FEI President HRH Princess Haya Will Stand for Re-Election

first_imgHRH Princess Haya has signalled her intention to stand for re-election as FEI President following an overwhelming vote in favour of amending the FEI Statutes to allow FEI Presidents to serve three consecutive four-year terms in office.The vote on amending the Statutes to prolong the term of the FEI President took place at the FEI Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) in Lausanne (SUI) on April 29th, with 103 National Federations voting in favour of the amendment. There were three votes against the amendment and no abstentions. The EGA also voted in favour of applying the same term to all FEI Bureau members.Princess Haya had stated in September last year that she would not stand for re-election, despite an earlier move by FEI Regional Group Chairpersons and the National Federations to amend the FEI Statutes at the 2013 General Assembly.Following Princess Haya’s statement, the amendment proposal was removed from the General Assembly agenda, but a petition signed by 100 National Federations during the meeting in Montreux (SUI) called for an EGA. As a result, the EGA was included in the timetable for this week’s two-day FEI Sports Forum, which got underway yesterday at the International Management Development Institute (IMD) in Lausanne.Princess Haya excused herself from today’s pre-vote discussions and the vote itself, seeking delegates’ approval to allow FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos to chair the meeting. Following the vote in favour of amending the Statutes, an emotional Princess Haya returned to a standing ovation.“I always felt that when people are given a responsibility, given faith and given belief they are given an opportunity to do well in their lives and that’s what you’ve always given to me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that, it’s a huge honour,” a visibly moved Princess Haya said, prompting further prolonged applause from delegates at the meeting.“I’m very honoured for the opportunity you’ve given me to be available as a future president of the FEI for a third term. I don’t want to go further than that today because I do believe there’s the possibility that there’ll be other candidates and I believe they should be given the opportunity to come forward. But at the same time you have my commitment to you.”At her first meeting FEI Bureau meeting after her election in 2006, Princess Haya proposed limiting FEI Presidents to two four-year terms, a reform which was later adopted as an FEI Statute. Today’s vote reverses that decision, but still limits the Presidential term. Previously the FEI Presidential term of office was unlimited.The FEI Presidential election will take place at the General Assembly in December. The FEI Bureau will decide on the application period for Presidential candidates during its in-person meeting on 9 and 10 June. The Swiss National Federation has already announced its support for Swiss businessman and former President of the Geneva CHI, Pierre Genecand, although his candidacy has yet to be officially declared.Today’s EGA also unanimously supported the creation of the FEI Olympic Council. The Council, which was proposed by the FEI Bureau in February of this year, will be a more permanent liaison between the FEI and the members of the Olympic Family with an equestrian background in order to protect the place of equestrian sport in the Olympic programme.The Council, which will be chaired by the FEI President, will include all IOC members and honorary members with an equestrian background, the chairs of the FEI Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing Committees, the FEI Secretary General and other representatives invited by the FEI President.The full composition of the FEI Olympic Council will be announced shortly. Tags: FEI Extraordinary General Assembly, HRH Princess Haya, FEI President HRH Princess Haya, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. 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. Email* SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Watford Star Cleverley To Miss Start Of Premier League Season After Achilles Surgery

first_imgRelated Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley will miss the start of the new Premier League season after undergoing surgery on a longstanding Achilles problem.Cleverley, 28, has not featured for the Hornets since he sustained an hamstring injury in January.The former Everton and Manchester United star disclosed that he’s hoping to return to the field of play by the autumn.“This is something I’ve put up with during my career so it’s good to get it sorted.” Cleverley spoke to the club’s website about his injury.“I had been used to playing with pain in my ankle. Now that’s going to be a thing of the past, I’ll be fit and raring to win my place back once I’ve finished my rehab.” He concluded.last_img

