China: RSF calls for the release of award-winning photojournalist

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of Lu Guang, an award-winning Chinese photojournalist and US permanent resident who went missing during a trip to Xinjiang on November 3rd. News ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses DisappearancesImprisonedPhotoreportage June 7, 2021 Find out more News Organisation to go further PHOTO: CHINA STRINGER NETWORK / REUTERS News News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Receive email alertscenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Lu Guang, an acclaimed photojournalist based in New York, went on a trip to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, on October 23rd, where he expected to meet with local photographers. His wife lost contact with him from the evening of November 3rd. She learned a few days later that her husband had been taken in custody by the local security forces, although no official confirmation has been given.Lu, a Chinese national, is an award-winning freelance photographer specializing in social, environmental and public health issues. His portraits of “Aids villages” in China’s central Henan Province earned him his first World Press Photo award in 2004, which he also won in 2011 and 2015. As a US permanent resident, he travels frequently to China for photography projects.“We call on the Chinese authorities to disclose the whereabouts of  Lu Guang”, said Cédric Alviani, director of the East Asia Bureau of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “It is the Chinese government’s responsibility to guarantee journalists’ freedom of movement and security, including in Xinjiang Province.”Up to a million Muslims, mostly of Uyghur ethnicity, are reportedly being detained in re-education camps in Xinjiang without trial, including many journalists and their families. Prominent journalist Ilham Tohti, recipient of the Sakharov Prize and founder of Uyghur Online, was condemned to life imprisonment in 2014.China is one of the world’s worst jailer of journalists, with more than 60 professional and non-professional journalists behind bars. The country ranks 176 out of 180 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF. Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses DisappearancesImprisonedPhotoreportage China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison November 29, 2018 China: RSF calls for the release of award-winning photojournalistlast_img read more

Trophic modes of large Antarctic Foraminifera: roles of carnivory, omnivory, and detritivory

first_imgAstrammina rara, Crithionina delacai, and Notodendrodes hyalinosphaira are 3 of the largest and most abundant members of the foraminiferal assemblage at a shallow-water (28 to 32 m) site in Explorers Cove, Antarctica. This study summarizes observations from 2 decades of research, during which we employed laboratory-based feeding experiments and fatty acid biomarker analysis to characterize trophic dynamics and ecological roles of the 3 species, In feeding experiments, A. rara consumed a variety of co-occurring metazoans (several Crustacea, Mollusca, Echinodermata, and a Nephtys species). C. delacai, N. hyalinosphaira, and a number of other foraminiferal species from Explorers Cove successfully trapped Artemia sp. nauplius prey in a setup designed to examine the efficiency of prey capture. Fatty acid analyses on samples from early (November 7, 2001) and late (January 31, 2002) austral summer revealed that the 3 species contained substantial amounts (33 to 45.5%) of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are produced by microalgae, indicating the downwards transfer of carbon from sea-ice associated primary production. In the case of A. rara, this may be due to the ingestion of herbivorous metazoa, rather than direct uptake of microalgal material. A. rara contained significantly (p < 0.05) higher amounts of the zooplankton biomarkers 20:1(n-9) and 22:1(n-11), and C. delacai contained more PUFAs early, compared to late, in the season. Two morphotypes of N. hyalinosphaira had different fatty acid Profiles, indicating distinct trophotypes. Our results illustrate specific adaptations to different trophic resources in these protists, and they demonstrate the potential impact that large carnivorous species of Foraminifera may have on the structure of benthic communities where they are abundant.last_img read more

