Five things we learned in European football this weekend

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first_imgBorussia Dortmund slips in quest for domestic title. PHOTO via @BlackYellowParis, France | AFP | Ajax warmed up for their Champions League semi-final return against Tottenham Hotspur by lifting their first silverware of the campaign, while some surprise names remain in the running to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition next season.Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five main talking points from the weekend in European football:– Treble still on for Ajax –Ajax take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham on Wednesday as they eye a first final in that competition since 1996.They warmed up for that game by brushing aside Willem II 4-0 in the Dutch Cup final in Rotterdam on Sunday, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring twice and Daley Blind and Rasmus Kristensen also on target.A dream treble remains a possibility for Erik ten Hag’s team, then. They are currently level on points with PSV Eindhoven at the top of the league with two games left.Ajax have only done the treble once before, in 1972 during Johan Cruyff’s days as a player.– Getafe might actually do it –While Barcelona have wrapped up another La Liga title, and Atletico Madrid look set to finish second ahead of Real Madrid, the identity of the fourth Spanish qualifier for next season’s Champions League has still to be decided.However, it looks like Getafe, the small and unfashionable club from a nondescript Madrid satellite town, might just pip two more illustrious names to fourth place.Jose Bordalas’s team beat Girona 2-0 on Sunday and are three points clear of Valencia and Sevilla with two games remaining.The ‘Azulones’ will definitely be in Europe next season, and for the top four they would beat Sevilla on head-to-head if the teams ended level on points, but would lose out in a tie with Valencia. Getafe’s next game, though, is at Barcelona.“It was unthinkable that Getafe would be in the fight for Europe. We need to enjoy this,” said Bordalas.– Title race nearly over for Dortmund –   Borussia Dortmund fans rebuked coach Lucien Favre with a banner reading “It’s only over when it’s over” ahead of their side’s game in Bremen on Saturday. Favre had openly given up on the title race after last weekend’s derby defeat against Schalke, only to be granted a reprieve when leaders Bayern Munich dropped points in Nuremberg.Yet Dortmund capitulated again against Werder, throwing away a two-goal lead in the space of five minutes in the second half.A goalkeeping howler from Roman Buerki and an equaliser from Claudio Pizarro saw Dortmund slip four points behind Bayern with two games left.It was the fourth time Dortmund had thrown away a lead since December, when they held a nine-point lead. Bayern can now win a seventh successive title by beating RB Leipzig next Saturday.– Saint-Etienne still dreaming –Saint-Etienne famously claim the square goal-posts at Hampden Park were responsible for them losing the 1976 European Cup final to Bayern Munich.The 10-time French champions have not graced Europe’s leading club competition since 1981, and have had to watch their great rivals Lyon become regulars in the Champions League in the last two decades.Yet there remains a real chance that they will pip Lyon to third place in Ligue 1 this season, thereby clearing the path for a return to the big time.Les Verts came from behind to win 3-2 at Monaco on Sunday, making it six wins and a draw in their last seven games. Meanwhile, third-placed Lyon were held 2-2 at home by Lille and are now just a point above Saint-Etienne with three games left.– Insigne committed to Napoli –Lorenzo Insigne insisted he was committed to Napoli after his 98th-minute penalty snatched a 2-1 win over Cagliari to seal second place in Serie A.“I’m waiting for the president. I gave the maximum willingness to continue, I hope the signing will come soon,” said the 27-year-old.“I’m the captain and it’s an important responsibility for me. I really care about this shirt and I will do everything I can to hold it high.”Insigne has scored 14 goals this season for his boyhood club, who he joined as a 15-year-old in 2006. He has made 300 appearances and scored 76 goals since moving up to the first team in 2009.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Police cruiser stolen from officer’s home then abandoned

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first_imgThe Coral Gables police department is currently searching for information on the theft of one of their police cruisers after it was stolen from an officer’s home and then abandoned under an interstate 95 overpass.Officials believe the theft happened either overnight Sunday or sometime early Monday morning.The stolen vehicle was located later Monday morning by another officer under the Interstate 95 overpass at Northwest 77th Street.While no weapons were stolen from the cruiser, officials say the thief did rummage through the vehicle and that the back window had been smashed.If you have any information about the theft you are asked to contact Coral Gables police at 305-442-1600.last_img read more

An Assistant U.S. attorney fatally shoots wife before turning gun on himself

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first_imgOfficials in Granite Bay, California are reporting that a federal prosecutor fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.The incident was reported on Sunday.Placer County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they received a call from the victim’s mother requesting a welfare check after she was unable to get in touch with the couple.When authorities arrived, they found Assistant U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of California Timothy Delgado and his wife Tamara Delgado dead inside of the home.After an initial investigation, officials determined that Timothy first shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.It is unclear what may have led to the shooting, however authorities reported that they are continuing their investigation.The U.S. Attorney’s Office also reported that they are cooperating with the investigation.last_img read more

