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“The locker room takes everything the president says”

first_imgQuique Setién attended the media in the previous match that Barcelona will play against Eibar tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. -Will the match against Eibar look something like Getafe?-Each game is a new experience and they have a different analysis because the rivals propose different things. There are teams intense in pressure and you have to constantly study what the opponent does. We already assume that this team is going to try to push us up, because he likes to play in a rival field. We have been proposing things during the week to find solutions.-Messi has said that it is not enough to win the Champions League. Do you have that feeling?– There are things in which I agree and others in which I have seen how many Champions have won and I think we could have many options to win them as other teams may have. It is true that there are things to improve. We are not with everything but we are growing little by little and reaching levels that will allow us to compete with all teams.-The Barça, since its arrival, moves in institutional crisis. Does the stability of the club depend on what the team achieves?-There are many things you can think that affect us but in reality it is not so because we are focused on football issues. We are aware of what happens but I can assure you that it does not influence. We are focused on our goal, try to play well and enjoy the public and nothing else. The rest affects us little.What explanations did the president give them, did the dressing room take it for granted?Of course he considers everything the president says. I have not turned it over and with the captains we have not talked about it anymore. It is a subject that does not help us for what is not football. We leave it aside. The explanations are given and that’s it.-How did you see Braithwaite?-Surely in some game we will see it as a starter. It may be premature now. It comes in a state of suitable form but there are concepts and things that must be explained and that you must understand. It has come with enthusiasm, and we hope it helps us a lot. Definitely.-Can you play tomorrow even if you don’t start?-It’s possible.-Messi said he responded to Abidal because he felt attacked. Does it bother you that the air is aired publicly?-I own what I say and what I do. Sometimes differences happen that the ideal would always be to clarify them from you to you. But in the other things I do not enter because they are not things that affect me.– Messi also says that they easily disconnect from the matches.-We are very aware of the game we have left before facing the next three or four that will be important. And the first is Eibar. We have raised the game as if it were a final. Not only would it allow us to remain there. It would reinforce us for what is coming. As I always say, you have to do things right. And it won’t be an easy match.-He has had two clean weeks of work. It has helped? – These two weeks have been good because we have been able to work more, put more loads. But I already know the requirement. I know that I have to win every game here and play well. This is a process that may take a little longer, a little less, but I think that in all the games we have played well during times. But, except for Leganés day, we have not clearly resolved the matches. We have had the possibility of scoring many more goals and we also have the fact that we are generating less in each match. Although sometimes the feeling of danger may be higher in games against Getafe, they throw us quite a bit at the door.How do you plan to manage the issue of power plants?Either one that will play and be sanctioned will be a setback, but we have the other. What we are not going to risk is that it will happen to both of us. I have confidence in both players. The two can do well. I know the card will appear sometime and they will have to rest.When did you arrive, did you expect this volume of controversy?I have come to the best team in the world or the best. Tell me about positive things. They give me nothing. What I need is to focus on my players, convince them. Try to see what we propose in the field. The rest affects me little and I trust and perceive that the players either.Will you choose the centrals thinking about the Classic?Whoever plays tomorrow can play in Naples and at the Bernabéu. Sometimes I spend time without sleep because I have two players that are a little different and you don’t know which player is going to come best for you. Sometimes I don’t decide five minutes before, but almost.Have you asked Braithwaite?Martin is a player we had been following for some time. He is a player with conditions that will help us a lot. It is quite specific but can play in different positions and we have faith and confidence that it will help us. Not only is he a good footballer but his head works well and he is going to bring us many things.What should they improve more urgently?Everything is going more globally. This week we worked on the issue of pressure. Because Athletic already did it to us and these situations are going to be prepared by other teams. So we want to give players the tools to have a more key exit from the game. That has touched this week, but other weeks touch other concepts.To what extent can the Champions League condition the alignment?It is true that you have to take it into account but in principle I intend to win this match. And it is true that I have to take into account but of course we will not reserve anything that can help us to win this match.-Riqui Puig had a certain presence but has been losing prominence. Why?– I have already told you many times that I do not like to refer to a specific player because there are many players in the branch that are in the same position as Riqui. Earning space is not easy because they have to compete with players who are at a very high level. Riqui is doing it frankly well, like Collado, like Akieme, like Ronald Araujo. They potentially have conditions and are there. But another thing is that you consider taking out a professional who takes good. I hope to have margin. If the first staff relax, I will put them.Are you excited to debut in the Champions League?Sure, but first things first. We have a serious rival. There is hope for Tuesday to arrive. For me too. But first things first, worse Eibar and Mendilibar do things very well many years ago.What do you prefer, to be locked behind or come to look for you?The truth is that I am indifferent. Maybe they better wait for you back, I don’t know. Or that they squeeze you and find spaces. In both circumstances, the team is able to solve many situations. Although all have their difficulties.last_img read more

