Boyd’s Team ‘On Song’ at London Olympia

first_imgBoyd Exell (AUS) has won the fifth leg of the FEI World Cup™ Driving at London Olympia after an exciting battle with Koos de Ronde (NED) and József Dobrovitz (HUN). Boyd took the top honours, but since he competed with a wild card, the 10 World Cup points went to De Ronde.Boyd’s team was ‘on song’ in the electric atmosphere of the London International Horse Show at Olympia on Saturday evening: ”I qualified for the winning round in which I was last to go. I knew Dobrovitz and De Ronde had made mistakes, so my plan was to drive smooth. Half way through the course my back stepper told me I was six seconds up, so in the last phase of the course I did not take any risks.” Boyd finished two seconds faster than Koos de Ronde, thanks to a very clever turn in the first marathon obstacle. It is the third time that Boyd has won the FEI World Cup™ Driving competition in Olympia, he also won the editions in 2012 and 2014.Koos de Ronde’s team went even better than in the first competition, which he had won. Being the last man to go in the first round, Koos knew his opponents had driven clear rounds so he had to be fast and clear. Half way through the course he realized his time was good and decided not to take any risks, which resulted in the second place. The three drivers started from scratch again and Koos went for it in the second round, in which Dutch level 4 Course Designer Johan Jacobs had taken two gates out: “I am very pleased with my team of horses, they went very well. I really went for it, but I had an unfortunate knock down in the second obstacle, so the rest of the course I drove fast but without risk,” said Koos. The 2016 bronze medallist at the World Championships has now picked up 10 World Cup points, which puts him in second position in the provisional standings after his win in Budapest two weeks ago.Jószef Dobrovitz fully concentrated on finishing in the top three in the first round, and he succeeded. Dobrovitz truly enjoys competing at Olympia and he brought two new horses to London, which only competed in his team twice before: “My right wheeler horse is only young and after three days of competition, he was very tired, but I am very pleased with my horses.” Dobrovitz missed a turn in the second round and had one knock down. Both Dobrovitz and his son József Jr. have now finished their four events, Dobrovitz is in second place in the standings and junior in fourth place. It will depend on the results of the other drivers in the next competitions if they will stay in the top 6 to qualify for the Final in Göteborg at the end of February.Georg von Stein (GER) drove a smooth and clear round, but was not fast enough to qualify for the winning round and finished in fourth place, ahead of Dobrovitz Jr., who tried a shortcut from obstacle 7 to 8, which cost him a knock down. Second wild card driver Daniel Naprous (GBR) dropped a loop in the first marathon obstacle, turned up his speed but picked up two balls and finished in sixth place. Theo Timmerman (NED) lost precious seconds when he missed a gate in the first marathon obstacle and finished in seventh place.Results FEI World Cup™ Driving, London Olympia (GBR)1. Boyd Exell (AUS) 87,342. Koos de Ronde (NED) 94,153. József Dobrovitz (HUN) 101,114. Georg von Stein (GER) 106,045. József Dobrovitz jr. (HUN) 114,066. Daniel Naprous (GBR) 116,427. Theo Timmerman (NED) 122,24For the complete results click here Tags: FEI World Cup™ Driving, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* 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. 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.last_img read more

Maccabi Rishon Le Zion new Israeli champions!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMaccabi Rishon Le Zion are the new champions of Israel! The last year runners-up won the Championship after five years! They came to the first trophy since 2013 with impressive domination over the old champions Maccabi Tel Aviv (3:0) in final series.Team from Rishon beat the EHF Cup Groun Stage participants two times in away matches – 32:24 and 23:22, while second match was finished 30:25 in Rishon.Maccabi Rishon Le Zion will compete at qualifications for the VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018. Related Items: Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Working together for optimum success

