Canadian Dressage Teams Named for 2015 CDIO Wellington Nations’ Cup

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews Dressage Canada has announced the two teams set to represent Canada at the 2015 CDIO3* Wellington in Florida from March 24-28, 2015.The CDIO3* Wellington acts as week 12 of the prestigious Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). It also represents an exciting opportunity for top competitors from around the world to compete as a team and represent their country on the world stage through the Stillpoint Farm Nations’ Cup CDIO3*.Canada will be represented in the Nations’ Cup by the following two teams:TEAM 1Big TourRider / Hometown / Horse / OwnerMegan Lane / Loretto, Ont. / Caravella / Megan and Cathy LaneBelinda Trussell / Stouffville, Ont. / Anton / Robyn EamesSmall TourRider / Hometown / Horse / OwnerDiane Creech / Caistor Centre, Ont. / Robbie W / Doug LeatherdaleChris von Martels / Wellington, Fla. / Zilverstar / Chris von MartelsTEAM 2Big TourRider / Hometown / Horse / OwnerJill Irving / Moncton, N.B. / Degas 12 / Jill Irving – Windhaven FarmSmall TourRider / Hometown / Horse / OwnerChristilot Boylen / Wellington, Fla. / Donatella / Jill Irving – Windhaven FarmShannon Dueck / Loxahatchee, Fla. / Cantaris / Elizabeth FerberTina Irwin / Stouffville, Ont. / Fancy That / Christine FauxCanada’s teams will be supported by Technical Advisor, Dr. Volker Moritz, and Chef in Training/Assistant Chef, Alison Martin.Team Canada has traditionally excelled in this event, having claimed the Team Silver Medal in 2014 and Team Bronze in 2013. In addition, Boylen was the Individual Gold Medalist in 2013.For more information on the AGDF, including the Stillpoint Farm Nations’ Cup CDIO3*, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com. Tags: Dressage Canada, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Going Global Eligible for Olympics, FEI

first_imgDespite earlier concerns that Greg Broderick’s mount, MHS Going Global, would not be eligible to compete in Rio, the FEI has confirmed in a statement that they are satisfied with the horse’s Irish ownership interests:The Irish National Federation, Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), has confirmed to the FEI that they have examined the contract between Lee Kruger and Greg Broderick which confirms that the horse MHS Going Global is co-owned by Mrs Kruger and Mr Broderick. HSI has also confirmed that the contract states that “Caledonia Stables” is the term used to describe the commercial partnership between Mrs Kruger and Mr Broderick. This corresponds with the information provided by Mrs Kruger and Mr Broderick directly to the FEI. This has also been confirmed on affidavit by the owners.The contractual arrangement, which has been in place since 1 September 2012, confirms that there is a commercial relationship between Ms Kruger and Mr Broderick, under which Ms Kruger shares ownership of MHS Going Global with Mr Broderick. This meets the nationality requirements in place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as there are no percentage requirements on ownership under FEI Rules.As per the FEI General Regulations, “Owner” means a person or entity having a property interest in whole or in part of one or more horses. The Horse may be owned by individual(s) and/or company(ies) and/or by a partnership of individual(s) and/or company(ies). Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

A triumphalist West?

