Stores are restocking, so should you stock up?

first_imgiStock/Kwangmoozaa(NEW YORK) — As Americans adjust to daily life amid the coronavirus health emergency, grocers and retailers have assured shoppers that supply will meet demand.Experts recommend against panic buying, but they do have tips on which essentials to keep on hand, how much you need and the safest way to procure them.Pantry staples, produce that can be frozen“All homes should be prepared with — but not hoard or stockpile — a sufficient amount of key household items and groceries in case they need to stay home for a period of time,” Dr. Chloë E. Nunneley, a resident in the ABC News medical unit, explained.“Your pantry should have a two- to four-week supply of a variety of foods you normally eat, including nonperishable items like grains, shelf-stable dairy and canned, jarred or frozen foods,” she suggested. “Fresh produce is good to include, keeping in mind that many fresh foods can also be frozen.”Prescription medications, over-the-counter products“If you take prescription medications, obtaining a new 30-day supply will help prevent running out of medication and overwhelming busy pharmacies later on,” Nunneley said. “Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen are useful to have in case you become sick.”Avoiding crowded storesWhile it’s great to be prepared, another key component amid the current outbreak is to mitigate contact with other people so as to not transmit COVID-19.“Keep in mind that we are preparing in order to refrain from going to the store,” Nunneley added. “Our water supply shouldn’t be affected” so most people shouldn’t stockpile bottled water.‘No concern about running out of food’The National Grocers Association, which includes more than 8,500 U.S. stores, said, “There is absolutely no concern about running out of food.”NGA president and CEO Greg Ferrara said independent grocers are helping larger chains meet demand during this time, and that grocery stores are being restocked at unprecedented speeds.“The supply chain is fully operational, and supplies are flowing 24/7,” Ferrara explained. “Unfortunately, the demand in many markets has been unprecedented, and the supply chain is working to catch up, but stores are being restocked with fresh produce, meats, breads, canned goods — you name it — on a daily basis.”Products that sold out quickly, such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, “may be more limited in terms of availability but are flowing through the supply chain,” Ferrara added. “While our nation is facing a new crisis that we have not previously faced, it’s important for us all to remain calm.”Target, Kroger and Publix all told ABC News they’re working rapidly to replenish store shelves. In the meantime, some stores have set limits on the number of harder-to-find items each individual can purchase.Several stores also told ABC News that ample supplies exist in warehouses or are being produced in factories and that it’s more a matter of getting them delivered to retailers.Deliveries that used to happen twice a week are in some cases “being made once to twice a day,” said Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Evidence for a volcanic rifted margin and oceanic crustal structure for the Falkland Plateau Basin

first_imgMarine geophysical data from the western Falkland Plateau show strongly lineated magnetic anomalies and a coincident linear gravity high that identify the southeastern margin of a Falkland Islands block as a volcanic rifted continental margin. Characteristics of onshore and offshore dykes suggest this margin is most probably slightly younger than 190 Ma. Together with these data, seismic reflection profiles and sonobuoy seismic refraction data from the basin province of the Falkland Plateau east of the islands indicate an elevated oceanic origin for the major part of the Falkland Plateau Basin, most probably within the Karoo hotspot province. These conclusions are compatible with, but do not directly indicate the independent rotation of a Falkland Islands block, and closely constrain models of southwest Gondwana evolution.last_img read more

New home for executive education

first_imgTop academic and political leaders gathered Monday at Harvard Business School (HBS) to celebrate the opening of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, a multipurpose facility for students in HBS’ popular executive education program.Harvard President Drew Faust and HBS Dean Nitin Nohria were joined by U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, as well as hundreds of guests to help pay tribute to the generosity of the Chao family.Named for the late matriarch, a woman who valued the transformational power of education, especially for women, the Chao Center was made possible by a $40 million gift from her husband, James Si-Cheng Chao, and her six daughters, four of whom are HBS alumnae. It is the first building at Harvard to be named for a woman and for a person of Chinese descent.last_img read more

