SIGN UP Email* Dressage Canada and Desi Dillingham, in her role as Special Advisor, have announced the appointment of the very popular and internationally experienced Victoria Winter, as the Chef d’Equipe to lead the Canadian Dressage Team heading for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Victoria is the first member to be appointed as part of the “Team of Experts” to help our riders reach their personal best scores in their world class campaign.“Victoria is well respected, popular with the riders and has the perfect background to fill this role” stated Dillingham. Her international experience started when she groomed for Cindy Ishoy and Dynasty from 1986 to 1988 during their finest hours at World level ending with the Olympic team Bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. As a rider, Victoria won Individual and Team Bronze at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina and represented Canada as a member of the Canadian dressage team at the World Equestrian Games in Rome (1998) and Kentucky (2010). In addition to this very impressive background, Victoria was Chef d’Equipe of Canada’s dressage team for the 2003 Pan American Games in TheDominican Republic, where Canada won Individual gold, and team silver.Victoria is a partner with the Toronto based Law Firm, Beard Winter LLB and a member of the Board of Directors of the 2015 Pan American Games which will be held in Toronto, Canada. She has a seven year-old daughter and her husband Curt Harnett, is a four time Olympian in Track Cycling where he won silver and two bronze medals for Canada.“I am honoured to take on the role of Chef d’Equipe for the Canadian Dressage Team for the 2014 WEG and look forward to working with our athletes to help them achieve their best ever performances and success for Canada” said Winter. Tags: Dressage Canada, Canadian Dressage Team, Victoria Winter, Desi Dillingham, 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, 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 Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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.
Phil Lesh delivered a whopping three-set performance at yesterday’s “Backyard Blowout” event in Terrapin Crossroads, playing alongside an elite group of “Friends” for a musical Sunday afternoon. The band was joined by Boyd Tinsley for the second and third sets of the night, as the Dave Matthews Band violinist accompanied Lesh & Friends on a number of repertoire staples.The sets included a healthy mixture of covers and Grateful Dead originals, with Tinsley adding his musical touch to what could only be described as a magical day full of top-notch music. Unfortunately, Lesh has cancelled three upcoming performances due to “unforeseen circumstances,” but given his performance yesterday, it seems that Lesh is playing as well as he ever has.Take a look at the full Phil & Friends setlists below:Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends “Backyard Blowout” at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 9/27/15Set I: Bertha, Pride of Cucamonga, Look At Miss Ohio, Wind and Roses, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Fire on the Mountain > Franklin’s TowerSet II: Playing In The Band > Uncle John’s Band, Little Wing (instrumental) > Tomorrow Never Knows > The Wheel > Unbroken Chain > The Sound of Silence (instrumental) > Eleanor Rigby (instrumental) > Playing In The Band RepriseSet III: St. Stephen > The Other One > Dark Star > Somewhere Over The Rainbow (instrumental) > Dark Star > All Along The Watchtower > Mountains of The Moon > Dark Star (Chorus Reprise)Enc: Not Fade AwayPhil Lesh – bass, vocalsStanley Jordan – guitar, vocalsBarry Sless – guitar, pedal steel guitarMookie Siegel – keyboards, vocalsJohn Molo – drumsGrahame Lesh – acoustic guitar, guitar & vocalsElliott Peck – vocalsAlex Koford – drumsSecond and third sets with Boyd Tinsley
On October 10th, prog-rock/jam outfit Umphrey’s McGee triumphantly wrapped their two-night drive-in run at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA.The night’s outdoor performance was drenched by some dreary Atlanta rain, but that didn’t stop the band from delivering high-energy renditions of “There’s No Crying In Mexico”, “All In Time”, “Wife Soup”, “40s Theme”, “Phil’s Farm”, and more. To close the second set of the show, the band sent fans into the encore finale with a climactic, 10-minute performance of “Cemetery Walk II”. Thankfully for fans who couldn’t make it to the Atlanta drive-in show, Umphrey’s has now shared pro-shot footage of the performance in all its prog-rock glory.Pianist Joel Cummins led the way on keys and showcased his ivory-tickling abilities while guitarist Brendan Bayliss covered his eyes for a few moments. The rest of the band eventually joined in on the action as the instrumental built up momentum to sound more like an intense dubstep experience, Cummins continuing to deliver a fun mix of computer-like notation from his collection of keyboards and synths. All the while, lighting director Ben Factor put on quite the performance of his own with a chaotic array of colorful luminescence that filled the stage.Watch the pro-shot video from the October 10th performance below.Umphrey’s McGee – “Cemetery Walk II” – 10/10/20[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]Click here to revisit Umphrey’s performance of “Liberty Echo” as seen during Democracy Comes Alive on October 3rd.
