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UCA Sweeps ACU to Win 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament

first_imgSet OneDown 21-17, UCA rallied seven consecutive points to reach set point and eventually take it 25-22 with a Megan Nash roll. The Sugar Bears fired a .194 clip with Nash and Haley Tippett each putting down three kills. Tippett also led the team in digs with five alongside Amanda Dimon. ACU’s Corinne Grandcolas and Jacey Smith both put up five kills with Grandcolas receiving the Wildcats’ first two points.VB: @UCAVball takes set 1 from @ACU_Volleyball, 25-22. Set 2 NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD and ESPN apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/rA2DjGsZEJ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Set ThreeACU fought back after being behind all set to tie it at 21-21, but UCA followed its timeout with a 4-1 stretch to end the match with a 25-22 set win. Abbie Harry put up six kills on 14 attacks as the Sugar Bears posted a .268 attacking percentage. Emily Doss tallied six digs with Tippett right behind at five. The Wildcats hit a match-best .270 clip with Smith recording six on 18 attacks. Lauren Walker downed all three of her attacks.VB: CHAMPS! @UCAVball sweeps ACU and captures the Southland tournament title. Sugar Bears will represent Southland in #NCAAVB tourney. pic.twitter.com/bY12XE2Yu4— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Abilene Christian’s all-tournament selection junior outside hitter Jacey Smith led all players with 18 kills as her setter, all-tournament pick Kendall Bosse, tallied 32 assists for the day. Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 digs. WATCH ESPN3 REPLAYCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Central Arkansas claimed its third Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship and first since 2013 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22) win over Abilene Christian on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears became the first No. 2 seeded team to win the tournament since 2010 when UTSA did so. They will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament when the selection committee announces the first-round matchups on Nov. 26 on ESPNU.center_img Set TwoEight was the magic number for Tippett in the second set as she led the team in digs and kills with eight in each category for a 25-17 set win. Tippet .727 for a UCA offense that hit a tournament-best .562 for the set. Abbie Harry provided three kills while Savanah Allen, Elizabeth Armstrong and Samantha Anderson each put up a pair. Smith earned seven of ACU’s 12 kills to lead a Wildcat attack that hit .222 for the set.VB: #SouthlandStrong player of the year Anderson with the kill, putting @UCAVball up 20-14 over @ACU_Volleyball in 2nd set on ESPN3. pic.twitter.com/z9BDR9X8Ir— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 All-Tournament TeamBlair Gillard, Houston BaptistChloe Simon, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiJacey Smith, Abilene ChristianKendall Bosse, Abilene ChristianSavanah Allen, Central ArkansasAbbie Harry, Central ArkansasElizabeth Armstrong, Central Arkansas (Tournament MVP) Junior outside hitter Haley Tippett notched her third double-double of the tournament, and 10th of the season, to help UCA book its automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Tippett led the Sugar Bears in kills and digs with 14 and 18, respectively. UCA posted a .330 hitting percentage, ending the match with 47 kills as Tournament MVP Elizabeth Armstrong dished out 22 assists.VB: THE GREAT WALL OF CONWAY! @UCAVball evens it back up at 10 with @ACU_Volleyball. 1st set NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD pic.twitter.com/zO9dZSSElz— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017last_img read more

Atlético and Valencia look at the young Mustafa Kapi

first_imgHis representative Necdet Ergezer told AS the contacts he has had with the Spanish clubs. The Turkish agent described the approaches as an investment regarding the future: “Mustafa Kapi is a free player, we can sign with any club for the summer. There is only a reasonable price for the training compensation that has to be paid. The managers of the Spanish clubs They have contacted us through Kapi. Atlético seemed very interested before the coronavirus pandemic crisis. They also call us from Valencia, Villarreal, Celta de Vigo, Real Sociedad because they know the player’s transfer conditions. His style is very suitable for the Spanish league. “ Several teams in the Spanish league follow in the footsteps of young Mustafa Kapi, the very young talent of Galatasaray. At only 17 years old, he is one of the young men with the most projection in the Turkish youth academy. A versatile player, he can perform in various positions in midfield. His favorite position is that of a midfielder, but of an offensive nature. You can also occupy the right wing or the attacking midfielder. Galatasaray youth squad, is now on the sidelines of the first team because he did not accept the renewal that Galatasaray has offered him. His contract expires on June 30, so he can sign as a free player from that date with the team he wants.Kapi attracts attention for his technique and intelligence on the field, he has also become the youngest player to play in the first team in an official match in the history of Galatasaray. He did so when he was 16 years old, he entered the game in the final minutes of the match against Sivasspor in the Turkish league on December 22, 2018. The midfielder has stated that his goal is to play at the highest level of European football, in one of the big leagues, and for this reason he has not renewed the contract with his club.last_img read more

