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. 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SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews FEI President HRH Princess Haya is proud to announce that London 2012 was a clean Games for equestrian sport, following confirmation that all human and equine samples taken during the Olympic equestrian events at Greenwich Park were negative.“The FEI had a really steep mountain to climb after Athens and Hong Kong, but we had a clean Youth Olympic Games, a clean FEI World Equestrian Games and now we’ve crowned it with a clean Olympic Games in London,” Princess Haya said. “We knew that fair play and clean sport was the only way to produce top sport in the Olympic equestrian events and we are very proud that we have achieved that goal.“The fact that all human and equine samples came back negative demonstrates the success of the FEI Clean Sport campaign, which has resulted in a major reduction in the number of positives in the Olympic disciplines over the past two and a half years.“We had a rigorous and comprehensive testing programme in place. These were the most tested Games ever and we also tested for more substances than ever before. We worked hand in hand with the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory in Newmarket and thank them for the speed with which they processed all the Olympic samples so that we could maintain a level playing field throughout the Games.“The equestrian community shouldn’t be thinking of this as a triumph; having a clean sport should be our normal day to day business, but now that we’ve had three major championships that were the most heavily tested ever and they were 100% clean, we can hold our heads up high and say that yes, this is a victory. We haven’t reached this point by resting on our laurels, there’s always work to be done and I am incredibly proud of the FEI’s performance over the four years since Hong Kong.“This has been a real team effort, which was kick-started by the recommendations of the Clean Sport Commission headed up by Professor Arne Ljungqvist and the Stevens Commission, lead by Lord Stevens. The National Federations and the athletes and their support teams, as well as the team at FEI Headquarters have all played a major role in this success. Our community has really embraced the Clean Sport campaign.”Professor Arne Ljungqvist, IOC Member and Vice President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), who chaired the FEI Clean Sport Commission, congratulated the FEI. “I am very happy to hear that the Clean Sport campaign has led to such a successful and clean Games and would like to congratulate the FEI,” he said. Professor Ljungqvist was on-site at Greenwich Park to watch the Individual Jumping Final on 8 August, the same day that IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the Olympic equestrian events.Lord Stevens, who led the Stevens Commission that worked alongside the Clean Sport Commission, also attended the Olympic equestrian events. “To have totally clean Games at London 2012 is the best possible endorsement of the FEI’s Clean Sport campaign,” Lord Stevens said. “I wholeheartedly congratulate the FEI on this success which is due, in no small measure, to the huge amount of work that has been done on education within the equestrian community.”Princess Haya credits the 2012 Olympic Games as the best ever for equestrian sport. “The London 2012 equestrian events were really incredible and Greenwich was a wonderful venue. We could not have wished for better sport and we now have a whole new fan base, which has to be the best legacy we could ask for. Now we have a duty to turn that fan base into new athletes so that our sport can continue to thrive and grow”, the FEI President said.“We owe a huge debt of thanks to the whole LOCOG team, but particularly to the Equestrian Competition Manager Tim Hadaway and Venue General Manager Jeremy Edwards and their teams for all their devotion to the cause. And of course to all the wonderful volunteers. These were the best Games ever for equestrian sport.” Tags: FEI, Greenwich Park, President HRH Princess Haya, London 2012, Athens and Hong Kong, Olympic Games, FEI World Equestrian GamesnFEI Clean Sport campaignn Professor Arne Ljungqvist, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Lord Stevens, Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!
