FEI Working to Improve Safety of Eventing on National Level

first_img 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. 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. Horse Sport Enews Email* The FEI is seriously concerned by the fatal accidents which have occurred in Eventing over the last months. Even though the FEI does not have the authority to manage and oversee national events, which are governed by the National Federations, it is determined to do its utmost to ensure the safety of the sport.It has been decided to this effect to formalise the Eventing Safety Cross Country Working Group into a permanent FEI Safety Sub-Committee. This Committee will be led by International Rider and Course Designer David O’Connor (USA). The Committee membership will include riders, course designers and trainers of the leading Eventing nations. The Committee may invite experts from other disciplines and sports as the need arises.The FEI Headquarters have set up a specific Eventing safety database and compiled a comprehensive report of all the figures relating to falls on Cross Country at international events, which is available on the FEI website www.horsesport.org > Eventing > Safety (direct link http://www.horsesport.org/c/safety/safety.htm). The role of the FEI Safety Sub-Committee will be to analyse the figures, trigger specific investigations (i.e. specific combination of fences, analysis of riders or horses falling several times during a year, events with abnormal number of falls, etc.), and produce concrete recommendations. Ensuring that the strictest international safety requirements are applied to the national level will also be part of their mission.The FEI wishes to emphasise that it takes the welfare of the horse very seriously and sees safety of both its animal and human athletes as its highest priority. SIGN UP last_img read more

Tokyo to Host 2016 FEI General Assembly

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Tokyo, host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, has given the best possible endorsement for equestrian sport by inviting the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to hold its General Assembly in the Japanese capital in November 2016.The allocation of the 2016 FEI General Assembly to Tokyo was approved by the FEI Bureau during its monthly teleconference this week. The FEI Bureau also allocated the 2017 General Assembly to Montevideo (URU).“It’s an honour to have Olympic city Tokyo as our hosts for the 2016 FEI General Assembly”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “We are already looking forward to being in Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games and it couldn’t be more appropriate to be going to Tokyo as our National Federations will be voting on changes to our discipline formats for the 2020 Games at this year’s General Assembly.“Those format changes and the FEI’s close involvement in the delivery of the Games are all part of the FEI’s compliance with the IOC recommendations contained in Agenda 2020. It’s absolutely fitting that Tokyo is part of that story and, along with our community, is able to witness our commitment to Agenda 2020 before the FEI presents its proposals to the IOC at the end of the year. It will also give us a great opportunity to get a flavour of what the 2020 Olympic Games will be like.”“It is a great honour to be appointed as the host National Federation of the FEI General Assembly 2016 here in Tokyo. As we continue preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, hosting the General Assembly here is extremely important for us. We will welcome our FEI equestrian family in true hospitable Japanese tradition – we are really looking forward to seeing everyone in Tokyo,” said Japan Equestrian Federation President Genshitsu Sen.The 2016 General Assembly will be held in Tokyo from November 18-22 . Dates for the 2017 General Assembly in Montevideo are still to be confirmed. Tags: FEI General Assembly, 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. 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. Email* Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Man pleads guilty to terrorism charge after blocking Hoover Dam bridge with armored truck

first_imgMohave County Jail(NEW YORK) — A man in Arizona has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges stemming from a June 2018 incident in which he created a barricade with an armored vehicle at the Hoover Dam, apparently in support of the far-right QAnon movement.Matthew Wright, 32, pleaded guilty on Feb. 4 to making a terroristic threat, aggravated assault and unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement vehicle.Wright, armed with a rifle in a black armored truck, blocked the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge over the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam, where the Arizona and Nevada state lines meet. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, when authorities arrived, Wright was standing next to the vehicle with a sign that read, “Release the OIG report,” known as a prominent demand of QAnon followers.After a nearly hour-long stand-off, Wright fled in his vehicle, driving over tire deflation devices and past law enforcement. Despite three deflated tires, he continued to flee state troopers for more than half an hour until he was apprehended along a dirt road heading toward the river, the ADPS said.Two assault-style rifles, two handguns and 900 rounds of ammunition were found in the armored truck.He was initially charged with obstruction of a highway, endangerment, unlawful flight from law enforcement, misconduct involving a weapon and terrorist acts, on June 15, 2018.Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe there is an anonymous figure inside the federal government, known as Q, who has inside knowledge into President Donald Trump and the deep state, and allegedly provides cryptic clues for people on the internet to decode. Many also believe that the government is hiding a secret report by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.Wright’s sentencing is scheduled for March 4. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Manhattan rental vacancy hits another all-time high

