Magic get crucial win in NBA playoffs chase, rout Cavaliers

first_imgMOST READ Gordon, Fournier and Terrence Ross made 3-pointers in a 15-0 run that left the Magic with a 44-20 lead early in the second quarter. Cleveland went more than five minutes without scoring during that stretch and never recovered.A 3-pointer by Kevin Love cut the margin to 17 a few minutes later, but that is as close as the Cavaliers would get.“It seemed like it was one of those days where you’ve got to give a lot of credit to them,” Love said. “They played extremely hard. Obviously they’ve got something to play for, and a lot of things just didn’t go our way.”TIP-INSCavaliers: The Cavs have lost only four of their last 24 games against Orlando, including two this season. … After missing the preceding game with a foot injury, Love had 10 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.Magic: The Magic are 12-11 while using the same starting lineup in 23 straight games. … C Khem Birch had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. . . . F Jonathan Isaac has made 44.4 percent of his 3-point shots over the last 16 games after shooting 26.5 percent in his first 48.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Magic: Host Atlanta on Sunday night. Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 points and seven assists and the Magic routed the Cavaliers 120-91 on Thursday night. Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds.The Magic won for only the second time in six games while chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The won left them a game and a half behind eighth-place Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “We’re aware of the situation. We know our schedule, so we know we have to take advantage of that stretch of games,” Orlando swingman Evan Fournier said.Collin Sexton scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, his fourth straight game over 22 points.Eight Magic players contributed to 45.3 percent 3-point shooting, making 14 of 31 attempts. Cleveland also shot 31 threes but made only seven.“I just liked the way we approached the whole game. This is one of the better games we’ve played,” said Magic coach Steve Clifford. “Since the All-Star break, we’ve had three or four good ones, but none any better than that.”Jordan Clarkson came off the bench for 15 points for Cleveland. The Cavs beat the Magic by 14 points at Cleveland on March 3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 “Every game moving forward for us, the margin of error is getting slimmer and slimmer – almost to none,” Vucevic said. “We have to get on a run now if we want to get back in the eighth spot.”It was the first of five straight home games for the Magic, the first four against losing teams. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nikola Jokic tows Nuggets past Mavericks with buzzer beater LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) blocks a shot attempt by Cleveland Cavaliers’ Nik Stauskas (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida— For one night, the Orlando Magic did almost everything right. The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t do much of anything at all.“We knew that we had to respond tonight and play a better game, which we did,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said. “We played really well from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Civil Society Group Suffers Grant Fatigue

first_imgThe Liberia Community Development and Governance Program (LCDGP), has disclosed that it needs over US$4 million to successfully implement its programs over the next two years. According to LCDGP officials, the money will support a chain of civil society organizations operating in different areas ranging from human rights, social justice, economic and environmental, amongst others, to implement several programs in rural Liberia.The LCDGP is a coalition of 20 cross-country partner civil society organizations from across Liberia.Speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of a two-day assembly of the LCDGP in Monrovia, Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) Executive Director Mr. Roosevelt Woods said it is now time for the government of Liberia to provide financial support to civil society organizations.“Civil society groups have reached a point where they see the government as a strong partner. So the government must now begin to support our programs which are geared towards improving the livelihood of ordinary Liberians who live mainly in rural communities,” he said.The FIND boss emphasized the critical role of civil society institutions, mainly members of the LCDGP.“We complement government’s efforts. Moreover, we pay taxes to the government,” Woods added.Also speaking to reporters, the head of Rural Human Right Activism Program, Mr. Lorma Baysah, noted that limited funding is undermining the output of the 20 LCDGP-member organizations.He said the US$4 million will help finance the entire program till 2015, the lifespan of the project.Earlier, the national focal point for the Dutch-based Inter-Church Organization for International Cooperation (ICCO)-Liberia, Allen Lincoln, explained that the purpose of the LCDGP seminar is to strategize and plan how to execute the various programs and projects the institution does.The two-day forum, according Mr. Lincoln, will allow participants the opportunity to draw their plan with inclusive of communication and fundraiser strategies.“The seminar is the first for LCDGP members who come from 20 human rights organization,” he said. According to the LCDGP official, the LCDGP focuses on three thematic issues, namely: conflict transformation, peace building and democratization as well as human rights specifically at fair economic opportunities for Liberians and forest governance and land issues, amongst others.“We are also expected to fully know about the status of the roll-out of the first of the project and that organizations will also draw a memorandum of understanding to work together and support each other,” Lincoln stated.“The assembly is very important because it brings together all organizations and partners of ICCO. This is where we come to discuss the overall work of our organizations whether we have improved over the year and plan for the future,” observed the president of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia, Atty. Esther Seton-Cee. Madam Cee is one of the key participants at the LCDGP seminar ongoing at the Building Market on Carey Street.  She told our reporter that participants and partners were hoping to agree on a work plan for 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jury to hand down decision in Laing Avenue shooting

