Eric Lamaze Opens 2010 Season with a Win

first_img 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! Wellington, FL – Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, claimed his first victory of the 2010 season by winning the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round III on Thursday, January 28, at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.A total of 54 horses were entered in the competition, including three ridden by Lamaze. The Olympic Champion increased his chances for victory by delivering three clear rounds over the course designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr. to advance to the jump-off.Competition in the jump-off proved to be tough as a total of 18 horses advanced from the first round. Lamaze took the early lead with a clear round in a time of 38.16 seconds riding Ronaldo, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Ashland Stables. His lead would hold for the next seven horses until young American rider, Brianne Goutal of New York, NY, jumped clear in a faster time of 37.91 seconds with Ballade van het Indihof.Lamaze, however, was next in the ring and reclaimed his place at the top of the leader board by delivering a clear round in an incredible time of 36.49 seconds with Ultra Boy. Although several came close, none who followed could catch Lamaze, and the Olympic Individual Gold and Team Silver Medalist had the final say with the final entry of the day. His young mount, Coriana van Klapscheut, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Artisan Farms LLC, had a rail at the third fence on the shortened jump-off course, but victory already belonged to Lamaze. For the win with Ultra Boy, Lamaze collected $9,000 in prize money for the horse’s owner, Ashland Stables.“I’ve been taking my time with him,” said Lamaze whose owners, the Fleischhacker family of Ashland Stables, purchased the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion in December of 2008. “I was really looking forward to stepping him up here in Florida, and this is a great start. I am looking forward to a great season here with him.”Of his jump-off strategy, Lamaze said, “I don’t know him that well in a jump-off. I have never gone this fast with him, ever. I was very happy with how he handled the speed, and he kept the height of his jump. That is what a great horse needs to learn how to do.”Lamaze will continue to compete throughout the 12-week FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 4. His Olympic mount, Hickstead, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood breeding stallion owned by Ashland Stables and Lamaze’s own Torrey Pines Stable, was recently released from quarantine after traveling from Europe, and will begin competing later in the circuit. Email* SIGN UP 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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Santa Fe High School massacre: A closer look at the teachers, students who were killed