Sunbelt Field Day

first_imgGeorgia farmers can learn about agricultural research while interacting with University of Georgia scientists during the annual Sunbelt Field Day in Moultrie, Georgia, on Thursday, July 25.From 8:30 a.m. to noon, UGA agriculture specialists and other industry leaders will present their findings from various crop research projects conducted on the 600-acre farm.Among the UGA experts whose research will be highlighted is UGA Cooperative Extension soils and hydrology specialist Glen Harris. He’s researched cotton and peanuts at Sunbelt for more than 20 years and believes the research done here is vital to the Georgia farming community.“My research experience at the Sunbelt Ag Expo goes back to the days of Darrell Williams, who the research farm is named after,” Harris said. “It’s a place to be able to show the cutting-edge research that the University of Georgia is known for.”Harris’ research this year focuses on soil nutrient needs on cotton, specifically how fertilizer impacts cotton’s growth. Sulfur-based fertilizer, foliar potassium and side-dress nitrogen fertilizer are part of his research, which is replicated every year.Cotton, peanut, weed, vegetable and forage researchers will speak to field day attendees about the statewide impact of their research. Along with Harris, other UGA scientists presenting this year include Lisa Baxter, UGA Extension forage agronomist; Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension weed specialist; Dennis Hancock, UGA Extension forage specialist; Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County Extension coordinator; Monique Leclerc, Regent’s Professor on the UGA Griffin campus; Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut specialist; and Jared Whitaker, UGA Extension cotton specialist.“The research partnership that we have with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers gives us a healthy blend of university and corporate research plots on our Darrell Williams Research Farm at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Working with the UGA researchers, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the latest agronomic research as it pertains to seed and forage varieties, crop protection, irrigation and water management, soil fertility, and precision agriculture,” said Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Ag Expo.For more information about the Sunbelt Field Day, see https://sunbeltexpo.com.last_img read more

Arsenal Legion May Form the Bedrock of Future Super Eagles

first_imgLittle wonder at the summer World Cup in Russia, the only player from the NPFL to make the Super Eagles team to the World Cup, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was only good for the bench with little or no chance manning the post.The eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation have therefore resorted to wooing ‘foreign’ players with Nigerian roots to forming the bedrock of the national team, which the president of the federation, Amaju Pinnick, described as VIP scouting.The NFF boss had reiterated severally that youngsters of Nigerian origin who are doing well in England and other leagues will wear the Nigerian colours at the appropriate time.He said it had been in the plans of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, adding that the federation is monitoring several Nigerian players that are making waves in the various leagues.“The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited about being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time,” Pinnick said.With Arsenal having named 11 Nigerians (not products of Nigeria League) in their squad for 2018/19 Premier League season, Pinnick, who interestingly is a fan of the North London club could as well start monitoring their progress in the quest of wooing them to play for Nigeria in future.The players are Alex Iwobi, who has played severally for Nigeria but currently sidelined with illness and would not be part of the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles today.There is also Eddie Nketiah, who is expected to see the first-team action this season, especially in the Carabao Cup and Europa League group stages.The remaining nine players are all youngsters and classed as U-21.They are Ryan Alebiousu, Xavier Amaechi, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola, Arthur Okonkwo, James Olayinka, Joseph Olowu, Tobi Omole and Bukayo Saka.Nigerians should, therefore, be watching out for these future stars as they may form the bedrock of Nigeria’s team to the 2002 World Cup slated for Qatar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the Nigeria Professional Football League not living up to the standard of churning out players for the Super Eagles, second choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, was the only player from the NPFL to Nigeria’s team to the 2018 World Cup. The Nigeria Football Federation in recent time has therefore been relying heavily on players of Nigerian descent in Europe to form the bulk of the national. With Arsenal naming 11 Nigerians in their 2018/19 Premier League season, the majority of Eagles players in future major competitions may be coming from the North London club, writes Kunle AdewaleNigeria football League was once so exciting and competitive that Nigerian players are signed on straight to European clubs without having to go through trials- Finidi George, Dosu Joseph, Etim Esin, are just few examples.But not anymore, as players from the Nigeria Professional Football League are only good for trials in countries like Cyprus, Lebanon, India, Singapore and some other little-known football nations of the world, and are, therefore, not even seen as good enough to don the senior national team shirt.last_img read more

