Beckles urges WICB to implement Patterson Report reform

first_imgVice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMClast_img read more

Semi-final first, final later – Tegat

first_imgWestern Bureau:Clarendon College head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis said the loss to Dinthill Technical in the daCosta Cup on Tuesday will have no bearing on his team’s chances against Wolmer’s Boys in the ISSA/Flow Super Cup quarter-finals, starting at6 p.m., the second game of a double-header at Sabina Park.The first game pits Glenmuir High against St George’s College at 4 p.m.According to Davis, that result, though not what they desired, is already out of their thinking, as they now have a Wolmer’s team very much up for the contest in the cross hairs.”As usual, we are confident, and are looking forward to a good game. I know Wolmer’s are a very good team, but we also have what it takes to triumph and to move on,” Davis said.That surprise loss was the first of the season for Clarendon College, but the champions they are will not allow them to surrender.The talented Joel Sterling is back from injury, and that should add some fireworks up front. Also, Seigle Knight and Roger Russell in combination are dangerous for this Clarendon side.HUNTING ALL FOUR TITLES”It is a long season. [There are] four trophies on offer and we are still in the hunt for all of them, so it means we are on track. We will not allow that loss to affect us. Wolmer’s are in front of us, and we need a victory. That is what we are featuring right now – a victory,” Davis noted.”We are settled, comfortable, confident and ready for this game. All things being equal, we will win. That is our hope for today,” he said.The Wolmerians are no push-over, but apart from the one blemish inflicted by Dinthill, their backline has been almost imp-eccable. Goalkeeper Erick Edwards, Tremaine Williams and Andrade Hunt will make it difficult for Wolmer’s to breach.Meanwhile, Romario Squire will add to the potent attacking force of Knight, Sterling, Russell and Alex Cummings.The game is poised to be a real humdinger between two schools that know how to find the back of the net.Last year, almost all the Manning Cup-based schools moved into the semis. This time around, Clarendon, STETHS and Glenmuir are hoping to mix things up with a run into the semis, providing they each log wins and, of course, the big dance – the final – where they seek to pocket a cool $1 million.”The final is where we need to be, but of course, we need to take care of business here and then we have a semi-final to get by,” said Davis, who, at the start of the season, said he has all the trophies in his sight.last_img read more

UBA’s US$1Million Theft-Case Challenged

first_imgUBA’s headquarters on Broad Street, MonroviaThe Management of Mamawa and Sons, accused of conspiring with employees to dupe the United Bank of Africa (UBA) out of over US$1million, has challenged the bank’s authority to make available in Court, documentary evidence that links his company to the act alleged.Mr. Samuka M. Konneh, who is manager of the company, also threatened if the bank fails, his legal team is considering a lawsuit against his accuser.That emotional statement was made to journalists on Wednesday, March 6, at the Temple of Justice.“Look, they say Mamawa and Sons connived to rob the bank of over US$1million; but they failed to take the particular company to court.We have not been arrested, since the theft news broke out in 2011,” Konneh explained. That left him wondering whether the “theft” at the bank had actually taken place, or not. It may be recalled that in 2011, the grand jury of Criminal Court ‘A’ through UBA, indicted 13 employees of the bank’s branches in Ganta, and in Monrovia, for allegedly manipulating the system and loaning  over US$1million to individuals and institutions, including Mamawa and Sons Incorporated.They named co-defendant, Tunde C. Fon, who was a “cash officer” assigned at the bank’s Bushrod Island branch, as the main person behind the criminal acts.Along with several institutions and the 13 main culprits fingered and indicted, Mamawa and sons was later charged with crimes including economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, facilitation, and theft of property.But, Konneh said, one of the documents the bank needs to make available is “account numbers” of the company.According to him, that will established the real Mamawa and Sons involved with the over US$1million theft.“There are lots of companies operating in the country named Mamawa and Sons,” he claimed. “So, the bank needs to clarify for the general public, which Mamawa and Sons it is talking about.” He was quick to admit that his company has an account with UBA, disassociating it from the US$1million theft, considering it as what he called “mis-identity.”“I am going to make them publicly announce the main Mamawa and Sons—or else, we go to court,” he declared.“This situation has created serious embarrassment for my business partner and I’m not going to take it lightly. We will pursue legal means to have the bank make the main company available,” Konneh 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

