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Levy: Hurdles to cross at JII

first_imgRonald Levy, undefeated in three races so far in 2017, has hurdles to cross at this Saturday’s Jamaica International Invitational. Levy has fallen in the 110 metres hurdles at the last two Invitationals but recently made a psychological breakthrough by winning at the Penn Relays. The powerfully built University of Technology student is primed to go faster than he has done so far this season. Coached by Stephen Francis and 2009 World 100 metres hurdles champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Levy has won at the Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Championships and the UTech Classic as well. He places the highest premium on his win at Penn last month. He followed times of 13.41 seconds at the Inter-Collegiate Championships and a wind-aided 13.15 to beat national record holder Hansle Parchment at the Classic with a run of 13.33 seconds at the Penn Relays. “After I came out the blocks,” he recounted of the latter race last week, “and I attacked the first two hurdles, I hit hurdle three or four and that took me off, so I said, ‘Levy, you don’t need to hit any more hurdles so just try to finish this race and whatever happens, happens.’ “So when 13.33 came up, I was like ‘ok, could have run faster still but I’m okay with that'”, he recalled. It was a relief since he had fallen at Penn on two previous visits. psychological boost “For me, winning at Penns was basically a psychological boost,” he said of the mindset he is carrying to the Invitational and the rest of the season. The 13.33 moved him to number eight in the all-time Jamaica performance list and to joint seventh in the world this year. His personal best before the season began was 13.50 seconds. Having overcome injuries by diligent work on rehabilitation, stretching and other preventive measures, the construction management student says Jamaican 110 metre hurdlers are getting better. “You have to run really fast to be a part of Jamaica’s sprint hurdles team. So it gives you a boost to say you need to push harder each and every day,” he said. He looks up to Parchment and 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Orlando Ortega of Spain. “The way he operates even when he’s warming up,”Levy observed, “okay, this guy is serious.”last_img read more

Lee leads Hotshots to semis after gaining Gilas pool berth

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Joining Lee in the pool were San Miguel Beer stalwarts Standhardinger, June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio, TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, NorthPort’s Pringle, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Lee’s Magnolia teammate Ian Sangalang, Phoenix Fuel’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s JP Erram.Former La Salle star and current Gilas cadet Ricci Rivero, who will suit up for the UP Maroons in the UAAP next year, and high school phenom Kai Sotto of Ateneo also made the pool.“We want to accelerate Kai’s learning by giving him better opposition to play against,” said Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tuesday night couldn’t have ended on a better note for Paul Lee. Magnolia, after some gritty moments, is in the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup and the gutsy point guard, who put away Blackwater with two game-cementing free throws, earned another shot at the national team.Romeo Travis’ triple-double was the fuel in the Hotshots’ 103-99 victory over the Elite but Lee had a hand in the victory as well: He led all scorers with 22 points and plucked a rebound off a missed game-winning triple attempt by Blackwater’s Nards Pinto before knocking down the two free throws that put the game beyond reach.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia will have its hands full in the semifinals, with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra, the defending champion, also advancing after a methodical 111-75 rout of No. 8 NLEX in the second game.Before taking the court against the Gin Kings, Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao held court at Smart Araneta Coliseum’s press room, where he announced the 20 members of the national pool from where he will draw the 12 players that will represent the country in the upcoming Fiba World Cup qualifying window.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLee made the list; naturalized player Andray Blatche—for so long the anchor of Philippine quintets in Fiba tournaments—did not.“We wanted to preserve the chemistry that’s already within the team with (naturalized players) Christian Standhardinger and Stanley Pringle,” Guiao explained. “Besides, Christian’s numbers in the Asian Games and in the past windows are difficult to argue against.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top contenders F2 Logistics, Foton cruise past Superliga foes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Petron in for tough title-retention bid sans Lindsay Stalzer in PSL Grand Prix

