Equine Guelph and the University of Guelph would really like to know how you stay up to date on the latest equine research news. Together, they are conducting a study on the awareness of current research among members of Ontario’s horse industry. It will be online until February 1, 2015.The study aims to measure who in the equine industry is accessing University of Guelph research, how they are accessing it, and whether the information changes their practices. In order to assess this, members of the industry are being asked (riders, athletes, owners, veterinarians, and equine business owners) to complete a short online survey.The survey will ask industry members about their involvement with the horse industry and where they source horse-related information and if they have had any experiences with University of Guelph equine research. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and anonymous and should take no more than 30 minutes. Participants under the age of 18 are asked to seek consent from their parent or guardian before completing the survey.At the link, you will also find an information letter describing the project and the role of participants. The research team can be contacted with any questions: principal investigator Professor Jeff Thomason at [email protected], or Amy Binning at [email protected] Tags: Equine Guelph, University of Guelph, SIGN UP 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. Horse Sport Enews 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.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office(NEW YORK) — An infant and three adults were killed in a “horrific” incident at an Oregon home in which sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the suspect as he was about to take the life of another child, officials said Sunday.The eruption of domestic violence occurred Saturday night in the Portland suburb of Canby, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jensen said at a news conference.Jensen said the suspect, Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, was shot and killed by deputies when they arrived on scene at 10:15 p.m. and saw him attempting to kill another child.The child and another adult were injured in the attack and taken to a hospital for treatment, Jensen said.After killing Gago, deputies found four victims — including a 9-month-old girl — dead inside the house, Jensen said.The baby was identified Sunday as Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, according to the sheriff’s office. The other victims killed were: Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31; Jerry William Bremer, 66; and Pamela Denise Bremer, 64.The relationship between the suspect and the victims, including the baby, is under investigation.“We do believe they were all living in the residence. They are related somehow. We’re just trying to piece that together,” Jensen said.It was not immediately clear how Gago allegedly killed the victims, Jensen said. He said the suspect was not armed with a gun.“There are numerous objects around the house that can be used as weapons,” he said. “Investigators are trying to figure out exactly what it is he used to kill four people.”A motive in the quadruple slaying is under investigation.“Every investigator I’ve talked to that’s been inside the residence … cannot explain just how horrific the scene is. It’s a traumatic scene just to see,” Jensen said. “This is a tough one and we want to make sure our folks are going to be OK when this is all done.”He said five deputies and a sheriff’s sergeant responded to the scene, but it was not immediately known how many fired their weapons.“They were able to locate the suspect,” Jensen said. “At which point they were presented with a deadly force situation. Our deputies fired their service weapons, killing the homicide suspect.“Obviously, they were trying to get there as quickly as possible to save as many people as they can,” Jensen said of the sheriff’s deputies. “They’re obviously worried about their own safety.”He said the sergeant and five deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave in keeping with department protocol for officer-involved shooting investigations.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Iraq crisis, which saw the UK and most of the accession countries siding with the US against France and Germany, brought home to Chirac and Schröder that they could easily be ignored in an EU of 27. Having London on board is by far the best way to prevent this. Finally, there can be no doubt that core Europe needs the UK, if it is to develop a credible foreign and security policy and build a serious EU defence capability. One of the frustrations that have long simmered in Paris and Berlin concerns the EU’s inability to punch its weight on the world scene. But even the French – arrogant as they may be considered in Brussels and some other EU capitals – admit that there can be no serious European defence policy without the UK.The tripartite mission of the British, French and German foreign ministers to Iran last October, that convinced Tehran to accept strengthened international inspections of its nuclear sites, was a foretaste of what the three can do if they join forces. Paris and Berlin discovered they could have more benefits by dealing with things the Iran, and not the Iraq, way. Quite simply, Paris and Berlin alone would not be sufficient pillars of such a ‘union within a union’. In an enlarged EU of 25, and soon 27, France and Germany will no longer be representative of the economic and political diversity of Europe.The Franco-German motor worked in the past because, whenever the two reached a