Twice as Nice for Anderson and Terrific in Thermal

first_imgMore 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. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* 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. Thermal, CA – For the second week in a row, Calgary’s John Anderson stood in the winner’s circle in Thermal, CA, after capturing the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, February 14.Anderson and his mount, Terrific, had also claimed victory in the $30,000 HITS Grand Prix held Thursday, February 4, during the second of six weeks of competition at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA. At the half-way mark, following three weeks of competition, Anderson and Terrific now have a firm grip on the Catena Leading Grand Prix Rider Award standings, thanks to impressively consistent results. The pair has placed in the top 10 in all seven Grand Prix events they have contested. Their record currently stands at two wins, two second place finishes, a fourth, an eighth, and a ninth.On Valentine’s Day, Anderson had a heartbreaking rail at the last fence in the jump-off over the course designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr. However, none of the other jump-off contenders were able to post a fault-free round, giving Anderson and Terrific the win with a four-fault performance in a time of 49.19 seconds. The final jump-off fence, an oxer set 14 strides out and beside the in-gate, proved to be the undoing of many of the jump-off contenders.“I barely rubbed the final fence and it came down, and some of those that followed me tried to go for the cautious clear only to have the last fence down as well,” said Anderson who competed second in the seven-horse jump-off, which was narrowed down from an original starting field of 40 entries. “Now that we are into the third week of competition, the courses were raised up a notch.”Anderson also spoke of his decision to compete in Sunday’s Grand Prix, with an eye towards the final event, the $300,000 Grand Prix of the Desert to be held on Sunday, March 14.“We have been jumping indoors the past two weeks, but Sunday’s Grand Prix was outside, just like the big $300,000 Grand Prix will be at the end of circuit,” said Anderson, 43. “Terrific has been so good indoors – everything comes up fast, and he is quite attentive, always looking for the next jump. I thought a nice round jumping outside would be good for him.”Terrific is a 10-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Marlon x Lux) that owners Craig and Jan Maxwell of Foxdale Farms purchased as a five-year-old for Anderson to ride. Anderson has his sights set on this year’s FEI World Equestrian Games, which take place in the fall in Lexington, KY.“The horse is really growing into his own,” said Anderson, who was a member of Canada’s fourth placed team at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen, Germany, where he also placed eighth individually. “I got lucky last year and had such a great summer that I was asked to ride on the Canadian Team at Spruce Meadows in September. Terrific went in and held his own against the best in the world, and we were contributors to Canada’s fourth place performance. If everything goes well, maybe we will get to go to Kentucky.”The organizer of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping competitions in his hometown of Calgary, Anderson commutes back and forth between Calgary and Thermal. In addition to celebrating his own victory, he was thrilled that two other Alberta riders, Lisa Carlsen and Jenn Serek, joined him in the jump-off for the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. Carlsen of Edmonton, AB, placed third riding La Boom while Serek of Calgary, AB, was fourth riding Eleonora.“Both Lisa and Jenn are regulars at our Rocky Mountain Show Jumping competitions, and they have both developed their young horses at our facility,” said Anderson. “It was also great to see Lisa’s student, Ellicia Edgar, another Alberta rider, finish tenth in her first major grand prix. Alberta riders are tearing up the joint!”Rocky Mountain Show Jumping competitions are held throughout the year at Anderson Ranch in the south end of Calgary. 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The Best Deal at JazzFest: Crawfish Broil ft. Dragonsmoke, Galactic, and Thievery Corporation

