Sterling.“We were really good with the ball. Dele and Jesse made some fantastic runs. That was as good a half as we have had,” Southgate said.“Second half, it took us seven or eight minutes to come to terms with their change of formation.“It was a really good test for us. It could have gone against us, but we got our composure back.“We have to learn from it, because in a tournament that spell could be enough to put you out.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cranes will squeak past bridge today

first_imgTwo gantry cranes should barely pass beneath the Vincent Thomas Bridge when they’re delivered this afternoon at the Port of Los Angeles, according to the Coast Guard. The cranes, built in Japan, will make their way from the Long Beach Harbor to the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles beginning at 4 p.m., according to Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Andrew Munoz. The cranes and their delivery ship, the Dock Express 10, are expected to reach the Vincent Thomas Bridge by 5 p.m., when port and Coast Guard officials will decide whether it’s safe to continue the journey. The maximum clearance for going under the Vincent Thomas Bridge is 219 feet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“The ship and cranes will be about 3 feet below that limit, plus it will be low tide, so we think it will be safe,” Munoz said. “You only see something this extraordinary maybe a couple of times ever.” Once the ship receives clearance, the bridge will be closed to traffic for five to 10 minutes as a security precaution, Munoz said. Additionally, the Coast Guard and Los Angeles port police officers will establish a 100-yard “safety zone” around the ship as it travels to Berth 136. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.comlast_img read more

Man United ‘considering number of offers’ for out-of-favour Adnan Januzaj

first_img1 Adnan Januzaj is heading towards the Old Trafford exit as Manchester United consider a number of offers for the winger.Having flourished after being given a first-term role by then United manager David Moyes, the 22-year-old’s star has faded over the years.Januzaj returned early from an ill-fated loan spell at Borussia Dortmund during the 2015/16 campaign and endured a turbulent season-long stint at Sunderland last term.And it is understood the Belgium international is now set to leave Old Trafford on a permanent basis, with Real Sociedad understood to be among the clubs speaking to United about a deal.Januzaj has a year left on his contract and United are reported to be looking at a fee in the region of £10million, as well as an option to re-sign the player if he flourishes.A similar clause was part of the deal that took Memphis Depay to Lyon in January.The winger was part of the 25-man squad taken to China on last year’s pre-season tour, but did not do enough to show Jose Mourinho he merited a first-team role.Januzaj subsequently linked up again with Moyes at Sunderland in a campaign that not only ended in relegation but the loanee being jeered by his own fans.It has been quite the fall from grace for a player whose outstanding displays during the 2013/14 season earned a five-year deal and admiring glances from England, with manager Roy Hodgson confirming he was being monitored and his eligibility was assessed.Mourinho confirmed he made up his mind on Januzaj’s future in April, while question marks remain over several others at United.Captain Wayne Rooney has been mulling over his future in recent weeks, while speculation has linked Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling with a move. Out-of-favour starlet Adnan Januzaj is set to leave Manchester United last_img read more