first_imgrouteone revisits Zeelo to see how far the business has come since it was launched two years ago, and its aim to work in partnership with the coach sectorGetting people out of their cars and onto public transport is one of the biggest hurdles the coach and bus sector is facing.It’s a growing struggle that the industry has been seen to tackle head on by launching demand-responsive operations to rival the likes of Uber. However, operators are not alone with wanting to get more seats filled by those who use cars; there is another firm wanting to join forces in a bid to get more people onboard with using public transport on a regular basis, and that is Zeelo.Zeelo joined the coach sector after Co-Founders Barney Williams and Sam Ryan sold their first business, JumpIn – a taxi booking and sharing app for students – to Addison Lee in 2014.routeone met with Barney and Sam last year when the business was just a year old, now two years since its launch, we return to see how far the business has come.Meet ZeeloMeeting in its Shoreditch, London-based office, Sam explains that it’s important to understand Zeelo is not wanting to take customers away from an already-established operation, but rather team up together to enhance the service.“We define ourselves as a shared transport service with a mission to move people out of cars and into shared transportation,” he says.“Zeelo delivers that by building great relationships, in terms of technology and operational delivery, with coach operators all over the country.”Working with Zeelo, operators can gain access to new markets as well as an opportunity to take on extra work. The firm is currently live in four key regions across the UK and has also expanded into South Africa where it is now live in three regions over there.Why work with Zeelo?Sam explains that the business has been out building daily commuter services and partnerships with companies. From that, it is then trying to give regular work to operators it works with.“What we found is all over the country there are amazing family-run businesses that have been running from 10 years to over 70 years, and that’s for a good reason – because they are great at operating safe and reliable transport services, maintaining vehicles and drivers,” he says. “We need these amazing operators to work with partners to deliver great services.”At the same time as forming partnerships, Zeelo is also launching new technology to help operators with this service.“We want to work with the industry as opposed to disrupting it, and one way we are doing this is by starting to work on new routes in partnership with operators. “The first operation that Zeelo are running is in partnership with south Wales-based Creigiau Travel running a commuter service from Newport to Bristol.Sam says: “We are both actually sharing the risk and reward of that service. So Creigiau has added a couple of additional vehicles to its fleet and both parties are motivated to making a success of the service, which I think is a really interesting way to get everyone moving in the same direction.”High standardsCurrently Zeelo has what it calls its network of ‘preferred operator partners’ which stands at around 12 in the UK. These operators have gone through a certain level of vetting and now have regular work with it over a certain threshold. It also has a much wider pool of operators that its calls upon when it has less regular work.“Generally, the standards we look for in operators are those that have a fleet of 20 upwards. We are looking for some variability in the fleet; having a fleet of full-size coaches is great, but actually we think there is a real need on the market for some small vehicles.Co-Founders Barney Williams (left) and Sam Ryan“Then when we dive into the actual operation and service itself, we look to make sure that operators have their own operations team. While we have our own live operations team overseeing the service, we also expect them to have the same. We also expect operators to have some form of driver training scheme in place.”Future plans“Our current focus is to give more to our current operators in the regions we already operate in through more commuting and better work,” Sam says.Sam also says he would like the business to be in seven major regions across the UK by the end of the year as well as further expansion overseas and beyond South Africa.“We are here in the industry, not trying to take an operators’ lunches, but trying to reinforce the contract to make sure they don’t lose them and also help them win even more with the aim of increasing their fleet utilisation and eventually – if they have aspirations to grow – their fleet size,” he adds.“We are a really friendly and easy way to bring their business to a place where operators can gain access to new kinds of work.”last_img read more

