Email* 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. The British Columbia/Quebec Young Rider Dressage Team won the silver medal in the FEI Young Rider Team Competition on Wednesday, July 27 at the 2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. On Thursday, Sarah Loewen and Monica Houweling earned the Individual silver and bronze medals respectively. The championships are being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY this week, from July 27 – 31, 2011.Scoring 197.027, the British Columbia/Quebec silver medal team, comprised of Mathilde Blais Tetreault of Montreal, QC, Emily Fownes of Montreal, QC, Esmee Ingham of West Vancouver, BC, and Anne-Mylaine Messier, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, were just 1.077 points off the gold medal score of 198.104 posted by USA Region 5.The USA Region 8 Team took bronze with a score of 196.132 and USA Region 7 earned fourth, scoring 194.710. The Ontario Young Rider Dressage Team, comprised of Bronwyn Barlow Cash of Brantford, ON, Alexandra Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, and Megan Lane of Collingwood, ON, finished in fifth place with 193.184.In the Junior Rider Division, Team Canada-West Junior Rider Dressage Team finished in fourth place. Dalyce Gagnon of Cochrane, AB, Monica Houweling of Delta, BC, Megan Overwater of Rocky Mountain House, AB, and Monika Zillinger of Armstrong, BC finished with a team score of 193.460. Winning the team gold medal was USA Region 1 with a score of 199.189.The competition continued on Thursday, July 28 with the Individual Test for both divisions. In the Junior Individual class, Loewen of Winnipeg, MB, won the silver medal with a score of 67.079% riding her horse Ricardo, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Monica Houweling of Delta, BC, won the bronze medal with a score of 66.605%, aboard Stentano, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Monica and Linda Houweling,In the Young Rider Individual test, Lane was the top placed Canadian rider, riding her own 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Caravella, earning 66.079% for fourth place. Right behind Lane, in fifth spot, was Blais Tetreault riding her 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, Michelango, with a score of 65.842% The Freestyle tests for both the Juniors and Young Riders will occur on July 30.Exclusively for Junior Riders, aged 14–18, and Young Riders, 16–21, the NAJYRC gives up and coming riders the opportunity to experience representing their country as a team, and prepares them for future international competition. For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit http://www.youngriders.org/. Tags: Sarah Loewen, North American Junior & Young Rider Championships, Monica Houweling, Mathilde Blais Tetreault, Emily Fownes, Esmee Ingham, Anne-Mylaine Messier, Dalyce Gagnon, Megan Overwater, Monika Zillinger, 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 Horse Sport Enews
The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency, for example, has not had access to Iran’s Parchin nuclear complex in a decade — long a point of contention between Iran and the international community. A mysterious alleged explosion at the complex last October only fueled suspicion. The U.S. has alleged that weaponization research occurred at that facility, and access to it has been a point of contention in the nuclear talks.The supreme leader’s comments Wednesday are the latest in a series of declarations on nuclear inspections. Last month, Khamenei declared that all sanctions against the regime must end if negotiators reach a deal. His office also tweeted that the country would not continue negotiations if “US officials” threaten Iran with military action.Iran and the P5+1 countries reached an agreement on April 2 to allow United Nations inspectors to conduct more intensive inspections, though the parties have differed on how much access the inspectors should have. A little more than a month remains until the June 30 deadline for a final deal.Khamenei followed up his comments with several tweets from his official account, saying that he would not allow investigators to “interrogate scientists who are the dear & distinguished children of #Iran.”I will not let foreigners talk to & interrogate scientists who are the dear & distinguished children of #Iran. pic.twitter.com/NL56D8DFZ1— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) May 20, 2015 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that he would not tolerate “unreasonable demands” from world powers during nuclear negotiations, making clear that he would not allow inspectors to interview the country’s scientists.