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  • American Pharoah poised for more history

    first_img The Boss On this day, though, Pharoah will be The Boss. “We have a legend here with American Pharoah,” says Dennis Drazen, a management consultant to the track. “People are going to be talking about being there the day American Pharoah ran at Monmouth Park in the Haskell.” Thrilled to have American Pharoah, track officials this week boosted the total purse of the race by $750,000 to a record $1.75 million. The winner’s share is $1.1 million. A record crowd approaching 60,000 is expected. A three-day “Pharoah Phan Phestival” began on Friday, with giveaways, contests and a chance for fans to watch American Pharoah on his morning gallops. About 5,000 showed up Friday. The Triple Crown winner is the overwhelming 1-5 favourite in an eight-horse field going 11/8 miles. “He has so many fans,” says trainer Bob Baffert, who said his wife, Jill, told him that a little TV was tuned in to the Belmont at the beauty salon she goes to in Beverly Hills, California. “There’s people in front of his barn in the mornings and people watching him gallop and cheering for him every time. It’s fun to really share him with the fans.” From the moment American Pharoah won the Belmont, Zayat hasn’t wavered in his desire to keep racing his prized horse – even though he’s sold the breeding rights for what could be as much as $30 million, with a stud fee that could be in the $100,000 range. NEW JERSEY (AP): From a beauty salon in Beverly Hills to an intersection in Zurich, people are talking about American Pharoah. Derek Jeter. Carrie Underwood. Drew Brees. Even Cheech and Chong. All have chatted up either the owner, trainer or jockey of American Pharoah in the weeks after the horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. “He’s captured the imagination of the nation,” says Ahmed Zayat, the effusive Egyptian owner who travels the world on business and resides in Teaneck, New Jersey. “More than just a nation, if I dare say.” Today, American Pharoah returns to the races in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, the Jersey Shore track a few furlongs from the home of rocker Bruce Springsteen, whose classic Born to Run has become the Haskell pre-race anthem.last_img read more

  • Ombudsman Act Sails through Legislature

    first_imgPartial view of lawmakers voting for the passage of the Ombudsman ActBy Leroy M. Sonpon IIIThe House of Representatives has concurred with the Senate to amend the Code of Conduct for the creation of the operational framework of the Office of the Ombudsman. The amendment is under scrutiny by the House of Representatives.The draft law includes the amendment of Part XII of the Code of Conduct for the creation of the operational framework of the office of the Ombudsman as established in the National Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees of the Government of Liberia.On Tuesday, June 13, twenty (20) lawmakers voted for the passage of the Ombudsman Act to agree with the senators; Montserrado County District # 3 Representative Bill Tweahway was the only person who abstained.The decision to amend the Code of Conduct was due to a report from the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Ways, Means, Finance, and Development Planning.It may be recalled that on Tuesday, June 6, members of the House of Representatives voted for the Act to be sent to the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning to review and reportThe amended Act seeks to empower the Ombudsman to recommend appropriate sanctions and disciplinary actions to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), as provided in Part XII Section 12.2 of the Code of Conduct.Under Part V of the Code of Conduct relating to electoral matters, the Senate agreed that issues “appertaining to elections matters, shall be adjudicated by the National Elections Commission (NEC), as prescribed under the Elections Law; and any remedy sought from such adjudication will be referred to the Supreme Court as provided for under the Laws and Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.”The Act also provides that the Ombudsman prepares and submits through the office of the President for enactment a budget for the office of the Ombudsman to the National Legislature.Under Section 12.4, the President shall nominate three persons for confirmation by the Liberian Senate, one of whom shall be appointed as chairperson, “with gender sensitivity, non-partisanship, and geographical balance.”With respect to qualification, officials will be Liberians with “high moral character, recognized good judgment, objectivity, and integrity; well equipped to analyze problems of law, administration, and public policy; with the minimum of age not less than forty (40) years; and must have a law degree, other professional discipline, experience relevant to the task to be performed,” the Code of Conduct says.Also, an official of the Ombudsman will not be involved in political party activities or publicly endorse, solicit funds for or make contributions to political parties or candidates for elective office; and shall not be a candidate for or hold any other elective or appointed public office.Members of the Ombudsman shall hold office for two 3-year terms following confirmation by the Senate and appointment by the President, “and shall be removed from office by the President for nonfeasance; malfeasance; misfeasance; and criminal acts as prescribed under existing laws and regulations.”In matters concerning the law, the office of the Ombudsman will have the power to conduct hearings in a quasi-judicial manner and make findings, give reasons and conclusions in matters filed before it, “while appeal from a decision of the Office of the Ombudsman relative to violations of the Code of Conduct shall be appealable to the relevant courts of Liberia.”“No person who files a complaint or participates in any investigation or proceeding pursuant to Chapter 12.6 shall be subject to any penalties, sanctions or restrictions in connection with his or her employment or be denied any right, privilege or benefit because of such action. A person who alleges a violation… may bring a civil action for appropriate injunctive relief, actual damages, and punitive damages, which shall not exceed US$10,000 or its LRD equivalent,” the Code says.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Last Two Semi Finalists to be Decided

