Red Lions, Bombers out to sustain surge

first_imgMOST READ The Heavy Bombers look to continue their surge as they take on the struggling Cardinals of Mapua at 2 p.m.After a sputtering start, the Bombers have racked up three straight victories, including a 70-60 triumph over San Sebastian last Thursday.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’“If we’re playing to our potential, I don’t fear any team in the league,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of the Bombers, who are running third at 5-3. “It’s really up to the players if they’re willing to rise to the challenge.”The Bombers own the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 62.8 points an outing. Still, Meneses said JRU can’t take Mapua lightly despite its 1-7 record. “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” Meneses said. “If we don’t do things right, they’re going to beat us.”The Lions can stay within striking distance of the Pirates with a victory over the Chiefs who snapped their slide by trouncing St. Benilde, 87-81.The Chiefs’ win also marked the breakout game of rookie guard Levi Dela Cruz, who exploded for 24 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“We have to be ready because they have players who can step up also,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.After losing to Lyceum early in the season, San Beda has quietly piled up five straight victories with Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon at the forefront of its relentless attack.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Star import under close scrutiny Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies San Beda and Jose Rizal U seek to close out the first round on a positive note when they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Running second behind Lyceum, the Red Lions go up against the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 4 p.m. in their first meeting since the finals last season won by San Beda via a two-game sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Houston’s Paul out for Game 7 against Warriors

first_imgHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul wears the Santa Fe High School logo during the first half in Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Ten people were killed in shootings at the school last week.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Houston’s Chris Paul has been ruled out for Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State because of a strained right hamstring.Coach Mike D’Antoni says: “Everybody came to the same conclusion. There’s no way.” The nine-time All-Star got hurt late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 and missed the Rockets’ 115-86 loss on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 PH teams top int’l dragon boat race China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Rockets are trying to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995 against a Golden State team that hopes to reach the finals for the fourth straight season.D’Antoni says they made the decision because: “He couldn’t explode. He couldn’t push off of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Tyus Battle returns, making Syracuse a stronger team

