first_imgA case of Equine Herpesvirus-Neurologic was reported in Northumberland County, ON on April 09, 2021 to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAFRA). The horse is a 24-year-old draft-cross mare at a boarding facility whose onset of clinical signs – ataxia and difficulty urinating – began on March 31. The affected horse is being treated and is recovering at a referral hospital. No other horses on the property are showing clinical signs.A case of Equine Herpesvirus-Abortion was also reported to OMAFRA on April 7, occurring at a farm in the Regional Municipality of York, ON. There, a 23-year-old mare aborted her foal at 315 days of gestation. The affected mare has been isolated on the property; no other mares are currently affected.In both cases, under veterinary supervision the facility managers have implemented biosecurity protocols and animal movement restrictions.For more info on Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy, click here. 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.center_img Tags: EHV-1, Equine Herpesvirus, abortion, neurologic, Email* 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

first_img55, passed away on January 15, 2018 at the Bayonne Medical Center. He was born in Flushing, NY and was a resident of Bayonne. Michael was a manager at the Global Terminals of Bayonne for 15 years and currently was a manager for Performance Team Warehousing of Edison. He was predeceased by his father William Nargi and his mother and father-in-law Patricia & Frank Prokop Jr. Husband of Michele Prokop-Nargi. Father of Michael Nargi Jr. and Michelle Quinones and her husband Edgar. Son of Evelyn (Elker) Nargi. Grandfather of Vincent, Marielle, EJ and Jada. Brother of Eric Nargi (Viveca), William Nargi (Doreene), Lilia Nargi and her late husband Eric and Elizabeth Nargi. Uncle of Joseph Eickenberg (Sabrina) and their daughter Aubry, Matthew and Brian Nargi, Marissa Nargi and her companion Tom and their son Arthur and Brittany and Mallory Nargi. Funeral arrangements by S. FRYCZYNSKI & SON Funeral Home, 32-34 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

The Schilling estate property lies between the Boardwalk and Wesley Avenue homes near 19th Street in Ocean City, NJ.City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to contribute $200,000 to an effort to block construction of a 5,740-square-foot luxury home on vacant land adjacent to the Ocean City Boardwalk at 19th Street.Council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the Schilling Estate’s property at 19th Street and the boardwalk.The purchase price of the property will be $1,750,000. Eight neighbors of the property will pool together to pay $1,250,000. Another $300,000 would come from an anticipated state Green Acres grant. The balance of $200,000 will come from the city’s capital improvement funds.When the deal is complete, the City of Ocean City will own the property and it will be protected from development in perpetuity.City Council also approved the first reading of a related ordinance that appropriates $1.75 million to complete the deal and approves the borrowing of $500,000. The neighbors would reimburse the city, and the Green Acres funding is not anticipated until after settlement of the deal. A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Aug. 28.The resolution focuses on a unique stretch of undeveloped land along the Ocean City Boardwalk between 19th and 20th streets. The three lots are on the west side of the boardwalk, but the properties also include riparian right on the east (ocean) side.Helen and Charles Schilling bought the three beachfront lots there in 1953 for $14,000 and never made any effort to develop them. The Schillings owned Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, the Strand and Moorlyn theaters, parking lots and other properties on and off the Boardwalk.Charles Schilling died in 1980 and Helen passed away in 1998. The couple had no children and no heirs, and the beneficiaries of her estate include Shore Memorial Hospital, Abington Hospital and the Ocean City Tabernacle.Most of the Schilling estate was sold within two or three years with the proceeds going to the charities. But the beachfront properties remained.The city offered $15,000 apiece for the lots in 2001. A group of neighbors later offered the estate $700,000 (and reportedly later an even higher price). But the offers were turned down. The representatives of the estate instead wanted to build a luxury home on the land.The state Department of Environmental Protection initially denied permission for the proposed project but later changed its mind after the estate sued.The state approved a Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) application that authorizes a two-story single family home of 5,740 square feet with a footprint of 2,870 square feet and a pool and detached garage.The city joined the neighbors in a legal appeal of the state’s decision.“The state pulled a fast one and dumped it in our laps,” Councilman Keith Hartzell said. “If we fought it, our legal bills would have been $200,000.”The deal would end a controversy that has been going on since 2008.“It saves us from another six years of litigation,” Councilman Pete Madden said.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook read more

