Liberals get it wrong on Russia probe

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Louis Restifo’s  Feb. 20 letter, “Trump cronies real threat to democracy”: In my opinion, he and his fellow liberals are the cronies being led around by the nose. They suffer from the now-famous “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” If he is so influenced by the FBI and CIA and their findings of our democracy and politics, he should be glad to know that both agencies have stated that there is no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Here is a quote from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Feb. 16: “The Russian indictments do not accuse any Americans of wrongdoings or that it altered the outcome of the 2016 elections.”If the Russians’ goal was to sow confusion, discord and rancor among the citizens of the United States, it was very successful, as evidenced by Mr. Restifo and his fake-news-generated opinion. We need to keep in mind that the Russian meddling into our politics started in 2014 while President Obama was trying to run this country, and he did nothing about it. Maryann FaulisiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Canada: White Rose wells remain shut-in after large oil spill

first_imgAll wells at the Husky Energy-operated White Rose field offshore Canada have been shut-in, following a 250,000-liter oil spill at the SeaRose FPSO, dubbed the largest spill in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history.SeaRose FPSO; Photo by: Berardo62; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseAccording to an incident disclosure released by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) on Friday, the SeaRose FPSO experienced a loss of pressure from a subsea flowline to the South White Rose Drill Center, which is located in the White Rose field, approximately 350 km southeast from St. John’s.The incident happened while Husky was preparing to restart production, which had been suspended due to Thursday’s weather.To remind, ExxonMobil was one of the operators to shut-in production at one of its platforms last week following adverse weather conditions offshore Canada. ExxonMobil’s giant Hebron platform is located about 350 kilometers offshore Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital St John’s, in the Jeanne d’Arc basin.Initial estimates from Husky were that 250 cubic meters (250,000 liters) of oil were released to the environment. The C-NLOPB said that there were no injuries.The regulator added on Friday that all wells were in a safe state and production operations remained suspended as Husky investigates the cause of the spill. Production operations will not resume until it is safe to do so and until Husky has received approval from the C-NLOPB. Investigating the cause  One of the worst storms since 1982  In an update on Sunday, C-NLOPB said there had been no reports of workers getting hurt during last week’s storm, which was one of the worst this region has seen offshore since the Ocean Ranger disaster in 1982.The regulator stated that Husky had confirmed that all wells were shut-in and secure and that production and drilling operations were shut-in as well and would remain so for the foreseeable future.Four surveillance flights and an offshore support vessel have been deployed since Friday to help assess the extent of the spill and look for any effects on wildlife. To date, no affected marine life or seabirds have been seen by government and industry observers in the vicinity of the spill and its trajectory.The regulator noted that there is no reason to believe based on the flight results that this is an ongoing spill, and it is believed to be a “batch spill”.Husky will deploy a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to inspect subsea assets as soon as sea states have subsided to enable safe launching of the ROV. An updated estimate of the volume of the spill and other information should be available following the ROV deployment and subsea inspection. The C-NLOPB will now carefully review Husky Energy’s ongoing response, the company’s investigation report when ready and its Operations Authorization in light of this incident and the one last year involving the near miss of an iceberg with the SeaRose FPSO. The C-NLOPB issued its final inquiry report into SeaRose FPSO’s near-miss incident with an iceberg in August 2018. The findings and contributing factors of the final inquiry report were the same as those in C-NLOPB’s preliminary report.Canada’s regulator will also formally investigate the White Rose spill in an effort to confirm the root cause, release the findings of the C-NLOPB investigation to the public as soon as they are available, and take whatever enforcement action is deemed appropriate in this incident.In the wake of the oil spill at the White Rose field, the C-NLOPB CEO and senior staff have been in contact with other operators in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area. Operations at other facilities will not resume until the C-NLOPB has determined that it is safe to do so.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Dodgers edge Angels in 10th to take first two in Freeway Series

