Stakeholders urge feds to create public registry of beneficial ownership information

first_img Keywords Money laundering Related news Global group targets international tax evasion scheme In a letter to Bill Morneau, federal finance minister, the group calls on the feds to “advocate for a publicly accessible pan-Canadian company registry of beneficial owners in upcoming conversations with provinces and territories, and to outline a consultation timetable to explore all registry options (including a publicly accessible registry) in Budget 2019.”The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) found that Canada wasn’t fully compliant with global standards in terms of beneficial ownership transparency, and in the availability of beneficial ownership information, the letter notes.“As we have observed increasingly complex corporate and legal structures used to hide proceeds of crime, it is clear that collecting and publicly disclosing key beneficial ownership information would serve as a powerful tool to combat money laundering,” the group says.Disclosing the information would reduce the compliance burden for firms that have reporting obligations under AML rules, says the group, and help tax authorities and law enforcement agencies investigate financial offences.The letter also calls for strong verification measures and enforcement measures. “There should be meaningful administrative monetary penalties and criminal penalties for non-compliance, including offences of perjury for false declaration of shareholder information or beneficial ownership information,” it says.“A publicly accessible registry coupled with robust measures for verification and penalties can maximally deter the flow of money laundering into the Canadian economy. Moreover, by harnessing open government to curb illicit financial flows, Canada will bolster the integrity of its economy in concert with U.K. and E.U. members and can publicly display its efforts as a leader in anti-corruption when it co-hosts the Open Government Partnership Summit (OGP) in May 2019,” the letter says.Read the letter here. Budget must address climate change, CPA Canada says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A collection of bankers, lawyers, anti-money laundering (AML) experts and others are calling on the federal government to create a publicly accessible registry of beneficial ownership information to help combat financial crime and ease compliance with AML reporting requirements.Group members include the Investment Association of Canada (IIAC), Transparency International Canada, Canadians For Tax Fairness and the Canadian Labour Congress. James Langton Scheer promises help for homebuyers Facebook LinkedIn Twitter paper with words anti-money laundering desinger491/123RFlast_img read more

Minister goes to new heights to celebrate National Purple Day

first_imgMinister goes to new heights to celebrate National Purple Day Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Craig CrawfordMinister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford this evening climbed the Story Bridge to raise awareness and show support for Queenslanders living with epilepsy on National Purple Day.“It was fabulous to take part in the climb challenge along with 25 other people including those impacted by epilepsy, clinicians from the Mater’s Advanced Epilepsy Service and team members of Brisbane Roar, as the Story Bridge turned purple,” Mr Crawford said.“With more than 28,700 people living with epilepsy in our state, it’s important to celebrate and recognise the contributions of Queenslanders with epilepsy.“The Palaszczuk Government wants all people with disability to be empowered, treated with respect and dignity and have equal access to pathways into employment, social, cultural and economic opportunities.Mr Crawford said promoting awareness of people living with epilepsy was a top priority.“We want to build an inclusive community where every Queenslander with disability is included and able participate in the community to so they can reach their full potential.“Make March Purple for Epilepsy complements Epilepsy Queensland’s efforts to empower people with epilepsy and make positive impacts in the community,” he said.Epilepsy Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Chris Dougherty said an estimated 245 Queenslanders would be newly diagnosed with epilepsy during March, and despite this, there are still many misconceptions about epilepsy.“Epilepsy Queensland aims to address those misconceptions through Make March Purple for Epilepsy campaign,” he said.“During March, we’re excited to light up some Queensland’s iconic landmarks from Brisbane’s Story Bridge and Suncorp Stadium, to Cairns’ Munro Martin Parklands and Townsville’s Wharton Reef Lighthouse in purple to shine a light on epilepsy across the state.“We are grateful that Minister Crawford has shown his support for the epilepsy community by helping to build understanding of epilepsy and fundraising for our essential services.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Australia, Brisbane, Cairns, campaign, community, disability, employment, epilepsy, Government, Minister, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, Seniors, Suncorp, Townsvillelast_img read more

