MOST READ BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “There are some glitches here and there, we are taking care of that now,” Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters, adding that overall the picture was “so far so good”.Khairy, who himself will compete in polo at the multi-sport event, earlier offered assurances that all venues for the August 19-30 games would be ready on time despite the problems, the Malay Mail reported. 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’Events taking place at the convention centre include judo, karate, taekwondo and snooker.Large crowds flocked to watch the Malaysia-Brunei game Monday, which Malaysia won 2-1, but some fans with tickets could get in, with media reports blaming poor organization. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Hosts Malaysia won the first gold of the games Wednesday in sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia that combines elements of football and volleyball. They beat the Philippines and Brunei in the “chinlone” category of the sport to win.Malaysia is targeting 111 gold medals at the SEA Games, which brings together thousands of athletes from across the region.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thailand’s Chaiyawat Buran (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Gavin Kwan during their men’s football Group B round match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANAMalaysia’s sports minister admitted Wednesday there were “glitches” with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.The Malay Mail Online reported that the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre needed a lot of work as it was only handed over to organizers two days ago, while spectators faced problems getting into Monday’s Malaysia-Brunei match.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’
READ: Asian Games-bound Clarkson thankful ahead of PH debut The Inquirer report earlier in the week stating the PBA would be providing a smorgasbord of players for the Yeng Guiao teams that will play the next two Fiba World Qualifying games is also not lost on Pangilinan.“The news that the PBA would open its doors fully for deployment of any of its players is certainly welcome,” he said. “With Clarkson as a part of Gilas (in the Fiba) – I hope! – our team would be formidable. We would have an even chance in regaining our supremacy in Asia. And it’s about time.”READ: It’s final: Jordan Clarkson is playing for PH in Asian Games Clarkson, though, as well as other NBA players in the Asiad, can only play in this tournament as part of their one-time agreement with the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Philippines’ Jordan Clarkson leaves the court following his teams 82-80 loss to China in their men’s basketball game at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA—Basketball patron Manny V. Pangilinan remains hopeful that Jordan Clarkson can still play for Gilas Pilipinas beyond the 18th Asian Games and said that his “optimism continues to grow everyday despite the headwinds and the continuing bad weather” in the country’s basketball scene.“Like all Filipino fans, I was happy (despite the loss to China last Tuesday),” Pangilinan told the Inquirer. “Most especially to see how a young Filipino player could play so well, even if it was his first time to play with us. I refer to Jordan Clarkson.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ONE Championship announces 1st show in Japan for March 2019 A total of 10 Gilas regulars will be serving out multiple game suspensions slapped by the Fiba for the July 2 brawl with Australia in Bulacan, but Guiao can still choose from a field of talented players with June Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood escaping the axe that day.READ: Clarkson arrives in Indonesia just in time to watch PH teamPBA commissioner Willie Marcial said that all Guiao needs to do is identify the players and talk to the league’s board of governors together with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas when the Asiad team flies back home on Sept. 2 at the latest.Whatever happens to the Filipino cagers for the rest of the Asiad, Pangilinan can’t help but be satisfied. That one game, that loss to China, certainly affirmed his belief that the Filipino truly can.“Yes, it is worth it,” Pangilinan said when asked if losing was worth all the trouble, when he and the SBP pulled out all the stops to send a team here and ultimately make Clarkson a part of it. “There is no priceyou can attach to any effort that serves the country.“Especially one which raises the stature of the Filipino,” said Pangilinan in concluding.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ READ: Worth the wait: Jordan Clarkson dazzles in Philippine debutThe Cleveland Cavalier in the NBA electrified the region in his Gilas debut, and though the Filipinos fell a tad short against the Great Wall, the expectations to land a medal in this continental showcase was elevated because of that single game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“My optimism continues to grow everyday, despite the headwinds and the occasional bad weather.”Pangilinan was obviously referring to the string of events that led to the country’s Asiad participation, where the PBA, despite a last hour notice, willingly lent a team made up of Rain or Shine’s core and superstars Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee and rookie Christian Standhardinger, among others.
