first_imgOn the final day of week eleven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Vertige De Galarzacs, owned by Morning Star Sporthorses, LLC, rose to the occasion, putting forth an impressive double-clear effort to capture the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix on Sunday, March 21, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).The twelfth week of WEF, sponsored by Wellington Agricultural Services, begins on Wednesday, March 31, with CSI5* competition along with a concurrent CSI2* running through Sunday, April 4, the final day of the 2021 WEF. The week opens with the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m CSI4* and the $10,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI4* Qualifier on Wednesday. Thursday features the $50,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 12.A busy Friday is highlighted by the $37,000 1.45m CSI2* Qualifier and the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic Series Final. An exciting weekend of show jumping begins with the $214,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI4* on Saturday and concludes with the $50,000 1.45m Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday. All feature classes can be watched for free both live and on-demand on the livestream.A total of 43 horse-and-rider combinations contested the opening round over a course set by Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER), with just six pairs qualifying for the jump-off. The first to return was Canada’s Nicole Walker aboard Excellent B, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Berlin x Heartbreaker, executing the shortened track with ease to set the pace for the remainder of the field. Walker and the NW Stables LP entry finished fault-free in a time of 37.81 seconds, which would hold up for second place.Next to challenge, David Oberkircher (USA) and Upper, owned by Southfields Farm, LLC, gave it their best effort but stopped the clock just off the mark as he and the 13-year-old Selle Français gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Nadir de San Patrignano crossed the finish line in 38.59 seconds for third place.The next three riders would lower the fences in height, leaving the door open for one final rider to best the field, which he did. Kenny, the current overall leader of the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic Series, proved once again why he’s at the top, picking up the win aboard the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding by Quaprice Bois Margot x Si Tu Viens, crossing the timers in 36.01 seconds.“I didn’t jump him in any classes this week,” said Kenny of the winning gelding “Vince.” “I just went straight into the Grand Prix so he was a little bit more fresh. He jumped excellent and felt fantastic. He’s just a really, really nice horse.“He was jumping really well so I didn’t have to worry about that so much,” continued Kenny. “He felt really good, I just wasn’t sure if the inside turn after the third last jump was going to be faster or not. It turned out to be faster so that was good.”For Walker, the second-place finish marked a proud moment during a comeback of sorts after sustaining a knee injury over the summer that kept her out of the saddle. In August, the 27-year-old rider fractured her fibular head, tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and suffered minor tears in her other ligaments. Her injury, coupled with COVID-19 restrictions in Canada, left her with a lot of work to do to get back to this level.“I came into this circuit having not jumped too much so it took a bit of time to get both myself and the horses fit again,” said Walker. “He [Excellent B] has really only jumped three classes down here and was champion in the High Amateur Owners one week. We just aimed for this class. He’s been my partner for about four years now, and he’s just the easiest, coolest dude around. He’s so simple, and it has been a while since I’ve jumped the big classes. I just had so much fun with him today.”Navigating the tough task of being first to go in the jump-off, Walker leaned on the expertise of her trainer, an Olympic veteran and regular winner at the 2021 WEF, to make a solid plan.“With the help of Cian O’Connor, he said I should aim for the six [strides] after the combination so we took a risk there,” said Walker. “He’s got a massive stride so that worked out well. Where I lost it was not doing the inside turn to the last line, so I could’ve been quicker there, but I’m very happy with my second-place result.”Oberkircher, who rides as an amateur while balancing a full-time job, was back at work for the past two weeks, only arriving in Wellington on Friday night for the weekend’s competition. The pair rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.“I’ve had my horse for about four years now, so I know him really well,” he said. “He’s very straightforward and easy. He’s such a good sport, tries so hard, and I’m so lucky to have him. I knew there were some fast riders after me, and he’s a bit of a slower mover, so I just wanted to have nice clear round and go as quickly as possible. We ended up with a great result in third so I’m really happy.”Final Results: $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix1. VERTIGE DE GALARZACS: 2009 Selle Français gelding by Quaprice Bois Margot x Si Tu ViensDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Morning Star Sporthorses, LLC: 0/0/36.012. EXCELLENT B: 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Berlin x HeartbreakerNICOLE WALKER (CAN), NW Stables LP: 0/0/37.813. UPPER: 2008 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Nadir de San PatrignanoDAVID OBERKIRCHER (USA), Southfields Farm LLC: 0/0/38.594. MADORADO DW: 2012 Belgian Warmblood mare by Breemeersen AdoradoELLEN WHITAKER (GBR), Gerard O’Neil: 0/4/37.885. URIS DE LA ROQUE: 2008 Selle Français gelding by Capital x Quick StarMARIO DELAURIERS (CAN), Aram Ampagoumian LLC & Mario Deslauriers: 0/4/38.076. ELDORADO V: 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Z x EpilotCAMILA MAZZA DE BENEDICTO (BRA), Yuri Mansur: 0/4/52.287. HARVESTER: 