Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Irving had been with the Boston Celtics. His replacement in next season’s Celtics lineup will be Kemba Walker, who explained his decision to leave Charlotte for Boston in an essay published Monday by The Players Tribune.“I feel like it’s a match made in heaven,” Walker wrote. “I want to win here, badly — and I’m excited to prove myself as that type of player in this league. I want to elevate myself into that Boston winning tradition. I want to get this team back on top.”Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan released a statement lauding Walker.“He always represented the Hornets, the NBA and the city of Charlotte with class — both on the court and in the community — and we are disappointed he is leaving,” Jordan said. “He’s a special player, with a tremendous heart and tireless work ethic. Kemba is truly one of the best to ever play for our team. We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”The New York Knicks missed out on players like Irving and Kevin Durant — who is also headed to Brooklyn — but continued the retooling of their roster by adding guards Elfrid Payton and Wayne Ellington. New York will become Ellington’s ninth team in 11 seasons.And Seth Curry, Stephen’s brother, is returning to Dallas . The Mavericks agreed to a $32 million, four-year contract with the younger Curry, who spent last season with Portland. He played for the Mavs in the 2016-17 season, averaging a career-high 12.8 points per game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption The Heat completed agreements on what will become a four-team trade Monday to land Butler from the Philadelphia 76ers, with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers also involved. Miami gets Butler and Meyers Leonard, the Blazers get Hassan Whiteside, the Clippers get Harkless and a future first-round pick and the 76ers get Josh Richardson.Miami had agreed to send Whiteside to Portland for Harkless and Meyers Leonard earlier in the day, and then essentially got absorbed into the deal to get Butler — who will be under contract for $142 million over the next four seasons. The Heat had the framework of a three-team deal with the 76ers and Dallas nearly in place Sunday, before the Mavericks went a different way.“Anybody got kawhi number??” Harkless wrote on Twitter after he was headed to the Clippers in that four-team deal.Kyrie Irving made his move to the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year deal believed to be worth $141 million official, with the New York native saying the lure of going home was too strong to ignore.“Home is where my family is,” Irving said in a video posted by his new representation, Roc Sports. “Home is where I want my legacy to continue. And I’m happy to be in Brooklyn.”ADVERTISEMENT Thompson announced his decision to stay with the Golden State Warriors for $190 million over the next five years, meaning the five-time reigning Western Conference champions have their ‘Splash Brothers’ backcourt of Thompson and Stephen Curry locked up long-term. Thompson made the announcement on social media, using the hashtag “Warrior4life.”He added, “there was never a doubt.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThere’s still plenty of doubt about Kawhi Leonard’s next stop. The first 24 hours of free agency have come and gone without a peep from the NBA Finals MVP, who is expected to meet with the Toronto Raptors — the team he led to this past season’s NBA title — as early as Tuesday. The Los Angeles Lakers also appear to remain squarely in the race to land him to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.But there is no more doubt about Butler’s future. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Yeng Guiao ‘pleased’ with Gilas’ early progress LATEST STORIES FILE – In this May 29, 2019 file photo Golden State Warriors basketball guard Klay Thompson speaks to the media before practice for the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. Thompson announced Monday, July 1, 2019 his decision to stay with the Golden State Warriors for $190 million over the next five years, meaning the five-time reigning Western Conference champions have their ‘Splash Brothers’ backcourt of Thompson and Stephen Curry locked up long-term. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, file)Klay Thompson is staying home with Golden State. Jimmy Butler finally has a new home in Miami.And the wait continues for Kawhi Leonard.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments
0Shares0000Gor forward Meddie Kagere.PHOTO/FILEKISUMU, Kenya, July 10- Ali Bai scored late as Kakamega Homeboyz put to an end a run of seven consecutive wins for champions Gor Mahia with both sides settling for a 1-1 draw in a match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.Meddie Kagere had marked his return to the club on a sound note, continuing from where he left in November last year, scoring the opener in the second half, but his hope of crowning his second coming with a win for his side was thwarted by a hard fighting and determined Kakamega Homeboyz. It was the visitors who posed the first threat at goal in the seventh minute when Stephen Wakhanya blasted over after Musa Mohammed’s clearance of a Robert Ouma free kick went only a few metres ahead of him.However, it was Gor who would be celebrating first when Kagere ran into the near post to tap in a low cross from George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.K’Ogalo had transited in lightning pace from defense to attack with Erick Ouma winning the ball on the half way line and releasing Francis Kahata who spread the ball wide for Odhiambo to cross.The defending champions however struggled to deal with Homeboyz’s long balls and twice were almost caught out only being let off the hook by some poor decision making by the Kakamega based side.Andrew Murunga’s shot after bringing down the ball was blocked before Karim Nizigiyimana was forced to turn the ball behind for a corner with Bai breathing on his neck.Mike Mururi’s charges thought they had levelled the score in the 20th minute after Murunga rose to head in a free kick from Athman Buki but the second assistant referee had his flag up for offside amidst protests from Homeboyz players.Homeboyz showed they are not minnows and worked hard to put Gor off, the biggest of their tasks being shutting out Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge who were K’Ogalo’s threat upfront.Andrew Murunga forced Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch to a diving save five minutes to the breather with a rasping shot after Moses Mudavadi brought down a deep cross for Murunga to fire at goal.Three minutes later, Murunga turned provider, knocking down the ball for Ali Bai but Oluoch managed to come off his line and cover.Gor were almost the one stealing the limelight at the break with Tuyisenge coming inches close to his ninth goal of the season, heading wide from a pinpoint Innocent Wafula cross.At the start of the second half, Muiruri sought to go with a two man pin-point attack, pulling out Steve Wakhanya for new signing Meshack Karani.Ten minutes later, he brought in a twin substitution, pulling out Murunga for David Odhiambo and Abbas Akinyemi for Andrew Kulecho.Homeboyz took up the fight for possession and forced Gor to do more of the defending, though nothing clear cut came off in the final third.Gor tactician Jose Marcelo Ferreira made an eyebrow raising change, pulling off the Ernest Wendo for attacking midfielder Amos Nondi.The change meant they played without a defensive midfielder with Kahata now tasked with doing the work infront of the back four when Gor lost possession.Homeboyz came inches close in the 65th minute when substitute Odhiambo’s shot from the left rolled wide after some good build up from the visitors, Kulecho putting the striker through on goal.Gor had some moments of pressure and in the 80th minute, they came close when Moses Chikati almost turned into his own net a cross from Kahata but his keeper Mike Wanyika managed to react well to leap and tap the ball away for a corner.Two minutes later, Homeboyz were celebrating the equalizer. Moses Mudavadi picked the ball on the left, jigged past his marker to lay in a wonderful cross that Bai volleyed into the net coming in from the blind side of the defense.The goal pumped Gor up back from their sleep as they realized they were on the way of dropping points for the first time in seven matches.Nondi came close to getting the three points back with an 87th minute shot that was spilled by Wanyika, but the keeper managed to bounce back and pick the rebound as Tuyisenge raced in to try and capitalize.Gor would have gone top with three points but now only move to second with 30 points, separated from Mathare United with a superior goal difference.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department says the cause of a fire that destroyed two homes earlier this week is still under investigation.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades says that while the cause is still undetermined, they have no reason to believe the fire was of a suspicious nature.“The cause of the fire is undetermined and we are still working on that. The fire is not considered to be suspicious.”Blades says that while a firm dollar amount in terms of damage has not been finalized, they estimate that between structure and contents, it could exceed $1 million.- Advertisement -Fire Chief Fred Burrows said earlier this week that crews received a call for the fire at 102 Street at 3:40 on Monday morning. When crews did arrive, the fire had already spread to another home. Fire crews worked on containing the fire while evacuating other nearby houses as a precautionary measure.The Fire Department said that the fire appeared to have jumped to the roof of an adjacent house, where it spread through the home’s attic and into the main floor. Fire crews had to pull the ceilings of the second house in order to get the fire under control.
