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CU's Deming Center For Entrepreneurship Appoints Two New Members To Advisory Board

first_imgThe Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business has appointed George Deriso and Tim Connor as new members of its board of advisers. Deriso is a consultant to small and mid-sized companies on business and technology strategy. He has held executive positions in both large corporations and technology startups including AT&T, Apple Computer, Requisite Technology, Insession Inc., Intermezzo Systems, Solista Global LLC and Gartner Inc. Deriso has more than 25 years experience as a senior or executive manager of technology operations in the areas of telecommunications, computer manufacturing, software development, information technology, Internet, private equity investment and customer and professional services. His most recent work has been with the venture capital and entrepreneur communities, assisting with their business, investment, funding and technology strategy requirements. He has established and managed several stand-alone business units and has been instrumental in the creation and evolution of seven startup companies. Conner is a partner with Sequel Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Boulder. Sequel has $410 million under management and provides early stage funding for emerging technology and life sciences companies in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Conner focuses on investments in information and communications technology companies. Prior to his work at Sequel, Conner held senior finance, operations and strategic development positions with Access Health, a health care information services firm that was acquired by McKesson Corp. He joined Access from Lehman Brothers. Conner serves on the board of directors of Lefthand Networks, Wall Street on Demand, Pixxures, Indicative Software, Quova and XAware. He also is a board member of the Colorado Venture Capital Association, Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is on the advisory boards of the Technology Transfer Office and the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications programs, both at CU. “We are privileged and excited to have George and Tim join our Deming Center Board of Advisors,” said Paul Jerde, executive director of the Deming Center. “They have both personally and professionally been consistent and substantial contributors, employing our students as interns, serving as mentors and guest speakers and in many other ways.” The 36-member advisory board includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists or service providers active in startup and fast-growth companies or consultants and researchers who are involved with entrepreneurship organizations. Founded in 1996, the Deming Center is connected with Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program at the CU Law School, the Music Entrepreneurship Center, CU’s Technology Transfer office and supports undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at the Leeds School. The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at the Leeds School was ranked sixth among public universities offering doctorates, and the graduate program ranked 15th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2005 rankings. The overall entrepreneurship program was ranked sixth in the nation in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2004 annual survey of the top 100 entrepreneurial colleges and universities by program directors, faculty and alumni. Published: March 15, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Learn about, set and prepare for your international tax appointment

first_img Published: Sept. 27, 2017 All new University of Colorado international employees (including students, staff, faculty members and researchers) must meet with one of Employee Services’ international tax specialists to ensure their pay is taxed properly. Learn more, schedule an appointment or email [email protected] to speak to an international tax specialist.Prepare for your appointment by taking a look at the frequently asked questions below. Appointments on the Boulder campus will be held at the Administrative and Research Center (ARCE) on East Campus.Why am I required have an international tax appointment?To comply with federal tax regulations, the university requires that international employees meet with an international tax specialist to determine and document their U.S. tax status.What is the purpose of the appointment?During your appointment, we will explain the U.S. payroll tax rules that apply to you and help you complete related tax forms. You should leave the appointment with a good understanding of your U.S. tax residency status and personal responsibilities as a U.S. taxpayer.What should I bring to my appointment?Please bring your passport, I-94 and immigration document (I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval, etc.) to your scheduled appointment. Be ready to discuss your entire history of presence in the United States, including previous visits in different immigration statuses. A Social Security number is helpful but not required for your new employee appointment.When should I schedule my appointment?It’s best to schedule an appointment as soon as you are hired at CU and ideally before you receive your first paycheck. However, these appointments fill fast, so there may be a wait during busy times of the semester. Employee Services can retroactively adjust your pay to correct withholding errors that may result from a delayed appointment.If you begin working in the fall, please ensure you’ve completed your appointment before the end of the calendar year to avoid complicating your personal tax filing process.How do I make an appointment?Schedule an appointment through the online scheduling system.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Finance Minister to Co-Chair G20 Working Group in Washington DC

