Walker fights off cramps, leads Elite to victory

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Bowie gets gold, and Jamaica fails to win medal in the 100 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas There was no stopping Henry Walker on Sunday night and not even a bad case of leg cramps could slow him down.Walker was cramping up as early as the third quarter but he fought through it and willed Blackwater to its first win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Most definitely, probably the most fun I’ve had playing here. Period. Today was just great,” said Walker, who had a triumphant debut for the Elite, following a 92-86 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.“I was cramped up from probably around the four-minute mark of the third quarter. So I’m just praying like ‘just get me through this game’ but the whole time, I was just trying to instill in my teammates that it doesn’t matter if I score 50 points. If we don’t do this as a collective, we’re not gonna win,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 29-year-old Walker replaced Trevis Simpson, who suffered a groin injury. Elite went 0-3 before Walker came in.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, made immediate impact with his new team as he provided leadership apart from his numbers. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Walker shared he has also shed some weight and he did look noticeably lighter compared to his last PBA stint with NLEX in 2016.“I got this new skinny body, I’m moving a little faster than I’m normally accustomed to and it just so happened that I cramped up today.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ PBA IMAGES MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “There comes a time, we’re 0-3, you gotta get tired of losing. You just gotta go out there and compete,” he said after putting up 32 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, and 15 rebounds.“You know my mindset. You gotta kill me off. I’m going for the win. I’m a competitor and that’s just how I feel. I don’t look at the 0-3, we’re 0-0 right now. Anything can happen, we just gotta believe and go out and play.”Walker also commended JP Erram’s effort in shutting down Phoenix import Eugene Phelps.The Fuel Masters’ explosive import was limited to just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field. “Erram competed today, he went up against Phelps. Phelps is no walk in the park, that’s a big, mobile guy and Erram held him to 13 points. After he busted his jaw, he came back and he did that for the team. We rallied around that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Health Ministry to investigate concerns of IPA and GAFDD

first_img… amid calls to recall infant milk with vegetable oil Following revelations by the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GAFDD), that the product LAILAC infant milk was not suitable for babies, and its intent to recall the product from the local market, Public Health Minister Dr George Norton has announced that Ministry will be investigating the matter before making any pre-emptive decisions.The rationale for such a decision the minister said, is because he was only informed about the issue through newspapers and while he has full faith in the GAFDD and recognises the authority vested in the body to effect its mandate, he has also heard the grievances of the business people, and “in the interest of good governance I would want to find out more.”His statements come in the wake of information reaching Guyana Times that suggests the GAFDD issued an ultimatum to IPA to remove LAILAC “infant milk” from the local market, giving the body 15 days to acquiesce. IPA failing to comply with the ultimatum from GAFDD would see that product being seized.The body rationalised the impetus for its decision based on two things: the use of vegetable oil as a substitute for milk fats in the infant milk; and the non–availability of evidence by the IPA to show that LAILAC is freely sold and distributed in France, where it is being produced, a condition necessary for the product to be compliant with the Food and Drug Regulation (12) of 1977.GAFDD had said that LAILAC infant milk, a product distributed by the International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) cannot be considered “infant milk”, because of its specific vegetable oil content. The importance of the issue was highlighted because of the potentially deleterious effect the vegetable oils could possibly have on infantsInformation from GAFDD highlighted that the composition of the LAILAC milk is not suited for infants since the compound used to replicate the natural milk fat found is breast milk was listed simply as vegetable oil.Exacerbating the situation was that the product has no information highlighting which particular vegetable oil is used in the imported milk.It was also stated that the Materials Management Unit of the Public Health Ministry had complained about defective batches of the LAILAC milk.While vegetable oils can be used as substitutes for the fats in “mothers’ milk”, they must be of a specific type that lend themselves to be digested by the infant. Many vegetable oils are broken down into fatty acids that are simply excreted by the baby more dangerously can combine with other substances such as glycerol to form soaps which can adversely affect the infant.The IPA has since sought to rebut the statements made by GAFDD, citing the body as being “discriminatory” and “deliberately” targeting the company.In seeking to substantiate its claims that LAILAC is indeed suitable for infants, the importer highlighted that “All milk based baby formulas are made with cow’s milk, vegetable oils, vitamins, minerals and