first_imgMost fall mornings, a slightly sleepy collection of men and women rises early to hit the road.They are an eclectic group of Harvard students, staff, faculty, and community members. They range in age from their late teens to 50-something. They can be freshmen or CEOs, but they move fast, and under their own power. They ride by bike.Eun Young Choi is their Pooh-Bah. Choi, a Harvard Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, was inspired by a leisurely summer cycle around Martha’s Vineyard. When she heard about the Harvard University Cycling Association (HUCA) in 2007, she decided to investigate.Now she is its administrative and spiritual leader and has gone from novice rider to top competitor.“I started out with no athletic background, and now cycling has become a huge part of my life and has changed my attitude and perspective on academia and life challenges in every way,” said Choi, who carries the title of Pooh-Bah in a nod to the exalted office from the comic opera “The Mikado.”The organization, which dates way back to 1890, fosters a love for cycling and shares it with anyone willing to listen and learn. The student-run group relies on fundraising and donations from private sponsors for support, and on a dedicated cadre of volunteer coaches.The “open to all” aspect of the team was “been important right from the start,” said John Allis, a champion of U.S. cycling in the 1970s and a three-time Olympian who recently retired after almost 30 years as a HUCA coach.“You don’t necessarily have to race. … A lot of the skills you will learn while riding with the team are very applicable for riding in traffic, bike handling, physical fitness, and being a better bike rider,” said Allis.Still, Allis said that developing riders who can go on to compete is the club’s main goal.“We are, of course, ultimately racing oriented, so a certain amount of competitive spirit is a help on the rides. You are not out there to look at the birds and the bees.”In 1985, Ed Sassler, then a Northeastern University student, heard that Allis was working with Harvard riders. With no cycling team at Northeastern, Sassler joined HUCA. He never left. He rode as a student and then as a coach, describing his early advisory role as that of a sheepdog chasing down overzealous riders who got too far ahead, or helping corral those dropping behind the pack.Today, Sassler, who works full time in a bike shop, continues to coach, running training rides in the fall, working on the group’s fitness level in the gym in winter, and preparing HUCA members for the racing season.“The problem with cycling is everybody thinks it’s as easy as riding a bike. In reality, it’s not that simple,” he said.Sassler called the experience frustrating at times, since some students have to drop out because of school demands. But there are many who stay and excel in competitions.“I had a rider who started out as the slowest thing on two wheels, and she ended up taking the silver medal at nationals,” said Sassler.Harvard students in degree-granting programs race in collegiate competitions in the spring, and other riders compete in races from May through October. In addition, the club organizes an annual 75-mile fun ride that winds from Harvard University to Harvard, Mass.Ian Boothby, a tall, lanky freshman from Nashville, joined HUCA after reading about it online. He credits the club with improving his endurance and his comfort level with biking in a pack, and he is looking forward to trying his hand at racing in the spring.Although he has had a couple of spills, and he called the 5:45 a.m. wake-up call a challenge, “By 7 a.m., you are not regretting it.”“It’s just an open community, open to anyone who wants to participate and learn about cycling and bike racing. We welcome people of all skill levels,” said Choi.Mark Bowen, who works at a local medical device company and has helped coach HUCA for the past decade, was stunned when he first saw HUCA members helping each other up a hill. With some other clubs, he said, that “never occurs to them.” But HUCA is different.“You put your hand on their back and help them up the hill so they are able to stay with us and learn and develop,” said Bowen, adding, “It reflects the whole attitude of this group.”To recruit students for the racing season, the group holds six weeks of basic skills training in the fall.  While geared toward potential racers, the rides are open to anyone and cover proper positioning, safety tips, bike maintenance, and racing skills, such as sprinting, cornering, and contact between bikes.After taking a break from cycling for years, Harvard Law Professor Mark Ramseyer joined up and was out with the club regularly last year, from February through August. Calling himself “too old for racing,” Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, said he just enjoys the chance to get out and ride with others.“It’s fun. You ride with a group, and you are thinking about other things besides how bad your legs hurt.”Recently the group gathered before sunrise in front of Peet’s Coffee, the regular meeting spot in Harvard Square. Despite the unsettled weather, members remained undaunted, both by the prospect of rain and a couple of serious hills in their immediate future.After a brief ride, they stopped to discuss what would come next. Noting that some members had managed to sprint up a smaller hill on an earlier outing, Sassler told them he had found a much longer one they would have to simply “settle in and climb.”Reaching into her bag and offering the riders a mini-chocolate and peanut butter cup before the ascent, Choi inspired the group with a promise of more candy at the top and words fit for a club that loves competing, learning, and having fun. “Everyone’s a winner,” she said.last_img read more