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPositive Outcomes Expected From Economic Reform Programme Endorsement By President Obama RelatedDr. Phillips Urges Revenue Agency Staff to Help Improve Tax Compliance RelatedAdaptation Fund Programme Building Climate Change Resilience Finance Minister to Co-Chair G20 Working Group in Washington DCJIS 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 Story HighlightsFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillip is now in Washington, D.C., to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.The Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF present a forum for discussion among the institutions’ Ministers of Finance, Governors of Central Banks and other high-level authorities of member countries on a range of financing and debt related issues confronting member states.The Finance Minister has been asked to co-chair the G-20 Development Working Group which will focus on issues that are pertinent to developing economies.center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerLeader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips. Finance Minister to Co-Chair G20 Working Group in Washington DC Finance & Public ServiceApril 13, 2015Written by: Ministry of Finance and Planning Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillip is now in Washington, D.C., to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.The Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF present a forum for discussion among the institutions’ Ministers of Finance, Governors of Central Banks and other high-level authorities of member countries on a range of financing and debt related issues confronting member states.These meetings in Washington DC also provide the opportunity for Jamaica to continue formal discussions with critical stakeholders on the policies that the administration is pursuing to realize macroeconomic stability, economic growth and development, the progress made in the implementation of the country’s economic reform programme and to reiterate how these institutions can tangibly continue to support Jamaica’s development.Most importantly, the Finance Minister has been asked to co-chair the G-20 Development Working Group which will focus on issues that are pertinent to developing economies, such as growth, debt financing and financial inclusion. Dr. Phillips will be presenting on behalf of the Caribbean the peculiar challenges facing the region.The rest of the Jamaican delegation comprises the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Mr. Brian Wynter; the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Mr. Colin Bullock; the Financial Secretary, Mr. Devon Rowe; and Head – IMF Coordination and Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ms Judith Green.The team will return to Jamaica on Sunday, 19 April 2015. Advertisementslast_img read more

Day rebounds in Rd. 3 to maintain four-shot lead

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jason Day set the 36-hole record at The Players Championship on Saturday morning. By the end of a long and laborious day of big numbers, he was hanging on by the seat of his pants on a TPC Sawgrass that was as frightening as ever. Through it all, one aspect never changed: Day is in charge, and he looks like he will be tough to beat. On a vastly different golf course with greens that felt like putting on glass compared with the previous two rounds, Day overcame two double bogeys with a strong back nine for a 1-over 73 to maintain his four-shot lead. But what a wild ride. Day four-putted from 18 feet for double bogey and made another double bogey when he blasted out of sand across the green into deep rough as his lead shrunk to one shot. From there, the world’s No. 1 player played 3 under with no bogeys over the final 10 holes to restore some semblance of order. He was at 14-under 202. Any thoughts of adding to the record book were gone. But when a shootout turned into a survival, all that mattered was the lead. Ken Duke turned in the best round of the tournament by making six birdies over his last seven holes for a 65, more than 10 shots better than the average score. He was four shots behind along with Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Alex Cejka (72). The Players Championship: Articles, photos and videos ”I’m just a player on the PGA Tour,” Duke said. ”They’re all good out here, and when you get some good number and make some good putts, the scores are there. … But it was a great round. This golf course is very difficult with this condition, and it was a really unbelievable round.” As tough as the greens were to putt – there were 148 three-putts or worse – the Stadium Course still presented its typical set of problems. Russell Knox was trying to stay in the mix when he put three shots into the water on the island-green 17th and took a 9. That ruined his round (he shot 80) and his chances. Kevin Chappell was three shots behind when he had to play his second shot with his feet on the planks framing the water on the 18th hole. Having made two eagles, he closed with a double bogey to fall six shots back. Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Rickie Fowler all missed the cut when the storm-delayed second round was completed Saturday morning. If there was a consolation, it was not having to take on Sawgrass at its scariest. Shane Lowry of Ireland, playing in the final group, played his opening four holes in 5 over. That feel-good story of tournament rookie Will Wilcox, who made the first hole-in-one in 14 years on the island-green 17th on Friday? He hit in the water Saturday to make double bogey and wound up with an 82. Sergio Garcia took six putts from just off the sixth green. Paul Casey took five putts from about 8 feet on the 15th hole. Day had his moments. He finished his second round at 15-under 129, breaking by one the 36-hole record Greg Norman set in 1994. Day didn’t make a bogey until his 39th hole of the tournament. But that was inevitable. ”You had putts that never stopped,” Jhonattan Vegas said after a 79. Day’s first blunder was a four-putt double bogey on the sixth hole, which started with an 18-foot birdie putt that he nearly made. It could have been worse. His 5-foot putt for double bogey nearly spun out of the cup. He answered with a wedge to 2 feet for birdie, but then had more trouble off the green at the par-3 eighth. This time, he had to make a 6-foot putt for double bogey. And while his card was clean on the back nine, the biggest break of all came at the 15th. He was short of the green in three, certain to drop at least two shots, when Day chipped in from just over 50 feet for par. Then, he pounded a 3-wood and hit a towering 8-iron to 6 feet on the par-5 16th. He missed the putt and had to settle for birdie, made a 10-foot par putt on the 17th and finished with a solid par. One more round, and no one is sure what to expect now. The opening two rounds were soft and vulnerable, and the 163 rounds under par shattered the record in the 35 years The Players has been at TPC Sawgrass. Day (Thursday) and Colt Knost (Friday) tied the course record with a 63. Day broke the 36-hole record. Lowry and Rory McIlroy set a record with a 29 on the back nine. Saturday was a different story. The average score the opening two rounds was 71.02. It was 75.59 on Saturday. There were 82 rounds under par on Thursday, 81 rounds under par in the second round, and only six of them on Saturday. Of the 76 players who made the cut at 2-under par, 60 of them had a double bogey or worse. There were 86 scores of double bogey or worse. Day had two of them. And he still has a four-shot lead.last_img read more

