Santa Anita racetrack loses two horses in three days, marking 25 fatalities in six months

first_imgKABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — Two horses died at Southern California’s prominent Santa Anita racetrack over the weekend, marking 25 thoroughbred fatalities there in the last six months.A pair of 3-year-old geldings sustained fatal injuries in separate incidents on Friday and Sunday as the embattled racetrack works and employ reforms to stem a rash of unprecedented horse deaths.One of the horses, a male called Spectacular Music, sustained a rare injury to the pelvis while racing near the half-mile pole on Sunday, according to the track.“The horse did not fall, but was pulled up at about the half mile pole at the discretion of Jockey Jorge Velez and vanned to receive a comprehensive evaluation by on-site world-class veterinarians,” Santa Anita said in a statement Monday.“Equine pelvic injuries are rare,” it added, “and further evaluation is being conducted by the California Horse Racing Board, per protocol, to understand what could have caused this uncommon injury.”The other gelding, Commander Coil, died after sustaining a shoulder injury in a training session on Friday morning, the racetrack revealed Saturday.“Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for a horse that is galloping as opposed to breezing or racing,” a spokesperson for Santa Anita said in a statement to ABC News. “A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to understand what might have caused this uncommon injury.”Santa Anita Park, owned by the Canadian-based Stronach Group, postponed several races earlier this year and hired respected trackman Dennis Moore to help assess the condition on its main track.Some experts attributed the cluster of thoroughbred deaths to inclement weather. Southern California had an unusual amount of rain this past season after many years of drought or near drought, which would have impacted the quality of the track the horses can run on safely.“Every time it rains you seal the tracks as hard as it can get. So the water runs off of it,” Clifford Sise, a veteran horse trainer currently working with 15 horses at Santa Anita and other tracks, told ABC News Saturday. “It would stop raining only three days, where you can really work on it. You need at least seven, eight days to dry out. To go to the bottom of it and the cushion and work on it. It was nobody’s fault.”At least 25 horses have died while racing or training since the track opened for the winter season on Dec. 26. The horse deaths prompted several investigations earlier this year, including a task force convened by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the California Horse Racing Board.The most-recent deaths were the first ones reported since track officials introduced a new reforms last month, track officials said.“Before this catastrophic injury, unprecedented health and safety reforms were introduced at Santa Anita Park. From April 1 to May 18, there have been 698 starters on the main track and 651 starters on the turf course without fatalities,” Santa Anita said in its statement Monday.“The Stronach Group is committed to advocating for the health and safety of horses and riders and will continue to work with stakeholders in California and nationally to drive further progress,” it added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina [Photos/Vidoes]

first_imgOn May 25th, MarchFourth is launching a Kickstarter for their fourth studio album, Magic Number, which was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and featuring Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty. Depending on your pledge, you’ll be able to pre-order the album through the program when it goes live later this month. Needless to say, this record is going to be off the charts!Catch MarchFourth later this month when they swing through Summer Camp for a late night Sunday set that promises a multi-faceted, indelible experience, as well as various guerilla parades throughout the weekend! They’ll be sure to keep it fresh all the way through! MarchFourth is a genre-breaking force of nature in the world of entertainment. Carrying nearly twenty musicians, dancers, and artisans around the country for a show that defies categorization and implores free-spirited joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring ambience sets the band apart from any other touring band. Able to catch the attention of any, the cast of characters recently used their position to an advantage of power.Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag. Over the weekend, they chose to perform in dresses, makeup, wigs, and all, both to poke fun at the state’s governor and to stand in solidarity with those who are being persecuted for who they are. While performing this way in the North Carolina towns was certainly a risky move, they were pleased to be overwhelmingly supported by their fans. Their sets, some of their best ever, included a brassy version of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and “Hot Stepper” from their upcoming album.Purple RainHot Stepper“It was pretty surreal going on after Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars, them in suits and gowns,” trumpeter Paul Theodore Chandler told us about his experience at LEAF Fest. “And then it’s us getting on but with all the dudes in gowns and makeup. F***ing awesome.”Here are some stunning photos from their LEAF Festival performance, courtesy of Sandlin Gaither Photography:last_img read more

