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House Approves US$563.6M 2017/2018 Fiscal Budget

first_imgLawmakers voting in favor of the passage of the budgetThe House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 18, unanimously approved the amount of US$563,563,423 for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Budget.The Executive Branch earlier submitted the budget on May 21, about two months ago, to the Legislature.Plenary’s decision was based on recommendation from the House’s Joint Committee on Ways, Means and Finance and Development Planning and Public Accounts and Expenditures, chaired by Representative Prince K. Moye of Bong County.Rep. Moye is also the chairman on the Joint Committee on Ways, Means and Finance and Budget and Public Accounts of the House of Representatives and the Senate.In a report to the House plenary, the committee noted in its recommendation that though the amount initially submitted by the Executive was US$526,548,000, over US$37 million (US$37,015,432) was identified as additional and unencumbered revenue.This followed vigorous and thorough scrutiny (Monday, June 5 to Tuesday, July 11) involving the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, representatives of line ministries and agencies, the Liberia Revenue Authority, and members of the public.“Of this amount, US$12 million is considered as contingent revenue comprising tax, non tax, and the World Bank Millennium Challenge Corporation Road Fund. US$25 million goes as a  core revenue comprising tax, non tax and the World Bank Millennium Challenge Corporation Road Fund,” the report said.Rep. Moye said in his report that the over US$37 million identified as additional and unencumbered revenue increased the total adjusted revenue from US$526,548,000 to US$563,563,423 or L$61.4 billion, at the exchange rate of L$109 to US$1.In its report, the committee provided details on the breakdown of the additional amount of revenue captured during the budget proceedings.It also explains that the additional amount of US$37 million identified in revenue considers critical needs in the areas of justice and security, health, education, infrastructure and judiciary, and the pending 2017 representative and presidential elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen shot to face during attempted robbery enjoys normal life

first_imgOne year laterBy: Davina RamdassAnzan Ledoux, 19, was shot to his face in 2018 while trying to protect his family members during an attempted robbery at their Good Hope, East Coast Demerara home and today, although he still wears the scar of bravery, the young man is more than grateful that he is alive.The injured young man, Anzan LedouxAnzan Ledoux showing a scar he collected near his ear from the bulletRecognising that many do not survive a gunshot wound, especially to the face, the heroic young man, who has grown to become an even braver soul, in an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday at his home, recalled that he was having an afternoon “hang” with his family members just outside of his home when he observed two strange men on motorcycles riding through their street at around 21:15h on August 11, 2018.The men had slowed down in front of their home but rode towards the head of the street and returned at full speed.Recognising that something was amiss, relatives started to rush into the house and close the gates. It was young Ledoux who ensured that all of his relatives, including a five-year-old child, entered the yard before the men reached their home.In his bid to lock his gates, young Ledoux attempted to fight off the two men, who had already rushed to the fence. It was reported that the young man struck one of the bandits to his hand, causing him to whip out a gun and fire a shot in the teen’s direction, which struck him to the face and caused him to fall onto the concrete ground.Anzan, who is now 21, said he could not remember anything that happened after he was shot, except that he woke up in the hospital not knowing what had happened. The young man had suffered a broken jaw and underwent surgery to have it rectified. He was hospitalised for about five days before he returned to the comforts of his home.His mother, Gangadai Jairam, told Guyana Times that she thought she had lost her son the moment she heard the gunshot. She recalled that she started to scream with tears streaming down her cheeks as she rushed towards her son, who was covered in blood.According to her, the young man had blood rushing through his nose, ears and mouth. But although an entire year has passed, the family said their entire life has changed as they are still fearful and traumatised after the incident.“We were traumatised for months. It was hard cause every time we keep closing the gates. Every time we see motorbikes pass, cars pass, we always scared”. While Ledoux’s mother is still fearful, the woman said she is unable to express in words how grateful she is that her son has been given a second chance at life. “I thank God for that cause he protected all of us. If those men came in they probably could’ve shoot up more of us because was 10 or 11 of us out there that night,” the woman stated.While the young man’s life had been saved, doctors were not certain if he would have been able to hear again, due to the severe injuries he had sustained. Ledoux’s mother was happy to report that her son now lives a normal life.The woman, however, explained that although his life was not majorly impacted by the incident, loud noises still affect him, given that near his ear was partially damaged by the bullet. “He usually gets bad migraine when there is like loud music and so but other than that, he is quite healthy,” the happy mother reported.No closure on investigationAlthough CCTV footage was reviewed and Police tried their best to tie the ends of this investigation, it was never done.Jairam told this publication that officers called several times to check up on the family and relatives were even summoned to the police station to hopefully identify the suspects but they were unable to.The distraught woman said that although the men on the motorcycle were not masked, the family was too worried about their safety to take note of the men’s features.In the meantime, the woman explained that the family has taken some initiatives to ensure that their safety is ensured. One of these measures includes adding more cameras, especially one at their gate.last_img read more

