World Cup Finals Cancelled for Second Year in a Row

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews The FEI has imposed a further two-week extension of the shutdown of all international events in mainland Europe until 11 April 2021 due to the ongoing outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The FEI had previously announced a 28-day shutdown on 1 March 2021.The move, which aims to minimise the further spread of the very aggressive strain of the virus, was unanimously approved at an emergency FEI Executive Board meeting today. The extended lockdown applies to all FEI disciplines.The decision is based on detailed scientific risk assessment conducted by world leading epidemiologist Dr Richard Newton and the FEI Veterinary Department.The extended lockdown applies to all countries that have international scheduled events in the period to 11 April – Austria, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. However, the FEI again strongly recommends that all National Federations in mainland Europe cancel their national events in order to minimise horse movement.The shutdown will mean the cancellation of the FEI World Cup™ Finals for the second consecutive year following the loss of the 2020 Finals in Las Vegas (USA) to the Covid-19 pandemic.The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final were scheduled to be held in Gothenburg (SWE) from 31 March to 4 April 2021.“The extension of the lockdown is difficult for everyone, and the loss of the FEI World Cup Finals for a second year is particularly devastating, especially for the qualified athletes and for our loyal Top Partner Longines,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “We know how much work Tomas Torgersen and his incredible team in Gothenburg have put into organising the 2021 Finals, which would have been part of the 400th birthday anniversary celebrations for the city, so this is a desperately bitter blow.“We cannot eradicate EHV as it is endemic in many countries, but we need to work together to minimise the transmission of this particular strain, which has already caused the death of 12 horses in Europe. All of the original in-contact horses from Valencia, Vejer de la Frontera and Doha are already blocked on the FEI Database, but the whole community needs to be on the alert and monitoring their horses. We strongly urge all European-based FEI athletes to avoid travel with their horses during this prolonged shutdown, as travel is a very clear risk factor.“Sadly this additional lockdown is crucial to slow down the spread of the virus so that we can preserve the rest of the season, get our athletes and horses back competing safely and allow as long a period as possible for those aiming for Tokyo to earn their Minimum Eligibility Requirements and confirmation results, and of course to prepare their horses for the Games.“Nobody wants to see an outbreak like this ever again. There will be a comprehensive and fully transparent investigation into every aspect of this outbreak and the way it has been handled, and the findings will be published so that, together with our community, we can all learn from this.“We will be putting in place enhanced protocols to allow for a safe return to play once this outbreak is under control, and we will advise our community on those well in advance of the resumption of international events, but the priority right now has to be the treatment of sick horses and getting healthy horses back to their home countries in a safe and biosecure way. We all need to focus on safeguarding not just FEI horses, but the wider European horse community.”Work on identifying the gene sequencing of this strain of the virus is already underway, and the FEI is continuing to monitor the evolution of the virus through the FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group, which was formalised this week. The Group is composed of world-leading EHV specialists, the FEI Veterinary Director and FEI Senior Veterinary Advisor, supported by the Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee. Reports and recommendations from this Group will be published on a weekly basis.The FEI is also publishing daily updates on the dedicated EHV-1 hub. 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.center_img Tags: Dressage, EHV-1, show jumping, Gothenburg, World Cup™ Final, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP last_img read more

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Saturday opener for Crystal

first_imgIMCA Modifieds return to the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing program. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand admission for adults is $12 and $5 for kids ages 5-11, and pit passes are $30. CRYSTAL, Mich. – Crystal Motor Speedway starts the 2019 season this Saturday, April 20.  For more information, call the track office at 989 235-5200 or visit the website at crystalmotorspeedway.comlast_img

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Zoran Brković is the new player of Zrinjski

first_imgFormer football player of Zvijezda from Gradačac and Čelik Zoran Brković will play for football club ‘Zrinjski’ from Mostar in the next season, sportsport.baBrković is the third play who’ll come to Zrinjski in the next season in which Zrinjski will play in the pre-round of the European League.Before Brković, Deni Simeunović and Nebojša Popović from Travnik transferred to Zrinjski.(photo: nkcelikzenica)last_img

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Jazz and early youth development in South Africa

