As wildfires increase in severity, experts call for coordinated federal response

first_imgAs wildfires increase in severity, experts call for coordinated federal response American Thoracic SocietyIn advance of a wildfire season projected to be among the worst, the American Thoracic Society has released a report that calls for a unified federal response to wildfires that includes investment in research on smoke exposure and forecasting, health impacts of smoke, evaluation of interventions, and a clear and coordinated communication strategy to protect public health.The report, Respiratory Impacts of Wildland Fire Smoke: Future Challenges and Policy Opportunities, was published online ahead of print in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society on May 3, 2021.The report comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of very large destructive wildfires, due to years of fire suppression, population expansion, and a lengthening of the fire season because of climate change. For example, the Camp fire in California in 2018 is believed to be the most deadly in the state’s history and parts of the Midwest have also experiences record-breaking fire devastation. Inhalation of wildfire smoke can have serious health consequences, particularly for children, older adults, and those with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD. Less appreciated is that smoke plumes can travel hundreds and even thousands of miles affecting regions remote to the fire where there may not even be a realization that the smoke has traveled such a distance and impacted air quality.The report highlighted the need for more research “on the effects of long-term and repeated wildland fire smoke pollution on respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological and psychological health across life-stages, including developing fetuses and children” as well as firefighters.“Wildland fires release complex mixtures of particles and gases into the air that, when inhaled, can harm the lungs and cardiovascular system in a number of ways,” said Mary Rice, MD, MPH, the lead author of the report, a pulmonologist who studies the respiratory health effects of pollution. “We see the health effects of wildfire pollution in terms of more frequent asthma symptoms, emergency visits and hospitalization for asthma and COPD, and higher mortality during smoke events.”Children, whose lungs are still developing, and adults with lung disease are among those at highest risk, especially those in areas that experience fires season after season. Firefighters are repeatedly exposed to high levels of smoke, often with little respiratory protection. The report emphasizes that little is known about the long-term consequences of repeated smoke exposure, or the potential benefits of interventions to mitigate health effects.The authors of the report maintain that a coordinated approach across agencies is essential to assessing and ultimately developing strategies to manage the health risk of wildland fires.“Air pollution resulting from wildfires crosses borders and economic lines,” said Dan Costa, ScD, a co-author of the report. “Therefore, dedicated research funding and ongoing support from the federal government is needed to fill knowledge gaps, including developing models for fire management as well as assessing toxicity levels and interventions.”Despite the public health impact, the authors found that the public’s and even many physicians’ appreciation of the health risks and consequences of wildfire smoke exposure was lacking.“The air quality problem of wildfire smoke is only going to get worse,” says Dr. Rice. “The medical community is in need of evidence-based guidance to protect patients and their families from the harms of smoke inhalation.”The report is the culmination of a workshop that convened in 2019 comprising a multidisciplinary group of 19 experts, including pediatric and adult pulmonologists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, public health officials and wildland fire managers. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:air pollution, air quality, america, american, california, cardiovascular, climate change, communication, federal government, fire season, Government, inhalation, Investment, lung disease, older adults, public healthlast_img read more

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Consider writing a will, AGD Advises