County Adjusts Floodplain Permit Fees

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Flathead County Commission voted unanimously this week to adjust various floodplain permit fees in an effort to simplify the permits and encourage complicity from landowners.The modifications affected three permit fees, as well as two permit classifications. The “small scale” permit, which previously refer to projects that used less than 15,000 cubic-feet of fill, is now classified as an agricultural floodplain permit. The fee was reduced from $630 to $250. Similarly, the “large scale” permit, which used to be necessary for projects using more than 15,000 cubic feet of fill, was changed to “dock or ramp” floodplain permit; the fee dropped from $1,050 to $250. The permit previously titled “single dock/agricultural structures” was changed to the title “Floodplain Permit,” and still costs $350.Flathead County Planning Director Jeff Harris said the former fee structure did not relate to floodplain regulations, and the new permit fees should make the system easier to use. Typically, landowners apply for these permits when they are working on their riverside property to protect the land, Harris noted. The permits’ high fees could be prohibitive, he said, and, in several cases, had led to the landowner to either give up on the project or ignore the permit process altogether. During the same meeting, the commissioners decided to delay a decision on the proposed overhaul for the county’s floodplain regulations. These rule apply only to those within the 100-year floodplain and are necessary if the county wants to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.The proposed changes, which the Flathead County Planning Board recommended to pass in April, would bring the regulations in compliance with current Montana and federal law. The regulations have not been changed since 1984. Commissioner Dale Lauman said he had received several phone calls from residents concerned about the some of the wording in the proposed document. He said he felt the new regulations are one step away from being passable.“I think we need to take the time to cover the issues out there that people are concerned about,” Lauman said.Lauman also said he would like to get more input from large landowners in the floodplain.Commissioner Joe Brenneman said the proposed changes had already been through public comment, but he suggested the commission schedule a workshop to go over specific concerns in August. Emaillast_img read more

