Ladies Sparkle at the Oldenburg Elite Broodmare Show in Germany

first_imgThis year, the Oldenburg Elite Broodmare Show was thrilling when held for the first time in the Reiterwaldstadion of the Oldenburg Horse Center Vechta. Numerous Oldenburg champion mares have already made the leap into the international top sport. Also this year’s Oldenburg best mares impressed with a bombastic presence and movement brilliance.The Champion Mare Casey, born 2016, by Sir Donnerhall I out of C’est bon by Fürst Heinrich – Rubinstein I was crowned. The primaballerina assoluta from the traditional breed of Paul Wendeln from Garrel/Lower Saxony and owned by son Peter Wendeln comes from the successful Oldenburg dam line of Cinderella. The Champion Mare is sister of the licensed Sir Heinrich OLD, German Champion of six-year-old dressage horses, to the 2016 Champion Mare and German Champion Candy OLD, the German Champion Caty OLD and the German Champion and Reserve Champion Mare 2012 Cindy OLD. The outstanding mare achieved an overall score of 8.67 in her mare performance test.The title of the Reserve Champion Mare was awarded to Ronja Räubertochter, born 2017, by Bon Coeur out of Räubertochter by Romanov Blue Hors – Farewell I, bred and owned by Friedrich Kuhlmann, Neuenkirchen/Lower Saxony. Sire Bon Coeur was a premium stallion at his licensing and is internationally victorious up to Intermediaire I under Swedish Caroline Darcourt. Bon Coeur also produced the OL Champion stallion Bellany from last year. All three sires in the falling pedigree were successful in advanced level on the dressage arena.The Ic premium awarded was to HP Summer Breeze, born 2017, by For Romance II out of Summertime by Fürstenball – Friedensfürst/Trak., bred and owned by HP horses Aps from Denmark. Sire and premium stallion For Romance II was licensed in Vechta in 2015. None other than Lone Bøegh Henriksen is the breeder and owner of this beautiful movement queen.The title of the Champion Mare at the Springpferdezuchtverband Oldenburg-International (OS) went to Only You, OS, born 2017, by Ogano out of Sunshine’s Botox by Balou du Rouet – Lord Liberty, bred by Katja Schwierking from Barver/Lower Saxony and owned by Katja & Arndt Schwierking from Barver. Dam Sunshine’s Botox already brought the 1.40 m successful auction horse El Balou OLD by Eldorado van de Zeshoek/Lillie Keenan, USA, as well as three other top international show jumpers. For the current Elite Foal Auction on August 29th, El Balou Junior by Eldorado van de Zeshoek a brother of the celebrated Champion Mare Only you fascinates. Have a look at the Elite Foal collection and secure your champion here.The Reserve Champion Mare was Jurwina’s Girl, OS, born 2017, by Cornet Obolensky out of Jurwina v. Diarado – Couleur-Rubin, bred and owned by Peter Wendeln from Garrel/Lower Saxony. Her dam Jurwina already shone as the 2013 Champion Mare in the Schlosspark of Rastede. Granddam Jana brought the internationally successful Strombuli by Stalypso as well as Doriano. The second success of the Wendeln family from Garrel.The Ic premium award went to Baroness, OS, born 2017, by Bentley van de Heffinck out of Dalwine by Landos – Clearway, bred and owned by Wilfried Struckmann from Lähden/Lower Saxony. Sire Bentley van de Heffinck won the bronze medal at the world championships for young show jumpers in Lanaken/BEL. Tags: Vechta, Oldenburg, champion mares, Oldenburg Elite Broodmare Show, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews 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. Email* SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