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) — Two teachers and eight students, including an exchange student, were killed when a gunman stormed into Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday morning.Thirteen others were injured in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”The suspected gunman, a 17-year-old student, is in custody after allegedly targeting two art classes.Here is what we know about the 10 people killed.Cynthia TisdaleArt room teacher’s aide Cynthia Tisdale, a wife and mother of four, was among the dead, her brother-in-law, John Tisdale, wrote on Facebook.Glenda PerkinsVictim Glenda Perkins had been a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School for years and her grandchildren attend the school, reported The Houston Chronicle.Perkins was a respected member of the high school community, remembered for her patience and great attitude, the newspaper said.“She always had a smile on her face,” junior Jay Mann told the newspaper.Shana FisherShana Fisher was shy, sweet, quiet and talented, her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston.She said the suspected gunman had been “making advances” toward her daughter.“She kept telling him no over the past four months. She finally stood up to him because he kept getting more aggressive,” Fisher said. “And not even a week later he just shoots everyone. And she was the first one.“It would have to take a lot for someone to keep picking at her for her to even say anything,” Fisher said. “‘Cause she’s just, when you introduce her to someone, she automatically puts her head down and smiles. I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why he would do that. Why would you take someone’s life?“I keep expecting her to come home ’cause we can’t view the bodies,” the distraught mother said. “So I don’t think it’s her. Like it’s not real.”Sabika SheikhSabika Sheikh, 17, was an exchange student from Pakistan who was determined to bring her native country closer to America, the Texas family who took in the foreign exchange student told mourners at her funeral on Sunday.“She was the most beautiful, loving person I’ve ever met,” said Jaelyn Cogburn, whose family took in Sabika six months ago as part of the Youth Exchange and Study program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.“She was so loyal to her faith, her country and she only had good things to say about everybody. She loved her family. She couldn’t wait to see them, and she loved us,” Jaelyn added.Jaelyn’s mother, Joleen Cogburn, recalled a conversation she had with Sabika when she first came to live in her home about what she wanted to accomplish as a foreign exchange student.“I asked her how she got involved with wanting to become a foreign exchange student and why, and she said, ‘Because I want to learn the American culture and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture and I want us to come together and unite,’” Cogburn said. “She wanted to be a businesswoman and she said she wanted to impact the world, and I think she’s done that.”Cogburn’s husband, Jason Cogburn, said that in the short time Sabika lived with them, she became as close as one of his daughters.“We had no idea what God was going to send us, but he sent us one of the most precious gifts I’ve ever had in life,” Jason Cogburn said.Angelique RamirezAngelique Ramirez was outgoing, precious, kind, beautiful and smart, according to a Facebook post from her older sister, Araceli Ramirez, who called Angelique “my other half.”“I’ll never forget my best friend, the first baby I ever held in my arms,” Araceli Ramirez wrote. “My baby sister, the person who looked up to me for the longest time.”“You deserved so much, you had so much planned for yourself and they took that away from you,” she wrote. “I’ll see you again my love.”Christopher Jake StoneChristopher Stone, 17, an adventurous thrill seeker, was the youngest of three siblings, but he acted as the protector of his older sisters, his father said, the New York Times reported.“Being a brother was his best job,” his father, also named Christopher Stone, said, according to the newspaper. “He was always there if someone needed someone to listen or some cheering up.”Jared BlackJared Black was in art class — his favorite — when he was killed, The Washington Post reported.He had recently turned 17 and his birthday party was supposed to take place on Saturday, the newspaper said.Jared’s father is “broken and devastated,” family friend Elizabeth McGinnis wrote in a statement, according to the Post.“We miss him so much,” his half-brother, Nick Black, said in a statement, according to the Post. “We wish we would see him at least one more time.”Kimberly VaughanSlain student Kimberly Vaughan was described by a family friend as witty, intelligent and unique, The Houston Chronicle reported.Kimberly was raised by her mother, Rhonda Hart, who works as a bus driver for her daughter’s school district, the newspaper said.While Hart was waiting to learn her daughter’s fate, she still comforted other children, a family friend said, according to the newspaper. One mother wrote on Facebook that the “wonderful” bus driver “did everything she could” to make her daughter “feel safe while not knowing the status of her own child.”Later that afternoon, Hart wrote on Facebook, “We need GUN CONTROL. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR KIDS.”Aaron Kyle McLeodChristian Riley GarciaChristian Riley Garcia, 15, who went by Riley, grew up attending Crosby Church in Crosby, Texas, according to a Friday night Facebook post from Pastor Keenan Smith.“I just left his wonderful, loving family and extended all of the prayers and love for them from our Church,” Smith wrote. “I don’t know exactly how, but I know together in Christ we can make it.”Smith posted a photo he said was taken about 10 days earlier, showing the teenager posing next to scripture on a piece of wood. Smith said this was going to be the door frame of his new bedroom.“Riley you are greatly loved and greatly missed,” Smith said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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WeWork layoffs loom, de Blasio is skeptical of commercial rent control

