Gal Leads Netherlands to Third European Team Title

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The Netherlands claimed team gold ahead of Great Britain in silver and Germany in bronze at the FEI European Championships 2015 in Aachen, Germany today. It was a cliff-hanger of a competition, with the result decided by a superb performance from Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover NOP. However Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro produced the biggest score of the day, posting 83.229 to finish more than half a percentage point ahead of the Dutchman.Today’s result has also decided the last three European qualifying spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and it is Spain, Sweden and France, who lined up fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, that have made the cut.The Spanish really pulled it out of the bag today, Morgan Barbancon Mestre putting in a poignant performance with Painted Black on the final event of the 18-year-old stallion’s career, while Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, silver medallist at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, boosted their chances when slotting into individual fifth spot with Delgado.This was The Netherlands’ third time to take European team gold, and their first time to field an all-male side. They made history when breaking the German stranglehold on the title in 2007 and then did it again two years later, before the British broke the mold once again in 2011. Dutch Chef d’Equipe Wim Ernes said recently that he expected his side to take team bronze at these championships, so when asked this evening what he thought of that now, he replied “that was a few weeks ago, since then we just practiced and got better, and so today we won!”Had the advantageTeam Germany had the advantage as the competition resumed this morning, but when Hans Peter Minderhoud went to the top of the scoreboard with a mark of 77.856 with Glock’s Johnson that tipped the balance in The Netherlands’ favour.He was followed into the ring by Britain’s Carl Hester whose gelding, Nip Tuck, was a little unsettled through parts of his test. “But he’s so consistent, he’s never had under 70 percent” said the London 2012 Olympic Games team gold medallist after posting 75.400.Three horses later you could feel the electricity in the air as Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas took their turn. They were expected to secure their country’s position at the top of the leaderboard, but their mark of 75.971 always looked vulnerable. The German rider said afterwards that “the piaffe could have been more active”, expressing surprise at his score. But only two horse-and-rider combinations broke the 80 percent barrier today, and the first of those was ridden by Gal, the man who produced Totilas to become the first super-star horse of the sport of Dressage before the stallion’s sale to Germany in 2010.SensitivityGal has often struggled to contain Glock’s Undercover’s sensitivity and anxiety, but today the 14-year-old stallion showed exactly what his rider always said he could do. The judges clearly relished the utter consistency of the horse’s passage and piaffe, the steadiness of his tempi changes and the smoothness of the canter work when awarding the new leading mark of 82.229. That promoted the Dutch into an even stronger position, and although British stars Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro would better that by 0.8 percent, it was the Dutchman who took centre stage at the post-competition press conference having clinched it for his country.The final Dutch score was 235.629 but it was a close-fought affair with the British runners-up just 1.4 behind while the Germans were more than three points further adrift in bronze medal spot.Asked how he produced such a confident test under extreme pressure today, Gal explained, “I think it’s the experience my horse has now, he’s done more big competitions, he did Las Vegas (Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final), and that was impressive for him. Here, when you are in the ring you don’t notice so much around you because there are so many judges houses that you can’t see out anyway!” he joked.“But no” he continued, “for him it was quite a good atmosphere. The people are far away, and in the ring it was really quiet, it felt good and that gives him the confidence, and gives me the confidence that he is quiet and I can ride – and that makes an amazing test!” he explained. “I think we are the happiest team here!” Gal added, and Carl Hester responded, “I think that’s true – we have a great team too, but we’re not as happy as you!”Happy moodGermany’s Isabell Werth was also in a happy and sporting mood even though that 23rd FEI European Dressage team title had slipped from her country’s grasp. “It was our goal to come first, but it’s boring to win all the time and much more exciting to come third and to have to start again next year!” she joked. “To be honest we tried our best, but in the end we missed some things…we were not as good as we can be, and I think the third place was right. Congratulations to the Dutch and the British – but be careful” she warned with a smile, “we want to come back, we will do our homework and next year we will do a better performance!”Next year is on everyone’s mind as today’s result has given all of the teams an indication of what they need to do if they want their Olympic dreams to come true. And this evening sthe judges for the Rio 2016 Olympic Dressage competitions were confirmed. Brazil’s Maribel Alonso was already named as President and today’s draw means that she will be joined by Stephen Clarke (GBR), Gary Rockwell (USA), Edward de Wolff van Westerrode (NED), Peter Holler (GER), Thomas Lang (AUT) and Susanne Baarup (DEN). First reserve for the Rio Ground Jury is Annette Fransen-Iacobaeus (SWE) with Isabelle Judet (FRA) as second reserve.For more information on the FEI European Championships 2015 in Aachen visit FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 here Tags: FEI European Championships, 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 last_img read more

