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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. Email* The first qualifier for the Rolex Grand Prix, the Trophée de Genève, saw nine horse and rider combinations compete in a hotly contested jump-off. Setting the bar high, Daniel Deusser riding Calisto Blue, was the first to produce a clear round with a thrilling time of 37.31 seconds.Last to go, Pieter Devos, looked on par to emulate Deusser’s clear round but was a fraction too slow and had to settle for second place, with Simon Delestre finishing in third, both excellent contenders for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday.How did the course feel tonight?The time was really tight in the first round so everybody was forced to ride forwards, and in the end the horses got quite long which accumulated a lot of faults. There were 10 combinations clear and a couple more with time faults, which is a good amount for a jump-off, but it was certainly not an easy class.Going into the jump-off did you think you were in with a good chance?To be honest, I was not sure. There were a lot of fast combinations to compete against and I thought that one or two might be a little bit quicker, but I think my clear round put the pressure on and some of the horses were forced to go quicker which made them go a bit flat. I had a good round and was really pleased with my horse.Looking ahead to the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday, who do you think your biggest competition is?There are quite a few really good competitors here this weekend, so it is hard to say. I think McLain Ward and Clinta will go well, Steve Guerdat and Bianca are hard to beat when they are on form as well, it will be a good competition for sure.Behind the stable door with: Emma Uusi-Simola, groom to Steve GuerdatWhat is your favourite part of the job?One of my favourite parts of the job is the travelling. I really enjoy seeing different parts of world and spending time with the horses away from the yard. I also love the atmosphere that the shows bring, each one is so different but the feeling of excitement you get from the crowd is the same and really special.Do any of Steve’s horses have any funny characteristics?Yes, Bianca has such a big character and is a typical mare! At home she is the calmest horse on the yard, she is so easy and laid back, but once she gets to the show, she becomes really nervous and a lot less calm! I think she get’s nervous about competing, but she always manages to channel her nerves in the ring. She is also very picky about what treats she likes and if you give her the wrong ones, she turns her nose up at them.Albfuehren’s Bianca has had an incredible year of results so far, why do you think she is performing better than ever before?Steve has worked with Bianca for a while now and wanted to make sure he gave her time to grow and develop before pushing her too much. I think this is the key to her success, as it is important to make sure the horse is both mentally and physically ready to compete at this level. She has grown up now and is an amazing horse with so much talent and scope, so we are really pleased that she is doing so well.Do you have any grooming/travel tips?I think the most important part of this job and the best tip I can give, is to always make sure the horses are happy. For me, I like them to have freedom and for them to feel like horses not just competitors, so we make sure we give them lots of time in the field to relax and eat the grass. It’s not a secret, but a happy horse will mean a happy rider and that makes my job easier!What routine do the horses have when they finish competing?After they have jumped, we use some ice on their legs, give them a very thorough brush to get the blood circulation moving well and with some of the horses we use massage blankets too.What advice would you give for someone wanting to start a career in this industry?You have to be sure that you want to work really hard, the days are long and require a lot of commitment. My advice would be that you can always keep learning, so always ask people questions and seek advice from others, as it will mean that you keep improving.What is the best moment of your career so far?That’s a hard one as there have been lots of high points working for Steve. I would have to say the two moments that stand out for me are; the first time we won the World Cup Final, I can still remember the buzzing feeling and celebrations, it was so exciting. The second has to be when Steve won the Rolex Grand Prix here with Nino, the crowd’s reaction was incredible, and it was so emotional. Tags: Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Trophée de Genève,