first_imgEvery weekday The Real Deal rounds up New York’s biggest real estate happenings. We update this page throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m. Please send any tips or deals to [email protected] page was last updated at 9 a.m. The WeWork layoffs could happen as soon as this week. The co-working company could let go at least 4,000 employees, although this number may end up being as high as 5,000 or 6,000. Its core office space subletting business would let go 2,000 to 2,500 employees, while 1,000 more would leave as the company sells or shuts down its non-core businesses. [NYT] WeWork is reportedly facing an SEC probeWeWork is also dealing with a reported SEC investigation. The inquiry is said to focus on whether the company broke reporting rules — particularly when it came to potential conflicts of interest — ahead of its IPO. [TRD] The real estate industry and Mayor Bill de Blasio are aligned on this big issue: Both skeptical of a City Council plan to regulate commercial rents. The bill from Council member Stephen Levin would create a Commercial Rent Guidelines Board that would regulate rents on certain small retail, manufacturing and office spaces. However, de Blasio has already expressed skepticism about the idea, saying at a Thursday press conference, “Every time that I’ve been in a conversation over [the] years, on commercial rent control, I can’t find a legal way to do it.” [Gothamist] 166 Berry Street in Brooklyn and Wharton Properties’ Jeff Sutton (Credit: Google Maps)A Williamsburg building sold for a record price. Wharton Properties bought 166 Berry Street for $20 million, which works out to $3,226 per square foot. The seller’s brokers say this is a record for the neighborhood. [TRD] Knotel will likely slow down its growth. Co-founder Edward Shenderovich said at a panel on Tuesday that the company has grown almost fourfold over the past year, and “given what happened with WeWork, we will probably slow down.” Knotel’s portfolio in New York City spans 2.5 million square feet, which includes 780,000 square feet of space that is currently or soon to be vacant. [Crain’s] Manhattan saw 21 luxury contracts signed for about $158 million last week. Both figures were up from the previous week, when 20 contracts were signed for about $134 million. The properties spent an average of 656 days on the market and had an average discount of 6 percent from the original asking price. [Olshan] Brooklyn’s luxury market saw 19 contracts signed for about $61.3 million last week. Both numbers were up from the previous week, when 14 contracts were signed for about $45.4 million. The properties spent an average of 151 days on the market and had an average discount of 5 percent. [Compass]  Masayoshi Son told Adam Neumann he reminded him of Jack Ma. Ma had turned SoftBank’s $20 million investment in Alibaba into a $200 million company. Son had high hopes he would see similar results with his investment in WeWork. In 2016, Son was also almost two hours late for a tour of WeWork’s Manhattan headquarters and told Neumann he only had 12 minutes when he arrived. [Fast Company] An affordable housing project for Far Rockaway has passed the City Council. The project is known as Edgemere Commons, and it will bring 2,050 affordable housing units across 11 buildings to the site of the former Peninsula Hospital. It will also include a Western Beef supermarket and community space. [Curbed] Thor Equities landed a $92 million refinancing in Downtown Brooklyn. The loan for the office and retail property at 180 Livingston Street comes from MetLife. Thor bought the building in 2015 for $136 million. [CO] A lawsuit accuses the Forge in Long Island City of discriminating against the disabled. The lawsuit from the Fair Housing Justice Center argues that the hallways and main entrance of the building are too narrow for wheelchairs. It also claims that thermostats and outlets are out of reach and door handles are inaccessible. [The City] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Garden opens just for groups

first_imgThe Dorothy Clive Garden in Staffordshire is now exclusively open to groups on weekdays between October and March.Groups will have the run of the place on off-peak weekdaysThe garden now opens year-round, except at Christmas. While the general public and groups are welcome every weekend off-peak, groups now have the run of the garden on weekdays.The garden is 10 miles from junction 15 on the M6. It has allocated coach parking, discounts for groups, private guided tours and private catering arrangements.The garden dates from 1940, when Colonel Harry Clive created interesting walks in a disused quarry for his wife Dorothy, a sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease. It now welcomes 25,000 visitors annually, and features woodland plants, flowers, water features, sculptures, a laburnum tunnel and herbaceous borders.In the last five years a new Royal Botanic glasshouse with Mediterranean planting, edible woodland, winter garden, AGM border, rose garden, tropical borders and orchard have opened.Visit www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk or email [email protected]last_img read more

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Honk for Hope London protest ‘could attract 500 coaches’

