LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:58Iran civil aviation boss ‘certain’ Ukraine plane not hit by missile02:14Carpio 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 Yu was selected as the team’s skipper not for his supreme athletic ability but for the respect he commands and the way he carries himself on and off the court.The civil engineering graduate said he wants to change the people’s perception of NU that it’s not just a burgeoning sporting school but also an institution that can compete academically.“I’m just showing to all that NU is not just for sports, but also for education,” said Yu, who’ll take the board exams in May. “I think I’m the first student-athlete who’s a civil engineering graduate and I’m showing to my teammates that if I can do this they can to. There are a lot of student-athletes right now who are in engineering and I think I created that path for them.”Yu added that he’s pondering if he still wants to continue his basketball career since his first priority is getting that professional license.“I’ll think about if I will still play, if I still have that fire in me, but the first goal is to pass the boards,” said Yu.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic sets sights on 2019 after ‘phenomenal season’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe end of an era has started at National University.Bulldogs captain Dave Yu is one of the remnants of the team, along with Rev Diputado, that won the Season 78 title, but the skipper knows he’ll be leaving his school in a good a place just like when he was still in it.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Of course it’s sad that I’ll be leaving but I’m happy because I’ve learned so much here in the UAAP and from the NU community and I would like to thank the UAAP for giving me this opportunity to play in such a prestigious league,” said Yu Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after their 79-71 win over University of the East.“I promise that the group that we will leave behind in NU will surprise you because we were hurt so much in this season and for sure they’ll get back for us.”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 ChrissYu was a mere substitute with NU when it won the title in 2015 playing just a shade above 54 total minutes and scoring just 12 points across six games.And although Yu’s statistics didn’t become worthy of a Mythical Team nod, it was the intangibles that he brought to the Bulldogs that made him a star in his own right. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team captain Bea De Leon, who’s had an off offensive game in he first three games, settled comfortably in Ateneo’s scoring scheme and she said that she’s just one of the Lady Eagles who is trying to keep this streak going.“We’re taking this league one game at a time,” said De Leon Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We have to really prepare hard for every team like UE because we’ve seen them improve so much especially in the floor defense with [Kath] Arado.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith the win, Ateneo tied University of the Philippines and defending champion De La Salle atop the standings with 3-1 slates.“We really prepared for them and we’re not underestimating anybody, that’s our mindset and we’re always thinking that every team has a big chance this year.” View comments 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? De Leon had her best scoring game this season with eight points after averaging a pedestrian 5.7 points per outing in her first three matches.The outgoing Lady Eagle also had an efficient offensive rate on the floor converting on eight of her 12 spike attempts including the one kill that finished off UE in the third set.“You guys saw what my output was in the past three games, it wasn’t where I needed it to be,” said De Leon. “I thank coach Oliver (Almadro) for giving me the confidence.”“He always tells me not to worry because the struggle is part maybe because this is my last year and I overthink to do my best.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Lady Eagles dump Lady Warriors for 3rd straight win Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Streaking Ateneo is showing no signs of slowing down.The Lady Eagles have racked up three straight wins with their latest victory via straight sets against University of the East, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16, to get a share of the top spot of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT
– to propose timetable for elections today– GECOM to advise President after today’s meeting– as life of Govt expires todayAfter yet another marathon meeting at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday, it turns out that the entity has made little progress in narrowing down a timeframe to hold national elections.President David Granger has promised to act swiftly when advised by GECOM. His word will soon be put to the testHowever, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) nominated Commissioners will be taking matters into their own hands at the next meeting scheduled for today. Commissioner Sase Gunraj revealed that they will present a proposed plan of their own for early elections.“As we are speaking today, we have not come to any realistic timeline for the holding of elections… the discussion on [merging the data] is what is taking this time. We could have gone to Claims and Objections starting [today], because we have asked members of the Secretariat to get information on that.”“If we made a decision today, we could go to Claims and Objections and start moving this process forward. Unfortunately, all of this discussion and delay is because of discussions about merging… I have undertaken to present a timeframe of my own. So I’m optimistic that that will be adopted.”GECOM Commissioner Vincent AlexanderGunraj also expressed a lack of confidence in the timelines that are being prepared and presented by the GECOM Secretariat to the Commission. He said that less than half of the registrants’ data have been encoded, despite the exercise starting last month.The Commissioner also noted that these delays contradict GECOM’s earlier deadline for completing the encoding of data, which he said was supposed to be since September 15. Gunraj made it clear that he is dissatisfied with the pace in which GECOM is working.“As we speak today, I believe that only [approximately] 200,000 records were encoded. The timeline presented to us by the commission was September 15 for conclusion. As you know, we are at September 17. And the Secretariat is saying we will require three weeks.”“You will recall me saying weeks ago that I did not trust that timeline. My understanding of it will not take the time they are saying. That has led me to the conclusion that all of the timelines prepared and presented by the Secretariat are not to be trusted,” he said.Gunraj noted that the Secretariat’s timelines are meant to tie the Commission into a definite decision. He explained that once the Secretariat has decided to embark on a course of action, any timeline extensions have to be endured.Decision imminentGECOM Commissioner Sase GunrajWhen asked, Government nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander noted that there are three shifts of encoders working to input the House-to-House data. However, he was optimistic that GECOM would even be able to come up with an election timeframe it could present to President David Granger today.This is the latest of several weeks of meetings, whereby GECOM has been unable to narrow down a definite timeframe for holding elections. President David Granger has repeatedly said he is awaiting the advice of GECOM before naming an election date.This was repeated in an address to the nation on Monday following a meeting with Carter Center representatives… a meeting during which he promised the organisation not to delay but to act swiftly once GECOM advises him.During the address, President Granger repeated the substance of previous statements; that GECOM is an independent agency and that he has to await advice from GECOM before he can name an election date. GECOM’s meeting scheduled for today comes on the very day that the constitutional deadline for holding elections, as set out by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), expires. When it made its July 18 ruling on the no-confidence cases, the CCJ had said that the effect of the No-Confidence Motion was on pause while the cases were being litigated.That process, CCJ President Adrian Saunders had clearly said, was no longer on pause following the Court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and thus triggered the need for fresh elections.In keeping with the constitutional three months’ provision once a No-Confidence Motion is passed, this would mean that General and Regional Elections should be held on or before September 18, 2019.
Alonso was found guilty at a hearing on Wednesday. He is ruled out of Thursday’s Premier League game at Burnley, Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and the league trip to Swansea on April 28.“Marcos Alonso will miss Chelsea’s next three matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission ruled he had committed an act of violent conduct against Southampton’s Shane Long,” the FA said in a statement.“Alonso denied the charge and further submitted that if found proven the suspension would be excessive. However, this was rejected following Wednesday’s hearing.”The 27-year-old defender was this week named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year, the only representative from Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos AlonsoLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 19 – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been banned for three matches for his challenge on Southampton’s Shane Long, the Football Association announced on Thursday.The left wing-back appeared to stand on the back of Long’s leg during their Premier League game on Saturday and the incident went unpunished by referee Mike Dean.
