Email* 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. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Jeff Brandmaier and Knightwood Stable’s Caliana capped off a great year at the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON by winning the McKee-Pownall Junior/Amateur Championship. Over three days of competition, the pair was the model of consistency, and was the only combination to jump clean first rounds in all three classes and earn a top placing in each.Brandmaier and Caliana, a 13-year-old bay Rheinlander mare (Come On x Wachter) also earned the Canadian Champion title for the 1.40m Junior/Amateur Jumper division.“I am thrilled to pilot Caliana to this recognition,” said Brandmaier. “She is so deserving. We call her the ‘Warrior Princess’ because she is always game and fights for the clear round. We know each other so well, she is a great horse, and we had an amazing year!”The honour was a storybook ending to an exciting year for Brandmaier, 57, who recently returned to the show ring following major surgery in his battle with cancer. The pair’s 2016 season included winning four High Junior/Amateur Classics, the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association (OHJA) High Junior/Amateur Jumper Championship, The Angelstone Tournaments Junior/Amateur 1.40m Circuit Championship and earning the $5,000 Nationwide Auto Warranty High Point Junior/Amateur Jumper Bonus at Angelstone Tournaments in Rockwood, ON. Brandmaier and Caliana also made their grand prix debut in the $50,000 Brookstreet Hotel Grand Prix in July at the Ottawa National Horse Show.Ending an incredible year marked by top honours at The Royal was a special experience for Brandmaier, especially with his wife and fellow competitor, Margaret ‘Muffie’ Guthrie, and their three-year-old daughter, Liza Jean, with him every step of the way. In addition to competing at the Royal Horse Show, Muffie and Jeff, along with Braeburn Farms, present the Canadian Hunter Derby National Championships at The Royal, which culminates with the $25,000 Knightwood Hunter Derby.“The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is a magical place that has been dear to our family for generations, and this is a team win for Knightwood,” said Brandmaier. “My trainer Erynn Ballard is incredible. She worked with us to develop the winning plan for the year and that reflected in Caliana’s readiness for the Royal; she was fresh, focused, and happy to do her job. Erynn inspires so much confidence with her approach to the sport and made the Royal and the entire year easy and so much fun!“Our barn manager, Lesley Leeman, is integral to our success and is a true professional,” continued Brandmaier. “She keeps everything organized and Caliana is always prepared flawlessly; shiny, fit, relaxed, and ready. It is a great feeling when everything comes together.”Brandmaier was also quick to express gratitude to McKee-Pownall Equine Services veterinarian Meghan Waller, DVM, and her dedication to Caliana, and for their sponsorship of the Junior/Amateur division at the Royal.“They raised the profile of this division, and we all appreciate that,” concluded Brandmaier. 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.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two men, one brandishing a knife, robbed a New York City tourist of his red “Make America Great Again” hat, police said today.The 18-year-old Danish victim, whose name was not disclosed, was about to enter the subway in Union Square Thursday at 5:40 p.m. when a man grabbed him from behind and swiped the red baseball-style cap from his head, police said.There was a struggle over the hat when a second man flashed a knife and pointed it at the victim before the two made off with the hat, police said.The hat reads “Make America Great Again,” according to a police source. Also known as “MAGA,” the slogan was popularized by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.The armed suspect was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, about 6 feet tall with short hair and wearing a brown jacket. Police are seeking the public’s help in finding him and his accomplice.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Favor_of_GodBy: MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the U.S., the debate over how to safely reopen schools is intensifying.Three teachers who are mothers spoke to ABC News, urgently pleading to halt plans of in-person school reopening’s without better managing safety risks and providing more guidance on how to keep children and families safe.From hard-hit Arizona — now a global COVID-19 hot spot — to California, which has seen a rise in new infections that forced a rollback of reopening plans, to Georgia, where a battle over mask-wearing continues, these three educators weigh in on the debate as a new Gallup poll shows slightly more than half the country’s parents favor their child going back to school full time.Lucero Beebe-Giudice, a middle school teacher in Phoenix, not only believes her state’s reopening plan is reckless, considering Arizona is now a global COVID-19 hotspot, she’s been rallying in the sweltering summer heat to make sure her voice is heard.She joined a group of teachers, parents and activists at the Capitol on Tuesday to deliver to Gov. Doug Ducey a letter signed by over 1,900 people who oppose the state’s reopening plan to resume in-person classes in less than a month.