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Blackbaud Inc to float

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first_img Howard Lake | 4 March 2004 | News  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Blackbaud Inc, the software company behind The Raiser’s Edge, is to sell shares in an Initial Public Offering (‘IPO’).Blackbaud filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 20 February 2004 indicating its proposed initial public offering of $100 million of its common stock.If the offering goes ahead, it should ensure that Blackbaud will have much enhanced coffers with which to fund expansion and product development. Advertisement Blackbaud Inc to float About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance Giving/Philanthropy Technologylast_img read more

Tax changes may have caused big drop in donations in Ireland

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first_img Tagged with: Finance Ireland Law / policy legacies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tax changes may have caused big drop in donations in Ireland  89 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Changes in Irish tax rules brought in in 2007 may be having the effect of reducing the amount of money which is donated to charity by high earners, according to a study undertaken by the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI).In 2007 donations which were granted tax relief totalled €3.35 million, but this figure fell by 35% to €2.4 million in 2009.Announced in the 2006 Budget, the 2007 Finance Act introduced, with effect from 1 January 2007, measures to limit the use of certain tax reliefs and exemptions by high-income individuals, the ‘High Earners Restriction’. Such individuals had in previous years substantially reduced their tax liabilities by the cumulative use of various tax incentive reliefs.CFI said that while it was mostly in favour of the move by the Revenue Commissioners to restrict tax exemptions for wealthy people it was unfortunate that charitable donations were classified with commercial income.It called for a distinction to be made between tax relief on commercial activities and charitable donations as “there can be no benefit to the donor in the case of charitable donations”.CFI acknowledges that the reduction in the level of charitable donations could be interpreted to mean that high earners in Ireland are being less charitable or that are now using other reliefs available to them. “The answer may be both”, it said.They have renewed their call, ahead of the Budget, for decoupling of the tax relief available to commercial activities and charitable donations to be agreed and implementing.www.communityfoundation.ie About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 13 October 2011 | Newslast_img read more

Limerick publicans remain on alert of ongoing closure threat posed by…

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first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print Local pub owners remain on alert of potentially having to close their doors again, should there be a resurgence in coronavirus cases.Two weeks ago the Treaty City, and County, teetered on the edge of Level 3 restrictions, however numbers of cases have begun to ease somewhat.“We’re kind of relieved to be getting back to business, but at the same time were a bit apprehensive,” offered Aengus D’Arcy, owner of JJ Bowles pub, regarded as the city’s oldest pub.D’Arcy has reduced capacity from around 100 “to about 40-50”, which “will change the whole atmosphere”.“It’s kind of good news for Limerick at the moment, but that could change very quickly for the worse for us,” he said.For the first time since the riverside pub opened in 1794 customers must wear masks entering the premise and while walking to the toilets or smoking area.Despite the restrictions, D’Arcy remained upbeat, and “looking froward to a bit of craic again”.Mike McMahon, who runs Mother Mac’s, on the opposite side of the River Shannon, said he’d invested “up to €30,000” on making the premises covid-friendly.After opening the doors at 10.30am, trade was “slow but steady”.McMahon has installed Perspex screens, created eleven new snugs, and even (upgraded) “air extraction and air handling“.“We are moving dirty air out of the premises and clean air in a more efficient manner,” he went on.He agreed the situation remains “very fluid”.“If I am asked to close again, I will do it without question.”Donal Mulchay, proprietor of Nancy Blakes, and Tom Collins bar, was thrilled to be open again.“It’s fantastic, and it’s great to see some of our oldest regulars coming straight back into us,” he said beaming.Mulcahy said he hoped to start booking live music acts in the near future but acknowledged the reopening could be short-lived. Email WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Linkedin “There’s a possibility we could close again. If we got 24-48 hours (out of this) we’d be locking up and coming back in six months time, but I have to be positive – I wouldn’t have opened today if I wasn’t.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR JJ Bowels WET pubs in Limerick city walked a tightrope Monday as they tentatively opened for the first time in six months. Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleSenior Camogie glory for Kileedy and Intermediate triumph for BruffNext articleLet’s Go Bats – Limerick’s Lesser Horseshoe Bats David Raleigh WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsLimerick publicans remain on alert of ongoing closure threat posed by Covid-19By David Raleigh – September 21, 2020 668 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener last_img read more