Coral spokesman Dave Stevens joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday – and he delivered a damning verdict on Manchester Unietd’s top four chances.Although the Red Devils are third favourites for the Premier League title, Stevens insists they cannot win the league and even believes they will miss out on the top four for a second successive season.There was also plenty of chat about who will replace Tony Pulis as manager of Crystal Palace.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, the most wanted man at Manchester City and probably every other major English club, has said it is “boring” to stay at one club for too long. The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and his comments are likely to leave City on red alert. (Daily Mirror)Eden Hazard risks another dressing down from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for apparently ‘liking’ an online post suggesting he could move to Real Madrid. (The Sun)Arsenal have started talks to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder and Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports. The Turkey star has caught the eye in the Bundesliga in recent seasons, earning a reputation for being one of the best set-piece specialists in Europe. (Metro)Sunderland will not be signing former West Ham captain Kevin Nolan with Sam Allardyce focused on bringing in another centre forward as doubts about Jermain Defoe’s future on Wearside intensify. (Daily Telegraph)David Moyes says he wants to stay at Real Sociedad, despite reports that he is being lined up to replace Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa. (Daily Star)Carlo Ancelotti insists he was not approached by Liverpool before the club decided to appoint Jurgen Klopp as their new manager. (Goal)Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is keen to establish his exact role at the club and is demanding talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino to resolve the issue. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Chelsea and Manchester City FAILED with summer bids for Paul Pogba, reveals Juventus chiefFrench clubs line up to sign West Ham castaway Morgan AmalfitanoJuventus chief confirms Liverpool interest in midfielder Claudio Marchisio but rules out moveJuventus join Chelsea and Man City in race for Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonNonetheless, Sacramento approved a $145.5 billion budget that increased spending 11 percent – mostly to make interest payments on the various bond measures the state has passed in recent years. All in all, spending has climbed 40 percent since Schwarzenegger came into office. But Sacramento didn’t want to make any of the hard decisions – cut spending or raise taxes – at budget time. So it will have to make them early next year instead. Under Proposition 58, a budget-reform ballot measure that Schwarzenegger campaigned for shortly after taking office, if the state’s budget numbers are too far out of whack, the governor can declare a fiscal emergency. At that point, he must offer up a plan to balance the books, and the Legislature then has 45 days to act on it. “Special session,” though, seems to be something of a misnomer. These sessions aren’t so special any more. Last year the Legislature also needed to go into overtime to work (with limited success) on water and health care – that is, to do the work it neglected to do while in regular session. And among that work left undone was getting serious about the budget. At the start of 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to make this the “year of health-care reform.” And as 2008 approaches, the governor has already declared it a year of “fiscal emergency.” Although Schwarzenegger and Legislative Democrats produced a budget that, on paper anyway, included a $4.1 billion reserve last August, that surplus has rapidly evaporated. Just a month ago, state economists were predicting a $10 billion deficit. Now that figure has jumped to $14billion. All of which has left the governor with little choice but to declare a fiscal state of emergency, calling for a Jan. 10 special legislative session to address the budget crisis. This crisis has been a long time coming. Last summer, it was already painfully clear that the housing market was in the tank, and that property-tax revenues would plummet. Yet there’s reason to hope that the state of fiscal emergency could force state leaders to start dealing with the problem squarely. Because under Proposition 58, if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill within 45 days, lawmakers are barred from acting on any other legislation or even adjourning until they reach agreement. And while politicians might not like living within their means, that might just be a price they’re willing to pay to return to their usual work of pushing pet issues and servicing their special interests. So while 2008 will be the year of fiscal emergency, it could also be a year of some overdue belt tightening in Sacramento. If so, Proposition 54 could prove invaluable – a sign that the initiative can be the best cure for inattentive government.