Westport Wins Gold at Great Northwest Invitational

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned six medals at the fourth annual Great Northwest Invitational wine competition on October 5 and 6 in Hood River, Oregon. Their multi-platinum winning Swimmer Petite Sirah scored a gold medal at this exclusive event, which is fitting since Dana Roberts the director of winemaking, is on the label as a youth. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center. The 2014 vintage was harvested at Olsen Estates in the Columbia Valley AVA near Benton City.Westport earned three silver medals as well. Charterboat Chicks Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted with grapes from Mays Discovery Vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. This wine benefits the Westport Charterboat Association. Jetty Cat is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec. Some proceeds from this wine are donated to the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA). The winery’s 2015 Message In A Bottle is a rosé of Sangiovese crafted with grapes harvested at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. This wine offers support to the West Coast Search Dogs of Washington. Westport Winery’s Smokey Nor’westerBronze medals were awarded to Smoky Nor’wester and Surfer Syrah. These wines benefit Museum of the North Beach and South Beach EMS, respectively.To date Westport Winery, founded by the Roberts family in 2008, has earned over 300 medals in national and international competitions. With this acclaim, the family has been able to donate over $300,000 to nearly 40 local charities. All of these wines are available for tasting daily at either of their two locations.Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily, offering lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. This tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Westport Winery was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.last_img read more