    first_imgFlashback: Samira FC players line up before the kickoff against Jubilee FC in the first leg.Monrovia Club Breweries vs Samira FC; Keitrace FC vs Nimba UnitedFollowing the qualification of LISCR FC to the Semi final of the 2016 FA Cup, the last two semi finalists of the competition will be decided today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium when title holders, Monrovia Club Breweries take on Samira FC, while Keitrace FC will lock horns with Nimba United.The intriguing clash between the title holders, MC Breweries and third division opponents, Samira FC ended in a two-all draw after the holders came from two goals down to secure the draw in the First leg.The result, if remain as it is, after today’s clash, will see the title holders advancing to the semi final after scoring two away goals.Despite the defensive style of play being used by the Breweries, the holders were unable to prevent the Scoring Scorpions from penetrating their defense to get a curtain raiser.Breweries that have not performed up to expectation in attacks were able to pull out of their defense and attacked the Scoring Scorpions to get the much anticipated equalizer to save their day.In the other quarter final match, after securing a narrow 1-0 win over Keitrace FC in the First leg, Nimba United will be hoping to repeat such score or secure a draw that see them advancing to the semi final of the competition.a lone goal from midfielder Darlington Suwo who got a hat trick against IE during last weekend fixture, was enough to give the “Mountaineers” (Nimba United) a crucial away victory against their first division counterparts.Both N.United and Keitrace who are in the fight for top positions in the championship, with three games to go, are no longer championship contenders and are only focus FA Cup.After the results of today’s last two matches a draw will be held for the paring of the last four teams in this year’s FA Cup.ELWA United and LISCR are the first two semi finalists as they await the next two teams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • NFL NOTEBOOK Davis’ QB pick is Russell