Thanksgiving Eve weather forecast: Snow pummels Midwest, powerful storm barrels through California

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — On Thanksgiving Eve — the busiest travel day of the year — a snowstorm is burying roadways in the Midwest as a separate powerful storm barrels through California.Storm 1The first storm blew through the Midwest Wednesday, dumping up to 15 inches of snow in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, more than 6 inches across northern Wisconsin and over 9 inches in Minneapolis.Officials with the city of Minneapolis have declared a snow emergency.Wind gusts climbed to 66 mph in Valparaiso, Indiana, and 61 mph at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.The storm also caused four reported tornadoes — two in Louisiana and two in Mississippi.The storm is moving on, but it’s leaving strong winds behind in the Northeast, impacting millions Wednesday night and Thanksgiving morning.Wind advisories were issued for Wednesday night in Philadelphia and in the Washington, D.C., area, where gusts may reach 50 mph.The winds may even keep balloons from flying in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.“We’re going to call a lot of audibles,” NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said Wednesday morning.At full height, the balloons fly at 55 feet. They can be lowered to 10 feet if the winds are too strong.During the parade, sustained winds up to 25 mph and wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible.Storm 2Meanwhile, a separate storm is pounding the West Coast with rain.The storm set numerous records overnight, including an unofficial all-time low-pressure record in California. Low pressure indicates the power of a particular storm.The rain has been falling along the California coast throughout the day Wednesday and is threatening to bring heavy downpours and flash flooding along with it.By Thursday night, the rain will be focused over the Southwest, with heavy rain possible in Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Southern California.California’s mountain ranges are also bracing for several feet of snow. The snow coupled with gusty winds could pose major travel disruptions.These two storms left over 300,000 customers without power across eight states on Wednesday. California and Indiana were impacted the most.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

MPs to question Johnson via video link under plans for UK parliament return

first_imgSome MPs would need to go to parliament in person to vote for motions bringing in these changes.Hoyle said parliament’s Procedure Committee would consider the proposals at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, before the House of Commons Commission meets virtually on Thursday. If the Commission gives its approval, MPs would be able to consider them on Tuesday.In his letter to MPs, Hoyle said discussions had been taking place for two weeks on allowing MPs “to hold the Government to account and us all to comply with the important public health guidance in the current crisis,” but warned there are “bound to be bumps along the way.”“I recognise the urgent need to put new arrangements in place and will do everything I can to ensure the House is presented with the opportunity to take a decision on this matter sooner rather than later, giving the House as much advance notice as I am able to do in these exceptional circumstances,” he said. Also On POLITICO Coronavirus in Europe: Coverage in full By POLITICO LONDON — MPs will be able to question Boris Johnson and his ministers over video link under proposals laid out Tuesday ahead of the U.K. parliament’s return next week.The weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session, urgent questions to ministers and government statements could all be broadcast live to the nation, with parliamentarians able to take part virtually, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said in a letter to MPs setting out the plan.Once the system is up and running and deemed “satisfactory and sustainable,” MPs will be able to discuss whether to use the same model for debates on motions and legislation, and whether to bring in “a system of remote voting,” Hoyle said.last_img read more

