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Colleen Loach and Vermont 2nd After CCI4* Dressage in Kentucky

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. CCI4*-STamie Smith and EnVogue. (Photo by RedBayStock.com)At the conclusion of Friday’s dressage, there were changes at the top as Tamie Smith (USA) and EnVogue took over the #1 position in the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian at the Kentucky Horse Park. What had been a three-way tie for first place the day before was broken by Smith (25.4) and Canada’s Colleen Loach, who rode Vermont (27.0) into second place.Smith had originally entered the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare in the CCI5*-L but reconsidered in the lead-up to Kentucky. “This spring she came out and she just wasn’t her attacking self out on cross-country,” Smith said. “I really want to set [the horses] up for success and there wasn’t a lot of success. I had to stop and reflect and think ‘is this the right thing for her?’ I think she needs to do another four-star long before maybe doing Maryland’s CCI5*-L.”Loach was thrilled with the performance of the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding Vermont. “I know he has it in him, but sometimes he can get nervous and with the tension it’s tough, but he really stayed with me every step of the way.”She especially appreciated “that feeling of connectedness throughout the whole test, like he really was listening to every step and I was able to really ride him and ask him for everything.”Loach was introduced to the horse when he arrived from Germany while she was working for Clayton Fredericks. “I told [Canadian eventer] Peter Barry to come look at this horse, because it is a really nice horse and I knew Peter was looking.” Peter ended up buying the horse, but following his stroke in 2017, Loach went back to help out and ended up getting the ride. “I’m very fortunate to have such a lovely horse. I’ve been able to bring him up the levels and we’re developing a pretty strong partnership.”This is the the “giant” 18.2-hand horse’s first 4*-L event. Loach describe ‘Monty’s’ personality as “very emotional. I think he’s starting to trust everybody around him a little bit more, so he’s starting to relax.”Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. (MacMillan Photography)Jessica Phoenix made history when she rode down centreline aboard Watson GS, becoming the first Canadian rider to do 100 four star level events, and one of only 17 riders globally to have achieved that milestone since 2000. Unfortunately, her test was cut short when Watson reared during the rein-back and the pair were rung out shortly thereafter by the judges for “marked lameness.” Phoenix posted on her Facebook page afterward: “Unfortunately, awful timing to develop an abscess in the right hind ‒ but this is sport and we will live to fight another day.”She was certainly vindicated with her second ride of the day aboard the 19-year-old campaigner Pavarotti. They had a fluid, obedient test, scoring 29.8 in the gelding’s first time in the ring this year to snag 8th place. Phoenix spoke to his longevity at the upper levels. “He’s just an exceptional athlete. I have a team of people at home that keep him going every single day. He honestly keeps getting better.”Looking ahead to Saturday, Phoenix called the cross-country course “Incredible. It seems like such a great lead-up to Tokyo ‒ all of the questions that we need to practice are out there.”CCI4*-S leaderboard here.CCI5*-LNo one could dislodge Marilyn Little’s hold on first place with RF Scandalous, but Tamie Smith (USA) and Mai Baum came close with an impressive mark of their own of 21.8.“That was definitely his best performance. He was such a showman,” Smith said. “He was actually really nervous. It was kind of cute because normally he doesn’t really get nerves. He kept blowing his nose and wasn’t eating today. I think he knew it was a big day. He went in the ring and it was absolutely stunning. I almost cried. It was just so nice to have him go in there and have such a good performance.”Looking to the rest of the field, Oliver Townend (GBR) has two in the top five, sitting in third place with Cooley Master Class on 24.1 and in fifth place with Ballaghmor Class on 26.5. Boyd Martin (USA) piloted all three of his CCI5*-L entries into the top eleven: Tsetserleg TSF is fourth (25.4), On Cue is seventh (27.0), and Long Island T is equal eleventh (28.2). The last ride of the day, Buck Davidson and Carlevo, slotted into sixth place with a 26.7.Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges. (MacMillan photo)For the Canadian contingent, Colleen Loach’s third ride down centreline was on another good horse owned by Peter Barry, Qorry Blue d’Argouges, a 17-year-old Selle Francais gelding she has the ride on since before the 2015 Pan Am Games. They scored 34.8 to finish tied for 42nd as top Canadian in the huge CCI5*-L division.“I think maybe my warm-up was just a touch too long,” she said of a bit of tenseness he displayed. “He got a little bit ‘don’t touch me’ in there, but overall he had a lot of good things; the changes were good, which historically we’ve struggled with. The half-passes were good. He just started anticipating the halt in the first centerline and when I put my leg on he kind of objected.”Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. (MacMillan Photography)Hawley Bennett-Awad and the 17-year-old mare Jollybo made the trip from the west coast and scored a respectable 36.7 to end the dressage phase in 53rd place. “She was quite good today,” said Bennett-Awad, who has been riding the mare for just four years. “She was super relaxed. She has been a little saucy just because of being in Florida and the weather being cooler here. But I actually was pleased with her. It’s actually the worst score I’ve ever gotten but you know, like they say, this is not a dressage show.”Keen to get out of the start box on Saturday to tackle the rather formidable cross-country track, she noted, “The course looks big and tough, a typical Derek course.”While she lives in California, Bennett-Awad has been training in Florida and hasn’t been ‘home’ to BC in a long time. “I’m not allowed ‒ it’s just too much of a hassle I haven’t seen my family for a year and a half. It’s crazy.”Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. (MacMillan Photography)The final Canadian rider in the 5*, Lisa Marie Fergusson and her own 15-year-old TB/Welsh cross Honor Me earned 41.1 and finished the day in 60th place.“We had some really good moments, our changes were a lot better,” she said of her test with the horse she has owned since he was four years old. “He got really lit up when the applause started for Dom [Schramm] when they came out. I didn’t get enough time to settle him before I had to go in the ring, so that was a bit unfortunate. It’s always a work in progress. At his age should be better, but he lives for Saturday!”“Vitale” is “such a goofball in the barn. He gives kisses for cookies, he smiles, he’s just a big clown. He likes to throw blankets on the ground. I got him because I’ve had four of the Welsh crosses and they’ve all gone through advanced. I had his full brother Smart Move, who was incredible.”Like many eventers from the Great White North, Fergusson is now based in the States, but managed to see her family in Canada in November ‒ with required quarantine of course.Her thoughts on the course?: “It looks like a whole lot of fun. I’m glad I’m sitting on the horse I’m sitting on!”CCI5*-L leaderboard here.The CCI4*-S was originally scheduled to run cross-country on Saturday morning, but the timetable has been reversed due to the expected weather conditions. The CCI5*-L will go cross-country first starting at 8:30 am and the CCI4*-S will run in the afternoon. Without spectators on the course to cheer them on it is sure to be an eerily quiet day for the riders. You can watch the livestream here free of charge with a USEF Fan Membership, which is available at no cost using the code LRK3DE21. https://www.usef.org/network~ with files from Classic Communications Tags: Jessica Phoenix, Pavarotti, Lisa Marie Fergusson, Honor Me, Qorry Blue D’Argouges, Colleen Loach, Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Watson GS, Vermont, Tamie Smith, EnVogue, 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. SIGN UP last_img read more