first_imgPainters take top spot, deal Fuel Masters first loss Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “Well of course we’re happy that she’s back in the PSL and we know how hard she plays so we’ll be getting ready for her because she’s really a tough fighter,” said Delos Santos. “She’s always giving her 100 percent so we’d be extra ready when we face F2.”Petron, however, has a couple of familiar faces in the import spots with Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer returning to the team for another conference.“I just want to thank you guys for welcoming me back and I know I can adjust to any team so I can’t wait to start,” said Bell, who first played with the Blaze Spikers in the 2018 Grand Prix.Niemer, on the other hand, last played with the Blaze Spikers back in 2016 when she was named the 1st Best Outside Spiker to go with the team’s bronze medal.“The competition has gotten stronger and I’m excited to for the season to get started,” said Niemer.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Petron has already won two straight titles in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference, the next thing on its bucket list is a title repeat in the Grand Prix.Head coach Shaq Delos Santos, however, said that winning two straight titles is easier said than done.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Another asset Delos Santos has in his roster is national team libero Denden Lazaro, who joined the team in free agency from United Volleyball Club.“I can’t say anything but good things about the attitude of the two imports and Denden,” said Delos Santos, who’s also the Philippines’ women’s volleyball head coach.“Denden has been teammates with some of my players in the national team and the two imports are really open-minded so their adjustment wasn’t that hard. The two imports are both experienced players and I’m glad we got those two.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I always tell the team that the last one was over so this new season is essentially another fight,” said Delos Santos in Filipino during the PSL’s opening ceremonies for the 2019 season Sunday at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.“And actually we really don’t talk about taking another title, what we do discuss, however, is that we would push each other to the absolute limit. We can’t be complacent because every team here is preparing and has also improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Blaze Spikers aslo have a compounding predicament ahead of the Grand Prix after the talismanic Lindsay Stalzer left for F2 Logistics.Stalzer is a two-time Grand Prix MVP, one of which she won with Petron, and she would leave an undoubted huge hole in Petron’s schemes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

CT scanner arrives in FSJ

first_imgPhoto:  Calvin Jarratt, Canadian Natural Resources and Janice Isberg, Fort St. John Hospital Foundation stand beside the newly arrived CT Scanner – SubmittedA red-letter day for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation on Monday, as the new CT Scanner arriver at the Fort St. John hospital. [asset|aid=799|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6ca120513257a33d7453ea93bfcf2924-janice-excited_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -That’s Janice Isberg, the Executive Director of the Foundation that raised the money for the machine. Isberg and Northern Health say the new scanner will likely be in operation by the beginning of February, though it will probably be a gradual opening, starting with a few patients, and growing from there. Also yesterday, the Foundation accepted another 50 thousand dollar donation from Canadian Natural Resources Limited, which brings the company’s contribution total to 150 thousand dollars. With the Slice for Life Campaign now wrapping up, you may be wondering, what’s next for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation… [asset|aid=800|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6ca120513257a33d7453ea93bfcf2924-janice-next_1_Pub.mp3]last_img read more

The winner of the luxurious hotel break for two is…

first_imgOur lucky winner is Karen Curran from Gweedore!Karen has won one night B&B at Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey – in one of the hotel’s top suites, and get tickets to see the world famous swing-band, the Jack Pack. Jackson’s Hotel is one of Donegal’s finest upscale hotels, located on the scenic River Finn. Their suites are elegantly furnished, with impressive bathrooms. They also have a state of the art leisure centre, the Garden Restaurant, and a bar with cosey little snugs you can easily spend an evening lounging in.Britain’s Got Talent Swing Band, the Jack Pack, will take to the stage at Jackson’s Hotel on the 9th of September. The four-piece swing vocal group were among the finalists on 8th season of Britain’s Got Talent TV show. In 2015 they released their debut self-titled album which reached number 8 on the UK Album Charts!Well done Karen, we hope you have a fantastic weekend! Remember – it’s still not too late to get your tickets to the Jack Pack!Jackson’s Hotel have some amazing packages on offer at the moment. You can bundle hotel stays with some of their upcoming gigs for great value! To see more you can check out the schedule here.To book call 074 9131021 or email info@jacksonshotel.ieThe winner of the luxurious hotel break for two is… was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Ballybofeycompetition winnerGweedorejack packJackson’s Hotelkaren curranlast_img read more