first_imgThe Honk for Hope movement will turn its attention to London on Monday 20 July with a protest that organisers hope could attract 500 coaches. It aims to draw further government attention to the plight of the industry after ministers rejected support proposals on 15 July.An event in London follows two earlier Honk for Hope gatherings in the north of England, at Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire on 1 July and in Blackpool (pictured) on 14 July that was held concurrently with a protest in West Wales. It being organised by Jenna Rush, Managing Director of North East Coach Travel, and Alan Chown, General Manager at Dhillon of London.Westminster drive-by hoped for in Honk for Hope LondonFinal details and timings will be announced later on Friday 17 July, but the day will start with many coaches initially meeting at Beaconsfield, Cobham, Reading and South Mimms motorway service areas. They will then head towards central London via the M4, joining a further group from Heston services on the way.The exact route to be followed from there is still to be decided. Ms Rush and Mr Chown are working with the Metropolitan Police to finalise those plans, but the hope is to involve a drive through Westminster, including Parliament Square.The convoy will not stop in Central London and Mr Chown has stressed that laws must be observed at all times if public opinion is to be swayed in support of the coach industry.“We want to have the maximum impact with no inconvenience,” he says. “There must be no negative publicity. The Metropolitan Police is happy with the approach that we have taken and has thanked us for liaising with it ahead of the protest.”Mr Chown has also reassured operators that may be concerned about the Traffic Commissioners’ views on those participating. “We have asked about any potential issues and were told by a TC that they have no problem with our actions if it is all carried out legally.”The Confederation of Passenger Transport is assisting the Honk for Hope organisers with some logistical considerations, including for parking arrangements after the road run through central London.Media involvement planned for latest protestEfforts are being made to secure the use of a parking area that is large enough to accommodate all coaches in attendance after the drive-through of Central London. If that is not possible, an alternative will involve around 40 coaches stopping in an authorised location where media interviews will take place.As of the morning of Friday 17 July, 300 coaches were confirmed for the protest. But the organisers hope that number will rise to 500 over the weekend.“London will have never seen anything like this. We are expecting many operators that have already participated in Honk for Hope protests to be present along with more from the South East and from as far away as Cornwall and Wales,” he adds.last_img read more

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NTSB: Va. Medevac Crew Not Alerted To Third Plane

first_imgNTSB Preliminary Report Another flight nurse also reported feeling a bump but said he didn’t see anything outside the helicopter. WEYERS CAVE, Va. – The crew of a medical helicopter didn’t see a small airplane before the two aircraft collided in the air near a rural airport in the Shenandoah Valley, federal investigators have found. The 1967 Cessna 172’s right wing was separated in the Dec. 31 collision and the plane crashed. The plane’s pilot, 32-year-old Jason A. Long of Edinburg, and a passenger, 19-year-old Jacob H. Kiser of Grottoes, were killed. The Eurocopter landed safely at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave and three people aboard were uninjured, the report said. According to the report, the helicopter pilot told investigators that the aircraft was descending and was at about 500 feet above ground level when he “saw about 2 feet of white wing right outside.” The pilot said he “pulled power” and then felt contact. One flight nurse aboard the helicopter reporting feeling a bump and a shudder. She looked out and saw a white rectangle under the helicopter for “less than a millisecond.”center_img ___ The helicopter was returning to the airport after dropping off a patient at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. The airplane was on a local personal flight that originated at the airport. The 2005 Eurocopter’s collision avoidance system displayed two other planes in the area but didn’t alert the crew to the third plane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report. WHSV-TV reported the federal agency’s preliminary findings Tuesday. Information from: WHSV-TV, http://www.whsv.com/last_img read more

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Norway Tunnel Fire Sends 55 to Hospital

first_imgOSLO, Norway (AP) – A truck caught fire in Norway’s second-longest tunnel Monday, leading to the evacuation of 160 people – 55 of whom were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation and other injuries. The truck caught fire 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) into the tunnel, Gudvangatunnelen, in a district east of Bergen, police spokesman Jorn Lasse Refnes said. Gudvangatunnelen is 11.4 kilometers (7.08 miles) long and is in the western part of Norway. Rescue services spokesman Reinardt Sorensen said the light went out in the tunnel after the fire. Most of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation, but some people were lightly hurt after they crashed their cars in the darkness, he said. The 160 people evacuated from the tunnel included the truck driver, who walked away uninjured, Sorensen said. He added that it wasn’t yet clear what caused the fire, which was extinguished. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Services today and death notices for Nov. 12

first_img Ralph M. Singleton III, Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. 11 a.m.Lloyd L. Allen, Ridgewood Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 10 a.m.Karen Lynn Hammer, Faith Tabernacle Church, Port Arthur, 2 p.m. Death noticesDudley P. Malveaux, 82, of Port Arthur died Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Patricia Ann Cherry, 58, of Beaumont died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Cop Thi Tran, Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 8 a.m.Nam Pham, Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 10 a.m.Gene Lene, Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, 2 p.m.center_img Services todayGloria Dyer, St. John Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 10 a.m.last_img read more

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Will Anika Noni Rose & Sophie Okonedo Join Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway?