Rondina, Gervacio stun USA for PH’s first win in FIVB beach volleyball

first_img“We just played our game and we wanted to show to the Filipinos watching what we are capable of,” said Rondina in Filipino. Jackielyn Estoquia and Dhannylaine Demontaño lost to Paraguay’s Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla, 21-19, 21-13, in Pool A to open the campaign for the Filipinos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Paraguay duo is atop Pool A with two points and is tied with Thailand’s Thatsarida Singchuea and Pawarun Pawarun Chanthawichai.Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, meanwhile, dropped a 21-20, 21-9 heartbreaker to Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Ayumi Kusano. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio for team Philippines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe tandem of Cherry Rondina and Dzi Gervacio emerged as the early leader in Group D after a sweep of United States’ Lindsey Fuller and Kaley Melville, 21-12, 21-15, in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Friday at SM Sands by the Bay.Rondina and Gervacio are the first team from the Philippines to win their opening matches and earn two points after the other Filipino squads dropped their assignments early in the morning.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Warriors’ shooters deal with off-nights in different ways ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Japan zoomed to the top of Pool B along with Norway’s Janne Pedersen and Hanne Zylstra with two points apiece while Soriano and Tan’s settled for a point.Another Philippine team in Lourdilyn Catubag and Karen Quilario succumbed in straight sets to the Netherlands’ Katja Stam and Julia Wouters, 21-14, 21-11, in Pool C.The Dutch duo are atop Pool C with Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii with two points while the Catubag and Quilario are at third with Hong Kong’s Ting Chi Yuen and Wai Yan Au Yueng with one point.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

Bradley Beal, Wizards silence Thunder

first_imgPorter had been playing sparingly since coming back from a right knee contusion. He came off the bench and made 7 of 17 shots and 4 of 6 3-pointers.“I am still trying to get the rust off,” he said. “Coming off the bench allows me to add scoring coming off the bench. I’m doing whatever I can.”Porter started every game he played the previous two seasons, but Brooks is considering keeping him in a reserve role.“Otto just wants to play and play well and play the right way,” Brooks said. “If we keep him there for a while, who knows. But we have been playing some good basketball. I know we haven’t won every game, but we’ve been playing hard, and we have to keep doing it. But he has a nice rhythm coming off the bench the last few games.”Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for his 12th triple-double of the season and the 116th of his career. But he also had eight turnovers. Washington had nine as a team.ADVERTISEMENT Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Washington won 116-98, beating the Thunder franchise on the road for the first time since it was still based in Seattle.The Thunder started the day with the second-best record in the Western Conference while Washington was nine games under .500 and still adjusting to losing star guard John Wall for the season. Those factors made the win sweeter for Brooks, the former Thunder coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It has to be up there, there’s no question,” he said. “We battled. We played against one of the best teams in basketball. They’ve got a lot of talent. They’ve got three All-Stars on the floor and I think we battled them and did a lot of things well.”Otto Porter had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jeff Green scored 16 points and Tomas Satoransky added 15 for the Wizards, who had been 0-9 against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, where they moved in 2008. “We turned the ball over too much, at least I did,” Westbrook said. “That’s the story of the game.”Paul George scored 20 points and Jerami Grant added 17 for the Thunder, who had won their previous three games.The Wizards led 54-50 at halftime, but the Thunder quickly took a 55-54 lead in the third quarter on a layup by Grant.Washington regained control. Porter’s 3-pointer capped a 15-2 run that put the Wizards up 80-69 with just under 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards led 90-79 at the end of the period.Sam Dekker’s emphatic reverse dunk put the Wizards up 96-81 with about 10 minutes to play. A 3-pointer by Green pushed Washington’s lead to 20.The Thunder don’t plan to dwell on the loss.“I know we had right intentions and that’s all that matters,” Westbrook said. “We’ve got a positive locker room and I’m optimistic about what the future holds for this team, so it’s all good.”TIP-INSWizards: Brooks was cheered during pregame introductions. He coached the Thunder from 2008-15 and led them to the NBA Finals in 2012. … The Wizards outrebounded the Thunder 55-41. … George had scored 37 points in each of his previous two games, but he shot 7 for 18 on Sunday night. … Beal took 27 shots to get his 25 points. … F Trevor Ariza made just 1 of 9 shots.Thunder: Reserve G Alex Abrines missed his fourth straight game due to personal reasons. … Westbrook had eight turnovers. … C Steven Adams scored 10 points in the first quarter and two the rest of the game. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Washington coach Scott Brooks thinks his team delivered one of its best performances of the season on Sunday night.That’s what it took for the Wizards to finally win in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT STAT LINESThe Thunder were outscored by 32 points during backup point guard Dennis Schroder’s 17 minutes. He scored nine points on 3-for-10 shooting.HE SAID ITWestbrook on the off night for the team: “Eighty-two games. You think you’re going to play good every night, you’ve got another thing coming.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.Thunder: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asian Cup: Jordan stuns defending champ Australia Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READcenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Senior Flyers lose 3-2 to Spirit River