first_imgRecaptured Prison escapee Stafrei Alexander is today expected to know his fate in relation to the attempted murder of fellow Laing Avenue resident Curtis Thom, who was shot at his home in March 2015.Accused: Stafrei AlexanderAlexander has denied that he had tried to kill his neighbour, but a High Court jury will decide on his innocence or guilt during deliberations.Stafrei Alexander has been accused of discharging a loaded firearm in the direction of Curtis Thom, who had sustained gunshot injury hours after his daughter’s christening. The court heard that after the christening, based on his beliefs, Thom had proceeded to walk into his home backwards when Alexander mumbled remarks and pointed a gun at him.Thom was shot twice, and was hospitalised for seven weeks, during which he obtained surgery to correct his injuries. Based on the account of an expert witness, a .38 revolver was the firearm of choice on the night in question.Alexander is being represented by attorneys-at-law Stanley Moore, S.C. and Maxwell McKay, while attorneys Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt are the state’s prosecutors in this High Court trial.Alexander, who is also known as Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, was apprehended in late July last year after a special operation in Berbice.This came weeks after he had fled the Camp Street Penitentiary during an inferno, around the same time when several prisoners, including death row inmate and Bartica mass killer Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and now dead former Policeman and prisoner Uree Varswyck, had fled. Prison officer Odinga Wickham was killed during that ordeal, and century-old sections of that penitentiary had been flattened.Alexander had previously fled lawful custody for six months, before finally being recaptured at Kurupukari Crossing in the Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) in May 2016.last_img read more

Exclusive – Scholes backs Rooney to be Man United captain

first_imgPaul Scholes has told talkSPORT Wayne Rooney should be the new Manchester United captain – but he expects Robin van Persie to be handed the armband.Louis van Gaal is yet to decide who will lead the side into the new Premier League season, with the attacking duo seemingly leading the race to succeed Nemanja Vidic.Former Red Devils star Scholes admits there is no stand-out candidate for the job, but he has thrown his support behind Rooney.He told Drivetime: “I think he [Van Gaal] will give it [the captaincy] to Robin [Van Persie]. He’s had a lot of experience with him from Holland. He knows him well, knows him as a player, but personally I would probably go for Rooney.“He’s always struck me as the type who could be a captain and now is the perfect time to give him the responsibility I know he is capable of taking. And the same goes for England. With both teams, there is not an outstanding candidate for the role.“If you look at Manchester City, Kompany stands out a mile. Look at Chelsea and John Terry stands out a mile. Look at Liverpool and Steven Gerrard stands out a mile. There isn’t really an obvious candidate for Manchester United or England.“I’d like to see Wayne given that chance. Possibly I think he might get it for England, but I think Van Gaal might go for Robin.”last_img read more

