Clark on brink of first title

first_img Clark, who finished seventh at London 2012, delivered a fine cross-country round aboard Fenyas Elegance to lead by 1.5 penalties from Frenchman Jean Teulere on Matelot du Val, while American Clark Montgomery lies third. “She tried her heart out,” said Clark, following her ride on the nine-year-old Irish-bred chestnut mare. “I just tried to ride the fences positively, and she’s a super jumper, really powerful.” The Eric Winter-designed course proved influential, and only Gemma Tattersall, the highest-placed British rider in fourth place on Arctic Soul, achieved the optimum time of 10 minutes 10 seconds. Bedfordshire-based Sarah Bullimore, leader after the dressage phase on Lilly Corinne, had a run-out at fence 21b, while Britain’s world number two William Fox-Pitt fell from Before Time before retiring his second horse Running Order. Fox-Pitt, though, leads the CIC three-star class for eight and nine-year-olds following a clear showjumping round on Fernhill Pimms, his current British Intermediate champion. He was also in third place with Freddie Mac after a clear round, but was then eliminated for contravening a governing body rule on the style of hind-leg boots allowed in a young-horse championship. “It is a real shame,” Fox-Pitt said. “I think they (judges) have been quite mean. “I was disqualified after my round, as was (Australian rider) Sam Griffiths. The sad thing is that once we had been pulled up on it, they checked everyone else’s boots before they went in.” Press Associationcenter_img Irish Olympian Aoife Clark will win her first CCI three-star title if she showjumps clear at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire on Sunday.last_img read more

It was a great day for hockey

first_imgView Gallery (20 Photos)Brendan Smith was rarely without a smile in the postgame press conference Saturday — and with good reason.The junior defenseman scored two power play goals in the last six minutes of play to give the No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team a 3-2 win over Michigan in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. In front of a UW record crowd of 55,031, his heroics made up for a game that lacked much excitement outside of the first and last five minutes of the contest.So with the game tying and game winning goals, what would Smith tell his grandkids about the game years from now?“That we had 55,000 fans and we beat Michigan. I think that would be the first two things I’d say,” he said. “[The goals will] come later, but I think when I’m old I’ll be saying I had seven.”After a slashing penalty on UM’s Chris Summers with just less than two minutes to play, it only took 34 seconds of power play for UW’s Michael Davies to find Smith open at the top of the left circle.Smith ripped a shot past Michigan goaltender Bryan Hogan, putting Wisconsin up 3-2 with 1:22 left in the game and sending the remaining crowd into a frenzy.The play was almost a complete replica of Smith’s first goal, which tied the game at two goals apiece with 5:32 to play. Smith was able to score from about the same spot, skating into the high slot and putting away a one-timer.Davies and sophomore center Derek Stepan assisted on both goals.“They were pushing us up and we were able to go down to Davies and either had Blake back door or me coming down the slot,” Smith said. “So it was actually just up to that weak side forward to choose if he was gonna go on me or Blake. He chose Blake twice, which left me open, so I was lucky enough to have that time.”In a nod to the usual occupants of Camp Randall, Smith struck a Heisman pose after the goal.The goals were vindication for a power play unit that had gone just 2-25 since Jan. 15. UW went 2-4 Saturday.“We made an adjustment and we executed at a critical time, which says a lot about the guys on the team, because Michigan played a tremendous game,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.Up to that point, it looked like the second-largest crowd for a collegiate outdoor hockey game would go home disappointed. Consistent stretches of possession in the offensive zone were rare for both teams and the game featured a lot of back-and-forth action that produced few results.Michigan went ahead 2-1 halfway through the third period, after UM’s Kevin Lynch fired a long wrist shot from the blue line that took UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson by surprise. The goal came at 11:03 of the period and ended a 30-minute stretch where the teams were mired in a 1-1 tie, after UM’s Scooter Vaughan’s equalizer near the end of the first frame.The Badgers actually led 1-0 just 3:04 into the first period when Craig Smith made a centering pass from the wing. The puck managed to get by defensemen and Hogan and through to Jordy Murray, who put it away.“It was kind of a flukey goal, but on that ice you take it however it comes,” Murray said. “I was just crashing the net and it popped right to me and I had a wide open net. I was ecstatic at that point, it was a great feeling.”For much of the game, the ice was a major issue, with play stopping multiple times to fix a gouge in the ice near the south goal’s crease. But the opportunity to play outside in front of all those fans made the delays worth it for the players.“I’ll tell you what, I was really nervous before the game, I felt like a freshman again out there, I had the butterflies going and everything,” senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion said.“I think we really wanted to win it for the fans. They came out here and braved through the cold — what is it, 25 degrees out?” Gudmandson added. “It’s pretty chilly and they stayed for the whole thing and we battled through it for them and got them the ‘W.’”The Badgers’ exuberance after the game was countered by the Wolverines’ somberness. Michigan’s two penalties allowed Wisconsin to come back and win the game and a late goaltender interference penalty called on David Wohlberg essentially ended any chances UM would be able to come back and tie it.Asked about the late penalties the Wolverines took — two of which were generous calls in favor of UW — Michigan head coach Red Berenson had little to say.“Well, that’s a bad question to ask a coach after he loses a game on a penalty in the last five minutes of the game,” he said.With the win Wisconsin improved to 16-7-4 overall and earned revenge for a 3-2 loss to Michigan in November at UM’s Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines fell to 16-13-1 and became the second Central Collegiate Hockey Association team to fall to the Badgers in an outdoor game.Wisconsin beat Ohio State 4-2 at Lambeau Field in 2006, in the program’s other outdoor contest. The Badgers finished that season as national champions, so the importance of Saturday’s win wasn’t lost on senior tri-captain Ben Street. Street is the only Badger remaining on the team that also played in the 2006 game.“This is one of those games that will really help us further on in the year,” he said. “It was a huge game, huge stage. It’s easy to get nervous and tense up at the end, and we didn’t, we came back, we stayed persistent.”last_img read more