Obama ‘troubled’ by Turkish leader’s crackdowns

first_imgMany of those businesses, especially those based in Europe, fear that investing in Iran is too risky because the U.S. still has numerous sanctions on the country. Obama on Friday tried to tie the sanctions relief issue with the ballistic missile dispute in chiding Iran.“Iran so far has followed the letter of the [nuclear] agreement. But the spirit of the agreement involves Iran also sending signals to the world community and business that it is not going to be engaging in a range of provocative actions that may scare business off,” Obama said. “When they launch ballistic missiles, with slogans calling for the destruction of Israel, that makes businesses nervous.” “I think that the approach they’ve been taking toward the press is one that could lead Turkey down a path that would be very troubling,” Obama said, while also noting his concerns about freedom of speech and religion in the Muslim country, where hundreds of people have been charged with the crime of “insulting” the president.“I’ve said to President Erdogan to remind him that he came into office with a promise of democracy, and Turkey has historically been a country in which deep Islamic faith has lived side by side with modernity and an increasing openness,” Obama said. “And that’s the legacy that he should pursue rather than a strategy that involves repression of information and shutting down democratic debate.”Numerous journalists have been arrested in Turkey in recent months, while the government also took over the popular daily Zaman. Erdogan insists the arrested journalists are linked to Kurdish and other terrorist groups, and that that is why they are being prosecuted. Some of the reporters are accused of supporting the Gulen movement, which Erdogan casts as an opposition effort that has infiltrated the government.Obama also urged Iran not to violate the spirit of the nuclear deal, even if it is technically abiding by it. The comments were aimed at Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles. Obama’s aides say such tests don’t officially violate the nuclear deal struck last July, but that they may run afoul of U.N. resolutions.Opponents of the nuclear deal, which gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, say that the ballistic missile tests prove that the Islamic Republic cannot be trusted.Concern also is rising in recent days within Iran that it is not getting sanctions relief fast enough, as foreign businesses hesitate to do business there. President Barack Obama says he’s troubled by the direction Turkey’s leader is taking his country, especially when it comes to freedom of the press. He also is warning Iran to avoid “provocative” actions such as ballistic missile tests if it wants to benefit from sanctions relief offered under the nuclear deal it reached with world powers last year.In a news conference at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, Obama was asked whether he thought Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was an authoritarian. The question came after Erdogan’s bodyguards scuffled with reporters and protesters outside a D.C. think tank Thursday and amid a crackdown on journalists in Turkey.Obama didn’t answer the question directly, and he stressed how critical Turkey, a NATO member that borders Syria, is as an ally. But he also said he’d told Erdogan that “there are some trends within Turkey that I’ve been troubled with.”last_img read more

Fear of far-right violence after Jo Cox murder conviction

first_imgBritish police fear far-right violence will rise after Wednesday’s conviction of neo-Nazi Thomas Mair for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last June, The Times reported Thursday.Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said that there “have been indications that the threat from the extreme right-wing could be increasing and we are alive to this.”The number of racially or religiously aggravated offenses recorded by police in England and Wales went up from 2,926 crimes in 2013 to 4,150 in 2016. Mair was convicted of murdering Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two on June 16, Wednesday. The judge said Mair should serve a whole life sentence due to the “exceptional seriousness” of the offense.According to one of Cox’s aides, who testified in court, Mair shouted “Britain first” as he carried out the attack.Anti-fascist campaigners too said that the neo-Nazi movement was becoming more violent and so-called lone wolves could be encouraged by the heated public debate about immigration. Also On POLITICO Brussels to honor slain Jo Cox By Joanna Plucinska Jo Cox murder suspect identifies himself as ‘Death to traitors’ By Tom McTague and Barbara Surklast_img read more

It’s Official: Spotify Is Getting The Led Out

first_imgSpotify, a premiere internet music streaming service, has just finalized a deal with rock and roll giants, Led Zeppelin, allowing the website to provide paying members with digital, on demand access to the full Zeppelin catalog.The legendary @LedZeppelin is here! Stream the albums as they’re released this week, #OnlyOnSpotify #StreamZeppelin— Spotify (@Spotify) December 11, 2013Led Zeppelin has been incredibly reluctant to share the rights to their music. In one particularly amusing example, comedian/guitarist Jack Black actually begged the members of Zeppelin to use “Immigrant Song” in the movie School of Rock. The following clip was included with the School of Rock DVD as bonus footage:Furthermore, Zeppelin’s music is not accessible on Google Play nor Apple Radio, and will not be featured on the upcoming YouTube subscription service, nor Beats Music, both of which will debut in 2014.Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said he “can’t wait to get the Led out.” The website will be releasing two albums per day this week, starting with Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II.Additionally, Spotify announced that they will be releasing free content for mobile users, and expanding their business to 20 new international markets.As far as music streaming goes, this is a big get for Spotify. Zeppelin has been notoriously conservative with their music, so having the band’s full catalog gives Spotify a huge edge over the competition. Plus, you can never really get enough Zeppelin in your diet.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Hundreds Help Homeless Father & Son after Chance Encounter Changes Their Fate

