Canadian Dressage Team Takes Silver at 2018 CDIO 3* Wellington Nations Cup

first_imgThe Canadian Dressage Team delivered under pressure to take the silver medal in the CDIO 3* Nations Cup, held March 28-30, 2018 during the 12th and final week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.The annual Nations Cup provides Canadian dressage athletes with the rare opportunity to compete as a team. As per the AGDF nations cup rules, teams consist of three or four riders, and can contain a mix of big and small tour horse-rider combinations, with a bonus of 1.5% added to big tour scores.Teammates, Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON, Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu of Saint Bruno, QC, Megan Lane of Loretto, ON and Jill Irving of Moncton, NB landed in their second place position from the get-go after the CDIO 3* Grand Prix, which represented day one of team competition on March 28.Fraser-Beaulieu led the team aboard All In (Tango x Damiro), the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she co-owns with her father, Craig Fraser and husband, Marc-Andre Beaulieu. Starting strong for the maple leaf, she scored 69.804% for fourth place in the grand prix. They returned the following day to rack up another fourth place position and a new personal best score of 71.148% in the CDIO 3* Grand Prix Special.“All In is still a bit green in the Special, so I was extremely thrilled with his performance,” explained Fraser-Beaulieu, who has been on fire at the AGDF this season, setting new personal bests throughout the season, and picking up her first CDI 4* win during week 10.Lane nabbed fifth in both the Grand Prix (69.391%) and Grand Prix Special (69.234%) with her 2016 Rio Olympics partner, Caravella (Contango x Riverman), a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare she co-owns with her mother, Cathy Lane and sister, Kelsey Lane.Irving took sixth in the grand prix with 69.043% and seventh in the special with 67.234% aboard Degas 12, the 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding she owns with Windhaven Farm. Creech rounded out the Canadian contingent with eighth place in both the grand prix and the special, partnered with Chrevis Christo (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Matador), a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding she co-owns with Louise Leatherdale.After the application of the big tour bonus marks, the Canadian Dressage Team earned their silver medal on a total of 424.855 points, with the United States taking gold (452.327) and Australia picking up bronze (396.743).After the team portion of the competition wrapped up, the individual honours were decided in the CDIO 3* Grand Prix Freestyle on March 30.Fraser-Beaulieu and All In finished just off the podium in fourth place, but ended the AGDF season on a high note, breaking their personal best score yet again after earning 76.990%.“I’m very thrilled to be the top Canadian rider in the Nations Cup,” said Fraser-Beaulieu, adding, “I’m proud of all our team members and the U25 riders. We had great team spirit and we all supported each other, so I’m very happy about that.”Irving and Degas 12 closed out the week with a sixth place freestyle finish on 71.530%, while Creech took eighth place aboard Chrevis Christo after scoring 65.325%.Showcasing both her humour and positivity, Creech had the entire room laughing at the press conference after commenting, “I love my horse, but I am on the journey to the Wizard of Oz to give him some courage. I think in all of this, it’s the one thing he is still lacking a bit – so we were struggling a little with the conditions and the flower pots. He’s a really nice horse and I know we will reach the Wizard of Oz.”Speaking to the team’s performance overall, Chef d’Équipe Christine Peters said, “I am so proud of our team. They are a great team and really supportive of each other. I couldn’t be happier with how they have come together.”U25 Nations CupCanada was also strongly represented by two teams of up-and-coming athletes in the CDIO-U25 Nations Cup, presented by Diamante Farms. The team placings were determined solely on the results of the CDIO-U25 Intermediate II, held March 28.Team Canada 1 landed on the podium in the bronze medal position after teammates, Naima Moreira Laliberté of Outremont, QC and Laurence Blais Tétreault of Montreal, QC went down centreline in impressive fashion. Spain took home the gold medal, and the United States earned silver.Moreira Laliberté led the team with a third place finish on a score of 67.882% aboard KML Sàrl’s 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion, I Do Kiss (French Kiss x Donnerfly). Blais Tétreault added an eighth place finish on Mathilde Blais Tétreault’s 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Utah (Jazz x Landwind II B).“It always feels good to ride for Canada,” said Moreira Laliberté, who has plenty of team experience, alongside Blais Tétreault, from the FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). “I made a little rider error in the pirouette that was costly on points, but I was really happy with how my horse felt in the ring. We have worked hard since our first competition in January. It takes a village to get there, and I have to thank my trainer, Ashley Holzer. My horse is really on the right program now and Ashley’s helped a lot to get us to this level.”Team Canada 2, made up of Tanya Strasser-Shostak of Sainte-Adèle, QC and Vanessa Creech-Terauds of Caistor Centre, ON placed fourth overall. Strasser-Shostak contributed a fifth place finish with a score of 66.029% riding Renaissance Tyme (Royal Diamond x Dream of Heidelberg I), Evi Strasser’s 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Creech-Terauds placed ninth aboard Devon L (De Niro 6 x Wolkenstein II), an 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale.Canada’s U25 athletes continued to hold their own over the following two days of individual competition in the CDIO-U25 Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, held March 29 and 30, respectively. Moreira Laliberté and I Do Kiss were once again the nation’s top placed pair, finishing fourth in the grand prix (66.880%) and fifth in the freestyle (68.167%).Blais Tétreault and Utah took seventh in both classes, closing out the season with a score of 66.375% in the freestyle. Strasser-Shostak added two eighth place finishes to her record with Renaissance Tyme.“I would like to thank the competition organizers and all the sponsors – without them and the support they put toward these shows, we couldn’t have these great experiences for the development of our athletes,” concluded Peters.For more information on AGDF 12 and the Nations Cup, and full results, visit here. Tags: Adequan Global Dressage Festival, CDIO 3* Nations Cup, CDIO-U25 Nations Cup, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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Police search for grandmother and 2 grandchildren who disappeared days ago