FDA menthol ban would benefit Black, younger Americans

first_imgFDA menthol ban would benefit Black, younger Americans The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes and all flavored cigars could be particularly beneficial for Black and young people, says an expert on tobacco control at Washington University in St. Louis.“Around 80% of adult Black smokers and more than half of people age 18-34 use menthol brands,” said Todd Combs, research assistant professor at the Brown School who works on the Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project, which uses agent-based modeling to test the potential impact of retail tobacco policies.The aim of the proposed ban, which could go into effect next year, is to “significantly reduce disease and death” in the U.S. from using these two products.CombsThis is not the first time the federal government has moved to ban flavored tobacco products, Combs said.“In 2009, the Tobacco Control Act banned the use of flavors in cigarettes, other than menthol, and gave the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco products,” he said. “Since then, use of flavored cigarettes has decreased dramatically. The FDA hopes the same will hold true for menthol products after this ban goes into effect.”In addition to Black and young smokers, nearly 55 percent of LGBTQ+ smokers use menthol products, and they are disproportionately used by lower-income smokers as well.“Despite rumors to the contrary, menthol cigarettes are not safer than non-menthol,” Combs said. “In fact, research shows that menthol products increase addiction and reduce efforts to stop smoking.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:addiction, disease, environment, FDA, federal government, Government, Impact, Professor, project, research, Retail, science, smoking, university, Washington, Washington Universitylast_img read more

Winners of 2021 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service announced

first_imgWinners of 2021 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service announced Charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have received the prestigious award for delivering exceptional service within their communities over the past year and beyond.The winners have carried out critical work to enhance the lives of others, from reaching people suffering with dementia through music and song in Gloucestershire, to providing support and friendship to refugees and asylum seekers in Merseyside.Many of those honoured have adapted their services to respond to the coronavirus outbreak as the voluntary sector continues to play a vital role in the national recovery. This has been recognised through a special designation given to 164 of the group for providing impactful support during the initial lockdown.Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week, the Queen’s Award recognises that volunteers have been vital throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and will continue to be as the country emerges from lockdown.Minister for Civil Society and Youth, Baroness Barran, will be marking Volunteers’ Week with a series of visits to some of the exceptional organisations carrying out critical work.Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration for the UK to recognise those who have dedicated their time to support their local community, both through the pandemic, and over many years.The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis, said:There is no finer example of democracy in action than people getting together at a local level to tackle a problem or issue at the heart of their community. This year’s magnificent award winning groups touch virtually every area of need across our society.They also highlight the growing and key role which volunteers are playing in times of rapid change and unprecedented challenges. Whether driven by a neighbourly passion to help others or to achieve that well recognised “high” of personal satisfaction, volunteering taps into a rich spirit of generosity, ingenuity and kindness. The Queen’s Award’s judges are proud to honour the achievements of those who help to make our country great.Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said:I’m extremely grateful for the work being carried out by volunteers across the country, and this prestigious award is extremely well deserved. I’d like to congratulate all of the winners, and thank them for the dedication to their communities.In these challenging times, charities, social enterprises and their volunteers have been the backbone of local communities.Recent research has shown that 99% of people who have volunteered report positive personal benefits, including a sense of purpose, achievement and feeling as though they are making a difference. I hope today’s award inspires people and I encourage everyone to consider how they could volunteer in some way.This year’s recipients demonstrate the diversity of organisations supporting our communities and also their ability to innovate – including:Second Wave Centre for Youth Arts in London provides a meeting place for young people, diverting them from criminal activity through theatre and writing projects. During the pandemic, they have established a series of small, socially-distanced support groups.Fellrunner Village Bus in Cumbria is a volunteer minibus service for rural communities across Eden District. They provide much-needed access to shops and services for the elderly and isolated. During the pandemic, they provided shopping and collected prescriptions for shielding villagers, and also delivered food parcels.Westhill and District Men’s Shed in Aberdeenshire bring men together for friendship, to reduce loneliness and improve mental health. During the pandemic, they used a 3D printer to produce 2700 face shields for care staff.A Safe Space to be Me in County Antrim provides mental health support in a rural community. During the pandemic, they delivered 48 laptops for home schooling and provided practical support and financial aid.Barmouth Community First in Gwynedd provides a fast response to accidents and emergencies in a rural area until an ambulance arrives. During the pandemic, they have delivered prescriptions to shielded members of the community, and collect essential medical supplies to assist the local pharmacy.Nominations for the 2022 awards close on 15 September 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:3D, Ambulance, community, coronavirus, Democracy, Eden, Government, Ireland, London, loneliness, mental health, Queen, Scotland, social enterprise, UK, UK Government, Youthlast_img read more