first_img View Comments Star Files from $57.50 It’s a cast of characters that are, more often than not, hotter than hot! The new Disney musical Aladdin rode its magic carpet across the TV airwaves April 15, appearing on Good Morning America. First the cast, led by Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, shared a backstage look behind the magic with GMA host Ginger Zee and taught her some of the show’s signature dance moves, complete with pyrotechnics. The stars then took to the New Amsterdam stage and performed Aladdin’s opening number, “Arabian Nights,” led by Iglehart. Discover Agrabah below—a place where everybody sings and they won’t let you forget it! Related Showscenter_img Adam Jacobs Aladdin Courtney Reedlast_img read more

first_imgHigh levels found in homes testedBefore testing the plants, the researchers conducted tests for VOCs in three older, upper middle-class homes in Athens, Ga. Older homes are often more drafty than newer homes, which are built tighter to better insulate them.“The results really shocked me,” Kays said. “All three homes had surprisingly high levels of organic compounds in their air. These were older homes. So if the levels are high there, then it’s probably widespread in newer homes.”To reduce the VOC levels in your home, UGA researchers recommend adding a cross-section of plants, one per 100 square feet of living space. Using active charcoal filters in heating and air conditioning systems helps, too. By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaMartha Stewart says houseplants add to a home’s décor. But they can also purify indoor air, say University of Georgia experts. “This is an area that’s been largely ignored, and the health issues are potentially astronomical,” said Stanley Kays, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors breathing indoor air that often contains a diverse range of volatile organic compounds, many of which are toxic.”House plants can absorb those VOCs. To determine the best air-purifying houseplants, Kays, CAES postdoctoral research associate D.S. Wang and CAES horticulturist Bodie Pennisi evaluated 32 plant species. Best air-purifiersOf the species tested, purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata) best removed VOCs from the air. Other species with superior filtering abilities were English ivy, purple heart, foxtail fern and wax plant.In the study, the plants were tested for their ability to remove benzene, toluene, octane, trichloroethylene and a-pinene, all considered toxic. Plant specimens were placed in sealed glass containers. The VOC levels within were monitored over a six-hour period.Poor indoor air quality can trigger allergies and asthma and cause fatigue and headaches. “More than 300 volatile organic compounds have been identified as indoor contaminants,” said Pennisi. “This doesn’t include dust and inorganic gases.”Toxic compounds come from common sourcesThese compounds can come from carpet, wood panels, paint, people, pets and various other sources. Benzene and toluene come from newspapers, schoolbooks, electric shavers, portable CD players, liquid waxes and some adhesives.VOCs also emanate from home electronic equipment, furniture, carpet and construction materials. “Most of these compounds are readily absorbed into our bodies,” Pennisi said. “Bad indoor air can result in new house syndrome and sick building syndrome that can cause a diverse cross-section of ailments in those exposed.”last_img read more

first_imgIn Clips of the Week: Inspiration, we’ve assembled a few videos of some soul-searching, momentum-pushing outdoor enthusiasts who strive to get further and faster every day. It’s not the activities that define us, but the shared experience of being outside and channeling our energy into something that may take us out of our comfort zone. Let’s do it.A great edit from Mountain Hardwear.Watch Tommy Caldwell’s continued effort to climb the 3,000 foot Dawn Wall – what many consider to be the most difficult free climb ever attempted.This clip follows South African ultra-runner Ryan Sandes as he attempts to run the 5 day, 84 km Fish River Canyon Trail in the fastest time ever recorded.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This post has been updated to include a response from National Heritage Academies.A couple of years ago, auditors looked at the books of a charter school in Buffalo, New York, and were taken aback by what they found. Like all charter schools, Buffalo United Charter School is funded with taxpayer dollars. The school is also a nonprofit. But as the New York State auditors wrote, Buffalo United was sending ” virtually all of the School’s revenues” directly to a for-profit company hired to handle its day-to-day operations.Charter schools often hire companies to handle their accounting and management functions. Sometimes the companies even take the lead in hiring teachers, finding a school building, and handling school finances.In the case of Buffalo United, the auditors found that the school board had little