Coronavirus puts Super Rugby matches at risk

first_img‘  409  69 Published on February 26, 2020 Sunwolves players applaud fans in Fukuoka, Japan. ‘ ‘ Post by SA Rugby magazine Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged coronavirus, japan, Sanzaar, sunwolves, Super Rugby ‘ An outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in Japan is threatening to force the cancellation of Vodacom Super Rugby games involving the Tokyo-based Sunwolves.The news comes after the J League announced the cancellation of soccer matches in Japan, table tennis world championships in South Korea were postponed and there are question marks over whether a Six Nations match in Italy will go ahead as planned.ALSO READ: Coronavirus halts Pro14 action in ItalyThere have been 850 cases of coronavirus in Japan and four deaths, which has prompted serious concerns for a country set to host the Olympics Games in five months.According to Kyodo News, the Japanese government has asked organisers of sporting events in Japan to postpone them for the next two weeks to stem the outbreak.This could affect teams travelling to Japan to play against the Sunwolves, however Sanzaar has confirmed that there are no plans to cancel matches yet.The Sunwolves face the Hurricanes away in Napier this weekend, but will host a match in Osaka against the Brumbies the following weekend on 8 March.The Stormers are the only South African team who will be travelling to face the Sunwolves as part of their Australasian tour between the end of April and beginning of May.Sanzaar says it expects the game against the Brumbies to go ahead as scheduled. The Brumbies had a meeting about the fixture on Thursday and expect the same.‘Sanzaar is cognisant of what is happening and taking advice from medical authorities and government, but at this stage it’s business as usual,’ a spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald.There is consultation between the governing body and the World Health Organisation. Sanzaar officials have a meeting in early March where the issue will be discussed and contingency plans could be put in place.Photo: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Coronavirus puts Super Rugby matches at risk Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndolast_img read more

S. Africa: Accelerated draft electricity regulations needed

first_imgIn a statement, Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, noted: “While we support the intent of these regulations, the proposed amendments and lead times to the development of new generation capacity don’t go far enough to address the electricity crisis that South Africa may soon again be facing. According to Maynier, while Eskom has assured us there will be minimal load-shedding in June, largely due to slower than expected increase in demand as the restrictions on the economy eases, the electricity crisis is not behind us. Allowing new generation capacity to come online as soon as possible is critical to an energy secure future. In many cases, the municipalities that are in a position to acquire new generation capacity are also those that have made strong international commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and associated carbon footprint. By allowing municipalities to invest in renewable and other alternative energy sources, they can contribute to South Africa’s commitments in terms of the Paris Agreement. In response to Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe’s draft amendments to electricity regulations, the Western Cape Government is questioning the proposal. BRICS He stressed that “as we move to re-open the economy safely and responsibly, an increase in manufacturing coupled with higher than usual residential consumption in winter will certainly see an increase in pressure on Eskom’s ability to provide adequate electricity with associated risks of further load-shedding. Furthermore, Eskom’s alleged emissions contraventions may put additional strain on available capacity should non-compliant units be forced to shut down.” TAGSElectricity RegulationsEskomSouth AfricaWestern Cape Previous articleWind turbine market sets new supply recordNext articleGreenwich invites investors to bid for a plant in Nigeria 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. Adding that this will also allow for greater diversity, increased energy resilience and increased investment in energy infrastructure (specifically renewable energy) that will contribute towards a more sustainable and reliable energy supply in the country. “I am committed to continued engagements with all stakeholder to drive energy resilience so that those businesses who are able to open safely and responsibly, remain open for business and together we can continue to grow the economy and create jobs in the Western Cape.” Generation Read more: Draft amendments to Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity “We strongly support a policy and regulatory environment in which municipalities that have a sound financial standing, and the capacity and technical expertise to acquire new generation capacity, are supported and enabled to do so,” Maynier said. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “Centralised electricity structures and Eskom’s dominance on electricity generation and supply in South Africa limits what a provincial or local government can do when confronted with load-shedding. While we have worked hard to identify innovative ways to lessen its impact, provide certainty for business, and ultimately ensure continued economic growth in this province, urgent action is needed by the national government to fast-track new generation capacity procurement both at national and municipal levels to avoid a return to the severe and frequent load-shedding we experienced over the summer of 2019. Over the past decade the Western Cape Government, working closely with the City of Cape Town and other municipalities in the province, have supported the development of the green economy. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter NERSA confirms approval of licensing of generation facilities above 1MW. Image credit: 123rf. “We have been working to establish an enabling environment for investment in renewable and sustainable energy through partnerships with agencies such as GreenCape and Wesgro. Finance and Policy They are not clear as to how provision will be made for municipalities to specifically procure electricityThey require municipalities to apply directly to the Minister to establish new generation capacity, the process of which may create further unnecessary delays and arguably erodes the independence of the regulator in the processThey might be in conflict with other legislation and create a regulatory barrier to implementation, which would further slowdown the process” Businesses in the Western Cape are already hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant health and economic crisis. Add to this an electricity crisis, and this will certainly be the final blow for many businesses already on the precipice of closure, resulting in further job losses in the Western Cape. Read more: Draft regulations: New electricity order on the cards for South Africa Maynier added: “Some of our comments regarding the draft amendments to the electricity regulations included the following concerns: “They also don’t provide the regulatory certainty needed to rapidly and significantly increase generation capacity outside of Eskom by municipalities through the procurement or development of their own power generation.”last_img read more

