Emergency Support for Fort McMurray Equestrian Community

first_imgMore 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 In light of the wildfires in Fort McMurray, AB, Equine Canada (EC) would like to share the following update from the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) with the Canadian equestrian community:The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) greatly appreciates the outpour of support of the Alberta equine community and have been assembling a growing list of individuals and businesses who are willing to open up their farms and homes to those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray and their horses.The AEF will be doing all we can to update the equine community on the fire situation(s) as we receive them from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Emergency Directors and we are the first point of contact for equine updates.We are currently in communication with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Horse Racing Alberta, and many other provincial equine organizations to coordinate help for those in need.At this time, emergency aid in the way of funds are needed for feed, water, transportation and veterinary care; these are of the utmost importance at this time. The AEF will match donations received up to $5,000. Donations of other items will be required at a later date to assist with recovery and replacement and the AEF will help with this coordination as well.If you are interested in providing aid in the form of a monetary donation, feel free to forward an etransfer (Security answer: fortmacequine) to Email: [email protected] or contact the office:Rita, 403-253-4411 ext. 7 or toll-free: 1-877-463-6233 ext. 7The AEF is unable to issue taxable receipts, however donations over $250 are eligible for a taxable donation receipt and can be made by completing this donation form.We encourage those offering to house equines to please familiarize themselves with Biosecurity best practices to help prevent a disease outbreak. If you are interested in being added to our contact list to help, please contact our office with contact information and the specifics as to what you can assist with.The AEF sends our thoughts to all residents and evacuees affected by the fires and we will continue to provide support for our equine friends. Tags: Alberta Equestrian Federation, Fort McMurray foires, Email* 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP last_img read more

Port Arthur Police ask for help locating strangulation suspect

first_img Police said Johnson has an outstanding Jefferson County warrant for assault family violence – strangulation.Police have not released details about the alleged crime or the suspect’s connection to Port Arthur. Port Arthur Police Department officers are searching for a man tied to a strangulation accusation.On Friday evening, police announced they are asking for the public’s help locating 23-year-old Aubrum Jamaal Johnson. In you have any information on Johnson’s whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers of SETX at 409-833-TIPS (8477).center_img You won’t be asked your name and you may be eligible for a CASH reward. You can also report the tip by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smartphone.last_img read more

Remembering the life of an MK soldier

first_imgFumanekile Booi, the regional chairman of the Dullah Omar region, second from right, honoured slain MK soldier Anton Fransch. Friends, comrades, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) veterans and the ANC Youth League, held a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday November 17, to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the death of MK soldier Anton Fransch. The ceremony took place outside the Church Street house, where he died on November 17, 1989. Two years ago, a plaque was unveiled on the boundary wall of that house in remembrance of him. Mr Fransch died after an eight-hour battle between him and the combined apartheid security forces, which was later dubbed the “Battle of Athlone”. He was killed after a hand grenade was flung into the bedroom he was taking cover in. Fumanekile Booi, the regional chairman of the Dullah Omar region and MK commander, said no-one could compare to Mr Fransch when it came to his knowledge of weapons at that time. “He was a specialist in firearms. It was no easy feat to fight against combined forces, but he did it all on his own. Anton is a national hero. It is not enough to talk about unity; we must build that unity within the movement,” Mr Booi said. Basil Snayer, the uncle of another slain MK soldier, Robbie Waterwitch, and the neighbour to the house where Mr Fransch was killed, said it was heartwarming to see so many comrades attending the evening ceremony.“There was a young UCT student, named David Govender, who lived next door to me. We didn’t really know much about him. He made sure that he was never discovered as Anton Fransch. He was disciplined, aware, and knew what his mission was. What is our mission? “Anton was cornered here in the dead of night by a platoon of policemen. It was three hours after the shooting started that it dawned on me that it was David Govender. He died – not in a hail of bullets – as I saw a policeman throw a hand grenade into the room. We are here tonight to acknowledge an enormous sacrifice, as we, as the community, remember all those who died in the struggle. “We acknowledge the Fransch family and the contribution they made. They must have known what he did. We acknowledge their pain, as well as the pain of those who fought alongside him. We acknowledge the pain of Nicky Asher-Pedro, as their son, Nathan Asher, was two years old when Anton died. “It is not easy for anyone to lose someone in that way. Our mission is to ensure that people like Coline Williams, Robbie Waterwitch, Ashley Kriel and Anton did not lose their lives in vain,” Mr Snayer said. When asked if Anton would be happy with the situation in the country today, Ms Asher-Pedro said he would be angered at the state of affairs. “Our leadership is no example after 22 years of democracy. Nathan is very proud of his father, although he cannot remember him. However, his legacy lives on in the work Nathan does. Anton believed in justice, and Nathan works with troubled youth to get them away from gangsterism and drugs. Anton was a gift from God, and Nathan’s name means ‘gift from God’, and he sure is a gift from God,” Ms Asher-Pedro said. Fumanekile Booi, the regional chairman of the Dullah Omar region, second from right, honoured slain MK soldier Anton Fransch. 1 of 2center_img Nicky Asher-Pedro, former girlfriend of Anton Fransch, said their son, Nathan Asher, is proud of his father.last_img read more

Kentucky looks to earn bowl eligibility in Stoops’ 3rd year

first_imgHOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he’s learned a lot of “valuable lessons” during his first two years leading the Wildcats and feels the program will keep moving forward in year three.Kentucky fell one win short of bowl eligibility in 2014, losing its final six games after starting the season with a 5-1 record. The Wildcats return 14 starters from that team, including seven on both sides of the ball.Junior quarterback Patrick Towles is back after throwing for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, but Stoops says Wednesday at SEC Media Days that he’s still competing for this year’s starting job with freshman Drew Barker.Kentucky is trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2010 season.last_img read more