first_imgAuthorities in California are searching for an elderly woman and her two young grandchildren who mysteriously disappeared this week.Sandra Young, 75, of Fairfield, California, and her two grandchildren, 9-year-old Jayden Hill and 7-year-old Katalyhah Hill, have been reported missing by family members. Young last spoke with her sister on Sunday. Relatives haven’t been able to get in touch with her since, according to a press release from the Fairfield Police Department.(MORE: DNA analysis used to confirm remains found in woods belong to missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams)Young’s car, a green 2000 Acura TL with a California license plate, isn’t at her home. Although her current location is unknown, Young is believed to be in the company of her two grandchildren, police said.(MORE: 5 children of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos are ‘healthy and well,’ family says)Young and the children are considered to be “at risk” due to their ages as well as Young’s medical conditions, police said. It’s unclear what medical conditions Young has.Anyone who thinks they have seen Young and her grandchildren, or has information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911. Nov 28, 2019, 6:42 AM ET By iStock(FAIRFIELD, Calif.) — Authorities in California are searching for an elderly woman and her two young grandchildren who mysteriously disappeared this week.Sandra Young, 75, of Fairfield, California, and her two grandchildren, 9-year-old Jayden Hill and 7-year-old Katalyhah Hill, have been reported missing by family members. Young last spoke with her sister on Sunday. Relatives haven’t been able to get in touch with her since, according to a press release from the Fairfield Police Department.Young’s car, a green 2000 Acura TL with a California license plate, isn’t at her home. Although her current location is unknown, Young is believed to be in the company of her two grandchildren, police said.Young and the children are considered to be “at risk” due to their ages as well as Young’s medical conditions, police said. It’s unclear what medical conditions Young has.Anyone who thinks they have seen Young and her grandchildren, or has information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Police search for grandmother and 2 grandchildren who disappeared days ago Email ABCNews.comWATCH News headlines today: Nov. 27, 2019 MORGAN WINSORlast_img read more

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Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement

first_imgThe University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications forAssociate Vice President for Alumni Engagement, UNLV Philanthropyand Alumni Engagement (R0123868) SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERNAL NSHECANDIDATESUNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of HigherEducation (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday tofind and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Onceyou log into Workday, type “Find Jobs” in the search box which willnavigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific jobposting by typing the requisition number, “R0123868” in the searchbox. Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 3 passed by the Nevada StateLegislature during the 31st Special Legislative Session, employeesare required to take furlough at a 4.6 percent monthly reduction incompensation from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. COMMITMENT to DIVERSITYThe successful candidate will demonstrate supportfor diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participatein maintaining a respectful, positive workenvironment. KNOWLEGDE SKILLS & ABILITIES:Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.Understanding of and appreciation for the mission and goals ofthe University.Working knowledge of computer systems and software, includingMicrosoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.Excellent interpersonal and communications skills ininteracting with both internal and external constituents withdemonstrated integrity and a spirit of enthusiasm for theUniversity.Strong writing skills for composing letters, reports,presentations, and speeches.Strong time management and organizational skills.Creativity and resourcefulnessCollaborative leader who can work well in a large complexorganization. Flexibility initiating and responding to changingpriorities and situationsBe an active leader in how to increase alumni participation andengagement through relevant and meaningful events and programsDemonstrated capabilities to plan and implement a wide range ofactivities that produce results based on established goals andobjective.Ability to anticipate and recognize problems, issues, andopportunities as they arise and to advise appropriateadministrators and staffDemonstrated experience working with diverse populations The AVP for Alumni Engagement creates and leads a unifiedstrategy and outreach effort to create and sustain commitment andengagement among alumni and friends. The AVP designs, leads, anddirects the development of annual goals and objectives, operatingplans and budgets, staffing, and volunteer management plans for theAlumni Engagement, Annual Giving, and Career Service programs.The AVP for Alumni Engagement provides leadership for acentralized Career Services unit that serves students, alumni, andmultiple entities on campus while collaboratively working with andsupporting the decentralized and specialized needs of academicdepartments to support the university’s vision to become a Top TierInstitution. SAFETY AND SECURITY STATEMENTUNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV communityin providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report andAnnual Fire Safety Report compliance document is availableonline. EEO/AA STATEMENTUNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator andemployer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex,age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mentaldisability, sexual orientation, genetic information, genderidentity, gender expression, or any other factor protected byanti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegasemploys only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfullyauthorized to work in the United States. Women, under-representedgroups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouragedto apply. TITLE IX STATEMENTUNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in itseducational programs or activities, including admissions, on thebasis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age(40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others(including service-connected disabilities), gender (includingpregnancy related conditions), military status or militaryobligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,genetic information, national origin, race, color or religionpursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook.Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX,and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any otheranti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’sTitle IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator canbe reached through the online reporting form, by emailat [email protected],by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway,Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank andEstella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555. ROLE of the POSITIONUnder the direction and leadership of the Vice President forPhilanthropy and Alumni Engagement, the Associate Vice President(AVP) for Alumni Engagement directs the comprehensive alumniengagement, annual giving, regional development and career servicesefforts for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), workingwith deans, senior administrators, Division of Philanthropy andAlumni Engagement personnel, student groups, and the UNLV AlumniAssociation (UNLVAA) to develop and implement alumni programming tosupport the University’s strategic and operational goals. TheUNLVAA is responsible for developing and implementing alumniengagement programs that raise the visibility of the UNLVAA andUNLV in local, regional, national and international arenas.center_img REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionallyaccredited college or university, a minimum of five years ofexperience in higher education alumni engagement and development, aminimum of five years supervisory experience and a minimum of fiveyears of management experience. Credentials must be obtained priorto the start of employment. The Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement oversees afunctional team of approximately 27 full-time employees to includethe supervision of ten positions mostly at the Senior/Directorlevel; serves on the Division of Philanthropy and AlumniEngagement’s leadership team, and oversees a 28-member UNLVAA Boardof Directors. This position also collaborates and coordinatesstrategy with the AVP for Development. The AVP for AlumniEngagement plays a pivotal role in accelerating growth in alumniand annual giving, defined as gifts below $10,000. PROFILE of the UNIVERSITYFounded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institutioncomprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLVis classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement ofTeaching as an R1 research university with very high researchactivity. The university is committed to recruiting and retainingtop students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifyingpopulation and workforce, driving economic activity throughincreased research and community partnerships, and creating anacademic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launchof a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in SouthernNevada.  For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Masters Degree in related field If you complete an application outside of the internalapplication process, your application will be returned andyou will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delayyour application. SALARY RANGESalary competitive with those at similarly situatedinstitutions. Position is contingent upon funding.  Although this position will remain open until filled, review ofcandidates’ materials will begin on March 31, 2021 and bestconsideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to thatdate. Materials should be addressed to Search Committee Chair, andare to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials.For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLVHuman Resources at (702) 895-3504 or [email protected] APPLICATION DETAILSSubmit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listingqualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, andtelephone numbers of at least three professional references (onereference must be a previous or current supervisor) who may becontacted directly. References will be contacted at the point offinal interviews and the final applicants will be informed prior toreference contact. Applicants should fully describe theirqualifications and experience, with specific reference to each ofthe minimum and preferred qualifications because this is theinformation on which the initial review of materials will bebased.last_img read more

