International Show Jumping at St. Lazare Horse Show

first_img Email* St. Lazare, Quebec – The biggest names in show jumping will be competing in St. Lazare, QC, when the Pépinière and St. Lazare Horse Shows take place from May 14 to 18 and May 21 to 25.The $25,000 Grand Prix of St. Lazare held Saturday, May 24, will attract a competitive field of entries, including all previous winners. Hometown favourite Angela Covert-Lawrence of St. Lazare, Laurie Bucci of Carignan, QC, Amy Millar of Perth, ON, and last year’s winner, Myra Simard of Montreal, QC, will be among the starting line-up joined by such illustrious names in show jumping as Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill, Yann Candele of France, Jonathon Millar, son of eight-time Olympian Ian Millar, and Darrin Dlin, who recently made his World Cup Final debut.Yet another well-known name in show jumping circles, Michel Vaillancourt, who earned the Individual Silver Medal in front of his home crowd at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, will act as course designer, setting the challenging obstacles on the grass grand prix field. In addition to the $25,000 Grand Prix of St. Lazare, other featured competitions include the Young Horse Jumper Development Series, the National Talent Squad Series, the Gladys Adam Hunter Classic, and, on Sunday, May 18, the $10,000 Grand Prix.The Pépinière and St. Lazare Horse Shows also feature the ‘Jump for Hope’ Breast Cancer Survivors Ride and the Third Annual Royal Victoria Hospital Gala on May 24.The Pépinière and St. Lazare Horse Shows run daily from May 14 to 18 and May 21 to 25 at Eastwood Equine, 4170 Chemin Ste. Angelique in St. Lazare. Admission is free.For more information, please visit www.pepinierehorseshow.com. SIGN UP 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! 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 Enewslast_img read more

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City, construction unions strike deal to hire low-income workers

first_imgGary LaBarbera and Bill de Blasio (Getty)The city and a construction union group have reached an agreement on hiring people from poor communities to work on city-owned projects.Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a project labor agreement with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York that guarantees unions will “prioritize referral” of workers who live in areas where 15 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty level or are residents of public housing.According to the city’s announcement, the “goal” is to ensure that such workers log at least 30 percent of the hours worked on certain renovation projects. The mayor said the deal could bring as many as 26,000 construction jobs to high-poverty communities.ADVERTISEMENT“For a long time, you’ve heard of an assumption that there couldn’t be common ground between construction unions and communities of color,” the mayor said during a press conference Thursday. “In many, many ways, an outdated and inaccurate assumption, but grounded in a truth we need to look at and a hard truth that communities of color had not gotten enough opportunity from government, from the private sector, from the union movement, from any part of our society.”De Blasio was referring to complaints from minority groups that unionized construction workers are still predominantly white and often from the suburbs, and that gaining union membership is difficult for minorities. The unions insist that their apprentice programs provide entrée for people of color.BCTC President Gary LaBarbera said the agreement should “serve as a model for the nation” and commended the city for committing a pipeline of work to the deal.The agreement will apply to renovation work on city-owned properties, while a second PLA for new construction applies to “selected future projects.” The deal also creates goals for the number of apprentices and pre-apprentices from disadvantaged communities including public housing.“These agreements show that city dollars can do more than get work done,” Deputy Mayor Phillip Thompson said. “City dollars can help uplift people out of poverty.”But there are red flags, including that the de Blasio administration did not say whether contractors or the union umbrella group will be penalized for failing to meet the goals. A representative for the city said unions will be required to provide information annually on its recruiting and apprenticeship programs.Neither the city nor the BCTC would immediately provide a copy of the PLA. And project labor agreements have been criticized for often not delivering on their promises.Kenneth Thomas, co-founder of the Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association, said these and other details of the PLA — such as how these goals will interact with other minority- and women-owned business targets on publicly-funded projects — will be critical to assessing its success.“I’m skeptical, but I’m hopeful that there is some substance behind this initiative,” he said.On Thursday, de Blasio also called on the state to pass legislation that would enable the city to require contractors to hire low-income New Yorkers on all city-funded projects.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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EHF looking for Women’s EHF CL F4 host!