Sailors Assigned to USS Underwood Visit Childern’s Home in Valparaiso, Chile

first_img View post tag: Chile View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Assigned View post tag: Underwood View post tag: sailors View post tag: Childern View post tag: USS View post tag: home View post tag: Navalcenter_img Sailors Assigned to USS Underwood Visit Childern’s Home in Valparaiso, Chile View post tag: Visit Sailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) paid a visit to a children’s home in Valparaiso, Chile, for a community relations (COMREL) project, June 7.The group of 13 Sailors showed up with boxes of donations from Project Handclasp, painting supplies, and a desire to make improvements for the boys living at Arturo Prat Children’s Home.“The team from the Underwood came here to paint and renovate certain areas of the establishment,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Josue Negron, who led the COMREL. “We spent a lot of time interacting with the kids, just talking and playing with them.”Arturo Prat Children’s Home is home to 72 boys who range in age from 5 to 18. Underwood Sailors were joined by a group of Chilean sailors, and together they spent time repainting the stone walls outside the home’s buildings, as well as handrails for several sets of concrete steps.“One of my favorite parts of today happened while I was painting, and one of the kids came over and just started helping out and trying to interact with me and talk to me,” said Engineman 3rd Class (SW) Scottie Morris. “I only understood a little bit [because of the language barrier], but it was nice seeing the smile on his face because he was able to help.”After the Sailors finished painting outside, they headed inside one of the buildings to present the children with boxes of donations from Project Handclasp.The donations included a box of hygiene items, a box of general medical supplies, and five boxes of stuffed animals.“Their children’s reaction to the Sailors has been very receptive,” said Negron. “They’ve just been very cheerful and happy with smiling faces, trying to speak with us to improve their English. We definitely left a fingerprint on their hearts and minds. I don’t think they’ll ever forget us and vice versa.”Underwood is deployed to Central and South America, and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) support USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 11, 2012 June 11, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Assigned to USS Underwood Visit Childern’s Home in Valparaiso, Chile Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Valparaisolast_img read more