first_imgBut the biggest error involved the Kremlin. To be bewitched by gratitude and optimism amid Gorbachev’s peaceful retreat from Stalin’s conquests was understandable – but in retrospect it sowed the seeds of the problems we are facing now. Russia dumped its empire, but not its imperialist mind-set. It did not uproot the KGB, or come to terms with the crimes of communism. We are all paying for that now – whether we realise it or not.Edward Lucas writes for The Economist. Some good new books have come out – notably a detailed and evocative biography of Václav Havel, by Michael Žantovský (once his close aide, now Czech ambassador to London). But as the events of 1989 recede into history, they become Hollywood versions of the real thing. The fear and muddle of the time are overshadowed by the ubiquitous glow of the happy ending, when the bad guys lose power, a playwright becomes president and Europe is whole and free.Except that the ending is now looking cloudy. Europe is weak, resentful and divided; the United States is increasingly absent. The values of 1989 look fragile, not permanent. So the anniversary is a good time not to revel in sentiment, but to ponder what has gone wrong, and why. Perhaps the gravest accusation – newly made by Mikhail Gorbachev in Berlin – is that the West was triumphalist.I agree with that, though not in the way that the last Soviet leader meant it. We were right, not wrong, to expand the European Union and NATO, taking in countries that desperately wanted to be part of the West, and feared (rightly) that their eastern neighbour would one day turn nasty again.A real failing was to overestimate our own system’s strength, and to overlook its flaws. Political competition and welfare capitalism did indeed work better than the one-party state and the planned economy. But once competition from the east was gone, victory was a flimsy basis for the future. Money proved the Achilles heel of Western politics, just as state-subsidised financial recklessness has been the great weakness of our economies.Another big mistake after 1989 was to patronise the ‘easterners’. Snooty Westerners mocked their clothes (scruffy or tarty), teeth (crooked and yellow), English (halting and insistent), diets (stodgy and greasy), roads (bumpy and dangerous), housing (cramped and crumbling), and politics (eccentric and anti-Semitic). Few in the rich world understood the nightmares that the peoples of the captive nations had endured. They treated them as odd, backward outsiders, rather than family members who had been kidnapped. That slowed things down.It still does. ‘East European’ is used pejoratively, by those who would cry racism if anyone used ‘African’ as a derogatory term. The belittling and sidelining of Ukrainians amid the gravest European security crisis for 30 years is particularly shocking. Anniversaries are marvellous excuses for lazy journalism. Instead of the difficult business of reporting real news, editors can simply ask some reliable old buffers to dust off their notebooks, polish their anecdotes, and relive their glory days.The 25th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Europe has prompted much such writing. In past years I have produced a fair amount of it myself. I was lucky enough to spend the late 1980s studying in Poland, covering Yugoslavia, reporting from Berlin, and as the only Western newspaperman living in communist Prague. My memories include courage and fairy-tale changes of fortune, as well as arrests, beatings and betrayals.Very little, whether sweet or sour, can be said now which was not said already on previous anniversaries. The mysteries (especially the role of the KGB, and the disappearance of the Communist slush funds) remain mysteries.last_img read more

ShipFam Invade Output With Destructo, Anna Lunoe, and More

first_imgOn a random Wednesday night in the cold of January, fans traveled from all corners of New York City, from all along East Coast – I heard some peope from as far as the Carolinas – and smuggled in pineapples, pizza, and giant Fatheads into Output, creating the wildest party of this young year.The reason? Destructo, a name that many not be familiar to your average dance music fan, stopped in New York on his Ship2Ship tour, bringing friends Anna Lunoe, Motez, and T. Williams.You may still be confused. Destructo, real name Gary Richards, is the founder of HARD Events – producer of HARD Summer, Day Of The Dead, and the cult-like Holy Ship!, which took place a little over a week ago (and will take place again next month). This event in NYC acted as sort of a meet up for those suffering from addiction to all things Holy Ship! – a breed of dedicated dance music fans who call themselves ShipFam, who wait all year for Holy Ship, the ultimate party. Having Destructo, affectionately referred to as The HARDFather, performing nearby, is enough to get the gang all together, the pineapples out, the flags waving, and temporary tattoos back on. It’s like meeting up with all your camp friends after summer camp is over.Thanks to Holy Ship!, Destructo’s DJ career has reached new heights. Last year he was signed to Insomniac/Interscope, and recently released his ‘West Coast EP,’ which mixed bouncy house beats with west coast hip hop heavyweights like Too $hort, YG, and Kurupt. He also performed a much attended ‘Sunday Sermon’ on Holy Ship! from 5:30-8:30, after some ShipFam found out that Destructo performed 6:00am dance parties in the early 90s and requested it. The Sermon was one of the most talked about sets on a boat filled with dance music royalty like A-Trak, Boys Noize, and Knife Party, It’s this interaction, the close relationship between artist and fans, that makes Holy Ship! so special. That feeling translated into Output’s small confines on Wednesday. Many people claimed that it felt like they were back on the boat – surrounded by great music and like minded people. For those in attendance who had never been on Holy Ship!, it must have been a unique experience to see all of these people in outfits, waving flags, showing affection – but you fall right in line. ShipFam are a very inviting group of people.last_img read more