National parks plea for social distancing after busy weekend

first_img“The picture in many people’s minds is the great outdoors — there’s plenty of space — but when you go to find access to that space there’s usually a parking lot and there’s usually a trail going from the parking lot,” he said, adding that paths in parks are designed to guide people to the best views or trails which naturally cause people to gather in those spots.Francis said despite the temptation to get a break from home, the public should consider the risk to society as a whole and only visit places where they can reasonably follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on limiting contact with others and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public.Communities near national parks have also raised concerns about the current number of visitors, saying they don’t have the resources to treat an influx of tourists that could potentially become sick in addition to their own residents.“These are in many cases rural communities that don’t have the facilities to handle a major outbreak if it were to occur and they want to protect the people that live in the county and you do the math and you jut can’t handle tourists on top of people that live in the county,” said Kristen Brengel, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association.Brengel said it was irresponsible for the National Park Service to invite people to parks during this pandemic and that they should have been more aggressive about telling people to avoid crowded areas. She described photos of people holding a chain at the top of a narrow trail to keep their footing and said it’s up to the park service to tell the public when visiting these spots is too much of a risk.“People are taking these risks with allowing the public to make these decisions for themselves and I think we’re learning after this weekend that parks need to be more proactive,” she said.The Interior Department and National Park Service did not immediately respond to questions about whether they were reconsidering the earlier guidance on Monday but said last week that they took steps to implement CDC guidelines and that park superintendents were “continuing to evaluate their park’s operations and determine the best ways to continue to serve the public, mitigate possible issues, and adjust operations, as necessary.”“We’ve encouraged people who do visit a park during this pandemic that they too should be following CDC guidance by maintaining safe distances and practicing ‘leave no trace’ to keep themselves, our communities, and our outdoor spaces safe and healthy during this time,” a Park Service spokesperson said in a statement on Friday.Brengel advised that if people want to visit a national park responsibly at this time to consider if you can follow trails that are off the beaten path or identify areas that are less popular.“If you’re going to a park you’re not familiar with and you’re relying on a map it’s probably better to just reschedule,” she added.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved Manel Vinuesa/iStock(WASHINGTON) — National Park Service staff and communities around the national parks issued pleas for the visiting public to consider the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus in national parks, saying that despite the desire to get out of their homes, crowded trails or parking lots could be creating an unnecessary risk for visitors and staff.Many of the sites operated by the National Park Service have closed completely or blocked public access to certain areas or services where officials determined they couldn’t maintain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to avoid crowds and keep people separate.But some are mostly open and posted on social media that residents and tourists seemed to flock to the outdoor spaces.Shenandoah National Park asked on social media that people forego the park’s main trails for less popular areas, saying some areas became so congested they had to be closed.The National Mall’s social media accounts have been sharing photos of the cherry blossoms and asked people not to visit the Tidal Basin area. Local officials have closed roads and public transit to the area, saying on Saturday that it was “increasingly difficult to maintain effective social distancing.”Zion National Park also posted a photo of people hiking a crowded Angels Landing Trail on Saturday and asked visitors to reconsider narrow trails and to practice social distancing.The requests seemed to support the concerns of some advocates who criticized the Interior Department’s decision last week to suspend entrance fees and welcome visitors to national parks as a respite from their social isolation at home. In that announcement Interior Secretary David Bernhardt called public lands “special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing.”The National Park Service said Monday that the health and safety of employees and visitors are the number one priority and that they are taking “extraordinary steps” to implement the latest CDC guidance.“As states and local governments announce further efforts to combat COVID-19, decisions on modifications to park operations are being made on a park-by-park basis. Visitor services, other than those of public and resource protection (such as law enforcement and trash removal), will be limited or suspended,” the park service said in a statement, adding that they ask visitors to clean up after themselves and that park rangers will remain on dutyBut the park service said outdoor spaces will stay open and free to the public as long as they can follow the CDC guidelines, despite criticism from advocates who say the agency should have taken a more aggressive stance to tell people stay away from potential crowds, even in national parks.“We needed to close in order to reach the goals that most Americans would agree are important, that is to flatten the curve, make sure hospitals have adequate resources and make sure the National Park Service doesn’t inadvertently create a bigger problem,” said Phil Francis, a former park superintendent and chairman of the Coalition to Protect America’s Parks.The coalition represents hundreds of retired park service employees and Francis said they heard almost immediately from members who were concerned about their colleagues who would continue to work despite calls for people to stay at home and prevent the spread of the virus. Though many parks closed some areas, such as visitor centers, where people could come in close contact, Francis said there are other areas in parks where it is difficult to prevent crowding.last_img read more