6 6 We may only just be about to broach November but transfer plans are well underway at Arsenal by the looks of it.Injuries and flaws in their squad have been made apparent and it appears manager Arsene Wenger is keen to patch up his men going into the second half of the season.The Frenchman is exploring the options available to him as the transfer window approaches but just who will the Gunners go for? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above for all the latest transfer news coming out of the Emirates… Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) – Find out which Argentine superstar could join Arsenal for FREE, next – Dubbed the new Mesut Ozil in some circles, the Bundesligas premier dead-ball specialist is currently attracting plenty of interest from Europes biggest clubs. When Calhanoglu isnt slotting free-kicks into the back of the net hes sliding team-mates through on goal and Arsenal are among those alert to his availability. The Gunners would have to stump up at least £29m to land the player, according to Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade. Anthony Modeste (Cologne) – Click right to see which £29m-rated man is wanted by Arsenal – He was unable to prevent Blackburns relegation to the Championship in 2011/12 but Arsene Wenger reckons French star Modeste can bolster his forward line in January, according to reports. The 27-year-old currently plays in the Bundesliga and has hit six goals in 10 games so far this season after decent spells with Hoffenheim and Bastia. Nolito (Celta Vigo) – Click the right arrow to find out about a possible defensive addition… – With injuries dogging his attacking players, Wenger may want to land another forward in January. Celta Vigos 29-year-old hotshot, Nolito, is one player the Frenchman is said to be keen on, but the Gunners will have to move quickly as his former employers at Barcelona are interested in re-signing him when the transfer window opens. 6 6 6 6 Daniele Rugani (Juventus) – Arsenal are being challenged in the race for this young Italian defender after it was reported Serie A side Napoli were keen on loan deal. Arsene Wenger did want to mount a permanent move for Rugani but a temporary switch seems to be more to the liking of Juventus, who are keen on keeping the player in the long-term. Michy Batshuayi (Marseille) – See which ex-Barcelona star is on Arsenal’s radar by click the yellow arrow above, right… – The Ligue 1 side might be struggling this season but the Belgian striker is still hitting the back of the net regularly with eight goals making him the top scorer in France so far this season. This form has reportedly caught Wengers attention and Batshuayi could be seen as the solution to their striker woes. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) – Click the right arrow to see which Ligue 1 hotshot is tempting Arsene Wenger… – Arsene Wenger is looking to complete a superb swoop for Argentina international Lavezzi next summer when the player will be available on a free transfer. Barcelona are reportedly keen to get a deal done for the 30-year-old, but Arsenal could launch a last-ditch to tempt him to the Premier League in the coming days.
But if there is an actual breakup, one Scientology attorney said, “Tom gets Oprah’s couch.” Hiatus? Yeah, right: The bad news is that the White House TV drama “Commander-in-Chief,” starring Geena Davis, will not be on the air during network sweeps – the kiss of death for a television show with weak ratings. The good news is that the move will give her vice president, Peter Coyote, time to get in some hunting. D’oh! Nice shot: Eight-year-old Toluca Lake basketball player Jake Gould hit a half-court shot that won his Pee Wee basketball game, made him an ESPN star and led Jake to bypass fourth grade and go directly into this year’s NBA draft. But the big news is that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has named Jake to lead his effort to build a subway to the Pacific. “We figured it was such a long shot,” said the mayor, “who better to take it?” Memo to Cindy Sheehan: I wouldn’t wear anything with feathers on your Easter holiday visit to Crawford. Presidents and their vice presidents tend to talk. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Author’s note: Due to the past week’s deluge of Dick Cheney-shot-a-guy-in-the-face jokes, I thought it best not to add to your misery. So I will not be writing any gags like: “It was actually just a warning shot for Iran. If we’d shoot a 78-year-old lawyer friend, what the hell do you think we’d do to a nutso country building a nuclear bomb?” or “Guns don’t shoot lawyers; vice presidents do.” I will not insinuate that DUI attorney Myles Berman could see new client possibilities because friends don’t let vice presidents plead guilty to shooting lawyer friends while drunk. Nor would I ever sing a “Cheney’s Got a Gun” song parody – or even tell you that Cheney would get off by using the ever-popular “but he’s a lawyer” defense. But if I did … Dick shot the lawyer, but he did not shoot Dave Gregory: While the vice president did actually shoot an elderly man in the face, he did not shoot NBC’s White House press corps reporter David Gregory. That was just a really good dream that White House press secretary Scott McClellan had. Wait’ll next year: The Los Angeles Dodgers opened spring training this week and were promptly mathematically eliminated. “It really wasn’t lack of offense or pitching,” said new General Manager Ned Colletti. “It was the math.