Instant Oxford MAs under fire

first_imgSam Folkard, a third year student Medicine student, was more optimistic. He said, “It is clear to employers that the MA isn’t awarded on merit. It may be an antiquated tradition, but so are sub fusc, gowns and other central aspects of Oxford life.” Approximately 3,000 Oxbridge graduates a year convert their BA degrees to MAs, a title which is only awarded elsewhere to students who have completed a year of further studies.In 2000, a study conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) found that nearly two thirds of employers were unaware that the Oxbridge MA was an honorary title and not an academic qualification. The practice of awarding complimentary MA degrees to Oxbridge BA students two or three years after they graduate has been criticised by MPs, who called it “unfair” and “outdated”. “Perhaps it is time for us to acknowledge that the rest of the world has moved on, and to align ourselves, reluctantly, with a world that believes that a degree should only be awarded for academic achievement.” Traditionally Oxford students can claim a Master of Arts (MA) title seven years after matriculating for a bachelor’s degree in exchange for a small administration fee. “Creating a level playing field of minimum academic standards for Master’s degrees would enhance the integrity of all universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.” “It’s time to discontinue the ability of Oxbridge colleges to award un-earned qualifications that can cause such easy confusion. This practice of awarding MA degrees without the need for further study or exams has previously been described as ‘one of the best-kept secrets in academia’.” A spokesperson for the Oxford University Press Office said that the issue had only been raised by a specific MP and it was therefore difficult to gauge public opinion on whether the system should be changed. The spokesperson added that the QAA research Leslie had used as grounds for change was relatively outdated. Students at Cambridge can similarly convert their BA six years after their first term of study. However, politicians have now proposed banning the practice amid claims it could give Oxbridge graduates an unfair advantage in the jobs market.center_img Writing for the Telegraph, Chris Leslie added, “It is highly unfair to perpetuate this fast-track award merely on the assumption that a BA (Hons) from these two institutions justifies a complimentary equivalent award. When asked about the validity of the Oxbridge MA, Callum Dunbar, a second year historian at Christ Church, said, “I agree with Leslie; while many of the traditional aspects of life at Oxbridge add something special to the university experience, being qualified at Masters level without the work required to gain such a degree in other universities seems highly unfair on those who have worked and paid to extend studies.” “Ultimately the decision will come down to a greater number of factors than merely the academic merits of an MA over a BA, and so if the awarding of such degrees is to be scrapped, then maybe there should be further justification.” Alex Baines, a second year English student, said, “Perhaps the claim that this token degree affects employment opportunities in any significant way is also misguided. It is not the first time the tradition has come under pressure. In 2000, 58 MPs signed an Early Day Motion calling on Oxford and Cambridge to phase out honorary MA degrees. Speaking at last year’s Cambridge University’s Senate, Dr Neil Dodgson, a tutor in computing, said, “Many find it offensive that we should award a degree for doing nothing more than being able to breathe for three years. “While this tradition may well appear harmless, there are many employers across the country who won’t know the difference between MA (Oxon) and MA (Nottingham). On Tuesday Labour MP Chris Leslie headed a cross-party group lobbying Parliament to consider scrapping the complimentary MA. Leslie told MPs, “There is no logical or justifiable defence for this historical anachronism. It grew out of ancient circumstances that have long become irrelevant.last_img read more

