Safety audit reveals barrier management flaws on Wintershall’s Brage

first_imgNorway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has found several non-conformities following an audit of Wintershall’s management of maintenance and barriers at Brage platform offshore Norway.From 27 to 29 September 2017, we carried out an audit of Wintershall’s management of maintenance and barriers at Brage.The objective of the audit was to assess how Wintershall is ensuring compliance with the authorities’ requirements, recognised standards and its own requirements in the operation and maintenance of Brage.We verified how management of barriers and maintenance is being addressed for Brage and examined in  particular the company’s own follow-up of changes of significance for maintenance management; the company’s efforts to improve maintenance management; the company’s efforts to ensure that important contributors to safety risk/uncertainty are identified, addressed and monitored; andthe company’s completion and implementation of Brage barrier strategies and performance standards.As a result of the audit, three non-conformities were identified in connection with barrier management, passive fire protection, and documentation.Three aspects with potential for improvement were also identified related to Short-term and long-term strategic objectives; performance standards; and action plans for emergency preparedness.Wintershall has been given a deadline of December 17, 2017, to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be addressed.The Brage field is Wintershall Norge’s first operated production field. It is located 13 kilometers east of Oseberg in the northern part of the North Sea, 125 kilometers west of Bergen.Wintershall took over operatorship of Brage from Statoil in October 2013. The field was developed using an integrated platform on a steel jacket. The oil from the field is transported by pipeline to Oseberg and from there to the Sture terminal, while gas is transported through Statpipe.last_img read more

LNG Canada boosted by British Columbia tax cuts

first_imgBritish Columbia government has put measures in place to boost the development of liquefied natural gas industry in the province. According to the B.C. premier John Horgan, the British Columbia government is overhauling the policy framework for future projects.The framework includes four conditions, namely a guarantee of a fair return for B.C.’s natural resources, job and training opportunities for British Columbians, respect and making partners of First Nations and to protect the province’s air, land and water.These four conditions form the basis for government’s discussions with LNG Canada, which is moving toward a final investment decision on a project that, if approved, would be the largest private-sector investment in B.C. history.This project would see the construction of a natural gas pipeline from northeast B.C. to Kitimat, where a new terminal will process and ship LNG to Asian markets.At the center of the discussions with LNG Canada is a revised fiscal framework that is designed to put natural gas development on a level playing field with other industrial sectors, accessing the same fiscal policies and working within the same overall B.C. framework to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.The new framework, to which LNG Canada will be subject, provides relief from provincial sales tax (PST), in line with the policy for manufacturing sectors, subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment.It also provides new GHG emission standards under the Clean Growth Incentive Program and general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C. while eliminating the LNG income tax that had required LNG-specific tax rates.The premier said his government will also expect the LNG Canada project to fit within the goals of the province’s climate-change plan and, specifically, its legislated GHG reduction targets.Responding to the government’s actions, LNG Canada briefly said through its social media channels that these measures are expected to promote access for natural gas from BC to be exported as LNG to the fastest growing economies in the world and are important to the joint venture participants in their effort to submit a competitive proposal.last_img read more

US launches largest trial of precision medicine in cancer

first_img Tweet 109 Views   no discussions DETROIT, United States (AFP) –The United States launched the largest clinical trial of its kind Monday aimed at studying targeted therapies for cancer based on the genetic traits of tumors, a field known as precision medicine.The US National Cancer Institute plans to enroll about 1,000 patients beginning in July, experts said at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago.“This is the largest and most rigorous precision oncology trial in history,” said James Doroshow, deputy director of the National Cancer Institute, during a press conference at ASCO.Rather than treating cancer based on its location — whether breast, colon, lung or otherwise — the approach consists of identifying the molecular anomalies of different cancers in order to determine the best treatments for each individual.For example, a patient with lung cancer might be best treated with a medicine typically used for another kind of cancer, such as breast cancer, if the tumors share a similar mutation.The project was described in broad strokes by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address in January.The promise of precision medicine is that it may someday lead to more effective treatments and shorter clinical trials for the some 200 different types of tumors known today.The trial’s name is NCI-MATCH: Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice.Researchers will refer to an arsenal of more than 20 different study drugs or drug combinations, “each targeting a specific gene mutation, in order to match each patient in the trial with a therapy that targets a molecular abnormality in their tumor,” said a statement from the NCI.Those eligible to enroll include adults 18 years or older with solid tumors or lymphomas that have advanced despite at least one form of standard therapy.Subjects could also include people with tumors who have no standard treatment.At least a quarter of those enrolled must be people with rare forms of cancer. Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint US launches largest trial of precision medicine in cancer by: Associated Free Press – June 2, 2015last_img read more

Bail denied for three men charged in major cocaine bust.