ECISD board to meet with attorney about IR schools

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first_img Pinterest Thompson & Horton LLC.Agenda of Special Workshop Meeting agenda. Pinterest Twitter Facebook Local NewsGovernment Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet for a special workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.The board will have a discussion of its improvement required campuses and meet with attorney David Thompson of the law firm Thompson & Horton LLC.Zavala, Ector and Noel Elementary School are in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability standards.ECISD has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards. With Zavala and Noel Elementary schools and Ector Middle School in their fifth year of improvement required, if they don’t come off, the campuses will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Under a law passed by the legislature in 2015, TEA must take action if campuses cannot get off IR after five years. Crowe said it used to be up to seven years and then they “may” close the campus or campuses or put in a board of managers. That language has been changed to must.Thomson said he will review options under Senate Bill 1882 passed in 2017 and House Bill 1842, which contains the language about what the education commissioner must do.The focus will be on the two statutes and how they “interplay and work together,” Thompson said.Senate Bill 1882 allows a partnership with an in-district charter school. Thompson said an in-district charter is something a district can create itself. It could use a nonprofit organization in the community, another government entity, an institute of higher education or some combination of those.House Bill 1842 revised the accreditation sanctions. It’s the one that contains the language that if a district is on improvement required or low performing for a long enough period of consecutive years that ultimately the Texas Education Commissioner has two options — close the campus or take over the operation or management of the district as a whole, Thompson said.Thompson said if the district goes into a partnership with a charter school, it will get more funding. He said charter schools get about $1,000 more per child than an independent school district.“What (SB) 1882 says is if you enter into a partnership, the district gets the same money that a charter school would draw, plus you get a two-year stay on the accreditation sanctions that were in (HB) 1842,” Thompson said.More Information Facebookcenter_img ECISD board to meet with attorney about IR schools WhatsApp Twitter By admin – February 4, 2018 WhatsApp Previous articleECISD schedules more parent meetingsNext articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Fort Hays sweeps UTPB in opening weekend adminlast_img read more

Oxygen Shortage : Hospitals Should First Approach GNCTD Nodal Officer, Says Delhi High Court

