Notice of order for Leiv Eiriksson rig following safety audit

first_imgNorwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has given a notice of order to Ocean Rig regarding the working environment and emergency preparedness on the Leiv Eiriksson rig.Ocean Rig’s Leiv Eiriksson semi-sub / Image by Lundin PetroleumThe PSA said on Thursday that the notice of order was given to Ocean Rig following an audit, conducted from December 6-13, of the management of the working environment and emergency preparedness, the helideck, and the working environment on the Leiv Eiriksson rig.To remind, Ocean Rig was taken over by Transocean following a $2.7 billion acquisition deal in December 2018.The safety body added on Thursday that it identified extensive breaches of regulations and that it issued Ocean Rig with a notification of order.The audit showed that Ocean Rig exercised defective systematic management of the working environment and emergency preparedness for the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig.Also, findings and deficiencies from a previous audit of emergency preparedness regarding the helideck and the working environment were not fully followed up or rectified. Notice of orderThe audit identified nine regulatory non-conformities linked to oversight and control of working environment risk; prioritization, implementation and follow-up of measures; noise exposure harmful to hearing; and follow-up of the working environment for contractors.The other non-conformities included system for training and competence, evacuation routes, float-free function for forward rafts, lighting in lifeboats, and personal protective equipment (MOB suits).PSA also said that the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority identified a number of non-conformities and remarks concerning the helideck. The findings mainly related to obstacle conditions, the view from the helideck control station to the helideck, and training of the helideck crew.Based on the observations during the audit, Ocean Rig was given a notice of order. According to the notification, Ocean Rig is ordered to review the company’s management system for the working environment and emergency preparedness and associated work processes, which is intended to safeguard competence, surveys, risk assessments, rectification of faults and deficiencies, and improvements.The work should include an analysis of why defects related to management of the working environment and emergency preparedness were not identified and corrected.A time-delimited schedule for complying with the order shall be sent to the PSA by April 12, 2019. The schedule should describe how this work would be performed and followed up and when the order would be complied with.The PSA added that it must be notified when the order is carried out.last_img read more

Wrongly Convicted Leonard Cure to be Released from Florida Prison

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man serving a life sentence for a 2003 armed robbery and armed aggravated assault in Dania Beach should be freed while his case is reviewed further, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. The prosecutor who convicted him is having serious doubts about eye witness testimony and the lack of any evidence connection Cure to the robbery.Leonard Cure, 50, was found guilty of robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm by a Broward jury. Because he was classified as a habitual felony offender, he was sentenced to life in state prison on Nov. 3, 2004.But the Broward State Attorney’s Office is recommending that he should be released immediately “while prosecutors complete a more extensive reexamination of his case.”“This is the right thing to do,” added Broward State Attorney Mike Satz.Cure is expected to be released from the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell next Tuesday.He was convicted of stealing $1,700 in cash from two employees of a Walgreen’s store in Dania Beach on Nov. 10, 2003 (Case Number: 03-019405CF10A).A memo written by Berger reads in part:“The issues we find most troublesome are those surrounding how Cure became a suspect in the first place. Seemingly, a man who had no connection to a Walgreen’s robbery became the main suspect after someone reviewed photos of well-dressed/neat-appearing African-American males. That was it, there was no physical evidence, no witnesses who knew him, nothing but an alleged search in the questionable ‘TRAP’ Program. The case became questionable at the very onset. If the identification was bad, then everything that comes after is bad as well.“The original prosecutor also saw the weaknesses in this case. Once one of the two victims had a difficult time identifying Cure in the lineup and after the first jury came back hung, he offered a below guidelines sentence of 7 years. Cure has now served significantly more time than that, over 16 years. After the hung jury, he continued to maintain his innocence. A second jury convicted him and he was then sentenced by the Judge [Fred Berman] to life in prison.“After considering all the facts and circumstances of this case, it is our conclusion that it is in the best interest of justice to release Cure as soon as possible. We would like to modify his sentence and give time served for his 16 years plus in Florida State Prison. This will allow for the defendant to be released after serving a significant amount of time while we can thoroughly review his case for a potential exoneration.”Click here to read the order modifying Cure’s sentence.Broward County Judge Circuit Judge John J. Murphy III signed the order to release Cure from prison.“I am beyond excited. I have so many thanks for the State Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project of Florida for paving the way for my freedom. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family for the first time in 16 years,” Cure said to the Innocence Project of Florida upon finding out about his release from prison.last_img read more

