Eventer Robbed of National Title Due to Error in Dressage Results

first_img Horse Sport Enews Evelina Bertoli has failed in her appeal to be declared Italian national eventing champion 2020 after it belatedly emerged her dressage marks were miscalculated at the Montelibretti CCI****.Her final score appeared to be 0.1 penalties behind the official winner, the Olympian Arianna Schivo.There is no dispute the error occurred, but the FEI Tribunal dismissed an appeal on the legal grounds that Bertoli did not lodge a formal protest to the Ground Jury within 30 minutes of the final results. While there was an “effect of unfairness,” the inviolability of field of play decisions is set out in FEI General Regulations (GRs), with the principle upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport many times.Montelibretti (which is bidding to host the rescheduled 2021 European championships) ran the CCI**** and national championship event in conjunction with a leg of the FEI Nations Cup from October 22-25 last year.Bertoli, 34, only noticed the error the day after the event, when the dressage score sheets were emailed to her. The paper sheets had not been distributed during the competition in the usual way because of its Covid mitigation protocols, so she could not have protested within the deadline.The Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) contacted the FEI Eventing Department on October 27 about making “amendments it deems necessary to the classification of the competition.” FEI deemed the email a request from FISE for further instructions, not a formal Protest. Bertoli’s representatives lodged an appeal on November 6, including a request to “modify” the GRs even though the Tribunal has no power to do so.The FEI said the Tribunal may decide on interpretation but that applicable rules in this case “are very clear and do not need any interpretation…..each sport may have within it a mechanism for utilising modern technology to ensure a correct decision is made in the first place or for immediately subjecting a controversial decision to a process of review, but the solution for error, either way, lies within the framework of the sport’s own rules; it does not licence judicial or arbitral interference thereafter.”The results were signed off around 4:00 pm and announced “at the latest” at 4:07 pm, so any protest should have been filed by 4:37 pm.The FEI guidelines for dressage during the pandemic are best practice recommendations, not mandatory rules overriding the GRs. Distribution of score sheets is also not mandatory but can be done at any time during the competition. If Bertoli had requested them directly after dressage on October 22, the organisers would have had “plenty of time to email them” leaving Bertoli “in possession of all necessary information in order to file a protest within the mandatory deadline.” There was no reason to treat the case differently to a pre-Covid-19 situation.The FEI “has a sympathy” for “victims” of such “honest” mistakes, but as the world governing body the FEI is in charge of applying and respecting the sport specific rules, “even if those rules are strict and do not foresee exceptions.”The FEI did not ask for costs, and returned Bertoli’s deposit.The decision notice does not record the detailed results but Bertoli’s dressage good marks can be seen here. Tags: FEI Tribunal, Italian Equestrian Federation, eventing, Evelina Bertoli, Montelibretti CCI****, Email* 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. 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

US Navy Promotes Energy-Saving Programs

first_img View post tag: San Francisco View post tag: energy Follow @navaltoday US Navy Promotes Energy-Saving Programs October 14, 2014 View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval The US Navy is spreading the word about its energy and environmental programs as part of Fleet Week San Francisco, with exhibits aboard USS America (LHA 6), USS Kidd (DDG 100) and at Pier 39. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Navy The USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week, on October 11.Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Ray Mabus, highlighted the ship’s advanced technology, including energy efficiencies that enhance the ship’s warfighting and humanitarian assistance capabilities.“From the fuel-saving hybrid drive to a host of other systems, American technological innovation and manufacturing skill have always been powerful advantages,” said SECNAV.In addition to its gas turbine engines, USS America is equipped with an electric auxiliary propulsion system (APS) that saves fuel at speeds under 12 knots. Because LHA ships spend the majority of their time traveling at low speeds, this hybrid system can allow the ship to stay on station longer and/or travel farther between refueling.During the ceremony, Adm. Harry B. Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, stressed the importance of the Navy’s use of biofuels, fuel-saving electric auxiliary propulsion systems afloat, and solar and wind power ashore.The Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness (N45) exhibits on board the USS America (LHA 6), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and at Pier 39 highlight the Navy’s efforts to become more energy efficient and combat capable through technology and workforce training, and to explore domestically-produced sources of alternative fuel.[mappress]Press Release, October 14, 2014; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Promotes Energy-Saving Programs View post tag: Programs View post tag: Fleet Week View post tag: promotes View post tag: Saving View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Instructor (Ben Taub Hospital)

