first_imgikolor, knee-deep during a hunt for a cacheThe nominations for August’s Geocacher of the Month go beyond the norm for geocaching…in all the best ways.With a total of 40,779 finds between them, there’s no shortage of geocaching wisdom gained through experience. Together, Trekkie79, ikolor, and Team Geo-Rangers embody the best elements of a geocacher: passion, creativity, and a determination to make the game inviting to new and old players alike.Although it’s tough, there has to be a winner.This month, the recipient of this award comes from the land of sunshine, oranges, alligators, and geocaches.Her name is ikolor, or “I-hopeyou’renotafraidofawesome-kolor”, as one ‘cacher put it. She’s been called “the backbone of south Florida geocaching,” and it’s not hard to believe it. With over 6,600 finds and 162 hides, you’re more likely to run into ikolor on the way to a potential FTF than on the way to the grocery store. What’s more astonishing? Her find rate is currently at 3.79 caches per day.But her geocaching stats aren’t why she’s our newest Geocacher of the Month.One geocacher says, “[ikolor] embodies all the positive qualities of Geocaching. Every Geocacher I know considers her a friend. She is always there to lend a helping hand. Her events are always fun and eagerly awaited. No puzzle can guard its secrets from her solving skills. She really enjoys getting out there and finding a cache. It doesn’t matter if its a simple park and grab or a difficult multi stage hike in the woods. Her caches are many and well thought out. Overall she is very deserving of this honor.”ikolor got her start in 2009, when she read a newspaper article about geocaching.She quickly became a part of the local community, as affected by them as they were by her: “My husband, radioman84, and I love to cache and do it as often as we can. In 2011 radioman84 had a massive stroke while we were out on a caching spree. He almost died. The caching community pulled together and showed us how truly amazing these people are! They were totally there for us. I grew to love caching, not for hiding and finding caches, but for the people that make up this crazy sport!”ikolor and radioman84Another ‘cacher confirms it: “Although we only cache part time in her neck of the woods we are always welcomed like old friends at her events. She has a way of bringing cachers together not only as a team but as social groups who have a great deal of fun. She embodies not only the spirit of caching but also the skills of a great cacher..”ikolor (front and center) at one of many CITO eventsCongraulations to ikolor…and thank you for everything you do! Your presence as a player of the game has clearly had a significant positive impact on those around you. New to geocaching? Talk to one of these three veterans. The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinShare with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedVote for the August Geocacher of the MonthAugust 9, 2014In “Community”Announcing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgA new analysis of data collected from coal-fired power plants shows that groundwater contamination from coal ash dumps is nearly universal. The Guardian writes that of the 265 coal power plants in the U.S. that monitor groundwater, 242 of them report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant. Contaminants include arsenic, a known carcinogen, as well as cobalt, cadmium, and lithium. The study, led by Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) attorney Abel Russ, is based on data that became available to the public for the first time in 2018, three years after new federal coal ash regulations were issued. EIP and Earthjustice, which also took part in the study, said stronger regulations are needed to protect drinking water from contaminants.RELATED ARTICLESCoal Production Hits 35-Year LowCoal Is No Boon for U.S. Treasury, Report SaysA Cloudy Future for CoalCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Data was collected from more than 4,600 monitoring wells around ash dumps at the 265 coal-fired plants, about three-quarters of the total number of coal-fired plants operating in the U.S. The remainder of the plants were not required to meet the federal monitoring rules because they had closed their ash dumps before the rule went into effect, or because they were eligible for an extension, EIP said. Although groundwater extracted from the monitoring wells showed widespread contamination, the safety of drinking water in nearby wells is not known because power companies are not required to test private wells. The report’s authors said U.S. coal plants produce about 100 million tons of coal ash annually. For much of the last century, they said, the ash has gone into unlined landfills and waste ponds that were vulnerable to leaks. The majority of the coal plants report unsafe levels of at least four toxic constituents of coal ash, according to the report. “Many of the coal ash waste ponds are poorly and unsafely designed, with less than 5% having waterproof liners to prevent contaminants from leaking into the groundwater, and 59% built beneath the water table or within 5 feet of it,” the statement said. In addition, the report notes, the federal Coal Ash Rule does not cover coal ash dumps that have been closed, even though they, too, are polluting groundwater. The report says there are hundreds of these ash dumps across the country. A trade group representing the coal ash industry contested the findings and said EIP’s interpretation of the monitoring data was faulty. The top polluter is in Texas The list of the 10 sites where groundwater pollution was worst included power plants in