More gold found at controversial B.C. mine

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Fisheries | Nation & World | Southeast | SyndicatedMore gold found at controversial B.C. mineNovember 10, 2015 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:A KSM drill rig perches above a deep valley about 80 miles east of Wrangell in July of 2014. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Developers of a controversial British Columbia mining project say they’ve found more gold.The discovery could increase the value of the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell deposit and help attract investors.The KSM project is owned by Toronto-based Seabridge Gold. Spokesman Brent Murphy says summer drilling expanded the boundaries of a gold- and copper-rich deposit called Deep Kerr.“We believe there’s more potential there. And I think the results from Deep Kerr have proven our geological hypothesis and from that, we’re quite excited,” Murphy said.The KSM is about 30 miles east of the Southeast Alaska border and around 80 miles east of Wrangell. It’s controversial because it’s within the watersheds of two salmon-rich rivers that flow into the ocean within 50 miles of Ketchikan.The project was expected to use open-pit mining. Murphy says finding more valuable deposits at depths of more than half a mile could change that scenario.“Potentially it means more underground mining and less open pit and less waste rock and less environmental disturbance,” he said.Mine critics in Alaska say waste rock stored behind dams is a significant threat to fish and people downriver.Murphy says more drilling is needed to identify the deposit’s full depth. Seabridge has not decided whether to continue exploration next summer.The company has the main permits needed to build the mine. It’s still seeking investment partners for the more than $5 billion project.(Tour the KSM project during exploration season.)Share this story:last_img read more

In 1981, an Unknown Pitcher from Mexico Changed the Game for…

first_imgSportsBooksIn 1981, an Unknown Pitcher from Mexico Changed the Game for the DodgersA look back at the championship season when ”Fernandomania” swept L.A.By Jason Turbow – June 3, 20197516ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe guy standing on the mound at Dodger Stadium on opening day was not the guy the Dodgers wanted standing on the mound at Dodger Stadium on opening day. The home team faced pressure aplenty without having to consider an emergency starter in the very first game of the 1981 season, let alone it being a 20-year-old with all of 17 innings of big league experience under his belt, every one of them out of the bullpen.At that point, L.A.’s pitching concerns were more akin to triage than anything resembling strategy. This was the Dodgers, for crying out loud, the closest thing to a pitching factory that baseball had known since way back in the Brooklyn days of Drysdale and Newcombe and Sandy Freaking Koufax. One might assume immunity to this sort of dilemma. Nope. Their previous game—a one-and-out playoff against Houston that closed the 1980 campaign—had hinged on just this kind of drama. Hell, it even included the same opponent currently in town to christen the new season, almost as if baseball’s schedulers wanted to help Los Angelenos clear their palates as expediently as possible. Whether that was achievable remained to be seen.The Dodgers were already without Don Sutton, now pitching for Houston. Left-hander Jerry Reuss, coming off an All-Star campaign, was ready to slide into Sutton’s slot atop the rotation, but in the final workout before opening day pulled a calf muscle so severely that he ended up sidelined for the first ten games of the season.Manager Tommy Lasorda would have bumped up the next guy, but Burt Hooton, thinking he had an additional day to recover, had undergone a procedure to remove an ingrown toenail and was forced to sit. Number three starter Bob Welch was tending a bone spur in his elbow that would cost him three games. Dave Goltz and third-year pitcher Rick Sutcliffe had just closed the exhibition schedule with Freeway Series starts against the Angels.This is how Fernando Valenzuela came to be pulled aside by team brass shortly after reaching the ballpark and told that he was about to become the first rookie pitcher to start on opening day in the 98-year history of the franchise.Valenzuela was a physical curiosity, with chubby cheeks and rotund belly, his Mayan features accentuated by bushy black hair spilling straight down from his cap. Wrote Jim Murray in the following day’s Los Angeles Times: “He is, how shall we say it—he is—well, he’s fat, is what he is.” Fernando did not disappoint. In a performance that belied his carriage, the left-hander tantalized the Astros inning after inning, giving up assorted singles and not much else. By the time he struck out Dave Roberts in the ninth—with a screwball of all things—Valenzuela had thrown 106 pitches, and also a complete-game, five-hit, 2–0 shutout. The 50,511 fans crowding Dodger Stadium could hardly believe what they’d seen. A day earlier the pitcher had been so in the dark about the possibility of drawing this assignment that he threw batting practice. Now he spun gold. Fernando, too young to legally buy a beer, was seemingly beyond distraction.“We don’t know what’s going on inside him,” marveled Dodgers second baseman Davey Lopes after the game, an understandable sentiment given his new teammate’s language barrier. “All he does is smile.”