Ørsted to use GE’s massive 12MW turbine for two offshore U.S. wind farms

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Danish firm Ørsted has chosen GE Renewable Energy as its preferred turbine supplier for two offshore wind farms in the U.S. The agreement means that Ørsted is set to use GE Renewable Energy’s huge Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines at the projects.Ørsted’s use of the turbines will represent the first commercial deployment of the Haliade-X 12 MW. The deployment is subject to a final agreed and signed contract and project approvals.The two wind farms the turbines will be used at are the 120 MW Skipjack facility off the Maryland coast and the 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project off the coast of New Jersey. It’s expected that the facilities will be commissioned in 2022 and 2024 respectively.The U.S. offshore wind industry is relatively young. Its first offshore facility, the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, only commenced commercial operations in 2016. The Block Island Wind Farm is located off the coast of Rhode Island and operated by Ørsted.The scale of the Haliade-X 12 MW turbine is considerable. It will have a capacity of 12 megawatts (MW), a height of 260 meters and a blade length of 107 meters. GE Renewable Energy has repeatedly described it as “the world’s largest offshore wind turbine.” In August a wind turbine blade from LM Wind Power, designed to be used on the Haliade-X 12 MW, arrived in the U.K. for testing.“Offshore wind is a high-growth segment for our company, and like Orsted, we are enthusiastic about the potential of offshore wind, both in the U.S. and globally,” Jerome Pecresse, the president and CEO of GE Renewable Energy, said in a statement Thursday.More: Orsted set to use a massive turbine to power two of its offshore wind farms in the US Ørsted to use GE’s massive 12MW turbine for two offshore U.S. wind farmslast_img read more

Dees to speak at Bedell luncheon

first_img May 1, 2002 Regular News Dees to speak at Bedell luncheon Dees to speak at Bedell luncheoncenter_img Legendary civil rights lawyer Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center more than 30 years ago, will be the speaker at the Trial Lawyers Section’s Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon at the Bar’s upcoming Annual Meeting.The luncheon, held on Friday, June 21, will continue with its annual theme of the “Independence of the American Lawyer.”And it might be hard to find a better example of that than Dees.Born and raised in Alabama, Dees has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement. He filed suit in 1968 to integrate the Montgomery YMCA and, with Joseph J. Levin Jr., founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971.The Center has been involved in several notable cases, including seeking the integration of Alabama state police and in landmark litigation against the Ku Klux Klan. In 1980, the center began Klanwatch in response to a resurgence in Klan activity.Lesser-known about Dees is that he was also a successful book publisher, beginning a company while an undergraduate at the University of Alabama. The firm specialized in national direct mail sales, and he continued that company even after graduating from the UA School of Law in 1960 and opening a law office in Montgomery.His company published much-needed sex education books for children and an aerospace encyclopedia in conjunction with NASA and the Smithsonian Institute. He sold the company in 1969.Dees has written several books, including his autobiography and a look at right-wing militias in America, and a TV movie, Line of Fire, has been made about his life. He was also active in both George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign and Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign, where he served as national finance director.In addition to litigation, the Southern Poverty Law Center also provides a tolerance education kit to over 75,000 schools across the country.To register for the Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon, see the May issue of The Florida Bar Journal for convention schedule and registration forms, or visit the Bar’s Web site, www.FLABAR.org. Registration forms and schedules can also be accessed by clicking here.last_img read more