Bandits cart off firearm, $2M cash

first_imgCorentyne robbery…– key suspect arrestedBandits on Wednesday evening broke into a Corentyne home and carted off a quantity of gold jewelry, foreign and local currencies, and a licensed firearm.The incident took place at Lot 208 Mandir Street, Clifton Settlement Tain, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).The intruders removed two sets of foreign currency totalling US $3,150 along withBhagwandin Mukhram$300,000 Guyana dollars. The jewelry stolen is valued at $900,000. No one was at home at the time of the incidentAccording to Bhagwandin Mukhram, also called ’40-11’, a mechanic, he and his wife left home at about 19:00h and returned four hours later when the discovery was made.The 63-year-old man said when he got home he went straight to the front door and opened the padlock.“After I open the padlock, I pull the door and noticed it bolt from inside. So I go around to the back and I see the bottom half of the door opened.”The man related that as he proceeded to enter the house, he stepped in six inches of water. He revealed that the pipes at two sinks were turned on and left running.“When I see that happen downstairs, my mind run straight on the firearm, and so I run upstairs; and when I go in the bedroom, the safe open and there is no firearm inside,” he related.It was a Remington semi-automatic shotgun which he had since 2003.According to Mukhram, entry to the building was gained by using an object to wrench open the door. This publication was shown marks on the door, indicating the way the intruders had gained entry.The Police were summoned, and as they commenced investigation, they went to the home of the suspect, situated three houses away and next to where Mukhram and his wife were being entertained by a neighbour.Initially, the investigators got no response when they went to the house, but after threatening to break the door, the lone occupant opened the door.The building was searched for items which were removed from Mukhram premises. Nothing was found, but a chisel and a hammer were removed from the house.The items match the marks left on Mukhram’s door.last_img read more

Grey Power Curling Champ. tix on sale Monday

first_imgIndividual tickets for the Grey Power Players’ Championship go on sale on Monday (Feb. 8th). Beginning at 10 a.m., fans will be able to buy single tickets for the final Captial One Grand Slam of Curling event of the season. Taking place from April 13-18, the championship will feature the world’s top 13 ranked teams, as well as the gold, silver, and bronze medalists from the Vancouver Olympics. – Advertisement -For more info, visit www.dawsonco-optickets.com, or call 1-877-339-TIXX (8499).last_img read more

‘Seems like he’s been here 10 years’ – Pochettino full of praise for Spurs ace

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 1 Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s attacking duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli after the pair inspired Spurs to a 3-0 win against Norwich.Kane scored twice in the first half at White Hart Lane as the striker took his 2015 tally to 27 league goals, breaking Teddy Sheringham’s club record. Tom Carroll added a third late on.Alli was instrumental in both Kane’s goals, sliding in a clever pass which led to the opener from the penalty spot before setting his team-mate up for a second on the counter-attack.The midfielder came off to a standing ovation in the second half as Tottenham moved to within six points of leaders Leicester and three in front of Man United in the race for a top four place.“It’s fantastic the way Harry works, his character and personality,” Pochettino said.“He deserves all the praise and I am very pleased for him but I am very pleased for all the team because we work hard every day and then when we show it on the pitch it’s fantastic for them.”On Alli, Pochettino added: “He has shown his talent, character and personality on the pitch very quickly.“He has been with us only six months but it seems like he has been here 10 years, the way he plays.”The only concern for Spurs surrounds the fitness of Mousa Dembele after the Belgian took a knock to his ankle and is now struggling to be available for Monday’s game at Watford.Dembele sat out the defeat to Newcastle two weeks ago with a similar problem and Pochettino admitted the midfielder would have to be assessed.“It’s a knock on the same ankle but we hope it’s not a big issue,” he said.“We’ll assess tomorrow and see if he is ready for Monday.”last_img read more