Founding The Roots MC Black Thought recently called into the Crate 808 Hip Hop Podcast to discuss his various upcoming projects, including a genre-spanning supergroup tentatively dubbed Dopamine, set to feature himself alongside DJ Premier, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, T Bone Burnett, and Cassandra Wilson.Related: Common, Black Thought Perform “Say Peace” With PJ On ‘Fallon’ [Watch]After shooting the breeze with host Kam Thandi and chatting about his new Streams of Thought Vol. 3, collabs with Common, Killer Mike, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Portugal. The Man, and more, and his upcoming collaborative albums with Danger Mouse and Q-Tip, Thought—real name Tariq Trotter—revealed some details about the new supergroup.As Black Thought explained toward the end of the hour-long interview, “[DJ Premier] and I formed sort of a supergroup with T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello and Cassandra Wilson, just a really sort of unusual, motley crew of sorts. We’ve been recording this project that’s tentatively called Dopamine. It’s helmed by T Bone Burnett. … It’s weird how the songs sort of come to be, but we come up with some stuff that’s essentially live instrumentation, and Premier is right there and he sort of takes it and chops it up, and we’ve been working in that capacity. I’ve got lots of stuff that Premier and I have recorded in the past year or so.”Watch the full Black Thought episode of The Crate 808 Hip Hop Podcast featuring the clip about the Dopamine supergroup below:Black Thought Interview – The Crate 808 Hip Hop Podcast[Video: The Crate 808 Hip Hop Podcast][H/T Okayplayer]
Firefighters Local 718, which backs City Councilor Michael F. Flaherty in the mayoral race, has run a YouTube ad showing an elderly woman unable to get up. The ads blame Menino for barring jakes from responding to their calls for help. A campaign video by the city s firefighter union blasting Mayor Thomas M. Menino for blocking them from responding when elderly people fall is full of lies, the head of Boston s EMS told the Herald, while documents show jakes have resisted responding to the calls for years. The statements in these ads are outright lies, said James Orsino, president of the Boston Police Patrolmens Association/EMS Division. Read More, EMS rips jakes’ anti-Mayor Menini video as ‘lies’
View Comments Beloved Tony nominee Alison Fraser will star in the new solo work Squeamish, written and directed by Aaron Mark. Previews will begin on October 6 at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row with an official opening scheduled for October 16.Squeamish is the tale of an Upper West Side psychoanalyst, a long-time recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in the South Plains of Texas, off her meds, after her nephew’s suicide.Alison Fraser, a Tony nominee for Romance/Romance and The Secret Garden, has also been seen on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Falsettos, Tartuffe and Gypsy. Her extensive list of off-Broadway credits includes a Lucille Lortel Award-nominated performance in First Daughter Suite along with turns in The Sandbox, Funnyhouse of a Negro, The School For Lies, The Divine Sister, March of the Falsettos and In Trousers.Aaron Mark’s credits as a writer include Empanada Loca, Another Medea, Deer and A Bedtime Story. His directing work has included productions of The Mystery of Irma Vep and Deathtrap along with Ben Rimalower’s solo plays Patti Issues and Bad With Money.Squeamish will feature lighting and scenic design by Sarah Johnston with Michael Growler serving as costume consultant. The production will play a limited engagement through November 11. Alison Fraser(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
A preliminary rendering of the Metcalf Crossing development.The last details of the Metcalf Crossing redevelopment agreement have been worked out and the project is headed for June 4 public hearings at the Overland Park City Council meeting.The project, which replaces two run-down hotels at Metcalf Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway with a self-storage building, retail and another hotel, has been working its way through city offices since early this year but hit a minor snag recently on technical issues. City council members say they are keen to do something with the five-acre area because of the blight and police calls generated by the Ramada Inn and Knights Inn while they were partly occupied. Both hotels closed at the end of 2017.Under the proposed timeline, demolition of the hotels would be done this year and a three-story self-service facility built by April of 2020. The new four-story hotel would go up by the end of 2022. There is no deadline for the retail shops.The $39 million project proposed by Wes Grammer of Sky Real Estate, comes with some public financing asks. A tax increment financing district would generate as much as $2.9 million to the developer and a community improvement district with a one-percent sales tax district would raise $3 million for development costs.Various city and planning commission members have signed off on aspects of the plan, but the redevelopment agreement was delayed while city officials and developers worked out how much approval power the city will have over future sale of components of the development.They eventually agreed that the city will have approval power until “substantial completion” of the buildings. Afterwards, their sale can be made without city approval.Some city council members have worried at previous meetings that self storage and another hotel won’t be a huge improvement on the intersection, especially if the developer never gets enough tenants to build the retail shops. But Todd LaSala, who gives the city legal advice on development questions, said during the council’s recent finance, administration and economic development committee meeting that high quality standards have been promised and that developers are motivated to build the shopping area because it will provide sales tax money to help pay development costs.A unanimous committee quickly passed the plan on to the full council last week. Developers are facing a June 28 deadline to close on the property.