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Bail denied for three men charged in major cocaine bust. by: – April 21, 2011 Share On the 18th of April, 2011 Kurt Benoit 33 year old of 142 Victoria Street, Kenrick Emmanuel of Newtown, and Ricardo Hassel Barret a 28 year old native of  Jamaica and residing in Pointe Michel were intercepted in Castle Comfort by the Police Department on suspicion of drug smuggling, and were arrested and remanded at the Dominca State Prison.Benoit and Barret appeared before Magistrate Evelina Baptiste where charges were formally read against them. The charges were offense of the Drug Prevention and Misuse Act complaint #0917 of 2011; Handling of cocaine complaint number 0918 of 2011, and Drug Trafficking Offense complaint #o919 made by Sergeant Bertrand.Kenrick Emmanuel who is currently at the Principal Margaret Hospital did not appear in Court this morning as he is still nursing a gunshot wound to his leg which he sustained during the drug bust.Counsel for the Defendants Mr. Julien Prevost who appeared on behalf of Mrs. Zena Dyer, made an applied to the Court for bail. However, Inspector Lincoln Corbette objected to the Application because “investigations into the matter has not yet been concluded and they are seeking information on suspicion that there may be other persons involved in this offense.”He further stated that “Mr. Ricardo Hassel Barret is a not a Dominican for fear that he may abscound from the country.”Mr. Prevost counter-argued that the accused “Mr. Barret has been residing in Dominica for the last four years and is gainfully employed at Auto Trade in Canefield. Where could he flee too? Jamaica. We could ask for a heavy bail sum. The Police Department had 72 hours to conduct their investigations, and had sufficient time and grounds to file a charge. Kurt Benoit’s mother is present in the Court I do not see how these two if not granted bail will prevent them from finding a fourth person.”Prevost continued to argue that, “two weeks from now they [Police ] will come back with the same issue. I am not convinced that they did not have sufficient time and would like the Prosecutor to approach the case more seriously.”Magistrate Evelina Baptise responded, “even though Mr. Barret works and has lived here I am not satisfied that he wont flee because of the sensitivity of the case. 72 hours is not sufficient time for investigation  to be done. I understand that they have their liberal rights but because of the sensitivity of the case the application for bail is denied.”Prevost inquired of the Magistrate, “Your Worship how much time does a Prosecutor need to conduct his investigation?”To which Magistrate Baptiste responded, “I am not going to ask them today, it is their responsibility to investigate and work with diligence so in seven days we will assess.”The Pre-liminary Inquiry has been scheduled for 10th October, 2011.Meantime, a fourth person who escaped on 18th April, 2011 has not yet been found and the Police are continuing their investigations into his whereabouts. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 32 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Nwakaeme nets first post COVID-19 goal in Turkey

first_img Loading… Super Esagles forward Anthony Nwakaeme wasted no time to get his name on sheet for his team Trabzonspor in their Turkish Super Lig game against Goztepe on Friday.Advertisement Read Also: Bonucci defends Ronaldo: Even the greatest miss penaltiesAnthony Nwakaeme has now extend his season tally of goals to 11 in 25 games in the league alone.The former Hapoel Be’er Sheva forward has now made 35 appearances for the club in all competitions, scored 14 goals, registered 8 assists and his goal involvement stands at every 124 minutes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Turkish Super Lig resumed for the first time after since in March due coronavirus pandemic which has ravaged most countries.Trabzonspor came into against Goztepe determined to secure all three points and move closer to their historical nine league title.However, Nwakaeme gave his side deserving lead in the 16th minutes of the encounter with a fine finish.Trabzonspor were later pegged back after Guilherme received two yellow cards inside the first 45 minutes and got sent off.The league leaders held on and double their advantage early in the second half through Ghanaian international Caleb Ekuban, but Alpaslan Ozturk reduced the deficit for the home two minutes later.Abdülkadir Ömür wrapped up the three points for the visitors when he scored their third goal with six minutes left on the clock. Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Are Sharks Afraid Of Dolphins?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesseslast_img read more

