Cornwall College (CC)talisman Jourdaine Fletcher, who has sizzled in this year’s ISSA/Flow Super Cup with seven goals under his name, has no issue with CC’s tag as favourites going into this year’s final against Wolmer’s Boys’ School at Sabina Park.The forward has netted more than 20 goals so far this season in all competitions, and as far as the FLOW Super Cup is concerned, has bagged two more than his Wolmer’s rival, Alphanso Gooden.”Yes, my team is the favourite, any team come we can win. I want to score for sure, and it depends on the game, but I want to give 100 percent in the final,” Fletcher outlined.Fletcher, who is on a high after his hat-trick in the semi-final against Clarendon College, says he is ready for the finals, underlining that he is determined to give everything to help his team to the title.”I don’t know if I will score in the final. It depends on the game, but I want to give everything to help us win,” said Fletcher.”I have a lot more goals to come and I want to go past 30 in the season, so there is more to come for me and I am 100 percent sure we can win trophies,” he added.”(This) was my best game (against Clarendon College); I was waiting on this match for a while and I just executed. We are the original CC, and we will give 100 percent in the final and try to score and win it for my team,” he stressed.”Coach ‘Tegat’ (Paul Davis), I respect him, but he and his team were hyping, so we had to put them in their place.”They are going to come at us in the daCosta Cup again, but we are going to come harder, too. we are the original CC,” added the player.
The reigning Finals MVP, Durant said he is still working himself back into shape after a rib injury sidelined him for a handful of games.“I feel pretty good,” Durant said. “I know it will take me a couple games to get there but I’m feeling all right now.”Golden State’s victory was the 263rd under Kerr, tying him for third-most in franchise history. Al Attles (557) and Don Nelson (422) hold the top two spots.Hours before the game, the Warriors received promising news about McCaw, who was released from a Sacramento hospital with a bruised lumbar spine following a terrifying fall during Saturday’s game against the Kings.McCaw was able to leave UC Davis Medical Center and was walking after undergoing a series of tests. He is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Just a huge relief,” Kerr said. “Scariest thing I’ve ever experienced on a basketball floor for sure.”Golden State had all sorts of problems in the first half. The Warriors committed three turnovers in the first 74 seconds and repeatedly allowed the Suns to drive unimpeded to the hoop and take open shots from the perimeter.Kerr’s club began turning things around late in the second quarter shortly after Suns’ two-way player Danuel House pump-faked past Nick Young, threw the ball off the backboard then grabbed it and dunked.Trailing 59-58 at halftime, the Warriors outscored the Suns 36-18 in the third to move in front for good.Phoenix couldn’t keep up and fell to an NBA-worst 19-59.“I think our guys compete well for young guys playing against this team,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. “It’s unfortunate we couldn’t withstand a little bit of that barrage of 3s.”Marquese Chriss and Josh Jackson scored 22 points apiece for the Suns, who last won on Feb. 28 and have dropped 25 of 26.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State last lost to the Suns on Nov. 9, 2014 in Phoenix. … Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Omri Casspi (sprained right ankle) did not play. … The Warriors finished March with a 7-7 record, ending their run of 32 consecutive months with a winning record that was the third-longest in NBA history.NO EXCUSESKerr blamed part of the Warriors slow start on the emotional night the team had in Sacramento and the ensuing concern about McCaw. Durant disagreed.“More than anything it was some technical things that we should have worked on,” Durant said. “I turned the ball over the second play of the game after Draymond threw a turnover. Once we simplified it and just played simple ball, we were able to gain the lead.”ADD ONE MORE TO THE LIST Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Suns went into the game without Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Elfrid Payton (left knee tendinopathy), Alex Len (left ankle sprain) and T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation). Then Troy Daniels sore ankle tightened up at halftime, forcing him out of the game.UP NEXTWarriors: Play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.Suns: Host the Kings on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The defending NBA champs have sputtered some recently while Stephen Curry recovers from a left knee injury. But with two weeks until the postseason begins, the Warriors haven’t lost their edge, starting with Durant.