LGE 2018 starts with confusion at La Grange Polling Station

first_imgSeveral voters in the La Grange/Nismes Local Authority Area, West Bank Demerara turned up at the polling station at GECOM’s La Grange Registration office and were told that their names are not on the voters list. Some of the voters left the polling station and returned with the information provided by party representatives who showed them that their names are on the list. The Returning Officer arrived at about 06:44h with a laptop only to find several of the voters are indeed on the digital list but not on the printed copy that were given to the polling station staff at the location.last_img read more

More ‘Blood Alley’ therapy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The project is among a series aimed at improving Highway 138, nicknamed “Blood Alley” in the 1990s because of fatal crashes – many of them head-on collisions when motorists tried to pass other vehicles. Much of the highway’s traffic is from outside the Antelope Valley, since many local motorists avoid the highway whenever they can. The highway is an alternate route for motorists traveling between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and Las Vegas. The highway will be widened east to 165th Street East in the latest project. A temporary bridge will be built beside the existing ones over Big Rock Wash for use during work on the permanent bridge. Big Rock Creek’s twin bridges have been the site of crashes that included one in which three people were killed in 1995. Lawsuits over that crash led to a $3 million settlement from Caltrans in 2002. The area is the only stretch of highway for several miles in which there is no road shoulder where drivers can escape if an oncoming vehicle crosses the center line. Caltrans has done work in the area in recent years to improve safety, including removing dips to improve motorists’ visibility. In the $8.8 million project finished in January, workers added two lanes, a median left-turn lane and shoulders from Longview Road in Pearblossom to 146th Street East. A total of 13 widening projects of varying lengths are proposed on the highway between Littlerock and the San Bernardino County line. Environmental studies have been approved for all. For additional information, please contact the Caltrans Public Affairs Office at (213) 897-3630 or (213) 897-3656. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LLANO – A $17.9 million construction project is expected to begin within a month to widen a 2.1-mile section of Highway 138 to four lanes and to replace two narrow bridges over Big Rock Wash. With the second phase of a four-lane widening project recently completed for 1 miles east of Pearblossom, the new project is expected to start in late March or early April and to be completed in fall 2007. “It will improve safety and add capacity, help to relieve congestion and aid in the rapid movement of goods and services,” said Jeanne Bonfilio, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans officials will provide information about the widening’s second phase and answer questions during a community meeting scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. April 6 at the Crystalaire Country Club, 15701 Boca Raton Ave. in Llano. last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay Cloch Cheann FhaolaThe Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes will hold a national conference in The Red Cow Inn in Dublin on Saturday 19th May and we hope that members from our group will attend. Our next protest will have an information stall on Friday 4th May at 12pm at the crossroads in An Fál Carrach. If you have any questions or concerns come and talk to us. Memberships also available. Think Nationally, Act Locally. Local campaign groups are crucial to this campaign and everyone is welcome to come to the weekly information stall/protest and show a united stand together to oppose the unjust household, water and septic tank taxes that the current government is insisting we register for and pay. Come and join us to share your views. Bring non-political posters.  