Canada’s Kim Farlinger and Ibalius 2nd in Rising Star Classic

first_img SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews 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. Germany’s Wilhelm Genn closed out the 2021 $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic series with a win aboard the scopey Van Gogh in the The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Finale which runs March 24 – 26, 2021.As his namesake once painted stars in the night sky, Van Gogh’s massive stride and brilliant bascule painted his course over the jumps and resulted in a blazingly fast second round clear to secure the pair their second win of the season in the class. Friday’s competition at Polo West will mark the final day of the 2021 Turf Tour and will include an end of season competitor’s party catered by RV Advisors of Broward County.Genn and Van Gogh were the final combination to tackle the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. The track, which began with a vertical rollback to an oxer, also featured a number of one and two strides, bending line oxer to verticals, and a triple combination oxer-vertical-vertical to close out the first round. Catherine Pasmore and Nestor were the first double clear, setting the standard at 34.282 seconds in the jump-off. Kim Farlinger was the next to top the leaderboard, piloting Ibalius SMH to a final time of 32.533. The Genns then swept in late in the afternoon to post numerous double clear efforts, with student Natalie Thornell aboard Snow White finishing in 34.210 seconds to end fourth. Ryan Genn and Coco Chanel M jumped to third in 32.842, and Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh split the second close to its origin on 32.082, leaving Farlinger and Ibalius SMH in second.“It was a good day, I didn’t fall off and the horse jumped really well,” said Wilhelm Genn. “The Turf Tour reminds me of showing in Europe when I was younger, its a great experience and so nice to get the horses out on the grass at different venues. Our barn and students really enjoy this event during our time in Wellington.”The 2021 Wellington Turf Tour features 13-weeks of jumper competition at all heights and prize money classes including weekly $15,000 1.40M Grand Prix, $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classics, and $3,000 1.30M Speed Stake, all held at beautiful venues in Wellington.Complete results here. Tags: Kim Farlinger, show jumping, Wilhelm Genn, Van Gogh, Turf Tour, Ibalius SMH, 1.30M Rising Star Classic, 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.last_img read more