IFC, DPS increase security

first_imgThe 2013 executive board for the Interfraternity Council, elected November 2012, has focused its efforts on increasing safety on The Row this semester by collaborating with the Dept. of Public Safety and working more closely with the Los Angeles Police Department.Safety · A Dept. of Public Safety outpost, located on University Avenue near The Row, overlooks an area heavy with student foot traffic. – Lauren Wong | Daily Trojan “One of the main responsibilities of my job, if not the top responsibility, is ensuring safety on The Row,” IFC President Ofek Lavian said. “All the other things that we do come only after safety.”As a result of new policies this semester, the number of  alcohol-related incidents has been significantly reduced. Though there were 86 recorded alcohol-related transports to the hospital last semester prior to the new policies, only 40 alcohol-related transports were reported this semester.“This semester, the number of [ambulance] transports has been lower on The Row than off The Row for the first time in a really long time,” Lavian said.Though the university itself is always concerned with students safety, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Denzil Suite applauded the new efforts, saying “IFC has really taken the lead on safety precautions.”Since his election, Lavian and his executive board have instituted a number of new policies aimed at increasing security.Houses are now encouraged to notify IFC of all social functions beforehand so that it can be prepared for any security issues that might arise.In conjunction with these new policies, IFC board members and the presidents and risk managers of each house that plans to have events during the next week meet every Thursday with the DPS officers that will be on duty.“We have officers that volunteer to be Greek liaisons and meet regularly with IFC to discuss safety concerns on the Row,” DPS Captain David Carlisle said.Lavian said enhanced communication with DPS and LAPD has been essential to implementing the new policies.“We can contact [DPS Captain Steve Alegre] whenever there’s something urgent,” Lavian said, “We also notify him whenever something is going well and discuss ways to prevent issues later on.”Lavian and his board have also increased the expectations for chapter risk managers. This semester, risk managers in each house were required to go through training with DPS officers. In addition, an official IFC board position called the director of risk management was added to oversee safety precautions.Lavian said all of these safety precautions have been part of IFC’s long-term goal of taking more responsibility for security on The Row.“We want to be a self-governing unit so that we are able to be the most successful and effective Greek system we can be,” said IFC Vice President of Communications Tanner Sandoval. “We are all very capable individuals, and we should not have to put extra stress on the university.”Lavian said he hopes to develop a program with the LAPD that would allow students to call ambulances anonymously if a safety issue arises at an event.“As of now, if there’s an alcohol-related transport, the house [where it occurred] can get in trouble for it,” Lavian said.According to Levian,  fear of getting in trouble often prevents people from calling an ambulance in a dangerous situation.“I think that is very immoral — and downright disgusting — because it is essentially de-incentivizing the houses to do the right thing.”Lavian said he hopes that he can work with the university, DPS and the Los Angeles Fire Department to address this issue by the end of his presidency in December.Looking forward, Lavian said the IFC’s executive board aims to allow houses to register events through IFC, rather than through the university.Suite said the university is ultimately encouraging IFC to become more autonomous and responsible for safety issues on The Row.“For any new policy we would need to see a specific proposal,” Suite said. “The goal is always to have individuals and chapters take responsibility for their own events.”last_img read more