first_imgRelatedConsider writing a will, AGD Advises RelatedConsider writing a will, AGD Advises FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail By writing and leaving a last will and testament, you will be in a position to determine and instruct how your assets are to be distributed and dealt with, after your death.You will also be able to ensure that only the people you choose will benefit from your estate and, most importantly, ensure that the distribution of your assets will be in accordance with your wishes.In an interview with JIS News, Corporate Affairs Manager at the Administrator General’s Department (AGD), Ava Dean Martin, said the writing of a will is of utmost importance and something every Jamaican, from the legal age of 18 should contemplate doing.A will is a written document, through which a testator seeks to distribute his or her assets upon death. A testator is a person who has written and executed a last will and testament that is in effect at the time of his/her death.“We really encourage persons to practise making their wills, as an important part of practising proper estate planning. Making a will is the only way that a testator can have autonomy over how his or her estate is distributed, to whom and what proportion. So it gives the testator autonomy over his or her assets,” she says.The procedure is simple. Firstly, one should take into consideration all his/her assets, then decide which relatives, friends or persons should benefit and in what proportion.“Then they must address their minds to who they are going to appoint as their executor. The Jamaica Wills Act stipulates that at least one executor must be appointed under the will, and that must be someone whom the testator trust, so that person will act with alacrity and take on the duties of executorship and administer the estate in a quick time, or very soon after the death of the testator,” Ms. Martin says.An executor is the person responsible for administering the estate. One must appoint at least one executor, but no more than four. It is recommended that at least two executors be appointed to ensure that, if one dies before the testator or refuses to act on the death of the testator, then another is available to administer the estate.Ms. Martin notes that, even though many people do not need a lawyer to draft a basic will if, for example, a large estate is not being left behind, it is advised that legal advice be sought when large assets are involved.“The benefit of having legal advice is so that persons can know what the requirements are for setting up say, for example, a Trust under the will; where you might identify a certain amount of money that should go to a minor’s education and things of that nature and you are appointing a trustee for that purpose.so it really is advisable that an attorney be consulted before one sits down to make a will,” she states.One important point to remember is that any person who should benefit from the will, should not serve as a witness. This can result in the will becoming void. Therefore, any person who is to receive any benefit under a will, as well as your executor, trustee and guardian, including such a person’s spouse, should not sign as a witness as they would be disqualified from benefiting.“If you intend to give someone, or make a gift to someone under the will, do not ask them to serve as an attesting witness, nor their spouses,” she adds.“Once you have made your will and you remarry, your duty is to write a new will because the act of marriage automatically revokes the will,” she posits.If you should get married after writing a first will, once another one is drafted the second will is the one that is recognised.“You only destroy the existing one, once you are sure that the new one that you are doing is duly executed and witnessed as prescribed under the law,” she warns.She also adds that, upon completion of the new will, a copy should be given to the executor and the other (s) should be kept by the testator for safekeeping.“I also advise the testator to make someone else aware of the whereabouts of the will, because it makes little sense that the testator has gone to great lengths to draft his or her will and after he or she passes no one is aware of the whereabouts. So many times some persons are said to have died intestate, which is without a will, when in fact the whereabouts is unknown,” she states.If persons should die intestate leaving minors or adult beneficiaries, the AGD’s mission of protecting the interest of minors, beneficiaries and creditors of the estate that the law requires the Administrator-General to administer will take effect.For further information, persons may call the AGD at 922-1830-3; 922-0700-5 or send them an email at: [email protected] Advertisementscenter_img Consider writing a will, AGD Advises Office of the Prime MinisterJune 7, 2010 RelatedConsider writing a will, AGD Adviseslast_img read more

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PM Says NHT Purchased Property, Not Outameni Experience

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PM Says NHT Purchased Property, Not Outameni Experience ParliamentNovember 11, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the National Housing Trust (NHT) has not purchased the tourist attraction known as Outameni Experience, in Trelawny.The Prime Minister was responding to questions posed by Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, on the purchase of the property by the NHT, in the House of Representatives, on November 11.She noted further that the NHT has not aquired the business assets, goodwill or brand associated with Outameni Experience, save and except for a standby generator, a fuel tank and office furniture. RelatedLate Senate President Hailed as Nation Builder Advertisements Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the National Housing Trust (NHT) has not purchased the tourist attraction known as Outameni Experience, in Trelawny.“The Board has advised me that the decision to purchase the property at Orange Grove in Trelawny, and not the attraction known as Outameni Experience, was firmly grounded in the National Housing Trust Act of 1979,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.The Prime Minister was responding to questions posed by Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, on the purchase of the property by the NHT, in the House of Representatives, on November 11.She noted further that the NHT has not aquired the business assets, goodwill or brand associated with Outameni Experience, save and except for a standby generator, a fuel tank and office furniture.Mrs. Simpson Miller said she was informed that the Board of the NHT is exploring the possibility of acquiring and operating the investment as an educational, cultural, heritage and tourist attraction.“I have instructed that they should explore ways of using the property for social and physical infrastructure to enhance the quality of life and for the enjoyment of NHT contributors, Jamaicans and visitors. I have also instructed that the NHT looks at the tourism potential in the area and examine ways to maximize the returns on this investment,” she said.She pointed out that the Auditor General has advised of her intention to conduct further auditing of the transaction.Meanwhile, Mrs. Simpson Miller said a feasibility study will be done in respect of the business known as Outameni Experience, which the NHT has not purchased.She informed that before the property was purchased there was thorough inspection and evaluation, noting that the original market value was $311 million; however, the NHT initiated its evaluation and that came out at $280 million.“The property and the property alone was acquired for $180 million. This represents about 61 per cent of the average market value and a discount of $40 million on the forced sale value,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She reiterated that the Orange Grove property and not the Tourist Attraction known as Outameni Experience, was purchased by the NHT from Capital and Credit Merchant Bank for $180 million.center_img PM Says NHT Purchased Property, Not Outameni ExperienceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. (FILE) RelatedA Fitting Send Off for Syringa Marshall Burnett RelatedQuick Response Teams to be Formed to Protect Country from Ebolalast_img read more