“He wasn’t one bit nervous,” catcher Mike Scioscia informed the press. “He’s so cool out there, I don’t think he even broke a sweat.”Rob Brown/Herald Examiner Collection | Los Angeles Public Library Photo CollectionThe thing about Valenzuela wasn’t that he was an unknown pitcher making his first major league start on the early season’s biggest stage. It wasn’t that he spoke virtually no English, necessitating Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín to translate for him at nearly every turn. It wasn’t that as a kid from the dusty plains of Mexico he had not yet adapted to life in Los Angeles. It was not his pudgy cheeks, or his stomach bulging over his belt, or the unique hitch in his delivery in which, with his lead leg lifted, he gazed skyward while clasping his hands above his head. It was not his habit of constantly blowing chewing-gum bubbles, sometimes in the middle of his windup. It was not that he was a 20-year-old who looked to be in his middle thirties. It was not even that he was left-handed, or that his out-pitch was a flippin’ screwball.It was all of it together, a full package containing mystery (The guy barely talks!), comedy (That belly! That haircut! That form!) and straight-up befuddlement (How does he do nothing but win?). Baseball had seen its share of flashing mound talent over recent years—Mark Fidrych in 1976, Vida Blue in ’71—but nobody quite captured the collective imagination like Fernando. The guy had been so anonymous that in a baseball card industry recently flush with competition, only Fleer saw fit to include him in its 1981 set…and misspelled his name.Valenzuela seemed imperturbable—Pedazo de pastel, he said when asked how he felt about starting the season opener, Piece of cake—so composed through what should have been a fraught-filled start that the Los Angeles Times was compelled to report that “if he had been 100 years old and in the majors for 90 of them, he couldn’t have looked more in control.”As if limiting Houston to five hits wasn’t enough, two of them came off of broken bats, and a third didn’t breach the infield. Said Fernando with such unassuming ease that it was impossible to confuse the sentiment for bravado: “When I get on the mound I don’t know what afraid is.”“Hell,” shrugged outfielder Jay Johnstone, looking back, “you’ve got to break him in somewhere.”To that point, Dodgers players didn’t know what to make of the youngster. They’d spent most of spring training watching Valenzuela get knocked around by their own hitters during batting practice at Vero Beach, but in retrospect it became clear what he’d been trying to do. “Fernando threw the best BP,” reflected Derrel Thomas. “He could make a bad hitter look good, that’s how great a batting practice he threw. It was right there, all the time.” So hard was the left-hander getting hammered that some of the team’s Latino hitters began teasing him about the distance of the shots he was giving up. “No,” Valenzuela responded in Spanish from the mound, “I let you do that.” Challenge accepted. Lasorda, who’d been listening in, immediately gathered three of his top-line guys—Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker, and Pedro Guerrero—to do their damnedest in the batting cage, then ordered Valenzuela to let loose. Three pitches and Smith was done. Three more pitches, and so was Baker. Likewise, Guerrero. Heads immediately swiveled toward Lasorda. “OK,” he shrugged. Point proved.*By the time Valenzuela’s second regular-season start came around, the Dodgers were 4-0, having swept Houston and taken the opener of a three-game set in San Francisco. It would be, pundits suggested, a different kind of test for the rookie. Fernando would be leaving balmy Los Angeles for windy, frigid Candlestick Park, while pitching in front of the most fervently anti-Dodger crowd in the big leagues. The day before the game, the ballpark wind chill dropped to near 40 degrees, with gusts so strong that the grounds crew had to secure the center-field fence lest it blow over.Valenzuela tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts. He did give up a run in the eighth inning—the first of his big league career—leading to his first on-the-record admission (“The cold weather, it made me a little stiff toward the end”) that he might be human after all. Catcher Steve Yeager said afterward that Valenzuela could have gone another nine had he so chosen.The Dodgers would win again the next day to sweep the series and go 6-0. After an off-day and an extra-innings loss to San Diego, Fernando headed back to the hill in wet weather, on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, and delivered his second complete-game, five-hit shutout in three tries, walking no Padres and striking out 10. Gene Richards’s leadoff single? No problem. When Ozzie Smith tried to bunt Richards over, Valenzuela coolly fielded the ball and rifled a strike to Russell at second to force the runner. A moment later, the lefty picked Smith off of first. By that point, said GM Campanis, he was “catching hell for not bringing him up earlier.”On Valenzuela’s fourth turn, the Dodgers were 9-2 and the country was paying attention. It was pegged as another hurdle for the young pitcher, the first time a team—the Astros—would get a second look at him. It was one thing to beat the woeful Giants and Padres, but Houston was the defending division champ and would be playing at home, marking Fernando’s first appearance indoors, not to mention his second straight start on three days’ rest. No phenom could be this phenomenal.Could he?Another complete-game shutout had even the doubters convinced. Tossing a seven-hitter with 11 strikeouts was one thing, but doing so in a 1–0 victory proved Valenzuela’s mettle in new ways. Houston’s leadoff hitter, Terry Puhl, opened the game by smacking a double into the right-field corner. When the next batter, Craig Reynolds, tried to bunt Puhl over, Valenzuela, unperturbed, fielded the ball in front of the mound and, upon spying the runner too wide of second, ran him down and tagged him out himself, then instinctively wheeled and threw the ball to first, nearly catching Reynolds off the bag. Moments later, Valenzuela did catch Reynolds off the bag, picking him off cleanly, but in the ensuing rundown Steve Garvey hit Reynolds in the back with his throw. Houston eventually put runners on second and third, at which point Valenzuela struck out José Cruz and Mike Ivie to end the inning. There seemed to be no limit to his baseball sense.As if to answer anybody who wasn’t yet ready to acknowledge him as Superman, Fernando also drove in the game’s only run as part of a two-for-three day that brought his season batting average to .333. “There was no one moment when I realized he was for real,” reflected Dave Stewart about the pitcher’s magical start. “With Fernando, it was every moment. Every game he would show you something. He could make the opposition look absolutely useless.” Valenzuela was 4-0 with four complete games in four starts, including three shutouts and 36 strikeouts over 36 innings. His ERA was 0.25. He led all of baseball in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, and