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The persimmon is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. The most cultivated of these is the Asian or Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki. Diospyros is in the family Ebenaceae, a number of non-persimmon species of the genus are grown for ebony timber; the word Diospyros comes from the ancient Greek words "dios" and "pyron". A popular etymology construed this as "divine fruit", or as meaning "wheat of Zeus" or "God's pear" and "Jove's fire"; the dio-, as shown by the short vowel'i' has nothing to do with'divine', dio- being an affix attached to plant names, in classical Greek the compound referred to'the fruit of the nettle tree'. The word persimmon itself is derived from putchamin, pasiminan, or pessamin, from Powhatan, an Algonquian language of the eastern United States, meaning "a dry fruit"; the tree Diospyros kaki is the most cultivated species of persimmon. The tree reaches 4.5 to 18 metres in height and is round-topped. It stands erect, but sometimes can be crooked or have a willowy appearance.

The leaves are 7–15 centimetres long, are oblong in shape with brown-hairy petioles 2 centimetres in length. They are leathery and glossy on the upper surface and silky underneath; the leaves are bluish-green in color. In the fall, they turn to orange, or red. Persimmon trees are dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are produced on separate trees; some trees have both male and female flowers and in rare cases bear the'perfect' flower. Male flowers are pink and appear in groups of 3, they have a 4-parted calyx, a corolla, 24 stamens in 2 rows. Female flowers appear singly, they have a large calyx, a 4-parted, yellow corolla, 8 undeveloped stamens, a rounded ovary bearing the style and stigma.'Perfect' flowers are a cross between the two and contain both male and female reproductive organs. Persimmon fruit can stay on the tree until winter. In color, the ripe fruit of the cultivated strains range from glossy light yellow-orange to dark red-orange depending on the species and variety, they vary in size from 1.5 to 9 cm in diameter, in shape the varieties may be spherical, acorn-, or pumpkin-shaped.

The flesh is astringent until ripe and is yellow, orange, or dark-brown in color. The calyx remains attached to the fruit after harvesting, but becomes easy to remove once the fruit is ripe; the ripe fruit is sweet in taste. Like the tomato, persimmons are not considered to be berries, but morphologically the fruit is in fact a berry. While many species of Diospyros bear fruit inedible to humans or only gathered, the following are grown for their edible fruit: Asian or Japanese persimmon is the commercially most important persimmon, is native to Japan and Korea, it is deciduous, with broad, stiff leaves, is known as the shizi, as the Japanese Persimmon or kaki in Japanese. Its fruits are sweet and tangy with a soft to fibrous texture. Cultivation of the fruit extended first to other parts of Asia and Nepal, it was introduced to California and southern Europe in the 1800s and to Brazil in the 1890s. Numerous cultivars have been selected; some varieties are edible in the crisp, firm state but it has its best flavor when allowed to rest and soften after harvest.

The Japanese cultivar'Hachiya' is grown. The fruit has a high tannin content, which makes the unripe fruit bitter; the tannin levels are reduced. Persimmons like'Hachiya' must be ripened before consumption; when ripe, this fruit comprises pulpy jelly encased in a waxy thin-skinned shell. "Sharon fruit" is the marketing name for the Israeli-bred cultivar'Triumph'. As with most commercial pollination-variant-astringent persimmons, the fruit are ripened off the tree by exposing them to carbon dioxide; the "sharon fruit" has no core, is seedless and sweet, can be eaten whole. In the Valencia region of Spain, there is a variegated form of kaki called the "Ribera del Xuquer", "Spanish persimmon", or "Rojo Brillante". Date-plum known as lotus persimmon, is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe, its English name derives from Persian Khormaloo خرمالو "date-plum", referring to the taste of this fruit, reminiscent of both plums and dates. American persimmon is native to the eastern United States. Harvested in the fall or after the first frost, its fruit is eaten fresh, in baked goods, or in steamed puddings in the Midwest, sometimes its timber is used as a substitute for ebony.

Black sapote is native to Mexico. Its fruit has green skin and white flesh; the Mabolo or Velvet-apple is native to East Asia, ranging from China down into the Philippines. It is bright red when ripe. In China, it is referred to as shizi, it is known as Korean mango. Indian persimmon is a slow-growing tree, native to coastal West Bengal; the fruit turns yellow when ripe. It is small with an unremarkable flavor and is better known for uses in traditional medicine rather than culinary applications. Texas persimmon is native to central and west Texas and southwest Oklahoma in the United States, eastern Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas in northeastern Mexico; the fruit of D. texana are black on the outsid