first_img“They scored with 2:38 remaining to go up 3-2 and we couldn’t get that last one back. It seems to be a reoccurring theme that we let teams score in the last two minutes of a period or a game,” he explains. “We need to learn to play defensively in those aspects of the game in the last two minutes of periods.”The scorers for the Flyers were Jeff Fast and Matt Shuya. Assists went to Payden Wongstedt and Brady Busche.The Senior Flyers will have a chance for a measure of revenge tonight as they take on SpiritRiver once again, this time on the road at 8:30 p.m. The Flyers opened the scoring with 13 minutes left in the first period, but the Rangers got the tying goal with 1:02 left in the frame.The Rangers carried that momentum into the second period as they took a 2-1 lead, but the Flyers battled back to tie things up once again with 6:39 to go.The Flyers struggled to get much going in the third, and they paid for it in the end as the Rangers got the game winning goal with 2:48 left in regulation time- Advertisement -Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says the game was lacklustre for both clubs and he was disappointed to have the game decided in the final minutes.“For the most part it was a pretty relaxed game. There wasn’t much urgency for either side. They had 14 guys and we had 15 guys and it just seemed like everyone was tired,” he says. “There wasn’t much energy out on the ice. Overall it wasn’t a great performance by either team.”Dicaire says the team needs to focus on playing defensively down the stretch in games to put an end to continuously giving up goals at bad moments in the game.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kings fall in OT, 4-3