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LPT rates will remain unchanged in Donegal

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCork v Derry moved to Monday 16th OctoberNext articleParents to protest outside Magherabeg school as TII comes under fire News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic LPT rates will remain unchanged in Donegal Twitter Google+ Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Homepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Donegal County Councillors have voted to maintain the current rate of the Local Property Tax.Members had been asked to consider varying the rate for 2018 by up to 15%, but as in years previous the majority voted to maintain its current format.A public consultation process on the LPT earlier this year resulted in only two submissions from the general public.Cllr Marie Terese Gallagher was opposed to maintaining it at the present level…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/mtgltp.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – September 26, 2017 WhatsApplast_img read more

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Section V Playoff Preview: Girls’ Basketball Class C2

first_imgSection V Playoff Preview: Girls’ Basketball Class C2 By Paul Cifonelli on March 7, 2021No Comment Connect on Linked in Add to Google+ Subscribe by Email The Class C2 girls’ bracket features six teams with three or fewer losses on the season. The tournament starts on Monday, March 8 with quarter-final matchups and concludes Friday, March 12. Here’s the breakdown:*In response to COVID-19, Section V has limited the field in each classification to the top eight teams.No. 1 seed PAVILION GOLDEN GOPHERS (Livingston County Division III)Record: 10-0Coach: Ben SchwenebratenStreak: Won 10Scoring offense: 57.9Scoring defense: 34.0Finish last season: Beat Kendall, Prattsburgh/Avoca, Arkport/Canaseraga and Fillmore to win the Class D1 championship. Lost to Elba 50-47 in the Class D regional qualifier.Opponent: No. 8 Red Creek on Monday at Pavilion at 7 p.m.No. 2 seed OAKFIELD-ALABAMA HORNETS (Genesee Region Division I)Record: 8-3Coach: Jeff SchlagenhaufStreak: Won fiveScoring offense: 44.7Scoring defense: 38.5Finish last season: Lost 60-56 to Red Creek in the Class C2 quarterfinalsOpponent: No. 7 York on Monday at 7 p.m. at Oakfield High SchoolBracket courtesy of Section V Athletics.No. 3 seed DUNDEE/BRADFORD SCOTSMEN (Finger Lakes West)Record: 8-2Coach: Michael StraitStreak: Won two of threeScoring offense: 51.1Scoring defense: 31.7Finish last season: Dundee lost to Keshequa 55-40 in the Class C2 quarterfinalsOpponent: No. 6 Geneseo on Monday at Dundee High School at 6 p.m.No. 4 seed BOLIVAR-RICHBURG WOLVERINES (Allegany County Division I)Record: 7-2Coach: Justin ThomasStreak: Won three of fourScoring offense: 38.3Scoring defense: 29.7Finish last season: Lost to Dundee/Bradford 45-21 in the Class C2 first roundOpponent: No. 5 Clyde-Savannah at Bolivar-Richburg High School on Monday at 6 p.m.No. 5 seed CLYDE-SAVANNAH GOLDEN EAGLES (Wayne County)Record: 6-4Coach: Steven DunnStreak: Lost four of fiveScoring offense: 47.4Scoring defense: 40.6Finish last season: Took down Lyndonville and Wheatland-Chili before falling to LyonsOpponent: No. 4 Bolivar-Richburg on Monday at Bolivar-Richburg High School at 6 p.m.No. 6 seed GENESEO BLUE DEVILS (Livingston County Division III)Record: 7-3Coach: Meghan CurleyStreak: Won two of threeScoring offense: 40.6Scoring defense: 43.4Finish last season: Lost 64-58 to Red Creek in the Class C2 first roundOpponent: No. 3 Dundee/Bradford at 6 p.m. on Monday at Dundee High SchoolNo. 7 seed YORK KNIGHTS (Livingston County Division III)Record: 7-3Coach: Kaitlin KolbStreak: Won four of fiveScoring offense: 52.6Scoring defense: 37.8Finish last season: Lost to Perry 44-40 in the Class C2 first roundOpponent: No. 2 Oakfield-Alabama at Oakfield High School on Monday at 7 p.m.No. 8 seed RED CREEK RAMS (Wayne County)Record: 5-5Coach: Dave WelcherStreak: Won four of fiveScoring offense: 45.1Scoring defense: 42.1Finish last season: Lost 45-30 to Keshequa in the Class C2 semifinalsOpponent: No. 1 Pavilion at Pavilion on Monday at 7 p.m. Follow on Facebookcenter_img Section V Playoff Preview: Girls’ Basketball Class C2 added by Paul Cifonelli on March 7, 2021View all posts by Paul Cifonelli →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat InsuranceCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search Adby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ Splinters”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ Splinters Share on Facebook Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Print This Post This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Premium / M&A radar: The birth of a German super-stevedore – more takeover than merger