shutouts. Wrote the Los Angeles Times: “After his first single, he got a standing ovation, and first-base coach Manny Mota told him to tip his cap. It was the first thing anyone has had to tell Valenzuela all season.” There was no way things could get any better. And then they did.Fernando’s fifth start, at home against the Giants, was another complete-game shutout, because of course it was, this one a seven-hitter with what even the pitcher acknowledged was not his best stuff. In the process, he dropped his ERA to 0.20 while raising his batting average to .438, thanks to a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Los Angeles was 14-3 and led the National League West by four and a half games, a ridiculous margin so early in the season. By that point people weren’t just paying attention, they were urgently scrambling to board Fernando’s contrail. T-shirts and buttons featuring the pitcher’s name and image cropped up across the Southland. Songs of devotion were recorded. Tickets for his future starts, home and road, were snapped up at premium prices. The Los Angeles Herald Examiner ran a contest to find the pitcher a nickname. (The closest one came to sticking was El Toro—The Bull.) Sports Illustrated ordered a feature story, as did Inside Sports. Reporters appeared in the clubhouse in such overwhelming numbers that the Dodgers took to staging pregame press conferences as a means of clearing out some space for the rest of the roster. Someone even came up with a name for the whole, wild affair: Fernandomania. Valenzuela was five starts into his big league career.“He seems to think there’s a better league somewhere else,” said Lasorda, “and he’s trying to pitch himself out of here.”Chavez Ravine was once considered such undesirable real estate that for a time in the 1800s the city of Los Angeles used it to isolate smallpox patients. The place was only a mile northeast of downtown, but it might as well have been on the other side of the planet for the lack of interest shown by local developers.The rugged hills surrounding the area’s gorges and gullies kept the land available for generations of Mexican immigrants looking for a place to settle. Their numbers exploded following the revolution in their country in 1910, and again in 1913, when the city chose the spot to relocate about 250 families from the floodplain of the Los Angeles River. The influx led to the emergence of three barrios, called La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop, each nestled in its own ravine. A patchwork array of houses, hundreds strong, dotted the hillside, serviced by neither streetlights nor a unified sewage system. Only some of the roads were paved. About a quarter of the homes were built to modern standards, but many were effectively lean-tos, slabs of board or tin propped atop patchwork frames. According to a 1949 survey, one-third of the area’s houses had no toilets and a significant percentage were without running water. Nearly 4,000 people lived in those hills.The canyons, dotted naturally by meadows and wildflowers, came to bear an array of family orchards and gardens. Goats, chickens, and pigs wandered the hills, munching slopeside grass. The Palo Verde Street School provided American-style elementary education for area kids, while the Paducah Street School was geared more toward domestic skills like gardening. The community’s center was the Santo Nino Church. For many residents, life in the ravines was as good as they could have hoped. It was both available and affordable. It also wouldn’t last.In late 1949, Los Angeles mayor Fletcher Bowron enlisted federal help to design and build 10,000 units of public housing in Chavez Ravine. That the land was already inhabited bore little consequence to city fathers; much of the extant development failed to meet civic standards (a Department of Health report called it “the worst slum in the city,” despite the area possessing little of the blight typical of urban tenements), and besides, new construction would be easier there than in more populated regions of greater L.A. So an offer was extended to area homeowners: sell your property to the city housing authority and receive, in addition to fair market value, first crack at a spot in the soon-to-be-constructed apartment buildings, named Elysium Park Heights, after the surrounding parkland.The clear-eyed among the residents saw the offer for what it was: an eviction notice with the chance to recoup at least something in exchange. The barrios were bound for demolition, that much was certain, and unsurrendered land would be seized via eminent domain. Cashing in was strictly optional.The planned housing would accommodate up to 17,000 residents, a massive population increase. At the city’s instruction, architects Robert Alexander and Richard Neutra designed 13 high-rise towers, a number far exceeding what either man thought appropriate. Amenities in the blueprint included space for preschools and three churches, as well as a shopping center and a 1,500-seat auditorium.When the housing authority began to purchase property in earnest in December 1950, a number of residents jumped aboard. With many offers failing to reach even five figures, however, sale prices did not come close to enabling the purchase of equivalent property elsewhere in Los Angeles. Some holdout residents were scared into selling by rampant rumors that the city would set fire to unevacuated dwellings, or that the police would arrest those who lingered too long.As it turned out, those who lingered too long ended up making the most noise. A steadfast band of resisters refused to relinquish their homes, even in the face of increasing governmental pressure—pressure that, in 1953, came to include a new foe. Mayor Bowron was facing a reelection fight against conservative candidate Norris Poulson, whose campaign encouraged the red scare prevailing in American politics at the time. Poulson’s platform decried the socialist nature of subsidized housing, a stance buffeted by local real estate developers, who by that point saw the abundance of available acreage so close to downtown as a potential gold mine. They even banded together, with Poulson joining the Los Angeles Times, the Chamber of Commerce, and a local home-building coalition to form a group called CASH—Citizens Against Socialist