Double stakes glory for Jamaican Nelson

first_imgWINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):Jamaican jockey Dale Nelson made two bold statements at Northlands Park Saturday when he snatched the CAN$50,000 Sonoma Stakes and $53,330 Sun Sprint Championship Stakes on the 13-race Derby Day card.Nelson scored by 5-1/4 lengths in the Sonoma in race three with the three-year-old bay filly Hero’s Amor, before returning in race 10 to win the Sun Sprint by half-length with 17-1 outsider Clear the Runway.In the feature $200,000 Canadian Derby in race 12, Nelson finished second aboard 9-1 chance Witt Six, as 3-1 chance Academic reached the wire first by eight lengths. The favourite, Blue Dancer, with Barbadian Rico Walcott aboard, was a disappointing fifth.Going a mile and 16th in the Sonoma, Nelson tracked from second with Hero’s Amor, as Eustacia set the pace with quick fractions of 22.62 for the quarter and 46.22 for the half. Nelson brought Hero’s Amor to challenge on the final turn, picked up the lead in the lane before getting the filly to the finish 5-1/4 lengths clear, to dismiss the three-year-old fillies.In a 6-1/2 furlong sprint in the Sun Sprint, Nelson brought Clear the Runway from last to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half length. Red Red Rose set the pace through the first quarter with 22.21, before Brackendale came to challenge and battled into the stretch.Almost last heading into the lane, Nelson brought the six-year-old bay gelding with a strong run along the rails to clinch a narrow victory ahead of Tiny Giant.last_img read more