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Orange’s three upset victories in the NCAA Tournament as an 11th seed — over Arizona State , TCU , and Michigan State — were low-scoring affairs punctuated by Boeheim’s signature zone defense and a plodding offense that had trouble scoring. Syracuse averaged 66.6 points with a scoring margin of just 2.8 and relied heavily on three players — Battle, Howard and freshman forward Oshae Brissett — because of injuries.“We were on a very thin edge last year,” Boeheim said. “If one of our top three guys had ever gotten hurt, we wouldn’t have been able to win a game.”Among those who were hurt were wiry 7-foot-2 center Paschal Chukwu, who has recovered from back woes, and 6-10 forward Bourama Sidibe, who’s rounding into form after surgery in the offseason for tendinitis in his left knee.The Orange’s performance in the NCAA Tournament caught most observers by surprise. That experience of performing in the clutch should help this team.“We’re really locked in with the run we had,” Brissett said. “I feel like we have no ceiling right now.”Here are some other things to know about Syracuse:BOEHEIM’S BOYThe coach welcomes his youngest son, Buddy, to the team. The 6-5 point guard will add long-range shooting, something lacking last season when the Orange shot just 31.8 percent.“I think I can come in and make smart plays for the team,” said Buddy, who scored 19 points in his first scrimmage and won the team’s 3-point shooting contest. “Overall, I think I know what I need to do.”DEPTH AT LAST Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FIFA puts new tournaments on hold due to European opposition 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 Syracuse’s Tyus Battle speaks to the media during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim enters his 43rd season with a luxury few other coaches around the country can claim — all five Orange starters return from last year’s Sweet 16 team.The roster also has three freshmen, including the Hall of Fame coach’s sharp-shooting son, and a transfer who’s ready to go after practicing with the team for a year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Battle and Howard were 1-2 in the nation last season in minutes played, and Brissett tied for fourth as all three averaged over 38 minutes.Boeheim, Carey, 6-8 freshman forward Robert Braswell and East Carolina transfer Elijah Hughes give the Orange depth they haven’t had since NCAA sanctions were levied three years ago.“We had no depth last year,” Boeheim said. “This year we have 10 guys that are capable of playing at a pretty high level. I won’t hesitate to play any of the guys on our team.”BRISSETT RISINGBrissett will look to build off an impressive freshman season (14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds) and he’s off to a rousing start. He led all scorers with 29 points in the opening scrimmage. If he had a weakness last year, it was his shooting near the basket. That’s something Boeheim expects will change.“Finishing around the basket is important,” Boeheim said. “He didn’t finish at a high percentage. I think he can do that. I think he’s stronger. He’s improved.”TRANSITION TIMEBecause of the team’s depth, expect the Orange to try to revert to yesteryear when its transition game was stout.“You’re able to run more when you have more players,” Boeheim said. “When you’re playing 40 minutes, you can’t run a lot, you can’t press a lot.”DIFFERENCE-MAKER Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Things are looking up.“The same guys, so we should improve,” Boeheim said. “I think we’re way ahead of where we were last year.”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 ChrissSyracuse finished 23-14 overall and 8-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season and was not ranked at any point, a rarity in Boeheim’s long reign. That streak is over. The Orange are No. 16 in the preseason, thanks in part to the decision by star guard Tyus Battle to return for his junior year after flirting with entering the NBA draft.“I think he had a tremendous offseason,” Boeheim said. “He worked extremely hard. Overall, he’s a better player.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Forward Marek Dolezaj shot 53.7 percent from the field and found his niche late in his freshman season. He scored in double digits in three of the final six games, becoming an important piece of the offense.“We won once he started putting the ball in the basket,” Boeheim said. “Marek was really the offensive difference in the way we played at the end of the year.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Battle, who nearly made the AP preseason All-America team, led Syracuse in scoring (19.2) and finished with 712 points, the highest total for a sophomore in school history. He said the experience of working out for NBA teams was invaluable, before taking his name out of consideration for the draft.“It helped me grow tremendously,” Battle said. “I’m just applying it to my game, trying to get better.”Joining Battle in the backcourt will be point guard Frank Howard (14.4 points, 175 assists, 68 steals with 126 turnovers), a senior with one year under his belt as a starter. Howard suffered an injury to his left ankle in preseason and isn’t expected back before the season opener at home on Nov. 6 against Eastern Washington.“Going into the injury, it was probably the best I’ve felt in my career,” Howard said. “I feel like my game has really come together. I’m excited. I’m ready.”Freshman guard Jalen Carey is recovering from an ankle sprain suffered in the camp-opening scrimmage two weeks ago, and reserve point guard Howard Washington is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered last January.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pau Gasol signs with NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In 1,223 career games with Memphis, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago and San Antonio, he has averaged 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.59 blocks and 33.5 minutes.He is one of four players with over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 7-footer helped the Lakers win titles in 2009 and 2010. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jon Jones covets Brock Lesnar fight, but plans future at light heavy Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:15Trump signs Anti-Semitism order at Hanukkah event02:14Carpio 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 MOST READcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments In this May 3, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) dunks the ball in front of Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, right, during the second half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Spurs. The 7-foot Spaniard and the team came to agreement on Friday, July 21, 2017, on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)MILWAUKEE — Pau Gasol signed with the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, two days after the 38-year-old Spanish center reached a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs.The two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star averaged 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 27 games for the Spurs this season, his 18th in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chieflast_img read more

‘Liberia to Get Investment Opportunity’

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Axel Addy, has disclosed that this year’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference was a success for Liberians looking for opportunities to network with investors and other international partners.Speaking at the 2nd MSME conference Wednesday, April 30, held at the Monrovia City Hall, Minister Addy explained that government was making many investments to improve the country’s business sector.According to the Minister, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) in collaboration with international and local partners will continue to provide training to and invest in Liberian businesses as means of taking local products to both national and international markets.“Agriculture is an untapped opportunity. Liberia has all the natural resources to give its farmers a competitive advantage to move to the world markets while serving locally,” the Commerce Minister said.Minister Addy said this year’s MSME conference spotlights on agriculture and agribusiness, which contributes an estimated 60% to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and is the sector with the most jobs in the country.“Liberia is blessed with water and oil among many other resources.  This is a call to action for Liberians to produce and process agriculture products for local consumption and export,” he declared.According to Minister Addy, the small business empowerment plan will set aside 25 percent of all government procurements for Liberian companies. He said they will purchase locally grown rice for employees as a way of promoting some Liberian-owned businesses.   He explained, “Liberian farmers are entrepreneurs with strong potential to go beyond the subsistence level and provide products that would serve African countries as well as our international partners.”Also speaking, the US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac said, “The United States Government is helping to develop not just farmers, but a better business climate.  We will do this by empowering agro input suppliers, processors, traders, cold storage chains, ware houses and other critical players in the Liberia’s value chain.”According to Ambassador Malac, the US is committed to supporting Liberians through increase of agricultural productivity and profitability in rice, cassava, and other crops that will bring better living conditions to the country and its people.“The United States will support Liberian priorities to build sustainable local capacity and make a difference in people’s lives: moving towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity,” she said.  Also speaking at the conference was the USAID/IBEX Chief of Party, Madam Watchen Harris Bruce. Madam Bruce called on the Government of Liberia to develop institutions that would enable businesses and entrepreneurs to improve their products.According to Madam Bruce, the lack of business knowledge from many people in the country was killing Liberian businesses and causing setbacks rather than improvement.“We will focus on helping business people understand management and how to keep records. They need to understand projections and know their customers so they can identify the needs of the people,” she promised. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lone Wolf opens for the season