first_imgA positive attitude during a chance meeting has raised nearly $40,000 for a homeless man and his two-year-old son.James Moss and his son, Zhi, left New York for a job and new residence in Colorado.Both of those opportunities fell through as the little family arrived. They had no food, shelter, or car — and his bus tickets back to New York had been stolen.Wandering down a street in Denver, Mr. Moss just happened to run into a UK television host shooting a show about random acts of kindness called #GoBeKind.RELATED:  Counting Her Blessings, Mom Turns $5 into $3,500 for “The Paper Man”Host Leon Logothetis captured a moving and inspiring interview with the young father, who could have been bitter or depressed, but was neither.“I guarantee in a month’s time, I’ll make anything that I need to happen, happen,” James said. “You have to be brought down to your humblest point, so you can appreciate other things that are waiting for you.”Logothetis was so touched by Moss’ attitude, he paid for a week’s stay in a hotel for the father and son and gave them $1,000.But, indeed, there were “other things waiting” for the optimist.WATCH:  A Church Tips Pizza Driver $1,000 After Sermon on KindnessA stranger in Kansas who saw the interview on YouTube started a GoFundMe campaign for the New York pair, and in only a week, it has raised $39,000 for the family.The money should help Moss and Zhi move out of a homeless shelter and even buy a car to get to his new job. That’s right—after the video aired, Moss landed a new job as a barber in Denver. It’s only been a week, but his guarantee of a “month’s time” is coming true, thanks in large part to a chance meeting on a Colorado street.(WATCH the GoBeKind video above – and the Latest UPDATE from KMGH-TV, below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Surgeon Fights Medical Debt by Allowing Patients and Families to Pay for Surgeries With Volunteer Work

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRather than allow his patients to go bankrupt from medical debt, a Nebraska surgeon has partnered with several local charities so his patients can pay for their operations with community service.Doctor Demetrio Aguila III is the mastermind behind the Healing Hands of Nebraska surgical clinic for reconstructive and nerve-related surgeries in Norfolk. He says he was inspired to launch the M25 program after he got sick and tired of American patients suffering from the debilitating financial burden of medical care.Through the M25 program, Aguila allows his patients to select a nonprofit from their list of participating organizations. He then designates a certain amount of volunteer hours for the patient to complete in order to pay off the surgery. RELATED: Watch Hospital Staff—From Janitors to Surgeons—Line Hallway to Honor Organ Donor in ‘Walk of Respect’“We’ve eliminated a lot of the administrative hassle that’s associated with healthcare,” Aguila told local reporters. “We’ve lowered the cost of healthcare. We’ve made it fair for everybody involved. Nobody loses. That is the core of the M25 Program.”Jeffrey Jensen became the first patient to participate in the program in October after he was assigned 560 volunteer hours in exchange for the surgery to fix the numbness and nerve damage in his leg. While 560 hours may seem like a lot of work, patients are encouraged to recruit the help of family and friends to help fulfill the hours.Since participating in the program, Jensen says that the volunteer work has helped to positively change his life as much as surgery.CHECK OUT: This Doctor Broke The Law To Engineer a Better Nursing Home—And the Death Rate Plummeted“The M25 program is not about money—it’s about how if people come together to help other people, then your community thrives,” said Jensen.Aguila now hopes that the program will inspire other physicians to launch similar initiatives in their own community.“I’d like to inspire other doctors and other medical professionals to find that hope again,” he said. “To find that reason for being a doctor and to bring it back to the core of what they do everyday.”(WATCH the interview with Jensen below)Heal Your Friends Of Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