OO admins apologise for “Purge”

first_imgFollowing the changes that have been made in discussion rules for the Open Oxford group supporting free speech on Facebook, admin Ash MQ published an apology on behalf of the entire team. Members of the group had been banned from the conversation without prior warning for posting messages considered unrelated, leading to protests and the creation of Oxford Rebellion in response to what some called the “purge.”Declaring they “reserve the right to remove posts and ban members for abusive and off-topic posts”, the three admins of the group, Alex McGann, Jacob Williams and Ash MQ announced the new set of rules they had agreed on in the afternoon of April 1. This change has failed to satisfy the members of the group, despite Jacob Williams evoking the fact that the decision of banning a user would be “somewhat arbitrary” but entirely normal in order for the discussion to function.A message of apologies has been posted by Ash MQ, in which the admins states that the team is sorry for the unexpected series of bans. According to Ash MQ, this happened before the whole team decided to change the rules and the admins now agree to say that such rapid action was necessary but should have been preceded by “formal warnings”.In his post, Ash MQ wrote, “Shitposting is definitely a problem, and so I am fully behind the changes to the guidelines — but the bannings should not have happened until after we instated the new guidelines, and only after we had issued formal warnings to the culprits.”Ash MQ told Cherwell, “The modest rule changes are definitely a good thing.“I just don’t support the fact the rule changes were enforced before the rule changes were announced (which happened without my knowledge or control), so I reversed that, and apologised on behalf of the admin panel. From now on the new rules will be enforced,” he added. “All the admins are behind what I did.”last_img read more

