first_imgPolitics | Southcentral | State GovernmentSenate president faces primary challenge for Anchorage seatAugust 11, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Senate President Cathy Giessel, left, faces a primary challenge from Roger Holland, right. (Giessel photo by Skip Gray/360 North, Holland photo provided by Holland)The upcoming Alaska primary will determine if state Senate President Cathy Giessel will return to the Legislature. She’s facing a challenge from Roger Holland in the Republican primary for her Anchorage seat. He criticizes her leadership of the Senate. But she says her approach reflects the importance of compromise to governing the state. Giessel’s two years as Senate president have been eventful. It started with the Legislature responding to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposal to close most of the state’s then $1.5 billion deficit. Despite some spending cuts, the deficit has grown. Giessel said experience will be important for addressing the budget. “The state of Alaska is facing perhaps the most challenging time financially that we’ve faced since statehood,” she said. “It’s a time when experience and knowledge is critical to finding a productive path forward.” Giessel is a lifelong Alaskan who has been in the Senate for 10 years. She’s an advanced nurse practitioner who’s played a major role shaping energy policy as the longtime chair of the Senate Resources Committee. She said more budget cuts will be needed to close the more than $2 billion gap. But she said the cuts Dunleavy proposed last year weren’t appropriate. She attributed the approach to former state budget director Donna Arduin. “The budget cuts that were proposed by Donna Arduin demonstrated her complete lack of understanding of the critical needs and extremely diverse needs of our state,” she said. Some of the most intense criticism Giessel’s received has been for her enforcement of a long-standing practice known as the binding caucus. A binding caucus requires its members to vote with leadership on procedural votes, as well as for the budget. Giessel said anyone is free to leave the caucus. She said Alaskans benefit from lawmakers being able to compromise. “The wakeup call I believe happens when people arrive in Juneau and discover there are 59 other people, all of whom have different interests than theirs,” she said.Giessel’s opponent is Roger Holland. He works as a metrologist — a job measuring whether products like those carried in commercial vehicles are properly weighed. He’s lived in Alaska for 11 years after spending most of his life in Louisiana. He said he’s followed national politics for decades but more recently became concerned with the state. Holland said that Giessel had lost touch with “what her job should be as a Republican senator in a Republican state with Republican majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican governor.”Holland says he wants larger spending cuts, paraphrasing U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s phrase, “less government, more economic freedom.” As for Dunleavy’s budget proposal last year, Holland said he would need to look at it more closely. He said he wasn’t familiar with the details of its two largest pieces — transferring more than $400 million in oil property taxes from municipalities to the state government and cutting state aid to public schools by a quarter. Holland supports drawing more from the permanent fund’s earnings reserve account than is currently outlined under state law, for the next year or two. He said Alaskans are right to be concerned about the future health of the fund. He compared it to the Constitutional Budget Reserve, which was depleted to balance the state’s budget the last five years.“But if there was ever a time when Alaska was facing a crisis, I would say it’s today,” he said. “It wasn’t five years ago when we spent down the CBR, but it would be today.”    Holland also said he would oppose having a binding caucus, even if ending the approach led to policy results he disagrees with. “We have 13 Republican and seven Democrats and the majority leader is a Democrat and the minority leader is a Democrat and a third of the senators are stripped of their chairmanships and staffing and any real power,” he said. The majority leader is Bethel Democratic Senator Lyman Hoffman, who has caucused with Republicans for much of his tenure. Early in-person voting for the primary has started, and more than 18,000 Alaskans statewide have already voted either in-person or by mailing in absentee ballots. The primary election day is Aug. 18.Share this story:last_img read more