Napa Green Invites Visitors Back to the Napa Valley with a…

first_imgShare Email Linkedin Previous articleAfternoon Brief, October 27Next articleDomaine Santa Duc – 2020 Harvest Report Press Release Home Industry News Releases Napa Green Invites Visitors Back to the Napa Valley with a Green…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessNapa Green Invites Visitors Back to the Napa Valley with a Green Travel Package for the HolidaysBy Press Release – October 27, 2020 312 0 Twitter Advertisement(Napa Valley, CA, October 27, 2020) — Napa is in orange, so why not go green? The skies have cleared over the Napa Valley, and the State of California has shifted Napa County to moderate Orange tier status. This tier designation means wineries and restaurants can now offer indoor and outdoor service at 25-50% occupancy levels. Do you want to support the community in the wake of the fires? Get your Napa Green Passport and Travel Package, combining unique offers at 15 Napa Green Certified sustainable wineries with green lodging and outdoor experience discounts. “While our community is recovering from recent hillside fires, the beauty of the Napa Valley remains,” says Anna Brittain, Executive Director of Napa Green. “Grapes are fermenting, cooler weather has arrived, and leaves are changing color. Our Napa Green wineries want to welcome guests back for the holidays. Each purchase of a Napa Green Passport supports businesses that are committed to conservation and climate action.”The Napa Green Passport and Travel Package unlocks over $600 in value and can easily pay for itself in one day. There are 15 different wine tasting offers, including half-off tours and tastings at Tres Sabores and Chimney Rock or a complimentary tasting (with gourmet nibbles) at Handwritten Wines. Passport holders also receive a 10% discount at LEED-Platinum certified Bardessono Hotel & Spa, which was voted California’s top 5-star hotel in 2018. In Napa, the same deal is on offer at The Westin Verasa (a certified Green Business), situated by the Napa River, Oxbow Market, and the Napa Valley Wine Train. Guests can get outdoors and kayak or paddleboard through the Carneros sparkling wine region with Napa Valley Paddle. Those who like to bike can ride the Vine Trail with Napa Valley Bike Tours. For hiking with amazing valley views, take a tour with Active Wine Adventures. All of these experiences are offering Napa Green discounts. There is something else that sets the Napa Green Tasting Passport apart. Napa Green is setting aside “3% for the Community.” Three percent of Passport profits will go to UpValley Family Centers, which provides strengths-based, culturally relevant services, including emergency assistance. UpValley Family Centers has stood on the county’s COVID-19 and fire response frontlines, providing essential aid and other resources to low-income families impacted by recent crises. The Napa Green Tasting Passport is $99 per person, or $84 with the purchase of two or more passports, and can be purchased on CellarPass. The Passport purchase unlocks the suite of Napa Green Travel Package discounts. Passports are good through December 31, 2020. Be sure to make advanced reservations and bring your classiest mask. Get your Napa Green Passport and Travel Package and support conscientious businesses as they recover.About Napa GreenNapa Green serves as a catalyst and facilitator to grow certified sustainable, responsible businesses committed to environmental stewardship, climate action, and social equity in Napa County. The Napa Green Winery and Land programs offer comprehensive third-party certification of rigorous soil to bottle standards for sustainable winemaking and grape growing. Napa Green members protect and restore the Napa River watershed, save energy and water, reduce waste and carbon footprint, and commit to being conscientious employers and good neighbors. Learn more at NapaGreen.org.Advertisement TAGSNapa Green ReddIt Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

MyRepublic seals MVNO deal with StarHub

first_img Joseph Waring Asia Singapore-based MyRepublic announced it finalised an MVNO agreement with StarHub which will enable it to launch services using the city state’s second largest mobile operator’s network.MyRepublic, which lost out in late December 2016 to Australia-based fixed-line operator TPG in its bid to become the country’s fourth mobile operator, will face an increasingly competitive market. In addition to Singtel, StarHub and M1, three MVNOs launched over the past two years.Zero1 official launched service in March using network capacity from market leader Singtel, just months after Australia-headquartered Zero Mobile introduced its service in December 2017, also leasing Singtel’s network. Liberty Wireless, a regional MVNO, launched 4G service in Singapore in May 2016 under the Circles.Life brand.The ISP said it expects to launch mobile services in Singapore “very soon, with details on its plans and bundles to come”.MyRepublic first announced its intentions to launch mobile service in 2015 and has been looking for a partner since it failed to acquire the fourth mobile licence.“This is a great opportunity for both MyRepublic and StarHub,” claimed Yap Yong Teck, managing director of MyRepublic Singapore. “Beyond having an excellent mobile network, it’s important we work with an MNO partner that’s well-aligned with us in terms of strategy.”“MyRepublic has resonated with Singapore’s younger, more tech-savvy crowd and that is where we will continue with focus with our mobility services,” Yong Teck added. HomeAsiaNews MyRepublic seals MVNO deal with StarHub StarHub financials tumble on Covid-19 woes Previous ArticleSprint CEO steps aside to focus on mergerNext ArticleKT Q1 profit rises despite ARPU drop MVNOs mount South Korea 5G pricing challenge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 MAY 2018 center_img Tags Author StarHub ready for continued challenges Related Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more MVNOMyRepublicStarHublast_img read more

