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Fiorentina beat wasteful Dynamo Kiev for place in last-four

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first_img1 Foirentina beat wasteful Dynamo Kiev for place in last-four Fiorentina 2-0 Dynamo Kiev (Agg 3-1)Fiorentina booked their place in the Europa League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.Mario Gomez struck late in the first half to establish an aggregate lead for the Italians, but they should have doubled their advantage before the break when Nenad Tomovic fired wide just before the break.But Kiev were unable to make their hosts pay in the second half and were punished at the death when Juan Vargas’s struck a classy, angled finish into the top corner.Zenit 2-2 Sevilla (Agg 3-4)Kevin Gameiro’s late strike snatched a dramatic win for Sevilla against Zenit Saint Petersburg.The Russian giants responded to Carlos Bacca’s sixth minute penalty three minutes into the second half when Jose Rondon tapped home from close range.Hulk’s stunning effort levelled the aggregate score but, with the game set for extra-time, Gameiro converted Vitolo’s pass to send the Spanish club in to the last-four.Napoli 2-2 Wolfsburg (Agg 6-3)Napoli and Wolfsburg produced an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadio San Paolo, but it was the Italian’s destructive 4-1 first-leg win which had all but sealed the tie.The hosts opened up a 6-1 aggregate lead through Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens, before Miroslav Klose and Ivan Perisic clawed back some respectability on the night with two goals in three minutes.Dnipro 1-0 Club Brugge (Agg 1-0)Finally, Yevhen Shakhov’s goal eight minutes from time sent Dnipro into the semi-finals at the expense of Club Brugge.last_img read more

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New U.S. citizens welcomed at Fairplex

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first_imgAfter waiting in messy traffic, enduring long lines and ending up in one of the worst seats in the house, Aurelia Gheletca had an excuse to be grumpy. But as she filled in the little squares on a voter registration form for the first time and readied to wave her small American flag, the Anaheim woman was positively radiant. “Today, my dream has come true,” said Gheletca, 56, who left her native country of Romania nearly 16 years ago to find political and religious freedom. “I am so happy because I am finally an American.” Gheletca was among more than 7,000 immigrants to enter Fairplex in Pomona as a foreign citizen on Friday and leave as a new American. The Hacienda Heights couple have been legal residents in the United States for decades, but until now had been content to live with their Mexican citizenship. “I don’t know why I didn’t do this years ago,” said Leal, 68. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which holds the ceremonies at different Southern California locations each month, more than 100,000 people will be naturalized in the agency’s Los Angeles District this year. Last year, more than 500,000 people were sworn in as U.S. citizens across the nation. The six countries most represented in Friday’s ceremonies, in order, were Mexico, the Philippines, Iran, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea and El Salvador. Of the 7,062 people scheduled to participate, about 30 percent were from Mexico. Kai Liao came to the United States from China with her father when she was 13. Now 18 and an architecture student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she said she’s thankful for the opportunities that becoming an American will give her. “It’s part of a journey,” she said. “It’s just a ceremonial turning point.” jason.newell@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9338160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDuring two separate ceremonies, people from about 130 countries crowded into a massive building to shed their ties to their homelands and become naturalized citizens. U.S. Magistrate Judge Oswald Parada, who presided over the afternoon ceremony, congratulated the masses on their “new lives as American citizens” and urged them to contribute positively to society. “By becoming citizens, you are saying you are committed to the principles this country stands for: freedom and democracy,” Parada said, calling on the new citizens to vote, serve on juries when called and show tolerance to people of other races and faiths. After thousands of voices recited the Oath of Allegiance in unison, cheers and little flags shot up across the vast crowd. President Bush welcomed the new citizens in a videotaped presentation just before “God Bless the USA” pumped through the loudspeakers. Salvador Leal, who became a citizen alongside his wife, Maria, was looking forward to voting and spending his retired years as an American. last_img read more

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Fire officials watch 747 tanker in action