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first_imgNews UpdatesOxygen Shortage : Hospitals Should First Approach GNCTD Nodal Officer, Says Delhi High Court Shreya Agarwal23 April 2021 7:23 AMShare This – xWith two more hospitals moving the Delhi High Court for medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients citing shortage, the court today directed that the hospitals and nursing homes must exercise the option of approaching the Nodal Officer of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, before approaching the court – even as the Delhi Government alleged that red tapeism was being practiced by the Central Government in dealing with the issue.However, the court has requested for instructions to be issued in respect of these two hospitals.The court passed the order in an urgent hearing of pleas moved by the Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre and Brahm Healthcare.The matter was being heard by the Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, who were informed by the centre on the issue that “a system” was already put in place by them for the problem, and that the same could be utilized by those facing any shortage. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre denied the allegations of red tapeism leveled by Sr. Adv. Rahul Mehra appearing for the AAP-led Delhi Government.Mehta submitted to the court that, “The Home Secretary is in touch with every Chief Secretary on Whatsapp. There is no red tape-ism.”Mehra informed the Court that although allocation had been done of oxygen for Delhi hospitals, the government was facing logistical problems including those of transportation which was delaying supply of oxygen despite allocation.He said, “In 3-4 days we will start getting oxygen from West Bengal and Odisha.”Earlier, the court was also intimated that some oxygen supply tankers were held up by local authorities in Haryana, who were not allowing transportation to Delhi.Responding Mehta said that, “The Hon’ble Prime Minister has impressed upon all the Chief Ministers to ensure that supply of oxygen is uninterrupted.”He elaborated that, “There is a system in place by Central Government. There is a Nodal Officer appointed by Delhi and every other state government also.”Saying that “various Secretary level people are already involved in the matter”, he added that the government has already given the name, number and details of the Nodal Officer to the concerned authorities.Upon the request of Sr. Adv. Mehra, the court has also added details of the concerned officers in its order.Citing the huge demand by hospitals and nursing homes, the court also said that the Delhi Government may have more officers dealing with the issue.Adv Priyadarshi Manish appearing for one of the hospitals submitted that the Nodal Officer “is not responding to the phone call. I’ve been aware of this number since Apr 22. The ground reality is totally different.”Justice Sanghi said to this, “Not just one number, there may be circulated 3 or 4 more numbers.”Mehra stressed that there has been a deficit of 100 MT of oxygen allocated but not supplied to Delhi, adding up everyday. Therefore, he made requests for allocation from nearby-Dehradun.Mehta again redirected this request to the concerned officers, stating that, “Every decision is dynamic. Nothing is cast in stone.”He said, “It appears to be a good decision but instead of my responding let some responsible officer be approached.”Responding, Mehra argued, “I’m glad that the suggestion seems good but the allocation is being done by the Empowered Group, not at the lower level.”The court then directed the Delhi Government to approach the Empowered Group with the reallocation suggestion.The court has noted that the Chief Secretary, Delhi Government would be making a re-allocation plan which would be sent to the concerned officials of the Centre, and directed that it may place it before the Centre and the committee without any delay. The Empowered Group is directed to examine it at the earliest.Further, the Court has also suggested usage of CNG cylinders for interim arrangement, in the shortage of cryogenic tanks, and directed the centre to examine this aspect and its feasibility.Lastly, the Court also sought to know about installation of oxygen generators, and pointed out that all aspects ruled about so far on these cases must be covered and compliances must be submitted to them in a tabulated format.The case is now listed for Apr 26.Click here to read/download the orderTagsDelhi High Court Covid-19 Delhi Government Justice Vipin Sanghi Justice Rekha Palli Oxygen Shortage Next Storylast_img read more

Senior consultant at LUH lends support to nurses striking

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first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Senior consultant at LUH lends support to nurses striking Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleGemma Collins in “absolute agony” after fall on Dancing on IceNext articleCllr calls for insurance legislation to be expedited News Highland A senior consultant at Letterkenny University Hospital has lent his support to nurses striking on Wednesday.During the first of six 24-hour nationwide work stoppages, more than 35,000 nurses will engage in industrial action.Seaking on today’s Nine til Noon Show, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Peter O’Rourke says nursing is a profession that deserves to be rewarded.He says there is no other sector that would put up with the working conditions they are subject to:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/orourke1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ By News Highland – January 28, 2019 Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

