Horse Sport Enews 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. Email* The Canadian Show Jumping Team athletes have been named for the FEI Nations’ Cup, taking place during the CSIO 3* Samorin, SVK, set for Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2017.The Canadian Show Jumping Team competing in the €30,000 FEI Nations’ Cup on Sept. 1 will be selected from the following horse/rider combinations:Rider/Hometown/Horse/OwnerFrancois Lamontagne /Saint-Eustache, QC/Chanel du Calvaire/Francois LamontagneJordan Macpherson/Toronto, ON/Aldine/Sved Stabeles/Aanwinst/JEM StablesJonathon Millar/Perth, ON/Bonzay/Isotrophic Networks IncWesley Newlands/Toronto, ON/Wieminka B/Westlands Farm/Geisha van Orshof/Westlands FarmBrian Walker/Wellington, FL/Carlson 93/Carlson 93 Syndicate LLCCSIO 3* Samorin represents a nations’ cup debut for Newlands, 29, and Walker, 33, who will wear the iconic red jackets – symbolizing senior Canadian Show Jumping Team status – for the very first time in their careers.An experienced senior team member, Millar last represented Canada in a nations’ cup in 2016, helping the team to a sixth place finish in the $112,900 FEI Nations Cup held in Ocala, FL. This is the second time Lamontagne and Macpherson have been named to a nations’ cup team. Lamontagne made his team debut in 2012 at the CSIO 2* Buenos Aires in Argentina, helping Canada take second. Interestingly, Macpherson’s debut took place in Slovakia, when she was part of the third-placed Canadian team at the 2014 CSIO 3* Bratislava.The Canadian athletes will be led by Chef d’Équipe, Mark Laskin during the CSIO 3* Samorin.Nations’ cup classes are the only type of jumping competitions where riders compete in teams of four and face off against other countries. To determine overall team scores, the top three scores from each team are counted toward the final result of the two-round competition.For more information on the CSIO 3* Samorin, visit www.xbionicsphere.com/en/equestor. Further details on the FEI Nations’ Cup series can be found at www.fei.org. Tags: CSIO 3* Samorin, SIGN UP
(Credit: iStock)Institutional investors in Canada are prioritizing North American real estate over other alternative investment options despite some reservations about financial performance.CIBC Mellon, headquartered in Toronto, commissioned a study to find out more about how institutional investors in Canada were thinking about alternative investments.The report, titled “Race for Assets: Canada vs. the World,” showed that 42 percent of respondents favored real estate for alternative investment. However, the performance of real-estate investments ranked worse than infrastructure, private equity, private debt and hedge funds.“The biggest takeaway is that, of all the respondents we had, none indicated that they’re going to decrease allocations to alternatives,” Jon Lofto, director of alternatives at CIBC Mellon, told Real Estate News Exchange.In fact, the study showed that 92 percent of respondents favored increasing their exposure to North American real estate over other regions.“The predominance of real estate can be attributed to strongly rising property markets globally since the global financial crisis,” the report stated. “Nowhere has this been more evident than in Canada itself: Real estate prices nationally increased by over 44 percent in the five years to November 2018, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.” [RENX] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt8413204:192(12)9 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…9702280:248(32)14 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg9207227:257(-30)4 3. Telekom Veszprém9423239:235(4)10 ShareTweetShareShareEmail 6. Orlen Wisla Plock9225231:243(-12)6 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsFC Barcelona Lassa took revenge on PSG Handball 35:32 and got back on the leading place at Group A before New Year’s break.Kiril Lazarov was TOP scorer in the winning team with nine goals.35 – Barcelona Lassa: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (4), Mem (1), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Syprzak (3), Jallouz (6), Rivera (5, 1p); Lazarov (9, 3p), Sorhaindo (3), Andersson (3), Ariño, N’Guessan .32 – París Saint-Germain: Omeyer (Skoff); Abaló (5), Remili, Luka Karabatic (5), Mollgaard (3), Nikola Karabatic (4), Gensheimer (3); Nielsen, Stepancic (2), Hansen (7p), Narcisse (3).STANDINGS: Related Items: 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen8107210:249(-39)2 4. THW Kiel9414226:231(-5)9 Click to comment 1. FC Barcelona Lassa9801268:230(38)16 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.