first_imgThis interview by Charles Leonard with music educator Mignon van Vreden was first published on The Conversation website on 15 April 2016. The popular belief is that classical music is the best tool for early childhood education. Jazz fan, music educator and lecturer Mignon van Vreden was convinced jazz would also work. So she launched a pilot project she called Bejazzled in a township preschool. She explained to The Conversation Africa’s arts and culture editor, Charles Leonard, that there was a bright future for jazz in the classroom.Why did you choose jazz?Researchers have done a lot of work on this. They’ve compared classical music to rock music to heavy metal to jazz. Some researchers came to the conclusion that it’s not really about the style of the music but the type of music, type of instruments, the tempo of the music and the different timbres. So I thought jazz could also work as well, if not better.All over the world people are using jazz for early childhood education. I really think it is evolving but it needs to be expanded in South Africa – people need to be introduced to jazz more.How did the project come about and how did it work?I did my PhD on music integration in Grade R (the South African school year in which pupils turn five), so I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of work in the field – and I’ve been inspired by generalist educators in the field who already teach a lot of music with or without training.From my research, a conceptual model evolved on ways to integrate music – so it’s not so much about the type of music, any music could be integrated into the curriculum. Because I’m a jazz lover I thought I could just as well combine the two and see if it worked. One ofthe questions of this research is: can jazz as a genre be applied in preschool education?I know the organiser of a programme funded by the Bafenyi Trust – it is involved in about 60 schools in the local African township of Ikageng in Potchefstroom (a university town 120km west of Johannesburg). I spoke to her about this vision – to incorporate music into the schools. It includes training the teachers too, so that they can apply the training even if they don’t have any musical background. I planned a six-week cycle including different elements of jazz that I wanted to integrate.Take us into the class.It was wonderful; it was inspiring. I got there and the children were really excited – they wanted to do this. At first I asked them to sing some songs they knew and liked – they sang English songs with the teacher, then they sang Setswana songs. I then introduced myself, the teacher introduced herself and the kids introduced themselves, and I started to sing the song Fly Me to the Moon.I used my own version – just singing it to them so that they could get a better idea of what it sounded like.The kids obviously know the moon. They know what it does and how it works. We spoke about the people who landed on the moon – the Frank Sinatra version of the song was also played for the Apollo astronauts. Then they started to learn the song.I spoke in English and the teacher translated each sentence into Setswana. We started with the singing, finger snapping, hand clapping, stamping their feet, body percussion. After that dance steps – simplified versions of jazz dance moves.Later we made our own instruments – we had containers that we filled with three different things: rice, stones and sugar. So we had three different tone colours. And the kids played different jazz rhythms on these “instruments” and combined that with the singing.What are the benefits for the children?Early childhood learning should always focus on play – that is the main job of a preschooler. The best learning takes place when kids are playing. Music is a very playful aspect that they can use. It helps with musical development and with co- ordination, especially the dancing. Singing in tune develops their inner ear. Rhythms help them to count. Music enriches their lives in many ways.Jazz is also about improvisation – could you apply it in your project?In the last lesson we had a concert – the kids did all they wanted to do on the song Fly Me to the Moon in their own ways. So the improvisation came out not in the way I suspected it would, but it came out in their own way. So it was proper improvisation.What did you want to achieve with it?Seeing that it was a pilot study, I wanted to see if the project could work. It was also to equip teachers without musical training with musical knowledge and skills that they could use in their classrooms, to enrich the learners’ lives with jazz music and to introduce them to jazz.I can say the pilot study was successful in that I could go further with this project.What next?I want to build on the pilot study and find out from the teacher what worked for her, how she experienced it, what she wanted to apply – then work together with her and see where that goes. Then hopefully we can expand the project and get more teachers on board.What other jazz tunes will work when the pilot continues?Pennies from Heaven by Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man and Super Duckby (music educator) Elena Cobb. Their lyrics, simpler melodies, singable rhythms and correct duration for toddlers’ attention span make these songs toddler friendly.Source: The Conversation South Africalast_img read more

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Ningbo Zhoushan Port Inks Deal for 20 Projects

first_imgzoom China’s Ningbo Zhoushan Port (NZP) has entered into a CNY 127 billion (USD 18.3 billion) agreement which will cover over 20 major projects, according to NZP.Signed in late December 2016, the contract will cover multimodal transportation system, bulk commodities storage and transportation system, river-ocean combined transportation information platform, and modern shipping services.The port said that the contract will help accelerate and advance Zhoushan River-Ocean Combined Transportation Service Center to complete the construction of a river-ocean combined transportation service system.Zhoushan River-Ocean Combined Transportation Service Center is expected to be set up in April 2019, covering the whole new district of Zhoushan Islands, and Beilun, Zhenahi, Jiangdong (present Yinzhou) and Jiangbei District of Ningbo, with land area of about 2500 square kilometers and sea area of about 21,000 square kilometers.The construction of the center includes building the river-ocean combined transport hub port and combined transport shipping service base, forming a large bulk cargo intermodal transport area and a container intermodal transport area.The project would also improve bulk commodity and container transit transport system and include the construction of a bulk commodity storage, transportation and processing base.last_img read more

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No mechanical issues with plane that crashed at Springbank Airport killed two

first_imgA training plane didn’t hit even reach 300 feet in the air before a steep dive into the terrain at the Springbank Airport that resulted in the death of two people on Oct. 26, 2017.The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released an updated report on its investigation into the incident that left an instructor and a student from the Springbank Air Training College dead.The Piper PA 34-200T Seneca II was in the air for about 54 seconds before it lost speed and altitude.“The aircraft speeds and altitudes that were captured on radar data were not normal for an aircraft of that type on departure,” Western Regional Manager Jon Lee said. “What we were looking at was the rate of climb, the takeoff and after it got to a certain altitude it didn’t climb anymore. That is of great interest to us still.”The TSB determined there were no mechanical failures based on wreckage from the scene that was analyzed. The impact of the crash sparked a fire and it destroyed the plane but parts were recovered. Lee said the Board is also waiting on toxicology and autopsy reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.“Those reports are yet to come, definitely something that we do look at. Now, unfortunately, both occupants died so we can’t interview them to find out the exact details about the human factor side of it like how they were feeling,” he said.The TSB is still conducting interviews, examining radar data and working with Piper Aircraft Inc. to look at the plane’s performance. Its report said the aircraft was fit to fly and the instructor, who was seated on the right-hand side, had logged over 2,100 flight hours before the incident.Weather was not a factor in the crash and the investigation continues.last_img read more

