Belgian rider Fonck is golden in the Individual Reining Final at WEG

first_imgReining competition closed the week at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 with great performances and big scores as some of the world’s best riders battled it out for the FEI medals at the Johnson Controls Individual Reining Competition finals. When the curtain fell upon the TIEC Indoor Arena, the dream team made up of Bernard Fonck (BEL) and What A Wave once again made history by claiming the gold medal for Belgium with a perfect execution of pattern #12.The Belgian rider has won close to $1,800,000 in reining competition and his mount, an 11-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion owned by Gina De Pauw and Steve Vannietvelt, who has left his mark in many an international arena with Fonck in the saddle, scored a 227 for the win claiming the highest step of the podium. “This is the first time in history that a European rider leaves the World Equestrian Games with the individual gold medal and I could not be any prouder,” said Fonck. “What A Wave is the sweetest horse I have ever had the pleasure of riding. I am very fortunate to have had more than one ‘once in a lifetime’ horse, and he is at the top of this list. Every time we show, he gives me all he has and every time it gets better and better. When I came here I knew that we could probably make it to the top five positions but I would have never imagined that we would claim the gold.” .“When I came here I knew that we could probably make it to the top five positions but I would never have imagined that we would claim the gold.” ~ Bernard Fonck (Team Belgium)Team USA’s Dan Huss and his double-registered American Quarter Horse and American Paint Horse mare Ms Dreamy, owned by Frederick Christen, set the crowd on fire as they burst into the arena setting the dirt flying and spinning fast to mark a 226.5. The duo clinched the silver medal and they too made history: The talented 8-year-old horse is the first mare to earn an individual medal in reining at the FEI World Equestrian Games™.“Mares are a little more sensitive so you have to be very good as far as technique and horsemanship are concerned,” said the 58-year-old professional. “They are not so forgiving but, if you understand them, your better mares will step up and compete with the boys. [Ms Dreamy has] probably taught me more than I’ve taught her, and it’s been a great experience.”A run off determined who would take home the bronze medal as both Cade McCutcheon (USA), riding Custom Made Gun, and Joao Felipe Lacerda (BRA) aboard Gunner Dun It Again scored a 225 during the finals. They returned to the arena to battle it out and both horse-rider-combinations once again thrilled the crowd.Lacerda and Gunner Dun It Again, a 7-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion owned by Paulo Francisco Tripoloni, laid down a powerful performance paid back by the judges with their highest score of the Games: a 227. “I am so proud of my mount,” he said. “He has a heart as big as this arena and is one of the most powerful horses I’ve ever ridden. He was great for me from day one and I am truly blessed to have had this opportunity.”Fighting until the bitter end was 18-year-old Cade McCutcheon aboard Custom Made Gun, the flashy 7-year-old double registered AQHA/APHA palomino stallion owned by his grandparents, Tim and Colleen McQuay. Having topped the first individual qualifier with an outstanding 229 score, the pair was last to go in the seeded Individual finals. Once it was time to ride back into the arena, they performed to a 228 score and firmly captured the bronze medal.“I was a little disappointed with myself after my first ride so I let him catch his breath and, when we went back in, I tried to perform a cleaner run,” said the young rider. “He was incredibly good for me and I am thrilled to have represented my country and to have won the team gold and individual bronze medals. I could not have done this without my team, my coach and my family and I still cannot believe that I made it to the podium. It will take a while before it sinks in!”Amazingly enough, both Gunner Dun It Again and Custom Made Gun were both bred by McCutcheon’s grandparents and they are both by the legendary stallion Gunner (AQHA Colonels Shining Gun) and out of two mares by yet another stallion that has made history, Hollywood Dun It. Both stallions are owned by the McQuays.Reining competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 will go down in the history books as the event that showcased some of the world’s most talented reining horses guided by the some of the world’s elite western horsemen. Tags: 2018 World Equestrian Games, 2018 WEG Reining, Bernard Fonck, Dan Huss, Ms Dreamy, What A Wave, Cade McCutcheon, Custom Made Gun, SIGN UP 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Judge declares man jailed 10 days for missing jury duty as ‘totally rehabilitated’