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team was docked 40 driver and 40 owner points as part of an L1-level penalty following Kevin Harvick’s win Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. As a result, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs picture got a bit of a makeover.To recap: As part of the penalty to the No. 4 team, Harvick was docked 40 points and his win at Texas cannot be used to clinch his spot in the Championship 4. As NBC’s Rick Allen might say — this … changes … everything.The only playoff driver not impacted by the penalty is Joey Logano. The Team Penske wheelman won his way into the Championship 4 at Martinsville, and his status does not change. He’ll race for the title in Miami.The other seven playoff drivers all feel the impact, though — some more than others.RELATED: More on No. 4 penaltyHere’s a look at how the standings shook out, and what it means for the seven drivers all trying to clinch one of the three remaining Championship 4 spots this weekend at ISM Raceway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).2. Kyle Busch (Previously: 3)Points above cutline: +28Previous points above: + 28Note: The biggest gain for Busch isn’t necessarily in points, but security. He remains 28 points above the cutoff (because the points total for the first driver below the cutline didn’t change), but now he has Kevin Harvick 25 points behind him instead of locked into the Championship 4. Busch should feel far more comfortable heading into Phoenix.3. Martin Truex Jr. (Previously: 4)Points above cutline: +25Previous points above: + 25Note: Similarly to Busch, Truex Jr. can breathe easier considering he’s not the last driver above the cutline. His points cushion doesn’t change, but with Harvick 22 points below him, his Miami chances have spiked upward — especially when you consider that if a driver below the cutline wins, it now is more likely to impact Harvick rather than Truex Jr.RELATED: Updated playoff standings4. Kevin Harvick (Previously: 1)Points above cutline: +3Previous points above: CLINCHEDNote: Obviously, Wednesday’s penalty is a massive blow to the No. 4 team. In the top spot in the standings with a Championship 4 berth locked in after winning at Texas, the team’s 40-point infraction erases that and puts Harvick in a dangerous spot. Yes, ISM Raceway at Phoenix is Harvick’s best track, but his margin over Kurt Busch is razor thin — just three points. Beyond that, if someone below the cutoff line wins, he’s in real trouble. Then there’s the mental aspect. Yesterday, the No. 4 team had its feet metaphorically kicked up, plotting for Homestead-Miami Speedway. Now they are back in the pressure cooker, and without crew chief Rodney Childers and car chief Robert Smith for the next two races. 5. Kurt Busch (Previously: 5)Points below cutline: -3Previous points below: -25Note: The biggest “winner” of this points penalty is Harvick’s teammate Kurt Busch. Prior to Wednesday’s news, the Stewart-Haas Racing veteran faced an uphill climb to Miami that in all likelihood necessitated a win at Phoenix. His margin to the cutoff line is down to three, and Busch has plenty of room to wiggle – and the cushion to pounce if a driver above him in the standings has an issue.6. Chase Elliott (Previously: 6)Points below cutline: -17Previous points below: -39Note: Wednesday’s penalty was plenty impactful for Chase Elliott as well. A strong finish in Stage 1 and Stage 2 would help Elliott cut into the 17-point gap much more easily than the 39-point gulf he had previously faced.7. Aric Almirola (Previously: 7)Points below cutline: -35Previous points below: -57Note: No change here. Almirola must win Sunday to advance.8. Clint Bowyer (Previously: 8)Points below cutline: -51Previous points below: -73Note: No change here. Bowyer must win Sunday to advance.