This week’s TV best bet: It’s time for playoff baseball

first_imgThis week’s Monday night game (ESPN, 5:15 p.m.) is an AFC West matchup between the unbeaten K.C. Chiefs and Denver Broncos, always a tense affair, and the Thursday game on Fox and the NFL Network will be the Patriots, suddenly warm after a ragged start, hosting Indianapolis.As long as the Rams keep winning impressively and the Chargers playing competitively, no one will complain about NFL scheduling in L.A. on Sundays. Fox has a Green Bay-Detroit and Rams-Seattle doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and CBS another AFC West match between the Oakland Raiders, who once called L.A. home, and the L.A. Chargers, who are in year three in L.A. (2017, 2018, and 1960 when they began life in the AFL before moving to San Diego). Take that bit of knowledge to a bar and win a bet.The Sunday night telecast on NBC is a Texas affair: Dallas at Houston. Expect Al Michaels to name-drop Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.College footballOctober 4-6The Thursday (Tulsa-Houston) and Friday (Georgia Tech-Louisville) affairs from ESPN are blah, unless you like Ivy League Friday football (Dartmouth-Yale on ESPNU at 3 p.m.). Did you know that prospective Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh went to Yale Law School? It’s been in the news.Your remote guideline for Saturday: 9 a.m., Texas-Oklahoma (Fox) or Alabama-Arkansas (ESPN); 12:30 p.m., you can go south with LSU-Florida (CBS) and Florida State-Miami (CBS) or west with San Diego State-Boise State (ESPNU) and Navy-Air Force(CBSSN); 4 p.m., Auburn-Mississippi State (ESPN2) or Washington at soon-to-be-0-5 UCLA (Fox); 5 p.m., Notre Dame-Virginia Tech (ABC); and 7:30 p.m., Utah-Stanford (ESPN).NHLOct. 3, 5The season opens Wednesday and the Anaheim Ducks are at San Jose at 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket, NBCSN). Then the Sharks come to Los Angeles for the Kings’ season opener at Staples at 7:30 p.m. (FSW, NBCSN).Both locals say they’re going to play at a faster pace this season. San Jose should be a good marker whether that’s going to be true or not.SoccerOct. 5, 7The CONCACAF division of 2019 World Cup qualifying settles in this week, with the top three teams in the eight-team field earning automatic bids to the Cup; a fourth team gets a later one-game shot to make it as well.Fox Sports 1 has the Canada-Jamaica game Friday at 5:30 p.m., and then comes back Sunday (2 p.m.) with the Panama-U.S. game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Monday’s playoff games basically determine which teams have to play in the wild-card game to get to the League Division Series. The winners advance to the series, which will give them time to adjust their pitching and cut their rosters to 25 players and avoid the one-and-done nature of the wild-card games.The Dodgers are expected to start Walker Buehler on Monday, the right-hander who has been the most consistent starter of the second half. If they lose, they are in a bind since Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw would be starting on short rest because they pitched Friday and Saturday. They would have to choose between Ross Stripling or Alex Wood. The only saving grace is that the Cubs and Brewers would be in the same situation regarding their best starting pitchers.As if anyone needs reminding, the Dodgers have not won the World Series since 1988. The Cubs last won in 2016, the Braves in 1995 and the Rockies and Brewers have never won one. In the AL, Houston won in 2018, Boston in 2013, the Yankees in 2009, Oakland in 1989 and the Indians in 1948.BEST OF THE RESTThe NFLOctober 1, 4, 7Give the NFL credit for keeping the early season slate fresh.center_img MLB PlayoffsMonday, N. West playoff, Colorado at Dodgers, ESPN, 1 p.m.Monday, NL Central playoff, Milwaukee at Chicago, ESPN, 10 a.m.Tuesday, NL wild card playoff, Dodgers/Rockies at Milwaukee/Chicago, ESPN, 5 p.m.Wednesday, AL wild card playoff, Oakland at N.Y. Yankees, 5 p.m., TBSThursday-Sunday, ALDS, TBS; NLDS, FS1/MLBN.It’s the best of all possible times in sports. Baseball’s playoffs begin, wilder this year than any other. The NFL reaches month two, college football launches its second half mid-month, the NHL season begins Wednesday and the NBA season tips off on Oct. 16. It’s like eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at the same time. Gluttony wins!Baseball concluded the regular season Sunday and four teams will meet in a plus-one Monday. The Dodgers host the Rockies for the NL West title (ESPN, 1 p.m.) and Milwaukee plays at Chicago for the NL Central title (ESPN, 10 a.m.) The winners advance to the NLDS series beginning Thursday while the losers head to the one-game wild-card playoff game Tuesday (ESPN, 5 p.m.)The AL wild-card game will be Wednesday at 5 p.m. (TBS), with Oakland playing at the N.Y. Yankees. The winner advances to the ALDS, which begins Friday. Fox Sports 1 and the MLB Network will air the NLDS playoff series, while TBS has the ALDS playoffs.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Patriots bring in QB prospects Will Grier, Daniel Jones, reports say