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILL, SWILLY AND LK ROVERS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 25.08.134 Lanterns USLCockhill Celtic 4 0 Bonagee Utd. Derry City Res. 3 5 Swilly Rovers(match reversed to Swilly Park)Letterkenny Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd.DPD First Division Swilly Rovers Res. 0 4 Kildrum Tigers Res. Reports Cockhill Celtic 4Bonagee Utd. 0Cockhill started off on the front foot and pinned Bonagee back for long periods in the1st half. Bonagee played with 3in the centre midfield with the hard working Anthony Appiah up front. Cockhill almost broke the deadlock on 19th minutes with Gerard Mc Laughlin crossing for Garvin Friel to head narrowly over. A minute later Johnny Havlin hit the bar from a Gerry Gill corner. On the 31st minute Bonagee almost broke the stalemate when Anthony Appiah brought a good save from Gavin Cullen, the ball broke and Cockhill countered with Garvin Friel crossing for Mark Moran to tap inn at the back post: 1-0 to Cockhill. Cockhill continued to dominate with numerous half chances but Bonagee almost drew level on the stroke of half time with Appiah spurning a a great chance. Cockhill got a second goal on the 48th minute when Jimmy Bradley fed Garvin Friel who held of a defender and coolly slotted via the Bonagee post. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Bonagee with Cockhill creating numerous chances in the second half. A 3rd arrived when Jimmy Bradley for Aiden O Donnell to slot home from 5 yards. Cockhill grabbed a 4th in the 89th minute a corner from Christy Mc Laughlin corner was headed home by Johnny Havlin. Final score Cockhill 4 Bonagee 0.  Letterkenny Rovers 2Fanad Utd. 1Second half goals from Letterkenny Rovers’ in-form strike force of Darren McElwaine and Oisin McMenamin ensured all three points for the home side in this tight tussle with Fanad United at Leckview Park. It was an important victory for Trevor Scanlon’s side as they looked to build on last week’s impressive showing in their 6-1 defeat of Swilly Rovers and move a step closer to securing a third place finish. However, this game remained in the balance right up until the end as the hosts conceded a penalty within sixty seconds of doubling their advantage and Brian McVeigh’s spot kick for Fanad made for an uncomfortable finish.Indeed the visitors played most of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Oisin Hassett. The opening forty-five minutes was rather low key. The main talking point was a McElwaine header which was scooped off the line ten minutes before the break. However, the Convoy man did find the target seven minutes after the re-start. Jonathan Minnock swung in a left footed corner and McElwaine’s powerful header from inside the box found the back of the net. Hassett’s red card two minutes later following an altercation with Chris Malseed had the visitors in further trouble. Rovers pressed for the second goal and while Kevin McGrath came close twice, they did eventually double their lead with seventeen minutes remaining. Jason Doherty skipped in from the right wing before he sliced open the Fanad defence with a precise pass through to Oisin McMenamin and the diminutive striker stroked the ball home past Jordan McBride for his fourth goal in two games. Fanad replied immediately when substitute Anthony Doherty upended David Edwards inside the box and McVeigh made no mistake from the penalty kick. Goalkeeper Jason Quinn got down well to deny an effort from Edwards while McElwaine and Kieran Doherty both had chances to wrap up the win in the closing minutes. Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty, Dan O’Donnell, Jonathan Minnock, Ruairi Kelly (Anthony Doherty on 46 mins) , Chris Malseed, Jason Doherty (Aaron Scanlon on 85 mins) , Glenn Gallagher, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Kevin McGrath.Fanad United – Jordan McBride, Myles McBride (Pauric Ferry on 76 mins), Daire McDaid, Ryan McGonigle, Glenn McNulty, Paddy McGrenaghan (Oisin Shiels on 90 mins) , Conor Matthewson (Kyle Burke on 85 mins) , Oisin Hassett, Brian McVeigh, David Edwards, Aiden Sweeney.Referee – Warren Harvey DPD First DivisionSwilly Rovers Res. 0Kildrum Tigers Res. 4Kildrum Tigers sealed the first division title with an impressive 4-0 win over a youthful Swilly Rovers team. Kevin Barr, the ex Derry City player with two fine goals and one a piece from Barry O Donnell and William Lynch sealed the victory. Swilly’s Bobby Hanlon an eleventh hour stand could not be faulted as swilly were short regular keepers Gareth Wade, Caelon Bolton and John Roulston. Kildrum were 1-0 up at half time but they overpowered Swilly in the second half to seal the victory. Both teams had a player each dismissed in the second half. Young Bobby Hanlon performed very well for the home side with a good team display for the visitors and newly crowned First Division champions.Match Referee : Thomas Mc Aree       Fixtures4 Lanterns USLMonday, August 26th at 7:45pmFinn Harps Res. v Drumkeen UtdRef. T. McAree Wednesday, August 28th at 7pmDerry City Res. v Fanad Utd.Ref. P. Coll Sunday, September 1st at 2pm (E.T. & Pens if required)Donegal News League Cup Semi-FinalsCockhill Celtic v Finn Harps Res.Ref. P. Duddy; Assts. T. McAree & P. Coll Drumkeen Utd. v Swilly RoversRef. S. Toner; Assts. C. McLaughlin & V. McLaughlin 4 Lanterns USLMonday, September 2nd at 8pmFanad Utd. v Bonagee Utd.Ref. J. McHugh DPD First DivisionTuesday, August 27th at 6:30pmBonagee Utd. Res. v Swilly Rovers Res.Ref. C. McLaughlinFriday, August 30th at 6:30pmDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res.Ref. V. McLaughlinUSL Squad for Inter Pros NamedJoint Managers, Donal O’Brien and Trevor Scanlon have named their 20 man panel for this years Inter Provincial tournament that will take place in Sligo the weekend of September 27th – 29th. The USL squad begin their campaign on the Friday night with a game against the Leinster Senior League with the teams playing out an entertaining 5-5 draw in last year’s tournament. They will then take on their Connacht counterparts on Saturday afternoon before finishing their weekend with a game against holders, Munster. All players are asked to attend training at the Aura Leisure Centre this Tuesday, August 27th at 7:45pm and to bring astro runners.Ryan Gildea, Benny Bonner, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, Seamus “Nanni” Friel (Drumkeen Utd.) Jonathon Minnock, Oisin McMenamin, Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) Oisin McColgan, Johnny Havlin, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, Malachy McDermott, Gerry Gill, Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic) Seamus Houghton, Josh Tracey, Georgie Kelly (Derry city Res.) Darren Cassidy, Paddy McLaughlin (Kildrum Tigers).     ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILL, SWILLY AND LK ROVERS was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:SWILLY AND LK ROVERSULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILLlast_img read more