We thought the day would never come, but hell hath frozen over–Willie Nelson has put a pause on nearly a lifetime of smoking cannabis.You read that correctly. The man who just last year was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at California’s weed-inspired Emerald Cup has admitted he’s stopped smoking cannabis due to respiratory issues–for the moment that is.Related: Andy Frasco Talks Finding Emotional Balance With Psychedelics On ‘Psychedelics Today’ Podcast [Listen]In a recent interview with San Antonio television station KSAT, the 86-year-old Nelson said his tired old lungs may have had enough of the ol’ “Jazz Cabbage” at this point in his life.“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful,” Nelson told the Texas media outlet. “I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever, and that almost killed me … I don’t smoke anymore – take better care of myself.”Nelson may have a point, considering he’s been forced to cancel or postpone performances a handful of times–often due to respiratory issues–within the last two years, including January 2018, February 2018, and again this past summer.Willie fans shouldn’t be too upset, as on Thursday it was reported and confirmed by Nelson’s spokesperson that he hasn’t quit cannabis for good, but he is taking a break from smoking at the moment. the source confirmed that he still enjoys the natural remedy by means of vaping and edibles.It is good to see Willie taking his health into consideration these days. The famous country guitarist and singer has already shared his initial touring plans for 2020, and will most likely never stop performing until those lungs of his finally give out for good.Perhaps Neil Young should take note of Nelson’s decision, considering his cannabis use appears to be the main reason why the U.S. Government refuses to permit him citizenship at the moment.[H/T Click 2 Houston]
The Shawnee Mission School District’s platform for the 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature not surprisingly has a lot to do with money.As the legislature heads back into session in January facing declining revenue numbers and a big chunk of the state budget directed to school finance, school districts around the state face a lot of unknowns. Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson told the board Monday that it will be an important legislative session. “Could we see a reduction in revenue during the current school year,” Hinson asked, “possibly yes, but we don’t know.”Among the points in the slimmed-down platform adopted this year are supporting greater opportunities to raise funds at the local level, supporting state funding for all-day kindergarten, support for a new or reformed school finance formula and support for changes in special education funding that would be consistent across the state. The board decided to add opposition to any reduction in funding for the current school year.The platform also contains a point that opposes legislation that might stop the Common Core standards – Kansas College and Career Ready Standards – or redirect implementation. The position supports “rigorous academic standards” to prepare students. The platform also opposes mandatory retention at the primary grade levels based on reading performance level. Legislation has been introduced in the past that would impose such a mandate.The district’s position also opposes legislation that would “provide tuition tax credits or vouchers to attend private schools or permit charter schools to operate without meeting all the same requirements as public schools. It also supports maintaining school board elections in the spring to “retain a non-partisan focus and remain consistent with our fiscal year.”The platform presented to the board, without additions, can be found here.
SM North’s NJROTC with their title trophies in Florida. Photo via Richard Kramer Twitter.SM North’s charmed spring continues.Over the weekend, SM North’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) took the 2016 Overall National Championship in competition against 24 of the best teams in the country. Over two days of athletics and drills in Pensacola, Fla., the Indians dominated the field and secured the first national title in team history.The Indians earned first place in the Armed Regulation Drill, the Unarmed Regulation Drill, Color Guard, Push-Ups and Sit-Ups. The team took fourth place in Personnel Inspection. Those strong performance were enough to give the Indians the National Drill Championship as well as the National Athletic Championship, which put them in the lead position in the Overall National Championship standings.The title comes just weeks after SM North’s boys basketball team secured its first-ever boys basketball state title. In addition to the team accolades, several individual team members earned special recognition. They were:Male Sit-Ups1st Place: Abdiel Herrera (329)4th Place: John Wessling (314)5th Place: Tyler Smith (312)6th Place: Angelo Briones (309)Female Sit-Ups1st Place: Hope McAlexander (305)Male Push-Ups2nd Place: Angelo Briones (145)3rd Place: Caleb Coleman (138)9th Place: Joey Procell (105)Female Push-Ups3rd Place: Kali Dyche (81)5th Place: Alissa Seckar (80)10th Place: Jamie Hoffman (76)In a message to SM North community members following the win, Principal Richard Kramer commended the team for the perseverance it took to make the title a reality.“These ‘young Americans’ worked extremely hard to earn a berth to the national competition attending 6 a.m. practices all year in preparation for this moment,” Kramer said. “I cannot say enough about Chief Warrant Officer [Dennis] Grayless and our dedicated parents who have sacrificed to make this achievement truly a team effort.”SM North’s color guard crew took first place in the category. Photo via Richard Kramer on Twitter.