Murray’s late equaliser delays Waterhouse fate

first_imgAnother nail was just seconds away to being driven in Waterhouse’s Red Stripe Premier League coffin when substitute Rodave Murray, showing great predatory skills, buried an opportunity to draw his team level and possibly delay their inevitable relegation. Murray’s 90th-minute strike was his first in the country’s top-flight football, and it came in only his second game, following a strike by Kenroy Howell in the 23rd, as he gave his team hopes of pulling off a rare victory. Two second-half goals from substitute Chevonne Marsh in the 57th and Dawyne Smith in the 87th set up Cavalier perfectly for the win, until Murray’s late intervention. For Murray, the occasion was bittersweet. “This is my first goal, but it is my second match in the Premier League. My first match was against UWI FC. I am feeling great, but at the same time, I am feeling disappointed. The coach said to us that the aim is to get three points, but we should not leave pointless, and we left with a point, so that is good,” the 18-year-old Dinthill daCosta Cup star said. He added: “I am disappointed because we came out here today looking a victory, and we did not get it.” Though their chances of survival are being written off with each passing match, Murray is still hopeful. KEEP ON FIGHTING “There is still time and opportunity for us, we just have to keep fighting and working hard, and the rest of the competition will tell,” said the youngster, who scored 27 goals for Dinthill last season. Besides trying to help his team survive the drop, Murray, who hails from Orange Field in Linstead, St Catherine, wants to retain his place in the country’s Under-20 squad and earn himself a professional contract. “My dream is to take it to the pro level, so I am just working hard towards that, and good performances in this league will help. “I have been invited to Jamaica’s Under-20 squad, and my aim is to join the team, work hard, and ensure that we qualify for the World Cup,” the youngster explained. At 18, Murray still has another year of eligibility at the schoolboy level, but he could pass on it if the opportunity presents itself. “I have another year at the schoolboy level, but I am not sure if I will return as yet. If I get a professional contract, I will take it. I have had offers from Europe; that is where my agent is based, so we will continue to look until something suitable comes,” Murray said. Murray added that he came close to joining Montego Bay United in the January transfer window. “I was supposed to be with Montego Bay United, but it just wasn’t working out. They wanted me to go to Cornwall College and play for Montego Bay United, but I did not want to leave Dinthill as yet, and Montego Bay is so far away from home,” he said.last_img read more

Early shooting barrage lifts Mavericks to rare road victory

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “We were certainly due,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “But these things don’t just happen. You have to make them happen. Guys were ready to play tonight. You could sense it in the locker room beforehand.”Doncic and Smith each had 18 points, and Harrison Barnes added 17. The Mavericks hit 10 first-quarter 3-pointers — three from Doncic and two from Smith — and finished with 18 overall.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 Chriss“Dennis Smith Jr. was aggressive, he was hitting hit long-range shots, he was penetrating and finding people and defensively he worked hard to make it difficult on Kemba Walker,” Carlisle said.Dallas won on the road for the first time since Nov. 28. It entered the game with a NBA-worst 2-16 road record, compared to 15-3 at home. Dallas continues a four-game trip with games at Boston on Friday and at Philadelphia on Saturday.The Mavericks led 42-26 after the first quarter, and Charlotte got no closer than 18 the rest of the game. Dallas led by at least 20 points for the final 26 1/2 minutes.Dwight Powell scored 15 points, Wesley Matthews had 11, and DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Doncic added 10 rebounds and Smith seven assists, and the Mavericks didn’t use any of their starters for more than 29 minutes in the game.“I think we shot the ball well,” said Powell, who played 24 minutes off the bench. “But we also got some stops. That gave us a good cushion.”Charlotte was led by Walker’s 11 points. Walker made 4 of 14 shots and missed all five of his 3-point tries in 27 minutes. He was pulled with 3:15 left in the third quarter and didn’t return.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “That was a pretty good butt-whooping right there,” Walker said. “They just came in and outplayed us from the very beginning.”Charlotte coach James Borrego felt his team didn’t handle Dallas’ early shooting very well.“We started to hang our heads a little bit,” Borrego said. “We got a little bit frustrated defensively instead of just trusting what we do.”TIP INS:Mavericks: Fayetteville native Smith played one year at N.C. State and bought 25 tickets for Wednesday’s game. He had many other friends and family in attendance in his lone trip to his home state. He was one of three Mavericks with local ties; Barnes played at North Carolina, and 11th-year Dallas assistant coach Darrell Armstrong is a Gastonia native who played at Fayetteville State.Hornets: They started only their fourth different lineup of the season Wednesday after Jeremy Lamb (right hamstring) and Cody Zeller (broken right hand) were injured in Monday’s 125-100 home win over Orlando. Walker and Devonte Graham opened at guard, Nic Batum and Marvin Williams at forward and Willy Hernangomez at center. Graham, a 2018 second-round pick out of Kansas, made his first career start.UP NEXTMavericks: Visit Boston Celtics on Friday.Hornets: Begin a six-game, 10-day trip on Saturday in Denver. Charlotte also visits Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio before returning home Jan. 17 against Sacramento. 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(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks finally found friendly rims on the road.Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. fueled an early long-range shooting blitz and the Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday night to end a nine-game road skid.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Norway-Liberia’s Laudable Contribution to Curbing Climate Change