Backpacking 101: Six Essential Tips for your Inaugural Thru-Hike

first_imgBen King grew up exploring the wilds that surround Bryson City, North Carolina. He turned this passion into a career when he opened Bryson City Outfitters last April. His quaint, downtown shop houses gear, offers advice, and upholds a community-minded ethos.“Community over commerce,” says King. “Local independent shops have a lot of experience and knowledge to impart. I think that has a lot more value than amazon.com.”King is a specialist at dialing in beginning backpackers. Here are a few of his tips.1. NavigationPlan a modest route. Do not overestimate yourself. Make sure you find the right map. “I use National Geographic maps,” King says. Eventually learning to use a compass will provide added security. King sends a lot of hikers to Nantahala National Forest. Smoky Mountain National Park, it should be remembered, requires reservations, a camping fee, and does not allow dogs. His regional favorites include Wesser Bald, Deep Creek, and Panther Town. Wherever you choose, make sure to plan a manageable journey and bring a good map.fullsizerender-22. Pick the Right Pack “For a short trip a 32-liter pack should do it,” says Kings. “You don’t want just any pack. If your pack doesn’t fit properly, you’ll be sore and have a horrible trip.” According to King, good suspension and proper fitting are key. You want the weight on your hips. “As an independent, small retailer this is where our knowledge comes into effect,” explains King. He recommends two of the oldest companies in the industry, Gregory and Kelty. “They invest a lot of time into systems to fit torsos,” he says. “Gregory comes with a rain fly. Going backpacking without a rain fly is a nightmare. That rain fly can be lifesaver.”    fullsizerender-3 3. Sleep Tight“I try to introduce beginners to the mummy style bag. A good synthetic 32-degree bag will meet their needs. At any outdoor gear shop you’ve got 500 different options. Packability size is a big thing – how small can you get it. You don’t want to be lugging around a huge bag.” As for brands King says Kelty and Sea to Summit sleeping bags are the way to go.4. Tent Over Hammock “Going out into the backcountry for the first time you are going to be more comfortable in a tent than a hammock. You want to be looking at a three-season tent. I try to find a tent that has a footprint – a piece that goes down first before you set it up to give you a little extra insulation from the ground. I would stick to a two pole system with a rain fly. They’re not going to be super light weight without paying big bucks, but you can split up weight with two people.” fullsizerender5. Calories Count  A butane single burner stove and 100 gram canister mean hot meals, however there are countless strategies to getting vital calories. Instead of expensive dried meals, King gathers grocery store basics. “I take Ramen and packaged salmon or tuna. Take those dried starches to save a lot of weight. Summer sausage. Cheese. It takes a long time for cheese to get moldy.” King advises backpackers to not worry about anything more than calories. “You want to replace those calories that you’re losing. Poptarts are not necessarily good for you, but there are a lot of calories and they go down easy. Also, trail mix. It’s worth the reward, but make sure you pour into your partner’s hand. Don’t let them reach in the bag.” 6. Clean Water “Water filtration is a big thing,” says King. “I am comfortable identifying a spring or a clean water source, but having something to filter water is source of mental stability.” For a two-day hike, most people can carry enough water, but the extra weight is burdensome. King uses a sawyer mini water filtration system. “It’s a filter about four inches long. You can screw it on a bottle or use like a life straw straight from the source. My backup is always to have your iodine tablets.”last_img read more

Tularemia agent found in DC air, but no cases seen

first_img See also: The CDC notice said the usual incubation period for the disease is 3 to 5 days, suggesting that anyone exposed around Sep 25 would have become ill by today. But in rare cases symptoms can take longer to appear, the agency said. The air samples that yielded the findings were collected between 10 a.m. Sep 24 and 10 a.m. Sep 25, the Post reported. The air monitors are part of the federal BioWatch program, which monitors the air for pathogens in major cities around the country. The Post said Washington area health officials were notified of the findings on Sep 30. CIDRAP overview of tularemia The United States had an average of about 124 cases of tularemia per year in the 1990s, most of them occurring in rural areas. Tick bites and handling of infected animals are the most common routes of infection, but people can also contract it from insect bites, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or inhaling the bacteria, according to the CDC. The disease can cause several different clinical syndromes, depending on the route of infection. The CDC notice said inhalation of the microbe is most likely to lead to pneumonic, oculoglandular, or oropharyngeal disease. Tularemia does not spread from person to person, and it can be effectively treated with antibiotics. But it can be fatal in some cases. The microbe is one of the six agents considered most likely to be used by terrorists as a biological weapon. But Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said the pathogen probably was a natural occurrence and not the result of bioterrorism, according to a Washington Post report. Roebuck said today he didn’t know yet what quantity of the agent was found or what strain of tularemia it was. Oct 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Several air sensors detected traces of the tularemia pathogen on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, Sep 24 and 25, but no cases of illness have been reported among people who were in the area at the time, according to health officials. “We’re looking to find out if anyone in the medical community has any patients with symptoms that could be similar to tularemia,” he said. After tests in Washington detected the pathogen on air filters, further tests were done by the CDC in Atlanta, according to the Post. In a Sep 30 message to health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said environmental air monitors in the Capitol Mall “signaled the low level presence of Francisella tularensis,” the bacterium that causes tularemia. Tens of thousands of people were on the mall Sep 24 for antiwar demonstrations and the National Book Festival, according to the Post. But no cases or suspected cases of tularemia have been reported, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News today.last_img read more