Our next organising meeting will take place in Lóistín na Seamróige (The Shamrock) on Friday 4th May after our protest. Everyone welcome. Info: 0863122784 or 0876111524. Follow us on FaceBook. National campaign: www.nohouseholdtax.org, www.wewontpay.ieFeachtas ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ Cloch Cheann Fhaola Beidh comhdháil náisiúnta ag an Feachtas in Éadan na gCánacha Tí agus Uisce ar siúl san Red Cow Inn i mBaile Átha Cliath ar an Sathairn 19ú Bealtaine agus tá súil againn go mbeidh baill ón grúpa s’againne i láthair. Beidh stainnín eolais ag ár gcéad agóid eile ar an Aoine 4ú Bealtaine ar 12 meán lae ar na Croisbhealaigh. Má bhíonn ceisteanna nó imní ar bith ort tar agus labhair linn. Ballraíocht ar fáil fosta. Tá grúpaí feachtais áitiúla ríthábhachtach don fheachtas seo agus tá fáilte roimh achan duine páirt a ghlacadh san stainnín eolais/agóid seachtainiúil agus seasamh aontaithe le chéile a thaispeáint in éadan na gcánacha éagóracha tí, uisce agus umar séarachais atá an rialtas seo ag dearbhú go gcláraíonn muid daofa agus íoc astu. Tar agus bí linn le do chuid tuairimí a roinnt. Póstaeirí neampholaitiúil le bhur dtoil. Beidh an chéad cruinniú pleanála eile againn i Lóistín na Seamróige ar an Aoine 4ú Bealtaine i ndiaidh ár n-agóid. Fáilte roimh achan duine. Eolas: 0863122784 nó 0876111524. Táimid ar FaceBook. Feachtas náisiúnta: www.nohouseholdtax.org, www.wewontpay.ieBocsaí Múirín / Compost Bins Tá bocsaí muirín de chuid na Comhairle Contae ar díol anois ag na Tithe Gloine i gCill Ulta. €13.00 an ceann.  Dóigh mhaith le do chuid muirín féin a dhéanamh agus laghdú a dhéanamh ar an bia a fhágann boladh cáidheach sa bhocsa bruscair – ag coinneáil do chuid bruscair níos glaine agus níos tirime.  Más mian leat ceann a cheannach ba cheart scairt a chur ar Seán Ó Duibhir ag 074 918 0994. There are now County Council compost bins for sale at the Tithe Gloine in Cill Ulta. €13.00 each.  A great way to make your own compost for the garden and to reduce the smelly stuff that goes into your domestic waste bin – keeping your waste cleaner and drier.  If you are interested in purchasing any you should contact Seán Ó Duibhir on 074 918 0994.Bancanna Buidéil – Gort a’ ChoirceTá an grúpa comhshaoil Meas ag iarraidh ar an phobal gan málaí brúscar, plaisteach nó cairtchlár á fhágáil chóir nó thart ar na bancanna buidéil le bhur dtoil.  Is áis í seo le gloine, cannaí agus éadach a athchúrsáil agus ar an drochuair, tá an dumpáil seo ag cuir droch chuma ar an bhaile. (www.meas-it.com)Battery RecyclingThe environment group MEAS Iarthuaisceart (www.meas-it.com) is asking everyone to recycle their batteries and not to dump them at the bottle banks or anywhere else in this beautiful countryside.  All retail outlets who sell batteries should now have a battery recycle box on display where the general public can deposit their used batteries.  You do not need to return used batteries to the same shop you bought them from.  The lead in batteries is very detrimental to the environment and they should not be dumped with other household waste.  All battery recycle boxes are then collected free of charge by the county council.  Battery recycle boxes can be obtained by retailers from Suzanne Tinney, Recycle Officer with Donegal County Council, 074-9176276.Bailte Slachtmhara – Gort a’ Choirce The Tidy Towns Competition will commence on 1st June and Gort a’ Choirce have again applied to participate in this year’s competition.  This is now our 7th year.  The committee are asking everyone in the village; residents, business owners, visitors and everyone else in the community to make a big effort to keep our village clean and tidy during the summer and early autumn.  A splash of colour with some beautiful country garden flowers is always welcome.  We would also like to keep the village litter free – this to include garden litter i.e. leaves/branches weeds and other debris from hedges/bushes and overhanging trees onto the footpaths/roads.  It would be a big help if residents kept the footpath/road adjacent to their gardens/dwellings neat and tidy by brushing along the footpath and kerbing when possible and lifting any rubbish.  As we are in a very strong Gaeltacht area we also hope to see Irish signage displayed.  The observant visitor then recognises that they are in a very unique part of the country where Gaeilge, our native language, is spoken daily. The ethos of the Tidy Towns Competition is that the whole community gets involved and works together to make it a better place to live.  We are gaining points every year and we also won an endeavour award in 2007.  Judges of the competition will be visiting at some point during the summer months. Buíochas mór d’achan duine as bhur dtacaíocht.LOCAL NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