first_imgThe current United Nations Summit on Climate Change, which opened in New York this week, is already the most successful climate meeting ever held.In several such past meetings,  the most industrialized countries and biggest carbon emitters, notably the United States, China and others, have not only been in denial about the looming catastrophe that increasing carbon emissions are bringing upon the world.  These nations have historically also refused to go along with any proposals that would reverse the rapid global warming advance because they claim it hurts their economies.  The industrial giants in these countries have also fully backed their governments, frustrating every  attempt to reverse global warming, which threatens to have a horrific effect on life as we know it on planet Earth.But U.S. President Barrack Obama set the positive and decisive tone at this year’s Summit.  In his speech Tuesday, he told the Summit, “We cannot condemn our children, and their children, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair.”He then made this confession,  which none of his predecessors had ever made: “So today, I’m here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and its second largest emitter, to say that we have begun to do something about it.He outlined a number of successful measures the US has taken :* harnessed three times as much electricity from the wind and 10 times as much from the sun as we did when I came into office.* Within a decade, our cars will go twice as far on a gallon of gas, and already, every major automaker offers electric vehicles.* We’ve made unprecedented investments to cut energy waste in our homes, buildings and appliances, all of which will save consumers billions of dollars.* We are helping communities build climate-resilient infrastructure.* Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced, more than any other nation,  our total carbon pollution .  But we have to do more.  Last year, I issued America’s first Climate Action Plan to double down on our efforts.  Under that plan, my administration is working with states and utilities to set first-ever standards to cut the amount of carbon pollution our power plants can dump into the air, making this the single most significant step USA has ever taken to reduce our carbon emissions.* New actions in renewable energy and energy efficiency will save consumers more than $10 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons through 2030.  That’s the equivalent of taking more than 60 million cars off the road for one year.* Got private sector leaders who’ve agreed to slash, by 80 percent by 2050, consumption of dangerous greenhouse gases known as HFCs.* More than 100 nations have agreed to launch talks to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol — the same agreement the world used successfully to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals.* President Xi of China and I have worked on this together.  Just a few minutes ago, I met with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and reiterated my belief that as the two largest economies and emitters in the world, we have a special responsibility to lead.  That’s what big nations have to do.”Big nations have a particular responsibility, yes.But so do small nations like Liberia .  And that is what we, with the generous assistance of Norway, also did this week, in New York.  The Norwegians have provided US$150 million to help save Liberia from deforestation.  This money is being given us to halt the logging industry and still make money by retaining our forests.What will happen to forestry workers? We suggest that GOL uses some of that money to invest in agriculture–tree crops (citrus, coffee, cocoa, almond, cashew nuts, plums and rubber);  as well as pineapples, vegetables–greens, pepper, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.Our farmers should also invest in cassava and other tubers, rice and livestock–cattle, pigs, poultry and eggs.This is a very serious mission that will ensure an alternative the extractive industry.  Instead of cutting down our trees, we must start growing food, making use of the fertile land and great rainfall God has given us.Our first step is to retrain our forestry workers and turn them into agricultural producers.  Then we must find them the land, seeds, scions, irrigation systems and farm implements–not just the cutlass and hoe–but tractors and other modern tools that will make them successful.These initiatives will definitely contribute to the reduction in carbon emissions, arrest the advance of climate change and restore with full force, life on planet Earth and the livelihood of its inhabitants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15-year-old shot as gunmen storm mechanic shop