Lakers game against Clippers on Tuesday is postponed

first_img How Kobe Bryant was remembered on his birthday Helicopter company in fatal Kobe Bryant crash sues 2 air traffic controllers “At the end of the day when you think about Kobe, he’s a winner,” Rivers said after Sunday’s game, when players requested that the normal postgame availability in the locker room be canceled.“I told our guys, ‘Go win the game if you want to honor him,’ and they did that. But it’s a difficult night. We’re not prepared for this. None of us were. I wasn’t before the game and I’m not now. It’s just really tough. For (former Laker) Lou (Williams), for Kawhi. Just a lot of relationships that Kobe had with guys in our locker room.“I was worried, I didn’t know if our guys could get through it, to be honest. Sometimes the stage is the best place to get away from reality. I thought our guys, in my opinion, they had a two-hour break from the emotional day.”The Lakers, who brought in grief counselors for their grieving staff to the office on Monday, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, are next scheduled to host Portland on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Clippers are next set to face Sacramento on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., also at Staples Center.It’s unclear when the game will be made up. If it were as soon as Wednesday, that would leave the Clippers with a back-to-back set of games. The same situation would arise for one or both teams if it were made up on either of the remaining two open dates – Feb. 2 or Feb. 7 – before the All-Star break begins on Feb. 14.We are providing free access to this article. Please consider supporting local journalism like this by subscribing here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Councilmembers move to make Kobe Bryant Boulevard an LA street Ring Talk. #mambamentality #mambaproinvitational pic.twitter.com/RwWimAhOKm— Mamba Sports Academy (@MambaSportsHQ) September 26, 2019 LeBron James posted on Instagram Monday evening, writing, in part: “Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation and it’s my responsibility to put this s–t on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!!”The Lakers were scheduled to host the Clippers on TNT on Tuesday at 7 p.m., two days after Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Discussions between the NBA and the Lakers about delaying the game started Sunday evening, and ultimately, according to EPSN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers posed no objection to the Lakers’ request that the game be postponed.Complete coverage: Kobe Bryant helicopter crashThe game would have been played just two days after the fatal crash in “the house that Kobe Bryant built,” as Alicia Keys put it in her address as host of the Grammy Awards, the music awards show that was held at Staples Center, where Bryant created so many indelible moments, the same day he died.Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, winning five NBA titles and becoming an L.A. icon and international inspiration.center_img Kobe Bryant: 42 photos for the Laker legend’s 42nd birthday On Mamba’s day, councilmen aim to create Kobe Bryant Boulevard More Kobe BryantWhicker: Kobe Bryant grew up before our eyes and kept us on our toesKobe Bryant timeline: A look at the life of the Lakers legendPhotos: Kobe Bryant’s legendary basketball careerKobe Bryant reaction: Athletes react to death of Lakers legendMourners leave purple and gold flowers outside Kobe Bryant’s home in Orange County When it happens, it’ll go down among the most meaningful games in Staples Center history. And, at the same time, relatively meaningless.But for now, the NBA announced Monday afternoon that it was postponing Tuesday’s game between the Lakers and Clippers, to be rescheduled at a later date.“The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash Sunday,” a league press release stated.In a statement Monday afternoon, the Lakers organization acknowledged the postponement and wrote that “it would like to thank all of you for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolences. This is a very difficult time for all of us. We continue to support the Bryant family and will share more information as it is available.” Outside of the arena on Sunday, legions of Angelenos congregated to mourn Bryant, including Lakers guard Quinn Cook, who, like so many current NBA players, grew up as a fan of Bryant’s.Tuesday’s game would have been an emotionally charged affair starkly different than the high-energy playoff atmosphere on display in the teams’ first two meetings, on opening night and again on Christmas, both Clippers wins. Prices on StubHub for tickets to Tuesday’s game had hiked up to $1,000 and more, more than five times what they cost prior to Sunday morning, according to sports business journalist Darren Rovell. Additionally, in a notice on its website prior to the postponement, StubHub told customers that, in order “to honor the legacy of the great Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi, StubHub is donating 100% of the fees of tickets sold on StubHub for the January 28 Lakers vs Clippers game to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.”“It’s going to be a tough one,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Orlando, where he wasn’t looking forward to facing the Lakers on Tuesday, even after his team managed to win Sunday afternoon despite players’ heartache. “All of us, we’re just not equipped to know how to handle it, we’re just doing our best.”Bryant was an inspiration to players on both L.A. teams, including to Lakers star LeBron James, who just surpassed Bryant’s career total of 33,643 points to move into third on the NBA’s career scoring list Saturday night in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.Afterward, James shared a story about an early memory in his relationship with Bryant, recalling driving down from a high school tournament in New Jersey in 2002 to see Bryant play in the All-Star Game, also in Philadelphia, where the Lakers guard gifted the St. Vincent–St. Mary prodigy with a pair of signature shoes.“I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers,” James said hours before Bryant’s death.Neither team practiced Monday before the previously scheduled game between the Western Conference powers, which was to be the third of four in the regular season. The Lakers officially called off practice Sunday evening; the Clippers, who were just returning from their East Coast trip, hadn’t been expected to practice.Several Lakers players weighed in on social media to express heartbreak and disbelief, including third-year forward Kyle Kuzma, who as a rookie boldly reached out to Bryant seeking advice.Bryant proved a willing mentor.“Damn I’ve been messed up all day,” Kuzma wrote Sunday on Instagram in a caption he paired with a trio of pictures honoring Bryant, including an image of a young Kuzma wearing a No. 8 jersey. “I grew up trying to be like you. I would watch YouTube highlights as a kid trying to mimic you (and I still do) I would go to the gym as a kid and shoot fade-aways for hours acting as if every shot I took was at the buzzer just like you. Then 3 years ago I became a laker. You became family & a mentor to me.“As a young kid I would of done anything in the world to meet you and as a rookie I had my opportunity. A dinner. A dinner with my idol Kobe Bryant. Talking about basketball, life and business with you at that moment changed my life forever man. I’m teared up just trying to write this but Kobe thank you for being a brother to me. Anything I ever needed from you, was just a call away. Thank you for all the knowledge. Thank you for just being a friend. Your inner drive is something that will never be match. Heroes come and go but you my guy will truly last forever.”Bryant also served as a mentor to Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who were among the NBA players invited to spend time this past summer at the Laker legend’s Mamba Sports Academy.Sign up for the Purple and Bold newsletter for complete Lakers coverage delivered 3 days a week. Subscribe here.After Sunday’s victory, Leonard – who had 31 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists – said in a postgame TV interview that he’d gone out wanting to play well for Bryant.“Knowing him personally, I know he’da wanted me to come out here and try to ball and still just be great,” Leonard said. “So that’s what I tried to do tonight.”And that’s what the Lakers (36-10) and Clippers (33-14) – who currently are the respective first and third seeds in the conference standings – would have tried to do on Tuesday, tough as it would have been.Related Articleslast_img read more