Housing. Spurred by donations from the construction sector, the city council repudiated its earlier authorization for the construction of Elysium Park Heights, mostly under the auspices of a gathering Communist threat. Councilman Harold Harby denounced public housing as a “creeping cancer” that would lead to “social decay.”Bowron vetoed the council’s plan, insisting that the specter of returning some $13 million in federal development grants that had already been accepted for the Elysium Park Heights project would put the city at risk. Trying to placate the opposition, he negotiated a reduction in scope, from 10,000 units to 7,000. Faced with two choices widely seen as unpalatable—condense the plan or scrap it entirely and refund the government’s money—the population went for a third option: they voted Bowron out of office, in favor of Paulson. Among the new mayor’s first acts was scuttling the proposed development.That left the city with a bunch of mostly empty acreage and not a lot to do with it. Though the land had been earmarked for public use, the definition of that term changed markedly over time, especially once Walter O’Malley decided to move his baseball team out of Brooklyn and sought someplace in Los Angeles to plant his flag.The Dodgers knew exactly what they were missing. Apart from Mexico City, Los Angeles boasted a higher concentration of Mexicans than anyplace in the world, who by 1981 represented 2 million out of 7.5 million people in L.A. County. The potential for a Hispanic fan bloc was overwhelming, if only it could be reached. Doing so was not easy.The Dodgers had been scouting south of the border since 1950, during which time they’d fielded a variety of Mexican players, none of whom inspired the masses. There was Vicente Romo, a pitcher out of Santa Rosalia, snatched from Cleveland’s minor league system in the 1967 Rule 5 draft. He pitched one inning for L.A. before being returned to the Indians.There was pitcher José Peña, from Chihuahua, acquired in a 1970 trade, who won six games over three seasons and was released. Catcher Sergio Robles was signed out of the Mexican League, went hitless in three at-bats with the Dodgers, and promptly returned home.When Mexican nationals failed to turn the trick, the Dodgers tabbed players like pinch-hitter extraordinaire Manny Mota, who was Dominican but at least spoke Spanish. The closest they came to their original plan was Bobby Castillo, the guy who taught Valenzuela his screwball. Castillo had Mexican heritage, but grew up in East Los Angeles and spoke only English. Mexican fans continued to stay away.Paul Chinn/Herald Examiner Collection | Los Angeles Public Library Photo CollectionNot that it hurt the bottom line. The Dodgers consistently led baseball in attendance, in 1978 becoming the first team to draw more than 3 million fans. Still, Al Campanis never stopped ordering his scouts to try to dig up a Mexican Sandy Koufax, somebody to activate Latinos the way that the Hall of Fame left-hander had activated Jews.By the time Valenzuela’s record hit 5-0 in 1981, it was safe to say that Latinos throughout the Southland were activated. So, for that matter, was everybody else. Vendors began to crop up on the streets leading to Dodger Stadium, hawking all manner of Valenzuela-related fare, from souvenir T-shirts to buttons bearing slogans like “I Live in the San Fernando Valley.” The team’s switchboard was inundated with ticket requests for the lefty’s upcoming starts, and rumors swirled about John Belushi playing him in a biopic. The pitcher would soon sign a deal to put his image on posters, and by the end of the season he had endorsed everything from flashlights to fruit juice to Mexican banks.“The fan demographics of Dodger Stadium changed in a month,” said reporter Peter Schmuck. “It was stunning to pull your car into the parking lot and drive by mariachi bands. Sure, Mexican Americans came to games, but not like that. It was so much fun, just a wonderful, unbelievable circus.”“The best part about it is that it was completely spontaneous and real,” said Lyle Spencer, who covered the team for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. “There was nothing fabricated about it. Fernandomania wasn’t a creation of some PR department—it just happened.”Newspapers and magazines sent waves of reporters to Etchohuaquila for endless features that repeated the same details again and again. New attention was paid to long-expired stars like Dizzy Dean (the last National League pitcher to win 30 games), Rube Marquard (the guy with the best start to a season in big league history, at 19-0), and Jack Chesbro (the last 40-game winner). Dean turned his trick in 1930, Marquard in 1912, and Chesbro all the way back in 1904. To say that Valenzuela’s start was being viewed in anything but historic terms is to sell short the national obsession with the pitcher. Even long-forgotten hurlers like Hooks Wiltse and Atley Donald drew notice, owing to their sharing the rookie record with 12 consecutive wins, for the 1904 Giants and 1939 Yankees, respectively. Writers took to referencing a pitcher named Boo Ferriss, who upon being called up to Boston in 1945 completed his first 11 starts, including four shutouts and one 14-inning affair, with a relief appearance in between in which he earned the save. After Ferriss’s first five starts, he was 5-0 with three shutouts and a 0.60 ERA. After Valenzuela’s first five starts, he was 5-0 with three shutouts and a 0.20 ERA. Even better than the best ever, said Los Angelenos unconcerned with hyperbole.The Dodgers did their best to foster a sense of order within the clubhouse. Rather than subject Fernando to unrelenting pregame attention, they arranged for a one-stop press conference in Houston to slake the media’s thirst—and then expanded the policy to each city they visited thereafter. So as to avoid resentment among the rest of the staff, Lasorda offered press conferences to his other starters too. (They rejected the idea outright, unanimous in the opinion that more attention slathered upon Valenzuela meant more freedom from the press for themselves.)The pitcher built camaraderie in his own low-key way, crafting lariats out of twine, which he’d use to lasso the feet of unsuspecting teammates as they walked past in the dugout. He’d perpetually tap players on the