first_img“Nobody thinks we’re going to suddenly restore to where we were before the pandemic,” said Jonathan Miller, author of the report. “But the idea that in September only five people will be living in Manhattan is a false narrative.”“The situation is now less perilous,” he added.Additionally, the exodus of people from the city likely slowed as the pandemic continued to recede locally — and those with means to leave already had.The five boroughs entered phase 2 of reopening on June 22, allowing brokers to resume in-person showings. But that did not provide “enough time to have a material influence on market conditions for the month,” according to the report. New York City entered phase 3 on Monday.How much the rental market picks up through the end of the summer will reveal whether new social distancing measures prove a burden to closing transactions, and the extent of economic harm done by the virus, which put downward pressure on pricing.The median rental price in Manhattan decreased 6.6 percent to $3,242 in June from last year. In Queens, the median rental price was $2,560, down 8.2 percent year over year, and Brooklyn saw a slight increase in prices to $3,050, up 1.7 percent.At least through the months of June, when showings remained mostly virtual, landlords were more willing to cut deals to secure renters.In Manhattan and Brooklyn, the size of concessions rose to 1.5 months from 1.3 and 1.2 months a year earlier, respectively. In Queens, it rose to 1.7 months, up from 1.2 from a year ago.Contact Orion Jones at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now NYC apartment vacancies hit an all-time high in June, a new report shows. (Getty)It may still feel like the worst of times for New York City’s rental market — but months of decline in new activity is finally leveling off.Manhattan’s vacancy rate reached 3.67 percent in June, marking a 14-year high in Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel’s monthly rental report. May had set a new record, with the rate hitting 2.88 percent. Listing inventory also reached record levels last month, with an 84.7 percent year-over-year jump to 10,789.However, the plunge in new leases witnessed in April and May — when declines largely exceeded 60 percent — began to level off. Activity in Manhattan and Queens was down 36 percent and 35 percent in June from a year ago, respectively. Brooklyn only saw a 9 percent drop.Read moreManhattan rental vacancy is highest in 14 yearsRental activity hits record lows in Manhattan and QueensNearly 80% of renters have made payments in June: reportlast_img read more

French conservative leaders back François Fillon

first_imgSenior members of the French center-right Républicains party on Monday unanimously backed presidential candidate François Fillon, local media reported.“The political committee, after a wide exchange, unanimously renewed its support [for Fillon] and committed to work to bring together the political families of the right and center around him,” Gérard Larcher, the president of the senate, said.“François Fillon said he will take initiatives to bring people together. The Républicains therefore support him,” he added. Fillon on Sunday insisted that he still wanted to be the party’s candidate in the election despite an ongoing probe into misuse of taxpayer’s money. His support has fallen since the scandal broke, with polls putting him in the third place in April’s election, missing out on a place in the second and final round.He said on Monday “there was no plan B” after fellow center-right politician Alain Juppé said he did not plan to enter the race and challenge Fillon. Also On POLITICO Fillon fights on (and on) By Pierre Briançon Juppé says Fillon is at a ‘dead end,’ but won’t run himself By Pierre Briançonlast_img read more