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1696

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1696, adopted on July 31, 2006, after expressing concern at the intentions of the nuclear programme of Iran, the Council demanded that Iran halt its uranium enrichment programme. Resolution 1696 was adopted by 14 votes in favour to one against and no abstentions. Qatar said that while it agreed with the demands of the resolution, it was not the right timing as the "region was in flames"; the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors concluded in September 2005 that Iran had not complied with its safeguards agreement and that its nuclear program raised questions within the competence of the Security Council. In February 2006, the IAEA Board reported those conclusions to the Security Council, after it determined that Iran had not provided sufficient clarification of its nuclear intentions. In the preamble of the resolution, the Security Council reaffirmed the provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the right of states to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

It was "seriously concerned" that the IAEA was unable to clarify the intentions of the nuclear programme, whether there were any undeclared activities or materials within Iran. Iran had not taken steps required of it by the IAEA, according to the reports of its Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei; the text underlined the need for a political and diplomatic resolution to the situation, while expressing the proliferation risks presented by the Iranian nuclear programme and members of the Council not willing to aggravate the issue. Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council called upon Iran to follow through with the requirements of the IAEA which would build confidence and resolve outstanding questions, it demanded that Iran suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, which would be verified by the IAEA. The resolution stated that compliance with the requirements of the IAEA would contribute to a diplomatic solution guaranteeing that Iran's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

Furthermore, the proposals of China, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States for a long-term comprehensive solution were endorsed. The resolution urged all states to "exercise vigilance" and prohibit the transfer of any materials that could contribute to Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, it reinforced the authority of the IAEA in its work to clarify outstanding issues relating to Iran. The Security Council expected a report from the IAEA on whether Iran had complied with its requests by August 31, 2006; the day after the resolution was passed, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said he would not bow to "the language of force and threats". Iran's failure to respond satisfactorily led to Resolution 1737 on December 23, 2006, in which sanctions were applied; those sanctions were subsequently stepped up by resolutions 1747 and 1929. The provisions of Resolution 1696 were terminated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 effective on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, 16 January 2016.

Iran and weapons of mass destruction List of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1601 to 1700 Nuclear programme of Iran Works related to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1696 at Wikisource Text of the Resolution at Security Council and Iran's Legal Rights, Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, August 29, 2006

Lynn Amedee

Lynn Amedee is a former American football player and coach. He served as assistant at nine different colleges and as head coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Amedee played quarterback and placekicker under coaches Paul Dietzel and Charles McClendon at Louisiana State from 1960–1962, he started a pro career with the Edmonton Eskimos. From 1963 to 1964, Amedee played in 16 games for the Eskimos. Over the course of the two seasons, he threw for 1,788 yards on 279 attempts with eight touchdowns. Amedee started a coaching career, returning to his alma mater as quarterbacks coach under head coach McClendon from 1975 to 1978. In 1980, he became head coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin, he guided the school to an 8–14 record in two years before resigning in order to join the coaching staff at Southwestern Louisiana. He left USL after one season, heading to Vanderbilt to become offensive coordinator under head coach George MacIntyre. Amedee left Vanderbilt after the 1984 season, as he was hired as offensive coordinator by new Texas A&M head coach Jackie Sherrill.

In 1988, he became offensive coordinator under head coach Galen Hall at the University of Florida, where he drew criticism for his strategy to use sophomore running back Emmitt Smith as a "decoy". 1988 was Smith's only season with less than 1,000 yards rushing. In 1989 Amedee was hired as offensive coordinator by Texas head coach David McWilliams. After McWilliams resignation in 1991, Amedee sat out for a year, before joining Curley Hallman's coaching staff at his alma mater LSU. Hallman, along with the coaching staff, was fired after the 1994 season. Amedee went on to coach one season at New Iberia Senior High, left the school that December to accept the offensive coordinator position under Sherrill at Mississippi State. In 1999, Amedee left the collegiate ranks, taking over head coaching duties at Opelousas High School in Opelousas, Louisiana, he retired after the 2003 season

BELLA (laser)

The Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator or BELLA is a laser built by the Thales Group and owned and operated by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. On 20 July 2012 BELLA fired a 40 femtosecond laser pulse, establishing a world record for most powerful laser. BELLA was designed and built by Thales as part of the Laser and Optical Accelerator Systems Integrated Studies program at LBNL; the LOASIS group studies the application of high-powered lasers to build compact particle accelerators. The BELLA laser was developed for the purposes of studying this principle; the idea is that a laser which delivers a large amount of power in a short pulse can cause ionization in a gas followed by plasma oscillation. As a result the gas will emit electron bundles which can be used for medical imaging or materials research. On 20 July 2012, BELLA fired a laser pulse with a duration of 40 femtoseconds and a repetition frequency of 1 hertz; the pulses had a compressed output energy of 42.2 joule, making the power output of the laser 1 petawatt: 42.2 J 40 f s = 42.2 J 40 ∗ 10 − 15 s ≈ 1 ∗ 10 15 J / s = 1 P W This result established BELLA as the highest peak power laser in the world.