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Christy Toye in action against Meath. Photo Brian McDaidA second half revival inspired by Christy Toye earned Donegal a hard fought point in Ballybofey yesterday and keeps the team out in front in the promotion race. After three relatively straight forward victories thus far, Jim McGuinness’ men were given a real test today and his side will be much the better for it heading into the final trio of games.Meath manager Mick O’Dowd and his sidekick Trevor Giles deserve huge credit for the way they took the game to Donegal; the duo had clearly done their homework in the lead up to the game and the packed house at MacCumhaill Park were treated to a fascinating tactical battle. They looked at the well known aspects of the McGuinness system and figured how they could use it to their own benefit – the role of Mark McHugh is crucial to how Donegal play and immediately from the throw in Meath set about exploiting the space he vacates while on sweeper duties.After some positional re-alignment, O’Dowd stationed Andrew Tormey as their free man, i.e. the man who McHugh would pick up in an orthodox line-up, and he saw plenty of ball in the opening quarter playing between half-back and midfield. Tormey was free for kickouts, picked up several breaks off his midfielders, Shane O’Rourke and Bryan Menton, and registered 0-2 in the first quarter. Cork tried a similar tactic in the All-Ireland semi-final of 2012 in an attempt to stifle McHugh’s influence when they played with five defenders and seven forwards – like today it worked for the early part of the game but on that occasion as we all know, once Donegal found their feet they had the measure of the Rebels; it wasn’t quite as straight forward this afternoon. On account of Meath effectively having an extra body at midfield, Paul Durcan struggled to find his players from his restarts and O’Dowd’s men quickly ran up a healthy lead. When Durcan lined up his kick-outs in the first half what he saw was a mass of bodies directly in front him with Meath having pushed up on Donegal’s defence. This left a large section of space between the 45s and it was Meath who dominated here through their sheer size around the middle third – it wasn’t until Neil Gallagher was introduced that Donegal looked comfortable in that sector.Meath have struggled over the past few weeks in the league but what we saw today wasn’t anything new – they demolished Dublin’s lauded kick-out strategy in last year’s Leinster Final and if they had had the legs on the day they could have claimed the trophy. Back then it was Stephen Cluxton who found the going tough in finding his men, today it was Durcan. In their dominant spell at the start of the game they stretched their lead out to 0-6 to 0-1 at one stage but Donegal didn’t panic and slowly reined the Royals back in.One vital trait that Jim has instilled in his players during his tenure is belief and in a situation like they found themselves in today, it was clear that the players didn’t panic and instead they managed to think their way through the first half.To get back into the game the onus was on the defenders to attack from deep; Durcan began to find his full and half back lines for short kick-outs and with possession won it was about carrying the ball through the Royal rearguard. Both McHughs did this with great diligence and effort and soon the chances came. Leo McLoone and Anthony Thompson relentlessly motored forward from their defensive posts while Neil McGee made a burst up from full back only to see his scoring effort drift wide of the posts. Frank McGlynn was next up and while the Glenfin star didn’t hit the crispest shot he’s ever let fly off his left boot, it deceived the giant Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke enough to nestle in the corner of the net – game on. Meath responded with their own green flag in what was becoming an absorbing contest but Donegal kept their foot on the throttle and by half time had cut the lead down to a manageable two points.It was after the break that Toye came storming into the game. At times it seemed like a one man fight back effort from the Creeslough native – he made numerous dispossessions, won turnovers, drove through the Meath defence and capped off his performance with a couple of points to boot. With the amount of turnovers Toye and his team-mates forced there really should have been more than the one Donegal goal to show on the scoreboard.Donegal lost some of their urgency when Ryan McHugh went off after being shown a black card – it was the correct decision by referee Padraig Hughes although a first half body-check on the elder McHugh, Mark, should have also been punished with a black card but was let go – new rules, same inconsistency.Mark had a fine afternoon overall and it was interesting to see that while Meath’s free man, Tormey, had emptied the tank and was taken off with ten minutes to go, the energy reserves of Donegal’s equivalent were still in credit and he was able to keep going right until the end.McGuinness gave Darach O’Connor a real confidence boost by throwing him into the fray in the closing stages today and the Buncrana teenager showed great maturity when he went for the equalising score in the dying minutes. In no more than a yard of space he could have easily tried to recycle the ball and wait to give a team mate an opportunity but instead he took the responsibility on himself and was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post. At that stage it looked as if it was Meath’s day but there was to be one last chance and Michael Murphy struck a fantastic free from close to the sideline to gain a point for his charges. Despite it being ‘only’ a league game there was a fair bit of pressure on the free given the anticipation from the crowd and its proximity to the sideline made the kick even tougher; there was no doubt though in Michael’s mind where the ball was going – he trusted his technique and caught it beautifully to send it sailing through the posts. The real negative from the game was Donegal’s inability to win primary ball from their restarts. We’ve seen already through the course of the McKenna Cup and the League that they’ve done quite a bit of work on this aspect of their play over the winter but there’s still plenty to do. Of course it’s nowhere near as big of a problem when Neil Gallagher is on the field. The Glenswilly man and another substitute David Walsh made huge impacts off the bench today and the sooner these lads, Gallagher in particular, are fit enough to last seventy minutes the better.Had the hosts been a bit more clinical in the closing stretch they could have probably come away with full points but the bit of a scare will do them no harm. Teams generally like to have things to work on and facets of their game to improve upon – Donegal had been so untroubled in the opening matches it seemed that everything was going perfectly so a bit of a reality check at this stage can be seen as a positive. That is how Jim will be looking at it and after last week’s result in Croke Park and todays in Killarney, Jim Gavin and Mickey Harte will be thinking the exact same. Definitely a point gained today for Donegal and looking ahead to the summer, it could be worth a lot more.