shoulder from behind, then disappear in the opposite direction. He juggled a hacky sack during pregame warm-ups for what seemed like hours on end. “He looked like a man, but he acted like a kid,” recalled Dusty Baker, who, given his ability to speak Spanish, was one of Valenzuela’s primary conduits to the team.Finally, during Fernando’s sixth start, things fell apart…relatively speaking. Playing in Montreal—north of the U.S. border, rather than the familiar south—Valenzuela had to be removed from a game for the first time as a big leaguer. Still, he pitched a full nine innings (the game went extras) and limited the Expos to one run on five hits with no walks while striking out seven. It took the opposition six innings to get a ball out of the infield. In the process, Fernando ran his record to 6-0 when the Dodgers scored five times in the 10th for a 6–1 victory, minutes after the pitcher was removed for a pinch-hitter in the top half of the frame. “We scored a run off him,” enthused Expos catcher Gary Carter in the postgame clubhouse, seizing upon whatever positives he could. It was the second run Valenzuela had yielded as a big leaguer, and the first that meant anything. Back home, 59 percent of televisions tuned in to the game.The whirlwind got truly whirly at Fernando’s next stop, in New York. It was unusual from the start, given that the Dodgers were still in Philadelphia when he arrived, but Valenzuela was scheduled to pitch the series opener at Shea Stadium, so the team sent him ahead a day early to meet the press. Wearing a brown leather jacket and slacks, Fernando uneasily stared down an interview room flooded with some 100 media members, as well as Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, serving as special envoy from the commissioner’s office, and Mets catcher Alex Treviño, in the starting lineup for that night’s game against the Giants, who, being from Monterrey, Mexico, did not want to miss it.Valenzuela, a guy who didn’t much like speaking even in general terms, found himself fending off increasingly pointed questions for more than an hour, fielding query after query about things like the labor discord that was making a strike look more likely by the day. “New York writers are so mean, and they tried to trap him in something,” recalled Valenzuela’s translator, broadcaster Jaime Jarrín. “Fernando didn’t know anything about the strike. They said, ‘How is it that you’re so unaware of what’s happening?’ He said, ‘I know how to pitch, that’s it.’”The rest of the Dodgers showed up at Shea Stadium a day later to face the Mets in front of 39,848 fans—not bad for a team that averaged 11,300—plus noted sports artist LeRoy Neiman, who appeared before the game to sketch Valenzuela’s portrait. As the pitcher attempted to put on his uniform, he was jostled by two photographers and an ESPN cameraman, part of a media contingent swelled to twice its usual size. When Fernando took the field for batting practice, he was followed down the runway by a bona-fide horde. “I felt like I was following the heavyweight champion, with all the media people and the handlers walking down to the field,” recalled reporter Chris Mortensen. Upon returning to his locker after warm-ups, Valenzuela was forced to fend off five photographers, enough for Lasorda to chase the entire assemblage out of the clubhouse and lock the door, which was ordinarily open until first pitch.The attention might have had something to do with the worst start of Fernando’s career, the left-hander giving up four hits and four walks over the first three innings—and still he threw a complete-game shutout. He did this by getting Dave Kingman to ground into a bases-loaded double-play to end the first, striking out Bob Bailor with the bases loaded to end the second, and inducing a comebacker from Treviño with two men on in the third. The lefty settled down after that, holding the Mets to three harmless singles over the final six frames while whiffing 11 over the course of 142 pitches. He also gave away his inexperience when, with nobody on base in the middle innings, he caught sight of one of the jets that frequently buzzed Shea Stadium when taking off from nearby LaGuardia Airport. Entranced, the pitcher simply dropped his leg, held the ball, and watched in awe as it passed overhead.At Valenzuela’s postgame press conference, somebody asked whether he thought he could go his entire career undefeated. “Es muy dificil,” he said quietly. It’s very difficult. After his next two starts, Valenzuela would be 8-0 with seven complete games, five shutouts and a 0.50 ERA. That, though, was still to come. After a brief pause, he finished the sentence: “Pero no es imposible.” But it’s not impossible. The way Fernando was going, the point had to be considered.Excerpted from THEY BLED BLUE: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers by Jason Turbow. Copyright © 2019 by Jason Turbow. 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first_img Share China fish firm gobbles £10m whatsapp Sunday 1 February 2015 9:56 pm Express KCS A CHINESE fish food company is set to list on the junior stock market tomorrow after raising close to £10m from investors. Aquatic Foods Group, which is based in the Shandong Province, has sold shares worth £9.3m to investors, giving the business a £79.3m price tag. The company specialises in producing frozen seafood for China’s growing middle classes, and also has a healthy export business under its Kanwa Foodstuffs brand. “Our decision to list on Aim makes perfect sense for Aquatic Foods Group as we look to take our business towards the next stage of its development,” the company’s chief executive Li Xianzhi said.Turnover at the business rose from 276.4m renminbi in 2011 to 667.3m renminbi in 2013. center_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

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first_img Website boss sells 6pc stake whatsapp THE FOUNDER of price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com is selling a 6.4 per cent stake in the company.Simon Nixon is offering 35m existing ordinary 0.02 pence shares in the company. The shares will be sold with the right to receive the final dividend of 5.69p per share, which is due to be paid on 8 May. Citigroup has been appointed as sole bookrunner on the placing. Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL Sharecenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesFinancial 10See The Wife Of The World’s Richest BillionairesFinancial 10ComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinition Tuesday 24 March 2015 9:40 pm whatsapp Express KCS last_img read more