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Lone Wolf Golf Course in Taylor has officially opened for the season.The golf course’s General Manager Dave Callum says that Mother Nature has been kind to the golf course, after a smaller than average snowpack this past winter along with a quick melt in February. He adds that crews have been busy since daytime highs in the Peace have been hovering around the 10 degree mark, meaning that golfers are using the course’s actual greens instead of temporary greens.Callum says that in addition to being open early, the golf course has a few new things in the works this season. He explains that the golf course will be eliminating green fees for Junior golfers, partly sponsored by Kikinaw Energy Services. Callum adds that the course decided to help remove financial barriers to parents that wanted to bring their kids golfing, and also as an incentive to help introduce kids to golf at a younger age. In addition, Callum says that the course has a large number of Junior golf clubs available for kids to borrow, and the golf course is also going to be incorporating a kids’ course into Lone Wolf’s front nine.- Advertisement -Callum says that the golf course is open right now from 10:00 a.m. each day, with tee-off times available until after Twilight rates at 5:00 p.m. in addition, the golf course’s restaurant is also open full hours.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NewsGAA National Club Draw. The GAA has launched a National Club Draw as a fundraiser for local clubs, with the draw taking place on 27 February 2015.Prizes are being provided by GAA Central Council. The proceeds from all tickets sold by Naomh Colmcille will go directly to Naomh Colmcille, and will be used towards the club’s 2015 yearly expenditure. First prize is a trip with the 2015 All-Stars. Full details available on addition, the County Board are putting up county also putting up prizes (1 x €1000, 2 x €500, 5 x €100) so local winners are guaranteed.Tickets priced €10 each are now available from Alison Ferry, Paul Callaghan, Adrian Marsh, or any committee member.The club Constitution is now available to view on the website. The SGM will be held on Monday 26th January at 8:00 pm in the clubhouse.Anyone with any amendments must have them in writing to the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting.The only amendment changes dealt with on the night will be the ones that have been received in writing.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.The club would like to offer its sincere condolences to the Geoghegan family following the recent death of Donal Geoghegan. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam. Congratulations to Willie Gillespie on making his senior Donegal debut on Sunday in the Dr. McKenna cup match against Derry at Owenbeg. Willie also had the distinction of scoring the first point of new manager Rory Gallagher’s reign in charge. Well done Willie.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups.The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 7, 19, 6, 16, 18 and the winner is John Lynch (Alice’s bar) who wins €75. Next week’s jackpot €800.The numbers for Saturday 13th December (draw done on Sunday 14th) were 1, 10, 18, 3, 8 and the winners were Liam Doran, Daniel Doherty and Jennifer McDaid who won €25 each.The numbers for 20th December were 15, 2, 6, 5, 10 and the winners were Ruction and Tony (Alice’s bar) who won €37.50 each.The winners of the extra Xmas draw are as follows. 1st Amy Dilleystone (€100). 2nd Mary Devlin/Monica (€75). 3rd Paddy Conaghan (€50). 4th Keran Feeney (€25). 5th Daniel / Sharon Monaghan (€10). 6th Eileen Callaghan (€10). 7th Margaret / Eddie Friel (€10). 8th Davy O’Brien (€10). 9th Shaun O’Donnell (€10).The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE PLAYER WILLIE GILLESPIE MAKES HIS DONEGAL SENIOR DEBUT was last modified: January 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