“We have a historic legacy of systemic exclusion of communities of color from things like health, safety and security,” she told ABC News. “And what’s happening right now is by design. It’s intentional. And we have to fight.”Beebe-Giudice, a 40-year-old mother of two who has been teaching for over seven years, previously worked in diversity recruiting and community relations. The letter she and hundreds of others delivered to state leadership stressed once again how reopening schools disproportionately harms students of color.“I’m really angry right now,” she said. “Governor Ducey just thinks that my Black, Indigenous, Mestizo and other students of color are disposable.”According to the Arizona Department of Education, most public school students aren’t white: Among about 1.1 million, about 45% are Latino, 5% are Black, 4% are Native American, 3% are Asian American and 4% identify as multiracial.Since a statewide reopening May 15, Arizona has seen an 850% increase of reported coronavirus cases. As of Thursday, the state’s health department said nearly 90% of intensive care units were full.“We live in a reality now where some schools run out of bathroom soap and toilet paper halfway through the year, and we’re talking about a pandemic?” Beebe-Giudice said. “We need sustainable funding. We need to know that there are new protocols, maintenance and safety procedures.”Karen Sher, a public school teacher in Oxnard, California, who has been teaching for more than 25 years, has joined the push to go virtual in the fall.A mother of three who teaches language arts for middle schoolers, Sher reiterated that although many teachers would love to return to the classroom, it just isn’t safe yet.“As a teacher, a trustee and a parent, I want for all children to be successful and have the opportunity for a powerful future, but we can’t do that if we’re not alive,” Sher told ABC News.In California, the country’s most populous state, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently rolled back several reopening plans as coronavirus surged, resulting in more hospitalizations and deaths.Sher, a trustee for the Oxnard Union High School District and Board President, has condemned the federal government’s threat to cut funding for schools that don’t reopen in the fall.Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has no experience as an educator, has faced fierce backlash after demanding U.S. public schools reopen without providing any guidance on how to do so safely.“To threaten to remove funding is cruel and wrong,” Sher said. “The federal government should be giving schools more money to help provide measures that will protect everyone.”Sher, 50, calls teaching one of the joys of her life and has devoted years to advocating for teachers’ rights. She also supports students, standing in solidarity with them on issues affecting the LGBTQ community and Black Lives Matter activists.Public school teachers nationwide make about $60,000, and Sher, who also serves as a teacher leader for the California Teacher Association’s Instructional Leadership Corps and the U.S. Library of Congress, also wants to know why if it’s so vital to get students back in front of teachers, why aren’t they more fairly compensated?“If we’re so vital to the success of our nation,” Sher added, “why aren’t we paid adequately?”Roxanne Mungin, a 43-year-old mother and music educator in Georgia, has been teaching for over 20 years. Currently, she teaches middle schoolers.Mungin said she’s feeling a sense of relief after her county recently vowed to provide virtual learning for students, with only teachers and staff set to return to classrooms in the fall.Mungin’s child is 6, so although she’s been given some level of temporary comfort considering the circumstances, the decision allowing her to teach virtually still presents its own challenges.“Now the problem is teachers with kids. Because we have to teach from the building, we can’t be with our kids during the day,” Mungin told ABC News.She said she’s standing in solidarity with fellow teachers nationwide — whom she calls “front-line workers” — in rallying for stricter safety guidelines, including at several schools across her home state of Georgia where there’s little if any guidance.Mungin said any educators uncomfortable with the lack of safety guidance — either from their districts or from the federal government — need to remember that they “have rights.”“Make your voice heard,” she said. “We have to say something because we’re already the most underrated profession. … COVID has really brought out another perspective of how parents, administrators and local school officials feel about teachers.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway has been selected as the new Chair of Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITCNI).The responsible business network is driving the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal which focuses on climate change as a priority.Chris says: “It’s incumbent for business and government to work together to tackle our biggest societal and environmental issues. Businesses in NI can make a real difference to their people, the planet and the places where they operate, and I’m a firm believer that they are obligated to do so.”Kieran Harding, Managing Director at BITCNI, says: “Chris has been a member of the Board of Business in the Community for five years and is passionate about driving the responsible business agenda, not only within Translink, but across Northern Ireland. We are delighted he’s taken up the position of Chair.”