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: THE SECOND COMING OF CHRISTY was last modified: March 10th, 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:BallybofeyCATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOGChristy ToyedonegalGAAJim McGuinnessMeath
Esteban Granero has told QPR’s phone-in show, London Call-In, he is happy in England and still believes the club can achieve its ambitions.The midfielder moved to Loftus Road from Real Madrid in the summer, when Rangers’ Tony Fernandes-led regime believed they would enjoy a successful season.Instead the team have struggled and Granero has been linked with a quick exit, with a number of Spanish and Italian clubs reported to be showing an interest in him.But he said: “I knew I was changing my challenge for another type of challenge. I wanted this responsibility.“I know we’re going to grow because this club and this team is looking for big things. It’s why I wanted to join QPR.“We are growing little by little, at a different speed to what we all wanted, but I’m sure we are going to reach our objective.”And Granero insists he has had no trouble adapting to life in London since leaving Madrid.He said: “I’m enjoying it. I come from a city that is very nice and I used to like a lot.“I used to say Madrid is my favourite city but now I’ve come here and London is full of opportunities – it’s impossible to find nothing to do.“People warned me about the weather but I don’t care about that. It’s a city full of possiblities and I’m enjoying it a lot.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 749 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Call it what you will, Pluto is a planet of surprises. Its active geology is second only to Earth’s, say two planetary scientists.What were they thinking? (A-hyulk)There’s another push to re-classify Pluto as a planet. According to Science Daily, Philip Metzger of the University of Central Florida thinks the IAU (International Astronomical Union) thinks they acted a bit goofy when they downgraded Pluto to “dwarf planet” in 2006. They used a “sloppy definition” that a body must “clear its orbit” to be considered a true planet. “They didn’t say what they meant by clearing their orbit,” Metzger retorts. “If you take that literally, then there are no planets, because no planet clears its orbit.”But Metzger’s preferred definition – a body that is large enough to become spherical in shape – opens the door to classifying all kinds of moons as planets. Surprisingly, that’s OK with Metzger and his colleague Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University. He thinks calling Titan and Ganymede “planets” is “functionally useful,” and has historical precedent, too.This academic debate means little in the long run. Bodies are what they are, regardless of what humans call them. It just goes to illustrate a philosopher’s critique of taxonomy in science: Do scientists really carve nature at its joints? How arbitrary are human classification schemes? What are the costs and benefits of lumpers and splitters? Do names of reference confuse or enlighten? Is one culture’s classification scheme “better” than another’s?Pluto’s Value Beyond Its ClassificationWhat’s much more interesting about Pluto than its name or classification is its geology. Listen to what Metzger and Runyon have to say about that: Dunes, glaciers, and convection cells in Pluto’s Sputnik PlanitiaDenying planetary status to Pluto “would leave out the second-most complex, interesting planet in our solar system.”“Metzger said that the definition of a planet should be based on its intrinsic properties, rather than ones that can change, such as the dynamics of a planet’s orbit.”Because Pluto is spherical, it has “active geology in the body.”“Pluto, for instance, has an underground ocean, a multilayer atmosphere, organic compounds, evidence of ancient lakes and multiple moons, he said.”Pluto is so interesting, Metzger adds, that it is “more dynamic and alive than Mars.” The variety of land forms and processes going on right now in Pluto and its largest moon Charon left planetary scientists excited, bewildered, and baffled when the New Horizons spacecraft took its historic pictures and collected data in 2015, as we reported (26 July 2018). They did not expect such a cold and distant body to have volcanoes, glaciers, and a possible subsurface ocean.Metzger ended with a dramatic flourish: “The only planet that has more complex geology is the Earth.”We agree that Pluto should be promoted to planet status again. That way, think of all the textbooks that won’t have to be rewritten. But we also think that the idea of a young solar system should be promoted back to respectability, too. Pluto does not fit the expectations of the moyboys. It looks young. So does Titan, Enceladus, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Io, Miranda, Triton, Saturn, the moon, Mars… We’ll leave it at that because it’s hard to name everything in the Solar System.Watch for New Horizons’ next encounter this New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019. Should we make a prediction? Will the next target, Ultima Thule, look young as well? It’s a good bet, based on previous patterns of discovery in planetary science.