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first_img“It was very useful for us to be able to get the fire crews in there while the humidity was up and temperature was down,” he said. Padilla said he wants to look at how the Supertanker would be used in different fire scenarios and how it fits with its current firefighting strategies and tactics. He also questions at what point in the fire the plane would be used and its availability to access it. “Whoever has the biggest need will probably have it,” Padilla said. Other factors to consider include cost effectiveness, how the plane performs in high winds and steep terrain, and how the drop off affects firefighters on the ground, Dietrich said. He said he could not say whether the Supertanker would have made a difference in fighting the Old Fire. “We would have liked to have a lot more capability and tools,” he said. But there were air tankers standing by in San Bernardino, Dietrich said, but could not get in the air because the smoke was too great and it was too windy. There are other similar efforts for a large scale air tanker being made by different companies, Dietrich said. Evergreen and the U.S Forest Service are discussing a possible contract where the company would provide the aircraft and crew but not the fuel or drop product such as water or retardant, White said. The company believes the $40 million Supertanker would result in saving money in fire suppression because the aircraft would shorten the duration of the fire, White said. Leslie Crenshaw, acting San Bernardino air tanker base manager for the San Bernardino National Forest, too, questioned how effective the tanker would be in maneuvering and combating fire in the steep terrain, and how it would withstand windy conditions. “If we have some sort of fire like the Old Fire and Grand Prix Fire we had in 2003, if they can lay a line straight across the ridge without having to go up and down in the valley, I think it would prove effective there,” she said. “The big thing is will it effectively fall to the ground with all the heat, the heat from the fire?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – It’s a tanker in their arsenal of weapons they could use to fight their fiery battles. Regional and local firefighters watched Wednesday as a stripped down 747 aircraft sprayed water 500 feet above the ground at San Bernardino International Airport as it would be used to fight wildfires. But fire officials had questions about Evergreen International Aviation’s 747 Supertanker as they remained vigilant at the start of fire season. “It has potential. However, we don’t have any actual fire experience with it to really know how it will perform out in fire conditions,” said Mike Dietrich, San Bernardino National Forest fire chief. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The tanker had no passenger seats on board, only pressurized water tanks that can carry 20,000 gallons to be released by four nozzles that can each turn on and off at will. “The real advantage of the Supertanker is the ability to drop at high altitudes,” said Sam White, Evergreen’s senior vice president. “We believe we can operate safely at night and the reason that’s important is because fires tend to become more dormant at night,” he said. “We’re basically bringing the rainstorm to the fire.” The capabilities of the plane are yet to be tested, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection aviation chief Mike Padilla. But he has had experience with tankers that carried more than 3,000 gallons and used it to create a weather pattern change on the fire. last_img read more

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Blast Your Way to Evolutionary Progress

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first_imgThe cartoony slogan “Evolve or perish” garnered support from a new story about evolution.  Dave Mosher on Live Science shamelessly titled his article “Catastrophic impacts made life flourish,” describing the theory by Birger Schmitz [U of Lund, Sweden] that the Ordovician extinction was caused by a meteor impact.  Out of the wreckage, a plethora of new life emerged, he thinks.  Don’t tell that to students: “If you push an ecosystem too hard, you’ll destroy it,” he said.  “But for the organisms living on Earth at the time, [the environment] pushed them to adapt and fill new niches.  It’s like at the university: I tell my students all the time that if we don’t push you, you don’t evolve.”Whoops; too late.  For the equivocation of confusing random mutation and natural selection with purpose-driven, goal-seeking, hopefully-intelligent study, Schmitz easily wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.Your evolutionary biologists at work.  No further comment necessary. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Whale Fossils: Challenge or Support for Evolution?