Texas, North Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, Utah, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Heading the list is the San Miguel Power Plant in Christine, Texas, about an hour south of San Antonio along Interstate 37. The report notes that groundwater near the plant is contaminated with at least 10 pollutants that are leaking from coal ash dumps. They include cadmium and lithium at concentrations more than 100 times what are considered safe. The 400 MW plant is owned by the San Miguel Electric Cooperative, a member-owned mining and power generating cooperative. The cooperative’s website devotes several pages to the benefits of coal ash. “Coal ash is king in Texas,” the website says. In a section titled “Coal Ash: Beneficial for Everyday Life,” the cooperative says coal ash has a variety of uses in construction, manufacturing, and environmental remediation. Fly ash, another byproduct of burning coal, is useful for road construction and for making concrete. The website asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency has classified coal combustion products (CCPs) as non-hazardous. “The agency made that determination after more than 20 years of study,” the website says. “In fact, it and other federal agencies encourage the use of CCPs and other recycled materials in construction.” According to the website Ashtracker, the San Miguel plant has 26 groundwater monitoring wells, all of which have been polluted above federal advisory levels. Groundwater contains unsafe levels of lithium, sulfate, boron, beryllium, cobalt, cadmium, thallium, arsenic, selenium, radium, fluoride, mercury, molybdenum, and antimony. The second and third most polluting plants are, respectively, Duke Energy’s Allen Stream Station in Belmont, North Carolina, and PacifiCorp’s Jim Bridger power plant in Wyoming. San Miguel responds Nothing new here, the San Miguel Electric Cooperative said in a written statement to Green Building Advisor. The cooperative said that data the Environmental Integrity Project used in its analysis had already been cited in an earlier report on groundwater contamination. “As was the case with that report, San Miguel is well aware of the situation, as the data was collected and reported by San Miguel and is posted on San Miguel’s own CCR website,” the statement says. The cooperative took issue with the report’s  ranking system because it does not recognize that groundwater could be “previously impacted by naturally occurring levels of constituents making it unfit to drink,” as is the case at San Miguel. “Never in the EIP report does it disclose, recognize or explain that there is no evidence of risk to human health at San Miguel given that the groundwater alleged to be contaminated by CCR units is not used for drinking,” the cooperative said. The statement adds, “This appears to be an intentional omission, indicating EIP’s clear purpose of triggering fear and suspicion, as opposed to presenting a balanced view of the facts.” San Miguel said it was conducting all required investigations and that it would take any corrective actions required by law. The industry says it is fixing the problem Tom Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association, a trade group that promotes the recycling of CCPs, said he had not seen the EIP report. He said his organization is focused on recycling, not managing coal ash in landfills and ponds. He referred questions on that issue to another industry group, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group. Jim Roewer, its executive director, said in a telephone call that the EIP report overstates the extent of the problem. The report’s authors interpreted the data differently than the procedure outlined in the federal coal ash rule. “The evaluation of the data that EIP took is overstating the extent of violation of groundwater protection standards,” Roewer said. “In some cases, they’re pointing to constituents that there aren’t groundwater protection standards for and saying that’s a violation. Well, no, it’s not, under the rule.” He also said that results of groundwater monitoring don’t necessarily mean that anyone’s drinking water is contaminated. Roewer said some companies have already started looking at corrective measures, as outlined in the federal rules. “There are impacts out there,” he said. “Those impacts are being addressed by the industry… Any impacts we’re having on groundwater that have been identified as a result of our monitoring program will be addressed as required by the rule.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal ‘Arsenal handed a pot of gold in Mkhitaryan’ – Keown tips Armenian to shine Chris Burton 21:27 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The former defender believes Arsene Wenger’s latest addition will prove to be a big hit, but still fears for other members of the Gunners squad Arsenal have “been handed a pot of gold in Henrikh Mkhitaryan”, says Martin Keown, but Alexis Sanchez’s exit still raises concerns.The Gunners reluctantly resigned themselves to the fact that the Chilean forward would be heading through the exits during the January transfer window, with it clear that no contract extension would be signed.They have been able to counter that blow by landing Mkhitaryan from Manchester United in a swap deal , with Arsene Wenger ensuring that his creativity department has not been depleted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Keown believes that agreement makes sense for all concerned , with Arsenal having acquired a player who can slot seamlessly into a ball-playing outfit.The former Gunners defender said in the Daily Mail : “Arsene Wenger may have been handed a pot of gold in Mkhitaryan. Wenger will definitely get the best from him.