Vice President for Government and Community Affairs

first_imgClarkUniversityVice President forGovernment and Community AffairsWorcester, MATHE SEARCHClark University seeks a collaborative, seasoned, and innovativeleader to join the institution as vice president for government andcommunity affairs (VP) and play a lead role in shaping the visionand direction for this highly respected small, private, liberalarts-based research university. The VP will join Clark under boldnew leadership as the University welcomed its 10th president anddistinguished alumnus, David Fithian ’87, Ph.D., in July 2020. Theposition is a strategic leadership role on President Fithian’sdynamic and evolving senior cabinet, with several other keyappointments recently made or currently underway. This recruitmentaligns with President Fithian’s focus on amplifying Clark’sprominence as a vocal leader within the national higher educationlandscape, as well as Clark’s investment in expanding outwardengagement at the state and federal level.For more than three decades, Clark has been a national model inthe movement of anchor institutions increasingly partnering withlocal governments, civic and business organizations, andneighborhood residents to rehabilitate and revitalize urbancommunities. Building upon this important legacy, the VP willpartner directly with President Fithian, overseeing all governmentand community affairs across the institution. This individual willalso work closely with deans, faculty, administrators, andtrustees, among other diverse stakeholders at all levels of theUniversity. Through broad collaboration and partnership, the VPwill develop strategies to strengthen Clark’s government andcommunity affairs, and effectively communicate its academic,research, and service missions to a wide variety of constituencieslocally, regionally, and nationally. Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduateinstitutions in the United States. Today the University is ahighly-ranked, student-centered institution that educatesapproximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students everyyear to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world andto advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding throughrigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment toscholarship and inquiry reflects the University’s commitment to“challenge convention and change our world” and to address issuesof critical societal importance. It is also reflected by Clark’smany national and international distinctions, including recognitionfor its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, communityengagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for itsdistinguished geography and international development programs.Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Collegesthat Change Lives guide since it was first published in1996.Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diversecity “on the rise.” The second largest city in New England, with apopulation of roughly 186,000, Worcester is home to 11 institutionsof higher learning including the University of MassachusettsMedical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of theHoly Cross, Worcester State University, and the MassachusettsCollege of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Worcester is increasinglyrecognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnologycommunities, for its thriving arts and cultural communities, and asa vibrant food hub with an abundance of new restaurants and craftbreweries. In addition, the city enthusiastically anticipates therelocation of the Red Sox minor league baseball team fromPawtucket, RI to Worcester this year.Clark University has retained Jack Gorman of Isaacson, Miller, anational executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment. Allapplications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remainconfidential, should be directed to the search firm at thefollowing link: www.imsearch.com/7807.Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmativeaction as core values: the University believes that cultivating anenvironment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental tothe success of our students, its employees, and its community. Thiscommitment applies to every aspect of education, services, andemployment policies and practices at Clark. Clark’s commitment todiversity informs its efforts in recruitment, hiring, andretention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility forbuilding a community that values diversity and the uniqueness ofothers by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with allmembers of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairnessand belonging. Clark strongly encourages members from historicallyunderrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, toapply.last_img read more

Instructor of Industrial/Engineering Technoloy

first_imgSoutheastern Louisiana University’s Department of Industrial andEngineering Technology invites applications for the position,Instructor of Industrial/Engineering Technology to begin August2021. This position is responsible for teaching a variety ofcourses including, but not limited to Electrical Circuits,Electronics, Power Electronics, Industrial Electric MachineryControl, Power Transmission, Electro-Magnetics, Control andAutomation, Robotics, PLC, and Pneumatics. Other duties includeadvising students, mentoring senior design projects, andparticipating in service activities at the Department, College, andUniversity level.REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONSMaster’s degree in Engineering from an accredited university byhire date.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSMaster’s degree in Electrical or Mechatronics Engineering.Experience in teaching Electrical courses at the undergraduatelevel.Experience in ABET accreditation.DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLSCommitment to teach undergraduate courses and superviseundergraduate senior projects.Effective communication and interpersonal skills.Enthusiastic personality and collaborative spirit.Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of theSearch Committee, Mr. Jared Reno at [email protected] apply for this position, please complete and submit an onlineapplication, which will include the following required attachments:cover letter, resume/vita, teaching statement, transcripts(official transcripts required upon employment), and names andcontact information for 3 references.To ensure consideration, application materials must be receivedby April 23, 2021 ~ Southeastern LouisianaUniversity is an AA/ADA/EEOEmployer.~last_img read more