Have you seen this person? He is wanted for questioning in the incident at Memorial City Mall Sunday afternoon. If you know who he is or his whereabouts, please contact @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. You can remain anonymous. #hounews pic.twitter.com/K6INsjYB4J— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 13, 2019Constable Ted Heap said during a police press conference over the weekend that the individual was at the Memorial City Mall when he “put on what appears to be a half mask … kind of a red mask, came down the escalators, came down to the food court, and then at a slow trot went through the food court. About halfway through the food court he jumped up on a table and declared that he was going to kill himself.”“Of course, at this point we had chaos. People started fleeing,” Heap added.The authorities said at the press conference that the picture of the suspect would be released after the criminal intelligence division had a chance to review it first.“We will probably be able to get a lot of help and feedback from the public as far as being able to identify the suspect,” said Heap. “We are looking forward to that.”Assistant Chief Sheryl Victorian made a sharp statement at the end of the press conference when asked if this incident could have been a prank.“I have no idea if it is a prank or not but it is not a prank to us. This is very serious,” she said. “We are going to treat it as a terroristic threat. Especially on the heels of what is going on around our country and what has recently happened in the state of Texas.”The suspect still remains at large and could face possible charges of making terroristic threats if apprehended.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Houston Police/Twitter(HOUSTON) — Police in Houston released an image of a suspect they say caused a stampede at a Houston-area mall on Sunday when he jumped onto a table in the food court and declared he was going to kill himself.The picture tweeted out by the Houston Police Department early Tuesday shows the suspect appearing to be a young white male with blond hair wearing glasses and a green T-shirt.
Kirk Douglas, an actor, producer and author whose film and television work was complemented by memorable performances on the Great White Way, died on February 5, according to his son, actor Michael Douglas. He was 103 years old.Douglas made his first two Broadway appearances originating roles in Spring Again (1941) and a revival of The Three Sisters (1942). He later replaced with principal turns in the short-lived plays Trio (1944) and Alice in Arms (1945), followed by performances in The Wind Is Ninety (1945) and Woman Bites Dog (1946).Douglas returned to the stage almost two decades later with his final and most indelible Broadway turn, as Randle P. McMurphy in Dale Wasserman’s stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1963). Douglas later purchased the rights to a film adaptation, which was produced in 1975 to Oscar-winning effect by Michael Douglas; Jack Nicholson also won an Oscar for his turn as McMurphy.As an actor, Douglas’ many Hollywood achievements include Oscar-nominated performances in Champion (1950), The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) and Lust for Life (1957) and Emmy-nominated turns in Amos (1986), Tales from the Crypt (1992) and Touched by an Angel (2000). Among his most notable film-producing credits is the Golden Globe-winning Spartacus (1960), in which he also starred alongside Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons.As an author, Douglas penned numerous books including the memoirs The Ragman’s Son (1988) and My Stroke of Luck (2003) about surviving a helicopter crash in 1991 and suffering a stroke in 1996.Among the many honors bestowed upon Douglas are the AFI Life Achievement Award (1991), a Kennedy Center Honor (1994), an Honorary Oscar (1996) and a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).From 1943 to 1951, Douglas was married to Diana Dill (who died in 2015); together they had the aforementioned Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, both of whom survive him. After his divorce from Dill, Douglas wed Anne Buydens in 1954; together they had sons Eric, who died in 2004, and Peter, who also survives him along with Buydens. Kirk Douglas(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) View Comments
Story by Tyler StotskyCHESTERLAND, Ohio – The Kirtland Hornets opened the 2018 OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) playoffs with a bang as they shutout the Steubenville Catholic Central Crusaders 56-0 on Friday (Nov. 2) night at Howell Field at West Geauga High School.