first_img New Premium subscriber REGISTER Hamburg’s major container terminal operator HHLA announced at the end of May that it had entered into strategic talks with its German peers, Eurokai and BLG International.In this type of situation, all outcomes are possible but should we eagerly prepare for a three-way merger now? While some already put that question forward, here is our answer.Statement“Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), Eurokai GmbH & Co. KGaA and BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG are currently conducting initial exploratory talks. … Email* Premium subscriber LOGIN By Gavin van Marle 11/06/2020 Reset Your Password Forgotten your password? Please click here Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Email* Password* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium LOGIN Reset Please Login << Go backlast_img read more

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AfDB approves Gender Equality Trust Fund and Risk-Sharing Mechanism

first_img“It’s a great day for us as a Bank. It is a great day for the continent and the women of Africa as this facility provides innovative ways to tackle the access to finance challenges for African women business owners,” said African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina. Also on Tuesday 31 March, the Board of Directors of the Bank approved a Risk-Sharing Mechanism – an innovative financial instrument to de-risk women-empowered businesses, enhance their profile with banks and support them to grow and thrive as entrepreneurs. TAGSAFDBfundingwomen in power Previous articleGreen Outcomes Fund launches to grow green SMMEs in SANext articleIAEA reviews Japan’s water storage proposal for nuclear plant Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFAWA is the Bank’s flagship pan-African initiative which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women in Africa. Through AFAWA, the Bank is spearheading a major push to unlock women’s entrepreneurial capacity and economic participation for maximum development impact. Funded by donors, the GETF will support the delivery and scale-up of the Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme and promote gender-transformative lending and non-lending operations. It is the first thematic fund on gender in the Bank Group’s history. The Fund will be established for an initial period of 10 years. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The Bank Group will continue to mobilize resources in order to unlock $5 billion worth of financing for women-empowered businesses in Africa. AFAWA is also an implementing partner of the Women Entrepreneurship Finance (We-Fi) Initiative. Read more news on:AfDB The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group have approved a new Gender Equality Trust Fund (GETF) aimed at pushing forward gender equality and women’s empowerment across the continent. AGF has a network spread out over 42 African countries and 150-plus financial institutions, which AFAWA will leverage. This first transaction is expected to unlock up to $2 billion in credit for women-empowered businesses across the continent. Generation Anchor investors in the GETF are the governments of France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Moungar said the partnership with AGF is a starting point for mobilising other financial institutions and increasing access to finance for women entrepreneurs on the continent. Apart from the G7 donors and the Netherlands, other countries are showing strong interest in contributing to the initiative, including Rwanda and Sweden. The African Guarantee Fund (AGF) has been chosen as the first implementing partner to facilitate access to finance for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). AGF is a pan-African entity that provides financial institutions with guarantees and other financial products to support SMEs in Africa. Vanessa Moungar, Bank Director, Gender, Women and Civil Society, described the approval as “the largest effort ever to bridge the gap in access to finance for women in Africa’s history” and said the Fund’s resources and the Risk-Sharing Mechanism would prioritize women’s economic empowerment and high-impact women’s initiatives. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy BRICSlast_img read more

