Manchester City ready to pounce as Barcelona ace prepares for summer exit

first_imgManchester City are on alert after Dani Alves’ agent confirmed the defender is set to leave Barcelona this summer.The Brazilian’s current deal expires at the end of this season, and the Spanish giants have yet to offer the 31-year-old a new one.Dinorah Santana, the player’s representative, has now begun the search for a new club for his client.“They haven’t contacted us,” Santana told Cadena SER.“I interpret that silence to mean they don’t want Dani Alves, so we will begin searching for a new club.“We won’t wait for Barcelona, they have to take the plunge. Alves has spent seven years here and he has behaved like a professional at all times.“Barcelona have not had a sporting director for a month and Alves is free to negotiate with any club.”The availability of such an experienced player on a free transfer is likely to alert a host of clubs across Europe.Manchester City have been regularly linked with a move for the former Sevilla man, who joined Barca in 2008 for around £23m, while their near neighbours Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in Alves. Dani Alves 1last_img read more

Beleaguered cemetery put on block

first_imgMeanwhile, hundreds of relatives of those buried there filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Grand View’s owners in November seeking compensation for all the problems. And the city of Glendale also is suing the cemetery to force the owners to pay for the cemetery’s cleanup. The relatives’ lawsuit, which is expected to take at least three years, is the main obstacle to selling, attorneys for both sides said, because the new owners could be on the hook for any settlement. Paul Ayers is an attorney who defended the owners of Woodlawn, and is now one of the attorneys suing Grand View on behalf of the relatives. He doubts that Grand View will soon be sold. “You’re asking someone to buy a burning house,” Ayers said. “No one’s going to buy a burning house. They might buy it after the fire is over, but not now.” Faded glory Opened in 1884 at Glenwood Road and Sonora Avenue, Grand View is the resting place of silent film stars Harry Langdon and Edna Purviance. Sam Dreben, a Jewish American soldier who died in 1925 and was eulogized as “The Fighting Jew” by writer Damon Runyon, also is entombed there. Of the many individuals cremated at Grand View, movie star Rock Hudson is perhaps the most famous. He died in 1985 and his remains were scattered at sea. Now it takes a judge’s permission to be buried there, thanks to the lawsuit. And it’s so run down that Glendale city officials won’t even open it for weekly visits. Some families became so frustrated with the cemetery’s problems that they took matters into their own hands, getting the OK from a judge to dig up their relatives’ remains and transfer them to other sites. In one case in July, Ayers helped relatives of a man buried there dig up his grave. When they shoveled deep enough, they found the cremated remains of 10 to 20 people in the same space, he said. “Where they came from, I don’t know,” he said. “It’s a scary kind of place in the sense that, certain areas of that cemetery, if you open up a grave, you may get a big surprise.” Robyn Chandler, a homemaker from Burbank, has 14 family members buried at Grand View. “It was never a great cemetery; it was just kind of beautiful in some ways because it was so historic,” she said. “(But) it was never maintained well as far as I can remember back.” City steps in After the cemetery shut down in June 2006, with Goldsman saying he lacked the money to keep it going, the city stepped in and opened it for weekly visits. But in mid-June this year, officials ended those visits because of the fire threat on the tinder-dry property and falling branches from dried-out trees. Pruning, cutting the grass and fixing a watering system to make the cemetery suitable for visits would cost about $400,000, officials said. “We just can’t spend freely on that cemetery because we have a lot of pressing needs around the city that we still need to attend to,” said Mayor Ara Najarian. The cemetery has an endowment care fund of more than $1 million, but only the interest can be used, and that is not enough to make the necessary improvements, Baum said. Attorneys suing the cemetery on behalf of loved ones interred there say it could turn a modest profit – under new ownership. It has a crematorium, which could generate some revenues, Ayers said. The cemetery has space for an additional 4,000 burials. The buried and cremated remains of about 40,000 individuals are already interred there, Ayers said. If its owners just walked away, Grand View would become county property, said Kevin Flanagan, spokesman for the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. But attorneys in the lawsuit say it could be acquired by relatives – should they receive a favorable settlement – who could run Grand View themselves by appointing a board and using settlement funds. Najarian said he hopes whoever ends up with it knows what they’re doing and keeps it maintained. “I want them to earn some money so that they can operate the business and remove this from being an albatross around the neck of the city,” he said. Those with relatives buried at Grand View say it has been painful to watch the cemetery turn into an eyesore, with a locked gate between them and their loved ones. Eleanor Moschetti, 64, of Castaic has her grandparents, parents, a sister and friends buried at Grand View. “It’s frustrating because we can’t go over there and visit,” she said. “What’s the purpose of burying your family in a cemetery if you can’t go over there and take flowers to them?” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! David Baum, attorney for principal owner Moshe Goldsman, said his client has sent out fliers and hired a real estate attorney to sell the cemetery. But so far, nothing. And if history is any indication, the cemetery will be a tough sell. In a similar case, the state in 2001 ordered the owner of Woodlawn Cemetery in Compton to sell after authorities found bone fragments and pieces of caskets on the grounds of the 140-year-old cemetery. In six years, the company has been unable to find a buyer. “No one in their straight mind would go out there and buy it,” City Councilman Bob Yousefian said of the 25-acre Grand View site. GLENDALE – For sale: 123-year-old, padlocked cemetery with overgrown weeds and the remains of 40,000. Fire Department says it’s a hazard, city says it’s a public nuisance. Fixer-upper. Owner must sell. $1 million, or best offer. Any takers? State officials are forcing the sale of embattled Grand View Memorial Park after finding that late owner Marsha Howard resold grave plots, improperly disposed of the cremated remains of thousands of people and left the once-sparkling mausoleum and its surrounding property in shambles. last_img read more