NASA has procedures for astronauts who go haywire out in space

first_imgThe instructions do not spell out what happens after that. But NASA spokesman James Hartsfield said the space agency, a flight surgeon on the ground and the commander in space would decide on a case-by-case basis whether to abort the flight, in the case of the shuttle, or send the unhinged astronaut home, if the episode took place on the international space station. The crew members might have to rely in large part on brute strength to subdue an out-of-control astronaut, since there are no weapons on the space station or the shuttle. A gun would be out of the question; a bullet could pierce a spaceship and could kill everyone. There are no stun guns on hand either. “NASA has determined that there is no need for weapons at the space station,” Hartsfield said. NASA and its Russian counterpart drew up the checklist for the space station in 2001. Hartsfield said NASA has a nearly identical set of procedures for the shuttle, but he would not provide a copy Friday, saying its release had not yet been cleared by the space agency’s lawyers. The space-station checklist is part of a 1,051-page document that contains instructions for dealing with every possible medical situation in space, including removing a tooth. Handling behavioral emergencies takes up five pages. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – What would happen if an astronaut came unglued in space and, say, destroyed the ship’s oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard? That was the question on some minds after the apparent breakdown of Lisa Nowak, arrested in Orlando this month on charges she tried to kidnap and kill a woman she regarded as her rival for another astronaut’s affections. It turns out NASA has a detailed set of written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut’s crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary. “Talk with the patient while you are restraining him,” the instructions say. “Explain what you are doing, and that you are using a restraint to ensure that he is safe.” The military has a similar protocol for restraining or confining violent, mentally unstable crew members who pose a threat to themselves or others in nuclear submarines or other dangerous settings. Although Nowak performed her duties with aplomb during a short visit to the space station via the shuttle last July, and was not scheduled to fly again, her arrest has led NASA to review its psychological screening process. A mentally unstable astronaut could cause all kinds of havoc that could endanger the three crew members aboard the space station or the six or seven who typically fly aboard the shuttle. Space station medical kits contain tranquilizers and anti-depression, anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medications. Shuttle medical kits have anti-psychotic medication but not antidepressants, since they take several weeks to be effective and shuttle flights last less than two weeks. The checklist says say astronauts who crack up can be restrained and then offered oral Haldol, an anti-psychotic drug used to treat agitation and mania, and Valium. If the astronaut won’t cooperate, the drugs can be forcibly given with a shot to the arm. Crew members are instructed to stay with the tied-up astronaut to monitor vital signs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Simi Valley & Moorpark By The Numbers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY & MOORPARK ALMANAC POPULATION Simi Valley: 111,351 Moorpark: 31,415 ETHNIC BREAKDOWN Simi Valley: White/non-Hispanic: 72.7% African-American: 1.3% Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.5% American Indian: 0.7% Hispanic: 7.8% Other: 6.5% WEATHER Average annual rainfall: 13.6 inches Average high temperature: Upper 70s Average low temperature: Lower 50s LOCAL GOVERNMENT Simi Valley: a general law city with a council/manager form of government City Hall: Simi Valley, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, (805) 583-6700; Moorpark, 799 Moorpark Ave., (805) 517-6200 City’s Web sites Simi Valley: Moorpark: Local officials, Simi Valley: Mayor Paul Miller, Mayor Pro Tem Glen Becerra; Council members Barbra Williamson, Michelle Foster, Steven T. Sojka. Call (805) 583-6703 Local officials, Moorpark: Mayor Patrick Hunter, Mayor Pro Tem Roseann Mikos; Council members Clint D. Harper, Keith F. Milhouse, Janice Parvin. Call (805) 517-6222 Ventura County Board of Supervisors: Steve Bennett, (805) 654-2703; John Flynn, (805) 487-6331; Kathy Long, (805) 654-2276; Judy Mikels, (805) 582-8010; Linda Parks, (805) 373-2564 COURTHOUSES East County Division, Superior Court, 3855-F Alamo St., Simi Valley, (805) 654-2963. Ventura County Hall of Justice, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, (805) 654-2963 TRANSIT General information: Ventura County Transportation Commission, (800) 438-1112 Bus service: Simi Valley Transit, (805) 583-6456 Moorpark City Transit, (805) 517-6257 Moorpark Beach bus, (805) 517-6257 Greyhound, (800) 231-2222 Senior/disabled services: Simi Valley Dial-A-Ride, (805) 583-6464 Moorpark City Dial-A-Ride for ADA service, (805) 517-6257. For reservations, (805) 375-5467 Rail service: Metrolink, (800) 371-LINK; Amtrak, (800) 872-7245 UTILITIES Water Simi Valley: Southern California Water Co., (800) 999-4033; Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8, (805) 583-6736 Moorpark: Ventura County Waterworks District No. 1, (805) 584-4829 Power Simi Valley, Moorpark: Southern California Edison, (800) 655-4555, (800) 684-8123; repairs and outages, (800) 611-1911 Gas Simi Valley, Moorpark: Southern California Gas, (800) 427-2200 Telephone Simi Valley, Moorpark: SBC Global, (800) 310-2355 Cable TV Simi Valley, Moorpark: Adelphia Communications, (888) 683-1000 TRASH/RECYCLING: Simi Valley: G.I. Rubbish, (805) 522-9400; Anderson Rubbish, (805) 526-1919. Moorpark: G.I. Rubbish, (805) 522-9400; Moorpark Disposal/(Anderson Rubbish), (805) 526-1919 LAW ENFORCEMENT: Simi Valley Police Department, 3901 Alamo St., (805) 583-6950 Moorpark police station of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, 610 Spring Road, (805) 532-2700 Emergency: 911 Fire: Simi Valley and Moorpark: Ventura County Fire Department operates Stations 40-46 in the area, including the Mountain Meadows Station, Church Street Station, Moorpark Station, Susana Knolls Station, Wood Ranch Station, Pacific Street Station and Tapo Street Station Ambulance: American Medical Response provides ambulance services throughout Ventura County. Call (818) 808-2100 LICENSES Animal licenses Simi Valley: Dog licenses are required within 30 days of moving into the area. Moorpark: Dog licenses are required within 30 days of moving into the area. In Moorpark, cat licenses are also required Licenses available at county shelter and City Hall, and some private veterinarians and retail pet shops. Ventura County shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Call (888) 223-7387 Business licenses Simi Valley: City Hall, Customer Services, (805) 583-6736 Moorpark: City Hall business registration, (805) 517-6233 DRIVER’S LICENSES: Department of Motor Vehicles, 3855-D Alamo St., Simi Valley, (800) 777-0133; Department of Motor Vehicles, 1810 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, (800) 777-0133 OTHER SERVICES & INFORMATION: Libraries Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, (805) 584-4834 Moorpark Library, 699 Moorpark Ave., (805) 529-0440 Historical societies Simi Valley Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum, P.0. Box 940461, Simi Valley, CA 93094. Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA 93065; (805) 526-6453 Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society, 6503 Katherine Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063, (805) 581-3462, Moorpark Moorpark Historical Society, P.O. Box 662 Moorpark, CA 93020; (805) 529-1373. Hospitals Simi Valley Hospital and Health Care Services, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, (805) 955-6000 Los Robles Regional Medical Center, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, (805) 497-2727 Postal service Simi Valley: Main office, 2551 Galena Ave., (805) 526-9819; Mount McCoy, 225 Simi Village Drive, (805) 584-0278 Moorpark: Main office, 215 W. Los Angeles Ave., (805) 529-3596 For additional postal services, call (800) 275-8777 Voter registration Simi Valley, Moorpark city halls Ventura County Clerk/Recorder, (805) 654-2295 Social Security offices Simi Valley: Social Security office representatives at City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, the first and third Thursdays. Call (805) 583-6700 Birth, death and marriage records In person or write to Ventura County Recorder’s Office, Philip J. Schmit, County Recorder, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Location 1260, Ventura, CA 93009, or call (805) 654-2295 Major shopping malls Simi Valley: Simi Valley Towne Center, Civic Center Plaza, Sycamore Plaza, Simi at the Plaza Moorpark: Mission Bell Plaza, Moorpark Town Center, Gateway Plaza, Moorpark Plaza, Mountain Meadows, Varsity Park Plaza, High Street, L.A. Spring, Moorpark Marketplace ANIMAL SHELTERS: Simi Valley and Moorpark: For lost animals, 670 W. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 388-4341. For adoptions, other services, Ventura County animal shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Call (888) 223-7387. TV stations (local) Simi Valley: City Council meetings broadcast live on Channel 10 Moorpark: City government, Channel 10last_img read more