Kansas Paramedics Train to Work with SWAT Team

first_img  The role is called a tactical paramedic. Because the number of SWAT calls has increased in Johnson County over the past three years, Johnson County Med-Act is training three more paramedics to handle the SWAT responsibilities. By the end of September, Johnson County Med-Act will have a total of 12 tactical medics. MOREcenter_img LENEXA, Kan. (KSHB, 41 Action News) From a barricade to a hostage situation, and from escorting a dignitary to making a high-risk arrest, the SWAT team responds to it all. And in Johnson County, when one of the six SWAT teams serving the county responds, a paramedic is on board.last_img

McClaughry: Hard spending choices for 2018

first_imgby John McClaughry Two weeks from now new Governor Phil Scott will give his inaugural address to the legislature, and a week or so later they’ll receive his budget proposal for FY2018, which begins in July. Governor Scott campaigned on the attractive idea that “state budget spending will not grow faster than the economy or your wages.” Exactly what that means remains unclear. Is it General Fund spending, or that plus Transportation and Education Fund spending? Does it also include Federal funds? And whose wages?Keeping that promise requires overcoming the “Hungry Alligator”. This is the open-jawed gap between expected revenues and promised spending, as viewed on a multiyear graph. The Joint Fiscal Committee estimates that gap to be $55-$75 million for the General Fund. But as former Finance and Management Commissioner Tom Pelham has repeatedly pointed out, much, though not all, of that shortfall is based on requested increases from the previous year’s spending levels, that can be modified or rejected.Some budget categories simply can’t be cut: interest on the state debt ($71 million); the ironclad transfer of $303 million to the Education Fund to hold down property taxes; and the annual required contributions to keep the liabilities of the state employees and teachers retirement plans from falling even further behind. The former is 70.9% funded; the latter 55.3%; the two plans’ total unfunded liability is now $4.6 billion.Another imperative is new money to combat the runoff pollution that afflicts the north end of Lake Champlain. Vermont is under an agreement with the EPA to come through with $67  million from somewhere.The tendency of the legislature’s liberal majority, of course, is to raise more revenue to meet the inexhaustible supply of desirable things to do with taxpayer dollars. Raising income tax rates or the sales tax rate won’t fit with the Governor’s idea of “affordability”. He was boosted into office largely because of his firm promise to veto a carbon tax and any extension of the sales tax to services. No new revenues there.The past three legislatures have raised taxes on a wide range of things, from soda to health insurance claims to home heating oil, but finally balked on Gov. Shumlin’s proposed payroll tax increases to fund more health care experiments. They’ve pretty much squeezed out all that can be had from new revenue sources or higher tax rates.Governor Scott has promised a “pro growth pro jobs” economic policy that would increase revenues, plus serious efforts to “make government work better.” Both are difficult, and both will take more time than the 2018 budget process can wait for. About the only immediate choice is to find ways to reduce or postpone spending.A number of states – Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, Washington  – have improved state finances and economies by a thoroughgoing performance review, managed by a dedicated and fearless commission not under the thumb of politicians. In fact, Vermont Democrats proposed just such an effort in 2004, but their candidate didn’t win the governor’s race, and the liberal Democratic majorities in House and Senate had little interest in any such confining process.  They would do well to put their proposal back on the agenda.But ever if everyone gets on board with that idea – far from likely – that can’t happen between now and June.  That will leave the budget writers with the painful task of shaving here, stretching out there, providing less, and trying to kick the fiscal can down the road. The trouble is, that after six years of galloping government, that can is now a lot bigger than the feet hoping to kick it.In March 2015 the House Appropriations chair Mitzi Johnson put some sensible language into the 2016 bill. It called forbending the rate of spending growth to bring the expenditure pressures in line with revenue growth to end the cycle of annual budget gaps;moving toward budgeting based on using less than 100 percent of forecasted revenue to build a reserve which can help offset the variability of revenues that comes with a progressive tax system and the risk of reliance on federal funds; andexploring a two-year budgeting cycle where the interim year will be such as to allow time to be spent focusing on program performance, results-based analysis, and evidenced-based program evaluation.            This is sound thinking. As the next Speaker, Johnson will have a great opportunity to take the lead in making this happen, although it will not come without pain.            Phil Scott has shown over the years that he can work with Democrats. This is one area in which they all really need to cooperate, beginning on Day One.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (ethanallen.org(link is external)).last_img read more

