Atletico boot Barca out European Champions League

first_imgMADRID (AP):Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to give AtlÈtico Madrid an emphatic 2-0 win over defending champion Barcelona and a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League yesterday.Griezmann opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then sealed the victory with a late penalty kick to allow Atletico to reverse the 2-1 first-leg loss at Camp Nou with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.The result sent Diego Simeone’s team, which had played most of the first-leg match with 10 men, to the semi-finals for the second time in the last three seasons. And it shattered the hopes of favourites Barcelona, who have reached the semi-finals seven times in the last eight seasons.AtlÈtico Madrid left Camp Nou infuriated with the refereeing last week after their striker, Fernando Torres, was sent off in the 35th minute. Yesterday, it was Barcelona who had reason to complain after a hand ball by Gabi Fern·ndez that appeared to be inside the area but was judged by the referee outside the box in second-half injury time.Lionel Messi’s ensuing free kick sailed over the crossbar in his team’s last chance.In yesterday’s other game, Bayern Munich advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Benfica. The draw in the return leg of their quarter-final meant Bayern went through 3-2 on aggregate after their 1-0 win at home. Unfancied Benfica made the German club fight till the end, though, as substitute Talisca’s curling free kick beat Manuel Neuer in the 76th to make it level on the night.Ra?l JimÈnez’s 27th-minute goal, when he met a lobbed pass from Eliseu and beat two defenders to head past Neuer, put Benfica level over the two legs and fired up the Portuguese team.Arturo Vidal replied for Bayern in the 38th with his second goal over the two legs. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson pushed out Philipp Lahm’s cross as far as the Chile midfielder, who was alone on the edge of the area and fired a shot into the empty goal.Thomas Mueller, who hadn’t scored in his past three games, made it 2-1 for the Bundesliga club on the night with a header in the 52nd.Real Madrid and Manchester City had reached the last four on Tuesday.last_img read more

APNU/AFC Ministers are “celebrities” costing taxpayers $50M per hour to interact

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition Government’s recently held outreach in Region Six was a testimony of its eroding support and its failure to resolve issues that are confronting residents of Region Six.The President (ag) Moses Nagamootoo and his Cabinet’s sudden diversion to a Cabinet meeting at State House, New Amsterdam, was a deliberate tactic. This was a calculated strategy to delay the Ministers in order to avoid embarrassment, knowing that residents would not respond to the outreach and at the same, protest instead of meeting with the Government Ministers.The APNU/AFC coalition Government’s gimmickry of, “Bringing the Government to the people” is a very expensive venture with no positive results. The millions expended on these outreaches is a desperate political campaign attempting to support a collapsed regime.The Ministers reluctantly arrived at Tain Campus at approximately 15:00h, forcing their way and almost hitting the protesters on the roadside because of the speed of these Ministers’ vehicles. This incident was seen by police officers at the location and was brought to their attention too. Imagine, only staff and APNU/AFC activists were there to receive the Ministers, they were forced to leave the location in less than an hour because persons were not there to interact with them.The President (ag) Moses Nagamootoo, had his staff do a photoshoot to show that he was meeting a resident while the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, and REO of Region Six Kim Williams Stephen were speaking with two ministerial advisers in the Communities Ministry attached to the region, Mr Baker and Mr Butcher. The Guyana Chronicle newspaper captioned that as Minister and REO reaching with residents. That was so blatantly desperate and disgraceful.On the contrary, when the PPP/C was in Government, they reached out to the masses during outreaches. In 2010, President Jagdeo said during an interview that of all his duties, he enjoys meeting with the people in the nation more and that it is during those outreaches, when he can interact with the people with an ambience of camaraderie and an atmosphere of relaxation and speak with them with cordiality on a one-to-one basis is where he gets to learn first-hand whether the systems the Government has put in place are successful and where and how the breakdown occurs, if and when it does.This method by the PPP/C Government was responsible for 23 years of good governance and development in Guyana. When we reflect on where we were and how we emerged with a young man thrust unceremoniously into the leadership of a nation in the throes of political upheaval, infrastructural devastation, bankruptcy and severe social dislocations, coupled with problematic neighbours and a distrustful, uncooperative international dynamic, which saw its major industries taking a battering in the global marketplace with the added advantage of an international identity paralleling that of Jonestown, we must complement the PPP/C Government and the stewardship of Bharrat Jagdeo.The APNU/AFC coalition Government is definitely failing the people in three basic ways, as Guyanese are ruefully discovering,1. The Government is failing to deliver vital services, these services can be delivered but it is done poorly and expensive while favouring political cronies2. The Government is crunching Guyanese people under their feet as Government officials accumulate more power, wealth with no transparency or accountability3. The Guyanese people show that trust in the Government has sunk to historic lows and is still dropping.These basic failures have shown that the APNU/AFC coalition Government cannot rectify or regain the trust of the people.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Latinos to hold congress in L.A.