Evolution 101: Pro-Evolution Educational Website Opens

first_imgBerkeley has a new website for educators and students named Understanding Evolution. For students, it presents topics on (1) Nature of Science, (2) Evolution 101, (3) Evidence, (4) Relevance of Evolution, (5) Misconceptions, and (6) History of Evolutionary Thought. For teachers, there is additional material on (6) Teaching Evolution, (7) Overcoming Roadblocks, (8) Potential Pitfalls, (9) Readings and Resources.This website is nicely designed and easy to use. It was probably written in response to what Darwin Party defenders like Eugenie Scott lamented about the anti-evolution websites that some teachers are using (see 02/27/2004 entry). The typical arguments and just-so stories are all here, simplified and easily digested without much thought, along with preventive medicine to anesthetize uncooperative students. Some of the answers are really lame (see origin of life, for instance; it sidesteps the issue, tells big lies with glittering generalities and illustrates it with cartoon humor). This website won’t teach students much about evolution, but it could provide a good practice pad for baloney detecting. The Darwin Party does not want students to know the best arguments for intelligent design or best evidences for creation. They want to construct a straw man to quell the opposition, and via selective evidence, present a sanitized, non-threatening version of evolution. The opposition wants students to thoroughly understand both sides. Like Phillip Johnson often remarks, he wants students to learn more evolution than the schools are teaching them. That includes the many deep and serious problems and controversies involved in all aspects of the belief system. The best proposal would be to allow students to compare and contrast this site with some of the best anti-evolution websites (see 02/13/2004 entry, for instance, and take your pick from creationism connection). It may be too late, however. A leading creationist professor (with a PhD from Harvard who studied under Stephen Jay Gould) recently remarked that, in his experience, today’s students are so clueless about history and science that teaching either view would be unlikely to produce any effect other than a glazed stare. Young people have no knowledge of the issues involved in the Scopes Trial or any number of other subjects related to creation vs. evolution. He said the only topic they can speak on with any interest is the latest movie. Perhaps the dumbing down of America has made the “Understanding Evolution” website an exercise in futility for the masses. We hope any students reading Creation-Evolution Headlines are glorious exceptions.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World champ to return for MTB World Cup opener