‘I didn’t mean to upset you’ – Allardyce issues apology to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgSunderland manager Sam Allardyce has issued an apology to Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp after comments he made about the number of hamstring injuries the Reds have suffered since the German took charge.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Allardyce suggested Klopp hasn’t appreciated the ferocity of the Premier League since his arrival in October.He also indicated that Klopp’s high-pressing tactics and heavy fitness demands may be a factor behind so many of his players being sidelined, with Jordon Ibe becoming the 12th currently crocked Reds first-team player on Thursday.Klopp reacted angrily yesterday, declaring his surprise that Allardyce has time to worry about his side’s problems, and the Black Cats’ manager has issued a sincere apology as a result by claiming his words were blown out of proportion.“If Jurgen is listening, I didn’t mean to upset you or criticise your club in any way,” Allardyce said in his press conference ahead of Sunderland’s FA Cup tie at Arsenal.“I got asked a question by a friend of mine – Alan Brazil on talkSPORT – and I gave him an opinion off the question Alan asked me. I answered it and never expected the headlines it has brought.“I seem to have upset him again sadly. I think the headline has upset him in the nationals.“I was just giving what I could see as one of the reasons why we get injuries and had no intentions to wind up him. Maybe I should have said it’s not for me to answer, I don’t know.”A feud had already fuelled between the two managers after Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in December, with Allardyce labelling Klopp a ‘soft German’ in the aftermath.last_img read more

THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS SET FOR RITH 2016

first_imgYoung and old will be able to do their bit for the Irish language when RITH 2016 kicks off in Kildare on March 4th – and comes all the way to Donegal.Coinciding with Seachtain na Gaeilge, the eleven-day All-Ireland relay run will promote the language in an athletic in a lively fun-filled manner.A message of hope to the people of Ireland, signed by President Michael D Higgins, will be carried by a baton-holder at the front of the run as it winds through every county. The baton will be opened when the run reaches its closure at Trinity College on March 14th and the President’s message about the language read out.One man is unlikely to be phased by the challenge. For Lucan man Dáithí Ó Murchú, no race in Ireland can be too daunting.When you have run from the eagle plains in the Yukon through the Arctic Circle and over to Tuktuk in the Arctic Ocean in average temperatures of around -30 degrees, the Irish language promotional event is just another step.Gael Linn festivals and Gaeltacht football tournaments were always an opportunity to bring the Irish language community together and he sees RITH as further opportunity. “Events such as RITH 2016 give the Irish language community an opportunity to come together for the good of the language. Between young and old, there is an opportunity to take part in a national event and this year, and as we commemorate 1916, everyone has a chance to take part in something historical for the language during Irish language week,” he said.For Dáithí, this will be a more relaxed occasion after the gruelling efforts he ran in such freezing conditions last year. When he talks about the incredible challenge he faced, he talks about the spiritual, physical and psychological aspects of a challenge, only ever completed by eleven others.“It’s very hard to say what inspires someone to do this but sometimes you feel inside that you have to do something. But it was the right time, the right place and the right ultra (marathon) to do and that what’s happened …. every decision you make is life and death.“When it goes to minus 30 or minus 45 and minus 50, the freezing ice comes in, the snow starts to fall and you really are trying to keep the mind going but the hallucinations are something else.“When you start to hallucinate, you can’t tell the difference between reality, surreality, what is and what is not. They are the dangerous times. Then you are walking on frozen oceans…. the challenges are on every single level,” he says. When he participates in RITH 2016, he will be combining his passion for running with his another love, the Irish language.His family was, he says, “always sympathetic” to Irish and he received post-primary education through the native language.A Limerickman, he also helped establish two Gaelscoils, Gaelscoil Ó Doghair and after that Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonba in his native county.You only need to write into google or youtube the words “running and health” to see the enormous effects which athletics can have on people’s health. Quoting the Irish proverb, Is fear rith maith ná drochsheasamh, Dáithí explains in simple terms the benefits of running. At “every level”, he says, sport is important. “It adds much to the spirit of the soul and your body. There is no doubt that sport helps a person on every level. I am always running and absorbing the beauty of the world on the roads, on mountains, on hills and in isolated places all over the world. “There is no doubt that running adds to the health of a person, not only in the body but also in the soul and in the head. If something is annoying you, put on your runners and go out walking or running in the air.” As a retired school principal, he freely admits that he doesn’t mind being away from the stress involved in teaching. The creativity of the children of the country is something he occasionally misses but now he has more time for running. And sometimes he now trains twice a day.Daithí Ó Murchú will be taking part in RITH 2016. Thousands are expected to take part in the relay-fun-run that will go through every county in Ireland from March 4th-14th as part of the national 1916 centenary commemorations.For more information on RITH 2016, see www.rith.ie.THOUSANDS OF RUNNERS SET FOR RITH 2016 was last modified: February 17th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA REACH ULSTER FINAL OF SCOR