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first_imgWhen most fossils consist of small shelly creatures, finding a whale is indeed big news.  Two whale fossil discoveries on opposite sides of the world are spectacular and puzzling.  Do they support the theory that whales evolved from land mammals? Aye: Egyptian Whales:  PhysOrg announced triumphantly, “Whale fossils show important characters of the transition to water.”  Easier said than proved.  Limestone plates quarried in Egypt were found to bear fossils of Aegyptocetus tarfa, a putative whale transitional form.  Owen Gingerich [U of Michigan] is usually nearby wherever whale-evolution fossils are found, and this was no exception.  He said this species, alleged to be 40 million years old, “falls right in the middle of what we know about the evolutionary transition of whales from land to sea.”  In what ways?  “The transitional characters present in this species include a retained sense of smell (which is usually lost in aquatic mammal lineages), an enhanced ability to hear (a characteristic of later and modern whales), and the ability to still haul itself out of the water, similar to modern seals.”  The holotype was discovered and named by Gingerich.  Wikipedia says Aegyptocetus is classified under Protocediae, “a diverse and heterogeneous group of cetaceans known from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.”  How these diverse fossils relate to one another, let alone to whales, is not clear from the limited write-up on this genus.  The article said nothing about how such a large mammal got buried in fine limestone. Nay: Chilean Whales:  Watch a one-minute video clip on the BBC News about a spectacular assemblage of fossil whales being uncovered in Chile.  Dozens are expected in this fossil graveyard.  The workers exceeded expectations by finding 15 whales in 15 days.  Remains of sharks, dolphins and seals have also been found, with many of the skeletons intact and complete.  Paleontologist Sol Square calls this a “discovery of global importance.  There’s never been a find of this size or this diversity anywhere in the world.”  That boast, though, seems overshadowed by a discovery announced in Geology in 2004 of 346 whale fossils buried in diatomaceous earth (see 2/02/2004).  That discovery was published by creation geologists who believe a global flood was responsible for their burial. Update 11/19/2011:  A report on PhysOrg says it is possible all these whales, in an area covering two football fields, died simultaneously.  The article also states that hundreds more may be found in the area.  The paleontologists seem puzzled trying to explain the mass burial.  “Chilean scientists together with researchers from the Smithsonian Institution are studying how these whales, many of the them the size of buses, wound up in the same corner of the Atacama Desert,” one of the driest spots on Earth.  Hans Thewissen, a spokesperson on ancient whales, thinks they were buried over a long period of time, but offered an alternative scenario that they were stranded in a lagoon whose outlet got cut off.  “Subsequently the lagoon dries up and the whales die,” he said.  Waiting for sediments to accumulate gradually over whales seems highly improbable, though, considering how quickly stranded whales decompose today.  Besides, Nature on Nov. 10 reported that “ancient whales were worm food.”  Sea worms are capable of boring through whale bone, leaving little evidence of dead whales remaining on the ocean floor.  By contrast, “the Chilean fossils stand out for their staggering number and beautifully preserved bones.” Mammal puzzles:  The evolution of whales has to be fitted to the bigger Darwinian picture of the evolution of mammals.  On that subject, Science praised the work of Meredith et al. who produced a new mammal phylogeny (28 October 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6055 pp. 458-459, doi: 10.1126/science.1214544). Kristofer M. Helgen rightly asked, “what group of mammals was the closest relative of primates, or bats, or whales?”  Evolutionists have long puzzled over the bad fit between morphological and genetic data.  Meredith’s magic solution that made everything come together neatly was to use a “relaxed clock approach.”  Helgen described this as something that “allows the tremendous variability in rates of evolution across the mammal tree of life to be taken into account.” Relaxed clock approach.  Right.  The Darwinian rubber band solution comes to the rescue again: use the stretch-and-squish method to force uncooperative data into your storyline (1/18/2006, 12/14/2004). Remember that with evolution, the story comes first, then the data.  Gingerich is an evolution huckster who specializes in whales.  We’d like to have him tell us how hundreds of whales got quickly buried in Peru and Chile.  How many other whale fossil graveyards lie undiscovered between those sites?  And how did his pet transitional form get buried in limestone in Egypt?  Whales don’t just sit on the sea floor waiting for microscopic particles of lime to cover them over millennia.  They are quickly scavenged by other animals all the way to the bone.  Instead of divining for the Spirit of Charlie, Gingerich should be thinking seriously about how these large creatures suffered catastrophic fates in large numbers.  Meanwhile, give him a clock that keeps rigid time.(Visited 141 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Weed control a prominent part of 2018 seed selections