first_img whatsapp HOME Retail Group said yesterday it planned to shut a quarter of Home­base’s 323 branches, blaming excess retail space and the rise of a generation that had fallen out of love with DIY. Chief executive John Walden said the rise of online and growing competition had left the DIY market “over-spaced” while an increasing number of younger “time-starved” people threatened to derail the sector. “As a nation, we are becoming less adept at DIY,” he said. Around 80 stores will shut by 2018, part of a three-year turnaround plan that will see it introduce more Argos and Habitat concessions, sharpen prices and retrain staff.The move could re­sult in 2,000 job losses, but Wald­en insisted it would “work hard” to find new jobs for its staff and intended create more jobs across the business overall.Home Retail posted a 13 per cent rise in underlying profit to £30.9m in the six months to 30 August, with sales up three per cent to £2.7bn. Sales at Argos stores open over a year increased by 2.9 per cent and by 4.1 per cent at Homebase.The company has been transforming its 747-store Argos business from a catalogue chain to a digitally-led busi­ness, targeting more sales from mobile phones and revamping its stores with iPads for browsing and faster check-outs.Around 50 stores will be converted to its new digital format ahead of Christ­mas, the group said. Home Retail is investing £300m in Argos as part of a five-year plan that is targeting a 15 per cent rise in revenue to £4.5bn by 2018. Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Kasmira Jefford Wednesday 22 October 2014 8:35 pm Sharecenter_img More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar Programinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenar Homebase set to close one in four of its shops whatsapplast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleLaois is running out of space … in cemeteriesNext articleLeinster Club, Fr Manning Cup and U-21 football action on the agenda in this week’s Laois GAA fixtures LaoisToday Reporter Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 18th November 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Inmate threatens to ‘rape female officer’ in Midlands Prison Portlaoise TAGSEoin BerkeleyMidlands Prison Portlaoise 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Pinterest WhatsApp Home News Inmate threatens to ‘rape female officer’ in Midlands Prison Portlaoise News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Midlands Prison Portlaoise Landing A vile rapist has been thrown into solitary confinement after allegedly threatening to rape a female officer in Midlands Prison Portlaoise – according to the Irish Daily Star.The paper reports that Eoin Berkeley, 25, is believed to have told another prisoner that he planned to rape the officer on a landing in the prison.A source told the Star that this was taken very seriously and that Berkeley was ‘moved to the C1 landing where he was put in isolation’.Eoin Berkeley, from Finglas in Dublin, was convicted in 2018 for a brutal kidnapping, assault and rape of a Spanish tourist.In July 2017, he lured the 18-year-old student to a derelict site near Sandymount where he had a number of tents pitched.Once inside the tent his mood changed, he pushed her to the ground and grabbed her hands. She told him he was hurting her but he laughed and told her she was stupid and that he had “done this before”.She left the tent but Berkley dragged her back in. He tied her hands up behind her back using a dog leash and told her he had previously killed six people and was going to kill her.He repeatedly tried to strangle her and and at one point he picked up a small saw and told her that if she didn’t stop struggling he would cut her hands off. She took some tablets he gave her and fell down and he began abusing her.Over the hours that followed, Berkley raped the woman on three separate occasions.The victim escaped when Berkley took her down to the beach and he fell asleep.He is currently serving a 14-year sentence in the Midlands Prison for that crime.SEE ALSO – ‘Convicted Paedophile’ set on fire in Midlands Prison Portlaoise attack GAA Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedForum on Investment Opportunities to be Held in Boston RelatedForum on Investment Opportunities to be Held in Boston Forum on Investment Opportunities to be Held in Boston UncategorizedOctober 24, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A forum highlighting trade and investment opportunities in Jamaica will take place at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletics Centre in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday, November 4.The forum is being held under the theme: ‘Unleashing the Potential’, and is part of an on-going series of events, aimed at increasing the awareness of the Jamaican Diaspora Movement.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the US, Professor Gordon Shirley; Consul-General of Jamaica to New York, Dr. Basil K. Bryan and Honorary Consul to Massachusetts, Ken Guscott, will join representatives from the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Agricultural Development Foundation (JADF), the Bee Farmers Association, and Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), for an overview of existing investment opportunities, and doing business in Jamaica.There will be three workshops and plenary sessions at the forum as well as a discussion on renewable energy and the investment opportunities that are currently available in Jamaica.