Local and Voluntary Bar News, August 1, 2002

first_img August 1, 2002 Regular News Dade trial lawyers honor Friedman The immigration law firm of Latour & Lleras is offering free paralegal preparation of the N-400 citizenship application for any active U.S. Armed Forces enlisted military personnel who are interested in taking advantage of the July 4 executive order where President George W. Bush is forgiving the three-year permanent residency time period for active U.S. Armed Forces military personnel interested in becoming U.S. citizens.Latour & Lleras will prepare and submit to the INS the citizenship application forms on behalf of qualified enlisted personnel eligible under the program.All interested parties must contact Latour & Lleras no later than December 31 to participate in this free service. The firm will not be acting as attorneys, but will simply assist in the completion and submission of the necessary forms.The required N-400 Citizenship application form, supplemental biographic form, and program eligibility forms will be completed by participants with the assistance of the paralegals and legal assistants of the firm on a no-fee basis. Participants, however, will be required to pay any required fees payable to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. UNDER THE THEME of “Assuring Equal Justice for All,” the Miami Beach Bar Association closed its celebration of Law Month with its Annual Law Month Judicial Reception. Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart and Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas provided the keynote speeches at a recent luncheon. Chief Judge Joseph P. Farina was the master of ceremonies. The Miami Beach Bar Association sponsors events tailored to educate children about the legal system. Contests take place in the form of essays and posters in nine different categories and the winners, Dylan Vigil from North Beach Elementary and Angel Piscola from Feinberg-Fisher Elementary, were invited to attend the reception to receive their awards. Pictured from the left are Pedro A. Cofino, president of the Miami Beach Bar, Piscola, Diaz-Balart, and Scott Jontiff, chair of the Law Month event. Local and Voluntary Bar News, August 1, 2002 Latimer wins Futch Award Stetson University College of Law won the championship round of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.Stetson students Kristy Harrington of Orlando and Stephanie Zimmerman of St. Petersburg won the final round and were coached by Professor Lawrence Rosenthal. Travis Coy and Jennifer Kim, coached by Professor Stephanie Vaughan and 2001 Stetson graduate Jennifer Card, advanced to the semifinal rounds. Stetson was the only Florida law school to have two teams advance to the semifinals.“This is the premier Florida competition,” said Vaughan, “We are starting off the year as state champions, and we are very proud of the students’ accomplishments.”Stetson defeated Nova Southeastern University in the championship round of the competition. Other law schools in the competition included University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, and Barry University. Pinellas County paralegals to gather The Pinellas County Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida will meet July 8 at 6:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.Judge David A. Demers will speak on the topic of “Overview of the Court System.”The association also will meet August 12 beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.Judge Frank Quesada and Karen Gotto will speak on the topic of “Major Changes in the Juvenile System and Unified Family Court.”For more information call Patricia Weaver at (727) 586-4224. JUDGE FLORENCE W. FOSTER was the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by Judges Susan Sexton and Claudia Isom in July in Tampa. Present for the occasion were Judge Charlene Honeywell, Judge Denise Pomponio, Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, Judge Cheryl Thomas, Judge Susan Bucklew, Judge Marva Crenshaw, Judge Vivian Maye, and Judge Barbara Fleischer. In addition to the attendees, Judge Charlotte Anderson, Judge Christine Vogel, Judge Debra Behnke, Judge Katherine Essrig, and Judge Cynthia Holloway joined in presenting Judge Foster with a sterling silver charm bracelet engraved with the words “Veritas et Justitia,” (motto from the seal of the 13th Judicial Circuit) as a remembrance of her more than 11 years of service as a circuit judge. Since assuming the bench in January 1991, Judge Foster has been active in bar activities and has provided service to The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism; chaired the 13th Judicial Circuit Mentorship Project; and been a judge/master and president of two chapters of the American Inns of Court, the Tampa Bay Inn of Court, and The Family Law Inn. Judge Foster served in the juvenile, family law, and felony drug court divisions during her judicial career. Vendor luncheon set for Lee Countycenter_img Firm offers help to soldiers Judge Honeywell to lead William Glenn Terrell American Inn of Court Board of Governors member Henry Latimer was recently awarded the Lynn Futch Professionalism in Practice Award from the Broward County Bar Association.The award was presented at the Broward County Bar Association Annual Installation Dinner, where more than 300 attended, and officially recognized newly appointed board members and office holders for the Broward County Bar.In addition, several awards were given to those who have exhibited superior skills and exceptional knowledge in the legal profession. Local area attorneys, judges, and state government officials such as Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale, were in attendance.The Lynn Futch Professionalism in Practice Award recognizes those “who exhibit the highest characteristics of professionalism in his or her daily practice, as well as in their personal life.” In order to be considered for the award, one must act as a role model and mentor for the community, maintain credibility and integrity, display a sense of demeanor and decorum, while retaining a respect and courtesy to counsel, the court, and all parties involved.