deal, the rest of the member states could accept it. This is because France and Germany together represented the larger EU. They were a microcosm of the whole: any differences they had typified broader EU divergences. But that will not be the case anymore.In addition, London could develop into a rival nucleus, luring the undecided in its direction. The UK strategy of reaping the benefits of economic integration, but keeping political matters out of Brussels’ reach, appeals to many new member states, not least to Poland. A UK prime minister has never been in such a comfortable position vis-à-vis Europe, with the leaders of France and Germany both courting him, trying to lure the UK into a new adventure: creating a ‘core Europe’ of the most ambitious member states. The big three, who used to be torn apart on most EU issues, will meet on 18 February, before the Union’s Spring summit, to coordinate their views on a European constitution. They also met on the eve of the ultimately doomed Brussels summit last December and, against all odds, struck a deal on future arrangements for a European defence policy. Downing Street hinted the trio would meet every six weeks. Since the disappointing summit, when the talks on the constitution collapsed in acrimony, Paris and Berlin have repeatedly warned that they would like to launch a ‘core Europe’ with like-minded countries, probably the six founding EU members. Jacques Chirac, the French president, even wanted to announce the launch of an avant-garde group of France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg at the summit. He wanted to raise from the ashes a “more concentrated and selective, elitist union within the Union”, as one of his colleagues commented at the time.Chirac was convinced, mainly by Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg premier, to postpone the launch of this ‘Phoenix Europe’ and to take some more time to reflect. Diplomats in Paris and Berlin still insist a pioneer group of countries keen to deepen integration will be formed sooner or later, if the constitution talks do not succeed. However, I would venture to predict that a respectable, credible core Europe, that will not lead to splits within the EU in the long term, will only happen if the UK is part of it. Paris and Berlin need London on board for three reasons. First, to make sure that the ‘power-pole’ that core-Europe would create would become a magnet to attract the member states that lag behind; second, to prevent the UK from developing into a rival pole; and third, to give credibility to the EU’s ambitions in the field of foreign affairs, security and defence.The purpose of core Europe is to allow the more ambitious countries to advance more quickly and to show the way to the rest of the member states. Chirac and Schröder do not intend to divide the EU by forming this unofficial ‘sherpa group’ – although this could undeniably be a side-effect. What the pair want is a smaller cluster of countries that is able to take decisions more effectively and swiftly. In their plans, this breakaway group would not seek to go off in a different direction from the larger EU: it would be merely taking a lead.But to make sure that core Europe will act as a magnet for countries which might be left behind initially, France and Germany must have the UK on board. In addition, London would come in very handy to help patch the rift between France-Germany and the United States. Chirac and Schröder are well aware that Europe cannot be strong on the international scene if it is ignored by US President George W. Bush and his Washington administration. Tony Blair can be sure, then, to expect some affectionate attention from Jacques and Gerd.
Tash Sultana has released “Sweet & Dandy”, the fifth and final single from their forthcoming album, Terra Firma, due out on February 19th via Lonely Lands Records. “Sweet & Dandy” follows “Pretty Lady“, “Greed“, “Beyond The Pine“, and “Willow Tree”, all of which Sultana released in 2020.Related: Tash Sultana Officially Releases “Through The Valley – The Last Of Us Part II” [Listen/Watch]Terra Firma will see Sultana moving away from their solo looping techniques and towards a more full band sound. Like previous singles, “Sweet & Dandy” carries a bouncy groove, dripping with reverb and wavy vocals. Sultana never fails to impress, both with their musicianship and vocal abilities. They weave themes growth, self love, and personal development throughout the symphonic track.“‘Sweet & Dandy’ is about the process of withdrawing yourself from negative distractions and living in the present, always remembering that you are enough. You and you alone, you do not need the world to tell you to be a certain way,” said Tash Sultana in a press release, according to mxdwn.com.In addition to audio, Sultana also shared a lyric video to accompany the “Sweet & Dandy” release. Check out the “Sweet & Dandy” lyric video below and click here for more listening options.Tash Sultana – “Sweet & Dandy” – [Lyric Video][Video: Tash Sultana]Pre-orders for Sultana’s forthcoming album, Terra Firma, are available now. The album will be available in CD and vinyl LP formats, with some packages including merch like posters and t-shirts. Visit Sultana’s official store to pre-order Terra Firma and for more album information.