What SmartRent’s $2.2B SPAC means for multifamily

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first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Tags For more than a decade, smart-home technology has proliferated in the residential market, but has largely neglected rentals. At the same time, single-family rentals are surging thanks to institutional players such as Invitation Homes and Starwood.SmartRent’s hardware-agnostic platform is effectively an operating system for enterprise clients who want a single platform to manage an array of smart-home features.“It’s such a massive opportunity,” said Haldeman. “But we can’t access it without capital. We have eight or 10 salespeople and you can’t take down 43 million units in the U.S. with eight or 10 salespeople.”Accelerate plansBefore the deal with Fifth Wall, Haldeman said SmartRent was eyeing a traditional IPO. But he was drawn to Fifth Wall’s SPAC in part because of its strategic investor base.“These are not just customers, these are investors now in the company,” said Brendan Wallace, a co-founder of Fifth Wall, which has backed such unicorns as Opendoor, Doma and Blend.SmartRent has raised more than $101 million from investors since 2017, according to Crunchbase, including a $60 million Series C last May. That round was led by Spark Capital with participation from Fifth Wall, Energy Impact Partners, the Amazon Alexa Fund, Bain Capital Ventures and RET Ventures.SmartRent’s platform includes self-guided tours for tenants, WiFi, parking management and other services. It plans new products to facilitate lease signing, payments, video and security as well as metering for energy, water and air quality.According to Wallace, if all U.S. apartments used SmartRent, the nation could save 4 percent on energy costs. “This is going to become, I would argue, almost a prerequisite for any multifamily owner to meet these new carbon neutrality laws,” he said. “This is really powerful technology to help these owners achieve those standards.”In an investor presentation Thursday, SmartRent said the total addressable market for smart-home technology in the U.S. is $30 billion. By expanding into other verticals, such as student and military housing, the figure jumps to $80 billion. The international total is $200 billion.“It’s almost staggering,” Haldeman said of apartments’ lack of automation and remote control of operations. “We have pilots going in the U.K. and Canada, and what we’ve seen and what we know is that this is a global problem.”SmartRent is currently in 185,000 units, with 752,000 in the pipeline. Its customers own more than 3 million units.In an investor presentation, SmartRent estimated that it generated $53 million in revenue last year. It projected $119 million in 2021 and as much as $1.3 billion by 2024. The company is not profitable and lost an estimated $27 million on an EBITDA basis in 2020. It forecast positive earnings in 2022 with $10 million in EBITDA.Haldeman said the company is “on a path to be profitable” and will reach that goal by fulfilling orders to large institutional customers. “It’s not sort of speculative, ‘How are we going to get there?’” he said. “We just have to execute. We have to go physically install and get it done.”SPAC impactThe SmartRent deal is the first for a Fifth Wall SPAC.The Los Angeles-based VC firm, which has $2.5 billion under management, raised $345 million for its first SPAC in a February IPO. It has launched two additional SPACs — one looking to raise $150 million and the other, $250 million.The first one, Fifth Wall Acquisition Corp. I, does not have warrants, which are additional shares that investors can purchase if the stock hits a certain price. (The downside of warrants is they can dilute the stake of existing shareholders.)SPACs’ popularity exploded last year. And this year, 308 blank-check firms have gone public, raising more than $100 billion. By comparison, 59 went public in 2019, raising $13.6 billion.In recent weeks, federal regulators have started to probe the role of banks in these deals and urged investors to be cautious. Since then, the deals have nearly dried up: After a record 109 SPAC deals in March, there have been just 10 this month, CNBC reported.Wallace declined to comment on the broader SPAC environment. But he said Fifth Wall’s SPAC is unique, given the firm’s role “at the epicenter” of many proptech transactions. In the SmartRent deal, many of the company’s customers invested in the private investment in public equity, or PIPE.“I don’t think I‘ve seen anything like that in the SPAC landscape previously,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many strategic investors, the biggest names in real estate, get behind [a] company the way they have with SmartRent.”Contact E.B. Solomont Message* Fifth WallProptechSPAC Share via Shortlink Email Address* SmartRent’s Lucas Haldeman and Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace (iStock)As pandemic-challenged apartment landlords scrambled to cut costs, SmartRent CEO Lucas Haldeman’s phone lit up.The owners were eager to adopt the four-year-old firm’s operating platform, which lets them automate building operations such as climate control and door locks.To meet the demand and beef up its product offerings, SmartRent announced a deal Thursday to go public with a blank-check firm backed by proptech VC firm Fifth Wall.The deal values SmartRent at $2.2 billion — or 41.5 times the startup’s 2020 revenue — and will give it $513 million in cash. The deal also includes a $155 million investment from customers including Lennar, Invitation Homes and Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital.ADVERTISEMENTSmartRent, based in Phoenix, was founded in 2017 by Haldeman and Mitch Karren. Haldeman had been chief technology and marketing officer at Colony Starwood Homes, which merged with Invitation Homes in 2017.Read moreFifth Wall launches third SPACFifth Wall targets $250M for blank-check firmsMaking sense of the SPAC racelast_img read more

Utah Prep Sports Schedule: 4/13

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSoftball2-A SouthBeaver 11 Parowan 3Region 15Manti 14 Emery 4Baseball2-A NorthGunnison 5 North Sevier 42-A SouthKanab 7 Millard 0Beaver 15 Parowan 1Region 14Juab 13 Delta 0Region 15South Sevier 14 San Juan 3South Sevier 13 San Juan 3 April 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Prep Sports Schedule: 4/13 Tags: Beaver/Delta/Juab/Kanab/Manti/North Sanpete/North Sevier/Panguitch/South Sevier/Wasatch Academy Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Shane Sweetnam and Alejandro Win $401,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix

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first_img 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. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP The first five-star grand prix of the season was a treat for show-jumping fans as Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Alejandro, owned by Sweet Oak, Spy Coast, & Seabrook LLC, sped to the win in the $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday, February 13, at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).The fifth week of WEF at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center concludes on Sunday, February 14, with an action-packed Sunday lineup, including the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic and the $50,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI2*. Feature classes are available both live and on demand using the livestream.There were 40 entries in the grand prix competing over a course designed by Kelvin Bywater (GBR). Nine punched their ticket to a clear round and advanced to the jump-off. Riding first in the order in round one and the first to return were FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) team gold medalists Devin Ryan (USA) and Eddie Blue.Ryan opened up Eddie Blue’s large stride and covered the jump-off course in 38.74 seconds while leaving all of the jumps up.“I felt he was really jumping tonight so I decided to give it a little bit of a shot,” said Ryan of the 12-year-old 2009 KWPN gelding by VDL Zirocco Blue x Marlon owned by LL Show Jumpers LLC. “He has a massive stride, but he’s not the quickest horse in the air. Shane’s horse is a bit quicker across the ground, and Martin rode a better track than I did. I could’ve maybe left out a few strides in a couple places just by turning back a little tighter. I haven’t really been in a jump-off in a while or on a consistent basis, and I think you get a little rusty at that level. I just wanted to put down a nice effort where they had to chase me a bit early on, and it seemed to work out decently.”The next five riders in the jump-off fell victim to one rail down but clearing the course in fine form was World Number Two Martin Fuchs (SUI) and his 2018 WEG individual silver medalist mount, Clooney 51, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo owned by Luigi Baleri. They brought the winning time down to 37.16 seconds but would have to wait for the final two entries in the ring to determine the outcome.“I had an extra stride from the third to the fourth fence in the jump-off, which was the original one to two, and that’s where I lost it against Shane, who rode a really nice jump-off,” recalled Fuchs. “He didn’t look like he took that much of a risk; he just let his horse canter and he beat us all today.”It was a solid outing for Clooney 51, who last competed in a five-star event when he won the Rolex Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland, in December of 2019. Since then, he only competed in a handful of two-star events in 2020 due to the cancellation of many events in Europe. WEF 5 was his first competition since November.“When you have a year off of big showing and big classes, everything feels like new again,” admitted Fuchs. “I was very nervous today with Clooney even though he has done it all. I wasn’t sure how he would perform the first night out again, the first time in a big class, against the best horses in the world. It’s really satisfying to see that everything is still in place and that for me as a rider, I still make the right choices and my horse still competes as he did 14 months ago.”U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Garant followed Fuchs in the jump-off and put in a smooth clear round in 46.66 seconds to take fourth place.As the last in the ring for the jump-off, Sweetnam knew exactly what he had to do, and pushing Alejandro for speed as he crossed the starting timers, he didn’t let up through the long gallop to the final oxer on course. They landed clear in 37.03 seconds for victory.“Obviously Clooney is one of the best horses in the world, and I watched Devin who rode at the start and saw his numbers, so I just thought about having a good rhythm from the start and I tried to do the same as Devin,” said Sweetnam of his jump-off plan. “I have a very quick horse, and he’s quick in the air. It was very close at the end, so you had to have a bit of luck to get there and it happened today.”Sweetnam started riding Alejandro, a 12-year-old Rheinländer gelding by Acorado’s Ass x Contanga, two years ago.“I got him when he was quite green and raw, and we have built a great relationship,” shared Sweetnam. “[The break because of] COVID was good for him because it gave him time to chill out a bit, without traveling and doing bigger classes. Since then, he’s really been on form and placed in the top three or four in every grand prix he has done.“At the start of circuit, I blew the three-star under the lights,” he continued. “I was too far off the last fence, so I was mad at myself. It wasn’t really his fault, so I made up for it today and he made the difference.”Don Langdon, Managing Broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, said he was elated with how their competition has gone this week at WEF.“This is our sixth year of sponsoring the CSI5* event, and every year is just more enjoyable than the last,” he said. “I know in sports it’s very challenging to get into a ‘zone’ at the right time and with all the challenges we’ve had this year, for the three of you to have a night like tonight, you must feel really good. I can tell you from a spectator’s point of view, we were all so excited through the whole night. Number one, we were excited to be out, and number two, to watch the event with the way it started off with Devin and finished with Shane and Martin. You competed so well. I don’t know if we give as much kudos of the athleticism of the three of you riders as we should, but I’m happy I was there.”Concluding the night, Fuchs noted, “I also want to say thank you very much for [Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s] support in sponsoring this amazing grand prix. For us riders, it’s great that we get to come here to Florida and show at WEF. At home in Europe, there are only CSI2* classes and not really the level that we would like to compete at. For me, this is a great opportunity that I get to jump here and that we have so many generous CSI5* classes, so thank you from all the riders.”Final Results: $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5*1. ALEJANDRO: 2009 Rheinländer gelding by Acorado’s Ass x ContangaSHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Seabrook, SpyCoast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm: 0/0/37.032. CLOONEY 51: 2006 Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky x FerragamoMARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Luigi Baleri: 0/0/37.163. EDDIE BLUE: 2009 KWPN gelding by VDL Zirocco Blue x MarlonDEVIN RYAN (USA), LL Show Jumpers LLC: 0/0/38.744. GARANT: 2011 KWPN gelding by Warrant x C’est La VieELIZABETH MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/46.665. DON JUAN VAN DE DONKHOEVE: 2009 SBS stallion by Bamako de Muze x HeartbreakerJESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/4/37.116. PACINO AMIRO: 2012: Irish Sport Horse mare by Pacino x Carnone Dancing QueenBERTRAM ALLEN (IRL), Aiden McGregory: 0/4/37.187. BARDOLINA 2: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x LandosMARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/4/37.618. HESTER: 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro vd Begijnakker)LUCY DESLAURIERS (USA), Lisa Deslauriers: 0/4/37.659. WINNING GOOD: 2009 NRPS gelding by Winningmood van de Arenberg x Sir CorlandEMILY MOFFITT (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/4/44.2610. DIEU MERCI VAN T & L: 2009 SBS stallion by Toulon x MoränaERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Rein Family, LLC and Little Creek Investments Inc: 1/80.54 Tags: Eric Lamaze, Martin Fuchs, Shane Sweetnam, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, WEF, Mario Deslauriers, show jumping, Clooney, Alejandro, $401000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5*, last_img read more