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 18th January 2014Scor na nOg Eight young people from Buncrana Gaa Club will be representing both club and county at the Ulster Final of Scor na n-Óg in Armagh on Saturday. These talented youngsters are the sole Donegal representatives left in this year’s competition.They are competing in the Léiriú section of the competition and will perform a drama about St. Columba’s arrival on the Scottish island of Iona. The piece was written and produced by Patricia Doherty (Tinney). Club Scor Officer, Sinéad Mc Laughlin, praised the young actors for their commitment and hard work in preparing for the Ulster Final. Having defeated the Derry champions in the Ulster semi-final they are looking forward to performing against the champions from Down and Monaghan.It would be a great boost for the kids if there was good support present from the town and Inishowen. Buncrana GAA is urging as many people as possible to make the trip to Armagh next Saturday. The club may look at arranging a bus if there is sufficient demand. Come on the Buncrana kids!Membership registration nights will be held in The Clubhouse from 6.30pm to 8.00pm as follows – Tues 4th Feb U8s, 10s & 12s; Wed 5th Feb U14s, 16s & minors; Thu 6th Feb Adults. U6 registrations will be taken at their training session on Fri 7th Feb. There will be underage managers available on the appropriate nights to discuss registration fee, contact details, training, match information and various courses for helpers.NB:- membership does not guarantee match tickets and only adult members can be considered for ticket allocation. Please see our Facebook page, Website and notices in The Clubhouse for membership fees, or contact secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie if you have any further queries. CLG Bun Cranncha is in the process of recruiting team managers for our Senior, Reserve and Under 21 football teams for the 2014 year. If you are interested in applying for any of the posts, please contact the secretary at secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie on or before 24th January 2014.A special word of thanks to outgoing football managers, Paul McMenamin, Lawrence Hegarty, Stephen and Paul McGonigle for their contributions in 2013. We wish them every success for the future and look forward to their continued involvement in the Club. Go raibh mile maith acu go leir.U14 hurling/football training takes place every Monday and Thursday 6.30 – 7.30pm until further noticeU12 Hurlers played the first round of the North Antrim league on Saturday in Burnfoot. They had a very successful day winning all their matches in impressive style. They played against Burt, Slaughneil, Carn Tochair and St. Marys Rasharkin. A great start to the year and well done to all involved!U8 Football will resume this Friday evening at 7.30pm in Crana College. Please note that if your child was born in 2006 or 2007 and they would like to learn GAA footballing skills then bring them along, they will learn new skills, get some exercise and have great fun into the bargain! All new and existing members welcome. Upcoming Ulster Hurling Indoor Tournaments – Managers and Coaches and Bord na nOg Chair and PRO will forward details to interested parties later. The games will be held between 18th January – 29th March.Ulster GAA will be hosting a number of Provincial Indoor Tournaments for clubs to take part in. These Blitzes are to complement the ones being run regionally and within each county. They will all take place in the Meadowbank sports Arena in Magherafelt.This concept is based on the successful Competitions we already have at U10 level and the U18 Competition which was run in North Antrim last year.Santa Photos Parents should note that the Santa photos are ready for collection in Pixcam, the photo store beside the Drift Inn. Parents should also be aware that gumshields can be bought from managers and Elizabeth Anne will also have them available on Registration Days.GAA Dinner Dance Now that everyone has recovered from Christmas and New Year we’d like to announce that our annual dinner dance has been set for Saturday 22nd February in the Inishowen Gateway. Tickets are €25 and details to follow.Please Note: Patricia McMenamin and the McLaughlin Family (Malin) are holding a fund-raising table quiz in memory of Club stalwart, the late Eamon Mc Menamin, in the Malin Hotel on Friday 28th January at 9pm. All proceeds go to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny hospital. More details to follow.Buncrana GAA LottoThe numbers drawn for this week’s Lotto were 8, 10, 15, 21The Jackpot wasn’t won this week but the five €20 winners were:Noel Mc Ginley, Mill Lane, BuncranaNoel Jones, InchMichael Mc Laughlin, BurnfootMaureen Kavanagh, Castle Avenue, BuncranaStephen Mc Lafferty, St Oran’s Road, BuncranaTheir fellow club members would like to thank Áine Daly and Claire McCarron for collecting the Lotto last Saturday. Please donate generously to Davy McConnell and Colm McColgan who will be collecting around the pubs next Saturday night 25th January) – the Jackpot now stands at €3,525…and rising!Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.Buncrana GAA Club Flying the Donegal Flag in Ulster Scor na nOg!Eight young people from Buncrana Gaa Club will be representing both club and county at the Ulster Final of Scor na n-Óg in Armagh on Saturday. These talented youngsters are the sole Donegal representatives left in this year’s competition.They are competing in the Léiriú section of the competition and will perform a drama about St. Columba’s arrival on the Scottish island of Iona. The piece was written and produced by Patricia Doherty (Tinney).Club Scor Officer, Sinéad Mc Laughlin, praised the young actors for their commitment and hard work in preparing for the Ulster Final. Having defeated the Derry champions in the Ulster semi-final they are looking forward to performing against the champions from Down and Monaghan.It would be a great boost for the kids if there was good support present from the town and Inishowen. Buncrana GAA is urging as many people as possible to make the trip to Armagh next Saturday. The club may look at arranging a bus if there is sufficient demand. Come on the Buncrana kids!GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA REACH ULSTER FINAL OF SCOR was last modified: January 19th, 2014 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

Spurs ‘most interested’ club in race to sign wonderkid midfielder

first_imgTottenham are keen on signing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.De Jong, the Netherlands international, is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the European game, and he’s earned admiring glances from a host of clubs. 2 De Jong is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the game It is believed Ajax will not sell De Jong for anything less than £45million (€50m).De Jong has made 47 appearances for Ajax since joining from Willem II in 2015. He made his senior debut for the Netherlands on Thursday as a half-time substitute in a 2-1 defeat of Peru. Barcelona have been trying to tempt the 21-year-old to Camp Nou since last season, while Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund are known to have scouted De Jong.However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Spurs are the side ‘most interested’ in securing De Jong’s services.Ajax refused to sell De Jong over the summer despite receiving offers for their wonderkid, and the player himself was keen on staying in Amsterdam for a further year to continue his development with guaranteed football.However, next summer will see a renewed fight for De Jong, and Spurs are backed to be at the forefront, with the report saying they have ‘enough money to leave behind all their rivals’ having not spent anything during the recently closed transfer window. De Jong has already been capped by the Netherlands despite his youth 2last_img read more

ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC ANNOUNCED AS THE NO.1 CLUB IN IRELAND

first_imgATHLETICS: Finn Valley AC have once again topped the national rankings and have been named as Ireland’s No.1 club.It is yet another superb accolade for the famous athletic club which continually produces a consistent conveyor belt of athletic talent every year.Year after year the club competes and wins at local, provincial and national level. Patsy McGonagle is delighted the club has once again topped the national rankings which is based on performance.McGonagle told Donegal Daily, “The announcement this morning that Finn Valley AC have once again topped the national rankings as Irelands number one club based on THREE days of intense competition from the age group 12 -19 is most welcome and encouraging.“We saw of the challenge of in excess of 200 clubs and having been ahead in the rankings in 2014 and again in the indoor season 2015 it points to a very positive environment at our club.“Scoring strongly in sprints, middle distance, jumps and throws its a testament to serious committment not only by athletes but by coaching, parental support and club leadership. “It is a big deal coming from a rural background to oust the big city clubs most notably from Dublin Cork and Belfast.ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC ANNOUNCED AS THE NO.1 CLUB IN IRELAND was last modified: July 16th, 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:Finn Valley ACnewsNo.1NoticesSportlast_img read more

Premier League: Desperate Watford away to poor Norwich city

first_imgWatford are the only side yet to win a game this season (PHOTO/Courtesy).Norwich City vs WatfordCarrow Road, NolforkFriday, 08-11-2019 @11pmRef: Andre MarrinerWatford have easily been the poorest side in the Premier League this season.Quique Sanchez Flores’s side are yet to win a game in the campaign after 11 games and are the book-makers favourites for the drop.Things are not going their way at both ends of the pitch as they have scored a league low of six goals so far and conceded as many as 23 at the other end.Sitting six points off safety, it is not to late to mount a strong fight for survival and they will know that a victory at Norwich may be the catalyst needed to kick start their campaign.For the home side, they had a fairly good start to the season but things have turned sore of late.They are winless in their last six games, losing five and drawing the other.Their strength at the start was scoring goals but they seem to have dried up as Norwich have found the back of the net on only three occasions in that period.Ahead of the game, Norwich midfielder Mario Vrancic is available for the first time since August after recovering from a calf injury and then illness. Ibrahim Amadou and Todd Cantwell are now fully fit and could start.Watford captain Troy Deeney, who has been out since mid-August following a knee operation, is under consideration to face Norwich. Etienne Capoue and Ismaila Sarr have also returned to training, while Craig Cathcart has overcome a back spasm.Norwich have won three of the past four league meetings. Watford haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 away league games against Norwich since a goalless top-flight draw in February 1988.Seven points from 11 games is Norwich’s joint-lowest tally at this stage of a top-flight season. Norwich could lose nine of their opening 12 league matches of a season for only the third time, having done so in 1946-47 and 1947-48. They have gone nine Premier League home games without keeping a clean sheet. The Canaries have conceded two goals or more in eight of their past nine league fixtures home and away. Norwich are yet to earn a point this season after falling behind in a game. Their solitary victory in the last 48 Premier League games in which they conceded the first goal came at home to Watford in May 2016. Teemu Pukki has gone six league appearances without a goal, his longest barren run since joining the club in 2017.Watford are enduring a club top-flight record of 15 games without a victory and have failed to win any of their opening 11 league fixtures of a season for the first time. Watford’s only top-flight away victory in the past 10 attempts came at already-relegated Huddersfield in April (D2, L7). The late consolation penalty against Chelsea was only Watford’s second goal in six matches in all competitions. The Hornets are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with six goals. They are the only side this season to have no players score more than once in the division.Other Premier League weekend fixturesSaturday, 09-11-2019-Chelsea vs Crystal Palace @3:30pm-Burnley vs West Ham United @6pm-Newcastle United vs Bournemouth @6pm-Southampton vs Everton @6pm-Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United @6pm-Leicester City vs Arsenal @8:30pmSunday, 10-11-2019-Man United vs Brighton @5pm-Wolves vs Aston Villa @5pm-Liverpool vs Man City @7:30pmComments Tags: English Premier league previewEplNorwich CitytopWatfordlast_img read more

What’s New in the Primordial Soup?