first_imgAll the 411 with All-Access Pass VIP Passes:– VIP laminate (gives VIP access to Crawfish Broil and all 3 shows)– crawfish boil potatoes,  sausage & corn– Grilled Steak, Chicken , oyster Po-boys– shrimp pasta, crawfish jambalaya– 2 drinks Red Bull vodka & bourbon cocktails or Abita beer At mannings– VIP Access– meet & greet with band at Mannings– signed dragon smoke posters– dragon smoke 7 – 10pm at Mannings– Galactic 11 at Sugar Mill– Thievery Corporation 12:30 am at Sugar Mill– Sugar Mill is walking distance 4 blocks from Mannings– Manning’s is on 519 Fulton Street btwn. Poydras & Lafayette– Sugar Mill is 1021 Convention Center Blvd.. New Orleans’ JazzFest is one of the biggest parties of the year in the music scene. Outside of the actual festival, which ends promptly at 7pm each night, there is a plethlora of after-parties and late-nights to take part in and indulge your senses to the fullest. Deciding what shows to partake in can be a very tough decision, and a bit of a costly endeavor. Most of the mid-tier to upper-tier after-parties cost anywhere from $40-$75, just for one show. We have been looking at all the lineups, which you can see here in our JazzFest Late Night Guide, and caught one deal which we think is by far the best deal going. It’s on Saturday, May 3rd, you get to see 4 bands, a full on NOLA-style Crawfish Broil featuring food from some of New Orleans’ best chefs, 2 free drinks (Vodka, Bourbon, or Beer), and full VIP access for $100, among other things. Oh, did we mention you get a Meet and Greet with the bands as well?The event that we are talking about is the 7th Annual Crawfish Broil w/ Dragonsmoke on Saturday, May 3rd ft. Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Stanton Moore & Rob Mercurio (of Galactic), and Eric Lindell. It’s the only time these guys come together during JazzFest to play as Dragonsmoke – it is a show not to be missed. After the Crawfish Broil w/ Galactic and, which is held at Manning’s (in Harrah’s Casino), head over to The Sugar Mill (less than a 3 block walk – you’re gonna need fresh air after all that food anyway) to see a full-on party with Rising Appalachia, and New Orleans’ Galactic throw down into the only set from Thievery Corporation at JazzFest.What needs to be said about Galactic, other than they are about as much NOLA royalty as you get. Known for their epic live show, which you can be sure will feature several special guests, Galactic is not only known for bringing the party, but in many cases IS the party. Expect this Saturday night late-night set to get rowdy, as only Galactic knows how.If you haven’t seen Thievery Corporation, then you are in for more than just a treat. A group that truly cultivates the “World Beat,” Thievery Corporating draws influences from bossa nova, jazz, electronic, Jamaican dub reggae, rock, trip-hop, and various tastes from all over the musical spectrum. Bringing along a full live band with guitars, sitars, bass, drums, percussion, horns, female vocalists, and MC’s, along with founder Rob Garza’s production on the turntables, a Thievery Corporation set is something that you need to experience. It will change your life (as well as make you dance your ass off), and is very much in line with the true vibe of JazzFest: Exploration.So, let’s sum that up one more time: A straight-up, NOLA-style, all-you-can-eat Crawfish Broil w/ a show from Dragonsmoke (ft. Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Rob Mercurio, and Eric Lindell), along with 2 free drinks (vodka, bourbon, beer), into a late-night celebration with Rising Appalachia, Galactic, and Thievery Corporation w/ VIP Access for $100? Sounds like an incredible deal to us. We have looked all over, and there is no other deal like this, with a lineup such as this one at all. It’s the best bang for your buck, and there is very limited VIP Tickets for this experience. The deal is all-inclusive, and makes your life very easy on the last Saturday night at JazzFest. This will sell out, so get on your tickets quickly.GET YOUR TICKETS HERE Thievery Corporation Live Full Set (courtesy of River PartyTV):Galactic from Brooklyn Bowl w/ Eric Krasno (courtesy of LinusJ):Dragonsmoke from One Eyed Jack’s (courtesy of Marc Millman):last_img read more