2012 KWPN gelding by Dakar VDL x Labor’s VDL IndoradoERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 1/80.448. BETTINA DES CELTES: 2011 Selle Français mare by New Boy De Logerie x CumanoERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 1/80.459. DIARADO’S FLYING DUTCHMAN: 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Diarado x ElfenlandLAURA CHAPOT (USA), Laura and Mary Chapot: 4/77.5210. IRCOS IV: 2008 BWP gelding by Nabab De Reve x Echo De ThurinKARK COOK (USA), Helen Signe Ostby: 4/77.56 Tags: Darragh Kenny, Nicole Walker, WEF, show jumping, Excellent B, $50000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix, Vertige De Galarzacs, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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first_imgOn July 24th, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado, will host the “Green Industry Affair“, a special gathering of conservation groups, outdoor retailers, and cannabis companies who plan to work together to address and combat global warming. Featuring a performance from the psychedelic electronic act BoomBox, the night combines live music with philanthropy—a venture that event organizers Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli know well.Two friends deeply entrenched within the music scene, Gleason and Pittarelli recently embarked on a new mission to leverage the relationships they’ve made in live music and use them to benefit the greater good. In 2017, Gleason launched level—a philanthropic consulting firm that helps businesses and bands connect with meaningful charity initiatives—quickly signing on Pittarelli as an event producer.level’s mission is simple. The organization works with their clients, determining what humanitarian issues are most important to them, then doing the heavy-lifting and taking the guesswork out of connecting a given organization to relevant non-profits and helping them get involved. From there, level coordinates with the company and the charity, playing to the company or artist’s strengths and using the client’s resources to build customized long-term non-profit campaigns with a lasting impact.As Hilary Gleason noted, “We have been amazed by the support of our community through this whole endeavor. You have to find out what you’re passionate about, what resources you have, and who you can lean on. Use that to make a difference.”Both women are well suited to lead an innovative organization like level. Gleason has a strong background in humanitarian endeavors. At 17 years old, Gleason helped form a neurosurgical partnership between Duke Hospital and Kampala, Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital, helping to grow the medical program with bi-annual trips to Africa with a team from Duke. Over the years, she’s continued to be invested in international development issues, working with both Barbara Pierce Bush’s Global Health Corps and the United Nations Foundation.Pittarelli, on the other hand, has been working in event production for most of her adult life. Her successful startup, The Mischief Collective, combines her love of silversmithing with live music, serving as a music blog, online jewelry shop, and home base for an ever-growing community of similarly minded music lovers. While The Mischief Collective frequently leads fundraising endeavors for important causes, Pittarelli brings a deep knowledge of event planning, having worked with Colorado’s ARISE Music Festival and Envision Festival, and a laundry list of fan-favorite regional artists.While longstanding friends, Gleason and Pittarelli first worked together at the world-renowned Global Citizen Festival, a 60,000-person music festival in New York City’s Central Park that boasted headlining performances by Beyonce and Pearl Jam and speeches from former First Lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. From there, the seed was planted, with the two women continuing to find opportunities to merge activism with music in their home of Colorado.In the time since, Hilary Gleason, Tory Pittarelli, and level have remained busy, consistently organizing events—like the upcoming Green Industry Affair—to benefit specific charities and leading campaigns. For their first event, the ACLUstic Brunch, the pair raised funds for the ACLU through a special acoustic brunch show, which saw performances from Elephant Revival‘s Bridget Law paired with seminars from well-known civil rights lawyer Faisal Salahuddin, a partner at Frank & Salahuddin LLC who serves as affiliate counsel with the ACLU of Colorado.The ACLUstic Brunch opened the door for the pair’s numerous other benefits like the bluegrass-oriented Corduroy Classic, benefiting victims of the brutal hurricanes at the end of 2017, and leading Colorado Earth Day, which took place on the steps of Colorado’s capitol building and benefitted the Sierra Club. level has also worked with funk juggernauts Lettuce and music-focused voter registration group HeadCount for the recent “Participate Tour” and coordinated with British jazz-and-funk-fusion group, The New Mastersounds, to connect them with Denver’s Urban Peak, which provides aid to Colorado youths experiencing homelessness.As Tory Pittarelli explained to us,Anyone that has worked in the nonprofit world knows that some days the work can be soul-crushing, plain and simple. And some days you get to work and you question yourself, and you question why you’re doing what you’re doing. But then when the big event day rolls around, there’s no feeling quite like it, and you remember why—for the unbeatable feeling of being able to make a difference, no matter how small, for a cause that matters.level’s upcoming “Green Industry Affair” at Cervantes’ on July 24th was born out of the duo’s past event, the Colorado Carbon Fundraiser, which featured The Infamous Stringdusters’ Travis Book and Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck as headliners. The event raised thousands of dollars for the state’s official carbon-offsetting program and provided guests the opportunity to offset their homes and vehicles. After the successful inaugural launch, for 2018, level sought out a new partnership with the world’s first cannabis marketing agency, rebranding the event to the Green Industry Affair and expanding to target outdoor retailers and cannabis companies in addition to signing on conservation groups.Given their extensive resumes and past work, it’s clear that Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli are doers. Though in their late 20s, the two have carved out successful professional lives for themselves that highlight both women’s passion for live music and giving back. Thanks for all you ladies are doing for the music community and beyond. To learn more about level, head here.You can support Gleason, Pittarelli, and level’s work for yourself on Tuesday, July 24th, at Cervantes’, when the two women host the Green Industry Affair featuring performances by BoomBox and Mikey Thunder. 