first_imgRelated Items: Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsWith the EHF Executive Committee having given a green light to the possibility of the organisation of a final tournament or Final4 at the end of the 2013/14 season in the Women’s EHF Champions League, the bidding process for the organisation of an event scheduled for 3/4 May 2014 has now opened.The EHF and its marketing arm, EHF Marketing GmbH, have released a bidding document and are welcoming bids from clubs, national federations, agencies, arenas or any other institutions interested in hosting of a possible first edition of the event in 2014 with all its potential to become the highlight of European women’s club handball.Bids can be submitted up to 10 September 2013. A decision on the awarding of the event will be made by the EHF Executive Committee at its meeting on 20 September.If the none of the bids meets the organisational or economic standards neceesary to carry out a top-class event, then the decision may be made to postpone the Final4 event to a later season. In which case final matches will be played in the traditional home and away format.article EHF 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.last_img read more

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VIDEO: When Elisson overthrows Barca…

first_imgRelated Items:Bjarki Elisson, FC Barcelona, Fuchse Berlin Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsGerman Fuchse Berlin made a huge surprise by qualifying for the IHF Super Globe 2015 over FC Barcelona Lasso 26:25 (12:15). The EHF CUp title holders were outsiders in the match against the reigning EHF Champions League winners, but at the end, they celebrated with 3:0 series and the last goal by Bjarki Elisson…Take a look… THW Kiel win test in Berlin before EHF CL 2020/2021 start 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. Recommended for you German trio and Wisla Plock for EHF European League 2021 trophy Barca lose Luka Cindric for 3 weekslast_img read more

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Danes aim for a close alliance with euro

first_imgAlthough Copenhagen has opted not to join economic and monetary union in the first wave, the government is neverthelesslooking for the Danish krone to have a tight trading relationship with the new currency.Denmark’s hopes of a favourable reaction from the new ECB should be reinforced by the government’s budget for next year,which aims to put a brake on an economy showing signs of overheating. Curbs on local government spending and the boomingconstruction sector should be central points of the new spending plans.Copenhagen wants the ECB to agree a tight trading band for the krone and euro in a tailor-made official link which wouldreplace its current close relationship with the deutschemark. Shadowing the deutschemark has been the hallmark of Danish policy for the past decade and the desire for a strong link to astrong currency remains the mainstay of the government’s economic approach, in spite of a worrying decline in Danish exportsand a fall in the country’s balance of payments surplus.J¿rgen Hansen, director of Denmark’s industry organisation, spoke out last week against any devaluation of the krone and calledfor it to fluctuate within a band of around 1% against the euro. “We must be pegged to the euro at present exchange rates. Wewant as small a fluctuation as possible. We are used to Swedish devaluations and in the long term they worked against them,”he said.The new Exchange Rate Mechanism link will be closely scrutinised by the ECB, as the bank would have to come to the rescueif the krone came under attack from speculators.Narrow currency trading bands, albeit much more generous than those which the Danes are looking for, were blown apart in1993 by massive currency movements. The bands were widened to 15% for all the countries which remained in the batteredmechanism, apart from the Dutch.Afterwards, it was claimed that wider bands would discourage speculation – a justification which appears to have beenvindicated over time.However, Denmark’s monetary policy-makers dismiss any suggestion that the krone is now setting itself up for speculativeattack and question the official European view that the ERM’s narrow bands had to be sacrificed to discourage speculation.last_img read more