THE MOVIE GUY — Audiences should hustle out to see these ‘Hustlers’

first_img It’s also easy to love the cast of this movie. Jennifer Lopez stars in what might be her best performance ever. She’s is a magnetic force of nature who absolutely dominates the screen. That’s no small feat as she’s working with Constance Wu, who also turns in a solid performance, as well as powerhouses like Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and none other than Cardi B and Lizzo. That’s an amazing cast, and while there’s not enough time to allow them all to shine equally, they are each given some memorable moments that should please their fan bases.The other woman who must be discussed is director Lorene Scafaria. I don’t think this movie would have worked if it had a male director at the helm. There’s a refreshing female gaze on these sex workers, one that is frequently judgment-free and one that revels in the camaraderie between these characters.That’s not typical for any movie about strippers, even when they are played by glamorous movie stars. Most of the time I would expect to leave the theater feeling a bit icky from the camera leering at all the half-naked women in the movie. This one doesn’t flinch from the scene, but neither does it turn the players into one-note caricatures. The new movie, “Hustlers” is a lot of fun.Despite its sex worker setting, this film turns out to be a female empowerment story where the ladies finally get to exploit the men who have been exploiting them for years. Granted, what they’re doing in the movie is illegal and immoral, but they’re sticking it to Wall Street jerks, so it’s easy to cheer on these scantily-clad anti-heroines.Based on an eye-opening New York Magazine article, “Hustlers” tells the Hollywood-true story of a group of Manhattan strippers who were drugging the wealthy men at their strip club and getting them to rack up huge credit card bills that they were too inebriated to notice. The women justified their actions by claiming that, in the wake of the 2008 recession, they were only stealing from men who stole from America. I’m not sure that I buy this premise, but there’s no denying that it’s easy to shunt moral qualms to the side and simply fall in love with the film’s sexy, Robin Hood-ish story. Between that girl-power vibe, the superb performances and the kicky, crime caper plot, it’s no wonder that “Hustlers” is generating so much buzz. I’ll stop just short of calling it one of my favorite movies of the year, but I absolutely had a blast watching the film. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lopez garner some award notices in a few months. Neither would I be surprised to find audiences rushing out to the theater to kick it with these crowd-pleasing “Hustlers.”Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected]last_img read more

OpenTempo wins Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award

first_imgRelated Company: OpenTempo, Inc.OpenTempo, a healthcare IT company that helps medical practices create efficient staff schedules, has been awarded a bronze-level Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award for 2013.The awards will be presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and the Vermont Department of Health on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington. They are part of a day-long event focused on worksite wellness, taking place from 7:30 am to 4 pm.OpenTempo was one of 99 businesses that were considered for an award. The Worksite Wellness Awards recognize employee wellness programs that decrease absenteeism and employee turnover, and lower healthcare costs. Bronze-level awards are given to employers with solid wellness practices that are not structured into a written plan.“Our leadership team made a conscious decision at the beginning of last year to create sustainable growth without losing team spirit or creativity,” says OpenTempo CEO, Rich Miller. “Wellness strategies are part of that.”The results speak for themselves. By the end of 2013, OpenTempo had tripled its staff, all while creating an energized, enthusiastic environment for its team. As part of its commitment to wellness, OpenTempo provides standing desks adjustable to all heights, along with ergonomic chairs. Physical activity is encouraged with bowling excursions, paintball, and rock-climbing sessions. Work-life balance is supported, dogs are welcome in the office, and fitness breaks are common.“Worksites that promote healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco use cessation, and breastfeeding, contribute to the overall health and wellness of all Vermonters, and they are one of the key reasons we are routinely rated the nation’s healthiest state,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.About OpenTempoOpenTempo specializes in providing workforce management and staff scheduling solutions to hospitals and private medical practices across North America. For more information, please is external).Source: OpenTempo 3.19.2014last_img read more