Jonathan GrayThe Blackstone Group sold its last piece of Invitation Homes.The private equity giant sold nearly 11 percent of Invitation Homes’ shares for about $1.7 billion. In all, Blackstone made about $7 billion since the home rental business went public in 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal.Blackstone founded Invitation Homes after the financial crisis, scooping up suburban homes at the bottom of the market to rent to people who could no longer afford a mortgage.Even though Blackstone sold its stock in the company, Invitation Homes’ share price has kept rising. As of 2:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the stock price was $29.60 per share, up 48 percent since the company went public at $20 a share over two years ago.Jonathan Gray, Blackstone’s president, who led its real estate division when it launched Invitation Homes, said the biggest challenge was building the business. “We created a company from scratch. It was created on a yellow pad. It was an idea. Now it’s a real business,” he told the Wall Street Journal.Since Invitation Homes was created, Blackstone acquired real estate from its competitors in the single-family rental business, including the portfolios of Starwood Capital Group and Colony Capital, making it the largest landlord of single-family homes in the U.S. [WSJ] – Katherine Kallergis This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Elon Musk and the properties (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, and Google Maps)Elon Musk has turbocharged his vision to sell off his many homes, listing four more Bel Air properties and another in the Bay Area for around $100 million.Earlier this month, the billionaire entrepreneur took to Twitter to say he was “selling almost all physical possessions,” and would “own no house.” At the same time, he put a pair of neighboring Bel Air properties on the market for a combined $40 million.This week, he added five homes to the list, at a combined $97.5 million price tag, according to the Los Angeles Times. Musk, who became a father on May 4, said during an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast last week that he now wants to rent.The Tesla co-founder recently became eligible to exercise a stock option for 1.69 million shares in the company — worth about $1 billion — but would need $592 million to exercise the option, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. Musk told the Journal that he’s not selling his homes to raise cash, but to “make my life as simple as possible right now.”ADVERTISEMENTThe Bel Air homes that just hit the market are grouped as a package, asking $62.5 million. The other is a sprawling 47-acre estate outside San Francisco.The Bel Air collection includes a 7,000-square-foot modern home on about 3.5 acres and three smaller homes at the end of a nearby cul-de-sac.Musk built up his L.A. portfolio over several years starting in 2012 with one of the two homes he listed last week. He added the other four between 2013 and 2019.In February, Morgan Stanley provided Musk $61 million in mortgages on four Bel Air homes and the Bay Area estate. That property is in Hillsborough, anchored by a 10-bedroom mansion built in 1916. The grounds include landscaped gardens and hiking trails, according to the Times. [LAT] —Dennis Lynch
A celebration of entrepreneurship in Vermont featuring the announcement of the winners of the annual high school poster contest and a Governor’s Proclamation will be held Thursday, February 9th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier from 10:30 am to 1 pm. The event is part of the national Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education’s (http://www.nationaleweek.org(link is external) ) week-long activities. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the Governor’s Ballroom of the Capital Plaza there will be a 30-minute workshop on starting your own business, followed by entrepreneur presentations, and an opportunity to network with entrepreneurial students, entrepreneurs and technical assistance providers. Following this will be the Governor’s Proclamation of Vermont Entrepreneurship Week and announcement of the winners of the statewide high school poster contest and lunch. Students submitted digital or hand-drawn posters to highlight how and why developing entrepreneurship skills will help them now and into the future. Students enrolled in Career and Technical education programs including DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, and Skills USA will inform legislators and the public about their programs in the statehouse cafeteria from 8 ‘ 9am. The Vermont celebration is sponsored by Johnson State College, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Champlain College BYOBiz, Vermont REAL Enterprises, the Vermont Auditor of Accounts, Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, the Vermont Commission on Women and the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.vermontentrepreneur.org(link is external).
Cities, towns, healthcare facilities, federal, state, and local responders, non-profit emergency partners, and many others will exercise emergency plans and procedures in a statewide catastrophic exercise. The activities from June 2-7 will simulate multiple disasters and events affecting all corners of Vermont. Nearly 1,600 participants will be faced with scenarios that will require them to perform life-saving duties, or tasks that assist in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident. Healthcare facilities will be presented with a surge of patients; a number of towns will set up emergency shelters to accommodate those who have been displaced from their homes due to the simulated disaster; utilities will be faced with special challenges; and more.The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center will be open for several days culminating with a 36-hours operation beginning on Friday June 6th to test the capability of state responders. The EOC will be staffed by Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security staff, other state agencies, and volunteers for the duration. Support agencies like the American Red Cross will also be actively engaged and staffed appropriately.State agency Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans will be practiced as certain agencies will be displaced from regular work locations for a short time throughout the week.The exercise is the result of two years of planning by a group led by the VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Vermont Business Magazine The Personal Income Tax, the most important of Vermont’s revenue sources, was again steeply lower than projections and is running behind for the fiscal year. The Corporate Tax, which has helped make up some of the difference, also fell back but continues to stay well ahead of targets. The consumption taxes showed mixed results, with the gasoline tax well behind again and in need of adjustment, the sales tax slightly ahead and rooms & meals off. The Lottery had a big month. Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the preliminary November fiscal year (FY) 2015 revenue results today.Spaulding emphasized that, due to the long Thanksgiving week-end, some receipts that would otherwise have been credited to November will instead be credited to December. For the General Fund, that amount is likely in the range of $3.0 million. This difference affects the accuracy of comparisons to monthly targets and year over year performance.General Fund (GF) revenues totaled $78.23 million for November 2014, -$6.72 million or –7.91% below the monthly tar-get. Year-to-date, GF receipts are $512.55 million, -$18.63 million or –3.51% below the cumulative target. They are $7.17 million or 1.42% above the year-to-date results of the prior fiscal year (FY 2014).Secretary Spaulding commented, “The revenue picture this fiscal year continues to be difficult to interpret. The fact that Personal Income Tax receipts, the largest source of General Fund revenue, have underperformed every month since April, and are now almost $18 million below projection for the fiscal year, is of significant concern and a big reason why the Shumlin Administration is seeking to reduce State spending without delay. That said, there are indications that receipts from the Personal Income Tax component, as a whole, may recover somewhat before the fiscal year is over. Improving job and economic growth rates, as well as better than forecasted performance in consumption taxes, offsetting poor performance elsewhere, support this thinking. We strongly believe, however, it would be risky not to adjust spending downward at this time, given receipts to date and uncertainty about the road ahead.”The Transportation Fund came in slightly less than projected for the month of November, finishing at $17.40 million, -$1.76 million, or –9.20% below its monthly target. On a cumulative basis, TF revenues were $106.54 million, -$0.77 mil-lion or –0.72% below the cumulative target. Compared to the prior fiscal year (FY 2014), TF revenues were $1.81 million or 1.73% ahead.The Education Fund came in higher than budgeted for the month of November, finishing at $14.28 million, $0.64 million, or 4.71%, ahead of its monthly target. Year-to-date EF revenues were $1.11 million or 1.50% ahead of the cumulative target. In addition, EF revenues were $2.70 million or 3.72% higher than the prior fiscal year (FY 2014).All three funds are running ahead of last year’s totals to date, with even the PI tax ahead of FY14’s total. The two line items notably running far behind expectations and year-to-year are the Gasoline and Insurance related taxes.
Vermont Business Magazine This afternoon in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (HR 2430), Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced an amendment to authorize the importation of safe, low-cost medicine from Canada. In his opening remarks on the amendment, Welch decried the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States and implored the Committee to allow Americans to get their prescription drugs from Canada where prices are significantly lower.A full transcript of Welch’s remarks can be found here.(link is external)“We have an example of EpiPen where if people buy it in Canada it’s 250 bucks; in the US it’s 600. And the pain to families—I got a letter from a Vermonter who said, ‘Mr. Welch, I have a choice between paying for something I cannot afford, or risking a loss that I could never endure.’ We pay the highest prices in the world. Now, why don’t we have consideration for that mom struggling to protect her son when there is an ability to do that?” A vote on Welch’s amendment is expected this afternoon. It is identical to House legislation (H.R. 1245) Welch cosponsored with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced the same bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 469).
Gwenie, 9, relaxes on her pillow Sunday afternoon at her home on Walnut Street. Gwenie is a member of the Sara and Anthony Clark family and she loves lifting spirits all over Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Dave Holley, CEO of the Peters & May Group says that his company has undertaken extensive research into the Australian yacht logistics market and has concluded that Aurora’s marine logistics product and market share are well suited to future growth and stability within the Australian marine market.In an offical company statement, Peters & May says that its current Australian agent, Peters & May Australia, will no longer represent the Peters & May brand or activities in any form and has no association with the brand. “Aurora, in recent years has positioned itself as the leading international yacht logistics company in Australia. This partnership will ensure Australian importers and exporters have access to the most service orientated, extensive and cost effective yacht logistics solutions in the world. It is a pleasure to work with the Peters & May network and we look forward to being able to jointly represent one another’s services within Australia”, says Jason Roberts, director and owner of Aurora Global Logistics.