Why Trump’s solo meeting with Putin was a big no-no

first_imgPie in Your FaceA lot of ad-libbing goes on based on the experience of the participants, often for the better. Unplanned moments, large and small, result in breaking barriers no summit memo would ever conceive; you can see this in Reagan and Gorbachev’s breakneck and breathtaking negotiations in Reykjavik, conducted on short notice, or Obama’s first handshake with Raúl Castro in South Africa. But there’s freelancing, and then there’s attempting a double black diamond during your first time on the slopes. In government, we do things very carefully for a reason. Trump might have been winging it at the G-20, but everyone else in the room meant business, Putin especially so.And here’s the crux of why this impromptu summit was so dangerous: Trump may fancy himself a master deal-maker, but regardless of your feelings about him, his inexperience in international affairs is undeniable; Putin, by contrast, has decades of KGB training and diplomatic experience. Trump has, er, challenges in recalling his statements and commitments; Putin is known to have an incredible memory and amazing control of details. In such a conversation, every statement becomes U.S. policy, whether Trump realizes it or not. With no staff to steer or generate an American record of the discussion, even an experienced, disciplined president would struggle to control the resulting narrative. In Trump’s case, what Putin takes away from this fiasco is a parade of potential horribles, from a green light for more aggression in Ukraine to an endorsement of Russian meddling Syria. And that’s if you don’t believe the worst suspicions of why Trump would want to meet with Putin alone, without telling the public.And that’s not the only problem with the Great Dessert Summit of 2017. Either Trump’s aides didn’t know he was going to amble across the table for a confab with the leader of America’s No. 1 geopolitical adversary, or they knew, and he ignored their advice and did it anyway. A third possibility — that they somehow thought this was a good idea — is hard to imagine. Which brings us to the next problem with the meeting: What are Trump’s G-20 counterparts to make of this? They probably observed his talk with Putin as one views a colleague embarrassing themselves at the office Christmas party: Does he not know better?A lengthy meeting without staff is a choice presidents can make in rare circumstances, but it’s a signal as much as it is a talk — I trust you, we are friends, this is so important it must be among us. Choosing to engage in so consequential a discussion — because any hourlong discussion with Putin will have consequences — without McMaster or Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also weakens their standing publicly. And concealing, pooh-poohing and declining to own the narrative by offering no readout of the meeting makes the president appear foolish. The president’s peers sat together over coffee and watched him get taken advantage of, willingly, with a smile on his face. Not the first impression Trump might have hoped for.Loren DeJonge Schulman is deputy director of studies and the Leon E. Panetta senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. The latest Washington scandal reads like a 19th century morality tale: The president met with Vladimir Putin by himself! Without his own interpreter! For an unscheduled hour! No one knows what happened! His virtue is forever in question.Talking heads, the tittering class of modern Washington, are apoplectic. As often happens in a moment of scandal, pundits deliver their condemnation in absolutes—presidents never have one-on-one meetings!—and sprinkle them with enough “back in my days, we never did that” to fill a giant pot of borscht. Inevitably, the cycle will produce a well-respected predecessor who also sinned and we will start anew.Of course, presidents can and do have one-on-one discussions with other world leaders; summits abound with photos of President Barack Obama pow-wowing with the likes of Dilma Rousseff, Angela Merkel and, yes, even a few chats with Vladimir Putin; a critical point in U.S.-Cuba negotiations came during a formal one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis. But of course, President Trump, a greenhorn on the global stage, should have known better than to sit down unprepared and alone with a canny adversary like Putin. His solo meeting with the Kremlin strongman, which the White House is downplaying as a short and casual exchange of pleasantries over dessert, committed several cardinal sins of diplomacy: It was unplanned, unstaffed, undocumented, unending and undisclosed. But perhaps more importantly, it made an impression while everyone at the G-20 was watching. But the most important function of the folks around the table is to record what is said. The most junior person in the room, whether national security adviser or lowly diplomat, knows very well it is their highest priority to record every utterance. Such summaries are invaluable to do lists, intelligence fodder, and the foundations for negotiations of many administrations to come. Without them, senior leaders can end up in disastrous versions of he said she said; Ambassador April Glaspie’s solo discussion with Saddam Hussein before the Gulf War being a prototypical case. Meetings where one or both sides lack a note taker give the more devious of the two free reign to issue narratives sympathetic to their