The man believed to have shot a dozen police officers and killing five last Thursday night in Dallas had designs on much larger and broader attacks, the city’s police chief said Sunday.“It appears that our search of the suspect’s home in Mesquite leads us to believe, based on evidence of bomb-making materials and a journal that this suspect had been practicing explosive detonations and that the materials were such that it was large enough to have devastating effects throughout our city and our North Texas area,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”Brown added that officials are “convinced” that Micah Johnson “had other plans and thought that what he was doing was righteous and believed that he was going to make law enforcement and target law enforcement, make us pay for what he sees as law enforcement’s efforts to punish people of color.” Asked whether Johnson had been planning the attacks before the fatal shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, Brown said, “We believe so, and we believe that the deaths in Minnesota and the deaths in Louisiana just sparked his delusion to fast-track his plans and saw the protest in Dallas as an opportunity to begin wreaking havoc on our officers.”As far as whether Johnson’s targets extended to beyond police officers, Brown said that was “undetermined” but cautioned that the investigation is still unfolding.“We still haven’t ruled out, Jake, whether or not others were complicit. That’s the way we do things. We want to be sure to follow every lead and we don’t want to miss any pieces of evidence that might lead to other things that we don’t know yet,” Brown continued.Discussing Johnson’s journals being investigated, Brown remarked that he “obviously had some delusion.”“There was quite a bit of rambling in the journal that’s hard to decipher. I can just add, at the scene where he was killed he also wrote some lettering in blood on the walls,” Brown revealed.“Which leads us to believe he was wounded on the way up the stairwell on the second floor of the El Centro building and where we detonated the device to end the standoff there was more lettering written in his own blood.” Asked what he wrote, Brown said Johnson wrote the letters “RB.”Brown also confirmed that Johnson would only speak with a black negotiator during the standoff.“For a long time during the negotiation, because of the negotiator’s expertise, the suspect wouldn’t believe he was black. Until they talked some more and — but during that talk it didn’t matter whether he was black because he was shooting at us. So asking for a black negotiator didn’t make sense to us,” Brown said. “It didn’t matter to us. And it shouldn’t make sense to anyone because that didn’t lead to any type of peaceful resolution. But that is a request that did happen. But our police sources should not reveal that. I want to make sure I’m clear on that, so the people that leaked that information understand that you are getting in the way of us doing our job by leaking information. So stop it.
From the structure of DNA to nautical rope to distant spiral galaxies, helical forms are as useful as they are abundant in nature and manufacturing alike. Researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study have discovered a way to synthesize and control the formation of nanobristles, akin to tiny hairs, into helical clusters and have further demonstrated the fabrication of such highly ordered clusters, built from similar coiled building blocks, over multiple scales and areas.The finding has potential use in energy and information storage, photonics, adhesion, capture and release systems, and as an enhancement for the mixing and transport of particles. Lead authors Joanna Aizenberg, Gordon McKay Professor of Materials Science at SEAS, the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute; and L. Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at SEAS and also a Wyss Institute core faculty member, report the research in tomorrow’s edition of the journal Science.“We demonstrated a fascinating phenomenon: How a nanobristle immersed in an evaporating liquid self-assembles into an ordered array of helical bundles. This is akin to the way wet, curly hair clumps together and coils to form dreadlocks — but on a scale 1,000 times smaller,” said Aizenberg.To achieve the “clumping” effect, the scientists used an evaporating liquid on a series of upright individual pillars arrayed like stiff threads on a needlepoint canvas. The resulting capillary action — the wicking action or the ability of one substance to draw another substance into it — caused the individual strands to deform and to adhere to one another like braided hair.“Our development of a simple theory allowed us to further characterize the combination of geometry and material properties that favor the adhesive, coiled self-organization of bundles and enabled us to quantify the conditions for self-assembly into structures with uniform, periodic patterns,” said Mahadevan.By carefully designing the specific geometry of the bristle, the researchers were able to control the twist direction (or handedness) of the wrapping of two or more strands. More broadly, Aizenberg and Mahadevan expect such work will help further define the emerging science and engineering of functional self-assembly and pattern formation over large spatial scales.Potential applications of the technique include the ability to store elastic energy and information embodied in adhesive patterns that can be created at will. This has implications for photonics in a similar way to how the chirally ordered and circularly polarizing elytral filaments in a beetle define its unique optical properties.The finding also represents a critical step toward the development of an efficient adhesive or capture and release system for drug delivery and may be used to induce chiral flow patterns to enhance the mixing and transport of various particles at the micron and submicron scale.“We have teased apart and replicated a ubiquitous form in nature by introducing greater control over a technique increasingly used in manufacturing, while also creating a micro-physical manifestation of the terrifying braids of the mythical Medusa,” said Mahadevan.“Indeed, our helical patterns are so amazingly aesthetic that often we would stop the scientific discussion and argue about mythology, modern dreadlocks, alien creatures, or sculptures,” added Aizenberg.Aizenberg and Mahadevan’s co-authors include Boaz Pokroy and Sung H. Kang, both in the Aizenberg Biomimetics Lab at SEAS. The research was supported by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard; the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center; and the Center for Nanoscale Systems, a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network initiative.