IS ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN DONEGAL? RUMOURS FLY AS TOP BRITISH POP STARS BOOK INTO DONEGAL HOTELS

first_imgRobbie Williams in Derry on FridayA HOST of top pop stars are spending the weekend in Donegal – thanks to the BBC Radio One Big Weekend in Derry.An after party is underway at The Bailey in Redcastle, while a host of stars are booked into the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.And there are rumours that singer Robbie Williams is among them. He took to the stage in Derry on Friday for a quick song with Dizzee Rascal – and 12,000 people lucky enough to get tickets went wild.Derry’s lack of hotel rooms has been a massive financial boost for Donegal this weekend.Sarah Cox, the Radio One DJ, has been seen in Letterkenny.The BBC wouldn’t comment on where all the stars over the next few days are staying. Olly Murs, Rita Ora, The Script and Bruno Mars are all appearing over the three day festival.There are even rumours of surprise appearances by both U2 and One Direction.And all of them are choosing to stay in Donegal, away from the crowds in Derry City.The Mount Errigal has been buzzing all evening – with more guest staying at Gallaghers Hotel in Letterkenny.Several suites at the 5-star Solis Lough Eske Hotel have also been booked out. IS ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN DONEGAL? RUMOURS FLY AS TOP BRITISH POP STARS BOOK INTO DONEGAL HOTELS was last modified: May 25th, 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:IS ROBBIE WILLIAMS IN DONEGAL? RUMOURS FLY AS TOP BRITISH POP STARS BOOK INTO DONEGAL HOTELSlast_img read more

BACK TO THE FUTURE AS DETAILS OF FUN DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY ARE RELEASED

first_imgDetails are being released of the scale of the 44th Running of the Donegal International Rally, which takes place from June 20th – 22nd next.It appears competitors are in for an epic weekend of motorsport on Donegal’s famous rally stages.Clerk of the Course Eamon McGee commented: “With a competitive distance of almost 302 Kms, with some stages being revised for 2014, there will be a sense of adventure and we might even see the return of some tactical driving. Mind you, going on past experience, the chances of that are slim! “I can report that the regulations are done, just awaiting a return from Motorsport Ireland and should be available in the next few weeks. The event website is currently been updated with accommodation and information that everyone needs for the event, so keep an eye on it over the next few weeks.“As ever, we are looking forward to a safe weekend for our competitors and also for all the visitors to the County. This year in particular we are asking rally supporters attending the Donegal International Rally to join with Donegal Motor Club’s campaign, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, to “Keep the Race in its Place”.“The Rally will start from An Grianan Theatre on Friday morning 20th June, with the cars on view at Parc Ferme each evening in the new Parc Ferme location at the end of the Port Road adjacent to the Donegal Motor Club office. It will finish at its ‘ancestral home’ at Rally HQ, the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, on Sunday evening. I wish to thank all of these flagship Letterkenny institutions for their continuing support.“More information will follow shortly. I can assure both competitors and the 60,000 spectators expected to attend, that we are working hard to ensure the Donegal International Rally 2014 echoes the sense of adventure and fun started by the first rally back in 1971.” Coinciding with this announcement, John McCay, Press Officer for the 2014 Donegal International Rally says the rally Regulations and Entry Forms are now available from the website address, www.donegalrally.ie.John said that the many competitors and visitors will be patiently waiting for the Regulations.All this information may be fund on www.donegalrally.ie , on Twitter @Donegalrally_ie or Facebook.com/donegalrally.ie. BACK TO THE FUTURE AS DETAILS OF FUN DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY ARE RELEASED was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON DONEGAL SEX OFFENCE CHARGES