BIG SCORE ULTRA IMPRESSIVE IN WINNING $100,000 ZUMA BEACH BY 3 ¼ LENGTHS WITH PRAT; KRIKORIAN HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY YAKTEEN, GETS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:33.56

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016)–George Krikorian’s homebred Big Score overcame his outside post position and rocketed to a scintillating 3 ¼ length victory under Flavien Prat in Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Tim Yakteen, the Kentucky-bred colt by Mr. Big negotiated one mile on turf in 1:33.56 and stamped himself a leading candidate for the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at one mile here on Nov. 4.“I don’t think distance will be any concern,” said Yakteen.  “I think he showed that he’s not one dimensional today.  He doesn’t have to come from completely out of it (as he did in running second in the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf on Sept. 3).  The pace was substantially faster today, the first part of the race and Flavien kept him a little closer, but it didn’t seem to compromise his kick…I would love to participate in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.”Breaking from post position 11 in a field of 12, Big Score broke alertly, folded over in mid-pack and was three wide around the Club House turn.  Approaching the far turn, he accelerated nicely while still three-wide, made the lead three sixteenths from home and bounded clear like a horse who may relish added distance.“Since he won first time out (going a mile on turf in a maiden special weight race on July 24), I’ve thought he was a good horse,” said Prat.  “Last time, I was a little too far behind the rest of the field and had to wait a little bit to get through…Today, I took my time and put him right there, even though the pace was pretty fast.  I wanted him right there and he always shows a good turn of foot.  The Breeders’ Cup is what we’re looking for.”Off at 9-2, Big Score paid $11.60, $4.80 and $3.80.  With two wins from three starts, he picked up $60,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $117,800.Krikorian, who also owns Big Score’s sire, Mr. Big, noted that his stallion, recently relocated from Kentucky to E.A. Ranches in Ramona, Calif., is showing good promise following his initial breeding season in the Golden State.“These horses by Mr. Big are doing well.  He’s a son of Dynaformer, who stood in Kentucky for many years and has now passed away.  He was bred to 39 mares this year and if he keeps going the way he is, he could be his best son at stud.”Sonic Boom, who exited a six furlong turf maiden special weight win at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 15, finished gamely between horses for the place, prevailing by a half-length over Ventry Bay.  Ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr. Sonic Boom was off at 4-1 and paid $6.20 and $5.40.Ventry Bay, who broke from post position 12 with David Flores, was forwardly placed throughout and was just out-finished for second money and had to settle for third, a nose in front of Harbour Master.  Off at 12-1, Ventry Bay paid $7.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.89, 44.83, 1:09.43 and 1:21.69.Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. SON OF MR. BIG HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF ON NOV. 4last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016