I had the honor of meeting former President Gerald Ford on five occasions during my career as a fund-raising consultant. And I have some some fond memories. We honored the former president by creating the President’s Invitational Golf Tournament at Lakeside Country Club, which benefitted the Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles. We also organized a dinner in honor of the former president and first lady at the Indian Wells Country Club in Rancho Mirage. A man like Gerald Ford must have met hundreds of thousands of strangers over his career. I would never expect him to remember me. Each time we met I introduced myself and, surprisingly, on the third and fourth times, he smiled when he saw me and seemed to know my face, although he probably wouldn’t remember my name. I was quite pleased. There are two events which I most fondly remember: At the initial golf tournament, Ford arrived at the first tee in a golf cart driven by a Secret Service agent. Bob Hope was there, and they greeted each other warmly. In most charity tournaments, the play begins with a shotgun start. Fifteen minutes before starting time, all the players get into their carts and drive out to pre-assigned tees. At the assigned time, a tradition presumably begun in Scotland has it that the starter “fires a shotgun” into the air and all the players all over the course start playing. But in America, everyone understands that the players just check their watches and tee off. Everyone except the assistant starter, who decided on his own to bring out a small cannon, put a firecracker in it and light the fuse! One Secret Service agent is pushing Gerald Ford’s head down and pulling out his weapon. The other agent, with gun drawn, moves in front of the former president. Two back-up agents run in from the parking lot. Bob Hope is backing away slowly and I’m running around with my hands up shouting, “It was the starter! It was the starter!” Gerald Ford says, “It’s OK. I’m all right. No problem. Bob, you go first.” And he just let it pass. At the dinner at Rancho Mirage, the reception was in full swing when the advance Secret Service agent told me that Mr. and Mrs. Ford were almost in the driveway. He asked if someone was going to meet them at the curb. I found the dinner chairman and asked him if he would do the honors and he answered, “Hell, he’s only Jerry Ford! He’s a neighbor and we see them every other night at one affair or another. You go get them.” So I scurried out to the curb just in time to greet our guests of honor and escorted them into the reception. It was the first and only time I met Mrs. Ford, a lovely woman. I guess by that time Jerry Ford was just another American — but a great one — just as he will always be in the memories of those who honor his service, his leadership, his dedication to America and what it stands for, his good nature and his humility. Thank you, Mr. President.— Gerald Plessner is a Southern California businessman who writes regularly on issues of politics and culture. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to back manager Unai Emery in the transfer market to mend the team’s defensive frailties.The Gunners’ outstanding 22-game unbeaten run was ended by a 3-2 defeat to Southampton on Sunday. 2 huge blow deals 👨⚕️ “Arsenal need massive surgery in that defense”👏 “Emery has done so well, but needs a few transfer windows”Will Arsenal finish in the top 4 this season? pic.twitter.com/Ww8rXsT4As— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 17, 2018 Arsenal were without a host of defensive players for the game – Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were suspended, Rob Holding is out for the season, Sead Kolasinac was ruled out with a thigh injury and Hector Bellerin could now also be out until the new year after picking up a calf problem.Club captain Laurent Koscielny returned for his first Premier League start since April, but it was only his second game back from injury and he was well off the pace as Southampton took advantage.The Frenchman was the only recognised centre-back in their back three, with Granit Xhaka shifted onto the left and Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right, and their vulnerability in the air was pounced upon by Southampton, who scored three headed goals. But, despite their lack of options against the Saints, Emery’s side appear to have had an ‘attack if the best form of defence’ mentality throughout the season. Arsenal have the worst defensive record of the Premier League’s top five teams [23 goals conceded] but have scored the same number of goals as leaders Liverpool [37 goals scored].And Parlour believes they urgently need new signings to reinforce their back-line.“Arsenal have got to sort their defence out,” Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“To go 22 games unbeaten, it was a great run and it was always going to come to an end. no dice Premier League latest on talkSPORT.com 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Granit Xhaka was used as a makeshift defender against Southampton Charlie Austin scored the winner in a thriller at Southampton shining REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense “Unai Emery, I always say you’ve got to give a new manager a couple of transfer windows and he’s done so well already and the progress from Arsenal has been excellent.“But Arsenal will look at their defence and say we do need massive surgery.“Attacking wise, well you look at the bench yesterday – Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, it’s not a bad bench to bring those sort of players on.“But they’ve still got a buy a few more better quality players at the back.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars
Chatham-Kent police have been kept busy dealing with incidents – and threats – of violence.Police responded to a domestic dispute at a Chatham home Friday, which officers allege was not the first incident of domestic violence between the couple.A 62-year-old Chatham man fled prior to police arrival, but turned himself into police headquarters Monday morning.Police said the accused was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, uttering threats and theft under $5,000.He was taken to the courthouse pending a bail hearing.A 34-year-old Shrewsbury man turned himself in at police headquarters on Monday in connection to an incident last Thursday afternoon, when he arrived at a Shrewsbury home and began yelling at a woman while holding a baseball bat.The accused allegedly damaged two doors with the bat, causing about $3,500 damage, police said.He was charged with uttering threats and mischief under $5,000, and transported to the courthouse pending a bail hearing.A 36-year-old Chatham woman is facing charges in connection to a family dispute at a Chatham home Monday afternoon.Police allege the accused entered the home of a family member without permission and assaulted the homeowner during an argument.The accused was arrested and charged with assault and unlawfully being in a dwelling house.She was released with a Nov. 1 court date.A 27-year-old Chatham was arrested after police responded to a disturbance at a Chatham home late Monday afternoon.Police allege the accused threatened a family member while at her home.He was charged with uttering threats and released with an Oct. 29 court date.Impaired charge laid after parked vehicle hitA 40-year-old Chatham man is facing an impaired driving charge after a motor-vehicle collision with a parked van.Chatham-Kent police said emergency crews responded to the crash after a parked van was struck on Taylor Trail shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.Damage is estimated at $20,000, police said.An officer alleged the accused was driving while under the influence of alcohol, so he was arrested.The suspect was transported to police headquarters for breath tests, which resulted in him being charged with having a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.The accused was released with an Oct. 21 court date.
22 November 2007The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has taken up a 10% stake in Johannesburg-based Wizzit Bank, which enables its customers to operate bank accounts using cellular phones, extending banking services to low-income earners as well as customers in rural areas.Wizzit, a division of the South African Bank of Athens, will use the funds raised to expand their cellular banking services, first in South Africa and eventually in other countries, enabling more people to participate actively in the economy.“Wizzit is a small bank with large ambitions,” Wizzit chairman Charles Rowlinson said in an IFC statement released on Wednesday, “We are proud that the IFC recognises our potential to reach the unbanked, promoting greater access to financial services and offering the poor greater opportunities.”The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and promotes sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.It will help Wizzit expand operations, determine new markets for its services, and develop penetration strategies, including identifying local partners.“Access to financial services is costly and limited in Africa, particularly in rural areas,” the IFC said. “Much of the population operates on a cash-only basis and outside of the formal banking system, even in a country like South Africa, which has a relatively sophisticated financial sector.”According to the statement, it is estimated that 40% of South Africa’s 47-million people have little or no access to formal banking. However, nearly 60% of South Africans do have cellular phones and this has created an opportunity to provide social and financial services over mobile networks.Wizzit Bank has capitalised on this opportunity, and now employs nearly 2 000 previously unemployed people, known as Wizz-kids, who have the good local knowledge and contacts that the company needs to market services directly to potential clients in neighbourhoods across the country.“Helping the financial sector become more inclusive by extending bank services to the poor is an important part of IFC’s strategy to strengthen Africa’s private sector,” said IFC chief executive Lars Thunell.