Stocco injures ankle before returning

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team held its 10th spring practice late Wednesday night, and like the rest of Madison, the team took advantage of the delightful weather and held practice outside in Camp Randall, under the lights.While the climate was a dream, the workout looked to have turned into a nightmare when senior quarterback John Stocco dropped back awkwardly and fell to the turf clutching his right ankle, the same ankle he had to have re-taped during practice last Friday, April 7.After laying on the ground for a minute or so Stocco gingerly got up and left the practice area, before laying on the ground again to have the ankle taped. To the relief of players and coaches, Stocco was back in for his next set of repetitions about five minutes later.”He’s been battling through that,” Bielema said. “He rolled it I think towards the latter part of winter conditioning.”Bielema later joked about the condition of his star quarterback, one of only three offensive starters returning for last season’s squad.”It was funny, I was going to say something to him before practice because he wasn’t taped and he is usually taped on that one ankle,” Bielema said, with a wry grin. “But he was taped after that fall.”Stocco didn’t seem to show any ill effects from the injury, throwing the ball well in the second half of practice, though he did pace and stretch while waiting for his next set of reps.In other notes, redshirt freshman Jaevery McFadden, who had been working out of tight end thus far in spring, has switched positions and is now practicing with the linebackers playing the strong side, or “Sam” linebacker spot. Bielema noted that he had recruited McFadden as a linebacker and that McFadden wasn’t getting enough reps at tight end.Speaking of which, the tight end position still looks as murky as every two-thirds through spring drills, as sophomores Travis Beckum and Sean Lewis, along with junior Andy Crooks, continue to battle for position supremacy. Crooks looks like the best blocker, while Beckum seems to be the most dynamic athlete and looks to have the best hands.”By just pure body competition obviously [Crooks] is going to be better on the line of scrimmage that [Beckum], who is a mover and a shaker,” Bielema said. “I thought on Saturday they both moved exceptionally well.”Junior Danny Kaye also took snaps at center for the first time during practices, as the Badgers try and improve depth at the position which looks to be pretty thin behind projected starter Marcus Coleman who has had an up and down spring, thus far.Wide out Luke Swan, made his return to practice Wednesday after missing much of the spring with an undisclosed injury. He did not participate fully.After practice, the team ran sprints for the first time, as punishment for off the field issues. Fourteen players ran double, including running back Jamil Walker, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, third-string quarterback Dustin Sherer and even defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who is cleared to do little more than run during the spring.”I told them we weren’t going to run in spring ball unless we had to, and today we had to,” Bielema said. “It was a team ownership [off the field] issue, so everyone took ownership.”last_img read more

Men’s cross country wins Regionals; ice hockey ties with, loses to Mercyhurst

first_img Published on November 18, 2013 at 12:27 am The No. 14 Syracuse men’s team continued its impressive postseason run, capturing the NCAA Northeast Regional championship this Friday in the Bronx, N.Y. The win gives the men’s team its fourth regional title in five years.The victory came two weeks after the Orange won the Atlantic Coast Conference title in its first season in the conference. Syracuse finished with 57 points Saturday, edging out Columbia (78) and Iona (81).In the 10,000-meter race, Martin Hehir led the charge for Syracuse, finishing third overall in a time of 30:18, seven seconds behind winner Maksim Korolev of Harvard. SU’s Robert Molke finished fourth overall in 30:19, and Griff Graves finished in 13th in 30:33.The No. 19 SU women’s team finished third overall in the region behind No. 12 Dartmouth and No. 2 Providence. Providence ran away with the title, finishing with 44 points, compared to Dartmouth’s 84 and Syracuse’s 135.This is the second time this postseason where the women have only been outrun by the two teams in the field with higher rankings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMargo Malone led the women, finishing 11th overall in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:31, 43 seconds behind winner Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth. Syracuse’s Meredith Speakman finished 19th in 20:48 and Brianna Nerud 30th in 21:07.Next up for the Orange is the NCAA national championships next Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The men received an automatic bid while the women earned an at-large bid.Ice HockeySyracuse (6-5-1, 2-1-1 College Hockey America) entered its weekend showdown with Mercyhurst (7-4-2, 2-1-1) on a five-game winning streak. But that streak was snapped this weekend, as the two games resulted in a tie and a loss against the Lakers.On Friday, freshman forward Jessica Sibley continued producing offensively for the Orange. She capitalized on a power-play opportunity halfway through the period to give Syracuse the 1-0 lead.Mercyhurst responded with two straight goals. Right wing Christine Bestland scored late in the first period to tie the game. Early in the second period, defenseman Jillian Skinner scored a goal off a power play and the Lakers took a 2-1 lead.But Sibley added her second goal of the day midway through the second period to tie the game once again. Defenseman Kallie Goodnough managed to find her own shot, scoring an unassisted goal and giving the Orange a 3-2 lead late in the third period.Mercyhurst responded with its third goal of the game. Defenseman J’nai Mahadeo scored off of assists from Emily Janiga and Jenna Dingeldein.It proved to be the last goal scored of the game, as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.On Saturday, a winner was declared after a combined eight goals from both teams. But Mercyhurst proved to be more explosive in the 5-3 victory over the Orange.Trailing by one goal after the first period, Syracuse scored two consecutive goals within a four-minute span. Left wing Nicole Ferrara scored eight minutes into the period. Freshman defenseman Larissa Martyniuk scored a power-play goal less than four minutes later to give the Orange a 2-1 lead.Unfortunately for Paul Flanagan’s squad, the Orange was unable to match the Lakers’ production. Mercyhurst outscored Syracuse 4-1 the rest of the game.Forward Christie Cicero finished with two goals for Mercyhurst, and ultimately started the offensive outburst in the second period. Less than a minute after Syracuse scored its second goal of the day, Cicero added a goal that tied the game at two.Bestland followed with an unassisted goal to give Mercyhurst a 3-2 lead.Nicole Renault scored the third goal of the game for the Orange early in the third period. But Mercyhurst scored two unanswered goals and ultimately secured the two-goal victory.SU returns to Tennity Ice Pavilion for a weekend series against Robert Morris, which begins on Nov. 22.—Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Barcelona 3-0 Man United: Messi stars as Man United are knocked out