usually fortified with iron (as recommended by the American Academy of Paediatrics)… The natural content of milk fat is poor in these fatty acids and does not allow the formulae to reach the minimum requirements. For this reason, it is necessary to use vegetable oils.”It ignored however the GAFDD’s point that the specific vegetable oils were not identified, which could be potentially harmful to infants as described above.The IPA had said that “LAILAC Infant milk is manufactured by NUTRIBIO, located in France.” The company produces several brands of milk including Nactalia and Lailac. “It produces several brands of products of which LAILAC is the brand marketed in the Middle East, Caribbean and Africa. In this region, Guatemala also imported this brand. All its products are manufactured in France.”Against a background of widespread concerns that substandard products are frequently shipped to Third World countries, the statement that LAILAC is not distributed in France or Europe, but to “Middle East, Caribbean and Africa” – all Third World countries – can be considered red flags.Similar sentiments were expressed by Minister within the Ministry of Health Dr Karen Cummings, who was quoted in the media as saying: “I have been advised that while it is labelled milk it should not be labelled as such since it is fortified with vegetable oil and not milk fats. Further it is made in France but not sold in France. We have adopted the standard that any product to be distributed in Guyana must be used in the country where it is produced.”last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Due to an editing error, a story in Saturday’s paper had the incorrect date for a hearing in a legal case between the Sugar Association and Johnson & Johnson Co. – the parent company of the maker of Splenda. The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – The sheriff’s Norwalk Station is collecting donations for the U.S. Marines. The collection started March 1 and will end May 3. People can drop off items including hot chocolate, wheat thins, tuna in pouches, baby wipes, razors, pens, soap, sunblock, writing paper and toothpaste at the station, 12335 Civic Center Drive in Norwalk. For more information, call (562) 863-8711. Veterans post to host dinner SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752 will hold a halibut dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8p.m. this evening at the post, 11912 Rivera Road. There will be karaoke at 8p.m. Cost is $5.95. All proceeds benefit veterans. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Rotary club to hold golf fundraiser PICO RIVERA – The Rotary Club of Pico Rivera and the Pico Rivera Education Business Partnership will hold a scholarship fundraiser golf tournament April 21, at the Pico Rivera Municipal Golf Course, 3260 Fairway Dr. Check-in is at 12 p.m. and tee-off is at 1 p.m. A $50 participation fee includes lunch, a goodie bag, raffle and prizes. For more information call (562) 692-0363 or (562)843-3358. New transit guide available MONTEBELLO – A new easy-to-read transit guide is now available to southeast Los Angeles County residents that features information on planning trips between cities by bus and train. The guide features 20 cities served by Montebello Bus Lines and other transit services and is free of charge. It is available at the Montebello Public Library and Montebello City Hall. For more information, call (323)887-4609. Expectant mothers offered free classes MONTEBELLO – Pregnant women can get free information about breast-feeding through La Leche League’s series of four classes to be held from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30p.m. on April 20, May 18, June 15 and July 20 at the De Paul Center, 1105 Bluff St. The four-session series covers topics such as how to get off to a good start and avoiding common breast-feeding difficulties. For more information or to receive a brochure in the mail, call (562) 448-9226. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWHITTIER – Whittier Boy Scout Troop 546 is looking for donations of VHS videos and DVDs to be used in creating entertainment libraries for senior centers in Uptown Whittier, Parnell Park, the Whittier Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, the Whittier First Day Shelter and the Salvation Army’s Transition and Living Center. On April 29, Scouts will place paper bags and fliers on doors of homes in the Michigan Park area. They will collect the bags May 6. Donations will also be accepted at Michigan Park between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sat., May 6. For more information, call (562) 698-4165. Sheriff’s station seeking donations WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge No. 1258 will hold an Easter brunch on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge, 13620 Whittier Blvd. The buffet will consist of baron of beef, potatoes, ham, bacon, waffles, coffee, champagne and more. Cost is $10 per person. For tickets or for more information, call (562) 696-7117. Scout troop seeks videotapes, DVDs last_img read more

Something for everyone at the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival

first_imgThe 16th annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival opens next weekend, Friday to Sunday, September 29th to October 9th.Festival events will take place in a host of towns and villages in South and South West Donegal including Ballyshannon, Ballybofey, Leghowney, Donegal, Dunkineely, Cill Chartha, Gleann Choilm Cille, Ardara and Glenties.The Festival is presented by Donegal County Council, with the assistance of The Arts Council An Comhairle Ealaion.1916-2016 Centenary Programme This year’s Festival will honour the 1916-2016 Centenary with two very special events. The Festival’s largest event, the Festival Carnival Parade on Saturday night, October 8, will reflect Ballyshannon in 1916, a turbulent and exciting time with so much in the air – war in Europe and young men from all over the North West travelling to the Royal Inniskillings training camp at Finner, the Irish Volunteers planning for an imminent rebellion in Dublin and the Womens Right to Vote movement gathering momentum throughout Britain and Ireland.The Festival is also delighted to host the second only performance of Inishowen singer and composer Kate O’Callaghan’s song series, The Girl With The Beret, inspired by her great grand aunt’s statement to the Office of Military History, about her role in the Easter Rising and its aftermath. The performance, which also features the musicians of Donegal Camerata String Ensemble, takes place at the Abbey Arts Centre on Sunday Night, October 2nd.Theatre ProgrammeLocal companies Balor Rep, Dark Daughter and Donegal Drama Circle will present plays by Marie Jones, Maura Logue – a brand new work – and Martin McDonagh respectively, while Stranorlar native Shirley Anne Bonner presents a new play on the life and times of Frances Browne – the ‘Blind Poetess of Ulster’- on the occasion of the bicentenary of her birth. The Festival opens on Thursday night, September 29, at the Abbey Arts Centre with the premier performance of a new work by Maura Logue, Mother Loss – The Story of the Wollstonecraft Women. The play imagines a reunion of three extraordinary, late 18th. and 19th century women – mother Mary Wollstonecroft ( pioneering British writer and feminist ) and her daughters Mary Shelly ( author of the classic Gothic horror novel, Frankenstein) and Fanny Imlay, the younger of the two, who died tragically at the age of 25. The story has a strong Donegal connection as Mary Wollstonecraft’s mother Elizabeth was originally Elizabeth Dixon of Ballyshannon, the Dixons being a particularly wealthy merchant and landowning family in the town.The Balor Rep will bring Marie Jones’ hilarious play, Fly Me To The Moon, to Ballyshannon, Ballybofey, Gleann Cholm Cille and Ardara, from Tuesday to Sunday, October 4th. to 9th. With two of the North West’s finest actresses – Cathleen Bradley and Orla Mullan – in the leading roles, this is guaranteed to be a brilliant night out.The Festival also extends a very warm welcome to the Askeraden Theatre Group from Olso who travel to Donegal as guests of the Ballyshannon Drama Society. Their production of one of the classics of Norwegian theatre, Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, is hugely anticipated. It takes place in the Abbey Arts Centre on Saturday night, October 1st.Donegal Drama Circle return to the playwright they presented at the very first Festival – Martin McDonagh – when they present the The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Ardaghy Community Centre, Inver, from Thursday to Saturday, October 6th. to 8th. The play is very much in the news again having enjoyed hugely successful runs in London and New York recently, with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Pat Shortt in the lead roles.Music Programme The Festival’s music programme is one of the strongest to-date, boasting a wonderful variety of traditional, choral, jazz, popular and classical music.Leghowney Hall, celebrating 80 years at the centre of the community, will do so in style in a concert with Zoe Conway, Máirtín O’Connor and Donal Lunny on Wednesday night, October 5. Tickets for this very special night are selling fast and are available now at Ward’s Music, Donegal Town.There are further big traditional nights to look forward to with shows by Caitlín and Ciarán at Castle Murray House Hotel, St. John’s Point, on Thursday, October 6th. and the Glenties Fiddlers Gathering Concert on Saturday, October 8th. with Na Mooney’s, Vincent Campbell, Douglas Lawrence and Ellie, Brídín and Catherine McGinley.Jazz legend Gay McIntyre will share a repertoire drawn from his 60 years as a top performer in his appearance Aislann Cill Chartha, Kilcar on Saturday night, October 1st while on the same night, the Bluestack Chorale – the artists responsible for the very successful Mountcharles Opera Festival – will present Songs for an Autumn Evening, a programe of cabaret classics and popular opera favourites at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre in Donegal Town. Singers from all over Donegal will combine as The Donegal Voices to present JS Bach’s Magnificat in D and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria at St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Church, Ballyshannon on Friday night, October 7th.Film and LiteraryYou are invited to make a date with the Abbey Centre on the final day of the Festival – Sunday, October 9th – for a special literary afternoon with some of the finest emerging literary and musical talent in the country today, including Elizabeth Reapy, Imelda Maguire, Kate Dempsey, Rosie Carney and Sarah Cullen.We are grateful too to Access Cinema who have facilitated our screenings of the remarkable Icelandic film, Rams, at this year’s Festival. It’s a film which will have a particular resonance in such a strong sheep farming area as South and South West Donegal.FREE Festival ProgrammeThe FREE Festival Programme will be widely available throughout the South and South West of the county, from this weekend. Look out for it in local shops, libraries, hotels, restaurants, tourist information points and at all participating venues.The full Festival Programne is also available on the Donegal County Council websites www.doneglcoco.ie and www.donegaldisapora.ieSomething for everyone at the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema!

