18 Dec
2020

6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This Summer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Beachgoers have begun swarming to the shores of Long Island to cool off now that school is out and summer is in, but the region’s favorite pastime isn’t all fun and games.To keep a day at the beach from turning into a trip to the emergency room, swimmers—and in some cases, even sun worshipers who stay on the sand—should be careful of common local hazards ranging from pollution to rip currents.“As we enjoy the start of summer at our beautiful beaches, it’s important for neighbors to recognize the joy of playing in the ocean is accompanied by the potential for danger,” warned Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.LI’s shores are not alone in giving bathers something to worry about. Florida leads the nation in shark attacks with the Carolinas close behind given the upswing in recent incidents, some California beaches have been cleaning up oil inexplicably washing ashore and the Gulf Coast is still recovering from the BP oil spill five years ago.Although the issues on the Island aren’t as dangerous as shark bites and oil spills, there are still some risks that can roll ashore worth keeping in mind. Here are six:Swimming was prohibited at Lake Ronkonkoma beach due to increased bacteria levels and a blue-green algae bloom advisory on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Lake Ronkonkoma reopened to swimming on Thursday, July 2, 2015. (Long Island Press photo)A Day At The Petri DishRain doesn’t only keep sunbathers away from the shore when the skies open up, but also can force health officials to temporarily close beaches on sunny days that follow storms.That’s because stormwater runoff washes pathogens—disease-causing bacteria or viruses—into local waterways, which often prompts health officials responsible for testing the water quality to temporarily close affected bathing beaches the day after heavy rains. Bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, officials say.Studies have shown that such pollution is the result of stormwater runoff washing domestic and wild animal waste as well as partly treated human waste from septic tanks and sewage treatment plants into LI’s bays, rivers and streams.The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ranked New York 20th in beach water quality out of 30 states, according to last year’s annual report that examines beach closure data. The ranking by the nonprofit environmental group was the result of 13 percent of samples taken in 2013 exceeding the national Beach Action Value, a system developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to test safe levels of bacteria in the water.Also contributing human waste to bathing beaches are some boaters who flush untreated sewage into local bays even though the EPA made doing that illegal when the South Shore Estuary, Peconic Bay Estuary and the Long Island Sound were all deemed a “no discharge zone” five years ago.The public can help keep beaches open and prevent pathogens from entering waterways by disposing of animal waste properly, maintaining septic systems and reminding boaters to use a pump-out station. Before swimming, check local beaches for any posted warnings by calling Nassau County’s beach hotline at 516-227-9700 and/or Suffolk County’s beach hotline at 631-852-5822.Toxic TidesAside from swimmers avoiding pathogens, those who go fishing or clamming in the waters off LI’s shores have another kind of pollution to worry about.Years after industrial sources polluted the waters with heavy metals such as mercury and carcinogens such as PCBs, those and other toxins have been found in fish and shellfish caught off both the north and south shores of LI, studies have shown.“The primary chemicals of concern in New York City waters and Long Island marine waters are PCBs, dioxin and cadmium,” the New York State Department of Health wrote in its pamphlet on eating locally caught fish. “In Long Island freshwaters the primary chemical is chlordane. These chemicals build up in your body over time.”In its advisory, the health department suggests that fishermen and women limit eating fish caught in certain waterways, with extra precautions urged for children and women under 50. Fish caught in water farther offshore is less contaminated, the agency said.Aside from issuing warnings for certain fish caught in Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, Jamaica Bay, the South Shore and Peconic Bay, there are also guidelines for freshwater fishing in lakes, ponds and streams around LI, including Freeport Reservoir, Lake Capri, Loft’s Pond, Smith Pond and Fresh Pond.As for clams oysters and other shellfish, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued an emergency closure in May for shellfisheries in Shinnecock Bay after marine biotoxin contamination was found. For the latest advisories, call the DEC’s local shellfish office at 631-444-0480.About 40 volunteers picked up trash on the Montauk beaches collecting everything from shoes and straws to mylar balloons and fishing trash as part of the Surfrider Foundation Clean up on Wednesday, June 17. (Photo credit: Dain Ning)Watch Your StepEven those only going for a long walk on the beach should be careful of debris, as anyone who’s ever stepped on trash buried in the sand at Jones Beach State Park knows too well.Broken glass, rusted metal and fishing line are just some of the garbage that can occasionally be found littering local shores. Not only is it unpleasant for humans to step on such trash, animals are often entangled in discarded ropes and fishing line.