Starts Tomorrow! Three Days of Virtual Windsor Livestream

first_img 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Organisers of CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show are excited to announce the packed official programme for the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series 2020 Show.The Virtual Show takes place via a daily streamed video from 25-27 September, starting at 1pm every day. Available worldwide via Facebook, YouTube and the Virtual Windsor website, the Show will comprise the judging of the online Showing classes, plus The Omega Equine Pony Club Dressage Home International, The Riding for the Disabled Association Dressage Challenge, supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Wychanger, and The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping alongside regular Shopping Fixes, Horse Wellness and an exclusive masterclass from international showjumper William Whitaker.William Whitaker Brings Top Coaching To A Screen Near YouVirtual Windsor teamed up with a loyal and hugely successful Windsor stalwart, William Whitaker, to deliver three fantastic Masterclasses covering a range of exercises which can be adopted by everyone.The three sessions, which will be aired one per day on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Virtual Windsor cover top tips on everything from walking a course, identifying and adjusting striding and lines, flatwork and polework exercises, and a range of improving exercises to suit different horses.In the first, William talks viewers through his techniques for riding lines between fences and says, “I didn’t get them right every time, but then explained where I’d gone wrong and did it right. I think that’s good for people to see as they only usually see the end product – the 80 seconds in the ring – and think that’s how it is all the time but it’s not at all!”For the third Masterclass William did some gridwork with a seven-year-old who can rush his fences, and adapted some of the exercises for his eight year old daughter Bella and her pony, proving that you do not need to be jumping 1m40 to practice. He ended his Masterclasses with some wise words to remember in the lead up to any event be it Virtual or ‘real’; “Build up steadily so your horse knows exactly what’s being asked.”Livestream Schedule for Autumn SeriesWith three days of international competition across three disciplines, the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series is gearing up for an exciting weekend.Commentators Nick Brooks-Ward and Adam Cromarty lead the action, interviewing judges, competitors and viewers to bring a whole show’s worth of competition online.Far from ‘competition lite’, the format of the show has thrown entries open to riders around the world, bringing the very best of the best together and pitching professionals and amateurs side by side to find some real world champions.FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBERThe first day of the Autumn Series kicks off with a superb round of showing classes, with a judging panel headed by Senior Judge Nigel Hollings, accompanied by Julian White, Mark Broadbent, Anne Leaver and Patricia Pattinson. Nigel and the team cover a strong international entry from Hunters, Hacks, Riding Horses, Cobs, Private Driving supported by the Carriage Association of America, and the return of the Heavy Horse class by popular demand – guest judged by Steve Gregg, Vice President of the Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada.One of the highlights of the Friday livestream is The Riding for the Disabled Association Dressage Challenge supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Wychanger. The video dressage competition, which has been encouraging RDA and para riders to #RideUnstoppable through challenges posed by this difficult year, is won by the rider with the highest percentage score across eleven sections available. Judged by John Robinson, one of only three British para judges qualified to judge at 5* level, the class has been an opportunity for riders to get back to competition – with several entries competing in their first ever dressage test at Virtual Windsor!THE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION DRESSAGE CHALLENGE supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Prizes generously provided by Wychanger Equestrian & Country StoreSATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBERSaturday is a great day for young riders and jumping enthusiasts, with Show Pony, Show Hunter Pony, Plaited Mini Pony and Working Hunter and Working Hunter Pony classes coming to the fore.Highlights of Saturday include The Omega Equine Equitation Jumping – an all-new discipline designed with virtual competition in mind, which enables riders to compete in jumping classes from home. Loosely based on