“We were pleased to bestow this year’s Lynn Futch Award on Henry Latimer,” said Douglas McIntosh, chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee for the Broward Country Bar. “Henry Latimer is not only a skilled trial attorney, but a true gentleman, community leader, and role model for the leaders of tomorrow.”Most of his community involvement is through the Laura Latimer Free Legal Clinic, named for Latimer’s late sister who was also very involved in community service. The Lee County Bar and the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will hold a vendor luncheon September 17, 2002 at Harborside Convention Center in Ft. Myers.The guest luncheon speaker is Charles J. Santangelo of Hildebrandt International, presenting “Trends in the Florida Legal Profession.”Each year, the chapter hosts a vendor luncheon, co-sponsored by either the Lee County or the Collier County Bar Association. More than 35 vendors of legal services and products are invited to provide materials and information. Attorneys and administrators have an opportunity to win door prizes and engage in one-on-one discussions with the vendors, learning about state-of-the-art services and equipment resulting in efficient work environments. The luncheon cost is $15, the speaker and vendor meetings are free.To register call Paul Bagley at (239) 277-1718. Judge Charlene E. Honeywell will serve as president of the Justice William Glenn Terrell American Inn of Court in Tampa for 2002-2003.Other officers include President-elect Tom Elligett; Counselor Joryn Jenkins; Executive Director Kelley C. Howard; Secretary Margaret Mathews; Treasurer William Kalish; and CLE Chair Wayne Lee Thomas. CHIEF JUDGE JOSEPH P. FARINA, left, of the 11th Circuit recently received the Judicial Achievement Award at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual Convention. The Judicial Achievement Award is presented to a jurist who has been dedicated to the preservation of individual rights and free access to the courts. Presenting the award to Chief Judge Farina is board member Herman J. Russomanno, who said Judge Farina was recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedicated service to the people of the state of Florida. IN CELEBRATION OF LAW DAY the South Palm Beach County Bar Association placed speakers at various schools through the South County area. Thirty schools and more than 30 attorneys and court personnel participated in the South County Law Day programs. More than 2,300 students also received a copy of the booklet “All About the Constitution of the United States of America.” Pictured is John A. Willis, right, with Spanish River High School teacher Stewart Klager. TO INFORM AND EDUCATE VOTERS about upcoming judicial races, the Palm Beach County Bar recently sponsored a “Judicial Candidate Forum.” The forum was taped and can be seen in its entirety Monday evenings at 6 p.m., and Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. during the month of August on local channel 20. “The bar association provided the program as a public service to the community,” said Gregory Coleman, PBCBA president. “We hope people will watch the forum and will be better informed when they go to the polls on September 10.” Currently, there are 12 candidates running for five judicial seats in Palm Beach County, including four circuit court seats and one county seat. Pictured in the front row from the left are: William McAfee, Karen Miller, Darren Shull, and John P. Marinelli. In the second row from left are William Berger, Diana Lewis, Bennett Cohn, Martin Colin, Jeffrey Winikoff, Laura Johnson, and Carman Leon. In the third row from the left are forum moderators Ted Deckert, chair of the PBCBA’s Judicial Campaign Practices Commission, and Amy Smith, immediate past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. THE CARIBBEAN BAR ASSOCIATION, T.J. Reddick Bar Association, and the Haitian Lawyers Association recently hosted a Joint Judicial Reception in honor of the 17th Judicial Circuit. Among those in attendance were Judge Joe Murphy, Babacar M’Bow of the African-American Research and Cultural Center, Michelle Tomlinson, secretary of the Caribbean Bar, Marlon A. Hill, president of the Caribbean Bar, Dahlia Walker, vice president of the Caribbean Bar, Patricia SaintVil-Joseph, president of the Caribbean Bar, Barry Shaw of Mellon Bank, Mertella Burris, a board member of the T.J. Reddick Bar, Hilary Creary, a board member, T.J. Reddick Bar, and Charlie Levy, president-elect or the T.J. Reddick Bar. Stetson captures moot court crown Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Friedman was recently honored by the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association with the group’s first annual Judge Steven Levine Award for outstanding service to the judiciary and the legal community.Dade County Trial Lawyers Association President Mike Haggard also presented a plaque anouncing the creation of the award to 11th Circuit Judge Levine’s widow, Tracy Howard.Judge Levine was was killed by a drunk driver in a traffic accident last December.last_img read more