Sehwag: Rohit Sharma more consistent than Kohli in producing magical knocks

first_imgImage Courtesy: Times NowAdvertisement wpkavNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1oitdgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewwbv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) igiWould you ever consider trying this?😱2s78rfmCan your students do this? 🌚bqns3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virender Sehwag drops his verdict by claiming that Rohit Sharma’s ability to score at a rapid rate is unmatched with even Indian skipper Virat Kohli falling short. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Times NowThe former Indian opener, who was famous for his explosive batting style showered praised on The Hitman and asserted on Sharma’s ability to accelerate the innings once he gets set. He said to Cricbuzz:“Hitting 3-4 sixes in an over or scoring 80-90 runs off 45 balls is an art I haven’t seen even Virat Kohli pull off as regularly as Rohit Sharma,”Advertisement Sharma, who is having a great year, added an astounding knock of 85 runs in a run chase of 154 to his collection. The skipper missed his 5th T20 International century. Apart from this knock, Sharma staked his claim in the red-ball department with a memorable debut series against the visiting Proteas.Talking to Yuzvendra Chahal on Chahal TV after the comfortable chase in Rajkot, the man of the match stated that muscle and power is not required to clear the boundary while cheekily adding that Chahar can hit them effortlessly as well. He also added that middling the ball and keeping your head still are also necessary attributes required to hit sixes.Advertisement Read Also:India overtakes Australia as most successful chasing side in T20 historyIndia on-song in Rajkot as Rohit and Chahal star in India’s victory   Advertisementlast_img read more

Patriots defense pushed around in Super Bowl loss to Eagles

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Without Butler, New England’s defense — and particular the secondary — had trouble keeping Foles and Philadelphia’s offense in check.The Eagles punted only once in the game and converted on a pair of fourth downs.Rowe struggled early, giving up three catches for 66 yards, including Foles’ first touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.But New England’s secondary got the first turnover of the night when Philadelphia’s Jeffrey struggled to control a deep pass from Foles near the goal line. Stephon Gilmore got a hand on it and juggled it before it wound up in the hands of Harmon.Philadelphia used some trickery, facing fourth-and-goal on the 1 with less than a minute to play.After a timeout, the Eagles got the ball to Trey Burton on a reverse, who flipped a pass to a wide-open Foles for a touchdown.New England pulled to within 22-19 after scoring on the opening drive of the second half.The Patriots defense would break down again, though, this time letting Corey Clement get behind Marquis Flowers and McCourty for an over the shoulder 22-yard catch in the back of the end zone.Safety Patrick Chung was shaken up on that play and missed a few series. He returned to action in the fourth quarter but had to leave again late in the game with a head injury. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nick Foles a Super Bowl MVP and unlikely folk hero in Philly Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases They had the first one of the night, on an interception by safety Duron Harmon in the first half.But they played with a different lineup against the Eagles Sunday, with starting cornerback Malcolm Butler benched in favor of Eric Rowe.Butler missed a day of practice last week with an illness. He warmed up and was in uniform, but didn’t play. It was the first Patriots game in which Butler did not play a first quarter snap since their Super Bowl win over Seattle to cap the 2014 season.Asked about the change during the television interview at halftime, coach Bill Belichick said it was a coaching decision.“I made the decisions that give us the best chance to win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) dives into the end zone over New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) for a touchdown, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. APMINNEAPOLIS — So many times this season New England’s defense made plays when it had to give Tom Brady and the Patriots offense a chance to win.But it couldn’t figure out the Philadelphia Eagles its 41-33 loss Super Bowl loss on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The 41 points New England allowed were more than they have given up in any Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick era. It also surrendered 613 total yards, including 373 through the air to MVP Nick Foles. LeGarrette Blount, a former Patriots running back, rushed 14 times for 90 yards and touchdown.The Patriots offense did its part. It didn’t punt and had no turnovers through three quarters. After playing from behind most of the night, Brady gave New England its first lead of the game, 33-32 on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut on the ensuing drive New England safety Devin McCourty couldn’t keep Zach Ertz from stretching the ball across the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown reception from Nick Foles that wound up being the game winner.The Patriots entered the game with 159-15 record, including a perfect 16-0 in the playoffs, when they had won the turnover battle. LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

Mixed breeds take spotlight in Sunday’s Humboldt County Fair horse racing

first_imgFerndale >> Bar JF Red Ticket bids for a third straight win in the $4,000 Cream City Mule Handicap, and Ayers looks for back-to-back victories in the $7,000 Ferndale Arabian Stakes as the mixed breeds enjoy the limelight this afternoon at the Humboldt County Fair.The Cream City and Ferndale Arabian Stakes will be run as the first and second races, respectively, on today’s seven-race program. Post time for the opener is scheduled for 2:07 p.m.Considered one of the all-time mule greats, Bar JF …last_img