first_imgA 103-year-old woman who visited her local cinema for the first time in more than 80 years told friends “Make sure you bring me to the sequel.”Ruby Druce was last at the cinema when she cycled there in the 1940s.But a combination of married life and working for more than 45 years in a local shirt factory in Co Donegal meant Ruby never got back to the silver screen. All that changed last weekend however, when Ruby’s niece Margo Butler decided to take her to see period drama Downton Abbey.Margo revealed “Ruby used to love the cinema but it must be 80 years she was last there. She used to cycle from her home in Castlefinn and across the border into Strabane in Co Tyrone.“She likes watching Downton Abbey on the television and I just happened to say to her that there was a film of it on in the cinema and she decided she’d like to go.”Owner of Century Complex in Letterkenny, Mark Doherty, heard about Ruby’s special occasion and put on a slap-up meal at the adjoining Backstage Bar and Grill. Margo, who used to work at Century Cinemas, said that Ruby was delighted to meet Mark whom she had heard so much about.“She was treated like royalty and she was so happy to meet Mark. He couldn’t do enough for her asking her if she wanted tea and anything else.“She didn’t bother ordering popcorn or sweets because we’d had such a lovely meal beforehand.“She really, really enjoyed the film and the whole occasion. She even asked us on the way out to let her know when the sequel is on so we can go again,” revealed Margo.However, Margo would have to be quick as bright-as-button Ruby’s diary is filling up fast. She turns 104 on December 31st and has already booked her party night out in another local venue.“She’s a great character. Sharp as a tack and she is so aware for her age. It’s up to the rest of us to keep up with her,” laughed niece Margo.Ruby with the one and only Mark Doherty from Century Complex.After 80 year gap, 103 year old Ruby goes back to the cinema! was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 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:century complexMargo ButlerMark DohertyRuby Drucelast_img read more


first_imgA WAR of words between two Donegal TDs has erupted again over how Donegal truckers are being taxed when they drive north of the Border.Deputy Joe McHugh had claimed that Sinn Fein in the North hadn’t done enough to get rid of the €12 per day levy.Deputy Pearse Doherty had responded angrily to that claim – with McHugh hitting back yet again this weekend. “Sinn Fein is super sensitive to criticism of the government role in North yet they make a living out of negatively criticising the Government in the South,” said Fine Gael man McHugh.He went on: “They need to develop a more mature attitude to their role as administrators in Northen Ireland and take responsibility for the welfare of our lorry drivers here in County Donegal.”Doherty had said McHugh’s claims were “uninformed and opportunistic”  because the HGV levy is set in London.Pearse Doherty had issued a rebuttal of Deputy McHugh insisting: “Sinn Fein have raised this issue at Council, Dáil and Assembly level and voiced our opposition in every political arena. Donegal Councillor Gary Doherty in particular has campaigned tirelessly to make sure Donegal hauliers are not penalised. “Deputy Mc Hugh ignores the fact that taxation is a matter for Westminster and that we have called for the British Secretary of State to exempt all local roads. Minister Varadkar in a reply to me stated that the British Minister had indicated “a willingness to consider certain, regional cross-border specified roads”.“Deputy Mc Hugh would be better served pushing his own Minister to capitalise on this potential rather than taking uninformed and opportunistic attacks on others campaigning for the same goal.” DONEGAL TDs CLASH AGAIN IN WAR OF WORDS OVER HGV LEVY was last modified: May 18th, 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) Tags:British taxesDonegal lorry driversHGV levyJoe McHughPearse Dohertylast_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal man has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.Letterkenny Court.The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, admitted to the offences which took place between November 1st, 2000 and January 18th, 2002. The court was told the man has no previous convictions.Judge John O’Hagan ordered that the man be placed on the sex offender’s register.He released him on his own bail for sentence in January next and ordered that the man undergo a probation and welfare report.He also invited the man’s victim to appear in court to provide a personal or hand-written victim impact statement.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Toy Model” of Planetary Migration Partially Explains Neptune, but Not Uranus

first_imgWhen we last saw Hal Levison (Southwest Research Institute), the genius-at-work was going crazy in fairyland over the difficulties of explaining Uranus and Neptune (see 05/30/2002 headline).  He’s been recovering sanity slowly; he thinks he has a working hypothesis for why Neptune stopped migrating at 30 AU (astronomical unit = sun-earth distance).  Uranus, though, is still enough to drive a sane man nuts.    Levison concluded last time that the two blue water giants could not have formed where they are; the protoplanetary disk would have been too sparse.  This fact and observations of Jupiter-class extrasolar planets orbiting very close in has raised consciousness of the need to consider a wild and crazy idea: planetary migration.    Classical (i.e., simplistic) nebular/planetesimal hypotheses considered primarily orbital motion, the around-the-racetrack vector.  