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first_img Press Association Tony McCoy heads to Exeter for three rides tomorrow on what could prove a landmark day in the record-breaking champion jockey’s career. Nicky Henderson’s Punchestown bumper runner-up was the 4-11 favourite for his debut over timber and moved sweetly enough in the hands of the 18-times champion. There was a slight moment of concern for his supporters as the six-year-old made a mistake four flights from home and he was also less than convincing at the final obstacle, but his class advantage was clear as he came home 10 lengths clear of Fine Words. Talking about Captain Cutter’s mistake four flights from the finish, McCoy said: “When he jumped, he almost caught his head. It could have been worse. He could have knuckled over, but thankfully he didn’t. “With the price that he went off at, he won the way he should have. “He is a nice type of horse, he needs to brush up on his jumping and needs a bit of experience. “He has started off well. I’m not sure he is the easiest horse to ride, but hopefully he will be (in time), all being well.” McCoy added to his tally with his final ride from three on the card as 11-10 favourite Foundation Man claimed victory in the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Chase. Jonjo O’Neill’s charge received a reminder from McCoy down the back straight, but mastered Lemon’s Gent from the home turn and looked to have the race in safe keeping jumping the second-last. Upton Mead came from further back to try to make a race of it under a familiar foe in Richard Johnson, but Foundation Man safely negotiated the final obstacle and was always doing enough to hold on by two and three-quarter lengths. McCoy said: “He has been a disappointing horse, to be honest. “He was going everywhere but forward, but he obviously has ability and he can improve. He is taking a step nearer and he is getting better. “You can see from the size of him that he is a chaser, and hopefully he will improve with every race he runs.” Assessing his chances at Exeter, McCoy said: “I wouldn’t say they are good chances. Flemenson is probably the best one.” The O’Neill-trained Flemenson bids to make in two from two over obstacles in the opening novice hurdle at the Devon venue, while McCoy also rides Keen Eye in a similar event and Well Hello There, also trained by O’Neill, goes in a handicap chase. A double at Kempton courtesy of Captain Cutter and Foundation Man left McCoy on 3,998 career winners over jumps – and two successes at Exeter would see him reach the magical 4,000 at the track that saw him register his first British winner back in September 7, 1994, on the Gordon Edwards-trained Chickabiddy Captain Cutter survived a less-than-fluent round of jumping to ultimately run out a comfortable winner of the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle. last_img read more

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by WET Science CenterKids enjoying a previous Sensory-Friendly Sunday. Photo courtesy: WET Science CenterLOTT’s WET Science Center is partnering with the Exceptional Families Network to offer a “Sensory-Friendly Sunday” from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on June 4, 2017. This event provides a comfortable and accepting environment for youth and adults with sensory differences. The WET Science Center will lower the lights, turn down the volume on games, and offer an optional visual scavenger hunt for the exhibit gallery.  With input from local families, a variety of tactile sensory play activities will be available for guests of all ages. Visitors can also enjoy arts and crafts, hand fidgets, sensory bottles and play bins, a book nook, and quiet spaces for breaks. The WET Center hosted its first Sensory-Friendly Sunday in February 2017 and plans to continue to offer these special events once per quarter.The event gives people ways to explore their environment in a way that is friendly to them. Photo courtesy: WET Science CenterExceptional Families Network is a nonprofit organization working with families who have experienced the unique joys and challenges of parenting children with special needs. Members of its staff will be available at a resource table full of information, upcoming special events, and local support services.The WET Science Center is located at 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia. Regular hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and admission is always free. Follow the WET Science Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on upcoming events! For more information visit the WET Science Center’s website.last_img read more

first_imgOn October 21, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the nonprofit Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) will announce the winner of a design competition aimed at advancing green residential construction in cold climates. The contestants are teams of UAF students, and their assignment is to develop green design strategies for building net-zero-energy housing in an Arctic environment.The winning team, to be selected by CCHRC experts, will be honored during an award ceremony. But the real prize will be the incorporation of at least some of the winning team’s proposals in the development of a “sustainable village” on the UAF campus.The cold road aheadAs UAF explains it in a press release, the goal is to build the first cluster of four four-bedroom homes by the summer of 2012 and incorporate what is learned from each phase of the project into the design and construction of successive phases. While a lot is already known about how to make buildings in Arctic climates comfortable, the UAF Sustainable Village, as the project is called, aims to incorporate a wide range of green building practices.“We still need to solve critical design and technology problems related to building in this climate. The Sustainable Village will help solve those problems, while providing hands-on learning and fostering a community of students who are committed to sustainability,” said Jack Hébert, president and CEO of CCHRC.The CCHRC/UAF team will focus on several issues, including siting, materials, wastewater, and power, with the aims of minimizing environmental impact and maximizing energy efficiency. The goal is to achieve net-zero energy in buildings with low construction, operating, and maintenance costs.The village will incorporate renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and biomass, and will use local and recycled materials whenever possible. Researchers also want to test innovative wastewater systems, including gray-water recycling and on-site sewage treatment.last_img read more