first_img“While you want to mobilize, you don’t want to create a countermobilization, and that is very difficult not to do,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Still, he said a Latino congress, modeled after similar ethnic and civil-rights conventions held during the 1970s, would be a turning point in Latino politics. “Latinos have done a tremendous job in electoral politics, but I think you are, in 2006, seeing a watershed moment for nonelectoral political organizing in the United States.” Organizers are inviting Latino leaders – now about 5,000 – from government and chambers of commerce, as well as from the National Council of La Raza. Its success and impact will depend, in part, on who turns up. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been invited but his office did not return calls to say whether he planned to attend. Organizers aim to have the country’s largest gathering of Latino power assembled. “We are inviting the whole family,” joked Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonprofit Latino voter research group. “(Latinos) control cities, we have people in the Senate and we are going to only get more prominent, but on the other hand (Latinos) are not giving the policy benefits to the community we should.” Latinos have achieved political clout in Los Angeles, but they have less access to health care and are poorer than the general population. Nearly half of Latino students drop out of high school. (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In fact, a number of groups favoring tighter controls on illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America count Latino residents among their members. Joe Turner, founder of Save Our State, a group that has been picketing against undocumented workers at day-labor sites in Glendale and around the region, said efforts like forming the Latino congress help to strengthen groups like his. “Any call for amnesty this supports is only going to create a backlash,” he said. More than half a dozen immigrant-rights advocacy groups, including the League of United Latin American Cities and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, will sponsor the four-day conference Sept. 6-10 to set a long-term agenda and action plan to improve the lives of immigrants. But observers say organizers need to be careful not to further divide Americans on the red-hot issue of immigration. Inspired by the millions of immigrants who took to the streets to demand legal residency, Latino advocacy groups and politicians have called for a national Latino congress to keep the issue in the political spotlight. Organizers are inviting leaders from across the political spectrum to Los Angeles – the country’s Latino epicenter – to draft an agenda for strengthening immigrant rights, health care and education. “These mobilizations have shown that the immigrant community and the Latino community have political potential in impacting public policy,” said Angela Sanbrano, president of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities. “But we cannot assume that we are unified.” last_img read more