LYIT students raise a massive €1,800 for North West Simon Community!

first_imgThe North West Simon Community have extended a huge thank you to Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s Civil Engagement class of 2016.The North West Simon Community prevent homelessness in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.Along with their tutor Grainne Blaney, the class raised a massive €1,840 for the North West Simon Community last year. The North West Simon Community have also thanked the local businesses who supported the students with their voucher booklet campaign including; Voodoo Venue, Arena Seven, Brown Printers Ltd., Century Letterkenny, Bus Feda, Coast 32, Four Lanterns, GLO Hair & Beauty, Headrush Hair & Beauty, Highland Bakery, Joe’s Butchers, Sonder, Mangan Tours, McDonald’s, McGinley Coach Travel, O’Donnell School of Motoring, Tobin’s Service Station, The Cavern, Tin Tai, and Zen Hair & Beauty.LYIT students raise a massive €1,800 for North West Simon Community! was last modified: April 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charityfundraisingletterkennyLYITNorth West Simon Communitylast_img read more


first_imgEverton progressed to the final of the Tullyvinney Summer cup courtesy of a penalty shoot-out.Kildrum progressed to the final thanks to a 3-1 win over holders Charlie’s Bar.Everton and last year’s finalists Kildrum have progressed to the final of the Tullyvinney Summer Cup. Both sides progressed in what were thrilling semi-finals that were compelling for all in attendance.The standard of the competition continues to grow, and this was reiterated by the quality on show last night, with several former League of Ireland and Irish League stars in action along with current USL players. The tournament has seen some fantastic games already, but the game of the competition so far was the encounter between Charlie’s Bar and Kildrum.In a repeat of the 2013 decider, it was Kildrum who gained revenge for last year’s final defeat and booked their place in the final on Saturday.Semi-final results Kildrum 3-1 Charlies Bar The current cup holders relinquished their crown at the semi final stage against the side they defeated in the 2013 decider in the match of the tournament so far.Kildrum started much the stronger side with Shane Mc Ginty and Ronan Curtis dominating midfield but it was Charlies Bar who stuck the first blow with Kildrum caught playing a high line Conor Carlin couldn’t be caught and he scored a beautiful lob over the head of Michael Lynch in the Kildrum goal.Kildrum got back on level terms soon after when Declan Curtis was brought down for a penalty and the winger finished it to the keepers left.Charlies Bar were then awarded a penalty 1 minute later wen Conor Carlin was fouled but Jason McGrinders effort went high and over the bar.Strangely enough a third penalty of the half had to be given after a handball in Charlies Bars box, this time Blain Curtis scored with ease to send Kildrum into a 2-1 lead at half time. Kildrum in truth dominated the second half for large spells and got a 2 goal cushion when a Blain Curtis over-head kick found its way into the net after a deflection.A fourth penalty of the match was given to Charlies Bar with 4 minutes remaining but Michael Lynch produced a stunning save to deny the strabane men.Man of the Match – Ronan Curtis with Shane McGinty also having a fine game.Semi final results: Everton 1-1 Convoy – Everton win 5-4 on penaltiesEverton once again held their nerve to progress via another penalty shoot-out. The team made up of Drumkeen and Letterkenny men has gone through almost every game in the cup so far as underdogs but have proven stiff opposition in every game.After a tight first half which ended scoreless, early in the second half the deadlock was broken when Darren Harvey found the back of the net with Marty Vance proving a threat for the Convoy men.Everton began to take control of the game and went close on numerous occasions through Benny Bonner and Lee Guthrie but couldn’t find that finish until a through ball for Benny Bonner put him in behind the Convoy defence and he deservedly put Everton level with a sweet left footed finish.Eventually it was decided by penalties. with Paul Mc Cauley the hero with 3 fine saves and a goal of his own to win 5-4 after 7 pens each.Man of the match – Philip White with Benny Bonner and Paul McCauley close contenders.The final is on Saturday 12th with a 7pm kick off.Everton v Kildrum TigersAdmission: €5Presentation in Browne’s Bar, Crossroads, Killygordan after the match.Top goalscorer list:Blain Curtis – Kildrum – 6 goalsRyan Carlin – Convoy – 5 goalsRonan Tourish – Galacticos – 5 goalsChris McBride – Convoy – 4 goalsMark Carlin – Glacticos – 3 goalsDavid Shovlin – McGee’s Raphoe – 3 goalsBenny Bonner – Everton – 3 goalsDeclan Curtis – Kildrum – 3 goalsTULLYVINNEY SUMMER CUP: SWEET RESULT FOR THE TOFFEES AS THEY BOOK THEIR FINAL PLACE was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:competitionevertonfinalKildrumnewsSportTullyvinney Summer Cuplast_img read more