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA cat that had its back feet severed by a combine harvester has been given two prosthetic limbs in a pioneering operation by a UK vet. His work is explored in a BBC documentary called The Bionic Vet. The cat, named Oscar, was referred by his local vet in Jersey, following the accident last October. Oscar was struck by the combine harvester whilst dozing in the sun. The prosthetic devices were an instant success with Oscar. (WATCH the video or read the story from the BBC) Thanks to Pam Guthrie for sending the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen two wildlife photographers saw a polar bear approaching a chained up sled dog, they were frozen stiff with horror – but the encounter actually turned out to be more heartwarming than anticipated.The photographers had been exploring the Churchill region of Canada’s Hudson Bay, which is known to be the polar bear capital of the world.RELATED: When Man Discovers Sea Lion Loves to Fetch, He Plays With the Critter For Two HoursPolar bears are also renowned for being aggressive predators. So when they saw one of the massive mammals meandering up to a the sled dog, they expected the worst.The bear, however, was apparently only looking for a playmate – and the dog was more than happy to oblige.(WATCH the video below)We Can’t Bear How Sweet This Is: Click To Share The Pawesome Video With Your Friends – Photo by Nat GeoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, M.A. class of 1975, top a long list of dignitaries who will offer reflections at the memorial service for University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore “Ted” Hesburgh on Wednesday evening, the University announced in a press release Monday.According to the statement, other speakers will include Carter’s wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter; former president of Princeton University William Bowen; Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, class of 1977 and Law School class of 1981; Dillon Hall rector Fr. Paul Doyle; former football head coach Lou Holtz; archbishop emeritus of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Indiana Gov. Mike Pence; Board of Trustees member Martin W. Rogers, class of 1988; former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford.University President Fr. John Jenkins will also offer a tribute, the release stated.“We are honored that the Carters, Dr. Rice and our other distinguished guests will join to pay tribute to Fr. Ted and his many contributions to national and international affairs, the Catholic Church and higher education,” Jenkins said in the statement. “This tribute will be a special opportunity to celebrate Fr. Ted’s remarkable life and career.”The tribute will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion and will also include music from Notre Dame student choirs and instrumentalists, the release stated.Members of the general public can obtain a limited number of tickets to the service beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Murnane Family Ticket Office at Purcell Pavilion.According to the release, both the Carters and Rice knew Hesburgh for nearly 40 years. Hesburgh served on the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy in the Carter administration and as University president while Rice was a graduate student.Tags: Alan Simpson, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Condoleezza Rice, Fr. Paul Doyle, Harris Wofford, Hesburgh, Jimmy Carter, Joe Donnelly, Lou Holtz, Martin W. Rogers, Memorial Service, Mike Pence, Rosalynn Carter, tribute, William Bowen
View Comments Pippa Nixon & Sophie Thompson in “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Photo: Marc Brenner) Sophie Thompson has a diverse and distinguished list of credits ranging from the Harry Potter screen franchise to Celebrity MasterChef and the popular U.K. TV soaps, EastEnders and Coronation Street. But it’s on stage where the Olivier Award-winning performer has really shone, whether in musicals (Company, Guys and Dolls) or in her current gig as a swooping-voiced Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s immortal comedy The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre. Thompson arrived early one recent evening to the theater in time for a lively and engaging chat with Broadway.com.How does it feel to be playing one of the most iconic roles in the female repertoire—the redoubtable Lady Bracknell?It really surprised me, but then most things do. Most jobs that come up are surprising and also, if you’re lucky, they’re delighting as well. This is one of those roles, and one of those plays, that you’ve got to have a bash at and get inside the words and get the words inside oneself; it’s such an extraordinary piece of writing.Are you a Wilde veteran? Not at all! I’d never done any Oscar Wilde, so when [Earnest] came up, I thought, I’ve got to have a go at it because it’s such fantastically challenging material. It’s almost classical in its rhythm and structure, which makes it very exacting; I’ve never experienced that in the same way, except with Shakespeare.Presumably you’d seen it before?Yes, I had. My mum [actress Phyllida Law] played Miss Prism in a production many years ago [Dame Wendy Hiller was Lady Bracknell in that one], and I’d been to see a mate in it a couple of years ago out of town—and I knew the  film, with Edith Evans. So, yes, I was familiar with it in that way that you are when you’re on the beach but haven’t yet picked up that stone.Were people full of advice and thoughts about the formidable character you are playing?Everyone rushed up and said you know what to me—[Lady Bracknell’s defining words “a handbag,” which is one of the signature phrases from the play]—and one thinks, “Oh, God!” There are so many wonderful things spoken by this mad confection of a woman and it’s just funny that she’s defined by those words. That’s hats off to Edith Evans, obviously. [Dame Edith remains a legendary Bracknell.]Is it difficult