Disciplinary Commission: AG Hill Claiming He Is Above Ethics Rules

first_imgThe Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has accused Attorney General Curtis Hill of seeking special treatment in the disciplinary proceedings brought against him, arguing in court filings that Hill’s case must go before a hearing panel to protect the public interest. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare “As a general intent crime,” the commission wrote, “battery requires that the actor merely has knowledge he is engaged in the conduct and does not require ‘intent’ of harm.”Even so, the commission’s response notes Sigler warned against reading conclusions into his report that weren’t there. But according to the commission, Hill has inappropriately read the report as exonerating him.Hill “asserts that the Commission is being disrespectful to the special prosecutor by asserting a Rule 8.4(b) violation when the prosecutor declined to file a criminal charge,” commission attorneys wrote in a footnote. “It is the respondent who has shown disregard for the special prosecutor’s report by ignoring the special prosecutor’s warning.”In the March 19 disciplinary complaint, Hill is charged with violations of Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) and (d), which relate to his fitness as a lawyer and prejudice to the administration of justice. The AG argued his alleged misconduct if true, would neither reflect adversely on his fitness nor prejudice the administration of justice. Further, he argues the “offensive personality” charge brought against him under Admission and Discipline Rule 22 is “void for vagueness.”The Disciplinary Commission, however, said that as Indiana’s chief legal officer, the attorney general has duties that are “extremely far-reaching and important to the welfare of the State of Indiana and the enforcement of the law.” As support for its argument, the commission cited to Matter of Seat, 588 N.E.2d 1262, 1264 (Ind. 1992), in which a deputy prosecutor was disciplined for drunken driving.“It is not logical to determine that a deputy prosecutor’s criminal conduct is prejudicial to the administration of justice for a single offense of Operating While Intoxicated, and then conclude that the conduct of the Attorney General, who has committed multiple acts of battery and/or an act of sexual battery is not,” the commission wrote. “The conduct of the Attorney General will have an exponentially greater impact on diminishing public confidence and will result in a greater prejudice to the administration of justice.”In addition to resubmitting its request for the Supreme Court to appoint a hearing officer, the Disciplinary Commission also urged the justices to issue specific rulings or opinions on each of the arguments Hill and his attorney, former commission director Donald Lundberg, raise in their motion against a hearing officer or panel.“What his motion boils down to is that the respondent seeks special and favorable treatment by the Court that no other lawyer would ever obtain,” the commission concluded. “He seeks this Court, in essence, to declare that he is a lawyer whose conduct is above the Rules of Professional Conduct, simply because he is the Attorney General. The Commission can think of nothing that would deepen the mistrust of the judicial system, diminish the esteem of the Supreme Court and prejudice the administration of justice more than if the Court were to grant the respondent’s motion.”It’s not clear what effect a sanction against Hill might have on his ability to serve as attorney general. If he were suspended or disbarred, he would seemingly be precluded from performing the legal duties of his position, at least temporarily.Hill has vehemently denied the allegations of sexual misconduct and has expressed confidence that the disciplinary matter if it proceeds, will be resolved in his favor. The case is In the Matter of Curtis T. Hill, Jr., 19S-DI-00156.For more on the unique questions raised by the disciplinary complaint against Hill, read the April 3 edition of Indiana Lawyer.center_img The commission filed a response Friday to Hill’s previous motion to decline the appointment of a hearing officer or panel. The officer or three-person panel would serve as the “trial judge” in the disciplinary proceeding and could make a recommendation on sanctions to the Supreme Court, which has the sole authority to impose discipline.In response to the commission’s motion to appoint a three-master hearing panel — which is usually only done for judicial discipline — Hill argued the consequences of allegations that he drunkenly groped four women at a legislative party in March 2018 were best left to voters in a political forum, rather than to a court in a judicial forum. He also said that because a special prosecutor declined to charge him with criminal conduct, a disciplinary proceeding would be unwarranted and “unprecedented.”The commission, however, rejected each of those assertions in its response Friday, arguing instead that the disciplinary proceedings against Hill are independent of criminal proceedings brought by a prosecutor or ethical proceedings brought against state officials. Inspector General Lori Torres found Hill’s alleged misconduct did not violate state ethics rules, though both she and special prosecutor Daniel Sigler said they believed the accounts of Hill’s four accusers.Additionally, the commission said the four women’s decision to seek civil redress against Hill and the state has no bearing on whether the disciplinary action can proceed.“The respondent’s motion (to decline a hearing panel), by any measure, is an extraordinary request for the Court to ignore its long-established rules and procedures and grant an ordering ending the case summarily, despite his statement that the allegations are contested,” the commission wrote. “In short, the respondent has requested a special procedure, or rather, non-procedure, just for him.”Multiple lawyer ethics attorneys have told Indiana Lawyer they have never seen a disciplinary proceeding where a hearing officer or panel was not appointed. In his motion, Hill pointed to Matter of Haith, 49S00-9707-DI-422, in which the Supreme Court declined to appoint a hearing officer. According to Hill’s motion, Haith was subsequently dismissed, but the Disciplinary Commission has argued that Hill’s reliance on Haith makes his motion an inappropriate motion to dismiss.If a hearing officer were not appointed, some ethics attorneys have said the disciplinary proceeding could conceivably be heard directly by the Supreme Court justices. However, the justices typically appoint hearing officers to make findings of fact and conclusions of law before the high court makes a final decision on sanctions.To bolster its argument in favor of appointing a hearing panel, the Disciplinary Commission cited to numerous attorney discipline cases in which lawyers were disciplined for conduct that was not charged, for which they were acquitted or that occurred outside of their official duties. Among the cases cited was Matter of Riddle, 700 N.E.2d 788, 793 (Ind. 1998), in which the court held that, “… (T)his Court may find a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct even where there has been no criminal charges against or criminal conviction of respondent.”“The reason that criminal charges are not a requisite for asserting a violation of Rule 8.4(b) is that the nature and purpose of disciplinary proceedings are fundamentally different from those of the criminal justice system,” the commission wrote, citing Matter of Roberts, 442 N.E.2d 986 (Ind. 1983).Hill’s motion against a hearing officer or panel relies heavily on special prosecutor Sigler’s decision not to press criminal charges. In announcing his decision, Sigler said he could not prove the “intent” element of battery, an element the commission said in its Friday motion was misapplied.last_img read more

