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* SIGN UP The International Military Sports Council (CISM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), world governing body for equestrian sport.The MOU was signed by CISM President, Colonel AbdulHakeem AlShino (BRN) and FEI President Ingmar de Vos at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, Rio de Janiero (BRA).Formed in 1948, CISM is one of the largest multi-disciplinary organizations in the world and oversees sporting events for the armed forces of its 134 member countries. CISM annually organizes over 20 Military World Championships for approximately 30 different sports, continental and regional competitions, and the Military World Games. CISM also invests significantly in sport for peace activities, with solidarity one of their main initiatives.CISM equestrian events include four disciplines: Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and Endurance. The last Military World Endurance Championship (2nd edition) took place in 2014 at the Dubai Equestrian Club (UAE), attracting a field of more than 70 participants.This partnership agreement will see the two organizations continue to work closely together to support the development of equestrian sport internationally.“We are very pleased to formalise this partnership between the FEI and CISM”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Equestrian is a key component of multi-sport events worldwide and the FEI is committed to developing these relationships to continually improve and increase the offering of equestrian sport across the globe. It was very fitting to sign the agreement at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, Rio, which is home to Brazil’s largest military barracks, catering for more than 60,000 servicemen and women. We are looking forward to working with CISM over the coming years.”“Equestrian is an important sport of the CISM sports programme and, with the signing of this MOU, we are looking forward to developing our relationship with the FEI over the next years and working together to further raise the standard of equestrian in the military sports’ world”, CISM President Colonel AbdulHakeem Alshino said. “This agreement is a wonderful opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise between our two organisations.” Tags: FEI, Ingmar De Vos, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), International Military Sports Council (CISM), Horse Sport Enews 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!
ABC News/KGO-TVBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) — A charity that collects toys for children in need has fallen victim to thieves who stole thousands of dollars’ worth of donated toys that would have been given to needy children over the holidays.The incident occurred when Sally Casazza of the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, one of the largest and oldest programs of its kind that distributes about 200,000 toys to an estimated 40,000 disadvantaged children each year, arrived at the shipping container where hundreds of “trikes” — similar to tricycles — were being stored to find that most of them had vanished, according to ABC News’ San Francisco station KGO-TV.According to Casazza, the thieves cut the lock on the shipping container and then proceeded to empty out much of the storage unit, taking with them an estimated 200 electric fire truck and police car trikes, along with some non-electric ones, worth an estimated $100 each.“I can see somebody taking one item but taking the whole thing? There goes all the stuff for the younger children that we had, as far as tricycles go,” Casazza told KGO.Firefighters would have given all of those toys to children in need for Christmas.“I think my only question would be why? I’m disappointed. Why did you do that? Why did you do that to the kids that we’re trying to help?” said Casazza.The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program has been around since 1949, according to their website, where it began with just a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to more than 300 firefighters in 2019 collecting toys for disadvantaged children. The program is completely dependent on donations to exist.“Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. We also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters,” the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program says on their website.“I’m devastated by that,” Katherine Looper, who runs the Cadillac Hotel San Francisco, which permanently houses homeless individuals, told KGO in an interview. “I can’t imagine that someone has that kind of cruelty in their hearts to do that.”KGO also spoke to San Francisco Police Sgt. Rich Jones who heads the nonprofit, Hunter’s Chest. He said that only six months ago his storage unit that was full of toys for children was also hit by thieves.