first_imgThe bubbling froth percolates with ideas about how life “emerged,” each new notion trying to outdo the last in vacuity.Feel the power:  Wham! goes the meteorite.  From this, we are told by Science Daily, life got a helping hand to spring out of lifeless rock.  “While it is generally accepted that some important ingredients for life came from meteorites bombarding the early Earth, scientists have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life,” reads the teasing caption, leading us to the University of Leeds, where the “power behind the primordial soup” has been “discovered,” according to the headline.  With bated breath, readers learn that “a chemical, similar to one now found in all living cells and vital for generating the energy that makes something alive,” (i.e., phosphorus) “could have been created when meteorites containing phosphorus minerals landed in hot, acidic pools of liquids around volcanoes, which were likely to have been common across the early Earth.”  That alleviates “The mystery of how living organisms sprung out of lifeless rock [that] has long puzzled scientists.”  Life surely would have taken that phosphorus to make ATP, right?Replace the fantasy with a bigger one:  Evolutionists have this yearning for a universal tree of life that would unite all organisms in a Darwinian banner, Live Science explains, but we may need to abandon that “fantasy” for “a time before Darwinism” when multiple organisms “emerged,” giving birth to life “in a collective state.”  Sounds politically correct for the far left, but we don’t know the political leanings of the idea’s advocate, Professor Nigel Goldenfeld (U of Illinois).  “I like to think of early life as being more like an undifferentiated slime mold,” Goldenfeld said. “Such a communal form of life would have no meaningful family tree, because it is the community that varies in descent, not individual organismal lineages.”  If the probability for a chance emergence of one viable cell is astronomically small, Goldenfeld did not explain how to get many separate ones all sharing together.What is it?  Before finding how life emerged, evolutionists need to know what it is.  It’s hard to define, Space.com said.  Astrobiologist Chris McKay doesn’t worry about definitions; anything made of “complex, organic molecules” interests him.  Like ricin? tailpipe soot?The search for what is it:  The new UK Centre for Astrobiology launched this month, asking “Is there life out there?”  Already 40,000 students are excited about this new initiative, the BBC News says.  As is typical, the article points to Earth life and its tenacity for surviving extreme environments as evidence for life out there, but since no extraterrestrial life has been found, astrobiologists have to consider a negative answer.  “The discovery of many lifeless planets across the Universe, the discovery that the Earth might be unique as a place for life, would be an astonishing discovery in itself,” said professor Charles Cockrell. “It would be a very lonely discovery, but it would be an astonishing discovery.”  Clearly he was not speaking for the many theists, who expect an afterlife with their Maker and the redeemed to be anything but lonely.Life older than Earth:  Taking Moore’s Law from transistors to genes and “doing the math,” two geneticists decided that life is older than the Earth, according to Live Science.  This, of course, implies panspermia brought life to our planet, displacing the problem of life’s origin even further from empirical study.  One of them is “99% sure it’s true” that life did not start on Earth but reserves that 1% to prove him wrong.Hope in the dead salty soup:  A photo of the salty Dead Sea adorns a story in Science Daily about a Florida astrobiologist who blabs that 10 amino acids could have folded into protein-like structures in a high salt environment.  See picture of the Blaber on PhysOrg.  His notion, however, contradicts the “RNA World” hypothesis popular among other astrobiologists.  The headline brags, “How Life May Have First Emerged On Earth.”Bleached Martians:  Hopes for life on Mars have been pretty much bleached by the discovery of “pesky perchlorates” all over the surface, from the poles to Gale Crater where rover Curiosity now rolls (see Science Magazine article by Richard Kerr).  New Scientist quoted the rover chief saying, “The odds of rolling up to a rock on Mars and finding organics are vanishingly small, but we’re still going to try.”  Your tax dollars at work. (Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiological enthusiasm is rising with the news that Kepler found several more “Earth-like planets” around other stars (see BBC News).  But another consideration is the number of factors that must be satisfied for life, as explained in the documentary The Privileged Planet.  Could those come together by chance?  Science Daily took a closer look at one curious example of fine-tuning: the requirements for carbon and oxygen.  “Now a team of physicists, including one from North Carolina State University, is looking at the conditions necessary to the formation of those two elements in the universe,” the article began.  “They’ve found that when it comes to supporting life, the universe leaves very little margin for error.”  They found that “more than a 2 or 3 percent change in the light quark mass would lead to problems with the abundance of either carbon or oxygen in the universe.”Astrobiology (n.): government welfare for storytellers.  Requirements: know some some scientific jargon and possess the ability to look busy.  Mastery of the words emerged, could have, might have, may have, and possibly is a must.  The government is an equal-opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of evidence, observation, or logic.  Darwin card accepted; applicants may sign up for one, but absence of a current Darwin card may trigger a background check.  Prior possession of intelligent design beliefs is grounds for expulsion.  This rule is enforced in order to foster the culture of storytelling astrobiologists have come to expect.last_img read more

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first_imgSouth African fans supporting Bafana Bafana, the national squad, at a match against Equatorial Guinea in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Bafana Bafana won by four goals to one.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image  Football fans at the the final of the Vodacom Challenge between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs football club at Loftus Versfeld stadium – a venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – on 26 July 2008. Manchester United won by four to one. Security at the gate.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Security at the gate.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Security at the gate.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more