2 killed in Pacific Coast Highway crash identified

first_imgMALIBU – – Two people killed last week in a fiery collision involving a gravel-hauling big rig and two other vehicles in Malibu have been identified, authorities said. William H. Weissberg, 58 of Malibu, and Hovik Oganes Papikyan, 34 of Glendale. The crash occurred about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pacific Coast Highway and Kanan Dume Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez. The two victims died at the scene, Nunez said. A third person, identified as Dave Weiss, a Los Angeles County Fire Department engineer, suffered a broken ankle in the crash. He was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle that caught fire. According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks, the big-rig driver was traveling illegally on Kanan Dume Road, which is off-limits to truck traffic weighing over 8,000 pounds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He noted that many truck drivers used Kanan Dume in the days after fires forced officials to close Malibu Canyon Road, the normal truck route. According to Brooks, the truck driver was traveling about 70 mph and could not stop as he traveled downhill on Kanan Dume, then ran through the red light at Pacific Coast Highway, slamming into two vehicles. 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

Ryans pull their weight behind Donegal’s Big Clean-up!

first_imgThe Ryan family are going to great lengths to support this year’s Big Donegal Clean Up and to lend a hand to the hundreds of individuals and groups around the county who come together each year for their community clean ups.Danny, Jordan, Keane and Alannah were on hand this week to help out the Donegal County Council Litter Management Team launch the 2017 Big Donegal Clean Up.“We are delighted to have the Ryan family supporting the Big Donegal Clean Up this year,” says Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey “They are great ambassadors for Donegal and their ‘get up and go’ attitude is a great tonic for all of us. The Ryan family are not just wonderful sports people but are also rooted in their community and this is what this initiative is all about. The Ryan family brought a great sense of pride to Donegal when they competed in Irelands Fittest Family last year and this initiative is about building on this sense of pride and making our county the cleanest in Ireland”.Last year’s Big Donegal Clean Up was a great success with over 300 community groups from all over Donegal taking part and Suzanne Bogan Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council believes that this year is shaping up to be another successful year.“We already have in the region of 100 groups signed up for the An Taisce National Spring Clean campaign and the Donegal Clean-Up so we are confident that we will achieve similar numbers this year.”“The interest from communities is brilliant and it will all help in making Donegal litter free and allowing us to put our best foot forward for the forthcoming tourist season”. “Donegal relies heavily on the tourist industry and the beauty of the county’s landscape and natural environment is without doubt our unique selling point. Rubbish and litter can be a major blight on our environment and portrays a very negative message for Donegal.“So hat’s off to all those individuals and groups across Donegal who take it upon themselves to clean up their area. Donegal is a large county and unfortunately the Council cannot keep the county litter free on its own. That’s why the work of these individuals and groups is so important and vital to us”.This campaign sees the Council supporting individuals, groups and organisations in organising their own clean-ups. The Council provides bags, gloves and litter pickers and arranges for the collection of the rubbish once it has been bagged.“We are seeing an increase in the number of individuals who are taking it upon themselves to clean up their local area when they are out walking. So we would be urging people when they are out walking to bring a bag with them and pick up litter as they find it along their walk. The Council is more than happy to help with gloves, litter pickers and bags and we will also collect the rubbish once it is bagged”.To sign up for this year’s Big Donegal Clean Up call 074 91 53900 or visit www.donegalcoco.ie . You can also register with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign by calling (01) 4002219 or online at www.nationalspringclean.org. Ryans pull their weight behind Donegal’s Big Clean-up! was last modified: March 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IN-FORM HARPS FACE DERRY CITY IN LEAGUE CUP