Cook leads entering Sunday at CareerBuilder

first_imgLA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole. Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk. ”Kip said, ‘Let’s finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.’ We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, ‘Let’s just do the same thing. Let’s get this line right and if you get the line right it’s going in.”’ It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn’t get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph. Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge CareerBuilder Challenge: Articles, photos and videos ”I know that I wouldn’t have wanted to play the Stadium today,” Cook said. ”I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.” Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies. ”Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,” Cook said. ”Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.” After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197. ”I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,” Cook said. ”I’ve been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn’t play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.” He’s making his first start in the event. ”I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,” Cook said. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome. ”Piller’s a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,” said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ”Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.” Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies. ”A little bit of a survival day,” Rahm said. The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course. ”The course is firming up,” Rahm said. ”I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you’ll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.” Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium. ”I controlled my ball really well today,” he said. Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium. Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener. Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over. John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.last_img read more

Chinese market: Solar company attains highest credit quality rating

first_imgRead more:BNEF survey ranks JinkoSolar as a top solar brand “In the future, we will continue to assume the responsibility of a leading PV company, bringing to market more optimised PV products, and strongly support the global transformation to clean and green energy and drive the high-quality development of the global solar industry,” concluded Chen.   Finance and Policy Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Kangping Chen, Chief Executive Officer of JinkoSolar, said: “In order to further promote the development towards grid parity, we will focus our efforts on product iteration and continue to bring premium quality products to our global customers that will reduce costs and improve system efficiency.” Based on its product innovation, supply stability and a well-established global service network – JinkoSolar has been ranked first in terms of global shipments for four consecutive years. With this recognition, JinkoSolar sets a new company milestone and benchmark for the rest of the PV industry in terms of user satisfaction and quality management. Respected in the Chinese and international solar markets It continues to elevate international standards for intelligent premium quality manufacturing, with its advanced intelligent equipment and excellent quality control system, JinkoSolar has been awarded numerous international quality certifications, and its outstanding reputation has contributed to positioning Chinese manufacturers as some of the most dominant players in the global PV industry beyond China. To build on this rating, the company aims to focus its R&D efforts on its core technologies, and upgrade and optimise production lines to improve the quality of solar PV products. An innovative solar module manufacturer, JinkoSolar, now holds the only AAA rating for credit quality from the China Association for Quality (CAQ).center_img BRICS Also of interest:Surprising trends influencing solar PV technology Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter This maximum rating is the recognition of market quality credit management capabilities and levels of a company, through a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s credit, quality assurance capabilities, market operation capabilities and other indicators, conducted by the Chinese market quality association. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development TAGSJinkoSolarRatings agencysolar power Previous articleDoing business in Africa not a one-size-fits-all propositionNext articleConsortium wins bid to develop hybrid solar projects in DRC ESI Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Leveraging the company’s leading intelligent manufacturing process and product quality, JinkoSolar has become a highly respected name in the global PV industry. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image: Stock JinkoSolar, one of the largest solar module manufacturers in the world, announced that it is now the sole PV company to be given the highest AAA rating for credit quality in the Chinese market.last_img read more