#056-21 Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

first_imgApplication Deadline:Applications will be accepted no later than April 26, 2021(Chamorro Standard Time/UTC+10).(Note To applicants in the mainland United States: Please beadvised that Guam is a day ahead of the mainland UnitedStates.)General Description:The University of Guam is looking for an individual who isinterested in new challenges and opportunities for professional andpersonal growth. This position calls for someone who isself-motivated and adaptable, intelligent, possesses a globalvision and who is interested in working in a dynamic,multi-cultural institution.The University of Guam has an active Press dedicated topublishing research and writing about Guam and Micronesia. Avariety of publishing opportunities are available to UOG faculty,employees, students and members of the communities we serve throughthe University of Guam Press.Unit Description:The School of Education is a dynamic school with vibrant andenthusiastic faculty who are involved with local schools in teacherdevelopment, service and research. The school offers several degreeprograms in a number of fields. The students come frommulti-cultural, multi-lingual environments, primarily from Pacificisland settings. The teaching areas in the school are Elementary,Secondary, Physical Education, Special Education, Reading,Educational Foundations, Counseling, Administration andSupervision, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL). Professors actively engage in both School of Education anduniversity committees.Character of Duties:The School of Education seeks an Assistant Professor toAssociate Professor (tenure/non-tenure track) to begin August 2021to teach face-to-face and online undergraduate and graduate coursesin English as a Second Language (ESL)/Teaching English to Speakersof Other Languages (TESOL) to a diverse student population. Theideal candidate will: 1) have a strong commitment of preparingteacher candidates to the undergraduate ESL standards and thegraduate TESOL standards; 2) advise students; 3) supervisefield-based practicum; 4), collaborate with schools on professionaldevelopment; 5) serve on graduate thesis committees; 6) conductresearch; 7) provide community service; 8)serve on both School ofEducation and university wide committees 9) participate inaccreditation activity such as National Council for Accreditationof Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation ofEducator Preparation (CAEP) and/or Association for AdvancingQualified Educator Preparation (AAQEP) accreditation as appropriate10) teach, develop, andmaintain online courses; and 11) applytechnology in courses. Opportunities also exist to teach andconduct research on other islands in the Micronesian region, e.g.,the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Belau, theRepublic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of theNorthern Marianas. The Med. TESOL Program is an online program.Applicants must be proficient in online learning.Qualifications:Minimum: A terminal degree (Ed.D./Ph.D.) inTESOL, ESL, Applied Linguistics, in Education with a specializationin TESOL or any closely related discipline from a U.S. regionallyaccredited institution with an emphasis in pedagogy anddemonstrated ability to work with teacher candidates. ABDcandidates may be considered if a doctorate will be conferredbefore the scheduled date of hire; Experience using web-basedportfolio systems such as LiveText; Minimum of three (3) yearsfulltime teaching experience at the elementary or secondary level;Experience working and teaching students from culturally diversebackgrounds; Experience using instructional technology to conductclasses; Experience teaching asynchronous and synchronous classesin a fully on-line program; Demonstrates effective, ethical,inter/intrapersonal, and communication skills and dispositions witha wide range of constituencies, including public schools systems;Commitment to working in schools on a regular basis.Preferred: Experience in university teachingand in supervising fieldwork and student teachers; Experienceworking in NCATE/CAEP/AAQEP and TESOL accreditation; Preferencewill be given to candidates who have PK-12 experiences in multiplegrade levels and has professional teaching credentials andcertifications; Experience with electronic course managementsystems such as Moodle; Experience in report writing, grantwriting, and grant administration.Application Process:Applicants for University of Guam faculty positions mustcomplete an online job application through the UOG’s onlineemployment portal at https://uog.peopleadmin.com.Please have the following documents prepared and ready to uploadwith your application:Letter of Intent, stating interestUp-to-date curriculum vitae or resumeCopies of all graduate and undergraduate transcriptsApplicants who are short-listed for an interview will berequired to provide a short (approximately 5 minutes) video clip oftheir lecture or presentation.Special Instructions for References: Three (3)current letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable aboutyour academic and professional performance must be provided byproviding a list of at least three (3) references to be contactedon the References section of the online application. Enter eachreference by clicking on the “Add References Entry” button. Providethe name, title, email address, mailing address, and telephonenumber of each reference. A system automated email will be sent toeach reference’s email address with a link to attach theirreference letter to your application.Selected candidate must provide officialtranscripts prior to hire date. For further information, pleasecontact Dr. Matthew Limtiaco, Chair, TESOL Search Committee [email protected] orthe Human Resources Office at [email protected], telephonenumber, (671) 735-2350 or fax number at (671) 734-6005.Police and Court Clearance: Pursuant to PublicLaw No. 28-24 and Executive Order 2005-34, applicants selected fora position are required to provide original police and court(Superior Court of Guam) clearances of no more than three (3)months old prior to commencement of employment. Off-islandapplicants must obtain clearances from their place of residence.Applicants are responsible for fees associated with obtaining theclearances.Work Eligibility:Submission of completed job applications authorizes theUniversity of Guam to seek and obtain information regarding theapplicant’s suitability for employment. All factors which are jobrelated may be investigated (i.e., previous employment, educationalcredentials, and criminal records). All information obtained may beused to determine the applicant’s eligibility for employment inaccordance with equal employment opportunity guidelines. Inaddition, the applicant releases previous employers and job relatedsources from legal liability for the informationprovided.Should an applicant be convicted of any crimes otherthan a minor traffic violation, all applicable information must beprovided in the form of a police clearance report and courtclearance report. Failure to admit any felony convictions mayresult in immediate disqualification or disciplinaryaction.Section 25103, Chapter 25, Title 10 of the Guam CodeAnnotated requires college or university employees to undergo aphysical examination, to include a test for tuberculosis (skin orx-ray), prior to employment and at least annually thereafter. Areport of such examination must be conducted by a licensedphysician within a state or territory of the United States and mustbe submitted upon request.Federal law requires presentation of eligibility to workin the United States within seventy-two (72) hours of reporting foremployment. Specifically, 8 USC 1324A requires the employer toverify the identity and eligibility to work in the United States ofall newly hired employees. The University of Guam is required tocomply with this law on a non-discriminatory basis. If you arehired to fill a position with the University of Guam, you will berequired to present valid documents to comply with thislaw.The University of Guam is an equal opportunity employerand provider.The University of Guam complies with Public Law 24-109in reference to the provisions and requirements of the Americanswith Disabilities Act. Assistance in EEO/ADA matters and inquiriesconcerning the application of Title IX and its implementingregulations may be referred to the University’s Director, EEO andTitle IX/ADA Coordinator, located at the EEO/ADA and Title IXOffice, Dorm II, Iya Hami Hall, Room 106, Telephone No. (671)735-2244; TTY (671) 735-2243; or to the Office of Civil Rights(OCR).last_img read more