first_imgA new casting agency set up in Co Donegal hopes to tap into acting talent across the county and give aspiring actors a chance to star on stage and screen.Karen Gorman (right).Karen Gorman is already a household name after setting up her Speech and Drama Academy ten years ago with venues in Letterkenny and Stranorlar.But now she is applying her skills in helping students to make the crossover from drama classes to actual roles. Running the business with her husband Garry Gorman B.TECH ED., GRAD. DIP Arts, Karen’s Academy run a programme of acting performances from September to December.The students, from age three right up to adults, also have acting performance exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.Developing from her Academy, Karen B.A., H.DIP.LS, AIB SD was inspired to set up a casting agency when she learned of her students’ struggles to apply their skills to an acting career.“I have found that people who come to my class are quite frustrated at the lack of opportunity to present themselves up here in the North West. So one thing led to another and I’ve spent the last five months really getting to know the proper ins-and-outs of the business within the country, and it’s just grown from there. “I felt that people [here] needed somebody to represent them, to bring them out around the country and to the UK as well – to represent them and bring opportunities their way… we’re trying to bring what’s available in larger cities and make the whole process more convenient.”Karen’s background has given her ample grounding to base her Speech and Drama Academy, as well as her new casting agency, on.She has directed and produced a number of productions for An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.She is also a national adjudicator and examiner with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama and thus has travelled around the country and seen the talent available:“There’s such a huge array of untapped talent, and I’ve noticed that new faces are very welcome in this business.” One of the agency’s most recent activities was a sign-up day with Katy Moylan from casting agency Fishpond. The event took place on Sunday 23rd February in Letterkenny: “we had our current and new clients attend a sign-up session with information on auditions, castings and how to do best at them. That was only on Sunday and from that Tuesday we had a multitude of opportunity coming in.”Most recently, Karen had students going for auditions for a new feature film set in Dublin.In March, Lisa Cannon from TV3 will be coming to deliver an Acting for Camera course to Karen’s students.The course will cover areas such as autocues, presenting to camera, audition techniques and the softer skills required for camera. Karen enthusiastically considered the current state of her agency, having only been set up from Christmas.“We already have a huge number of clients in our books – we have a TV presenter, a writer from RTE and people who have starred in RTE programs, actors and actresses from TNaG, and involvement with TV3 from Lisa Cannon.”On her hopes for the future, Karen stated: “We just want to keep growing and growing, and my hope and dream really is to bring as many opportunities as possible to people involved in this area, from tiny tots right up to adults. Our clients are from throughout Ireland and abroad and we look forward to constantly expanding and developing links. ”NEW CASTING AGENCY HOPES TO TAP INTO DONEGAL’S ACTING TALENT was last modified: March 9th, 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)Tags:donegaldramaKaren GormanletterkennyRTEspeechStageTVlast_img read more