“These guys came out tonight and did a nice job,” said Hornets head coach Tiger Laverde. “We knew if we played well early, we could get away early. The turnover on the opening kickoff didn’t help them and we took advantage. We played well and we have to take it one day at a time.”After the Crusaders fumbled the opening kickoff, Mason Sullivan recovered it in the Kirtland red zone. Joey Torok broke free on the opening play from scrimmage, scoring from nine yards out. Kirtland started from in front 7-0, 12 seconds into the game.Kirtland regained the ball after Steubenville Catholic Central went three and out on their first drive. On the second play of the drive, Torok found a hole through the line and powered for a 49 yard touchdown run. The Hornets led 14-0 with 9:52 left in the first quarter.After fumbles on consecutive plays, Luke Gardner pounced on a Crusaders fumble and returned it four yards for Kirtland’s third touchdown of the night. Kirtland led 21-0 with less than nine minutes to go in the first quarter.Kirtland took advantage of a short field after a seven play, 12 yard drive by the Crusaders ended in a punt. Tommy Powers scampered 31 yards to the house as Kirtland pushed the advantage to 28-0 just seven minutes into the contest.On the next Kirtland drive, the Hornets recovered their own fumble but still managed to put points on the board. Powers recovered a fumble on a run and cashed in on a 25 yard touchdown run two plays later. The Hornets were in full advantage after the first quarter, leading 35-0.Torok struck on the first play of the second quarter as he took a lateral 43 yards to paydirt for his third touchdown of the evening. Kirtland led 42-0 just seconds into the second frame.Steubenville Catholic Central put together a 16 play, 66 yard drive that spanned six minutes. Facing a fourth and 10 inside the red zone, the Hornets forced an incomplete pass from Justin Hartzell. The Hornets took over on downs but fumbled the ball, giving the Crusaders possession with 4:14 left in the first half.Kirtland forced a three and out and made quick work on their final drive of the first half. After a pass play from Powers to Sullivan set the table, Powers connected with Torok on a 34 yard TD pass. Kirtland led 49-0 at the intermission.Kirtland put up 361 yards of total offense in the first half, with 123 passing and 238 rushing despite two turnovers.The Hornets added a 25 yard touchdown pass from Jonathon Ridgeway to Tommy Drazetic with five minutes left in the third quarter and a 37 yard field goal in the fourth quarter by Mario Rodin. Kirtland rolled into the second round with a 59-0 victory over Steubenville Catholic Central.Kirtland finished the game with 435 total yards. They ran the ball 33 times for 282 yards and completed seven passes for 153 passing yards.The Hornets were led by the duo of Powers and Torok. Powers finished 5-for-6 passing with 123 yards and one passing touchdown. He added two touchdowns on his only two carries of the night for 56 yards. Torok finished with 132 yards on six carries and three rushing touchdowns. He also caught one touchdown for 34 yards.“Tommy is a great quarterback for us. What we do all goes through him, he’s a special talent and we will use him down the stretch,” added Laverde on Powers. “He’s an athletic, and fast quarterback that a lot of people don’t know how good he really is.”Kirtland will advance to the second round to face Creston Norwayne, who were 52-16 winners over Salineville Southern. That game will be played at a neutral site next Friday (Nov. 9) night.Player of the Game: Joey Torok, Kirtland RB: 6 carries, 132 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 1 catch, 34 yards, 1 receiving touchdownNEO Sports Insiders thrives on our relationship with many fine sponsors all over Northeast Ohio. We are currently in search of winter sports sponsors. Please contact Vince McKee with any small business you feel would benefit from the massive exposure we can give them, Vince can be contacted at [email protected] Related TopicsKirtland HornetsOHSAA NEOSI Staff
In Oct. 6 Thursday United Men league action at Rose Bowl Lanes, Jed Gabel rolled games of 290, 265, and 300 for an 855 series. Gabel nearly beat the Marshfield city series record, which he currently holds at 868. Gabel had a 213 average heading into the night of his 300 game and 855 series, and he has nine previously sanctioned 800 series as well as 19 perfect games. (Submitted photo)
Donahue strikes out 14 in two-hit shutoutBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield scored four times in the first inning, and that proved to more than enough as the Tigers blanked Wisconsin Rapids 5-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Melissa Roberts had two RBIs, and Madelyn Mews and Emily Draeger also knocked in runs for the Tigers, who improve to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the WVC. Rapids drops to 6-8 and 3-6 in conference play.Megan Donahue threw a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 14 as she dominated Wisconsin Rapids’ batters. She also added a double and scored a run for the Tigers.Jenna Jakobi scored two runs for Marshfield.Marshfield plays a nonconference game at Medford on Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 5, Raiders 0Wisconsin Rapids 000 000 0 – 0 2 5Marshfield 410 000 x – 5 6 1WP: Megan Donahue. LP: Gwidt.SO: Gwidt 4; Donahue 14. BB: Gwidt 7; Donahue 0.Top hitters: MAR, Donahue 2B, run, 2 BBs; Emily Draeger 1×3, RBI; Jenna Jakobi 2 runs; Madelyn Mews 2×3, 2B, RBI; Melissa Roberts 2 RBIs.Records: Wisconsin Rapids 6-8, 3-6 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 8-3, 5-2 WVC.