Colombian Military Forces Put Out Forest Fires

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo March 15, 2018 The 2nd Air Combat Command of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), together with Colombian National Army personnel attached to Joint Task Force Omega’s Air and River Component and to the Rapid Response Force thwarted two wildfires in different parts of Sierra de La Macarena National Park, in the department of Meta, Colombia. The forest reserve is 130 kilometers long by 30 kilometers wide. Caño Cristales, home to a delicate ecosystem of endemic flora and fauna and also known as the River of Five Colors, can be found within the jurisdiction. Although both fires were under control in record time, park management confirmed that flames destroyed 5,000 hectares of native forest. “It’ll be 50 years before this area is able to recover, however, it will never be the same,” FAC Colonel Juan Carlos Rueda, commander of Joint Task Force Omega’s Air Division, told Diálogo. More than 200 personnel took part in the operations, dropping 95,000 liters of water and fire retardant. The first fire burned from January 30 to February 3, 2018, in the northern part of the municipality of La Macarena. The second fire was larger. It started on February 21st in the southern part of the government-protected area. Modular system “While fighting the [second] fire, the Air Force used the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II) for the first time,” Col. Rueda said. “We stopped the fire in three days. The flames, which advanced quickly, destroyed more than 3,000 hectares. It was the right time to use a tool acquired in 2017 from U.S. manufacturer United Aeronautical Corporation with whom we have a training program for the past eight months. Putting this fire out was our first real-time exercise.” The MAFFS II system can drop up to 13,000 liters of water and fire retardant. The system was designed to be installed on C-130 Hercules aircraft. “With the MAFFS II, we were able to drop a larger amount of water from a closer distance with greater accuracy. The plane was provisioned at Apiay Air Base, in the 2nd Air Combat Command, just minutes from the disaster area,” FAC Lieutenant Colonel John Jairo Báez, head of the National Personnel Recovery Center, told Diálogo. “We’re the only country in Latin America with this capacity. Our pilots’ performance was flawless. They’re very knowledgeable about firefighting.” Experience, control, and decision-making Flying a plane with the features of a C-130—considered the flagship aircraft in military aviation for its size—requires a lot of experience, especially during firefighting operations. The aircraft weighs 60 tons when carrying a maximum load of liquid fire retardant, which must be dropped from a height of 45 meters above the flames, flying at 200 kilometers per hour. “It’s important to stay within the established limits to deliver the water. We can’t fly at lower altitudes or faster speeds,” said to Diálogo FAC Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Alfredo Caviedes Silva, commander of the 81st Transport Group and a C-130 pilot during the mission. The drop takes just seconds. Coordination with the crew is a must to decide where to start and stop the drop. “I ended up being the first one to operate MAFFS II during a live forest fire, but, out of the nine pilots we trained, anybody could have done what I did,” Lt. Col. Caviedes said. Three crews received training from the system’s manufacturer in the United States as well as in Colombia. “They’re the [FAC’s] best trained crews to operate the Hercules, with more than 2,000 flight hours with the [MAFFS II] system set up,” Col. Rueda said. “We have three crews: a code-red crew on the front line, a secondary code-yellow crew, and a third reserve crew for both of them.” Bambi Bucket and drones The Bambi Bucket system, a device to load large amounts of water onto aircraft that was key to put out the fire, was installed on a Black Hawk from the 2nd Air Combat Command. Over three days, FAC made 73 drops from the Bambi Bucket, assisted on the ground by specialized firefighters from Villavicencio, Colombia. The use of drones was also very helpful to get both disasters under control. Thanks to the remotely controlled aerial vehicles, crews on the ground and in the air were able to detect areas with the greatest number of hot spots, as well as the size and direction of flames. Service members know that such incidents can happen at any time. In the first three months of 2018, Colombia experienced a dry season favorable to hot spots. People also sometimes start fires that get out of control. Authorities found that dissident groups from guerrilla forces with direct influence on the community encourage them to use deforestation to plant illegal crops and end up harming themselves and damaging their own belongings. The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia indicated in a press release that it is moving forward with the prosecution of five individuals identified as the perpetrators of the forest fires in Sierra de la Macarena. The fires were completely extinguished March 4th, with additional firefighting efforts on the ground to put out hot spots and finally secure the area.last_img read more

Range preview: Asda Christmas 2019

first_imgAfter dinner mint truckleAlongside the classic cheeses in Asda’s range this year are two more novel flavours. One is this after dinner mint truckle that mixes crumbly cheese with a burst of peppermint flavour, and the second a chocolate orange truckle. One to surprise guests at the end of a meal, one buyer suggests.  Garlic & Herb Bread Wreath and Baking CamembertSharing is another big theme at Asda this year, as this indulgent herb bread wreath shows. Both the garlic & herb-infused bread and the French ripening camembert in the centre are ready to bake and share (or not) with your loved ones on Christmas Day.  The Grocer Own-Label Accreditation SchemeHow do you know if the own brand product you’re buying is as good as the big brand version? By looking for our Great Food and Great Drink labels, of course. Supermarket products with these on let you know that they have been tried, tested and loved by an independent panel, which is made up of hundreds of shoppers from across the UK. Look out for the logos in store now. ‘Elf’ ice creamFor those looking to sprinkle a Christmas colour palate on each dish, this ‘Elf’ ice-cream will be on sale. Coloured with red and green, it tastes of raspberry and white candyfloss, and is even sprinkled with multicoloured candy cane sugar shapes.  Festive Vegan WellingtonAs well as plenty of vegan sides (such as no pork cocktail sausages and cranberry & apple stuffing balls) those going meat-free at Christmas will be able to indulge in this festive vegan wellington from Asda. Puff pastry is packed with chickpeas, cranberries, apricots and blended with ‘festive’ spices, then topped with a sweet cranberry sauce.  Extra Special Christmas Cracker / Pigs in Blankets CentrepieceThese showstoppers caught plenty of attention at the Asda showcase. Both measuring at around 12 inches long, the Christmas Cracker is made with a ‘festive’ blend of meats (turkey and pork) as well as all the trimmings, including mashed potato, parsnips and brussels sprouts. And for those so obsessed with pigs in blankets they’d rather it was the main event, the second centrepiece has no less than 12, topping a bed of pork, sage & onion stuffing.  Coal mallowsNaughty kids to feed? Well, these coal marshmallows sprinkled with coloured sugar are a clever addition to the Asda range that might work perfectly sitting at the top of a stocking.  Winter Village Millionaire’s Bowl DessertFor those that aren’t such a fan of the classic Christmas pud there’ll be this extravagant alternative from Asda this year. It’s made up of small bronze and gold dark chocolate houses, topping layers of crunchy digestive crumb, chocolate-coated honeycomb, salted caramel sauce, a Belgian white chocolate mousse and – finally – a milk chocolate ganache.  Opulence, betterment, ‘something for everyone’ and novelty were the four key trends that Asda says it has attempted to incorporate into its Christmas range for 2019. That meant plenty of lavish party foods in fun formats, a convenient take on Christmas dinner centrepieces and choices for everyone across all categories, of all tastes and diets. Here are 10 of its new festive products that caught our eye.Check out our other Christmas 2019 range previews.,Mini pub party foodIt’s all about the novelty across Asda’s party food range this year, with this selection of Extra Special mini pub classics one of the highlights. The selection includes bite-sized cheeseburgers, mini posh hot dogs and mini fish & chips, made up of a tiny portion of tempura-battered fish topped with a single chunky chip and some pea purée.  Pip the Penguin CakePip made quite the star appearance in this year’s Asda range, with mini penguin cakes also on display. But for those looking to go all-out there’s this full-size Pip cake made with soft sponge and raspberry jam and finished with icing and edible decorations that are almost too cute to eat.  Gin-smoked salmon From pink gin cream, to toasted marshmallow gin liqeur and this gin-smoked salmon, the spirit du jour is ubiquitious across Asda’s 2019 range. These slices of Scottish smoked salmon are smoked in traditional brick kilns and then soaked in Makar Scottish gin before being topped with lemon zest and crushed juniper berries. last_img read more