Why some men get depressed when their partners are pregnant

first_imgShare The authors report 2.3 percent of fathers (82 men) were affected by elevated ADS during their partner’s pregnancy and 4.3 percent of fathers (153 men) were affected by elevated PDS nine months after the child was born.Elevated depression symptoms for men during a partner’s pregnancy were associated with perceived stress and fair to poor health, while elevated depression symptoms in fathers after a child’s birth were associated with perceived stress in pregnancy, no longer being in a relationship with the mother, having fair to poor health, being unemployed and having a history of depression, according to the article.Limitations of the study include that the results may not be generalizable to the first and second trimesters of pregnancy or to the period immediately following the child’s birth.“Only relatively recently has the influence of fathers on children been recognized as vital for adaptive psychosocial and cognitive development. Given that paternal depression can have direct or indirect effects on children, it is important to recognize and treat symptoms among fathers early and the first step in doing that is arguably increasing awareness among fathers about increased risks,” the article concludes. Share on Twitter Email Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Men who were stressed or in poor health had elevated depression symptoms when their partners were pregnant and nine months after the birth of their child, according to the results of a study of expectant and new fathers in New Zealand published online by JAMA Psychiatry.The research by Lisa Underwood, Ph.D., of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and coauthors follows up on their studies of perinatal depression in mothers.The current study examined antenatal depression symptoms (ADS, before birth) and postnatal depression symptoms (PDS, after birth) in 3,523 men who completed interviews while their partner was in the third trimester of pregnancy and nine months after the birth of their child. The men were an average age of 33 at the antenatal interview. Pinterestlast_img read more