Oracle offers $6.7 billion for BEA Systems

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It is apparent to our board … that BEA is worth substantially more to Oracle, to others and, importantly, to our shareholders than the price indicated,” William Klein, BEA’s vice president of business planning and development, wrote in the rejection letter. In a response to BEA’s board, Oracle President Charles Phillips said he had contacted Klein to set up negotiations in hopes of sealing a deal by Monday. But BEA canceled a meeting scheduled for Friday morning, Phillips said, and then Klein told him BEA had little interest in pursuing discussions. “We are available to proceed immediately with a process that would lead to a friendly transaction,” Phillips wrote. He reaffirmed the $17-per-share offer, “provided that the BEA board and management team do not institute any measures which reduce the value of the company.” Industry analysts believe BEA might be able to escape Oracle’s clutches by finding a white knight. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who is using his 13.2percent stake in BEA to push for a sale, sent a letter Friday to BEA Chairman Alfred Chuang supporting the board’s decision to spurn Oracle’s offer. SAN FRANCISCO – Pouncing on a vulnerable rival, Oracle Corp. has offered $6.7billion to buy BEA Systems Inc. in its latest bid to trump SAP AG and IBM Corp. in an increasingly intense business software battle. Oracle unveiled its $17-per-share cash offer Friday, one day after BEA rejected it as inadequate, according to a letter BEA released a few hours after Oracle’s revelation catapulted its stock to a new 52-week high. BEA makes “middleware,” products that help software applications run more smoothly on top of databases, while Oracle makes business management and database software. Oracle’s bid represented a 25percent premium over BEA’s closing stock price Thursday. Icahn urged BEA either to put itself on the auction block or to negotiate an alternative deal at a “compelling” price. SAP, IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. are considered the most probable candidates to vie for BEA. “There should be competition for this one,” predicted Forrester Research analyst Ray Wang. “IBM and HP need BEA a whole lot more than Oracle does.” SAP, IBM and HP all declined to comment on the speculation. BEA shares soared above Oracle’s bid Friday, reflecting investors’ expectations that other suitors will emerge or that Oracle will sweeten the pot. The stock rose $5.20, or 38percent, to finish Friday at $18.82 after reaching a new 52-week high of $18.94 earlier in the day. BEA’s cold shoulder seems unlikely to deter Oracle, whose opportunistic and acquisitive chief executive, Larry Ellison, has shown he doesn’t back off easily once he is on the takeover prowl. In 2003, Oracle launched a hostile bid for PeopleSoft Inc. and then spent the next 18 months overcoming its rival’s staunch resistance before completing the $11.1billion acquisition at $10.50 per share, 66percent above Oracle’s original offer. That deal began a shopping spree at Oracle designed to create a one-stop shop for business applications software and better position the company to surpass Germany-based SAP in the sales of software that automates a wide range of administrative tasks for businesses. Oracle has spent $25billion on 30 acquisitions in the past three years. In a Friday research note, Goldman Sachs analysts Sarah Friar and Derek Bingham said they believe Oracle can afford to pay more than $20 per share, or about $8billion, for BEA and still make money off the deal. Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst David Hilal predicted that Oracle will up the stakes, writing in a Friday research note that it’s unlikely the $17-per-share bid represents the company’s “best and final” offer. Redwood Shores-based Oracle has been stalking San Jose-based BEA for years, only to be rebuffed in its overtures. Now that Icahn is involved, Oracle “smells blood in the water,” said Bill Swanton, vice president of research for AMR Research. Icahn, a billionaire with a history of forcing poorly performing companies to sell or reorganize, disclosed his BEA stake a month ago. Founded in 1995, BEA is considered a valuable asset largely because it has about 15,000 customers who generate more than $600million in annual revenue for software maintenance and upgrades. BEA hasn’t been seeking a sale but appears to be backed into a corner. Besides facing pressure from the tenacious Icahn to sell, it has been dealing with an accounting mess tied to its mishandling of stock option grants. The problems have prevented BEA from meeting regulatory deadlines to file quarterly and annual financial reports and created uncertainty that contributed to a sharp decline in its stock price. In the backdrop to Oracle’s bid for BEA, Oracle and SAP at are loggerheads as they tussle for market share. After deriding Oracle’s acquisition strategy as misguided, SAP entered the takeover fray early this week to pay $7billion for Business Objects SA, a maker of software that helps companies analyze their internal data. That deal countered Oracle’s $3.3 billion purchase of Hyperion Solutions earlier this year. Cowen and Co.’s Peter Goldmacher is among the analysts who believe SAP won’t let Oracle devour BEA without a fight. “We believe that if SAP lets (BEA) get away, its weakening position in the software pantheon will accelerate as it is increasingly relegated to niche vendor status,” Goldmacher wrote in a Friday note.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