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Nederland, Port Neches school districts closed until March 23

first_imgConcerns over coronavirus and COVID-19 is leading to local school closings.School District leaders in Nederland and Port-Neches Groves started alerting parents at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday that school would NOT resume Monday (March 16).As of right now, classes are set to resume March 23 for both school districts. A statement from Nederland school officials said:“We appreciate the feedback and response to the student and staff travel registries. After much thought and reviewing the travel registries from students and staff, Nederland ISD will close all facilities immediately. At this time, school will resume on Monday, March 23rd, 2020. Information regarding academic planning and support from the child nutrition department will be posted soon. School administrators are continuously meeting to determine the next steps. There will be no academic penalty for any Nederland ISD student or staff.”A statement from Port Neches-Groves leadership said the extension allows students and staff members to self-quarantine following their spring break travels and activities. All school activities scheduled to take place within the timeframe are also considered postponed.As of 4 p.m. Sunday (March 15), Port Arthur Independent School District leaders said they were still opening campuses on Monday (March 16) for school.last_img read more

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PAI: In the lead, working Vermont women still catching up

first_imgPublic Assets Institute(link is external) We’re number one. That’s what a recent survey(link is external) of the best states for working mothers concluded. That’s good news. Vermont ranks high on the three areas the survey rated: child care, work-life balance, and professional opportunities. But being the best in the country says as much about the rest of the country as it does about Vermont, which has some real challenges that disproportionately affect women.Change the Story VT released a series(link is external) of reports over the last year and a half on the state of women in Vermont covering work and wages, where women work, business ownership, and leadership.We’re number one. That’s what a recent survey of the best states for working mothers concluded. That’s good news. Vermont ranks high on the three areas the survey rated: child care, work-life balance, and professional opportunities. But being the best in the country says as much about the rest of the country as it does about Vermont, which has some real challenges that disproportionately affect women. Change the Story VT released a series of reports over the last year and a half on the state of women in Vermont covering work and wages, where women work, business ownership, and leadership.These reports show that in many ways, Vermont women are stuck.  Stuck in the same professions as 40 years ago. Stuck with higher rates of poverty, both for single mothers with young children and for the elderly. Stuck with wages persistently below men’s. Stuck with limited opportunities for leadership and lower rates of business ownership.While Vermont’s legislature is nearly 40 percent women, that number has barely budged in 24 years. Though Vermont’s wage gap is one of the smallest in the country, women still make 84 cents for every dollar a man makes. Female high school students are just as likely to take advanced placement courses as male, but then they don’t major in the sciences in college or enter those professions in large numbers.And then of course there’s this:Single mothers with young children have a poverty rate more than four times the statewide rate, and they earn almost $20,000 less per year than single fathers with young children (see chart). But the truth is, single parents struggle regardless of gender: more than two-thirds can’t meet the basic needs of themselves and their children.What can Vermont do for these families?  Raising the minimum wage would help. Ensuring paid family and medical leave so that women, who are much more likely to be caregivers, don’t have to choose between their jobs and their other responsibilities would help. Investing in quality, affordable child care so that everyone has access to it would help. Investing in educational opportunities so that higher education is accessible would help.And how about changing the conversation so that these are treated as necessities, critical to a healthy, vibrant society, and not just “women’s issues?” Maybe then we wouldn’t need the working mothers survey at all – or maybe the survey could be about ranking states based on how well they work for everyone, women included.These reports show that in many ways, Vermont women are stuck. Stuck in the same professions as 40 years ago. Stuck with higher rates of poverty, both for single mothers with young children and for the elderly. Stuck with wages persistently below men’s. Stuck with limited opportunities for leadership and lower rates of business ownership. While Vermont’s legislature is nearly 40 percent women, that number has barely budged in 24 years.Though Vermont’s wage gap is one of the smallest in the country, women still make 84 cents for every dollar a man makes. Female high school students are just as likely to take advanced placement courses as male, but then they don’t major in the sciences in college or enter those professions in large numbers. And then of course there’s this: Single mothers with young children have a poverty rate more than four times the statewide rate, and they earn almost $20,000 less per year than single fathers with young children (see chart).But the truth is, single parents struggle regardless of gender: more than two-thirds can’t meet the basic needs of themselves and their children. What can Vermont do for these families?Raising the minimum wage would help. Ensuring paid family and medical leave so that women, who are much more likely to be caregivers, don’t have to choose between their jobs and their other responsibilities would help. Investing in quality, affordable child care so that everyone has access to it would help. Investing in educational opportunities so that higher education is accessible would help. And how about changing the conversation so that these are treated as necessities, critical to a healthy, vibrant society, and not just “women’s issues?”Maybe then we wouldn’t need the working mothers survey at all – or maybe the survey could be about ranking states based on how well they work for everyone, women included.Source: Public Assets Institute. publicassets.org(link is external) 7.5.2017last_img read more