Kyler Murray shoots down potential return to Oakland A’s

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Don’t expect Kyler Murray to have a change of heart anytime soon.The Heisman Trophy winner spoke to reporters at the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon. Asked about potentially changing his mind about playing football with the A’s still holding on to his baseball rights, Murray made sure to clear up any doubt.“I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want to,” Murray said. “I’m going to play football.”The A’s drafted Murray with the No. 9 overall …last_img

Dinosaurs of the Month

first_imgThe tools of paleontologists continue to turn up interesting things.  Here are some of the latest dinosaur discoveries reported this month:Mighty mouth:  An African theropod with massive, shark-like teeth was found in the African Sahara, reported National Geographic News and PhysOrg.  It was named Eocarcharia dinops, or “fierce-eyed dawn shark.”  Another similar individual, presumed to be a scavenger, was named Kryptops palaios, “old hidden face” had a bony horn that covered much of its face.  National Geographic posted a gallery of artist’s reconstructions.Mighty duck:  In Mexico, giant duck-billed hadrosaur remains were found, reported National Geographic and Science Daily.  These specimens were said to be 35 feet in length.  Till now, dinosaur bones in Mexico have been rare.  Terry Gates (Utah Museum of Natural History) said, “The crested duck-billed dinosaurs are an extraordinary example of vertebrate evolution.”Sparrowsaur:  In China, the smallest pterosaurs ever found have come to light (see National Geographic and Live Science).  These toothless flying reptiles were only about the size of a sparrow – 10 inches or so (see artist reconstruction).  Like birds, they had curved digits that probably helped them grasp the branches of trees.  Found in the rich fossil beds of China’s Liaoning province, the species was named Nemicolopterus crypticus. by the discoverers who published their findings in PNAS.1    Alexander Kellner (Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) pieced pterosaurs into a vision of evolutionary progress: “The general idea was at some point we had these very primitive pterosaurs – very low down on the evolutionary tree – that were living on insects.  At some point pterosaurs learned to feed on fish.”  He said the find “opens a new chapter on the evolutionary history of this group of volant [flying] reptiles.”For a twist on who eats whom, Science Daily reported fossils of a giant frog from Madagascar that may have fed on baby dinosaurs.  They named it Beelzebufo – “the frog from hell.”  The find was published in PNAS,2 where the authors said that it “suggests that the initial radiation of hyloid anurans began earlier than proposed by some recent estimates.”  It was also found on a different continent – Africa – far from South America where such frogs were thought to have evolved.  See also the BBC News and Science Daily for an artist’s rendering of the mean ol’ frog.  The latter article claims that the monster leaped across continents and ate dinosaurs.  Co-discoverer David Krause is quoted, “What’s a ‘South American’ frog doing half-way around the world, in Madagascar?”  There must have been a land bridge – through Calaveras County.1.  Wang, Kellner, Zhou, Campos, “Discovery of a rare arboreal forest-dwelling flying reptile (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from China,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online on February 11, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707728105.2.  Evans, Jones, Krause, “A giant frog with South American affinities from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Published online on February 19, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707599105.Some paleontologists estimate we have only found 27% of the dinosaurs that actually lived (11/22/2004).  This means that new, exotic discoveries can be expected for many years to come.  Exciting as each new unusual form is, one cannot assume that the diversity in the dinosauria exceeds that in other groups, such as insects.  Dinosaurs stand out in our minds because of their size and the fact they are all extinct.  In many groups of plants and animals, the fossil record is richer than the living inventory.    One should remember also that classification is a very human enterprise.  Paleontologists win honors for naming a species.  This can lead to species bloat – too much splitting of similar specimens into separate species.  With fossils, one cannot know the natural amount of variation that was present due to diet, climate, development, genetic isolation or other factors.  One cannot know which ones were capable of interbreeding.  One also cannot compare the DNA of different dinosaurs (yet).  The count of dinosaur species and genera is a function of the classification scheme used.  Jones may want to name his find Magnificentosaurus jonesii but that doesn’t make it different from Majesticosaurus smithii.  Another factor leading to the impression that new dinosaurs are popping up all over is selective reporting.  “More of the same” doesn’t make news as much as something new and different.    These finds, nevertheless, should inspire the young to realize there is still much to discover.  Join the treasure hunt.  Replace the old guard paleontologists who can’t kick the smoking habit (i.e., the addicts who exude smokescreens of fogma about millions of years, primitive forms, and new chapters in evolution).  Let the bones do the talking.  They know how to remain silent.  Evolutionists have not yet learned that anything they say can and will be used against them in the court of public opinion (09/30/2007 commentary).(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more