    first_imgAlthough USA Today quoted Russell’s uncle Thursday as saying a contract was “almost done,” the Raiders say nothing is close at this point. “I wouldn’t really pay attention to what someone’s uncle said about the negotiation process,” Kiffin said. “I know our people are dealing with JaMarcus’ agents. And, like I said before, there is some progress being made.” Russell’s agent, Eric Metz, has not publicly commented on the talks. With Russell out, the quarterback race has been between Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. Kiffin has refused to publicly identify his starter, hoping to gain a competitive advantage by forcing the Lions to prepare for two quarterbacks. But it appears clear that McCown will be the starter because he has been getting the majority of snaps with the first-team offense in practice this week. How long that lasts remains to be seen. From news services While coach Lane Kiffin tries to keep the identity of the Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback secret, owner Al Davis piped in Thursday with his own opinion of who should take the first snap Sunday against Detroit. “Should be? He may be in Mobile,” Davis said, referring to the hometown of No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell, before heading out to watch practice. It’s clear the starter won’t be Russell, who remains out in a dispute over how much of his contract should be guaranteed. War of words Chad Johnson added Ed Reed to his “hit list,” announced his intention of smacking Ray Lewis and Bart Scott in the mouth and promised a grandiose touchdown celebration. Lewis laughingly insisted Johnson wouldn’t score, and Scott said the standout wide receiver couldn’t hit hard enough to bust a grape. The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens engaged in a war of words before the AFC North rivals meet Monday night in the opener for both teams. Johnson didn’t reach the end zone in two games against the Ravens last season, so the fleet-footed, wide-mouthed star will seek to amend that situation at Paul Brown Stadium. He’s so confident of scoring that he’s already devised a plan to mark the occasion. “This will probably be one of the greatest celebrations of all time,” Johnson told Cincinnati reporters. “It’s more of a let you know ahead of time what will come in the future for 85. It’s going to be a good one. You’ll like it.” Bodden faces discipline Cleveland Browns starting cornerback Leigh Bodden is looking forward to telling his side of the story after being arrested. The NFL will listen carefully. Bodden faces possible discipline from the league under Commissioner Roger Goodell’s crackdown on player misconduct after being charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest as he tried to pick up his girlfriend and their two children at Cleveland’s major airport. The 25-year-old Bodden, regarded as one of the Browns’ quieter and more easygoing players, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges less than 24 hours after police accused him of driving in reverse down a one-way street and becoming verbally abusive. Goddell speaks Goodell, who spent a good portion of his first year as NFL commissioner dealing with player discipline, says he thinks the league has come out of those problems well. “I think most people think we’ve dealt with it responsibly,” Goodell said just before Thursday night’s opening game between the New Orleans Saints and the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. Goodell recently suspended Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely after Vick pleaded guilty to being involved with dogfighting. Earlier, he had suspended Tennessee’s Adam “Pacman” Jones for a year for numerous run-ins with the law, and Cincinnati’s Chris Henry and ex-Chicago Bear Tank Johnson for eight games for legal problems. Strahan feeling good Michael Strahan increased his work load in practice and said if he continues to feel good that he expects to play in the New York Giants’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Practicing for only the third time since ending a holdout on Monday, the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end said he ran every play during the defensive period and nothing was held back. “I feel good,” Strahan said after practice. “See how I feel tomorrow. Today, I ran a lot more plays than I ran before, the last two days. If I am going to feel good, I’ll be out there.” Barber clarifies remarks Tiki Barber isn’t about to take back negative comments he made recently about his former team, though he did clarify one of his remarks about Giants coach Tom Coughlin. Barber said although Coughlin was not the sole reason he retired from football this year after 10 seasons with the Giants, the often irascible coach was a contributing factor. “People are looking for something concrete, one simple explanation of why I retired, and I’m not that simple, I’m not that shallow,” he said. “It’s a confluence of things. The pounding, the opportunity to do other things, the fact that I wasn’t having fun doing it anymore. “He is part of the reason why I retired from the game,” Barber continued. Around the league Miscellany: Bids topped $10,000 on an Internet auction site for what an animal rights group says are notes from Vick’s speech apologizing for a dogfighting scandal. The Humane Society of the United States is selling on eBay the single-page, six-point outline of the speech Vick gave at an Aug. 27 news conference in Richmond, Va., after pleading guilty in his dogfighting case. The group is planning to put all proceeds in a restricted account dedicated to the prevention of dog fighting. Falcons: Coach Bobby Petrino is still unsure if the team will sign a third quarterback by Sunday morning. Joey Harrington and Chris Redman are 1-2 on the depth chart, but the indefinite suspension of Vick and D.J. Shockley’s season-ending knee injury have left Atlanta with only practice squad quarterback Casey Bramlet as an alternative. Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady missed a portion of practice because of his chronic right shoulder injury. Brady was on the field during the time the media was allowed to view practice, but the team later reported he had “limited participation.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not available for comment. Ravens: The team agreed in principle to a one-year extension with quarterback Kyle Boller, who started 34 games during his first three seasons before settling into a backup role last year. Boller’s contract was to expire after this season. Vikings: Defensive tackle Pat Williams will sign a three-year contract extension with the team, he said. Williams is making $2.65 million this season, the final installment of the original deal he signed with the Vikings in March 2005.160Want 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

  • Promises, promises

    first_imgGIVEN city leaders’ breakneck determination to expand LAX, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s commitment to deliver a plan for airport regionalization marks a small step in the right direction. Let us emphasize that word: small. So far, what Villaraigosa has offered is more or less what all city officials have offered for years: talk. He says he’ll produce a regionalization plan late next year and that it will propose to send up to 42 million passengers annually to Ontario and Palmdale airports within a quarter-century. In other words, it’s a promise of a future promise. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Still, it’s good to see the mayor forced to react to growing public concern about LAX expansion and its effect on traffic on the 405 Freeway. Now it’s up to the public to hold him and his colleagues to their words.last_img read more

  • GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS – RE-ARRANGED GAME THIS FRIDAY

    first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome. Match & Win for 18/04/2013 No’s Drawn 10,13,17,21 No Jackpot Winner, Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,460.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Kevin McLaughlin Gleneely, Hannah McGonagle Malin Head, Helena Devlin Convent Road Carndonagh, Danny Friel Dunaff, James McDonald The Cross Clonmany.FOUNDATION COURSE: Coming soon if you are interested contact Adrian 0879810304 for further information. COACHING SESSION: All Coaches on Wednesday 24th April in Straid at 8pm a 1 hour session with Anthony Harkin.UNDERAGE FIXTURES: – Inishowen Board U12’s Urris v Burt at 6.30pm & U16’s Moville v Urris 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd April. Northern Board U14’s Naomh Colmcille v Urris 7pm Wednesday 24th April. Inishowen Board U14’s Urris v Carn 7pm Friday 26th April.RESULTS: U16’s Urris 1-14 Muff 2-11.SENIOR TEAMS: CLG Iorras would like to extend sympathy from all its members to the family of Mary Bridget Doherty, mother of Phil Pat Doherty, who sadly passed away this weekend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Both the Senior men’s and ladies fixtures have been cancelled as a mark of respect to the family.SENIORS & RESERVES:Rearranged Game Urris v Robert Emmetts 7.15pm Friday 26th April(No Reserve Game). Seniors and Reserves Away to Naomh Padraig Muff Sunday 28th April 1.30pm & 3pm.SENIOR LADIES: Urris v Carn Sunday 28th April 12mid day.TRAINING: Under 12 & 14 Girls training on Saturday’s 12.30pm – 1.30pm In Straid.Under 10’s on Fridays 4.30pm -5.45pm in Straid. Contact Susan for more infomation 0863945954. Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS – RE-ARRANGED GAME THIS FRIDAY was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS – RE-ARRANGED GAME THIS FRIDAYlast_img read more

  • GARDAI INVESTIGATE THREE CAR COLLISION IN KILLYGORDON

    first_imgGardai are at the scene of a three-car collision just outside the village of Killygordon.The accident happened at about 9.30pm on the Ballybofey side of the town.One eye-witness said there is a lot of damage to the vehicles involved in the smash. However it is not understood that anyone suffered serious injuries. GARDAI INVESTIGATE THREE CAR COLLISION IN KILLYGORDON was last modified: July 20th, 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:crashGardaiKillygordonlast_img read more

  • Business is lookin’ good

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With the recently opened academy, located on the lower level of the Encino Town Center, Layne’s putting that philosophy into action. She ran a similar school in Brentwood for eight years before heading to the manufacturing side of the industry and is now back in the classroom to instruct new waves of students how to make cheeks smooth and eyelashes pop. In the eight-week courses, students learn everything from how to touch up an acne-dotted cheek to eye-popping fantasy creations suitable for the catwalk. At the end, she aims to turn them into professional freelancers, equally versed in everyday work, bridal gigs and television and movie makeup. “This is a man’s business that I run, so doing something different is so great,” said Candy Cervantes, who owns C&J Transports Inc., a North Hollywood trucking company. “Everything’s so nice, so pretty – there’s no room for imperfection there. Now, when I’m back at work, I’ve got to change completely. I’ve got to be strong, got to be professional or I’ll get taken advantage of.” The 23-year-old got interested in the glamour industry after forking out $200 for a subpar makeup job for her wedding. If her stylist could command that kind of money for bad work, she thought that might not be a bad gig to pick up, especially if she had the right training. Midway through Layne’s $4,200 program, Cervantes has already landed a job prettying up a bride. ENCINO – At a time when men go unshaven to work and women prowl the town looking like they just rolled out of bed, Barbara Layne remains proudly with the old guard. Perfectly coiffed and smartly dressed, the owner of the Academy of Makeup and Fashion cares about little things. Her butterfly necklace complements her silver charm belt, her jewelry matches her outfit. Unsurprisingly, her makeup is flawless. It’s her business to pay attention to these details – and to make sure other people do, too. “Image isn’t supposed to be that important, but it is,” she said. “If you’re a competitive person, you should never be caught not looking your best. Grandmother used to say: Look good, feel good, do good.” For Rose Marie Puccio, her first foray into the makeup world required an even more radical change. By day, she’s a securities trader and vice president at an investment company, a profession she’s labored in for 22 years. After graduating the program, however, she also moonlights working the makeup counter at Sephora. “I’m ready to do something creative,” the 44-year-old Woodland Hills resident said. “I like finance, but I’ve done it. This is something I’d really like to pursue. I knew I wanted to do something different. I felt I could take someone’s face and use it as a canvas to make it better.” Their stories sound like extreme reversals of course, but makeup’s not a bad business to get into by Layne’s estimation. A good stylist can earn above $1,200 a day, which skyrockets to the $3,500 range if they work in movies or television. “I bought my house, I drive a Jaguar,” Layne said. “And it’s all because of lipstick – you can quote me on that.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 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