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Edward Symmons in senior management shake-up

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USA: Corps Completes Lynnhaven Inlet Dredging

first_imgThe Lynnhaven Inlet Federal Navigation Channel is fully navigable, after a $2 million maintenance dredging project, managed by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, removed critical shoaling conditions exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.The project, contracted to Southwind Construction Corporation, a small business based in Evansville, Ind., came in ahead of schedule and within budget, said Andy Reid, Norfolk District’s contract office representative.The maintenance dredging also featured beneficial reuse and placement of approximately 112,000 cubic yards of sand on 6,500 feet of shoreline, from the Lynnhaven Inlet to a nearby neighborhood along Chic’s Beach in Virginia Beach.“The city of Virginia Beach is extremely pleased with Norfolk District’s performance on this contract,” said Phill Roehrs, P.E., Virginia Beach’s water resources engineer. “The vital waterway serving the basin was cleared of all shoaling, and the sand removed from the channel was placed on one of our erosional shorelines to provide replenishment. It’s the best of both worlds.”Lynnhaven Inlet annually undergoes maintenance dredging to combat critical shoaling. However, due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Virginia Beach coastline, shoaling conditions worsened and required accelerated dredging, said Kristin Mazur, Norfolk District’s project manager.“Surveys identified critical shoaling in the entrance channel, turning basin and side channels of the project,” Mazur said. “This shoaling, if left alone, would have adversely impacted a wide variety of maritime industry, and threatened safe and efficient navigation.”The project typically requires full-maintenance dredging cycles about every three years.Lynnhaven Inlet Federal Navigation Channel, which was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of Oct. 23, 1962, is located on the Chesapeake Bay, within the city of Virginia Beach. The navigation project provides access to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing boats, head boats and a wide range of private recreational vessels.The channel is used by the pilot boats for both the Virginia and Maryland pilot stations based inside the inlet to transport pilots from their dock to deep-draft ships entering the Chesapeake Bay.[mappress]Press Release, February 3, 2014last_img read more

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Pressure mounts on Lady Maroons ahead of UAAP

first_img“We want to go out there and win the UAAP, but we have to tread carefully. We have to be polite as we move on, train and work hard because it’s a really big challenge for us,” he said.During the two pre-season tournaments, Okomu managed to see all the rookies and veterans at his disposal but admitted that he has yet to make up his mind who will be in the UAAP roster.“I’ve played almost twenty-eight, at least twenty-five or twenty-six players. I’ve been able to recycle them in all the tournaments we’ve played,” he said. “It’s gonna be hard to choose, so don’t ask me my line-up for UAAP yet.”Okomu added: “But, for me, it is a good problem to have. All of them were talented players. All of them were deserving to be lined up.”/PN Ilongga Marianne Sotomil could be one of the players to be lined up for University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball. ABS-CBN SPORTS MANILA – After winning two pre-season championships, pressure mounts on University of the Philippines Lady Maroons ahead of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball, which will start on Feb. 16.Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okomu said that his squad is still far from being “title contenders” in the UAAP despite capturing the Premier V League and Philippine Superliga collegiate titles late last year.“It means a lot of pressure – for the players and for me. That’s what it means,” said Okumu. “We wouldn’t like to play so well in the offseason, and when the real tournament comes up, we don’t perform.”The Kenyam mentor added: “UAAP is another game altogether. We only played against three of the (UAAP) teams. So, I don’t wanna judge ourselves before playing against everybody else.”last_img read more