Blair offers Africa pain relief from debt and ‘unfair’ trade

first_imgDave Timms from the World Development Movement said that the report may contain little fresh thinking. He noted that a previous commission chaired by late German chancellor Willy Brandt recommended in 1980 that all rich countries should reach the 0.7% goal by 1985 and a 1% goal by 2000. “There seems to be a ratcheting down of ambitions,” said Timms. [email protected] The British government has decided to make Africa and climate change the two principal themes of its stints heading both the EU and the Group of Eight (G8) industrialised countries this year. As part of those efforts, Blair is to announce the findings of the 17-member Commission for Africa, which he chaired. The report urges rich countries to:l Rally behind a British proposal for an ‘international finance facility’, under which aid pledges would be used as collateral for bonds on the capital markets, with the resulting money used to double development assistance; l increase funding for health systems in Africa by €7.5 billion next year and provide the €2.4bn for work planned by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria;l immediately scrap all “trade-distorting” subsidies for cotton and sugar, as these endanger the livelihoods of small African growers; and,l finance the cancellation of all debts owed to multilateral bodies like the World Bank, diverting the savings into health and education.The report describes corruption as a “systemic problem affecting many African countries”. Civil wars are recognised as a barrier to progress too, with donors called on to provide half the budget – €150 million in 2004-07 – of the African Union’s peacekeeping fund.A source involved in the Commission for Africa said it was trying to find common ground between those who believed greater assistance should go to conflict prevention and resolution in Africa and those who felt the bulk of aid should be for health and education. “Unless we address conflict and security issues we will not get very far,” the source added. “But we also have to address the root cause of conflict – the lack of economic growth and lack of development.”The report is to argue that rich countries meet the target set by the UN in 1970 to devote at least 0.7% of their gross domestic production to development aid. So far Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are the only EU states to have exceeded that goal.last_img read more