first_imgRafael Bejarano7412181016%54%$957,475 STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR DISTAFFFor the Chicago Cubs and John Sadler, the long drought could soon be over.The Cubs are one win away from appearing in their first World Series in 71 years. Allthey have to do is get past Clayton Kerhsaw and the Dodgers tomorrow, or, failing that, win game seven of their National League Championship Series in the Windy City on Sunday to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.On Nov. 4, Sadler hopes to win his first Breeders’ Cup race in the $2 million Longines Distaff with Stellar Wind, ending a string of 37 losses in the World Championship events.Stellar Wind worked five furlongs early Friday morning in 1:00.40 under exercise rider Jose Contreras. Stablemate Hard Aces, ticketed for the Marathon on Nov. 4, went in 1:01.“I was real happy with her breeze this morning,” Sadler said of the 2015 Eclipse Award champion as outstanding three-year-old filly. “She broke three (lengths) behind Hard Aces, was outside him all the way and a half-length in front at the wire. She’ll have one more breeze before the Distaff, next Friday. It was a very nice work, her usual work, no deviations from what we’ve been doing with her previously. She looked good doing it, so we’re happy.”Stellar Wind had fractional times of 25.20, 37.40 and 48.80, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:13.20.Now four, the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin was a troubled second by a neck in last year’s Distaff at Keeneland, a race in which Sadler feels she could have been promoted to first, had the racing gods smiled upon her. She was “bumped and floated out.”As it is, Stellar Wind enters the Distaff with two successive hard-earned wins over three-time champion Beholder, who, along with undefeated champion Songbird, is likely to ensure a solid pace in the 1 1/8-mile race.“Her last few races have been in small fields where we can’t let the front-runner, one that good, out of sight,” Sadler said in explaining why Stellar Wind had to alter strategy in order to conquer Beholder. “I think Victor (Espinoza, her regular rider) recognized that so we’ve kind of had to change her style, and it’s worked. Under those circumstances, that was the plan.“We’ve had a lot of placings (in Breeders’ Cup races), second, second, third, third, but it’s not a sensitive issue. Last year, c’mon, we were supposed to get put up.“I feel like we won it last year.” Kent Desormeaux38113629%53%$423,735 Mike Puype1741124%35%$130,030 BOOZER BACK ON FAVORITE COURSE SATURDAYBoozer is nothing if not consistent.The six-year-old gelding has a 7-6-6 record from 27 starts and an affinity for Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, which he will traverse for the 10th time Saturday in the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for three-year-olds and up.The race is one in the popular Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses and on a course over which Boozer has four wins, three seconds and two thirds in nine starts.“He’s about as consistent as they come,” said trainer Mark Glatt of the six-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat, who was recently pensioned as a stallion at the grand old age of 26. “I think the downhill race is his favorite distance.”Boozer is owned by long-time Glatt clients Al and Sandee Kirkwood.“He’s good at a mile, too, but we’ll see,” Glatt said. “He should be tough on Saturday.”The field for the California Flag: Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 9-5, McHeat, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Somethings Unusual, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Mana Strike, Tiago Periera, 20-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; and Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 6-1. William Spawr1033130%70%$97,323 Stewart Elliott363348%28%$152,153 (Current Through Thursday, Oct. 20) IS THIS THE YEAR FOR SADLER AND CUBS?MASOCHISTIC FIRES A BULLET FOR SPRINTGRASS GREENER FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUPTHE FLAG IS UP FOR CONSISTENT BOOZER Philip D’Amato3860516%29%$397,300 Mark Glatt2036715%80%$170,233 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo3366018%36%$252,440 John W. Sadler2334313%43%$308,675 Mike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Fernando Perez3661817%42%$179,785 Jerry Hollendorfer3153416%39%$261,267 Robertino Diodoro730143%57%$63,195 SANTA ANITA TURF GETS THUMBS UPWith the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships two weeks away on Nov. 4 and 5, local horsemen weighed in this morning with consensus praise for Santa Anita’s newly installed Bandera Bermuda turf course.“It’s fast, but it has good bounce to it and the horses are coming back well,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale. “As you can see from the results, you can win on the front, middle and the back.”Said Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, with 7,173 career victories entering today’s races: “The good thing about the turf course right now is that there are no complaints. If there was something wrong, you would hear complaints, first from the riders and then the trainers.