first_imgDainius Zubrus got his stick on a puck that lay tantalizingly close to the goal line, poking in a rebound 2:28 into overtime in a 4-3 victory over the Kings. That made the razor-thin difference between the struggling clubs. “Nothing against (the Kings), but that’s the (kind of) teams we have to beat for sure,” said Zubrus. “They got a couple of easy goals that you don’t like to see happen, and they happened tonight,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “In Mathieu’s case, I’m sure he’ll get better as he gets more comfortable in the net.” Los Angeles failed to score during a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:05 in the second period, and the teams went scoreless in the third period. “We wore out a little bit for some reason tonight, it’s kind of hard to comprehend,” Crawford said. “Give the Caps credit – their best period was the third. We should have been up by more at that point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Zubrus got his chance after Alexander Semin’s shot trickled past Mathieu Garon and off the right post. It capped a rough night for Garon in his first game in nearly a month. Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Kings, who lost to the Capitals on the road for the first time in nearly nine years. They had gone 4-0 with one tie at the Verizon Center since 1998. Los Angeles entered having lost 11 of 13, while Washington had dropped nine of 12. Kings rookie Kopitar scored the only goal of the first period, a rebound off the far post during a 5-on-3 power play. But Garon, returning from a broken finger and giving 40-year-old Sean Burke a night off, allowed three marginal goals in the second period. He whiffed glove-side on Boyd Gordon’s short-handed shot from the blue line, was slow to react on a wraparound by Ben Clymer and let a close-in shot from Chris Clark trickle over the goal line. center_img • Photo Gallery: Kings vs. Capitals WASHINGTON – A game of inches? How about a game of just one inch? That was about the distance of the winning shot for the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Music Education Partnership has established a Junior Concert Band (wind and brass) which will commence rehearsals on Wednesday the 1st of February in the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, from 7-8pm.The Junior Concert Band is open to brass and wind players up to a Grade 3 standard, providing an excellent performance opportunity for junior players not yet of the standard to join the Donegal Youth Orchestra. The Junior concert Band will be conducted by Don Swain. Junior String players are welcome to join the Donegal Children’s String Orchestra, which rehearses weekly on Saturdays in Letterkenny, enrolling for new members from March 2012. For young singers, the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Junior Choir is also now enrolling. The choir rehearse fortnightly in Letterkenny, conducted by Helen O’Hare.Donegal Music Education Partnership also has opportunities to enrol for their intermediate, advanced and adult ensembles for the Spring-Summer Term. The Partnership’s ensemble groups stretch across a range of musical styles and genres, including jazz, classical and choral music catering for intermediate and advanced players, children and adults. Performing as part of an ensemble is a great way to meet other musicians and singers, and the many benefits include additional tuition and increased performance opportunities.The Donegal Youth Orchestra, conducted by well-known composer and musician Vincent Kennedy, rehearse fortnightly on Fridays in Letterkenny, and students from a grade 3 standard upwards are welcome to join.The Donegal Youth Orchestra have performed in the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and recently reunited with Altan for a special concert to celebrate Forty Years of Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Rehearsals are currently underway for a very exciting project funded by Donegal County Council’s Public Art Office, which will premiere in Easter 2012. More advanced players are welcome to audition for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, who earlier this year performed for RTE Radio’s Sunday Miscellany.The Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Big Band, the Errigal Groove Orchestra, conducted by Buncana-based saxophonist Sean McCarron, is an ever-expanding jazz ensemble open to brass and wind players, double bassists, guitarists, drummers, pianists, organists and singers.Since their debut last year, this group has captured the imagination of many young players and singers, and new members are now also welcome. Rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.Donegal Youth Choir, led by Sara Laughlin, is a great outlet for young adults to build confidence and explore their creativity. The choir, which is open to 14yr olds to 25yr olds rehearse fortnightly on Sundays in Letterkenny, and has members from across the county.For adults who love to sing but have no formal training, The Errigal Singers provides a vibrant and fun performance outlet. Led by Lorna McLaughlin, the choir meets weekly on a Monday in Errigal College, Letterkenny. For further information on any of these ensembles, contact the Donegal Music Education Partnership by email on or telephone 074 9176293. NEW JUNIOR CONCERT BAND FOR DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP was last modified: January 24th, 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) Tags:DONEGAL MUSICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more


first_imgKILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman has joked about Donegal GAA manager Jim McGuinness trying his sports psychology in Britain.Following speculation of links to both Celtic and Merseyside rivals Liverpool, the Everton man joked: “I’d rather he came to Everton. I’ll have a word with him!”Yesterday McGuinness said he hasn’t had any approaches from soccer clubs in Britain, though he said he would consider any job offer. The Glenties man’s role with Donegal is voluntary in an amateur sport.He earns a living as a sports psychologist.Coleman says he is delighted Donegal won the All-Ireland.“I’m a massive Donegal fan and I keep in touch with the lads, there was no happier man to see them win. They’ve been a great inspiration for everyone in the county. Michael Murphy is a great captain and for the young people in Donegal there’s no one better to look up to, he’s a great role model,” he said. Coleman, who is expected to play for Ireland against Germany this Friday – a day after his 24th birthday – said McGuinness could easily use his skills in the Premier League.“I spoke to Jim a few times and, honestly, he’s a great, great man,” said the former Donegal minor player.“You can see the love he has for football and sport, it’s something else. It would be great if he got a role with one of the football clubs, he could turn his hand to it, no problem. It’s the type of man he is.”Coleman admitted being a fan again for the Euro 2012 campaign – and watched Ireland’s games in Fawlty’s Bar in Killybegs with his mates.“Hopefully I will get another chance to reach a major tournament with Ireland. That’s my aim now, that’s my drive, because everyone wants to play in a major tournament for their country,” he said. COLEMAN: I’D LOVE TO SEE JIM McGUINNESS AT EVERTON! was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COLEMAN: I’D LOVE TO SEE JIM McGUINNESS AT EVERTON!last_img read more