first_imgFinn Harps will take a break from league action on Monday evening when they face neighbours Derry City in the EA Sports League Cup at Finn Park (kick-off 7.45pm).Sean McCarron against Mervue on Friday nightHarps recorded back-to-back victories against the top two in the First Division by beating Mervue United at Finn Park on Friday night last.The result has lifted Harps up to second spot in the table with the only goal of the game coming via a wonder strike from Sean McCarron in first half injury time, who has now scored in three successive games. “I thought we fully deserved the victory,” said Harps boss Peter Hutton after Friday’s victory over Mervue.“First half I thought we dominated possession and created a few chances but it took a fantastic strike from Sean McCarron to get us in front. Second half Mervue changed their shape and really went for it but a combination of sheer determination, focus and great resilience coupled with a bit of fortune allowed us to claim an important victory.”Hutton was full of praise for goalscorer McCarron. “Sean has been doing really well of late but still has a lot to learn. His goal against Mervue was a top quality strike and merely demonstrates the capability Sean possesses but he too will be the first to admit that talent doesn’t guarantee success and if he is to continue to develop then he also has to have a great work ethic. Sean will be a big player for us this year and hopefully beyond.”Another player that Hutton was quick to acknowledge is goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher who produced a great save in the final minute to keep the scoreline at 1-0. “Again Ciaran was great when called upon,” said Hutton. “For long spells he was a spectator but his growing maturity and experience ensured he remained focused and made a great save that helped us gain the 3 points. “Clean sheets as I said before are the bedrock of success and I’ve been pleased how we’ve defended as a team but again there is certainly room for improvement.”With Michael Funston sitting out Monday’s game due to suspension, the Harps boss has also hinted that he may make a further change or two for the visit of the Candystripes as he keeps one eye firmly on next weekend’s league game in Wexford.“Monday’s game will be an extremely tough game with them flying high in the Premier division and on the back of a great result away to Drogheda. However the First Division itself is a very tough league and there are no easy games so we will continue to look forward to the next challenge and hope to give a good account of ourselves.“We will assess the players over the weekend as a few are struggling from the Mervue game with knocks and bumps so there will certainly be changes.“Of course it would be great to progress to the next round (of the league cup) and we will strive to do that but I’m sure most fans would rather we get promoted or at least have a chance of gaining promotion rather than merely progressing in a league cup game. “We will go out to win the game no doubt and will field a team I feel capable of getting us a result but we also have to balance the long journey coming on Friday away to Wexford and those struggling with injuries from Mervue.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Michael Funston Doubtful: Paul McVeigh (knee).Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-L-D-W-W (10 pts)Derry City: W-D-W-L-L-W (10 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six home games against Derry City10-Dec-03 – Finn Harps 0-0 Derry City (Promotion/Relegation Play-Off)16-Apr-05 – Finn Harps 0-2 Derry City (Premier Division)07-Oct-05 – Finn Harps 0-1 Derry City (Premier Division)18-Aug-07 – Finn Harps 0-1 Derry City (FAI Cup)27-May-08 – Finn Harps 0-2 Derry City (Premier Division)30-Jul-10 – Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Kevin McHugh – 6Sean McCarron – 6Thomas McMonagle – 2Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)17-May-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United (McCarron)11-May-2013 – AL – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (McCarron, McHugh, McDonagh og.)04-May-2013 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (McHugh, McCarron)26-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United19-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Salthill Devon (McMonagle)12-Apr-2013 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps05-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)LC – League Cup. AL – Airtricity League.IN-FORM HARPS FACE DERRY CITY IN LEAGUE CUP was last modified: May 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:derry cityfinn harpslast_img read more