“Last year, 56,891 volunteers cleaned and documented 92,677 pounds of debris along 245.52 miles of New York State’s shoreline,” The American Littoral Society said on its website. That total is about the weight of a fully grown sperm whale, which can reach a length of 59 feet.The public can help by disposing of trash properly and volunteering for beach cleanups through the society, The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and other environmentally oriented groups.Tens of thousands of dead bunker fish have been washing up along the Peconic River and Flanders Bay due to low dissolved oxygen levels caused by overabundant nitrogen, which fuel brown and red tides. (Photo: Long Island Coastal Conservation Research Alliance Facebook Page)Red Tide is HighLook no further than the mass turtle die-off and back-to-back fish kills that flooded East End waterways with tens of thousands of dead bunker fish last month for proof that red tide is a problem on LI.Officials and experts credited all three events in Flanders Bay to red tide—an overabundance of algae that contributes to the depletion of oxygen in the water and causes a host of other problems. The blooms are caused by nitrogen pollution.“No question the biggest problem is nitrogen in our waters,” said Jim Gilmore, head of the state DEC’s Bureau of Marine Resources. “We have had several occurrences of fish kills but never of this magnitude. And nitrogen exacerbates the problem. We want the fish in the water, not dying on the beaches. Algal blooms fueled by nitrogen are making it worse.”The toxic condition first emerged in LI waters three decades ago and is widely believed to have contributed to—along with overfishing—the collapse of the local shellfishing industry, which is now a shell of its former self.Excess nitrogen leaches into local bays from a combination of sewage treatment plant outflow pipes, stormwater runoff and antiquated septic tanks. The problem is exacerbated in Suffolk County, where 74 percent of homes and businesses still use septic tanks since most of eastern LI isn’t hooked up to the public sewer system.After the recent fish kills, local health officials warned the public not to touch the dead fish. But people should avoid contact with some of the algae blooms as well—notably the blue-green algae and red tide, which contains neurotoxins that can cause paralysis.Pets are also at risk if they drink from water where blue-green algae is present. In 2013, a dog died after drinking water from an East Hampton pond that was contaminated with blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Similar fatal incidents have been reported nationwide.Swimming in brown tide, which has been spotted in the South Shore bays this summer, is not known to be harmful. But ingesting water with high amounts of algae can be risky. An NRDC study found that those exposed to certain types of algae might suffer from a variety of symptoms such as neurological complaints, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory issues as well as skin and eye irritation.To help prevent algae blooms, choose organic compost instead of fertilizer for yard work and gardening.Lion’s Mane jellyfishThe Lion’s DenFew things ruin a day at the beach like a jellyfish sting—especially if the culprit is the Lion’s Mane jellyfish, which is believed to be the world’s largest.These big, bad jellies are native to the North Atlantic and are no strangers to LI waters. This species of jellyfish can grow to as large as 6-feet wide and 49-feet long. Although the lion’s mane jellyfish has a beautiful crimson-colored, bell-shaped head, be warned that these creatures’ tentacles can leave a very painful sting.Take it from this reporter, who’s personally been stung by the lion’s mane: This jellyfish’s sting can lead to hives and blisters. Don’t ignore signs posted on the beach that warn about jellyfish in the waters, and always use caution when swimming. Beware ‘Grip of The Rip’In addition to all of the above-listed hazards, top among them are rip currents.Rip currents are channels of water that are caused by water pressure building up along the shoreline, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).While standing at the water’s edge, swimmers may feel a tugging at their ankles as the water pulls away from shore; this is the undertow. If the pull is strong enough, it can lead to drowning. While an undertow and riptides are dangerous, the number one danger is rip currents, mostly because people have an instinct to swim against it and exhaust themselves to the point of drowning.“When we say beware of the ‘grip of the rip,’ we mean it,” said Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony Santino. “Even the most experienced swimmers can be endangered by rip currents, so it’s imperative to be prepared if a situation arises in the water.”To escape out of a rip current, swimmers should remain calm, swim parallel to the shore and allow the oncoming waves to assist them back to shore. If a swimmer has enough energy, it is strongly advised to signal for help. Always remember to stay within areas that have lifeguards, and don’t swim too far away from shore.Otherwise, have a blast at the beach but don’t forget your sun block.last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