first_img Source: BBC Manchester United’s Champions League run ended in the quarter-finals as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing victory in the second leg at the Nou Camp.United, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, started brightly but were then undone by brilliance from Messi and a glaring mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea.Messi put the hosts ahead with a fine curling effort from 20 yards in the 16th minute and four minutes later De Gea let a weaker shot from the edge of the area squirm under his body for the Argentine’s second.Philippe Coutinho added a third for Barca in the 61st minute, curling a stunning effort into the top corner from distance.United hit the bar inside the first 40 seconds through Marcus Rashford but were dominated after going behind.Alexis Sanchez’s diving header, which was spectacularly saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in the 90th minute, was as close as the visitors came in the second half.It was a sobering night for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ground where he scored his most famous goal, the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.Barca now meet either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with the Reds taking a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg.Mistakes costly but United outclassedUnited were always facing a difficult task as they attempted to overturn a first-leg deficit for the second round in a row.Just like in the last 16, when they stunned Paris St-Germain at the Parc de Princes, United started the game fast, looked dangerous on the counter-attack and had opportunities – a poor touch from Scott McTominay in the area saw a chance wasted shortly after Rashford’s first-minute effort.That start raised hope of an improbable comeback but Barcelona soon took charge and were awarded a penalty in the 11th minute for Fred’s clumsy challenge on Ivan Rakitic in the area only for the decision to overturned after the referee consulted VAR.United survived that scare but their hopes were effectively ended when they allowed Messi to score twice in four first-half minutes.The Argentine dazzled for his first goal with a nutmeg of United midfielder Fred and a perfect finish into the bottom corner, but Ashley Young gave the ball away in the left-back position and the visitors’ defence backed off rather than attempt to stop the shot.Then De Gea, so often United’s star player, made a huge mistake by allowing Messi’s tame shot from 20 yards to slip under his body and in.Unlike in the first leg, Barcelona looked as though they could could cut their opponents open at will.Messi was at the centre of that attacking threat with Jordi Alba also marauding forward from left-back and the Barcelona midfield outplaying their United counterparts, both in terms of their control of the ball and pressing to win it back.No United player made any real impact on a match that proved how great a rebuild is required under Solskjaer if they are to compete with the European elite.last_img read more