first_imgThe Patriots also hosted some prospective targets for Brady, given the recent retirement of tight end Rob Gronkowski.Per The Globe: Related News Jadeveon Clowney, Texans not close on deal; star DE to skip offseason program The Patriots had an intriguing week with their pre-draft visits. Monday, they brought Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger to Foxborough. Wednesday they hosted a pair of quarterbacks, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Duke’s Daniel Jones. Thursday, they brought in four potential targets for Tom Brady: Iowa tight end Noah Fant, Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown, Baylor receiver Jalen Hurd, and South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel.They’re also hosting Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry and Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin this spring. And these are just the visits that are getting reported.While Grier, the former West Virginia signal-caller, isn’t expected to immediately fly off the board, Jones, the former Duke quarterback, is considered a potential first-round pick. Grier is known for his accuracy, having completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns with eight interceptions last season, while Jones completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards and 22 touchdowns with nine picks. Tom Brady has yet to call it quits, but the Patriots are already preparing for his departure.According to The Boston Globe, New England brought in top quarterback prospects Will Grier and Daniel Jones for pre-draft visits last week. As for the rest of the field, former Aggies standout Sternberger isn’t expected to go early either but will make a notable impact wherever he ends up after logging 48 catches for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018.The Globe notes, however, that visits don’t necessarily mean serious interest. The Patriots hosted Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson ahead of last year’s draft before passing on him.The NFL Draft is slated for April 25-27 in Nashville, with the champion Patriots holding 12 picks, including the 32nd overall selection to close out the first round.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Reminder there is no school Monday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Sept. 4, 2015:Friday•Football at Augusta, 7 p.m.Saturday•Junior Varsity at Conway Springs, 9 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple chunks, Hot Roll and Milk.Tuesday’s Lunch: Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Fresh Broccoli, Chilled Pears, Snickerdoodle and Milk.Today’s News*Reminder: There is no school on Monday.*Seniors- If you have a 28 or better ACT score and a 3.5 or better GPA,  you could be a candidate for the new Fort Hays State University Honors College. To find out more about the honors college please visit their website at www.fhsu.edu/honorscollege/.*Senior Boys- If you would like a Senior Shirt please see Julian or Wesley. The cost is $10 or $12 for 2x and up.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11th.*Junior Class, if interested in class t-shirts- you can pick up order forms in the office. Return the forms to Brecken Lawrence or Kayma Brand by September 8th.*Any baseball players that can meet on Monday @ 6:30 to learn long toss-please be there.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.*The theme for the football game tonight @ Augusta is Red out, Come out and show your Crusader spirit.* Seniors: If you are thinking about making Emporia State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website is www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit Days Oct. 9 and 24th and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th @ 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.*Freshman- Don’t forget to turn in your Student Network Agreement. You can turn the forms  into the office.*Are you interested in joining the big red machine drumline? The WHS marching band is looking for members to participate in the percussion section of the marching band. No experience is needed. If interested, talk to Haley Farley, Kyle Robbins or Mr. Olson.*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport, you must pay your $25.00 Sports Fee before your first game.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCTuesday, Sept 22nd- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCThursday, Sept. 24th- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of KansasThursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2nd- Hutchinson CCFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Michael Jordan’s gambling ‘suspension’: Explaining one of the wildest conspiracy theories in NBA history