Washington Executive Magazine just released their most recent list of Top 10 Execs to Watch, and I’m finding it illuminating to see what categories they’re choosing to highlight, such as security, cyber and, most recently Artificial Intelligence (AI), and data science. I was honored to learn that I was being included with such a distinguished group of executives who are using AI to drive change and transform the country.It’s equally interesting that data science and AI are focal points of the latest Top 10 list because I believe we’re in the midst of a global race for supremacy right now, and it’s not an arms race or a space race, it’s a race for AI leadership.And the U.S. needs to move fast, and decisively, if we’re going to come out on top.What’s at stake?PWC says AI could contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.Accenture projects the AI healthcare market will hit $6.6 billion by 2021 (a compounded annual growth rate of 40%).IDC predicts global spending on AI will reach $57.6 billion by 2021.And there’s untapped potential: only 15% of enterprises are using AI today but 31% say it’s on their agenda, according to Adobe.Data analytics, machine learning, cognitive computing, and artificial intelligence give businesses and government the opportunity to boost operational efficiency and launch new delivery models. Imagine more efficient methods of screening for fraud, accelerating response times for first responders to emergencies or natural disasters, or reallocating routine tasks to machines so public servants have the time to tackle more complex cases for citizens. Imagine a day when lining up to renew a driver’s license at the DMV or apply for government services is a thing of the past.Making AI a National PriorityOn July 31st, the government announced the 2020 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities, which include:Security of the American People—Calling on investment in emerging technologies including AI, cyber and autonomous systems.American Leadership in AI, Quantum Information Systems and Strategic Computing—To deliver on the promise of scientific breakthroughs that can transform the American way of life.American Connectivity and Autonomy including 5G networks.Manufacturing—Next-generation manufacturing enabled by machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things.Space Exploration—And the opportunity to use machine learning capabilities for applications in space and on earth.Medical Innovation—Where AI and machine learning have the potential to positively impact treatment.Agriculture—Where sensors, data analytics and machine learning can reduce inputs and improve crop yields.Of the eight areas prioritized for investment, seven leverage AI to advance or accelerate breakthroughs. That’s how important AI is becoming to our country (and the world).Accelerating AI AdoptionI talk a great deal about the need to accelerate AI adoption and with good reason: If we don’t get to the benefit of AI quickly, we may not get to the benefits at all.Realizing the benefits of AI and data science is highly dependent on our ability to do some very difficult things very quickly. One of those difficult things is finding talented, skilled people who want to work in government. With millions of open jobs in data science in the U.S., finding those skilled people is a tall order and will impact our ability to deliver on the AI promise.The next challenge revolves around the data itself. We have, and are generating, unprecedented amounts of data, but to make it meaningful, we must be able to label and classify it so that we can access and utilize the right data at the right time for the right reasons. Addressing this challenge overlaps with the skills shortage: We are going to need a workforce trained, available and willing to do the work of analytics. More data can’t equate to more work!Building a Solid AI FoundationAs a data scientist, I know the potential (and pitfalls) of AI adoption. The right ecosystem of hardware, software, and accelerators from the cloud to the edge will facilitate innovation in AI deployments and get us to the benefits we are seeking faster.In tandem, we must address a wide range of challenges from skills shortages and training to data management and the ethical questions that are inextricably linked to AI, so we can avoid some of the unintended consequences associated with outsourcing human cognition to intelligent systems.We need to start working together as a cohesive, yet flexible group of academia, industry, and the government to put the pieces of this puzzle together so we can win with AI.