Big Science Condemns Blasphemy Against Darwin

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first_imgThere’s no escape. You can’t flee anywhere in the world if you doubt Darwin.Look at this headline in Nature News: “Anti-Darwin comments in India outrage scientists.” It doesn’t say that scientists (defined here as members of Nature‘s opinion of acceptable materialists who pay homage to Darwin) merely “disagree” with the comments. It doesn’t say that they feel such comments are misinformed. No; Nature reporter T. V. Padma says the comments ‘outrage‘ scientists (scream when you say that!). The word implies hate, intolerance, and mob psychology. The subtitle is even more disturbing: “Researchers and government officials have condemned the statements of a junior minister who questioned the theory of evolution.” The priests of Darwin want to send this minister to materialist hell for the unpardonable sin!Thousands of scientists in India have signed an online petition protesting against comments by a higher-education minister who last week publicly questioned the scientific validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and called for changes in educational curricula.Creation-Evolution Headlines (CEH) is already condemned, because we do that all the time (question the validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, that is). It seems odd that they specifically get upset at blasphemy against Darwin. Whenever Darwin skeptics point out obvious flaws in Darwin’s beliefs, such as his falsified theory of pangenesis, his evolving Lamarckian views, or his overt racism, evolutionists usually invoke the tactic of saying, ‘Evolutionary theory has come a long way since Darwin,’ as if to say that it can stand on its own now. ‘We have neo-Darwinism, population genetics, Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem, inclusive fitness, sociobiology, evo-devo,  and much more. Who needs Darwin?’ If that were true, why is “Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution” held sacrosanct to the point of condemnation and outrage for merely questioning it publicly?It appears that the statements by Satyapal Singh, a junior minister for human-resource development who oversees university education, lacked the nuance provided by CEH. This is regrettable, because there are better ways to express doubts about Darwin than he did – if Nature‘s descriptions of the comments are accurate (a dubious assumption):The original comments were made by Satyapal Singh, a junior minister for human-resource development who oversees university education. On 20 January, he told reporters at a conference on ancient Hindu texts in Aurangabad that Darwin’s theory of evolution of humans “is scientifically wrong”. Singh added that “nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man”. Two days later, he proposed holding an international seminar on the subject.On the surface, this sounds like an elementary-level misconception of evolution. Darwinians do not believe that anyone can observe an ape turning into a man, if that indeed is what he meant to say. We must consider, however, the possibility that his statement could have been corrupted through translation. Besides, an official “who oversees university education” is probably not a nincompoop about the subject. Nevertheless, one would think his proposal of holding an “international seminar on the subject” would be welcomed calmly by rational scientists, who could certainly feel confidence to state their arguments for Darwinism in the tradition of free speech and open debate. Would that not be the proper forum for straightening out Mr. Singh, by providing him with irrefutable evidence for Darwin’s theory? That’s not what happened:The comments provoked outrage in the Indian scientific community. Vishwesha Guttal, an evolutionary ecologist at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, suggests the remarks are the first time that such anti-evolution opinions have been aired by high-ranking politicians in India. “I have seen these kind of issues (anti-Darwin stance) when I was a student in the US. This was totally unheard of, so far, in India,” says Guttal. “My first thought was, ‘Is this coming to India now?’”Guttal is treating Singh like a carrier of an infectious disease: an ebola of the mind that is killing off the rationality of Americans. He wants to stamp it out before it becomes a global pandemic!The outrage prompted ‘senior’ government officials in India to distance themselves from Singh and assure the ‘scientists’ of their allegiance to Darwin:Senior government officials later dismissed the comments. On 23 January, Singh’s boss Prakash Javadekar, the senior minister for human-resource development, said that he had asked Singh to refrain from making such remarks. “We should not dilute science,” Javadekar said. He added that his ministry would not support any anti-Darwin activities such as Singh’s proposed conference or changing curricula. Singh did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Nature’s news team.That apparently was not good enough. The Darwinians went overboard, demanding that not only Singh, but all people like him, be silenced from the public arena. Frightened government officials hastened to swear fealty to King Charles:Scientists reacted swiftly to Singh’s comments, launching an online petition asking the minister to retract his claims. Such comments harm the scientific community’s efforts to propagate scientific thoughts and rationality through critical education and modern scientific research, the petition said, and also diminish the country’s image internationally. The petition had collected more than 3,000 signatures when its creators closed it on 23 January, after Javadekar responded to the situation, according to Mukund Thattai, a computational cell biologist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore who signed the petition. “There is strong support for science in India from government departments.”Why the swiftness? The Darwinians know that, if statements like these are not immediately quashed, people in the public might hear them, and (gasp) be stimulated to ask questions about official dogma.But public attitudes can be swayed if people in responsible government positions make such statements,” he says.Soumitro Banerjee, general secretary of the advocacy group the Breakthrough Science Society, thinks that Singh’s comments might already have done damage. “The seed of doubt has been planted in the minds of the common people that Darwin’s theory of evolution may, after all, be incorrect,” says Banerjee, a physicist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata.May it never be! Stamp it out before it spreads! Darwin’s theory of evolution must never be questioned. India must purify itself, teaching only 100% unadulterated Darwinism. “It would be a retrograde step to remove the teaching of the theory of evolution from school and college curricula or to dilute this by offering non-scientific explanations or myths,” reads a statement from three Indian scientific societies.But what if Darwinism itself is a non-scientific explanation or myth? Students will never know if they are not allowed to ask questions.Volume one of a trilogy.What’s particularly disturbing about Nature’s report is that they treat all this outrage as a good thing. Padma writes as a cheerleader for the dogmatists. Acting like an announcer at the Coliseum whipping up the crowd to cheer on the lions, he’s glad to see the scientists getting all worked up over one heretic daring to question Darwin. He’s not even thinking about the ideal of science to invite questions, debate controversial ideas, or follow the evidence where it leads. No; he’s glad the ‘scientists’ ganged up to shame this man, and his entire country, into silence. Release the lions! Kill, kill, kill the heretic! Thus be to all who blaspheme the Emperor!To those of us who have already been expelled and persecuted for the crime of questioning evolution, know all too well the intolerance of the materialist, leftist, Darwinian totalitarian dictatorship. Dr Jerry Bergman is completing his third volume of case studies of real scientists, teachers and employees of science labs who have lost jobs, lost tenure, and been hounded by hateful rhetoric from the press for daring to be skeptical of Darwinian evolution (latest example here). Yours truly, the Editor of CEH, will appear in volume 3, due out soon. We are reporting this item to help our readers understand what we’re up against. It’s dangerous to doubt Darwin! If you think you can just calmly use reason and logic and evidence, get real. You had better come with full armor to do battle with the Darwin hatemongers. From their castle walls, they will pour boiling oil on you.Ironic, is it not, that the DODO Party (Darwin-Only, Darwin-Only) positions itself as the rational group? They want to teach rationality in school. They don’t want to propagate myths. We have a few things to say about that (e.g., 1/18/18, 12/01/17, and 17 years of reporting about it here).(Visited 768 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Blazing a wine trail in KwaZulu-Natal