first_imgA Dublin man has appeared before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with 50 counts of sexual offences against two young girls including offences which took place in Donegal.The offences are alleged to have happened on dates between 2007 and 2011 at locations in Dublin and Donegal.They include 40 counts of child exploitation, three counts of alleged sexual assault and seven of defilement of a child under the age of 17. Last April the accused – who cannot be named – was sent forward for trial by Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court.Today Judge Ellen Ring set a date for his arraignment of July 29, and remanded him on continuing bail pending his next appearance.MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON DONEGAL SEX OFFENCE CHARGES was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL FANS BASH THE BOOKIES IN MILLION EURO WINDFALL

first_imgMan of the Match Ryan McHugh. His two goals helped Donegal fans to a million euro in bookies winningsDONEGAL fans have bashed the country’s bookies – pocketing more than ONE MILLION euro in winnings.Even Paddy Power admitted they paid out more than TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO alone to fans given brilliant odds before yesterday’s stunning win over Dublin.Just two weeks ago Donegal Daily reported that some bookmakers were giving Donegal odds of 10/1 to beat the reigning All-Ireland champs. And the six point victory was greeted by canny Donegal punters.Some fans are now waiting on a final win – with Donegal given odds of 16/1 back in May.But it was yesterday’s game which proved such a windfall.Punters could get odds of 25/1 on a Donegal Senior and Minor double win over the respective Dublin teams. One Letterkenny fan won 25,000 Euro with a 1,000 punt!Happy Days! DONEGAL FANS BASH THE BOOKIES IN MILLION EURO WINDFALL was last modified: September 1st, 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:bookmakersdonegaldublinlast_img read more

Are Saturn’s Rings Evolving?