Whicker: Dodgers, Angels should tread lightly at Winter Meetings

first_imgChicago brought in Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson and Adam LaRoche.Before the permits were obtained for the victory parades, the White Sox and Padres fell into nearby lakes and oceans.Now San Diego general manager A.J. Preller has returned to the youth movement that was short-circuited a year ago, and the White Sox allowed Samardzija to become a free agent (where he got a $90 million deal from San Francisco).This is not to criticize those who look at the Winter Meetings as an outlet mall that will satisfy every holiday list. The fact that it’s become a media event is the responsibility of the networks, particularly baseball’s own network, but it keeps the game in the conversation.But winning the Winter Series, aka the Arte Moreno Cup, is meaningless. Worse than that, it can corrode an organization that values headlines over stability. Organizational snowblindness predates Moreno. The Angels owner just took it higher. Before the 2012 season, he signed Albert Pujols to a 10-year deal that will pay Pujols $30 million in 2021, when he will be 41.The Angels brought Pujols to Angel Stadium a few days later, after they made sure everyone was lining Katella Avenue and waving palm fronds. Those who remember ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ likened it to the day the gold shipment came through Mayberry.The Angels have played in three postseason games since Pujols showed up and have lost them all. Currently they’re putting Wilson on Craigslist.Meanwhile, St. Louis fans shrugged. The Cardinals have played in two World Series since Pujols left and have won 375 regular-season games. The Angels have won 350.This did not stop Moreno from signing Josh Hamilton the next season and stealing the Winter Series again. Now the Angels are still paying Hamilton as he plays for Texas, the reigning American League West champions, summer phase.The Angels weren’t alone in chasing Pujols. St. Louis did offer him a heavy contract, So did the Marlins, who gave the Angels a strong Winter Series challenge by signing Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle that year. And went 69-83.After Boston signed John Lackey and Carl Crawford to go into the 2011 seasons, the headlines praised “Super Theo.” Instead, general manager Theo Epstein’s cape got hung up on reality, and Boston finished seven games out of first place.The Dodgers are always Winter Series contenders, of course. They always considered themselves One Player Away, so they signed Kevin Brown in 1999. OK, maybe Two Players Away, so they signed Shawn Green in 2000. Sometimes winter storage produces a harvest, like nature says. The Dodgers signed Kirk Gibson going into 1988, to throw a firecracker in the clubhouse and own the ninth inning, and it worked. More often, you have to watch the quiet guys. Kansas City did nothing spectacular during last offseason and still won the real trophy. San Francisco is notoriously quiet in the winter, except for the highly inflationary signing of Barry Zito.The Mets had spent too much credibility, along with real money, in trotting out Johan Santana and Carlos Beltran to wow the media. They got to the 2015 World Series largely because of its organically grown pitching.If we zoom in too hard on the Winter Meetings, we badly minimize Draft Day, which only gets attention in the trade papers and among the hardcore. That’s because those draftees usually don’t show up in the big-league park for a few years, and because few people follow college and high school baseball. But that is the day that saves franchises and either boosts or ruins careers.Trade Deadline day is influential, too. Toronto decked its hall in winter hype a couple of years ago, again with Reyes and Buehrle, but didn’t get to the playoffs until it picked up David Price and Troy Tulowitzki in August. It still wouldn’t have worked if the Blue Jays didn’t have 20-year-old closer Roberto Osuna.So the Winter Meetings are like a lot of other winter things. Fun to roll around in, until they melt. Perhaps you woke up screaming one recent morning. Perhaps you were terrified you’d missed that White Sox-Padres World Series last October.Relax.The White Sox and Padres did not win anything on the field, of course. Chicago won 76 games, San Diego 74. But when baseball’s Winter Meetings broke up in San Diego last season, they were the ones modestly accepting congratulations for impending greatness.San Diego picked up Matt Kemp, James Shields and Wil Myers and, right before the actual season started, traded for Craig Kimbrel.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oleksandr Usyk relinquishes WBA belt to make heavyweight move

first_imgOleksandr Usyk has vacated his WBA cruiserweight title to pave the way for a move up to the heavyweight division.The Ukrainian stated his intention to step up this year after establishing himself as the cruiserweight king. Usyk wrote to the WBA to confirm he will hand over his belt and is also set to relinquish the IBF, WBC and WBO belts.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe 32-year-old is reportedly in line to make his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam in Chicago on May 18. Promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that he expects Usyk to do battle with Anthony Joshua next year.The WBA had ordered Usyk to fight Denis Lebedev, but that bout will not be taking place.last_img read more