Social Networking: The Benefits and the Confusion

first_img December 31st, 2009 Burton has put together a great report called Collaboration and Content Strategies.It’s an interesting look at how enterprises are coming to grips with the Social Networking phenomena.  Most companies feel that they are behind the curve in this area and are missing out, but they also have a hard time coming up with the concrete business benefits that they will be able to derive from using it, and adoption is being slowed because of that.The Burton Group report identifies areas that people in their survey cited as areas where Social Networking could help their enterprises improve:– Better connection between people at remote locations– Breaking down barriers between groups– Centralizing knowledge — what do we know?– Assisting in better collaborationAs a result of the study, Burton classified social networking benefits into four groups:Expertise Location:– Finding who knows what– Finding who knows whomCommunity Building– Sharing best practices amont peers– Building relationships with colleaguesRecruitment and Retention– Providing professional support– Mentoring among employees– Attracting new hires, tapping into experience of alumni and retireesKnowledgebase– Knowledge Mangement– Talent Management Leave a Comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Websitecenter_img ‹ ECM: Enterprise Search is a Supplement, not a Replacement, for ECM Enterprise Software: Casualty of the Great Recession › Category: Technology last_img read more

Azzurri: Verratti out, Tonali in

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy have called up Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the senior squad after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti pulled out through injury, reports ANSA. Tonali had been called up to the Italy U-21 squad to face Iceland and Armenia next week, but has now been pushed to the first team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia instead. PSG star Verratti picked up a knock to his calf yesterday in the 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 and has had to pull out of the squad. This follows Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi also withdrawing after his injury during Friday’s win over Bologna. Tonali, who made his debut for the Azzurri last month, has only played for the U-21s five times, and had been expected to start for Paolo Nicolato’s team. The Brescia man will now be replaced by Chievo’s Salvatore Esposito in the Azzurrini squad.last_img read more

IPL Spot Fixing: BCCI suspends Mumbai Ranji player Hiken Shah who approached Pravin Tambe

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to act against players who created a flutter before the Indian Premier League (IPL) championship began this year with a Rajasthan Royals player accusing Mumbai Ranji player Hiken Shah of approaching him to fix games.On the basis of the complaint by Rajasthan Royals player Pravin Tambe, the BCCI has suspended the Mumbai Ranji player Hiken Shah.Media Alert: Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah suspended. BCCI’s statement: http://t.co/gTGAJRlMO5 BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2015 “BCCI has zero tolerance for corruption in the game of cricket. We have and we will take swift action against such incidents to set a precedent and control the menace of corruption in the game,” BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya was quoted as saying in a BCCI press release. “While placing the player under suspension, I have referred the matter to the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to take further action against the player involved.The revealing of the names has come a day before the Justice Lodha Committee probing the IPL scam is set to table its report.Honorary Secretary of BCCI Anurag Thakur said the incident demonstrated that BCCI’s education policy against corruption was showing results. He added that BCCI was committed to keep cricket corruption-free.Pravin Tambe had earlier reported that that he was approached by his Ranji teammate. Tambe said he had declined the offer and had reported the incident to BCCI anti-corruption unit before this year’s tournament. The board had been investigating the offer.advertisementHiken Shah has been a consistent performer for Mumbai and last played against Uttar Pradesh at Kanpur in December 2014.last_img read more

Andrew Scheer surfaces after controversial week for Conservative leader

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is set to address social policy controversies that have dogged him and his party for the last week and raised questions about the party’s potential in the upcoming election.Scheer is scheduled to make an announcement this afternoon in Toronto after days of ducking the spotlight following the emergence of a 14-year-old video in which he lays forth his opposition to same-sex marriage.The video was released by the Liberals last Friday along with a demand that Scheer explain himself and whether as prime minister he’d still deny LGBTQ couples the right to marry.While Scheer’s office hastened to put out that political fire with a statement saying he supports same-sex unions, calls have not abated for the party leader to address the issue in person and clarify his views.Doubt has also been sown about what precisely a Conservative government would or would not allow when it came to a debate about abortion rights.Quebec candidates have been told one would never happen, while Scheer has promised in the past to let MPs speak freely on any issue.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Just how long can Greece hold out Long enough for