Hunt continues for Littlerock man

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALYERMO – A 49-year-old Littlerock man remains missing nearly a week after he left his home on a motorcycle ride apparently into the San Gabriel Mountains. It is out of character for Sean Kim, 49, to be so long out of contact with his family and he needs periodic insulin shots for his diabetes but did not bring his medicine on the ride, family and an investigator said. “These days all my family does is drive through the mountains and search for uncle in ditches or places where he may have possibly fallen off with his motorcycle and try to think of other places where my uncle would go on his motorcycle,” niece Mira Kim said. A sheriff’s helicopter flew on Tuesday and Wednesday over the Devil’s Punchbowl area and other places where Kim might have ridden but found no sign of him or of his red Suzuki Bandit 600 motorcycle, Detective Diane Harris said. Without a starting point, there is no way to search for him on the ground, she said. No activity has turned up on his credit cards or bank account, Harris said, but cell phone records indicate that Kim – or at least his cell phone – might have been in east Lancaster the night he disappeared, she said. Cell phone company records indicate Kim was in the Valyermo area when he called a friend about noon March 25 – the last that anyone has heard from him – but more than 10 hours later his phone’s signal was picked up in East Lancaster. About 10:20 to 10:30 p.m. March 25, his cell phone signal was picked up by a cell phone transmission tower near the 1700 block of East Avenue J. Incoming calls were placed to his phone, but he didn’t answer, Harris said. Kim’s phone could have been as far as three to five miles away from 1700 E. Ave. J and still been picked up by that tower, Harris said. The last time Kim was heard from was around noon March 25, when he called a friend seeking directions to a church retreat. According to cell phone signal records, Kim was not too far from the church retreat location, which was near 106th Street East and Fort Tejon Road, his niece said. His friend didn’t know the directions but called the church retreat facility in order to have someone call Kim.At 12:25 p.m., a church retreat worker called Kim and left a message, but Kim never retrieved the message. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.comlast_img read more

THE DONEGAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – IN PICTURES!

first_imgTHE DONEGAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – IN PICTURES! was last modified: October 28th, 2011 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:electionpictureslast_img

MY DONEGAL……WITH ‘QUIET MOMENT’ OWNER BRENDAN MCGLYNN

first_imgLetterkenny businessman Brendan McGlynn is well-known throughout the county as an estate agent and the owner of the Quiet Moment cafes. Here he outlines what he loves about Donegal including his own chef’s homemade scones!  What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Dunfanaghy is my favourite place in Donegal. There’s always a good holiday atmosphere it has the full package.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would have a motorways from Letterkenny to Dublin and Belfast. Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?It has to be my mother Kay over the years she has helped to stay positive for the future even in these tough times.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?BothWhat has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?It has to be the winning Ulster Championship back to back.What was Donegal’s saddest moment? The deaths off the O’Donnell family and their babysitter in the fire tragedy in 1986 in ard o’Donnell. I will never forget that day.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?It has to be homemade scones from my own chefs in the quiet moment.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? I’m sure its Daniel o’Donnell he’s well up there anyway.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Any business person that still has his business open in this recessionary climateWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Charlie Collins for his input and knowledge of all sports in donegal all over the years especially local gaa and soccerWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Pats on the Square – a great family restaurant very well run and great food .Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?I would nominate Frankie monaghan for the best dressed man in donegal .What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Any craic?Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?We’re looking good to go all the way time will tell.What is your favourite Donegal food?Four lanterns chicken dinner box tasty.Is  there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Our obsession with the weather.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?I would connect main street with the new retail park with one main link.as promised by the council.MY DONEGAL……WITH ‘QUIET MOMENT’ OWNER BRENDAN MCGLYNN was last modified: August 2nd, 2012 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