ATTORNEY SCOTT DANKS SELECTED AS CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNER

first_imgATTORNEY SCOTT DANKS SELECTED AS CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNERWe are pleased to announce that the extremely popular and highly respected Evansville attorney SCOTT DANKS has been selected as the seventh (7th) and final CCO “Outstanding Community Service” Award Winner” for 2016.   Mr.Danks has provided a great deal of free legal work to those who can’t afford to hire legal counsel but has donated many of thousands of dollars to not-for-profits who serve the poor and disadvantaged.Mr Danks is a 1989 graduate of Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law and a founding partner of the Danks & Danks Law Firm.Scott is married and is the father of six (6) children. His two (2) oldest sons are attending law school at Scott’s alma mater.Scott has been admitted to all Indiana Courts, The United States Supreme Court, The United States Tax Courts, and The United States Court of Federal Claims.He was selected to the United States Department of Justice Law Institute and received an Outstanding service award for his representation of chapter seven (7) of the Disabled American Veterans. Scott has successfully argued before the Indiana Supreme Court.Scott’s primary areas of practice are criminal defense, family law, and personal injury law. He has previously served as the attorney for the Common Council of the City of Evansville and as an assistant City Attorney for the City of Evansville.So far the 2016 the “Outstanding Community Services Awards” are Vicki Hubiak President Of HR Solutions and Anne Audain six time Olympian and world record holder in the 500 meter race., Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, County Councilman Thomas J. Shelter, The Honorable Judge David Kiely and John Friend CPA.This years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on November 2, 2016. This event is a complete sell out.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

King and Queen of Plop Contest Falls at 11 a.m. Friday

first_imgThe King and Queen of Plop Contest is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, on the beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier.WHAT: Ocean City’s King and Queen of Plop (Fall Guy-Fall Gal Contests)WHEN: Friday, August 29, 11 a.m. WHERE: Ninth Street Beach adjacent to the Ocean City Music Pier (south side)WHAT IS THIS? Ocean City notables welcome the fall season by performing artistic, slow motion plops (or falls) on the beach. They are not eligible for prizes. Following the notables, amateurs of all ages compete for the King and Queen of Plop Trophies and ribbons. Entry is free. All participants receive “ Proper Plopper Certificates” to testify that they have competed in this unique contest.CONTACT: Mark Soifer, (609) 525-9300 or cell (609) 364-4010Celebrity ploppers include Nancy Fox from Fox Vocal Arts whose Super Sopranos will sing an inspiring aria and then plop; The World’s Only Wind Chimes Band that will perform its chart topping mega hit, “Brother Can You Spare a Chime” and then tinkle Jingle Bells while Santa Claus plops; Doug Jewell of Air Circus, AKA Pirate Arrrgh! who will do something Piratey and then plop; Trash Buster, the City’s environmental Icon, who will recite the Propper Plopper Poem and then demonstrate the art of proper plopping; The Ocean City Walking Fish who will walk to the strains of “The Walk of Life” and then plop; Jerry Lukas, the Ninja Turtle Plopper who will entertain spectators before plopping; Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, who with Miss Ocean City, Little Miss Ocean City, and Junior Miss Ocean City will stroll to the tune of Plop and Circumstance before plopping … Plus the Shriver’s Plopping Salt Water Taffy and more.The Celebrity Ploppers will be followed by Amateur Ploppers of all ages who will compete for prizes. An awards ceremony will conclude the event capped by a mass Plopping when all contestants and celebrities join hands and recite: “Ring Around the Sandy, Don’t we all look Dandy, Thank you Wind Chimes Bandy, We all, Fall, Down!!!”— News release from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Governor Holcomb extends prohibition on evictions, foreclosures

first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Previous articleFamily Fun Day Camps scheduled for July at South Bend parkNext articleHistoric Renovation Grant Program now open for Indiana applicants Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest Governor Holcomb extends prohibition on evictions, foreclosures Twitter (Photo supplied/Holcomb for Governor) Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has extended the prohibition on evictions, foreclosures and the disconnection of utility services.The prohibition on evictions from rental properties and on filing foreclosures are both extended through July 31.Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the ongoing pandemic may be eligible for rental assistance. Applications for the $25-million Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will be accepted online beginning Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m.Utilities, both regulated by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and non-regulated, are prohibited to service disconnections through August 14.Holcomb’s executive order also extends temporary licensing of the following health care workers who do not currently hold an active license to practice for an additional 30 days:medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five yearsmedical professionals who hold licenses in other statescertain medical students and graduatesClick here to see the full executive order. center_img TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19executive orderextensionforeclosuresgovernor eric holcombIndianapandemicprohbitionutility disconnection WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – July 1, 2020 0 431 Facebooklast_img read more