Rep. Sharice Davids has introduced legislation to help prevent surprise medical billing. File photoRep. Sharice Davids introduced legislation on Monday designed to address the growing issue of surprise medical billing.The bill, called the Insurance Accountability and Transparency Act, would require insurance companies to update their provider directories at least once every six months so that patients don’t unintentionally go to an out-of-network provider.“When Kansans look to see if a doctor or hospital is in-network from their insurance company, they expect and depend on that information to be accurate, so they can make decisions about care for themselves and their families,” Davids said. “But right now, too many folks are unknowingly relying on inaccurate information – and are paying the price in surprise medical bills.”There are no federal laws mandating that insurance directories stay updated with a list of doctors, hospitals or other providers that are in-network and covered by an insurance policy, according to Davids’ office. As a result, patients may visit a doctor that their insurance directory says is in-network, then find out later on that the provider is out-of-network when they’re hit with an unexpected bill.A recent study out of the University of Chicago found that 57% of American adults have been surprised by a medical bill they thought would be covered by their health insurance. Of those surprise medical bills, 20% came as a result of a doctor not being included in the patient’s health insurer’s network.“This commonsense legislation will help ensure insurance companies do their part to provide folks with accurate information, so they aren’t hit with a crippling bill they never saw coming,” Davids said. “Health care is expensive enough as it is, and surprise medical bills only add to the burden. This is an issue that Democrats and Republicans agree need to be fixed, and I’m committed to doing just that.”While this bill addresses one piece of the bigger picture, the House of Representatives is working on a larger surprise medical billing package that will address other areas of healthcare. For instance, one common way people get surprised with a medical bill is by getting emergency care, such as a visit to the emergency room or a ride in an ambulance or air ambulance.The House’s package would address issues such as large bills for emergency care service and ambulance rides. Davids’ office staff said they hope her bill will be part of that larger package.Surprise medical billing was the main topic of discussion at a recent panel led by Davids earlier this month with Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and healthcare professionals from St. Luke’s, Alzheimer’s Association and AdventHealth.Johanna Warshaw with Davids’ office said more than 150 people filled the room to follow the panel discussion and participate in the conversation. A recent survey by Davids’ office also collected hundreds of responses from people who have been affected by surprise medical billing.“Whether it was during our round table on surprise billing or from folks calling into our office, I’ve heard from hundreds of people across the Third District and in Johnson County who have struggled with surprise medical bills they simply can’t afford,” Davids said. “This legislation is one part of a larger solution to address the problem of surprise medical billing and protect families in our community.”
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s workers are responsible for their finances in ways earlier generations weren’t.by. Susan TiffanyConsumer attitudes about the economy are “mixed,” Jean Chatzky says. Chatzky spoke via webinar, hosted by the Filene Research Institute, as director of education for SavvyMoney.While the economy has rebounded significantly, Chatzky, who also is financial editor for NBC’s “Today Show,” says 10% of mortgages still are underwater, compared with a historical rate of 5% in a normal economy.Unemployment is down, but many workers are underemployed. Further, half of all consumers save nothing.“The recovery is very regional,” Chatzky explains. “It all depends on the job and housing market where you live, and on your industry.”She points out, too, that workers today have to be responsible for their finances in ways earlier generations did not: Previous workers had pensions, health coverage from an employer, and confidence in Medicare and Social Security. continue reading »
Advertising Update Oct 01, 2015 Prepared by the Staff of The Standing Committee on Advertising Advertising Updates Recent Decisions of The Board of Governors on AdvertisingJuly 2015The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar considers appeals from opinions of the Standing Committee on Advertising. The Board’s decision on advertising issues at its most recent meeting is as follows:TextingThe Board of Governors reversed the decision of the Standing Committee on Advertising and determined that an advertisement delivered via text message is not a prohibited solicitation under Rule 4-7.18(a), but must comply with the requirements of Rule 4-7.18(b) based on the inquirer’s representations that recipients are never charged for the texts, that the inquirer is in compliance with FCC regulations for commercial text messages, and that the recipient may opt out of receiving texts.Recent Decisions of The Standing Committee on AdvertisingMarch, May and August 2015At the committee’s recent meetings it made the following decisions on appeals from staff opinions on lawyer advertising:Characterizes Skills, Experience, Reputation or RecordRule 4-7.13(b)(3) prohibits advertisements that contain statements, words or phrases that characterize the lawyer or law firm’s skills, experience, reputation or record unless it is objectively verifiable. The committee determined that the following italicized language is objectively verifiable and therefore is permitted:Spoken & on-screen text:The committee also determined that the law firm name “El Ticket Tigre” as expressed throughout the advertisement, including the domain name, telephone mnemonic device, and