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Preposterous painful payback: After reading that wounded 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV had to pay the U.S. military $700 for his missing and bloodied body armor or else his discharge would be held up, Iraqi insurgents sent Rebrook a bill for the cost of the bomb they used to blow him up. “After reading about how the U.S. Army deals with its own men, we figured it would be worth a shot,” said terrorist I. Yamnuts. “These roadside bombs don’t grow on trees.” Ratings fall: The last-known remaining television viewer of the Winter Olympics has pulled out from watching the games due to a devastating fall on his way back from the refrigerator. “It was stupid really,”said Cal Chpotato. “I was carrying way too many Velveeta cheese sandwiches while balancing a six-pack on my head and didn’t notice my family members, who were watching ‘American Idol.’ It’s a letdown, but I should be back in time for next year’s ‘Skating With Celebrities.”‘ Notice from the heart: The meeting of the guys who forgot to get something for their wives on Valentine’s Day has been moved from the Staples Center to the Convention Center to handle the overflow. Lessons will follow on how not to lose everything in the divorce. No more tortured Polaroids: With the fear that the newly released Abu Ghraib torture photographs would inflame the already strong resentment against the United States, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has put his foot down. “For criminy sakes,” said Rumsfeld, “if you’re going to torture someone, please, no pictures.” Tom and Katie calling it quits? Not to worry fans. The rumors are premature. “Before calling off the engagement there would be a trial separation,” said Holmes’ spokesman Will Kissbutt. “Katie wants to separate before she ends up on trial.”
More than 300 bicycles have been donated from all over Donegal for the Letterkenny Rotary Club’s annual bicycle appeal for Africa. This appeal which was launched by the Rotary Club in October to coincide with the first national Re-Use month was supported by Donegal County Council and Bryson Recycling.300 bicycles of assorted sizes and standards were handed in at the Council’s six Recycling Centres in Dungloe, Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar and Laghey late last year and are now making their way to Loughlan House, the Open Prison in Co. Cavan. The inmates there will service the bikes and ensure they are fit for purpose prior to being transported on, to finally arrive in Gambia where they will be used by children commuting to school.“The local drop-off points made the collection so much easier this year for the Appeal and while only certain sizes and calibre of bikes are appropriate for the Gambian appeal, all donations are put to good use, be it as spare parts for other bikes or for training purposes” says Hazel Russell from Letterkenny Rotary Club.And Suzanne Bogan Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council said that “this was a great initiative to be involved in and it fitted perfectly with the aims and ethos of Reuse month. We were delighted with the opportunity to get involved with the Rotary and this campaign as it was such a positive one and we would like to thank the all those who donated their old bicycles.”Hazel Russell explains “the involvement of inmates in Loughlan House with a charity such as the Rotary Jole Rider Bike Appeal is a win win situation for both Rotary and the Prison Service. Inmates learn a valuable trade while fulfilling a necessary function in ensuring the bikes are ready and safe for future use. Rotary Ireland have now also been instrumental in organising an Accredited Bicycle Repair programme through the Prison Service, and inmates who complete that course are now issued with Training Certificates which could enable them to continue their trade after release, or indeed commence their own Bicycle Repair Business”. “We would like to thank everyone who donated and assisted with this venture, especially Donegal County Council, Bryson Recycling and Martin Boyle Haulage Ltd and most especially the people of Donegal.”On yer bikes (all 300 of them) from Donegal to Africa! was last modified: February 7th, 2017 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:Bikesdonegal