first_imgRónán Mac Aodha Bhuí will be celebrating our cultural links with our Celtic neighbours this week on his Rónán Beo @ 3 show on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over the next couple of days.Today he will have a music session recorded in studio with Manx Singer Ruth Keggin and her band.Ruth will be singing traditional and contemporary songs in Manx Gaelic from her new album ‘Sheear’. She will be accompanied by James Lindsay on double bass and Dave Pearce on guitar. Ruth also talks about the renewal of the Manx language, and her own delight at being able to sing these songs in Manx for us. On Thursday, Rónán will bring us a session in studio with Scottish band Dàimh, with their newest member Griogar Labhruidh. Griogar brought out an album with Gaoth Dobhair singer and musician Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde a few years ago, and is well known to RnaG listeners.Dàimh have a strong following in Scotland, and have been nominated several time for the Scots traditional music prizes. The group is Angus Mc Kenzie, Damien Helliwell, Gabe Mc Varish, Ross Martin, and Griogar.Tune in to Rónán Beo @3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Wednesday and Thursday at 3pm for music from our Celtic neighbours to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.  RÓNÁN TO SHOWCASE OUR CELTIC COUSINS was last modified: March 5th, 2014 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

Gardaí probe criminal damage at Letterkenny construction site

first_imgGardaí are investigating a criminal damage incident where a construction lorry was set on fire in the early hours of Friday morning in Letterkenny. The incident occurred on November 1st between 1am and 1:45am in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny.Both Gardai and Donegal Fire Service attended the scene. It is understood that motor vehicle was very badly damaged with another lorry within close proximity of the blaze also catching damage.If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact the Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Gardaí probe criminal damage at Letterkenny construction site was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Astrobiology Has No Bio