first_img26 March 2014After undergoing surgery on his left knee late in 2013, three-time MTB downhill world champion Greg Minnaar returns to the UCI World Cup circuit at the Cascades MTB Park in his home town of Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 13 April.Minnaar, a legend of downhill racing, will be the star attraction at the season- opening event, especially considering his superb record on the Cascades MTB Park downhill track, which includes two World Cup victories, a runner-up finish, and a successful defence of his world champion’s title last year.Minnaar, who splits his time equally between his base in Pietermaritzburg and San Francisco, is happy to be competing in front of family and friends again.‘Always important to me’“Being home and competing at home is always great and being ready to race here is always important for me,” the Santa Cruz Syndicate star said in a statement on Tuesday.“I always want to do as well as I can for my friends and family that are watching and I’m working as hard as I can to be ready for the World Cup this year.”After his knee operation, Minnaar spent a long time off of his bike, but he nonetheless made a winning return to competition when he won the first leg of the SA MTB Cup Series at Cascades two weeks ago. He admitted afterwards, however, that he is not yet feeling in the kind of shape he needs to be in to be competitive in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg.Pressure“I feel that there is always a bit of pressure on me when I race at home, but I think that the majority of the pressure comes from myself, and always wanting to perform well at home adds that little bit of tension,” he explained.“Knowing that I am not going to be 100 percent for the first half of the season is never ideal, but I will be trying my hardest at home.”RehabilitationIt has been a long road to recovery for the downhill great, who has been working hard with physiotherapists and biokineticists in Pietermaritzburg to get him ready and riding in time for the start of the 2014 season.“I have a great team of physios and bios here,” he said. “With some great gyms around, I have been working to get fit and being in training for six hours a day means that I have been going flat-out trying to prepare.“Being back in my comfort zone here also means that I don’t have to drive anywhere to ride. It is one thing I can’t stand and in Pietermaritzburg I can just ride from home,” he added.GoalThe 32-year-old Minnaar, who has more World Cup podium finishes than any other rider in history, is aiming to create more history. “I have set myself the goal to get two more World Cup wins because if I can get them then that means I will have won the most World Cup titles and that in itself is motivation enough to keep going,” he revealed.“I have a plan that I am going to go for another five years, but we will just have to see.”Big crowds expectedThousands of cheering fans are expected to turn up for the event in mid-April and a warm, supportive crowd in Pietermaritzburg is something Minnaar is looking forward to.“It is a really exciting event and you rarely see such emotion from other events when the riders come down the hill,” he enthused“The event is also a whole day activity with people being able to walk up into the hills to watch some of the earlier guys riding at the top and then head down to the finish for the final few riders. Recently, after I got injured, I was able to be in the crowd myself and it really was quite special,” he concluded.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Service delivery innovators awarded

first_img3 November 2014Innovations in the delivery of services, healthcare, education, nutrition and voting rights to South Africans were recognised at the 12th annual Public Sector Innovation Awards, held in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Friday.The overall winner was the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport, which walked away with the Innovator of the Year Award, winning a trophy and cash prize of R60 000. Their invention, spearheaded by chief artisan and head of the Modimolle Mechanic Workshop Jacobus Potgieter, was a Jojo Diesel Tank that helped the department reduce costs and improve service delivery.The tank was designed and fitted to eight utility trucks with diesel pumps and gauges that reduced around R2-million in running costs and eliminated diesel spillages. One bakkie was able to service three graders, carrying 600 litres of diesel. Recycled material was used to build a support structure for the frames securing the tanks.“I’m excited and did not expect us to win in this tough category,” Potgieter said. He added that it was an innovation departments across the country should implement. “This is a good innovation and I think it will save the department a lot of money. It should be rolled out in other places.”Speaking at the ceremony, minister of public service and administration Collins Chabane said the awards showed that public officials could be forward-thinking and inventive.“The public service has been branded as un-innovative and this event tells a different story,” he said. “Your innovations are important in modernising the public service and improving service delivery. The quality of the projects here bears the high level of creativity in the public service. They will lay a crucial part in making the National Development Plan a reality.”Other award-winning inventions included a digital pen for mental health, an atlas of agricultural potential in Gauteng, a smartphone app for the national elections held in May, a nutrition scheme for creches, and a hospital pharmacy automation system.The awards were held in four categories: information and communication technology, service delivery institutions, improvements to internal systems of government, and innovative partnerships to deliver services.The full line-up of winners:Innovative use of ICT for effective service deliveryWinner: Digital Pen for Mental Health by the Department of Health in KwaZulu-NatalFirst runner- up: Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-NatalSecond runner-up: Gauteng Agriculture Potential AtlasThird runner-up: Elections Mobile Application from the Independent Electoral CommissionInnovative service delivery institutionsWinner: Jojo Diesel Tanks by the Department of Roads and Transport, LimpopoFirst runner-up: RAF on the Road by the Road Accident FundSecond runner-up: Safe Anaesthesia for Africa Project, Ngwelezane Hospital, KwaZulu-NatalThird runner-up: Dietetics Creche Outing: Malnutrition Kicked Out, Department of Health, LimpopoInnovative enhancements of internal systems of governmentWinner: Case Management and Community Empowerment, Tembisa Hospital, GautengFirst runner-up: Pharmacy Automation, Helen Joseph Hospital, GautengSecond runner-up: Extra School Support Programme, Department of Education, GautengThird runner-up: Open Development Engine, Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs, LimpopoInnovative partnership in service deliveryWinner: The Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Department of Health, KwaZulu-NatalJoint first runner-up: Learn-not-to-Burn Programme, Department of Education, Gauteng and Community Food Production Units, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentSecond runner-up: Lego Project, Tshwane South District in partnership with Hands on reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more