DONEGAL’S Happy Matchmaker Mary Mitchell today showed what a superb woman she really is – by wishing a woman who took a legal action against here ‘all the best’.And that’s despite being left with a legal bill running up to €10,000! A judge yesterday rejected a damages claim against Mary’s dating agency by a woman who said she had not found romance.Annmarie McBrearty (35), of Oldtown, Letterkenny, told Donegal District Court she was introduced to four men through the The Happy Matchmaker agency without finding romance.Judge Kevin Kilrane ruled in Mary Mitchell’s favour and dismissed her claim for €6,348.99 for negligence, breach of duty and fraudulent misrepresentation.And today Mary declared: “I’m over the moon and relieved at winning the case. This has been a very tough 18 months for us; I even had to let a member of staff go with all the publicity surrounding the case.“I would still wish Miss McBrearty all the best for the future. Anyone would; that’s the way I am.“I haven’t had my legal bill yet but I’m hoping that it will be less than €10,000. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.“I always believed what I did was honest and upfront and the story given to the court didn’t tally at all with what I understood happened.”Mary also revealed: “I’ve spoken to the four men referred to in the case and they would have different things to say about all this.“They are all good fine and good-looking fellas.”The Ballintra businesswoman said she has now diversified her business to ‘Speed Dating’ events which had been hugely successful.Ms McBrearty had told of paying €600 to the Ballintra-based agency in January 2009 for introductions to 12 men.It was reported that she met one man in a coffee shop near Argos in Letterkenny for 30 minutes.When she reached to give him a peck on the cheek in “a polite goodbye” she claimed that “he put his arm around me and as I leaned forward he put his tongue down my mouth. I was disgusted. It was not that we were going to start snogging in a shopping centre in the middle of the day.”Three other dates had also been unsuccessful, but Mary said today the men she had arranged for Miss McBrearty to meet were compatible.Mary had told the court of her screening system before matching couples. She said since the case was publicised she had received threatening calls.The judge said Ms McBrearty, was not vulnerable but articulate and well able to state her case. “Four men were introduced to her and they all appeared to be within the range of compatibility.”Added Mary today: “I’m just relieved and delighted this is all over and that the court has ruled in my favour.“All clients are given advice beforehand; to meet in a public place in the afternoon to get to know each other.“It doesn’t always work out but many many times it has worked out and there are lots of happy couples all over Donegal today who have been brought together via the agency.“I will move on now, and I hope Ms McBrearty moves on and does find happiness with someone else.”endsHAPPY MATCHMAKER CASE: OWNER STILL WISHES WOMAN ‘ALL THE BEST’ was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Annmarie McBreartyBallintraHappy Matchmakerlegal caseletterkennyMary Mitchell
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Can the arrival of Romelu Lukaku boost Manchester United’s chances of returning to Premier League title glory this season?The striker is set to join the Red Devils in the coming days after the Red Devils confirmed they have agreed a £75m fee with Everton.Jose Mourino’s side are 3/1 second favourites to be crowned champions this season, with crosstown rivals Manchester City the top 7/4 favourites.Defending champions Chelsea are 10/3 third favourites to claim back-to-back titles, while last season’s runners-up Tottenham are 8/1 and Liverpool and Arsenal are both 11/1.Meanwhile, Everton are 100/1 for a surprise title tilt, following the return of Wayne Rooney.Everton’s summer spending is set to rise above £100m, and Ronald Koeman’s new-look side are 2/1 to secure a place in the top six and 8/1 to seal a top four finish.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Drink driving prosecutions which had been adjourned in Donegal will be brought before the local courts after a Supreme Court ruling today. A challenge to a drink-driving prosecution in Dublin had put a delay on 45 cases of alleged drink driving in Donegal which were due before Letterkenny District Court this year. Today, RTE News reports that the Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge over breathalyser languages which was taken because evidence in a drink-driving case was not provided in both English and Irish.A Romanian national Mihai Avadanei, from Swords in Dublin, had taken the challenge over his 2014 prosecution for alleged drink-driving. His case claimed that the print-out from the intoxilyser machine operated by Gardai should be in both English and Irish, as written in the Road Traffic Act, 2010.Nationally, up to 1,400 drink driving prosecutions were on hold pending today’s Supreme Court ruling.Letterkenny District Court Judge Paul Kelly refused to strike out 45 cases in October which were pending the decision on Mr Avadanei’s case. Judge Kelly adjourned all pending cases until December 21st.The Supreme Court today said that the breathalyser form should have provided Irish language readings, but the court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal and ruled that the substance of the prescribed form is the information intended to be proved in evidence.Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley said the content was “no way misleading, confusing or unfair” and no right of the appellant was violated by its admission.Up to 45 drink-driving cases to resume in Donegal after Supreme Court decision was last modified: December 22nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:breathalyserdrink drivingLetterkenny District Court