“Kevin is going to be Kevin no matter what,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s got as much ability as anybody, pretty much anybody ever in the history of the game. Put him out there with Steph, great. Put him out there without Steph, great. He’s still going to get any shot he wants and dominate a game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDraymond Green added 13 points and 12 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Quinn Cook had 19 points for Golden State. The Warriors have won two straight since dropping four of five.Durant carried the Warriors through their slow start, had 17 points by halftime and made three of four shots down the stretch to help Golden State to its 14th consecutive win against Phoenix. 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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The Warriors began their day with encouraging news about injured guard Patrick McCaw and ended it with another brilliant performance from Kevin Durant.Durant had 29 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Golden State overcame a sloppy start to beat Phoenix 117-107 on Sunday night, handing the Suns their franchise-record 15th consecutive loss.ADVERTISEMENT Blazers clinch playoff spot, then holds off Grizzlies Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Dear Editor,If there was any doubt the Government of Guyana fell on December 21, 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) ruling on June 18, layered with consequential orders issued on July 12, 2019, now affirms the Guyana Government was defeated in a No-Confidence Motion on that day. The facts are unambiguous, pellucidly clear and unequivocally affirmed by the CCJ. The Constitution of Guyana requires that the President and the Cabinet resign with immediate effect, the President and his Government transition into a caretaker role, the elections held within 90 days, by September 18, in a new timeline which began on June 18, the day of the CCJ ruling. In addition, the CCJ ruled that a new GECOM Chair be appointed urgently in accordance with the Constitution.These realities are not the imposition of a rogue court. These realities are in accordance with the laws of Guyana, its Constitution, with the CCJ merely pointing out the cold, hard facts.As a Caribbean citizen with a deep commitment to the success and effectiveness of Caricom, given the CCJ’s unequivocal judgment, Caricom’s position is of critical importance. Caricom has been totally silent so far, nearly nine months after the NCM in Guyana’s Parliament, insisting its commitment is towards democracy in every Caricom country and, in fact, everywhere in the Commonwealth and in the world. I stood proud as a Caribbean citizen every time, and there are many such instances, when Caricom firmly and bravely stood on the side of democracy, whenever and wherever democracy was threatened. In view of the CCJ ruling on the NCM in Guyana, where does Caricom stand?Mr Secretary General, democracy is threatened in Guyana as the Guyana Government refuses to adhere to the Constitution and the will of Parliament. When a Government deliberately sabotages its own Constitution and disrespects the legal system, as the APNU/AFC Government is presently doing in Guyana, democracy is threatened. Will Caricom maintain silence as Guyana plunges into a dictatorship?Caricom itself, in the midst of the clumsy Government’s challenge of the NCM and its validity, insisted the legal avenues must be honoured and, therefore, it will not voice any position on the political dispute in Guyana, one of its founding members. It took this position even though the parliamentary outcome was clear on December 21, 2018. Whatever doubt the Government attempted to stir has now been dismissed by the CCJ. The CCJ left nothing for interpretation – the Guyana Government is a caretaker Government and it must follow the Constitution, holding elections within three months. What is Caricom waiting on now?Caricom’s silence on what is happening in Guyana brings disrepute to this body and will forever impact on its future position on various matters. First, Caricom’s future positions on any threat to democracy anywhere will seem hollow and hypocritical. How could an organisation which turned a blind eye to the sabotaging of the Constitution by one of its own members challenge undemocratic behaviour in other countries or even in another of its member states? Caricom’s silence as the Constitution of Guyana is being railroaded potentially disqualifies Caricom from ever again being a legitimate voice against undemocratic