Moon Water and Magnetism Mystifies Astronomers

first_img(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two mysteries from the moon are forcing revisions to textbooks.  One concerns water in moon minerals.  The other concerns the moon’s magnetic field.Mare Basalts Surprisingly Magnetic“New research sets back date of moon’s dynamo 160 million years,” reported PhysOrg based on a paper in PNAS.  A team of geophysicists was surprised to find evidence from magnetic signals in moon rocks that the moon must have had a magnetosphere-generating dynamo that lasted much longer than they thought possible.   Current theory must be inadequate, because “The lifetime of the ancient lunar core dynamo has implications for its power source and the mechanism of field generation,” the scientists wrote.  They were driven to postulate unlikely mechanisms to keep the hypothetical dynamo going:These data extend the known lifetime of the lunar dynamo by ∼160 My and indicate that the field was likely continuously active until well after the final large basin-forming impact. This likely excludes impact-driven changes in rotation rate as the source of the dynamo at this time in lunar history. Rather, our results require a persistent power source like precession of the lunar mantle or a compositional convection dynamo.Space.com‘s headline reads, “Mystery of Moon’s Magnetic Field Deepens.”Improbabilities that Are All WetWhen a Mars-sized object hit the Earth to form the moon (according to a popular theory), it should have obliterated all volatile compounds, like water, requiring Earth’s oceans to form later from impacts from wet comets or asteroids.  That theory has been impacted itself by studies of water-bearing minerals in moon rocks, prompting Science Daily to report, “Moon and Earth Have Common Water Source.”  Another Science Daily article suggests the new theory, “Water on Moon, Earth Came from Same Primitive Meteorites.”  A new analysis of Apollo moon rocks dispels ideas that comets brought the water.  It must have come from carbonaceous chondrites, the study concludes.Lisa Grossman at New Scientist believes “Moon water came from young wet Earth.”The notion that all Earth’s water was delivered by comets or asteroids has just taken a hit. Chemical analysis of lunar rocks suggests that Earth was born wet, and it held on to its water long enough to donate some to the moon.This is a flagrant reversal of the idea that a moon-forming impact left the moon bone dry.  Measurements of water-bearing minerals on the moon show it’s not just a little water they’re talking about.  “The minerals hold as much as those in Earth’s upper mantle,” Grossman says.  Nature News portrays the head-scratching this finding causes for modelers:That still leaves a potential gap in the Moon-forming model. Some planetary scientists had reasoned that the heat generated by the collision would have boiled away any water that Earth might have transferred to the coalescing Moon. The findings “are screaming that there’s something about the Moon’s formation that we’re not quite grasping”, says study co-author Erik Hauri of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC.The findings beg for a new explanation.  Meteorites could not have brought the water unless the moon were still molten, but the moon would have solidified too rapidly.  All one of the researchers could figure out was that the water came from the only place they know had water: the Earth.  So how did the Earth “donate” some water to the moon?  This calls for a delicate scenario: the hypothetical impactor that hit Earth had to loft just enough material off our primordial planet to form a large moon without destroying all Earth’s primordial water.  Then, some of that water lofted into orbit had to migrate to the moon:It no longer looks likely that all the water in the material that formed the moon evaporated instantly in the giant initial impact. Instead, it now seems more probable that water migrated over a period of centuries out of the cloud of debris that coalesced into the moon.Apparently, “likeliness” has evolved in the modeler’s minds.  The new findings forced a reassessment of what scientists thought was “probable.”But the explanation begs a new question: where did the Earth get its water to donate?  Current theory does not allow a body at Earth’s location to garner water from a spinning debris disk.  Adding a little more ad hoc can get the job done:[Alberto] Saal [of Brown University] thinks that Earth may have formed near where the asteroid belt is now, which is far enough from the sun for water to condense. The planet would then have migrated inward. It’ll be a tough theory to prove, because Earth’s geologic activity has been recycling rocks, and thus erasing the evidence, for billions of years.The new model would claim that the early Earth was not habitable, but through a series of lucky breaks, migrated into the habitable zone, where everything worked out just right for microbes to emerge and become planetary scientists who figured it all out.These reports should anger anyone who watches science shows and reads textbooks that make the formation of the Earth and its large Moon look so easy.  No theory can account for the observations.  Instead, secular moyboys (believers in “millions of years, billions of years”) concoct fantastical models to preserve their fantasies from the evidence.  Did you catch the howler in the quote above?  Earth has been “erasing the evidence, for billions of years.”  Quick!  What does that imply?  This is a fact-free story  – even the part about erasing the evidence for billions of years.Before, the priests of the planetary evolution cult needed just a delicate impact from a Mars-size object (itself a highly improbable event) to form the moon, followed by some hand-waving and chants, to bring in a series of unknown wet impactors to form Earth’s oceans.  That was unlikely enough.  Now, they need Earth to form out in the asteroid belt, where water can conceivably condense, followed by a lucky pitch from Jupiter or Saturn to careen our dead planet right into the batter’s box of the habitable zone.  That all had to happen before the Mars-size impactor came in, this time even more delicately, to loft water into Earth orbit without losing it, so that it could transfer the water to a new moon (which happens to be just right to support life on Earth).Nobody would believe this series of ad hoc events unless it were absolutely necessary to preserve secular materialism and long ages for Darwin.  We won’t even go into the much more highly fantastical tales needed to get life, multicellularity, consciousness and intelligence to “emerge” from hot wet muck.Scientists speak of new data as “constraints” for their models.  That’s why raw data from planetary missions is so valuable.  The more constraints on storytellers, the better.  As of now, they appear to have just one hand free to wave from the straitjacket the data have put them in.  Maybe the next data will constrain the remaining hand-waving arm, and gag the mouth, too.last_img read more