first_imgKuzma/iStock(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Florida man who spent 10 days in jail after missing jury duty is now having his record cleared after the judge decided that he was “totally rehabilitated.”Deandre Somerville was ordered to spend time in jail, be put on probation for a year, complete 150 hours of community service, pay a $223 fine and write a letter of apology to the court.Somerville petitioned to have his record cleared and the court had granted that move on Oct. 4, after he read his apology in court, but the judge in the case issued the order vacating that finding on Oct. 7.In that order, obtained by ABC affiliate WFTS, which calls for Somerville’s record to be “immediately vacated and rescinded,” Judge John S. Kastrenakes did go through what he called “the negative facts” of the case.“No, he wasn’t late. He never showed. Neither that day or any subsequent day until a deputy sheriff served him with a summons to appear … numerous telephone calls from the Court’s chambers and the jury office were never returned,” the judge’s filing states.“He told the Court he overslept and then when he awoke decided not to call or come in because he decided it was not important. The Court found him in contempt and sentenced him,” the judge wrote.That said, it was clear to the judge about two weeks later that the 21-year-old had changed.“The young man in court on October 4th was a vastly different person from the Deandre Somerville who refused to come to court and intentionally violated his oath as a sworn juror,” the judge wrote. Kastrenakes appeared to be moved by Somerville, who he wrote has been “totally rehabilitated” and went on to extoll his character.“I firmly believe that Deandre Somerville is the type of person who can achieve anything he wants in this world. He is a thoughtful and respectful young man,” Kastrenakes wrote.He did note that “I do not believe that most individuals would have been redeemed and rehabilitated to the same extent as Mr. Somerville. Upon reflection, that redemption should be immediately rewarded by vacating any finding of contempt.”In the order, the judge maintained that “the Court also knows that it would have punished anyone who behaved the way Mr. Somerville behaved,” but the sentencing prompted outcry and disbelief from the public and criminal justice experts.Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., posted a link to an article about the case on Twitter, writing “This judge put a young black man with no prior arrests in the system for *checks notes* oversleeping. We must reform our criminal justice system, which is designed to criminalize people of color.”Marc Mauer, the executive director of non-profit group The Sentencing Project, told ABC News that this case appears to be “one of the many ripple effects of mass incarceration.”“If you consider what is the judge trying to accomplish here, it’s hard to see why 10 days in jail would be more effective than just 10 hours of community service. Ten days in jail interrupts his work life, his home life, and all for something that he clearly is now remorseful about,” Mauer said, adding that “anecdotally, I’ve never heard of anything like this before.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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First Allison Van Hools delivered to Richmond’s

first_imgThree TXs are the first for the UK with six-speed full auto ‘box coupled to 510bhp DAF MX-13 engineThe first Van Hool TX integrals with the recently-added Allison T 525 automatic gearbox option for the UK have been delivered to Richmond’s Coaches of Barley, near Royston, Hertfordshire.Two are 53-seat TX16 Astrons and one is a 61-seat TX18 Altano interdecker, and all are powered by the DAF MX-13 engine rated at 510bhp. Previously, its torque level of 2,500Nm had been too high for any automatic gearbox offered by Van Hool to handle, but addition of the T 525 – announced by Van Hool at Busworld Kortrijk in October – rectifies that.TX18 Altano is among three Allison-equipped Van Hools with Richmond’sPart of Allison’s Torqmatic range, the T 525 gearbox has fifth generation electronic controls for optimised operation and diagnostic capabilities. The three Van Hool TXs delivered to Richmond’s also have Allison’s FuelSense Max software, which is designed to optimise efficiency.The coaches will be used on a variety of work and are expected to cover around 60,000km per annum, says Managing Director Andrew Richmond, who adds that push-button automatic gearboxes are the operator’s preferred solution.“I don’t regard automated manual gearboxes as being as smooth as a fully automatic, and I don’t believe that they are as controllable.“Allison gearboxes deliver a smooth ride for passengers and are easy for drivers to use. It has been a long time since we last experienced an Allison gearbox in a coach – back to the dates of the Volvo B58 and B10M, but we have used them in our Optare Solo buses for years and find them excellent.“The Allison gearboxes in our Van Hools are the ‘next generation’. They are at least as good as the other fully automatic gearboxes in our fleet and our drivers love them,” says Mr Richmond.The new coaches were supplied by Arriva Bus and Coach.last_img read more