“I will not permit aliens [foreigners] to come and interview with scientists who have gotten the domestic nuclear knowledge to this level,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iran’s IRNA state news agency during a meeting at Imam Hossein University. “They should realize that Iran’s response to any evil move will be very harsh,” Khamenei added.He also said Iran “won’t allow foreigners to carry out any inspections on military sites.” Officials should know that only way to counter the brazen enemy is will power &avoiding inaction;they should show Iran’s grandeur in talks.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) May 20, 2015
Multi-instrumentalist Bobby Deitch has announced the upcoming release of his second full-length album, Work With Whatcha Got! due out on May 1st. To prepare for his upcoming release, Deitch is treating fans with plans to roll out three singles over the next several weeks, the first being the title track released today.Following an illustrious career as a musician, educator, and songwriter, Deitch released his first debut full-length album Grateful in Spring 2017 with his own Bobby Deitch Band (BDB). Comprised of Deitch, his wife Denise Deitch (vocals, percussion), Natasha DiMarco (vocals), Dave Reiss (bass guitar), Matt Wayne (saxophone, keys, vocals), JoeMamma Carpentieri (drums), keyboardist Eddy Bishai, and guitarist Scott Reeves, the eight-piece has had quite the touring roster over the last two years, performing headlining shows at NY’s Blue Note, Denver’s Cervantes’, Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre, and the legendary venue My Father’s Place alongside Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and supporting sets for Lettuce and Big “Funky” Sam.Three years later, Work With Whatcha Got! arrives with nine-full tracks of soulful blues and rock surrounding a roster of world-renowned guests. Recorded in Mahwah, NJ’s Les Paul Studio and Westminster, CO’s Colorado Sound, the album features the music collaborations of Deitch’s son and Lettuce members Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Eric Benny Bloom, and Adam Shmeeans Smirnoff, Turkuaz‘s Shira Elias and Michaelangelo Carubba, Original Blues Brothers and Rod Stewart saxophonist Baron Raymonde, The Meters’ George Porter jr., Steveland Swatkins, and Hayley Jane. Deitch produced the album with Wayne over the course of two years, pursuing the new project as a message to inspire listeners to come together to create a better world.Bobby Deitch Band: The Making Of Work With Whatcha Got[Video: Bobby Deitch Band]Notable tracks on the album include a Deitch & George Porter Jr. duet on “Constant Complainer”, “Live Together” as the band’s first official protest anthem, a very funky “If Looks Could Kill,” featuring a killer talkbox solo by Swatkins, a vocal duet with Deitch and his wife Denise on “You’re All That Matters To Me”, and a fiery guitar solo by Reeves on “Love Is Just A Kiss Away”.“The message of the music is meant to spread love. The music is designed to empower people to be the best they can be. It’s ‘feel good music’ that touches your soul and brings you to a place originally built by artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Joel,” Deitch says.Listen to Deitch’s first single release “Work With Whatcha Got!” below and on all streaming platforms. An album presale is now available on the band’s website and CD Baby.Work With Whatcha Got! Tracklist:Live TogetherLove Is Just A Kiss AwayWork With Whatcha GotYou’re All That Matters To MeIf Looks Could KillLove AttackHe Loves MeConstant ComplainerIt’s You