Drake Plays At Kansas State In NCAA First Round Saturday

first_img Buy Tickets The winner of Drake and Kansas State will face the winner of No. 2 Stanford and No. 15 New Mexico State on Monday, March 20. Start time and broadcast information is to be determined. TicketsTicket sales through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office have now ended. Please contact the Kansas State Ticket Office to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game at 800-221-CATS (2287). Bulldog Party Headquarters in ManhattanFuzzy’s Taco Shop in Manhattan will be the Bulldog Party Headquarters for pre and post-game parties. Below is the schedule of pre-game events for Saturday, March 18. Stay up to date on the latest news and information about the Bulldogs by visiting the Tournament Central page at GoDrakeBulldogs.com/NCAA. Those needing ONLY Saturday’s First Round tickets, must purchase their tickets when arriving at the game at the Kansas State Ticket Office. Currently, only all-session tickets are available for sale. Single-game tickets will be available at walk-up on Saturday. K-State Game Notes Those who purchased tickets through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office, please refer to your order confirmation email regarding ticket information and pick-up locations. MANHATTAN, Kan. – The No. 20/18 Drake University women’s basketball team (28-4) is a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament as Drake will play at No. 7 seed Kansas State (22-10) Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. The NCAA First Round game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3 with Brenda VanLengen and Carol Ross on the call. The duo were the first recruits for Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk, who is in her first NCAA Tournament as a head coach. Baranczyk, who spent two seasons on the K-State coaching staff (2004-06), has led the Bulldogs to a 99-60 record in five seasons since taking over in 2012-13. She was voted the 2017 MVC Coach of the Year and the espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year. Scouting Kansas StateNo. 24/RV Kansas State is in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and 15th time in program history. The Wildcats’ 22 wins are the most since the 2008-09 (25) season. K-State is led by third-year head coach Jeff Mittie, who coached TCU from 1999-2014 prior to taking over the Wildcats for the 2014-15 season. Kansas State is led by its All-Big 12 senior duo of Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Lewis averages 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while Wesemann averages 14.0 points and has made a team-leading 85 three-pointers. Seniors Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) are set for their NCAA Tournament debuts. Ingle has started 111-consecutive games while Wendell has started 126-straight for the Bulldogs. Ingle and Wendell recently moved up on Drake’s all-time assists and scoring charts, respectively. Ingle is at the top with 779 assists while Wendell is third with 2,534 points. Ingle has the third most assists among active players and Wendell the second most points. Drake earned the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth by winning its sixth MVC Tournament title against UNI last Sunday in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs are making their 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first NCAA appearance since 2007. In 2007, Drake lost to eventual NCAA champion Tennessee. Story Links View The Bulldogs NCAA Journey Series HistoryDrake and Kansas State have played 17 games all-time with the Wildcats holding a 12-5 advantage. The two teams last played each other in 2000 at the Knapp Center in a tight contest won by Kansas State, 69-63. The Bulldogs and Wildcats played each other at least once every year from 1978-1987, including three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) tournament games (1978, 1979, 1981) and one NCAA Tournament game in 1980 won by K-State, 74-65. The series resumed in 1997 with one game each season until the last meeting in 2000. Student Ticket InformationDrake students interested in attending the game can purchase tickets for $8. Tickets must be purchased at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. Please make sure to show your student ID when purchasing your game ticket. For more information about Drake’s 2017 NCAA Tournament appearance please visit http://godrakebulldogs.com/ncaa. If you have any ticket questions please email the Drake Athletics Ticket Office at tickets@drake.edu. Live Audio Drake Game Notes Drake enters the 2017 postseason on a program and MVC record 22-game winning streak. The impressive streak is the second longest active winning streak in the country behind UConn (107). The streak includes a perfect 18-0 mark in league play, a feat never accomplished before in MVC history. Drake claimed both the MVC regular and tournament titles for the fourth time (1997, 1998) and the first sweep since 2000. The Bulldogs’ 28 victories are tied for the single-season mark in program history with the 1981-82 and 1978-79 teams. Live Stats Des Moines Watch PartyRookies Sports Bar & Grill in Clive is the home of all Bulldog postseason watch parties! Grab your friends and family and head to Rookies to cheer the team on as they play in the NCAA Tournament! 10 a.m. – Pre-game Party Begins at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop12 p.m. – Mini Pep Rally with Bulldog Brass and Cheer1:30 p.m. – Hotel Send-off for Team (Holiday Inn Manhattan at the Campus)Fuzzy’s Taco Shop606 N. 12th StreetManhattan, KS 66502 ESPN3 Rookies Sports Bar & Grill2180 NW 156th St. | Clive, IA*Once Drake has completed play in the tournament, subsequent parties will not be held. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