Mars Discoveries Change Paradigms

first_imgMars is under assault by an armada of orbiters gathering intell from the planet with photons and radar beams.  What kind of information has been seized recently?Dry rivers:  Remember the networks of river channels that were telltale signs of water?  Remember the hope for life those images generated?  Some of those riverbeds could have been lava flows.  Lava, understandably, doesn’t have quite the same astrobiological ring to it.    Space.com reported on the most detailed analysis of the channels by NASA scientist Jacob Bleacher.  “To understand if life – as we know it – ever existed on Mars, we need to understand where water is or was,” he said.  Then he compared Mars channels with those on Hawaii.  On Mauna Kea, he found “most of the features that were considered to be diagnostic of water-carved channels on Mars.”  He also noticed evidence of collapsed lava tubes in some of the Martian channels.  He believes his analysis allows making “a strong case that fluid lava can produce channels that look very much like water-generated features.”  It’s important, therefore, not to jump to conclusions about water on the red planet, he said.  His co-author Andy de Wet believes what they found applies to channels all over the Tharsis Bulge.  While their study does not rule out some liquid water channels, “It may also have some implications for the supposed widespread involvement of water in the geological evolution of Mars.”  National Geographic shows pictures of the channels.Hard water:  There is water on Mars – if you’re talking about the hard kind (ice).  PhysOrg echoed a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory about findings from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) with its powerful HiRISE camera.  “Extensive radar mapping of the middle-latitude region of northern Mars shows that thick masses of buried ice are quite common beneath protective coverings of rubble.”  Jeffrey Plaut of JPL explains its origin: “The hypothesis is the whole area was covered with an ice sheet during a different climate period, and when the climate dried out, these deposits remained only where they had been covered by a layer of debris protecting the ice from the atmosphere.”  Nothing was stated about whether the H2O was ever liquid.Mars on the move:  Mars is alive in one sense: the dunes are moving.  Another press release from Jet Propulsion Lab described how scientists are identifying which sand dunes are traveling and which are marching in place.  Some dunes, they claim, “have been stationary for 100,000 years or more.”  How would they know, since observations go back only a decade or more?  That’s only 1/10,000 the time claimed.  The method used depends on crater counts (see 09/25/2007, 10/20/2005).  “Examination of ripples at the edges of craters can show whether the ripples were in place before the crater was excavated or moved after the crater formed.”  This gives relative ages; how are absolute ages estimated?  Mars expert Matt Golombek said, “There’s enough of a range of crater ages that we can bracket the age of the most recent migration of the ripples in this area to more than 100,000 years and probably less than 300,000 years ago.”  This depends on the current accepted scheme for assigning dates to craters based on their characteristics and densities.  To keep the dunes static for such a long time, in spite of wind and dust, Golombek postulated the stable dunes are made of heavier particles, like the “blueberries” (concretions) found by the Opportunity rover: “The blueberries appear to form a [sic] armoring layer that shields the smaller sand grains beneath them from the wind.”  It was not clear from the short press release why finer sand would not form on top of the armoring layer, or why the blueberries would form ripples at all if they are too heavy to be moved by the wind.  In the finer sands of Meridiani Planum, “Opportunity has seen resulting changes in its own wheel tracks revisited several months after the tracks were first cut.”Mars-o-Phobia:  The Mars Express orbiter of the European Space Agency took the highest resolution photos of Phobos, the larger of the Martian moons named for the Greek god of fear.  Scientists fear that tidal forces will tear this low-density rubble pile apart some day.  “Researchers suspect the moon is simply a collection of planetary rubble that coalesced around the Red Planet sometime after its formation,” BBC News article speculated.  “Another explanation is that it is a captured asteroid.”  Its density is so low, some planetary scientists believe “its surface probably hides many large interior voids.”JPL is working feverishly to assemble and test its next-generation rover before a scheduled launch in the fall of 2011.  One chief goal of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), nicknamed Curiosity, will be to look for evidence of current or past life.  Jennifer Eigenbrode, a Goddard scientist highlighted in a MSL press release, strung together a series of maybes in her description of the rationale: “Maybe life existed back then.  Maybe it has persisted, which is possible given the fact that we’ve found life in every extreme environment here on Earth.  If life existed on Mars, maybe it adapted very much like life adapted here.”  None of MSL’s 10 instruments is prepared to look for life directly, however; but “SAM [Sample Analysis at Mars] has a key role of checking for carbon-containing compounds that potentially can be ingredients or markers of life.”We can play the maybe game, too.  Maybe pigs had wings in the past and flew.  Maybe they left no fossils.  Maybe they evolved on Neptune and flew here.  Maybe doesn’t cut it in science, baby.  Let’s see your evidence.  You can’t appeal to life in extreme environments on earth when discussing fictional life on Mars.  That’s called begging the question.  Show us life on Mars, then we can discuss how well adapted it is.    Once again we find ad hoc theorizing to keep Mars old.  The dunes move, so they had to cap them with blueberry armor to keep them as old as the craters tell them they must be.  But even then, they can’t keep them older than 300,000 years – just 7% the assumed age of Mars.  How come there are no craters 300,001 years old or more?  The error bars are bigger than the bars.  On a body that has global dust storms and volcanoes, it is a risky business to estimate crater ages.  It is risky estimating the moon’s age by craters – and the moon has no atmosphere (read about some of the problems in crater-count dating in the 09/25/2007 and 10/20/2005 entries).    Most egregious in planetary science reporting these days is the endless storytelling about life.  The lava-flow theory of the channels will only be a temporary setback.  Since the Maybe Game has achieved legitimacy, they can invent stories ad nauseum without needing any evidence.  Maybe a crater hit the ice and melted it for a few days.  Maybe life evolved on the fast track.  Maybe it evolved antifreeze before the heat was all gone.  Maybe MSL will find it.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more