England bow out to Ireland

first_img4 October 2017 England start title defence with win over WalesEngland made a confident start to the defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals, beating the hosts, Wales, 5-3 at Newport.“It was a thrilling first day against tough opposition who were playing a course they all know really well,” said England captain Debbie Richards.England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.In the singles, Wales made a strong start but England soon got into their stride and won three of the five points on offer. Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland. “All the teams have very strong players so it will be another tough day tomorrow,” said Richards. 1 October 2017England set for defence of senior titleEngland will begin their defence of the Senior Women’s Home International title on Tuesday at Newport Golf Club, Wales.The six players who won the silver medal at last month’s European team championship are all in the side, together with Surrey’s Felicity Christine.The full team, captained by Debbie Richards of Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Cheshire, Julie Brown of Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Sussex and Lulu Housman of Middlesex.England have dominated the Senior Women’s Home Internationals since it started in 2003, winning the Sue Johnson Trophy 10 times, with consecutive wins in the last three years. The round robin competition against Scotland, Ireland and Wales continues until Thursday, 5 October.The players:Caroline Berry (Bromborough) was fifth in the British senior championship, is a past English senior champion and reached the semi-finals of this year’s event, having been top qualifier.Julie Brown (Trentham) won the 2015 British senior championship, was runner-up last year and fourth this season. She won the English senior title in 2014 and has represented England every year since then.Felicity Christine (Woking) is a past winner of the British senior title and had a top 20 finish last month. She was a quarter finalist in the English senior championship and fifth in the English senior stroke playFiona Edmond (Ipswich) was an England and GB&I international before a break of 25 years. She won the English senior title at her first attempt in May.Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford) has won back-to-back English senior stroke play titles and had a top 20 finish in the British seniors.Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) is playing only her second full season of senior golf and has been runner-up three times in English championships.Lulu Housman (Wyke Green) won the English senior stroke play title in 2015. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s senior amateur and tied 11th in the stroke play. “It was a thrilling first day against tough opposition who were playing a course they all know really well,” said England captain Debbie Richards.England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.In the singles, Wales made a strong start but England soon got into their stride and won three of the five points on offer. Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland. “All the teams have very strong players so it will be another tough day tomorrow,” said Richards.England will meet Ireland in title showdownDefending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.Click here for full scoresImage copyright The R&A England captain Debbie Richards, commented: “It was a very tense afternoon for the captains but some amazing golf was played by all and I am very proud of the England team and it has been an honour to be their captain. Hopefully we can go one step further next year.”England, who were seeking their 11th win and their fourth in a row, shared the points in the foursomes. Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield continued their unbeaten record with their 5/4 win, while Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry snatched a half.In the singles Brown always had the upper hand but had to go to the 17th to win her point 3/1. Jackie Foster was three down after three but battled back to win on the 17th and put England ahead.But the Irish proved the stronger players over the closing stages of the other three games. Fiona Edmond lost by one hole, Berry by two holes and Housman was defeated by a 17th hole birdie, losing 3/1.In the day’s other match Wales and Scotland halved. Final placings: 1 Ireland, 2 England, 3 Wales, 4 Scotland.Caption – Back row from left, Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire), Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey), Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe Sussex). Front row, from left: Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire), Debbie Richards (captain, Burhill, Surrey), Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex). (Image copyright The R&A). England will meet Ireland in title showdownDefending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.Click here for full scoresImage copyright The R&A Almost every point in the title decider was closely contested before Ireland emerged as the 4.5-3.5 winners. It was their third win in the championship, following back-to-back successes in 2012/13. The team, captained by Debbie Richards of Burhill, Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, Julie Brown of Trentham, Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Woking, Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Ipswich, Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe, Sussex and Lulu Housman of Wyke Green, Middlesex.Click here for full scoresImage copyright leaderboard Photographycenter_img England captain Debbie Richards, commented: “It was a very tense afternoon for the captains but some amazing golf was played by all and I am very proud of the England team and it has been an honour to be their captain. Hopefully we can go one step further next year.”England, who were seeking their 11th win and their fourth in a row, shared the points in the foursomes. Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield continued their unbeaten record with their 5/4 win, while Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry snatched a half.In the singles Brown always had the upper hand but had to go to the 17th to win her point 3/1. Jackie Foster was three down after three but battled back to win on the 17th and put England ahead.But the Irish proved the stronger players over the closing stages of the other three games. Fiona Edmond lost by one hole, Berry by two holes and Housman was defeated by a 17th hole birdie, losing 3/1. 1 Oct 2017 England bow out to Ireland Click here for full scores4 October 2017England will meet Ireland in title showdown Defending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.Click here for full scoresCaption. England team. Back row from left: Caroline Berry, Felicity Christine, Julie Brown, Aileen Greenfield. Front row, from left: Jackie Foster, Debbie Richards, Fiona Edmond, Lulu Housman . (Image copyright The R&A ) England’s reign as Senior Women’s Home Internationals champions was halted by Ireland in a hard-fought battle at Newport, Wales.England start title defence with win over WalesEngland made a confident start to the defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals, beating the hosts, Wales, 5-3 at Newport.England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.In the singles Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland.The team, captained by Debbie Richards of Burhill, Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, Julie Brown of Trentham, Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Woking, Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Ipswich, Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe, Sussex and Lulu Housman of Wyke Green, Middlesex.Click here for full scores Tags: Senior Women’s Home Internationalslast_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017