Struggling AVC moves forward, hosts Grossmont

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They were very disappointed (after last week’s game) and you could understand why, but this team has shown a lot of resiliency and right now we’re moving on to Grossmont,” he said. Grossmont has won 12 of 16 all-time meetings against AVC including the last five in a row. The Griffins are seeking a 25th consecutive conference victory that would clinch a third straight conference title. Grossmont’s high-powered offense leads the conference averaging 471.6 yards per game. Quarterback Reilly Murphy is second in the conference, averaging 238.5 yards per game. Others to watch include receiver Michael Omar (4.3 receptions per game) and running back Derrell Hutsona (85.9 rushing yards per game). AVC hopes to get its offense, ranked last in the conference averaging 219.0 yards, on track against Grossmont’s seventh-ranked defense. Marauders running backs Dominic Cornelius (Lancaster High) and Richard Watkines, who are averaging a combined 96.6 rushing yards, hope to exploit what’s perhaps Grossmont’s only significant weakness: a run defense that’s averaging a conference-worst 209.8 yards allowed. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley College football team experienced one of its most disappointing moments in last week’s 16-14 Foothill Conference loss to San Bernardino Valley, when a last-minute, 35-yard field-goal attempt – which would have ended its second-worst losing streak in school history – was blocked. If AVC wants to end a dubious skid that is now at 13 games, they’ll need to forget about that disappointment. Dwelling on the past is a luxury the Marauders (0-7, 0-5) can’t afford going into today’s 1 p.m. game against perennial Southern California power Grossmont of El Cajon (7-1, 6-0) at Marauder Stadium. AVC coach Brent Carder said his team is ready to play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA WOMAN on a Christmas night out with her sisters ended up getting arrested.Kathleen Mitchell was so drunk she ended up kicking a Garda at the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny, the local District Court was told.Inspector David Murphy told Judge Paul Kelly that the incident happened on St Stephen’s Night last year in the town. It was 3.50am on December 27 and Gardai were called to the Four Lanterns on Lower Main Street in response to a report of a female acting in an aggressive manner.“Gardai found Ms Mitchell intoxicated and extremely aggressive,” said Inspector Murphy.Mitchell, 31, from Glenard Park, Long Lane, admitted being drunk and acting in a threatening and abusive way and obstructing Gardai.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said she deeply regretted the incident.“She was out with her two sisters and another friend and she accepts she acted totally inappropriately,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined Mitchell a total of €400.CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT WITH SISTERS TURNED TO ROW AT FOUR LANTERNS was last modified: December 11th, 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:arrestedchargesDistrict CourtFour LanternsKathleen Mitchellletterkennythreateninglast_img read more

Bruce Bochy’s gut rarely steered him wrong — and it didn’t in his decision to retire

first_imgThe writing has been on the wall for months, and on Monday, Bruce Bochy read it: 2019 will be his last season as the Giants’ manager.Bochy’s announcement wasn’t surprising. That said, the timing and setting did catch more than a few off guard.But it’s telling that San Francisco’s greatest manager didn’t want some fussy press conference or a video montage tribute to mark his final campaign — he merely dropped a bombshell during his daily media availability in the Giants’ dugout at the team’s …last_img

49ers ‘Gold Digger Program’ not paying off on defense, yet

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A cleverly named “Gold Digger Program” is meant to reward 49ers defenders for exceptional plays and effort.For example, interceptions, in the rare instances they happen, would count. The daily prize is a gold-colored football emblazoned with defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s mantras — “All Gas, No Brake” and “Extreme Violence.”The 49ers defenders haven’t lacked effort a week into training camp. But interceptions remain scarce, a replay of last season’s takeaway trauma that …last_img