“Events such as these provide not only a pathway for economic development in Jamaica, but highlight the potential for countries like Jamaica to be the future marketplace,” Mr. Guscott told JIS News.The forum will attempt to position potential investors in such areas as honey production and marketing, shrimp farming, and cotton production.Participants are being asked to pre-register for the forum with the Office of the Honorary Consul in Boston at: 617-541-5510 x 27 or via e-mail at: [email protected]center_img RelatedForum on Investment Opportunities to be Held in Boston Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgRelated43,300 GSAT Students placed in Secondary Schools 43,300 GSAT Students placed in Secondary Schools EducationJune 21, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The much-anticipated results of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) for 2012 were published on June 20, with some 43,300 students placed in secondary schools across the island. A release issued at the Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday June 20, by Minister of Education,  Rev. the Hon.  Ronald Thwaites, indicated that the examination was conducted in 1,012 schools, and administered to 21,750 male and 23,795 female students. This was an increase of 1,654 students over 2011, resulting in a slight decrease in the number of students being preference-based – that is, obtaining one of their five selected choice schools. Rev. Thwaites noted that students are going to be spread far more widely across a range of schools, than before. “To me, that’s good. What it means is that many of the schools which  have endured a cohort scoring on an average of not more than 30-35 per cent in the past,  will now get students at a higher level, and therefore being able to spend less time on remediation and more on the curriculum of the high schools,” he pointed out. “It is going to mean also that many parents who thought that an 85 average would take their child to some pedigreed school of their designation, are going to find that this is not so, because there are so many more whose average is in the 90s,” the Minister added. He emphasised that parents should examine the successes and the potential of the schools to which their children have been assigned, instead of immediately seeking spaces in preferred schools. “We have to really look at our presumptions about schooling, and we have to reduce the inherent and implicit sense of classism that exist in the society,” he insisted. Meanwhile, approximately 3,700 students have been granted deferral,  in keeping with the competence transition policy, while some 4,800 will be placed in the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP). The Ministry continues to examine the need for additional secondary school spaces, overcrowding in some schools, under-utilisation of others,  the phasing out of the shift system, and rationalisation. Related43,300 GSAT Students placed in Secondary Schools By Alphea Saunders, JIS Senior Reporter Related43,300 GSAT Students placed in Secondary Schools Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgFortnite mobile has half the downloads of PUBG, but five times the revenuePUBG gains ground but can’t compete with Fortnite’s $92 million gross lifetime revenue Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterWednesday 4th July 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBluehole StudioEpic GamesEpic Games’ Fortnite is pulling in nearly five times the revenue on mobile than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, despite garnering half as many weekly downloads. According to figures released to Bloomberg by market intelligence firm Sensor Tower, Fortnite has generated $92 million revenue in 11 weeks ending on June 18, compared to roughly $19 million grossed by PUBG during the same period. Both games have been backed to a certain degree by Tencent, with the Chinese internet giant even acting as publisher for the mobile release of PUBG. Unlike Fortnite however, PUBG is also available to download on Android but Tencent appears to have been unable to capitalise on that considerable advantage. During the game’s first weeks on mobile, PUBG peaked at 23.3 million downloads compared to the 3.4 million of Fortnite. Although the figures don’t include China, the notable absence of Fortnite on Android is reflected by its weaker showing in Asia; nearly two thirds of its gross revenue to date comes from the US alone. In comparison, roughly one-third of gross lifetime revenue for PUBG has come from Asian territories, and one-third form the US. Player spending on PUBG did spike recently however with the launch of Royale Pass, a new monetisation model which closely follows the rewards approach taken by Epic Games with Fortnite. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to Sensor Tower, player spending on mobile increased by 365 per cent following the launch of Royale Pass, grossing roughly $6.1 million global weekly revenue across both Android and iOS compared to the previous average of $1.3 million. “At present, we estimate that PUBG mobile is now earning more than $700,000 per day in player spending across both stores worldwide and has grossed more than $16 million to date,” said Randy Nelson, head of mobile insights. “As players of the game are aware, Tencent appears to be continuing to fine-tune its monetisation strategy, adding items such as weapon skins, player emotes, and more. We’ll be continuing to watch its development closely and offer more insights as they emerge.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 12 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 15 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