New Report Quantifies Energy, Public Health, & Climate Cost Savings of Local SolarVermont Business Magazine Newly available data demonstrates the enormous benefit of local solar power to everyone in New England. From 2014 to 2019, small-scale solar in New England saved utilities and their customers more than $1.1 billion in wholesale electricity costs. Notably, these savings were enjoyed not only by people with solar, but everyone with an electric bill. Vermont saved $17 million in 2019 and $79 million since 2014.In July 2020, ISO New England, the regional grid operator, published for the first time, detailed data about the amount of electricity produced every hour by the thousands of small, local solar installations throughout the region. Analyzing this data, a new report from Synapse Economics, the Boston-based energy consulting firm, reveals that local solar produced 8,600 gigawatt-hours of electricity, enough electricity to power more than 1 million New England households for a year. Energy cost savings accrued in two ways. First, on the hottest, sunniest days, locally-produced renewable energy met a sizable percentage of the region’s peak demand, directly reducing the amount of energy utilities had to purchase. Decreased demand for electricity during peak periods also had a deflationary effect on energy prices. Put simply, “producing renewable energy locally means that utilities don’t have to purchase as much energy to meet peak demand, and what they do purchase is less expensive than it would be with higher demand,” explained Pat Knight, economic analyst at Synapse Energy Economics and lead author of the report. “The new data from ISO-NE clearly shows that local solar has not only lowered utility bills for everyone, it has also reduced the public health and climate impacts of fossil-fuel pollution.” From 2014 to 2019, the clean electricity from small-scale solar reduced climate pollution by 4.6 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 1 million cars off the road for one year. Nearly every state in New England has enacted legally-binding climate pollution reduction requirements. This new study demonstrates that local, renewable energy contributes meaningfully to achieving these climate commitments. In addition to reducing climate pollution, local solar also avoided the release of six million pounds of health-harming sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, substances known to have direct negative consequences on allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Local solar avoided the release of these pollutants, yielding public health savings of $87 million. “Local solar provided more than $152 per year in cost-savings and benefits to every Vermont household annually,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont. “If not for local solar, electric rates would be higher for everyone, we would experience greater health costs and pay a higher price to mitigate damage from climate change.””Now that we know the data support adding more local solar to help all customers save on their electric bills, we have the opportunity to direct those savings to under-resourced communities,” said Nathan Phelps, Vote Solar’s Regulatory Director, Northeast. “Legislation like the pending carbon-neutral bills in Massachusetts can set the stage for a clean energy future that builds wealth and health in areas harmed by fossil fuels.”In addition to these substantial savings, local solar provides myriad benefits beyond the scope of this report. These include job creation, state and local tax payments, improved grid reliability, reduced costs associated with generating, transmitting, and distributing fossil-fuel based energy, and deferred or lowered infrastructure costs. “As we tackle triplicate crises in public health, economy, and climate change, the benefits of solar help us with these unprecedented generational challenges,” continued Campbell Andersen. “Local solar in New England eliminated pollution equal to half all the carbon emissions in Vermont; and if we tripled the amount of small scale solar in our state – it would cut electric costs for all Vermonters by more than $42 million.”The benefits of local renewable energy are possible thanks to state policies such as net metering, renewable portfolio standards, and standard offer programs, and federal tax credits. “Maintaining customer choices and increasing equitable access to local renewable energy by improving net metering and our Renewable Energy Standard to 100% renewables with no less than 20% of that from resilient, local energy will increase benefits for all,” concluded Campbell Andersen.Full report,(link is external) Solar Savings in New England, December 2020, and summary slides(link is external).Factsheets for New Hampshire(link is external), Massachusetts(link is external), Vermont(link is external). Video of press conference here(link is