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first_imgThe National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) today announced a partnership with award-winning entertainer Rita Moreno as part of its Insure U consumer education campaign.Rita Moreno poses with a photo of her late husband, Leonard GordonCredit/Copyright: Paolo Vescia 2016Though many know about her extraordinary career, Rita’s struggle following her husband Leonard’s death often goes untold, yet mirrors a situation familiar to many seniors.During their 46-year marriage, Leonard was solely responsible for handling the family’s financial affairs. After his passing, Rita was not only emotionally exhausted, but completely unprepared to take on complex insurance and financial plans.“I was so busy with my career and not really interested in learning about our finances, so it made sense for Leonard to handle it alone,” said Moreno, who is one of 12 EGOT winners. “Looking back, it would have been much wiser for us to have taken the time to share that information with each other. Losing him was hard enough, but the added stress of not knowing anything about our insurance or finances made it even tougher.”Motivated by her experience, Rita has partnered with the NAIC to encourage older Americans to prevent themselves from ending up in the same situation:• Sharing is caring. If your plans and policies are a mystery to your spouse or partner, do not wait any longer to share. An open exchange of information is vital to ensure you are both prepared if one of you is unable to provide information. • Ask the experts. When reviewing your plans and policies, do not make assumptions. A call to your state insurance department can help clear up confusion about insurance policies and ensure you are not carrying more insurance than necessary, which may help save money and prevent fraud. • Pass it on. Make sure your adult children understand your long-term care plans, life insurance policies, end-of-life wishes and the importance of planning ahead for their family. “This situation really made my daughter think,” said Rita. “She learned a very valuable lesson from my experience.”Featured in a nationally-distributed radio public service announcement (in English and Spanish), Rita hopes her story resonates with families and inspires them to make smart insurance and retirement planning decisions together.“We know that planning for the future can be unsettling, but it is imperative to develop a strategy and we are pleased Rita is lending her voice to the effort,” said John M. Huff, NAIC President and Missouri Insurance Director. “Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and too many are behind in their retirement planning. Our partnership with Rita will complement the NAIC’s Retirement Security Initiative to take some of the fear and guesswork out of planning ahead.”As part of the campaign, Rita offers a senior’s perspective on modern advancements such as social media and the sharing economy in a video series entitled “Life Unscripted,” which can be seen on Insure U. For more tips to help seniors get insurance-smart and avoid fraud, NAIC offers 10 Tips To Help Seniors Navigate the 21st Century, a resource covering the aforementioned modern advancements as well as things seniors should know about long-term care, living with adult children and annuities.For unbiased tips and tools to help consumers understand their insurance options, visit www.insureuonline.org, NAIC’s award-winning online education resource. Consumers interested in insurance information specific to where they live can contact their state insurance commissioner.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook TORONTO’S SOMALI MUSLIM R&B SINGER AMAAL ON EMBRACING SONGS ABOUT ‘SEXUALITY AND INTIMACY’Amaal Nuux’s is, admittedly, kind of an ideal “Toronto” story: a former refugee of Somali-Muslim extraction defies the deeply embedded socio-cultural codes against women making music in her home country by flirting with mainstream R&B success at the international level, from her adopted home base in a far more pluralistic and permissive Canadian city. READ MORE AMAAL NUUX IS THE TORONTO R&B ARTIST YOU NEED TO KNOWToday, Toronto singer Amaal Nuux shared with us what she has been so diligently working on for the last two years: her EP, Black Dove. The R&B singer first caught our attention with her stunning visuals for her single “Not What I Thought,” a video shot throughout the beautifully rugged landscapes of Iceland, and we’ve found ourselves following her every move since. One Thursday night in March, we found ourselves at an intimate show she held at Soho House in downtown Toronto, and as we sat sipping our Cab Merlot, listening to her croon through her mic a few feet away, it became obvious that we were going to be lifelong fans. READ MORE AMAAL – BLACK DOVEBased on the six tracks that comprise her Black Dove EP, wider recognition for Toronto singer songwriter Amaal is inevitable. The artist formerly known as Amaal Nuux caught ears, by way of social media platforms, back in 2012 with tracks “Mufasa,” “With You” and “Words Revealed.” READ MOREFOLLOW AMAAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA:INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amaalnuux/?hl=enFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AmaalNuux/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AmaalNuuxSPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/303QuG0TpJTXGxf8B9Jf47 Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Q&A | AMAAL NUUXA beautiful weekday morning in Manhattan is the ideal time for a leisurely stroll towards SoHo’s Elizabeth Street Garden. Everything is pleasantly tranquil and undisturbed: sales clerks aimlessly move about the little shops down the street, neighborhood locals languidly walk their dogs while picking up a morning cup of joe. In the garden, I find the enchanting Amaal Nuux posing by tamed greenery — her soft skin glowing, her eyes glistening in the rays of sunlight. She smiles, “It’s gorgeous over here, isn’t it?” READ MOREAmaal – Photo by Renata Kaveh LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more