Willie McCovey takes special items to the grave

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–At a public celebration of life for Willie McCovey last week, his closest teammates revealed their admiration not just for the way the Hall of Fame first baseman carried himself on the field, but how he handled himself off of it.“What he did on the field, everybody knows,” fellow Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said. “But as a human being, Willie McCovey was very special. He was very quiet, he didn’t say much, but he had a big heart.”In a ceremony held at AT&T Park, McCovey was …last_img

Raiders’ Antonio Brown still out with mystery ailment

first_imgNAPA — The Antonio Brown watch continues.For the second straight day, the Raiders wide receiver was nowhere to be seen Saturday during the seventh practice of training camp.The Raiders have not specified an injury, with a source indicating as camp opened Brown would be out “probably a week” after starting on the non-football injury list. Brown was removed from the NFI last Sunday. He participated in a walkthrough, and two days later, ran some pass routes against defenders in drills before …last_img

Plea in NGT opposes MoEF order on clearances

first_imgPune: A Pune-based petitioner has filed an application before the principal bench of National Green Tribunal in New Delhi challenging the Environment Ministry’s recent notification easing environmental norms for realtors. The November 14 notification, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF& CC) empowers local bodies like the municipal corporations and panchayats to sanction environmental clearances for construction projects which have a built-up area between 20,000 sq m and 50,000 sq m.The petition, filed by Shashikant Kamble, alleges that local bodies are the biggest violators of the Environmental Protection Act, 1986. It said municipalities, local authorities and panchayat bodies are major defaulters when it comes to adhering to environmental laws, adding the power of regulatory bodies like the Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board would be severely curtailed as local bodies would interfere in its functioning.“The Environment Ministry has further failed to produce any study, literature or evaluation for taking such a retrograde decision and go back to a pre-2004 situation. At the time, the failure of local bodies was considered to be the chief reason for bringing building and constructions activity within the Environmental Impact Assesment framework,” said Mr. Kamble, a city-based social worker.“With the Parliamentary election at hand, the ruling [Bharatiya Janata Party] party has deliberately eased the norms for securing an environmental clearance certificate with a clear eye to winning over the builder lobby, which constitutes the prime source of election funds,” said advocate Tosif Shaikh, counsel for the petitioner.Mr. Shaikh also said the area cleared for residential and other projects would naturally exceed the built-up area limit, which would mean clearing more ecological zones for building activity.While realtors are elated, activists said the notification, if implemented, could have disastrous results for Pune’s ecology and forest cover, already ravaged by indiscriminate construction.“The present BJP government, like the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government before it, is least interested in preserving the environment or concerned about ‘regulation’. The Fadnavis government had promised plant 10 crore trees when it came to power, but this turned out to be a hollow promise,” said Right to Information activist Vijay Kumbhar.Mr. Kumbhar said despite 154 projects put on hold by the current State government, no action had been taken against realtors for defaulting on environmental norms.“Since 2006, environmental norms have been steadily bent by governments to favour realtors. So, with elections round the corner, it is hardly surprising that the Centre has come up with this ‘instrument’ to further water down the procedure for securing environmental clearances,” Mr. Kumbhar said, observing that in mega-projects like Lavasa, environmental clearance norms had been routinely flouted.Activist Vivek Velankar of the ‘Sajag Nagrik Manch’ said the current government, for all its ‘pro-environment’ talk, acted in a contrarian manner. “The ‘disputed areas’ of ecological value will be ruthlessly taken over by builders for their grandiose projects, given that the pressure of the corporator-builder lobby is overwhelming at local levels. The notification, if implemented, would spell doom for Pune district’s fast-shrinking green cover,” Mr. Velankar said.Incidentally, the Delhi High Court earlier this week had stayed the ministry’s notification after hearing a petition filed by two environmental NGOs.This petition opposing the Centre’s notification, filed by the Society for Protection of Environment & Biodiversity and the Social Action for Forest and Environment, had contended that the move to keep builders out of the rigour of the EIA would “lead to large-scale pan-India environmental degradation”.last_img read more

El Cajon businesses evacuated 1 in the hospital after carbon monoxide leak

first_imgEl Cajon businesses evacuated, 1 in the hospital after carbon monoxide leak June 17, 2018 Updated: 2:31 PM Posted: June 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img EL CAJON (KUSI) – An exhaust fan that appeared to have been accidentally turned off led to high levels of carbon monoxide at an El Cajon shopping center Sunday, triggering evacuations of multiple businesses.Firefighters were called to a Starbucks on Fletcher Parkway near Navajo Road about 8:15 a.m. to assist with an employee who reported difficulty breathing, said Heartland Fire and Rescue spokesperson Sonny Saghera.While at the scene, the firefighters monitored the air and noticed carbon monoxide inside the coffee shop, Saghera said. Workers and customers were cleared out of the Starbucks and nearby businesses, including an adjacent bagel shop, the Golden Bagel Cafe.Firefighters were able to trace the carbon monoxide to the bagel shop, and found an exhaust fan above a boiler had apparently been turned off, allowing the gas to collect and spread, Saghera said.A hazardous materials team was able to ventilate the businesses, and people were then allowed back inside.The Starbucks employee was taken to a hospital for treatment.Carbon monoxide is not poisonous in itself, but where it accumulates it displaces oxygen, and can be lethal. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Time Publisher Wants to Capture Readers from Cradle to the Grave