How Plants Send Email: Update

first_imghref=”crev07.htm#plant17″>07/13/2001 headline), we reported the startling finding that plants talk to themselves in email.  What’s new in this field?  Is there really an interplant intranet?    In the Oct. 5 issue of Current Biology,1 Norman, Frederick and Sieburth report evidence that a signal molecule named BYPASS1 is sent from the roots to the tips of the plant, and suppresses the growth of leaves.  It acts as a negative regulator of plant growth hormones.    Plant growth hormones are produced in the tips of shoots.  With too much growth hormone, leaves might grow too rapidly without knowing when the roots are struggling to find water, are having trouble getting through compacted soil, or fighting other harsh conditions.  The roots need to be able to regulate leaf growth, therefore, and must be able to turn up the release of hormone only when the supply is adequate.  The report on EurekAlert describes the control like a faucet handle that the root turns, but since the flow is at the shoot, the handle is really up where the leaves are.  By sending this chemical signal up the network, the root has remote control over the spigot of growth hormone: something akin to switch remotely operated by a computer system administrator, who sends a correctly-formatted message the switch understands.    This explains how the same plant can look different depending on where it grows.  Plants are composed of cells without a central nervous system or brain, yet the various parts need to act in concert.  A plant can’t just walk away in tough times to look for greener pastures; it has to respond as a unit to changing conditions.  The solution is a coordinated system of signals, feedback and regulatory functions.  This study shows that roots are not just sending water and nutrients blindly upward, unaware of the conditions above ground.  They are sending chemical signals to keep in touch with the leaf tips.  Undoubtedly this is two-way communication, because the roots also must be informed of conditions above ground.    BYPASS1, a gene that codes for a carotenoid compound, is one more example of signal transduction, or “email,” in plants.  The July 2001 headline spoke of messenger RNA used for signalling.  Undoubtedly proteins and other chemical compounds as well are used in the interplant intranet to convey messages.  Each chemical needs a receptor at the destination that understands the message.  A plant, therefore, comprises an information processing system.  Because information is passed throughout the branching pathways inside a plant, with sources and destinations defined, containing messages that are translated and understood and acted upon, the analogy to email over an intranet is an apt one.    Overarching this system is a network of networks.  Different species of plants are also able to communicate with each other through the underground pipeline (see 06/17/2004 headline).  This shows that the local area networks of individual plants are combined into a wide-area network, or internet.  Information processing over a communication network is therefore the foundation of ecology:Plant architecture is regulated by endogenous developmental programs, but it can also be strongly influenced by cues derived from the environment.  For example, rhizosphere conditions such as water and nutrient availability affect shoot and root architecture; this implicates the root as a source of signals that can override endogenous developmental programs. …The BPS1 expression profile clustered with a group of genes containing many kinases and transcription factors proposed to possibly function in a signaling network.1Another article on EurekAlert discussed how researchers at Duke University are following one particular email message, a protein regulator in root cells.  The scientists “made the surprising finding that the … protein is one means by which one root cell ‘talks’ to another to instruct it to develop in a certain way.”1Norman, Frederick and Sieburth, “BYPASS1 Negatively Regulates a Root-Derived Signal that Controls Plant Architecture,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 19, 5 October 2004, Pages 1739-1746, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.09.045.When you send an email to a friend, it presupposes a large infrastructure of computers, routers, wires, and software.  Without them, your message would sit in your computer and go nowhere.  Your message is formatted into packets according the standards of internet protocol.  Every piece of hardware and software in the network has to understand the protocol.  It has to be able to read the header to properly route the packet from the source to the destination.  Some messages can be broadcast to a group of recipients, or to everyone on the network.  Some require acknowledgement before action; others, like a message in a bottle, can be picked up by any recipient.  Different protocols provide many different services.  Somehow, a plant accomplishes the same thing.  It can send messages to individuals, groups, or “anyone online.”  The receptors understand the messages and act accordingly.    The internet is a relatively new human invention that has revolutionized society.  It didn’t just happen.  It is the result of many efforts initiated by intelligent designers who dreamed of establishing a robust communications system.  As we pat ourselves on the back for our communications network, now we find that plants had one all along.  Think of the messaging going on from the roots of a giant redwood to the topmost leaves, and then all the messages being passed underground from plant to plant.  It wouldn’t be surprising to find out someday that plants are already programmed with spam filtering, security and antiterrorism surveillance and maybe even innovations we have not even imagined yet.    Signal transduction – the passing and recognition of messages – is a defining characteristic of life.  All living things are continually in the communication business.  Single cells have elaborate signal transduction mechanisms for recognizing “self” and “other” entities, and for regulating all the machines in the molecular factory.  Cells communicate with other cells.  Within multicellular organisms, cells communicate within the body and without.  Plants, animals and humans are constantly sending and receiving messages.  Even the machines humans make, from railroad semaphores to telegraphs to wireless internet communications, are extensions of our own intelligent signalling systems.  Inanimate matter does not do any of this on its own.  Solids, liquids and gases can exchange energy through conduction, convection and radiation, but neither send nor understand signals that allow them to make decisions, unless programmed by intelligent design.  Since signaling is a fundamental property of life, why should anyone presume it could emerge from nonlife?  Would it not make more sense to assume that there is a living Creator who is a communicator by nature, and that he extended his intelligence to the life he designed?    Non-sentient life might be considered analogous to our most advanced human robotics, with robust engineering design that allows it to respond to changing conditions (see 09/22/2004 headline).  Into humans, however, the Source of all communication – the Word – imbued an image of his own sentience, so that we can not only recognize and respond to messages, but understand them.  To these alone he shared the greatest communication of all (Hebrews 1:1-3).(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