Gold Can Form in a Geological Instant

first_imgYou can’t say something is old just because it looks old, like gold.  Gold may be a symbol of timelessness and purity – and as an element, it makes an apt symbol – but precious metal deposits have a history in the crust of the Earth.  A surprise announcement in Science1 Oct. 13 by New Zealand geologists showed that large gold deposits can form from volcanoes in just thousands of years – not millions.  Christoph Heinrich [U of Zurich] commented on this paper in the same issue of Science2 and asked, “How fast does gold trickle out of volcanoes?”  The answer depends dramatically on the conditions.    Although the authors of the paper came up with an estimate of 55,000 years for a large gold deposit in Papua New Guinea, a closer reading of the two papers shows that there are many variables and uncertainties.  There is no reason to rule out the idea that under proper conditions, large gold deposits could form very rapidly – in centuries or less.  Consider these qualifiers and admissions in the two papers.  First, the original paper by Simmons and Brown:The Ladolam hydrothermal system, on Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea, hosts one of the youngest and largest gold deposits in the world.  Several deep (more than 1 kilometer) geothermal wells were drilled beneath the ore bodies to extract water at >275°C and to facilitate open-pit mining.  Using a titanium down-hole sampler, we determined that the deep geothermal brine of magmatic origin contains 15 parts per billion gold.  At the current gold flux of 24 kilograms per year, this deposit could have formed within 55,000 years.  The combination of sustained metal flux and efficient metal precipitation led to the formation of a giant hydrothermal gold deposit in a short period.The origins of giant hydrothermal gold deposits are enigmatic.  This is because the concentrations of precious metals and flow rates of ore-forming fluids are poorly quantified, and the origins of the metals are unclear.The deep geothermal brine contains high gold concentrations [13 to 16 parts per billion (ppb) Au], and these values greatly exceed those measured (0.05 to 0.2 ppb Au) in high-temperature submarine hydrothermal fluids.  Except for Sb and Pb, the proportions of Au, Ag, Cu, Mo, Zn, and As in the deep geothermal brine match those in the ore (Fig. 3), suggesting that these elements were not fractionated during deposition.The Ladolam heat flow (50 to 70 MW) is modest compared with that of well-known geothermal systems such as Wairakei (420 MW) and Waiotapu (540 MW) in New Zealand.  The overall Ladolam gold flux is 24 kg/year, and only 55,000 years would be required to account for all the known gold in the Ladolam ores if we assume constant aqueous gold concentration and fluid flow (50 kg/s), and 100% deposition.Although the Ladolam gold concentrations are lower than a theoretical upper limit of 10,000 ppb, as determined by inclusion fluid analyses and calculations of magmatic hydrothermal solutions, the deep Ladolam brine is capable of forming a giant gold deposit within tens of thousands of years.That gold transport and deposition operated effectively and in concert on a time scale of several tens to possibly several hundreds of thousands of years emphasizes the importance of synchronizing these processes to generate a giant deposit.But while the 55,000-years figure makes a nice sound bite, Christoph Heinrich speculates that the actual process could have occurred drastically faster and taken orders of magnitude less time.  Notice carefully bullet 5:Direct analyses of the gold concentration in these recent fluids demonstrate an intimate link of ore formation to magmatic processes and indicate that metal enrichment occurred in a geologically short period of time.  The authors imply that gold mineralization may even go on today, while ore is mined from steaming hot ground in a giant open cut…How much fluid is required to form a major ore deposit, and how long does the process take–centuries or millions of years?Simmons and Brown calculate that it took 55,000 years to accumulate the 1600 metric tons of gold now contained in the Ladolam deposit.    These results open up new questions and will stimulate the ongoing debate about the connection between magmatism, geothermal activity, and ore formation.In light of the geological history of Lihir, these observations are consistent with a story for the formation of the giant Ladolam deposit that is even more spectacular than the one envisaged by Simmons and Brown.  Most of its gold ore is contained in minerals cementing a highly fragmented rock, which was produced by a dramatic event about half-a-million years ago, when the peak of a former volcano built high above the present area of the deposit collapsed and formed the present semicircle of mountains around the deposit (see the first figure).  This sector collapse would have led to sudden decompression of magmatic-hydrothermal fluids beneath the volcano, which originally could have been orders of magnitudes more gold- and sulfur-rich.Could a rush of rapidly expanding fluids have formed the deposit in an even shorter period of time than calculated by Simmons and Brown, just after this dramatic event and maybe even on the time scale of a human life?  And could the extraordinary geothermal waters sampled today be a mere trickle representing the “spent” ore fluid…?Precise radiometric dating of mineral deposition may help to answer these questions, but the interpretation of such data could be challenging.  The rocks have been kept at high temperature to the present day, potentially allowing all isotopic clocks to reset themselves continually.See also the summary of this paper reported on LiveScience: “A giant gold deposit could form in an eyeblink of geologic time, scientists announced today.”1Simmons and Brown, “Gold in Magmatic Hydrothermal Solutions and the Rapid Formation of a Giant Ore Deposit,” Science, 13 October 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5797, pp. 288-291, DOI: 10.1126/science.1132866.2Christoph A. Heinrich, “GEOCHEMISTRY: How Fast Does Gold Trickle Out of Volcanoes?”, Science, 13 October 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5797, pp. 263-264, DOI: 10.1126/science.1134456.Centuries—or within the span of one human lifetime—not millions of years could have been all the time needed to form massive gold deposits.  This is rapid geology with a vengeance.  All that’s necessary are the right conditions, and it’s gold, gold, GOLD!  Imagine James Marshall watching an event like that near Sutter’s Mill.    Remember, Simmons and Brown measured 15 ppb of gold in the brine, but there is a theoretical upper limit of 10,000 ppb, and Heinrich thinks that what we are seeing today could be the tail-end trickle of a “spectacular” event.  He claims this volcanic dome collapse was half a million years ago, but what does he know?  Just a little while ago, these guys thought gold deposits required millions of years.  No human observer was there, but one thing is clear from this report: big things can happen much faster than uniformitarian scientists thought possible.    Don’t miss that last bullet by Heinrich.  Some conditions can also cause “all isotopic clocks to reset themselves continually.”  Remember that when you hear scientists proclaim confident-sounding dates in the millions and billions of years.  They don’t know, and the rocks aren’t telling.    Conditions before, during and after a worldwide flood would have been extremely non-uniform.  With the fountains of the great deep bursting from many parts of the world, and volcanic activity occurring on unprecedented scales, it’s possible to envision huge upwellings of hot metal-saturated brine rising up at rates never seen before or since.  If that’s how some of these deposits formed, then perhaps God brought some extra blessing out of the devastation of the flood.  For the weary descendents of Noah trying to eke out an existence on a cursed planet, he provided a novel form of recreation: the treasure hunt.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