No inpatient beds for children with mental health issues in Donegal

first_imgDonegal is among 19 counties across the country unable to provide inpatient beds nationwide for children and adolescents suffering from acute mental health issues, new figures revealed. Figures released to Fianna Fáil TD James Browne showed that there are just 74 inpatient beds nationwide for children and adolescents suffering from acute mental health issues.According to Joe.ie, of the nine regional Community Health Organisations, five are without any beds whatsoever. The CHOs without any inpatient beds for children with mental illness cover Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Louth, South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Clare and Limerick. “There are just 74 acute beds available for children and adolescents across the country and they are in the CHO areas that include Dublin, Cork and Galway. Five CHO areas, covering 19 counties, have none at all,” noted Browne in a statement issued on Saturday.“It seems extraordinary to me that there are no beds in the South East, the Mid West, the Midlands and the North West. I have no doubt that the absence of such beds leads to children being admitted to adult units and worse, waiting for hours in very unsuitable A&E Departments.”He added: “This is yet another example of the inadequate services currently being provided in child mental health services nationally.”Comparatively, there are 1,024 inpatient beds nationwide for adults suffering from acute mental health issues. No inpatient beds for children with mental health issues in Donegal was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Fishing the North Coast: Ocean salmon numbers on the upswing

first_imgSpring rains, and lots of it, can do wonders for our salmon and steelhead populations. Following a wet spring in 2017, the benefits are starting to roll in. At Wednesday’s annual Ocean salmon Information meeting in Santa Rosa, CDFW suggested 274,222 Klamath River fall Chinook adults are swimming in the ocean. Not a huge number, but still right around the previous five-year average. The CDFW also predicted 87,893 natural area spawners to return to the Klamath this fall. That’s a pretty good …last_img