“Wenger seems to create a different environment to Jose Mourinho. Watching Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw for Manchester United recently, I felt sorry for them. They did not appreciate Mourinho’s style.“Wenger will focus on what Mkhitaryan can do. The player will be coming in with a point to prove. “Mourinho does not always get it right with players. Look at Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah. They have been two of the best players in the Premier League this season and both were let go by Mourinho at Chelsea.“Mkhitaryan is coming in with a point to prove and if he can make it work, this will have been a successful transfer window for Wenger.”Arsenal still have the opportunity to make the winter window even more successful, with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still in their sights despite struggles to reach an agreement.There are, however, other issues still to be resolved, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere yet to commit to fresh terms as contract issues continue to cast an unwelcome shadow over Emirates Stadium.Keown added: “Arsenal have lost a top player in Alexis Sanchez. But the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil has created a negativity around the club.“Arsenal have had two years of uncertainty over whether Arsene Wenger will stay, and now it has been the same with these two players.“I do not see this happening at other clubs. This week, Manchester City quickly tied Kevin De Bruyne down to a new, five-year deal.“If Sanchez had clearly made up his mind that he wanted to leave long ago, why did the decision makers at the top of the club not realise that sooner?“In the summer, Arsenal could have got £60 million for Sanchez. The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan now has at least allowed them to get something from the deal.“While I hope we are proved wrong, I think Ozil will leave this summer. It feels like Arsenal have been dictated to by these players for too long. In the future, this situation cannot be allowed to happen again at Arsenal.“I feel sorry for the other players in the dressing room who have had to deal with this going on around them.”last_img read more

first_imgStar Wars: Force For Change in collaboration with Omaze will launch the Star Wars “Past, Present and Future” fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation.STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS WITH EPIC FUNDRAISING EVENTThe campaign is themed around the timeless appeal of Star Wars, with experiences inspired by the saga’s past, present, and future. Lucky winners will receive prizes, like the chance to appear in the upcoming Han Solo movie, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or, an overnight stay at the fabled Skywalker Ranch.Over the course of four weeks between April 11th and May 11th, 2017, fans may enter at for a chance to win these once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experiences, with each week bringing a new prize to be awarded to a randomly-selected winner. Additionally, at the end of the campaign, one randomly-selected grand prize winner will be awarded all three amazing experiences.Starlight Children’s Foundation is joining Star Wars: Force for Change as the initiative’s newest charity beneficiary in 2017. Through a $1 million grant, Star Wars: Force for Change supports the foundation’s core programs which are designed to bring comfort and joy and comfort to hospitalized kids through Starlight’s network of more than 700 children’s hospitals, clinics, camps and other partners across the US. Star Wars: Force for Change and fan donations through this campaign will also provide new Starlight programs, like fun, comfortable Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns, to tens of thousands of hospitalized children across the country.Since 2014, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF have joined together to help improve the lives of children around the world. With the support of Star Wars fans, the collaboration has raised more than $9 million to help the world’s most vulnerable children. To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has helped UNICEF save the lives of over 30,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition through the distribution of over 4 million packets of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food Packets (RUTF) around the world.“In a year that we celebrate 40 years of the Star Wars saga, I continue to be inspired by the incredible generosity and charitable efforts of our fans,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We are so proud of their tireless dedication to positively impact the lives of children and others around the world, and hope this year’s Force For Change campaign will offer a few of those wonderful fans an experience they will never forget.”Star Wars “Past, Present, and Future” Winner Experiences: • Past – Stay at Skywalker Inn, tour of the archives & the Ranch, and a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope • Present – Join the cast and attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere and exclusive after party • Future – Visit the set, meet the directors and have the chance to appear in the untitled Han Solo movie • Grand Prize – One winner will receive the Past, Present AND Future prizes!Fans are encouraged to follow the campaign at for exclusive updates each week.