“Wizzit’s innovative technology and marketing strategy are already having a strong impact by helping create opportunity for more South Africans.”A video on Wizzit is available on YoutubeSAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Vuyo Mayesa embraced his creative calling and now it benefits the community through his Mayibuye 52 Arts Project. (Image: Redbull Amaphiko)For Vuyo Mayesa, it didn’t come as a surprise when he left the shackles of a career as an educational instructor to pursue his dream of being a writer. He knew the creative life was the only option for him.His love for literature was honed while growing up surrounded by his father’s – Rochestor Mafafo – artwork.He told Redbull Amaphiko that the conventional outlets for his art were limited, especially at school. “I just got tired of the same old, boring assignments. They weren’t exciting. They didn’t inspire one to think. So I told the teacher one day, and I suggested my own topics and assignments. I had always been inspired by my father’s work.“I would look at his notes and scribbles, and watch how he would transform them into paintings. But it was hard for some of my other classmates. When you are not exposed to reading and writing, it’s a struggle.”PASSION OR THE SMART THING TO DO?Coming from an artistic family – his father is a painter, sculptor and musician – Mayesa was caught between following his creative passions and studying something that will pay the bills.“I hated studying, hey. I became rebellious. And I just dropped out,” he said. “My parents thought I had failed but when they got my transcript they saw that I had done well. I just couldn’t do it anymore.”After dropping out university he was still stuck in the system of a working man. He was an Adult Basic Education instructor for two years before deciding he had enough of it.“I have a problem when leadership doesn’t recognise leadership abilities and talent. I’ve tried to join a number of NGO’s, but I’m very vocal. They always feel threatened by me. They exclude me, try to oust me. I’ve even been ousted from a project I developed.”DEVELOPING A COMMUNITYToday, Mayesa fights social ills through his Mayibuye 52 Arts Project.Based in Galeshewe, Kimberley, the project helps artists develop their business acumen so that they can expand their footprint. In turn, the artists address unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination through their work.Additionally, it aims to revitalise townships and use public space for artists to be discovered and assist them with access to markets through artist broking, collaborations and commissioned projects.Schools also call on Mayesa and his team to help students and learners with writing, research, developing scripts and sharing ideas.Before starting Mayibuye, Mayesa formed Expression Culture to foster the culture of reading and writing in Galeshewe.Mayesa told Redbull Amaphiko: “It was packed, and then I realised there was a market for it.”Expression Culture was based on the indigenous knowledge system of oral culture and storytelling. It also included modern forms of oral expression, like slam poetry and rap.
The House of Representatives has approved the Arizona land swap on a primarily partisan vote of 235-186. Eight Republicans voted against the bill, and seven Democrats voted for it.
Pluto, seen here in a photo taken by the New Horizons flyby of 2015, celebrates 87 years of discovered life on 18 February. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI) The debate heats up on how to classify Pluto, notably in 2001, when New York City’s American Museum of Natural History omits the icy outlier from its solar system exhibit, leading to so much public outcry that celebrity astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson feels compelled to step in and defend the decision. Finally, in a move that shook the global community and ruined schoolchildren’s mnemonic devices, Pluto the planet is officially killed off on 24 August 2006. Stripped of its former title, it is reclassified as a dwarf planet, of which there are dozens in our solar system. To be a planet, the International Astronomical Union says, it must orbit the sun, be large enough to be rounded by its own gravitational force, and dominate the neighborhood around its orbit. Pluto does the first two, but alas, fails on the third criterion. Consolation prize: Pluto’s demotion leads to the invention of a new term, “plutoed,” which the American Dialect Society votes Word of the Year in 2006.Ready for a close-up NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute ASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)/Wikimedia Commons It’s 1905 and Uranus is acting funny. Its orbit appears to be disturbed by some gravitational force, and after much calculation, astronomers rule out Neptune as the culprit. Luckily for science, a millionaire Bostonian named Percival Lowell (of Lowell Observatory fame) has another hypothesis, in the form of a far-away, mysterious planet he dubs “Planet X,” which he speculates is the cause of the gravitational tug. Lowell makes it his life’s mission to find the enigmatic solar body but, alas, dies in 1916, leaving the mystery unsolved.Earth, meet Pluto Continuing to sift through their New Horizons data, scientists announce in 2016 that the reddish brown cap on Charon’s north pole is composed of tholins—organic molecules which could be the base ingredient for life. This mystery and so many others—how Pluto formed, how its moons formed, and how the many celestial bodies in the Kuiper belt came to be—will remain for the most part unsolved, until science is able to get an even closer examination. New Horizons is still on the move, with a 1.6-billion-kilometer journey from Pluto to another Kuiper belt object underway, hopefully culminating in a flyby New Year’s Day 2019. What will those data reveal about Pluto and the origins of our solar system? 