first_imgJ. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760 Vladimir Cerin3487624%62%$283,719 ARROGATE WORKS MONDAY, POSSIBLE FOR BIG ‘CAPSENSITIVELY RETURNS IN THE GRADE III LAS FLORESKOBE‘S BACK DRILLS WITH GARY STEVENS ABOARD Philip D’Amato631371121%49%$815,980 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.78127715%33%$617,100 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9418111819%50%$1,335,468 Tyler Baze17130362018%50%$1,446,796 Santiago Gonzalez9410131211%37%$481,242 ARROGATE, MIDNIGHT STORM WORK TOMORROW“The big horse works tomorrow.”So spoke Bob Baffert at Clockers’ Corner on an intermittently rainy Sunday morning, referring to Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, who is scheduled to work at 7:45 a.m. under jockey Martin Garcia, after which a decision could be forthcoming on whether the Eclipse Award champion three-year-old male of 2016 will run in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, or go elsewhere.With the spate of recent rain altering training schedules, Baffert deems it crucial to get the work for Arrogate in tomorrow to maintain a regimen that will keep the son of Unbridled’s Song race ready no matter where he surfaces next.Also scheduled to work Monday for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter is Midnight Storm for Phil D’Amato, who has been firm on the Big ‘Cap since  the versatile speedster won the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1.“I’m very happy with him,” D’Amato said of the six-year-old full horse by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Bertrando dam My Tina, and a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf. “We’re looking forward to running in the Big ‘Cap.” Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 25) Joseph Talamo1081681715%38%$515,903 Flavien Prat16238252823%56%$2,495,094 Peter Miller782120727%62%$1,144,515 Mark Glatt54911717%50%$400,570 Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493center_img SENSITIVELY ‘FRESH’ FOR LAS FLORES STAKESSensitively is scheduled to make her first start in nearly seven months in next Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at six furlongs.“She’s training good and she runs well fresh,” trainer Phil D’Amato said of the five-year-old Street Sense mare that last raced on Aug. 17, 2016, but has won twice after layoffs, once after five months and another after seven weeks.“Tyler (Baze) has been breezing her and we’re a go.”Sensitively has won four of nine career starts but seeks her first stakes win in the Las Flores, which offers $100,000 in purse money. The bay mare is a horse for course, however, having won four of six starts at Santa Anita, with one second.Others likely for the Los Flores include Constellation, Flavien Prat; Fantastic Style, Rafael Bejarano; and Watch This Cat, Corey Nakatani. Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill10711221910%49%$1,026,751 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 Richard Baltas9116161418%51%$854,717 KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR TRIPLE BEND UNDER STEVENSKobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s “good” main track at 11:45 a.m. before Sunday’s first race at 12:30 p.m. for this year’s Triple Bend for four-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on March 11.Under regular rider Gary Stevens, Kobe’s Back was clocked in 1:13.13, with fractional times of 23.74, 35.71, 47.94 and 1:00.30.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter trained by Peter Eurton for the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Also working before the first race were a trio for Bob Baffert, three-year-old American Anthem, in company with Downtowner, and Grade II Matron winner Pretty N Cool, who is nominated to next Sunday’s Las Flores Stakes.American Anthem, runner-up to Gormley in the Sham Stakes, was ridden by Martin Garcia and timed in 59.40 for five furlongs. The fractional times were 23.68, 46.76 and 58.98, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:11.51. Downtowner received a final time of 59.40.Pretty N Cool went six furlongs under Garcia in 1:11.03, getting splits of 23.82, 46.82 and 59.03, with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:24.17. Victor Espinoza46912620%59%$631,797 William Spawr22102245%64%$282,271 Stewart Elliott11212131611%37%$586,157 FINISH LINES: Bettys Bambino, a disappointing third and last as the 2-5 favorite in Saturday’s Sensational Star Stakes, came out of the race with an injury and likely will be retired. “We could bring him back, but at his age (seven), we’d have to give him six months off,” trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday morning. “He strained his (left) front suspensory, but he’s walking sound and more than likely he’ll probably be retired, but I need to talk to the owners. You never know. They might want to bring him back.” The Sensational Star on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs was only the 12th race in the abbreviated career of Bettys Bambino, who had won six of seven starts over the venue. A gelded son of Unusual Heat, Bettys Bambino has earned $390,036 . . . The seven scheduled starters in today’s fifth race will never win any Eclipse Awards, but they’ve certainly paid their dues in longevity, with a combined 275 starts in their careers, topped by Smil’n From Above, a nine-year-old mare trained by Marcelo Polanco who has raced 82 times, winning only three but finishing second and third 17 times each. The seven runners have averaged more than 39 starts each. Gianis, a seven-year-old mare trained by Duff Shidaker, goes postward for the 61st time in the race, labeled the $23,000 Queen of Hearts Starter Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Derby winner So Conflated for Paul Reddam and Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile Gotham at Aqueduct . . . Friends and well wishers of trainer Barry Abrams, of whom there are many, offered congratulations and enjoyed carrot cake at Clockers’ Corner Sunday in advance of his 63rd birthday next Saturday, March 4 . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Martin Pedroza829161411%48%$429,713 Peter Eurton4385519%42%$457,269 John Sadler42791017%62%$471,304 Tiago Pereira781081013%36%$320,755last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Proposed Community League Building gets City’s support