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Thomas “Tommy” Young

first_img Thomas “Tommy” YoungJuly 20, 2020Mark CarpenterObituaries0 PreviousDolores W. DanielsNextSports Trivia Answers: July 19 Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel HomeObituariesThomas “Tommy” Young Powered By 10 Sec Parmesan Baked Pork Chops NextStay Parmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGMama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Thomas “Tommy” Young, 62, of West Union, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Villa Georgetown.  He was born Aug. 24, 1957 in West Union, son of the late Frank “Short” and Edith Grooms Young.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his one true love, Debbie Barr.He is survived by his son, Zac Young and wife Sam of West Union, his “four-legged grandson”, Jeg Young; siblings, Dwight “Skinny” Young of Peebles, Eddie Young and wife Karen of West Union, and Joyce DeMint of West Union; friends, Shawn Burns and wife Ketta, Howard Newman and wife Bev, Frank Roush and wife Shelia, Jeremy Young and wife Mandy as well as many other friends, nieces, and nephews.  Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Thompson-Meeker Funeral Home in West Union.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Kevin Schoonover will officiate.  Burial will follow at the West Union IOOF Cemetery, Sunrise Rd. (SR 125) in West Union. Please sign the online guestbook at www.meekerfuneralhomes.com. Top Searches Top Searches West Union High School 1963 GraduationVommoAdams last_img read more

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Ashley Holzer to Represent Canada at the 2009 FEI Dressage World Cup Final

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Ottawa, ON—Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer will head down the centerline at the 2009 Federation Equestre International (FEI) Dressage World Cup Final taking place April15–19, 2009, in Las Vegas, NV.As the top Canadian rider in the North American World Cup League, Holzer originally from Toronto, ON, but now a current resident of New York, NY, will be heading to Las Vegas riding Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Ian and Moreen Nicoll.“I am very excited to be selected to ride at the World Cup Finals,” said Holzer, who represented Canada at the World Cup Final in 1989, finishing in sixth place overall with her 1988 Olympic bronze medal mount Reipo. “I am glad to have ridden inside recently at the Royal Winter Fair. I think my experience there has helped me prepare for this exciting competition.”Holzer earned her berth to the World Cup Final after winning several world cup qualifiers aboard her 2008 Olympic mount. With their top three Freestyle scores to count, Holzer earned a 77.150% at the CDI-W Blainville in Blainville, QC, July 19–22, 2008; 75.100% at CDI-W Dressage at Devon, in Devon, PA, September 23–25, 2008; and a 76.250% at the CDI-W Gold Coast Opener, held January 23–25, in Loxahatchee, FL, for an average score of 76.167% to top the North American standings.For more information on the 2009 FEI World Cup Final, and a full schedule, visit http://www.worldcuplasvegas.com. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. 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.last_img read more

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Irish Storm to Victory in Aachen