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After picking through hundreds of duds—“Cronos,” “Zyxmal,” and “Minerva,” to name a few—the team decides to go with the suggestion of an 11-year-old British girl. Pluto, the god of the underworld, is a fitting name for a planet so far from the sun that its orbit takes 248 years. Plus, the first two letters–P, L—are the initials of the man who started the search: Percival Lowell. (A few months later another Pluto will be named, this one not a celestial object, but a dog.)The first of many identity crises These photographic plates, taken 6 days apart, revealed Pluto to Clyde Tombaugh. The arrows point to Pluto’s position on each day. Lowell Observatory Archives Lowell Observatory/Flickr By Dorie ChevlenFeb. 17, 2017 , 3:00 AM AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo Middle school students in Seattle, Washington, protest Pluto’s new classification. An artist’s impression of a Kuiper belt object. On the birthday of Pluto’s discovery, Science takes a look back on the dwarf planet’s long, strange history Mounds of ice rise on Pluto, suggesting an internal heat source. Pluto the planet is rivaled for celebrity with Mickey Mouse’s friend of the same name. It gets lonely out in the Kuiper belt—but Pluto, at least, has the company of several moons. The first of them to be discovered, Charon in 1978, makes it possible to finally determine Pluto’s mass: At only about 0.2% that of Earth’s, it is impossible for Pluto to be the cause of Uranus’s (later debunked) orbital irregularity. Starting in 1992, new telescope technologies allow astronomers to discover thousands more icy worlds in the region, making it harder and harder for them to defend Pluto’s classification as a planet (though, it is later discovered, Pluto at least remains the largest body in the neighborhood).RIP planet No. 9 NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Wikimedia commons Thanks to a messy legal battle between Lowell’s widow and the observatory over her husband’s legacy, the search is put on hiatus for a decade. Finally, Clyde Tombaugh, a bright-eyed, 23-year-old researcher, is put on the tedious job, which requires him to take paired images of the night sky days apart and compare them to determine whether any objects have shifted position. On 18 February 1930, after months of the painstaking work, he notices a shift: There, held between his humble mortal hands, is Lowell’s ninth planet.What’s in a name? Charon, the first of Pluto’s moons to be discovered. Happy birthday, Pluto! Since its discovery 87 years ago tomorrow, the dwarf planet has been the subject of near-constant debate, research, and discovery. A look back on Pluto’s life gives us insight not just into how far we’ve come in astronomy, but how far we have yet to go.The search begins NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Little time is lost between Pluto’s discovery and a flood of scientific questions. Further observations reveal the world is much smaller than predicted, and has a bizarre, oblong orbit. Scientists begin to wonder whether it wouldn’t be better classified “a unique asteroid or an extraordinary comet-like object.” Then, after re-examining Lowell’s original calculations, astronomers realize the wonky orbit of Uranus had no need for a Planet X after all: Pluto’s discovery was a total fluke. Yet the search for Planet X continues to this very day, with astronomers hunting for a suspected gas giant beyond Pluto’s region of small, icy worlds called the Kuiper belt.Not alone: moons and solar bodies in Pluto’s neighborhood After a years-long journey across the solar system (including a pit stop at Jupiter) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft successfully passes Pluto in 2015, revealing views of the dwarf planet in never-before-seen detail. One of the first pictures from the flyby held the record for most “likes” on NASA’s Instagram account (after nearly being lost by the excited scientists handling it). With these new observations, scientists are able to piece together a much clearer picture of the far-flung dwarf planet, picking out ridges and craters in a diverse geography that had once been but a blur. Even more confounding are the mountains of water ice, rising thousands of meters tall at some points; they suggest an internal heat source, and show the dwarf planet is still very much active geologically.Possibility of life? Percival Lowell founded the observatory that would later discover Pluto, but died before seeing it. WALT DISNEY PICTURES/Album/Newscom Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and Charon.