New York City Marathon canceled amid coronavirus pandemic due to health and safety concerns; had been set for Nov. 1

first_imgNew York City Marathon canceled amid coronavirus pandemic due to health and safety concerns; had been set for Nov. 1 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — New York City Marathon canceled amid coronavirus pandemic due to health and safety concerns; had been set for Nov. 1. June 24, 2020center_img Associated Press last_img

Department of Youth Affairs Mentor Programme – Mentors Needed Big Brother Big

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a mentor with the Department of Youth Affairs. We have several programs that require volunteers. In our program Big Brother Big Sister, volunteers will be working as mentor to our youth, ages 11-17.   Mentoring helps young people, especially at-risk youth, succeed in school, work, and life.What makes a good mentor?Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:A sincere desire to be involved with a young personRespect for young peopleActive listening skillsEmpathyAbility to see solutions and opportunitiesFlexibilityBenefits for Young PeopleIncreased high school graduation ratesLower high school dropout ratesHealthier relationships and lifestyle choicesBetter attitude about schoolHigher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirationsEnhanced self-esteem and self-confidenceImproved behavior, both at home and at schoolStronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peersImproved interpersonal skillsPlease express your interest by emailing any of our youth officers [email protected][email protected]  or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Acting National Youth Director at [email protected] Release: Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services Related Items:last_img read more

House Passes LongStalled Disaster Aid Sends to President for Signature

first_img ADC AUTHOR The House finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Monday night, ending a long-delayed stalemate over recovery funding needed after a series of natural disasters over the past year, Roll Call reported.The package, which passed with bipartisan support, was approved by the Senate before the week-long Memorial Day recess, but then became stalled over House procedural hurdles. It received a 354-58 vote Monday evening and now heads to the president for his signature.During the recess the Democrat-led House attempted three times to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but each time a GOP lawmaker blocked approval with objections that a costly spending bill deserves a recorded vote by the entire chamber. They also said it should have included money for the crisis at the southern border.The package includes $3.2 billion to rebuild military installations and Coast Guard facilities that were damaged by extreme weather events in the past year.Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., suffered $3.6 billion in damage from Hurricane Florence in September, and in October Hurricane Michael caused an estimated $3 billion in damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.In March, major Missouri River flooding struck Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., causing $420 million in damage. Those bases and others have been awaiting recovery funds as some repair work has been halted, as On Base has reported.Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Ethan Greenlast_img read more