first_imgSummaryThe Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking a qualifiedphysician to provide coverage for patient care for EmergencyMedicine at Ben Taub Hospital.This is a critical piece of the clinical service that will helpmaintain coverage within the Emergency Center and provide residentsupervision. This position has already been approved by AMS and isfully funded by the district. The physician is expected todemonstrate competency in following areas: Education Requirement: M.D.Licensure Requirement: Licensed by the Texas Medical BoardBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.5402CA; CH Productivity needs to meet or exceed standards as set bytheSection and/or Department.Keep up with continuing medical education as per college andsection requirements.Renewing and meeting all required licenses and certificationrequirements.Familiarize with EPIC- electronic medical records and documentall patient encounters as needed.Complete all documentation in a timely manner so that billingand other administrative tasks can happen smoothly to ensure arobust operational system.Maintaining credentialing at all times to ensure practice isnot disrupted.last_img read more

Keep ICE on the job

first_imgDear Editor:After the tragedy of 9/11, politicians said they would never forget but it appears that some liberal politicians have forgotten their pledge to keep America safe and want to disband ICE. Our previous lax visas laws allowed 9/11 to happened. ICE’s job is the removal of people who violate our immigration laws especially those who have engaged in illegal activities including drugs and sex trafficking.As a citizen, I cannot choose which laws to obey, the consequences of not obeying are fines and/or prison time. Unfortunately, many liberal politicians want an open border and have no problems with noncitizens breaking the laws.Personally, I don’t believe the so-called compassion by our politicians, they want illegal immigration because the 2020 census is around the corner and they want to protect their political turf. Congressional seats are based on populations, not citizenship; plus, the distribution of federal tax dollars is based on a head count, the higher the head count, the greater the funds. It is well known, politicians love spending our tax dollars.But here is the irony, you cannot go to a public meeting in a public building without being scanned and/or show your ID so the politicians can be safe but they want massive immigration which puts the public at risk. Disbanding ICE is a welcome mat for any terrorist willing to explore this weakness and is nothing but an open-door policy for drugs and sex trafficking on the southern border.It is sad that our politicians would sell out the safety of American citizens for their personal political gain. Yvonne Balcerlast_img read more

McGavick-Gayheart ticket to forfeit 12 percent of votes following Judicial Council sanction