first_imgThe Irish team claimed the Mercedes-Benz Prize, Part of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ when storming to victory in Aachen, Germany tonight.  This sixth leg of the 2010 Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ series was a classic contest, with five top teams tied for the lead at the halfway stage.  But it was the men in green who stood firm while their rivals crumbled in the closing stages, and Robert Splaine’s side produced two of the three double-clears in this sensational Nations Cup clash.The host country finished second, German chances seriously hindered by an unfortunate first round from Ludger Beerbaum and his young mare Gotha, while the USA hung on for third place ahead of the struggling Swiss and the French who shared fourth.  The Netherlands slotted into sixth while last week’s winners form Sweden had to settle for seventh spot this time around, and the British put up a big score for eighth place.  Poland and Spain sat it out after round one, the Spanish side reduced to just three team members when Julio Arias was a late withdrawal.Today’s result has shaken up the leaderboard, but the French still hold the strong advantage they established with their hat-trick of wins early in the season.  The USA has improved to second place but the Irish have rocketed up from sixth to third ahead of Britain in fourth, Germany in fifth and Spain now in that uncomfortable sixth spot.  The same four teams continue to occupy the bottom-four relegation zone in the 10-nation series.  Just three points separate The Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden but for Poland there is no escape from the reality of returning to the Promotional League in 2011, as they have still not collected a single point to date.DID NOT DISAPPOINTFrank Rothenberger’s 12-fence track did not disappoint.  Riders come to Aachen knowing that nothing less than their best will do on this hallowed ground and he demanded big, bold jumping from the horses and intelligent riding from their pilots.  This was not a course for the faint-hearted, and experience would count for a great deal. Yet the two Irishmen who never touched a pole were both riding horses with little mileage at this level of the sport.  With characteristic patience, 2002 World Champion Dermott Lennon has nurtured the talent of his 10 year old gelding Hallmark Elite and tonight they really showed their class in both rounds while Cian O’Connor’s new ride, K Club Lady who has only been in his yard since April, made the course designer’s questions seem very elementary indeed.  This daughter of Landgraf was competing with an amateur rider in Spain until O’Connor spotted her a few months ago, but she has taken to the challenge of bigger fences with consummate ease.Irish pathfinder, Billy Twomey, collected just four faults on his first tour of the arena with Tinka’s Serenade – one of the many victims of the penultimate triple combination.  This, the water at fence nine and the triple-bar at fence four proved influential throughout the competition.  Irish anchorman, Denis Lynch, looked set for a clear until lowering the very last, and with four faults on the board the Irish shared the lead with the USA, France, Switzerland and Germany at the halfway point.  The real battle was played out between these five sides as round two got underway.CLINICAL EFFICIENCYThe result was produced with clinical efficiency however when Twomey, Lennon and O’Connor put zero scores on the board.  Lynch didn’t even have to line out a second time and so can look forward to defending Sunday’s Grand Prix title with a fresh horse.  Although Penelope Leprevost and Mylord Carthago produced the third of those precious double-clears the French were shaken by two 13-fault rounds from master-craftsman Michel Robert whose mare, Kellemoi de Pepita, lost her confidence and concentration after hitting the odd-looking triple bar in round one, and they finished with a 16-fault score along with the Swiss whose pathfinder Steve Guerdat collected 20 faults with Jalisca Solier to leave them vulnerable. The all-girl US team that won in Rotterdam last month were expected to prove difficult to beat, but only Ncole Simpson and Tristan managed a clean sheet in the second round, and with four faults from Lauren Hough (Quick Study), Candice King (Skara Glen’s Davos) and Laura Kraut (Cedric) their total of 12 would only be good enough for third.  German riders of course were hoping to shine in front of their home crowd but Beerbaum’s 18-fault first-round result undermined their situation – his talented mare frightening herself so much over the triple bar fence that he was forced to pull her away from the following oxer before going on to lower the second part of the tricky double two fences later and picking up a lot of time faults.  The German ace of course returned a clear second time out, but by then Marco Kutscher and Cash had put four faults on the board and Janne-Frederike Meyer, a fantastic find for the German team this season, had added a single time penalty to her single mistake at the first fence in round one and there was no point in Marcus Ehning bringing Plot Blue out again.  The Irish had it in the bag, and Germany was already assured of runner-up spot with a nine-fault total.A GREAT THRILL“I’m absolutely delighted!” said Robert Splaine afterwards. “It’s a great thrill to be Chef of the winning team and I’d like to thank my riders very sincerely, they did a great job today” he said.  