actions anywhere.Second, the CCJ’s own future is in jeopardy and Caricom’s silence is contributing to a perilous future for the CCJ. The CCJ is one of the most important institutions in Caricom. The strength and integrity of Caricom are dependent on a strong and respected CCJ. If the CCJ’s rulings and orders are allowed to be ignored by a Government, as is happening in Guyana right now, then the CCJ is rendered a toothless poodle. We must not allow this to happen. At the very least, Caricom must take a stance that the CCJ ruling is sacrosanct, with no room to disrespect the institution. In accordance with Guyana’s Constitution which the CCJ affirms, the Guyana Government is a caretaker Government and will become an illegal Government after September 18. Caricom must end its silence and forcefully call on the Government of Guyana to enforce the CCJ rulings, following faithfully the provisions of the Constitution of Guyana.The CCJ has spoken and Caricom has no reason to equivocate. If Caricom does not support its own institution and stand by it, why should anyone want to continue with the CCJ? The deliberate and contemptuous disregard being demonstrated by the Guyana Government in regards to the CCJ’s ruling is a fatal threat to the CCJ. Why should any of the countries that presently subscribe to the CCJ continue to honour this onerous burden for an institution that is merely a paper tiger, a toothless poodle? Why would any country that presently includes the CCJ as its final court continue to honour this obligation if the Court is a paper tiger only? Why should any country which presently is thinking of using the CCJ as its final court do so if the CCJ is nothing but a talk shop?This is Caricom’s dilemma. While you equivocate, refusing to comment and refusing to urge the Guyana Government to adhere to its Constitution, while you continue to behave as if it is business as usual in Guyana, the credibility of Caricom, the legitimacy of your institutions, are being eroded by your silence, your very thunderous silence. Your silence has caused, if not more than 50 per cent, at least 50 per cent of the Guyanese people to lose faith in Caricom.The time has come for Caricom to stand by the principles of the Treaty of Chaguaramas and the 2001 Nassau Declaration, and speak out against the erosion of democracy in Guyana, against the deliberate perversions of the Constitution of Guyana. This is not an option for Caricom, it is a duty-bound to stand up on behalf of democracy in Guyana.Yours sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
1 Aston Villa have had a bid rejected for FC Groningen midfielder Tjaronn Chery.Tim Sherwood’s men tabled an offer of around £3.5m for the 27-year-old attacking midfielder but the Eredivisie side and reigning Dutch cup holders want to retain his services.Chery has played the whole of his professional career in Holland but according to Dutch magazine Voetbal International is interested in a move to the Premier League.The stumbling block though is Groningen’s hold over the player, with Chinese side Guangzhou R&F also failing in their long-term pursuit of the former FC Twente youth prodigy.Villa are expected to return with a new second bid for Chery this week as they seek a replacement for Tom Cleverley, who opted to join Everton rather than extend his stay at Villa Park. Tjaronn Chery
A CONVICTED sex offender at the centre of one of Donegal’s most prominent paedophile investigations is back in the county after being freed early from prison.Leo Forde, originally from Laghey Road in Ballyshannon, was in Letterkenny last night.In March he was sentenced to nine-months in prison by Judge Eamon O’Brien at Limerick District Court, after he failed to notify gardai of his address within seven days of his release from prison last December. In July 2010 Forde was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 2003.The paedophile is on the Sex Offenders’ Register and has registered with Gardai in Letterkenny.“I saw him on the Main Street in Letterkenny last night and recognised him right away,” said one witness.“Parents and teenagers need to know who he is. He was drinking in a bar and no-one knew who he was.” Forde was the fifth person to be convicted of sex crimes against a Co Donegal girl, who was assaulted by the now 29-year-old three times at school shed when he was 19 and she was 13.Donegal Circuit Court suspended the last year of the sentence, and Forde was released last Christmas.Forde was a maintenance worker at a Limerick apartment block but had since lost his job.Gardai arrested Forde in Limerick on December 31 last after he was detained by security staff in Dunnes on Harvey’s Quay for the theft of a box of Budweiser worth €18.He was also charged with the theft of a bottle of wine at a Spar store on Henry Street, three days earlier. Evidence was given that Forde, with an new address in Limerick city centre, gave gardai a false name during his arrest for the alcohol thefts.Forde failed to inform gardai of his address within seven days of his release from prison.Ted McCarthy, solicitor for the accused, told the court that his client had difficulty in registering as he did not have a permanent address, and the compliance to register under legislation could not be done if “you were of no fixed abode”.