“Really dude? It’s for the kids. It’s Christmas. Bring them back!” said Sgt. Jones.A suspect was eventually caught in the Hunter’s Chest incident but none of the toys were ever recovered.For now, the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program say they are combing through surveillance footage to try and figure out when this crime happened and who could have done it.Casazza, however, had one last plea.“If whoever did this is watching and if they want to return all those trikes to us, no questions will be asked,” she said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Setlist: Furthur at Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico – 1/20/14Set I: Feel Like a Stranger, Crazy Fingers > China Cat Sunflower > Cassidy, Althea, Loose Lucy, Cosmic CharlieSet II: Help on the Way >Slipknot! >Let It Grow > Eyes of the World > Wharf Rat > Let it Grow > Slipknot > Playing in the Band > Dear Mr. Fantasy > In The Midnight HourEncore: Franklin’s Tower[Photo by Dave Vann] Phish may have just finished up their three-night destination getaway at the Riviera Maya Mexico, but today we turn our attention back to Furthur’s final shows together at Paradise Waits in the Riviera Maya, which began on this day two years ago. Comprised of the Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra) on guitar, Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo) on drums, and Jeff Chimenti (Ratdog & The Other Ones) on keyboards, this potent lineup lasted approximately five years before hanging it up.Bob Weir Promises More Dead & Company, RatDog’s Return In 2016However short-lived, Furthur provided Deadheads far and wide a great outlet to once again hear the music of their favorite band and to see two of its flagship members live on stage together again. Since Paradise Waits, the members of Furthur have continued to plug away famously, Lesh playing with a revolving cast of musicians in Phil & Friends and his band Communion, which includes son Grahame Lesh; Weir has gone on to tour with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and his comrades the Rhythm Devils, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart in Dead & Company; Kadlecik has started his own band and continues to feature Dead tunes alongside his originals; Russo started his own Dead-inspired band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and continues to only get bigger; and Chimenti, having cemented his place in Dead circles, played at last summer’s Fare Thee Well concerts in Santa Clara and Chicago with the Core Four of the GD, Trey Anastasio, and Bruce Hornsby, and has gone on to join Weir, Kreutzmann, and Hart during their Dead & Company dates.The New Grateful Dead Archival Release Features Performance From San Francisco 1976Take a look at some video highlights as well as full-show audio from Furthur’s January 20, 2014 show at the Hard Rock Hotel from Paradise Waits below:“Feel Like A Stranger”“Loose Lucy”“Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Let It Grow”“Eyes Of The World”“Wharf Rat”
Back in 2018, Willie Nelson released a compilation of covers in tribute to Frank Sinatra entitled My Way. The Texas outlaw country guitarist now plans to release another studio album in tribute to Sinatra with the 11-track That’s Life, due out February 26th, 2021.The covers album will be available on CD and vinyl formats, along with a bundle option that comes with a 12″ x 12″ art print and a 252-piece puzzle. Some of the well-known Sinatra standards to be featured on the tribute compilation include “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “You Make Me Feel So Young”, and “Luck Be A Lady”, and was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings during recording sessions in Hollwood, CA and Austin, TX.To go with the album’s announcement on Friday (one day ahead of Sinatra’s birthday on Saturday, 12/12) Nelson also shared his cover of “Cottage For Sale”. Listen to the new recording complete with lovely string arrangements below. Fans can also scroll down to watch a video of the artwork to be included in the album’s bundle package.Related: Willie Nelson, Karen O Share “Intimate” Cover Of Queen, David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” [Listen]Willie Nelson – “Cottage For Sale”[Video: Willie Nelson]Willie Nelson – That’s Life Artwork PaintingClick here for That’s Life album pre-order options on Nelson’s website.Earlier this year Nelson marked a major career milestone with the release of his 70th studio album, First Rose of Spring. Nelson also recently appeared on Dolly Parton‘s new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, playing on the track entitled “Pretty Paper”.