JD Equipment announces promotions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ben Butcher has been promoted to Agricultural Sales Director and will lead JD Equipment’s strategy and execution for all agricultural equipment sales. Ben began his career with JD Equipment in 2009 as an equipment salesman and was promoted to manage the Marion Store in 2013. Ben is a native of Kenton and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Business and Applied Economics.Arin Severt has been promoted to Turf and Utility Sales Director and will lead JD Equipment’s strategy and execution for all turf and utility equipment sales. Arin began his career with JD Equipment in 1995 as an equipment salesman and was promoted to manage the New Albany Store in 2014. Arin is a native of Springfield.Cody Kirkpatrick has been promoted to Aftermarket Sales Director and will lead the company’s strategy and execution for all Parts and Service Departments at JD Equipment. Cody began his career with JD Equipment in 2002 as an equipment salesman and was promoted to manage the Washington Court House Store in 2011. Cody is a native of Washington Court House and graduated from Wilmington College with a degree in Ag Business.Peter Gallant has been promoted to Aftermarket Sales Manager and will direct the Parts and Service Department Managers and implementation of strategies and goals. Peter recently joined JD Equipment and brings broad equipment industry experience including parts management, equipment rental and equipment sales. Peter is a resident of Columbus and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2007 with a degree in Political Science.Peter Kibby recently joined JD Equipment as Executive Director of two subsidiary companies, J.D. Power Systems and J.D. Power & Tool. J.D. Power Systems is a recognized leader in sales and service for standby electric generators in Central and Southern Ohio. J. D. Power & Tool is an equipment rental and sales business with two locations in Central Ohio. Peter will lead strategy development and execution for both companies. Peter’s experience includes equipment sales, sales management and dealership general management for John Deere construction dealers as well as other major equipment lines. Peter is a resident of the Hilliard area and a graduate of Miami University.“These promotions serve to position JD Equipment for long term success, while at the same time ensuring our commitment to customers that JD Equipment is ‘Serving YOU for the Future,’” said Jeff, Mitchell, CEO of JD Equipment.For more information, please contact JD Equipment via email ( Please visit for location information.last_img read more

Meditative Ambient Music for Thoughtful Videos

first_imgRoyalty-free music to calm the soul. This playlist is perfect for meditation videos and more.Cover image via Shutterstock.It’s an interesting paradox that ambient soundtracks — with music that’s often designed to subtly establish mood and texture — end up having a big impact on viewers. Think of the soundscape Thomas Newman created for American Beauty or Vangelis’s score to Blade Runner. Both are soundtracks that people still talk about today.Whether it’s an accompaniment to a thoughtful Sci-Fi piece or a meditation instructional for YouTube, there are plenty of genres and project types that can benefit from a unique ambient sound. For example, see how the track “New Atmosphere” by Martin Riopel adds a chill, hypnotic texture to Jon Wright Photography‘s video below.Want to give your next project a similar New Age vibe? Our music team has curated a playlist featuring meditative, ambient cues. Each track is royalty free, too, so with the purchase of a simple license, you can the track of your choice online in as many videos as you want. Check all of our royalty free music here.last_img read more