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Brooklyn luxury contracts dip in first week of 2021

first_img Email Address* 429 Kent Ave in Williamsburg and 245 President Street in Carroll Gardens (Photos via StreetEasy; Google Maps)New year, new trend?For the first time in months, more condos went into contract in Brooklyn than townhouses, according to Compass’ weekly report tracking properties asking $2 million or more.There were 15 luxury deals inked last week in the borough — 10 condos and five townhouses — for a total sales volume of $37.6 million. That’s a big change from the previous week’s 21 deals totaling $70 million.The median asking price for all deals was $2.39 million, with an average of 285 days on market and a 4 percent listing discount.Condos remained the pricier buy with an average price per square foot of $1,500 for a nearly 1,800-square-foot apartment, while the average 3,500-square-foot townhouse was going for about $790 a foot.ADVERTISEMENTRead more$70M in luxury contracts signed in Brooklyn last weekVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn record$59M in luxury deals inked in Brooklyn last week The most expensive property that went into contract last week was a Carroll Gardens townhouse at 245 President Street, which spans 4,150 square feet over three floors. Currently configured as a multi-family home, each floor has an office or den room and a bathroom and kitchen, with a total of eight bedrooms. The top floor has a skylight with views of Manhattan. It was last asking $3.4 million.The second priciest deal was a condo at The Oosten, the Williamsburg apartment building developed by XIN Development Group International. The four-bedroom duplex spans almost 3,400 square feet with a private garden and outdoor jacuzzi. The home also has a chef’s kitchen and a private garage with built-in storage. Its final asking price was just over $3 million.Last week’s dip in contract activity came as news broke that billionaire Vincent Viola sold his Brooklyn Heights mansion for $25.5 million, smashing the record for the most expensive home ever sold in the borough.Contact Erin Hudson Full Name*center_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Message*last_img read more

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Infantino recalls 14,000 baby carriers for fall hazard

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook 2018 0719 2018 0619 The carriers were sold at Target and other stores nationwide, and on Amazon, from November 2019 through December 2019 for between $30 and $50.If you own this product, stop using it immediately and contact Infantino for instructions on how to receive a free replacement. Lot Code TAGSbaby carrierConsumer Product Safety Commissionfall hazardInfantinorecall By Brooklyne Beatty – February 7, 2020 0 351 Twitter WhatsApp Go Forward 4-in-1 Evolved Ergonomic Carrier Pinterest Go Forward 4-in-1 Evolved Ergonomic Carrier 2018 0719 Flip Front2back Carrier Facebook 2018 0719 Up Close Newborn Carrier (Photo Supplied/Consumer Product Safety Commission) About 14,000 infant carriers are being recalled due to a fall hazard.Infantino recalled its soft infant and toddler carriers after receiving reports of the buckles breaking. So far, no injuries have been reported.The recall includes the Go Forward 4-in-1 Evolved Ergonomic, Flip Front2back and Up Close Newborn infant carriers. The products are cotton with a front padded pouch, and either have a black body and black straps, or a gray body and black straps.Full details below: Infantino recalls 14,000 baby carriers for fall hazard Google+ Twitter Pinterest Product WhatsApp Previous articleMichigan ranks high among states for adolescent dental healthNext articleElkhart woman enters plea agreement in 2018 murder case Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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Deal with UK to avoid Brexit not likely this year

first_img“While some areas are more difficult than others, discussions are ongoing with member states to find solutions and agree reforms in all four areas outlined in the prime minister’s letter to the European Council president,” a spokesperson for No. 10 Downing Street said.Cameron will use the climate change talks in Paris to further press his reform plans ahead of “a substantive discussion of the U.K. renegotiation at next month’s European Council.”Cameron sent a letter to Tusk on November 10, the same day that he outlined what he wants from the EU, describing the In/Out referendum scheduled to take place by 2017 as “the most important decision that British people will make at the ballot box in our lifetime.”The prime minister said he has not embarked on a “mission impossible.” He said he wants to stay in the EU, but did not rule out leaving if he cannot secure the changes that he seeks.The negotiations will focus on four areas:Protecting the single market for non-eurozone countries.Boosting competitiveness.Allowing Britain to opt out of the EU’s ambition to forge an “ever closer union” and strengthening the role of national parliaments.Restricting access to benefits, for EU migrants both in and out of work.The last point looks to be the biggest hurdle for Cameron to overcome. The Conservative Party says that migrants should live in the U.K. for four years before being able to claim state benefits. “That looks very like discrimination [to some people], so poses very serious problems under single market rules,” Jonathan Faull, the British official leading the discussions for the EU, said. David Cameron will get a chance to outline his plans for reforming the U.K.’s relationship with the EU at a summit of national leaders in December, but the chances of securing a deal by the end of the year appear slim.Cameron met with Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, after Sunday’s EU-Turkey summit in Brussels to gauge the progress the British prime minister has made in trying to get fellow EU leaders onside with his demands, and to see if the issue will make it on to the summit agenda for December 17-18.The two men agreed that the British government has made “good progress” but an EU official said it will be difficult to reach a deal in December. “It is hoped that if it’s not possible to reach final decisions in December then the couple of months between then and February will be used to resolve outstanding differences,” Faull told the Irish parliament on November 25.last_img read more