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Nothing gets in the way of a French Sunday lunch

first_imgOn Sunday, just as plucky Belgium and petulant Portugal were threatening to veto the entire treaty, Védrine was spotted at Nice’s famous Le Safari restaurant, the preferred choice of stars like Robert de Niro, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner when they drop in on the Côte d’Azur.So relaxed was Védrine about the odds on a deal as he tucked into Le Safari’s cod fritters, he even took off his tie to better enjoy the rays of the Mediterranean sun.last_img

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The Music Never Stopped: Series of ‘Fare Thee Well’ Pre and Post Parties Announced

first_imgIn conjunction with the upcoming Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead reunion concerts in Chicago over July 4th weekend, promoters Silver Wrapper and Madison House Presents have announced “The Music Never Stopped.” The pre-party and after-party series will take place between July 2nd and 5th, showcasing a number of talented musicians in the Chicago area.Scheduled performers include Thievery Corporation, Gene Ween with Mariachi El Bronx, Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and the Infamous Stringdusters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Railroad Earth, and a Fiyawrapper All-Star Jam, led by Jennifer Hartswick featuring Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, David Shaw, Natalie Cressman, Jeremy Salken, Sput Searight and Borham Lee. Check out the full schedule, with venue listings, below. Get tickets here.7/2 – Thievery Corporation with special guests – Aragon Ballroom7/2 – Gene Ween with Mariachi El Bronx – Concord Music Hall7/2 – Rex Foundation Benefit: Greensky Bluegrass, Grateful Grass & Infamous Stringdusters – Chicago Theatre7/3 – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Concord Music Hall7/3 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Thalia Hall7/4 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Thalia Hall7/4 – Railroad Earth – Concord Music Hall7/5 – Fiyawrapper All-Star Jam – Concord Music HallOf course, you could always come down to Reggie’s for Pink Talking Fish are Dead… tickets for the Sunday July 5th pre-party are still available!Win Two Tickets To The Music Never Stopped Show Of Your Choosing:last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s hosts feminine hygiene product drive for the homeless

first_imgCampus leaders from Resident Life, the Religious Studies Department, Student Activities Board and the Office of Civil and Social Engagement, have come together to create a feminine hygiene product drive for the homeless in the South Bend community, running from Nov. 2-13.One of the organizers, Rebekah Go, who is the director of the Office of Civil and Social Engagement stated that after a similar successful campaign earlier in the year, numerous students came forward to put together another drive before the end of the semester. Another student organizer, junior Hannah Chenoweth, said she is happy to be a part of such a meaningful drive, and she is excited to be able to help fellow women in need. “This drive here at Saint Mary’s is one of the many examples of how Saint Mary’s gives back to our community,” Chenoweth said. “As a whole Saint Mary’s prepares us for the world and teaches us how to help people. This drive is a convenient way for students to help even when they are busy with classes.”Collected donations will be distributed through the Center for the Homeless and Saint Margaret’s House to aid local South Bend homeless women in obtaining items such as deodorant, razors, toothbrushes and other feminine hygiene products.Residence halls and student clubs and organizations can create a donation box on behalf of themselves if they contact Go at the Office of Civil and Social Engagement. The South Bend homeless community has been greatly affected by the COVID pandemic. After police cleared out a homeless encampment on Michigan Street, other homeless camps have formed around the city, with homeless individuals experiencing a lack of sanitation and overcrowded shelters. It is estimated there are over 5,600 Indiana Hoosiers currently suffering homelessness, a 3% increase from 2019. Recent initiatives have moved to help house the homeless in the area including apartments for the homeless in the Edison Park neighborhood. In addition, 75 homeless individuals are able to stay in motels as a result of federal grant money St. Joseph County received from the CARES Act.The Le Man Hall Director Holly Borrero said she sees the drive as a great way to exemplify the Saint Mary’s pillar of justice. “We must remember there are a lot of people who aren’t able to access these items during this time,” Borrero said. “It speaks to the spirit of Saint Mary’s college to provide for those in need.”Donations from students, faculty and staff across the tri-campus community are welcome. Drop off boxes can be found at the Le Man front desk or on the second floor of the Saint Mary’s student center.Sophomore Morgan Martin, a member of Student Activities Board, encouraged the community to donate in any way that they can in light of all of the problems in the world today. “Everyone knows how important it is to support and provide for those struggling right now,” Martin said. “The drive is a great way for everyone to get involved. I’m hoping for a good turn out.”Tags: Cares act, Office of Civil and Social Engagement, South Bend, St. Joseph Countylast_img read more