More than 16,000 pensioners owed €1k payback by govt

first_imgOver 16,000 pensioners have seen their weekly payments topped up by over €20 a week after some pensioners who fell victim to a change in how pensions were calculated.According to the Sunday Independent, the Government will have to pay at least an additional €1,000 a year to some pensioners.Fianna Fail social protection spokesperson Willie O’Dea said the majority of pensioners who had their cases reviewed were still receiving less than they would have been entitled to before the flawed calculation system was introduced. “The vast majority of those who were lucky enough to get increases are still getting payments which are falling short of what they should be getting if the rules hadn’t been changed in the first place,” Mr O’Dea told the Sunday Independent.“The system is still completely unfair and the Government should have just undone the flawed legislation rather than introduce a hugely complicated system to try to fix the problem.”The new figures show a Department of Social Protection taskforce has to date reviewed 77,193 of the 90,000 pension payments believed to have been impacted by the anomaly.Of those who are entitled to an increase, 51pc, or 16,534 pensioners, will see their pension payment increase by €20 per week or more, while the remaining 15,887 pensioners will receive €19 or less. All payments will be backdated to March 30, 2018 or the pensioner’s 66th birthday if later, meaning some pensioners will receive a payment of €1,000 a year or more.Read the full story here: than 16,000 pensioners owed €1k payback by govt was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Warriors Report: Steve Kerr isn’t surprised by Patrick McCaw’s free agency decision

first_img“Not really,” Kerr said. “Patrick is a very good player. Modern-day NBA wing with long arms, a good defender. So I’ve … OAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up practice Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday’s matchup against the Bulls.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Steve Kerr isn’t surprised where Patrick McCaw ended up. With the former Warrior expected to sign with the Raptors this week, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr isn’t surprised with McCaw’s new home.last_img

Mercury Messenger: Surprise!