first_imgCity Council also agreed it will enter into negotiations for a long-term lease on the requested property. The Sports Council has requested a long-term lease valued at $1 per year. Photo: Fort St. John City Councilors deliberate recommendations put forth by City Staff. Acting Mayor Don Irwin (seen on the projector screen) filled in for Mayor Bruce Lantz on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caLocal sports groups are one step closer to having an extra storage space for their equipment.Two weeks ago, Gail Weber and Connie Richter, of the Fort St. John Sports Council, presented their plan before City Council.- Advertisement -The council formed a plan, to set up six storage buildings, on a chunk of city-owned land at the corner of 112 Street and Tahltan Road.  Each building can be separated into two storage areas, allowing for up to 12 separate sports group to utilize the Community League Building.Sports groups that are registered with the organization would then rent out the space for a nominal charge.On Monday October 26th, City Council decided it will loan the sports council $35,000.  The money will allow the group to apply for a Direct Access Grant, which may pay half of the estimated $70,000 start-up costs.The Sports Council will pay the City back in full by December 31st, 2016.  In the event that the project doesn’t qualify for a grant, the funds will be returned to the city with interest.Advertisementlast_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

Peace River Regional District issues evacuation order and new alert

first_imgKitt Road, Evergreen Road, and Letkiman Avenue — North Peace SAR (@NorthPeaceSAR) May 16, 2016There are 136 civic addresses under the evacuation order.  Here is the map of the area.Evacuation Order May 15Evacuation Order May 15Here is the area now under an evacuation alert.Advertisement NPSAR has been tasked by the RCMP tonight to deliver evacuation orders to residents around the Beatton fire area. https://t.co/MdSMJhvWL3Advertisement East from the junction of the Prespatou Road and Buick Creek Road to the Beatton River, south along the Beatton River to just south of the 264 Road, west along the 264 to just east of the Prespatou Road and then north to the junction of the Prespatou Road and Buick Creek Road.Includes all properties on the following roads:264 Road east of the Prespatou Road269 Road, 267 Road, 263 Road and 259 Road off of the 264 Road266 Road, 268 Road, 270 Road off of the Rose Prairie Road267 Road, 269 Road and Bergen Road off of the Rose Prairie RoadBerrensheim Road off of Bergen RoadThere are 95 civic addresses under the evacuation alert.  Here is a map of the evacuation alert area.Evacuation Alert May 15, 2016Evacuation Alert May 15, 2016Here is a map as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday May 15 that shows the location of the two fires and the evacuation order and the evacuation alerts that are now in place.The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –   The Peace River Regional District has issued a new evacuation order and changed the existing evacuation order for the Beatton Airport Road Fire.All residents that have been evacuated are asked to check in at the North Peace Arena.  Or you can call 250-794-3310.Firefighters experienced increased fire activity on Sunday after a cold front moved into the area causing winds to increase.  We are waiting for more information on the fire, that should come after 9 p.m. Sunday.- Advertisement -Here is the area under an evacuation order:From approximately Mile 77 on the Alaska Highway where it meets Kitt Road, northwest approximately 9 km and then northeast to junction of the Beatton Airport Road and Aitken Creek Road, east along the Buick Creek Road to the Prespatou Road, south along the Prespatou Road to just south of the 264 Road and generally west to the Alaska HighwayIncluding all properties along the following roads:Prespatou Road from just south of the junction with the 264 Road to just north of the Buick CreekRoadBuick Creek Road from Prespatou Road to Beatton Airport RoadFrom approximately 8km on the Beatton Airport Road to the junction with Aitken Creek RoadMuseum Road, Museum Way, Rodeo Road, Wurzburger Avenue, Otto Avenue and Elevator RoadBlueberry Res Road and Carter Road off of the Buick Creek Road272 Road off of the Prespatou Road277 Road off of the 272 Road277 Road and 281 Road off of the 264 Road264 Road off of the 279 Roadlast_img read more