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In update, Mission Gateway developer tries to bridge ‘trust deficit’ with city of Mission, but finds skepticism from council

first_imgNew York-based developer Tom Valenti of the Cameron Group was in Mission Wednesday briefing the city council on the status of his long-stalled Mission Gateway project.Acknowledging that there was a “significant trust deficit” between his company and the city, developer Tom Valenti on Wednesday attempted to reassure the Mission City Council that his latest plan for the Mission Gateway site was on track — but found healthy skepticism from some members.Appearing before a meeting of the governing body for the first time in six months, Valenti walked the council through the status of his proposed development, saying the plan at present largely reflects that plans approved by the city last fall though there have been some significant changes.“This is not hocus pocus,” Valenti said.Most significantly, the Cameron Group, Valenti’s company, is in talks with a tenant that would occupy all or “almost all” of an office building that would sit at the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue, though he said he could not disclose the identity of that potential tenant at this time.As currently envisioned, two hotels — an Element and an Aloft — would sit to the west of the office building with retail, apartments and a parking garage sitting to the north of those facilities. Valenti said his company was in talks with two potential tenants to take over space along Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue, effectively replacing the Walmart that had been part of previous plans. Again, Valenti stressed that he was not in a position to disclose the identities of the possible tenants, but said that one would be a “large entertainment” tenant with both an indoor and outdoor component.But years of fits and starts on the project combined with delinquent taxes and growing weeds prompted pushback from a number of councilmembers.Councilman Ron Appletoft, who is the only candidate running to replace Steve Schowengerdt as mayor, questioned Valenti about his promise last year to get work moving on the retail and apartment buildings along Roeland Parkway and Johnson Drive this spring without the use of public financing money. On Wednesday, Valenti suggested the company was now hoping to break ground on that part of the project in October. (Initially, Valenti had suggested work would begin by the end of March). What’s more, Valenti said that while the company would not need for the city issue special obligation bonds before work on that phase of the project begins, Cameron would still be seeking access to public finance incentives for the retail and apartment project and that an agreement would have to be in place before construction could begin.“What I’m hearing tonight is inconsistent with what I thought I heard you say earlier, which was you would start phase one before asking for incentives,” Appletoft said.Councilmember Nick Schlossmacher said he took issue with the weeds growing on the vacant lot, and was hesitant to consider public finance incentives for the updated project with Cameron delinquent on significant taxes and special assessments owed to the city. Valenti said he hoped to be able to bring the tax bills current by this fall.“We will pay those hopefully in October when we get our construction financing,” he said. “What we’ve been spending our money on is for all these plans the past several months.”But with so many moving pieces — Cameron has yet to finalize letters of intent with the office tenant or the two possible tenants for the buildings along Roe Avenue and Johnson Drive — the council and city financial consultant Bruce Kimmel had doubts about the feasibility of the October timeline.“Without knowing who the tenants are, and how much revenue is going to be generated, how is that even possible?” Councilman Pat Quinn asked about the projected October start date for construction, suggesting there wouldn’t be enough time to produce the financial projections needed for public or private financing agreements.Valenti did not say specifically how much the company will be requesting in public finance incentives for the project. Mission will hold public hearings on the Cameron Group’s new CID and TIF district creation applications next month.Councilman Pat Quinn, Mayor Steven Schowengerdt, and Councilwoman Arcie Rothrock listened to Valenti’s presentation.last_img read more