  • Kurtenbach: C.J. Beathard’s top skill presents the 49ers with a conundrum

    first_imgNFL Pick ‘Em: It’s you against Smash MouthClick here to make your 49ers-Cardinals & Raiders-Chargers picks***SANTA CLARA —  Football is a physical game — a violent game — but 49ers’ quarterback C.J. Beathard seems to take that truth to a new level.In his seven games as the Niners’ starter at the most important position in the sport, Beathard has taken a downright beating. On Sunday, against the Chargers, he took eight hits plus a few more on rushing plays, and each was seemingly more …last_img read more

  • Comets Are Cracking Up

    first_imgAn amateur astronomer observed a comet splitting in two, reported (PhysOrg), but it’s not just the comets that are breaking up.  Theories about them have undergone a revolution at revelations they are not all they were cracked up to be.  They used to be pristine remnants of the formation of the solar system.  Analysis of actual cometary material has changed all that.    Last month, a headline heralded the first dating of comet stuff (see Science Daily).  Beneath the surface, though, the article recognized a paradigm shift:The NASA Stardust mission to comet Wild 2, which launched in 1999, was designed around the premise that comets preserve pristine remnants of materials that helped form the solar system.  In 2006, Stardust returned with the first samples from a comet.    Though the mission was expected to provide a unique glimpse into the early solar system by returning a mix of solar system condensates, amorphous grains from the interstellar medium and true stardust (crystalline grains originating in distant stars), the initial results painted a different picture.  Instead, the comet materials consisted of high-temperature materials including calcium-aluminum rich inclusions (CAIs), the oldest objects formed in the solar nebula.  These objects form in the inner regions of the solar nebula and are common in meteorites.    The presence of CAIs in comet Wild 2 indicates that the formation of the solar system included mixing over radial distances much greater than has been recognized by scientists in the past.The date and location of CAIs, though, is dependent on theories of the formation of the solar system.  Something is clearly wrong.  To salvage the theory about where and when high-temperature materials form, the scientists now have to invoke “radial transport of material over large distances in the early solar nebula.”  Is that even probable?  Could it be just a theory-rescuing device at work?  A scientist at Lawrence Livermore recognized the problem: “These findings also raise key questions regarding the timescale of the formation of comets and the relationship between Wild 2 and other primitive solar nebula objects.”  Those are quotes from the paper in Science Express posted Feb 25, 2010.1  The paper claimed a date of 1.7 million years for the particle studied.  Is that kind of precision plausible, given the following explanation?This observation in turn requires transport of inner solar system material to the outer reaches of the solar system at distances exceeding 30 AU and incorporation into cometary bodies over an extended period of at least several million years.  Outward transport of Coki [the name they gave to the particle] to the Kuiper belt must have occurred as late as (if not later than) the time over which chondritic meteorites and the oldest differentiated meteorites formed [see (30)].  The age constraint derived from Coki indicates that the transport mechanisms which supplied high-temperature inner solar system material to the outer reaches of the solar nebula, whether by lofting above the disk in an X-wind model (31) or via mixing processes within the solar nebula [e.g., (32, 33)], operated over a >2 million year timescale as solids settled to the midplane and the disk evolved.In other words, this particle had to be cooked in the inner solar system, then fly outward to 30 times the earth-sun distance to get to the assumed comet-forming region.  Giving these implausible stories names like “transport mechanisms” and “mixing processes” seems a cover for ignorance.  Space.com recognized the ignorance: “How the material in Coki got transported to the outer solar system, whether by lofting above the solar system disk or mixing processes within it, isn’t yet known, but it likely occurred during a time period of more than two million years, the researchers say.”  If one cannot describe how it happened, it seems presumptuous to claim to know when it happened.    Meanwhile, we do know from direct observation that comets don’t last forever.  