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21 Dec
2019

Fortuna blasts Arcata 43-7 on Senior Night

first_imgFORTUNA >> If one thing is certain after the Fortuna football team’s massive victory over Arcata Friday night, it is they are determined to make it back to the playoffs.On their senior night — with ten on the roster — and their final home game of the season, the Huskies used a huge first-half effort to beat the Tigers 43-7 at Husky Field in Fortuna High School.Now, with one more game left to play this season, Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow said full attention is now turned toward Del Norte as …last_img

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17 Dec
2019

Slightly different schedule in the swine barn at the 2016 Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exhibitors need to be aware of a slight, but important, change in the Ohio State Fair Junior Barrow Show schedule this year.“The crossbred barrows will show on Friday, Aug. 5 and the purebred barrows will show on Saturday, Aug. 6,” said Angie Barney, co-director of the Ohio State Fair Swine Barn. “In addition, for those youth that participate in the breeding gilt shows, they will be able to participate in the Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor program which is very similar to the Outstanding Market Exhibitor program.  If they choose to participate, they will need to participate in the Swine Skillathon program on Thursday, Aug. 4.”Exhibitors are encouraged to closely monitor the show schedule and keep these dates in mind as the event approaches to keep the shows running smoothly.“We are looking forward to a great year in the swine barn,” Barney said.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – January 19th, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest West-southwest winds will help temps climb today, and that moderating push holds through the weekend. . We see the entire state above freezing today and tomorrow and most of the state should be well above normal all weekend. Tomorrow, temps should do a little better than today, but still we fall short of last week’s thaw levels. We still look for a lot of snow melt in the coming daysClouds build for Sunday, but precipitation should be somewhat limited. Scattered light moisture should slowly overspread the state, particularly Sunday afternoon and evening. Spits, sprinkles and drizzle may amount to a few hundredths to .1” over 50% of the state, and the best chances will be over the northern half to third of Ohio. This will be enough to make for a bit of a damp feel, and to keep us from feeling warmer than Saturday. Our cold front finally arrives midday Monday and brings rain through midday Tuesday. We like rain totals of .25”-.75” with 90% coverage. These rains have been well advertised, and we are not moving away from our prior forecast here. Keep the umbrella handy. The map above shows potential rain totals through Tuesday evening.As cold air pushes into the state behind the frontal boundary, we think there will be a good deal of lake effect cloudiness possible for the balance of Tuesday and Tuesday night. The best chances for light snow will be seen over the eastern third of the state, and of course, most likely in far NE Ohio. Eastern locations can see a coating to an inch overnight Tuesday night, and northeast areas can see several more inches in the right conditions. Western areas likely see only a few flurries in the current set up. Cold air is in for the balance of Tuesday night right on through Thursday morning. However, southwest winds come back as we progress through next Thursday. From here forward, we are making a few subtle changes to our forecast this morning.The next front we are watching shows up overnight Thursday night into Friday with rains from .25”-.5” over about 80% of the state. Temps will be warm enough to produce all liquid precipitation in the heaviest high areas, but we have to watch for some rain-snow mix in the east during the overnight part of the storm evolution. , This is just the first wave of several to come. Very early Saturday morning we see a second wave bringing half to 1” rains to all of the state through the balance of Saturday. . This moisture comes in with mild temps still in place. Then, we have a third wave, complete with another low pressure center moving over the region for thelast_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Free Action Compositing Elements