first_imgIt does appear that all the death talk has seeped into McCarrick’s sales pitch. He said that one of the reasons they launched Time for Kids was to capture readers at an early age. “We say ‘from the cradle ‘til when you’re put in the ground.’”More on McCarrick’s keynote here … CHICAGO—During his keynote address during the 2008 FOLIO: Show here, Time magazine president and worldwide publisher Ed McCarrick said he’s been fending off the “death of the news magazine” thing since the early seventies.“Pundits heralding the death of news magazines since I was on my way in the door [in 1973],” he said. “They were wrong then, and they’re wrong now.”But he also appears to be keenly aware of the importance of the Web.Despite the magazine’s Web site (relaunched again a couple weeks ago) accounting for just 11 percent of Time’s revenue, it’s growing—75 percent this year and projected growth of 35 percent in 2009—and McCarrick is quite bullish about it. “We’re at 82 million page views,” he said, responding—tellingly, perhaps, to a question about how large he expects the magazine’s print circulation to grow. “We feel 200 million page views is easily within reach.”last_img read more

Anant Ambani steps out with girlfriend Radhika Merchant gets fatshamed online

first_imgOn a related note, Radhika and Anant are childhood friends and have reportedly been dating each other for a while now. It is being said that Radhika is almost the part of the Ambani family and is often termed as Ambani’s would-be-choti bahu by the media. During Akash-Shloka wedding, Radhika was seen dancing with her Mukesh Ambani and was also accompanying the newly married couple down the aisle. Anant Ambani, Radhika MerchantTwitterIndia’s richest businessman, Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita Ambani’s youngest son Anant Ambani had grabbed the attention of the media when he turned fat to fit by losing a staggering 108 kilos in less than 18 months. He had followed a strict diet and exercised for almost five-six hours in a day which included a 21-km walk followed by yoga, weight training, functional training and high-intensity cardio exercises. But it looks like the younger hier to the Ambani throne seems to have given up his exercise routine and had again started gaining weight.Anant Ambani on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon, was spotted with his rumoured girlfriend Radhika Merchant for a store launch in Bandra, Mumbai but the former wouldn’t have anticipated that his public outing will turn into a nightmare for him online. In a video posted by the paparazzi, Anant looked a bit heavier that before when stepped out of a store with Radhika and was seen aheading towards his car along with their armed security personnels. While Anant was wearing a simple white shirt and pants, Radhika was dressed in traditional salwar suit.There could be many reasons for Anant Ambani’s visible weight gain but a few people on social media started throwing nasty comments on his body weight and mannerism saying that he looks more like a woman than a man.Watch the video here: Anant Ambani gets fat-shamedInstagram Anant Ambani gets fat-shamedInstagramlast_img read more

New mass spectrometry technique clouds early European inflation theories

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The research, led by Anne-Marie Desaulty, sought to answer once and for all the question of why the whole of Europe experienced a dramatic, inexplicable rise in overall prices, shortly after the discovery of the new world.Until now, researchers have had to rely on the results of mass spectrometry analysis of lead and copper found in coins to trace its origins, because the results obtained from doing so on silver couldn’t be trusted. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty of reading isotope results for lead, and the fact that copper was used at later dates to re-mint coins, no real conclusions could be drawn from the results of such tests. Now however, using the new technique, the team was able to discern that silver from Mexico didn’t begin appearing in Spanish coins until the inflationary period was over; though it did become the principal source of silver in such coins thereafter.In the past, mass spectrometry tests on silver were fraught with difficulty due to the ratio of its two stable isotopes, silver-107 and 109; making them extremely difficult to measure. New advances in mass spectrometry devices however, coupled with multiple collectors, has made the process more sensitive; sensitive enough so that the results of such tests can now be trusted; and those findings suggest that it was not the sudden importation of Mexican silver as a means of minting Spanish coins that led to the inflation, because there simply wasn’t enough of it present in coins during the period in question.Unfortunately though, because the study was able to rule out the influx of Mexican silver as a cause for the inflation, a new gap in knowledge has been left behind, which will send scholars and researchers back to the drawing boards to explain why in fact, prices in Europe rose as they did, and why it happened for so long. Major silver mining centers and mints in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Also shown are the Pb geological model ages T in millions of years of various metal ores. Image (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018210108 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ancient coins teach researchers about modern society More information: Isotopic Ag–Cu–Pb record of silver circulation through 16th–18th century Spain, PNAS, Published online before print May 23, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018210108AbstractEstimating global fluxes of precious metals is key to understanding early monetary systems. This work adds silver (Ag) to the metals (Pb and Cu) used so far to trace the provenance of coinage through variations in isotopic abundances. Silver, copper, and lead isotopes were measured in 91 coins from the East Mediterranean Antiquity and Roman world, medieval western Europe, 16th–18th century Spain, Mexico, and the Andes and show a great potential for provenance studies. Pre-1492 European silver can be distinguished from Mexican and Andean metal. European silver dominated Spanish coinage until Philip III, but had, 80 y later after the reign of Philip V, been flushed from the monetary mass and replaced by Mexican silver. Citation: New mass spectrometry technique clouds early European inflation theories (2011, May 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-mass-spectrometry-technique-clouds-early.html (PhysOrg.com) — Using a new coupled mass spectrometry technique that employs multiple collectors, researchers in France have shown that it was not an influx of silver from the America’s that caused high inflation in Europe from the early 1500’s to mid 1600, as some historians have long believed. Their results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) show that the gradual replacement of coins made from Spanish silver to imported Mexican silver, did not occur until nearly fifty years later. Explore furtherlast_img read more