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun Tuesday said the team combinations being used in the ongoing ODI series against Australia may not necessarily be repeated during the World Cup in England starting May 30. India go into the final ODI against Australia here on Wednesday aiming to complete their World Cup auditions for a couple of slots that were up for grabs. “These are not necessarily the combinations which will be used during the World Cup but we would like to know how people perform in different situations for us to pick up a balanced team,” Arun said on the eve of the final encounter. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe coach did not elaborate much but stated emphatically that the Indian team is quite sure about its combinations for the World Cup in England. “More or less, the team is quite sure of what combination is but we would like to try out all our options before the World Cup. We want to be extremely sure (of) what we want before go into a major tournament like World Cup,” the coach said. The bowlers conceded 300-plus runs in successive games but Arun said critics shouldn’t forget that this Indian team’s success rate is 75 percent. However, the former India medium pacer did call the losses a welcome wake-up call. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”If you look at our success rate, it is more than 75 per cent and it is huge for a team. These things do happen. I am happy it has happened now because it throws open a lot of factors where we can improve before the World Cup,” said Arun. “Definitely there are certain areas we need to address both in bowling and batting. We have to stay positive irrespective of whatever has happened. It’s a great learning experience from the way series has gone,” he added. Ashton Turner took the game away with an unbeaten 84 off 43 balls in a chase of 359 and Arun said it was a combination of dew as well as poor execution. “We had plans ready. I am not going to give excuses. Dew was a part of the game. You have to accept and try to overcome the situation.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The crime branch of Delhi Police has arrested a person identified as Bhupender alias Rohit a resident of Narela in Delhi who along with his two associates had brutally murdered his neighbour by smashing his face with stone Kundli after abducting him from Narela, Delhi.The incident happened on April 28 when a woman along with her son was walking near Vijay Chowk in Narela to purchase some milk. Her son was walking ahead of her at a distance of 15-20 feet, suddenly, one car stopped and 2 persons came down from it and they forcibly abducted her son in their car, one of which she could identify as Mohit, a resident of Narela. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesA case of kidnapping was registered by the police. Later, a dead body was recovered on the slip road leading to Kundli- Ghaziabad peripheral expressway in the night of April 28-29 under Rai Sonipat Police station and the dead body was badly damaged beyond recognition with stones and had been killed by smothering. A case was registered at Rai Police station and the systematic efforts of Rai Sohipat Police and Narela Police resulted into the identification of dead body as Ajay, a resident of Narela, the same man who was Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekarkidnapped. The Crime branch team after identification of the accused laid a trap at Mansa Devi Temple at Narela and arrested Bhupender. “During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Bhupender alias Rohit and his friends Mohit and Golu had a past enmity with the deceased Ajay who lived in the same locality. On March 8, both had a fight on a trivial issue. Bhupender was beaten up by Ajay and his friends. Infuriated, Mohit and Bhupender decided to eliminate Ajay,” said DCP Crime Ram Gopal Naik. As soon as Ajay was spotted roaming around on April 28, they abducted him in their car and took him to KMP flyover Kundli. On the way, they badly thrashed Ajay making him unconscious. After that, they pulled Ajay out of the car and crushed his head and face with stones lying at the roadside, and they fled from the scene.last_img read more

Source: Joe Montana1979-945,3919,50413,106 YARDS ABOVE… Jim Kelly1986-964,7792,8156,295 Dan Marino1983-998,35812,04919,029 Brett Favre1991-1010,1695,81613,971 Tony Romo2006-154,3315,3048,414 Warren Moon1984-006,8232,9478,062 Steve Young1985-994,1499,89011,175 Manning (2nd half)2006-155,0478,18412,456 Peyton Manning1998-159,38016,56024,101 Troy Aikman1989-004,7153,2927,035 Dan Fouts1973-875,6047,33511,280 Manning (odd years)1999-154,1757,64811,002 QUARTERBACKYEARSPASS ATT.AVERAGE QBBACKUP QB Aaron Rodgers2005-154,0477,7919,775 John Elway1983-987,2504,9309,793 Ben Roethlisberger2004-155,4235,9219,426 Carson Palmer2004-155,4433,4968,053 Ken Anderson1971-864,4757,0879,162 Roger Staubach1969-792,9586,2847,187 Manning (even years)1998-145,2058,91313,098 Philip Rivers2004-155,3395,1749,217 Drew Brees2001-158,0859,57216,151 After a month of speculation that began almost immediately after the clock expired in his Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, Peyton Manning has finally made it official: He’s retiring from football after 17 NFL seasons.You don’t need fancy stats to tell you that Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, if not the greatest. (Granted, we’ve used statistics to describe Manning’s impact a number of times over the years.) But they do help us put his accomplishments in perspective. Much like Jerry Rice, consensus G.O.A.T. among wide receivers, there are two (!) Hall of Fame careers lurking inside Manning’s résumé, according to a variant of Chase Stuart’s all-time QB ranking algorithm:1Setting each passer’s adjusted yards against the replacement level of a backup QB, the same baseline used by Football Outsiders in their Yards Above Replacement metric. Manning (1st half)1998-054,3338,37611,645 Terry Bradshaw1970-833,9012,1124,465 Peyton Manning’s had two Hall of Fame careers Tom Brady2000-157,79212,32718,245 Whether you break Manning’s career into two parts chronologically or based on even- and odd-numbered seasons, each half is of essentially the same quality as a Hall of Fame QB — like, say, Dan Fouts or Steve Young — by itself. Manning had more opportunities to throw the ball than just about anyone, ever, so he’s had an advantage in piling up value over replacement compared with quarterbacks of previous eras. But he also helped shape the NFL into the pass-heavy game it’s become, serving as the ultimate archetype of a modern field general.The end of Manning’s career was ugly — both statistically and in terms of off-field allegations — even if he did cap it off with a Super Bowl title. But in terms of his on-field performance, few QBs could match even half of what Manning accomplished over his storied career. read more

first_imgJorginho’s shock move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City appears set to happen with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the newsThe Italy international had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s this summer after the Catalan had made Jorginho his top transfer target.But, while Jorginho and his agent were keen on the move, City were unable to agree on a suitable transfer fee with Napoli and Chelsea are understood to have now made a move of their own for the 26-year-old.The rumours began this week in a double scoop that will see both Jorginho and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.During Carlo Ancelotti’s official presentation as the new Napoli manager, De Laurentiis confirmed that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea is set to go ahead – although he was not quite as certain when it came to Sarri.“We said to ourselves if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account,” said De Laurentiis, according to SportsKeeda.“I accepted Manchester City’s offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I can understand if the player prefers to live in London than in Manchester, and if Chelsea pay him more I can understand that too.“Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri.”Sarri is no longer the Napoli manager, but is still tied to the club with his contract.With Chelsea reluctant to pay for his release clause, on top of paying current head coach Antonio Conte a big severance package for releasing him, Sarri’s prospects do not look to good right now.But De Laurentiis did have some positive news on the matter: “His case is at the finish line, it depends on him. We’ll see what happens in the next hours.“My lawyers have submitted the text to his lawyers.”last_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending Updated: 8:40 PM Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 Surprise siamang gibbon birth at the San Diego Zoo KUSI Newsroom Photo taken by: Christina Simmons, San Diego ZooSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo’s first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced today.The siamang, named Eloise, gave birth in its exhibit on Nov. 12 while zoo volunteers and guests looked on. Eloise and a 35-year-old male siamang had conceived six baby gibbons in the past, but the newest one came as a surprise to zoo officials.Given that their genes had clearly been passed on multiple times, the zoo had limited the two siamangs’ fertility with chemical birth control for an undisclosed number of years prior to the surprise birth.“It was amazing to see Eloise give birth this week, because she showed no outward signs of being pregnant,” said Zoo Animal Care Manager Jill Andrews.  “We’re not certain why birth control didn’t work in this case, but as with humans, it is not uncommon for contraceptive failure to happen from time to time. Still, we are overjoyed — because any birth of an endangered species is a reason to celebrate.”Siamangs are an endangered species of gibbon found in parts of India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. According to the zoo, their endangered classification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature is due to habitat loss brought on by logging and agriculture as well as illegal pet trading.Zoo guests can visit the three siamangs along the zoo’s Orangutan Trail. The zoo’s animal care staff will determine the baby’s gender in the coming months when they have a chance to give it a full health examination. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgThe ShakeOut “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill will take place on October 18, at 10:18 a.m. KPBSD Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff: “We are going to do a test on this ‘non emergency day’ on October. Parents can expect to receive an email or an automated phone call, and we also have the ability to text parents now to.”  The Division of Emergency Management states U.S. buildings rarely collapse during earthquakes but people are injured by falling objects in their homes or businesses which is why it is important to cover. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska is the most seismically active state in the United States and each year the Great Alaska ShakeOut Aims to remind residents how to react to an earthquake.center_img Students and staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be taking part in this years Great Alaska Shakeout Earthquake Drill. All Alaskans are encouraged to partake in the annual, worldwide earthquake safety drill; So far, over 120,000 Alaskans and 23 million people worldwide have registered to participate.last_img read more