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first_img19 August 2013The iLembe Co-operative Winery marked its official opening last week with the launch of its first wine, made from cultivars suited to the humid coastal conditions of KwaZulu-Natal, in a project driven by locals and backed by the government.The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has pumped R19.5-million into the development of the vineyards and winery, situated in Umhlali, north of Durban and driven by the iLembe Co-operative Vineyards and Winery.On Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube unveiled a plaque at the winery’s wine processing facility and handed over the project to the local co-operatives.There was a ceremonial tasting of the first wine produced in iLembe, Seventeen Eighty-Seven (the year in which Zulu King Shaka was born), “a dry, easy-drinking white wine which can be paired with salads and fish”.Speaking at the wine processing facility at Colisheen Estate on the outskirts of Ballito near KwaDukuza, Dube said the project would unlock economic growth opportunities for the province, creating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for local communities.“The vineyard consists of 12 hectares across the iLembe District and has already created 50 direct jobs for the local communities since the inception of this initiative,” Dube said.“Eventually, this business venture will create a new tourism product on the iLembe District Municipality calendar, that is, an annual Wine & Food Festival.”The vineyards in the Mandeni and Maphumulo local municipalities saw their first harvesting in February, with the testing of the winery equipment conducted by a viticulturist in the same month.In the three months that followed, eight tons of grapes were processed and 8 000 litres of wine produced.Dube said the winery’s proximity to King Shaka International Airport and the Dube Tradeport would make it easy for the winery to export its product.iLembe Co-operative Vineyards and Winery chief executive Zakhele Gumede told SAnews that the winer had already secured deals with retailers which would soon see wines of origin “iLembe Region” availabe “in a store near you soon”.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Weekly Poll: Is Linked Data Gaining Acceptance?

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first_imgalex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Yesterday I posted about DBpedia and how it turns Wikipedia into a database. It’s a fascinating example of what is happening to the Web and even more to the Internet and its evolution.Big data is the topic we will all watch this year. As the discussion evolves, Linked Data will be a topic that will come up increasingly often. We already see its growth. It’s a wonderful time in many ways. It’s real proof of the Semantic Web. To the researchers and early users, that’s a terrific development that will also unleash something else. A gushing flow of ways to use Linked Data in some commercial or non-commercial context.Data is more apparent in our lives than ever before. Linked Data gives us the capability to find new ways to explore this new space. In the process, it will eventually go mainstream. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Kroenke to complete £1.8bn takeover of Arsenal

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first_imgStan Kroenke is set to complete an incredible takeover of Arsenal that will see the overall value of the club stand at £1.8 billion ($2.3bn).Kroenke is the majority shareholder at the Emirates Stadium but has now made an offer to buy Alisher Usmanov’s 30 per cent stake in the club, thus giving him full control.And Goal understands that Usmanov has accepted the terms of the bid and will now receive £550m ($712m) for his stake. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A statement from Kroenke read: “We at KSE are moving forward with this offer leading to 100 per cent ownership of the club.“We appreciate Mr Usmanov’s dedication to the Arsenal Football Club and the storied ethos and history the Club represents.”Kroenke’s company, KSE, added: “KSE UK is pleased to announce the terms of its all-cash offer to acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Arsenal Holdings PLC other than the Arsenal Shares already held by KSE.”KSE, a Delaware corporation wholly-owned by Mr E. Stanley Korenke, currently holds 41,743 Arsenal Shares, representing approximately 67.09 per cent of the existing issued share capital of Arsenal.”Kroenke first took a share in Arsenal in 2007, and has gradually grown his stake in the club, which currently stands at 67%.The sports mogul, who has a net worth of $8.1bn (£6.13bn), will pay £29,419.64 in cash for each share. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Shop Till you Drop at the TFA Online Shop!

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first_imgUnsure where to get your Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football merchandise beyond the touch fields and at events? Need that gear fast and the convenience of having it delivered to your door? Swing open that laptop and slide that mobile screen to www.touchfootballshop.com.au to get your orders in and your Touch football ‘merch’ on.What better date to launch the TFA Online Shop than the first day of Spring (1 September), getting you ready for new season competitions across the country. The shop features a large range of TFA products including branded referee uniforms, TFA merchandise, Touch Footballs, compression garments and much more; and all at affordable prices!The shop also features a large range of limited edition items and merchandise packs which are the ideal gift for any Touch Football member – and anyone looking for great street wear.With all items available to purchase in one convenient location, the TFA Online Shop is your one stop shop for Touch Football.The TFA online shop was developed to meet the increasing demand from members and participants for a consolidated store for Touch Football products.Working in close cooperation with TFA commercial partners, a major benefit of the online shop is the ability to control the stock internally, so we can meet the needs of the membership and our own high standards of customer service.In addition to current products on offer, the TFA Online Shop will regularly be updated with new products including a soon to be released casual range of BLK apparel and TFA course materials.So ‘check-in’ to the TFA Online Shop today and checkout with some bargains. Related Files160823_online_shop_advertorial_v1-1-pdfRelated LinksTFA Online Shoplast_img read more