Green Energy Calculated to Kill Birds

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Bird deaths figure into the equations for wind turbines. Many more will die because of bad data.Gannets are beautiful seabirds with elegant silky-white wings that nest on cliffs; they are featured in nature documentaries like Winged Migration. They soar above the ocean shores, and dive like darts into the water in search of fish. Unfortunately, engineers intent on “green energy” to reduce atmospheric carbon are eyeing the same habitat. Offshore wind farms are being planned in Scotland after initial models estimated that “only” 125 breeding pairs would be killed each year by the project. They were off by a factor of 12. New estimates based on better observations, PhysOrg says, indicate that 1,500 breeding pairs of gannets will die each year by the spinning blades.So is this new data halting the project? There’s no indication that this discouraging news will do anything more than adjust the equations for the cost of doing business. “The government expects offshore wind power could supply between eight and 10% of the UK’s annual electricity supply by 2020,” the article concludes. “It currently supplies about 4%, according to the latest official figures.”Supporters of wind energy argue that the fatality figures are far lower than bird deaths from coal and oil. A chart in ThinkProgress.org—reproduced around the web by news media and green energy advocates—would lead one to believe that turbine deaths are far, far lower than the fossil fuel numbers. If so, it represents an improvement. The article goes on to say, though, that the estimates are arrived at by different methods, and “the data on bird deaths is gathered from different advocacy and industry groups, academic institutions, and government sources.” For these reasons, “The results should be taken with a grain of salt.”As for coal, those bird death numbers came from a peer-reviewed study in the journal Renewable Energy [2009]. That estimate had a more sweeping methodology, though, with the study’s author including everything from coal mining to production — and bird deaths from climate change that coal emissions produce.It would seem that a journal like Renewable Energy has a vested interest in promoting wind over coal.  How can one predict bird deaths from climate change? That’s a very theory-laden calculation that would require knowledge of future world-wide effects on many thousands of species of birds with different habitats. One can simply count dead birds below wind farms and solar plants. Wouldn’t those numbers be far higher if manufacturing and production of the turbines, and their maintenance, were included the way they estimated for coal? How about the rest of the infrastructure for wind farms were taken into account, including transmission lines and trucking of maintenance workers and supplies? And how would the death toll look if measurements were made in units of deaths per kilowatt instead of total deaths per year? Obviously coal has larger numbers of total bird deaths, too, because it is the major energy source now. As wind farms increase, bird habitat options will decrease, and bird deaths can be expected to skyrocket.One must beware of “political” science. Giving total numbers of bird deaths glosses over substantive questions. How many of the birds being killed by various energy sources are endangered species, or apex predators? There are concerns that eagles and other raptors are most at risk for wind turbines; bats, too. What factors are being included in a data point? What factors are excluded? Who is doing the study, and where is the funding coming from?The study jokes that cats kill far more birds than all energy projects combined. Environmentalists should know, though, that cats generally go after small, common garden birds—not eagles, great horned owls or California condors. And they should know that animal predation is natural. We don’t fault cats for doing what their instincts are designed to do. Humans, by contrast, have a choice about what impact they have on nature. One assumes cats kill birds usually for food. Birds killed by wind turbines do not serve the ecology at all.When government subsidizes something, there is potential for graft and corruption. Environmental impact reports can be rushed or fudged to get the contract. There have been wind and solar projects where entrepreneurs grabbed the money, built monstrosities that ruined beautiful views or prime habitats, then took off with the profits, leaving others to deal with the consequences. Huge solar and wind farms in Palmdale, California, for instance, popped up overnight with government subsidies. They scraped the desert floor clean, causing severe dust storms and ruining prime habitat for California poppies, despite the fact that these impacts were warned about in the EIR. At the California border with Nevada, huge new solar plants are igniting birds in mid-air.Environmentalists will sometimes scream and shout to halt fracking, but their outrage over the killing of beautiful birds by “green energy” projects is sadly lacking in reports like this. Reporters, too, can fail to look critically at quoted numbers. Let the reader beware, and weep a little for gannets facing the guillotine.last_img read more