If you’re a four eyed freak like me, chances are you have problems finding prescription sports sunglasses. The difficulty you encounter with these types of frames is that the curved wrap required to make them protective tends to cause distortion at higher prescriptions, and for me, manifests itself in a feeling of claustrophobia or a headache.In order to maintain the same level of protection but offer prescription wearers who shun contacts a more flatting look, Bollé has come up with an innovative solution for their top tier model – the 6th Sense. Rather than using a dorky additional insert, Bollé has fitted prescription inserts directly and permenantly into the oversized lens. They’ve dubbed this technology the B-Thin Active RX, and it can accommodate everything from +6 to -8 prescriptions.Like all of their 6th Sense models (which we covered in depth here), the lenses are made from Trivex, which is thinner and offers better optical clarity than the polycarbonate used in traditional sports eyewear.The company will be offering twelve different lenses in their RX program, including polarized and mirrored options. They’ll also offer eight different lenses that have contrasting colored inserts. The prescription inserts start at $600, while progressives will run $775.To learn more, visit Bollé
The number of Vermonters in the labor forceâ employed and unemployedâ decreased last month after rising steadily since last July, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.The unemployment rate ticked down in March, even though fewer Vermonters had jobs. Only workers who are actively looking for work or waiting to be recalled after a layoff are considered unemployed and counted in the labor force. Discouraged workers who have stopped looking are not counted. Fewer jobless claimsVermont had the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in the country in March, even as more than 4,500 workers filed new claims for unemployment compensation. Initial unemployment claims hit a peak in December 2008, when more than 8,600 Vermonters filed. Typically, first-time jobless claims rise during the winter months and drop in the summer. The number of applicants at the peaks has declined since the recession officially ended, and the monthly average of new claims has fallen for two years. The end of extended unemployment benefitsBarring a sudden spike in unemployment, Vermonters will no longer be eligible for extended unemployment compensation after the end of this year. In the depths of the recession, jobless workers who had used up their 26 weeks of regular unemployment compensation could qualify for federal emergency unemployment compensation programs (EUC08 Tiers I-III) and a state program that together provided up to 60 weeks of additional compensation.After May, the Tier II programâ providing 14 weeks’benefitsâ will not be available in states with unemployment rates lower than 6 percent. All EUC08 programs are scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.Source: Public Assets Institute, April 20, 2012 Download the Jobs Brief in PDF.
CBRE will be marketing the three-story, 155,000 square-feet office portion of Block 23 at CityScape, the mixed-used project being developed by RED Development in downtown Phoenix.The property, located at the southeast corner of Washington and First Streets, is referred to as Block 23 because of its location in the original city plan.Jerry Roberts and Pat Boyle with CBRE’s Phoenix office have been tapped by RED Development to oversee the marketing and leasing for the project’s office space.“We are excited for the opportunity to work with the RED Development team again,” said Roberts. “The RED team has always had a strong belief in the potential of downtown Phoenix, which can be seen in the success of CityScape. We look forward to carrying over that same momentum with the Block 23 project.”Block 23 at CityScape is yet another vote of confidence for the resurgence of downtown Phoenix, as a number of new companies have chosen to make the city center home in the last 24 months, including Uber, Galvanize, and Gainsight, among others. Roberts says the Block 23 at CityScape project will be critical to providing the type of space that other like-minded companies will seek out when they look to expand into the Phoenix market.“The type of office space that Block 23 at CityScape is going to offer will be unlike anything else Downtown Phoenix has to offer. RED Development is designing product that will feature a 55,000-rentable-square-foot floor plate and 16 foot ceiling heights with floor-to-ceiling glass throughout. This contemporary, creative product will be attractive to office users and will further promote Downtown Phoenix as an appealing alternative to other urban cores such as Old Town Scottsdale or Downtown Tempe.”The highly anticipated development project will also be home to the recently announced downtown Fry’s Food Store and will have a residential component as well. Block 23 at CityScape is slated to break ground Q4 2016 with delivery expected Q2 2018.