first_imgUpdated Saturday at 1:53 p.m.The McGavick-Gayheart ticket will be required to forfeit 12 percent of the votes cast for it during Friday’s student government presidential runoff election, Judicial Council announced in a press release Friday morning.According to the release, juniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart were “found to have supporters releasing confidential information from previous Judicial Council allegation hearings, as well as engaging in a continued pattern of unethical behavior,” which violated Judicial Council’s Election Regulations and Sections 13.4(e), 17.1(g) and 17.1(h) of the Student Union Constitution.The aspect of the Election Regulations the ticket violated, the release said, mandates that candidates are “responsible for [their] actions as well as the actions of [their] supporters.” Section 13.4(e) of the Student Union Constitution states that, aside from information included in Judicial Council press releases, “all other information pertaining to hearings and appeals shall be considered confidential.”Section 17.1(g), another section the ticket was found to have violated, reads, “Candidates may not be involved in or instruct others to engage in any unethical behavior as detailed in 17.1(h).” Section 17.1(h), the final section Judicial Council found the ticket to have violated, states that “Candidates are expected to behave ethically at all times” and states that examples of unethical behavior are “monopolization of limited bulletin board space, covering or defaming of any other candidates’ posters, insulting or defaming other candidates and harassment or misconduct toward any election officials.”According to the press release, “Judicial Council will not release the election results while there are pending allegations and appeals,” in accordance with Section 17.1(m) of the Student Union Constitution.“Our team is very disappointed in Judicial Council’s decision,” McGavick said in a statement emailed to The Observer. “We respect the confidentiality of the process and, as such, can’t share anything about the content of the politically motivated allegations. We wish we could, however, because they read like a bad episode of ‘House of Cards.’ We will be appealing the decision in the senate.”Senate called an emergency meeting to hear the McGavick-Gayheart ticket’s appeal Saturday afternoon, but a quorum was not met at the time the meeting started. As a result, the appeal was not heard, and the Election Committee’s decision of a 12 percent forfeiture of votes stood.This is the fifth instance of sanctions issued by Judicial Council in this year’s election, including one that requires the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket to forfeit 10 percent of votes it receives in Friday’s runoff election.With the forfeitures in place for both tickets in Friday’s runoff election, it is possible that neither ticket receives a majority of votes to be declared winner. Should that be the case, the election will go to an electoral college system that is currently in place in the event of a tie, senior and Judicial Council president Matt Ross said, as there is currently no procedure in place for the event that neither ticket receives a majority in a two-ticket race.“What happens is, I have to breakdown the votes from [Friday], in terms of senate constituencies — that’s the term that the constitution uses — and I will then read off the votes based on senate constituency,” Ross said. “So … it basically turns into an electoral college, and then count the votes. Whoever wins, wins.”Tags: 2018 student government election, Judicial Council, sanctions, Student governmentlast_img read more

Italian Mafia Prosecutor Awaiting Authorization to Move to Guatemala

first_img I want to inform that I am an admirer of the Italian anti-mafia judges and hopefully some of them may come to Argentina to organize the fight against these criminal organizations that are quite detrimental to democratic States. In addition, I am a supporter of the Italian anti-mafia law which I consider the best in the world, since most of the mobsters detentions are carried out as a result of the same. Italian mafia prosecutor Antonio Ingroia, responsible for significant investigations into the Sicilian mafia, is awaiting official authorization to move to Guatemala for the purpose of working with the United Nations on that Central American country’s International Commission against Impunity (CICIG). Starting in September, 53-year-old Ingroia will work for a year as the individual in charge of the investigative unit of CICIG, a body that has been fighting mafias and their tentacles in that region since 2007. The transfer of the magistrate, who has been the target of debate in Italy due to his investigations into the controversial negotiations between representatives of the state and the Sicilian La Cosa Nostra mafia, is expected to be approved during the assembly of the Superior Council of the Magistracy (CSM) on July 26. Because the CSM commission is divided on the subject, the final decision will be submitted to the council’s general assembly. “It’s truly an honor that foreign authorities ask our country’s best magistrates to combat organized crime,” Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino commented for her part, indirectly endorsing the transfer. The judge, an emblem of the fight against La Cosa Nostra, agreed to leave Palermo, the capital of Sicily, at the end of a series of harsh debates following his investigations into the relationships between prominent political figures and mafia clans, as well as their economic ties. “A responsibility like this one helps me to develop my capabilities and better coordinate investigations among different countries. The anti-mafia fight should be global,” he declared in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica. Igroia said that he has maintained contacts with Latin America for several months, and he acknowledged with bitterness that “we’re more appreciated abroad than at home, where anti-mafia judges are usually denigrated and have obstacles put in their way,” he said. The magistrate, a “student” of the two heroes of the fight against the mafia, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, will work with the Guatemalan commission, which has been conducting investigations for five years and has dismantled significant criminal structures. Created by the UN, CICIG has the objective of strengthening the Guatemalan judicial system, infiltrated by organized crime, and reduce impunity. The commission has a staff of almost 200 employees from 25 countries, who work in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office. Its work has no precedents within the UN, and its mandate ends in 2013, but it can be extended another two years. By Dialogo July 26, 2012last_img read more

Foundation conference focuses on the ‘whole child’

first_imgThe Florida Bar Foundation recently sponsored a “Whole Child Conference” to address the unmet legal needs of Florida’s poor children. The conference was designed to provide lawyers experienced in advocating for poor children’s needs an opportunity to collaborate.Children’s lives and the laws and social policies affecting them are exceedingly complex and interdependent, according to Paul Doyle, director of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Program. He said since 1991, Florida has seen a dramatic shift in its demographics and correspondingly a significant increase in the number of poor children needing free civil legal assistance.“There are almost 4 million poor children in Florida, many needing some form of free civil legal assistance,” Doyle said. “Advocacy by legal aid professionals not only makes a difference in the lives of those children, but also has a significant positive impact on our local communities and the state of Florida as a whole.”The statewide group of children’s legal advocates attending the conference included public defenders, private pro bono attorneys, law professors, and legal aid service providers. Together, public and private sector professionals collaborated on identifying poor children’s priorities, developing solutions, and designing a statewide integrated advocacy network. Doyle said the Bar Foundation continually supports programs that strive to expand and improve Florida’s legal aid delivery system, such as the Whole Child Conference.Since 1999, the Foundation has made poor children’s needs a grant-making priority. Current funding of Children’s Legal Services grants totals $636,000 to 13 local legal aid and law school programs. Children’s legal services grants emphasize legal advocacy for special education, protecting the rights of foster children, and access to health care services. “Florida’s poor children remain among one of our most vulnerable populations needing civil legal assistance,” Doyle said. “Every year the demand for this assistance increases and thousands of low-income children are routinely denied their legal rights to education, health care, and other services. For poor children, legal aid is the only place to turn for legal help.” Foundation conference focuses on the ‘whole child’ Foundation conference focuses on the ‘whole child’center_img June 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

NAFCU, on NCUA 5-year plan, urges transparency, longer exam cycle

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU urged NCUA to keep its focus on transparency and operational and regulatory improvements – including moving healthy credit unions back to an 18-month exam cycle – in a comment letter Monday on the agency’s strategic direction for the next five years.In January, the NCUA Board released its 2017-2021 strategic plan, summarizing three goals: safety and soundness, financial literacy and a diverse and skilled workforce at the agency.NAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Michael Emancipator, writing Monday, noted NAFCU’s ongoing concerns regarding NCUA’s budget increases. Also, under the agency’s safety and soundness goal, he commented on the consolidation within the credit union industry, balancing risk mitigation with innovation, vendor management, cybersecurity and examination cycles. continue reading »last_img read more

The negative consequences of the drastic increase in the sojourn tax in nautical are already being felt on the ground, and will only be felt