first_img Just how long can Greece hold out? Long enough for Portugal to turn into the next Greece? US manufacturing confidence has fallen to its lowest level since January 2014. It’s adding to fears that the strong dollar will hurt corporate earnings. How long before the Fed resorts to a fourth round of money printing? How the Iraq War caused the biggest financial bubble in history. Friday funny: Greece accounts for just 2% of the eurozone’s GDP. But as we heard someone quip, “a bath plug is only 2% of the surface area of a bath.” Hurting a Danish politician’s feelings is illegal. At first glance, the European Central Bank’s QE program appears to be working. Asset prices are up across the Continent. Old bubbles, like property in Spain, are reflating. But look closer and you’ll see that things aren’t going as planned. European bonds suffered a steep selloff earlier this month. And the euro was supposed to weaken to help boost European exports. Instead, it has rebounded against the dollar. Europe’s banks are bleeding. A rumor is going around that rating agency Fitch is going to downgrade dozens of European banks. Worse, Greece says it will default on June 5. If it does, prepare for a financial earthquake. The ECB is trying to paper over these problems. It just announced that it will speed up its QE bond purchases in May and June. Of course, it’s not the only central bank that’s trying to weaken its currency. Over a dozen central banks have eased their monetary policies in 2015 so far. That includes China, where economic momentum has collapsed so fast that the Chinese central bank cut rates three times in six months. As Jim Rickards wrote in his book Currency Wars, history shows that these beggar-thy-neighbor policies lead to inflation, recession, and even revolution. Rickards thinks that we’re in for an even worse financial crisis than the last one. The good news? You can still generate huge returns using Rickards’ IMPACT system. A European Central Banker Gave Hedge Funds Inside Information Last Friday, hedge funders were dining in London with ECB executive board member Benoît Cœuré. Cœuré told them about the ECB’s plan to accelerate its bond buying… before the information was released to the public. Naturally, the hedge funders did what anyone with an iPhone and some inside information would do. They placed their bets before the rest of the world found out about the ECB’s plans. That’s called insider trading, and it’s usually illegal. If the tipster had been a private individual, he would be in big trouble. However, the rules don’t apply to central bankers. We’ve seen this movie before. In 2008, over sandwiches and pasta salad, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson gave a group of hedge fund managers advance warning of the impending rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Hedge funders and central bankers are in bed together. We already knew that. But pay attention to what happens to European stocks next. The US stock market bottomed and then took off soon after Paulson tipped off the hedge funders in 2008. Knowing that Paulson and the US government had their backs gave the hedge funders courage to jump back in to the market. We wouldn’t be surprised if European stocks rally in the coming weeks. A Gold Bull Market Is Fast Approaching Gold is near its three-month highs. And with investors getting nervous that the stock market is topping, the next gold bull market could be around the corner. Decisive bull markets have followed every bear market in precious metals, says Jeff Clark. Jeff has a long list of black swans that could ignite a gold bull any day. They include a stock market reversal, currency wars, a US dollar reversal, and bond-market turmoil. Jeff isn’t the only analyst with bullish expectations for gold. One of the biggest online brokerages in Europe expects gold to rise to $1,450 an ounce this year. It also thinks China may pull its foreign currency reserves out of the US and Europe to fund its Silk Road project. That could send interest rates higher and create problems for the bond market. Blips & Bogeys Former CEO of Lehman Brothers and villain of the financial crisis Dick Fuld is trying to make a comeback. Foreign investors are abandoning US stocks faster than at any time in the last seven years. Jim Rickards talks financial war and more (MP3 file). Apocalypse New Jersey: a portrait of a failed community. Germany’s stock market has surged in the past few months. Yet traders are paying through the nose to buy downside protection on German stocks. They’re probably worried about Germany’s slowing manufacturing growth.last_img read more

Additional reporting by Raya Al Jadir A civil serv

first_imgAdditional reporting by Raya Al JadirA civil servant, a Falklands veteran, an inclusive design expert, a festival director and two Paralympians are among disabled people recognised in the latest New Year’s Honours.Among those receiving MBEs is Margaret Hickish, Network Rail’s access and inclusion manager, who is responsible for 19 of Britain’s largest rail stations as well as the organisation’s depots, offices and training centres, and is recognised for services to disabled people.Hickish, who has a background in engineering, played a huge part in ensuring the accessibility of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has worked in access and inclusion for more than 20 years.She began working as an access consultant with the consortiums that produced the London 2012 “masterplan” in early 2007, before later joining the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as its accessibility manager.She said she was “absolutely delighted” with the MBE, which she believes recognises the way she has helped Network Rail change the way it looks at inclusive design, including a new inclusive design strategy and standards and a new emphasis on “putting people at the heart of the design process”.Hickish has introduced a built environment accessibility panel at Network Rail, of which three-quarters of its members are disabled people, a development she also championed at ODA.She said she hoped her MBE would help people treat the issue of inclusive design with a “bit more gravitas”.Mark Carne, Network Rail’s chief executive, said: “Over and above her role, Margaret has provided inspiration, encouragement and advice to colleagues who themselves have disabilities.“Every day, she challenges all of us at Network Rail to improve railway journeys for those with disabilities so that everyone can travel equally, confidently and independently.”Hickish is a member of the government’s Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group and a board member of the government’s Built Environment Professional Education project, and two years ago received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Art for her contribution to inclusive design.Bradley Hemmings, one of the two disabled artistic directors for the critically-praised opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, receives an MBE for services to culture and disability arts.Hemmings also directed the inaugural Paralympic heritage flame ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in 2014, which celebrated the Sochi Winter Paralympics.He is artistic director of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) in London, which he founded in 1996 and is now recognised as one of the leading outdoor arts festivals in Europe, and has produced the Mayor of London’s Liberty disability arts festival since its launch in 2003.He is proud, he said, of how GDIF – which is free – has been able to survive for 20 years and “carry its audience, who really support it”, while his work with Deaf and disabled artists over the last 15 years “has always been really important for me”.He said: “It is obviously a lovely moment to reflect and you think ‘that’s wonderful that’s been recognised’, but when you work in this world you’re always looking ahead to the challenges and the things you want to achieve next.“It gives you a bit of a boost and you think, ‘yes, somebody’s noticed, and we’re going to do even better and I’m going to make other great things happen in the future.’“That’s always the case, wherever you are in the arts. You have a show or you have a moment or you have a festival, you might have a performance and there’s an afterglow and a fantastic moment where you celebrate that, but you have to go on.”Hemmings said that the recognition coming more than three years after London 2012 was “in a way really rather wonderful”, suggesting that he had been able to make a continuing contribution to “something that is going to carry on in the public realm with Deaf and disabled artists”.Jeanette Rosenberg, who chairs the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) disability advisory group (DAG), and also chairs the Civil Service Disability Network (CSDN), receives an OBE.She said she was “very proud”, and added: “The honour recognises the help and support I’ve offered to countless people over many years, and the progress that has been made in the way that disabled staff in the Civil Service can work together to improve the working conditions for everyone, and particularly for disabled people.”DAG develops responses to important issues for disabled BIS staff, and helps the department become more “disability confident”, while she herself helps individuals through general education and one-to-one mentoring. She has also set up 10 impairment-specific sub-groups to share good practice at BIS.CSDN provides advice and support on disability issues, suggesting ways in which the barriers faced by disabled civil servants can be addressed, and trying to increase the proportion of disabled people employed in the Civil Service.As chair of CSDN she is also “highly involved in influencing the development of Civil Service policy as it relates to disabled staff and carers”.   She said: “I work closely with the Cabinet Office, the Civil Service disability champion and with other policy leads, offering them insight from the experience of the CSDN and of disabled staff on crucial and day-to-day disability issues. “I spend a lot of time talking to CSDN members and the CSDN executive, to get their views and insights.”She added: “All of this is very important, as there is still a long way to go in the workplace to reach the point where everyone understands and accepts the need to take account of disability issues without being prompted.“I think that my honour is recognition of the way that CSDN and DAG have both developed under my leadership. “They have moved from principally being concerned with the problems experienced by individuals, to looking at and dealing with wider disability policy and its implementation in the workplace and beyond.”She now hopes to use the award as a “springboard” to continue her work, and added: “I’m not about to stop doing things because I’ve been honoured with the OBE.  I’m just not the sort of person to sit back and reflect on the past. “I want to continue working to make the Civil Service the best employer possible for disabled staff and staff who have long-term health conditions.”Kate Nash, founder of PurpleSpace, which shares best practice by bringing together networks of disabled employees such as CSDN, praised Rosenberg’s work, and said: “PurpleSpace is indebted to Jeanette’s help and support to create the national network of employee networks.