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Yu Hua reads work, participates in star-studded panel at Fairbank event

first_imgIt’s strange to imagine your dentist as one of the most interesting and controversial novelists of the 21st century. But that’s just what Yu Hua is. Or was — the former dentist who admitted, more frighteningly, that he possessed little formal dental training, recently derided his former profession to a New York Times reporter, saying, “The inside of a mouth is one of the ugliest spectacles in the world.”Ironic, then, that Yu chose to be a writer and not, say, a gardener; to craft a novel that revolves around Mao’s destructive Cultural Revolution and its aftermath; to cast characters of, at times, immoral, grotesque resolve; and to set them against the backdrop of an urgent and chaotic modern-day China. Compared to the inside of a mouth, Yu’s new world seems, by far, uglier.But that’s just skimming the surface of his most recent book, “Brothers” — a satire, comedy, and a tragedy of sorts all rolled into one. The clean-cut, youthful-looking Yu read aloud from “Brothers” on March 12 at a Fairbank Center seminar that joined pre-eminent Asian-American authors Gish Jen and Ha Jin with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, one of the book’s translators and associate professor in Harvard’s East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, and her translating “partner in crime,” Carlos Rojas.Having sold more than 1 million copies in Yu’s native China alone, “Brothers” has been met with what Ha Jin called “mixed reviews.” To put it mildly. The novel has been hailed as everything from trash to fantastic, but these extremes are nothing new to Yu; one might even say he thrives off them. His earlier works are similarly fraught with pandemonium, what Chow describes as “experimental and brutally violent fiction.”But inside the Northwest Building, a passerby might never guess that the soft-spoken Yu or the innocuously titled “Brothers” was an uproarious cause célèbre. However, to the mostly Chinese audience, Yu is clearly a celebrity. Cameras dangled from many of the lecture-goers’ wrists, all clamoring to capture a photo with the famed Yu. Most had read his novel, either in Chow’s class or on their own as a result of its surrounding publicity and immense intrigue.The novel introduces Baldy Li, a character the reader meets as a child, and who serves as a vehicle for the dramatic transformations China will undergo during his lifetime. From meager beginnings, Baldy Li turns successful as a merchant of garbage — yes, garbage — but quickly expands into selling real estate, including his former village, and profiting from anything he can. Baldy’s stepbrother Song Gang, however, is a factory worker who loses his job and undertakes dire actions that include a breast augmentation — yes, implants — to get back on his feet. There is a love triangle. Sex and more sex. Poverty becomes excess; communism becomes capitalism. And, inevitably, lots of death. Not necessarily in that order. But the pillar of the novel is China’s extremist history, the old and the new — and one is no better than the other.Speaking in soft Chinese, Yu appeared nervous, saying, “We don’t do this in China,” before reading a very short passage, which Chow then read in English.Ha Jin took to the microphone after the reading, praising the novel for its humor, “strong autonomy,” and “self-sufficiency”; the last two traits, Jin believes, will carry the book into the future. “The writing … can resist the erosion of time and history,” he said.Though the critics have been equally scathing and admiring in their reviews, one major point of contention was the novel’s English translation. Author Gish Jen wondered if the book was “untranslatable because it’s inscrutably Chinese.” Translators Chow and Rojas endured much rigmarole to preserve the authenticity of Yu’s storytelling, including battling for the book’s usage of the all-encompassing, and troublesome, pronoun “we” — employed by Yu to accurately depict the mass experiences of citizens who suffered the shockwaves of the Cultural Revolution.“The copy editor’s argument,” explained Rojas, “was that it ‘reads strange in English.’ But that’s the marker of [Chinese] voice … that’s precisely what we were trying to preserve.”Another issue is that “Brothers” is thick with Chinese allusion, and some have argued for footnotes, a sort of field guide to Yu Hua. Frustrated with the “nitpicking,” as Yu deemed it, he disagreed: “Only fools need to understand every reference.”Even with all the hype, “Brothers” is Yu’s favorite work to date. Acknowledging his “pathological desire” to tell this story, the widespread bullying the book has endured has only endeared it more to Yu.“Let’s face it, in 50 years this book will be read,” said Ha Jin, citing Yu’s uncanny rendering of the human condition as reason alone for the novel’s longevity.Still, most are surprised the book passed China’s unpredictable censorship tests, as Yu refused to edit even one word. “No one should claim they can understand our government,” he joked. In the wake of the Chinese Olympics fiasco, Yu is quick to admit China has reached yet another extreme, but, considering everything his country has been through, he still remains hopeful for the future.“Living is not about charging forward,” said Yu, “but … endurance.”Not a bad mantra for the dentist-turned-writer whose life reads like one of his character’s. Yu’s parents were doctors and their home was used as the clinic. As a boy, he napped in the shade of the morgue across the street from his home.Though no longer a dentist, Yu said that in China the novelist is sometimes regarded as a sort of doctor — one who examines, one who heals. “But in today’s world,” he pointed out, “we no longer have doctors. We are all patients.”last_img read more