U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Webster, was cruising to a third term in Congress with a strong lead over Democrat challenger Michael Cole in Tuesday’s election. In a relatively close vote in Jefferson County, Weber led 51-49 percent. Across the district Weber had 159,061 votes, 62 percent, to Cole’s 97,696 votes for 38 percent with 80 percent of the precincts reporting.Weber, 63, holds a key leadership role on the Science, Space, and Technology committee serving as the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he serves on the Middle East, North Africa Subcommittee, as well as the Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.Prior to being elected to Congress, Weber served four years in the Texas State House. During his tenure, Weber served on the committees of Environmental Regulation, Public Education, and as Vice Chair of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.Weber has lived in a 20-mile radius for all his life and has been married to Brenda, a retired schoolteacher from Nederland, for over 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Between the COVID-19 crisis keeping the lights of Broadway off as well as the charged discussion of racism in the theater community, times have felt particularly hard. Nevertheless, some Black performers have banded together while showing off their moves in some of New York City’s most famous spots. The end product is a moving music video conceived and directed by Broadway alum Tavia Riveé. “It started out as a love letter to NY, to Broadway, and the heartache we face as artists as we desperately seek a space for expression in this difficult season of seclusion,” Riveé shared on her Instagram page. “But as we stand in the center of a revolution, it is not lost on me that I was able to create this piece solely utilizing the same black bodies our industry doesn’t always appreciate.” Set to Tyrone Wells’ uplifting “Dream Like New York,” the video features performances by Broadway dancers Justin S. Bryant, Karissa Harris, Olivier Medus, Diana Vaden and Ricardo Zayas. Enjoy the full video below! Diana Vaden View Comments
The building on Metcalf where the new pet daycare would have been located. Photo credit Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.In a victory for neighbors but a setback for pet owners in new downtown apartments, Overland Park denied a permit for a pet boarding facility and day care with outdoor play area close to downtown.The facility proposed for 7620 Metcalf Avenue, would have been a second location for Two Dogs and a Cat, owned by John Cavalcanti. He said afterward he would start looking for a different location rather than remove the outdoor play area, which had been the main sticking point.Council members took an hour and a half and four votes to turn the project down. Several neighbors, who had filed a valid protest petition, also waited through to the end of an otherwise long meeting to urge denial vote.“Pretty much everybody, including Mr. Cavalcanti, would stand up here and be in my shoes if it was going across the street from his house,” said Matt Van Becelaere, who owns property nearby.The area in question is a mixture, with some businesses and homes. The neighbors live across Floyd Street, some within 200 feet of the play area.Cavalcanti had asked for a five-year special use permit to allow overnight boarding and the outdoor play area, which would have been buffered with a solid wall of about nine feet. The facility would have a capacity for 90 animals, but Cavalcanti said only around 20 to 25 would be outside in the play area at any one time.He stressed that well-trained staff assess dogs for aggression before allowing them in the play zone. The barking is also curbed by the wall because it limits the dogs’ visual triggers, and classical music is played to soothe them as well, he said.Still neighbors doubted that the dogs in the outdoor area would be quiet. They worried about being able to open their windows in warm weather or that the barking would trigger their own dogs to bark.Several council members said they did some freelance research on the subject by visiting other dog facilities to listen for noise. Based on that, some council members sided with the neighbors. “I don’t agree with the applicant that those dogs are not going to bark,” said Councilmember Paul Lyons. “I’ve never seen 25 dogs together not making a bunch of noise.”“I would not want to live across the street and listen to that,” said Councilmember Terry Happer Scheier. “I had a dog next door for years that drove me frickin’ insane, barked every time I walked in the back yard. I know what it’s like.”However Councilmember Jim Kite, who noise-tested a pet facility by driving past its outdoor play yard with his own dog leaning out the car window, said he heard no barking response. There are permit rules already in place to deal with neighborhood complaints, he said, and Cavalcanti knows it’s in his best interest to keep the neighbors happy. “I think we could make this work,” Kite said.Those thoughts were echoed by Dale Griffin, owner of the building the pet facility would be moving into. Griffin also noted five units in that building have been vacant for about a year.While council members sided with the neighbors, they also acknowledged that there will be a need for more pet friendly facilities once the new downtown apartments fill up. Market Lofts, The Vue, Avenue 80 and 81 and Interurban Lofts will start an influx of pet owners to the suddenly more densely-populated downtown. By Cavalcanti’s reckoning, there will be potentially about 600 new pets moving into the area.The city should start looking at its pet infrastructure because of that, said Councilmember Logan Heley. There are relatively few pet boarding facilities near downtown, and dog parks are also a drive away. “Do we know what our dog policy is going to be at Thompson Park? What facilities will be at Thompson Park for pets? These are some things I hope we’re thinking about in a broader context.”Some council members told Cavalcanti they like his business, but thought the location close to homes was a bad choice. A few asked if he’d be willing to open the business without the outdoor area or on only a two-year permit, but he declined, saying the outdoor area is central to keeping the dogs on good behavior.The council briefly got hung up on procedural issues before turning the permit down. Because of the protest petition, they needed 10 votes to approve it. Overturning the planning commission’s prior approval required nine votes. After a few tries, they denied it, 9-2.