You Are Right Now Writing Your Biography in Advance

first_imgRight now, you are in the middle chapters of writing your biography. You are past the part where you are born and go to school and somewhere before the end of the book. The middle chapters are where things get interesting.The middle chapters are the chapters when what the main character believes about herself is called into question, where she has to face some major conflict, and where she comes out on the other side better for having dealt with and dispatched her challenge. In a good book, there are a lot of middle chapters.You may not actually be writing a book, but you are determining what would be the contents of that book, were you to write it.A New DirectionWhat changes the direction of a story is conflict. Something isn’t right. The main character is challenged and must find a way to overcome that challenge, with or without the proper resources. Mostly without the proper resources.The arc of your story can change whenever you decide that it is time to do something different, time to face some fear, time to defend some long-held-but-never-acted-on value, or time to set off on a completely different path than the one that delivered you to this moment.Because you are writing your biography in advance, you get to create the conflict that changes the direction of your story. You decide what fear you face, what dream you chase, and what direction your story will take. You decide where you go next and how you get there.Without dealing with conflicts and challenges, you don’t have a very interesting story. Jane woke up. Jane opened her email inbox. Jane responded to the requests that people made of her. Jane went to sleep. This isn’t a story anyone wants to read, and it isn’t what you should write.Choose Your Own AdventureYou are writing your biography in advance. Even if you don’t actually write it, you are determining what content would go between the covers of the book.What do you want to write during these middle chapters?What conflicts do you need to face for your story to go where you want it to go? What decisions do you have to take?What is your story going to mean? What lesson is it going to teach others who are watching that story being written right now? Who does the character become? He who is not busy being born is busy dying — Bob Dylan.It is easy to read something like this, acknowledge that it is important, and do nothing with it or about it. I know. I have done it countless times. Take ten minutes and answer these question for yourself.last_img read more

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