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest begins to wrap up for farmers in Ohio, their focus will start to turn to seed selection for next year’s crop. According to DuPont Pioneer Territory Manager Doug House, weed control is playing a major part in those choices. He shares more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

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How Alex Ferguson snatched Roy Keane out of Blackburn’s hands

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first_img Read more United had just won their first title for 26 years but even they could not match the financial power of Blackburn, who had Jack Walker’s money to burn. They had beaten United to Alan Shearer a year earlier, and looked set to do so again when Keane announced he would leave Nottingham Forest after their relegation.The Blackburn manager, Kenny Dalglish, met Keane at the end of the season. At that stage Keane did not even have an agent and was instead accompanied by the PFA’s Brendon Batson. He liked Dalglish – “his obvious intelligence and cool persona impressed me” – and though he asked for £500,000 a year, the same as Shearer, he eventually accepted £400,000. Those few hours of bargaining were crucial: when Dalglish phoned Ewood Park to see if somebody could prepare the contract, everyone had gone home or to the pub. He shook hands on the deal with Keane and said they could sort the contract on Monday.If Blackburn had not quibbled over £100,000 a year, their equivalent of four pence down the back of the sofa, or if somebody had stayed behind until they had a clear in-tray, Keane would have signed there and then. Instead he went back to the family home in Cork the following day and celebrated as approximately 100% of 21‑year‑olds would in such circumstances. He awoke on the Sunday morning with an intrusive hangover, his mouth tasting of beer and kebabs, when his older brother Pat told him Ferguson was on the phone.Ferguson tracked Keane down after reading about his talks with Blackburn in the tabloids. While some papers thought he had other targets – a couple said Carlton Palmer was his first choice – Ferguson and his staff had decided Keane was the only player they wanted to add to the title-winning squad. The United manager had been obsessed with Keane since September 1990, when he dominated in Forest’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Historic moments usually have an epic quality. But sometimes all it takes to change the world is for a few office staff to get that Friday feeling. Exactly 25 years ago – in the summer of 1993 – the world of football changed for ever because the admin team at Ewood Park clocked off on time. If somebody had stayed late in the office, Roy Keane would have become a Blackburn Rovers player. Instead, Alex Ferguson was given the chance to oversee one of his most important injury-time winners. Reuse this content Alan Shearer Share on Pinterest ‘It used to be about Man United-ness’: how ICC changed the pre-season friendly Except that is precisely what he had done to Dalglish, who reacted with volcanic fury when Keane phoned him. “Nobody does this to Kenny Dalglish,” he said. “You’re a wee bastard and you won’t get away with this.” Keane felt uneasy breaking his word but rationalised it with the knowledge that there was no honour of football. Most people realise that towards at the end of their careers; Keane was 21.Dalglish even threatened to hunt Keane down in Ayia Napa, where he was going with three friends for a lads’ holiday. “I had a fabulous time,” he said later. “No one in Cyprus knew or cared who we were or who we thought we were. Happy, innocent days.”In a sense they were the last innocent days, because Keane’s life changed when he became a Manchester United player. For his first season he was desperately insecure about his technical ability. A drunken chat with Bryan Robson, who encouraged him to trust his passing range, was the start of his development from a box‑to‑box hurricane to holding midfielder with a seriously underrated passing ability.Given his ability and influence, as a demander of the highest standards, it is natural to wonder how different English football might have been had both he and peak Shearer been at the same club. Instead he became the most irreplaceable player in the greatest Manchester United team of all – and a reminder that, even in multimillion‑pound industries, the strangest details can change the world. Read more Share via Email Roy Keane England’s dream over but on ITV Roy Keane’s fun was just beginningcenter_img Ferguson says his apparently laissez-faire attitude was simply because he had promised Forest’s new manager, Frank Clark, that he would wait for official permission to speak to Keane. When he did get hold of the player, Ferguson asked whether anything had been signed with Blackburn. A hungover Keane, his United-loving family all gawping excitedly at him, mumbled that he hadn’t, so Ferguson casually suggested they meet for a chat. “From that moment,” said Keane in his first autobiography, “I was never going to sign for any other club.”The following day, Ferguson picked Keane up at Manchester airport and went back to his house for a game of snooker. “I liked him straight away,” Keane said. “He was unaffected, funny and reassuringly human. He was also clearly hungry for more trophies.” And new ones. Ferguson matter-of-factly told Keane that, with or without him, United were going to dominate English football but that with Keane they could also win the European Cup. “He was,” remembers Keane, “pushing at an open door.” Whether it was a neat sales pitch or something more meaningful, Ferguson’s comment was eerily prescient: six years later, Keane drove United to the Treble and got to them to the European Cup final with that astonishing performance against Juventus.Keane earned 25% less at United than he would have done at Blackburn. They were also offering Forest more money, which meant United had to wait another six weeks to complete the transfer. Ferguson told Keane that, if both parties held their nerve, the move would eventually happen. With that, both men went off on their summer holidays. Ferguson had lost players before while on his summer break, most notably Paul Gascoigne, but he was relaxed about Keane. “When he looked me in the eye, I knew I was talking to a footballer who would not break his word.” Topics Manchester United Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Blackburn Rovers Alex Ferguson features The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Alexis Sánchez to join Manchester United on US tour after being granted visalast_img read more