“But so far, there hasn’t been a single complaint that I know of.”Added Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has ridden the world-over and counts three Kentucky Derbies and 10 Breeders’ Cup triumphs among his more than 5,000 career wins: “It’s very kind. I’ve noticed when we walk on the turf course, you can see the hoof print where a horse has stepped and then it looks like one of those mattresses or pillows that you can watch rise right back up in front of your eyes . . . That’s what it’s like running on; it’s just like a big pillow.”Irish-bred Paddy Gallagher, who took his early lessons on the green of the Emerald Isle, said: “It’s not a long course, but there’s a great thatch to it and it’s got a good spring to it. It’s one of the best grass courses in the country, I believe.”Tim Yakteen, who is preparing recent Zuma Beach Stakes winner Big Score for the     $1 million Juvenile Turf on Nov. 4, said, “I’ve run on the turf course several times and horses have come back off of it well. No complaints about it. It has good bounce and good life.”“I’m really happy with the course,” said 24-year-old French-born Flavien Prat, weaned on European grass courses and in a pitched battle for leading rider at the Autumn Meet.“The grass here is good. It’s fast, but you can come from behind. I have no problem with it. It’s really good. It’s perfect.”Video Courtesy of XBTV.com: “Industry Leaders Talk About Santa Anita Park’s New Turf Course in Advance of the Breeders’ Cup”: http://www.xbtv.com/video/santa-anita-park/industry-leaders-talk-about-santa-anita-parks-new-turf-course-in-advance-of-the-breeders-cup/ Flavien Prat53128823%53%$967,975 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: There is a three-way tie for first in the jockey standings through 12 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet, Rafael Bejarano, Flavien Prat and Norberto Arroyo Jr. each deadlocked with 12 wins. Prat and Arroyo have strikingly similar numbers across the board, to wit: starters 53 and 54; wins, 12 each; seconds eight and seven; and thirds, eight each . . . Trainer Richard Baltas, a racing secretary’s dream, had five horses entered on Friday’s card, giving him a total of 51 for the meet, an average of almost four a day, but has none entered on Saturday . . . Fans at Santa Anita can enjoy some of the best hot wings in Southern California along with craft brews and Thoroughbred racing Saturday at the Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Save $10 by using PROMO CODE: Wing16 for a $25 online package that includes six hot wings, eight three-ounce beer tastings, Club House admission, racing program, wagering tip sheet and special trackside seating. To purchase tickets, visit santaanita.com/events. Must be 21 and over the purchase a package . . . Santa Anita hosts a Pumpkin Festival this weekend, Oct. 22 and 22, and next, Oct. 29 and 30. Experience a pumpkin patch unlike any other and watch the races while the kids enjoy an Infield festival packed with jumpers, a straw maze and a huge pumpkin patch. The event will be open from 12 noon until 4 p.m. For special packages, visit santaanita.com/events. Victor Espinoza3056317%47%$705,145 Peter Miller41115327%46%$352,915 -30- Jeff Mullins1130327%55%$108,380 Peter Eurton1430221%36%$206,734 Jamie Theriot383128%16%$137,826 Tyler Baze57116919%46%$409,615 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won In other Breeders’ Cup news:Sprint favorite Masochistic worked six furlongs for Ron Ellis in a bullet 1:11.60,fastest of 21 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.96. All Run (Sprint) went four furlongs for Richard Baltas in 50.20.Masochistic was given fractional times of 35.40, 47 flat and 59.40 by Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson, with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:24.60.“It was at least as good as any of his works ever,” said Ellis, who plans one more breeze for the six-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After, that coming next Saturday.Lady Shipman (Turf Sprint) worked four furlongs under Mike Smith for trainerKiaran McLaughlin in 48.40, getting the last quarter in 24.40.What a View (Mile) worked six furlongs in company in 1:13 flat with Tyler Bazeaboard for trainer Kenny Black. Stablemate King’s Palace went in 1:15.80.Champagne Room (Juvenile Fillies) worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 for trainerPeter Eurton.Zuma Beach Stakes winner Big Score (Juvenile Turf) worked four furlongs forTim Yakteen in 50.40, while stablemate Thorn Legacy was clocked in 51 flat. Richard Baltas4667513%39%$378,470 Doug  O’Neill55781013%45%$327,676 Martin Pedroza4354212%26%$197,490 Bob Baffert2247218%59%$666,265 Gary Stevens2133514%52%$385,915 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.54127822%50%$487,936last_img read more