Pap smears may offer early peek at birth defect risk

first_img That’s not the only potential use. The researchers also are examining whether these cells may offer a warning of brewing problems with the placenta.The work is intriguing but still preliminary, said Dr. Ronald Wapner, a prenatal screening specialist at Columbia University.Especially this early in pregnancy, “we have to make sure the cells you get are truly representative of what’s going on in the fetus,” he said, something larger tests could determine.Dr. Catherine Spong of the National Institutes of Health, which helped fund the study, called the research “really nicely done and helpful to the field,” but echoed that caution. The placenta and fetus both originate from the fertilized egg and thus share a genetic profile, but occasionally an abnormality occurs only in the placenta. Spong said as the research continues, it might shed more light on placenta formation.— Lauran Neergaard Aside from better known chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome, “there are about 6,000 other genetic disorders which we currently have a hard time to assess noninvasively and as early,” said Wayne State associate professor Sascha Drewlo, co-author of the study in Science Translational Medicine. He calls defects caused by single gene mutations “the biggest gap” in prenatal testing. Severe birth defects are not as lethal as docs once said Related: Today’s main options are invasive tests — amniocentesis and CVS, or chorionic villus sampling — that analyze a sample of amniotic fluid or placenta tissue. They carry a small risk of miscarriage. Amniocentesis typically is performed around 15 weeks and CVS around 10 weeks.advertisement Related: APStock HealthPap smears may offer early peek at birth defect risk About the Author Reprints Associated Press Tags birth defectpap smearwomen’s health A blood test offers a slightly earlier and noninvasive option by analyzing small amounts of fetal DNA that float in a pregnant woman’s bloodstream. Worrisome results are supposed to be verified by an invasive test. Early diagnosis isn’t just about deciding whether to go forward with a pregnancy but can affect prenatal care and what care a baby might need at birth.It turns out that a small number of cells containing DNA of the forming fetus are shed into a mom-to-be’s reproductive tract, where the scrape of a routine Pap can collect them along with the woman’s own cervical cells. They’re called trophoblasts, cells that start the placenta’s growth.The first challenge is to separate those cells from mom’s. The Wayne State team, led by Drewlo and professor D. Randall Armant, calls its method TRIC, for trophoblast retrieval isolation from the cervix.They tested the approach in 20 pregnant women who had Paps between 5 weeks and 19 weeks gestation. The researchers reported on Wednesday that they could extract the trophoblasts and accurately map the DNA inside, a step to identifying genetic disorders. By Associated Press Nov. 2, 2016 Reprints WASHINGTON — A simple Pap smear may one day offer a way to screen for birth defects a little earlier in pregnancy than today’s prenatal tests.Women typically get a Pap during early pregnancy, and Wayne State University researchers report Wednesday that they can capture enough fetal DNA from the cells that test extracts to check for genetic abnormalities.The new study is very small, and much more research is needed. But if the approach eventually pans out, researchers say it might be possible to use as early as five weeks into pregnancy and to detect more disorders noninvasively.advertisement If mom takes acetaminophen during pregnancy, does it affect her child’s behavior? last_img read more

Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Tuesday, June 16, 2020

first_img Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Latest Figures1,709 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday.While there has been a total of 14 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.This is an increase on the total cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 25,334.While in Laois, there are 264 cases – an unchanged figure for three days.See Full Report HerePandemic set to cause major shortfall in housing supply, warns new studyThe COVID-19 crisis has had a major impact on housing supply, according to a new report.The weeks-long hiatus on construction work as sites shut in response to the pandemic, combined with the limits imposed by social distancing requirements, mean that new houses might only reach 14,000 in 2020 – a major shortfall.You can read the full report here.BeefBeef farmers in Laois to benefit from Covid-19 financial packageMinister for Justice Charlie Flanagan says a €50m support scheme will be made available to beef farmers in Laois and Offaly who have been financially affected by Covid-19.The Fine Gael TD confirmed that Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will be engaging with stakeholders regarding the details of the scheme to be developed, which must also be submitted to the EU for state aid approval under the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.You can read the piece in full here.Trump rejects health concerns for election rally and says he wants to triple crowd numbersUS president Donald Trump has rejected pleas from Tulsa, Oklahoma, not to risk aggravating coronavirus risks by holding a rally there, announcing he wants to triple the crowd to 60,000 people.“We have a 22,000 seat arena, but I think we’re also going to take the convention hall next door and that’s going to hold 40,000,” he told reporters at the White House.You can read the full report here. Facebook New Zealand reports first new Covid-19 cases in 25 daysNew Zealand reported two cases of Covid-19 Tuesday, ending a three-and-a-half week spell without any fresh infections, health authorities have said.Both the new patients were recent arrivals from the United Kingdom, the health ministry said.You can read the full report here. By Megan Shiel – 16th June 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: When the rain returned!