There aren’t too many publicly traded companies in the pro AV market so when one announces earnings, it should be paid attention to as a bellwether of the market. Today Barco announced financial results for the six month period ended June 30, 2019. Orders and sales increased in each division resulting in a consolidated growth of 7.5% and 8.3%, respectively. In Entertainment substantial cinema-uptakes in North America and Western Europe produced a 12.6% increase in orders. In Enterprise, double digit growth in orders and sales for both ClickShare and Control Rooms propelled the division’s strong performance. On the strength of a solid orderbook at the start of year, healthcare sales grew across the portfolio, led by the surgical segment.EBITDA margin expanded 3.3 percentage points compared to 1H18 reflecting continued gross profit margin improvements and increased operating expense efficiencies. Each division posted higher EBITDA margins compared to the first half of 2018.During the first half of 2019, Barco began to implement its “fit to lead” program, the company’s efficiency and capability building plan. The company also continued to advance a number of key growth initiatives. Under the “In China for China” program, Barco’s strategy to more effectively penetrate the Chinese healthcare market, Barco opened its R&D and manufacturing center in Suzhou. As evidence of its sustained emphasis on innovation, Barco also launched the 4K laser Series 4 cinema-projector platform and began initial deliveries under contracts won during the semester.The company held its 2019 Capital Markets Day in May during which it outlined its “next chapter” path to sustainable profitable growth that calls for building more hardware, software and services solutions along with increasing monetization of the company’s installed base.See related Barco Projectors Take Guinness World Record Title for Largest Projection of a Video GameBarco CEO, Jan De Witte said, “Barco entered 2019 poised to resume top-line growth after a recent period of flat sales and, through solid execution, posted year-over-year sales growth and margin expansion for the first semester. We are encouraged to see that the steps we have taken to establish a stronger business foundation while investing in innovative solutions and strengthening go-to-market strategies are bearing fruit.“The combination of a growing orderbook and healthy sales funnels at the mid-year point gives us confidence that we will deliver mid to high single digit sales growth for the year and another year of EBITDA margin improvement.”Barco is here.
JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING, Nova Southeastern University Law Center students donated more than 11,000 cans of food to Feeding South Florida. The cans were collected during the “Canned Immunity” food drive held in mid-November. As part of the food drive, law students donated cans in their classes to receive immunity from being called on by the professor for that class. “NSU law students devote thousands of hours each year and boundless energy to helping Broward’s poor,” said Professor Michael Richmond. “My colleagues and I are tremendously proud of their selfless giving — in this case food, and in many others offering free legal assistance to legal aid and others serving the legal needs of the economically disadvantaged.” December 15, 2011 Regular News Nova students collect food for the needy
School and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia, according to a study published March 9, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rohan Telford from the University of Canberra, Australia, and colleagues.Scientists have observed what appears to be a gender-based disparity in physical activity among youth, where girls are less active than boys. To better understand the mechanisms that underlie these observed differences, the authors of this study collected data from over 550 boys and girls from 29 schools as part of the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) study in Australia.They measured a variety of factors at ages 8 and 12 including individual fitness (multi-stage run), coordination (throw and catch test) and environmental factors measured using questionnaires of an individual’s perception of competence in physical education, family support for physical activity, and school and extracurricular sports participation. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Email The authors found that school and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia. They found that girls were 19% less active than boys and that lower physical activity among girls was associated with weaker influences at school and at home.Girls were less physically fit compared to boys at age 8, including 18% lower cardio-respiratory fitness, 44% lower eye-hand coordination, higher percent body fat, and 9% lower perceived competence in physical education. The authors state that a variety of variables not measured in this study may also contribute to physical activity levels in children, but that the factors measured could be modified and potentially reduce the gap in physical activity between boys and girls.Based on these results, the authors suggest strategies aiming to increase physical activity should focus on a variety of areas simultaneously, including home, school, and extracurricular activities, paying particular attention to equality of support and opportunities for girls and boys.