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Bayern reveal Allianz Arena revamp

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first_imgBayern München Bayern Munich reveal Allianz Arena makeover plans Jamie Smith 01:22 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Allianz Arena Bayern Munich Barcelona Champions League 12052015 Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund After 1860 Munich moved out of the stadium, Die Roten’s home is to get a makeover to reflect their sole residency Bayern Munich have revealed plans for their Allianz Arena home to undergo a significant makeover.The stadium has been home to Bayern since it was opened in 2005, but the Bundesliga leaders shared the stadium with 1860 Munich until 2017.It’s been a long time coming, but we’ll finally have #FCBayern colors at the #AllianzArena !What do you think of the new look?   #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/4Dzah7mFaL — FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) March 29, 2018 With 1860 Munich having relocated to former home Grunwalder Stadion following their relegation to Germany’s third-tier, Bayern now have the 75,000-capacity stadium to themselves. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Bayern will take advantage by replacing the seats to make the Allianz more personal, with the club’s motto ‘mia san mia’ – which translates as ‘we are who we are’ – to feature prominently.The new design will also see the Bayern badge and the club’s name adorn the seats, with the work to be completed at the end of the season. Bayern will be crowned Bundesliga champions for the sixth season in a row this weekend if they win against rivals Borussia Dortmund and second-placed Schalke fail to beat Freiburg.last_img read more

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CAF Improves Clearance of Goods

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first_imgCommissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reece, says the clearance of goods has been significantly improved, since implementation of the Customs Administration Fee (CAF) on April 1. Responding to questions on the issue on Wednesday, May 15, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, Major Reece said a joint release will be issued on Thursday, May 16, based on dialogue with brokers associations, and Fiscal Services, regarding challenges with the information systems. “We still have challenges with enclosures, which relates to part shipments…We expect that to be rectified shortly, but we have administrative systems in place to address that,” he told journalists. Commissioner Reece noted that since the CAF took effect, the discussions with a number of sectors; the decision to reduce rates on raw materials for manufacturers; and the adjustment in fees for June 1, had resulted in further changes to Customs’ information system modules. This, he said, had impacted the time frame for smoothing out the kinks in the system. “We expect that by the end of the month (May), those issues will be resolved,” he said. In February, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, announced the application of a Customs Administration Fee on all imports, except for charitable organisations and the bauxite sector. The levy is expected to yield $1.2 billion in revenue.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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