external).About Synapse Energy EconomicsSynapse Energy Economics, Inc. is a research and consulting firm specializing in energy, economic, and environmental topics. Since its inception in 1996, Synapse has grown to become a leader in providing rigorous analysis of the electric power sector for public interest and governmental clients. About Renewable Energy VermontRenewable Energy Vermont (REV)’s businesses, non-profit, utility, and individual members are creating resilient, local economies powered by renewable energy and employ a 21st century workforce committed to improving the lives of their neighbors and communities. Together, we will achieve 100% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) and meaningful climate action. Join us at www.revermont.org(link is external).Vote SolarSince 2002, Vote Solar has been working to make solar affordable and accessible to more Americans. Vote Solar works at the state level all across the country to support the policies and programs needed to repower our grid with clean energy. Vote Solar is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working to expand access to clean solar energy. www.votesolar.org(link is external)Clean Energy NHClean Energy NH is the Granite State’s leading clean energy advocate and educator, dedicated to promoting clean energy and technologies that strengthen the economy, protect public health, and conserve natural resources. Clean Energy NH builds relationships among people and organizations using a fact-based approach that offers objective, balanced, and practical insights for transforming NH’s clean energy economy and sustaining its citizens’ way of life. www.cleanenergynh.org(link is external)Source: Renewable Energy Vermont, Montpelier 12.3.2020
Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a multi-family brokerage division of Marcus & Millichap, arranged the sale of The District on 5th Avenue, a new 208-unit, student housing community one-half mile from the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.The 764-bed complex commanded a sales price of $67M, or $322,115 per unit and $268 PSF.Peter Katz, an executive director, advised the seller, Residential Housing. The buyer was Education Realty Trust (EdR).“The District on 5th Avenue is a core, Class A pedestrian-to-campus, purpose-built student housing community that ideally fits the institutional investor’s property profile of an urban infill, close-to-campus asset,” Katz said.“Institutional investors, in an effort to place allocated capital, have become more aggressive in their pricing. This has resulted in compressed cap rates and lowered unleveraged yields, especially for properties at tier-one universities with residents from strong socio-economic backgrounds.”Located at 550 N. Fifth Ave. between N. Herbert and N. Arizona avenues, The District on 5th Avenue is a high-end student community with 12 two-bedroom/two-bath units, four three-bedroom/two-bath units, 40 three-bedroom/three-bath units, 45 four-bedroom/two-bath units and 107 four-bedroom/four-bath units, with an average weighted unit size of approximately 1,203 SF. All units are leased by the bed.Community amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a swimming pool and spa, a parking garage, tanning beds, a volleyball court and a media room with a movie theater. Each unit includes a full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, nine-foot ceilings, and a washer and dryer.A key attraction for tenants is the community’s central location and nearby transportation access. Residents can easily walk or bike the short distance to the University of Arizona; a light rail system will be opened in 2013 and pass within half a block of the clubhouse, serving both the university and downtown Tucson.The Congress Avenue shopping and entertainment district, also within one-half block of the community, features a wide range of retail shops and dozens of student-friendly restaurants, bars and clubs.
The Washington Post: The fiscal cliff negotiations remind us of the long-running game show “Beat the Clock.” Couples had to perform a stunt, such as tying their shoelaces together using only their left hands, before a large clock ticked down to zero. The host would often introduce a twist at the last minute, something like, “Oh, and one more thing, you have to do this while members of the audience throw tomatoes at you.”President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner must do something far harder than tying their shoelaces together before the clock ticks down to January 1. They have to reach a deal themselves, and then convince majorities in the House and Senate to go along. Oh, and one more thing, they have to do this while being pilloried by their respective bases. What can they do to improve their odds of beating the clock? Moral psychology can help.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >