FEI World Cup Finals cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns

first_imgThe International Equestrian Federation (FEI), United States Equestrian (USEF) and Las Vegas Events have announced the force majeure cancellation of the FEI World Cup™ Finals 2020 in Las Vegas. The annual equestrian competition, featuring the Olympic disciplines of Jumping and Dressage, was scheduled for 15-19 April at the Thomas & Mack Center.“It is very regrettable that next month’s FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas have had to be cancelled, but the decision was out of our hands”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.“Since the FEI World Cup series began in 1978 for Jumping and in 1985 for Dressage, the Finals have never had to be cancelled before, but the global concerns about the spread of the virus and the travel restrictions imposed by the US Government have meant that the Finals are one of many major sporting events impacted by this outbreak.“Like everyone in our community, we are disappointed, not only for the athletes who have qualified for the Finals, but also for Las Vegas Events and US Equestrian, and of course our top partner Longines, but the health, well-being and safety of our athletes, officials and our fans has to be our top priority. We hope we can alleviate that disappointment by returning to Las Vegas for a wonderful FEI World Cup Finals in the future.”All ticket buyers and exhibitors will be issued full refunds. The Las Vegas Events ticket office will contact all ticket holders on the process starting the week of 16 March.Further information on the FEI World Cup™ Finals 2020 in Las Vegas can be found here.About the FEI World Cup™ FinalsThe Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, the world’s premiere individual Jumping series, and the breeding ground of equestrian legends, is now in its 41st season, with the first Final dating back to 1979. The very best human and equine athletes from 15 leagues in 43 countries around the world battled it out to qualify for this year’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas (USA), hoping to claim a share in the jackpot of more than €1.3 million.Las Vegas was due to host the Final for the sixth time, having previously welcomed the crème de la crème of the Jumping world in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015. Other Finals held in the USA were at Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Omaha (2017).The reigning Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ champion is Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat with his horse Alamo, who took the 2019 title at the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg (SWE) for his third victory in the history of the series.The FEI Dressage World Cup™ series, now in its 34th season, is the most prestigious individual competition in the discipline, combining precision, athleticism and the ultimate partnership between horse and human. Dressage athletes worldwide compete across four leagues: Western European, Central European, North American (including Canada) and Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Asia), with just 18 earning their ticket to the Final.Las Vegas has played host to the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final four times, in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015. The FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final also visited the USA in 1995 (Los Angeles) and 2017 (Omaha).The reigning FEI Dressage World Cup™ champion is Germany’s Isabell Werth, who rode the mare Weihegold OLD to success in Gothenburg (SWE) to claim the fifth title of her extraordinary career. Tags: FEI World Cup™ Finals, Email* SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews 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. 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

Ethicists, philosophers discuss selling of human organs

first_imgIn nearly every country in the world, there is a shortage of kidneys for transplantation. In the United States, around 73,000 people are on waiting lists to receive a kidney. Yet 4,000 die every year before the lifesaving organ is available.Worldwide, about 66,000 kidney transplants are performed annually. By far, that’s too slow a rate to help an estimated 1 million people who have end-stage renal disease.Is a global market for organ sales the answer? Can a for-profit system exist, save lives, and still not exploit the poor? A series of experts — medical doctors, international health experts, and ethicists — looked at the issue on Feb. 8, in the second of four Harvard conferences this academic year on current controversies in global health.“It’s an extremely sensitive and troubling topic,” said symposium Chairman Daniel E. Wikler, the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics, who is on the steering committee of Harvard’s Program in Ethics and Health, a conference co-sponsor. (The other was the Harvard School of Public Health.) “We have here the elements of tragedy.”On one side, he said, are patients for whom “life hangs in the balance.” On the other, there are the desperately poor whose organs now have monetary value, and who are vulnerable to exploitation in a growing industry known as “transplant tourism.”Kidney transplantation was the focus of the three-hour conference. In the case of kidneys, said Wikler, even the poorest person in the Philippines or India has “a couple of gemstones — diamonds — on each hip.”Even in the face of desperate illness, there are moral standards to protect, said the one-time chief ethicist for the World Health Organization (WHO). But “with life hanging in the balance,” said Wikler of organ markets, “we need very convincing moral reasons to get in the way.”Medical systems across the world are far from meeting the needs of kidney-transplant candidates, said Luc Noël, who tracks transplantation issues for WHO in Geneva. But there is also an urgent need for global resolve, he said. In the past decade, WHO and other groups have called for international standards that will protect the poor, monitor transplantation quality, keep the process transparent, and ban commercialization (now driven largely by the Internet).In the present global hodgepodge of transplant tourism, thousands of patients — from the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other prosperous nations — get the kidneys they need, he said. But their donors (some of them exploited by organized crime) frequently get the short and sharp end of the stick.Noël cited one survey of kidney donors in Pakistan’s for-profit market, where two-thirds of the operations are performed on foreigners. The survey showed that almost 70 percent of donors were slaves or bonded laborers; 90 percent were illiterate; 88 percent had no improvement in economic status from the donation; and 98 percent reported a subsequent decline in health, including chronic pain from large incisions.WHO and its decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, have taken stands against commercialized kidney transplantation. Their goal is to establish within a decade a binding international document that protects the poor.Prevention is one way of reducing the need for kidney transplants, acknowledged Noël. But in the meantime, waiting lists could shorten through more cadaver donations and more by living donors (a step he called “a civic gesture”).In the United States alone, said Noël, one additional donated kidney a month to each of 58 donation service areas would create equilibrium — an equal number of waiting patients and available organs — by 2013.Meanwhile, there have been country-by-country improvements, he said. Egypt is debating tighter laws; so is Pakistan. China recently cracked down on medical tourism, reducing the number of operations by one-third between 2006 and 2007. (Practices in China also add another layer of moral complexity: All 8,000 kidneys transplanted there in 2006 came from executed prisoners.)In the Philippines, kidney transplants are officially restricted, with only 10 percent of operations supposed to go to foreigners. But the reality is different. One slum of Manila is known as “Kidneyville” for the high number (3,000) of organ donors living there.Worse, Philippine health officials last December wrote a health policy that would make organ sales open and legal. That would mean sick patients would “descend on Manila [like] predators,” said Harvard Medical School (HMS) professor of surgery Francis L. Delmonico. A transplant surgeon, he’s medical director of the New England Organ Bank in Newton, Mass., and travels worldwide as a member of the ethics committee of The Transplantation Society, a scientific group.Even in a regulated, government-run version of transplant tourism, “unethical realities” lead to exploitation of the poor and the vulnerable, said Delmonico. Waiting lists of sick patients are a concern, he acknowledged — but studies suggest that a profit-based international transplantation market “will destroy altruism” and reduce the number of kidney donations from both live donors and from cadavers.To put waiting lists in perspective, he added, half of all patients on the lists are “medically ineligible” for transplants anyway — too sick for the required surgery.A market-based system for kidneys is “workable and defensible,” argued conference presenter Julio J. Elias, an economist at the State University of New York, Buffalo.Elias is co-author of a widely circulated paper that shows — with a flurry of economics formulas and cost-benefit analyses — that market incentives would increase the supply of organs available for transplanting, and would shorten waiting lists.Still, he added, “The market may work, but some people may feel it’s repugnant.” And the effect of this repugnance on markets was the focus of his talk.This culturally shared form of extreme dislike can sometimes mean certain transactions become illegal, said Elias. Horsemeat is widely illegal to sell, for instance, though it shares the same nutritional properties as the flesh of cows. Liquor used to be illegal, and so was life insurance. “Repugnance,” he said, “is associated with social costs.”But the good news, in economic terms, is that perceptions of repugnance can shift along with other cultural norms, said Elias. If the price of beef goes up, he speculated, maybe the shared disgust at eating horsemeat will disappear — as the disgust at drinking did very soon after Prohibition.Attitudes will change regarding legal transplantation markets for kidneys, he predicted, “when it is shown how efficiently prices will solve this problem.”Two philosophers presenting at the conference disagreed. Nir Eyal, an instructor in social medicine in HMS’s Division of Ethics, argued that “dignitary harm” (an insult and/or injury to the dignity of a person) results from exploiting the economically vulnerable — a harm that unfairly spreads out and compromises every member of the same group.Philosopher Samuel Kerstein, post-doctoral fellow in Harvard’s Program in Ethics and Health, was wary of markets for organs because of Immanuel Kant’s “Formula of Humanity” — in summary, “Act always in a way that expresses respect for the value of humanity.”“To have value as a person is to have incomparable worth,” said Kerstein – so a market for organs that treats the poor as “tools available for the right price” is wrong. Organ transplantation was something Kant had a direct opinion of, though he died in 1804. In 18th-century Europe, the poor were being exploited for their teeth, which were transplanted into the jaws of the willing rich.Today, said Kerstein, “selling organs is wrong in the current context it is likely to occur.” That is — with little respect for human dignity, particularly for the dignity of the poor.But perhaps there are permissible alternatives to buying and selling organs, he said. Opt-out programs for organ donation, for instance, which have increased the number of cadaver donations in Spain, might be a possibility.Or even an “organ draft,” suggested Kerstein, provocatively — a lotterylike system that would require a random set of the healthy to donate organs. “If we’re not willing to do that sort of thing,” he said, “we have to ask ourselves, ‘Why not?’”last_img read more