Prix Caprilli, entrants film a short test which include three jumps arranged according to a specific stride pattern and then judged on the horse’s way of going and the rider’s skill and technique. The height and style of fence were entirely at the rider’s discretion. Two classes, divided into U16s and Open sections, were hotly contested with entries coming in from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBERThe Autumn Series reaches a crescendo on the Sunday with The Omega Equine Pony Club Home International Dressage. A competition usually held at Royal Windsor Horse Show, this time the event has gone virtual – with a new qualification system which threw open Team places. The riders representing each nation have won their spots through getting a top placing in an initial qualifying round, with the highest scores going on to the team.The Sunday will also feature the highlight of the showing, as Nigel Hollings and his team judge the Side Saddle, Coloured and ROR classes, before The Voltaire Design Virtual Windsor Supreme Showing Championships take place. It caps a veritable feast of Showing across three days which would not have been possible without the generosity of our Sponsors and donors.Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, commented: “The organising team has done a tremendous job to put on what we believe will be another spectacular Virtual Show Week building on the excitement and fun of the Virtual Show in May. We hope as many people get involved as possible and continue to enjoy their sport – even if it is from the sofa.’The free-to-view content will begin at 1pm each day and be available on Facebook, YouTube, and on the Virtual Windsor 2020 website. Tags: William Whitaker, Virtual Windsor 2020, Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Rural hospital closures leave residents with few options: ‘It’s a fight every day’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(JAMESTOWN, Tennessee) — Meachael Goney worked at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center in rural Tennessee for 46 years, but that wasn’t long enough to guarantee her job security. “They just called us up to get our checks … and said they were having a cutback,” Goney told ABC News, having just been laid off from the hospital that was in the midst of deep financial troubles. In May, the federal government stopped sending the hospital reimbursements for treating patients on Medicare and Medicaid. In an attempt to turn the hospital’s prospects around, a new CEO, Michael Alexander, was named. Not long after ABC News’ Steve Osunsami visited the center for “This Week’s” Critical Care health care series, a note was posted on its doors saying they were temporarily closed.The county was left without a hospital. The next two closest hospitals are between 45 minutes and an hour-long drive away.Across Tennessee alone, a dozen rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and, according to an analysis by The Tennessean newspaper, more than a dozen others are at serious risk of going under. But it’s not just a problem for Tennessee. In the last decade, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed across the country, according to the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. And an analysis by the management consultancy firm Navigant found that 21% of rural hospital in the United States are in danger of closing, too, if their finances don’t improve.Rural hospitals face a variety of challenges. They tend to serve aging communities that suffer from poor health and require expensive treatments. There are often severe doctor shortages in rural areas, and gaps in insurance coverage if patients have insurance at all. And, several studies show that rural hospitals are closing at a faster rate in states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage to poor residents under Obamacare.Tennessee is one of those states, and the residents of Jamestown and its neighboring communities fear losing their hospital could cost lives.“If something happened to our children — we live on a farm and farm machinery and snakes whatever. I’ve always just known that hospital’s there if we need it,” Tracy Wright, a churchgoer, said of the Jamestown center.“Do you worry people wouldn’t make it (to the nearest hospital in time)?” Osunsami asked Marilyn Hull, a retired nurse who used to work at Jamestown Regional. She suffered a heart attack in 2012 and worries about having another one and the hour-long drive she’d have to make if she did.“Oh absolutely,” she said. “I said before I think that a lot of people are going to lose their life over this.”Jamestown Mayor Lyndon Baines told ABC News that the town has pleaded to both the state and federal government to help keep the hospital open.