East Moriches Man Pleads Guilty to Rape

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Moriches man admitted Thursday to raping a woman who he tied up at gunpoint while the victim was house sitting a Stony Brook home and then trying to have the victim killed so she couldn’t testify against him.Patrick O’Sullivan pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court to first-degree rape, criminal sexual act, burglary, sexual abuse and conspiracy.The conspiracy charge stemmed from O’Sullivan’s attempt—while incarcerated in county jail—to hire a hit man to kill the victim and another person he believed would testify against him, authorities said. The person he contacted alerted authorities.“The DA needs a crying bitch [to] really get a conviction, right?”  O’Sullivan wrote in one of the letters to the informant that prosecutors released to the media. The informant wrote back: “Yeah, without her no one can say you were there when it happened.”Prosecutors said the 23-year-old wore a mask and carried a loaded rifle when he entered the house through an unlocked door, fired his weapon twice and restrained her with duct tape before sexually assaulting her on the night of Nov. 20, 2012. After his arrest, he thought he could make the case go away by having the witnesses killed.“After you kill the witness, bury the witness so that after the case against me collapses and I get out of jail, I can dig the body up, cut his head off and mail it to his family for the holidays,” he also wrote to the informant, prosecutors have said.O’Sullivan is expected to be sentenced April 2 to 25 years in prison and a permanent order of protection will be issued for him to stay away from the victim.last_img read more

Iran reports accident at ‘inactive’ nuclear site, no casualties

first_imgThe accident did not result in casualties, he added, noting that the cause was under investigation.He did not give any details on the nature of the reported accident.Tehran announced in May last year that it was suspending certain commitments under a multilateral nuclear deal unilaterally abandoned by the United States in 2018.The 2015 accord promised Iran sanctions relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear programme.US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal was followed by Washington reimposing biting unilateral sanctions.The Natanz facility is one of Iran’s main uranium enrichment plants.Topics : Iran’s nuclear body said an accident had taken place on Thursday at a construction site in a nuclear complex without causing casualties, state news agency IRNA reported.”An accident occurred on Thursday morning and damaged a warehouse under construction in open space at the Natanz site” in central Iran, said Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation.Kamalvandi was further quoted as saying that the complex is currently inactive and there is no risk of radioactive pollution.last_img read more