first_img– heist caught on surveillance camerasA 15-year-old boy was hospitalised after he was shot in the face by armed bandits on Sunday afternoon at a mechanic shop in South Ruimveldt Gardens, Greater Georgetown.The mechanic shop the three gunmen stormedAccording to the Police, the robbery occurred about 14:00h.The teenager identified as Jamal Lewis, of Wren Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, is an employee of the mechanic shop. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted in “serious” condition.According to Police spokesman Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, Lewis had scuffled with one of the bandits during the robbery and one round from the bandit’s firearm hit him in the face.“The employees were robbed of cellular phones and a small amount of cash. The suspects escaped in a silver Spacio, registration number unknown,” the Police spokesman added.The property, which also houses a base of the Green Ice Taxi Service, has surveillance cameras which captured the entire robbery.The video footage, which was handed over to the Police, revealed the car circled the area twice before its occupants pulled off the daring robbery.Reports reaching this publication informed that the men upon exiting the vehicle ran into the mechanic shop and held its occupants at gunpoint, relieving them of their valuables.According to persons at the mechanic shop, one of the men gun-butted Jamal, causing the weapon to discharge a round, which hit the teenager.The men did not manage to cart off any cash from the business itself.Police are continuing their hunt for the suspects.last_img read more

Farmers market victims can sue

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA MONICA: Panel says city where man drove into crowd can be taken to court. By The Associated Press Victims of a 2003 crash in which an elderly driver plowed into a crowded farmers market can sue the city of Santa Monica for failing to protect them, a state appeals court ruled. The ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeals reinstated allegations that the city failed to adequately shield shoppers from George Russell Weller, who was 86 years old when he crashed his car through wooden barricades and into the open-air market. The July 16, 2003, crash killed 10 people and injured more than 70. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Several dozen victims and relatives filed a personal injuries and wrongful death lawsuit against Santa Monica, alleging it failed to protect pedestrians. The city contends it was immune from liability because it had drawn up a traffic control map. A judge sided with the city, but the appeals panel reversed that judgment Oct.12. The court found there was “reasonable inference” that a sketch of the traffic control map was not the plan approved by the city’s traffic engineer in 1987. For that reason, the city’s “immunity defense should have been denied,” the panel wrote. “It was a terrible accident, a tragedy for the people who were injured,” said Jeanette Schachtner, Santa Monica deputy city attorney. “But the city … and the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for Mr. Weller’s acts.” In an interview with police after the crash, Weller said he did everything to try to stop, including putting the car’s gearshift knob into park. His lawyers argued it was a case of “pedal error,” in which Weller panicked and mistook the car’s accelerator for the brake. Weller was convicted last year of 10 counts of manslaughter.last_img read more

Donegal TD slams insurance bosses over issue of fraudulent claims

first_imgInsurance industry bosses have been slammed for suggesting that fraudulent claims are the reason insurance premiums are so high.Pearse Doherty called out insurance firms for not reporting suspected bogus claims to gardai – despite one firm believing 20% are fraudulent.The Donegal TD was speaking at an Oireachtas committee meeting alongside CEO of AXA Phillip Bradley, Allianz chief Sean McGrath, and FBD Ireland’s Jackie McMahon and Fiona Muldoon. A video has gone viral showing party’s finance spokesperson laying into the industry bosses.In it, Doherty said: “I’m not suggesting there is no issue with fraudulent claims.“What I’m suggesting is that the insurance industry is completely exaggerating the issue of fraudulent claims in a way to try and justify the type of premiums they are charging, and the increases we are seeing in certain sectors.“It is not for the insurance industry to prove whether claims are fraudulent. It is for the industry to report a suspected crime to the gardai. “We have listened for quite a while in relation to this issue and I know there are issues in terms of fraudulent and exaggerated claims, but not at the scale that the industry is suggesting – and the last 10 minutes have just proven that.”Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson @PearseDoherty has called out the insurance industry for magnifying the scale of the issue of fraudulent claims in order to justify their high premiums and increases. pic.twitter.com/jaR5kH2dFr— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) July 5, 2019Donegal TD slams insurance bosses over issue of fraudulent claims was last modified: July 8th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Facing Reality About Life on Other Planets