Dr. John Headlines, Oteil Joins Dumpstaphunk On Jam Cruise Day Three [Gallery]

first_imgJam Cruise made it to Mexico! Attendees spent the day enjoying the local culture, before it was back on the boat to get down for some rocking and rolling. So many artists came out with tremendous sets for day three of the Jam Cruise voyage, including Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Lettuce, Soulive, The Werks, Electron, The Infamous Stringdusters, Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath, Zach Deputy, Dumpstaphunk, Cabinet, Marco Benevento, Cory Henry, Stanton Moore Trio and more! With Mike Dillon and Eric McFadden leading jam rooms, a premiere of the Lettuce movie Let Us Play, and DJ Otto spinning it late night, there was no shortage of great music for a whole joyous day on the MSC Divina.Behold pictures from day three, courtesy of Phierce Photography: Load remaining images Full gallery below: last_img read more

William Byron tries to ride underrated tag right into Victory Lane

first_imgCONCORD, N.C. — Whether or not it’s a bold prediction in your book, it has been said that William Byron is on the cusp of getting his first career NASCAR Cup Series win and 2020 will be the year that he makes it to Victory Lane. A common thought from drivers on production days this week in Charlotte was that Byron is one of the most underrated drivers in the garage.Those sound like high expectations for the 22-year-old. With high expectations comes high pressure to meet those and succeed.Finishing 2019 with a strong Round of 12 playoff run and five top-five finishes for the season, Byron knows the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team has loftier goals for 2020.“There’s plenty of weekends to win all year long,” Byron said on Thursday at team headquarters. “The only way I’ve seen guys win is be consistently good. We have to be consistently good week in and week out to have a chance.”When asked if he felt like 2019 was a disappointment, Byron said, “Honestly, last year I don’t feel like we had the ammo to go out and win.”RELATED: Why Jimmie Johnson is changing his hashtagHis crew chief, Chad Knaus, welcomes the idea of building a successful environment for the “underrated” driver.“If we stick to the fundamentals and we build the best team we possibly can, the results are going to show up.” Knaus said.Knaus has been to Victory Lane 81 times with Jimmie Johnson but has yet to experience that with Byron.“The pressure people put on a driver to win is a real thing,” Knaus said. “We know that we’re putting ourselves in position to go out there and win. But as you grow, you can’t make the win the destination point. If you create that mindset, it does become a huge load to bear.”It may be high expectations fueling the driver, or everything finally clicking for Byron and the No. 24 team, but whatever the cause he already feels better about how far the team has come.“It’s going to be a sum of all the parts, I guess,” Byron said. “So, I feel like the sum of all our parts are a lot better than they were at the start of last year. If we’re consistent, then there’s going to be a day soon where it all lines up for us.”So, is his competition right? Is Byron the most underrated driver in the garage?It’s time to find out.last_img read more

Hiker Survives 200-Foot Fall During Mount Washington Descent

first_imgShe slipped and fell,striking several rocks “It was these rocks that ultimately saved her from plunging into the ravine, a fall that would have likely proved fatal,” Lt. Mark Ober, Jr. said in a news release. “Her companion was able to descend to her position, place a call for help and keep her warm with a space blanket until rescuers arrived.” New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said the hiker, Ashley Furness, 35, of Bartlett, was with a companion on Sunday afternoon when she slipped and fell, striking several rocks. She was descending along the railway tracks and was about 2 miles (3,218.6 meters) up from the railway station. Rescuers could only get so far using an ATV and snowmobiles. There was no snow. Crews hiked the rest of the way and reached Furness after several hours, but her injuries were severe and she couldn’t walk, Ober said. Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the Northeast with a summit of 6,288 feet (1,916.5 meters). BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) – A hiker descending Mount Washington who fell about 200 feet (60.9 meters) and got hurt was rescued with the help of the Cog Railway train that takes visitors up and down the summit during tourism season. “Without the use of the train, we were looking at a potentially all-night rescue scenario which would have included calling in several dozen additional rescuers and technical rope teams just to get the injured hiker down the mountain safely,” Ober said. Due to the steep, icy, terrain and remote location, the Cog Railway prepared a train to retrieve Furness. In the meantime, a rescue belay was set up with ropes and other gear to hoist Furness up to the tracks. The train reached her and returned to a waiting ambulance at the base around 11 p.m. Sunday. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Teacher to Donate Kidney to 10-Year-Old Student