to gauge this so-called “gorgon” who bustles into the play in the first act, in full comic throttle?The thing with Lady Bracknell is that you have to take heed before anything else not of what you are saying but of what others say about the character, and that’s always very helpful as a way into who the true lady is behind all the witticisms.What, then, is your take on her?Here’s a woman who comes from a lowly background and married Lord Bracknell and became a part of this new world, much in the same way that people who convert to a particular religion are often much more passionate than those who are born into it. In that same way, Lady Bracknell is desperate to hang on to all the laws and the manners and to the remnants of Victorian society.Was the intention here to deliver up an Earnest with a bit of a difference? [There have been some textual tweaks, and the production plays up the homoerotic subtext.]One has seen productions [of Earnest] where the language is very clever, but it can sound a bit glib if you don’t put the thought behind it. I’m not interested in watching posh people drink tea and spout clever words: we kind of see that in life. I’m interested, and so is our maverick director Michael Fentiman, in exploring the kind of underbelly of things, so I hope we’ve done that to a degree while maintaining a show that is fantastically amusing.So, the goal is to be more than merely funny? I think all of us in the company agree that Wilde of course is funny but you can have dark and funny and sexy and funny and awkward and funny, but if it’s just funny, you miss out on a load of other stuff. I sense that some people have minded some of the choices we’ve made, but you have to be brave when you do a play. It’s like with cooking: you want to make a dish with all these condiments and serve it up to all these people.Ah, food, which is your recent and flourishing life, following Celebrity MasterChef and the publication of your cookbook, My Family Kitchen. How are you marrying this newer career with your established acting career?I think I’ve come to realize that what we as actors do is so intangible as a job, which is why some people come to hate it: it’s not a tangible thing. But cooking is quite tangible, and it can be very nice amid this very strange and nebulous profession to do something tangible and say, for instance, “Here is some hummus that I can share.”Are you the resident cook, then, of the company?[Laughs] I am a bit of a one for bunging a few bits on the table in the green room. I just do it because I like doing it.What about your two children’s books, Zoo Boy and Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves?You know what our jobs are like [as actors]: there are great areas of time when you’re not required and you really want to put your juices elsewhere. I’d always wanted to do a children’s book and still can’t believe that I’ve got two out there. Sometimes, I nip into bookstores and move them to the spangly tables next to David Walliams [another British actor-turned-children’s-book-author].Casting an eye back, what do you make of an amazing stage run that includes two Sondheim musicals—Amy in Company and your Olivier Award-winning turn as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods—and, later, the U.K. premiere of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park?Clybourne Park was the most amazing play I think I’d ever read; I just couldn’t believe it. I thought it was breathtaking, and playing it was actually breathtaking! I’d never felt that feeling before from an audience and that sense of listening. It was an experience I’ll never forget.Do you see more Sondheim in your future?Golly, if it was ever to come up! I was so lucky to do those two shows and, you never know, I might get a crack at something else. But you know, you’re talking possibly to the vaguest actor: I belong in a very vague meadow and have always just been delighted to be considered and involved. I’ve never had a game plan and can only sort of try to be me.
Groundhog Day (2017)I love Groundhog Day; I’m a big fan of the movie and an even bigger fan of the musical. As is the case with many shows I’m passionate about, I may have overstuffed this one. But I think it works. There’s Andy Karl’s Phil Connors in an endless loop with various versions of himself, and the people of Punxsutawney peeking out from varied fractals in the cycle. There’s also the cozy windows of the town set, the sun, Gobbler’s Knob, Phil the Groundhog…well, I did overstuff this one, but it makes me happy. Once on This Island (2017) One of my favorite things to represent in any illustration is the point of connection between two contrasting worlds. What better example of this than Once on This Island, where we see divisions between class and race, mortals and gods. I did my best to represent this concept in the dual color palettes, which come together visually to form a tree—a central symbol of the story. You can also see another stylistic evolution with my use of varied line colors for the central characters. Cabaret (2014)I often push the scale in my compositions, drawing some characters abnormally larger to symbolize their oversized presence in the story. Here’s an example featuring Alan Cumming’s Emcee beckoning us into the Kit Kat Club. I also represented the club portions of the story in bold color and the outside events in more subdued tones. I typically have a rule of not revealing plot twists that happen after intermission, but with a story as well-known as Cabaret, I thought a glimpse of the Nazism that comes later in the story was fair game. Howdy, folks! Justin Robertson, a.k.a. Squigs, here! December 