The importance of a fall herbicide program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When it comes to weeds, staying ahead of the game is a key to clean fields. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Territory Manager Matt Stroud tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that putting together a fall herbicide plan will lay the groundwork to a clean start in 2018.last_img

7 Tips for Protecting Gear From Overheating

first_imgFollow these tips to keep your gear from overheating in the hot summer sun.Cover image via Shutterstock.It’s summer. It gets hot outside. Cameras, as is their prerogative, do not like heat. They prefer to be cool — around room temperature — so they can do their camera things. As such, when you’re shooting outside in the heat, cameras begin to overheat, which causes everything from stoppages to long-term problems.If you are shooting outside and you know the temperature may be creeping up, here are seven useful tips to keep you and your camera cool in the heat.Use UmbrellasLet’s start with the most obvious solution. You put a mini umbrella on your camera like it’s a damn Mai Tai on a Caribbean beach. While we may be kidding (a little bit), umbrellas (whether full-size to cover your rig or small enough to keep only your camera shaded) can actually be quite helpful. Just be mindful of any piña colada jokes that may get thrown your way.Here’s a practical option on Amazon.Keep It in the BagImage via Shutterstock.This is especially true if your camera is black or dark colored, but one easy way to fight overheating is to simply keep your camera out of the sun. That means that if it’s not in use, keep it in the bag. You’d be amazed how quickly a camera (even if it’s off) can heat up just by being in the sun. To play it safe, keep it cool and concealed in your bag or camera case.Wrap it in a TowelImage via Hampton hotels.While shooting, your camera gets exposed to the elements. As we just discussed, keeping as much of your camera as possible out of direct sunlight is important to fight overheating. Consider wrapping your camera in a towel (even while shooting) to help control the temperature. This can also double as a way to cover your head to peer into a viewfinder, which can be hard to see in bright sunlight.Faster Memory CardsImage via Jeff Cable.Another reason cameras can overheat (even if it’s not overly hot out) is due to internal heat. One major contributor to internal camera heat, is writing information to cards. Older, slower cards not only slow cameras down, they also cause them to work harder. If you’re serious about your camera operating at optimal performance, the faster the cards the better.Cold Gel Packs/CoolerImage via Physio Room.Similar to wrapping your camera in a towel, you can take things one step further by keeping a cold gel pack wrapped next to or around your camera. This also works with storing your camera in a bag or cooler (but don’t let it get too cold too quickly). Gel packs, as long as they don’t wet, can be a great trick in the heat.Using External BatteriesImage via Fast Forward Time.Again, cameras can overheat quicker when they are working harder internally. Another example of how to fight internal overheating is to remove the battery source from inside. A lot of cameras can work off of external battery packs or sources, which can physically remove one of the hottest elements from the internal equation.Rotate CamerasImage via The Wirecutter.For most videographers, it’s common practice to bring a back-up camera on a shoot. However, it’s also almost just as common to never use the back up. If you’re serious about battling overheating, using a two-camera rotation can be a great way to keep them both from overheating (as well as utilizing both cameras).What are some of your tips for combating overheating? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more