first_img By contrast, Richard Kerr’s summary article in Science was titled, calmly, “Mercury Looking Less Exotic, More a Member of the Family” (30 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6051 p. 1812, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6051.1812).  Judging from abstracts and reports, the following discoveries seem the most interesting: Science Daily: “Mercury Not Like Other Planets, MESSENGER Finds.” PhysOrg: “Epic volcanic activity flooded Mercury’s north polar region” BBC News: “‘Hollows’ mark Mercury’s surface.”  The article begins, “Hands up who thought Mercury was just a dull rock circling close to the Sun?  The latest data returned by Nasa’s Messenger probe shows that view couldn’t be further from the truth.” National Geographic: “Mercury ‘Hollows’ Found—Pits May Be Solar System First.” New Scientist: “Bright ‘hollows’ on Mercury are unique in solar system.” “Planet Mercury Full of Strange Surprises” As boring as the moon?  Just a burned-out cinder?  Not Mercury.  True to tradition for planetary exploration, the MESSENGER spacecraft has served up a plate of surprises about the innermost planet.  In orbit since March, the ship is sending theorists back to the drawing board to figure out a number of puzzling phenomena, some unique to Mercury.  Commentators fall into two categories: those that are flabbergasted, and those who say all is well. Science magazine published the first seven papers this week since the orbital tour began.  Here were the headlines that resulted on various news outlets: Science Daily began its coverage with this summary that emphasized the theoretical challenges: Only six months into its Mercury orbit, the tiny MESSENGER spacecraft has shown scientists that Mercury doesn’t conform to theory. Its surface material composition differs in important ways from both those of the other terrestrial planets and expectations prior to the MESSENGER mission, calling into question current theories for Mercury’s formation. Its magnetic field is unlike any other in the Solar System, and there are huge expanses of volcanic plains surrounding the north polar region of the planet and cover more than 6% of Mercury’s surface…. Theorists need to go back to the drawing board on Mercury’s formation,” remarked the lead author of one of the papers, Carnegie’s Larry Nittler. “Most previous ideas about Mercury’s chemistry are inconsistent with what we have actually measured on the planet’s surface.” Science Daily ended with a quote by Sean Solomon: “Mercury is not the planet described in the textbooks. Although a true sibling of Venus, Mars, and Earth, the innermost planet has had a much more exciting life than anyone predicted.” It could be argued that planetary scientists need surprises to justify their jobs.  Would the public continue to support space exploration if everything was as boring as predicted?  Reporters, too, need to fan the hype with exciting headlines, or else advertisers might not get their return on investment.  That doesn’t seem to be the case here.  Long before this mission was conceived, planetary scientists had their theories based on the 1970s data from Mariner 10.  And it’s not like they were all waiting with nothing to do before MESSENGER got there.  Many of these things seem like genuine surprises that are important.  While we join the revelry of new discoveries and applaud the many designers, engineers, scientists and assorted workers for a job well done getting this ship into orbit and delivering the data, we think much of the hand-wringing about textbooks being blown out of the water is a result of thoughtless adherence to the old Moyboy* Myth, that old Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions that Cannot be Altered.  To keep the data in the ASS (age of the solar system, 4.5 billion years), believers have to tell fantastic tales: lava erupted quickly and suddenly all over the north, then shut off for billions of years, while depressions are being hollowed out in a process that could still be ongoing today.  Inside a planet smaller than Saturn’s moon Titan, they have to keep an iron core liquid long enough so that a global magnetic field can survive.  They have to make a planet out of volatile elements that were believed not possible to exist so close to the sun, but then keep vast deposits of it intact after billions of years of solar heat and bombardment. MESSENGER is just the messenger.  The sender, Mercury, is saying, “Think outside the moyboy* box.” *Millions of Years, Billions of Years(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Hollows:  The hollows spoken of are unique structures found within some craters.  Irregular in shape and up to miles across, these depressions with sharp rims, often found in clusters and found across Mercury, appear to be collapse pits – as if volatile substances escaped from underground and caused surfaces to fall.  The closest analogues are on Mars, where similarly shaped features result from sublimation of ice at the poles; but here on Mercury there is no ice.  Science Daily called them “an unexpected class of landform on Mercury and suggest that a previously unrecognized geological process is responsible for its formation.”  New Scientist said of them, “They may have been formed by processes still active today, and change our view of the small rocky planet’s history.”  Science Daily quoted a scientist who believes they are actively forming today – further evidence that “Mercury is radically different from the Moon in just about every way we can measure.”  National Geographic quoted David Blewett (Johns Hopkins): “”The old thinking was, Oh, Mercury, it’s an old burned-out cinder and not so interesting… here’s this jaw-dropping thing that nobody ever predicted.” Sulfur: introduced this surprise: “Mercury is not just hellishly hot but apparently covered in brimstone. A vast part of the planet is covered with dried lava  – enough to bury the state of Texas under 4 miles of the stuff, scientists say.”  Richard Kerr in Science said “Surprisingly, it has 10 times the sulfur of Earth’s rock.” Reducing conditions:  Mercury doesn’t fit another expectation.  Richard Kerr explained, “The combination of high sulfur and low iron in Mercury’s rock must have come from minerals that could have existed only if Mercury formed under chemically reducing conditions. That sounds bizarre, because all the other rocky planets formed under the opposite conditions: oxidizing ones.”  He was quick to find a scientist who “showed that probably only water-free, organics-rich, comet-dust–like stuff would have survived near the sun to make Mercury. With no oxygen atoms from water around, reducing conditions would have prevailed.”  Still, it makes Mercury a special case compared to nearby Venus and Earth. Potassium:  Science Daily explained why elevated potassium levels seen on the surface is a challenge to explain: “Measurements of Mercury’s surface by MESSENGER’s X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Spectrometers also reveal substantially higher abundances of sulfur and potassium than previously predicted. Both elements vaporize at relatively low temperatures, and their abundances thus rule out several popular scenarios in which Mercury experienced extreme high-temperature events early in its history.” Lava flows:  Evidence of volcanism had been observed on the previous three flybys, but the extent of lava plains exceeded expectations – some five million cubic kilometers.  The BBC News had a comparison some angry voters might like: “This is enough lava to cover the City of Washington DC to a depth of over 26,000 km, which is about 72 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station.” Seen primarily in previously-unseen northern regions, the lava is thought to have oozed out of fissures, rather than coming from eruptive centers that produce familiar cone-shaped mountains. explained, “Based on the way this lava apparently eroded the underlying surface, the researchers suggest it rushed out rapidly.”  Lead scientist James Head (Brown U) thinks the flows date from billions of years ago, but remarked, “We can’t say if it took 2.7 days or 15 years or any exact time from orbit, but it wasn’t hundreds of millions of years.” Why extensive volcanism would turn on like that, last a few years, and then stop – only to remain unchanged for billions of years – seems odd. Magnetic field:  Of the rocky planets, only Earth and Mercury have global magnetic fields.  Unlike other magnetic fields, Mercury has one that is only 3% offset from its polar axis, but is inexplicably displaced some 300 miles northward from the center of the planet.  Mercury’s is also much weaker than Earth’s – too weak to provide protection from the solar wind.  See Science Daily for details.last_img read more