29 will mark the 10th anniversary of my very first Broadway.com illustration. Plus Tony night 2020 will mark the decennial of our regular Broadway Ink feature. It’s astounding to think that my collaboration with Broadway.com is still going strong. To celebrate, I’ve been asked to choose 10 favorites from the nearly 500 illustrations I’ve created. It’s a daunting task. But I think these choices fall at the crossroads between the overall quality of the artwork and how accurately I feel my piece captured the art on stage. Here’s a walk down memory lane. Twelfth Night/Richard III (2013)I sometimes get asked to combine two different plays into one illustration. This is perhaps my favorite example of that kind of work: The thrilling Mark Rylance and company in two very different Shakespeare plays. It’s an early example of me representing various supporting players using color lines (instead of stark black) to anchor them more into the overall composition. This production felt like gold so that’s the palette I chose. Porgy and Bess (2012)Sometimes the most memorable moments of an epic show can hinge on a single, simple gesture which can then inspire the whole layout of my illustration. When illustrating Porgy and Bess, I hoped to convey the power of Norm Lewis’s Porgy with his hand outstretched to Audra McDonald’s Bess across the stage. The Visit (2015)In an otherwise drab black and white composition, the reds here represent the past connection between Roger Rees’ Anton and Chita Rivera’s Claire, while the yellows proclaim Claire’s return to town and her effect on the residents. I draw so much inspiration from the design team of each show, and here is a good example of their color choices making a big impact on my sketch. Also, in remembering this show, I’m reminded of the passage of time, of dearly missing what once was and appreciating what we still have. Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (2019)Taylor Mac’s play was one of my favorites last season. The brilliant design team created a gilded world now besmirched by dead bodies and lots of blood (represented here by my collection of spatter templates). I contrasted the red and gold of death with the optimistic teal in Nathan Lane’s Gary. If I overstuffed this illustration, the overstuffing is necessary. Like Gary itself, there’s a lot of visual treasures to be found if you look closely. Reflecting the treasures that amazing collaborative artists regularly create in theater is hopefully a strength of mine; it’s definitely my calling. Peter and the Starcatcher (2012)My illustration vocation sprang from drawing the casts of shows I’d performed in, so I always enjoy capturing ensembles of actors. In the case of this piece, it shows a swoop of personalities anchored by Christian Borle’s Black Stache (a bit shark-like here) sailing through Celia Keenan-Bolger’s wise Molly and Adam Chanler-Berat’s naive Boy. Here, the blue color palette only gives way to the gold of the star stuff. Follies (2011)I’m a Sondheim nut. I was falling in love with his work around the time that I was discovering the world of theatrical caricature, including the illustrations of the legendary Al Hirschfeld. Here, I think I was successful at representing the vast cast while emphasizing the central relationships of Follies. And the color experimentation here was surprising yet satisfying. Sunday in the Park with George (2017)Being a big ol’ Sondheim nerd and a visual artist, the lines crossed beautifully for me in Sunday in the Park with George. This piece is an early example of me representing a broad, somewhat-realistic range of skin tones. While a full-color approach makes the central couple pop, the blue background composition celebrates the full cast. The blue may be a departure from the original Seurat painting, but my stylistic motif of manipulated ink splatters was a somewhat effective surrogate for Seurat’s calculated pointillistic strokes. View Comments
Communications Committee works on plan to get post disciplinary history Communications Committee works on plan to get post disciplinary history November 1, 2006 Regular News The Bar’s Communications Committee is continuing with its plan to publish member disciplinary information on the Bar’s Web site as a way to assist legal consumers.Committee Chair Tim Sullivan of Tampa, reporting to the Board of Governors at its recent Ponte Vedra meeting, said the panel has agreed that suspensions and disbarments should be listed on a member’s bio page on the Web site, while minor misconduct — such as admonishments and letters of advice — would not be included.Also, membership fee and CLE delinquencies which result in a member being ineligible to practice would be shown.The panel concluded that 10 years worth of disciplinary history should be available on a member’s bio page, but consumers would have to click on a disciplinary history link to access this information. That way, Sullivan said, the information would not be “in somebody’s face” every time they go to look up a lawyer’s phone number.Sullivan said the committee also is recommending leaving the biographies of suspended and disbarred attorneys on the Web site with an explanation as to why they are not eligible to practice law in Florida, either temporarily or permanently. Current policy is to remove the data page for lawyers who are suspended or disbarred.In other action, the committee is still working on a plan to make it easier for Bar members to obtain a password to access secure areas of the Bar’s Web site and the possibility of creating a short CD that could be distributed to Bar members to educate them about how the Bar’s grievance system works.