Observations Upset Models of Stellar Evolution

first_imgStellar evolution models go back decades.  Ever since the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram came out in 1910 (graphing temperature against luminosity), showing most stars fell on a line called the “main sequence”, astrophysicists have sought to understand the life cycle of stars from birth to death.  In general, the story goes, collapsing clouds of gas and dust produce main-sequence stars that burn nuclear fuel till they run out.  Depending on their masses, they end up as supernovae, red giants or slowly-cooling cinders.  While red dwarfs cool down slowly into the darkness, supernovae and red giants eject mass outward into space .  Two new planets found close to a red giant are among new headaches for theorists. Hot survivors:  The paper by Charpinet et al. in Nature1 was discussed by Eliza M. R. Kempton in the same issue,2 who said, “The prospect of planets being detected in close proximity to an evolved star is certainly of great interest, because it was previously assumed that such objects would be destroyed during the stars evolution.” While other sites like the BBC News and Live Science focused on how scorching hot these planets must be, having once been inside the envelope of the red giant star, Science Daily put the deeper issue into the headline: “Discovery of Two Earth-Size Planets Raises Questions About the Evolution of Stars.” In the paper, Charpinet et al. discuss two possibilities.  One is that the planets are cores of gas giant planets that lost their gaseous envelopes. The authors believe this implies the startling idea that planets can affect the evolution of their parent stars.  If they are indeed survivors, the rocky core remnants must have endured hellish conditions that astronomers believed would have vaporized any planet.  Another problem is how they migrated inward so far when the red giant phase involves mass movement outward. Alternative scenarios may also be considered. Another way to form single sdB stars is through the merger of two helium white dwarfs, and planet formation following this event may be possible. We could speculate that http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v480/n7377/full/480328a.htmlthe collapse of the extended envelope resulting from this merger could produce a circumstellar disk, where second generation planets may form. However, it seems unlikely that new, sufficiently dense, planets could have formed within a rather short period of time (less than ~18 Myr) in an environment that close to this hot star. Neither possibility seems likely.  Since the masses of these planets have not been constrained with sufficient detail, more observations may be needed.  All bets are off:  Meanwhile, PhysOrg was reporting that “Some  nearby stars may be much older than previously thought,” over twice the assumed age (11 million years, not five million).  “The findings are surprising given Upper Scorpius’s status as one of the best-studied samples of young stars in the sky.”  The reasoning may be circular, though, since the conclusions are theory-laden: “we used state-of-the-art stellar evolution models to determine the ages.”  If the same stellar evolution models led to a 220% revision of the age, it calls into question the usefulness of the models.  The researchers at the University of Rochester believe their estimates are based on firmer measurements of distance and mass, but theory still drives the conclusions about how stars age.  For now, though, they are asking other astronomers to reassess their assumptions about the ages of other clusters.  “If a stellar group as well-studied as Upper Scorpius can be twice as old as previously believed, then all bets are off on the accuracy of the previously published ages for other similar groups of young stars,” the article ended. Heavy hearts:  Last month Space.com reported, “Unexpectedly Heavy Stars from Long Ago Puzzle Astronomers.”  The article about unpredicted amounts of heavy elements in stars on the outer fringes of our galaxy contained various alternatives to explain the anomalies.  Bottom line, though: astronomers did not predict this, either. Dash away all:  Last week, Nature revealed that astronomers still do not understand Type 1a supernova.  These are critically important stellar events used to calculate the large-scale structure of the universe.  “Not knowing the exact nature of type Ia supernovae, which have such a crucial place in cosmology, is an embarrassing situation,” Mario Hamuy remarked.3 Privileged Planet:  Meanwhile, count your lucky stars.  There are more indications that Earth is uniquely suited for life.  While NASA was trumpeting Kepler’s discovery of two Earth-size (but uninhabitable) planets (Astrobiology Magazine), PhysOrg had reported (again) that tidal locking around many stars would render many planets uninhabitable.  Even those diamond planets may not be man’s best friend, remarked New Scientist.  Valerie Jamison on New Scientist gave a surprisingly favorable review to John Gribbin’s pessimistic new book, Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique.  “Gribbin’s argument proves compelling as he ranges over issues of astrophysics, geology, atmospheric chemistry and evolution,” she wrote of this “thought-provoking and sobering” book. “Although he cannot quantify exactly how the potential for life around those trillion trillion other suns whittles down to zero, you can feel any optimism that ET is out there ebb away with each turn of the page.”  Another sobering conclusion is that there is nowhere else out there for us to go.  For more reasons to consider the rarity of Earth, watch the documentary, The Privileged Planet. 1. Charpinet et al., “A compact system of small planets around a former red-giant star,” Nature 480  (22 December 2011), pp. 496–499, doi:10.1038/nature10631. 2.  Eliza M. R. Kempton, “Planetary science: The ultimate fate of planets,” Nature 480 (22 December 2011), pp. 460–461, doi:10.1038/480460a. 3. Mario Hamuy, “Astrophysics: Cosmic explosions under scrutiny,” Nature  480 (15 December 2011), pp. 328–329, doi:10.1038/480328a. Astronomers can be forgiven for puzzlement over occasional anomalies.  When venturing out to explore any unknown realm, there will be surprises.  We must keep distinct in our minds, however, the difference between scientific exploration and scientific explanation. Cataloging and describing phenomena is non-controversial.  Astronomers sometimes show unwarranted hubris in proclaiming they’ve mapped out the territory enough to explain how it got that way and where it’s going.  The anomalies described above should at least give pause to anyone tempted to trust scientists as the most reliable humans on the planet.  When reading reports like this, enjoy the show (the discoveries) but beware the commercial (scientists have it all figured out). Research Project:  Determine whether the expected outward momentum of a red giant’s expanding envelope poses a problem for the location of the two planets.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more