first_img Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger flips his bat after hitting a foul ball during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, top, rounds the bases past Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler on a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout connects on a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates, center, celebrates his two-run home run with teammates in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) scores on single from Mookie Betts during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Brian Goodwin makes a leaping catch on a line drive from Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder A.J. Pollock makes a sliding catch on a line drive by Los Angeles Angels’ Anthony Rendon during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) grounds out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts smiles as he walks back to the dugout after his solo home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts drives in two runs with a single against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Tommy La Stella (9) during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, celebrates his solo home run with Justin Turner during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts connects for a solo home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger flips his bat after hitting a foul ball during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, top, rounds the bases past Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler on a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, top, rounds the bases past Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler on a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandANAHEIM — Mookie Betts has put to rest any concerns that the pressure of a new contract would affect him on the field.Betts drove in three runs, including the game-tying homer in the seventh, in the Dodgers’ 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Angels on Saturday.The Dodgers second foray into baseball’s new world of extra innings, with a runner starting at second base, ended with a victory thanks to Max Muncy’s sacrifice fly and a perfect inning from Kenley Jansen.Muncy, who came into the game in a slump, also made a nice defensive play and drove in two earlier runs, as did Betts. Buehler’s biggest mistake was a 2-and-2 curve ball to Trout in the first inning. He left the ball right over the heart of the plate, and Trout sent it soaring 433 feet, over the center field fence.It was the ninth homer of the season for Trout, who has played just 16 games.The Angels knocked Buehler out in the fifth with a rally that started at the bottom of the order. No. 9 hitter Luis Rengifo dropped a bloop single into center, and then Fletcher took a eye-high pitch and ripped it into right field for a single. Tommy La Stella’s single drove in the tying run.Muncy, getting a start at third, then robbed Trout of a hit with a diving stop. He got the force at second, but it still allowed the Angels to score the go-ahead run.“I actually felt a lot better,” Buehler said. “Couple mistakes. The ball in the first inning to Trout. He took advantage of it. One of those death-by-thousand-cut kind of games. Especially in the fifth inning. I feel like I made some good pitches. I just didn’t get the results that I wanted.”Both bullpens were mostly sharp over the final innings. The only earned run the Angels relievers allowed in 4-1/3 innings was Betts homer against Peña.Caleb Ferguson, Brusdar Graterol and Jake McGee held the Angels through the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. Both Shohei Ohtani and Max Stassi hit fly balls to the warning track in left, though.Those typified the game-of-inches moments that aren’t going the Angels way. They fell to 7-14.“It feels like we’ve been close and it feels like there’s times where we’re getting ready to turn a corner and then, we lose games like this,” Heaney said “I think guys are ready to ready to turn that corner.” A game that included a Mike Trout two-run homer in the first went back and forth, but the Dodgers scored the last two. Betts’ homer off Felix Peña was his eighth of the season. He’s hitting .309 with a 1.050 OPS.“I don’t think about the pressure aspect,” said Betts, who signed a 12-year, $365-million deal. “It’s definitely there. I’m not going to say it’s not there, but I’m just embracing it. Going in there, playing my game, not trying to do more, not trying to do less. What I’ve always done has gotten me to this point, so I’m trying to continue to do it.”The winning run came from Muncy, who ended up with the first leadoff sacrifice fly in major league history. Chris Taylor started the inning at second and stole third while Muncy was hitting, allowing him to drive in the run with a fly ball to the warning track in right.Although Keynan Middleton retired all three Dodgers, he was still charged with the winning run.Jansen retired the top three hitters in the Angels’ order in the bottom of the inning, without Luis Rengifo moving from second. He struck out Trout to end it. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img It was the third time in four tries under baseball’s new extra-innings rule that the Angels have lost. Asked how frustrating this particular loss was, Manager Joe Maddon’s lack of a comment spoke volumes.“I’ve been asked not to comment on things I don’t like,” he said.Maddon still liked a few things the Angels did on Saturday, including Andrew Heaney bouncing back from a rough start. Through the first 16 batters of the game, Heaney had allowed four runs. He’d walked three and the Dodgers were hitting the ball hard all over the field.Maddon, who had a noticeably quick hook on Heaney earlier this season, didn’t even have anyone warming up through his early struggles, and Heaney rewarded him. Heaney retired seven in a row to get through the fifth.“The last three innings I started to kind of find a little bit of rhythm, definitely did some things better tonight, that I hadn’t done in the last couple,” Heaney said. “But still, you know, I want to win games. I don’t want moral victories.”He got an assist from shortstop David Fletcher, who made arguably the Angels best defensive play of the young season. Fletcher ranged into the hole to grab a Betts bouncer and quickly released a perfect throw to nail him.“I know everybody’s into hyperbole but that one, that one there, I don’t know if I’ve seen that one,” Maddon said. “Everything about it was, you have to say as good as you’ve ever seen.”Heaney stuck around in the game to face the the first two hitters of the sixth, getting two outs when he covered first to complete a slick double play.Heaney ended up outperforming Walker Buehler, as the Dodgers young star continues to struggle to recapture his All-Star form.Buehler gave up five runs in 4-2/3 innings against the Angels, lifting his ERA to 5.21 after four starts.“I really think the stuff was good,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “Some calls could’ve gone either way. The command was good. You’re trying to navigate a great lineup over there. I really think the next (game), he’s really going to hit his stride.”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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