S. Korea’s economy faces tipping point as COVID-19 pandemic persists

first_imgTopics : Since confirming its first domestic case of COVID-19 infection on Jan. 20, South Korea’s economy has been on a roller-coaster ride — hitting its low point in April-June — but appears to be bouncing back now.Concerns are now mounting that the persisting or widening gap between its financial indexes and the actual economic sentiment in the market may be signaling a watershed moment for Asia’s fourth-largest economy in the post-coronavirus era.During the past six months, the Korean government has submitted and approved three sets of supplementary state budgets, including a record-high amount of 35.1 trillion won ($29.1 billion) and totaling at 59 trillion won so far this year.The Bank of Korea has carried out base rate cuts to a fresh record-low of 0.5 percent, in an easing action amid stalled market sentiments. The central bank has also been pumping liquidity in the market through repurchase agreements, with the amount totaling 46.6 trillion won as of Tuesday.Notwithstanding these fiscal and monetary policy measures, however, the Korean economy inevitably faced an unprecedented slump, just as most economies across the globe.According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the country’s accumulated export volume as of end-June is estimated at around $24.07 million, down 11.2 percentage point from a year earlier.The monthly exports, which had remained on a downtrend for 14 months straight until January this year, improved in February, marking a 3.5 percent rise from a year earlier. This slight improvement, however, soon dipped to a downward slide in March as mass infections were observed here and soon turned to double-digit falls in the following months.Pressed by the stalled exports and dampened domestic market sentiment, leading manufacturers were forced to suspend or even terminate their operations.The nation’s largest carmaker Hyundai Motor halted several of its production lines in Ulsan last month. IT giants, including Samsung Electronics, have suspended their key overseas manufacturing plants.With these emergency actions, the country’s manufacturing production slipped 6.9 percent from a month earlier in May.Also, the number of those on furlough — who are technically classified as employed — stood at 729,000 in June, up 97.7 percent from a year earlier, according to the monthly employment trend report by Statistics Korea.The number of self-employed people dipped 140,000 during the first half of the year, marking the steepest fall since the global financial crisis.Reflecting the prolonged economic fallout, key domestic and global institutes revised their outlook for the domestic economy.The International Monetary Fund predicted that economic growth will contract 2.1 percent on-year in 2020, while the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggested a 1.2 percent on-year contraction. The BOK, which usually assumes a relatively optimistic stance, lowered its figure to minus 0.2 percent — on the premise that the coronavirus spread will diminish during the second half of the year, after peaking in the second quarter.The stock market, on the other hand, has taken a different track.The benchmark bourse Kospi closed at 2,201.88 on Wednesday, recovering the 2,200 point range that was observed in late February — just before the nation adopted strong quarantine measures.Leading the recovery were foreigners and institutional investors, that recently scooped large-cap stocks such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Hyundai Motor.While the government’s recently unveiled “Korean New Deal” is seen as a positive momentum for investors, the epidemic development continues to act as uncertainty.Some market observers pointed out to the excessive gap between stock market indexes and the real economy.“The [real] economy has not yet passed the low point, but stock prices have pre-emptively reflected the expectations on economic stimulus actions,” said Kim Hyung-ryeol, an analyst at Kyobo Securities.“In order for the stock market to prolong the latest bullish trend, it is crucial that the real economy also sees equivalent improvements.”last_img read more

Floridians Cast Presidential Primary Ballots Despite COVID-19 Outbreak

first_imgPrimaries are set for four more states tomorrow after 13 days of early voting ended Saturday.More than two million Floridians voted early or cast their ballot by mail.Voters will go the polls in Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona despite the coronavirus outbreak. The Republicans do have a presidential primary in Florida, with President Donald Trump and three other candidates on the ballot — Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld. But Trump is likely rack up a vote total in the 90%-plus range in the primary.Democrats have 16 candidates on the Florida ballot, with three still actively running for their party’s nomination — former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.Florida is a “closed primary” state, so only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary and only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.It is unclear how the growing coronavirus crisis will affect voter turnout.More early voting information here.Under Florida Democratic Party rules, the presidential primary results will proportionally determine how many delegates each Democratic candidate will receive.There are several type of delegates: The congressional district delegates are allocated proportionally based on vote totals in each congressional district. The number of delegates per congressional district is apportioned among the districts based on a formula giving equal weight to the vote for the Democratic candidates in the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 gubernatorial elections. The at-large and “party leaders and elected officials” delegates are allocated proportionally based on the statewide vote totals. The Florida primary will decide the breakdown by candidate of 219 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in July.A candidate must receive at least 15% of the vote to qualify for delegates at either level.Florida also has 29 “superdelegates” whose allegiance is not decided by the primary. The latest compilation of poll results by the widely watched political website FiveThirtyEight.com shows that Biden has the support of 65.2% of Democratic voters in Florida, Sanders has the support of 24.0% and Gabbard has the support of 1.1%. The other poll respondents were either undecided or supported other candidates.FiveThirtyEight also says Biden has a more than 99% chance of getting enough delegates nationwide to win the nomination.last_img read more