first_imgDownload the Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Action Compositing ElementsClick the button below to download the Action Hits Toolkit. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.(This is a relatively large download, so settle in.)DOWNLOAD ACTION HITS TOOLKIT: 70+ ACTION COMPOSITING ELEMENTSHow to Use The Action Hits Toolkit of 70+ Action Compositing ElementsWe created this pack of 70+ action compositing elements with experimentation in mind. There are many different ways you can use these elements, from compositing your action scenes to adding some really nice texture and excitement to motion graphics.Almost all of these elements will find their best use in Adobe After Effects; however, they will work in any major nonlinear editing software.We shot these elements against a black background; this way all you need is the appropriate blending mode to include them in your own project. The best blending modes to use will be “Add,” “Linear Dodge” (add), or “Screen.” However, you may be able to get interesting results using other blend modes. Again, experiment!My personal favorite part of this pack is the “Magic Sci/Fi toolkit.” This aspect of the Action Hits Toolkit is purely for experimentation and creating cool effects and looks that you might have never thought of before.With some spark circles inspired by Doctor Strange, interesting orbs created with a lens ball, and some colorful magical spark/spell hits, you can mix these elements to create fantasy effects, sci-fi effects, or anything in between.100% Practical EffectsWe shot these elements and effects practically in 4K in our studio using quite a few different techniques and methods.Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes content about how we created these elements.BONUS: More FREE Action ElementsNeed more free elements?Our friends at RocketStock released a pack of 25 completely free action compositing elements with Action Pack Lite. This includes full-blown explosions, fire, smoke, dust, and more. Between these two packs, you can have a completely free action elements library with anything you could want.Enjoy!Still not enough freebies? Check these out.SPACE KIT: Download 40+ Free Space Textures and Elements21 Free Motion Graphics Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics With over 70 action compositing elements for your videos and motion graphics, the Action Hits Toolkit has everything you need for your next action sequence.With the Action Hits Toolkit — a pack of more than 70 dirt hits, spark hits, muzzle flashes, fantasy hits, and much more — you can finally craft that elaborate action scene you’ve been dreaming about. Perfect for VFX compositing and for adding excitement to your motion graphic design, this pack has a little bit of everything to help you bring some explosive power to your work.The Action Hits Toolkit Includes the following:13 dirt/dust hits.17 spark hits and falling spark elements.2 smoke hits.5 fantasy/sci-fi hits.3 muzzle flashes.31 miscellaneous elements for creating your own effects (magic hits, orbs, spark circles, energy fields, etc.).last_img read more

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7 Nov
2019

Inaugural Beach Touch Event A Success

first_img32 teams took part in the event, which saw 16 Mixed teams and eight Men’s and eight Women’s teams battle it out to be the first Beach Touch champions. Despite overcast weather and occasional rain throughout the day, there was plenty of fun to be had on Maroubra Beach. Beach Touch Football Australia was created by 2011 World Cup Australian Men’s 30’s representative, Chris Jonson, and 2011 World Cup Australian Senior Mixed coach, Justin Creighton, who were thrilled to see the first event take place yesterday and have some big plans for the future. “Beach Touch is alive, the inaugural event, and obviously it’s a learning experience for us, we’ve got a product now and obviously we want to make it better,” Jonson told the crowd at the presentation function. “Our main goal with these four events (in the coming months) is to have a product, fine tune it, so that in October we plan on rolling out the national pro tour,” he said. In the Women’s division, Pink Bits were too good for Not Sure in the final, Manly beat Bankstown in the Men’s final and MBK Soldiers defeated The Guns in the final of the Mixed division. The next Beach Touch event will be the Corporate Championships, which will be held on Saturday, 25 February at Maroubra Beach. For more details please visit www.beachtouch.com.au. Some photos from the event can be found on the Touch Football Australia Facebook page, which can be viewed by clicking on this link:http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150620064278385.444787.384949403384&type=1#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Highlights of the day and of the finals have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel, and can be found by clicking on this link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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