first_imgIn a subject that’s expected to be detailed during “The Last Dance,” there are a few gambling situations that have cropped up during Jordan’s career, including a golfer who claimed Jordan owed him over $1 million in the early ’90s.Here are some of the facts that have given birth to one of the wildest conspiracy theories in NBA history.MORE: The 14 most stunning sports conspiracy theories, rankedMichael Jordan gambling with a drug dealerOne of the more infamous aspects of Jordan’s gambling habit was when he was called in front of a jury in 1992 to discuss a $57,000 personal check, which had been endorsed to James “Slim” Bouler, a convicted cocaine dealer.During Bouler’s trial, Jordan was called to the stand to ask why the check made its way to Bouler. Jordan’s reasoning as to what the money was for changed: Originally, he claimed it was a loan to Bouler, but under oath during the trial, Jordan said it was to cover his gambling debt with Bouler.Bouler claimed that Jordan had racked up quite a tab, mainly during high-stakes golf games throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s.The murder of Michael Jordan’s dadJordan’s father was murdered in July 1993 during a carjacking in North Carolina. His body wouldn’t be discovered until August, when he was located in a South Carolina swamp.Two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery, were eventually tried and convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison.Contrary to some speculation, there’s little veracity to the tale of Jordan’s father being murdered by the mob to send a message to Jordan for his gambling debt. More on that below.MORE: Michael Jordan’s net worth in 2020 is eye-poppingWhy did Michael Jordan retire?Jordan’s first retirement came in October 1993. Citing a lack of desire to play and the death of his father three months earlier, Jordan shocked the NBA world by announcing his retirement. Jordan was coming off his third NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal as part of the 1992 Dream Team (which didn’t feature Isiah Thomas).Here’s where it gets interesting, if conspiracy theories are your thing:Tinfoil-hat wearers believe that Jordan’s first “retirement” was actually anything but. The conspiracy theory dictates that NBA commissioner David Stern actually had a clandestine agreement with Jordan to get his gambling habit under control before incurring any damage to the league or to Jordan himself. So, Stern suspended Jordan for a year while No. 23 got his personal life together, these theories contend. Michael Jordan took losses on the courts — and his wallet.It’s been no secret that Michael Jordan has faced many demons in his personal life, with none more obvious and apparent than his gambling habit. In the early ’90s, Jordan’s personal life came under scrutiny when he was spotted in Atlantic City the night before an Eastern Conference finals game vs. the Knicks. MORE: A look back on Michael Jordan’s brief baseball careerConsider this: Jordan was becoming one of the most marketable and prominent professional athletes in history, so even though (most) of Jordan’s gambling habits were legal, the image of Jordan having an outstanding gambling debt with a convicted drug dealer would be potentially harmful to Jordan and the league. Jordan was also spotted at a blackjack table in Atlantic City the night before an Eastern Conference finals game against the Knicks.Still, Stern maintained on several occasions that Jordan’s retirement was totally legitimate. Hard to believe that even a league as powerful as the NBA would be able to keep something like that a secret, all these years later, after all.last_img read more

Football: Arsenal hit by food poisoning in China

first_imgShanghai, China | AFP | Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their preseason friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.The Frenchman revealed the sickness that had swept the Arsenal camp, coupled with the severe heat in China and long flights, made for far-from-ideal preparations for another taxing campaign.Wenger was shorn of Olivier Giroud because of food poisoning, then captain Per Mertesacker pulled out of the game just moments before kick-off because he too fell ill with the same problem.New signing Sead Kolasinac also had to come off before the break, while Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott were only substitutes because they were sick.Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.Arsenal were particularly poor in the first half in the 36 degrees Celsius (97F) heat and Wenger admitted that the extreme conditions in Shanghai were “a shock” after flying in from Australia, which is in its winter.“I was a bit scared that tonight we could have big problems and in fact in the first half we suffered a bit,” said Wenger, under pressure to get Arsenal back in the Champions League this season.“Ramsey finished the game, but Walcott, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Giroud, they all had a little food poisoning.” Wenger said the club — who next travel to Beijing to face Chelsea on Saturday — did not know what caused the food poisoning.Wenger added of the punishing preseason schedule that many top European clubs now undertake to far-flung destinations for commercial reasons: “If you ask me is it ideal physically to prepare? I’d say certainly not.“Has it got other advantages? Yes because we can meet fans all over the world so that is very positive.”Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the unlikely hero for Wenger and Arsenal, saving Juan Bernat’s soft spot kick after Gunners substitute Alex Iwobi nodded in the leveller right at the end of normal time.Robert Lewandowski had needed just nine minutes to fire German champions Bayern ahead from the penalty spot as they outplayed Arsenal, before Iwobi’s late intervention meant the game went straight to penalties.Both sides fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and reserves, with new Bayern signing James Rodriguez and new Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette starting.Bayern play AC Milan in Shenzhen, southern China, in their next warm-up game.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more