ACIP recommends annual flu shots for almost all

first_imgFeb 24, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – In the wake of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today took the long-discussed step of recommending seasonal flu immunizations for nearly everyone, leaving out only small babies.The step extends the recommendation to all adults for the first time. Previous ACIP recommendations for seasonal flu immunization covered about 85% of the population but excepted healthy adults aged 19 to 49 who are not close contacts of people at risk for serious flu complications. Babies younger than 6 months are also excluded, as vaccination is considered too risky for them.The new recommendation, which passed on a 12-0 vote with one abstention, was prompted in part by factors related to the H1N1 pandemic, including its impact on younger adults, the recognition of obesity as a possible risk factor for severe disease, and disproportionate effects on minority groups. The pandemic virus will be included in the 2010-11 seasonal vaccine.A universal recommendation will simplify and clarify the government’s advice about flu immunization, ACIP members said in voicing support for the move today. The group’s meeting was streamed over the Web.In a news release after the meeting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, “Many people in currently recommended ‘higher risk’ groups are unaware of their risk factor or that they are recommended for vaccination. The ACIP discussion also recognized the practicality and value of issuing a simple and clear message regarding the importance of influenza vaccination in the hopes that this would remove impediments to vaccination and expand coverage.”Today’s vote completes a series of steps the ACIP has taken over the years to extend flu vaccine recommendations to more of the population. The last big change came with the 2008-09 flu season, when the panel recommended immunization for all school-age children.Dr. Anthony Fiore of the CDC’s Influenza Division reported to the committee the findings of a CDC working group that recommended moving to universal flu immunization.”We estimate only about 15% of the population does not have an indication for vaccination at this point,” he said.About half of adults between ages 19 and 49 already have an indication for vaccination, because of pregnancy or having close contact with risk groups, such as children under 5, adults with chronic health conditions, and older adults, Fiore said.Universal vaccination has been discussed by the ACIP for years. The decision to bring it up again now, he said, was sparked by developments during the H1N1 pandemic, including:About 87% of hospitalizations and deaths occurred in people younger than 65, including many in the 19-49-year-old group.H1N1 triggered unprecedented demand for both the H1N1 and seasonal vaccines.H1N1-like viruses are likely to continue circulating during the next flu season.Another factor that helped drive the move was the finding that a disproportionate number of those severely affected by H1N1 were obese, Fiore reported. He said one unpublished analysis found obesity to be an independent risk factor for severe illness, and 34% of the population is obese (including 5% who are morbidly obese).Still another factor supporting universal vaccination is the increased impact of H1N1 on minority groups, he said. African-Americans and Hispanics have had higher hospitalization rates, while American Indians and Alaska natives had fourfold higher mortality, compared with other groups.Fiore said the working group looked at several options, including adding new risk factor indications or making a “provisional” universal immunization recommendation as a trial for this season. Everyone favored moving to the universal recommendation, with the main issue being whether to adopt it immediately or phase it in, he reported.The working group decided to suggest two options: to recommend vaccination of all adults for the 2010-11 season, or to recommend “annual vaccination of all adults starting in September or as soon as vaccine is available, but no later than the 2011-12 season,” he said.Those who supported immediate adoption said H1N1 will continue to circulate and hit young adults, and they were concerned that a phased approach might cause confusion and would fail to take advantage of new immunization approaches tried during the pandemic, Fiore said.Those views were echoed during the ensuing ACIP discussion, in which most members expressed support for going to full adoption immediately.”We’ve been practicing creeping staging of this for the past 15 years,” said member Dr. Franklyn N. Judson, MD, of the Colorado School of Public Health. He said the number of manufacturers has increased, making vaccine supply less of a concern than in the past.Also, he said, “It’s more difficult and costly to sort out the 15% for whom it’s not recommended than to just go ahead and order it for everybody.”Kris Ehresmann, immunization director for the Minnesota Department of Health, commented, “I think in an ideal world we’d be looking at implementing a universal vaccination recommendation while we already had an infrastructure in place for an adult vaccination program, but we don’t live in an ideal world, so we should move forward in the absence of that.”Susan Lett, MD, MPH, of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said most immunization program managers favor a phased approach and feel that immediate full adoption will be burdensome for the public sector. She commented that vaccine orders for next fall have already been prebooked.Janet Englund, MD, of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, said she favored a phased approach because of likely administrative and logistical problems. When the recommendation to vaccinate school-age children was made, pediatricians welcomed the fact that it was phased in, she said.Dr. Dale Morse, a former ACIP member who is now a liaison representative from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, said he voted against a move to universal recommendation about 4 years ago, when the proposal failed on a 7-8 vote, because he felt the plan hadn’t been adequately studied. But he said the case for it has since been made and has now been strengthened by the pandemic experience.Referring to all those now targeted for vaccination, Morse added, “When you added all these groups together, you covered almost everybody anyway, so why not go for the gold?”The discussion ended with a 12-0 vote in favor of immediately recommending universal vaccination, with Englund abstaining. The vote was greeted by a round of applause form the crowded meeting room.See also: ACIP sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/last_img read more

Celanese appoints A. Lynne Puckett

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