interests, if not outright fabrication; even the first small bilateral meeting between Trump and Putin already has resulted in conflicting accounts. That said, even in the best of circumstances, U.S. note takers can come away with different impressions.This Isn’t ‘Nam, Man, There are RulesAnyone would chafe at these restrictions and take the opportunity to go rogue, but it’s not hard for global leaders to see the benefit, too. Few enter their roles well-versed on all of their country’s current foreign entanglements. And while just winging it during the G-20 family photo probably wouldn’t result in any world wars, an unplanned, unsupported and unannounced hourlong bull session is a risky affair. How well would you perform in a high-stakes meeting where everyone else had done their homework and you just … wandered in? Poorly, one imagines. Preparation is everything.Even with such trappings, it’s easy for participants to walk away from a session convinced of diametrically opposite results. The matter of whether the United States committed to the then-Soviet Union to avoid eastern expansion of NATO, and whether it violated the spirit or letter of these discussions, is still under dispute, with historians and diplomats haggling over memos and detailed notes from opposing sides to this day.But surely, you think, can’t a president kick back with his fellows for a couple hours and exchange pleasantries over chocolate mousse? Well, no. At a G-20 dinner, before the 19 other world leaders came in the room, their senior advisers almost certainly said, “Try to nail down Trump on XYZ.” Seating assignments often are proffered in advance to allow leaders to prepare their discussions. Staffers warn that so-and-so might seek a 15 minutes chat, so try to meet in the hallway so someone can join you. And sometimes, mealtime chatter is observed by “sherpas” listening in from another room.Trump reportedly left his chair at the table to join Putin at the G20 dinner | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesThus prepped for battle by an anxious staff, the wise solo head of state works through his targets, makes his points, consults his adviser outside, offers delays when confronted on emotionally charged matters and extricates himself from those over-eager for a long unsupervised chat. Teens on the birthday party circuit deftly manage such feats; elected officials can too. Also On POLITICO Trump: I wish I asked Putin, ‘Were you actually supporting me?’ By Louis Nelson FORUM How the Republicans became the party of Putin By James Kirchick It’s (Not) My PartyFor the moment, think of Trump as a regular person, like you, going to a party. When you walk in the door, you instantly spot that guy — the one who spits when he talks, thinks the two of you should “work together someday” and takes every awkward smile of acknowledgment as a marriage proposal. You, a full-grown adult, are usually perfectly capable of avoiding him. Except when you can’t. What do you do? What do you say? What will people think?!And this is where the similarities between you and the president probably end: Everyone in the room wants something from him. But life as the leader of the free world is — or tries to be — a highly scripted and orchestrated endeavor, never more so than when on international travel. All of his (or her) moments have an objective, or should, despite national security adviser H.R. McMaster’s mind-boggling statement that there was no particular agenda for his boss’ first meeting with Putin. World leader face time is a limited commodity, and not taking full advantage of such engagements through careful planning is a huge missed opportunity.A lengthy meeting without staff is a choice presidents can make in rare circumstances, but it’s a signal as much as it is a talk — I trust you, we are friends, this is so important it must be among us.When staffing my first presidential trip as a National Security Council staffer, I was astonished to review talking points for dozens of possible discussions throughout every second of the day. Bilateral meetings were highly planned, and even seemingly casual pull-asides were often carefully negotiated and scheduled. An important bilateral meeting might involve the brainpower of half the NSC agencies, many pages of painstakingly drafted meeting objectives to hit and landmines to avoid, pep talks to push for outcomes worthy of a presidential trip, extensive protocol debates and one or two or more preparatory meetings. This may seem like overkill to experienced masters of three-dimensional chess. But a well-managed presidential trip is one in which the boss is never surprised by a mysterious request, a heretofore unknown grievance or a solo gripe session from a counterpart. An exceptional trip is one in which every engagement gets points on the board.The lists of people joining these meetings were nearly as highly scrutinized. In prior administrations, the national security adviser personally reviewed such lists and generally accompanied the president to even the most sensitive discussions. Who flanks the president in any engagement is no accident, and when he meets alone for an extended period, it’s no accident either. These choices are signals to the world about who the president views as his top representatives, and wants to form relationships with — as well as more practical matters, such as who the president can turn to to offer technical details, or delegate a sensitive matter.last_img read more