City of Miramar Announces 8-hour Per week Furlough for All Full-Time…

first_imgCity employees received a memo on May 13th regarding details of the time furloughs, which consist of 8 hours each week per employee from June 11, 2020 to December 9, 2020. The exceptions are part time, as needed employees and interns. Mr. Hargray noted that the 7 steps the City is taking through September 30, 2020 to overcome the FY20 shortfall gives the City time to map out a plan for the first quarter of FY21 (October to December) and beyond. A FEMA reimbursement for Hurricane Dorian of $2.3 million2 Loans Secured: However, City Manager Vernon Hargray clarified that the furloughs are in place for three months, through the end of fiscal year FY20 (September 30, 2020). The 3-month furloughs will realize a savings of $3.8 million to the city and is one of 7 different solutions the City is implementing to overcome the $23 million shortfall in FY20, as a result of the coronavirus. MIRAMAR, FL (Monday, May 18, 2020) – The City of Miramar announced that each of its approximately 1,000 employees will be furloughed 8 hours per week as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The time furloughs affect all full-time employees including City Administration. Miramar City Hall Position Vacancy Freeze of $2 millionReduction of operating costs by 15%, which is close to $5 million in savingsUnassigned reserved fund of $5.6 millionA savings of $3.8 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for the 8 hours per week furloughs (June 11th to September 30th) The revenue loss for the City is estimated to be $23 million and is due primarily to a decline in ad valorem taxes and utility fees, intergovernmental local and state taxes, franchise fees and fees from facility rentals and childcare as outlined below: The furlough is a reduction of hours over this period of time and does not affect employee’s rights inclusive of health and pension benefits. For questions regarding Miramar’s furlough, please visit MiramarFL.gov/Furloughs. To overcome the $23 million shortfall, the City implemented 7 different solutions, which include: Mr. Hargray continued, “City employees are like family and they are our most valuable assets. My primary objective is to protect everyone from layoffs, including our First Responders. In fact, our First Responders will be the first to be tested at the new walk-up Community Based Testing Site at the Vernon E. Hargray Youth Enrichment Center, during the week of May 18th.” – Economic Development Fund Loan of $1.7 million – Utility Fund Loan of $3 million Hargray explained, “City revenues have dramatically declined as a result of the economic impact brought on by the coronavirus. As we work to protect the health and safety of our community, we had to make some difficult decisions about the City’s finances and our workforce, to protect the financial stability of the City. We will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary adjustments while making our employees and residents a priority.”  Approximately $6 million in ad valorem taxes and utility fees$4 million loss in intergovernmental local and state taxesNearly $2 million loss in franchise fees,$5 million loss in community services – such as parks, senior services, childcare, afterschool programs like summer camps, cultural arts and facility rentals$4 million loss in miscellaneous fees such as interest earnings and sale of land – Block 2 at Miramar Town Center Fiscal year 2021 will bring its own financial challenges and the City will continue to assess critical operations, and programs to evaluate any additional cost-savings options and suggestions while ensuring that the City’s most important and critical functions continue. City administration will continue to monitor the situation and its impact to the City for the next few months. Prior to the 8-hour-per-week furloughs, City administration also implemented additional saving measures, such as — freeze on promotions, cuts to travel and training costs, delayed or modified projects.last_img read more