Men’s team defeats Nebraska, UMN Club, women fall to IllinoisJustin Karstadt was named Most Outstanding Gymnast in Saturday’s meet. Daily File PhotoPaul Montague performs on the parallel bars on Saturday at Sports Pavilion. Jack WhiteFebruary 6, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJustin Karstadt was nearly perfect in the Gophers’ defeat of the Huskers Saturday.Karstadt stuck three dismounts in his all-around performance, which earned him Most Outstanding Gymnast of the meet in Minnesota’s 400.750-396.700 victory over Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion.“This is the first time [Karstadt] has done the all-around since the Windy City,” said head coach Mike Burns. “He had one of those meets that you dream a lot about as both a coach and gymnast.”The Gopher Club team rounded out the scoring in the tri-meet with a 218.150 overall.Karstadt stuck his third dismount of the meet in the high bar. He finished with a 13.050 in the event. The junior said he liked his resiliency in the meet.“I ran into some trouble around [parallel] bars,” Karstadt said. “I started cramping up. I actually had to get my coach to massage me.”Junior Jalon Stephens earned first place in the event with a 13.850.Karstadt finished in first place on the rings with a 14.400. Junior Yaroslav Pochinka came close to a stuck dismount on rings, but couldn’t keep his balance. He still earned a 14.150 in the event for second place.Pochinka was the final gymnast for the Gophers in the vault. He earned 14.750, the best for any gymnast on the day. Minnesota had four gymnasts earn above 14.000 in the vault. The Gophers beat the Huskers with a score 72.100, their best mark of the season. Sophomore Michael Harris recovered from going out of bounds in the vault, and stuck a dismount in the final event of the dual, the high bar. Harris earned a 12.150 in the high bar.Karstadt came off the pommel horse and stuck his routine with a dismount. The performance earned him a 13.900 and second place, the best total of all Gophers in the event.Junior Alex Wittenberg earned a 13.350 to finish second among Gophers in the pommel horse.Minnesota’s next meet is a tri-meet in Iowa City, Iowa, where the No. 5 Gophers take on No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 11 Iowa. “Any place you go, the judges are just a little bit different,” Burns said. “So really what we want to see is an improved hit percentage.”On the other side, a Minnesota gymnastics team lost in Illinois for the second consecutive week. This time, the No. 23 women’s team lost 196.025-193.375 to No. 21 Illinois. “It wasn’t the meet we were hoping for,” head coach Jenny Hansen told the media. “We wanted to build off our incredible meet last weekend, but unfortunately we weren’t able to replicate our success on the road.”Junior Ciara Gardner finished first among Minnesota gymnasts in the all-around, which was third overall in the dual. Freshman Ivy Lu tied for first place on uneven bars with a 9.850 in the event, a personal best.Lu wasn’t the only freshman to shine for the Gophers. Freshman Paige Williams tied for first in the vault with a 9.825. “The highlights of the meet were our two wins from freshmen Ivy Lu and Paige Williams,” Hansen said. “They both had great performances and we are really proud of them.”
United Press International:Overall happiness is related to respect and admiration in your inner circle, not how much money a person has in his or her bank account, U.S. researchers say.Cameron Anderson of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-authors conducted a series of studies based on the hypothesis that higher sociometric status — respect and admiration in your face-to-face groups, such as friendships, neighborhoods or athletic teams — might make a difference in overall happiness.In one study, the researchers surveyed 80 college students who participated in 12 different campus groups. Each student’s sociometric status was calculated via a combination of peer ratings, self-reporting and the number of leadership positions.The students also reported their total household income and answered questions related to their social well-being.Read the whole story: United Press International
UA News:TUCSON, Ariz. — Findings from an investigative study at the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences have shown that, for women with breast cancer, exposure to hormone-modulating therapies was associated with a significant decrease in the number of women who received a diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease – more specifically Alzheimer’s disease.The center’s investigation, which was published in JAMA Network Open this past spring, surveyed medical insurance claims from private-payer and Medicare data to identify premenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal patients who had been diagnosed with breast cancer to determine whether those women receiving hormone-modulating therapies had a different risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease. “This retrospective cohort study provides a clear message: breast cancer therapies do not increase the risk of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Critically, these therapies can actually reduce the risk of developing these diseases, ” said Center Director Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD. “As life expectancies after treatment increase for breast cancer patients, this study further illustrates the importance of evaluating personalized treatment options that may result in a reduced risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.”According 2019 statistics from BreastCancer.org, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and 12.8% of women (1 in 8) will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. It is predicted the number of women living with breast cancer and at risk for other diseases will escalate, in the aging population especially. At the same time, women are at a two-fold greater lifetime risk than men for developing Alzheimer’s disease. The study’s lead author, Gregory Branigan, a predoctoral fellow, is part of the UArizona MD/PhD Program, which offers dual training in both medicine and biomedical research, and is conducting his doctoral research in Dr. Brinton’s laboratory. Collaborators include Kathleen Rodgers, PhD, Maira Soto, PhD, and noted breast cancer surgeon Leigh Neumayer, MD, former surgery department head at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson now at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville.Dr. Brinton also is a UArizona professor in the Department of Neurology and Pharmacology in the College of Medicine – Tucson and Department of Psychology in the UArizona College of Science. The UArizona Center for Innovation in Brain Science continues to pursue research through an innovative “all brains on deck” approach, in order to reduce the global burden of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.This study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging: Perimenopause in Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (P01AG026572); Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias – TRADD (T32AG061897); and Aging and Estrogenic Control of the Bioenergetic System in Brain (R37AG053589); and funding from the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement to Dr. Brinton’s research.