These days, planetary physicists have to add the radial vector, the inward vs. outward component.  They suspect a planet forms at one radius, then somehow moves closer in or farther out from the parent star.  There are some physical laws to support these notions: gravitational interactions between two large bodies can perturb orbits, gas drag and disk instabilities can cause angular momentum exchange, and asymmetric collisions with minor bodies can produce net motions in certain directions.  But migration has multiplied the complexities of explaining planets from a rotating disk.  Even a three-body problem is notoriously difficult to solve, to say nothing of one involving billions of objects ranging from dust particles to gas giants.  Of necessity, planetary scientists use models to simulate what might have happened.  Typically, when the simulation solves one condition, others fly off the chart.  Then there is always the tedious necessity of having to match one’s pet idealized model against the hard, cold realities of the observed planets.  Planetary migration models are new; how are they coming along?    “Despite the importance of planetary migration,” he says, “not much work has been done up to now to study the migration process per se.”  In a new paper in the August issue of Icarus,1 Levison and two colleagues try a “back-of-the-envelope analytic ‘theory’ for migration in planetesimal disks,” which they describe as “an intuitive, easy to understand toy model, intended to be a guide for interpreting the range of behaviors observed in our numerical simulations.”  It must be a tinker toy model.  The authors tinker with pirouettes around Jupiter, square dances with Kuiper Belt Objects and other fancy footwork, with some hand waving along the way.  One excerpt:We have not been able to identify any dynamical reason for why, in some cases, Neptune sometimes reverses direction.  Thus, we believe it is a matter of chance.  If so, this whole effect may be the result of the fact that our simulations contain a relatively small number of massive bodies compared to the real early Solar System.  Perhaps an ideal system with a nearly infinite number of planetesimals with infinitesimal mass would behave differently.  We will address this issue again in future work….They get Neptune all the way out to 120 AU, but then the simulation reveals a runaway inward migration, so they try various ways to get it to stop at its observed radial distance without ejecting out all the KBOs and comets in the process.  Phrases like “not obvious” or “not clear exactly how” and “we cannot rule out the possibility” season the entree.  After examining many scenarios, they decide “Therefore, we believe that the current location of Neptune and the mass deficiency of the Kuiper belt imply that the proto-planetary disk possessed an edge at about 30 AU,” which is where Neptune stalled out in its migration.    Uranus, however, is the stick in the mud that puts the simulation in doubt.  Clearly, explaining planets from a rotating work is, at best, a work in progress:So far in this paper, we have focused on the evolution of Neptune.  Unfortunately, we find that we have a significant problem with Uranus.  In all simulations starting from a compact planetary configuration where Neptune is initially inside 20 AU, Uranus always stopped well before its current location at ~19 AU.  This is because in these cases the planetesimals scattered by Neptune interact with Saturn almost at the same time as they interact with Uranus, so that Uranus effectively ‘sees’ only a small portion of the total disk’s mass.  This may indicate that Uranus and Neptune formed at 17-18 and 23-25 AU, respectively (see Hahn and Malhotra, 1999), despite of the apparent difficulty of accreting planets at large heliocentric distances (Levison and Stewart, 2001 and Thommes et al., 2003).  Alternatively, it may indicate that the migration process was triggered by some instability in the originally compact planetary system, something similar to what was proposed by Thommes et al. (1999).  This will be the subject of future investigations.Till next time, happy travails.1Gomes, Morbidelli and Levison, “Planetary migration in a planetesimal disk: why did Neptune stop at 30 AU?”, Icarus, Volume 170, Issue 2, August 2004, Pages 492-507; doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2004.03.011.The word planet is from the Greek root for “wanderer” because, to the ancients, the planets in their orbits appeared to wander against the fixed stars in mysterious ways.  Kepler’s and Newton’s laws only temporarily removed the mystery: once again, the planets wander in mysterious ways.  At least now we know the lyrics to the music of the spheres: The Happy Wanderer.  I love to go a-wandering along the radial track / And as I go, I love to fling the KBOs out back.    Hal is fun because he is so brutally honest and able to laugh at himself.  (He looks like a biker or cowboy on the Science Channel Planets series, not your typical white-lab-coat science geek.)  Keeping a sense of humor is one way to keep your sanity: another is to keep working on the details and don’t let the big picture get you down.  Whether these strategies lead one to the truth is a different question.  For anyone having delusions about planetary scientists being able to explain the origin of our solar system through natural processes alone, papers like this should provide a reality check.  Everyone, sing!  Valderi, valdera, valderi, valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha / Valderi, valdera / Beneath God’s clear blue sky.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more