News story: Troika statement on South Sudan forum

first_imgThe members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the parties’ constructive efforts toward compromise for the benefit of the people of South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) over the last two weeks in Addis Ababa. The Troika expresses its appreciation for and fully supports the continuing effort by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to restore peace through the HLRF, and commends the tireless efforts of the IGAD Special Envoy Ambassador Ismail Wais and the mediation team.The Troika underscores the critical importance of the parties creating a conducive environment for peacemaking: fighting while talking is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The parties must make good on their promises to implement the Agreement on a Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) signed in December 2017. We take note and support the intention by IGAD and the African Union to identify and impose consequences on those undermining peace as soon as possible and we stand ready to support them in their efforts. Implementation of the ACOH must also include the release of political prisoners and prisoners of war, the end to the use of child soldiers and sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon. The parties must also allow unfettered access for Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) monitors and for humanitarian assistance and aid workers responding to Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.While useful dialogue has taken place over the past two weeks, there is much more for the parties to do if the HLRF is to make meaningful and sustainable progress towards peace. The Troika calls on all parties to reconvene as soon as possible, without preconditions, to address the important security and governance arrangements that are essential for peace. We urge all parties to take steps to maintain the momentum of the process and refrain from comments or actions that could make returning to dialogue more difficult. We urge the parties to agree that a negotiated arrangement for an inclusive transitional government that reflects South Sudan’s diversity is needed. We encourage the parties to set as priorities the separation of powers, dispute resolution and reconciliation mechanisms, service delivery, and accountability. Arrangements must not advantage any political, armed, or ethnic group. We call on the parties to develop practical security arrangements that end violence and build confidence, and set out a realistic path to broader security sector reform. We urge the parties to support financial reforms that address corruption and build confidence in public institutions.The Troika renews its firm view that elections in 2018 are not viable given the continuing conflict, lack of security, displacement of one third of the population, and severe food insecurity affecting half the population. It calls on all parties to reject any unilateral effort to extend power though the ballot box, the legislature, or military means. A negotiated path to elections also means the protection of fundamental political freedoms, and significant improvements in security and humanitarian conditions. The Troika continues to stand with the people of South Sudan and urges their leaders to move expeditiously to achieve the peace their people deserve.Further information For journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiriescenter_img Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

Mickey Hart Explains Why John Mayer Is A Perfect Fit For The Grateful Dead’s Music

first_imgThough many people were skeptical of John Mayer’s inclusion in the newest Grateful incantation, Dead & Company, those involved with the project have been nothing but faithful. Indeed, Mayer’s guitar playing has converted the most cynical into believers; a fact that guys like Mickey Hart could have predicted years ago. In a new interview with Radio.com, Hart digs in deep when asked about performing with Mayer.“John’s great, John really gets it,” says Hart. “He really was thirsty, he came to drink at our fountain. And he took major gulps! He was so enthusiastic, a great student of the music, he gave everything he had. That was a great commitment. He’s really a nice guy to be around, and he plays his a– off.He didn’t try to copy Jerry, he’s not a clone, he’s not a Jerry clone at all, but he definitely respects the songs. That’s what you would hope someone would do when they come into this kind of thing. We have 450 songs. Next year, we’ll probably learn some more songs to expand our repertoire. Right now we’ve got like 90 under our belt, so it’ll grow. He’s really a true musician, very much like Jerry. Jerry just cared about the music and playing his guitar. I couldn’t speak more highly about John.”The interviewer continues, asking about Mayer’s work as a mainstream pop star. Hart says, “All music has its beauty to it; he writes those beautiful pop songs. But he’s not a pop star in the Grateful Dead, he’s a recovering pop star (laughs). He plays pop music very well, though. I’m not really into pop music myself.He adapts, he’s such a great musician, he’s like a gunslinger on the guitar. He has a great mind; he remembers a lot. After we do a song a few times, he thinks about it and then he dreams about it, And once it gets in his dreams, then he can really have fun with it. I told him it would happen for him. I said, “Be careful John, if you get in too deep, it’ll turn into a habit, so understand what you’re getting into!””Mickey Hart also talks about his solo career and the introduction of “World Music” to American audiences. He says that a new album is in the works, one that will likely be supported by a tour. He also talks about drumming with President George H. W. Bush, with Bill Kreutzmann, and more. Check it out here.last_img read more