“This is where my client had difficulty, but he did, and has complied with the requirements, and in fact, registered an address within 10 days and has been compliant ever since”. Judge Eamon O’Brien heard that the maximum sentence upon conviction for the breach of the section 12 requirements of a registered sex offender was a fine not exceeding €5,000 or 12 months imprisonment, or both.In the matters of the thefts, the court heard that the goods had been recovered.Forde was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for a period of two years, and bound to the peace for two years.BACK ON THE STREETS: NOTORIOUS DONEGAL PAEDOPHILE was last modified: June 21st, 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)
BREAKING NEWS: There will be widespread snow overnight in Co Donegal, the BBC has reported tonight.BBC Northern Ireland said snow will hit most parts of the county, with most of it due before dawn.Donegal County Council gritting lorries will be working on main routes through the night. It follows a storm earlier – though winds will continue at gale force level throughout the night.ESB staff have spent the evening restoring power to thousands of homes.As of 10:30pm 5,000 homes were still without power.A man cheated serious injury when a tree his his car on the Milford to Kilmacrennan Road. There has been structural damage to homes and business throughout the county.HOW the storm happened TIMELINE is below:10.38pm Patrick writes: Roof tiles fallen from the old County Seat and Clarkes Newsagents in Letterkenny. Tree blocking road up Kirkstown/Killylastin.Trees down in tesco car park also.10:10pm. ESB doing sterling work in reconnecting homes. 3,000 in Ballybofey, Buncrana and other areas back on. But around 5,000 still with lights out.9.52pm: A driver has had a miraculous escape after a large tree came crash down on his bonnet. The incident happened just after 9.15 pm this evening on the Milford to Kilmacrennan Road. An eye witness said the man managed to step out of the car but said he could have been seriously injured. Gardai are now on the scene are directing traffic back the way they came.The large tree has blocked off the entire road.9.47pm: Relatives of passengers reporting the Dublin to Donegal flight this evening has returned to Dublin following several failed landing attempts at Carrickfin. Dublin Airport ‘live flight’ info showing flight status as “En Route” at 9.45pm9.40pm: Violent wind gusts reported in various parts of the Rosses – major power outage affecting homes in parts of Burtonport area near the Roshine and Lackbeg areas. Public street lighting along the N56 is out in Loughanure village although no premises are affected. A charity table quiz in aid of Piermont House, Dungloe in Caisleain Oir, Annagry tonight has been postponed until tomorrow night. 9.28pm: Structural damage to homes in the Letterkenny area, say residents. Buses stranded on the pier in Donegal Town. Oisin McLaughlin sent this pic.9.24pm: 3,742 homes in the Dunfanaghy, Cresslough and surrounding areas now without power. That makes it 8,000 in Donegal alone tonight. If you’ve still got power and want a cuppa later, fill those flasks now.9:17pm: 62o homes lose power in Killybegs, taking total in Co Donegal close to 5,000.8.50pm: Tom Kelly writes: Major flooding near Manorcunningham. Corkey – Labbadish road impassable.8.37pm: 131km/hr gust on Aranmore. Electricity out in 2,796 homes in Gaoth Dobhair and almost 500 homes in Dungloe.8.03pm: Reports of mobile homes being damaged in Downings and Rossnowlagh. Reader in Carrickfin writes: “The house feels as though it’s being blown away.” Inland at Castlefin another reader tells us: “Kicking off big time now.” Roof blown off barn near Ramelton, Sky TV is down and letterboxes chattering, reports reader near Clooney.7.55pm: 1,134 homes in Ballybofey lose power as winds increase. Estimated time of reconnection by ESB in 11.15pm. More than 60 homes in Buncrana are also now without power.7.35pm: Gardai say there is heaving flooding on the Glenties to Letterkenny Road. Sadly a woman has died after a tree hit her car in Mullingar, the Garda Press Office has just announced.7.25pm: Winds increasing, especially in south