first_imgLet me start with the first: location within the parent galaxy.  We ride in the Milky Way galaxy, about half way between the center and the edge.  That is a safe place to be, as the center has all sorts of things going on such as black holes and supernovae.  The center is a place with a high radiation environment which would be destructive to life, and even to basic chemistry processes.  On the other hand, being close to or at the edge of the galaxy would be in a region of low density of materials, probably not enough to collect into a planetary body.  The half-way position results in a reasonable sized habitable zone around stars.Our galaxy has spiral arms, and we don’t want to be located in one of those.  We are between the Sagittarius and Perseus arms of the galaxy.  These are regions of star building activity, where we do not want to be. We are in a nice safe gap between the arms.And one comment about our galaxy which does not impact its livability, although our galaxy is huge in extent, it is quite flat and has narrow thickness.  This puts us in an excellent place for astronomical observations.  We do not have much dust to peer through. We are far enough from the bright center of the Milky Way to be able to see outside our galaxy, and to be able to discern and identify other galaxies and their constituent stars.  So not only do we live in a place which permits life, it also is an excellent place to be able to conduct scientific research, and to develop some understanding and appreciation of the universe and all the marvels of nature. This is an added benefit of being alive.In subsequent articles, I will march down the list of features listed above and have a brief discussion of how these become crucial to the existence of life, and how this affects our search for life elsewhere in the universe.Image credits: Illustra Media, The Privileged PlanetDr Henry Richter, a contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines, was a key player at NASA/JPL in the early days of the American space program. With a PhD in Chemistry, Physics and Electrical Engineering from Caltech), Dr Richter brings a perspective about science with the wisdom of years of personal involvement. His book America’s Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites (2015), chronicles the beginnings of the space program based on his own records and careful research into rare NASA documents, providing unequaled glimpses into events and personnel in the early days of rocketry that only an insider can give. His next book, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, is due out later in 2017. For more about Dr Richter, see his Author Profile. Recommended Resource: Consider buying copies of The Privileged Planet in bulk to hand out at the total solar eclipse on August 21. You can obtain them in convenient quicksleeve packaging in quantities of 10, 25, 50 or 100 from Go2RPI.com for only about $3 per unit, less than a third of the usual price.(Visited 807 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Henry RichterFor a number of years I have been amused to watch many in the scientific community conduct a frantic campaign to identify life elsewhere in the universe. There has been a plethora of articles and significant dollars dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, particularly intelligent life. In recent times several thousand planets have been discovered orbiting stars throughout the visible universe. Several large radio telescopes have been conducting searches for coherent radiation that originated outside of our galaxy. A number of scientific instruments have flown on unmanned spacecraft looking for life forms or related chemicals in our local planetary exploration.A recent article in EOS Earth & Science News discusses “Ten Earth-Sized Planets Found by Exoplanet-Hunting Telescope.” Now, the way that distant planets are detected is that when they pass in front of their host star that they cause a minuscule dimming of the light from that star. No information about the new planet is forthcoming at this point except an estimate of its size and of its orbital parameters around its host star.  No atmosphere, no oceans, no type of surface, no core, no magnetic field, no rotation rate, etc. can be inferred.It is certainly no surprise to find planets orbiting stars. This is to be expected in the universe. There is no rationale that would say that our sun is the only object in the universe surrounded by planets. It is a big leap beyond that conjecture to think that life abounds on these planets around other stars. So I would like to explore a number of  features and characteristics of the planet that will allow life to exist. We, of course, will start with the earth as an example of a planet where we know life exists. We can list a number of features and characteristics that allow life to exist here and which if just one were not present, would make life impossible.  So let me list a number of these features, and we will examine them in more detail in this and future issues of this series.  Many of these insights I have gathered from the excellent video “The Privileged Planet” produced by Illustra Media.A location in a “safe” place in the galaxy, not close to any active regions, overactive stars, or black holesBeing attached to a stable star.  Our sun, a G2 type is idealHaving our host star the proper size, and with proper stable energy outputBeing in an orbit in the “habitable” zone setting temperature in a fairly narrow regionHaving several gas giant planets in the system for protection from orbiting debrisHaving a near-circular orbit assuring that the heat input from the star does not vary muchA planet with the proper inclination as it goes around its orbitHaving a planet within a certain range of massesHaving a planet with a reasonable rotation rateHaving an atmosphere with the right composition and densityHaving liquid water of the proper amount and compositionHaving a good ratio between water (oceans) and landHaving hydrogen with specialized bonding to give water characteristics different than other substancesHaving a satellite moon of the right size and distanceA planet of the proper massA planet with a liquid iron core to generate a magnetic fieldA planet with a magnetic field of the proper strengthA rocky planet with a crust of the proper thickness to allow plate tectonics to occurA planet with a good source of carbon – in the form to allow chemical reactionsA planet with a number of rare element chemicals which are essential to life formslast_img read more