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first_img Share Sharing is caring! Lester GuyeThe HIV/AIDS Response Unit is concerned about the incidence of HIV among young people under 30.Acting Coordinator of the Unit, Lester Guye spoke with Dominica Vibes radio on Monday.He said that data for 2019 shows that less people than normal have tested positive for HIV/AIDS but Hurricane Maria had caused the unit to scale back on its rapid testing services so the two could be linked.Numbers for previous years, however, are alarming especially among the vulnerable groups.“Between 2016 and 2018, we had 61 cases and one our greatest challenges is that a great percentage of that was young people including young women under the age of 20 and young men between 20-30 who are what we consider our vulnerable population,” Guye says.“Men who have sex with men are at a greater risk of transmitting the disease or any Sexually Transmitted Infection based on their sexual practices, and that has always been a challenge for us across the world. The same challenges exist everywhere.”He adds, “There is still the aspect of discrimination of those people so a lot of them of them are still in the closet and don’t have the opportunity to get the information that they want as it relates to safer sexual practices.”He believes that the population may have become indifferent to the impacts of the disease.“Although, there has been major strides made in HIV/AIDS management, and HIV is no longer a death sentence, you are still at risk,” Guye emphasizes. “It will affect your quality of life at some point. If you get a new partner, you will have to explain that you are HIV positive and then will the person be willing to accept you and so on.”He adds, “What I think has happened over the past decade is that because people are familiar with the fact the HIV is no longer a death sentence, people have become a bit lackadaisical as it relates to their sexual and reproductive health.”The Unit tests about 60 people a month of which about 75% are less than 40 years old. 99 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LifestyleLocalNews HIV/AIDS Response Unit Concerned for Young People Under 30 by: – December 16, 2019 Share Sharelast_img read more

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has given debut call-ups to Mubarak Wakaso and Daniel Nii Adjei for the return fixture against the Flames of Malawi in the final qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations this month.The Black Stars coach also recalled five players including John Pantsil in his 21-man squad for the game in Lilongwe on 13th October.Other returnees to the Black Stars are David Addy, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed and goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy.Derek Boateng, Daniel Opare, Jordan Ayew and Samuel Inkoom are among the players left out of the squad as Ghana fights to qualify for the tournament in South Africa early next year.Wakaso, who plays for Spanish top-flight side Espanyol, has been given his first senior call-up thanks to his flying start in the Spanish La Liga and his versatility.The midfielder who also plays in defence as a left-back has played all five matches for his club so far this season and scored one goal. Asante Kotoko midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei, who is the reigning Ghana Premier League best player, also gets his debut invitation to the Black Stars having also impressed in the off-season.Paintsil is among the five players returning to the team as he looks to reclaim his favourite right-back position after a seven month absence.The senior defender’s lack of action led to his exclusion but has been in good form for Hapoel Tel Aviv since returning to the Israeli side in August means he takes the places of Opare and Inkoom.Mensah, who has not played for the Black Stars since a serious knee injury in January, also make a return as he has been playing regularly for his French club Evian in Ligue 1.His team-mate Mohammed also makes a return in his roller-coaster Black Stars career while Portugal-based David Addy also returns after a three-year absence thanks to his form with Vitoria Guimaraes. Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy, who has long been regarded by many, as a competent Black Stars first choice shot-stopper also makes a return after a six-year absenceThe Black Stars are seeking to qualify for next year’s finals in South Africa after winning the first leg 2-0 at home last month.SquadGoalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Philemon McCarthy (Hearts of Oak), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold)Defenders: John Paintsil (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), David Addy (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), John Boye (Rennes, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Jonathan Mensah (Evian Thonon Gaillard, France).Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Osasuna, Spain), Daniel Nii Adjei (Asante Kotoko), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France) Strikers: Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance, Tunisia), Abdul Majeed Warris (Hacken, Sweden), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE).last_img read more