idea about exactly how the company—a large management firm called National Heritage Academies—was spending the school’s money. The school’s board still had to approve overall budgets, but it appeared to accept the company’s numbers with few questions. The signoff was “essentially meaningless,” the auditors wrote.In the charter-school sector, this arrangement is known as a “sweeps” contract because nearly all of a school’s public dollars—anywhere from 95 to 100 percent—is “swept” into a charter-management company.The contracts are an example of how the charter schools sometimes cede control of public dollars to private companies that have no legal obligation to act in the best interests of the schools or taxpayers. When the agreement is with a for-profit firm like National Heritage Academies, it’s also a chance for such firms to turn taxpayer money into tidy profits.“It’s really just a pass-through for for-profit entities,” said Eric Hall, an attorney in Colorado Springs who specializes in work with charter schools and has come across many sweeps contracts. “In what sense is that a nonprofit endeavor? It’s not.”Neither National Heritage Academies nor the Buffalo United board responded to requests for comment. (Update: NHA spokeswoman Jennifer Hoff said in an emailed statement, “Our approach relieves our partner boards of all financial, operational, and academic risks—a significant burden that ultimately defeats many charter schools. Freed from burdens like fundraising, our partner boards can focus on governance and oversight 2026 NHA and its partner schools comply fully with state and federal laws, authorizer oversight requirements, and education department regulations—including everything related to transparency.”)While relationships between charter schools and management companies have started to come under scrutiny, sweeps contracts have received little attention. Schools have agreed to such setups with both nonprofit and for-profit management companies, but it’s not clear how often. Nobody appears to be keeping track.What is clear is that it can be hard for regulators and even schools themselves to follow the money when nearly all of it goes into the accounts of a private company.“We’re not confident that sweeps contracts allow [charters schools and regulators] to fully fulfill their public functions,” said Alex Medler, who leads policy and advocacy work at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, a trade group for charter regulators. The organization discourages the arrangements. “We think this is an issue that needs attention.”Officials have gotten glimpses of questionable spending by some firms using “sweeps” contracts.Take the case of Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School, another National Heritage Academies school. In 2012, state auditors tried to track the $10 million in public funding given to the school, only to conclude they were ” unable to determine … the extent to which the $10 million of annual public funding provided to the school was actually used to benefit its students.” From what auditors could tell, the school was paying above-market rent for its building, which in turn is owned by a subsidiary of National Heritage Academies. They also had concerns about equipment charges.The auditors couldn’t ultimately tell whether the charges were reasonable because National Heritage Academies refused to share the relevant financial details. The firm also refused to provide detailed documentation for $1.6 million in costs recorded as corporate services, claiming the information was proprietary, according to the audit. The board president of Brooklyn Excelsior did not respond to our request for comment.While the auditors in New York were disturbed by what they found, they could do little more than issue reports with advisory recommendations. “We can’t audit the management company,” said Brian Butry, a spokesman for New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.In Michigan, where NHA is the largest charter-school operator, state education regulators have voiced similar frustrations about the degree to which these private firms are shielded from having to answer to the public about how money is spent.“I can’t FOIA National Heritage Academies,” said Casandra Ulbrich, Vice President of the Michigan State Board of Education, referring to the right to request public documents from public agencies. “I don’t know who they’re subcontracting with, I don’t know if they’re bid out. I don’t know if there are any conflicts of interest. This is information we as taxpayers don’t have a right to.”Last year, Ulbrich and the State Board of Education had called for more transparency to be brought to the financial dealings of charter-management firms. They specifically asked the legislature to outlaw sweeps contracts. “Unfortunately,” Ulbrich said, “it fell on deaf ears.”The Internal Revenue Service has questioned some cases of sweeps contracts, but has not taken a consistent stand on whether the contracts are appropriate.It’s not just charter regulators and auditors that have reason to be wary of such setups. Some charter-school boards that signed sweeps contracts have found themselves shut out of the operations of their own schools.In Ohio, ten charter-school boards sued their management firm, White Hat Management, in 2010 after they couldn’t get answers to basic questions about why their schools’ performance lagged and how the school’s money was spent.Even so, it was a challenge for the schools to take back control. After handing over the bulk of their money to White Hat for years, the schools had little money of their own, said Karen Hockstad, an attorney who’s been representing the school boards in continuing litigation.