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Chief of Ontario reserve says housing shortage worse than ever PM promises

first_imgPIKANGIKUM, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a remote northwestern Ontario reserve help with a housing shortage that the chief says is worse than ever.Trudeau said during a visit to Pikangikum First Nation that Ottawa is serious about working with the community to improve its housing.He said more and better housing in Indigenous communities is one of his government’s priorities.Earlier in the day, Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen said the backlog of homes needing to be built on the reserve is almost twice as much as it was when he became chief.Some new houses and a new school have been built, but the chief added that construction on the reserve is hampered by a lack of electrical capacity.The community called on Trudeau to come visit after a fatal fire in 2016 that killed six adults and three children under five in one home.Trudeau told students during a question-and-answer session at the school that the government wants to make investments that are going to make a real difference.“We know that unless you can start with safe, secure, adequate housing, it becomes difficult to succeed in anything else in life,” he said Friday. “It is difficult to go to school, difficult to work, difficult to raise a family right.“It needs to start with housing.”Owen said there were 1,800 band members in 2005 when he became chief of the reserve, about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont.“We had a shortfall, backlog of homes back then close to 300 homes. Thirteen years later, we’re at 3,100 people on reserve and the backlog has since almost doubled,” Owen said in an interview Friday before Trudeau’s arrival.Owen said an extended family of nine or 10 people often shares one of the reserve’s existing homes and people are forced to sleep in shifts.He said construction on the reserve is hampered by a lack of electrical capacity.“The problem actually has to do with the size of the electrification that we have running diesel generators,” he said. “We maxed that out pretty much two years ago.”The federal government last summer announced up to $60 million in funding to connect Pikangikum to Ontario’s power grid. Owen said that should help.“That will definitely allow for more housing, more infrastructure. We’re pretty much in dire need for living like anyone else in Canada or Ontario — water and sewer in every home.”Pikangikum faces challenges on top of substandard housing. A boil-water advisory has lasted more than a decade on parts of the reserve. The community has a water treatment plant, but about 80 per cent of homes are not connected and rely on truck delivery or hauling water by hand.Trudeau said his government has eliminated boil-water advisories on about two dozen reserves and is still working to erase them entirely by March 2021.Suicide also remains prevalent.Answering a question about young people killing themselves, Trudeau said the solution is twofold.“We need to make sure that you’re getting the support from people who will help you through that difficult moment. But we also need to make sure that it’s not just a Band-Aid, that we are giving you opportunities to be hopeful about your future, about your capacity to build a better life, have a great family.”The prime minister started his visit Friday with a meeting at the band office. He told council members, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and others that he was in the community primarily to listen to concerns and see what the government can do to help.Nishnawbe Aski Nation represents about 50 First Nations in northern Ontario.“We see a lot of challenging things in the news from time to time about difficulties faced by people in this community,” Trudeau said. “But … one of the things I’ve been excited about … is that there is a lot of work being done and a lot of good stories as well that we are working to build.”The prime minister then visited Eenchokay Birchstick School, which opened about 18 months ago after the former school burned down.He stopped briefly in a couple of classrooms. In one, he took part in a game where he stepped on tiles on the ground with different letters on them as students shouted out the letters — sort of a hopscotch with the alphabet.In another room, he quizzed elementary school students on words in Ojibwa. He first held up a picture of a bear, or “makwa,” and told the kids his brother once had a dog with that name.last_img read more

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Sailors from USS Bonhomme Richard helping out in the community

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Sailors from USS Bonhomme Richard helping out in the community 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship and the third American warship to bear the name, will hold a handful of community relations events throughout the county today to meet with members of the community.The Navy dubbed the day of events “13/13 Day,” representing the ships 13 departments doing 13 different events around the county.More than 1,100 sailors are expected to participate in the event to share their pride in serving on the USS Bonhomme Richard, which arrived in San Diego after spending six years based in Sasebo, Japan, and build a rapport with county residents.Six of the ship’s departments will hold beach cleanup events at Silver Strand, Mission Beach, Presidio Park, Pacific Beach, Coronado Beach and La Jolla Cove.Several departments will also hold cleanup events in Balboa Park and the Chula Vista Veterans Home. Two departments are expected to collaborate with Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Club. Posted: May 15, 2019 Updated: 11:07 AM May 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter #BHR is taking over San Diego right now!! #RevGators from 13 departments are doing 13 community relations projects across the city at the same time!! Check out some of the photos! pic.twitter.com/or0paHJmBi— USS Bonhomme Richard (@LHD6BHR) May 15, 2019last_img read more

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Cardi B Shawn Mendes Taylor Swift Top 2018 Teen Choice Noms

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