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Get a Glimpse at Off-Broadway Hot Ticket The Wrong Man, Starring Joshua Henry

first_img Joshua Henry Star Files Ciara Renée The Wrong Man star Joshua Henry performs at the center of a number. Related Shows View the Gallery Here Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 24, 2019 The Wrong Man star Ryan Vasquez takes the stage.center_img The Wrong Man’s Joshua Henry and Ciara Renée get close. View Comments The Wrong Man Joshua Henry & the cast of “The Wrong Man” off-Broadway(Photos: Matthew Murphy) The Wrong Man, Ross Golan’s new musical, starring Joshua Henry, Ciara Renée and Ryan Vasquez, is wowing audiences off-Broadway through November 17. The production, directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Travis Wall, officially opens on October 7, and we have a first look at photos from the show. Take a peek, and be sure to experience The Wrong Man for yourself at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space. Ryan Vasquezlast_img read more

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Vermont Captive Insurance gross written premium nears $30 billion in 2014

first_imgVermont licensed 16 new captives in 2014, according to data released by the Vermont Captive Insurance Division. The new captives were made up of 10 pure captives, two sponsored, two special purpose financial insurers, one association, and one Risk Retention Group.  Two new captives were redomesticated from Bermuda and Delaware. Growth in 2014 was down from previous years attributed primarily to the prolonged soft market and added competition by other US states. Despite fewer formations, gross written premium continued to grow with a projected $29.8 billion, up from $27.5 billion in 2013 already the most of any captive insurance domicile.“2014 was another good year for captives in Vermont,” saidVermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “We welcome all of the new captives to the gold standard of domiciles.”“The quality of Vermont’s 2014 licensees continues to be outstanding,”said Dave Provost,Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance.  “Vermont’s primary focus is licensing quality companies regardless of market conditions. Much of the activity across other jurisdictions is driven by small 831b companies which is not a core market for Vermont,” said Provost.New captives were licensed in healthcare, insurance, financing, manufacturing, real estate, technology, religious institutions, and mining. The strong diversity of licenses were highlighted with three in healthcare. “The continued formation of hospitals and doctor’s groups setting up captives in Vermont has been a very positive trend that we expect to continue,” said Dan Towle(link is external), Vermont’s Director of Financial Services. “Hospitals maintain a high interest in forming their captive on-shore and in Vermont.”The newly licensed captives in healthcare include Drexel University, Physicians Insurance a Mutual Company, and Emergency Physicians Medical Group PC & AF.Other notable captives in the class of 2014 include Union Carbide Corporation, AON Risk Services Companies, Inc., Sazerac, Swiss Re Life & Health America Holding Co., and MasterCard International Incorporated.2014’s new licensees brings Vermont overall total licenses to 1029 with 581 active captive insurance companies. An active pipeline of prospective captive insurance companies is already underway for 2015.Captive insurance is a regulated form of self insurance that has been around since the 1960’s, and has been a part of the Vermont insurance industry since 1981, when Vermont passed the Special Insurer Act. Captive insurance companies are formed by companies or groups of companies as a form of alternative insurance to better manage their own risk. Captives are typically used for corporate lines of insurance such as property, general liability, products liability, or professional liability. Growth sectors of the captive insurance industry include professional medical malpractice coverage for doctors and hospitals and the continued trend of small and mid-sized companies forming captive insurance companies.last_img read more

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