first_imgGDC offers talks for free following event cancellationPreviously-accepted talks will be streamed via Twitch next week, and archived for free in the coming weeksRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 10th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe Game Developers Conference (GDC) will livestream a number of talks originally planned to take place at its now-canceled convention next week on Twitch.The talks will take place from 9am to 5pm PT from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. The Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards will also stream virtually beginning at 5pm PT on Wednesday, March 18.A schedule of talks will be available on the GDC website beginning Friday, March 13.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Additionally, livestreamed talks as well as additional submissions will be archived in the following weeks in the GDC Vault online, which will be available for free to anyone.GDC 2020 accepted speakers are invited to submit their talks for inclusion even after the week the event would have occurred.A number of other relief efforts have sprung up in the wake of GDC’s indefinite postponement due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (commonly called novel coronavirus).Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 2 hours agoGenesis Noir nabs four nominations in 2021 IGF AwardsOther games in the running for Seumas McNally Grand Prize include Paradise Killer, Teardown, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Umurani Generation, and SpiritfarerBy Brendan Sinclair 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

first_img BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock METKA Power West Africa has signed an agreement with the federal government of Nigeria for the first phase of the Energising Education programme.METKA will provide full EPC services for power generation plants, street lighting and training centres, as well as operation and maintenance services, for four universities.All four universities will be powered by hybrid power plants utilising renewable energy sources integrated with energy storage and diesel generation as backup, enabling reliable power supply for the universities totally autonomously from the grid.In total, 7.5MW of off-grid hybrid power will be installed, incorporating the EXERON technology and the latest developments in mini-grid design, the company said in a statement.EXERON provides intelligent utilisation of alternative power sources (solar PV, diesel generating sets, grid connection) and advanced battery management to ensure the optimal use of available resources.The initiative will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), aiming to provide uninterrupted power to a number of federal universities and university teaching hospitals across Nigeria. Read more: Solar initiative launches online PV-CalculatorEnergising Education ProgrammeDamilola Ogunbiyi, MD and CEO of REA said: “The benefits of the Energising Education Programme are immeasurable, as improving the quality of education and ensuring safe and conducive learning environments, through access to reliable power, training centres and streetlights, would result in the churning out of excellent graduates, thus the multiply effects on all facets of society. We are looking forward to this objective being realised through our strategic partnership with METKA Power West Africa.”Vangelis Kamaris, CEO of METKA Power West Africa also commented: “We are very pleased to be able to support REA in their Energising Education initiative and we are committed to continuously support the energy needs of Nigeria and its people.”METKA Power West Africa is a subsidiary of MYTILINEOS, a a Greek-based industrial conglomerate. TAGSEnergising Education programmeMETKA Power West AfricaNigeriaRural Electrification Agency Previous articleMorocco: conventional natural gas discovery announcedNext articleNigeria: TCN inaugurates 100MVA transformer Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generationlast_img read more

first_img Shawn Vogler, owner of Adams County Florist and Gifts. (Photo by Ashley McCarty)By Ashley McCartyThe third week in October is Business Women’s Week, honoring the strong women throughout the industry.The observance not only focuses on the accomplishments of women in business, it also takes a look at the past and how far women in business have come and how far they have yet to go.In Adams County, a person doesn’t have to look far to see the inspirational female business leadership in the community. Juliana Staten, co-owner of Community Fuels in West Union, Ohio, wears the crown in the local oil and fuel industry.“I got into the business through my husband Kevin. My husband has worked in the fuel industry driving a truck for quite a few years before I came into it. I actually was a financial and cost analyst for a manufacturing firm, and his former employers wanted to sell Community Fuels and offered it to us to buy. So we took this over, and having an accounting background it was easy for me to walk in and to be able to do the book work, but knowing nothing about the fuel or oil industry was a huge learning curve,” said Staten.In the fuel and oil industry, long dominated by men, Staten had to carve her own path.