“And the rain is back!! Where in the name of God did it come from?? How can we go from 21 degrees all the way down to 10 in less than 12 hours!! I just don’t understand it. And neither does my 1 yr old!“He’s obsessed with being outside and ‘raining’ does not cut it as an excuse! Add to that the telly obsessed 3 and 5 year old and I knew today was going to be tough work!“I would have to tread the ‘screen time’ waters very carefully – too much and they would be all kinds of narky, but if I turned it off too soon I would face their wrath! I had to decide which option was less frightening, the kids turning on each other, or all of them turning on me!”You can read the full blog here. Twitter WhatsApp No MNF and fake crowd noise – How Sky are broadcasting Premier League football in the Covid-19 eraSky Sports may or may not have invented football back in 1992, but they’ve definitely spent the last few weeks reinventing themselves.Their live coverage of the Premier League resumes tomorrow, and broadcasting from empty, socially-distanced and biosecure stadia has posed a host of major challenges.You can read The 42 report in full here.An inexpensive drug reduces virus deaths, scientists say.Scientists at the University of Oxford said on Tuesday that they have identified what they called the first drug proven to reduce coronavirus-related deaths, after a 6,000-patient trial of the drug in Britain showed that a low-cost steroid could reduce deaths significantly for hospitalized patients.The steroid, dexamethasone, reduced deaths by a third in patients receiving ventilation, and by a fifth in patients receiving only oxygen treatment, the scientists said. They found no benefit from the drug in patients who did not need respiratory support.You can read The New York Times piece in full here. UK government u-turns and offers summer meals for children after campaign from footballer RashfordThe UK government is set to extend a free school meal voucher scheme for children beyond the current school term following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.The 22-year-old Manchester United and England striker had urged the authorities to make a U-turn and allow vulnerable children who have been getting free meals during the coronavirus lockdown to continue receiving them in the summer holidays.Rashford, who has raised £20 million (€22 million) to boost food distribution with the charity FareShare, has admitted to using food banks and receiving free meals as a child.You can read the Journal piece in full here. News Facebook Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleBREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 14 new cases as 26,000 learner drivers waiting for testNext articleJOB VACANCIES: Cook and kitchen assistant needed for busy bar/restaurant in Portarlington area Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final TAGSCoronavirusCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard Twitter Home News Community Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Tuesday, June 16, 2020 NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Time to focus on disaster recovery plans: U.S. regulators

James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission The advisory suggests best practices in areas such as: preparing for widespread disruption, planning for alternative locations, telecommunications and technology, communication plans, regulatory and compliance considerations, and, reviewing and testing these plans. The regulators say that firms can strengthen their business continuity and disaster recovery plans by implementing these practices. “With hurricane season underway, and with the problems from last year fresh in mind, we trust that our member firms will review their business continuity planning procedures against these best practices,” said FINRA executive vice president, Grace Vogel. A trio of U.S. financial regulators issued an advisory today on business continuity and disaster recovery planning for investment firms, following a joint review of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which caused U.S. equity and options markets to close for two days in October 2012. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued the advisory to encourage firms to review their business continuity plans, in order to help them to improve their responses to, and reduce recovery time after, these sorts of events. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs

first_img BMO to launch six new mutual funds Keywords Fund launches,  Product,  Fund managersCompanies Aequitas NEO, Invesco Canada Ltd. Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Invesco Ltd. has made four of its ETFs available as passive, index-tracking platform traded funds (PTFs) on NEO Exchange Inc.’s distribution platform.The group of funds includes two environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds — the Invesco S&P 500 ESG Index ETF Fund and Invesco S&P/TSX Composite ESG Index ETF Fund —and two funds from the QQQ Innovation suite, a release said. IE Staff new label Olivier Le Moal iStockphoto Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “This marks the first time a fund manufacturer has made passive index tracking mutual funds available in the form of PTFs to both IIROC and MFDA advisors,” the release said, adding that shares of the PTFs can be traded through all of the usual investment channels.While PTFs have generally been seen as “the most efficient vehicle for distributing, purchasing, and redeeming actively managed mutual funds,” this launch “will showcase their capabilities for passive, index tracking mutual funds as well,” said Jos Schmitt, president and CEO of NEO, in the release.With the new funds, NEO offers 85 PTF tickers from 15 asset managers across asset classes, and the funds have raised more than $1.6 billion in assets. Related news IG Wealth amends product shelf Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaica will Set Timetable for Digital Switchover – Grange