Space.com and National Geographic reported another SOHO observation of a sun-grazing comet making a death plunge into the sun, where it was seen to vaporize and vanish.  That’s the thousandth one.  Before SOHO, the article said, only 16 sun-grazers were known.  New Scientist reported that “Three years ago, the comet 17P/Holmes exploded with a blast comparable to a small nuclear bomb.”  And National Geographic reported in January a “strange” comet that may have formed from the collision of asteroids.  These observations, combined with the breakup observed by the amateur astronomer, show destructive processes at work – not comet formation processes.  The comets we see are cracking, vaporizing, exploding, and fizzling out.  They form only in theory.    National Geographic fell back on the old paradigm: “It’s believed most comets come from the cold, distant reaches of the solar system and travel on long, elliptical orbits, which keep the icy bodies far from the sun most of the time.”  That must be – or else they would be young.  The collision was not observed.  At the tail end of the article, scientists admitted they didn’t even know what an asteroid collision would look like.  Jim Scotti [U of Arizona] said, “We have some ideas, but I’m not sure anyone has really sat down and modeled the size and velocity of the debris, or where all that debris goes and how long it would remain potentially observable.”  It seems premature, therefore, to say that a collision formed this particular strange comet.    Another detail came out at the end of the article: scientists were puzzled this comet had any ice left after billions of years:For now, scientists can only wait and watch to see if P/2010 A2 (LINEAR) slowly dissipates, like debris from an explosion, or continues to act like a comet—which would pose a new round of puzzling questions.    A rare handful of comet-like bodies are known to orbit in the main asteroid belt.  But if P/2010 A2 (LINEAR) is actually a comet, how did it conserve its water ice so close to the sun for some 4.5 billion years—roughly the age of the solar system—only to begin releasing gases now due to some unseen event?    “That’s a long time to bake an object,” Scotti said.    “It’s hard to imagine how an object would maintain a reservoir of volatiles that it could use to suddenly start producing a tail.  But you know, stranger things have happened.”Comet science marches on.  Science Daily reminded us that the same Stardust spacecraft that collected Coki and her friends is honing in on a rendezvous with Tempel 1, the comet that Deep Impact blasted with a projectile five years ago.  Also, the WISE infrared orbiting telescope got a nice infrared image of a comet, reported National Geographic.  At least now we know not to worry about comets as bad omens (unless they impact the earth).1.  Matzel et al, “Constraints on the Formation Age of Cometary Material from the NASA Stardust Mission,” Science Express, Published Online February 25, 2010, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1184741.Kids!  Now you can give a scientific excuse to dad.  Next time he asks you who broke the window with a baseball, you can just shrug your shoulders and say “some unseen event” did it.  Tell him you don’t know how long it was “potentially observable.”  If he persists, just say, “It’s hard to imagine” how an object could do that, but “stranger things have happened.”  This has the all the authority of the Lunar and Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona behind it.  Try it!  For extra fun, claim that the ball came from the Kuiper Belt millions of years ago!    In most careers, if you were as wrong as astronomers have been about comets, you would lose your job.  What if astronomers’ jobs depended on the correctness of their predictions when observations come in?  It should be noted that puzzlement is a function of expectations.  Comets themselves are indifferent to what humans think about them.  They just exist and go about their orbital business.  The scientists were puzzled because they expected to see cold, pristine material from the outer reaches of the solar system.  They taught that idea for years.  They were wrong.  This shows the value of better observations.  They can put the lie to evolutionary theories.  More power to Stardust, Deep Impact and other missions that gather data to replace speculation.  It’s a little too late now for the false prophets to make up stories after the fact and tell the public, who pays much of their salaries through federal grants and tuition, that “stranger things have happened.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more