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to features the inspiring story of fourth grade teacher Patricia Donohue and her decision to donate a kidney to her 10-year-old student, Brandon Shafer.Brandon’s mother tried to donate her kidney but was not a match. Donohue knows what life is like for Brandon’s family. Her own father had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant.“I wouldn’t have my father without somebody donating to him, so I can’t imagine not doing the same thing for Brandon and his family,” she said. (details and photo here)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

90,000 Homes To Be Powered By Chicken Manure

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, converting one-third of all chicken manure residue there into green energy. The power plant will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. (Environmental News Network) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Superhero Brings Smiles to 100,000 Sick Children and Families, Healing Himself Since Mom Died of Cancer in 2009

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSuper powers like x-ray vision, the strength of a locomotive, or the ability to fly may be uplifting in a Marvel movie, but what better skill could uplift a victim in the real world than bringing smiles to children who are desperately ill?That’s how one man in a Spiderman costume fulfills his mission at children’s hospitals all across America—and with his visits to Alaska and Hawaii last September, he has now played that role in all 50 states.It’s all part of the fun for Yuri Williams and his Long Beach, California non-profit, A Future Super Hero and Friends, which not only counts hospitals as its turf, but any underserved community. Yuri has organized blood drives, toy drives, and movie nights—all while donning Superhero costumes, and a heart of gold. “They don’t even call me by my real name anymore, it’s just Spidey or Spider-Man,” the man behind the mask told Hawaii News Now.Yuri decided to conjure smiles for suffering children as a result of his own healing journey. The idea—to be a hero for those in the frightening grip of a serious illness—came about during his long bout of grief due to his mother’s battle with cancer.He decided that the best way to deal with his sadness was service to others—and he has since touched the lives of tens of thousands of people.RELATED: After Getting Laid Off, ‘Lasagna Lady’ Responds to Coronavirus by Cooking 1,200 Pans for Strangers in NeedHis surprise visits give the patients, who are sometimes in a dark place emotionally, the ability to be happy again and let down their guard.Yuri Williams – Facebook videoIn addition to his inspiring work with children, Yuri also actively visits homeless camps to hand out food and clothing. He has started a fundraiser on Patreon, to serve even more people, by “providing art programs and other services for the houseless, disabled, elderly, ill, children, veterans, and anyone in need.”In a powerful video on Facebook, Yuri described the life-changing emotions he experiences—no matter which costume he dons. “I live for this. When I have to do something the next day, I can’t sleep because I’m just excited to be helping people. It’s an adrenaline rush.”POPULAR: New Website “Pandemic of Love” Connects 132,000 People in Need of Aid With Those Who Can HelpAnd when this ‘caped crusader’ of hope sees the children perk up in those hospital beds, he knows he’s done a good day’s work. “I feel like a real superhero.”WATCH the heartwarming video…Rescue Your Social Media Feed—SHARE The Super-Good Deeds With Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

SMC student panel to discuss “The Hunting Ground”