Donegal. Reports of flooding in homes in Letterkenny. Derry Daily reporting that the Christmas Market in Guildhall Square has been closed down for the evening.Flooding in Salthill earlier – with cars under water7.00pm: Daniel in Galway writes: “Absolutely crazy in Salthill. Debris flying everywhere.”6.49pm: Just to give you an idea of what’s coming. Wind gust in Galway of 144km/hr.6.38pm: Winds expected to increase again in south Donegal around 7.30pm.6.30pm: John McAteer, editor of the Tirconail Tribune reports “There is severe flooding on all roads around Milford, Kerrykeel, Cranford, Fanad and Kilmacrennan. Proceed with extreme care and do not travel unless it is an emergency as winds are now increasing.”6.16pm: Reader Marie Ferry in Falcarragh reports heavy rain there in the past few minutes.6:14pm: Action plan at Letterkenny General Hospital to prevent repeat of flooding there last July. All systems reported working.5.50pm: Major flooding has been reported on the main Letterkenny to Derry Road at Manorcunningham. Motorists are being advised to slow down and use extreme caution.5.25pm: Winds are easing but will pick up again in the next hour. The storm warned of by Met Eireann hasn’t even started yet.5.00pm: Possibility of snow later on. Donegal County Council will be gritting major routes from 9pm as a precaution. Getting very windy. Reader in Gaoth Dobhair says it is “extremely windy” there in past few minutes. The roof has been blown off the Kent Street Train Station in Cork. One person has been injured. A motorist has also been hurt in Co Westmeath. 15,000 homes are without power.4.45pm. Power outages across the south, with trees down in Cork, Kilkenny and Waterford. Worst of the power outages in Galway and Mayo although there are also faults in Dublin. Torrential rain still falling in Donegal.4pm: Heavy rain is now widespread across the county. This is leading to difficult driving conditions in many areas.There is flooding on several roads including in and around Donegal Town, Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ramelton, Milford and Buncrana.Garda patrols have been stepped up. Winds are currently gusting at 60 to 70km/hr.Met Eireann says the worst of the storm will be after 6pm, the time when the Red Alert warning kicks in – with hurricane force wind gusts of up to 150km/hr.BREAKING NEWS: NOW THERE’S A SNOW STORM ON THE WAY – BBC was last modified: December 19th, 2013 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:bbc nidonegal daily weathersnow
The funeral service of a young Donegal man who was the subject of a search last Sunday will be held tomorrow, Wednesday 5th July.The sudden death of Bryan Sweeney of Derryconnor, Gortahork was announced on Sunday evening.A large-scale search was launched on Sunday morning after he was declared missing by family. Bryan is survived by his father James, sister Graceanne, brother Seamus, brother-in-law Wesley, nieces, nephew, aunts, uncle and wide circle of family and friends.The wake is being held at his father James’ residence in Derryconnor. Funeral from there on Wednesday, the 5th July, for 11.00am Requiem Mass in Christ the King Church, Gortahork with burial afterwards in the adjacent cemetery. Rosary both nights at 10.00pm. Funeral of young Donegal man Bryan Sweeney to be held tomorrow was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bryan sweeneyfuneralRIP
4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts The latest version of Google’s browser, Chrome 9, just hit the Web today and it comes with a couple of new features, like hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and Google Instant search directly from the address bar. Beyond that, however, the update comes with something else – a lesson on the evolution of the Internet and an introduction to “Web Apps” for the Internet layperson.According to the announcement, the Chrome Web Store just opened to everyone in the U.S. and has been added to the New Tab page – and this is the real takeaway for today.First, Google announced that Chrome would now support WebGL, which allows for the creation of hardware-accelerated graphics in the browser using HTML5’s canvas element. An entire gallery of demos shows off swirling Mandelbrots and 3D bodies rotating on your screen. As for Google Instant, it comes disabled, but turning it on is as simple as clicking the wrench icon, selecting “Options”, then the “Basics” tab and checking the box next to “Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing.” What this means, though, is that if you start to type in “ReadWriteWeb” and you don’t type very fast, you’ll potentially end up at Google Reader (reader.google.com) somewhere along the way. The Real Story? Redefining Our Idea of a “Program”Beyond these two