South Africa bans abalone fishing

first_imgSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone – commonly known as perlemoen – in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008.Wild abalone in South Africa has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction, says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environment and Tourism. (Image: South African Police Service)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended abalone fishing in its waters, effective from February 2008, as marine authorities take drastic measures to protect the rapidly depleting shellfish species from commercial extinction.Illegal fishing and increased inward migration of a lobster species that destroy abalone habitat are being blamed for a decline in the shellfish’s numbers.Addressing the media following a Cabinet meeting this week, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said politicians had also approved a social plan to provide alternative employment opportunities for legal fishers of the shellfish, commonly known in South Africa as perlemoen.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism states that there are currently 302 rights holders – 262 individual divers and 40 close corporations – operating in the sector, accounting for about 800 jobs.“Some of the measures incorporated in the social plan will include the development of a sustainable aqua-culture industry and issuing of additional permits for whale watching and shark-cage diving,” he said.Maseko conceded that it was not an easy decision to indefinitely suspend fishing of the species, but that the government had the responsibility to “strike a good balance” between the needs of coastal communities and the species becoming extinct.“Wednesday’s tough decision by Cabinet to support the suspension of wild abalone commercial fishing will ensure the survival of the species and will also ensure that our children and the generations that follow will know what perlemoen is,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, welcoming the decision.“We are unfortunately at a point where the commercial harvesting of wild abalone can no longer be justified because the stock has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction.”One reason for the decline is the migration of West Coast Rock Lobster into abalone areas. The Rock Lobsters consume the sea urchins, which provide shelter to juvenile abalone.“This in turn subjects the juvenile abalone to increased mortality. Studies further show that unless decisive and immediate action is taken, the resource will collapse completely with little prospect of recovery,” he said.A main cause for the decline, however, has been rampant poaching over the years, as the shellfish is highly coveted and fetches high prices especially in the Far East, and had to be dealt with.“I want to give notice that if there is not a drastic decline in poaching I will have to apply my mind at the start of the next season as to whether it is perhaps time to consider a complete ban on all perlemoen harvesting for a period of ten years to allow the resource to recover,” Van Schalkwyk warned.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more