Mental illnesses lower life expectancy more than smoking

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first_imgA study by Oxford University psychiatrists has demonstrated that some mental illnesses can reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking. Researchers have found that serious mental illnesses reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years. This is approximately greater, or equal to, the number of years of life lost if a person is a heavy smoker.The psychiatrists who conducted the study say that it demonstrates that mental health should be considered a public health priority.It is estimated that one in four people in the UK experience some kind of mental health problem during the course of a year. In comparison, around 21% of British men and 19% women smoke cigarettes.The study, published in the journal of World Psychiatry was conducted by reviewing the most systematic clinical studies on the mortality risk for a range of mental illnesses. Twenty review papers, with information about over 1.7 million individuals and over 250,000 deaths were used. Each illness studied showed an increased mortality risk, although the extent of this rise varied greatly. It was found that the average reduction in life expectancy in people with bipolar disorder is between nine and 20 years, while it is 10 to 20 years for schizophrenia, between nine and 24 years for drug and alcohol abuse, and around seven to 11 years for recurrent depression.Dr Seena Fazel of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University commented, “Many causes of mental health problems also have physical consequences, and mental illness worsens the prognosis of a range of physical illnesses, especially heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Unfortunately, people with serious mental illnesses may not access healthcare effectively.”Fazel believes that the reduction in life expectancy associated with mental illnesses can be reduced. “All of this can be changed. There are effective drug and psychological treatments for mental health problems.”Tom Posa, a first year at Balliol said, “This study just confirms something everyone involved in college welfare already knows: that mental health issues can pose a massive threat to those they affect.”last_img read more