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Spain rocked by second night of clashes over coronavirus measures

first_imgDemonstrations against coronavirus restrictions turned into violent clashes between police and protesters in several Spanish cities for a second night on Saturday. Around 60 people were arrested and about 30 officers injured on Saturday night, El País reported, with clashes erupting in Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and other cities. On Friday, demonstrations in several cities had similarly descended into violence. Protesters set bins on fire and damaged shop fronts, according to the newspaper. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez condemned the violence. “Only with responsibility, unity and sacrifice will we be able to defeat the pandemic that is devastating all countries. Violent and irrational behavior by small groups is intolerable,” he tweeted Saturday night. On Thursday, the Spanish government decided to extend the state of emergency for six months and allowed the country’s regions to impose their own restrictions. As a result, some provinces introduced nighttime curfews and shut restaurants, bars and cultural venues. Many — including Pablo Iglesias, leader of the leftist Podemos, which governs in a coalition with Sánchez’s Socialists — have blamed the far right for this weekend’s violence. El País cited Pere Ferrer, head of the regional Catalan police, as saying that “very violent and organized far-right groups” had participated in Friday’s clashes in Barcelona. On Friday, Spain recorded 25,595 new coronavirus cases.last_img read more

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Willie Nelson to Play Lockn’ Festival

first_imgAdding to an already-awesome lineup, Lockn’ Festival has added legendary country singer Willie Nelson to their list of headliners. The festival had previously announced that String Cheese Incident, The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & RatDog, and Phil Lesh & Friends will be headlining.With Willie on the bill, one can only hope that some of the magical cross-collaborating will happen between all of these venerated artists. Willie Nelson, who is currently 80 years old, is still an active member of the music community. He’s currently touring with his Family Band, released an album, To All The Girls, that rose to #2 on the charts, and plans to join forces with Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson for a country music collaboration in the near future.Meanwhile, the Lockn’ Festival plans to announce further lineup additions next week. -David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

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Lettuce Brings Crunchy, Psychedelic Funk To The Emerald City [Recap/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Ever since the band’s early days in Boston, funk-rockers Lettuce have cultivated a reputation as one of the hardest-charging funk outfits around. When their Seattle show was first announced, a Thursday-evening gig at the city’s beautiful Showbox Market, the city’s thriving funk community made the weeknight a priority. Although tickets did not sell-out, the room was full enough to provide the same type of energy, with plenty of dancing space to spare.This ensemble is supremely talented, from the ground up. They are built around the impeccable rhythm section of Adam Deitch (drums) and Eric “Jesus” Coomes (bass guitar). These two fearsome groovesharks are among the best in the business when it comes to authoritatively locking down the beat. Deitch is a force across all genres, with the requisite jazz chops to gain the respect of an older sect of fans tastefully integrated into his smooth, hip-hop/electronica-oriented playing. Coomes shines particularly when the band is deep into their improvisation, always keeping them on a directed path either to or through a massive dance party.Guitarist Adam Smirnoff has been thrust further into the spotlight in the absence of the band’s other lead-guitarist, Eric Krasno, and I have to say I was impressed with the job he did. His rhythm work remains solid as-ever, and he capably filled out the lead role when needed. Though Krasno cannot be replaced, Smirnoff tastefully redirected the attention to his own skills, delivering several masterfully palm-muted solos. His phrasing and emphasis were consistently interesting and creative.With this being my first Lettuce show in a couple of years, I was glad to see the band’s intensity level had not dropped off. Additionally, I felt that they had added a new wrinkle to their playing. This show featured a larger amount of psychedelic-rock-inspired spacy jamming than previous ones I had seen. These sections featured Smirnoff and Evans heavily, and acted as the perfect contrast to the crushing funk portions of the show. To me, the “Shady Horns” are the primary factor that make a Lettuce show such a crazy event. Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet) and Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) comprise one of the highest-energy horn sections in all of funk music. These two musicians have the type of psychic connection that is not often seen among non-family members. They spend the show effortlessly weaving in and out of each other’s playing, in a manner that brings to mind the seemingly disparate comparison of Papadosio’s keyboardists, Billy and Sam Brouse. In the same way that the Brouse brothers operate as one man with four arms, the Shady Horns operate as one man with two mouths (and pairs of lungs). This was particularly evident during the late second set on tracks like “Madison Square” and “Lettsanity,” and it was a pleasure to watch this communication occur.Vocalist Nigel Hall was also on-hand to help the band conclude each instrumental set with some funky vocals. In light of Earth, Wind and Fire co-founder Maruice White’s death earlier in the day, the group quickly put together a moving two-song tribute. Clearly a huge fan, Hall’s heavy, soulful vocals carried the performance of “Gratitude” to cap off the second set. Prior to the encore, he took time to tell the crowd that the world would be a better place if everyone listened to just one Earth, Wind and Fire song each morning. The band then played “Remember the Children,” adapted to include that signature Lettuce intensity, with Hall absolutely belting the vocals. This tribute ended the show on a reflective note, with an outpouring of gratitude from the musicians to the fans, then right back in form of generous applause.Lettuce valiantly defended their spot near top of the funk pecking-order, which is really saying something in a scene that is currently seeing a massive influx of upstart talent (bands like Vulfpeck and Turkuaz). They relish this challenge and allow it to push their music to new heights of danceability and funkiness, while incorporating different influences to keep things fresh. Given the talent present in their lineup, they are in an excellent position to keep this up if they just continue to explore new musical territory.Setlist:Set I: The Force > Harmonic Jam > Slippin, Sam Huff’s Flying Raging Machine, Ziggowatt, The Lobbyist > Phyllis, Do It Like You Do*Set II: Egyptian Secrets > Double Header, Chief, The Flu, Trillogy, Madison Square, Lettsanity, Making My Way, Gratitude*#Encore: Remember the Children*#*With Nigel Hall (vocals)#Earth, Wind and Fire coverWords by Coleman Schwartz, Photos by J. Scott Shrader. Full Gallery:last_img read more