“Their hands are tied. They don’t have the money to build brand new infrastructure and get new desks and books and anything else,” said Hockstad. White Hat Management did not return a request for comment.Some charter-school regulators—recognizing their limited authority over charter-management companies—are beginning to push back, requiring schools to get more information from management firms. Still, that hasn’t stopped some management companies from putting up a fight.Regulators in the District of Columbia are seeking more legal authority over management firms after two recent scandals. The DC Public Charter School Board has asked the city council to pass legislation that would allow access to the books of management companies under certain conditions. So far, that effort has gone nowhere.Related coverage: Read about how a chain of charter schools is channeling millions of public education dollars to for-profit companies controlled by the schools’ founder.If you have information about charter schools and their profits or oversight 2014 or any other tips 2014 email us at [email protected] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to “Understanding Customers” by Ruby Newell-Legner, it can cost approximately 6 times more to attract a new member than to keep an existing one. Furthermore, Bain & Company reports that a 5% increase in member retention can increase profits up to 125%. These numbers alone reveal the necessity of a strong member retention program. Focusing on member retention will provide you with the engagement rates you desire, as well as a more favorable bottom line. Here are some tips to help you get started on increasing member engagement through cross-selling and upselling:1. Utilize dynamic messaging to align communications with each member’s behaviors, needs and wants.Dynamic messaging allows you to present strategic, real-time messages to specific target groups within your member base. From there, member-facing marketing space on digital and print statements, letters, notices, etc. is optimized to target account holders with products and services that best fit their needs. There are many ways to incorporate dynamic communications on specific customer criteria, including account balance, zip code, gender, or marital status, to name a few. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel in compiling data because you already have it, so why not not use it to increase member retention rates and your bottom line? continue reading »last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Savchenko let slip in October that Stause was fielding DMs from interested hockey players after her breakup from the This Is Us star, 43. “Stop it! … Yes, they have,” she told Us. “But to be honest with you, I’m so busy with the show so you know, I am actually like super looking forward to that as soon as this journey’s over. I hope it’s not over soon, but conversations have been started that I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes after this is all over.”She added: “But right now, it’s too much all at once. I’m gonna focus on my contemporary and my cha-chas.”- Advertisement – Earlier in the day, the professional dancer announced their separation on her Instagram Story. “After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness our road is coming to an end,” she revealed.Savchenko, for his part, shared a lengthier statement with a focus on the estranged couple’s daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3. “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” the 37-year-old choreographer told Us Weekly. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”Elena Samodanova Shares Cryptic Quote After Gleb Savchenko SplitGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova at The iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Broadimage/ShutterstockThe Dancing With the Stars pro and his partner, Chrishell Stause, were eliminated from the ABC reality series on Monday, November 2. The Selling Sunset star, 39, is navigating divorce herself, having split from husband Justin Hartley in November 2019.- Advertisement – Stause and Savchenko bonded during the process, but they also had their bumps in the road. She noted last month that he gave her flowers after their “first fight.”“If apologies look like THIS, I guess it’s not so bad!!” she wrote via Instagram. “We both care so much and I love the passion he brings to what he does. We are working on me picking up some of his strict Russian nature, and I am softening him up with a little southern charm.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! A telltale sign of a messy breakup. Elena Samodanova hinted that her split from husband Gleb Savchenko was not amicable shortly after the news broke.Samodanova, 36, shared a cryptic quote via Instagram on Friday, November 6. “I don’t hate you,” the post read. “I’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be.” She added a lone broken-heart emoji as her caption.- Advertisement –last_img read more