A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived today in Iran, one of the three main hot spots outside China, along with shipments of COVID-19 virus test kits and protective equipment for healthcare workers, as case levels surged in South Korea and Italy and at least nine more countries reported their first cases.At a World Health Organization (WHO) media briefing today, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said that, over the past 24 hours, nine times more cases were reported outside China than inside China. “The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan are our greatest concern.”He pointed out, however, that South Korea’s cases of the novel coronavirus are mostly coming from five known clusters. “That’s important because it indicates that surveillance measures are working and Korea’s epidemic can still be contained.”He said unlike with influenza, early aggressive measures have been shown to stop COVID-19 transmission. WHO officials emphasized today that patterns vary in different countries, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to battling the virus. “Our message to all countries is: This is not a one-way street. We can push this virus back,” he said. “Our actions now will determine the course of the outbreak in your country.”In its daily situation report today, the WHO said there are now 8,774 cases outside of China, 128 of them fatal, in 64 countries.In response developments at the global level, the United Nations yesterday—prompted by sudden surges in the three main hot spots—released $15 million from its central emergency response fund to help contain COVID-19, which will go to the WHO and UNICEF.Mark Lowcock, the UN’s humanitarian chief, said in a statement, “This grant from the UN’s Emergency Fund will help countries with fragile health systems boost their detection and response operations. It has the potential to save the lives of millions of vulnerable people.”More Mideast countries affectedIran’s health ministry today reported 523 more cases, a steep increase from the 395 new cases reported yesterday, for a total of 1,501. Health officials also reported 11 more deaths, raising the country’s fatality count to 66.The WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean regional office said in a statement today that the Iran mission’s goals are to understand transmission patterns, provide guidance on scaling up the response, and stepping up preparedness for areas in the country that haven’t been affected yet.Iran’s outbreak has led to travel-linked cases in at least 10 other countries. The WHO said the plane that brought the technical team also included personal protective equipment for 15,000 healthcare workers and test kits to diagnose nearly 100,000 people.Elsewhere in the Middle East and North African region, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Tunisia reported their first cases, Al Jazeera reported. Saudi Arabia’s case was linked to an Iran traveler, while the Jordan and Tunisia cases were linked to Italy travel. Also, Morocco reported its first case, which involved a citizen who lives in Italy, Reuters reported.Elsewhere in Africa, Senegal reported its first case, involving a man who had just returned from France, according to a separate Reuters report. Senegal is the second sub-Saharan African country to report a case; the other is Nigeria.Korea tops 4,000 cases, China tops 80,000South Korea today reported 475 cases today, plus 4 more deaths, boosting its overall total to 4,212 cases, which includes 26 deaths.In China, the National Health Commission reported 202 new cases, down from 573 reported yesterday, increasing the overall to 80,026. The country also 42 more deaths and 255 fewer serious cases, putting the new respective totals at 2,912 and 7,110.All but six of China’s cases were from Hubei province.In other Asian developments:Japan’s health ministry today reported 9 more cases, raising its total to 241.The latest cases were in Ehime, Kochi, Niigata, Hokkaido, Kanagawa, and Osaka prefectures. The country lists its overall number at 241, with 27 asymptomatic pathogen carriers.Indonesia today reported its first cases today, which involve people who had contact with a sick person from Japan, Reuters Given the number of Asian nations reporting outbreaks, some experts have raised concerns about the potential for underreporting in Indonesia.Singapore’s health ministry today reported 2 new cases, raising its total to 108. One is linked to a known workplace cluster, and the other is a contact of an earlier case.With Italy surge, ECDC urges plan activationEurope’s main hot spot, Italy, today reported 258 new cases, raising its total to 1,835, plus 18 more deaths, raising the total to 52. Three northern regions are still the hardest-hit areas, but 2 cases were confirmed in Rome, in a police officer and a firefighter, The Guardian reported today, citing a local hospital that said four of the police officer’s family members were also infected.Three more European countries reported their first cases: Latvia, Portugal, and Andorra. Latvia didn’t list an exposure source for its patient, Portugal had two cases that involved Italy and Spain travelers, and Andorra’s patient is a man who had been in Italy.Meanwhile, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today in its latest risk assessment that the risk to the region is moderate to high. “The virus spreads rapidly, and can have an enormous public health impact with substantial fatal outcomes in high-risk groups and economic and societal disruption,” it said.So far, nearly 2,000 cases have been reported in the European region, with 75% of the cases and 92% of the deaths reported from Italy. It urged countries to activate their pandemic preparedness plans to ensure containment and mitigation with nonpharmaceutical public health interventions.The ECDC said it based its risk assessment on an increasing number of cases without a known transmission chain, and despite strong response steps, cases continue to be exported between countries, along with new introductions from countries outside of China.
Daily Postcard: Sunrise silhouettes ornamental grass recently in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
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