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Authors address incarceration

first_imgStudents and faculty joined Margie Pfeil, Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich, authors of “The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance,” in a discussion about how to theologically acknowledge the hyper-incarceration of people of color in the United States on Wednesday.  The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) organized the event as part of a yearlong series focused on incarceration.  Susan Sharpe, who leads a teaching team for the CSC’s one-credit seminar on hyper-incarceration, said the authors’ book forces readers to think critically about the issue. “[The authors] challenge us to understand that hyper-incarceration is not a problem to be solved,” she said. “Because it harms so many people, they are asking us to understand that it is an expression of oppression that lives in us and through us as long as we remain oblivious to the meanings and values that are still attached to whiteness in this culture.”   As the discussion continued, Cassidy, associate professor of Christian ethics at Marywood University in Scranton, Penn., asked the group questions about race. “I want to ask you honestly,” Cassidy said. “You’re walking down the street at night … and as a woman I’m going to say this for the females here. You’re walking down the street and you see three black men come forward … How do you feel? Would [you] feel more or less afraid if they were white guys?”  Cassidy said she would feel nervous in this situation. “We’re socialized every single day to feel nervous of black guys walking down the street,” she said.  Cassidy said the authors’ hope is that out of that nervousness, the community can enter into discussion and contemplation about the implications of the feeling.   “As white people [we should be] able to explore that fear and say, ‘Isn’t it interesting that for many of us we have grown up with that inside of us?’” Cassidy said. “So incarceration isn’t just out there. It makes sense because it’s internalized. For all of us, I would ask you, do we have ways in society of meaningfully examining those kinds of representations … that can be inside of us?”  Mikulich, research fellow on race and poverty at the Jesuit Social Research Institution at Loyola University in New Orleans, asked the audience to think about how that nervousness brings about the hyper-incarceration of people of color and what that does to society.  “[The justice system is] a system that for over 30 years has been ripping communities apart and particularly ripping apart communities of color – dividing spouses from each other, children from parents and caregivers,” Mikulich said. “It’s been absolutely destructive.”  Pfeil said the authors hope there would be more safe spaces to discuss this topic in the future.  “This is a very basic theological challenge,” Pfeil said. “If we say that we believe in the creation of every person in the image and likeness of God, and therefore every person is a subject of human dignity, how do we create space in our society then that really takes that seriously?”last_img read more

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