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Briefly noted: Rankings put Kansas public schools at 15th in the nation; Municipal courts hosting amnesty event

first_imgWalletHub puts Kansas schools 15th among the 50 states. WalletHub’s 2018 rankings of the best public education systems in the country put Kansas among the top third. The website’s rankings have Kansas at 15th overall. Missouri came in 29th in the rankings. Massachusetts was first. [2018’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems — WalletHub]JoCo municipal courts hosting amnesty event. Municipal courts in Johnson County will conduct a warrant amnesty event from Saturday, Aug. 11, through Friday, Aug. 24. People with a warrant may appear in their designated court, at the specified time, to have their warrant canceled and warrant fee waived. Prosecutors will be available to assist with the resolution of cases. All warrants remain active until resolved, even during the amnesty event period. This means you can be served by an officer at any time you have contact with police, such as during a traffic stop. Johnson County municipal courts this week will share the schedule of participating courts.last_img read more

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Legacy withdraws Bellmont Promenade project as developer searches for residential partner

first_imgThe Bellmont Promenade project is delayed again — and details about its future are murky at this point.Bellmont Partners LLC canceled a planned appearance before the Shawnee council tonight by withdrawing its requests for both rezoning a portion of the development and also public financing of the project.The delay comes a month after Legacy Development, the developer heading up the project, announced that it was making modifications to the project plan, mostly for the residential component. Those changes require re-approval from the Shawnee planning commission.A Bellmont Partners representative said the rezoning request to convert about 6 acres of the development from commercial highway to mixed-use must be re-submitted simultaneously with the tax increment financing (TIF) project plan.Bellmont Partners is “searching for the very best multi-family partner for the project,” said Dave Claflin, the spokesman for Legacy Development, the umbrella company over Bellmont Partners.“There’s no sense in moving forward with any of the other pieces with the city until we nail that down and can introduce that partner,” Claflin said.Legacy has been working on the project for about two years. Residents have consistently expressed concerns with the project, which itself has received less than unanimous approval from city leaders at each step in the development process.Legacy requested $19.5 million in TIF funds for the project. Claflin said a definite amount of public incentive funds won’t be determined until the preliminary plan on the mixed-use project is “nailed down.”“Everybody on the team is pushing on this; it’s not something we’re pushing to the back burner,” Claflin said. “They’re very bullish on the project, and they still intend to close on the ground within this calendar year. So everything is moving forward; we just need to get this last piece nailed down.”Claflin said several businesses have expressed interest in signing leases for retail space in the mixed-use development.New dates for Bellmont Promenade plans to go in front of the Shawnee planning commission and council are still undetermined.last_img read more

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Microsoft Follows Zoom and Launches Personal Teams Devices for Homes and Offices

first_imgMicrosoft has announced new Microsoft Teams displays, a category of all-in-one dedicated Teams devices (basically a personal Teams touch screen) integrated with voice control via Microsoft Cortana. Microsoft is marketing these as personal workspace devices that integrate with Teams collaboration and communication for your home and small office environments — think of them as personal Teams Rooms.Microsoft Teams displays are always-on displays highlighting important activities and notifications and removing distractions from your primary work device (aka your laptop or computer). You can also personalize your Microsoft Teams displays by changing your wallpaper — and additional personalization options will become available.Microsoft Teams displays allow you to speak in natural language to join and present in meetings, dictate replies to a Teams chat, etc. You can make requests to Cortana like “What is on my calendar today?”, “Share this document with Megan,” “Join my next meeting,” “Add Joe to this meeting,” “Present the quarterly review deck.”Here’s a video showing how this works: Microsoft Teams displays integrate with your PC to bring a companion experience that allows for cross-device interaction. You can easily lock and unlock both devices from your connected PC, open files or messages, then transition to your PC, and join meetings from either device with a distributed meeting experience across both devices.Microsoft Teams displays are integrated with enterprise-grade security as well as have personal security options in several ways:With a camera shutter and microphone mute switch, users can feel assured that your conversations and video will remain private.IT admins can securely manage, update, and monitor Microsoft Teams displays through the Teams admin portal.Users will securely sign in with their enterprise Azure Active Directory credentials.Voice assistance experiences are delivered using Cortana enterprise-grade services that meet Microsoft 365 privacy, security and compliance commitments.With Cortana built-in, the Lenovo ThinkSmart View will be the first Microsoft Teams display to market, withYealink also delivering one of the first devices in this category.last_img read more

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