Greece’s animal house

first_img ‘The Greeks are depression-proof’ By David Patrikarakos POLITICO Road Trip “Our best year was in 2010 when we got 330,000 visitors,” he says reading from an index card. “It dropped to 317,000 in 2011, and then 300,000 in 2012. But over 2013 and 2014 things have been stable at 310,000 paying visitors. We get many more visitors than that but we arrange free visits for orphans, people with special needs and so on. The average ticket price last year was €13.10 but you have to deduct the VAT from that, which with the new bailout measures is increasing all the time. ”This is a problem. “Last month VAT went to 23 percent — I’m not sure how exactly it will affect the business but the crisis will. The shit this country has been going through for the last four years … The zoo is a lively place, and we are always improving: making enclosures bigger, bringing in new species [this year the zoo is adding elephants to its collection], so the zoo has not remained stationary; we have 100,000 fans on Facebook. We hope visitors will increase despite the crisis. There are four million people in Athens proper and five million in the wider area — all people who can visit the zoo on any given day without difficulty. Normally with these sorts of figures we should have a million visitors per year but zoos are not yet fully integrated into Greek culture; and in the midst of a crisis it’s not something that’s so easy to manage.” Indeed, the crisis has made many things difficult to manage. It is almost a cliché to speak of a Greek humanitarian crisis. But as it turns out, there was very nearly an animal crisis, too. Crisis Greece has left no part of society untouched. Lesueur leans back in his chair and starts to tell me the story.* * *It begins in early July. Greece had introduced capital controls, which closed the country’s banks and put limits on both ATM withdrawals and payments that banks could make and receive. A few days later, Lesueur was sitting in his office when he received an email. It was from the company that supplies the zoo with the special food required by its anteaters and dolphins — food that cannot be found in Greece.“Anteaters can eat ants of course,” says Lesueur “but they eat about a kilo of food a day, which would be millions of ants — obviously pretty much impossible to provide. Instead, special food containing proteins is imported from abroad. Dolphins eat fish, which in Greece is plentiful, but the country has no herring, and dolphins live on herring and blue whiting. These are fished in the Atlantic and then frozen and shipped to us.” Politico Road Trip Later that day, he found a message from his banker on his phone: “Call me,” it read. “I called back and the guy on the phone asked me, ‘what influence do you have in the government?’ I said I had none. It turns out that the bank had received a phone call from a ministry, which gave them instructions, apparently on behalf of the president’s office, to the pay the bill immediately. The next Tuesday the food was shipped and arrived in time.”Lesueur leans back with a smile of satisfaction. He did have other options to pay. The sum was manageable and his son, who is based in the U.K., had offered to pay from his own account. But that is not the point, he tells me. Public opinion had pressured the government into acting. It was perhaps one of the few times that the worst effects Crisis Greece could be avoided.But, much like his fellow countrymen, Lesueur can’t see much farther into the future. “Now we have a stock of fish until the end of September,” Lesueur says. “There are still capital controls but things have been relaxed, and every week the limits for corporate transactions are increasing — plus there is now a precedent for this payment. I am relaxed. I feel confident that everything will be OK now.” ATHENS — Flamingos pose on large rocks protruding from shallow pools of water. On etiolated legs, almost too frail to hold up their plump bodies, they strut delicately around their enclosure, leaving little splashes in their wake with each step. A little further away, with considerably less decorum, monkeys hang from wooden beams, shrieking at passers-by.The Attica Zoological Park, in the Athenian suburb of Spata, is the only licensed zoo in Greece. At around 20 hectares (50 acres) it is larger than the London Zoo, and considerably newer. The zoo was originally founded as a bird park in 2000. Now it houses over 340 species, and around 2,200 animals.It’s a private zoo, the dream of Jean-Jacques Lesueur — a man with an interesting story. Lesueur moved to Greece from France in 1969, and has been here ever since. He initially worked in executive search, and became the first corporate head-hunter in Greece. After a spell running his own firm he started