Prepping for Summer Salads

first_imgBy Gretchen Van BenthuysenLocal garden centers have begun stocking flats of lettuce and vegetables that do well in cool weather and taste so delicious when you cut, wash and serve them all within a few minutes.Four-packs of Red Sail and Iceberg lettuce, escarole, kale, Bright Lights Swiss chard and spinach, for example, could be found at Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver and planted in pots by the end of March.Although they don’t mind cool weather, when the temperature starts flirting with 32 degrees it’s time to cover your plants or risk losing them. With our ever-changing weather these days you’re often wearing boots and the next flip-flops.In that case you may need to bring pots inside – a garage usually is fine – and cover plants in the ground. A floating row cover is designed to trap heat inside during the day so at night there’s enough warmth to prevent wilted mush. Burpee sells a 72-inch by 50-feet row cover for $20. It also sells the TunLcover which is 18-feet long, consists of a 2-layer UV protected cover with thick gauge wire hoops every two feet that stick into the ground and extends like an accordion.It is designed to act like a greenhouse protecting plants from frost, wind chill and garden pests and sells for $25. Search the internet for more products or visit area garden centers for other options.If you are really caught off guard, use layers of newspapers or a shower curtain liner weighted down around the edges with rocks, bricks or whatever you can find. Remove the covering during the day when temperatures climb. A sheltered area and southern exposure also are helpful. Besides patience, gardeners need to cultivate a willingness to do what it tales to adapt to the weather.Lettuces and mixed greens do best in temperatures between 45 and 80 degrees. Once the heat and humidity hit in July plants generally bolt, which means they send up flower stalks to produce seeds and develop a bitter taste. It’s time to pull them up at this point.But before then, extend your growing season by either harvesting the plants’ outer leaves or cut just above the growing point in the cut-and-come-again method and see new growth emerge for your salad bowl.Flashy Trout Back lettuce is an Austrian heirloom variety that dates to 1793. Allegedly its ancestors can be traced back to the kitchen gardens of ancient Mesopotamia.Most garden centers buy from suppliers that specialize in mass production and your choices at the local level will be limited. The greens will taste great, but probably you won’t find many heirloom varieties such as Flashy Trout Back. It looks good and tastes great but you have to start it from seed, which is not all that hard to do.If you grow and harvest lettuce this spring you will want to do it again in the fall, but you won’t be able to find any transplants in the garden centers then. They all are focused on pumpkins and mums after Labor Day.So take advantage now of materials on sale in stores and online for seed starter kits. Seedlings need two- to three-inches of soil so you can grow them in yogurt or paper cups, but trays are more convenient.If you plan to start from seed this spring inside — it’s not too late —you will need lights designed for that purpose. It’s the best way to guarantee consistent, abundant light. Set the timer for 15 hours a day and water regularly. Start with the light about two inches above the seeds and raise it as the seedlings grow. If the light is too far away the seedlings will stretch toward it becoming leggy and weak. Let the top of the soil dry out a bit between watering. Soggy is not good.Do not use just any soil. Seedlings, like babies, are tender and need extra special food — a sterile seed starting mix that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Jiffy’s Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix works great. Follow the directions — do not skip the pre-moistened part — and do not, use soil from your garden. You will be doomed to seedling failure.You will need to use a liquid fertilizer after a couple of weeks. Lettuce loves nitrogen so choose a well-balanced fertilizer with equal parts nitrogen, potassium and phosphate such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 mixtures, which all garden centers carry. Ask for help if you are confused.You could have the somewhat pedestrian garden center varieties with Burpee seedlings — Looseleaf Blend lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson, Lollo Rossa, Red Salad Bowl and Royal Oak Leaf); heirloom Tom Thumb, Four Seasons and Heatwave Blend lettuces; Flashy Trout Back, and A La Carte Spinach under a light inside.When it’s time to transfer indoor seedlings outside they need to be hardened off. Here’s where a cold frame comes in handy. It also helps extend your growing season. Pampered plants need to be introduced slowly to wind and intense sun. You can also put the plants outside for a few hours at a time, or move to the shade before bringing them back inside for a week or so.To learn more about spring gardening, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozlowski Road, Freehold, are hosting “Celebrate Spring! … a Symposium” from 8:45 to 4 p.m. April 16. Topics include container gardens, spring lawn maintenance, organic vegetable gardening, perennials, butterfly/pollinator gardening, and raised bed gardening. Best of all — it’s free.To register, or for more information, call 732-303-7614 or visit From The Two River Times Home & Garden Special SectionApril 14, 2016 Two River TimesHummingbird Mania by David SaidnawayPrepping For Summer Salads by Gretchen Van BenthuysenHow to Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On the Right FootClippings: Gardening Events Around TownAtlantic Highlands Looking for Favorite Treeslast_img read more