first_imgOn Monday, the Saint Mary’s Justice Education Program, along with the Gender and Women Studies Department, will host a student panel discussion about CNN’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium.Junior Bri O’Brien said eight students will share their reactions to the film and to the Saint Mary’s administration response and will also suggest what needs to be done by students and administration in response to “The Hunting Ground.”Bri O’Brien said the idea for a student-led panel on the documentary was brought up in a discussion after her Feminist Philosophy course taught by Dr. Adrienne Lyles-Chockley.“Some students expressed discontent and disappointment with how [last Thursday’s] panel was conducted and the administration’s responses to student questions,” Bri O’Brien said. “Many questions that were asked during this after-class discussion were able to be, at least partially, answered by fellow students.“Because students have different experiences and perspectives at Saint Mary’s, we can often turn to one another for answers, advice and opinions, especially in those times when our administration fails to adequately address and answer our questions. Furthermore, we realized the need for students to have their voices heard by not only fellow students but also by the administration.”Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said Saint Mary’s has a long history of fostering dialogue on important issues.“We are glad to know that our students are continuing the dialogue started last Thursday night when the College screened the film,” Gwen O’Brien said. “Students need to talk about this heartbreaking issue.”Senior Elizabeth Maloney will moderate the panel, Bri O’Brien said.Maloney, also a student in Lyles-Chockley’s Feminist Philosophy course, said it is important for students to speak out because the issue of sexual assault is “ours.”“We are affected by this and must start to speak up,” Maloney said.Maloney said since the panel last Thursday only had one student on it, the students in Lyles-Chockley’s course wanted to provide a safe space where students could discuss more of the issues brought up by the film.“As Dr. Davis pointed out during the April 9 administration-led panel, students hold the power to move forward on these issues,” Bri O’Brien said. “With everything we have learned, discussed and questioned in Feminist Philosophy this semester, many of us felt it to be our responsibility, as women with the ability to do something, to do something.”It is necessary for the panel discussion to be student-led because often college employees — not just at Saint Mary’s — are led to censorship because they are employed by the university administration, Bri O’Brien said.“Whether or not this is the case at SMC, the motives and interests of administrative members may not be in the best interest of students,” she said. “Additionally, administrative members are employed by the College, which obliges them to censorship. While students also have vulnerabilities, a collective discussion led by students, for students is significantly less vulnerable to censorship and undesirable consequences than the statement of an administrative member is.”Aside from issues of censorship and vulnerability, Bri O’Brien said, the student perspective on the issue of sexual assault is the most important one.“We choose to attend this institution, we pay to attend this institution, and we do so under the mutual agreement to receive an education, feel supported and safe on campus and express academic freedom in exchange for our tuition and participation,” she said. “Therefore, it is appropriate for students to address the concerns of students.”Gwen O’Brien said the president and administration knew “The Hunting Ground” did not portray Saint Mary’s in a positive light, but they felt, because of the subject matter, it needed to be shown at Saint Mary’s last Thursday.“The evening was an important step for our community to acknowledge the frustrations with the legal and college/university disciplinary systems,” Gwen O’Brien said. “Together we will work to understand what each other is saying — students, faculty and administration — and improve procedures where needed. Our students should feel respected, supported and empowered.”According to Bri O’Brien, the students who will speak on the panel are highly qualified and representative of each class year.“They have personal experience with sexual assault, encounters with administration of similar natures, knowledge of relevant policy issues such as Title IX, holding a leadership position on campus, and, above all else, being a woman and a student of Saint Mary’s College,” she said.The panel discussion seeks to voice the concerns of students through an academic and justice-focused perspective, Bri O’Brien said. It is important to distinguish this event from responses that originate outside of the Justice Education program.Bri O’Brien said Monday’s panel discussion will allow students to speak out and be heard by fellow students and take advantage of the sisterhood at Saint Mary’s.“We — the students — need to be heard and this is the way we are choosing to have our voices heard. The sisterhood among Belles is so unique, and it is because of this sisterhood that we must converse with each other, understand each other, and advocate for each other,” she said. “That’s what we are doing — we are women advocating for women. This is not to say that SMC does not advocate or support its students. It is to say that students should express their concerns the same as administration did on April 9.”Gwen O’Brien said it is important to note that, even though Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame are separate institutions, many protocols, policies and procedures have changed for the better at both schools over the past five to 10 years.“Student voices helped bring about some of those changes, and we appreciate their voices now,” Gwen O’Brien said. “Dialogue always makes a difference.” Tags: Gender and Women’s Studies, Justice Education Program, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, sexual assault, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more