a publishing company in the mid-80s, specializing in magazines. Playboy and Reader’s Digest were amongst his biggest sellers. He eventually sold up and, decided now was the time for a career change: An animal lover since he was a child, Lesueur decided to set up a zoo. * * *I meet him in the early afternoon. The September sun in Greece is still baking hot. He is 71, but with his trim figure and full head of silver hair, he could be 20 years younger. We shake hands and then hop on one of the zoo’s buggies to take a tour. “In 2002 I started bringing in the first mammals,” he says as we negotiate a series of winding tracks. “I initially had 12 acres and then 15 acres and now 50 acres. We never made a lot of money, but we grew in size. I have invested a lot of money in the place personally, and growth has also come from reinvesting all the profits we make.”From the very beginning, Lesueur was determined to make the zoo a success. The variety of animals — including some I had never heard of, like the Scarlett Ibis, a luminously red bird — is impressive. We pass African penguins, leaf-eating monkeys, and two-humped camels from Mongolia. Turning a corner we see wild asses, which ironically are almost extinct in the wild. They come from Somalia, explains Lesueur, and the country’s ongoing civil war means there are only 300 left. “Or even less, no one really knows,” he says with a shrug.I see the big cats: A jaguar (the most dangerous animal at the zoo, I am told) peers moodily down at us from his high perch, while across the way two pumas take shelter from the sun under wooden planks. A little further on we are greeted by a cacophony of hooting. “Singing Gibbons,” says Lesueur by way of explanation, nodding to several monkey-like creatures gathered on a ledge. “It’s how they communicate — and sometimes it’s a mating call.” I ask about the most popular animals in the zoo: “All the emblematic species,” Lesueur says, “the types of animals you’d expect to see in a zoo: lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants.”Our tour finished, Lesueur takes me into his office. The walls are covered with framed pictures of birds. Animal paperweights, notably a clear glass tortoise and lion, clutter his desk. Despite the crisis, he tells me, things aren’t too bad.Crisis Greece has left no part of society untouched. Anteaters at Athens’ zoo | ATTICA ZOOLOGICAL PARKThe zoo, Lesueur explains, receives 1.5 tonnes of food from the company every three months, for which it pays on a 60-day credit basis. But the capital controls had spooked the supplier. Lesueur taps into his phone to find the email: “In view of this uncertain financial situation we request that any future payment of bills be paid in advance,’” he reads. “That was first week of July,” he continues. “I wasn’t too concerned. I had stock until mid-August and I thought the capital controls would last only for a week or two. But I called my bank and said ‘I have a payment to make before August 5, what do you think?’ The guy at the bank said he didn’t know but as far as payments are concerned everything was blocked. He told me they had received 44 payment applications to the committee and only four had been approved. I suddenly realized we’d be running out of fish in 20 days.”Racing against the clockLesueur called the supplier and told them to immediately send him the invoice, which he passed on to the bank. It wasn’t an exorbitant sum — €6,000. A few days later, he called the bank again: “Right now the only payments being approved are for medical supplies,” he was told.It so happened that a few days later Japanese TV came to the zoo and asked him about the capital controls. He still felt confident things would be OK. “I didn’t realize what I facing,” he says. Then Reuters came. “I told them the story. They quizzed me a lot so I said let me call the bank, which still couldn’t give me a date for when the capital controls would be lifted. Then I really began to worry.”An aerial view of the zoo | ATTICA ZOOLOGICAL PARKBut help was just about to come. The article was published and went global. “Suddenly I was getting emails from people all over the world wanting to help,” Lesueur explains. “Greek TV came and asked me what I was going to do; I said I don’t know. By that time the invoice had been in the hands of the bank for 10 days and nothing had happened.”By late July, Lesueur had been on every Greek TV and radio channel, and told his story to almost every national newspaper. “My bank still had no news: ‘Maybe in two weeks [we can do something],’ they said. But the next day was the last day I could get the food in time; I needed a week to arrange for the refrigerated trucks to go to pick up everything.” Also On POLITICO Athens’ heart of darkness By David Patrikarakos last_img read more