First time in years Wilshere has killed a dangerous attack and Arsenal have benefitted— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) August 25, 2018 1 Wilshere had three clear passes on there, each would have killed Arsenal, but instead dawdled and got tackled.— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) August 25, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Latest Premier League news Jack Wilshere’s return to the Emirates for West Ham United was not quite the fairy-tale story he would have hoped for.After 17 years at Arsenal, new boss Unai Emery was convinced the England international no longer had the legs to run the Gunners midfield. huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Really think Obiang should be on over Wilshere— Robert (@robert261610) August 25, 2018 ALTERED possible standings Wilshere didn’t track Bellerin…— RG (@registability) August 25, 2018 Wilshere looked massively off the pace against his former side How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Naturally, West Ham fans were sceptical of the former Gunner perhaps inadvertently helping the home side, and took to Twitter to voice their concerns. Scroll down to see the most scathing responses! Wilshere is completely finished— Akh (@RilwanLucas) August 25, 2018 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday Despite offers to play abroad, the 26-year-old chose to stay in the Premier League with West Ham United, his boyhood club.Although his return to north London would have surely been one of the first fixtures he looked for, it started out as a bit of a nightmare.With the game goalless, Wilshere had the chance to play in either Felipe Anderson or Marko Arnautovic – but dithered and was easily tackled.Then, with the Hammers a goal to the good away from home, he inexplicably failed to track the run of Hector Bellerin who provided the cross for Nacho Monreal to slam home the equaliser. Wilshere’s legs are gone 🤦♂️— 21 (@firstnat_) August 25, 2018 silverware Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Wilshere not being able to keep pace with Guendouzi and dragging him down is nice symbolism or something— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) August 25, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade
Theories in astronomy are fun to model on paper with equations, but once in awhile they need to stand up to observations. Phil Berardelli wrote for Science Now:It seems as though every time astronomers point their telescopes at the night sky, some weird new finding forces them to revamp their theories. And so it is with nine newly discovered white dwarfs. The stars defy their expected chemical makeup and by rights shouldn’t even exist. An explanation could open up a new branch of astronomy.The stars may be violating human rights but apparently abide by stellar rights. One astronomer concluded, “It tells us that nature has found a way that we didn’t know to make white dwarf stars without the usual hydrogen or helium surface layers.” According to stellar evolution theory, white dwarfs should be enveloped with hydrogen and helium, not carbon. Astronomers could find no trace of hydrogen or helium in the spectra from these oddball stars. “Astronomers don’t have a clue why,” the article continued. Another astronomer commented, “There is currently no explanation how such stars can be formed. It’s a real challenge to stellar-evolution theory.” The stars were identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. See also EurekAlert. The original paper was published in Nature.1 “Our analysis shows that the atmospheric parameters found for these stars do not fit satisfactorily in any of the currently known theories of post-asymptotic giant branch evolution,” the abstract states.1. P. Dufour, J. Liebert, G. Fontaine and N. Behara, “White dwarf stars with carbon atmospheres,” Nature 450, 522-524 (22 November 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06318.This portion of the news is brought to you by the makers of Humble Pie, reminding you that moderation in science is a good thing. “Twinkle twinkle little star, I don’t wonder what you are; for by spectroscopic ken, I know that you are hydrogen.” So astronomers used to say. Always be wary when a scientist says, “I know.” What rhymes with carbon? If they had only found seven of these unexpected stars, we could have spun some fairy tales about Snow White Theories and the Seven Dwarfs getting lost in the Data Mine. We’ll show moderation, though, and not discuss which astronomers were sleepy, dopey or grumpy.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0