California Chrome, Dumb Ass Partners win Preakness; Triple try next

first_imgIn this May 3, 2014, file photo, jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates aboard California Chrome after winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — It gets even harder from here on out for California Chrome.He won easily in his home state of California, he dazzled in the Kentucky Derby and he dug deep to win the Preakness on Saturday.Now comes the toughest test of all, the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.The chestnut colt with four white feet will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 12 horses have won the first two legs and failed to complete the sweep in the 1 ½-mile Belmont; the last was I’ll Have Another, who was scratched on the eve of the Belmont two years ago.“You have to have a very good horse to win these three races,” said Art Sherman, the winning 77-year-old trainer. “I’m hoping I’ve got one right now.”Maybe the horse with the modest pedigree and average Joe owners is the one.California Chrome defeated Ride On Curlin by 1 ½ lengths in the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles in 1:54.84 on a sunny and cool day at Pimlico.He’s now won six straight races. The streak started with four in a row in California by a combined 24 ¼ lengths. Then California Chrome coasted home in the Derby by 1 ¾ lengths after opening up a big lead in the stretch. The margin dwindled in the Preakness as he fought off multiple challengers.California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn shed tears after his colt crossed the finish line, dabbing them away with a blue-and-white bandanna.“I don’t mean to be bold or cocky or arrogant,” Coburn said. “I saw this baby when he was a day old, I told my wife, ‘Carolyn, this horse is going to do something big. I don’t know what it is, but we’re going to stay in the game to make sure this colt gets to be the best that he can be.’”Quite a statement from a guy with a one-horse stable.Coburn and partner Perry Martin bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce California Chrome. Based on the colt’s humble breeding, he probably shouldn’t be on the verge of making history.His mother, named Love the Chase, won just one race.The owners were long shots to get this far, too.Coburn and Martin named their operation DAP Racing, which stands for Dumb Ass Partners. Their silks include an image of a donkey. Coburn and Perry who live on each side of the California-Nevada border get up early for their jobs — Coburn working as a press operator and Martin running a lab that tests high-reliability equipment.“We just hope that this horse is letting America know that the little guy can win,” Coburn said.Sent off as the overwhelming 1-2 favorite by a record crowd of 123,469, California Chrome bounced out of the gate running, with jockey Victor Espinoza moving the colt into the clear. Pablo Del Monte, a 34-1 shot, charged to the lead and was soon joined by filly Ria Antonia.Espinoza tucked California Chrome into third, an ideal spot behind the leaders. They stayed there until making their move approaching the final turn.“I had to move early today,” Espinoza said. “I had to start moving at the half-mile pole, which is tough for a horse to start moving early and keep going all the way to the end. California Chrome proved he can move.”California Chrome went for the lead, catching Pablo Del Monte while Social Inclusion joined the chase. Pablo Del Monte soon dropped back along the rail, and California Chrome sprinted away from Social Inclusion at the top of the stretch.But there was one more challenge to come.Ride On Curlin, next-to-last in the 10-horse field, ranged up and briefly appeared ready to overtake California Chrome. Once again showing his class, California Chrome denied the threat.“It’s an awesome feeling,” Espinoza said. “Today it was just a crazy race. I got more tired mentally than physically. I see another horse go to the front. I was going to sit second. … I sit back, as soon as the other horse got clear of me, it worked out perfect.”California Chrome paid $3, $3 and $2.40. Ride On Curlin returned $5.60 and $3.80, while Social Inclusion was another 6 ½ lengths back in third and paid $3.40 as the 5-1 second choice.General a Rod was fourth, followed by Ring Weekend, Pablo Del Monte, Dynamic Impact, Kid Cruz, Bayern and Ria Antonia.Espinoza will get another crack at trying to complete the Triple Crown, after missing with War Emblem in 2002. He finished eighth in the Belmont that year.“You have to be a super horse to win,” the jockey said. “Hopefully, California Chrome comes back good, and he’s the one that hopefully can do it.”Bob Baffert trained War Emblem, one of his three Triple tries that ended in failure. He missed with Silver Charm in 1997 and again the following year with Real Quiet, who lost the Belmont by a nose.“California Chrome is something. He’s a cool customer,” Baffert said after the race. “He does everything right. He’s fast enough to stay out of trouble.”last_img read more