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange has said Jamaica will have to determine its own timetable for the shift from analogue to modern digital systems.The process, referred to as the digital switchover, is already taking place across the world and has been completed in Scandinavian countries such as Finland and Sweden. The Netherlands completed the process as early as 2006, while the United States will be switching off analogue systems come February 17, 2009. “There will be many challenges but the potential and the possibilities are awesome,” Mrs. Grange said as she addressed the recent Digital Switchover Workshop hosted by the Broadcasting Commission at the Knutsford Court Hotel.Citing the numerous possibilities to be derived from the switchover, the Minister said that broadcasting companies will be able to benefit from the introduction of video on demand and pay per view programming, providing more digital channels in the same space and high definition television services.In addition, with digitally produced images, the exportability of content created should increase by quantum leaps, clearing the way for mega success in this area, which no doubt will be fueled by veterans of the dramatic arts and talented young people.“I also see a digital switchover as a possible solution to the problem we are now having with limited FM radio frequencies. The compressed bandwidth which accompanies digital switchover makes the case I think, that this matter is important in planning realistically,” she stated.“We must seize the opportunities which will be provided for high quality content creation, diversification of programming and the straight financial gains to be had at the micro and macro levels,” she further impressed upon workshop participants.“We seek support for a plan of action, which ensures that Jamaica changes in time and is not left behind as the technologies converge and we grow as individual entities, communities and economies,” Minister Grange stressed.The Minister commended the work of the Broadcasting Commission in facilitating dialogue about the digital switchover. Participants at the two-day workshop included representatives from broadcast media, satellite equipment sales companies, cable operators and public officials.The Broadcasting Commission has been educating the media industry about the digital broadcasting landscape since 2003, when it convened a national workshop to discuss the implications of the merging technologies for the broadcast sector, especially television. RelatedJamaica will Set Timetable for Digital Switchover – Grange Jamaica will Set Timetable for Digital Switchover – Grange UncategorizedMarch 6, 2008 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedJamaica will Set Timetable for Digital Switchover – Grange RelatedJamaica will Set Timetable for Digital Switchover – Grangelast_img read more

New research says sustainability even more important to small business success

first_imgNew research says sustainability even more important to small business success Australia PostNew research says sustainability even more important to small business successNew research from Australia Post shows almost half of small businesses across the country consider sustainability to be very important to their future success, with many looking to invest more heavily in this area in 2021.With small businesses making up 98 per cent of all Australian businesses and employing close to half the nation’s workforce, it has never been more important for small businesses to consider the role sustainability plays in their growth.The research, released by Australia Post in collaboration with the Banksia Foundation, features in the report Small business sustainability in a COVID-19 world, and examines what the key drivers and sustainability issues are for small businesses right now.Focusing on three key themes: operating responsibly, building resilience and regeneration in a world impacted by COVID-19, the report also provides a 10-step roadmap to help business owners prioritise sustainability and achieve their goals through methods such as committing to sustainable packaging, assessing their existing practices and adopting a principles based approach to doing business.Australia Post Executive General Manager, Business, Government and International, Gary Starr said sustainability for businesses now extends beyond reputation and trust, and is critical to long-term survival, security and competitive advantage.“It’s a new year, and there has never been a more important time for small businesses to be directing their focus towards sustainability and improving their overall resilience,” said Mr Starr.“Research consistently finds that consumers are more likely to purchase from brands that are sustainable, and many are willing to pay more for products and services that protect the environment or don’t infringe on human rights, and this trend has only been accelerated by the pandemic.“As many small to medium businesses are often occupied with the immediate concerns of running a business, sustainability isn’t always top of mind, but developing more sustainable products and operations is becoming increasingly important, and it’s easier to get started than many businesses realise.“Small businesses are the engine room of our economy and one of Australia Post’s largest customer groups, we hope this research will be helpful to businesses embarking on a journey towards sustainability so they can take advantage of new opportunities and grow their business in a sustainable way,” Mr Starr concluded.Banksia Foundation Chief Executive Officer Graz Van Egmond said unlike large businesses, resources are limited to assist small businesses to be more sustainable, and she hopes this report will guide them to have a positive impact by incorporating sustainability into the core of their business strategies.“Now more than ever Australia needs small businesses, and we have a real opportunity to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy than the one we left behind prior to COVID-19.“I hope this report stimulates thought and action in small businesses across Australia,” Ms Van Egmond said.Small business sustainability in a COVID-19 world, is part of a series of whitepapers by Australia Post to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The full report and /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australia Post, Australian, environment, Government, Human Rights, purchase, research, resilience, resources, security, Small Business, sustainability, sustainable, UN, workforcelast_img read more