additions, Google emphasized the recently-added Chrome Web Store. With this release, the Chrome Web Store is available throughout the U.S., so it is now available direction from the New Tab page. What’s significant about this and the four videos about the Web Store embedded at the bottom of Google’s announcement? It’s an attempt of a kind we’ll likely see more and more of in the near future, as Google, Apple, and others try to redefine the idea of a “program” in peoples’ minds. “When the Web started, Websites were simple. […] The Web, in essence, was about reading,” explains the first of four videos. “Doing was reserved for programs you installed in your computer.”The video, which was released with the Chrome Web Store last December, goes on to explain the evolution of websites, saying that “websites offer features that are pretty much like those found in applications installed from a CD.” The next video is an introduction to the Web Store, with the subsequent two videos adding up to pretty graphics to show off what’s possible inside your browser these days.Google doesn’t usually make much of a production of releasing new versions of Chrome. They are, after all, on version 9. It took Internet Explorer 16 years to get through 9 versions, and really, the 9th one is still in Beta. (Chrome, by comparison, has gone through 9 versions since 2008.) So why now? Again, the Web Store is something Google will push harder and harder in an effort to redirect our definition of “program”. It’s the next big step on our way to using Chrome OS and existing entirely in the cloud. Tags:#gaming#Google#web mike melanson 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
The world’s largest laser, a machine that appeared in a Star Trek movie, has attained a powerful result: It’s squeezed diamond, the least compressible substance known, 50 million times harder than Earth’s atmosphere presses down on us. The finding should help scientists better understand how material behaves at the great pressures that prevail deep inside giant planets. Physicist Ray Smith of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, and his colleagues achieved the feat at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), also in Livermore. Spanning 10 meters and armed with scores of lasers, the instrument is so sci-fi–looking that it appeared as the “warp core” of the starship Enterprise in the 2013 movie Star Trek Into Darkness. NIF has a practical purpose, however: to trigger nuclear fusion, the same type of reaction that powers the sun, in the hope of someday solving our energy needs. Scientists also use it for basic research, such as investigating how various materials respond when compressed—data relevant to the interiors of planets. In the new study, Smith’s team fired 176 lasers at a small gold cylinder measuring 1.1 centimeters long and 0.6 centimeters in diameter. The lasers heated the gold so that it emitted x-rays, which squeezed a tiny diamond attached over a hole in the cylinder’s outer wall. The diamond reached a pressure of 50 million atmospheres—14 times greater than the pressure at Earth’s center. 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For a billionth of a second, the diamond, which is normally 3.25 times denser than water, became denser than lead and 12.03 times denser than water.”This is an impressive accomplishment,” says David Stevenson of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, a planetary scientist who was not involved in the experiment. “This is high-quality data at very high pressures.” Such great pressure is comparable to that at the center of giant planets: Jupiter’s core has a pressure between 40 million and 90 million atmospheres, while the pressure at Saturn’s center is about 40 million atmospheres. Neither world has a diamond core, however. Diamond consists of carbon, and in our solar system oxygen is twice as common and makes up silicate rocks, a major component of the sun’s planets. Still, scientists have speculated that diamond worlds may exist elsewhere. If a solar system arises with more carbon than oxygen, then carbon should soak up the oxygen by forming carbon monoxide, leaving excess carbon to create carbon planets—which, under pressure, become diamond worlds. Thus, Smith says, the new experiment will probe the nature of such planets. Astronomer Jonathan Fortney of the University of California, Santa Cruz, thinks carbon planets are rare, however, so he hopes the scientists investigate other materials. One element he mentions is iron, which may make up the cores of super-Earths—planets several times more massive than our own. Smith says his team is now studying this material and hopes to have results soon.
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