Drivers send Aric Almirola well wishes

first_imgRELATED: Watch video of the wreckAfter his involvement in a three-car wreck on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, Richard Petty Motorsports reported Sunday that Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra, but is mobile and has been released from the Kansas hospital.Drivers, teams and NASCAR personnel took to Twitter to wish the No. 43 driver well.last_img

Paris-Nice 2016 Tech: Dimension Data puts Rotor UNO on backup bikes, CeramicSpeed on anything…

first_imgThe latest cranks from Rotor are the 2INpower dual sided power meter crankset. It uses the spindle-mounted strain gauge of the original, single-sided INpower cranks with a second strain gauge inside the right crank arm: The Dimension Data pro cycling team had two sets of Cervelo S5 bikes on hand. The majority were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 handling the shifting, but a few were sitting atop team cars with the new Rotor UNO hydraulic shifting group. Starting with the former, the spec mostly carries over from what we saw at the Tour de France last year when they were called MTN-Qhubeka. That means ENVE wheels, bar and stem, Continental tires and Rotor cranks.This time around, we took a closer look at the CeramicSpeed upgrades and photo’d the all-hydraulic backup bikes… After giving the crankset a back spin, we inquired about the setup because it moves effortlessly. Even brand new bikes sitting on the showroom floor don’t spin this freely. The reason? They’ve replaced every moving part except the pedal’s bearings with CeramicSpeed components. That includes the headset, hub bearings, bottom bracket and derailleur pulley wheels. They also use CeramicSpeed’s lube oil on the chain, which is outside the intended use parameters, but when your bikes are cleaned and maintained daily, you can get away with stuff like that.Interestingly, they’re not running the massively oversized CS pulley wheels introduced last fall. We didn’t get a chance to ask why, but it’s likely because a sponsor like Shimano wouldn’t take too kindly to such modifications (though it doesn’t seem to stop Cannondale)center_img This bike shows what a full hydraulic component group will look like (it’s still chain driven, of course).The lever body contains the master cylinder for the brakes, but none is required for the shifting system because it’s completely closed. Check our tech breakdown of the entire group for more the deep dive. These hoods look big, but Rotor’s said they could probably offer a smaller size option for those with smaller hands.We’ll be riding UNO in early April with the engineers at Rotor, stay tuned for a first ride report.If you’ve seen Acros’ hydraulic shifters and derailleurs, you’ll notice UNO uses just one single hose rather than two. That’s possible thanks to a clever ratcheting system that either catches and holds, or releases, depending on how far it’s pushed.These rather large connectors in the brake lines allow bleed-free disconnects between the levers and the Magura RT8 hydraulic rim brake calipers. These don’t look quite like the stock offerings from Magura.They have an external dial sticking out and up from the center mounting bolt, which looks like it could simply be a pad contact adjustment / release mechanism to speed wheel changes.last_img read more

Brenock O’Connor to Lead Sing Street Musical at New York Theatre Workshop

first_img Billy Carter Brendan C. Callahan Zara Devlin Skyler Volpe Max Bartos Brenock O’Connor(Photo provided by Matt Ross PR) Sam Poon Casting is complete for the world premiere production of Sing Street, a new musical based on John Carney’s Golden Globe-nominated 2016 motion picture. The previously announced production will begin previews on November 25 and officially open on December 16 at New York Theatre Workshop.The cast will be led by Brenock O’Connor (Game of Thrones) as Conor, with Zara Devlin (Hecuba) as Raphina, Anne L. Nathan (Once) as Sandra, Martin Moran (All the Rage) as Brother Baxter, Max William Bartos (Uncut Gems) as Darren, Brendan C. Callahan (She Loves Me) as Gary, Billy Carter (Hangmen) as Robert, Gus Halper (Ride the Cyclone) as Brendan, Jakeim Hart (Blue Bloods) as Larry, Johnny Newcomb (The Last Ship) as Barry, Gian Perez (In the Heights) as Kevin, Sam Poon (Runaways) as Eamon, Skyler Volpe (The Hello Girls) as Anne and Amy Warren (Women of a Certain Age) as Penny.Featuring a book by Enda Walsh (who earned a Tony for penning the musical version of Carney’s film Once), Sing Street is set in 1982 Dublin, where sixteen-year-old Conor turns to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl.Sing Street features music and lyrics by Carney and Gary Clark (frontman of the pop group Danny Wilson), direction by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) and choreography by Obie winner Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge!).The creative team also includes music director Fred Lassen, scenic/costume designer by Bob Crowley, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Darron L. West and music supervisor/orchestrater Martin Lowe.Sing Street is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 19, 2020. Star Files Gus Halpercenter_img Johnny Newcomb View Comments View All (13) Brenock O’Connor Anne L. Nathan Gian Perez Jakeim Hart Martin Moranlast_img read more