“We’re basically in a man’s world being in the fuel and oil industry, a lot of people don’t want to take your word for anything, or that you know anything being in this type of industry, even though I’ve been in it for 15 years. But, to me, it’s been very rewarding. It was a challenge to take on this business, a challenge to get everything to work and flow properly from my end being an accountant, but also I had a marketing background in college, so that was just kind of natural instinct for me to take over the store and to boost the sales. It’s been very challenging, but rewarding,” said Staten.Another challenge Staten still faces is establishing her credibility as a woman.“There are some people who feel that, since being a female, I know nothing about oil or could know nothing about oil, and they would rather speak to a male. Is the man in charge, where’s the man in charge, I get that question a lot. For us to be able to answer questions, they kind of take a step back, and then I think they don’t know whether to believe us or not until they get the reassurance from the man. So, it is still very difficult, still get that every day even though we’ve been in the business for 15 years,” said Staten.When not facing the inherent male incredulity, Staten is focused on improving her business.“Trying to get a broader clientele. Not only do we have the delivery services, but also having the convenience store and gas station and trying to build your customer [base] and trying to figure out what we can do next to bring more people in. I think that’s just a daily challenge, and will be an ongoing challenge,” she said.Across town, on Main Street, owner Shawn Vogler of Adams County Florist and Gifts can remember a time when the shop didn’t even have internet.“When I started, there was no internet. I did have a cellphone, but it was a bag phone. When you went on a delivery, you didn’t have a phone, or a GPS, or anything like that. Now everything is online, we have a website, and we wire orders in and out on the computer. That’s become a big part. We didn’t take credit cards when I first started, nobody had cards, it was all cash or check,” said Vogler.This was back in 1991, when she and a friend went into business together. A few decades later, Vogler is the only one that remains.“I have been treated differently in the past, but I would have to say not really now. I was young and new, and it may not have been because I was a female, but just because I was young. So, as you get older, and you’ve been around a while, they gain respect for you — or learn to live with you, one or the other,” she said, lighting up the room with her laughter.As to what it’s like being a female business owner, Vogler said simply, “it’s just not always a man’s world.”“I just thank everybody for all of their support, and their loyalty over the years. It’s been a wonderful ride, it is a wonderful ride,” she said.Vogler laughed as she said she plans to continue for another 20 years. 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first_img SIGN UP Email* 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. Horse Sport Enews All four members of Canada’s recently-announced dressage team for the 2015 Pan American Games have something else in common that they can boast about: they are former recipients of the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP). Team members Brittany Fraser, Megan Lane, Belinda Trussell and Chris Von Martels all benefited from the funding that C-DAAP provides for the support and advancement of Canada’s high-performance dressage athletes in their pursuit of excellence.The non-profit organization offers 100 percent of its net proceeds from fund-raising events to the riders to offset the cost of training and competing for high performance to compete against the world’s best. In fact, more than $130,000 has been awarded to seven riders since 2012 to help them achieve their goals with another $80,000 slated for distribution this summer.“I am thrilled to see all four C-DAAP recipients represent Canada at the Pan Am Games,” said C-DAAP’s founder, Deborah Miculinic. “It shows how important it is to provide our riders with the necessary programs and funding so they can compete at the very top of their sport. Congratulations to each of these riders on achieving such a remarkable accomplishment. You can bet they will make Canada proud and we will be certainly cheering them on!”Miculinic added, “C-DAAP depends on the generous support of organizations like Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Reser’s Fine Foods and many others for financial support and product donation for our fundraisers. Without these generous sponsors, we would not be able to support the riders to the extent that we do.”The funding criteria for 2015/2016 have been established with guidelines available at The deadline for applications is July 31 and recipients will be announced on August 17.For more information about C-DAAP, visit Check out C-DAAP’s Facebook page at Tags: Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program, PanAm, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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.last_img read more