first_imgThe drastic increase in the sojourn tax for owners or users of vessels came into force in August last year by a decree of the Croatian Government which brought five to six times higher prices than in the previous category, depending on the category of vessel and the time period for which the tax is paid.For example, the owner of a yacht 9 to 12 meters long has so far had to pay an annual fee of about 150 euros, and according to the new Regulation on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018, the price will be about 775 euros, and for yachts 12 to 15 meters annual the fee jumped from 176 euros to 1.024 euros. Also, the Office abolished the payment of an annual lump sum for the use of marinas, which has been the normal practice so far.Price classes are divided except by the length of the vessel and by time periods of stay, so for the longest vessels over 20 meters in length, which are also the most luxurious, the fee for a period of one year increases from 227 euros to 1.939 euros, or a maximum of 14.500 kuna.Logically, he asked the question whether and to what extent Croatia will be competitive with the surrounding countries?We didn’t have to wait long for an answer, and the first negative consequences are already visible on the ground. Namely, according to the interpretation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of the Rijeka County Chamber – the Association of Marinas at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the relocation of vessels to marinas has systematically begun in the competition of competitive Mediterranean countries.”We will see the first real effects of raising the nautical sojourn tax “in the sky under the clouds” after Easter, when the arrival of a good part of the users of our services has been announced.”Said the president of the Association Sean Lisjak for Novi List , estimating that most of the owners of moored vessels on the Adriatic still do not even know what our Ministry of Tourism expects from them this year in this regard.”The point is that, despite our timely and continuous warnings of certain negative effects of this Regulation, the representatives of the competent institutions insisted on the introduction of a new way of calculating the fee, which, unlike stationary, ie guests staying in hotels, camps and apartments, these fees increased by a reasonable 14 percent, nautical or guests in our marinas are burdened with the obligation to pay fees that have multiplied the amounts compared to those they have paid so far. Already today, with the arrival of the first guests, we are witnessing their astonishment with the enormous increase in this obligation, which, in relation to its previous values, jumped from 2,5 to an incredible 8,5 times. In addition, we recognize the newly introduced calculation methodology and the fee as bad and potentially harmful, which takes into account the length of the vessel, but also eliminates the possibility of paying an annual lump sum that allowed sailors the convenience of enjoying an unlimited number of visits to their vessels. obligation ” said Lisjak.What is certainly significant is that many boaters are not yet aware in the true sense of what awaits them, and as the season is just beginning, we will only see the extent of the damage after Easter. “At the moment, none of us in the industry has the right answer to the questions that our guests are rightly starting to ask us, and we are afraid that this completely wrong, and ultimately unnecessary move will ultimately bring our nautical tourism many times more damage than the value of revenue growth. collection of this fee. And once those responsible realize they have made a mistake and are doing damage, the negative effects of such a move will not be possible to correct overnight”Concluded Lisjak for Novi List, emphasizing that the trend of clients leaving Croatian marinas has already begun and that, only in one Dalmatian nautical center, these changes caused the loss of clients and their vessels estimated at 150 thousand euros.Raising the price, as well as using the argument that we are in trend now so we go “take the icing on the cake” by raising new levies and taxes, for no good reason or raising the quality of service, is never good. We all know that it is three times, if not more, more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest / customer back because we have lost his trust, and that is the worst. A trust that builds over the years and loses overnight.This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market oneWhat all the negative consequences of this reckless decision will be, we will see at the end of the season and draw the line.This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market one, and the biggest problem is that the profession is not heard, nor is the profession struggling. This is another proof that politics must not make decisions without consulting the profession, but quite the opposite, first the profession and then politics. Also, here we come to one of the key problems in Croatia, and that is the poor status of the profession, ie that the voice of the profession is not heard or fight for their sectors, which due to inertia allowed its degradation due to someone’s small private interests, as in nautical , as well as other tourism sectors.Related news:THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA ADOPTED THE DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018RESEARCH ON CAPACITY AND BUSINESS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2017last_img read more

N.Korea steps up coronavirus prevention after first possible infection

first_imgTopics : North Korea introduced tougher prevention measures against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, state media reported, after it locked down the border town of Kaesong to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed case of the respiratory disease.Strict quarantine measures and the screening of districts were in progress, and test kits, protective clothing, and medical equipment were being rapidly supplied, the North’s KCNA state news agency said.The measures come after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency on Sunday after a person suspected of being infected with the virus returned from South Korea. North Korea said earlier this month it has started early clinical trial on a vaccine for the virus, but experts are skeptical.The country lacks the technology or laboratories to develop COVID-19 vaccines, said Choi Jung-hun, a former North Korean doctor who defected to the South in 2012.”North Korea wasn’t even capable of testing people just until three or four months ago,” said Choi, now a researcher at Korea University. “It is groundless for them to claim they are enrolling participants for human trials of COVID-19 vaccines.”center_img North Korea had reported testing 1,211 people for the virus as of July 16 with all returning negative results, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement sent to Reuters on Monday. The report said 696 nationals were under quarantine.Primers and probes for machines capable of facilitating 1,000 tests have arrived in North Korea, WHO said. There are 15 laboratories designated to test COVID-19 in the country.North Korea has a limited healthcare system with hospitals that lack adequate electricity, medicine, and water. It has long depended on the WHO to procure drugs as sanctions against the country made imports difficult.In the past months, it received test kits and protective gear from the WHO and countries including Russia, but some of these were held up at the border because of the country’s own restrictions.last_img read more