Making Peace with Imperfection

first_imgYear 1992. Chemistry class. The professor bellowed, “What is the formula for Sodium Plumbite?” After a series of wrong answers from my classmates and the teacher’s frustration in a rising crescendo, it was my turn. “NaPbO2?” I hazarded a guess. One look at the professor’s face and I instantly knew I was wrong. I hated the fact that I’d made a mistake, particularly because the Chemistry teacher was one of our favourites.Well, the point is that I never forgot the formula of sodium plumbite (By the way, it’s Na2PbO2). I wish I could boast of that great a memory when it comes to all other aspects of Chemistry, ha! So why do I remember that formula so vividly after all these years? I think it’s because I got it wrong. Looking back, I’ve realized that I’ve learned more from my mistakes than any other way.Today perfection is hailed as a praiseworthy goal. To some extent, I do identify with the pursuit of perfection. Recall Rabindranath Tagore’s line: “…tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection”. We strive tirelessly towards perfection and what a splendid goal that is! But let our attempts to attain perfection not belittle the role that mistakes and legitimate errors play in our path to success.As much as I admire Edison for his ingenious invention of the light bulb, I esteem him even more for his attitude. Edison had adopted a unique stance when it came to mistakes. He had worked out no fewer than 3,000 theories about electric light, each of them reasonable and likely to be true — but in only two cases were his experiments successful! That brings Edison’s count to 2998 wrong attempts! When asked about results, Edison said, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” To this great innovator, every wrong attempt, every mistake was a step forward towards his goal. What an attitude to adopt in a world where convention and common sense tell us to lament our mistakes! Needless to say, almost every successful innovator has had a history of mistakes, disappointments and a series of failures before they hit the “jackpot”.Alfred Adler, renowned Austrian psychiatrist aptly used the analogy of swimming. “What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning — and some of them many times over — what do you find? That you can swim? Well — life is just the same as learning to swim! Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”Famous Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, said, “A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself”. Yes, we feel like a fool when we “goof up”. But are mistakes to be avoided like the plague? Or are they just a natural and necessary part of the growing process? Well, the reassuring thing is that making mistakes may not be such a bad thing after all — if you learn from them and if you start afresh after each mistake, a wiser person next time!“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael JordanBy Ashuta Karandikarlast_img read more

Canada Takes Third in Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*

first_img SIGN UP 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. The highlight event of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) crowned its victors Friday afternoon at The Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Ten teams competed in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, including two from both the United States and Canada. Team USA 1 finished first with a total of 219.313 points. Team USA 2 was second with 208.675 points and Team Canada 1 rounded out the top three teams with 205.346 points.Following the close of the Nations Cup competition, a protest was filed by the Chef d’Equipe for Team Europe with the Appeals Committee for Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) of Team Europe on the judging of her ride. There was a meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 am with the FEI Representative, the President of the Ground Jury, the FEI steward, the three members of the Appeals Committee – Lorraine MacDonald (CAN), Marian Cunningham (PER), and Sandy Hotz (USA) – the Team Europe Chef d’Equipe, and Mikala Munter Gundersen.Lorraine MacDonald of the Appeals Committee stated, “We agreed that it was handled in a rider-friendly manner. It was an unfortunate situation, but the appeal was a non-appealable situation. The final decision rested with the President of the Ground Jury, Linda Zang. It ended in an amicable situation where everyone was clear with what happened, and the judges’ final decision was upheld.”Judges for both classes yesterday were: Anne Gribbons at E, Joan Macartney at H, Linda Zang at C, Evi Eisenhardt at M, and Mirabel Alonso at B.Team USA 1 included Prix St. Georges competitors Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin and Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O, in addition to Grand Prix competitors Heather Blitz and Paragon and Shelly Francis and Doktor. The team put in remarkably high scores throughout Friday’s competition, including the high scores for both classes of the Nations Cup competition. Herslow and Rosmarin earned the top score of the FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* class with an impressive 72.079%. Blitz and Paragon finished first in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-O 3* with a 71.021%. Blitz had another 3% added to her grand prix score with the new format of this Nations Cup competition to contribute a total score of 74.021% for the team competition.Team USA 2 consisted of Cesar Parra and Van the Man (total 72.043% grand prix score), Susan Dutta and Currency DC (total 65.915% grand prix score), Justin Hardin and Wyatt Star (68.395% Prix St. Georges score), and Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop (68.237% Prix St. Georges score).Team Canada 1 was thrilled with their team’s top three finish and was eager to be a part of developing the sport in the Americas. Their team consisted of Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio (70.395% Prix St. Georges score), Brittany Fraser and All In (66.079% Prix St. Georges score), David Marcus and Don Kontes (total 68.872% Grand Prix score), and Evi Strasser and Action Tyme (64.021% Grand Prix score).“I’m probably the only one here that can actually remember when the Pan American Games were all Grand Prix and also when it changed to Prix St. Georges,” Christilot Boylen commented. “I think this is a wonderful start and I think after some discussion, this format could be wonderfully conducive to developing dressage in the Americas.”Team Canada II took sixth place with a total of  200.395. The team was made up of Lee Tubman with De La Rosa, Maya Markowski with Lumiere and Lindsay Kollock with  Hunter Douglas Rhapsody. Tags: Evi Strasser, Action Tyme, David Marcus, Don Kontes, Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Lee Tubman, Christilot Boylen, Dio Mio, Brittany Fraser, All In, De La Rosa, Maya Markowski, Lumiere, Hunter Douglas Rhapsody, Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*, Lindsay Kollock, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*last_img read more