“We went to the governor, we called people in Washington, and there’s nothing we can do until they settle the bill,” he said.A spokesperson for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee told ABC News in a statement, “Governor Lee has advocated for the modernization of health care in Tennessee to improve affordability and access. Our rural hospitals have experienced a high rate of change in recent years and the Lee Administration is building transformative solutions through the Governor’s Healthcare Modernization Task Force and the Tennessee Rural Hospital Transformation program.”The parent company for Jamestown Regional Medical Center says the hospital’s financial woes are exacerbated by a large patient population that is uninsured or relies on government subsidized health insurance. They say hospitals closer to bigger cities treat more patients with private insurance that reimburse hospitals at a higher rate.Tennessee’s Labor Department is investigating claims that the hospital was withholding money from employees’ paychecks, but not sending it to the state or Internal Revenue Service.Alexander, the new CEO for the Jamestown Regional Medical, told ABC News in a statement that despite the allegations of mismanagement, “We’re doing everything we can to try and stay open.”Last month, the federal government said it was considering new rules that could potentially give rural areas higher reimbursements for patients with government insurance, but if that money does come, it could be too late for the people of Fentress County, Tennessee.Osunsami asked Jamestown’s mayor what his biggest concern was about emergency care.“It’s just like accidents, or you know like tornadoes, something like that happens here,” Baines said. “We do get ’em here, and it could happen at any time, and then what are we gonna do?”That’s a reality the people of Celina, Tennessee, have been living in for months.The last hospital in the county, Cumberland River Hospital, closed in March, forcing residents to have to drive long distances to get emergency medical care.“It was sad. It was the saddest day I’ve had since I’ve lived here,” resident Roberta Profitt told Osunsami of the day the hospital closed. “And you know what? If you wasn’t crying, you weren’t human.”“It was really tough,” Dr. Jessie Copeland told Osunsami, with tears in his eyes. “The first week or two coming by with the barricades up and it closed, still tough, but I mean you go on.”Copeland returned to the area after going to medical school and never left. He’s one of the only remaining doctors in the area.“Being a doctor’s office in an area with no hospital, no E.R., we do the best you can,” he said. “Right now in this entire county, you can’t get an X-ray of your ankle … now it’s an hour drive to go over and back to the hospital just to get an X-ray.”Natalie Boone, the director of Clay County Emergency Management Agency, said her four ambulances have become the new emergency room.“We have become their first line of health care,” Boone said. “Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of things that we can do in the back of these ambulances. But we’re not an E.R. We can’t take the place of the E.R.”“There are so many other neighboring communities going through the same thing right now,” Clay County, Tennessee Mayor Dale Reagan said, and Copeland said it’s an uphill battle.“It’s a fight every day to get the patients what they need.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Did you buy a Texas lottery ticket? You could be a $227 million winner

first_imgyoungvet/iStock(NEW YORK) — One lucky lottery player in Texas has a $227 million prize waiting for them.Someone purchased the winning Mega Millions ticket on Tuesday at a Lakeline Express Mart in the city of Cedar Park, according to the Texas Lottery. That person has yet to come forward.The ticket matched all six numbers drawn: 6-14-24-42-46 and Mega Ball 9.“We look forward to meeting Texas’ newest millionaire and we are excited to have another Mega Millions jackpot winner here in Texas,” Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, said in a statement. “If you have the winning ticket, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and call the Texas Lottery before coming to Austin to claim the prize.”The $227 million prize is the largest payout in Texas Lottery history, the organization said. The ticket started as a $40 million prize on July 26 and rolled 17 times before a winning ticket was produced.This is the 13th Mega Millions jackpot winner in Texas since 1992.The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize. As of Thursday morning, no one had come forward with the winning ticket.The retailer that sold the ticket, Lakeline Express Mart, will receive a $1 million bonus.“It’s exciting because it’s $1 million,” an employee at the mart told ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more