cartoon logo does not characterize the skills, experience, reputation or record under Rule 4-7.13(b)(3) and does not unduly manipulative under Rule 4-7.15(a) and therefore is permitted. Additionally, the committee determined that the law firm is a permissible trade name under Rule 4-7.21(b). The committee commented that the cartoon tiger used in the logo was unaggressive and nonthreatening, but noted that if the logo were changed to a more aggressive tiger that the committee may not reach the same conclusion.Lawyer Referrals Rule 4-7.22(c) defines a lawyer referral services as “any person, group of persons, association, organization, or entity that receives a fee or charge for referring or causing the direct or indirect referral of a potential client to a lawyer drawn from a specific group or panel of lawyers” or “any group or pooled advertising program operated by any person, group of persons, association, organization, or entity wherein the legal services advertisements utilize a common telephone number or website and potential clients are then referred only to lawyers or law firms participating in the group or pooled advertising program.” The committee determined that Lawyer.com, which offers premium services to paying members in Florida for exclusive referrals for a one hour period of time before non-paying members can accept referrals, is a lawyer referral service as defined in Rule 4-7.22(c).Celebrity FiguresAn advertisement cannot contain the voice or image of a celebrity. Rule 4-7.15(c). A celebrity is defined as “an individual who is known to the target audience and whose voice or image is recognizable to the intended audience. A person can be a celebrity on a regional or local level, not just a national level.” Rule 4-7.15, Comment. The committee determined that an advertisement’s inclusion of a former major league baseball player, who is the brother of the advertising attorney, is an impermissible use of the voice or image of a celebrity, in violation of Rule 4-7.15(c) because the advertisement included on-screen text identifying the individual by name and as a former major league baseball player. The committee determined that if all information identifying the individual’s name and his status as a former major league baseball player were removed, then the individual may remain in the advertisement because his professional baseball career ended in 1997 and he was not readily recognizable by his on-screen image alone.Misleading Information in AdvertisementsRule 4-7.13(a) provides that a lawyer cannot make deceptive or inherently misleading communications about the lawyer or services offered unless the statements are factually and legally accurate and no material information has been omitted to avoid misleading consumers. The committee determined that the use of an actor in a pro-football jersey stating “I’m [advertising lawyer’s name] with the on-screen disclaimers, “THIS IS NOT [advertising lawyer’s name] and “Actor. Not Actual Member of the Firm” is not deceptive or inherently misleading under Rule 4-7.13(a) because the tone of the advertisement appeals to the viewer’s sense of humor and not intended to mislead anyone.Awards and RatingsAdvertisements cannot contain information about awards, honors, ratings or memberships of lawyers “unless the entity conferring such membership or recognition is generally recognized within the legal profession as being a bona fide organization that makes its selections based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria, and that includes among its members or those recognized a reasonable cross-section of the legal community the entity purports to cover.” Rule 4-7.14(a)(3). The committee has determined that the use of awards/recognitions by the organizations “National Trial Lawyers” (Top 100 Trial Lawyer) and “The National Advocacy for DUI Defense” (Superior DUI Attorney) are permissible because they are given by bona fide organizations that use objective selection criteria as required by Rule 4-7.13(a)(3).Economic IncentivesAn advertisement cannot offer an economic incentive for consumers to hire the lawyer or view the advertisement. Rule 4-7.15(d). The committee has determined that a membership to a savings program (Brandply) could be offered only to a lawyer or law firm’s clients who have already established a relationship with the firm. The savings plan is a discount plan in which lawyers agree with the company organization the savings plan in which the lawyer would pay a one-time set up fee plus a fee per participant to offer coupons and discounts for services, products, and companies that the firm clients would access through a website that displays the law firm’s name, contact information, and a link to the law firm’s website together with the coupons and discounts offered to participants. The committee members commented that the program could not be offered to former clients or to prospective clients, or on the firm’s website as an incentive to visit or hire the firm, because to do so would be a prohibited economic incentive to employ the lawyer or law firm’s services, in violation of Rule 4-7.15(d). The committee commented that it is not authorized to interpret rules other than the lawyer advertising rules, but that a lawyer or law firm’s participation in the savings plan raised ethics concerns such as prohibited financial assistance if offered to clients with pending or contemplated litigation and potential conflicts of interest depending on the services, products, or companies offered through the savings plan, and that the lawyer or law firm is lending its imprimatur to the services, products, and companies offered by the savings plan.The information provided in this article is for educational purposes. The content of any advertisement noted in this article may constitute the intellectual property of the advertising lawyer or another person and use of any of the content of the advertisements may require permission of the copyright holder. If you have any questions regarding lawyer advertising, call the Ethics Hotline at 1-800-235-8619 and we will be happy to assist you.