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Miyazato tied for second in Arkansas

first_imgROGERS, ARKANSAS – Mika Miyazato headed into the final round of the Arkansas Championship tied for second, four strokes off the pace of Venezuela’s Veronica Felibert after firing a 6-under-par 65 on Saturday.Miyazato, who has two top-10 finishes in the U.S. this season, fired six birdies without a bogey to gain a stroke on Felibert and pull into a tie with South Korea’s Park In Bee on 7-under-par 135. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “To be able to finish the round and improve my score without shooting a single bogey, I’m extremely happy about that,” said Miyazato, who resolved a major issue left over from her first round.“Yesterday, my caddy and I were often not on the same page. Because of that, we talked about our game plan, going over each and every stroke on the course. That was the difference today.” center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Jury pool slowly whittled down in Vanderbilt rape case

first_imgAn unusual hiccup — an absent attorney — meant only a half-day of jury selection Monday in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape.Jury selection will continue Tuesday, and attorneys expect the questioning process to continue into late afternoon.The jury will hear the cases against Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, who are accused of raping a 21-year-old woman in June 2013. The trial could take seven or eight days and include dozens of witnesses, possibly including Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, co-defendants in the case.Prosecutors and defense attorneys are looking for 14 people — 12 jurors and two alternates — who can serve as unbiased jurors, which may be difficult given the amount of national news coverage of the case. When asked by Judge Monte Watkins, 38 of 60 potential jurors said they had seen or read something about the trial.More: What happened in Vanderbilt dorm?More: Vandy rape trial Day 1: 5 things to knowProsecutors and defense attorneys may have shed more light on their cases:Prosecutors questioned jurors about their knowledge of law. They used the analogy of a pizza shop robbery, saying someone who drove another person to commit a crime could also be guilty. Prosecutors have previously hinted that Vandenburg didn’t commit the forcible sex acts but is being charged as criminally responsible for them.Defense attorneys questioned jurors about their views on alcohol. Reports indicate Vandenburg and the woman were severely intoxicated when they arrived at his dorm room the night of the alleged rape. Attorneys may argue that state of intoxication played a role in the incident, though prosecutors have said it is not a defense.An attorney for a record label (who said he was prejudiced against fraternities because of a lifestyle that involves drinking), a Vanderbilt University employee and a woman who said she did not like to judge others were let go from the jury pool Monday.Scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Monday, the jury selection process was delayed until about 1 p.m. Worrick Robinson, an attorney for Batey, had a shoulder injury flare up and was at the doctor. It is unclear what impact the injury and possible treatment may have on the trial, though Robinson did show his wound to jurors.“As of now, it doesn’t impact the trial,” he later said. “But obviously my health is a priority.”Reporter Stacey Barchenger is covering the proceedings live from the courtroom. Follow her on Twitter @sbarchenger and with #vandytrial.Defendant Brandon Cory Batey in court in the A. A. Birch building in downtown Nashville, Tenn. November 3, 2014. Batey’s attorney Worrick Robinson injured his bicep over the weekend and is at the doctor. The injury has delayed the start of the trial.Defendant Brandon Cory Batey in court in the A. A. Birch building in downtown Nashville, Tenn. November 3, 2014. Batey’s attorney Worrick Robinson injured his bicep over the weekend and is at the doctor. The injury has delayed the start of the trial.last_img read more

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Parents slam rusty and rickety playground

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Maryknoll parents who have long advocated for a revamp of the town’s playground describe upgrades to surrounding…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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