Ricciardo rules himself out for Mercedes

Ricciardo, who finished third in the 2016 drivers’ championship behind Rosberg and Hamilton, said he wasn’t about to jump ship.“I’ve got two more years at Red Bull. That’s where I’m going to be,” he told reporters in Perth.“There’s a lot of people that are tempted to jump into that (Mercedes) seat, and you don’t blame them.“I just hope whoever gets it appreciates it. It’s a damn good one. But for me, you’ll see me at Albert Park (Melbourne) in a Red Bull.”Mercedes communications chief Bradley Lord said last week there would be no announcement until next year, following Rosberg’s shock retirement this month.His comments came as French media reported Felipe Massa was in talks with Williams about reversing his decision to retire, which would free up 27-year-old Bottas to switch to Mercedes.Massa, 35, retired from Formula One at the end of the season, but French sports daily L’Equipe has said he is in talks for another year with Williams.One of the two seats at Williams has already been taken by rookie Lance Stroll, 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third in the 2016 drivers’ championship, said he wasn’t about to jump ship from Red Bull to Mercedes © AFP/File / Karim SahibPERTH, Australia, Dec 21 – Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo Wednesday ruled out joining Mercedes next year to replace world champion Nico Rosberg, saying he is happy at Red Bull.Mercedes are yet to name who they want as Lewis Hamilton’s new partner, although reports say they are chasing Valtteri Bottas from Williams. read more

The Temple of Bacon is a Powerful Snack

first_imgWhat do you think about a snack like this? Does it tempt you or is a Temple of Doom? Let us know in the comments.Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!Over at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs, they’re serving the Temple of Bacon, a Stonehenge-like configuration of five candied bacon strips covered in chocolate and presented in a smoke-filled dome, all for just $13.00.The bacon is thick-cut and applewood smoked; the milk chocolate comes from around the corner at The Ganachery and has a chipotle ganache. Those are many of our favorite words, all in one sentence. We wanted to love this, truly we did, and we might have been blissfully happy, if not for the smoke.The smoky flavor is so strong that it overpowers everything else. We learned that they pump smoke into the dome via a rubber hose immediately before presentation, which just puts unpleasant pictures in our heads. Both the bacon and chocolate are masked by what tastes like a dump of liquid smoke flavoring. Sigh, we mourn for what might have been.last_img read more

Lion King Petite Cake from Amorette’s

first_imgPhotos: Christina Harrison Share This!Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs has another outstanding addition to its series of petite cakes. This time it’s the Lion King Petite Cake, to celebrate the opening of the new Lion King film in a few days. The cake is layers of vanilla and chocolate chiffon cake with amarula mousse and pineapple jam. The sign next to the cake mentions chocolate-covered potato chips, but there was nothing like that in or on our cake. Oh well.Like all Amorette’s cakes, this was delicious. Moist cake, elegant blend of flavors, gorgeous presentation. Maybe if you weren’t a pineapple person this wouldn’t wow you, but for us it was a lovely, tropical treat.last_img read more

Looking for a marketing automation platform? This guide takes the guesswork out.

first_imgLooking for a marketing automation platform? This guide takes the guesswork out.You are here: Posted on 26th May 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingLooking for a marketing automation platform? This guide takes the guesswork out. All new for 2017, MarTech Today’s B2B Marketing Automation Platforms: A Marketer’s Guide is the source for the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing the market for marketing automation tools.This 44-page report includes:profiles of 14 leading vendorspricing charts and capabilities comparisonsrecommended steps for evaluatingIf you’re considering a marketing automation platform, let this report be your guide. It will help you determine if your company needs a marketing automation tool, what capabilities you should look for and the typical costs involved.Visit Digital Marketing Depot to download your copy.From our sponsors: Looking for a marketing automation platform? This guide takes the guesswork out. Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Court rejects Trump’s appeal in fight over financial records

first_img(AP) — A federal appeals court will not take up President Donald Trump’s appeal of a ruling that his accounting firm must turn over financial records to Congress.The order was handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.It is almost certain that Trump will appeal to the Supreme Court.A three-judge appellate panel rejected Trump’s arguments last month after the president’s lawyers went to court to prevent Mazars USA from turning over the records. But Trump petitioned for the full court to reconsider the case.The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed records from Mazars in April.They include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president’s reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest.last_img read more