“We offer our huge congratulations to Jeanette and her leadership of the CSDN.”Simon Weston, a Falklands veteran who survived the attack on the Sir Galahad landing ship in 1982, but with burns to nearly half his body, receives a CBE for his charity work.Since the attack, and years of reconstructive surgery, he has been involved with many charities, has developed a career as a public speaker and television presenter, and as a fiction and non-fiction author, and has been a prominent supporter of the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign.He said on Twitter that he was “very humbled and flattered to receive this fantastic honour”.Rowena Macaulay, disability equality champion at the University of Essex and student support services officer in its sociology department, is another disabled person receiving an MBE.The wheelchair-user was a founder member of the university’s Essex Access Forum and is still its chair, and was responsible for launching projects that produced maps highlighting accessible routes around its Colchester campus.She is co-founder of Walk Colchester, which helps protect the town’s network of pathways and green open spaces, and promotes “enjoyable, accessible, informed pedestrianism for walkers of all ages and abilities”, and is also part of a project to create a 13.5 mile walking route around the town.In 2011, she launched a successful campaign to fund an all-terrain wheelchair at Colchester’s High Woods Country Park.Macaulay said: “What really interests me is the good design of public space – in urban areas and in the countryside – for all people.“I try to get away from thinking about disability as a specific category to provide for.“It’s true that gaps still remain at times between what equality law advocates and what happens in practice, and these gaps necessarily focus attention on rights.“But universal design should be a fundamental principle in the creation and management of all public space, and this isn’t about building add-ons to accommodate supposed minorities; it is about recognising and celebrating diversity as the norm.“I’m motivated by spaces that are beautiful and that work well for everybody, across user groups and across individual lifespans.“Where inclusive access is embraced fully and creatively as a design driver, it can be a catalyst for some of the most exciting ways of thinking about how we design the space around us.”Campaigner, public speaker and blogger Lucy Watts (pictured) also receives an MBE – at the age of just 22 – for services to young disabled people.Watts has worked with a string of charities, including Together for Short Lives (a charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions), the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust, Dreams Come True and Scope.She has a life-limiting condition and has to spend much of her life in bed, and is “hooked up to intravenous drips nearly 24 hours a day”.She said she was “absolutely amazed, and truly humbled that people think me worthy of such a prestigious accolade”, and added: “It proves to me that my work is successful, that I am making a difference, and that other people recognise what I do and the impact my work has made.”But she also said the MBE “makes me even more determined to make a bigger difference in the future, to help as many people as possible and continue to grow my work”.She said the award partly recognised her work to “open the eyes of advisers to the government, of Department of Health officials, of commissioners, MPs and policy-makers to the needs of young people and to help them to make sure their decisions and policies will benefit young people and what we as young people want from the services that support us”.She said she hoped it would “open many doors” and help her broaden her work to “show the general public not to underestimate the abilities and potential of a child, young person or adult with an illness or disability”, while also bringing “fantastic attention to the charities I work with and for the causes I champion”.And she said she also hoped the MBE would “show others with illnesses and disabilities that they can still achieve and have a life, that they can contribute to this world with the right support, with hard work and determination”, and would show them that “disability does not mean you’ll never achieve anything”.Two Paralympians have been recognised with MBEs.Paralympic thrower Stephen Miller, who has competed in five Paralympic Games, was swamped with messages of support on Twitter after his MBE was announced, among them congratulations from Match of the Day pundit and former England striker Alan Shearer and sports presenter Clare Balding.Miller, who is set to compete in his sixth Paralympics in Rio this summer, said on Twitter that he was “so proud” of the award and “overwhelmed” by the messages.The triple Paralympic champion added: “This means as much for my family and friends and all the people who have supported me over the years.“Sport has given me so much, I hope I can justify being given this huge honour by continuing to be the best role model I can be and by helping others to find the joy of sport.”Diane McMillan (formerly Barr), from Northern Ireland, won six medals, including two golds, at the Seoul and Barcelona Paralympic Games, in 1988 and 1992, and is recognised with an MBE for services to swimming and disability awareness.Among other disabled recipients of MBEs is Ailsa Bosworth, chief executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, who founded the charity – which she sees as a “one-stop shop for people living with the disease” – in 2001 following her own struggle to secure treatment, information and support.She said: “I am delighted, it came totally out of the blue. It is really a reflection on my team. I couldn’t do without their passion and support.“Rheumatoid arthritis is a hidden disease and many people do not really understand it.”Another to receive an MBE is John Howe, for services to the charity Diabetes UK and his local community in Trafford, Manchester.Howe is chair of Trafford Diabetes Support Group, and is a member of several health-related panels in the Manchester area.Access expert Mike Elkerton, chief executive of the consultancy Access and Evacu8 and chair of the north-west branch of the Access Association, is also awarded an MBE (see separate story).last_img read more