first_imgVETERAN GELDING SOI PHET HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF; 11-YEAR-OLD MILLIONAIRE, IDLE SINCE SEPTEMBER, WILL BE MAKING HIS 62ND CAREER START RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2019)–Trainer Leonard Powell says the old man in his shedrow does not like to run in the wintertime.  Accordingly, 11-year-old gelding Soi Phet, idle since September 8, will make his first start of the year in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, for California-bred or sired horses three and up at one mile on turf.Named for the Three Rings Ranch homebred winner of both the 1977 Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, the Crystal Water, which is a part of the CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series, has attracted a field of seven with millionaire Soi Phet heading the field.An incredible story, Soi Phet, a California-bred son of Tiz Bud, who will be making his 62nd career start on Saturday, was claimed for $16,000 in his 16th start on May 23, 2013 at Hollywood Park.  A winner of last year’s Crystal Water, Soi Phet has won 14 races, eight of them stakes, for his current connections.With Powell calling the shots, Soi Phet’s races have been spaced, with notable gaps in the winter in order to keep him fresh.  With his last win coming three starts back versus state-breds in the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 4, Soi Phet has two wins from five starts at one mile on turf, with both of those wins coming at Santa Anita.SOI PHETOwner:  Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell & Paul ViskovichTrainer:  Leonard PowellA foal of 2008, he’s out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey.  Most recently an even sixth in the state-bred E.B. Johnston Stakes going one mile at Los Alamitos Sept. 8, Soi Phet took last year’s Crystal Water four starts back on May 20 and has two wins from 10 turf starts at Santa Anita.  With regular rider Alonso Quinonez set to ride, Soi Phet will try to improve upon an overall mark of 61-15-7-6 and earnings of $1,022,864.BRANDOTHEBARTENDEROwner:  Flawless Racing, Brian Flanagan & Michael JarvisTrainer:  Craig DollaseA sharp third versus state-bred going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course March 31, this 6-year-old Tribal Rule gelding took a one mile turf classified allowance against Cal-bred two starts back on Dec. 31 and should be considered armed and dangerous as he’ll be reunited with Joe Talamo, who has ridden him to a pair of victories in his last four starts.  With a Crystal Water best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 96, Brandothebartender, who was claimed seven starts back for $40,000, will seek his first stakes win on Saturday.  With two wins from five tries at a mile on turf, “Brando” is 24-6-3-4 overall with earnings of $360,501.HARDBOOTOwner:  Silver Creek StablesTrainer:  Michele DollaseBased with Craig’s sister, Michele Dollase, at San Luis Rey Downs, this 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit colt has been idle since running a competitive seventh, beaten four lengths in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on opening day, Dec. 26.  A one mile turf maiden winner in his second start eight starts back in November, 2017 at Del Mar, his most recent win came four races back in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes for Cal-breds at Golden Gate Fields on April 29, 2018.  With Victor Espinoza engaged to ride for the first time, Hardboot would appear to have a legitimate shot as both of his career wins have come at a mile on grass.THE $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTThe Street Fighter–Aaron Gryder–123Hardboot–Victor Espinoza–121Tule Fog–Brice Blanc–121Brandothebartender–Joe Talamo–123Soi Phet–Alonso Quinonez–121Accountability–Drayden Van Dyke–121The Hunted–Tiago Pereira–123First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Does wearing a mask really protect against viruses or are we making a fool of ourselves?

first_imgOne of the most popular measures to avoid becoming infected is the use of masks. We have already seen people wearing from the classic masks that surgeons usually use to more resistant ones that are used in harder jobs such as mining or construction. Using masks is a very good option to protect yourself from diseases, but not all of them are suitable to achieve it. The infectious disease specialist, William Schaffner, said that thin masks such as those used by surgeons are not designed to filter air particles, it is also possible that bacteria are introduced from the sides.There are masks that prevent 95% of contaminating particlesAccording to this specialist, the most recommended are masks with respirators N95 or higher, since they filter the air particles correctly. Moreover, the number that gives its name indicates that they prevent 95% of the contaminating particles from being inhaled.Although these masks are very effective, they can be very annoying and not all people are able to wear them for so long. In addition, there are other factors that can affect the functionality of these types of masks such as the beard. Whatever the disease, the best way to avoid getting it is by washing our hands, not touching our face frequently and not coming into contact with sick people. A couple of months ago the Chinese government warned of an outbreak of coronavirus. Currently the situation remains on alert since this virus has not yet been eradicated and even more cases have been found in other parts of the world. Masks are beneficial to avoid becoming infectedThe most recommended are masks with respirators N95center_img Image: iStocklast_img read more