This was Ireland’s fifth win in the 81-year history of the Aachen Nations Cup – they previously headed the line-up in 1937, 1979, 1995 and 2003.  Lennon thanked Splaine “for having enough faith to put me back on the team – I have not gone so well in the last few weeks but I knew my horse was coming good” he added with typical understatement.Cian O’Connor said the track was “one of the biggest we’ve seen in the Meydan series this year.  Some of the oxers were unbelievably wide and you needed to get up a rhythm so the horses could jump really well”.  Denis Lynch said his team-mates “did a fantastic job – and we are very proud to win.  The goal for the week was to be in the top three so to win is a huge bonus” he explained, and Twomey pointed out that “we’ve been knocking on the door all year – its great to get a win under our belts, now hopefully we can push on from here”.As so often happens in this Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ series however, it was US team manager, George Morris, who had the last word.  “I’d like to congratulate the Irish, it was no surprise they won today, the Irish by nature and by blood are the greatest horse people in the world. They are very well mounted and it’s always very frightening when they are well mounted. Robert Splaine does a super job, so it was not an unexpected victory” he pointed out.  Although he couldn’t stop himself from adding “I’m very proud of my girls”.As the 2010 series moves to Hickstead in Great Britain in two weeks time the relegation battle is still far from over, but tonight the Irish can rest assured that their chances of staying amongst the elite nations of international show jumping is looking a lot better than it did at the beginning of today’s class.  For the Dutch, the Swiss, the Swedes and the Polish team however, it is is a very different story indeed…..RESULT:1. Ireland 4 faults:  Tinka’s Serenade (Billy Twomey) 4/0, Hallmark Elite (Dermott Lennon) 0/0, K Club Lady (Cian O’Connor) 0/0, Lantinus (Denis Lynch) 4/DNS.2. Germany 9 faults:  Cash (Marco Kutscher) 0/4, Cellagon Lambrasco (Janne-Frederike Meyer) 4/1, Gotha (Ludger Beerbaum) 18/0 , Plot Blue (Marcus Ehning) 0/DNS.3. USA 12 faults:  Quick Study (Lauren Hough) 0/4, Skara Glen’s Davos (Candice King) 0/4, Tristan (Nicole Simpson) 4/0, Cedric (Laura Kraut) 4/4.4. Switzerland 16 faults:  Jalisca Solier (Steve Guerdat) 8/12, Cantus (N Schurbenberger) 4/4, Campione (Werner Muff) 0/4, Carlina (Pius Schwizer) 0/4.4. France 16 faults: Mylord Carthago (Penelope Leprevost) 0/0, Kellemoi de Pepita (Michel Robert) 13/13, Lord de Theize (Olivier Guillon) 4/8, Kraque Boom (Kevin Staut) 0/4.6. The Netherlands 24 faults: Audi’s Alpapillon-Armanie (Vincent Voorn) 12/8, Eurocommerce New Orleans (Gerco Schroder) 7/0, Exquis Walnut de Muze) Harrie Smolders)  4/8, Opium VS (Marc Houtzager) 0/5.7. Sweden 31 faults:  H&M Actrice W (Malin Baryard-Johnsson) 4/8, Caramell KS (Svante Johansson) 4/9, Frodo (Henrik Von Eckermann) 8/5 , Quintero La Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) 1/9.8. Great Britain 35 faults: Murkas Pom D’Ami (Peter Charles) 4/5, Chamberlain Z (David McPherson) 4/17, Intertoy Z (Scott Brash) 25/4, Peppermill (John Whitaker)    1/0.9. Poland 17 faults in FIRST round: Bischof L (Andrzej Lemanski) 4, Torado 2 (Krzysztof Ludwiczak) 12, Trojka (Antoni Tomas zewski) 8, TMN Coriana (JaroslawSkrzyczynski) 5.10. Spain 18 faults in FIRST round:  Herald (Pilar Crecrecia Cordon Muro) 4, Victory V. Hazelarenhoekj (Julio Arias) DNS, Lord du Mont Milon (Jesus Garmendia Echeverria) 9, Mme Pompadour (Sergio Alvarez Moya) 5.The NEXT leg takes place in Hickstead, Great Britain on Friday 30 July.  For details on the British fixture check out website www.hickstead.co.uk.2010 MEYDAN FEI NATIONS CUP™ – STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6 AT AACHEN:1. France – 43.52. USA – 31.53. Ireland – 28.54. Great Britain – 28.55. Germany – 28.56. Spain – 21.5 7. Netherlands – 17.08. Switzerland – 15.09. Sweden – 14.010. Poland – 0Facts and Figures:– There were three double-clear rounds – from Ireland’s Dermott Lennon (Hallmark Elite) and Cian O’Connor (K Club Lady) and from Penelope Leprevost (Mylord Carthago) from France.– The two teams that failed to qualify for the second round of today’s competition were Poland and Spain.– The Spanish team was reduced to a three-strong side due to the late withdrawal of Julio Aria and Victory V. Hazelanenhoekj.– This was Ireland’s fifth nations cup victory in Aachen.– The Irish previously won in 1937, 1979, 1995 and 2003.– Five teams – Ireland, USA, France, Switzerland and Germany – were sharing the lead at the halfway stage on a four-fault total – an unusual occurrence in nations cup jumping.– A massive total of 42,500 spectators watched the competition unfold in the world-famous Soers arena tonight.Quotes:Irish Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine – ” I’d like to congratulate Aachen, Frank (Kemperman) and all his team, Meydan and Mercedes”Irish team member Billy Twomey – “the course was really big and difficult today, the latter part was most difficult, the combination coming home seemed to catch a lot of people”.US Chef d’Equipe George Morris – “I thought the Germans on paper were the favourites to win today – just to be in this company is stellar”. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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