Justice Announces New Live Album

first_imgFrench electronic superstars Justice announced a new live album Access All Arenas is set for release May 7th. The 14th track album is a recording of their show in NIMES arenas last July. Below you can find the preorder link, a documentary on Justice, and a full track listing!Documentary:Preorder Access All Arenashttp://smarturl.it/accessallarenasTrack Listing1. Genesis2. Helix3. Phantom4. Civilization5. Canon6. D.A.N.C.E.7. Horsepower8. New Lands9. Stress10. Waters of Nazareth11. Audio, Video, Disco12. Encore13. On’N’On14. Phantom Pt. IIlast_img read more

Former West Virginia Paramedic Banned from Future EMS Employment

first_imgKanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster placed a former Kanawha County paramedic Tuesday on two years’ probation for operating a meth lab out of his St. Albans home, allegedly in the presence of young children.Eric Harbour, 30, of 107 Sixth Street, was indicted in October on two counts of operating a clandestine drug lab and three counts of operating a drug lab in the presence of minor children.When police arrested Harbour on Aug. 17, several adults, along with a 7-week-old baby, a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl were also found in the home, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.Harbour pleaded guilty to one drug lab count earlier this year. As part of the plea, he cannot seek another job as a paramedic.last_img read more

BASEBALL: Four early runs set tone in Lions’ rout of Cards

first_img Dallas relieved Sills at the start of the fifth inning and threw three scoreless, allowing just one hit and no walks or hit-by-pitch while striking out two. He was relieved by Marcus Olivarez, who sat down the Lion batters in order in the eighth but surrendered two earned runs on three hits in the ninth. The final from Beaumont: Southeastern Louisiana 8, Lamar 1Today’s series finale is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch with Jason Blanchard (0-2, 1.86 ERA) facing Kade Granier (1-2, 4.63 ERA). The Cards will then hit the road for a Tuesday game at Houston before returning to Southland Conference play at Incarnate Word. Next UpThose four runs allowed in the first inning came off five hits, a walk, and a double steal. Lamar fought back early, with Philip Ingram drawing a lead-off walk. He advanced to second on a sac bunt from Chase Whetsel, and Coker’s first hit of the day placed him on third. A sac fly from Robin Adames scored Ingram, pulling Big Red back within three, 4-1, after the first inning.Southeastern scored two more in the fourth inning. After drawing a lead-off hit-by-pitch, it appeared as if the Cards would strand the runner on second after a steal. But a well-placed bunt turned into a single, and both runners advanced on a throwing error, scoring the first run. A single through the left side scored the second run before a strikeout ended the inning. Coker collected his second hit of the day in the bottom of the fourth, but he was struck down on the first of two fielder’s choice plays, ending the Cardinal threat. After four innings SLU led 6-1 over Lamar.Lamar’s best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Whetsel smoked a double to left center on a 2-2 count, and advanced to third when Coker singled to right field, his third hit of the day. A strikeout and a flyout ended the inning, stranding both. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Four runs allowed in the first inning proved too much for Lamar (4-15, 0-5 Southland) to overcome Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana (15-6, 4-1 SLC). The Cards fell to the Lions 8-1. Jack Dallas threw three scoreless innings in relief, and Cole Coker had three hits on the day.last_img read more

Mission senior housing project survives divided vote by council in early test

first_imgThe affordable senior housing project that has been proposed for the west side of Mission survived its first vote in the city council, but not without some dissent from council members.Register to continuelast_img