first_imgThe Cassini spacecraft continues to astound scientists and the public with its pictures from the Saturn system.  New discoveries have been made about the rings and small moons embedded within them.  At times, it appears that destructive processes are at work.  Some scientists, though, see them evolving.  Can ring particles grow into moons?  And is that how planets grew from rings around stars?Readers might first enjoy this closest-ever look at Daphnis, a small moon that orbits in the Keeler Gap in the rings, published Tuesday.  Hints of a crater can be seen on this little 5-mile object, and the scallops and gouges it creates as it passes the ring edges are obvious (see second photo and Space.com article).Other moonlets have been found embedded within the rings.  Though too small to see, they can be detected indirectly by propeller-shaped wakes they leave.  Perturbations closer to Saturn move faster; those outside move slower.  The two oppositely-directed wakes create the propeller shape.  Some of these had been detected in 2006.  There may be millions of these large ring particles that are big enough to create the propeller structures, but too small to clear a gap in the rings.  Now, about a dozen of the largest ones, one estimated half a mile in diameter, have been tracked for as long as four years.  The Cassini team issued a press release about them.  It was picked up by Space.com and Science Daily.  Some of them launch material a half mile out of the ring plane; others have been seen to change orbits over time, perhaps by being bumped around in the rings, or because of the influence of passing large moons.  In a way, these observations fulfill expectations from Voyager days in the 1980s that rings might contain embedded moons that act either as sources or sinks for ring particles (e.g., NASA 1981, Harvard 1980).Because these observations represent the first time that embedded objects in a dust disk have been tracked, scientists are getting excited about the possibility of learning whether they can grow or “accrete” into larger objects like moons – and whether the same principles might apply to the growth of planets from dust disks around stars.  Indeed, last month Space.com and PhysOrg joined in JPL’s suggestion that some of the small moons outside were born from ring particles.  Their low density and saucer shapes, combined with young ages (estimated less than 10 million years based on freshness of the surface) led scientists to propose that moons are still forming today.  But are moons grinding down, or winding up?  The Cassini press release cautiously made an argument for the latter.  Though the press release headline stated that the propeller objects “reflect solar system origins,” it only suggested that the processes observed at Saturn “gives scientists an opportunity to time-travel back into the history of our solar system to reveal clues about disks around other stars in our universe that are too far away to observe directly.”  Imaging team lead Carolyn Porco was more confident.  She claimed that “Observing the motions of these disk-embedded objects provides a rare opportunity to gauge how the planets grew from, and interacted with, the disk of material surrounding the early sun.”Not all is well in theories of planet formation, though.  Astrobiology Magazine complained this week that many of the exoplanets discovered around other stars do not fit theories of the origin of the solar system.  “Over the past two hundred years, a standard model emerged to explain how solar systems form,” it began (that model began with the “Nebular Hypothesis” by Laplace in 1796).  “Using our own solar system as a guide, the model explains the existence of a central star (our Sun), an inner system of rocky, ‘terrestrial’ planets, and an outer system of ‘gas giant’ planets, all orbiting in nearly the same plane of rotation as the central star.”  It worked out well when there was only one system to study (ours).  Unfortunately for modelers, “Recent discoveries of planetary systems around other stars have challenged this model.  These exoplanet discoveries have included gas giant planets in close orbit around their stars, some of which are in radically different planes of rotation from their primary stars.”Modelers have come up with “Various schemes suggested to explain how a gas giant could form beyond the ice line and then move inward toward the star,” the article continued.  But is giving this necessity a name like “migration” sufficient to qualify as an explanation?  Perhaps transfer of angular momentum from the disk would make a gas giant start spiraling in, but how could it get kicked into a high-inclination orbit?  The ad hoc addition of a passing star might kick a giant planet out of the plane, or even make it revolve backward.  “There are a lot of things going on that we didn’t anticipate,” one modeler remarked.A downside of all this chaotic interaction and migration is that it makes life less probable around other stars.  Systems with gas giants moving wildly would easily kick habitable planets out to oblivion.  Aside from that concern, another researcher was dubious about whether adding passing stars and migrations improves our understanding of planet formation.  “I have a hard time believing that improbable events like this could lead to a large percentage of planets in retrograde orbits,” he said.  It seems a little premature, therefore, to think that small-scale processes in Saturn’s rings will shed light on where our “relatively peaceful” solar system came from.He would probably be even more incredulous after reading Jonathan Henry’s article in the latest Journal of Creation from CMI (24:2, August 2010, pp. 87-94).  Dr. Henry shows from Laplace to the present that “Solar system formation by accretion has no observational evidence.”  Accretion has never been shown to work in any realistic lab experiment.  Particles do not accrete into planets: they bounce off one another or break into smaller pieces.  Furthermore, there is no evidence of nebula collapse, of stars forming, or of planetary systems forming.  There is much evidence for disruption, destruction, and dissolution, but not the accretion of small objects into bigger ones.Henry reminds modern readers that 19th-century modelers found a coincidental spacing of the planets that fit a mathematical formula, and called it “Bode’s Law.”  In the absence of supporting evidence, some thought that this spacing constituted a “law of nature” that other extrasolar systems would have to obey.  Well, they didn’t.  Hot Jupiters and renegade orbits abound, and as Astrobiology Magazine admitted, our solar system “may be something of an exception.”  Over and over, Henry shows that the easy, observation-deprived speculations of Laplace and others have fallen under the merciless onslaughts of observations.  As early as 1859, James Clerk Maxwell showed, based on his model of Saturn’s rings, that larger particles cannot coagulate from revolving small particles – a blow to the Nebular Hypothesis as well.Modelers keep trying to escape the empirical evidence by inventing ad-hoc elements to their models – migration, disk instability, and other heuristic suggestions to try to maintain their bottom-up, evolutionary world view.  But alas, “Accretion theory and the nebular hypothesis… require conditions that natural law has not been shown to be capable of providing, such as artificially low collision velocities between accreting particles,” Henry ended.  “Outside of scientific discussion, such physically impossible conditions are called miracles, implying that the origin of the heavenly bodies was a supernatural event, the claim the Bible makes.”So if you must believe in miracles anyway, why not choose the ones that were designed for a purpose?  You might find that thought – purpose, design – propelling you to new heights of joy and appreciation for being able to read this article in the calm, pleasant air of a Privileged Planet – one that not only meets our physical needs, but provides us a platform from which to make scientific discoveries about Saturn, stars, and the whole universe.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more