In December, 2014, a team of researchers accelerated electrons using BELLA up to an energy of 4.25 GeV—the absolute highest energies recorded to date using a compact accelerator

Last Armageddon

Last Armageddon is a 1988 post-apocalyptic role-playing video game for the NEC PC-8801, MSX, Sharp X68000, MS-DOS, PC Engine CD-ROM², Nintendo Family Computer. The game was in the Japanese language until an English translation patch was created for the Nintendo Famicom. Described to be the antithesis of the Dragon Quest fantasy series, the introductory story deals with life after all organisms have been wiped out by a mysterious force. All of the music in this game is considered to be representative of Hiroharu Hayama's early works. Hayama used his music to make games feel spooky and dark; the game had a sequel, After Armageddon Gaiden, released for the Sega CD in 1994. Working Designs planned to release the game in North America as A Side Story of Armageddon in 1995, but the localization was cancelled due to the demise of the Sega CD system; the humans, who breathed the toxin-filled air on Earth's surface, became one with the Earth and kept dissolving. The history of humanity ended and dominion of the planet returned to the demons.

These mutant creatures did not depend on oxygen to survive. Therefore, they were able to use the land. Meanwhile, an army of robots wage World War IV against the demons in order to conquer what is now known as Makai - the Demon World; these robots came to the planet on a wave of energy that created an explosion that turned the world into a wasteland. Much in the game, concurrent themes including Adolf Hitler, creating a perfect race of people, the destruction of humanity in the year 1999 are revealed to the player inside one of the robot's main bases. Can the demons gain dominion on the humans' old planet or will robots impose a millennium of logic and dictatorial force throughout Makai? Playing as the robots is not an option open to the player. Therefore, the player must crush the robot invaders; the game builds on the theme of an impending world domination through machines, as popularized famously in the Terminator series. The gameplay is similar to Final Fantasy featuring turn-based fights viewed from a third-person perspective.

Both the demon soldiers and their enemies may cast physical attacks. Some magic attacks have the ability to inflict poison damage on any of the player's creatures. If a creature is poisoned, the player must spare some of their creature's magic points in order to cure the affected monster through the "Kuizzu" spell. Letting the creature remain poisoned for a certain amount of time will lead to its death; the game plays like a role-playing video game and graves of fallen demons by the home base remind the player of the situation of the game. When a player first starts the game, they should not go to the right, as experienced monsters lie there in a stadium-shaped power station, in the southeastern corner of the map, it will take a foursome of level 5-10 characters. As characters advance in level, the monster images change slightly. By the time the characters advance to levels 17 through 34, the monsters will look slimy and the fusion of the cells will get ugly. There are two groups of four monsters.

After it becomes night in the game, the daytime group becomes inactive and the nighttime group takes over. However, there is no HP/MP replenishment when a group becomes inactive until the next morning or night phase. Although monsters can use their healing spells to cure conditions like poisoning, there is no known way to cure HP in the game other than via items spread throughout the dungeons in the game, or by using the magic spell "Shell Key"; the Nintendo Family Computer version lacks the monster encyclopedia that exists in the other versions of the game. None of the background music in the game resembles that of the FM Towns version; this was most because the Famicom version was not only developed by a different company, but because four different people worked on the soundtrack. Two versions existed for the FM Towns version; the FM Towns version comes in a series of three CD-ROMs and requires 1 megabyte of RAM and 2 megabytes of RAM. Only one character can be equipped with the most powerful sword and this person is pre-determined by the game itself.

A 3.5" floppy disk is needed to save the game. In the PC Engine version, all the 3D maps are shown as flat two-dimensional dungeons. Only goblins and orcs can be equipped with swords, unlike in the other versions. Transition time between "daytime" and "nighttime" characters has been eliminated in the PC Engine version, leading to an immediate swap of characters. Last Armageddon at MobyGames

2016 Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team

The 2016 Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team represents the University of Cincinnati during the 2016 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Bearcats play their home games at Marge Schott Stadium as a member of the American Athletic Conference, they are led in his third season at Cincinnati. The 2015 UC Baseball team was the youngest team in the nation last season and will be competing for that title again in 2016; the team features 29 underclassmen to just six upperclassmen. On March 21, 2016 Cincinnati defeated Northwestern 10-3 for the 8th straight win the 200th win at Marge Schott Stadium; the 8-0 record at home is the best start for any UC team at home since going a perfect 10-0 at home in 1961. Cincinnati finished the home schedule with an 18-7 record, the best winning percentage in the history of Marge Schott Stadium In 2015, the Bearcats finished 8th in the American with a record of 15-41, 6-18 in conference play, they failed to qualify for the 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. Ian Happ was drafted ninth overall by the Chicago Cubs.

Happ was named first team American Baseball Coaches Association, he was named First Team All-America by and was added to the second team by Baseball America, the NCBWA, Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness. He was named a First Team Capital One Academic All-American by CoSIDA, along with AAC Player of the year Rankings from Collegiate Baseball.