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Related Shows Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of three generations of a family living and struggling together under one roof. The Youngers—Mama, her children Beneatha and Walter Lee, and his wife Ruth and their son Travis—live on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. It is a place in which dreams, like the raisin in the Langston Hughes’ poem from which the play takes its title, wither and die if nothing is done with them. Are Tony winner Anika Noni Rose and Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo moving into the Younger household? According to Showbiz411.com, the actresses may join Tony and Oscar winner Denzel Washington in the previously rumored Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington in Fences, will helm the new production, produced by Scott Rudin. Washington is eyeing the role of Walter Younger in the classic drama. Star Files Rose recently appeared in the Encores! staging of The Cradle Will Rock. She won a 2004 Tony Award for her performance in Caroline, or Change, having previously appeared in Footloose. Rose followed up her Tony win with a starring role in the 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her film credits include The Princess and the Frog, For Colored Girls and Dreamgirls. Okonedo received a 2004 Oscar nomination for her performance in Hotel Rwanda. Her other film credits include Aeon Flux, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things and The Secret Life of Bees. A Raisin in the Sun first premiered on Broadway on March 11, 1959 at the Barrymore Theatre. The play earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Play as well as acting nods for stars Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil. The 2004 revival won Tonys for Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald. The production starred Sean Combs as Walter in his Broadway debut. Sophie Okonedo View Commentslast_img read more

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GMP issues RFP for Stafford Hill Solar Farm in Rutland

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power today issued a request for proposals from companies interested in providing detailed engineering and design services for the Stafford Hill Solar Farm, which GMP hopes will be the largest solar farm in Vermont upon completion. The project, to be built on Rutlands former landfill behind the Stafford Technical Center, is part of Green Mountain Powers effort to make Rutland the solar capital of New England. The project will also contribute to the larger statewide goal of producing 90 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2050, said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell.  Were looking for a designer who can help us maximize production at the site as affordably as possible. Earlier this fall, GMP agreed with the city on a 25-year lease on the former landfill, which is renewable for an additional 25 years. We see this as a win-win-win, said Steve Costello, GMPs vice president for generation and energy innovation.  It creates a productive use of long-fallow land, provides an income to the city, and generates clean, renewable energy for our customers in line with state energy policy and goals. GMP is seeking an experienced firm with a background in designing and engineering solar projects, specifically on landfill and brownfield sites.  The design and engineering work will include photovoltaic arrays, site improvements, electrical work in conformance with the National Electrical Code, coordination with GMP staff and consultants, and verification of all dimensions and conditions at the site.  The site is adjacent to the existing Rutland County Solid Waste District drop-off facility, which will remain in place. Bids are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013. The RFP issued today comes just days before GMP will commission the Creek Path Solar Farm, a 150-kilowatt solar site adjacent to East Creek and Cleveland Avenue. That project, which is expected to come on-line Monday, was also built on a brownfield site that housed an old coal-to-gas plant back in 1901 and sat largely empty for several decades after the 1950s. While we continue to examine a host of sites and encourage others to do so as well, we are focusing our initial development efforts on brownfields, Powell said.  Site selection is a critical part of good solar development, and we believe the Creek Path and Stafford Hill locations are perfect initial sites given the lack of alternative uses and the benefits they will produce. The projects are part of GMPs plan to create and inspire construction of enough solar to provide Rutland with the highest installed solar per capita of any city in the northeast.  This solar development is another foundation stone that we hope will stimulate others to join us to create new economic opportunity for Rutland and Vermont, Powell said. Added Costello: We expect several announcements in the coming months about other projects, some independent of GMP and some involving us directly, which will contribute to our goals in Rutland. In addition to the solar capital effort, GMP is building a new Energy Innovation Center in the former Eastmans Building, where the company expects to develop new generation and pilot new customer programs, efficiency ideas and educational opportunities for students and customers statewide. GMP is also recruiting new business such as Small Dog Electronics to locate in Rutland.  Vermont Energy Investment Corp. and Neighborworks of Western Vermont announced plans to co-locate some staff at the EIC last week. About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.last_img read more

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