first_imgThe confidence in each of these articles that life can originate by chance is challenged by the complete lack of evidence that it happened that way.  This is all “strong astrobiology,” expecting life by chance and speculating on how it happened, with heavy use of promissory notes and a high perhapsimaybecouldness index.Ever since Darwin speculated about some “warm little pond” where life may have originated by chance, the search for life by chance has grown and become more detailed and technical.  Now we have high-temperature ovens, impact guns, and spark chambers.  Nothing ever grows out of the test tubes.  The empirical data is inversely proportional to the hope and hype in the media.  That story about oil in water (#6 above) is unbelievably stupid; it’s like staring at a Lava Lamp and calling it alive.  Read with astonishment what a “science” news site reported without laughing out loud:The researchers’ robot used a video camera to monitor, process and analyse the behaviour of 225 differently-composed droplets, identifying a number of distinct characteristics such as vibration or clustering.The team picked out three types of droplet behaviour – division, movement and vibration – to focus on in the next stage of the research. They used the robot to deposit populations of droplets of the same composition, then ranked these populations in order of how closely they fit the criteria of behaviour identified by the researchers. The chemical composition of the ‘fittest’ population was then carried over into a second generation of droplets, and the process of robotic selection was begun again. [This is artificial selection—intelligent design, imposing investigator interference and anthropomorphism on lifeless matter.]Over the course of 20 repetitions of the process, the researchers found that the droplets became more stable, mimicking the natural selection of evolution.Good grief.  The most outrageous lapses of empirical science get a pass if they support evolution in some way.Let’s recall the days of alchemy: this was a long-lasting inquiry into nature.  Like astrobiologists, alchemists believed with all their heart that base metals “could” be turned into gold.  The quest lasted for centuries.  Techniques were devised that later proved helpful to “real” chemistry.  But alchemy failed, and always failed, year after year, century after century, even though its practitioners believed strongly they were making progress.  They kept hope alive with the belief that a breakthrough was just around the corner.  (Actually, using atom smashers, it can now be done, at far more cost than any yield of gold.)  In hindsight, alchemy was a fruitless quest.  It was not science.  Astrobiology now seems to be in that early euphoric stage.  Its hopes are misguided, when one considers the impossibility of getting life by chance (see our online book).Take the “bio” out of astrobiology, and what do you get?  Astrology—a method of divination.  Look at these news articles above and explain if you see any real philosophical difference.(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When you take the “bio” out of astrobiology, what do you get?  Is it still a science?Astrobiology as a new branch of science was launched in 1996 at the announcement of possible life fossils in a Martian meteorite (NASA).  18 years later, there is still no biology in astrobiology, despite highly-publicized, optimistic research attempts to figure out the origin of life without an intelligent designer.One might describe two kinds of astrobiology.  “Weak” astrobiology (our term) attempts to understand the requirements for life to exist on a planet.  This is empirical science, and can help us understand life on Earth—i.e., what would happen if Earth did not meet these requirements.  Observations can be made of where life exists on Earth in extreme environments, and experiments can be done with microbes to see what happens if certain requirements are reduced or eliminated.  “Strong” astrobiology expects that life is common in the universe (because it’s here on this planet, assuming our planet is nothing special): we just need to find it.  It also is heavily dependent on origin-of-life experiments.  This kind of astrobiology, so far, has failed miserably.Here are recent news items about astrobiology’s search for life or the origin of life.  As becomes obvious from headlines, the word “could” is prominent.  Progress is always promised out in the future somewhere.Nuclear fragments could help uncover the origins of life-supporting planets (PhysOrg): “Our study essentially demonstrates how star dust – the remnants of exploded stars – plays a role in the formation of life-supporting planets,” say researchers from the University of Surrey.  “It is just one discovery in a long process, but it will pave the way for further work in understanding the conditions needed for life in the universe.”From Hell on Earth: Life’s Building Blocks (Science Magazine): “Ancient asteroid impacts may have kick-started life on Earth” say researchers in the Czech Republic. Under controlled lab conditions at extreme temperature and pressure, they found the 4 bases of DNA in clay spiked with formamide.  “Could” is used 4 times in Sid Perkins’ article, and “may” twice.  See also New Scientist.  The coverage on Live Science points back to the Miller spark-discharge experiment.Cosmic Impacts Might Help Synthesize Organic Compounds (Astrobiology Magazine): Some organic compounds “could” survive impacts, experiments with projectiles fired at organic-enriched ices show.  “Future research could also focus on creating icy projectiles that better match the composition of comets.”Ponds or pounding are both possible origins for life (New Scientist):”If the Rosetta result holds up, we’ll have to explain why we haven’t seen more comets with heavy water” (see 12/11/14). But if impacts forged nucleic acid bases, well then: “It’s a long way from life, but our own kind of big bang may have sparked it.”Young, hotheaded stars could host habitable worlds (New Scientist): This article speculates that M-dwarf stars “could” have hosted life early in their careers (but see 12/06/14).  “That may be enough time for life to develop and then go underground or underwater to survive as the star cools.”Chemists create ‘artificial chemical evolution’ for the first time (PhysOrg):”Scientists have taken an important step towards the possibility of creating synthetic life with the development of a form of artificial evolution in a simple chemistry set without DNA.” This is crazy: they watched oil droplets “evolve” in water. “Droplets of oil move in water like primitive chemical machines, transferring chemical energy to kinetic energy.”  But where is a genetic code and signaling networks?  Where is accurate replication?  “This is the first time that an evolvable chemical system has existed outside of biology,” a professor at the U of Glasgow claims.Giant impacts, planet formation and the search for life elsewhere (The Conversation): article agrees that moon is finely tuned, habitability is tenuous, and that impacts can be devastating, but keeps hope alive.  “The future will doubtless reveal more factors that must be taken into account when assessing the suitability of a given planetary system as a host for life,” three evolutionists speculate.last_img read more